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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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118               THE MAGICIAN'S HORSE
stove that the flames sprang up and set fire to the roof, and in a few minutes the palace was burning like a huge bonfire.
Then he hurried back to the stables, and the horse said to him : ' There is one thing more you must do. In the cupboad you will find a looking-glass, a brush aud a riding-whip. Bring them with you, mount on my back, and ride as hard as you can, for now the house is burning merrily.'
The prince did as the horse bade him. Scarcely had he got into the saddle than the horse was off and away, galloping at such a pace that, in a short time, the forest and all the country belonging to the magician lay far behind them.
In the meantime the magician returned to his palace, which he found in smouldering ruins. In vain he called for his servant. At last he went to look for him in the stables, and when he discovered that the black horse had disappeared too, he at once suspected that they had gone together; so he mounted a roan horse that was in the next stall, and set out in pursuit.
As the prince rode, the quick ears of his horse heard the sound of pursuing feet.
' Look behind yon,' he said, ' and see if the old man is following.' And the prince turned in his saddle and saw a cloud like smoke or dust in the distance.
' We must hurry,' said the horse.
After they had galloped for some time, the horse said again: l Look behind, and see if he is still at some distance.'
' He is quite close,' answered the prince.
' Then throw the looking-glass on the ground,' said the horse. So the prince threw it; and when the magician came up, the roan horse stepped on the mirror, and crash! his foot went through the glass, and he stumbled and fell, cutting his feet so badly that there was nothing for the old man to do but to go slowly back with him to the
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