Of the murderers there was no trace. They must have vanished
through a door in the back wall, which was open, when they
heard him come crashing in through the front gate. He buried
the pretty lady next to her companions, whose names he did
not even know.
By that time, night had fallen, and it took Bag many
hours to find his way home in the dark. Even when he lay
safely in his bed, however, no peace came to his mind. He
was not sure if he was sleeping or waking, but suddenly
he saw the beautiful lady before him, as clear as if she
were still alive.
She spoke to him in a melodious voice: “I am no longer
alive but I have come to thank you, also in the name of
my twelve friends in the house you saw last night, for your
kindness and piety. Please inform our families in the city
of what you have seen. They will reward you for your good
work and dispose of the property as they see fit.
“Meanwhile, we have decided to reward you in our own
way for your benevolent services rendered to our bodies.
At the same time, we will make it possible for the culprits
to be punished.
“Here is what you must do: Tomorrow you must walk along
the road outside the city at noontide. There you will see
a man whose appearance I will describe to you in detail.
“Take hold of that man boldly and unhesitatingly. Have
no fear: Although he is a dangerous criminal, you have more
strength than he, and we will protect you with our supernatural
powers. We shall be present, but people cannot see us.
“You must take that man to the chief of police in the
city. The police chief will no doubt be very grateful.”
Having described the criminal in detail, the lovely
ghost vanished. By that time it was morning and Bag, robbed
of sleep by the events of the night, prepared himself for
what the day would bring.
When the time indicated by the lady had come, he went
for a walk on the road she had pointed out to him. Sure
enough, soon he saw the man that the lady had described
emerge from the city gate.