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ANIMAL LIFE READERS

EDITED BY

EDITH CARRINGTON AND ERNEST BELL

WITH PICTURES BY

HARRISON WEIR

AND OTHERS






ANIMAL LIFE READERS.

1. Old Friends. By EDITH CARRINGTON. Illustrated
by HAREISON WEIR. Price 8d.
1. Rover and his Friends, and other Tales.
Illustrated by HARRISON WEIR. Price 8d.

2. Wild and Tame. By EDITH CARRINGTON. Illus-
trated by HARRISON WEIR. Price 10d.
2. Dick and his Cat, and other Tales. Illustrated
by F. M. COOPER. Price 10d.

3. From Many Lands. By EDITH CARRINGTON.
Illustrated by HARRISON WEIR. Price Is.
3. History of the Robins. Illustrated by HARRISON
WEIR. Price Is.

4. Man's Helpers. By EDITH CARRINGTON. Illus-
trated by HARRISON WEIR. Price Is.
4. The Animals on Strike, and other Tales.
Illustrated by F. M. COOPER. Price Is.

5. Wonders of Nature. By EDITH CARRINGTON.
Illustrated by HaRRISON WEIR.
5. Featherland. By MANVILLE FENN. Illustrated
by F. W. KEYL and A. CARRUTHERS GOULD.

6. Animals and their Friends. By EDITH CAR-
RINGTON. Illustrated.
6. Tuppy, the Life of a Donkey. Illustrated by
HARRISON WEIR.


Also to be had in special bindingsfor prizes.
























ROVER AND HIS FRIENDS
AND OTHER TALES










ROVER AND HIS


FRIENDS


AND OTHER TALES




ADAPTED BY

EDITH CARRINGTON
AUTHOR OF "WORKERS WITHOUT WAGE," "A NARROW, NARROW WORLD,"
"A STORY OF WINGS," ETC., ETC.





WITH PICTURES BY HARRISON WEIR






LONDON
GEORGE BELL AND SONS
YORK STREET, COVENT GARDEN
1895
























This Series is published by Messrs. Bell for the
Humanitarian League.






















CONTENTS.

PAGE
ROVER AND HIS FRIENDS. Anon. . 1

THE STORY OF A LITTLE FROG. Anon. . 50
THE UGLY DUCKLING. By Hans Christian Ander-
sen ... . . . 103














PREFACE.

IN the Section of the Code for 1894-5, dealing with Reading
Books, occur the words "Passages impressing on the
children the duty of gentleness and consideration for
others, and that of the humane treatment of animals may
also be widely introduced."
It is in the hope of encouraging that humane treatment
of animals, which in the hands of a sympathetic teacher
may so easily and naturally be made the first step towards
the "gentleness and consideration for others," that this
series has been prepared. It is hoped now that the teach-
ing of humanity has received official recognition, that those
who have charge of the young will recognize its importance,
and.will realize that unless the cultivation of the heart runs
pari pass with that of the head, the spread of education
may become a curse instead of a blessing










ROVER AND HIS FRIENDS.

1. ROVER RUNS AWAY.
1. Ah, Rover, Rover, what will
you do now, I won-der ? You
have run away from your home,
Rover, and where will you find a
new one ?
2. You have turned off your
master, and how will you now
get an hon-est living? I should
like to know that, Rover.
3. Are you not full of shame,
as you run along the road in tAat
way,-with your little stumpy
bit of a tail curl-ed down under
you ?
4. Why is it not cocked up in




ROVER


the air, as, in the very nature of
things, the tail of a dog ought to
be ?
5. You seem half starv-ed,
poor little Rover! You would be
glad if any one would give you a
good dinner now, should you not ?
6. And how can you drink such
dirty water as that, out of such a
puddle oT mud ? Are you very
thir-sty, Rover ?
7. It is a hof day, to be sure,
and it is warm work, running so
fa t. But why need you run at
all, little dog ?
8. There is nobody behind you,
to drive you on. Why not walk,
a nice, easy, jog-trot pace now ?
Tell me that, Rover.
9. Ah, well! Rover will not
say a word; so I must tell his
story as well as I can.
10. Rover had run away from





AND HIS FRIENDS.


his master, be-cause his master
had whipp-ed him; and he did
not like being kicked.
11. His master was an old


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A RUN-AWAY.


tin-ker who used to travel about
and never stay long in one place.
12. He rather liked to travel;
he saw more of the world Tflan
dogs who stayed at home.
13. But he could not stand




ROVER


being beaten all day for no-thing
at all, and never spoken kindly to.

Write: Rover ran off from his
master. He did not like to be
beaten and never to get a kind
word.
Questions: 1. Why did Rover run so fast? 2. What
did he look like? 3. What sort of water did he drink?
4. Who was his master? 5. What sort of life did his
master lead? 6. What was it that made Rover run
away?



2. HIS TAIL IS CUT.

1. When Rover was quite a
puppy, his master had clipp-ed
off the end of his tail with a pair
of shears, to make him a hand-
some dog, as he said.
2. But it spoilt his look. If
Rover had been asked first, he
would have said,-" Please to let




AND HIS FRIENDS.


my tail alone. I like it best
where it is."
3. But no one thinks it worth
while to talk to a dog on such a
sub-ject, though he ought to be
the best judge. So the tail
came off.
4. Rover did not like this a bit,
but he did not run away then.
His tail could not be cut off a
sec-ond time.
5. But he could be whipped
again and again, and he did not
like being whipped. So he ran
away.
6. The tinker was poor, and
some-times had not enough to
eat, and then poor Rover fared
badly 'you may be sure. And
that was how he came to be
whipped.
7. He ate up the break-fast of
his master one morn-ing as well




ROVER


as his own, and was hungry after
that.
8. He did not mind being
hungry much, he was used to it,
but he did mind being beaten, so
he ran away from his master
without saying good-bye.
9. And so Rover ran on, and
on, and on, till he was out of
sight, and at last he saw a little
cott-age with smoke coming out
of the chim-ney.
10. By the cottage door there
was a little boy, and his name
was Bonnie. He had a little
sister, and her name was Minnie.
11. Their mother loved them
very dear-ly, and thought they
were very good child-ren. Their
father, too, was fond and proud of
them.
12. He used to carry them on
his back and play at horses with




AND HIS FRIENDS.


them, and a
t \ l\ 1 1


good many other


HIS MASTER'S BREAKFAST.
games that Bonnie and Minnie
were fond of.




ROVER


Write : The master cut his tail
off. He thought it would look
nice. But it made him look ugly.
It was cruel, too.
Questions: 1. What did Rover's master do when he was
a puppy? 2. Why did he cut the dog's tail off? 3. Do
not dogs look better with their tails on ? 4. Is it not
foolish and cruel to cut them off? 5. What did Rover see
as he ran ? 6. What were the names of the children living
at the cottage ?



3. FATHER AND MOTHER.

1. Bonnie and Minnie, and their
mother and father, were very
happy in this little cottage, far
away from any town.
2. They were in a wild country,
with high hills all round, afid a
great, thick, dark wood not far
off.
3. There were not many houses
near, and some-times they did not




AND HIS FRIENDS.


see their near-est neigh-bour for
days and days. _
4. Their father was not a rich
man. He had to work hard for a
living. Sometimes he went into
the great wood to cut fag-gots.
5. And sometimes he went on
the high hills to look after a small
flock of sheep, and lead them
from one feed-ing place to the
other.
6. When he was caring for the
sheep, he often did not come
home to his cottage for many
days.
7. This was his summer work.
It was in winter that he used to
cut fag-gots in the wood.
8. And then the sheep were put
into a fold near the cottage, and
fed with food which had been laid
up for them in autumn.
9. The sheep did not belong to




ROVER


him, but to a person who lived a
good way off.
10. But though they were not
his own, he took great care of
them, and there was not a better
shep-herd in that part of the
country.
11. The mother of this little
boy and girl had enough to do,
for when she was not at any
other work, she carded wool.
12. Then she spun it into
threads to be woven into cloth.
Her spinn-ing wheel was never
long at rest.
13. As she sat spinning she
used to teach Bonnie his letters
and hear him spell.
14. Little Minnie was not old
enough for this, she could not
speak plain, but only lisped. So,
she would amuse herself with her
play-things.




AND HIS FRIENDS.


Write: The father used to take
care of sheep. The mother spun
wool, and heard her little boy
spell.
Questions: 1. What sort of place was the cottage in?
2. What did the father do in winter? 3. What did he do
in summer? 4. Where were the sheep put in winter? 5.
What did the mother do ? 6. How did Bonnie and Minnie
fill up their time?


4. ROVER COMES BACK.

1. One ev-en-ing in summer,
Bonnie and Minnie were eating
their supper of oat-meal cake out-
side the cottage door.
2. Their father was a long way
off on the hills, and their mother
was spinning inside the cottage.
3. Bonnie and Minnie were so
busy eating that they did not look
up to see what was coming, till
the little girl felt some-thing




ROVER


very cold rubbing against her
hand.
4. Then she saw a dog close
beside her, with a little bit of a
stump of a tail wagg-ing very fast,
and his eyes fixed in a loving way
upon her supper.
5. doggy, doggy, where do
you come from ?" lisped little
Minnie, not in the least afraid.
6. It is Rover! That it is !"
cried out Bonnie, in great de-light.
"It is Rover, that belongs to old
Tommy Tinker.
7. How do you come back
here, and where is your master,
Rover ? It was plain that Rover
was not a stranger to them.
8. No, he had been there only
the week before, and while old
Tinker Tom was mending the
kettle they had made friends with
Rover, and he with them.





AND HIS FRIENDS.


9. The mother of Bonnie and
Minnie had found him a bone, for
she had felt pity for the poor, thin
doggie, whose master spoke to
him so gruff-ly.
10. And now Rover knew that










A NICE BONE.

he would meet kind friends at the
cottage, for though people forget
a kindness, the poor dog never
does. He is always grate-ful.
11. But Rover could not answer
the question, "Where is your-





ROVER


master ?" which Minnie had
asked him.
12. All he could do was to look
pleased and wag his short tail
faster than ever, and smell at her
oat-cake as if to say, Please give
me a bit."

Write : Rover was hungry. He
begged Minnie to give him a bit
of her cake. He did not forget.

Questions: 1. What did Minnie feel one evening ? 2.
Was she afraid of the dog? 3. What had her mother
done for Rover before? 4. Did the dog remember her
kindness? 5. Who is always grateful? 6. What did
Rover do when Minnie asked him a question?




5. ROVER'S STORY.
1. But Rover could not speak.
If he could have spoken, he would
have said: "I ran away from old





AND HIS FRIENDS.


Tommy Tinker, because I do not
like being whipped.

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SO VERY THIESTE.
2. "And I have been running,
running all day till I am very


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ROVER


tired; and I have had nothing to
eat all day since break-fast.
3. "And then I did not get
enough, and Tinker Tom is a
great way off, I hope, for I do not
want ever to see him again.
4. "I came here be-cause you
were kind to me when I was here
before, and I thought you would
be kind again.
5. "I knew you would give me
some-thing to eat and drink, and
not beat me. And here I am,
you see; so pray give me some
supper.
6. This would have been a long
speech for a dog to make; and
Rover did not make it in so many
words.
7. But he looked as much of it
as he could. And Bonnie was
able to see quite well what he
meant.




AND HIS FRIENDS.


8. 0, Rover, Rover, you have
run away from your master, I
sup-pose, naughty dog!" said
Bonnie.
9. And Rover left off wagging
his bit of a tail that very minute
and hung down his head. Then
he gazed at Bonnie in a plead-ing
way.
10. You do not know how
hard it is to be beaten and kicked
always for no reason at all, and
to have no one to love you a bit."
11. His sad eyes seemed to say
this, and then the little boy saw
how thin the poor sides of the
dog looked.
12. "You are hungry andthirsty
and tired, are you not?" said
Bonnie. And Rover whined, as
much as to say, "To be sure I
am."
13. Rover, Rover, have some





ROVER


cake ?" said little Minnie, as
plainly as she could, and she held
out a bit of her supper to him.
14. It was soon down Rover's
throat, and he wagged his tail
brisk-er than ever, which meant,
" Thank you, Minnie," as plain as
could be.
Write: Rover tried to tell the
little boy why he ran away. It
was hard to have no one to love
him.
Questions: 1. If Rover could have spoken, what would
he have said? 2. How did Bonnie understand him ? 3.
What was it that Bonnie did not know? 4. What did he
see when he looked at Rover's sides? 5. What did little
Minnie give the dog? 6. Tell me what Rover did when
he got the bit of cake ?


6. ROVER GROWS FAT.

1. Then Bonnie and Minnie
called their mother; and she had





AND HIS FRIENDS.


pity on poor Rover, and gave him
a large bowl of water.
2. This he lapped quite up, and
had something to eat as well.
Then she made a bed for poor
Rover in one corner of the fire-
place.
3. She said, Perhaps his mas-
ter, old Tinker Tom, is coming
this way again; and we will take
care of Rover till he comes."
4. Rover hoped that he was
not coming that way again. But
he could not say so. And he
was glad to curl himself up, and
go to sleep.
5. Rover soon made him-self
quite at home with Bonnie and
Minnie. He did not at all seem to
wish to run away from them.
6. And they had no wish to part
with him. But, of course, the chil-
dren thought, Tinker Tom was




ROVER


sure to come some day to take
away their pet.
7. But day after day went
away, and no Tinker Tom came.
And each day Rover was well
fed, so that he began to look quite
sleek and pretty.
8. His curly coat shone like
silk. And to show how happy he
was, and how grateful to his new
friends, he became very playful.
9. Rover seemed to be growing
back again into a puppy, he was
so full of funny tricks.
10. He was never tired of romp-
ing. And he made up all the
games himself with-out being
taught.
11. They did not tease or worry
Rover to learn things which seem
like a hard lesson to a dog. But
they let him play in his own way,
and a very funny way it was.




AND HIS FRIENDS.


Write: As the dog was well
fed, he became full of fun. He
made up games himself.
Questions: 1. What did they give Rover? 2. Where
did he sleep? 3. What change came in his looks as he
was well treated? 4. How did he learn tricks? 5. What
does it seem to a dog when he is taught tricks ? 6. Who
did they think would come for him ?


7. ROVER'S GAMES.
1. Sometimes Bonnie said to
Rover, Catch your tail, Rover! "
And then Rover would run round
and round, trying to catch the end
of his tail.
2. Of course it was of no use
his trying to do that, it had been
cut off so short, and was such a
little bit of a stump of a tail.
3. Then Bonnie taught him to
know what he said, by taking
pains to talk to him.




ROVER


4. Dogs like that, and are
quite clever at learn-ing words.
Though they cannot answer, they
like to know what we say.
5. Soon Rover knew what it
meant when Bonnie said, "Let
us go for a walk," even when the
door was shut and Bonnie was
sitting at the table.
6. But Bonnie never said this
unless he meant to take Rover
out, or the dog would have learnt
that he did not mean what he
said.
7. Then Rover learned to shake
hands of his own accord, by put-
ting his paw on the knee of
Minnie.
8. One of the things which
Rover liked best was to run after
a great ball of wool that Bonnie
made on pur-pose for a game.
9. Bonnie, Minnie, and Rover





AND HIS FRIENDS.


used to go to the top of a hill,
very near the cottage.
10. With all his might, Bonnie
threw the ball down the hill, for
Rover to run after.
11. Sometimes he was so eager




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A GAME AT BALL.

to catch the ball that he tumbled
over and over, and rolled head
over heels down to the bottom of
the hill!
12. But he did not mind it a bit.
He thought it all fine fun, and





ROVER


always got the ball at last, and
ran back with it in his mouth.
13. Sometimes Bonnie would
say, Take it to Minnie;" and
Rover was so clever that he knew
what that meant.
14. He soon knew the names of
each person in the cottage, and
would go from one to the other
when he was sent.

Write: He would run all down
the hill to bring the ball back.
He knew the names of the chil-
dren.
Questions: 1. What did Rover try to do with his tail?
2. What toy did Bonnie make for him? 3. What did he
learn to do of his own accord? 4. What did Bonnie tell
him to do when he brought the ball ? 5. What did he
do. sometimes when he ran after the ball? 6. What was
he clever enough to learn?




AND HIS FRIENDS.


8. TINKER TOM COMES BACK.
1. But one day, a good while
after they had had the little dog,
as they were playing this game,
Rover did not come back with
the ball.
2. Instead of that, when he got
to the bottom of the hill he looked
round, and then, ran off as fast
as he could with his little bit of
a-tail hanging down.
3. He had not stopped running
when Bonnie and Minnie lost
sight of him, and that was not
till he had run right into the great
wood.
4. What now, Rover? What
now? Ah, your old sly trick
again, Rover ? running away ?
Why, you silly old dog, do you
not know when you are well off ?




ROVER


5. Why, you have been well
fed, and have been able to play all
day long, and have had a nice
warm bed to sleep on at night.
6. And you have not been
whipped, Rover, but have been
well treated. What do you run
away for?
7. Ha, ha! Cunn-ing Rover!
Sharp-eyed Rover! He knew
what he was about, old Rover
did.
8. Look along that path, Bon-
nie, quite the other way from the
great wood, and, a great way off
yet, who is it you see ?
9. Tinker Tom, to be sure!
with his pack on his back. Rover
has no mind to belong to Tinker
Tom again, to be whipped and
half starv-ed.
10. So Rover stole himself
away in time, wise Rover! funny




AND HIS FRIENDS.


Rover! Tinker Tom did not
care.
11. He said he did not want
Rover back any more, when he


OFF TO THE WOOD.


heard where he was. They might
keep Rover, he said.
12. But he himself was hungry,
and would be glad of a bit of





ROVER


bread. If Bonnie's and Minnie's
mother would give him that,
they might keep Rover and wel-
come.

Write: One day Rover did not
bring back the ball. He saw his
old master coming and ran away
to hide.
Questions: 1. Why did not Rover bring back the ball ?
2. What was he afraid of? 3. Where did he go to hide ?
4. What did Tinker Tom want? 5. What did he say that
Bonnie and Minnie might do?



9. ROVER LEARNS TO BE USEFUL.
1. So Tinker Tom got a good
hot din-ner and then he went
away again with his pack on his
back.
2. No trace of Rover was to
be seen, he had not come out of
the thick wood.




AND HIS FRIENDS.


3. Cunn-ing Rover! When Tin-
ker Tom had been gone a good
long time, and it was getting
dark, back came Rover again.
4. I guess he had watched
while he was in the wood, and
seen his old master go away, and
had given him time to get ever
so far, before he came near the
cottage again.
5. And when he did come in,
he looked so pleased and proud,
and he frisk-ed about as if he had
done some mighty wise thing.
6. He said as plainly as he could
speak, "Do you not think your
Rover a clever dog now ?"
7. And Bonnie and Minnie
were glad, you may be sure,
when they knew that Rover was
their very own.
8. But, as he was to belong to
very poor people, the dog must




ROVER


try to be useful. Rover would
be glad enough to do all he could
for them.
9. Rover must work now.
When the father of Bonnie and
Minnie came home one day from
the hills, he said,
10. We must not let Rover be
idle all his life. He must do some-
thing to get an honest living.
11. "I shall take him with me
to the hills in the morning, and
teach him to do what the dog of
a shep-herd ought.
12. He will help me nicely if
he will take to the trade, and
I shall be a gentle master to
him."
13. So the next morning Rover
went off to the hills with Bonnie's
father. And if ever a dog looked
proud and pleased, it was he.
14. His master had a long crook




AND HIS FRIENDS.


in his hand, but Rover knew that
he would not be hit with it,

Write: When the tinker was
gone, his dog came back. The
father said he must teach Rover
to keep sheep.
Questions : 1. When did Rover come back to the cottage?
2. How did he behave when he came in ? 3. What did
the father of Bonnie and Minnie say ? 4. What did he do
with Rover the next morning ? 5. What did he carry in
his hand ? 6. How did Rover like to go with his new
master ?


10. LEARNING TO KEEP SHEEP.

1. At first it was a good deal
of trouble to teach Rover to take
care of sheep in the right way.
2. It was good fun to him, to
be sure, to run after them and
bark at their heels in a pleas-ant,
play-ful way.
3. But he did not know when




ROVER


to bark and when to be quiet, and
though he tried ever so hard, he
could not find out all that his mas-
ter told him to do.
4. But he did better each day,
and when the shep-herd went
home next, he said that Rover
was a good dog, and would be very
use-ful some day.
5. And, indeed, by the time
that the summer was over and
the sheep brought home, Rover
had become a first-rate sheep-dog.
6. Bonnie and Minnie were
very glad to hear this, and they
were very glad, too, to have their
old friend Rover back again to
play with.
7. Rover was glad also; so
they were all glad and happy at
the cottage, though the weath-er
was very cold.
8. Snow had begun to fall, and





AND HIS FRIENDS


I }, ..I.



THE SHEPHERD'S FLOCK.

it was nice to sit by the wood fire
which crackled in the grate.





ROVER


9. While Rover and his master
had been away, the mother of the
child-ren had not been idle, nor
had Bonnie.
10. She had spun a great deal
of wool and made it up into winter
clothes, and Bonnie had begun
to learn how to knit stock-ings.
11. He would soon be able, he
thought, to knit a pair for his
father for his birthday.
12. He had learn-ed to read,
too, as well as to spell, and he
had taught little Minnie her let-
ters out of his own book.
13. And so, all through the
winter, Rover's master made fag-
gots in the wood.
14. Sometimes Rover went
with him and sometimes he
stopped at home, but he was a
very happy dog in either place.





AND HIS FRIENDS.


Write: At first Rover could
not learn to keep sheep, but soon
he got on better. At last he did
it well.
Questions: 1. What was Rover to learn? 2. What
did he become after a time? 3. What did the children's
mother do while Rover was away? 4. What did Bonnie
do ? 5. What work did Rover's master do in the winter?
6. How did Rover get on, and what did he do ?


11. THE LOST SHEEP.
1. At night they all sat round
the blaz-ing logs and were as
happy as happy could be, though
summer was gone and there were
no flowers for Minnie to gather.
2. But one night the sheep
were so silly as to get out of the
shed, and when morning came
not one of them could be seen.
3. Poor things! They had got
tired of being shut up, and they




ROVER


did not think how cold it was
outside.
4. There was great trouble
then. The shep-herd went to the
cottage and said, "Rover, my
boy, the sheep are away! What
shall we do ? "
5. Ah, Rover, Rover, now is
the time for you to show your
thanks for a good home and a
kind master!
6. Jump up, Rover, and let us
see whether you are wise enough
to help now. It was just as if
Rover could tell each word and
what it meant!
7. Up he jumped and gave his
coat a shake, as if to say, "I
am ready," and ran out at the
door.
8. First he began to run round
and round the shed and the fold,
smell-ing, with his moist black




AND HIS FRIENDS.


nose close to the ground, and
look-ing very busy and know-ing.
9. That was his way of asking


A WINTER EVENING.


the quest-ion, "Now, where on
earth have these poor things
gone ?"
10. After a few minutes spent




ROVER


in sniffing, Rover trotted up to
his master, stared up into his face
with an earn-est look, and gave a
low whine.
11. Next he ran a little way
towards the hills, and stood look-
ing back at him with one paw
lifted up and the rest on the
ground.
12. Rover, with his ears cocked
and his eyes bright, was trying
to say to his master,
13. These child-ish sheep
have gone astray to the hills.
Are you coming with me,, or
shall I go alone ?"

Write: The sheep got out of the
shed. Rover knew where they
had gone. He wished to set off
and find them.
Questions: 1. What did the sheep do one night? 2.
Why did they go away ? 3. What did Rover do to find




AND HIS FRIENDS.


out where they were ? 4. How did he look at his master ?
5. Could we find out where they had gone by smelling the
ground? 6. Then is not a dog, in some ways, wiser than
we are?



12. ROVER IS LOST.

1. Then off he trotted to-wards
the hills, his master coming
after; but he could not walk
fast enough to please Rover.
2. There was no snow on the
ground when they set out, but
before noon it began to come down
very fast.
3. The mother of Bonnie and
Minnie was in great dis-tress to
think that their father was out on
the hills in such weather.
4. She was a-fraidthat he would
lose his way. Many people had
been lost on the hills in the snow.
5. And more than one had died




ROVER AND HIS FRIENDS.


from cold and hunger among the
snow drifts there in the valleys.
6. Bonnie and Minnie were
quite sad, for they could not help
thinking of their loving father
and his faith-ful doggie out in
such dan-ger.
7. Night came on, and there
was no father yet. At last they
heard him coming; a foot-step
drew near and a hand was heard
lifting the latch.
8. He set the door open and
came in, shaking the snow from
his boots and taking off his
great rough coat.
9. Though he was all white
with snow, and chilled, and tired,
and was very hungry, and felt
ready to drop, this was not the
reason why he looked so grave.
10. He had lost his way more
than once on the hills, and had



































































LOOKING FOE THE LOST SHEEP.




ROVER


had nothing to eat all day, his
feet were sore and half frozen;
but that was not the worst.
11. He had not found the
sheep: that was one thing. And
he had lost poor Rover! That was
a sad, sad thing.
12. He could not help a tear
from falling as he thought of it
all. The poor foolish sheep will
all die from being frozen," he said.
13. "We shall be blamed for
their loss, and I shall have to give
up all I have in the world to pay
for them."

Write : The sheep could not be
found. The master lost Rover
too. This made him very sad.
Questions: 1. How did Rover set off for the hills? 2.
What did the mother feel while they were gone? 3.
What did the children feel? 4. When he came back at
last, what did he say about the sheep ? 5. Who else was
lost ? 6. Where was the dog, then?




AND HIS FRIENDS.


13. THE SHEEP CAN NOT BE FOUND.
1. Bonnie and Minnie both
began to cry, and their mother
could not help crying too.
2. But she made some broth
for her poor tired husband, and
begged him to take it.
3. And little Minnie crept be-
tween the knees of her father and
looked up in his face rather as
Rover might have done.
4. She begged him in her baby
talk to eat up his nice supper.
The father did eat some, and he
was all the better for it.
5. But he could not help think-
ing all the time of the poor sheep
and Rover, who had no supper
that night.
6. Next morning, long before




ROVER


it was light, the shep-herd went
out again to look for his sheep.
7. The next day after that he
did the same, spend-ing the whole
long day on the cold hills, and he
did it again on the third day.
8. But they were days full of
sorrow. The sheep were no-
where to be found, nor poor
Rover either.
9. No person whom the shep-
herd met had seen them or heard
of them, nor did he meet many
people on the hills.
10. One day he came home and
said, It is of no use looking for
the sheep any more.
11. They are all dead long be-
fore now, I should think, and they
lie buried under the snow drifts
among the hills.
12. "As for the faith-ful dog,
he, of course, stayed by them if he




AND HIS FRIENDS.


found them, and if he could not
find them he would not come
away without them.
13. "In any case my poor Rover
is dead by this time." And he
turned his back to hide his tears.
14. There is nothing now for
me to do, wife, but to go to the
owner of the sheep and tell him
the truth about how they got out
of the shed.
15. He is a hard man, and he
will turn us out of the cottage.
You and the children will have
to leave. It was a bad night for
us when the sheep strayed "
Write: The shepherd went on
looking for the sheep. He said
at last that they were dead and
the dog too.
Questions : 1. What did little Minnie beg her father to
do? 2. What did the shepherd do for three days? 3.
What did he come home and say one day ? 4, What did




ROVER


he think had become of Rover? 5. What was the only
thing left for him to do ? 6. What sort of man was the
owner of the sheep, and what was he likely to do ?


S14. ALL COME HOME SAFE.
1. But while he was saying
these sad words he heard a great
noise out-side his cottage.
2. And Bonnie heard it, and
Minnie heard it, and their mother
heard it. They all ran out to the
,cottage door.
3. Baa-baa !" Bow-wow-
wow !" "Baa-baa-baa!" "Bow-
wow-wow !
What could be the mean-ing of
those noises ?
4. It was very plain what the
meaning was.
"There is Rover come back,
father! shout-ed Bonnie, before
he reached the door.




AND HIS FRIENDS.


5. Rover's come back!" cried
out little Minnie.
"And the
sheep are come
back said
their mother.
6. Yes,there -, y
the sheep were,
every one of 4 ,
them; and /
there was poor -. : '"
Rover, as glad
as any of his
friends.
7. But, dear
dear! so tired
with running,
and so hoarse
with barking, ALONE WITH HIS FLOCK.
and so hungry!
8. It would have made you sad
to see the plight he was in, and
the poor sheep too. They had




ROVER


paid dearly for their wish to get
out.
9. Poor things, they were
thankful enough to be put into
their cosy shed and get a nice
meal of tur-nips.
10. And as for Rover, you may
be sure that he was served as if
he had been a prince that night,
as well he de-serv-ed.
11. For what prince could have
done as he did, or would have
done it if he could ?
12. It was a fine dish of food
that Rover got, and a grand bed
that was made up for him, and a
nice long nap that he took by the
fire after his long toil.
13. But how far Rover had
tramped over the hills for them,
or how he had found them and
driven that lot of timid things
safe home-ah! nobody can know.




AND HIS FRIENDS.


14. That was Rover's secret,
and he kept it to himself.
Good Rover! Clever, grate-ful,
faith-ful Rover!

Write: They heard a noise out-
side the cottage. It was the bark
of a dog and the bleat of sheep.
Questions: 1. What noise did they all hear ? 2. What
had Rover done? 3. What meal did the sheep get? 4.
How was Rover treated? 5. Was he able to let them
know how he found the sheep? 6. What sort of dog do
you call him ?










THE STORY OF A LITTLE
FROG.

15. HIS BIRTH-PLACE.
1. It was on a warm day in
June that Rana, the little frog,
first stepped out of the small
brook which had been his birth-
place, cradle, and infant school.
2. He stood on the brink and
felt half sorry to leave the water,
half glad to be on the land.
3. The father and mother of
Rana were not what we should
call loving parents, yet they had
done all they could for the good
of their child.
4. They had chosen as his




A LITTLE FROG.


cradle the soft-est of water weeds,
which grew in a lonely spot
under the shade of a willow
tree.
5. They knew that there he
would be able to get for himself


all that he
wanted.
6. So they
left him, wrap-
ped up safely
in a mass of
jelly along with
his brothers
and sisters,
while they


went away in search of fun.
7. A few warm days in April
caused a great stir among the
weeds, for many gay young crea-
tures woke up to life there.
8. Even the old willow tree
thought it high time to dress


c-
~--~---
=---~-------- .
---=i-~
~-~-~--




A LITTLE FROG.


herself in silver and yellow tufts
to welcome Spring.
9. The first thing that Rana
knew was that he was trying to
free himself from the eggs which
lay among the rushes. He wanted
to try to swim.
10. He was but a very little
chap, and could not do it fast at
first. He had bright eyes and a
long tail like all the others.
11. The young frogs had not
long been alive before they found
that other folks lived in the
water.
12. A pair of eyes as bright as
their own soon glared upon them,
a wide mouth gave a snap, and
one of them was eaten up by a
bold little fish, Cap-tain Stickle-
back.

Write: A little frog was born




A LITTLE FROG.


in a brook. He was glad to get
out, but sorry to leave the water.
Questions: 1. Where was Rana born? 2. What had
his parents done to make him comfortable? 3. What
was the first thing he did? 4. What did he look like?
5. Who lived in the water besides the tadpoles ? 6. What
did the little stickleback do ?


16. HE BEGINS TO CHANGE.

1. After the tad-pole had gone
down his throat, Captain Stickle-
back called a whole troop of
soldier-fish, armed like himself,
to rush among the rest of the
tadpoles.
2. Our hero, Rana, panting
with fear, hid at the bottom
among some water-cress stems.
He began to think what he should
do next.
3. "I know!" he said. To
be sure! Why, of course I am




A LITTLE FROG.


hungry !" Then, looking round,
he saw that he need feel no fear
of starv-ing.
4. There were plenty of old
dead leaves, which, lying in the
water, would soon have made it
smell very nasty.
Rana now felt
that he had
somethinguseful
Sto do.
S 5. With the
bold heart of a
tadpole he made
up his mind that,
so long as a dead
leaf was left, he
would go on eating day and night
and take no rest till they were all
gone.
6. While he was hard at work
in this way, of course Rana had
help from plenty of his friends.




A LITTLE FROG. 55
7. And now it will be well to
show you his likeness, and tell
you how his looks began to
change.
8. He had no legs, arms, or
fins, and he swam
by wagging his
'x
strong tail.
9. He breathed
water instead of
air through gills,
which grew out
on each side of
his head. He
was very like a
fish, yet he was -
not one. MASTER TADPOLE.
10. His eyes
and gills both grew so large
and hand-some that he felt quite
proud; but soon the pretty gills
grew smaller and smaller. They
went away.




A LITTLE FROG.


11. In a few days Rana was
changed again, so much that his
oldest friends hardly knew him.
A small pair of neat legs grew out
under his tail, and this is what he
looked like now.
12. Also he began to turn his
nose up at weeds and dead leaves.
One of his com-rades died in the
night, and-I am sorry to tell it -
of him-Rana ate up the body !

Write: He ate up dead leaves
which made the water smell bad.
His legs grew. He ate up a dead
tadpole.
Questions: 1. Why did Rana hide among the weeds?
2. What did he think about? 3. What did he begin to
eat? 4. What would the dead leaves have done to the
water if they had been left there ? 5. Then what use
are tadpoles? 6. As soon as his hind legs grew what did
Rana eat ?




A LITTLE FROG.


17. HE BECOMES A FROG.
1. Rana was so pleased with
the taste of the dead tadpole that
he said, "I must go to and fro
getting rid of all dead things I
find. It is my duty, and I
will."
2. But when all the dead things
were gone, he and two young
fellows like him went to war
with all of their friends who
were small enough to swal-low.
3. Any water creaturewho had
more legs than them-selves they
ate. They made dead bodies of
them. At last a new change took
place in Rana.
4. At least, it was a number of
changes took place all at once.
They made him feel that the




A LITTLE FROG.


brook was too damp and narrow
a world for him.
5. His liking for weeds had
quite left him, he felt hungry
for worms and in-sects, and felt
that he must wander far to find
them.
6. He felt in himself that he
would soon have power to travel
on land. A pair of eyes so bright
as his were quite wasted in the
dim water.
7. The gills for breath-ingwater
were gone, and he was now fit to
breathe air. A second pair of
legs came. The tail of a tadpole
was fast going.
8. Rana stepped, or rather
crawled, forth that mild June
day, and looked back at the brook
over his shoul-der.
9. He meant now to travel.
But before going many steps he




A LITTLE FROG.


met one of his own race, yet who
was much larger than himself.
10. The stranger said he would
bring him among his own friends,
and he seemed to speak kindly.
As he went
along by his
new friend,
Rana cast a
look at him.
11. The
skin of the
otherfrogwas
marked with
larger darker -
spots on the LITTLE FRGY.
back and
legs, and behind his eye he had a
round white bladder where Rana
had only a brown mark.
12. He was thrice as big as
Rana, and it was plain that he was
not the same sort of frog.




A LITTLE FROG.


13. Soon he led Rana to where
some hundreds of the same sort
were at play in the marsh. Most
of them had bladders too.

Write: Rana was now a frog.
He came out on dry land. He
met a frog rather like himself.
Questions: 1. What food did Rana begin to eat now?
2. What was the last change in him? 3. Whom did he
meet on the bank ? 4. What was the strange frog like ?
5. How was he different from Rana? 6. Where did they
go?


18. THEY TURN HIM OUT.
1. Rana was soon asked by a
crowd of the frogs in the marsh
where he had come from, and if
he was a girl frog ?
2. If not, why had he not got
his bladders with him ? So quick
were the questions that he did
not know what to say at first.




A LITTLE FROG.


His guide
is young,"


spoke for him.
said he, "and if


A CROWD OF YOUNG FROGS.


you give him time I dare say his
bladders will grow." But the
rest said this was only an ex-cuse.


3.
"He




62 A LITTLE FROG.
4. All manly frogs have blad-
ders," they said, and they had
always worn them.
5. Theylooked at him as a cheat
because he had none. But soon
they left him and went to bury
their bodies in the mud.
6. This was their plan when
they wished to catch gnats. And
while they were waiting to pounce
on the little flies they cheered
them-selves by using the blad-
ders.
7. These were filled with air,
and by squeez-ing them the frogs
made a fine loud croak-ing. Rana
wanted to try whether he could
not croak too.
8. But it was only a little note
he was able to make without any
blad-der, and it did not please his
new friends.
9. What is that noise ? said




A LITTLE FROG.


one, popping up his head. Who
dares to spoil our hunt for gnats
by making the wrong kind of
croak ?"
10. It was in vain for Rana to
hide, he was seized and driven
out as a spy. His voice was vile,
they really could not stand it.
11. Short work was made of
him; he was pushed out from
among the frogs which were so
lucky as to have bladders.
12. Where was he to go now ?
As he went hopping away they
cried, Get out of this Get out
of that! So he was glad to go.
13. At last, with one great
jump, Rana got over a bank at
the end of the marsh, and found
him-self on a dry walk, safe from
them.
14. It was long before he
pluck-ed up his spirits after the




A LITTLE FROG.


fright. Then he crept off the
path and went to rest under a
cool cab-bage leaf.

Write: Rana finds plenty of
frogs, but they do not like him.
He gets away into a garden.
Questions: 1. What did Rana find in the marsh ? 2.
What did the other frogs do ? 3. What use did they make
of their bladders? 4. What did Rana try to do? 5.
What did the frogs do then? 6. Where did Rana find
himself sitting ?



19. IN THE GARDEN.
1. Under the broad cab-bage
leaf, Rana had a long nap till the
cool of the next sunset, when he
thought he could enjoy a walk.
2. Among the cabbages there
were a number of small white
slugs, which were just the thing
for him.




A LITTLE FROG.


3. As Rana jumped at them,
he never missed his aim, but
always caught the slug at once.
But he was not long to be left
in peace under his fresh green
tent.
4. That very cabbage was the
one which the master of the gar-
den wished to have for his dinner
next day, and a man came to cut
it.
5. Rana was waked from a nice
doze, after the slugs, by the fall-
ing of the roof over his head. He
sprang nimb-ly away, but not be-
fore a boy spied him.
6. This lad flung stones at poor
Rana, and chased him. He vowed
that he would kill Master Froggie
if he ever found him in the cab-
bage bed again.
7. What a shame, when Rana
had just been helping him at his




A LITTLE FROG.


work by eating slugs, without
wages and without thanks !
8. Drivenfrom hishiding-place,
Rana thought he might as well
have a good look round the place,
and see if there was water near.
9. "For unless there is water
I cannot live here," said he to
himself, "no matter how good
the food is.
10. "My skin would soon dry
up, and I should die." But there
was a pond, near which ferns grew;
it would do nicely for a bath.
11. Now and then, as he went,
Rana caught a fly, an ear-wig, a
small beetle, or a slug to re-fresh
himself with.
12. At the other side of the
kitchen garden was a yard, and
in this yard were cocks, hens, and
ducks walking about.
13. The sight of the ducks made




A LITTLE FROG.


Rana shake with fear, for ducks
eat frogs up. So after seeing them,
he went back to the other part.

Write : The frog was chased by
a boy. It was' a shame to throw
stones at the useful little frog.
Questions: 1. What became of the cabbage? 2. What
did a cruel boy do? 3. What did Rana eat? 4. What
must frogs live near ? 5. What did he see in the yard ?
6. Why did he fear the ducks ?


20. SNAIL FRIENDS.
1. He now went to live in a
garden bed where bright red fruits
grew in long rows close to the
ground. Be-tween the rows of
plants, straw was laid down.
2. Rana did nottouchthe sweet,
juicy berries, for he liked other
things better.
3. He did good work by eating




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up a lot of creatures who, if left
to them-selves, would soon have
been enough to destroy all the
nice fruit.
4. Some weeks passed in a
quiet way, and Rana began to find
that his coat of skin was getting
too tight, it would not do any
longer.
5. It began to peel off in little
bits, and after a time he was
dressed in a smart new one which
was ready under the old.
6. He was not alone in the
garden bed. There were two
snails, whom he found pleasant
comrades, though they were not
lively.
7. They had one taste in com-
mon with him. They dearly loved
the rain. When the weath-er was
dry, and the sun very hot, they
were no-where to be found.




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8. But as soon as the rain be-
gan to fall, out popped the snails,
and began looking about with
their eyes stuck out at the end
of two long feelers.









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WILL THEY TOSS MEI

9. At first Rana thought these
were horns, and was half afraid
of them.
10. But he soon found out that
the snails carri-ed their eyes at
the end of a long tube, so that,




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when danger was near, they could
be pulled inside their heads.
11. Then, Rana liked to see the
clever way in which the snails
made their houses bigger as fast
as they grew them-selves.
12. They carry with them all
the bricks and mortar they ever
want, and paint-pots and brushes
too.
13. They are their own masons
and painters, and very pretty
houses they make, too, and all
out of nothing but slime!

Write: Rana had a new coat.
His old one peeled off in little
bits. He made friends with two
snails.
Questions : 1. What did Rana find as he grew bigger?
2. How did he get his new clothes? 3. What friends did
he find in the strawberry bed? 4. Of what use was Rana
there? 5. How did the snails make their shells grow?
6. What are the eyes of a snail like?




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21. OTHER FRIENDS.
1. Then there were the bees,
who would buzz a little talk as
they passed. But they had not
much time for idle chat in the
daytime.
2. At night, when Rana felt
most ready for fun, the bees all
wanted to go to sleep in their
hive, so he did not see much of
them.
3. To the wasps Rana felt a
dis-like. That is, he ate them,
but did not care for them in any
other way.
4. With the moths and butter-
flies he was friendly. He liked
to hear the story of all the changes
they had passed through.
5. This made him think of his
own child-hood. There was one




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other creature which lived in a
snug corner of the bed.
6. At first Rana thought he
must be one of his own brothers,
or perhaps an uncle, grown very
big and stout.
7. But he soon found out that
this was a mis-take. The stranger
was a toad, and would have little
to say but rude things to Rana.
8. The toad said that he liked
dry places himself, and could
carry little bags of wet stuff in
his skin. This he thought was a
clever trick.
9. And low people only, he said,
were forced to go to the water
side. Then his manner of chang-
ing his clothes was queer.
10. How could he and Rana
agree ? They both thought that
as they could not, it was better
to keep apart.




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11. The toad spent his time in
flipping out a long sticky tongue
at the flies. They stuck at the tip
of it, and then he pulled it in to
eat them.
12. "I am going to take off my









A STICKY TONGUE.
jacket now," he said to Rana, after
their short talk. You had better
go away. Do not stand staring
like that while I change my
things."
13. So Rana crept off, but he
peeped out from under a leaf all




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the same, to see how the toad
did it

Write : The toad is not like
the frog. He can live in a dry
place. He has small bags of
wet stuff in his skin to keep him
cool.
Questions: 1. Why had not the bees time to waste ? 2.
What other creature did Rana find in the strawberry bed?
3. What was the toad doing? 4. How did he catch flies ?
5. What sort of place did the toad like ? 6. How was he
able to live in a dry place ?



22. THE TOAD'S NEW THINGS.

1. This was how the toad began
to fit himself with new clothes.
First, to get rid of the old ones he
made a crack down the middle
of his back.
2. Then he began to strip off
the old coat and trow-sers, first




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pulling out his hind legs, and
pushing it along towards his fore
legs.
3. Inch by inch he drew the
old coat off his body with care.
Now it had reach-ed his head.
His fore legs were next free.
4. With great care he drew his
eyes through two small holes.
Then, rolling up the whole, with
one gulp he sent it down his
throat!
5. He was able to swallow his
cast-off things, instead of selling
them to the old-clothes man.
6. Thus, without any tailor,
Mister Toad stood forth dressed
in a new dress. It was fresh and
neat, and fitted him without a
crease.
7. Rana looked on in wonder
at the way in which it was done.
But he liked his own way best.




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He did not go near the big toad
any more.
8. In a few weeks a chill
seemed to steal through the air,
which made Rana shiver. I can
smell winter coming," said he.
9. "I must go and find a nice
nook near the pond, where I can
bury myself in the soft mud, and
go to sleep till spring comes
again."
10. So he set out for the pond
by the lawn. But before he was
half-way there, he saw coming to
meet him one of the large ducks
who had just been taking a.swim.
11. She was now looking about
in a hungry way for some-thing
to eat after it. Rana hoped to
escape by creeping gently into the
bushes.
12. But the moment he moved
upon the grass, the duck caught




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sight of him, and began to run
towards him as fast as her short
legs would carry her.







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GOOD-BYE. I AM OFF.
Write: The toad changed his
skin. He ate it up after he took
it off. Rana met a big duck.




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Questions: 1. How did the toad begin to change his
coat? 2. What did he do with the old clothes? 3. How
did Rana begin to feel? 4. Where did he go? 5. What
did he mean to do till spring came? 6. What did he
meet ?



23. A HUNT.
1. And now began a hunt much
more dread-ful than the one in the
marsh when Rana was running
away from the large frogs.
2. The great duck was worse
than fifty frogs. Poor duck! She
wanted her supper, and she did
not know that Rana minded so
much.
3. She came after him with her
yellow beak wide open, crying
"Quack, quack as loud as ever
she could.
4. At the sound of her voice
one of the duck's friends came




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running from the yard to see what
was going on.
5. She thought there must be
something nice to eat, and wished
to go halves. Between the pair,
Rana had a poor chance.
6. He dodg-ed here and there,
he skipp-ed-oh! you never would
have thought that any little frog
could have such long legs !
7. Once, when the beaks of the
two ducks were almost close upon
him, he really leaped over their
heads. They were a-maz-ed at
this.
8.."Well!" said one duck to
the other, "I never did see such
a frog as this before. I believe it
is a lark! "
9. Cut off from the water, for
the ducks stood be-tween him and
it, Rana could not get away by
diving.




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10. Not seeing well in his fright
where he was going, he dashed
right into the yard, and then the
noise be-came hor-rid indeed.
11. There were old ducks and
young ducks, all eager to taketheir
share in the chase, and ready to
see which would get the prize.
12. Rana now gave him-self up
for lost. But spying a little hole
in the house wall, he aimed at it,
and sprang up high.
13. He just reached the hole,
and sat down to calm his mind,
leaving all the ducks behind
quack-ing loud-ly and saying it
was a shame.
14. When he had rested, and
the noise be-hind him had stop-
ped, Rana looked out to see if the
coast was clear.
15. But there sat the ducks
still, on the watch for their meal,




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for they had had no din-ner that
day. It was plain that Rana could
not go back that way to the pond.

Write: A hunt for Rana took
place. He got away and hid in
a hole in the house wall.
Questions: 1. What began when the duck saw Rana ?
2. What did he do ? 3. Where did he leap in his fright ?
4. Why were the ducks so hungry? 5. Where did Rana
take refuge ? 6. Why could he not get to the pond that
way?


24. IN THE KITCHEN.
1. As he could not get that
way to the pond, Rana began to
see whether he could not go out
in some other way.
2. The hole was narrow; there
was no room for a jump. But by
crawl-ing some way he saw a
light, and knew that the hole
was a sort of pass-age.




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3. After a minute or two, and
a little more crawl-ing, and then
a spring, Rana found him-self-
where ?-on the floor of a neat
little kitchen!
4. A large tabby cat lay doz-ing
before the fire, but the foot-steps
of Rana were so quiet that she
never heard or heed-ed him.
5. Not so Betsy, the cook,
though. She ran with screams
into the hall, and when her mas-
ter, Mr. Evans, rah to know what
was the matter, she burst into
tears.
6. Oh !" she sobbed, "there is
a nasty big toad in the kit-chen
come to pois-on me, and unless
master will kill it this moment, I
cannot go back there! "
7. Mr. Evans and the child-ren
went to the kitchen, and Betsy
came along behind them, in hopes




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of seeing the dread-ful creature
killed out of her way.
8. But her master, gently pick-
ing up the little frog, said, "You
call this pretty little thing a big
toad, and think that it means to
poison you, Betsy ? Silly girl!
9. "Even if it had been a toad
it could not have hurt you, for
toads have no poison about them.
They cannot bite, and can do no
harm.
10. "But this is nothing but a
poor little frog, in a great fight
at the ducks out-side, whom I have
heard making a great noise.
11. "Oh, father," said little
Willy, "I do believe this is the
same frog we saw in the garden,
which you said had come to help
keep it in order by eating slugs.

Write: The hole in the wall




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was a passage. Rana crept into a
kitchen. The servant was silly.
Questions: 1. Where did the hole lead ? 2. What lay
before the fire? 3. What silly thing did Betsy fancy? 4.
What did her master tell her ? 5. Can toads hurt any one?
6. What did little Willy say?


25. RANA IS OF SOME USE.

1. But Rana did not like the
warm hand of Mr. Evans, and had
jumped on to the table, and then
to the window, hoping to get out
that way.
2. "I dare say you are right,
and that this is the same frog we
saw in the garden, Willy," said
Mr. Evans.
3. "I looked close-ly at him,
and I saw that though this is what
is called' the common frog,' he is
not so common about here as else-
where.




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4. Most of the frogs here are of
a larger kind, and have blad-ders,
which make them sing so loudly
at night in the marsh."
5. "Sing, father! Croak, I
think you
mean. It is
not a bit ,
like music."
'No," said
Mr. Evans,
"most peo-
ple would
not call the )
noise music.
6. "But to
me it sounds A YOUNG CROAKER.
very nice. I
have some happy thoughts which
always come into my head when
I hear the croak of a frog.
7. And it happens that when
I was in India I have often been




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kept awake at night by the croak-
ing of a frog in my bath-room.
8. "Yet I would not allow my
serv-ants to hurt him or drive him
out. I knew that he was doing
me a service which no man could
do."
9. "A ser-vice, father!" cried
the children. "What service could
the frog do you ? "
10. Look at that little fellow
at the window," said Mr. Evans,
pointing to Rana, who by this time
was all right after his fright.
11. "The froggie is doing Betsy
a service now, and will return
her good for evil."
12. "What is he doing, sir?"
asked Betsy, "I am sure I see no-
thing." "Watch him for a minute.
Isawhim just now-there, again!"
13. At that moment Rana was
in the act of pounc-ing on a




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wasp, who had gorg-ed himself
with sugar.
14. He was crawl-ing in a sleepy
way over the pud-ding which she
had been making. The frog snapp-
ed it up in an instant.

Write: In India frogs are of
use. In this land they are of
use too. Betsy saw Rana eat a
wasp.
Questions: 1. What did not Rana like ? 2. Where did
he hop? 3. Why did Mr. Evans when in India tell his
servant not to drive away the frogs ? 4. What service
did the frog do for Betsy ? 5. Whatwas the wasp doing ?
6. How was Rana different from some other frogs?



26. FROGS IN INDIA.

1. Mr. Evans went on to say:
"In India, and other hot lands, I
cannot think what people would
do without frogs.




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2. The sting-ing flies tor-ment
one so. They are a great plague,
and would be ten times worse with-
out frogs.
3. "All marshy places would
send forth swarms of insects, were
it not for these frogs, who live in
such places, and make insects
their food.
4. You see," added he, laugh-
ing, the frog is not very dainty.
He needs no sauce to help down
these wasps, which must taste
like pepper, I should think.
5. He gulps them down one
after the other, without burning
his mouth. And you need not
fear lest he should rob your larder.
He is safer there than your pet
cat."
6. "Well, I am sure," said
Betsy, looking a little ashamed
"That is a good thing. Those




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wasps do tease one in the autumn,
when they get sleepy.
7. I do not want the creature
killed, if you think it is not hurt-
ful, only I do wish it would get
out of my place, for I do not
like it."
8. "That is very easy to ma-
nage," said Mr. Evans. "Willy,
take the frog and carry him down
near the pond, or else put him in
the garden near the water."
9. Willy made haste to obey
his father, but Rana was too quick
for him. He made off in great
haste to-wards the hole by which
he came in.
10. And the little boy, who did
not notice the cat lying in his
way, tripped over her and fell on
the ground.
11. By this time Rana had
tucked himself safely into his




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