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A MEDIEVAL LEGEND OF WINCH ELSE A. 99
trunk of a tree, which he kept by his fire-side. But the sea overflowed its boundaries and broke down that side of the building, and the log floated many miles, until it reached a city where there lived a man who kept open house. Early in the morning he saw the trunk, and brought it to land. One day he entertained some pilgrims in his house ; and as the weather was cold, he decided to cut up the log for firewood, and as he did so the gold pieces rolled out. He put the money in a safe place, until he could ascertain the owner. The carpenter, lamenting the loss of his money, travelled from place to place, and came, by accident, to the house of the man who had found the treasure. He told of his loss, and the host said to himself, " I will prove, if God will, that the money should be returned to him." With this intention he made three cakes, the first he filled with earth, and the second with dead men's bones, and in the third he put some of the gold. "Friend," said he, " we will eat three cakes, composed of the best we have in the house. Choose which you will. The carpenter took the cakes and weighed them in his hand, and finding that which held the earth was heaviest, he chose it. "And if I want more," said he, "I will have
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