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A SMALL BOY
ILL US TRA TED.
DODD, MEAD & COMPANY,
By DODD, MEAD & COMPANY.
PRESS OF RICHARD HANDY,
62 & 64 Duane St.,
"DEAR me!" said the small boy's
"LDEAR me!" said the small boy's
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sis-ter May, "there he is in mis-chief
Sure e-nough, Tot, as the small boy
was named, had his fin-ger deep in the
pick-le jar. It did not taste so well as
he ex-pect-ed, and he set up such a cry
that his mamma had to come at once
and pick him up. It took her a good
five min-utes to quiet the lit-tle man,
though she had his pet rag ba-by in
her hand. At length his sobs died
a-way, and his head be-gan to droop.
"Oh, good !" thought his mam-ma," he's
real-ly go-ing to sleep; now there will
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be some quiet." In a min-ute or two
he was off in dream-land. Then, as it
was a bright warm day, she laid him
down in his era-die out in the yard,
while she sat down to rest in a chair
"close at hand. But this was not to
last ve-ry long. In half an hour his
eyes o-pened, and not a min-ute more
would he stay in that cra-dle. Det
up !" he cried, and out he scram-bled.
He made such haste that he fell flat
on his face in the path, but that he
did not mind at all. In a mo-ment
he was on his feet a-gain look-ing
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a-round for some-thing to do.
Pon-to, the big black dog, came up
at once for a romp, and they played
with each oth-er in the grass for a long
time. But soon Tot grew tired, for
the dog was a lit-tle rough, and he
climbed up on the steps. Pon-to came
too, so Tot took up a stick and gave
him a good cut with it, and that soon
mad- him quiet. Then Tot sat down
on the step, and his mam-ma brought
him a slice of bread and but-ter, which
he ate with great pleas-ure. Pon-to
stood by, and ev-e-ry once in a while
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his mas-ter gave him a piece, which he
swal-lowed in no time. Just as the
last mouth-ful was gone, out came
grand-mam-ma with a nice lit-tle stick.
Tot got a-stride of it at once, and
played horse up and down the path.
But Pon-to want-ed no play in which
he could not share. He seized the
stick in his mouth and ran off with it,
and a long chase Tot had be-fore he
caught him and got it back.
The small boy had two grand-
mam-mas. One lived with him all the
time, but the oth-er lived ma-ny a mile
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a-way. Once he went to vis-it her.
and he could just re-mem-ber what a
kind old la-dy she was. They found
her sit-ting in the sun knit-ting, for it
was a warm day. Her hus-band was
a mil-ler, and close by was a cart filled
with bags of meal, while in the mill
there was a sound of grind-ing wheels,
and the air was filled with a cloud of
dust. Tot was tak en to the win-dow
at the back, where he could see the
mill wheel dash-ing a-round, while the
air was full of the spray of the white
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And who was the small boy's fa-
ther? IHe was a lum-bcr-man. All
the win-ter he was a-way from home.
With a gang of men he lived in the
woods ma-ny a long mile to the
north-ward. ill day long, while the
snow-flakes were com-ing stead-i-ly
down, the strokes of his axe might
have been heard, and once in a while
a great crash, as some huge tree that
he was cut-ting down, gave way un-deY
his blows and fell pros-trate. How
large it looked as it lay stretched
a-long at full length. But the small
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boy's fa-ther had seen so ma-ny just
like it that it was no new sight to
him. He would lay down his axe,
and one of the men would take hold
of a saw with him, and they would
cut the tree in-to lengths for load-ing
on the sleds. By this time, per-haps,
it would be night, and they would all
sit a-round the fire and eat their
sup-per, and then go to sleep in the
lig ca-bin they had built.
When morn-ing came, the sleds
drawn by ox-en would come with
oth-er men, and the great logs would
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be piled up on to it, and car-ried to
the edge of some fro-zen stream. Here,
tossed off on to the ice, they were
to lie till the warm spring sun melted
all the snow. Then, when the qui-et
brook turned in-to a wild rush-ing
tor-rent, all these logs would be
hur-ried on down the stream in-to
.some riv-er, and then down that till
they came to some saw-mill, where
they were to be cut up in-to boards.
But some-times on their way there
would come a jam, the logs would
,get caught in the stream, and would-
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pile up wild-ly, stop-ping all those
that were com-ing on be-hind. Then
Tot's fa-ther would have to run out
in the midst of the trou-ble with his
bill-hook and loos-en the jam, then
rush back to the shore for his life,
just as the logs, all set free, went
once more tear-ing on-ward. It was
hard work, and ma-ny times the small
boy's fa-ther made up his mind that
he would nev-er go again. But each
year he went just the same for all
that. It was Oc-to-ber when he left,
and before he came back it was May
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Tot re-mem-bered see-ing his mam-ma
stand-ing at the gate wait-ing with
his wee ba-by sis-ter Bess be-side
her, on the ev-en-ing she heard that
he was to be at home. And he
re-mem-bered how his pa-pa, when he
did come, tossed him up in his arms,
and said what a big boy he had
But now that we have told a-bout
Tot's fa-ther and his grand-mam-ma,
"we must go back to Tot him-self.
We left him play-ing horse with a
stick. All at once the wind blew a
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piece of pa-per o-ver the fence in-ta
the yard. Tot pranced af-ter it and
picked it up. It had a pic-ture on it,
and he said "Whoa !" to his horse, and
took it up to look. Pshaw !" he said
"noth-ing but an old tree," and he
threw it down a-gain. By and by he
grew tired of play-ing horse. Out
by the front gate there grew an ap-ple
tree, and a-gainst it lay a lad-der. ". I'll
climb up into that tree," said the small
boy to him-self, and up he went. I
sup-po::e his mam-ma would have
beenC fright-ened to death if shie l.;I
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seen such a small boy up a tree,
but noth-ing hap-pened to him.
" What lots I can see," said he.
"There is a girl draw-ing wa-ter at
the brook way down the road. I
wish my mam-ma would let me go
and play there.' He watched the
girl as she went down the street, but
she was soon out of sight. Be-
hind her came an old man lean-
ing on a stick, and with him a lit-tle
girl. The girl leaned down o-ver
the bridge, and let her hands play
in the wa-ter. But the old man called
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to her to come, and they were
soon out of sight, and so he
turned a-bout to see what he could
see else-where. A-cross the way, on a
fine lawn in front of a large house,
he spied two lit-tle girls. They were
walk-ing side by side, and had stopped
to look at a squir-rel who was on the
branch of an old tree. Tot won-dered
what their names were, and was just
on the point of call-ing out to ask
them, when a la-dy came out of the
house, and they ran to meet her, and
all went in-doors to-geth-er.
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Tot felt quite lone-ly af-ter they
had gone, for not a per-son was to be 1
seen; but all at once a girl came
down the street trund-ling her hoop
Just as she passed the house, she
stopped and leaned a-gainst a wall to
rest, for she was quite out of breath.
She watched some swal-lows, that were
fly-ing o-ver-head, for a short time,
then she felt fresh once more and on
Just as she went out of sight, Tot
heard some one speak. He looked
down, and there in the ve-ry next yard
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was a lit-tle girl deep in a big book.
She was just about his own age. Close
by her, on a bench, sat her mam-ma, and
it was her voice that Tot had heard.
She had just said, Come, Grace, it is
time to go in." So the lit-tle girl shut
up her book, and they both got up
and went in-to the house. A big cqt
walked a-long by their side blink-ing
sleep-i-ly, and the lit-tle girl held the
door o-pen for her to pass through,
and that was the last Tot saw of a-ny
After this, no one was to be seen for
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some time, and Tot had just a-bout
made up his mind to go down, when
he saw an old wo-man come out of a
house wittf a ta-ble. On it she put
some dish-es, and then she and an old
man sat down and be-gan to eat their
din-ner. The sight re-mind-ed Tot
that he was ve-ry hun-gry, and so he
made his way slow-ly down to the
ground and ran in-doors. There he
found his mam-ma ve-ry bu-sy get-ting
"Oh Tot," she cried, "why did you
not play five min-utes longer, then you
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would not have been in Ily way at
all. Here, jump up in-to the win-dow
seat and look at your pic-ture book,
and din-ner will be read-y in no time."
Tot took the book and turned o-ver
the pic-tures. He had seen them all
be-fore; the one of the boy and girl
at the sea-side he knew all a-bout,
so he did not find the book ve-ry
Can't I det down ?" he asked.
No! no !" said his mam-ma; "in
a few min-utes din-ner will be all
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My's wer-ry tired," said Tot; but
he turned o-ver the leaves of his book
a-gain. But noth-ing in it seemed to
meet his fancy. There was one pic-ture
of a boy and his two sis-ters who were
play-ing camp-ing out on the prai-rie
un-der an um-brel-la. They seemed
to be hav-ing a ve-ry good time, and
Tot wished he had a broth-er and sis-
ter to play with. But wish-ing did
no good, and so he went back once
more to the book. There was a
pic-ture of a girl who was stand-ing
on the sea-shore at night. The waves
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were dash-ing close to her, and the
moon was shin-ing on the wa-ter.
"That lit-tle girl ought to be in bed,"
said Tot, it's too late for her to be
Just then his mam-ma said that
din-ner was all on the ta-ble, and so
the small boy was marched off to have
his face and hands washed. What a
din-ner he ate His mam-ma said that
if he kept on at that rate there would
be a fam-ine. Well, at last his hun-ger
was appeased, and he got down from
his chair and ran--but where, I am
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not go-ing to tell you, for I do not
know my-self. And of what the small
boy did af-ter that morn-ing I know
on-ly one thing, and that was that he