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THE MAGIC FLOWER.
PRINCE Florimel and Prince Carimel were twin brothers, the sons of a king, and no one could tell which of the two brothers ought to succeed to the throne, for they were both exactly the same age. So one day they went to a wise Magician, and asked him which of them ought to be king after their father's death. “He who is most worthy,” said the Magician. “But how shall we find out who is most worthy ?” “He who possesses the magic flower that grows in the enchanted forest shall be found most worthy,” he answered. So the two brothers travelled through the enchanted forest until they found the magic flower ; but it grew in such a dangerous place that Carimel would not attempt to reach it. Florimel, however, clambered down the rocks and picked the flower; and when he had got it, what do you think he did with it? Why, he gave it to his brother, for the name of that magic flower was Unselfishness.
DINNER-TIME. LITTLE Maud is just going to have her dinner. She is such a good, wellbehaved little girl, that she is allowed to sit at table with her papa and mamma, and has a knife and fork and mug to herself. Look at her in the picture; she is folding her hands whilst her papa says grace, and she keeps very quiet, for she understands that her papa is thanking her Father in heaven for the food and all the other good things that He has given them. And she waits patiently until her time comes to be helped, and does not tease and ask for things at table, as ill-mannered little boys and girls sometimes do. She will have some meat and gravy presently, and after that some nice pudding. Maud likes pudding very much, especially plumpudding at Christmas-time. She had a large piece last Christmas, and enjoyed it very much, and wished that it was Christmas every day.