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"T' WINS, did you say, mother wha
1 twins ? Mrs. Selby smiled .i'at
Eldest boy who had asked the question. a
'i1 answered him with some little hesitate"
"" You are scarcely old enough, Charli-e
u. .nderstaind eTxac tl y,.i.t ac tif e
CHARLIE AND THE "THRINS."
this much, that two brothers or sisters born on the same day are
Only two, mother ?"
Yes, Charlie, only two."
Charlie sat quietly thinking, but his mother was quite sure
more questions would follow, for he was always eager to know the
meaning of anything that puzzled him, and not at all afraid of
asking questions. Some of Mrs. Selby's friends called him a very
inquisitive child, and thought he should be checked in his enquiries,
as sometimes he asked
for information they
S- --- 'could not give him;
%-' .' but his mother very
-..- wisely answered all
his questions so far
-". .% "as she thought he
,.--' could comprehend
what she told him,
-___ ---_ .- and promised him
when he should be old enough to understand it.
Charlie was only a little over five years of age, but as he had
passed very little time in the nursery, because Mrs. Selby liked to
have her children with her a great deal, he was not at all babyish,
and knew as much as many boys who were much older. Suddenly
he looked up with a satisfied air. "I know," he exclaimed;
"then Archie and Dot and Roughie are thrins."
Thrins! my boy, why there is no such word," said Mrs.
"Oh yes, mother, there must be; twins is two, and thrins
No, Charlie, you are quite wrong; altogether wrong, my boy
-there is no such word as thrins-the rest of the mistake is
partly my fault, for I should have told you that the children who
are called twins are both the same age, not only having their
CHARLIE AND THE "THRINS."
birthdays on the same day. You know that your sister Dot is
a year older than Archie, although both have the return of the
day they were born on every nineteenth of September, so they are
not twins. And as for little Roughie's real birthday, I cannot say
when it is, though we call his birthday the same day as Archie's
because your uncle gave him to you when your brother was two years
old-just a year ago to-day."
"Ah, well mother, I shall call them thrins, I ,
s'pose I can make words if I like, 'cos I heard
Uncle Tudor tell you that some man who .
wrote a book made his own words, so I
shall call them three thrins." '
Mrs. Selby was too wise ever to argue .
with a child, so she only laughed very (,_4 ,,- '
merrily, as she said, "You are a silly -.X .1 -l
little man, and very fond of talking non- --
sense; run out and have a good game
with your thrins, but don't get into any ;- I '
Charlie's home was quite a country
mansion. The beautiful old house stood in
a lovely park, and the gardens were well kept,
and some of the shrubberies quite dense, all
affording play-grounds, of which the children .
never wearied, and where they were allowed to "
wander without a thought of danger. "
Mr. Selby was often absent from the '
hall as he was a Member of Parliament,
and now he was daily expected home from -
a trip he had taken to Norway.
Charlie said, Father would surely come .i. V
home in time for Dot's birthday, for Dot was
his only little girl." In Charlie's opinion father
liked Dot better than his boys. Perhaps father was
CHARLIE AND THE "THRINS."
rather more gentle with his little girl, but not because he loved her
better, for he was very proud of his boys, and hoped they would be
brave and truthful men when they were grown up. The day was
brilliant and warm, more like July than September. When Charlie
f ., P left his mother he went to find Dot and Archie.
(1 Nurse said it was much too hot for the children to
wear jackets, especially as they intended playing
Ji' ; at horses. So dressed in their gala frocks and
< ribbons, in honour of
the day, with their
hats on to
-' shield them
S fr im the sun, the
"- ch iildru, a started off
t:r their :_ijne, accom-
S panied by Roughie.
The scarlet reins were a double set, a birthday present
from nurse. Charlie said it would have looked more
properer" if he \ had had a whip; but as he was quite sure
he should not use it, it didn't matter much now, but nurse could
give him one when his birthday came. Nurse said she would think
about it; but no doubt before the day came he would like something
Charlie, of course, was driver. He would occasionally allow his
pair of horses to rest for a minute or so; and when Archie gathered
some flowers Dot called it taking home his feed-that's what the
Then when they had rested as long as Charlie thought
necessary, he would shake the reins, and shout, Gee up, thrins,"
and off they went again.
CHARLIE AND THE "THRINS."
Dot did not much like the new name, and asked Charlie,
"What's thrins? "
Oh," said her brother, that's my new name for three twins
-I can make new words just as well as Uncle Tudor's man-thrins
is just lovely."
But what's twins ? again asked Dot.
Oh, you'd best ask mother that; I don't think you're quite
old enough to understand yet," said the boy. He felt ever so
much older than his sister, but he did not feel quite able to explain
even the little his mother had told him.
Does mother know what's thrins ? inquired Dot.
"Yes, of course, I told her," replied Charlie very positively,
and evidently quite proud of himself.
If you told mother, why can't you tell me ? again
Charlie thought an instant, and then got out of his difficulty
by saying, "You ask mother 'what's twins,' and then when she's
told you I'll tell you what's thrins. Gee up, gee up."
Off they went again at a good trot, with Roughie dancing
along and barking with joy at racing with the children.
They had gone through one of the shrubberies, and were
running gaily along in the long
grass that grew by the side 4:.f .
the shrubs, when suddenly
Archie tripped and disappeared,
and Dot followed him, while
the weight with which they -
fell pulled Charlie forward
with such force that he lay
on his face quite stunned. .
His hands though still clung '
with a firm hold to -
the reins, which were ".F
attached to the arms
of Dot and Archie. ':, i,'."
CHARLIE AND THE "THRINS."
Roughie barked, and the two little ones screamed in terror;
but Charlie lay motionless
.- and rigid across one corner
; 5'-""" :: "" of the hole into which the
P",.. a- c-... children had disappeared
-- -- so unexpectedly.
'' ,- ,. '' sniffed round and round
x'r. .' ^ -., tlh: pr-'r. t- boy, then put his head over
th,- brink!- ...I t!.- hole, and whined as though
.i'. .lin., v ';hthi-r v-- could help in any way, and
then wi dl rushed a,, LL) as fast as his short legs and
tiny feet would carry him.
"Roughie's gone, naughty Roughie," sobbed out Archie,
struggling, as he spoke, to release his arms from the scarlet reins
that still bound him firmly to his sister.
I'll take it off," said Dot, trying to stand up, but pulled down
again by Archie's struggles to release himself. Charlie, let go,"
she cried ; but Charlie did not move, and the reins were still twisted
tightly round his hands.
After many attempts, and many stumbles in the long nettles
among which they had fallen, Dot and Archie managed to stand
upright. But, alas! their heads did not reach to the top of the
hole, nor could their little scratched, stung, and bruised arms and
hands touch the clenched hands above that held their bonds
The children had not fallen far. Their prison was only an
unused potato pit, filled with a wild growth of nettles and briars,
which had rendered it a veritable trap for unwary feet.
Charlie had been far more unfortunate, though he escaped the
pit, and the nettles, and the thorns. The weight of his sister and
brother, as they fell so suddenly, greatly added to the force of his
own headlong downfall. His head had struck against a jagged piece
of wood that was quite hidden in the long flowery grass, and Charlie
was insensible and helpless.
CHARLIE AND THE "THRINS."
Archie began to cry most lustily. What with the stings and
scratches, and finding his arms still firmly held by the twisted reins,
he became not only frightened but angry, and Dot said afterwards
that Archie howled."
Dot herself was much braver. She bore her pain without a
tear, and stood quite still instead of tearing at the ribbons, and so
bruising her poor bare arms. She called Nurse at the top of her
voice till her throat felt sore, and her voice became shrill and faint;
then at last she called, Mother, mother, do come."
But Dot's voice had lost its strength, and mother would never
have heard her little girl's pitiful cry if it had not been for clever,
faithful little Roughie, who had almost pulled her to the spot where
she found her children.
Mother saw at once what was the matter. She did not mind
the nettles, but dropping gently into the pit, she loosened the reins
from the children's arms, and lifted them both on to the grass
above. Then climbing out herself she
sent them back to the house with
Roughie to guard them, telhn.g
Dot to send nurse and the '*
footman as quickly as possible '1
to help her with Charlie.
Archie was very unwilling j
to leave his mother; but
mother's word was law, and
he had to obey. As they
trotted off, Mrs. Selby
stooped and raised Charlie
in her arms. He was not -"'
dead-that she knew. How much .
he was injured she still had to di.- '
cover, and she could do nothing Lbut
wait for help. What a sad day fur thlie
children's birthday, and all had IL-en
so bright only a few minutes bet'-re. TIe-n a
CHARLIE AND THE "THRINS." II
swift and earnest prayer went up to Heaven for help and strength
to bear whatever trial might await them all.
As she brought her thoughts back to the dear child who was
nestled in her arms, Charlie's eyes opened slowly and his lips
moved; but his voice was only a whisper, Mother, I've lost the
They're quite safe, my boy; don't talk."
As she spoke nurse appeared, and someone with her, but not
the footman; he had been sent
off for the doctor.
"God is .., good-He has
answered my prayer," said
Mrs. Selby, as she put Charlie
into his father's arms to be
carried to the r t house.
Charlie was .- _- l ill for a very
long time, and : father and nurse
nursed him. Mother was not
well enough to --- help; but when
she was able to -go into his room,
and found him lying on the sofa, she asked him to make room for
another little sister, whose birthday was also on September the
Oh, mother that's three, without Roughie."
Mrs. Selby said, Yes, Charlie, three; are you not pleased, you
look so solemn ? "
"Gladder than I can tell," and he tenderly smoothed the
baby's face. I don't think I'll make any more words, mother, for
I couldn't make one for four twins."
Our Last t4olidag.
S' HE other day I heard Aunt
Penelope and mamma talk-
,' K ing about diaries. Mamma
i I i said she did not believe in people
S\ \ -;- writing down their feelings. She
Thought we have a great many feel-
i i ings which we ought not to have,
which we really do not mean to
'have, and which we can best lose if
we let ourselves forget them. On
the other hand, she said some people
fill their diaries with accounts of
feelings which they do not feel at
all, but which they think it would be
admirable to feel. She said she had heard papa say that he believed
people always wrote their diaries with the feeling that somebody was
looking over their shoulder, just as they look in their own bedroom
mirror to prepare themselves for other people's eyes.
I think what mamma says is right. What would be the use
of my writing down last week (when I did my sums so badly) that
I felt that I hated our governess. (I've learned how to work the
rule now, and I like her well enough !) Then again, when we went to
the commemoration services, I daresay I'd have put in a diary how
grand the music was, and what fine impressive sermons the bishops
preached, while in reality the crowding was so unpleasant and the
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cathedral got so close that I nearly went to sleep, and was very
glad when it was all over!
g_ But Aunt Penelope says that because there are wrong sorts of
diaries, that is no reason why there should not be a right one.
She thinks the right diary is, '
one which is meant for every-
body to read -in which we
should write down only things we would like to relate when we
are old. She says that most people, once or twice in their lives,
come across some marked event, and if they wrote down what
they saw and heard at the time, it would be most interesting
afterwards. She only wished she had done this in her younger
days. Things might be stuck in too-it would be nice to see
an old hand-made valentine or the first Christmas card !
I mean to start a diary of this sort, and as we are just going off
for a holiday, this will be a good time to begin. So when papa said
to me, Now, Grace, of course a young lady of twelve years old is
above spades and pails, so what am I to bring you as an equipment
for your trip ? I said to him, Please I should like a blank book."
Papa did not laugh, but he looked at me funnily, and was very
particular in asking me the right size, and kind of cover, and
so on. (Of course Peter and Clare are to have spades and pails,
and I'll get plenty of play with them.)
I've written all this on the first page of the blank book to
explain what will follow.
OUR LAST HOLIDAY.
DEAL, KENT.-FIRST DAY OF THE HOLIDAYS.-It is no
use to write down what is already printed in guide-books and
geographies, so I won't say anything about Julius Caesar or the
We have lodgings in a house close to the sea. It is next door
to what is called Lloyd's Office." I've often heard papa talk
about Lloyd's Shipping News, but now I understand a little better
what it is. There is a man, or perhaps two or three men, next door,
watching all the ships that pass in the Channel, and the ships send
messages to this man by means of different coloured flags, arranged
on plans agreed upon, and the man can send them messages back.
Mamma says that if papa had a ship called Grace, bringing in
wood from Canada to London, and papa found that wood was not
selling in London, but was wanted in Amsterdam, he could just
telegraph from the city office where he is sitting, to the man next
door, something like this: "When lumber ship Grace, Montreal
to London, passes Deal, order her on to Amsterdam." And papa
would know almost exactly when his ship would pass Deal, because
he would know through the Lloyd's man at
Brighton or Hastings when the Grace had
passed those places. It is very A -
wonderful. Aunt Penelope says
it shows what a great amount .' -
of painstaking, care, and atten- -=-" ,/
tion are required to keep things -" \
going properly. She says that the -
more we know and can do, the
better we understand how much .
we depend upon other people.
Why, if those Lloyd's men were I
not always attending to their
business, perhaps papa would not be \
able to afford to send us here for a '
holiday! And how can we do any- I
thing in return for these people
OUR LAST HOLIDAY.
I I whom we don't know ? Aunt Penelope
/ I / says that is why the Prayer
I / Book helps us to remember
i / / all sorts and conditions of
i' men." It does mean more
S-' when you look at it in this
\ \ __ light; but Clare says while
S _she is at Deal she shall
S -pray for Lloyd's man next
X "" 5 door.
S "It is quite lively to sit
at the window and watch
/ the ships talking We
make believe we know what
they are saying Mamma has bought Peter a book of the flags
of all nations, so, at least, we can guess where they come from.
THIRD DAY OF HOLIDAYS.-We have walked out to Sandown
Castle-that is, to all that's left of it, for there is very little to be
seen, except some of the underground, dungeon-like rooms, half
choked up with shingle. This is where Colonel Hutchinson was
cruelly imprisoned till he died, in the reign of Charles II. I have
read all about his wife Lucy, in the "Lives of Good Women,"
which grandmamma gave me. Of course I always understood it
was very terrible to have one's husband in prison and ill; but when
I came here and found that the castle is not much more than a
mile out of the town, I could not understand why the book had laid
such stress on his wife's exertions and devotion," in walking out
every day from Deal to see him! Why, I walk nearly a mile to
school daily. I said so to auntie, when we started off this morning,
and she answered me, "wait and see! I noticed she wouldn't
take Clare with us. Now, I understand all about it. The way to
the castle lies over rough, slippery shingle, and coming home the
wind rose a little, and blew in our faces, and we had a regular
battle to get along, and my feet ached so they were fit to drop off.
" Now, you've done for once, for your own amusement, Grace, what
OUR LAST HOLIDAY.
Lucy Hutchinson did every day with a sore heart," said Aunt
Penelope. "And we have wrestled with a mere summer breeze,
while she faced wintry blasts, with snow and sleet." I suppose a
great many things which seem easy enough when we hear of them
are very hard to do. Perhaps that's the reason why the people who
have done most themselves are the readiest to admire other people.
The boy or girl who has not done any-
thing, fancies he or she could do every-
thing if he or s l-1 nly cared to try!
FIFTH DAY OF HOLIDAYS.
- Our land- lady's father
is such a fun- ny old man.
He is an old man-o'-war's
ma n. Ht e .. f came in and
sat with us a t ,.ime little while
yesterday ba evening. He
says our land- l lady is not a
widow as we -- ~ thought she
was. She has a husband
living, but he s n a lunatic
asylum. He a i was a gunner,
and our old sailor says he
believes he went mad try-
ing to work for some ex-
amination he had to pass before he could rise. There
were no such things in his time, he says, and he thinks
they are very bad for brains of some sorts. He thinks they would
not have suited his brain. Then he told us all sorts of funny stories,
but some of them were sad. He says it will be never known how
much of the loss of life at sea is due to drinking. He used to drink,
too, when he was a young man, and he says he once went out among
the crew of a small ship, which was sent to stop a big vessel from
entering one of the great Indian rivers, where the passage was just
then dangerous. The small ship was to ride at anchor till the big
one came up; but he says every man on board, officers and all,
OUR LAST HOLIDAY.
drank so heavily, that they did not see the great ship pass. She
was never heard of more He says that the thought of it haunts
him, and he even dreams of it sometimes. He thinks every man on
the little ship will have to answer for the death of every man on the
big ship, because if any one of them had kept sober and stuck to his
duty, all the lives might have been saved.
The servant says her old master is very funny. He thinks
things in a house should be made like those aboard ship. One day
last winter, her mistress and she went away for a holiday, leaving
the old man at home alone. He thought he would give them a
pleasant surprise when they came back; so he tarred every article
in the kitchen! He tarred the chairs, and he tarred the tea tray.
They stuck to the chairs when they sat down, and the cups stuck
to the tray! They had the world's work (as she calls it) to get
things right again.
We spent all this morning on the shore behind the boats.
Peter says he does not want to leave the sea again; he would like to
be a sailor. Aunt Penelope says maybe, for a sailor's is a grand life ;
but Peter must not think he is fit for it because he likes digging in
the sands on a sunny morning! Aunt Penelope says most people
like the nice easy part of many ways of life ; but the way of life we
are fit for, is that whose hard part we don't dislike! Clare
says she'd like to
be a cook when
she sees cook
making tarts, but .... --
not when she's --- -
cleaning the _
saucepans. I --
think I'd like to
write books, but if nobody would read
them I'm afraid it would break my heart ,,
Aunt Penelope says if I am meant to write
books I shall do it, and take my chance i"',-
of the heart-break! -l- -
OUR LAST HOLIDAY.
SATURDAY,-I have never written down
in my diary that from our windows we can .
see the Goodwin Sands-the terrible shoals
where so many ships are wrecked, and under
which so many dead sailors must lie.
Our servant tells us that in the sum- ---
mer time, at low water, visitors can go
out and picnic on them, and that some-
times they even play cricket matches!
I think it seems very like playing games
in a churchyard!
Of course there is a lifeboat in \
Deal, and our servant has been telling
us about it, and about the Deal boat- /i
men. Her father was a sailor, and so .
was his father before him, and so are -----
her two brothers, and so was a third,
who was drowned. She has had an uncle drowned, and two cousins
who took service on ships that were never heard of again. I asked
her if it did not make her hate the sea when so many she loved had
died in it. And she said, Why, Miss dearie, you don't hate bed,
and yet most people die there."
She says our landlady's father has gone out in the lifeboat again
and again, and has saved many lives. I said to her that he had not
told us that, and she said no, of course not, because he'd hold it no
more than his duty. She says he'd go now, old as he is, if the boat
was short of a hand.
MONDAY.-We went to church yesterday, and in the evening
we went to the Seamen's service. We knew two or three of
the men who were there, and they seemed pleased to see us,
and lent us a hymn book. I liked to hear them singing. There
is a weeknight service to-morrow evening, and I shall ask mamma
to let me go again. To-day is not a nice day. It is very misty.
We cannot see the passing ships. We have been dull, and a
OUR LAST HOLIDAY.
TUESDAY.-To-day is very stormy. A gale got up in the
morning, and blew the mist away about noon; but it has been
too wild to go for a walk. We sat at the windows and looked
out, watching the boatmen. There seemed a great deal of run-
ning to and fro. Our servant says they think there has been a
wreck on the Goodwins, for through their glasses they think they
can see a man going wildly about on the sands, but they can't
launch the lifeboat because of the tide. They have been signal-
ling a passing tug boat to tug out the lifeboat. They dipped a
flag from the pier-head, and burned blue lights, but the tug-ship
did not seem to notice, and passed on. They say nothing can be
done but wait till the tide is right for the lifeboat. The waiting is
so awful. Our servant says they can only see one figure on the
sands, and they can make out a new wreck there since yesterday.
Ships don't sail with only one sailor. Where are the others?
And that poor man, how does he feel? What does he think?
I do hope he thinks we see him, and that he believes we mean
to help Our servant says if he has been this way before, he
ought to know what Deal boatmen are. But oh, to be all by
oneself under the blank grey sky, surrounded by the cruel, crawling
sea! Our servant says she hopes he's a good man, and then he
isn't without a Friend. Death
is nothing," she says, "if you're
ready for it." But I say maybe
he has a wife and little children
somewhere, and will be so sorry
Sto think how they will wait for
him in vain. Aye, that's hap-
- opened to a many before," she
Says. Sailors know such things
must be sometimes. When it
happens, it's in the will of God."
O, that poor man alone out
on those horrible sands; and
Only this morning I was fretful
OUR LAST HOLIDAY.
because the weather was too bad for us to walk to Munceam as we
had planned. Aunt Penelope says that there is some great agony of
this kind always going on in the world, and that we ought to
remember this, and be ashamed of ourselves when we are inclined
to be cross and impatient with little things.
It is so terrible to be so near, and yet not able to help. The
servant says, Yes, it's the waiting is the hard bit; but it's all in
God's will, and what we can't do is what He does not mean
us to do."
EVENING OF THE SAME DAY.--
In spite of the high wind, Aunt "
Penelope and I managed to get to '
the Seamen's evening service. I i -
should think about sixty men came. '
Perhaps the thought of the
poor fellow, who may be -
drowning in the dark, in /
some of the horrid places / i
which they call "fox-falls,"
made everybody feel that they wanted /
to speak to God, and to hear other /
people speaking to Him too. Our old
landlord was there. We met him just as we went in, and he told
us that nothing can be done till about half-past ten, when the
tide changes. He is to go in the lifeboat himself. He is not so
strong as some are, though "he'll do yet," he says; but he has
gone so often before that he knows the sands better than most.
I noticed all through the service that everybody's eyes kept
going to the clock, and yet I'm sure it wasn't because anybody was
weary. 0, how strong and earnest their voices were in the
responses! And when the clergyman read, "In all time of our
tribulation; in all time of our wealth, in the hour of death, and in
the Day of Judgment," they answered, Good Lord, deliver us," as
earnestly as that poor man may have been crying out in the dark!
And there was a look on many faces as if there were tears
OUR LAST HOLIDAY.
behind their eyes! And I
daresay most of the men
there had lost somebody
*'-.. ? ''-.. by the power of the sea.
I saw Aunt Penelope's
.- tears dropping, and
S- everything seemed so
S'" .. strange that I didn't
notice that the clergy-
Sl' irnan had t,,-pped reading, till I heard his
V "-.:ict uZLddenly say, Has any man any
ftre-h .-L4. tion to make? Can we tele-
'grap3h anywhere else for other help ? "
To or three old boatmen turned
S. nd w-hispered to each other; but they
i 'all sih-,::,k their heads, and one old man
\ ,-poke ,out for them all, that there was
n:lthing to be done just yet. So the
service went on. We sung the hymn,
"Rescue the Perishing." It all seemed so
real, because we knew of that man out on the Goodwins; and
it always is quite as real, for such things always are, whether we
know them or not.
As soon as the service was over, Aunt Penelope and I hurried
home as fast as we could; but our old landlord, stiff as he some-
times seems, had got there before us, and there was his daughter at
the door helping him into his oilskins. As it wasn't near half-past
ten yet we thought he was only going down to the beach. He
didn't take any notice of us, and I heard the last words he said to
his daughter, and they were these :
Is my short pipe in my pocket ? "
Father says he thinks they may launch about nine o'clock,"
said our landlady, peering after him into the darkness.
We went upstairs, and found supper standing ready for us, and
the blinds drawn down, and everything made bright and cosy inside,
OUR LAST HOLIDAY.
but we couldn't bear that! Mamma said it was horrid to be shut
away from what others were suffering and daring, even though we
couldn't help. So we drew up our blinds, and watched the lights
flashing about outside, and the dark figures running. Little Clare
had gone to bed, but mamma allowed Peter to sit up that he might
see what sort of a man he must become if he would be a sailor !
It was not much after half-past eight, when we heard a sound
of hoarse shouting and heavy thuds, like thumps on a closed door,
and presently a bell rang in a furious sort of way, like somebody
calling in a great hurry, and then there was a cheer, and a strange
grating, sliding noise.
Aunt Penelope cried I know that sound. It is the lifeboat
being rushed to the beach. They are off already "
"Run downstairs, Grace," said mamma, "and ask our land-
lady if her father is really gone."
But I couldn't find anybody in the house, though I looked
everywhere; in the kitchen, in the bedrooms, even in the coal-cellar.
Our landlady and the servant had both gone out.
By-and-bye, when the boat was off, we heard them return.
Mamma spoke over the stair-head:
O, Mrs. Adams, why did you go out on such a night as this ?"
I beg pardon, ma'am," said the landlady, who always seems
afraid she isn't doing right. I didn't think you'd want anything;
I thought I had set out all."
"I'm not thinking of ourselves," mamma answered, almost
vexed. I am thinking of you! You, who tell me how you suffer
from neuralgia, to go outside and stand in the wind on a night like
this! Why, you might have seen and heard everything, and yet
kept the shelter of the
Our landlady laughed, g,-'
relieved. "I could not
keep the door open and -
make the place miserable /
for you, ma'am," she said.
OUR LAST HOLIDAY.
"This sort of thing makes one forget neuralgia. There's time
enough for that another day."
Has not the boat started too soon ? asked Aunt Penelope.
Well, it's nigh two hours before they say it's safe," admitted
our landlady. But men-folk don't like waiting; that's the part of
the job they leave to us."
NEXT MORNING.-After what I wrote last, of course there
wasn't much more to do or to see; but nobody could tell when the
next thing would happen. And we didn't think we'd sleep, so we
didn't want to go to bed. Our landlady got out blankets and flannel
things to be ready for the boat's return, and she made up a great fire
in the kitchen, and we all went and sat round it together, and the
landlady and the servant told us all sorts of sea stories. Peter fell
asleep, and we rolled him warmly on the sofa. In time I dozed a
little too, and when I woke up there was a soft light in the room,
and Aunt Penelope and I went upstairs to our parlour, and watched
the dawn brighten over the sea. Oh, how beautiful it was Aunt
Penelope said to me That it is strange to think how few of us care
to rise to see this wonderful scene which God prepares daily. The
eyes which see the dawn are seldom young eyes or glad eyes," she
said softly. They are rather the eyes of weary watching, hopeless
sorrow, or wakeful age." Aunt Penelope stood gazing out across
the waters as she spoke, and I fancied her words meant more than
seemed. I wonder if Aunt Penelope has seen many dawns !
Aunt Penelope has gone downstairs to help to get us all
something to eat. And now I begin to remember something.
When I was quite a little girl, I was told Aunt Penelope was going
to be married to a certain sea captain when he came home from
his next voyage. But he never did come home. I never heard
anything more about it. I suppose I was too little to be told things.
I wonder if he was drowned, or died of fever; or, perhaps he was
wrecked on a desert island, and may have to wait for years and
years for a ship to take him off. Oh, and suppose that if he did get
the ship, it might be wrecked on the Goodwins on its return voyage.
Why, the man whom our lifeboat has gone out to save may be Aunt
OUR LAST HOLIDAY.
Penelope's sea cap-
tain! Oh, how nice
it would be! Such
things do happen in
books, and surely -"
people would not write '
them if they never "' -'
happen in real life.
When Aunt Penelope
came back from the kitchen, I could not '"
help going to her and hugging her. She wondered '.
what was the matter with me.' .
Two OR THREE DAYS AFTER.-Since the lifeboat came
back, I've never written in my diary till now. There's been so much
to do, and to hear, and to talk about.
When we saw the lifeboat come in, with the British flag hoisted
at the peak, our landlady said that some life had been saved,
anyhow. Perhaps they had found the rest of the crew of the
But no they only brought back that one man whom they had
seen running, half-maddened, on the sands. He was nearly dead
when they found him, and they could scarcely get him away because
he wanted to search for the bodies of his drowned crew. He was
the captain of a little vessel, manned by six men, trading from
somewhere in the North to a port in Spain.
We've all been making clothes for him, for he had lost every-
thing. Our landlord brought him up to see us this evening. He
looks very pale and thin. Our landlord says very strong and brave
men don't always get over such a time as this captain must have had
on the sands. The captain himself says the worst part was thinking
of his wife and children, and especially of his mate's two little girls,
whose mother died during the mate's last voyage, and who have
now nobody to look after them.
Aunt Penelope has got their address from the captain. She
means to try to get them into some nice orphan home, and till she
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succeeds, she is to have them stay in her own house, so that they
shall not get rough, nor fall into any bad ways, for the poor captain
tells us they have been very well brought up, so far.
Mamma says that when they are safe in the orphan school,
Clare and I may write to them, and send them presents on their
birthdays and at Christmas, and be their friends outside like
aunts and cousins are.
But, of course, the captain wasn't Aunt Penelope's captain ; and
I felt so disappointed that I could not help asking mamma Why
don't things come right as they do in most story books ? Mamma
smiled a little when I asked that. She actually said that things
come far better in reality, because Aunt Penelope's captain is through
all his troubles and dangers, and is safe with God, waiting for us to
follow him, and Aunt Penelope, though she can do no more for
him, has learned for his sake to be ready to give everybody the
help she would have liked him to receive.
I do believe Peter will be a sailor after all The going out of
the lifeboat made him more inclined to the sea than ever !
At first I wished he wouldn't, thinking how lonely I should be
while he was away on his voyages. But now I remember, that the
OUR LAST HOLIDAY.
Deal boatmen could not have launched the lifeboat if all the women
had hung on to their jackets and tugged back !
Our landlady handed her father his short pipe, and did not say
a word !
We are going home to-morrow, and this will be our last holiday
till we have the next one !
SI.- 'D ,,"
OW, Dolly, sit still
S upset tif you please,
.You toe yr You've done enough
Toharm for to-day,
ThatAnd it's no use your
"Y pouting, my dear,
AnAnd saying it all was
You upset the ink-yaes--you did,
You tore your new frock, and you said
" Don't care,"-when I said I'd a mind
To whip you and put you to bed.
You wore your best shoes in the mud,
And stole the jam tarts, I suppose,
That, that's why your hand has come off,
And why you will turn in your toes.
Your hair is as rough as can be,
Your pinafore's fastened with twine,
I'm sure there was never before
So naughty a Dolly as mine.
THE NAUGHTY DOLLY.
If you really won't do as I wish,
I fear-yes--I very much fear
I must get a new doll from the shop,
And let The Boys have you, my dear.
No, no-I don't mean it-don't scream,
The Boys shall not have you, my pet;
Don't cry any more, there's a dear,
I'll try to forgive and forget.
I'll wash you, and then you -1II
A gown that will cover your
Let your hands hang behind
you, and then \ A
You will look quite genteel
And I'll make you a beautiful
With the help of the back "
of a chair,
And I'll never let any one
How exceedingly naughty "
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'N OW, who'll be the good one?
Who'll give up?"
Oh, I hate that sort of
thing," said Peasblossom,
walking away. "It's unfair,
it's mean to put it on
SShe was a tall child of
About nine years old. She
Rose now from the tea-table,
and went across the school-
room to a corner where stood a low wicker-work chair, on the seat
of which a book was lying, wide open, and face downwards.
Peasblossom picked up the book, flung herself into the chair,
and began to read.
The volume on which her eyes were fixed was a much used and
abused copy of Alice in Wonderland." Its contents were
absorbing. -The little reader pushed up her shoulders, crossed her
legs, and glued her eyes on the fascinating pages.
"I say, Blossom. Blossom, do you .hear? Miss Maitland is
speaking to you."
I wish you wouldn't be so rude, Teddy. There, what is it ?
Tiresome boy Don't you see that I'm reading."
Now, Blossom, that reading is all an excuse to get away.
Miss Maitland wants to know which of us will give up. You will,
won't you, Peasblossom ? You are the eldest, you know."
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Teddy had a round, comical face. He was seven years old,
and rather short and fat for his age. He wore shabby little
knickerbockers, and a very dirty, disreputable sailor's jacket. His
reddish hair stood up straight on his head. His bright blue eyes
were slightly puckered up. His mouth formed
itself into a questioning sort of an "O!" as
he watched Peasblossom for her reply.
"It's very mean and shabby," she answered,
" and I'm not going to be coaxed. Do let me I|
go on with my book, Teddy. It's so exciting,
it's the part where Alice has tea with the March
But who's to give up ? questioned Teddy.
"Is it me, or is it you? That's what Miss'
Maitland wants to know."
It isn't me, so there, now you understand. .
Now will you let me go on reading in peace ? "
Teddy's face became very overcast. He turned on his heel,
and walked slowly up the school-room.
I suppose I must do it," he said, looking up at Miss Maitland
with his full blue eyes. Blossom won't, so there's nothing for it
but for me to be the good one. I hate being the good one! "
Miss Maitland, Peasblossom's and Teddy's governess, was a
sensible, pleasant-faced young woman of about five-and-twenty.
Dear, dear," she said, puckering her brows. But after all
there's not a great deal of use in your giving up, Teddy. You
are really too young to be trusted with the care of Cherry and
Merry. Peasblossom could have managed them nicely, but you-
well, I suppose I must only stay at home myself."
-" I'll do my best," said Teddy, who began to be interested
in his sacrifice, now that he saw difficulties in the way. I
could play soldiers with Cherry-Cherry loves me when I play
You are a kind little boy," said Miss Maitland. She drew
Teddy towards her and kissed him on his chubby lips. I'll
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let you know if I really want you, dear. You may go back to
your play now."
Miss Maitland was the nursery governess. She had entire
care of Cherry, aged three; of Merry, who was only eighteen
months old; and also of Teddy and Peasblossom.
Peasblossom went to classes for music and French, but all
her other lessons were taught to her by patient, kind, long-
enduring Miss Maitland, who not only instructed the children, but
played with them and made their clothes, and was busy with
them from early morning to late night. Miss Maitland seldom
or never asked for a holiday. Her life seemed all work and no
play; but the children were accustomed to her being for ever at
their beck and call, and failed to notice when her eyes looked tired,
and her cheeks pale.
On the morning of this particular day, the post had brought a
letter to the governess, which excited her very much. A married
sister, the only one she had, was passing through London on her
way to the South of England. She begged of Miss Maitland to
meet her at Waterloo, and spend
an hour with her while she was
waiting for her train. The gover-
ness had not seen her sister for
Stwo or three years, and she was
highly delighted at the thought of
having a talk with her once more.
Peasblossom and Teddy were also much pleased when she told
them of the treat which she believed was in store for her. Like
many other children, and grown people, too, they were only too glad
to see another person happy as long as the happiness did not
interfere with themselves.
But alas! by eleven o'clock on that sunshiny winter's morning,
the whole aspect of things had changed.
A letter had come from the children's grandfather, asking the
two elder ones to dine with him, and go afterwards to. Maskelayne
and Cooke's Entertainment. Neither Peasblossom ;nor Teddy had
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ever seen Maskelayne and Cooke, and their joy at the expected
treat knew no bounds. Miss Maitland and her sister were quite
forgotten. All was ecstasy in the
two little breasts at the thought of
their pleasure; their best dresses
to be worn; a delicious drive in (.
grandfather's carriage to be en-
joyed; a dinner such as grand- f("
father knew how to give to be/
eaten ; and then, crowning bliss,
to sit one at each side of their
dear old relative, and see the
mysteries and the wonders of
those great magicians at the-
Egyptian Hall. No wonder
Peasblossom clasped Teddy's hands, and danced up and down
the school-room with him; and no wonder Teddy shouted and
screamed with glee, and forgot all about Merry's sleep, and the
tooth which she was cutting, and the fretful fractious humour
which it put her in.
It was at this juncture, when their bliss was at its highest, that
Miss Maitland, who would have been very glad to give up to them,
but could not quite bear the thought of her sister's hungry,
expectant, disappointed face, called them to her side, and told
them the state of affairs. The nursemaid was out for the day;
their mother was particularly engaged; if one of them did not stay
at home to help to amuse the little ones, Miss Maitland must give
up all thought of trying to see her sister for another two or three
years. She could go if one of the elder children -would- stay at
home, for Alice, the housemaid, could bring her sewing into the
nursery, and see that no one came to any harm.
"And now, who'll give up,? Who'll be the good one?" she
had said in conclusion.
Of course she had hoped that Peasblossom would be touched
by this appeal; Peasblossom would be of the greatest possible use
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to her. If she stayed to amuse the little ones, Miss Maitland could
go off to see her sister with a perfectly easy heart in her breast.
She looked anxiously at her favourite pupil as she spoke.
Would those bright eyes smile at her ? Would that dear little face
respond with the quick flash of love and intelligence which often
filled it ?
Not a bit of it. The eyes looked down, the lips drooped, a
scowl came between the pretty brows, the little figure turned away.
Miss Maitland felt that it was useless to appeal to
Peasblossom any further. There was nothing for her, therefore,
but to give up her own pleasure, and send a telegram to her sister
to say that she could not meet her.
Teddy," she remarked, after an interval or two of silence, I
am very much obliged to you for offering to give up your own
amusement, but I have changed my mind about
going out this afternoon, so you and Blossom
can both go to spend the day with your grand-
-AP_ ', father, as he so kindly invited you."
N) "Oh, hurrah hurrah cried Teddy.
He threw a ball, which he happened to
C.. have in his hand, high in the air. He
)LH rushed at his governess, and nearly choked
her with the vigour of his embrace, and
then he ran madly up and down the long
./P% Did you hear, Blossom ? Did you
7 hear ? he shouted to his sister. "After
I all Miss Maitland is going to be the good
1. // .. one. She's the good one. She's the one
to give up. Isn't it scrumptious? We can
both go to grandfather's now."
Peasblossom flung down the book she
S was reading, and looked hard at Teddy.
/ A great crimson flood of colour came up
SNN and dyed her cheeks; her eyes shone very
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bright ; she pressed her lips tightly together, then, without uttering
a word, she took up "Alice in Wonderland and went on reading
from the open page.
"Blossom, come and get dressed! come and get dressed!"
screamed Teddy, in half-an-hour's time.
Peasblossom, can't you hear? Miss Mait- .
land says we'll be late unless we come and : !
get dressed at once."
Peasblossom got up slowly; she walked .
over to the bookcase and put
Alice" back among her com-
panions. Then she went into her
own little room, which opened out .', .
of the nursery. She looked very
grave, her face was pale. On her
little bed lay her best frock of blue -'
velvet. A large Gainsborough hat -
with a plume of dark blue feathers
- lay beside the frock. There were neat gloves, a little muff, a clean
white handkerchief, all ready beside the pretty frock and the
Peasblossom loved her best clothes. She was not exactly
vain, but she knew she looked very nice in them, and it gave her
pleasure to look nice.
Miss Maitland was standing by the dressing-table.
Come, dear," she said to the little girl. Let me brush out
your hair. I hope you will have a pleasant time."
Miss Maitland's voice was quite bright ; her face did not
look sad at all. Peasblossom could not help staring at her in
"Didn't you want to go out this afternoon ?" she asked,
turning very red.
Well, yes, dear, of course I wanted to go."
Then why aren't you miserable ? "
Blossom's words were blurted out with a kind of gasp. Miss
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Maitland drew the little girl towards her, and began to brush out
her long hair.
It is one of the strange secrets, Blossom," she said in a low
voice, "which no one ever believes in until they learn it by
experience, that those who give up are the happy people."
"Oh, I don't believe you," said Blossom, facing round and
staring at her governess.
Very well, darling. Let me dress you now, and get you
ready to go to grandfather's."
"I'm not going. I hate giving up, but I'm not going. Don't
touch me, don't look at me; take that hat away, take that frock
away-I hate, I hate giving up, but I can't go !"
Peasblossom rushed to her little bed, flung herself across it,
tumbling her best dress most shamefully as she did so, and buried
her head in the bed-clothes.
"Poor little girl! said the governess.
Don't touch me! said Blossom, shaking her off. I hate
myself and every one else, but I won't go, I won't go!"
Her tears came faster and faster. She sobbed until she
could cry no longer. At last she raised her head to see Teddy
dressed in his very best, standing at her side.
"So you are the good one after all, Blossom," he said.
"No, I'm not; I'm the very baddest of us all!"
Miss Maitland says you're very good. She says you are a
brave little girl. I wish she'd call me a brave little boy."
She didn't say that, Teddy ? Blossom began
---7,1 to push the hair from her hot cheeks.
"She did-really and truly. Oh, -you never
S, saw any one so glad in your life as Miss Maitland
I is to go and see her sister. She said to me, 'I'll
never forget what Blossom has done, Teddy.
Blossom is a brave girl, Teddy.' "
It was very strange, but at that moment there
i stirred in Peasblossom's heart a throb of exquisite
joy. She had never known happiness like this
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before. i Li
seemed t. :, b
of heavi ii- V "
self. 1"I. n .. i
she felt it -hl-.- c.- J
curves left her lips. She rushed to the
glass, and began to brush out her hair. She bathed .
the marks of tears from her cheeks, and rushing up
to Teddy kissed him several times.
No wonder after this that Peasblossom made a delightful nurse
for Cherry and Merry that afternoon, and that all was sunshine in
the nursery as well as in the little girl's heart.
yOU mustn't climb up there, Pussy,
It's not the thing to do,
SFor clocks were made to tell the time,
S'a And not as toys for you.
SYou mustn't pat the weights, Pussy,
SAnd move them to and fro,
Or else the clock will be annoyed,
.. .. And then it will not go.
You mustn't touch the hands, Pussy,
With little furry feet,
Or there will be no dinner time,
And then what will you eat ?
And if you stop the clock, Pussy,
The world cannot go right;
We should be sleeping all the day,
And romping all the night.
For clocks make time go right, Pussy,
And if no good clock goes,
Things will all happen upside down,-
As everybody knows!
lII ir? ArQaze.
H URRAH, for the light green fields and dark green woods!
Hurrah, for the rivers and ponds, the cows and the pigs,
fresh butter and new milk! Hurrah, for the clear blue
sky and sweet fresh air; buttercups and
daisies, hazel-nuts and blackberries, don I.t- -
rides, and battles with the fallen "' '
Dear little heart, would you not 7;
shout "Hurrah," supposing that for
months and months (we will say all I7 '
the months of your very long life), you ,, 1.
had been pent up in a great big city, ,
and had never heard the song of the I -
lark, nor seen a wild, free rabbit, and
had just had an invitation to stay for
a month in a farm-house.
Jack and Teenie, who were twins, had just received such an
invitation, by letter, and addressed to them, too, which of course
made it all the nicer, from dear old Uncle Tom.
Will you two youngsters come and stay with us while we
put some roses into your cheeks ?" asked Uncle Tom.
Would they not indeed! I can assure you it did not take
long to answer that letter; for Manor Farm was such a lovely
place; really and truly the finest farm that ever was. Such a dear
old red brick building, covered all over with ivy; and there were
such horses and cows, such ploughboys and dairymaids, such
barns and apple lofts; in fact, such an amount of everything that is
ALL IN AMAZE.
perfectly delightful, that when one receives an invitation to stay at
such a place, it is absolutely impossible to sit down comfortably
for two minutes at a time until one gets there.
So Jack and Teenie felt; they were busy packing their boxes a
week before it was time to start. They went to bed earlier, so as to
make the days seem shorter, a custom that,
-.e Ai rule, they were not very fond of, and
', tli,- got up hours before anybody else in the
S- h. use so as to talk over together about this
S. lrious visit.
; ~ At last the end of the week came,
S- i and with it the cab, and good-byes to
'ppapa and mamma, and tears too,
V;~. -d.' although the children had looked for-
'"**1^1^" li ward so to this happy day. It is always
i a tearful time to say good-bye to papa
Sand mamma, no matter how happy you
iy- -' think the days to come are going to be.
,,A v .- i1'i.vent Jack and Teenie,-wondering greatly
to see the trees and the telegraph poles flying past
the fast train. In fact, they wondered so much at everything they
saw, that their journey seemed quite a short one.
Here are our blessed twins," shouted jolly old Uncle Tom, as
the train drew up at the little country station. Here you are, my
dears, bundle out. Where's your luggage ? Ah! here it is. Jump
into the dog-cart. Are you hungry ? You are. That's right, Aunt
Jane has dinner ready for us. Dear me, how pale you are But
never mind, we'll put the .roses in. We'll make you as plump as
It really seemed as -if Uncle Tom's chief idea in life was to
make rosy cheeks, and to judge from his own, he had been very
successful. The red brick farm-house was put quite in the shade
when compared to his jolly red face.
Bless my heart, my dears," said the dear old uncle as they
drove along, you are not the only twins in the world, you know.
ALL IN AMAZE.
I've got two sets at home; you shall see them directly. Bob and
Flip, two fox-terrier puppies, are one set; and Tibby and Fluffy,
two black and white kittens, are the other set. The kittens, I must
say, are very well behaved twins, but those puppies are just out-
rageous in their manners. No manners at all but bad ones. Do
you know, I very nearly' drowned them the other day! "
Oh, no !" cried Jack and Teenie together.
It's all very well -for you to say 'Oh, no,' but listen to what
happened. We had just had luncheon, and had gone into the other
room, when we heard a terrible crash, and such a squeaking, and
barking, and growling; and when we rushed in there was Master
Bob lying on the floor with a mutton-chop bone in his mouth, and
surrounded by broken plates and glasses. These naughty little
thieves had been helping themselves. Well, I didn't drown them,
but I gave them a good whipping; and that, I think you will allow,
they richly deserved. But it didn't seem to do them much good, for
the very next day I found my slippers
bitten to pieces; and the day after
that again they dug up the flower
beds to bury some choice bones they
had run off with from the
kitchen. Then, too, Miss
Flip nearly drowned her-
self by falling into a
three-gallon can of new
milk, and only saved
herself by upsetting the
can and spilling the
milk; whereupon she and
Bob, Tibby and Fluffy
set to work to drink it,
and they drank so much
that they could hardly
move afterwards. I hope
all little twins are not so
ALL IN AMAZE.,
mischievous as my four-legged ones," added Uncle Tom with a
smile, looking down at his nephew and niece.
Oh, no, Uncle Tom," replied Jack and Teenie, smiling back again.
A few minutes later the dog-cart arrived at Manor Farm, and
there was Aunt Jane on the steps ready to receive them with hugs
and kisses; and there also were the
*-, twin puppies, barking a welcome with
most evident delight.
i.: i ."',, The first thing the children were
:., introduced to was their dinner, and
this introduction showed that they
Were neither shy nor backward. And
after dinner Jack and Teenie revelled
in all the joys of the farmyard, a place
which, to little town-bred children,
.,. .l _- must of course give an endless source
"i of amusement. To say that they
S were happy is to express their feelings
very mildly. All the castles in the air that they had built together
about the farm were realized; in fact, they spent a very, very
joyous time. But--
Now, you will very often find, not alone in stories, that a but "
somehow manages to creep in, and makes matters very disagreeable.
Our but is about something very amazing that happened to
Jack and Teenie, and caused a great deal of excitement at the time.
Bordering on Manor Farm were the lovely grounds of a fine
country house, where the children were allowed to roam at their
own sweet will. One afternoon, about a week after their arrival at
the farm, they strayed rather further than usual, and to their
astonishment suddenly cane upon a high, thick hedge, growing in
a large circle. It was a maze, but Jack and Teenie did not know
this, as they had never seen a maze before.
Hulloa, Teenie," cried Jack, here's a way in; and more
hedges inside. What a funny place. Let's see where it leads to;
ALL IN AMAZE.
In the two went, and walked down innumerable paths, on each
side of which were the tall thick hedges. First to the right they
Turned, then to the left, then round again in a circle.
" It's a long way to the other side, isn't it ? remarked Teenie
at last, after they had been walking for about half an hour.
Yes ; but we are sure to come to it in time," replied
S On they went to the right, and then to the left, and round in a
circle again; and although they did not arrive at the other side,
they suddenly found themselves in the centre of the maze, where
there stood an old sun-dial and two garden seats.
"Oh, Jack, this is delightful," cried Teenie. This is the
strangest and comfortablest place I ever was in. Let's sit down
Down they sat, and rested and chatted away till the sun went
down, and then they thought it was time to be off home. Now, if
it is a difficult thing to get into a maze, it is, very often, far
more difficult to get out of it, and so, I am sorry to say, the
For half-an-hour; for an hour; for an hour-and-a-half; for two
hours, poor Jack and Teenie wandered hand-in-hand together through
that horrid maze, only to find themselves back again in the
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ALL IN AMAZE.
centre, in company with the sun-dial and the two garden seats. The
dusk had turned to darkness, and all was stillness in the quiet
country. Teenie couldn't help it, she began to cry, and Jack felt as
if he could have done the same, only being a boy, he bit his lip
instead, and just managed to keep the tears back.
In the meantime, there was a great commotion going on at
Manor Farm. Bless my heart," cried Uncle Tom at tea-time,
"where are my two-legged twins. They must be hungry, and I
know I am." -Poor Uncle Tom was
not destined to have his tea for a
long time to come. "Dear me,"
he exclaimed, after the tea-hour
was long past, and after
-,.- "' having jumped up from his
,chair for the hundredth time
S .' to look out of the window.
S,'. "Dear me, it's very late,
.- .what can have happened?
S- I'll go and find them."
Uncle Tom would have
S been more correct if he had
said that he would go and
"' ._'.' '-'. L. for his nephew and niece, for
S'' although he searched for an hour,
not a trace of them could he
Then there was an uproar in the farmyard. I don't know
what the cows, and the pigs, and horses, and cocks and hens
thought about it, but they must have been very much astonished
indeed. Dairymaids and ploughboys, ploughmen and cartmen
were rushing here and rushing there. Lights were bobbing about,
and everybody was shouting and tumbling over one another, as
they suddenly came round corners in their eager search for
Uncle Tom went off again by himself, and this time took the
ALL IN AMAZE.
right direction. He was close to the wonderful maze shouting his
hardest, when, to his joy, he heard a reply.
Hulloa, is that you two ? Where are you ? he cried.
In here, uncle," shouted Jack.
And we-we can't get out," sobbed Teenie.
Dear hearts," cried the children's uncle. They are in the
maze. Don't cry, my chicks, I'll have you out in a moment."
And in rushed Uncle Tom, first to the
right, and then to the left, and then -, i
round and round in a circle. .
Dear, good, jolly, but very rash old ""
Uncle Tom, he no more knew the way -
into the centre or out of that maze than '''"',i i;
the children did. Round he went to the
right, then to the left, round and round
in a circle, bump up against one hedge,
flop against another, tripping over stones,
scratching his hands and tearing his -
clothes, but getting no nearer to the
twins than when he started.
Here's a pretty kettle of fish," he said to himself, stopping
for want of breath. I can't get in, and I can't get out; what's
to be done now ?"
Are you coming, Uncle Tom ? cried two little voices.
"Yes, yes, my dears, I'm coming; don't be unhappy." And
away he went again, but with no better success than before.
"You're a long time getting here, Uncle Tom," cried poor little
My child, I, I'm very much afraid I don't quite know how to
get to you; but don't be miserable. Let us shout, and somebody
who knows the way out will be sure to hear us, and come' and
Hi! hi! hi hi !" they all cried together.
"Hi! hi! hi!" answered the echo down the valley, and that
was all the reply they heard.
ALL IN AMAZE.
This is getting too fearful. Fancy remaining here all night,"
said Uncle Tom under his breath. The dew is falling thick, and
those poor chicks will catch their death of cold." Then he added
aloud, Come along, my dears ; shout again."
Hi! hi hi! hi!"
Hi! hi! hi! came the echo.
And, dear me, what was that ?
Why, Bow, wow, wow ; bow, wow, wow," barked by two
Hurrah, there are Bob and Flip! Hurrah, there are the
four-legged twins! shouted Uncle Tom excitedly. Come here,
my beauties. Here, Bob; here Flip."
With yelps and barks, and a rush and a scramble, the two
puppies tore into the maze, and very soon reached their master.
"Find them, my beauties; find them. Find the children,"
cried Uncle Tom. And off started Bob and Flip with their master
behind them, and in less than a minute they were all in the centre
of the maze, and little Teenie in her uncle's arms. A quarter of
an hour afterwards, to poor Aunt Jane's delight, they all arrived
As to those puppies," said Uncle Tom, I'll never abuse
them again. I'll buy them each a red leather collar to-morrow, and
to-night they shall have a feast of bones."
Jack and Teenie had many happy days after this at Manor
Farm, and never since that evening have they had such an exciting
time as when they and their Uncle Tom were all in a maze and
couldn't get out until they were rescued by two fat little puppies.
D O my darlings want the story
I have told so- oft before,
Of the little drummer laddie
And his gallant deed of yore ?
But you love to hear about it ?
Aye, my children, that is well,
'Twas a bright and brave example
Of the spirit that should dwell
In the hearts of British children,
Be they high, or be they low;
Just Fear God, and do your duty,"
It is all'in that you know.
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Little Jack-I think I see him
Stand as you are standing now,
\ith his cap set trim and jaunty
On the curls around his brow.
He was but a child, my darlings,
Not much older, Will, than you,
And his cheeks were just as rosy,
And his eyes were just as blue.
Not a man of us but blessed him
For the spirit kind and gay,
That we never knew to fail him
'From the time we marched away.
From the time his mother kiss'd him,
As she held him to her heart,
And he kept the childish tears back,
Though God knows 'twas hard to part.
Then the great ship bore us over
The blue ocean, lone and wide,
To the distant land where many,
Many a British soldier died.
Many a mile our army plodded
'Neath the burning foreign sun;
Many a night we had no shelter
When the toilsome day was done.
Very often sick and hungry
We marched on in sorry plight;
But in marching, or in halting
By the camp fire's blaze at night,
Little Jack, the drummer laddie,
Cheered us as we onward went,
Making light of every hardship,
Always blithesome and content.
Full of boyish pranks and laughter,
Full of kindly, winsome ways,
And his gallant spirit bore him
Through the hardest, longest days.
Not a man of us but loved him,
SThough we were but rough and
.- : E'en Sir John, our grim old colonel,
O n the drummer laddie smiled.
SBut at last our march was
K And at last we knew the foe
( We had come to fight was
In the valley down below.
Well, the night before the battle
Our young captain spoke to me,
Short and sharp, as was his custom-
Sergeant Moore, that gap you see,
Pick your men, and guard it strictly,
Post a sentinel outside,
And be smart, my man, about it "
And he turn'd away to ride.
Up jumped Jack, the little drummer,
Sergeant Moore, you'll let me go "
And he looked with eyes beseeching,
I've sharp ears, as well you know."
Aye, I knew it, not a hunter
Of a red deer on the track,
Was so keen and quick of hearing
As our blithesome drummer Jack.
So I took him, it was wrong dears-
He was such a child you see,
GRANDFA THEIR'S STORY.
.... ..... .-".." "" And 'twas older hands we
S And the captain trusted
t Down the dark defile we
And beyond the gap we
Where the foe was camped
'Twas not wider than a
T"1-,I. i lark gap between two hillsides,
S.\,id I saw if we could keep
X'r i [s.t the enemy its entrance,
a Safe that night our men might
Little Jack crept just outside it-
I shall hear them if they stir,"
In my ear he whispered softly,
As he leant against a fir.
" And you'll stay there !`" I commanded,
As I held him by the arm-
" You'll not stir a step, my laddie,
Save to give us the alarm ? "
And he answered Trust me, sergeant,
I'll not stir, or close an eye ;
'Twill be safe to-night-our army,
Or I'll know the reason why "
'Twas his safety that I thought of;
Do you mark me, Bess and WVill ?
I was fearful of his straying
Into danger down the hill
Where, at lightest hint of danger,
I could call him to my side.
But 'twas long before the dawning
That a breathless comrade came,
Bidding us fall back, and quickly-
Speaking in the captain's name.
They'd not try the pass he told us,
As along the path we filed,
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And we all-may God forgive us
In our haste, forgot the child.
But not far had we proceeded
Ere we heard the rolling boom,
Up the narrow path behind us,
Of our lad's familiar drum,
Followed by the crack and rattle
Of a rifle in our rear,
So we turned upon the instant-
(In our hearts an awful fear
For the child we had deserted)-
Face to face we met the foe ;
There were but a score of them, Will-
How we cut them down, you know.
On we went-some few were wounded-
It was but the chance of war-
Till we heard a feeble drum beat,
And a wvell-known blythe hurrah "
There was Jack beneath the fir tree
With a broken leg and arm,
While-with but one hand, brave laddie,
He was beating the alarm.
Dropping shots you see had struck him,
And he fainted, so he said ;
And the enemy had left him
'Neath the dusky fir for dead.
But he soon came to, and fearing
They'd surprise us in the pass,
On his drum he beat a warning
As he lay upon the grass-
" But what ailed you not to follow
When you heard us move away ? "
Thus I asked him, sitting sadly
By his little cot next day.
" Follow you ? he cried-" Why, sergeant,
You had told me not to stir
From the spot where I was posted,
In the shelter of the fir !
Could I disobey my orders ?
I was sentinel you know,
And you were not out of hearing
When I caught.a sound below ;
And the enemy was on me-
I'd have beat you a tattoo
If I'd had the time, but, sergeant,
I was hit before I knew.
Then I tried to warn you after,
Lest they took you by surprise-
It was but my duty, sergeant,"
Said the lad with shining eyes.
Thus he saved our camp-we knew it ;
And the bravest in the land,
When the boy got well, have said it,
As they shook him by the hand.
GRANDFA TIER'S STORY.
And the enemy had left him
Neath the dusky fir for dead.
But we cannot all be heroes "-
Nay, my lad, you're right enough;
But we can, be brave and faithful-
And, believe me, that the stuff
Which makes best and bravest soldiers-
Strong to bear, and swift to do
Are the boys who learn contentment,
And are patient, kind, and true.
Don't make much of little hardships,
Help a comrade when you can,
You'll have many a foe to fight, Will,
Ere you come to be a man.
So will you, my darling Bessie,
As to womanhood you grow;
But Fear God, and do your duty,"
That's the safest rule I know!
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TIe Babe iq the Wood;
WHAT HAPPENED AT KITTY'S PICNIC.
S( J ITTY and Lili, what do you think ? I have such a lovely
piece of news for you," exclaimed Gabrielle Brooke,
almost out of breath from flying upstairs to the school-
room of their high London house.
"What ? Oh do tell us, quick answered both the little sisters,
looking up from the doll's tea-party they were arranging.
We are going to. Devonshire, to a sweet cottage, with Vera to
take care of us, while papa and mamma pay some visits in the
Without Miss Seymour or nurse ? enquired Kitty, almost
bewildered with this wonderful announcement.
Miss Seymour is going home for her holiday, but, of course,
we shall have nurse."
Gabrielle, generally called Gay, was a tall child about eleven or
twelve years old, with long silky fair hair and dark blue eyes.
,.- Kathleen, or Kitty, was nearly nine, very like
S.'' Gay, only her hair; was darker and curly,
and her eyes brown. Lili was quite a little
i' r i.nI between five and six, and a great pet
,if \\.itl them all. Vera was the eldest in the
S. ,' family, seventeen, "nearly grown up"
the children said. They had one
l) brother Reginald, aged fourteen,
h whom they were expecting home
: .. from school.
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We are only- going to -
have two servants-Annie, the
kitchen-maid, for our cook,
and nurse, won't it be fun ?
We shall be able to do just
whatever we like all day, and
Vera will order the dinner,"
Gay went on, dancing round 'ill
the room in delight. This -.--.:-
so excited the little Scotch
terrier, who had been curled
upon the rug, that he leaped \ -
up and scampered round the
room, barking furiously, and
making frantic efforts to catch
the heels of Gay's shoes in his mouth.
"Will Reggie come, too ? asked Lili, stopping to take breath,
for, of course, she and Kitty had joined in the dance.
Yes, dear old boy, we couldn't do without him," answered
Miss Seymour, the governess, came hastily in to know what all
the noise was about. She was quite pleased to hear of the
projected visit to the country, but begged them to wait till they were
there, before they made so much noise.
The next few days the children were very busy choosing out
the various treasures they should take with them, and packing up
the dolls and their belongings. Nurse refused to take Lili's table
and chair, and the doll's house, and did not agree to Kitty's
suggestion that she should put their dresses and things in it instead
of a box.
At last the happy day came for them to say good-bye to the
schoolroom and lessons, and stiff walks in Hyde Park, and go off to
the country and freedom, and long happy days to spend in the
woods, or on the seashore.
The cottage that had been taken for them was a sweet
THE BABE IN THE WOOD.
Sold fashioned one with
lattice paned windows,
round which the roses
clustered, mingled with
jasmine, and honey-suckle
and holly hocks, and
other simple English flowers
S' filled the quaint little garden
witlh colour and perfume.
Vera and Reggie were
quite proud of being in charge of
SXI their three little sisters, and did all
:. _they could to make the holidays pass
Kitty's birthday was to be honoured by a picnic in the wood,
and the little girls watched the sunset from their pretty windows
the evening before,-with great anxiety.
If it's wet, which it won't be," said Reggie, I vote we carry
our dinner into the out-house at the bottom of the garden, and
pretend we're Australian settlers!"
But the weather was all they could wish, and in high spirits
they all went off to the woods the next morning, laden with baskets
full of good things cook had prepared, and followed by \Winkie,
the terrier, their constant companion. They had all helped Annie
to prepare the feast and make the cake. The sugar at the top
had been ornamented by Reggie in a highly original manner,
and was supposed to be a Swiss landscape of mountains
Much prettier than smooth like the shop cakes," they all said;
and Annie had to guard the oven door like a dragon to prevent
them opening it every five minutes-" Just to see how it was
It was great fun choosing the place for their dinner, spreading
out the cloth, and arranging the plates and dishes, and it took Lili
all her time to keep Winkie from scampering across the table-cloth
THE BABE IN THE WOOD.
with one corner in his mouth; running off with the forks and spoons
to play with, or poking his sharp little nose into the dishes, to see
what they were going to have for dinner. Kitty was allowed to
carve the chicken, which was ready cut up in pieces, and the slices
of tongue, as it was her dinner-party, and Reggie carried the plates
round, and poured out the lemonade, acting a clumsy footman,
and making them all laugh heartily by gravely handing sugar with
the chicken, and salt and mustard with the jam tarts, and being
always very busy eating when his mistress wanted him to hand
anything to her guests.
After dinner the children wandered off to gather ferns and
flowers to take home to decorate their pretty rooms, and Reggie
found some valuable beetles to add to his Natural History collection,
which nurse had rather a horror
of. Vera had brought a book to
t"'"-.. read, but soon put it aside and
S -, went off to gather sticks' for a
S fire, for she. had promised they
4' should boil the water and have a
real gipsy tea. Reggie arranged
three long sticks to hang the kettle
to, and aftet one or two failures
the tea was made, and had a
flavour more delicious than any
they had ever tasted before.
; Just as they were making this
.. remark, and Kitty was going to'
''" cut into the cake, a quick patter of
little steps made Vera look
round to see a small child, who
stood as if in doubt
for one moment, then
-.. rushed to her and flung
S..his chubby arms round her,,
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6o THE BABE IN THE WOOD.
Auntie Dolly, oh take me home, do take me home "
He was a sweet, fair-haired boy, of between two and three years
old, dressed in a very dirty, shabby, pink pinafore, too big for him,
a torn straw hat on.the tangled mass of golden curls, and his lovely
little face was dirty and tear-stained. He clung tightly to Vera,
who said-" Tell me your name, you dear little thing, and where
you live, and we will take you home."
"Donnie, I'm Donnie, and I want to go home well much,
auntie," said the child.
But I am not your auntie," said Vera.
You am, don't let him take me," persisted Donnie, clutching
her dress in his grubby little fists, as a dark, black-eyed boy, in
ragged clothes, came through the bushes and stared at the party.
He's mine, he's my brother, give him up," he said, looking
rather frightened, as Winkie looked up, showing his teeth and
growling. But Donnie screamed and refused to go, and Vera,
noticing the child's shoes and socks, though rather dirty, were not at
all in keeping with the rest of his clothes, said:
What have you been doing with him ?" While Reggie
whispered, Gipsies, I believe they have i-- stolen him."
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THE BABE IN THE WOOD.
Be you his aunt ? enquired the
boy, looking alarmed when he heard Donnie
calling her auntie.
"You had no business to take him A
away; you will get yourself into trouble,"
said Vera severely.
At this, the boy, who was only about '
ten, ran off in a great hurry, pursued f
by Winkie, biting at his feet and growl-
ing fiercely till Reggie called him off.
Vera was rather uneasy about this '
affair, and said to her brother, What -
shall we do if they come and surround "
us, Reggie? "
Oh, we shall be all right," ,
said he, they couldn't do any- '
thing to us, and we'd form into a V i
square and put Donnie in the "
middle. We could shout and get i -:
help in a minute if we wanted to ;
besides, I expect they will hurry "
off for fear of getting into a row."
The three little girls were
making a great fuss over Donnie, who had stopped crying, and was
quite happy drinking milk and eating cake.
Let us take him home with us, and ask nurse what to do,"
said Gay. I'm sure he's not that boy's brother, his shoes are just
like what Aunt May buys for her little boy, and his socks
By questioning Donnie they found he had a Nanna" at
home, and he had runned in the road," and a naughty woman
had taken him to see a kitten, and dere wasn't a kitten, but a
dirty black man," and he didn't like him at all, and they looked
his fock off," and when he cried they slapped him."
But where he lived or what his other name was they couldn't
THE BABE IN THE WOOD.
make out, only "home,"
and "mummy," and
Nanna," and Bizou,"
and Aunt Dolly," as he
S- persisted in calling Vera.
The Brookes packed
up their baskets, and
: hurried home with the
child, for Vera still felt
.. rather timid, in spite of
Reggie's courage; Donnie
seemed quite happy and
... contented to go with
He thinks we mean
his home when we say home, poor little dear," said Vera.
"Isn't he a darling, I should like to keep him always,"
I think he's another birthday present for me," said Kitty,
What distress his poor mother and nurse must be in," said
Vera. I must write to papa at once, and ask what we had
Nurse and Annie were very much astonished to see what the
children had brought home from the wood. Nurse was rather
alarmed at the idea of gipsies being near.
But we are close to the village, and the gardener is quite
near, so I don't suppose we shall be troubled with them," she said.
Still, all the doors and windows were carefully looked to that night,
and Reggie took his toy pistol to bed with him.
It makes a jolly noise," he said, and they won't know it
only cost sixpence, and wouldn't kill a mouse."
Donnie was put into a warm bath, and all the children sat
round him in an admiring circle.
He is a beauty and no mistake," said nurse, as she bathed him,
THE BABE IN THE WOOD.
while he kicked his fat little legs about, and screamed with delight
when he splashed the children. Gay and Kitty had enough to do
to amuse him, when nurse took him on her lap to dry him, and
comb out his lovely tangled curls. They played with his pretty
pink toes, and Reggie made a bunny out of his pocket handkerchief,
and threw shadows on the wall of camels, donkeys, and rabbits.
They told the gardener about the finding of the baby boy, and he
.went off to consult the policeman, who came up to inspect the
" case," as he called it, and make notes. He thought an adver-
tisement in the paper, and a bill posted up outside the police-station
would be the best thing to do, and graciously offered to take charge
of the child till he was claimed. This being declined, he remarked
doubtfully, he supposed the boy would be well treated with them."
Nurse re-assured him on this point, so he went off.
Vera told Reggie the next morning that it was no use trying to
get any information from Donnie. The only thing he would say
when she asked him where his papa was, was goned away." His
mamma was "goned away," and
Nanna was "goned away"; but
where they had all gone he couldn't
say, and still persisted she was -,
Auntie Dolly," and seemed quite
contented to settle down and / t
live with them.
"I wouldn't try to find
his people, Vera," said Kitty.
"I am sure he will be much
better taken care of with us,
and perhaps they wanted to (
lose him,. like Hop-o'-my-
thumb's father and
Oh, Kitty, I can't
think so, and you mustn't
make up your mind we -
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THE BABE IN THE WOOD.
can keep him, or I am afraid you
S will be disappointed," said Vera.
S. .. The finding of the baby boy
A, j was soon heard of in the village,
i' i and that same morning Mrs. King-
S ford, the vicar's wife, came up to
see them, and ask all about it.
'I '" I think he must be Captain
I Fitzgerald's little boy, who was to
'be left with his aunt, Mrs. Forbes,
'1i i when his parents went back to
1. ".. India. I met them at a garden-
,l-"_. party a short time ago, and Mrs.
Fitzgerald was telling me how sad
S-' she was at leaving him. Mrs.
Forbes lives near Exeter, about two hours journey by train. If
you like I could go there with you this afternoon and ask her."
Vera agreed to this, and she and Gay went with Mrs. Kingford
to Mrs. Forbes' house. It turned out just as Mrs. Kingford had
supposed-Mrs. Forbes was Auntie Dolly." She was quite young
and had fair hair and blue eyes, and Gay thought was very like
Vera, only not so pretty she told her sisters afterwards. She was
in great distress about the child, and had only just returned from
Southampton, where she had been with her sister, who.was going to
join her husband in India. She found the whole household in
confusion, hunting high and low for the baby, and the nurse in
dreadful trouble. She had just sent to the police station to make
enquiries, as they had just heard of a gipsy encampment having
been heard of in the neighbourhood. Gay ran up to tell the
nurse, who was a French woman. The poor woman sank into
a chair, and burst into tears when she was told the child had
I have not slept one hour, Mademoiselle, since he was gone.
I was so wicked not to guard my baby better; but while I ranged
Madame's effects she left behind-the little rogue I think sife in the
THE BABE IN THE WOOD.
garden-he must have run out of the gate without no one see him.
I never leave him alone again for one moment."
I will come and fetch him back at once; I am so grateful to
you for taking care of him," said Mrs. Forbes to Vera; and seeing
Gay's look of disappointment, she added:
I hope you will come very often and see him while you are
so near. You have been so kind to my little pickle of a nephew."
Vera said she would like to come very much, and they all
started together for home. Kitty and Lili were very nearly in tears
at parting with their new plaything, and hardly consoled when
Mrs. Forbes made Vera promise to bring them very soon to spend
the day with Donnie or Johnnie," as they discovered his name
So stupid of me not to think of bringing some of his clothes,"
said Mrs. Forbes, laughing, as she said good-bye to them all.
I shouldn't be at all surprised," said Kitty, gazing sadly out
of the window after them, if that careless woman lost the little
darling again. His papa and mamma had much better leave him
with us. I wish they hadn't found him "
Poor Kitty," said Vera, kissing her little sister, never mind,
dear, we shall see him again very soon, and Mrs. Forbes says she is
coming up to town next winter to live rather near us, and we shall
be sure to know them."
But Kitty would not be consoled, and
was even rather cross to poor Lili, who
wanted her to come and play in the garden.
Nurse looked rather grave. "Miss Kitty,
dear, do you remember when Miss Gay went i.
to stay with your aunt in the country, and left
her little canary in your charge, and you
left the cage door open and it flew
Yes, nurse, why do you remind me
of that? You know you said you
wouldn't," said Kitty rather pettishly. /
THE BABE IN THE WOOD.
Because you were
.. Iso very unhappy about
S it, dear."
S"Well, of course I
was; poor Gay! It
makes me quite miser-
d M able to think about it
c now: And we never
d tIdJ, hheard of it again."
Would you like
otr a yu anyone else to be made
w. unhappy in the same
-- way, Kitty?"
"No, of course not, nurse," said
Kitty, hanging her curly head, for she began to
Ssee what nurse meant.
No, my darling, I know you would not be so selfish," said
nurse, "and you will be quite pleased soon, when you think how
glad Mrs. Forbes and the poor nurse must be to get that little fellow
back again safe; just fancy what they would have felt if they had
had to write and tell his father and mother that he was lost. Think
what we should feel if we didn't know our dear little Lili was safe in
her bed at night! Never forget the golden rule, dearie, 'Do unto
others as you would that they should do to you,' and you will always
know what is right."
"Yes, nurse dear," said Kitty, kissing her. I was horrid
to say that I wished they hadn't found Donnie, I am quite
Kitty ran off and was as kind as she could be to her little sister
to make up for having been cross to her
before. Vera was quite pleased when she
came back to find Kitty as sweet and bright
Donnie was delighted to see them when
they went to spend the day shortly after-
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wards with Mrs. Forbes, and Vera had the pleasure of telling that
she had had a letter from her mother that morning saying that
Captain Fitzgerald was a distant cousin of hers, and so Johnnie
was a relation after all; and Mrs. Forbes was delighted to allow
Johnnie and his nurse to spend a week with his cousins in the
cottage while she went up to town to see about her house.
"Only, don't spoil him too much," she begged; "he is such
a little pickle already."
And indeed he was, and as they could refuse him nothing
when he patted their cheeks with his little fat hands, and coaxed
so prettily, most of the dolls presented a very forlorn appearance
after he left-armless, legless, and even headless !
He was devoted to Reggie, who gave him rides on his back and
was a willing slave, and the children were charmed by his attempts
to talk Reggie's schoolboy slang in his baby way.
The two months in the pretty cottage passed much too quickly
for the happy children-if it had not been for being separated from
their father and mother, which was rather unusual, for Colonel and
Mrs. Brooke did not often part
with their daughters for more
than a week at a time. .
What do you think,
children ?n -.aid Vera, t!l,- ; l" : i
day before tl ,
'Wet re to th.-.I: ,r
London". -Mai n- Y. ,'
'we tj L.
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nice present for us all, but I am
not to tell you what it is till we
The children guessed all
-- '- .- : sorts of things, but Vera was
firm and would not let out the
And when they reached
home, their father met them
i at the station, but he only
laughed when they questioned
him and said they must wait
S' till they saw it, for mamma
had forbidden him to tell.
S -'And what do you think it
was ? To their great delight
it was a new little baby brother! Very wee, and with no mass
of golden curls like Donnie, but a soft downy head and tiny fists,
which he tried to cram into his mouth both at once, and, as Kitty
observed, "the darlingest little toes in the world!"
He came on your birthday, Kitty," said her mother, so
I really think he was meant for a present for you in particular."
Kitty was charmed with this idea, but graciously consented
to share him with her sisters, and to allow them a voice in
choosing a name for the newcomer.
Reggie hoped he would see baby a good bit bigger when he
came back from school, for he was almost afraid to touch him
now, for fear he should come to pieces.
"Perhaps then he will be as big as Donnie," remarked Lili,
"for it's a very long time before Christmas, Reggie."
"Not long enough for that, my little maid," said her' father,
"and I am very glad you don't all grow at that pace, for we should
soon have no little girls left for me to play with, and I shouldn't like
that at all ; and I'm jealous of that baby, for you have given him all
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No, indeed we haven't! and Colonel Brooke was surrounded
by his little daughters, and hugged and kissed till he had to entreat
not to be quite smothered.
Wasn't it kind of mother to get us a baby brother ?" said
Kitty as she was being put to bed that night. I believe she did it
just because we shouldn't be disappointed about Donnie."
-- -m -
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Udbo erjfs er s Je dI.
ze rKeh @xrlcl tkre 46r7s.
REALLY don't care to talk to you,"
| Said the bold red turkey one day-
"I'm a splendid fellow-you dull brown hens-
Run away, little people, and play!"
We're all grown up,"-said the hens to him,
And mothers of chickens too-
We would not for the world be so clumsy'and big
And red and conceited as you."
" I'm not conceited," the turkey said,
But my merits I can but see-
Who takes any notice of you poor ,
But see how there t.lk ul nk "
The hens laughed .
loud, "Yes, they .
talk of you,
You silly conceited
Because you'll be.
killed for the .
But we shall lay
eggs in the
r Se ~
~ F L~
'~ lo ~ ~
IM was what his father
called "A handful,"
from the time he was
able to drop a china mug
over the edge of his cradle,
or pull the cat's tail as it
passed; but after he was
able to run alone there
was, as his mother said,
"No bounds to him."
The first day he did
really walk alone, quite
steadily, looking like a
little angel, his parents
thought, he took his father's
stick, and walked straight
up to the window, bright
with the afternoon sun-
"Pitty, pitty," he said, my
and banged the stick straight through it. And added, as his parents
stood horrified, and pitty noise, too. Again! "
And he raised the stick. They were just in time to stop him,
and to explain that pretty noises must not be made in that way.
It was Jim who put his father's watch into the soup, because he
heard someone call it a turnip. It was Jim who whitened the front
door with hearthstone, and black-leaded the clean pillow cases that
were airing in front of the fire, the day granny came to stay.
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It was Jim who made a bonfire of a dozen boxes of matches,
burnt himself badly, and did the same thing next day. Nothing
discouraged or disheartened him. He was always trying something
new, though none of the other things he had tried turned out well.
He filled his father's pockets with clay;
lie dressed his rabbit in doll's clothes,
S:.nd put it in the cradle with the baby;
lie had five minutes with Uncle Joe's
violin, and it never made tunes any
L .. ..
a halfpenny to buy
Jim's mother used to be quite
sad sometimes. She even cried the
day he tried to bury the cat alive
to see if it would grow like the
.-: tulips did!
noi But father took it all much more
I I; I quietly. Boys will be boys," he
said. We must be glad he's got a
Spirit of his own. He'll rub out as
.. he goes."
It was when Jim was six years
l: old that he decided to run away
and seek his fortune.
Father had lost his place as under
gardener at the Hall, and there had been
very little money, and when Jim asked for
some brandy balls, mother said, "We can't
afford it, dearie."
Why not, mammy ?"
Because father doesn't bring home any money now."
I'll bring you some money," said Jim, cheerfully.
Yes, lovey, when you're a man you shall work and bring
home money for daddy and me."
I won't wait till then," said Jim; but he said it softly, and
mother didn't hear him because she had began to talk to daddy, and
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wonder for the hundredth time what could have made the head
gardener dismiss him.
He wouldn't give any reason ; said those were his orders, and
he sends me off, and keeps Abel, the most good-for-nothing
Jim heard no more. He crept up the narrow, well scrubbed
stairs, and took his best clothes out of the drawer, where they were
kept with sprigs of lavender and mother's Sunday bonnet. He
dressed himself in them as well as he could. I am afraid each
button did not find quite its proper button-hole; and then he crept
quietly out at the back door, and out through the hole in the hedge
by the potato-patch; and so into the world to seek his fortune, and
bring home money for daddy and mammy.
He did not at all know where he was going, and he didn't much
care. He was quite sure he could get money if he wanted it, so he
took the first field-path that he came to, and went gaily on.
Presently he came to a bit of common land, where some ragged
looking horses were browsing; there were some dirty looking tents,
and some very untidy people sitting round a fire made of sticks,
with three poles leaning together over it, and a big pot hanging
Jim knew they were gipsies, and he had often been told never to
speak to gipsies, and as he didn't particularly want to speak to
them, he did as he was told for once, and went straight on; but
one of the women came running after him, and said:
"Where are you off to 'in such a hurry? Going to the
shop, eh ? "
No," said Jim, I've no money to go to the shop."
Where are you going then with your pretty face and your nice
new clothes," the woman asked coaxingly.
I'm going to seek my fortune, and to get some money to take
home to daddy and mammy."
That's a man," the woman said, laughing. "You come and
wait a bit with us, ducky, and we'll show you where to find it."
Jim was never afraid of anything or anyone. So he put his
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hand' in the gipsy woman's, and she led him up to the fire. A girl
was sitting beside it, with an old red handkerchief round her head,
and a tambourine beside her.
"What a jolly fire!" said Jim, sitting down beside her.
Crack! Jim was always unlucky. He had put his foot through the
The girl sat up and boxed his ears, and Jim very nearly cried,
but the woman whispered in her ear, and then she said ungraciously:
Shut up. It don't matter, I didn't mean to hurt you."
Never mind," said Jim handsomely, and at once went on to
tell the gipsies all about himself.
I don't fancy they listened very carefully. While he was
talking he was idly poking with a stick at the end of one of the
poles that supported the kettle. Then finding he had loosened it,
he pushed it with his foot-the pole gave way-and the kettle
tumbled over The water fell hissing on the fire, and put it out;
the meal that was in the pot (it looked
lik-: rabbits, Jim thought) fell into the
I .she and was spoiled.
The gipsy men said some
very disagreeable things, but the
woman got up and said:
S"Come, it's getting dusk,
.. we'll go and seek our fortune.
I think this young gentleman '11
Sbe better on the move."
The gipsies stood whisper-
'"' ing together. Jim stood waiting.
S. Presently he got tired of waiting,
and looked about for something
to do. There was a sack lying
near him, its mouth tied -up with
string. Jim touched it with his foot. Delightful! There was
something in it alive. His fingers trembled with joyous excitement
as he untied the string. When it was loosened he shook the other
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end of the bag, and out fluttered four c <
or five fowls. The gipsies ran forward
-but too late-the fowls had fluttered
and scampered off across the common.
The gipsy girl ran after them, and one of
the men came up to Jim, and said :
Look here, young man, we've had about enough of you.
Here, 'take them smart things off, and put on these, and come
along with us. You must get some more chicks to make up
I can't," said Jim, turning very white.
Oh, we'll show you where to take some from."
"But I can't go taking chickens. It's stealing. I know,
because father told me so when I caught the lame duck."
But the chickens are ours," said the woman, with a wink
to her friends, which Jim couldn't see ; only we've lost the hen-
house key. So you'll go in quickly, lovey, won't you, and hand us the
chicks through the little door. You're little, you can creep through."
And then will you give me my clothes again, and show me
how to make my fortune ?"
"Oh yes," the woman laughed. And somehow Jim didn't
believe in her so much as he had.
Those gipsies must have been very silly to think they could
get Jim even to go into a hen-roost like any one else.
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The woman wrapped him in her shawl, which hid the old rags
they had given him, instead of his pretty clothes, and carried him a
long way. He almost went to sleep in her arms.
It was quite dark when she put him down in front of a hen-
Now go in," she whispered; don't make a noise, feel for the
perches, and take hold of the chicks, one by one very gently, for it
makes chickens tough if they cluck when they are being caught."
Jim obediently crept through the little door, by which the hens
ran in and out, and the gipsy woman waited.
"Come," she whispered hoarsely, "make haste." But Jim
had forgotten all about catching the chicks and bringing them out.
He had found a perch and was trying to balance himself on it, and
pretend to be a fowl, and just as the woman said, Come along," for
the fourth time, he did balance himself, then he flapped his arms up
and down and cried as loud as he could, "Cock-a-doodle,
All the chickens fluttered and clucked with astonishment, and
the gipsy woman ran oft
"' '- .; hard as possible, for
Ljiii -, e knew the people of
S' lithe house would be there
-, in no time.
Now as it hap-
pened, this hen-roost
", ( an; was the hen-roost of
the squire, whose
under gardener Jim's
father hadbeen, and
the squire, who was
S coming home from
.I shooting rabbits,
heard all this fearful
Sn-- ,.I motion in his hen-roost,
,q,- and when the people came
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running with the key, the ?quire was there w-ivtin,
to see what was the matter.
When they brou.hit Jimn out, I:. e- .
plained that this was thl'e -.ip h n-hu,.-, i -
and why he had forgotten to:., pa.-s ut i
I'm sorry," he -aid to -
the squire, "but I .
was playing at being
fowls and I quite for-.
got about it."
"I'm very glad," i I
said the squire, laugh-
ing, "because it hap-
pens to be my hen- .
roost, and not the y.
gipsy's. Why, look
around you, haven't you ever been here before ? "
By the light of the lanterns Jim knew the back of the stable
buildings where he'd often been with his father.
Then you're the squire ? he said.
"Yes, and who may you be ? "
"I'm your under gardener's little boy, at least, not now, because
you turned him off."
Oh! you're Abel Craddock's son ?"
"No," said Jim, "dad says he's the most good-for-nothing
lazy chap; I wouldn't have him for .my father. My dad is John
"Then you've dismissed the wrong man by mistake," said the
squire to his head gardener; and they began to explain howit happened,
but Jim never understood. He understood that father was to have his
place again and bring home money every week, and that nothing was
to be said about his losing his new clothes, and that somehow there
were more pennies, and the squire said he'd do something for Jim
when he grew up. And mother said he'd made their fortune after all.
HERE are you going, my little one ?
I'm going to the baker's to buy a bun,
For Aunty Kitty gave me a penny,
And I'll get a bun if the baker has any.
Where are you looking, my little dear ?
Don't you see this poor child standing here ?
Her face is thin and her hands are thinner,
And I'm much afraid she has had no dinner.
SWhy are you crying, my little maid ?
For the poor little child with her
gown all frayed,
SAnd her ragged coat with no fur
And her poor little hands and her
poor little bonnet.
WVhat are you saying, my little pet ?
S" I haven't spent my penny yet,
And the poor dear child with no
dinner and fur,
S. And, please, I'll give my penny to
RAIHI.\EL TUCK & SONS,