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The Pied Piper of Hamelin
The town of Hamelin we find about 35km southeast of Bückeburg at the river Weser. It is a medieval town with lots of framed buildings, some of them dating back to 1500 and earlier.About the year 1284, Hamelin suffered from a rat infestation, bringing the bubonic plague and destroying the harvest. Then an odd-looking man in multi-coloured cloths came along and offered to free Hamelin from the rats. The mayor promised him a generous reward. The stranger agreed. He took a flute and as the tunes came out, all rats came and gathered around him. With all these rats the stranger marched out of the town to the river Weser were the rats drowned. The piper then went back to Hamelin and asked for his pay, but the mayor refused. The stranger got very upset, and when the adult citizens were in church, he played another melody on his flute. Now all children came towards to him, and with them he went out and none of them was ever seen again.Only 3 children remained: A deaf one who could not hear the flute, a blind one who could not see the piper, and a lame one who could not follow him.