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*38                The twin brothers.
The father feared this power, and therefore, sad as it was to him, he led the twins out into the forest and left them there with a heavy heart.
When they found themselves alone, the two children ran here and there in the wood to try and discover the way home, but they wandered back always to the same place. At last they met a hunter, who said to them, %i Whose children are you ?"
" We are a poor broom-binder's children," they replied, " and our father will not keep us any longer in the house because every morning there is a piece of gold found under our pillows."
"Ah," exclaimed the hunter, "that is not bad; well, if you are honest, and have told me the truth, I will take you home and be a father to you." In fact the children pleased the good man, and as he had no children of his own, he gladly took them home with him.
While they were with him he taught them to hunt in the forest, and the gold pieces which they found every morning under their pillows they gave to him, so for the future he had nothing to fear about poverty.
As soon as the twins were grown up, their foster-father took them one day into the wood and said : " To-day you are going to make your first trial at shooting, for I want you to be free if you like, and to be hunters for yourselves "
Then they went with him to a suitable point and waited a long time, but no game appeared. Presently the hunter saw flying over his head a flock of wild geese, in the form of a triangle, so he said, " Aim quickly at each corner and fire." They did so, and their first proof-shot was successful.
Soon after, another flock appeared in the form of the figure 2. "Now," he exclaimed, "shoot again at each corner and bring them down." This proof-shot was also successful, and the hunter directly said, " Now I pronounce you free, you are quite accom­plished sportsmen."
Then the two brothers went away into the wood together, to hold counsel with each other, and at last came to an agreement about what they wished to do.
! In the evening, when they sat down to supper, one of thent said to their foster-father, "We will not remain to supper, or e& one bit, till you have granted us our request."