This could be considered a delightful prequel to the usually known fairy tale. Aladdin is the son of a poor tailor who idles away his time with other idle boys. His habits so embitter his father that they cause his death. His mother prays for him, but her prayers do not help. One day a stranger appears, a magician from Africa, and claims that he is Aladdin's father's brother. He knows all about Aladdin and his mother and seems to be telling the truth, but he is not. He buys Aladdin a shop with merchandise to prove his love for Aladdin and his mother. Then, during a walk, the supposed uncle reveals that he needs Aladdin's help in opening a hole in the ground. The hole leads to a cave and the cave has a great treasure. Aladdin helps him and the magician persuades him to take his magic ring, descend the hole, enter the cave, and bring him the magic lamp. Aladdin finds the lamp, but as he is about to leave the hole, the magician demands that he give up the lamp and ring immediately. Somewhat suspicious, Aladdin says he will give him the objects when he comes out. The magician is enraged, tosses a magic powder on the hole, which causes it to close and entrap Aladdin. The story continues with an interesting tale of how Aladdin escapes the hole, what he does when he returns home, and what happens to him, his mother, and the magician. It also explains why the magician chose Aladdin to do his dirty work.