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The Cau'd Lad of Hylton
Hylton, County Durham


One night the servants in a large house were disturbed by strange noises from the kitchen, and in the morning they found the room in a state of confusion. Those who knew said that it was the work of a goblin, so although the disturbance went on night after night, no-one wished to interfere. At last, however, the servants decided they could stand the inconvenience no longer. They laid a green cloak and hood before the fire, and kept watch. When the goblin appeared and caught sight of the gay apparel, he danced with delight. Wrapping the mantle around him, he pranced about the room - then disappeared. The servants were never again troubled by him.

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