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Fairy Adventures from Chronicles of Pantouflia By Andrew Lang

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horn," he said; "you must be intoxicated. Sir ! you have insulted your prince and your superior officer. Consider yourself under arrest! You shall be sent to a prison to-morrow."
On this, the poor officer appealed piteously to everybody in the tavern. They all declared that they had not seen the prince, nor ever had an idea that he was doing them the honour of being in the neighbourhood of their town.
More and more offended, and convinced that there was a conspiracy to annoy and insult him, the prince shouted for the landlord, called for his bill, threw down his three pieces of gold without asking for change, and went into the street.
" It is a disgraceful conspiracy," he said. " The king shall answer for this ! I shall write to the newspapers at once ! "
He was not put in a better temper by the way in which people hustled him in the street. They ran against him exactly as if they did not see him, and then staggered back in the greatest surprise, looking in every direction for the person they had jostled. In one of these encounters, the prince pushed so hard against a poor old beggar woman that she fell down. As he was usually most kind and polite, he pulled off his cap to beg her pardon, when, behold, the beggar woman gave one dreadful scream, and fainted! A crowd was collecting, and the prince, forgetting that he had thrown down all
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