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HANS IN LUCK,
MIVE BAD BARGAINS.
HANS IN LUCK
BA had ered his miter for enm long yes,
wh e he Mid to him, "Nater, my time i now up;
so plea to give me my wag, m I wish to return
home to my noda." The mater ansered: "You
have red me lie a trty, homt fellow, you
l, mnd mk a your sw-iM hsve be, so dll be
And therepon be gave him a pie c of gold a
large a Bai' hed. H4e took a loth and rolled
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up the lump of gold, and lung it over his should,
end began to trudge home. As he went long, and
kept getting one foot before the other, he happened
to come up with a traveler, who wa riding at a
brisk paee on i lively hone.
"Oh, what delightful thing it i to ride I cried
HaI aloAd, "It is every bit m good ittng on
a chair; one don't knock one's tom agAimt the
stcm, and one save one' shoe; and yet one get
3A, one hardly know how."
The man on horseback having heard thee wie
n eetions, ied out to him, "Nay, then, H why
do you go on foot
'Why, you see, I m obliged to carry this lmp
bome,' replied Han; -and gold though it be, it
bothers me sadly, a I am obliged to hold my heed
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Son- ide, and it weighs so bhwily o my
"Im tll you what" Mid thr idr, topping his
home, we can make a bargain. Snpp I were to
give you my hoe, and you were to let me have
your lump in exohaOge."
"That I will, and thak you too," mid ans;
"but I remind yqu that you wil have to drg it
along a bet you may."
hie traveler got down from his bome, and took
the mp of gold, and then helped Ham to mount;
ad having placed th bridle in his hand, idd to him
" When yo anmt to go very ft, yo have oly to
mack your tongue, and cry, 'Hopl hop!"
m was in great delight, m her t the boem,
and found he rode along so esily ad liaanily
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Aftr awhile, however, he fLaied he should like to
go a little quicker, so he began to maok his tongue,
and to shout "Hop! hop t
The hore set off at a brisk trot, and before Han
had time to collect his thoughts, he wia pitched into
a ditch that divided the main road from the adjoining
iAds. The horse would have learned the ditch at a
bound, had he not been stopped by a peasant, who
was driving aoow along the same road, and happened
to come up with the lucklem rider just at this mo-
ment Ham crawled out of the ditch a best he
might, and got upon his leg again. But he was
rely veed, and observed to the peasat that riding
was no joke, especially when one had to do with a
troubsome beast that thought nothing of kicking
and plunging, and breaking a man's neck; and that
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nobody should eer catnh him agam attempting to
mount such a dangerom animal. Thi he onoaluded
by saying, "How far preferable a creature is your
owl One ran walk quietly behind her, let alone her
furnishing you with milk, butter, and cheee, for ca-
tain, vry day. What would 1 not give to hare
mob a cow for my own!"
"Well," mid the peasant, "if that' all, I sold
not mind changing my cow for your horen"
Heam agreed most joyfully to mach a proposal and
the peaant leaped into the addle, and wa presently
out of dight
Hm now drove the cow before him at a quet
pace, and kept ruminating upon the excellent bargain
he had made. "If I have only a bit of bread-and
that i not likely to fail me-I hall be able to ald
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tter and oheese to it a often a Iwi. I fel.
thirty, I need only milk am cow, and I sll hve
milk to drink
On reaching a public howe, he stopped to rest
hiMns anid in the fnllnm of hi joy hae do up hi
dinner and supper all at one meal, ad spent his two
remaining farthiqgs to purchase half a gls of beer.
He then went his way, and continued driving his
cow towards his mother's village.
Towards noon, the heat grew more sd more op
premve, particularly as Han was crossing a moor
during a full hour's time. At length his thirt be
came so intolerable that his tongue cleaved to the
roof d his month. "The remedy is simple enough
thought Hans, "and now is the time to mil my eow,
and resh myself with a good draght of miLk"
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He then tied hi cow to the smp of a tee,
and od his leather cap for a pail; but do what h
woud not a drop of mil could he obtain: ad s he
t, about attempting to milk the ow in the mat
awkward manner imagine, the enraged animal
gave him a hearty ik with her hind leg, that lid
him sprawling on the ground, where he remained
halfert4m d for a long time, and caroely abl to
resollect where he a.
Fortunately there jut oame a bautehe, tr adl
a wheelbarrow, in which ly a youg pig.
SWhat n earth is the mattearr asked he, a h
helped the worthy Ham to rie.
Ha related what had happened, when the butter
handed him aiut miak There, man taok a
draght, ad it will oon bring you round again. Tk
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cow ha no milk to giv, for she i an old aimal, only
t for the yoke, or to be killed and eaten.
"LId, now! who would bhre thought it mid
, stroking his hair over hi forehead. "It ,
to be sre, a very well to hae such an animal s
that to kill, particlulay a it yields such a lot of
met; bat them I don't muh reli h eow'i esh-i
i ot half jicy enough for me. rd much rather
beae a young pig like you. Ihe f dh is fr mme
toly, to my nothing of the images.
"il tell you whrt, Ham," quoth the butcher,
"I' let you have my pig in mezopge for your r,
just ot of kidney "
"Now, that's very good of you, upon my word,"
replied Hano as he. gave him the cow, while the
btbeer took the pig out of th wheelbnwo, amd
put the ing that wa tied round the animal Isg,
into hs new master hand.
As Hma went along he would not help marveling at
his ooetant run of luck, which had regularly turned
evey little disappointment to the very bet aoonat.
After a time e wa ortake by a lad, who wa
carrying a fin g e tgoo under his arm. They no
,ooaer bid oe another good morrow, than Hams r
late how lucky he had been, and what advatntgeo
rgAins he ha dtruk. The ld told him, in tr,
tht hew carrying the goose to a christeming di
"Only jut fdel how heavy it is," continued e, taking
thgooephythee wing; "it hmbeen tteningthese
eight weeks 11 be bold to my, that whoever tabt
Sslie of it when it comm to be rooted, wll have
to wrpe away the ftt fr e coner o his moath.
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Ay," Msid HaMI, he weighd it in me hand,
it is heavy enough to be sure; but my pig is not
to be meed at either.
Meuwhile the lad w looking all round im with
an manio air, and then shook his head m he ob-
mrv. "It's my mind your pig will get yo into
trmUble I brave jut come through a Tilge where
tl mayo~ r pig w stolen out of its sye; ad 'm
mightily ati id' the very pig you ae now driving.
It would be a b job for yon if you were caught
with it, nd the let that could bppen to you would
be lodging in the black-bole."
Poor Im now begn to be ightened. "For good
W' ek," aried he, "do help meout of t hi ape;
Mad, s you know this neighborhood better tha I
do, pry tak my pig in eclange for your gope.'
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"I know I shall run some ri"M repl d te lad;
'yet I haven't to heart to leave you in the loeb
W so saying, he took hold of the rope, ad drove
away the pig as ft a he Lould into a by-way, while
honest Hi pamed his road with the goose ndr
*Whe I oom to think o it," mid he to him
e I havee gained by tho emage. In the dur
place, a ni rost gooe is a delid o morel; thn
there will be the t and the dripping to pread upo
or bread, fr moaoth to ome; and l of all, the
beMetihl white featheu will mre to ill my pillow,
and warrant I hall not want rocking to dsep
How pleased my mother will be
As he pmed through the last village i way
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home, he mw a kn ifegrid bUly teniag hu
whebl, while kept iugin
Mi he mdt ed--liMl- to meM I Iph.
Anisd us am whuel ee as m, l as tela.l
Haim topped to look t him, and at lat he id,
"Your trade mut be good one, ioe you roig .
merrily over your work
"Ye, replied the knibgrider, "it is a golden
buine Your true knifgrid id a man who And
money o often he poe his hand into hi pocket
But where did you buy tat fie goose r "I did ot
by it, but ezo ged it for my pi "And where
did yon get piggy from "I gave my oow fr
it" "And how did you oome by your oowr
"Oh, Igave hore forit" "And how mightyo
hae obtained the homer "Why, I got iin ea
hage for a lrmp of gold a big as my head
U And how did you come by the gold "It wa
my wag for seen yeW' service." "Nay, then,"
aid the knif inder, "since you hve been so clever
eaeh time, you need only manage so a to hear the
money jingle in your pocket every time you move,
and then you will be a made ma. "But how shll
I et about thatP inquired Han "You mut tarn
knifegrinder, like myself; and nothing is wanting to
set you up in the trade but a grindstone-4e rat
il come of itelt I hve one here tht is a tri e
worn, but I won't ak for anything more than your
gooe in change for it. Shll it be a btargin
"How can you doubt itF replied Hans; "I sall
be the happt man on heart. Why, if I find money
a often a I pt my hand in my pocket, wha more
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asd I an irw ALnd h hadd him the gooe,
and took the gridntomoe "Now," mid the kni
grinder, piling up a tolerably heavy tone th lay
on the ground by him, "here' a good solid stone
into the ba gin, o whih you a hammer away,
ad raigen all your old crooked ml. You had
better lay it on the top of the other."
H s did so, ad went away quite dightd. I
wa surely born with golden poo in my moth."
r iede, w hi hieym p ed with joy, 'for every
thing ellsot jut M pet' if I wre a Snday ild.
In the martime, however, having walked sine day.
bmrk,1r now began to feel tird and very hungry,
a e had eaton up all his provisis in hi joy at the
bargain ha bd made for the oow. By degrees he
n=lUd meoaely drag hi weary limbs any &rt, and
wM obliged to stop eery minte to nrt rom th
figae d carrying the two heavy to At length '
he cold not help thinking how much better it wrold
beif he d notto arrythem t all. He hdnow
crawled like a eil up to spring, where he mnt
to ret, and rerehimself with a cool draught; ad'
for thi purpose he placed the ton very careally
on the brink ofth wel He thn at down, and
was stooping over the well to drink, wha he hepW
peoed to puh the stones inadvertently, ad plump
into thewar they fll I Haw no sooer wr them
mink to the bomtt of th well, than he got up joy
fully, and the knl down to think Heaven r
hating thus maniflly ridded him of his heavy be-
dan, without the slightest rproel on Ji own oCn.
lmnce. For thee tones were the only tin hat
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stood in his way. There is not a luckier fellow
than I beneath the sun," exclaimed Hans; and with.
a light heart and empty hands he now bounded
S along till he reached his mother's hoie.