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her .top tho ypo. 'n t he e'a:.a-otdinug greane ano d nslutter sonete, o i t iher i.'e
as a>; sual a.id said
nIy bat thie hPdre~ A'1iother of ve co7l( is there ',7' grav
warpnoi to ra o threes a!ad e nough: and Colonel Jack, to- was worse.
I aint t' to wait lor any more on .le" whi h was so dishea-' : it sent
everyb,'d back ataini to mother to tell her the dreadlul news that
j"Grogs astidnt want )icy to ane, anur said that if he dta, should a
away Alnd what was o be doue, because the -.-den couldn't grow' unless
Grt. was there to ak and ee t
',, was very patient: much more patient 0l Grogan or cook, or even
nurse; but then she knew that everybody (which, of course, you know means
the children) didn't hear such a grand .'.. of news every day as that another
little boy, their own Cousin Dicky, too, was ( :.:'ii all the way from Africa;
-not for a visit only, but to live with them for good and .", and that therefore
such little -. '. as they were might be exj:cted to b,:: rather uproarious about
it. I think that even she must have been a little, glad that she and papa
bad kept the secret all to themselves until the very day when the ship, with
Colonel Jack's little boy on board of it, was due. I don't know what the children
would have done if they had known all about it for a whole o...ti,;_ '. or more,
You see there were three .' them: Jack and jenny and Babs; and it is
much more difficult for three people to keep quiet over a thing than for one.
I have found that out myself. Jack was the most important, of course; not oeiy
because he was the eldest (he was nearly nine), but because he was the only
one who could remember his uncle, the Colonel, and had even seen him once
in his uniform; so when he heard the news that Dicky was .'i ., and was
going to sleep in his (Jack's) little bed in the Squire's dressing-room, ... he
was to be promoted to a room to himself, it was only natural that he should
h. his big tin trumpet and prance .- over the house blowing what he .
Martial Welcome" on it ( which was not at all welcome to the
rest of the household), and should then insist on scouring the whole place for
ornaments to adorn the dressing-r 3om in Dicks honour, and make it look
beautiful for him.
gSucih a lot as he found, too, and such delightful d igs A picture of the
Duke of W ..' an adder's skin .. i with c tton-wool and looking--
js la6st---as if it were alive, a whole ;in~mftu of dried sea- weeds, six hawks'
:' a string, a dozen polished by himself. aflag ma' l of pink and
white ', three tame white mice in their cage, a choice collection of ; .
Sfo'nd at times, and supposed by) the children to be "precious
four or five .. i. ,t ;z lozenges (one partially sucked) in a box; and a
Sihole host of other articles, which, whenever Sarah's back was turned, hle heaped
(n the clean white counterpane, or pinned on the wall, or '.- over father's
S.- able, or arranged in the drawers fromm which his own clothes were
being removed to make room for the new comler's.
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And, after all, Sarah went and cleared them all away, except the flag and
the picture of the Duke of Wellington. It was too bad! Then, the next thing
was. that Jenny was lost. Yes, and couldn't be found for a long time; and when
Swas found she was I and crying in a corner of- h night nursery
behind Babs' cot, witl her eyes all swollen up dreadfully, be-
cause someone had told her that .; the little ... in Africa
v were black, and she "didn't want a black boy to come
f ain live with them and sleep in Jack's bed." It was
such a dreadful idea, and it frightened her so much,
that it took a long while to get it out of her head
.. or comfort her at .!' and she was still sobbing a
S'. '. while ir was explaining to her, for the
twentieth time, that Dicky was not black at all,
/ -but :.: as white as Jack or Babs, or his own
father; and that he had not even been born in
( Africa, but in India, where there are lots of '.i',
S. oys, though, for that matter, so there are in Africa
S. .en a loud, dreadful scream was heard upstairs;
S ....' I .lny had to be put down, while mother and every-
Souuy eC~e rushed I., to see what was the matter.
And what do you think it was? Why Babs, of course.
SPoor, wee Babs, who, finding himself unusually '.
i by nurse and Sarah, and wanting .-' much to do something
Sion his own part to welcome Cousin Dicky, couldn't invent
g, t betterr out of his dear little three -ear-old head
:hin to get out all the animals from his Noah's Ark and -.; ..'
j them out irn a long string ., i, from the nur-
sery door to the top of khe back staircase. It took
Shim '. a long time, and he had just finished, and
was waddling backwards to look at the procession, when
Hamnnah, the housemaid, came upstairs with her arms of
Sshets she been airing; and, no: ', what he had done,
S set her ft uo. stumbled ,mattress
:i a crashing the beasts uider her, and .
"' L Babs by the mnre whirlwind of her own tumble.
S" : wonder he screamed! And when Hannah was
S 'ed up, and not to be dead, as quite "
e must be, his cries ... louder still at the sight
Sruin under her.
animals, my animals! Zev's all cwushed dead," was
a ti p e could sob; and, indeed, there was poor Mr. .
squashed as .' as a pancake. Mrs. Noah -.il.' no head, the
elephant with his trunk broken off, and the canary-which was
always Babs' special favourite, because of its being the biggest and
1 ; *i;- coloured of the lot-without .ii.. tail or legs.
': L Babs dear," said mother, kissing him, "What could they have been
doing there to upset poor Hannah at :d ? That was not the place for them."
Babs looked injured.
"Zey (";.. '" upset Hannah," he said, indignantly: "Zey was only walking'
out of ze Ark two an' two twite doodly to say, 'How do,' to Cousin Dicky; an'
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her putted her foot on zern and :I..:.1 'em all dead. Her's a cool, cwool
and Babs don't love her."
And, in'i i. he was so -.-.y that mother thought the best way was to
carry all three children off, and tell them for the hundredth time that day the
story of Colonel Jack, i. .'s brother, and Jack's own godfather (here jack held
himself very upright and looked important) how he went out to India to '.
the rebels, who were '-. :: .. the Queen's soldiers; and how he married a nice.
pretty young lady out there, and they had one little boy ("Was that .
Jenny asked; and mother said, "Yes, that was Dicky") and how, Diickv
was still a baby, they left India and went to the Cape, which is in Africa and
Uncle Jack's wife was taken ill there and died; and how poor Dicky was ,eft
without any mamma to love him and be good to him (here all the children
looked grave, and Babs threw his fat arms round ,'- K.r's neck and said,
Dicky! Me loves ,. mummy"), and
how he grew up with only the so!-
d.i.-r- .u ..' 1 Trvants to
... his father
t .. ., like othe
c e t. -a so he had
i. co'igt ,, !.. ,tert miles and
i '- : iles acrOSs
i l. in a big
S at wert
taik gad "e a grt ouetans to and behol e the dog-cart
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Ant hoi:!.e ',. a. d k Jen th,
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ailwavs lasted a timej l as f
course, the minap had to be opened and Calpe Coiony and India o Uie 1)rH ( y
Jack, and there were al! sorts of questions to ask-as how i ti steai-me to,,(
in coming tho ,r,;.i- aot whether there were elephants at t as
as in India, and l the C:olonel wear armour when he was arid blowv
a big trumpet like Jack's, or ;:he only ., along and ",,,, t e he rebels
And the answering these : and a great many others took so long that
mother had hardly got to the eiid when Jack, who had turned to !tok out of
the window, gave a great shout, and, lo and behold, there was tluh dtog-cart
coming up the drive with the Squire and two people in itl
It was e,l" too far off to see more; but they all ran out into the porch
to welcome the -r c. -- :,-- r, with Babs in her arms, and jack and Jenny
racing on in front, Jack with his trumpet to his lips all ready to "The Martial
elcone." But, would you believe it? -- that beautiful tune was never heard
after al; for as the horses ; up, Jenny gave a cry of dismay and rushed
byck into the house and -: into the nursery to hide behind Babs' cot, and Babs
hid, his face ,on mother's shoulder, and even Jack let the trumpet drop and stepped
hiack a little, looking cit..- scared.
Sheer, moier. ne whispered, at him! Do look at him. Jny
was ': he is black--as black as ik" And sure. a awkward-
iooking negro boy, with a woolly head and black shining face, was -I;. down
froin the dog-cart at that moment!
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SsuP'osE 1 need not -', you that the negro was i..- whatever
ack and Jenny may have thought in the flurry of the moment. : was
i. Di.,. !icky's Kaifir servant boy, whom the Colonel had sent with him tI
!Qienand : and Dicky himself was a little, paie fellow, not much '... than jenny,
o:rh he was seven years old and she was not yet six, with --tty blue e\ 's
asi very thin a'ms and legs, and light, fuzzy hair that looked as if no kind
;urse or Sarah had seen to the '.. ., of it for a long time. His clothes, too,
had. a funy look. as if they had been o' on wrong side before; and his hands;
iand ie were so grubby that mother longed to carry him < and put the poor,
nege. ted io'i -.'. fellow into a nice warm bath at once; hut all this was
ep;liai'ed by Dicky himself.
ai not i lup," he said, ikking rather ro the black
ittle hand other was ': holding in her soft, white one, to his Cousin Jack,
clear: vnd r(sy in his best sailor's suit; "but it's s fault. He's such a
dirt, lazy d there's no doing 'i/ff with him. Captain Turnbuil told him
to e. sure ad pack up my cabin, things before e we came ashore, and he went
and left my spo ne and --' behind. I did thrash-h im for it; but ie don't
mind i vo:ur orderly--the one what rode behind us in the cart--- give me
some hot water, I can wash my own hands before tea. Upde said I should
have tea when 1 got here. Im awful '. .. though."
It was quite plain, you see. that Dicky was not shy: not nearly so much so,
indeed, as his cousins, who, after '! their excitement and preparations for his wel-
come, were just as bashful and awkward at the <.1 I of him as little i '-i boys
and girls I i. .. .': are when they first meet one another. Indeed, lack, who had
expected the new comer to look as forlorn and strange as he would have done under
the same circumstances, and had meant to be very kind to him in consequence,
felt rather .-/ ., when Dicky pointed one i'. ..-, at him and asked '.- -
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"Who's that boy? Jack? Oh! Papa said one of them was -lli-' .'., and
he'didn't remember the others' names, but he knew there was a lot of them,
and that Mary Oh! Mary is you, isn't it?" ''n: l.i;.: off suddenly, and looking
up into mother's face. Before she could answer, however, Jack burst in in a
tone of great offence-
-'.-, it isn't; it's mother. Can't you see it's mother? Mary is the parlour-
maid, and your papa never saw her, so he couldn't know her name, 'cause she
only came last Christmas."
Dicky looked at him quite unabashed.
He called this woman Mary," he said, taking hold of his aunt's hand again,
"and he said she was my Aunt ?.,',, and I was to ask her to be kind to me,
like my mamma used to be. I don't know 'nuffing' about the parlour-maid."
"No, my dear little boy, how should you?" said mother, smiling and kissing
him, "And Aunt Mary is going to be very kind to you, as kind as ever she
can be, and so is everyone else. Jack was foolish not to remember that h'iler's
name was Mary as well as the maid's."
"Civilians are generally foolish," said Dicky; "papa says so. I don't mind.
Do you think tea's ready now?"
Jack was almost choking with anger and astonishment. He had never seen
anyone so "cheeky," as he called it, ''i ire; and the worst of it was that he
didn't at all know what m,:ivilian" meant! He only guessed it was something
bad because Dicky said it so scornfully, and he would have liked to have punched
his cousin's head for being so :!itI..1le',l only that he looked such a little, weakly
fellow; too small for a big boy like 1.: to hit.
Tea made matters more pleasant. Mother had quite a grand one
spread out in the schoolroom: plum cake and seed cake, and bread and
butter and honey, and a big dish of raspberries and currants all
powdered over with white sugar and i ... .i. in cream; and -
besides all these a little mutton chop done up in egg and bread.
crumbs ("!..,. *: -*' -\,t," as Jack said) for Dicky's special benefit.
There was a beautiful bowl of 5 ',;--~, too, on the table, roses
and lilies and carnations, which Grogan had cut himself that
Master .I1 1,; should see what grew in '1'i /
gardens; and as no children-no sensible
children, that is-could possibly sit. ..,
down to so many good thh..-
without feeling happy and
pleasant, the four little
-..-.: got far more w6
friendly and com-
fortable at table than F "
they had felt before;
and even Dicky's little 4.
face grew quite rosy
and goodtempered, and -
he began to chatter and
The first question, how-
ever, was rather puzzling,
What is a 'Squire'?" he asked suddenly.
"A Squire? Why-why, jfther is." Jack answered hesitatingly; but Dicky
was not ,, ..i. i with 1.'i.:.
"I know that," he said, "I heard the people call him so; but what is it?
Is it a sort of Governor, or CoFmmander-in-( i1'.r
Jack felt still more puzzled and looked round for mother to help him; but
she had left the room for a few moments; so he said:
"It's--t's's-I don't know how to say it exackly: but it is a chief--- mean
it's the chief person in a place. That's what father is; don't you know that?
There's nobody top of father in all Doddersley. Grandpapa was once; but he's
dead. Hle was squire, too, and i shall be squire;some day. Hollands says so.
He's our coachman, and he knows _. i il.-'.. Hie's a very wise man."
"Oh.," said Dicky, looking at Jack with more respect than he had felt
before. "T I, that's why all the people at the station and along the road
touched their hats to uncle. And the women curtsied. I never saw women
curtsey that way before. I h/oug.ht he couldn't be only a common civilian."
"I don't know what you mean by a 'civilian'," cried Jack, quite ready to
fly into a rage again at hearing the unpleasant word; "but father's not common
at all. lie's the grandest person there is anywhere. There! And he can shoot
so that he never misses: never once. There.' And there's a great high wall
with a pond on the other side that people call 'the Squire's jump' because he
iumpiiIed it, out hunting on Grey Prince before I was born, and he's got the fox's
brush now, and I can show you the place-that is I can to-morrow-'cause
mother wouldn't let us so far now; and if our pony, Rowley, wasn't so fat,
/ should ride to hounds too; but I'm going to have a pony of my very own
y minute I'm nmne, and that'll be three days before Christmas, so you wait
and seei And father's a magistrate as well, and I'm going to be one. Hollands
savs I'd better, and he knows.'
"You can't then. You're too ;...i ," said Dicky, breaking in scornfully just as
jack was quite red in the face and out of breath with ;:.,... so fast. "I know
",what magistrates are quite .. They've got them at the Cape. I .- put
people in prison, and they're grown up men with beards. You couldn't be one
if you tried."
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in just to see how the children were :."'i.. on together. Babs beat
Joyfully on the table with his spoon at the sihrt of "dear daddy," and
S ,.c l, ii sticky mouth to be kissed; but Jack was too much
l *.i cupied in ,:rnd. ii, .1 his before rinn5 an answer to de-
molish his cousin with; and Jenny, who admired Jack so
much she 'i. 'tii.h- he could be .,rthiig; he liked, was
listening too eagerly to see what he would say, for either to pay any
attention to their f.,: i's entrance. Dicky, however, jumped off his chair
instantly, aud, ; i;l very upright, made the Squire a funny little
salute with his hand to his brow, just like a soldier; then, after
,, u .-.uing a moment and looking at his cousins,
S.- s if he expected them to do the same, he
C1 took hold of the biggest chair in the
% room and began to pull it forward,
.; ,cki,:iac,. "Where do you like to sit, Sir?"
~i h',.: r-, nowhere, thank you, my boy," said the
S good-humoured Squire, pleasantly. "I only came in to have a
ook at you; but Im much obliged to you all the same. I see they
teach manners to little people out at the Cape; and a very
good I.';i. too. Eh, Jack, we shall have to send you there for
a bit unless you pick up a few 1-.- i. from Master Dicky here.
S Well, go on with your tea, children, and enjoy yourselves.
Don't mind me." And the Squire nodded to them .:i round,
and went away again.
Jack's face was still redder than before, and '. looked
/ at him curiously.
"W',ere you making believe about your father ;.-' now?"
he asked; and when jack said 1 :
'.; what do you mean?" he answered:
' "Why, when you said he was such a great man, top of everyone
S"\'..eell, and so he is," said Jack, more angrily ., because
began to guess what was coming.
"-Well, I don't believe you think so, or you'd be more civil to
m always made to stand up when my papa comes into the
...i, and to salute him, or any of the commanding officers. '-rgeant
I. 'i .. vhat was my old nurse-at least, Mrs. Topping was my nurse;
.. i; !,... rgeant looked care of me most-he said that gentlemanly sub-
S *i... ias were always respectful to their<.,l.fi -, -, and little boys is less than
*i:rl;.!ris I believe you were making fun of me." And Dicky seemed so
S:... in the idea that Jack felt quite vexed with himself for having led
this saucy little boy-cousin to think less of the father he was so fond and
i proud of just through his own want of manners. Yet somehow it had
never occurred to him before that one ought to be just as polite to
one's papa as to visitors. It is a thing that I am afraid a great many little
boys and girls forget, even though they say that commandment about
S"h.,:..)Jrirg father and mother" every Sunday. And now father had praised Dicky
for remembering it, and had told Jack to learn a lesson from him. It was very
!1 T. I lIf, ii -.
Fortunately mother came back just at
this moment; and after tea the children did
not see very much more of each other; for
Dicky was so tired and sleepy with his journey that i,' thr decided he had better
go to bed quite early; and she took him upstairs herself and bathed him and
tucked him up and kissed him good-night just as tenderly as if he had been Babs
himself, and in a way that poor little motherless Dicky had not known since he
was quite a wee baby. He did seem to like it; for he gave a great sigh of
content when he laid his head on the cool, soft, white pillow, and said,_-
"You put peoples to bed nicely, Aunt Mary, nicelier than Mrs. Topping,
or-or even the Sergeant."
"Did the Sergeant ever put you to bed then, dear?"
"Not generally; only when Mrs. Topping found that black bottle. When
she found it she would spill all the water about, and put the soap in my mouth;
and then the Sergeant used to send her away, and put me to bed himself.
I liked that, only he couldn't sing 'Little black boy.' That was a pity, wasn't it?"
"What is 'Little black boy,' Dicky, dear?"
"Why the 'Go to sleep' song, of course! Mrs. T,.'ppiiig always sang it when
she wasn't cross; and so did old Dutch Eliza. Don'tyou know it? Why, I can sing
it myself." And Dicky :.'. at once, in a little, i..; voice like a bird:
"Little black boy went out in the sun,
The sun was very hot;
Little black boy got Boer-man's gun,
And Boer-man's powder and shot.
i ..... '-. Hush-a-bye! We's going to sleep quite soon!
SSilver-trees they shone in the sun-
The sun was very hot;
Little black boy said, 'I'll have some fun!
And shoot some birds for the pot.'
Hush-a-bye! Hush-a-bye! We's'going to sleep quite soon!
Bird flew up in the silver-tree:
'Oh! what a prize I've got!
The fattest bird I ever did see;
But the sun is very hot!'
Hush-a-bye! Hush-a-bye! We's going to sleep quite soon!
Little black boy has fired his gun-
Bird fell dead at the shot:
'O, dear! Oh, dear! What have I done!
Killed Boer-man's hen with Boer-man's gun;
And Boer-man's coming-Run, run, run!
Oh, the sun is hot!'
Hush-a-bye! Hush-a-bye! We's going to sleep quite soon!"
SThe silver-tree grows at the Cape, and gets its name from having white, silky leaves, which
shine like silver in the sun.
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"Think I's going to sleep now," said Dicky, drowsily, when he had done
and in another minute his eyes had closed, and he was slumbering as soundly
as if somebody else had sungii him a '.i But mother knelt down by the bed
and prayed to God with all her heart for the little boy wIho had no mother to
pray for him, and who had been brought up in such a strange way, and among
such strange people.
v's arrival that the sun had had lime
to do more than wink with his great gold eye over
the tops of the purple hills in the east; and the birds were still singing their
... i". hymn, and thought it very rude of Jack when hel startled half-a-dozen
of them out of the boughs of the big pear tree outside his bedroom window,
by throwing'it open to see if the day was going to be fine.
Doddersley is quite a little k1i.. in Sussex. There are pretty woods be-
hind it, where, in .i :i. -, the ground is blue with violets and yellow '". prim-
roses; and where squirrels with red furry tails, and rabbits with short white ones,
come out in the evening to frisk and play
about; and where, in autumn, you
J can go a-.,l,.s~e and i r_ home
such lots of nuts as are not to
w be found anywhere else; and be-
Fe hind these woods are ranges of
Sd low hills where sheep feed, and
which sometimes turn to a beautiful
rose colour at sunset, and look so
Slovely that Jenny used to think that,
Ss if she could only climb up to them,
r ,- .--ould be able to find heaven, or
[ h .,I i...",I ..a the very least, on the other side. But
/I:. ,.. r .,'Yg; for though fairyland is so far away
-f ~" i p tl..- only very, very tiny children have
S eyes clear enough to see it, Heeaven can be found without
going over any hils at a.; yes, even in dark, ..' streets and dirty towns close
by-- a i you only kInow how to look for it. You ask :,i. I on Sunday, and she
will tell you the way.
There were no big houses in the village except Doddersley Court. where
the children lived. There was the doctor's house, and the vicarage, and Fen
!Pond Farm; but none of these were big; though; at the farm was an apple or-
chard which, if you'd ever been asked there ito the I i1 -picking, as Jack and
Jenny were one day in every year, you'd have agreed was th/e loveliest place
imaginable. Last year Babs had gone, too, in his perambulator, and had sat on
the grass and had a big rosy apple Ir. ...: into his lap by the farmer's daiighter;
so this summer he was quite as eager about it as the others, and used to ask,
" When v. apples be wipe, mummy?" nearly every day. The rest of the village
, .as rilail- tp of pretty, old-fashioned cottages, most of which belonged to
Squire Denzil; and when you had gone past all these you came to the Court.
which was a il-- old house built of red brick, with 1i... gardens in front, and
a big fruit and vegetable garden behind, and a cherry orchard, and a farmyard,
and half-a-dozen beautiful fields, and all manner of pigs and poultry, and horses
and cows, every one of whom the Denzil children knew by name, besides every
other delightful thing which could make their home as pleasant a one as you
could find ap o her,..
They were never allowed to go farther than the fields by themselves, be-
cause e.: :.1 them was the high road and a wide stretch of marshy country, and
a little river which wound about through it like a bright ribbon, and then ran
right off to the sea, which was only two miles away. Jack and Jenny used to
walk there with Sarah or Miss Bridger, the daily governess, and have fine games
on the beach; and in
winter, when the river
and marshes were
frozen over, Jack
used to sk '- -
with his father, hn ..
mother, with Jenny and
Babs warmly wrapped up, sl .:, I -, o-
the bank and looked on a' th.l i1n. '
Jack told Dicky all about aI when he
showed him his skates that first mor-
ning; but Dicky didn't seem to understand very well, and no wonder; for in the
country he came from it is so hot that there is never any snow or ice there at
all; and Dicky had never seen i: .. .. skate, or made a snowball to throw at
another boy, in all his life. Just think of that!
But it was summer now; and though it had been arranged that the two
boys were to go to the vicarage every day to learn Latin and other lessons with
the Vicar, this first day was, of course, a holiday, and the minute breakfast was
over the children put on their hats and sallied out to show their cousin the sights,
'--:., following them, and -' about with even more wonder and admiration
in his round black face than there was in his master's little white one.
Jenny had got over er r ear of him niow, when she saw how harmless he
seemed..and how fond of Dicky, whom he about. a '.. faithful dog;
but it rather shocked both her and Jack to hear the harsh way in which their
cousin ... '..- to the poor black boy, and ordered him here and there; and once,
when they were ,i looking at the old mother sow and her ten baby pigs in
their sty, and Usebi pressed a little nearer to see too, Dicky pushed him roughly
away, called him names, and even struck him.
Just at that moment old Grogan came up, and said, in his .. .1 way:
"Hillo, hill! If there's ii, and i. -', going about, let everyone have
his share. \'l ... e does this little boy come from who Ijl.c- to give what he wouldn't
like to take?"
"Oh, Grogan !" cried Jenny eagerly, "this is Cousin Dicky, Uncle Jack's
Dicky, what we told you about. And you knew Uncle Jack yourself, didn't you?
You said so."
Grogan put his horny, wrinkled hand under Dick's little chin and held up
his face to look at it.
"Knowed the Colonel?" said fe, slowly, "Aye, aye, I knowed the Colonel
well enough; knowed him when h-" v~:ie a little chip no bigger than this 'un-
not that you be much like him, master-and I'll tell ye one thing: mischevious
as he were, and Colonel Jack were mischevious, I grant ye, I never knew him
do such a nasty trick as hit a poor servant boy what wouldn't have dared to
hit him back again. He was always too much of a gentleman for that."
And old Grogan let go the child's chin and .i ... on. Dicky looked
dreadfully ashamed, so much so that even
Jack, i; J: cI .
m ent f... felt .'. r ..i
He had never s,..'.r .
speak so ,, r... -I. ,
and all the childi-i.
thought a great t -.
deal of Gro-
gan; he was r
nearly as wist "
Iand .,.. .an"
crosser. Beside i; ... .
the oldest persc! i ....
heard of. He
father and uncle i i d'
were little boys! Iney stood '
for a minute pretending to look at the
pigs, and then Jack said, meaning to be kind--
"Grogan scolds everybody- even mammla; but he's very good really, so
we aren't cross about it; and he does get such ... beau tiful peaches on the
south wall. They'll soon be ripe now!"
Dicky didn't seem to hear, for he made no answer; but in a minute he said:
"Wait for me a minute. You wait, too, Usebi, do you hear! I don't
want you." And then he ran off down the 'l so quickly that he soon caught
up the old gardener and called him by his name. (irogan turned round at once,
and saw Dick\ ... I, up to him with quite a colour in his small face.
"You were very rude to me," he said gravely; I'm not angry, be-
cause you knew my papa and he liked you. I know he did, for he said, 'If old
Grogan's alive still, Dicky, you go and shake hands with him, and remind him of
the r..,. i;,, he used to give me.' I don't like being rowed before civilian children;
but I daresay you didn't know that, so 1'll shake hands with you, please, all the
same. I want to."
Grogan burst out laughing; but he took the little hand very kindly and held
it, as he said:
"Blest if you aint -. the Colonel after .,i only I didn't see it afore!
And so he remembered old Grogan, bless his brave heart, did he? Now that
does a man good to hear; but I say, little master, what's to come of that poor
I;4 .r chap if you and me makes friends?"
-. ?" said Dicky, laughing too; "Oh, Usebi don't mind 1 i. h.: hit; he
don't indeed. Everybody hits Kaffir boys." And then he ran 'h back to his
cousins, and said abruptly:
"N'ow let's go and see the other things."
And there were such a lot of things to see that it took nearly day
before they were finished. Before breakfast Dicky had been taken into the
nursery to see Jenny's pet dove, and into the schoolroom to visit Jack's green
which he kept in a big glass bowl full of nice water plants, and which
were Tibbets and (. il'.- and knew Jack ct-;: ..':, and would come to
him to be fed and let him take them out and hold them on his hand as tamely
as possible; and now there were the cats to see: Lady Jane, a white -_,i.,
cat, who (though strangers might not know it) was the real mistress of the house,
and therefore always chose the most comfortable chairs and rugs to repose on,
and considered that mother was T....._-.I as her companion and the Squire as a
person to scratch her head when she pleased; while the children she did not
approve of at .1I, and thought it was such a liberty for them to come into the
room where she was .'-:,, that she always got up the minute they did so and
marched ', I;_I. off into retirement under the sofa. Lady Jane was a very grand
cat, you see; but besides her, there was Mother Polly, a dear old
tabby, who in the stables and tool-houses, and
was not grand at all, but grateful
.I f. "
I .' ... t. ., ,, .l, ..ti 'p et o r
S. .- ..... i 1 .., i,,, I w h o ,
S A .... ,,t I kennel
.1 ,1 .I an..I AL t *. jut' like a
1. 2 and prowled up and down the strawberry beds all day to keep the birds off.
:', was a tartar for birds, was Mother Polly; but she loved everybody else from
the cowman to Babs, and Grogan most of all.
And then there were the dogs! Jip and Flick, the Squire's two Skye
terriers; '- the old pointer, with a lovely litter of black and white puppies,
just able to roll about on their straw bed, and turn up their wrinkled little noses
and fat, curly 1.- to the sunshine; and Ralph, the watch dog, very fierce to
:.rLi,,':-. and tramps, but as ..tl. as a lamb with the children, and who would
let Babs pull his '.... curly ears and poke his tiny fingers into his 1,.- mouth
without ever giving a growl. TL.-. were the cows, too. Daisy and :,..-.-, the
two pretty Alderneys, who gave all the nice rich cream for mamma's tea and
the children's raspberries; and three others, great, handsome red and white ones,
who stood, i'.k.r..: their tails against their fat sides to keep the flies off, under
the shade of an oak tree in the water meadow. And then there were the horses,
which were the animals Dick cared most of all to see. Gossoon, the Squire's
big Irish hunter, who could take any fence in the county; and Fiddler, the hand-
some bay hack he usually rode; and Prince
S.r1 -. nt the. tw... .jr;..- horses;
: :11K R...: I c a % [.a 'ii --besides
c ..k ..s .q I tLhis e and of
he:h" th,.- t._, seea were
the t a,', i ,1on, .-, Of the
-' i t efor b eef. ea. ... y o n- _ae. si ..l ,- a
St e ..: ,on their
Dick was qiiite disappointed not to
be able to see all of these at once, because thew were out on farm work.
"Do you make horses draw the 'kraUl'* t here?" he asked. "At
the -- they don't. 'They use oxen for that. .':.o d yo you use oxen fore"
1 them for beef and eat them, young master," said i '.. :-
"Don't you like roast beef for dinner?" But Dicky was not satisfied.
"But one can't cat them all for dinner," he said. "I think it's a shame
to use nice horses for such rough, common work. You should see our troopers
chargers! are jolly; and my papa has a Fiddler, too. Do you think he
could be this Fiddler's brother? I A1 ask Uncle to let me ride him, anyhow."
they went off to the farmyard to look at the ducks and -ill t
What a long, pleasant day it was! And how muc nicer to have a new
person to show all the nice home things to, than to look at them by one's self!
IF a i
Jack began to think it was a very fine thing to have a boy-cousin to go about
with, and planned so many ";;- that they were to do together that poor Jenny
began to feel a little jealous and '.I. A! -t..-l. for she knew some of the things
were what Miss Bridger wouldn't let her do just because she was a girl; and how
could she help being a girl? It was very hard; and she couldn't help !' 'I.; of a
S't.- song which nurse used to sing to her when she was a very little girl, and
Babs a vee baby.
"Poor Dorothy's nose is out of joint.
How did it come to pass?
All night long. while she was sleeping,
Naughty fairies came a-creeping,
I 1....r.. .. high and flutt'ring low,
Where the red rose bushes grow;
And hid, the reddest rose below,
A baby on the grass!
Not a fairy! A real, live baby!
No doll to disappoint.
Mother in her room is staying,
With that precious baby playing.
Nurse goes in and out all day,
Says she can't with Dolly stay;
Dolly's in a dreadful way;
Her nose is out of joint!"
Jenny never did like that .;..n, ; but by and bye something happened which
was not pleasant for the boys. They very nearly had a quarrel.
I have told you about Ralph, the big watch dog. He lived in a kennel in
the stable yard, and was chained up by day; and when he saw a strange boy
with his little masters and mistress he didn't bark, which would have been rude,
but just sniffed him suspiciously, as much as to say, "Weil, who are you? Oh
one of the family, I see," and so wagged his tail goodtemperedly. But tie sight
of Usebi had quite a different effect on him. Perhaps he had never seen a negro
before; or i: ....i. it was someone who had blackened his face for a bad purpose.
Anyhow, directly le saw the Kaffir boy he began to growl fiercely, and bark so
loud, that Usebi's round, black face grew rather frightened; and he looked as if
he would !..- to run away. Dicky, however, who saw that Ralph's chain was
quite strong enough to hold him, was delighted at the sight of the ,z ,'s foolish
anger, and desired Usei I
stand still, laughing and
, ,,: his hands as
Ralph barked louder o at o'
and louder and t i 1
at his chain; while the
Kaffir lad, finding he wa .
quite safe, stood grinning_ u ,J..:
out of reach.
lack laughed, too, it hii i' .. -,,,
was much distressed, and i i,,. I. .e .,,y '-
"Raffv 'outs to bite 'I.il: I. :k \..
( i' sen' black boy 'wa ,...I. ., l ... I I,.k. -ill
more. After a minute ,. 1t . '. .. ak t...2.,I
to feel rather ashamed. ... .. .. ie V.,
"it's no good teasing the ....*r fciI.'* 1 ...... bk: h, ....-
shot his eyes are; and hte I I,,,'I h,.I ..c- ie. tl inl:, .-1.I
is a thief: a ind, after all, I. h 1 ,. I rl- t.' I ,t -.. :
Come '.d.. _. Dicky!" But Usebi was dauiilig about ni Ii)out 1
Ralph, so as to excite him ;l more, and DIicky wouldn't stir.
"No, no," he said, -'l.r's stay and watch him; it's such fun. That's right,
Usebi, shake your stick at him. You're quite safe; lie can't touch yo. Oh!
what a rage he's in! It is amusing." Just then, however, a stable boy came
out to see what was the matter, and asked the young gentlemen not to worry
the dog that way, or they'd spoil his temper. Dicky only stared at him and paid
no attention at all; but Jack felt mortified at being included in the rebuke, and
turned to go at once.
"I'm not worrying him," he said, "I told my cousin to come away before.
1),, erime, Dicky. Bob's right: there isn't any fun in it;
.mi ,l's cowardly too, because Ralph can't understand,
and you wouldn't dare do it if he wasn't chained
up." Dick's face grew crimson in a moment.
"It isn't cowardly," he said, "and I shall
thump you if you say so, though you are
bigger than me. Soldiers are never cowards,.
and my papa's a soldier, and I'm going to be one,
too; and I believe it's you that are cowardly, because you think the chain will
But Jack had already marched out of the yard with his brother and sister;
and, seeing that this was the case, Dicky thought it best to follow, and leave
Ralph in peace.
CHAPTER IV. e:
MOTHER POLLY, AND THE CAT IN THE BURNING HOUSE.
IT did not take very long for Dicky to settle down at Doddersley and feel quite
at home with the people there. No one, of course, could help getting fond of
mother; and you have seen how kind she was to the little stranger who had
come to live under her care; but curiously enough Dicky seemed to prefer
the Squire, perhaps because he reminded him of his own father, of whom
he was very fond; or, perhaps, because he was more used to looking up
to men than women; and the Squire seemed to take i.-, a fancy to him
in return, for Dicky always showed him the same respect as he had done
on that first evening, and would fly to obey the least order he gave; though he
i.;i very little attention to his aunt's gentle advice, or nurse's scoldings.
He was a clever little ::', in some ways. He could ride beauti-
fully, and was quite fearless; so his uncle got a for him, and he and
Jack, with old Hollands behind them, used to go out for canters together
along the beach, or over the smooth turfed downs. And he was .. too,
for he could do all sorts of funny conjuring tricks with cards, and could mimic
an Irish drummer-boy, and a Dutchman, and Mrs. Topping when she had found
that bottle, and a dog barking, and a cock crowing, besides a host of other
things, and was always ready for a romp or wrestle, so that at first Jack. ;l. -,i.
it was quite delightful to have him to live with them; and told poor Jenny,
rather .,." that it was ":.;:. 'diculous for her to want to go with them;
for a boy that was nearly nine didn't care to play with little girls who weren't
even six---when he'd got another boy!"
On the other hand, however, Dick was much smaller than Jack, and
not nearly so strong or hardy as his English cousins. Much rough play,
or even a 1..i- walk, tired him dreadfully; so that when he and Jack started
for a ramble together he nearly always wanted to turn back long before they
got to the place Jack wished to reach, or else called Usebi and ordered him
to carry him on his shoulders.
Usebi was quite willing; but Jack thought he should be laughed at if
people saw him walking beside a boy who was carried in arms like a baby; so
he chose to turn back instead, and that made him cross: as it when rides
had to be shortened for '. same reason, and rough wrestling and tumbling
forbidden because --- though y never made a fuss if he was hurt- he wxas so
often sick and ;,. afterwards.
Jack was to blame in this, of course; but 'd .
the fact is, he had been so long used to be
chief the children, and to choose ,
the and games to please himself
-Jenny and Babs being only too glad to
be -ed to be his companions at /' ,
that e h ad grown rather and over-
bearing in consequence; and it was, therefore,
a very good lesson for him to have to do with a boy who wanted to have
things his own way now and then, and was not at all disposed to give in to
Jack i everything.
On the other hand, however, Dicky had some very trying faults, and ones
which would have provoked almost anyone to him. only idea
of fun seemed to be sly tricks on ever body and '' he came
near: and as these tricks were either spitefu! or cruel it was not likely
he would he a favourite with those he played them on; especially as he never
would s:em sorry for the pain he caused. Hle thought it quite fie un to t throw
Sarahl's new bonnet that she was so proud of into the bath, and to cayenne
into Lady jane's bread and milk, so that the poor cat went about:
and would not touch her food for days afterwards; and he shouted with
when, having beguiled Jenny (who v vas a sad
coward) into a cupboard on the stairs, under
pretence of showing her he suddenly
locked the door on her, and left her
for terror in the dark. Then he was so rude ,-
to ." the servants, except Hollands and Grogan,
that none of them could bear him; and the -,
way in which he abused I. Usebi, : him names, and even kicked him
ii he aas quRe a his cCmsins, who
had a1 ben hbrout up, las Wcce alwad s are,
to treat servants T with kindness and o ai,
made noihur trhi rete o send the soy
S away if Dhick y was nut kinder to hina Yet
Itsebi worshipped Mhis little master; and I)icky,
too, was fond of h in in his wav! He was
unkA i merely because nobody had ever
Taught hi thati it was wrong to be so;i an
S because, as he said, Uselbi "Whid't minu'"
S indeed, I am the poor ihad been
so used to '- ill-treated all his life, and
to seeing others of his race ill-treated by the
White men, that he took it as a matter of course,
;i anrd was rather glad to have only a little white
eb'oy to beat him, instead of a strong man.
.lBut IDicky was also cruel to animals; and
-, this was a thing his English cousins could not un-
d hais. l f' derstand at all, and which made them quite
) him at times; while in this Usebi was
,not on Loiook a pleasure in tonrinen ting any poor
uid creature he co l id get hold of, but was
Sralways in Oo ickv tio do the
same. couldn't even see a o," littPle
,:.. in thI e road, or a cat basking at a suiny
ajithoiut throwing a sharp stone at them, or giving g, one to
his master to do so; and they could both aim so well that they nearih always hit
lihe r aniiimals, ho ,would limp off whiiing with pain while the boys .
Once indeed, .Usebi even brought down a bird off a high branch i ith a pebble
ihe at hii; and Dicky was as proud and delighted when he saw the tiny
creature come tumbling down with a broken wing as if they had done .
very and could not at all understand his cousins' horror of him for the
rest of tie day. Denzil children had been taught to love animals
ever since they were babies, and to remember that almost every bird and beast
and insect can be made into a friend if one likes to use a little trouble and
kindness to make them so; and m.. mother had encouraged this feeling by letting
them have an aumniber of ; -:. on the one condition that they took care of them
properly and had ... ',: them to take an interest in all the wants and ways
and habits of all the furry and feathered and creeping thl0; about them; so that
one day, when somebody met Jenny with an ugly looking insect in her hand, and
,_.. .. ;...! .her i1 l \..; not afraid
d ti. h .,rr-.1 ,th .g," Jenny
looked up indignantly and said:
"It's not horrid at all! It's a
nice dear beetle, and he lives in a lickle house which he makes all his own
self in a hole in the cornfield, and papers the walls with poppy leaves, beautiful
red poppy leaves, and I found him in the road, so I knowv he lost his way,
and I'm taking him back to the field. Mamma told me all about him once."
But poor Dicky had had no kind mamma to tell him about animals, and
teach him to be kind and pitiful to them; and the Colonel had been too busy
with his military duties to guess what bad lessons his ;Il'.. .boy was learning
among the rough soldiers and servants and Kaffirs among whom he was thrown.
One day, when Mrs. D'... i was sitting in the morning-room working, she
was suddenly startled by a loud clamour of excited voices, and going to the door
met the children rushing into the hall ,.'.-:...i Jack and Jenny scarlet with in-
dignation, and Babs -'1.1 0i, so from the effort to make his fat legs carry him
along as fast as the others. Dicky marched along in the rear, his head in the
air, and his hands in his pockets, making a great show of '.. : in no hurry;
and yet secretly anxious not to let the others get the start of him. Jack, however,
had no wish to do so, and even called to him to hurry.
"Come along!" .he shouted, "1 said I'd tell mother as you would go on;
but I'm not mean. I don't want to tell behind your back. Mother, it's no use,
we won't play with him any more; he's so dreadfully cruel."
"So dwedful cwool, mummy!" echoed little Babs.
"Oh, mother dear, he really is, and he won't mind Jack one bit," added
Jenny, almost as much shocked by the second fact as the first; for, indeed, it
was a very dreadful thing not to mind Jack. She always did so.
. .. ...
t J ., f'
Mother looked round quite dismayed. "Why, im
I... i ," she said, -.r .r is it? You seemed so
A '.' a little while ago Jack, hush! Let Dicky tell
Himself. We always tell of ourselves here, you
.w. What have you been doing, Dicky?" Dicky
.-' rather red, and then laughed.
"'N.. ill at all," he said, looking scornfully at
1a I-.. "They were messing in the mud by that
,. .t.:r at the bottom of the shrubbery, and I didn't
c.'te to----" "We was putting down some lickle
!-a mussels to see if they'd make friends with
the fresh-water ones, mummy," put in Jenny:
I,,t her mother signed to her to be quiet, and
I ,l:k went on: "And so I went and--and had a
j 11, with the old cat in the tool-house; and----"
"It wasn't a game," Jack burst out. 1. .t r,
.'., ,e tell you! You know !..t,.. Polly has had
i -br new kitties in a basket in the tool-house.
". do s .i.lI, he'd gone and got out all the kittens and
-tn k1 them each on a different shelf, on the
top of an empty flower-pot; and there was Mother Polly
crying and ri ,pin up, first to one and then to another,
and the poor, blind kittens crying, too--"-
("Poo b'ind titties cwyin'! struck in Babs, beginning to
do so himself for sympathy.) "And Dicky pulling her back
by the tail each time," finished Jack; "and even when
I took them from him, and put them in their warm basket
again, he tried to take them out, and said he liked, to
see puss in such a fluster; and I say it's awfZlly cruel of him,
I do. There!"
"Then you don't say true," said Dick, "for it wasn't cruel at all,
anid I didn't hurt 'em a bit, Auntie. I only put them up there to
see if they could jump; and as for the old cat, she's a nasty, cross, cruel
thing herself, and I don't care if I did pull her tail. Usebi says cats
are no better than tigers and I don't believe they are. Look there,
how she scratched me!" And he pulled up his sleeve, and showed a
long, jagged, bleeding scratch on his little thin arm. "Why, Dicky, that
is a bad place!" cried his Aunt, taking the wounded wrist gently in her kind
hand and beginning to bind it up. "So bad that I think poor
Mother Polly must have been dreadfully hurt and frightened herself before
she did it."
"Well, and so she was, mother," exclaimed Jack, a little awed by the
sight of the scratch, about which Dicky had said nothing before, but not very
sorry that Mother Polly had had spirit enough to fight for herself. "She was quite
wild; he made her so."
"I didn't," said Dick, sturdily. "I didn't make her anything. I only
had a little bit of fun with her."
"But perhaps she didn't understand the fun," said Mrs. Denzil, speaking
very softly and tenderly while she went on bandaging the scratched arm. "What
do you think, Dicky? Do you think I should call it fun if a great, big, rough
giant were to stride in here now, and seize poor little Babs in his huge hand -- "
("Don't ont to be seized-oh! oh!" cried Babs, piteously.) "And carry
him off somewhere where I couldn't get at him, or even see him, and could only
hear him crying for help to me." (This was too much altogether for Babs,
and he burst out into a loud cry at the mere thought) "And suppose," said
mother, putting her arm round him to quiet him, but still holding Dicky's hand, "that
when I tried to reach him the huge, rough giant dragged me back by the hair-
shouldn't you call him very, very cruel; and shouldn't you wonder if even poor
Auntie got a little wild, and scratched the giant's hands; not, perhaps, on
purpose, but in trying to get away?"
Dicky looked thoughtful for a minute. This was a new view to him, you
see; but 1 ,1, was looking on, and it is very hard for a little boy to own he is
wrong when there's another little boy wanting him to do so; so he said obstinately,
"But there wasn't any giant, and Babs is your little boy and they were only kittens."
"But Dicky Denzil is quite a huge giant compared to those tiny kittens
that he can hold in his hand," said mother, smiling; "and Mother Polly is quite
as fond of her little children as I am of mine. Don't you know that, Dick?"
"No," said Dick); "Usebi says cats aren't fond of anything. They're
cruel, deceitful things, and don't know how to love
anybody, like dogs and horses do."
Then Usebi was quite wrong,"
said neither, firmly, "and made a
greatt mistake, for cats can and
do love very much those who
love them; and no mother
is fonder of her babies
than they are of their little
-. -- kittens. Listen, Dicky, and
1'11 tell you a story of a cat-a true
story, which happened only a little
; i~ii~aP-LIYW~ 6P-~IYTII
~f P r
e~; ~--~3~ ~7- y
.:, ago. The house this cat belonged to caught fire one day. It was all in flames,
and :I,. people were running out of it for safety, when one of them saw pussy,
and caught her up in his arms to save her, too. Wouldn't you think she was
glad to be carried out of all the fire and smoke to a safe place? You would
have been so, wouldn't you? But no; pussy was not! She -'r.._l.-i and even
scratched the person who held her in her efforts to get away, and the minute
she was put down rushed back again into the burning house. Then they remem-
bered that in a basket in the kitchen there were four little kittens of hers-tiny,
new-born kittens; and they guessed-do you guess too children? that she had
gone back into the fire and risked death-a horrible burning death--to save them also.
"And they were right. In another minute or two pussy appeared again, running
out through all the flame and smoke with a wee baby kitten in her mouth which
she laid on the grass at her mistress's feet; and then, without even waiting to be
stroked or comforted, rushed back into the house again. They tried to prevent
her, but it was no use; and this time they thought she must be killed, for the
whole house was on fire, and the red flames were pouring out of the roof and
windows so hotly that even the firemen had to keep at a distance; but this
poor mother-pussy was braver than the firemen, you see, for those she loved;
and after a time- a longer time than the last--they saw something black
coming out through the smoke which was pouring from the back door. And there
was pussy! Not running now, but limping along as if she had been hurt,
with her pretty grey fur black with soot and scorched with i',:,,, and one lame
foot, and even the tiny kitten in her mouth all burnt on one side and mewing
with pain. The firemen gave a great cheer when they saw her, and her mistress
knelt down on the grass and took her in her anms and kissed her. But the poor
-r.- r a h-,i -t -n.-' r, -. :be iI rr-!ied over or petted.
.: i..-,. ,,.It :.,.i 1 '. .. 1.1 ':,tten down in her
m ,-t :..- !. 1.. ,Lt -, ..-,,rh -- ...king up at the lady
1,., I tl II.. ire .. It for m e,' -- and
,H .t.t: ,, d l Ill h could do to keep
Sh. I .. .:k ;.;in into the flames.
"And this time she never came back: When more engines had come,
and the fire had been out at iast, aii people were able to get into the ruined
house they found poor lss's hr od. al charred and dead, with on iittte dead
kitten held i her mouth a another ing by her cIse t the kitchen door.
She had not been able to get any frther;'
CT -e was a little se slin mother'- voice as she
finished hler story, which somehow made Dick afraid
to nook up at her; buti,
i he ,anteed to lok at an-
Jack, who would have th ..-
to cry, had such a curio _
in his throat he couldn't '
said ' if he had tri
"Oh, miummry, dear, cried
Jenny, ho her
with both arms,
she real v, g
quite headed" -
And did the
other kitty die too the
one what was burnt on its
side? i '.! I the
tooked care of it." .
"I hope she did. In
I am s'ure there can be
it," said iher mother,
know i it lively. This- is .
know. It was eve put ine
it happened; but I neve
about the kittens.
on his head, 'on
"Inm uoig out in the (grdeni, said Dicky,
shortly. "I.ook here, may I ask the cook for a cup of
milk for Mother P,. : And r'm going to get a stick, a real big one! That
UIsebi is a lie, and he's got to be beat."
But somehow Mrs. Denzil wouldn't this, Dicky couldn't see wiy.
'ares.- ..,u tl!h I )' i .-i wllt the cti t. Dt i so1
l a vI L (idn ess for a, nI sI
V can Ihe and that
ve taken plea ur
.any more; and I
and a Lady Jane wvero
". : -. i~td of teasing therm,
..,, minake friends with
I.l\lly her brea fast
: i,. j,.et y had always
iit this be a in n i of
5|eethat itm, "rls rDmeilunez could d soe said, "ia y.u d. t t ea
it mste oad been oeile aeyore Have yo.ne t herx o out oist
h e iust ias r lar ad o gt ocua f about it as ; toe ie into it. An ou
I our br eakfata, for thoug l'er' is dily at er breast reguiarl, heI
i quite as ha you i (n o wors, tr d ou it ee. e vr 1
ito urs teo foe ano Sah o ; heeic toin his peranb a K r wheL he Vo
wtied, an ', the oa i 0- still a ery pleasant affoon re buititg s!n cases
and cc" sea-weeds, and cominga home by the little river ,, on think s o
Scourself? t I
"Of course I do." 2 Dick r No t hat ic)ther f<
d(hmc tthey o; g' Youh shou a h ah her ashs of itt Ae ishes s hrin sauci of
i o-d coniier, a1- she of she pu.rs you a0.' r l s one! thi n she I
utl atl but talk, Auntie liv'. she scolded oie 'o hse kittens
,estcrdav, because' it didn't want to be licked cken I hear e I l
cHu tho- ug ) Dicky haId learnt to be kind cats, you must not
-ufiose oat Mrs. Denzil could undo by one les.'on th' bad teaching
he had been learning for severin years before. Haxe "ou never found out howv
much more difficult it is to get out of a bad habit than to get into it. And
I am sorry to say that, though Mother Polly did her breakfast regularly, the
other aiinials that came in master Dicky's way fared very little better than be-
fore, and! very soon he got into worse trouble i, ever.
children had been down to the beach one day, with '... .'
to look after them and Sarah to wheel Babs in his perambulator when he got
tired and they had -,,a very pleasant afternoon there, building sand castles
and cc' sea-weeds, and coming home by the little river, on the banks of
which they -' while to watch the shoals of ttle fishes swimming in the
clear water shade of the ... the boys wondered when the
Squire would go i', again
\ ': >. and take them. There were
''" .visitors at the Court when they
.' .. f got home, and Mrs. Denzil sent
4 / out word that the children were to go
into the drawing-room; so they all ran
S- upstairs to have their hair brushed and
hands washed before they did so. Dicky,
however, announced that he was not going
down again. He didn't like visitors, and he
4 was tired, and Auntie had said that when he was
?'S \tired he might always lie down on the sofa in
L Am the schoolroom; and as nothing that nurse or
inl [ ; , the others could say made any impression on
him, he did stay in the schoolroom, and very
soon wished he had not done so, because it
S. was so dull by himself.
Just then, however, there came a knock
at the door, and Usebi put in his black
"Little nias'r i... see dis? he said in his broken English, and holding
out a handkerchief full of wet sand and sea things he had l. t .1 out of doors,
for he, too, had accompanied the children on their -. i,-: "Got one ',.. -- crab,
golly !.; .. Mas'r jest see him pitchers; pinched Usebi hisself." And he pro-
ceeded to take out of the handkerchief, not a crab at all but a great brown
crayfish, an animal which, if the little people who are reading this don't know,
they had better make acquaintance with from the picture, Dicky had never seen
one before, and was delighted when Usebi told him that he had found it in the
muddy bank of the river, and that there were plenty more there. He was just
wanting some amusement, and for a few minutes he found enough in poking the
poor animal about, touching the points of its long antennae with his ,I .. ;, and
trying to make it close its huge claws on little bits of twig and slate pencils.
'.poor '... F ,. however, was feeling so unhappy at being taken out of the
nice cool river, and laid on a hard, dry schoolroom table, that he had no energy
even to bite his tormentor's fingers, and Usebi, seeing that Dicky was disappointed,
proposed that they should put him back into some water, to refresh him and
make him lively.
"Well, make haste and find some water," cried Dicky impatiently; and just
then, as ill fortune would have it, he chanced to look up and see the glass bowl
on the window ledge containing Jack's dear green frogs, and clapped his hands,
ii i. "Oh, what funl We'll put him in with the frogs and see if they'll
fight. Bring him here, Usebi, quick, quick! "
"What mas'r Jack say?" said Usebi l.a'i.tn :, for even he knew how fond
lack was of Tibbets and Giblets. -M i, him golly angry, no?
"Angry? No; what should he be angry for? It's only fun, and I guess
the frogs will frighten this fellow most. Bring him, Usebi" And Usebi, not
at all sorry really, brought the crayfish across the room, while Dicky took the
wire cover off the bowl, and dropped him in.
Such a splash as he made! Tibbets and Giblets, who had come to the
edge as usual when the cover was taken off. thinking Jack had brought them
something nice to eat, tumbled back into the bottom of the bowl, and thought
the end of the world had come; while the crayfish himself was so startled and
confused by his sudden plunge that he could do nothing at first but roll about
and ..._Ile with all his legs uppermost. As it happened, however, he had Ifl ,C
bang on the top of Tibbets, nearly squashing him flat; and when, after
the first shock was over, the little frog made an effort to
s'~ t. HitJ i n. 1 ,.t'c.i It --r.:.it horny nippers and
Cane-I.t I1,11 1, th.: ie. l. l.i liag him like a vice,
Sle .r,- all I ,b, -tr, .JK2 to get free. Dicky
;hrn,.k I ..,ib Ir.i. a:.. so did Usebi though
i, tri h i ..... Ir l !.i, I,.- was nearly torn off,
,-I t .... ,- I ....-I hitle tortured creature
wr'-.:.-- dii.I roll;,rl thi e more the crayfish
-- A..,_,,_. ,. :1. .. id drew him tighter
i it., It !tchce- E. en the water in the
!...i I ,as ail ,piiinered about, and the
ii bI.1 ,.ti. Illets managed to get
Si.I tcrn ied half out of her wits,
'. -raI ,caI, flip flop over the
..1... ,il, whence she tumbled
t.. t.. tI terrace outside.
Icl:i,..: and Usebi were en-
S.,,i. fun" so much that
tli. i." .er noticed her; but just
it '. had a fright, for
Si Il,,. ..:eased all of a sudden
his head hung
down, and he
appeared to be
dying; and at
-. that moment
Jack came into
the room and
saw what was
He had heard
W and ran in to
see what occa-
sioned them. Poor
boy, I should not
have liked you to
see his face as he
did so! He was a
brave, good-natured little
fellow usually; but at that mo-
ment grief and rage made him
ilate beside himself. and before ih could even think what he was doing he
hadl knociked Dicky down, and was beating him with all his while the
younger boy, taken by surprise, and not strong .... to defend himself,
holoaed lstilh for ..' It was fortunate for him that mother happened to
be passing the door at that moment a, d, hearing his cries, came in.
One word from her and lack was on his feet in an instant, his face almost
as red with shame as it had been with anger; but Dicky felt as if he would
even have preferred a little more beating to the look in mother's eyes when
she heard what he had been doing, and took the poor little mangled frog in
her hand. jack burst out crying.
"Is it quite dead?" he said, piteohisly. "Oh! mother, did you think any-
body couh! be so cruel, so spiteful --"
"I wasn', spiteful," Dickv burst in, "and I didn't mean to be cruel either.
it was the crab, he got hold of Tibbets his own self, and I onlv put him in for
fun. Auntie, don t you believe me'"
"Yes, Dick," said mother. gravely, "1 do. i believe that you arc cruel
enough to think it 'Tfu' to see a poor little helpless animal tortured; and I am
vers sorry for it. I should not have thought any boh could have been wicked
enough to find enjoyment in such a thing if you had not owned to it. Jack has
punished you, however, which he had no right to do: and therefore I shall say
no more to you." And then she turned to Jack, and telling him that, though
the frog was lnot dead,t it a as so badly injured that it must be put out of
its pain at once. she went out of the room taking it with her. Dicky hesitated
a minute. Poor lack had laid hi., head down on the table anaid was crying
bitterly, and after shuffling about wAth his feet a little, his cousin a\ent up to him,
"Lookl here, jack," he said, coaxingly." I. t cry. I am sorry 1 did it. I
am, indeed; and see, 1 give you my knife- my best one with three blades-to
make it up. I will, even though you did hit me; and it's ever so much nicer
than a stupid old frog; so there, take it, and be friends!"
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"Keep it yourself!" cried Jack, fiercely, his anger mounting again at the
unlucky phrase, 'stupid old frog,' I wouldn't touch your nasty knife, or any-
thing belonging to you. You're a cruel, hateful boy, and I'll tell Grogan of you,
for he gave me the frogs, and 'l11 never be friends with you again--never.'"
and, pushing Dicky on one side, he flung himself out of the room. Someone
was standing just outside the door who put her hand on his shoulder, and said
"lack, my dear boy!" in a very sorrowful tone; but Jack was too angry even
to listen to mother just then, and he broke from her and ran on.
That was a very miserable day. Dicky had been left alone in the school-
room, and the longer he stayed there the less he knew what to do. There were
the younger children, but he didn't like even to go to them; for jenny had found
Giblets lying dead on the terrace under the window, and he could hear her calling
to Jack in great dismay to tell him of it. And there was Grogan cutting the
grass on the lawn below. Dicky liked nothing better in general than to get him
alone and make hint tell stories about Colonel Jack when he was a little boy;
but, if Grogan knew, he felt sure there
would be no stories for him that day;
so he stayed by himself, and was as
uncomfortable as any little boy i.. i has tormented an
innocent, tame animal, and caused a great deal of grief and
pain, deserves to be.
And when tea-time came it was worse. Jack, who
always thought it so babyish to shed tears, had his eves all
swollen up with crying, and never spoke once to his cousin, while
Jenny looked from one to the other with great eyes full of pity
and wonder, and little labs, after staring at Jack for a whole minute over
his bread and butter, lifted his rosy face to Miss Bridger and said, solemnly,
"Poo Jack's fwogs' all headed Poo Jack! Babs so solly. Did Dicky kill zem?"
"Hush, hush!" said Miss Bridger, "we don't want to talk about it;" but
Dicky felt just as bad as if she had said "Yes," and was very glad when tea
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Mother had a quiet talk with him in her own room next day. She did
not scold him for what he had done; but when he came to her to complain
that he was so unhappy because Jack would not forgive him this day either, she
made him sit down by her and talked to him in her own nice gentle way, trying
to make him see for himself how little real fun or manliness there is in foolish
tricks which inflict pain on others; and how people who get into the habit of
indulging in them are sure to be shunned and disliked by everyone about them.
She reminded him, too, what pretty, tame little creatures the two frogs had been,
how fond Jack was of them, and how well they knew him, and would come to
the edge of the bow! at the first sound of his whistle; and she asked Dicky how
i e would have felt if they had been pets of his, and he had come in and found
ihem being tortured and put to horrible pain, while another boy stood by laughing
and enjoying the sight. Dicky hung his head.
"Oh, Auntie," he said, but "I didn't think of it-not that way, I mean.
I thought they were only frogs, and it didn't matter what one did with them;
Sbut I wish Tibbets was alive again now. 1 do, indeed. Don't you think Jack
will cvcr forgive me?"
"Indeed, I hope so," said mother, kissing him; --i., Dicky, it is just the
not thinking that does the harm. Tibbets and Giblets can never be made alive
again now, however much you wish it; but if Dicky Denzil will try for the future
not to play any tricks on other people or animals till he has asked himself,
'\Would I like that to be done to me?' he will have (tone
a better ',i,, than even if he could have brought the frogs
to life again; which only God can do, who made them
first of all, and gave them their pretty green
coats and nut them in the world to
liv el i t I. . .,.
plea ..- :
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Dicld I,,', -
DICKY RUNS AWAY.
MOTHER had told Dicky that she hoped Jack would forgive him, and she said
the same to Jack himself; but I am sorry to say Jack did not find this easy to
do, and as the days went by he did not get very much more ,., n.1i to his
cousin than he had been at first. This, indeed, was his great fault. He did not
mind taking any amount of hard knocks himself, and he was never cruel or
!.-!;i_'. as some elder boys are
with those younger and weaker than
themselves: but when he was once
seriously angered or offended he became
sullen, and wouldn't forgive the offender,
but went on 1.-.i..;_ the wrong done in his mind, till he couldn't believe that
the person who did it had any good in him at all, and took a regular
dislike to him.
This was how he acted towards Dicky now, and this was very v.r.,-._ be-
cause there is good in everyone, and there certainly was in Colonel Jack's little
boy, whatever you may think, who have only been reading about his bad deeds.
For one thiln., he never bore malice himself, or made a fuss and got angry when
he was hurt, as a great many delicate little boys do. Jack was often rough with
him, not intentionally, but because he did not realise how much weaker Dicky
was than Iin:n-llt' but l -, k- '.
liked haii just as much, and v uld '"
have scorned to cry or complain.
Once, indeed, Jack gave him such
a shove for persisting in slashing
Ral,,h with his whip, that he tumbled
down and cut his head on a stone; yet nothing would induce him to tell nurse
how he got a great bump there, though he could not bear to have his
hair brushed for days afterwards, and was very rude and cross to her
for wanting to do so. And then he told the truth, which is the best
and greatest thing any boy can do, and which certainly Usebi i,.l
not. Indeed, Usebi often tried to tell lies for his master, and to put the
blame of some mischief they had been up to on someone else; but Dicky
always spoke out and contradicted him; and therefore, when all things
are considered, I think the Squire and Mrs. Denzil were right in deciding
that there was a great deal of good in their little Cape Town nephew,
and that the harm in him was chiefly owing to the bad companions he
had had, and not a little to Usebi, who, they had made up their mind, should
be sent back to the Cape as soon as a good opportunity for doing so could
Perhaps, if they had known how much the little boy sometimes missed his
old home, and how fond he really was of the Kaffir lad, they would have tried
to make some other arrangement; but Dicky was not a child who said much
about his own feelings, and as it is not easy to believe that a young gentleman
can care very much for a servant whom he is always abusing and tyrannising
over, even his kind Aunt thought it would be better for both boys when they
t I k.i .
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As it the opportunity came sooner than, was expected.
One clay the 'bquire got a telegram from a fi-ied in londo tIo a that a
fanmi he knew were sailing next day for the Cape, and would he ver' glad to
take out the Kaffir boy with them to attend to their own .. an(d help to
amuse them. The only difficulty was, he must be sent ,I next imornint at latest.
Could it be done?
It .-. .. just in the nick of time. For some cause or another, Usebi
and DIick had been continually in trouble of late, and '.. together; and
no one guessed that this cause was in a great part jack's obstinacy in refusing
to be ,I;.-.11 with his cousin, which .. .; threw the younger boy on his
Kaffir attendant for a companion instead. Anyhow, the result was most unfor-
tunate. One day the o.I.,-,' window was broken. because Dicky, in i;n,; at a
bird, had thrown a stone through it. Another day an old lady called to com-
plain of the boys for having lamed her dog in the same manner; and then-worst
of I'.---.l.t little grave in which Jack, assisted by Babs and Jenny as chief mourners,
had buried the two frogs, under a bush of white roses was discovered to have
been opened, and the i...;'i (a pretty cardboard box given by nurse for the pur-
pose) taken out. Of course, suspicion fell on the usual culprits, and Mrs. Denozil,
greatly shocked and distressed at the occurrence, had them brought before her;
but both Dicky and Usebi denied with equal earnestness :e:': ....il., to do
with it, and as the former, at any rate, was in the habit of telling the truth, his
Aunt was truly glad to believe him, and ....:-.i to Jack (what she thought her-
self) that some animal had uprooted the grave.
-To T Vhof
Sruid never have (lone such a d ear
S- into the hoe
xrom which it i hi at ot be b
,directly he saw i e sh ,
icome wa, do; Mas'r I
se2 Vou." But if Dinky
waishe to his ad ice be
hai no time to do so, for Jack
put it back again. You deserve to be ..
up for i such a sneak. Come along to
the house.bi me o"
co ne way, do; Mas'r i,," ;
see yO Bu If DiCk) .. |
l ished to his a ice "
coi d even get* up .
face white with knew it .
you alt ,i and now you're tryi,_
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A very sad scene followed. Usebi had hidden some-
where, and was not to be found; but Mrs. Denzil had the
other two boys into the library, and having heard Jack's
story, did her best to make Dicky speak out and own
the truth about the matter.. It was no use, however. Dicky
persisted in declaring that he had not dug up the box, or told
a lie; and when asked how he came to be burying it again, /
said he had found it in a ditch; 'th i.hI how he knew it was
there he wouldn't say, but only grew very red, bungled and
stammered, and finally burst into a fit of passionate crying,
and refused to say any more.
It was just then that the Squire came in with the tele-
gram in his hand; and when he heard what was the matter
he settled the question at once by declaring that Usebi should
be sent off to London to join the ship in question that very
day, and ordering Dicky up to his room in disgrace to re-
main there till he chose to confess the whole truth. He
would not even allow the boys to see each other again
before they parted, and though this seemed harsh, mother really
could'not blame him, for Dicky's denials seemed impossible
of belief; and they both felt that if Usebi was teaching h~lm
deceit, as well as other bad habits, the sooner they were
separated the better.
What a I,.:..lfu;. miserable day that was, and
what a dreadfully miserable little boy Dicky felt as
the hours went on slowly by while he was locked up in
the dressing-room. At first, when he heard the key turn
in the door he simply threw himself on the floor and crie.
and screamed till he was hoarse; and when he was tired
of this shouted through the keyhole that he wanted
Usebi. If he was locked up Usebi must come to him and!
be locked up too. Usebi was his servant, not anybody ,
else's; and if Usebi was sent away he would go also. He ,
hated England, and uncles, and aunts, and Jacks, and-
everybody! In fact, he said as many foolish, naughty things
as a little boy in a passion could well think of, and if he
stopped at last it was only because no one seemed to A
care how much noise he made, or pay any attention
He couldn't understand such treatment at all. He had
th. ',ht that as soon as Usebi came in, and had been made to
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say out the truth of that story which he himself had .; ., to tell, someone
would make haste to let him out, and he would be
praised and kissed and Jack scolded for .
-. i ;,. a liar. lie had not told a lie at all. W as it
I likely a soldier's son would It was Usebi.
; not he, who had ,.. up the box and thrown
'_,;.* egit into the ditch, ih; :i. to ;. .. his little
Master and Jack by ." so; but he
had only told Dicky after they had both
been questioned the first time, and after
making him .I..,;.- not to betray him.
Dicky had kept his promise, as we
have seen; but instead of being pleased
with Usehi for the shabby trick he had
'se eps la yed he had called him names and
even struck him with a stick in the
hasty fashion which he was so food of
when : lie never th:.+y that Usebi
would remember those blows with the stick
when brought before the Squire, and would
be too sulky and .... to risk getting
any more by telling the truth. Nor did he
think that, fond as i Y.,'V lad was of
his young master in one way. he was fonder
still of his own country and his own i
i .d tono delighted at the thought of going back
.!.ere, to think of anything else but .
L -.: as quickly as he could. To be sure, he
;id have liked to take Dicky with him, or
.> bid him good-bye; and dear kind mother
last persuade the Squire to iet him do the
'' I..' iut when the negro boy went ..' '- he heard
Dicky shouting that "Usebi shozddn't go. He was
his servant, and lie should stay with him," So Usehi
crept down stairs again very quietly, and told mother
he had said good bye to "little mas'r and was quite
Dicky had got tired of crying at last, and had
gone to the wiJndvow for a change. He could see a little
bit of the st!1bleyardi below: and there was the cart with
Usebils sea ch(est in it, the xvery one hI had brought from
Africa, and C --' .' near in his best brown coat and hat which
he never wore except on Sundays, or when he was going up to town
on business; and the sight of which inade Dicky guess in a moment that
he was being sent up to London now to take care of and see him
So Uncle and Auntie had rot believed ', either !
They were sending him after all; and
SDickv was not even to be allowed to
see him; though he had
not done ,i,.i ..
.'.-1.'j at all. The
poor little boy N
to cry again at the
thought, and leant
.n / iout ofwindow, calling
,to Grogan as loudly as
,e could; but Grogan was
ad rol deaf and didn't hear; and
..I' t '.n he got into the cart, and
i i- c I. to the side of the house out
Dick~, dl-t, so that the child could not
even see his black servant when he started,
and could only hear the sound of the wheels
when they '..,i ..,i. and went off down the drive
to the gate.
And only an hour ago he had beaten him
and .-: him names, and now he should
never, never see him again I
Dicky felt as if he couldn't bear it; and
hm0. He would rather go back with Usebi "
to the Cape and to his papa, who
wasn t a .' and always .... ', what / '
It would be quite easy. .. door was
y hacked, but the window h on to some leads,
and just opposite to it was another window
open. He could get in at that, and'then creep downstairs to the garden
door, taking care not to be seen, and so escape through the garden and
shrubberies to the road. ', -t the road to the Station! Dicky had only threepence
in his pocket, and he knew the railway people would say they must have
shillings if he went in the train; besides, if Grogan saw him he would be
certain to send him back to the Court at
once, so that wouldn't do. N. ; he
would take the other road to the sea.
S i'.ii must go to the sea so as to
St on board the ship, and nothing
S. ,. would be easier than for them
to meet there. England was
S ./. ,' only an island-he
-knew that from his
SJ.J l. geography book--and
S,~. ,1 .. such a little tiny island
.. that when you looked for
it in the map of the world
S"' where Africa was a great big
'. place you had quite a hunt to
find it at all; and ,: .- n t..:
'i which was the name of the place where the
ship had first brought him and Usebi to land,
was on the south coast, as Doddersley was also.
What could be easier than to walk right along the
beach until you got there? It would be quite a IIi-I'let thing from wandering
through lanes or woods, for you couldn't possibly lose your way, and there
would be no wild beasts.
It really did seem very easy. No one saw him, and no one heard
him as he crept 'lh. --1, the house and garden; and when he had passed
the last l'l.': of the last i, 1, and found himself in the road with his '- .
to the sea, Dicky felt quite proud. Indeed, it had taken him a long time
doing that much; for, of course, be had to go by the most roundabout paths
and keep close to the lh...1--, and hide whenever he saw (or thought
he saw) anyone in the distance; so that he felt quite like a hero of adventure
already. It was easier and more pleasant trotting along the high road, that
is, it would have been, if there hadn't been such a cold wind, and if he
had had his hat and great coat on, for it was September now, and the autumn had
set in very wet and chilly; and Cape Town Dicky wasn't used to cold
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aam. ad o to the Court nU |
N hat and
s a.i would e too
S ie i i ickv i
aae codiii se !I
and as he
i the rt
?1 In 4 t iI
)Ml 1) 1 s 1 -
, h e ulsd ht h t I I ,, I t1e
1 tee: and, ; is .t also r etiniA (ird 'I iliio hle sea,
> ;.'as\ i> et+ l<.> i.hc river. ,rou (nd i, was ver"y wet and muddy wit
I 0, ,f rate ce, iere anA t d hre, awld deep ditches almost hil(d(dn wit i
ntIu hit head oeh t bbre oy he bd n rii V.h. screat!eeda outidventure + 1,
ia "be so pleasant as tohi. If he coi
1: iet down to the sea! But the
Shi hwas He And,no worsnot oeven in sigt, andil
isi his own stomqac'h mere to rilni a ho!rid, loud bell, which said, c'
tiete Past t rea-timve, anr se tea or p"
lie kept on. I)icky 1 ii; was a brave little !".. *; but heroes ot
adventure ought to be brave; only he had never '. ,.:. the adventure would
be so unpleasant as this. If he could
eit..- 4ot down to the sea! But the
l ha, cI- ., was not even in sight, and
i the river seemed to be playing
him tricks, it ran about in
such crooked, zig-zag
Sways, sometimes quite
F near him and sometimes
a long way off. It
rained harder than
Sever. Every step he
took went splash,
plash in the wet
S" grass; and once
he got his foot
S '^ so deep into
,-b. 1_l. that
in trying to
pull it out
S e off, and he
in the mud.
It took himn
S. t, uite a long time
to find his boot
and put it on, and
whe he ldid succeed
the tears were
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down his check. Poor Dicky! he really couldn't help it; he tried not to cry,
but he was so wet and so cold, his little hands \were quite blue, and that
bell in his stomach rang louder than ever, only now it said: "So dreadful,
r-eaci hungry, and no tea! no tea azt allI!" Dicky trudged o,. sobbing bitterly.
With all his heart he wished himself back at the Court, where, even if .1 hated
him, they were -xerv kind, and '.. ." him tea and cake, and a pony, and a nice little
white beId,and everything he could want. And perhaps they didn't hate him after all.
Certainly mother didn't. She of course, couldn't hate anybody; nor the
who was nearly\ as good as papa, and had never whipped him
once, however naughty he was; nor Jenny, who never told of him, however
much he teased her, and had even .... him off trom punishment the
day hie put her dear wax dolly's head into the nursery fire and melted it
all away; nor Jack, who had given him his own picture of the Duke of
Wellington, and his kite, and had taught him how toi) the latter, and how to
make string .i'-, and who always shared all his 'c. with him, and
him with his lessons i-i that unlucky day when Tibbets was ;' '- O)h! if he
were only back among them! But he did not even know where lie was now.
lie had got into a thicket of reeds and osiers higher than his head, and every
!-,. took him deeper .i ... them; and once he saw a great water-rat looking
at him out of a hole, and in trying to run away he fell over the root of a
tree, and hurt his leg so that he couldn't move.
Just then he heard a dog barking. It was a deep, loud bark, and it came
nearer and nearer. Dicky would have c di.i- out, but he thought it might he a
savage wild dog, or belong to some bad black men who would take his clothes
away and kill him; so he crouched down on the muddy ground and kept quiet;
but ti' the sound came c lser, a!m next miiiiii tire ;s a girat crahiin and
.ing among, the osiers, and a big brown dog came hurstin' throuLh the
thicket and sprang on hiim
It wa-s Kal'ph. Ralph, the watch do but luite aio!., .o\ -ed with iuli
and with loia ha'n'ing lro i hi reat reI' d out.i, as if h hd been en min ;
hard; and as hie iii! liininself ioi t litl h oi kiioc )ii hin bS;i:ki\\ad ith
lis v ioence. ick ai : shr:iked: ior he roicn:erd hoiw ckkin ii htac '
always CeeC to thie dog, how he had slashed him with his uhi.; and ilown
stones at him when hc was asleep, and cncomragcd Uscb lo tease him in a
hundred wavs; and he thought that now Raiph had found him 'one Iec had
.. on him to tear him in l' i and kill i1i
But good; faithful Ralph was far from t-, any such thin. ie knew
D.icky a as lost, and that the Squire and Jack and l i
Swere all 1ooki ng fr lhi. so lie had set I to iook
ilk o i "
and fondled him with his great big paws; and finally curled himself up with his
warm, hairy side pressed close against the child's little shivering body, and sat
only now and then i:; i._ a big "bow, wow, wow!" as if to say. "Here
he is! Come along! I've found him." And poor Dicky threw his arms round
the dog's neck and clung to him tightly. It was nearly dark now, and he was
wet :;. .*, and as cold as a stone, and his limbs ached so that he couldn't
stand up if he tried; but one friend had found him out at least, and with his
tired head resting on Ralph's nice, warm coat, he fell asleep.
When Dicky woke up he was in his own little bed. Mother was beside
him, putting --!..-T ihg on his head, and the doctor was there, too; and some
other faces- ..., 't.'s, and one at the door that looked like Jack's; but Jack very
pale and with swollen eyes like he had that day Tibbets
was killed. What could he be crying for now? Did he
know that Dicky was going to die; and was that why
poor Dicky's head and back ached so dreadfully, and
his eyes smarted, and there was such a burning fire
in his throat and chest he could i:'.; speak? Yet if
it was so he must speak; there was something- he wanted
to say to Jack so dreadfully.
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"Jack! I want Jack," he said hoarsely, and when the other bou cami nearT
"Jack, it wasn't a lie. It \\as Usebi dug the not me; only ypo-
mnised him not to tell if he showed me where the box was. I- I thought if I
put it back nicely you would be friends with me again.'
Poor jack flung d.... ( down beside the bed in a '. ; i state of remiorse(.
"Oh, Dicky," he said eagerly, I az friends with you, and I know all
about it. Everybody does .. told Grogan afterwards, and it was nmy fault.
mI' so very, very sorry. Oh, Doctor, can't you make Dicky better?"
"'., : if you come here upsetting him, my boy," said the doctor, anid
mother put her hand on his head.
"Hush!" she said, "Go away now, dear Jack, or you will do Dicky harm.
Hie is very ill, but he must lie quiet, and not talk, and we will all take
care of him; and by and bye he will get well again.
iut Dicky looked up at her with a queer, '., quivering smile on Ins
"Please I would rather (lie," he said, with his lips tr ver\ mach
the effort, "'cause Im i'1 over red-hot fire inside me, and it does hurt so
much. F'i sorry I ran away; and will \ou love Ralph very much, for it was
lie toaund me, and I usen't to be kind to him,. I would like to love him and be
kind to himi now if---if I hadn't got to (die'"
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| ; :en h.e [ little better ,ack a i cL sit ,iii i and rea
Sheer and amls-e him, so that ;e 0 irec ,i'!dren becam e ietcr friei.ds than tOlicy haii
ever bee before, and Jack co ld hardiy beieve thit be ,ari :.K.: Ic j
Sthe C .. s little boy had sear. a lesson on is -t whi hIe ne or g ,x.
Ralph had taught that lesson to him, and he -as never unkind to ai
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