But as he was paying and giving money away every day, and none was coming in, he at last foun
d that he had only two pennies left, and was obliged to leave the grand rooms where he had been living, and make the best of a little garret under the roof, where he had to clean his own boots, and even to mend them with a darning needle. And now not one of his friends came to see him-they did not like going up so many stairs.
One very dark evening, he had not money enough even to buy himself a light, when it occurred to him that there might be th
e fag end of a candle in the tinder box he had picked up in the hollow tree when the witch had helped him down. So he took out the tinder box and the candle stump, but no sooner had he struck a spark from the flint than the door flew o
pen and the dog with eyes as big as teacups, whom he had seen down in the tree, stood before him and said, "What does my lord command?"
"Well, I never!" said the soldier, "It will be a useful sort of tinder box if I
can get whatever I want! Bring me some money," said he to the dog, and whisk! it was gone-whisk! and it was back again, holding in its mouth a large bag full of copper coins.
And now the soldier
understood what a very fine sort of tinder box it really was. If he struck the flint once, there came the dog who sat on the chest full of copper coins; if he struck twice, in came the dog who watched the silver money; and if he struc
k thrice, there appeared the dog who minded the gold.