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Collectanea. 189

"Will you give me a night's lodging if I wash the shirt?" said the wife.

"I will," said the woman, "and anything you like if you wash the blood off the shirt."

So the wife washed the stain away, and the woman went home with the clothes, and when the lady looked at the clothes she found the shirt clean. She wondered very much at that. The next morning the washerwoman's children came to the house with a piece of beef in their hands, and the lady asked, " Where did you get that meat ? "

"Oh," said the children, "a woman lodged with us, and she has a tablecloth, and when she spreads it out, every kind of food comes upon it."

"Send her to me," said the lady, "and I will buy it."

The wife came. " What will you take for that tablecloth?" said the lady. "This night of your husband," said the wife.

"Come in at ten o'clock, said the lady."

When her husband came back from fowling, she gave him a sleeping cup, and put him to bed. In the morning early she told the wife to get up quickly and go out of the house. That day the washerwoman's children came to the house, and each one of them had a new suit. The lady asked them where they got such beautiful clothes. And they told her there was a woman staying in the house who had cut the old suits with a pair of scissors and made them into new ones. "Tell her to come to me, and I will buy her scissors," said the lady; and the wife came. "What will you take for your scissors?" said the lady. "This night of your husband," said the wife.

So the lady told her to come in that night, and she gave a sleeping cup to her husband; and in the morning she bade the wife rise up and go out.

On the third day the children came in, and they had beautiful long hair growing on their heads, and when the lady asked how they got the hair they told her that the woman who was in the house had combed their hair and it had grown long. So the lady sent for the wife and asked her what she would take for the comb. "This night of your husband," she said.

When the husband went out fowling that day, he had his