Once there lived a king. His name was Midas. He had a little daughter. They lived in a beautiful palace with a wonderful garden around it.
Now the king was very fond of gold. He loved gold more than anything else in the world. One day, when the king was looking at gold, a young man appeared before him.
“You are a very rich man, Midas”, said the young man. “Yes, said the king, “but I would like to be richer. I would like to have a golden touch. I want everything that I touch to turn into gold”.
The young man was a magician, and he gave the king a golden touch which he wanted to have. The king was very happy. He touched the table and the table became gold. He went into the garden. There were beautiful roses in the garden. He touched the roses and they also became gold.
The king’s daughter, who loved roses very much, saw it and began to cry. “Don’t cry, dear daughter”, said the king and touched his daughter’s head. The next moment the girl turned into a beautiful gold statue.