• TABLE OF CONTENTS
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 Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 Prefatory note
 Frontispiece
 Table of Contents
 The fox and the trap
 The cat and the mouse
 A back-yard party
 Dividing the game
 The runaway fair
 The elephant and donkey
 Turning a new leaf
 A domestic tale
 The wolf and the bear
 The mice at tea
 The wolf and the dog
 The bear in winter
 The mice and the egg
 A tale of the times
 A change in the situation
 The bicycle in the woods
 The dialogue
 The lion and rhinoceros
 A lesson for young mice
 The fox in old age
 Advice out of season
 The unhappy lion
 Listening to the rooster crow
 A night alarm
 The dog and the cat
 The stylish pair
 The daring mice
 The rats and the meal
 Back Cover






Title: Queer people with paws and claws and their kweer kapers
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Title: Queer people with paws and claws and their kweer kapers
Physical Description: 111 p. : ill. : ; 26 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Cox, Palmer, 1840-1924
Cox, Palmer, 1840-1924 ( Illustrator )
Hubbard Bros ( Publisher )
Publisher: Hubbard Brothers
Place of Publication: Philadelphia
Publication Date: c1888
 Subjects
Subject: Wit and humor, Juvenile -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Animals -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry -- 1888   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1888
Genre: Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
poetry   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
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Statement of Responsibility: illustrated by Palmer Cox
General Note: Cover illustrated in color and t.p. printed in red and black.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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Bibliographic ID: UF00055868
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Front Matter
    Title Page
        Title 1
        Title 2
    Prefatory note
        Unnumbered ( 6 )
    Frontispiece
        Frontispiece
    Table of Contents
        Page i
        Page ii
        Page iii
        Page iv
        Page v
        Page vi
        Page vii
        Page viii
    The fox and the trap
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
    The cat and the mouse
        Page 4
        Page 5
    A back-yard party
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
    Dividing the game
        Page 10
        Page 11
    The runaway fair
        Page 12
        Page 13
    The elephant and donkey
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
    Turning a new leaf
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
    A domestic tale
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
    The wolf and the bear
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
    The mice at tea
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
        Page 36
    The wolf and the dog
        Page 37
        Page 38
    The bear in winter
        Page 39
        Page 40
        Page 41
    The mice and the egg
        Page 42
        Page 43
        Page 44
    A tale of the times
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
    A change in the situation
        Page 49
        Page 50
        Page 51
    The bicycle in the woods
        Page 52
        Page 53
    The dialogue
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
        Page 58
        Page 59
    The lion and rhinoceros
        Page 60
        Page 61
        Page 62
        Page 63
        Page 64
    A lesson for young mice
        Page 65
        Page 66
        Page 67
        Page 68
    The fox in old age
        Page 69
        Page 70
        Page 71
    Advice out of season
        Page 72
        Page 73
        Page 74
    The unhappy lion
        Page 75
        Page 76
        Page 77
    Listening to the rooster crow
        Page 78
        Page 79
    A night alarm
        Page 80
    The dog and the cat
        Page 81
        Page 82
        Page 83
        Page 84
    The stylish pair
        Page 85
        Page 86
        Page 87
        Page 88
    The daring mice
        Page 89
        Page 90
    The rats and the meal
        Page 91
        Page 92
        Page 93
    Back Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
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QUEER PEOPLE

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PAWS AND CLAWS

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ILLUSTRATED.



By PALMER COX.
Author of THa BROWNIm, their Book.


HTBBARD BRlOTHES, PilBISHBPEILS,
PHILADELPHIA.








































COPYRIGHT, BY HUBBARD BROTHERS: I888






















PREFATORY NOTE.


A FEW of the pieces with the ac-
companying illustrations, that were
so remarkably popular when they
appeared under copyright protec-
tion in Harper's Young People,"
"St. Nicholas" and Little Folks,"
have, by the courtesy of the Pub-
lishers of those charming juvenile
magazines, been incorporated here
in permanent form.
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CONTENTS.









FOX AND TRAP.


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CAT AND MOUSE.














xi. THE BACK-YARD PARTY.
















DIVIDING THE GAME.














THE RUNAWAY PAIR.














ELEPHANT AND DONKEY.













TURNING A NEW LEAP.
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A DOMESTIC TALE.














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WOLF AND BEAR. I / _

















MICE AT TEA.

















WOLF AND THE DOG.
















BEAR IN WINTER.
















MICE AND THE EGG.
















-A TALE OF THE TIMES.
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A CiHANGE IN THE
SITUATION. ,




















BICYCLE IN WOODS.



















THE DIALOGUE.



















THE LION AND THE
RHINOCEROS.


















A LESSON FOR YOUNG
MICE.


















THE FOX IN OLD AGE.

















ADVICE OUT OF SEASON.













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LISTENING TO THE
ROOSTER CROW.















A NIGHT ALARM.














THE DOG AND CAT. ,














, --THE STYLISH PAIR.














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THE RATS AND THE
MEAL.









THE FOX AND THE TRAP.

"A CUNNING Fox once thus addressed
Her infant pair, with hunger pressed:
., "You see my eyes are not so blear
As to mistake what's lying here.

"This object spread ,I
so still and plain,
But shows the tricks i ,
of human brain.
Observe it well, I
it proves a trap, .
All set and ready ( ~ '
for the snap; '
And woe to either .
tail or foot, .
That is by chance i' ;:'--
upon it out. --

"The fox that stands that fixture o'er
Will never enter burrow more,
Or from the roost, in outhouse low,
Drag down the fattest in the row.
Beware of objects that appear
Upon the surface smooth and clear.









"For underneath, as often found,
The vilest dangers may abound.
But lay your paw upon that bait,
That moment would decide your fate.
Not all the sprightliness of thews,
-- Not all the art that fears infuse
S Into the mind, could then defend,
-- Or save you from a woeful end.
__._ That subtle spring would change its form,
As swift as lightning rends the storm,
The jaws, that twigs and leaves conceal,
Would rise in view as ringing steel.
The shining links so deftly passed
Around this tree, would hold you fast;
Then vain would be your bark or moan,
The hunter's heart is hard as stone.
At morn he would beside you stand
*With gun or cudgel in his hand.

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And earth, and trap and foliage stain
With blotches of your scattered brain.
To prove what I am saying now,
But mark how soon this withered bough,









Though lightly pressed with nicest care,
Will show the evil lurking there.
The trap is sprung! the danger past,
So, with the bait we'll break our fast.


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"Ah, native cunning spoils the plan
Of crafty evil-minded man,
In vain for us they mix the pill,
Arrange the trap, or musket fill.
Keep clear your eyes, and cool your head,
And shun the dangers round you spread.
A mother's blessing on you rest,
Now eat your piece of chicken-breast."









THE CAT AND THE MOUSE.

A mouse was chased,
and in its haste I. ,.
Away from claws to fly,
In use an empty bottle
placed,
That happened to be nigh.


Then pussy, peeping
through the neck,
'1' Could scarce
suppress a grin
To see how calm
it met her gaze,
As safe it sat within.



She turned the bottle I ( '
upside down //
And shook it
freely there;
But nothing could
induce the mouse
To seek the open air.









f! i '"' 171 'iJ, Then lying down upon the floor
19 ; :1 She reached a paw
I [to take her,
But still the mouse
had room enough,
And blessed the bottle-maker.

She raised the bottle ( i'-",
overhead,,
With all the strength
she knew, )
And in
a thousand pieces small )I
The port of safety
flew.

But while the fragments
I I filled the air,
The mouse
with action spry,
Quick reached
another hiding-place,
And squeaked a glad
"POaM_ good-bye."








A BACK-YARD PARTY.

NE evening bright there was a sight
That should recorded be.
All gazed in wonder-well they might--
Such funny things to see.
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A neighbor's yard is smooth and hard,
And through the block extends, _
And there, came lively rats and mice, .'.
With town and country friends.

It may have been a wending scene
They celebrated there,
A birthday party, or soiree,.
Enjoyed in open air. .

But this is plain, whatever train
Had brought the rogues that way,
S From loft and lane and bins of grain,
A jovial troop were they.

The household cat, so sleek and fat,
Is by the servants fed,
And only leaves the rug or mat
To find her cream and bread.

So nought was there to harm or scare
The lively groups below
That danced and played in light and shade,
Or rambled to and fro.







No slaves were they to fashion's sway,
With all its outs and ins:
For some wore gauze or summer straws,
While others dressed in skins.



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Beside the gate, upon a crate
That once held earthen ware,
An old musician, throned in state,
Gave many a pleasing air.
He scraped and paw'd and chopped and saw'd,
But never seemed to tire,
But never seemed to tire,








Though oft his bow would run as though
To set the strings on fire;
While at his side, in pomp and pride,
A knowing mouse was stalled,
And while the sets he sharply eyed,
The mazy dance he called:

"To partners bow the first, and now _
To those on either side,
Across and back, the lady swing,
Now balance all!" he cried.

'Twas charming fun to see them run,
And curtsey, bow, and wheel,
Or slip and slide and trip and glide
S- Through some plantation reel.
p "" The smallest mouse about the house,
And most destructive rat,
Danced half an hour
with grace and power-
SAn Irish jig at that;

Upon a pan the dance began,
And round the yard they pass'd,
But dancing still for life, until
SThe rat gave out at last.

The Highland fling
and pigeon-wing,
The polka and quadrille;








The waltz and schottish-
everything-
Was found upon the bill.

The latest dance
that came from France,
From Germany or Spain,
The most delightful hop or prance,
Their programme did contain.

And people who could gain a view _--
Of either jig or reel
Would hardly grudge
the lively crew ,
A little corn or meal.

The moon was high And when again
and morning nigh, they're in the vein
Before they To pass a night
quit their play, in fun,
To shake May we
their paws be nigh
and say : the
"Good- window
bye," pane
And pass Until the
in pairs sport is
away. done.







DIVIDING THE GAME.

WO foxes sly, of sharpest sight,
Set out to hunt one summer night,
Across the hills, around the swales,
And through the barnyard's gates and rails,
They traveled free, and traveled far,
Beneath the light of moon and star.


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And then, as dawn of morning came,
It found the rogues dividing game.
One fox had bagged a rooster stout
That seven years, or thereabout,
Had sat above the rattling horn
Of stabled cows, and hailed the morn.
One caught a duck of Russian line,
Of heavy build and feather fine,
And both at once, with even leap,
Had nabbed a snipe while fast asleep.
No easy job it seemed to be,
Between the two, to halve the three.
One claimed the rooster, one the duck,
But still the snipe was there to pluck.








And each one thought it was but fair
To add the dodger to his share.
So there they sat, till day was ripe,
Disputing who should have the snipe,




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Soon rid the country of the two.
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Each quoting Law to back his claim,
Like lawyers in pursuit of game.



And with his double barrel true,
Soon rid the country of the two.









THE RUNAWAY PAIR.

PON their way, through country green,
A loving pair may now be seen,
The steed is fleet whereon they ride,
He knows the section, far and wide,
The woods that frown, the streams that flow
The mountains steep and valleys low.
He knows where fallen timbers lie
Across the creek, now foaming high.
He knows where branching cedars grow
And hide the path that winds below.
No knight of ancient chivalry
E'er rode a surer steed than he.
No spavined foot, no foundered knee,
But sound as apple on the tree.

The meadows wide they quickly cross,
The pastures bare, the banks of moss,
The rocks and woods they leave behind
For Union now is in their mind.
"A strange affinity," you cry;
"I think the same as you, and sigh.
But who can fathom love affairs,
Or who account for ill-matched pairs ?"
Enough, a blessing we'll bestow,
And watch them as away they go.
No angry kindred need pursue,
Nor alter wills, or mischief brew.









The loss of friends or rich estate
Will not make her forsake her mate;
Nor threats of punishment or pain
Cause him to turn or draw the rein;
So those who may object or rave
May calm their minds and language save.



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And close the blind and sash once more;
The gossip ring may leave the fire
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For miles will shortly intervene

And hearts be oined at Gretna Green.
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The wondering crowds may shut the door,
And close the blind and sash once more;
The gossip ring may leave the fire
And to the bed again retire,
For miles will shortly intervene
And hearts be joined at Gretna Green.










THE ELEPHANT AND DONKEY.




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S .HERE eiry step r uii'd- :e

Once met by chance a rural pair,
A Donkey with assurance filled,
And Elephant of heavy build.

The latter said, with manners kind, d
"Here one alone can footing find, ,, ,
So let us choose the safest scheme ':
And. singly cross the brawling stream. :
You're nearest to the shore you see l -i
And should, I think, give way to me. ''
When I have cross'd the dangerous place
Then you can soon resume your pace."

"Not so," the Donkey quick replied,
Who, blinded by his silly pride,
Mistook the traveler's civil air !"''
For evidence of craven fear;
And thus went on with haughty ton' --
"My time is precious as your i'i.. n,
And here I'll stand throughout tli,-- iy
Upon my rights, let come what may."

Now, angered at conceit so great,
The Elephant cut short debate.












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"Then mark how soon your foolish pride
Will bring reward:" He made a stride,
And reaching out his trunk, he gave
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High over head, through air he passed,
Until some branches held him fast;
And people passing by may see
His bones, still hanging in the tree.
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His bones, still hanging in the tree.









TURNING A NEW LEAF.

N New-Year's Eve, a band of brothers,
The bear, the wolf, the fox, and others,
Of every nature, bad and good,
Assembled in a darksome wood.

It was, indeed, a stirring sight,
That dreary, cold, December night,
While limbs were weighted down with snow,
And frost was bridging streams below,
To see them come, from far and near,
To hold a friendly meeting here.
As Bruin seldom moves around,
While snow is lying on the ground,-
The other beasts, who well can face
A wintry blast, or lengthy race,
In force assembled near the lair -l' ,
Of their respected Brother Bear.

From silent cedar swamps profound,
The rabbit came, with lightsome bound. -
Like shaft, projected by the bow, .
He shoots, where'er he cares to go, ;-''-"
On feet by generous nature planned-' -
For either snow or summer sand. "
The hardy fox had tramped for weeks,
O'er frozen fields and mountain peaks,
Or sat for hours on crusted snow,
To view the barn-yard scenes below.








And there the wolf, through forest dark,
Had ran for miles, with howling bark,
And eyes, that seemed to throw a ray
To light the rover on his way;
Enduring heat and cold the same,
He took the seasons as they came,
And little cared what scarred his hide,
If but his stomach was supplied.

















The shaggy bear the silence broke,
And thus, in solemn accents, spoke:
"The year now drawing to a close
Has brought its share of joys and woes:
It saw us feasting on the best
The thrifty farmer's fold possessed;
It saw us, too, with aching head,
Go, lame and supperless, to bed;
And now, beneath this wintry bower,
It seems to me a fitting hour









For us to mend our ways; in brief,
To turn in life another leaf.
There's not a creature of us all
But has some fault, however small,
That we should leave behind us here,
Upon the threshold of the year.
As for myself, I stand aghast,
When I review the summer past.
I fancy still
I, i I', L liiL I hear the cry
-!-- ,Of children, as
I bounded nigh;
SThe squealing pig,
a ot and bleating sheep
St I often hear,
o when fast asleep;
And tho', perhaps,
I'm not the worst,
Dragging out thorre I here discard my
faults the first.
No more the farmer's sheep I'll rend,
Or hug the calf, like bosom friend;
No more beneath the starry sky,
I'll drag the porker from the sty;
The fruit of field, and yellow grain,
In future shall my life sustain."
Then, next in order to the bear,
The wolf remarked, with humble air,
"I, too, might speak of troubled sleep,
Of night alarms and worried sheep,








Of tender kids, .
or frightened steed, '
Of traveler's bones, ':'*
and hunter treed. ':,, ,
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as the stars,, i.
My virtues fewer
than my scars; -
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should not be last. '
To mourn my 0- ." ---
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And here resolve, --
no more to prey -: -'
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that cross my way."
He ceased, and sinking in his place,
Behind his paws concealed his face.
The rat that breakfasted on pie,
-;:-..li-- --.. And lunched on cheese, now gave a sigh,
...t And speaking meekly through his nose,
S' Did thus his leading sin disclose:
"Though little blood in fact I shed,
While picking up my daily bread,
Some faults exist, I frankly own;
My thievish ways are widely known
I've nibbled bags and boxes through,
And ruined carpets, old and new,
When hunger gnawed within me more,
Than I at barriers before.










You'll see by scratches on my tail,
How near my life was pussy's nail;
But, through stout heart and hopeful soul,
I struggled on and reached the hole.


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For striving once the bait to get,
And leave the trap still nicely set-
A trick that fools alone would dare-
A broken nose through life I'll bear.








But better nose than neck should crack,
Which would have gone had I been slack.
But when you speak of good reform,
I feel the heart within me warm;
And though folks leave the pantry door
Wide open, nightly, evermore,
Hereafter, when I reach the place,
I'll pass it with averted face."
Then, with a dry and wheezy squeak,
The weasel next began to speak;
"My coat," said he, "is clean and white,
Which might imply -:a conscience bright;
Butwhenyou know my life, I'm sure
You'll think me anything but pure.
Whilst midnight hung her sable pall,
Around the man- P ger, mow, and stall,
I crept beneath i .,.'! the rooster bold,
And killed him, as the hours he told;
I ate the chick- ens in the shell,
And did such things -I shame to tell;
I promise, there- -- fore, I '11 begin
At once, a better name to win."
The skunk, the coon, and badger gray,
All stood in turn and had their say;
. I But when the fox rose in his place,
All eyes were fastened on his face,
For he was known, to great and small, <
As master-villain of them all.
"I would," said he, "I could restore
The poultry to the yards once more,








Which, in the season passed away,
I have purloined by night and day.
No more they'll roost in drowsy row,

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Their bones lie underneath the snow;
Their downy coats have served to line
The robin's nest in beech and pine;
The mother duck will lead no more
Her young along the weedy shore;
I stripped the pond of all the breed,
And never left a fowl for seed.

tl The Widow Giles, below the mill,
S. Is looking for her goslings still.
Poor soul! I never see her stand,
With anxious face and shading hand,
S':'N' -, ~ But I regret the part I played
... That evening, by the alder shade.

And Farmer Dobbs can never tell
What took the fowl he fed so well.
S, -. For weeks and weeks, at eve and morn,
o He stuffed her crop with wheat and corn.
\nd sent his invitations out,
To aunts and uncles, miles about,
For old and young to come, betimes,
And pick her bones, at Christmas chimes;








But, thanks to me, upon that day,
'Twas pork that on their platters lay;
But had it been their happy lot
To taste that tur- key, cold or hot,
As round the table there they sat,
They would, indeed, have found her fat."
He paused, and with a trembling paw,
Removed a tear-drop from his jaw,
Then said: "I, too, within the year,
Saw hopes deferred,
and days of fear. c ":"
* I've touched the poison -:
with my nose,
I've heard the trap beneath me close, -' 1'
I've felt the breath
of straining hound,- I_
Upon my haunch at every bound; V
And past my ears, "'
with lightning speed,
I've heard the whizzing lead proceed. I ;' ':
But, through the year now drawin nigh, -
To lead a blameless life I'll try."

And there, beneath the swaying trees,
As round them played the whistling breeze,
And from the sky, the queen of night
Looked down upon the pleasing sight,
With many a vow and promise true,
They all resolved to start anew;
And, let us hope, in after days
They followed peaceful, honest ways;
That guns, and snares, and traps severe,
Were not required throughout the year.








A DOMESTIC TALE.
THE night was dark, and all the house
In peaceful slumber lay;













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The cats had gone to make a call
On friends across the way,








When from the corner
of a room, I i
Where all could entrance find;
A band of cunning mice -_
appeared,
With mischief in their mind.






By signs and whispers they
advanced,
As burglars move around;
oPrepared to turn and leave the place,
TeUpon the slightest sound.
As soldiers must commanders have,
BTo lead them to the fray;
So one, more daring, moved in front,
SAnd pointed out the way.

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But bread and cheese were under keys,
The cake and pie the same;




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Alone, a tallow candle stood,
That scarce had felt the flame.
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That scarce had felt. the flame.








The hungry band here made a stand,
And soon to action flew,














And from its socket-pedestal
The graceful column drew.









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On heads, and backs, and shoulder-blades,
Where best the burden lay,
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With smiling face, and rapid pace,
They bore the prize away.

And when, at last, the load was cast,
Where all could form in shape,
And each one got a certain spot
At which to sit and scrape,



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Then, kings around their royal board,
Arrayed in jewels bright,
With crowns of gold and wealth untold,
Might envy their delight.




| THE WOLF AND THE BEAR.

z,_ .T,'iHE Bear was feeling ill one fall;
I So neighbor Wolf made haste to call,
-, To tell what best would suit his case,
--And bring the color to his face.
Now Doctor Wolf was shrewd of mind-
A sharper of the sharpest kind;
And when his eyes had travelled o'er
Old Bruin's tempting winter store,
Said he: "Your pulse is low indeed;
A change of life you sorely need.









A trip across the ocean blue
Might brace your failing strength anew;
Or Greenland's climate might impart
A smoother action to your heart.
But, living high, I plainly see,










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You'll hardly see the summer smile.
Take good advice, and fling aside -
The pickled feet and sausage give---- -,
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Is what will dig the pit for thee.
Unless you change your present style,
You'll hardly see the summer smile.
Take good advice, and fling aside
Your salted pork and mutton dried.
The pickled feet and sausage give








To those who'd rather die than live.
Of roots and herbs your meals prepare,
For health is found in simple fare."
It seemed to give the Bear delight,
To learn the way to live aright,



























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On stews, and roasts, as heretofore;
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S 'Provisions of the choicest kind.


So off the crafty Doctor ran
To tell his friends about the plan;
How Bruin now would feast no more
On stews, and roasts, as heretofore;
But freely scatter to the wind
Provisions of the choicest kind.








No sooner had the bats of night
Commenced their wild, uncertain flight, ,
Than, from the mountain and the glen, 4i.t :Jl '
From rocky lair and earthy den, ''' :
The beasts came trooping, great and small,
To give the ailing Bear a call. -'
With bags and baskets well supplied, '
And apron-strings securely tied, ..
They gathered round to get theirshare ; -
Of food that might be scattered there.

Now Bruin had a humorous vein,
As well as even-balanced brain;
And when he heard the rack and rout,
He raised the sash, and, peeping out,
A sober face he tried to show,
While thus he hailed the crowd below. \
Said he, With pain occurs the thought,
You all have lost your rest for naught; --
For, truth to tell, depart you will
SVVWith bag and basket empty still,
As I've decided to pursue \
My former course the season through,
And change my diet by-and-by,
When gone my present large supply."

A moral here, uncovered, shines
For those who read between the lines;
The brightest hopes will often fade,
SHowever well the plans are laid.








THE MICE AT TEA.

Y invitation, kind and free,
Two mice went out one night to tea;
The hostess met them with a smile,
And laid their things away in style.





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With crackers, toasted cheese, and bread;
And when they gathered round the board,
The cups of tea were duly poured.
One took a sip, then shook her head,
And, setting down the cup, she said,
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And soon the table-cloth was spread
With crackers, toasted cheese, and bread;
And when they gathered round the board,
The cups of tea were duly poured.
One took a sip, then shook her head,
And, setting down the cup, she said>








While looking round, as in a dream,
To find the pitcher holding cream,
"Without a drop of cream, my dear,
I'd rather have the water clear."
"Too bad," the hostess made reply,
"But yesterday the cow went dry;
So now I do the best I can,
And carry out another plan:
Until the milk re- t-urns once more
I use more su- li gar than before.
The other guest 1 then laid her bread
Upon the plate, I; ':" i and sadly said,
"A single bite !'' I can not eat
When drink- 1 ing tea so
awful '' 1 I" 'I sweet."
"Indeed! I'm i sorry that's
the case."
Replied her k friend with
sober f.. ace.
"That's all the kind / of tea I've got-
I sweetened all within the pot."
"Is that the way you make your tea?
Then you should come and visit me,"
The other cried. "It seems a sin
To put the tea and sugar in,
And stir them up while boiling hot.
Why, this is simply soup you've got."
With flushing face the hostess spoke:
Excuse me; I don't see the joke.








You can't give any points to me,
Because, my friend, I've crossed the sea,
And learned the custom, if you please,
From them that know-the Japanese."
"The nasty Japs!" the other cried:
"I thought you had a little pride.
What brought you there, I want to know,
The most outlandish.-place to go

In all the world, to seek advice,
Or learn the art of cooking nice."
But while they sat,
disputing there,
The cat came creeping a c She
down the stair. listened
Sto their chat
4 awhile,
t1 And hardly could
ii ... suppress a smile.
Said she:
'i, "I haven't ate a bite
Since two o'clock on yester-night;
In fact, I scarcely have the strength
To jump a lounge or table's length;
And yet, I'd almost do without,
To hear this warm discussion out."
But when the shadow of the cat,
Stole, like a cloud, across the mat,
The argument on tea was dropped,
Their little eyes from sockets popped,








And soon there was a lively race,
To see who first could leave the place.
One jumped across two kitchen chairs,
And half-way down the cellar stairs;
Another skipped about, and ran
Behind a box and copper pa ,




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And squeezing through with all her power,
Escaped the danger of the hour.
The third one every effort strained
Until the sink was safely gained,
And lacking pluck to venture out,
Lay hid for days within the spout.
And this all came about, you see,
Through finding too much fault at tea.









THE WOLF AND THE DOG.

CUNNING wolf, while roaming round,
A shepherd's cloak and bonnet found,
SAnd soon the garment, long and warm,
Was wrapped around his shaggy form.

."Ha! ha!" laughed
S' he, "in this 'tis plain,
S' A closer look
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And well this branch, so nicely bent,
The shepherd's crook will represent; '
They'll take me for the guardian old,
Who pens them nightly in the fold;
And at my leisure, I, no doubt,
The fattest lamb can single out."
So feigning well the shepherd's tread,
His hacking cough and stooping head
He moved with careful steps around,
Until a grazing flock he found.








The sheep, with unsuspecting mind,
Mistook him for their shepherd kind;
And soon would all have victims fell,
The rascal played his part so well,
Had not a dog's enquiring eye
Observed the stranger drawing nigh.

















Between the flock and wolf he ran,
To thwart him in his cunning plan.
"On sheep," cried he, "you might impose;
They trust to eyes, but I to nose.






A shepherd's dress, indeed, you wear,
But still the scent of wolf is there."
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ThenBetween the flock and wolf he ran,embling rogue he flew,
AndTo thwart him in his cunning plan.drew.
"On sheep," cried he, "you might impose;
They trust to eyes, but I to nose.
A shepherd's dress, indeed, you wear,
But still the scent of wolf is there."
Then at the trembling rogue he flew,
And from his paw the symbol drew.








"My ruse has failed!" the schemer cried,
And flung the shepherd's dress aside;
Then, turning round, was glad to beat
To forest shade a fast retreat.





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THE BEAR IN WINTER.
T HEN from the North the winds are keen,
Vh 'And ice on every stream is seen,
When mountain peaks and valleys low
Ai Are covered with the drifting snow;
And Bruin, from his winter home,
Is not inclined abroad to roam,
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L But sleeps away the gloomy hour,
And sighs to hear the April shower,
That, pattering through there leafless tree,
Will send the snow to find the sea;
Will send the snow to find the sea;








Then, friends that are not so confined,
But still possess a roving mind,
That neither wind, nor frost, nor snow,
Can hinder rambling to and fro;
That hunger still throughout the year,



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In summer mild, or winter drear;
Whose stomachs must be well supplied,
Though snow should land and water hide;
These creatures come from near and far,
By light of moon or twinkling star,
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With words of comfort to attend,
Upon their hibernating friend;
To lift his heart from fear and doubt,
And learn how fat is holding out;
To find if grease enough is there
To last him till the fields are bare;
Or, if his bones will cut the skin
Before the thawing rains begin;
To brace him up with courage strong,
In case the winter should be long;
To tell him snow yet clothes the hill,
And ice lies on the river still; ji
But in the air and sky, they note .
A happy chan.:.e is not rcnSlt'"; nIt
That in three weeks, or rnma be tour,' ,'i)
The flocks will leave the stable door, ,,
No more to feed on corn or hai, .
But through the fields at large to stral.

The bear is thankful for it all
And reassures them, great and sJm.itl I,
That strength is yet within his -,
hide
To last him till the sum- .' i'
mer tide.
Well pleased at this / ..: no.
they all withdraw, '*" "-.'
And leave him
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THE MICE AND THE EGG.

THREE hungry mice set out one night
To see what they could find;
Because they didn't have a bite
At home of any kind.

Their whole supply
\had given out;
Hard times were
-,, -i._ "at their door;
: They finished all their
S bread and cheese
At tea,
the night before.

So left and right,
with sharpened sight,
-. f,- They rummaged
"-;'" "~ all around;


To their surprise
and great delight ,-
At last, "f7-- t- "
an egg they found. -. "


We ve found a prize; "/' r',",' '.. -- .-
But, though we ', .. ,,1,.
stand in need,
We cannot eat it where itlies- .
Now how
shall we proceed?"








A fast of four and twenty hours
Has made our comrade bright."
To try the plan they then began;
And o'er a rugged road
Soon One and Two the other drew,
To their secure abode.
And when, at last, all danger past,
The banquet was begun,
Each shook his head and sighing said,
"That job was nobly done. ,


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SThen Number One and Two would praise
The wit of Number Three;
And say such fortitude and grit,
They never thought to see.

Then Number Three would praise in turn,
The stoutness of the pair;
/And thus, between the friendly group,
/The shell was emptied there.








"We dare not roll it o'er the floor,"
Said thoughtful Number Two,
"Because the noise would wake the cat,
And that would never do."
"I have a plan," cried Number Three;
"I'll lie with feet in air;




















Upon ine you can roll the egg
And I will hold it there.
"Then you may take me by the tail
And pull with might and main;
And thus, unless your strength should fail,
The treasure we may gain."
A happy thought," said Number One;
Cried Number Two, You're right-










A TALE OF THE TIMES.















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And ice upon the pond was seen.
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SNE day the Wolf, the Fox and Bear
J Set out to find some clothes to wear;
!., ','__"For autumn winds were growing keen,
,And ice upon the pond was seen.
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The Wolf was first to reach a store,
And such a fit as out he wore!
The coat was short, the trowsers wide,
And in the wrinkles rats could hide.












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His jockey cap, from visor free,
His cotton shade would shelter three;
His shoes were made in different states,
They were not style, nor even mates;
Thus, duped and sold at every point,
The Wolf seemed badly out of joint.








Poor Bruin, further down the street,
Was taken in, from head to feet,
With shining Pinchbeck Watch and all,
He seemed ashamed to make a call.

























Old friends went by the other side,
Ad all acquaintance p deed






















He wished himself in darkest den,
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Old friends went by the other side,
And all acquaintanceship denied;
He wished himself in darkest den,
Away from sound and sight of men.








The cunning Fox knew where to go,
And called on Mister So-and-so,
And in the street or social hall,
Was much admired by one and all.



























And ever after loved to stride,
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Along the avenue with pride;









His eye-glass, collar, cane and tile,

Proclaiming well the dudeish style





















A CHANGE IN THE SITUATION.

T HERE was a little sickly kid,
SThat grazed along the way,
And children as they went to school
---- Would pelt him every day;

.: Or chase him up and down the road,
'_ -_"__=-_- ' Until he'd run and hide,
And there, with fear, would stand and shake,
As long as one he spied.
But winter came; the kid was kept
Within the stable door;
And when the summer smiled again
He was afraid no more.
The children, on their way to school,
In wonder did espy









Him, prancing out upon the road,
With mischief in his eye.

"Last year," said he,
"about this time,
I was a scrawny kid,
And when you pelted me
Switch stones,
SI ran away and hid.

SBut time, at last, as poets say,
Arranges matters fair,
And gives,
along with strength and years,
SA heart to do and dare.

SThe bran, the beans,
Sthe juicy hay,
_____ And shelter from the cold,.
Have not been given me in vain,
For now I'm strong and bold.

The year on you has scarcely shown,
And little change I note;
But, as your books, perhaps, will tell,
'Tis different with a goat.

You see, I've got a pair of horns,
Am bearded .. .. like a Turk,
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And if you want a toss or two,
I'm ready for the work.









I know you're awful fond of fun;
I well remember, still,
Your hearty laugh, when from my back,
The stones flew down the hill.

The scars they made you yet may see,
Where skin is shining bare;
For even winter's lengthy months,
Could not restore the hair!

Though time, at last, may hide the marks
That cruel hands bestow;
Still, in the mind .will live the wrong,
Though seasons come and go.

Those children then began to think
Such sport would i hardly please;
And, in the pres- ence of that goat,
Felt wondrous ill at ease;

For fear was seen in every eye,
In every bristling hair,
In pallid cheeks, and in the knees
That smote each other there.

So, ever after, to their school
They went another way,
And daily learned,, that nature gives
The poorest thing its day.









THE BICYCLE IN THE WOODS.

0 easy task, it seems, to guide
The Bicycle through forest wide,
Where crooked roots are reaching out,
And mossy stones are spread about.

But, oftentimes, as stories go,
The woods present a lively show.
The wolf, the porcupine and hare,
The fox, the catamount and bear,
May there be found le. f
at dead of night, r
On wheels that yield
such great delight.
No student from t
the college free,
No salesman from his rice or tea,
No clerk released from dusty room,
S Where judges sit with brows of gloom,
Could greater joy or pleasure know
/ Than do those beasts, as round they go.

What though a fall may check the fun,
And end at once a rapid run?
What tho' some heels should sudden rise
*To points reserved for ears or eyes?
This only serves to kindle zeal
To yet control and guide the wheel.








Thus let them sport as best they may,
A happy band, till morning gray;
For, while thus training through the trees,
The farmer's sheep may graze at eas,,,



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And ducks and geese may rest their legs,
And lay the farmer's breakfast eggs.
So let the birds forsake their nest,
To cheer the one who rides the best,
Or hover round with mournful tones
The one who falls and breaks his bones.
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The one who falls and breaks his bones.








THE DIALOGUE.
"-.n HE.
';_ Oh, here you come, with empty hand,
Though gone for half the night,
off While hungry babies round me stand,
SWithout a single bite.
I Your eyesight must be getting dim,
Or else your courage small,
Or you'd have reached your home ere this,
SWith something for us all.
-. Have you been feasting by yourself,
SSecure from tooth and nail?
--And now return from empty shelf,
To tell a woeful tale?'"
HE.
It seems that all the -
'" -. ""Fates, my dear, ;:.. : 'I
Against us are combined;
A harder night to find a bite,
I cannot call to mind.
I've seen hard times upon the sea,
In wild and stormy weather, .
When lockers were not opened once
For days and days together. < ,
And when, upon the western plain
In winter's blizzard storm, -
The folks were forced to burn their grain
To keep their bodies warm. ---
But here, in town, where stores abound,
And no distress is nigh,







A place where less was lying round,
Has never met my eye.
I stole about with anxious face,
By barrel, box and bin,









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There's not a corner round the place,
My nose has not been in."
SHE.
"Was there no cake or cheese around?
No cupboard door ajar?








No meal or candles to be found?
A worthless mouse you are."
HE. .-
"The cupboard's bolted at the top, i--"__
And buttoned down below;
There's nothing open but the trap,
Wherever I may go.
The servants ate the piece of cheese
Their mistress left at tea;
The crackers went for baby food,
There's nothing left for me."
,p' SHE: "Was there no crust of bread, I pray?
"No cake of soap to test?
I cannot think, whatever you say,
-' ;, i' That you have done your best."

HE: "The bread is locked within a box,
That seems as hard as stone;
I broke a tooth before I left
The plaguy thing alone.
I think the people here must live
Like Indians on the plain,
For sight or scent of such a thing
As soap, I cannot gain.
The beans are in a covered pot,
That's either brass or steel;
The cat is lying on a sack,
That holds the barley meal. --
When first I saw her stretching there,
So spotted, large and sleek,
I hardly was three feet away,
And scarce suppressed a squeak.








I rather think she's shamming, too,
I watched her half an hour,
And thought a false composure lay,
Upon her visage sour."



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SHE: "Are you a mouse, and know the house,
From garret floor to ground,
And still afraid to make a raid,
Because the cat's around?








If I could leave my babies here,
Without a mother's care, I '
I'd have a bagful, never fear, ,..
And eat my supper there." '

I,, HE: "I'm not the craven that you think;
Your stinging language spare,
With bravest mouse, in barn or house,
I'll very well compare."

SHE: "We mice are made for' taking risks,
Else, why are we so spry?
But if you lose your life for us,
A noble death you die."
HE:
"Look on these scars that o'er me run,
That hint of nail and knife,
And tell me, do I look like one
Afraid to risk his life?

S Think you this split and haggled ear
And tail bereft of skin,
Bespeak a mouse who all the year
Abides the hole within?

Does not this circle, red and raw,
Where hair will sprout no more,
Remind you of that night of awe,
When home the trap I bore?
I've taken chances, scolding mate,
Though now you rant and rail,
I've nibbled from the trap the bait,
While lookers-on turned pale."








SHE:
S'Your babies' cries ring in your ears;
Starvation is their fate,
Unless you can do something more
Than simply stand and prate.

What care we now for dangers past,
For scars on tail or brow ?
With better reason might you brag
If you were bleeding now.

How can you look into those eyes,
Or on those sunken jaws,
Or note each pointed visage here,
And folded keep your paws?"
HE
"While I to drag a leg have power,
I'll stay to hear no more!
If I'm not back in half an hour,
Put crape upon the door."








S -" THE LION AND RHINOCEROS.

-.LION once had vainly tried
To cross a river deep and wide;
For sickness had beset him sore,
Had shrunk his form and stilled his roar,
And made him fear the chilling flow,
That tumbled to the sea below. -

An old rhinoceros, at last, '
Who through the water often passed,

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Then, w.ith the lion, started o'er,
To leave him on the distant shore.'









Now, other beasts, from either side,
The novel spectacle had spied,
And kept the earnest wish alive,
The old rhinoceros would dive;
Or, when he reached the current strong,
That through the channel swept along,
Would overboard
his burden throw, ,- 7.
And rid the country





















They saw the thankful lion stand,
With scarce a hair upon him wet,
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And safe to chase or govern yet,
In anger every creature yelled,
A meeting on the sot was held
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And safe to chase or govern yet,

A meeting on the spot was held,










And plots against the beast were laid,
Who dared to give the lion aid.

"If he's a fish," one speaker cried,
Let him beneath the water bide;
With clams and muscles
at his toes,
And eels and leeches
at his nose,
And not come crawling
round us here,
To aid a rogue
that others fear.








If he's indeed a beast of prey,
He should on land contented stay,
And not be keeping us in doubt
Which way to class the plated lout."
Thus things went on, from day to day.
At last they made a bold assay;
Combined to give, in minutes few,
The old rhinoceros his due.
But while the fight was under way,
And dark and doubtful seemed the day,
The lion, now both sound and strong,
As luck would have it came along.











A moment there he viewed the fight,
And quickly guessed the motive right;

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My sturdy friend of former day
Must have support without delay.
Though working well among his foes,
With stamping feet and tossing nose,
He needs assistance from a brother,
And one good turn deserves another."

With that he bounded to the fray,
And soon confusion marked his way.
The roar that from his throat arose
Made creatures tremble to their toes.
The howling band was forced to yield,
And left them masters of the field;
And ever after, side by side,
The couple journeyed far and wide,-
Friends, tried and true, as friends can be,
Who live by force and robbery;
While other beasts, by night and day,
Took care to give them right of way.









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A LESSON FOR YOUNG MICE.

Y children," said the knowing mouse,
"I've lived for years within this house.
Through winter's cold and summer's heat,
I found sufficient food to eat.
I know the place where cookies lie,
SAnd where to look for cheese and pie;
There's not a corner, as you see,
About the place that's strange to me.
Speak of the roof, I'll tell you where
0o A shingle's gone or rafter bare;
D Speak of the basement, if you will,
I'll tell you of the rotting sill,
l Bs I The cellar drain, or planking loose,
SThat you, in need can turn to use.
So, take the kind advice I give,
To hold in memory while you live.
Oh, always move, my children dear,
As though you knew the cat was near;
Each step with due precision weigh,
For it may give your life away.
Far better have an extra share
Of caution, than to lose a hair,
And, though the cat be m the yard,
Or close at hand, be on your guard,











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You'll find longevity depends
On watching well both foes and friends.
Ne'er venture off till you survey
The ground where you propose to play.
See that the holes are near at hand,
In case they fall in great demand.



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And if the cat comes prowling nigh,
Ah, then's the time you must be spry;
Now don't be hoping pussy's blind,
Or hard of hearing, slow, or kind;
Nor think the years she Have blunted claws so oft' employed,
For puss has both the way and will
To keep them fit for service still;
Oh, never think she'll quit the chase
Until you reach your hiding-place.
For when you judge her speed must fail,
She'll turn up nearest to your tail;
She'll strive to take you by surprise,
Because the cat is counted wise,
And, as a prowling foe severe,
Has not an equal, far or near;









For, light as Fancy dips her oar,
Comes pussy's footstep on the floor.

















Now, when a hiding-place you gain,
Contented there for hours remain;
Let moon and stars to ocean roll,
But stick you steadfast to the hole.
For puss with patient mind is blessed,
And will your greatest cunning test;
Through wind, and rain, and falling dew,
She'll keep her watch, a sentry true.
I would that, in your youthful brain,
You could these wholesome hints retain,
Because the time will come, no doubt,
When little cream will be about;









When poultry, meat, or even fish,
Is all too high for pussy's dish;
When chirping birds and songsters go
To regions free from ice and snow,
And then the cat will turn her mind,
With double zeal, some mice to find."





THE FOX IN OLD AGE.

OW, father, you are growing old,"
The little foxes said;
"Your hair is turning dull and gray,
That once was bright and red.

The teeth are dropping from the jaws
That used to break the bones,
And what were once your burning paws
Now feel as cold as stones.

Your step is not so sure, we know,
As once in days of yore;
You often stumble as you go,
When nothing lies before.

You'll not be eating turkey long;
So tell us, father, please,
What you went through when young and strong,
Ere we were round your knees."










The fox to answer them was slow,
And from his almond eye
He wiped a tear-drop with his toe,
Before he made reply.






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" By various paths we all must go, :.- -- --
Though rough or smooth they be; -
Some find the turkeys roosting low
Some find them in the tree.

" We move in danger, day and night,
Beset by cares and ills; -
What often seems a harmless bite, '-
May hold some poison pills,


,.. ,' 'I once could stand a lengthy chase,
-- When active, young, and bold;
And gave the hounds full many a race
Across the country cold.
S'..... i: The yawning trap the silence broke-
When least I thought of foes;
And with a vicious snap awoke
Beneath my very nose.
S"I've ventur'd, when the sunwas bright,
*"I~ '1 ., -And bagged the ducks and drakes;
-' When unsuspecting farmers might
When, sp;' t Have reached me with their rakes.

"But cunningnowmust take the place :'
Of boldness, dash, and speed; "
When eyes grow dim
and legs grow slim, ;-
We must with care proceed. I' a
"Butsee! the moon her beauty flaunts
Above the mountain's head; ,'. ,
And I must find the rabbits' haunts, : '
And you must find your bed. _-_ --









ADVICE OUT OF SEASON.

M \n/[Y darlings," said the mother bear,
"You should have passed the hive with care,
And not have tried to bring it home,
However sweet may be the comb.





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I thought you knew, as well as me,
What dangers lurk behind the bee.
For not a thing that flies or crawls,
With greater venom on us falls;









And when you think they're in the air,
They're holding revels in your hair.
The sweeping paw is all in vain,
The leap in air, or cry of pain;

























For, quicker than the smartest fling,
Will come the penetrating sting.
I know temptations try us hard,
And oft' we fail, when off our guard,
And I will now inform your mind
On matters of this special kind."









4Oh, mother, dear, in mercy pause,"
Replied the cub, through swollen jaws;
"Your kind advice, an hour ago,
Had saved us much distress and woe.
My nose would not be such a sight,
My eyes could better reach the light;
My mouth would not be traveling round
To find the ear now dull to sound.
But now your words seem out of place,
Because we understand the case;
And could sit here till morning's sun,
Explaining how the work was done.
How, fast, we lost the charm and grace,
And symmetry of form and face;
How, fast, the day was turned to night,
The laugh to groan, the fun to fright.
Oh! doubly dull, indeed, is he
Who meddles with the spiteful bee."




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THE UNHAPPY LION.

ALION thus mused on his station in life;
"A monarch am I of renown,
The tiger, and others, who met me in strife,
No longer lay claim to the crown.

When roaring around in search of my prey,
I jar the tall trees to the root;
The hills seem to nod, the rocks to give way,
And the stars from their orbits to shoot.

The elephant, surly and large as a house,
Will shake to his toes at the sound;
The woodchuck, the weasel, the coney and mouse,
Make haste to their holes in the ground.

I sit on the hill and look over the vale,
And all give attention to me;
At flash of my eye or switch of my tail,
The country is mine to the sea.

But this is the sorrow that gnaws
to the core,
And ever will sadden my breast,
In spite of my title, my crown
and my roar,
I'm only a beast at the best."

"And one," cried ,a monkey,
who ever i' is found,
Despised like a thief by the rest,










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And crawling away to his den,
He buried his crown, and never was known
To wear it in public again.









LISTENING TO THE ROOSTER CROW.

,Z HOUGH the night be dark or clear,
Or the ground be white with snow;
Still I love to listen here
To the Rooster's lusty crow.

"Oh, the thrush may chant her hymn,
With a voice so sweet and rare;
Or the robin from the limb,
Fill with melody the air.

" Oh, the nightingale may cheer, illl
And the lark its powers show;
But more pleasing to mine ear, !
Is the Rooster's rousing crow. '."

"Ah, 'tis lucky for the rogue" '
That the barn is boarded tight; '
And the button on the door
Is above my reach, to-night. .

"Or, from there amongst the hens, --
I would haul him with a flurry; ,- --
And across the frozen fields,
Would escort him in a hurry.

i i i" But the time may come around,
S'When the farmer may forget
To securely shut the door,
And reward my patience yet.

,-" So let skies be dark or bright,
Let the snow conceal the crest,









Of the hill, or mountain height,
And the blizzard do its best.


















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While I have a heart to beat,
And a foot to come and go,
Here I'll listen in my seat
To the Rooster's lusty crow."








A NIGHT ALARM.

OW what's the hubbub? what's the go?
There's something in the well below;
I hear it
splashing
round.


It's not a frog, a hen, or cat,
But something larger yet than that;
It weighs an
hundred
pound.

It sinks at times, but rises still,
Then splashes, like a water-mill,
And makes a ,
grunting / "'.
sound. ]

Come bring a lantern, bring a line,
For something's in this well of mine,
And something
stout and
big.
Now hold the light and let us see.
The object plainly; mercy me!
It's widow ;
Murphy's
pig!












THE DOG AND THE CAT.

DOG and a Pussy, one fine afternoon,
Set off on a pleasure trip in a balloon;
Oh, pussy was sleek, and her eyes they were green,
And she was the prettiest cat ever seen;
While Ponto was proud, with short, glossy hair,
You'd think that the prince of all doggies was there;
So great was the wonder of old and young people,
When up they went sailing, clear over the steeple;
And great was the clamor and shouts of surprise,
To see the brave couple send back their "good-byes."

They sailed to the left, and they sailed to the right,
And rose high and higher, in wildest delight;
Now over the mountains, now over the vales,
Now over the water, all dotted with sails;
Now moving quite gently, now up with a bound,
To frighten the life out of birds flying round;
Now able to glance away down at the plain,
Now lost in a cloud that was loaded with rain.
But while they were sporting, it chanced the balloon
Sailed rather too close to a horn of the moon,
And soon they were dangling, all tangled and tight,
Exposed to the rays of its silvery light.












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"Oh, dear!" murmured pussy; I'm sure we shall die
If we are left hanging up here in the sky!"
"Be calm," cried her partner;
"nor shed a bright tear,
With me at your side
there is nothing to fear; .
So don't begin mewing
nor get in a stew
Soon, freed from
all danger,
our trip
we'll
pursue.
One stroke
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a bound,
And
fast they ,
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Then people ran round in a great screaming throng,
To catch at the ropes that were dragging along;
And brought down the basket, then loud was the shout
That greeted the pair from the boat stepping out;
For never before, in the country or town,
Had creatures like these won such fame and renown,
And long they were treated with kindest regard,
Enjoying the freedom of every one's yard,
While cream of the sweetest, and meat that was rare,
Was free to them always as water and air.




















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THE STYLISH PAIR.

LD Bruin dressed him for the ball,
With slippers, swallow-tail and all,
With low-cut vest, and white cravat,
And latest fashion stove-pipe hat;
Then, turning to his partner fair,
He thus addressed the Lady Bear.
"Come, dress yourself..........
without delay,,
And to the dance we'll /
take our way;
There's not a cloud now,
east or west, 1
Much larger than my
summer vest;
So we can saunter
o'er the land,
And never fear a storm ,
at hand.
Put on the gown you wore i
that hour -
When first my heart con- i .
fessed your power;
The bonnet, too, that took my eye,
The night I saw you tripping by,
And vowed to claim you as my own,
Before another week had flown.
I never feel so truly great
As when I walk beside my mate,
And think how wretched they must be,
Who single live, compared with me.




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