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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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HEART OF ICE.
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quantity of the dust from the bottom of the boat, which he carefully preserved, thinking that its strange property might one day stand him in good stead.
Then they joyfully left the desert island, and after a long and prosperous voyage over calm seas they at length came in sight of land, and resolved to go on shore, not only to take in a fresh stock of water and provisions, but also to find out, if possible, where they were and in what direction to proceed.
As they neared the coast they wondered if this could be another uninhabited land, for no human beings could be distinguished, and yet that something was stirring became evident, for in the dust-clouds that moved near the ground small dark forms were dimly visible. These appeared to be assembling at the exact spot where they were preparing to run ashore, and what was their surprise to find they were nothing more nor less than large and beautiful spaniels, some mounted as sentries, others grouped in companies and regiments, all eagerly watching their disembarkation. When they found that Prince Manikin, instead of saying, "Shoot them," as they had feared, said "Hi, good dog!" in a thoroughly friendly and ingratiating way, they crowded round him with a great wagging of tails and 'giving of paws, and very soon made him understand that they wanted him to leave his men with the boat and follow them.
The prince was so curious to know more about them that he agreed willingly; so after arranging with the sailors to wait for him fifteen days, and then, if he had not come back, to go on their way without him, he set out with his new friends. Their way lay inland, and Manikin noticed with great surprise that the fields were well cultivated and that the carts and plows were drawn by horses or oxen, just as they might have been in any other country, and when they passed any village the cottages were trim and pretty, and an air of "prosperity was everywhere. At one of the villages a dainty little repast was set before the prince, and while he was eating a chariot was brought, drawn by two splendid horses, which were driven with great skill by a large spaniel. In this carriage he con­tinued his journey very comfortably, passing many similar equipages upon the road, and being always most cour­teously saluted by the spaniels who occupied them.
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