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214
THE RATCATCHER
in a mountainous country called Transylvania, where the inhabitants only spoke German, while all around them nothing was spoken but Hungarian. These people also declared that they came from Germany, but they did not know how they chanced to be in this strange country. ' Now,' said the merchants of Bremen, ' these Germans cannot be other than the descendants of the lost children of Hamel.'
The people of Hamel did not doubt it; and since that day they regard it as certain that the Transylvanians of Hungary are their country folk, whose ancestors, as children, were brought there by the ratcatcher. There are more difficult things to believe than that.1
1 Ch. Marelles.
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