The Ghost Story of Adachigahara (3)

Because we must continue, speaking of these matters and judging on the tale of Early Nine Years and Later Three Years (War) is omitted. However, after Sadatou’s death, those remnants (of his family) in this age are hiding, doing a variety of evil things. Also among that, wandering around Echigo Province, there was a man called Kurodorihyoue and so on who worked at robbery. Like this, these types of people in the mountains and so on distressed the good citizens who shut themselves (in their homes), and stole the wealthy families’ fortunes by breaking in. Also, they caused all the citizens suffering by kidnapping the beautiful girls as wives. Although, as for this matter of this lot not occuring from Chugoku to Saikoku, in these old days, in general, because the Capital was the muscle of the Kyoto area, naturally this area was peaceful. Here was dwelling the retainers of Sadatou in this place of the countryside of the mountain village. There was a man who was called the Shichibee. It is said people commonly called Shichiee, but this, namely, is Shichibee. In that time, when the boy was born, there was Hyoue, the Ichibee, the Nibee, the Sanbee and the slightly strange Sachuubee, the Shichuubee and so on. It is said that in turn these men were joined together.

是等の事を辧じますると前九年後三年のお話しからして、徃かなければなりませんから是は畧しまする然るに貞任亡びて後其の殘黨世に隱れて居りまして種々の悪しき事をなそ?其内にも越後國を打廻りまして、強盗を働らきたる黒鳥兵衛などゝといふ者がごさいました、斯ういふ種類の者が山などに楯籠り良民を惱まし豪家に押入り財産を奪い又は容貌美き女子を攫い夫が爲に人民悉でとく難儀をいたしました、尤とも中國から西國へは此の連中が起らんといふのは其昔しは總て都は上方筋でおりましたから自然此の邊は靜謐でごさいました、茲に貞任の臣下に山村の郷といふ處に住居をいたして居りまする、山村の七兵衛といふ者がございました、人呼んで俗に七兵衛と申しまするが、即はち七兵衛是であります、其の時分は男子が生まれると兵衛いひ、市兵衛、二兵衛、三兵衛といふも少し可笑しいが三郎兵衛、四兵衛などといって、順々に兵衛を命けたとか申します、

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