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AS a merry young Irantsman was once going briskly along through a wood, there came up a little old woman, and said to his^, •* Oood day, good day ; you seem merry enough, but I am hnngiy and thirsty ; do pray give me something to eat." The huntsman tckok pity on her and put his hand in his pocket and gave her what he had. Then he wanted to go his way ; but she took hold of him, and said, " Listen, my friend, to what I am going to tell you ; I will reward you for your kindness ; go your way, and after a little time you will come to a tree where you will see nine birds sitting on a cloak. Shoot into the midst of them, and one will fall down dead : the cloak will fall too ; take it, it is a wishing cloak, and when you wear it you will find yourself at any place where you may wish to be. Cut open the dead bird, take out its heart and keep it, and you will find a piece of gold under your pillow every morning when you rise. It is the bird^s heart that will bring you this good luck."
The himtsman thanked her and thought to himself, " If all this does happen, it will be a fine thing for me." When he had gone a hundi'ed steps or so, he heard a screaming and chii-ping in the branches over him, and looked up and saw a flock of birds pulling a cloak with their bills and feet ; screaming, fighting, and tugging at each other as if each wished to have it himself. " Well," said the huntsman, " this is wonderful ; this happens just as the old woman said ;" then he shot into the midst of them so that their feathers flew all about. Off