St. Nicholas Volume 46

St. Nicholas Volume 46

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... took the ax and went toward the back of the hut, the place where the three little potted trees were standing. " 'VVhat will you do?" the guest asked him. " 'I will cut the potted trees for firewood.' " 'The potted trees?' " 'Yes, three, --cherry, pine, and plum, ---all that I have left from a once cherished and valuable collection. They are beautiful. But they will also give warmth.' " 'No! You must not. Such a thing is unthinkable. _ I thank you for the willingness; but you must keep them until better days shall come.' The guest, though nearly freezing, tried to save the trees. " 'No. I myself am a fallen tree buried by the snow, ' said the host, sorrowfully, land for me the blossoming spring will not be here again. With the flakes of snow upon them, the little trees remind me of the faggots that Buddha gathered for the hermit he served upon Snow Mountain. He performed hard service for discipline. Vhy should I grudge a small sacrifice for hospitality?' "When the poor man reached his beloved little trees, the tears blinded him. But he tossed them from his eyes. "He, considered the potted trees for a moment, lost in admiration of their beauty and 'grace. " 'First I will cut the plum, ' he said to himself; 'for the plum blooms first in the spring. How many hearts leap joyfully every year to see the first plum-blossoms above the bamboo fence! And this, my little plum-tree, --how often I have sighed at seeing its perfect petals fall when their time was over! Who could have expected its fate at my hands within the flame?' "He raised the ax and cut down the plum-tree. ' ..".show more

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  • Paperback | 244 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 440g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236737989
  • 9781236737984