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" Not ruined enough yet!" said the sparrow, and as the waggoner drove on with the two horses that were left the sparrow crept again under the waggon-covering and pecked the cork out of the second cask, so that all the wine leaked out. When the waggoner became aware of it, he cried out again,
" Oh ! I am a ruined man !" But the sparrow answered, " Not ruined enough yet!" and perched on the second horse's head and began pecking at his eyes. Back ran the waggoner and raised his axe to strike, but the sparrow flying aloft, the stroke fell on the horse, so that he was killed.
" Oh ! I am a ruined man !" cried the waggoner.
" Not ruined enough yet!" said the sparrow, and perching on the third horse began pecking at his eyes. The waggoner struck out in his anger at the sparrow without taking aim, and missing him, he laid his third horse dead.
" Oh ! I am a ruined man !" he cried.
" Not ruined enough yet!" answered the sparrow, flying off; " I will see to that at home."
So the waggoner had to leave his waggon standing, and went home full of rage.
" Oh !" said he to his wife, " what ill-luck I have had ! the wine is spilt, and the horses are all three dead."
" O husband !" answered she, " such a terrible bird has come to this house; he has brought with him all the birds of the air, and there they are in the midst of our wheat devouring it." And he looked and there were thousands upon thousands of birds sitting on the ground, having eaten up all the wheat, and the sparrow in the midst, and the waggoner cried,
" Oh ! I am a ruined man !"
" Not ruined enough yet!" answered the sparrow; " Waggoner, it shall cost thee thy life!" and he flew away.
Now the waggoner, having lost everything he possessed, went in-doors and sat down angry and miserable behind the stove. The sparrow was perched outside on the window-sill, and cried, " Waggoner, it shall cost thee thy life !" Then the waggoner seized his axe and threw it at the sparrow, but it broke the window sash in two and did not touch the sparrow, who now hopped inside, perched on the stove, and cried.
" Waggoner it shall cost thee thy life !" and he, mad and blind with rage, beat in the stove, and as the sparrow flew