TWELVE IEAnTIFUL VOLUMrES VIZ:
SArthur Eltershe The Runaway.
SRed-Brook. Fretful Lllia.
Miume Brown. Minnie's Pic-Ne
' Ralph Rtatter. Cousin Nelly.
I Arthur's Temptation. lintie's Playro
uIlnt Amy. Arthur's Trium
IN THE WOODS.
FRANCIS FORRESTER, ESQ.
AUTHOR OF "FRETFUL LILLIAJ," C ItNNE BROWX,"
"THEE RtN4NWAY ETC.
GEO. C. RAND, 3 CORNHILL,
WM. J. REYNOLDS & 0C.
3th aa~ o~ot. OISCC~ Cofdl thyel i OUtofty ibc o wltu~
nones Grrkorp ror!mlY
rEESS OF 0 C Ixsa.Corn~DlLI
ONw afternoon, Minnie Brown sat in
the parlor busy with a piece of needle-
work, to which she was putting the last
stitches. Her mother, who sat near
her, was also at work with her needle.
Having finished her task, Minnie sprang
lightly from her chair, and, holding up
her piece of work, said, -
"There, mother, I've done my lamp
mat at last. I'm so glad !"
So am I, Minnie, for your sake. I
am, glad you had resolution enough to
upon it it until it was com-
"I've often been tempted to put it
away since I began it, mother. But I
thought I would keep trying. And now
"And a very pretty mat it is," said
Mrs. Brown, as she took the needlework
from her daughter's hand to look at it.
" It is really an ornament.
And I am so
pleased with your skill and perseverance
that I am going to give you a treat."
"A treat, mother! What is it to be ?"
"Yes, a treat, my child.
I am going
to let you have a picnic
in the woods
O, that will be a treat indeed. But
who are to make up the party ?"
-'" It shall be a family picnic; but you
may invite Arthur, Freddie, and Jemmy
May I not have one or two of the
girls, too, mother ?"
you may ask
"And Lillia, too, mother? "
"Perhaps you had better not invite
her. You know how she always spoils
your pleasure when she is with you."
I know she has, mother; but then,
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you know, she has begun to be a better
girl since her aunt Hannah visited her.
She has asked me and the rest of us to
forgive her; and I do think she means
to try to be a good girl."
"And you want to help her, I sup-
pose ? "
"Yes, mother; if you think it best, I
should like to try her once more," said
Minnie, in a pleading tone.
"But what if she should destroy the
pleasure of our picnic, as she did that
of your flower parties some time since,
my child ? Is it right for you to expose
your other friends to be tried by her,
merely to please her ? "
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"I don't want to please her, mother,
so much as I want to help her to be
good; because I do think she is trying
to be a better girl. And I do want to
be what aunt Amy calls a sunbeam to
"Then you may invite her, my dear
child; and I love you all the better for
your willingness to suffer from her peev-
ishness, in the hope of being as a good
angel to her." And Mrs. Brown took
Minnie to her arms, and gave her a
kiss of affection so warm that it made
her young heart leap for joy.
Mrs. Brown now named the following
Friday as the day for the picnic.
nie ran at once to put, away her work,
and write her invitations. These she
did very neatly. When they were done,
she said to her mother, -
May I go out and' deliver these
notes, mother? "
"Yes, Minnie, you may go," replied
Then Minnie put on her neat silk
cape and bonnet, and skipped out of
doors with a merry heart and merrier
eyes. The notes were soon delivered,
and Minnie was shortly back again to
talk with her mother about the picnic.
I cannot tell you of all the stir and
bustle which took place at the house of
Mr. Brown the few next days. Pies
were baked, doughnuts fried, and cakes
cooked without stint. Nothing was
talked of but the picnic. As for Min-
nie, I believe she talked about it all day,
and dreamed about it every night, until
the day came for the excursion.
And a fine day it was when it did
come. The Browns were up, too, with
the sun that morning. Instead of hav-
ing to be called twice by Catharine, the
hired girl, as she generally did, Minnie
awaked without being called at all.
Long before the girl had the water boil-
ing for breakfast, she was heard gently
knocking at the kitchen door, and ask-
ing, while her pleasant face was all
wreathed with smiles,-
"Is breakfast most ready, Catharine ?"
"Is it brakefast, indade, ye would be
after havin' so arly, miss?" replied
"Yes, please, Catharine; do be a nice,
dear girl, and get us breakfast as soon
as you can. This is our picnic day, you
know," said Minnie, coaxingly.
I know it, darlint; and I'll be after
getting' your brakefast quick. Indade I
will, darlint," answered the girl.
Breakfast was soon ready and over.
In due time, the happy party was ready
to start. The boys, as already agreed
upon, were to go afoot; and they left
Rosedale half an hour before the rest
of the company. Mr. Brown sent one
of his men to take out the eatables.
Minnie wks to ride on her little black
pony. Mr. and Mrs. Brown, Fanny,
Jeannie, Rhoda, and Lillia were packed
into the family carriage. Thus ar-
ranged, they started for the woods, in
Although Minnie was a little girl, she
was a good rider. Her father had
taught her to ride while very young, be-
cause he considered riding a healthy
exercise for a child. Hence she was
quite at home on Caesar's back, for
Casar was her pony's name. She trot-
ted along gayly, sometimes before, some-
times at the side of her father's car-
riage, chatting as she could with the
happy hearts it contained.
Thus they went cheerfully on, for
more than half the distance to the
woods; when, suddenly, that idle fel-
low, Bill Boaster, was seen in the road,
whirling stones across the fields. The
wretched boy had boy had a cigar in his mouth.
Having a fire cracker in his pocket, he
thought it would be rare fun to set it
off under the feet of Minnie's pony. So,
when she came up, he lighted the crack-
er from his cigar, and threw it on the
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ground. Without a thought of danger,
Minnie rode on, when, slam, bang I slam,
bang, bang went the cracker, right
under her pony's nose.
Not being used to such noises, Cesar
leaped aside, and, being fairly frighted,
ran away at the top of his speed. In
vain did Minnie try to check him with
On, on he
er and -
not lose herself in useless fright. She
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clung firmly to her saddle, grasped her
pony's mane, and so kept her seat.
Presently she came in sight of Arthur,
Freddie, and Jemmy, who saw her com-
ing down the road almost as swift as
"That's Minnie!" cried Arthur. "Her
pony is running away with her!"
"What shall we do?" asked Freddie,
Arthur made no reply. He only
braced up his muscles and nerves for
an act of daring. Standing in the mid-
dle of the road, with his arms extended,
as the pony came up, he shouted,-
"Whoa, Caesar! whoa "
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Caesar had been driven frequently by
Arthur, and seemed to know his vQice;
for instead of dashing furiously past, he
rather slacked his flight. This enabled
Arthur to seize the bridle, to which he
clung firmly, saying, as he ran, scarcely
able to keep his feet, -
"Whoa, Cesar! whoa whoa I"
Thus held and spoken to, the panting
pony gradually ceased to run, and at
last stood still Arthur patted his neck,
"Poor Cesa poosar poor sar" Then,
turning to Minnie, he said, -
Keep still, Minnie; I'll help you off
in a minute."
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Freddie French now came up. Ar-
thur told him to help Minnie to dis-
mount, which he did.
"Now,' said Arthur to Freddie, "mount
Casar. Ride back to meet Mr. Brown.
Tell him that Minnie is safe. I will
take her into the tavern yonder."
. Freddie leaped into the' saddle, and
although Caesar was champing his bit,
he drove him fearlessly back to meet
Mr. Brown. As for Minnie, she was
pale and excited now the danger was
past. Arthur spoke gently to her, and,
assisted by Jemmy Hunter, led her into
the tavern, which was a little beyond
them. There he placed, her on the
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sofa to await the coming of
met Mr. Bro
hard as his horse could
heavy a load.
vn driving as
travel with so
As soon as Freddie came
up, he shouted, -
is Minnie ?
"She is safe at the
" Is she
hurt ? "
of his fears, Mr. Brown
SFreddie's account of the
bold manner in which Ar-
thur had stopped Caesar, and saved
When he had
heard the story, he said,-
"Bless that dear boy! He is as
brave as he is good, and as good as
he is brave. This is the second .time
he has saved Minnie's life."
They were now in sight of the tav-
er. A foot path, near by, led directly
to the woods where they were to have
their picnic. So Freddie said, -
"Mr. Brown, suppose the girls get
I will go
to a tree
while you go after Minnie.
with them, and will tie Casar
until you come."
well," replied Mr. Brown, as
up his horse, and let the
Minnie soon, won't you, Mr.
MINNE' S PICNIC.
" 0, yes, as soon
as she is able to come."
Mr. BrowiL now drove up to the hotel,
with his wife and little child. The
landlord, who knew him, met him at the
door, and said, -
"Your daughter is not
"Yes, a very narrow escape, indeed."
I cannot tell you how glad these par-
ents were to find
quite recovered f
how grateful they
their gentle Minnie
rom her fright, nor
felt towards Arthur
for his noble conduct.
they felt very
"I'11 have him sent," said
house of correction."
but she has had a narrow es-
"I'd rather you wouldn't pa.
"But the young
cost you your life."
"But you see I'm not hurt, pa,
I'd rather you wouldn't
forgive him, as I do."
Minnie's spirit of fo
rgiveness was very
It made her look more lovely
than ever in her parents' eyes. Still,
Mr. Brown could not consent to let
Bill pass without
for so daring
He thought such conduct should be
So he told Minnie that, while
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be thought her forgiving spirit was
right, he also thought that, to prevent
the boy from repeating his folly in some
other instance, it would be proper to
make him suffer, in some way, for throw-
ng the cracker under her pony's feet.
And I think Mr. Brown was correct;
since a wicked boy, if allowed to sin with
mpunity, will only be likely to grow
viler by indulgence. He must be made
o feel the rod of justice smarting on his
Minnie was soon ready to go into the
woods. Then they all went thither to
,oin Freddie and the girls. They found
them all very busy selecting a spot on
which to spread
already on the ground. As soon as Mr,
Brown arrived, he said, -
"Now, boys and girls, you may all
amuse yourselves as you please. Mrs,
and I will get every thing
for your dinner."
0, thank you,
kind you are!" cried Rhoda
"Come," said Freddie, "what
we do? "
" Make a
swing," cried Jeannie, who
was always ready for some active kind
"Play tag exclaimed Fanny, -
"swinging makes my head dizzy."
No, let us have a good game of blinc
man's buff," interposed Rhoda.
I am for a squirrel chase," sai#
Jemmy Hunter, as he sent a stone whiz
zing in the ears of a little frisking fellow
on a neighboring tree.
"No, don't, Jemmy, that would b(
cruel," said Minnie.
if you hunt the poor
"Let us play tag, as Fanny proposes,'
"I don't like blind
man's buff: it will take a good while tc
get a swing
fixed; but we can play tag
Come, who will be the tag-
But the others did not stir, and Lil-
lia's temper began to rise.
and showed signs of
Minnie noticed her.
te pouted her lips,
getting into a pet.
Stepping up to her
side, she whispered in her ear, -
"Dear Lillia, don't forget your
Lillia bit her lips, and looked
Her breast heaved, and she had
gained a few victories over herself
aunt Hannah had visited her, and hav-
ing been praying to God
for help, she
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was enabled to resist her temper. Sbh
overcame it too; for, in a few moments
she was calm. Then, looking up witi
a smile, she said,-
"I am willing to play just what th(
rest of you may choose."
"Dear Lillis, I am so glad you an
good!" whispered Minnie again, squeez-
ing Lillia's hand as she spoke.
"Well, boys and girls," said Arthur.
"you all have different minds, it seems.
Suppose we don't play any thing just
now, but take a walk about a quarter
of a mile, and see the gypsies' camp.-
"The gypsies' camp exclaimed the
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Yes, the gypsies' camp. I was told
last night that there is one on the edge
of the woods near the great road."
that will be nice, if father's will
ng," said Minnie. "I will go and ask
Mr. Brown said he was willing. There
vas a cart road through the woods, and
he said he would take Minnie, and one
or two of the girls, down in the carriage.
This plan pleased all parties. Some
started at once; while the rest rode with
In a short time, they all reached the
camp. It. contained three tents, made
like wagor covers. Seated i" fwron
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a dinner kettle, which
from three poles, and
" Shall I tell the young misses
asked the old crone, when
the party came up.
"Not now," replied Mr.
MINIE S PICNIC.
only came to look at your camp. Be-
sides, we don't believe in-your power
to tell fortunes, my good woman."
The gypsy woman looked angrily at
Mr. Brown. Turning to her compan-
ion, she muttered some strange gibber-
ish. He shook his head; and then they
took no further notice of the party.
The children, having seen all that
was to be seen at the camp, returned
to their chosen spot in the woods.
When they arrived, Arthur spoke to
Mr. Brown, saying, -
"Mr. Brown, can you tell us some-
thing about those gypsies ?"
"They are little known in America,
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Arthur; but they are very common in
Europe. Their origin is not certainly
known; but they are a wandering peo-
ple, living mostly in tents, and having
a language of their own. They are
great thieves. They pretend to foretell
future events in a person's life by the
lines in the hand. I believe it is a
new thing for them to be found in
"But can they tell fortunes truly,
Mr. Brown?" asked Fanny.
"No, Fanny, no more than you can."
"Well, I'm sure I can't," replied
Fanny, laughing at the idea of being a
teller of fortunes.
MIN d S PIaNIC.
"Now let us have a little play," ex.
claimed Freddie, jumping up from thl
ground, and clapping his hands:
Agreed! Agreed cried the rest
"And let us play tag," said Minnie,
"because that will please Lilia."
And then they all played tag, very
much to the gratification of Lillia, whc
felt so glad that she had not given way
to her temper, she could hardly speak
Her heart was filled with the pleasure
which always attends an act of self-con-
quest, and her face was fairly radiant
with the joy of her soul
Thus in harmless, healthful play, the
hours of the morning sped. The woods
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echoed to their merry shouts, and nevei
did a picnic party enjoy better sport
While the children played, Mr. and
Mrs. Brown spread a nice white cloth on
a grassy knoll; upon this they placed
the nice cold tongue, the pies, cake,
doughnuts, and other things for theii
feast. When every thing was ready,
Mr. Brown shouted in a voice that made
the woods ring again, -
"Come, boys and girls, to dinner, 0 "
On hearing this call, they left their
sport, and came round the knoll. Mr.
Brown first asked God's blessing on
their food, and then they all sat down
upon the grass, and began to eat.
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Among Ullins sfault'had been a habit
of greediness. She had always wanted
the best of what might be on the table,
and as much of it as she could eat.
She had seldom cared whether others
had any or not, if she could only be
gratified. At this picnic, there was a
cold chicken pie. Lillia was very fond
of chicken pie. She noticed, that after
all the children had received a share of
it, there was not much left for Mr. and
Mrs. Brown. Lillia's greedy habit led
her to desire more than her share, so
she ate as fast as she could; but fearing
she should not eat it up quick enough,
she secretly wrapped a piece of what
she had in some paper, and hid it under
her bonnet, which lay on the grass be-
side her. With her mouth so full she
could hardly speak, she said,-
"Please, Mr. Brown, give me some
more chicken pie ? "
- Mr. Brown wondered if Lillia had
indeed eaten her pie. Suspecting, by
her full mouth and eager manner, that
she was greedy, he replied, -
"I think, Lillia, we can hardly spare
you any more pie. There is plenty of
tongue and cake, however, of which you
may have as much as you want."
But this was not what Lillia wanted.
The evil in her heart having begun to
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act, she forgot
good; and, placing both hands to hei
eyes, she fell into a fit of weeping. This
of course, made all the company fee
unhappy. The children looked at eact
other with glances which said, "Lillih
is at her old tricks again."
who sat next to Lillia,
came to her aid.
Putting down hei
shoulder, and whispered, -
Lillia, have you forgotten your prom-
But Lillia only pushed
her shoulder, and kept crying.
daunted, Minnie jumped to her feet:
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taking Lillia gently by the hand, shl
said, in a sweet and coaxing tone, -
"Come, dear Lillia, let us walk f
little way. I have something to say-
Lillia yielded one hand to her genti
friend, and, keeping her eyes covered
with the other, arose. Minnie threw at
arm round her waist, and led her down
the path, saying, as they went, -
"Dear Lillia, please don't cry. Yoi
know how you promised to conquer yon
temper. Now is the time to resist it, o
t will conquer you, so that you wil
never get the mastery over it. Come
Lillia, do try to be good again, and w=
will all love you; indeed we will."
INNIMI S PICNIC.
Lillia now felt ashamed of herself
Leaning her head on Minnie's should
der, she said, with many sobs, -
"0 Minnie, Pm afraid I shall nevel
learn to be good."
"Yes you will, Lillia, if you try
Come, don't weep any more. Look up
and smile. We will go back and fin
ish our dinner."
Thus soothed, Lillia grew calm. Dry-
ing her eyes, as she raised her head,
she replied, -
"I'm afraid your father won't forgive
me. Besides, I was greedy; and he will
be angry with me because I asked for
more pie, when I had not eaten what
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he gave me.
some hid undei
my bonnet now."
Hid under your bonnet I
lia I What a funny girl
"Yes, it's under my
piece of paper. It was wrong; but I
won't do so any more. I will try to dc
right, if you
and your father will for-
To be sure I will,
father too, I know.
Come, let us gc
and ask him."
"I don't like to go, after what I've
"Well, I'll go and ask for you."
"Yes, do, dear Minnie, while I wail
MINN8 PI CNIC.
Away went the little peacemaker tc
her father and mother, to whom she told
Lillia's feelings. They, and all the chil-
dren, were glad to hear of her sorrow
Said Mrs. Brown,-
Go, my dear, tell Lillia to come back
We will all feel toward her as if noth-
ing had happened."
So Lillia went back to the dinner, and
was received with smiles from all the
party. She soon got over her bad feel-
ings, and while she was grieved as she
thought of her peevish fit, she was joy-
ful to think she overcame it so soon
And this latter thought caused her tc
make a new purpose to try until she be-
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came as good and
Arthur, however, with bhi
usual thoughtfulness, said, -
I will help clear away the picnic."
"That's right, Arthur; I shall be glai
of your help a little while," replied Mr
Suppose we go down to the glen
and play blind man's buff," cried Rhoda
"Rhoda seems very fond of blind
man's buff to-day," said Freddie.
"So am I too," remarked Minnie
"and you shall be blind man first, Mr
as her friend
The dinner being over, the
rang to their feet, ready to
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Well, Miss Minnie, you are queen
here, I suppose, and we, as your loyal
subjects, have nothing to do but to obey
your majesty," 'said Freddie, making
bow of mock reverence to Minnie.
The other children all laughed hearti-
y at this speech. Fanny then went tc
Freddie with a handkerchief, saying,
"Come, sir, let me blind your eyea
We will lead you to the glen below,
where you may catch us if you can."
Well, I "spose I must submit," an-
swered Freddie. Then Fanny and Min-
nie tied the handkerchief over Freddie's
:yes. Fanny tied it in a knot behind,
while Minnie stood in front, smoothing
ts edges, and saying,
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"Now, you mustn't peep, Mr. Freddie;
for that won't be fair, you know."
All right," he replied, stretching out
"Now lead me to the glef,
and see if I don't soon catch one of
Leading him by each band, the par-
ty walked down the path a few rods,
until they reached a charming
greensward, which was
grand old trees.
" Here we are,"
was a little in advance of the rest;
then he drew back, and
voice, I declare, there is a man there."
"0 dear! exclaimed Lillia, stamp-
ing her little foot on the ground, with E
little of her old petulancy, "it's to
bad -ain't it? "
" 0, it's no matter," observed Rhoda
"we can soon find another spot."
Upon this, the gentleman who sai
under a tree in the glen, and who saw
them pause, readily guessed at the caus(
of their hesitation. He spoke to then
in a musical voice.
"Come, children, don't let me fright
en you away. I am a lover of youn
folks, and shall be very happy to se
you amuse yourselves."
"I believe that's Mr. Watson, om
brother, who keeps
46 MINNIE, PrICC.
school in the Roseville district," said
"Yes, that's my name," replied the
gentleman, who heard Jemmy's remark.
"I am very happy to meet some of
my brother's scholars."
Upon this, the party entered the glen,
and began their game; Mr. Watson, who
was quite eccentric in his dress and
ways, keeping his seat under the old
tree, with his cane and old-fashioned
three-cornered hat at his side. He
watched the sport of the children with
evident delight, as they entered into
the game in good earnest. They kept
Master Freddie quite busy feeling after
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48 MINNIE'S PIcNI.
them, as they dodged before and behind
him; now pulling his jacket, and then
creeping right under his very hands.
The woods echoed merrily to their joyous
shouts, and, for a time, they found it
Now, it happened that Master Jemmy
Hunter had a grain of mischievous fun
in his nature. He did not very often
let it lead him into serious wrong,
because he usually aimed to do right;
but, somehow, he let the tempter whis-
per an evil joke into his ear on this
occasion. He noticed the root of a tree
running across the upper part of the
glen, and he thought it would be fine
fun to make Freddie fall over it. Hence
he called out, -
Come here, Freddie, and catch me."
Freddie turned towards him, guided
by the tones of his voice. Jemmy kept
just in advance of him, saying, -
"You can't come it, my boy. Ah,
did you think you had me ? You must
try again first. Come, don't give it up."
All this time, the thoughtless boy
was leading Freddie towards the stump.
Presently he crossed it; and just as
Freddie, now growing eager in the
chase, exclaimed, "I'll have you soon,
Mr. Jemmy," he stumbled over the root,
and fell flat upon his face.
"Hal ha! ha! Where are you now?"
said Jemmy, laughing.
"O, dear! I'm afraid he's hurt," ex-
"It's too bad," cried Lillia, her eyes
flashing fire at Jemmy.
Freddie tore the bandage from his
eyes. Raising himself up a little, -he
showed that his face was covered with
blood. He had struck his nose, and set
it bleeding. There was also a large
bruise on his forehead, and he really
looked as if he was seriously hurt.
Upon seeing this, the girls turned
pale. Even Jemmy looked frightened.
His heart smote him too, for his un-
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kindness to his good-natured playmate.
As for Mr. Watson, he stepped up, 'and
lifting Freddie from the ground, led him
to a seat upon a knoll, and kindly
sought to see how much he was hurt.
Having wiped his forehead, he found
the bruise there to be slight. To stop
his bleeding at the nose, hle took a
very simple method. He rolled up a
small piece of paper until it was as
big round as a pipestem. This he
placed under Freddie's upper lip, and
told him to press the lip closely upon
it. By this means, the flow of the blood
soon ceased, and all alarm for Freddie