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THREE BLIND MICE,
SEE HOW THEY RUN.
THEY ALL RUN AFTER THE FARMER'S WIFE,
SHE CUT OFF THEIR TAILS WITH A CARVING KNIFE;
DID YOU EVER SEE SUCH A SIGHT IN YOUR LIFE,
AS THREE BLIND MICE.
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THREE LITTLE MICE,
HOW THEY BECAME B LINED.
ALL the lit-tie boys and girls who have read the his-to-
ry of the Five Lit-tle Pigs, will re-mem-ber Far-mer
Grum-pey, who gave one of the pig-gies such a hard whip-
ping that he cried "Wee! wee! all the way home.
Al-though, in that sto-ry, Far-mer Grum-pey was a pig, yet
in this one he is a real live man, who liv-ed way up in the
coun-try, in a ve-ry large house. He had a barn, and ev-er
so ma-ny hor-ses, and cows, and pigs, and hens, which he
used to go out and feed, and take care of, eve-ry day.
Far-mer Grum-pey, as the sto-ry a-bout the Lit-tle Pigs
tells you, was a pret-ty se-vere man; but he was only cross
and ug-ly when he found any-bo-dy on his farm that did
not be-long there. So that was the rea-son that poor
Pig-gy got such a whip-ping; be-cause he was fish-ing
in the far-mer's pond.
Al-though the far-mer had a ver-y large house, he had
no child-ren. No-bo-dy liv-ed with him but his wife, and
the ser-vant girl, Su-san; so there were ev-er so ma-ny
rooms that were not oc-cu-pi-ed. In the walls of this
house, in a snug lit-tle cor-ner, liv-ed Mrs. Mouse and her
three chil-dren, Fris-key, Gray-sey, and Long-tail. They
had been nam-ed so be-cause Fris-key was the most live-ly,
and al-ways get-ting in-to mis-chief; Gray-sey's fur was a
lit-tle dark-er col-or than his broth-ers, and Long-tail had a
ver-y long tail. They were ver-y du-ti-ful and lov-ing lit-
tle mice, and sel-dom did any-thing ver-y naugh-ty to make
their moth-er scold them. Some-times, in-stead of go-ing
off to play in the gar-ret, or out in the barn, they would
stay at home and help their moth-er by sew-ing, (for she
had taught them how,) and by go-ing er-rands. But when-
ev-er they did go off to romp a-round and have a good
time, poor lit-tle Fris-key was al-ways get-ting in-to trou-
ble. One eve-ning (for you know the Mouse fam-i-ly
sleep al-most all day, and run a-bout in the night time,
when we are all a-sleep,) their moth-er said if they would
be ver-y care-ful, and come home ear-ly, they might go and
find some-thing to eat;
But," said she, you must not go out of the house, for
if I should hap-pen to want you, I shall call you."
"No, dear moth-er," said Long-tail, "we will on-ly go
down in-to the cel-lar, and will come to you if we hear you
So off they frisk-ed, ra-cing up and down the walls in
high glee, and I think it would have made you laugh to
see their long whi's-kers and fun-ny lit-tle tails, if you had
look-ed through a crack in the wall, through which they
used to peep, to see what was go-ing on in the house.
Well, hav-ing got tir-ed of play, they slid down the walls,
and their lit-tle claws made such a noise, rat-tling down
the plas-ter-ing, as they went by the room where Far-mer
Grum-pey was sleep-ing, that it wak-ed him up, and he
thought it was the wind shak-ing the blind, so he got out
of bed and fas-ten-ed it, and then went to sleep a-gain.
At last the three lit-tle mice reach-ed the cel-lar, and
went straight to the clo-set, for they had been there so
ma-ny times be-fore, that they knew the way ver-y well.
But when they got there, they found that the broom which
u-sual-ly lean-ed against the wall, and up-on which they
us-ed to climb up to the shelf, had been tak-en a-way, and
the shelf was so high that they could not get up with-out
"Isn't it too bad, Fris-key ? said Gray-sey. "What
are we go-ing to do ? and Fris-key look-ed as sad and sor-
row-ful as you can im-ag-ine a lit-tle mouse could; so they
all set to work to think how they should man-age to get
up to the shelf. At last, just as they were a-bout to give
up in des-pair, Fris-key spi-ed a lit-tle piece of string on
FRISKEY FINDS A PIECE OF STRING.
the cel-lar floor, and he be-gan to dance a-bout so, that his
broth-ers thought he was cra-zy.
THEY SWING UP TO THE SHELF.
"What are you go-ing to do with that ?" said Long-tail,
as Fris-key caught Vp the string, and ran all a-round the
cel-lar with it.
I will show you," said Fris-key, if you will on-ly wait
long e-nough;" so he took one end of the string in his
mouth, and be-gan climb-ing up the edge of the clos-et
door, were the hin-ges were, as the door was wide o-pen.
When he got high e-nough he held the string tight-er be-
tween his teeth, and call-ed out to Gray-sey to catch hold
of the oth-er end with his claws and be-gin to swing.
I am a-fraid, Fris-key; for if you let go I shall break
Oh I go a-head," said Fris-key; "I'll risk your head."
Gray-sey was still a-fraid, but Long-tail saw that it was
pret-ty safe to try it; so he took hold of the end and be-gan
to swing. And he swung fur-ther and fur-ther each time,
un-til he land-ed safe-ly on the shelf.
Now, Gray," said Fris-key, you must go this time,
and be sure and hold on to the string af-ter you get up-on
the shelf, for if you let it drop, I can't get up my-self."
So Gray-sey saw how nice-ly his broth-er got up to the
shelf, and hear-ing him munch-ing and eat-ing the good
things, he sum-mon-ed all his cour-age, and be-gan to
swing, un-til he swung him-self up to the shelf. Then
Fris-key, who was still up-on the edge of the door, let go
his end of the string, and slid down to the floor a-gain."
"Hold on as tight as I did, Gray," said Fris-key, and
he be-gan climb-ing up the string which Gray-sey held,
and he was soon with his broth-ers.
How the far-mer's wife
would have scold-ed, if she
had sedn them eat-ing up
Sli her nice mince pies, and
nib-bling the cor-ners of her
loaves of bread. There they
ate, and ate, and ate, un-til
they thought that they could
S/, r eat-no more; so Long-tail
( I t look-ed at his watch (for he
was old-er than Fris-key or
Gray-sey, and his moth-er
had giv-en him one,) and
S- ,,,,-r said it was time to go home.
SBut Fris-key was too full of
fun, and want-ed to go out
in-to the barn.
No, no !" said Long-tail,
"you know we prom-is-ed
moth-er that we would not
Sgo out of the house."
"Well, I shall on-ly be
Gone a lit-tle while. Be-
sides, it ain't half morn-ing
So the naugh-ty Fris-key
jump-ed down from the shelf
and ran a-way to the barn,
while his more obe-di-ent
broth-ers re-turn-ed to their
FRISKEY CLIMBS UP TO THE SHELF. moth-er.
Where is Fris-key, my dear chil-dren? said she, as
she saw them com-ing with-out their broth-er; and she was
ver-y sad when they told her where he had gone. But
you will see how he was pun-ish-ed.
Off went Fris-key to the barn, whist-ling as mer-ri-ly as
he could; but he was not ver-y hap-py, for he knew he
was do-ing wrong.
O-ho !" said he to him-self, "what a fine time I shall
have a-mong the corn; and I shall have it all to my-self,
too." So he trot-ted a-long through the barn-yard, and
went in-to the barn.
Now, the far-mer's hor-ses were all in their stalls, a-sleep.
Fris-key thought his lit-tle feet would not make e-nough
noise to dis-turb them; but just as he was pass-ing by
Peg-gy, the far-mer's fa-vor-ite horse, Fris-key hap-pen-ed to
hit him with the end of his tail, and Peg-gy lift-ed his foot,
and just graz-ed poor Fris-key's nose, and he roll-ed o-ver
he, as he put his paw
up to his nose, and he
crawl-ed a-long home, I
feel-ing ver-y sor-ry he
had not mind-ed his
moth-er. When he got
home, his moth-er did
not scold him, be-cause
she saw he was pun-
ish-ed for his naugh-ti-
ness al-ready; so she FRISKEY GETS KICKED.
al mmade a poul-tice and
put it on his nose, and
put him to bed. Poor
Slit-tle Fris-key was sick
three or four days, and
was not a-ble to go out
with his broth-ers for
"Ah! those naugh-ty
do micee" said Su-san, the
ser-vant, when she went
down cel-lar the next
FRISKEY IS SICK. morn-ing. Here are
all my pies and bread, bit-ten and spoil-ed by those lit-tle
ras-cals. I must tell Dame Grum-pey."
So Su-san went up stairs, and told Dame Grum-pey
a-bout the naugh-ty mice. The far-mer's wife was ver-y
an-gry when she heard that the mice had been in her clos-
et, and she told Su-san that if she ever caught them, she
should do some-thing ver-y dread-ful, and al-though Long-
tail and Gray-sey were in the wall list-en-ing they could
not hear what it was that Dame Grum-pey said she should
do to them, be-cause she whis-per-ed it to Su-san. I sup-
pose she was afraid the mice would hear her, and so be
more care-ful to keep out of the way. I guess they would
have been ter-ri-bly fright-en-ed, if they had heard what
Dame Grum-pey had said. But they were full of mis-chief
and laugh-ed in their sleeves as they heard the old la-dy
Un-der his good moth-er's nurs-ing, Fris-key at last got
well. He had got so tir-ed of ly-ing in bed that one
morn-ing, just as his broth-ers came home from a lit-tle
jour-ney they had been tak-ing dur-ing the night, he said
to his mo-ther,
I am go-ing up in-to some of the big rooms to play a
THE KITTENS CHASE FRIS KEY.
Slit-tle while in the sun-shine."
So he kiss-ed his moth-er and
S Now, I must tell all of you
,'j > f who have read the sto-ry of
Sthe Three Lit-tle Kit-tens,
-i$-; Cthat they liv-ed in this same
W / Far-mer Grum-pey's house.
SYou will re-mem-ber that just
af-ter they had found their
mit-tens, they saw a lit-tle
S" mouse peep-ing out of his
HE LAUGHS AT THEM. hole. This lit-tie mouse was
Fris-key him-self. He had been all o-ver the house, af-ter
he left his moth-er, and hap-pen-ed to pop in-to the ver-y
room where Spot-tey, and Whi-tey and Black-ey were. The
mo-ment Fris-key saw Spot-tey com-ing at him, he jump-ed
ev-er so far, and scam-per-ed in-to his hole as fast as he
could. And when he was safe-ly out of the reach of the
kit-tens' paws, he sat down and shook his lit-tle sides with
laugh-ter, when he heard such a me-aow-ing and
scream-ing, though he was ter-ri-bly fright-en-ed.
So Fris-key ran home to tell his mo-ther of his ad-ven-
"Oh my dear lit-tle Fris-key," said she, "I'm a-fraid
you will get kill-ed some-time. I be-lieve I shall have to
send you to school."
But Fris-key thought he knew e-nough with-out go-ing
to school. Fris-key's won-der-ful es-cape from the kit-tens
on-ly made him bold-er than ev-er. He would e-ven creep
down in-to the din-ing-room, while Far-mer Grum-pey and
his wife were at sup-per.
S- One eve-ning he came
Srun-ning home with
S-some ver-y good news.
I "I've been down in
/ I the din-ing-room," said
he, and Dame Grunm-
pey has made some
.j cheese, which she is
: 1go-ing to put in-to the
"Hur-rah for Frisk !"
FRISKEY GOES INTO THE DINING-ROOM.
"Won't we have a feast," says Long-tail. "Won't you
come too, moth-er," ad-ded he, for he was al-ways ver-y
thought-ful of his moth-er.
No, dear Long-tail," said she, "I'm a-fraid I shall get
cold. But you may bring me a piece, and I will toast it
So they wait-ed till they heard Dame Grum-pey lock the
pan-try-door, and saw the old far-mer go up to bed.
Long-tail, who was more care-ful than the rest, said he
would go and see that there was noth-ing to harm them,
and pres-ent-ly he came back, and said he heard Su-san
snor-ing, and saw the cat and her kit-tens put on their
bon-nets and shawls to go out and spend the eve-ning.
The three lit-tle mice were soon in the pan-try, eat-ing
away at the nice cheese that Dame Grum-pey had left
ere. Af-ter they had eat-en all they want-ed, Long-tail
THEY CUT OFF THE CHtEESE.
nib-bled and nib-bled
un-til he got a piece
of cheese of such a
shape that he could tie
S t his tail a-round it.
"Now, Frisk and
Gray," said he, take
hold of my tail and
pull;" and they pull-ed
Sin-deed un-til a great
l/ 1 piece of cheese roll-ed
S1 down on to the shelf.
What is this great
/ thing ? said Fris-key,
I- just as they were all
go-ing to leave the
Let's find out," said
THEY LOOK INTO THE BOWL OF VINEGAR. o
Gray-sey. So he jump-
ed up-on Fris-key's back and look-ed in-to a great ba-sin of
vin-e-gar, which Su-san had put there.
Oh! what a splen-did place to fish in," said Gray-sey.
He had nev-er seen any vin-e-gar, and he thought it was
Sure e-nough," said Fris-key, af-ter he had got up-on
Gray-sey's back, and look-ed in. We'll come here and
Then Long-tail laid ov-er on his back, and took the
piece of cheese in his claws, and Gray-sey and Fris-key
took hold of his tail and drew him home, with the cheese
for their moth-er clasp-ed tight be-tween his legs.
THEY DRAW HOME THE CHEESE.
Thank you, my dar-lings," said Mrs. Mouse, as they set
the great piece of cheese be-fore her. How beau-ti-ful
it smells. Now take the brush, Long-tail, and get your-self
dean, and then you had all bet-ter go and get some sleep."
So she kiss-ed them and bade them good-night.
As they were all go-ing off to-geth-er, Fris-key and
Gray-sey, who had not said any-thing to Long-tail a-bout
go-ing a fish-ing, asked him to go with them. The thought
of the fun, and a nice break-fast on fish, made Long-tail
con-sent to join them.
But," said he, "what are we go-ing to do for poles ?"
Oh, I'll get them," said Fris-key. So he went down
in-to the kitch-en, and gnaw-ed a-way at the broom with
his lit-tle teeth, un-til the floor was quite cov-er-ed with
pieces of it. Then he took the long-est and stout-est of
THEY GO A-FISHING.
them, and car-ried them in-to the pan-try. On his way to
his broth-ers' bed-cham-ber he stop-ped, and got three
pieces of thread out of his moth-er's work bas-ket, and
then they all went down to the pan-try, and ti-ed the
thread to the pieces of broom which Fris-key left there.
Hur-rah," cri-ed Fris-key, as he mount-ed the edge of
Hur-rah," cri-ed Gray-sey, as he fol-low-ed his broth-er.
"Hur-rah," said Long-tail, as Fris-key and Gray-sey
help-ed him up by their side, and they made such a noise
that they were fright-en-ed lest they should wake up
Far-mer Grum-pey and his wife.
Now we will all take hold of hands," said Fris-key, "so
we shan't tum-ble in."
"Here we go! here we go !" shout-ed Gray-sey, as he
tri-ed to throw his thread into the ba-sin, and sure e-nough
they did go, for Gray-sey gave such a jerk that he lost his
bal-ance and fell right in-to the ba-sin. And he pull-ed
Fris-key in, and Fris-key pull-ed Long-tail in.
"Squeek-eeke! Squeek-eeke. Oh! Oh, my eyes! Oh,
dear me! Oh, what wa-ter this is! Squeek-eeke-eeke!"
they all scream-ed to-ge-ther, and such a noise you nev-er
heard three lit-tle mice make be-fore. For you must know
that mice's eyes are ver-y ten-der, and the mo-ment the
vin-e-gar touch-ed them it put them out.
Oh! Fris-key! Fris-key! what made you come here ?"
said Long-tail, while he was swim-ming about in the vin-
e-gar. "Oh! Squeek-eeke-eeke! Oh! how my eyes
smart! Oh, dear! I can't see."
"Nor I," sobbed Graysey.
Nor I ei-ther," said Fris-key. Squeek squeek-eeke !
Oh, how shall we get out."
At last Long-tail got his claws on the edge of the ba-sin
and Fris-key caught hold of his tail, and Gray-sey got hold
of Fris-key's tail. So Long-tail drew them out. Such
look-ing crea-tures as they were, you can-not im-ag-ine,
all drip-ping with vin-e-gar,and stone blind.
Poor lit-tle mice! how they scream-ed and scream-ed,
and ran a-bout the pan-try to find their hole; but they
were blind, and could not see where it was. There they
staid all night, and in the morn-ing,when Dame Grum-
pey went to get break-fast, she took her carv-ing knife,
and went to the pan-try to get some bread to cut.
I won-der what all this noise is, in here," so she un-
lock-ed the door, and there were the three poor lit-tle
mice. They could not see, so they ran a-bout squeak-ing
Three blind mice,
See how they run.
They all run after the farmer's wife,
She cut off their tails with a carving knife;
SDid you ever see such a sight in your life,
As three blind mice."
DAME GRUMPEY FINDS THE MICE.
"These are the lit-tle ras-cals I've been hunt-ing for,"
said Dame Grum-pey. So she caught poor lit-tle Fris-key
and cut off his tail, and call-ed "Black-ey Black-ey!"
and Black-ey came and swal-low-ed poor Fris-key. Then
she caught Gray-sey, and cut off his tail, and call-ed
" Whi-tey! Whi-tey !" and Whi-tey came and swal-low-ed
poor Gray-sey. Then she caught Long-tail, and cut off his
tail, and call-ed "Spot-tey! Spot-tey!" and Spot-tey came
and swal-lowed poor Long-tail. Then Dame Grum-pey
took the three lit-tle tails that she had cut off, and laid
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them close by the hole where the three lit-tle mice us-ed
to come in.
And when their poor moth-er went to their beds to find
them, she saw they were not there. Then she ran down
to the an-try, and when she saw their lit-tle tails close
MRS. MOUSE FINDS THEIR TAILS.
by the hole, she knew they must be dead, so she ran
a-way from the house, and the cat and her three kit-tens
fol-low-ed her, full chase, and they were nev-er any of
them seen a-gain.
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