The story, "If I had Three Wishes" is a direct rip-off of "The Monkey's Paw" W. W. Jacobs with no credit given. From "The Monkey's Paw": "It had a spell put on it by an old fakir," said the sergeant-major, "a very holy man. He wanted to show that fate ruled people's lives, and that those who interfered with it did so to their sorrow."
That sort of thing happened fairly often, sometimes consciously, sometimes unconsciously.
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