D EA AND S N
IN THE WOODI The Baldwin Library
THE CHILDREN IN THE W'COD.
ANY years ago, there resided,
in the county of Norfolk,, a
S gentleman and his lady, who
had two children,; the eldest,
a boy, about three years old; and the
youngest, a girl, just two.
These little ones were good. tempered
and very kind to each other. Indeed,
they often walked in the garden,. or
played at a game together,. and then they
seemed quite happy.
The father and mother were thankful
to see their two little ones so fbnd of each
other, and hoped to live to see them old
enough to take care of themselves.
Some business which the father of'
these good children had to attend to,
obliged him to leave home for a short
time; while away, he caught a very se-
vere cold, and when he recovered, he
did not remain in good health very
long, for a severe fever followed: shortly
,afterwards, he grew much worse, and his
lady was so grieved at his sufferings, and
wa~ so fatigued by constantly attending
upon him, that she became sick also. So
ill were they both, that their lives were
The gentleman's brother, as soon as he
heard the news, hastened to the dying
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parents, whom he found very near to
their last moments.
"Brother," said the dying man,-and
here he pointed to: his little children,-
"in a few hours they will be orphans,
with none but God and you to protect
them. Here is my will; I have provided
fo;r them, and not forgotten you. Be a
father to them both."
Then turning towards his dear infants,
he gave them a last kiss,. The lady did
the same; and shortly after, they both
When the funeral was over, the two
little innocents were removed to their
uncle's house, where they were treated
very kindly for some time.
When the uncle had kept them about
a year, he forgot the solemn promise he
had made to be good to them both; the
only thought that now dwelt upon his
mind was, that if he could get rid of
them, he might take possession of all
The wicked uncle soon put his cruel
intention into effect. Two bad men un-
dertook, for a sum of money, to take the
two children into a wood, and there kill
and bury them both.
A coach was hired for the purpose,
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into which the unsuspecting innocents
were put; one of the villains acted as
coachman, the other sat in the coach,
between little William and Jane.
The pretty prattle of the two little
infants made such an impression on the
man who rode with them, that he re-
pented of the part he had taken, and
thought he would save their lives.
When they reached the wood, the
children were taken out of the coach, to
play about, as they were told.
And now the men began to dispute
about saving their lives. They could
not agree, so fell to fighting, and in the
struggle, a blow from the one who wished
to save. the children,, killed the other on
The man then, led the terrified chil-
dren, whom now he knew not what to do
with, a little further on, and then told
them to wait till he came back with some
cakes: but he never came to them again.
The poor little orphans waited, till at
last they felt very hungry, and, as night
came on, they shivered with cold. They
wandered about, crying, bitterly, and now
and then picking blackberries that grew
within their reach; till at last, tired,
hungry, and cold, they laid down under
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a wide-spreading tree, and throwing their
little arms round each other's necks, sob-
bed themselves to sleep. They never
woke again: for, exposed to the pitiless
cold, they died-deserted and unknown.
The cruel uncle, thinking the children
had .been killed, as he desired, reported
that both children had died in London,
and then took possession of their fortune.
But the ill-gotten riches did him no
service, for, soon after, his wife fell ill
and died, and his two sons were ship-
wrecked at sea. His losses affected his
mind, he neglected his business, and
every day grew poorer and poorer.
The man who would not, for pity, kill
the little children, was about this. time,
tried, and condemned to death, fr rob-
bery; then he eonfessed the sad story of
the two) little innocent orphans. This
soon peached the uncle's' ears, who being
already broken-hearted, sunk under the
shock, and being carried to' his bed in
great anguish of mind, died the same
Search. was immediately made in the
wood, and, irr a few days, the bodies of
the two little babes were found, covered
On a bush, near to their cold grave,
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seme Robin RedSr afa t hl built their
nEts: and it Smimfl i ~s ~ as if these
pretty Tiirds ept wa~teb, and sung over
their graves. Indeed, many think that
these 5pitty Ui,&s did bring the leaves
which made the grave of the Children
in the Wood.
Sd. each, Plain,--or 2d. Coloured.
CHILDREN's POPULAR TALES, 13 sorts.
1-Ali Baba, and the Forty Thieves.
2-Whittington and his Cat.
3-Blue Beard, or Female Curiosity.
4-Butterfly's Ball and Grasshopper's Feast.
5-Jack, the Giant Killer.
6-Cats' Castle besieged by the Rats.
S 7-Little Red Riding Hood.
8-Cinderella and! her Little Glass Slipper.
9-Children in the Wood.
10-Death and Burial of Poor Cock Robin.
S11-Jack and the Bean Stalk.
12-Old Mother Hubbard and her Dog.
13-Valentine and Orson.
NURSE ROCKBABTYs StoryBoolks, 12sorts.
1---The:.ew Historical Alphabet.
2-The Ramble, and what was seenin it
S3-Hans Dolan and his Wonderful Cat.
4-Easy ReIding and Pretty Pictures.
5-The Kind Brother and his Little Sister.
6-Little Rhymes. for Little Readers.
7-Greedy Peter and his Little Visitor.
8-Busy Ben and Idle Isaac.
9-An Entertaining Walk with MIamma.
10-John Harris, the Little Merchant.
11-Child's Book of Goodness and Happiness.
12-Story of the Princess Fairlocks.
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