Page:Life in Java Volume 1.djvu/297

From Wikisource
Jump to: navigation, search
This page has been proofread, but needs to be validated.

"Bid him," said he to the messenger, "choose between these. Surely four of my own horses will amply recompense him for the loss of a little bird."

But the prince was still doomed to disappointment, for the poor man would not consent to part with his favourite.

"Poor as I am," said he, in reply to the prince's message, "I would not give up my little bird for the richest gift from the Soesuhunan's Palace. A great blessing has been given to me; if I sell it, I forfeit all my luck."

I have told this simple tale merely to prove the estimation in which any bird from these woods is held.

On a large mound stands the ruined gateway of the city walls. The towers on each side are now about thirty-five feet in height, but, from the appearance of their ruins, must once have been much higher. They are built of red brick, closely ce-