The little tin soldier

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The little tin soldier
Houghton & Dutton Co ( Publisher )
Place of Publication:
Houghton & Dutton
Publication Date:
Physical Description:
[8 p.] : ill. ; 19 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
Juvenile literature -- 1880 ( rbgenr )
Books printed as advertisements -- 1880 ( rbgenr )
Bldn -- 1880
Children's literature ( fast )
Advertisements ( lcgft )
fiction ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Target Audience:
juvenile ( marctarget )


General Note:
Title from cover.
General Note:
Includes publisher's advertisement.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

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Source Institution:
University of Florida
Holding Location:
Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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Resource Identifier:
029456082 ( ALEPH )
28807207 ( OCLC )
AJS9106 ( NOTIS )

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-ye. TT/W HEEwetTHERE were once five-and-twenty tin sdldiers, whowere all brothers, for they had been made out ofthe same old tin spoon. They shouldered arris ahdlooked straight before them, and wore a splendiduniform, red and blue. The first thing in the worldthey ever heard were the words " Tin soldiers," utteredby a little boy, who clapped his hands with delightwhen the lid of the box in which they lay was takenoff. They were given him for a birthday present,and he stood at the table to set them up. The soldierswere all alike, excepting one, who had only one leg,he had been left to the last, and then there was notenough melted tin to finish him, so they made him'to stand firmly on one leg, and this caused him tobe very remarkable. TheBaldwin Libray, _m6Ui3 oRmBFL~D ncaick

The table onwhich the tinsoldiers stood hada pretty little papercastle on it. In front, of the castle a^ t| number of little4i -trees encircleda piece of look-ing-glass, which_11 4A /~-'^;'was intended to_ represent a trans-A^X-id ^p^ _-_ fiT ) I1Y iSwans made of wax:' ~ .--^ ; (,41-~-L~ :--'= -swam on the lake,-l',T, J /'- ;' i I 4 and were reflected in it. A( tiny little lady stood at thedoor of the castle; she was madeof paper, and she wore a dress of clear muslin, witha narrow blue ribbon over her shoulders like a scarf.In front of this was fixed a glittering tinsel rose, aslarge as her whole face.. The little lady was a dancer,and she stretched out her arms and raised one of herlegs so high that the tin soldier could not see it,

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Cand thought she had, like himself, only one leg tostand upon."That is the wife for me," he thought, "but shelives in a castle, while I have only a box to live in,five-and-twenty of us altogether. Still, I must tryand make her acquaintance." He hid behind a snuff-box that stood on the table, so that he could peep atthe lady. When evening came the other soldiers wereplaced in the box, and the people of the house wentto bed. Then the playthings began to have theirown games together, to pay visits, to have shamfights, and to give balls. The ,--~tin soldiers rattled in their /'box; they wanted to get /out, but they could not /(( ,,open the lid. The nut- }crackers played at leap- \ / / /frog, and the pencil jumped X /.about the table. Only thetin soldier and the dancerremained in their places. ,The clock struck twelve,and, with a bounce, up ~-=sprang the lid of the snuff-box; ~ ----

but instead of snuff there jumped up a little blackgoblin, for the snuff-box was a toy puzzle."Tin soldier," said the goblin, "don't wish forwhat does not belong to you." But the tin soldierpretended not to hear. " Very well; wait till to-morrowthen," said the goblin.When the children came in the morning they placedthe tin soldier in the window. Now, whether it wasthe goblin who did it, or the draught, is not known,but the window flew open, and the tin soldier fellinto the street beneath. The servant-maid and thelittle boy went to look for him, but he was nowhereto be seen. If he had called out "Here I am," itwould have been all right; buthe was too proud to cry outuniform.Two boyspassed by andsaid, "Look I

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there is a tin soldier. Heought to have a boat tosail in."So they made a boat )'Ly -out of a newspaper, and ///' ////placed the tin soldier in / /it, and sent him sailing ///down the gutter, while // //the two boys ran beside it. Presently the boat /shot under a bridge, which formed part of a drain,and then it was as dark as the tin soldier's box.Suddenly there appeared a great water-rat, who livedin the drain. " Have you a passport ?" asked the rat;"give it to me / // at once." But the soldierremained veryx / silent, and held his muskettighter than / ever. He could see daylight-'---//MI T- shining where the archAct_ l-(--e-N '/l -ended. At the end of" -----5------

27 '.the tunnel the drain fell into a large canal over a steepplace. The boat rushed on, and the poor tin soldiercould only hold himself stiffly to show he was notafraid. The boat went to pieces, and the soldier wasswallowed by a great fish. A fisherman caught itand took it to the soldier's old home; the cook cutit open, and there was the little tin soldier. She gaveit to the little boy. He was very glad, but his brotherthrew him into the stove. At that moment the draughtfrom the door blew the dancer into it, and she andthe soldier were burned side by side.\),I, A'* "

v BV$' and 0irls' $tore |Ssss~~s$>s ss>>C1LW E WANT THE BOYS AND GIRLSto know that this is their store.We want them to grow with us.We are determined in our purpose to im-press on the minds of mothers the greatsaving to be made by buying the children'sneeds here. Everything for a boy in shorttrousers or a girl in short dresses will befound here-from shoes to hats, from outer-garments to undergarments, from gloves tostockings. Bring the children here. .J**GUGHTON & DUTTON CO."'" tmont, Beacon, Somerset Sts. and Pemberton Square~ BO TON :: : :: MASS.5>>f> i$S5SXsS^KSSa