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The Celebrated: Set of
12 Palmer Cox Primers
SL MERRY MICE
JACK THE GIANT
None Like Them in the World
THE FIRST PAIR OF TROUSERS.
IF you had peeped into the hollow tree one fine
morning, you would have found Mother Bruin very
busy. What do you think she was doing? she was
making a pair of trousers for her little son Cubby.
At last she had fashioned the cutest pair of trousers
you ever saw. It was his first, pair, and of course
he was very proud of them. He strutted around
with his hands in his pockets, just as happy as he
could be. It would be hard to tell where mother
found the stuff to make them of, but they were cer-
tainly very fine. They were made of tiny red and
white checked goods, and fastened over the shoulder
with bright red suspenders, and the fit was exquisite.
You never saw such a happy little fellow in your
life as Cubby was when he got them on.
Father and Mother Bruin were just about as
proud and happy as he, and greatly pleased at their
THE MAGPIE'S REVENGE.
IT was all due to the treatment which Madame
Magpie had received at the time of the great ball
in the early spring. Invitations had been sent far
and near and she had been slighted. Why, she
could not guess. At last the truth slipped out-
one anl all thought she talked too much. Madame
Magpie felt very badly about it, but she decided to
keep perfectly -uiet; make no fuss, and see if a
time would not come when she might punish these
folks who called themselves her friends.
At last Madame Magpie decided to give a feast,
and to let these folks wh. thought she talked too
much see how much she really could talk.
At last the day and hour arrived and the guests
came in crowds, The little hostess had spared no
pains in securing all sorts' of good things, and when
all were come and had taken their places, and were
ready to enjoy the feast, the Madame's fun began.
She commenced chattering'at such a lively rate that
the guests were almost distracted. She rattled on,
and on, and on, her voice growing louder and shriller
every minute, until one by one the animals rushed
away almost deafened by the Magpie's shrieks.
Not one was brave enough to stay, and although
the Magpie's throat was raw, she was revenged.
FUN IN THE WOODS.
REX WOLF and his friend Teddy Fox had played
catch with the fallen blossoms until they were
weary; then they played a game of hokey, but
found it no fun.
So they had seated themselves on the soft green
grass, and both their little heads were busy trying
to think what next to do.
Foxy suddenly clapped his hands with glee. I
have it, Rex," said he. 4' Do you remember the
great oak log that the wood-cutters left here last
week? We will put a board across, and have as
fine a see-saw as you or I could want."
Off these two youngsters scampered, and having
found a fallen limb near at hand, they soon had It
placed across the stump, and were taking a ride
Just about this time, a fat, black bear came stroll-
Give me a ride, Foxy ?" said he.
"Yes, if you like," said Foxy. "Rex and I
will get on one side and you can get on the other."
( .Pretty soon they were all ready to start again.
Rex and Teddy got on one end, and away they
went up in the air, just as soon as the old black
bear took his seat on the other, and there they
stayed too, for the old bear was so heavy that they
could not lift him up. This wont do," said Teddy.
" You are too heavy for us." So he called to a
little porcupine who was watching the fun. Get
on, Prickly, and help us balance old Fatty." So
Prickly crawled up, and they just- balanced the old
fellow. Then they had the greatest fun, now up,
now down, until at last they got dizzy and tired too.
Then they thought they would play a trick on the
old bear, so the three little fellows all jumped off
together, letting old Fatty down rather suddenly.
But he was such a good-natured fellow that he did
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not mind it, and invited them to go home with him,
and they joyfully accepted the invitation.
Now Blacky's sister had at one time found an
accordion that some people had left in the woods,
and she kept it hidden in the old hollow oak where
she lived. Blacky had told- his friends of this
treasure, so when they had chatted awhile, Teddy
Fox begged Miss Blacky to play for them. She
willingly consented, and seating herself upon a log,
began to play with all her might. It was not long
before quite a merry party had gathered on the
green, and among them were two bright little
hares. They began to dance a jig to the lively
music that was being played, and soon others
joined them, and soon all were enjoying a good
Just before the party broke up and they went
away, the bear proposed that they should sit down
and chat awhile. Then he suggested that they
should form a sort of a club and have a meeting
every week in the old woods, and as a result many
happy hours were spent together.
A CHANCE ACQUAINTANCE.
Miss RHODY RUN had grown tired of her home
in the stable loft. She finally made up her mind
that she would leave her home and travel around
the country until she found a place where she could
be happy. Early one morning she started off, her
red flannel cape pinned around her shoulders and
an old salt bag in which she carried all her treasures,
slung over her shoulder. The village was just
waking, as she trotted through the streets. As the
day grew older she was so frightened that she hid
herself under a molasses barrel that was propped
up on the sidewalk. After things began to grow
quiet again, she dared to venture out and continue
The next day found Rhody wandering along the
river bank, where the pond lilies grew and the tall
brown cat-tails 'nodded in the wind. All at once
Rhody was startled by the sound of a strange voice,
and turning, saw a spry young frog at her side. I
see," said he, that you are admiring our river and
its pretty, flowery banks. Let me walk along
with you and enjoy it also, for though it is not
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new to me, it is ever and always very beautifull"
"What a very nice creature this 1s,"' thought
Rhody, so she dropped him a con-rtesy, afid tord
him she was very glad of his company, and Froggy,
pleased with her approval of him, did his level
best to be entertaining. Rhody was charred with
her companion, and the two chatted as if they had
long been friends. Froggy was very much inter-
ested in Rhody's story about her home in the stable
and her trips to the feed box for food, and very
much surprised to learn that she had never before
seen the river. So he told all about the wonderful
times he had in his watery home, and she was
greatly interested in all he had to relate. She said
it might be very pleasant, but she did not think she
would like it, although some of her cousins lived
in the water a great deal of the time.
How sorry I am," said Froggy, that I cannot
ask you to dine with me; but my larder contains
no such food as you would eat; worms and flies
and tiny fish are not to your liking, I am sure, and
then I have to take a sail on the river in order to
reach my home, and that would not please you
either. I am sorry that we cannot enjoy each
other's society longer, but, as it is now lunch time, I
shall have to say good-bye."
So after best wishes on both sides that they
might some day meet again, Froggy boarded a
floating leaf, and went sailing down the stream to
his home, while Rhody continued on her journey.
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