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A Collection of Illustrated classic fairy tales for children by Andrew Lang

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THE STORY OF THE HERO MAKOMA 7
that he sat down under a large tree, and removing the sack from his shoulder, took out all the giants and set them before him. 'My friends,' said he, 'I have travelled far and am weary. Is not this such a place as would suit a hero for his home? Let us then go, to-morrow, to bring in timber to make a kraal.'
So the next day Makoma and the giants set out to get poles to build the kraal, leaving only Chi-eswa-mapiri to look after the place and cook some venison which they had killed. In the evening, when they returned, they
found the giant helpless and tied to a tree by one enor­mous hair!
'How is it,' said Makoma, astonished, 'that we find you thus bound and helpless?'
'O Chief,' answered Chi-e'swa-mapiri, 'at mid-day a man came out of the river; he was of immense stature, and his grey moustaches were of such length that I could not see where they ended! He demanded of me "Who is thy master?" And I answered: "Mak6ma, the greatest of heroes." Then the man seized me, and pulling a hair from his moustache, tied me to this tree— even as you see me.'
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