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8. “This is not bad fun!” said the soldier. "I will gladly go.

But how much money am I to give you, old witch ? For of course you will want your share.”

"No," said the witch, “I do not want any

“ money, but I want you to bring me up the old tinder-box that is in the tree. My grandmother forgot it the last time she went down there."

9. So the soldier said, “Very well, tie the rope round me."

“Here it is,” said the witch, “and here is my blue checked apron."

10. You do not know perhaps that before people found out how to make matches, they had to use a flint and a bit of steel to get a light. With these they made a spark, and set fire to some tinder. It was a box with these things in it that the old witch wanted.

11. The soldier tied on the rope, and very soon he was down in the tree, and before him were the three doors and all the bright lamps, just as the witch had said.


Mark the sounds of a in came, marching, knapsack, hall, dare, rather, and last. Give the sounds a stands for in any,

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1. The soldier turned the key of the first door
and went in. Oh, dear! How afraid he was.
For there sat the dog, and stared at him with
eyes as big as teacups.

2. You are a very pretty little fellow," he said, and he took the dog down, and set him on the witch's apron.

Then he filled his pockets with the pennies, shut the lid, put back the dog, and went on to the next room.

3. There was the dog with his fearful eyes, as big as two mill-wheels. 'You had better not stare so," said the soldier.

" It will make your eyes water."

He took down the dog and opened the chest. When he saw how much silver money there was, he filled his pockets and his cap with silver, throwing away all the pennies.

4. Then he went into the last room. There was a dog that would make any one afraid. His eyes were as big as towers, and they turned round and round.



Good day, sir,” said the soldier, and made a low bow, for he saw that this was a very great dog indeed.

5. But he wanted to open the chest, so he took up the dog and put him on the old witch's apron. There he sat quite still, as good as gold. And the chest was full of gold.

6. Now the soldier threw away his silver, and filled his knapsack, his pockets, his cap, and even his boots, with the gold. For there was gold enough in the chest to buy up all the apples of all the apple-women, and all the cakes and sweets in all the shops, and all the toys and pretty things in the world.

7. Then, when he could hardly walk, he shouted to the old witch to draw him up, and there he stood with all his gold.

Where is the tinder-box?" asked the witch. “Oh, dear, I quite forgot it,” said the soldier, and back he went for it. 8. “What do you want it for?” he asked. But

. all the witch said was, “That is nothing to you," in a cross voice.

* You will have to tell me what you want it for," said the soldier, “or I shall take my sharp sword and cut off your head.”

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It is nothing to you,” said the witch. So the soldier took his sword out of the sheath. Off went the witch's head.

Then he took her apron, tied up all his money in it, put the tinder-box in his pocket, and marched off again. Left! right! left! right!

10. The soldier walked on till he came to a town. It was a fine large town, and he went at once to the best inn. There he asked for the best rooms, and had all the things he liked best for dinner. I wonder what they were, do not you?

11. The servant who cleaned his boots was full of wonder that such a rich man could wear such shabby things. But the next day he went to the best shops, and got himself boots and clothes, all of the very best and finest sorts.

12. Now the people thought him a great lord, and they told him of all the fine things there were to be seen in the town.

But the best sight of all is the king's daughter," they said. Where can she be seen?” asked the soldier.

. You cannot see her for love or money,” said the people.

"She lives in a large copper castle, with strong walls and towers.

13. “No one but the king himself can go in and




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out, for a witch once told the king she should marry a common soldier, and he will not consent to that."

“I should like to see her,” said the soldier. But he could not for all his money.


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1. The soldier lived a grand life now. He drove and rode about as much as he liked; he went to see plays, and bought all he liked in the shops.

He did not forget to help the poor, for he had been poor once, and he knew how sad it is to be cold and at'tic

bought hungry.

brought 2. He had a great many friends,

or'ders who said they loved him very much,


fellow and called him a fine fellow and a real gentleman.

He liked to hear this said. So day after day he went on spending money, till he had none left to spend.

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