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Table of Contents
The lost spectacles
On Christmas Day
When Polly went away
A picture for Tom
An April surprise
How Nathan came home
A game of croquet
At his own party
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THE BLACK CAT DO ?
BY MARGARET JOHNSON
ILLUSTRATED BY THE
BOSTON: DANA ESTES & CO., PUBLISHERS.
Copyright by S. E. Ca 1898.
Copyright by S. E. Cassino. 1898.
FRONTISPIECE, facing title
THE LOST SPECTACLES, II
ON CHRISTMAS DAY, 17
WHEN POLLY WENT AWAY, 23
MAGGIE'S VALENTINE, 29
A PICTURE FOR TOM, 35
AN APRIL SURPRISE, 41
THE WONDER BALL, 47
How NATHAN CAME HOME, 53
PATRIOTIC PUSS, 59
A GAME OF CROQUET, 65
DICK'S ADVENTURE, 71
AT His OWN PARTY, 77
HAT DID THE BLACK eAT DO?
61 did tl e 'Black Cat do? VWt
.<. did he not do, in "red
where -te six liie Prescot5 lived Mischievous
sometimes ? Yes, but such z dear 65, vi\ his
big red j Did Ite children love im ? es!
THE LosT SPECTACLES.
t was TRhnksgiving Day,
dinner was 6l1 ready. There
, \.\ smoked in
On ihe sideboard
mince, s9ua5h, and
in t1e middle of
, nd a fine-
front of Grandpa's
and a great dish of
children were capering
vJAT ID HE CK (AT DO?
\ ^^v^ ^ \c\\ ~[VESS"-"^*^ s-
about, 1he ( had struck the hour, and Han-
nah was just going to ring Ihe fl when,
who ever heard of such a ihing Grandma
lost her Shii She looked in Ite t
vhich held her y She looked in" the
iL, of her apron, and be-
tween 1he pages of her 3 _
and among 1he things in her -
but 1hey were not There. They'
were rely lost, and 1hey must be found, uick!
Sv all his time, as you must know, te
was lying in his very
quietly. His S were almost
W shut, but he could see, 0 yes!
He sav when Qrandpa put by his ,
and little Nat8,an, Ko had his already
on, climbed down from his high chair, eager
to help hunt for the lost "I do be-
lieve the 'k knows where they are! "said
Polly. But Qrandma laughed."0 no! He is
fedt adeep she said. And still 1hey hunted.
They shook out &he a, nd lifted he
j and looked in
all I1e m(nd Prissy
even peeped in e t .
But Tom's sharp eyes sav
somehirg s5hning where no
one.ele had looked. "O,.Ae
na ughy naugh ycdat See,see!
he cried. And vhat had ihe Black (at done? Cess!
I Qn C("ristm^sD '7
AT DID THE BLACK CT DO ? -
Sunnirng, whispering, hiding, laughing,
- such a time as here. was in
he l n Ciristmas Eve!
SPeople hed been coming home
before wilk and .
looked at 1hem except Mema and
He peeped at every bundle.! And
beautiful wa almost ready.
Prissy had put ihe la5t 5sitch into The pretty
e 5 e was making for Mama, and
'Ted and Polly had driven tIe last ^ in the
* made out of a for Candma,
and Papa had marked The names plainly on
all ibe S Everybody
had something nice for everybody.]
ele, from Grandpa down to the
And here were full of e_
candy. and popcorn, and I don't know what ele.
he tree was in the parlor behind The red
i and when everybody vwa read
ij l| ey were all to march in wil
V Were They all
Th rere ? Macm counted Ye5- no.
Where was t~e ? hey could not have
lhe tree without him. Why, tiere was a little
toy for him 1hat would run when it wa
vound up and a hat 5ang, and a
string of .g.,nd a The Black
Cat must come to the Christmas Tree! 5o 1hey
hunted, and called, but he did not come. "' e
cannot ait" 5aid MamN.
And in Ihey all vent.
'O-oh!" cried Polly, who
was first. "Look,look! he
knew where -lie -
and ihe were. He
did not wait to be ask-
ed !" And what had t e Black Cat done ?- Qes!
HAT DID THE BLACK DO ?
olly was going away. The post-
an had brought her a ~*
- one morning from her cousins in
t.e c.y. asking her to make tiem
a New-Year. visit. Polly forgot her and
her and even her vil The pearl
in it, in ihe pleasure of his invitation She
wrote the answer wilh her new gold J on
her new g and sealed i vitK her
seal and a little wax Then came the
fun of getting ready. Polly ran up and down
1e twenty time a day putting her
thing together for packing. Everybody helped.
Papa bought her a pretty little
travelling wlik her
name on. it and a cunning
5ilk Grandma gave her a .f.
of her own, and Mama made her a new dreLs.
was very fond of
e him his we y
every morning, and made all
1he l tfor his bed.
"I wish I could take him witl
me!' she said
ry him ina
he would Soxu
, laughing. "Or cr-
a O, hov
Pussy, you cannot
go. 5aid Polly. But ihe
at her vwih a knowinA look. What did he
mean ? At last The s showed that lhe
day had come. Polly was all ready. The ex
pre55man drove up."Bring
}he and lock your
trunk. a.id Mama. Then just .
as Polly was going to shut ~ 'Z \ .
dovn 1he lid, she saw~ a lile
black a, kicking up in
corner. And what had The Black Cat done? Cues5!
liAT DID THE LACK CT DO ? ESS!
o busy Mggie ws on St.
Vlei Vine's Day i Tx e I h
S kept rir\gig. nd Ihe postman's
Shnds were full of .
hat fun it wa to open tem
and pull out fhe Valentine5 lovely tings full of
gey ~i oCd n an d -ui -? and
wreihs of q and cunning little verse.
There were Valentines for 'Polly and Prissy and
Tom and Fed and t1eS' and Nalan.
Even Bridget had a letter from Ireland wit~
a in it, and she dropped te full of ~. she was peeling, she was so
surprised There wv a da int
&*a: of c ndy for Polly, .I-.
an prettiest of all was a lovely
full of pink blossoms for MamPt '"
vlo guessed at once ~at it came from Tapa
But among tem all, in the express wagon or
the Ihere was5 not E or 0e
,.. Valentine for Maggie. Tred
Sfe very sorry. "I vill make
k, her one myself !' he Ihought.
So he got te and some sheets
d colored pink and yellow, and
Ce bottle of and sat down in 'he study
to work, To Mage, he wrote at 1he top
of the Then he pasted on some
of colored paper. "Tred!" called somebody from
downstairs. And as Fed went out of the door
the came in. He
jumped up on 1he'
and dipped his paw in Ihe
big When red came
back, e jumped down."0,.
look cried Tied Maggie
has a Valentine, after all, from
Puss And wh.a had The Black C6l done? Quess!
HIT DID THE LACK AT DO ?
h\en e. children came home
N', VV from school, iey all had spe-
cial hings which ihey liked to
do. Poly w-S foNd of sev-
ing. She had a 1
lined v\iA pink silk, and -2 and a silver
,, and Z a nd a cunning red emery
shaped like a big ,N She made many
prey hing5s vwit her nimble fingers. Prissy
liked belter to read. She would take a6
and an ( and curl up among lhe 5ofa-
and read all te arernoon Ted
loved to drav a: nd paint them He
meant to be a great artit t
when he grew up, and he "
and a cunning fu lle ckinat cl
and a box full of nice paints and crayons.
om was a carpenter. He Knd a fine
in his room, and a
and 6 1le -ings
c carpenter uses. He ead
made pretty i for Mama and dodl'
f or h15 5sisers. Now he vas
making a A for Papa birthdy.
Mema was going to help choose a~$
to put in it. One day Maggie went up
stairs wi\ her nd to
sweep Tom's room.. Tke frame stood on
a 47 in the corner.
Wdhen Ma1ggie opened
t1e door, she began to
laugh. Come so5ijy, mim,
nd- look she said. Mas-
ter Tom will not hve
to buy a picture for is ,
frame!' And what had ie Black Cat done? Qess!
TDID THE B ACK CT DO? g;55!
.ap wVill never guess That
we could mke such a nice
cutrd !" aid Polly. "He will
dip his NiIn i1e
I, and taste it, and say
'Bridget's custard is very good to-night, my
dear' And we will look grave as
and when Ihe i, empty e vill
cry, April ool, Papa! We made it!"' Then
Polly and Prissy capped their and
vent to work. They each put on a
nd nM 6nd Polly moved out fte
Sand Prisy brought iKe e.
They beat ftie and
measured tIe sugar, and pour-
ed out ie 1ie ThVy
were busy as w and gay as
as itey worked and talked, of Papas surprise.
Of course hey had to look many Times in
he a~nd Bridget would have left
Sl'::.:her and helped them,
but tiey would not let her.
Their cheeks were like
Afh stAnding over Ihe when Tom
came in." )Dont tell ,Tom!' Iey said The
watched teem from his "Donl
tell ,Puss hey said. And at last he cus-
trd was done and 5et on te '1
to cool. By and by it was dinner-time. -When
the a were taken away, Meam brought
a covered a eind set it before Papa iN A
a laugb. And when ,te t} l __
Swa5 taken off ,the
dish was empty You
meant to April-Tool Papa ,
said Mama. 'And 5Puss
has April-Tooled you in-
stead!'And what hcd The .Black (6t done? (es!
G e W(Jonder-()
W HAT DID THE BLACK AT DO? ES5_!
.ri55y was a very happy lillle
,,, girl on her eighth birtKday. It
6c.me on fte eigi, of Mey,
when he v s" shining,
and.ere blooming and a-n were
singing. She had eight other happy little girl
to tea, and here was a little : ? v'ilk
eight er and a i and. And
vilk the ice-creamr came a beautiful
vit eight pink .- which Prissy blew oul
one by one. Besides al t bis, she ad eight
presents. You may guess at seven of ihem,
but he eighth vs a big of pink vors-
ted wilh a pair of n it./
Wound up inside were eight
tiny ."This is what he ,i
Germans call a Wonder-ball, 5aid '::
As you knit,Prissy dear, he gifts will fall out.
[he next day PrisSy went out aond sat on the
and began to. knit bu5ily. 5he
was anxious to find her gilts,
,H !and her:r flew. Presenty
.--'- *- 5 she heard music. There was
an organ-orinder coming down The street. Per-
haps ltere would be a :4, i Away ran
Prissy leaving her OS Wo n 1he ^ And
round the corner came 1he .A When Pris-
sy came back,1he tip of a black tail vanished
under I1e m r .and what a sight met her
eyes A tng~le of pink vorsted and eight
tiny _-a 5sefed in ite te I rst she
laughed and then she
cried, and T-en she lug"h-., :" '
ed agan. "0, Grndmae" j
she szid,"I shll not kave "
to knit out my gifts, er .....
ll Puss has done it for" '-
me!"And what had tle iBlack (t done?. guess!
V\ HAT DID THE LACK AT DO ?
S" a an was a vevery,ery lile
aboy and he was tired of
.5' nmaiking sand vit
f w of eter eA i
and some earihen .
Polly "nd TFd and Tom had gone off vitl
eir nand to plvy tennis.
The baby was asleep and Nurse was help-
ing Cook in ihe kitchen Prissy was prac-
tiing in ihe parlor, end MMmma was lying
down on he ~i upstdr5. Then
NAxn 5sa w tat 1he .front f was o-
pen. Wlhat fun to Take a walk done 5o
down tie road he went,ancd
under the 3 into a field
full of flowers. He picked all 1e
his hands would hold. Then
he wanted to go home. 3But-,where was home ?
Door lille lost Nathan He 5 t down on a
-.ne' : and began to cy. "Mi-ou
S Ni. said 5omelhing close beside him.
,.*^"^ And here vws ike !
I'' "'',, He vas huntiRng 4 in the
field. "Kily, kiy !" cried Natan. "I vant to
go home !"Did ihe understand? At
home they had just missed Ntihan. They
looked for him everywhere, down ihe "i
and up ie" Then 1hey found the
open gate, and ihe little footprints and were
just stbrling out for a hunt, when they 5av a
small black object coming down he roadl,and
behind it a very, very linle
boy vilK on his x
feet, and viVil no "/
on his head. Hov 1hey
praised and pelted Puss
vken tgey heard Naoan5s
5tory! or what had 1he Black Ct done ? C5!
PATRIOTIC rUSS S.
W Wt did be Dack b do ? (uess!
urrah for Independence Day!
The vhides were blowing,and
the w; ver ringing, and
lhe lillfe boys were shouting,
and a1l this meant fourai of
July morning. Before 1he struck five,
the children were up and out. They dre5sed
the house vil, and red white and
blue bunting ,and hung ihe porch wilk gy
t~apanese reedy to light up when
night came. Then they hd a parade in
the garden. Tom vas le GCptain. He car-
ried am and marced proudly at the
head of the procession. Ech
lille soldier wore a fine paper (
and* carried 1
red had a beautiful rnev
and he came last, drumming vih all hi5 might
R oily played ihe fife. It v6,5 only a
covered vik tisue paper, to be
sure. But fed hcd a redl
to blow. Nov ve will fire a
5alute! cried Ton after t ey had marched a-
round and around iheW V en I fire,
all vwve your and 6ay Hurrah He
laid a big red cannon n ihe garden
wvk, and ite children dl 5tood on the porch
to watch. "But I haven't any !' cried
Pris5y ."I laid it down a minute and now it
15 gone VWave your- en cried
Tor."`Ready,fire!" Bang 'ent 1tel
and while the children shout-
ed, up jumped 5ome1hing
black and red and white and
blue. "Oh!" cried Pri syPu
is a Tourl of July cac He
wanted a t to wave ~i
too! And what had 1he Black Gt done Gues!
HAT 8iD THE BLACK AT DO ? ESS!
Sn e long .sunshiny summer
days, Te children had many
.l T, hings to do out of door. Ev-
ery morning before the
Svas high., l\ey put on heir
big 8' end vent to work, whit
and and and / in'
Iheir gardens Together, as busy a .
Near the gardens was a square plot of green
smoot grass ."Just te place for croouet said
Pap;\. The next dy a big came by
express, and tKe children took it out to the lawn.
Tom set up The. and drove in te .
The cq/ and j2i? w-vere gaily
striped. "You four shall play first,
said Papa. "And the owner of the -' ^
i,- that wins shall wear his ~
as a badge of honor' "Hurrea! "cried te four.
Tom chose a red ball he color of a ripe
Ytred, ao yellow one ,like an
Polly, brown like a t -, a6nd
--: Prissy, blue like her own | ,.
Then they began to ply. Mamr came out
to ,ee and even the s set on R e I
and watched. It was great fun. Peep looked
at his by and by. Only five minutes
to supper-time !" he said l. The blue | and
the red were bol for the last Which would
go trough first ? "It is Tom's turn sid Prissy,
trying nott to mind. And just then little black
streak came flying through he air, and the next
minute ihe blue A rolled
through the and touched
the r, and ite black streak
went whisking awTy to 1he ii
I H' "Prissy5' ball vins!
cried everybody, shouting with
laughter. And what had Ihe .Black (at done? Guess!
A HAT DID THE BLACK CAT DO ?
V ESS! %
Se Black Cat was a wonder -
ful hunter. There was 5smll
need Of a when he
was aboLd le pantry. If a
/i bold dared to show his
nose There, he was caught before he could
whisk back into hi, 4l'i, and brought by
proud Puss to show to his mistress. I hope
he will not catch -Z-a as well a5 mice,
said olly, looking up at a prelty -hat
hung in ihe Inj In Te cage wa a beau-
tiful canary wit bright yellow 4 He va
Polly5 own pet, and she took the greatest care
of him. His ~ w ere al-
ways kept ful of seed and
water and every day he took
a bath in his cunning blue --
vhere he spleahed away to his hearts content
Dick often had ,oo,what he liked as you like
S/ crisp green : y, or bit
S--of an A. He repaid Polly'
*o loving care by being very fond
of her. He would sit on her '^f-t .. and eat
from her 1. But one day,- careless Polly!-
she left he cage _| and the window open,
and went down-stairs. When she came back,
^e w8as gone All day Polly mourned, and
in the evening she sat sadly on the
wvil the others. "Wht is Puss doing ?" said
Toran,suddenly. The 5'was creeping soft-
ly toward some bushes--on i~ e lawn. A spring,
e pounce, and he come
running, and laid something -
at Polly's feet,yellov and .
bright. "My Dick!" cried al
Poly. And he isn't hurt
one bit O, he darlin -
Puss!"And vhat had ihe lBTck Cat done ?yUess
HAT DID THE ]LAck ( T DO? ~S !
S_ I he Black Cat ked a birthday.
H He was two years old,and "He
Smu5t have a party, said Polly.
A party means and
and game. How can a have a party '
We cn ask the from next door said
Polly. And they can play together while we
are having a good time ourselves." So Pus5
he is bashful," said one ." Maybe he is lost, said
anoter. 1But Polly went and looked at his
ij in the corner "Dear, dear she said,
vilt a laugh and a frown.
LHe might have kept avake
for once! 'Puss does not
know how to behave at -
S.party r while they ,
were all planning for his ___6
pleasure,what had the Black Cat done ? Quess
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