The dogs and the hunter

The story is about a hunter who had many adventures, and finally succeeded in killing a large number of animals.

The story is about a hunter who had many adventures, and finally succeeded in killing a large number of animals.

But then there was a problem as to how he would carry the meat home by himself before the night fall. He was alone with his only hunting dogs.

Then much to the hunter’s surprise, the oldest dog spoke “You sons of men you are difficult to help”, said the dog. We could easily help you in solving your problem.” If there is any way in which you can help me, I promise that you will not regret it” said the hunter.

“You know you can help me but the problem you cannot trust me, but I don’t know how you can help me”.

“Well, if you promise that you will keep my secret, we can change into human shapes and help you carry the meat, as far as the town gate, then you can fetch your wives to carry it home before it is dark”.

The hunter promised, and the dogs changed into human shapes, and helped him carry the meat home. Now you know how curious women are, the first thing the hunter’s wives wanted to know was how he alone had managed to carry the meat alone from the forest to the town gates.

He refused to tell them, and of course that made them more interested than ever. They continued asking him, and the more he refused to tell them, the more curious they became, until they could hardly eat or sleep.

So the youngest wife thought of a plan. One day, she made a tasty meal, of pounded yam for the hunter, and gave him strong fresh palm- wine with it. She went on pouring more and more palm wine, until he became rather drunk and sleepy.

As he was falling asleep, she tapped him gently on the shoulders, and asked him about how he had got all the meat from the forest to the town gates. 

To be continued in the next issue.

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