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The Norka

And when the bird had come flying up, she perceived that her little ones were covered over, and she said, `Who has wrapped up my nestlings?' and presently, seeing the Prince, she added: `Didst thou do that? Thanks! In return, ask of me anything thou desirest. I will do anything for thee.'

`Then carry me into the other world,' he replied.

`Make me a large vessel with a partition in the middle,' she said; `catch all sorts of game, and put them into one half of it, and into the other half pour water; so that there may be meat and drink for me.'

All this the Prince did. Then the bird--having taken the vessel on her back, with the Prince sitting in the middle of it-- began to fly. And after flying some distance she brought him to his journey's end, took leave of him, and flew away back. But he went to the house of a certain tailor, and engaged himself as his servant. So much the worse for wear was he, so thoroughly had he altered in appearance, that nobody would have suspected him of being a Prince.

Having entered into the service of this master, the Prince began to ask what was going on in that country. And his master replied: `Our two Princes--for the third one has disappeared--have brought away brides from the other world, and want to marry them, but those brides refuse. For they insist on having all their wedding- clothes made for them first, exactly like those which they used to have in the other world, and that without being measured for them. The King has called all the workmen together, but not one of them will undertake to do it.'

The Prince, having heard all this, said, `Go to the King, master, and tell him that you will provide everything that's in your line.'

`However can I undertake to make clothes of that sort? I work for quite common folks,' says his master.

`Go along, master! I will answer for everything,' says the Prince.

So the tailor went. The King was delighted that at least one good workman had been found, and gave him as much money as ever he wanted.

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