• TABLE OF CONTENTS
HIDE
 Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Frontispiece
 Title Page
 Dedication
 Table of Contents
 Floss's baby
 Six years old
 Plans
 The lost half-sovereign
 Carrots in trouble
 Carrots "all zight" again
 A long ago story
 "The bewitched tongue"
 Sybil
 A journey and its ending
 Happy and sad
 "The two funny little trots"
 Good endings
 Back Cover
 Spine






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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Front Cover 1
        Front Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Front Matter
    Frontispiece
        Frontispiece
    Title Page
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Dedication
        Page 3
        Page 4
    Table of Contents
        Page 5
        Page 6
    Floss's baby
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 12a
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
    Six years old
        Page 17
        Page 18
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        Page 23
        Page 24
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        Page 28
        Page 29
    Plans
        Page 30
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        Page 40a
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    The lost half-sovereign
        Page 47
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    Carrots in trouble
        Page 62
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    Carrots "all zight" again
        Page 79
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    A long ago story
        Page 91
        Page 92
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    "The bewitched tongue"
        Page 110
        Page 110a
        Page 111
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    Sybil
        Page 128
        Page 129
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        Page 131
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    A journey and its ending
        Page 149
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    Happy and sad
        Page 175
        Page 176
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    "The two funny little trots"
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    Good endings
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    Back Cover
        Back Cover 1
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    Spine
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CHAPTER III.
PLANS. . . . 30

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CARROTS IN TROUBLE . . 62 .

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a few reasons why Carrots's history should not
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4 do. There was nothing very remarkable about
him; there was nothing very remarkable about $.
Sthe place where he lived, or the things that -
S he did; and on the whole he was very much
-- -> j like other little boys. There are my no rea-
--.1 sons for you. But still he was Carrots; and
S after all, perhaps, that was the reason! I ". '
Shouldn't wonder.
S-. He was the baby of the family. He had
every right to be considered the baby, for
S he was not only the youngest, but very much
the youngest; for Floss, who came next to
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life, when he was just a wee pink ball of a crea- -'
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and sensible to be counted a baby; and he ,
was never fond of being petted--and then,
too, "Carrots came so naturally!
I have said that Carrots loved his sister
" Floss better than anybody or anything else ,' ".
. in the world. I think one reason of this was
... that she was the very first person he could '-
remember in his life; and a happy thing for
S him that it was so, for all about her that '-
there was to remember was nice and good .' : .
and kind. She was four years older than he; ',' '
-four years old, that is to say, when he first
came into the world, and looked about him ..
with grave inquiry as to what sort of a place ,'
S this could be that he had got to. And the '
first object that his baby-wise eyes settled "i .
upon with content, as if in it there might be
S a possible answer to the riddle, was Floss !
~' These children's father and mother were .
not very rich; and, having six boys and girls, -
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family party, and Cecil and Louise had a
governess. Mott learned with the governess
too, but was always talking of the time when
he should go to school with Jack; for he was
a very boy-ey boy, very much inclined to
look down upon girls in general, and his sis,
ters in particular, and his little sister Floss
in particularest. So, till Carrots appeared on
the scene, Floss had had rather a lonely time
of it; for "of course" Cecil and Louise, who
had pockets in all their frocks, and could play
the "March of the Men of Harlech" as a
duet on the piano, were far too big to be
"friends to Floss," as she called it. They
were friendly and kind in an elder-sisterly
way; but that was quite a different sort of
thing from being "friends to her," though it
never occurred to Floss to grumble or to
think, as so many little people think nowa-
day's, how much better things would have
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very, very much; and that was to have a
brother or sister, she did not much care which,
younger than herself. She had the most moth-
early heart in the world; though she was such W
a quiet little girl that very few people knew
anything about what she was thinking, and the
big ones laughed at her for being so outrage- .-
ously fond of dolls. She had dolls of every
kind and size, only alike in one thing, that
none of them were very pretty, or what you .
would consider grand dolls. But to Floss '
they were lovely, only, they were only dolls! 4
Can you fancy, can you in the least fancy,
Floss's delight a sort of delight that made
her feel as if she could n't speak -when one






ered with curly red hair. Where did h i-
S that from, I wonder? Not one of my chil.:ltir :n
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S-. Floss looked at her own tangle of fluffy hair
With new reverence. Hair somesing like my
." .- ,- hairs," she whispered. "0 nurse, dear nur-
sie, may Floss see him ?"
SGet up and let me dress you quickly, and -
S you shall see him; no fear but that you '11 see
S'"L.. more of the poor little fellow than you care ,
about," said nurse, though the last words were .,
-- hardly meant for Floss.
The truth was, that though of course every 1
S. .e meant to be kind to this new little baby,
to. take proper care of him, and all that sort ,-S
f thing, no one was particularly glad he had '
S. ome. His father and mother felt that five
-'.. b io:,ys and girls were already a good number to
':" Liring up well and educate and start in life,
Sii- :i't being very rich, you see; and even nurse,
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-'' the children's mother could not, she knew, .
very well afford to keep an under-nurse to
S help her, it was rather trying to look forward
Sto beginning again with all the "worrit of
a new baby,- bad nights and many tiring
climbs up the long stairs to the nursery, etc.;
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:. not grumble the least bit, and just quietly
made up her mind to make the best of it. .
But still Floss was the only person to give
the baby a really hearty welcome. And by .
some strange sort of baby instinct he seemed .
to know it almost from the first. He screamed
at Jack, and no wonder; for Jack, by way of sal-
utation, pinched his poor little nose, and said t
that the next time they had boiled mutton for
dinner, cook need not provide anything but
S turnips, as there was a fine crop of carrots all
S ready, which piece of wit was greatly applauded :
by Maurice and the girls. He wailed when
Cecil and Louise begged to be allowed to hold
him in their arms, so that they both tumbled .
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called him "a cross, ugly little thing."
S when little Floss sat down on the floor,
ing out her knees with great solemnil
smoothing her pinafore to make a nic
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quite content. He gave a sort of wrigg
a dog when he has been pretending to bu
h'i:le for himself in the rug, just before
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co.. .nd was fast asleep.
S Baby loves Floss," said Floss gravel
S--.-N i's long as nurse would let her, till he
.. I' illy ached, there she sat on the floor,
*, a mouse, holding her precious burden.
'' It was wonderful how trusty she was.
** :; handy," said nurse, indeed, far
*... llidy than many a girl of five times he
SI have been thinking," she said one
-'". F F ,--ss's mother, "I have been thinking,
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I get from Miss Flossie is really astonishing,
and Master Baby is that fond of her already,. '
you'd hardly believe it." .
And Floss's mother kissed her, and told her
she was a good little soul; and Floss felt, oh,

I so proud! Then a second thought struck her. ,' '
"Baby dood too, mamma," she said, staring up ". "-
into her mother's face with her bright, search-
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"poor baby is good too, dear;" and then she f-,
S had to hurry off to a great overhauling of ..', :
S Jack's shirts, which were, if possible, to be
: made to last him another half-year at school.
So it came to pass that a great deal of
Floss's life was spent in the nursery with Car- ', -
S. rots. He was better than twenty dolls; for ,
after a while he actually learned, first to stand
S alone, and then to walk, and after a longer .-
.t.' while he learned to talk, and to understand aill
S that Floss said to him, and b- and b, t,. pla, : .
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This chapter has seemed almost more about '
Floss than Carrots, you will say perhaps; but
S--' I couldn't tell you anything of Carrots's history
without telling you a great deal about Floss
too, so I dare say you won't mind. I dare say,
S too, you will not care to hear much more about
S Carrots when he was a baby; for, after all,
Y-- .'-i.- babies are all very like each other, and a baby
that wasn't like others would not be a baby.
S To Floss, I fancy, he seemed a remarkable i
S- .. baby; but that may have been because he was
*'-i her very own, and the only baby she had ever
known. He was certainly very good, in so far
as he gave nurse exceedingly little trouble; but
why children should give trouble when they are
perfectly well, and have everything they can
Possibly want, I have never been able to de-
cide. On the whole, I think it must have
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you would agree with me. It was near the sea,

for one thing; and that is always remarkable, is

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,i who has not really lived by it; not merely vis-

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ing and playful again, through fierce, rough
days, when it lashes itself with fury, and the
wind wails as if it were trying to tell the
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Carrots's nursery window looked straight out
In:": the sea; and many and many an hour .
SI Fl.-s and he spent at this window, watching
t i-ir strange, fickle neighbor at his gambols.
.i.' not know that they thought the sea at all ,
*i..n.erful. I think they were too much ac-
.:itomed to it for that; but they certainly /,
l.i.d it very interesting. Floss had names for ,
Sth different kinds of waves; some she called
-, i-'s of beef," when they showed up sideways. .
." In layers as it were of white and brown; and
.-. ':,me she called "ponies." That was the kind .
Stliht came prancing in, with a sort of dance, the- L
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-- just exactly like a frisky pony's mane.
Th-.ise were the prettiest waves of all, I think.
It was not at all a dangerous coast where .j
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lat stretch of sandy shore, going
niles just the same. There were
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Sandyshore for bathing. They .
sitors with children; for every
such a nice safe place for the


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"y, very busy one day; really
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grand as if he was an officer already, and Mott
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4 fussing about Jack, and no one had much time
to think of the two little ones.
They stood at the nursery window, poor little
souls, when Floss came up from her lessons, -
gazing out wistfully. It was a nice spring day;
not exactly sunny, but looking as if the sun ,
were only hiding himself to tease you, and
might come out any minute.
"If we miight go down to the shore," said
S Floss, half to herself, half to Carrots, and half
".t to nurse. I shouldn't have said it so, for there
S can't be three halves of anything; but no doubt
you will understand.
Go down to the shore, my dear ? repeated
nurse. I wish you could, I'm sure; but it will
be afternoon at least before I have a minute to "
spare to take you. And there's no one else to-
day; for cook and Esther are both as busy as i
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like best to go with you, nursie, and you to sit
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way. 0 nurse!" she exclaimed with sudden t'
eagerness, "wouldn't you let us go alone?' --
S You can peep out of the window and see usi
every few minutes, and we'll be so good!"
Nurse looked out of the window doubtfully.
S"Couldn't you play in the garden at the
; back, instead?" she said. "Your papa and
mamma won't be home till late, and I am
S always in a terror of any harm happening
while they are away."
"- "We won't let any harm happen," said Floss;
S "and we are so tired of the garden, nurse. .
There is nothing to play at there. The little
A. waves are so pretty this morning."
S There was certainly very little to play at ,
on the green at the back of the house, which
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S the soil was so poor that hardly any flowers
would grow, and even the grass was coarse
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"Well," she said, "if you will really be very
S good, I think I might trust you. Now, Master
Carrots, you will promise to do exactly what

S Miss Floss tells you ?"
"Yes; I promise," said Carrots, who had
been listening with great anxiety, though he
had not hitherto spoken he was not a great
talker; "I promise, nurse. I will do exactly
what Floss tells me, and Floss will do exactly
what I tell her; won't you, Floss ? So we shall
both be kite good that way, won't we ?"
"Very well," said nurse gravely, though she
felt very much inclined to laugh; "then run
and get your things as fast as you can."
And oh how happy the two were when they
found themselves out on the shore all alone!
They were so happy, they did not know what
to do; so, first of all, they ran races to run
away a little of the happiness. And when they
had run themselves quite hot, they sat down on
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S them, for they did not care very much about
digging. Children who live always by the sea
never care so much about digging as the lit- "..
tie visitors who come down in the summer,
,. ,i -and whose very first idea at the sight of the
sea is spades and buckets."
-. ., "What shall we play at, Carrots?" said
S Floss. I wish it was warm enough to paddle."
SCarrots looked at the little soft, rippling
waves contemplatively.
SWhen I'm a man," he said, "I shall pad. ll r. ,
i .always. I shall paddle in winter too. Wleicr
S I'm a man I won't have no nurse."
,Carrots," said Floss reproachfully, "that
isn't good of you. Think how kind nurse i !
: "Well, then," replied Carrots slowly, .. I
;'" -will have her, but she must let me padd l-i ,
always when I 'm a man."
"When you are a man, Carrots," said Fl..-:
S solemnly still, "I hope you will have somethi;-'
better to do than paddling. Perhaps you '11 L .
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retorted Carrots. "I'd rather be a sailor, like
papa."
Sailors have to kill people too sometimes,"
said Floss.
S Have they?" said Carrots. Then he sat
silent for a few minutes, finding this new idea ,
rather overwhelming. "Naughty people, do L.J
you mean, Floss ? he inquired at'last.
"Yes," said Floss unhesitatingly; "naughty
people, of course."
"But I don't like killing," said Carrots ; "not
killing naughty people, I don't like. I won't be
a soldier, and I won't be a sailor, and I won't
be a butcher, 'cos butchers kill lambs. Perhaps f
I'll be a fisherman."
But fishermen kill fish," said Floss. r "
S "Do they ? said Carrots, looking up in her "
face pathetically with his gentle brown eyes. .
S "I'm so sorry. I don't understand about -
kIll,--, Fi.:.s--. I don't like it."
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Eggs," said Carrots; "eggs and potatoes,
and and cake ?"
"But even that would be a sort of killing,"
persisted Floss, though feeling by no means
sure that she was not getting beyond her
depth. "If we didn't eat eggs, they would
grow into chickens, and so eating stops them;
and potatoes have roots, and when they're pulled
up they don't grow; and cake has eggs in, and
-oh, I don't know; let's talk of something
else."
What ? said Carrots. Fairies ?"
"If you like; or supposing we talk about
when auntie comes and brings Sybil."
"Yes," said Carrots; "I like that best."
",Well, then," began Floss, "supposing it is.
late in the evening when they come. You
would be in bed, Carrots, dear; but I would
have begged to sit up a little longer, and" -
"No, Floss; that isn't nice. I won't talk
about Sybil, if you make it like that," inter.
rupted Carrots, his voice sounding as if Ie
were going to cry. "Sybil isn't any bigger
than me. I wouldn't be in bed, Floss."







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Very well, dear. Never mind, darling. I
won't make it like that. It was very stupid of
S me. No; Sybil and auntie will come just about
our tea-time, and we shall be peeping along the
.. rad to see if the carriage from the station is
i-.'ming; and when we hear it we'll run in, and
pe-rhaps mamma will say we may stay in the
S.r.itwing-room to see them. You will have one
.-.t your new sailor suits on, Carrots, and I shall
Shave my white fiqgu and blue sash, and nurse
w'ill have made the nursery tea-table look so
ni,;e-with a clean tablecloth, you know, and
:iuite thin bread and butter, and jam, and per-
ii:ps eggs."
"I won't eat one," interrupted Carrots; "I
\.. n't never eat eggs. I'll keep all mine that
I get to eat, in a box, till they've growed into
S-i ickens."
But they're boiled when you get them,"
;:,d Floss; "they wouldn't grow into chickens
li en they're boiled."
Carrots sighed. "Well, never mind," he
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"Well, then," started Floss again, "you see,
the nursery tea would look so nice, that Sybil -'
would be sure to ask her mamma to let her. ,
have tea with us, even though it was the first '-
evening. Perhaps, you know, she would be
rather sky just at first, till she got to know
us. So we would be very, very kind to her;
and after tea we would show her all our things,
- the dolls only, Carrots, I'm afraid the .
-dolls are getting rather old."
Are they?" said Carrots sympathizingly.
"When I'm a man I'll buy you such a lot of.
new dolls, Floss, and Sybil, too, if she likes .-'.:
dolls- does she, Floss?" -
I don't know. I should think so," said
Floss. "When papa and mamma went to see
auntie, they said Sybil was like a doll herself.
I suppose she has beautiful blue eyes and long
gold curls. That was a year ago; she n i-t
be bigger now. Carrots!"
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we get cold, nurse won't let us come out
alone again."
SUp jumped Carrots onto his sturdy little
Slegs. I'll run, Floss," he said.
Floss," he began, when they stopped to
take breath again, "once I saw a little boy 4i!'
with a hoop. It went so nice on the sands. C''"- I
S I wish I had a hoop, Floss."
"I wish you had, dear," said Floss. "I'd
,-, buy you one if I had any money. But I i,
haven't; and we couldn't ask mamma, because
I know," and Floss shook her head mysteri-
ously, I know poor mamma hasn't any money
S to spare. I must think of a plan to get some."
Carrots kept silence for about three-quarters
of a minute. Have you thinkened, Floss ?"
he asked eagerly.
S "Thought," gravely said Floss; "not think-
ened,- what about ?"
S "About a plan," replied Carrots. He called
it a pan," but Floss understood him.
"Oh, dear, no!" said Floss; "plans take a
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you see, Carrots; not like fancies about fairies
and Sybil coming."
But when Sybil does come, that'll be real
then," said Carrots.
"Of course," agreed Floss; "but fancying
about it before isn't real."
It took Carrots a little while to get this
into his head. Then he began again, -
When, will you have thinkened enough,
Floss? By tea-time ? "
I don't know. No; I think you had better
wait till to-morrow morning, and then perhaps
the plan will be ready."
"Very well," said Carrots, adding, with a
little sigh, to-morrow morning is a long time,
Floss."
"Not very," said Floss consolingly. "Now,
Carrots, let's have one more race, and then we
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"Have you invented a plan for it?" Alice inquired
y -.' Not yet," said the knight.
THROUGH THE LOOKING-C

THE next morning Carrots woke very
: ..li the first thing he thought of was the
i-Fl.ss and he slept in the night nurse
:. : .. r'. little beds, and nurse slept in a

... ., i :..in that had a door opening into the nu
S She used to sleep there herself; but nov
,"i rots was so big, Floss and he were

--. f-.. by themselves, and poor old nurs

i.,': d having her own little room.
S Floss was still asleep; so Carrots only cl
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her cheeks looked pinker than when sne was.

awake.

I wonder what being asleep is," thought

the little boy as he looked at her. I always

go away, such a long way, when I am asleep.

I wonder if Floss does."

She couldn't have been very far away just

then; for somehow, though Carrots sat so still,

she seemed to know he was there. Sh-

turned round and half opened her eyes, then

shut them; as if she were trying to go t.i,

sleep again, then opened them once more, quite

wide this time, and caught sight of the funn,

little figure beside her.

"Carrots," she said in a sleepy voice, "Car-

rots, dear, what are you doing there ? You'll

catch cold."

"No, I won't. May I come in aside yo.i.

Floss ? I was only watching for you to wakc-.

I didn't wake you, did I ?" said Carrots, :.

Floss made room for him, and he poked hi

cold little toes down into a nice warm place.

" I did so want to know if it was ready; for it's

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'. "If what's ready?" said Floss, for she was
rather sleepy still.
"The plan for getting money."
.r :-. "Oh!" said Floss. "Yes," she went on L
after thinking for a minute, "yes, it's nearly ;
S? :.i.:l', at lI.i.it. I'm almost sure it is. But it's L
1-L i :1 ,ll,.,it T rcAT;l.y for telling you yet, Carrots."

.rr- t I... l.-ked terribly disappointed.
%-' r. *I tln;," went, on Floss, "I think it will
-' be ra,:id f,: r rolling you after breakfast. And
S. if u lik. :. may listen to something I am
'i "-. gL t.:. a--k nurse at breakfast, and perhaps
.- tht . 'i' .At bt:.ikf. -time Carrots was all ears. All
C..r ain:i n:. rtngue, so that nurse began to
.L \\ ..,!.lr-! it in_ wias ill. .1.
-II h.l:'u.ll'r like you to be ill the very day a
i r r nM.-treIr I -.k has gone," she said anxiously.
S lik ih..i ...-- up to town by the night train
i[ I' I-- t.itl'ir "One trouble at a time is quite
..i -i f..r 'our poor mamma. /
S ... -- I la. -l:' .ing to the big school a trouble ? "
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"My dear," said nurse solemnly, "one may
be glad of a thing, and sorry too. And changes
S mostly are good and bad together." .'./.. '.
S Floss did not say any more, but she seemed
i to be thinking about what nurse had said.
Carrots was thinking too.'
r.. "When I'm a man," he said at last, "I ;
" ,- won't go to a big school if Floss doesn't want
me to."
Nurse smiled. There's time enough to see-
about that," she said. Get on with your break-
*i 'r fast, Master Carrots; you'll never grow a big
boy if you don't eat plenty." '., '
S "Nurse," said Floss suddenly, "what's the
dearest thing we eat? What costs most?"
; "Meat nowadays, Miss Flossie," said nurse. ,. 4-',
S "Could we do without it asked Floss.
S Nurse shook her head.
S' "What could we do without?" continue.d
the child. We couldn't do without bread .-.r
milk, I suppose. What could we do without '- '
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began to have a glimmering of what Floss
was driving at; "but the money's well spent
S in good food to make you strong and well." .
S --'.- "Then, isn't there anything we could do :
r {. without- without it hurting us, I mean ? said
Floss in a tone of disappointment.'.
:. Oh, yes," said nurse; "I dare say there is. .
Once a little boy and girl I knew went with-
i :it sugar in their tea for a month, and their .[
S -..tndmother gave them sixpence each instead." '_
Sixpence !" exclaimed Floss, her eyes. '
-. I: .laming.
SSixpence each," corrected nurse.
STwo sixpences; that would be a shilling.
.,r Car. rots, do you hear ?"
S Carrots had been listening with might and -
S- .. :in, but was rather puzzled. r,
Would two sixpennies pay for two hoops ?"
.. he whispered to Floss, pulling her pinafore
ti! she bent her head down to listen.
.-. : Of course they would. At least, I'm almost
e. I'll ask nurse. Nurse dear," she went V
.i in a louder voice, "do you think we might. '

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: do that way Carrots and I about sugar,
S I mean ?"

"I don't see that it would do you any harm," -. .

.' said nurse. "You must ask your mamma. '; .
But Floss hesitated. .

*'i'.-' "I shouldn't much like to ask mamma," s,_ -''
" ....-. said; and Carrots, who was listening so inten:l, '. '.

S that he had forgotten l ll about his bread :,i
milk, noticed that Floss's face grew red. -- I


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money for something for ourselves; and if e '<
told mamma, it would be like asking her to .


us not to eat any sugar in our tea for a mon the

and you could keep the sugar in a packet all .


together, nurse, and then you might tell marmmr
that we had saved it, and she would give u- .1
shilling for it. It would be quite worth a s lhl
ling, wouldn't it, nurse ? "
"Oh, yes," said nurse; "I am sure yoi.r
mamma would say it was." Then she crn-
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S trustworthy nurses whose notions are strong
on the point of everything being told to
mamma." But she perfectly understood
---"" Floss's hesitation; and though she might not
Shave been able to put her feeling into words,
S she felt that it might do the child harm to
t-. thwart her delicate instinct.
--. -L ",Well, nurse?" said Floss at last. .
'- "Well, Miss Flossie, I don't think for once
I shall be doing wrong in letting you have a
Secret. When will you begin? This is Thurs-
S'. day; on Saturday your mamma will give me

-' .' day ? But does Master Carrots quite under-
"_ .' stand ?" ",
"Oh, yes," said Floss confidently; "he un-
'71 derstands; don't you, dear ?"
S "Oh, yes," said Carrots; "we won't eat not
"-. any sugar, Floss and me, for a great long
time, and nurse will tie it up in a parcel with '
-. a string round, and mamma will buy it, and
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-"Floss and me will go to the toy-shop and
buy our hoops; won't we, Floss? Oh, I wish '
S it was time to go now; don't you, Floss?"
"Yes, dear; a month's a good while to wait," "" .
S said Floss sympathizingly. "May we go out
on the shore again by ourselves this afternoon, ..
Nursee" '' -
"If it doesn't rain," said nurse; and Floss,
who had half an hour to wait before it was time ,-.a
for her to join her sisters in the schoolroom, '
went to the window to have a look at the '
S weather. She had not stood there for more
than a minute when Carrots climbed up on to
a chair beside her.
"It's going to rain, Floss," he said; "there
are the little curly clouds in the sky that -
S Matthew says come when it rains.""
Floss looked up at the sky and down at the '
S sea.
"The sea looks cross to-day," she s-i;.:1 *
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the water looked dull and leaden.
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S ing and I have nucken to do. Can't you think
of a plan for me to have something to do?"
. Carrots's head was running on "plans."
Floss considered.
,', "Would you like to tidy my drawer for
me?" she said. "This isn't the regular day
S for tidying it; but it is in a mess, because I
; turned all the things upside down when I was
-. looking for our race-horses' reins yesterday.
Will you put it quite tidy, Carrots? "
S "Oh, yes; quite, dear Floss," said Carrots.
"I'll put all the dolls neat, and all the pieces,
and all the sewing things. 0 dear Floss, what
nice plans you make! "
So when Floss had gone to her lessons, and
nurse was busy with her morning duties, in and
out of the room, so as not to lose sight of Car-
rots, but still too busy to amuse him, he, with
great delight, set to work at the drawer. It cer-
tainly was much in need of tidying; and after
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the different things back again in order. It
took him a good while, and his face got rather'
-i' red with stooping down to the floor to pick up '
S all the things he had deposited there; for the
,, drawer itself was too heavy for him to lift out '".
bodily, if, indeed, such an idea had occurred to
K..- him. It was the middle drawer of the cup-
board, the top part of which was divided into
shelves, where the nursery cups and saucers and .
S those sorts of things stood. The drawer above
Floss's was nurse's, where she kept her w.:.,k .
and a few books and a little note-paper, and :
on; and the drawer at the bottom, so that I. -
S could easily reach it, was Carrots's own. '
One end of Floss's drawer was given up i. i
her dolls. She still had a good many; f:r
though she did not care for them now as mir.!. .1
S as she used, she never could be persuaded t: ---
i throw any of them away. But they were it,:t
very pretty;.even Carrots could see that, ..i '
Carrots, to tell the truth, was very fond '._
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"I would buy Floss such a most beautiful doll!
SI wish I had some money."
For the moment he forgot about the hoops .
and the "plan," and sat down on a little stool
with one of the unhappiest-looking of the dolls
.- in his arms. ,
I wish I could buy you a new face, poor "
dolly !" he said. "I wish I had some money."
He got up again to put poor dolly back into
'l her corner. As he was smoothing down the .'.
. paper which lined the drawer, he felt something
--"1" '."._ hard close to dolly's foot; he pushed away the "S
-,_ dolls to see. There, almost hidden by a crum-
Sple in the paper, lay a tiny little piece of
money -a little shining piece, about the size
:..,T .' of a sixpence, only a different color.
S "A yellow sixpenny Oh, how nice!" thought
L : Carrots, as he seized it. "I wonder if Floss .
S itS knowed it was there. It would just do to buy
.; a n'. .. I :. I could go to the toy-shop
t.. buI., ,ne t: .-,.',rprise Floss. I won't tell
FI. ,.e f: Lil!d it I'll keep it for a secret,
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sure Floss doesn't know; I think the f
must have put it there."
He wrapped the piece of money up car
S in a bit of paper; and after considering
^ he could best hide it, so that Floss should
_. I-i ; know till it was time to surprise her, he fix
.; a beautiful place. He hid it under one o
little round saucers in his paint-box--a
old paint-box it was, which had descended
-.- Jack, first to Mott, and then to Carrots
S which, all the same, Carrots considered o:
his greatest treasures.
S When nurse came into the room, she i
the tidying of the drawer completed, and
rots sitting quietly by the window. He di
tell her about the money he had found; it
entered into his little head that he should
of it. He had got into the way of not t
Small the little things that happened to him t
but Floss; for he was naturally a very
child, and nurse was getting too old t.:,
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Shined to keep it a secret even from Floss, till
he could buy a new doll with it; but very
S '. likely he would have told her of it after all,
had not something else put it out of his head.
S The something else was that that afternoon
nurse took Floss and him a long walk, and a
S walk they were very fond of.
-* It was to the cottage of the old woman who,
S ever since they had come to Sandyshore, had
washed for them. She was a very nice old >"
woman, and her cottage was beautifully clean; ,
and now and then Floss and Carrots had gone
with nurse to have tea with her, which was a
great treat. But to-day they were not going
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Jack's things quickly, and nurse knew the old
woman would be glad to have it, as it was close
to the day on which she had to pay her rent.
Floss and Carrots were delighted to go; for
even when they did not stay to tea, Mrs. White
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*' Before they started, nurse went to her drawer
S :.', :and took out of it a very small packet done up -.. '
in white paper; and this little packet she put
into her purse.
It was, after all, a nice fine day. Floss and
Carrots walked quietly beside nurse for a little;
.and then she gave them leave to run races,
Which made the way seem very short till they..-
"" got to Mrs. White's.
; "How nice it will be when we have our ',
S hoops, won't it, Carrots ?" said Floss. .-. -
S', Carrots had almost forgotten about the hoops; "
but now that Floss mentioned them, it put him
in mind of something else.
"Wouldn't you like a new doll, Floss ?" he
S.said mysteriously, "a most beautifullest new
..iil, with hair like--like the angels' hairs in
trl. big window at church, and eyes'like the ,
little blue stones in mamma's ring?"
';" 'Of course I would," said Floss; "and v.-.',I
:. : her Angeline, wouldn't we, Carrots? But
t'- no good thinking about it; I shall ne'. cr
h lie one like that, unless the fairies send it
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"If the fairies sended you money to buy
Sone, wouldn't that do ?" said Carrots, staring
''. up in her face with a funny look in his eyes.
-But before Floss had time to answer, nurse
2..'_ called to them. They were at the corner of
"-. "'* "*-?i the lane which led to Mrs. White's.
Mrs. White was very kind. She had baked
Sa cake only a day or two. before, and cut off a ;''
S beautiful big piece for each of the children,
S :-. then she gave them a drink of milk; and they
S ran out into her little garden to eat their
S-. -and look at the flowers, till nurse had ,
i '" trnhed her business with the old washer-
'. -, v.an, and was ready to go home.
Floss and Carrots thought a great deal of
I' M White's garden. Small as it was, it
5- .:J 'j"' --t.i. far more flowers in it than their own '
i. l,, ir,.len at the back of the Cove House; for it
.. i. \\ a mile or two farther from the sea, and
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._IC : .i cr.:ni the wind.
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meant that sweet, lazy-busy hum of bees and
butterflies and all sorts of living creatures .. .
that you never hear except in a real old- .'.:.,-
fashioned garden where there are lots of clove- .--'
pinks and sweet-williams and roses; roses es-
''(! pecially, -great, big cabbage-roses, and dear
'' little pink climbing roses, the kind that peep
in at a cottage window to bid you "good-morn- 'K
ing." Oh, how very sweet those old-fashioned
Flowers are though rose fanciers," and all the

clever gardeners we have nowadays, wouldn't
give anything for them! I tlhi-r rhmii tl i
sweetest of all. Don't you, O:riili:rr, 'Or '
it only when one begins to gr.: '.- :il-t.i-li'ne.:i '''
one's self, and to care more for rthlin :- t it u-eil us"
to be than things that are n .'., t!i:it .ri, ".is
i'' to prize these old friends so .j ,
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You must forgive me, boys ind irl-. \\,._r '
people begin to grow old, the, :'t 11i tIhe l..it .
of telling stories in a rambling ..;, : but I d.-it '
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as big people sometimes are. And it all comes
back to me so -even the old washerwoman's
cottage I can see so plainly, and the dear
S straggly little garden!
': For you see, children, I am telling you the
'* p history of a real little boy and girl, not fancy
+-"' '' children; and that is why, though there is noth- '.
ing very wonderful about Floss and Carrots,, '
S "- I hope the story of their little pleasures and
S sorrows and simple lives may be interesting to .I
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Children should not leave about
Anything that's small and bright;
Lest the fairies spy it out, -
+-,t And fly off with it at night. ,
POEMS WRITTEN FOR A CHILD. .

S THERE was no buzzy sound in Mrs. White's. ,,
garden this afternoon. It was far too early in
the year for that; indeed, it was beginning to.
feel quite chilly and cold, as the afternoons
often do of fine days in early spring; and by '
the time Floss and Carrots had eaten their
cake, and examined all the rose-bushes to see
if they could find any buds, and wished it were ..
S summer, so that there would be some straw- -
berries hiding under the glossy green leave-., '
they began to wonder why nurse was so lon, .. '-
",- and to feel rather cold, and tired of waitin:.. ."
S "Just run to the door, Carrots dear," si. -
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that nurse and Mrs. White were fond of a com-
fortable talk together, and might not like to
be interrupted by her. But Carrots they would
not mind.
Carrots set off obediently; but before he
got to the door he met nurse coming out. She
"" was followed by Mrs. White, and both were talk- -
ing rather earnestly. '
"You'll let me know, if so be as you find it,
,. ''.' Mrs. Hooper; you won't forget?" Mrs. White
was saying, Hooper was nurse's name, for
I feel quite oneasy I do that -for you."
S"I'll let you know, and thank you, Mrs.
White," said nurse. "I'm glad I happened to
.' bring some of my own money with me too; for
S^'-.- '-, I should have been sorry to put you to any ill-
J." convenience by my carelessness, though how
z. I could have been so careless as to mislay it,
SI'm sure it's more than I can say."
It is, indeed, and you so careful," said Mrs.
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"Come along, Master Carrots," she said; "I '.
was just going to look for you. Wherever's
Miss Floss ? We must be quick; it's quite
time we were home."
"I'll tell Floss," said Carrots, disappearing '
Again down the path; and in another moment 'i
Floss and he ran back to nurse.
Though they had been very quick, nurse -.i--
S seemed to think they had.been slow. She even '
scolded Floss a very little, as if she had been L-
S kept waiting by her and Carrots, when she was
in a hurry to go; and both Floss and Carrots .'; ,... ,
felt that this was very hard, when the fact was
that they had been waiting for nurse till they.' .
were both tired and cold.
It wasn't Floss's fault. Floss wanted you .
'.1- to come quick, and she sended me to see," said .-.
S Carrots indignantly. :.'- --
"Hold your tongue, Master Carrots!" said" -
nurse sharply. '
Carrots's face got very red; he gave nurse
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But Floss would not go; she drew
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S" No, Carrots, dear," she said in a lc
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You run on for a minute. I want to speak to
-, nurse.
Carrots ran on, and Floss stayed behind.
; "* Nurse," she said softly, slipping her hand
t liIough nurse's arm, which, by stretching up
.: tip-toe, she was just able to do, "nurse,.
d.:ar, what's the matter ?"
Nothing much, Miss Flossie," replied nurse-
.t ting. the kind little hand; "nothing much;
[it I'm growing an old woman, and easy put
',.Lut-and such a stupid-like thing for me to
S liae done !"
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I have lost a half-sovereign a ten-shilling
piece in gold, Miss Flossie," replied nurse..
S "Out of your pocket? Dropped it, do you -
mean?" said Floss.
.' Oh, no! I had it in my purse; at least, I
S thought I had," said nurse. "It was a half-
S sovereign of your mamma's, that she gave me
to pay Mrs. White with for Master Jack's things ..'
"'t and part of last week that was left over; and I
wrapped it up with a shilling and a sixpence
--it came to eleven and six altogether--in -
a piece of paper, and put it in my drawer in
S the nursery; and before I came out I put the -
packet in my purse. And when I opened it ..
at Mrs. White's, no half-sovereign was there!
S Only the shilling and the sixpence!"
S "You didn't drop it at Mrs. White's, did
you? Should we go back and look?" said
j, Floss, standing still, as if ready to run off
S that moment. ,
S "No, no, my dear! It's not at Mrs. Whitt's.
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'. there's just the chance of its being in the .
.-'. drawer at home. I feel all in a fever till I
get there to look. -But don't you say any-
thing about it, Miss Flossie ; it's my own fault,
and no one must be troubled about it but my-
Sself." ,
:'- Poor nursie," said Floss; "I'm so sorry.
But you're sure to find it in your drawer.
'.. Lt's go home very fast. Carrots," she called
:.our to the little figure obediently trotting on
:' : .i front, "Carrots, come and walk with nursie
a -.. ajr me now. Nursie isn't vexed."
S Carrots turned back, looking up wistfully in
i uise's face.
-t .'Poor darlings! said the old woman to her-
rl.i; "such a shame of me to have spoilt their
a lk!
And all the way home, "to make up," she
s.. even kinder than usual. ,
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in. '.,:ey were disappointed. She searched all
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S that Carrots had been busy "tidying" for Floss
that morning. r. A-,
Master Carrots, my dear," she said, "when .;
you were busy at Miss Floss's drawer to-day,
you didn't open mine, did you, and touch any- '"
thing in it?" .'
Oh, no," said Carrots at once; "I'm quite,
S'"' quite sure I didn't, nursie.".
You're sure you didn't touch nurse's purse,
or a little tiny packet of white paper, in her '
drawer?" inquired Floss, with an instinct that ...-.
the circumstantial details might possibly recall .
some forgotten remembrance to his mind. '.'-.
";."" Quite sure," said Carrots, looking straight
up in their faces with a thoughtful, but not un- .t'."
certain, expression in his brown eyes.
'' "Because nurse has lost something out of
S her drawer, you see, Carrots dear, and she is
i, very sorry about it," continued Floss.. .
S "What has she lost ? But I'm sure," repeat'.: .-
S Carrots, I didn't touch nurse's drawer, r.:.r'
nucken in it. What has nurse lost?" .
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- said; "it's plain he doesn't know, and I
wouldn't like the other servants to hear.
S Just forget about it, Master Carrots, my dear;

perhaps nurse will find it some day."
So Carrots, literally obedient, asked no more
questions. He only said to himself, with a
puzzled look on his face, "A half-sovereign!
I didn't know nurse had any sovereigns. I
S thought only Floss had and I never saw

any broken in halfs"
But as no more was said in his hearing
about the matter, it passed from his innocent
mind.
Nurse thought it right to tell the children's
mother of her loss, and the girls and Maurice
heard of it too. They all were very sorry for
nurse, for she took her own carelessness rather
sorely to heart. But by her wish nothing was
said of it to the two other servants, one of
,ihom had only lately come, though the other
i hI.:l been with them many years.
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And her mistress gave in to her. "Though
S certainly you must not bear the loss, nurse,"
she said kindly; for in all these years you
have saved me too many half-sovereigns, and
.- whole ones too, for me to mind much about '
the loss of one. And you've asked Carr.,ot-.
you say; you're sure he knows nothing abot.it
it ? "
"Quite sure, ma'am," said nurse unhesitat-
ingly.
And several days went on, and nothing rri:i c
was said or heard about the half-soverel-:
Only all this time the little yellow sixpeln,
lay safely hidden away in Carrots's paint-lb:..
I '" : In a sense he had forgotten about it. li-.
knew it was safe there, and he had aln,,..:t
fixed in his mind not to tell Floss about it
till the day they should be going to the t:.,
shop to buy their hoops. Once or twice I-I
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to where the little coin had come from. He
S.-. had found it in Floss's drawer; that was quite
enough. If he had any thoughts about its '
history, they were that either Floss had had
"the sixpenny" a long time ago, and had for-
gotten it, or that the fairies had brought it;
..-.i and, on the whole, he inclined to the latter --
":"W explanation, for you see there was something "
different about this sixpenny to any he had r
ever seen before.
-. Very likely "fairies' sixpennies are always
^:-.. that pretty yellow color, he thought.
One day, about a week after the loss of the
half-sovereign, Maurice happened to come into
A- S the nursery just at the little ones' tea-time.
*_- j It was a half-holiday, and he had been out for
-.:.;-; *-. a long walk with some of his companions; for Li
he still went to school at Sandyshore, and
now he had come in tremendously hungry
and thirsty.
.. "I say, nurse!" he exclaimed, seating him-
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tea for two hours yet. And Carrots, young '
man, I want your paint-box; mine's all gone
to smash, and Cecil won't lend me hers, and '
I want to paint flags with stars and stripes. '.-
for my new boat." -
"Tars and tipes," repeated Carrots; "what's'
S tars and tipes ? "
What's that to you? replied Mott politely.
"Bless me, I am so thirsty! Give me your tea,
S Carrots, and nurse will make you some more. '
S What awful weak stuff! But I'm too thirsty
S to wait."
He seized Carrots's mug, and drank off its
contents at one draught. But when he put _..'
the mug down he made a very wry face.,
What horrible stuff! he exclaimed.
"Nurse, you've forgotten to put in any -';
sugar." "
: .. No, she hasn't," said Carrots bluntly.
Nurse smiled, but said nothing, and Fls=. '
looked fidgety.
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Yes, I do like it," replied Carrots; but
he would say no more.
Floss grew more and more uneasy. --
"0 Mott! she burst out, "please don't
tease Carrots. It's nothing wrong; it's only '
something we've planned ourselves."
Mott's curiosity was by this time thoroughly '.
:aroused.
"A secret, is it?" he exclaimed, pricking .fl'
up his ears; "you'd best tell it me. I'm a
duffer at keeping secrets. Out with it!" I,
Floss looked ready to cry; and Carrots shut ."
his mouth tight, as if determined not to give
in. Nurse thought it time to interfere.
"Master Maurice," she said *appealingly,
don't tease the poor little things; there's a
good boy. If it is a secret, there's no harm *"
in it, you may be sure." i.
"Tease !" repeated Mott virtuously; "I'm
ino:t tca-inr. I only want to know what the
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hold of a boy; and once this is the case, who
can say where or at what a boy will stop?

,y, Every opposition or contradiction only adds
S fuel to the flames; and not seldom a tiny

spark may thus end in a great fire. Nurse
knew something of boys in general, and of Mott
in particular; and, knowing what she did, she
decided in her own mind that she had better
S take the bull by the horns without delay.
S "Miss Floss," she said seriously, "and Mas-
, i' ter Carrots, I think you had better tell your

S brother your secret. He'll be very kind about
it, you'll see, and he won't tell anybody."
"Won't you, Mott? said Floss, jumping up

and down on her chair in her anxiety. "Prom-
ise !"
"Honor bright," said Mott.
S Carrots opened his mouth as if about to
speak, but shut it down again.
What were you going to say ?" said Mott.
"Nucken," replied Carrots.

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if they've 'nucken' to say," said Mott, as if
he didn't believe Carrots.
S "I didn't mean that I wasn't going to say v
nucken," said Carrots; "I mean I haven't
Snucken to say now." f
"And what were you going to say?" per-
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':, Carrots looked frightened. .
S I was only sinking if you knowed, and '.
o ,ii ;e knowed, and Floss knowed, and I
'wkned, it wouldn't be a secret."
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.;-_. What a precious goose you are!" he ex-
1'. i:'l:inned. "Well, secret or no secret, I'm going
t hear it; so tell me.
Floss looked at nurse despairingly.
: -:*'.. You tell, nurse, please," she said. i'-
So nurse told, and Maurice looked more
.- .. :-iised than ever. "What an idea!" he ex-
c"' dl-ined. I don't believe Carrots 'll hold out
:I f.:or a month, whatever Floss may do, unless
Iv has a precious lump of ac ac--what is
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for his age. But you needn't have made such
S a fuss about your precious secret. Here, "
S, nurse, give us some tea, and you may put in .
all the sugar Floss and Carrots have saved _
by now."
'.'. Floss and Carrots looked ready to cry; but- A.
nurse reassured them.
Never you fear," she said; "he shall have
what's proper, but no more. Never was such
a boy for sweet things as you, Master Mott! "
,' It shows in my temper, doesn't it ?" he ,'.
said saucily. And then he was so pleased
with his own wit, that for a few minutes he
forgot to tease, occupying himself by eating -,'
lots of bread and butter instead, so that tea
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But bitter while they flow, are childish tears." .

"Now, Carrots," said Mott, when he had
eaten what he considered might possibly sup-
port him for the next two hours, "now, Carrots, "
let's have the paint-box. You needn't disturb
yourself," he continued; for Carrots was pre-
S paring to descend from his high chair. I
know where you keep it; it's in your drawer,
isn't it ? Which is his drawer, nurse? It'll be
a good opportunity for me to see if he keeps '
it tidy."
No, no; let me get it myself cried Carrots,.
tumbling himself off his chair anyhow in his
eagerness. Nurse, nurse! don't tell him which
-.j is mine; don't let him take my paint-box; let ,-
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Nurse looked at him with some surprise; i
was seldom the little boy so excited himself
Master Mott won't hurt your drawer, mn
dear," she said; "you don't mind his havint
your paint-box, I'm sure. But do let him ge
it out himself, if he wants, Master Maurice
there's a dear boy," she continued; for Mauric
was by this time ferreting in Floss's drawe
with great gusto, and in another moment would
have been at Carrots's. But Carrots was at i
before him. He pulled it open as far as h
Could; for in consequence of Mott's invest
. .. gations in the upper story, he could not easily
.' penetrate to his own quarters. But he kne\
exactly where the paint-box lay, and manage
to slip it out without Maurice's noticing wha
he was doing. His triumph was short-live.l
S however; before he could open the box, Mot
was after him.
,'' "Hi, you young sneak!" he cried; "wha
are you after now ? Give me the box. I believe
you want to take the best paints out before
you lend it to me;" and he wrenched the paint
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"I don't; I don't!" sobbed Carrots, sitting
S down on the floor, and crying bitterly. "You
.. may have all the paints, Mott; but it's my
secret, oh, my secret" -
,What are you talking about ?" said Mott
S r'...hly, pulling out the lid as he spoke. The
".... l d been all tumbled about in the struggle, 'j
..I. the paints came rattling out, -the paints '
d II :.i the brushes and the little saucers,--and
S. v itl them came rolling down onto the floor,
;- -.' -,i.llen, you know what,-the "fairies' six-
S -.- :ii" '.," the little bright, shining yellow half- "'5
i ..rign !
A. strange change came over Mott's face.
SNurse he cried, do you see that ? What
d *.: > that mean ?"
: Nurse hastened up to where he was stand- '.;
" n ii; she stared for a moment in puzzled aston-
.. -hin,,:-nt at the spot on the carpet to which the ..
-.. fi: Maurice's boot was pointing, then she .'
S -t.,:,i:.ed down slowly and picked up the coin,
rtill without speaking.
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believing what she saw.
Of course it's your half-sovereign," said
Mott, it's as plain as a pikestaff. But how
did it come there ? that's the question."
Nurse looked at Carrots with puzzled per-
plexity. "He couldn't have known," she
said in a low voice, too low for Carrots to
hear. He was still sitting on the floor sob-
bing; and through his sobs was to be heard
now and then the melancholy cry, "My secret !
oh, my poor secret "
"You hear what he says," said Mauri:' ,
"what does his 'secret' mean but that he
sneaked into your drawer and took the h:It-
sovereign, and now doesn't like being found
out. I'm ashamed to have him for my, brothbr.
that I am, the little cad!"
"But he couldn't have understood," s.iil
nurse, at a loss how otherwise to defend -ier
little boy. I'm not even sure that he right I.
knew of my losing it; and he might have takrni
it, meaning no harm, not knowing what it w:a.,
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S ,; "Rubbish," said Maurice. "A child that
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S. must be old enough to understand something .
S about what money is."
I.K'- "But that was my plan; it wasn't Carrots 4'
'., that thought of it at all," said Floss, who
all this time had stood by, frightened and .
Sdi-rressed, not knowing what to say. )
-* Hold your tongue, Floss," said Maurice ,
"- r.':'uhly; and Floss subsided. "Carrots," he
..i >tinued, turning to his brother, "leave off
Sing this minute, and listen to me. Who
''- l. this piece of money in your paint-box?" .
'. I did, my own self," said Carrots.
'' What for ?"
S. To keep it a secret for Floss," sobbed r
-, carrots.
-- '.:. Mlaurice turned triumphantly to nurse.
.. There," he said, "you see! And," he
) ':itinued to Carrots again, "you took it out of'
i n.se's drawer out of a little paper packet ? "
SNo," said Carrots, "I didn't. I didn't.
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You didn't know nurse had lost a half-
sovereign exclaimed Mott. Carrots, how
dare you say so ?"
"Yes," said Carrots, looking so puzzled that
for a moment or two he forgot to sob; I did
know: Floss told me."
Then, how can you say you didn't know this
was nurse's ? said Mott.
Oh, I don't know I didn't know I can't
understand !" cried Carrots, relapsing into fresh
sobs.
I wish your mamma was in, that I do,"
said nurse, looking ready to cry too; by this
time Floss's tears were flowing freely.
She isn't in, so it's no good wishing she
was," said Maurice; but papa is," he went
on importantly, "and I'll just take Carrots
to him and see what he'll say to all this."
Oh, no, Master Mott don't do that, I beZ
an.d pray of you," said nurse, all but wringin-.
her hands in entreaty. "Your papa doe-in't
uni:le-rstand about the little ones: do wait till
\.ult- mamma comes in."


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"No, indeed, nurse; it's a thing papa should
be told," said Mott, in his innermost heart half
inclined to yield, but working himself up to im-
agine he was acting very heroically. And, not-
withstanding nurse's distress and Floss's tears, 4
off he marched his unfortunate little brother to
the study.
"Papa," he said, knocking at the door, may -
I come in? There's something I must speak .'
to you about immediately."
"Come in, then," was the reply. "Well, j
and what's the matter now? Has Carrots
hurt himself? asked his father, naturally
enough, for his red-haired little son looked
pitiable in the extreme as he crept into the
room after Maurice, frightened, bewildered, and,
so far as his gentle disposition was capable
of such a feeling, indignant also, all at once. .
"No," replied Maurice, pushing Carrots for- .
..:i, .. h'.- not hurt himself; it's worse than
t'it I-'i:," he continued excitedly, "you ,
v.'liF.pi rneli once, when I was a little fellow,
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you, but I think it's right you should know;
I am afraid you will have to punish Carrots
more severely than you punished me, for he's
done worse than tell a story." Maurice stop-
pe1 to take breath, and looked at his father
to see the effect of his words. Carrots had
stopped crying to listen to what Maurice was
saying; and there he stood, staring up with
his large brown eyes, two or three tears still
struggling down his cheeks, his face smeared
and red, and looking very miserable. Yet he
did not seem to be in the least ashamed of
himself, and this somehow provoked Mott and
hardened him against him.
What's he been doing ?" said their father,
looking at the two boys with more amuse-
ment than anxiety, and then glancing regret-
fully at the newspaper which he had been
comfortably reading when Mott's knock came
to the door.
He's done much worse than tell a stor'."
repeated Maurice, "though for that matter h,-- .
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not understand, and he was too frightened and

rIli.-erable to collect his little wits together to

try to do so. He just gave a sort of little

tr,:nble and began to cry again.

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I don't know," sobbed Carrots.

Now, Captain Desart, Carrots's father, was,

ai I think I have told you, a sailor. If any of

....i children have a sailor for your father you

iu.3t not think I mean to teach you to be

S.. -respectful when I say that sailors are, there

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S Well, Carrots had got it all the time; he took

it out of nurse's purse, and hid it away in his --

paint-box, without telling anybody. He can't L'

deny it, though he tried to." "

S "Carrots," said his father sternly, "is this .

S true? "

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hasty. And I do not think, on the whole, that i' -
they understand much about children, though
S they are often very fond of them and very
kind. All this was the case with Carrots's
father. He had been so much away from his
*, children while they were little that he really,
hardly knew how they had been brought up .:.r
trained, or anything about their childish wa;, ;
o', he had left them entirely to his wife, arin..i
scarcely considered them as in any way -
business," till they were quite big boys ani)
girls. .
But once he did begin to notice them, thou h .
S very kind, he was very strict. He had mn:.t-r
decided opinions about the only way of che'k.
S ing their faults whenever these were seri:..- .
.., enough to attract his attention; and he co,.li.:l
'. not and would not be troubled with arguing '
': or what he called splitting hairs," about si.: .
S matters. A fault was a fault; telling a fal:, '
hood was telling a falsehood; and he made- .
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child, according to his ideas, was to be treated
S exactly like another; why the same offence
S should deserve severer punishment with a self-
willed, self-confident, bold, matter-of-fact lad,
S such as Maurice, than with a timid, fanciful,
Lub:y-like creature, as was his little Fabian,
h" could not have understood had he tried. '
Nurse knew all this by long experience; no
i..nder, kind though she knew her master to
-. :i-e. that she trembled when Mott announced
.- i is intention of laying the whole affair before
11_ father. Ijv
... But poor Carrots did not know anything
about it. "Papa" had never been "cross"
t... him before, and he was far from clearly
S_ understanding why he was "cross" to him
: v-.,. So he just sobbed, and said, "I don't i
_' '. know," which was. about the worst thing he
S.. '..ald possibly have said in his own defence, *
.. tio.ugh literally the truth. .
No or yes, sir," said Captain Desart, his
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S- six years old he was speaking to,-" no non- -
sense of 'don't knows.' Did you, or did you
o not, take nurse's half-sovereign out of her
drawer and keep it for your own?" -
C "No," said Carrots; "I never took nucken'
..-.'. out of nurse's drawer. I never did, papa, and '
SI didn't know nurse had any sovereigns."
S "Didn't you know nurse had lost a half-
S sovereign? Carrots, how can you say so?'" :
S interrupted Mott.
f Yes, Floss told me," said Carrots. .
.. "And Floss hid it away in your paint-box,. .-r
I suppose?" said Mott sarcastically.
"No, Floss didn't. I hided the sixpenny my' '
own self," said Carrots, looking more and more
puzzled.
"'_ Hold your tongue, Maurice!" said his. ; "
"-'^ father angrily. Go and fetch the money and i
.' the tomfool paint-box thing that you say he .
" ''*s had it in."
Mott did as he was told. He ran to the .
nursery and back as fast as he could; but,
S unobserved by him, Floss managed to run .". --

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.after him and crept into the study so quietly .-
that her father never noticed her.
Maurice laid the old paint-box and the half-
sovereign down on the table in front of his
father; Captain Desart held up the little coin '
between his finger and thumb.
"Now," he said, "Carrots, look at this.
Did you, or did you not, take this piece of
money out of nurse's drawer and hide it away ,
in your paint-box? "
Carrots stared hard at the half-sovereign.
I did put it in my paint-box," he said, and .J,
then he stopped.
"What for ? said his father. .
"I wanted to keep it for a secret," he replied.
"I wanted to- to"-
"What?" thundered Captain Desart.
"To buy something at the toy-shop with it,"
sobbed Carrots. .
Captain Desart sat down and looked at Mott
for sympathy. I.'
Upon my soul," he said, "one could hardly
believe it. A child that one would think

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scarcely knew the value of money! Where

can he have learnt such cunning? you say you
are sure he was told of nurse's having lost a.

S half-sovereign ?"

Oh, yes !" said Mott; "he confesses to that
much himself."

Floss told me," said Carrots.

S "Then, how can you pretend you didn't know
this was nurse's ? taking it out of her drawer,
too," said his father.
I don't know. I didn't take it out of her

drawer; it was 'aside Floss's doll," said Car-
'' rots.
t He's trying to equivocate," said his father.

'~', Then he turned to the child again, looking more

determined than ever.

: Carrots," he said, I must whip you for this.
Do you know that I am ashamed to think you

S are my son ? If you were a poor boy you

might be put in prison for this."

S Carrots looked too bewildered to understand.

". In prison," he repeated. "Would the prison-
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.' "What does he mean? said Captain I
Floss, who had been waiting unobser
her corner all this time, thought this a
- opportunity for coming forward.
S "He means the policeman," she said
S papa!" she went on, running up to her
brother and throwing her arms round hi
S tears streaming down her face, O papa
S little Carrots he doesn't understand."
S "Where did you come from ?" sai
father gruffly, but not unkindly, for Flo'

rather a favorite of his. "What do you
S about his not understanding ? Did you
S about this business, Floss ?"
-... "Oh no, papa," said Floss, her face
4-' ing; "I'm too big not to understand."
. "Of course you are," said Captain D
-: "and Carrots is big enough, too, to unde
the very plain rule that he is not to
what does not belong to him. He wa:
too, that nurse had lost a half-sovereigJ
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have looked so bad. Take him up to my dress-
Sing-room, Maurice, and leave him there till I -
*. come."
n., "May I go with him, papa?" said Floss
Very timidly.
No," said her father, "you may not."
So Mott led off poor weeping Carrots, and
all the way up-stairs he kept sobbing to him-
self, "I never touched nurse's sovereigns. I
,\ never did. I didn't know she had any sov-
ereigns."
Hold your tongue!" said Mott; "what is
the use of telling more stories about it?"
I didn't tell stories. I said I hided the .
Ssixpenny my own self, but I never touched -
c' T nurse's sovereigns; I never did."
I believe you're more that half an idiot,"
said Mott angry and yet sorry-angry with
;, himself, too, somehow.
S Floss, left alone with her father, ventu:c:l e
Son another appeal.
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S "Why not? Do you think I want her to,
help me to whip him?" said Captain Desart.
S .. "Oh no but--I think perhaps mamma.
__ would understand better how it was, for, 0
p:lJ.a dear, Carrots isn't a naughty boy; he
i ne' er, never tells stories." '
S. Well, we'll see," replied her father; "and
"' ii the meanwhile it will do him no harm to *
think things over by himself in my dressing-
S' ro:..m for a little." '"
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-cif ; "it'll be getting dark, and he's all alone.
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CARROTS "ALL ZIGHT" AGAIN. -.

"When next the summer breeze comes by,
And waves the bush, the flower is dry." -
*'> WALTER SCOTT.

FLOSS crept up-stairs to the dressing-room
door. It was locked. Though the key was '.
in the lock, she knew she must not turn it;.
t., and even had it been open she would not have:
S dared to go in, after her father's forbidding it.
But she thought she might venture to speak r
.- to Carrots, to comfort him a little, through ..
the door. She was dreadfully afraid that he ..
might feel frightened in there alone if it got -:
dark before he was released; for sometimes he '
Swas afraid of the dark-he was such a little
boy, remember.
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"Yes," said Carrots; "but you can't come
in, Floss; Mott has locked me in."

"I know," said Floss; "what are you doing, :

Carrots? Are you very unhappy?" .

S "Not so very. I'm crying--I'm crying I"

a great lot, Floss; but I don't think I'm so '-
very unhappy -not now you've come to the
.door."

S "Poor Carrots said Floss, "I'll stay by

the door if you like. I'll- just run down to the
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i All sig-t, sraiJ Carr.ot.. Whenever he

S .arited t.: seecm er, brjav anrd rather a big

b:'., he iised t-:, siy ail i-jht and just now
he ivw tr\inrg er, Iar..i t., L-. like a big boy. "

There v i.s ilence ft..r .i minute or two,
'.- '."fi theni Ct rrr :.t- ,:.:tlle,:l o:,ut a.-zair,. .

.:? Fl'--. ," h- said, .jrc ',':'. there?"

Yes. dea. ," rci-lie. faith-if l Floss.
I i ant i,.i-r tr: t' ll :. i .'.. thing," he said.

,i Fl',: ., I n,-_vrr ,i.:i t..ui.:h i.!ise's sovereigns.

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"It wasn't a sovereign, it was a half-sov-
ereign," corrected Floss.
I don't understand how it could be a half-
sovereign," said Carrots. But I never touched
nurse's drawer, nor nucken in it."
.'^ I,:,. "Then, where did you find the h lf--..-
:;,*" ereign ? began Floss; "and w'-,'- :ir-
'..-'; rots!" she broke off, "I do belie' tdiat' tl'-
,1. front-door bell. It'll be mamma co.:min-. I *
S must run down."
All zight! "called out Carrots ag..in. "- D:n't
'" be long, Floss; but please tell nimnna. all ..
about it. I don't understand."
He gave a little sigh of perple..it., :l a in L' .la
down on the floor near the windo-'., wlIer: the
room was lightest; for the darkn:izs ,.; '..: ,-_
'!' beginning to creep in, and he felt l. i-- '
Poor Mrs. Desart hardly knew v.wh:t t':' think ..'
;. or say, when, almost before she lhadJ t i t'o :
the house, she was seized upon bL .;ln.: i : "
'Jh' and Floss, each eager to tell their :.rn st,:!',' 0,
A -t Carrots naughty, Carrots in disgrace, Va- u.:h
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"Nurse !" she exclaimed, perceiving her at
Sthe end of the passage, whence she had been
watching as anxiously as the children for her ..'-"
mistress's return, "nurse, what is the mean- -
.- : ing of it all?" '
S "Indeed, ma'am," nurse was beginning, but --
she was interrupted. Come in here, Lucy,"
said Captain Desart to his wife, opening the
study door; "come in here before you go up- ,
S stairs."
-... And Mrs. Desart did as he asked; but Floss
again managed to creep in too, almost hidden
in the folds of her mother's dress.
".I can't believe that Carrots is greedy or
cunning or obstinate," said his mother, when
''";- she had heard all. "I cannot think that he
understood what he was doing when he took A
S the half-sovereign."
"But the hiding it," said Captain Desart, .
j "the hiding it; and yet to my face persisting
that he had never touched nurse's half-sov-
ereign. I can't make the child out."
"He says he didn't know nurse had any
sovereigns," put in Floss.


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"Are you there again, you ubiquitous child ?"
said her father.
Floss looked rather frightened such a long
word as ubiquitous must surely mean some-
thing very naughty; but her father's voice was
not angry, so she took courage.
Does he know what a sovereign means ?"
said Mrs. Desart. "Perhaps there is some
confusion in his mind which makes him seem
obstinate when he isn't so really."
He said he knew I had sovereigns," said
Floss, "and I couldn't think what he meant.
O mamma!" she went on suddenly, "I do
believe I know what he was thinking of. It
was my kings and queens."
And before her father or mother could stop
her she had darted off to the nursery. In
two minutes she was back again, holding out
to her mother a round wooden box--the s:'rt
of box one often used to see with picture alpl:hj
bets for little children; but instead of an alpl-,.
bet Floss's box contained a set of round car'::,
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with the heads of all the English kings and
queens, from William the Conqueror down to
Victoria.
S- Sovereigns of England,' mamma, you see "
s he exclaimed, pointing to the words on the
lid, and quite out of breath with hurry and ex-
citement, and I very often call them my
..vereigns; and of course Carrots didn't un-
S- rstand how there could be a half one of them,
Sjn.r how nurse could have any."
It must be so," said Mrs. Desart to her
Husband; "the poor child really did not under-
S 'r.ind."
S "But still the taking the money at all, and
ailinging it," said Captain Desart. "I don't
that it would be right not to punish him."
_, .. He has been punished already pretty
S- r' erely for him, I fancy," said Floss's mother,
; .ith a rather sad smile. "You will leave him
-. t.- me now, won't you, Frank?" she asked
S Lher husband. "I will go up and see him, and
t ,' to make him thoroughly understand. Give
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Somewhat slowly Carrots's mother made her
way up-stairs. She was tired and rather
-. troubled. She did not believe that her poor
,- little boy had really done wrong wilfully, but .
it seemed difficult to manage well among
so many children; she was grieved, also, at
S Maurice's hastiness and want of tender feel-
S ing; and she saw, too, how little fitted Carrots -
was to make his way in this rough-and-ready
world.
"How would it be without me? My poor
S children !" she thought with a sigh.- -.
But a little hand was slipped into hers. .
"Mamma, dear, I'm so glad you thought
of the sovereigns. I'm sure Carrots didn't
S mean to be naughty. Mamma dear, though
he is so little, Carrots always means to be
good ; I don't think he could even be frightened
into doing anything that he understood was
S naughty, though he is so easily frightened -
other ways."
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SMrs. Desart was beginning to say, when Floss
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Here he is, mamma! she exclaimed. Oh,
I oor little Carrots! mamma, nursie, do look!"
There he was, indeed, fast, fast asleep!
Extra fast asleep, for his troubles and his tears
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they together made their way to the dressing-
room.
-. ,It was almost dark. The key was in the
S, lock, and Mrs. Desart felt for it and turned it;
S but when she opened the door it was too dark 4,
Sin the room to distinguish anything.
Carrots," she said; but there was no an- .
swer. "Where can he be?" she said rather
anxiously. Floss, run and get a light."
Floss ran off; she was back again in a min-
ute, for she had met nurse on the stairs with
a candle in her hand. But even with the light
they could not all at once find Carrots, and
"' although they called to him there was no

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S of a large closet opening out of the dressing-
room. In this closet Captain Desart hung up '-
S his coats and dressing-gowns, and doubtless .
Carrots had crept into it when the room began
to get dark, feeling as if in the hanging gar-
i[ \ ments there was some comfort and protecting
and there he lay, looking so fair and innocent, .
S prettier than when he was awake, for his cheek, "
S had more color, and his long eyelashes, redd- ,
brown, like his hair, showed clearly on his Lia -
skin. -
SPoor little fellow! how sweet he looks
said Mrs. Desart. Nurse, lift him up .ril t
try to put him to bed without waking hi .. I +
S We must wait to disentangle the confusion in
S his mind till to-morrow morning." '
< And very tenderly nurse lifted him up air..i ;.
carried him off. .
. 'f "My bonnie wee man," she murmured; t or
<' though it was many and many a day since i-: '- -
S had seen her native land, and she had joi, ,
,.-", neyed with her master and mistress to strar .
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into her own childhood tongue.
So no more was said to or about Carrots
that evening; but Floss went to bed quite
happy, and satisfied that "mamma" would put
it all right in the morning. I don't think
Mott went to bed in 'so comfortable a mood;
yet his mother had said nothing to him.
c-:II tind Louise had, though. Cecil told
hlii i .i-lr out that he was a horrid telltale;
.ai Loii.;e said she only wished he had red
i.._;r instead of Carrots; which expressions of
f11eii n. n-i the part of such very grown-up young
i.cll: rneI-.nt a good deal, for it was not often
tl,_., rr..ibled themselves much about nursery
niutr,.--. Cecil, that is to say; for Louise, who
,\:.i- f'ir-uhired and soft and gentle, and played
~i'.. !-,.:,':ly on the piano, was just a shadow
:if Ci.:il and if Cecil had proposed that they
,-l.:jUd riay in bed all day and get up all night,
i ulul.i Iha,.e thought it a very good idea.
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made clear, and the difference between the two '"
kinds of sovereigns shown to him. And he --
told his mother all all, that is to say, except
the plan for saving sugar and getting money
instead, which had first put it into his head to ';
. 44-- ~ keep the half-sovereign to get a new doll for
S. Floss. He began to tell about the plan, but .
'"'" stopped when he remembered that it was
Floss's secret as well as his own; and when
he told his mother this she said he was quite I
right not to tell without Floss's leave, and that,. -
*Y as nurse knew about it, they might still keep
it for their secret, if they liked, which Carrots.
was very glad to hear. -
He told his mother about his thinking per--
haps the fairies had brought the sixpennyy;"'
and she explained to him that nowadays, alas !
A't that was hardly likely to be the case, though :
she seemed quite to understand his fancying it,
S and did not laugh at him at all. But she spoke ... A-
very gravely to him, too, about never taking -
anything that was not his; and, after listening '-,
and thinking with all his might, Carrots said he ', ..
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I am never, never to take nucken that I'm
not sure is mine," he said slowly. "And if
ever I'm not sure I'm to ask somebody, -you,
or nursie, or Floss, or sometimes, perhaps, Cecil. ,
-. But I don't think I'd better ask Mott, for per- 4,
' haps he wouldn't understand."
But Mott's mother took care that before the
dai\ was over Mott should understand some-
thing of where and how he had been in fault;
that there are sometimes ways of doing right
'v which turn it into "wrong;" and that want of
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TnE LAND OF LONG AGO.

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CHAPTER VII. S '-:'-4-

S. -.|.^, A LONG AGO STORY. ~".

-. y* i You may laugh, my little people, ,. '
e; to c But be sure my story's true; /
wha t, For I vow by yon church steeple "
'' o I was once a child like you. "
THE LAND OF LONG AGO.

IF any of you children have travelled much, -
have you noticed that on a long journey thlmi e -;
.'. seem to come points, turns,- I hardly kr: "' '.
"^ what to call them,-after which the jour,'- i''" ''
seems to go on differently? More quickly, -.r-
haps more cheerfully, or possibly less so, but
certainly differently? Looking back afterw.ardi ...- "
S you see it was so -" from the time we all looked I '
out of the window at the ruined abbey e 'e
.seemed to get on so much faster," you wculd ..

I say, or-"after the steamer had passed ti: .
S Spearhead Point we began to feel dull an. I .
.': .tired, and there was no more sunshine." .

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I think it is so in life. Suddenly, often quite-
S 'i unknowingly, we turn a corner sometimes of
~ our history, sometimes of our characters, and
S looking back long afterwards, we make a date
- of that point. It was so just now with my little -
*J Carrots. This trouble of his about the half-
sovereign changed him. I do not mean to say
that it saddened him, and made him less happy
than he had been,- at his age, thank God! ,''
few, if any, children have it in them to be so,
deeply affected,- but it changed him. It was
Shis first peep out into life, and it gave him his .'
first real thoughts about things. It made him
see how a little wrong-doing may cause great .
S sorrow; it gave him his first vague, misty
S,. glimpse of that, to my thinking, saddest of all
sad things the way in which it is possible for .~
our very nearest and dearest to mistake and
misunderstand us.
He had been in some ways a good deal of '
a baby for his age, there is no doubt. He had
a qeer, babylike way of not seeming to take in
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