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Bruce And The Spider
There was once a king of Scot-land whose name was Robert Br...

The Inchcape Rock
In the North Sea there is a great rock called the Inch-cape...

King Alfred And The Cakes
Many years ago there lived in Eng-land a wise and good ...

Alexander And Bucephalus
One day King Philip bought a fine horse called Bu-ceph'a-lu...

Damon And Pythias
A young man whose name was Pyth'i-as had done something whi...

Here is the story of Mignon as I remember having read it in...

Julius Caesar
Nearly two thousand years ago there lived in Rome a man who...

The Blind Men And The Elephant
There were once six blind men who stood by the road-side ev...

The Endless Tale
In the Far East there was a great king who had no work to d...

Antonio Canova
A good many years ago there lived in Italy a little boy who...

Doctor Goldsmith
There was once a kind man whose name was Oliver Gold-smith....

There was a great battle at sea. One could hear nothing but...

King Canute On The Seashore
A hundred years or more after the time of Alfred the Great ...

The Barmecide Feast
There was once a rich old man who was called the Bar-me-cid...

Sir Philip Sidney
A cruel battle was being fought. The ground was covered wit...

Sir Walter Raleigh
There once lived in England a brave and noble man whose nam...

Grace Darling
It was a dark Sep-tem-ber morning. There was a storm at sea...

The Ungrateful Soldier
Here is another story of the bat-tle-field, and it is much ...

Whittington And His Cat
The City There was once a little boy whose name was Rich...

Three Men Of Gotham
There is a town in England called Go-tham, and many merry s...


There was once a kind man whose name was Oliver Gold-smith. He wrote
many de-light-ful books, some of which you will read when you are

He had a gentle heart. He was always ready to help others and to share
with them anything that he had. He gave away so much to the poor that
he was always poor himself.

He was some-times called Doctor Goldsmith; for he had studied to be a

One day a poor woman asked Doctor Goldsmith to go and see her husband,
who was sick and could not eat.

Goldsmith did so. He found that the family was in great need. The man
had not had work for a long time. He was not sick, but in distress;
and, as for eating, there was no food in the house.

"Call at my room this evening," said Goldsmith to the woman, "and I
will give you some med-i-cine for your husband."

In the evening the woman called. Goldsmith gave her a little paper box
that was very heavy.

"Here is the med-i-cine," he said. "Use it faith-ful-ly, and I think
it will do your husband a great deal of good. But don't open the box
until you reach home."

"What are the di-rec-tions for taking it?" asked the woman.

"You will find them inside of the box," he answered.

When the woman reached her home, she sat down by her husband's side,
and they opened the box; What do you think they found in it?

It was full of pieces of money. And on the top were the

Goldsmith had given them all the ready money that he had.



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