Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 A Funny Caller
 Robbie's Pets
 Izzy's Luncheon
 Fred's Span
 New Zealand Festival
 The Star-Fish
 Neddie's Trouble
 By Moonlight
 Austin and Grandpa
 Lennie's Rescue
 The Magnet
 The Dove
 The Shetland Pony
 Back Cover

Group Title: Picture-land stories
Title: A funny caller and other stories
Full Citation
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00035150/00001
 Material Information
Title: A funny caller and other stories
Series Title: Picture-land stories
Physical Description: 36 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
Language: English
Creator: D. Lothrop & Company ( Publisher )
Publisher: D. Lothrop & Co.
Place of Publication: Boston (Franklin and Hawley Streets)
Publication Date: c1877
Subject: Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Juvenile literature -- 1877   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' advertisements -- 1877   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1877
Genre: Juvenile literature   ( rbgenr )
Publishers' advertisements   ( rbgenr )
fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Massachusetts -- Boston
General Note: Publisher's advertisement on back cover.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00035150
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 - 001586306
oclc - 23113394
notis - AHL0262

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Page i
    Title Page
        Page ii
        Page iii
    A Funny Caller
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
    Robbie's Pets
        Page 7
        Page 8
    Izzy's Luncheon
        Page 9
        Page 10
    Fred's Span
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
    New Zealand Festival
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
    The Star-Fish
        Page 20
    Neddie's Trouble
        Page 21
        Page 22
    By Moonlight
        Page 23
        Page 24
    Austin and Grandpa
        Page 25
        Page 26
    Lennie's Rescue
        Page 27
        Page 28
    The Magnet
        Page 29
        Page 30
    The Dove
        Page 31
        Page 32
    The Shetland Pony
        Page 33
    Back Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
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UCH jolly times as those
three dogs did have! Such
rough-and-tumble frolics on
the grass, in the hay', or in the
kitchen garden!
What if their furry coats were full of dust
and burdock burs, and their white breasts
sadly soiled ? No one scolded, and they
didn't care a bit.
They never sighed for the silky flosses
of their aristocratic cousins up at the great
house. They never envied them their soap-
suds, and warm baths, and scrubbings and
drying, and combines, their soft cushions

and blue ribbons. They were radiantly
happy and contented in their humble sunny
home by the stable.
And if they had lived up at the great
house, they would never have seen the funny
caller that came one day.
They were fast asleep-all but Chub.
He always slept with one eye open, and he.
saw the queer Thing coming, and woke
his brothers with a funny, half-frightened
And when they saw the queer Thing, they
growled too. But the Thing kept right
on towards them.
Now these dogs were very brave, but
they had never before seen such a strange
creature as this. So, when it got very near,
they just jumped up and barked three barks
And the queer Thing stopped, and put
its hands and feet in its pockets, and swal-
lowed its head! And the dogs stood still


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and looked at it. But it didn't move,
though they sniffed at it and poked it with
their paws.
They thought they had barked it to
death. So at last they went to sleep-but
when they woke up the queer Thing was
gone, and they never saw it again.

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Now, mother-puss, I'll give you one
good hug, for I love you so much I don't
know what to do," said little Robbie as he
clasped the old cat in his arms.
She was used to such hugging, so she
bore it quite patiently. Robbie soon let
her go, saying,
There, 'puss, run and get some milk
before your kitties drink it all up."
But the kitties had eaten enough, and,
after wiping their faces many times, were
ready for a frolic with Robbie.
His little bare toes seemed to attract
them as much as anything. He thought it
fun at first, but when- all three began to
spring at him, he wanted the old cat to
teach them better manners ; so he said,-
Come and take care of your children,
puss. They act dreadful naughty."





WHAT a merry time these girls are hav-
ing in the woods. They have been here
half 'the day picking berries. When the
small baskets are full they empty them into
the large one near little Izzy.
This baby, as the others call him, can-
not pick, but he begged so hard to come
and eat, that his elder sisters could not
say no.
It is such fun to see his little fat hands
dive into the berries, that it pays for bring-
ing him, they all say.
But oh such a face, after he had eaten
his luncheon of berries! Would it ever
come clean again ?
When they offered him cake, thinking
"he might be hungry, he shook his head,
saying, -
". No, no! Izzy eat berries!" and not
a bit of cake would he touch.



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SNOT a span of horses, but a span of
goats is what Fred owns. Now what do
you suppose he does with them ?
Oh, he just rides round!"
No, they are useful, if not very beautiful
creatures. And these two goats help Fred
very much.
His father is dead, and he and his
mother live all alone. They are not very
rich, so Fred tries to earn money to help
his mother. He wishes, also, to go to
school very much; and it takes money to
buy books and clothes.
Would you like to know how Fred is
trying to earn money? He has a very
nice vegetable garden, which he has taken
nearly the whole care of.
But when the vegetables were ready to
sell,.he found it quite difficult to carry them
to the store, or to the different houses.


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He had one goat which he had some-
times harnessed in fun, now he thought
about trying it in earnest. After a little
practice, he found that he would do very
well. But one goat was not strong enough
to carry as large a load as he wished.
So, after talking it over with his mother,
he decided to buy another.
He spent some time training them to-
gether, then he had a team which suited
him very well.
He could now take quite a large load of
vegetables, and carry them to any part of
the village. He was always careful to
have them fresh and nice; and the people
soon learned to wait for Fred and his span
to appear, before buying their vegeta-
Sometimes, when he is stopping to trade,
one goat will lie down to rest. He is will-
ing they should rest when they can, for he
is a kind master.

THIS is a picture of the red-legged par-
tridge, a beautiful kind, but one not found
in the United States.
Yet there are partridges in this country,
and they are among the birds we are glad
to welcome in the spring and summer.
They make their nests on the ground, in
a wheat-field, perhaps, and they have to
guard it very carefully. The partridge is
very gentle, apd one of the kindest mothers.


Now, boys, how would you like such a fes-
tival as they have in New Zealand ? In-
stead of taking the fruit, cake, and all the
good things, and carrying them into some
pleasant grove, build a tall pyramid, plat-
form above platform, till you get eighty or
ninety feet high, then put all the goodies
upon that.
I think for a change- boys always like
something new you would like it first
rate. It would be such fun to climb from
one part to another! Then to stand upon
the very highest part, where the flags and
streamers are flying, would inspire all
Yankee boys to give three rousing cheers,
I am quite sure.
Yet in the end, I believe you would all
vote for our good old picnics, it is so nice
to be in the woods all day, and run where
you please.

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SHOULD you ever think that this row of
queer, white-looking creatures on the shore
were birds ?
Perhaps, after you look at this large one
in the foreground, you may think so. Yes,
they are birds, but they have no wings.
Did you ever hear before of birds without
wings ?
Well, these penguins, as they are called,
have small flippers in place of wings. They
look something like arms.
Their feet are webbed like a duck's; and
they are placed -so far back that, when
standing, they are upright like men. Some
are three feet high.
Their plumage is short and waterproof.
The food of old and young consists wholly
of fish.
Now we see of what advantage such a
plumage is. Penguins are found in great


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numbers in cold, frozen regions; and if
they hadn't this nice, water-proof coat, how
uncomfortable it would be going into the
tvater so much after their food.

They have also a layer of fat, just be-
neath the skin, which helps to protect them
from the cold. I suppose they enjoy going
into the water where they live, as much as
our ducks enjoy the water here. At least,
they are remarkable divers, so I think they
must practice a good deal.
How would you like to see thousands
of these strange birds going out to sea, and
thousands more landing at the same time.?
Such a sight is sometimes seen on some of
the islands in the South Pacific ocean.
When on shore they are arranged as
regularly as a company of soldiers, and in
nearly as solid a manner.
The young birds are obliged to stay by
themselves; the moulting birds form one
company, the setting ones another, and the
remaining birds still another.
.They keep very strict order. Should
one of the young birds leave its own class
for another, it would be driven out.

There are stars in the sky,
There are stars in the sea;
One Hand made and shaped them,
None more perfect could be.

Some help light this fair earth,
Making beauty for man;
Others keep the sea pure,
Doing all that they can.


I NEVER can learn to spell all these
words !" exclaimed Neddie, as he sat pout-
ing in the corner.
"How long have you studied them ?"
asked his mother.
"I haven't studied them any, yet."
Well, then, how do you know you can-
not learn them ?"
They look so hard, I know I can't."
I thought my Neddie was a braver boy
than to give up without trying. Just study
them carefully once, then tell me if there
are any too hard for you to learn."
I'll go over it once with him," said Julia,
as she took her seat by his side.
After a little while Neddie looked up
and said cheerfully, I didn't think they
were so easy, mother. Julia showed me
how to get them. I can spell half now."
How has Julia helped you so much ?"


I thought they were awful long words,
but she said half of many of the words was
easy enough. Plaything looks long, but I
can spell play and thing. And horseback
is another; I can spell horse and back
without studying any."


BERP'S papa was sick, and the doctor
told him that he must go South and spend
the winter.
He wished to be on the water as long
as he could, so he went in a sailing vessel
instead of a steamer.
Berp was too young to feel anxious about
papa, so he enjoyed the voyage very much;
especially when papa and mamma both
were on deck with him.
Young as he was, he will never forget
one evening when they were all on deck.
It was a pleasant, moonlight night. Not
a full moon, but enough to make every-
thing look very beautiful.
It was quite warm, and so calm and still
that scarcely a ripple stirred the water.
And when the sailors began to sing, it
added greatly to Berp's delight. He wished
they could always stay on the water, so he


asked his papa if he would not buy a ship,
and take him and his mamma all over the


AUSTIN has been watching his grand-
father cut down a large tree by the side of
the house.
"This tree is very old," said grandpa,
sitting down upon the trunk.
As old as I am ?" asked Austin.
Yes, indeed ; it is older than I am,"
answered grandpa.
Oh! I didn't think trees lived as long
as that!"
Some live to be several hundred years
old. I was reading the other day, in a
book, about a tree in Africa, which lives to
be very old indeed. Let me see it was
- well, Austin, you must run in and get
the book, for I cannot remember."
Austin quickly brought the bool to
grandpa, then sat down near him.
Eight hundred years old," read grand-



pa, after turning a few leaves. So you
see, Austin, that trees live much longer than
men do, nowadays."


WHERE can Lennie be?" said Mrs.
Richmond to herself, as she looked anx-
iously from the window.
Lennie was her little boy. It was snow-
ing hard, and he had not yet returned from
When his father came in, she asked him
the same question she had asked herself.
Well, I declare, it is time for him to
be here! I'll start for the schoolhouse
now, and hunt the little fellow up."
When he had gone, Mrs. Richmond still
felt so anxious she could not keep away
from the window long. By-and-by she
saw her husband coming with a large bun-
dle in his arms.
She ran quickly to the door and opened
it. There was little Lennie in his father's
arms, looking very cold and white.
I found him almost covered up in the


snow," said Mr. Richmond. If I hadn't
started just as I did, he might have been
frozen to death. It's very cold out.
He's safe now, and I'm so thankful !"
exclaimed Mrs. Richmond as she quickly
warmed and fed him.


COME, Bess," said Herbert to his sis-
ter, I've got something to show you."
What is it?"
"Oh, bring your shears, and see for
I shouldn't think my shears would help-
me to see any better," she replied.
Well, you don't know everything yet,"
answered her wise brother.
Oh, what is it ?" she exclaimed as he
took something from his pocket, and, touch-
ing the shears, lifted them from the table.
It's a horse-shoe magnet."
I see it is shaped like a horse-shoe,
but what is a magnet ? "
Oh, it's a species of iron ore which has
the property of attracting your shears."
Nothing else ?" asked Bess, smiling.
Oh, yes; it will take up your penknife,
and needles, and all those sort of things."

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See the dove with branch of olive,
Fleeing from the waters dark;
Bearing message to the faithful,
Waiting in the lonely ark.

Can any of the little boys tell what this
message was ? The dove could not speak
and tell Noah anything, but he knew when
he saw the olive-leaves that the tops of the
trees could be seen above the water. In
this way he learned that the waters were
drying up.
The joyful message was this, Noah
and his family could soon leave the ark.
After being in it many long months, I think
he must have been very glad to walk upon
the solid earth once more.
What a wonderful sight, when all the
animals came out of the ark! And the
birds and every creeping thing!


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After they had left the ark, God blessed
Noah and his sons, and said he would
never again destroy the people by a flood.
He set the rainbow in the clouds, that all
might remember his covenant.

THESE pretty little horses come from
Shetland, a group of islands near the
north coast of Scotland.
The ponies are never stabled in Shet-
land. They sometimes find a little shelter
by the side of a stone wall, and now and
then they are allowed to come into the
kitchen and lie down.
The children pet and play with them as
they would.with a dog.


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