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1 IN nla UcrcINCb . 10
THE MINSTREL 12
THE KIND LITTLE SISTER . 16
MISTLETOE AND THE SUN-OOD . 20
PHOTO CAPTION CONTEST . 26
MAHABHARATA . 27
THE DECEIVERS . 33
CARD INDEX OF KNOWLEDGE . 39
HOW THE REDSKINS WERE MADE . . 41
ROBIN HOOD . 44
A STINGING REMEDY . 50
THE FAIRY BRIDE . 52
LEGEND OF ST. GEORGE . 57
IN WOLF'SCLOTHING . 60

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7
The Demon's Secret
Grandfather sat back in his banks of a big river, lived the
chair, eager to enjoy ail the Demon Chandavarman, who
political gossip and local was known throughout the land
scandal in the pages of his as the Wicked Demon.
newspaper. But the incessant The Wicked Demon used to
chatter of his grand-children, jump onto the backs of unwary
made concentration a little travellers and make them carry
difficult. him down to the river. When
"Dear me," said grand- they reached the river, he made
father, looking over his glasses his poor victim sit on the bank
and trying to appear stern. whilst he bathed, then after-
" You talk so much, you re- wards he would grab his victim,
mind me of the Demon drag him into the water and
Chandavarman." eat him up.
" Who was this demon?" One day a priest was wander-
piped up little Radha, hoping ing through the forest, and
that grandfather would tell from the low branches of a
them a story. tree the Wicked Demon sprang
Grandfather put down his on his back, and ordered the
paper with a sigh. " Once poor priest to carry him down
upon a time," he began, by the to the river.
The priest, who was just as talked too much. When they
inquisitive as all grandchildren, reached the river, the priest was
started to ask a tot of questions quite content to sink on the
to which the demon answered ground and rest his weary back.
with loud guffaws of laughter. But once the Wicked Demon
**
Tell me," said the priest as was well and truly in trie water,
they neared the river, " Why the priest jumped to his feet
are the sotes of your feet so and made off, knowing the silly
soft and pink?" demon would never am after
" That's my great secret," him on dry earth.
roared the demon. " I made a The Wicked Demon stood
vow centuries ago never to walk in the river watching the dis-
on dry earth with wet feet." appearing figure of a good meal,
The priest chuckled to himself and cursing himself for having
as he realised that the demon talked too much.
In His Defence
Sunder was a rustic and into the pot to see what smelt
rather a dull witted one at so nice.
that. One day Sunder decided Sunder shouted at the cat,
to make some ghee, but not which was far too occupied to
possessing a suitable pot, take any notice of him. So
borrowed a nice earthenware Sunder took orf one of his
pot from a neighbour. The chappals and hurled it at the
neighbour wasn't too happy at cat. It was an unlucky throw,

lending the pot and made for it missed the cat and hit
Sunder promise to return it the pot, which broke into two.
within two days. Knowing that his neighbour
When the ghee was made, would be more than angry over
Sunder stood the pot on the the broken pot. Sunder found
table and rubbed his hands some glue, and managed to
with satisfaction. Now he kept stick the pieces together again.
a cat, which was forever hungry. Sunder waited until it was dark
The cat smelling the ghee, befofe he returned the pot,
jumped on to the table and hoping that his neighbour
delicately put one of its paws wouldn't notice that it had been
broken. But the neighbour say that your neighbour must
had sharp eyes, and shouted at have broken the pot after you
Sunder. " Hey! That pot has returned it, or thr^e, you can
been broken. What are you swear you never borrowed the
going to do about it?" pot."
Sunder didn't wait to hear Sunder thought this all

anymore, but bolted out of sounded very good, and went


the house. home repeating these golden
Two days later, Sunder words of advice.
received a summons to appear When the case was heard in

before the magistrate for wil- court, the magistrate asked


fully breaking his neighbour's Sunder what he had to say in
earthenware pot. Sunder was his defence. Sunder stood up,
indignant that anyone should and puffing out his chest,
make a fuss over an old pot, exclaimed in a loud voice,
then he remembered that there " Your Honour,' 1 swear the
was an old lawyer in the village, pot was already broken when 1

who gave advice at a small fee. borrowed it, and I am sure my


So Sunder went to the lawyer neighbour broke it after 1

and asked how he could defend returned it. And what is more.,
himself against this charge. I never borrowed the pot."
The lawyer having collected his With that Sunder sat down
fee of one rupee said. " There with a grin from ear to ear,
are only three ways in which waiting for the magistrate to
you can answer this charge. dismiss the case. Instead of
which, the magistrate fixed him
One, you can swear that the pot
with a baleful look and in an
was already broken when you
icy voice said. " Don't you
borrowed it. Two, you can
dare come into this court tell-
ing a pack of lies. You will
IN NEXT ISSUE
not only pay for a new pot,
THE FIRST HERO but I fine you ten rupees for
perjury."
OF EVEREST Sunder left the court, mum-
The graphic story thai led to
bling vile curses on all lawyers
the conquestof the world's and magistrates who treated an
most formidable mountain honest man so shabbily.
THE Ml NSTREL
Long ago, in the town of It was the same for the next
Novgorod, in far away Russia, three days and, sighing un-
there lived a minstrel named happily, he took his balalaika
Sadko. He earned his living and went to Lake Ulmen, just
by playing on a balalaika, a outside the city.There he sat
'

kind of guitar, to entertain the and played to himself all day.


guests at the great banquets At dusk, the waters of the lake
which the nobles gave. As began to swirl and foam and
long as there were plenty of Sadko, terrified, turned and ran
feasts and dances, he made back to Novgorod.
enough money to live com- Next day, again, he sat by
fortably. Lake Ulmen and played his
However, the day came when balalaika and again, at sunset,
no one hired Sadko to play. the water roared and foamed
and Sadko rushed back to Many other rich merchants and
Novgorod. nobles will be there and you
On the third day, when the will hear them all boasting
water grew dark and began to about their wonderful pos-
churn into great waves, Sadko sessions.
" You, Sadko, must boast,
played on. Then, to his
amazement, out of the waves '
1 have no possessions, but 1
the figure of the King of the know that in Lake Ulmen
Blue Seas appeared. there are fish of pure gold.'
" I have come to thank you, Wager your head on it, as you
Sadko," he roared. " I have have nothing else to wager, and
been holding a feast and your they will wager their shops, with
music, for the past three days, all the precious wares they
has charmed and delighted us. contain, in the market-place.
Return home now and you will Then, take a silken net, come
at once be invited to play at down here and cast it three
the feast of a great merchant. times into the lake."
With that, the king disap- He was so successful that he
peared beneath the water and sailedback to Russia, his ships
Sadko, greatly surprised re- laden with gold and silver and
turned home. pearls. All was fine until a
Immediately, he was asked to great storm blew up.
play at the feast of a rich mer- " We have journeyed far and
chant. He accepted and every- have paid the King of the Blue
thing happened as the King of 1
Seas no tribute,' said Sadko,
the Blue Seas had said. Sadko's so they threw gold and silver
wager was accepted and he led overboard, but still the storm
the merchants down to the lake. continued.
Three times he cast his silk net " It is not gold or silver, but
into the water and each time he one of us the king wants,"
drew up a golden fish. The said Sadko at last, so each man
astonished merchants had to wrote his name on a tablet of
hand over their shops and lead and threw it overboard.
goods. All of them floated but Sadko's.
Now Sadko held great feasts That sank to the bottom, so
and he soon became as boastful Sadko took his balalaika and
as the others. One day he made his men put him over-
boasted that he could buy up board, clinging to an oak plank.
all the goods in Novgorod for He sank to the bottom of the
a whole month, so great was sea and there was the King of
his wealth. If he lost, he would the Blue Seas, waiting to wel-
pay the city of Novgorod thirty come him. " I am glad you
thousand roubles. have come to pay tribute,"
For the first few days, his said the king. " Play for me
servants bought up everything to dance."
for sale, but always more was Sadko played and the king
brought from the cities around and his court danced. As the
and Sadko realised that he was dancing grew livelier the whole
frittering away his wealth need- ocean shook and the ships were
lessly, so he paid the city thirty dashed by great waves.
thousand roubles, took all the As Sadko played an old man
goods he had bought and sailed s crept up to him and whispered
away, to sell them in lands in his ear, " If you wish to
across the sea. escape and return to your home,
the wedding, so that he could
" Please tell me how," said serenade his bride.
Sadko. That night, when he went to
" The king will offer you a bed, he fell at once into a
lovely princess as your bride," deep sleep and when he awoke
said the old man. " Do not he was lying on the outskirts
refuse or you will anger him of Novgorod. Sailing up the
but do not kiss her, or even river towards him came his
touch her, or you will never ships. The sailors rejoiced to
escape. Then break the strings see him for they had left him
of your balalaika and tell the in the middle of the ocean and
king you must return home for they thought that he had been
some more." drowned in the storm. They
Sadko did as the old man sailed together into the city,
told him. He
pretended to be where they unloaded the ships
delighted with the lovely and found that Sadko was far
princess whom
the king offered richer than when he went away.
as his but he told the
bride, Sadko, however, was content
king that he was sad, for the now to stay at home and he
strings of his balalaika had never again sailed out on to
broken and he must return the blue sea in search of wealth
home for some more, before or adventure.

13
THE KIND
LITTLE SISTER
Once upon a time on a tropi-
cal island in the Pacific Ocean,
there lived three sisters. One day
they decided to go fishing and
taking some taro, the root of
a plant that can be eaten, in
case they felt hungry, they set
off along a forest path in single
file.

By and by, the eldest sister,


who was some way ahead of
came across a snake
the others,
was lying on the path. The
that
snake raised its head and said,
"I am very hungry. Will you
chew a little of the taro in your
hand, so that I can eat it?"
"Certainly not," replied the
girl. "My food is not for any-
thing as nasty as a snake,"
and so saying she walked away.
Presently, the second sister
came to where the snake was
lying across the path. The
snake raised its head and said,
"Would you chew a little of the
taro root you are holding and
The snake raised its head
and said, "Do not be afraid."
give it to me, for I am very
hungry?"
"I will do no such thing,"
replied the girl. "This food is
mine and I have no intention
of sharing with anybody else,
it

especially a snake."
It was not long before the

third and youngest sister came


skipping down the path.
The snake raised its head and
said, "Do not be afraid of me.
1 only wish to eat some of the
taro you are holding in your
hand. Perhaps you could chew
some of it for me."
"You can certainly share
some of my taro with me,"
replied the girl.

She sat down beside the snake


and chewed the root until it
was soft enough for the snake
to eat. When it had finished - . A i
eating she asked if it would
like some more. "No thank
you," replied the snake. "I am
no longer hungry, but tell me,
where were you going to when
I stopped you?"
"I was going to the river to
fish", replied the young girl. you can."
"Well, here is a piece of There was no sign of her
advice that you would be wise sisters when the young girl rea-

to listen to," said the snake. ched the river, so she settled
"When you hear the noise of down on the bank and cast out
thunder once in the heavens, her fishing Suddenly, she
line.

you can fish, but if you hear heard a roll of thunder and she
the noise of thunder twice, then remembered what the snake had
climb the nearest hill as fast as told her. She carried on fishing,
but suddenly there was a second slithered out of the under-
roll of thunder and the sky growth.
became very dark. Within a "Well, where are your
few minutes the rain was pou- sisters?" it said.
ring down and the water was "I do not know," replied the
rapidly rising in the river. Re- girl, with tears in her eyes,
membering the snake's words "perhaps they have been swept
the girl picked up her basket out to sea by the great flood,"
of fish and hurried to the nea-
"No doubt they have," said
-

rest hill.
the snake, "butif only they had
As she looked down on the
been kind to me when I begged
forest around her she saw great
for food perhaps they would
swept away by floods
trees being
be here now."
of water and all the animals
rushing for shelter. To thank the snake for war-
When the storm had finished ning her, the little girl took two
and the flood water had drained of the largest fish from her
away she ran down the hill and basket and gave them to the
into the forest, calling her sis- snake. Gripping the bundle
ters'names as she went. She in its mouth it slithered back
had not gone far when the into the undergrowth and dis-
snake which had spoken to her, appeared.

WHAT IS EDELWEISS?
This fs Swiss alpine plant
a
which equally at home in
is

English gardens. Shaped


rock
like a small rosette, it has
narrow leaves covered with long,
silky-white hairs. The edelweiss
is really a herb that flowers
every year and is a member of
the aster family. The flowers of
this plant are white. Its name.
Edelweiss, means noble-white.

18
THE MISTLETOE
AND THE SUN-GOD
This is one of the tales of the gods who lived

far above the world, in Asgard, which was told


by the Norsemen, the people who lived in
Scandinavia over a thousand years ago.

Of all the gods who lived in for it distressed him so much.


Asgard, there was none more In the dream he was killed,
gay and happy than Balder, the but he never knew who killed
young and handsome sun-god. him. He knew only that the
Balder had a twin brother, gods could do nothing to save
whose name was Hod. He was him from his fate.
the god of darkness and he was Balder*s wife went at once to
1

not gay like his brother, for he Odin and Frigg, the king and
was blind. Hod was always queen of the gods and told
sad, for he could not see to them what Balder had said.
and adventures
join in the sport Odin and Frigg, who were also
of the others and he was very Balder's parents, called a great
lonely, for the others often for- council of all the gods and
got about him. goddesses, to discuss what
However, there came a time should be done to protect Bal-
when Balder was no longer der.
happy and carefree. He grew Before the council Odin met,
pale and sad and ceased to join went up to his watch-tower and
in the merry sports of the others. sat on the great throne from

His wife asked him what was which he could look down and
troubling him and Balder rep- see all things and he saw that
lied that he had a strange dream in the underworld, the home of

which came again and again the dead, the great hall had
and which he could not forget, been swept and the tables set

20
with cups as if for a feast. It

was clear to him that in the


underworld they were preparing
to receive an" honoured guest
and it was with a heavy heart
that Odin made his way to the
council.
The debate was a long one,
for Balder was well loved and
the gods wished to ensure his
safety. It was finally decided
that he would only be comple-
tely safe if all things, fire, water,
trees, plants, rocks, the earth
and its metals, birds and ani-
mals, sickness and plagues, pro-
mised not to harm him, so
Frigg sent her messengers to al!

of them and each one in turn


promised that no harm should
come to her son.
When they were sure that
nothing had been left out, they
returned to the other gods once
more and the gods were happy
again, for they were sure now
that Balder could not be hurt.
It became a great sport to hurl

sticks and stones and sharp


weapons at Balder, for they
would only glance off him and
hone would harm him.
Only Loki was unhappy.
Loki, the red-haired god of fire
was jealous of the bright and
beautiful sun-god. Balder, for
the sun is always brighter and
"Here, take this dart and I will
guide your aim," said Loki.

better-loved than fire. Always halla. Only the mistletoe had


Lbki sought to harm Balder, not given its promise not to
but all things had given Frigg hurt Balder, for it seemed such
their promise and he never a weak little thing that it could
succeeded. do no harm and no-one had
At last, angry at his failure, bothered to ask it.
Loki set out uised as an When Loki found this out,
old woma'- 1
something he cut a little branch of the
:
ch b- looked and mistletoe and made it into a
ts promise, sharp-pointed dart. Then he
ide, asking went to find the rest of the
ind, until gods, who were busy playing
tiny mis- their favourite game, throwing
und the weapons at Balder while he
iak tree stood there, laughing and un-
: of the harmed.
's, Val- Only Hod, Balder's blind
brother, waited lonely and for- it at Balder, guided by Loki.
gotten at one side. Loki went Then he threw it and the little

across to him. "Why do you dart pierced Balder through the


not join the others in their fun?" heart, so that he fell dead.
he asked. The gods were silent when
"How can I?" asked Hod- they saw what had happened
"It is always dark where I am, and Loki stole away quickly,
for T am blind and I cannot while Hod, afraid that the gods
even see the sun." would take revenge on him, went
"I will help you to- join in," and hid away, deep in the forest
replied Loki. "Here, take this where no-one could find him.
dart and I will guide your aim". Balder was given a great fune-
"You are kind," smiled Hod. ral. His body was put on his
"1 am always lonely because ship, surrounded by his wea-
! can never join the others in pons, as was the custom. Then
their games." it was surrounded by pine logs,

He took the dart and aimed which were set alight and as the

As the Aomes blazed up, the


ship moved slowly away on its
journey to the underworld.
flames blazed up, the ship
moved slowly out to sea, on its
journey to the underworld. With
it went Balder's wife, for she
could not bear to be separated
from him.
Asgard, the home of the gods,
was sad and cheerless now that
Balder was gone and finally
Hermod, the messenger of the
gods, offered to go to Hel, who
ruled the underworld and ask
what ransom she would take,
so that Balder might return.
The gods gladly agreed that
he should go, so for nine days
and nights Hermod rode until
he finally reached the place of
Hel.
It was dark and silent in the
courtyard when he dismoun-
ted and he went at once into
the great hall. There on her
throne sat Hel and beside her
were Balder the sun-god and
his wife.
Hermod told Hel the gods'
request, and Hel agreed to let

Balder go, if he was so well-


loved that all things wept for
him.
Hermod returned to Asgard
at once and told the gods what
The messengers asked the giant
Hel had said and Frigg sent her
woman to weep for Balder, but
she only laughed. messengers to ask all things to
weep for Balder's return, All
things agreed, for they all loved
Balder. The gods, the giants told Frigg how only the giant
who away in the land
lived far woman, whom they had never
of ice and snow, the elves and seen before, had refused to
dwarfs beneath the earth, the weep for Balder. They told
rocks, the trees and plants, the Frigg also how her laugh had
birds and animals, all wept for sounded like the laugh of Loki,
Balder. who was skilful at changing his
The messengers returned to shape and had no love for
Asgard to tell the gods that all Balder.
things were weeping, but on the There was great grief in Asgard
way they passed a cave in which for now Balder could never
a giantwoman was sitting. They return and no-one sorrowed
stopped and asked her to weep more than his twin brother,
for Balder, but she only laughed. Hod. Soon afterwards, however.
"1 did not love Balder," she Hod, too, was killed and he
replied. "Let Hel keep him" went down to join his brother
and she only laughed louder. in the house of Hel, where
The messengers returned to Balder greeted him with great
Asgard with great sadness and love and kindness.
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26
MAHABHARATA
The story so far: forest mock
to the Pandavas.
The stipulated period of twelve But Duryodhana incited the
years of exile was drawing to Gandharvas and in the battle
a close, and although the Pan- that followed, Duryodhana was
dava princes had suffered many captured by Chitrasena, the king
privations and hardships, of the Gandharvas. Later at the
Yudhishthira, the eldest of the bequest of Yudhishthira, Duryo-
princes, remained steadfast that dhana was released from bon-
the day would come when they dage and returned to Hastina-
would regain their rightful in- pura more embittered than ever.
heritance. King Dhritarashtra One day the sage Durvasa
realised only too well, that the went to Hastinapura with his ten
future boded ill for the Kuru thousand disciples. Knowing the
race, but his eldest son Duryo- sage's ungovernable temper,
dhana, riddled with envy and Duryodhana saw to it that the
greed, planned to destory the sage and all his followers were
Pandava princes. given the most lavish hospitality.
Duryodhana, with his uncle The sage was gratified and told
Sakuni and Kama, at the head Duryodhana he could ask for any
of a great army, went to the boon. Duryodhana knowing the
ful vessel which held a never
ending supply of food for their
daily consumption. Now it was
night time and the vessel was
empty. But as Draupadi prayed,
Sri Krishna appeared before her
and in a solemn tone said.
"I am hungry, bring me food
at once."
Draupadi was in despair at
such a request. "How can I
offer you food when the vessel
given by the Sun god is empty
until tomorrow? The sage Dur-
vasa and all his disciples are
here demanding food. What
King Jayadratha accosts shall I do?"
Draupadi at the hermitage Sri Krishna merely smiled
and said. " I am hungry, so
Pandavas had little food in their
bring the vessel here and let me
hermitage, begged the irritable
see what it contains."
sage to go with all his disciples
Draupadi in great confusion,
and visit the Pandavas.
brought the vessel and there at
The sage Durvasa and his the bottom of the vessel was
disciples arrived at the hermi- a single grain of rice and a tiny
tage of the Pandavas late at bit of cooked vegetable, which
night, and immediately deman- Sri Krishna ate with seeming
ded they be given food. Drau- satisfaction.
padi was horrified for they had After eating these solitary
insufficient food to feed even Krishna turned to
scraps, Sri
one person, and she prayed Draupadi and said. "I have
to Sri Krishna to come to her eaten well. Now tell Bhima
aid in this hopeless predicament. to go to the sage and say that
It will be remembered that food is ready and waiting for
early in their exile, the Sun god them."
had bestowed on Yudhishthira Both Draupadi and Bhima
the Akshayapatra, a wonder- were puzzled but having faith
in Krishna, Bhima went and hearing Draupadi's cries for help
told the sage that food had rushed out and tried in vain to
been prepared. To Bhima's stop the chariot.
aston ishment the sage cheer- Soon afterwards, Yudhish-
fully said. "We already feel thira and his brothers returned
well-fed and cannot eat any from their hunting trip and
more. Tell Yudhishthira to when Dhaumya tearfuUy ex-
forgive us." Soon afterwards plained that Draupadi had been
the sage and his disciples depar- kidnapped, they set off in pursuit
ted. of Jayadratha, who thinking
Some months after this, that the Pandavas would never
Yudhishthira and his brothers dare attack his strong force,
planned a hunting trip, but camped close by, eager to tor-
before setting out they arran- ment Draupadi with threats to
ged for Draupadi and their hand her over to Duryodhana
priest Dhaumya to stay with and his brothers.
-the^sage Trinabindu in his her- Without warning the enraged
mitage. Pandavas rushed into Jayadra-
Here, Draupadi should have tha'scamp, and Bhima with his
been perfectly safe. But one
morning Jayadratha, king of
the Sindhu country and an ally
of Duryodhana, was passing
the hermitage with a strong
escort, when he saw Draupadi
walking in the grounds. Think-
ing here is a golden oppor-
tunity to win favours from
Duryodhana, Jayadratha deci-
ded to abduct Draupadi and
hold her as a hostage.
At the sight of Jayadratha's
repellant figure, Draupadi tried
to runaway, but Jayadratha soon
caught her and brutally drag-
ged the screaming queen to his
chariot. Dhaumya the priest,
themselves. But in his madden-
ed haste a wheel of his chariot
struck a boulder on the side of
the road. The chariot over-
turned, and although Jayadra-
tha was not badly hurt, he was
far too sore and bruised to
continue his escape on foot, and
was soon captured by Bhima
and Arjuna.
The luckless man grovelled
at the feetof Arjuna and beg-
ged for mercy. Bhima stood
at one side and roared with
laughter at the sight of this
cringing monarch. Taking Jaya-
dratha by the scruff of his neck,
great mace and Arjuna armed Bhima ordered his men to cut
with the Gandiva bow, created off the captive's hair, leaving
terriblehavoc and the ramnants several tufts to remind the once
of Jayadratha's men fled in proud monarch of his abject
horror. As soon as Draupadi disgrace.
was released, Bhima and Arjuna Afterwards Jayadratha was
prepared to chase after the flee- taken back to the hermitage.
ing Jayadratha. Yudhishthira Yudhishthira had to smile at
laid a restraining arm on Bhima's the comical appearance of the
shoulder. "By all means cap- prisoner with his shaven head
ture the miscreant," he said adorned by its odd tufts of hair,
firmly. "But remember he is but remembering the treatment
a relative of the Kaurava Queen Draupadi had received at the
Gandhari, so let no harm befall hands of this uncouch rogue,
him." Yudhishthira in a voice filled
Jayadratha, scared out of his with scorn, upbraided Jayadra-
wits at the thought of the fury tha for daring to molest Drau-
of Bhima and his mace, has- padi, and threatened him with
tened from the field of battle, death if ever he offended the
leaving his men to fend for Pandavas again.
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The incredible story of the Thugs whose criminal activities
brought death to countless innocent people.

THE DECEIVERS
In the second half of the 18th and goings in his area; and
century, after Britain had gained darkening that picture was one
a strong foothold in India, there inexplicable shadow.
arose the first suspicions that Every year bands of men left
something dreadful was afoot. their homes on what were des-
Various reports showed that cribed as trading ventures. After
each year large numbers of tra-
vellers vanished without trace
on the lonely Indian roads.
In itself, there was nothing
especially remarkable about
that. The country was large and
sprawling, authority was lax,
bandits were only to be expected
and violence was common
enough in any country in those
days.
But one young Englishman
wanted to know more. Phillip
Meadows Taylor, an assistant
superintendent of police, deci-
ded to probe more deeply into
the matter. Quite likely his first
intention was just to compile
statistics of missing persons in
the area he helped administrate.
Superintendent Taylor was
So gradually he pieced together
dismissed from his post
a rough picture of the comings
a number of months they would
return and carry on with their
previous occupations. But there
was never any way of finding
out where they had been or any
records of their transactions in
other parts of the country. In
the meantime, many other bands
of travellers vanished comple-
tely.

Terrible suspicions began to


grow in Taylor's mind and his
investigations became more
deeply probing until he was
told that his services as a police
officer were no longer required
in that area. Frantically he
protested that he was near ex-
posing something unparalleled
in the history of crime, and
received only the explanation
that the Indian prince who ruled
that area had asked specifically
for his removal and could not
be denied.
To Taylor it seemed that if
there was some dreadful crimi-
nal conspiracy, its leaders had
friends in high places. He was
right.

When the travellers had been


lulled into accepting them as
friends, the Thugs whipped out
silken handkerchiefs, which
they swiftly snaked around
the necks of their victims
However, even as the frus- the Black One, demanded lives
trated Taylor was removed from of travellers as her sacrifice.
his post, another British officer In return, she granted success
named William Sleeman was in the world
a part of the
pursuing a similar line of success being the property of
thought some many hundreds the victims and immunity from
of miles away. Sleeman had capture.
reached the same conclusions Roaming the lonely Indian
as Taylor and was systematically roads in bands of up to 50 men,
examining every piece of infor- and occasionally more, the
mation that might lead him to Thugs sent scouts ahead of
conclusive proof. them to find groups of wealthy
Unlike Taylor, he had a posi- travellers whose confidenc they
tive lead to follow
an article tried to win.
by a Dr. Richard Sherwood This accomplished, the tra-
entitled Of The Murderers Called vellers would be joined by the
Phamigars. main band of Thugs who began
As India was opened up, polite and friendly conversation
there were published lots of until the codewords were given.
colourful and extravagant "Bring firewood," their leader
stories,many of which could would say. That meant "take
be taken with the proverbial up your positions," and two
pinch of salt; and Sherwood's or three Thugs would saunter
account of a sect of ritual killers 1

casually behind their seated vic-


who preyed on travellers migh^l tim. "Let us eat betel nuts,"
just have been dismissed a"s would say the leader. That
one of the more fanciful tales. meant "kill them."
The Phansigars, or stran- With incredible speed, the
gles, Sherwood, took
wrote men whipped silken handker-
their name from a Hindu word, chiefs from their waists. Weigh-
meaning noose though in the ted at one end with a rupee,
north of India they were known these rumals snaked swiftly,
as Thugs, meaning deceivers. round the victims' necks, were
From childhood they
early pulled tight and the men quickly
were brought up with the reli- "despatched."
gious belief that the goddess In the vast stretches of India,
Bhowani, also known as Kali where trading expeditions might
Sleeman wax able to learn a great deal
about the evil methods of the Thugs.

take up to two years, it was determined to expose them and


small wonder that the Thugs stamp out their cult.
went undetected. After two How he did so is an impressive
years, detection would be im- story of patience and perse-
possible. Then, too, who was verance, ingenuity and insight.
to say that an unreturned tra- Managing to build up a net-
veller had not died of disease, work of informers and infiltra-
been bitten by a cobra or fallen tors, he struck at the Thugs
prey to bandits on his journey? from inside their organisation,
William Sleeman felt that the gradually learning their lan-
Thugs did exist, and he was guage, their codes, the usual
scene of their crimes, their Believing the wrath of Kali
deadly habit patterns and so had descended upon him, he
on. confessed everything, implicated
He learned the myths on others, and they in turn rea-
which their cult was based; and soned that their betrayal was
and that they may have been willed by Kali because of the
descended from the Persian ar- sins of their brothers. By the
mies of Xerxes, that they may mid-19th century, the cult of
have ridden with the early Mon- Thuggee had been undermined
gol hordes and that they prob- by its own passive fatalism.
ably came to India with the As more and more were
Moslem invaders. brought to trial, the -incre-
Above all, the Thugs were a dulous British felt a sense not
secret society, they had deve- so much of horror but of awe
loped a sort of split mind which and even admiration. They
enabled them to live as res- almost found it difficult to dis-
pectable citizens for most of the like the Thugs, for, apart from
time and they could see no their misguided purpose, they
wrong in what they did. killing were brave, courteous, intelligent
was their time-honoured right and had a great sense of honour.
and religion. Many were even described as
Strangely enough, it was gentle; and those who were
their sense of religion that condemned to death amazed
contributed most to their down- everyone by the dignity with
fall. which they took their punish-
Certain people were tabooed ment.
as victims
wandering holy Sleeman founded schools to
men, women, certain classes of re-educate them; and though
merchants and Europeans some of the older members
and the Thugs believed fervently despised these, most Thugs re-
that if they broke these taboos, applied themselves well. They
their goddess Kali would de- proved particularly skilful at
clare them sinners and have weaving. In fact, in the
them caught. Some of the Waterloo Chamber at Wind-
Thugs did break these taboos, sor Castle, there can be seen
and one of them was caught a magnificent carpet woven for
while mortified with guilt Queen Victoria by the Thugs.
SPORTS SPORTS
Tan nb
ll/OMEN played lawn tennis
have AT first women always served under-

right the beginning and


from hand and, for " many years, the
the picture on
the other side of standard of both men's and women's
this index shows some early
card tennis was higher in England than
women tennis players. They are playing in the United States.
a doubles game in the dress of the In 1904, however, a 1 7 year-old
period the year 1874. Californian girl called May Sutton
The first official championship for arrived on the tennis scene. She won
women in the United States was at the the American title in that year and in
Philadelphia Cricket club in 1889. It 1905 beat Miss D. K. Douglass (later
was won by a Miss Bertha Townsend. Mrs. Lambert Chambers) at Wimble-
The girls wore thin dresses with leg don. As a result, she became the first
of mutton sleeves and sailor hats. American ever to win an English title.
The dresses just cleared the ground. She even managed to reach the quarter-
Early lawn tennis was usually played finals of the women's singles 22 years
on grass, courts, although this was not later, when she was 39.
the intention of its originator, Major Perhaps the greatest French woman
Walter Clopton Wingfield. He thought tennis star was Suzanne Lsnglen. In
that in cold weather, the game could be 1925, she lost only five games in the
played on ice with the players wearing whole tournament. She also beat the
ice skates. Such a game certainly pre- holder in the semi-finals without losing
sents an interesting picture. a game.

SPORTS SPORTS

THE Davis Cup is not, in fact, a cup at THE All-England Lawn Tennis and
all. a bowl, made of silver.
It is Croquet Club originally occupied
It is won
annually by men playing a site in Worple Road, Wimbledon.
tennis on behalf of their country. In 1922, however, it was judged to be
The idea of the Davis Cup was con- too small to accommodate the large
ceived by an American called Dwight number of people who wished to attend

Davis. In 1899 while be was a stu- and the new premises (still in Wimble-
dent at Harvard he
exhibition played don) were opened by King Geroge V.
matches in British Columbia and The Centre Court at Wimbledon is
California. justifiably famous, since it has seen
He then persuaded his father to many remarkable players in action.
present a trophy in order to bring It was damaged during the Second
about good natured rivalry between World War when no championships
Great Britain and the U.S.A. The took place but, in 1945, men from the
first match was in 1900 and only the allied forces played on Court I, the
U.S.A. and Great Britain took part. second most important court at Wim-
The picture on the other side of this bledon.
index card shows the successful Ameri- The picture on the other side of this
can Davis Cup team of 1900. From index card shows the Centre Court at
left to right, they are M. D. Whitman, Wimbledon.
Dwight Davis and H. Ward.
A story of the Red Indians of America

HOW THE
REDSKINS
WERE MADE
Once upon a time, when the
world had just been created and
was covered with very beautiful
mountains, valleys and rivers,
there was not one man or wo-
man living on it.
One morning, Manitu, the
god whom the Red Indians"
worshipped, woke up in a happy
mood and looking down on the
41
world decided it was time to Manitu, "this will be a race of
put some people on it. He fet- black people," and he put the
ched a handful of clay from a figuredown on the world.
river and made the figure of The next day Manitu made' a
a man, taking great care to second clay figure, but this time
mould and shape it correctly he paid more attention to the
and to his liking. At last it was baking. However, now per-
finished and all that remained haps through being afraid of
to be done was the baking, so overcooking it, he took the
that the clay would become figure out of the oven long
hard and strong. He put the before was done and this
it

clay figure into an oven and time the clay was hardly baked
stocked up the fire with wood, and the figure was pale and
until it was blazing away. white. "Ah well, never mind,
Manitu sat down in the shade this will be a white race of
of a tree, to rest, for the day was people," said the god Manitu
very hot and he was tired after to himself and he put the figure
his morning's work. Soon, he down on the world.
had nodded off to sleep and it The following day Manitu
was not until many hours later made yet another clay figure
that he was wakened by a smell and this time he covered it with

of burning. Remembering his oil, so that even if he left it in


little clay figure in the oven, the the oven for quite a long time it
god jumped up and ran to rescue would not burn, but alas, this
it. When he opened the oven idea was not successful and to
door it was too late, for the Manitu*s dismay the clay only
figure had turned black as soot. turned a '
yellow colour, not
"Never mind," thought quitebrown and not quite white.
"Never mind, the third race
shall be yellow," he
IN NEXT ISSUE said to
himself.
THE FALL When Manitu awoke on the
OF AN EMPIRE fourth day he made a fourth
The seige and conquest of
clay figure. Now he knew just
the great Ottoman strong- what to do. He put the right
the 15th century.
amount of wood on the oven
hold in
covered his new clay figure
fire,
in the right amount of oil and,
by peeping into the oven, saw
how the baking was coming
along. After all these careful
preparations Manitu lifted the
man from the
perfect figure of a
oven. His colour was a wonder-
ful red-brown.
"Here is the red race of
people [" exclaimed Manitu.
"The best figure that I have
managed to produce," and he
set it down on the Earth with
all the other races where it

became known as the Red


Indian.
This story, according to Red
Indian legend, is how the diffe-
rent races of people first came
to live on the world.

"Here is the red race of

people!" exclaimed Manitu.


47
Then one soldier, braver
than the rest, crept through
the grass until he got be-
hind Robin. Jumping to his
feet the soldier dealt Robin
a crushing blow on the
back of the head. Robin
fell to the ground as though

dead, and the soldiers brea-


thed a sigh of relief. .

The Sheriff fairly danced


with joy that at last this
Robin Hood was in his
hands. "We will show this
rogue how we deal with
outlaws," he exclaimed. 'Tie
him hand and foot and take
him back to the castle."
The Sheriff rubbed his hands
with glee at the thought of
the reward he would get
from the Norman baron.
Robert the Wolf.

In Sherwood Forest, Friar


Tuck cried out in dismay
when he saw Little John
come stumbling through the
trees with Will Scarlet on
his back. "Where Is Robinf
he asked, fearing the worst.
Little John looked down
cast. "Robin made us es-
cape, but fear he has been
I

captured by the Sheriff and


his soldiers."

ANOTHER EXCITING EPISODE IN NEXT ISSUE


A Stinging Remedy
Many years ago there lived in a rich man's son and as Gowri
a small village, in the heart of Shankar had been the youth's
India, a great scholar named tutor, he was invited to the
Gowri Shankar. He loved the wedding as a guest of honour.
village where his father and The rich man in a grateful frame
grandfather had lived, and was of mind, presented the scholar
well respected, both for his with a silk shawl and a costly
wisdom and readiness to help diamond ring.
others in times of distress. Everyone in the village was
A close neighbour was delighted when they saw the
Manilal, who was quite affluent, scholar's gifts, except Manilal,
but money meant everything to who looked at the ring with
Manilal and some of his greedy eyes, thinking why should
methods to acquire more, were a scholar who scorns riches,
extremely subious. Yet the possess such a ring, when it
scholar and Manilal were good would look so good on my
friends and Gowri Shankar hand. Sitting in Gowri
always cherished the hope that Shankar's house that evening,
one day his friend would mend Manilal could think of nothing
his ways. but that sparkling ring and he
That year, in a nearby town, watched every movement when
the wedding was celebrated of the scholar picked up the ring
and put it in a small box on bitten by a snake. I am dying."
a shelf. The scholar who had only
When they said goodnight, been feigning sleep, sat up and
Manilal could not resist taking smiled at Manilal, who was
a backward glance at that box, hopping around holding his
and wended his way home filled hand and screaming blue
with evil thoughts. murder.
In the middle of the night, " You are not badly hurt,"
lt
when all the village was he said to Manilal. It was

wrapped slumber, Manilal


in only a scorpion I caught last
stole cautiously along the street night. But tell me, what are
and when he reached the you doing here, and why are
scholar's house, he looked you taking that box?"
around to make sure he was Manilal, now looking very
not observed. Knowing that crestfallen, had to confess thai
his friend never bolted his door, he intended to steal the diamond
Manilal quietly lifted the latch ring. The scholar said sharply.
and peering in the door, could " I knew you planned to steal
just make out the figure of the the ring, that is why put the
1

scholar safe in bed asleep. scorpion in the box. You have


Without a sound, Manilal tip- learned a good lesson, my
toed across the room and gently friend."
lifted the box off the shelf. From then onwards Manilal
Opening the box, Manilal felt changed in character. He no
inside for the ring. Suddenly longer had an insatiable greed
he dropped the box and let out for money, and found a greater
a great howl. " Help! Help!" enjoyment in the company of
he shouted. " I have been his friend, the scholar.

"I win youtt>mlctiwMiidlwrOTWT eh kff wm*p

51
THE FAIRY
BRIDE
Prince AH had left the palace watched over you and your
of his father, the Sultan, to brothers and 1 sent the three
search for his lost arrow. He wonderful gifts which you all
and his two brothers had held took home from your travels.
a contest, the one who
shot his I carried away your arrow, for
arrow farthest winning as a 1 wanted you to find? -..riches
bride their cousin, the lovely and happiness here with' me."
princess, but Prince Ali had The delighted prince at once
shot his arrow so far that it fell in love with the fairy prin-
could not be found at all, so cess and they were married and
the second brother, Prince lived happily in the great palace.
Ahmed, was declared the winner. After a time, Prince Ali longed
Sadly, Prince Ali travelled to see his father again, so the
on until he reached a sheer princess gave him a train of
mountain, which towered above richly-dressed servants and he
him, impassable, and there, in set off, but first she made him
the grass, lay his arrow. "No promise to say nothing of his
man could shoot an arrow as marriage or where he lived.
far as this," said the prince in The Sultan was so overjoyed
amazement. As he bent to to see the son whom he thought
pick it up, he saw that it pointed was dead that he did not ques-
to a dark cave. Set in the rock tion him about the secret of
was an iron door which opened his marriage, but the viziers
at his touch and inside he saw and palace officials were very
a great palace and coming curious and when they saw that
towards him a beautiful princess, each time the prince came he
"I am the fairy princess had more and . more richly-
ShaJimar," she said. "I have dressed followers, they became
The Sultan ordered the Witch
to follow the prince and see
where he went.

very jealous and persuaded the wers enter a cave and go through
Sullan that the prince meant to a door into the mountain but
seize his throne. They urged try as she could, she could not
the Sultan to find out where the find the door for herself. Next
prince's wealth came from, so time the prince visited his father,
the Sultan, sent for a Witch and she dressed as an old beggar
ordered her to follow the prince woman and lay groaning among
and see where he went. the rocks near the entrance to
The Witch did so and she the cave.
saw the prince and his follo- There the prince found her
on his return and thinking that
she was ill, he ordered his men
to carry her into the palace with
them. When the princess saw
the old woman she was at once
suspicious, but she treated her
kindly, looked after her and
then had her servants take her
back to the Sultan's city.
There, the Witch told the
Sultan all that she had seen.
.

"Your son is married to a


powerful fairy," she said. "Do
not imprison him, for she can
quickly release him, but if you
want to be rid of him, ask him
for impossible gifts. Even a
fairy's 'power is limited and
when he cannot give you some-
thing you ask for, he will feel
ashamed and will never visit
you again."
The next time the prince came,
the Sultan said to him, "My it to his father. When the
son, I hear you are married to Sultan stretched it out, it was
a fairy. I wish to ask for three big enough to cover his whole
gifts and if she is a good fairy, army.
she will be able to grant them. "For my second gift I want
First 1 want a tent small enough a flask of the water from the
to hold in my hand but big Fountain of Lions which can
enough, when stretched out, to cure all illness," said the Sultan.
cover my whole army." The prince went back to the
The prince went sadly back princess. "Take a sheep and
to the princess, sure that she divide it into four quarters,"
could not perform such a task, said the princess. "Then take
but she at once gave the prince a ball of thread and throw it
a tiny tent and told him to take in front of you. Follow it and
itwill lead you to the Fountain evil counsellors advised the
of Lions. Guarding the foun- Sultan to ask for a tiny man,
tain are four lions.Throw each eighteen inches high, who could
one a quarter of the sheep and carry on his shoulders a staff of
they will not bother you." iron weighing five hundred
The prince did as his wife pounds.
had told him. As he rode to The prince was sure this
his father's palace, two of the would be impossible, but the
lions followed him. When they princess threw a sweet perfume
saw the flask handed to the on the fire and there before.

Sultan and put in safe keeping, them stood a tiny man, with
they returned to guard their a huge iron bar. "This is my
well. brother, Shaibar," said the fairy
This time, the Witch and the princess.
Prince Ali set out for the he struck the Sultan a blow with
Sultan's palace with Shaibar his iron bar which killed him.
and everyone who looked at He treated the jealous viziers
them ran away in terror. Into the same and lastly, with one
the palace and right to the throne blow, he killed the Witch.
room they went. "You have Then, he made everyone bow
sent for me, what is your will?" to Prince Ali and as they all,
asked Shaibar, but the Sultan with the exception of the jea-
only hid his face in terror. lous viziers, loved him, they
did so at once. The prince
Shaibar was wild with fury. gave each of his brothers a
"You insult me and must be province to rule over. Then he
punished," he cried. "You sent for the fairy princess to join
have brought me all the way him and they ruled the kingdom
here only to ignore me." Then wiselyand well for many years.
OUR COVER STORY

ST. GEORGE-the soldier

who became a Saiot


Did England's patron saint really fight the dragon?
Was there a St. George at all ... ?
" Cry God for Harry! One day he was passing through
England! and Saint George!" the African country of Libya,
roared Henry V as he led his which at that time was terrorised
soldiers through the breached by a fearsome dragon that dwelt
walls of Harfleur in Shakes- in an evil marsh. The local
peare's history of the king. men had set out to kill the

Saint George the martyr and monster, but its breath was so
protector of England the foul and poisonous that they
soldier saint is celebrated on could not come near it. By day
23rd April, Shakespeare's birth- and night the great creature
day. roamed the land, killing and
The legends of St. George are destroying with none to stop it.
too numerous to relate in full Its foul breath stank out the
in one short article. The
most kingdom.
was born
fanciful claims that he Then, to keep it contented in

in Coventry with a red cross its swamp, the people of the


on his chest and travelled nearby city of Sylene each day
around the land slaying dragons left two sheep tethered at the
w official "
by the dozen. The water's edge.
and more restrained legend is The dragon was fed, and so
nonetheless colourful and the unhappy kingdom alone.
left

exciting. Then it seems the good people

George was a wandering


St. of Sylene ran out of sheep.
knight in shining armour from The dragon felt hungry again
a Christian part of Asia Minor. and rumbled and roared. In
desperation they decided upon He braved the gnashing fangs
human sacrifice to keep the and slashing claws, drove his
dragon at bay. Each night lots needlesharp lance through the
were drawn and the unlucky writhing monster's scaly neck
citizen was led out to the swamp and pinned it to the soft earth.
the next morning and tethered He then dismounted and freed
to a stake to await his or her the grateful maiden. But first
grisly fate. he took her girdle, looped it
Alas, one day, the lot fell to about the creature's neck and
the king's only daughter, Sabra. used it like a leash to lead the

In vain the monarch appealed wounded monster dog-like to-


forsomeone to take her place. wards the city.
Not unexpectedly there were no There was panic. As St.
volunteers! So, early the next George walked towards one gate
morning, the woebegone Sabra there was a concerted rush to
was led out from the city, get out of the other. The king
dressed in the flowing garments and a few stout-hearts stood
of a bride, to meet her death firm, for the dragon now seemed
in the dragon's jowls. quiet and harmless enough. St.
Then as the fire-breathing George told them that if they all
creature lumbered towards its promised to become Christians
breakfast, bold St. George he would slay the dragon then
galloped fearlessly to the rescue. and there!
The promise was made, the of Antioch. He was immedi-
dragon was slain and twenty- ately adopted by many knights
five thousand men, and their as their patron,and Richard the
wives and their children, were Lionhearl was supposed to be
baptised into the Christian thenceforth a great admirer of
Faith. The king offered St. the saint's prowess.
George his daughter's hand in The truth behind the legend
marriage and a huge reward is less well-known and harder
in gold. The soldier saint to find. Some authorities say
accepted the former and told that there is no truth in the
the king to distribute the money legend at all, and that it is just
to the poor and needy. another case of the Christian
nothing in the religion taking an old pagan
So far there is

legend to qualify him as the story to itself. These autho-


He rities claim that the story of
patron saint of England.
earned this honour almost nine St. George is no more than
hundred years later when he an adaptation of Theseus
was reputedly seen helping the slaying the Minotaur, or of
English Crusaders fight the Hercules killing the nine-headed
Saracen defenders at the siege Hydra in the swamp.

"Oh, good kick, Unotol"

59
In Wolf's Clothing
In Brittany there lived a and although she tried to have
young baron, who was a great the baron followed, his absence
favourite of the King of France. each month remained a
The baron had a very beautiful mystery.
wife, whom he showered with She concluded that there
every possible luxury and costiy must be some dark secret the
gift. But his wife had lost her baron was hiding, so the next*
heart to a knight at court, and month when the baron
her mind was forever filled with returned, she pestered htm with
evil schemes to rid herself of questions and accused him of
her unwanted husband. keeping secrets from her. In
As the baron was such a close the end the baron, upset at his
friend of the King, she dared wife's tearful reproaches, told
do nothing that would arouse her his grim secret.
the slightest suspicion, but there " Years ago a curse was laid
was something in the baron's on me," he said heavily. " It

behaviour that could be helpful. is a dreadful curse, and every


For every month at the time of month for three days I have to
the full moon, the baron dis- take the shape of a wolf and
appeared for three whole days. roam the forest."
No one knew where he went, " But. how do you change
"

into a wolf?" she asked.


"As soon as go into the
1

forest," the baron said, take '


I

off my clothes and immediately


[ change into a wolf. At the
end of three days, put on my
I

clothes again and become a


human being."
" But supposing your clothes
were stolen?" she persisted.
" What happens then?"
" I should remain a wolf
forever," replied the baron with
a ghost of a smile. " But do
not worry, I make sure that my
clothes are safely hidden."
Ftsoon dawned on the baro-
ness that here was the oppor- hiding place, the baroness laid
tunity to rid herself of her her plans carefully. The next
husband, and no one would month, when the baron went
have any inkling as to his fate. off, she sent for -her knight
From then onwards she admirer, and gloatingly told him
plagued the baron with ques- that now they could rid them-
tions, and maintained that some- selves of the baron.
one should guard his clothes The knight, who was just as
against a possible passer-by unscrupulous as the baroness,
accidently finding them. chuckled evilly. " Then we can
The baron thought his wife marry and enjoy ail that the
was worrying unduly over his poor fool possesses."
well being. " Why do you fret Early the following day, the
so much?" he said. " My knight went to the ruined mona-
clothes are well hidden under a stery and he soon found the
loose paving stone in the old loose paving stone. Making
monastary ruins. No one ever sure no one was around, especi-
goes near the place as it is ally a wolf, the wicked knight
*

reputed to be haunted. lifted out the stone, and quickly


Now, that she knew the secret bundling up the baron's clothes.
hastened back to the baroness. have to remain in the forest as
That evening, the baroness a wolf, until the end of his
and the knight celebrated their days.
good fortune. The baroness For over a year, the baron
laughed. "Tomorrow we will as alone wolf, roamed the
make it known that the baron forest scavenging for food, and
met with a fatal accident while craving for the days when he
out hunting." had enjoyed life as a human
The knight added with a being. Meanwhile, his wife,
grin. " He shallhave a great the baroness, had married the
funeral. Then afterwards we knight, and they lost no time
can marry." in squandering the baron's great
As for the baron, at the end wealth on riotous living.
of his three days as a wolf, he Early one morning the wolf-
slunk into the monastery, only baron was awakened by the
to find his clothes had gone! peal of trumpets, and from his
As he crouched before the hole hideout, he saw his great friend,
in the ground, the baron slowly the king, with a large hunting
realised that his wife had played party riding through the forest.
him false, and now he would At- first he was eager to go and
greet his friend, then he sadly to save his life, he loped across
wolf no one
realised that as a to the king, and standing on his
would recognize him and the
,
hind legs against the king's
hunting dogs would soon tear horse, managed to lick the
him to pieces. monarch's foot. The king,
Quietly the wolf-baron turned gazing down at the appealing
tail and made his way deeper eyes of the wolf, exclaimed.
into the underbrush. But the " Gracious, this is no ordinary
dogs milling around picked up wolf. It is as tame as a dog.
the scent, and then the wolf- Let it go free."
baron had to run for his life The huntsmen tried to shooe
with a pack of dogs and the the wolf away, but the wolf-
huntsmen hot on his heels. baron refused to budge, and
Although the wolf-baron dod- when the cavalcade returned to
ged this way and that, he the king's hunting lodge, the
couldn't elude his pursuers, and wolf-baron went with them,
was soon surrounded by a ring staying close behind the king's
of yelping dogs and huntsmen. mount.
The wolf-baron thought his Thereafter, wherever the king
end was near and in a last bid went, the wolf would be close
at his heels. And as the wolf demanded to know what the
was so friendly, everyone at baroness meant.
court petted and made a fuss The baroness, flustered under
of the anumal. the king's stern look, stammered
Events soon afterwards took out an incoherent story about
a dramatic tern. The baro- wolves and ghosts. The king
ness's new husband, the wicked highly suspicious of the baro-
knight, had to attend the court ness's behaviour, ordered that
and as soon as the wolf-baron she and her husband be de-
saw the knight, it sprang at his tained for questioning.
throat, and if several courtiers
' Although the knight put up a
had not dragged the wolf off, bold front, the baroness, when
it would have killed the knight, threatened with torture, broke
who shaking with fright, down, and confessed. When
cowered behind the king. the king heard the story, he
The king thought the wolf's ordered that the wolf be put
behaviour very strange, and dis- into a room, with some of the
missed the incident from his baron's clothing. Shortly after-
mind until several weeks later, wards, the door of the room
when on a hunting trip, he called opened and out stepped the
at the baron's castle. The baron.
baroness came out to welcome The king was overjoyed to
the king, and at the sight of see his old friend again, but he
her, the wolf-baron, with a had no sympathy for the baro-
ferocious snarl, leaped at the ness and the knight, who were
woman. sentenced to imprisonment for
The baroness threw up her the rest of their lives.
arms and screamed. " Take Happily, the curse which had
him away. It's the baron come shadowed the baron was
to haunt me." The king was broken, and he spent most of
amazed at this outcry, and re- his days at court and never
calling the time when the wolf once did he mention his life

had attacked her new husband, as a wolf.

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