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When Wheat Worked Woe When Wheat Worked Woe

When Wheat Worked Woe
Many a day has the story-teller wandered along the dykes, which overlook the Zuyder Zee. Once there were fertile fields, and scores of towns water now covers all. Then fleets of ships sailed on the bosom of Lake Flevo, and in the river which ran into the sea. Bright and beautiful cities dotted the shores, and church bells chimed merrily for the bridal, or tolled in sympathy for the sorrowing. Many were the festal days, because of the wealth, which the ships brought from lands near and far.But to-day the waters roll over the spot and "The Dead Cities of... Short Stories - Post by : sidneiye - Date : August 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 2953

Dutch Fairy Tale: Golden Helmet Dutch Fairy Tale: Golden Helmet

Dutch Fairy Tale: Golden Helmet
For centuries, more than can be counted on the fingers of both hands, the maidens and mothers of Friesland have worn a helmet of gold covering the crown and back of their heads, and with golden rosettes at each ear. It marks the Frisian girl or woman. She is thus known by this head-dress as belonging to a glorious country, that has never been conquered and is proudly called Free Frisia. It is a relic of the age of gold, when this precious metal was used in a thousand forms, not seen to-day.Of how and why the golden helmet is worn,... Short Stories - Post by : patriccl - Date : August 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 1618

Dutch Fairy Tale: Mouldy Penny Dutch Fairy Tale: Mouldy Penny

Dutch Fairy Tale: Mouldy Penny
"Gold makes a woman penny-white," said the Dutch, in the days when fairies were plentiful and often in their thoughts. What did the proverb mean? Who ever saw a white penny?Well, that was long ago, when pennies were white, because they were then made of silver. Each one was worth a denary, which was a coin worth about a shilling, or a quarter of a dollar.As the Dutch had pounds, shillings and pence, before the English had them, we see what _d_ in the signs L s. d. means, that is, a denary, or a white penny, made of silver.In the... Short Stories - Post by : millenni - Date : August 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 1349

Dutch Fairy Tale: Goblins Turned To Stone Dutch Fairy Tale: Goblins Turned To Stone

Dutch Fairy Tale: Goblins Turned To Stone
When the cow came to Holland, the Dutch folks had more and better things to eat. Fields of wheat and rye took the place of forests. Instead of acorns and the meat of wild game, they now enjoyed milk and bread. The youngsters made pets of the calves and all the family lived under one roof. The cows had a happy time of it, because they were kept so clean, fed well, milked regularly, and cared for in winter.By and by the Dutch learned to make cheese and began to eat it every day. They liked it, whether it was raw,... Short Stories - Post by : harlum - Date : August 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 4022

Dutch Fairy Tale: Santa Klaas And Black Pete Dutch Fairy Tale: Santa Klaas And Black Pete

Dutch Fairy Tale: Santa Klaas And Black Pete
Who is Santa Klaas? How did he get his name? Where does he live? Did you ever see him?These are questions, often asked of the storyteller, by little folks.Before Santa Klaas came into the Netherlands, that is, to Belgium and Holland, he was called by many names, in the different countries in which he lived, and where he visited. Some people say he was born in Myra, many hundred years ago before the Dutch had a dyke or a windmill, or waffles, or wooden shoes. Others tell us how, in time of famine, the good saint found the bodies of three... Short Stories - Post by : JuvioSuccess - Date : August 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 2934

Dutch Fairy Tale: Farm That Ran Away And Came Back Dutch Fairy Tale: Farm That Ran Away And Came Back

Dutch Fairy Tale: Farm That Ran Away And Came Back
There was once a Dutchman, who lived in the province called Drenthe. Because there was a row of little trees on his farm, his name was Ryer Van Boompjes; that is, Ryer of the Little Trees. After a while, he moved to the shore of the Zuyder Zee and into Overijssel. Overijssel means over the Ijssel River. There he bought a new farm, near the village of Blokzyl. By dyking and pumping, certain wise men had changed ten acres, of sand and heath, into pasture and land for plowing. They surrounded it on three sides with canals. The fourth side fronted... Short Stories - Post by : Newhomebusiness - Date : August 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 2917

Brabo And The Giant Brabo And The Giant

Brabo And The Giant
Ages ago, when the giants were numerous on the earth, there lived a big fellow named Antigonus. That was not what his mother had called him, but some one told him of a Greek general of that name; so he took this for his own. He was rough and cruel. His castle was on the Scheldt River the city of Antwerp now stands. Many ships sailed out of France and Holland, down this stream. They were loaded with timber, flax, iron, cheese, fish, bread, linen, and other things made in the country. It was by this trade that many merchants... Short Stories - Post by : Mike_Barcus - Date : August 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 3024

Curly-tailed Lion Curly-tailed Lion

Curly-tailed Lion
Once upon a time, some Dutch hunters went to Africa, hoping to capture a whole family of lions. In this they succeeded. With a pack of hounds and plenty of aborigines to poke the jungle with sticks, they drove a big male lion, with his wife and four whelps, out of the undergrowth into a circle. In the centre, they had dug a pit and covered it over with sticks and grass. Into this, the whole lion family tumbled. Then, by nets and ropes, the big, fierce creatures and the little cubs were lifted out. They were put in cages and... Short Stories - Post by : rex470 - Date : August 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 1862

Dutch Fairy Tale: Legend Of The Wooden Shoe Dutch Fairy Tale: Legend Of The Wooden Shoe

Dutch Fairy Tale: Legend Of The Wooden Shoe
In years long gone, too many for the almanac to tell of, or for clocks and watches to measure, millions of good fairies came down from the sun and went into the earth. There, they changed themselves into roots and leaves, and became trees. There were many kinds of these, as they covered the earth, but the pine and birch, ash and oak, were the chief ones that made Holland. The fairies that lived in the trees bore the name of Moss Maidens, or Tree "Trintjes," which is the Dutch pet name for Kate, or Katharine.The oak was the favorite tree,... Short Stories - Post by : ollan - Date : August 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 2161

Dutch Fairy Tale: Oni On His Travels Dutch Fairy Tale: Oni On His Travels

Dutch Fairy Tale: Oni On His Travels
Across the ocean, in Japan, there once lived curious creatures called Onis. Every Japanese boy and girl has heard of them, though one has not often been caught. In one museum, visitors could see the hairy leg of a specimen. Falling out of the air in a storm, the imp had lost his limb. It had been torn off by being caught in the timber side of a well curb. The story-teller was earnestly assured by one Japanese lad that his grandfather had seen it tumble from the clouds.Many people are sure that the Onis live in the clouds and occasionally... Short Stories - Post by : fulva - Date : August 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 4301

Dutch Fairy Tale: Woman With Three Hundred And Sixty-six Children Dutch Fairy Tale: Woman With Three Hundred And Sixty-six Children

Dutch Fairy Tale: Woman With Three Hundred And Sixty-six Children
Long, long ago, before the oldest stork was young and big deer and little fawns were very many in the Dutch forests, there was a pond, famous for its fish, which lay in the very heart of Holland, with woods near by. Hunters came with their bows and arrows to hunt the stags. Or, out of the bright waters, boys and men in the sunshine drew out the fish with shining scales, or lured the trout, with fly-bait, from their hiding places. In those days the fish-pond was called the Vijver, and the woods where the deer ran, Rensselaer, or the... Short Stories - Post by : expat - Date : August 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 1421

Dutch Fairy Tale: Kabouters And The Bells Dutch Fairy Tale: Kabouters And The Bells

Dutch Fairy Tale: Kabouters And The Bells
When the young queen Wilhelmina visited Brabant and Limburg, they amused her with pageants and plays, in which the little fellows called kabouters, in Dutch, and kobolds in German, played and showed off their tricks. Other small folk, named gnomes, took part in the tableaux. The kabouters are the dark elves, who live in forests and mines. The white elves live in the open fields and the sunshine.The gnomes do the thinking, but the kabouters carry out the work of mining and gathering the precious stones and minerals. They are short, thick fellows, very strong and are strenuous in digging out... Short Stories - Post by : Lydia - Date : August 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 3468

Dutch Fairy Tale: Elves And Their Antics Dutch Fairy Tale: Elves And Their Antics

Dutch Fairy Tale: Elves And Their Antics
The elves are the little white creatures that live between heaven and earth. They are not in the clouds, nor down in the caves and mines, like the kabouters. They are bright and fair, dwelling in the air, and in the world of light. The direct heat of the sun is usually too much for them, so they are not often seen during the day, except towards sunset. They love the silvery moonlight. There used to be many folks, who thought they had seen the beautiful creatures, full of fun and joy, dancing hand in hand, in a circle.In these old... Short Stories - Post by : Hoick - Date : July 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 1753

Ice King And His Wonderful Grandchild Ice King And His Wonderful Grandchild

Ice King And His Wonderful Grandchild
In the far-off ages, all the lands of northern Europe were one, for the deep seas had not yet separated them. Then our forefathers thought that fairies were gods. They built temples in their honor, and prayed to them. Then, in the place where is now the little town of Ulrum in Friesland was the home of the spirit in the ice, Uller. That is what Ulrum means, the home of the good fairy Uller.Uller was the patron of boys and girls. They liked him, because he invented skates and sleds and sleighs. He had charge of things in winter and... Short Stories - Post by : fxtrader - Date : July 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 3096

Boar With The Golden Bristles (dutch Fairy Tale) Boar With The Golden Bristles (dutch Fairy Tale)

Boar With The Golden Bristles (dutch Fairy Tale)
Long, long ago, there were brave fighters and skilful hunters in Holland, but neither men nor women ever dreamed that food was to be got out of the ground, but only from the trees and bushes, such as berries, acorns and honey. They thought the crust of the earth was too hard to be broken up for seed, even if they knew what grain and bread were. They supposed that what nature provided in the forest was the only food for men. Besides this, they made their women do all the work and cook the acorns and brew the honey into... Short Stories - Post by : Damon - Date : July 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 4208

Prince Spin Head And Miss Snow White Prince Spin Head And Miss Snow White

Prince Spin Head And Miss Snow White
Long, long ago, before the Romans came into the land and when the fairies ruled in the forest, there was a maiden who lived under an oak tree. When she was a baby they called her Bundlekin. She had four brothers, who loved their younger sister very dearly and did everything they could to make her happy. Her fat father was a famous hunter. When he roamed the woods, no bear, wolf, aurochs, roebuck, deer, or big animal of any kind, could escape from his arrows, his spear, or his pit-trap. He taught his sons to be skilful in the chase,... Short Stories - Post by : chris26 - Date : July 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 2981

Cat And The Cradle Cat And The Cradle

Cat And The Cradle
In the early ages, when our far-off ancestors lived in the woods, ate acorns, slept in caves, and dressed in the skins of wild animals, they had no horses, cows or cats. Their only pets and helpers were dogs. The men and the dogs were more like each other than they are now.However, they knew about bees. So the women gathered honey and from it they made mead. Not having any sugar, the children enjoyed tasting honey more than anything else, and it was the only sweet thing they had.By and by, cows were brought into the country and the Dutch... Short Stories - Post by : colttech - Date : July 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 2436

Dutch Fairy Tale: Princess With Twenty Petticoats Dutch Fairy Tale: Princess With Twenty Petticoats

Dutch Fairy Tale: Princess With Twenty Petticoats
Long, long ago, before ever a blue flax-flower bloomed in Holland, and when Dutch mothers wore wolf-skin clothes, there was a little princess, very much beloved by her father, who was a great king, or war chief. She was very pretty and fond of seeing herself. There were no metal mirrors in those days, nor any looking glass. So she went into the woods and before the pools and the deep, quiet watercourses, made reflection of her own lovely face. Of this pleasure she never seemed weary.Yet sometimes this little princess was very naughty. Then her temper was not nearly so... Short Stories - Post by : Buck_Naked - Date : July 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 2707

Boy Who Wanted More Cheese Boy Who Wanted More Cheese

Boy Who Wanted More Cheese
Klaas Van Bommel was a Dutch boy, twelve years old, who lived where cows were plentiful. He was over five feet high, weighed a hundred pounds, and had rosy cheeks. His appetite was always good and his mother declared his stomach had no bottom. His hair was of a color half-way between a carrot and a sweet potato. It was as thick as reeds in a swamp and was cut level, from under one ear to another.Klaas stood in a pair of timber shoes, that made an awful rattle when he ran fast to catch a rabbit, or scuffed slowly along... Short Stories - Post by : poppy - Date : July 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 3708

Dutch Fairy Tale: Entangled Mermaid Dutch Fairy Tale: Entangled Mermaid

Dutch Fairy Tale: Entangled Mermaid
Long ago, in Dutch Fairy Land, there lived a young mermaid who was very proud of her good looks. She was one of a family of mere or lake folks dwelling not far from the sea. Her home was a great pool of water that was half salt and half fresh, for it lay around an island near the mouth of a river. Part of the day, when the sea tides were out, she splashed and played, dived and swam in the soft water of the inland current. When the ocean heaved and the salt water rushed in, the mermaid floated... Short Stories - Post by : catbalou_tess - Date : July 2010 - Author : William Elliot Griffis - Read : 2924