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WITH 24 PICTURES IN COLOURS
Freddie lost a famous treat
When he from school did stay;
But ne'er did he his fault repeat,
Nor twice the truant play.
FREDERICK WARNE & CO.
BEDFORD STREET, STRAND.
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Freddie with his Kite .......
FiaII Title.............. 3
Impnnt. ............... 4
List of Pictures ........ 5 l "
i Clematis and Honeysuc.le .
SIhe Cottage .......... 7
"Fred .ie in the Garden. 8
Si r.die in the Garden.. .
.' :'; ni:n to School ....... I
S red-lie and his Governec ..
I .r.i.iums .......
l I 1h,: Fishes ............
I ,1 By the Water.......... -
"" Wal er Lilies ......... ..
The School-House..... z Ir
n- I to the Treat .... ..
ihe Waggon ...... .. t
.ps ............... .
Th- Robin .... i.
Wa.I,ring for Mother ..* .
S t On the Sea ............ 2
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S lived had but one street, with only a
few small shops. At the bottom of
the street was the village school, and close
by was the little church with its ivy-covered
steeple, and "The Parsonage" with its
pretty little porch, over which some sweet
honeysuckles and clematis grew.
3 Troof of the cottage in which
Freddie lived was of red tiles, with
here and there a patch of moss and stone-
crop, a quantity of the latter hanging over
,j ^ the house was a little garden, the
pride of Freddie's father; and he was never
more happy than when he was allowed to
weed it while his father planted some choice
flowers. And the gravel path, bordered
A I. i vi with cockle shells,
Stunning from the
porch to the little green gate which opened
into the street, was always in order,
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M'. ,' did not care much about
going to school, although his school-
mistress was very kind. But she never
thought of hearing the children's lessons
without a long cane by her side, though she
very seldom used it.
Swas sometimes very
l mischievous and would hide her
spectacles, and so cause her to waste a great
deal of time in looking for them before
lessons could begin, but when they were
once over, no one was more pleased than
Preddie to help her water her flowers.
Sn-I\wallflo\wers, geraniums and
.1 sf fuchsias were a sight to see.
", one morning3F instead of going to
r school in good time, he stayed playing
marbles, first with one boy and then with
^W l was a small river full of
minnows and tadpoles which he
could not pass without putting down
his books and slate, and catching some of
the fish in his hands. He put them in his
hat, as he had nothing else with him that
would do, and tried to carry them home.
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,J he said to himself, "Won't
Tommy Jones like to have some."
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just then he saw an eel, and
taking off his shoes and stockings
went into the stream without a thought of
where he was going, until by-and-by he
found himself some distance from where
he had started; for the eel was not to be
caught so easily.
q X-" began to get frightened, for he
'. had heard his father say that
Sthe current was very strong, and if
he went too near the waterfall he would be
drowned; but after a little while he
scrambled out and ran along the bank
dripping wet. "What will mother say ?" he
thought. However, he gathered tip his
things and ran home, and he would have
had a severe punishment, but he acknow-
ledged his fault, and his mother let him off
with a good scolding.
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gthe next morning a great dis-
appointment awaited him, for the
good Rector had been to the school and
promised to take all who were there to the
seaside in large waggons, which were to be
lent by Farmer Brown and Farmer Green,
and as Freddie
was absent that ___
day, he was -
not included 'NT-'- "
in the invita- i
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.morning came for the treat, and.
the school children in their best hats
and bonnets went two and two to where the
waggons were waiting for them, while the
Rector and Schoolmistress chatted about
thetime when they were young.
iD were soon filled, smack
went the whips and off they started.
behind them went the Rector
and Schoolmistress in a gig drawn by
a very shaggy pony, and as pleased as were
^KJj I how bitterly he
i ''z cried He w'as very miserable, for he
had no one to play with. The village
seemed deserted. No
children were to be
seen, except the
little ones in their
mothers arms, as i jl) '
the villagers talked /
about the kindness
of the Rector.
started off for a walk by
t himself and took his kite with him. He
peeped into the hedges for birds' nests, and
in a bank he found one belonging to a robin,
in which the little family were waiting with
open mouths for the return of their mother,
and on looking up he saw the old bird
with a caterpillar in her mouth anxiously
watching him and trembling lest he should
carry her nest away. But this, of course,
he did not do, but left it undisturbed, and
the mother was soon feeding her little ones.
the following Monday he was
the first to be at school, and his
schoolfellows gave him a glowing
description of all the big ships they had
And he was more diligent in future, and
took care never to play truant again, so that
he might always be a good boy, and, when-
ever his schoolmates went for a treat, go
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