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ROSE, TOM, AND NED.FIRST OF THE ROSE DXLE BOOKS.EASY READINGE ITTLE ONES.FOR THE DEAR LITTLE ONES.BYMRS D.p. SANFORD,R SCORED S CHI UNDER THE SKYLIGHTAUTHOR OF STORIES OF FOR CHRISTMASLD,AND OTHER STORIES FOR ETC. RS SETC., ETC.NEW yORK:COMPANY,. P. DUTTON AND COMPANY,713 BROADWAY.1872.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1871,BY E. P. DUTTON AND COMPANY,In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.Electrotyped at the Boston Stereotype Foundry,No. 19 Spring Lane.RIVERSIDE, CAMBRIDGE:PRINTED BY IT. 0. HOUGHTON ANI) COMPANY.
CONTENTS.PAGEI. WHAT I HAVE TO SAY. .II. THE SWEET HOME. . 9III. IN-DOORS AND OUT-OF-DOORS. . 15IV. BOYS AND GIRLS MUST BE KIND.. 23V. UP IN THE MORN-ING. 30VI. THE LORD'S DAY.. . 39VII. THE SING-ING TIME. 47VIII. THE WET DAY. . 51IX. THE CHIPS AND THE CAKES. .. 59X. MIKE AND HIS WIFE.. . 65XI. THE LOST CAT.. . 69XII. WHAT MIKE HAD TO SHOW. .75XIII. THE THREE KIT-TENS. 82XIV. THE BIG DOLL.. .. 86XV. Puss AS A HORSE.. . 92(3)4
4 CONTENTS.XVI. WHAT RUTH SAID IN THE MORN-ING. 97XVII. THE DAY THAT MAM-MA WENT TO TOWN. 102XVIII. THE DRIVE WITH MIKE. . 110XIX. THE GIRL AND THE GOAT. 117XX. THE GIFTS FROM TOWN. . 124:XXI. THE LAME MAN. . 130XXII. MAM-MAS STO-RY. . 134XXIII. THE LAME MAN ONCE MORE .. 143XXIV. VIS-IT FROM AUNT KATE. . 154XXV. THE PIC-NIC. . . 161XXVI. LIT-TLE I-DA. . 170XXVII. WHICH KIT-TY ? . . 177XXVIII. HOOP-ING COUGH. . 187XXIX. SUN-DAY AT HOME. . 198XXX. PA-PA SICK.. . . 20XXXI. THE CHIL-DREN'S TRI-AL. . 209XXXII. THE TALK WITH MAM-MA. . 218XXXIII. THE NEW COCK AND HENS. .. 224XXXIV. THE LIT-TLE NURSE. . 232XXXV. DARK DAYS.. . . .238
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I.WHAT I HAVE TO SAY.I WANT a gift for some dearpets of mine a nice gift. Whatshall it be?I think I will make a book forthem; not a big book, with hardwords in it, but one that theywill like to read, and can read,by them-selves.74
8 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.What shall I tell the boys andgirls, in my book ?I will tell them of Rose Dale,a dear lit-tle girl; and of Tom,and Ned Dale. I will tell of theirwork, and of their play, what funthey had, and all that.If I have more to tell than willfill one book, of the size my petslike best, why, I can just makemore-two, three, or four books.We can put them in a neatcase or box; and we will callthem The Rose Dale Books.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 9II.THE SWEET HOME.ROSE was six and a half yearsold at the time I shall tell you of;so she felt like a big girl, for Tornwas but five, and Ned was notmuch more than three.These three dear lit-tle oneslived with their pa-pa and mam-ma, in a nice place, just out of town.Rose was born in the town.That was her home at first.
10 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.But, one day, when Rose wasnot more than two years old, Mr.Dale came home, and said to hiswife, "My dear, I have seen sucha nice place, not more than twomiles out of town; it is just theplace we want for a home."Rose's mam-ma was glad. Shesaid at once, "0, do buy it, andlet us go and live there! Wewill keep a cow, and our dearRose can have nice, fi'esh milk,that will do her good; and wecan have a gar-den; and we will
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 11keep hens, too, and have new-laid eggs."So they took the place, andwent at once to live on it. Itwas a sweet home, to be sure!Lit-tle Rose was so glad tobe there! But I must tell youmore of this.It was in the warm days ofMay that the Dales moved; justas the buds were out, and thegrass was green, and all wassweet.Rose ran out in the yard, and
12 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.in the gar-den, in high glee. Shedid not need a nurse with herall the time, as she did in town.On the next page you may seeRose, in the gar-den, with hersun-hat on, hap-py as a bird.She did not pick the flow-ers, ifher mam-ma told her not to, for,lit-tle as she was, she knew howto mind.See how she bends the stem,to smell of the rose.It is a white rose. Her pa-paused to call her his White Rose,
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ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 13when they lived- in town, she wasso pale. But now the lit-tle girlgrew so fat and well, and ran outdoors so much, pa-pa said she washis Wild Red Rose.The first time that Rose went.out to see the man milk the cow,Ruth took her lit-tle cup out, andtold him to milk some in-to it,tosee what Rose would say.Rose took a sip, and she didnot stop till all the sweet, warmmilk was gone.Then she looked up at the cow,'4
14 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.and said, "Ta, Ta, Moo!" Thatwas her way to say, Thank you,cow." She did not know, tillthen, where the good milk camefrom, that she liked so much.The lit-tle boys, Tom and Ned,were both born here. They lovedthis dear home, too, as much asRose did. They all said that itwas just the best place in all theworld.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 15III.IN-DOORS AND OUT-OF-DOORS.I HAVE not said much of Tomand Ned, but you will hear ofthem now." What did they have to playwith?" you ask; "and what didthey find to do ? Why did theylove their home so much? "" Why did they love theirhome ? Well, first and best,their dear pa-pa and mam-ma lived
16 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.there. Is not that just why youlove your home ? I know it is!Jane, too, who took some careof them, was a nice, kind girl;and Ruth, the cook, was as kindas she could be to all of them.In-doors, these lit-tle ones hada nice play-room. It was a bitof a room, next to the one thattheir mam-ma sat in, to sew.Rose and the boys liked tohave the door open when theywere at play, so that they couldcall to their mam-ma, and shecould see all the fun.A
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 17Boys and girls like to havesome one to see them play: donot you?In this play-room Rose hadher dolls, and her doll's bed, andbox, and a tea-set to play teawith. She used to set out her teathings on the dolls' box, and playit was a ta-ble.Tom had a fine rock-ing horse,that would go real fast; and awhip to make him go.Tom had more toys, but hecared more for his horse than for2
18 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.all the rest. Aunt Kate gave himthe horse.Some-times Ned thought hewould like to ride on Tom's horse,and Tom would help him on.But Ned's legs were so short, hisfeet did not reach so that he feltsafe, and he did not like to gofast.He liked best to play he was" Mike," and take the horse to thebarn when Tom had been out toride.Ned had a cart, and a Jack-in-
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 19a-box, and a No-ah's ark, and asoft ball, that did no harm whenhe threw it.They had nice books, too, in asmall case, in this room; it washung low on the wall, so theycould all reach it.Out of doors, 0, I can-not tellyou, all at once, of all the thingsthey liked to see and to do.There was old Dick, pa-pa'shorse; and Suke, the kind., goodcow, who gave them milk eachday; and the hens and chicks tody,
20 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.feed; and Tray, the dog, to run arace with them.Rose and Tom did not play allthe day. 0, no! They had somework to do.They each had to read to mam-ma, and spell, and say a verse.And Rose had to sew, each day,for half an hour.Tom could not read hard wordsyet; but he said, "I mean to readall the words soon, as Rose does."Rose could read quite well, fora lit-tle girl; she would read such
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ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 21a book as this right off. I daresay you can too, little Bright-Eyes!Tom read one page of his FirstBook for his task, each day.Wee Ned did not read: he wastoo small: he could not keep stillto look at the words, and hismam-ma did not want him to, yet.He had a card with the let-terson it: big A B C, and the rest.Some-times he would ask hismam-ma, or Rose, to tell himwhat they were.
22 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.One day he took the card toPuss, as she lay on the rug, andsaid, Now, Miss Puss, say B.7But all Puss did was to wink athim, and then shut her eyes. Shedid not care a fig for A B C.By and by, in two or threeyears more, Ned will learn toread, so that he may grow up awise man.But Puss can-not learn. Shewill not know how to read, if shegets to be a grave old cat.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 23IV.BOYS AND GIRLS MUST BE KIND.WERE Rose, and Tom, and Nedkind, in their play?Yes, most of the time; butsome-times they for-got.One day Tom said, "Now, playI was a bear. Run, Rose! Run,Ned! Here I come. Urr! Urr!"Tom did this, you see, to belike a bear. Rose took up herdolls and ran. She got up on a4
24 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.chair, and said, " Ha! ha! oldBear, you can-not get me, or mychil-dren!"But Ned said, "0, don't, Tom!don't play bear! I afraid! "Tom did not mind this; he justwent on: U rr! Urr! Here Icome. Look out, now; the bearmay eat you all up!"At this poor Ned be-gan to cry.0, how he did cry! And mam-ma came, in haste, to see whatwas the mat-ter." Tom," said she, when she saw
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 25the play, "why do you vex Nedso ? ""I did not hurt him a bit,mam-ma," said Tom. "I justsaid, Urr!' and he saw who itwas. He was a goose to cry!""c Well, but he is a lit-tle boy;and if you saw he did not likeyour play, why did you not stop,and play some-thing else ? Youwould not like to have some bigboy vex you in that way, I know.""No, ma," said Tomn. "Oneday when I went down the road
26 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.to see Mike at work, a great, big,rude boy met me, and he said hewould bite my ears off if I wentpast him. So I had to run backhome."" Then you can tell just howNed felt when you were a bear.That boy did not mean to bite"off your ears, a-ny more than youmeant to bite Ned."Tom hung down his head. "Ithought he did," said he.Mam-ma went into her room,and took a book from the stand.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 27Rose and Tom knew what book itwas: it was. the Bi-ble.She said, Come here, my son,and let me see if you can readthis verse."Tom came and stood by herside. He had to spell some of thewords, but he made it out, with alit-tle help; see now if you can:this was the verse." Be of one mind; live in peace,and the God of love and peaceshall be with you.""My lit-tle ones want the God4
28 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.of love to be with them dothey not ?" said mam-ma."0, yes, we do," said they all." Then you must try to 'be ofone mind;' that is, each one musttry to like and to do what theoth-ers like; and you must bekind to each oth-er.""c I will not play bear a-ny more,if Ned does not want me to," saidTom.He gave Ned a kiss, and thenNed gave him such a hug thatthey both fell on the floor. But
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 29this did not hurt them a bit; itwas fun.I hope Tom kept that goodverse in his mind; and I hopeyou will, too, my dear pets: forit will help you to be good andkind, so that God will love you.
30 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.V.UP IN THE MORN-ING." COME, Rose, come! It is daynow, and it is time to get up," saidJane. "Come, Tom, jump, now,like a man!""Now, Ned-dy, boy, we willsee who will be dress-ed first!"" Ah! but you dress Ned, Jane;so that is not fair."" Yes, it is; for Ned is not so.big as you, and then he has more
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 31things to put on. I will help you,too, if you need it."Out came Tom, and Rose, andNed, on to the floor. Tom andRose had each a cot, and Nedslept in a crib, in the same room;it was a nice, large room, next totheir mam-ma's bed-room.Now, how they did try, eachof them, to be first!Soon Tom call-ed out, "HereI go; I am dress-ed first!" Andhe ran to the door." Wait a bit, child," said Jane;
32 ROSE, TOM, AND NED."I must wash your face andhands.""And, Tom, we must not for-get to pray,' said dear Rose,soft-ly.Tom was a good boy, and cameback; and when Jane was donewith him, he and Rose kneltdown to pray.Ned saw them, and he ran andknelt down too, by Tom.Jane said the words of thepray-er, as his mam-ma did, andthen he said it, too: this wasNed's pray-er:im mi,
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 33" 0 God, bless me, and makeme a good boy; and keep me safethis day. Bless all my dearfriends, too, this day; for Je-sus'sake. A-men."" Now go down and kiss pa-paand mam-ma," said Jane; and offthey ran.Such a bright, warm day as thatwas! It would have been toobad to waste it in bed.Rose and Tom and lit-tle Nedwere soon out in the gar-den, andin the yard, at play.34
-34 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.Ruth came out to feed the hensand chicks. O, Ruth, let mefeed the dear, dear lit-tle chicks,"said Ned.So Ruth gave him the pan ofsoft, wet meal, and let him go tothe coop, and call, Chick, chick!"Out came the lit-tle chicks, ingreat haste, to get the meal. Butthe old hen did not like the looksof a small boy with the pan; sheflew round the coop, and call-ed," Chick, chick," as loud as shecould.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 35"Old hen," said Ruth, " be still.You need not fear that our boyNed will hurt your chicks."This old hen had five chicks.She had nine at first, but one wassick, and soon died. The oth-erthree were lost, one by one. Ruthsaid a rat or a cat must havekill-ed them; but Rose was surethat her cat, dear old Tab, wouldnot have done such a bad thing;O, no!When the clock said Nine,mam-ma came to the door, and4
36 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.said, "Come, Rose and Tom; itis time now for lessons."" 0, dear!" said Rose; it isso nice out doors, I wish we neednot have les-sons to-day!"" It would not be a good planto give them up; they wouldseem all the more hard and dullthe next time. Work first, andthen play, and if you do yourtasks with a good will, youmay soon be out at play oncemore."So said mam-ma, with a smile,
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 37and Rose and Tom drove off thecross look, and smiled, too."I must go say my card too,"said Ned, "kick as I can, so I cancome out to play."He said "kick" for quick,"he could not say that word.Rose gave all her mind to herbook, and so did Tom, and soonall the les-sons were done, anddone well.Then they had a grand timeat play!They had a long race with4
38 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.Tray, and Tray beat them all.Here is Tray. Does he look asif he could play and race witha child? I think he does.A
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 39VI.THE LORD'S DAY.ONE day, when Rose, Tom, andNed waked, they sat up in bed,and be-gan to throw things ateach oth-er, and to talk, andlaugh, and sing.Mam-ma came in from herroom, and said, "My dear boys,and Rose, do you know what daythis is?"Soon Rose said, Why, yes,4
40 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.mam-ma; it is Sun-day. I didnot think!""Yes, it is the Lord's Day, andI want my dear ones to keep itin mind, and try to be still. Keepthe day ho-ly, as God has told usto do, and then it will be sure tobe a hap-py day."" May we go with you to churchto-day, mam-ma ?" said Tom."Yes, dear, we will all go. Imean to take. our wee Ned to-day. We will see if he can keepstill, and be a good boy."
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 41"0, good! I am glad," saidNed; and he be-gan to jump upand down in his crib, and claphis hands."We have to keep as still asmice, Ned," said Rose; how willyou like that ?"CI can keep still," said the lit-tle boy; "now you will see."" I know my lit-tle Ned willtry," said his mam-ma; "but itmay -be hard work for him atfirst. Here comes Jane; nowspring up and dress."
42 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.The church to which Mr. andMrs. Dale went was in the town;there was none near their home.So they had to ride to church;but the lit-tle ones did not mindthat; it was nice for them.If they had lived near achurch, so they could walk to it,Mr. Dale would not have got outthe horse on Sun-day.They went in good time, sothat they could stop at AuntKate's house, and rest, till thebell rang.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 43Aunt Kate lived quite near thechurch. She was glad to havethem come, and go with her.This day she was glad to seewee Ned. She said, So my boyNed is to go to church to-day!That is nice! I think I shallhave to try I-da next, if we findthat Ned can keep still."I-da was Aunt Kate's lit-tlegirl. She was not quite as oldas Ned. Ned was six monthsold-er." Aunt Kate," said Rose, "do,
44 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.do take her to-day! It will be sonice; and let her sit with me.""0, no, my love; we will tryNed first, and by and by I-dashall go. I hope they will bothlove to go to the House of God."Aunt Kate lent wee Ned a nicebook, with pic-tures in it, to lookat in church, to help him to sitstill.When the bell be-gan to ring,they all went. The church wasfull, but Rose and Tom did notstare, or look a-round, or talk ofwhat they saw.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 45Rose had her book, for shecould read, and Tom had a book,too, but he could not keep theplace, as Rose did.Was Ned a good boy? Yes,that he was. And mam-ma gavehim a kiss, when they went back,and said, "Ned shall go nexttime, for he sat quite still."They went home with kindAunt Kate, at noon; and thenonce more to church.Then pa-pa got up old Dicka-gain, and took them all home.4
46 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.Dick went fast, on the wayhome, to get soon to his barn.He liked his own barn more thanthe stall in town.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 47VII.THE SING-ING TIME.WHEN they got home, the horsewas put up, and they had theirtea.Then Rose said, Now it is ourtime to sing. May we sing now,mam-ma? and will you play forus ? "" Yes, dear, you may come in-to the par-lor now, and we willsing some hymns."
48 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.So Rose, and Tom, and Nedstood by their mam-ma, who wasto play for them; and pa-pa cametoo, to help them sing.The first hymn was,-" Come and sing, 0, let us sing."Do you know that hymn ? Ilike it." Now," said Tom, "let us sing'Je-sus, when he left the sky.'So they did: they all liked that,for each verse ends with,"Lit-tle ones like me."i~~s
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 49Then it was Ned's turn to ask.Rose and Tom knew what hewould ask for: he said, "Mam-ma, sing,'Jesus loves me, this I know,For the Bi-ble tells me so.'"That was Ned's hymn; he couldsing the tune, but he did notknow all the words.When they had sung one ortwo more, it was near dark; Janeand Ruth came in to pray-ers,and then it was bed-time."Has it been a hap-py day?44
50 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.said mam-ma, when they came tokiss her " Good-night.""Yes, 0 yes," said Rose. AndTom said, " Sun-day is the best ofall the days."
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 51VIII.THE WET DAY.ONE day, when les-sons weredone, Tom and Rose ran for theirhats, to go out to play. Butmam-ma saw them, and she said,"You can-not go out now, mydears, fdr it is wet. Look outand see how the rain comesdown."" 0, dear!" said Tom; I wishit did not rain. I want to' havesome fun."4
52 ROSE, TOM, AND NED."Rain, rain,Go to Spain,"said Rose, with a laugh." See," said Jane, how fast therain-drops fall on the glass. Howthey do come! Do you know thesong for a wet day?""N o, Jane; what is it ? Willyou tell us ?So Jane said this song forthem:"O, where do you come from,You lit-tle drops of rain ?Pit-ter, pat-ter, pit-ter, pat-ter,On the win-dow pane.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 53"You won't let me work,And you won't let me play,You won't let me goOut of doors at all to-day."The lit-tle rain-drops can-not talk,But 'Pit-ter, pat-ter, pat,'Means,' We can play on this side,Why can't you play on that? 'Rose and Tom both said thatwas a nice song."Well, then," said Jane, "whydon't you do as the rain-dropssay ? They can play out-side, andyou can play in-side, where it isnice and dry."" So we can, and so we will,"said Tom.4
54 ROSE, TOM, AND NED." Play on, you rain-drops. Youneed not stop for us, for we canplay in the house.""Mam-ma," said Rose, "maywe go up in the big west room,and have a real good play ?"Yes, if you will shut the door,and take good care that Ned doesnot fall down the steps."" Yes, we will," said Rose; andoff they ran.The west room had a barefloor, and Mrs. Dale kept in itbox-es, and bags, and such. things,that were not in use.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 55" What shall we play now?"said Tom. O, let us play 'Hideand Seek.' We can hide be-hindsome box or trunk."" So we will. Now, Ned, youmust shut your eyes, so! andyou must not look till Rose calls'Coo.' Then you and I will findher."So Ned put his two fat handson his eyes, to keep them shut.When Rose cried," Coo!7 theywent to find her. At last, theyfound her in-side of an old trunk.4j
56 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.Then Tom hid, and when hewas found, lit-tle Ned hid him-self; but he did not keep stilllong, he was so full of fun.When they were tired of thisgame, Rose said, "Now let usplay 'Puss in the Cor-ner.'" This is the way to play it.Put Ned in one cor-ner, and youstand in a cor-ner, Tom, and I willstand here." When I call, Puss, Puss! thenwe all run, and try to get in oneof the cor-ners; if I get in, and
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ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 57you are left out, then you muststand and call.""Well," said Tom, I like that."This play was as much fun as" Hide and Seek."Then they played they weremice, come out to .get a bit ofcake. Once Tom saw a lit-tlemouse, on the shelf in the pan-try, and Tom liked to play" mice " since that time.They put some bits of wood onthe top of a box, to play it wascake. Then they all came roundp4
58 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.to get some; and then one wouldcry, "Mew!" as if the cat werenear by, and off they would run,fast as they could, to their holes.By and by Tom said, "Why, Ihear the bell! How soon it is teatime!"It was soon af-ter din-ner, whenthey went up to play, and theyhad had such a good time thatthey did not know how late itwas.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 59IX.THE CHIPS AND THE CAKES.ONE day, Tom and Ned were atplay in the back yard.They were on a pile of logs;they had it for the stage; Nedwas in the stage, and Tonm drove,with a big stick for a whip.Tom had reins tied on the saw-horse; he called it a real horse.Ruth came to the door justthen, and said, "What dear, goodA
60 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.lit-tle boys will come and pick upa pan of chips for me ? My firehas got low, just as I want tobake, and I want some nice chipsso much."Then Tom said, in a cross tone,"0, Ruth, you are sure to comeand want some-thing, just as weare in a real nice play. I wishyou would not spoil all our fun."Ned was sure to act just asTom did; so he said, Go 'way,bad Ruth! you spoil our play!"" So no one will pick up some
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 61chips for me !" Then I must doit my own self." said Ruth." Some time I will, Ruth," saidTom; "I don't feel like it now."" Ah! but I must have thechips now, you see," said Ruth.And she got her pan full, andwent in.In a short time the lit-tle boyswere tired of that play, and theybe-gan to want some-thing to eat.So they ran in-to the house.Ruth was just go-ing to bake.Tom and Ned came and stood
62 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.by, to see her roll and cut outher nice cakes." Ruth," said Tom, do makesome wee, wee bits of cakes, suchas you made last week for us.Then Rose can get her tea-set out,and we can play tea with them.It is such fun!""0, yes, said Ned, "do makefun-ny lit-tle cakes, Ruth; do.""But you said I was 'BadRuth' just now; and how can Imake cakes for boys that will notpick up chips, to help me? "
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 63Tom and Ned hung down theirheads. How they did wish theyhad been kind, and done as Ruthasked them to.At last Tom said,"Shall I getsome chips now ?"Why, if you like, you may;but my fire burns well now, withthe chips I had to get my-self""U Won't you make us some,cakes, Ruth-not a bit?" saidNed, in a sor-ry tone."i Well, I like to for-give folksthat are bad to me; so I think I
64 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.will make the lit-tle cakes; andmay-be, next time I want somehelp, my boys will be kind to me.""0 yes, we will, you dear, goodRuth," said Tom. And we willget a big box fill of chips nowfor you. Come, Ned."
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 65X.MIKE AND HIS WIFE.MIKE was the name of the manwho did all kinds of work on theplace for Mr. Dale.Mr. Dale had a store in thetown, and he went in to see tohis store each morn-ing, and gotback to his home just in time fortea. Some-times he drove totown with old Dick, but some-times he went by the cars, which5
66 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.came quite near his house,-lessthan half a mile.As Mr. Dale was at his storein town all day, he could not tendthe gar-den, nor hoe the corn inthe lot, nor feed the pig, normilk the cow, nor care for thehorse; so Mike did all thesethings.Mike was a good man, and didall his work well.He lived with his wife in asmall brown house, just at the endof the gar-den.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 67Mike's wife kept her bit of ahouse as neat as a pink. Roseand Tom and Ned, too, liked togo and see Mike and his wife,and they were glad to have themcome.Their mam-ma of-ten let themgo to Mike's house, for she knewthey would get no harm there.The name of Mike's wife wasMrs. Ry-an, but the lit-tle onescalled her 0 O-ney." Rose gaveher that name when she was abit of a girl. 0-ney" lived with
68 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.them then; but soon Mike askedher to be his wife, and live withhim in the brown house, and soshe did.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 69XI.THE LOST CAT."WHERE can our Puss be ?said Tom; "I don't find her, andI have looked all o-ver the house.""And I had a hunt for her to-day, and last night," said Rose,with a grave face, for she be-ganto fear that Puss was lost."Let us ask Ruth and Jane ifthey have seen her."" Ruth, have you seen Tab to-4
70 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.day ? We can-not find her atall.""She came for her milk as soonas I came down this morn-ing,"said Ruth; "and she came lastnight; I do not think she is lost."" Is it the cat you want, dears?"said Mike, who was at the door,With some wood. Sure an' sheis all safe."" O, Mike, can you find her forus?" said Rose." I can, but sure she will not likeit much if I show you her place."
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 71" But, Mike, she is my own cat,and she ought to mind me, andcome when I want her," said Rose."Well, now, if you would justlet her be for two days, and nottry to hunt her up, or keep herhere if she wants to be off, then Iwill show you what will make youall jump for joy.""Two more long days," saidTom, "with no Puss!""What will you show us, Mike ?Do tell me.""O, I must not tell," said Mike,*
72 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.with a look at Ruth; "sure an' itwould make the time seem toolong."" Well," said Rose, with a sigh,"we will try to wait; but can weplay with her if she does comehome ""0c, yes; but don't keep her ifshe wants to go out of the door."They did not see Puss that day;Ruth had put some bits, and apan of milk for her, in the shed,and she came and got them whenno one was by.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 73But the next day, when Rosecame down stairs, she heard her"mew" out-side the door.Rose ran to o-pen the door.In the front of this book youmay see Rose as she let Puss in."HIere you are, dear old Tab!"said she. "Now tell me, your ownself where you have been; forMike will not tell."But Puss had no word to say.Tom and Ned came down then,and Rose call-ed them to seePuss.
74 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.She took her milk, and ate somemeat; and then she let them playwith her till the bell rang forthem to go in.When they left the ta-ble, andcame out, she was off."0, dear," said Tom, "how oddit is that Mike will not tell us!It seems as if I could not wait.""Try to think of some-thingelse," said Ruth. "Like as notyou would not want to play withPuss, if she were here. Do notthink of her at all, till Mike tellsyou you mlay see her."
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 75XII.WHAT MIKE HAD TO SHOW.ROSE and Tom did try not tothink of Puss, and as for Ned, hewas such a mite of a boy, he soonfor-got what Mike said.When the two days were past,Mike came to the door for the lit-tle ones.They were not quite done withtheir books when he came."0, mam-ma, let us go with4
76 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.Mike now, and see our Puss; forhe will be off at work by and by,and can-not show her to us."So mam-ma let them go. Miketook Ned in his arms, and led theway. to the barn.Then he took them, one by one,up to the loft, where the hay was,and led them to a snug spot,where they saw old Tab, in a bedof hay.And, by her side, were threedear lit-tle kits."0, 0, 0!" cried Rose, and
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 77Tom, and Ned; and they did jumpfor joy, as Mike said. they would.One kit-ten was all white, onewas white, with dark spots, andone was a dark gray.The chil-dren each took up one.Old Puss said, "Mew! mew!"quite in fear at first; but she sawthey did not mean to hurt herkits, so she kept still, but she kepther eye on them."So you came off to take careof your kits!" said Rose to herold Tab; "that was a dear, good
78 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.Puss. But why did you not tellus that day, Mike ?"Sure, the kits were too smalland weak for you to take up inyour hands. I thought you mighthurt them; and if you did, maybe old Puss would have had themoff in some new place, where wecould not get at them.""How could she take them off?said Tom; she has no arms."" Stay a bit; put that one down,off here, and keep you still, andsee what she will do."
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 79Tom did so. Soon the kit-tenbe-gan to cry, and cry, and creepa-bout. Then old Tab ran andtook the kit up in her mouth, bythe back of its neck, and ran withit to her bed."c0, bad Puss!" cried Ned, "tobite the dear lit-tle kit-ty."7"Sure she did not hurt it at all,"said Mike; "that is her way to liftthem. The kit was glad to feelher hold of it.""May we take them to thehouse, and show them to mam-ma ?" said Rose.4
P80 ROSE, TOM, AND NED."0, no! do not try to movethem to-day; let them be here aday or two more, and then I willcoax them down from the loft, and.we will give Puss a soft bed forthem in the barn, be-low, or in theshed, or wash-room."" Can we come up here and seethem ? asked Tom."c I will lift you up here a-gain,when I come back from my work,"said Mike; "but sure you will nottry to get up here by your-self?""No, pa-pa will not let us," saidTom; "I wish he would."
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 81" 0, may be pa-pa will be homein time to come out with us, andsee them to-night," said Rose." That's so! we will tell him ofthe dear kits, as soon as he getshome.7""But poor mam-ma will have towait; she can-not get up thelad-der."." Ah! 7 said Mike, "sure yourmam-ma, bless her! knows howto wait, as you, bits of things, donot, yet."(1"
82 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.XIII.THE THREE KIT-TENS.ROSE and Tom and Ned toldeach one in the house all a-bout"the dear, sweet lit-tle kit-tens,"as they called them.Rose told her dolls, too; andTom told Tray.He took Tray by his ears, sothat he could look right in hiseyes, and said,-"Now, dear old Tray, I want to
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 83tell you! We have got three dearlit-tle kits, and by and by we shallhave them here to play with. Butyou must not bark at them, norhurt them; no, nor scare them,will you ? Say you will be kindto the kits, like a good old dog.""Bow, wow, wow!" said Tray.This might mean that he would,or that he would not, or that hedid not like to have his ears held.I think it was the last. Tom feltsure he would be a good dog, andnot hurt the kits.
84 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.In a few days, Mike broughtdown the kit-tens; they were putin a box, with a soft old mat in it,in the wood-shed.Mam-ma said Rose and Tomand Ned might each own one ofthe kits.Rose was to choose first, for shewas the old-est. But she said,"We will let Ned choose first."Ned said, "0, I want the dearlit-tle white kit-ty for my kit-ty."So did Rose, and so did Tom,like that best. But they both saidit should be lit-tle Ned's.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 85Of the oth-ers, Tom liked thegray one best, and Rose liked theone with spots. So it was allfixed, in a nice way.Now, if they had all said, Iwant the white kit-ty! I choosethe white one for mine!" what asad time there would have beeno-ver the kits!
86 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.XIV.THE BIG DOLL.ROSE had three dolls. Two ofthem were just a-bout the sizethat I think a lit-tle girl likesbest to play with; that is, a-bouta foot and a half long. One ofthese was a love of a doll; it wasof wax, with hair in curls, andblue eyes, and pink cheeks. Itwould cry, too, if you gave it agood pinch ; but Rose did not liketo make herl child cry.
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 87The name that Rose gave thisdoll was "Lu-lu." It was sent toher when she was but two yearsold, but her mam-ma did not lether have it to play with, till sheknew how to take good care of it.Rose oft-en said, "Mam-ma, Iam glad you kept Lu-lu in a nicebox, and did not let me have herwhen I was a lit-tle girl."The oth-er doll that was of agood -size, had a head that wouldnot break. It was not so pret-tyas the wax doll, but Rose took
88 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.good care of her, and playedwith her, too. She said, PoolrFan would feel bad-ly if she sawI liked Lu-lu the best."Then Rose had a big doll; hername was May. This doll was agreat care to Rose. It was sentto her by a la-dy, who lived in atown far a-way. It was a finedoll, with nice clothes, but it wastoo big for the doll's bed, and toobig for the cart, and for the doll'schair.Rose gave her a long talk, one(77
ROSE, TOM, AND NED. 89day. She said, "May, I do wishyou would try not to.vex me so.You will put your feet right in theway, and you will not stand, orwalk, or act as such a big girlshould. You act as if you hadcome from the back-woods. Whatam I to do with you ?"Mam-ma was in the next room,where she could hear this.She Ihad a laugh to her-self; thenshe said, " Rose, dear, do you notask too much of poor May ?Rose came out with the doll in
90 ROSE, TOM, AND NED.her arms. What can I do withI /* __--_____________her, mam-ma? " I can-not makeher mind like Lu-lu and Fan."