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 Next night, again the little men came and danced, and they came also the night after that, and every night - always at the same hour, which the old Japanese used to call the "Hour of the Ox:" that is, about two o'clock in the morning by our time. At last she became very sick, through want of sleep and through fright. But the little men would not leave her alone.

When her husband came back home, he was very sorry to find her sick in bed. At first she was afraid to tell him what had made her ill, for fear that he would laugh at her. But he was so kind, and coaxed her so gently,

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