Great Head





High up on an inaccessible cliff, there dwells an immense Head, very

fierce, with long, bushy hair and huge staring eyes. The people call

it the Great Head, and fear it very much.



There was once a family of ten boys who lost their parents at about

the same time of a mysterious disease. As they knew no near

relatives, the brothers continued to live alone in the forest.

However, one day the eldest failed to return from the hunt, and in the

morning the second brother went to look for him. That night he, too,

was missing. On the next day, the third brother set out to search for

the others, and so on until only one of the ten was left.



Now the youngest brother had scarcely started on their trail when he

stumbled over a queer little old man, half buried in the ground, and

entirely covered with green mold.



When he had dug him out and revived him by rubbing him with oil, the

boy told the stranger his story.



"I can tell you what has become of your brothers," exclaimed the

little old man. "Without doubt, it is my brother, Great Head, who has

enticed them away."



"What! the Great Head is your brother?" asked the boy.



"Yes, he is," replied the little old man.



"Then you must know his ways and can help me to outwit him."



"I can tell you what he eats. Huge billets of maple wood--only

maple--are his favorite tid-bit."



"And is there anything he is afraid of?" the boy inquired.



"He fears my arrows, which grow ever larger as they fly!"



First the boy worked very hard chopping a great maple tree into

blocks; then he invited Great Head to a feast. But Great Head would

not come.



Then the little man, his brother, crept slyly to the foot of the cliff

through the long grass, and sent forth a magic arrow, which grew

larger and larger as it sped toward the mark. A great noise arose,

like that of a hurricane rushing through a forest. Down tumbled Great

Head to the foot of the precipice, and the nine youths whom he had

held captive were freed from the spell, and came joyfully home

again.





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