"Listen, children," said the king, "it is best that you both go; one can protect the other, and four ears are better than two."
"The king is right, that is best--we will both go."
"And leave the king alone and unguarded?"
"No," said the king, pointing to the two sleepers, "I have my two adjutants, and they will keep guard for me. Now, listen to what I have to say to you. Over there is the enemy, and it is most important for me to know what he is doing, and what he proposes to do. Go, then, and listen. Their generals have certainly taken up their quarters in the village. You must ascertain that positively, and then draw near their quarters. You will return as quickly as possible, and inform me of all that you hear and see."
"Is that all?" said Fritz Kober.
"That is all. Now be off, and if you do your duty well, and return fresh and in good order, you shall be both made officers." Fritz Kober laughed aloud. "No, no, sir king, we know that old story already."
"It is not necessary that you should promise us any thing, your majesty," said Charles Henry; "we do not go for a reward, but for respect and love to our king."
"But tell me, Fritz Kober, why you laughed so heartily?" said the king.