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12 THE GOLDEN BIRD.

and heaid the same good counsel But he was thankful to the fox, and did not attempt his life as his brothers had done ; so the fox said, " Sit upon my tail, and you will travel faster." So he sat down, and the fox began to run, and away they went over stock and stone so quick that their hair whistled in the wind.

When they came to the village, the son followed the fox's counsel, and without looking about him went to the shabby inn and rested there all night at his ease. In the morning came the fox again and met him as he was beginning his journey, and said, " Go straight forward, till you come to a castle, before which lie a whole troop of soldiers feust asleep and snoring ; take no notice of them, but go into the castle and pass on and on till you come to a room, where the golden bird 'sits in a wooden cage ; close by it stands a beautiful golden cage ; but do not try to take the bird out of the shabby cage and put it into the handsome one, otherwise you will repent it."

Then the fox stretched out his tail again, and the young man sat himself down, and away they went over stock and stone till their hair whistled m the wind.

Before the castle gate all was as the fox had said : so the son went in and found the chamber where the golden bird himg in a wooden cage, and below stood the golden cage, and the three golden apples that had been lost were lying close by it. Then thought he to himself, " It will be a very droll thing to bring away such a fine bird in this shabby cage ;" so he opened the door and took hold of it and put it into the golden cage. But the bird set up such a loud scream that all the soldiers awoke, and they took him prisoner and carried him before the king. The next morning the court sat to judge him ; and when all was heard, it sentenced him to die, unless lie should bring the king the golden horse which could run as swiftly