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Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp
THERE once lived a poor tailor, who had a son called Aladdin, a careless, idle
boy who would do nothing but play ball all day long in the streets with little idle
boys like himself. This so grieved the father that he died; yet, in spite of his
mother's tears and prayers, Aladdin did not mend his ways. One day, when he
was playing in the streets as usual, a stranger asked him his age, and if he was
not the son of Mustapha the tailor. "I am, sir," replied Aladdin; "but he died a long
while ago." On this the stranger, who was a famous African magician, fell on his
neck and kissed him, saying, "I am your uncle, and knew you from your likeness
to my brother. Go to your mother and tell her I am coming." Aladdin ran home
and told his mother of his newly found uncle. "Indeed, child," she said, "your
father had a brother, but I always thought he was dead." However, she prepared
supper, and bade Aladdin seek his uncle, who came laden with wine and fruit. He
presently fell down and kissed the place where Mustapha used to sit, bidding
Aladdin's mother not to be surprised at not having seen him before, as he had
been forty years out of the country. He then turned to Aladdin, and asked him his
trade, at which the boy hung his head, while his mother burst into tears. On
learning that Aladdin was idle and would learn no trade, he offered to take a shop
for him and stock it with merchandise. Next day he bought Aladdin a fine suit of
clothes and took him all over the city, showing him the sights, and brought him
home at nightfall to his mother, who was overjoyed to see her son so fine.
The next day the magician led Aladdin into some beautiful gardens a long way
outside the city gates. They sat down by a fountain and the magician pulled a
cake from his girdle, which he divided between them. They then journeyed
onward till they almost reached the mountains. Aladdin was so tired that he
begged to go back, but the magician beguiled him with pleasant stories, and led
him on in spite of himself. At last they came to two mountains divided by a