Meanwhile the good steed galloped away with the youth's bones till he stopped at the door of the palace of the youngest sister, and then he neighed and neighed till the damsel heard him. She rushed out to the horse, and when she perceived the knapsack, and in the knapsack the bones of her brother, she began to weep bitterly, and dashed herself against the ground as if she would have dashed herself to pieces. She could hardly wait for her lord the Anka to come home. At last there was a sound of mighty wings, and the Padishah of the Birds, the emerald Anka, came home, and when he saw the scattered bones of the King's son in the basket, he called together all the birds of the air and asked them, saying: "Which of you goes to the Garden of Paradise? "
"An old owl is the only one that goes there," said the birds, " and he has now grown so old that he has no more strength left for such a journey."
Then the Anka sent a bird to bring the owl on his back. The bird flew away, and in a very short time was back again, with the aged owl on his back.
"Well, my father," said the Bird-Padishah, " hast thou ever been in the Garden of Paradise?"
"Yes, my little son,", croaked the aged owl, "a long, long time ago, twelve years or more, and I haven't been there since."
"Well, if thou hast been there," said the Anka, "go again now, and bring me from thence a little glass of water." The old owl kept on saying that it was a long, long way for him to go, and that he would never be able to hold out the whole way. The Anka would not listen to him, but perched him upon a bird's back, and the twain flew into the Garden of Paradise, drew a glass of water, and returned to the Anka's palace.
Then the Anka took the youth's bones and began to put them together. The arms, the legs, the head, the thighs, everything he put in its proper place; and when he had sprinkled it all with the water, the youth fell a-gaping, as if he had been asleep and was just coming to himself again. The youth looked all about him, and asked the Anka where he was, and how he came there.
"Didn't I say that the Wind-Demon would twist thee round his little finger?" replied the Anka. "He ground all thy bones and siuews to dust, and we have only just now picked them all out of the basket. But now thou hadst better leave the matter alone, for if thou gettest once more into the clutches of this demon, I know that we shall never be able to put thee together again."
But the youth was not content to do this, but said he would go seek his consort a second time.
"Well, if thou art bent on going at any price," counselled the Anka, "go first to thy wife and ask her if she knows the Demon's talisman. If only thou canst get hold of that, even the Wind-Demon will be in thy power."
So again the King's son took horse, again he went right up to the Demon's palace, and as the Demon was dreaming dreams just then, the youth was able to find and converse with his wife. After they had rejoiced with a great joy at the sight of each other, the youth told the lady to discover the secret of the Demon's talisman, and win it by wheedling words and soft caresses if she could get at it no other way.
Meanwhile the youth hid himself in the neighbouring mountain, and there awaited the good news.
When the Wind-Demon awoke from his forty days' sleep he again presented himself at the damsel's door. "Depart from before my eyes," cried the girl. "Here hast thou been doing nothing but sleep these forty days, so that life has been a loathsome thing to me all the while."
The Demon rejoiced that he was allowed to be in the room along with the damsel, and in his happiness asked her what he should give her to help her to while away the time.
"What canst thou give me," said the girl, "seeing that thou thyself art but wind? Now if at least thou hadst a talisman, that, at any rate, would be something to while away the time with."
"Alas! my Sultana," replied the Demon, "my talisman is far away, in the uttermost ends of the earth, and one cannot fetch it hither in a little instant. If only we had some such brave man as thy Mehmed was, he perhaps might be able to go for it."
The damsel was now more curious than ever about the talisman, and she coaxed and coaxed till at last she persuaded the Demon to tell her about the talisman, but not till she had granted his request that he might sit down quite close to her. The damsel could not refuse him that happiness, so he sat down beside her, and breathed into her ear the secret of the talisman.
"On the surface of the seventh layer of sea," began the Demon, "there is an island, on that island an ox is grazing, in the belly of that ox there is a golden cage, and in that cage there is a white dove. That little dove is my talisman."
"But how can one get to that island?" inquired the Sultana.
"I'll tell thee," said the Demon. "Opposite to the palace of the emerald Anka is a huge mountain, and on the top of that mountain is a spring. Every morning forty sea-horses come to drink at that spring. If any one can be found to catch one of these horses by the leg (but only while he is drinking the water), bridle him, saddle him, and then leap on his back, he will be able to go wherever he likes. The sea-horse will say to him: 'What dost thou command, my sweet master?' and will carry him whithersoever he bids him."
"What good will the talisman be to me if I cannot get near it?" said the girl. With that she drove the Demon from the room, and when the time of his slumber arrived, she hastened with the news to her lord. Then the King's son made great haste, leaped on his horse, hastened to the palace of his youngest sister, and told the matter to the Anka.
Early next morning the Anka arose, called five birds, and said to them: "Lead the King's son to the spring on the mountain beyond, and wait there till the sea-horses come up. Forty steeds will appear by the running water, and when they begin to drink, seize one of them, bridle and saddle it, and put the King's son on its back."
So the birds took the King's son, carried him up to the mountain close by the spring, and as soon as the horses came up, they did to one of them what the Anka had said. The King's son sat on the horse's back forthwith, and the first thing the good steed said was: "What dost thou command, my sweet master?"
"There is an island on the surface of the seventh ocean," cried the King's son, "there should I like to be!" And the King's son had flown away before you could shut your eyes; and before you could open them again, there he was on the shore of that island.
He dismounted from his horse, took off the bridle, stuck it in his pocket, and went off to seek the ox. As he was walking up and down the shore a Jew met him, and asked him what had brought him there.
"I have suffered shipwreck," replied the youth. "My ship and everything I possess have perished, and only with difficulty did I swim ashore."
"As for me," said the Jew, " I am in the service of the Wind-Demon. Thou must know that there is an ox on this island, and I must watch it night and day. Wouldst thou like to enter the service? Thou wilt have nothing else to do all day but watch this beast."
The King's son took advantage of the opportunity, and could scarce await the moment when he was to see the ox. At watering-time the Jew brought it along, and no sooner did he find himself alone with the beast than he cut open its belly, took out the golden cage, and hastened with it to the sea-shore. Then he drew the bridle from his pocket, and when he had struck the sea with it, the steed immediately appeared and cried: "What dost thou command, sweet master?" - "I desire to be taken to the palace of the Wind-Demon," cried the youth.
Shut your eyes, open your eyes - and there they were before the palace. Then he took his wife, made her sit down beside him, and when the steed said: "What dost thou command, sweet master?" he bade it fly straight to the emerald Anka.
Away with them flew the steed. It flew right up to the very clouds, and as they were approaching the Anka's palace the Demon awoke from his sleep. He saw that his wife had again disappeared, and immediately set off in pursuit. Already the Sultana felt the breath of the Demon, and he had all but overtaken them when the steed hastily bade them twist the neck of the white dove in the cage. They had barely time to do so, when the Wind died away and the Demon was destroyed.
With great joy they arrived at the Anka's palace, let the horse go his way, and rested themselves awhile. On the next day they went to their second brother, and on the third day to their third brother, and it was only then that the King's son discovered that his lion brother-in-law was the King of the Lions, and his tiger brother-in-law the King of the Tigers. At last they reached their home which was the domain of the damsel's. Here they made a great banquet, and rejoiced their hearts for forty days and forty nights, after which they arose and went to the prince's own empire. There he showed them the tongue of the dragon and its nose, and as he had thus fulfilled the wishes of his father, they chose him to be their Padishah; and their lives were full of joy till the day of their death, and their end was a happy one.