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A POOR widow once lived with her two Often they went together to the woods to
children in a lonely little cottage. In the gather berries, but no harm came to them: the
garden grew two rose-bushes, one red and the little hare ate a cabbage-leaf from their hands,
other white, and because the children resembled the deer grazed at their side, and the birds sat
the roses they bore, on the branches near
she named one Snow- them and sang to
White, and the other them. .They met with
Red-Rose. no accident, and if
They were as good J' night came on before
children as ever lived, they left the woods,
always dbedient and i they had no fear, but
cheerful. But Snow- lay down on the moss
White was quiet and and slept till morning.
gentle, while Red- Their mother knew
Rose loved to run they were safe, and
about in the meadows ( she also had no fears.
looking for flowers 'IOnce when they had
and butterflies. Snow- slept in the woods all
White liked best to night, and the dawn
stay with her mother of morning had waked
and help her in her W, / I' them, they saw a beau-
work, or read to her tiful child dressed in
if there was nothing S glistening garments
else to do. But the '. sitting near them. But
children loved each as soon as they awoke,
other dearly, and she arose, looked at
whenever they went them kindly, but said
out, would walk hand ', nothing, and disap-
in hand. If one said: THE TWO SSTERS. peared into the forest.
"We will never leave each other," the other On looking around them, they found they had
would reply: "Never, so long as we live," slept near the edge of a precipice, and that if I
and what one had was always shared with they had gone two steps farther in the darkness, .
the other. they would have been dashed to pieces. When
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"Often they went to the woods to gather berries, but no harm
came to them: the little hare ate a cabbage=leaf
from their hands."
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their mother heard of this, she
said the child must have been
the angel that watched over good
Snow-White and Red-Rose
kept their mother's cottage so
clean that it was a pleasure to i
look at it. In the summer time,
Red-Rose swept the kitchen, and
placed a fresh bouquet of roses l
by her mother's bedside every
morning before she was up; and
in the winter, Snow-White made
the fire and hung the brass kettle
on the hook, where it shone like
gold, so bright did the little maid
keep it scoured. In the evening,
when the snow fell, the mother
would say: Go and bolt the
door, Snow-white;" and then they would
down by the fire, and the mother wo
on her spectacles and read from a largi
while the two girls listened and spun.
them on the fl
a little lamb,
AA perched in onc
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d all sit sat a white dove with its head under its wing.
uld put One evening as they were thus sitting to-
e book, gether, some one knocked at the door as if he
Near were anxious to get in.
.oor lay "Quick, Red-Rose," said the mother, "open
while the door; it may be some traveler who is
corner looking for shelter."
Red-Rose opened the door thinking
to see a poor man, but instead, she saw a
big black bear stretching his head towards
X the door. The maiden screamed loudly,
and jumped back; the lamb gave a
7 1 frightened bleat; the dove flew wildly
round the room, while little Snow-White
crept behind her mother's bed.
__ The bear began to talk and said: "Do
not be afraid, I will not hurt you. I am
\, half frozen and only wish to warm my-
self a little by your fire."
"You poor bear," said the mother, "lie
down by the fire, but take care that you
do not burn your fur." Then she called:
S" Snow-White, Red-Rose, come here, the
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bear will not hurt you." The children came out, and by degrees
1 I approached the bear, the lamb did the same, and finally even
the dove lust all fear of him. Then the bear said: Get
Sthe Iroomn, children, and brush the snow from my fur." They
Sbrouggdht the brhilom and brushed his fur till it was quite clean,
after which he stretched himself out comfortably before
In a short time they lost all fear of their clumsy guest; they
l plleli his fur with both hands, planted their feet on
his back, pushed him first one way and then another,
Sand heat him with a hazel-bush. If he growled they
on- laughed, and when they were too rough with
.!-him. he only said: "Spare my life, children. Snow-
.,hi," i' Red-Rose, would you kill one who loves you?"
S -V .h:: en it was bed-time, and the children were in
d, l the mother said to ,-
bie ]bear: "You may lie
S. .n the hearth all night t
I. f vyou, want to. Y:u
S- wil aIt least be protect-d -
RED-ROSE OPENS THE DOOR FOR THE BEAR. from the cold and bad --
As soon as morning dawned, the children let him out, and
he trotted away over the snow to the woods. But at a certaIin M
hour every evening, he returned to the cottage, lay down on .1 .
the hearth, and allowed the children to play with him a little
while. They became so accustomed to his visits, that the d,,-: .
was never bolted u'ntii
their black friend had
One day in spring "!
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green, he said to Snow-' t'
.' White: "I must ,o
I. away now, and I shall
,' SNOW WHITE CREEPS BEHIND HER MOTHER'S BED.
not return all summer.7
"Where are you going, dear bear ?" she asked.
"I must go to the woods," he replied, "and protect
my treasures from the wicked dwarfs. In the winter
when the ground is frozen, they have to remain below,
.but as soon as the sun melts the frost, they work their
way up, and steal whatever they can find, and when
THE CHILDREN BRUSH THE BEAR'S FUR.
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once anything is in their hands, it is not easy- -
to get it again."
Snow-White felt very sorry to part with the
bear. As she opened the door for him to pass a
out, his fir caught on a hook, and a piece of -'
skin was torn off. Snow-White thought that d -
she saw some-
.thing glitter like gold
u i t under his skin; but was
-. not sure, for the bear trotted away very quietly and was
soon lost: sight of among the trees.
Some time after this, the mother sent the children into
the woods to gather brush-wood. As they approached
the forest, they saw that.a large tree had fallen down
and that something was springing up and down on one
of the branches, but they could not tell what it was.
W IWhen they came nearer, they- saw a little dwarf with a
wrinkled face and a beard a yard long. The end of
his beard had caught in a cleft in the-.tree, and the little fellow
sprang about like a puppy fastened to a string,
He glared at the maidens with his fiery eyes, and cried: "Why
do you stand there? Can't you come and help me ?"
"What have you been doing, little man ?" asked Red-Rose.
"You stupid piece of curiosity!" he cried. "I was only trying
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THE DWARFS COMING UP OUT OF THE GROUND. wood for T.. -
our kitchen, for if we should use large ,
pieces, such as you greedy people, 7-
do, the little morsels we cook would
burn up. I had driven in the wedge,
and everything was going on well,
when suddenly it slipped out, and the -
wood closed up so quickly that my
beautiful white beard caught, and I
cannot draw it out. Now stand there
and laugh, you smooth, milk-faced
creatures! Oh, how ugly you are!"
The children tried to get his -
beard out, but could not. Finally
one of them said: "I will run
and get some one to help us." SNOW-WHITE CUTTING THE DWARF'S BEARD,
SNOW-WHITE AND RED-ROSE.
"Stupid blockheads!" he snarled. "Who
wants any more people? You are two too
many. Can't you think of anything better?"
"Do not be impatient," said Snow-WVhite;
"I can help you," and taking her scissors
from her pocket she cut off the end of his
beard. As soon as the dwarf felt himself free,
he seized a sack full of gold that had been
hidden among the roots of the tree, lifted it
on -his shoulders, and growled; "Sm ooth-
faced people! they have cut off a piece of.
my beard. They
xVill get their p ay
f'or t- it. Then he
\went away without
gi-iing the children -
One day Snow-White
Siand Red-Rose. were walk-
| ing near a brook,
and saw the.
A BAG OF PEARLS. about like a frog
near the edge of the water. He
had been sitting on 'the bank
fishing, and his beard had be-
come entangled in the line, so that when a
large fish swallowed his bait, he had not
the strength to draw it out, but instead, the
fish was pulling him into the water. The
maidens came at just the right time. They
held him back, and tried to get his beard loose,
but beard and string were in too dreadful a
tangle. There was nothing to be done but
to take out the scissors and cut off another
little piece of the beard.
The dwarf was in a great rage. "You
toadstools!" he cried. "It was not enough
that you cut it once, now you must take away
the best part of it. I wish you may have to
run till your shoe-soles come off for this."
Then he drew a bag of pearls from the
rushes, and without another word, disappeared
behind a rock.
Another time, as the maidens were on the
way to the village, and passed through a field
on which great stones lay scattered, they saw
an eagle dart down toward one of the stones,
and at the same instant heard piercing screams.
They ran toward the bird, and saw that it had
AN EAGLE CARIES OF THE DWARF.
AN EAGLE CARRIES OFF THE DWARF.
"Then the bear-skin
and there stood before them a
handsome young man.
SNOW-WHITE AND RED-ROSE.
seized the dwarf and was trying to carry him your teeth ? Take those two wicked maidens,
off. They caught hold of him, and held him they will make a tender morsel; they are as
till the eagle let go, but they got no thanks fat as young quails-eat them instead of me!"
from him. He grumbled be- But the bear paid no atten-
cause they had pulled him so tion to his words; he struck
roughly, and picking up his him one blow with his great
bag of precious stones, slipped paw, and he never moved again.
into his den under the stone. When the maidens saw the
The maidens were so used bear, they started to run away,
to his ingratitude that they did but he called: "Snow-White,
not mind it, but went on to the Red-Rose, do not be afraid of
village. On their way back, _'r me; wait, and I will go with
they came on the dwarf again. 2 you."
He had spread out his jewels They knew by his voice
on the ground, and they "- that it was their old friend, and
stopped to look at the beau- waited till he came to them.
tiful sight. THE DWARF SPREADS OUT HIS JEWELS. Then the bear-skin fell off. and
What are you standing there gaping at ?"
he cried, and his ashen-gray face became scar-
let with rage. He was about to continue his
scolding, when a loud growling was heard,
and a black bear rushed out of the woods.
The dwarf sprang up in fright, but he could
not reach his den, the bear was too near.
Then he cried piteously : "Dear bear, spare
me! I will give you all your treasures. See,
there are the precious stones! Spare my life;
of what use would such a poor little fellow be
to you, you would hardly feel me between
there stood before them a handsome young
man. "I am a .king's son," said he. "The
dwarf by witchcraft turned me into a bear, and
stole all my treasures. Now his death has set
Not long after, Snow-White was married
to the prince, and Red-Rose to his brother.
The old mother came to live with her daughters,
and the rose-bushes were also brought to
the castle, and planted before the windows of
the two sisters, where every year they bore
an abundance of beautiful roses.
AN EXCITING DONKEY-RIDE AT THE SEASHORE.
FREDDIE AND THE CHERRY-TREE.
FREDDIE saw some fine ripe cherries
H-anging on a cherry-tree, ./
And he said, You pretty cherries, _,V
Will you not come down to me? -"r '. .
Thank you kindly," said a cherry,
We would rather stay up here.
If we ventured down this morning,
You would eat us up, I fear." .,
One, the finest of the cherries,
Dangled from a slender twig;
" You are beautiful," said Freddie, --- ---.
Red and ripe, and, oh, how big!" "
"Catch me," said the cherry, "catch me,
Little master, if you can.
" I would catch you soon," said Freddie,
If I were a grown-up man."
Freddie jumped and tried to reach it,. i
Standing high upon his toes;
But the cherry, bobbing quickly, ""'," .
Laughed and tickled Freddie's nose. I
" Never mind," said little Freddie,
I shall have them when it's right; '"' Z "' I i
But a black-bird whistled boldly,
"I shall eat them all to-night."
,,, ,,^ .,THANK YOU, PRETTY COW.
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S' HANK you, pretty cow, that made
SPleasaht milk to soak my bread,
Every day and every night,
Warm and sweet, and fresh and white.
Do not chew the hemlock rank
Growing on the weedy bank,
But the yellow Cowslips eat;
They will make it very sweet.
Where the bubbling water flows,
I" ,Where the purple violet grows,
Where the grass is fresh and fine:
Pretty cow, go there and dine.
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SH, where do you come from,
You little drops of rain,
Pitter patter, pitter patter,
Down the window pane ?
They won't let me talk,
And they won't let me play,i
And they won't let me go I
Out of doors at all to-day.
They put away my playthings,
Because I broke them all, i
And then they locked up all my bricks,
And took away my ball. .
Tell me, little rain-drops,
Is that the way you play,
Pitter patter, pitter patter,
All the rainy day?
They say I'm very naughty,
But I've nothing else to do
But sit here at the window;
I should like to play with you.
The little rain-drops cannot speak,
But pitterr patter pat"
Means, We can. play on tkis side,
Why can't you play on tatl?"
WORK AND PLAY.
.W ORK while you work, and play while you play,
That is the way to be cheerful and gay.
All that you do, do with all your might;
S) Things done by halves are never done right.
One thing at a time, and that one done well,
Is a very good rule, as many can tell.
-iII." / Moments are useless if trifled away;
So work while you work, and play while you play.