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130 Fairy Stories Adapted & Arranged for young people

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The rest of the procession wished to follow, so the empty car­riage was sent back for them, but it was very small, and as they all crowded upon it at once, it upset, and they all fell into the water and were drowned. The hen was therefore left alone with her dead husband, so she dug a grave and laid him in it, and raised a mound over him. On this she seated herself, and grieved so much and so long that at length she died of grie£
The king of a certain country had been for some time at war, which at last came to an end, and several soldiers were dis­charged. Amongst them was a man called Brother Frolick, because he was. such a light-hearted, jolly fellow; and although he only received a small loaf and four kreutzers in gold, he started on a journey through the world with a merry heart. , He had not gone far, when he saw a poor beggar sitting by the roadside begging, but he did not know that it was a fairy in dis­guise. The beggar asked for alms, and Brother Frolick said: " What shall I give you ? I am only a poor, discharged soldier, and all they have given me is a loaf of bread and four kreutzers, and when it is all gone, I must beg as well as you. However, I will give you something." Then he divided the loaf into four pieces, and gave one to the beggar, as well as one of his gold pieces.
The beggar thanked him, and "went away, but only to a little distance; for, again changing his appearance and face, he seated himself by the highway, waited for Brother Frolick to pass, and again begged for alms. The good-natured soldier gave this beggar also a fourth of his bread and a gold piece.
The fairy thanked him, and, after walking some distance, a third time seated himself in another form to beg of Brother Frolick. This time, also, he gave him a third piece of the divided loaf and another kreutzer. The beggar thanked him and went away.
The kind-hearted fellow had now only a fourth part of the loaf and one gold piece left, so he went to an inn, ate the bread, and paid his kreutzer for a jug of beer. As soon as he had finished,