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What remained became a very sweet and rich sirup, like hot honey.

They kept tasting of it continually as it grew sweeter, taking out a little for this purpose with their spoons and cooling it in their saucers. Finally they concluded to put some of it on their bread, and they found it excellent. In fact, the thicker and sweeter it became, the more they ate, until at last Phonny, looking into the kettle, said sadly, Why, Malleville, our maple sugar is almost all eaten up."

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Malleville herself looked in, and it was very clear that what Phonny said was true. They finally concluded that since it was so nearly gone, they would eat the rest of it, and postpone making any maple sugar to save, until the next day.

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There was once a miller who was poor, but he had one beautiful daughter. One day he came to speak with the king, and he told him that he had a daughter who could spin gold.

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The king said to the miller, "That pleases me well. Bring thy daughter to my castle to-morrow, that I may prove thy word."

When the girl was brought to him, he led her into a room that was full of straw. Then he gave her a wheel and spindle, and said, "Now set to work, and if by the early morning thou hast not spun this straw to gold, thou shalt die."

Then he shut the door and left her there alone. The poor miller's daughter could not think what to do for her life. She had no notion how to spin gold from straw, and she began to weep. Then all at once the door opened, and in came a little

man.

"Good evening, miller's daughter," he said; "why are you crying?"

"Oh!" answered the girl, "I have got to spin gold out of straw, and I don't understand the business."

Then the little man said, "What will you give me if I spin it for you?"

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My necklace," said the girl.

The little man took the necklace, seated himself before the wheel, and whir, whir, whir! Three times round, and the bobbin was full. Then he took

up another, and whir, whir, whir! Three times round, and that was full. So he went on till the morning, when all the straw had been spun, and all the bobbins were full of gold.

At sunrise the king came. When he saw the gold, he was astonished. He also rejoiced, for he was very avaricious. He had the miller's daughter taken to another room filled with straw, much bigger than the last, and told her she must spin it all in one night. The girl did not know what to do, so she began to cry. Then the door opened, and the little man appeared.

"What will you give me if I spin all the straw into gold?" he said.

"The ring from my finger," answered the girl.

So the little man took the ring, and began again to send the wheel whirring round, and by the next morning all the straw was spun into glistening gold. The king was rejoiced beyond measure at the sight. Then, since he could never have enough of gold, he had the miller's daughter taken into a still larger room full of straw.

"This, too, must be spun in one night," he said. "If you accomplish it, you shall be my wife."

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he thought," Although she is but a miller's daughter,

I am not likely to find any one richer in the whole world."

As soon as the girl was left alone, the little man appeared for the third time.

"What will you give me if I spin the straw for you this time?" he said.

"I have nothing left to give," answered the girl.

"Then you must promise me the first child you have after you are queen," said the little man.

"Who knows whether that will happen?" thought the girl. But as she did not know what to do in her necessity, she promised the little man what he asked. At once he began to spin, and soon the straw was gold.

In the morning the king came and found all according to his wish. The wedding was held at once, and the miller's pretty daughter became a queen.

In a year's time she brought a fine child into the world. She thought no more of the little man, but one day he came suddenly into her room, and said, "Now give me what you promised me."

The queen was terrified greatly. She offered the little man all the riches of the kingdom if he would

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only leave the child; but the little man said, "No, I would rather have something living than all the treasures of the world."

Then the queen began to lament and to weep, so that the little man had pity upon her.

"I will give you three days," said he, "and if at the end of that time you cannot tell my name, you must give up the child."

Then the queen spent the whole night in thinking over all the names she had ever heard. She sent messengers through the land to ask far and wide for all the names that could be found.

When the little man came next day, she began with "Caspar," "Melchior,' "Melchior," "Balthassar," and all the odd names she knew. But at each the little man exclaimed, "That is not my name."

The second day the queen inquired of all her people for uncommon and curious names. "Is your name 'Ribs-of-beef,' 'Sheep-shank,' 'Whalebone'?" she asked. But at each the dwarf said, "That is not my name."

The third day a messenger came back and said, "I have not found a single new name; but as I came to a high mountain near the edge of the forest: where foxes and hares say good night to each other,

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