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Our Country House.
On few people have smiled happier days of at breakfast with our kind parents, as early as
childhood than on me! Let me tell you all about six o'clock on summer mornings. Our father, a
them. man full of life and strength, who loved farming
The beautiful country seat of my parents, above all pursuits, allowed himself but a short
Beech-wood House, was situated on the side of a time for this family repast. Here too our mother
gently sloping hill near the sea, and surrounded brought her work during the morning hours, and
by imposing beech forests. From the terrace of her loving looks followed us at our gardening, our
our cosy house, under the old and sheltering games and our exercises. Wherever she was, were
clane trees, we looked over an extensive forest to peace and happiness.
the open sea, which rose in the sunlight like a Our teacher, Miss Rosalie, a gifted, bright
glittering steel wall beyond the dark green trees. girl, was the orphan daughter of a relative of my
On the sea we could perceive the white sails of mother. Her varied talents and musical accom-
ships, and the smoke of steamers going at full plishments increased the charm of our household.
speed. From here too, on beautiful moonlight She was the idol of all the children, and espe-
nights, we could see the deer coming out of the cially devoted to Anna, my eldest sister, and
adjacent forest to graze in the smooth meadow. myself.
But pleasanter still was it to sit under the The front gate of the house led to a richly
small verandah at the back of the house, above wooded park. In the distance extended the sea.
the smiling garden which from early spring until like a sparkling gem set in the dark green of the
late autumn, was full of gay bloom. Here we sat surrounding beeches. Broad and well kept roads
On the Terrace.
traversed the park, and lost themselves in deep Diana. We called on farmers or rode to our uncle
forests, which belonged for miles round to my Frank's house, Uncle's estate is about an hours ride
parents. from ours and close to the sea.
Here I roamed for days through forest and We were four children; Walter the eldest, a
heath with my brother Walter on our favorite kind hearted boy, only a year older then myself,
ponies Swift and Glossy, followed by John the but far more clever. When quite a boy he was
little Moor; who had been brought from Egypt by an expert oarsman and horseman, and as a youth
our uncle Frank, and our favorite dogs Pluto and a daring sportsman and fencer. John the Moor
looked after our ponies, he
was a quiet honest fellow, but
he could be sulky, passionate,
and vindictive at times. All
( i the bad qualities of a child
-of nature were united in him,
.but when his passion was
over, no one could feel greater
remorse than he. As he grew
older and was influenced by
1 good example, his self con-
trol became stronger and he
gained our entire confidence.
He would have given his life
for us, but especially for my
father whom he adored and
Looked up to as a higher
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Walter and Anna's Ride.
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At the farther end of an avenue of elm trees and our friendly neighbours for the following
was the lake, on which our boats were moored, Thursday. On the terrace which bordered the
and where the swans came daily to be fed. lake, they put up tall poles with streamers.
Walter used to take us in his boat and row us Seats were arranged for spectators.
with gread speed all over the lake, in some The umpires, uncle Frank and Rosalie occu-
places he set his fishing lines, from others he pied special seats. The goal of the race was the
brought us the dark brown bulrushes. island.
In the middle of the lake was an island with The crews appeared in boating costume. Our
mighty oak trees and water willows. On hot summer brothers took William's boat which for the day
days we loved to row over there and enjoy the was called "Beech-Wood" while the two cousins
mysterious solitude, but not without a feeling of manned the boat "Sea-View".
awe. Uncle Frank gave the signal for starting.
I must introduce you to this secluded island, The boats started with an even, quiet stroke. At
which played so great a part in the history of first our brothers were distanced by our cousins,
our youth. My brother Walter looked upon the who used all their energies to keep ahead.
island as his exclusive property, although our In consequence of their over exertions, they
father never made it over to him; we did not could not keep up the pace. William's boat now
however grudge him the claim he laid to it. Our took the lead, and reached the island long before
curiosity was often excited when Walter disap- the others.
peared in the thick underwood whither no one else My brothers landed, and hoisted a white flag.
cared to penetrate. The spectators on shore burst out in loud and
Our four boats which were lying by the shore hearty cheers.
of the lake bore our names: William, Anna, Now followed the concluding race from the
Walter and Violet. At times there were races island to the shore, with a repetition of the same
between our brothers and our cousins, but William tactics. Our cousins were beaten by five boats'
being a capital oarsman generally came in the lengths.
winner. The victors landed amidst loud applause, and
Once the boys arranged a regatta, and sent received-a prize consisting of well-made suits of
polite invitations to our parents, to uncle Frank boating costume.
The Avenue of Elms leading to the Lake.
The Younger Members of the Family.
The short sturdy fellow you see here, is Wil- I
liam. He was full of fun and humour, and bad
for his constant companion our father's favourite
Below is a picture of Violet the pet of the
family, accompanied by Badger and Spot. Violet
was a merry, good-tempered, child, singing and
frolicking from early morning till bed time.
Both children were much attached to Rosalie.
Their play ground was a great sand hill in the
garden, where they built castles and ruins. They
laid out gardens, landscapes with hills and lakes;
the whole enlivened with lovely little dolls made William.
by Rosalie's clever hands. The effect was very
pretty, and gave pleasure to our parents and to -sill on the stone paved court-yard below. He
us the two elder children. seemed much hurt and yelled pitifully. Our terror
Every one of us had to look after the ani- was great, and Violet was inconsolable. We tried
mals which were entrusted to our care. Woe to to approach the poor dog and render it assistance.
us when we neglected to take breakfast, or any He showed his teeth and snapped savagely. Violet
other meal during the day to our dogs. Our undaunted went up to her pet and began to
father was very severe upon us for such negligence, caress him. He flew at her and inflicted a wound
and punished the culprit by having his plate re- on her right arm. Our parents were absent,
moved at a meal, that he might experience the and our anxiety for Violet was extreme, fearing
pangs of hunger. Violet looked very carefully that the dog might be mad and our sister lost!
after her Badger and Spot. Rosalie bound up the wound and watched du-
I well remember how terribly -ring the whole night at our sister's bed side.
frightened wet were one When the dear child woke up in the mor-
day, when Badger fell ning with a radiant face and nearly free
from an upper window- '' from pain, and Badger run towards us in
ii.1i iinia I'ri-k. \.Iy our anxiety was re-
Violet, Badger and Spot.
I will intro- thrifty, orderly but for all that a stately body
duce you now to respected by every one in Beech-wood House. She
Bertram our old was the ruler over the poultry yard, and knew
coachman, a faith- how to treat the feathered tribe. When she fed
ful and trustwor- them her tongue was running without cessation.
O thy man. He had She could bind up a fowls broken leg in splints
been formerly em- with the skill of a surgeon. The poultry were well
played by our off, and thrived under her kind care.
his spare hours he
assisted the gardener. ,
He was a great friend
of the younger children and protected them from
any bullying by the elder ones. He treated his
horses Lizzy and Pickle as if they were his
children, patted their necks good naturedly as a
mark of praise, or shook his head seriously as
a sign of reproach.
The man picking up knives and forks is James
our footman. He was rather dull and awkward, but
a thoroughly good fellow. His face was full of
wrinkles and when he smiled it looked so good-
-natured that you forgot his shortcomings.
Here is old Martha our housekeeper. She is
James, Bertram and Martha.
The Little Villa. -
Immediatly after breakfast Violet and I i
ran over to Rosalie who filled our baskets
with barley for the chickens and pigeons.
You ought to have seen our arrival in the
poultry yard. The pigeons flew from the roof
and joined the pecking crowd of chickens. rw' i
Our two special favourites were Black-
cap and Snowy-white who perched on my
shoulder or on the edge of Violets basket:
At last with cautious steps came the big
cat Nip, purring and choosing always the
best place among the feeding group. He
stopped till we scattered the rest of the
grain over the head of the greedy animal
and then retired mewing.
This over we went to our pavilion (or
villa) a neat summerhouse which my parents -
gave me on my tenth birthday. It was com- *
pletly furnished with sofa, chairs, looking
glass, pictures and every article we needed
to make us comfortable. Both of us had a
key to the villa to which the boys could only Our Villa.
come when they were invited.
Before we sat down on the balcony to work I golden locks. Martha brought us a small basket
or to read, we always paid a visit to our mena- full of fresh lettuce leaves.
gerie, which our father had arranged in an open The funny guinea pigs left their hiding places,
place behind the villa. Our deer with its large and found a corner at the bright green feast.
and intelligent eyes came to the gate at our ap- Walter and William attended the horses, or
proach. I often took up Violet harnessed the fine goats to take us for a drive
and put her on the back in the comfortable basket carriage. William
of this gentle and p ire i uded to be the footman, and informed
patient creature. us respectfully that the carriage was at the
The timid rabbits, door. We were supposed to be prin-
which our childish cesses. He waited on us with every
fancy transformed mark of distinction, assisted us into
into enchanted princes, the carriage and jumped dutifully
came out of their green on to his allowed seat behind.
hutch to admire Violet's Walter was the coachman to the
court, and a most reliable driver!
One crack of the whip and off
Swe went through the avenue
of elm trees, round
the lake, deep
into the forest.
times we drove
to Sea-View, the
terflies was almost perfect, and
contained the finest specimens.
It was a pleasure to see their
Swell arranged collection in which
Sthe plants and flowers re-
S'-- trained their brilliant co-
~ lours and original aroma.
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S. with extended wings, great
-- birds of prey kept watch. Our
.-_ uncle had shot these himself, and
Stuffed them in a life-like manner.
='j -i The whole house was to us a museum of
S/ .natural objects.
SUncle was a splendid sportsman and sailor. He
gave his boys a sailing boat, of which Alfred was captain
and Charles boatswain and made them keep it in proper trim.
At Sea-View. We were invited to sailing parties, on which
occasions uncle Frank joined us. Our parents could
estate of our uncle Frank. Walter announced our be certain that no accident would happen under
arrival at some distance from the house by his careful guidance.
cracking his whip, and with shouts of delight
came Alfred, Fred and Charles running to wel- O r r
Our Sailing Parties.
come us. Uncle Frank helped us out of the
carriage. We were asked to take seats on the We knew of no greater delight, then to go out
sea terrace, and Ellen brought cakes and biscuits, sailing with uncle Frank on the open sea. Uncle
while our uncle gave us choice peaches and grapes. Frank was captain and our cousins the crew.
He took a special interest in the cultivation We were the passengers, singing children's
of fruit and roses, and showed us with pride his ditties.
well stored hothouses. Out on the sea we saw Beech-wood House high
In his earlier days he went round the world up on the hill half hidden by the trees.
as a merchant and made long journeys east and At times Rosalie with the help of a telescope
west. After many adventures he settled down in looked out for us, and when she found us out at
his delightful country seat. He sea, ran up
devoted his whole time to the a flag
education of his children, who .j,. ,.
in addition to their studiit ." "
were not allowed to neglect I, ~ -. -" ', .
physical training. None /
of our playmates had '
eyes so sharp and .
quick as our cousins.
Every insect in the
green grass which other -
boys did not observe was \ 1 I'. ,.
seen by them. Their col- L /
election of beetles and but-
Uncle Frank and his Boys.
The Sailing Party.
hoisted on a turret of our house. Uncle Frank in points of the birds of the British islands. Close to
response made Walter fire off the small cannon the aviary was the otter, so fond of fish, in a
on deck. well arranged stone basin under a net of wire. You
After coming back we girls played lawn tennis, know the funny creature, longbacked, smooth furred,
the boys football or Indians at their sports. with sparkling eyes.
The friendship between my brothers and our We were never tired of watching the droll
cousins was great, but as Indians they were the movements and the lively jumps of this restless
most bitter antagonists. My cousins belonged to the creature, diving and swimming under the water
terrible tribe of the Hurons or Mingos, while my and appearing always at an unexpected place on
brothers as noble Delawares lived in deadly enmity the other side of the basin. This was one of the
with them for centuries. They (my brothers) were great attractions of Sea-View.
never allowed when we visited our uncle, to enter We also invariably looked after Jacob, the big
the tent in the small birchwood forest, where the raven, who for many years had strutted about the
Mingos kept their arms and their war costumes. court, giving himself the airs of a judge and who was
Our first visit when we arrived at Sea -View even respected by Pluto the watch dog and the proud
was to the aviary which stood behind high shrubs stork. Pluto considered it a special condecension,
at the entrance to the garden. The shrieks, twit- when Jacob had no objection to allow him to take
terings and trillings of the feathered company a few morsels out of his own plate. The raven
greeted us loudly as we approached, for they well presumed on Pluto's good nature by going so far,
knew that we always brought several plates full. of as to walk on his back while he was dozing in the
minced vegetables, mixed with seed and grubs, sunshine
Finches, tomtits, thrushes, canaries and many other Jacob, lived in constant enmity with Muff the big
birds fluttered to our well filled plates. Ellen took cat; many a hard fight they had. Uncle Frank had
care that the smallest, and most timid songsters a sharp and kindly eye for the habits and customs
received their proper shares. of animals, for their likings and antipathies. He
Uncle explained to us here the most distinctive taught us to observe them with attention. We
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The Visit to Beech-Wood House.
soon learned how little we till then had under- was a secret to us, but we knew that Rosalie assis-
stood of their true natures, and how mankind in ted them in getting up their war costumes, feather-
general took little notice of their individual traits, plumes and feather aprons which were exact copies
By his teaching our sympathy for animals was de- of the admired "Leather-Stocking". We often heard
veloped in a manner, which gave us an interest in exciting and wild sounds coming from the block-
them unknown, before, house, and then we were aware that an attack
Not less happy were we, when the cousins of the Hurons or Mingos was in progress. The
came from Sea-View to visit us. Ellen and Lotty combats were terrible, when Walter "Falcon-Eye",
brought their dolls, who also came on a visit to who was the chief of the Delawares, and William
ours, to my lovely Nelly with her golden locks and "Eagle-Wing": fought heroically against the ener-
her pretty daughter Daisy who welcomed the visi- getic attacks of Alfred the "Stealthy Wolf" and
tors at the bottom of the steps of our villa and his Mingos, who rushed with a wild war whoop
invited them to tea. from shrubs and bushes armed with lances and
We then left the dolls to their own resources tomahawks, sending their feathered arrows against
and found, that as a rule, they entertained them- my brothers defending the blockhouse. The bravery
selves just as well as we did. Our cousins Ellen of my brothers was marvellous but they were out-
and Lotty first visited our rabbits and our deer, numbered, three against two. The fight ended gene-
while their brothers went to the boats on the rally with the result that the noble Delawares had
lake. Bertram, our old servant was in attendance to retire to their blockhouse in which they roared
to prevent rashness in starting and sailing, madly. The Hurons chose for their fortress an
My cousins brought their costumes as Indians old moss hut, which was delapidated and could not
clandestinely, and hid them with their arms in a stand a siege. They preferred on that account to
secret place, lie in ambush behind shrubs and outbuildings, and
Walter and William with the assistance of enjoyed the free life of wild huntsmen.
Bertram had some time ago built a blockhouse When the servant announced that the gig was
under the old chestnut trees. What they did there ready to take my cousins back to Sea-View, the
The Blookhouse of the Delawares.
warriors parted, usually, in friendship. Sometimes of their determination to avenge the plundering
they took leave from one another flushed with ap- of their wigwam and the injury to their honour.
parent anger and thoughts of revenge. Unfortunately Eagle-Wing's arrows were mostly
aimed too high. Falcon-Eye commanded him to use
The Surprise in Sea-View. his spear and by this manoeuvre they succeeded
The Delawares prepared for an attack on their in driving the attacking enemies, who was only
enemies in Sea-View. Jack drove them there in armed with bow and club, back from their wig-
their full war attire in the goat chaise, and they wam. After repeated cries from the Wolf, Lion-
told the little Moor to hide it in the forest close Claw appeared from the opposite side of the
by. They crept through the undergrowth towards wood and attacked the heroically fighting Dela-
the wigwam in the wood, which they found wholly wares in the rear. In spite of their desperate
unguarded, a good opportunity for plunder. They resistance they were driven back into the block-
took possession of the arms and trophies and de- house and the door was bolted on them. The
stroyed the trenches of their enemies. Just as the Mingos now searched eagerly for the arms which
Delawares were quitting the blockhouse with their had been taken from them. They were soon found
spoil, they heard a suspicious noise in the haw- under the branches of a thick holly bush. The pri-
thorn hedge. Both took to their weapons. At this soners begged for their freedom under promise of
moment the hedge opened and Alfred the "Steal- an armistice of some weeks duration and the surren-
thy Wolf", the dreaded chief of the Hurons, sho- der of all the arms which they had taken in pre-
wed himself in the breach followed by Fred the vious combats. Their offers were haughtily refused.
"Black Panther". Both advanced with war-whoops The indignation of the injured Mingos was too
and a terrible fight began, but Charles the bra- great for them to listen to any proposals. Perfectly
vest of the Mingos was nowhere to be seen. sure of their prisoners, they gave themselves up to
Walter "Falcon-Eye" the chief of the Delawares, wild and tumultuous rejoicings and war dances. At
threw himself with such violence upon the aggres- this moment the dusky face of John the Moor
sors, that they could not advance a step in spite peeped through the bushes behind the blockhouse.
The Combat round the Blockhouse at Sea-View.
After tying up the team to the trunk of an oak, when the arrows of the Wolf hissed round his
and feeling a presentiment of misfortune, he had head, while the spear of the Panther grazed the
crept silently towards the wigwam. He could hear back of the chaise. William managed to get the
the enemies' shouts of triumph, and the angry goats into a full gallop and quickly distanced the
cries of his friends from the interior of the hut. swift pursuing Wolf. But they could still hear their
The Mingos now in accordance with their old war enemies' cries of vengeance and made up their minds,
custom danced round the stump of a beechtree, that before the lapse of many days, they must be
hacking it with their tomahawks. Meanwhile Jack prepared for a terrible raid by the Mingos.
crawled through the high grass, unbarred the door
and set his friends at liberty. The fugitives bolted The Revenge of the ngo.
the door after them and reached the forest un- The Rvenge of the MigOs.
observed, guided by the Moor to the goatchaise. The revenge of the Mingos was not long de-
While they were in the act of unfastening it, and ferred and struck the Delawares on their most
Walter had already taken his seat, they heard vulnerable point.
such yells of rage from the direction of the wig- On the evening of the following day, Anna,
wam, that Jack lost all presence of mind and whip- the sister of the Delawares, had just given her pet
ped the goats violently, while they were still tied child Clotilde in charge of Violet, and was seated
to the tree. on the steps of the villa absorbed in her book,
The goats became restive and unmanageable when they heard a rustling sound among the bush-
dragging the chaise in all directions. The voices es, which grew more distinct every moment. Sud-
of the pursuers drew nearer and nearer. Jack denly two Indians, Wolf and Lion-Claw, in full war
advised his young friends to fly and leave him to paint broke through the branches.
his own fate. At last William jumped on to the Wolf rushed on Violet and tore the lovely
driver's seat and by gentle coaxing, the goats were child Clotilde out of her arms in spite of Anna's
brought under control. He led them cautiously down entreaties. With a shout of triumph, the Indians
to the country road and had hardly reached it, hurried to the lake with their precious borty.
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Anna hastened to the blockhouse of the Dela- useless, and Anna was only too happy to release
wares. Falcon-Eye and Eagle-Wing were putting poor Clotilde and to run with her to Violet.
it into a perfect state of defence, while Black- The Mingos were captured with the exception
Serpent, the grand child of Bertram kept watch, of the Panther, and Lion-Claw was tied to an old
He brought tidings that in the direction of the pinetree awaiting his punishment. Falcon-Eye, sus-
villa suspicious movements were going on. picious at the absence of the Panther left Eagle-
The Serpent little knew, how he was observed Wing in guard of the captive, while he hastened
by the Black Panther. Just as Anna came running with the Serpent to the blockhouse, to prevent a
with flying locks to bring the news of Clotilde's raid on it by the enemies.
capture, the Black Panther retreated cautiously. They (Falcon-Eye and the Serpent) were liste-
The chief of the Delawares was highly indignant ning at times with their ears pressed against the
at the insult to Anna's favourite child, and gave ground for their enemies' footsteps. At last they
orders for an advance in the direction of the lake, arrived at a place -where they could overlook the
to which the Mingos carried the captured child, blockhouse. Here everything was still and peace-
The blockhouse was left safely fastened with a ful. However an arrow shot by the Mingos was
padlock, found in front of the door, intimating that they
The Indians led by Anna crept stealthily down were trying to storm the place.
the avenue of Elms, when all at once the Serpent Falcon-Eye sent the Serpent to reconnoitre, while
brought tidings of startling sounds. he unlocked the door of the wigwam to fetch the
The Delawares proceeded cautiously and saw tomahawks necessary for the trial of the Panther.
by dividing some branches of the thicket the The Mingos advanced from both sides at that
brown faces of the Mingos. Lion-Claw tied poor very moment, closing and locking the door of the
Clotilde to the trunk of a beech tree while Wolf blockhouse to prevent the escape of Falcon-Eye.
shot his well aimed arrows against the helpless f The imprisoned chief used every effort to escape,
victim. With maddening cries the Delawares rushed but without success, Falcon-Eye was a captive.
to the rescue. Eagle-Wing threw himself on Lion- The Mingos hastened to liberate Lion-Claw.
Claw while Falcon-Eye and the Serpent mastered, They crept along the thicket bordering the avenue
the strong Wolf and threw him to the ground. and captured the Serpent hidden in the Pine-Wood,
They fastened him with leather strap- driving the captive before them.
pings, but the Wolf snapped them Suddenly Lion-Claw gave a signal for help.
to pieces and escaped They rushed towards the place, liberated him
to the adjacent and tied Eagle-Wing to the tree. Wolf gave
wood A pur- orders that the Serpent should share the
suit seemed same fate. At this moment Anna, and
4, Violet appeared guided by Rosalie.
Anna saw at a glance how the
Delawares were overpowered, and
i offered to the chief of the Mingos
A- on her knees a dish of fresh baked pastry as ran-
Ssom for the liberation of her brothers. The revenge-
fully inclined savages, could not resist the entreaties
of the fair maiden offering her fragrant dish. Wolf
ordered that the captives should be liberated, and
SFalcon-Eye joined them shortly after.
S- The two tribes now buried their tomahawks
S.f i -' under a red pine (Scotch fir) as a token of
"- reconciliation and made vows of everlasting peace
.- to Rosalie the mother of the tribe.
Next day uncle Frank and our parents were Both now conversed in subdued tones. We soon
invited to the fate of reconciliation which took observed, that they were anxious to keep many
place in front of the blockhouse. The chiefs things secret from us, and came to the conclusion,
of the Delawares was sitting in full war costume that their mysterious behaviour emanated from
before a watchfire when the approach of the the reading of Robinson Crusoe. Our persistent
Mingos was announced, questions remained unanswered.
They came on with measured steps and A few days after this, on entering Martha's
shook hands with our chiefs with every mark of room, I saw that she tried to hide something on
friendship. Presents were exchanged and refresh- which she was working'in her apron. I never
ments taken. Both chiefs delivered a speech. before observed the good old woman practising
full of mutual admiration and assurances of a secrecy, and my curiosity was excited. Martha
lasting peace, smiled significantly, but kept silence in spite of
my entreaties. In attempting to open her apron
Robinson Crusoe at Beech-wood a dark object fell to the ground; I picked it up
House. hastily. It was a conically shaped fur cap made
Not any book made such an impression on of two rabbit skins sewn together resembling that
William as Robinson Crusoe, which uncle Frank which Robinson Crusoe wears in the pictures of
William's book. This, then was the
Robinson Crusoe cap which Martha
got up for Walter. I was made to
promise the strictest secrecy.
Next day Walter begged me to
lend him an old umbrella. I observed
in the blockhouse an axe, a saw and
hammer, and now I began to suspect
that preparations were in progress
to build a Robinson Crusoe hut.
Walter disappeared for whole after-
noons, and William could not be
persuaded to disclose his where-
A few days after this, while Violet
Sand myself were feeding the swans
A on the shore of the lake, we saw
Sl a fine blue puff of smoke rising
among the birches on the island and
soon after this we heard the report
S'i.' I l of a gun. We were now sure, where
f. to find our Robinson Crusoe, but we
kept our discovery to ourselves.
The cousins came several times
gave him on his twelfth birthday. He read it in to Beech-wood House without being able to see my
his leisure hours perched in the branches of the brothers. Of their own accord they explored the
chestnut tree, in his boat, or on the terrace in wooded shores of the island without finding a
front of our house. Walter asked him often for trace of their cousins. At last by the echo of the
the loan "of the book but without avail. After axe and the rising smoke among the birch-wood
William had read it twice, he handed it over to they discovered the hiding place of my brothers.
his brother, who was equally interested in it. Same morning I found on the steps which led
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scroll of paper. I picked it qp ;n.d a:iil..ig the bushes. Iperceivedaser-
read the title, which was in W\alter' nt attacking a bull frog. I ran
handwriting, "Robin- ith my lance to relieve him
son Crusoe's Diary". from the monster. On my
What a treasure fell approach the serpent dis-
into my hand! I could appeared in the thicket.
not resist the temp- -- I regret that there are
station to read the / no goats or Lamas on
book. All the mysteries the island, neither are
which my brothers had / parrots anywhere to
practised for some time ( be seen. Yesterday I
were now revealed to me. found a young crow
I read every word and give under an elm tree
now a few extracts of it. 1 which must have fal-
len from its nest. I
SaturdayAugust 19th will try and rear it.
To day I began to survey the island. I slung
my gun on my shoulder, picked up the axe, led Tuesday August 22na
Cato by a cord, and crept silently forward, hiding The mosquitos are troublesome and interrupt
behind every bush, looking cautiously around me. me at my work. I lighted a fire to disperse them.
At every sound I threw myself on the ground and My bread and fruit are exhausted. I succeeded in
pressed my ear against it. In this manner I shooting a crow. This afternoon I began to cover
explored the whole southern part of the island the spaces between the four pillars of my hut with
without finding a trace of human life. The eastern osier branches and rushes. The roof causes me
isthmnus is covered by a swampy forest and im- much trouble. If I only could find a cave! To-
penetrable rushes. Here too, all was silent and wards the evening I fished. I hooked a small
unsuspicious. No spring or "brook to be seen, but perch, which Cato devoured at once. No oranges,
to my joy I found a great many plovers' nests full lemons or almonds grow on this island. I will
of eggs which supplied me and Cato with food. bring some raisins from the dinner table to
The supply of bread and pears in my fowling bag morrow.
will only serve for a few days longer. Wednesday August 23rd-
On the distant meadow I saw a stork. Whether
Sunday August 20t he saw me I cannot tell.
My explorations of the western part of the For an hour I laid in ambush for wild ducks,
island show me that I am the only inhabitant of wounding one. An earthquake would be enjoyable,
it. I saw some crows perched on an oak. To- but cannot be had to order. I was not successful
-morrow I will bring small shot with me. in getting a fire by friction from dry wood. At
last I succeeded in covering my house with a roof.
Monday August 21st. I am however afraid of the next tempestuous
To day I began building my hut. I have chosen ram.
an elevated place on the southern side of the island, My weapons, powder flask, umbrella and tools
near the border of the great forest. After work Ihave hidden for the present in a hollow oak tree.
I refreshed myself with pears. My store of fruit
and bread is diminishing fast. Cato's appetite is Thursday August
enormous. I took my nap in the higher branches At last I have gone over every foot of ground
of an oak to be safe from the attack of wild in the island, without discovering a single human
(.oJ-re$1'.Sol ,lthern u- [1.- ioi 1t il' iviu l kt l.,i.' .'i n
1/n I eoilTrretl I-spoi il~i I \cin flavouii wit ii i .nii .l 1i
-, .... ...... "- -r-- 1was ret'shHI I.% eatin, thiem
| , l \i jI alm hl. u 'iu- to -,oo the fit;,;. .f 1 1! C".ij
_-_-------- -- 1 -Iiarkedil l div yseier.l times, a si__ii_'.-__n _i'u ,'
.sume dslau ner.
S -! I am daily iu f'ear of an attack Iby th11 .1-
e --u'r mIleating as if I hall ,'oullmti.ur tt sife (oi. ur, I luJt
fu. to.To y I ob er''bo, t hle Ii,,k id the s.lo.:,on hi s sla 'c- Il h.l im>mkei.i
e. I di d my gn ad tid my hd- te l I cheered Wailt, rmylan up the eet.inrg, a int
kerchief to the summit of a Cocao pam. To an Bertxid man intr. Nou d.oidlt cli, ad ribe d hi
we te old ranr and hs assstans.) Towars t Lak, w he to ie f.uld it. Ibe obse Lid f0m
Se e I m e a d y w h ssapitioe isl hat T goothy y fes hal d bilin ir cin intd,
--" 0his siet..,.
The Robinson Crusoe Island.
trace. How fortunate for me that I have my faith- I had now a turning desire to surprise our
fui Cato. To day I observed a boat in the dis- Robinson Crusoe on his island. Violet immedia-
tance. I discharged my gun and tied my hand- tely entered into my plan. In the evening, we took
kerchief to the summit of a Cocao palm. To my old Bertram into our confidence, and begged him
regre. It remained unobserved by the crew. (They to row us across and along the right-hand shore of
were the old ranger and his assistants.) Towards the Lake, where we could not be observed fet
the evening, I made a discovery which startled the island. The good old fellow willingly consented,
me. On the northern shore of the island, under and we reached the left bank unnoticed. We rowed
a banana tree I found the ashes of a recently bur- round this part of the island as quietly as possible,
ning fire. This convinced me that the island must but in spite of our attentive look-out we could see
have an inhabitant besides me. I ascended a hill, nothe Crusoe settlement. At last we heard
and imagined I saw smoke ascending in the dis- the blows of an axe at some distance.
tance. It must have been the evening mist rising Still more cautiously than before Bertram
from the sea. From this moment however I became rowed us in the direction of the sound. He then
suspicious. I saw to my weapons and kept them stopped beneath an overhanging willow-bush, and
well in order. I went well prepared with my gun on a little eminence we saw Crusoe's hut. We
and axe to the mest northern part of the island, disembarked softly, while Bertram remained in the
To my terror I discovered marks of footsteps of a boat, and, all the
man near the shore. I could plainly see, that the while hidden by
man must be wearing boots with large nails. It is not th,:- Ius.;i-, wi ,.
probable that these traces were made by a savage, stole, ir iratl-i
because I discovered in close proximity a button Irl":t -
of a waistcoat. I hastened to my hut and worked /'"
hard to finish my fence to protect me from a ' 9
To day I cut with my pen-knife as many ,
notches in the bark of a young beech as equalled i'i,
the number of days I had spent on the island. This ;
d lJdiIgl lJidy VuI lllihc. llb lile liag
up the bank. We were glad that Cato, who noticed us, (William had painted his face with some colours
did not spring towards us. We had originally intended from the paint-box) seemed about to fly, but stood,
to surprise Walter, but we now felt that we should be when he saw me, as if spell-bound, cast his club,
sorry to spoil his pleasure, and as I was afraid he spear and bow far from him, and threw himself
would hear Violet's giggling, which she was scarcely upon the ground. He evidently took me for a
able to suppress, I drew her down the bank and back supernatural being. He
into the boat, and we again put off from the land, crept submissively
supper-time about our expedition. ..
pairing his tattered Indian feather ornam nt
Here follow some extracts from Cru- dt
some's diary, which is lying by my side. s u t g .d t e
Friday, August 25th.] d bt .
nearly at an end. I shall uset
fortuntely wi u bg noticedyo Crusoe. Diary. up to A^ w S n'th
it very springly, and rather a ayin t f
resere it for the hour of
prepare a bow and arrows. A a-r ---r.d An -
plant resembling our hazel-nut bush
Frimade an excellenAugust 5thbow. I ws less su
nearly at an end. I shall use
it very sparingly, and rather
reserve it for the hour of itn.. f th pu
danger. To-day I began to t we s be "
prepare o bow and arrows. A ... ..... .......... being.H
frplanatt resemblingnoieb our hazel-nut bush up---t-
made an excellent bow. I was less sac-
..ry bood t re- b ri. it
a match). What a pleasure for me to again
thenjoy the precious boon of a fire! I have made
a little fireplace, and Friday is my cook. At last,
,.Tv hil Ihr- i f l 1701
of the ship's biscuit. Cato made friends with the from the island. We thought we recognized the
th, l.l~" t.,ll t h ..li LI - i.
young savage very quickly. I am only afraid that Mingos' voices, and cautiously rowed nearer, till
his companions will miss him, and that my hut e came to a little inlet amongst the reeds. As
dry wood take fire by rubbing it (NB. with
a match). What a pleasure for me to again
enjoy the precious boon of a fire! I have made
a little fireplace, and Friday is my cook. At last
there is some arm soup, made w I h adith the remains trip on the lake, we heard wild an-cries coming
of the ship's biscuit. Cato made friends with the from the island. We thought we recognized the
young savage very quickly. I am only afraid that Mingos' voices, and cautiously rowed nearer, till
his companions will miss him, and that my hut we came to a little inlet amongst the reeds. As
will shortly be attacked, we expected, we arrived just in time to witness a
Monday August 28th- great battle. The Mingos had discovered and
With Friday's help, I endeavoured to complete attacked the hut. But who had betrayed the
the stockade which I had already begun. Here secret retreat to them? Crusoe and his Friday
the diary again breaks off. defended themselves desperately, but the Mingos
would certainly have conquered by force of num-
The Attack. bers, if a happy chance had not brought Crusoe
Some days after our voyage of discovery, as assistance. "Wolf" it seems, had shot an arrow too
Miss Rosalie, Violet and I were again making a smartly at Cato, and the latter all at once took
Young Robinson. l
the encounter seriously, and sprang at s, oa
the intruders, barking furiously. How-
ever much "Wolf" and "Panther" \
defended themselves with their lan- ..
ces, Cato, who understood no joking '
in such matters, became more and more \
furious, barking, biting and springing so )_ W
violently at them, that the poor savages
were at last obliged to take refuge in their canoe news of Europe. At
from the ferocious animal. "Lion-Claw" alone was last we got ready to depart, and received the
taken prisoner, with Friday's help, after a fierce exile and his Friday into our ship. Upon our
struggle, and Crusoe bound him to the nearest entreaties, we were also permitted to take the
bread-fruit tree. The Mingos quitted the island captive Mingo on board with us.
with loud oaths of vengeance, while Cato con- Uncle Frank came over in the evening, and at
tinted barking furiously at them from the shore, supper we gave him a full account of the Robinson
Hereupon Crusoe, happening to step out into the Crusoe affair. Since that day, however, the island
open space on the bank, saw our boat. "A ship, seemed to have lost its charm for William, for
a ship!" he cried joyfully to Friday, and saluted he seldom afterwards visited his hut.
us with a shout of welcome. In token of peace, he
broke off a twig from the nearest palm tree and Our Autumn Pleasures.
made signals to us. We stepped ashore, and When the autumn came round, and the wind
greeted poor Crusoe, showing him all the sympathy stripped the leaves from the elms, when, on some
in our power. He soon initiated us into all his ar- cold morning, we found the last roses and dahlias
rangements and we had, on our part, to give him frozen in the garden, how snug it was in the dear
^y ~- I. j
Robinson and his Friday.
old house; and when, outside, the mist floated around Digging out the Fox.
the lake and dripped down from the trees, then It was a dull, gloomy October day. I can still
we felt doubly comfortable in our cosy rooms. We plainly see the stately procession of young sports-
girls migrated from our little villa into the bow- men, full of expectation, winding through the mor-
windowed room in front of the house. We put our ning mist along the brook towards the forest;
orangery into the hot-house under shelter, and our Walter in front, with Badger and Spot, uncle and
pretty little house, with its closed shutters, now William with their guns in the centre, and behind
looked very dreary and deserted. The menagerie them the three cousins, armed with pointed sticks
animals we put into the stables, and the aviary and cudgels, while last of all came Bertram with
into the covered verandah. pick' and shovel. Uncle Frank placed William be-
One autumn, Kate complained to us, that one fore the one, and himself before the other prin-
fowl after another disappeared in a mysterious cipal hole of the "earth", and distributed the others
manner from the stable, and at last the big Cal- round about. Badger and Spot were then sent into
cutta cock, which had so continually amused us, the holes. The timid little animals, however, came
vanished also. Bertram found on examination a out whining, and would not venture in again.
narrow slit caused by a loose lath in the door, Master Reynard or his wife were therefore evi-
through which Master Reynard had no doubt found dently at home. No encouragement or incitement
an entrance, and through which he had carried off was of any use with the young dogs; they only
his prey. Full of indignation, William shouldered barked at the openings, and shrank back in the
his fowling-piece and went forth on the robber's most cowardly manner whenever we tried to drive
track. Surely enough, at the foot of an old oak them inside. Uncle then ordered us to commence
a short distance off, he discovered a little heap operations at a spot which he had carefully chosen.
of feathers, which had evidently belonged to our Bertram dug away, without, however, striking upon
fine Calcutta cock. William vowed vengeance upon the fox's retreat as we had hoped. All at once
the red assassin. Some days afterwards, he dis- Alfred cried out; he had put his hand in the hole
covered what he thought was a fox's hole under and had touched something soft. "Here, here!" he
the great red beech by the brook, and Walter cried, and triumphantly threw himself down over
found two similar openings under the hazel-bushes, the hole; but soon withdrew his hand, for the
The brothers immediately went and fetched uncle fox had bitten him. So it was certain we had
Frank over, and he at once recognized the holes dug into the principal hole, and one of the old
as entrances to a fox's earth. Uncle hereupon ones was at home. The wild enthusiasm of
announced a great fox-hunt for the next day. the chase now took possession of us all. The
;~~psd~~; i. j
The Surprise on Robinson Island.
The Pox Hunt.
younger ones poked their sticks and lances into to it. Badger and Spot, those cautions hunters,
the hole in the maddest excitement, trying to force now felt safe, and crawled from one end of the
the robber to make his escape by one of the well- earth to the other. Towards mid-day, the boys
watched exits. Alfred, however, courageously dug returned home, with the little foxes, singing in
down deeper. triumph, the cousins holding them close to their
All at once, with a shout of triumph, he drew breasts. At home, a festive reception awaited them.
forth a young fox, and Bertram fetched two others First of all, however, they proudly showed their
out of the hole; Walter even a fourth. You may booty to Kate. Our parents invited all the sports-
imagine the joy of the youngsters! More and more men to dinner. Our cousins took three of the young
wildly they now thrust their lances into the ope- foxes over to Sea-View, but the fourth one we
ning. Suddenly the vixen darted out of the hole, chained up in the yard and treated well, and it
and ran round the startled Walter, who threw his became at last quite tame and friendly as a play-
arms and legs into the air in terror and fright, mate.
They all made blows at the fugitive, but she suc- The two old foxes were run to earth and kil-
ceeded in dodging them and escaping. We then led the next day by the hounds which happened
looked, but in vain for Master Reynard. He was to meet in the neighbourhood.
not in his dwelling, and was careful not to return When the hoar-frost lay on roofs and garden,
._____________________----------------------------iiad cawld fom oe ed o th
Digging out the Fox.
when the snow whirled down, till forest and meadow holidays, when we went sleighing, or when even
were thickly covered, we sisters then had to provide the lake was firmly frozen over! Bertram and John
for the poor little songsters which had not gone swept large spaces clean for us, the mirror-like
to the sunny south with the rest. Every spot of earth surface sparkled in the bright sunlight, and far
where they had formerly found nourishment was now around on all sides the forest stood in its silent,
covered with deep snow. Our good father had fee- snowy splendour.
ding-places put all round the lake. We sisters went What never-to-be-forgotten joy, when Walter
every morning from one to the other, and strewed and William came dashing up with the hand-sledge,
the seeds under the protecting roofs. To whatever took us in, and then, merrily, and quick as the
place we came, our little pensioners were already wind, glided with us across to the island, while
perched on the pine-branches round about, piping we shouted out loud with joy and exultation. Or
plaintively, and seeming to await us anxiously. again, when William and I skated round the is-
Scarcely had we spread out the food and retired land in skilful turnings and windings. In the after-
a little, when they came rustling and fluttering noon our cousins would come over, and on foot
from all directions. How merrily the troop of or in sledges, wrapped in warm furs, came also
hungry little beggars swarmed upon the sheltered our friends from the different estates in the neigh-
places! It was a pleasure and a delight to watch bourhood. The splendid rink on our lake was cele-
them. And after such morning walks as these, brated far and wide, and who could invent such
how we enjoyed our own mid-day meal! pretty skating-dances and games as Miss Rosalie?
In the evening our guests and ourselves were sent
Our inter Pleasures. for into the large dining-room, where we had
Oh what rapturous joy, when, a few days be- pastry, tea and all sorts of good things. Our pa-
fore Christmas, our brothers came home for the rents showed particular pleasure in greeting all
S'- not hear anything of it until the very
Morning. In the earliest afternoon
Twilight, heavily-laden coaches came
creaking through the deep snow,
-and sledges merrily tinkled
through the forest. The vehicles
d stopped before our house, from
^-J the windows of which a cheer-
t ful light streamed far out into
the silent forest, sparkling in
the snow. Miss Rosalie and Kate
received our guests, who, well
wrapped up, were carried from
t the carriages into the entrance-
Shall. What lovely little dolls and
brilliant masked figures
slipped out from the furs
and cloaks !
The young guests' parents, who
had, of course, been invited with
them, were received in the lower
ST rooms, while the little masquers
ascended to the ball-room on the
S first floor. I can still see the
splendid confusion of colour in the
brilliantly-illuminated corridors and
landings, and on the wreath-hung
staircases. I can still hear the sup-
S, pressed exultation and the joyful whis-
't .- pering of the children, and the cries of ad-
miration and astonishment when a fresh pair, in
splendid costumes, appeared in the ball-room door-
Feeding the Birds.
way, bowing and curtseying with embarrassment.
the happy children with their fresh, ruddy cheeks, The masks made our young guests unrecogni-
and were delighted with their young friends sable for a time. Walter, whose powdered wig and
healthy appetites. Meanwhile the sledges from their gold-laced scarlet coat suited him beautifully, and
different homes had arrived, and Miss Rosalie saw myself, in Dutch costume, received the guests in
to the young people's safe return, the ball-room. William, also, dressed as Punch,
greeted those already in the doorway with whim-
The Children's Fancy Dress Ball. sical jokes and strokes of his rattle. The festively-
I cannot think it possible that many other illuminated apartment soon swarmed with knights,
children can have experienced such splendid birth- Turks, Spanish bull-fighters, Indian princes, pig-
day festivals as ourselves. But the most charming tailed mandarins, powdered ladies, and delicate
which I remember during my happy childhood, was Italian and Tyrolese maidens. Miss Rosalie ar-
the children's great masked ball, with which, at ranged the grand polonaise, which moved through
Miss Rosalie's instigation, my parents surprised all the rooms and passages in the house, radiant
me on my twelfth birthday. All the children in in the brilliant light of the wax-candles and be-
the neighbourhood had been invited, though I did decked with green plants. All at once, the doors
Our Skating Parties.
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r, s ere
SlFred au, Wil-
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r i -, -Ire -" a.1sAl ,
L his an trol t e itilo the
I '' 'jil, X ,li ht* 'jil t
~ II)" 3 .llt,rbini
ami:ds t Ioiiers -, w a stl t eIroa-
'h a -in. IUnI-
craickers containing bouquets of owers. But
Shof the lower rooms opened before us, and to the meiest of all was the refreshme t-bufet, which-
didt,..ly % .k ,, d ,u. l lie
al'l,.,-,si. \ ,- ,d Uniir-t o)ll
appeared on the threshold, our procession then thing. Tables and chairs were placed everywhere
t11+ H ...' li, 1.7 1 lfh,+ r
f...l l ,:ti It a- F i,..l, :.
tlI %%, .ir n, hI." ,. l... I or
of the lower rooms opened before us, and to the merriest of all was the refreshment-buffet, which
surprise of our parents and their friends, we our good Kate had supplied excellently with every-
appeared on the threshold, our procession then thing. Tables and chairs were placed everywhere
winding in and out the tables of the company in the bright side-rooms, and here the little ladies
amidst laughing and talking. At last, on returning were waited on by their cavaliers, who amply pro-
fairy play commenced. Before us opened a dark rocky
gorge, in which was seated a beautiful princess. She
I was fettered to the rock, with golden chains, at the
entrance to a cavern, bewailing her bitter fate.
The mighty magician Alcanzar here held
her captive, and a grim dragon was set to
watch her. (To be sure, Ellen's voice betrayed
her immediately.) Two friendly dwarfs came to
console the poor creature. In spite of their
S great beards and flaxen wigs, it was impossible
not to recognize Fred and Walter in the clumsy
Little fellows. Now the dragon, a horrid,
scaly monster, breathing fire and smoke,
crawled up. He foretold death to the princess,
unless she made up her mind to take his lord and
vided both them and themselves with fruit and master, the magician, for a husband that very day.
cakes, sandwiches and tarts, and all manner of The dwarfs fled in terror from the monster into
good things. the cleft of the rock, while the princess lamented
After this, Papa delighted us with a lottery, bitterly and cried for help. Here a handsome knight
which did not commence till after 9 o'clock. Each appeared upon the cliff, and immediately attacked
one took a lot out of a bowl filled with flowers, the terrible dragon with his gleaming sword. The
and won with this some amusing present or other, monster reeled backwards, wounded; but a blow
What a happy confusion it was, when each one, from its powerful claws stretched the brave knight
having received his gift, hurried to shew it to on the ground, and a
parents and friends, who had meanwhile assem- second one caused
bled in the side-rooms, him to disappear
in a cleft of 5?S
the rock. TI.-I "" 4 f
The Birthday Play. terrified
Now, however came the most splendid surprise princess
of all. It had struck me immediately on entering, fled in-
that the further end of the long ball-room was side the
hung with curtains. Two little tipstaffs stood on cavern, i ,-
guard there from the commencement of the fMte, followed
and roughly turned all inquisitive persons away. by the
Scarcely had the excitement of the little people furious
somewhat subsided, and each one safely bestowed dragon.
his acquisition, when a movement could be obser- Here an
ved behind the curtains. Chairs were brought and enormous giant,
placed across the room in long rows. Upon a signal dressed in shaggy skins, came thundering down
from papa, old and young took their places. "The the rocky steps and despatched the snorting beast
theatre, the theatre!" was merrily whispered from just at the right moment with- a heavy blow of
one to another. Solemn music was heard, the cur- his club. He drew the knight out of the cleft
tains separated, and we sat expectantly in front with a rope, and the latter released the princess
of a real stage, its prettily-painted drop-scene from her chains and carried her out of the cavern.
still hanging down. The music ceased, the curtain Both now thanked their deliverer. Hereupon the
rustled upwards, a joyful "Oh" passed along the shell-car of the good fairy, drawn by a pair of
crowded rows of seats, and behold! a splendid swans, came sweeping up, took in the bridal pair,
took place others feald wbie Mi-- R.s.ialie wh.sl to weiv fer tki reet om
g tiwrittona the fairy-plamy,
f p Laad, the prince's iasagpie our wcelighbt itdyu wt bendaoit h o that to lr.earu-
ngdo. he int then ti there ws to be ours frm that tie, and
st te d n d n ino te ass, ad, with that e igt se it n all fid ve occasions. We
the wa aitae agge e t e ot iy s the stae an mylly t
of the cavern into the day-light. A fearful crash possessionlie u of our property.
wtook place; the rocks fell asunder, the magician Miss osalie, whose inventive skill seemed,prin-
il: ts,.: fixeb beil. hail. with herI- uvwu hawk aul
Sand Abhich 51-. R11j- li, had t.) we.r -fur the re-t of
carried the eveningI.
them to Gold- Th,:le wFuItm,:,rahh.: h,,urs! Y,:,u ,:.C br, by
appeared in the midst of Land, the priand wace's ito us, aine or dlightible, was obliged thao promise us toi-
on to reene h kingdom. The giant then tiful theatre wa s tano be ours from that time, and
cast the dragon down into the abyss, and, with that we might use it o n all festive occasions. We
the dwarfs' assistance, draggedthe treasure out immediately stormed the stage and joyfully took
of the cavern into the day-light. A fearful crash possession of our property.
took place; the rocks fell asunder, the magician. Miss Rosalie, whose inventive skill seemed,
appeared in the midst of a red light, and was to us, inexhaustible, was obliged to promise us to
going to revenge himself upon the giant, when the compose a grand spectacular piece for Mamma's
fairy appeared and pronounced a spell, which birthday at the end of the month, and to rehearse
hurled the wicked one into the deep. it with us. Surely enough, it was performed upon
Till now, we had all sat in speechless delight, the festive day and gained indescribable ap-
listening to the play with glowing cheeks and open plause.
mouths, but an indescribable storm of applause Cheerful, amiable friend and guide of our youth,
now burst forth, and the author of the piece was how shall we thank you for all the love and good-
called for. Of course Miss Rosalie appeared upon ness with which you brightened the beautiful days
The Fairy Play.
of our youth at home! If you should ever see these the room until Miss Rosalie and Kate had carried
lines, then feel how thankfully our hearts still beat all the mysterious boxes and parcels up into the
for you at each one of these recollections! attic and Mamma, smiling significantly, at length
entered the room.
Each one of us now received abundance of
Christmas in our Home.
work to do from Mamma and Miss Rosalie. We
And now, shall I tell of the delightful Christ- all had to work at the Christmas gifts for the
mas festivals of our childhood, which even now poor village children; knitting socks, gloves and
shine out like brilliant stars from the happy twi- jackets, pasting together pen-boxes, painting and
light of those days, and shed their blessed radiance cutting out soldiers, peeling almonds and gilding
over our whole existence? apples and nuts, all for the poor little ones' Christ-
Dearest, kindest parents! you only knew one mas-tree. In every room in the house, but espe-
joy; that of making us happy! For weeks previous cially in the passages and store-rooms, were heard
to the festival the large garret-chamber was closed mysterious whisperings, scufflings of feet to and
to us. The happy time, full of sweet mystery, min- fro, and such-like noises. In the dark corridors it
gled with expectant awe, was come. Papa was sounded like the rustling of wings, while rays of
often invisible for many hours, and then was heard light beamed through every door-crack.
from this chamber a knocking and hammering which
was full of meaning to our ears, and at the sound Before Christmas.
of which our hearts beat in longing and impatient How slowly the days and hours passed by
unison. Mamma accompanied by Miss Rosalie, drove They were supposed to be the shortest in the year,
more frequently into the town at this time than but to us they appeared the longest. Oh beauti-
at others, and when the carriage returned in the ful, solemn time of hopes and longings Wherever
evening and stopped in front of the house, how we went, wherever we stood, this Christmas mystery
we exulted in anticipation of the good things to seemed to float around us. Every cupboard, every
come! But we were not allowed, as at other times, closet, now seemed to us fraught with promise. To
to fly down the staircase and accompany Mamma one room after the other we were denied access. At
upstairs in triumph. Nay, we had to steal quietly last Papa even withdrew the key from the best
away from the window, and wait in the middle of room. Outside, between the trees, hung a mysterious
gloom, but in our sitting-room the lights gleamed other's hands. Then cling, clang! the doors sprang
all the more cheerfully and comfortably in contrast, open, and we stood as if spell-bound before the ra-
With closed doors, we went on working at our little diant, open room. It seemed to us as if we beheld
Christmas-gifts. At last, at last, the great evening the kingdom of Heaven itself. Lost in blissfull amaze-
arrived, and we sat together, expectant and excited, ment, we entered. There, in tangible reality, was
in the dark bow-windowed room. Outside in the hall everything which our happy dreams had portended;
was still heard a suppressed, though busy scuffling, the tree, sparkling from floor to ceiling with lights
while strange, heavy footsteps creaked on the stair- and golden fruits, beneath it the broad tables, co-
cases. An odour of fir-branches, wax-candles and vered with while cloths and bearing the presents.
fresh pastry penetrated every part of the house. One Then our pent-up joy burst forth. The gifts lay there
minute there was a sound of distant music; the next so delicate, so bright and fresh, as if they, too, were
moment a golden streak of light darted across the glittering with a heavenly lustre, that we scarcely
ceiling; then we heard a pushing, moving, and ope- dared at first to touch all these spendours. But this
ning and closing of doors and at last all in the house timidity was soon overcome, and with both eyes and
was quiet. This was the moment of most restless ex- fingers each one joyfully possessed himself of his
pectancy! We drew. closer together. If the house- treasures. "Violet!" "Walter!" "Oh look, look!"
bell sounded, we started up in fright. At times we Who was the richest, who was the happiest
thought, (and then we held our breath) that an an- amongst us? So much happiness was almost too
gel was rustling softly past us in the dark room. All great for such little hearts. We threw ourselves
at once, a bright glow broke through the cracks and round our parents' necks and clung to them in our
crevices in the door of the large sitting-room. A soft delight. Then we led them to our tables, where we
chorale sounded; deeply moved, we clasped each had piled up the little Christmas presents which we
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now our tarn nith the Ire,,ent-
giving. I atut and olpeued the -er-
lanti- room, v.he.re v-e hal. the day before,
.*ir: alr:'l pIrpardi the ta lles for the l"',or bild re1n.
Good-Bye! had Violet was allowed to ring the bell. We led in the
worked for them, little ones; each one to a place with its name upon
and handed them our school testimonials, which, I it, where they all found apples, nuts, gingerbread,
may say, were for the most part very good. Then, pastry, stockings, shoes or warm jackets, woollen
and not till then, we became eagerly absorbed in gloves and caps, with a slate and lesson-book. How
our treasures. In the midst of our exultation, the the little ones' eyes beamed with pleasure! and I
house-bell sounded; Uncle Frank and our cousins am sure our hearts laughed with joy to see it.
had arrived. Uncle always had this ceremony ear- With them, also, the spell of silence was at length
lier at Sea-View and then, towards 8 o'clock, broken. They delightedly shewed each other their
would come with his children over to us. Sure treasures, and enjoyed the cakes and other good
enough, our playfellows came rushing in! Uncle things. Their mothers stood in the open doorway,
followed, nodding his head in friendly greeting. Then delighted at their little ones' happiness. They too,
what saluting, what boasting and counter-boasting! received their presents from Mamma, in the shape
They, too, had brought their favourite presents with of whatever they most needed for housekeeping.
them for us to admire, while we had prepared a spe- Every one in the village should be glad at Christ-
cial little table for each one of them. All at once, mas-time, at least, such was the desire of the good
wonderful sounds, as if from Heaven, floated into the spirits of Christmas and of our kind parents. After
apartment. Miss Rosalie struck the harmonium in the children had gone, laden with their presents,
the corner room, and her beautiful contralto voice and laughing merrily, our hearts beat with a two-
intoned the Christmas hymn: fold happiness when we returned to our own gifts.
"Glory to God on high, on earth be peace, But the sledge-bells tinkled below in front of the
And love toward men, salvation and release." door, and it was time for uncle and his children
It sounded from the bright room, through frost and to go. Wrapped in a warm cloak, I stepped on to the
night, over field and forest, up into the star-spangled open balcony and called a last good-bye after them
heavens. as they drove away. The moonlight lay solemnly over
In the open doorway appeared the men and maid- the snow-clad forest; while the sea glistened in the
servants with the poor people from the village. The distance. The tinkling sledges flew rapidly away, but
women and children stared with beaming eyes at the last farewells long sounded from afar. Then
After the Tree.
everything lay wintry still around me in the moon- cely knew that it was Christmas, but I, I had a
light, and over forest and meadow, with a hundred dear home, tender parents, every happiness, every
thousand lights, spread the beautiful Christmas-tree pleasure, every comfort of life. I was keeping Christ-
which God lights up for the whole earth. From the mas with my dear brothers and sister as brightly and
margin of the forest came the plaintive cry of a stag. blessedly as only the most fortunate of children can
In my soul I pitied the poor creature, there amidst keep it. What had I yet done to deserve such great
frost and ice in the snow-covered forest thicket at favour, and what could I do to be worthy of it? I
the time of this festival of love. Out at sea a small must be a true, obedient child, and become a noble,
light flashed up. A lonely vessel was making for the helpful human being, ever full of gratitude-to God.
distant coast. In all likelihood those poor souls scar- Yes, such I would be, all through my life!
After the Christmas Tree.
When I returned to the room, my parents, somewhat ex-
hausted, I should think, by the day's exertions, were seated
in front of the fire chatting with the others. I ran up to my
dear mother and embraced her passionately, bursting into -- ,
tears. I sobbed forth all that I had promised God out
there under the starry sky. My mother kissed me on the \
forehead, called me her good, but too easily agitated child,
and held me closely pressed to her until, by degrees, I
William, good boy, who looked very smart in his
Highland dress, stood by quite affected, and brought .
me a book which he knew I had particularly wished
for, and which he himself had received as a present from uncle Frank;
it was Robert Reinick's Fairy Tales and stories. Each one of us then
cast another glance at his table of presents. We were all allowed to
take our favourite gift with us. Then, after we had again and again
begged for a last hug and kiss from our parents, we all went
to bed, where we soon fell asleep, tired out with hap-
piness, and sunk in blissful thoughts of "to-morrow". On
the first of the following days our parents' guests were
coming and on the second we were to have the great
Christmas feast, to which all the poor children of the
village had been invited.
Miss Rosalie asked all the little ones into
the dining-room, where a large table was
spread. We brothers and sisters had to look
after our young guests, the girls waiting on the
very smallest. Towards evening, the little com-
pany, grown more and more cheerful, were trea-
ted to a representation of our fairy play, which
filled them with speechless astonishment. From
some of the seats we heard cries of fright and
suppressed weeping. Before the final scene Miss
Rosalie thought well to remove the smallest chil-
dren. Her fine-feeling heart always hit upon the
right thing to do. I cannot conclude these lines
without telling you that this lovable friend of our youth
was afterwards very happy as the wife of uncle Charles,
a naval surgeon, my mother's younger brother. Their wedding-
day is amongst the most brilliant festivals of my childhood.
My children's Diary.
One memorable, beautiful, Christmas Eve I received my youth. I made it a rule to commit to its pages
from uncle Frank a pretty book with gilt edges and not only every happy day, but every sad and solemn
splendid binding, which bore on its back in large one, with a word to impress them on my memory.
gold letters the word "Diary". My kind uncle's gift And now, when I open my dearly-prized book,
was certainly a little in advance of my age, but the beautiful, happy days of my childhood stand be-
he knew well that I was a somewhat precocious child. fore me in all their magic brightness, and the best
This book has accompanied me through all my girl- 'of that which I have here told you, dear children, I
hood, and gradually became my greatest treasure. have taken from its leaves. Upon the last page I read
It preserves all the most beautiful recollections of the words:
The sky spreads far o'er earth and sea, God send his blessing on thy roof,
And covers many lands; His angels, hov'ring near,
But none so dear as where my home Protect from sorrow evermore
In peaceful beauty stands. Father and mother dear.
My heart still beats and throbs for thee
When o'er the world I roam,
Though distant, thou'rt remembered still,
My youth's beloved home!
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