NCE upon a time the wife of a rich man fell sick, and as
she knew her end was approaching she called her only
daughter to her bedside, and said, "Dear child, when I
am gone, continue good and pious, and God will help you
in every trouble and always care for you."
Soon after this the mother closed her eyes in death,
and the dear little maiden was left to weep for a
mother's loving care, but she never forgot her last
words, and tried to do all she could to make her papa
Time passed on, till one fine day in the Spring her
father brought home another wife, who had two
daughters. These two daughters were very fair and
beautiful to look upon, but at heart they were
evil-minded and malicious, and as soon as they saw the
sweet, opened-faced little girl, with such sparkling
blue eyes, and dimpled face surrounded by glossy curls,
they began to hate her; so they persuaded their mother
to banish her from the parlor to the kitchen.
Here the poor child had a sad life of it. She was
compelled to do the household drudgery, and wait on her
beautiful step-sisters, and when work was done her only
place was the chimney-corner bench, with no company
except the old cat. And although she had once a pretty
name, from sitting in the ashes and getting covered
with cinders, they called her "Cinderella."
Years went on, and Cinderella bloomed like a wild rose,
in spite of all her kitchen work and common dingy
One day a beautiful sweet-scented note came to the
house from the King. He was going to give his son a
fine ball, in honor of his twenty first birthday, and
all the ladies in the land must come. How poor
Cinderella longed to attend this ball! But when she
asked to go, the stepmother and daughter laughed at
her, and said she would be a beautiful sight at the
King's ball, with her smutty face and ugly clothes. She
was made to wash and iron, plait and crimp ruffles, and
run errands, early and late, that the two daughters
might look beautiful; at last when the night came, she
helped to paint their faces, lace their satin shoes,
and trim them up with flowers and laces. Then she
watched the coach roll grandly out of sight, and after
that returned to the kitchen and sat down in the
cinders with the cat, and sobbed as if her heart would
break. The poor old cat tried to comfort her (as she
had often tried to do before) by rubbing her sides
against poor Cinderella's ashy dress, and purring
softly to her, but the poor child was too sad to notice
her. The hot tears rolled down her cheeks and dropped
into the grimy soot, when right before her, she knew
not how or why, stood the oddest little old woman; her
face was almost hid by a queer little bonnet that stood
up in a queer little peak in the back; her little
short, thick body was covered with a long green cloak,
and she leaned on a stout cane.
As Cinderella looked up, the good Fairy, for such she
proved to be said: "Why do you cry?"
"It is so very lonely here," Cinderella said, and
The good Fairy patted her on the head, and whispered,
"Is that all? Wouldn't my dear Cinderella like to go to
the ball? Dry up your tears, and run to the garden,
quick, and bring me the largest, finest, yellow pumpkin
you can find; then from the mouse-trap on the pantry
shelf get six slick mice; two fine rats you will find
in the stable in the rat-trap; and from the
watering-pot, or from under the garden stone, six green
lizards must be brought!"
Nimble as a cricket in the grass, Cinderella dried her
tears, and ran and did as she was bid. And then the
strangest thing of all happened!
 The good Fairy took her wand, which was hidden under
her long cloak, and touched them every one.
The pumpkin changed into a coach, and the mice became
six horses with harnesses of gold. One rat was a
coachman, with jeweled livery, and the other rat became
a herald, to blow a trumpet in advance, and the first
blast that he sounded made the horses plunge and
The lizards were made footmen, because they were so gay
and spry, and Cinderella's dingy dress became a
glistening gold brocade, and the gems that shone upon
her fingers nothing could surpass, while on her feet
were dainty little slippers made of glass. Then into
the coach she quickly sprang.
"Be sure you are home by twelve o'clock," the good
Fairy said, and then the footman quickly closed the
coach door, and away the coach sped and was soon out of
sight, and in a twinkling drew up before the King's
When Cinderella entered the ball-room, all eyes were
turned upon her, as so beautiful a creature was never
seen before. The Prince was so charmed with her, he
claimed her for the dance, took her into supper, and in
every way showed his admiration, but Cinderella
remembered the good Fairy's warning, and just at
half-past eleven left the ball and hastened home.
The Prince inquired of every one who the lovely maiden
was, without success, so the next night the King gave
another ball, in hopes his son might be able to find
out the home of Cinderella.
Again poor Cinderella helped her sisters primp and
curl, and again the good Fairy came, and with her wand
arrayed her in greater splendor than before. A crowd
had gathered around the King's palace, as the lovely
coach with its six prancing horses and lively footmen
drove up, and as the lovely maiden sprang up the steps
her slippers twinkled like stars.
Again the Prince was all attention, and chose only her
for waltz or tete-a-tete, and the moments flew quickly;
she did not dream of it being so late, until she heard
the bell begin to strike, then she remembered what
 the good Fairy had said, and quickly as a swallow's
flight she fled; but alas! in her hurry she dropped one
tiny slipper on the steps. When she reaches the street
she was just in time to see her coach changed into a
pumpkin, and her six horses changed to mice, and her
beautiful brocade changed into her cinder dress. The
Prince had followed her to the door, hoping to see
which way she went, but he only saw a poor little dirty
girl, all covered with cinders, walking down the
street. He found the glass slipper, and made the
proclamation that the country should be searched, and
any lady who could wear the slipper should come to the
palace to live. So everybody tried it, until they came
to Cinderella's home. Then such pinching and squeezing
as the two sisters did trying to put on the slipper!
But, no, it would not go on.
"Have you no other ladies in the house?" the royal
"Oh, nobody but ugly Cinderella in the kitchen!" the
"Well, she must try, as our orders are to miss no one,"
they said; and from the kitchen Cinderella stepped, and
seating herself on a low stool she slipped the slipper
on with ease, and from her pocket took its mate. Then
the sisters cried, and stormed, and scolded in anger,
while the courtier, without thinking, laughed from
behind his hat, for here was all the evidence the
Prince had asked complete, the two little slippers made
of glass an exact fit for the two little feet.
When the courtiers took the news home to the King and
Prince, and told them where they had found the little
beauty, there was great excitement at the court.
Soon after this, Cinderella was brought to the King's
palace, and given lovely clothes, such as only
princesses wear, and was ever loved and petted for her