• TABLE OF CONTENTS
HIDE
 Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Advertising
 Title Page
 Table of Contents
 Introduction
 Bad boys and good
 Good girls and bad
 Kindness and cruelty
 Things to eat
 Advertising
 Back Matter
 Back Cover
 Spine






Group Title: Dumpy books for children ; no. 2
Title: Mrs. Turner's cautionary stories
CITATION THUMBNAILS PAGE TURNER PAGE IMAGE ZOOMABLE
Full Citation
STANDARD VIEW MARC VIEW
Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00086582/00001
 Material Information
Title: Mrs. Turner's cautionary stories
Series Title: Dumpy books for children
Alternate Title: Cautionary stories
Physical Description: xvi, 117, 11 p. : ill. ; 13 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Richards, Grant, 1872-1948 ( Publisher )
Farmiloe, Edith ( Illustrator )
Lucas, E. V ( Edward Verrall ), 1868-1938 ( Author of introduction )
R. & R. Clark (Firm) ( Printer )
Publisher: Grant Richards
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: Printed by R. & R. Clark, Limited
Publication Date: 1898
 Subjects
Subject: Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry, English   ( lcsh )
Children's poetry -- 1898   ( lcsh )
Cautionary tales -- 1898   ( local )
Publishers' advertisements -- 1898   ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1898
Genre: Children's poetry
Cautionary tales   ( local )
Publishers' advertisements   ( rbgenr )
poetry   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
Scotland -- Edinburgh
 Notes
Subject: Bad boys and good -- Good girls and bad -- Kindness and cruelty -- Things to eat.
General Note: Illustrations signed: E. Farmiloe.
General Note: First and last pages are blank and pasted-down to boards.
General Note: Publisher's advertisement on p. 4
General Note: Printer from p. 1 at end.
General Note: Series from p. 5
General Note: "First printed December 1897. Reprinted Aug. 1898"--T.p. verso.
General Note: "Contents": p. ix-xii.
General Note: "Introduction": p. xiii-xvi; signed "E. V. Lucas" and dated: November 1897.
General Note: Publisher's catalog on p. 2-8 at end.
General Note: Cf. Osborne Coll., p. 82.
 Record Information
Bibliographic ID: UF00086582
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002447336
notis - AMF2591
oclc - 30407652

Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page i
        Page ii
    Front Matter
        Page iii
    Advertising
        Page iv
        Page v
        Page vi
    Title Page
        Page vii
        Page viii
    Table of Contents
        Page ix
        Page x
        Page xi
        Page xii
    Introduction
        Page xiii
        Page xiv
        Page xv
        Page xvi
    Bad boys and good
        Page 1
        Page 2
        Page 3
        Page 4
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
        Page 36
        Page 37
        Page 38
    Good girls and bad
        Page 39
        Page 40
        Page 41
        Page 42
        Page 43
        Page 44
        Page 45
        Page 46
        Page 47
        Page 48
        Page 49
        Page 50
        Page 51
        Page 52
        Page 53
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
        Page 58
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
        Page 62
        Page 63
        Page 64
        Page 65
        Page 66
        Page 67
        Page 68
        Page 69
        Page 70
        Page 71
        Page 72
        Page 73
        Page 74
        Page 75
        Page 76
        Page 77
        Page 78
        Page 79
        Page 80
    Kindness and cruelty
        Page 81
        Page 82
        Page 83
        Page 84
        Page 85
        Page 86
        Page 87
        Page 88
        Page 89
        Page 90
        Page 91
        Page 92
        Page 93
        Page 94
    Things to eat
        Page 95
        Page 96
        Page 97
        Page 98
        Page 99
        Page 100
        Page 101
        Page 102
        Page 103
        Page 104
        Page 105
        Page 106
        Page 107
        Page 108
        Page 109
        Page 110
        Page 111
        Page 112
        Page 113
        Page 114
        Page 115
        Page 116
        Page 117
        Page 118
    Advertising
        Page 119
        Page 120
        Page 121
        Page 122
        Page 123
        Page 124
        Page 125
    Back Matter
        Page 126
    Back Cover
        Page 127
        Page 128
    Spine
        Page 129
Full Text






4r -4~--



.......................
;Pau
djrl.,4


-M7


















-
In












-rf -.X *r4h4*.


-- .-.4 I cl *-


4 .;F, -,
t~ej








~-"" I'.4

In:_
r :~Tt-,,m































O-


The Badldwn Lbr.ary
of
RmFIindan~lm~







































z.- T.-r.









J aumpg 33oofts for
Ejillten
Selected by E. V. LUCAS
I. THE FLAMP, THE AMELIO-
RATOR, and THE SCHOOL-
BOY's APPRENTICE. Writ-
ten by E. V. LUCAS.

II. MRS. TURNER'S CAUTION-
ARY STORIES
Other Volumes in the Series are
in preparation
is. 6d. each






lute 33um vaonBOA for Qbilbtrn


No. II. MRS. TURNER S
CAUTIONARY STORIES.






Mrs. Turner's

Cautionary Stories


LONDON: GRANT RICHARDS
1898






































First Printed December 1897
Reprinted Aug. 1898















CONTENTS

PAGE
INTRODUCTION Xiii
BAD BOYS AND GOOD--
The Window-Breaker 3
.A Gunpowder Plot 5
Peter Imitates the Clown 7
Ben's Heavy Punishment 9
The Chimney-Sweeper Ix
The Fighting Wicket-keeper 13
The Good Scholar 5
The Good Scholar Fights. 16
The Death of the Good Scholar's Foe 17
Robert's Thoughtless Brothers 19
Joe's Light Punishment ; 20
Falsehood Corrected" 22
The Superior Boys 24
George's Curious Taste 25
ix






Cautionary Stories

Thomas Brown's Disappointment
Considerate Philip .
The Models .
Politeness
Richard's Reformation
James's Sacrifice .
The Excellent Lord Mayor
Clever Little Thomas
William's Escape .


GOOD GIRLS AND BAD-
Rebecca's Afterthought
A Hint to Mary Anne
How to Write a Letter
News for Papa
Maria's Charity
The Neglected Turk
Pride and Priggishness
How to Look when Speaking
Isabella's Parachute
Maria Snubbed
Matilda's Extravagance.
Papa's Watchfulness
Isabella's Defeat


. 4I
42
* 44
S 46
S 48
50
52
54
56
S 57
S 58
S 6o
6i






Contents


The Two Patients .
Fanny's Bad Habit
Sarah's Danger
The Hoyden .
The Giddy Girl
A Warning to Frances
Playing with Fire .
How to Heal a Burn
Mary Anne's Kindness
Ambitious Sophy
Dressed or Undressed
Mrs. Birch's Influence
Rebellious Frances .


PAGE
S 6z
S 63
S 64
65
67
69
71
72
74
75
S 76
S 78
80


KINDNESS AND CRUELTY-
The Harmless Cow .
The Harmless Worm
The Bad Donkey-Boy's Good Fortune.
Grateful Carlo .
Grateful Lucy
Grateful Trusty
Something in Store for Richard.
The Result of Cruelty
xi


83 .
84-
86
88
90
91
92.
93,






Cautionary Stories

THINGS TO EAT- PAGE
What is Bestfor Children 97
Billy Gill's Good Fortune 99
Civil Speech 1o
The Cook's Rebuke .
The Lost Pudding 10o5
Sammy Smith's Sad Fate. o6
Stupid William 107
Poisonous Fruit 109
Harry's Cake III
Peter's Cake 113
William's Cake .. x5
How to Make a Christmas Pudding 117











Introduction

THE sixty-nine Cautionary Stories
that follow have been chosen from
five books by Mrs. Elizabeth Turner,
written for the pleasure and instruc-
tion of our little grandparents and
great-grandparents. The books are
The Daisy, The Cowslip, The Crocus,
The Pink and Short Poems. Between
the years I8o1 and 1850 they were
on the shelves of most nurseries,
although now they are rarely to be
met with. There was also The Rose,
but from that nothing has been
taken for these pages, nor are the
original pictures again offered.
xiii






Cautionary Stories

Except for these pictures, a frequent
change of title, and a few trifling
alterations for grammar's sake, the
pieces selected are now printed
exactly as at first.
Mrs. Turner's belief, as stated
by Master Robert in the verses
called Books better than Toys "
in The Pink, was that the children
of her day, when they had money
to spend and wanted a real treat,
could not choose anything more
suitable than her Cautionary Stories.
The piece runs :
'My dear, as Robert is so good,
I'll give him what I said I would,
Two shillings for himself to spend;
He knows the shop of our good friend.'
'Yes, I know well the pretty shop
Where folks, you know, so often stop
To view the prints. The windows-look I-
Are filled with toys and many a book.
xiv






Introduction
'They have a thousand books and toys
For little girls and little boys i
At toys, indeed, I love to look,
But I prefer to buy a book.
These two bright shillings, I suppose,
Will buy The Cowslip and The Rose;
And when two more I get, I think
I'll buy The Daisy and The Pink.'
In our own time Robert's opinion is
not very widely shared: most of us
would not care to give up a cannon
or a doll in order that we might be
cautioned; but Mrs. Turner is not
the less an entertaining author be-
cause her volumes have fewer attrac-
tions for us than some of the things
in a Christmas bazaar. She told her
tales with such spirit: her verses
are so straightforward, the rhymes
come so pat at the end of the lines,
and you may beat time with your
foot and never be put out.
xv






Cautionary Stories

In another piece, "Kitty's Favour-
ites," Mrs. Turner wrote :

The stories Kitty likes so well,
And often asks her aunt to tell
Are all about good girls and boys.

Kitty's taste, like Robert's, is no
longer general. The common view
is that stories about bad children
are more fun; and therefore I think
you will be amused by these pages.
Whether or not punishment always
did follow the offences as surely and
swiftly as Mrs. Turner declares, I am
not prepared to say. If you are in
any doubt you had better ask your
parents.
E. V. LUCAS.

November 1897.
















Bad Boys and Good










B I













THE WINDOW-BREAKER

LITTLE Tom Jones
Would often throw stones,
And often he had a good warning;
And now I will tell
What Tommy befell,
From his rudeness, one fine summer's
morning.

He was taking the air
Upon Trinity Square,
And, as usual, large stones he was
jerking;
Till at length a hard cinder
Went plump through a window
Where' a party of ladies were
working.
3






Cautionary Stories

Tom's aunt, when in town,
Had left half a crown
For her nephew (her name was
Miss Frazier),
Which he thought to have spent,
But now it all went
(And it served him quite right) to
the glazier.















Note.-The foregoing story is stated to
be "founded on fact."






Cautionary Stories


A GUNPOWDER PLOT

"I HAVE got a sad story to tell,"
Said Betty one day to mamma:
"'Twill be long, ma'am, before
John is well,
On his eye is so dreadful a scar.
"Master Wilful enticed him away,
To join with some more little
boys;
They went in the garden to play,
And I soon heard a terrible noise.
"Master Wilful had laid a long train
Of gunpowder, ma'am, on the
wall;
It has put them to infinite pain,
For it blew up, and injured
them all.






Cautionary Stories

John's eyebrow is totally bare;
Tom's nose is bent out of its
place ;
Sam Bushy has lost all his hair;
And Dick White is quite black
in the face."










Note.-As a matter of fact, a train of gun-
powder does not make a terrible noise; it
makes hardly any noise at all-a merepfff!
and though John, Sam Bushy, and Dick
White are shown to have been hurt as they
might have been, a train of gunpowder could
not bend Tom's nose, it could only bur it.
Probably Mrs. Turner did not often play with
explosives herself, and therefore did not
know. Master Wilful seems to have escaped
altogether.





Cautionary Stories


PETER IMITATES THE
CLOWN

POOR Peter was burnt by the poker
one day,
When he made it look pretty
and red ;
For the beautiful sparks made him
think it fine play,
To lift it as high as his head.

But somehow it happened his
.finger and thumb
Were terribly scorched by the
heat;
And he scream'd out aloud for his
mother to come,
And stamp'd on the floor with
his feet.
7





Cautionary Stories
Now if Peter had minded his
mother's command,
His fingers would not have been
sore ;
And he promised again, as she
bound up his hand,
To play with hot pokers no
more.





Cautionary Stories


BEN'S HEAVY PUNISHMENT

'Tis sad when boys are disinclin'd
To benefit by kind advice ;
No little child of virtuous mind
Should need receive a caution
twice.

The baker on a pony came
(Oft us'd by them, and butchers
too),
And little Ben was much to blame
For doing what he should not do.

They told him not to mount the
horse;
Alas he did; away they flew;
In vain he pull'd with all his force,
The pony ran a mile or two.






Cautionary Stories
At length poor little Ben was
thrown ;
Ah! who will pity? who's to
blame ?
Alas the fault is all his own-
Poor little Ben for life is lame i





Cautionary Stories





THE CHIMNEY-SWEEPER

"SWEEP! sweep sweep! sweep!"
cries little Jack,
With brush and bag upon his
back,
And black from head to foot;
While daily, as he goes along,
"Sweep! sweep! sweep! sweep !"
is all his song,
Beneath his load of soot.

But then he was not always black.
Oh no he once was pretty Jack,
And had a kind papa;
But, silly child he ran to play
Too far from home, a long, long
way,
And did not ask mamma.






Cautionary Stories

So he was lost, and now must
creep
Up chimneys, crying, "Sweep!
sweep sweep !"



















Note.-This was written in the days when
little boys, like Tom in Water Babies, were
sent actually up the chimneys to clean them
out.





Cautionary Stories





THE FIGHTING WICKET-
KEEPER

IN the schoolroom the boys
All heard a great noise.
Charles Moore had just finished
his writing,
So ran out to play,
And saw a sad fray :-
Tom Bell and John Wilson were
fighting.

He cried, "Let's be gone,
Oh, come away, John,
We want you to stand at the
wicket;
And you, Master Bell,
We want you as well,
For we're all of us going to cricket.






Cautionary Stories
"Our playmates, no doubt,
Will shortly be out,
For you know that at twelve study
ceases;
And you'll find better fun
In play, ten to one,
Than in knocking each other to
pieces."





Cautionary Stories


THE GOOD SCHOLAR

JOSEPH WEST had been told,
That if, when he grew old,
He had not learned rightly to
spell,
Though his writing were good,
'Twould not be understood :
And Joe said, "I will learn my
task well."

And he made it a rule
To be silent at school,
Andwhat do you think came to pass?
Why, he learnt it so fast,
That from being the last,
He soon was the first in the class.





Cautionary Stories


THE GOOD SCHOLAR
FIGHTS

ONE afternoon as Joseph West,
The boy who learnt his lesson best,
Was trying how his whip would
crack,
By chance he hit Sam Headstrong's
back.

Enraged, he flew, andgave poor Joe,
With all his might, a sudden blow :
Nor would he listen to one word,
When Joe endeavoured to be heard.

Joe, finding him resolved to fight,
For what was accidental quite,
Although he never fought before,
Beat Headstrong till he'd have no
more.





Cautionary Stories


THE DEATH OF THE GOOD
SCHOLAR'S FOE

"I MY dear little Ned,"
His grandmamma said,
"I think I have caution'd you twice;
I hope you'll take heed,
I do, love, indeed,
And I beg you'll not venture on ice.

Good skaters, I know,
On the ice often go,
And also will others entice,
When there has not been frost
Two days at the most,
And when very thin is the ice."

He went to the brook,
Resolv'd but to look,
C 17





Cautionary Stories
And though he could slide very
nice,
And the slides were so long,
He knew wouldd be wrong,
So he did not then go on the ice.
He wisely behav'd,
And his life thus he sav'd;
For Sam Headstrong (who ne'er
took advice)
Went where it was thin-
Alas he fell in :
He sank, and went under the ice.






Cautionary Stories


ROBERT'S THOUGHTLESS
BROTHERS

ROBERT, when an infant, heard
Now and then a naughty word,
Spoken in a random way
By his brothers when at play.
Was the baby then to blame
When he tried to lisp the same ?

No he could not, whilst so young,
Know what words were right or
wrong,
But for boys who better knew,
,Punishment was justly due,
Which the thoughtless brothers met
In a way they won't forget.






Cautionary Stories


JOE'S LIGHT PUNISHMENT

As Joe was at play,
Near the cupboard one day,
When he thought no one saw but
himself,
How sorry I am,
He ate raspberry jam,
And currants that stood on the
shelf.

His mother and John
To the garden had gone,
To gather ripe pears and ripe
plums ;
What Joe was about
His mother found out,
When she look'd at his fingers and
thumbs.






Cautionary Stories
And when they had dined,
Said to Joe, You will find,
It is better to let things alone;
These plums and these pears
No naughty boy shares,
Who meddles with fruit not his
own."






Cautionary Stories


FALSEHOOD "CORRECTED"

WHEN Jacky drown'd our poor cat
Tib,
He told a very naughty fib,
And said he had not drown'd her;
But truth is always soon found out-
No one but Jack had been about
The place where Thomas found
her.

And Thomas saw him with the cat
(Though Jacky did not know of
that),
And told papa the trick;
He saw him take a slender string
And round poor Pussy's neck then
swing
A very heavy brick.
22





Cautionary Stories
His parents being very sad
To find they had a boy so bad,
To say what was not true,
Determined to correct him then;
And never was he known again
Such naughty things to do.





Cautionary Stories


THE SUPERIOR BOYS

TOM and Charles once took a walk,
To see a pretty lamb ;
And, as they went, began to talk
Of little naughty Sam;

Who beat his younger brother, Bill,
And threw him in the dirt;
And when his poor mamma was ill,
He teased her for a squirt.

"And I," said Tom, "won't play
with Sam,
Although he has a top" :
But here the pretty little lamb
To talking put a stop.






Cautionary Stories







GEORGE'S CURIOUS TASTE

ON George's birthday
Was such a display !
He was dress'd in a new suit of
clothes;
And look'd so genteel,
With his buttons of steel,
And felt quite like a man, I sup-
pose.

Now at tea, with much care,
He partakes of his share,
Nor spills it, as careless boys do;
He is always so clean,
And so fit to be seen,
That his clothes, you would think,
were just new.





Cautionary Stories
Yet George loves to play,
And is lively and gay,
But is careful of spoiling his dress;
So a pinafore wears,
Which he likes, he declares;
And I think he is right, I confess.






Cautionary Stories


THOMAS BROWN'S DIS-
APPOINTMENT
YOUNG Alfred with a pack of cards
Could make a pancake, build a
house,
Would make a regiment of guards,
And sit as quiet as a mouse.
A silly boy, one Thomas Brown,
Who came to dine and spend
the day,
Took great delight to throw it
down,
Then, rudely laughing, ran away.

And what did little Alfred do?
He knew lamenting was in vain,
So patiently, and wisely too,
He, smiling, built it up again.
27






Cautionary Stories


CONSIDERATE PHILIP

WHEN Philip's goodmammawas ill,
The servant begg'd he would be
still ;
Because the doctor and the nurse
Had said that noise would make
her worse.

At night, when Philip went to bed,
He kiss'd mamma, and whisp'ring
said,
"My dear mamma, I never will
Make any noise when you are ill."





Cautionary Stories


THE MODELS

As Dick and Bryan were at play
At trap, it came to pass
Dick struck the ball, and far away,
He broke a pane of glass.

Though much alarmed, they did
not run,
But walk'd up to the spot;
And offered for the damage done
What money they had got.

When accidents like this arise,
Dear children this rely on :
All honest, honourable boys
Will act like Dick and Bryan.





Cautionary Stories


POLITENESS

GOOD little boys should never say,
"I will," and Give me these";
Oh no that never is the way,
But, Mother, if you please."

And, "If you please," to sister
Anne,
Good boys to say are ready;
And, Yes, sir," to a gentleman,
And, "Yes, ma'am," to a lady.





Cautionary Stories


RICHARD'S REFORMATION

Miss Lucy was a charming child,
She never said, "I wont";
If little Dick her playthings spoil'd
She said, Pray, Dicky, don't."

He took her waxen doll one day,
And bang'd it round and round;
Then tore its legs and arms away,
And threw them on the ground.

His good mamma was angry quite,
And Lucy's tears ran down;
But Dick went supperless that
night,
And since has better grown.





Cautionary Stories


JAMES'S SACRIFICE

LITTLE James, full of play,
Went shooting one day,
Not thinking his sister was nigh;
The arrow was low,
But the wind raised it so,
That it hit her just over the
eye.

This good little lad
Was exceedingly sad
At the pain he had given his
sister;
He look'd at her eye,
And said, "Emma, don't cry,"
And then, too, he tenderly kiss'd
her.





Cautionary Stories
She could not then speak,
And it cost her a week
Before she recbver'd her sight;
And James burn'd his bow
And his arrows, and so
I think little James acted right.





Cautionary Stories


THE EXCELLENT LORD
MAYOR

"OH dear papa cried little Joe,
"How beautiful the Lord Mayor's
show !
In that gold coach the Lord Mayor
see-
How very happy he must be "

"My dear," the careful parent said,
"Let not strange notions fill your
head:
'Tis not the gold that we possess
That constitutes our happiness.
"The Lord Mayor,when a little boy,
His time did properly employ;
And, as he grew from youth to man,
To follow goodness was his plan.





Cautionary Stories
"And that's the cause they love
him so,
And cheer him all the way they go;
They love him for his smiling face
More than for all his gold and lace."






Cautionary Stories


CLEVER LITTLE THOMAS

WHEN Thomas Poole
First went to school,
He was but scarcely seven,
Yet knew as well
To read and spell
As most boys of eleven.
He took his seat,
And wrote quite neat,
And never idly acted;
And then beside
He multiplied,
Divided, and subtracted.

His master said,
And stroked his head,
"If thus you persevere,
My little friend,
You may depend
Upon a prize next year."






Cautionary Stories


WILLIAM'S ESCAPE

'Ts winter,cold winter, andWilliam
has been
To look at the place on the pool
Where Henry was drown'd by the
ice breaking in,
About half a mile from the school.
And Henry was told on that very
same day
He must not go into that field,
But then, as he thought, if he did
disobey,
The fault might for once be con-
ceal'd.
A lesson for William, who hangs
down his head,
Without any spirits for play;
His favourite friend and companion
is dead
Because he would have his own way.
37















Good Girls and Bad










39






Cautionary Stories


REBECCA'S AFTERTHOUGHT

YESTERDAY Rebecca Mason,
In the parlour by herself,
Broke a handsome china basin,
Plac'd upon the mantel-shelf.

Quite alarm'd, she thought of going
Very quietly away,
Not a single person knowing
Of her being there that day.

But Rebecca recollected
She was taught deceit to shun;
And the moment she reflected,
Told her mother what was done;

Who commended her behaviour,
Lov'd her better, and forgave her.






Cautionary Stories


A HINT TO MARY ANNE

" MAMMA, dear mamma," cried in
haste Mary Anne,
As into the parlour she eagerly
ran,
"I hear that a giant is just come to
town,
So tall, he is often obliged to stoop
down;
Oh, pray let us see him, oh, do let us
go;
Indeed, dear mamma, he's a wonder-
ful show."

"You are earnest, my love, and
shall not be denied,"
Her truly affectionate mother replied.
" A lady this niorning has also arrived






Cautionary Stories

Who of arms and of legs from her
birth was deprived,
Yet is in a number of ways as expert
As if she were able these limbs
to exert.

"We'll visit Miss Beffin to-morrow,
and then
I'll speak of the giant and lady
again;
You are not mistaken, his overgrown
size
We cannot behold without feeling
surprise,
Whilst Beffin's example most forcibly
stands
A silent rebuke to all-indolent
bands."






Cautionary Stories


HOW TO WRITE A LETTER

MVARIA intended a letter to write,
But could not begin (as she thought)
to indite,
So went to her mother with pencil
and slate,
Containing "Dear Sister," and also
a date.

"With nothing to say, my dear girl,
do not think
Of wasting your time over paper
and ink;
But certainly this is an excellent way,
To try with your slate to find some-
thing to say.

"I will give you a rule," said her
mother, "my dear,





Cautionary Stories
Just think for a moment your sister
is here
And what would you tell her? con-
sider, and then,
Though silent your tongue, you can
speak with your pen."






Cautionary Stories


NEWS FOR PAPA

WHEN Sarah's papa was from home
a great way,
She attempted to write him a
letter one day.
First ruling the paper, an excellent
plan,
In all proper order Miss Sarah
began.
She said she lamented sincerely to
tell
That her dearest mamma had been
very unwell;
That the story was long, but that
when he came back,
He would hear of the shocking be-
haviour of Jack.
46





Cautionary Stories
Though an error or two we by
chance may detect,
It was better than treating papa
with neglect;
And Sarah, when older, we know
will learn better,
And write single I with a capital
letter.






Cautionary Stories


MARIA'S CHARITY

MARIA'S aunt, who lived in Town,
Once wrote a letter to her niece,
And sent, wrapp'd up, a new half-
crown,
Besides a pretty pocket-piece.

Maria jump'd with joy and ran
To tell her sister the good news;
She said, "I mean to buy a fan,
Come, come along with me to
choose."

They quickly tied their hats, and
talk'd
Of yellow, lilac, pink, and green;
But far the sisters had not walk'd,
Before the saddest sight was seen.





Cautionary Stories
Upon the ground a poor lame man,
Helpless and old, had tumbled
down ;
She thought no more about the fan,
But gave to him her new half-
crown.





Cautionary Stories


THE NEGLECTED TURK

Miss ALICE was quietly seated at
work
When Susan, her cousin, came
quite in a hurry,
Exclaiming, "Come, Alice, and
look at a Turk,
Oh, if you don't see him, I shall be
so sorry.

" His dress is so grand, but you don't
seem to stir."
"I cannot," said Alice, "mamma
has required me
To stop in this room ; I am waiting
for her,
And hope I shall finish the work
she desir'd me."
So






Cautionary Stories
"All nonsense," said Susan, "I beg
you will come";
But Alice resolved on obedient
behaviour,
For which she felt glad, when her
mother came home,
And gave her a smile of approval
and favour.






Cautionary Stories


PRIDE AND PRIGGISHNESS

" SEE, Fanny," said Miss Charlotte
Pride,
"How fine I am to-day:
A new silk hat, a sash beside;
Am I not very gay?
"Look at my necklace-real pearls!
My ear-rings, how they shine;
I think I know some little girls
Would like to be as fine."
Said Fanny, "Your papa, 'tis true,
Your dress can well afford;
But if you think I envy you,
I don't-upon my word.

"My father loves to see me dress
Quite modest, neat, and clean;
52





Cautionary Stories
In plain white muslin, I confess,
I'm happy as a queen.

" our Parents after pleasures roam,
Not like papa, for he
Delights to stay with me at home-
Now don't you envy me ?"






Cautionary Stories


HOW TO LOOK WHEN
SPEAKING

"LOUISA, my love," Mrs. Manners
began,
"I fear you are learning to stare,
To avoid looking bold, I must give
you a plan,
Quite easy to practise with
care.

"It is not a lady's or gentleman's
eyes
You should look at, whenever
addressed,
Whilst hearing them speak, or in
making replies,
To look at the mouth is the
best.






Cautionary Stories
"This method is modest and easy to
learn,
When children are glad to be
taught;
And ah what a pleasure it is in
return,
To speak and to look as you
ought !"





Cautionary Stories


ISABELLA'S PARACHUTE

ONCE as little Isabella
Ventured, with a large umbrella,
Out upon a rainy day,
She was nearly blown away.

Sadly frightened then was she,
For 'twas very near the sea,
And the wind was very high,
But, alas no friend was nigh.

Luckily, her good mamma
Saw her trouble from afar;
Running just in time, she caught
her
Pretty little flying daughter.
Note.-This story recalls the adventures
of Robert at theend of Sruwwelpeter. Robert,
however, was not caught.





Cautionary Stories


MARIA SNUBBED

MARIA had an aunt at Leeds,
For whom she made a purse of
beads;
'Twas neatly done, by all allowed,
And praise soon made her vain and
proud.
Her mother, willing to repress
This strong conceit of cleverness,
Said, "I will show you, if you
please,
A honeycomb, the work of bees !

"Yes, look within their hive, and
then
Examine well your purse again;
Compare your merits, and you will
Admit the insects' greater skill "






Cautionary Stories


MATILDA'S EXTRAVAGANCE

THAT beautiful cottage not far
from the road
In holiday time was Matilda's
abode,
Who, taken one day by her aunt
to the town,
Had put in her purse rather more
than a crown :
'Twas either to keep, or to give, or
to spend
In what she lik'd best, for herself
or a friend:
Soon trinkets and ribbons in turn
made her stop
To purchase a trifle at every
shop,






Cautionary Stories

Before she remembered the canvas
and wool
She intended to buy when her
purse appeared full;
Then wanted to borrow, a favour
her aunt
Refus'd, because very improper to
grant.
Young ladies' extravagance ought
to be met
By teaching them-never to run
into debt.





Cautionary Stories


PAPA'S WATCHFULNESS

MAMMA had ordered Ann, the
maid,
Miss Caroline to wash;
And put on with her clean white
frock
A handsome muslin sash.
But Caroline began to cry,
For what you cannot think :
She said, Oh, that's an ugly sash;
I'll have my pretty pink."
Papa, who in the parlour heard
Her make the noise and rout,
That instant went to Caroline,
To whip her, there's no doubt.





Cautionary Stories


ISABELLA'S DEFEAT

"MAMMA, I quite dislike these
shoes,
I hope you'll send them back;
They are so ugly I should choose
Much prettier than black !
"I thought you mentioned blue or
buff
When ordering a pair,
Or green I should like well enough,
But black I cannot bear "

Young Isabella's prattle o'er,
Her mother soon expressed
A wish that she would say no more,
Since black ones suited best.
Which, when the little lady heard,
She did not say another word.





Cautionary Stories


THE TWO PATIENTS

Miss Lucy WRIGHT, though not
so tall,
Was just the age of Sophy Ball,
But I have always understood
Miss Sophy was not half so good :
For as they both had faded teeth,
Their teacher sent for Doctor
Heath,
But Sophy made a dreadful rout,
And would not have hers taken out;
But Lucy Wright endured the pain,
Nor did she ever once complain.
Her teeth returned quite sound and
white,
While Sophy's ached both day and
night.





Cautionary Stories


FANNY'S BAD HABIT
FANNY FLETCHER is forgetful,
Never wilful in her life,
Neither obstinate nor fretful,
Loving truth and shunning strife.
From a girl of so much merit,
May we not in time expect
She will show a proper spirit
One wrong habit to correct ?

Friends will say it is a pity
If her resolution fails-
Fanny looks both good and pretty
When she does not bite her nails !





Cautionary Stories


SARAH'S DANGER

THOSE who saw Miss Sarah gaping
In the middle of the day,
This remark were often making
On this dull and drowsy way :

"Half asleep, and yet she's waken !
If, poor child, she is not sick,
Some good method must be taken
To correct this idle trick."





Cautionary Stories






THE HOYDEN

Miss AGNES had two or three dolls
and a box
To hold all her bonnets and tippets
and frocks ;
In a red leather thread-case that
snapp'd when it shut,
She had needles to sew with and
scissors to cut;
But Agnes liked better to play with
rude boys
Than work with her needle, or
play with her toys.

Young ladies should always appear
neat and clean,
Yet Agnes was seldom dress'd fit
to be seen.
F 65





Cautionary Stories

I saw her one morning attempting
to throw
A very large stone, when it fell on
her toe :
The boys, who were present and
saw what was done,
Set up a loud laugh, and they called
it fine fun.

But I took her home, and the
doctor soon came,
And Agnes, I fear, will a long time
be lame :
As from morning till night she
laments very much,
That now when she walks she must
lean on a crutch;
And she told her dear father, a
thousand times o'er,
That she never will play with rude
boys any more.
Note.-" Hoyden" is not used now. We
say "Tomboy."






Cautionary Stories


THE GIDDY GIRL

Miss HELEN was always too giddy
to heed
What her mother had told her to
shun,
For frequently over the street in
full speed
She would cross where the
carriages run.

And out she would go to a very
deep well,
To look at the water below;
How naughty to run to a danger-
ous well,
Where her mother forbade her
to go !






Cautionary Stories
One morning, intending to _take
but one peep,
Her foot slipp'd away from the
ground :
Unhappy misfortune! the water
was deep,
And giddy Miss Helen was
drown'd.






Cautionary Stories


A WARNING TO FRANCES

As Frances was playing and turning
around,
Her head grew so giddy she fell to
the ground;
'Twas well that she was not
much hurt;
But, O what a pity her frock was
so soil'd
That had you beheld the un-
fortunate child,
You had seen her all cover'd
with dirt.

Her mother was sorry, and said,
"Do not cry,
And Mary shall wash you, and
make you quite dry,
69






Cautionary Stories
If you'll promise to turn round
no more."
"What, not in the parlour ?" the
little girl said.
"No, not in the parlour ; for lately
I read
Of a girl who was hurt with the
door.

"She was playing and turning,
until her poor head
Fell against the hard door, and it
very much bled;
And I heard Dr. Camomile tell
That he put on a plaster and
cover'd it up,
Then he gave her some tea that
was bitter to sup,
Or perhaps it had never been
well."






Cautionary Stories





PLAYING WITH FIRE.

THE friends of little Mary Green
Are now in deep distress,
The family will soon be seen
To wear a mournful dress.

It seems, trom litter on the floor,
She had been lighting straws,
Which caught the muslin frock she
wore,
A sad event to cause.

Her screams were loud and quickly
heard,
And remedies applied,
But all in vain, she scarcely stirr'd
Again, before she died !






Cautionary Stories


HOW TO HEAL A BURN

O, WE have had a sad mishap !
As Clara lay in Nurse's lap,
Too near the fire the chair did
stand-
A coal flew out and burnt her hand.
"It must have flown above the
guard,
It came so quick and hit so hard;
And, would you think it ? raised a
blister.
0, how she cried poor little sister !
Poor thing! I grieved to see it
swell.
"What will you put to make itwell?"
"Why," said Mamma, "I really think
Some scraped potato, or some ink,






Cautionary Stories
"A little vinegar, or brandy,
Whichever nurse can find most
handy :-
All these are good, my little
daughter,
But nothing's better than cold
water."





Cautionary Stories


MARY ANNE'S KINDNESS

How mischievous it was, when Will
Push'd his young sister down the hill,
Then ran away, a naughty boy,
Although he heard her sadly cry!

Their mother, who was walking out,
Saw the rude trick, and heard him
shout;
With gentle voice, but angry nod,
She threatened Willy with the rod.

But Mary Anne, afraid of this,
Begg'd they might now be friends
and kiss:
She said, "Mamma, I feel no pain,
And Willy won't do so again."

Then Willy called his sister "good,"
And said he "never, never would."






Cautionary Stories


AMBITIOUS SOPHY

MIss SOPHY, one fine sunny day,
Left her work and ran away.
When she reached the garden-gate,
She found it lock'd, but would not
wait,
So tried to climb and scramble o'er
A gate as high as any door.

But little girls should never climb,
And Sophy won't another time;
For when upon the highest rail,
Her frock was caught upon a nail:
She lost her hold, and, sad to tell,
Was hurt and bruised-for down
she fell.





Cautionary Stories


DRESSED OR UNDRESSED

WHEN children are naughty and
will not be dress'd,
Pray, what do you think is the
way?
Why, often I really believe it is
best
To keep them in night-clothes
all day!

But then they can have no good
breakfast to eat,
Nor walk with their Mother or
Aunt;
At dinner they'll have neither
pudding nor meat,
Nor anything else that they want.





Cautionary Stories
Then who would be naughty, and
sit all the day
In night-clothes unfit to be seen?
And pray, who would lose all their
pudding and play,
For not being dress'd neat and
clean ?






Cautionary Stories


MRS. BIRCH'S INFLUENCE

"INDEED you are troublesome, Anne,"
said her aunt,
"You begg'd me to bring you
abroad,
And now you are cross and pretend
that you want
To be carried the rest of the
road.

"I hope you know better than cry
in the street :
The people will think it so odd,
And if Mrs. Birch we should happen
to meet,
She will ask if we want a new
rod.





Cautionary Stories
"Then dry up your tears; with a
smile on your face
You will speak in a different tune.
And now you have'cleverly mended
your pace,
We shall both be at home very
soon."





Cautionary Stories


REBELLIOUS TRANCES

THE babe was in the cradle laid,
And Tom had said his prayers,
When Frances told the nursery-maid
She would not go upstairs.
She cried so loud her mother came
To ask the reason why,
And said, "Oh, Frances, fie for
shame !
Ohfie! Ohfie! Ohfie!"
But Frances was more naughty still,
And Betty sadly nipp'd :
Until her mother said, "I will-
I must have Frances whipp'd.

"For, oh! how naughty 'tis to cry,
But worse, much worse to fight,
Instead of running readily
And calling out, Good-night!'"














Kindness and Cruelty










G 81






Cautionary Stories





THE HARMLESS COW

A VERY young lady,
And Susan the maid,
Who carried the baby,
Were one day afraid.

They saw a cow feeding,
Quite harmless and still:
Yet scream'd, without heeding
The man at the mill,

Who, seeing their flutter,
Said, "Cows do no harm;
But send you good butter
And milk from the farm."






Cautionary Stories


THE HARMLESS WORM

As Sally sat upon the ground,
A little crawling worm she found
Among the garden dirt;
And when she saw the worm she
scream'd,
And ran away and cried, and
seem'd
As if she had been hurt.

Mamma, afraid some serious harm
Made Sally scream, was in alarm,
And left the parlour then;
But when the cause she came to
learn,
She bade her daughter back return.
To see the worm again.
84




University of Florida Home Page
© 2004 - 2010 University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries.
All rights reserved.

Acceptable Use, Copyright, and Disclaimer Statement
Last updated October 10, 2010 - - mvs