… many jokes were bandied at the expense of the old man and his odd occupation. The strange merchant left the main street, and a little child had the curiosity to follow him. The venerable one turned aside through a door into a beautiful garden in the very heart of the town and yet quite unknown. He closed the door, but the child peeped through the keyhole, and saw the old man take the bag of lies and give it a good shake. There was a commotion and rattling inside for a time, and the mass seemed to be smaller.
“Ah, hear them eating each otherup!” chuckled the old man.
Another shake was followed by more commotion and another shrinkage. The collector’s face beamed.
A few more shakes, and the bag seemed actually empty; but the old man opened ..text continues