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THE OGRE'S ARM.
ong long ago, there dwelt in the mountain called Oyeyama a race of fierce ogres. The chief of

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these ogres was

named

Shutendoji,

and he and

his followers

came down
city of

from time to time upon the
Kyoto,
causing
great

terror,

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and

working much mischief. Entering in
at the great gate called

they robbed and killed
in their way, both

Kashomon, all that came

men and women.
named
of
fol-

Now,
in

in those days, there dwelt

Kyoto

a brave warrior,

Minamoto-no-Baiko. This Raiko had
four followers, the most daring

whom was named
lowers were

Tsuna. These
far

known

and near as

Eaiko's guard. In time of

fought side by

side,

war they and in the

intervals of peace they lived together

in Baiko's castle.
It

happened one dark and stormy
during one of those brief
that
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were gathered round the charcoal fire, telling stories of war and adventure,

and

so wiling

away the time

as best they might.

"What

dull

times these are!" at

last said

Tsuna.

"Is there no news, no hope of any fighting? I hate this quiet life!"

"News

there

is,"

answered ano ther
just

of the knights,
into the room.

who had

come

gun

their

old

"The ogres have betricks again. "The
terrified voices.

ogres!"

exclaimed the knights, in

awe struck and

But

Tsuna laughed long and
you
stories'?" cried he.

loud.

"Do

really believe such old wives'

His companions
their

made no reply, but shook

heads

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with sad and downcast looks.

,

he who had brought the news looked up and said, "Tsuna,
last,

At

since

you are so sure that there

are no such creatures as ogres, will

you go to the Eashomon to-night, " "Yes and watch there alone ?
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answered Tsuna, "I will go, and, if needs be alone, although I think one

might bear me company. But one and all protested that,
of you

"

though

fair

fight

and honourable
the ogres

foe they feared not, yet

they could not, and would not face.

Then up

rose Tsuna,

and at once

began to prepare

for his expedition,

"How

can

we be

sure that you re-

ally

go

to the

Kashomon?

"

asked his

companions.
give us?"

"What

sign will you

"You know

the notice-

board which stands just outside the
castle gate," replied Tsuna.

"A new
this very

notice

was posted upon
Well,
if
all,

it

day.
notice

I carry the board,

and plant it down by the Kashomon where all may see it tomorrow morning, will that

and

satisfy you, since

my word
all

of honour

does not?
this

They

cried out that

would

satisfy

them, and bade

him good speed. That very same
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night,

mounting

and taking the noticeboard Tvith him, Tsuna rode alone
horse,

to the

Rashomon, and there awaited
if
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the coming of the enemy

enemy

indeed there were. Not a soul stirred

abroad or passed through the gateway, for all were in terror of the
ogres.

Furthermore the night was windy and rainy, and so dark that it was impossible to see a yard
before you.

Undaunted, the brave

warrior kept his dread and lonely watch, and yet no creature came.

The night was almost
was
near,

over,

dawn

the

storm had broken

out afresh, when
forth

A HAND,

put

from the roof of the gate-way,

clutched Tsuna's head.

an ogre There, above him, stood
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of fearful aspect, his horrible head

armed with a
oured horns.

pair of copper colhis strong

With

and

bony hand he still grasped Tsuna's head and tried to lift him on to the
roof. Surprised

and horror-stricken,
to

Tsuna

was

fain

confess

to

himself that this must indeed

be

Shutendoji, whose very existence he

had doubted. This was no time
laid hold of the ogre

for

thought, however, and Tsuna at once

and

tried to

pull

him down.
a
fierce

Then

struggle

began.
for the

But Tsuna, being no match

ogre in strength, would assuredly have been lifted from the ground,

had he not succeeded in freeing one hand from the ogre's
grasp,

With
and

this

hand he drew

his sword,

dealt one valiant

blow at the
fell,

ogres arm. The arm
at the shoulder,

severed
fled

and the ogre
yell.

with a hideous
for the

As

all

search

monster was in vain, Tsuna at length took up the arm, and
it to

returned with

Raiko's castle.

Next morning Tsuna, accompanied by his friends went to consult
a famous wizard
to

named Seimei

as

what should be done with Shutenarm.

doji's

Seimei advised that

it

should be placed in a strong stone
chest,

and watched by Tsuna night

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and day,

for

seven days. "But," said

Seimei to Tsuna, "you must purify
yourself by
er,

much

fasting

and prayin

and spend those seven days

holy contemplation, holding converse

with none. Unless you
ry out

faithfully car-

my

directions, I foresee that

misfortune will surely follow."

Tsuna therefore caused a strong
stone chest to be prepared,
the
ogre's

placed
and,

arm

within

it,

having purified himself by fasting and prayer, sat down alone to watch
it*

The doors were

shut,

and

all

visitors refused admittance.
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Alone

I

and wrapt in holy contemplation, Tsuna kept watch and ward.

One

night,

when

the seven days

and nights were almost accomplished,

came a knocking at the
is

gate.

"Who
is

there?" called out Tsuna. "It

your old aunt from

the country,"

answered a cracked and feeble voice.
"Play open the door." swered, "I am under a

Tsuna an-

vow

to hold

converse with none, until seven days

be
to

past. I

cannot open the door even

my aunt." "I know that," returned
But I have come a long
to see you,

the voice:

way on purpose
footsore

I

am
will

and weary,

surely

you

not turn

me
still

away,"
refused for some time;

Tsuna
but at

last

he allowed himself to

be persuaded to open the door* "I have heard of your noble exploit,"
said the old

woman

as she

came

in,

"and I have come
to tell

all this

long way

you how proud I am of my brave nephew." "And where is the she continued, ogre's arm now!" when Tsuna had thanked her for
her kindness in coming to see him.
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The arm

is

in this stone case," said

he. "Is it indeed

now? Well, would
although

you believe
lived
all

it?

I have

these years, yet I have

never in

my

life

seen such a thing.

Let me pray have one little peep at "I am sorry," answered Tsuna, it"
"but

my vow

forbids

my

opening

the case, or showing the

arm

to

any
the

one, even for a moment, until the

seven days are past."
old

At

this

woman

burst into bitter teers,

refusing to be comforted.

Thereupon who was a

Tsuna,
soft-

hearted young warrior

could

withstand

her

no

longer.

"Just one look then," said he, and
lifted the lid of the chest.

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The pretended aunt took up the
arm, and seemed to be gazing at it in a kind of rapture, when, suddenly appearing in her true shape, which was none other than that of
the

ogre Shutendoji, she shouted.
is

"My arm

my own
vanished

again/'

and
a

immediately

through

hole in the roof.

Tsuna, quickly recovering from liis surprise, rushed out; but not a
trace of the ogre

was

to be found.

Sad and
bent his

crest-fallen,

the warrior

steps

to

the
all

house
that

of

Raiko, and told him

had

happened. Eaiko called his followers

round him,

and they there and

then solemnly vowed that they would one day destroy the ogres in their
stronghold of Oyeyama, or perish
in the attempt.

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JAPANESE FAIR? TALE SERIES,
1.

2.

3. 4.
5.

Momotaro or Little Peachling. The Tongue Cut Sparrow. The Battle of the Monkey and the Crab. The Old Man who made the Dead Trees Blossom.
Kachi-Kachi Mountain.

6.
7.

The Mouses* Wedding. The Old Man and the Devik
Urashima, the Fisher-boy.

8.

9.

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12.
13. 14.
15.
16. 17.
1 8.

The Eight- Headed Serpent. The Matsuyama Mirror. The Hare of Inaba. The Cub's Triumph. The Silly Jelly-Fish. The Princes Fire-Flash and
Lord Rag-o'-Rice. The Wonderful Tea-Kettie.

Fire-Fade.

My

Schippeitaro.

19.

The Ogre's Arm. The Ogres of Oyeyama.
The Enchanted Waterfall. I. The Goblin-Spider.
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2nd Series No.
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The Wonderful

Mallet,

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The Broken Images.