During the wars in the low countries, the Spaniards intended to besiege the city of Dort, in Holland, and accordingly planted some thousands of soldiers in ambush, to be ready for attack when opportunity might offer. On the confines of the city lived a rich farmer, who kept a number of milkmaids to milk his cows. His milkmaids at this time coming to milk their cows, saw under the hedges the soldiers lying in ambush, but seemed to take no notice of them; and having milked their cows, went away singing merrily. On coming to their master’s house, they told him what they had seen, who, astonished at the relation, took one of the maids with him to a burgomaster at Dort, who immediately sent a spy to ascertain the truth of the story . . .
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