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130 Fairy Stories Adapted & Arranged for young people

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"See now, I forbade you to take anything, and yet you have re­ceived a knapsack full of gold."
" What could I do." he replied, " when they would put it in for me ?"
"Then I can only tell you," was the reply, "that if you get into trouble a second time by undertaking what you cannot per­form, it will be worse for you."
"All right, brother; I don't care, now I have the gold, and I shall not care about putting dead people into a bath again after this."
" Ah," said the fairy, " your gold will not last long. However, if you do not after this go into unlawful paths, I will give to your knapsack the power of containing in itself whatever you may wish for. And now farewell, you will see me no more."
" Good-bye," said the soldier, as he turned away. " Well," he thought, " I am glad that he is gone ; he is a wonderful fellow, no doubt, but I am better without him for a companion."
Of the wonderful power with which he had endowed his knap­sack Brother Frolick never thought then.
He went on his way with his gold from place to place, and spent and wasted it as he did before, and at last he had nothing left but four kreutzers. With this sum he entered an inn by the roadside, and felt that the money must gjty so he spent three kreutzers in wine, and one in bread.
As he sat eating his bread and drinking his wine, the fragrant smell of roast goose reached his nose. Brother Frolick looked round and peeped about, and at last saw that the landlady had two geese roasting in the oven.
Then he suddenly remembered what his old comrade had said, that whatever he wished for he would find in his knapsack. "Holloa," he said to himself, "then I must wish for the geese to be there." Then he went out, and before the door he said, " I wish that the two geese roasting in the oven were in my knap­sack." When he had said this he took it off, peeped in, and there they both lay. "Ah!" he exclaimed, "this is all right.; I am a mighty chap after all," and going farther into a meadow, sat down to enjoy his good fare.
Just as he had finished eating one goose, two farm-labourers came by, and when they saw the remaining goose, the<y stood -still