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Story of birth of Kartikeya

Kartikeya, the god of war, and generalissimo of the armies of the gods, though called the younger son of Siva and Parvati, according to most of the Puranic legends, is their son only in the sense that they formed him. There once lived a demon named...

THE BLUE BIRD

A FRENCH FAIRY TALE There was once upon a time a King who was tremendously rich both in money and lands. His wife, the Queen, died, and left him inconsolable. He shut himself up for eight days in a little room, and banged his head against the wall...

THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER

BY MARK TWAIN (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)         PREFACE Most of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred; one or two were experiences of my own, the rest those of boys who were schoolmates of mine. Huck Finn is drawn...

THE GREEN SERPENT

A FRENCH FAIRY TALE There was once upon a time a very great Queen who gave birth to little twin girls. She immediately sent out invitations to twelve fairies in the neighboring countries to come to the feast according to the custom of the country—a...

THE STORY OF THE BIRD FENG

A CHINESE FAIRY TALE I n the Book of the Ten Thousand Wonders there are three hundred and thirty-three stories about the bird called Feng, and this is one of them. Ta-Khai, Prince of Tartary, dreamt one night that he saw in a place where he had...

THE STORY OF THE ARGO.

CHAPTER I. THE son of Cretheus, Æson, bequeathed the kingdom of Thessaly to his brother Pelias, to keep for Jason, his son, whom he had sent to be taught by Chiron, the wise Centaur. Now when Jason was returning from Chiron he came to Anaurus, which...

THE STORY OF THE DIVINE COMEDY.

THE HELL. The poet Dante, in the thirty-fifth year of his life, this being the year 1300 A. D., on New Year’s day of the old reckoning, lost his way in a rough and thorny forest, and when he attempted to regain it by mounting a hill that rose...

THE STORY OF THE NIBELUNGEN LIED.

In the beautiful city of Worms, in Burgundy, dwelt the maiden Kriemhild, surpassing all others in beauty. Her father, long since dead, was Dancrat; her mother, Uta, and her three brothers,—Günther, Gernot, and Giselher,—puissant princes whose pride...

THE shinansha, OR THE SOUTH POINTING CARRIAGE.

The compass, with its needle always pointing to the North, is quite a common thing, and no one thinks that it is remarkable now, though when it was first invented it must have been a wonder. Now long ago in China, there was a still more wonderful...

MY LORD BAG OF RICE

Long, long ago there lived, in Japan a brave warrior known to all as Tawara Toda, or “My Lord Bag of Rice.” His true name was Fujiwara Hidesato, and there is a very interesting story of how he came to change his name. One day he sallied...

THE ADVENTURES OF ODYSSEUS.

I. THE CURSE OF POLYPHEMUS. Of all the heroes that wandered far and wide before they came to their homes again after the fall of Troy, none suffered so many hardships as Odysseus. There was, indeed, one other man whose adventures have been likened...

STORIES OF THE TROJAN WAR.

I. THE APPLE OF DISCORD. There was once a war so great that the sound of it has come ringing down the centuries from singer to singer, and will never die. The rivalries of men and gods brought about many calamities, but none so heavy as this; and it...

ATALANTA’S RACE

Even if Prince Meleager had lived, it is doubtful if he could ever have won Atalanta to be his wife. The maiden was resolved to live unwed, and at last she devised a plan to be rid of all her suitors. She was known far and wide as the swiftest...

APOLLO’S SISTER

I. DIANA AND ACTAEON. Like the Sun-god, whom men dreaded as the divine archer and loved as the divine singer, Diana, his sister, had two natures, as different as day from night. On earth she delighted in the wild life of the chase, keeping holiday...

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