GRIMM'S FAIRY TALES.
"Oh, come along with me," said the leader; "three of us together can stand against the world."
The huntsman was quite willing to go with him, and so they went on till they came to seven windmills, whose sails were going round briskly, and yet there was no wind blowing from any quarter, and not a leaf stirred.
"Well," said the leader, "I cannot think what ails the windmills, turning without wind;" and he went on with his followers about two miles farther, and then they came to a man sitting up in a tree, holding one nostril and blowing with the other.
"Now then," said the leader, "what are you doing up there?"
"Two miles from here," answered he, "there are seven windmills; I am blowing, and they are going round."
" Oh, go with me," cried the leader, " four of us together can stand against the world."
So the blower got down and went with them, and after a time they came to a man standing on one leg, and the other had been taken off and was lying near him.
" You seem to have got a handy way of resting yourself," said the leader to the man.
" I am a runner," answered he, " and in order to keep myself from going too fast I have taken off a leg, for when I run with both, I go faster than a bird can fly."
" Oh, go with me," cried the leader, " five of us together may well stand against the world."
So he went with them all together, and it was not long before they met a man with a little hat on, and he wore it just over one ear.
"Manners! manners!" said the leader; "with your hat like that, you look like a jack-fool."
" I dare not put it straight," answered the other; " if I did, there would be such a terrible frost that the very birds would be frozen and fall dead from the sky to the ground."
" Oh, come with me," said the leader; " we six together may well stand against the whole world."
So the six went on until they came to a town where the king had caused it to be made known that whoever would run a race with his daughter and win it might become her