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THE TREASURE BOX.
The delightful day of days for us stylish invitations came from our dear
children was at hand-the day with friends in Courtland avenue, request-
the rejoicing sunshine and the stirring ing the pleasure of our company at a
grass, the bird-song and the laughing birthday party. The affair was to be
lilacs. Every May all these felicities attended with much elegance and for-
haunted the old, old house in the coun- mality.
try, where Grandmother lived; and O, dear, it couldn't be compared with
every May, we children, Clara, Charlie, the fun at Grandmother's house; with
Norrie and Ralph, went to spend a herself and Betty, and old Towser and
week with her. the kittens, with the garret, the pea-
O, I think there never was a Grand- cock, and Old Dan'l, the horse!
mother like ours. Our pranks made To Grandmother's we would go, and
her laugh till the tears came; and our we went. Wasn't she glad to see us ?
boisterous racing through sitting-room My little room had a round window
and kitchen, including the tumbling up in it, and there was a pink flush on the
and down the garret stairs, never seemed lace curtain in the morning, and I
to disturb her. looked, and a very old apple-tree had
We had a choice of two or three stretched its mossy bough across since
1'.: '-t things : There was the Park, last summer, and it was full of blossoms.
and for vacation nothing could be more I suspect there was a robin's nest some-
crowded with delights for any one that where in its green nooks, which should
hadn't a Grandmother. Then there be investigated further on.
were the menageries-Well! those ani- The yellow butterflies, the blue sky,
mals, and the wonderful stories told of the lazy stream that wound away under
them by their keepers, had been a the cedars and birches; the barn-yard,
round of pleasure, ever fresh and -all things in this enchanted world
exciting. contributed their share of supreme
But the elephant might smoke a pipe happiness, and we could think of but
,or dance a jig, and the goggle-eyed one place that we had not visited, and
parrot might put his book under his that was the garret.
wing, and trot off, saying,-" I'm going Up the old stairs we raced, and as I
to Sunday-school;" or the monkeys jumped upon its rough floor, I was
might perform on the banjoes, or play arrested in my frolic by the beautiful
base-ball by pitching the little monkeys pictures the windows at either end
from one to the other. These things revealed.
were within every day's possibility, but Out of that farther one could be seen
we had tired of them. a grove of pine trees that were really
We hesitated to go, only once, and at quite a distance, and they seemed
that for only half a day, when four to be so near; only a patch of buff sky
at one corner was seen, with a distant "Es, an' me too said Norrie, with
spire, and a hint of clover fields on an enthusiasm, as she remembered with
upland. pleasure her former style of locomotion.
The paths that ran between the trees We all "put our shoulders to the
seemed unreal and mysterious. A dim wheel," but, dear me, it wouldn't
company of blue mountains took up budge. With short breath and flushed
the other window; and from my place faces, we stood quite disappointed ; our
on the floor I could see a large bird go united strength went for so little.
sailing down out of sight. We concluded it was best to give it
A play-house had been made for us up for the present, as the supper bell
years ago, and every thing to which we rung its welcome call.
had taken an especial fancy had been Next afternoon we went about it in
put in here to adorn it. There were good earnest, and the sun was two
oddly-figured matting on the floor, hours high yet, when the spinning-
brown, worm-eaten blinds, and yellow wheel had been pushed just enough to
Indian curtains on the half-moon allow us to squeeze in.
window. It looked dark and uncanny in there,
A dresser was at the side whereon sure enough, but Charlie very bravely
we had placed every thing novel and got himself in first, and in a moment
beautiful that we had collected in our he had disappeared. What was our
searches. A striped chintz-covered surprise to hear him cry out and come
rocking-chair; a hobby-horse that had flying back, with white face, exclaiming:
lost his tail; a music-box that could be "There's an awful man in there! He
made to play by turning a handle, and opened his jaws when he saw me !"
emitted sounds that only the pride of This startled us, and we fled, drag-
ownership led any of us to endure. going Charlie with us. We rallied on
But, perfect as was our satisfaction, the landing, however, and questioned
there were times when we longed to Charlie, sharply ; but he told the same
investigate certain dark corners of the odd story, and nothing could induce
garret, that were filled with rubbish the frightened boy to go in again. We
and discarded furniture that had up to listened; all was still. We went up
this time been too heavy for us to softly, and approached the place, by
move. easy stages. There was nothing to
There was one place, withdrawn into terrify any one. Charlie could always
the shadows of the sloping roof, that tell big yarns.
especially forced itself upon our atten- Ralph and I were older and braver,
tion. and we determined to go in. It was a
We tip-toed round the great spinning- pretty tough squeeze to get by the
wheel that stood guard over this fairy spinning-wheel, and then a little dark
cavern; but there was no place at which lane led away down into the shadow,
we could enter; we stood baffled, but and right down at the end, where a
not in the least discouraged, beam of sunlight, that came through a
"I think, if that thing could be pulled knot-hole, struck the beam, leered a
out, we could see what was behind it," hideous face !
said Charlie. "Ralph," I said faintly, "I must go
Ia! ha! ha! That's a brilliant back."
idea," said Ralph. Then meditating a He caught hold of my dress, and the
moment, he said, with authority : blood flushed into his face, and he
"The only thing to do is to quietly stood, compelling me to remain. Itrem-
move that old concern a little, every bled so that I could hardly stand. That
once-in-a-while, and we can soon make one ray of sunshine cutting the gloom,
a place large enough to creep through." like a sword; that maniac face shining
in it; the shapes of lion's claws and with ribbons that had been blue once,
birds' beaks that became every mo- but now were sadly faded; a Noah's
ment more distinct as I looked, could ark, but a good many of the animals
not be endured another minute. But were missing; a box with a toy parlor
Ralph pulled me along with him. I set of furniture, some of which was
still think he wanted company, and badly broken; a real little brass shovel
was as much frightened as I. and tongs, and tiny bellows.
"Don't be a goose, Clara!" he said. Ralph hunted out an old, well-
"It hasn't moved a muscle since we've thumbed book, which proved to be
been here. Hooray! Mr. Goblin, just Robinson Crusoe. He turned to the
step down here, and be good company fly-leaf, and read:
"Dood tumpany!" screamed Norrie "THIs IS MY BOOK." This was fol-
on the outside. lowed by a cabalistic sign, and then the
Ralph dragged out a fishing-pole, and figure of a hunter was sketched, shoot-
gave the creature a poke. It fell, and he ing an owl on a tree very close by.
ran and picked up a mask. Putting it This made much merriment. But
Sup to his face, he made a deep bow and something having caught Ralph's eye,
said : "At your service, lady." in the story, he sat down, and was so
Nothing could keep the others out absorbed in reading, that he wouldn't
now, and we all laughed together, long come down to his supper, till it became
and loud. so dark, that he could no longer see.
We looked, and wondered at every These play-things once belonged to
thing in the gloom. The sights were our aunts and uncles, and Grandma
most satisfactory though, where the ray said she had been looking for that box
of light fell, and following it on its dusty for two or three years.
way down to the floor, it rested on a O, what an inexhaustible source of
queer-looking box, bound with tarnished delight it was And what a gorgeous
brass, on sides and corners. There was play-house we made with all it con-
something very fascinating in its ap- tainted!
pearance. We went back home, in such a state
That we must take out and examine," of unbounded cheerfulness, so greatly
said Ralph. refreshed in mind and body, that there
No sooner said than done; we pushed must have been hidden away in that
it before us to our little play-house, treasure box a sweet spirit of love,
It was a most inviting box, for it that somehow stole into our hearts.
opened without any trouble, and what
did we not see in it ?
Two great wax dolls lay on the top;
one dressed in crimson satin, the other
in blue, with real yellow hair and mov-
able eyes! These were lifted out, and
below lay a world of treasures.
There were fairy books, with dimly
gilded leaves and painted pictures; a
little white stuffed rabbit, that Norrie r
claimed as soon as she saw it; a "jack-
in-the-box," that sprang out and laughed
in the most hilarious manner; a chess-
board, with the red and white chess-
men, lying scattered about; a whole
china tea-set ornamented with little but-
terflies; a cradle that had been trimmed l"
"COME, LITTLE BIRD!" She had movable eyes; they were
very lovely, but, if you'll believe it,
"Come, little bird, I have waited some she'd screw them round, just to be con-
time, trary, so that she'd look cross-eyed for
Liht on my hand, and I'll ive yo hours together. No sweet persuasion
Light on my hand, and 'll give you or threat of punishment could induce
a dime. her to look like a doll in her right mind.
I have a cage that will keep you warm, This was not quite so bad though,
Free from danger, and safe from storm." as the outlandish noises she made
when she didn't want to say "mamma,"'
"No, little lady, we cannot do that, which she could do very distinctly when
Not for a dime, nor a brand new hat. she first arrived, at Christmas.
We are so happy, and wild, and free, But a crisis in her petulant obstinacy
Chee-dee-dee! Chee-dee-dee!" came, when she wouldn't sit still to
have her hair combed, and it looked
"Fly, pretty bird, fly down, and take like a "hurrah's nest," her brother Bob
Just a crumb of my Christmas cake; said. All her naughtiness came right
Santa Claus brought it to me, you out then. She rolled one eye entirely
S up in her head, and left it there, and
know, stared so wild with the other, that
Over the snow. Over the snow." Sirena gave her a pretty lively shake,
"Yes, we know of your home, so rare, he o opped that eye and
And stockings hung in the fire-light This made her little mamma pause
there; and meditate. She got provoked as
We peeped through the window-blinds she looked at her, and then she gave
to see. her a double shake; then that bad doll
Chee-dee-dee! Chee-dee-dee!I" rolled up both her eyes, and nothing
eedee-ee hee-dee-deecould induce her to get them down
"We were on the button-ball tree, again.
Closer than we were thought to be; Oh, dear! How many dreadful things
s she looked like. There was a vicious.
Soon you may have us in to tea, parrot in the park that made its eyes.
Chee-dee-dee! Chee-dee-dee!" look just like Adalina's did, just before
it stuck its head through the bars of its
SIRENA'S TROUBLE. cage to bite people. And there was a
stone lady, that was named "Ceres,"'
on one of the paths in the same park,
Adalina Patti was a doll of most and she kept her eyes rolled up all the
trying disposition. You couldn't tell, time, greatly to the terror of Sirena
when she woke up, what distracting and Bidelia, who had to pass her in
thing she'd do first. I ve known her, coming home in the twilight. And
when seated at the breakfast table, in down street there was a tobacconist's
her high chair, next to Sirena, her lit- sign that represented a fairy queen,
tie mamma, I have known her to jerk with butterfly wings, taking a pinch of
suddenly forward, and plunge her face snuff, and the weather had taken all
right into a plate of buttered cakes and the paint off her eyes and she looked
syrup. simply hideous; and Sirena grasped
This necessitated the removing of Bidelia very tight, till they got round
her from the table and a good deal of the corner. Now here was her lovely
cleansing and re-dressing on the part of French doll looking like them and cut-
Bidelia, the hired girl. ting up worse. She'd go to mamma
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with this trouble as she did with all and particular, and she just won't look
others, at cross little girls; so there! "
She put her doll down with her face "I think," said her mamma, "that
against the carpet, and taking hold of Sirena will not get so angry with her
her pink kid arm, dragged her, not doll again. She looks as if she were
very gently, over the carpet to her ashamed of it now. However disagree-
mother. able we may think people are, its
At that moment in bounced Rob, best to watch ourselves, lest in finding
who, immediately taking in the situa- fault with them, we fall into the same
tion of affairs, exclaimed,-" Oh, don't errors."
be so cruel to Adalina Is she just
horrid? You know, Rena, that's what
you are, sometimes, yourself. What's LADY VIOLET.
the matter any way? What makes
you look so glum ?"
"This doll is acting dreadful; just My little love, with soft, brown eyes,
look at her eyes said Sirena.
You can't tell any thing by any Looks shyly back at me,
one's eyes, yours look like the 4th of Beneath the drooping apple bough,
July, now, and you're a delightful lit- S ti
tle girl, everybody says; you don't She thinks I do not see.
whack things round, and scream, when I cannot choose, I laugh with her,
the flowers bloom in the spring." I catch her merry glee;
He was to be repressed immediately.
Sirena looked at her mother. Or stay you near, or go you far,
"He wants to be funny, Sirena," Oh, little love, how sweet you are !
said her mother, soothingly.
"Then he isn't funny; he's never
funny," said Sirena, drawing herself up A hue, like light within a rose,
Totty Belmont says you're the teas- Is dimpling on her cheek,
enest, hatefulest boy she knows! So It wins a grace, it deepens now
there," remarked Sirena. With every airy freak
"Oh, ho! I don't wonder the doll With every airy freak;
is scared. Why don't you treat that A love-light in the rose like this,
pretty creature with some considera- Ah, you may vainly seek;
Motion ? Dragging her over the carpet,
and spoiling her pretty dress! Now It shines for me, no shadows mar,
you'll see, just as soon as she comes to Oh, little love, how fair you are !
me, because I'm good-looking and nice,
she'll put her eyes down and smile at
me as lovely as ever. My heart clings to her pretty words,
He took the doll and jumped it up They will not be forgot
and down in the air, dancing about and
singing, "Tra-la." My happy brain will not discern,
As sure as the world Down came If they be wise or not.
the eyes, and Adalina was her charm-
ing self again. To ever be so charmed, so blessed,
SNow you see," said Rob, "if you Ah, this were happy lot.
want people to be good to you and love M s e
you, you must not be rude and ill-na My own, shne ever like a star
tured yourself. This doll is French, Upon my life, so true you are.
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A FISH STORY. Edith is a little orphan girl who lives
with her grandmother and sister Min-
HOPE LEDYARD. nie. We are all so interested about
the cooking, class, that she tells us
Six ear faces, all crowding around about how they learn to bake bread.
Six eaer faces, al crowding around "I mixed the bread last Friday night
to "see the picture Four of the faces and made some biscuit in the morning,
belong to girls-Edith and Mamie, mrn
B irdie and Jeanie, while A and Dick, and if I hadn't forgotten the salt they
Birdie and Jeanie, while Aand Dick splendid. I don't
lwn over ett bacg ofy, eh r tenc remember all the verses about bread,
"He's had a good catch," says Al. but one verse is:
"He's not caught those," says Dick, 'Now you place it in the bread bowl,
while the girls look first at the picture
and then at the boys. "I guess that A smooth and nice dough ball,
fellow standing up in the boat is his Last, a towel and a cover,
father. The men have caught the fish A a n t .
and the boy takes them to sell. Why, And at night thats all.
a fish as big as one of those fellows But when morning calls the sleeper
.could pull a boy right into the water, From her little bed,
"My brother Dick knows," whispers She can make our breakfast biscuit
Jeanie, proudly. "He took me fishing From that batch of bread.'"
once and I caught two fish."
The little girls look as if they could "Well, it's girls' work to cook and
hardly believe this, so Jeanie pulls boys' work to catch," said Al, who was
mamma's arm and asks, "Didn't I catch getting tired of hearing verses.
two fish last summer?" "Jeanie did some catching before she
"Indeed she did," says Dick, before was five years old, and you forget how
mamma has time to answer. "She nicely papa cooked the breakfast when
caught two sun-fish. I never saw any you were camping out last summer."
one do it better. Mother fried 'em for "I suppose his cooking, like Jeanie's
her dinner, too. fishing, was just an accident."
"My sister goes to a cooking school "No, indeed! Good cooking has to
and learns to bake fish," says Edith, be learned," I said, and this picture
"and she is teaching me at home. I makes me think of the first fish I had
know the verse about cooking fish." to cook, and what a foolish girl I had."
We all begged Edith to say the "Oh, mamma's going to tell us a
verse, so, after a little coaxing, she story about when she was a girl,"
repeated: Jeanie exclaims. So all take seats-
"Our lesson is fish, and in every dish Jeanie on my lap, the boys on the two
We would like to meet our teacher's arms of my chair, and the three little
wi, sisters on chairs or footstools.
wish Not about when I was a girl, but
But many men have many minds, about when I was a very young wife.
There are many fishes of many kinds; You boys know that I had always
So we only learn to boil and bake, lived in a big house in the city, where
To broil and fry, and make a fish-cake, the servants did all the cooking and
And tt ts k e w y us such work, while I practiced music
And trust this knowledge will carry us or studied or visited my Sunday-school
through scholars. I was just as fond of them
When other fishes we have to 'do.'" in those days as I am now. Well!
Your papa took me to a dear little night, only she must dry her eyes and
house, far, far away, near Lake George. run to the butcher's for a steak, for the
I had a very young girl to help me master would be home with a strange
about the house, who did not know gentleman in half an hour. We man-
any thing about cooking. I thought I aged to get the steak cooked, and papa
knew a good deal, for I had learned to tried to laugh Annie out of the notion
bake bread, and roast meat and make a of a ghost stealing our beautiful fish,
cup of tea or coffee. I had just as but the girl would not smile and was
much fun keeping house in that little afraid to be left alone in the kitchen.
cottage as Jeanie has playing house up So after tea she packed up her things
stairs. But one day papa went off in a and was to take the stage to the depot;.
hurry and forgot to ask me what I for Annie lived a long way off.
wanted for dinner. He was to bring a Just before the stage came as I was
gentleman home that day and I hoped standing at the gate, my eyes full of
he would send me a good dinner, tears at losing my nice little servant all
About ten o'clock Annie, my little on account of a fish, I saw the lady who.
servant, came to me and said, 'Oh, lived across the way open her gate and.
ma'am, the butcher's here with a beau- come toward our house. I saw the
tiful fish the master has sent for the stage stop a few doors off as she came
meat." to our gate and bowing to me said:
"A fish! Annie, do you know how "Excuse me, we are strangers, but
to cook fish?" I said. did you lose a fine trout to-day?"
"No, ma'am. Only it's fried they She must have thought me mad, for
mostly has 'em." I rushed into the house and called:
I went into the kitchen and there lay "'Annie, Annie, I've found the fish!
a beautiful trout-too pretty to eat, it Now put your things back in the bureau,
seemed to me. Certainly too pretty to you silly girl."
be spoiled by careless cooking. So I Then I went back and invited my
took my receipt book and after reading neighbor in, telling her about Annie's
carefully, I stuffed the pretty fish and fright.
laid him in a pan all ready for the "Why, it was our Nero-our great.
oven, and told Annie to put it in at dog! I was away at my mother's or I
eleven o'clock. would have brought it back, for I was.
I was pretty tired, so I lay down sure it belonged to you. Nero must
for a little nap, and had just dropped have slipped in, nabbed the fish, and
asleep when Annie came into the room, brought it to our house. He laid it on
wringing her hands and saying, "Oh, the kitchen floor, as if he had done
ma'am! Oh, ma'am! What'll I do in a very good deed, my girl tells me,.
the world?" and she, foolish thing, thought he had.
It seems that she had taken the fish brought it from my mother's, and
out of the safe and put it, pan and all, cooked it."
on the table, and then, remembering I We had a hearty laugh at our stupid
had told her to sprinkle a little pepper servants, and were great friends from
on it, she went to the closet for her that day, and I never .see a picture of
pepper-box, and when she came back, fish for sale, but I think of my first
the pan was empty! trout, which I prepared for dinner with
"The cat stole it, Annie," I said. such care, but never tasted. Annie-
"Indade and she didn't. The inno- never dared say "ghosts" after that,
cent cratur was lyin' on my bed and and lived with us till Dick was three
the door shut." years old. But there is papa, and these
I tried to quiet the girl; but I told little girls must have a piece of cake
her at last she could go home that and run home.
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JOHNNY'S GARDEN. BOY BILLY AND THE
Johnny had a garden plot,
And set it all in order, Billy, boy! Billy, boy!
He was his mother's joy,
But et it run to grass and weeds, But he couldn't shoot an arrow worth a
Which covered bed and border, cent;
And a rabbit almost laughed
Two stalking sun-flowers reared their As she watched the flying shaft,
heads, And the place upon the target where it
So firmly were they rooted, went.
And Johnny, as he looked at them, The rabbit passing by,
So very soft and sly,
Was any thing but suited. o v sof a ,
Took Billy for a hunter gaily dressed;:
Two children small, looked up and said, But when she came anear,
She said, "'Tis very clear
Oh, Mister, beg your pardon! It's safe enough to stay and take a.
Or, if you will not answer that, rest."
Say, sonny, where's your garden? Said the rabbit, "Billy, boy,
"What d'ye call those two large flowers You never will annoy
Anybody, by your shooting at a mark;
An' what'll ye take, an' sell em? With an arrow and a bow,
You'd better put a ladder up, I just would like to show,
e c s I can reach the bull's-eye nearer in the
So folks our size can smell 'em. dr
"We heard old Mrs. Grubber say, Just then an arrow flew,
'That spot ye needn't covet; That pierced it thro' and thro'
He'd better turn it into hay, Which made Miss Bunny start, and
He'd better turn it into hay, um, s high!
jump, sky high!
Or make a grass-plot of it.'" She cried, "Oh, dear! Oh, dear!
It's safer in the rear;"
But Johnny never answered back,s safer in the rear;"
t And scampered off and never said,-
But went and dug it over, "Good-bye."
And soon again, his sprouting seeds, You see the reason why,.
He plainly could discover. 'Tis always best to try,
Tho' others laugh and slander all the
He said, "I'll have a garden yet, same;
And make a little money; For be it late or soon,
They'll always change their tune,
I never liked those Podger twins,- When they see your arrow doesn't miss
They try to be so funny." its aim.
A CHRISTMAS STORY. tended, as their winter's store must not
fail, with good-man away. To Margery
the days did not pass unhappily, for she
A long stretch of ocean beach-chil- took great pride and joy in her baby
dren at play on the white sands-blue boy. Stormy nights she never forgot
dimpled waters sparkling in the early to set a lighted candle in the window;
morning sunlight, and dotted with it comforted her somehow, for although
snowy sails, while a long line of dull the tiny blaze could not be seen out to
smoke against the horizon showed sea, yet she thought some poor, storm-
where a great steamer with its freight beaten wanderer on the rocky coast
of living souls was going down to sea. might see the house-light, and know
Men and boys are gathered in knots, that shelter was near. She often won-
earnestly talking-fish-wives, with their dered, as she looked over the wide wild
short, scarlet skirts, and kerchiefs tied ocean, where her sailor boy could be;
over their heads, are passing to and fro. and she ever put up a prayer for his
There seems to be an undercurrent of safety. Well she knew the temptations
excitement-what is it ? Turning to of a sailor, and she believed God would
your left, in a wide cove or natural har- keep him in the right way and bring
bor, can be seen a large vessel riding him back to her. But the long bitter
at anchor, all equipped and manned, winter set in, and oh, the dreary, dreary
ready to start on an ocean voyage; and days that followed, for there is little of
this is the cause of the unusual stir and interest going on in a fishing village.
bustle in the quiet hamlet. Soon from They are mostly quiet, homely folk,
the straggling row of cottages come the honest and hard-working. But as the
sailors, with their wives, and children Christmas-tide drew near, each began
clinging to the mothers' skirts. Slowly their simple preparations, as the men
they walk down to the shore, where were expected back at that-time. With
small boats are waiting to row them the rest, Margery made bright as hands
*over to the ship. Lingering as long as could make it, her little house. Through
they can, the time of parting comes, the day she stepped around at the duties
and many a tearful farewell is spoken. with a tender, happy light in her eyes;
One fine fellow seemed very loth to baked the sweet seed-cakes, put them
part with his wife, a pretty, red-cheeked away, got out the great pink corals-
young woman ; but the men called him. Tom's precious gift-and in the evening
"Aye, aye, mates," he said; and with a when the wind blew, and the waves
"good bye Tom," "God bless you Mar- dashed with a sullen roar against the
gery," and a tender kiss upon the face beach, she gathered her boy in her
of the sleeping babe in her arms, he arms and crooned qauint sailor ballads
stepped into the boat, and was quickly to him, while listening, ever listening,
aboard the great vessel, which was soon for a familiar step. Oh, a sailor's wife
to bear him away from home and loved must be patient and brave. Often when
ones. The little group on the beach thousands of miles from home, our
watched until the white sails were sailor would, in his loneliness, be
filled, and like a huge bird with out- tempted to fall in a snare; perhaps it
.spread wings she sailed away, and was was in a foreign port, and his mates
soon but a speck against the sky. The grew boisterous over the wine-cup, or
women went sadly back to their lonely it was on -board the ship, and his watch
cottages, but the men remained to talk off-the jolly tars would say ,-" Come
over the event. Tom, give us a hand at cards to-night."
The summer passed quickly to the But the thought of his trusting wife,
waiting ones, for there were the fish to her prayers, and their innocent child,
be dried, and the little gardens to be always restrained him. But at last
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ship .sails .me ,
they were homeward bound, and every scanned the waste of waters-the Sea
man's heart leaped with joy, when they Gull" was due several days past, and
thought of home and its loving wel- hearts were growing anxious, for there
come; for they expected to be in haven had been mighty winds and terrible
at the Christmas time. One wild night, storms of late.
as Tom stood at the tiller, the snow In her cottage, Margery was waiting
falling thick and fast, he heard the first with ill-concealed impatience; twenty
mate shout in quick alarm to the cap- times a day she would go to the window
tain. Soon hoarse voices were giving and watch for a sail.
orders back and forth; a severe gale was Christmas eve came, it seemed her
upon them, and the danger was great, heart was bursting with suspense,
but he stood at his post while the cord- while, with her boy in her arms, she
age above him creaked and strained and made every thing ready; the table was
the vessel rocked and groaned as though spread, the fire blazed on the hearth,
in mortal agony. Every moment it the mistletoe hung over the door, when
seemed ready to go to pieces. Tom she bethought her, "here, baby mine,
thought of his waiting ones, and gave place a shining green cluster of holly
them up, for he felt no ship could live on the father's ship," and she held
in a sea like that. the laughing babe up to a miniature
All night the storm continued, but boat upon the. mantel. As she did
calmed down with the dawn of day. Af- so, a step was heard outside, the door
ter clearing away the wreckage on deck, unlatched, and Margery was clasped
for the storm had made havoc with the in rough, blue-coated arms. Tom had
rigging, and repairing the mishaps, they come,-" Merry Christmas, wife! merry
found they were many miles out of their Christmas, little lad and a happier
course. Thankful they were that the family were never re-united.
peril was past, but the men's hearts There was great joy in the little ham-
were heavy, for they feared there would let by the sea that night; and over all
be no Christmas on shore for them. shone the Star-the same heavenly ray
But the captain cheered them, and re- which guided the wise men across the
minded them that the Sea Gull was plains of Jericho, where lay the sleep-
a fast sailor. ing Jesus, whose birth we love to
All day the fishermen in groups celebrate.
ponies and they'll sell us some of
the ir things; they've got trick
T~lil i,l, i toys, that'll make a racket in school.
L Bring a big lunch with you; tell
I your Grandmother that you get
tremendous hungry these days,
and we'll have the biggest fun "
SThis was said as the two boys
wended their way homeward after
School, and the prospective "fun"
was to be enjoyed on the morrow.
I "All right," said Lawrie, "if
you won't call me 'pet lamb' any
I more, I'll go."
"Well, keep mum about it,
id ooand be sure to bring plenty of
doughboys along." These were
odd-look in g, fried sweet-cakes,
That Lawrie's Grandmother made,
Sgv because he liked them, and they
found a ready acceptance with
Halsey, although his father had a
hired cook, and Halsey had French
novelties to dine upon.
Lawrie rushed into his Grand-
'I mother's sitting-room, as red-
l cheeked and boisterous as ever,
and the old lady smiled pleasantly
Sat him, and when she said,
Deary, there's a big, red apple
on the mantel-shelf for you,' he
felt a pang, and something come
into his throat like a great lump.
STORY OF LAWRENCE But those feelings passed away ini-
GRAY. mediately, and he began to think of
GRAY. the good time he should have in the
company of that fearless companion
"Well, all right, don't go," said Hal- and jolly good fellow, Halsey.
sey Bonner. "You're a pet lamb, that's The cakes that Halsey would surely
what you are, and I always knew it. ask for were not so easily obtained.
If you had the pluck of a bull-frog, If Lawrie should ask for more than his
you'd do as I want you." usual ration, his Grandmother would
"I will do as you want me, but don't ask questions, and he would not be
I tell you I'm afraid? Grandma will able to stand that ordeal. He peeped
find out I haven't been to school, and into the pantry, and there was a beau-
.she's so good to me," said little Law- tiful platter full of them, and some
rence Gray. little, round mince pies, that were made
"Baa! baa!" said Halsey, derisively, on purpose for Lawrie's lunch, on an-
"you give me your skates and I'll hide other.
them in my overcoat pockets till to- 1" I don't think it would be very had
morrow, and we'll skate down to the to take a handkerchief full of them
,Gypsy camp, and they'll let us race their now, and by-and-by come and get some
more. I must take enough, because Do not think he did all this without
we're to be gone all day," he thought. a warning from conscience; no, he felt
He slyly carried them up to his room, an anxiety and fear that made him turn
and hid them, and when bed-time back once and blush hotly; but then,
came, he kissed his Grandmother good- how could he boast of his courage to
night, but she seemed to hold him Halsey, to-morrow. Then, again, if he
closer to her than usual, and look at backed out now, there was Halsey's
him in a sweeter way. This he thought ridicule, which to Lawrie was simply
of, afterward. The excitement of the unbearable.
coming good time, and the fact that he He went out into the road, and run-
had never played truant before, pre- ning swiftly in the direction of the
vented him from falling immediately to bridge, he turned as he reached the
sleep, and the full moon had come up bend and looked back at his home. All
above the woods and looked into his was quiet. Not the least fear that
window in a wide-awake way, and he he had been discovered. He turned
tossed about restlessly. the bend, and, running down the bank,
What should he do with the good stooped under and crept along a few
things he had secreted? He certainly feet into the arch. He set the basket
could not take them when he went to in a safe place and turned to go out,
school to-morrow, and there they were, when he saw, between him and the
an unmistakable proof of pilfering, light, the figure of a rough-looking
They must be got out of the house in man, stooping down and peering into
some way, he thought. If they were the arched opening.
only outside in some convenient place, Lawrence's heart bounded in his
they could carry them off unobserved, breast; fear seized him in every fibre
Betty, the house-girl, would get the of his body.
credit of taking them, and it didn't "Bill," said the figure, "you jest stop
make much difference if she did, "She the hole on t'other side, there's game
is an awful sassy thing," he said to here!" The man spoken to ran into
himself. the meadow, and prevented any escape
All sounds in the house had at last in that direction.
subsided, and for some time he thought The speaker crawled under the arch,
and thought of what should be done. seized Lawrie, bound a handkerchief
He hit upon it at last. He would get over his mouth to stifle his cries, and,
up and dress and take the cakes and throwing a coarse bag over his person,
pies in a basket and softly leave the pulled him along the road. The other
house, and deposit them under a lit- man assisted, and in this manner, half
tle, low bridge, that crossed a frozen dragged and half carried, Lawrie was
stream, a short distance down the road. taken, he knew not whither. He at-
They would be perfectly safe there till tempted once to cry out, but he was
school time, and a turn of the road struck smartly on the head with a whip,
effectually hid the bridge from his and bade to "shut up!"
home. They now seemed to have entered
No sooner thought of, than he began the wood, as they stumbled against
to put the scheme into operation. He trees, and the going became difficult.
wrapped the cakes up in a towel, and Lawrie was well nigh insensible from
putting them in a basket, went noise- exhaustion. After awhile they stopped,
lessly down the carpeted staircase in and tumbling him into a wagon, they
his stocking feet, carrying his shoes in carried Lawrie many miles from his
one hand. He turned the key softly in home.
the front door, and then returned to Lawrie had been kidnapped by the
the hat-rack for his overcoat and cap. Gypsies. They brought him to their
camp, and their women treated him not and comforted her. It availed nothing.
unkindly in their rough way; but hard A year had passed and Grandmother
work and miserable privation were be- had traveled through many States-
fore him, without any hope of escape. many children were brought to 'her,
Preparations were evidently making for but none of them were sunny-haired,
a hurried departure, and after a consul- cheery, bright-eyed Lawrie.
station, from which Lawrie could only She had reached the city of St. Louis,
gather the words, nobss" and "re- and had called a street-car, upon a seat
ward,' he surmised that he would be of which she sat, listless, discouraged-
detained a prisoner until a sufficient meditating a return to her old home.
sum of money should be obtained to A wild-eyed, starved-looking boy
release him. jumped into the car, from, no one
Oh, the bitterness of that wrong- knew whither, screaming, "Grand-
doing! Dear, dear Grandma; with her mother! Grandmother!" A police-
tenderness and thoughtful care; she man entered quickly and was about
knew not the fate of her little boy. seizing him, when Grandmother stood
The Gypsies left that part of the up, looked closely at him, and then,
country, carrying Lawrie with them, sinking upon the boy's breast, sobbed,
his skin stained, and with ragged gar- Lawrie, my own Lawrie, I have found
ments scarcely keeping out the frost. you!"
Here we will leave him. The policeman looked incredulous,
His Grandmother was crazed with and they both went with him to a
grief at his absence. Her love for the neighboring station.
only son of her dead daughter could not This was Lawrie, who had escaped
be for a moment forgotten. She deter- from his hideous servitude, and was
mined to travel to every Gypsy camp begging his way homeward. The kind
she could hear of. It was surmised policemen interested themselves for the
that Lawrie's fate was somehow mixed old lady and the boy. A suit of nice
up with the visit of those people to the clothes was purchased, and Grandma's
neighborhood. money was not all spent, and they sped
She shut up her house, took her lit- on their rejoicing way, to the pleasant
tle hoard of money from the savings home in New England.
bank, and went out to wander the wide No one has felt more bitterly than
world for Lawrie. She met most kind Lawrie, that "The way of the trans-
and sympathetic people, who directed gressor is hard."
THE LITTLE ORPHANS. "Jenny," she said, "I have some-
thing to tell the children, and you may
"I wont! I wont have my hair leave them with me."
turned!" said George Washington Dan- Mamma, what are oo going to do ?"
forth, as he ran away from Jenny, the asked George. Grace said, "I'm going
nurse.' to have bare feet all day, mamma!"
"I wont have my face washed, and I I have a little story to tell you, and
wont be dressed for breakfast all day," then we will talk about that afterward,"
said Grace, and she climbed upon the said her mamma.
lounge and curled her feet under her. The stories were pleasant to hear,
Now, this rebellion had been coming and no one could tell them like their
on for a week. Jenny, the nurse girl, mother, so they became quiet instantly,
had petted and coaxed and made large and she commenced:
promises of candy, and sights at show "There were three little orphans,
windows, whose names were Lena, Fritz and Bis-
These enjoyments had satisfied only marck. They were very poor and wan-
for a day, and a frowsy head and a dered about, begging for a morsel to
night-dress toilet, with bare feet, were eat, and many times, when nightfall
now to be tried, whatever the nurse came, they didn't know where they
might say to the contrary. should sleep.
This perplexed Jenny very much. "They tried to sing in front of peo-
She knew, if she persisted in com- pie's houses, but no one cared to listen
polling these thoughtless children to to their little weak voices, and they did
submit, there would be jumping and not make any thing in this way. They
screaming and other naughty behavior, went bare-footed all summer, and when
So she sat down, and pretending to it became cold they still had no protec-
cry, brought out her pocket handker- tion for their little blue feet. No one
chief and sobbed, as she thought, most knows, but such as these, how cold and
effectively, hard the stones are, and how these lit-
It didn t do; George Washington put tie ones suffered.
both his little fat fists up to his eyes, "They could look into lovely homes,
and imitated, as well as he could, the and see children tucked away, warm
heart-breaking sounds Jenny was mak- and snug in their pretty beds, while the
ing, and then laughed till he couldn't frosty wind blew around themselves,
stand up, at his own performance. and they huddled together in some half-
Grace liked the feeling of the soft sheltered place, in an old barn, or in
carpet under her bare feet, and went some barrels or dry-goods boxes.
through with a figure of the "Buttercup "They were glad to eat what little
Dance," much to her own satisfaction. boys and girls like you waste-the
"Jenny, you can't catch me!" said crusts, the crumbs and the fragments
Grace, racing round the nurse in funny of nice breakfasts. How glad they
gymnastics. would have been to have had some
"Oo tan't tech me!" echoed George. good person like Jenny to take care of
At that moment, mamma, passing the them. Oh, my little dears don't know
door, could not understand what such a how dreadful it is to trudge through
noise meant, and came in. the cold and beg.
Then Jenny related to her the exist- "No one offered to do any thing for
ing state of things. them, and, worst of all, other children,
Mamma looked very serious, and when they saw them coming, made fun
called George to her, and taking him of them, of the queer-looking caps
on her lap, sat down on the lounge be- Fritz and Bismarck wore, and of the
side Grace. old-fashioned, ragged dress the little
Lena had on, and to amuse themselves are not ready. Here it is eight o'clock,
they would throw stones slyly at them, and Georgie hasn't his face washed nor
so that the '. _;ars had to go away as his hair combed; and you, Gracie, in
Quickly as they could. If there had your night-dress yet, and both of you
only been some kind Jenny to say to saying, 'I wont! I wont!' to every
them: thing nurse Jenny asks you to do."
Here, dear little ones, come in to The children both jumped down, and
this pleasant home. I have a beautiful, racing after Jenny screamed out:
warm room for you to be in, and when "Jenny, Jenny! we're good now, we
you have bathed yourselves in this want to be dressed right away to go
warm, bright water, you shall have the down to see the poor little orphans."
choicest breakfast I can make for you.' Georgie submitted, with great pa-
"Do you think these hardly-treated tience, to the curling Jenny gave his
little ones would have been as unruly hair. It went into such pretty waves,
as you were this morning? Do you that when it was done it made him look
think they would have been saucy and once more like a good little boy, that
obstinate ?' had been gentle and obedient.
The children did not say any thing, Gracie preferred to have on her lilac-
but were very still and looked serious, colored dress, dotted with tiny pink
"One night, it was late, and they rose buds, and her sash on; her hair
had not yet found a place to stay, and fell down over her shoulders in thick,
they looked in the window and saw flaxen tresses.
Gracie playing with her doll, and Geor- They went down stairs in a very or-
gie riding his hobby-horse, and he had derly manner, one on each side of
his hair combed and his white dress Jenny. When their mother met them
and red sash on, and Gracie would sit in the dining-room, she was so much
her doll down into its cushioned, easy pleased to see the change in their ap-
chair, and then take her seat at the pearance, that she kissed them both.
piano, and sing and play, and after She said, "I hear my little friends
walking about and looking in for a lit- out there now;" and they all went to
tle while, they went away sorrowfully. the window. There stood three little
"They went till they reached a neg- sparrows on the snow, their little blue
elected cottage, where two old people feet looking cramped and frozen. The
lived, and they crept in between some smallest one was trying to flutter its
mossy boards and broken beams and ragged wings and be very cheerful.
snuggled up next to the chimney where They looked up, and did not seem
it was warm, and this was like heaven the least bit frightened.
to these shivering, hungry little waifs. They chirruped a "good morning"
"They came to our house the next to the children. Their mother told
morning, and I opened the dining-room them to bring a plateful of food she
window, and asked them to come in, had prepared for them, and to feed it to
but they were not used to seeing me them out of their hands. The birds
here, and were very shy, and I could hopped about upon the window sill,
not prevail upon them to accept my and then, as if by magic, came two
hospitality. They had been ill-treated snow-birds, that wanted the crumbs
so often that they mistrusted every- that lay on the snow.
body. "These little birds have slept all
"I gave them their breakfast and night over next to that warm chiin-
they went away delighted. I invited ney," said mamma, pointing across the
them to come to-day and I'm sure they lawn, at old Mr. Gleason's house, "and
will come. I had intended that you they come every morning to our win-
should see them this morning, but you dow. You must be up and dressed if
you want to be kind to them. They mother is not well and strong; so Laura
are the little orphans that I meant, and is often very lonely. Laura is looking
I saw the cruel boys shoot their mother at Mary Simpson, and wishes she were
as she was feeding them ; at that time Mary!
they could only just fly. They have Mary has a brother and sister (they
struggled bravely with their misfor- are just in front of her), and Laura has
tunes. Our Heavenly Father cares for seen the three children playing in the
them and you. fields or picking berries on the roadside ;
"Would it not be a disgraceful thing and they are always having a good
for you, if these little birds were found time. Laura has only just come to
to be more gentle, obedient and truth- live in the country, and she Cocs not
ful than you ? You who have so much, know Mary yet, but as she walks behind
and are so tenderly cared for ? her, she is saying to herself: How
The children looked with grave inter- happy she must be! I mean to ask
est at the little pensioners, regarding her to let me play with her."
them in an entirely new light, and felt And what do you think Mary is say-
a good deal ashamed, when they found, ing ?-" Oh, there's that pretty little
they were surpassed in good behavior girl just behind us. I do hope Tommy
by those little sparrows. will be good, and that Polly won't talk.
"See their brown caps! Those two I hope she'll sit by me, so I can find
must be Fritz and Bismarck, and that out her name. If she'll let me, I'll
ragged gray one is Lena. Mamma, show her that big blackberry bush that
before next winter, mayn't we have a no one has seen yet. How nice it must
pretty warm house built for the little be to have pretty dresses, and a par-
birds, in the old oak, at the corner of asol!"
the piazza? They wont be cold and Mary and Laura did sit together, and
hungry any more," said Grace. as soon as school was over they began
This was decided upon, and a refer- to talk. Mary offered to show Laura
ence only to the forlorn little orphans the blackberry bush on the way home.
was enough to bring the children to So they walked together, Tommy run-
a proper regard for themselves and ning ahead, and Polly hanging a little
their behavior, behind, until Laura offered to lend her
They became great friends, and her parasol, when Polly walked ahead
'George and Grace cultivated many of all, very proud and happy.
graces of character in tending them. "I'm afraid she'll spoil it," said
"Oh, no, she wont," said Laura;
WV:HICH WOULD YOU BE? "and anyhow, I don't need a parasol
h ere. Mother says I'm to get as brown
as a berry."
BY HOPE LEDYARD. "There's the bush," said Mary.
Come right on the fence, and we can
Who do you think is the happiest pick a few, and put them in a leaf for
little girl in this picture ? your mother."
Blossom says the one with the para- Mary scrambled over the fence in a
:sol is the happiest, and, when we asked second, and Polly threw down the
her why, she says,-" Cause she's got parasol, and crept under, but Laura
the best sings." stood still in the road.
But things do not make people happy. I'd spoil my clothes," she said. I
That little girl, whom Blossom thinks wish I was dressed like you!"
is so happy, is little Laura Holley. "And I was wishing I was dressed
She has no brothers or sisters, and hei like her!" thought Mary. "But I
wont wish it any more. Poor little her little daughter should, go to the
thing fields; so at eight o'clock, Mary found
Wait a minute, and we'll bring you her new friend waiting at the foot of
some; we'll put plenty of leaves to- the lane.
gether. Oh, Tommy, can't you get a "I've brought a picture-book for
big cabbage leaf ?" Polly, and a nice story for us to read,"
Tomrmy was off in a minute, and said Laura; "and mother told the girl
soon they were all sitting on a big flat to put up lots of lunch, so you needn't
rock, eating blackberries; or rather, go home at noon, and we'll have a
Laura and Polly were eating, while picnic."
Mary looked on. How did you carry the basket ?"
"I saw you riding out with your asked Mary, as she tried to lift the
mother, last Friday," she said. lunch basket.
"And I saw you riding on a great "I didn't. I brought my servant!
load of hay; oh, how I wished I were Here, Ponto, take it !"
having such fun," said Laura. At these words a great big dog ran
"Isn't that queer! thought Mary. up (he had been chasing a little red
"Maybe I do have the best time of the squirrel) and took the basket in his
two! That was my father's load of mouth. He was, as Tommy said, "as
hay," she said out loud, "and to-mor- big as a pony;" and was so gentle that
row we re to go out and turn hay for even Polly was not afraid to pat him.
him. If you like, you can come too." What a lovely day they had!
I'll ask mother; I'm pretty sure I They worked hard at turning the hay,
can go. What do you do when you go and then had a long "noon-spell," that
home to-night ? lasted till six o'clock at night.
We all sit down under a big tree Laura came back to her mother with
and tell father and mother about the her face burned, and her hair all tossed
lesson, and then we sing hymns. My by the wind.
father can sing beautiful, and mother "Oh, mother," she said, "just think!
tells us a story; and we have supper That little girl I told you about was
under the tree." wishing she was me, and I was almost
"We have cookies on Sunday," said wishing I was her! But I guess we
the little one, but Mary turned red, and wouldn't either of us change, after all.
said,-" Hush !" If only you were well, and strong, mother
"Oh, how nice it must be!" said dear, I could have such happy times."
Laura. My mother can't sit up to "I hope you will have many happy
tea very often, and father is in the times any way, little daughter," said
city; so I eat supper all alone. The Mrs. Holley, "but almost everybody,
only pleasant thing I can do is to read, little and big, says: 'if-only.' It is
and I get tired of reading sometimes." just as well, dear, that we cannot choose
"We have Pilgrim's Progress, and for ourselves. Still, I do hope to get
three hymn-books," said Mary, "and all stronger in this lovely country air."
our Sunday-school papers." So the two little girls, whom you see
"There's father," said Tommy. in the picture, became good friends and
Laura looked up and down the road, had many happy times, but I do not
but Mary explained that Tommy had think Mary wishes to be Laura, or
heard his father's whistle, with which Laura cares to be Mary.
he called the children to meals. So There is something in the life
the new friends parted, promising to of every one, that we would not be
meet together by eight o'clock in the willing to take, even though many
morning, if Mrs. Holley were willing, things in the same life might be pleas-
Laura's mother was quite willing that ant to us.
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Said, There's nothing so healthy as- ;.
Thought going to school was a pest.
-He said, "I don't care, And they did what was very much.
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I just won't stay there, worse
I'll have a good time like the rest. They pustole his new knife and his purse.flat,
TheyRECESS. Tore thgave im off his haket,
_,_ Said, "There's nothing so healthy as
I just wow can't stopay there, wonurse
I'll have a good time like the rest. They pustole his new knife and his purse.flat,
RECESS. Tore thgave rim off his haket,
A brigh t little urchin out west, tanurse."
When he's got a new top.
There'll just be one good scholar less." Near sundown this urchin was found
Fast asleep on some very hard ground
Now thae rest was a crowd of rough He looked tired and grieved;
boys, He'd been so deceived,
Who with rudeness and mischief and And quite ready for home, I'll be
Made one afraid
To go where they played, The primary teacher, Miss Small,
But their riotous play he enjoys. When she heard his sad fate, forgave all,
My teacher's a daisy !
So away from his lessons he ran, I'm through being lazy."
This promising western young man. He said, "School's not bad after all."
r .- _
t.:t c k attracted
-~ lss attention.
SI.)oking at it
-a u ir-iuh-.ly l I i. t.,ind it was part
Io orlo ."n olr av young man,
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p" :- J, ..... i i ,_bow. It is no
S, . eaks well for
iULi IIItul tIiuttus IIIuLtheI. For our part,
HELPFUL WORDS. we would rather see a dozen patches
on your clothes than to have you do a
A great astronomer was, once in his bad or mean action, or to hear a pro-
early days, working hard at mathematics, fane or vulgar word proceed from your
and the difficulties he met with, made lips. No good boy will shun you or
him ready to give up the study in de- think less of you because you do not
spair. After listlessly looking out of dress as well as he does, and if any one
the window, he turned over the leaves laugh at your appearance, never mind
of his book, when the lining at the it. Go right on doing your duty.
THE SNOW BIRDS.
When skies looked cold and winter boughs
Gave out a crackling sound,
Two little snow-birds chilled, with frost,
Had fallen to the ground. --. -
When Nelly came along that way,
And saw them sitting there;
She thought them dead, "But no," she
"They need a little care." .
She warmed them with her hand, and
Them dainty crumbs to eat,
And then they oped their pretty eyes,
And stood upon their feet.
And looked up sweetly in her face,
And chirped, as if to say,
"We thank you for your tenderness,"
And then they flew away.-
Where they had gone so suddenly,
She looked above to see,
And there they sat, a row of them,
Upon the maple tree.
They chirped and twittered as they
As much as they could do,
As if to say, Sweet little girl,
We will remember you."
And to a friendship very sweet,
Her acts of kindness led,
For often would they follow her,
And fly above her head.
But how they could remember her,
She never understood,
But papa said, "I think 'tis by
That little scarlet hood."'
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How THE DAYS WENT AT SEA-GULL BEACH.
No school! And the beautiful sum- making us scream with excitement and
mer days coming so early in the delight. And as the little fleet grew
morning, that none of us children ever less and less, and at last disappeared,
could get awake to see the sun rise, and we girls thought it was a grand thing
staying so long that we grew quite to have such brave brothers.
tired of being happy; and some of us, I was the elder girl, being ten, and
Gracie and Jimmie in particular, were Gracie seven. Our Gracie was a lovely
so little, that they couldn't stay awake little sister; she had large blue eyes,
through the whole of it, and went off and wavy brown hair, and was very
into a nap every day after dinner, gentle and obedient, and people called
But this was in the city, and when we her Pet," almost as soon as they be-
arrived at the beach we didn't get tired came acquainted with her.
or cross the whole day long. There Mother had blue flannel suits made
were many children at the hotel, and for us, and dressed in these, with
when we came, with our dolls and toy sailor hats that had little tapping rib-
boats, our fishing-tackle and spades, bons at the sides, we scurried along
and pails, we made a host of friends the beach, climbed the rocks, or waded
immediately. out into the salt water.
Reginald and Willie, our older broth- But we had on our very prettiest
ers, did not always go with Gracie and dresses in the evening, for the chil-
Jimmie and me, but made the acquaint- dren were allowed to have the grand
ance of the men that went out to sea parlor, and dance to the music of the
to fish for the great hotels; and they band until nine o'clock. This was a
went oftentimes with them, and we 'privilege we older ones talked of con-
used to enjoy seeing the little boats tinually, and looked forward to all day.
launched; they almost stood on end We were so dainty, genteel, and good-
when they went over the breakers, mannered for an hour, that it impressed
even ourselves; and boys and girls be- trotted along the pleasant walks with
came models of gentleness and polite their hoops and pails, inseparable
behavior, and the effect of those de- friends. It was fortunate for Gracie, too,
lightful evenings has given growth and that he preferred to play with her,
direction to many graces in our char- rather than to go off with the boys, for
acters. one day after a boisterous night, the
But the little ones, like Gracie and sea came up higher on the beach than
her friends, really couldn't stand the we had ever before seen it; and unsus-
excitement, and rolled around in odd pecting Gracie was caught by a wave
corners on the floor, or sought the and thrown down, and as it retired it
grateful obscurity behind the sofas, to seemed to drag her along with it; we
indulge in naps, long before nine older ones lost our presence of mind
o'clock. I found Gracie, in her pink entirely and screamed and cried, and
.silk dress and violet slippers, lying did nothing, ut that heroic little fellow
curled up under the table, with her ran into the boiling surf and caught her
head on the back of Bosin, the great dress, and with the dog's assistance,
Newfoundland dog that had stolen into dragged her to a safe place. She said
the parlor against rules, he was, "Very nice and dood."
Nelson Faber was a little boy, not One day, some of my girl compan-
much older than Gracie, and they ions proposed to visit the rocks that
seemed to enjoy each other's society lay at the mouth of Green river, just
very much. He too oftentimes suc- where it gently met the ocean. Right
cumbed to sleepiness when we wanted there, no end of sea-weed and shells,
hi to do his sailor dance; but when and things thrown up by the ocean,
the morning came, they were as rosy- could be found; and there were such
cheeked and bright-eyed as ever, and curious rocks, with nooks and basins,
where the water stayed in tiny pools, What's the matter, Milly, we cried.
and there we went fishing, and brought "Are you hurt ? What did you see?"
lunch, setting it out on the most con- we breathlessly shouted.
venient flat rock we could find. I tell Oh oh! was all she could gasp,
you, cold chicken, pickles, cheese, and pointing to a place she had just left.
sponge cake, with milk, tasted as they We all scrambled out instantly, and
never did p e e r e d
before or --- over the
since, to --- rocks into
our party the water.
of hungry W'h a t
children. -- should we
We climb- --- see but a
ed and fell, little crea-
and laugh- : ture, gro-
ed, and tesque and
with the I that made
salt breeze its way
lifting our round in
hair, and a the water,
fanning 1 with as-
our brown tounding
faces, and c- elerity,
going out throwing
far on the -- -out legs
point, we -- c or claws,.
came upon or what-
a little ev-r tey
shining were, from
lake, sur- .every point
rounded by of its cir--
rocks, upon cumfer--
which we ence. Its.
could sit, b body was,
and dabble flat and.
our feet in was green:
the water. -- color above
It was no and pink
place more under, and.
than a foot ---to add to
deep, and -its alarm-
we decided mg appear-
to wade INSEPARABLE FRIENDS. ance, it.
round in it. looked at
It was a comical sight to see us navi- us with two black eyes, in a very sinister
gating ourselves in procession through and uncanny manner. We looked at
that water, but it was a very ques- each other with blanched faces and'
tionable joke, when Milly Sayre speechless horror, and then kept a sharp'
jumped and screamed, and ran like a lookout, lest it might take it into its.
frantic creature from the pool, and up head (we couldn't tell if it had any
the rocks. head, for the place where the eyes were,,
WHAT MABEL DID.
Mabel broke a poppy up,
And threw the pieces on the
But she did it all for fun,
Manma's darling daughter.
Then she played that they were
Going ot where toys are
Coming back with what she
Pretty things, enough for
Cats and donkeys, balls and
And a jumping-jack so jolly;
And a pretty, gold-rimmed tea-
s> .. And a little coach for dolly.
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"What are those things on the
Said the cat-tails, quite un-
To make out, until they saw
By the brook-side,litle Mabel.
"Ah, we have it!" then they
"'Tis a lunny girl we know,
Broke a scarlet poppy up,
Just to see the pieces go.
When she gets a little older,
Mamma then will say to
"Put the scarlet poppies, dear,
In a vase, upon the table."
did not seem different from any other running it through the handle, dashed
part of its body,) take it into its "in- it into the water; but that proceeding
ternal consciousness, to crawl out on to only frightened him-we must move
the rocks and chase us. It got through more cautiously. We worked for an
the water in a distracting manner, hour and had him in twice, but were so
which was really quite amusing after a excited both times that he escaped.
few moments, and from being horribly First time, Totty Rainsford shouted,
frightened, we became interested when "We've got him!" and immediately
we found it did not attempt the offen- rolled off the rocks, head first, into the
sive. We gave it some lunch and water. We were all so scared, with the
called it "Jack Deadeye," and for the water splashing, and she screaming at
whole afternoon he was the center of the top of her voice, "Save me! Save
attraction. me!" that Jack got away. She scram-
Let us take him back with us," I bled out pretty lively, and when we got
proposed. "We can get him into a him in again, we were all seized with
pail, and then we can have him in some another fit of laughing at Totty, who,
pool nearer home, and see what he'll in her moist predicament, was jumping
turn into. I don't believe but what round to dry herself, because she didn't
he'll be something else in a few days." want to go home, that he crawled out
My knowledge of natural history had as leisurely as possible. But we se-
always been lamentably meager, and cured him at last, safe in the pail; and
more than once I had brought the to prevent his crawling out, I clapped
laugh upon myself by my ignorance. my sailor hat over the top of it, and the
So I forbore to predict what would be elastic kept it clown tight. We put the
his ultimate form of beauty. pole through the handle and Estelle
'A whale! said Susie Champney. and myself took hold of the ends, and
"Oh, dear, no; whales don't have we came near losing him every few
legs and claws," said Estella Bascom. minutes, owing to the inequalities of
"It's a tadpole." the ground. The pail would slide down
"You're mistaken there," said Ma- to either end, as the pole inclined, and
mie Fitz Hugh; "tadpoles are just the Estella would drop it and scream when
little jokers that do have tails. I've she saw the pail traveling noiselessly
seen hundredsof them, and this crea- toward her, and if it hadn't been for
ture has no tail." my happy thought of putting the hat
We all rushed again to the edge of the over him, he'd have got away to his
rocKs to lookat him, with added wonder. "happy hunting grounds," or rather,
"Well, we'll take that tad home on waters, in short order.
a pole, any way," said Nannie White, We arrived at the hotel at last, with
who was the cutest girl to say things Jack all safe, and the rest of the girls
in the whole crowd. She immediately went to dress for dinner, and left me
ran off to secure a piece of drift that to find the boys, to help me deposit
was tumbling about on the wet sand. him in a secure place, for we were sure
But how to get him into a pail was the we should very greatly astonish the
next problem. A committee of the boarders and achieve renown as having
whole was called. I thought we could discovered a new species of marine
obstruct his path by putting the mouth beast.
of the pail in front of him, and then The boys were in a perfect ecstacy
when he sailed into it, we could in- of curiosity to see what the girls had
stantly pull him out. This was decided caught. When I carefully took off the
upon; but how to get it down to him hat, I found the water had all leaked
without falling in? A bright idea struck out, and his monstership lay kicking
me. I whipped off my flannel sash, and and crawling at the bottom.
"Ho! ho! ho!" shouted Willie, "is turn him on his back, all of which
that what-cher call a curiosity ?" caused me to scream every time, and
"Oh, Flossie! you have been dread- sent tremors all over me.
fully taken in," said Regy. "What-cher going' to do with him?"
"Oh, no," I said, "it's this wonder- inquired Willie.
ful animal that's been 'taken in,' and "I shall study his habitudes, and im-
he's going to be kept in, too." prove my knowledge of the crustacea,"
I began to feel, though, that
there was a great laugh somewhere
in the future, and that it was com-
ing at our expense.
"Why, Flossie it's nothing but
a baby crab," said Regy. "I can
get a peck of them in an hour, over
in the river."
I felt greatly chagrined, and
blushed with mortification. The
boys kept bursting out laughing
HOW MANY GORLS DID IT TAKE 1TO LAND HIlI?
every few minutes, asking such ques- said I, giving him a sentence directly
tions as: out of my text-book. "I shall look at
How many girls did it take to land him every day."
him ?" Was he gamey, Flossie?" "Yes, and he'll look at you every
"Did ye bait him with a clam-shell, or night. I have read a book that told
.an old boot? they'll snap at any thing." about a traveler that offended a crab
Oh I'd given away my dinner to once, and he informed the other crabs,
have been there!" and then Regy and they allmade for him at night, and
would stir him up with a stick, and twenty thousand of them came that
night and crept under his tent, x
and sat there and looked at him.
And there he was in the middle
of them, and you know their
eyes are fastened in their heads
by a string, and they can throw A j,
them out of their heads and .
draw them back again; and, at
a signal, they all threw their .
eyes at him. He was so horri-
fled that night, that he got insane
and had to be sent to a lunatic
I've heard your stories before,
Regy, and I simply don't credit
them. We girls are going to
hunt up a pond to put him in,
where we can pet him, and edu-
"You'd best hunt up a frying .
pan to put him in; he's
capital eating for breakfast,
well browned, with hard-
boiled eggs and parsley
round him," said Reginald.
I told him if he couldn't
do any better than to lie
there and make an exhibi-
tion of his bad taste and
better get up and
work off the fit.
I insisted upon
his helping me
to fill the pail
with salt water, -
and hang him
upon the rocks
until we could
make a future,
posal of him.
our parlor man-
what -e 1-
"WERE WIE CAN PET AND EDUCATE linX."
less decorous and elegant, owing to Then, I'd rub their furry ears, and
the fact that Reginald and Willie had they'd shake their bells,
been industriously circulating the epi- While old driver Raspar, funny stories
sode of the morning, with such addi- tells.
tions as they thought would add point
and piquancy, among the rest of the Ma tuns round winks so pretty,
boys, and there was no end of innu- Little, sharp round eyes
endo and witticism indulged in, that Litle, sharp round eyes;
caused the young gentlemen to retire uite t our surprise.
in groups and laugh; and we could Quite to our surplrse.
hear such remarks as, "Dick, there Then we mount, and off we go, up and
was a whale hooked on this coast this N r own the mall,
afternoon, did you know it ?" Or, I Never do they careless trip, never make
afternoon, did you know it?" Or, "I
think Jack Deadeye is the most comical a fall
character in Pinafore, he's so crabbed."
The girls of our party stood it as they Once, a princess royal
best could; and in the morning we Wanted little Max;
stole out to look at our prize, after the How to part those friends so loyal,
boys had gone off, but the tide had Her little brain she racks.
swept Jack and the pail out to sea. She would give her gold and silver, in
It was a long time before we heard a little purse,
the last of it, however. Then throw in for measure good, her
scolding English nurse!
_- Then she cried, and chattered
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S- ... And her little feet she pattered,
S On the rustic bench.
"My papa is king," she said, "and I'd
have you know,
I shall have the donkey, and to prison
shall you go."
How their tiny feet would scamper,
Up the valley blue,
MAX AND BEPPO. Carrying each his generous hamper,
And his rider, too.
Down by the lake they trotted, Sure of foot, they'd clamber round the
All the summer day; mountain spur
Max and Beppo never plotted Where the foot-sore tourist scarcely
Yet, to run away. dared to stir.
Two little donkey pets, Oh, I loved
them so! In this bright, sunshiny weather,
When I was in Switzerland, just a year I remember with a sigh,
ago. We no more can play together,
Beppo, Max and I.
How they liked bananas! Never dearer friends exist, in this world
And our apples sweet; below,
They had lovely manners, Than I made in Switzerland, just a year
Every thing they'd eat. ago.
When the air is warm and balmy, And carol, and whistle and sing.
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A lovely place to sit and dream, Rare music, so touching and sweet;
,,. ., There'll be a grand full chorus,
T Hhe concert is free to the children,
Out in the apple trees The robins will swing in the branches,
\hen the air is warm and balmy, And carol, and whistle and sing.
And the floating summer breeze The thrush, who is coming to-morrow,
\aft down the pale pink blossoms Will a charming solo bring.
Upon the soft green grass:-- The wrens will warble in chorus,
A lovely place to sit and dream, Rare music, so touching and sweet;
For each little lad and lass The orioles sent for their tickets,
And will surely give us a treat.
The concert will open early
When the sup lights up the skies:- The concert will open at sun-rise,
You'll miss the opening anthem All the June-time sweet and fair;
There'll be a grand full chorus,
If you let those sleepy eyes
Stay closed, and do not hasten
The concert is free to the children,
Out neathh the orchard trees, And is held in the apple trees,
Where the pink and snowy shower And the birds will sing in a chorus,
Is caught in the morning breeze. "O come to our concert-please!
"WHERE'S SOPHIE?" "IF I CAN, I WILL."
Sophie climbed the garden trellis, I knew a boy who was preparing to
Plucked the finest grapes in view; enter the junior class of the New York
How they shone with red and amber, University. He was studying trigo-
As the sun came glinting through. nometry, and I gave him three exam-
ples for his next lesson. The following
She was taking painting lessons, day he came into my room to demon-
And she paused and gazed at them; state his problems. Two of them he
"Oh," she said, "a pretty picture, understood; but the third-a very
Grapes and green leaves on a stem. difficult one-he had not performed.
I said to him,-" Shall I help you ?"
"I will leave them here, unbroken, "No, sir! I can and will do it, if you
Close beside the garden walk; give me time."
Look!" she said, to Cousin Mary, I said: "I will give you all the time
"Just anear this broken stalk." you wish."
The next day he came into my room
Off they went through pleasant path- to recite another lesson in the same
Staying longer than they knew, "Well, Simon, have you worked that
By a russet, leaf-strewn border, example ?"
With its asters, pink and blue. "No, sir," he answered; "but I can
and will do it, if you will give me a
Then their friendly gossip over, little more time."
Homeward as they turned to go; "Certainly, you shall have all the
"Oh, the grapes !" said Sophie, quickly, time you desire."
r I always like those boys who are de-
"We must go for those, you know." termined to do their own work, for they
make our best scholars, and men tco.
When they reached the precious clus- The third morning you should have
ter, seen Simon enter my room. I knew
Five bold sparrows pertly stood, he had it, for his whole face told the
g at te g b t story of his success. Yes, he had it,
Pecking at the grapes beside them, notwithstanding it had cost him many
Chattering in a wanton mood. hours of severest mental labor. Not
only had he solved the problem, but,
"Look! Oh, look!" said cousin Mary, what was of infinitely greater import-
"Sparrows at your luscious store !" ance to him, he had begun to develop
"Shoo!" said Sophie, "as there ever mathematical powers which, under the
Shoo! said Sophie, "was there ever inspiration of "I can and I will," he
Such a piece of work before ?" has continued to cultivate, until to-day
he is professor of mathematics in one
Pilfering sparrows, you have taught me, of our largest colleges, and one of the
By this loss, a lesson true; ablest mathematicians of his years in
When a bunch of grapes I ather, our country.
hen a bunch of grapes I gather, y young friends, let your motto
Just to keep them safe from you. ever be,-" If I can, I will."
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/ As I walked
in my garden to-dlay,
I saw a family sweet.
Many wee faces looked up,
From their cool and shady retreat.
Some had blue eyes and golden
Some dark eyes and raven locks,
Some were dressed in velvets so rare,
And some wore quaint, gay frocks.
I asked these babies so dear,
To come and live ever with ml !
4-/ Then laughing so gaily they said;
XWe are Panzszies, don't you see ?
1MRS. L. L. SLOANAKER.
LITTLE ELSIE. asleep, and the two mothers were talk-
ing together as they had not done for
FAITH LATIMER. years before. Baby Elsie was not
easily wakened, for she never had a
"I don't thee ath a Chineth baby very quiet place to sleep in. She was
lookth any different from any other quite used to strange noises on ship-
folkth baby, do you, Perthy ?" board, creaking ropes and escaping
"That's what I am trying to find steam, loud voices giving orders to
out," said Percy, whom his little sister sailors, sometimes roaring waters and
May called her "big brother;" for stormy winds. She had been many
only that morning she had said to her nights in a railroad sleeping-car, and
mother,-" I will athk Perthy, he ith she was not disturbed by the rush of
tho big, he muth know every thing." wheels, or the whistling of the locomo-
Percy was as full of wonder as little tive. Before that, she lived part of her
May over the baby sleeper. He wanted little life on a boat in a narrow river,
to see the back of her head, but it and a few months in a crowded, noisy
was resting on the soft pillow, and the house. Does it seem as if she had
eyes were tightly closed. May stood been quite a traveler? She had just
at the foot of the bed longing, and yet come all the way from China-a land
afraid, to pull up the cover, and look at on the other side of the round world-
the little feet. "Do you thpect she and that was the reason that May
wearth pink thatin thlipperth like thothe called her a Chinese baby. Percy and
in the glath cathe ?" she said. May had never seen Elsie's mother,
The voices did not waken the baby although she was their own aunt, for
even when Percy made May give a little she and her husband had been more
scream as he pulled her braided hair, than ten years missionaries in China,
and carried off the ribbon, saying,- and had come on a visit to America.
" You've got a Chinese pig-tail anyway." Don't you think the two mothers, dear
Did you ever see a big brother do any sisters, who had been so long and so
thing like that ? Then Percy went out far apart, had a great deal to say to
and slammed the door, and left little each other? Do you expect they
May thinking very hard, and the baby wanted Elsie to sleep quite as much as
asleep, after all that noise. What her cousins wanted her to wake? She
was May thinking about? She had was a good child, but she knew how to
heard mamma talk a great deal about cry, and after a few days Percy said,-
China, and had seen queer pictures of She's not so much after all, she can't
people with bald heads and a long talk and tell us any thing, and when she
braid of hair hanging down behind, and cries, she boo-hoo's just as you do, May."
in the cabinet in the sitting-room was In a week, two more Chinese travel-
a pair of tiny pink satin slippers, so ers came; the baby's father, and
small that her little hand could just go another cousin, Knox, a boy nine years
into one of them. Then she had a old. Did you ever fire off a whole
Chinese doll with almost a bald head, pack of Chinese fire-crackers at a time ?
and the queerest shaped eyes ; and that That was almost the way that questions
was why she and Percy wanted this baby were asked by the two boys, back and
to wake up that they might see what forth, so quick and fast that there was
she looked like. That very morning hardly time to answer each one. The
while the children were visiting their boy from Shanghai found as many
grandmother, a carriage came to their things strange to him as the New
house, bringing a little baby and its York boy would have seen in China.
mother; and by the time they got Percy, and May, although she could
home, the child was m May's crib, fasi not understand half she heard, were full
of wonder as Knox told of living on a KITTY STRIKER
boat in the river, of so many boats
around them, where people lived Little Kitty Striker saw
crowded together as closely as houses A handsome, fat, old goose
could be on land. He told of the Out a-walking with her gosling.
cities, of narrow, crooked streets, all the And she said,-" Now what's the use,
way under awnings, to be shielded Of letting that old waddler have
from the hot sun; of riding many miles Such a pretty thing as that ?
in a wheel-barrow, with a Chinaman to I'll run right out and get it;
push it along the road. They all I'll go without my hat."
laughed when Percy said they called Out she ran upon the dusty path,
their cousin Elsie "a Chinese baby;" On the grass, all wet with dew,
and the grown folks helped to tell And the old goose turned round quickly,
about the black-eyed babies over there, She wished an interview.
wrapped up in wadded comforts and And Kitty said,-" Oh, open your mouth
placed standing, a great, round roll, in a As much as ever you please;
tall basket, instead of a cradle. Percy I'm going to take your gosling,
thought the best thing he heard was Because I love to tease
of a boy in a royal family. He had to Such a cranky, impudent squawker as
be well taught, for he must be a wise you.
scholar in Chinese learning, but no one And she laughed right out, and stooped
dared to touch or hurt him; so a poor To take the toddling little thing,
boy of low rank was hired and kept in When down upon her swooped,
the house to take all the whippings for The angry goose with hisses fierce,
him; and whenever the young prince And wildly flapping wing,
deserved correction, the bamboo rod And gave her a nip that was no joke !
was well laid on the poor boy's back. On the heel of her red stocking!
What would you think of such a plan ? Miss Kitty screamed, but tightly held
Elsie's father and mother were going The little yellow ball,
back to China, but they were not will- And you know shc'd not the shadow of
ing that Knox should grow up there; right
he must go to some good school and To that goose's gosling at all.
stay in this country. Even little Elsie Then its mother made a terrible snap
they dared not trust out of their sight At Kitty's pretty blue dress !
among the Chinese. And that thoughtless, mischievous little
And so for the love of the dear Mas- girl,
'ter, who said,-"Go and teach all Was pretty well frightened I guess.
nations," they were willing to leave For she jumped and screamed, danced
father and mother, and home, loving round like a top,
sister and friends, even their own young And the goose's eyes flashed red ;
children, for His sake. And she struck her wings in Kitty's
Don't you believe our heavenly Father eyes,
will watch over Knox and Elsie, and And on her little brown head!
make them grow up wise and true; She dropped the gosling, and ran for
ready to go back to the land where they home,
we're born, to carry on the good work Screaming, and crying,-" Boo! hoo!
their father and mother are doing in And learned a lesson she never forgot,
that strange, far-off country ? And it's as wholesome for me and for
Do you know of any ways in which you,
children at home can help such work That it's best to be kind to our barn-
in China, or in other far-off foreign yard friends,
lands ? And let them have their fun too.
MAYING. I said, "Please, we didn't know it
-was yours, and we want some May very
Phil says he thinks it is a great pity much, because to-morrow's the first of
when the May isn't out till June, be- June, you know, and Phil says we can't
cause you can't go Maying if there go Maying then."
isn't any May, and it's so stupid to go The farmer didn't say any thing until
Maying in June. Phil is eleven months he caught sight of Dash, and then he
and fourteen days younger than I am, called out, angrily,-" If that dog gets
and his birthday is on the fourteenth of among my chickens, I shall have him
February and mine is on the first of shot!"
March; so for fourteen days we are the We were so frightened at that, that
same age, and when it's Leap Year we we ran away; and Dash ran too, as if
are the same age for fifteen days. he understood what the farmer said.
I don't understand why it should be We didn't stop for any May blossoms
a day more some years and not others, though we had picked them, and we
but mother says we shall learn about it did want them so, because of its being
by-and-by. Phil says he will like learn- the thirty-first of May.
ing all that, but I don't think I shall, Phil said the farmer was calling after
because I like playing better, us, but we only ran the faster, for fear
Phil and I have a little dog of our he should shoot Dash. When we got
own, and he belongs between us. His home, mother met us in the porch, and
name is Dash. He came from the asked where we had been; then we
Home for Lost Dogs, and we didn't told her all about the farmer, and how
know his name, so Phil and I sat on we wanted to go Maving while we
the grass, and we called him by every could.
name we could think of, until Phil She laughed a little, but presently
thought of Dash, and when Dash she looked quite grave, and said,-" I'm
heard that name he jumped up, and very glad to find you have told me the
ran to Phil, and licked his face. We whole truth, because if you had not I
don't know what kind of dog he is, and should still have known it. Farmer
father called him a 'terrier spaniel;' Grey has been here, and he told me
but he laughed as he said it, and so about your having gone across his
we're not quite sure that he wasn't in meadow that he is keeping for hay.
fun. But it doesn't matter what kind He has brought you all the May you
of dog Dash is, because we are all fond left behind, and he says you may have
of him, and if you're fond of any one some more if you want it, only you
it doesn't matter what they're like, or must not walk through the long grass,
if they have a pretty name. but go round the meadow by the little
Dash goes out with us when we take side-path. He said he was afraid he had
a walk, and I'm sure he knew yesterday frightened you, and he was sorry."
when we went out without leave, be- Phil and I had a splendid Maying
cause we wanted to go Maying. There's after that. We made wreaths for our-
a beautiful hedge full of May blossoms selves, .and one for Dash, only we
down the lane and across the meadow, couldn't get him to wear his, which
and we did want some May very badly. was a pity.
So Phil and I went without asking But the best of all is that mother
motber, and Dash went with us. says she can always trust us, because
We found the place quite easily, and we told the truth at once; and Phil and
had pulled down several boughs of it, I think we would rather never go May-
when we heard a gruff voice calling to ing any more(though we like it so much)
us, and the farmer came up, asking what than not tell her every thing. I'm sure
we were doing to his hedge. it's a very good plan, and we mean to
do it always, even when we're quite \ TM 0 N G
grown up Mother laughs at that, and N / the pas-
says,-" You will have your secrets .. se ngers
then;" but Phil and I don't think we ' on board
shall, because it couldn't be a really ;. _-_ -7 a river-
nice secret if we mightn't tell mother. .--'--. ----- -' steam er
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GRACIE'S TEMPER. woman,
Span i e d
" Once a gentle, snow-white birdie, by a bright-looking nurse-girl, and a
self-willed boy, about three years old.
Came and built its nest, The boy aroused the indignation of
the passengers by his continued shrieks
In a spot you'd never dream of,- and kicks and screams, and his vicious-
ness toward the patient nurse. He tore
In a baby's breast, herbonnet, scratched her hands, without
a word of remonstrance from the
Then how happy, gentle, loving, Whenever the nurse showed any
firmness, the mother would chide her
Grew the baby, Grace; sharply, and say,-" Let him have it,
All the smiles and all the dimples Mary. Let him alone."
Finally the mother composed herself
Brightened in her face. for a nap; and about the time the boy
had slapped the nurse for the fiftieth
time, a bee came sailing in and flew on
But a black and ugly raven the window of the nurse's seat. The
boy at once tried to catch it.
Came one morn that way; The nurse caught his hand, and said,
Came and drove the gentle birdie "Harry mustn't touch. It will bite
From its nest away. Harry screamed savagely, and began
to kick and pound the nurse.
The mother, without opening her
Ah! how frowning and unlovely eyes or lifting her head, cried out,
Was our Gracie then, "Why will you tease that child so,
Mary? Let him have what he wants
Until evening brought the white dove at e."
To its nest again. "But, ma'am, it's a-"
Let him have it, I say."
Thus encouraged, Harry clutched at
Children, this was Gracie's raven, the bee and caught it. The yell that
followed brought tears of joy to the
This her gentle dove,- passengers.
The mother awoke again.
In heart a naughty temper Mary she cried, let him have it."
Mary turned in her seat, and said,
Drove away the love." confusedly:-" He's got it, ma'am."
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THE SONG OF THE FIVE CHICKS.
Sang the first little chicken, Sang the fourth little chicken,.
With a queer little squirm, With a small sigh of grief,
"I wish I could find "I wish I could find
A fat little worm." A green little leaf."
Sang the next little chicken, Sang the fifth little chicken,
With an odd little shrug, With a faint little moan,
"I wish I could find "I wish I could find
A fat little slug." A wee gravel stone."
Sang the third little chicken, "Now, see here," said the mother,
With a sharp little squeel, From the green garden patch,
" I wish I could find If you want any breakfast,
Some nice yellow meal." Just come here and scratch."
A STRONG PULL.
Three girls, Now we
With their curls, Can plainly see,
Three boys, That boys,
With their noise, With their noise,
Are pulling to see, Are losing the game,
Which the stronger must be. And much of their fame.
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WINDSOR CASTLE. them, and covers more than twelve
acres of land, being defended by bat-
This ancient and splendid pile is a fit- teries and towers. The upper court is a
ting residence for the sovereigns of spacious quadrangle, having a round
England. It impresses one with the tower on the west, the private apart-
idea of supreme grandeur and formida- ments of the sovereigns on the south
ble strength, but it has reached its pres- and cast, the State apartments and St.
ent magnificence, by constant embel- George's Hall and the chapel royal on
lishments and additions by successive the north.
sovereigns. The royal apartments are reached by
It owes its origin to William the an imposing vestibule. The first room,
Conqueror, that bold and progressive the Queen's guard chamber, contains a
Norman, who created here a fortified grand array of warlike implements, and
hunting seat, where he and his brave glittering weapons, and its walls are
barons could enjoy themselves after rich in paintings.
the "hunting of the deer" in the wild The Queen's presence chamber con-
glades of Windsor forest. tains the rarest furniture and hangings,
The castle stands upon a hill on the with an array of artistic works by the
bank of the river Thames, twenty-three most celebrated masters.
miles from London, with which it is con- The ball-room is hung with tapestry,
nected by railway. It is surrounded on representing the twelve months of the
all sides, except the east, by a noble ter- year, and upon its ceiling is pictured
race above two thousand five hundred Charles II, giving freedom to England.
feet in extent, faced by a strong rampart There is here an immense table of solid
of hewn stone, and having, at intervals, silver.
easy slopes leading down to the park. In the Queen's bed-chamber is the
The terrace is a most delightful walk, State bed, said to have cost $70,000,
commanding charming views of the ex- designed for Oueen Charlotte. The
tensive domain and the surrounding Queen's dressing-room, hung with Brit-
country. Everywhere are evidences of ish tapestry, contains the closet in
royal expenditure, of watchful care and which is deposited the banner of France.
tasteful ornamentation. The same closet contains the tea-equi-
The park abounds in woodland scen- page of Queen Anne.
ery of exquisite beauty, and it does An elegant saloon is called the "Room
seem as if the "English sunshine" was of Beauties," and contains fourteen por-
nowhere more satisfying or refreshing traits of ladies who were "most fair" in
than in these delightful avenues. The the court of Charles II. Their lovely
deer roam at will, and streamlets trickle faces and rich apparel, quaint and oddly
and English violets and other wild flow- fashioned, make a most delightful and
ers blossom, the praises of whose deli- instructive study.
cate perfumes and beauties have been The audience chamber contains the
sung by Wordsworth and Keats.. throne and is enriched with historical
There is a stately walk, three miles paintings of events in the reign of
long, bordered by double rows of trees, Henry III. Another guard chamber
which leads from the lodge to these contains an immense collection of war-
delightful precincts, and at the en- like instruments, fancifully arranged,
trance stretch away in gorgeous array, and also the flag sent by the Duke of
the Queen's gardens, in which very Wellington in commemoration of the
beautiful and rare productions of floral battle of \aterloo.
culture find a congenial home. St. George's Hall, which is one hun-
The castle consists of two courts, dred and eieht feet long, is set apart for
having a large, round tower between the illustrious "Order of the Garter."
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It is superbly decorated with allegorical ures were taken to isolate him, and in
paintings. The chapel is a fine speci- a few days the young King was con-
men of the florid Gothic. The roof is pletely in the hands of the terrible
elliptical and is composed of stone; the Duke of Gloucester.
whole ceiling is ornamented with em- From one high-handed act of usurpa-
blazoned arms of many sovereigns and tion to another, assisted by unprinci-
knights of the Garter. The stalls of pled, ambitious men, he proceeded, evi-
the sovereigns and knights exhibit a dently aiming to secure the crown for
profusion of rare carving. The chapel his own head.
is the burial place of many royal and Under pretense of placing the Prince
illustrious persons; Edward IV, Henry in greater safety, and removing him
IV, Henry VIII and Charles I having from persons who might influence him,
been interred here. to the detriment of the peace and wel-
fare of the kingdom, he was conducted,
in great state, to the Tower; his uncle
THE LITTLE PRINCES. assuming the office of Lord Protector
of the King
Among the sad episodes in the illus- Upon gaining the entire custody of
treated history of English sovereigns, the royal lad, he sent a large number of
not one is more pathetic or impressive dignitaries to the royal mother, to per-
than the story of the two little Princes, suade her to allow the other little boy
sons of Edward IV. This King had an to be taken to the Tower to keep his
ambitious and unscrupulous brother, brother company. The Prince was al-
called Richard, Duke of Gloucester. lowed to proceed thither, and Richard,
At the time of the King's death, this now having them both at his mercy, de-
man was at the head of an army in termined upon their death.
Scotland, which was entirely devoted to The Governor of the Tower was, it
him, and he felt strong and equal to seems, a man of at least human feel-
undertaking any bold and unlawful ings, and when he was ordered by
measure to obtain the crown, which Richard, "In some wise to put the chil-
rightfully belonged to Edward's son, dren to death," utterly refused to per-
the young Prince of Wales. form so dangerous and horrible an act.
Upon receiving the news of his broth- Richard then sent for the keys of the
her's death, Richard clothed himself and Tower, to keep in his possession twen-
his large retinue in deep mourning and ty-four hours, and gave them, and the
proceeded in great haste to London, command of the Tower for that time,
taking the oath of loyalty on the way, to Sir James Tyrrel, his master of horse.
and making many protestations of in- This man procured two assassins,
terest and affection for the fatherless who proceeded, at dead of night, to
boys. the chamber of the sleeping Princes.
The young Prince of Wales received They lay in each other's arms, as though
him with many expressions of regard they had fallen asleep comforting one
and respectful consideration, as befitted another; and the assassins, falling
a paternal uncle, and placed undoubted upon them with their ruffian strength,
faith in his suggestions; the Duke thus smothered them with the bed-clothes,
found it an easy matter to direct his "Keeping the feather pillows hard upon
movements, and the selection of his their mouths."
counselors and servants. Two of these, When the deed was done, Tyrrel
who were favorite and loyal friends, he stepped into the chamber, to take a
caused to be seized on a frivolous accu- hasty view of the dead bodies, which
station, and they were taken to a dis- were then, by his orders, buried at the
tant castle as prisoners. Other meas- stair-foot, under a heap of stones.
Richard, Duke of Gloucester, had no V and his brother, were smothered by
further obstacle in assuming the purple, order of Richard III.
and was crowned King of England with In the south-west angle of the in-
all pomp and ceremony, and known to closure were the royal apartments, for
unenviable fame as Richard III. the Tower was a palace for nearly five
This account has come down to us hundred years, and only ceased to be
with all the authority of historical so on the accession of Elizabeth.
verity, and subsequent evidences of its The principal buildings within the
accuracy have been discovered. The walls are the church, the white tower,
age was characterized by inhumanity of the ordnance office, the jewel office,
the most barbarous kind, and this crime the horse armory. The church is called
was in keeping with it. "St. Peter in Vincules," and is re-
The English people in this nine- markable as the depository of the head-
teenth century rejoice in a sovereign less bodies of numerous illustrious per-
who is noble in the highest sense; be- sonages who suffered either in the
loved by her subjects, achieving for Tower or on the hill. Among these
herself the universal plaudit of a "most were Anna Boleyn, Thomas Crom-
humane and gracious lady." well, Catharine Howard, the Duke of
Somerset and the Duke of Monmouth.
The jewel office is a strong, stone
THE TOWER OF LONDON. room, in which are kept the crown
jewels, regalia, such as the golden orb,
This ancient edifice is situated on the golden sceptre with the dove, St.
the north bank of the Thames, at the Edward's staff, State salt-cellar, sword
extremity of the city of London. of mercy, golden spurs, the golden
The antiquity of the building has eagle and golden spoons, also the sil-
been a subject of much inquiry, but ver font used at the baptism of the
the present fortress is believed to have royal family, the State crown worn by
been built by William the Conqueror, her Majesty in Parliament. A large
and garrisoned with Normans to se- collection of ancient plate is also kept
cure the allegiance of his subjects; al- here.
though it appears that the Romans had The horse armory is a brick building
a fort on this spot, if a dim tradition east of the white tower, adorned with
can be credited. The building is gov- suits of armor of almost every descrip-
erned by the Constable of the Tower," tion; but the most striking are the effi-
who, at coronations and other State cer- gies of the English kings on horse-
emonies, has the custody of the regalia, back, armed cap-a-pie. The line of
The principal entrance is on the west, mounted celebrities commences with
and consists of two gates, at which are William the Conqueror and ends with
stationed guards. The keys are kept, George II. Several of the cuirasses
during the day, at the warder's hall, but and helmets taken at Waterloo are kept
deposited every night at the Gover- here. In the armory are also shown a
nor's house. Cannon are placed at in- representation of Queen Elizabeth in
tervals around the great wall, and com- armor; the axe which severed thehead of
mand every avenue leading to Tower Anna Boleyn, as well as that of the
Hill. .Earl of Essex; the invincible banner
On the south side is an arch, called takenfrom the Spanish Armada, and the
"Traitors' Gate," through which State wooden cannon used by Henry VIII at
prisoners were formerly brought from the siege of Boulogne.
theriver. Nearthe Traitors' Gate is the The Beauchamp Tower is noted for the-
"Bloody Tower," in which it is sup- illustrious personages formerly confined
posed the two young Princes, Edward within its walls.
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MARY AND HER LAMB. Some years after the lamb's death,
Mrs. Sarah Hall, a celebrated woman
This is the title of one of the most who wrote books, composed some verses
familiar poems in the English language, about Mary's lamb and added them to
but few people know its history, those written by John Rollstone, mak-
Most of our young readers will be ing the complete poem as we know it.
surprised to hear that the well-known Mary took such good care of the stock-
nursery song of "Mary had a Little ings made of her lamb's fleece that
Lamb" is a true story, and that when she was a grown-up woman she
S "Mary" is still living, says an ex- gave one of them to a church fair in
About seventy years ago she was a As soon as it became known that
little girl, the daughter of a farmer in the stocking was made from the fleece
Worcester county, Mass. She was of "Mary's little lamb," every one
very fond of going with her father to wanted a piece of it; so the stocking
the fields to see the sheep, and one day was raveled out, and the yarn cut into
they found a baby lamb, which was small pieces. Each piece was tied to
thought to be dead. a card on which Mary" wrote her full
Kind-hearted little Mary, however, name, and these cards sold so well that
lifted it up in her arms, and as it they brought the large sum of $140 in
seemed tp'breathe she carried it home, the Old South Church.-Our Sunday
made it a warm bed near the stove, Afternlooin.
and nursed it tenderly. Great was
her delight when, after weeks of care-
ful feeding and watching, her little pa-
tient began to grow well and strong, JAMIE'S GARDEN.
and soon after it was able to run about.
It knew its young mistress perfectly,
always came at her call, and was happy "I shall have the nicest kind of a gar-
only when at her side. den," said Jamie, one morning. "I'm
One day it followed her to the village going to make it in that pretty little
school, and not knowing what else to spot just over the bank. I mean to
do with it, she put it under her desk have some flowers in pots and some in
and covered it with her shawl, beds just like the gardener; and then
There it stayed until Mary was you can have fresh ones every day,
called up to the teacher's desk to mamma. I'm going right over there
say her lesson, and then the lamb now.
walked quietly after her, and the other Jamie started off bravely with his
children burst out laughing. So the spade on his shoulder; but when, after
teacher had to shut the little girl's an hour, mamma went to see how he
pet in the woodshed until school was was getting on, she found him lying on
out. Soon after this, a young student, the grass, with the ground untouched.
named John Rollstone, wrote a little "Why, Jamie, where is your gar-
poem about Mary and her lamb and den?"
presented it to her. The lamb grew to "I was just lying here, and thinking
be a sheep and lived for many years, how nice it will look when it is all
and when at last it died Mary grieved done," said Jamie.
so much for it that her mother took Mamma shook her head. "But that
some of its wool, which was as "white will not dig ground, nor make the flow-
as snow," and knitted a pair of stock- ers grow, little boy. No good deed was
ings for her, to wear in remembrance of ever done by only lying still and think-
her darling. ing about it."
.I r .,, vould go into the woods
I I l, ,,-l .I,, I see what the charm was.
S] i I .- oldest of us three, and had
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**!. !.. .. shall find the robbers'
;' ,- I -e say, 'Open Sesame,'
/ i i. r 1 i .. I r., doors will slowly swing
/ a very lively place for open, and we can go in where the
Sandy one except a cou- chains of :i- gems and the heaps
pie of young colts, of golden coin are."
Sandc as many calves, "I think you'll get into places where
jumping around after you can't get out; 'open sesame' will
their mothers, never lift you out of a marsh hole,"
The bees seemed to be making a said William Pitt Gaylord, our eldest
good deal of fun for themselves, if brother.
stinging us children amused them, and Mollie, you can find somebody to
buzzing into every pretty, bright flower, have a talking match with, for there are
so that no one could pick it with safety. lots of chipmunks over in the grove,
The crows, too, collected in great remarked Hugh.
gossiping parties, in the pines, over on "I've seen snakes in that very woods,
the shore of the pond, and they always too," and if you'd holler, Lib, at that
seemed to be congratulating themselves end of the pond, as you do at this end
over something immensely satisfactory. of the tea-table, you wouldn't catch
But we children, especially the girls, any fish," said William. This caused
found it very dull after we had seen an uproarious laugh on the part of the
the few sights of the farm. The boys boys.
were trying to hunt and fish; but Lib We listened quietly to their sarcastic
an:l I talked that over, and we came to remarks, knowing they were prompted
the conclusion, after much laughing by an unreasonable desire to monopo-
and many caustic remarks, that the lize the delights of the ws o oods to them-
only amusement we had was, laughing selves.
at their failures. William Pitt remarked that "Girls
We communicated that fact to them, had no business to meddle with boys'
but it didn't seem to make any differ- sports, and they'd come to grief if they
ence; off they went on the same fruit- did; you'd see!"
less hunt, and left us to do what we Next morning the August haze lay
might, to make ourselves happy, soft on the landscape, but in a short
time it went off, and Father, learning Hello Fred," said Hugh, as a
that we girls were going to spend a neighboring boy, a city boarder, came
part of the day in the woods, quietly through the gate, attired in base-ball
told the boys that they must escort us cap and knickerbockers, "we can't go to
to the pleasantest place, and not wan- Duck Inlet to-day. Father says the
der very far off. They pouted consid- girls must have a good time, too, and
erably, and had a talk at the corner of that we must devote one day to them,
the barn; they then came back, smiling, at least."
and apparently good-natured. "All right," said Fred, "can I go
Our brothers did not intend to be with you? I'll go and get my butterfly
unkind, but they had the common fail- net, and we can go over to Fern Hol-
ing of humanity-selfishness. But Lib low mill, the winter-greens and berries
matched them in a dozen ways with her are as thick there! Gracious! you can
get a quart pail full in no time.
The mill-wheel is a beautiful
sight," said Fred, turning to
SLib, "and you can sketch it,
--- Miss Gaylord."
Lib looked upon Fred with
a little more toleration, after
he had said "Miss Gaylord,"
Sand went and ordered an
Additional ration to be put
into the lunch basket. We
a were glad to have Fred along
Switch us, for he was very fun-
I n. i ny, and made jokes on every
SLib would allow no one to
carry the lunch basket but
a, herself, as she remarked, "It
w -h-n is safer with me.
SWe started, and were tempt
ed to loiter at all the little
.nooks on the leaf-shadowed
L road, and investigate the
-; --haunts of the curious dwel-
lers in the rocks and bush-
es, and especially were we
good-humored retaliations; and many a interested in the ducks on Fern Hol-
tilt she had with William Pitt since we low creek. Dora insisted upon feed-
had arrived at the farm. In the city she ing them a piece of bread. "Calamity,"
was abreast of him in all his studies; the dog, was along, of course, and as
and I noticed that Lib could get out he belonged to William Pitt, who called
her Latin, and write a composition him "Clam," he was always in that
much faster than he, and often he had boy's company. It was, "Love me,
been obliged to come to her for aid. love my 1.-.," with Williamn; and as
It nettled Lib not to be able to hunt he was a professional of some kind, he
and fish. We two younger ones mod- was greatly prized by the boys.
eled after her; she was the leader, and We reached the woods and the old
when she said we would go with the mill early; I think I never was in a
boys, we went. more delightful place. Every thing
seemed to grow here. Winter-greens, "This is certainly the fairies' dining
with their crimson berries, shining in hall," said Lib.
the moss, and blueberries, where the "I'll tell you what, said I, "this is
sun came; tall, white flowers that grew not far from home, and we can bring
in clusters in the shade, sent their per- things, and have a little parlor here. I
fume all about. Back of the mill, on can make a couple of curtains out of
some sandy ledges, grew pennyroyal that figured scrim, for windows, and
and spearmint that old square rug in the car-
.I i....- i I riage-house will do for the floor.
b i .- i You can bring your rocking-
.. .. her tea-set.
1 !, I .. "I'll bring our Christmas and
S--'-. Easter cards, and we can fasten
them all about, on the walls," said
Lib, who had fallen in immedi-
S- ".a i tely with the plan.
S -- I'll bring Mrs. Snobley, and
Small her children, and the dining
table," said Dora.
iShe had reference to her large
doll, and a whole dozen of little
-i'-1. l .... ones, that were always brought
forward in any play that Dora
Shad taken a fancy to.
We were in such haste to
put our scheme into operation,
Se Le that we dispatched the lunch
boys of our plan. They thought
,-,. -, it was capital. Any thing that
..p. t... i i ; would release them, after they
o"1 LI. pi- e t r,. a had eaten all that was to be had,
id, Il,,i .I .. would, of course, be received
,,: :.. i with acclamation. They ac-
Si ,.,, .... .. a. knowledge the same, in a very
neat speech, which Lib said,
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.".,._ .. : She fell in immediately with
-.. L:- th, ... ... : our fun, and helped us to a num-
..- ... I .... : ber of nice things, to furnish
had enclosed the space so com- our greenwood bower. We
pletely, that Lib, who had thought- worked tremendously that after-
fully brought along a scissors to noon, and after Betty had washed
cut off stubborn plants, could make the dinner dishes, she helped us. Be-
two windows in the green wall; one fore sun-down every thing was complete.
looking into the woods, the other off The boys, who had taken themselves a
at the distant pond. The grass was mile away, to hunt, came round to visit
fine in here, and the sunbeams us on their way home. They agreed
dropped down in little round spots, that it was just perfect, and inquired if
on the pine needles that covered the we hadn't put in an elevator, to reach
floor. the second story, with numerous other
inquiries, intended to be funny; and never was so frightened. I ran back,
then asked where we kept our cran- and whispered to the rest the dreadful
berry tarts. state of things. They looked horror-
"We're not going to allow any boys stricken. Lib changed color, but just
in this play-house after to-day," said I; stood still.. Then she said,-" There's
"your feet are muddy, and you're so big, plenty of help over at the mill."
you fill it all up." "Oh, let us go no nearer, but get
Our visitor, Fred, looked at his feet, home as fast as we can," I said.
and blushed. "Not after to-day ? How Lib raised her hand in warning for us
are you going to keep any one out ?" to keep still, and we crept along, softly,
inquired William Pitt. behind the bower ; and when we had got-
We will draw this portiere across ten so far, we all turned around and ran
the door-way, and no gentleman would for dear life into the woods again.
think of entering," said Lib. "This is nonsense," said Lib. "You
"No, they wouldn't, sure enough," were mistaken, Molly, I'm sure."
said Hugh. How are you going to I said I'd go back with her, and she
prevent our looking in the windows ?" could see for herself. We crept to the
Only rude boys would look in win- back of the bower, and Lib leaned over
dows," said Fred, and I don't know and looked in. Lib turned pale, caught
.of any hereabouts." hold of my hand and Dora's, and ran
They laughed at this, and Lib laughed quite a distance toward the mill.
too, and made the sly remark, that Then she stopped, and said, as true as
"Hunting on the duck-pond trans- she was alive, there was a man in there;
formed some people mighty soon." he stood with a large stick resting on
Fred said he'd try to be on his good his shoulder, upon which was slung a
behavior if we'd let him make a formal bundle, tied up in a red handkerchief,
call on us the next afternoon. We his clothing was -, _-...1, and his hat
consented to this ; then they all said was very dilapidated.
they'd call. "Oh, Lib, I'm going to run for it,"
The next day we busied ourselves in said I.
preparing a spread of good things for "Wait a minute," said she. "I don't
our reception, and Betty took it over, hear any noise. Let's think; if we
and on returning, said every thing was didn't have to go right in front of the
just as we had left it. We dressed door, we could get to the mill."
ourselves up in our best, to receive the All this time we were edging our-
gentlemen, a little time after dinner, selves as far away from the dangerous
The woods were never so lovely, we precincts as we conveniently could.
thought, and to add to our personal She stood again, perfectly still. "I
charms, we made wreaths and garlands wont go another step," she said. That
of ferns and wild-flowers to adorn our moment's reflection had re-instated her
persons and hats. courage. He don't come out; I should
I had sauntered along considerably say that was making an informal call
in advance, and as I approached the when the ladies were out. He's a
bower I was not a little surprised to beautiful-looking specimen anyway,"
see from a distance that the door-cur- said Lib, with fine irony; and as she
tain was drawn half open. I stopped said this, she frowned, and put her
to listen, but there was no sound, only head back.
a wild bird piping its three little notes, No sound was heard, and no demon-
down by the mill. I cautiously went stations from the interloper were made.
up, and peeped into the little window, The sight of the mill-wagon, going
.and there stood a man on the rug! He slowly down the road, gave us heart,
.seemed to be looking about. I think I and Lib said:
I'll go and order him out, be the joke out, and to come in like gentle-
consequences what they may. Mollie, men, and make a formal call, and
you're good at screaming, you can probably they would be invited to take
bring the miller here if we have to get some refreshments.
help." This news caused them to work with
"Don't Don't I would rather he great alacrity. They were dressed up
stole all our things; let him have the too; Fred having chosen to wear his
tarts and the cocoanut cake, and the school uniform, with a gorgeous crim-
jam, and the pickles, and the cheese, son sash and his sword.
and the sandwiches! Let him have We were never so delighted with
them in welcome! I'm going to fly any thing as with that afternoon's ad-
home !" venture. For hours we chatted and
"I want Mrs. Snobley!" sobbed laughed, and ate our refreshments,
Dora. until the western light began to take
Lib never said another word. She on a ruddy hue, and we closed our little
walked up to the entrance, and pulled bower and proceeded homeward.
aside the curtain, and there stood the What was our surprise, when we
semblance of a man. In his extended reached there, to find that three young
hand was a card, on which was very friends from the city with their servant
badly printed: had come to visit us. Merryvale was
not dull after that, I can assure you.
"I'm a eoor b'y,--I want a
"I''ll scrape Ic mud/ off me'
boots, jf yc'll clt me in."
Lib called, Come here, Mollie, it's
a trick of those boys."
We went in, and there we found the
interloper to be a scarecrow from a
neighboring field, ingeniously arranged
so as to appear very human.
At that moment, a loud laugh above
our heads betrayed the presence of the
boys in the trees, who clambered down
with hilarious expedition, and fairly
rolled themselves upon the ground
perturbation ; had heard my cowardly -
cries and expressions; Lib's looking in -- - -
the window, and her fearful hesitation
and scamper behind the fairy bower!
The best thing to do was to laugh, and
that we did right heartily; we girls, were
internally thankful that the intruder was
only a scarecrow after all.
We ordered the boys take their silly TIHE xw SERVANT AT MERRYVALE.
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THE LION AT THE "ZOO." his hunting gear. The beast had torn
-- him to pieces and devoured him.
In the jungles, where the sun is so The devastations of this scourge of
fierce at noonday that the black na- the wilderness became so great in time,
tives, themselves, cannot endure it, but that he depopulated whole villages, and
hide in huts and caverns and in the the superstitious natives, believing him
shadows of rocks, dwelt this lion, to be a demon, became so stricken with
He did not mind heat, or storm, or fear that they would not attempt to
the tireless hunters. He was braver hunt him, and thus rid the forest of
and stronger than any other creature in him.
that tropical wilderness, and his very Some agents of a business firm in
appearance and the sound of his terri- Holland, who negotiate for the pur-
ble roar had sent many a band of hunt- chase of these ferocious wild animals
ers flying back to their safe retreats, for menageries, secured, by promises
He prowled about the fountains at of great help and large reward, a band
night, and woe to any belated native or of intrepid native hunters, to procure,
domestic animal that happened to be if it were within the range of possi-
near; he would leap upon them, and ability, this famed lion, alive.
kill them with one blow of his huge
One day a bushman sighted a fine
deer, and incautiously separated him- J y
self from his companions; the ardor of
the pursuit led him into the pathless
wilderness, and farther and farther from
help, if he should need any. !
Pausing a moment, he looked about
him; he could not believe his eyes!
He saw, not forty rods from him, this.
creature, regarding him! intense ex- ,
citement flashing from his eyes, his tail -C
swaying from side to side, and striking ..
the ground with a heavy thud. '- I
The bushman fled in wild terror, and ''
with a bound the lion began the chase.- .
No match, indeed, could any one man A BEAUTIFUL DEER.
hope to be for such an enemy-no out- White men joined in the hunt. Brave
running this fleet patrol of the forest; Englishmen and fearless Americans
roaring and foaming he came up with attached themselves to the party, and
the doomed hunter and struck him many were the hair-breadth escapes
down and killed him. and critical situations that crowded
The roaring over his success was upon their path.
something too terrible to hear. The On reaching the lion's neighborhood,
other creatures of the forest fled to their they took counsel as to the best way
dens and coverts, and the party of hunt- of coming upon him, not knowing just
ers, dimly locating the lion's where- where his lair might be; but soon
about, betook themselves to other they were guided to him by a distant
grounds, not caring to encounter so roaring. The advance hunters caught
formidable a foe. Little did they sus- their first glimpse of him before he was
pect the fate of their comrade, and aware of their presence. He had slain
they never knew of it until, a long time his prey-the pretty creature lay near
afterward, they found the remains of the jungle lake, the sword grass and
the poisonous marsh flowers flaunting The fearful encounter began! Many
their lush-growth all about. The ani- of the natives were killed. One young
mal's smooth coat was brown and English nobleman was thought to have
glossy, and its little black hoofs shone received his death wound, when they
came to close
.. ......quarters. The
I overcome by
ed 1s1ge e had idgheroic bravery
II11e had!1I~1' datees downumbers and
at last. He
secured, in the
deft and ex-
learned in deal-
ing with these
Animals. H e
il was finally
caged, and the
F rejoicings of
women and the
ing in the un-
He was re-
moved by his
I- Ieventually se-
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mission, an d
HE WAS FINALLY CAGED. was liberated
to walk about a
bright in the sunshine. The lion re- spacious cage, to delight the thou-
peated the same expressions of grati- sands who visit the menagerie, that
field savagery he had indulged in when affords so much instructive amuse-
he had devoured the native. He strode ment. He usually lies down in one
about, lashing his tail and roaring. corner, and although he has lost much
of his magnificent appearance, he Out went all the rest,
is still worthy to be called the "Forest i
King." On the water with zest
If you happen to be in his section They said, "We will venture, whatever
when he gets hungry and calls for his it brings."
dinner, you will be greatly astonished,
if not frightened, at the sound of his Their mother looked out, so kind and
voice. It is like nothing else in nature.
It vibrates to the roof of the vast struc- so true,
ture, and the windows rattle in their Adown where the rushes and lily-pads
frames. He tramps about and lashes
his tail against the bars and stamps his grew;
feet, and his keeper hurries to throw They looked very gay,
him his ration of raw meat. When he A
is satisfied, he lies down and purs as As pa awa
good-naturedly as a pussy cat, and looks With their bright, yellow backs, on the
you in the eyes with an unwinking water so blue.
You and I most earnestly hope that "Come back!" cried their mother,
he may never contrive to escape. "
"come back to the land!
I fear for my dear ones some evil is
1 i But they ventured beyond
--- The shore of the pond,
And laughed at her warnings, and
i spurned her command.
-_ Farewell, to the goslings! their troubles
-- are o'er;
They were pelted with stones, by boys
on the shore.
DISOBEYING MOTHER. Ar fom the
Afar from the bank,
"I think, little goslings, you'd better They struggled and sank,
not go, Down deep in the water, to come up no
You're young, and the water is chilly, more.
you know; Oh, see what it cost them, to have their
But when you get strong,
You can sail right along- own way;
Go back in the sunshine, or walk in a Their punishment came without stint
row." or delay;
But the sweet one that stayed,
"No, no! we will go," said those bold
little things, And its mother obeyed,
Except one little dear, close to moth- Lived long, and was happy for many a
er's warm wings. day.
DISSOLVING COIN TRICK. then, in turn, presses the marked coin
upon it, and lays the knife on a table
For this trick we require a small with the coin side down. In cutting
tumbler made of thin glass, and a dime the orange, the point of the knife is
or other small coin which has been used until a cut is made about half-way
previously marked, so as to be readily down, and then, to finish, the blade is
identified. The coin is dropped, in full drawn through, thus detaching the
view of the audience, into the glass, coin, which will remain inside. As
over which a handkerchief is thrown, some of the wax is likely to adhere to
and all are placed on a table. The the coin, the magician easily re-
performer then gives out a good-sized moves it under pretense of wiping off
table-knife and a plate of oranges. The the orange juice.-Illustrated London
knife is examined, and an orange se- Paper.
elected. Returning to the tumbler, he
bids the coin to leave it and pass into
the orange. He removes the hand- THE FATE OF A FLEET.
kerchief, and it is seen that the coin
has disappeared from the glass, and
Two bright boys forsook their toys,
on cutting open the orange it is found
in the center. And cracked some nuts in two;
For this trick the young conjurer re- And set them afloat, each little boat,
quires first, a prepared tumbler; second- With its flag of red or blue.
With its flag of red or blue.
ly, a tiny ball of wax. Just even with
the bottom of the tumbler is a small
slit, which any glass grinder will cut "Let's start a breeze," said Fred, as he
for a few cents. When about to pour shook
water into the tumbler, it is held with
His kerchief to and fro;
the hand encircling it, so that one
finger presses into and covers the slit. He kept up the fun, till every one
After the water is emptied and the tum- Of his boats began to go.
bler wiped dry, the coin is thrown in,
and then by slightly tilting the glass,
just as it is being covered with the Said Fred, "Let's run along the bank,
handkerchief, the coin will drop into And see which one will beat!"
the hand. Before beginning the trick, And Harry went, on a good time bent,
the performer lightly presses the tiny
ball of wax upon the lowest button of And watched the tiny fleet.
his vest, so that he can get at it just
the minute he needs it. After the But soon they met with a sad mishap,
knife has been examined, and whilst And all the sport was done;
going for the oranges, he picks the wax
off its resting-place, pressing it firmly They sailed right into a flock of geese,
upon the center of the knife-blade, and And were floundered, every one.
A SUMMER AT WILLOW- and ate the goodies so generously pro-
SPRING. vided. Just before breaking up, we all
joined in playing our favorite game of
"snap the whip," and with screams
The trunks were strapped on the and laughter, one after another of the
back of the carriage; we children, with weakest ones rolled over in the soft
Nurse, were bundled inside; the door grass. The last night at Willow-spring
shut-the driver snapped his whip- wound up with a grand frolic, in which
and without any time for last good- all took part.
byes, we were whirled away to the
station. How excited and glad we
were, for Papa and Mamma were to fol-
low us next day, and we left the
city far behind to spend the whole GREAT EXPECTATIONS.
beautiful summer at Willow-spring.
The very first day after our arrival, we
were out-Willie, my brother, Elsie, our Every little grape, dear, that clings unto
little four-year-old sister, and myself- the vine,
scouring the premises, and I guess Expects some day to ripen its little
there was not a nook or corner we had drops of wine.
not visited by night. It was a lovely Every little girl, I think, expects in
place, with broad shady walks through time to be
which we raced, or Willie drove us as Exactly like her own mamma-as sweet
two spirited young colts, for like most and good as she.
boys he was rather masterful. Every little boy who has a pocket of
I wish I could tell you of the grand his own,
time we had that summer. We formed Expects to be the biggest man the
the acquaintance of several little neigh- world has ever known.
bor children, who proved pleasant play- Every little lambkin, too, that frisks
mates, and together we would wander upon the green,
through the cool leafy woods, or roam Expects to be the finest sheep that
the sunny meadows gathering sweet ever yet was seen.
wild strawberries and armsful of gold- Every little baby colt expects to be a
en-eyed daisies, and taking our treas- horse;
ures home, would have a little treat on Every little puppy hopes to be a dog,
the shady veranda, and garland our- of course.
selves with long daisy chains, making Every little kitten pet, so tender and
believe we were woodland fairies, so nice,
Once in a while the rabbits from the Expects to be a grown-up cat and live
near wood ran across the garden path, on rats and mice.
timid and shy little creatures at first- Every little fluffy chick, in downy yel-
they grew quite tame from our feeding low dressed,
-and Elsie dearly loved her bunnies, Expects some day to crow and strut or
as she called them. cackle at his best.
Rapidly the days flew by, and the Every little baby bird that peeps from
time for our departure was at hand. out its nest,
We felt sorry to leave, but Mamma, to Expects some day to cross the sky from
console us in part, planned a little out- glowing east to west.
door feast for the day before our go- Now every hope I've mentioned here
ing, to which our little friends were all will bring its sure event,
invited, and a happy, merry band of Provided nothing happens, dear, to hin-
children played out under the trees, der or prevent.
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A STUFFED JUMBO.
Yesterday, Alice met the stuffed very much affected by the meeting.
Jumbo, her former mate. She walked He was Jumbo's old keeper.-Hu-
slowly up to him, and then stood for a few manze Journal.
moments, evidently surveying him
with wonder. Then she swung
her trunk so as to reach Jumbo s
mouth. She also touched his
trunk in a cautious manner, and --l_-
then turning her back upon him, '4
-gave vent to a groan that made
the roof of the garden tremble.
William Newman, the elephant
trainer, Frank Hyatt, the super-
intendent, and "Toddy" Hamil-
ton, talked to her in their usual
winning way, and she again faced
Jumbo. She fondled his trunk,
looked straight into his eyes, and
again she groaned, and then
walked away as though disgusted
with the old. partner of her joys
and sorrows. She went back to
her quarters and continued to
mourn. Her keeper, Scott, was -
appealed to by the spectators.
He was asked whether he be-
lieved that she recognized Jumbo,
and he replied in all serious-
ness, "Of course she did. She --
told me so." At another time he
said, "I can understand elephant -
talk, and Alice told me she
recognized Jumbo." Scott seemed JUMAO N1G 1 IIISELF USIFUL
LOOK AT THE BABY. Poppy made a most peculiar noise
when excited in any way, either vexed
Sor pleased. We could only compare it
This way and that way, one, two, three! to the twanging of an ill-strung guitar,
Come, if you want a dance to see; so she gained the nickname of "The
With his chubby hands on his dress so Old Guitar."
blue, After we had had her some time, a
See what a baby boy can do. hedgehog was brought in to us from
the fields. Well, I confess we were all
One foot up and one foot down; rather afraid of it, it had such a steal-
See him try to smile and frown; thy, creepy-crawly way of going about.
Sometimes, in the midst of our talk
He would look better, I do declare, and laughter, we would suddenly hear
With some more teeth and a little more the scrape, scrape of his spines along
hair. the wainscot, and see it sneaking round
the room; or we would be perfectly
One, two, three, chick-a-dee-dee! silent, so that one would think the
This I take the fact to be, slightest sound would have been heard,
That there never was, on sea nor shore, then, lo! there he was, at our feet.
Such a queer little dance as this before! One night poor Poppy had been anore
'_impudent and bold than ever, and we
had laughed heartily at her funny little
POPPY, THE DOVE. ways. The hedgehog, too, was more
S startling and ghostly than usual, so
that we had almost decided to send him
We had a dove once, one of the com- out again, when, soon after we had all
mon wild sort. It was given to us gone to bed, and the house was quiet,
when quite young, and got so tame my sister was roused by hearing the
that it was allowed to go free, just as Old Guitar twanging away in a most fu-
it liked, in and out of doors and all rious style. She listened for a few mo-
about the house. We explained to our ments, thinking what a concert Poppy
twin cats, Darby and Joan, that it was was giving all to herself, and wonder-
a 'chicken,' therefore they must not at- ing if any thing ailed her; but know-
tempt to catch it, as, although they ing her general ability to take care of
dearly loved to lunch off a fat sparrow, herself, my sister, when the twangs got
or make a supper off a plump chaffinch, fewer and fainter, concluded all was
it was quite sufficient for us to intro- right, and went to sleep.
duce any bird to them as a chicken for Great was the grief and consterna-
them to respect its life and limbs. tion in the house next morning when
Certainly Poppy, the dove, must, to the servant, on opening the shutters in
say the least of it, have been very 'try- the dining-room, found it strewn with
ing' to the cats' minds, as she had a Poppy's feathers, and carefully tucked
bold way of strutting around the cats under the fender were her dear little
when they were sitting, calmly blink- feet and wings-not another vestige
ing at her out of their big, yellow eyes, of her anywhere! That dreadful hedge-
as much as to say 'Touch me if you hog had killed and eaten her. The
dare!" and one day, in a specially im- pretty creature had, no doubt, fought
pudent mood, she went so far as to hard for her life, and my sister always
offer Darby the insult of a peck on the regretted not having gone to ascertain
nose. Darby's look of offended dig- the meaning of the unusual commotion
nity was superb as she turned her back she heard-the poor dove's dying cries
on the upstart bird. for help.
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It was a queer name for a little girl, miserable, rainy day, and they couldn't
and it was not her real name-that was play out of doors, Lizzie assented
Lizzie-but everybody called her "But brightly,-
"My real name is prettier, but then, to fix our scrap-books."
I like the other pretty well," she said, When Kate fretted because they had
nodding her short, brown curls merrily, so far to walk to school, her little sis-
And that sentence shows just how she ter reminded her,-
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came by her name. "But tien, it's allte way through the
"BUT; THE N.'
If Willie complained that little girl, miserable, you know, and that's ever couldn't
and it was not her real name-that was pl87y out of doors, Lizzie assented
Lizzie--but everybody called her "But brightly,-
Then." "Yes; ut thenz, it is a real nice day
"My real name is prettier, but thenz, to fix our scrap-books."
I like-the other pretty well," she said, When Kate fretted because they had
nodding her short, brown curls merrily. so far to walk to school, her little sis-
And that sentence shows just how she ter reminded her,-
came by her name. "Biet then, it's alltte way througth tle
If Willie complained that it was a waods, you kno.w, and that's ever so
much nicer than walking on pavements "Hurrah! that's the very thing!"
in a town." interrupted the boys; and the old chair
When even patient Aunt Barbara was dragged out in a twinkling, and
pined a little because the rooms in the carried down to the river. Then away
new house were so few and small cor- went the merry party, laughing and
pared with their old home, a rosy face shouting, on the smooth road between
was quietly lifted to hers with the sug- the snowy hills, while Gyp followed,
gestion,- frisking and barking, and seeming to.
"Buzt then, little rooms are the best enjoy the fun as much as any of them.
to cuddle all up together in, don't you "Now we'll draw our sled up here,
think, Auntie?" close under the bank, where nobody
"Better call her 'Little But Then,' will see it, and leave it while we go up,
and have done with it," declared Bob, to the store," said Bob, when they had
half-vexed, half-laughing. "No matter reached the village.
how bad any thing is, she is always Their errand was soon done, and the
ready with her 'but then,' and some children ready to return; but as they
kind of consolation on the end of it." set forth Will pointed to a dark spot a
And so, though no one really in- little way out on the ice.
tended it, the new name began. There "What is that ? It looks like a great
were a good many things that the bundle of clothes."
children missed in their new home. It was a bundle that moved and
Money could have bought them even moaned as they drew near, and proved
there; but if the money had not gone to be a girl, a little bigger than Lizzie.
first, their father would scarcely have She looked up when they questioned
thought it necessary to leave his old her, though her face was pale with
home. They had done what was best pain.
under the circumstances; still the boys "I slipped and fell on the ice," she
felt rather inclined to grumble about it explained, "and I'm afraid I've broken
one winter morning when they were my leg, for it is all twisted under me,
starting off to the village on an errand, and I can't move it or get up. I live in
"Just look at all the snow going to the village. That's my father's carpen-
waste, without our having a chance to ter shop where you see the sign. I
enjoy it," said Will; "and the ice too- could see it all the time, and yet I was
all because we couldn't bring our sleds afraid I'd freeze here before, any one
with us when we moved." saw me. Oh dear it doesn't seem as
"But then, you might make one your- if I could lie here while you go for my
self, you know. It wouldn't be quite so father."
pretty, but it would be just as good," "Why, you needn't," began Bob;
suggested Little But Then. but the girl shook her head.
"Exactly what I mean to do as soon I can't walk a step, and you two are
as I get money enough to buy two or not strong enough to carry me all the
three boards; but I haven't even that way. You'd let me fall, or you'd have
yet, and the winter is nearly half gone." to keep stopping to rest; and putting
"If we only had a sled to-day, Sis me down and taking me up again would
could ride, and we could go on the almost kill me."
river," said Bob. "It's just as near "Oh, but we'll only lift you into the
that way, and we could go faster." chair, just as carefully as we can, then
"It is a pity," admitted the little girl. we can carry you easy enough," said
"But then, I've thought of something Will.
-that old chair in the shed! If we And in that way the poor girl was
turned it down, its back would be al- borne safely home; and the children
most like runners, and so-" lingered long enough to bring the sur-
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"BUT THEN, IT'S ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE WOODS, YOU KNOW."
geon and hear his verdict, that Young plained that they were using it for a
bones don't mind much being broken, sled, he said, with a significant nod of
and she will soon be about again, as his head,-"Your sled, was it ? Well,
well as ever." I shall be surprised if my shop does
But I don't see how you happened not turn you out a better sled than
to have a chair so handy," said her that, just by way of thanks for your
father to the boys. And when they ex- kindness."
"But iten, wasn't it good that it was WHAT THE SNAIL SAID.
only the old chair that we had to-day ? "
asked Little But Then, as she told ,
asked Little But Then, as she told ,"You little chicks, tho' you peck at
the story to Aunt Barbara at home.ttle chcks theck at
" Oh Auntie, T had the nicest kind of a my dress,
"I believe you had," answered Aunt I will not get angry at that;
Barbara, smiling; "for a brave, sunny I know you would gobble me up if you
spirit, that never frets over what it has
not, but always makes the best of what could,
it has where it is, is sure to have a good
time. It does not need to wait for it to As quick as a worm or a gnat."
come-it has a factory for making it."
"Say, little snail, you had better go on,
_- .--', ,I--,.. They may try the same trick upon
"N No, no," said the snail, with his hard
':"'" .'-. r coat of mail,
~I~ II : : ' '- '1' i l i' I
'. .', .', "I don't care a rush if they do.
,i'-i ..-.. "Little girl, there's no harm to cause
'i" B ''' me alarm,
SI' I'll sit here and watch them a spell,
But as soon as they pounce, I'll cheat
-i '^. -. /' r---
them at once,
i -.. By getting right into my shell."
S li '': "' 'I' "'But listen, wise snail, the old hen in
---- -- the coop
-. Has her eye very closely on you;
And if she gets out, it may put you
-The following is an Arabic proverb, what I tell you is true."
taken from the mouth of an Oriental: Now mind, what I tell you is true."
"Men are four. I. He who knows not,
and knows not he knows not. He is "But dear little girl, she is fast in her
a fool; shun him. 2. He who knows house;
not, and knows he knows not. He is
simple; teach him. 3. He who knows, No, no, she can't touch me, no, no.
and knows not he knows. He is asleep; But if that respectable fowl should get
wake him. 4. He who knows, and
knows he knows. He is wise; follow out,
him." Oho said the snail, Oho P"
A CHANCE WORD. tinker, looking after the children;
"wherever did little Missy learn that ?"
Ralph and Lily had one game of He said no more then; but Lily's
which they never tired, and that was words stuck to him, and his poor horse
" horses." It was really a convenient had reason to bless Lily for them, for
game, for it could be played on wet or from that day forward he got, not only
fine days, in the nursery or on the more food, but more kindness and
road. Perhaps it was best fun on the fewer blows, and so he became a better
road, "like real horses ;" but I am not horse, and the tinker the better man in
sure, for it was very delightful to sit on consequence.
the nursery table, with the box of bricks
for a coachman's seat, and from that
elevated position to drive the spirited A LITTLE DANCE.
four horses represented by the four
chairs, to which the reins would be Oh, it is fun! Oh, it is fun!
fastened. To dress ourselves up, as Grandma has
One day-a fine day-the two chil- done.
dren were playing at their usual game See how we go! See how we go!
on the turnpike road, and waiting for Forward and back, heel and toe.
nurse, who had gone into a cottage Lihter th d
near by to speak to the washerwoman. .Lighter than down, our feet come down
Nurse was a long time, and Ralph, who Mind all your steps, and hold out your
Nurse was a long time, and Ralph, who
was horse, was quite out of breath with gown;
his long trot on the hard road. Lily Faster than that, whatever may hap,
touched him up with the whip, but all Cherry red wast and blue speckled cap.
to no avail-he could run no more. Hi! Master John! Ho! Master John!
I've no breath left," said the poor Don't go to sleep, while the music goes
horse, sinking down exhausted on a on;
heap of stones. Faster than that! Faster than that!
Lily put down the whip and patted Hold up your head, and flourish your
his head to encourage him. "Soh! soh!" hat!
she said, in as good an imitation as she
could manage of the way the groom How she trips it along, that bright little
spoke to their father's horse; "you are maid,
quite done, I see. You must rest, and With her dainty blue skirt and spotted
have a handful of oats," and she dived brocade;
into her pocket and produced a bit of bis- And that one in yellow, who wears the
cuit, which the horse ate with great sat- red rose
isfaction, and soon professed himself How she keeps her mouth shut and
ready to go on again. "Ah!" said Lily, turns out her toes.
sagely, "I knew you'd be all right soon; How they do spin! when they truly
there s nothing like food and kindness begin;
for horses when they're tired." Each dancer as airy and bright as a doll;
A tinker, with a cart and a poor, ill- While the music complete, keeps time
fed beast harnessed to it, happened to to their feet,
be passing, and heard the little girl's With its fiddle-dee-diddle and tol-de-
words. He stared after her, for she rol-ol!
seemed very small to speak so wisely,
and the tinker did not, of course, know Oh, it is fun! Oh, it is fun!
that she was only repeating what she To dance, when every duty is done;
had heard her father say. Forward and back, or all in a ring,
"Well, I'm dazed!" exclaimed the A quick little dance is a very gay thing.
ROUGH, THE TERRIER.
I have a dear little Scotch terrier i We lived about thirty miles from
called Rough. He is everybody's pet London, and I had to pay a visit to a
as well as mine, he is so playful and friend there, and before I left to return
gentle; but his one great fault is curi- home again she said we might go and
osity, and it was indulging this that see the Home for Lost Dogs, as it is
nearly cost Rough his life. considered quite an interesting sight.
In the town in which we at that time So the last day of my visit we set off,
lived, there were a number of religious and, after seeing the establishment, we
meetings being held, and whether it were just leaving, when the attendant
was the crowds of people or the singing said there was a cage of dogs that were
that attracted Rough I do not know, doomed to die, as they had been there
but certainly he was always most de- a long time, and no owners had turned
sirous of being present. When I went upforthem; would we like to see them?
myself I always took him, for he be- So we rather reluctantly went to see
haved like a gentleman, and never the sad sight, and, to my unbounded
annoyed any one; but one night I was astonishment and delight, Rough was
prevented going, and when bed-time the first one I cast my eyes on; and,
.came Rough could not be found. I did oh, the welcome be gave me! licking
not feel greatly alarmed, hoping he my hand and looking in my face, as
would turn up next morning; but for much as to say,-" Take me from this
three days nothing could be heard of dreadful place." The attendant could
him, except a friend told me he had not but see that the dog was mine, and
seen him among the crowd at the Hall after a little delay, Rough was restored
on the night I could not go. Nothing to me, and he and I have never been
more was heard of Rough, and I mourned parted for a single day since this pain-
.over my lost pet for a whole year. ful experience.
THE WHITE LILY.
A lie gl sd And listened, while her fingers pressed
A little girl said The petals wide apart.
To a Lily one day,-
"Oh, please tell me why She thought she heard the Lily say,-
You wear white always' ?" "An Angel came one Easter-day
And kissed me, that is why.
The little maiden held her ear And since that day I can but wear
Quite near the Lily's heart The lovely garment white and fair,
She brought me from the sky."
She caught her apron full of (i : -!. ; '
This little girl so spry;
And went and packed it on a
To make a frosted pie. ,
She put it in the oven then,
And when she thought 'twas :
She lifted out an empty plate, -. ..
And that's what made the fun. .
To go and do ihat silly thing,
She was too old by half.
She said, "I wont tell brother
'Twould only make him laugh "
LEAVES, AND WHAT THEY ARE GOOD FOR.
Leaves are so common, and we have out of its pores, or the little holes out
so many of them everywhere, that we of which the watery part of the sap es-
never think how beautiful they are. caped.
You cannot find any two alike, any A great deal of the water in the air
more than you can find two people, in summer comes from the leaves of
They are of every variety of form and the trees and plants, because it goes up
size, from an arrow's head to a violin, swiftly from the earth into the plants,
The edges of some leaves are notched and they breathe out moisture into the
like the teeth of a saw, others are air, all the time. This moisture is what
scollopedd, while some are perfectly makes the air soft in hot days; and
plain. Some are very small, others so when you think how many millions of
large that you might almost sit under leaves there are, you see how much
their shade. They are arranged very good they can do.
differently on their stems, in small But leaves can do something more
-clusters, or in greater numbers of small than give out moisture to the dry air.
leaves. They give beautiful shade to all the
Did you ever look at the small ribs animals that live out of doors, as well
-in a leaf, that spread out from the as to man; they shield the fruits from
larger rib running up and down the the broiling sun as they ripen; but the
middle ? greatest use of all is to keep the plants
These are to make it strong, just as alive and make them grow. Leaves
the ribs of an umbrella hold that out are really the lungs of the plant or
.and strengthen it. Theii look at the tree; just as much to them as our
delicate network between these ribs. lungs are to us, but they are not used
.Some do not have these branching in the same way. We use the air, and
ribs, because the leaf is strong enough make it bad; and this bad air the
-without them. leaves take in, because it does them
Now what makes them so strong? good; and in exchange, they give us
Every thing in a plant or tree is made good air, and all summer long this ex-
from sap, and this sap in the leaves change is going on. And in winter,
makes the ribs firm, and if they have when the leaves are off the trees and
no sap, they wilt. This always hap- plants, the bad air goes off to southern
pens when you break off a leaf from its countries where they are still growing
.stem. But take that leaf, and put it in -for you know the wind is a great
water, and it soon revives, and will messenger--nd back comes a fresh
keep fresh for quite a long time. Do supply of good air to us in exchange.
you know why? Because the water Isn t this wonderful? We can never
goes up the little pipes in the stem, doubt the power of God, when we see
.and takes the place of what has gone what marvelous things He can do.
^^*^ :-... ^. ^
TWO RUNAWAYS. out again, forgetting to shut the
Bess was the only one at all to blame; Did you notice if Bess was asleep ?"
and if you had once looked into her asked Grandma.
blue eyes, or felt her chubby little arms "Very near it," said Sophy, "she lies
around your neck, you never could have there sucking her thumb as contented
found it in your heart to scold her. as an angel."
As for Prince, you can see by the way "She's safe for two hours then, and
he holds his head that he is really proud when she wakes you can give her her
of his part in the story. This is the dinner. It's too bad about the ber-
way it happened. Bess was spending ries, but sick folks are of more conse-
a week with Grandma, because some- quence than strawberries," and away
body's baby, in the very next house to went Grandma to see what was the mat-
where Bess lived, had the scarlet fever, ter with poor old Mrs. Dawson.
so they sent her away to be out of "I'll just do those berries myself,"
danger. She was as happy as a bird for said Sophy, and went to work so busily
three days, trotting after the chickens, that she quite forgot Bess, and did not
poking grass through the fence to the hear a sound when the little lady took
white calf, feeding the lame duck with her thumb out of her mouth, slid down
her bread and butter, and sailing pea- from the bed, and walked out of the
pod boats in the trough where they front door. Prince was lying on the
watered the horses. Wherever Bess step, but he got up, stretched himself,
went, Prince followed. You might have walked slowly behind Bess to the gate,
thought he understood every word when and stood patiently by her while she
Grandma said, "Now, Prince, you must looked up and down the road. There
take care of Bess; I'd sooner trust you was not very much to look at, but pres-
than most nurse girls," he looked up in ently a lovely butterfly came flutter-
Grandma's face with his soft, beautiful ing over the wall, sailed about a great
eyes, swung his great plume of a tail, thicket of May weed, and then settled
and whined a little as if he were just down upon a purple thistle, waving its
going to speak, but from that moment wings slowly as if it were half asleep in
he seemed to feel that Bess was his the sunshine.
special charge. "Oh," said Bess, her eyes dancing
The fourth day was washing day, and with delight as she saw it, but before
to make matters worse, Grandma had she reached the thistle the butterfly
a bushel of strawberries to can. A finished its dream and went on. It was
bushel of ripe, red, delicious berries, not in any haste; it stopped here and
and only one pair of fingers to pick off there for a sip of honey, it dropped
the troublesome stems. Bess helped, down on a spot of wet sand, it went
of course, till her little red mouth, that from side to side of the road, and still
gaped like a robin's, would not open for Bess followed, and Prince kept close
another one, and then Grandma carried beside her. By-and-by the butterfly
her away to the bed-room for her morn- went over a fence into a field, and Bess,
ing nap. Thert she lay on the pillow with a little bit of disappointment in
watching a spider weave a lace curtain her heart, pressed her face against the
behind the morning-glory vines, and rails and looked in. It seemed to be a
though she was not very sleepy, she field of lovely red roses; thousands and
would never have thought of getting thousands of them; not growing on
up if some one had not come in and left high bushes, but one low mass of round,
the door open. Some one was Sophy, bobbing flowers and dark green leaves.
who tip-toed to the closet, got Grand- Bess thought she could get through
ma's bonnet and parasol, and tip-toed the fence, ao she squeezed her fat lit-