Abdoulaye and the wonderful lamp

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In one of the large and rich cities of Mali there once lived a tailor named Mustapha. He was very poor. He could hardly, by his daily hard work , maintain himself and his family, which consisted only of his wife and a son.

His son, who was called Abdoulayé ,was a very careless and idle fellow. He was disobedient to his father and mother, and would go out early in the morning and stay out all day, playing in the streets and public places with idle children of his own age.

When he was old enough to learn a trade his father took him into his own shop, and taught him how to use his needle; but all his father's actions to keep him to his work were in vain, because no sooner was his back turned than the boy was gone for that day. Mustapha would often beat him with a stick for this , but Abdoulayé never took to correction, and his father, to his great grief, was forced to leave him to his idleness. He was so much troubled about him, that he fell sick and died in a few months.

Abdoulayé , who was now no longer had to worry about the fear of his father, gave himself over entirely to his idle habits, and was never out of the streets from his companions. This he did till he was fifteen years old, without caring for his future. As he was one day playing in the street with his gang, a stranger passing by stood to watch him.

This stranger was a magician , known as the African magician, as he had been but two days arrived from Gambia, his native rural area . The African magician, observing in Abdoulayé 's attitude something which assured him that he was a fit boy for his purpose, inquired his name and history of his companions. When he had learned all he asked to know, he went up to him, and taking him aside from his friends , said, "Child, was not your father called Mustapha the tailor?"
"Yes, sir," answered the boy, "but he has been dead a long time."
At these words the African magician threw his arms about Abdoulayé 's



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