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FARMER MEANWELL'S FAMILY.
FARMER MEANWELL was at one time a very rich man.
He owned large fields, and had fine flocks of sheep, and
had plenty of money. But all at once his good fortune seemed
to desert him. Year after year his crops failed, his sheep died
off, and he was obliged to borrow money to pay his rent and
the wages of those who worked on the farm.
At last he had to sell his farm, but even this did not bring
him in money enough to pay his debts, and he was worse off
Among those who had lent money to Farmer Meanwell
were Sir Thomas Gripe and a farmer named Graspall.
Sir Thomas was a very rich man indeed, and Farmer
Graspall had more money than he could possibly use. But
they were both very greedy and covetous, and particularly
hard on those who owed them anything. Farmer Graspall
abused Farmer Meanwell, and called him all sorts of dreadful
names; but the rich Sir Thomas Gripe was more cruel still,
and wanted the poor debtor shut up in jail.
So ,poor Farmer Meanwell had to hasten from the place
where he had lived for so many years, in order to get out of
the way of these greedy men.
He went to the next village, taking his wife and his two
little children with him. But, though he was free from Gripe
and Graspall, she was not free from trouble and care.
He soon fell ill, and when he found himself unable to get food
and clothes for his family, he grew worse and worse, and soon died.
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His wife could
not bear the loss of
her husband, whom she
loved so dearly, and in a
Ffew days she was dead.
SThe two orphan children
S" seemed to be left entirely alone
Sin the world, with no one to look
AR after them, or care for them,
but their Heavenly Father.
.Id a They trotted around hand in
Te hand, and the poorer they be-
'r came, the more they clung to
each other. Poor, ragged, and
S hungry enough they were!
Tommy had two shoes, but
o Margery went barefoot. They
had nothing to eat but the ber-
ries that grew in the woods, and
MARGERY AND TOMMyY. the scraps they could get from
the poor people in the village,
and at night they slept in barns or under haystacks.
Their rich relations were too proud to notice them. But
Mr. Smith, the clergyman of the village where the children
were born, was not that sort of a man. A rich relation came
to visit him-a kind-hearted gentleman-and the clergyman
told him all about Tommy and Margery. The kind gentleman
pitied them, and ordered Margery a pair of shoes, and gave
Mr. Smith money to buy her some clothes, which she needed
sadly. As for Tommy, he said he would take him off to sea
with him, and make him a sailor. After a few days, the
gentleman said he must go to London and would take Tommy
with him, and sad was the parting between the two children.
Poor Margery was very lonely indeed, without her brother,
and might have cried herself sick but for the
new shoe- tli_, bru._Jlit t her.
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They turned her thoughts from her grief; and as
soon as she had put them on, she ran to Mrs.
Smith, crying, "Two shoes, ma'am, two shoes!"
These words she repeated to every one she met, and
thus it was she got the name
Goody Two Shoes.
Little Margery had seen how
good and wise Mr. Smith was,
r and thought it was because of his
great learning; and she wanted,
above all things, to learn to read.
-- aAt last she made up her mind to
Sask Mr. Smith to teach her when
he had a moment to spare. He
readily agreed to do this, and
Margery read to him an hour
every day, and spent much time
with her books.
s t Then she laid out a plan for
teaching others more ignorant
than herself. She cut out of thin
GOODY TWO SHOES LEARNING
TO READ. pieces of wood ten sets of large
and small letters of the alphabet,
and carried these with her when she went from house to house.
When she came to Billy Wilson's, she threw down the letters
all in a heap, and Billy picked them out and sorted them in
A B C D E F G H I J K,
a b c d e f g h i j k,
and so on, until all the letters were in their right places.
From there Goody Two Shoes
trotted off to another cottage, and
here were several children waiting
for her. As soon as the little girl
came in they all crowded around
her, and were eager to begin their
lessons at once.
Then she threw the letters down,
and said to the boy next her, "What --
did you have for dinner to-day?"
"Bread," answered the little. boy,
"Well, put down the first letter,"
said Goody Two Shoes. Then he
put down B, and the next child R,
and the next E, and the next A, and
the next D, and there was the whole
"What did you have for dinner,
"Apple pie," said Polly; upon
which she laid down the first letter, GOODY TWO SHOES CUTTING
OUT THE LETTERS.
A, and the next put down a P, and the next another
P, and so on until the words Apple and Pie were
united, and stood thus: APPLE PIE.
Now it happened one evening that Goody Two
Shoes was going home rather late. She had made a
longer round than usual, and everybody had kept her
waiting, so that night came on before her day's work was
done. Right glad was she to set out for her own home, and
she walked along contentedly through the fields, and lanes,
and roads, enjoying the quiet evening. The evening was not
cool, however, but close and sultry, and betokened a storm.
Presently a drop fell on Goody's face. What should she do? If
she did not make haste, she would soon be wet to the skin.
Fortunately there was an old barn down the road, in which
she could find shelter, and Goody Two Shoes gathered her skirts
about her and took to her heels, and ran as if somebody was after
her. The owner of the barn had died lately, and the property
was to be sold, and there was a lot of loose hay on the floor
which had not yet been taken
Goody Two Shoes cuddled
.. -.\ down in the soft hay, glad of a
:L, ",-<. chance to rest her weary limbs,
a nd quite out of breath with her
.long run; and just then down
Rattled the rain, the thunder
,'1' blroared, the lightning flashed,
S-v d and the old barn trembled, and
S. ,did Goodv Two Shoes.
S' Shle hcl-,. not been there long
01 before she heard
f' o footsteps, and
h'ay was piled
.V ," up between her
and them, so that
|. they could not
see her, and,
I: thinking they
were alone, they
They were plotting to rob
'Squire Trueman, who lived in
the great house in Margery's
village, and were to break in
and steal all they could that
S' very night. This was quite
GOODY TWO SHOES IN THE RAIN-STORM. enough for Goody Two Shoes.
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She waited for nothing, but, dashed
out of the barn, and ran through rain
and mud till she came to the Squire's
He was at dinner with some friends,
and any one else but Goody would
have found it difficult to gain admis-
sion to him. But she was well known
*to the servants, and was so kind and
obliging, that even the big, fat butler could
not refuse to do her bidding, and went and
told the Squire that Goody Two Shoes wished very much to
So the Squire asked his friends to excuse him for a moment,
and came out, and said, "Well, Goody Two Shoes, my good girl,
what is it?" "0 sir!" she replied, "if you do not take care,
you will be robbed and murdered this very night."
Then she told all she had heard the men say while she was
in the barn.
The Squire saw there was not a moment to lose, so he went
back, and told his friends the news he had heard. They all said
they would stay and help him take the thieves. So the lights
were put out, to make it appear as if all the people in the house
were in bed, and servants and all kept a close watch both inside
Sure enough, at about one o'clock in the morning the three
men came creeping, creeping, up to the house, with a dark lantern,
and the tools to break in with. Before they were aware, six men
sprang out on them, and held them fast.. The thieves
struggled invainto getaway. They were locked in an out-
house until daylight, when a cart came and took them
off to jail.
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THE ROBBERS IN CHAINS AT WORK ON THE ROADS.
They were afterward sent out of the country,
where they had to work in chains on the roads; and
it is said that one of them behaved so well that he was
pardoned, and went to live in Australia, where he became
a rich man.
The other two went from bad to worse, and it
is likely that they came to some dreadful end,
for sin never goes unpunished. "-
But to return to Goody Two Shoes. One day,
as she was walking through the village, she saw
some wicked boys with a raven, at which they were g ing to
throw stones. To stop this cruel sport she gave the boys penny
for the raven, and brought the bird home with her. She gave
him the name of "Ralph," and he proved to be a yery clever
creature indeed. She taught him to spell and to r ad, and he
was so fond of playing with the large letters, that he children
called them "Ralph's Alphabet."
Some days after Goody had met with the aven, she was
passing through a field, when she saw some na ghty boys, who
had taken a pigeon, and tied a string to its legs in order to let it
fly and draw it back again when they pleased.
Goody could not bear to see anything tortured like that,
so she bought the pigeon from the boys, nd taught him how
to spell and read. But he could not ta And as Ralph, the
raven, took the large letters, Peter, ie pigeon, took care of
the small ones.
Mrs. Williams, who lived in Margery's village, kept school,
and taught little ones their A B C. She was now old and feeble,
and wanted to give up this imp otant trust. This being known
to Sir William Dove, he asked/ Mrs. Williams to examine Goody
Two Shoes and see if she as not clever enough for the office.
This was done, and Mr illiams reported that little Margery
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was the best scholar, and had the best heart of
any one she had ever examined. All the country
had a great opinion of Mrs. Williams, and this
report made them think highly of Miss MARGERY, as
we must now call her.
So Margery Meanwell was now a schoolmistress, and a
capital one she made. The children all loved her, for she
was never weary of making .plans for their happiness.
The room in which she taught was large and lofty, and there
was plenty of fresh air in it; and as she knew that children liked
to move about, she placed her sets of
/ letters all round the school, so that
every one was obliged to get up to find
_. "a letter, or spell a word, when it came
S ,' his turn.
S.,, This exercise not only kept the chil-
dren in good health, but fixed the
letters firmly in their minds.
SThe neighbors were very good to her,
< .-,ni.il one of them made her a present
,.of a little skylark, whose early morning
song told the lazy boys and girls that
it was time they were out of bed.
Some time after this a poor lamb lost its dam, and, the farmer
being about to kill it, she bought it of him, and brought it home
-to play with the children.
Soon after this a present of a dog was made to Miss Margery,
and as he was always in good humor, and always jumping about,
the children gave him the name of Jumper. It was his duty to
guard the door, and no one could go out or come in without leave
-from his mistress.
Margery was so wise and good that some foolish people
accused her of being a witch, and she was taken to court, and
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JUMPER PLAYING WITH THE BOY
tried before the
soon proved that
she was a most
sensible woman, and
Sir Charles Jones was
so pleased with her,
that he offered her a large
S ,,isum of money to take care
of his family, and educate
Shis daughter. At first she
refused, but afterward went,
j and behaved so well, and
was so kind and tender, that
Sir Charles would not permit
\ her to leave the house, and
s\ soon after made her an offer
The neighbors came in
Crowds to the wedding,
and all were glad that
one who had been such
a good girl, and had
-- grown up such a good
Woman, was to become
a grand lady.
Just as the clergyman
GOODY TWO SHOES TAKEN TO COURT. had opened his book, a
gentleman, richly dressed,
ran into the church, and cried, "Stop! Stop !"
Great alarm was felt, especially by the bride and groom,
with whom he said he wished to speak privately.
Sir Charles stood motionless with. surprise, and the bride
fainted away in the stranger's arms. For this richly dressed
gentleman turned out to be little Tommy Meanwell, who had
just come from sea, where he had made a large fortune.
Sir Charles and Lady Jones lived very happily together, and
the great lady did not forget the children, but was just as good
to them as she had always been. She was also kind and good to
the poor and the sick, and a friend to all who were in distress,
Her life was a great blessing, and her death the greatest calamity
that ever took place in the neighborhood where she lived, and
was known as