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 Front Cover
 Introduction
 Frontispiece
 Table of Contents
 Grimalkin, or adventures of...
 The boys and the frogs
 The story of the lilttle dog
 The swallow and tortoise
 Little Jane and her cat
 The Lark and her young ones
 Story of the leap-frog






Group Title: Uncle Thomas' stories for good children
Title: Grimalkin, and little Fido
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Title: Grimalkin, and little Fido
Series Title: Uncle Thomas' stories for good children
Alternate Title: Little Fido
Physical Description: 72 p. : ill. ; 14 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Barbauld ( Anna Letitia ), 1743-1825
Livermore, Edward ( Publisher )
Publisher: Edward Livermore
Place of Publication: Boston
Copyright Date: 1847
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Subject: Pets -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Birds -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
Fables -- 1853   ( rbgenr )
Children's poetry -- 1853   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1853
Genre: Fables   ( rbgenr )
Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- Massachusetts -- Boston
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General Note: Baldwin Library copy lacks p. 70-72, including "Birds near the barn."
General Note: Cover title.
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover
    Introduction
        Page 5
    Frontispiece
        Page 6
    Table of Contents
        Page 7
        Page 8
    Grimalkin, or adventures of a cat
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
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        Page 27
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
    The boys and the frogs
        Page 35
        Page 36
        Page 37
        Page 38
    The story of the lilttle dog
        Page 39
        Page 40
        Page 41
        Page 42
        Page 43
        Page 44
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
    The swallow and tortoise
        Page 49
        Page 50
        Page 51
        Page 52
        Page 53
        Page 54
    Little Jane and her cat
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
        Page 58
    The Lark and her young ones
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
        Page 62
        Page 63
    Story of the leap-frog
        Page 64
        Page 65
        Page 66
        Page 67
        Page 68
        Page 69
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Uncle Thomas' Stories for Good Qbldr.',

THE design of this series of unpre-
tending little bocks, is, to give to the
Young information, joined with amuse-
ment.
They are prepared for young children,
and if, from the reading of these' stories,
they acquire a love for good books, the
compiler's object will be accomplished.
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GRIALKxIN, OR ADVENTURES F0 A CAT, 9
THE BOYS AND THE FOs, . . 5
THE LITTLE DOG FIDo, . .. 39
THE SWALLOW AND TORTOISE, . . 49
LITTLE JANE AND HER CAT, . . 55
THE LARK AND HER YOUNG ONEs, . 59
THE LEAP-FROG, ...... ..... 64
BIRDS NEAR THE BARN, . . .. 71





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THE HISTORY OF GRIMALKIN,
on,
AMDSVSUA S Q W AL (Dave'
BT MRS. BARBA .


SOME days ago died the favorite
cat of Mrs. Petlove, named Gri-
malkin. Her disorder was a
shortness of breath proceeding
partly from old age, and partly from fat.
As she felt her end draw near, she called
to her children, and with much difficulty
spoke as follows:-
Before I die, my children, 1 mean, it





GRIMALKIN.


my breath will give me leave, to relate to
you the principal events of my life; hs
the variety of scenes I have gone through
may afford you some useful instruction,-
for avoiding Use dangers to which our
species are larly exposed.
SWithdllther preface, then, I was
born at a farm-house in a village some
miles hence; and almost as soon as I
came into the world I was very near leav-
ing it again. My mother brought six of
us at a litter; and as the frugal people of
the house only kept cats to be useful, and
were already sufficiently stocked, we
were immediately doomed to be drowned:
and accordingly a boy was ordered to
take us, and throw us all into tir horse
,pond. This he did with the pieasut,






12 GRIMALKIN.
boys naturally seem to take in acts of
cruelty, and we were presently set a
swimming. While we were struggling
for life, a little girl, daughter of the farm-
er, came running to the pond side, and
begged that she might save one of us,
and bring him up for her own. After
some dispute, her request was granted;
and the boy, reaching out his arnm took
hold of me, who was luckily nearest him,
and brought me out when I was just
spent. I was laid on the grass, and it
was some time before I recovered. The
girl restored me then to my mother, who





GRIMALKIN.


was overjoyed to find again one of her
little ones, and for fear of another mis-
chance, she took me in her mouth to a
dark hole, where she kept me till I could
see, and was able to run by her side.
As soon as I came to light again, my little
mistress took possession of me, and tend-
ed me very carefully. Her fondness,.in-
deed, wis somewhat troublesome, as she
pinched my sides with carrying me, and
once or twice hurt me a good deal by
letting me fall. Soon, however, I became
strong and active, and played and gam-
bolled all day long, to the great delight
of my mistress and her companions.
"At this time I had another narrow
escape: a man brought into the house a
strange dog, who had been taught to





GROMALKIL.


ivorry all the cats that came in his way.
My mother slunk away at his entrance;
but I, thinking, like a little fool as I was,
that I was able to protect myself, staid
on the floor, growling, and setting up my
back by way of defiance. The dog in-







stantly ran at me, and before I could get
my claws ready, seized me with his
mouth, and began to gripe and shake me
most terribly. I screamed out, and, by
good luck, my mistress was within hear-
ing. She ran to us, but was not able to




OGRIALKIN.


disengage me ; however, a servant seeing
my distress took a great stick, and gave
the dog such a bang on his back that he
was forced to let me go. He had used
me so roughly, that I was not able to
stand for some time, but by care and a
good constitution I recovered.
I was now running after every body's
heels, by which means I one day got
locked up in the dairy; I was not sorry
for this accident, thinking to feast upon
the cream and 'other good things. But
having climbed a shelf to get at a bowl
of cream, I unluckily fell backward into a
huge vessel of buttermilk, where.I should
probably have been drowned, had not the
maid, hearing the noise, come to see
what was the matter. She took me out,






ORIMALtIN.


scolding at me bitterly, anfl after making
me undergo a severe discipline at the
pump, to clean me, she dismissed me
with a good whipping. I took care not
to follow her into the dairy again.
," After a while I began to get into
the yard, and my mother took me into
the barn on a mousing expedition. I
shall never forget the pleasure this gave
me. We sat by a hole, and presently out
came a mouse with a brood of young
ones. My mother darted among them,
and first demolished the old one, and then
pursued the little ones, who darted about






GRIMALKIN.


in great perlexity. I now thought it
was time for me to do something, and
accordingly ran after a straggler, and soon
overtook it. 0, how proud was I, as I
stood over my trembling captive, and pat-
ted her with my paws! My pride, how-
ever, soon met a check, for seeing one
day a large rat, I bravely flew at him,
but instead of running from me, he gave
me such a bite on my nose, that I ran
away to my mother, mewing piteously,
with my face all bloody and swelled.
For some time I did not meddle with rats
again; but at length, growing stronger
and more skilful, I feared neither rats,
nor any other vermin, and I acquired the
reputation of an excellent hunter.
I had some other escapes about this






ORIMALKIN.


time. Once I happened *to meet with
some poisoned food prepared for the rats,
and eating it, I was thrown into a sick-
ness that was near killing me. At an-
other time, I chanced to set my-foot in a
rat trap, and received so many deep
wounds from its teeth, that, though I was
released as gently as possible, by the
people who heard me cry, I was rendered
lame for some weeks after.
Time went on, and I arrived at my
full growth; and forming an acquaintance
with a male cat about my age, after a
decent resistance by scolding, scratching,
and biting, we made a match of it. I
became a mother in due time, and had
the mortification of seeing several broods
of my kittens disposed of in the same





GRIMALKIN.


manner as my brothers and sisters had
been. I shall mention two or three more
adventures, in the order I remember them.
I was once prowling for birds along a
hedge at some distance from home, when








the squire's greyhounds came that way,
coursing. As soon as they saw me, they
set off at full speed, and running much
faster than I could do, were just behind
me, when I reached a tree and saved my-
self by climbing it. But a greater dan-






GRIMALKlN.


ger befell me on meeting with a parcel of
boys returning from school. They sur-
rounded me before I was aware, and
obliged me to take refuge in a tree. But
I soon found that a poor defence against
such enemies; for they assembled about
it, and threw stones on all sides, so that
I could not avoid receiving many hard
blows, one of which brought me senseless
to the ground. The biggest boy now
seized me, and proposed to the rest mak-
ing what he called rare sport with me.
This sport was to tie me to a board, and
launching me on a pond, to set some wa-
ter dogs at me, who were to duck and
half drown me, while I was to defend
myself by biting their noses and scratch-
ing their eyes. Already was I bound and





GRIMALKIN. 23

just ready to be set a sailing, when the
schoolmaster taking a walk that way,
and seeing the bustle, came up, and
obliged the boys to set me at liberty;-
severely reprimanded them for their cruel
intentions.
The next remarkable incident of my
life was the occasion of my removal from
the country. My mistress's brother had
i tame linnet of which he was very fond;
for it would come and light on his sheel-
der, when he called for it, and fed out of
his hand; and it sung well bMdes





GRIMALKIN.


This bird was usually either in its cage,
or upon a high perch; but one unlucky
day, when he and I were alone in the
.room together, he came down on the ta-
ble to pick up crumbs. I saw him, and
not being able to resist the temptation,
sprung at him, and catching him in my
claws, soon began to devour him. I had
almost finished, when his master came
into.the room, and seeing me with the
remains of poor linnet in my mouth, he
ran to me in the greatest fury, and, after
chasing me several times around the room,
hi caught me. He was proceeding in-
stantly to hang me, when his sister, by
many entreaties and tears, persuaded him
to forgive me, upon the promise I should
have a good whipping, and be sent away.





OINALKIN.


Accordingly, the next market day I was
despatched, in a cart, to a relation of
theirs in this town, who wanted a good
cat, as the house was overrun with mice.
In the service of this family I con-
tinued a good while, performing my duty
as a mouser exceedingly well, so that I
was in high esteem. I soon learned all
the particulars of town life, and became
distinguished for my activity in climbing
walls and houses, and jumping from roof
to roof, either in pursuit of prey, or on
pleasure parties with my companions.
Once, however, I had like to have sufired
for my daring. For having made a great
jump, from one house to another, I lit
upon a loose tile, which slipped with me,
and I fell into the street, and had I nk.
3






GRIWALKIN.


been so fortunate js to fall upon a load
of hay which was passing, I should have
been killed. It was here I became ac-
quainted with Poll Parrot, and although I
did not like her at first, on account of her
mocking me, we soon became good
friends.
Notwithstanding the danger I had run
from killing the linnet, I am sorry to con-
fess, that I was again guilty of a similar
offence. I contrived, one night, to leap
down from a roof, upon the board of
some pigeon holes, which led to a gar-
ret inhabited by those birds. I entered,
and finding them asleep, made sad havoc
among all that were within my reach,
killing and sucking the blood of near a
jozen. I was near paying dearly for





f
GMIALKIl. 7

this, too, for, on attempting to return, I
found it was impossible for me to leap up
again to the place whence I had de-
scended. So that. after several danger-
ous trials, I was obliged to wait trem-
bling in the place where I had committed
all these murders, till the owner came up
in the morning-to feed his pigeons. I
rushed out between his legs as soon as
the door was opened, and had the good
fortune to get safe down stairs and make
my escape through a window unknown:
but never shall I forget the horrors I felt
that night. Let my double danger be a
warning to you, my children, to control
your savage appetites, and on no account
to do harm to those creatures, which, like
ourselves, are under the protection of





OIn0ALKIN.


man. We cats all lie under a bad name
for a treacherous disposition in this re-
spect, and with shame I must acknowl-
edge, it is but too well merited.
Well but my breath begins to fail
me, and I must hasten to a4onclusion.
I still lived in the same family, when our
present kind mistress, Mrs. Petlove, hav-
ing lost a favorite tabby, advertised a very
handsome price for another, that should
as nearly as possible resemble her dead
darling. My owners, tempted by the
offer, took me for the good lady's inspec-
tion, and I had the honor of being pre-
ferred to a multitude of rivals. I was
immediately settled in the comfortable
mansion we now inhabit, and had many
favors and indulgences bestowed upon rme
;s.


29 '






GBRoALKI1N.


such as I had never before experienced
Among these, I reckon one of the prinei.
pal, that of being allowed to rear all my
children, and to see them grow up in
peace and plenty. My adventures here
have been but few; for after the monkey
had spitefully bitten off the last joint of
my tail, (for which I had the satisfaction
to see him soundly corrected,) I kept be-
yond the length of his chain ; and neither
the parrot or lap-dog ever dared to moleat
me, One of the greatest a4lictions I
have felt here, was the stifling of a whole
litter of my kittens by a fat ld: lady, who
sat down on the chair where they lay, amd
never perceived the mischief she was do-
ipg till she rose, though I pulled her
clths and used all the miean is my






GRIMALKIN.


power to show my uneasiness. This
misfortune my mistress took to heart al'
most as much as myself, and the lady has
never since entered our doors. Indeed
both I and mine have ever been treated
with the utmost kindness, perhaps with
too much, for, to the pampering me with
delicacies, together with frequent wash-
ings by Mrs. Abigail, I attribute this
asthma which is now putting an end to
my life rather sooner than its natural
period. But I know all was meant well;
and with my last breath I charge you all
to show your gratitude to our worthy
mistress, by every return in your power.
And now, my dear children, farewell.
we shall perhaps meet again in a land







GRIMALKIN.


where there are no dogs to worry us, or
boys to torment us. Adieu."
Having thus said, Grimalkin became
speechless, and presently departed this
life, to the great grief of all the family.













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The Boys and the Frogs

A FABLE.


SOME school boys one day,
Who had gone out to play
By the side of a mill pond not far from the school,
Saw a party of frogs
Diving off from the logs
And stones, on the margin, to swim in the pool


The boys all as one
Said, Now for some fun?
Let us pelt the young croakers,
no quarter,


and give 'em






36 THE BOYS AND THE FROGS.

Till there is not a frog
That, by stone, stump or log,
Shall dare lift his yellow chops out of water.

So with full hands and hats,
They brought stones and brick-bats,
And began the poor innocent creatures to slaugh.
ter ;
Till one, they saw jump
To the top of a stump,
That stood under the reeds, in the edge of the
water.







TH! BOYS AND TIM P1ROO.


And thus, if we're able
To credit the fable,
The thing must have filled every hearer with
wonder. -
'Mid a volley of stones,
That threatened his bones,
He spoke to the lads in a voice like thunder.

Let alone let alone
Club, brick-bat, and stone,
Naughty boys I cruel boys I and pelt us not thus:
Consider, I pray
Consider, yourplay,
To you though a frolic, is murder to us.
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KOAL..

No boy should forget that each boy is his brotuhr,
Or find pleasure in that which gives pain to -
other.
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Story of the little Dog.

A FABLZ.



" HAT shall I do," said a very
little dog one day to his moth-
er, to show my gratitude
to my good master, and make
myself of some value to him ? .I cannot
draw or carry burdens, like the horse;
nor can I give him milk, Ike the cow; nor
lend him my covering for his clothing,
like the sheep; nor produce him eggs, like


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LITTLE FIDO.


the poultry; nor catch rats and mice so
well as the cat. 1 cannot divert him
with singing so well as the canaries and
linnets; nor can I defend him against
robbers, like our relation, Towzer. I
should not be of use to him even if I were
dead, as the hogs are. I am a poor little
creature not worth the cost of keeping;
and I don't see that I can do a single
thing to entitle me to his regard." So
saying, the poor little dog hung down his
head in silent despondency.
My dear child," replied his mother,






LITTLE FIDO.


' hough your abilities are small, yet a
hearty good will is sufficient to supply all
defects. Do but love him dearly, and
prove your love by all the means in your
power, and you will not fail to please
him."
The little dog was comforted with this
assurance, and on his master's approach,
ran to him, licked his feet, played before
him, and every now and then stopped,
wagging his tail, and looking up to his
master with expressions of the most hum-
ble and affectionate attachment. The
master observed him. Ah! Little Fido,"
says he, you are an honest, goo4-natured
little fellow !" and stooped down to pat
his head. Poor Fido was ready to go
out of his wits for joy.
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LITTLE FIDO.


Fido was now his master's compan-
on in his walks, playing and skipping
around him, and amusing him by a thou-
sand sportive tricks. He took care, how-
ever, not to be troublesome by leaping
on him with dirty paws, nor would he
follow him into the parlor, unless he was
invited. He also attempted to make
himself useful by a number of little ser-
vices. He would drive away the spar-
.rows as they were stealing the chickens'
food, and would run and bark with the

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LITTLt FIDO.


utmost fury at any strange pigs or other
animals that came into the yard. He
kept the poultry, geese, and pigs from
straying beyond their bounds, and par-
ticularly from doing mischief in the gar-
den. He was always ready to alarm old
Towzer, if there was any suspicious noise
about the house, day or night. If his
master pulled off his eoat in the field to
help his workmen, as he would sometimes
do, Fido always sat by it, and would not
suffer either man or beast to touch it.
By this means he came to be considered
a very trusty protector to his master's
property.
His master was once confined to his
bed by a dangerous sickness. Fido plant-
ed himself at the chamber door, and






LITTLE FIDO.


could not be persuaded to leave it, even
to take food. And as soon as his master
was so far recovered as to sit up, Fido,
being admitted into the room, ran up to
him, with such marks of joy and affection,
as would have melted any heart to behold.






This circumstance wonderfully endeared
him to his master, and'some time after,
he had an opportunity of doing him a
very important service. One hot day
after dinner, his master was sleeping in
a summer house with Fido by his side.






LITTLE FIDO.


The building was old and crazy, and the
dog, who was faithfully watching his mas-
ter, perceived the walls shake, and pieces
of mortar fall from the ceiling. He knew
the danger, and began barking to awake








his master, and this not sufficing, he
jumped up and gently bit his finger.
The master started up, and had just time
to get out of the door, before the whole
building fell down. Fido, who was be-
'tind, got hurt by some rubbish, which
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48 LITTLE FIDO.

fell upon him. His master had him ta-
ken care of, with the utmost kindness,
and ever after acknowledged his obliga-
tion to Fido, as the preserver of his life.
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The Swallow and Tortoe.



A TORnotsa in a garden's bound,
An ancient inmate of the place, 4
Had left his winter quarters underground
And with a sober pace,
Was crawling o'er a sunny bed,
And thrusting from his shell his pretty sErAS
head.
40 6







THE SWALLOW AND TORTOISE.


Just come from sea, a swallow,
As to and fro he nimbly flew,
Beat our old racer all hollow.
At length, he stopped direct in view,
And said, "Acquaintance brisk and gay,
How have you fared this many a day ?"
"Thank you," replied the close housekeeper,
"Since you and I last summer parted,
I've been a precious sleep,
And never stirred nor started,
But in my hole I lay as snug
SAs fleas within a rug,
Nor did I put my head abroad,
Till all the snow and ice were thawed."
But I," rejoined the bird,
Who love cold weather just as well as you
Soon as the warning blasts I heard,
Away I flew,
And mounting in the wind,
Left gloomy winter far behind.
Directed by the mid-day sun,
O'er sea and land my venturous course I steered,
4
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52 THE SWALLOW AND TORTOIrE.


Nor was my distant journey done,
Till Afric's verdant coast appeared.
There, all the season long,
I chased gay butterflies and gnats,
And gave my negro friends a morning song,
And housed at night among the bats,
Then, at the call of spring,
I northward turned my wing,
And here again her joyous message bring."
S u" Lord I what a deal of heedless ranging,"
Returned the reptile grave,
Forever hurrying, bustling, changing,
As if it were your life to save I
Why need you visit foreign nations r
Rather like me, and some of your relations,
Take out a pleasant half-year's nap,
Secure from trouble and mishap.
"A pleasant nap indeed I" replied the swallow,
"When I pan neither see nor fly,
The bright example I may follow;
'Till then, in truth not I!







THZ SWALLOW AND TORTOISE. 53

I measure time by its employment,
And only value life for life's enjoyment;
As good be buried all at once,
As doze out half one's days, like you, you stupid
dunce."
































IUttle Jan uand Robert going to School












Little Jane and her Cat



8h ITTLE Jane had a favorite cat.
SIt was one of the prettiest cats you
ever saw. It had a beautiful white
-breast, and it always kept itself
clean and nice. When Jane first began
to run alone, puss was a little kittemkd
they had a great many good pitys.
Sometimes Jane would throw down her
ball, but puss would always get it first,
because she could run so much the fast-






56 LITTLE JANE AND HER CAT.
est. Sometimes she would get her hand
scratched in taking the ball away, but she
didn't mind that, and get angry and
cry, as some children do, and so whip
poor puss. No! she knew puss was only
playing. But she was very careful not
to put her face in the way of puss, for her
mother had told her that she might
scratch her eyes and hurt her very much.
When puss had grown up to be a large
cat, she left off her playful tricks, as all
cats do when they get grown. But Jane
and puss continued great friends.
When Jane and little Robert sat down
to eat their bread and milk, puss would
come and sit in front of them so as to re-
ceive her share. Wherever Jane went,
puss followed her like a dog.




LITTLE JANB AND HER CAT. 57
If children will treat animals kindly,
they will love them as puss did little
Jane.



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The Lark and her Young Ones


A N old Lark, who had a nest of
young ones in a field of corn
which was almost ripe, was not
a little afraid the reapers would
be set to work, before her lovely brood
were fledged enough to be a to remove
from the place.






60 THE OLD LARK AND HER YOUNG.
One morning, therefore, before she
took her flight, to seek for something to
feed them with, 4" My dear little crea-
tures," said she, ( be sure that, in my ab-
sence, you take the strictest notice of
every word you hear, and do not fail to
tell me as soon as I come home."
Some time after she was gone, in
came the owner of the field, and his son.
-" Well, George," said he," this corn, I
think, is ripe enough to be cut down; so,
to-morrow morning, go as soon as you
can see, and desire our friends and neigh-
bors to come and help us; and tell them
that we will do as much for them the
first time they want us." 0
When the old Lark came back to her
nest, the yjfg ones began to nestle and





THE OLD LARK AND HER YOUNO. 61

chirp about her; begging her, after what
they had heard, to remove them as soon
as she could,
Hush! said she; hold your silly
tongues. If the farmer depends upon
his friends and his neighbors, you may
take my word for it that his corn will not
be reaped to-morrow." The next morn-
ing, therefore, she went out again, and
left the same orders as before.
The owner of the field came soon after,
to wait for those he had sent to; but then
the sun grew hot, and not a single man
came to help him. Why then," said
he to his son," I'll tell you what, my
boy; you see those friends of ours have
forgot us; you must therefore run to your
uncle and cousins, and teU* m that I






62 THE OLD LARK AND HER TOLNO.
shall expect then to-morrow, early, to
help us to reap."
Well, this also the young ones told
their mother as soon as she came home ;
and in a sad fright they were. "Never
mind it, children," said the old one ;" for
if that be all, you may take my word for
it, that his brethren and kinsmen will not
be so forward to assist him as he seems
willing to believe. Butthark," said she,
"what you hear next time; and le m
know without fail."





THR OLD LARK AND HER TOUNG. 63


The old Lark went abroad next day as
before; but when the poor farmer founi
his kinsmen were as backward as hi
neighbors," Why then," said he, since
your uncles and cousins so neglect us,
do you get," said he to his son, a
couple of good sickles against to-rhorrow
morning, and we will even reap the corn
ourselves.'
When the yo* ones told their moth-
er this," Now, my little dears," said she,
" we must be gone indeed ; for when a
man resolves to do his own work himself,
you may depend upon it, then it will be
done."










Story of the LeaplFrog.


A FLEA, a grahopper, and a
leap-frog onc'wanted to see
which could jump highest, and
they invited the whole world,
and every body else besides who chose to
come, to see the festival. Three famous
jumpers were they, as every one would say,
when they all met together in the room.
. I will give my daughter to him who
jumps highest," exclaimed the king; for





STORY OF THE LEAP-FRO0.


it is not so amusing where there is no
prize to jump for."
The flea was the first to step forward.
He had exquisite manners, and bowed to
the company on all sides; for he had no-
ble blood.
Then came the grasshopper. He was
considerably heavier, but he was well
mannered, and wore a green uniform,
which he had by right of birth; he said,
moreover, that he belonged to a very an-
cient Egyptian family, and that in the
house where he then was, he was thought
much 9f.' The fact was, he had first been
brought out of the fields, and put in a
pasteboard house, three stories high, all
made of court-cards, with the colored side
wards, and doors and windows cut out




W '4,


66 TroT or THE LZA-rPRO0.

of the body of the queen of hearts. I
sing so well," said'he, that sixteen na-
tive grasshoppers who have chirped from
infancy, and yet got no house built of cards
to live in, grew thinner than they were be-
fore for sheer vexation when they heard
me."
It was thus that the flea and the grass-
hopper gave an account of themselves,
and thought they were quite good enough
to marry a princess.
The-leap-frog said nothing, but peo-
ple gave it as their opinion, that he there-
fore thought the more; and when the
house-dog snuffed at him with his nose,
he confessed the leap-frog was of good
family. The old counsellor, who had had
three orders given him to make him hold






STORY OF THE LEAP-fRO.
his tongue, asserted, that the leap-frog
was a prophet; for that one could see on
his back if there would be a severe or
mild winter, and that was what one could
not see even on the back of the man who
writes the almanac.
I say nothing, it is true," exclaimed
the king, but I have my own opinion,
notwithstanding."
Now the trial was to take place. The
flea jumped so high that nobody could
see where he went to; so they all asserted
he had not jumped at all, and that was
dishonorable. The grasshopper jumped
only half as high; .but he leaped into the
king's face, who said that was ill-man-
nered.
The leap-frog stood still for a long






68 TO1? 01 THE LEAP-imOe.


time, lost in thought; it was believed at
last he would not jump at all.
I only hope he is not unwell," said
the house-dog, when, pop! he made a
jump all on one side into the lap of the
princess, who was sitting on a little golden
stool close by. Hereupon the king said,
"There is nothing above my daughter;
therefore to bound up to her is the high-
est jump that can be made; but for this,
one must possess understanding, and the
leap-frog has shown that he has under-
standing; he is brave and intellectual."
And so he won the princess.
"It is all the same to me," said the
flea. "She may have the old leap-frog,
forll I care. I jumped the highest, but
in l" world oprit seldom meets its re-







STORY OF THE LZAP-FROO.
ward. A fine exterior is what people look
at now-a-days." The flea then went
into foreign service, where, it is said, he
was killed.
The grasshopper sat without on the
green bank, and reflected on worldly
things, and he said too, Yes, a fine ex-
terior is every thing: a fine exterior id
what people care about." And then he
began chirping his peculiar melancholy
song, from which we have taken this
history, and which may, very possibly,
be all untrue, although it does stand here
printed in black and white.




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