Domestic animals


Material Information

Domestic animals
Series Title:
Bird and animal series
Physical Description:
12 p. : ;
McLoughlin Bros., inc ( Publisher )
McLoughlin Bros
Place of Publication:
New York
Publication Date:


Subjects / Keywords:
Animals -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1886
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- New York -- New York


General Note:
Cover title.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

Record Information

Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management:
All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier:
aleph - 001746426
oclc - 26325445
notis - AJF9220
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MRSi CAT lived in a large house of as I am of oysters! Me-a-ow! I
where she was much thought of. She don't want to steal-but it is cruel to
roamed all over the house during the tempt me in this way! Me-a-ow!"
day-time-"up-stairs, down-stairs and in So Muff had a good fat oyster given
my lady's chamber "-and knew just to her, and the cook praised her, and
where to find the softest cushions, and said she was the best Cat that ever lived.
the snuggest corners to lie down in. After a while Muff had three little
At night she was shut in the kitchen, kittens, one pure white, and the others
where she slept with one eye open. dark gray, and it was fun to see her
Her fur coat was streaked like a young frolic and play with them. And, oh!
tiger's, and at times she would flash a how she would box their ears, and spit
green and yellow light from her eyes, at them when they would not mind, and
that made her look like a fierce and were very naughty!
savage beast; but she was really a Sometimes Muff would sit and purr,
very gentle creature. Her pet name with PINKY, Posy, and BLANCHE nest-
was "Muff," and when she was called ling closely up to her, and listening
she would answer Me-e-ow! as with all their ears to the stories she was
nicely as any one. telling of the brave deeds she did
Muff had a good temper, and always when she was young.
meant to do just what was right. If But you should have seen Muff chase
she did wrong it was because she knew a mouse or a rat! That was what
no better; for she was only a Cat. She she was kept in the kitchen for, and she
was very fond of oysters, and one day knew it. No other mouse or rat-trap
the cook went out of the room and left was needed. And, oh, how the kittens
some fine large oysters spread out on a watched her, and waited for their por-
board. She was going to fry them, tion! And how often they dreamed of
and had forgotten that Muff was any- catching mice themselves, and being
where around. When she came back highly praised for it! Mrs. Cat is very
there was Muff clawing away at the leg proud of her kittens, and has taught
of the table on which the oysters were, them so many nice little ways, that they
(not one of which she had touched,) are sure to do her great credit when
and saying as plainly as cat ever spoke: they are grown up.
" I wish you would not leave me alone Kittens that are petted too much
in the room with anything I am so fond never become very great mousers.

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CARLO is the name of a splendid Did you ever hear of such a knowing
Newfoundland dog, that lives in the dog?
country, and has a nice large kennel to One morning Carlo's master said,
sleep in. He is an excellent watch-dog, partly to himself, I must have left my
and allows no one to come near his mas- cane at Mr. Carter's, last evening. I
ter's house who has no business there, don't see anything of it, and can't imag-
He seems to know friends from foes, ine where else it can be." Carlo was on
and understands every word that any the piazza, by the hall-door, and imme-
one says in his hearing, diately got up and darted off in the
One summer Carlo's master and mis- direction of Mr. Carter's. Arrived there,
tress went away on a visit, and as the he went around the house, and, finding
house was to be closed, the dog was no door open, barked loudly to be let in.
left with a friend, a Mr. Raynor, who "Why, that's Carlo!" said Mr. Carter.
lived about four miles off. Here he "What can he want?" Carlo pushed
was well-fed, and petted, and seemed by as the door swung open, made his
to be quite contented. One day, at the way into the sitting-room, seized his
end of a few weeks, Mr. Raynor told master's cane, and trotted off home with
his wife that he had heard that Carlo's it as fast as he could go.
master would be at home that evening. To cool himself off he plunged into a
Carlo heard the remark, and wagged small stream that ran near his home,
his tail with delight. After dinner he but was careful not to let go of the cane,
disappeared, and no one knew what had which he held tightly in his mouth.
become of him. The Raynors hunted His master was wonderfully pleased
for him high and low, and were in great when Carlo presented him with the
fear that some accident had happened missing cane, and called him good
to him. They made up their minds dog," "noble fellow," and made Carlo
that they would go to the cars and meet feel so proud that he nearly wagged his
Carlo's master and mistress, and tell tail off. Carlo can do an errand as
them what had taken place, and then nicely as any one, and more than once
drive all around the village in search of has saved his master's little boy from
the missing dog. drowning. That is why he is thought
When the Raynors drove up to the so much of, and he is so intelligent that
station, there sat Carlo, as large as life, he seems almost human.
waiting for the train! Good, faithful, Carlo!

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LADY B., was a magnificent crea- were out together there was a sound of
ture, and had won much praise, and rushing wheels and along came a light
was known far and near as the queen wagon drawn by a coal-black steed.
of the race-track. As they went by Lady B., gave a snort
Lady B., came of a fine breed of and a whinny, as much as to say, "A
horses; her sire and dam, as a horse's pretty good gait! I'm proud of my
father and mother are called, were both son! "; and her driver looking over his
famous in their day, and she felt a pride shoulder exclaimed, "Why, I believe
in showing off her own powers, and in that was the Black Prince there is so
training her young colts to use their much talk about!" and it was.
limbs as gracefully as she did. Horses are very useful to man and
Away over the fields she and the ought always to be kindly treated.
Black Prince would scour; the whistle Boys should never play tricks on them,
from a passing engine making the colt or scare them in any way, for this
prick up his ears and tail, and fly as makes them skittish and unsafe to ride
fast as his small legs could carry him. or drive, and many first-rate horses
It was splendid exercise, and kept both have been spoiled by being teased and
Lady B., and her colt in good health; tormented by thoughtless young folks.
and every day the Black Prince grew
taller, and stronger, and people came
from far and near to admire the prom-
ising young creature. The doctor's horse was a light sorrel,
There came a time when Lady B. with here and there a splash of white.
was of no use on the race-track. And It was known by everybody in the vil-
then what became of her ? Was she lage, and was a patient and trustworthy
harnessed to a coal-cart, or a street car ? animal. Many and many a dark night
Oh, no indeed! That would have been had Dobbin been driven at break-neck
too degrading. Her owner gave her to speed over the rough roads, and down
a friend, who is very fond of her and the long lanes of the country village;
sees that she has the best of care. and many a long hour had he patiently
Sometimes he drives her through the stood, waiting for his master to come
Park before a light wagon, but never out and take the homeward track.
urges her to go at her full speed, for The doctor had a little daughter,
she is getting old Once when they named Helen. She was seven years


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old, and a very delicate little creature. As the runaway drew near the vil-
Helen loved dearly to sit beside her lage, the blacksmith ran out of his
papa in the light wagon, or buggy, as shop, saw what was the matter, and
it is called, and was very happy when planting himself in the middle of the
allowed to take the reins in her own road seized the doctor's horse by the
hands, head and brought him to a full stop.
One day the doctor had a call to And what of little Helen? You will
make, about two miles from his own think, of course, that she was scared
home, and as it was a bright day he almost to death, and had a good cry
told Helen she might go along for when she found she was safe. Not at
company. And good company she all. She seemed to think it was all
was too. Well, they jogged along right, and showed not the least sign of
nicely together, and when they reached fear; but the doctor made up his mind
the house where the sick person was, not to trust his little girl alone in a
the doctor got out and left Helen in the buggy again behind any kind of a
buggy, with Dobbin's nose pointed to- horse. Dobbin is in disgrace now, and
ward home. Something must have goes along with his head down, as if he
ailed the horse that day, for hardly had knew the folks were pointing at him
the doctor entered the gate when the and saying, "That's the doctor's horse!
animal stretched its neck and started off Yes, that's the one that ran away with
down the road. little H-elen. Wasn't it a shame ? She
The doctor screamed to Helen, "Hold might have been killed!" And Dobbin
on to the reins, and stick to the bug- looks both ashamed and sorry.
gy!" as he saw the horse dash ahead
with his precious child, and felt himself BUCEPHALUS.
powerless to save her. Away! away! There was once a great king who
as fast as he could gallop, went Dobbin was fond of fine horses, and fond of
over the rail-road track, and past the going to war. This king's name was
cross-roads, raising such a dust that Philip, and he had a young son named
people ran to their windows to see what Alexander.
was the matter. Alexander was a brave boy, and wise
"Oh, its the doctor's horse!" they beyond his years. He had a strong
said, and wondered who could be so desire to do great things, and did not
sick that he had to travel at that rate of act like a child at all. When great
speed. men arrived during his father's absence,


Alexander would receive them, and was "If you should not be able to ride
so polite, and showed such good sense, him, what forfeit will you pay for your
that they were all amazed, and knew not rashness ? "
which to envy most, the father or the son. "I will pay the price of the horse,"
When word was brought that Philip was Alexander's reply.
had won a great battle, instead of being At this all the company laughed;
filled with joy, the young prince would but the king, agreeing to the bargain,
grieve, and say to his companions, Alexander ran to the horse, and laying
" My father will leave no great deeds hold of the bridle turned his face toward
for you and me to do!" the sun. He had noticed, it seems, that
One day a horse, named Bucephalus, the horse was greatly disturbed by his
was offered for sale to King Philip, and own shadow, which kept moving as he
he and the prince went out in the field moved.
to see him. The horse seemed to have While his fierceness and fury lasted,
a violent temper, and would allow no the young prince softly spoke to him
one to mount him or come near him. and stroked him, then gently dropped
He would turn fiercely on the grooms his mantle and leaped lightly on his
when they spoke to him, and showed back, where he was soon seated firmly
so many vicious traits, that Philip was and safely. Then, without pulling the
quite displeased at their bringing him reins too hard or using either whip
such a wild horse that no one could or spur, he set Bucephalus a-going.
manage. Take him away," said the Finding that he wanted only to run he
king "I have no use for him." put him at a full gallop and urged him
Alexander, who had been looking on, on with voice and spur.
said with a sigh, "What a splendid Philip and all the court were in great
horse they are losing for want of skill distress at first, and feared the young
and spirit to manage him! '" prince would be killed, but when Alex-
Philip at first took no notice of his ander turned the horse and brought
son's remark, but as the prince kept re- him back to the place he started from,
eating it, he said, "Young man, you they all received him with great ap-
find fault with your elders as if you plause. The king wept for joy, and
knew more than they, or could manage kissing him said, Seek another king-
the horse better." dom, my son! * Macedonia is too
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DAISY was a pet Cow, and so kind intruder with a world of meaning in her
and gentle that any one could milk her. eyes. It seemed as if she said, "You
She was never known to kick over the had better keep away if you don't want
pail but once, and that was in fly-time, to be tossed up in the air. That is what
and no one had the heart to blame her. these horns are for."
And such rich milk as she gave! And When Bossy had to be taken away
so much of it! Why, all the sick babies from her mother, Daisy moaned for
were fed on it, and old Mrs. Dean had several days and nights, and was very
to have a glass of it every morning, and unhappy; but after awhile she became
all the farmers round-about wished they used to it, and was the same gentle,
had half a dozen cows just like Daisy. motherly Cow she had always been.
When the other cows were turned out She was such a proud Cow, however,
to pasture they would eat anything that that unless she could go first into the
came in their way-onions, turnips, and yard she would not go at all, but would
sometimes, bitter weeds-while Daisy turn away and sulk outside. Once or
would pick and choose, and nibble only twice the rest of the cows got ahead of
the tender grass and bits of clover, and her, and when the maid undertook to
carrot tops, and such food as she knew drive Daisy in, she held back and,
would give her milk a nice sweet taste. though not ugly, was very firm. Then
Daisy had always had the best of the other cows were driven out, and
care, and the best of food, and nice fresh Daisy walked in with a stately air,
water with which to quench her thirst. while the rest meekly followed in her
In the summer she roamed about the train. To save time and trouble Daisy
large green fields, and in the winter she was ever afterwards allowed to take the
had a warm barn to stay in, and a soft lead, and it was quite amusing to watch
clean bed of hay to sleep on. Oh, she her and her companions.
knew when she was well off! Some cows give richer milk than
You should have seen how proud others, even though they may be fed
Daisy was when she had a little Calf of from the same pasture. They should
her own. And so jealous! Just like a always be treated kindly, and never
hen with one chicken If any one came teased or tormented in any way. It is
near, Bossy would run straight to her a pretty sight to see them feeding on
mother, and Daisy would stretch her the grassy plains, or lying under the
head over Bossy's back and gaze at the shade of the wide-spreading trees.

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A BABY SHEEP is called a Lamb. A if one should fall into a ditch the rest
baby Goat is called a Kid. Did you would be sure to follow. That is why
ever have a pet lamb to play with? they need a shepherd to guide them.
Jennie did. It was the dearest little A large flock of sheep was being driv-
thing you ever saw. Its fleece was en through a village, when it met about
white and soft, and it followed Jennie a dozen coming the other way. The
wherever she went, and cried "Ba-a-a!" drivers of the small flock drove their
whenever it lost sight of her. Jennie few sheep to one side of the road, and
made a great pet of it all summer long. stood around them until the large flock
It had a big bow of blue ribbon on its should have passed, One of them,
neck, and was really a very pretty play- however, forced its way between the
mate. She cried at parting with the legs of the men, and sprang into the
lamb when she had to return to the city, midst of the other flock, in which it
and begged her father and mother to seemed completely lost. The drivers
let her bring it home, and keep it in her ran to and fro, and tried in every way
own room. to get back their sheep, but at last
This could not be thought of, and the were so worn out that they had to give
parting between Jennie and her pet up the chase. The head driver of the
was a very sad one. The next summer, large flock gave the word to his dog,
when the little girl went to the farm, and he soon singled out the runaway,
hr first question was, Where is my seized it by the loose skin of the neck,
lamb?" and she was quite disappointed bore it to the ground, and held it fast
that her woolly friend had not run up until the drivers came up and secured it.
to meet her. Alas! her pet lamb had God made the sheep to furnish man
become an old sheep, and had forgotten with food. The flesh of the young is
all about the little girl. called lamb; that of the old mutton,
Perhaps it was just as well, for it Goats love to roam about the rocks,
would have made Jennie's heart ache and to stand on high places. They will
worse than it did when she saw Peter also run nicely in harness, and are very
driving a flock of sheep to market, had fond of the company of horses. The
she known that her pet was on its way flesh of goats, or kids, is seldom eaten;
to be killed, but goat's milk is much used, and is
Sheep are so very heedless that they thought to be the best kind of food for
cannot be trusted in places of danger, for sick folks and young children.

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PIGS do nothing but eat and sleep. Sometimes there would be a great
It is no wonder they get so fat that they noise in the poultry-yard, and the hens
almost burst their skins, and can hardly and chickens would fly around, and flut-
waddle about on their short legs. er their wings, and squawk! squawk!
A bird that had its house near the squawk! ever so loudly. If one of the
straw-stack, made it known all over the hens laid an egg she made as great a
farm-yard that there was to be a great fuss as if she thought no other hen was
Fair, where prizes were to be given; this quite so smart. And the turkeys said,
had set the Pigs and Poultry by the ears. Gobble gobble gobble You
"We are admired for our size," said ought to see our eggs I" And the
one pig to another, "so let us eat all we geese and ducks clapped their yellow
can, and make hogs of ourselves." And bills and laughed with scorn. They
they got so fat they could hardly see out knew where there were eggs three or
of their eyes. four times as large as could be found
"There is no bird equal to me!" said in any hen's nest. Dear me, yes! But
the turkey-gobbler, as he spread his tail folks did not seem to care much about
and strutted up and down till he was eating them; they had such a strong
purple in the face. taste.
"No, indeed," said the hen-turkey, The poultry liked to keep on good
stepping gingerly beside him. "Your terms with the pigs, as they often seized
feathers shine like satin, and you have nice tid-bits out of the trough from
the air of an emperor." which the latter were fed, and in this way
"Tut! tut!" says an old hen. "Just grew fat and were in fine feather.
look at old fuss-and-feathers!" At this Well, the Fair was a great success,
Chanticleer crowed in fine style, and and there were a number of prizes given
spread his tail feathers so that they out, but none of these received any;
looked like warriors' plumes, for there were bigger Pigs there, more
Along the road came a flock of geese, wonderful turkeys, larger roosters and
in single file, and they had something hens, and more remarkable geese. And
to say in their own praise. They were oh, dear me! what a blow it was to their
white, and plump, and well-behaved; pride to find out that there were others
and that was more than could be said in the world much more grand than
of the turkeys, the hens and roosters, or they could ever hope to be! Cluckl
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