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THE 
SILLY JELLY-FISH. 



ONCE upon a time the King 
of the Dragons, who had till then 
lived as a bachelor, took it into his 
head to get married. His bride was 
a young Dragonette just sixteen 
years old, lovely enough, in very 
sooth, to become the wife of a 
King. Great were the rejoicings 
on the occasion. 




The Fishes, both great and small, 
came to pay their respects, and to 
offer gifts to the newly wedded 
pair; and for some days all was 
feasting and merriment. 

But alas! even Dragons have their 
trials. Before a month had passed, 
the young Dragon Queen fell ill. 
The doctors dosed her with every 
medicine that was known to them, 
but all to no purpose. At last they 
shook their heads, declaring that 
there was nothing more to be done. 



The illness must take its course, and 
she would probably die. But the 
sick Queen said to her husband: 
"I know of something that will 
cure me. Only feteh me a live Mon- 
key's liver to eat, and I shall get 
well at once." "A live Monkey's 
liver!" exclaimed the King. "What 
are you thinking of, my dear? 
Why! you forget that we Drag- 
ons live in the sea, while Monkeys 
live far away from here, among 
(he forest-trees on land. A Mon- 



key's liver I Why! darling, you must 
be mad." Hereupon the young 
Dragon Queen burst into tears: 
"I only ask you for one small 
thing," whimpered she, "and you 
won't get it for me, I always 
thought you didn't really love me. 
Oh! I wish I had staid at home 
with my own m-m-m-mama and 
my own papa-a-a-a!" Here her 
voice choked with sobs, and she 
could say no more. 
Well, of course the Dragon King 



did not like to have it thought that 
he was unkind to his beautiful young 
wife. So he sent for his trusty 
servant the Jelly-FLsh, and said: 




"It is rather a difficult job; but what 

I want you to try to do is to swim 

across to the land, and persuade a 

live Monkey to come here with you. 

In order to make the Monkey 

willing to come, you can tell him 

how much nicer everything is here 

in Dragon-Land than away where 

he lives. But what I really want 

him for is to cut out his liver, 

and use it as medicine for your 

young Mistress, who, as you know, 

is dangerously ill" 



So the Jefly-Fish went off on his 
strange errand. In those days he 
was just like any other fish, with 
eyes, and fins, and a tail. He even 
had little feet, which made him able 
to walk on the land as well as to 
swim in the water. It did not take 
him many hours to swim across to 
the country where the Monkeys 
lived; and fortunately there just 
happened 




a fine Monkey 
skipping 

about 



among 

the branches 

of the 




trees near the place where the Jelly- 
Fish landed. So the Jelly-Fish said: 
"Mr. Monkey! I have come to tell 
you of a country far more beautiful 
than this. It lies beyond the waves, 
and is called Dragon-Land. There is 
pleasant weather there all the year 
round, there is always plenty of 
ripe fruit on the trees, and there are 
none of those mischievous creatures 
called Men. If you will come with 
me, I will take you there. Just 
get on my back." 



The Monkey thought it would be 
fan to see a new country, So he 
leapt on to the Jelly-Fish's back, and 
off they started across the water. 
But when they had gone about 
half-way, he began to fear that 
perhaps there might be some hidden 
danger. It seemed so odd to be 
fetched suddenly in that way by a 
stranger. So he said to the Jelly- 
Fish: "What made you think of 

coming for me?" The Jelly-Fish 
j 
answered: "My Master, the King of 

I 



the Dragons, wants you in order to 
cut out your liver, and give it as 
medicine to his wife, the Queen, 
who is sick." 




" Oh! that's your little game, is it?" 

thought the Monkey. But he kept 

his thoughts to himsel^and only said: 

"Nothing could please me better 

than to be of service to Their 

Majesties. But it so happens that 

I left my liver hanging to a branch 

of that big chestnut-tree, which you 

found me skipping about on. A liver 

is a thing that weighs a good deal. 

So I generally take it out, and play 

about without it during the day-time. 

We must go back for it" -The 



Jelly-Fish agreed that there was 
nothing else to be done under the 
circumstances. For, silly creature 
that he was, he did not see that 
the Monkey was telling a story in 
order to avoid getting killed, and 
having his liver used as medicine 
for the fanciful young Dragon Queen. 
When they reached the shore of 
Monkey-Land 





the monkey 
bounded off the 
Jelly-Fish's back, 
and up to the topmost branch of 
the chestnut-tree in less than 
no time. Then he said: "I do 
not see my liver here. Perhaps 
somebody has taken it away. But 



I will look for it. You. mean- 
time, had better go back and tell 
your Master what has happened. 
He might be anxious about you, if 
you did not get home before dark." 
So the Jelly-Fish started off a 
second time; and when he got 
home, he told the Dragon King 
everything just as it had happened. 
But the King flew into a passion 
with him for his stupidity, and 
hallooed to his officers, saying: 
"Away with this fellow! Take him, 



and beat him to a jelly! Don't let 
a single bone remain unbroken in 
his body!" So the officers seized 
him^ and beat him, as the King had 

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commanded. That is the reason why, 
to this very day, Jelly-Fishes have 
no bones, but are just nothing more 
than a mass of pulp. 

As for the Dragon Queen, when she 
found she could not have the Mon- 
key's liver, why! she made up her 
mind that the only thing to do was 
to get well without it. 



p,-inted fy tht. Kobuntha in Tokyo, Japan. 



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FftlR TftiE SEilES. 



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Momotaro or Little \ 




Peachling. 


? 2. 


The Tongrue Cut Spar- ? ^ 




row. 


1 3. 


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The Battle of the Mon- ) J -f* 




key and 'the Crab. '! ^ gg ^ 


{ 4. 


The Old Man who > ^ t ~ 




made the Dead Trees ; ^ * ^ 




Blossom, .. j^l: ^ 'J L. 


f 5. 


Kachi-Kachi Moun- : . ^ 3 




tain. : ^ 


5 6. 


The Mouse's Wedding. : ; ^ ~ 


; 7. 


The Old Man and the ( ** ^ 


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Devils. 


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Urashima, the Fisher- 


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Boy. 


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The Eight-Headed Ser- 




pent. 


W ^ la 


The Matsuyama Mir- 


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ror. is 


^ 2 ? IL 


The Hare of Inaba. A 


1 5 12. 


The Cub's Triumph. I 


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The Silly Jelly-Fish. | & J 


jt * ^ 14t 


The Princes, Fire-flash I ^ S 


Wf J" 


and Fu-e-fade. fm ^<? *g JH 


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