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to challenge Sultan to come into the Tell me, glass, tell me true! wood to fight the matter out. Now Of all the ladies in the land, Sultan had nobody he could ask to be Who is the fairest ? tell me who?" his second but the shepherd's old three. And the glass answered, legged cat; so he took her with him, and “ Thou, queen, art fairest in the land.” as the poor tbing limped along with
But Suow-drop grew more and more some trouble, she stuck up her tail'
beautiful; and when she was seven years straight in the air. The wolf and the wild boar were first fairer than the queen herself.
old, she was as bright as the day, and
Then the on the ground; and when they espied glass one day answered the queen, when their enemies coming, and saw the cat's she went to consult it as usual, long tail standing straight in the air, they thought she was carrying a sword “ Thou, queen, mayst fair and beautefor Sultan to fight with; and every time
ous be, she limped, they thought she was pick.
But Snow-drop is lovlier far than thee!" ing up a stone to throw at them; so When she heard this, she turned pale they said they should not like this way with rage and envy; and called to one of of fighting, and the boar lay down be her servants and said, “ Take Snow-drop hind a bush, and the wolf jumped up away into the wide wood, that I may juto a tree. Sultan and the cat soon
never see her more." Then the servant came up and looked about, and wondered led her away; but his heart melted when that no one was there. The boar, bow- she begged him to spare her life, and he ever, had not quite hidden himself
, for said, “I will not hurt thee, thou pretty his ears stuck out of the bush : and child.” So he left her to herself; and when he shook one of them a little, the though he thought it most likely that the cat, seeing something move, and think wild beasts would tear her in pieces, he ing it was a mouse, sprang upon it, and felt as if a great weight was taken off his bit and scratched it, so that the boar heart when he had made up his mind not jumped up and grunted, and ran away, to kill her, but leave her to her fate. roaring out, “ Look up in the tree,
Then poor Snow.drop wandered along there sits the one who is to blame.” So through the wood in great fear; and the they looked up, and espied the wolf wild beasts roared about her, but none sitting amongst the branches; and they did her any harm. In the evening she called him a cowardly rascal, and would came to a little cottage, and went in there not suffer him to come down till he was
to rest herself, for her little feet would heartily ashamed of himself, and had carry her no further. Every thing was promised to be good friends again with spruce and neat in the cottage : on the old Sultan.
table was spread a white cloth, and there
were seven little plates with seven little No. V.
loaves, and seven little glasses with wine in SNOW-DROP.
them; and knives and forks laid in order : It was in the middle of winter, when and by the wall stood seven little beds. the broad flakes of snow were falling Then, as she was very hungry, she pickaround, ibat a certain queen sat working ed a little piece off each loaf, and drank at a wivdow, the frame of which was made a very little wine out of each glass; and of fine black ebony; and as she was after that she thought she would lie down looking out upon the snow, she pricked and rest. So she tried all the little beds; her finger, and three drops of blood fell and one was too long and another too upon it. Then she gazed thoughtfully short, till at last the seventh suited her ; upou the red drops which sprinkled and there she laid herself, down, and the white snow, and said, “ Would that went to sleep. my little daughter may be as white as that Presently in came the masters of the snow, as red as the blood, and as black as cottage, who were seven little dwarfs that the ebony window-frame !" And so the lived among the mountains, and dug and little girl grew up; her skin was as searched about for gold. They lighted white as snow, her cheeks as rosy as up their seven lamps, and saw directly the blood, and her hair as black as ebony; that all was not right. The first said, aud she was called Snow-drop.
“ Who has been sitting on my stool ?" But this queen died; and the king The second, “Who has been eating off soon married another wife, who was very my plate?" The third, “ Who has been beautiful, but so proud that she could picking my bread?” The fourth, “Who not bear to think that any one could sur. has been meddling with my spoon ?" The
She had a magical looking. fifth,“ Who has been handling my fork?" glass, to which she used to go and gaze The sixth,“ Who has been cutting with upon herself in it, and say,
my knife?” The seventh, “ Who has
137 been drinking my wine ?" Tlien the first laced! Let me lace them up with one looked round and said, “Who has been of my nice new laces.” Snow-drop did lying on my bed?" And the rest came not dream of any mischief; so she stood running to him, and every one cried out up before the old woman; but she set to that somebody had been upon his bed. work so nimbly, and pulled the lace so But the seventh saw Snow-drop, and tight, that Snow-drop lost her breath, called all his brethren to come and see and fell down as if she were dead. her; and they cried out with wonder and “ There's an end of all thy beauty,” said astonishment, and brought their lamps the spiteful queen, and went her way to look at her, and said, “Good heavens! home. what a lovely child she is !"
In the evening the seven dwarfs rewere delighted to see her, and took care turned ; and I need not say how grieved not to wake her; and the seventh dwarf they were to see their faithful Snow-drop slept an hour with each of the other stretched upon the ground motionless, as dwarfs in turn till the night was gone. if she were quite dead. However, they
In the morning, Snow-drop told them lifted her up, and when they found what all her story; and they pitied her, and was the matter, they cut the lace; and said if she would keep all things in order, in a little time she began to breathe, and and cook and wash, and knii and spin soon came to life again. Then they said, for them, she might stay where she was, “ The old woman was the queen herself and they would take good care of her. take care another time, and let no one in Then they went out all day long to their when we are away.” work, seeking for gold and silver in the When the queen got home, she went mountains; and Snow-drop remained at straight to ber glass, and spoke to it as home: and they warned her, and said, usual; but to her great surprise it still “ The queen will soon find out where said, you are, and so take care and let no one
“ Thou, queen, art the fairest in all this But the queen, now that she thought But over the hills, in the greenwood Snow-drop was dead, believed that she
shade, was certainly the handsomest lady in the land; and she went to the glass and Where the seven dwarfs their dwelling said,
There Snow-drop is hiding her head ; « Tell me, glass, tell me true!
and she Of all the ladies in the land, Is lovelier far, O queen! than thee.”. Who is the fairest ? tell me who ?” And the glass answered,
Then the blood ran cold in her heart “ Thou, queen, art the fairest in all this with spite and malice to see that Snow land;
[shade, drop still lived ; and she dressed herself But over the hills, in the greenwood up again in a disguise, but very different Where the seven dwarfs their dwelling from the one she wore before, and took
have made, [and she with her a poisoned comb. When she There Snow-drop is hiding her head, reached the dwarfs' cottage, she knocked I lovelier far, O queen! than thee." at the door, and cried, “ Fine wares to
sell!” But Snow-drop said, I dare not Then the queen was very much alarm. let any ove in.” Then the queen said, ed; for she knew that the glass always “ Only look at my beautiful combs ; spoke the truth, and was sure that the and gave her the poisoned one. And it servant had betrayed her. And she could looked so pretty that she took it up, and not bear to think that any one lived who put it into her hair to try it; but the was more beautiful than she was ; so inoment it louched her head the poison she disguised herself as an old pedlar, was so powerful that she fell down senseand went ber way over the hills to the less. There you may lie,” said the place where the dwarfs dwelt. Then she queen, and went her way. But by good knocked at the door, and cried, “ Fine luck the dwarfs returned very early that wares to sell !" Snow-drop looked out evening, and when they saw Saow-drop at the window, and said, “ Good day, lying on the ground, they thought what goud woman; what have you to sell ? had happened, and soon found the poi« Good wares, fine wares," said she; soned comb. And when they took it “ Jaces and bobbins of all colours." I away, she recovered, and told them all will let the old lady in; she seems to be that had passed; and they warned her a very good sort of budy,” thought Snow once more not to open the door to any drop; so she ran down, and unbolted one. the door. “ Bless me!" said the old Meantime the queen went home to her woman, “ how badly your stays are glass, and trembled with rage when she
received exactly the same answer as she were asleep; for she was even now before; and she said, “ Snow-drop shall as white as snow, and as red as blood, and die, if it costs me my life.” So she went as black as ebony. At last á prince secretly into a chamber, and prepared a camé and called at the dwarfs' house ; poisoned apple: the outside fooked very and he saw Snow-drop, and read what rosy and tempting, but whoever tasted it was written in golden letters. Then he was sure to die. Then she dressed her- offered the dwarfs money, and earnestly self up as a peasant's wife, and travelled prayed them to let him take ber away; over the hills to the dwarfs' cottage, and but they said, “We will not part with knocked at the door; but Snow-drop put her for all the gold in the world.” At her head out of the window, and said, last however they bad pity on him, and “ I dare not let any one in, for the dwarfs gave him the coffin: bui the moment have told me not.” “ Do as you please," he lifted it up to carry it honie with said the old woman, " but at any rate him, the piece of apple fell from between take this pretty apple;. I will make her lips, and Snow-drop awoke, and you a present of it." * “ No," said Snow- said, “Where am I?" And the prince drop, • I dare not take it." “ You silly answered, “Thou art safe with me." girl!" answered the other, " what are Then he told her all that happened, and you afraid of? do you think it is poison. said, “1 love you better than all the ed? Come, do you eat one part, and I world : come with me to my father's will eat the other." Now the apple was palace, and you shall be my wife." so prepared that one side was good, And Snow-drop consented, and went though the other side was poisoned. home with the prince; and every thing Then Snow-drop was very much tempted was prepared with great pomp and to taste, for the apple looked exccedingly splendour for their wedding. nice; and when she saw the old woman To the feast was invited, among eat, she could refrain no longer. But the rest, Snow-drop's old enemý the she had scarcely put the piece into her queen ; and as she was dressing herself mouth, when she fell down dead upon in fine rich clothes, she looked in the the ground. “This time nothing will glass, and said, save thee," said the queen; and she went home to her glass, and at last it said,
« Tell me, glass, tell me true!
Of all the ladies in the land, “Thou, queen, art the fairest of all
Who is fairest; tell me who ?" the fair." And then her envious ears was glad, and
And the glass answered, as happy as such a heart could be.
« Thou, lady, art loveliest here, I ween; When evening came, and the dwarfs
But lovelier far is the new-made returned home, they found Snow.drop
queen.” lying on the ground: no breath passed ber lips, and they were afraid she was
When she heard this, she started with quite dead. They lifted her up, and rage; but her envy and curiosity were combed her hair, and washed her face so great, that she could not help setting with wine and water ; but all was in out to see the bride. And when she vain, for the little girl seemed quite arrived and saw that it was no other than dead. So they laid her down upon a Snow.drop, who, as she thought, had bier, and all seven watched and be been dead a long while, she choked with wailed ber three whole days; and then passion, and felt ill. and died; but they proposed to bury her, but her Saow-drop and the prince lived and cheeks were still rosy, and her face lookreigned happily over that land many ed just as it did while she was a live; so many years. they said, “ We will never bury ber in
We are indebted to “Grimm's popular the cold grouod." And they made a German Stories” for the preceeding Tales coffin of glass, so that they might still look at her, and wrote her name upon it,
SERPENTS AT BOMBAY. in golden letters, and that she was a Here too lurks the small bright king's daughter. And the coffin was speckled Cobra Manilla, whose fangs placed upon the hill, and one of the convey instant death; some experiments dwarfs always sat by it and watched. were tried on wild dogs; their ears were And the birds of the air came too, and pressed between two boards, and the bemoaned Snow-drop: first of all came tips then presented to the snake, wbo bit an owl, and then a raven, but at last them; the parts were cut off as excame a dove.
peditiously as possible, bnt the dogs And thus Snow-drop lay for a 'long died in a few seconds.-Maria Graham's long time, and still only looked as though India.
WONDERFUL PASSAGE, &e.
The Spirit of the magazines. I counted and counted, but the dread
dayat length came. And I was summon
sed. All the leevelang afternoon, when WONDERFUL PASSAGE IN ca'ing the needle upon the labroad, i THE LIFE OF MANSIE
tried to whistle Jenny Nettles, Niel Gow,
and ither funny tunes, and whiles crooned WAUCH, TAILOR,
to mysell between hands; but my con
sternation was visible, and a' wadna do. (From Blackwood's Magazine.)
It was in November ; and the cauld ABOUT this time there arose a great glimmering sun sank behind the Pentsough and surmise, that some loons were
lands. The trees had been shorn of their playing false with the kirkyard, howking frail leaves, and the misty night was up the bodies from their damp graves, closing fast in upon the dull and short and harling them away to the College day, but the candles glittered at the shop Words canna describe the fear, and the windows, and leery-light-the-lamps was dool, and the misery it caused. Alt brushing about with his ladder in his Hocked to the kirk yeit ; and the friends oxter, and bleezing Aanboy sparking of the newly buried stood by the mools, out behind him. I felt a kind of qualm which were yet dark, and the brown newly- of faintness and down-sinking about my cast divots, that had not yet ta'en root, heart and stomach, to the dispelling of looking, with mournful faces, to descrive which I took a thimblefall of spirits, and, any tokens of sinking in.
tying my red comforter about my neck, I'll never forget it, I was standing by 1 marched briskly to the session-house. when three young lads took sbools, and, A neighbour, (Andrew Goldie, the peolifting up the truff, proceeded to howk sioner,) lent me his piece, and loaded it to down to the coffin, wherein they had laid
me. He took tent that it was only halfthe grey hairs of their mother. They cock, and I wrapped a napkin round the looked wild and bewildered like, and the dog-head, for it was raining. No being glance of their een was like that of folk acquaint wi' guns, I keepit the muzzle out of a mad-hou se ; and nane dared in aye away from me; as every man's duty the world to bave spoken to them. They is no to throw his precious life in jeodidna even speak to ane anither; but pardy. wrought on wi' a great hurry, till the
A furm was set before the sessionspades struck on the coffin lid-which house fire, which bleezed brightily, nor was broken. The dead-claithes were
had I ony thought that such an unearthly there huddled a'thegither in a pook, but place could have been made to look balf the dead was gane.
I took haud of so comfortable either by coat or candle; Willie Walker's arm, and lookit down.
so my speerits rose up as if a weight There was a cauld sweat all over me; had been ta'en aff them, and I wondered losh me! but I was terribly frighted and in my bravery, that a man like me could eerie. Three mair were opened, and a be afread of onything. Nobody was there just alike; save and except that of a wee but a touzy, ragged halflins callant of unkirstened wean, which was aff bodily, thirteen, (for I speered his age;) wi' a coffin and a'.
desperate dirty face, and laug carotty There was a burst of righteous indig
hair, tearing a speldrio wi' his teeth, nation throughout the parish ; nor wità. which lookit lang and sharp aneugh, and out reason. Tell me that doctors and throwing the skin and lugs intil the fire. graduates maun ha'e the dead; but tell
We sat for amaist an hour tbegither, it not to Mansie Wauch, that our hearts cracking the best way we could in cic a maun be trampled in the mire of scorn, place; nor was onybody mair likely to and our best feelings taughed at, in order
cast up. The right was now pitmark ; that a bruise may be properly plaistered the wind soughed amid the head-stanes up, or a sair bead cured. Verily the and railings of the gentry, (for we maun remedy is waur than the disease.
a' dee); and the black corbies in Ebe But what remead! It was to watch in steeple-boles cackled and crawed in a the session-house, with loaded guns, night fearsome manner. A' at ance we heard about, three at a time. I never likit to
a lonesome sound; and my heart began gang into the kirkyard after darkening, to play pit-pat-my skin grew a' rough, let a be to sit there through a lang winter like a poukit chicken-aud I felt as it i night, windy and rainy it may be, wi' nane
didna ken what was the matter with me. but the dead around us, Sauf us! it was
It was only a false alarm, bowever, an unco thought, and garred a' my flesh being the warning of the clock; and in creep; but the cause was gude--my a minute or twa thereafter, the bell struck corruption was raised---and I was deter ten. Oh, but it was a lonesome and mined no to be dauntoned.
dreary suuud ! Every chap gaed through
my breast like the dunt of a fore-hammer. Securities, and recommended me to try
Then up and spak the red-headed my luck; for which purpose, be offered laddie:-“ It's no fair ; anither should to introduce me to his particular friend hae come by this time. I wad rin awa Mr. Manasseh Mordecai, a remarkably hame, only I'm frighted to gang out my prudent young gentleman, who had lane.-Do ye think the doup of that recently entered the Foreign Stock candle wad carry i' my cap?".
Exchange, and, as he assured me, was “Na, na, lad; we maun bide here, as already comfortably tiled in, as the we are here now. --
- Leave me alane! phrase is. Put on my best coat, told Lord safe us! and the yett lockit, and the Jem to look after the shop, and accombethrel sleepin' wi' the key in his breek panied Macnab to Mr. Mordecai's countpouches !-We canna win out now though ing-house, whose tilbury was at the door, we would,” answered I, trying to look a bright pea-green picked out with red, brave, though half frightened out of my and brass mouldings, piebald horse, and seven senses ;---"Sit down, sit down; I've harness covered with brazen ornaments; baith whisky and porter wi' me. Hae, a boy-groom in the gig, in a sky-blue man, there's a cauker to keep your heart livery, with silver shoulder-knots, varwarm; and set down that bottle,” quoth nished hat, silver lace, and cockade; 1, wiping the saw-dust aff n't with my altogether the genteelest and smartest hand, “to get a toast ; l'se warrant it equipage I had ever seen. Went up-stairs, for Deacon Jaffery's best brown stout.” and found young gentleman aforesaid
The wind blew higher, and like a hur- damning bis clerk's eyes, because be had ricane; the rain began to fall in perfect forgotten to order the turtle soup and spouts; the auld kirk rumbled, and pine-apples to be sent to his countryrowed, and made a sad soughing; and house the day before, when Ben Bubblethe boutrie tree behind the house, where ton dined with him. Took us into an auld Cockbern that cuttit his throat was inner room about six feet square, and buried, creakit and crazed in a frightful upon being informed the nature of our manner ; but as to the roaring in the errand, declared with an oath that every burn, it was past a' power of description. man was a cursed ass, if he had a little To make bad worse, just in the heart of money in his pocket, not to make bis the brattle, the grating sound of the yett fortune as he had done : that it was plain turning on its rusty hinges was but too sailing, a hollow thing, clear as dayplainly heard. What was to be done. light, and sure as a gun; for Ben BubI thought of our baith rinning away; and bleton had called in New Court, and then of our lockiug oursells in, and firing ascertained that Nathan meant to through the door ; but wha was to pull make an immense purchase in Poyais, the trigger ?
which he had no doubt would run up
ten or twenty per cent. in consequence,
in the inarket for a buyer. Desired him HEBDOMADARY OF accordingly to invest my nine hundred MR. SNOOKS, THE GROCER, pounds in that stock; when he exclaimed,
with a contemptuous look," Psha ! what “ No wonder they were caught by South Sea will you get by
hat? If it runs up schemes,
twenty per cent. there is but a paltry: Who ne'er enjoy'd a guinea, but in dreams; No wonder they their third subscriptions bundred and eighty profit. No, if you sold,
are a fellow of any spirit and talent, you For millions of imaginary gold ;
will lodge this money with me as a If to instruct them all my reasons fail, Be they diverted by this moral tale."
security, and let me buy you a lot for Swift's Epistle to Mr. Thomas Snow. the end of the month, before which time
I shall probably be able to sell it again Monday.-Received a visit from Mr. with a profit of some thousands." Macnab, the attorney, who paid me nine Thought it a pity not to be a fellow of hundred pounds, being the amount of the spirit and talent, and consented accordlegacy left to my wife by Farmer Mump- ingly to this proposition; when he inford, of Ipswich, berlate uncle, for quired whether I had any other dibbs, which we gave him our joint discharge. any more blunt, or stumpy, which MacTook him into the parlour behind the nab explained to mean any more money; shop, when Mrs. S. had returned up- and I replied that I had saved nearly six stairs, and consulted him as to the hundred pounds in business, which I employment of this large sum; when he kept in Exchequer bills" Exchequer informed me that all the world were bills !" exclaimed Mr. Mordecai : “ what making fortunes in South American fully! Make up the fifteen bundred