anything she was told. She met the old woman and instead of a shower of gold she poured a shower of pitch. She came home sad and sorrowful.
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Two poor soldiers on their way home from the wars lay down in a wood to sleep. During the night a little man in a red jacket wakened each of them in turn. To the first he gave a magic cloak and to the second a magic purse. When morning came the soldiers compared their presents. "I have a fine cloak" said the first "and when I place it on my shoulder I can get anything I wish for". "I have a fine purse" said the second "and no matter how much I take out of it it remains full of gold". The two friends lived happily for a time. At last the grew tired of wandering about. The soldier put on his magic cloak and wished for a castle. In a moment a fine castle stood before them. They were very glad of their fine home and they asked the king and his daughter to visit them. The king's daughter soon found out the secret of the soldiers' wealth. She made up her mind to steal the gifts and she stole them while the