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Title: Wonderful history of three little kittens who lost their mittens
Uniform Title: Three little kittens
Physical Description: 30 p. : col. ill., music ; 18 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Ballantyne, R. M ( Robert Michael ), 1825-1894
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Place of Publication: Boston
Publication Date: 1855
Copyright Date: 1855
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Subjects / Keywords: Cats -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Kittens -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Children's songs   ( lcsh )
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A TALE OF A CAT WILL IERE BE FOUND,
WITH THREE LITTLE CHARMING KITTENS;
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And they began to cry,
"Oh mother dear
We very much fear
That we have lost our mittens."

So the three little kittens ran to their mother and
held up their paws to show that the mittens were
really lost. Now, the kittens' mother was a large
gray cat. She wore a cap on her head, and a pair of
black mittens on her arms. And when she saw the
three little kittens sitting before her, with their paws
up, and looking half-frightened, half-astonished, she
became angry and said "Mee-aow !" Then she sat
down before them, looking very fierce, and said,
"Mee-aow!" again. At this the three little kittens
began to cry, and said they were very sorry indeed
for losing them; but they could not tell how it hap-
pened, for they were quite sure they had them on
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milk, and that they did not take them off when they
went to play.
"But when did you miss them ?" asked the cat.
"We ddh't remember," answered the two eldest
kittens.
"Oh! I missed mine just after I went to sleep on
the rug," replied the youngest.
At this the other two kittens went into fits of
laughter; but their mother gave them each such a
slap on the head, and a scratch on the nose, that
they sat down again trembling before her.
"Come, come, naughty things," she said, "you
must not laugh when I am scolding you. It is an
easy thing to lose mittens, but not at all easy to find
them again. As a punishment I will not speak to
you until you have found them. Ah! Miss Spotty,
it is all very well to cry, but it would be much better
if you never did any thing to make you cry, or to
oblige me to scold you. Fuff! mee-aow! fuff! I'm
very angry."
The cat was silent for a short time, then she said,
"Now, sit still, kittens, do you hear, and wipe
your eyes and noses, and listen to me. You are
very bad for having lost your mittens. It cost me
much money to buy worsted for them, and much
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Then you shall have no pie.
Mee-aow, mee-aow, mee-aow,
Go; you shall have no pie.
Mee-aow, mee-aow, mee-aow."

Their mother said this' last "Mee-aow" so fiercely,
and followed it up with such an awful "Fuff," that
the poor kittens turned round and scampered away
as if they were mad, with their hair all standing on
end.
Now, the eldest kitten was black; the second
was white; and the youngest spotted, so they called
each other Blackey and Whitey and Spotty.
"What shall we do?" said Blackey to his sisters
when they had fled under a sofa.
"I don't know," said Whitey, and "I don't know,"
said Spotty.
Blackey shook his head and twirled his tail slowly,
and said, "Dear mother is very angry with us.
And no wonder, for we had no business to lose our
mittens. I'm very, very sorry about it."
"And I'm very sorry too, but I cannot think where
we have put them," said Whitey, sadly.
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course it was very, very kind of her to do so, but
they have given us so much trouble-I really think
we should have been much happier without them."
"Hush, hush! my dear sister," said Blackey,
" you must not speak that way. You might just as
well say you wished we had been made without tails
because they give us so much trouble, and are so
often caught in the doors and trod on by careless
people."
Spotty could hardly speak as she looked up with
tears in her eyes and said, Oh dear! Im so grieved
about the pie!" and she rubbed her stomach gently
with her paw.
"What think you," cried Blackey, starting up,
"shall we look for them ?" So they cried, "Yes,
yes," and scampered off to search.
I'll find them if I should search for a week," said
Spotty with a very determined "Mee-aow." And
they did search, and found them at last. Then they
ran joyfully to their mother, waving their mittens
in the air, and uttering shouts of a very peculiar
kind, which were no doubt intended for hurrahs!
although they did not sound very like it.
"Aren't you glad we have found them ?" said
Blackey.
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The three little kittens found their mittens,
And they began to cry
"Oh! mother dear
See here, see here,
See, we have found our mittens !"

The cat received them with a sweet smile and a long,
loud "Purr-r-r-r."
"Well, my dear children," she said, "I am glad
you have found your mittens, and I hope you will
take care not to lose them again."
"Oh yes! dear mother," cried the three kittens,
"we will take great care of them in future."
The cat smiled and screwed up her whiskers with
joy to find that her little ones were so anxious to.
please her; and then she said,
"Don't you find them nice, useful things, my
dears ?"
Blackey looked at Whitey and said nothing-but
Spotty gave a little jump and said,
"Well, we didn't think so at first, but I believe
they are very nice and useful after all, now I think
of it, for they are constantly being lost and keep us
employed looking for them, and then they are for
ever catching on corners and nails, and making me
tumble, which makes Blackey and Whitey laugh
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Now, while they were so busy talking, a mouse
peeped out of its hole, to see if there were any
crumbs lying about, and as it saw that the cat and
kittens were not watching, it ventured to run a little
along the floor. In a moment Spotty caught sight
of it. Up went her tail, which grew nearly as thick
is her little body, and away she went in pursuit,
with her claws out, and her eyes flashing, and her
mouth open. Blackey and Whitey and their mother
instantly followed; but the little mouse was so quick
that it got back in time, and when Spotty crammed
her nose and paws into the hole, there was nothing
to be found there. Blackey and Whitey each ran
against Spotty in their haste, and the cat fell on the
top of them all, amid much noise and mee-aowing,
which caused the little mouse to laugh, although it
trembled a good deal too, when it thought of the
danger it had escaped.
When they had recovered from the flutter into
which this had thrown them, the cat praised her
children; called them good, active, little dears, and
said, "No doubt that naughty mouse is laughing at
us just now, but never mind, we shall catch it yet,
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"Put on your mittens,
You silly kittens,
And you may have some pie.
Purr-r, purr-r, purr-r,
Oh! let us have the pie.
Purr-r, purr-r, purr-r 1"

On hearing this, Spotty gave such a sudden scream
of delight that her brother and sister jumped five
times their own height into the air with the fright,
and when they alighted on the ground again, their
backs and tails were up, and their hair standing on
end, so that they looked like two round balls of fur!
"What do you mean by startling us so?" they asked,
with an angry little "Fuff."
"Oh! I beg pardon," replied Spotty, looking very
meek and innocent. "I did not wish to startle you,
but I'm so glad that we are to have the pie after
all!" and Spotty was so overjoyed at the thoughts
of it, that she gave another scream, made up of a
''Purr" and a "Mee-aow" mixed together, and
scampered round the room till she was quite out of
breath. Blackey and Whitey ran after her all the
time; but, although Spotty was very little, and very
fat, just like a dumpling, she ran so fast that they
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you would have thought that they were one cat with
three heads, and three tails, and six pair of legs!
Then they separated with a wild cry, and bounced
away from each other with their backs up as usual,
and their tails very thick, and walking very much
sideways, just like crabs, and staring at each other
all the time as if they intended to have a very fiiece
battle.
As they stood thus, Blackey caught sight of his
own tail, and immediately began to run round after
it. Seeing this, Whitey and Spotty rushed at their
brother, clasped him in their arms, and they all rolled
along the floor again in a knot of confusion, hugging
and worrying each other as if they were really
angry.
"Let go my tail, Blackey, you rascal," cried Whitey.
"No I wont!" replied Blackey.
"Keep your claws out of my nose, yee-aw! mee-aw!
a-a-ow! mee-! spurt! fuff--!" shrieked Spotty.
In the mean time, their mother took up her knit-
ting and looked on with a smile, purring very loudly
all the time. At last she called to them to stop;
and, when they were seated in a row before her, she
told them to go and eat the pie, and said, "Spotty,
you little monkey, don't stuff yourself too much!"
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And soon ate up the pie.
Oh mother dear,
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That we have soil'd our mittens.

The pie was a very fine one. It was made entirely
of the tails of mice and rats noses, and was covered
with a rich crust of toasted cheese. Besides this,
there were a great many different kinds of spices in it.
This may, perhaps, surprise you, for it is well known
that cats are not fond of spices; but you must re-
member that the kittens we are speaking of were dif-
ferent from all other kittens in many things. They
were fond of spices, so the cat put into the pie a little
pepper, a little cinnamon, a little nutmeg, a little
ginger, besides a good many cloves and some mustard
and a large quantity of canary's claws, and the
whiskers of mice.
The moment Spotty saw it she made a rush for-
ward, and would have jumped right into it; but
Blackey saw what she was going to do, so he caught
her and said in a reproving voice, "My dear sister,
you should not be so impatient. Let us all begin to
it together. There is no need of hurry."
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that moment the smell of the crust passed her nose,
and, unable to resist it any longer, she burst away
from Blackey, rushed up to the pie, and plunged her
fore-paws and her nose into the very middle of it!
Seeing this, the other two gave a whisk with their
tails and did the same, and, in ten minutes, the whole
was finished-not so much as the point of a nose or
the end of a tail was left. When they had finished
and were trying to lick their lips, paws, and whiskers
clean, Spotty gave a terrible "Mee-aow," and cried
out, "Oh dear me! my mittens are soiled. What
will my dear mamma say? alas! alas!" The other
two also began to cry, for they two had soiled their
mittens, so that they were not fit to be seen. But
Blackey soon dried his eyes and said, "Let us go
and tell mamma, perhaps she wont be angry. At
any rate it is better to tell her at once." So they
agreed and went and told her. The cat could on!y
hold up, her paws in astonishment, and cry, Ald~
alas!
"Oh dear! oh dear! mee-ool oo !" cried Blackey.
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sobbed Spotty.
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"Soil'd your mittens,
You naughty kittens !"
Then they began to sigh,
Mee-aow, imee-aow, mee-aow,
Then they began to sigh,
Mee-aow, mee-aow, mee-aow.

It was a sad sight to see these three little kittens,
sitting with their mittens all covered over with
grease, and the tears rolling down their cheeks; and
it was a sad sight to see their poor mother quite un-
able to speak for sorrow at their foolishness. For,
after all, they were really good kittens, and all the
bad things they did was owing to thoughtlessness.
So the cat sighed and said that is was very sad, and
the kittens wept more than ever; but Spotty caught
sight of Blackey's tail, which was moving at the
point, and she could not help making a sudden dart
at it. Then she remembered that it was wrong to
play when she was naughty, so she sat down and
cri' again, wiping her eyes with the end of her tril,
and looking very wretched.
"Oh! forgive us, dear mother!" said Blackey,
"and we will try to behave better in future."
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try all I can to remember not to be naughty. I'11
never dirty your ball of worsted by chasing it, and
I'll never upset the tea-kettle, and I'll never scratch
Blackey's face even in fun, and I'll never grow wild
with delight or annoy you any more, and I'll never
-never-Oh dear! boo-hoo! I wish I was only
good!" and little Spotty put both of her paws up tc
her eyes, and rubbed her face with the soiled mit-
tens, and cried as if her very heart would break.
"Ah! yes, forgive us! do forgive us this time !'
they all cried out together.
"I forgive you, my children; but you have made
me very miserable:" and the cat shook her head
mournfully and sobbed as she went oi with her
knitting. Now, while she lifted her paw to wipe
away a tear, and put her spectacles right, she let
fall the ball of worsted, which rolled slowly alogg the
floor. In an instant the three kittens forgot their
srrqcv, rushed after the ball,--Spotty first as usual
Wnd knocked over a small table where stogd a
beautiful china bowl, and a glass of flowers, which
were smashed to atoms. With a general yell they
all fled out of the room in extreme terror.
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The three little kittens washed their mittens,
And hung them out to dry;
"Oh! mother dear,
Do you not hear,
That we have washed our mittens."

These kittens wery very determined little creatures,
and when they had once made up their minds that
a thing ought to be done, they always did it in
spite of all difficulties; so they resolved to wash
the mittens. Whitey laughed at their troubles, and
Blackey laughed too, but as the soap-suds made his
eyes smart and water very much, it just seemed as
if he were crying and laughing at the same time,
and this looked so funny that Whitey laughed till she
nearly cried, and let her mittens fall into the water
two or three times.
They washed them in a small tub; and much
difficulty they had in doing it. The sides of the tub
were so high that Blackey and Whitey were scarcely
able to reach the water, and Spotty was 'so smfll
that she had to climb up and stand on the edge of
it, while she put down her paws to wash. Then
Whitey said she couldn't hold the soap, it was so
slippery; and some more suds went into Blackey's
eyes and made him nearly blind; and the soap was
lost in the water two or three times, and they had
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Spotty was sitting on the edge of the tub, washing
very busily, when Blackey said, "Take care, Spotty,
you will fall in, if you don't mind."
"No fear cried Spotty; but, just as she said so,
down she went, head first and tail last, and when
she recovered her feet again and stood up on her.
hind legs, her eyes staring with fright, and her
mouth gasping for breath, she looked so funny, cov-
ered all over with soap-suds, that the other kittens
laughed very much and then cried, after- which they
pulled her out of the tub. But this was no easy
thing to do-and then when they did get her out,
they had to rub her with a towel, and held her up to
S the fire to dry; but they were so stupid that they
singed the point of her tail very badly However,
they got her dried at last, and dried their mittens
also.
"Now, darling," said Whitey, giving Spotty a kiss,
"do you feel better? are you quite dry ?" c
"Of course she is," said Blackey, pulling her tail
slily.
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paws and ran joyfully with them to the cat, who was
still at her knitting, looking very sad indeed. When
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But I smell a rat close by;
Hush 1 hush! mee-aow, mee-aow,
We smell a rat close by,
Mee-aow, mee-aow, mee-aow."

As she spoke, a rat sprang out of its hole, rushed
across the room, along the passage, and out into the
garden. The cat instantly threw down her knitting,
tossed her spectacles into the fire, jumped over the
heads of her children, and dashed away in chase of
the rat, while the three little kittens dropped their
mittens and followed her as fast as their little legs
could wag, mee-aowing wildly as they went, and
tumbling over the window in their haste; so that
Spotty fell flat on her back, and Whitey fell into
Spotty's arms, and Blackey fell on the top of them
both. But they soon scrambled up again and then
they saw the cat standing at the mouth of a hole
into which the rat had run.
They all stood watching the hole for a good long
time, for they knew that the rat did. not live there,
and that it was not a comfortable hole at all, being
not very deep and rather damp, so that it was Miikely
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the rat the moment it should show its nose, ari the
three kittens stood a little way behind her, looking
on very anxiously.
"I wish very much," said Whitey, "that we could
catch a rat. I think the three of us might manage to
kill it easily."
"Oh !" whispered Spotty as her eyes opened wide
with surprise, "just look at mamma's tail! such a
size !
"Just look at your own," said Blackey, "it's not
much less!"
Spotty turned.her head to look at it, but at that
moment the rat rushed out of the hole, and her
mother flew off after it. The kittens immediately
followed, and away they went over fields, and
hedges, and ditches; with their eyes flashing, their
tails up, and their hair on end. So the rat, and the
cat, and the three little kittens fled out of sight, and
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And they began to cry,
"Oh I mammy dear,
We sadly fear,
Our mittens we have lost !"
What lost your mittens
You naughty kittens,
Then you shall have no pie."
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Miew, miew, miew, miew.

The three little kittens they found their mittens,
And they began to cry,
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See here, see here,
Our mittens we have found."
"What! found your mittens,
You little kittens,
Then you shall have some pie."
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The three little kittens put on their mittens,
And soon ate up the pie;
"Oh I mammy dear,
We greatly fear,
Our mittens we have soil'd."
"What I soil'd your mittens
You naughty kittens !"
Then they began to sigh,
Miew, miew, miew, miew,
Miew, miew, miew, miew.

The three little kittens they washed their mittens,
And hung them up to dry;
"Oh I mammy dear,
Look here, look here,
Our mittens we have wash'd."
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