ADVENTURES OF AN INDIAN BRAVE 315
into the pot. But what was her astonishment and disgust when both pot and food vanished instantly before her.
'Oh, you horrid plank, you have brought me ill-luck!' she cried. And taking it up she flung it away from her.
The woman had been surprised before at the disappearance of her food, but she was more astonished still when, instead of the plank, she beheld a baby. However, she was fond of children and had none of her own, so she made up her mind that she would keep it and take care of it. The baby grew and throve as no baby in that country had ever done, and in four days he was a man, and as tall and strong as any brave of the tribe.
'You have treated me well,' he said, 'and meat shall never fail in your house.' But now I must go, for I have much work to do.'
Then he set out for his home.
It took him many days to get there, and when he saw his son sitting in his place his anger was kindled, and his heart was stirred to take vengeance upon him. So he went out quickly into the forest and shed tears, and each tear became a bird. 'Stay there till I want you,' said he; and he returned to the hut.
'I saw some pretty new birds, high up in a tree yonder,' he remarked. 'And the son answered: 'Show me the way and I will get them for dinner.'
The two went out together, and after walking for about half an hour the old man stopped. 'That is the tree,' he said. And the son began to climb it.
Now a strange thing happened. The higher the young man climbed the higher the birds seemed to be, and when he looked down the earth below appeared no bigger than a star. Still he tried to go back, but he could not, and though he could not see the birds any longer he felt as if something were dragging him up and up.