Excerpt from The Juvenile Instructor, Vol. 34: Organ for Young Latter Day Saints; September 1, 1899
Hermann was two years older than his sister Gertrude, who was seven. He was a manly little fellow, very brave and very strong for his age. Often the children were sent to the f... orest to cut wood for fuel, for the father' had to work in the field all day and the mother had to spin. The boy carried a big, heavy knife curved almost like a sickle. This he used instead of an ax. Her mann cut the wood, and his little sister tied it in small bundles and. Carried these to the hut.
At this day Wolves are seldom found in the Black Forest; but in Hermann's time, almost a thousand years ago, they were very numerous there. Great, fierce, shaggy monsters they were, who, when urged on by hunger, would not hesitate alone to attack men.
Hermann and his sister had been told not to linger in the 'forest after sundown. But one day the boy espied an eagle's nest, and he was so long in reaching it that twilight had ended before they started home. Just in the edge of the forest they were met by a fierce growl, and Hermann had barely time to clutch his knife, which was slung at his back, when a wolf rushed upon his sister.
The beast was one of the largest and fiercest of its kind, and Gertrude must certainly have fallen a victim to its savage attack, had not her brother placed himself in front, cutting and slashing in a way that would have done credit to any of the knights at the Emperor Otho's court. But the wolf was not disposed to give up its supper even then, and plunged at Hermann, rising on its hind legs', and snarling and gnashing its sharp teeth in a fearful manner.
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