The Ghost Story of Adachigahara (p.4)

The Shichibee of this mountain village had exceedingly immense physical strength. He gained a reputation for wrestling well at sumo and all that other heavy work. This Shichibee, as well as such people as the previously said Kurodorihyoue had an atonishing extent of superhuman strength. That Shichibee after the ruin of Sadatou was not doing differently and the Province of Oushuu’s mountains were not heavy with robbery. Of course, people who (must) eat, will wolf down the fruit of trees or the fruit of plum-yew and drink the water that comes into the valley. He cared not at all about his clothes. During cold weather, He warmed his body by (spending) the days climbing to the peaks, it is said. That being the case, it is said people called him Shichibee the Demon. Shichibee, as the years gradually grew older, was now already seventy-one years old, but as for this valor, even the man in the rather into his prime of life, unnessisarily went and roamed about. Nearby in Asadzigahara in the Province of Musashi, there was a certain Juudaiu who was a woodcutter. He was of a previously samurai family, but now that age was distant and he had become such a person.

此の山村の七兵衛といふのは至って大力でありまして、相撲を宜く取り其外總て力業にて名を得て居ります、此の七兵衛には前申したる黒鳥兵衛などいふ者も舌を巻く位ゐの怪力でありました其の七兵衛が貞任滅びて後は別になせる事もなく、奥州の山々に籠もりまして強盗をなし、勿論食す者は木の實、或いは、榧の實を食らい谷へ來って水を呑み、衣類とても更に構はず寒き時は峯に登って日に身体を温ためるといふ、然れば人呼んで鬼七兵衛と申しました、其の七兵衛は追々年を老って今はハヤヒ十一才になりましたが其の勇氣は中々壯年の者も及ばず廻り廻って來ましたのは武藏國淺茅ヶ原の邊りに木樵をいたす重太夫といふ者がございます、是は以前武家でおりましたが、今は世を去シて斯ういふ身となっております、

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