Brother Jim parted ways with St. Peter once again, this time with magic power bestowed on his sack by Peter.
I wandered around with my money and splurged, wasting it like the first time. When I had nothing left except for four dollars, I was walking past a bar and grill and thought, I might as well spend the rest of it. So I went inside and ordered a three dollar glass of wine and a dollar loaf of bread.
As I sat drinking, I smelled steak. I looked around and saw that the bar and grill owner had two steaks on the grill. I remembered how my companion had said that everything I wished into my sack would be in it. I decided to give it a try with the steaks.
So I left. But when I was outside the door I said, “All right then, I wish the two steaks off of the grill and into my knapsack.”
Then I unbuckled the knapsack, looked inside, and there were the two steaks. “I’ve got it made!” I said. So I went into a meadow, took out my steak, and was tucking a napkin under my chin, when along came two men that looked with very hungry eyes at the steak that was still untouched.
I thought one steak is enough. So I called over the two fellows and said, “Here, you take the steak and eat to my health.” They thanked me, carried it into the bar and grill, ordered a half bottle of wine and a loaf of bread, put the steak they had been given on a plate, and began to eat.
The bar and grill owner’s wife watched them, called her husband, and said, “Those two are eating a steak. Go, take a look and see if it isn’t one of ours from the grill.” The owner ran and looked and the grill was empty.
“Oh you pack of thieves,” shouted the bar and grill owner, “you want to eat your steak good and cheap, do you! Pay up, or I’ll tan your hides with my mixing spoon!”
The two men said, “We are no thieves. There was a soldier in the meadow, he gave us the steak.”
“Don’t lie to me!” growled the bar and grill owner. That soldier was in here and walked out the door an honest man. I had my eye on him. You are the thieves and you’re going to pay up. But since they could not pay, he took a large wooden mixing spoon and beat them all the way out the door.
Thursday: “The Haunted Hotel”
The Adventures of Brother Jim based on the story “Brother Gaily” from The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm.