THE ORANGE FAIRY BOOK - online childrens book

A Collection of Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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you see this cornet? Well, you have only to tell it that you wish for an army, and you will have as many soldiers as you require.'
Now, since he had been left to himself, Jack had grown ambitious, so, after a moment's hesitation, he took the cornet and gave the table in exchange. The old man bade him farewell, and set off down one path, while Jack chose another, and for a long time he was quite pleased with his new possession. Then, as he felt hungry, he wished for his table back again, as no house was in sight, and he wanted some supper badly. All at once he remembered his cornet, and a wicked thought en­tered his mind.
' Two hundred hussars, forward!' cried he. And the neighing of horses and the clanking of swords was heard close at hand. The officer who rode at their head approached Jack, and politely inquired what he wished them to do.
'A mile or two along that road,' answered Jack, 'you will find an old man carrying a table. Take the table from him and bring it to me.'
The officer saluted and went back to his men, who started at a gallop to do Jack's bidding.
In ten minutes they had returned, bearing the table with them.
'That is all, thank you,' said Jack; and the soldiers disappeared inside the cornet.
Oh, what a good supper Jack had that night, quite for-forgetting that he owed it to a mean trick. The next day he breakfasted early, and then walked on towards the nearest town. On the way thither he met another old man, who begged for something to eat.
'Certainly you shall have something to eat,' replied Jack. And placing the table on the ground, he cried:
'The dinner of an emperor!' when all sorts of good dishes appeared. At first the old man ate greedily, and
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