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Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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178
MOHAMMED WITH THE MAGIC FINGER
Once upon a time, there lived a woman who had a son and a daughter. One morning she said to them: 'I have heard of a town where there is no such thin"; as death: let us go and dwell there.' So she broke up her house, and wrent away with her son and daughter.
When she reached the city, the first thing she did was to look about and see if there was any churchyard, and when she found none, she exclaimed, 'This is a delightful spot. We will stay here for ever.'
By-and-by, her son grew to be a man, and he took for a wife a girl who had been born in the town. But after a little while he grew restless, and went away on his travels, leaving his mother, his wife, and his sister behind him.
He had not been gone many wreeks when one evening his mother said, ' I am not well, my head aches dread­fully.'
' What did you say? ' inquired her daughter-in-law.
' My head feels ready to split,' replied the old woman.
The daughter-in-law asked no more questions, but left the house, and went in haste to some butchers in the next street.
' I have got a woman to sell; what will you give me for her? ' said she.
The butchers answered that they must see the woman first, and they all returned together.
Then the butchers took the woman and told her they must kill her.
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