Says I to the colleen: 'What shall I do provided any more come, for all the meal is gone, and there will be no more before the boys come home at night from the ballybetagh. Says the colleen: 'If any more come, can't ye give them something else? Says I: 'It has always been my practice to give in meal, and loth should I be to alter it; for if once I begin to give away other things, I may give away all I have. Says the colleen: 'Let's hope no one else will come: there have been thirteen of them already. Scarcely had she said these words, when a monstrous woman, half-naked, and with a long staff in her hand, on the top of which was a cross, made her appearance; and placing herself right before the door, cried out so that you might have heard her for a mile, 'Give me an alms for the glory of God! 'Good woman, says I to her, 'you will be kind enough to excuse me: all the preparation I had made for alms has been given away, for I have relieved thirteen unfortunates this blessed morning so may the Virgin help ye, good woman! 'Give me an alms, said the Beanvore, with a louder voice than before, 'or it will be worse for you. 'You must excuse me, good mistress, says I, 'but I have no more meal in the house.