IThe Baldwi~n Lbra~ryI
SUQg!RJ .J:\,D STIC6.
TFTER i1, }:her? is no tme like Chrii.-nlr ;
*/ :, ";t er.:st, that is \vi:it May says-she
.-. is my eldest sister you know, and
I.: .'. I llhii1 so too. But I 'm
not quite sure, for it's Cbh istr.mni-
.. time now, and I always seem to
in! : ev': cr has i'em a time quiLt- so I.,1
as the time th.it is now.
.t 'c ,.in-'.L m -. time, of '< m.. r-:e, th-i-r are no
lessons, :and no ml 1id sums to :- Id uop ron 1 1 !,d
one can almost do o\h. .t h i.k -ti..- not
1ilit'. Il i P. is such f oj uit.i ui t' lic 1 1 a1 n.
mistletoe and hclpin' to make the I-uddinh and
running mess:agcs, 1anl. a heap of other things
which only come at Christmas.
And then there is the snow. Of course, it is
very dreary when it is snvint, and we are not
allowe.l to go out-doors; but then, when it has all
come down, and the sun comes out, and we can run
about and play, and throw snowballs at one another,
and watch Pongo rolling about, one forgets all
about the sad time that has just gone. Pongo
is our little dog, you know, such a funny, fluffy,
furry little dog he is too, just like a ball of worstel.
M1y hig brother Jack says little doIs are no
use, they are only in the way ; but I :;n quite sure
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they are not, and I am certain we should ineier
have got home the other day if it had not been i,:
Pongo. The snow had just given
f f over, and we asked Alaimn t to let us
go and help John to bring home
the holly. So she wr pl,Ld us
.'s'-." up with gloves and mufflers,
and cloaks, and our very
Jt*" strongest boots, and told
us to take great care of ourselves and not to 1,se
little Pongo on the wn;y.
We had grcit fun gathering the holly-houuh;
which John chopped off; and when he had
filnisedlc, we each took a branch and started off
home. But we didn't get very far before the
-n i \\ itne on again, and we went
first one way and tliLll the i'llcl,
f ri we could not see an inch
b-,lfbre i-;, and May said I
ice.ii to cry, th-,ouh I im '
ul.- 'se it was only the c.11i wind that b'rou-ht
the t tor int i my eyes; iand then we sictu. ql.
.ll until M.iy thotiuht, perhlt pS, Poni cI O C'l
show us the way home. So she said, I ,.e,
p ..'" nld he .iniiffed aboutt a little and troite
off just .. ft.-.t as ever he could, until we could
-carcely keep up with him, but he ftlid his uay
h.me ,iiitc right. So you see tlice is some
use in Utile d.; :nd so I told Jack when.vc
got i 'i~nlc.
(f cosutC-e we hi:e other pets besides P, on'I c.
Thiee 's cur old :.1-t Tabby .nd :tr two iit'ten --
:.e grey and none 1 .', c and e we call
hen. S i is a big -'' i 1 :. :' d if he ,' ,es
no grO\\ iirn as he i.,- n
:- as old Ta.-ib herself ; but p hi~c. his lltle white
'-tfiv:, has only ju3-i .a-rted to :or,% arnid hen we
e thei-n th i :ir.F iLI. er of milk, he ,.n i-pushe her
...!, for he is a vel-ry l --v t Ic cat; id, indeed,
I think most cats are until they .c ir i: icvrl t. ahht.
. M.:fttakes him up on. her .-hiul-lT.r ,\hen he has
: his share, and l,-,. lii .c Spice -et- some
Then, th.re i Lur 'r I! 't. who can speak
St, a ln ,cr of wrd, il 'I li. she ought to
-e able to, for she has been
ind :1.ainii for .
so many years and 'ad -
,Lr i i l a.-,'S she -
_ie'cs he is quite is
as she is, .hiih .-
fc :y to us. --- a-- _
the parrot, I mean-is a very I:itulitv bird, f;-
only last week she got loose and pecked a piece
out of Angelina, my very best doll. We had great
difficulty in saving the poor dear's life at all, bin'
we put her to bed at once, and called in the
doctor-not our real doctor, but our big -i-tc:
Ethel; and we nurised her so ct ifutllv that she is
almost well now, but I am afraid she will never l'e
quite the same; her health secii. quite gone.
Tabby is a very funny old cat, she does the
st;rxa'e.t thing-. She does not like our Polly
at all, for Polly is such
tease ; and \xhene\er Pussy
c'' Ie into the room sIle
will keep calling out, WI:
to.k B.by's milk," and
Tabby doesn't like to hear
th Illis subject rmn- I I ,ile
P -' h Perhaps you don't k ni,
about this. What do you
blin:,; she did?
Baby was halving his breakfast in his high
chair, but somehow or other he fell out. I
suppose, though, he did n't hurt himself; and
when I came in I saw old Tabby sitting in poor
baby's chair, washing herself. She had eaten up
all his breakfast, and was purring away as haid .l.
ever she could.
But I don't think I love any of our pets quite
so much as my two bunnies. One is quite hrown
and the other is u\lilte \viti 11 ,lWk spots, and they
know me so well. They are not at all frightened
when I take them up and nurse them, but I can
only see them on fine days, when nurse says we
may run about in the yard. On rainy days we
have to sit in and play. Sometimes we borrow
the very biggest clothes basket and go to sea in it.
W\e take Bobby w ith us, but he does not -eemt to
like the sea at all, and always tries to gct out.
Baby, our little sister-she's a year younigrc than
I am-thinks, perhaps, he is sea-sick, but I don't
see how she can be, because, of cour.- we are
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