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On the morrow, when the infant could not be found, the people said openly that the queen had slain him. The king's men advised that she should be brought to trial. But the king would not believe it, and he commanded his men never to mention the report, on pain of death.

The next year a beautiful little girl was born, and for the third time the Guardian Angel appeared and said to the queen, "Follow me." Taking her by the hand, she led her to the kingdom of Happiness. Then she showed her the two other children, playing merrily.

The queen rejoiced at the sight, and the angel said, "Is thy heart not yet softened? If thou wilt confess that thou didst unlock the forbidden door, then will I restore thee both thy sons." But the queen answered again, "No, I did not open it." At these words she sank upon the earth, and her third child was taken from her.

When this was told the next day, all the people. cried, "The queen is a murderess!" As the king could not prove her innocent, she was condemned to die.

Wood was brought, she was bound to the stake, and a fire was lighted around her. Then the iron

pride of her heart began to soften, and she thought, "Could I but now, before my death, confess that I opened the door!" And her tongue was loosened, and she cried aloud, "Thou good Angel, I confess."

At these words the rain fell from heaven and put out the fire. Then a great light shone above, and the angel appeared upon the earth. By her side were the queen's two sons, one on her right hand and one on her left. In her arms she bore the newborn babe.

Then the angel gave to the queen her three children, promised her a happy future, and said, "Whoever will repent and confess sin, shall be forgiven."

- GRIMM.

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Once there lived a happy little family, comprising mother, father, Lulu, and Snap. Lulu was a little girl, and Snap was her dog. Snap was a very wonderful dog he could mind, and he could disobey; he could understand all that was said to him; and he could perform tricks by the score.

Snap was a very little dog; he had long, shaggy yellow hair, in which he took delight; he had soft, flappy ears, of which he was very fond; and, above all, he had a beautiful bushy tail, which was his great and especial pride.

Lulu also had six dolls, which were all of a size, and they all resembled one another. Every night, with Snap's assistance, the six dolls were all undressed. Do you ask how Snap helped? I will tell you.

As fast as Lulu took off the clothes, she would fold them and hand them to Snap, who, taking them in his mouth, would run to the little doll bureau, and, after opening the drawer with his teeth, would place each little garment very neatly and carefully inside.

When all was ready, the six dolls were set up in a long row, for Lulu did not think it healthy for them to go to bed. Every morning Snap would bring the clothes as fast as they were wanted, and would sit with his little head cocked on one side, watching with the most approved expression, as each little article was put on.

When the six dolls were all dressed, Snap would show his delight by the most violent wagging of his tail. Thus you see that Snap was quite a remarkable

dog. But although he was generally so very good, sometimes he could be very naughty. And now it becomes my sad duty to tell how Snap's tail was lost, and the happiness of the little family for a time destroyed.

One day Lulu was going somewhere, and did not want to take Snap. When he began to follow her out of the room, she turned and said, "Snap, you cannot go with me to-day." Upon hearing this, Snap set his little fat self down on the floor, and lifting his snub nose high in the air, he uttered a most melancholy howl.

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Stop that noise, Snap!" cried Lulu. "Mind me this minute!" she added, stamping her little foot. Instead of doing what he was told, Snap only uttered another howl, more dismal than before.

"You are a naughty, naughty dog, and I shall punish you well! You shall be locked in this room till I come back!" As Lulu said this, she rushed to the door; but Snap had no intention of staying inside. The very idea! A dog so smart as he to be locked up! He would see! So he, too, started for the door.

There was just one thing that Snap did not think of. For the first time in his life he forgot that he had a tail; so, although he got the whole of his little

fat body outside, his tail was left behind, and, sad to relate, the door closed upon it with a fearful bang.

Snap yelled with rage and pain; and Lulu screamed, and mingled her cries with Snap's. Mamma came, and with Lulu's help carried the little dog into a room, to see what could be done.

They tried all they could think of, but Snap only grew worse, and the next day papa decided that the poor bruised tail must be cut off. Lulu felt dreadfully about it, and all the more so, because she saw that Snap cherished very hard feelings toward her.

No longer would he allow Lulu to pet him; no longer was he her companion; and no more were the six dolls assisted by him to robe and unrobe. Poor Lulu! many were the tears she shed, but Snap was obstinate.

One night the six dolls were set up as usual, in a row, in their white nightgowns; but in the morning, to Lulu's amazement, one was missing. She hunted the house over, but no trace of the doll was to be seen. At night, still wondering, she undressed and set up the remaining five.

Morning dawned, and discovered four dolls sitting up white and stiff, but one was not. Still more per

plexed, Lulu questioned papa, mamma, and all the

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