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CANADIAN FAIRY TALES

BY THE SAME AUTHOR
CANADIAN WONDER TALES
With Illustrations in Colour by George SheriNGHAM and a Foreword by Sir William Crown 4to. Peterson.

McGILL

AND

ITS STORY, 1S21-1921

Illustrated.

Demy

8vo.

THE BODLEY HEAD

AND MANY OTHERS CAME. BUT THEY MET THE SAME FATE

CANADIAN
With
And
an

FAIRY TALES BY CYRUS
Illustrations
Introduction

MACMILLAN

by
by

MARCIA LANE FOSTER JOHN GRIER HIBBEN

LONDON: JOHN LANE THE BODLEY HEAD LTD

I

/
^-l

First Published in 1922

Printed in Great Britain by Butler

&

Tanner, Frame and London

TO

THE MEMORY
OF

MY FATHER
DESCENDANT OF CANADIAN PIONEERS WHO UPHELD THE OLD TRADITIONS AND USED THE ANCIENT SPEECH.

wi
The

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
origin of

the fairy tale

is

to be traced
it

always to

the early stages of civilization, and

is

very gratifying to
possesses certain

be assured from time to time that

man

natural impulses which spring from an inherent sense of

honour, and the desire to redress the wrongs of the world.
Professor

Macmillan has been successful

in

presenting

the Indian folk-lore in a most engaging manner.

The

stories

have

all
;

the delightful charm and mystery of the Canadian

forests

they have penetrated into the heart of nature,

but also into the heart of man.

JOHN GRIER HIBBEN.

PREFACE

THE
voyageur
in

tales in this collection, like those in

"Canadian

Wonder
Canada
still

Tales," were gathered in various parts of
sailors

—by river and lake and ocean where
watch the
stars
;

and fishermen

in forest clearings

where

lumbermen yet
life

retain

some remnant
still

of

the

old

vanished
;

and where Indians

barter for their furs

remote country places where

women

spin while they speak

with reverence of their fathers' days.
story has been
left

The

skeleton of each

for the

most part unchanged, although
the writer heard them.

the language naturally differs somewhat from that of the
story-tellers
It
is

from whose

lips

too often forgotten that long before the time of
his

Arthur and
treasured

Round Table

these tales were
of

by the

early inhabitants

known and our land. However

much
very

they

may have

changed in the oral passing from

generation to generation the germ of the story goes back to
early
is

days beyond the

Canada

rich in this ancient

dawn of Canadian history. lore. The effort to save it from
and there
is

oblivion needs no apology.

Fairy literature has an important

place in the development of the child mind,
ix

no

X

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
of

better fairy lore than that

our

own

country.

Through
stiU look

the eyes of the Indian story-teUer and the
inheriting his tales from a romantic past,

Indian dreamer,

we can
feel

through " magic casements opening on the foam of perilous
seas in fairy lands forlorn "
;

we can
The

still

something of

the

atmosphere

of

that

mysterious

past

in

which

our

ancestors dwelt

and laboured. volume
is

author's sincerest hope

in publishing this

that to the children of to-day

the traditions of our romantic Canadian past wiU not be lost
in our practical

Canadian present.

McGiLL University, May, 1 92 1.

AND SHE MAKES TO HIM AN OFFERING OF TINY WHITE FEATHERS PLUCKED FROM THE BREASTS OF BIRDS

CONTENTS
PAGE

How

Glooskap Made the Birds

.

I

Rabbit and the Grain Buyers
Saint Nicholas and the Children

10
19

The Fall of the Spider Man The Boy who was Called Thick-head
Rabbit and the Indian Chief

31

40
47 58 67 73
82

Great Heart and the Three Tests

The Boy of the Red Twilight Sky

How Raven Brought

Fire to the Indians

The Girl who Always Cried
Ermine and the Hunter

89
.

How

Rabbit Deceived Fox

96 104
.

The Boy and the Dragon

.

Owl with the Great Head and Eyes
Rainbow and the Autumn Leaves
Rabbit and the Moon-Man
.

112 122

The Tobacco Fairy from the Blue Hills

127

134 140
.

The Children with One Eye

The Glant with the Grey Feathers
xi

146

xii

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES

The Cruel Stepmother

The Boy who was Saved by Thoughts

The Song-Bird and the Healing Waters The Boy who Overcame the Giants The Youth and the Dog-Dance

........ ..... ...... .......
....
.

PAGE
153

160
167
172

180
187

Sparrow's Search for the Rain

The Boy

in

the Land of Shadows

.

195

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS IN
And many And
others came, but they

COLOUR
. .

met the same

fate

Frontispiece

the children

all

came

to

him each asking

for a

boon

....
still
.

TO FACE

PAGE
6

So Duck crawled under the over-turned basket and sat very

.

14

They stood

for a time in the

made ready

to blow together

He came
The coat

one day upon a

hiU tying stones to his feet
of

spotless

Ermine was replaced by a as the new snow in winter
let

Then Fox untied the bag and

The giant frowning
leading the dog

angrily, the

........ ........ ....... ..........
shadow
of the great trees before the door

and
24

man

clad in scarlet sitting on the side of a rocky

60

sleek

and shining white coat as
94
100

Rabbit out and got into the bag himself

.

woman

carrying

the stick, and the

boy
148

For some days the boy lay in terror in the nest ocean he could see great ships going by
" Strike hard," said the boy, " or
it

will

do you no good "

..... ...
. . .

and

far out

on the
.

162

And

they sat down

together on the edge of the lake

....
.

178
182 198

Then the old man

gave the boy a large pipe and some tobacco

.

.

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS IN BLACK
He
said farewell to the sky-country and let
of his

AND WHITE
33

own

strands of yarn

........
forest in search of food
.

TO FACE PAGE himself down to earth by one

That night an old Wolf came through the

.

44

xiv
He went
And

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
to Beaver's house

by the stream, hobbhng along with a

stick

TO FACE PAGE 56
.

she makes to
breasts of birds

him an

..........
offering of tiny white feathers phicked

from the
70

Then Raven asked Mole
fitted for

to

try,

other work.

My

fur

"Oh no, but Mole said " would all be singed
:

I

...

am

better

78

And with

his magic

out to the ocean

The man gave him another
wearing

Wolf trotting along
in the saddle

Suddenly a large flock of from the blue hills

.......... ............ ........... ..........
pair of mocassins in exchange for those he
like a little horse,

power he changed her into a Fish-Hawk, and sent her
86

was
108

and Rabbit laughing

to himself, sitting

116

birds,

looking like great black clouds,

came

flying

124

Throughout the long winter months Deer looked longingly

for

Rainbow
.

.

128 136

He

sat very quiet, waiting for the

man

of the long foot to

appear
. . .

.

The boy went into the forest with his bow and arrows. gone far when he saw a fat young deer, which he killed The
bull rushed at the

He had
. .

not
.

mountain with

all

his force

Then the young man him

.............
lay

.....

142 158

down

to sleep,

and the Fox stood guard beside

170

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
HOW GLOOSKAP MADE THE
BIRDS
who caused

ONCE
to
called

upon a time long before the white men came

Canada there

lived a wicked giant

great trouble

and sorrow wherever he went.

Men

him Wolf-Wind.

Where he was bom no man knows,

but his home was in the Cave of the Winds, far in the north
country in the Night-Night Land, and there

men knew

he

was hiding on calm days when the sun was hot and the sea

was

still,

and on quiet nights when not a

leaf or a flower

or a blade of grass was stirring.

But whenever he appeared,
little trees

the great trees cracked in fear and the

trembled

and the

flowers bent their heads close to the earth, trying

to hide from his presence.

Often he came upon them without
sign of his coming.

warning and with

little

And

then the

com
terror

fell

flat

never to

rise

again,

and

tall

trees crashed in

the forest, and the flowers dropped dead because of their
;

and often the great waters grew white and moaned

or screamed loudly or dashed themselves against the rocks
trying to escape from Wolf-Wind.
1

And

in the darkness of

B

2
the night

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
when Wolf- Wind howled,
there

was great

fear

upon

aU the earth.
in

happened once in those old times that Wolf-Wind was a great rage, and he went forth to kill and devour all who
It

dared to come in his path.

It

chanced in that time that

many

Indian famihes were living near the sea.

The men

and women
far

were

fishing

far

off

the

coast.

catching fish to

make food

for the winter.

They were They went very
still

away

in small canoes, for the sea

had long been

and
were

they thought there was no danger.
alone on shore.

The

httle children

Suddenly as the sun went down, without

a sign of his coming, out of the north came Wolf- Wind in
his great

rage looking for prey,
I

and roaring loudly as he
" cross

came.
not

"

am

Wolf- Wind, the giant," he howled,
I

my
all

path, for I wiU kiU aU the people

meet, and eat

them

up."

His anger only grew as he stalked along, and

he splashed and tossed the waters aside in his fury as he came

down upon the fishermen and fisher-women far out to sea. The fishers had no time to get out of his reach or to paddle
to the shore, so quick

was Wolf- Wind's coming, and the giant

caught them in his path and broke up their boats and killed

them all. for more

All night long he raged over the ocean looking
fishers.

In the morning Wolf-Wind's anger was not yet spent.

Far away in front of him he saw the
fishers playing

little

children of the

on the shore.

He knew

they were alone, for

HOW GLOOSKAP MADE THE
he had killed their fathers and mothers.

BIRDS

3

He

resolved to catch
still

them and
great rage.

kill

them

too,

and

after

them he went,

in a

He went

quickly towards the land, roaring as

he went and dashing the waters against the rocks in his

madness.

As he came near the beach he howled in his anger, " I will catch you and kiQ you all and eat you and bleach your bones upon the sand." But the children heard him and
fast as

they ran away as

they could, and they hid in a cave

among
of the

the great rocks and placed a big stone at the

mouth

cave and Wolf-Wind could not get
all

in.

He howled

loudly at the door

day and

all

night long, but the stone
it

was strong and he could not break
on
his

down.

way

still

very angry and

stni roaring,

Then he went and he howled,
escape

" I will

come back and catch you

yet.

You cannot

from me."

The
could

children were very frightened

and they stayed long
for far

in the cave after
still

Wolf-Wind had gone,

hear him howling and crashing in the

away they forest. Then

they came out.
fathers

They laiew that Wolf- Wind had killed their and mothers on the sea. They ran away into the
they thought that there they would be
safe.

forest, for

They

went to the Willow- Willow Land where they found a pleasant
place

with grass and flowers and streams.

And between
lived were

them and the north country where Wolf-Wind

many

great trees with thick leaves which they

knew would

protect

them from the

giant.

4

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
But one day Wolf- Wind, tme
to his promise,

came again
children,

in a rage to find

them.

He came

into the land killing aU

he met in his path.
for the trees

But he could not catch the

with their thick leaves kept him away.

They

heard him howling in the forest far distant.
in the late

For many days
their

summer he

tried to find

them but

home was

close to the trees,

and the great branches spread over them

and the thick leaves saved them, and only the sun from the
south, coming from the
in

Summer-Flower country, could look
aU
his

upon them.
could not
;

Try

as he could with

might old Wolfthat they were

Wind
there

harm them although he knew
safe while

and they were always

they lived in the

Willow-Willow Land.
Wolf- Wind was more angry than ever because of his
for
failure,

he liked to feed on his

little

children,

and rage knew no

bounds.
trees.

He

swore that he would have vengeance on the

So he came back again and he brought with him to
giant from the north country

aid

him another

who had with
of the Frost.

him a strange and powerful charm, the Charm

And
little

the two giants tried to
children.

kill

the trees that had saved the
of

But over many
said,

the trees they had no

power, for

when they came,

the trees only laughed and merely
"

swayed and creaked and

we are strong, for we came at first from the Night-Night Land in the far north country, and over us the Charm of the Frost
us
;

You cannot harm

has no power."

These were the Spruce and the

Fir,

the

;

HOW GLOOSKAP MADE THE

BIRDS

5

Hemlock and the Pine and the Cedar. But on the other trees Wolf-Wind had vengeance as he had vowed. One night when the harvest moon was shining in the sky he came without
warning, and with the help of the giant bearing the

Charm of the Frost he killed all the leaves that had kept him from the children, and threw them to the ground. One after one the leaves came off from the Beech and the Birch, the Oak and the Maple, the Alder and the Willow. Some fell quickly,
some
djTing.

fluttered slowly

down, and some took a long time in

But

at last

the trees stood bare and cold against

the sky and there was stillness and sadness in the forest.

And

Wolf- Wind laughed and played in silence through the

leafless

branches with the giant

from Night-Night Land.

And he said, " Now I have me away, and now when I
But the
children only

overcome- the leaves that kept
please I can
kill

the children."

moved

closer to the strong

and sturdy and

trees that

had come

at first from the far north country
of the Frost

over which the

Charm

had no power, and Wolfstill

Wind

could not reach them and they were
giants.

for ever safe

from the

The children were very sad when they saw what WolfWind had done to their friends and protectors, the trees. Simimer had gone back to the Soutliland following as she always did the Rainbow Road to her home in the Wilderness of Flowers,
It

was lonely now
in

in the forest trees
;

and

silent

there

was not a whisper

the

there

were

no

6
leaves, for
it

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
was autumn and Wolf- Wind had
killed

them

aU.

At
ruled

last

it

came

to that time of year

when Glooskap, who
in those days,

upon the earth and was very great

gave

his yearly gifts to little children.

And

he came into the land

on a sled drawn by

his faithful dogs to find out for himself

what the

children wished for.
for a boon.

And

the children

all

came

to

him each asking
upon the earth
he willed.
tried to

Now

Glooskap had great power

in that old time.

And

the

little

He could always do what children whom Wolf-Wind had
to Glooskap, the Magic Master

harm

in his rage

came

of gifts,

and they were aU very sad because the leaves had
" said Glooskap.
"

gone.
"

What do you wish

?

We

wish nothing

for ourselves," said the children, "

but we ask that the leaves

by Wolf- Wind because they saved us from his rage be brought back to life and put back again in their old home in the trees." Glooskap was silent for a long time and he sat and thought as was his custom, and he smoked hard at his mighty pipe, for he was a great smoker. Now in that time there were no little forest birds upon the earth, There for Glooskap had not yet brought them into being.
that were killed

were only the birds that dwelt near the sea and over

whom

Wolf-Wind had no

power

—Sea-guU

and Crane, Wild-duck
These only

and Loon, Kingfisher and Brant and Curlew.
as they flew from

laughed at the giant in his rage and screamed in mockery

him and hid when he came, among the

ASKING FOR AND THE CHILDREN ALL CAME TO HIM EACH

HOW GLOOSKAP MADE THE

BIRDS

7

shallows or the rocks or the thick grass in the marshes.
there were also the sturdy birds that dwelt with

And

men and

them eggs and food. These were Hen and Goose and Duck and Wild Turkey. They gave men food, but they were not fair to look upon they waddled along and could not fly well and they made no sweet music upon the earth, for their song was a quack and a cackle.
for them,

worked

giving

;

Glooskap decided to bring other birds into the world,
not to give food but to bring happiness to the children on
the days
feathers

when summer
and

dwells in the land, with their pretty

their pleasant songs.

So after he had smoked

long in silence he hit upon a plan.

And
I

he said to the children

asking for their yearly
trees the leaves that
for
it is

gifts,

"

cannot bring back to the
off,

Wolf-Wind has kiUed and stripped

now

too

late.

But

I will

take the fallen leaves and

change them into
forget

little

birds.

how they were bom. go with summer far away to
shall live as close as

And the birds shall never When autumn comes they shall
the Summer-Flower Land, but

in the spring-time they shall

always come back and they

they can to the leaves from which they

have sprung.

And
and

they shall nest, most of them, in the trees
shall

under the leaves, and even those that nest in the grass
love the trees
linger in them.

And

they shall

all
;

be

beautiful in colour like the leaves that gave

them

birth

and

they shall have power to rest at times upon the air Hke a
leaf fluttering
;

and the voice

of the air

and the laughing

8

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
little

waters shall be in their throats and they shall sing sweet
songs for
children.

And

I

give

the

children

charge

over them to keep them from harm just as the leaves which

gave them birth have saved the

little

children from the giants.

And

I will

give the trees that Wolf- Wind has

stripped power

to bring

forth

new

leaves every spring-time so that

when

Summer comes back from the Wilderness of Flowers the trees shall not be bare. And although Wolf- Wind may strip
them
off

when

the Giant of the Frost comes with

him from

the Night-Night
spring-time.

Land they
I

shall

always be replaced in the

And

wiU take away much of Wolf-Wind's
little

power so that he can no longer harm
wickedly as he has done before."

children

as

Glooskap waved his magic wand as was his custom, and
at once great flocks of
little

birds sprang from the ground
lain.

where the

fallen

leaves

had

And

they twittered and
trees.

sang in a great chorus and flew back to the

They

were of beautiful colours
birth.

like the leaves that

had given them

There were Robin Red-breasts and Thrushes aU brown

and

red,

from the red and brown leaves of the Oak.

And

there were Finches

and Humming-birds
leaves of the Alder

all

yellow and green

and brown from the
a
leaf

they glowed like willows in

and the Willow, and the sun-light and fluttered like

upon the

air.

There were Yellowbirds and Canadian

Warblers from the golden Beech and Birch leaves.

And
all

there were Scarlet Tanagers and Orioles and Grosbeaks

HOW GLOOSKAP MADE THE
of changing colours,

BIRDS

9

red

and purple and brown, from the

leaves of the Canadian Maple.

And
all

they

all

sang to the

children

and the children were
sent the

very happy again.
birds
all

Then Glooskap

little

away

to a

warm

country until the rule of the Giant of the Frost from the

Night-Night Land was over, for

it

was winter

in all the land

and

it

was very

cold.

But

in the spring-time the little birds

always come back from the Summer-Flower Land.
build their nests

And
all

they

among

the trees as close as they can to their

kindred,

the leaves from which

they came.

And

day

among the leaves for Httle children. At daybreak they wake the children with their choir of dawn, and
long they sing
at twilight they

hsp and twitter to

lull

the children to sleep.

And

at night they hide
still

among

the leaves from Wolf-Wind

and are very

with never a twitter or a song.
gift

For they

do not forget that they are the children's

from Glooskap
trees

and that they came from the leaves stripped from the

by Wolf-Wind because the
from the giant long ago.

leaves saved the Uttle children

RABBIT AND THE GRAIN BUYERS

ONCE

long ago

when

the Indians Hved in Canada

before the white
lazy.

men

came. Rabbit was
long for

very
the

He had worked

Glooskap,

great ruler of the people, as a forest guide, but his toil

was
and

not appreciated or rewarded.

He saw

all

the other animals

idling their time away, taking their ease all

day

long,

doing nothing but
ing
"
all

filling their bellies

with food, and sleep-

the afternoon in the hot sunshine.

And

he

said,

Why
me

should
?

I

work

for other people
all

when nobody works
the other animals."

for

I will

take mine ease like
his little

So he sulked in
lonely fellow

house for a long time and could

not be coaxed or driven to do any work.

But

as he

was a

who always
life.

lived

by himself with very few

friends in the world except little children, he soon got tired
of this lazy

For by nature he was industrious and

energetic

and he always liked to be doing something or
forest.

prowling alone in the

So he

said, " I

must

find

some

work to do or

I shall

surely lose

my

wits.

But

it

must be
on

labour that brings profit to myself and not to other people."

For a long time Rabbit puzzled
10

his brains thinking

RABBIT AND THE GRAIN BUYERS
a business or a profession to follow.

ii

But nothing seemed to be to his liking. At last one day he saw some Indians trading skins and knives. One was selling and others were buying and they seemed to be making a great deal of money
without doing very

much work. Rabbit thought that here indeed was an easy way to make a living. Then he saw Duck coming along carrying a basket of eggs. He said to Duck, " How do you get along in the world ? You seem to do nothing but eat and cackle and swim in the pond. You never seem to work." And Duck said, " I lay eggs and sell
them
is

in

exchange

for corn.

Why

don't you lay eggs

?

It

all

very easy."

laughing at
in that

But Rabbit knew that Duck was only him, and that he was not meant to make a living

way.

Then he met Bee on the forest path and he said, " How do you make a living, you wandering bee ? You do nothing
but gad about aU day long, going from flower to flower dressed
in

your good clothes
?

of yellow

and black and always singing
said,

your tuneless song

"
I

And Bee
?

" I

make honey and
now.

wax and
at

sell

them.
I

have a great store
I

for sale
I

Why
And

don't you do as

do

am

always happy.

always sing

my

work, and what's more,

my

song

is

not tuneless.

just

for

your impudence, take that."

And

so saying he

stung Rabbit on the nose and went on his way, singing his

droning song.
his pain

Rabbit rubbed his nose in the earth to ease
for

and he swore vengeance on Bee,

he knew that

12

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
But he could think
of
living,

Bee too was only laughing at him.

no way to make an easy
would soon be coming

for

he had nothing to seU

but his coat, and he could not very well barter that, for winter
on.

He was
their

very angry and troubled

and he envied Duck and Bee
their eggs

good fortune because of

and honey and wax.
he thought of the Indians he had watched buying
"
I

At
and

last

selling skins.

have

it,"
I

he

cried, " I

have

it.

I

wiU

become a great merchant.
live
will steal

wiU be a great trader.

I will

on a farm where they grow

com and

vegetables,

and

I

them and

sell

them

to the other animals
I shall

and thereby

make a
time."

great store of money.
So, very happy, he

be very rich in a short
field

went to a
in
it

near which was

a vegetable garden.

And

were growing Indian

com
it

and

all

kinds of grain which he

animals would gladly buy.

knew the So he made a
it

other birds and
sign

and put

up
is

in front of his house,
all

and
it

said,

"

Buy

Rabbit's com,
;

the best in

the land

;

wiU grow without rain

there

only a small quantity

left.

Orders taken here."

Then

he sat in his house and waited.

Soon many buyers began to

arrive.

They were

curious,

and they wanted to
would make.
take

see

what kind

of a

merchant Rabbit

Rabbit explained to them that he was only
their

an agent, that they must pay him
it

money, and he would

to the farmer,

and

deliver their grain at his house

one week from that day.

The buyers paid him the money

RABBIT AND THE GRAIN BUYERS
and went away,
for

13
kill

they were afraid the farmer would

them
store

if

they went themselves for the com.

of

money with

Rabbit.

That night

They left a great when the moon

rose over the hills Rabbit

went to the

field of

com

nearby.

But the farmer had spied him thieving that
he had placed around his

afternoon,

and

com

a fence of strong netting which

poor Rabbit could not get through.

And

he had also placed

around the

field

many

watch-dogs which growled and snarled

and frightened thieves away.
to slip into the
field,

Night after night Rabbit tried

but without success, and the week passed

and

still

he had no

com

for the customers

who, he knew,

would soon be arriving

for their goods.

And meanwhile he
all

had spent

all

their
kill

money and he knew they would
if

faU

upon him and

him
the

he failed to keep his word and deliver

their purchases.

At
tricks

last

when

day agreed on
as they

arrived,

he

saw

his

customers coming for their grain.

And

he hoped that his

would save him

had saved him many times
flute,

before.

He

sat in his

yard playing his
"
I

when Earth-

Worm, the first customer arrived. " Good day," said Earth- Worm, "
for a
first

Good day," said Rabbit. have come for my com,

week has gone by."
shall

"

Very good," said Rabbit, " but
be ready in a few minutes.

we

have dinner.
after

It will

You must be hungry

your long journey."

As they

sat

waiting for their dinner they saw Duck, another customer,

waddling up the path with her basket on her neck.

And

14

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
said,
? ?

Rabbit
eat

" "

WiU
"

you up
I

shaU

hide

this clam-shell,"

Duck who comes here want to And Earth-Worm said, " Yes, yes, where and he was much excited. " Hide under said Rabbit. So Earth-Worm crawled under
not old
stiU,

the clam-shell and sat very

trembhng
said,

for his hfe.

When Duck
"

arrived,

Rabbit

"

Good morning."

Good morning, Mr. Merchant," said Duck, wishing to be " I have come for my corn, for it is the appointed polite. day of delivery." " True, true," said Rabbit, " but first we shall have dinner. It will be ready in a few minutes.
It will

be an honour for

me

to

have you dine with me."

As

they sat waiting for their dinner. Rabbit said, "
care to eat an

Would you
It

Earth-Worm
I

before your dinner

?

would

be a good appetizer for you."

And Duck

said,

"

Thank
Rabbit

you very much.

am

very fond of Earth- Worms."

lifted the clam-shell

and poor Earth-Worm was quickly gobbled
Rabbit,

up by Duck.
"

And

laughing

to

himself,

thought,

Now

I

am

getting rid of

my

customers."

As Rabbit and Duck
up the
path.

sat talking, they

saw Fox

trotting

He was

another customer coming for his com.

And Rabbit

said courteously, "

Madam,

I

see

your old enemy

He wiU probably wish to eat you up; you had better hide." And Duck with her feathers all ruffied with excitement said, " Yes, yes, where shaU I hide ? " And
Fox approaching.
Rabbit
said,

" Hide under this basket."

So Duck crawled
stiU.

under the over-turned basket and sat very

so DUCK CRAWLED UNDER THE OVERTURNED BASKET AND SAT VERY STILL

RABBIT AND THE GRAIN BUYERS
Fox soon came in and come for my corn, for I am
said, "

15
I

Good day. Rabbit.
need of
"
it

have

in sore

to catch chickens,

and the seven days have passed."
said Rabbit, " but first let us
in a

You

are very punctual,"
It will

have dinner.

be ready

few minutes.

It will

make you

stronger to carry your

heavy load."
said, " Listen,

As they
Fox.

sat waiting for their dinner.

Rabbit

Duck now ? It would be a tasty bit for you before you dine." And Fox said, " You are very kind. I always like to eat a Duck before my dinner." Rabbit knocked over the basket and Fox quickly devom'ed poor Duck until not a feather remained.
Would you
care to eat a fat

And Rabbit
rid of

laughed to himself and said, " Surely

I

am getting

my

customers very easily."
sat talking

As Rabbit and Fox
forest,

over old times in the

they saw Bear coming lumbering up the path, tossing
side,

his

head from side to

and

sniffing the air.
I

And Rabbit
I

said, "

Bear

is

in a

bad temper to-day.
said,

wonder what can
stole
all

be the cause."
his

And Fox honey and he saw me

" This

morning
"
if

running away."
kill

He

scents

you
?

here," said Rabbit, " will he not

you

he finds you

Perhaps you ought to hide."

"Yes, yes," said Fox, "but
in this box," said Rabbit,

where

shall I hide

?

"

"

Hide

and bad
and
the

Fox sprang
temper, "
I

into the box,

and Rabbit closed down the was
have come
for

fid.

When Bear
Good
it

arrived he said grufily, for he

in a

day. Rabbit.
quickly, for
I

I

my com
It is

must have

must be on

my

way.

i6

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
" It
is

appointed time."
Rabbit, " but
first

indeed the appointed time/' said

we

shall

have dinner.

It will

be ready in a

few minutes and
out
first

I

never

let

a wayfarer leave
I

my

house withfish

taking nourishment.

have to-day a dish of fresh

which you like very well, and we have never yet dined together."

And Bear

agreed to wait and his gruffness

left

him

at the

thought of his good meal, for he was a great

fish-eater,

and

he talked pleasantly.
teU you.
ear and
this

Then Rabbit

said,

" I

have a

secret to

Let

me whisper it."
Old Fox, the
is

He put
sly thief

his mouth close to Bear's

said, "

who

stole all
side.

your honey

morning

hiding in the box

by your

to boast about his theft

and he laughed
cheated.

He came here loudly to me as he told
Lack-Brains."
lid

me how easily you were
the box and kiUed

He called you

Bear was very angry and at once he knocked the

from

Fox with one blow of his powerful paw. And Rabbit said to himself, " What luck I am having there is another of my customers gone." But he wondered how
;

he was to get rid of Bear, and he scratched his head in thought.

While Bear and Rabbit sat talking, they saw Rabbit's
last

customer, the Hunter, coming along.
it

Bear would have

run away, but
to
kill

was too

late.

" Will the

Hunter not want

you

?

" said Rabbit, glad to think that here " Indeed he will," said Bear.
I

was the

end

of

poor Bear,

"

Oh

dear,
in

oh

dear,

where

shall

hide

?

"

" Hide under

my

bed

my

house,"

said

Rabbit.

Poor Bear quickly dashed into

the house and crawled under Rabbit's bed with great difficulty

RABBIT AND THE GRAIN BUYERS
for he

17

was very

fat

and the bed was very low and he had to

lay himself out flat on the floor, but he

was comfortable
for

in

the

thought

that

he would

soon
I

escape.

When Hunter

arrived he said, "
for

Good

day, Rabbit,
"

have come
shall

my com,
it,"

my

children need bread."
"

You

have
I

said

Rabbit.

But

first

we must have
I

a bite to eat.

have not

very

much

to offer you, but

can give you in a few minutes

some hot pancakes and

fresh

maple syrup."

The Hunter
and
said, "

was
you

well pleased with the thought of such a good meal

he said he would be glad to wait.
like

Then Rabbit

Would

some bear meat

for
?

your children, and a good

warm

bear skin for your hearth
I

"

And

the Hunter said, " Indeed

would.

But

in these days such luxuries are

hard to find."

And Rabbit

said, "

Oh

no, they are not
is

;

under
is

my

bed

in

my

house, a good fat bear

hiding.

He

lying flat on his

back,

and you can

easily

kill

him."

The Hunter hurried

to the house,

and sure enough there he found Bear hiding
flat

under the bed,

upon

his back.

He

kflled

him with a

blow and skinned him and cut him up into smaU pieces and
put the meat and the skin into a bag to take home to his
children.

But while he was about

it,

Rabbit slipped away
I

into the forest, saying to himself, "
all

Now

have got rid
of a

of

my

customers and

I

am

safe.

But the

life

merchant
I will

is

not to

my

liking.

I

wiU not be a trader any more.
but not to seU to others."

gather

com

for myself,

And
c

he

ran quickly away and hid himself in a dense thicket.

i8

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
When
the Hunter went to look for Rabbit, he could not

find hjm, nor

was he able

to find his grain.

he thought he had fared pretty well

And although by getting so much bear
he meets him, he
will

meat, he swore vengeance on Rabbit for his deceit, and to
this

day he searches
let

for him,

and

if

not

him

escape.

And Rabbit
upon him

fives

by

himself

and keeps

away from

the Hunter as far as he can, for he fears

him because

of the trick he played

in the olden days.

SAINT NICHOLAS

AND THE CHILDREN
forest.

f|

^WO
in

little

children lived with their old grandmother

T
EsteUe by
this

a remote place in the Canadian

They
and

were twin children

—a

boy and a

gui, Pierre

name and except for their dress it was not easy to tell them apart. Their father and mother had died in the spring-time, and in the summer they had left their old home because of its many sad memories and had gone to hve
with their old grandmother in a new

new home

in the forest

home elsewhere. In where they now hved they were
Times were hard,

very poor, but they were not unhappy.

and there was very
their old

little

food to be had no matter
;

how

well

grandmother worked

but they caught
fruit

fish in

the

streams and gathered berries and
the

and
late

birds'

eggs on

wooded

hiUs,

and somehow throughout the summer they But when

kept themselves from want.

autumn came
were aU
all

and the streams were frozen over and the
south, they were often
eat.

berries

gone and there were no eggs, for the birds had

flown

hungry because they had so

Httle to

Their grandmother worked so hard to provide for herself
19

20

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
at last she
fell

and the children that

very

sick.

For several
I

days she could not leave her bed.

And

she said, "

want
to
if

meat broth

to

make me
I I

well

and
I

I

must have good meat
and

make
I
I

it.

If I

do not get meat
shaU not get
die

can have no broth, and
if I

do not get broth
shall die,

well,

do not get well

and

if

you two children wiU surely starve
So the two children, to keep themalive,

and

die too.

So meat and meat alone can save us aU from

starvation and death."
selves

and

their

grandmother

set

out one morning in
lived far

search of

meat

to

make

the broth.

They

from other

people and they did not the forest path.

know where

to go, but they followed

The snow lay deep on the ground and The
children

sparkled brightly in the sunlight.
before been
great

had never

away from home
to

alone and every sight was of

interest

them.

Here and there a rabbit hopped

over the snow, or a snowbird hovered and twittered overhead,

aU looking
berries

for food like the children.

And

there were hollymistletoe

growing in

hanging from the
berries

many places, and there was trees. And Pierre when he saw
said, " Saint

the hoUy-

and the mistletoe
said, " Yes, Saint

Nicholas will be soon
for his coming."

here, for the trees are dressed

and ready

EsteUe

Nicholas will be soon here."

And And

they were both very glad thinking of his coming.

As they went along
an old

in

the afternoon, they came upon

man

sitting at the

door of a smaU house of spruce-

boughs under the trees

close to the forest path.

He was busy

SAINT NICHOLAS AND THE CHILDREN
making
whistles,

21

whittling willow

wands with a

knife

and

tapping gently on the bark until the bark loosened from the

wood and slipped easily off. The children stood and watched him at his strange work, for he had merry twinlding eyes,
and a kindly weather-beaten
they were not afraid.
" Hello," said the old
face,

and thick white

hair,

and

man.
"

" Hello," " whistles ? "
I

said

Pierre,

why

are

you

making

willow

am making them
coming soon
;

for Saint Nicholas," said the old
;

man

;

"he

is

for his yearly visit

indeed he

is

already

when he makes his rounds he always gives whistles, among other things, to good children, and I must have a great store of them ready for him when he comes,
in the land
for there are

many

children to supply."
busily with his knife.

Then he went on whitthng
children watched

The

him

for a long time in silence,

and they

thought what a

fine thing it

must be to work hke the old man
boughs under the
said, "

for Saint Nicholas, in his Httle house of forest trees.
;

You are very small Then the old man " what are you seeking so far away from people ? children And Estelle answered, " Our old grandmother is very sick,
and we are looking
for

meat

to

make broth

to

make

her well."
other
there

The

old

food.

man was sorry he had no meat, for he lived on He told them that some distance farther along
;

was a butcher who always kept meat

but the butcher, he

22
said,

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
was a very wicked
fellow

and sometimes
again.

little

children

who
said

entered his shop never

came out

The

children

were very frightened when they heard what the old

man

and they wondered

if

they had better go back home.
for a long

But the old man thought
you each a
whistle,
it
;

time in silence as he
I

whittled his willow wands, and then he said, "

wiH give

and when you blow

it.

Saint Nicholas
it

wiU always hear

you must never blow

except

when

you

are in great trouble or distress,
it

and when Saint Nicholas

hears

he

will

know

that you are coming to grief or that

harm
blast.

is

already upon you and he will
to your assistance.

come himself

or send

some one
himself

But you must blow only one

The

whistle should be given only
at

by Saint Nicholas
the land.
is sick,

when he comes

holly-time into

But
and

you
will

are good children

and your old grandmother
I

you are trying to make her weU, and
not say that
I

know that
left

Saint Nicholas

have done wrong."

So he gave the

children each a whistle,

and then fear

them, for they knew

they could
Nicholas.
It

now come

to no

harm

if

they had the aid of Saint

was growing

late

in

the afternoon and the children

set

out on their

way

to find the wicked butcher. as they
if
if

But they
faint

had many misgivings, and
of heart, for they

went on they grew

wondered

the old

man had

told

them the

truth about the whistles or
of the

he was in reality a secret agent

wicked butcher trying to lure them to their death.

SAINT NICHOLAS AND THE CHILDREN
They
resolved to search for

23

meat elsewhere and to keep away
but without
success.

from the butcher's shop.

For a long time they searched,
There was no meat to be had in
places they stopped to ask.
all

the land at any of the
in sight of the

Soon they came
frightened.

butcher's shop.

They were very

But the sun

had already gone down behind the trees, and night was coming on, and they had stiU no meat. And they knew that if their old grandmother was to get well she must have
meat
and
to

make

broth.

The

shop, too, looked very pleasant

attractive in the cold winter evening.
fire

Warm

hght was

sliming from a

through the door, and in the windows
fat birds,

were sausages, and

and big yellow pumpkins and

cakes with red berries on the top.

The

children were hungry
fire.

and wished

for something to eat

by the warm shop

They
to

decided to enter the shop notwithstanding their

fear,

buy

some

food,

and

to get

meat

for their grandmother's broth

as quickly as they could.

But before they entered the shop
well, in order to

they thought

it

would be

be
told

safe, to

blow

a blast on their whistle as the old
Saint Nicholas would

man had

them

so that

know

that they were in dread of harm.

They stood
signal

for

a time in the shadow of the great trees before
to blow together.
Pierre gave the get

the door and

made ready

and blew a long

soft blast.

But EsteUe could not

her whistle from her pocket and Pierre had finished his blast,
all

out of breath, before she was ready to blow.

" Don't

24

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
said, "

blow now," he

you are

just like a

girl,

always too late."

But blow she would,
Pierre

as the old

man had

told her,

and before
could

Pierre could stop her she blew a long soft blast on her whistle.

was very
of
it,

cross, for

he thought that

now no good

come

as

two

blasts

had sounded, but with
shop,

his sister

he

entered the butcher's shop.

The wicked butcher was
person was about the place.

in

his
It

but not another
quiet.

was aU very

The

man was
by
the

very glad to see the children and he seated them
fire,

warm

and gave them

food,

and although he shut
After

the door tight behind them, their fear soon vanished.

they had eaten weU and were warni again, they asked for meat
to

make broth

for their old

grandmother,
of

and the butcher
it

said he would give

them plenty
the land.

good meat although

was very

scarce in
;

all

There was a barrel standing

in one corner

in another corner
ceiling,

was a

large hogshead reaching
of these

almost to the

and the butcher said that both

were

full of

meat.

Now
delight

the butcher was reaUy the friend and partner of a
forest.

wicked giant who hved in the

The
liked

giant's greatest

was

to eat Httle children.
of little children,

He

no meal so weU

as a
brine.

meal

two

at a time, piclded first in

He

ate

them always when he could
successful in his search,

get them, but he
for

was not always
to

children were

scarce in the land.
kill

He was

a great hunter and he was able

many

animals in the forest and to secure

much

meat,

THEY STOOD FOR A TIME IN THE SHADOW 0=^ THE GREAT TREES BEFORE THE DOOR AND MADE READY TO BLOW TOGETHER

SAINT NICHOLAS AND THE CHILDREN
so great

25

was

his strength,

and once a week regularly he brought
it

a great load of meat to the butcher and traded
little

for

any

children the butcher

managed

to entice into his shop.

So the butcher got much meat
of the house of
little

at little cost.

And

the old

boughs was right when he said that

man many

children

who

entered the shop never came out again.

The butcher was very glad when he saw the two pretty little children. He was expecting the giant that evening
on
his

weekly

visit,

and he thought

gleefully of the great

load of meat he would get from the giant in exchange for
the children, for he would ask a big price, and he
giant

knew

the

would give aU the meat he had
all

for so

good a meal.

And

he thought too of
load of meat.

the

money he would
kill

get for the giant's

So he resolved to

the children and pickle

them

in brine to await the giant's coming.

When

the children had finished their meal and had
fire

warmed
it

themselves by the

they

made ready

to go

home and they
for

asked for their meat.
them.

The butcher

said he

would get

They looked up at the shelves, laden with more food than they had ever seen before hams and cabbages and

strings of onions.

And
;

the Httle children said, " There are

good onions up there

home
said,

to

we wiU buy some and take them our grandmother to put in her broth." The butcher

" There are
shelf.

many

kinds of onions in the box on the
I

high
lift

You must

pick out the kind you want.

wiU

you up to the

shelf so that

you can

see for yourselves."

26

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
of his great strength

So he caught them each by the coat between the shoulders,

and because
wanted.

he hfted them high until

they could look into the box and pick out the onions they

As he took them down he thrust them straight out from his body at ann's length and held them there and
Then he brought
force so that their heads struck

they laughed because of his great strength.

them together with teniblc
blow.

one against the other and they were stunned by the cruel

Then he threw them head hrst into the barrel in the comer which was filled with brine, not with meat as he had said, and he left them there to pickle weU. He was greatly pleased with the fine load of meat he would get in exchange
from the giant, who, he knew, would appear before
minutes had passed.

many

Soon the giant

arrived.

He

carried

on

his

back a great

load of meat and he also drew a sled heavily laden with
dressed carcasses of animals he had killed.
for

many
cheer

"

What

me

to-night

and what fortune

?

" he said to the butcher

as he entered the
said, "

warm shop

with his load.
I

And

the butcher
fat pair

Good

cheer and fine fortune.

have a good

for

you to-night already pickling
httle

in the brine."

Then he

uncovered the barrel in the comer and showed the giant the

two
giant

children

sticking

head

first

in

the pickle.

The

smacked
said, "

his fat lips

and chuckled and rubbed

his great

hands, so pleased was he with the sight of so good a meal.

And

he

We

wiU

let

them

steep

weU

in the brine until


SAINT NICHOLAS AND THE CHILDREN
to-morrow.
I

27

always

like

them very

salt."

They covered

up the

barrel,

and then they bargained about the purchase
agreed to give the butcher aU

of the meat.

The

giant

liis

meat

in

exchange for the children.

Then they

sat

by the

fire

drinking

and eating

until far

on into the night.

And

the giant said

that before they went to bed he would take another look
at the children to see

how they were

pickling.

So they went

and uncovered the

barrel.

Now

it

chanced that Saint Nicholas was in the land at

that time, as the old

man

of the House-of-boughs

had

said.
little

He had come
children.

into the land to bring his yearly gifts to

In the evening he was

many

miles

away from the
it

butcher's shop.

But he heard the long
still

soft blast of a whistle,

borne on the
his

evening wind.

He knew

to be one of

own

whistles,

and
it

it

told

him that

httle children
soft

were

in

danger.

But

was followed by another

blast

the late blast of EsteUe's whistle

—and

the two blasts meant

that the danger was not yet very near to the children, that

indeed

it

was

far off, so he thought that there

was no need

to hurry to the children's aid.
just then leaving tiny

Moreover, Saint Nicholas was
Little

doUs for

babies in

many

little

houses in the forest and he decided to take his time and finish
the giving of
all

these gifts before he set out to the place

from which the whistle-blast had come.

At

last

he was able to go on his way.

The snow lay deep

28
in the forest,

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
and
travelling

was hard, but the white winter

moon was shining, and the path was bright and Saint Nicholas moved along quickly on his snow-shoes. Far on in the night
he reached the butcher's shop from which he knew the children's
note of fear had come.

As he entered the shop, the giant They

and the butcher were
to

just taking their last look before going

bed

at the children sticking in the barrel of brine.

did not

know

Saint Nicholas, but

when they saw him they

quickly placed the cover on the barrel and were very
confused.

much
were

Saint

Nicholas

was

suspicious

that

they

about some wickedness, and he knew well that in some
or other the barrel

was connected with the

way dreaded harm of
So he
said, " I

which the children's whistle had told him, and he thought
that perhaps the children were hidden in
it.

have come
brine.
said,
I

for meat.

I

want meat that has been pickled

in

should like a piece from that barrel." But the butcher
is

"It

not good meat.

I

have better meat in the inner So the butcher and Saint

room, and

I will get it for

you."

Nicholas entered the inner room and closed the door behind

them while the
to hide
it

giant sat on the barrel in the corner, trying
fat legs.
filled

with his great

In the inner room was a barrel
only a
said he

with brine, but with
Saint Nicholas
far

smaU

piece of

meat

at the bottom.

would take that

piece.

The butcher bent
legs

mto

the barrel to reach

down

in search of the meat.

But

as he

did so. Saint Nicholas picked

him up by the

and pushed

SAINT NICHOLAS AND THE CHILDREN
him head
out.
first

29

into the barrel of brine.

He

spluttered

and

kicked, but he stuck fast in the barrel, and could not get

Saint Nicholas placed the cover on the barrel, with a
it,

great weight on top of

and that was the end

of the

wicked

butcher.

Then Saint Nicholas returned
was waiting,
still

to the shop where the giant
barrel.

sitting

on the

He

told the giant

that he wanted a piece of meat that lay in the bottom of

the large hogshead of pickle in the other comer. the giant to get
it

He
it.

asked

for him, as the

hogshead was so high that

neither he nor the butcher could reach

down

into

The giant bent
for

far into the

hogshead and began groping
Saint Nicholas took a large

the meat at the bottom.
floor,

bone that lay on the

and standing on a box beside the
but in his surprise he

hogshead he struck the giant a powerful blow on the head.

The

giant

was only
and

slightly stunned,
fell

lost his balance,

head

first

into the brine.

He

yelled
fast.

and kicked

for a time,

but his huge shoulders stuck

Saint Nicholas covered the hogshead, leaving the giant sticking
fast in the pickle,

and that was the end

of the giant.
in the corner

Then Saint Nicholas uncovered the barrel into which he had seen the butcher and the

giant looking

when he had

first

entered the shop.

There were the two

children standing on their heads in the pickle with their feet
sticking out at the top.

He
his

caught them by the legs and

pulled

them out and by

magic power he soon brought

30

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
to
life.

them back

He

gave them food and warmed them
for their

by the

fire

and soon they were none the worse

hour

in the barrel of brine.

Then he gave them meat and brought them back
grandmother.

to their

And

they

made broth
all

for her

and soon made
the land was

her well, and they were
troubled no more

happy

again.

And
if

by

giants, for Saint Nicholas never again

allowed great harm to come to Httle children

they always
it

kept his whistle near them and blew softly upon they were in trouble or
distress.

when

THE FALL OF THE SPIDER MAN

IN He
about as
little

olden times the Spider

Man

lived in the sky-country.

dwelt in a bright Uttle house aU by himself, where

he weaved webs and long flimsy ladders by which
people went back and forth from the sky to the earth.

The

Star-people often went at night to earth where they roamed
fairies

of Hght, doing

good deeds

for

women and
to

children,

and they always went back and forth on the

ladder of the Spider Man.

The Spider Man had

work
from

very hard, weaving his webs, and spinning the

yam

which

One day when he had a short breathing-time from his toU he looked down at the earthcountry and there he saw many of the earth-people playing
his ladders

were made.

at games, or taking sweet sap
berries
idling

from the maple

trees, or

gathering

on the

rolling hiUs

;

but most of the

men were
all
;

lazUy

and doing

nothing.

The women were
days
said

working,

after the fashion of Indians in those

the
to

men were
"
I

working but

httle.

And

Spider

Man

himself,

should like to go to the earth-country where

men

idle their

time away.

I

would

many

four wives

who would work

for

me

while

I

would take hfe

easy, for I need a rest."
31

32

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
He was
very tired of his work for he was kept at
his webs.
;

it

day

and night always spinning and weaving

But when
he was only

he asked for a rest he was not allowed to stop

kicked for his pains and called Sleepy Head, and Lazy-bones

and other harsh names, and told to work harder.
they kept him so hard at work.

Then he
he

grew angry and he resolved to punish the Star-people because

He

thought that

if

punished them and

made

himself a nuisance,
hit

they would
plan.

be glad to be rid of him.
night
just

So he

upon a crafty

Each

when a Star-fairy was climbing back to as he came near the top of the ladder,
fairy

the sky-country, the Spider

Man

would cut the strands and the
a great crash.
to himself as he
air

would

fall

to earth with

Night after night he did

this,

and he chuckled
through the

saw the
at

sky-fairies sprawling

and kicking
Star-people

their heels,

while the earth-people looked
called

up wonderingly

them and

them Shooting

Stars.

Many

fell

to earth in this

way

because of the

Spider Man's tricks, and they could never get back to the sky-

country because of their broken limbs or their disfigured
faces, for in the ful faces

sky-country the people=

all

must have

beauti-

But Spider Man's tricks brought him no good the people would not drive him away because they needed his webs and he was kept always at his tasks. At
and forms.
;

last

he decided to run away

of his

own

accord, and, one night

when the Moon and the Stars had gone to work and the Sun was asleep, he said farewell to the sky-country and let himself

HE SAID FAREWELL TO THE SKY COUNTRY AND LET HIMSELF DOWN TO EARTH -BY ONE OF Hlj OWN STRANDS OF rARN

; ;

THE FALL OF THE SPIDER MAN
down
to earth

33
it

by one

of his

own

strands of yarn, spinning

as he dropped down.

In the earth-country he married four wives as he had
planned, for he wanted them to work for him while he took
his ease.

He

thought he had worked long enough.

All

went

weU

for a

time and the Spider

Man was

quite

happy

living his

lazy and contented Ufe,

Not a strand did he
Glooskap,

spin, nor a
;

web

did he weave.

No men on
At
last,

earth were working

only the

women

toiled.

who

ruled

upon the earth
in these

in that time,

became very angry because the men and he sent Famine
the
for their sins.

parts were so lazy,
to punish

into their country
stealthily
it off

them

Famine came very
all

into the land

and gathered up

com and

carried

then he called to him aU the animals, and the birds, and the
fish of

the sea and river, and he took them
the land there was nothing
left

away with him.
Only water
Lived

In

all

to eat.

remained.

The people were very hungry and they
for

on water
cold,

many
fare.
it

days.

Sometimes they drank the water
it

sometimes hot, sometimes luke-warm, but at best

was but poor
on water.
but
said,
I
it

The Spider Man soon grew

tired of this

strange diet, for

did not satisfy his hunger to hve always

It filled his

beUy and swelled him to a great

size,

brought him httle nourishment or strength.

So he

" There

must be good food somewhere
it."

in the world

win go in search of

That night when aU the world was asleep he took a

large

D

;

34
bag,

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
and crept
softly

away from

his four wives

and

set out

on

his quest for food.

He

did not want any one to
travelled,

know
living

where he was going.
only on water
;

For several days he

but he found no food, and the bag was stiU

empty on
trees

his back.

At

last

one day he saw birds in the
of the

and he knew that he was near the border
That night
in the forest

Hunger-

Land.

when he stopped

at a stream

to drink, he saw a tiny gleam of Ught far ahead of

him through

the trees.

upon a

He hurried towards the light and soon he came man with a great hump on his shoulders and scars
and a
light

on
on

his face,
it

hanging at his back, with a shade

which he could
said, "
I

close

and open
;

at his will.

The Spider
I

Man
it."

am

looking for food

teU

me

where

can find

And
it it

the

humped man with
?

the light said, "

Do you
No,

want
I

for

your people

"

But the Spider Man

said, "

want
"

for myself."

said,

You

are
I

Then the humped man laughed and near to the border of the Land of Plenty
will give

follow

me and

you food."

Then he

flashed the

light at his back,
fight flickered,

opening and closing the shade so that the
set off quickly

and he

through the

trees.

The

Spider

Man foUowed

the fight flashing in the darkness, but

he had to go so fast that he was almost out of breath when

he reached the house where the humped

man had

stopped.

But the humped man only laughed when he saw the Spider Man coming puffing wearily along with his fat and swoUen He gave him a good fat meal and the Spider Man befiy.

THE FALL OF THE SPIDER MAN
soon
said,
felt

35

better after his long fast.
are
too,

"

You
I,

Then the humped man the Spider Man who once weaved webs in
once dwelt in the star-country, and one dark

the sky.
night as
ladder,
I I

was climbing back from the earth-country on your carrpng my lamp on my back to hght the way, when
of the

was near the sky you cut the strands
That
scars

web and
I

I fell

to the earth with a great crash.

is

why

have a great
of this

hump on my back and
I

on

my

face,

and because

have never been allowed to go back to the sky-country
I

of the stars.

roam the earth
I still

at nights as a forest fairy

just as I did in the olden days, for I
still

have

with me, and

carry

my

lamp

my former at my back

power
;

it

is

the star-light from the sky-country.
to the star-country while I have
life.

I shall

never get back

But some day when But although

my

work on earth
cruel to

is

done
I will

I

shall

go back.

you were

me

remembered the nights
earth with a great crash.

The Spider Man he had cut the ladder strands, and he
give

you food."

laughed to himself at the

memory of the star-fairies falling to But the man with the light knew that
vengeance on the Spider Man.

now he had
The
last.

his chance to take

latter did not suspect evil.

He was

glad to get food at

Then the humped man You must not open them
then be
filled

said, " I

wiU give you four

pots.

until

you get home.

with food, and thereafter
will

They will always when you

open them they

be packed with good food.

And

the

;

36

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
The Spider Man put the
it

food will never grow less."
pots in his bag and slinging
for his

four

over his shoulder he set out
success.

home, weU pleased with his

After he had

gone away, the humped
hungry.

man

used his power to make him

Yet

for several

days he travelled without opening

the pots, for although he was almost starving he wished to

do as the humped no
longer.

man had

told him.

At

last

he could wait

He

stopped near his home, took the pots out

of the

bag and opened them.
were

food as he had been promised.
in another

They were filled with good In one was a fine meat stew
;

many cooked vegetables in another was and in another was luscious bread made from Indian com ripe fruit. He ate until he was full. He covered the pots,
;

put them back in the bag, and hid the bag among the

trees.

Then he went home. He had meanwhile taken pity on his people and he decided to invite the Chief and all the tribe
to a feast the next evening, for the pots

would be

full,

and

the food would never decrease, and there would be enough

He thought wonderful man if he
for
all.

the people would regard him as a very

could supply them

all

with good food in

their hunger.

When
see

he reached his home his wives were very glad to
at once brought

him back, and they

him water, the only
to scorn,

food they had.

But he laughed them

and threw
I

the water in their faces and said, " Oh, foolish

women,
like

do
I

not want water

;

it

is

not food for a great

man

me.

THE FALL OF THE SPIDER MAN
have had a good meal of meat stew and
vegetables and luscious ripe
is

37

fruit.

I I

com bread and cooked know where much food
can find food when
forth
all

to be found, but I alone
fail,

know.

others

for I
all

am

a great man.

Go

and

invite the

Chief and

the people to a feast which

I shall

provide for

them to-morrow night— a feast never grows less." They were his story, and the thought of
to their hunger.
tribe to a feast

for all the land, for
all

my

food

amazed when they heard
good meal greatly added
all

his

But they went out and summoned as he had told them.
land.

the

The next night all the people gathered the news of it had spread through all the
they were very hungry.
in search of food.

for the feast,

for

They had
well,

taken no water that day, for they wished to eat

and

They were

as

hungry as wild beasts

The Spider Man was very glad because the people praised him, and he proudly brought in his bag The people
all

of pots.

waited hungrily and eagerly.
first

But
;

when he uncovered
he uncovered
them.
all

the

pot there was no food there

he uncovered the second pot, but there was no food there

;

the pots, but not a bit of food was in any of
all

They were
the

empty, and in the bottom of each was

a great

gaping hole.

Now

it

had happened

in

this

way.

When
to the

humped man, the Star-fairy, had given the pots Spider Man, he knew well that the Spider Man would
orders

disobey his

and that he would open the pots before

he reached his home.

He

chuckled to himself, for he knew

;

38
that

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
now he
could take vengeance on the web-weaver

who

had injured him.

So when the Spider

Man had

left

the pots

among the trees, the humped man used his magic power and made holes in the pots, and the charm of the food was
broken and aU the food disappeared.
the

When

the people saw

empty pots they thought they had been purposely deceived. The remains of the food and the smeU of stew and of fruit still clung to the pots. They thought the Spider Man had
eaten
all

the food himself.

So in their great hunger and

their rage

and

their disappointment they fcU

upon him and

beat him and bore him to the

ground, while the

humped
split

man

with the lamp at his back hiding behind the trees
glee.

looked on and laughed in his

Then the people

the Spider Man's arms to the shoulders, and his legs to the
thighs, so that he

had
trees

eight limbs instead of four.

And

the

humped

man—the
said,

star-fairy

named

Fire-fly

—came

forth

from behind the

and standing over the faUen Spider
your cruelty to the
legs,

Man

he

" Henceforth because of
will

star-people

you

always crawl on eight
of the water

and you wiU

have a

fat

round beUy because
will live
flies

and sometimes you
shall

on top of
insects.

you have drunk the water. But you

always eat only

and

And you
shall

will

always
try
slip

spin

downwards but never upwards, and you wiU often
back to the star-country, but you
always
again on the strand of yarn you have spun."
flashed
liis

to get

down

Then

Fire-fly

light

and went quickly away, opening

THE FALL OF THE SPIDER MAN
and
closing the shade of his

39

lamp

as he flitted
lives as

trees.

And
of

to this

day the Spider Man

among the the humped

man

the lamp had

spoken, because of the cruelty he

practised on the star-fairies in the olden days.

THE BOY WHO WAS CALLED THICK-HEAD

THREE
been
very poor.
plentiful,

brothers lived with their old

Indian mother

in the forest near the sea.

Their father had long

dead.

At

his

death
his

he had

little

of

the

world's goods to his credit

In the place

widow and her sons were where they dwelt, game was not
and
to keep
forest.

and to get food enough

them from want

they had often to go far into the

was smaller and weaker than the
older

others,

The youngest boy and when the two
left

sons went far

away

to

hunt,

they always

him

behind, for although he

always wished to accompany them

they would never allow him to go.

He had

to do aU the

work about the house, and all day long he gathered wood in the forest and carried water from the stream. And even when his brothers went out in the spring-time to draw sap
from the maple
them.
things.
trees

he was never permitted to go with

He was

always making mistakes and doing foolish
called

His brothers

people round about said
his slow

him Thick-head, and aU the he was a simpleton because of
His
"

and queer ways.
said,

mother alone was kind to
at

him and she always

They may laugh
40

you and

;

THE BOY WHO WAS CALLED THICK-HEAD
call

41
of

you
yet,

fool,

but you
so
it

will

prove to be

wiser

than

all

them

for

was

told

me by

a forest fairy at your

bkth."

The
his

Chief of the people
suitors.

had a
father
is

beautiful daughter

who
from

had many

But her

spumed them

all

door and

said, "

My

daughter

not yet of age to marry

and when her time
the

of marriage comes, she will only

marry

man who

can make great profit from hunting."
of the old
girl.

two older sons must win the
hunting

woman
in

decided that one of
set

The them
for

So they prepared to

out on a great
forest,
it

expedition far

away

the northern

was now autumn, and the hunter's moon had come.

The
his

youngest boy wanted to go with them, for he had never been

away from home and he wished
mother said he might
go.
Llis

to see the world.

And

brothers were very angry
said,

when they heard
bad
fit

his request,

and they

"

Much good

Thick-head can do us in the chase.
luck.

He

will

only bring us

He

is

not a hunter but a scullion and a drudge

only for the fireside."

But

his

mother commanded them
So the three

to grant the boy's wish

and they had to obey.

brothers set out for the north country, the two older brothers

grumbling

loudly

because they were
fool.

accompanied by the

boy they thought a

The two older brothers had good success in the chase and they killed many animals deer and rabbits and otters

and beavers.

And

they came home bearing a great quantity

42
of

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
dried

meat and

skins.

They each thought,
Chief,

"

Now we
if

have begun to prove our prowess to the
succeed as

and

we

weU next year when
win

the hunter's

moon comes

when she is old enough to marry." But all the youngest boy brought home as a result of his journey into the game country was a large Earth-Worm as thick as his finger and as long as his arm. It was the biggest Earth-Worm he had ever seen. He thought
again, one of us will surely
his daughter
it

a great curiosity as weU as a great discovery, and he was

so

busy watching
he brought

it
it

each day that he had no time to hunt.

When
now
fat

mother, "

What

did

home in a box, his brothers said to their we tell you about Thick-head ? He has
fool.

surely

proved himself a
in

He

has caught only a

Earth-Worm

aU these weeks."
all

And

they noised

it

abroad in the village and

the people laughed loudly at

the simpleton, until " Thick-head's hunt " became a by-word
in all the land.

But the boy's mother only smiled and

said,

"

He wiU

surprise

them

all

yet."
in a tiny

The boy kept the Earth-Worm One day a the door of his home.
along,

pen

just outside

large

Duck came waddling
of the

and

sticking her bill over the little fence

pen/

she quicldy gobbled

up the Worm.

The boy was very angry
the Duck, and said,
I

and he went
"

to the

man who owned

Your Duck

ate

up

my

pet

Worm.
price.

want want

my Worm." my Worm."

The man

offered to
I

pay him whatever

price he asked, but
I

the boy said, "

do not want your

THE BOY WHO WAS CALLED THICK-HEAD
But the man
said,

43

"

How
it

can
?

I

give
It
is

you your
gone
It
is

Worm when
And
the

my Duck
the

has eaten
" It
is

up
not

for ever."

boy

said,
I

gone.

in

Duck's

belly.

So

must have the Duck."
the

Then

to

avoid furfor

ther trouble

thought to
fool."

man gave Thick-head the Duck, himself, "What is the use of arguing

he
a

with

The boy took the Duck home and kept it in a little pen near his home with a low fence around it. And he tied a
great weight to
its

foot so that

it

could not fly away.

He

was quite happy

again, for he thought, "

Now

I

have both

my

Worm and

the Duck."

along looking for food.
in the httle pen.
is

But one day a Fox came prowling He saw the fat Duck tied by the foot
he
said, "

And

What good

fortune

!

There

a choice meal for me," and in a twinkling he was over the

The Duck quacked and made a great noise, but she was soon silenced. The Fox had just finished eating up the Duck when the boy, who had heard the quacking, came running out of the house. The Fox was smacking his Ups
fence.

after lus

good meal, and he was too slow
fell

in getting

away.
killed

The boy

to beating

him with a

stout club

and soon

him and threw his body into the yard behind the house. And he thought, " That is not so bad. Now I have my Worm and
the

Duck and

the Fox."
forest in search

That night an old Wolf came through the
of food.

He was

very hungry, and in the bright moonlight

44

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
He pounced upon
was
left.

he saw the dead Fox lying in the yard.
it

greedily

and devoured

it

until not a trace of it

But the boy saw him before he could
stealthily

get away,

and he came
of his axe.

upon him and

killed

him with a blow
''

"I am
the

surely in

good luck," he thought,

for

now
the
of

I

have

Worm

and the Duck
great

and the
told
his

Fox and
brothers
at

Wolf."

But the next day when he
fortune

his

good

and
"

his

skill,

they

laughed
will

him loudly
Before
evil-smeUing
are indeed

and
two
a

said,

Much good a dead Wolf
have
passed
it

do you.

days

wiH

be
it

but
deep.

an

thing and
great

we

shall

have to bury

You

The boy pondered for a long time over what they had said, and he thought, " Perhaps they are right. The dead Wolf cannot last long. I will save the
fool."

skin."

So he skinned the Wolf and dried the skin and made a

drum from
it

it.

For the drum was one

of the

few musical

instruments of the Indians in those old times, and they beat
loudly at
all

their dances

and

festivals.

The boy beat the
whole
village.

drum each

evening, and

made

a great noise, and he was very
in the

proud because he had the only drum

One day the

Chief sent for

him and

said to him, " I
I

want

to

borrow your drum

for this

evening.

am

having a great

gathering to announce to aU the land that

my

daughter

is

now
in

of age to

marry and that

suitors

may now

seek her hand
I

marriage.

But we have no musical instruments and

^
^sr

'

M.LR

THE

THAT NIGHT AN OLD WOLF CAME THROUGH

FOREST

IN

SEARCH OF

FOOD

THE BOY WHO WAS CALLED THICK-HEAD
want your drum, and
was not very well
I

45

myself

will

beat

it

at the dance."

So

Thick-head brought his drum to the Chief's house, but he
pleased,

because he was not invited to

the feast, while his brothers were

among

the favoured guests.

And

he said to the Chief, " Be very

careful.

Do

not tear

my drum, for I can never get another like it. My Worm and my Duck and my Fox and ray Wolf have all helped
the skin of
to

make it." The next day he went
it

for his
split it

drum.

But the Chief had
it

struck

too hard and had
it

open so that

would now

make no sound and
to

was ruined beyond
price for
it,

repair.

He

offered

pay the boy a great
I

but the boy
Give

said, " I

do

not want your price.

want

my
"

drum.

me

back

my

drum,
are
all

for

my Worm

and the Duck and the Fox and the Wolf

The Chief said, your drum when it is broken?
in it."

How
is

can

I

give

you back
I

It

gone

for ever.
it.

wiU

give

you anything you
shall

desire in

exchange

for

Since you

do not
" Here

like the price I offer,

you

may name

your own price

and you
is

have

it."

And

the boy thought to himself,

a chance for good fortune.

Now

I

shall surprise

my
The

brothers."
I

And

he

said, " Since

you cannot give

me my

drum,

will

take your daughter in marriage in exchange."
true to his

Chief

was much perplexed, but he had to be
his

word.

So he gave

daughter to Thick-head, and they
girl

were married, and the
they lived very happily.

brought him
his brothers

much
were

treasure

and

And

much amazed

46

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
failed.

and angered because they had
" I told

But

his

mother

said,

you he was wiser than you and that he would outwit
called

you yet although you
the forest fairy said
it

him Thick-head and
at his birth."

fool.

For

to

me

RABBIT AND THE INDIAN CHIEF

IONG
-^
happy.

ago an
far

Indian

Chief

was

living with

his

people

in

the

Canadian

forest.

Life

was good and
all

food was plentiful and the people were

very

But one day a wicked

giant

and

his old witch wife

came crashing into the land from a far country beyond the prairies. They devoured aU the food they could lay their hands on and soon there was little left to eat in aU the
country
;

and often they

carried off httle children to their
until

hiding-place

and ate them up

not

a trace of them

remained.

Somewhere
all

far in the forest they dwelt in a
long,

hidden

cave

;

they slept

day

but at night they always stalked

forth in search of plunder.

The Chief was much

troubled,

and with

his warriors

he tried in every

way

to discover their
it.

hiding-place, but

no one ever succeeded

in finding

For

by the use
wife

of their

magic power the giant and

his old witch

make themselves invisible when they walked abroad among men and they could not be caught. The Chief
could

caUed aU his warriors to a council, and he
rid

said,
?

"
"

Who

can

a

me man

of this pest
replied.

?

Who

can kiU the giant

But not

And when

he saw his people's store of food
47

48

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
little

rapidly growing smaller and the

children of his tribe

slowly disappearing, he was greatly puzzled as to what he

should do.

One
on

night

of

bright

moonlight

Rabbit

was prowUng

through the woods, as was his custom, in search of some one

whom

he could play a prank, for he was a great joker.
his

Suddenly he came upon the giant and

old witch wife

standing by an opening in the side of a low mountain.

He

watched them
tree,

for a long time

from the shadow of a great

and at

last

he saw them enter a large hole in the side
that he

of the hiU.

He knew now
his

the giant's cave and he was well

by pleased by
had
hit for
I

accident

upon

his discovery.

But he kept
is

secret

to himself, to

he thought, " Here

a good chance for
crafty trick

me
I

win fame.

wiU kiU the giants

by a
have

and

wiU then be looked upon as a great
all

warrior, the foremost in

the land, for aU the Chief's

men

failed to find the giants."
said, "

So he went to the Chief and
the giants live and
I

Oh, Chief,
I

I

know where
pests."

swear to you that

am
of

going to kiU
these

them.
"

It
!

is

I

alone

who can

rid

you
;

You

" said the Chief in great surprise

"

little

like of

you can do

to giants

;

they wiU eat
at

harm the you up in one
boldness.

mouthful,"

and he laughed loudly
here

Rabbit's

And

he called to his warriors saying, " See what a stout

fighter

we have
failed to

!

Little

Rabbit says he can do what
will kill

we have

do

;

he swears that he

the giants

;

RABBIT AND THE INDIAN CHIEF
he
is

49

better fitted to kiU a

mouse

!

"

And

they aU laughed

loud haw-haws at Rabbit's vanity.

Poor Rabbit's pride was deeply hurt by the

Chief's scorn

and the

warriors' cruel laughter, but

it

all

made him more
So he
" Give
said,

determined than ever to slay the thieving giants.

went to an old woman who lived near-by and

me an
old

old faded dress

and a ragged old shawl and your
it."

coloured spectacles and a hat with a feather in

The

woman wondered what

tricks
for.

he was up to now, but she
put on the tattered old
sticking
his face,

gave him what he asked
dress

He

and the battered old hat with a red feather

from the top, and he wrapped the old shawl about

and he wore the woman's coloured
a crooked
stick.

spectacles

and he carried
he reached

And

dressed in this fashion he set out

towards evening for the giants' home.
the

When

mouth

of the cave, he stood stiU

and waited, leaning on

his crooked stick, for night

was coming on and he knew that

the giants would
rounds.

soon be going out on their plundering

After a time
light,

when

it

was quite dark except

for the

moon-

the giant's old witch wife came out of the cave.

When
are

she saw Rabbit in the dim light she said gruffly, "
you, standing there in the shadows
said Rabbit, "
I
?

Who

"

"

Oh,
I

my
I

dear niece,"

have found you at
lost

last.

am
It

your poor

old aunt.
see

I

thought I had

my

way.

have come to

you from your home

in the far country.

was a long
E

50
journey and

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES

my

poor old legs and back are
"
;

stiff

and

sore,

and

I

am

very hungry and tired

and he moved slowly
stick.

towards the woman, hobbling along with his crooked

The

giant

woman was
split lip

deceived,

and she threw her arms
feel

around Rabbit and kissed him, and she did not
whiskers or his

his

because of the old shawl that was
" I

wrapped around

his face.

have a pain in

my

jaw from

sleeping out of doors," said Rabbit, " face

and

I

must keep

my
said

wrapped up."

"

Come

in

and

rest,

and you wiU soon

feel better,"

the giant
"

woman.
will

You

have to lead

me

in," said Rabbit, not wishing

to take off the shawl, " for

my

eyesight

is

very bad."

So she led Rabbit into the

warm

cave,

which was so dark

that they could scarcely see each other, and she called her

husband and
all

said, "

Here

is

my

dear old aunt

the

way from

the far country beyond the

who has come prairies." And

the giant, believing Rabbit to be his wife's kindred, for he

could not see him very clearly, treated him very kindly.

And
to
I

they showed him the bed where he was to

sleep.

The woman then gave Rabbit a large piece eat. But Rabbit said, " I cannot eat it, for
lost all

of dried
I

meat

am
it

old

and

have

my

teeth.

Give

me an
it

axe to cut

up smaU."
said, " I

So the

woman

brought him a sharp axe and he chopped the

meat
will

into small pieces

and ate
I

all

up.
it

And
at all

he

keep the axe by me, for

shaU need

my

meals,"

RABBIT AND THE INDIAN CHIEF
and he placed
going
it

51

beside his bed.

away
" I

to see

some

friends,

The giant said, " We are but we shall be back before
said to the
;

midnight."

But before they went away Rabbit
hope your husband sleeps soundly
I

woman,
face

I

have a

bad cough and

sometimes
I

moan

because of the pain in

my

and head and

do not wish to disturb him."

And the old well. When we
then you
will

giant
sleep

woman
we both

answered, "

He

slumbers too

snore loudly, and

when you
please, for

hear us snoring you

may
that

cough as much as you

know

we

are sound asleep."

Then the

man and When

his witch wife

went away.
Rabbit pretended to be

the giants came home,

fast asleep.

They brought back with them much food which
Rabbit
in

they hid in a secret place at the side of the cave.

watched them through the holes
his head.

the old shawl around
after their
fat

Soon they went to bed, drowsy

meal.

When

Rabbit heard them snoring loudly hke a great
he arose very quietly and crept
of his axe he killed

water-fall, " chr-r-r, chr-r-r,"

softly to their bedside.

With two blows

the giant and his wife, one after the other.

Then he ran
his old dress

away

as fast as he could, carrying with
for

him

and hat and shawl,

he thought he might need them again.

In the morning he went to the Chief's house and told
the Chief what he had done.

The Chief laughed

scornfully

and he would not beheve

it

until

Rabbit brought him to the
stiff

cave and showed him the slain giants cold and

in their

52
bed.

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
The
Chief's

men

then took back to the village the great

store of food the giants

had hidden

in the secret place.

But

the Chief and his warriors, although they were glad to be
rid of the thieves,

were angry at heart because Rabbit

whom

they had laughed at had done what they had failed to do,
for

they were very jealous of Rabbit's power.

One day soon afterwards the
and the animals to a
giants
council,

Chief caUed

all

the birds
that the

and

he said, "

Now

that
I

who robbed us of our we shall never again want
going to
let

food are dead and gone, and
for nourisliment in

my

country,

am

each animal and bird choose the kind of
if

food he would most like to live on

he could get
if it

it.

And

they shall never want for that kind of food
vided."

can be pro-

And

he called on each to make the choice.

And

the birds said " Grain and seeds and worms," and the Squirrel said " Nuts," and the Fox said " Chickens," and the cat
said " Milk,"

and the dog
" Eggs,"

said

" Meat and bones," and the

weasel said

and the wolf said " Lambs," and the

bear said " Fish from the frozen sea," and so on until each

animal was called upon and declared his

liking.

And
to

the

Chief said, " It shaU be as you have chosen."

But the Chief
the

had purposely neglected to summon poor Rabbit
council,

and Rabbit was absent on a long journey.

When

he came home, he was very angry when he heard what had

happened, for only the left-over in the world's food remained
for

him

to choose.

So he went to the Chief and said in great

RABBIT AND THE INDIAN CHIEF
wrath, " This
is

53

a fine return for ridding your land of giants.
;

But that
with

is

a

way you have

you always reward good deeds
of Rabbit's insolence,

evil."

The
and he

Chief
said, "

was very angry because

You

are telling lies again."

But Rabbit

called

as witnesses to the truth of

what he

said Sheep

and Goat

and Duck who chanced
listening to the quarrel.

to be passing

by and who stood

And

old Sheep said, " Rabbit has
I

spoken

truly.

When
old he

I

was young
going to

gave the Chief

much

wool to make clothes

for his
is

back and he used
kill

now
is

that

I

am

me weU. But me and eat me up. That
"

my

reward."

And
I

old Goat said,

Rabbit has spoken

wisely and justly.

served the Chief well in
I

my

time and

gave him milk, but now that
milk he
is

am
Duck

old

and have no more
ready for slaughter.
"

fattening

me and
And

getting

me
I

That

is

my

reward."

old

said,

That

is

a true

saying of Rabbit.

Once upon a time
but

gave the Chief
that
I

many
is

eggs and young ducklings,
lajdng he
is

now

have stopped

soon going to roast

me

in a pot.

That

my

reward."

The Chief could make no answer to these charges, for he knew them to be true, and he offered to do what was in his power for Rabbit. But Rabbit refused to make choice
of food, for he said the best
for

was already gone.

He

sulked

many months and
At
last

lived alone

by

his

own

efforts as best

he could.
he decided to take vengeance on the Chief.

And

54
he
hit,

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
as

was

his custom,

on a crafty

trick.

The Chief had
Bear did

an old Bear which he prized very highly,
for

for the

him many wondrous
his warriors

tricks

and brought laughter to him
at their feasts.
tail of

and

when he danced
as

In those

olden times Bear had a long bushy

which he was very
ice

proud.

One day
winter

Rabbit sat on the

fishing

—for

it

was

now

—Bear

came

along.

There was

to

be a

feast that night

and he was going to dance
spirits.

for the Chief,

and

he was in very good
fine fish
?

"

Where did you
fish eater.

get ah the
" I caught " It
is

" he asked, for he

was a great

them through the
easy.

hole in the ice," said Rabbit.
tail

very

Just drop your

down through
and he
sat

the hole and

it ^viU

soon be covered with

fine big fish."
told,

Bear did as he was

on the

ice for

a long

time waiting for his prey.
up, for
it

He
in

sat so long that the hole froze
it

was very
"

cold,

and

was frozen poor Bear's long
"
for

bushy
but his

tail.

Now,"

said Rabbit,

fish are

hanging to you."
tail

jump quick, Bear jumped with all
and
it

many
to

his might,
off close

was held

fast in the ice

broke

the root.

Rabbit laughed in great glee and ran away.

And

poor Bear howled with pain and shame.
at the feast because his stub of a tail

He

could not dance

was

sore,

and the Chief

and the warriors were very angry

at

Rabbit because he had
time Bear has
tries to

harmed
feebly.

their

dancing pet.
tail

And

since that
this

had a short stubby

which to

day he

wag

RABBIT AND THE INDIAN CHIEF
Rabbit then hid
his
for

55

some days

far

from the Chief and
trick.

warriors.

Chief's

Then he decided to try another wood-cutter was old Beaver, who hved in a
on the bank
of a stream.

The
house

httle

of reeds

He was
it

very busy

now

cutting

down

trees for the Chief, for

was near
to

to spring-

time and the people were in need of logs for building roads
over the rivers.
"

One day Rabbit went
to

Beaver and

said,

The Chief sent me

you to bring you to a great

tree

he

down at once." So Beaver went along with him. But when Beaver was busy at his task cutting down the tree, Rabbit hit him a savage blow on the head
wishes you to cut

with a big stick hoping to kiU him and thus again to anger
the Chief.

Poor Beaver

fell

to the ground

and Rabbit ran

But Beaver was only stunned. He got up after a time and went home muttering to himself and rubbing his sore head. Soon Rabbit came back to the tree and found
away.

Beaver gone.

He knew

that

his

blow had

failed.

Then

he put on again his tattered old dress and his ragged shawl

and

his coloured spectacles

and the hat with the red feather
"

sticking to the top,

and he went to Beaver's house by the

stream, hobbling along with a stick.
to

The Chief

sent

me

you to bring you to a great

tree he wishes
said, " I
I

you to cut down

at once," he called.

And Beaver

have already tried

to cut a great tree for
it

him to-day and
struck you

should have finished
I

had

I

not been beaten with a stick until
"

was stunned

by the blow,"

Who

?

" asked Rabbit, laughing

56
to himself.
is

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
"

Rabbit struck me," answered Beaver.

"

a great brigand and a liar and a thief," said Rabbit.
that," said Beaver, rubbing the

"

He He
So

is all

lump on

his head.

Beaver went along with Rabbit.

And Rabbit
hit

asked as they
ciiiel

went
blow
If

along, "
?

How

is

it

that you are alive after that
" of

he

And Beaver said, had hit me on the back

"

Rabbit

me

on the head.

my

neck he would have killed

me,

for there I

keep the secret of

my

life."

When Beaver was busy
the tree, Rabbit hit

again at his task cutting

down
of the
off his

him a powerful blow on the back neck and poor Beaver fell down dead. Then he cut
tail

that was

made

like

a

file,

and went away happy,

for he

knew

that the Chief would be very angry
to his wood-cutter.

when he found what

had happened

When

the Chief learned that Beaver had been killed, his
for

wrath knew no bounds,

he could

ill

afford at this time
for the

to lose his best wood-chopper.

He blamed Rabbit
for

deed, but he could not be sure that his suspicions were weU-

founded.

Rabbit kept out of the Chief's sight
in early

some weeks.

But one day
food,

summer he was very hungry.
filling their bellies

He saw

aU the other animals

with their favourite

and he decided to
to give

forget his sulks

and

to ask the Chief
I

for help.

So he went to the Chief and said haughtily, "

want you

me

food for

my own

special use as
it

you have

done with the other animals.
will

You must do

at once or I

do you much harm."

Then the Chief remembered what

HE WENT TO E E 4 V E S HOUSE STREAM, HOBBLING ALONG WITH
F:

E Y THE A STICK

RABBIT AND THE INDIAN CHIEF
Rabbit had done to
his dancing Bear,

57
of the

and he thought

death of Beaver, for which he blamed Rabbit without proof,

and he grew red with anger. and
said, will

He

seized Rabbit

by the

heels

" Henceforth the dogs will always chase you, and

you
wiU

never have peace when they are near.

And you

live for the

most part on whatever food

I

throw you into

now."

Then he whirled Rabbit around his head by the heels, and he threw him from him with great force, hoping to drop
him
Chief
in a

great black

swamp

near-by.

Poor

Rabbit went

fijdng through the air for a great distance, farther than the

had hoped, and he dropped with a thud

into a field

of clover

on the edge of which cabbages and lettuce were

growing.

And

since that time the dogs
for the

have always chased

Rabbit and he has hved
lettuce

most part on cabbages and
on moonlight nights from

and clover which he
fields.

steals

farmers'

GREAT HEART AND THE THREE TESTS

SOMEWHERE
living

near the sea in olden times a boy was
his

with

father

and mother.
of his power,

He had no
for
his

brothers or

sisters.

His father was a great hunter

and the boy inherited something
always very successful in the
said, "

he was

killing of

game.

And

mother

Some day he

will

be a great man,

for before his birth

a vision came to

me
And
;

in the night

and told

me

that

my

son

would win wide fame.
in
his

And
his

fairy gifts

were laid by the
to her

fairies

cradle."

father,
tell

listening
;

boasting,

said, "

Time
is

will tell

time will

but

if

he

is

to be a great

man
prove

it

his

own deeds and

not your boasting that must
beautiful
is

it."

As the boy grew up he became strangely

and he had great strength.
myself when
"

And
I

his father said,

"It

time

he set out to seek his fortune.
I

was

in the forest doing for

was no older than he."
and be not so

Wait a

little
is

and there

yet

much

time."

And his mother said, impatient. He is yet young So the boy remained at home
in a distant village there

a while longer.

Now
lived

it

happened that
girl

far

away
58

a young

of

very great beauty and grace.

Her

GREAT HEART AND THE THREE TESTS
father

59

had been a great

Chief,

but he was now dead.
all

Her
world.

mother too was dead, and she was

alone in the

But her parents had
goods and

left

her vast lands and a great store of

many

servants,

and because

of her treasures

and

her great beauty she had
easily pleased

many
all

suitors.

But she was not
to seek her

by men and on

who came

hand
and

she imposed severe feats of
their

skill

to test their sincerity

worth.

She was carefully guarded by an old

woman

and many servants who kept troublesome and meddlesome
people away.

Soon the fame
through
all

of

the
It

girl's

wealth and beauty spread

the land.
dwelt.

reached the sea coast village where

the young
is

man

His father thought to himself, " Here
son to prove his worth."

a good chance for

my

So he

called

his

boy to him and

said,

"It

is

time you were setting out to

seek your fortune in the world and to find a wife, for your
spring-time
here,
is

passing and your
it

and before you know
will
girl of

summer of life will soon be your autumn will be upon you
There
is

and your winter
out the beautiful
village

be near.

no time to

lose.

Seek

the rich treasures in the distant inland

and try to win her as your wife."
gifts

And

his

mother
out

gave him the fairy
at his birth,

which had been

laid in his cradle

and he said good-bye to

his parents

and

set

on

his long journey.

He had no

misgivings, for he

was very
clad

vain of his beauty and he was sure, too, of his strength.

As he

travelled inland he

came one day upon a man

6o

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
on the side of a rocky
hill

in scarlet sitting
his feet.

tying stones to

" Hello," he said to the

man,
?

"

these

heavy rocks to your ankles

"

why are you tying "I am a hunter,"
I

replied the

man, " but when

I

foUow the deer

run so

fast

that

I I

and

am am

soon far in front of them instead of behind them,
putting heavy weights on
"

my
I

feet so that I will

not run so rapidly."
said the

You

are indeed a wonderful

man,"
man.
I

boy

;

" but I

am

alone and
"

need a companion.
?

Let us go along together."
" I

Who

are

you

" said the

am Lad

of the Great Heart," said the boy, "
I

and

can

do great deeds and
the Scarlet

can win for you great treasure."

So

Rimner went along with him.
far inland,

Towards evening when they were now

they

came

to a large lake.

Among

the trees on the fringe of the

lake a large fat

man was

l3^ng flat on his

stomach with

his

mouth

in the

water drinking as hard as he could.
still

For some

time they watched him, but
smaller and smaller and

he drank and the lake grew

still

his thirst

was not quenched.

They laughed at such a strange sight, and as they approached Why do you lie there drinking him the boy said, " Hello
!

so

much water
when
have drunk

?

"

" Oh,"

answered the

fat

man, " there

are times
I

I

cannot get enough water to drink.

When
"

this lake

dry

I

shall

still

be thirsty."

Who

are

you

?

" asked the boy.

" I
is

am Man

of the Great Thirst,"

said the fat

man.

" That

weU," said Great Heart, " we

two need a third companion.

We

can do great deeds and

HE CAME ONE DAY UPON A MAN CLAD IN SCARLET SITTING ON THE SIDE OF A ROCKY HILL TYING STONES TO HIS FEET

GREAT HEART AND THE THREE TESTS
we can win
together.
for

6i

you

gi'eat treasure."

So the three went along

They had not gone
plain where they

far

when they came

to a wide

open

saw a man walking along with

his face raised

upwards, peering at the sky.

He moved

along rapidly and

seemed to find
at the heavens.

liis

way without

his eyes, for

he gazed steadily

" Hello," said Great Heart as the sky-gazer

rushed past him and almost knocked him over, " what are

you looking

at so intently

?

"

" Oh," said the
I

man, "
it
it

I

have
fall.

shot an arrow into the sky and
It

am
"
I

waiting for

to

has gone so far that

it

will

be some time before

drops."

"

Who

are

you

?

" asked the boy.
"

am

the Far-Darter,"

said the sky-gazer. said the boy.
treasure.
"

We

three need a fourth companion,"

We

can do great deeds and win for you

much

Come

along with us."

So the four went along

together.

They had gone but a short distance across the plain to the edge of a forest when they came upon a man lying down at full length with his head upon his hand. The edge of his hand was on the ground and it was half closed around his
ear,

which rested upon

it.

As he saw the

four

men

approach-

him he placed a finger of his other hand upon his lips and signalled to them to keep quiet. " Hello," said Great Heart in a whisper, " what are you doing there with your
ing
ear to the ground
far
?

"

" I

am

listening to the plants growing

away

in the forest,"

he answered.

" There

is

a beautiful

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CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
and
it.

flower I wish to find,
so that
I

I

am
Aha

trying to hear
!

it

breathing

may

go and get

I

hear
said,

it

now."

So saying
are

he rose from the ground.
"
I

The boy
"

"

Who

you

"
?

am Keen
for

Ears," said the hstener.

"

Wc

four need another

companion," said Great Heart.

We

can do great deeds and

win
four

you much

treasure.

Come

along with us."

So the

men and

the boy went along together,

Keen

Ears,

and

Scarlet Runner,

and Far Darter, and Man
win the beautiful

of the Great Thirst,

and Lad

of the Great Heart.

Then Great Heart unfolded
girl

to the others his plan to

who

lived with

her treasures in the distant village.
to help

And

they gladly agreed

him

in his dangerous undertaking.
village, the

When
curious
at

they reached the

people were

all

very

when they saw

the five strangers.

They marvelled

Great Heart's beauty.

But when they heard that he
never be.

wished to marry the daughter of the former Chief they shook
their heads gravely

and
aJI

said, " It will

She places
fails

hard conditions on
in the tests
is

who

seek her hand.

He who

doomed

to death.

Many

suitors

have tried

and

failed

and died."
his four

But Great Heart was not alarmed,
girl's

and with

companions he went to the
her

home.

The

old

woman who guarded

met him

at the door

and

he made known his wishes.

She laughed scornfully when

she saw his great beauty, and she said, "

You

look more hke

a

girl

than

like

a warrior.
insisted

You

cannot endure the tests."
trials.

But the young man

on making the

GREAT HEART AND THE THREE TESTS
The old woman
die,"
said,

63

" If
said,

you
" It

fail
is

in the tests

you wiU

and Great Heart
said, " If

so agreed."

woman

you wish to win the

Then the maiden you must first
It

push away

this great rock

from before her window.

keeps

the sunlight from her in the mornings."

Then Great Heart,

calling to his aid the fairy gifts of his cradle, placed his shoulder

against the huge stone which rose higher than the house,

and he pushed with aU
it

his strength.

With a mighty crash was the
it

rolled

down

the

hill

and broke

into millions of pieces.
fall,

bits of rock flew all over the earth so great

The and
seen

the

little

pebbles and stones that came from

are

throughout the world to this day.
in at the

The

sunlight

streamed
first

window, and the maiden knew that the
successfully passed

test

had been

by a
test.

suitor.

Then came the second
the strangers consume
it

The old woman and her

servants brought great quantities of food and drink and bade

aU at one meal.

They were very

hungry, for they had eaten nothing aU day and they easily
ate

up the

food.

of water, his

But when Great Heart saw the great barrels spirits sank, and he said, " I fear I am beaten." Not
is

But Man

of the Great Thirst said, "
of

so fast,

my
Give

friend.
I

The

spell

great
if

stomach-burning

again upon me.
belly.

am

very dry as

there

was a

fire

in

my

me

a

chance to drink."

He went from
them
all

barrel to barrel
of every drop.

and

in a

twinkling he had drained

And

the

people wondered greatly.

64

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
But
there

was

still

another

test.

of

your party run a race," said the old
she brought out a

You must have one woman to Great Heart.
never been beaten in
she

"

And
" he

man who had
man, and
all
if

running.

"Who

is

your choice of runners?"
this

asked;

must race with

he wins you

may have

the maiden for your wife and
this is the final test.

the treasure with her, for

But

if

he loses the race you shall die."

Great Heart called Scarlet Runner to the mark and told the
old

woman

that this was the

man

the rocks from the runner's

feet,

Then he untied and when aU was ready the
selected.

race began.

The course lay

far across the plains for

many

miles until the runners should pass from sight, and back
again to the starting point.
for

The two runners kept together
a friendly way as they

some

distance, talking together in

ran.

When

they had passed from sight of the village the
said, "

maiden's runner

Now we

are out of sight of the viUage.

Let us rest here a while on
hot."

this grassy

bank, for the day
this

is

The

Scarlet

Runner agreed to

and they both
trick of

stretched out on the grass.

Now

this

was an old

the maiden's runner,

by

speed.

who always won by craft rather than They had not lain down long on the grass when
fell

Scarlet

Runner
asleep,

asleep under the hot sun, just as his rival

had hoped.
sound
could.
off

When

the latter was sure that his rival was

he set out for the viUage, running as fast as he
their

The people soon saw
plains,

runner approaching far

on the

but there was no sign of the stranger, and

GREAT HEART AND THE THREE TESTS
they thought that the new suitor for the
last failed like all the others before
girl's

65
at

hand had

him.

Great

Heart was much puzzled when Scarlet
"

Runner

did not appear, and as he saw the maiden's runner coming
nearer, he said,

What can have happened ?

I

fear I

am

beaten."

But Keen Ears threw himself flat on the ground and hstened. "Scarlet Runner is asleep," he called; "I

hear him snoring on the plains far away."
" I

And

with his

keen sense of sound he located the exact spot where the runner

was

lying.

will

soon wake him," said Far-Darter, as

he fitted an arrow to his bow-string.

The people

all

thought

him mad,
distance

for they

beyond

had never seen an arrow shot so great a their sight. But Far-Darter was not

dismayed.
spot which

He

quickly shot an arrow from his
indicated.

bow

to the

Keen Ears had

His aim was so true

that the arrow hit Scarlet

him from

his sleep.

Runner on the nose and aroused But when he rose to his feet he found

that his rival was gone and he

knew

that he had been deceived.
trick

So in a great rage because of the

and the pain

in his

nose, he set out for the village running like the wind.
rival

His

had almost reached the end

of the race, but

by putting

all his

strength into his effort, Scarlet

Runner quickly over-

took him and passed him near the winning-post and won
the race.

And

the people wondered greatly at these great

deeds of the strangers.

Then the

old

woman

said to Great Heart,

"

You have
F

66

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
the maiden as your wife, for you alone have succeeded

won

in these tests."

So the two were married with great ceremony.

Great Heart gave

much

treasure

to

his

companions,

and

they promised to help him always in his need.
his wife

Then with
he went

and her servants and her great
his native village

store of goods

back to

by the

sea.

His father and mother

were glad to see him again and to hear of his success, and
his

mother

said, " I told

you he would win great fame because

of the fairy gifts that

were laid in his cradle at his birth."

And

they aU lived together and were henceforth very happy.

THE BOY OF THE RED TWILIGHT SKY

10NG
-^
from the

ago

there

dwelt

on the

shores

of

the
his

Great

Water
wife.

in the west a

young man and
children

younger
all

They had no
far

and they Uved

by themselves

from other people on an island not
his

far

coast.

The man spent

time in catching the

deep-sea fish far out on the ocean, or in spearing salmon in
the distant rivers.
his wife for she

Often he was gone for
in his absence.

many

days and
afraid,

was very lonely

She was not

had a stout

spirit,

but

it

was very dismal

in the

evenings to look only at the grey leaden sky and to hear only
the sound of the surf as
it

beat upon the beach.
"
I

So day after

day she
husband

said to herself,

wish we had children.

They

would be good company
is

for

me when

I

am

alone and

my

far

away."
at
twilight

One evening
sea
fish,

when

she was solitary

because

of her husband's absence

on the ocean catching the deep-

she sat on the sand beach looking out across the
;

water.
dull

The sky in the west was pale grey it was always and grey in that country, and when the sun had gone
there

down

was no

soft Hght.
67

In her loneliness the

woman

68

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
I

said to herself, "

wish

we had

children to keep

me company."
minnows not

A
far

Kingfisher, with his cliildren,

was diving
" Oh,

for

away.

And
I

the

woman

said,

sea bird with the

white

collar,

wish we had children hke you."

And

the

Kingfisher said, "
sheUs,"

Look

in the sea-sheUs

;

look in the seasat

and flew away.

The next evening the woman
riding

again upon the beach looking westward at the dull grey sky.

Not

far

away a white Sea-guU was

on the waves

in

the midst of her brood of little ones. And the woman said, " Oh, white sea bird, I wish we had children like you to keep

us company."
shells
;

And

the Sea-guU said,

"

Look

in

the sea-

look in the sea-sheUs," and flew away.
greatly at the words of the King-

The woman wondered
fisher

and the Sea-GuU.
closer to the

As she

sat

there in thought she
her.

heard a strange cry coming from the sand dunes behind

She went

sound and found that the cry came
on the sand.

from a large
shell,

sea-shell lying
it

She picked up the

and

inside of

was a tiny boy, crying as hard as he

could.

She was weU pleased with her discovery, and she

carried the

baby

to her

home and cared

for him.

When

her
to

husband came home from the
find the

sea, he, too,

was very happy

baby

there, for

he knew that they would be lonely

no more.

The baby grew very
was wearing a copper

rapidly,

and soon he was able to

walk and move about where he pleased.
bracelet

One day the woman on her arm and the child said

THE BOY OF THE RED TWILIGHT SKY
to her, " I

69

must have a bow made from the copper on your

arm."

So to please him she made him a tiny bow from the

bracelet,

and two tiny arrows.

At once he

set out to

hunt

game, and day after day he came home bearing the products
of his chase.

He

brought home geese and ducks and brant

and small sea

birds,

and gave them to

his

mother

for food.

As he grew
bow.

older the

man and

his wife noticed that his face

took on a golden hue brighter than the colour of his copper

Wherever he went there was a strange

light.

When

he sat on the beach looking to the west the weather was
always calm and there were strange bright gleams upon the
water.

And

his

foster-parents

wondered greatly
talk about
it

at
;

this

unusual power.

they spoke of
It

it

But the boy would not he was always silent.

when

happened once that the winds blew hard over the Great
fish

Water and the man could not go out to catch
of the turbulent sea.
for the ocean,

because

For

many days

he stayed on shore,

which was usually at peace, was lashed into
need of

a great fury and the waves were dashing high on the beach.

Soon the people were
said, " I will

in

fish for food.
I

And

the boy

go out with you, for

can overcome the Storm

Spirit."

The man did not want

to go, but at last he listened

to the boy's entreaties and together they set out for the
fishing

grounds far across the tossing

gone

far

when they met the

Spirit of

They had not the Storm coming madly
sea.

from the south-west where the great winds dwelt.

He

tried

70

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
frail craft

hard to upset their boat, but over them he had no power, for
the boy guided the
across the water
still.

and

all

around
Spirit

them the
called his

sea

was calm and

Then the Storm
and away
to his uncle's aid.

nephew Black Cloud

to help him,

in the

south-east they saw

him hurrying

But
than

the boy said to the man, "

Be not

afraid, for I

am more

a match for him."

So the two met, but when Black Cloud

saw the boy he quickly disappeared.
the Storm called Mist of the Sea to
for

Then the

Spirit

of

come and cover the water,
if

he thought the boat would be

lost

he hid the land from
Mist of the Sea

the

man and
like

the boy.

When

the

man saw

coming

a grey vapour across the water he was very

frightened, for of all his enemies

on the ocean he feared

this

one most.
I

But the boy

said, "

He

cannot harm you when

am

with you."

And

sure enough,

when Mist

of the Sea

saw the boy
hurried

sitting smiling in the

boat he disappeared as

quickly as he had come.

And

the Storm Spirit in great anger

away

to other parts,

and that day there was no more

danger on the sea near the fishing grounds.

The boy and the man soon reached the fishing grounds in safety. And the boy taught his foster-father a magic song with which he was able to lure fish to his nets. Before evening came the boat was filled with good fat fish and they set out for their home. The man said, " Tell me the secret of your power." But the boy said, " It is not yet time." The next day the boy killed many birds. He skinned

THE BOY OF THE RED TWILIGHT SKY
them
sea.
all

71
in

and dried

their skins.

Then he dressed himself
like his wings.

the skin of a plover and rose into the air and flew above the

And

the sea under

him was grey

Then
was

he came down and dressed himself in the skin of a blue- jay

and soared away
flying

again.

And

the sea over which he

was at once changed to blue

like the blue of his wings.

When

he came back to the beach, he put on the skin of a robin
like his face.

with the breast of a golden hue

Then he

flew

high and at once the waves under him reflected a colour as
of fire

and bright gleams
in the west

of light

appeared upon the ocean,
red.

and the sky
to the beach

was golden

The boy

flew

back
it is

and he

said to his foster-parents, "
I

Now

time for

me

to leave you.

am

the offspring of the sun.

Yesterday
so

my power was tested and it
must go away and
you often

was not found wanting,
you no more.

now

I

I shall see

But

at evening I shaU appear to

in the twilight

sky in

the west.

And when

the sky and the sea look at evening
face,

hke the colour of

my

you wiH know that there

will

be

no wind nor storm and that on the morrow the weather
be
fair.

will

power.
desires

But although I go away, I shaU leave you a strange And always when you need me, let me know your
offerings to

by making white them from my home far

me, so that

I

may

see

in the west."

Then he gave
bade
his

to his foster-mother a wonderful robe.

He

parents

good-bye, and soared

away
still

to the west,

leaving

them

in sadness.

But the woman

keeps a part

72

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
and when she
sits

of the power he gave her,
in a crevice in the dunes

on the island
robe,

and loosens her wonderful
the land, and the sea
is

the wind hurries

down from
But

ruffled

with storm
is

;

and the more she loosens the garment the greater
in the late

the tempest.
in

come
is

from the

sea,

autumn when the cold mists and the evenings are chill, and the sky
of the boy.

dull

and

grey, she

remembers the promise

And
air,

she makes to him an offering of tiny white feathers plucked

from the breasts of

birds.

She throws them into the

and they appear
winds.

as flakes of

snow and

rise

thickly into the

And
is

they huriy westward to
it

tell

the boy that the

world
face.

grey and dreary as

yearns for the sight of his golden

Then he appears to the people of earth. He comes at evening and hngers after the sun has gone, until the twihght sky is red, and the ocean in the west has gleams of golden
hght.

And

the people then

know

that there will be no wind
will

and that on the morrow the weather

be

fair,

as he promised

them long

ago.

HOW RAVEN BROUGHT

FIRE TO THE INDIANS
the world was
Sea-gull
still

MANY
of the Great

ages ago

when

young,

Raven and White
Water
in the west.
in

Hved near together
on the shores

in Canada, far in the north country

and they always worked
food and

They were very good friends harmony and they had much
White Sea-guU knew

many
;

servants in

common.

no

guile

he was always very open and frank and honest

in his

dealings with others.

But Raven was a
in treachery

sly

fellow,

and

at times he

was not lacking

and

deceit.

But

Sea-guU did not suspect him, and the two lived always on
very friendly terms.
In these far-back times in the north
light

country aU the world was dark and there was no
that of the stars.
Sea-gull

but

owned
it

all

the daylight, but he

was very stingy and he kept

always locked up in a box.
else,

He would
himself

give none of

it

to anyone

and he never
little

let it

out of the box except when he needed a

of

it

to help

when he went far away on his journeys. After a time Raven grew envious of Sea-gull's
said,

possession.

And he

"It

is

not

fair

that Sea-gull

should keep the
It

daylight aU to himself locked
73

up

in a box.

was meant

;

74
for all the

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
world and not for him alone, and
all
it

would be
let

of

great value to
it

of us

if

he would sometimes
said,

a Httle of

out."

So he went to Sea-gull and

" Give
I

me some
I

of your daylight. of
it it

You do
What

not need

it all

and

can use some

with advantage."
for myself.

But

Sea-gull

said,

" No.

want

all

could you do with daylight, you
?

with your coat as black as night

"

and he would not give
his

him any
Soon

of

it.

So Raven made up

mind that he would
stealth.

have to get some daylight from Sea-guU by
afterwards

Raven gathered some prickly thorns and burdocks and scattered them on the ground between
Sea-gull's house

and the beach where the canoes were

lying.

Then he went

to Sea-gull's

window and
surf.

cried loudly,

"

Our

canoes are going adrift in the

Come

quickly and help
half-

me

to save them."
liis

Sea-guU sprang out of bed and ran

asleep on

bare

feet.
flesh,

But

as he ran to the

beach the thorns

stuck in his bare

and he howled with
"

pain.

He

crawled
if it

back to
pleases
;

his house,
I

saying,

My

canoe

may

go adrift

cannot walk because of the splinters in
to himself,

my

feet."

Raven chuckled

and he moved away, pretending

to go to the beach to
into Sea-guU's house.

draw up the canoes.
Sea-guU was
stiU

Then he went

howling with pain

he was
to

sitting crying

on the

side of his

bed and he was trying
he could.
" I

puU the thorns from

his feet as best

wiU

help you," said Raven, " for I have often done this before.
I

am

a very good doctor."

So he took an awl made from

HOW RAVEN BROUGHT

FIRE TO THE INDIANS
foot,

75

whale-bone and he caught hold of Sea-gull's
pretence of removing the thorns.

with the

But instead
farther
imtil
said,

of taking

them

out he

only pushed them
ever.

in

poor Sea-gull

howled louder than
I

And Raven

"It
feet.

is

so dark

cannot see to pull these thorns from your
I

Give

me

some daylight and
the cover just a
out.

wiU soon cure you.

A

doctor must always

have a Uttle Hght."
"

So Sea-guU unlocked the box and hfted
so that a faint gleam of light

little bit

came

That

is

better," said

Raven.

But instead
pain.
"

of picking

out the thorns he pushed them in as he had done before,
until

Sea-guU howled and kicked
with your Hght
?

in

Why
"

are

you

so

stingy
I

"
I

snapped Raven.

Do you
I will

think

am

an owl and that
?

can see weU enough in the
the box wide and
fell

darkness to heal your feet

Open

soon

make you weU."

So saying he purposely

heavily

against

Sea-guU and knocked the box on the

floor.

The

cover flew open and daylight escaped and spread quickly

over

all

the world.

Poor Sea-guU tried
his efforts

his best

to lure

it

back again into the box, but
it

proved

fruitless, for

had gone

for ever.

Raven

said he

was very sorry

for the

accident, but after he
feet

had taken aU the thorns from Sea-guU's

he went home laughing to himself and weU pleased because

of the success of his trick.

Soon there was

light in

aU the world.

But Raven could

not see very weU, for the light was too bright and his eyes

were not accustomed to

it.

He

sat for a time looking towards

76

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
The next
distinctly
bit farther, for

the east, but he saw there nothing of interest.

day he saw a

he was

now

getting used to the
see

new

conditions.

The

third

day he could

a

line of hiUs far in the east, rising against

the sky, and covered

with a blue mist.

He

looked long at the strange sight.
hill

he saw far away towards the
lifting

a thin column of

Then smoke

heavenwards.

He had
it

never seen smoke before, but
travellers in strange places.

he had often heard of
"

from
of

That must be the country
have searched

which

I

have been told," he
alone possess Fire.

said.

" In that land dwell the people
for
it

who

now I think we have found it." Then he thought, " We now have the daylight, and what a fine thing it would be if we could also have
for

We

many

ages and

Fire,"

and he determined
of his plans.
is

to set out to find

it.

On
told
for the

the following day he called his servants together and

them

distance

He said, " We shall set far." And he asked three
Flea,

out at once,
of his best

servants,

Robin,

Mole and
little

to

go

with
tried

him.
to get

Flea
into

brought out his
it,

wagon and they aU
to hold them.

Then they tried Mole's carriage, but it was much too frail, and it had scarcely started to move when it broke down and they all feU out
but
it

was much too small

in

a heap.

Then they
it

tried

Robin's carriage, but
its

it

was

much

too high and

toppled over under

heavy load and

threw them aU to the ground.
large strong carriage, for

Then Raven stole Sea-gull's Sea-guU was asleep, and it did very

HOW RAVEN BROUGHT

FIRE TO THE INDIANS

77

weU, and they started on their journey, taking turns pushing the carriage along with a pole over the fiat plain.
After a strange journey in queer places they reached the

land of the people

who owned

Fire,

guided along by the thin
of

column

of

smoke.

The people were not people

earth.

Some say they were the Fish people, but that, no man knows. They sat around in a large circle with Fire in their midst, for it was autumn and the days and nights were chill. And
Fire

was

in

many

places.

Raven looked on

for a while

from

afar thinking of the best plan to obtain Fire. Then he said to Robin, " You can move faster than any of us. You must
steal Fire.

You can

fly in quickly,

pick

it

up

in

your

bill

and take
you."
people,

it

back to us and the people

will

not see nor hear

So Robin picked out a spot where there were few

and he darted

in

quickly and picked

up

fire

in

a

twinkling and flew back unharmed towards his companions.

But he had only taken a very
it

Httle bit of

it.

When he
bill

got
that

half-way back to his friends, Fire was so hot in his

gave him a strange pain and he had to drop
with a crash and
it

it

on the ground.
it

It fell to the earth

was so smaU that
and farmed

flickered faintly.

Robin

called to his

companions to bring
it

the carriage.
his

Then he stood over
it

Fire

with

wings to keep

alive.

It

was very

hot, but he stood

bravely to his task until his breast was badly scorched and

he had to move away.
avail,

His

efforts to save Fire

were of no
died.

and before

his

companions reached him Fire had

78

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES

and only a black coal remained. And poor Robin's breast was singed, and to this day the breasts of his descendants
are a reddish-brown colour because he

was scorched while

trying to steal Fire ages ago.

Then Raven asked Flea to make the attempt to steal Fire. But Flea said, "I am too little. The heat would
roast

me

to death

;

and, further,

I

might miscalculate the

distance

and hop
fur

into the flame."

Then Raven asked Mole

to try, but Mole said, "

Oh

no, I

am

better fitted for other
like

work.

My

would

all

be singed

Robin's breast."
himself, for he
is

Raven took good
easier

care that he

would not go
said,

was a great coward.
way.

So he

" There

a better and

We

will steal the

baby

of the Chief

and hold
exchange
"
?

him

for

ransom.
"

Perhaps they
all

will give us Fire in

for him,"

and they

thought this was a very good idea.
steal

Raven
for

asked,

Who

wiU volunteer to

the baby

he always made the others do aU the work.

Flea said,
in

"

I

wiU

go.

In one

jump

I

wiU be into the house, and

jump I wiU be out again, for I can hop a great distance." But the others laughed and said, " You could not carry the baby you are too small." The Mole said, " I
another
;

will go.

I

can tunnel a passage very quietly under the house

and

right

up

to

the baby's cradle.
see

I

can then steal the

baby and no one wiU hear me or
that Mole should go.
tunnel,

me."

So

it

was agreed
his

In

a

few minutes

Mole made

and he was soon back with the baby.

Then they

THEN RAVEN AM; ED THE MOLE TO TRY, EUT MOLE SAID, "OH, NO AM BETTER FITTED FOR OTHER WOR.,, MY FUR WOULD ALL EE SIN(.,ED"
I

HOW RAVEN BROUGHT
When

FIRE TO THE INDIANS
home with

79

got into their carriage and hurried

their prize.

the Chief of the Fire people discovered the loss

of his child

he was very angry.

And

in all the land there

was great sorrow because the
tribe,

Chief's heir,

the hope of the

had gone.

And

the child's mother and her

women

wept so

bitterly that their tears feU like rain

on aU the land.

The

Chief said he would give anything he possessed to find

his child.

But although
far

his people searched far

and

near,

they could not find the baby.

After

many

days a wayfarer

who had come
in the village

from the Great Water in the west brought
child

them news that a strange by the
sea.

was

living far to the

westward

He

said, "

He

is

not of their tribe.

He
his

looks like the children of your village," and he advised
to go to see to

them

men

him for themselves. So the Chief sent search for them guided by the wayfarer. When
the child was described to them,

they reached Raven's village they were told that a strange

baby was indeed there
but he was kept out of

;

sight,

and Raven would not

tell

how

he had happened to come there.

And Raven
?

said,

"

How
lies

do

I

know he
If

is

your Chief's child

People teU strange
for him, for

these days.

you want him you can pay
trouble

he

has caused us

much

and expense."

So the messengers

went back and reported to the Chief what they had heard.

From
and

the description, the Chief

knew

that the cMld was

his,

so he gave the messengers very valuable presents of pearls
rich robes

and sent them back again

to

ransom

his boy.

8o

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
presents, said, " No, I

But Raven, when he saw the
want these
gifts
;

do not

they do not pay

me

for

my

trouble,"

and

he would not part with the baby.
reported to the Chief

gave them

still

richer

The messengers again what had happened. Then the Chief gifts, the best he had in all his land,
But again Raven
said,

and sent them back.
gifts are valueless,

" No,

your

compared with

my

trouble

and expense.

Say

this to

your Chief."

When

the Chief heard this from his messengers he was

sore perplexed, for he

had

offered the best he had,

and he
So

thought that he had reached the end of his resources.

he

said, "

Go back and

ask the people to

demand what they
will receive
it

wish in exchange for

my

boy and they

if

it

can be provided."

So the messengers went back to Raven

and spoke

as they

had been commanded.
pay
for the child,

And Raven
is

said,

" Only one thing can

and that

Fire.

Give

me
and

Fire

and you can take the baby."

The messenger laughed
first

said, "

Why

did you not say so at
?

and save us

all

this trouble

and anxiety

Fire
it

is

the most plentiful thing

in our

kingdom, and we hold
to the Chief.

in

no value."

So they returned
Fire

happy

And

he sent back

much

and received

his child

unharmed from Raven

in exchange.

And

he sent

Raven two small stones which the messengers taught Raven how to use. And they said, " If you ever lose Fire or if it dies for lack of food you can always call it back to life with these two little stones." Then they showed him how to

HOW RAVEN BROUGHT
make
easy.

FIRE TO THE INDIANS
and withered
grass,

8i

Fire with the

two

Uttle stones

and

birch-bark and dry pine, and

And

he

felt

Raven thought it was very very proud because he had brought Fire

and Light to the
time,

earth.

He

kept Fire for himself for a long

and although the people clamoured loudly for it, he would not give any of it away. Soon, however, he decided
to seU a quantity of
it. it,

for

he

now had
is

the power of

making

So he said to himself, " This

a good

way

to get

many

wives," and he announced that he would only seU some of
his fire in return for a wife.
fire

and

in
stiU

day he

And many families bought his exchange he received many wives. And to this has many wives and he stiU moves about from
them always around him.

place to place with a flock of

But

the Indians

Thus
it

Fire

when they arrived took Fire away from him. came to the Indians in the olden days. And when
it

has died, as

often does, they
it

still

sometimes use Raven's

flint

stones to bring

back to

life.

THE GIRL WHO ALWAYS CRIED

ON
away from
hunting

the

bank

of a stream far in the West,
little

Owl-man
kept

lived long ago in a

house under the ground.

He had
in the forest.

very

strange

habits.

He

always

the Great Water and he dwelt for the most part

He had very few friends, and he usually went by himself. He lived on toads and frogs and flies.
say but
little,

He would
him

and when other people
he was always
silent,

sat

around

talking pleasantly,

gazing into

space with wide-open eyes, and tr3dng to look wiser than

he really was.
queer,

Because of
stories

this,

people thought he was very

and strange
It

about him soon spread far and

wide.
silent

was

said that he

was very

cruel,

and that he was

because he was always brooding over his past wicked-

ness or thinking about
do.
their

some

evil

deed he was soon going to

And when

children

were troublesome or disobedient,

mothers always frightened them into goodness by saying,

"The Owl-man from the stream will come and take you if you do not mend your ways." And although the Owl-man
was a
land.
82

solitary fellow

he thus had great influence in aU the

THE GIRL WHO ALWAYS CRIED
Not
far

83

away

lived a

man and

a

woman who had
satisfied,

one

adopted daughter.
house she was

Because she was the only child in the
petted,
all

much

and she was never

and

she cried and fretted

the time, and kept always asking

for things she could not get.

She disturbed aU the neigh-

bours round about so that they could not sleep because of
her constant wailing and complaining.

At

last

her foster-

parents grew tired of her weeping and they said, " The Owl-

man
"
I

will carry

you

off if

you do not stop crying."

But

stiU

she pouted and fretted.

And

the old

man

of the house said,

wish the Owl-man would come and take her away."

Now
it

the old

man was

a great magician, and as he wished, so

came

to pass.
it

That evening
as

happened that the people were gathered

at a feast of shell-fish on the beach

by the

bright moonlight,
girl

was

their

weekly custom.

But the sorrowful
old

would

not go with the others.

She stayed at home and sulked.

Owl-man came along carr5dng his basket full of toads and frogs. The girl was still crying when he came in. "I have come for you," he
sat

As she

alone in the house,

said, " as the old

man

wished."

And
lid of

he put her in his basket
off.

with the toads and frogs and carried her
kicked and scratched, but the
closed

She yelled and
"

the basket was tightly
said,

and Owl-man laughed to himself and
last. I
I shall

Now

I

have a wife at
will

be alone no more, and the people

not

now

think

am

so queer."

So he took her to his

84

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
That night the people
girl's

underground house by the stream.
noticed that the
said, cries

were no longer heard and they
Sour-face
?
;

"

What can have cured
Cry-Baby into
silence

what can have
the
girl's

pleased

"

And

foster-

mother wondered where she had gone.

But only the old had wished, because

man knew
of his

that

it

had happened
in her

as he

magic power, and that Owl-man had taken her away.
girl

new home, for she would not be happy in any place. She stiU kept up her caterwauling and there was no peace in the house. Owl-man was a great
The
was not happy
hunter.

Every day he went out hunting with

his big basket

on

his

arm, but he always locked his wife in the house before

he went away.

He was
field-mice

always very successful in the chase,
his basket full of

and each night he came back with and
frogs

toads

and

and

flies.

But
"

his wife

would eat
offered

none of them and she threw them

in his face

when he

them

to her,

and said
It
is

in a
fit

bad temper,

I will

not eat your

filthy food.

not

food for gentle-folk."
!

And Owlevil

man
thing,

said,

" Gentle-folk indeed
;

You
;

should find a more

suitable

name
I

you are not gentle

you are a wild

but

am

going to tame you."

And

the

girl

wept

again and sulked and stamped her feet in her temper.

At
to
eat

last the girl

became very hungry,
food that

for there

was

little

except the

Owl-man brought home

for

himself.

He

gathered a few berries for her, but even these

did not satisfy her hunger.

So she thought out a plan of

THE GIRL WHO ALWAYS CRIED
escape.
oil

85

One day when Owl-man was away, she took some
it

she found in the house and rubbed
hair.

all

over her face

and
said,

When Owl-man came home
to-night.

in

the evening,

he

to

You are very pretty make yourself look so
I

"

sleek

What have you done and shiny ? " And she
and hair gum which
I I

answered, "

have put on
said, " I

my

face

picked from the trees

last night

when

went walking with

you."

And
it

he

should like to put some on too, for

perhaps
that
it
if

would make me beautiful."

The

girl

told

him

he would go out and gather some

gum

she would put

on

his face

and hair
of

for him.

So he went out and gathered
it

a great store
her.

gum from
it

the trees and brought
until
it

back to

She melted

on a hot stove

was balsam again

and would pour
so that
it will

easily out.

Then
sight,

she said, " Shut your eyes

not

harm your
girl

and

I

wUl make your face

and

hair beautiful

and shining
on very
dries or

like

mine."

Owl-man shut
said, "

his eyes,

and the

soon covered his face and head with
it

the soft gum.

She put

thick,
it

and she

Keep
Owlcould
the
far

your eyes shut until

it

man
girl

did as he was told, but

may bhnd you." when the gum dried he

not open his eyes, and while he was trying to rub
slipped out the door

it off,

and ran back to her parents,

away by the Great Water. Owl-man scraped the gum from his face and head as best he could, and when he could open his eyes again and could see
pretty well, he went out into the night in search of his wife.

86

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
as he
?

And
wife
lost

went along he
is

cried,
?

"

Oh, oh, oh, where
lost

is

my

Where
girl.

my

girl

I

have

my

wife.

I

have

my

Oh, oh, oh."
"

And when
she
is

the people heard
trick

him caUing they thought they would play a
So they
said,

on him.

She

is

here,

here."

But when he
the people aU
is

entered their houses, the
his wife,

woman

they showed him was not

and he went away

sorrowful.
said,

And

laughed at his confusion, and
queerer each day.

"

Owl-man

getting

He

is

far

gone in his head."

Owl-man

went from house to house, but he could not

find his wife.

Then he went

to the trees

and searched among the branches.
roots, thinking she

He

pulled the trees

up by the

might be

hiding underneath.
in the rivers,

And he

looked into the sahnon-traps
to pieces in his frenzy.

and kicked them
his wife to

But

nowhere was

be found.

Then he went to the girl's house, where she was hiding, and he yeUed, " Oh, oh, oh, give me my wife. Give me my girl. I know she is here. Oh, oh, oh." But the girl's fostermother would not give her up. Then he began to tear down
the house over their heads, for the old

man

of the house

was

away and

there

was no one

else strong

enough to stop Owlher house in danger
is

man
And

in his rage.

When

the

woman saw

of falling about her ears, she cried, " Stop; your wife

here."

she brought forth the girl from her hiding-place.
her, his rage left

When

Owl-man saw
But

just then the old

him and he was happy again. man of magic power came home.

\ND WITH HIS MAGIC POWER HE CHANGED HER
A

NTO FISH-HAWK AND SENT HER OUT TO THE OCEAN
'

THE GIRL WHO ALWAYS CRIED
He had
in

^y
he came

heard the hub-hub from a distance.
in the roof

When

and saw the great holes

and the
logs,

side of his

house

where Owl-man had torn away the

he was very angry

and he said to
the
said to

himself,

"

I

will

punish both Owl-man and

girl for this night's

work."

And

he hit upon a plan.

He

Owl-man, "
it

We

must give you a hot bath to melt
hair, for it will
off

the gimi and take

from your
the hair

do you no good,

and

it

will

take

all

your head."

And Owl-man
it

gladly agreed.

So they

filled

a great bark tub with water

and heated
the old

it

by placing

at the

bottom

of

many

red-hot

stones, after the fashion of Indians in those old days.

But
it

man

put so

many

hot stones in the water that

was

soon almost boiling with the heat, and when they put Owl-

man

into the tub he
in pain.

was almost scalded to death and he

man said, " Now I will take vengeance. You will trouble me no more. You have broken my house. Henceforth you will be not a man but
yeUed loudly

Then the

old

an Owl, and you

will dwell alone in the forest

with few friends,

and you

will live

always on frogs and toads and field-mice,
all

and people

will

hear you at night crying for your wife

over the land, but you shall never find her."
his

magic power he changed him to
his

Then with an Owl and sent him
too,

on

way.
said to the
girl,

He
you

"

You have done me much harm
trouble

and you have brought
will

all this

upon me.

Henceforth
will

be not a

girl

but a Fish-Hawk, and you

always

88
cry and
will
fret

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
and scream
as

you have done

before,

and you

never be satisfied."

And

with his magic power he changed

her into a Fish-Hawk, and sent her out to the ocean.
there she screams always, and she
is

And

a great glutton, for she
since that time.

can never get enough to

eat.

And

Owl and

Fish-Hawk have not dwelt together and have not been on
friendly terms.
forest

They hve

far apart,

and Owl keeps to the

and the mountains, while the other keeps to the sea. Thus was the old man avenged, and thus was the weeping
maiden punished
for her tears.

Fish-Hawk
get.

are

still

heard in

And the many places,

cries

of

Owl and

one calling for his

wife, the other screaming unsatisfied for

something she cannot

ERMINE AND THE HUNTER

FAR
they had

away

in the
his

Canadian North Country an old
wife

man
far

lived with

and

children.

They Hved

from other people, but they were never lonely, for

and

in

much work to do. The old man was a great hunter, summer he and his wife and children lived on the fish
in the winter.
trees,

and game he captured

In the

spring-time

he gathered sap from the maple

from which he made
their

maple syrup and maple sugar with which to sweeten
food.
his

One day

stock of

summer he found three small bears eating sugar. When he came upon them, his sugar
in

was aU gone, and he was very cross. With a stout club he killed the little bears and skinned them and dried their meat.

But

his wife said,

"

No good

can come of

it.

You

should

not have killed the three httle bears, for they were too young
for slaughter."

The next day the
lost children.

old Bear

came

along, looking for his

When

he saw their skins hanging up to dry
killed

he knew that they had been

by the
and
in

hunter.

very sad and angry, and he called to the hunter, "
killed

He was You have
for

my

little

motherless

cubs,
89

return

that

90

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
when you
I

wickedness, some night

are off your guard

I

will

kiU your children, and then

will kill

you and your
old

wife,

and

I will

devour

all

your food."

The

man

shot at
for

him

\\dth his arrows,

but the arrows did not harm him,

he was

Brown Bear of the Stony Heart, and he could not be killed by man. For many nights and days the old man tried to trap him, but he met with no success. And each day he saw
his store of food
stole
it

growing smaller,

for

Bear of the Stony Heart
he thought, "
is

always in the night.

And

We

shaU

aU surely starve before the winter comes^ and game
again."

plentiful

One day in despair he resolved to look about him for some one who would teU him how to kill the Bear. He went to the bank of the river and sat there in thought and smoked long at his pipe. And he called to the God of the River and said, " Oh, River-God, help me to drown Bear when he comes to fish." The river came from the Lime Stone country far back among the rocks, and it was flowing rapidly to the sea.

And

the River-God said, "

My

water cannot tarry.

There

are millions of oysters
shells,

and

I

down on the ocean am hurrying down there with
old

shore waiting for

the lime to

make

them," and he rushed quickly past.

Then the
he
said, "

man

called to the Spirit of the

Wind, and

Oh, Spirit of the Wind, stay here with
to kill

and help me

Bear of the Stony Heart.
his

me to-night You can knock

down

great trees

upon

back and crush him to the earth."

ERMINE AND THE HUNTER
But the Wind
Spirit
said,

91

"

I

cannot

linger.

Many
sail,

ships

with rich cargoes
I

lie silent

on the ocean waiting to
force to drive

and
like

must hurry along with the

them."

And

the River-God he hastened on his way.

Then the

old

man

called to

Storm Cloud, which was
said,

just

then passing over his head, and he

" Oh, Spirit of the

Storm Cloud, stay here with me to-night and help
Bear
of the

me

to kill

Stony Heart,

for

he seeks to destroy

my

children.

You

can send lightning and thunder to strike him dead."
said, " I

But the Storm Cloud
from
thirst in the

cannot

loiter

on the way.

Far

from here there are millions of blades of

com and

grass dying

summer
I

heat, for

I

see the heat

waves

rising

on the

earth,

and

am

hurrying there with rain to save them."
Spirit

And
on
for

like the

River-God and the Wind

he hurried along

his
it

The poor old man was in great sorrow, seemed that no one would help him to rid the land of
business.

Bear

of the

Stony Heart.
old

As he sat wondering what he should do, an came along. She said, " I am very hungry and
have come
a while
of the
?

woman

tired, for I

far.

Will you give

me

food and

let

me

rest here

"

And

he

said, "

We

have very

little

food, for

Bear

Stony Heart

steals it
little

from us nightly, but you

may

share with us what

we have."

So he went away and
While she was eating

brought back to her a good fat meal.

her dinner he told her of his troubles with Bear, and he said
that no one would help

him

to get rid of the pest,

and that

92

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
killed

Bear could not be
" There
is

by man.

And

the old

woman

said,

who can kiU Bear of the Stony Heart. He alone can save you. You have done well to me. Here is a wand which I wiU give you. Go to sleep here, soon, on the bank of the river. Wave this wand before you sleep and say what I shall teach you, and when you awake call to you the first animal you see when you open your eyes.
a httle animal

He wiU

be the animEd of which

I

speak,
little

and he

will rid

you

rhyme and gave liim a wand which she took from the basket on her arm then
of the Bear."

She taught him a

;

she hobbled away, and the old

man knew

that she was the

weird

woman

of the Fairy Blue Mountain, of

whom

he had

often heard.
as she

He

marvelled greatly, but he resolved to do

had told him.

After the old

woman had
and
cried
:

gone, the

man waved

the

little

wand

three times,

" Animal, animal,

come from your lair, Help me to slaughter the old Brown Bear Make with my magic a httle white dart, To pierce in the centre old Bear's Stony Heart
!

"
!

He

Then he felt himself getting drowsy and sleep soon came upon him. He slept but a short time when the heat woke him up, for the hot sun beat down upon him. He rubbed his eyes and looked about
him.

repeated the rhyme three times.

Watching him from behind a

tree

was a

httle animal

with a shaggy brown coat.
" Surely the weird fairy

The

old

man

thought to himself,

woman

of the

Blue Mountain has

ERMINE AND THE HUNTER
played a trick on me.

93

That scraggy

little

animal with the
test

dirty coat cannot kill the Bear."

But he resolved to
little

her word.

He

repeated his rhyme again, and the

animal

came quickly towards him. " Who are you ? " said the man. " I am Ermine," said the little animal. " Are you
the animal of which the fairy woman of the Blue Hills has " I am indeed the same," said told me ? " asked the man.

Ermine.
here
I

" I have been sent to
little

you to

kill

the Bear, and

made powerful because of your magic wand." He pointed to his mouth and showed the old man his sharp white teeth. " So now to your task," said
have the
darts

the old
"

man
?

in high spirits.
first

" Oh, not so fast," said Ermine,

you must you
"
coat,
;

pay mc
I

for

my
" I

work."

"

What can
of

I

do

for

asked the man.

am ashamed

my

dirty

brown
animal

which

have worn

for a long time,"

said the

you have great magic from the wand you received from the fairy woman of the Blue Hills. I want a sleek and
sMning white coat that
clean."
I

"

can wear always, for

I

want

to be

The man waved his wand again and wished for what the animal had asked him, and at once the shaggy brown coat of Ermine was replaced by a sleek and shining white coat as spotless as the new snow in winter. Then the animal
said,

"

I

have one more condition to impose on you.
to kill a bear's

You

must promise never
are
still

young cubs when they

following their mother in the
to

summer

time.

You

must give them a chance

grow

strong, so that they

may

94

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
own
hves."

be able to fight for their
placing his

And

the

man

promised,

hand upon the wand
again, the

to bind his oath.

Then,

when he looked
It

wand had vanished from
air to the fairy

his hand.

had gone back through the
Hills.

woman
The

of the

Blue

Then Ermine
noon was very
on the stream.

set out

on

his search for Bear.
forest

afterleaf

hot,

and the was

was

still,

and not a

or a blade of grass

stirring,

and there was not a

ripple

The whole world was drowsy in the dry summer heat. But Ermine did not feel the heat, he was in such high spirits because of his new white coat. Soon he came upon Bear, stretched out at fuU length on the bank of the river, taking his afternoon nap, as was his custom after his fat midday meal. He was lying on his back, and his

mouth was open
fall.

wide, and he

was snoring loudly

like

a water-

" This

is

your

last sleep," said

Ermine, creeping softly
;

to his side, " for

no more."

you are a dangerous thief you shall snore And with a bound he jumped down Bear's throat,
his teeth his strong stony

and

in

an instant had pierced with

heart,

which the arrows of the Indians could never reach.

Then as quicldy as he had entered the Bear's mouth Ermine jumped out again and ran from the place. Bear snored no more he was quite dead, and the land was rid of his thefts and terrors. Then Ermine went back to the old man and and that night was a told him that the deed was done
; ;

great feast night in the old man's home.

And

since that

THE COAT OF ERMINE WAS REPLACED BY A SLEEK AND bHmJNQ WHITE COAT, AS SPOTLESS AS THE NEW SNOW IN WINTER

ERMINE AND THE HUNTER
coat as spotless as the

95

time Ermine in the North Coimtry has worn a sleek white

new snow

in winter.
kill,
if

And

to this

day

the hunters in the far north will not
it,

they can avoid
following
their

the young Bear cubs while they are
forest.

still

mothers through the

They

give

them a chance

to

grow up and grow
their

strong, so that they

may be
of the

able to fight for

own

lives,

as the fairy

woman

Blue Hills had

asked.

HOW RABBIT DECEIVED FOX
ago LONGworked
in
for

Indian

days in Canada, when Rabbit

^
where

Glooskap as his forest guide, he was

a great

thief.

He Hked most
growing,

of aU to steal

by

moonlight,

and he crept quietly into gardens
for

and
far

fields

Indian vegetables were

he was very

fond of cabbage and lettuce and beans.

Not

from his

home

widow woman who had no children. She could not hunt game because she was a woman, and she had never been trained to the chase, so she kept a
there lived alone an old

little

garden from which she

made a good

living.

AU day
free

long from

dawn

until sunset she toiled hard, tilling her httle

garden, watering her vegetables and keeping

them

from

weeds.

And

she grew green cabbages and red carrots and

yellow beans and big fat pumpkins and Indian com, which
she traded with Indian hunters in return for fish and meat.

In this

way

she always had plenty of food, and she lived very

well on good fare.

But Rabbit, going
it

his

rounds one day,
in the forest,
it,

discovered her garden, although

was deep

and every night by moonlight or
grew sleek and
fat
96

starlight

he robbed

and

from the results of

his thefts.

And mom-

HOW RABBIT DECEIVED FOX
ing after morning the old

97

widow woman fomid that manycabbages and carrots were missing and that much harm had been done to her plants. She had an idea that Rabbit was the pilferer, for she had heard that he was a great thief, but she was not very sure. She watched many nights, but she
was never able to catch the robber, so stealthily did he come, and it was not easy to see him in the shadows. So she said to herself, " I wiU set up a scarecrow, a figure in the shape
of a Httle

man, and

I will

place

it

at

my

garden gate, and

it

will frighten

away

the robber, whoever he
I

may

be, for I

must

save

my

vegetables or

shall starve

when
fir

the cold winter

comes."

She picked from the spruce and the
great
store

trees close

by a

of

gum and

balsam.

This she formed into a

figure in the shape of a Httle
glass beads that

man.

She made two eyes from
fire in

would shine hke
pine cone,

the starhght, and
tassels

a nose from a

and hair from the com
figure

and yeUow moss.
come.
thief."

Then she placed the

at

the

entrance to the garden where she
"

knew
will

the robber
scare

would
the

Now,"
night

she

thought,

" I

away

When
came

fell

and the moon rose above the
his custom,

trees,

Rabbit

along, as

was

to steal his

nightly meal.

As he came near the garden very softly, he saw in the moonhght what he thought was a man standing in the path by the garden gate. The moon hung low over the forest, and H

98
there

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
was a thin grey mist on the
earth, for
;

it

was near

to

autumn and
of the Httle

the nights were already cool

and the

figure

man

looked larger than

human

in the

misty hght,

and

it

cast a long black

shadow

like that of

a giant on the
like

grass.

Rabbit was much afraid and he trembled
leaf,

an

aspen

but he stood quiet behind a tree and watched the

strange figure.

For a long time he stood

stiU

and watched

and Hstened.

But the strange

figure did not

move, and not

a sound did Rabbit hear but the chirp of a cricket.

Then

with great caution he came

closer.

But

still

the figure did
bolder, for

not move.

Then

his fear left

him and he grew
night

he was very hungry, and he could smell the vegetables and
the wild honeysuckle in the
still

air.

So he walked
Get out of

bravely up to the

little

dummy man and

said, "

my way
still

But the man did not move. Then Rabbit struck the man a sharp blow with his fist. But
and
let

me

pass."

the figure did not move.

Rabbit's

fist

stuck fast in the

gum and
his other

he could not pull
fist,

it

away.

Then he struck out with
was held
"
firm.

and

it

too,

Hke the

other,

" I

shall kick

you," said Rabbit in a rage.
foot.

Take

that,"

and
fists,

he struck out wildly with his
stuck
fast.

But

his foot, like his

Then he kicked with
gum.

the other foot, but that too
cross,

was held
the

in the

Rabbit was now very
I shall bite

and

in
bit

his anger he said, "
little

Now
his

you," but

when he

man,

his teeth, like his feet

and hands, stuck

fast.

Then he pushed with

body with

all his

might, hoping to

HOW RABBIT DECEIVED FOX
knock the
little

99

man down,

but his whole body stuck to the

dummy
He
fear,

figure.

cried out loudly, for he

was now beside himself with
his yells,

and the old woman, when she heard
"

came running
the world

out of her house.

Aha

!

" she said, " so

you

are the robber

who has been
she pulled

steahng from

my

garden.

I will rid

of a pilfering pest, for I

wiU kiU you

this very night."

him away from the gum figure a strong bag and tied the mouth of the bag with a stout string. She left the bag on the path by the garden gate and went
to look for her axe to
kill

Then and put him in

Rabbit.

While Rabbit lay there

wondering how he was going to escape. Fox came prowling
along.

He

stumbled over the bag, for he did not see

it

in

the shadows, and he plunged forward headlong to the ground

with a great thud.
bag.

He

got up and rained kicks upon the

He was mad
in the

because he had been tripped.

He
"

kicked
are

poor Rabbit's back until Rabbit cried in pain.

Who
are

you

bag

?

" asked

Fox when he heard
"

the

cries.

"

I

am

your friend Rabbit," was the answer.
?

What

you

Then Rabbit suddenly thought of a way of escape. He knew that Fox had long been looking for a wife, but that no one would have him
doing, hiding in the bag
as

" asked Fox.

no one
sljmess

trusted

him because
"
I

his

fame

for

treachery
"

and
old

was so

great.

am

not hiding," he

said.

The

woman who owns

this
I

garden wants
refused to do

me
it

to

marry her

grand-daughter, and

when

she caught

me

100

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
me up
in
this

and shut
the
girl

bag

;

she has just gone to bring

from her house,

for she is

determined to make
I

me

marry her here

in the moonlight this very night.

don't

want
small

to

marry

her, for she is

very big and
cried

fat,

and

I

am

very

and lean."
said, " I

Then he
Let

" Boo-hoo-hoo "

again,

and Fox
and

have been looking

for a wife for a long time,

I like fat

people.

me
in

get into the

bag

in

your place,
for

and

I

wiU marry the grand-daughter instead,
will

the old

woman

not

gladly agreed.

know me Then Fox

the shadows."

And Rabbit
let

untied the bag and

Rabbit

out and got into the bag himself, and Rabbit tied up the
of the

mouth
She

bag and hurried away as quickly as he could.

Soon the old
sharpened
it

woman came

back, carrying her axe.

on a stone and no more in

said, "

Now

I

wiU
poor

kill

you, and

you

will thieve

my

garden.

A

hve untroubled by such
these words

pilfering rogues."

woman must When Fox heard
axe, he

and the sound

of the stone

upon the

knew

that he

had been deceived by Rabbit, and when the old woman

opened the bag he sprang nimbly out with a sudden bound

and was away before she could catch him. He swore by the Starhght that he would have vengeance on Rabbit. All
night long he searched for

him and
last

all

the next day, but he

could not find him.

At

in the gathering twilight he
forest,

came upon him
to coax

in

an open space in the
fill

on the other

side of a stream, eating his

of wild vegetables.

Fox

tried

him

across the stream to his side, for he himself

was

THEN FOX UNTIED THE BAG AND LET RABBIT OUT AND GOT INTO THE BAG HIMSELF

HOW RABBIT DECEIVED FOX
afraid of the water, but Rabbit

loi
"

would not
;

go.
is

Wliy don't

you

eat

some cheese

?

" said Rabbit

" there

a big round

cheese in the stream."

Fox looked
thought
it

into the stream where
reflection of the big

Rabbit pointed, and there he saw the

round yellow moon.
he plunged in after
it,

He
for

was a round

cheese,

and

he was very fond of cheese.

Rabbit

hoped he would be drowned, but the stream was shallow and

Fox climbed out with no
and a wet coat
to himself.

cheese and with only a

bad

fright

for his pains.

He was

very

cross, for

he knew

that Rabbit wished to do

him harm, but he kept

his anger

Rabbit was
are

stiU eating contentedly.
?

"

What

you eating

" said Fox, trying to hold

him
I

in talk until he could think of a plan to catch him.

"

am

eating good ripe fruit," said Rabbit.

"

I

am

eating Indian

melons."

Throw me one," said Fox, for he was hungry. Rabbit threw him a large round wUd cucumber aU covered with green prickles. " SwaUow it whole at a mouthful,"
said Rabbit
;

"

"

it

is

very good that way."
trees,

It

was night

and the moon shone dimly through the
not see what he was eating.
at one gulp, as Rabbit
in his throat

and Fox could

He

swallowed the cucumber

had

told him, but the prickles stuck
to death.

and he almost choked

And

while he

was choking and spluttering and trying
cucumber, Rabbit ran away as
heartily again,
fast

to

cough up the
laughing

as he could,

to

himself.
this

Fox knew

that

he had been tricked

and

time he swore he would kiU Rabbit as soon

102

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
him
;

as he could find

he resolved that when next he saw
to live.
all

him he would not give him a moment

Rabbit hid among the dry underbrush
west and the wind was very

the next day.
in the
his

But when the day went down and the sky was red
still,

he sat on a
flute,

log, as

was

custom, and played softly on his
player on the Indian pipe.

for

he was a great

WhUe

he was playing. Fox sud-

denly came upon him unawares.
liim

Rabbit saw him watching

through the trees close at hand, but although taken by
he was not to be outdone.

surprise,

to spring

upon him when Rabbit

said,

Fox was just about " The Chief's daughter
They asked me
to
sit

has just been married to a great warrior, and the wedding
party will soon be along this way.
here and
by.

make music
to the

for

them with
to
feast.

my

flute as

they pass

They have promised

pay me weU, and they have

invited

me

wedding

play too, and you will

Come and join me and be weU paid, and we will go to the
eat."

wedding

feast together
let

and get good things to

Fox

thought he would

Rabbit get the pay he had been pro;

mised, for he was a very greedy fellow

then he would rob

him and
complete.
time.

kill

him, and he would take his flute and go to

the wedding feast alone,

and

his
let

vengeance would then be
his anger cool for

So he decided to
he said, "
;

a

little

And

I

have no
will
sit

flute,

and

I

cannot therefore

make music

but

I

with you to see the wedding
said, "

guests go by."

But Rabbit

Take

my

flute.

I

have

HOW RABBIT DECEIVED FOX
another at home.
time."
I

103

will

go and get

it,

for there is yet

So Fox took the

flute

and began

to play loudly,

and Rabbit

slipped hurriedly out of sight, pretending to go for his Indian
pipe.
for

But he resolved

to

make an end
of

of Fox, for he feared

his

own

life,

and instead

going home, he set the
fire

underbrush on

fire.

He

kindled the
sat.

at

many

places

all

around the log on which Fox
fire

Fox could not hear

the

crackling because of the loud music of his flute,

and he

thought the light was but the bright Hght of the moon.
the
fire

And
in

was almost upon him before he knew that he was

Then he tried to get away, but on all sides his escape was stopped by the flames and he could not find an opening. At last, in despair, to save his life, he jumped through the ring
danger.
of
fire.

He

escaped with his

fife,

but his eyelids were singed,

and

his sleek black coat with its silver spots

was scorched

to a red-brown colour.

He was

in great pain.

He

concluded

that Rabbit was too clever for him to cope with, and he
resolved to leave

him alone and
his

to forego his revenge, for he
life.

was glad to get away with
night Rabbit and
the present

But he decided never

again to live on friendly terms with Rabbit.

And

since that

Fox have never hunted together. And to day the descendants of this Fox have red eyes
coat, because

and a red-brown

Rabbit scorched their ancestor

in the olden times.

THE BOY AND THE DRAGON

ONCE, was boy
a

long ago, before the whitd

man came

to Canada,

living with his parents in a village near

the ocean.

As he had no brothers
and he
longed
for

or

sisters,

he

was often

lonely,

adventure

and

companionship.

At

last

he decided to set out to seek his
just

fortune elsewhere.

He was

on the point of leaving

his

home when it was noised abroad one day that there had come into the land a great dragon, who was doing great havoc
and damage wherever he went.
terror,

The country was

in great

women and children and devoured them one by one. And what was still more mystifying, he had power to take on human form, and often he changed himself into a man of pleasing shape and manner
for the

dragon carried

off

and came among the people
before they

to carry out

liis

cruel designs
of the tribe of

knew

that he was near.

The Chief

called for volunteers to
his

meet the dragon-man, but none

warriors responded.
it

combat with men, but
a dragon.

They were strong and mighty in was a different matter to encounter

When

the youth heard this dreadful story and saw the
104

THE BOY AND THE DRAGON
terror of his people, he said, "

105

Here
felt

is

my

chance to do a

great deed," for

somehow he
adventure.

that he had

more than
day inland
hill

human
set

power.

So he said good-bye to his parents and

out

on

his

He

travelled

all

through the

forest, until at

evening he came to a high

in the centre of an
hill,

open space.
can see
all

He

said, " I will

climb this

and perhaps

I

the country round about me."

So he went slowly to the
a

top.

As he stood

there, looking

over the country which he could see for

man

suddenly
fellow,

appeared beside

many miles him. He was
for

around,

a

very
time.

pleasant

and they talked together
his

some

The boy was on
this

guard,

but

he

thought,

" Surely

man

with

the
at

good looks
his

cannot be

the dragon,"
his

and he laughed
mind.

suspicions

and put them from

The stranger said, " Where boy answered, " I am going
adventure in the forest
sea."
for
it

are
far
is

you going
away.
I

?

"

And

the

am

seeking

very lonely down by the
of his
real

But he did not teU him
stay with

errand.

"
I

You
have

may

me

to-night," said the new-comer.

"

a very comfortable lodge not far from here, and

I will give

you food."

The boy was very hungry and

tired,

and he went

along with the

man

to his lodge.

When

they reached the

house the boy was surprised to see a great heap of bleached

bones lying before the door.
did he

But he showed no

fear nor

comment on the

horrible sight.

Inside the lodge sat

io6

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
She was
it

a very old and bent woman, tending a pot.
it

stirring

with a big

stick,

and the boy saw that

contained meat

stew.

When
old

she placed the stew before them, the boy said
for

he would rather have corn,

he feared to taste the meat.
for

The

woman

fried

some corn

him, and he had a good

meal. After they had eaten, the
for

man went
are very
I

out to gather wood

the

fire,

and the boy

sat

talking to the old

woman.
beautiful
this

And
place.

she said to him, "

You

young and

and innocent

—the

most handsome
I

have yet seen in

And

because of that,

will

take pity on you and
in

warn you

of

your danger.

The man whom you met
is

the forest and

whom you

supped with to-night

none other

than the dragon-man of

whom you

have often heard.
it

He
folly
still

cannot be killed in ordinary combat, and
for

would be
if

you to

try.

To-morrow he wiU
I

kill

you

you are

here.

Take these moccasins that

wiU give you, and

in

the morning

one step
the

when you get up put them on your feet. you will reach by their power the hiU you
Give
to a
this

With
see in

distance.
it

piece
will

of

birch
there,

bark

with

the

picture on

man you
do.

meet

and he

will teU

you what next to
far

But remember that no matter how

you

go, the

dragon-man wiU overtake you in the even-

The youth took the moccasins and the birch bark bearing the mystic sign and hid them under his coat, and But the woman said, said, " I wiU do as you advise."
ing."

THE BOY AND THE DRAGON
" There
is

107

one more condition.
go,

You must
this robe

kill

me

in

the

morning before you

and put

over

my

body.

Then the dragon-man's spell over me will be broken, and when he leaves me, I will rouse myself with my power back
to Ufe."

The youth went
night beside

to sleep,

and the dragon-man

slept all

him

so as not to let

him

escape.

The next

morning, when the dragon-man was out to get water from
the stream some distance away, the boy at once carried out

the old woman's orders of the night before.
killed the old

First of all

he

woman
for

with a blow and covered her body with

a bright cloak,

he knew that when the dragon-man
rise again.

would leave the place she would soon
put the magic moccasins on his
feet

Then he

and with one great step

he reached the distant
old man.

hill.

Here, sure enough, he

met an

He
"So

gave him the piece of birch bark bearing

the mystic sign.

The man looked
you
I

at

it

closely

and smiled
is well,

and
for

said,

it is

was

told to wait for.

That

you are indeed a comely youth."

another pair of moccasins in

The man gave him exchange for those he was
hill

wearing, and another piece of birch bark bearing another
inscription.

He
said,

pointed to a
"

that

rose

blue in

the
hill.

distance

and

With one step you

will

reach that

Give weU."

this

bark to a

man you

will

meet

there,

and

all will

be

The boy put the moccasins on

his feet,

and with one step

io8

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
There he met another old man,
This

he reached the distant hiU.
to

whom

he gave the birch bark.

man

gave him another
a strange

pair of moccasins

and a

large

maple

leaf bearing

symbol, and told him to go to another spot, where he would
receive final instructions.

He

he met a very old man, who
a stream.

did as he was told, and here said, " Down yonder there is
straight into
it,

Go towards

it

and walk

as

if

you

were on dry ground.
this piece of birch
will

But do not look

at the water.
figures,

Take
and
it

bark bearing these magic
it

change you into whatever you wish, and

wiU keep you

from harm."

The boy took the bark and did
himself

as he

was
of

told,

and

soon

found

on

the

opposite

bank

the

stream.

He
he

followed the stream for

some

distance,

and at

evening
for

came
place

to to

a

a

warm

As he was looking about pass the night, he suddenly came
lake.

upon the dragon-man,
dragon,
hiding

now
the
his for

in

the

form

of

a monster

behind
true,

words had come
before
nightfall,

as

she

had
his

to lose, so the

boy waved
fish

The old woman's enemy had overtaken him said. There was no time magic bark, and at once he
trees.
fins,

became a
lake.

Uttle

with red

moving slowly
he

in

the

When
looking

the

dragon-man
" No,
I

saw
said

the

little

fish,

cried,
I

" Little fish of the red fins,
for
?

have you seen the youth
the
little

am
this

"
;

sir,"

fish,

" I

have

seen

no one

have been

asleep.

But

if

he passes

THE MAN GAVE HIM ANOTHER PAIF OF MOCCASINS IN EXCHAMUt FOR THOSE HE VVA5 VV EARING

THE BOY AND THE bRAGON
way
lake.
I

109

will tell

you," and he

moved

rapidly out into the

The dragon-man moved down along the bank of the lake, while the youth watched him from the water. He met a Toad in the path, and said, " Little Toad, have you seen
the youth
I

am

looking for

would surely have seen
business,"

answered the

way you him." "I am minding my own Toad, and he hopped away into
?

If

he passed this

the moss.
his

Then

the dragon-man saw a very large fish with
for
flies,
?

head above water, looking
I

and he

said, "

Have

you seen the boy
"

am

looking for

"

" Yes," said the fish,

you have

just

been talking to him," and he laughed to

himself

and disappeared.

The dragon-man went back and

searched everywhere for Toad, but he could not find him.

As he looked he came upon a musk-rat running along by the stream, and he said angrily, " Have you seen the person " No," said the rat. " I think you are I am looking for ? " he," said the dragon-man. Then the musk-rat began to cry bitterly and said, " No, no the boy you are looking for passed by just now, and he stepped on the roof of my house and broke it in." The dragon-man was deceived again. He went on and soon came upon old Turtle splashing around " You are very old and wise," he said, hoping in the mud. to flatter him, " you have surely seen the person I am looking " Yes," said Turtle, " he is farther down the stream. for." Go across the river and you will find him. But beware, for
;

no
if

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
see him, he will surely Idh

you do not know him when you
Turtle
his fate.

you."

knew

well

that

the

dragon-man would now
he came to the
less

meet

The dragon-man followed the lake
river.

tiU

For greater caution, so that he might be
he changed himself to a Snake.

easily

seen,

Then he attempted
stiU in the

to cross the stream.
fish

But the youth,

form of a

and

still

using the power of his magic bark with the

mystic

sign,

was swimming round and round

in a circle in

the middle of the river.

A

rapid whirlpool arose where he

swam, but
approached
failed

it

was not
it,

visible

on the

surface.

As the Snake
water.

he

saw
his

nothing

but
as

clear

He
told

to

recognize

enemy,

and

Turtle

had

him,
of
it,

he

swam

into

the

whirlpool

before

he

was aware

and was quickly drawn to the bottom, where he was
fished

drowned.

The youth
he

him up and cut
his

off

his

head.

Then
the

changed

back

to

dragon-man's lodge to see

own how the
to his

form.
old

He went to woman had fared,

but

she had gone with her bright robe, and the lodge was empty.

Then the youth went back
he had done.
for his

home and
rich gifts

reported what

And he

received

many

from the Chief

brave deed, and the land was never troubled again

by dragons.
because
its

But from that time the snake family was hated
shape had concealed the dragon-man, and to this
let

day an Indian wiU not

a snake escape with his

life if

he

THE BOY AND THE DRAGON
meets one of them in his path.

m
are mindful

For they

still

of the adventure of their ancestor in the old days,

and they
secretly

are suspicious of the evil
possess.

power the snake family

OWL WITH THE GREAT HEAD AND EYES
ago, IONG Indianswhen in

Glooskap
Eastern

was the
Canada,
for

ruler

of

the the
like

and
and

when
talked

-^

animals

all

worked
of

him

men, Wolf was one

Rabbit's enemies.

On

the sm-face

they seemed to be friends, but each was afraid of the
other and each suspected the other of treachery.

Rabbit

was very

faithful

to

his

work
to

as

the

forest

guide

who

showed people the way
one he met.

far places.

a great trickster, and he delighted to

But he was also play pranks on every
to pester Wolf,
for

He

liked

more than

all

he had a hatred
to outwit him.
It

for his cruel

ways, and he was always able

happened that Rabbit and Wolf Hved
forest.

close together,

deep in the Canadian
in a Httle house, lived a

Some distance from them, poor widow woman who had only
girl,

one daughter.

She was a very beautiful Rabbit and Wolf each
in
his

with hair as

black as the raven's wing, and with eyes like the dark of
the underwater.
her,
fell

in love with

and each

own way sought
love.
112

her

as

his

wife.

Rabbit tried hard to win her

When

he went to her

OWL WITH THE GREAT HEAD AND EYES
he put a bangle around his neck and
bells

113.

house he always dressed himself in a soft brown coat, and

upon

his feet.

And
pipe.
;

often he played sweetly on his flute, hoping to

charm
split

her with his music, for he was a great player upon the Indian

And

he tried to grow a moustache to hide his

hp but he had little success, for his whiskers would not grow thick, and he has the thin scraggy moustache of a few hairs to this day. But no matter what Rabbit did to adorn himself, the girl gave him cold looks, and old Wolf
seemed to be
deeper
in

her

favour,

for

she

liked

his

wiUowy form and his sleek and bashful ways. And poor Rabbit was sore distressed. One fine day in the spring-time. Rabbit came upon the girl and her mother gathering May-flowers among the moss.

He

crept

close

to

listen

to

their

talk.

He

heard

the

mother
pleases

say, " I

have no stomach

for Httle Rabbit,

but Wolf

me

well.

You must marry
if

he

is

a great hunter, and
for food."

They teU me you marry him we shall never
Wolf.

want

When Rabbit

heard this he was very sad

;

he deter-

mined that on no account should Wolf marry the widow's
daughter, and that he must use aU his power to prevent
it.

That night he went alone to the
no hunter

girl's

house.

He
"

spoke
is

sneeringly of Wolf, sajdng with a bitter frown,
;

Wolf
is

he never catches any game because he
;

lazy

and has no brains

I

always have to feed him to keep him
I

114

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
;

from starving

he

is

but a beast of burden

;

I

always ride

upon

when I go to a far country, for he is good for nothing else." The girl's mother wondered greatly, and she was very startled by this news, for she did not want her daughter to marry a good-for-nothing but she was not sure that Rabbit spoke the truth, for she had heard
his bacl<
;

that sometimes he told great
will ride

lies.

So she

said,

" If

you

Wolf over here
daughter,

I will

believe you,
shall

and he

shall not

marry

my

and you

marry her

yourself."

And Rabbit went home weU
ending to his
trick.

pleased and sure of a happy

The next day Rabbit purposely met Wolf in the forest, and he said, " Let us go together to see the widow's daughter." And Wolf was glad to go. They had not gone far when Rabbit began to cry. Then he lay down on the ground, and rolled and moaned and rubbed his belly
as
if

in great distress.
I

" I

have a sharp pain in
If I

my
me

belly,"
I

he sobbed, "

cannot walk any farther.
I

walk

shall

surely die, and

cannot go on unless you carry
for

on your

back."

Wolf willingly agreed,
girl,

he wanted to see the
for

beautiful

and he was very sorry

poor Rabbit in his

pain; and Rabbit, laughing to himself,
back.

chmbed on

Wolf's

Wolf ran along, not
light.

feeling the load, for

Rabbit was
cried again

very

They had not gone

far

when Rabbit

and

said,

" I cannot ride without a saddle, for your bare

back hurts

me and

gives

me

blisters."

So they borrowed

OWL WITH THE GREAT HEAD AND EYES
a
little

115

saddle from a field

by the way and put
" This
I
is

it

on Wolf's
us play
I

back.

Soon Rabbit
put a

said,

fine

fun

;

let

that you are a horse and that
like to
little

am

a great

rider.

should

bridle

on you, and to wear spurs on

my
So

feet

and to carry a whip."

And
his

Wolf, wishing to please
pain,

Rabbit to make him forget
another
near by,

gladly

agreed.

they borrowed a httle bridle and spurs and a whip from
field

and did as
girl's

Rabbit

asked,

and

together they went to the
like

home, Wolf trotting along
to himself,
sitting

a

little

horse,

and Rabbit laughing

in

the saddle,

with his spurs and his whip, holding the they drew near the house. Rabbit made

bridle reins.

When

a great noise so that the mother and her daughter might
look out to see where the shouting came from. He called loudly, " Whoa, Whoa." And the girl and her mother

opened

the
as

door

and looked
looking

out
on.

at

them

in

wonder.
to

Then

they

were

Rabbit,

chuckling

himself,

struck Wolf a stinging blow

with his whip, and

stuck his spurs deep into Wolf's sides and called him loudly

a lazy beast.

Wolf jumped and plunged and kicked because

of the prick of the spurs

and the

sting of the

whip

;

he was

very cross, but he said nothing.

Some

distance away. Rabbit tied Wolf to a tree, saying,

" Stay here

and

I will

send the

girl

to you."

to the house,
believe that

and he said
is

to the

woman,

"

Then he went Now you will
I

Wolf

a beast of burden, for

have ridden

ii6
here
told
said,

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
on his back."

And

the

woman beheved
grass.
;

him.

She

him
"

to give

Wolf some corn or

But
be

Rabbit

He
for

doesn't eat corn or grass

he eats only fresh

meat,"

he he

knew
got

well

that

Wolf
of

would
meat.

quite

contented

if

a

good meal

Then

she

gave him some fresh meat, which he brought to Wolf.

And
forgot
it

Wolf was happy, and

his anger disappeared,

and he

the pain of the spurs and the whip, and he thought
fine

was

The woman promised that Rabbit should marry her daughter, and when night
fun to get a good meal so easily.
feU Rabbit went
to the tree.
It

home
was

well pleased, leaving

Wolf

still

tied

so

dark that Wolf did not see him

leaving the house, and for a long time he thought he was
still

inside,

and he waited long
waiting, for

grew

tired

At last he he was hungry and he was cold
in the starhght.

standing

still

in the chill night air of early spring.

He
tree,

cut

with his teeth the bridle rein that tied him to the
then he went to the woman's house.
not
let

and

But the woman would

him

in.

She told him to go away, that she never
he knew

wished to see him again, and she called him a lazy beast
of burden.

He went home

in great anger, for

now

that he had been tricked, and he swore that he would have

vengeance on Rabbit.

The next day Rabbit learned from the woman that she had spurned Wolf from her door, and he knew that Wolf reahzed he had been He was somewhat deceived.

WOLF TROTTED ALONG LIKE A LITTLE HORSE, AND RABBIT LAUGHING TO HIMSELF SITTING! IN THE SADDLE

!

OWL WITH THE GREAT HEAD AND EYES
frightened, for he dreaded Wolf's vengeance,

117

and

for several

days he hid among the

trees.

Then hunger drove him out
for

and he went forth to look
robbing
him.

food.

One evening

he

entered a garden in search of cabbage, and he was busy
it,

when the people who owned
they
said,

the garden spied

And
our

" Here

is

the thief

who has been
him and teach
upon

stealing

vegetables.

We

will

catch
it,

him a

lesson."

Before Rabbit

knew

they were

him, for he was eating heartily, he was so hungry, and they

caught him and bound him fast to a tree and went to get
scalding water to pour

upon

his

back to teach him not to

rob their garden again.

came

along.
for for

He, too,

But while they were away Wolf was very hungry, for he had eaten
he saw
revenge.

no meal
Rabbit,

many days, but he was glad when now he thought he would have his
hail

Rabbit saw him at a distance, and he resolved to try another
trick
his

on him, and to

him

as

if

he thought he was
" Help me.

stiU

friend.

And

he cried out to him,

Wolf

Help

The people here asked me to eat up a nice little lamb, and when I refused to do it, they tied me up to this tree, and they have gone to bring the lamb to me."

me

!

Wolf was too hungry to be cautious, and he forgot all about Rabbit's tricks, for spring lamb was his favourite

up the httle lamb," and he smacked his lips as he spoke, and thought of the nice Then Rabbit said, "Untie tender meal he would have.
food.

And he

said,

"

I

will eat

ii8

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
take

me and
Wolf

my

place, for the people

wiU soon be here with

the lamb."

So Wolf untied him, and Rabbit in turn bound

fast to the tree,

and laughing to himself because he

had again outwitted stupid Wolf, he ran rapidly away. Far off he hid behind the trees to see what would happen. Soon

came back, carrying the pots of scalding water. Wolf saw them coming, and he was in high spirits, for
the people

he thought the lamb he was to eat was in one of the pots.
It

was moonlight, and

in the

shadow

of the great tree the

people could not see very clearly, and they thought Wolf

was Rabbit,

still

bound

fast

where they had

left

him.

So

they poured the scalding water on his back and kicked him

and knocked him on the head with a big
said, "
is

stick,

and they
it

Now,

thief,

we have taught you how dangerous

to rob gardens in the spring moonlight."

Wolf howled
sore,

with pain, for his back was blistered and his head was

and Rabbit heard him, and he

sat

on a log and shook with

laughter because of the success of his prank.

Then the people untied Wolf and let him go. He went away wearily among the trees. And he again swore vengeance on Rabbit, and he resolved to kiU him as soon as

he set eyes upon him, for he knew he had been tricked
a

second

time.
last,

For several

days

he

searched

for

his

enemy.

At

one night of bright moonlight, he came

upon Rabbit
eating his
fill

sitting in

a patch of Indian tobacco plants,
leaves.

and contentedly chewing the tobacco

OWL WITH THE GREAT HEAD AND EYES
Rabbit's

119

mouth was

full of

tobacco, but he laughed loudly
in

when he saw Wolf's back bound

bandages because of

the blisters, and his sore head tied up in a cloth.

But when

he saw Wolf's angry eyes he was frightened, and he ran away
into the woods.

The moon was shining in the forest, and Wolf could catch a glimpse now and then of his brown coat among the trees, and he chased him for a long time.
Rabbit tried
but without
out,
all

his tricks to

shake him from his tracks,

avail.

At
hole,

last,

when Rabbit was almost worn
tree, into

he took refuge in a hollow
"

which he slipped
power.

through a small

where Wolf could not follow him.
I

And Wolf
kill
;

said,

Now

have him

in

my

I

will

him but first I must go home to get my axe to cut down the tree and to chop off his head." Then he looked around for some one to keep watch over the tree while he was gone, so that Rabbit could not escape. At last he saw

Owl
and
let

sitting quietly
said, "

on a branch near.

He

called

to

him

Watch by

this hole until I get back,

and do not
sat

Rabbit get away."

So Owl came down and

by the
and

hole

and promised to keep guard over the
for his axe.
;

prisoner,

Wolf went away to look

But Rabbit was not caught yet
left.

he had another trick

Owl sitting come and see what a nice by the hole, and said, But Owl replied, Httle room I have here in the tree." "It is too dark, I cannot see." Then Rabbit said, " Open
After Wolf had gone away, he called to
" Owl,

120

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
close to the hole, for I
light here

your eyes wide and put your face

have a

and you can

see easily."
fellow.

Owl did
Rabbit

as he

was

told,

for

he

was a curious

had a
his

great mouthful of tobacco juice from the
leaves he
close

Indian tobacco
face

had been chewing, and when Owl put
the hole he
squirted
his
;

to

the juice into Owl's eyes.
eyes were smarting and he

Owl screamed loudly, for was blinded by the juice
them
of their pain.
of

he ran around the tree and
his eyes, trying to relieve
it,

stamped and shrieked and rubbed

And

while he was about

Rabbit
did not

slipped out

the hole and ran away, and

Owl

know he was
he
said,

gone.

Soon Wolf came back, carrying his big sharp axe.
"

And

Now

I

shall

kill

him

at last."
;

And Owl was

afraid to teU

him about

his sore eyes

they were stiU open

wide, and he could not close them.

At once Wolf chopped
open from end to

down
end.

the hollow tree.

Then he

split it

But there was no sign of Rabbit. Wolf then thought Owl had tricked him, and that he had helped Rabbit to He sat with his eyes escape. But Owl said he had not.
wide
open,
staring

stupidly

and

moaning

and

making
the
to

strange noises because of his pain.

Wolf thought he was

laughing at him and taunting him, for he did not

know
he
fell

meaning

of Owl's strange cries,

and

in his rage

beating him over the head with his axe-handle until poor

Owl's head was swollen to a great

size.

And Owl

cried,

OWL WITH THE GREAT HEAD AND EYES
" Hoot, Hoot, Hoot,"

121

and

his eyes stared

from

his swollen his

head even larger than before.

Then Wolf went on

way, resolved to keep away from Rabbit.
time Owl has cried "Hoot, Hoot,
still

And
is

since that

Hoot"
head

at night, for
still

he

remembers

his

pain

;

and

his

swollen

and bigger than that
Wolf gave him with
large

of other birds because of the beating
his axe-handle
;

and

his eyes are stiU

and they
is

stare stupidly,

and he cannot look

at light,

and he

blind in the daylight because of the tobacco juice
his eyes.

Rabbit squirted into

And

since that night Rabbit

and Wolf have avoided each other, and they have not lived in the same place, and they have never since been friends.

THE TOBACCO FAIRY FROM THE BLUE HILLS

A
forest.

MAN

and

his

wife

and two

little

children

were

living

long

ago

on the shores of a lake surtrees,

rounded by large

deep in the Canadian
together,

They hved very happily

and as game

As the children grew up they became each day more beautiful and gentle, until the old women of the tribe said, " They are too good
plentiful,

was

they wanted for nothing.

and lovely
in

for this

world

;

their

home
to

is

surely elsewhere

the

West."

Before

they

grew

maturity
off

a

cruel
its

plague spread over the land and carried them
ravages.

with

Their mother was the next to go, slowly growing

weaker, and wasting

away

before the eyes of her husband,

who was

powerless to save her.

The man was now left aU alone upon the earth. The joy of his hfe had gone with his wife and children, and he
went about
to
in great loneliness

and sorrow.

Life

was long

him and dreary, and often he wished that he too was dead. But at last he roused himself and said, " I wiU go
about doing good.
perhaps in that
I will
I

spend

my

life

helping others, and

way

can find peace."
122

So he worked hard

THE TOBACCO FAIRY FROM THE BLUE HILLS
and did aU the good he could
people of his tribe.
for the

123

weaker and the poorer

He was

held in high esteem

by aU the
old,

people of the village, and in their affection for him they
all

called

him

" Grandfather."

He grew

to be very

and because

of his
still

good deeds he found great happiness.
solitary,

But he was
grew
less,

very

and the days and evenings
his

were long and lonely, and as he grew older and
he found
sit
it

work
he

hard to pass away the time,

for

could only

alone and

dream

of his vanished

youth and
people of

of his absent friends.

One day he

sat thinking

by the

lake.

Many

the village were around him, but as usual he sat alone.

Suddenly a large
clouds,

flock

of

birds,

looking like great black

came

flying

from the blue

hills in

the distance toward
circled

the shore of the lake.

They wheeled and
trees,

about,
cries.

and hovered long over the

uttering

strange

The people had never before seen such large birds, and they were much afraid and said, " They are not ordinary creatures. They foreshadow some strange happening." Suddenly one
of the birds fluttered for

an instant and
its

fell

slowly to the

earth with an arrow in

breast.

No

one in the village

had shot
no

at the flock,

and where the arrow had come from
frightened

man

knew.

The mystery

the

people

still

more, and they looked to the old

man

for counsel, for

they

knew that he was very wise. The fallen bird lay fluttering on

the ground, seemingly

124
in pain.

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
The other
loud
cries.

birds circled about

it

for a short time,

uttering

Then they screamed and

called

to

each other and flew back to the distant blue

hills,

leaving
its

the fallen bird behind them with the arrow sticking in
breast.
said, "
its
I

The old man was not
will

frightened
;

by the
said,

sight.
I

He
not

go to the stricken bird

perhaps

can heal
"

wound."

But the
" It

people, in great fear,

Do

go, Grandfather, the bird will

do you harm."

But the old

man
is

answered,

can
is

do

no harm to me.
done.

My
is

work
dark,

ended and
I

my
of
I

life

almost

My
it

sky

for

am

full

sorrow,

and with

me

is

already the

twilight of time.

am

alone in the world, for

my
me

kindred
it

have gone.
be
very

I

am

not afraid of death, for to

would
"
?

welcome.

What matters

it

if

I
if

should die

And
it.

he went to the stricken bird to see

he could help

As he went along, his path suddenly grew dark, but as he drew nearer, a bright flame suddenly swept down from
the sky to the place where the bird was lying.

There was

a flash of

and when the old man looked he saw that the bird had been completely burned up. When he came
fire,

to

where
stirred

it

had

lain,

nothing but black ashes remained.
his stick,
fire.

He

up the ashes with

and Ijdng
place

in the centre

he found a large living coal of
a twinkling
little
it

As he looked
its

at

it,

in

disappeared, and in

was a strange
his

figure

like

a

little

man, no bigger than

thumb.

SUDDENLY
BLACI',

A LARGE FLOCK OF BIRDS, LOOKING LIrE GREAT clouds, came FLVINU FhOM THE BLUE HILLS

THE TOBACCO FAIRY FROM THE BLUE HILLS
"

125
I

HeUo, Grandfather,"
"

it

called,

" do not strike mc, for

have been sent to help you."

Who are you " I am one of
little

?

" asked the old

man.
old

the Little People from the distant blue

hills,"

said the tiny boy.

Then the

man knew
"

that

the

fcUow was one of the strange

fairy people of

the

mountains, of

whom

he had often heard.

What do you
answered

want
"

?

" he asked.

I

have been sent to you with a precious

gift,"

the Uttle man.
nothing.

The

old

man wondered

greatly, but he said

Then the fairy from the blue hills said, " You are old and lonely. You have done many noble deeds, and you
have always gone about bringing good to
others.

In that

way you have found
hfe,
I

peace.

And
life is

because of your good

have been sent to bring you more contentment.
is

Your work
have
live

done, but your

not yet ended, and you

stiU a long

time to dwell upon the earth.

You must

out your mortal course.

You

are longing always for

your dead wife and children, and you are often thinking
of

your youth, and with you the days are long and time

hangs heavy.
will help

But

I

have been sent to you with a

gift

that

you to pass the time more pleasantly." Then the little man gave him a number of small seeds and said, " Plant these at once, here, in the ashes from which
I

have just

risen."

The

old

man

did as he was told.

At

126

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES

once the seeds sprouted and great leaves grew from them,

and soon the place where the bird had been bmned up became
a large
field of

Tobacco.

The

fairy then

gave him a large pipe and
in this pipe

said,

"

Dry

these leaves

and place them
will help

and smoke them.

You

will

have great contentment,
it is

and when you have

nothing to do

you to pass the time away, and
it

when no one
will bring

with you

will

be a companion.

And

it

you many dreams

of the future

and

of the past.

And when the smoke curls upwards it wiU have for you many visions of those you loved, and you will see their faces
in the

smoke
old

as

you

sit

alone in the twilight."
gift.

man was very thankful for the fairy's the little man said, " Teach other old men how so that they, too, may possess it and enjoy it."
The
Then the
distant blue
fairy quickly disappeared,
hills,

But
it,

to use

going towards the
in the village again.

and he was never seen

And
this

with his pipe and his tobacco the old

man went back
before.

to his dreaming, with

more contentment than

In

way Tobacco was brought

to the Indians in the old

days.

RAINBOW AND THE AUTUMN LEAVES

IN aU
summer
None
of

olden days, long before the Indians came to Canada,
the animals talked and worked Hke men.

Every
in the

year after

midsummer they
But

held a great council at
it

which they were aU present.

happened once
all

before the council met, that they

wanted to
like.

go to the sky to see what the country up there was

them could

find a

way

to go.

The

oldest

and

wisest creature

on aU the earth was Turtle.

One day he
noise,

prayed to the Thunder God to take him to the sky, and
his prayer

was soon answered.

There was a great

as

if

the earth had been split asunder, and

when

the people

next looked for Turtle he was nowhere to be found.
searched
ever5nvhere

They
moving
his

without

success.

But that evening,
in the sky,

when they looked upwards, they saw him
about
like

a

black cloud.
to
live

Turtle liked the sky so well

that he

decided

there

always

and to send
the
"
I

descendants,

later,

to

the

earth.

And
"

sky-people

agreed to keep

hira.

They asked him,
answered,
in
127

Where do you
should hke to

want

to

dwell

?

"

And he
Cloud,

dwell in the Black

which are the ponds and

128

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
I

streams and lakes and springs of water, for near these places when
to have his wish.
I

always dwelt

was young."

So he was allowed
of the animals

But when the Great Council
in the

met on earth
present.

in the time of the harvest-moon,

he was always

He came

Black Cloud, but he always went

back to the sky

after the Council

was ended.

And

the other

animals envied him his good fortune, and they wished that

they could go with him.
After a time the

animals were greatly distressed and

angered by the rimiour that a new race of creatures was

coming from
talked
it

far over the ocean to inhabit their land.

They

over very carefuUy, and they aU thought
it

how

fortunate

would be

if

they could

all

go to the sky with

old Turtle,
care.

and Hve

like him, free

from fear and trouble and

But they were puzzled
had never
told

to
of

know how

to get there,

for Turtle

any

them the way.
the forest, as
often built a

One day Deer, wandering about alone in was his custom, came across Rainbow, who
path
of

many

colours

to

the

sky.

And
for
I

he

said to

to
see

Rainbow,
Turtle."
first

" Carry

me up

to the sky,

want

But Rainbow was afraid to do it, for he wished to ask the Thunder God for permission, and he put
off,

Deer

and

to gain time he said, "

Come

to

me

in winter,

when
I

I

stay for a time on the mountain near the lake.

Then

wiU gladly carry you to the place where Turtle dwells."

Throughout the long winter months Deer looked long-

THROUGHOUT THE LONG WINTER MONTHS
DEER LOOKED LONGINGLY FOR RAINBOW

RAINBOW AND THE AUTUMN LEAVES
ingly for Rainbow, but

129

Rainbow did not come. Life was growing harder on the earth, and the animals were in terror of the new race that was soon to come to their land, and Deer was very timid and impatient. At last, one day in
the early summer,
to

Rainbow came
were you
all

again,
false to

and Deer hastened

meet him.

"

Why

me

?

" he asked

;

"

I

waited for you

winter long on the mountain by

the lake, but you did not
to go
to

come
I

as

you promised.
see Turtle."

I

want

Rainbow answered, " I cannot take you now. But some day, when there is a Fog over the lake, I shall come back to drive it
the sky now, for

must

away.

Come

to

me

then,

and

I

shall take

you

to the sky
I will

and

to the place

where Turtle dwells.

This time

not

deceive you."

Rainbow consulted the Thunder God, and received
mission
to do as

per-

Deer wished.

Soon afterwards the Fog
Sure enough.

one day roUed in a thick bank across the lake, and Deer
hurried out to wait for Rainbow.

Rainbow

came down,

as he

had promised, to drive the Fog away.

He
blue

threw his arch of
hills

many

colours from the lake to the

far

away, and the Fog at once disappeared from
he said to Deer, who stood watching him,

the place.
"

And

Now

I will

keep
hills

my

promise.

Follow

my

many-coloured

path over the

and the

forests

and the streams, and be

not afraid, and you will soon reach Turtle's
sky."

home

in

the

Deer did as he was

told,

and soon he reached the

130
sky.
so

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
Turtle was glad to see him, and Deer Uked the country
that he decided to stay for ever.

weU

And he roamed

over the sky everywhere, moving Hke the wind from place
to place.

When midsummer had

passed and

the

harvest-moon

had come and the Great Council again met together, Deer was absent for the first time in his life. The animals waited
long for him to appear, for they needed his advice, but he

They sent the Birds out to find him. Black Hawk and Woodpecker and Bluejay aU sought him in the forest, but they could not find a trace of him. Then Wolf and Fox scoured the woods far and near, but they came back and reported that he could not be found anywhereAt last Turtle arrived at the meeting of the Great Council, as was his custom, coming in his Black Cloud, in which were
did not come.

the ponds and lakes and streams and springs of water.

And

Bear

said,
is

"

Deer
?

is

absent

from

the

Council

meeting.

Where

Deer

We

cannot meet without him, for we need
is

Have you not heard ? Rainbow made a wonderful pathway for him of many varied colours, and by that he came to the
his advice."
in the sky.

And

Turtle rephed, " Deer

sky.

There he

is

now," and he pointed to a golden cloud
go to the sky
race of crea-

scurrying across the sky overhead. Turtle advised that the animals should
to hve until they could be sure that the
all

new

tures

would bring them no harm.

And

he showed them the

RAINBOW AND THE AUTUMN LEAVES
in

131

pathway that Rainbow had made, stretching from the earth
wonderful
colours.

The

animals

all

agreed

at

the
all

Great Council to take Turtle's advice.

But they were
should
either

very angry at Deer for leaving them without warning, for

they

thought

that

all

the the

animals
earth
or

stay
to

together
the sky.

faithfully

on

go

all

together

Bear showed the greatest anger and annoyance.

Because of his great strength, he had no fear of the new
race that was said soon to be coming, and he

had always
timid
;

been

inclined

to

look
"

with

scorn

on

Deer's

and

impatient ways.

Deer has forsaken us," he said
is

"he

deserted us in the hour of our danger, and that
to forest laws to
himself,

contrary

and to our code
I

of defence."

And

he thought

"

shall

punish him for this when the time

comes."
In the late autumn, the time agreed upon came for the

animals to leave the earth, and Rainbow again
bright path for

made
first

his

them

to the sky.

Bear was the

to go

up because he was the leader, and because with his great weight he wanted to test the strength of the bridge of burning colours over which they had to pass. When he had almost reached the sky, he met Deer on the path waiting to welcome the animals to their new home. And he said to him in anger, " Why did you leave us behind,
without warning, for the land of the Turtle
?

Why

did

you desert the Great Council

?

Why

did you not wait until

132
all

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
could come together
?

You
false

are a traitor to your
to our faith."

com-

rades,

and you have been

answered, also in anger, "
faith
?

None but the

And Deer Who are you to doubt me or my Wolf may ask me why I came or
I

question

my

fidelity.

will

kill

you

for

your insolence."
live in

Deer had grown very proud since he had gone to

the sky, and he was no longer timid as he had been on earth.

His eyes flashed in his fury, and he arched his neck and
lowered his antlered head, and rushed madly at Bear to

push him from the path.

But Bear was not
strength

afraid,

for

he had often tested
earth.

his

with

Deer
all

upon
over

the the

His

low,

hoarse
to

growls
fight.

sounded

sky,

and he

prepared

They came together with a

shock.

For a long time

they battled, until the bridge of burning colours trembled

and the heavens shook from the

force of the conflict.

The

animals waiting by the lake at the end of the path looked

up and saw the battle above them. They feared the results, for they wanted neither Bear nor Deer to die. So they
sent Wolf

up

to the sky to put a stop to the contest.

When
freely,

Wolf reached the combatants. Bear was bleeding
for

Deer with his antlers had pierced

his

neck and

side.

Deer,

too,

was bleeding where Bear's strong claws had torn a

great

wound

in

his head.

Wolf soon stopped the
to dress their wounds.

battle,

and Bear and Deer went away

Then

the other animals went up to the sky over Rainbow's flaming

RAINBOW AND THE AUTUMN LEAVES
path.

133

And

they decided to Hve in the sky and to send their

descendants back to earth when the new race of creatures
should come.

And

they can

still

sometimes be

seen, like

clouds hurr5;ing across the sky, in the shape they had on
earth.

But the blood
as they

of

Bear and of Deer dropped from them

moved

to the sky from the scene of their battle
It
fell

along the Rainbow road.
of the trees beneath them,
colours.

freely

upon the leaves
in

and changed them into varied

And

every

year

when autumn comes

the

north country, the leaves take on again the bright and

wondrous colours given to them by the blood

of

Bear

and Deer when they fought on the Rainbow path ages and ages
friends,

ago.

And Bear and Deer have

never since been

and

their descendants

no longer dwell together in

peace, as they did in the olden days.

RABBIT AND THE MOON-MAN

ONCE, mother
all

long ago.

Rabbit lived with
the

his

old grandfar

deep in

Canadian

forest,

from

other people.

He was

a great hunter,

and

all

around, far and near, he laid snares and set traps to

catch
little

game

for food.

It

was winter, and he caught many

animals and birds.

He

brought them home daily to

feed himself and his old

grandmother,

and he was

well

pleased

with

his

success.

But

after

some

weeks had

passed he was unable to

catch any

game.

found
were

his traps

and snares empty, although
and
there were

always

around them,

He always many tracks many signs
then that he

that animals were

prowling about.
nightly,

He knew
thief

was being robbed
his

and that a
his

was

pilfering

traps.

It

was very cold and and Rabbit and
food.
off

the

snow lay deep

in the in
dire

forest,

old grandmother were

need of

Every morning Rabbit rose very
to
his traps,

early

and hurried

but always he found
of

them empty,
was.

for the thief for

had been ahead

him.

He

was greatly puzzled,

he could not think

who

the thief

134

RABBIT AND THE MOON-MAN

135

At last one morning, after a new fall of snow, he found the mark of a long foot near his traps, and he knew it was the foot of the game-robber. It was the longest footprint he had ever seen, long and narrow and very hght,
like

a moonbeam.

And Rabbit
I

said,

"

Now

I

shall

rise

earlier in the

morning, and

shall

go to

my

traps ahead
will
all

of the thief

and take

my

game, so that they

be

empty when he comes."
to

Each morning

he rose earlier
long foot was

catch

the
there

thief,

but the
him,

man
and and

of

the

always
gone.

before

his

game
traps

was
up,

always
thief

No

matter how early Rabbit got
of

the

was always ahead
empty.

him

his

were

always

So Rabbit said to
the long foot,

his old

grandmother, " The

man

of

who robs my traps, is always up ahead of me, no matter how early I rise. I will make a snare from a
bow-string,

and

I will

watch

all this

night,

and

I

will surely

catch him."
set
it

He made

a trap from a stout bow-string and

beside his snares,

and took the end
to a

of

the bow-

string

some distance away

clump

of trees,

behind which
;

he hid.

He hoped

that the thief would step into the trap
tie

then he would pull the bow-string and
tree.

him
set

fast to

a

He
it

sat very quiet, waiting for the
It

man

of the long

foot

to appear.

was moonlight when he
in

out,

but

soon

grew very dark

the
stars

forest.

The Moon sudall

denly disappeared.

But the

were

shining on

the

136
white

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
snow and there were no clouds
wondered
in

the sky,
to

and

Rabbit

what
still

had

happened

the

Moon.

He

waited very

and a

little

frightened in the star-

light.

Soon he heard some one coming,
through
the
trees.

sneaking

stealthily

Then he saw a white Hght dazzled his eyes. The light went towards the until it stopped just at the trap Rabbit had set.
Rabbit pulled
the bow-string,
closed the trap
tree.

which
snares,

Then
had

as he

hoped, and tied the string fast to a
of a struggle,

He

heard sounds
side

and he saw the white
he knew that he had
of

light

move from
last.

to side, but

his

prisoner fast

and

that the

man

the long foot was caught at

He
as

was much
fast

afraid of the white light,

and he ran home
trap,

as

he could and told his old grandmother that he
the

had

caught

game-robber in the
was,
for

and that he

did not
to look.

know who he

he

and
until
forest

see

And who

his grandmother said, "
it
is,

was too frightened You must go back

and
the

tell

him he must stop robbing

your snares."
dayhght,
is

But Rabbit
for

very

dark."

"I do not want to go Moon has gone down and the But his grandmother said, " You
said,

must
traps.

go."

So

poor

Rabbit,

although
set

he

was
for

very
his

frightened

by what he had

seen,

out again

When

he drew near to his snares he saw that the white

N

SAT VERY QUIET, WAITING FOR THE OF THE LONG FOOT Til APPEAR

RABBIT AND THE MOON-MAN
light

137

was

still

shining.

It

was so bright that
it.

his eyes

were

dazzled and he had to stop far from
nearer,

Then he approached
sore.

but his eyes soon became

very

There was

a stream flowing beside him, and he bathed his eyes in the
cold water, but
it

brought him no rehef, and his eyes
tears
fell

felt

hot

and

red,

and

from them because
great handfuls of

of

the

dazzling light.

Then he took
light,

snow and
it

threw snowballs at the

hoping thereby to put

out.

But when the snowballs came near
and
feU

to the hght they melted

down

like rain.

Then, with his eyes stiU smarting.

Rabbit

in his rage scooped

up great handfuls

of soft black
it

mud
balls,

from the bottom of the stream, and forming
he threw them with
all

into

his force at the white light.

He
foot

heard them strike something with a dull thud, and he
yells

heard loud

from the prisoner
shining light. "

—the

man

of

the long

—behind
hght,

the

the
untie
to

saying,

me

at once.

Why I am the Man
already

Then a voice came from did you snare me ? Come and
in the
I

Moon.

It is

near

the morning, and before

dawn

must be on

my way
mud,
aU your

home.

You have
you do not

spotted
at once

my
I

face
shall

with
kill

and

if

loose

me

tribe."

Poor Rabbit was more frightened than

before,

and he
for

ran home and told his old grandmother what had happened.

And

his

grandmother was

also

very
it.

frightened,

she

thought that no good could come of

And

she told Rabbit

138
to

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
go back at once and untie the

Man

in the

Moon,

for

the night was almost spent, and the
breaking.

dawn would soon be
in
his
fear,

So

poor

Rabbit,

trembling

went
I will
if

back to
untie
will

his traps.
if

From a

great distance he cried, "

you

you wiU never again rob
swear

my
by

snares,

and

you

never come back to earth."
I

And
it

the prisoner in the

trap promised, and said, "

my

white light."

Then Rabbit approached very carefully. He had to shut his eyes and grope his way because of the bright hght, and At last his lip quivered because of the great heat.
he rushed in and cut the bow-string snare with his teeth,

and the Man
could
already

in
see

the

Moon hurried on his way, for he the dawn in the East. But Rabbit
while

was

almost

blinded

he

was

about

it,

and

his

shoulders were badly scorched.

And

ever since that time

Rabbit blinks and
his

his eyelids are pink,

and water runs from
;

eyes

when he
;

looks

at

a bright Hght

and

his

Hp

always quivers

and

his shoulders are

yeUow, even when
light

he wears his white winter coat, because of the great

and heat on the winter night long ago when he loosed the

Man
the

in the

Man

in

Moon from the snare. And since the Moon has never come back to

that night
earth.

He

stays at his task in the sky, lighting the forest

by night;

but he stiU bears on his face the marks of the black

mud
wash

which Rabbit threw at him.
nights he goes

And sometimes

for several

away

to a quiet place, where he tries to

RABBIT AND THE MOON-MAN
off

139

the

mud

;

and then the land

is

dark.

But he never

succeeds in cleaning himself, and
his

work the marks

of

when he comes back to Rabbit's mud-balls are still upon

his shining face.

THE CHILDREN WITH ONE EYE

TWO
and
her,
little

little

children,

a boy and a

girl,

lived

long

ago with their widowed mother in the Canadian
forest.

The woman was very
she
for herself

poor, for her husto

band had long been dead and
hard to provide food
at times she

had

work

very
Often

and her

children.

she had to go far from

home

in search of fish
for

and game,

was absent

many
left

days.

When

she

went on these long journeys she

her children behind

and thus they were allowed to grow up with very
oversight or discipline or care.

They soon became
left

very unruly because they were so often

to have their

own way, and when
trips she frequently

their

mother returned from her hunting
as they pleased.

found that they would not obey her,

and that they did pretty much

As they
them.

grew older they became more headstrong and disobedient,

and

their

mother could do very

little

to

control
for their

And

she said, "

Some day they

will

suffer

way-

wardness."

One day the woman went
140

to visit a neighbour not far

THE CHILDREN WITH ONE EYE
away.

141
fire.

She

left

a large pot of bear- fat boiling on the

And

she said to the children, "
I

Do
fat

not meddle with the

pot while

am

gone,

for

the

may harm you

if

it

catches fire."

But she was not gone long when the boy
So they took a burning stick of
into the
fat,

said to the girl as they played around the pot, " Let us see
if

the fat will burn."
it

wood and dropped
the
large

and stood looking
happen.

into
fat

pot

to

see
;

what

would

The

sputtered for an instant

then there was a sudden

flash,

and a tongue
the faces
crisp

of

flame shot

upwards from the pot into
hair

of the children.
their faces

and
house
outer

was burned to a were scorched, and they ran from
Their
pain.

the
the
for

crying
air,

with

But
that
eyes.
for

when they reached
they
could

they

found
their

not

see,

the

fire

had blinded

So they stumbled
help.

around in darkness, cr5dng loudly
came.

But no help
remedy
all

When
she

their

mother came home she
might
restore
their

tried every

thought

sight.

But
will

her

medicine was unavailing, and she

said,

"

You

always

be

blind.

That

is

the

punishment
darkness

for

your disobedi-

ence."

So

the

children

hved
no

in

for

a

long

time.

But

they

were

longer

headstrong

and

unruly,

and although they could no longer see, they were less trouble to their mother than they were when they had

142
their
sight,

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
for

they

did

not

now

refuse

to

do

her

bidding.

One day, when
the forest, an old
for food.

their

mother was

far

away hunting

in

woman came

along and asked the children

And
I

they brought good food to her as she sat
After she had eaten, she said, "
I

before the door.
blind, Little

You
I

are

but

can help you, for
I

am

from the Land of the
will

People.

cannot give you four eyes, but

give

you one eye between you. You can each use it at different times, and it will be better than no sight at aU. But handle it with great care and do not leave it lying on

Then she gave them an eye which she took from her pocket, and disappeared. So they used the one eye between them, and when the boy had the eye and
the ground."
the
girl

wished to see
eye,"

anything,

she

would

say,

" Give
it

me

the

and her brother
their

would carefully pass

came home she was very glad when she found that they had now some means of
to her.

When

mother

sight.

One day when
went
into

their

mother was away again, the boy
with
his

the

forest

bow and
killed.

arrows.

He

carried the eye with him.

He had

not gone far

when he

saw a heavy

fat

young

deer,

which he

The deer was too

for

him

to carry
sister,
it

go and get

my

a basket and carry

home alone. So he said, " I will and we shall cut it up and put it in home together." He went home and

THE BOY WENT INTO THE FOREST WITH IMS BOW AND ARROWS. HE HAD NOT CONE FAR WHEN HE SAW A FAT VOlJNli DEER, WHIGH HE KllLEU

THE CHILDREN WITH ONE EYE
told
his
sister

143
to

of

his

good

fortune,^

and he led her

where the deer

lay,

and they began to cut up the body.
to bring a basket or a bag.

But they had forgotten
called

He
And

to

his

sister

saying,

"

You must weave
it

a basket

into

which we can put the meat to carry

home."
I

his sister said, "

How

can

I

make a basket when
I

cannot

see

?

If I

am

to

weave a basket,
to her

must have the eye."

The

boy brought the eye
from green twigs.

and she made a

large basket

When
"
I

she had finished making the basket the boy said,
finish cutting

must

up the meat.
in

Give

me

the eye."

So she brought
the
"

liim the eye,

and he proceeded to chop up
the
basket.
?

meat and
sister

to

put

it

Then he

said,

Why

can we not have a meal here

I

am

very hungry."

His
"

agreed that this was a good idea, and he said,

You cook the meal while I pack the meat." made a fire, but she was afraid she would bum
so

The

girl

the meat,

she

said,

"

I

cannot see to cook.

I

must have the

eye."

By

this

time her brother had finished packing the

meat into the basket, and he brought her the eye and she went on with her cooking. The fire was low and she said, " I must have some dry wood. Bring me some dry pine."

The boy wandered
to "

off into

the forest in search of wood, but
fell

he had not gone far when he stumbled over a log and
the ground.

He

called to

his for

sister

in anger, saying,

You always want

the

eye

yourself.

How

can

I

144

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
when
I

gather dry pine
once."

cannot see

?

Give

me

the eye at

His

sister

ran to him and helped him up and gave him
fire,

the eye.

She found her way back to the
it

but as she
spit.

reached
shouted,
spoiled.

she smelled the

meat burning on the

She
be
if

"

The meat

is

burning and our dinner
I

will

Give
is

me

the eye at once, so that

may

see

the meat

cooked."

The boy was some
it

distance away,

and
it.

in his anger
I

he threw the eye to her, saying, " Find
if

am

not going to walk to you with

you are too
the ground
it

lazy to

come and
for
it,

get

it."

The eye

fell

to

between them, and neither of them knew where

lay.

They groped
searched for
tree near by,

it

among

the dead leaves,

but as they

a wood-pecker, watching from a branch of a
it

swooped suddenly down and gobbled

up

and flew away.

As they were still searching for it, the old woman who had given it to them came along. She had been hiding among the trees, and she had seen the wood-pecker flying away with her gift. She said, " Where is the eye I gave you ? " "It dropped from my head," answered the boy,
" and girl, "
"
I
it

cannot find

it

in

the grass."

" Yes,"

said

the

dropped from
to

his head,

and we cannot
shall

find it."

You have Ued

me," said the old woman,
for

" and

you

have disobeyed, and

that

I

punish you."

And

with her magic power she ch^^iged the boy into a mole and

THE CHILDREN WITH ONE EYE
the
girl

145

into a bat,

and

said,

"

Now

live blind

upon the

earth, with only your sense of

sound to guide you."

At

once the boy and the

girl

were changed.
earth.

And

so the Mole

and the Bat appeared upon the

THE GIANT WITH THE GREY FEATHERS

ONCE
price.

long ago,

when the Blackfeet Indians
plains, there

dwelt

on the Canadian

was a great famine
buffaloes

in all the land.

For

many months no

were kiUed, and there was no meat to be had at any

One by one the
of food,

old people dropped off because of

a lack
there

and the young children died early because

was no nourishment, and there was great sorrow everjrwhere. Only the strong women and the stronger
warriors

remained

aUve,

but

even

they

gradually

grew

weaker because
land

of the pinch of the

hunger sent into the

by famine.
territory

At
teU

last

the Chief of the tribe prayed

that the Great Chieftain of the Indians might come into
his

to

the

people

what

to

do

to

save

themselves.

The Great
country

Chief was at that time far

away

in the south

where
borne

the

warm winds were blowing and
But one night he heard the
on
the winds,

the

flowers were blooming.

Chief's

prayer

to

him

and he

hastened

northward, for he knew that his people on the plains were

somehow

in dire

distress.

Soon he arrived at the viUage
146

THE GIANT WITH THE GREY FEATHERS
of the " It

147

hungry
I,"

tribe.

"

Who

has called

me
"

here

?

" he asked.

was

answered the Chief.

My

people

are

all

starving because there are no buffaloes in the country, and
if

you had not come we should soon have all perished." Then the Great Chief looked upon his people and he noticed
that the old folks and the
little

children

had disappeared

;

only a few children were

left

and they had pinched cheeks
said,

and sunken
" There
is

eyes.

And

he took pity on them and

a great thief not far distant.
all

He

is

probably

a wicked giant, and he has driven

the buffaloes away.

But

I

wiU find him and soon you
all

shall

have food."

And

the people were

comforted, for they

knew

that the Great

Chief would keep his word.

Then the Chief took with him the young and set out on his quest. The people wanted
him,

Chief's

son

to go with
It
is

but he

said,

"

No

!

We

shall
if

go alone.

a

dangerous duty, and
die
in

it is

better that,

need be, two should

the attempt,

than that aU should perish."

They

journeyed westwards across the prairies towards the Great

Water
to the

in the West,

and as they went, the youth prayed

Sim and the Moon and the Morning Star to send them success. Soon they came to the rolling foot-hiUs covered with sweet-grass and scrubby pine. But stiU they saw no signs of buffalo. At last they reached a narrow stream, on the bank of which they saw a house with smoke coming
from
the

chimney.

" There

is

the

cause

of

aU

our

148

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
" In that house dwells the giant

troubles," said the Chief.
Buffalo-thief

and

his

wife.

They have driven
is left.

all

the

animals from the prairies until not one

My

magic

power

tells

me

it

is

so

!

"

Then by

his

magic power he
stick,

changed

his

companion into a sharp-pointed straight

while he himself took the shape of a dog, and they lay on the ground and waited.

Soon the giant and
along.

his wife

and

their little son

came
See
I

The boy patted the dog on the head, and
nice dog I

said, "

what a
his
for

have found.
His father

He must
said,

be
I

lost.

May

take him
looks.

home

?

"

" No,

do not

like

Do

not touch him."

The boy

cried

bitterly,

he had long hoped for a dog of his own, and his mother
said,

pleaded for him so hard that at last the giant father
" Oh, very well.

come

of it."

Have your own way, but no good can The woman picked up the stick and said, "I
with me.
all

wiU take
giant's

this nice straight stick along
it

I

can dig
to the

roots with

to

make
the

medicine."

So they

went
the

house,

giant

frowning

angrily,

woman

carrying the stick, and the boy leading the dog.

The next morning the
back with a
cooking.
fat

giant went out
all

and soon came

young

buffalo,

skinned and ready for

They roasted it on a spit over the fire and had a good meal. The boy fed some meat to the dog, but his father, when he saw what the boy was doing, beat him soundly, and said, " Have I not told you the dog is an evil

THE GIANT FROWNING ANGRILY, THE WOMAN CARRYING THE STICK AND THE BOY LEADING THE DOG

THE GIANT WITH THE GREY FEATHERS
thing
?

149

You must

not disobey me."

But again the woman
fed.

pleaded for her boy, and the dog was
all

That night when

the world was asleep, the dog and the stick changed back

to their
left of

human form and had the buffalo-meat. And
is

a good supper of what was
the Chief said to the youth,

"

The

giant

the Buffalo-thief
prairies.

who keeps

the herds from

coming to the

It is useless to

kiU him until

we

have found where he has hidden them."

So they changed
sleep.

back to the shapes
forest near the

of

dog and stick and went to

The next morning the woman and her boy
medicine roots.

set off to the

mountain, to gather berries and to dig up

They took the dog and the stick with them. At noon, after they had worked for some time, they sat down to have their luncheon. The woman threw the stick down on the ground, and the boy let the dog run away among the shrubs. The dog wandered to the side of the mountain. There he found an opening like the mouth Peering into the place he saw many buffaloes of a cave. within, and he knew that at last he had found the hiding
place of the giant's plunder.

He went back

to the

woman

and the boy and began
on with
his

to bark.

This was the signal agreed

The woman and her son thought he was barking at a bird, and they laughed at his capers as he jumped about. But he was in reaUty calling to his comrade. The stick understood the call and wiggled hke
companion.
a snake through the underbrush to the dog's
side,

unseen

;

150

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
boy
and
his

by the

mother.

They then entered the
and there they found
at

large cave in the side of the mountain,

a great herd of buffaloes

all

the buffaloes that had been

driven from the prairies.

The dog barked

them and
and they and
east-

snapped at

their heels,

and the

stick beat them,

began to drive them quickly out

of the cavern
still

ward toward the
of

plains.

But they

kept the shape
it

dog and

stick.

When

evening came, and

was time
but they

for the for the

boy and

his

mother to go home, the boy searched

dog and the

woman

looked for her

stick,

could not find them, and they had to go

home without them.
was coming home
and there he saw,
foot-hills

Just as the
the
too.

woman and
to look

her son reached their house on

bank

of

the river,

the giant-thief
to the
east,

far

He chanced away, many

buffaloes

running

towards the

where the sweet-grass grew.
cried loudly to his son, "

He was
is

very angry, and he
?

Where

the dog

Where
said

is

the

dog

?

"

"I

lost

him

in

the underbrush,"

the boy

" he chased a bird

and did not come back."
;

" It was not

a bird he chased," said the giant
buffaloes.
I

"it was one of

my

told

you he was an
gone."

evil

thing and not to

touch him, but you and your mother would have your way.

Now my

buffaloes are

all

He gnashed
I

his teeth in
if

a great rage, and rushed
buffaloes were
if

off to

the hidden cave to see

any

left,

crying as he went, "

wiU

kill

the dog

I

find

him."

When

he reached the cave the Chief and

THE GIANT WITH THE GREY FEATHERS
the youth, stiU in the form of a dog and
just

151

a

stick,

were
giant

rounding

up the
kill

last

of

the

buffaloes.

The

rushed at them to

the dog and to break the stick, but

they sprang upon an old buffalo and hid in his long hair
and, clinging on tightly, the dog bit the buffalo until the
old animal plunged

and roared and rushed from the

cave,

bearing the Chief and the youth concealed on his back.
galloped eastward until he reached the herd far

He

away on
the best

the prairie, leaving the giant far behind to
of his

make

anger.

Then the

Chief

and the brave youth took
spirits

their old

form of men, and in high
buffaloes

they drove the

herd

of

back to

their

hungry people waiting
to

patiently on the plains.

The people were very pleased
and the youth returning to the
herd of
fat buffaloes, for

see

the Great Chief

village

with

the

great

they knew now that the famine

was ended.

But

as they drove the animals into a great

fenced enclosure, a large grey bird flew over their heads

and swooped down upon them and pecked at them with its bill, and tried to frighten them and drive them away.

The Great Chief knew by his magic power that the grey bird was none other than the giant-thief who had stolen the buffaloes, and who had changed himself into a bird to Then the fly across the prairies in pursuit of them. Chief changed himself into an otter and lay down on the bank of the stream, pretending to be dead. The grey bird

152
flew

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
down upon him,
of fat otter.
for

he thought he would have a good

meal

But the Chief
his

and changing back to
to his camp.
tent

him by the leg, own form, he bore him in triumph
seized
fast to the

He

tied

him up

smoke-hole of his

and

made a

great

fire

inside.

The

giant

cried,

" Spare

me, spare me, and

I

shall

never do you more
all

harm."
him.

But the Chief

left

him on the tent pole
fire

night

long while the black smoke from the

poured out around

In the morning his feathers were aU black.
let

Then

the Cliief

him down.

And

he

said, "

You may go now,

but you

will

never be able to resume your former shape.

You wiU
pised

henceforth be a raven, a bird of ill-omen upon

the earth, an outlaw and a brigand

among
thefts.

the birds, des-

among men because
steal

of

your

And you

will

always have to

and

to

hunt hard

for

your food."

And
is

to this day the feathers of the raven are black,

and he

a bird of ill-omen upon the earth because of his encounter
with the Great Chieftain long ago.

THE CRUEL STEPMOTHER

ONCE
father.

long ago,

when

the Blackfeet

Indians

dwelt

on the Canadian

prairies, a

poor Indian and his
girl,

two

children, a

boy and a

were hving near

the bank of a great river.

The

children's
left to
it

mother had long
the care of their
right that they

been dead and they had long been
Their father did not think

was

should

grow

up without a woman's

kindness,

and he
far

decided at last to take another wife.
to a distant village
of

So he went

away
North

and there he married a queer woman
Soon
times

another

tribe.
it

grew hard in the

Country, and
lived for

was very

difficult to get food.

The family

many

days on roots and

berries,

and often they

were very hungry because there was no meat.
very

Now
of

it

happened that the woman the man had married was a
wicked
evil

witch-woman,

who was

capable

doing

many
and

deeds.

She had no love

for her stepchildren,

she treated them very crueUy.

She blamed them

for

the lack of food in the house, and beating them soundly, she said, " You gluttonous brats ; you always eat too much.
It is little

wonder that we cannot keep the house supplied
153

154

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
The man saw
it

with food."
dren, but

his

wife's
sad,

cruelty to the chil-

although

made him
for

and

at times

angry,

he did not
rule her

interfere,

he thought the

woman

should

home.
night in the early spring, as the

One
spider

man

slept, his first

wife appeared to

him

in a

dream, and

said, "

Hang

a large

web

across the trail in the forest where the animals

pass and you will get plenty of food.
children.

But be good
kill

to

my

Their cruel stepmother

is

planning to

them."

And

him where to look for the magical spider web. The next day the man found the large spider web, and he went far away into the forest and hung it from the trees
she told
trail

over the

where the animals passed.
to the
for

That evening

when he went back
entangled in
its

web he found many animals
it

meshes,

had magical power.

He
after

kiUed the animals and brought them home, and that night

they had a good fat supper of roast deer meat.

Day

day the magical spider web gave him great numbers
rabbits

of

and

deer, as the vision of his

dead wife had told

him

in the night,
for food.

and from that time on the family did not
in

want

But the man's success
witch-wife.

hunting

only

angered

his

She had now no cause

for complaint

against

the

little children,

and she could no longer

scold

them and
at last

say that because of them there was no food in the house.

Her hatred

for

them grew stronger each day, and

THE CRUEL STEPMOTHER
she decided to
as she could.
in search of
kill

155

them and to kill their father as soon Their father was going away on the morrow
to

wood

make arrows
have
a

for his bows,

and she

thought

she

would

good

chance

to

kill

while he was gone.

Then she would
came again
wife

kill their

father

them when

he returned.
vision of his

So she laid her plans.
first

But that night the

wife

to the
is

man

as he slept,

and

it

said, "
kill

Your present

a witch- woman.

She

plans to

the children to-morrow

when you

are away,

and when you come home she
kill

will kill you, too.

You must
little

her

while

there

is

yet

time.

Remember my

children."

When
the
night.

the

man awoke
longer

in

the morning he was

much

alarmed because of the story told him by the vision of

He no

trusted his witch- wife

and he

decided to get rid of her.

But he feared she would attack
it.

the children before he could prevent

So when the witch-

wife went out to get water from the stream to
fast,

make

break-

he gave each of the children a
of soft moss,

stick,

a white stone,

and a bunch
in great

and

he said, "
I

You must run away

from here and stay away until
danger.

can find you, for you are

you

of great use.

You will find these three things I give Throw them behind you if any evil thing
The
forest.

pursues you, and they will keep you from harm."
children in great fear at

once ran away into the

Then the man hung

his magical spider

web over

the door

156
of the house,

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
and
sat

quietly inside waiting for his wife

to

come back.

In a httle while she came home, carrying
its fine

a pail of water, but she did not see the web with
strands hanging across the door, and
it

when she walked
meshes.

into

she was at once entangled in
free,

its

She struggled

hard to get

but her head was inside the door while

her body was outside, and the
the
neck.

Then the man
his stone-axe

said,

web held her fast around " I know now that you
will

are a cruel witch-woman.

You

beat

my

children no

more."

With

he struck her a mighty blow

which completely severed her head from her body.
his children,

Then

he ran from the house as fast as he could and went towards

who were watching him

not far away.

But the man was not yet done with the cruel witchwoman. As he ran from the house her headless body,
freed

from

the

spider

web,

ran

after

him,

while

her

severed head, with eyes staring and hair flying, followed
the
children,

sometimes bumping along the ground and
through the
in
air.

sometimes

rising

The

father thought

it

would be well to go
children,

a

different

direction

from the

and he went west, while they went east. The children were very frightened when they saw the horrible Then they head behind them, slowly gaining upon them. remembered their father's magic gifts. When the head was
close

groimd at

upon them, they threw their sticks on the their backs and at once a dense forest sprang up

THE CRUEL STEPMOTHER
between them and
their pursuer.

157

The

children said, "

Now

we

will rest here for a while, for

we

are nearly out of breath.
forest."

The wicked head cannot

get through that dense

And
thick

they sat on the grass and rested.
however,
the pursuing head
children

Soon,

emerged from the
as

trees.

The

got

up and ran

hard as

they could, but close behind them came the severed head,
rolling its eyes

and gnashing
It

its

teeth in a great frenzy,

and

uttering terrible yells.
children again

was very near to them, when the
their father's gifts.

They threw the white stones behind them, and at once a high mountain of white rock rose between them and their enemy. They sat on the ground and rested, and said, " Oh dear, oh dear, what shall we do ? We have only one means of safety left, these Httle bits of moss." The wicked head
remembered
hurled
itself

against the mountain,

but

it

could not get

through.
it,

A

big buffalo bull was feeding on the grass near
called to

and the head

him

to break a road through the

mountain.
force,

The buU rushed

at the

mountain with
it

all

his

but the mountain was so hard that
fell

broke his head
playing in the

and he

down

dead.

Some moles were
called to
hill.

soft earth near by,

and the head

them

to

make

a passage through the

So the moles searched and

found a soft earthy place in the midst of the rock and soon
they tunnelled a hole to the other side of the mountain,

through which

the

head was able to

pass.

When

the

158
children

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
saw
their

pursuer

coming

out

of

the

moles'

tunnel they cried loudly and ran

away
use

as fast as they could.

At

last, after

a very long chase, the head was almost upon

them,

and

they

decided

to

their

last

means

of

protection.

They threw the wet moss behind them, and

at once a long black
fallen,

swamp appeared where

the moss had

between them and their wicked follower.

The head
disap-

was going at such a great speed, bumping over the ground,
that
it

could not stop.

It rolled into the

swamp and
wait
for

peared into the soft

mud and was
went

never seen again.
to
their

The
father.

children
It

then

home

But

their

was a long journey, for they had run far. father never came. Months and months they
and very powerful among
magic
their
their tribe.

waited,

but he did not come, and they grew up to be

great magicians
last,

At
had

by

their

power,
father.

they
Their

learned

what

happened
followed

to

stepmother's

body
It

continued to follow him as he ran towards the west.

Then by his magic power, which the vision of his dead wife had brought to him, he changed himself into the Sun, and went to live with his wife in the sky- country. But the old witch- woman also had magic power, and she changed herself into the Moon and followed him to the land of the stars. And
for

him

many

days.

there she

still

pursues him.

And

while he keeps ahead of
all

her and she

cannot catch him, night follows day in

THE BULL RUSHED AT THE MOUNTAIN WITH ALL

HIS

FORCE

THE CRUEL STEPMOTHER
the world.

159
kill

But

if

she

overtakes him she will

him,

and day upon the
he
will

will disappear

and night

shall reign for

evermore

earth.

And

the Blackfeet of the plains pray that

always keep in front in the race with his former

witch-wife, so that there

may

be always Night and

Day

in

succession in

all

the land.

THE BOY WHO WAS SAVED BY THOUGHTS
widow woman once lived near the sea in Eastern Canada. Her husband had been drowned catching fish one stormy day far off the coast, and her httle boy was now her only means of support. He had no brothers or sisters, and he and his mother, because they Hved alone, were always good comrades. Although he was very young and small, he was very strong, and he could catch fish and game like a man. Every day he
brought home food to his mother, and they were never in
want.

A

POOR

Now
Winds

it

happened that the Great Eagle who made the

in these parts

became very angry because he was

not given enough to eat.
said, " li the

He went

screaming through the
find.

land in search of food, but no food could he
people will not give

And he

me

food, I will take care

that they get no food for themselves, and

when

I

grow very

hungry

up all the little children in the land. For my young ones must have nourishment too." So he tossed the waters about with the wind of his great wings, and he bent the trees and flattened the com, and for days
I shall eat
160

THE BOY WHO WAS SAVED BY THOUGHTS
stayed
indoors,

i6i

he made such a hurly-burly on the earth that the people

and

they

were

afraid

to

come out

in

search of food.

At

last

the boy and his
I

mother became very hungry.
find food, for there is

And And

the boy said, "
left

must go and

not a crumb

in the house.
I

We

cannot wait longer."
a fat young

he said to his mother, "
lives

know where
kill

beaver

in

his
sea.

house of reeds on the bank of the
I shall

stream near the
will

go and

him, and his flesh

feed us for
to
still

many

days."

His mother did not want

him
was
of

make

this

hazardous journey, for the Great Eagle

in the land.
I

But he

said to her, "
I will

You must
I shall

think

me

always when

am

gone, and

think of you, and

while

we keep each

other in our memories

come

to

no harm."

So, taking his long hunting knife,

he set out

for the beaver's

home

in his house of reeds

on the bank of

the stream near the sea.

He

reached the place without
fast

mishap and there he found Beaver
killed

asleep.

He

soon

him and slung him over
"

his shoulder

and started back
I

to his mother's house.

A

good

fat

load

have here,"

he said to himself, " and we shall
dinner of roast beaver-meat."

now have many a good
on
his

But

as he

went along with

his load

back the Great
with

Eagle spied him from a distance and swooped down upon

him without warning.
knife,

Before

he

could

strike

his

the Eagle caught him by the shoulders and soared

M

i62

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
still

away, holding him in a mighty grip with the beaver

on

his back.

The boy

tried to plunge his knife into the

Eagle's breast, but the feathers were too thick and tough,

and he was not strong enough
them.
plight.

to drive the knife through

He

could do nothing but
I

" Surely
"

can think of

make the a way of

best of his sorry

escape," he said

to himself,

and

my

mother's thoughts will be with
his

me
was

to help me."
built

Soon the Eagle arrived at
cliff

home.

It

on a high

overlooking the sea, hundreds of feet
rolling

above the beach, where even the sound of the surf
in from afar could not reach
it.

There were

many young
Great Eagle

birds

in

the

nest,

all

clamouring for food.

threw the boy to the side of the nest and told him to stay
there.

And

he

said, " I

shaU

first

eat the beaver,
fat

and
of

after

he

is

aU eaten up we

shall

have a good
to pieces

meal from you."
it

Then he picked the beaver
his

and fed part

to

young

ones.
nest, trying

For some days the boy lay in terror in the
to think of a

way

of escape.

Birds flew high over his head,

and

far out

on the ocean he could see great ships going by.

But no help came to him, and he thought that death would soon be upon him. And his mother sat at home waiting for him to return, but day after day passed and still he did
not come.

She thought he must surely be in great danger,

or that perhaps he was already dead.

One

day, as she was
along.

weeping, thinking of her lost boy, an old

woman came

AND FOR SOME DAVS THE EOY LAV IN TERROR IN THE NEST FAR OUT ON THE OCEAN HE COULD SEE GREAT SHIPS GOING EY
,

.

THE BOY WHO WAS SAVED BY THOUGHTS
"

163

And the weeping woman said, " My boy has been away for many days. I know that harm has come upon him. The men of my tribe have gone
?

Why

do you cry

" she asked.

in search of him,

and they

will kill

whatever holds him a

prisoner, but

I

fear he will never

come back ahve."
of

And
for

the old

can

woman said, do you You must
!

" Little

good the men

your tribe

aid
I

him with your thoughts,

material things are vain.

will help you, for I

have been So

given great power by the Little People of the Hills."
the

woman

used her thoughts and her wishes to bring back

her boy.

That night the boy noticed that the beaver had
eaten up and that not a morsel remained.

all

been
that

He knew

unless he could save himself at once he would surely die on

The Great Eagle, he knew, would swoop down upon him and kill him with a blow of his powerful beak and claws. But when the boy slept, he saw his mother
the morrow.
in his slumber.

And

she said to him, " To-morrow

when
kill

Great Eagle goes from the nest, brace your knife, point

upwards, against the rock.

When

he swoops down to

you

his breast will strike the knife,

and he

will

be pierced

to death.

You

are not strong enough to cut through his

feathers

with your knife,
himself."

but he

is

powerful enough

to

destroy

went
him.

out,

The next morning when Great Eagle the boy did as the vision of the night had told
braced his sharp
hunting-knife, point upwards,

He

i64

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
and
sat
still

against the rock

and waited.
that

Then he heard
hour had come.
of
his

the young eagles making a great noise and crying loudly
for

their

breakfast.

He knew

his

Soon the Great Eagle, hearing the screams
ones,
circled

young

came

flying

back to the nest to
cries

kill

the boy.

He
his

around above him with loud

and then with great
kill

force

swooped down upon him, hoping to

him with

beak and claws.

But

instead, he struck the blade braced

upwards against the
breast,

rock.

The
killed

knife pierced far into his
rolled over

and with a loud scream he

dead into

the nest.

The boy then

the young eagles, and he
safe.

knew

that

now

for a

time he was

But he did not know how
nest, for
it

to get

down from

the Eagle's

jutted out like a shelf far over the beach, and
of rock of

behind
climb.

it

was a wall

around which he could not
ladder,

He had no means
of

making a

and

his cries

would not be heard upon the beach because
roaring

of the constant

the surf.

He
saw

thought he would surely starve
cried himself to sleep.

to death,

and that night he
his

But

in the night he again

mother

in his slumbers.

And
and

she said, "

You
I

are a foolish boy.

Why

do you not use
eagle

the thoughts

send you
If

?

To-morrow skin the

crawl inside the skin.
in the air they
cliff

the wide wings can hold the Eagle

can likewise hold you.

Drop

off

from the

and you

will

land safely on the beach."

The next day

the boy did as the vision of the night had told him.

He

THE BOY WHO WAS SAVED BY THOUGHTS
carefully skinned the Great Eagle.

165

Then he crawled

inside

the skin and thrust his arms through the skin just above

the wings, so that his extended arms would hold the wings
straight out beneath them.

Then he prepared to drop down. But when he looked over the cliff, he was very frightened, for the sight made him dizzy. On the beach, men looked like flies, they were so far away. But he remembered the promise made to him in his slumbers. So he pushed himself from the cliff and dropped down. The wings of Great Eagle let him fall gently through the air and he landed safely and unhurt upon the beach. He crawled out of the skin and set out for his home. It was a long journey, for Great Eagle had carried him far away, but towards evening he reached his home safely, and his mother received him
with great gladness.

The boy began to boast of his adventure, and he told how he had killed Great Eagle and how he had dropped down unscathed from the cliff. He spoke of himself with great pride and of his strength and his shrewdness. But the old woman from the Land of the Little People, the fairies of the hills, who was still present with his mother,
said,

" Oh, vain boy,

do not think so highly of yourself.
;

your shrewdness Your strength is nothing It was not these things that saved you, but
strength of our thoughts.

is
it

nothing.

was the

These alone endure and succeed

when

all

else

fails.

I

have taught you the uselessness of

i66
all

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
material things, which in the end are but as ashes or

as dust.

they

Our thoughts alone can help us in the end, for alone are eternal." And the boy listened and
at

wondered

what the old woman from the Land
said,

of Little

People had

but he boasted of his strength no more.

;

THE SONG-BIRD AND THE HEALING WATERS

ONCE when
great
of the people.
its

the

snow lay very deep on the ground
frost,

and the days were grey with
sorrow in

there

was

an Indian

village.

A

dreadful

plague had come upon the place and had carried away

many

Neither old nor young were proof against
fell

ravages,

and the weak and the strong

helpless before
of the

its

power.

plague,
their
tribe
his

The people tried every means to get rid but they had no success. And they prayed
spirits to help

to

aU

good

them, but no help came.

In the

was a young warrior who had lost his parents and all brothers and sisters because of the dreaded disease.
his

Now
for

young wife feU
of the

sick,

and he was
so he

in great sorrow,

he thought that she would soon foUow his parents into

the

Land

Shadows.

And

went about

in great

fear,

not knowing when the end would come.

One day he met an old woman in the forest. " Why " I am sad do you look so sorrowful ? " she asked him. because my young wife is going to die," he answered " the plague wiU carry her off like the others." But the
old

woman

said,

"There

is

something that wiU save your
167

i68
wife

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
from
death.

Far

away
will

in

the East

is

a

bird

of

sweet song which dwells close to the Healing Waters.
until

Go

you
of
I

find

it.

It

point

you to the

spring, the

waters
said,

which alone can heal."

And

the

young man
So he went

"

must

find

the Healing Waters.
I

Wherever they

may
home

be upon the earth,

must
to

find them."
friends,

and

said

good-bye

his

and

set

out

eastward on his quest.
All

the next day he searched eagerly for the Waters,

listening

always for the bird of the sweet song.

But he

The snow lay deep in the forest and he moved along with difficulty. He met a rabbit in his path and he said, " TeU me where I shall fmd the Healing Spring ? "
found nothing.

But the rabbit scurried away over the snow and made no answer. Then he asked a bear, but he met with the same rebuff. Thus for many days and nights he wandered on, crossing rivers and cHmbing steep hiUs, but always without
success.

Then one day he emerged from the snow country and came to a land where the airs were warmer and where little streams were flowing. Suddenly he came upon the body of a dead man lying across his path. He stopped and buried
the body, for he thought that
l3dng bare
it

was not

right to leave

it

upon the ground
said

for the birds to

peck

at.

That
in his

night as he went along in the moonlight he met a
path.

Fox

"Hello,"

the Fox.

"What

are

you looking

THE SONG-BIRD AND THE HEALING WATERS
for so late at night in the forest
?

169

"

am
the

looking for the bird of the sweet

way

to the Healing Waters."

And he answered, " I song, who will show me And the Fox said, " I

am

the spirit of the

man you

buried yesterday by the forest

path,

and

in return for

your kindness to

me

I

shall

do a

kindness to you.

You have always been good
killed

to the animals
needlessly,

and the

birds,

and you have never

them

nor when you did not require them for clothing or for food.

And you have
trees,

always been careful of the flowers and the

and you have often protected them from harm.
to be

So

now they want
you.

good to you, and
rest,

I

am

going to guide

But

first

you must

for

you are

tired

from your

long journey."

Then the young man
stood guard beside him.
in his

lay

down

to sleep

and the Fox

As he

slept

he dreamed.

And

dream he saw

his wife pale

and thin and worn, and

as he looked he heard her singing a song of wonderful melody.

Then he heard a
" Seek

waterfall rippling near

him and

it

said,

me,

O

warrior,

and when you

find

me

your wife

shall live, for I

am

the Healing Waters."

In the morning
forest

the

Fox

led

him but a short distance through the
had heard
in his

and on the branch
the night before.

of a tree he heard a bird singing a song

of wonderful melody, just as he

dream

of

He knew now

that this was the bird of

the sweet song of which the old
spoken.

woman

in the forest

had
of

Then, as he listened, he heard the

sound

a

170

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
far

waterfall rippling not

away.

He
said,

searched for
"

it,

but
it
;

he could not find

it.

And Fox
;

You must

seek

you must not despair
search."

it

wiU not come to you unless you
" Release us,"
shall

So he searched again, and soon he thought he
feet.

heard a voice speaking beneath his
it

called, " set us free

and your wife and your people

be saved."

and dug rapidly into the earth where he had heard the voice. He worked eagerly and quickly, and he had not dug far when the spring gushed
seized a sharp stick

He

forth

and boiled upwards carrying to the world

its

healing

power.

And

the young
ills.

the cure for his

man knew that at last he had found He plunged into the spring and bathed
all his

himself in the water, and

weariness

left

him and he

was strong

again.

Then the young man moulded from the soft earth a large pot. He baked it in the fire until it was quite hard. " Now," said the Fox spirit, " I wiU leave you. Your
kindness has been rewarded.
for

you have found the
his clay his

You wiU need me no Heahng Waters." And he

more,
disap-

peared as mysteriously as he had come.
filled

The young man pot with the sparkling water and hastened
forest

back to

home, running through the

with the speed

of the wind, because of his

renewed strength.
village, the
still

When
with sad

he reached his native
faces, for the

people met him

plague was

raging and they told

him that

his

young wife was about

to pass to the

Land

of the

THEN THE YOUNG MAN

LA','

AND FOX STOOD GUARD B-SIDE HIM

DOWN TO SLEEP

THE SONG-BIRD AND THE HEALING WATERS
Shadows.
of

171

But he hurried to his home, and he forced some the Heahng Waters between his wife's parched Hps, and
fell

bathed her hands and her brow until she
slumber.

into a deep

He watched by

her

side

until

she awoke, and

when sleep left her she was well again. Then with his Heahng Waters he cured all the people in the village, and the cruel plague left them and there was no more sickness in the land. And since that time no plague has spread among
his tribe.

In this

way

the Mineral Springs, the places of

Healing Waters, came upon the earth, bearing health and
happiness wherever they
the songs of birds.
rise,

and accompanied always by

THE BOY WHO OVERCAME THE GIANTS

ONCE
to

long

ago,

before

the

white

man came
alone

to

Canada, an

orphan boy was Hving

with

his uncle.

He was

not very happy, for he had
fitted for

work very hard, and tasks more

a man's shoulders

than for a boy's were often placed upon him.
parents died and
left

When

his

him without brother or sister, his uncle took him to his own home because there was no one else to take care of him. But he treated him very cruelly and
often he wished to get rid of him.
well the
It

mattered not how

work or how many fish and animals he caught, his uncle was never satisfied, and often he beat the boy harshly and with little cause. The boy would have
boy did
his

run away but he did not know where to
to wander alone in the dark forest.
his hardships as best he could.

go,

and he feared

So he decided to endure

Now
cruelty.

it

happened that

in a distant village near the sea
far

there lived a Chief

who was noted

and wide

for

his

He had a wicked temper, and he was known to have put many people to death for no reason whatsoever.
More than aU
else,

he

hated
172

boastfulness

and he had

THE BOY WHO OVERCAME THE GIANTS
scanty
patience

173

with

anyone who was vain
himself

of

his

own
the

strength.

He

pledged

always
said, "

to

humble

proud and to debase the haughty.
heard of this wicked
for
ruler,

The boy's uncle had
Here
is

and he

a chance

me
It

to get rid of the boy.

I will tell lies

about him to

the Chief."

chanced just at

this

time that three giants came into

Where they came from, no man knew, but they dwelt in a large cave near the sea, and they caused great havoc and destruction in all the land. They ate up
the Chief's territory.
great stores of food,

and

all

the

little

children they could
to get

lay their hands on.
rid of the giants, his best warriors

The Chief used every means

but without success.

Night after night

went to the cave by the ocean to seek out

the giants, but not a

man

returned.

A

piece of birch bark

bearing a picture of a warrior with an arrow in his heart,

found the next day at the Chief's door, always told him of
the warrior's fate.

And

the giants continued their cruel

work, for no one could stop them.

Soon aU the country was
"
will give

in

great

terror.

The Chief
he thought,

wondered greatly what was to be done.
I

At

last

my

daughter to the

man who
many

can rid

me

of

these pests."

His daughter was his only child and she was
suitors

very beautiful, and he knew that

would now
task

appear

to

seek

her

hand,

for

although

the

was

dangerous, the prize was worth while.

When

the wicked

174

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
it,

uncle in the distant village heard of
I

he thought, "

Now

can get rid of the boy, for
kill

I will tell

the Chiei that the boy

says he can

the giants."

So taking his nephew with

him he went

to the Chief's house
I

and begged to

see him.

" Oh, Chief," he said, "

have a boy who boasts that before
" Bring

many

days
"

have
the

passed he can free your land from the
Chief said,
is."

giants."

And

him

to

me."

man

said,

Here he

The Chief was
said,

surprised

The when

he saw the small boy, and he
that you can rid

"

You have promised

my

land of giants.

you can do
If

it.

If

you succeed you
die.
I

Now we shall see if may have my daughter.
giants, I

you

fail,

you wiU

If

you escape from the

will

kill

you myself.

hate vain boasters, and they shall

not live in

my

land."
sat

The boy went and
as he could.

by the ocean, and cried as hard He thought that he would surely die, for he

was very small and he had no means of lolling the giants. But as he sat there an old woman came along. She

came

quietly

and quickly out

of the grey mist of the sea.
?

And
"
I

she said, "

Why
I

are
I

you crying

"

And

the boy said,

am

crying because
if

am

forced to attack the giants in
I

the cave, and

cannot kiU them

shall surely die,"

and

he cried louder than before.

But the old woman, who was
will give you,

the good fairy of the sea, said, " Take this bag and this knife

and these three
you go to-night

little

stones that

I

and when
I

to the giants' cave, use

them

as

tell

you

THE BOY WHO OVERCAME THE GIANTS
and
all will

175

be well."
knife,

She gave him three small white stones
like the

and a small
she taught

and a bag

bladder of a bear, and

Then she disappeared into the grey mist that hung low on the ocean and the boy never saw her again.
their use.

him

The boy lay down on the sand and went

to

sleep.

When

he awoke, the

moon was

shining,

and
the

far along the

coast in the bright light he could see an opening in the rocks

which he

knew was the entrance
bag and
it

to

giants'

cave.

Taking

his

his knife

and the three
a

little

stones,

he

approached

cautiously

with

trembling heart.

When

he reached the mouth of the cave he could hear the giants
snoring inside,
all

making
tied the

different noises, louder

than the

roar of the sea.
instructions.

Then he remembered the
bag inside
close to his chin.

old

woman's

He
was

his coat so that the

mouth
so
it

of it

stones from his pocket.

Then he took one of the At once it grew to immense size,
it.

heavy that the boy could scarcely hold
at

He threw
it

the

biggest

giant

with great
giant sat

force,

and

hit

him
and

squarely on the head.

The

up

staring wildly

rubbing his brow.

kicked his younger brother, who was lying beside him, and said in great anger, " Why did you

He

strike

me
if

?

"

"I
it

did not strike you," the head while
I will kill

said his

brother.

"

You

struck

me on

I slept,"

said the giant,

" and

you do

again

you."

Then they went

to sleep again.

176

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
When
size

them snoring loudly At once a second stone from his pocket.
in

the boy heard

again, he took
it

grew great
at

and the boy hurled

it

with

great

force

the

biggest giant.

Again the giant sat up staring wildly and

rubbing his head.

But

this

time he did not speak.

He
When

grasped his axe, which was lying beside him, and killed his
brother with a blow.
the boy heard
his pocket.

Then he went
it

to sleep again.

him

snoring, he took the third stone from

At once
with

grew to great

size

and weight, and
Again the giant
the

he hurled
sat

it

all his

force at the giant.

up with great

staring eyes, rubbing
in a great rage.

lump on
axe he

his

head.

He was now

"

My

brothers have
killed

plotted to kiU me," he yelled,
his

and

seizing his

remaining brother with a blow.

Then he went
first

to sleep,

and the boy slipped from the cave,
three stones, which were

gathering

up the
water

now The next morning when
The

of their usual small size.

the giant went to get

from the stream, the boy hid in the trees and began to cry
loudly.

giant soon discovered
?

him and asked,
Please take
for

"Why
into

are
"

you crying

"

"I have
I

lost
left

my
me.

way," said the boy,

my

parents have gone and
service,

me

your

for

would

like

to

work

such a kind

handsome man, and I can do many things." The giant was flattered by what the boy said, and although he liked
to eat
I
little

children, he thought, "
I

Now

that

I

am

alone,

ought to have a companion, so

will spare the boy's life

THE BOY WHO OVERCAME THE GIANTS
and make him
his

177

my

servant."
"

And

he took the boy back to
dinner
I

cave,

and

said,

Cook

my

before

I

come

home.

Make some good

stew, for

shall

be very hungry."

When
and put

the giant went into the forest the boy prepared

the evening meal.
it

He

cut

up a great
giant

store of deer

meat

in a large pot bigger than a hogshead,

and made

a good meat stew.

When the

came home

in the evening

he was very hungry, and he was well pleased to see the big
pot
filled

with his favourite food.

He

seated himself on

one side of the pot, and the boy seated himself on the other
side,

and they dipped

their spoons into the big dish.
it

And
for

the boy said, "

We

must eat

aU up so that

I

can clean

the pot well and ready for the
breakfast."

com mush we
hot,

will

have
it

The stew was very
his

and to

cool

before

he ate

it

the giant blew his breath on what he dipped out.

But the boy poured
coat,

own

share into the bag under his

and
?

Hke you

stew with

Why can't you eat hot food— a big man In my country men never stop to cool their their breath." Now the giant could not see very
said,

"

well, for his eyesight

was not very good, and the cave was
in the

dark,

and he did not notice the boy putting the stew

bag so quickly.

He

thought the boy was eating

it.

And

he was shamed by the boy's taunts because he was so much
larger than the boy, so he ate

great gulps and burned his

up the hot stew at once in throat badly. But he was too
N

proud to stop or to complain.

178

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
When
they had eaten half the potful, the giant said, "
I I

am

fuU.

think

I

have had enough."

" No, indeed," said

the boy, " you must show that you hke

my

cooking.

In

my
on

country
eating.

men

eat

much more than

that,"

and he kept

The giant was not to be outdone by a boy, so he fell to eating again, and they did not stop until they had consumed the whole potful of stew. But the boy had poured
his share into the

bag and when they had finished he was

immense size. The giant could scarcely move, he had eaten so much, and he said, " I have eaten too much I feel very full, and I have a great pain in my
swelled out to an
;

belly."

And
I

the boy said, "

I

do not

feel

very comfortable

myself, but

have a way to cure pains."

So saying he took
to his normal

his httle knife

and thrust

it

gently into the side of the bag

and the stew oozed out and he was soon back
size.

said,

The giant wondered greatly at the sight, but the boy "It is a way they have in my country after they have
feast."

had a great
the giant.
relief."

"

Does the knife not hurt
"
it

?

"

asked

" No, indeed," said the boy,

brings great

"

My

throat

is

very sore," said the giant, for the
"

hot stew had burned him.
said the boy, "
if

You wiU
I

soon

feel

better,"

you

will

do as

have done."

The

giant

hesitated to do this, but soon he

felt

so uncomfortable that

he could bear
quite well.
his stomach.

it

no longer.

He saw

that the boy was feeling
it

So he took his long knife and plunged
" Strike hard," said the boy,

into

"or

it

will

do

'STRIKE HARD," SAID THE BOY,

"OR

IT

WILL DO YOU NO GOOD''

THE BOY WHO OVERCAME THE GIANTS

179

you no good." The giant plunged the knife into the hilt, and in an instant he fell dead. Then the boy took the stones and the bag and the knife
which the
told

Woman
Chief

of the Mist

had given him and went and
.done.

the

what he had

The

Chief

sent

his

messengers to the cave to make sure that the boy spoke
the truth.

Sure enough, they found the three giants lying

dead.

When

they told the Chief what they had seen, he

said to the boy, "

You may have my daughter
" I
I

as your wife."

But the boy
too old and

said,

do not want your daughter.
to catch fish
traps,

She

is

fat.

want only traps

and game."

So the Chief gave the boy

many good

and he went
again.
of the

into a far country to hunt game,

and there he lived happily

by himself. And his wicked uncle never saw him But the land was troubled no more by giants, because
boy's great deeds.

THE YOUTH AND THE DOG-DANCE

ONCE
as he

long

ago,

when

the

Indians
a

dwelt

in

the
far

country in

the

north-west,

youth

went

away from
wanted
of

his native

village to catch birds.

His

people lived near a lake where only small birds nested, and
large

and bright-coloured feathers
plumage
lived.

for his arrows

and

his

bonnet he had to go
brilliant

far into the forest,

where larger
reached
the

birds

When

he

Land

of

Many

Feathers far in the north country, he dug
hill.

a pit on the top of a high

with poles and over the poles

Then he covered the pit he spread grass and leaves
it.

so that the place looked like the earth around

He

put

meat and corn on the

grass,

and

tied the food to the poles
it

Then he climbed down into the pit and waited for the birds to come, when he could reach up and catch them by the feet and kill them. All day long and far into the night the youth waited for birds, but no birds came. Towards morning he heard But a distant sound like that of a partridge drumming. the sound did not come nearer. The next night, as the youth watched and waited in the pit, he heard the same sound,
so that the birds could not

cany

away.

180

THE YOUTH AND THE DOG-DANCE
and he
said, " I will see

i8i
I
is

where the noise comes from and
not a partridge, and
pit
it

will discover the cause, for it is

very strange."
the
direction

So he climbed out of the
of

and went in
rapidly

the

sound.

He walked

along

through the forest until he came at dawn to the shore of
a large lake.
lake,

The drumming came from somewhere
it,

in the

but as he stood listening to

the sound

suddenly

The next night the youth heard the drumming louder than before. Again he went to the lake. The sound was again distinct as it rose from the water, and when he looked he saw great numbers of birds and animals swimming
stopped.
in the lake in the moonlight. of the strange sound.
birds,

But there was no explanation
sat watching the animals
spirit to

As he

and

him the cause of the drumming. Soon an old man came along. He was old and bent and wrinkled, but his eyes were kind. The youth gave him some tobacco and they sat down together
he prayed to his guardian
teU

on the edge
"

of the lake

and watched the swimmers

in the

dim hght, and smoked

their pipes.
?

What

are

you doing here

" asked the old man.

"

I

am

trying to learn the cause of the strange drumming," " You do well indeed to seek it," said the said the youth.

old man, " and to seek to
in

know

the cause of
wise.

all

things.

Only

that

way

will

you be great and

But remember

there are some things the cause of which you can never " Where have you come from ? " said the boy. find."

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"

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
I

Oh," said the man, " Country
I

hved once upon a time

like

you

in the

of

Fancy where great Dreains dweU, and
but your dreams are
all

indeed

hve there

stiU,

of the future
will

while mine are of the past.

But some day you too
be
like

change and your thoughts
said, "

will

mine."

"

TeU me the

cause of the drumming," said the boy.

And

the old
it

man

Take this wand that
sleep,

I will

give

you and wave

before

you go to

and maybe you

will see strange

things."

Then he gave the boy a wand and disappeared into the forest and the boy never saw him again. The boy waved the wand and fell asleep on the sand as the old man had told
him.

When

he awoke he found himself in a large room in

the midst of
gracefully,

many

people.
sat

and some

wonderful robes of skins
colours.

them were dancing around and talked. They wore and feathers, of many different
of

Some

The boy wished he could get such feathers for his own clothes and his bonnet. But as he looked at the people he was suddenly aware that they were none other than the animals and birds he had seen for two nights
swimming
changed
in the lake in the

moonhght.
through

into

human

form,

They were now some strange and
to the youth

miraculous power.
treated

They were very kind
great courtesy.

and

him with

At

last the

dancing ceased and the talking stopped, and
" Oh,

one who seemed to be the Chief stood up at the end of the

room and

said,

young

stranger, the Great Spirit has

AND THEY SAT DOWN TOGETHER ON THE EDGE OF THE LAKE

THE YOUTH AND THE DOG-DANCE
have been sent to you
Dog,
in these shapes.

183

heard your prayers, and because of your magic wand we

The
I

creatures
I

you
the

see here are the animals

and birds

of the world.

am

whom

the Great Spirit loves well.
I

have much power,
always protect
treat

and

my

power

shall give to you,

and

I

shall

you and guard you.
cruelty
I

And even

if

you should

me
I

with
ever

shall

never be unfaithful to you, nor shall

But you must take this Dance home with you and teach it to your people and they must celebrate the
be unkind.

Dance once a year."
of their

Then he taught the youth the

secrets

Dance.
the youth had learned the Dance, the Chief turned

When
I

to his companions

and

said,

"

My

cornrades and brothers,
secrets of the Dance.

have taught the young stranger the
have given him

I

my own

power.
"
?

Will

you not have pity
of the

on a creature from earth and give him some
of

power

which you too are possessed
too wiU help him.

For a long time no one spoke, but
said, " I
I

at last

Owl

arose

and

have power to see

far in the

by night. When he goes out at night I I will be near him and he shall see a great distance. give him these feathers to fasten in his hair." And the Owl gave him a bunch of feathers, which the youth tied to
darkness, and to hunt
his head.

Then Buffalo came forward and said, him. I will give him my endurance and

"

I

too

will

help

my

strength,

and

i84

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
power to trample
tliis

my
him

my

enemies underfoot.

And

I

give

belt of

tanned buffalo-hide to wear when he goes

to war."

And

he gave the youth a very wondrous belt to

fasten around his waist.

The animals and
gladly
of
their

birds,

one after the other, gave him

power.

Porcupine gave

him

quills

with

which to decorate
said,

his leather belt

and

his bonnet,

and he

"

I

too will aid you, and
I

be near you.

make my and they always flee when I
can
shooting of

when you make war I will enemies as weak as children,
approach, for they fear the
foes
it

my

quills.

When you meet your
I

you

will

always overcome them, for
to me."

give

you power

as

was given

And Bear
strength,
coat.

said,

"

I

will give

you

my

toughness and

my

and a

strip of fur for

your leather belt and your

And when you
said,

are in danger, I will not be far away."

Then Deer

" I give

you

my

swiftness so that

you
from

may
you

be
will

fleet of foot.

And when you

pursue your enemies
flee

always overtake them, and should you
will

them, you

always out-run them in the race."

Then the birds spoke again, and Crane said, " I give you a bone from my wing to make a war-whistle to frighten yoiu: enemies away or to summon your people to your assistance when you need them. And I give you my wings
for

your head-dress."

The

giant Eagle then spoke

and

said, "

Oh, youth,

I will

THE YOUTH AND THE DOG-DANCE
be with you wherever you go, and
I will

185
strength

give

you
you

my

and

my

power

in war.

And even
afar,

as I do,

will

always

see your enemies
if

from

and you can always escape them

you so

desire."

And

he gave him a large bunch of won-

derful eagle feathers to tie in his hair as a token of his
fidelity.

And

finally,

Wild-Cat said, "

I

give you

my

power to

crawl stealthily through the grass and the underbrush and
to spring unexpectedly on your foes

and take them unawares.

And I give you too my power of hiding from my enemies." And he gave him strips of his fur to decorate his clothing
in token of his friendship.

From
down
shore

all

the animals and the birds the youth received

power and

gifts.

Then he waved

his

magic wand and lay

to sleep.
of

When
lake,

he awoke, he found himself on the
far

the

and

in

the

east

the

dawn was
out blue

breaking.
before,
hills

But he could
rising

see farther than he

had ever seen

and away and smoke
that

in the distance he could

make

from

far-off

villages.

And he
a
for ever

knew
ended.

strange

power
lake,

was

upon

him.

But not

sound came from the

and the drumming had
his gifts

The youth took
out for his home.

his

magic wand and

and

set

And

he told his people what had happened

and he taught them the secrets of the. Dance which was to make them strong and victorious in war. And among his

i86
people
it

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES

became a great ceremony and was practised for long ages, and was known as the Dog-Dance. And since
that time, the animals and birds have been friends to the

and the Indians have acquired much of their cunning and skill and power. And ever after the night
Indians,
of moonlight

by the

lake

when
gifts,

the youth with the magic

wand
their

received the strange

the Indians have decorated

war

clothes

with fur and quiUs and feathers from

the animals and the birds. the Dog-Dance
is

And

in the far north country,

stiU held at intervals out of gratitude for

the

gifts,

for

the

Indians

do not forget the promise of

long ago.

SPARROW'S SEARCH FOR THE RAIN
ago, LONG people
in

a

village
living.

near

the

sea,

many
a

Indian

were

Among them was
do

very

-^
deeds.

nice old warrior

who had been
that

given great

power
under-

at his birth,

and who,

therefore, could

many

wonderful
his

There was nothing

was beyond

standing, for he

knew

all

things.

His wife had long been

dead, but he had one daughter.

She was very beautiful
perfect as
frivolous

and

gentle,

and she was as nearly
She took no
interest

any woman
things

could be.

in
all

and

she lived a very quiet Ufe, but
well,

the people liked her

Her

and she was always welcome wherever she went. old father was very proud of her, and he said
"

boastfully,

She has inherited much
will

of

my

wisdom, and
girl

some day she
said

marry a great man."

But the

on

her part had Httle thought of marriage or of men, for she

they had small minds,

and she would rather

live

alone

than

listen

always to their boastfulness and their

foolish chatter.

Soon the daughter's fame spread
the sea-coast villages, and

far

and wide through

many
187

suitors

came seeking

for

i88
her hand.

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
But her
father said,
choice.

"

I

have nothing to say.
herself.

She wiU make her own

She must please

For to-day children please themselves and not

their parents."

And she said, " I will marry only some one who can amuse mc and interest me and keep me company. I have scant liking for dull people." One day Loon came to see her. He
was very good looking although he was somewhat
skinny, and his neck
tall

and

was a

bit longer

and more scrawny

than ordinary, but he wore good clothes and he had great
skill as

a fisherman.

He came

because he thought he was

very handsome, and he beheved that his good looks would

win the maiden.
not a word to say.

But she had no love

for

Loon, for he had
stared,

When

she talked to

him he only

and at

last

he burst out into loud and foohsh laughter.

Then

the maiden said, "

You have
in

a small mind like the others,"
his presence.

and
wife.
tail
girl.

in disgust she

withdrew from

Then Fox came

an

effort

to

win the maiden as

his
his

And

for a

whole day he cut capers, and chased
circle,

round and round in a

trying to
well,

amuse the
and
like

serious

But he did not succeed very
girl

departed in despair.

Loon he And many others came, but they met
decided to see no more

the same fate, and at last the
of them, of of

The young men the village were aU very angry because the girl had spoken them aU so scornfuUy, and often they talked among
but to
live alone

with her father.

themselves of her proud and haughty

air.

" She calls us

SPARROW'S SEARCH FOR THE RAIN
Scattered-Brains,"
said
"

189
small

one.

" She

says

we have

minds," said another.
said

She must pay

for these insults,"

a third.

So they vowed that they would somehow
spirit

break her proud
ideas

and bring her sorrow because
single all her
life.

of her

and her decision to stay

One

of

the great

men

of the village

was Whirlwind.
to

himself invisible, and he was often guilty

He could make of many wicked
his aid

pranks.
in

So the young

men went
of

him and asked

humbling the pride

the haughty maiden.
girl

As they

were talking to him, they saw the
off.

approaching not far

And

quite

unawares.

Whirlwind rushed towards her

and knocked her down in the her head and swept it into the
on at her plight and they
all

mud and
sea.

tore her hat from

The young men looked
girl

laughed loudly, and the

was very much ashamed.
clothes

She went back home and told
about her

her father what had happened, and showed him her soiled

and her blown hair

falling

face.

Her

father

was very angry, and he

said, "

Whirlwind must pay

for this.

He

shall

be banished at once."

Then her

father went to the Chief

and made complaint
did not consider very

against Whirlwind, and the Chief decreed that Whirlwind

must leave the
carefully

village forthwith.

He

what the

result of this decree

might

be,

and he

acted hastily and without thought, for he feared to differ

from the wise man.
place.

So Whirlwind prepared to leave the
friend

Now

his

best

was Rain.

Rain had been

igo

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
without
eyes.

born

He was
you

black blind, and Whirlwind

always had to lead him along wherever he wished to go.

So Rain
leave
it

said,

" If

are leaving the village,

I

want
I

to

too, for I
if

cannot Hve here without you.

wiU be
set out
side.

helpless

I

have no one to lead me."

So the two

together,

Whirlwind leading old Rain along by

his

Where they went no man knew, for they had told nobody of their destination. They were gone for many months before the people missed them very much. Then their absence began to be felt in aU the land, for there was no wind and there was no rain. At last the Chief summoned a council, and the decree of banishment against Whirlwind was revoked. The people
decided to send messengers to the two wandering ones to

them what had happened and to bring them back. So they first sent Fox out on the quest. Fox went through
tell

the land for

many

weeks, running as fast as he could over

many

roads, in

and out among marshy lake shores and over

high wooded mountains.

He

searched every cave and crevice,
leaf

but he had no success.

Not a

or a blade of

grass

was

and the country was aU parched and the grass was withered brown and the streams were all getting dry.
stirring,
last, after

At

a fruitless search, he came

home and shamefully

confessed that his quest had failed.

Then

the people called on Bear to continue the search.

And Bear went lumbering

over the earth, sniffing the

air.

SPARROW'S SEARCH FOR THE RAIN
and turning over
shoulders,
logs

191

and great rocks with

his

powerful

and venturing into deep caverns.
"

And he made
"

many
is

inquiries,
?

and he asked the Mountain Ash,

Where

I

But Mountain Ash said, " I do not know. have not seen him for many months." And he asked
Whirlwind

the
sees

Red

Fir,

and the Pine, and the Aspen, which always
first,

Whirlwind

but they were

all

ignorant of his where"

abouts.
either of

So Bear came home and

said,

Not a

trace of

them have

I

found."

The Chief was very angry because of the failure of Fox and Bear, but the wise man said, " The animals are useless in a quest like this. Let us try the birds. They often
succeed where the animals
for the land
silent
fail."

was

in great distress.

And the Chief agreed, Many fishing-boats lay

on the sea near the coast unable to move because Whirlwind was away, and the weUs and streams were all
dry because Rain was absent, and the grass and the flowers

were withering to decay.
aid.

So they caUed the birds to their

The

great Crane searched in the shallows and

among
to sea,
failed.

the reeds, thrusting his long neck into deep places, and Crow

and Kingfisher flew far out but they aU came back and said, " We, too, have
looked
the
hills,

among

The wandering ones are nowhere on the land or upon the sea." Then little Sparrow took up the search. Before
he
set

out,

he

plucked
it

from his breast a small down-

feather

and fastened

to a stick

no bigger than a wisp of

192
hay.

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
He
held the stick in his
bill

and flew

off.

For many

days he went towards the south-land, aU the time watching
the feather hanging to the stick in his biU.
there motionless.
distance, he

But

it

hung
and
Soon

One day,

after

he had travelled a great
gently,

saw the down-feather moving very

he knew that Whirlwind must be not far away.
in the direction

He went

from which the feather was blowing.
soft

he saw beneath him
of varied colours,

green grass and wonderful flowers

and

trees

with green leaves and

many
little
hills.

rippling streams of running water.
"

And

he said to himself,

At

last I

have found the wanderers."
it

He

followed a

stream for some distance until
In front of the cave
grass

ended in a cave in the

many

flowers were blooming
tall

and the

was

soft

and green, and the

grasses were nodding

their heads very gently.

He knew

that those he was seeking
quietly.
it

were

inside,

and he entered the cave very
fire

Just

beyond the door a

was smouldering and near
fast

lay Rain to

and Whirlwind both

asleep.

Sparrow

tried

wake
on

them with
soundly.

his bill

and

his cries, but they

were sleeping too

Then he took a
it

coal from the fire

and put

it

Rain's back, but
out.

spluttered

and

fizzled

and soon went

He

tried another, but the
coal,

same thing happened.
Rain woke up.

Then

he took a third

and

this time

He was

much

surprised to hear a stranger in the cave, but he could

not see him because he was blind.
to protect him.

So he woke up Whirlwind

.

SPARROW'S SEARCH FOR THE RAIN

193

Then Sparrow told them of the great trouble in the north country and of the great hardship and sorrow their absence had brought to the people, and of how sadly they had been missed and of the decision of the council to call them back

And Whirlwind
that

said, "

We
We

shall return

to-morrow
tell

if

we

are

so badly needed.

You may go back and
shall

your people

we

are coming.

be there the day after you
very proud of his
after
success,

arrive."

So Sparrow,

feeling

flew back home.

But when he arrived

many

days,

he went

first

to his

own

people to
all

And
feast

the Sparrow-people
of
celebration,

them the good news. gathered together and held a
tell

and they twittered and danced and

made a

great hub-bub in their excitement because Rain

was coming back on the morrow.
the Chief and said,
" Oh, Chief,
I

Then Sparrow went to have found Rain and
be here," and he told

Whirlwind and to-morrow they

will

the story of his flight to the south and of his discovery. the Chief said, " Because of your success,

And
never

you

will

be hunted for game or killed for food."

The next morning the two travellers who had been so long away came back to the land. Whirlwind came first and great clouds of dust foretold his coming, and the sea
dashed high against the rocks, and the trees shrieked and
tossed their heads,
all

dancing gaily because of his return.

When Whirlwind had
close,

passed by, Rain came along following

because of his blindness.

For several days Rain stayed o

194

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES

with the people and the flowers bloomed and the grass was
green again and the weUs and streams were no longer dry.

And

since that time

Wind and Rain have never
Coast.
is

long been

absent

from the

Atlantic

And

to

this

day the

Sparrow-people
his

know when Rain
just

coming, and to signal

approach they gather together and twitter and hop along
as they did

and make a great hub-hub,
ancestor found

when

their

him by means

of his

down- feather

in the

olden days.

But the Indians have been true

to the Chief's

promise, and they wiU not hunt Sparrows for

them

for
all

food or for their
the birds
it

that of

was old

game nor kill feathers. For they remember Sparrow" who long ago searched

successfully for the Rain.

THE BOY

IN

THE LAND OF SHADOWS
girl,

TWO
hunted
all

orphan children, a boy and a

Hved alone
look
after

near the mountains.

Their parents had long been
left

dead and the children were

to

themselves without any kindred upon the earth.

The boy
girl

day long and provided much

food,

and the

kept the house in order and did the cooking.
a very deep love for each other and as
said,

They had they grew up they

"

We

shall

never leave each other.

We

shall

always
in the

stay here together."
early spring-time
it

But one year
was very
cold.

it

happened that

The snow

lingered

on

the plains and the ice
chill

moved
there

slowly from the rivers and

winds were always blowing and grey vapours hovered
all

over

the land.

And

was very

little

food to be had,

for the animals hid in their

warm

winter dens and the wild-

geese
of

and ducks were

still

far south.

And

in this cruel period

bad weather the little girl sickened and died. Her brother worked hard to provide her with nourishing food and he
gathered
rehef,
all

the medicine roots he thought could bring her
it

but

was

all

to

no purpose.
in
195

And

despite
sister

all

his

efforts,

one

evening

the twihght his

went

196

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
to

away
earth.

the

West, leaving

him alone behind upon the

The boy was heart-broken because of his sister's death. And when the late spring came and the days grew warm and food was plentiful again, he said, " She must be somewhere in the West,
die.
I

for

they say that our people do not really
I

will

go and search for her, and perhaps

can find

her and bring her back."
strange quest.

So one morning he

set out

on

his

He

journeyed

many days westward
for

towards

the Great Water, killing

game

food as he went, and

sleeping at night under the stars.

He met many

strange

people, but he did not

tell

them the purpose

of his travels.

At

last

he came to the shore of the Great Water, and he

sat looking towards the sunset

wondering what next to

do.

In the evening an old doing here
said the
I
?

" asked the
"
;

man came along. " What are you man. " I am looking for my sister,"

some time ago she sickened and died and am lonely without her, and I want to find her and bring
boy

her back."

And

the

man
way.

said,
If

"

Some time ago
find her

she

whom

you seek passed

this

you wish to

you must

The boy answered that he would gladly risk any dangers to find his sister, and the old man said, " I will help you. Your sister has gone to the Land of Shadows far away in the Country of Silence
undertake a dangerous journey."

which hes out yonder in the Island of the
the Island you must
sail far

Blest.
I

into the West, but

To reach warn you

THE BOY
that
it

IN

THE LAND OF SHADOWS
is

197

is

a perilous journey, for the crossing
will

always

rough and your boat

be

tossed

by tempests.
no
death

But
and

you

will

be weU repaid for your trouble, for in that land
ever hungry or tired
;
;

nobody
old."

is

there

is

no sorrow

there

are

no

tears,

and no one ever grows

Then the tobacco and
beach.
It

old

man

gave the boy a large pipe and some

said, " Tliis will help

you

in

your need."

And

he brought him to where a smaU canoe lay dry upon the

was a wonderful canoe, the most beautiful the
seen.
It

boy had ever
and
it

was cut from a

single white stone

sparkled in the red twilight hke a polished jewel.

And
But
it."

the old
see that

man

said, "

This canoe will weather
it
it

all

storms.

you handle

carefully,

and when you come

back see that you leave

in

the cove where you found

Soon afterwards, the boy

set

out on his journey.
stars.

The
sailed

moon was
into the

fuU and the night was cold with
sea,

He

West over a rough and angry

but he was in no

danger, for his canoe rode easily on the waters.

AU

around

him he saw in the moonlight many other canoes going in the same direction and aU white and shining hke his own.
But no one seemed to be guiding them, and although he looked long at them not a person could he make out. He
wondered
if

the canoes were drifting unoccupied, for

when

he called to them there was no answer.

Sometimes a canoe

igS

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
it

upset in the tossing sea and the waves rose over

and

it

was seen no more, and the boy often thought he heard an anguished cry. For several days he sailed on to the
West, and
all

the time other
of

canoes

were not far away,
sight
in

and aU the time some
beneath
them.
the

them were dropping from
but

surging

waters,

he

saw no people

At
air

last, after

a long journey, the sea grew calm and the

was sweet and warm.

There was no trace of the storm,
clear as crystal.

for the

waves were quiet and the sky was as

He saw
the old
as
it

that he was near the Island of the Blest of which

man had

spoken, for

it

was now

plain to his view,

rose above the ocean, topped with green grass

and

trees,

and a snow-white beach.
his canoe.

Soon he reached the shore

As he turned away he came upon a skeleton lying flat upon the sand. He stopped to look at it, and as he did so, the skeleton sat up and said in great
and drew up
surprise, "

You

should not be here.
I

Why
I

have you come

"
?

And
of

the boy said, "

seek

my

sister.

In the early springgoing to the Land
"

time she sickened and died, and

am

Shadows

in

the Country of Silence in search of her."
far inland,"

You must go way is hard to

"

said

the skeleton,

and the

The boy asked for guidance and the skeleton said, " Let me smoke and I will help you." The boy gave him the pipe and the tobacco
find for such as you."

he had received from the old man, and he laughed when

THEN THE OLD MAN GAVE THE BOY

A

LARGE PIPE AND SOME TOBACCO

THE BOY
teeth.

IN

THE LAND OF SHADOWS
last,

199

he saw his strange companion with the pipe between his

The skeleton smoked for some time and at the smoke rose from his pipe, it changed to a flock
white birds, which flew about like doves.

as

of little

The boy looked
will

on in wonder, and the skeleton
you.

said, "

These birds

guide

Then he gave back the pipe and stretched out again flat upon the sand, and the boy could not rouse him from his sleep. The boy followed the little white birds as he had been
Follow them."
told.

He went

along through a land of great beauty where

flowers were blooming

and countless

birds were

singing.

Not a person did he meet on the way. The place was deserted except for the song-birds and the flowers. He passed through the Country of Silence, and came to a mysterious land where no one dwelt. But although he
saw no one he heard many voices and he could not tell whence they came. They seemed to be all around him. At last
the birds stopped at the entrance to a great garden, and
flew around his head in a
circle.

They would go no

further

and they ahghted on a
at last

tree close by, all except one,

which

perched on the boy's shoulder.

The lad knew that here

was the Land

of

Shadows.

When
voices.

he entered the garden he heard again
one.

But he saw no
on the
grass,

He saw

only

many low many shadows

of people

but he could not see from what the
greatly at

shadows came.

He wondered

the strange and

200
unusual
sunlight
sight,

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
for

back

in his

homeland

in that time the

made no shadows. He listened again to the voices and he knew now that the shadows were spealdng. He
wandered about
for

some time marveUing greatly
weird unearthly beauty.
sister's.

at
last

the

strange place with

its

At
It

he
soft

heard a voice which he knew to be his

was

and sweet,

just as

he had known
it

it

when they were

together

on the earth, and

had not changed

since she left him.

He went

to the

shadow from which the voice came, and
it,

throwing himself on the grass beside
long sought you,

he

said,

" I

have

my

sister.

I

have come to take you home.

Let

me

see

you as you were when we dwelt together."

But
your

his sister said, "

You have done

wisely to keep

me

in

memory, and

to seek to find me.

But here we cannot appear
I

to the people of earth except as shadows.

cannot go back

with you, for
of this land
;

it
if

is

now

too late.

I

have eaten of the food
I

you had come before

had

eaten, perhaps

you could have taken me away. Who knows ? But my heart and my voice are unchanged, and I stiU remember

my

dear ones, and with unaltered love

I still

watch

my

old

home.

And

although
First

I

cannot go to you, you can some day
finish

come

to me.

you must

your work on earth.

Go back

to your

become a great justly and well, and give
the Indians

home in the Earth Country. Chief among your people. Rule
freely of

You

will

wisely and

your food to the poor among
as

who have not

as

much

you have.

And when

THE BOY
Land
of

IN
is

THE LAND OF SHADOWS
done you
shall

201
tliis

your work on earth

come

to

me

in

Shadows beyond the Country

of Silence,

and we

shaU be together again and our youth and strength and

beauty wiU never leave us."

And
said,

the boy,

wondering greatly and in deep sorrow,

" Let

me

stay with you now."

But

his

sister

said,

Then she said, " I wiU give you a Shadow, which you must keep with you as your guardian spirit. And while you have it with you, no harm can come
cannot be."
to you, for
it

" That

wiU be present only in the Light, and where

there

is

Light there can be no wickedness.

But when

it

disappears you must be on your guard against doing
for then there will

evil,

be darkness, and darkness

may

lead you

to wrong."

So the boy took the Shadow, and said good-bye
season and set out on his

for a

homeward journey. The little white birds, which had waited for him in the trees, guided him back to the beach. His canoe was still there, but the skeleton-man had gone and there was not a trace of him to be found upon the sand. And the Island of the Blest was silent except for the songs of the birds and the ripple
The boy embarked in his canoe and sailed towards the east, and as he pushed off from the beach the little white birds left him and disappeared in the air. The sea was now cakn and there was no storm, as there had
of the little streams.

been on his outward journey.

Soon he reached the shore

202

CANADIAN FAIRY TALES
side.

on the other
old
his

He

left

his

canoe in the cove as the

man had
home,
still

told him,

and

in a

few days he arrived at
of

bearing the

Shadow from the Country
years but he did no
evil,

Silence.

He worked
in the
his people.

hard for

many

and
for

end he became a great Chief and did much good

He

ruled wisely and justly and weU, as his sister

Then one day, when he was old and his work was done, he disappeared, and his people knew that he had gone to join his sister in the Land of Shadows in the Country of Silence far away somewhere in the West. But he left behind him the Shadow his sister had given liim and while there is Light the Indians stiU have their Shadow and no harm can come to them, for where there is Light there
;

had commanded him.

can be no

evil.

But always
their former

in the late

autumn the Shadows

of the Indian

brother and sister in the Country of Silence are lonely for
life.

And

they think of their living friends

and

of the places of their youth,

and they wish once more

know that the hunter's moon And when their memory dwells with longing is shining. on their earlier days, their spirits are allowed to come back to earth for a brief season from the Land of Shadows. Then
to follow the hunt, for they

the winds are silent and the days are very
of their
call

still,

and the smoke
air.

camp

fires

appears like haze upon the

And men

this

season

Indian Summer, but

it

is

reaUy but a

THE BOY
Shadow
is

IN

THE LAND OF SHADOWS
summer
that has gone.

203

of the golden

And
of

it

always

a reminder to the Indians that in the

Land

Shadows,

far

away

in the

Country of Silence

in the West, there are

no

dead.

THE END

BY THE SAME AUTHOR

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The coloured

illustrations are curious

—" C.K.S. in the Sphere.
genius
is

I am greatly impressed by the illustrations transparent in every picture in this book. The stories are perfect examples of folk-lore romances. ... A most enjoyable book."
.

Star. " Older boys and girls, and many adults, too, wUl be attracted by the store of unfamiliar legends."

British Weekly. " These stories have the real spirit and atmosphere of the East, with its wealth of imagination and superstition. The fine

and

fantastic illustrations are truly artistic
folk-lore

and curious." and absorbing

Globe. " Lovers of volume."

wHl revel

in

this scholarly

Sunday Times.
Graphic.

— " Vividly

told."

— " The fairy

tales are

a sheer joy in the region of imagination."

Westminster Gazette.

—" A

collection of full variety

and

of charm."

JOHN LANE THE BODLEY HEAD

LTD.,

VIGO

ST., W.i.

POLISH FAIRY TALES
TRANSLATED FROM THE POLISH OF A.
J.

GLINSKI, BY

MAUDE ASHURST
With 20
Illustrations in colour

BIGGS
WALTON.

by CECILE

Crown
The
of his

4T0.

16/- net.

writings of A. J. Glinski are not yet widely

known

in England,

but

on the Continent he ranks with Grimm and Hans Andersen.

The

translator

charming

stories,

Miss Biggs,

is

a great authority on Polish affairs and

literature,

whUe,

in the opinion of those

who

are best qualified to judge, the
artist,

illustrator, Cccile

Walton, the well-known Scotch-

has well and accur-

ately expressed in her charming drawings the spirit and atmosphere of the
folk tales.

SOME PRESS OPINIONS
Spectator. — " An exceptionally attractive book.
artist of real talent."

Miss Cecile Walton

is

an

Athenaeum. " Miss Cecile Walton has something which Rackham lacks her work is not merely suffused by, it is instinct with, the character of
the tales she
is illustrating."

Pall Mall Gazette.
Daily News.
Queen.

—" A
is

very charming

gift

book."

— " This —

the best collection of fairy stories

made

this year."

" One of the most fascinating children's books of the season. Tales of enchantment and magic."

New

interest

Witness. " We commend and delight."

this

volume

to our readers as of special

Guardian.

" For the real thing in fairy literature commend us to Polish Fairy Tales,' which bring vividly before us something of the inner mind of the Polish nation."
'

Times.

— "A

good book."

JOHN LANE THE BODLEY HEAD

LTD.,

VIGO

ST., W.i.

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