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Title: How they found Pussy
Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 14 cm.
Language: English
Creator: H. L. Kilner & Co ( Publisher )
Publisher: H.L. Kilner & Co.
Place of Publication: Philadelphia
Publication Date: c1882
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Subject: Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Cats -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Animals -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Country life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Obedience -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1882
Genre: novel   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
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COPYRIGHT, 1882,









HOW THEY FOUND PUSSY.

YES, Pus-sy was lost, and the
heart of her lit-tle mis-tress was
quite brok-en.; for, when Mar-
gie came home from school with
Do-ra, her first thought was of
her cat, who gen-er-al-ly sat on
the win-dow sill, watch-ing for
her re-turn.
To-day, how-ev-er, there was
no one in Pus-sy's place; and
no one in the fam-i-ly could tell
,where she had gone,
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The chil-dren looked dis-con-
so-late-ly at the emp-ty win-dow
sill for a few min-utes, and then
the tears be-gan to roll down
Mar-gie's cheeks.
"Nev-er mind, Mar-gie," said
Do-ra sooth-ing-ly: "she is cer-
tain to come back. She would-
n't stay a-way from you and me
for the world, I am sure.
"I'll tell you what we will do,"
con-tin-ued Do-ra. "We will
take our sup-per in a bas-ket,
and go on a search for her.
Let's go right up-stairs and find
mam-ma, and see if we may."
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This de-light-ful plan made
Mar-gie dry her eyes at once;


















and the child-ren ran off to find
mam-ma, whom they dis-cov-
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ered look-ing o-ver some things
in a trunk.
She at once gave them per-
mis-sion to go, and told them to





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charge Ma-ri-a the cook to put
up a ver-y good sup-per for
them





Ma-ri-a was a ver-y pe-cul-iar
old wom-an. There nev-er was
a kind-er heart than the one
which beat in Ma-ri-a's fat














bod-y; but she had such a rough
way of speak-ing, that those who
were not used to her ways would
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have fled from her kitch-en in
ter-ror.
The chil-dren were quite fa-
mil-iar with her sharp tongue,
how-ev-er, and knew ver-y well
that she would do an-y thing in
the world for them.
After a great deal of grum-
bling, Ma-ri-a put up a ver-y
nice sup-per, e-ven go-ing so far
as to give them some of her
ver-y best grape jel-ly which she
al-ways saved for spe-cial oc-ca-
sions.
The chil-dren ate their din-ner;
and then, tak-ing their bas-ket,
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they start-ed off in search of the
miss-ing cat.
In the mean time I must tell
you where Pus-sy was. She had
one lit-tle kit-ten, of which she
was ver-y proud and fond. I
am sor-ry to say, this naugh-ty
Mit-tens (for that was its name)
was ver-y in-de-pend-ent and
way-ward, and would not sub-
mit to her moth-er.
"So Mrs. Pus-sy was of-ten
anx-ious a-bout her daugh-ter,
fear-ing that she would some
day get in-to trou-ble by her wil-
ful ways. On this par-tic-u-lar
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morn-ing, as she was walk-ing
in a dig-ni-fied man-ner down
the gar-den path, what should
she see but Mit-tens mov-ing
a-bout on the top of the house 1










Quite hor-ri-fied, she stopped,
and be-gan to call her with all
her might. Mit-tens sim-ply
looked at her moth-er.
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Mrs. Pus-sy was ver-y much
dis-pleased; and, run-ning back
in-to the house, she went up-
stairs, jumped on to the roof of










a shed, and so on up to the
house-top.
Be-ing, as she thought, sure
of her dis-o-be-di-ent child now,
she went qui-et-ly a-long, ex-pect-
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ing to pick up Mit-tens, and to
walk down-stairs with her. Mit,
tens saw her moth-er com-ing,
how-ev-er, with stern-ness in her
eye; and, think-ing her saf-est
course was flight, she turned
quick-ly, and dart-ed in-to a hole
too small for her moth-er to get
in-to.
In vain did Mrs. Pus-sy growl
and scold and miew. Mit-tens
would not move. So Mrs. Pus-
sy be-gan to coax. She purred,
and said in cat lan-guage, "Now
come, my lit-tle dar-ling, come'i
down with mam-ma: we'll have
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a nice play with a beau-ti-ful ball
I have left there; or per-haps
we can catch a nice, de-li-cious
mouse which will give us a feast,
-all of which would be far bet-









ter and pleas-ant-er than stay-ing
up here on this stu-pid roof."
But Mit-tens knew her moth-
er too well to be de-ceived by
an-y of her bland-ish-ments; for,
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though her voice was like hon-
ey, her eyes were like fire, and
Mit-tens thought she had bet-ter
keep still.
Then Mrs. Pus-sy crept slow-


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ly and soft-ly to her, hop-ing to
get near enough to give her a
box on the ear. Mit-tens watched
her care-ful-ly; and, just as her
moth-er was a-bout to spring,
off she went out of sight.
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Mrs. Pus-sy put her head in
the hole, and gazed all a-round
for her lost child; but no child
was to be seen, al-though the
poor old cat looked long and ear-
nest-ly.
But Mit-tens, hid-den in her
dark cor-ner, could see her moth-
er dis-tinct-ly; and no sooner
was she a-way from the en-trance
to the hole than out would pop
the little head.
If Mar-gie and Do-ra could
have seen all this, they would
have been saved a long walk;
but, if they had not tak-en the
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walk, some-thing else would not
have hap-pened, and this sto-ry
would nev-er have been told.
So, al-though Mrs. Pus-sy would












not say so, we are much o-bliged
to Mit-tens for be-ing so naugh-
ty on that Au-gust af-ter-noon.
We can-not de-ny, how-ev-er, that
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Mit-tens was ver-y naugh-ty, and
quite deserved the box on the
ear which her moth-er was so
anx-ious to give her.
Mrs. Pus-sy was very much
heat-ed and quite dis-tressed by
all this ex-cite-ment, and for a
few min-utes she gave her-self
up to de-spair, and wept o-ver
the de-prav-i-ty of her child; but,
pres-ent-ly com-ing to the con-
clu-sion that it was of no use to
cry o-ver what could not be
helped, she dried her eyes, and
was pre-par-ing to go down-stairs
and leave Mit-tens to her fate,
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when it oc-curred to her that a
nap up there would be re-fresh-
ing. Ac-cord-ing-ly she looked
a-bout till she found a cor-ner
where she could curl her-self up,
tak-ing good care that it should
be, at the same time, in such a
po-si-tion that she could keep
one eye up-on Mit-tens' place of
re-treat. Mrs. Pus-sy, think-ing
her-self ver-y cun-ning in all
this, set-tled com-fort-a-bly and
went sound a-sleep.
In a few min-utes Mit-tens,
see-ing how mat-ters stood, crept
soft-ly out of her hole, jumped
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on-to the roof of the shed, ran
through the at-tic win-dow, then
down the stairs, where she en-
coun-tered Ma-ri-a, who was just
meas-ur-ing some milk which









she need-ed for her cook-ies.
Mit-tens looked up at her, and
gave a qui-et lit-tle "miew: so
Ma-ri-a poured some in-to a ba-
sin, and put it on the floor. So,
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you see, while Mrs. Pus-sy was
mak-ing all her plans to pounce
up-on her daugh-ter, that daugh-
ter was hav-ing a ver-y pleas-ant
time down-stairs, quite out of
her reach.
Sud-den-ly the nap was dis-
turbed by a noise di-rect-ly be-
hind; and jump-ing up, with her
back arched read-y for fight, Mrs.
Pus-sy saw a neigh-bor's cat look-
ing at her.
Quite re-lieved to see a friend,
Mrs. Pus-sy went off for a bit
of friend-ly gos-sip, for-get-ting
all a-bout Mit-tens.
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In the mean time the two lit-
tle girls had start-ed on their
walk, be-ing quite un-cer-tain in
what di-rec-tion to go first. Af-
ter talk-ing the mat-ter o-ver, it
was fi-nal-ly de-cid-ed to in-quire
at grand-mam-ma's be-fore go-
ing far-ther; for Pus-sy was
ver-y fond of that kind old lady.
They found her stand-ing in
the hall as they went in; and it
looked so cheer-ful and pleas-ant
in the old house that the chil-
dren de-cid-ed to re-main and
play a little while. Grand-mam-
ma told them they had bet-ter
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go out in the fields, as their pet
might be look-ing for birds to



















feast on. Af-ter stay-ing for a
lit-tle while, the chil-dren start-ed
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off a-gain. As they were a-bout
to climb a fence, they saw a
young girl walk-ing to-wards
them in a great hur-ry. She had
come out of the house with-out
an-y hat on, and seemed ver-y im-
pa-tient to see them. The chil-
dren wait-ed for her, and when she
came near e-nough she called,
Have you seen an-y thing of
my lit-tle sis-ters? They have
been miss-ing since morn-ing, and
we are all look-ing for them."
No," said Mar-gie; "but we
are look-ing for our Pus-sy. She
is lost too. If we find your sis-
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ters, we will bring them back





















with us. There is Min-nie Chase
in that next field. She is play-
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ing with her new goat. Let's
go and speak to her: she may
know some-thing a-bout them."
So the chil-dren ran on till
they came up with Min-nie.
They could not help stop-ping
to ad-mire the goat, it was so
soft and white and pret-ty.
In-deed, so in-ter-est-ed were
they, that they al-most for-got
a-bout Pus-sy and the chil-dren
both. But they sud-den-ly re-
mem-bered that they were be-
gin-ning to be hun-gry; and,
though they did not know what
hour it was, they were quite sure
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it was time to o-pen their bas-ket.
So, in-vit-ing Min-nie to join

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them, they seat-ed them-selves
upon the ground, and pro-ceed-
ed to spread out the tempt-ing
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things which Ma-ri-a had put up
for them. Sud-den-ly Min-nie
jumped up, ex-claim-ing,--
I know what I'll bring : wait
for me a min-ute."
So say-ing, she ran on for a
lit-tle dis-tance till she came to
a tree un-der which a wo-man
was sit-ting. The chil-dren saw
her stop to speak to the wo-
man; then she quick-ly re-turned,
bring-ing some-thing in her
a-pron.
When she was seated, the
children saw, to their de-light,
that her a-pron was full of deli-
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cious cher-ries, which were a
great ad-di-tion to their feast.
They sat there for a long time;














but, when ev-er-y thing was eat-
en, they de-cid-ed that they had
bet-ter con-tin-ue their search.






So, pick-ing up their bas-ket,
they start-ed on.
They had not gone far be-fore















they saw Mr. Reu-ben Brown
lean-ing a-gainst a fence.
How do you do, Mr. Brown ? "
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said Mar-gie. "Have you seen
an-y thing of my cat?"
"No," said Mr. Brown: "I am
look-ing for my dog; and, as he
is ver-y fond of chasing those
deer o-ver there, I came here to
look for him. So you've lost
your cat?"
"Yes: we are look-ing for a
cat and two chil-dren. Per-haps
we may find your dog too."
The chil-dren bade him good
af-ter-noon, and walked on. Pres-
ent-ly they came to a pleas-ant
look-ing house, in front of which
three ti-ny chil-dren were sit-ting.
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They had a large news-pa-per
up-side down, which they were
mak-ing be-lieve to read.


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They said they had lost their
pet crow, and were look-ing in
the news-pa-per for him.
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"Has our cat been here?"
said Mar-gie.
"No," said the eld-est lit-tle
girl: "no cat has been here."
"We are look-ing for a cat,
two chil-dren, and a dog; and
per-haps we may find your crow,"
said Mar-gie.
So the chil-dren walked on.
They were be-gin-ning to feel
ver-y tired, when they saw some-
thing white in the mid-dle of a
field not far off.
"I do believe those are the
chil-dren," said Do-ra: "let's go
and see."
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Do-ra was right. The chil-
dren were there. Lit-tle Em-i-ly
had fall-en a-sleep; but Ja-nie




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was look-ing anx-ious-ly a-bout,
won-der-ing how they were to
get home.
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They were glad e-nough to see
Do-ra and Mar-gie, and start-ed
at once with them. It was de-









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cid-ed, that, as the chil-dren were
found, they had bet-ter turn their
fa-ces home-ward; but they took
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a dif-fer-ent road from the one
they came o-ver. It was well
they did so; for hard-ly had they
walked a quar-ter of a mile when
they saw, march-ing sol-emn-ly
in front of them, three crows.
As the chil-dren ran up to-
wards them, the two birds who
were. in front start-ed up with a
"whirr" and a "caw," and flew
a-way in-to a tree. The last one,
how-ev-er, on-ly turned a-round,
and looked at the chil-dren.
I do be-lieve that is Dick,
the crow those chil-dren lost,'
said Do-ra.





She was right. As soon as
they called him by name, up he
start-ed in de-light; and, fly-ing
up to the lit-tle girl's shoul-der,
he set-tied him-self there quite
com-fort-a-bly.
The chil-dren could not help
laugh-ing, but Dick kept a per-
fect-ly sol-emn face.
"Oh, I am so thirst-y!" said-
Mar-gie: "let's go o-ver to that
house, and get a drink."
Just as she o-pened the gate,
what should she see but Tow-
ser, the ver-y dog which Mr.
Brown had lost! He was pull-
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ing the dress of a woman who
was walk-ing through the yard.






















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most for-get-ting what she had
come for, "isn't that Mr. Brown's
dog Tow-ser ?"
"Yes," said the woman: "he
used to live here, and he comes
o-ver ev-er-y now and then to
see Bob-bie. Bob-bie was just
go-ing to take him home."
Mar-gie got her drink, and
then start-ed with Bob-bie and
Tow-ser.
Do-ra and Mar-gie told the
chil-dren how they two had
start-ed off to find their cat, and
how they were re-turn-ing with
three children, a crow, and a dog.
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"Let's go in a pro-ces-sion,"
said Bob-bie. So say-ing, he
fas-tened his hand-ker-chief to a

















stick, and strut-ted on with Em-
i-ly and Janie, sing-ing March-
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ing A-long" at the top of his
voice. Be-hind them walked
Do-ra with the crow on her
shoul-der; and, be-hind her, Mar-
gie with Tow-ser.
Ev-er-y one is here ex-cept-
ing Pus-sy," said Mar-gie sor-
row-ful-ly, "the ver-y one we
went to look for."
The pro-ces-sion made quite a
sen-sa-tion as it passed up the
vil-lage street.
Tow-ser caught a glimpse of
his pan of bones as he passed
the yard of his house, and left
with-out say-ing good-by. Mrs.
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Joy spied Em-i-ly and Ja-nie
from her win-dow; and, rush-ing




















in-to the street, she caught them
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in her arms, and car-ried them
off. The crow, tired of his ride
on Do-ra's shoul-der, flew off to
his home, which was near by;
and Do-ra and Mar-gie walked
up to their house. Im-ag-ine
their sur-prise to find Pus-sy sit-
ting qui-et-ly in the win-dow!
"We have had a pleas-ant
walk an-y-how," said Do-ra; "and
we've found lots of lost things."
"Yes," said Mar-gie; "and I'm
as hun-gry as a bear."
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