By Horace E. Scudder

Legends to complement Fifty recognized tales Retold. contains the tales of St. George and the Dragon, William inform, King Cophetua, St. Christopher, The Wandering Jew, and the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, retold in fantastic English prose. compatible for a while 7 and up.

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So, all over the East, men were always hoping they should find these hidden treasures, which hundreds of years before had been secretly put away. 1 Now Malchus heard this and knew not what to say; he was amazed and he was afraid, for above all he wished not to be made known. So he held his peace. But the baker and those who stood by became angry, and they put a rope round his neck and dragged him out into the market-place. They could not hold their tongues, and soon the news spread that the young man had found a hid treasure.

He would give them his money if only they would not take him to the emperor, and would let him go back to his friends. The baker said:— "Not so. It is clear that you have found a treasure. " For you must know that in old times, when there were many wars, people used to hide their gold and silver in some secret place, meaning to go and dig it up again when the war was over. But often it happened that the people who hid their treasure were killed in the war, and never came back for it. So, all over the East, men were always hoping they should find these hidden treasures, which hundreds of years before had been secretly put away.

The lady was angry. " "I am not," cried Martha, but the lady had made up her mind to it, and, as the necklace could not be found, she was certain Martha had taken it. Poor Martha! She had no friends now, and she could not prove she had not taken the necklace. She could only say she had not.

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