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Title: A Christmas at school
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Title: A Christmas at school
Physical Description: 46 p. : ill. ; 16 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Dodd, Mead & Company ( Publisher )
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Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: c1882
Subject: Christmas -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
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A CP ki:;T i\.-S AT SCHOOL.

T was the night before Christmas and at
SHartley School the term was over, and
the boys had gone home for the holidays.
But not all. Tom Jackson could not go, for
his sister Lizzie had the scarlet fever, and
his father was afraid he might take it. Rob
and Jack Hazard lived in Charleston, and
Ned Wood's father and mother had gone
to En l.l !i and the house was shut up, so
that he had nowhere to go. It won't be
at all like Christmas," said Ned, as he sat
on the side of his bed, half undressed, I
think it's pretty hard on a fellow," and he
rubbed his arm across his eyes.
The same idea seemed to be in Doctor


Hope's mind, for as he was sitting by the
fire, he said, I am afraid it will be a dull
Christmas for the boys. What can we do
for them ? "
Why not have a magic lantern ? said
Mrs. Hope.
The idea seemed a good one, and it was
carried out. The boys knew nothing of it,
but after the Christmas dinner was over,
and it was a very good one, Dr. Hope said
"Come into the parlor, boys."
So they followed him in. The room
was quite dark, for the curtains had been
drawn, and across it hung a sheet.
"What's up?" said Rob Hazard in a
low tone to Tom Jackson.
I know," said Ned Wood, we're go-
ing to have a magic lantern, isn't that jolly ?
Let's sit down."
They had hardly taken their seats, be-

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fore a picture stood out on the sheet.
" What's that about?" said Tom.
"That is one of the Russian cavalry,"
said Dr. Hope. He is out on a scouting
expedition. The telegraph is one which is
used by his enemies, the Turks, and to give
them trouble, it is broken. These cavalry
men are very quick, in their movements.
They can charge upon some weak post of
their foe, capture and destroy it, and in an
hour be miles away. The next scene is in
war time, too. This is one of the foot sol-
diers. He is in the trenches which are on
their outer line, close to the foe. It is a
position of great danger, for it is here that
the shells strike. These men have dug a
hole in the bank for a safety, and you can
see one of them lying in it asleep. His
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Here now is quite a different style of
picture. A boy sits in his wagon, to which
he has harnessed a pair of goats. I hope
he has them in better training than I had
mine when a boy. I had trained my goat
in a large vacant lot next to my father's
house in Boston, but had never taken him
on to the street. He had been teased a
good deal, and whenever he had a chance
would butt. As we were going along the
sidewalk, he saw a policeman walking on
a little before him. What it was that pro-
voked him, I do not know, but he made
such a sudden plunge forward that I went
backward out of the wagon on to the ground.
The poor policeman fared no better, for
the goat struck him so suddenly from behind
that he went right down on his knees. He
was very angry, though the people about
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But I gave up taking the goat out on the
Now," went on the doctor, let us take
a journey to a distant country, and imagine
Ourselves in a town in upper Egypt. What
a strange place we find it. Here comes
toward us a woman riding on a donkey. A
great wrap and scarf cover her so completely
that nothing of her face can be seen but
her eyes, and if she should see us looking
at her, she would pull her clothes so as to
cover even those. It is the custom of the
country. A woman would think it a great
disgrace to have her face seen by any man
besides her father or her husband. Indeed,
they keep almost entirely inside of their
houses. This would seem very hard to us,
but their dwellings cover a great deal of
ground, and in the centre is an open space
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times a fountain plays, so that plenty of
fresh air can be had without going into the
After the lady comes a water carrier.
The great skin on his back is filled with
water, and through a small opening he
squirts a small jet back and forth to keep
the dust down in the street. Others of
his trade carry a small cup and sell water
to those athirst for a small coin.
Water is precious at certain seasons in
Egypt, for there it almost never rains. The
sky is blue and cloudless, and the sun
shines steadily on, day after day. The peo-
ple often sleep on the flat roofs of their
houses. So if we, being tired and warm,
should stop at a coffee house to rest, we
should very likely find that it consisted
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benches would be seated some grave look-
ing men ;n turbans and loose robes, and on
the floor about, numbers of peasants would
be seated cross-legged. Each man would
probably have in one hand a cup of coffee
and in the other, a long pipe. The coffee
they bring us is a thick, muddy liquid, and
has in it neither sugar nor milk. They
would not know what to think of us, if we
should ask for milk, for they never heard of
its being used in coffee, and an order for
sugar would throw the proprietor into great
confusion. He would probably have to
send to the market for a lump. But
though it has no sugar and milk, the coffee
is very fragrant, for the berry is crushed,
instead of being ground.
If we could only pull off the turbans of
these solemn looking men we should see a
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hair grow all over his head for fear of being
taken for a Christian, which he would
think a great disgrace. So each man
shaves the whole or such parts of his head
as he may fancy. One may have the top
bare and the back covered. Another may
have a scalp lock like an Indian, and Wtill
another two heavy horns growing just
above his forehead.
"But we have had enough of Egypt, so
let us start on a homeward journey. We
must stop, though, for a time in the city of
Venice. What think you of a city where
the streets are all water, and instead of
carts and horses, boats go to and fro ?
Such a city is Venice. The place where it
stands was once nearly covered with water,
and piles had to be driven in order to
make a firm foundation on which to build
the houses. If we wish to go about we




take a gondola, a light boat such as you
see in the foreground of the picture, with
an awning over part of it. A man takes
his stand at each end with a long pole, with
which, for the water is not very deep, he
pushes us along. Fine buildings are about
us on all sides, and at night the lights mov-
ing to and fro and the splashing of the oars
make quite a pretty effect. Venice might
well,take a fortnight's time, but as we are
on our homeward journey we must leave it.
So we will travel northward. We pass
through many strange lands-see many
new sights as we fly on in the railway cars,
but we cannot stop to look at them closely
for we are in haste. At last we are in
France-at the English Channel. We go
on board a small steamer, and soon we are
in England, and a few hours' ride brings us
to London, the largest city in the world.

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Now we have a couple of pictures of
bears taken in the Zoological Gardens in
London. Any boy would be only too
happy to visit these gardens, for there one
can see almost all the animals that live in
any part of the world. In one place you
will see all kinds of birds, and in another
there is a great room full of horrid snakes.
Then there are all kinds of strange beasts.
The day I was there was in Summer and it
was very warm. In a great iron cage was
an enormous white polar bear. He was
very miserable, for his thick coat was
meant for a very cold country, and he was
almost roasted with the heat. Large lumps
of ice lay about the floor, but they did not
seem to cool off the air at all.
But the bears that our picture shows
were having a very good time. They did
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large enclosure surrounded by a high steep
wall so that they could not get out. In its
centre was a post fitted with pegs, and up
and down this the young ones crawled.
When they were tired of it they would tum-
ble over one another on the ground. Their
mother was too old for these gambols, etc.,
and she lay on her back, looking up quietly
at the people who were about the railing
gazing down at her. Every little while some
boy or girl would throw her down a bun,
and she had grown very expert, for she
always caught them in her mouth. The
bears were great favorites and there was
always a crowd about them.
There are many very strange sights to
be seen in the London streets. Bands of
gymnasts go about. They will climb up
on each other's shoulders and put them-
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Then there are the Funch and Judy shows.
A little dog acts in these and once, after
one had got through his part, he walked
into the house where I was taking my din.
nei and paid me quite a visit. He helped
me eat the dinner, too.
Then there are the men with trained
monkeys. They carry around a light
stand on which the poor animal sits while
performing. He beats a banjo and has a
small gun with which he can go through
the drill. At last he takes aim and fires it.
I saw a monkey of this kind once who rode
on the back of a trained dog, but neither
he nor the dog seemed to like it much.
Now let us have some American pic-
tures," said Dr. Hope. "Who can tell
what this is ?"
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tion. I think it is the fight at Concord
That is right," said Dr. Hope. "You
know when the British went out from Bos-
ton the day of the fight at Lexington, they
went to destroy some stores at Concord.
The people had heard of their coming and
had removed them to a place of safety.
"The lBrtish troops fired on the Americans
and several were killed. But, as you know,
it was an evil day for them. The news of
their doings spread far and wide and the
men of the country rose in anger. They
dropped their work and seized their guns.
They mounted their swift horses and gal-
loped to the field of battle. They could
not hope to face the foe in the open field,
but they fired at him from behind every
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full retreat, but the whole country was
roused. Every moment a ball came and
struck down some one. If the general in
Boston had not sent out a large force, not
one would ever have got back in safety.
As it was, three hundred out of the nine
hundred were killed. One of the officers
said before they set out that the Ameri-
cans would never dare to stand and meet
them, but they found out their mistake
very quickly, and it was a very weary and
worn out set of men that got back to Bos-
ton that night. You all know how the
whole country rose in arms when the news
of that day's work was spread through the
Here is one more American picture.
It is of Washington's troops crossing the
Delaware. Do you remember about it?
It was done on Cbrisfm nirht. The pat-

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riots then were very disheartened for
everything had been going against them.
Washington resolved on a bold and des-
perate move. He crossed the river in
boats though it was full of ice, and with
twenty-five hundred men fell on the Hes-
sians at Trenton. It was storming fiercely
and the men were keeping Christmas, little
thinking of the foe close at hand. The
cry to arms was raised, but too late. The
patriots captured three regiments and great
quantities of war material, and then re-
crossed the river in safety, taking their
prisoners with them. It was a great vic-
tory and was the turning point in the war
for the Americans were greatly encouraged
by it.
This next picture is quite different
from any we have had. It is of a balloon that
is coming down into the sea. It has almost

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reached the water, and the men in it are
waving their arms to a vessel near at hand
to come to their aid speedily. Did you
know that the first man who ever went up
in a balloon lost his life by coming down
into the ocean? He made many ascen-
sions safely, but at last he was blown out
to sea and drowned. There have been
many queer ascensions. Men have had a
horse put on to a platform under a balloon
and have gone up sitting on his back.
One man made a house out of wicker work
with five or six rooms in it, and then built
a great balloon to carry it up. He took
up a party of eight or ten people, one or
two ladies among them, and a quantity of
provisions. They expected to be up a
week, but some hing gave way so that they
had to come down in twelve hours. There
was such a high wind blowing that the







house was dragged through the tree tops
and the people in it quite badly in-
This strange bird is called a Jacana.
It grows in South America, and is also
found in Asia and Africa. If you look
closely you will notice the length of its
toes. These are so long that it can tread
on several leaves of the water plant at once,
and so is able to walk in places where an
ordinary bird would not think of going.
They are very brave in defending their
young and it is said will not hesitate to
attack a man in their behalf.
Our next scene is nearer home. This is
one of the Adirondack lakes. All around
it the hills rise high and are covered with
unbroken forest. Here is where the deer
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be heard. When it comes echoing through
the woods the buck raises his head and
breaks away into a gallop. He knows that
he will need all his speed and that his pur-
suer is tireless. If he can but reach water he
will plunge in it, for this will take no scent
by which the dog can trace his path. The
lake is perhaps many a mile away. On-
ward he goes and at last with panting
breath and foaming mouth, he treads
among the lily pads and swims out into
the deep water. The opposite bank is
reached and he is far away by the time the
dogs come to the lake's edge where he
entered. Their work is all for nothing for
the trail is lost and for to-day he is safe
The disappointed hunters who have lain in
wait at some spot in hopes of having a shot
at him as he went by, take their rifles and
trudge homeward. To-morrow they may
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Next, we have a picture of a hunter.
He is not content with such sport as is to
be found at home, but has gone to Abys-
synia, where such great game as elephants
and the hippopotamus are to be found. He
seems to have been successful, too, for'at
his feet are elephants' tusks, and the skin of
some beast that he has slain. The negroes
look on in admiration when they see how
much better execution he can do with his
rifle than they with their clumsy arrows.
They are glad to have him among them, for
every hippopotamus that he kills will feed
their families for several days.
We have only one more picture," said
Doctor Hope, "and then we will pull back
Sthe curtains and let in the light once more.
This is one that does not need explanation,
for every one has seen the common barn.

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So after the boys had looked at it a few
minutes, the door was opened and the
bright sunshine came in.
Wasn't it jolly?" said Rob Hazard.
Splendid," said Ned Wood," but I say
fellows, we could have an hour's skating
on the meadow before the sun sets."
All the meadow was a glittering sheet
of ice, smooth as glass. A slight thaw had
melted off all roughnesses, and then it had
frozen again. The skating was perfect,
so they all hurried out and had a fine time
till the sun had gone down behind the
hills, and then, as it was too dark to see any
more, they went up to the house. The
stage from the railway was just stopping at
the door, and the driver was just bringing
in three boxes. What a wild hurrah the
boys gave when they found that they were
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ards, and one each for Tom and Ned. In
them they found many a delightful surprise.
That evening, as they sat around the
fire, cracking nuts and eating apples, Doc-
tor Hope told them a very interesting story
about his own boyhood, and they enjoyed
it so much that when they went to bcd, Ned
said he had about as jolly a Christmas as a
fellow could expect.

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