THE BOY WHO FOUND FEAR AT LAST 283
so did not notice the glances of surprise cast by the robbers at each other.
' There is another chance for you,' said one at length. ' On the other side of the mountain lies a deep pool; go to that, and perhaps you may meet fear on the way.'
' I hope so, indeed,' answered the boy. And he set out at once.
He soon beheld the waters of the pool gleaming in the moonlight, and as he drew near he saw a tall swing standing just over it, and in the swing a child was seated, weeping bitterly.
' That is a strange place for a swing,' thought the boy ; ' but I wonder what he is crying about.' And he was hurrying on towards the child, when a maiden ran up and spoke to him.
' I want to lift my little brother from the swing,' cried she, ' but it is so high above me, that I cannot reach. If 3rou will get closer to the edge of the pool, and let me mount on your shoulder, I think I can reach him.'
' Willingly,' replied the boy, and in an instant the girl had climbed to his shoulders. But instead of lifting the child from the swing, as she could easily have done, she pressed her feet so firmly on each side of the youth's neck, that he felt that in another minute he would be choked, or else fall into the water beneath him. So, gathering up all his strength, he gave a mighty heave, and threw the girl backwards. As she touched the ground a bracelet fell from her arm, and this the youth picked up.
' I may as well keep it as a remembrance of all the queer things that have happened to me since I left home,' he said to himself, and turning to look for the child, he saw that both it and the swing had vanished, and that the first streaks of dawn were in the sky.
"With the bracelet on his arm, the youth started for a little town which was situated in the plain on the further side of the mountain, and as, hungry and thirsty, he