Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Half Title
 Title Page
 Table of Contents
 The legend of the Dumpies
 The coming of the bear
 The coming of the king
 The arrival of Sir 'Possum
 The building of the snow-man
 The abduction of Tipsy-Loo
 The trial of Jolly-boy
 The treachery of Commodore
 The Dumpies' skating party
 The return of the Rabbit
 Capture of the Griffin
 Portrait of Wide-out
 The coming of the mates
 Sir 'Possum's discovery
 Conquest of the wheel
 Taffy-pulling and treachery
 Strange adventure of Wide-out
 Bringing in of the terrapin
 Ransom of the duck
 Sawdust and spangles
 Welcome of the dachshund
 Harmony and discord
 Rockabye rhymes
 Politeness of the penguin
 The magic mirror
 Wedding bells
 Back Cover

Title: The dumpies
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Title: The dumpies
Physical Description: viii, 119 p. : ill. ; 16 x 26 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Ver Beck, Frank, 1858-1933
Paine, Albert Bigelow, 1861-1937 ( Author )
Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co ( Publisher )
Turnbull & Spears ( Printer )
Publisher: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: Turnbull and Spears
Publication Date: 1897
Subject: Imaginary places -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Animals -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Kings and rulers -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Human-animal relationships -- Juvenile literature   ( lcsh )
Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry   ( lcsh )
Fantasy literature -- 1897   ( rbgenr )
Children's stories -- 1897   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry -- 1897   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1897
Genre: Fantasy literature   ( rbgenr )
Children's stories
Children's poetry
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
Scotland -- Edinburgh
Statement of Responsibility: Frank Verbeck, discoverer ; Albert Bigelow Paine, historian.
General Note: Title page printed in red and black.
General Note: Contains prose and verse.
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Source Institution: University of Florida
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page i
        Page ii
    Front Matter
        Page iii
    Half Title
        Page iv
    Title Page
        Page v
        Page vi
    Table of Contents
        Page vii
        Page viii
    The legend of the Dumpies
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
    The coming of the bear
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
    The coming of the king
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
    The arrival of Sir 'Possum
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
    The building of the snow-man
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
    The abduction of Tipsy-Loo
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
    The trial of Jolly-boy
        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
    The treachery of Commodore
        Page 36
        Page 37
        Page 38
        Page 39
        Page 40
    The Dumpies' skating party
        Page 41
        Page 42
        Page 43
        Page 44
    The return of the Rabbit
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
    Capture of the Griffin
        Page 49
        Page 50
        Page 51
        Page 52
        Page 53
    Portrait of Wide-out
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
        Page 58
    The coming of the mates
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
        Page 62
    Sir 'Possum's discovery
        Page 63
        Page 64
        Page 65
        Page 66
        Page 67
    Conquest of the wheel
        Page 68
        Page 69
        Page 70
        Page 71
        Page 72
    Taffy-pulling and treachery
        Page 73
        Page 74
        Page 75
        Page 76
    Strange adventure of Wide-out
        Page 77
        Page 78
        Page 79
        Page 80
    Bringing in of the terrapin
        Page 81
        Page 82
        Page 83
        Page 84
        Page 85
    Ransom of the duck
        Page 86
        Page 87
        Page 88
        Page 89
        Page 90
    Sawdust and spangles
        Page 91
        Page 92
        Page 93
        Page 94
    Welcome of the dachshund
        Page 95
        Page 96
        Page 97
        Page 98
    Harmony and discord
        Page 99
        Page 100
        Page 101
        Page 102
        Page 103
        Page 104
    Rockabye rhymes
        Page 105
        Page 106
        Page 107
        Page 108
    Politeness of the penguin
        Page 109
        Page 110
        Page 111
        Page 112
    The magic mirror
        Page 113
        Page 114
        Page 115
        Page 116
    Wedding bells
        Page 117
        Page 118
        Page 119
        Page 120
    Back Cover
        Page 121
        Page 122
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'TDiO O is the tale of the Dumpies-
Queer little people are they,
Who dwell in The Land of Low Mountains,
Afar in the country of Kay.

No one can tell where they came from,
But this is the story I hear:
Whatever abides with the Duripies,
Grows shorter and shorter each year.


The duck once had legs like the heron,

SThe pug, like the greyhound, was tall,
S But they went in the spring to the Dumpies,

And both of them waddled by fall.

The turtle was slim and majestic,

And airy the blithe crocodile;

The gay hippopotamus sported

Care-free on the banks of the Nile;


But it happened to them and to others

Who oft with the Dumpies were found-

Their bodies got broader and broader,

And nearer and nearer the ground.

Beware of The Land of Low Mountains!

Beware of the Dumpies, I pray,

Who dwell in those wonderful valleys

Afar in the country of Kay,

S. Or you may become, ere you know it,

As broad and unwieldy as they!

" For it is written that whatsoever abidethl with THE DUMPIES shall
become of a presence squat and manner unwieldy, even as they."


S THESE are the chronicles in prose and rhyme of the year of
Amenities, so called because of its being the period during which the
"i Dumpy people who dwell in The Land of Low Mountains, Country
of Kay, made friendships with many wild birds and beasts.
It was in the first week of said year. The snow lay deep without,
I and, because of prolonged Christmas festivities, there was dearth of sweets
within. The Dumpy people, who subsist almost entirely upon sweetmeats,
were in sore need.
Now in this crisis the snow-birds-long their faithful friends-remem-
te '- he bered a tree of honey which lay in the forest without;
or, as the chronicles have it- e-h -r

Came their faithful friends, the snow-birds, saying, "We have found a tree.
Filled with honey," and the Dumpies straightway hurried forth to see. _
Wide-out, Commodore and Waddle, Wiseacre and Tipsy-loo, "'.
Jolly-boy, and many others, while ahead the snow-birds flew. o


Thus they reached their destination, but their plans were still unmade,
When they heard a voice of thunder roaring through the forest's shade-

"What are you doing in my honey-tree ? "
And a chorus of smaller voices-
"Yes, what are you doing in our honey-tree ?"

Then the frightened snow-birds scattered, and the Dumpies in dismay
Wildly walked upon each other in their haste to get away;
Fell and wallowed in the snow-drifts-ran till they could run no more-
When the angry voice behind them changed into a merry roar.
Then they paused to look and listen, and behold! what did they see
But a big old she-bear leaning back against their honey-tree;
And a row of cubs beside her, and the cubs and mother, too,
Held their sides and shrieked with laughter while the Dumpies bolder grew.

" Come back here, you funny people! called the she-bear, as soon as she could speak.
" Yes, come back here, you funny people !" called all the little bears, as soon as they could speak.
" I won't hurt you," called the she-bear; "come back!"
" No, we won't hurt you," called all the little bears, "come back!"


The Dumpies gathered from their hiding places and drew nearer.
Come close, and we will sing you a song," said the she-bear.
"Yes, come close, and we will sing you a song," chorused all the little bears.
The Dumpies now gathered around in a circle, and the she-bear sang the first line of a ditty, while all
the little bears joined in, as follows-

The Mother-Oh, I am the bear of the deep, deep woods;
The Cubs-Yes, the bears of the woods are we.
The Mother- My power is great,
The Cubs- And we live in state
All- In a great big hollow tree.
In a great big hollow tree, yes, yes,
In a big old hollow tree.


The Mother-All things are mine

in the deep, deep woods;
The Cubs-Yes, ours, as you'll plainly see;
The Mother- All the herbs that grow,
The Cubs- And the berries, ho, ho!
All- And this is our honey-tree.
And this is our honey-tree, yes, yes,
7 Our big old honey-tree.


How in the world did you ever expect to get my honey, anyway? asked the big bear, as they finished
their song.
"Yes, how in the world did you ever expect to get our honey, anyway?" chimed in all the little bears.
Wiseacre, the sage, explained at some length a plan which he had formed. At this the bears all laughed
again, and Wiseacre was about to depart offended, followed by all the Dumpy band.
Don't go off mad," said the she-bear; I'll divide with you."
No, don't go off mad," said all the little bears; "we'll divide with you."
The Dumpies returned eagerly.
"This is very kind of you," said Wiseacre; "and if you will come with us
to The Land of Low Mountains, we will show you many nice ways of prepar-
ing it. We have a particularly fine tart, which we make out of honey and
whipped cream."
Oh, how nice that sounds said the big bear.
"Oh, how nice that sounds !" repeated all the little bears; "let us start at once."

Then the big bear, who in those days graceful was and long of limb,
And the little cubs, who also then were very tall and slim,
Scaled the tree and got the honey, for the bees were numb with cold,
And the Dumpies gaily bore it safely to the Dumpy fold.


And they formed a long procession. Wiseacre marched on ahead;
And, because of her great beauty, Tipsy-loo the she-bear led.
Merry-wink was perched upon her, likewise Sober-sides, his chum,
And behind them, bearing Dumpies, all the happy cubs did come.

Commodore and Jolly-boy, who were both smitten with the charms of Tipsy-loo, endeavoured to get
near her, and each begged her to take his place on the cub's back, but she proudly preferred to walk
and lead the she-bear.
And thus it was that the bears came to dwell with the Dumpy people. For, after a time of feasting
without labour, as is the custom of the Dumpies, the legs of the big bear began to grow shorter, and
Sthe legs of the little bears began to grow shorter, while
.-z-e the bodies of all got broader and heavier, and the tendency
to active employ-
In the country of the Dumpies ment less and less.
They remained for many a year,
Joining in their strange adventures, .- '.'-J -
And of these we soon shall hear. /,


Now, in writing stories of history, it is not thought proper to introduce kings and other
royalty in the first chapter. We have, therefore, made no mention of
Dumpling, the King of the Dumpies, and Dumpling-ee, his royal wife,
until it could be done with due regard to custom; and besides, we
'A // didn't think about it before, anyway.
/ People do not get to be kings and queens in The Land of Low Moun-
~/ ains by inheritance, but just in the same manner that they get to be
S Presidents of the United States; that is, by being ambitious and diligent. To be very fat
and very short is the chief aim in Dumpy Land. It is clear, therefore, that those who are
most successful in getting flesh at the expense of height should be rulers. The words Dumpling and
Dumpling-ee are not really names at all, but titles earned by years of industry, and worn only by those two
who have outdone all others in reaching a degree of fatness where breathing is difficult and walking a disgrace.
Thus you will see that, as is also the case with us, the humblest citizen may, by attending strictly to business,
aspire to the greatest seat in the land. Also that any little girl in Dumpy Land has a chance to become queen,


or Dumpling-ee, through diligence, and in this we might do well to imitate them. There was once a beautiful
ode written by Butterneg, Poet Omelette to the Dumpling, describing the toilsome way in which his sovereigns
had risen to the throne. It contained ninety-three stanzas, but has been shortened somewhat in the trans-


S The Poet Omelette of The Land of Low Mountains.

It was Dumpling, the King of the Dumpies,
And his beautiful Dumpling-ee,
And the way that they got to be Dumplings
Was wonderful to see.

In their earliest youth they began it,
For they fed on whipped cream every day,
Till it took a whole army of servants
To milk it and whip it, they say.

And then, as they daily grew older
They ate of plum-pudding and pie
And the Dumpies kept constantly busy
Renewing the hourly supply;


Plum-pudding and turkey and stuffings,
And crullers and candies and such,
And the servants toiled harder and harder,
But never could bring them too much;


Till all through The Land of Low Mountains
It was whispered, they're striving to be
The King and Queen of the country-
Our Dumpling and Dumpling-ee."

And the people came
flocking to watch them,
At noontime and evening and dawn;
And the animals out of the forest
Climbed up on the fence to look on.

And at last came the feast of election,
And the contest was frightful to see,
But our hero was chosen the Dumpling,
And our heroine Dumpling-ee.


For Wiseacre measured and weighed them
With scales and with tape-line and chalk,
And declared them of royal dimensions
And wholly unable to walk.

And then they were happily wedded
By Fat-and-contented, the priest,
And the animals out of the forest
Were given the scraps of the feast.


This, of course, all happened before the animals came to dwell with the Dumpies in The Land of Low
Mountains, which lies in the far country of Kay. And in those days the bears had long legs, and the 'possum
had long legs, and the gay hippopotamus. Likewise the duck, the crocodile, and the turtle; all except the snow-
birds, who had from time immemorial dwelt with the Dumpy people, and had already become "of a presence
squat and manner unwieldy, even as they." The bear was first to follow them, as we have heard, and during
the year of Amenities came many others, and of these we shall learn later.


Now in the second week of the year of Amenities, when the bear family had become well pleased with the
Dumpy people and their surroundings, they bethought themselves of Sir 'Possum, who dwelt in the forests on
the extreme borders of the Country of Kay.
So they spoke of him as a good fellow to Dumpling, the King, who immediately sent the snow-
birds to invite him to The Land of Low
Mountains. The Dumpy annals have it as -

To the woods the snow-birds fled,
And unto Sir 'Possum said, .,
"Come and see
Dumpy Land," but he replied,
I'm entirely satisfied
Where I be." .Z-


When their messengers returned To the spot they hastened then
And the news the Dumpies learned Where Sir 'Possum made his den
Of their quest, In a tree.
Off they started, two by two, And the she-bear led the way,
Wiseacre and Tipsy-loo While the merry cubs, they say,
And the rest. Skipped with glee.

The she-bear, being an old acquaintance, was allowed to speak first.
Come out, Sir 'Possum," she called; "we have new friends."
Yes, come out," called all the little bears, we have new things to eat."
No answer came from the tree, and the bears feared that the 'Possum's home was deserted.
But Wiseacre, the sage, who even at that remote period had a cathode eye and a telephone voice,
focused on the tree, and declared that Sir 'Possum was curled up asleep within.
Hello, Central! he called.
Hello, who is it ? came the feeble reply.
Let me talk to him," said Tipsy-loo, the polite and beautiful.
We have heard of your captivating manner with chickens and other poultry, and we, the Dumpies, have
come to seek the honour of your presence in The Land of Low Mountains where we dwell," she warbled


"Oh, dear! if they ask me like that I shall have to go," thought Sir 'Possum, "unless I can slip
out of here and escape."

Our Wiseacre's cathodic eyes
Now stood him in good stead ;
He saw the wary 'Possum rise
And softly leave his bed. .

He watched him quit his nest of fur
And slily upward slip-
And lined his hand with sand-paper
To get a better grip.

And up and up Sir 'Possum climbed,
And out upon a limb,
While Wiseacre, all cocked and primed,
Below was waiting him.

He saw him leap- "
his face grew pale-
And calm his cathode eye;
He grabbed Sir 'Possum by the tail
As he went sailing by.

But through his grasp Sir 'Possum slipped,
And fainted in despair.
"Oh, Wiseacre," he cried, "you've stripped
My tail of every hair! "


At this, all the other Dumpies and the bears gathered about the two, and, sure enough, the sand-paper in
Wiseacre's hand had left Sir 'Possum's bushy tail perfectly bald. The poor fellow was in a dead faint, and
they threw snow in his face to revive him. When he recovered he looked sadly at his tail.
Alas!" he said, I shall never be able to face my old friends in this condition."
All the more reason you should make new ones," urged the bear.
"Yes, all the more reason you should make new ones," echoed all the Dumpies and little bears in
a chorus.
"We will never refer to your condition," said Wiseacre.
No, never," said the others.


AIR: Marching Through Georgia."

Sc?^i Oh, yes-Oh, yes-to Dumpy Land we go,
In hap-piness-we march across the snow !
Si0 Sir 'Possum will go with us, and his legs will shorter grow.
S .. Hurrah for Sir 'Possum and the Dum-pies !


And thus it was the 'Possum went to dwell with the Dumpy people, and in time became fat of body and
short of limb. And he soon grew happy and contented, though the hair never grew again on his tail, and he
always had fainting spells when in trouble. By-and-by after long practice, he could hang by it from limbs,
and use it for dragging game into camp. The fainting spells also were useful, for sometimes when captured
by enemies they would believe him dead and go away. And after a while it was said that he could faint
whenever he chose, and often now, when people pretend to be asleep or dead, it is called 'possuming.

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IT was the week following the arrival of Sir 'Possum in the Dumpy country, and something more than two
weeks since the coming of the bear. Dumpling, the King, and Dumpling-ee, his royal spouse, were over-
joyed with their new-found friends.
"We must do something to celebrate our good fortune," said Dumpling. "The coming of the bear and
Sir 'Possum has been a rare blessing. For has not the former supplied us with a store of honey, and the latter
with choice fowls as well as much wisdom concerning their selection and capture ?"
"True," said the Dumpling-ee. Let us at once send for Wiseacre, the sage."


Wiseacre, being summoned, came hastily, and, after reflecting deeply for some moments, spoke thus-

The snow is getting sticky, Sire, To join a revel in the snow,
Upon the level mead; And Tipsy-loo the fair."
I think a man of snow would be 'Tis well," the Dumpling then replied;
About the thing we need. Now let the bugles blow,
The Dumpies all will come, I know, / For all the Dumpy folk to come
Sir 'Possum and the bear, / / And build a man of snow."
-----I n uida a o~on.


So the heralds went forth blowing their trumpets and declaring the Dumpling's purpose, and the Dumpy
people gathered thickly. Also came the she-bear and her cubs, and Sir 'Possum, who, after only a week's stay,
had already become heavier of body and shorter of limb. Tipsy-loo came between Commodore and Jolly-boy,
her adorers. Wide-out dragged her little brother Flat-top and carried him over deep places. The work was
begun with great eagerness.

They hastened gaily to and fro-
With many funny falls;
They sported with the heavy snow
And rolled it into balls;
And Commodore and Jolly-boy
Continually tried
To linger close to Tipsy-loo
And labour by her side.
And hard and harder laboured they
To build a man of snow,

But still, in spite of all their toil,
He did not seem to grow.
They piled and plastered snow on him,
But could not make it stay,
For though the day was cold enough
It seemed to melt away.
Then suddenly to Wiseacre
The she-bear slyly came,
And whispered something in his ear-
The small bears did the same.


" I am sure it is the fault of Jolly-boy," whispered the she-bear.
" Yes, we are sure it is the fault of Jolly-boy," whispered all the little bears.
" His affection for Tipsy-loo is too warm," said the big bear.
" Too warm entirely," echoed all the little bears.
" It melts the snow faster than we can bring it," declared the big bear.
" Yes, a good deal faster," chorused the little bears.

Then Wiseacre, the Dumpy sage,
Was very much perplexed,
And as he watched the Snow-man melt
His soul was sorely vexed.
He called Sir 'Possum and the bears
And all the Dumpies round,
And formed of them an audience,
All seated on the ground.
And then he called poor Jolly-boy,
Whose features were aglow
From keeping up with Tipsy-loo
And toiling in the snow;

And Wiseacre severely looked
At Jolly-boy, and felt
His pulse, and said, Your ardour, sir,
Has caused the snow to melt.
Our man of snow has failed to grow,
And quite refused to freeze-
Hereafter you'll devote yourself
To Wide-out if you please."


Then laughed Sir 'Possum and the bears,
And all the rest agreed-
Alas, alas! for Jolly-boy,
His heart was sore indeed!
And soon within his little breast
It cold and colder grew,
While Commodore, his rival, skipped
Away with Tipsy-loo.
Still cold and colder grew his heart-
The air began to freeze-
The temperature in Dumpy Land
Was lowered ten degrees.

The Snow-man prospered rapidly
And soon was finished quite;
The Dumplings gave a royal ball
To celebrate that night.
Sir 'Possum schottisched with the bear ;!
The Dumpies all were glad
But Jolly-boy refused to smile,
For he alone was sad.


Oh, Tipsy-loo, what shall I do, You'll always be the maid for me,
What means shall I employ, The apple of my eye.
To win you back? Alas, alack,
For your poor Jolly-boy! Oh, Tipsy-loo, my heart is true,
But vanished is my joy
Oh, Tipsy-loo, my love for you Till you appear again to cheer
Will never, never die The heart of Jolly-boy!

IT was in the beginning of the second month of the year of.Amenities, and when
the Snow-man had acquired a week's chilly experience, that one sunny morning,
before the Dumpy people were fully awakened, they heard the plaintive voice of
Jolly-boy pouring forth a wailing song to the snow-clad landscape.

Alas, alas, poor Jolly-boy!
His Tipsy-loo is gone !
No more his heart will wake with joy
To greet the early dawn.
With Commodore she went before,
And now the Snow-man, too,
My tipsy-loodle-oodle-oodle,

Through many happy moons I strove
To waddle by her side,
But now she's thrown away my love
To be the Snow-man's bride.
I sing farewell to Dumpy belle-
Alas what shall we do ?
For Tipsy-loodle-oodle-oodle,


Hurrying forth, the Dumpies found that poor Jolly-boy's song was only too true. Where the Snow-man
had stood there was absence, and in the home of Tipsy-loo there was vacancy. The bears and the 'Possum
also came hurriedly, and the Dumpling and the Dumpling-ee were notified.
"Tipsy-loo was abducted," ventured the 'Possum, after reflecting deeply.
"She would never have left us of her own accord," said the She-bear.
No, she would never have left us of her own accord," echoed the small bears.
Here word was brought from the Dumpling to set forth at once upon an expedition of search and
recovery. The order was obeyed forthwith.

Out of the portals they passed-Dumpies and bears and Sir 'Possum,
Picking their way where the snow had melted and walking was easy.
Long they continued their search, but never a glimpse of the Snow-thief,
Never the sign of his trail-never a tip of their Tipsy.
Then from the forest a voice rumbled across to them, saying:
" What are you doing out there-out in the glare of the sunshine ?
Why don't you take to the woods, where cool are the shadows and darksome?
What do you think you will find-out on the dazzling prairies? "

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Oh, that is my friend the Owl," said the She-bear. He is the only bird with ears, and being able to
hear all things, is very wise."
Yes, that is our friend the Owl," said all the small bears and Sir 'Possum together; "let us get his
help at once."
What funny people you are! said the Owl when they approached him. Because the walking is
bad in the woods you hunt for a Snow-man out in the open sunshine, where no Snow-man of ordinary
intelligence would ever think of going! "

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Oh, wise Owl, come and aid us !" cried Jolly-boy and Wiseacre in chorus.
"Why should I ?" replied the Owl. "The Snow-man is my friend. Besides, the bright sun on the
melting snow is blinding, and my eyes are already weak from over-study."
We will take you back with us to Dumpy Land," said Sir 'Possum persuasively.
Humph! and what then? grunted the Owl.
You will have nothing to do but eat and sleep," said the She-bear.
No, we have nothing to do but eat and sleep," chorused all the small bears.
Your manner certainly shows it," said the Owl, who at that time was very tall and slim. Then, after a
brief battle with his better nature, he fell. I will go with you," he said.
Thus may even the wisest, through their appetites, become traitors to their friends.

" You bears and 'Possum search in haste
Throughout the woods," said he;
" The Dumpy folk will wait upon
The sunny plain with me,
And when the Snow-man comes our way
We'll chase him round and round,
Until he vanishes and leaves
His burden on the ground."

The Dumpies did as they were bid,
The others did the same,
And very soon from out the woods
The hunted Snow-thief came,
The bears and 'Possum close behind,
The Dumpies joined the chase;.
And Tipsy-loo was in his arms-
They saw her frightened face.


And when the Snow-man saw the Owl,
He cried, What hope is mine? "
And suddenly he seemed to go
Into a swift decline.
He vanished like a morning mist,
And all the Dumpies found
Was Tipsy-loo beside a pool
Upon the moistened ground.

" Hurrah! Hurrah !" cried Jolly-boy-
Hurrah the others cried,
And then they proudly bore her home
With Jolly by her side.
And with a bandage o'er his eyes
The feathered traitor went,
And never since has seen by day-
A bitter punishment.


It was a happy home-coming for all except the poor blinded Owl. But after a time he became somewhat
accustomed to his blindness, and, being able to see only \A. by night, he got into the habit
of sleeping by day. He grew solemn and reflective as years passed, and with so much
sleep and rich food his legs disappeared almost en- tirely. His voice, which had
once been a rich baritone, became a dismal bass, and his graceful songs dwindled
down to one monotonous note of sorrow. His wisdom was always held in
high esteem by the Dumpies, and this was / A /i his one comfort.

;nj_ DLi 'LA -zCODEL L7 A Qi

Now, in the Fat-book, which is the Code of Land of Low Mountains, there are written
'-many curious laws.
There is one which forbids the eating of mince-pie and chocolate caramel at an earlier hour than six
a.m. or later than o1 p.m. This is known as the Law of Six and Ten." There is another that makes
it an offence for any Dumpy to be of a girth less than twice his height, and this is called the Law of
Two to One." It was between these two laws that Jolly-boy got into trouble. It will be remembered
that Jolly-boy had been deprived of the companionship of Tipsy-loo, first by Commodore and then by the
Snow-man. During this time he grew thin, and even after Tipsy-loo the beautiful was brought back to
him he did not at once recover his squatty proportions, and Commodore, his rival, in a spite of revenge,
complained of him to the King.

Came Commodore the plaintiff, then,
And to the King, said he,
" Our Jolly-boy of late has been
Too thin, it seems to me.

" He does not eat enough by day,
And lies awake by night,

Till once around his waist, they say,
Is less than twice his height."

Then Jolly-boy was summoned there,
He came with Tipsy-loo,
The Owl, the 'Possum, and the Bear,
And all the others, too.


The Owl defended Jolly-boy,
The Bear was for the State;
Poor Jolly quite forgot his joy
In thinking of his fate.

And when they spanned his waist, they found
The charges made were true;
His height would more than reach around
When multiplied by two.

But when they placed him on the stand,
Most earnestly he vowed
He'd stuffed himself to beat the band
Whene'er the law allowed.

And then the Bear this grievous case
Before the King did lay,
And woe was on Poor Jolly's face,
While Commodore was gay.

And then arose the Owl and said,
"Your Dumplingship," said he,
" Full many cases have I pled,
But none so sad to me.

" I pray your Dumplingship to mark
How well the facts are known,
That Jolly stuffed from dawn till dark
And yet has thinner grown.

" And when his Tipsy-loo the fair
Was gone with Commodore,
In order to dispel despair
He gorged himself the more.

" Yet ever thin and thinner grew,
With anguish, as you see.
I pray, your Dumplingship, that you
Will set poor Jolly free."


At this point the Bear, whose friendship for Jolly-boy overcame his sense of public duty as Public
Prosecutor, arose and asked also that the prisoner be set free.
Oh, yes, set Jolly-boy free," pleaded all the little bears and Sir 'Possum together.
The Dumpling reflected long and deeply. Then he spoke-

Ff e,- -- iI


" Now hearken to my royal will
The law of 'Six and Ten'
Shall hereby be repealed until
Our Jolly's plump again.


" I choose between two ancient laws,
The pride of Dumpy Land,
And in the glory of our cause
The 'Two to One' must stand."

Then there was a great cheer in the court, and Jolly-boy and Tipsy-loo
were borne out on the shoulders of 1 two of the bear cubs.
Everybody was happy except Commodore, and that evening he apolo-
gised to Jolly-boy in the course of an all-night feast which they decided to
gised to Jolly-boy in the course of an
have right along while the law remained repealed. And they all liked it so well
that the law stayed repealed ever after, and the Dumpies from that time ate night and day, or when they
chose, and became fatter and fatter.


ST VALENTINE'S DAY was not far off. Jolly-boy was waxing fatter daily. Commodore, who still regarded
him with great envy, one morning went to the fence that separated Dumpy Land from the outer forest,
and stood leaning over, thinking. A Rabbit crept out from under a brush-heap and sat up straight,
regarding him. In those days the Rabbit's ears were somewhat shorter, and all four of his legs were quite
long. He also wore then a wise look, which did not belong to him and has since disappeared. It served
to deceive Commodore, however, who explained his sorrow and sought the Rabbit's advice.
If you will help me to win Tipsy-loo," said he, "you can come and live with us forever."
But the Rabbit was timid and suspicious, and at first fled hastily back into the brush.
Then, being very curious, he presently came out again.
I-I'll tell you, Commodore," he said nervously; "send her a valentine." i'- ,
Oh, but Jolly-boy will do that too," was the sad reply.
Sure enough!" said the silly Rabbit, scratching his head; "sure enough!" ',-
Then, for the first time in his life, a brilliant idea struck him, ,
causing him to turn a backward somersault. .


How will Jolly-boy send his valentine ?" he asked eagerly.
"Why, by one of the little bears, of course."
Good You write one too, and sign it 'Jolly-boy,' then meet the cub and give
He will ask you to hold his letter while he eats it. Slip it out of sight, and give him
And the Rabbit did a gay dance, while Commodore laughed loudly.
"Come right to my palace, and we'll fix it up together," he cried.

The valentine that Jolly-boy really wrote-

Oh, Tipsy-loo, the fattest flower
And fairest ever grew
Was never, never half so fat
Nor half so fair as you.
Not half so fat as you, T. L.,
Nor half so fair as you.

him a bag of candy.
back yours. See?"

Z^-_ ^^S

Now in this valentine I send
My heart so plump and true,
And all my love and sugar-plums
I'm saving up for you.
For you, for you, for you, T. L.,
For evermore for you.


The valentine that Tipsy-loo received-

Oh, Tipsy-loo, 'tis sad to tell
But plain it is to see,
That you are not quite fat enough
Nor fair enough for me.
Not fat enough for me, T. L.,
Nor fair enough for me.


There was a time I loved you well,
As all could clearly see,
But now I scorn your fading charms-
They will not do for me.
They will not do for me, T. L.,
No, nevermore for me.

Tipsy-loo the beautiful was furious, and walked the floor in anguish. Then she seized her pen and

Tipsy-loo's reply to Jolly-boy- *,


Oh, cruel, cruel Jolly-boy!
Why did you ever win
The tender heart that always stood
By you through thick and thin,
That always stood by you, J. B.,
Through thick as well as thin ?

Brave Commodore will gladly seek
The hand of Tipsy-loo,
While Wide-out may prove fat enough
And fair enough for you.
And fair enough for you, J. B.,
And fat enough for you.

Poor Jolly-boy was heart-broken when he received this reply to his tender valentine, and ate three
dishes of vanilla ice-cream to drown his sorrow. Commodore, who had copied Jolly's valentine and sent
it as his own, was happy as a king. The Rabbit, who had been presented to the Dumpling early in the
afternoon, was also happy. A grand festival was given that night, and, on the stroke of twelve, they all
joined hands in a line and danced in honour of the Rabbit's coming. Only Jolly-boy and Tipsy-loo were
sad, and they pretended to be happy too.

Written that night by Jolly-boy in his diary-

If she be not fat for me,
What care I how fat she be! "


In Commodore's diary-
My heart is running o'er with joy-
I've got the best of Jolly-boy."

In Tipsy-loo's diary-
How strange, alas it seems to me
That one so fat and false can be !"

7 9 -

IT was near the end of the second month of the year of Amenities. Snows had come and gone in the Land
of Low Mountains, and the Dumpies believed that winter was nigh over. One night, however, there came a
sudden freeze, and early the next morning his Highness the Royal Dumpling issued an order for the last
skating-party of the season. Jolly-boy and Tipsy-loo, who were still bowed low with the sorrow of their
separation, were both glad of some diversion, while Commodore was happy in the prospect of skating side by
side with fair Tipsy. The Bears, Sir 'Possum, the Owl, and the Rabbit were all eager to try the new sport,
and Wiseacre marshalled his followers on the big lake near the Dumpling's castle.

Over the surface of crystal
Glided the Dumpies in pairs;
Dumpies alone and in trios,
Dumpies with juvenile bears;

Dumpies on sleds that Sir 'Possum
Dragged with his flexible tail;
And the Owl was the steed of the Dumplings,
And spread out his wings for a sail.

7 11 M TO



And Jolly-boy skated with Wide-out,
Though little of pleasure he knew,
For Commodore, proud and presuming,
Was linked with the fair Tipsy-loo.

But Jolly-boy's turn was approaching:
The crystal in places was weak;
And the crowd in the midst of its pleasures
Was stunned by a terrible shriek.

For Commodore, cutting a flourish,
Had slipped on a spot that was thin;
And Tipsy-loo, skating beside him,
Went sprawling, and both tumbled in.


Then Jolly the gallant came flying,
Oh, Tipsy, my Tipsy !" cried he,
" I will not allow you to perish,
Though you were so cruel to me."

And Commodore cried out in anguish,
Oh, Jolly, forgive me, I pray;
'Twas I and that treacherous Rabbit
That stole her affections away.

"Oh, Jolly-boy, Jolly-boy, save me,
And if I get safely to shore,
I'll turn my attention to Wide-out,
And bring you to grief nevermore."

And Jolly-boy beamed with forgiveness,
When he heard how his rival had sinned;
But the cowardly Rabbit, in terror,
Fled over the hills like the wind;

While the Dumpies all ran to the rescue,
And saved them with neatness and skill,
As the heels of the Rabbit flew skyward
And twinkled from sight o'er the hill.


Then Commodore made his confession
To Fat-and-Contented the priest,
While Jolly and Tipsy in triumph,
Were borne to a wonderful feast.

It was many days before they saw anything more of the Rabbit, though Jolly-boy was ready to forgive
him, and sent him word by the Snow-birds to come back. The Rabbit was very anxious to return, too,
for he remembered the good times and good things to eat, but, being very timid and conscience-stricken,
he was afraid.
Only his fore-legs had grown shorter in Dumpy Land. His hind-legs,
from being always ready to spring, had remained long and ungainly, while
his ears, from constant listening, had become very long indeed. Often now /
he crept near to Dumpy Land, and sometimes at evening the Dumpy people --.. \
saw his listening ears above the hill-top against the setting sun.


Dif Now, after Commodore had confessed and repented of his treachery
/ to Jolly-boy, he often went forth alone into the woods to meditate, and some-
'times found his way to the banks of a small lake, where the Rabbit, who
had been his accomplice, came to meet him.
S jL -- One morning, as they sat there, talking, and the Rabbit had asked Com-
modore for the eighth time, if he thought Jolly-boy would serve him up for stew or only cripple him for
life if he returned, there was a sudden cry just over their heads,
and he almost fell into the lake with fright. A moment later '-
a tall white fowl stood before them.

"Oh," said the Rabbit, recovering, "it is only the
Goose. I thought it was Jolly-boy."

"Humph! and what then? asked the Goose good-
naturedly. -. "


Commodore told the story. The Rabbit wept. The Goose was much interested, and reflected deeply.
I am on my way North for the summer," he said at last, "and merely stopped here for a little swim.
It seems a pleasant neighbourhood, though, and I am impressed with the Dumpy custom of twenty-four
meals a-day. By the way, I saw as I came along a large grove of cooky-nut and sugar-plum trees about
which I think your Dumpling might wish to learn."
At this the Rabbit danced and stood on his head with joy.
Oh! he cried, if you will let me carry news like that to Jolly-boy and the Dumpling, I am sure
they will forgive me entirely, and I shall not be afraid."

The Goose then stroked his upper lip,
Why, certainly," said he,
" And mention to his Dumplingship,
That he might send for me."

Oh, swiftly, then, through field and wood
The hopeful Rabbit flew,
But when before the gates he stood
He trembled through and through ;

And long he watched with listening ears,
And long did hesitate,
Before he overcame his fears
And ventured through the gate.

And when at last he got inside
His heart began to whack,
Then stopped dead still, for someone cried,
Why, here's the Rabbit back "


Then round about the Dumpies swarmed-
They came from far and near-
The timid Rabbit, much alarmed,
Was quivering with fear;

And when brave Jolly-boy did come,
He cried, on bended knees,
" I've brought you news of sugar-plum
And groves of cooky-trees."

The Dumpies laughed with all their might,
Till field and wood did ring,
Then caught the Rabbit left and right
And dragged him to the King.

And there once more, upon his knees,
His eloquence broke loose-
He told his tale of cooky-trees,
And also of the Goose.

The Dumpling every accent caught,
Then shouted forth in glee-
This is the grove we long have sought !
Come to my arms said he.

And then the Dumpies raised a din
To celebrate the truce,
While Commodore came walking in,
And with him was the Goose.

And everyone went wild with joy,
The Bears and 'Possum too.
The Owl, the Goose, and Jolly-boy--
And likewise Tipsy-loo.


And thus the Rabbit returned to the Dumpies, and the Goose arrived in the Land of Low Mountains.
The Dumpling gave immediate orders that an expedition to the sugar grove should be planned at an early
date, and of this adventure we shall hear later.

SCCD '- = D]T 1 THIS is the tale of the stone Griffin that in
&' C1'0 LO V L r O [~ 71 the Land of Low Mountains surmounts the palace
of Dumpling the King.
It will be remembered that the arrival of the Goose and the return of the
Rabbit to the Dumpies brought also to them the joyful news of a long-sought forest of sugar-plum and
cooky-nut trees which had been discovered by the Goose; also that Dumpling the King had given orders
for an expedition to set forth at once and take possession of this forest.

Forth they marched-a grand procession-
Of that grove to take possession,
And his Dumplingship commanded,
And the royal Dumpling-ee;
And the Bear-cubs proudly bore them,
And the Goose marched on before them,
And, behind, the rest were banded
As a Dumpy host should be.

All that bright spring day they travelled,
While the Goose the way unravelled,
And at eve their camp-fires brightened
'Neath the fragrant cooky trees;
But at very early morning,
Came without a word of warning
Such a sound that all were frightened
Till they fell upon their knees.


With it they were unacquainted,
And Sir 'Possum duly fainted,
While the Rabbit writhed and wriggled
In an agony of fright;
-< ,- -.

When from out the woods a-sniffin
Came a stylish-looking Griffin,
And audaciously he giggled
When he saw the Dumpies' plight.

So you came to get my cookies
Said the Griffin, as he took his
Eye-glass calmly from his pocket
And surveyed the Dumpy band.
Aw-well, then, why don't you take them ?
All-you have to do is shake them;
That's the next thing on the docket,
I presume you understand."


Then says Wiseacre, assuming
Courage, We were not presuming
To lay claim to any treasure
That is yours by royal right ";
Whilst most earnestly he eyes him,
Thinking, Now I'll hypnotise him,
And we'll gather at our leisure
Cooky-nuts from morn till night."

Then the saucy Griffin, feeling
Something gently o'er him stealing,
Lashed his tail, with frightful roaring,
While the Dumpies fled alarmed;
But brave Wiseacre remaining-
His hypnotic glance sustaining,
Soon had Mr Griffin snoring
By his magic vision charmed.

And the Dumpy host, returning,
Found the saucy Griffin learning
Sundry tricks from brave Wiseacre
In a most obedient way;
And they quickly had him prancing
Up the cooky trees, and dancing
On the limbs-a jolly shaker,
While they gathered all the day.


Till at last, with treasure laden,
Bird and beast and youth and maiden
Formed again in long procession
And returned to Dumpy Land;
And the Griffin, at their pleasure,
Led the way and carried treasure,
Also, with a meek expression,
Many members of the band.

Thus it was they civilised him,
After they had hypnotised him,
And he oft in scrape and scrimmage
Victory to them did bring;
Till, to keep him, 'tis asserted
Wiseacre at last converted
Him into a graven image
For the palace of the King.

There he sits all day in glory
On the very topmost storey-
Dumpies far beneath him thronging-
And, within the distance, sees
That sweet grove of sugared treasures-
Scene of early years and pleasures-
And he views with stony longing
Sugar-plum and cooky trees.


It was not until the Griffin had grown very old and cross and inclined
to wander away that Wiseacre converted him, through hypnotism, into
a stone image. He had grown fat and short of limb meantime, and
the Dumpy people were very proud of him. Other stone Griffins
have since been made in imitation of him all over the world.

FQC (T) d S

) ONE morning Commodore, who had of late been very attentive to Wide-out, asked her for a
S picture of herself to place in the parlour of his palace. Wide-out, who felt pleased and honoured.
S by the request, hastened at once to Add-a-pose, Painter-in-eminence to his Royal Highness
the Dumpling, and sat for her portrait. But when it came home she was greatly displeased, and
returned it to the artist forthwith. She declared that it was by no means as plump as herself,
and that it did her much injustice in other ways. Late in the day the Dumpies and their animal friends went
to Add-a-pose's studio, for they had a curiosity to see for themselves the picture that had brought discontent
to the heart of the gentle Wide-out. The results of this visit have been recorded by the Poet Omelette in


Now came the merry Dumpy band,
And gaily with them, hand in hand,
Each bird and quadruped.
They reached the painter's, side by side;
They found the doorway open wide,
But Add-a-pose had fled.

Fair Wide-out's picture soon they saw,
And gazed at it in silent awe,
Till Waddle did declare
That he could beat that work himself,
And took some crayons from a shelf
And tried it, then and there.


And gentle Wide-out burst in tears
At Waddle's work, and boxed his ears,
And grabbed some crayons, too;
And then she hastily began,
And of that very fresh young man
A frightful picture drew.

And then the Dumpy band entire
Was seized with fierce artistic fire,
And each, with chalks and pad,
Soon worked away right busily
At pictures wonderful to see, .' "
And mostly very bad.

The Rabbit drew Sir 'Possum's face,
Sir 'Possum, with his tail, did trace
The features of the Owl;
The little Bears sat side by side,
And gazed upon the Goose and tried
To draw that noble fowl.


And Sober-sides drew Merry-wink,
And Merry paid him off, I think,
When Sober's face he drew;
While Jolly-boy and Commodore
Were drawn together o'er and o'er
By lovely Tipsy-loo.

Till by-and-by they all got mad
Because the pictures were so bad,
And ended in a fight;
Oh, such a row as then occurred
In Dumpy Land was never heard
Or witnessed since that night!

And soon the Lord High Sheriff came,
And, calling everyone by name,
He marched them to the King.

All bruised and bandaged then they went;
The 'Possum's noble tail was bent-
The Goose had sprained a wing.

And when, with many a grievous moan,
They stood before the Dumpling's throne,
They were a sorry sight;
And when the Dumpling looked them o'er
He burst into a merry roar
To see their wretched plight;

And, for a punishment, he vowed
That Add-a-pose should draw the crowd,
With bandages and all;
And ever since, in Dumpy Land,
This shameful picture of the band
Has graced the Dumpling's hall.


The picture of Wide-out was touched up and returned to her next day by the polite and forgiving
Add-a-pose. Upon second thoughts she decided that it was a very good portrait of her indeed, and
Commodore has it in his palace to this day.


Now when it was near the end of the third month of the Year of Amenities, and many birds and beasts
had made their home with the Dumpy People, there came a time when the snow had. gone away from
the hills, and winter was hiding only in dark hollows here and there, making ready to depart. A tinge of
green began to show on the maple-buds and in clumps of grass that grew on the sunny side of the
fence that separated the Land of Low Mountains from the outer world. For some
days past the Dumpy people had noticed that their two and four-footed
friends had been irritable and discontented with their lot. Even
the Goose, who was not very particular, complained of the candied A '
almonds which Sugar-lumps, Chief Confectioner, had prepared in X
his best possible manner. One morning they were awakened at ( -4
early daybreak by the wailing of the little Bears.
What is the trouble ? said Wiseacre, dressing hastily and hurrying forth.
Oh, our m-m-mother has gone and left us," they all moaned in chorus.


Wiseacre soon found that this was true. The She-bear was gone. Then
with her had also departed all of their other new friends. All were gone except
the Griffin, whom Wiseacre had under a hypnotic spell, and the little Bears.

Then loud excitement reigned supreme
Among the Dumpy folk;
The Dumpling from a sugared dream
All shivering awoke.

He rolled in terror from his bed
And roused the Dumpling-ee.
"Our friends have fled Arise," he said.
Go after them," said she.

Then all the band was formed in line
And valiantly set forth.
They started on the stroke of nine ;
Their course was headed north.

a hasty search revealed that

And bravely they pursued their way,
And circled 'round and 'round,
And pitched their camp at close of day,
All seated on the ground;


Then trudged along the next day through,
And all returned at last
To Dumpy Land in spirits blue,
And very much downcast.

But lo! next morn the She-bear's voice
The Dumpies recognised-
Then heard the little Bears rejoice
And hurried forth, surprised.

And when the wondrous facts they learned,
Their joy was doubly great-
Behold the She-bear had returned,
And with her was her mate.

And close behind Sir 'Possum came,
And with him Lady 'P.,
And all the rest had done the same
And brought their mates, you see.

The Rabbit begged, with trembling knees,
His wife to introduce;
And then, My husband, if you please,"
Said haughty Mistress Goose.

Then came the Owl, with stately tread,
And blindly blinking eye;
" Behold my honoured mate he said;
She's taller now than I."

Then shouted all the Dumpy band
With wonder and delight;
The finest feast of Dumpy Land
They held that happy night.

His Dumplingship was filled with pride,
The little Bears were gay;
" We've nothing now to fear," they cried,
Our folks have come to stay !"


Thus it was that, in the early spring, the new friends of the Dumpies came with their mates and made
their home for good in the Land of Low Mountains. It was quite funny to see them at first, for those who
had come earliest were much shorter and heavier of body than their mates who now came to dwell with
them; but this difference became less and less, and soon disappeared entirely.


.-- A WEEK had gone merrily by since the friends of the Dumpy people had
brought their mates to the Land of Low Mountains.
One morning Sir 'Possum had a slight tiff with Lady P., and sallied forth to reflect upon the fact
that she had called him a bare-tailed, faint-hearted runaway, and several other things more or less personal.
As he drew near the outer gates he overtook the Rabbit, who also had a downcast look. He ex-
plained to Sir 'Possum that, it being wash-day at home, he had found it less frosty in the open air,
although, for an April morning, it was quite cold. Together they went into the deep forest. Suddenly
Sir 'Possum gave a cry of joy. The timid Rabbit looked startled.
"Oh! what is it?" he exclaimed.
Look! Just above your head!" cried the 'Possum. A bag of honey!"
Sure enough, hanging to the limb of a tree by a slender support was what appeared to be a large,
grey, honey-combed bag-a hornet's nest, though the friends did not know it.


"Oh, let's carry it to the Dumpling!" shouted the Rabbit. "He will confer honour upon us for
bringing in a prize, and our wives will be proud of us."
The record drops into poetry at this point.

" The very thing!" Sir 'Possum laughed,
Then deftly climbed the tree,
And gaily brought the treasure down,
"A royal prize," quoth he.

" To please the Dumpling and our wives
I'm sure we cannot fail."

" To make it safe," the Rabbit said,
I'll tie it to your tail."

No sooner said than done, and then
They started side by side;
The treasure to Sir 'Possum's tail
Was most securely tied.

But an argument soon arose as to who was entitled to the most praise from the King.
I saw it first," said the 'Possum; "don't forget that."
But I thought about carrying it to the Dumpling first," argued the Rabbit.
"Yes," returned the 'Possum, "but I climbed the tree."
But I said, to tie it to your tail."
"Yes, but it was my tail, and I'm carrying it, which is more than you could do," and the 'Possum flung
a scornful glance at the bunch of cotton that the Rabbit wore instead of a tail.


B-but I-I tied it on," cried the Rabbit, who felt that he was getting the worst of it; and I-I wouldn't
say much a-about tails, either, if I were you."
Shut up!" cried the 'Possum, and with a dexterous swing he landed his burden with such a whack
against the Rabbit that it sent him sprawling.
Meantime the sun had warmed up the bag, and when it struck the Rabbit something happened.

Oh, then from out their honied prize
There buzzed a fierce complaint-
The Rabbit uttered startled cries-
Sir 'P. forgot to faint.

To drop his load he wildly tried,
But found it was no use;
Too well the Rabbit's knot was tied,
He could not shake it loose.

And then a countless stinging band
Came pouring from the nest.
The friends set out for Dumpy Land-
The hornets did the rest.

They reached the gates and tumbled through
Into a Dumpy crowd-
While still above them thickly flew
The fierce and stinging cloud.

And when the Dumpies saw them come,
They fled in wild dismay;
And when the She-bear heard the hum
She also went away.


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While chasing them, the hornets stung
At everything in sight.
The loud Disaster bells were rung
In Dumpy Land that night.

And when with dark the pests had flown,
The Rabbit and Sir 'P.

Were dragged before the Dumpling's throne,
A mournful sight to see.

And when the Dumpling heard the tale
Quoth he, Now, by my crown,
I'll give them twenty days in jail
To get the swelling down.


"It is all your fault," groaned the Rabbit, as they were led away; "you saw it first, you know."
Oh, yes," was the sarcastic reply, and you said to bring it home, you remember, so that our wives would
be proud of us."
"But you carried it," retorted the Rabbit miserably.
"Of course, when you tied it to my tail," snarled Sir 'Possum.
At this the Rabbit almost forgot his sorrow.
But it was your tail, you know," he grinned; "and I did a good job, too, didn't I ? "

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',', .."IT is not yet generally known, perhaps, that The Dumpy people
,> \ owned and rode the Bicycle long before it became known to us.
/In fact, our idea of making a wheel stand upright came first from
the Hoop-Snake, who got it from the Owl, who had it from the First Wheel itself, which the Dumpy
people captured during the fourth month of the Year of Amenities and brought to the Land of Low
Mountains, which lies in the far country of Kay. This is the tale as told by Butterneg-

The dewy morn had chased away How far they went has not been told
The April night and brought the day, When first Sir 'Possum did behold
When for adventures of the spring Against a mighty dough-nut tree
The Dumpy band went wandering. A wondrous curiosity;


But, thinking of the hornet's nest,
Concluded silence was the best,
Until the Dumpies nearer drew, / *
And then the others saw it too. -:t/ I
A wondrous thing it was, indeed; 'i
It seemed to them a silent steed, 1 '
Composed of wheels-one large, one small, i.
No legs or wings-and very tall. ,

'' Y t (- At first they paused and stood apart,
~ .A I s no one wished to make the start.
Wi' Till Waddle asked it for a ride-
S. .-. All right, climb on," the thing replied.
S So Waddle from the She-bear's back
." '/ \Climbed to the seat-Alas! alack !
It reared and pitched, and with a whack
Once more he found the She-bear's back.


Then Tipsy-loo, the fair and brave,
Declared, With me 'twill not behave
So rudely, I am sure "; but, oh!
She wasn't sure at all, you know.
For off she flew, with all her charms,
And landed right in Waddle's arms,
Which angered Jolly-boy, who just
Declared he'd ride that thing or "bust."
Then up he climbed, and down he came,
And up again, and still the same,

Till all who watched him try, agree
That Jolly was a sight to see.
And then the Rabbit tried, but lo!
It tossed him forty feet or so,
And bent his ear and lamed his knee,
Which made Sir 'Possum howl with glee.

And all the while it gaily chaffed
The Dumpy band, and loudly laughed
To see them try it, one by one,
And limp away when they were done.

And then they altogether tried
To hold it for the Goose to ride.
But in a minute more they found
Themselves in sorrow on the ground.


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Then gentle Wide-out came; says she,
" Perhaps it might behave with me."
" Oh, Wide-out! Wide-out! for my sake,'
Cried Commodore, don't undertake

To ride that thing, I beg of you-
Remember lovely Tipsy-loo !"
But Wide-out bravely shook her head
And, going up to it instead-
" I know you'll let me ride," said she,
" You never could be bad with me."
Then up she gently climbed, while all
The Dumpies watched to see her fall;
But when she gained the seat, they found
That steed stood up-the wheels turned round;
And back and forth, and in and out,
She blithely rode, and all about,
And then she proudly led the band
In triumph back to Dumpy Land.

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And this is the first mention of the Bicycle in history.
rather than force. It was a long time before the others had
story of which will be told later. But by-
things in Dumpy Land, it became much \
called it a "safety"-and so it is called all

Also of how it was overcome by gentleness
mastered it, and once it fell into disgrace, the
and-by, when it had grown shorter, as do all
more docile and trustworthy. Then they
over the world to this day.

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--v- .. O' E -I (ON morning Wiseacre came before the Dumpling with a long face.
troubles my good Wiseacre?" inquired the monarch anxiously.
I fear, your Majesty, that our people are dissatisfied," was the grave reply.
Being further questioned, he said there was much complaint among the Dumpies and
friends about their food-that they had grown very tired of hav-
ing the same things over and over again, and that even ice-cream -. -
and cocoanut-pie had been served out to them so often that the -.
very sight of these dainties was likely at any time to cause a war. ,
So Sugar-lumps, the Royal Caterer, was at once summoned,
and, after reflecting deeply, advised a taffy-pull as affording a -'
new and pleasant diversion as well as a fresh and wholesome / L 1 .'
article of diet.-
"This is excellent!" said the Dumpling. "Let it be "
ordered for to-night." _. -


their new


Early that afternoon the Rabbit and Sir 'Possum
been related by the Poet Omelette-

These rascals planned full long indeed,
In dim and quiet places,
With eager looks of cunning greed
Upon their smiling faces.

"They boil the stuff an hour or so,"
At last remarked the Rabbit,

took a long walk together. What came of it has

And put it out to cool, you know,
And then is when we'll nab it.

Of course, 'twill cause a lot of fuss,
And when we've safely hid it,
If they should blame it on to us,
We'll vow the Bear-cubs did it.

And when they have all gone to bed
We'll eat it at our leisure."
Ah, yes," the smiling 'Possum said,
I'll join that feast with pleasure."

The hours went by-the evening came-
The Dumpies met together;
The taffy bubbled on the flame,
And it was April weather.


And then they poured it into pans
And set it out to harden,
And while they waited, all joined hands
And danced the Dolly Varden.

Sir 'Possum giggled. Now's our chance!"
He whispered to the Rabbit,
And slipping from the merry dance,
They hurried forth to grab it.

Alas! the trades of knave and fool
Should never go together-
The taffy was not nearly cool,
For it was April weather.

At first they hauled it round and round,
Then pulled which way and t'other,
But, lo! that sticky mass, they found
Stayed with them like a brother!

And soon the Dumpies heard the fuss
And hastened from their pleasure,
To gaze upon the frightful muss
O&. And mourn their wasted treasure.

And all did view the sinful two,
Sir 'Possum and the Rabbit,
SAnd said, Alas! what shall we do
S To break them of their habit ?"

And when the King beheld the mess,
He cried, "A thorough scrubbing
Those two shall have, and then, I guess,
A still more thorough drubbing."


And when they seized, with eager haste,
The mass of sticky sweetness,
In sugared limbo they were placed
With great despatch and neatness.


At this the Rabbit howled dismally, while Sir 'Possum, seeing there was nothing else to do, fainted,
and even when they were deluged first with warm water and then with cold, and scrubbed vigorously with
mops and brooms, he did not recover. When they were fairly clean again they looked so forlorn that
the Dumpling stopped further punishment out of pity. Then the 'Possum came out of his faint at once.
"That was the most sweetly unpleasant affair I ever got mixed up in," he said to the Rabbit as they stole
away together.

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". IT will be remembered that, after all the other Dumpies and their friends had tried and
,' failed, it was the gentle Wide-out who finally subdued the Bicycle and rode it into camp.
*.. Every morning for a week thereafter the animals and people gathered in the court of the
Dumpling's palace to watch how gracefully and obediently the new steed bore its little
mistress. One bright morning, when both the Dumpling and Dumpling-ee had ordered
their thrones dragged out into the court that they might enjoy the spectacle, and Wide-out had ridden a great
many times around and around and around, it was noticed that the wheel suddenly appeared to be acting
strangely. A second later it had plunged through the open space which was always to be found between Jolly-
boy and Commodore, and was scorching away toward the outer gates with Wide-out on its back holding on for
dear life.

Onward plunged the Cycle straightway,
Through the massive outer gateway,
Dashing forward in a great way;
While poor Commodore,

As he saw it swiftly glide out,
With the Dumpy people cried out,"
" Wide-out! Wide-out! Gentle Wide-out-
Gone for evermore! "


Then Sir 'Possum and the Rabbit
(Secretly, as was their habit)
Made a plan by which to nab it,
And away they flew;
While, behind, the horns were blowing,
And the wild excitement growing
Of the Dumpies, who were going
Promptly to pursue.


And the Cycle, who had been a
Prey to Wide-out's charms so many,
Sped on gaily, laughing, when a
Rabbit crossed its track;
"Ah it cried, "that means disaster !
From my back I ought to cast her."
But it only hurried faster-
Never turning back.

While the Rabbit, ever keeping
In advance, continued leaping
Back and forth before the weeping
Wide-out as she came;
Till the Cycle, badly frightened
Wildly wabbled in its flight, and
Vainly turned to left and right, and
Found it still the same.


The fleet-footed Rabbit and Sir 'Possum, knowing the roads and by-paths, had planned all this, and the
Wheel little by little turned back toward Dumpy Land, and in the direction of a spot where the wary but
slower-footed 'Possum was lying in wait. He had pondered for sometime as to how he should rescue Wide-
out as she came by, and had at last climbed a tree that overhung a steep hill which the Wheel would
be obliged to climb slowly.

The panting Cycle up the hill ..
Soon climbed to where Sir P. was clinging----
He waited silently until ~ ."
'Twas just beneath, then, downward swinging,
He seized fair Wide-out in his arms ,
And lifted her with grace and neatness-
The Wheel was filled with wild alarm, t-. -
And, lightened, fled with added fleetness. -' .. d ",I'
And then, as sly Sir'Possum planned, -
It gained the top, and o'er a ditchway, -") '"
It plunged into the Dumpy band, -
Who rolled and tumbled every which way. .,


" Oh, Cycle base," the Dumpies cried,
"Where have you left our dainty blossom? "
When coming down the hill they spied
The Rabbit, Wide-out, and Sir 'Possum.

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"What ho!" the Rabbit cried; "You see
We're not as black as we are painted."
" Behold our triumph !" cried Sir P.,
And in the Rabbit's arms he fainted.

Ever since the affairs of the hornets' nest and the stolen taffy, the Rabbit and Sir 'Possum had been in
disgrace, though pardoned by the Dumpling. Now, however, they were in high feather, and were escorted
home in triumph. The Bicycle, humble and in disgrace, went slowly and sorrowfully along. Wide-out walked
with the Rabbit, while Sir 'Possum, who kept up his faint long enough to arouse pity, was carried on a stretcher
between Commodore and Jolly-boy.


PARTNERSHIP in misfortune and punishment had made the Rabbit and Sir 'Possum close friends. They had
been in so much trouble together that the tie between them had become one of mutual adversity rather than
admiration. The affair of Wide-out and the Wheel had restored them to the good graces of the Dumpies, and
they were determined to do nothing to forfeit the high favour which they now enjoyed.
They often walked in the woods together during the warm spring days, but, remembering the hornets' nest,
they could not be induced to undertake any experiments in the way of bringing strange discoveries into camp.
One afternoon, not far from the gates of Dumpy Land, they came upon what appeared to be a large oval-
shaped stone covered with beautiful markings almost like hieroglyphics of the Dumpy language. It was a
tempting object, but very suspicious, besides being much too large for them to handle alone. True, the
grinning Rabbit offered to tie it to Sir 'Possum's tail; but this suggestion the latter treated with silent contempt.
After some discussion the Rabbit started for Dumpy Land post-haste, leaving the slower-footed 'Possum to
guard the new-found treasure. The tale continues as follows-
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Sir 'Possum sat beside the prize,
Intently watching it,
Till suddenly, with starting eyes,
He saw it move a bit;
And when he saw it slowly rise
He had a fainting fit.

But as he dropped upon the ground
The thing grew still, and then
Sir 'Possum rose and looked around

Until it moved again;
Then fell once more in faint profound,
And lay for seconds ten.

Twas thus they played at hide-and-seek
A quiet little game;
Sir 'Possum was afraid to speak,
The stranger seemed the same,
When flocking to behold the freak
The eager Dumpies came.

The curiosity they found,
And, but a step away,
All prone and silent on the ground
,The fainting Possum lay.
The puzzled Rabbit gazed around
And knew not what to say.


I'm sure there's something wrong," he said; '.
Then, as he racked his wits, .e \...i .'
The thing popped out an ugly head-
That scared him into fits; '
And as the Dumpies fell and fled, / --
It shouted, Now, we're quits!" .- ,... "
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But the Dumpies had no intention of quitting and giving up the matter so easily, and when the big Land
Turtle, or Terrapin, for such it was, saw them halt and come flocking back, it drew hastily into its shell, closing
the door of his house with a snap and catching in it a tiny bit of the fainting 'Possum's tail, which at that moment
happened to be in easy reach.


This brought him out of his trance with a shriek and a
Rabbit so much amusement that his own fright was forgotten.

A net of rope they deftly threw
About the stranger's den;
They little knew what he could do
Until they started then.
He simply walked the other way
With Dumpies, net, and all,
Till, stringing out behind him, lay
His captors great and small.

bound that ended his captivity, and caused the
The story ends in rhyme-
Then Wiseacre unto his side
The Rabbit called in fear,
Haste thou to Dumpy Land," he cried,
And send my Griffin here!
For he is wise, and strong, withal,
And waits my bidding there."
The Griffin at the Rabbit's call
Came flying through the air.

And just above the Turtle stopped,
And, with a simple knack,
He deftly seized his shell and flopped
The monster on his back.
And there he lay in helpless grief,
SAnd kicked and sprawled about,
And begged the Griffin for relief-
The Dumpies gave a shout.


"Agree to go to Dumpydom -
With us," they cried, "and then '
We'll have our faithful Griffin come
And flop you back again."
I will, I will! the Turtle said;
"To all will I agree; -
This weird and winged quadruped '
He got the best of me."

Thus came the Terrapin to dwell with the Dumpies. You will see by his picture how tall and ungainly he
was at that period, and you will remember how squat of presence he has since become. Being in great fear of
the Griffin, who could turn him on his back and thus render him helpless, he soon grew very submissive and
docile. The Rabbit and Sir 'Possum cultivated his acquaintance, and the three became boon'companions as
time passed.

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THE story of the Duck's ransom and subsequent arrival of the Crocodile in the Land of Low Mountains
is told by the Dumpies with great pride as being the history of a double triumph. The story had its be-
ginning in early summer, and was not fully complete until late autumn, but the Dumpy Poet Omelette has
condensed it into a single tale, and the translator will follow his example.
Before beginning, it may be well to state, for the benefit of those who have never lived next door
to an Alligator, that when the winter comes he swallows a number of pine-knots and lies torpid until spring.
These pine-knots resist digestion somewhat, and also, no doubt, are very good for the Alligator as a resinous
tonic during his long winter sleep. In the spring he ejects them, and, having become round and smooth,
they are sometimes gathered and used as croquet-balls.
The tale runs as follows-


One morn in May the Dumpies lay
Encamped beside the flowing Nile,
When, lo! there came in haste that way
A lean and hungry Crocodile;

And wildly fleeing, just before,
A bird of legs and body slim;
For thus the Duck was built of yore
Before the Dumpies captured him.

And right into their camp he sped
Full-tilt, a hiding-place to find;

The Dumpy band arose and fled,
The Terrapin remained behind.

For he had met the Crocodile
At lunches, teas, and friendly calls;
He knew his ways and winter style-
His autumn appetite for balls.

And quickly flashed across his mind
A plan to set the victim free :
"What ho, old friend you're out, I find,
And well and active yet," quoth he.

The Alligator paused, and the Terrapin explained that the fleeing Dumpies were his friends, and that
they were not afraid, but merely going hurriedly to find a place of safety for the Duck. He added that
they were a very brave and warlike people, and at the same time kind and friendly to all animals, and
especially the oppressed. He agreed that the Duck was the Crocodile's legal victim, but advised a treaty
with the Dumpy people as being safer for him than a war. He then asked the Crocodile how he had slept
during the. winter, and was told that, owing to the scarcity of pine-knots the Fall before, his rest had been very
bad, and that several times he had awakened dreaming that he had been stepped upon by the Hippopotamus.


This gave the Turtle a chance to tell the Crocodile how skilful the Dumpies were in works of art,
and that no doubt they would be willing to furnish him any number of beautiful hand-made knots in the
Fall, if he would control his present appetite for Duck-meat. He added further that Add-a-pose, the Dumpy
artist and carver, would carve and paint the balls to resemble Ducks, so that his Fall supper would be a
new and dainty treat.

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This impressed the Crocodile, and the Terrapin called loudly to the flying Dumpies, who slowly
returned. The contract was closed at once. The Crocodile, after signing it, sauntered away after other
game, and the Dumpies returned in triumph with the grateful Duck to Dumpy Land.


The summer passed-the Duck grew fat,
And posed each day for Add-a-pose
To carve the wooden models that
Were promised at the season's close.

And fatter, too, the models grew,
To match the Duck, and short of limb,
As all that dwell with Dumpies do,
However tall at first, or slim.

And by-and-by the Autumn came,
And with it came the Crocodile
His feast of painted Ducks to claim,
And found them finished up in style.

And when he saw them, high and low,
Arranged with neatness-side by side-
He gazed upon that comic row,
And laughed until he fairly cried.

Then Wiseacre stepped forth and said,
Remain with us a year, and see,
How royally our friends are fed,
And what a noble tribe are we."

" 'Tis done," replied the Crocodile,
Your arguments convince me quite."
And he was entertained in style
By all the Dumpy band that night.


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He remained long with the hospitable Dumpies, and become as he is to-day. When winter returned
he swallowed a number of the Ducks and went to sleep. He did not need all of them, however, and
those that remained were found long afterwards by hunters, and used to attract other fowls.
And this was the origin of the Decoy-duck.

ONE beautiful May morning in the Land of Low Mountains, Dumpling the King sent for Wiseacre the sage.
A little later a hurried message was sent for the Goose, who appeared panting and fussing with the exertion
and haste of coming.
You have been a great traveller," said Wiseacre. "Tell his Majesty what you have seen in
foreign lands in the way of amusements for the people."
The Goose, who had by this time grown very fat, thereupon squatted down before the Dumpling,
and, after several prostrations, stated that at this season of the year he had more than once noticed curious
games played by animals and people in a ring covered with sawdust, and that he had seen the same set
forth in numerous places by many coloured pictures. He had learned that this amusement or
performance was called a circus, and was very popular with mankind in the big world outside.
These words brought great joy to the Dumpling, who was at a loss to find new sports
for his followers. The Goose and Wiseacre were instructed to arrange for a circus l
in Dumpy Land forthwith. Their first interview was with Add-a-pose, the artist. ----


Painting in his studio Add-a-pose they found,
Planned with him for circus bills to be posted round,
Tipsy-loo and Wide-out, too, planning what to wear,
Jolly-boy and Commodore scheming with the Bear-
SMerry-wink and Sober-sides practising on drums
S-- To perform at the performance when the great
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-- Rabbit and Sir 'Possum and the Turtle in a row
Y3'- Having a rehearsal for the opening of the show-
Big bears and little bears training day and night,
Everybody bound to have the thing
In and out of Dumpydom all the land about,
And the Dumpy folks were happy when the news right.

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