• TABLE OF CONTENTS
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 Front Cover
 Frontispiece
 Title Page
 Preface
 Table of Contents
 List of Illustrations
 Bad Training
 Ellen
 Sickness
 The Snow-shoes
 Death
 Consequences of Bad Training
 Crime
 Antonio
 Antonio a Prisoner
 The Trial
 Another Trial
 The Flight
 Advertising
 Back Cover
 Spine






Group Title: Franconia stories ;, <6>
Title: Rodolphus
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Title: Rodolphus a Franconia story
Series Title: Franconia stories
Physical Description: 227, <4>, <4> p., <1> leaf of plates : ill. ; 17 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Abbott, Jacob, 1803-1879
Roberts, William, b. ca. 1829 ( Engraver )
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Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: c1852
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Statement of Responsibility: by the author of the Rollo books.
General Note: Illustrations engraved by W. Roberts.
General Note: Previously serialized in Harper's Magazine in three installments, March-April-May, 1852. Vol. IV, p. 433-447, 577-592, 721-736.
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front page 1
        Front page 2
    Frontispiece
        Front page 3
    Title Page
        Page iii
        Page iv
    Preface
        Page v
        Page vi
    Table of Contents
        Page vii
    List of Illustrations
        Page viii
        Page ix
        Page x
    Bad Training
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
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    Ellen
        Page 32
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    Sickness
        Page 60
        Page 61
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    The Snow-shoes
        Page 80
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    Death
        Page 104
        Page 105
        Page 106
        Page 107
        Page 108
        Page 109
        Page 110
    Consequences of Bad Training
        Page 111
        Page 112
        Page 113
        Page 114
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    Crime
        Page 132
        Page 133
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    Antonio
        Page 154
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    Antonio a Prisoner
        Page 178
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    The Trial
        Page 193
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        Page 203
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    Another Trial
        Page 205
        Page 206
        Page 207
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    The Flight
        Page 218
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    Advertising
        Page 229
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    Back Cover
        Page 240
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    Spine
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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1852, by

HARPER & BROTHERS,

In the Clerk's Office for the Southern District of New York.












PREFACE.




THE development of the moral sentiments in the
human heart, in early life,-and every thing in fact
which relates to the formation of character,-is deter-
mined in a far greater degree by sympathy, and by
the influence of example, than by formal precepts and
didactic instruction. If a boy hears his father speak-
ing kindly to a robin in the spring,-welcoming its
coming and offering it food,-there arises at once in
his own mind a feeling of kindness toward the bird,
and toward all the animal creation, which is produced
by a sort of sympathetic action, a power somewhat
similar to what in physical philosophy is called induc-
tion. On the other hand, if the father, instead of feed-
ing the bird, goes eagerly for a gun, in order that he
may shoot it, the boy will sympathize in that desire,
and growing up under such an influence, there will be
gradually formed within him, through the mysterious
tendency of the youthful heart to vibrate in unison with
hearts that are near, a disposition to kill and destroy all
helpless beings that come within his power. There is





PREFACE.


no need of any formal instruction in either case. Of a
thousand children brought up under the former of the
above-described influences, nearly every one, when he
sees a bird, will wish to go and get crumbs to feed it,
while in the latter case, nearly every one will just as
certainly look for a stone. Thus the growing up in the
right atmosphere, rather than the receiving of the right
instruction, is the condition which it is most important
to secure, in plans for forming the characters of chil-
dren.
It is in accordance with this philosophy that these
stories, though written mainly with a view to their
moral influence on the hearts and dispositions of the
readers, contain very little formal exhortation and in-
struction. They present quiet and peaceful pictures of
happy domestic life, portraying generally such conduct,
and expressing such sentiments and feelings, as it is
desirable to exhibit and express in the presence of
children.
The books, however, will be found, perhaps, after all,
to be useful mainly in entertaining and amusing the
youthful readers who may peruse them, as the writing
of them has been the amusement and recreation of the
author in the intervals of more serious pursuits.















CONTENTS.




CHAPTER PAGE
I.-BAD TRAINING, 11
II.-ELLEN, .. 32
III.-SICKNESS, 60
IV.-THE SNow-SHOES, .. 80
V.-DEATH, .104
VI.-CONSEQUENCES OF BAD TRAINING, .. 111
VII.-CRIME, 132


VIII.-ANToNI, .
TX.-ANTromO a PRISONER,
X.-THE TRIAL, .
XI.-ANOTHER TRIAL, .
XII.-THE FLIGHT,


. 154
S 178
. 193
S 205
. 218









ENGRAVINGS.


PA0G
THE HOUSE WHERE RODOLPHUS LIVED.-FRONT-
ISPIECE.
THE RABBIT-HOUSE, ...... 13
THE PURSUIT, ... 30
THE RAFT,. ...... 43
UP THE LADDER, .. .. 48
THE YARD AT MR. RANDOM'S, .. 55
PLAN OF MRS. RANDOM'S HOUSE, .. 63
THE GREAT RooM, 65
ELLEN ASLEEP 85
THE SNOW-SHOES, ..... 92
THE FUNERAL 109
THE BOYS AND THE BOAT, 120
THE EVASION, 130
LIFTING THE HASP, 148
THE CORN-BARN, .. 151
THE DRAG-RIDE, .. 159
THE WELL, .. .. 168
THE CONFLAGRATION, 176
THE BARRED WINDOW, .. .184
ANTONIO'S PICTURE, 187
THE COURT-ROOM, .. .194
THE ARREST, 206
THE GOVERNOR, 222
















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FRANCONIA STORIES.




ORDER OF THE VOLUMES.


MALLEVILLE.

WALLACE.
MARY ERSKINE.

MARY BELL
BEECHNUT.


RODOLPHUS.

ELLEN LINN.

STUYVESANT.

CAROLINE.

AGNES.



















SCENE OF THE STORY.
FnANcomA, a village among the mountains at the North.

PRINCIPAL PERSONS.
RODOLPHUS. 4
ELLEN LINN, his sister, residing with her aunt up the glen.
ANNIE LINN, a younger sister.
ANTOINE BIANCHINETTE, a French boy, at service at Mrs.
Henry's, a short distance from the village. He is called
generally by grown-up people Antonio, and by the children
Beechnut.
MALLEVILLE, Mrs. Henry's niece.
ALPHONZO, called commonly Phonny, her son.
Ma. KEEP, a lawyer.










ROD OLP HU S.


CHAPTER I.
BAD TRAINING.

Moral of the story. Rodolphus's ingenuity.
THE manner in which indulgence and ca-
price on the part of the parent, lead to the
demoralization and ruin of the child, is illus-
trated by the history of Rodolphus.

Rodolphus, whatever may have been his
faults, was certainly a very ingenious boy.
When he was very young, he made a dove-
house in the end of his father's shed, all com-
plete, with openings for the doves to go in and
out in front, and a door for himself behind. He
made a ladder, also, by which he could mount
up to the door. He did all this with boards,
which he obtained from an old fence, for ma-
terial, and an ax and a wood-saw for his only
tools. His father, when he came to see the
dove-house, was much pleased with the inge-







His dove-house. His rabbit-house. Arrangements of it.
nuity which Rodolphus had displayed in the
construction of it, though he found fault with
him for taking away the boards from the fence
without permission. This, however, gave Ro-
dolphus very little concern.
When the dove-house was completed, Ro-
dolphus obtained a pair of young doves from a
farmer who lived about a mile away, and put
them into a nest which he made for them in a
box, inside.
At another time, not long after this, he form-
ed a plan for having some rabbits, and accord-
ingly he made a house for them in a corner of
the yard where he lived, a little below the vil-
lage of Franconia. He made the house out of
an old barrel. He sawed a hole in one side of
the barrel, near the bottom of it, as it stood up
upon one end, for a door, in order that the rab-
bits might go in and out. He put a roof over
the top of it, to keep out the rain and snow.
He also placed a keg at the side of the barrel,
by way of wing to the building. There was a
roof over this wing, too, as well as over the
main body of the house, or, rather, there was a
board placed over it, like a roof, though in re-
spect to actual use this covering was more prop-
erly a lid than a roof, for the keg was intend-


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RODOLPHUS.





BAD TRAINING.


The tore-room. A roof on hinges. Rodolphus's mottbr.


iHE RABBIT-HOUSE.
ed to be used as a store-room, to keep the pro-
visions in which the rabbits were to eat. The
board, therefore, which formed the roof of the
wing of the building, was fastened at one edge
by leather hinges, and so could be lifted up and
let down again at pleasure.
Rodolphus's mother was unwilling that he
should have any rabbits. She thought that
such animals, in Rodolphus's possession, would
make her a great deal of trouble. But Ro.


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14 RODOLPHUS.
Rodolphus holds a conversation with his mother.
dolphus said that he would have some. At
least, he said, he would have one.
Rodolphus was standing in the path, in front
of the door of his mother's house, when he said
this. His mother was upon the great flat stone
which served for a step.
But Beechnut asks a quarter of a dollar for
his rabbits," said his mother, in an expostula-
ting tone, and you have not got any money."
"Ah, but I know where I can get some mon-
ey." said Rodolphus.
Where ?" said his mother.
Father will give it to me," said Rodolphus.
"But I shall ask him not to give it to you,"
said his mother.
"I don't care," said Rodolphus. I can get
it, if you do."
"' How ?" asked his mother.
Rodolphus did not answer, but began to turn
summersets and cut capers on the grass, mak-
ing all sorts of antic gestures and funny grim-
aces toward his mother. Mrs. Linn, for that
was his mother's name, laughed, and then went
into the house, saying, as she went, Oh, Rolf!
Rolf! what a little rogue you are!"
Rodolphus's father was a workman, and he
was away from home almost all the day, though







odolphus's way of getting money. His success.
sometimes Rodolphus himself went to the place
where he worked to see him. When Mr. Linn
came home at night, sometimes he played with
Rodolphus, and sometimes he quarreled with
him; but he never really governed him.
For example, when Rodolphus was a very
little boy, he would climb up into his father's
lap, and begin to feel in his father's waistcoat
pockets for money. If his father directed him
not to do so, Rodolphus would pay no regard to
it. If he attempted to take Rodolphus's hands
away by force, Rodolphus would scream and
struggle; and so his father, not wishing to
make a disturbance, would desist. If Mr. Linn
frowned and spoke sternly, Rodolphus would
tickle him and make him laugh.
Finally, Rodolphus would succeed in getting
a cent, perhaps, or some other small coin, from
his father's pocket, and would then climb down
and run away. The father would go after him,
and try all sorts of coaxings and threatening
to induce Rodolphus to bring the cent back;
while Mrs. Linn would look on, laughing, and
saying, perhaps, "Ah, let him have the cent,
husband. It is not much."
Being encouraged thus by his mother's in-
terposition, Rodolphus would, of course, perse-


BAD TRAINING.


15







His way of triumphing over his father. Story of the block.
vere, and the contest would end at last by his
keeping the money. Then he would insist, the
next day, on going into the little village close
by, and spending it for gingerbread. He would
go, while eating his gingerbread, to where his
father was at work, and hold it up to his father
as in triumph, making it a sort of trophy, as
it were, of victory. His father would shake his
finger at him, laughing at the same time, and
saying, "Ah, Rolf! Rolf! what a little rogue
you are !
Rodolphus, in a word, generally contrived to
have his own way in almost every thing. His
mother did not attempt to govern him; she
tried to manage him; but, in the end, it gen-
erally proved that he managed her. In fact,
whenever he was engaged in any contest with
his mother, his father would usually take the
boy's part, just as his mother had done in his
contests with his father.
For instance, one winter evening, when he
was quite a small boy, he was sitting in a cor-
ner, playing with some blocks. He was build-
ing a saw-mill. His mother was at work in a
little kitchen, which opened into the room where
he was at play. His father was sitting on the
settle, by the fire, reading a newspaper. The


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RODOLPHUS.







Rodolphus will not go to bed. Contention with his mother.
door was open which led into the kitchen, and
Rodolphus, while he was at work upon his mill,
watched his mother's motions; for he knew that
when she had finished the work which she was
doing, and had swept up the room, she would
come to put him to bed. So Rodolphus went
on building the mill, and the bridge, and the
flume which was to convey the water to his
mill, listening all the time to the sounds in the
kitchen, and looking up from time to time, with
a very watchful eye, at the door.
At length he heard the sound of the sweep-
ing, and, a few minutes afterward, his mother
appeared at the door, coming in. Rodolphus
dropped his blocks, sprang to his feet, and ran
round behind the table--a round table which
stood out in the middle of the room.
Now, Rodolphus," said his mother, in a
tone of remonstrance, looking at the same time
very seriously at him, "it is time for you to go
to bed."
Rodolphus said nothing, but began to dance
about, looking at his mother very intently all
the time, and moving this way and that, as she
moved, so as to keep himself exactly on the op-
posite side of the table from her.
"Rodolphus !" said his mother, in a very
B


BA DTR A I NI Iq G


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Mr. Linn takes part with Rodolphus.
stern and commanding tone, "come to me this
minute."
Rodolphus continued his dancing.
Rodolphus's mother was a very beautiful
young woman. Her dark, glossy hair hung in
curls upon her neck.
When she found that it did no good to com-
mand Rodolphus, the stern expression of her
face changed into a smile, and she said,
Well, if you won't come, I shall have to
catch you, that's all."
So saying, she ran round the table to catch
him. Rodolphus ran too. His mother turned
first one way and then the other, but she could
not get any nearer to the fugitive. Rodolphus
kept always on the farthest side of the table
from her. Presently, Mr. Linn himself looked
up, and began to cheer Rodolphus, and encour-
age him to run; and once, when Mrs. Linn
nearly caught him and he yet escaped, Mr. Linn
clapped his hands in token of his joy.
Mrs. Linn was now discouraged; so she stop-
ped, and, looking sternly at Rodolphus again,
she said,
"Now, Rodolphus, you must come to me.
Come this minute. If you don't come, I shall
certainly punish you." She spoke these words


18


RODOLPHUS.





BAD TRAINING.


A new plan. Failure of it. Rodolphus will not submit.
with a great deal of force and emphasis, in or-
der to make Rodolphus think that she was re-
ally in earnest. But Rodolphus did not believe
that she was in earnest, and so it was evident
that he had no intention to obey.
Mrs. Linn then thought of another plan for
catching the fugitive, which was to push the
table along to one side of the room, or up into
a corner, and get Rodolphus out from behind it
in that way. So she began to push. Rodolph-
us immediately began to resist her attempt by
pushing against the table himself on the other
side. His mother was the strongest, however,
and she succeeded in gradually working the
table, with Rodolphus before it, over to the fur-
ther side of the room, notwithstanding all the
efforts that he made to prevent it. When he
found at last that he was likely to be caught,
he left the table and ran behind the settle where
his father was reading. His mother ran after
him, and caught him in the corner.
She attempted to take him, but Rodolphus
began to struggle and scream, and to shake his
shoulders when she took hold of them, evincing
his determination not to go with her. At the
same time he called out, "Father! father!"
His father looked around at the end of the
settle to see what was the matter.


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Annie in the cradle. Rodolphus becomes a bad boy.
"( He won't let me put him to bed," said Mrs.
Linn, and it was time half an hour ago."
Oh, let him sit up a little while longer, if
he likes," said Mr. Linn. "It's of no use to
make him cry."
Mrs. Linn reluctantly left Rodolphus, mur-
muring to herself that he ought to go to bed.
Very soon, she said, he would be asleep upon
the floor. I would make him go," she added,
"only if he cries and makes a noise, it will
wake Annie."
In fact, Annie was beginning to move a little
in the cradle then. The cradle in which Annie
was sleeping was by the side of the fire, oppo-
site to the settle. Mrs. Linn went to it to rock
it, so that Annie might go to sleep again, and
Rodolphus returned victorious to his mill.
These are specimens of the ways in which
Rodolphus used to manage his father and moth.
er, while he was quite young. 'He became
more and more accomplished and capable in
attaining his ends as he grew older, and finally
succeeded in establishing the ascendency of his
own will over that of hi father and mother,
almost entirely. /
He was about four years old when the inci-
dents occurred which have been just described.


.R4;DOLPHU S.


20





BAD TRAINING.


The fiat rock. Situation of the house. The gate.
When he was about five years old, he used to
begin to go and play alone down by the water.
His father's house was near the water, just be-
low the bridge. There were some high rocks
near the shore, and a large flat rock rising out
of the water. Rodolphus liked very much to go
down to this flat rock and play upon it. His
mother was very much afraid to have him go
upon this rock, for the water was deep near it,
and she was afraid that he might fall in. But
Rodolphus would go.
The road which led to Mr. Linn's from the
village passed round the rocks above, at some
distance above the bank of the stream. There
was a fence along upon the outer side of the
road, with a little gate where Rodolphus used
to come through. From the gate there was a
path, with steps, which led down to the water.
At one time, in order to prevent Rodolphus from
going down there, Mr. Linn fastened up the
gate. Then Rodolphus would climb over the
fence. So his father, finding that it did no good
to fasten up the gate, opened it again.
Not content with going down to the flat stone
contrary to his mother's command, Rodolphus
would sometimes threaten to go there and jump
off, by way of terrifying her, when his mother


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Aseount of Annie. Annie at the rabbit-house.
would not give him what he wanted. This
would frighten Mrs. Linn very much, and she
would usually yield at once to his demands, in
order to avert the danger. Finally, she persua-
ded her husband to wheel several loads of stones
there and fill up the deep place, after which she
was less uneasy about Rodolphus's jumping in.
Rodolphus was about ten years old when he
made his rabbit-house. Annie, his sister, had
grown up too. She was two years younger
than Rodolphus, and of course was eight. She
was beautiful like her mother. She had blue
eyes, and her dark hair hung in curls about her
neck. She was a gentle and docile girl, and
was often much distressed to see how disobedi-
ent and rebellious Rodolphus was toward his
father and mother.
She went out to see the rabbit-house which '
Rodolphus had made, and she liked it very
much. She wished that her mother would al-
low them to have a rabbit to put into it, and
she said so, as she stood looking at it, with her
hands behind her.
I am sorry that mother is not willing that
you should have a rabbit," said she.
Oh, never mind that," said Rodolphus; I'll
have one for all that, you may depend."


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22







Rodolphus asks for money. Hisi father eftises.
That evening, when Mr. Linn came home
from his work, he took a seat near the door,
where he could look out upon the little garden.
His mother was busy setting the table for tea.
Father," said Rodolphus, I wish you
would give me a quarter of a dollar."
What for ?" said Mr. Linn. -
"To buy a rabbit," said Rodolphus.
"No," said his moth 3r, I wish you would
not give him any money. I have told him that
I don't wish him to have any rabbits."
"Yes," said Rodolphus, speaking to his fa-
ther. "Do; it only costs a quarter of a dollar
to get one, and I have got the house all ready
for iim."
"Oh, no, Rolfy," said his father, "I would
not have any rabbits. They are good for noth-
ing but to gnaw off all the bark and buds in the
garden."
Here there followed a long argument between
Rodolphus on the one side, and his father and
mother on the other, they endeavoring in every
possible way to persuade him that a rabbit
would be a trouble, and not a pleasure. Of
course, Rodolphus was not to be convinced.
His father, however, refused to give him any
money, and Rodolphus ceased to ask for it.


BaI)TRAINING.


23





24 RODOLPHUS.
Rodolphus devises a plan. The keys.
His mother thought that he submitted to his
disappointment with very extraordinary good-
humor. But the fact was, he was not submit-
ting to disappointment at all. He had formed
another plan.
He began playing with Annie about the yard
and garden, saying no more, and apparently
thinking no more about his rabbit for some
time. At last he came up to his father's side,
and said,
"Father, will you lend me your keys ?"
"What do you want my keys for?" asked
his father.
I want to whistle with them," said Rodolph-
us. Annie is my dog, and I want to whistle to
her."
No," said his father, you will lose them.
You must whistle with your mouth."
"But I can't whistle with my mouth, Annie
makes me laugh so. I must have the keys."
So saying, Rodolphus began to feel in his fa-
ther's pockets for the keys. Mr. Linn resisted
his efforts a little, remonstrating with him all
the time, and saying that he could not let his
keys go. Rodolphus, however, persevered, and
finally succeeded in getting the keys, and run-
ning away with them.





BAD TRAINING.


Rodolphus contrives a plan. His success.
His father called him to come back, but he
would not come.
Rodolphus whistled in one of the keys a few
minutes, playing with Annie, and then, after a
little while, he said to her, in a whisper, and in
a very mysterious manner,
Annie, come with me !"
So saying, he went round the corner of the
house, and there entering the house by means
of a door which led into the kitchen, he passed
through into the room where his father was
sitting, without being seen by his father. He
walked very softly as he went, too, and so the
sound of his footsteps was not heard. Annie
remained at the door when Rodolphus went in.
She asked him, as he went in, what he was go-
ing to do, but Rodolphus only answered by say-
ing in a whisper, "Hush! Wait here till I
come back."
Rodolphus crept slowly up to a bureau which
stood behind a door. There was a certain
drawer in this bureau where he knew that his
father kept his money. He was going to open
this drawer and see if he could not find a quar-
ter of a dollar. He succeeded in putting the
key into the key-hole, and in unlocking the
drawer without making much noise. He made


25







Rodolphus makes a seizure. The pursuit.
a little noise, it is true, and though his father
heard it as he sat at the door looking out toward
the garden, his attention was not attracted by
it. He thought, perhaps, that it was Rodolph-
us's mother, doing something in that corner of
the room.
Rodolphus pulled the drawer open as gently
and noiselessly as he could. In a corner of the
drawer he saw a bag. He knew that it was
his father's money-bag. He pulled it open and
put his hand in, looking round at the same
time stealthily, to see whether his father was
observing him.
Just at that instant Mr. Linn looked round.
Rolf, you rogue," said he, 1" what are you
doing ?"
Rodolphus did not answer, but seized a small
handful of money and ran. His father started
up and pursued him. Among the coins which
Rodolphus had seized there was a quarter of
a dollar, and there were, besides this, several
smaller silver coins, and two or three cents.
Rodolphus took the quarter of a dollar in one
hand as he ran, and threw the other money
down upon the kitchen floor. His father stopped
to pick up this money, and by this means Ro-
dolphus gained distance. He ran out from the


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Rodolphus comes to a parley. Negotiations.
kitchen into the yard, and from the yard into
the road, his father pursuing him. Rodolph-
us went on at the top of his speed, filling the
air with shouts of laughter.
He scrambled up a steep path which led to
the top of the rocks; his father stopped be-
low.
"Ah, Rolfy !" said his father, in an entreat-
ing sort of tone, "give me back that money;
that's a good boy."
Rolfy did not answer, but stood upon a pin-
nacle of the rock, holding one of his hands be-
hind him.
Did you throw down all the money that
you took ?' said his father.
"No," said Rodolphus.
How much have you got now ?" said his
father.
A quarter of a dollar," said the boy.
Come down, then, and give it to me," said
his father. Come down this minute !"
"No," said Rodolphus, "I want it to buy
my rabbit."
Mr. Linn paused a moment, looking perplex-
ed, as if uncertain what to do.
At length he said,
Yes, bring back the money, Rolfy, that's a


BAD TRAINING.


27







Mr. Linn follows. Rodolphus. The hill.
good boy, and to-morrow I'll go and buy you a
rabbit myself."
Rodolphus knew that he could not trust to
such a promise, and so he would not come. Mr.
Linn seemed more perplexed than ever. He\
began to be seriously angry with the boy, and
he resolved that, as soon as he could catch
him, he would punish him severely: but he
saw that it was useless to attempt to pursue
him.
Rodolphus looked toward the house, and there
he saw his mother standing at the kitchen door,
laughing. He held up the quarter of a dollar
toward her, between his thumb and finger, and
laughed too.
If you don't come down, I shall come up
there after you," said Mr. Linn.
You can't catch me, if you do," said Ro-
dolphus.
Mr. Linn began to ascend the rocks. Ro-
dolphus, however, who was, of course, more
nimble than his father, went on faster than his
father could follow. He passed over the high-
est portion of the hill, and then clambered down
upon the other side, to the road. He crossed
the road, and then began climbing down the
bank toward the shore. He had often been up


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28






BAD TRAINING.


Rodolphus on the flat rock. His threat.
and down that path before, and he accordingly
descended very quick and very easily.
When he reached the shore, he went out to
the flat rock, and there stopped and turned
round to look at his father. Mr. Linn was
standing on the brink of the cliff, preparing to
come down.
Stop !" said Rodolphus to his father. "If
you come down, I will throw the quarter of a
dollar into the water."
So saying, Rodolphus extended his hand as if
he were about to throw the money off into the
stream.
Mrs. Linn and Annie had come out from the
house, to see how Mr. Linn's pursuit of the fugi-
tive would end; but, instead of following Ro-
dolphus and his father over the rocks, they had
come across the road to the little gate, where
they could see the flat rock on which Rodolphus
was standing, and his father on the cliffs above.
Mrs. Linn stood in the gateway. Annie had
come forward, and was standing in the path,
at the head of the steps. When she saw Ro-
dolphus threatening to throw the money into
the river, she seemed very much concerned and
distressed. She called out to her brother, in a
very earnest manner,


29







Annie remonstrates. Mrs. Lion interposes.


WTI kuiU.aUI'.


"Rodolphus! Rodolphus that is my fa-
ther's quarter of a dollar. You must not throw
it away."
"I will throw it away," said Rodolphus,
" and I'll jump into the water myself, in the
deepest place that I can find, if he won't let me
have it to buy my rabbit with."
"I would let him have it, husband," said
Mrs. Linn, if he wants it so very much. I
don't care much about it, on the whole. I don't
think the rabbit will be any great trouble."


RODOLPHUS.


30





BAD TRAINING. 31
Rodolphus accomplishes his object.
When Rodolphus heard his mother say this,
he considered the case as decided, and he walk-
ed off from the flat rock to the shore, and from
the shore up the path to his mother. There
was some further conversation between Ro-
dolphus and his parents in respect to the rab-
bit, but it was finally concluded that the rabbit
should be bought, and Rodolphus was allowed
to keep the quarter of a dollar accordingly.
Such was the way in which Rodolphus was
brought up in his childhood. It is not sur-
prising that he came, in the end, to be a very
bad boy.







Plan for an expedition. Invitation to Annie.





CHAPTER II.

ELLEN.

THE next morning after Rodolphus had ob-
tained his quarter of a dollar in the manner we
have described, he proposed to Annie to go with
him to buy his rabbit. It would not be very
far, he said.
I should like to go very much," said Annie,
" if my mother will let me."
Oh, she will let you," said Rodolphus; "I
can get her to let you."
Rodolphus waited till his father had gone
away after breakfast, before asking his mother
to let Annie go with him. He was afraid that
his father might make some objection to the
plan. After his father had gone, he went to
ask his mother.
At first she said very decidedly that Annie
could not go.
Why not ?" asked Rodolphus.
Oh, I could not trust her with you so far,"
replied his mother; she is too little."


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ELLEN. 3W
Plans for bringing home the rabbit.
There followed a long and earnest debate be-
tween Rodolphus and his mother, which ended
at last in her consent that Annie should go.
Rodolphus found a basket in the shed, which
he took to bring his rabbit home in. He put a
cloth into the basket, and also a long piece of
twine. The cloth was to spread over the top
of the basket, and the twine to tie round it, in
order to keep the rabbit in.
When Rodolphus was ready to go, his mother
told him that she was afraid that he might lose
his quarter of a dollar on the way, and, in order
to make it more secure, she proposed to tie it
up for him in the corner of a pocket handker-
chief.
Why, that would not do any good, mother,"
said Rodolphus, "for then I should only lose
handkerchief and all."
"No," replied his mother, "you would not
be so likely to lose the handkerchief. The
handkerchief could not be shaken out of your
pocket so easily, nor get out through any small
hole. Besides, if you should by any chance
lose the money, you could find it again much
more readily if it was tied up in a handker-
chief, that being so large and easily seen."
So Mrs. Linn tied the money in the corner of
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34 RODOLPHUS.
Rodolphus disregards his mother's directions.
a pocket handkerchief, and then put the hand-
kerchief itself in Rodolphus's pocket.
The place where Rodolphus lived was in
Franconia, just below the village. There was
a bridge in the middle of the village, with a
dam across the stream just above it. There
were mills near the dam. Just below the dam
the water was very rapid.
Rodolphus walked along with Annie till he
came to the bridge. On the way, as soon as he
got out of sight of the house, he pulled the
handkerchief out of his pocket, and began un-
tying the knot.
What are you going to do ?" asked Annie.
I am going to take the money out of this
pocket handkerchief," said Rodolphus.
So saying, he untied the knot, and when he
had got the money out, he put the money it-
self in one pocket and the handkerchief in the
other, and then walked along again.
When Rodolphus reached the bridge, he turn-
ed to go over it. Annie was at first afraid to
go over it. She wanted to go some other way.
"There is no other way," said Rodolphus.
"Where is it that you are going to get the
rabbit ?" asked Annie.
To Beechnut's," said Rodolphus.





ELLEN. 35
Annie afraid of the bridge. Wagon coming.
Beechnut's," repeated Annie; that's a
funny name."
Why, his real name is Antonio," said Ro-
dolphus. But, come, walk along; there is no
danger in going over the bridge."
Notwithstanding her brother's assurances
that there was no danger, Annie was very much
afraid of the bridge. She, however, walked
along, but she kept as near the middle of the
roadway as she could. Sometimes she came to
wide cracks in the floor of the bridge, through
which she could see the water foaming and
tumbling over the rocks far below. There was
a sort of balustrade or railing each side of the
bridge, but it was very open. Rodolphus went
to this railing, and, putting his head between
the bars of it, looked down.
Annie begged him to come back. But he
said he wished to look and see if there were any
fishes down there in the water. In the mean
time Annie walked along very carefully, taking
long steps over the cracks, and choosing her
way with great caution. Presently she heard
a noise behind her, and, looking round, she saw
a wagon coming. This frightened her more
than ever. So she began to run as fast as she
could run, and very soon she got safely across






Beechnut's name. Talk about him.
the bridge. When she reached the land, she
went out to the side of the road to let the wagon
,go by, and sat down there to wait for her
brother.
Presently Rodolphus came. Annie left her
seat and went back into the road to meet him,
and so they walked along together.
If his name is truly Antonio," said Annie,
"why don't you call him Antonio ?"
Oh, I don't know," said Rodolphus ; "the
boys always call him Beechnut."
I mean to call him Antonio," said Annie,
"if I see him."
Well, you will see him," said Rodolphus,
"for we go right where he lives."
Where does he live ?" asked Annie.
He lives at Phonny's," said Rodolphus.
And where is Phonny's ?" asked Annie.
"Oh, it is a house up here by the valley.
Didn't you ever go there ?"
"No," said Annie.
"It is a very pleasant house," said Rodolphus.
" There is a river in front of it, and a pier, and
a boat. There is a boat-house, too. There
used to be a little girl there too-just about as
big as you."
What was her name ?" asked Annie.


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Account of Ellen Linn. Her aunt.
"Malleville," replied Rodolphus.
"I have heard about Malleville," said An-
nie.
How did you hear about her ?" asked Ro.
dolphus.
My sister Ellen told me about her," said
Annie.
We can go and see Ellen," said Rodolphus,
"after we have got the rabbit."
"Well," said Annie, "I should like to go
and see her very much."
Rodolphus and Annie had a sister Ellen.
She was two years older than Rodolphus. Ro-
dolphus was at this time about ten. Ellen was
twelve. Antonio was fourteen. Ellen did not
live at home. She lived with her aunt. She
went to live with her aunt when she was about
eight years old. Her aunt lived in a small
farm-house among the mountains, and when
Ellen was about eight years old, she was taken
sick, and so Ellen went to the house to help
take care of her.
Ellen was a very quiet and still, and, at the
same time, a very diligent and capable girl. She
was very useful to her aunt in her sickness.
She took care of the fire, and kept the room in
order; and she set a little table very neatly at


ELLEN.


37







Difference between Ellen and Rodolphus.
the bed-side, when her aunt got well enough to
take food.
It was a long time before her aunt was well
enough to leave her bed, and then she could not
sit up much, and she could not walk about at
all. She could only lie upon a sort of sofa,
which her husband made for her in his shop.
So Ellen remained to take care of her from
week to week, until at last her aunt's house be-
came her home altogether.
Ellen liked to live at her aunt's very much,
for the house was quiet, and orderly, and well
managed, and every thing went smoothly and
pleasantly there. At home, on the other hand,
every thing was always in confusion, and Ro-
dolphus made so much noise and uproar, and
encroached so much on the peace and comfort
of the family by his self-will and his domineer-
ing temper, that Ellen was always uneasy and
unhappy when she was at her mother's. She
liked to be at her aunt's, therefore, better; and
as her aunt liked her, she gradually came to
make that her home. Rodolphus used fre-
quently to go and see her, and even Annie went
sometimes.
Annie was very much pleased with the plan
of going now to make Ellen a visit. They


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38'







Danger in the road. Rodolphus's courage.
walked quietly along the road, talking of this
plan, when Annie suddenly called out,
Oh, Rodolphus, look there !"
Rodolphus looked, and saw a drove of cattle
coming along the road. It was a very large
drove, and it filled up the road almost entirely.
Who cares for that ?" said Rodolphus.
Annie seemed to care for it very much. She
ran out to the side of the road.
Rodolphus walked quietly after her, saying,
"Don't be afraid, Annie. You can climb up
on the fence, if you like, till they get by."
There was a large stump by the side of the
fence, at the place where Rodolphus and Annie
approached it, and Rodolphus, running to it,
said, Quick, Annie, quick! climb up on this
stump."
Rodolphus climbed up on the stump, and
then helped Annie up after him. They had,
however, but just got their footing upon it,
when Rodolphus looked down at his feet, and
saw a hornet crawling out of a crevice in the
side of the stump. "Ah, Annie, Annie! a
hornet's nest! a hornet's nest !" exclaimed Ro-
dolphus; we must run."
So saying, Rodolphus climbed down from the
stump, on the side opposite to where he had seen


ELLE N.


39







Rodolphus protects Annie in all her difficulties.
the hornet come out, and then helped Annie
down.
We must run across to the other side of the
road," said he.
So saying, he hurried back into the road
again, leading Annie by the hand. They found,
however, that they were too late to gain the
fence on the other side, for several of the cattle
had advanced along by the green bank on that
side so far that the fence was lined with them,
and Rodolphus saw at a glance that he could
not get near it.
Never mind, Annie," said Rodolphus, we
will stay here, right in the middle of the road.
Stand behind me, and I will keep the cattle off
with my basket."
So Annie took her stand behind Rodolphus,
in the middle of the road, while Rodolphus, by
swinging his basket to and fro, toward the cat-
tle as they came on, made them separate to the
right and left, and pass by on each side. Ro-
dolphus, besides waving his basket at the cat-
tle, shouted to them in a very stern and author-
itative manner, saying, "Hie Whoh Hie-
up, there! Ho !" The cattle were slow to turn
out; but they did turn out, just before they
came to where Rodolphus and Annie were stand-


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RODOLPHUS.







The bank of a river. Rodolphus finds a raft there.
ing, crowding and jamming each other in great
confusion. The herd closed together again as
soon as they had passed the children, so that for
a time Rodolphus and Annie stood in a little
space in the road, with the monstrous oxen all
around them.
At length the herd all passed safely by, and
then Rodolphus and Annie went on. After
walking along a little further, they came to the
bank of a river. The road lay along the bank
of this river. There was a smooth sandy beach
down by the water. Rodolphus and Annie went
down there a few minutes to play. There was
an old raft there. It was floating in the water,
but was fastened by a rope to a stake in the
sand.
Ah, here is a raft, Annie," said Rodolphus.
"I'll tell you what we will do. We will go the
rest of the way by water, on this raft. I'm
tired of walking so far."
Oh no," said Annie, I'm afraid to go on
that raft. It will sink."
Oh no," said Rodolphus, it will not sink.
See." So saying, he stepped upon the raft, to
show Annie how stable it was.
I'll get a block," he continued, "for you to
sit on."


ELLEN.


41






Perilous navigation. Very little progress made.
Annie was very much afraid of the raft,
though she was not quite so much afraid of it
as she had been of the bridge, because the bridge
was very high up above the water, and there
was, consequently, as she imagined, danger of
a fall. Besides, the water where the raft was
lying was smooth and still, while that beneath
the bridge was a roaring torrent. Finally, An-
nie allowed herself to be persuaded to get upon
the raft. Rodolphus found a block lying upon
the shore, and he put that upon the raft for An-
nie to sit upon. When Annie was seated, Ro-
dolphus stepped upon the raft himself, and with
a long pole he pushed it out from the shore,
while Annie balanced herself as well as she
could upon the block.
The water was not very deep, and Rodolphus
could push the raft along very easily by setting
the end of his pole against the bottom. Annie
sat upon her block very still. It happened,
however, unfortunately, that the place where
Antonio lived was up the stream, not down, and
Rodolphus found that though he could move his
raft very easily round and round, and even back
and forth, he could not get forward much on his
way, on account of the force of the current,
which was strong against him. He advanced


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RODOLPHUS.







Rodolphus gets discoura .


THE RAFT.

a little way, however, and then he began to be
tired of so difficult a navigation.
"I don't think we shall go very far on the
raft," said he, to Annie, there is such a strong
tide."
Just then Rodolphus began to look very in-


ELLEN.


43






The r comes to pieces in the water.
tently into the water before him. He thought
he saw a pickerel. He was just going to at-
tempt to spear him with his pole, when his
attention was arrested by hearing Annie call
out, Oh, Rolfy Rolfy the raft is all coming
to pieces."
Rodolphus looked round, and saw that the
boards of which the raft had been made were
separating from each other at the end of the raft
where Annie was sitting, and one of the boards
was shooting out entirely.
So it is," said Rodolphus. "Why didn't
they nail it together ? You sit still, and I will
push in to the shore."
Rodolphus attempted to push in to the shore,
but in the strenuous efforts which he made for
that purpose, he stepped about upon the raft ir-
regularly, and in such a manner as to make the
boards separate more and more. At length the
water began to come up around Annie's feet,
and Rodolphus, alarmed at this, hurriedly direct-
ed her to stand up on the block. Annie tried
to do so, but before she effected her purpose, the
raft seemed evidently about going to pieces.
It had, however, by this time, got very near the
shore; so Rodolphus changed his orders, and
called out, Jump, Annie, jump !"


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. 44







Narrow escape. The raft a total loss.
Annie jumped; but the part of the raft on
which she was standing gave way under her
feet, and she came down into the water. The
water was not very deep. It came up, however,
almost to Annie's knees. Rodolphus himself
had leaped over to the shore, and so had, him-
self, escaped a wetting. He took Annie by the
hand, and led her also out to the dry land.
Annie began to cry. Rodolphus soothed and
quieted her as well as he could. He took off
her stockings and shoes. He poured the water
out of the shoes, and wrung out the stockings.
He also wrung out Annie's dress as far as pos-
sible. He told her not to mind it; her clothes
would soon get dry. It was all the fault of the
boys, he said, who made the raft, for not nail-
ing it together.
Rodolphus had had presence of mind enough
to seize his basket when he leaped ashore, so
that that was safe. The raft, however, went
all to pieces, and the fragments of it floated
away down the stream.
Rodolphus and Annie then resumed their
journey. Rodolphus talked fast to Annie, and
told her a great many amusing stories, to divert
her mind from the misfortune which had hap-
pened to them. He charged her not to tell her


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45







Rodolphus and Annie arrive at Mrs. Henry's.
mother, when she got home, that she had been
in the water, and made her promise that she
would not.
At length they came to a large house, which
stood back from the road a little way, at the
entrance to a valley. This was the house, Ro-
dolphus said, where Beechnut lived. Rodolph-
us opened a great gate, and he and Annie went
into the yard.
I think that Beechnut is in some of the
barns, or sheds, or somewhere," said Rodolphus.
So he and Annie went to the barns and sheds.
There was a horse standing in one of the sheds,
harnessed to a wagon, but there were no signs
of Beechnut.
Perhaps he is in the yard," said Rodolphus.
So Rodolphus led the way through a shed to
a sort of back yard, where there was a plank
walk, with lilac bushes and other shrubbery on
one side of it. Rodolphus and Annie walked
along upon the planks. Presently they came to
a place where there was a ladder standing up
against the house.
Ah!" said Rodolphus, "he is upon the
house. Here is the ladder. I think he is doing
something on the house. I mean to go and
see."



4


46


RODOLPHUS.







They find Beechnut in a strange place.
No," said Annie, "you must not go up on
such a high place."
Oh, this is not a very high ladder," said
Rodolphus. So saying, he began to go up.
Annie stood below, looking up to him as he as-
cended, and feeling great apprehension lest he
should fall.
The top of the ladder reached up considerably
above the top of the house, and Rodolphus told
Annie that he was not going to the top of the
ladder, but only high enough to see if Beechnut
was on the house. He told her, too, that if she
walked back toward the garden gate, perhaps
she could see too. Annie accordingly walked
back, and looking upward all the time, she pres-
ently saw a young man, who she supposed was
Beechnut, doing something to the top of one of
the chimneys. By this time Rodolphus had
reached the eaves of the house, in climbing up
the ladder, and he came in sight of Beechnut
too.
"Ah, Beechnut !" said Rodolphus.
"Hie-yo! Dolphin!" said Beechnut, "is that
you ?"
Beechnut often called Rodolphus, Dolphin.
"May I come up where you are ?" said Ro-
dolphus.


ELLEN.


47





48
The long ladder.


RODOLPHUS.
Stopping up the chimney..


UP THE LADDER.


No," said Beechnut.
When Rodolphus heard this answer, he re-
mained quietly where he was upon the ladder.
"What are you doing ?" said Rodolphus.
"Putting a wire netting over the chimney,"
said Beechnut.
What for ?" asked Rodolphus.
"To keep the chimney-swallows from getting
in," said Beechnut.







Rodolphus obeys Beechnut. Beechnut's character.
"Are you coming down pretty soon ?" asked
Rodolphus.
Yes," said Beechnut. "Go down the lad-
der, and wait till I come."
So Rodolphus went down the ladder again to.
Annie.
What is the reason," said Annie, "that you
obey Beechnut so much better than you do my
father ?"
Oh, I don't know," said Rodolphus. "He
makes me, I suppose."
It was true that Beechnut made Rodolphus
obey him-that is, in all cases where he was
under any obligation to obey him. One day,
when he first became acquainted with Beech-
nut, he went out upon the pond in Beechnut's
boat. He wished to row, but Beechnut pre-
ferred that some other boy should row, and di-
rected Rodolphus to sit down upon one of the
thwarts. Rodolphus would not do this, but
was determined to row, and he attempted to
take away one of the oars by force. Beech.
nut immediately turned the head of the boat
toward the shore, and when he reached the
shore, he directed four of the strongest boys to
put Rodolphus out upon the sand, and then,
when they had done this, he sailed away i
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49







His mode of dealing with disobedient boys.
the boat again. Rodolphus took up clubs and
stones, and began to throw them at the boat.
Beechnut came back again, and, seizing Ro-
dolphus, he tied his hands behind him with a
strong cord. When he was thus secured, Beech-
nut said to him,
"Now you may have your choice of two
things: you may stay here till we come back
from our excursion, and then, if you seem pretty
peaceable, I will untie you; or you may go
home now, as you are, with your hands tied be-
hind you, in disgrace."
Rodolphus concluded to remain where he
was; for he was well aware that if he were to
go home through the village with his hands tied
behind him, every body would know that the
tying was one of Beechnut's punishments, and
that it had not been resorted to without good
reason. Some of the boys thought that after
this occurrence Beechnut would not be willing
to have Rodolphus go with them again in the
boat; but Beechnut said Yes, he may go with
us whenever he pleases. I don't mind having
a rebel on board at all. I know exactly what
to do with rebels."
But it is a great trouble," said one of the
boys, to have them on board."


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Conversation between Beechnut and Rodolphus.
Not at all," said Beechnut; on the oth-
er hand, it is a pleasure to me to discipline
them."
Rodolphus very soon found that it was use-
less to resist Beechnut's will, in any case where
Beechnut had the right to control, and so he
soon formed the habit of obeying him. He
liked Beechnut, too, very much. He liked him,
in fact, all the better on account of his firm-
ness and decision.
When Beechnut came down from the house-
top, Rodolphus told him he had come to get a
rabbit, and at the same time held out the quar-
ter of a dollar to view.
"Where did you get the money?" said
Beechnut.
My father gave it to me," said Rodolphus.
"No," said Annie, very earnestly, "my father
did not give it to you. You took it away from
him."
But he gave it to me afterward," said Ro-
dolphus.
Beechnut inquired what this meant, and An-
nie explained to him, as well as she could, the
manner in which Rodolphus had obtained his
money. Beechnut then said that he would not
take the quarter of a dollar. The money was


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Conclusion in respect to the rabbit.
not honestly come by, he said. It was not vol-
untarily given to Rodolphus, and therefore was
not honestly his. The money was stolen,"
said he, and I will not have any stolen money
for my rabbits. I would rather give you a rab-
bit for nothing."
This Beechnut finally said he would do. I
will give you a rabbit," said he, for the pres-
ent, and whenever you get a quarter of a dollar
which is honestly your own, you may come and
pay for it, if you please, and if not, not. But
don't bring me any money which is not truly
your own. And carry that quarter of a dollar
back, and give it to your father."
So saying, Beechnut led the way, and Ro-
dolphus and Annie followed him into one of the
barns. They walked along a narrow passage-
way, between a hay-mow on one side, and a row
of stalls for cattle on the other. Then they
turned and passed through an open room, and
finally came to a place which Beechnut called
a bay. Here there was a little pen, with a
house in it for the rabbits, and a hole at one
side where the rabbits could run in under the
barn. Beechnut called Benny! Benny! Ben-
ny !" and immediately several rabbits came run-
ning out from the hole.


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ELLEN.
A white rabbit for Ellen. Annie to have a ride.
There," said Beechnut, "which one will
you have ?"
The children began immediately to examine
the different rabbits, and to talk very fast and
very eagerly about them. Finally, Rodolphus
decided in favor of a gray one, though there
was one which was perfectly white, that Annie
seemed to prefer. Beechnut said that he would
give Rodolphus the gray one.
As to the white one," said he, "I am going
to let you take it, Annie, for Ellen. I can't
give it to you. I give it to Ellen; but per-
haps she will let you carry it home with you,
and take care of it for her, and so keep it with
Rodolphus's."
Annie seemed very much pleased with this
plan, and so the two rabbits were caught and
put into the basket. The cloth was then tied
over them, and Rodolphus and Annie prepared
to go away.
But stop," said Beechnut; I am going di-
rectly by your aunt's in my wagon, and I can
give you a ride."
Well," said Annie, dancing about and clap-
ping her hands. It was very seldom that An-
nie had an opportunity to take a ride.
She ran to the wagon. Rodolphus followed







Account of the yard at Mrs. Randon's.
her slowly, carryingthe basket. Beechnut help-
ed in the two children, and then got in himself,
and took his seat between them. Rodolphus
held the basket between his knees, peeping in
under the cloth, now and then, to see if the rab-
bits were safe.
The party traveled on by a winding and very
pleasant road among the mountains for about
a mile, and at length they drove up to the door
of a pleasant little farm-house in a sort of dell.
There was a high hill behind it, overhung with
forest trees. There was a spacious yard at the
end of the house, with ducks, and geese, and
chickens in the back part of it. There was a
large dog lying asleep on the great flat stone
step when the wagon came up, but when he
heard the wagon coming, awoke, opened his
eyes, got up, and walked away. There was a
well in the middle of the yard. Beechnut rode
round the well, and drove up to the door. Ellen
was sitting at the window. As soon as she saw
the wagon, she got up and ran to the door.
How do you do, Ellen ?" said Beechnut.
"How do you do, Antonio?" said Ellen. I
am much obliged to you for bringing my broth-
er and sister to see me."
So saying, she came to the wagon and helped


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Conversation between Ellen and Rodolphus.


THE YARD AT MR. RANDON'8.


Annie out. Rodolphus, who was on the other
side of Beechnut, then handed her his basket,
saying, Here, Ellen, take this very carefully.
There are two rabbits in it, and one of them is
for you."
"For me ?" said Ellen.
Yes," said Annie, only I am to take care
of it for you."
Good-by," said Beechnut. He was just
beginning, as he said this, to drive the wagon
away.


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55







Ellen's drawings. Beechnut goes away.
Good-by, Beechnut," said Rodolphus.
I am much obliged to you for my ride,"
said Annie.
Stop a minute, Antonio," said Ellen, I
have got something for you."
So saying, Ellen went into the house and
brought out a small flat parcel, neatly put up,
and addressed on the outside, ANTONIO.
She took it out to the wagon, and handed it
up to Antonio,. saying that there were the last
drawings that he had lent her. In fact, Ellen
was one of Beechnut's pupils in drawing. He
was accustomed to lend her models, which, when
she had copied them, she sent back to him. El-
len was one of Antonio's favorite pupils; she
was so faithful, and patient, and persevering
Besides, she was a very beautiful girl.
"I must not stop to see your copies now,"
said Antonio, "but I shall come again pretty
soon. Good-by."
Good-by," said Ellen; and then she went
back to the door where Rodolphus and Annie
were standing.
Rodolphus lifted up the corner of the cloth
which covered the basket, and let Ellen see the
rabbits. Ellen was very much pleased to find
that one of them was hers She said that she


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Account of the room at Mrs. Randon's.
would put a collar on its neck, as a mark that
it was hers, and she asked Rodolphus and Annie
to go in with her into the house, where she said
she would get the collar.
So they all went in. The room was a very
pleasant room, indeed. It was large, and it was
in perfect order. There was a very spacious
fire-place in it, but scarcely any fire. As it was
summer, no fire was necessary, and so, after
breakfast was over, Ellen had allowed the fire
to go down. At one side of the room, near a
window, there was a table which Ellen said
was her table. There were two drawers in this
table. These drawers contained books, and pa-
pers, and various articles of apparatus for writ-
ing and drawing. In one corner of one of the
drawers there was a little paint-box.
There was a small bed-room adjoining the
room where the children were. They all pretty
soon heard a voice calling from this room, in a
pleasant tone, "Ellen, bring the children in
here."
Yes; come, Rolfy," said Ellen-" and An-
nie--come and see aunt." So all the children
went into their aunt's room.
They found her half sitting and half lying
upon her sofa, by a pleasant window, which


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57







Mrs. Randon in her bed-room.
looked out upon a green yard, and upon an or-
chard which was beyond the yard. She was
sewing. She looked pale, but she seemed con-
tented and happy-and she said that she was
very glad to see Rodolphus and Annie. She
talked with them some time, and then asked
Ellen to get them some luncheon. Ellen ac-
cordingly went into the other room, and set the
table for luncheon by her window, as she called
it. This window was a very pleasant one, near
her table. The luncheon consisted of a pie,
some cake, warm from the oven, and some baked
apples, and cream. Ellen said that she made
the cake, and the pie, and baked the apples
herself.
The children ate their luncheon together very
happily, and then spent some time in walking
about the yards, the barns, and the garden, to
see what was to be seen. Rodolphus walked
about quietly and behaved well. In fact, he
was always a good boy at his aunt's, and obeyed
all her directions-she would not allow him to
do otherwise.
At length Rodolphus and Annie set out on
their return home. It was a long walk, but in
due time they reached home in safety. Ro-
dolphus determined not to give the money back


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Mrs. Linn finds Annie's fbet damp. Prevarication.
to his father, and so he hid it in a crevice, which
he found in a part of the fence behind his rab-
bit-house. He put the rabbits in their house,
and put a board up before the door, to keep
them in.
That night, when Mrs. Linn took off Annie's
stockings by the kitchen fire, when she was go-
ing to put her to bed, she found them very damp.
Why, Annie," she said, what makes your
stockings so damp? You must have got into
the water somewhere to-day."
Annie did not answer. Rodolphus had en-
joined it upon her not to tell their mother of
their adventure on the raft, and so she did not
know what to say.
"Damp?" said Rodolphus. "Are they damp?
Let me feel." So he began to feel of Annie's
stockings.
No," said he, they are not damp. Can't
feel that they are damp."
They certainly are," said his mother.
"They are very damp indeed."
Then," said Rodolphus, "we must have
spilled some water into them when we were
getting a drink, Annie, at the well." Annie
said nothing, and Mrs. Linn hung the stockings
up to dry.


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Account of Mr. Randon's family.




CHAPTER III.
SICKNESS.
ELLEN'S aunt was the sister of Mr. Linn, El-
len's father; and her name was Anne. Ellen
used to call her Aunt Anne. Her husband's
name was Randon, so that sometimes Ellen
called her Aunt Randon.
Though Mr. Randon's house appeared rather
small, as seen from the road by any one riding
by, it was pretty spacious and very comfortable
within. Mr. Randon owned several farms in
different places, and he was away from home a
great deal, attending to his other farms, and to
the flocks of sheep and herds of cattle which he
had upon them. During these absences, Mrs.
Randon, of course, remained at home with El-
len. There was a girl, named Martha, who
lived at the house, to do the work of the family,
and also a young man, named Hugh. Hugh
was employed, in the mornings and evenings,
in taking care of the barns and the cattle, and
in the day-time, especially in the winter, he
hauled wood-sometimes to the house for the


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Mrs. Randon an excellent housekeeper.
family to burn, and sometimes to the village for
sale.
The family lived thus very happily together,
whether Mr. Randon was at home or away.
Mrs. Randon could not walk about the house at
all, but was, on the other hand, confined all day
to her bed or her sofa; but she knew every thing
that was done, and gave directions about every
thing. Ellen was employed as messenger to
carry her aunt's directions out, and to bring back
intelligence and answers. Mrs. Randon knew
exactly what was in every room, and where it
was in the room. She knew what was in every
drawer, and what was on every shelf in every
closet, and what and how much was in every
bin in the cellar; so that if she wanted any
thing, she could direct Ellen where to go to get
it, with a certainty that it would be exactly
there. The house was very full of furniture,
stores, and supplies, and all was so well ar-
ranged, and in such an orderly and complete
condition, that in going over it, every room that
the visitor entered seemed pleasanter than the
one seen before.
On one occasion, Rodolphus himself had proof
of this admirable order. He had cut his finger
in the shed, and when he came in, Mrs. Randon,


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61







The Front Room. Description of the furniture.
after binding it up very nicely, turned to Ellen
and said,
"Now, Ellen, we must have a cot. Go up
into the garret, and open the third trunk, count-
ing from the west window. In the right-hand
front corner of this trunk you will find a small
box. In the box you will find three cots. Bring
the smallest one to me."
Ellen went, and found every thing as Mrs.
Randon had described it.
There was a room in the front part of the
house called the Front Room, which was usual-
ly kept shut up. It was furnished as a parlor
very prettily. It had very full curtains to the
windows, a soft carpet on the floor, and a rug
before the fire-place. There was a bookcase in
this room, with a desk below. Mr. Randon kept
his valuable papers in this desk, and the book-
case above was filled with interesting books.
There were several very pretty pictures on the
walls of this room, and some curious ornaments
on the mantle shelf. The blinds of the windows
in this apartment were generally closed, and the
curtains drawn, and Ellen seldom went into it,
except to get a new book to read to her aunt,
out of the secretary.
The room which the family generally used


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Si C K N K S 5. 63


Plan of the house.


The porch.


was a back room. It was quite large, and it
had a very spacious fire-place in it. Being
larger than any other room in the house, it was
generally called the Great Room. The windows


PLAN OF MRS. 4ANDON'S HOUSE
REFERENCES.
b. Bed in Mrs. Randon's bed-room. c. Mrs. Randon's couch or sofo.
w. The closed windows. f. f. Fire-places.
b. e. Back entry. h. Hugh's seat.
pl. Back platform. s. Settle.
po. Porch. 1. Lutie's bed.

of this room looked out upon a pretty green
yard, with a garden and an orchard beyond.
There was a door, too, at one end of the room,
opening to a porch. In this porch was an outer
door, which led to a large yard at the end of the


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64 RODOLPHUS.
Mrs. Randon's room. Her sofa. The supper.
house. This was the door that Antonio had
driven up to, when he brought Rodolphus and
Annie to see Ellen. On the other side of the
kitchen from the porch door was a door leading
to Mrs. Randon's bed-room. The situation of
these rooms, and of the other apartments of the
house, as well as of the principal articles of fur-
niture hereafter to be described, may be perfect-
ly understood by means of the diagram on the
preceding page.
Mrs. Randon was accustomed to remain in
her bed-room almost all the time in the sum.
mer, but in the winter she had her sofa or couch
brought out, and placed by the side of the fire-
place in the great room, as represented in the
plan. Here, in the long stormy evenings of
winter, the family would live together very hap-
pily. Mrs. Randon would lie reclining upon
her sofa, knitting, and talking to Martha and
Ellen while they were getting supper ready.
Ellen would set the table, while Martha would
bake the cakes, and bring up the milk out of the
cellar, and make the tea; and then, when all
was ready, they would move the table up close
to Mrs. Randon's sofa, and after lifting her up,
and supporting her with pillows at her back,
they would themselves sit down on the other







Picture of the great room. The evenings.
side of the table, and all eat their supper to-
gether in a very happy manner





-Ni







rHE GREAT ROOM
Then, after supper, when the table had been
put away, and a fresh fire had been made on
the great stone hearth, Ellen would sit in a lit-
tle rocking-chair by her aunt's side, and read
aloud some interesting story, while Martha sat
knitting on the settle, at the other side of the
fire, and Hugh, on a bench in the corner, occu-
pied himself with making clothes-pins, or shap-
ing teeth for rakes, or fitting handles into tools,
or some other work of that kind. Hugh found
that unless he had such work to do, he always
fell asleep while Ellen was reading.


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66 RODOLPHUS.
Mrs. Randon gradually declines.
Ellen found that her aunt, instead of grow-
ing better, rather grew worse. She was very
pale, though very delicate and beautiful. Her
fingers were very long, and white, and taper-
ing. Ellen thought that they grew longer and
more tapering every day. At last, one winter
evening, just after tea, and before Hugh and
Martha had come in to sit down, Ellen went up
to the sofa, and kneeling down upon a little
bear-skin rug which was there, and which had
been put there to look warm and comfortable,
although the poor invalid could never put her
feet upon it, she bent down over her aunt, and
said,
It seems to me, Aunt Anne, that you don't
get better very fast."
The patient, putting her arm over Ellen's
neck, and drawing Ellen down closely to her,
kissed her, but did not answer.
Do you think you shall ever get well,
aunty ?" said Ellen.
No," said her aunt, I do not think that )
shall. I think that before a great while I shal
die."
Why, aunty !" said Ellen. She was mucl
shocked to hear such a declaration. I hop
you will not die," she continued, presently







Her conversation with Ellen about death.
speaking in a very low and solemn manner.
" What shall I do if you should die? What
makes you think that you will die ?"
There are two reasons why I think that I
shall die," said her aunt. ," One is, that I feel
that I am growing weaker and weaker all the
time.. I have grown a great deal weaker with-
in a few days."
Have you ?" said Ellen, in a tone of great
anxiety and concern.
Yes," said her aunt. "The other reason
that makes me think that I am going to die is
greater still, and that is, I begin to feel so
willing to die."
I thought that you were always willing to
die," said Ellen. I thought we ought to be
all willing to die, always."
No," said her aunt, or yes, in one sense
we ought. We ought always to be willing to
submit to whatever God shall think best for us.
But as to life and death, we ought undoubtedly,
when we are strong and well, to desire to live.
God means," she continued, that we
should desire to live, and that we should do all
that we can to prolong life. He has given us
an instinct impelling us to that feeling. But
when sickness comes and death is nigh, then


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68 RODOLPHUS.
Instincts. Changes that take place in them.
the instinct changes. We do not wish to live
then; that is, if we feel that we are prepared
to die. It is a very kind and merciful arrange.
ment to have the instinct change, so that when
we are well we can be happy in the thought
of living, and when we are sick and about to
die, we can be happy in the thought of dying.
Our instincts often change thus, when the cir-
oumstances change."
Do they ?" said Ellen, thoughtfully.
"Yes," said her aunt. For instance, when
you were an infant, your mother's instinctive
love for you led her to wish to have you always
near her, with your cheek upon her cheek, and
your little hand in her bosom. Mothers all
have such an instinct as that while their chil-
dren are very young. It is given to them so
that they may love to have their children very
near them while they are so young and tender
that they would not be safe if they were away.
But now," she continued, "you have grown
older, and the instinct has changed. Your
mother loves you just as much as she did when
you were an infant, but she loves you in a dif-
ferent way. She is willing to have you absent
from her, if you are only well provided for and
happy."






SICKNESS. 89
Mrs. Randon finds herself willing to die.
"And is it so with death ?" asked Ellen.
Yes," replied her aunt; when we are well
we love life, and we ought to love it. It then
seems terrible to die. God means that it should
seem terrible to us then. But when sickness
comes, and we are about to die, then he changes
the feeling. Death seems terrible no more.
We become perfectly willing to die."
Here Mrs. Randon paused, and Ellen remain.
ed still, thinking of what she had heard, but
without speaking. After a few minutes, her
aunt continued:
"I have had a great change in my feelings
within a short time, about dying," said she.
"I have always, heretofore, desired to live and
to get well; and it has seemed to me a terrible
thing to die-to leave my pleasant home, and
my husband, and my dear Ellen, and to see
them no more. But somehow or other, lately,
all this is changed. I feel now perfectly will-
ing to die. It does not seem terrible at all. I
have been a great sinner all my days, but I feel
sure that my sins are forgiven for Christ's sake,
and that if I die I shall be happy where I go,
and that I shall see my husband, and you too,
there some day."
Ellen laid her head down by the side of her







Mrs. Randon talks with Ellen about the future.
aunt's, with her face to the pillow and her
cheek against her aunt's cheek, but said noth-
ing.
When I am gone," continued her aunt,
"you will go home and live with your mother
again."
Shall I ?" said Ellen, faintly.
"Yes," replied her aunt; it will be better
that you should. You can do a great deal of
good there. You can gradually get the house
in order, taking one thing at a time, and so not
only help your mother, but make it more pleas-
ant and comfortable for your father. You can
also teach Annie, and be a great help to her as
she grows up; and you can also, perhaps, do a
great deal of good to Rodolphus."
"I don't know what I shall do with Rodolph-
us," said Ellen. He troubles my mother very
much indeed."
I know he does," said her aunt; but then
you will soon get a great influence over him,
and it is possible that you will succeed in mak-
ing him a good boy."
As Mrs. Randon said this, Ellen heard the
sound of a door opening in the back entry, and
a stamping of feet upon the floor, as if some
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SICKNESS.


A great snow-storm is coming on.
"There comes Hugh," said Ellen; "and I
think there is going to be a storm."
Signs of a gathering storm had, in fact, been
appearing all that day. For several days be-
fore, the weather had been very clear and cold,
but that morning the cold had diminished, and
a thin haze had gradually extended itself over
the sky. At sunset the sky looked thick and
murky toward the southeast, and it became
dark much sooner than usual. A moment after
Ellen had spoken, Hugh came in. He said
that it was snowing, and that two or three inch-
es of snow had already fallen; and that, if it
snowed much during the night, he should not
be able to go into the woods the next morn-
ing.
When Ellen rose the next morning and look-
ed at the windows, she saw that the snow was
piled up against the panes of glass on the out-
side, and, on going to the window to look out,
she found that it was snowing still, and that all
the old snow, and all the roads and tracks upon
it, were entirely covered. Ellen went out into
the great room, and there she found a blazing fire
in the fire-place, and Martha before it, getting
breakfast ready. Pretty soon Hugh came in.
"What a great snow-storm!" said Ellen.


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Hugh in the woods. Ellen looks out the window.
"No," said Hugh, "it is not a very great
snow-storm. It does not snow very fast."
Can you go into the woods to-day ?" said
Ellen.
"Yes," said Hugh, "I am going into the
woods for a load of wood to haul to the village.
The snow is not very deep yet."
Hugh went to the woods, got his load, haul-
ed it to the village, and returned to dinner.
After dinner he went again. Ellen was almost
afraid to have him go away in the afternoon,
for her aunt appeared to be more and more un-
well. She lay upon her sofa by the side of the
fire, silent and still, apparently without pain,
but very faint and feeble. She spoke very sel-
dom, and then only in a whisper. At one time,
about the middle of the afternoon, Ellen went
and stood a moment at the window to see the
snow driving by, blown by the wind along the
crests of the drifts, and over the walls, down
the road. When she turned round, she saw
that her aunt was beckoning to her with her
white and slender finger. Ellen went imme-
diately to her.
"Is Hugh going to the village this after-
noon ?" she asked.
Yes, aunt," said Ellen, I believe he is."


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SICKNESS. 3
Hugh is sent to the village.
"I wish you would ask him to call at my
brother George's, and tell him that I am very
sick, and ask him if he can not come up and
see me this evening."
Yes, aunt," said Ellen, "I will."
Ellen accordingly watched for Hugh when
he came down the mountain road with the load
of wood, on the way to the village. She gave
him the message, standing at the stoop door.
The wind howled mournfully over the trees of
the forest, and the air was thick with falling
and driving snow. Hugh said that he had al-
most concluded not to go to the village. The
snow had become so deep, and the storm was
increasing so fast, that he doubted very much
whether he could get back if he should go. On
receiving Ellen's message, however, he decided
pt once to go on. He could get to the village
well enough, he said, for it was a descending
road all the way; but there would be more un-
certainty about the return.
So he started his four oxen again, and they
went wallowing on, followed by the great load-
ed sled, with the runners buried in the drift.
Hugh's cap and shaggy coat, and the handker-
chief which he had tied about the collar of his
coat, after turning it up to cover his ears, were






The storm. Wind and drifts. Ellen at the window.
all whitened with the snow; and, from among
all these various mufflings, his face, reddened
with the cold, peeped out, though almost whol-
ly concealed from view.
As soon as Hugh was gone, Ellen, who was
by this time almost blinded by the snow,which
the wind blew furiously into her face and eyes,
came into the house and shut the door.
Ellen watched very diligently all the after-
noon for the coming of her father. She hoped
that he would bring her mother with him. She
went to the window again and again, and look-
ed anxiously down the road, but nothing was to
be seen but the thick and murky atmosphere,
the increasing drifts, and the scudding wreaths
of snow. The fences and the walls gradually
disappeared from view; the great wood-pile in
the yard was soon completely covered and con-
cealed; and a deep drift, of the form of a wave
just curling over to break upon the shore, slow-
ly rose directly across the entrance to the yard,
until it was higher than the posts on each side
of the gateway, so that Ellen began to fear
that, if her father and mother should come, they
would not be able to get into the yard.
At length it gradually grew dark, and then,
though Ellen went to the window as often as


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The evening fireside at Mr. Randon's.
before, and attempted to shade her eyes from
the reflection of the fire by holding up her hands
to the side of her face, she could watch these
changes no longer. Nothing was to be seen
but the trickling of the flakes down the panes
of glass on the outside, and a small expanse of
white immediately below the window.
In the mean time, within the room where
Ellen's aunt was reposing, all seemed, at least
in appearance, very bright and cheerful. A
great log was lying across the andirons, behind
and beneath which there was a blazing and
glowing fire. There was a tin baker before
this fire, with a pan of large apples in it, which
Martha was baking, to furnish the table with,
for the expected company. Martha herself was
busy at a side-table, too, making cakes for sup-
per. The tea-kettle was in a corner, with a
column of steam rising gently from the spout,
and Ellen's little gray kitten, Lutie, was in the
other corner, asleep. Ellen herself was busy,
here and there, about the room. She went oft-
en to the window, even after it was too dark to
see, and she watched her aunt continually with
a countenance expressive of much affection and
concern. Her aunt lay perfectly quiet and still,
as if she were asleep, only she would now and


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75







Mrs. Randon desires not to be moved.
then open her eyes and smile upon Ellen, if
she saw Ellen looking at her, and then close
them again.
The couch that she was lying upon had lit-
tle wheels at the four corners of it toward the
floor, so that it could be moved to and fro. El-
len had been accustomed, when the time ar
rived for her aunt to go to bed, to ask Martha
to help her move the couch into the bed-room,
by the side of the bed, and then assist her in
moving the patient from one to the other. El-
len, accordingly, about an hour after it became
dark, went to her aunt's couch, and asked her,
in a gentle tone, if she would not like to go to
bed. But her aunt said no. She would not be
moved, she said, but would remain as she was
until her brother should come. She said, too,
that Martha and Ellen might eat their supper
when it was ready, and leave her where she
was.
Martha and Ellen finished their supper about
seven o'clock. Martha then took her place upon
the settle with her knitting-work as usual, and
Ellen went and sat down upon the little bear-
skin rug, and leaned her head toward her aunt.
Her aunt put out her hand toward Ellen's
cheek, and pressed her head gently down upon


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Ellen goes to sleep. She wakes, and goes to the window again.
the pillow, by the side of her own, and then
very slowly and feebly moved her fingers, once
or twice, down the hair on Ellen's temple, as
if she were pleased to have her little niece ly-
ing near her. Ellen shut her eyes, and, for a
few minutes, enjoyed very much the thought
that she was such an object of affection to one
whom she loved so much; but, after a few
minutes, she began to lose her consciousness,
and soon fell fast asleep.
She slept more than an hour. It was, in fact,
nearly half past eight when she awoke. She
raised her head and looked up. She found that
Martha had fallen asleep too. Her knitting-
work had dropped from her hand. Ellen did
not wish to disturb her; so she rose softly, went
to the fire, and put up a brand which had fall-
en down, and then crossed the room to the win-
dow, parted the curtains, and, putting her face
close to the glass, attempted to look out. Noth-
ing was to be seen. She listened. Nothing
was to be heard but the dreadful roaring of
the wind, and the clicking of the snow-flakes
against the windows.
Ellen came back to the couch again, and
looked at her aunt as she lay with her cheek
upon her pillow, apparently asleep. At first


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77







Ellen calls Martha. They are both alarmed.
Ellen thought that she was really asleep; but
when she came near, she found that her eyes
were not entirely closed. She kneeled down
by the side of the couch, and said gently,
"Aunt Anne, aunt Anne, how do you feel now ?"
Ellen saw that her aunt moved a little, and
she heard a faint whispering sound, but there
was no audible answer.
Ellen was now frightened. She feared that
her aunt might be dying. She went to Mar-
tha and woke her. Martha started up much
alarmed. Ellen told her that she was afraid
that her aunt was dying. Martha went to the
couch. She thought so too.
1" I must go," said she, to some of the neigh-
bors, and get them to come."
But you can not get to any of the neigh-
bors," said Ellen.
Perhaps I can," said Martha; "and, at any
rate, I must try."
So Martha began to prepare herself, as well
as she could, to go out into the storm, Ellen
standing by, full of apprehension and anxiety,
and helping her, so far as she was able to do so.
There was a neighbor who lived about a quarter
of a mile from the house, by a road which lay
through the woods, and which was, therefore,


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SICKNESS. 79
Martha goes to call a neighbor.
ordinarily not very much obstructed with the
snow. It was to this house that Martha was
going to attempt to make her way. When she
was ready, she went forth, leaving Ellen with
her aunt alone.





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Ellen's various preparations for the night.




CHAPTER IV.
THE SNOW-SHOES.
As soon as Martha had gone, Ellen began to
make such preparations as she thought neces-
sary for the night. She placed the furniture of
the room in order. She brought in some wood
from the back room, and laid it down very gen-
tly by the side of the fire, so as to have a suf-
ficient supply of fuel at hand. She also brought
the water-pail and put it under the seat of the
settle, in order that the water might not freeze,
and by means of a long-handled tin dipper she
filled the tea-kettle full, in order that there
might be an ample supply of hot water, should
any occasion occur requiring any. She then
brought a small blanket and held it to the fire,
and when it was very thoroughly warm, she
put it very gently under the counterpane,
around her aunt's feet, fearing that her feet
might be cold. In fact, they were very cold.
Ellen extinguished the lamp, too, and put it
away upon her table near the window, lest the
light of it should shine upon her aunt's eyes and






THE SNOW-SH OES.


Ellen watches at the side of her aunt.
disturb her sleep. The light of the fire was suf-
ficient to illuminate the room. The light of the
fire, too, seemed more cheerful to Ellen than
that of the lamp. It flashed brightly upon the
walls and ceiling, and diffused a broad and ge-
nial glow all over the floor.
Ellen made all these arrangements in the
most quiet and noiseless manner possible. Dur-
ing all the time her aunt lay silent and motion-
less, as if in a profound slumber.
After Ellen had extinguished the lamp, she
paused a moment, looking around the room to
see if there was any thing which she had for-
gotten. She could not think of any thing else
to do, and so she concluded to sit down and
watch by her aunt until Martha should return.
She took a cushion from a great rocking-chair
which stood in a corner of the room, and put it
down upon the bear-skin rug. She then sat
down upon the cushion, and laid her head upon
the pillow by the side of her aunt. She then
gently took her aunt's hand, and laid it upon
her cheek in the position in which her aunt
herself had placed it when Ellen had laid her
head down there before. She looked timidly
into her aunt's face as she did this, to see
whether any signs that she was awake could
F


81






82 RODOLPHUS.
A visitor. Lutie must go to bed.
be observed. The eyes of the patient opened a
very little, and a faint smile lighted up her pale
features for a moment, and Ellen thought that
she could perceive a gentle pressure upon her
cheek from her aunt's hand. In a moment,
however, both the hand and the face returned
to their state of repose as before.
Ellen remained quiet in this position a few
minutes, looking into the fire, and wondering
when Martha would come back, when she felt
something gently touching her upon the shoul-
der. She looked round, and found that it was
Lutie climbing up upon her. Lutie had jump-
ed up from the floor to the couch, and had crept
along to where Ellen was lying, and was now
cautiously stepping over upon her.
"Ah, Lutie," said she, "is it you? It is
time for you to go to bed."
Lutie's bed was out in the back room. There
was no door leading from the room where Ellen
was directly into the back room. It was nec-
essary to go into a sort of entry first, and from
this entry into the back room by a separate
door. All this may be clearly understood by
referring to the plan.
It happened, however, that there was an old
window in the partition between the great room






THE SNOW-SHOES.


Description of the place where Lutie slept.
and the back room. The reason why this win-
dow was in the partition was this: the house
was first built without any back room, and then
the window on that side looked out upon the
yard. When at last the back room was built,
the window was rendered useless, but it was
not closed up. There was a curtain over it,
and this curtain was always left drawn. The
back room was used for storage of various
things, and for rough and heavy work on ex-
traordinary occasions.
Lutie's bed was in a box in a corner of this
room. The place is marked I in the plan. The
bed was made of carpets, and was very warm.
Lutie was always put out there every night at
nine o'clock. She was not allowed to remain
at the fireside all night, lest she should do some
damage to the various things which were placed
there on cold nights to keep them warm. Lutie
was accustomed to remain quietly in her bed
until Martha got up in the morning. She al-
ways knew when Martha got up, however early
it might be, for she could see the glow of the
fire which Martha made shining through the
old window in the partition between the rooms.
When Lutie saw this light, she would go to the
window, jump up upon the sill outside, and
mew for Martha to let her in.


83







Ellen puts Lutie to bed. The storm.
Although it was not yet nine o'clock, and
though Ellen would have liked Lutie's com-
pany as long as she remained alone-with her
aunt, she thought she would put her out.
"I may fall asleep myself," said she, "and
then you will creep along upon Aunt Anne, and
disturb her. So you must go, Lutie."
She accordingly took up the kitten and car-
ried her out. When she opened the door into
the entry, she saw quite a little drift of snow,
which had blown in under the edge of the door
from the outer platform.
"Ah, it is a cold and stormy night," said
she; but you must get into bed as soon as you
can, and get warm."
Ellen stopped a moment to listen to the sound
of the storm, as it howled and roared among
the trees of the forest, and then went back again
to her place at the fireside.
She moved her cushion and rug to the foot of
the couch, and then bringing a pillow from the
bed-room, she put it upon the couch, at the foot
of it, so that she could sit upon the cushion,
and lay her head upon her own pillow, without
any danger of incommoding or disturbing her
aunt. She then sat down and laid her head
upon this pillow, with her face toward the fire.


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THE SNOW-SHOES.


Ellen ftlls to sleep.


Lutie falls to sleep too.


She determined, however, though she thus laid
her head down, not to go to sleep, but to keep
awake, if she possibly could, until Martha or
Hugh should return.
She did go to sleep, however, notwithstand-
ing all her resolution. She was asleep in fifteen
minutes after she had laid her head down.


ELLEN ASLhbk
Lutie fell asleep too, very soon, in her bed in
the back room, and Ellen's aunt was asleep, so
that all were asleep. There was no one watch-
ing or awake in all the house.


85







Progress of the drifting of the snow.
Ellen slept several hours. In the mean time,
the wind and storm raged more and more vio-
lently without, and the snow fell from the skies,
and was driven along the ground faster and
faster. Great drifts formed upon the roofs and
around the chimneys; and below, the yards,
the fences, the wood-piles were all covered.
Great banks of snow were formed, too, behind
the house, in the whirling eddy produced by
the wind in turning round the corer. One of
these banks rose gradually up against the win-
dows on that side. At ten o'clock the whole
lower sash of each window was covered; at
half past ten the snow had risen half way up
the upper sash, and at eleven one window was
entirely concealed, while only a little corner of
the other was left, and even that was fast dis-
appearing. The bucket in the well was filled,
and the snow was banked up against the sides
of the curb, till at last the crest of the drift be-
gan to curl over at the top, as if seeking to bury
up the well entirely. The fences were all hid-
den from view, and a cart, which had been left
standing in the corner of the yard, was so en-
tirely covered, that nothing remained but a
white and shapeless mound to mark the place
where it lay buried.


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THE SNOW-SHOES. 87
Midnight. Ellen almost alone. The fire.
At last Ellen opened her eyes again. She
was at first frightened to find that she had been
asleep. She feared that some mischief might
have happened while she had been insensible.
The fire had burned entirely down, and the
room was almost dark. Ellen threw on a small
stick of wood to make a little blaze, and by the
light of this blaze she looked at her aunt. She
was lying, she found, in the same posture as
when Ellen went to sleep. Ellen put her ear
down to listen, and found that her aunt was
breathing, very gently indeed, but still breath-
ing.
Ellen looked at the clock; for there was a
large clock standing in a corner of the room.
It was twelve.
"It is midnight," said Ellen; "I did not
think it was so late."
Ellen next put some large sticks of wood
upon the fire. The room, she thought, was
getting cold. The wood was dry, and it blazed
up very cheerfully, and illuminated the whole
apartment with a very cheerful light. Lutie
saw the light shining through the curtain, and
she supposed that it was morning, and that
Martha had built the fire; so she stretched
her paws and rubbed her face, and then, after







Lutie makes a mistake. The snow bank.
listening a moment to the sound of the storm,
she stepped over the side of the box where her
bed was made, walked to the window, leaped
up upon the window-sill, and mewed, accord-
ing to her usual custom, expecting that Martha
would come to let her in.
Ellen went and opened the window for Lutie.
Then she went back again to the fire. She
stood at the fire a minute or two, and then
went to the front window of the room, to look
out; she wondered what could have become of
Martha. She listened at the window. The
storm was roaring dreadfully down the valley,
but nothing could be seen. The panes of glass
were half covered with the snow, which was
banked up upon the sash on the outside. Ellen
concluded that she would go to the door, where
she thought that perhaps she might see a little
way down the road, and if she could not see, at
least she could listen; so she put a shawl over
her shoulders, and went out into the porch. She
shut the door leading from the porch into the
room, and then unlatched the porch door which
opened to the outer air.
As she opened the door, a great bank of snow,
which had been piled up on the outside of it,
fell in about her feet. Ellen stepped back a


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THE SNOW-SHOES. 89
Ellen hears a-cry. She is alarmed.
little, and then, standing still, she looked out
into the storm and listened. She had not list-
ened long before she thought she heard a dis-
tant cry. It came from down the road. She
listened again. There came a blustering blast
of wind which rocked the trees, whirled the
snow in her face, roared in the chimneys over
her head, and for a moment drowned all other
sounds. When this had passed, Ellen listened
again. She was sure she heard a distant cry.
"It is my father and mother!" she exclaim-
ed; they are out in the storm!"
Ellen's aunt had taught her to be collected
and composed in all sudden and alarming
emergencies, and always to take time to con-
sider calmly what to do, however urgent the
case might be. She stood for a moment, there-
fore, quietly where she was, and then determ-
ined to go and wake her aunt, and tell her what
she had heard, and ask her what she had bet-
ter do.
She tried to shut the door, but she could not.
The snow that had fallen in prevented its clos-
ing; so she left it open, and went through the
porch to the inner door, and so back into the
room, taking care to shut the inner door as soon
as possible after she had passed through.





90 RODOLPHUS.
Ellen calls upon her aunt in vain.
She went to the couch, and, kneeling down
before it, she put her hand softly upon her aunt's
cheek and said, speaking in a low and gentle
tone,
"Aunt! Aunt Anne!"
There was no answer.
Aunt Anne!" she repeated. "Wake up a
moment; I want to speak to you a moment."
There was still no answer. Ellen looked at
her aunt's pale and beautiful face for a mo-
ment, in doubt whether to speak to her again,
and then she determined to give up the at-
tempt to awaken her, and to decide herself
what to do.
After a little reflection, she concluded that
she would go a little way at least, and see if she
could learn what the cries were that she had
heard. She accordingly went to a closet in her
aunt's bed-room, and took down a cloak which
was hanging there, and also a warm quilted
hood. These she put on. She then went into
the back room, and got a pair of snow-shoes*

Snow-shoes are of an oval form, and large and flat.
They are made of basket-work, or of leather straps braided
together. They are worn by being fastened to the soles
of the feet, and prevent the feet from sinking down into the
snow.






THE SNOW-SHOES.


The snow-shoes. Ellen equips herself. She goes out.
which hung against the wall there. She car-
ried these snow-shoes into the porch, and put
them down upon the floor.
Now," said she, I will get the horn." The
horn which she referred to was made of tin. It
was kept hanging upon a nail near the back
door, and was used for calling Hugh to dinner,
when he was far away from the house. It was
very hard to blow for one who was not accus-
tomed to it, but when it was blown skillfully
it could be heard a great way.
Ellen took down the horn from its nail, and
went back into the porch. She fastened the
snow-shoes to her feet, and, drawing the cloak
around her, she sallied out into the storm.
She could scarcely see where to go. The
wind blew the snow in her face, and every
thing was so covered that all the usual land-
marks were concealed from view. The snow
was very light, but the snow-shoes prevented
her from sinking into it. She walked on to-
ward the road, without, however, knowing ex-
actly on what course she was going. In fact,
in coming out of the yard, she inclined so far
to the left, in her bewilderment, that instead
of going out at the gateway, she passed over a
corner of the fence, without knowing it-fence


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92 RODOLPHUS.
Ellen blows the horn. She hears a reply.
and gateway being both alike deeply buried in
the snow.
As soon as Ellen found that she was in the
road, she stopped, and, turning her back to the
wind, blew a long and loud blast with her horn.














THE SNOW SHOES.
She then immediately paused to listen, in or-
der that she might hear if there should be any
reply. She heard a reply. It sounded like
one or two voices calling together. The voices
were shrill. As soon as the response ceased,
Ellen blew her horn again.
There was a second response, louder than
the preceding one. Ellen was very much
pleased to find that her signals were heard, and






THE SNOW-SHOES. 93
Operation of mow-shoes. Ellen finds her mother.
she immediately began to walk on down the
road, in the direction from which the sounds
had proceeded.
One makes but a slow and laborious progress
when walking upon snow-shoes. It is true that
the shoes do not sink far into the snow, but they
sink a little, and they are so large and un-
wieldy that it is quite difficult to walk upon
them. Besides, the snow-shoes which Ellen
wore were too large for her. They were made
for a man. Still, Ellen advanced without any
serious difficulty, though she was obliged to
stop now and then to rest. Whenever she
stopped she would blow her horn again, and
listen for the response. The response always
came, and it became louder and louder the far-
ther she proceeded down the valley.
At length Ellen arrived at the place from
which the cries that she had heard proceeded.
She found there a horse and sleigh almost buried
in the snow, with her mother and Rodolphus in
the sleigh. It would be hard to say which was
most astonished, Ellen, to find her mother and
Rodolphus in such a situation, or Mrs. Linn, at
finding Ellen coming to their rescue.
Why, mother !" exclaimed Ellen, is this
you ?"







Conversation between Ellen and her mother.
"Why, Ellen!" said her mother, "is it pos-
sible that this is you?"
Why, mother !" said Ellen, more and more
astonished, did you undertake to come up in
all this storm alone, with only Rodolphus ?"
"No," said her mother; "Hugh came with
us. We have been four hours getting so far as
here, and when Hugh found that we could not
get any further, he left us, and went away
alone to get some help."
And you are almost frozen to death, I sup-
pose," said Ellen.
"No," said her mother, "we are not very
cold; we are well wrapped up in buffalo robes,
and the bottom of the sleigh is filled with straw."
Rodolphus peeped out from beneath the mass
of coverings with which he was enveloped, un-
harmed, but yet pale with anxiety and terror,
though now overjoyed at seeing Ellen.
"But I don't see now what we are to do, to
get home," said Ellen. "There is only one
pair of snow-shoes, and there are three of us to
go."
"We must go one at a time, then," said Ro-
dolphus.
"But when one has gone, how can we get
the snow-shoes back ?" asked Ellen.


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THE SNOW-SHOES. 9
The party are in great perplexity.
I don't know, I am sure," said Mrs. Linn.
"I don't know what we shall do."
"Why did not father come with you?" ask-
ed Ellen, despondingly.
"He was gone away," said her mother.
"We waited for him a long time, but he did
not come, and so Hugh said that he would leave
his team in the village for the night, and come
with me. But he went away some time ago,
and I don't know what can have become of
him."
While this consultation had been going on,
*the storm had continued to rage around them
in all its fury. The track behind the sleigh
had been wholly obliterated, the horse was half
buried, and the snow was fast rising all around
the sleigh, and threatening, before long, to over-
whelm the party entirely. They were entirely
at a loss to know what to do; so they paused
a moment in their perplexity, and during the
pause, Ellen thought that she heard another
cry.
"Hark!" said she.
They all listened as well as the howling of
the wind around them would tllow them to
listen. It was certainly a distant shout that
they heard.







Rodolphus acts in a very unmanly manner.
"Yes," said Ellen.
"It must be Hugh," said her mother.
Ellen raised the horn to her lips, and blew a
long and loud blast, turning the horn, as she did
so, in the direction of the voice. They all list-
ened after the sound of the horn had ceased,
and heard a reply.
Yes," said Ellen, it must be Hugh. I
will go down to him on my snow-shoes."
No," said Rodolphus, "you must not go
and leave us here alone."
Yes," said Ellen, I will go. I can give
him the snow-shoes, and then he can go and
get some help for us."
Rodolphus declared that Ellen should not go,
and began to scream and cry in order to com-
pel his mother to prevent her; but his mother
said nothing, and Ellen went away. She said,
as she went,
I will blow the horn now and then, mother,
and as long as you hear it, you will know that
I am safe."
Ellen went toiling on down the road, stop-
ping every few minutes to blow her horn, and
to listen to the responses of the voice. She soon
found that she was rapidly drawing near to the
place whence the sound proceeded. She per-


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THE SNOW-SHOES.


Ellen goes down the road. Antonio.
ceived that the voice was that of a man. She
had no doubt that it was Hugh, and that he had
lost his way, and was calling for help. She
still felt great anxiety, however, for she did not
see, if it should prove to be Hugh, what he could
do with only one pair of snow-shoes for four, to
extricate such a party from their perilous con-
dition. She thought of her aunt, too, lying sick
and alone upon her couch, and of the distress
and anxiety which she supposed the helpless
patient would feel, if she should wake up and
find that both Martha and Ellen had gone away,
and left her, sick as she was, in absolute soli-
tude.
She, however, pressed diligently forward, and
at length found herself drawing nearer and
nearer to the voice. Presently she began to see
a dark mass lying helplessly in the snow just
before her.
"Hugh," said she, are you here ?"
"I am here," replied the voice, "but it is not
Hugh."
Why, Antonio, is it you ?' said Ellen. She
had recognized Antonio's voice. "How came
you to be here ?"
"How came you to be here, is the question,
I think ?" rejoined Antonio.
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Antonio carries Ellen back to her mother.
"I have got snow-shoes," said Ellen. "I
heard cries, and I came out to see. My mother
and Rodolphus are up the road a little way, in
a sleigh, and the snow is covering them over
very fast. I'll blow my horn for them."
Here Ellen blew another long and loud blast
with her horn, and immediately afterward she
heard the distant call of her mother and of Ro-
dolphus answering it together.
All right," said Antonio; "they answer.
Now the first thing to do is to get up to them.
Give me the snow-shoes, and I think I can car-
ry you right along."
Oh no," said Ellen, I am too heavy."
"Let us try," said Antonio. So saying, he
climbed up out of the snow as well as he could,
and put on the snow-shoes. They were very
easily put on. Antonio found that the snow-
shoes bore him up completely, but Ellen had
sunk down into the drift when she was deprived
of them. Antonio, however, soon raised her
again, and took her in his arms. Enveloped as
she was in her cloak, she made a rather large
looking load, though she.mw not very heavy.
Still, it was difficult to carry even a light load,
walking with such shoes, on such a yielding
surface, and in such a storm. Antonio was


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Antonio forms a plan. Success of it.
obliged to stop very often to rest and to take
breath. At such times, Ellen would blow her
horn, and listen for the answer. Thus they
gradually got back safely to the sleigh.
As they had thus come up the hill, Antonio,
in the intervals of his conversation with Ellen,
had determined on the course which he would
pursue. He knew that there was a snow-sled
at Mr. Randon's house; that is, a hand-sled
made light, and with the shoes of the runners
very broad and flat. By means of this con-
struction, the sled had, like the snow-shoes, the
property of not sinking much in the snow. An-
tonio determined to go himself up to the house
on the snow-shoes-leaving Ellen, with Ro-
dolphus and her mother, in the sleigh-and get
this sled, and he hoped, by means of it, to draw
them all up safely one by one. The poor horse,
he thought, would have to be left in the drifts
to die.
Antonio's plan succeeded completely. He
put Ellen under the buffalo robes in the sleigh,
and covered her entirely in, except that he al-
lowed one little opening on one side for the horn,
which he advised her to blow from time to time,
as it might possibly help Hugh to find his way
back to them. He then left the party in the


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