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A vERY long while ago, there
was a hbld, forward little girl,
who lived in a far off country, and
the village people called her Sil-
vterlhck~, because her curly hair
Sas. so light and "biny. She was
a sad romp, and so full of her
pranks, that her parents could
never keep her quiet at home.
SOne day, when she bad been for-
bidd-n to a- out. she started off
- into a wold, to tLring necklaces
of v.owlip hblU.,ems to chase the
bears. and to opull down the
branmhres the wild rose-treev. ;
and he ran about Irom place to
1pla). 4i t last shr- came to
a lonel y "whbere she saw a
pretty loo0n' aralhouse. Find-
ing the door a little way open,
and the parlor-window also, she
p]e-Tcd in, litt touldl siee n.hi-.lIy, and slyly she lalbedlo to ihink
whait a nico' Irolic nhr w,,,1111 have bIefirt- Ihe good ,-lks returned :
so shli mail'- up h<-i minih to p. h.,lilly into the. iuii us and lljok
Now it happ.-niedl that a family of Three Bears was living in liis
hole ; the- tir-t a d th,- great Papa. killed d Rough Buiin., I'.nim his
thi'.k shaggy mruil: the .-cornd was a middling-siz-l B,-ar. called
Mrs. Brain. and a.,ni-tiinm" MAamniy Muff, from her-illt htr :the third
w.u. a funny lit'tl- brown Bear. Ithiir own preeio i pti., cialedl Tiny.
The l.u'iwr wa..- n.lty n lien little Silverlocks founii it i, II. b-'ause <
the Bears had gone iiut tieether Ifr a niorning's '.alk. lefit-re
lI:ai ing honlm, Ihm i:.lat Bear hadl tl.ld Mrs. Bruin t.. rub .lown Tiny' i
lac v., and] Illake him tlily. while bh- was btu.y in h i-l.j in.e lin. i,
hair, that nil three mii.rht ha.- a ha-.althy walk by the bl.ti.k-eidtr ,
while ith ri.-h ri.,lil-itip thi-v ,.-re )to have for dinner cooled t4-
on the table in th-: parlor: \ihen Ihey were all ready. tUy t
out f-r their lialkl. l-'.aiin;g bothll i-or and window a li'te
In thIe [i, ur' hiu.- eictum% (-.ri'r, ull.Iwo rooms, a'I -
bedroom. r-I n wh-n the .Inr.y puP1-, lvereloCks, pum,- e
door anI' wcnt i,,. 'hi. fi.,iiil tliTre' waiBa .aory rismnOme-
thing nice had .ittl betn m:oiuok-d. anl, on looking in t'he parlor, she
saw Ibhrt jarc of hr-aminng -,,up I\ ing on the table dinner having
been preparl.d ir the Three Bea-n Iby Mrs. Bruin. There was a
big blak jar quite full of soup fur R.outh Brnin, a smaller while
jar of s..up fkr Mammy Mi.tt, and a little blue jir for Tiny. and
with every jar there aas a great wooden ladle. The little girl had
a very good appetite. and now th.it she wa. as hungry as qhe was
full of mischief, she felt quite delighted when shl saw the soup-
jarN on the table. It did not take her lone to m.ke up her mind
h:iw t. act : talte the nice-imelling soup -he wiuld, and care furr
noboild. It would, he thought. h, such capital hln ; she could
then run borne again andl have a fine tale t,. tell ol.l Mike the gard-
ener. ,one that would make him launch till Chri-tmas; for that sil;l
fellow, tuo, lik,.d mischief, and .lught Silverlocks all sorts of bfl-
ish tricks, and laughed at all h.-r naniighy ways. which was eer-
tainly not the plan to correct h':r taults and nuklr a good child *,f
After looking qiutside to see that no one was coming, she began
first ti taate the souIp in Rough Bniin's great jar, bil it was so
very hot with pepper that it quile burned her mouth and throal
then she tried Mammy Muff. jar. bhut the soup was. to salt-there
was no bread in tt either, and she did not like it at all; then she
tried Tiny's soup, and she Iound it was just to her taste and hoi
nice hits of white bread in it. with plenty of sliced vegetabM so
that she would hare. happen what iw.ild "
JNow, before the little meddlesome child sat down to eat up Mas-
ter Tiny's soup, as she was tired, she looked for a seat, and she
noticed there were three chairs in the room: one, a very large oak
chair, was the Great Bear's seat; another of a smaller size. with a
velvetcushion, was Mrs. Bruin's chair; and a little chair with a rush
bottom belonged to the little Bear, Tiny. These chairs Silverlocks
tried all in turn. She could not sit at all comfortably in the very
large chair, it was so hard ; she did not like the middling-sized chair,
it was too soft; but the little rush-bottomed chair she found to be
very nice indeed, it was just the thing ; and so she sat down in it
with the jar upon her knees, and began to enjoy herself. She dip-
ped and dipped again, eating away till she had eaten up all the
soup in the little blue jar: not leaving one bit or drop of either
bread, meat, or soup for the poor little-Bear, who at that very min-
ute was hurrying the old folks home to their dinners-for indeed,
all three were hungry enough after their walk.S
Just as Silverlock's had taken the last spoonful of soup, and re-
placed the empty jar on the table, such an accident happened! The
bottom of the little chair came out-for this restless girl had an
ugly way of rocking herself on her seat-and then she tumbled on
the floor; but she was not hurt. and the little madcap jumped up
and danced round the broken chair, thinking it fine fun.
Silverlocks then began to wonder where the stairs could lead to,
so up she went into the bedroom, where the Bears used to sleep,
and there she saw three beds side by side. Now one of these was
a large bed for the Big Bear, there was.also a middling-sized bed
for Mrs. Bruin, and a nice little bed for Master Tiny. Being sleepy,
she thought she would lie down and have a bit of a nap ; so, after
taking off her shoes, she first jumped on to the largest bed, but it
was made so high at the top, that she could not lie comfortably
upon it; she then tried the next bed. but that was too high at the
feet; but she found that the little Bear's bed suited her exactly,
and so she got snugly into it. She let her cheek rest gently on
the soft pillow, and watched the woodbine nodding in at the bro-
ken window pane, and the blue fly buzzing and blundering about
in the curtain, till she went fast asleep. and dreamed about the
same thing over and over again, often laughing in her sleep, too,
because the dream was all about her breaking the little chail.
While she was dreaming away, the Bears came home very tired
and hungry, and went to look after their soup. The Big Bear then
cried out, in a loud, angry voice:
WHO HAS MEDDLED WITH MY SOUP?" "
Mammy Muff next said in a loud voice, too, but not so gruffly
as Rough Bruin:
"WHO HAS MEDDLED WITH MY SOUP?.,7
But when the little Bear saw his jar lying empty on the table, he
bit his very paws for grief, and asked over and over again, with
his shrill little voice:
S"Who has meddled with my soup ?"
Soon after, the Big Bear, with a voice like thunder, said:
"WHO HAS BEEN IN MY CHAIR, AND PUT IT OUT OF
And Mrs. Bruin grumbled out:
WHO HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR, AND PUT IT OUT OF
But poor Tiny was more angry than either of them, and sadly sob-
bed as he cried :
Who has been sitting in my little chair, and broken it ?1'
They now peered about below-stairs, feeling certain that there
was some one in the house, and then up-stairs they all went, snulf-
ing and grunting in a very bad humor.
Said the Great Bear in a firy :
- SOME ONE HAS BEEN ON MY BED, AND RUMPLED IT!"
Then said Mammy Muff:
SOME ONE 9HA. -btriMY BED, AND RUMPLED IT+'
Tiny next mounted a stool, and jumped on to the foot of his own
small bed. In a moment he squeaked out:
Some one has been to my bed-and here she is; Oh!
here she is."
And he opened his mouth and looked as fierce and as wicked as
could be at Silverlocks.
The lttle girl had not been roused from her sleep by the loud
voices of Mr. and Mrs. Bruin, but the shrill piercing tones of Tiny's
voice awoke her directly, and frightened cncnugh she was when
she found herself nose to nose with the angry little Bear; and she
was still more afraid when she saw also two great Bears in the
room! Now the Great Bear had, luckily for her, opened the win-
dow, so she quickly slid off the bed, and flew across the room, took
one jump at the open sash, and dropped upon the turf below;
she rolled over and over on coming to the ground, but up again
she soon got, for, on looking at the open window, she saw the Three
.-- its steing wildly at her and making a great noise.
When tile little busybody safely reached home, she got a severe
scolding for her paint. hle Lever -frgot ti-heeat fright which
the sight of the Three Bears had given her, and so she took good
care, ever afterwards, to keep away from places where she had no
business to go, and also to avoid meddling with things that did not
belong to her.
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