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130 Fairy Stories Adapted & Arranged for young people

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" Softly, softly," he cried, " you cannot manage me so easily as that."
Then he stood quite still, and waited for the animal to come nearer, and on seeing him prepared to make a final spring, the tailor jumped lightly behind the trunk of a large tree, at which the unicorn ran with all his force, and stuck his horn so fast in the trunk that he had not strength enough to pull it out, and therefore remained a prisoner.
"I have just caught my bird," said the bold little man; and ooming forth from behind the tree, he first fastened the rope round the neck of the unicorn, and with the axe cut the horn out of the tree, and then led the animal into the presence of the king.
But the king, even now, would not grant the promised reward, without requiring the little hero to perform another feat of valour. He made a bargain that before the marriage with his daughter took place, he should kill a wild boar, who did great mischief in the forest, and that the king's hunters should assist him.
" Oh, certainly." replied the tailor; " that will be child's play for me." So he set out immediately for the forest, but left the hunters outside, to their great delight, for the wild boar had often hunted them, and they had no wish to join in the tailor's en­terprise.
As soon as the wild boar caught sight of the tailor, he flew at him, with glaring tusks and a foaming mouth, and would have thrown him on the ground. But our clever little friend was too quick for him ; he sprung through the open window of a little chapel that stood near, and out through another on the other side. The boar was soon after him; but the moment he entered the chapel through the door, the tailor ran round quickly to close it, and the wild animal found himself a prisoner, for he was much too heavy and excited to jump through the window.
The little hero called the hunters, and showed them the prisoner v/ith their own eyes. After this, he presented the wild boar to the king, who this time, whether he would or no, was obliged to keep his promise to give to the hero his daughter and half his kingdom.
Had he known that a little tailor stood before him instead of the great hero he imagined him to be, it v/ould have grieved the king to the heart-