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Many years ago there lived a king named Midas.
King Midas had one little daughter, whose name was Marigold.
King Midas was very, very rich. It was said that he had more gold than any other king inthe world.
One room of his great castle was almost filled with yellow gold pieces.
At last the King grew so fond of his gold that he loved it better than anything else in all the world.
He evenloved it better than his own little daughter, dear little rosy-cheeked Marigold. His one great wish seemed to be for more and more gold.
One day while he was in his gold room counting his money, abeautiful fairy boy stood before him.
The boy's face shone with a wonderful light, and he had wings on his cap and wings on his feet. In his hand he carried a strange-looking wand, and the wand also hadwings.
"Midas, you are the richest man in the world," said the fairy. "There is no King who has so much gold as you."
"That may be," said the King. "As you see, I have this room full of gold, but Ishould like much more; for gold is the best and the most wonderful thing in the world."
"Are you sure?" asked the fairy.
"I am very sure," answered the King.
"If I should grant you one wish," saidthe fairy, "would you ask for more gold?"
"If I could have but one wish," said the King, "I would ask that everything I touch should turn to beautiful yellow gold."
"Your wish shall be granted," saidthe fairy. "At sunrise to-morrow morning your slightest touch will turn everything into gold. But I warn you that your gift will not make you happy."
"I will take the risk," said the King.
The nextday King Midas awoke very early. He was eager to see if the fairy's promise had come true.

As soon as the sun arose he tried the gift by touching the bed lightly with his hand.

The bed turnedto gold.

He touched the chair and table.

Upon the instant they were turned to solid gold.

The King was wild with joy.

He ran around the room, touching everything he could see. His magic...
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