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whom I recognised as your butler. He informed us that he had just killed the beast, and showed us the horns and tail, sure •enough ; there they are ! The tail is like the iron handle of a pump, but the horns are genuine. A pair were thrown up by a volcano, in my great-grandfather's time, Giglio I.* Excellent coffee this, of yours! "
The ambassador bowed.
" Well, we asked him where he killed the Firedrake, and he said in a garden near Gluck-stein. Then he began to speak about the reward, and the 'perkisits,' as he called them, which it seems he had read about in my proclamation. Rather a neat thing; drew it up myself," added his majesty.
"Very much to the point," said the ambassador, wondering what the king was coming to.
" Glad you like it," said the king, much pleased. " Well, where was I ? Oh, yes; your man said he had killed the creature in a garden, quite near Gluckstein. I didn't much like the whole affair: he is an alien, you see; and then there was my niece, Molinda—poor girl, she was certain to give trouble. Her heart is buried, if I may say so, with poor Alphonso. But the queen is a very remarkable woman -—very remarkable------"
• The History of this Prince may be read in a treatise called The Rose and the Ring, by M. A. Titmarsh. London, 1855.