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Chapter NumberII
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Chapter Urlhttp://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article39807909
Full Date1899-06-17
Page Number2
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Word Count1416
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Newspaper TitleLaunceston Examiner (Tas. : 1842 - 1899)
Trove TitleThe Story of Princess Lilybud
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FOR THE CHILDREN. ---+---- THE STORY OF PRINCESS LILYBUD.   (By E.R.L.H.) ---------- CHAPTER II.   Holak's thoughts were of Lilybud.   "Poor little girl," he said to himself,   "I'll try my very hardest to be success-   ful.and not disappoint my darling, and hurried along faster. After. half an hour's quick walking he saw a large   'building, and also that he was quite close to the avenue gates. Going more   cautiously he soon perceived the dog.   "Good old boy," he said in a winning   voice, and 'the animal walked slowly   towards him to be caressed, and he at once seized the opportunity to extract the hairs. The dog appeared more   friendly, and, following it, Holak soon   found himself in the plantation. He soon discovered the love trees, and with the aid of the spade soon had one up. But he could see that to have his task accomplished within the allotted period would mean very hard work indeed so quickly the time flew, too. It only seemed a few minutes, the church clock had chimed half after 10, and he had quite half of the trees yet to dig. The veins of his arms stood out like chords, and great drops of perspiration covered his neck, face, and arms. At last, just about five minutes to 11, he staggered out of the plantation, the dog slowly following. him and carrying the ends of several of the trees in his mouth. At the avenue gates the dog watched him slowly open it and pass out. I-Iolak felt a sense of relief when the gate closed behind him, and he moved of? in the direction whence he had come without having met one'human soul. To his dying day he could never account for the way he got back to the . meeting place. The dwarf was waiting for him, and he threw down his bundle and straightened himself. "Oh," said the: King, "here you are; I felt confident you'd succeed. Love, does a lot, you know," and he laughed. "linut you've been a terrible time getting here from the giant's, quite two hours. Well, let's get these trees looked to. I'm t sorry to say you'll have to carry them all to the old tree stump; but some of _ my subjects will help you along. I've told them all about it, and they're a vastly interested in your love story. I'm quite sure we men value our wives more when they are hard to win. What do you say?" Holak quite agreed with him. Three dwarfs came running up the   stairs, and at once assisted H-oiak gently along. "Will they come to an end,"   groaned the. wearied Prince. At last they were along the passage, and soon   found themselves about to ascend the remaining stairs. The little Earth-King chatted and laughed in the hopes of making Holak forget his weariness, and he partly succeeded. How glad the Prince felt when he once more rested on his tree stump.   "Now," said the Gnome, "lay down your trees here and get home to bed   as smartly as you like. To-morrow at   11 o'clock I will be here. Bring my dear godchild with you."   Holak pressed the little Earth-King's   hand gratefully, and turned home   wards. As he entered the clocks struck three. He passed on to his own apart ments, seated himself at a desk, wrote   a note to Lilybud, asking her to be at   the old tree at 11 o'clock, rang for his   valet, to whom he gave the note; and   after giving orders to be awakened at 10, was soon asleep. Punctually to the   minute the man called his masteir,'and   the Prince, feeling more like his ordinary self, made all possible speed   to be in good time for his appointment. He found Lilybud already there. "Oh, Holak dear," she said; "I'm so glad to see you were successful," and she pressed his hand lovingly. Holak had no' time to reply, for at that moment the dwarf came up. "There you are, I see, looking as right as possible," he said briskly. "Well, go home. both of.you,bring the King along, and be here at 12; .I'll be ready for   you. Away with you both," and Holak   and Lilybud laughingly retraced their   steps.   As soon as they were out of ear   Ishot Lilybud seized her lover's right   hand in both her's and said:-"I can   never thank you 'enough for what you   have gone through for my happiness.''   "And mine," replied Holak 'laughingly.   "I really believe we men are dreadfully   selfish."   But Lilybud shook her head. "You're   not; there are always exceptions to   every rule."   "Well dear," said selfish' Holak, "suppose we malke the wedding in a month's time instead of three." "Oh, now, Holak," she replied, "I   really believe you are right. I'm sure   You're selfish. What will father say?" "Never mind about him," said Holak. "I'11 make it right there, or rather the Gnome will. Well, here 'we are; why it's 12 nearly now." S"How time flies," laughed Lilybud. I'11 find father; wait for us, we won't he long." She found the King in his study, and when he was informed of the Gnome's request,' he laughingly consented. Lily- bud looked radiant, and when Holak rejoined her they all walked together to the tree stump. The little King welcomed& them proudly, and at once requested the King tol seat hllimself in 'his own state carriage, which was drawn by ten ponies the size of half grown sheep. A pretty cream pony was waiting for Lilybud, and a coal black one for Holak. I am afraid the carriage arrived at its destination some time before the ponies. "Now," said King Osfoo, "what have we come to see?" "Wait," said the Gnome," "until the lovers appear." At last they arrived. "What a pretty part of the country thia is," said Lilybud; "but what a thick fog up yonder," and she pointed to a hill over which a Ileavy, thick mist seemed to hang. They all walked towards it, and her godfather handed the Princel a small pair of silver bellows. "You will require them Dreccntly," he oblserved quietly. After climbing the hill the Gnome told IHolak and Lilybud to walk before them. "Put the bellows to the key hole of the front door and blow away," he said. They soon arrived at the house, and it was the tiniest place imaginable; it was really no larger than a very small dog kennel. The lovers looked at each other and laughed. However, after a few puffs of the bellows the little house seemed to expand; larger and larger it grew, until after a few minutes' hard puffing

became a princely mansion. Crowds   of little gnomes were working about the place. When King Osfoo arrived upon the scene he rubbed his eyes in bewilderment; it far surpassed his own palace in every way. "Now," said the Gnome proudly, "we will go to the garden," and there they found nearly all the love trees were already planted. After that they went to the spacious ball-room, and here again the King had no complaints to make. "Well," said the Earth-King, kindly, "are you satisfied; are your conditions faithfully carried out?" "Yes," replied King Osfoo, "I am fully satisfied. The wedding can take place as soon as they wish it;" and, needless to say, the engaged pair were highly pleased with this arrangement. A month later the wedding day dawned, and, needless to say, Princess Lilybud's godfather, to whom she and Holak owed all their happiness, as she was never tired of telling him, was present. After breakfast, when they were about to depart on their wedding trip, Holak noticed her cloak was wanting. "Where's your cloak, dear?" he asked. "Oh," replied the Princess, laughing, "we were so hurried I forgot to order one. I can do without it, the---" but as she spoke a beautiful cloud fretted with. sunbeams dropped from the sky and hung in graceful folds from the Princess's shoulders. "An omen of happiness," exclaimed all the servants and onlookers, and amidst their crites the young couple drove away to begin the new life open ing out before them, fully satisfied (without omens) of their love for each other. (Finis.)