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The Baldwin Library
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New York--THoMAs NELSON & SONS, 42, Bleecker Street.
London-S. W. PARTRIDGE:& CO, 9, Paternoster Row.
MENDING THE NETS.
Old Hobbs often sits here for
hours above the sea. He can no
longer go out with the fishing-
boats, as he is so old. But he can
mend the nets well for his daugh-
ter's husband, who has a boat of
his own. His wife has long been
dead, so he lives with his daughter
and her husband.
THE LONG STORY.
A stranger called in just now
on John Wilks, the cobbler, about
mending a pair of boots. John
dearly loves a good talk, so he is
telling him all about his own
past life. A strange tale it is, for
John has known many ups and
downs. The stranger is listening
A Turk, who had a slave, was
on board a ship. A rich and very
kind man was among the passen-
gers, and noticed how sad the
slave seemed to be. He talked to
him, and found that his mother
was dying, and he wanted to go
and see her. As the Turk was
willing to sell him, he bought him,
and set him free.
Papa has given John and me a
nice bit of garden. This fine
weather we are often at work
there. John is a good brother,
and does all the digging. I set
the seeds, and rake the beds. The
flowers are growing very nicely,
and some of them will soon be in
blossom. We must water them
before we have done, or they will
The sparrow is one of the most
common birds we have. He does
not sing at all, and his coat is
anything but a gay one. Yet
every one likes him, he seems so
social, so trustful. He makes
himself at home anywhere, and
does not seem to mind whether he
lives in the. country or the smoky
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Roger Ball is getting an old
man now, but there is some work
in him yet. He is hard at it
there with his bill-hook, cutting
the tall hedge into shape. That
is his grand-daughter Mary, who is
just bringing him his dinner. So
Roger will sit on the bank under
the hedge, and eat it.
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Mama has just come to look at
her two little pets, before she goes
to bed. They are fast asleep, for
the day has been hot, and she has
been taking them for a long walk.
They do not often go so far, and
they came back very tired. I dare
say they will sleep soundly, and
not wake up before daybreak.
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Jane is in trouble this morning,
for she thinks something is the
matter with her doll. She is
asking her sister Susan to look at
it. But Susan is busy just now,
learning her lesson for school. So
Jane must have patience, and wait
a little while. I dare say the case
is not urgent, or at all serious.
This is Master Bertie. His
mama has just given him a pencil
and a nice piece of drawing-paper.
So he has set dolly on a chair, and
is going to take a sketch of her.
I wonder if dolly knows what he
is going to do. If she could speak
I dare say she would tell him to
make her look nice.
Rosa's aunt has been ill a long
while, so Rosa is staying with her
to wait on her, Sometimes, when
she is tired of reading herself, Rosa
reads to her. And she can give
her aunt her medicine, and do
many little things for her. She
often takes her aunt's hand, and
asks her if she feels any better.
Richard is much amused this
morning. His mother has given
him a bowl of soap-suds, and a
pipe, and he is blowing bubbles.
How pretty they look, floating
away there, blue, red, yellow!
It is a pity they burst so soon, but
it cannot be helped. He wishes he
could keep one to show his sister,
when she comes home from school.
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