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544
THE TWIN BROTHERS.
The lion laid himself down at a little distance to watch; but he was also tired and overcome with the combat, so he called to the bear, and said, "Lie down near me, I must have a little rest, snd if any one comes, wake me up."
Then the bear lay down; but he was also very tired, so he cried to the wolf, " Just lie down by me; I must have a little sleep, and if anything happens, wake me up."
The wolf complied, but as he was also tired, he called to the fox, and said, " Lie down near me; I must have a little sleep, and if anything comes, wake me up."
Then the fox came and laid himself down by the wolf; but he too was tired, and called out to the hare, " Lie down near me; I must sleep a little, and whatever comes, wake me up."
The hare seated herself near the fox; but the poor little hare was very tired, and although she had no one to ask to watch and call her, she also went fast asleep.
And now the king's daughter, the hunter, the lion, the bear, the wolf, the fox, and the hare, were all in a deep sleep, while danger was at hand.
The marshal, from the distance, had tried to see what was going on, and being surprised that the dragon had not yet flown away with the king's daughter, and that all was quiet on the mountain, took courage, and ventured to climb up to the top. There he saw the mangled and headless body of the dragon, and, at a little dis­tance, the king's daughter, the hunter, and all the animals sunk in a deep sleep. He knew in a moment that the stranger hunter had killed the dragon, and being wicked and envious, he drew his sword, and cut off the hunter's head. Then he seized the sleeping maiden by the arm, and carried her away from the mountain.
She awoke, and screamed; but the marshal said, " You are in my power, and therefore you shall say that I have killed the dragon."
" I cannot say so," she replied, " for I saw the hunter kill him, and the animals tear him in pieces."
Then he drew his sword, and threatened to kill her if she did not obey him; so that, to save her life, she was forced to promise to say all he wished.
Thereupon he took her to the king, who knew not how to con­tain himself for joy at finding his dear child still alive, and that she had been saved from the monster's power-