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Legends That Every Child Should Know
H.W.Mabie

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LEGENDS THAT EVERY CHILD SHOULD KNOW 

A SELECTION OF THE GREAT LEGENDS OF ALL TIMES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE 

EDITED BY HAMILTON WRIGHT MABIE 

ILLUSTRATED AND DECORATED BY BLANCHE OSTERTAG 

INTRODUCTION 

If we knew how the words in our language were made and what they have
meant to successive generations of the men and women who have used them,
we should have a new and very interesting kind of history to read.  For
words, like all other creations of man, were not deliberately
manufactured to meet a need, as are the various parts of a bicycle or of
an automobile; but grew gradually and slowly out of experiences which
compelled their production.  For it is one of the evidences of the
brotherhood of men that, either by the pressure of necessity or of the
instinct to describe to others what has happened to ourself and so make

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