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222                   THE GOLD SPINNER.
and she knew also that in her trouble there was no other help for her. So she promised what he wished.
Immediately he set to work, and very soon spun all the straw into gold.
In the morning when the king came and found that what he required was done, he ordered preparations to be made for a splendid wedding, and in a few days the miller's beautiful daughter became a queen.
About a year after this a beautiful little child was born to the queen, who never thought of her promise to the little man, till one night he stepped suddenly into her chamber, and said, " Now give me what you have promised."
In great terror, the queen offered him all the treasures in the kingdom if he would leave lier the child.
But the little man said, " No; something living I like better than all the treasures in the world." Then the queen began to mourn and weep so bitterly, that the little man had compassion on her, and said, " I will give you three days, and if in that time you can find out my name, then you shall keep your child."
After he was gone, the queen lay awake till morning, thinking over all the names she had ever heard of, and determined to send a messenger all over the country to enquire far and wide what names had been given to people formerly.
The next night the little man came again, and she repeated all the names she could think of, Casper, Melchior, Balzar, and many others that she knew, in every rank of society. But the little man said, w No, I have not one of these names."
The next day she made every enquiry among the neighbours, and when the little man came at night for the second time, she mentioned most unearthly names, such as Brown-ribs, Dicky-calf, and Spindle-leg. But he answered always, " No, it is none of these."
{ On the third day the messenger returned and related his adven­tures. He had not been able to find a single new name, but on his way home he crossed a high mountain, and came to the borders of a wood, in which the foxes and the hares wished him "good night."- After this he came to a tiny little house, and saw before it a fire burning, and hopping round it, on one leg, was a ridiculous-looking little man, who cried,