Front Cover
 How Signor Caterwaul Caught Cold,...
 How It Was Shown that "A Cat in...
 How the Little Kitten Neglected...
 How Professor Caterwaul Went A-Wooing,...
 How Signor and Mrs. Caterwaul ...
 Back Cover

Group Title: Warwick House toy books
Title: The little pussy cats
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00026625/00001
 Material Information
Title: The little pussy cats
Series Title: Warwick House toy books
Alternate Title: The little pussy-cats
Physical Description: 10 leaves : ill. ; 26 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Dickes, William, 1815-1892 ( Printer )
Ward, Lock, & Tyler ( Publisher )
Publisher: Ward, Lock & Tyler
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: W. Dickes
Publication Date: [ca. 1880]
Subject: Cats -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Publishers' advertisements -- 1870   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1870
Genre: Publishers' advertisements   ( rbgenr )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
General Note: Title from cover.
General Note: Caption title: The little pussy-cats.
General Note: Includes publisher's advertisement.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00026625
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 001879614
oclc - 29394162
notis - AJV4689

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
    How Signor Caterwaul Caught Cold, and How How He Was Visited by Miss Mewler, His Charming Pupil
        Page 4
        Page 5
    How It Was Shown that "A Cat in Gloves Cannot Catch Mice."
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
    How the Little Kitten Neglected Her Mother's Advice, and How She Was Made to Suffer for Her Naughtiness
        Page 9
        Page 10
    How Professor Caterwaul Went A-Wooing, and Asked the Hand of the Charming Miss Mewler
        Page 11
    How Signor and Mrs. Caterwaul Had A Great Many Children and How Well They Brought Them All Up.
        Page 12
        Page 13
    Back Cover
        Page 14
Full Text

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THELITTLE PUSSY-CATS:WHAT THEY DID,AND WHAT THEY TRIED TO DO.------ t8ee0~oxw^--- |-I.AN EVENING PARTY, SMALL AND SELECT, WITH A DANCE,AND A LITTLE SINGING.HE Pussy-cat Family here you may see,With uncles and cousins of every degree.In front here, the gentleman making a bowIs that famous practitioner, Doctor Mollrow.You observe he is just bending forward, to speakTo his favourite patient, Miss Tabitha Sleek;While his two blushing daughters, so gentle and soft,Dance with Tom from the pantry, and Dick from the loft.The music is led, at this elegant ball,By that eminent singer, Signor Caterwaul,Who has come with his pupils, in splendid condition,To sing them a glee of his own composition;And before they go home, they agree, one and all,That they never attended so charming a ball.

II.HOW SIGNOR CATERWAUL CAUGHT COLD, AND HOW HE WASVISITED BY MISS MEWLER, HIS CHARMING PUPIL.E'D greatly exerted himself at the ball,That eminent singer, Signor Caterwaul.As his hearers, delighted, applauded amain,He sang them his ditties again and again-Ballads of England, and chansons of France,And Lieder of Deutschland he sang for each dance;And the consequence was, as a matter of course,He felt the next morning uncommonly hoarse;And charming Miss Mewler, his pupil so fair,Found him wrapt up in flannel, reclined in his chair.Now, kindness and sympathy always count double,Whenever they're offered in pain or in trouble;And, charmed by her manner, resistless and bland,Signor Caterwaul offered his heart and his hand.Miss Mewler first blushed, but at last did relent,And advised him to seek her dear parents' consent;"Without which," she observed, as she turned round to go,"I never could think, sir, of marrying, you know."But the Signor felt sure, when he thought of it all,No papa would say "No" to Signor Caterwaul.

jx.~Poor Pussy hns caught a bad cold.

III.HOW IT WAS SHOWN THAT "A CAT IN GLOVES CANNOTCATCH MICE."T happens, dear children, at least now and then,That the chick would be wiser by far than the hen;And a thing as absurd and as foolish as that,Is when Kittie has wanted to teach the old cat.And this is what happened, as now you may see,In the worshipful Pussy-cat family.A pert little kitten, as vain as you please,Came up to her mother with words just like these:"It's a very hard case-very hard, I declare,And what I must call altogether unfair,That while plenty of scraps are given to Dog Fan,You and I must go hunting the best way we can.I wanted to live like those three little kittens,Who, you know, are described as furnished with mittens;And I very much crave to know wherefore IMight not, like those kittens, be treated to pie."But her mother replied, "Foolish kitten, be still;We don't want to be fed-there are mice here to kill;So pull off your gloves, and leave your paws free,And sharpen your claws, and come hunting with me."

How the little Kitten got into sad trouble.

Pussy learns to catch Mice.

IV.HOW THE LITTLE KITTEN NEGLECTED HER MOTHER'S ADVICE, ANDHOW SHE WAS MADE TO SUFFER FOR HER NAUGHTINESS.UR kitten, not heeding what said the old cat,Thought, " Mouse-catching! I can do better than that;To sit watching at mouse-holes for hours together-To be out in the barn in the dark wintry weather-To watch and work hard for scant food and small feeMay suit vulgar kittens, but will not suit me.I know where dwell Lickdish, and Grabbit, and Snap:Those cats look well fed, whatever may hap;And though mother would say such a thing is not right,I'll accompany them on their travels to-night."So off Kittie set, as fast as she could,To join those bad cats, 'neath a tree in the wood;And thence they all went to a rich man's room,Whence the remnants of dinner sent forth a perfume.They jumped on the table, they jumped on the stool,They ate up the viands, the warm and the cool;But just in the height of their glory and fun,There came in, in nightcap and dressing-gown, oneWho fell on the guests with a good knotted stick,And they made a retreat most disastrous and quick.

zliMr. Caterwaul asks Miss Mewler to marry.

V.HOW PROFESSOR CATERWAUL WENT A-WOOING, AND ASKED THE HANDOF THE CHARMING MISS MEWLER.---'^wmB~O1mw^-----ERE comes Signor Caterwaul, tender and true,With waistcoat of white, and with frock-coat of blue,His whiskers brushed back, his tie to display,And his tail all combed out in a marvellous way.He's come out to ask, in this guise rich and rare,The hand of his pupil, Miss Mewler, the fair.He comes with a bow, and he comes with a bend,He's a tip-topping swell from beginning to end;He tells of his friends, and he tells of his wealth,He asks Mrs. Mewler the state of her health.She curtsies and smiles, and she presses his hand,Though half of his fine words she don't understand;But this much is certain, she went through the townThe very next day, in her very best gown,And boasted and purred, to all whom she met,Of the excellent husband her daughter would get." She'll live on the best," Mrs. Mewler declared,"On fried rats and stewed mouse-tails, most aptly prepared;She will not go hungry, no, not even one day,She'll have mice all the week and cock-sparrows on Sunday."

VI.HOW SIGNOR AND MRS. CATERWAUL HAD A GREAT MANY CHILDREN,O AND IHOW WELL TIIEY BROUGHT THEM ALL UP.SO the marriage came off, with a feast and a ball,SAnd bridesmaids, and favours, and bride-cake, and all.The Signor declared, though not given to preach,He felt vastly inclined now to make a long speech;But some frisky young kittens, who'd just come to town,Now fell on the breakfast, and so he sat down;For he thought, I believe, that it was not quite fair,That he should be speaking while they ate his share.So he finished his meal, talked of mice and the weather,And he and his bride both departed together.But a short time elapsed, when the Signor was seen,Walking out with his spouse, like a king with a queen;And behind them there marched, paw in paw, two and two,Six handsome young kittens as ever you knew.These kittens were taught by their father to sing,By their mother to catch e'en a bird on the wing;And the Signor would make, at each lesson's conclusion,Among his apt scholars a prize distribution.The first prize was a rat, a mouse was the second,And the marks for the lessons were rigidly reckoned.So now, dear young readers, do each as you're bid,And earn a fine prize, as these Pussy-cats did.

r.Caterwaul teaching his children.


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