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AUTHOR OF TE BR OW NI ES.
DADDY BEAR had gone off on a hunting ti-ip. He had
left Madam Bear and their little son alone, but he had
brought such afine young lamb from the neighboring farm-
yard, that he had no fear of their being in want while he
Daddy Bear and his wife were very proud of their
young son. They thought nothing so beautiful as his fat
little body and his sharp little eyes, that looked so bright
and charming. His funny attempts to growl like his par-
ents made them both laugh merrily.
Very near to the home of the Bears, dwelt another
family. This family consisted of Father and Mother Fox
.and their little son. Now the Fox parents were just as
fond and proud of their baby as Daddy and Madam Bear
were of theirs, and they used often to think that their son
was just a little more cute than Baby Bear. These two
little chaps had been born about the same time, and each
had been carefully watched and guarded by its fond par-
ents, who tried to outdo each other in their devotion to
their babies. If Madam Bear took her little boy walking,
young Master Fox was soon taken out for a stroll. If lit-
tle Foxy appeared in a new pinafore, Madam Bear lost no
time in arraying her son in one just like it. So it went on,
and these rival babies grew strong and hearty, caring not
at all for the jealousies of their mothers, but spending
many happy hours together in play.
One day the two mothers and the two babies,met in
the woods. The youngsters played happily together,
while the mothers sat on a fallen log and chatted. Finally
Mother Bear declared that her son was the taller. Mother
Fox said that could not be the case, for she knew that
honor belonged to Foxy. So the little folks were called
and made to stand up and be measured, but it did no good,
for each mother claimed that her.son was the taller. At
last they decided to leave the matter to some friends that
happened to be passing, and they decided that there was no
difference between them. This did not satisfy the mothers,
and each one thought that the honor belonged to them.
THE DANCE IN THE WOODS.
IT was spring and the butterflies now began to emerge
from the warm, soft covering in which they had been fold-
ed. They were the pictures of graceful beauty as they flit-
ted here and there from flower to flower. The flo-wers
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nodded to them, and gave them their
drink. The birds watched them one
danced merrily on the green grass, still
sweetest juices to
morning as they
sparkling with the
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young raven, "that if thl li-it- ,;-; -'''
terfly can whirl so'grac tIIull\-
on his tiny legs, we al-" -.
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The raven prided himself upon his shiny black coat,
and it is likely he thought this a good chance of showing
off before his friends.
Let's try it once," said the stork who was out for a
stroll and had stopped to watch the merry butterflies.
"We will dance together," said the raven, so the stork
t--i thr'\- his long bill over the
r; c s, shoulder, and wing
'. / to wing they whirled
/ .- around, not pictures
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S. .. The eagle gazing
from his lofty nest, saw the
Santics of the pair and laughed
.' .. ..' merrily to himself.
.'- "I'll fly down and
-. :-i get nearer the fun,"
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came and meeting a
plump, white goose
-- he told him of the
asked him to come along and see it. The goose had hard
work to keep up with the eagle, who walked along with
great rapid strides. The dancers soon grew tired, but not
discouraged, and so
after resting their
weary legs and gain-. -
ing once more their
breath they went at ',
it again. ,
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quite a crowd of
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"t" r*th -m .-lves on trees and bushes, for
i' -sjLI Ch a sight as two birds danc-
., ing together was new and
strange in the woods of
A little blue jay,
S.who sat swinging
S--- on a bough of a
.,. young cherry tree,
thought if it were such fun to watch the stork and the
raven, how much more fun it would be to trip it with
them. So down he flew, and commenced spinning around
and around. This movement on the part of the jay put the
hawk in the.notion, and she also joined the dancers. The
dodo and the crane
were the next to fall in, 'Z .
and, before very long, ..' .
couple after couple, ..
were hopping around -
THE SURPRISE PARTY.
DEAR me, did no one tell you about the party? It
was a perfect success all th-- -.-h. \ .
That funny little turtle that lives "' ; "... -
in the swamp back -:f the hedge- \ .' "
hog's got it up. One morning he arose bright and early,
did his work as quickly as possible and then started
around to his friend's the porcupine, to make him a visit.
" Do you" know," said the turtle, after a while, I've been
thinking how pleasant it would be to get up a surprise
party for our neighbor, Mr. Bruin." "The very thing,"
replied the porcupine, if you are willing to invite the peo-
--- pie." "I'll be glad to do it," answered the turtle.
S.i The turtle would not stay to dinner, although
the porcupine invited him, and that very after-
noon he started off to invite the guests. The
-. following Monday was selected, and everybody
was charged not to let the news reach t-he ears of Mrs. Bruin.
Monday came bright and clear, and about eight
o'clock all the guests met at the weeping willow tree and
started off together. They looked very funny as they
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marched along, each one carrying his basket on his arm.
These baskets'were very carefully guarded, for therein
were hidden all sorts of dainties for the feast to be given
during the evening. When they
reached the house, Jedekiah Fox
knocked at the door and instead of
opening it, Mr. Bruin popped his head out of the window.
You never saw anybody so surprised in your life. Why
really he almost forgot to invite them in. But what lots
of fun they did have after they had gone in and put down
their baskets. The bear was so glad to see them that he
consented to show them how he used to dance when he
travelled around with Prof. Trix. So he took his cane in
his hand and performed many queer antics, which were
exceedingly amusing to the whole company. They were
all so happy and time passed so pleasantly that the wee,
small hours of the morning dawned before the party broke
up. They all agreed that .
the turtle deserved much
praise for the fine time he ,"
had been the means of af- I
fording them, and decided -
to arrange a surprise party -
for him some day. 0G---
THE RAID OF THE RATS.
., ~ THERE was once a man named
.- Nathan Brown, who kept the "Silver
Si' -Lake Mill." The Mill had been so
--'.' named on account of the beautiful
stream of water upon whose banks it was built. This
water as it flowed on and on, day after day, turned the
great wheel, and ground the wheat that the farmers
brought to Nathan to be made into flour. Nathan was a
big, fat, red cheeked fellow who loved nothing better than
a chat with his neighbors, and while the mill wheel kept
busily and steadily turning, the dusty miller kept up a
One day Nathan looked very solemn, and the farmer
who had come with his bag of wheat wondered what had
happened. He asked no questions, for he knew that in
time the miller would tell him. When Nathan had emp-
tied the wheat into the hop-
pler he sat down beside the
farmer and began to talk.
Do you know," said he,
" there is something carrying off my wheat, and what it
is I don't know, althouiil. I have my suspicions it is the
rats. I have about made up my mind to set traps and see
if I can in that way discover who the thieves may be."
Now it happened that the rats were the doers of all
the mischief, and it also happened that one of them, who
had been taking a nap on a beam, wakened in time to hear
what the miller said.
"Traps," thought he, that ends the fun for us. We
will carry off all we can to-night, and then get away from
this place." Just; L
as soon as old I
being seen, he .i
hurried off to tell 7
the rest of the -
rats the news he had heard. They all agreed that they
must get away as soon as possible, but like him they
wanted one more night of fun.
When night came, a big crowd had gathered. They
--" had merry times chasing
--ii one another, in and out
ji among the bags, and crawl-
''l up them and sliding
i" I have an idea," said
one of the rats, I think if
ir- 6 i' we tried we might manage
:.' to carry away one of those
Small bags of flour. We
._ could hide it in the wagon
'house, and have a merry
.-..'.. .tim e with it."
"That's a splendid idea," cried they all, "we can do it
if we try."
One of the smallest bags was selected and all went to
work, and they did work. It was not easy to lift the sack
up on their shoulders, nor to keep it there. One failure
followed another, but these little fellows would not give up
and they tried, and tried again until at last success reward-
ed their efforts, and they started to the wagon house.
Now the shortest road to the wagon house was by
way of the ledge outside of the large mill door. They
crept along, carefully balancing the sack. when all at
once the bag slipped, and over all of them went down into
\''. ..the stream be-
: l l I low. The flour
and each ones
was devoted to
saving himself. They had a good hard pull, but at last
all stood shivering and shaking on the bank, the sorriest
looking crowd of rats you ever saw. They got together a
lot of sticks and leaves and built a fire, and soon looked
quite themselves again-but the flour was gone, and all
agreed that they had paid very dearly for their fun.
THE SICK LION.
THEKing of the Forest had been sick for weeks, and
every day he grew thinner and thinner-so thin that you
could count his ribs, and his great jaw-bones stood out
sharp and bold from underneath his shaggy mane. He
could not eat and he could not sleep and he was becoming
so cross and surly that his friends and neighbors dared
not go near him. He had long ceased to wander through
the forest, and his roar once so strong and mighty, now
sounded like a feeble groan.
The beasts all pitied their poor sick king, for though
they feared him, they had always thought him a very
handsome fellow, and were proud of his bold and daring
ways. But now they felt that all was over and that it
would rot be long before the poor old lion would lie down
to die. Now one bright sunshiny day the Rhinoceros left
his home some way down the river, to take a good long
swim and perhaps call upon his friends who lived on the
other side. The swim was a long one and the sun was
growing very warm, so when he reached 'the spot where
his friends lived, he was most happy to stop there to rest
and refresh himself. The Rhinoceros knew the Lion and
after the gentle breezes had fanned him and he had grown
cool and comfortable he went to visit him. Such a hope-
-- less object as the Rhinoceros
found, he scarcely knew him.
He will surely die," thought
the Rhinoceros, I must try to
i :- do something for him,"and he
f- :,".J thought and thought until at
last he hit on a plan that pleased him very much. "My
friend, said he," will you go home with me? I am sure
if you had a change you would soon be yourself again, and
it is much cooler where I live. If you will only consent
you can mount my back and we will swim down the river
in a little while." It was a long while before the poor old
king would yield, but he did at last, and the Rhinoceros
took such good care of him, and his home was so cool and
pleasant that the Lion soon got well and strong.
THE BACK YARD PARTY.
MRS. MOUSE laid down her pen
and breathed a sigh of relief. She
had been busily at work getting out
invitations for a grand garden party
in the back yard, and now she had
finished. The field mice, the mice at
the barn and wagon house, and of
course the house mice, all were invited. Mrs. Mouse
hoped that everything might be pleasant. The mice at
the house were rather inclined to
hold themselves a little above the .: '.'"
field mice, why she could not tell,
for she was quite sure one family ... A' i
was as good as the other, and she
had no wish to slight either. -r :
Mrs. Mouse felt all of a flutter '
when the night of the party arrived.
S,,. ,, She had allowed her four little daugh-
ters to stay up for a while and see part
of the fun, if they would promise to be
good. Very nice and proper they looked standing side by
side with their little arms folded. The first to arrive was
the mouse who lived in the parlor cup-board. She was
very grand indeed in
her hig h topped bon-
net. Grand- m o t h e r
Skipper and her
youngest g grand child
came next, and after
them came Lady New-
ly-Wed and _e---- h e r hus-
band. On they came
one after the other until quite a large, merry crowd had
gathered in the back yard. The young mice wanted to
dance, so partners were chosen, and the merry whirlers
went spinning round and around un- '
til they were almost ready to drop. ", ,
Billy Nibble and Patty Pry grew
tired of the dancing and seated them-
selves on top of the gate. Tucker Gray
saw them and he felt jealous, for he
had a great fondness for little Patty and
did all in his power to coax her from
Billy, but she would not come. Then
Tucker went off and devoted himself to
Polly Pruin. Polly was charmed for she had
been sitting all "alone waving her new turkey
4 feather fan. But all at once the fun was
j. I)Lbrought to a close, the house door was thrown
Sopen and out stole old Tom, the big, black cat.
.:i '". Such a scampering you never saw, and no one
.*'.^.- stopped until -he had safely reached his
o7 n h:m-e. It was a shame that they should
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their fun, for they were having a very
.. r' gay time all by themselves, and they
'--, are such cute and cunning little
things that we like to see them
BRUIN'S SINGING SCHOOL.
You will really be quite surprised when I .tell you hdw
Uncle Bear started the singing school at Matchless Hol-
low. It happened in this way. One
^;. ~real cold winter night, when the snow
--' lay on the ground like a great white
-,ii'_- ~ blanket, quite a number of young
.... people made up a sleighing party. It
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., -,, was the first sleighing of the winter,
Sand everybody was extremely anxious
to go. What lots of fun they had as
'- they sped over the hard, white crust.
After awhile, some of the folks began holding their ears
and rubbing their hands together in a manner that showed
they were far from warm. Wouldn't it be jolly," some
one called out, to stop at Uncle Bear's." Oh,do," came
from all sides. It did not take them long to reach the
home of the Bears, but it did take some time to rouse the
old folks from the sound sleep into which they had fallen.
Both the old people seemed glad to see their young friends,
and the warm fire soon sent the blood tingling through
their young bodies. "Won't you give us a song," said
Auntie Bear "Uncle and I are so fond of music." I took
them some time to get started, but after awhile they began,
and they sung very merrily. One sohng after another was
sung, and then Uncle Bear asked them why they did not
tt, but afte awhie t
sung, and then Uncle Bear asked them wcvhy they did not
have a singing school. He was willing to lead them, he
said, for he did not think he had forgotten all he had
learned when he was young. Everybody was delighted,
and an evening was set for the following week. With
many thanks for the kind reception they had received, the
young people started off, singing a farewell song as they
gathered together out in the moonlight.
They wanted everybody to know about this singing
school they were to have every Tuesday evening, in the
Hollow, so on their way home they arranged to get Bonny
Bun, the white rabbit, to carry invitations to all the dwel-
lers of the forest. This he could do very easily, for he
wore a pair of snow-shoes which helped him to get over
the ground very quickly. Everybody was invited, even
to the birds, and such a crowd as gathered in the Hollow
was enough to fill Uncle Bear's
heart with delight. He arranged
them in a circle and began to sing,
starting out with a familiar song '' \ i
about the hunter and his gun. After
one or two more songs, he said they
must settle down to business. He said they had better
put all their time for this one evening on the scale, so he
made each one sing it alone, then altogether, while he
stood beating time with his soft, fat hand. Then he told
the animals to keep quiet and listen to a quintette of birds
t-hat were perched on a nearby tree. These birds sang a
very beautiful song that made the woods ring with melody.
Indeed, it was so very beautiful that the other animals
were almost afraid to try their voices afterward. However,
they all did the best they could to follow the instructions
of their leader.
When the hour for closing came, they all agreed that
they had spent a very pleasant evening, and voted to come
again the next week. This was the beginning of a sing-
ing school, the like of which had not been known in many
years. The singing school proved to be a very popular
thing, and before the winter was over there were hundreds
of the young folks of the forest attending it. The great-
est part of the fun was the going and coming, and this
was especially delightful to the young lovers, and in the
spring there were many weddings as a result.
ADVENTURES OF THE MICE.
NIGHT had come and the Nibble
;.'^i? Family had all returned to their home
'- -'l in the front cellar. By and by some
"" :. i of the neighbors dropped in, until
quite a party had gotten together.
-- "We had a feast," said Lady
Nibble, but no danger attended it. We found a whole
cheese on the pantry shelf with not a sign of a cover over
it. It would have been folly to miss such a chance as this,
so we went to work and ate until we could hardly move.
If it is not carried off, we hope to have another feast to-
"Do you know, I almost lost my life to-day," said a
very young mouse, and I'll tell you how; I saw the most
tempting piece of cheese in the centre of a funny red box,
so I put my head in to take a bite, and, bless you, a spring
snapped down and held me tight. I jumped around and
., around with this thing on my head,
and shook it as hard as ever I could,
although I was nearly choked to
death, but I could not get out. At
last by some rare, good fortune, the
wire that held the spring broke and
set me free. It was a narrow es-
cape, and it taught me a good lesson. Never as long as
I live will I venture near a trap."
We had quite a scare, too,"
spoke up one of the young Squeaks.
"My brothers and I crawled into
the jail to see what we could find to
eat. We often pick up crumbs
there. Well this morning we found
more than crumbs, we had quite a
fine breakfast of cold potatoes, bread
and a pitcher of milk. We were so
interested in our eating that we did
not hear a sound until a shadow
made me look up, and I saw a big
yellow cat coming towards us. I ran, a piece of bread
still in my mouth, and called 'to my brothers, and all of
us had just time enough to get out of the clutches of
that huge yellow monster.'
As you are all relating experiences," said another
mouse, I might as well tell mine. I strolled out in the
wheat field, to-day, and there on a sheaf of wheat sat a
..I'^i dozen or more of our cousins, the
field mice, nibbling away at the
., 'grain. They asked me to join
them, so I did, and I really had a
." very pleasant time. If you have a
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'";''' chance, visit them some day, you
*...'.r'- will like them and the grain also."
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.--. eat," this from Bobby Nibble,
" makes me think of the egg which three of us boys found.
We found it in the school house play ground, and we ate
every bit of it. It had been cooked, I suppose, for some
fellow's lunch. Why he left it I don't know, but at any
rate we found it, and had a jolly good time with it,"
I carried off a jam pie, this afternoon," said Tommy
Scratch, "and if you will come across to my house I
will share it with you." No one needed a second invita-
tion, nor a bit of coaxing; away they all scampered
thinking that the end of the day was to be the best part.
And they enjoyed the feast, to the fullest extent, for it
was not often that they had such a treat as this. They
thought Tommy must have been very brave to dare to
carry off a whole pie. They looked upon him as sort of a
hero, and were very polite to him all through the evening.
The little mice must have
kept very late hours that
night, for all night long .-
could be heard the sound of
their little feet, as they scam-
pered here and there.
COUSIN BEAR'S PARTY.
MR. AND MRS. BRUIN had received an invitation to a
party. One of the Bear Cousins, who lived back of the
hill, had invited them, and Mrs. Bruin told her husband
-: i_' .,..- :_ that they must not fail to go, for
S.-. it would undoubtedly be a grand
'"' affair, if the Bears gave it. As
S.soon as possible, Mr. Bruin or-
dered a new suit of clothes from
Shis tailor, a hat from his hatter,
and a pair of the most stylish
"" slippers from his shoemaker.
These, with his fine twisted cane
made up a very fine costume. Mrs. Bruin immediately
summoned her dressmaker, and together they fashioned
a gorgeous crimson gown. Her bonnet of fine, white
straw was lined with red, and to her great delight, her fond
husband bought her a fine, feathered fan.
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The night of the party, Mr. Bruin and his loving wife
started off in high glee. As they went along they were the
objects of great admiration. Mrs. Bruin wore two magnifi-.
cent sun flowers in her belt. The night was perfect. The
moon was shining brightly, and the snow beneath their feet
sparkled -like diamonds. It was quite a long walk, but the
house was finally reached, and a most delightful time they
had. Game followed game in quick succession until the
call to supper sounded in their ears. The refreshments
were superb. Mr. Bruin declared that he had never eaten
such pork, so tender and juicy, and the lamb was perfect.
Cousin Bear whispered to Mrs. Bruin that she had gotten
the pork from their neighbor, the "
farmer, while the lamb-had been -
procured some seven miles away. ." -
It was very late when the Bruins
started for home, and as they I<. -I "
sauntered alongbeneath the stars, -
they agreed that the party was a -
great success, and were more than
glad to think that they had gone.---4.