THE FOUR CLEVER BROTHERS.
" Oh," replied the man, " there is no fear of the gallows in my trade; I will only teach you to accomplish what other people cannot attain to, and so cleverly that no man can ever find it out"
So he allowed himself to be persuaded, and was instructed by the man so well, that he became quite skilful in sleight of hand, and at last in his presence no one knew if what he held belonged to him or not.
The second brother also met a man, who asked him, in a similar way, what he would like to learn in the world.
" I do not know," he replied.
" Ah, well, then go with me," said he, " and become a star-gazer. There is no trade better than that, for nothing can be hidden from you."
So the second brother became an astronomer, and so very clever, that his master, when he left him, made him a present of a beautiful telescope, and said to him, " With this you can discover whatever is going on both in heaven and earth; nothing can be hidden from you."
A hunter took the third brother under his tuition, and taught him everything that a clever hunter should know, and gave him such good instruction that very few hunters could equal him.
On parting, his master presented him with a gun, and said, in Whatever you aim at with this, you will not fail to hit."
The youngest brother also met with a man who entered into conversation with him about his future, and asked him if he should like to be a tailor.
" I think not," replied the youth : " the cramped position from morning till night, and the constant in and out sewing with the needle and thread, and the ironing with the tailor's goose, would not suit me at all."
"Ah, indeed," replied the man, "you are talking of what you do not understand; with me you would learn something far more respectable and seemly ; quite another description of tailor's work, in which you could take an honourable part."
So he allowed himself to be talked over, and went with the man, who taught him to sew so neatly, that he could make old articles look new, for not a stitch was visible.
When his master took leave of him, he gave him a needle, and said, "You can with that need1'? repair whatever comes in your