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The Story as Told to Persian
Tbe King s Test to Aid Him in Choosing
an Heir
The Adventures el Prince Arbar With the
aeblln, the Wish and tha
Three Doves
_ Persian woman of milium thus related
Ihe old legend of the "Sleeping Beauty"
as an eld household servant was wont to
tell it to the children: Onoe upon n time
there was a king who wished to appoint
one of his three sons ns bla heir. Ho sum
moned bis grand vizier into his presence
*o as to consult him on this important
question. They decided to watch tho
princes for a year end judge them accord
ing to each one's conduct. Una day at tho
beginning of the year the three proposed
to go out hunting. After some time tho
eldest, Prince Abdullah, shot a lion, and.
feeling tired, returned home. Prince
Housen, the eooond, shot a bear, and as
h« was satisfied with hla day's hunting,
returned to the palace. The younger,
Prince Akbsr, spied a gaselleand pursued
li He was soon lost sight of. His follow
ers, who, after waiting for a long ttmo for
their master nnd having looked every
where for him, decided to return and tell
hla father tbe and news.
The king w.ts very muoh grieved at los
ing his youngest and denrc-t son. Ho
sent many soldiers and mon to scorch tho
grounds where tho prince bad beou last,
seen, but without success, for nobody could
And any trace of him, nnd at last the king
gavo up the idea In despair, feeling sure
that he would never see bis fnvorito child
alive again. Tha prince, uieuuwbllo, was
running as fas* ns he could after tho «a
rello, till at last be arrived In front of a
palace With an Iron gute, over which the
gazello leaped and disappeared. Ho, could
not follow it there, so, being hot, tired
and thirsty, he threw himself on the grass
to rest n little. Ho noticed throe doves
perched on the gatu (they wuro renlly fair
ies who had assumed that shape).
"Well!" said one, ' that prince Is doing
• very foolish thing, lying down t! ire.
Perhaps bo does not know this is tho gob
lin's resitlenoo and that every Sunday
morning tho goblin takes n walk round
bla property aud davouis anybody ho finds
on it. Be Is certain to find that prince
juat pear tbe gate."
"Well," said the ssoond dove, "be oan
tare his life very easily. He only has to
go down thai deep well, and when he gets
to the bottom of It he will find himself in
n dark room, where he will see an ugly
tld witch leaning over n kettle and half
11 ti Ing on a chair. Without waking her, he
must take tbe pieoo of glass which ia un
der bor left foot and break It, for it Is tbe
goblin's life. Ac soon as It Is In pieces the
goblin will expire. He must then attack
the witch and kill her with his sword."
Tbe prince rose from tho grass, and,
acting ou the advloe he had just heard, he
very soon found the well and went down
It by a olrcular path, but the lower he got
tbe hotter it grow, till the poor prince bo
gan to feel giddy, slok and faint, though
be kept on bravely and vor thought of
turning back. At last lih found himself
tn tho room, took the piece of glaaa with
out waking the horrible old witch, broke
it into a hundred pieces, killed the witch
and climbed out of tbe well and was sur
prised to And himself In a lovely garden,
near another Iron gate muoh bigger than
the first, whioh he tried to open. As he
oould not do so he walked about tbe gar
den, In whioh was a large tank of running
water, quenched bis thirst at It aud
stretched himself under a tree, where he
soon fell asleep. Ho awoke hearing the
same doves speaking in the tree on a
branch just over his bead. The third one
was speaking:
"If he wants to open this Iron gate, he
most try and do It with the point of his
Eword, and as soon as its doors fly open
put his band In bis pocket and take out
three gold coins, which be must throw
Into the mouth of the black serpent whioh
will come out of the gate with ita mouth
open ready to eat tbo prlnoo. If he can
do this quickly, the serpent will die as
soon as the rooney Is la its mouth, and
tho prince will set free o lovely princess,
but he will have to look for her."
Rising, ths prlnoo onoe mora did as tho
doves had said. When his sword touched
the gate, the doors flew open ond tbe hor
rible blnok bead of an enormous serpent
came out, showing its fangs. The prince
threw the money and the ugly reptilo died.
The prince soon found himself In another
and touch prettier garden, and, feeling
hungry, looked about to see if bo could
And something to eat. Fruit there was
In sbuudnnco, so, gathering up six splendid
apples, he ate them and then walked up
to the beautiful palace he saw In front of
him. He went through many lovely
rooms full of rare and costly things, eaoh
one more splendid than tho last, but tho
prince felt) depressed ot the great silence,
for not tt living thing was to be heard.
At last be reaohod the second story, and,
going Into the last and handsomest room,
be shortly bedame aware that a beautiful
young lady was asleep on a low couch not
far from where be was standing. He hesi
tatingly approached her to have a better
view of her face ond thought her so lovely
that he stooped over her and kissed her.
She opened her eyes and wag surprised to
find a young man near her and told him
to go away as fast as ho oould, for this
was the goblin's oaatlo, and that either the
goblin, the wltoh (his mother) or tbo
black serpent would eat him. He told her
his adventures and she told him hers.
When she was a child, she had been
steles from her father's kingdom, ami
many priooes and young men had Icm
their lives In trying to save her and take
her away from tbe goblin's oastle. She
thanked Prlnoe Akbar very oourteouslj
(or having freed ber.
After living a few days with that lovely
princess, the prince, finding he loved bor
very muoh Indeed, asked ber to become hit,
wife. She oonsented. They then mounted
on horseback to go back to the prince's fn
tber's kingdom, but, as tbo princess wai
afraid of their not being able to find their
way baok to the goblin's oastle, which
was theirs now, she loaded a horse with
two bags f u u of lime and out a hole in
each bag, go that a trail of lime lay all
along tho way.
Tbey soon arrived at the kingdom of
the prlnoe'a father. The king was very
happy to see his son again and also to see
what a beautiful bride he had ohosou.
The prlnoe told bis father about all tbo
adventures he had had. The year was now
over, and after this happy wedding bad
been celebrated the king chose Prlnoe Ak
bar as his heir. The prlnoe now Inhabits
ths goblin's oastle, where his father ooea
aionally visits him. And If any of you
little sahibs and khanoums (gentlemen
and ladles) wish to go and see him, yon
only have to And the goblin's oastle, for the
* rt^, to »nowll» make
VOW weleo"m*.—W#irtTnlnkte> fliidiwt.'
It Also Has a Tail That Might Be Useful
to Mothers of Bad Boys.
The frilled lizard la found In Australian
woods, being tolerably abundant In north
Queensland and tbo Kimhorley district, of
Western Australia. It lives on beetles suoh
as are found on the troo barks. It has
soma characteristics of which Nature tells.
Jt Is about three feet long, measured from
bead to tall point. What makes it remark
able consists of two things—its hurried
walk and its fighting anger.
It carries a sort of natural umbrella top
about its nook, which it elevates suddenly
with an alarming effect, even to ordinary
lizard killing dogs, scaring thorn as an
umbrella opened In the face of n charging
bull. Heuoe It is called the frilled lizard.
Its teeth arc not of muoh use as a defense
ngaiust a vigorous animal, but when it
tights it uaos Its long, lithe tall in a way
to bring long bruises on one's bands—ln
fact, oould It bo properly trained, it might
nerve as an automatic switch, which, like
tbo maglo rub-a-dub-dub stick, would at
the word administer • thrashing to the
disobedient child.
From the soientlfio point of view the
creature's peculiar method of ambulation
is most Interesting because It presents an
absurdly grotesque appearance at such
times, moro especially from the rear. It
walks blpedally, or on two feet, like a bird
and so much does it resoroble a bird in its
wnlk that it seems to be the connecting
link between tbo ancestors of birds and
tbe lizards of today. It walks in a hurry
and tho photographs were seourod with
soino difficulty from living specimens in
England, the moat rapid roller blind shut
ter of an Ansohuts being neoesaary, as or
dinary shuttors did not work fnat enough,
a dim, blurred streak being all the picture
tbey got.
When walking erect, ita only mode when
in n hurry, it leaves a track In the mud
slid wing threo claws. Headers will remem
ber tho three toed track In the sandstones
found in various museums. Tlin professors
remembered thorn, too, nnd they are now
calculating that those sandstone tracks
wore made by another such animal as this
Australian lizard.
An old qunrryman once told about see
ing a set of these sandstone tracks blurred
in places by another kind of tracks, just ns
if ono reptile bad been abating another. It
must have been a highly Interesting race,
with tho most rousing kind of o fight at
the end.
But What Was the Senas That Gave the
Alarm to Mies J.T
How Miss J. came to suapeot tho snake
she herself onnnot toll a whit better than
you or I. She is no spiritualist—you may
drive n nail into that. She is neither Im
aginative nor hysterical—an exceptionally
bnrd headed, practical woman, an evangel
ical church mom ber and devoted to domes
tic labors and needlework. I have tbe
story straight from her own lips.
She aud bar (rlend, Miss W., keep honse
by themselves In a neat tenoinent on one
of our best streets. Upon this particular
ovening Miss W. was away, so Miss J. did
not put up bor sewing work until after 10
o'clock. She bad no sooner blown out the
light and orept Into bed thau she was seized
with a most frightful, ungetridable Im
pression that there was a snake some where
about the premises. She tried to laugh
herself out of tbo absurd notion, (or who
ever heard of a snake In a house in tbe
town of Dexter, in the county of Penob
soot, in tbo state of Maine? But never
tbeless sleep was impossible.
Now, Miss J. is not given to waiting on
whims and fancies, ao she sprang some
what impatiently out of bed, struck a
light and began n vigorous searoh—under
the pillows, under tha bed, under the bu
reau, tinder tbe rugs, into the sitting
room, under tho sofa, behind tbe organ—
everywhere, but no snake.
Back to bed she went, bnt the whim
was not satir lied. Something still Insisted
that the snake was there. In spite of
reason and oommon sense she revolved
continually in bor mind whether she could
have overlooked any possible hiding place
for the imaginary reptile.
Suddenly, after tbe fashion of old lady
Nlckleby, a forgotten umbrella presented
Itself that had been left standing In a cor
ner of the sitting room. So np again in
tbe dark she got, groped her way along the
wall, gingerly gripped the suspected um
brella, flung It out into the kitchen and
hurriedly shut the door.
The next morning, when she set about
getting breakfast, almost tbe first thing
she saw was a small but altogether genu
ine and lively snake wriggling on the
sbolf by the water pail. How It came there
she never knew, but bow It left she can
tell with a vivid expllcltnoas testifying to
the etornal enmity between tbe daughters
of Evo and that "old earplnt."—Lowiston
The Sparkler! Vary Widely la Hoe and
In Their Value.
I Diamonds vary widely In hne; the pur
est are perfectly colorless and transparent,
but they aro found In almost every color
of the spectrum, tbe commonest being
white, yellow or brown, yellowish green,
bottle green and rarely rose red, blue or
black, says Tbe Jewelor. Next to tbe yel
lowish greenish, yellow diamonds are tbe
most numerous. Tho black are very rare,
and wben the diamond Is between tho
brown and tho blnok its transparency en
i tirely disappears or is seen only at the an
! gles. Perfeotly oolorleaa diamonds come
from the mines of India, Brazil, the Cape
and Australia. Perhaps about 10 per oent
of tbe crystals whioh come into the market
are of a fair oolor, with a flaw or spot ot
color, and the remainder ore off oolorod,
•ailed second quality or bywater. Nearly
•ne-balf are only bort.
Colored diamonds exhibit their luster
and olearneas best when ont, especially the
yellow, whioh by artificial light are very
brilliant. Stones either perfeotly oolorleaa
or having decided tints of rose red, green
or blue are most highly prlssd. Fine cin
namon and salmon tints or brown, blaok
or yellow stones are also esteemed. If flaw
less and without tint of any kind, tbey are
termed "first water." If they possess a
steely blue oolor, at times almost opales
cent, they are called blue white. Such are
usually Brazilian stones. Exceptionally
perfeot stones are termed gems, and tor
suoh there is no Axed value, tbe prioe de
pending on their purity, perfection, brll
llanoy and freedom from flaws. It is im
possible to estimate tbe value o( a diamond
by its weight alone, as oolor, brilliancy,
out and general perfection must all be
taken into acoount. Of two stones, both
flawless and weighing ten carats eaoh, one
may be worth 1600 and the other 113,000.
Exceptional atones often bring special
prioes, whereas off colored or Imperfect
stones sell at from $80 to 976 a carat re
gardless of their size.
He Has Re DUBoulty In Telling Time by a
Town Clock Two Miles Away.
John Bush, a sailor on the small coast
wise schooner Caroline, that recently lay
near tbe Jersey shore, south of Jersey City,
probably has the keenest sight of any man
In America.
He is a small, spindle legged man, very
dark skinned, and bla eyes are the blackest
•f black. His parents would not likely
•toognlze him by the name of John Bush,
for that la contraction of John the Bush
man, as John Is a native born Bnshman.
Twelve years ago he shipped from Caps
Town as » sailor on n British merchant
man and has alnoa followed the sea.
While the little schooner lay off the Jer
sey shore, when John wanted to know tbe
time of day, he would glauoe nt tho tower
clock un the New York FroduooExahnngo
building, two miles away, nnd ho had no
more trouble in telling tbo hour than did
tho skeptical spectator beside him, who
tested John's accuracy by hla own watch.
"That's easy for a Bushman," aald
John. "We haven't white men's eyes.
Wo think you peopio aro blind if you want
to see a long way, but your eyes are good
for what in near. My people can see far,
far nwny, because we hovo to and worn
born that way for many years. We must
see away off, or there would be no Hush
men, (or there aro many wild beasts in
Africa, and our peopio are not big or
strong and have not had guna. They must
know danger In time, so aa to get away.
They watch and watch (or hundreds of
years, and so their eyes get to be very
strong nnd very good (or things fsr away.
And then we don't use our eyes as much
or spoil thsm by reading and fine work,
as you do."—New York Herald.
The Baca Won by Amertas the Spartan.
The contestants bent over tbe limestone
threshold. The oil glistened upon their
naked bodies. The aparrowa ohlrped upon
tbe crest of Kronos. Then tbo trumpet
sounded, and tho waiting Una seemed fairly
to leap forward. For an instant it stretch
ed straight north and sooth uoroaa the
stadion, then bent In graceful curves, then
broke Into (ragmen te. Two men dashed
foremost with great bounds. Tho people
had found tongue now. "Pallas! Pallas!
Athene!" "See, the Athenian is abend!
The Corinthian loses I" "No, not yet!
He clings close to his heels I The rest arc
beaten!" "Kaator speed tbeel Castor!
Kastor! See the Spartan I" He had shot
like au arrow from the bow of runners,
past the Corinthian, gaining upon tho
Athenian. "Gods, is there time?" Tho
mountain seemed to reel benoath the sway
ing multitude. A mad roar ascended to
scatter the very olouds. "Gods, he has
him!" "He Is close behind! He is upl
He Is by I He wins) Kastor I Kastor!"
"It is tho Olympiad of Amertai the Spar
Slowly the uproar and excitement sub
sided. The vlotor was led away, and the
faoes of his friends were again as stern and
impassive as before that single flash of de
light which overcame even their trained
stolidity.—Duff)eld Osborne In Soribner's.
He Trusts the Reporters.
Chaunoey M. Depew knows newspaper
reporters as welt as any man, and here ts
what ho truthfully SAys of them:
"Every profession has Its oode of honor.
That code Is always based upon confidence
and trust. I see more reporters and oftener
than any ten men In the universe. They
breakfast, dine, sup end sleep with me,
or, praotlcally, that is what it amounts to.
Tbey cume to me blue penoiled at all hours
of the day and night for a revelation which
they must take baok In some form or bo
discredited at the offios. It is oftsn a mat
ter which it is Important for me, in justice
to the Interests whioh I represent or tho
people who trust me, not to reveal, but
when, as often happens, something can be
said whioh will reach over the important
•risis by a suggestion of facts and the situ
ation oan only Ira understood by a full ex
planation, the reporter hears In confidence
the story and then tho line drawn beyond
which he must not go, and novsr has that
confidence been misplaced nor the line
Vocal imitations by a Mongrel.
While on a trip through Moore county,
Term., rooontly I was the guest of the
Rev. Frank M. Downing, who lives in tho
neighborhood of n small settlement called
County Lino. His family consists of him
self and wife and a small yellow dog,
whioh, I noticed, received an unusual
amount of oaro and attention. As there
was nothing particularly attractive about
the dog, whioii wos only a mongrel our, I
rather wondered at -their manifest affeo
tion, and one day inquired the reason for
It. Mr. Downing, for answer, called
Benoh, and, placing him In a ohalr, oom
mended him to "crow."
My astonishment was unbounded when
the dog gave a perfect imitation of n
Shanghai rooster, and, without further
command, followed it with the neigh of a
horse, tbe lowing of cows, the grunts and
squeaks of pigs, the whining of eats am!
various noises incident to farm life. He
could give all tho yelps of a pack of hound
in pursuit of a fox, nnd In so realistic n
manner that you could Bcarcely help be
Having that a hunt wns in progress. Mr.
Downing said that nobody had taught tin
animal, and that his imitative power
were discovered by accident.
In appearance Bench is not prepossess
Ing, his color being a dirty yellow, hi
bnlr coarse aud wiry, his legs short, an
his body ratber unwieldy. In his eyes
however, there gleams an Intelligence al
most human.—St. Louis Globe-Democrat
Not a Safe Bale.
"I believe," said the entbnslastlo young
author, "that ths first thing a man should
do when he proposes to write a paper at
any kind Is to get full of his subject."
"I disagree with you," replied his more
mature friend. "In fact, I shudder to
thing of what might result It I followed
your advice."
"What are yon working onf"
"An address on intoxicating liquors to
be read before our temperance sooiety."—
Washington Star.
Giving Toll Valoa For Ticket*.
"Ah, you have changed much since last
I saw you!" exolaimed tho old man of tbo
"i'es," rejoined the Ingenue, "14
Thereupon tbey came forward to the
footlights and sang with muoh feeling o
song entitled, "And Ber Husband Wen'
Insane With Patent Buttons."—Detroi
feu- ,
When la fashion's dainty prime
Pretty Nanoy walks the street.
Half the town is keeping time
To the rhythm of her feet,
While the ether half looks gay.
As If smiling lips woold say,
"Nanoy, Hsrfcy, darling Nanoy,
Charming Nancy, aome this way)
Bright and blooming as a rose,
Heeding neither smile nor sigh,
Down the street sweet Nanoy goes,
Passing all her lovers by,
Never granting yea nor nay,
Though th* lips and glances pray.
•'Nanoy, Nancy, lovely Nanoy,
Please, dear Nancy, come this way!"
Then, between too leafy shades,
Birds grow bolder without fear;
As sweet Nanoy promenades
Sing they leader and more clear.
Trilling, thrilling roundelay,
"Glad ws are thi* anaay day;
Nanoy, Nanoy, pretty Nancy,
Darling Naaey comes oar way I"
But sweet Nancy's fall of care,
Hears she neither song nor talk;
Hardly mora oan maiden bear.
When she's learning how to walk, I'
And her tiny feet will stray
Bplte of all that sane* say.
Nanoy, Nanoy, toddling Nanoy,
Nanoy has her oifa (West way!
—Zitella Cook* tn Youth's Companion
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