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it T"-% ONT cry," Hansel said to; his Ulster, Gretel,
U "we will find our way home again.**
A" kicked stepmother and her husband, a wood*
cutter, had taken thdr <A3dren deep into the for
est to lose them. They were so vefypwr that there was
not food enough for tile grbwtwip people* let alone the
thildreorand <*» wwdcuttef's wife begged her husband
to get rfd of tkefrdilMren in tfeb way.
But Hansel bed overheard his father and mother
talking over their plans, and made up his mind not to
get lost He had filled his pockets with small pebbles,
and" when his parents .were cot --looking; had dropped
them; one by. one, as they were taken into the thick
When they vert left alone Hansel and Gretel were
10 tired they, Hy down under a tree and were soon fast
asleep. It was darfe night when they « awoke, and
Gretel, not knowing about the pebble?, began to try.
**H<w are we ever to get home?" she said.
WHEN she saw Hjtnse^gnd Gretel asleep in the
tittle beds, she sBi?to"Kellelf:s B i?to"Kellelf :
"Thil will be a dainty cumffifuJ." '
And Qiea the seised Hansel Wl carried him into a
stable and shut him up. * He screamed and cried, but no
one cstne to help. him. The witch then went to Gretel
tnd woke hiT with a rough shake. ;
"Get up, you !&zy thing, -and cook somethiug f or
roar brother, t He b in tbe stable, and when he is fat
tnongh I the!l eat him," the wicked witch said.
Gretel wept bitterly, but it did no good; she had to *
do «vhat the witch told her. Every morning the. witch
crept to the stable and said:
"Hansel, stretch out your finger that I can feelhow
fat yon are getting.
Rsnsel stretched out each time, instead, a. little
HUNGRY, aad, after «»ting •omc wild ttrawber*
fies which lt&eVretiM 'alftit iwbds^tliey ; threw/
liemselves doim * aiA»V .tt* Threes and [went ft fast '
asleep. They were awakened by the song of a beantiful
white bird wMdi sat on a tree hear them. / As it sang it
\ spread Its wings end flew ttowjy beforje . theta /liiey
followed the bird until It reached a little house and
Chcre It Eghted on the root When (hey cams tip to the
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nqFCfe.! I will eat * piece of fhe root, Oretel, and jbo
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At thai awment they beard a soft voice from ivittritt
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rtxTr* HE wicked witch was herself roasted to death ir, *
the oven intended for the children!
Gretel ran quickly J to the/ stable fandii*llttiimse!V"V.
out, -and togetherthey •weht|mto the irtHi^ wtetc
they found large chests of pearls and jewels of all kinds.
: They filled their jwdcets^and start«!;to i ftflid thar.way
6iit of tije witch's forest ' ' ." , - '
WTsen they had walked for a long time they came
bridge or a boat in sight'
'lMe£whitedu<*r»ajqimingCKrtißt^vafcer, v '«*
claimed Gretel. 'If 1 1& her she will help us over. 1
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THE SAN FRANCISCO SUNDAY dALL
HANSEL <»mfortedher v andsai<f:;
"Wait a little; we will soon find our way \r
back;"' and he . tftld her about the white pebbles
he Ka^ dropped along- the path. -
He took his little sister by the hand and followed ,
Ite pebbles wfuch theysaw uvthe moonlight, and,' after
walking a long time, at last they came to their father's
• The mother scolded tnem ; buj the father was glad
that they bad come back.l
. It was not fang after this, however, tliat the wicked
stepmother -"and thci* father took them again to the fof-
Aias!,thistm« poor Hansel did hot have a chance
to get the pebbles, so he dropped little crumbs of bread
as they 'went ajong. j&it when the moon came up they v
could not find the crumbs; the birds had eaten them all.
Though they walked for a long time they could nt>t find
their way out of the forest. They were very tired and]
FOUKD in th« stably and at the wftch's eyes were
dfiau ahe thought it wai ' Hansel's finger, and:.
eceM not vftdetttaao^^^ why he dkl not get fat. But
after a white ihe grew angry* and said to^Gretel:
'X«l Hansel be fat or not, I »haU kill and cook him
then ttade » big fire to heat her oren* in wh}ch
sheiAtofKkdtoeobk Hansel ThmtfotttdtoGretelr
to roast yowbl^er.T "^ '..
. . Thwigo Gwtw dia not luiow \% wk intended to oooSc
cad eat htn Una But GreUl was a bright little girl ajjd
' "I do not know how lamtodo it Showmehow,"
sEe said to the witch. ; :
"Silly, gooser said the witcA/ "ITie door is very
big; just see, i can get in myself," and she crept up and
put her head vi front of the oven door. ; At that Gretel
gave her a big push that drove her far, into the oven, and
i b»n»t ihi ouickly shut tfte jlioor.
r Tj l H E wtfld, the wind, the children answerea,
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ing, they were so hungry.
1 Suddenly the door opened, and out came a very,
very lame old woman. Hansel and Gretel were scared,
arid stopped eating in their fear of the ugly old woman:
"Oh, you dear children ! Did you come to stay with
me ? Have ho fear; no harm shall come to you," said the
She took them by the hand"aiid ledjthem into the
house, ahd gave them lots of good things to eat. , There
were milk, pancakes, sugar, tpples and nuts in plenty;
and, after they had eaten all they wanted, she took them
. to two pretty little beds. t Hansel and Gretel lay down
and thought ! wer« in heaven.
The old woman only pretended to be kind. * She
was really a wicked witch, who lay in wait to catch little
difldren^ Her ljttle'cakfi houie t was onlyjncant to entice
them. When children fell into her potvef she killed theia
end then cooked and ale theo-
\ ''T ITTLEduck, h*ttle"duck, dost'thou fieet
Hansel and Gretel are waiting for the?.
There's never a plank or bridge in sight ;
Take us across on thy back so whitr."
The duck came to them, and Hansel seated himself
sx its back, and told bis sister to sit beside hiai
M No, M replied Gretel; "that will be too heavy fo»
the uttle duck.
. The duck took them over, one by oce; and, when
; lhey_both were safely over, they found a palh throsgh
the forest which led straight to their home, where they
Ktw i received with cries of joy.
.*ntey etoptied.th^t pockets of the predoatf^ones;
tad they all lived in happiness ever after*