chapter  XXV
The King of the Golden Mountain
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Europe, while the prominent part played by the “Hung Boat” is most signi­ ficant. A merchant, who had lost all his money owing to the shipwreck of two vessels in which he had invested it, was wandering disconsolate through the fields when he met a little, dark man,1 who offered to give him as much money as ever he required if he would promise that whatever came first to meet him on his return home, and rubbed itself against his knees, should be brought to that spot in twelve years time .2 The merchant thought, “my dog is the only one who can do that,” and agreed, but when he returned home his little son toddled towards him and caught him by the knees.