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376                          CLEVER PEOPLE.
" the man was, no doubt, in a great hurry to get back to heaven, and the farmer has lent him the horse to take to my father." He went home, and told his mother what had happened, and finished by saying, "The man has, no doubt, sent the horse to my father, that he may not have to run about so much on foot after the sheep."
" It is all right," she replied, " for your legs are still young, and you can easily go about on foot," and so they submitted to their losses.
As soon as the farmer returned home, he placed the horse which the youth had lent him in the stable, near the remaining cow, and then went in to his wife. "Irine," he said, "you are very lucky. ' have found two who are still more silly fools than you are; this time, therefore, you will get off without one stripe. I will reserve them for another occasion."
Then he took out his pipe, lighted it, seated himself in the old arm-chair, and said : " This has been a good speculation—a sleek horse for two poor, lean cows, and a purse full of money into the bargain. If supidity always brought me so much as this, I should be quite willing to keep you in grand style, wife. But," thought the farmer, " after all, she is a silly dear."
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A miller once lived in an old mill; he had neither wife nor chil­dren, and three miller's apprentices worked for him in the house and in his business. When they had been with him some years, he said to them one day: " I am getting 'old, and I shall soon want to sit in the chimney-corner without work. Whichever of you, therefore, brings me the best horse shall have the mill, and only have to support me till my death."
The youngest of these apprentices was quite a boy, and the others considered him silly ; they were also envious at the thought that he might have the mill, so they determined to prevent him from trying for it. They started, however, together on their expe­dition, but when they got outside the town, the two said to him: " Silly Hans, you had better stay here ; you will never find a horse if you were to try for your whole life,"