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The Mercury and The Woodman! A poor Woodman was cutting
down a tree near the edge of a deep pool
in the forest. It was late in the day and the Woodman
was tired. He had been working since sunrise and his strokes were not so sure as they had been early
that morning. Thus it happened that the axe slipped and flew out of his
hands into the pool. The Woodman was in despair. The axe was all he possessed with
which to make a living, and he he didn’t have enough
money to buy a new one. As he stood wringing his hands
and weeping, the god Mercury suddenly appeared and asked what the trouble was. The Woodman told him
what had happened, and straightway the kind Mercury
dived into the pool. When he came up again he held a wonderful golden axe. “Is this your axe?” Mercury asked the Woodman. “No,” answered the
honest Woodman, “that is not my axe.” Mercury laid the golden axe
on the bank and sprang back into
the pool. This time he brought up an
axe of silver, “Is this your axe?” Mercury asked the Woodman. but the Woodman declared again that his axe was just
an ordinary one with a wooden handle. Mercury dived down for the third time, and when he came up again he had the very axe that
had been lost. The poor Woodman was very glad that his axe had been found
and could not thank the kind god enough. Mercury was greatly pleased with the
Woodman’s honesty. “I admire your honesty,” he said, “and as a reward you may
have all three axes, the gold and the silver
as well as your own.” The happy Woodman returned to his
home with his treasures, and soon the story of
his good fortune was known to everybody
in the village. Now there were several Woodmen in the
village who believed that they could easily win the
same good fortune. They hurried out into the woods, one here, one there, and hiding their axes
in the bushes, pretended they had lost them. Then they wept and wailed and called on Mercury
to help them. And indeed, Mercury
did appear, first to this one, then to that. To each one he showed an
axe of gold, and each one eagerly claimed it to
be the one he had lost. But Mercury did not give them
the golden axe. Instead he gave them each a hard whack
over the head with it and sent them home.

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