96 HOW SIX MEN TRAVELLED THROUGH
He replied, ' Two miles from this place are standing seven windmills ; see, I am blowing to drive them round.'
' Oh, go with me,' said the man; ' if we four are together we shall easily travel through the wide world.'
So the blower got down and went with him, and after a time they saw a man who was standing on one leg, and had unstrapped the other and laid it near him. Then said the master, ' You have made yourself ver}T comfortable to rest!'
'1 am a runner,' answered he ; 'and so that I shall not go too quickly, I have unstrapped one leg; when I run with two legs, I go faster than a bird flies.'
' Oh, go with me ; if we five are together, we shall easily travel through the wide world.' So he went with him, and, not long afterwards, they met a man who wore a little hat, but he had it slouched over one ear.
' Manners, manners !' said the master to him ; ' don't hang your hat over one ear; you look like a madman ! '
'I dare not,' said the other, 'for if I were to put my hat on straight, there would come such a frost that the very birds in the sky would freeze and fall dead on the earth.'
( Oh, go with me,' said the master; ' if we six are together, we shall easily travel through the wide world.
Now the Six came to a town in which the King had proclaimed that whoever should run with his daughter in a race, and win, should become her husband; but if he lost, he must lose his head. This was reported to the man who declared he would compete, ' but,' he said, ' I shall let my servant run for me.'
The King replied, ' Then both your heads must be staked, and your head and his must be guaranteed for the winner.'
When this was agreed upon and settled, the man strapped on the runner's other leg, saying to him, ' Now be nimble, and see that we win !' It was arranged that whoever should first bring water out of a stream a long way off, should be the victor. Then the runner got a pitcher, and the King's daughter another, and they began to run at the same time ; but in a moment, when the King's daughter was only just a little way off, no spectator could see the runner, and it seemed as if the wind had whistled past. In a short time he reached the stream, filled his pitcher with water, and turned round again. But, half way home, a great drowsiness came over him ; he put down his pitcher, lay down, and fell asleep. He had, however, put a horse's skull which was ljing on the ground, for