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Chapter NumberIII
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Full Date1893-08-12
Page Number19
Word Count698
Last Corrected0000-00-00
Newspaper TitleIllustrated Sydney News (NSW: 1881-1894)
Trove TitleGladys and the Fairies
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Gladys and the Fairies.


We left Gladys a \reek ago holding np a corner of the Golden Veil and gazing in spell-hound wonder into fairy land.

How wondrously, wondrously, won- drously lovely it was, she thought, as she knelt on ; the grass and trees were of the softest, palest shades of green,. a silver rivulet ran sparkling and bubbling along, down from a hill that was wrapped in soft blue shadows, down through lovely glades until it spread into a wide silver sea, whose waves rose and fell with the sweetest music imaginable. On the wings of the rose scented, air came the sound of voices singing low, sweet and low, as the last sighing of a summer breeze ; fairy waterfalls were falling from rocks of the most dazzling whiteness j fairy foun- tains played to the sound of the sweet entrancing music, and flung high, high in the air their sprays of scented water, whioh fell like tears on the grass and

flowers around.

Nearer and nearer came the sound of the voices, sweeter and sweeter rose the cadence of the song on the air, clearer and clearer fell the words on Gladys's listening ear

There is sweet music here that softer falls

Than petals from blown roses on the grass, Or night dews on still water between walls Of shadowy granite in a gleaming pass. Music that gentler on the spirit lies Than tired eyelids upon tired eyes,

Music that brings sweet sleep down from the

blissful skies.

Then, as the last words died away, there was a loud flourish of silver trumpets and

the fairies themselves came in view from

over the blue shadowy hill and Gladys knelt on, watching with wide open shining brown eyes, and drinking in all the wondrous beauty of the scene.

First came about 12 of the tiniest of tiny elfins, dressed in pale green, and riding on horse-flies reined in with green spun-silk ; then followed four fairy figures BO lovely that Gladys held her breath in wonder. They were not dressed as she had been when she went to the mayor's juvenile ball as a fairy in skirts of white tulle, long stockings, gold crown and wand, and which till now Gladys had considered orthodox fairy attire ; these had long graceful, trailing dresses of the palest rose color ; two had brown hair and two golden, stream- ing loosely to the wind as they danced along, twining their rosy garlands and singing sweet snatches of song ; and then, then came the ohariot of the queen. It was part of an emu's egg wondrously carved, and drawn by eight snow white butteries harnessed with silver spun-silk ; two dragon-flies sat on the box driving -two grasshoppers behind with folded wings and crossed arms, and in the chariot which was lined with dark green gossamer silk-in tho charlot sat the Queen. Such wondrous, magnificent beauty Gladys had never dreamed of. Sho wore*a long flow- ing robe of pure white covered with price- less diamonds j on her head was a crown of brilliants of wonderful beauty ; diamonds shone on the round bare neck and arms, diamonds flashed on the tiny silk covered feet, on the wand of pure gold which she carried, and tho face was of such rare dazzling beauty that Gladys's unaccustomed eyes could hardly bear the sight. Behind the chariot carno

more elves, dressed in yellow and riding locusts, then more dancing fairies, half in pale blue, half in pale green-and then a long train of different elves, nymphs, and brownies. Close to the golden veil the long procession stopped and one by one the different fairies went up to their queen (who had now alighted and was sitting on a throne of pure sapphire) and spoke to her. " They are telling her what good they have done earth-born creatures to-day," said the elf to Gladys. " I, too, must go, but I will return soon-see I will leave my cap and wand here with you," and in a second he had crept beneath the veil and stood near the beauteous scintillating figure of his queen.