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The five stories are:

Piatra Arsa Die Jipi Die Hexenburg Der Tschachlau Rîul Doamnei]

[Illustration: »Carmen Sylva.«]

Heath's Modern Language Series


Tales From The Carpathian Mountains



(Queen Elisabeth of Roumania)

Selected and Edited for Early Reading with Introduction, Notes and Vocabulary



BOSTON, U.S.A. D. C. HEATH & CO., Publishers 1900




Not many years ago, the Roumanians, i.e. , the inhabitants of the two principalities of Moldavia and Wallachia, were hardly known by name, and it was only through the grave events of which the Lower Danube has been the scene, since the middle of the XIX. century that they are prominently brought to the fore. We know now that they constitute one of the most important elements of the population of Eastern Europe that they differ essentially from their neighbors, be they Slav, Turk, or Magyar and that in some way they are descendants of the old Romans, though they live detached from the other nations of the Graeco Latin family.

The origin of this Latin speaking nation is still shrouded in mystery. Are they the descendants of the Getae and Latinised Dacians? Or does the blood of Italian colonists brought thither by Emperor Trajan (98 117 A.D.) predominate among them?

The Roumanians of to day are anxious to purge their language of all Servian, Greek, and Turkish words introduced during the long dominion of the Turks. They endeavor to polish their tongue so that it may rank with Italian, to which it is closely related. About one half of the words of the Roumanian language as spoken between the Lower Danube and the Carpathian Mountains are Latin, while the roots of the other constituent elements must be looked for in Slavic, Albanesian, Greek, Hungarian, Turk, and German. There remain, however, several hundred words not traceable to any known tongue, and these are supposed to be a remnant of the ancient Dacian spoken on either bank of the Lower Danube at the period of the Roman invasion, in the beginning of the second century after Christ... Continue reading book >>

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