The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Book of Noodles, by W. A. Clouston This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: The Book of Noodles Stories Of Simpletons; Or, Fools And Their Follies Author: W. A. Clouston Release Date: July 26, 2004 [EBook #13032] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE BOOK OF NOODLES *** Produced by Bob Jones, Frank van Drogen, Carol David and PG Distributed Proofreaders THE BOOK OF NOODLES: STORIES OF SIMPLETONS; OR, FOOLS AND THEIR FOLLIES. BY W. A. CLOUSTON, Author of "Popular Tales and Fictions: their Migrations and Transformations "Excellent! Why, this is the best fooling when all is done."--Twelfth Night. LONDON: ELLIOT STOCK, 62, PATERNOSTER ROW. 1888. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 67-24351 TO MY DEAR FRIEND DAVID ROSS, LL.D., M.A., B.Sc., PRINCIPAL OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND TRAINING COLLEGE, GLASGOW, THIS COLLECTION OF FACETIÆ IS DEDICATED. PREFACE. IKE popular tales in general, the original sources of stories of simpletons are for the most part not traceable. The old Greek jests of this class had doubtless been floating about among different peoples long before they were reduced to writing.