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The Shoemaker's Apron The Shoemaker's Apron

The Shoemaker's Apron
THE STORY OF THE MAN WHO SITS NEAR THE GOLDEN GATE There was once a shoemaker who made so little at his trade that his wife suffered and his children went hungry. In desperation he offered to sell his soul to a devil. "How much do you want for your soul?" the devil asked him. "I want work enough to give me a good livelihood," the shoemaker said, "so that my wife won't suffer nor my children starve." The devil agreed to this and the shoemaker put his mark on the contract. After that trade improved and soon the little shoemaker... Short Stories - Post by : skycop51 - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 2767

The Devil's Little Brother-in-law The Devil's Little Brother-in-law

The Devil's Little Brother-in-law
THE STORY OF A YOUTH WHO COULDN'T FIND WORK Once upon a time there was a youth named Peter. He was the son of a rich farmer but on his father's death his stepmother robbed him of his inheritance and drove him out into the world, penniless and destitute. "Begone with you now!" she shouted. "Never let me see your face again!" "Where shall I go?" Peter asked. "Go to the Devil, for all I care!" the stepmother cried and slammed the door in his face. Peter felt very sad at being driven away from the farm that had always been... Short Stories - Post by : kurtgeer - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 1468

The Devil's Match The Devil's Match

The Devil's Match
THE STORY OF A FARMER WHO REMEMBERED WHAT HIS GRANDMOTHER TOLD HIM Once upon a time there was a poor farmer who lived in a wretched tumble-down cottage beyond the village and whose farm consisted of a miserable little field no bigger than your hand. His children were ragged and hungry and his wife was always worried over getting them enough to eat. Yet the farmer was a clever fellow with a quick shrewd wit and people used to say that he'd be able to fool the devil if ever he had the chance. One day the chance came. His wife... Short Stories - Post by : Tuddy - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 983

Gentle Dora Gentle Dora

Gentle Dora
THE STORY OF A DEVIL WHO MARRIED A SCOLD There was once a young devil who, as he wandered over the earth, found a book. He slipped it carelessly into his pocket and carried it down to hell. Now this book contained a list of the good deeds of a rich man, and the account of a good deed is of course never allowed to enter hell. The devils in hell when they opened the book were greatly incensed over their comrade's stupidity and at once they dragged him off to Prince Lucifer for punishment. Lucifer when he heard the case... Short Stories - Post by : chris1492 - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 1776

The Devil's Gifts The Devil's Gifts

The Devil's Gifts
THE STORY OF A MAN WHOM THE DEVIL BEFRIENDED There were once two men, a shoemaker and a farmer, who had been close friends in youth. The shoemaker married and had many children to whom the farmer stood godfather. For this reason the two men called each other "Godfather." When they met it was "Godfather, this," and "Godfather, that." The shoemaker was an industrious little man and yet with so many mouths to fill he remained poor. The farmer on the other hand soon grew rich for he had no children to eat into his savings. Years went by and money... Short Stories - Post by : playingthegame - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 2427

The Candles Of Life The Candles Of Life

The Candles Of Life
THE STORY OF A CHILD FOR WHOM DEATH STOOD GODMOTHER There was once a poor man named Martin. He was so very poor that when his wife gave birth to a little boy, he could find no one who would stand godmother to the child. "No," he told his wife, "there's no one that I've asked who is willing to hold this infant at the christening." The poor mother wept and moaned and he tried to comfort her as best he could. "Don't be discouraged, my dear wife. I promise you your son will be christened. I'll carry him to church... Short Stories - Post by : swatsweb - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 2584

A Gullible World A Gullible World

A Gullible World
THE STORY OF A MAN WHO DIDN'T BEAT HIS WIFE There was once a poor farm laborer, so poor that all he owned in the world was a hen. He told his wife to take this hen to market and sell it. "How much shall I ask for it?" the woman wanted to know. "Ask as much as they'll pay, of course," the laborer said. So the woman took the hen by the feet and set out. Near the village she met a farmer. "Good day," the farmer said. "Where are you going with that hen?" "I'm going to market to... Short Stories - Post by : musthavejoe - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 2622

The Blacksmith's Stool The Blacksmith's Stool

The Blacksmith's Stool
THE STORY OF A MAN WHO FOUND THAT DEATH WAS NECESSARY A long time ago when Lord Jesus and the blessed St. Peter walked about together on earth, it happened one evening that they stopped at a blacksmith's cottage and asked for a night's lodging. "You are welcome," the blacksmith said. "I am a poor man but whatever I have I will gladly share with you." He threw down his hammer and led his guests into the kitchen. There he entertained them with a good supper and after they had eaten he said to them: "I see that you are tired... Short Stories - Post by : arild - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 2076

Clever Manka Clever Manka

Clever Manka
THE STORY OF A GIRL WHO KNEW WHAT TO SAY There was once a rich farmer who was as grasping and unscrupulous as he was rich. He was always driving a hard bargain and always getting the better of his poor neighbors. One of these neighbors was a humble shepherd who in return for service was to receive from the farmer a heifer. When the time of payment came the farmer refused to give the shepherd the heifer and the shepherd was forced to lay the matter before the burgomaster. The burgomaster, who was a young man and as yet not... Short Stories - Post by : dwyersojahz - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 1621

Batcha And The Dragon Batcha And The Dragon

Batcha And The Dragon
THE STORY OF A SHEPHERD WHO SLEPT ALL WINTER Once upon a time there was a shepherd who was called Batcha. During the summer he pastured his flocks high up on the mountain where he had a little hut and a sheepfold. One day in autumn while he was lying on the ground, idly blowing his pipes, he chanced to look down the mountain slope. There he saw a most amazing sight. A great army of snakes, hundreds and hundreds in number, was slowly crawling to a rocky cliff not far from where he was lying. When they reached the cliff,... Short Stories - Post by : karenhackman - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 3667

The Nickerman's Wife The Nickerman's Wife

The Nickerman's Wife
THE STORY OF LIDUSHKA AND THE IMPRISONED DOVES There was once a young housewife named Lidushka. One day while she was washing clothes in the river a great frog, all bloated and ugly, swam up to her. Lidushka jumped back in fright. The frog spread itself out on the water, just where Lidushka had been rinsing her clothes, and sat there working its jaws as if it wanted to say something. "Shoo!" Lidushka cried, but the frog stayed where it was and kept on working its jaws. "You ugly old bloated thing! What do you want and why do you sit... Short Stories - Post by : Matt515c - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 2087

The Disobedient Rooster The Disobedient Rooster

The Disobedient Rooster
THE STORY OF ANOTHER LITTLE HEN There were once a Rooster and a Hen who were very good friends. They always went about together like brother and sister. The Rooster was headstrong and thoughtless and often did foolish things. The little Hen was very sensible and always looked after the Rooster as well as she could. Whenever he began doing something foolish, she always said: "Oh, my dear, you mustn't do that!" If the Rooster had always obeyed the little Hen he would be alive to this day. But, as I have told you, he was careless and headstrong and often... Short Stories - Post by : Boros - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 1959

The Dear Little Hen The Dear Little Hen

The Dear Little Hen
THE STORY OF A ROOSTER THAT CHEATED Once upon a time a big Rooster and a dear little Hen became close friends. "Let us go to the garden," the Rooster said, "and scratch up some seeds and worms. I tell you what we'll do: everything you scratch up you divide with me, and everything I scratch up I'll divide with you." The dear little Hen agreed to this and off they went together to the garden. The dear little Hen scratched and scratched and scratched and every time she scratched up a nice fat worm or a tasty seed she divided... Short Stories - Post by : salele - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 3250

Budulinek Budulinek

Budulinek
THE STORY OF ANOTHER LITTLE BOY WHO OPENED THE DOOR There was once a little boy named Budulinek. He lived with his old Granny in a cottage near a forest. Granny went out to work every day. In the morning when she went away she always said: "There, Budulinek, there's your dinner on the table and mind, you mustn't open the door no matter who knocks!" One morning Granny said: "Now, Budulinek, today I'm leaving you some soup for your dinner. Eat it when dinner time comes. And remember what I always say: don't open the door no matter who knocks."... Short Stories - Post by : FreeBiz - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 2342

Smolicheck Smolicheck

Smolicheck
THE STORY OF A LITTLE BOY WHO OPENED THE DOOR Once upon a time there was a little boy named Smolicheck. He lived in a little house in the woods with a deer whose name was Golden Antlers. Every day when Golden Antlers went out he told Smolicheck to lock the door after him and on no account to open it no matter who knocked. "If you disobey me," Golden Antlers said, "something awful may happen." "I won't open the door," Smolicheck always promised. "I won't open it until you come home." Now one day there was a knock on the... Short Stories - Post by : Kathy777 - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 3317

Kuratko The Terrible Kuratko The Terrible

Kuratko The Terrible
THE STORY OF AN UNGRATEFUL CHICK There was once an old couple who had no children. "If only we had a chick or a child of our own!" Grandmother used to say. "Think how we could pet it and take care of it!" But Grandfather always answered: "Not at all! We are very well off as we are." At last the old black hen in the barnyard hatched out a chick. Grandmother was delighted. "See, Grandpa," she said, "now we have a chick of our own!" But Grandfather shook his head doubtfully. "I don't like the looks of that chick. There's... Short Stories - Post by : kim474644 - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 3074

Vitazko The Victorious Vitazko The Victorious

Vitazko The Victorious
THE STORY OF A HERO WHOSE MOTHER LOVED A DRAGON There was once a mother who had an only son. "He shall be a hero," she said, "and his name shall be Vitazko, the Victorious." She suckled him for twice seven years and then, to try his strength, she led him out to the forest and bade him pull up a fir-tree by the roots. When the boy was not strong enough to do this, she took him home and suckled him for another seven years. Then when she had suckled him for thrice seven years, she led him out to... Short Stories - Post by : anosek - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 1399

The Shepherd's Nosegay The Shepherd's Nosegay

The Shepherd's Nosegay
THE STORY OF A PRINCESS WHO LEARNED TO SAY "PLEASE" There was once a king who had a beautiful daughter. When it was time for her to get a husband, the king set a day and invited all the neighboring princes to come and see her. One of these princes decided that he would like to have a look at the princess before the others. So he dressed himself in a shepherd's costume: a broad-brimmed hat, a blue smock, a green vest, tight breeches to the knees, thick woolen stockings, and sandals. Thus disguised he set out for the kingdom where... Short Stories - Post by : DustinStruckman - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 2651

Zlatovlaska The Golden-haired, The Story Of Yirik And The Snake Zlatovlaska The Golden-haired, The Story Of Yirik And The Snake

Zlatovlaska The Golden-haired, The Story Of Yirik And The Snake
There was once an old king who was so wise that he was able to understand the speech of all the animals in the world. This is how it happened. An old woman came to him one day bringing him a snake in a basket. "If you have this snake cooked," she told him, "and eat it as you would a fish, then you will be able to understand the birds of the air, the beasts of the earth, and the fishes of the sea." The king was delighted. He made the old wise woman a handsome present and at once... Short Stories - Post by : incarnate - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 828

The Twelve Months The Twelve Months

The Twelve Months
THE STORY OF MARUSHKA AND THE WICKED HOLENA There was once a woman who had two girls. One was her own daughter, the other a stepchild. Holena, her own daughter, she loved dearly, but she couldn't bear even the sight of Marushka, the stepchild. This was because Marushka was so much prettier than Holena. Marushka, the dear child, didn't know how pretty she was and so she never understood why, whenever she stood beside Holena, the stepmother frowned so crossly. Mother and daughter made Marushka do all the housework alone. She had to cook and wash and sew and spin and... Short Stories - Post by : Follower - Date : October 2011 - Author : Parker Fillmore - Read : 1802