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By Walt McDougell McDougellThe McDougallThe
The Curious Story of Bertha Walton Whom a Witch Turned Into a Snake
din 1Ived wItIa hte baar sister BctIIIL BctIIILill
J ill t ram ramibo Ie t1Ua t1Uaold tttmbi dwa dwaold
old JI house JH tJaat DO Me would wouldrut wouldv
v rut It ba4 monk a Jeak7 r Cand r t tand
and s iatpp cellar a W was JIG bill at atlI1ice etmice
mice aDd aDdThey rata ratar
r They Lad GO 81ftU and Jack troutt nW nWJ9pera
t J9pera t8 et et food for tM tw tw0 but he hetarely hew
w rarely aide enough te esable We th them lB te teluxe tohive
hive two mesha a day at tile bat TheIr TheIrjotbM Theirtiotbes
jotbM were moetiy Uy taIIII and the ware warestarvedlooR1ig wecettatYed1ooIIbw
ttatYed1ooIIbw and she e 1I1de8d 1I1de8dBUt lndeelBut
BUt they hod happy dtapoeIttona OM 8IiC 8IiCfomeb aeCronhew
fomeb Ia n mite te of their pom man manliged managed
aged to bN pretty jell jelly except who whonearly wlteaIlearty
nearly starved IItane4Ja
Ja Jack was wpeclall kind lid oWIcIlII oWIcIlIIJlII1 ebllgings
JlII1 s out ef Jab way to do a 8f servke rYke to tothe tovthera
vthera the sad man a qIcJce1 be picked up uphere uphere
here and there bashs be A IIIt of Ida wtlHDgIIHIJ wtlHDgIIHIJtCl
tCl help others but curiously a ea 1J uab h W thisver WfOr
ver fOr WUUngness to oblige eaued all tile tiletrou thetrouble
trou trouble that afterward came to both of ofthtm ofthem
them Tbe They had IIIaIIQed to atraggki atnllJp atnllJpthr
i thr thmtpth < vh the IIttter cold winter althotlgh althotlghIt
It I is bard to lee how they did It It and aadsprlag
spring WU coating 1ven wa In tM dirty dirtyI
I treets oC the city dcnn In Ute nanow nanowley
alley ley eolLutDg seemed to breathe Aft Aftair anair
air of eombw Bowers and gUB a and birds bI1dsto birdsto
to those ws ow dO larly RW any of these tJMHthiDSII thesethtngu
thiDSII ADd neD while tile cold raiD WM WMtalllllf wasfalriay
talllllf u4 Use Us sharp wind ot April was waabloWbl
bowing the buds on tM t e few IIIcklyJeok IIIcklyJeokIng
Ing tress sane pulsing forth as though thoagIJthEY thoughThey
thEY felt re that It It wu u e bceal bcealmto break breaktuto
mto leaf TIle Tb botstero boisterous IIIIUTOWS on ontbe nnthe
the beuaotps MUllet and gutters wore mom momIkJlstelOu mole moleboisterous
boisterous than ever a sure sign of ofr ofr
r r spring rlne and more organ grinders and bra brat brass
t bands were ReD In the streets 8tree a surersign surer sureratgn
sign than any anyOne
One day as J Jana was ping at dQitroak dQitroakthat dayiroekthat
that that wu Ute time he bad to start rt out outtor outfor
for his p apers he AW a great wagon wagonloaded
loaded with B JIOIta crt beautUad flowers flowersgoing fiowezwoinc
going put sad afo he gazed at the flowoa a aWIth
I WIth a great wish to haTe some to take taketo taketo
to Bertha one fell U Into the street ne nean Heion
an and picked 1t up quickly quicklyI quicklyIt
It wu a greet 1id rose rose tightly dosed eIoMdif
as if it had not waked u yr yet for it wan wanstill wacIItIll
still Quite dart He rom back to the hovel honlthey hovelthey
they called home and awoke Bertha Berthaben BerthaWhen
When ben she saw w the lovely roM she just justsped justgasped
sped with Ikasure leasure and eIRd I It ease easeIF
IF 8be plunged d her DOlle no Into its petals petalsand
and drew In a breath of Sta StaTIt Itsfragranco ItsfragrancoThese
TIt These rose are worth a dollar apleee apleeetoaid apiecesaid
said Jack I saw the price marked OR a acard acard
card In 3 window on some just like them themShall thornShall
Shall we try to sell this oRe oReNever oneNever
Never That would be a shame The T2tafirst Thefirst
first one De we ever er had No I Win put It In Ina ina
a tomato can full of dirt and maybe It itwill
will gtG 0 tflled epl + ed Berth Berthafor tOt that wu wasall
i all she knew about flowers As she held heldIt
JI It to her fall she felt Its petalll slowly slowlyunfold
Ii unfold unro ag against b r cheek 8D awl look looklug iook iookIn
In lug into Its dtvp tip crimson hurt be be 8W 8WD sawL
D L KImetIdDg that tl at made her jump In aston utOI1ishment astonishment
ishmentJack ishment ishmentJack
Jack loA to kd also and saw w 11 the centre centreI
1 I of the Go f o r a tiny ure lgu e It wa a little Uttlemaiden littlemaiden
maiden je iressed > sed In the 8lm le t sort of ofshimer ofshismerattire
shismerattire shimer attire like a deweprtnkled dewsprinkledspiders
I spider e b lying lrln < asleep In the heart of ofthe ofthe
the r L 1t 4s S they gaud she opened openedJ openedher
J her blue YS and looked up at them themI
I cJec1ar its a fairy cried Bertha IHrthLI
I Jim rob rtrc of off ofThe f It ItThe
The Fairy Cuealls CueallsLooks CereallsLouks
Looks tits ne said Jack bat I a aj at ata11
j ways a11 thot thOF1f ht there wasnt any aD7Are anyAre
Are y yon a fairy asked Bertha BerthaY
7 Y replied th tho tiny creature In a afint afeint
feint YOI vole I am the fairy CereaHs CereaituHegrsy CereaHsf
f H Hegrsy cried Jack Weve got a ared areal
red fairy What luck lucklVbeIII luckirises
VbeIII am I asked eeru trying trIIngto
to BIt up Int failing back OIt tell me mewhere mewhereas
where whereas Q 1Jade 1 1Jack
Jack tJtl t u 1r where h had ftMuId her Iterf
f in a fey f v words ords for he half opested ed to toSI tosec
SI Jwor he i Y inay a n ay at once as he bad Jteard Jteardrarla hetrdtattles
tattles 11 always da doOh
011 Oh btrors rrnrs Am I ill a dtJt T eftIndeed Thenindeed
Indeed 1 am m undone cited the fairy 11t7She fairyShe
She bf b t n to weep bitterly bitterlyWI bitterlyWl
WI f is th the matter tt 1 said Bertha JJertitaWe BerthaWe
We not harm harm you Are yet h hgry boa
7 t gry a asked s c ked th18 th is beea1lM beLfl beLflr oc me herMIt herMIty
° y r only nly t er I whtll starved starYedYee starvedYe
Yee yplied lied Cereallll I am Islet fatatwith Islete
e with 1 < r and the lmgwledge gCl that I If Iam
f am m Ii 1Lreadful dreadful city tm tmnervet ees eesthat me se sethat
that t control Controll myeulfWL 1ldf 1ldff
f WL o yo 0 ob object tc being iD a ait av
v city it tat Jade Jadej
j r All LillY bau ys power 1 ayes her It JIbe JIbeIet aloeRota
Iet t town pi stint CereaUs It k kbad 1abad
bad er ch 1 to TON 0 r a stream That
15 1 fat L t a fairyS iwer wer but It 1 at farworse at1fontt
worse tI nc T < Tn amoac amongtoUSPS lOUS ot meD o ow owwdt
w wwdt il < t that ha I felt IIC + weak alL I went to toeleep tosleep
sleep ir this hisrose rose otlldnc in the besuttfal besuttfalgarde beaUU l lI
I garde d t HrlhaU30 lI ishaus he tit florist where 116 wespend
1 lip spend end H inter and now I awake pere peret er erWL
t WL tith j your1lCK lack pin Said
c leek leekI
J I It ic u d rn T C geed d T am powerless powerJ5SI powerlesshere
here 1 s lid weep weeping r a again againtoo aln alnW
I W to thats the case as I will carry carryI carryyoq
fOQ hc aid Jack JackIt Jackt
I t It jng way frOm here said Cf Cflt CereoUs
lt reoUs l1a 1Y and you never could wa walk walki k ki
i wr W4 youll ou l walt until tuft l 1 sell mt pa papen papo
pen po rt 1 savage to got g lr es t fare be re te teI
plied piled 1 then it IIi wtf be 1 easy Ial1 Ial1whOe Jdeanwhile
while tr t r will ill try to scrape up 8OlT 8OlTtblDg sorrthing
thing roe 1I to eat eatp eatP
I p 1 can find nme n > honEY In the thede thenee
nee de fairy tid 11 that will cup cupport UP UPport
port while lIlc 1 amined the the1oW theIlowtu
Ilowtu 1oW n 11 sure ure enegh De ii there d deep p down dvntt
tt It its f r was plenty af > sweet pUG pu e ehoney
hone then hn she t mit nailed d for the he kev kevbell ktetyshe
1 she bell w t starve Jack hurried awyand awy awyII
II and i w 1 It seers geenvd d as it the raifs raifspou fairysppwel
pou ii f ispi Ip foP tl I sok I more papers papersthan papersthan
than fer hd h fure re Anil also found a dime dimelb ime imeIn
In tilt Catrr ter so than 1lthou although h he was wasI lS lSi
i late 11 ig ng home L 1 vas V very tY happy happyIr happyfir
Ir Is a c that he hes tS gill ta help help1lry a aleiry
1lry Va was sun L mould be a ereaiuC great greatthiug
thiug thiugin iuC I IIn
In t t thE k I the h roE withCeres with withCere
Cere 01 It d f l1y and for forTttl forgrgtt
Tttl nstarts rI wrap rap in pifr and andII
II tar lC r Jilroa < r WIS ivt the thel thetint
l tint n t tl i ever on c gain gainent r > in inIInl
IInl t ot kn knew w what to 0 do but buta butapot
a apot pol wc 111 l them here tll huy huyticke luyticket
ticket tt t tier IY were Jyi i g tLlJrd tLlJrdH
H c < Uk vdel t1c1Js and andt
t 11 It Than with wODJ wunJer wunJerFhey r
1 Fhey he N r arntile n le St1tion away liwayout awayn
out n the co case 1 n n nd the tL for florists floristst tjI tjIgMlt
gMlt t rat gardtns filled mien w pisath pU already alreadyhicwnt
1 bIOOm And here as the fa1r7 directed directedt
t fdaced 11 < 41 th the n Just aside of the1e the theH
H Ce ant anti Feat toW toWI ewa ewaI
I svor yorjer ter what shc shell do for or 1S sat satkcd saidas
as the tvUkrd kcd b hack to 0 t the h station taU
I T doItt GlINt tttaor e anything 1 1am 1am
am tad shs ill JIftte a agab la 4 thata thataeaeuP tbarssuough
eaeuP 1tIItH 8etthih rd0yway we weCUI wecan
can nay 1 we weve had a fairy bicyAll fairyAU
AU tile aates MIll 1 leak NJ I yttet with wIahrd withrd
rd strict 1Ier b r for a bag Of ddhaa before hforWe beforewe
We left leftNow leftNow
Now tile good little tally WU only try tryiag try tryl
iag l the two for 11M Mb la latered after aftergot afteralto
alto got her powers back to IIIIower aU aUMI allsorts
MI otgood of tlitap upoII U but buteDRM8 hero heroaemes
+ eDRM8 tM 8ffiutp parr partottM oY floe story storyWhen atOrYWheIl
When they pt bade 10 town they theTw1ked theywalked
walked along feeling sorry that they could eouldMt couldtent
Mt have rossafnd In tIM beautiful cou couy couaiPy
y and the they 1IMtan ant an old woman with withup a alarge
up bag This was flu ole wide of PM PMBIll 1a 1at
t + ast BIll w who was fare feats by It wile knew kMwbeI knewher
her She wa a 1M8t l Meted and v vGtR8U8 van vanomens
omens old bag who wp certata to 110 110rat doharm
harm rat to aU whom sir mAlt and Wbobaled Wbobaledall who hated hatedall
all mankind but especially aU pod i ildadIy tadkindly
kindly children These ebb followed aDd aDddid saddid
did alllOlta all sorts of man thIi thI1i s to theta theILOrdtDArDy thetaOrdnarfy
OrdtDArDy she only played mean tricks trlcMupon tricksupon
upon people sueh as making a farmers tanuershorse farmershorse
horse run away sad upset everything 1ft 1fthis inhis
his art making dqi howl or babies bleB uy uyaU
aU a ll Ibt to aD annoy Mlghllors atualn atualnbos csiuslag csiuslagboys
boys to be Jalet1 ltt at eh091 school 1Isr turning aU aUtheCIoal althe
theCIoal t he r i > adnahklag Idn states thatt t tthrew bth7a bth7athrew
threw IrQ wring and Into windows std the theJCie thelyda
JCie but when be name across 8 a re really reallygood 11y
c and weII welldisposed boy or girl who whoW8 whowas
W8 always dCIiIItr krd aetlltu aetleas to ot others eDSshe othershe
she s he eDMd to go kite to a perfect spasm ot otciMdly ofdeadly
deadly spite sad aka worked her very veryworst veryworst
worst spells 011 t IIIIShe thsss thsssSbe
She WU almply IQ ahaIdac with hate when WMn1Ilet whenshe
she met tIM two dIIhIrealMIt lent they thought uptIt
It was only her old age a and they boUt felt peltsorry feltsorry
sorry for be her when they RW her trying to toJlft
rift the great baUPOD bag tnpon her back She did didthIa didthis
this only to find out whether Jack WOuld WOuldbeJp wouldelp
beJp h elp aet and thUII thttsreveal eveat + hIatk1D4I7 heart JNartof hearttad
tad of course as lOOn as he RW how
4l the task wu for sack 11 old woraan wo woDIIUI
DIIUI be raft 10 her aDdBald aDdBaldLet and said saidLet
Let me carry ITY your bag t tot I am sttolag
aDd a nd yoIIIIg yoIIIIgTIIaAk yepngThank
Thank you laY dear boy the old oldwitch
witch replied You shall carry It lid lidgladden andgladden
gladden 1 J old heart for 1 am w and andfeeble
feeble I have not tar to go goJack goJack
Jack lifted the bag Which was very
heavy and carried It for several blocks blockswlaM Mockswhen
when the witch thanked b him and Dd aid aidFor saidFor
For this yoU will some day be reward
00 a d but I am too poor to pay YOU any
thine t hingI
1 do not ask for pay replied Jack
I am glad to be able to help you
Then the witch asked What In the tbeworld theworld
world do you want mostr mostrId most mostId
Id like to see my sister happy all the thetime thetime
time Jack replied NoW this was Just Justwht justwhat
what she wanted anted to hear to find out Ilk Ilkdearefi hisdearest
dearest wish h and then htef hatefully Uy make It ItImpossible itimpossible
Impossible for that was the kind of old oldwretch oldwretch
wretch she was She turned to Bertha Berthaand Berthaand
and hissed out O1tBe outhie
Be from now on happy Then abe abetnded sheYnded
tnded to her a long root like a parsnipand parsnip panmlpand
and added All I can give yo yod Is thisIt this t1d8l
l will help make you a supper Then Tb4Ilhe Thenshe
she went around the CO corner r into a yard 7ardand yardand
and disappeared dlApptaredIt
It wu ki kind nol o ltieky J ky for hr that we wecame wecame
came alo along f fer < l that W an awful heavy beyYbag heavybag
bag and nd she we a jlktJ ty old woman to tocarry tocarry
carry such a load said Iel Jade rubblac Ids Idsshoulder hisshoulder
shoulder shoulderi
1 dont like her looks replied Bertha Berthafor Berthafor
for a as girls can alwa aI j do she had seen aeensomhlng seensomething
something about tr tch that had hadrrwd hadwarned
warned rrwd her She b he t bad eye and a aWicked awicked
Wicked smile an4I a l am Clad shes gone gODewithout gonewithout
without doltlll u us JlD harm hannThat harmThat
That qhtBertba night Bertha ate sons of the root rootwhlcb rootwhich
which tasted very ery nl nice with her bread but butJack butJack
Jack waited to eat t his afterward and andtbu andthus
thus probably be wu saved wd from her tate tater fatefur
fur r as soon ih she swallowed It she he turn tUrDInto turned
ed Into Ii gt1t greats trulke a lleorl twent twenty feet feetlong feetlong
long lack Wb Pllhlysed lysed with aston astonment astonish astonishment
ment to see te her cban change before hi his eyes eeIIand eyesand
and fell back against the wall In fea fear aDd aDdbonor andhorror
horror But Bertha although altered lt red Into Intosuch intosuch
such a dreadful < creature had not lost her hergood hergood
good disposition nor her rower or speech speechand speechand
and the < aid aidDo aidDo
Do not bt raid It tae brother for I Iw Iwill
w will l not harm you OU This 18 tile work of ofUi ofthat
Ui t old woman who I know Is the awful n1ffulteII awfulwitch
witch teII ot Possum HUh SInce I lm a snake snakeI
I know more than 1 dl did Tb T h < fairy can cansot an anBOt
sot help WI for the with If more power powertnt wer werhi
hi than abe I wi nil only bfo a l serpent pent at atnight atnight
night because 1 lid not cuui of the thei thec
root I ant dad you dWnt touch It dear dearbrother dearbrother
brother brotherWalJftt brotherWaet
WalJftt tW a dleM1II state of ofThere affair affairThere
There 0JeJ were a boy aDd a sIIIteranake sIIIteranakeand
and be dldRt know what to teed her on onor onor
or bow to care for her and you ou Inat b bsure besure
sure they talked II long time before they theyma theymanaged
ma aged to decide what to do doIt doIt
It a iS0d however that tbetiUke he quake never neverneeded enrneeded
needed food for Bertha became a girl inthe In Inthe
the morning and ate just as before For Forsome Forsome
some time they were very careful to conceal con conceal
ceal the condition of things for tear ot otthe ofthe
the neighbors but one day when It had hadra hadrained
rained ra for several day and Tack had sold 80ldViry soldvery
very tow papers they became very very
kungry hClJahII and Berths suggested ed that thatJldPt has hasmight
might pt sons 1M mosey b giving a aaItow ashow
show At Ant Seek objected but she ID IDlisted Insisted
listed aDd H pest out aDd told an the t e eboys
1 boys he met that he bad a big snake III IIIhis inhis
his ceDar and that I would cot live cents eentato centsto
to see It it Every I was eager ot course courseto courseto
to ee the asske ad and Jack took In more morethan ore orethan
than a dollar tile Ant night DJcbtT1Ie nightThe
The next night 1t kodreds of bo boys calM calMaaad cameand
aaad some girls 18 He DOt many for the thewere theywere
were afraid of snakes They t ok Ia Lseveral IaRY
RY several 6 Jan Berthasquirmed Bertha equlrmed rOund rOundand aroundand
and wItled while Jack played on a aJIIOUth amouth
mouth organ and all OM audience was 1VaIIdellgbted wasdelighted
delighted far It wa > i the beet show they theyeYer
badYaf eYer eYerBat seaat surshe O
Bat Ute ban IU Instead of keeping the thew theshow
show w a assert t from tbs old people as
the promised told tbJr tb Jr parents and the they
told the policemen wile came next day
to inquire Into the matter Of course coursethey as asthey
they came In daylight they found no nosnake nosnake
snake and they went away angry at befn being <
tooled tooledTJJ fooledThee r
Thee next night many grownup people peoplecame
CAme and aJ a newspaper reporter who whowrote
wrote alt about t tile show In the paper paperso
so that the policemen came again and
declared that Jack had the snake hidden hiddenIIOft1ewhere hiddensomewhere
somewhere but after maki making a careeni careenisearch car Ul Ulearch
search they had to g ge a1ra away aaain disappointed dis disappointed
appointed This happ happened ncd several eral timts tfineauntil timtsuntil
until Jack heard that the police wen wenCOII werecoming
COII JIg at namtt for they hat i at last lasttbought lastthought
thought of that and he determined to go goaway goaway
away from town at OD onceAbout e eAbcft
About t 4 oclock In the afternoon he
bought tickets for Nepenthe Station for
he now determined to see the Ljry Cere Cereails Cereails
ails to le learn if she coulda coul n t hdp him himBertba LiuBertha
Bertha was very clad to go for she was wasvery wasvery
very tried ot being a show snake as she shelost e elost
lost her sleep by It it and to too she confessed confessedthat on onthat
that at times she felt an awful degir to tograb tograb
grab ODe of the audience and eat him him and andit andit
it was aU she could do to control this thisd thisdesire
d desire re She knew it would 1Jic n 2e in n c wfu wfuscandal wfei wfeiscandal
scandal and ciw cause a deal or trouble It lilt lilto
o 0 <
should yield to this t feeling and swallow swallowhey swallowaataM
aataM hey In tbomldlK tbo midst ctl the blbitioA eahibidonbut blbitioA1Ntn
1Ntn but all t the ntsehte yebe was ahnost ceIa ceIalat cotainIhat
lat It GUN h hSppeu If she kept on She Sbewas Shewaa
was glad to escape from the constant con8tantJDpt constantteaiptetlon
teaiptetlon teaiptetlonThe JDpt u a aThe
The hewers and plants were now all ad advanced advanced
vanced butterflies were ftuttertng flutte 1ng about aboutaJIIDIIgthemwhUe aboutamong4bem
among4bem aJIIDIIgthemwhUe while the trees were Algid AHe4with Algidwith
with 88M bar ut they could ee no nomen nosign
men of thefor1lJ the o rrden although they theyeatched theysearched
searched forlt for it c tefully everywhere They Theywandered Theywandered
wandered OD anti en muntU until they were In Inthe inthe
the very deepestwoods where giant trees trM8lifted treeslifted
lifted their heads almost lmostr re the sky and andwbere andwhere
where the deer came and V peeped through
tile break at u ad squirrels chattered ehattered8IPtb chatteredaagrily
8IPtb ioIaa boqba hIP above them them1dIe themmwhile
while 1dIe iiuhf lt Attteawd nd away through the theJaek8tlopped thehiava
hiava leltttt leltttt7ylastty
7ylastty Jaek8tlopped saying Well Wet we we4laJct weIra
4laJct Ira lost I gtssa aM we had better stop stopfortJae stophors
hors fortJae for the DlptU night
U I pet a1IUJe 11W boos Jaou8e cried Bertha aDd aDdalae andshe
she ran towa toward it itIt it itIts
It Its IIIIPty alt IIbe cried U she looked In Inat n nat
at the open door sad Its a very nice little DttJecot littlecottage
cot cottage somebody baa gone away and ancIleft andleft
left tpsae turnitPft in It too she added added8he addeda
a eke eat entered the house eltaek houseJack
Jack followed her and sure enough eD01I5btbe enoughthe
the hodss was quite deserted as aU III IIllJDdpaDy signsshowed
showed hat llJDdpaDy the fact that a aroIIbaW aroWn
roIIbaW roWn kad 1t a t OD the mantelpiece JDADtelpMeea
a sad At there net dating to fly out and andJer andleave
Jer leave her IP IPBreWe eggsBrelved
BreWe M Magic glc POIons POIonsThe PollockThey
They The went u upstairs taIrs and found two beds bedsandeverytblag bedsand
andeverytblag and everything needed to make It a pleas pleasant
ant home for them and It reall really seemed seemedthat med medtMt
that It bad been waiting < for two dt children drento
to e sad tako taleposeesion 088e8IIIon It was far farthan farAmer
Amer than anything they had ever eerseued poe poeseised
seued Indeed and Bertha was wild with withdeUht withdelight
delight as she looked about and noted all allthe allthe
the nice things thingsIn
In the rear of thE cottage was IS a large largecarden largegarden
garden just tilled with stra strawbrries tb < rr1e jet jetUIIe letwoe
woe aa4 other things that t made bet llerIDOUt betmonth
IDOUt month Water AU sorts of fruit trees with withthe withthe
the fruit already ripe made a forest as asfar asfar
far as be could see pineapple bananas bananasoranges Das DasorafteS
oranges ev everything rythlng that sli se had seen on onthe onthe
the fruit stands nd8 but never could buy buywtre buywere
were there ia plenty realty rea iy to pick and andJack andJack
Jack fo found ad that the be wuos O J l were i of refgame ofgame
game rabbits bblts partridges and deer so soat sothat
that at when he wished he could take the tbepo thegun
po that hung rung 011 the wan and go hunt huntlftg hunttag
tag Intbe In the pantry were an SO snrte or pro provlsoD8 provisions
visions stn great t 1iretY and plenty an anhe11 and andlrheas
lrheas he11 s late th thy em Bertha crud lndy
y h done tl this j ar sure 1 1said Imeld
said sit she wOllld reward us usi usF usg
i g J
This In fact Wu what had occurred oecurredfor occurredfor
for the fair > altlao although she couldnt help helpthea helpIn
them themat IA tile city DOr eIIIaM Bertha back backat
at night to a gad had wafted for them themto the theto sa
to come to the country ante au4prepared prepared preparedlittle this tbIlittle
little house and the they hadbeen had been led to It Itwithout i iwithout t
without knowlJlll It It She wa obligedgo obliged to togo
go far away to a great at meeting ot fairies talricaa
a sort of convention w whickis I held every everyyear everyyear
year to elect a queen aDd and as she herself herselfexpected herselexpected f
expected to be eJected It was absolutely abtlOluteJynecessary absolutelynecessary Y
necessary for her to go and 80 sh shcouldnt she shecouldnt
couldnt be there to welcome them In Inlittle a aUtile a
Utile platter Bertha found a letter fro froCerealis from fromCerialis m
Cerialis telling them to make themselves themsehesat
at borne and be as happy as poslble un unUL tit
her return and this they both proceeded dto
to do doHere doHere
Here In the Ut little cotta IA the forest forestthey oreattbey
they lived quite 1aaPPIIr at soon the thewitch thewitch
witch learned by her spa arts when whenthey wbersthey
they were and began to worry and tnt tntnry fretvery
very mue much beetuIIIetteJewbat beeadae shr ieuwthat theta Uaetwere thetawere
were so happy She determined to make makemore maked
more misery for > haa sadd to that en enwent ead eadwot d
went and bum a IImIIIe DOt far way but butshe butshe
she altered her shape tIO that they cUd didnot cUdnot
not know her when they tJaeyShe saw per perShe
She tried to be lslend with t tneer them themnever
never neglecting to Invite them In when whenthey wbeathey
they passed but with 1Ieit 1IeitBertha he soaks shape shapeBertha
Bertha had a serpents weao weaosoon and she shesoon
soon discovered who the odd woman was wasand wasand
and then they both a avoNed her at all alltimes 11 11tlmu
times This drove her al aoit trestle forof for forof
of course she BOOn learned of It it and for tordays fordays
days she raved and tore her hair bat batthat butthat
that did her no good 1tbateYer 1tbateYerShe watevrShe
She brewed magic potions to poison the theaIr theair
aIr about her house but the winds blewthem blew blewthem
them into her windows a aIiaoet aIiaoetgled stran strangled
gled her she bed poison stings to to1Iasps towasps
wasps and bees and anent tau forth to toattack toattack
attack the children but the btrdB caught caughtand cauKbtand
and ate them ln instantly tantly be put put polllon polllonInto poisoninto
Into she he pr Priests lIg5 but the bubbled over overand overand
and washed themselves the welve clear lear In an bow bowsic hotITw
sic w nnc C In1 trugte ic webs benr between n the trees tleeto treesto
to ea catch tch and hold them heft lll U site couldcome COUld COUldcome
come but the deer tore them down With Withtheir withtheir
their strung stTL > rg borne and weJthiug she shedid shedid
did tv annoy or c t3pture Jack and Bertha BerthaNt Berthawent
went Nt wrong until ere blame sick withrags with withrag
rag and vexation exatl n and took to her bed bedHad bedHad
Had TIt been a witch she wouldhave would
have 101 r l u dea death h fo f she 1 lay th thuntil there thereuntil
until the summer was wuTeD rei advanced but butan butan
an ed > jd tame crow managed to keep her berproidt herrroriied
proidt > d with food foodI foodltaawhile
ltaawhile I > anwhile the two children enjIy enjIyt1ir enjoyed enjoyedtheir
their life ill the forest vf1Tmucb Indeed Indeedand indeedand
and frrm rrm thIn and 1ICI1fQP youngsters In Inru inrag
rag ru with pal pale Cbee cheeksn kB < uwmpthair mpthair and UJ4u anduuu
uuu u U e rya > they t l y blCafna t t rosy and
strong There was not a plaat plant is allthe all alltbe
the woods net t a hidden eai sot lOrblln bb bbbling
bling blln < brook nor strange buds htnJ htnJa apt nor nora
a wild anlrnar lair that they were oat 1IOtfamiliar oatfamiliar
familiar with Yet all u tits tb fat aa aaothEr 55other
othEr b human being had they onr Met Ia Iathe kthe
the foreet forest SO tar a away wets bray aaiqthe trs trsthe
the haunts 01 mea meaAlthough menAlthough
Although of course d sight u ualways Berthaalways
always changed leis a asaM eeth that thatwad t twU
wU DOt a unpleasant ae before let fereoulel s scould
could DoW 80 out Ud Udppetlte satisfy her sas iVs iVsappetite
appetite and crawl boat aver tile rocks roeaIn rocksin
In the darkness In search of sakes nab food fooduch sodsuch
such as mice and rain whenever wbe wbewtahed Poe Poewished
wished instead of lying coOed up In tile thedamp tiledaIIIp
daIIIp cellar or co course ha the JIIOIItIncMe morning morningshe
Me was dreadfully ashamed Gf eating unctbeIe eatingthese
these things H say nice IIIrJ would be beand be beand
and shuddered hud ered and tamed sick when wilentbouPt she shethought
thought of Ute large rat rat or seat ot sales OC OCtat orfat
tat oWl or a mol which she had eaten eatenwith tea tea1tb
with 1tb such leUaIJ Ute night before betoreIt beforeIt
It Is a dreadful thing to aU Iia tM tie glad gladsunshine ata4sunahln
sunshine with a basket or strswbsTies strswbsTiesor straw strawor
or cherries in a nice flies dean cleDand he dims dimsand
and tJdH think o of crawlla erawliag over slimy n In Inearch Insearch
search of rata for a midnight supper MapperA supperAnd
And A nd this was the oRI only drawback wlMdt to toBerthas toBerhas
Berthas bepptness bepptnessSometimes Plnee PlneeS
S Sometimes meUme she thought 111 her aupera auperatlon mesperalion
lion that she be would crawl 0ftC ever 0 Ute Utewiteks thewitcks
witeks boWIe and MIa U oW oWhenoIf 14 woss wossherself
herself but aha reflected that after all It Itmight t tmight
might do e no o good GOdl1Id sad that wlaltM while tie w wwitch oldwitch
witch lived her Heart might soften but it itshe ICshe
she were dead there would he no ape Kever c cever
ever lifting the spelL So she tried SIt 1M 1MM beas
M happy as the clroullltltaDCMl8 would wouldallow WOUNallow
allowJust allow allowJuat
Just at this time as she was wasfront sttl is isfront
front of thehousc the house a very veryyoung hsg pls plsyoung
young man appeared at tM corpro corproommpaded COJIMI COJIMIcompaaled
compaaled by a little white dog with withspeW red redspots
speW on Ids heck Be started with set IIUIpri setprise
pri Ad then salted h muses after afterwhlck altarwhich
which he explained that be wu the theof isa isaof
of Hus t1t t1 ftol1et who was studying studyIag1Joa1IY studyingbotany
botany sad bad wandered far late the dteforest theforest
forest forestBertha
Bertha J invited him In and he remaIM4 remaIM4Wlttl
until Jack came home when In r rt reeppsee
t to his lD11l inquiries lri88 bees because h1IJNct he Jtlwd his leeks Ioebthey
they told him their whole story H HJack He aabed aabedJack
Jack If M had kept the root rootf et wh whBertM whisk whiskBertha
Bertha bad eaten and and Jack brought It Ithim to
him at once Oft4IoThat
That Is snake root h he IIIcI as lOOn as aslie
lie saw It I might have known It it It ba III IIIa
a very rare root Indeed and I wonder woadwhere <
where the witch procured It It for even even a abotanist
botanist rarely ever sees Itor It for It om only
grows at Ute JMaflwaten fit f 90ake Borer Borerin r rID
ID s meaty liaw H he said It Ityou 1f 1fyou
you lIboaJd eat t It again It wW wWc probably probablychange
c change year back fats your original abape abapebut simpebut
but of this I AM lOt lOtI eataip eataipI
I will try It it for anything b au audNMtul than thanthis
this dreadful CIitDdItIoIr acid Bertha BertIIaalae as asshe
she took the root froM him JaIILHJfe himN0
HJfe N0 oar I he cried you 011 mast at eat It Itwillie itonly
only willie yes axe a inlet Walt anti wtI1t antisight
sight t It you zanily dare to try It ItSo Itso
So when Dick him aDd she alaeInto changed changedinto
Into a snake Bertha p proteptiy swallowed swIJowe4part a apart
part et th tile rout while Jack add the bet 1JotnIIIt betanbit
nIIIt Issued eft Sb felt herself altering alterloslid alteringand
lid sluiatdttg s and Ia a few MOJae MOJaeDnICII momenta momentamuch
much 10 their aatotdakmsat Mto1 I dbe bad baddIanpd hadchanged
changed lido is large toad toadWell toadWeil
Well Weil that thats better than IteIIIII a snake anaJeeaDJIww snakeanyliew
aDJIww hI lack and nd 8M certainly
talraNDIII takg up lees Sara in the theBut house houseBut
But Bertha aN It felt very Inconvenient Inconvenientand
and clumsy and uu she preferred the the8IkIIg theglimag
8IkIIg motion to aD awkward hop and andscramble
scramble 1 yet let the morning she admit admittad
tad that te MJ MJlite eheose warn preferable preferableThe
The MXtgltt tseuct sight she made a most Import Importlit Important
lit dswvery which was that the 110 110Ttters dog dogTatters <
Tatters could talk to JaerwJdcb her which made her berIlI herImagine
IlI Imagine that 1M thou wu a human humanIn being beingin
In the power oC a witch bat Tatters Tattendared di ditiered
dared that he h e was marry a dog but that thataUIUIIma1s thatall
all aUIUIIma1s animas could talk to each ether Ie t tmaDDer this thismanner
maDDer and that there were few aniIDJa aniIDJawlJole aniaalawhose
whose speech he could not understand uDderstaDdHe
He was very boastful of this accomplish accomplishment
JDftit and even declared that be could hear heart bearthe
t the e fteu fa his coat converting uDO uDOtheJDcle8 among amongthemselves
themselves but this Bertha refused tobeueve TO TOben
ben beueve which made Tatters very AudIa indtgnaaat AudIaDaat
Daat naaatIll
Ill show you be said whetbet wbet I Iam Iam
am or DOt the wisest ever Why I know itDQwwhere knowwhere
where the old witch live liveSo lives9o
So do 1 L saW Bertha but that dOHDt dOHDtdo
do me any good What 1 want to know Jmo1rIII knowis
III how 1 cat make her change me back backinto backinto
into a girl at night aab
TIt FI 8D that eat too said Tatters
It If 1M eu ds that aid Bertha Bert ha NlI
ha J01II tIsIl tIsIlAD fiend tes lie
AD 31 sIght said Tatters Im oar
B left tile hsus at nee and p Prot
thfaogb De t tDr
e 1IatII be amy arrived
U cetags oidia ci the witch wtt1M witchHare It
Hare 1M at U4MUIt on the door d Of < l top 11I4
began fO bowl 111 the themost ort doleful man
nor which soon caused 4 the old witch
put her bread out et the window and
Doc dog what Is the matter with 111
yo oq
Wow wow howled Tatters Tattersmuster
y oM
muster t the w Is dead and 1m l lin m Ioec
ha tile thewoods woods I wet eDlDebody to takt
an car et me meWhat
What caD OU dor r said the old witq
I can balsa brew ew and cook ook 1rtII
stew fiewADd
ADd make all tile beds and wash efts dlehq
too tooWeD
WeD If you o do aU that said i4 Oat
witch Ill try yon 1 rtatnly need n
help about tile hoe for JID
setting ltiq toe to
old and f feeble w r anything myself
Be she went down opened the door
and Jet bbn la
wbseupon be
iac iacabout 4a8ceC
about pnteadIlItf to be or overlaved ed TIlt
oN wIteIa WM vastly pleased at IeCWIIII
Tau services for she thought lilt
could era blat to work miachir Ill lehl a
the cMNrea And
seeing thll ti
pretended to ha bare a very nasty dispad
ties eo that In a few dare the obi cep
had oeaftdecI In Matt that she wu w a
wash aDd all her evil lWOJeota were laiC
lief before kiss us that is QUId UII assist t her
Be pretended to fall In with her ww a
std sees was OQ the very beat of axes
with her for abs thought Tatters
was u uw
bad as ale w was hermit benelrIt
It II tine that
1IOrneuta someti es be had to
outside of the house to keep from laup
lug Sa her face u she told him of t
thing she was going to do to lad aM
Bertha but MraJy hedIQ he did not area
wIaIe his tall when she be laid her hIttI
plans laM before him
One day an Be Bewe11I1CQUAUIted they
had be so we11I1CQUAUIted well acquainted be aked
bee M if be
merely 1 wished to IIDow
f frost CIIIIIMIt1 cur bow
ty to change a sankj tote
a gad Rt tile old Witch looked very cano CllII
sing and refused to answer IIOtber
th when she lb was feeling very jovial
net some DeW wickedness aba had
thought oC he asked her ID IDRIIUUaeI as oasN
manner It she knew how to change staad
Into a girl
Now the Witch did not know that 0 l stba
h been changed Into
a toad vim II asabe
she wu and wIthout thinking e MIred
OW Was this toad ever a girl rt before And AII4when Andwhen
when TattlI1 replied Ys Y be 1MetI 1MetIAll MiedAil
All they have to do to change that toad
Into t girl rl would be to akin her aU alit lIy lIymoonlight bymoonlight
moonlight and throw the akin into tM tMfire thefire
fire fireTatters
Tatters managed to total his delight delightat Jrllt Jrlltat
at this anllW answer < for It was aU be Deeded Deededalthoulh neededalthough
although he did shudder a little to think Ullnkot thinkof
ot skinning poor Bertha alive JI He wu wutrtaln wastertain
trtaln however that Ire WItch hacJo1olcJ hacJo1olcJ111m hadoldhim
him the true way to a accomplish pllah the thechan th thChange
chan Change < e and in about due minutes be man managed managed
aged to slip out on some pretest or other oUMtend otherCod
end ran sWiftly back to the chUdrea chUdreaCottase childrenscottage
cottage where he found Bertha la her bertoad hertoads
toad toads e sitting OD tile damp atone atonetepa stoneSteps
Steps caeIdIIc moths beetles n ad other oUMrIghtba otherrightbugge
Ightba a by GOtIIIIr at her toque at atthelD atthem
them which ill the way frogs procure their UaeItfood theirfood
food foodTlte
The Wd es Pr PrheN FateWhen
heN I lIlT meetar tM botanist r 1M 1Muked heasked
asked I haft great news for him bbaHe himHe
He He Is Ja tM hdhre Nw said Bertha Berthahaaleep Berthaaakep
haaleep for We too late for anything but buttrop betfrogs
trop sad seed 10 lie about That Tat Tatten Tellets
ten told tar what be Wlamed bad learned f ftbe from fromthe
the wIt sad 1macte4 her to IDtoralr Inform InformMr
lr H HeIshaas ID tile IIlOIIItDg which Ber Bertha Bortha
tha did or course telling him that she be bevery was wasvery
very willing to have her er skis taken 01 of ofif
It he reaDy thought It Would aecolllpU aecomplldtthe
the object desired dMIredYOUJlll desiredYoung
YOUJlll Heishaus while he was very verymuch 1 1Iftuclt
much amazed at Tatters cleverness con COIIeluded concluded
eluded that the witch dfrecUon sets aeAvery setsvery
very probably torrent and Jack Jackwith agreed agreedwith
with him that the experiment was as worth worthtr1DC worthtrying
trying although be said that be would DOt DOtlie nothe
lie 110 certain perha perhaps It It bad been preposed pro
posed to akin him KeaawhU Tattersnooping Tatter Tatten8ftOO
8ftOO Iq around as dogs will dt8COnM dt8COnMtbe discotndthe
the reMaIadcr t the snakeroot and II IIr1ed bet bettied
tied IIIIGk to the witch cottage with 1 1In ItIn
In his mouth f Iu was Oiled With a c gristdesire
desire to arouse the Witch as she be b l pd d erred erredBktba
Bertba Be rbered that ho had Wllft Wllftup bt bta
a up pot of mop simmering rtnc on the III IIIlid ticand
lid he was utain that It must be t tWI than thansitu
WI fat tile ell witch wu too feeble to It ItIt ISmore
more It i Wise be arfived ed at the house 1M 1MIINted hisipped
sipped into tb tM open 400rwa doorway and buried huntd1M buriedIn
In 1M iheppte There hung the pot avtI ovot avtIIre
t e Ire but bilge w was yeryllUIe soup IIOUppet la lathe
the pet IM Witch heard him and CIlW CIlWIda aIIudbias
Ida asking Ida to hag her IIOmethIDI somehinfto
10 t eat as rs lad had IIOthIDc since It
bad left Mr MrIa henLt
Ia Lt a minter ed ai nered Tatters as he hetOpJNd hepepped
pepped the plea of R saitcroot root Into tht thtIW tbaseep
seep and IW em souse firewood beneath bentho beneathggsn
o It wu lot tad then boiling Then he he1IDoIr hiieok
1IDoIr a PlalefuJ tip to the witch WM WMpUy wenpromptly
promptly pUy ate it haIL haILWhat att attWhat
What is die u with me abe cried meiIiIIt criedsuddenly
suddenly a m the felt laenelf her It cbal1l1nr cbal1l1nrTaa changtfLIm
Taa Im all or a fItIIftr awes I am sliding aU over overmy
my 1 lied I ass teseng very shaky shakyYou hak hakYOQ =
YOQ You will lie felling very snaky lOOn I ItIdak Ithink
think aid ue dog with a broad grin grinbe U Ube
be saw w the old witch turnln turning < Into a apent ser serpent
pent ant her bar aDd then her herawe bob bobbeing
being covered awe wWI scalp and then he na nato ranss
ss to the children ta ten the good ood news raeWIlJIae newsThe
The witch was changed Into It small nWIprter smallprta
prter snake M there wunt much of ofae ofthe
ae root left you IIM and then she crawled erawleAC crawledout
out C Into the garden to tr to bite some 8OIDItIaInIr something
thing JaR to me If she was a po18oDO po18oDOUct polaooarake
rake Uct and t there a big hawk saw Mr henswooped Mr8WOOped
swooped do down and pebbled her up Ia IaTlaat a atriskling
triskling trisklingThat
That night they skinned the toad u tJtt tlswitch tJttwttd1
witch bad directed and although It hurt hornher hurther
her Db everything Bertha neer nc cr wtDcH wtDcHat
at all but bore the pain like a brae girt JirLIn girtIre
In two mlnu minutes she waa restored to ber hetown berown
own shape and surer w was 3 toad apJ apJWell again againWell
Well after awhile she be married young rou1lU youngNe
Ne U ahaus and they 8U1l ire there In the UtIwoodt thewoods
woods but I saver heard whether the tbetaiQ thefairy
fairy over wer came agate to ee them or notbut not notbut
but In fact the1118ftrteU they sever tell me anythillf anythillfanymore anyhlneany
anymore any more SIJ I dent t really DOW an anthjng any anything
thing about 5
The monogram m no pu JeooJ part that spelled llpeUe4tbe spelledthe
the names of American birds They well wellrobin ere ererobin
robin partridge bluejay swpe p19Y p19Ye plvsa plvsaangle
e e woodcocIt all < s aDG1r

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