; A ?bears. C, e \ws a great hig father bear, with a big
Shead, and large pa\\ and a rat
I_ if,- The next wa a mother bear, of middle-size, with- a
'. 1. middle-sized h,.ad,l and a middle-sized body, and a
voice quite low for a bear.
The third lbear was a funny little baby-bear, with
S a strange little head, a queer little body, wee bits of
paws, and an odd little voice-, betw\e n a whine and a squeak.
Now these three bears had a nice home of their own, and in it was every-
thing that they needed. There was a great big chair for the big bear to sit in,
a large porridge-pot from which he could eat his meals, and a great bed on
which he laid himself to sleep at night.
The middle-sized bear had a middle-sized porridge-pot, and a bed and a
chair to match. The wee little bear had a cunning little chair, a neat little bed,
Sand a porridge-pot that held just enough to fill his little stomach.
There lived near the home of these bears a little child named Goldilocks.
She was a pretty child, with bright yellow hair that shone and
glittered in th, sun like .old, and that is hol she came to be
called Golilo.k .
Sne da\ sh: ran off into the woods to
gather flu \\i r., and sIpent hours in making
SI: pretty wreaths and garlands of the blos-
sorms and leaves she fO;-nd there.
All at once she
camee to a queer sort
oi house, and she fell
Sto wondering who'
-' 'lived in it. She
peeped in first at one
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'.- -Then she thought she would knock
--/ : at the door; but as the knocker was
S' be'.yond her reach, she had to break a
twi g from a bush to raise it. She
--h knocked once-twice-thrice.
There was no reply, so Goldilocks,
: %' after a while, pushed open the door
'softly and timidly, and popped right
"':.,', into the bt:ar's house. But the bears
were not at home. After they had
made the porridge 'fr their breakfast, and poured it into their porridge-pots,
they walked out into the woods, while the porridge was cooling, that they might
not burn their mouths by beginning to eat it too soon.
Goldilocks was very much surprised when she came into the bears' room, to
see a great porridge-pot, a middle-
sized porridge-pot, and a wee little
porridge-pot standing in a row.
"Well," thought she, "some of /-
the people who live here must eat a
good deal more than the others.
I'm just as hungry as I can be, and
I guess I'll eat some of the porridge
in this great big pot."
She took a. taste, but
the porridge was so hot
that she screamed, and
made a spring that up-
set the pot, and it rolled
on to the floor.
Then she took some ,
of the porridge from
the middle-sized pot, i;.
but found it so cold that
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she pushed it from her with disgust, wondering
N",;,..... low any one could eat such stuff.
There was only the little porridge-pot left, and
Goldilocks tried that. It was just right; and she
41 liked it so well that she ate up every bit there was,
and wished for more.
,I. n the meantime she had been looking around
; a for a nice seat on which to sit down and finish
I. :' eating the little bear's porridge. She came first to
: the great big chair, but that was much too hard.
'" / She next tried the middle-sized chair, which
Didn't suit an) better; it was much too soft.
Then she cast her eyes around the room, and
H caught sight of a cunning little chair that looked
as if it had been made expressly for some one
about her own size. So she sat down in that,
"and liked it so well that she would have sat much
longer than she did if the chair hadn't gone to
Pieces under her. She was more scared than
hurt when she picked herself up, and tried her best to put the chair together
again; but it was of no use.
Presently Goldilocks began to feel tired and
sleepy, and looked around to see if there was any
room in which she might lie down and rest. Sure /
enough she found one, and in it were three beds ""
side by side. One was a great b edt big bed; the next
a middle-sized bed; and (
the third a wee little bed;
and they made her think --' '
of the three porridge-pots
standing in a row.
First she lay down on
the great big bed. There
was plenty of room in it; '
but oh.l it was as hard as
a rock, and the pillow was,
much too high. So she i
soon crawled.out of that and went and lay down on the middle-sized bed. But,
dear me I that was as much too soft as the other was too hard; and Goldilocks
was buried so deep in it that she had hard work getting out again.
There. was only the wee: little bed left, and Goldilocks tried that.. It just
suited her in, every way;; so she covered herself up comfortably, and lay there
till she fell fast asleep.
By this time the three bears thought their porridge would be cool enough, so
they came home to breakfast. When the great big bear saw his porridge-pot
lying on the floor, he roared out in:his great rough, gruff voice:
"SOMEBODY HAS BEEN AT MY PORRIDGE"
And he swung his great big cane around as if it were a club, and brought
it down on the floor with a heavy thump, and with oh! such a fierce look in
Then the middle-sized bear saw that her porridge-pot had been moved from
its place, so she threw up her paws, and cried out, inia voice not quite so loud
as the great bear's:
"SOMEBODY HAS BEEN AT MY PORRIDGE !"
Then the little bear went to his porridge-pot in a great flurry, and on finding
it empty, cried out with a squeaking voice:
"Somerody has been at my porridge, and has raten it all up I"
Then he stuffed his fore-paws into his eyes,
and cried as hard as he could, for he thought
it w'as a mean trick- to serve him, just because
| he happened to be such a tiny little bear.
:.4_ SI His papa and mamma were
,.----'T .-- -"--j ust as ingry, and declared
SA that they would punish severe-
ily the one who had played the
.. ',, i triick, if they could ever catch
".-.^ = "),- :- him.
S.. Presently the big bear went
to sit down in his great big
arm-chair, and found it was
not as he had left it.
Goldilocks had neglected to
put the cushion back in its
place, and there it was all
So aiwry. So the great big bear
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The middle-sized bear.
then went to her chair,
and found a great hollow in it where Goldilocks had sat down. So she scowled
and growled, though not so loudly as the big bear:
"SOMEBODY HAS BEEN SITTING IN. MY CHAIR !"
This put the little -bear in a fidget, for he knew what to expect. If this strange
visitor, he thought, has done so much harm to the other chairs,, he has probably
broken mine all to pieces, for he seems to treat me worse than the rest, because
I am so little.
So up jumped the little bear, and saw at a glance what had been done to the
dear little chair of which he was so fond.
"Somebody ha: been sitting in my chair, and has sat the bottom out of it!"
he. squeaked with a doleful wail, and then sat plump down on the floor to have
his cry out.
Papa Bruin was in a great rage, and wondered
who had dared to come into his house without
leave. He was determined to find out, and strode
off into the bedroom, followed by Mrs. Bruin-and
Z the unhappy Tiny Cub.
/ Goldilocks had tumbled the big
b bear's big bolster in trying to
u s make it low enough for her head.
He noticed it at once, and
SOI MEBODY HAS
"BEEN LYING IN
Then they went to the middle-sized bed, and that was full of humps and
hollows, and looked so untidy that the mother bear.scowled and growled-
though not so loudly as the big bear:
"SOMEBODY HAS BEEN LYING IN MY BED!"
Then they passed on to the third bed. The coverlet was in its place, the pil-
low was there, and on the pillow lay the fair head of little Goldilocks. And she
was sound asleep.
"Somebody has been lying in my bed--and here she is "
shrieked the little bear in his shrillest tones.
The big bear, the middle-sized bear and the little bear stood with their
mouths wide open, staring with surprise at the pretty child they found there.
The big bear had a tender heart, and felt quite ashamed of himself for having,
threatened to punish the one who had dared to enter his house.
Mrs. Bruin said: "Poor child! I'd like to give her a hug and a kiss, she
looks so sweet and good." And she regretted hav-
ing made such a fuss over the porridge that had been
touched, and the chair that had been sat in.
The little bear, however, was in great distress at
the way in which he had been treated, and gave a
mo.st doleful whine.
Little Goldilocks had heard in her sleep the great
rough, gruff voice of the big bear, but she was so
fast asleep that it was no more to her than the roar-
ing of wind, or the rumbling of thunder. And she
had heard the middle voice of the middle-sized bear,
but it was only as if she had heard some one speak-
ing in a dream. But when, she heard the little,
squeaking whine of the little bear, it was so sharp,
and so shrill, that it awakened her at once.
Up she started, and when she saw the big bear,
the middle-sized bear, and the little bear
-~ peering at her in a strange way, she
was scared nearly out of her wits. She
Z1 understood at last who owned the three
porridge-pots, the three chairs, and the
Now the window was open, because
the bears, like good tidy bears, as they
were, always opened their bed-chamber
Window when they got up in the morning,
and with a
One, two, three, out goes she!
away went Goldilocks out through it,
leaving a piece of her dress in the paw of the
great big bear, who tried his best to catch her.
She fell plump on the ground, and had .to sit still
a few moments to find out where she was. But it
seemed as if the woods were full of bears, and so
she kept on running as hard as ever she could
until she was well out of the forest, and in sight
of her own home.
0 .-hat joy it was to be safe inside her own
home! And Goldilocks made up her mind never again to enter any one's house
without being invited, and never to make herself quite so much at home as she
did in the bears' house.
. The tfiree bears stared for some time out of the window from whence Goldi-
locks took her flight; and though at first they were quite angry with the little
girl and ready to eat her up, they soon got over these bad feelings, remember-
ing that it is wise to
BEAR AND FORBEAR.
And if you'll believe me, that little bear, who had made the biggest fuss, was
just as proud as he could be to think that such a pretty girl had eaten his
porridge-sat in his chair-and slept in his bed! Why, he actually hugged
himself with delight! But as this feeling might not last long, I should ad-
vise you not to pry into other people's affairs; and if you go in the woods
keep away from the house of
THE THREE BEARS.