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THE ROSE-BUD STORIES.GOING TO THE COTTAGE.EGGS AND CHICKENS.THE GOAT AND HER KID.BERTHA AND THE BIRD.THE DUCK HOUSE.MAY DAY AT THE COTTAGE.ADVENTURE OF A KITE.A DAY IN THE WOODS.THE PET LAMB.TWO DEAR FRIENDS.LITTLE AMY'S BIRTHDAY.CHRISTMAS EVE AT THE COTTAGE,
The Rose-Bud Stories,P:OR YOUNG CHILD R]N.Illustrated.Adventure of a Kite.BYMRS. HARRIET MYRTLE.SHELDON AND COMPANY. -A~187 0.
Entered, according to Act of Congress, In the year 186, bySeRLDON AND COMPANY, in the Clerk's Ofce of the DistrictCourt of the Southern District of New York.BOBTON STEREOTYPE FOUNDRY,O. 4 Bprisn
The Adveatre of a Kite.NE evening, when Mary,her mamma, and Willie hadall taken their seats nearthe window, and the storywas about to begin, Mary re-minded her mamma of a merryadventure that she had mentionedas having happened when she andher brother and Master Whitewent out to fly their " new Kite.""Do, mamma, tell us aboutthat," said Mary.(7)
8 ADVENTURE OF A KITE.Her mamma said she would,and after thinking for a few min-utes, to recollect all about it, shebegan.One fine, breezy morning inOctober, Master White came sud-denly to our house, with his eyeslooking so bright, and his cheeksso red from running in the freshair, and quite out of breath be-sides." What is the matter, James ?"we all cried out. "What a fdface you've got!""Have I?" said he;, "my noseis so cold! I ran here as fast asI could, there is such a beautifulbreeze for a Kite. Come, both
ADVENTURE OF A KITE. 9of you, and let us fly the Kitehigh up in the blue sky; come asmany of you as can, and this dayyou shall see what a Kite cando!"Up we all jumped, the Kite wasbrought down, and away we allstarted into the meadows, run-ning nearly all the way, andJames White never ceasing totalk of the wonderful things heintended the Kite should this dayperform.We arrived in a large, grassymeadow, sloping down to a lowhedge. Beyond the hedge was avery large field, and beyond thatfield another large field, which
10 ADVENTURE OF A KITE.had some high trees at the farthestend. In the tops of these treeswas a rookery; we knew thesetrees very well, because we oftenused to walk that way, partlybecause it was a nice walk, andpartly because an old woman,4'whom we were all very fond of,kept an apple and gingerbread-nut stall under the largest tree.However, as I said before, thesetrees were a long way off- twowhole fields off-more, two wholefields and all the meadow. Atthe top of the meadow, nearwhere we stood, there was alsoa high tree, and at the foot ofthis we laid down the Kite.
ADVENTURE OF A KITE. 11"0, James," said my brother,"do you think we shall be able tomake the Kite fly as high as thetree we are under? ""As high " said James White,six times as high, at the veryleast."He now carefully unfolded the 'tail from the body of the Kite,being very particular to undo allthe tangles near the tassel, whichmade quite a bunch; but hebrought it out perfectly. Oneend of the ball of twine was nowattached to the body of the Kite.He then raised it up with theright hand, holding out the tail inthree great festoons with the left,
12 ADVENTURE OF A KITE.and in this way walked to andfro very uprightly and with astately air, and turning his headin various quarters, to observethe direction of the wind. Sud-denly he dropped the tail uponthe ground, and lifting up theKite with his right hand in theair, as high as he possibly could,off he ran down the meadow slopeas fast as his legs could carryhim, shouting all the way, "Up,up, up I rise, rise, rise! fly,Kite, in the air!" He finishedby throwing the Kite up, con-tinuing to run with the string inhis hand, allowing it to slipthrough his fingers as the Kite
ADVENTURE OF A KITE. 13rose. The breeze caught theKite, and up it went in fine style.It continued to rise rapidly, andwe ran to and fro underneath,shouting all the time, "O, welldone, James White, and welldone, Kite!"By the excellent managementof James, thie Kite rose and rose,till we all said, "0, how high!howwonderful !" And then JamesWhite said he was satisfied.Now you are all to recollectthat this Kite was very large. Inthe story I told you in summer,where the making of this Kitewas described, you remember thatit was said to be as tall as James
14 ADVENTURE OF A KITE.White himself, and of course verymuch broader. The consequencewas, that this Kite was extremelystrong. So we all sat down onthe grass to hold the string, whichJames White said was necessary,as the Kite struggled and pulledso hard. It was now up quite ashigh as the string would allow itto go. But the wind seemed tobe increasing, and James Whitesaid he began to be rather afraidthat he must draw the Kite down-wards, for fear it should have aquarrel with the wind up in theclouds, and then some accidentmight happen. We accordinglybegan to draw down the Kite
ADVENTURE OF A KITE. 15slowly, winding the string uponthe stick as it gradually descended.But notwithstanding all this care,an accident did happen after all.Before the'Kite was half-waydown, a strong wind suddenlycaught it sideways, and the Kitemade a long sweep downwards,like a swallow, rising up again atsome distance, swinging its tailabout in a most alarming manner."Bless my heart!" said JamesWhite.Up we all jumped from thegrass. " Help me to hold her !"cried James White; " how shestruggles " Again came the wind,again the Kite made a sweep down
16 ADVENTURE OF A KITE.and rose up again, as if indig-nant-then shook her tail andwings as if threatening to dosome mischief -then made aquick motion to the right and adance to the left--then made avery graceful curtesy deep down,as though she was very politelysaluting the wind, but suddenlyrose up with a sharp jerk, asthough she had spitefully alteredher mind and the next momentmade a dart first to the right andthen to the left, and continued todo this till James White said hewas sure something must happen,We all held the string as fast aswe could, and tried to pull down
ADVENTURE OF A KITE. 17the Kite; but it was impossible,for instead of bringing her down,we were all three dragged alongdown the meadow slope, cryingout, "Somebody come and helpus! somebody come andc helpus!" But nobody else was. near~In this manner the Kite was pull-ing us along, the string cutting:our hands, and running throughour fingers like fire, till at last Iwas obliged to. let go, and beingunable to get out of the way, wasknocked' down, and being alsounable to roll myself out of theway, my brother fell over me.James White was thus-left. alonewith the Kite, and was draggedw1
18 ADVENTURE OF A KITE.struggling and hallooing down- *meadow slope. 'tHe was determined, howe'V*,not to let go; nothing could makehim loose the string ; he was de-termined not to be conquered;but before he had got to the bot-tom of the slope, the string of theKite broke about half-way down,and up sprang the Kite againtowards the sky, taking its courseover the meadow towards the'great field beyond. We all threefollowed of course, as fast as wecould, staring up, and panting,and ntt knowing wht :to do.The Kite continued to fly in rath-er.an irregular manner over the
ADVENTURE OF A KITE. 19ZJ, great field. It then made adownwards, and severaltosses upwards, and flew straightover the second great field, in thedirection of the high trees. " 0,those trees !" cried James White,"it is flying towards the trees !"He was right, the Kite did flydirectly towards the trees, as JamesWhite said it would. Just as itarrived nearly over those trees, itmade a great pitch downwards,right into the top of the largesttree, and completely knocked oveirone of the rooks' nests that wabuilt there. We came ruhAing upas soon as we could, and then wesaw that it was the very tree, at
20 ADVENTURE OF A KITE.the foot of which was the stall ofour dear old woman, who soldapples and gingerbread-nuts."Make haste!" cried she; -"the Kite is safe among theboughs; I can see its long tailhanging down. But do look here !the Kite has made us a presentof five young rooks; two arefluttering among the golden pip-pins, and three are hopping andgaping among the gingerbread-nuts."ames White scarcely lookederooks; he said he had moreortant business to attend to.He took dff his jacket, and imme-diately began to climb up the
ADVENTURE OF A KITE. 21tree. In less than twenty minuteshe succeeded in bringing downthe Kite, with only two smallrents in its left shoulder, and theloss of one wing, all of which hesaid he could easily repair.We took the five young rookshome with us, and had greatamusement in rearing and feed-ing them, and as soon as they wereold enough, we took them outinto their native fields, and letthem fly directly under the treewhere they were born.
I in I atuIFlod.AM going," said Mary's main-ma, on another evening, "totell you a story about Scot-land, and about some childrenwho went there by sea, in a largesteam-ship."Their names were Charlotte,Helen, and Robert, and they wentwith their papa and mamma tovisit their uncle and aunt. They'went in August, when the weather.(22)
AN AUTUMN FLOOD.23is fine, and the days are long.They left home in the evening,for the steamer was to start at teno'clock at night. There was agreat bustle when they came tothe place where the ships lie inthe river Thames. Many peoplewere getting their trunks andboxes in, and hurrying about.They liked to see all this bustle,and to see their own trunks andboxes put in. Then they steppedon' board, across a wide, firmplank, and jumped for joy to findthemselves really in the ship, andgoing to Scotland.~ It was such a large steamer!Tey were surprised to see what* 'Mr. *<
24 AN AUTUMN FLOOD.a length it was. Then they wentinto a handsome cabin, called thesaloon, beautifully lighted, with agreat many people in it; and afterbeing there a little while theygrew very tired, and their mammatook them to the cabin wherethey were to sleep. When theysaw their beds, they all began tolaugh. They looked just likebeds made on shelves, one aboveanother. Two were on one sideand two on the other, of a kindof closet. But they soon creptin, Charlotte and Helen one aboveanother, and little Robert oppo-site. The fourth bed was for theirnurse, who was going with them.
AN AUTUMN FLOOD. 25They were all soon asleep. Theynever knew when the steamer be-gan to go fast down the rivertowards the sea.In the morning when they awoke,first one and then another heard aconstant "thump, thump bump,bump !" going on. This noisewas made by the great engine thatturned the paddle-wheels, andmoved the ship on. And theyfelt the ship shaking, and trem-bling, and rocking, and then theywere surprised to hear that theywere already out of the riverThames, and had got into the saltsea. They were in a great hurryto be dressed, and when they ran
26 AN AUTUMN FLOOD.up on the deck they saw the landon one side of them, and numbersof ships all round them, with theirwhite sails shining in the sun, forit was a very fine morning. Theytried to count them, but it was verydifficult; Charlotte counted a hun-dred, and Helen a hundred andten. As to little Robert, he wastoo delighted to keep steadyenough to count, and after tryingonce or twice, declared that theremust be a thousand.Very soon they were called tobreakfast in the saloon, and sat bytheir papa and mamma very hap-pily; but they ran away beforethey had finished, to see a town
AN AUTUMN FLOOD.27called Yarmouth, by which theypassed so closely that they couldsee the houses, and bathing ma-chines, and people. All the morn-ing they had plenty to look at.They met other steamers, andfishing-boats, and ships, and sawdifferent places on the coast. Butbefore dinner-time they had lostsight of land, and saw nothing allround them but sea, and did notmeet so many ships and boats.Their papa then took them to seethe engine, and the great firesdown in the engine-room, andmade them look at the paddle-wheels, that go foaming roundand round. Then came dinner-
28 AN AUTUMN FLOOD.time, and they were very hungry;and afterwards they amused them-selves with running about on thedeck and reading story books.Soon after tea they went to bedand fell fast asleep.Next morning they were gladto see the coast again. They werepassing high cliffs and dark rocks,and they saw many sea-birds;gulls, with large flapping wings,that gave a strange, wild cry; anddivers-pretty little creatures,that swam, riding along on thewaves, and every now and thendipped down quite under, andthen came up again at a littledistance. On went the great
AN AUTUMN FLOOD.29steam-ship, and soon their papatold them that the land they nowsaw was Scotland.Presently they came to somevery fine rocks, higher than anythey had seen, and then theypassed some rocky islands. Nowthey began to see a great manylarge white birds flying about,stretching out their long-. ecks,and their papa told them thatthese were called Solan geese,and that they had their nests on agreat rock, standing out in thesea, called the Bass Rock. Theysoon came in sight of it, andAdn they passed near it theycould see that its sides were all
30 AN AUTUMN FLOOD.white with hundreds of. thesegeese that were sitting there,and great numbers were flyingin the air over it and roundit. When they were able to leaveoff looking at all this, they sawon the top of the high cliff oppo-site to the Bass Rock a largeruined castle, called TantallonCastle, which they thought verybeautiful."Do you remember readingabout the Black Douglas in 'Talesof a Grandfather'?" asked theirpapa."0, yes," said first one, andthen another."Well, that was his castle," y,replied.
32 AN AUTUMN FLOOD.They looked at Tantallon Castlefor a long time, as long as it wasin sight. Charlotte said it was agreat pity it was so ruined, andRobert wished he could see wherethe drawbridge used to be.Now there began to be a greatbustle in the ship, for they weregetting near Edinburgh, wherethey were to land. At last Edin-burgh was in sight. It is thecapital city of Scotland, just asLondon is of England, and it isvery beautiful. They saw it quiteplain from the sea, with hillsbehind it and on each side of it,of many forms; some bare Adrocky, others clothed with tree
AN AUTUMN FLOOD.33When they came quite opposite toit, a gun was fired in the ship. Itmade such a noise that everybodystarted, and some of the ladiesscreamed. Charlotte and Helendid not like it; but Robert didvery much indeed. Very soonafterwards they came up to a finepier, stretching out into the sea,and there they all landed."So now they were in Scot-land," said Willie.They found their uncle's car-riage waiting for them, and ittook them to his house in thecountry, about fifteen miles off.Well, at this place they werevery happy. There. was plenty3
34 AN AUTUMN FLOODof green grass to play about upon,and there were large, spreadingtrees, and sheep, and cows, andhorses, and ponies; and there wasa nice garden, with plenty of fruitand flowers. But what I amgoing to tell you most about is alittle river that ran along justoutside the garden wall; becausethis little river was the cause of acurious adventure, that happenedin the month of September, afterthey had been several weeks inthis pleasant place.This river was narrow, andrather deep in some places; butin others it was broader, and veryshallow. It was so shallow in dry"
AN AUTUMN FLOOD.35weather that you could cross itwithout wetting your feet, bychoosing some part where therewere large stones standing up,and where there was not muchwater. But then you must gosteadily. Charlotte could do it veryeasily; Helen generally stoppedshort, after she had placed herfoot on the second stone, andturned back; but as to Robert,he jumped from stone to stone,and a day hardly ever passed thathe did not go souse into thewater, and get quite wet half uphis legs. The proper way tocross was by a long plank, laidfrom one bank to the other, or
36 AN AUTUMN FLOOD.by a little wooden bridge not faroff.You would hardly think thatsuch a little gentle river as thiscould suddenly swell into a foam-ing flood, and do all- manner ofmischief. But so it was.This river rose, or began toflow, among a range of hills atsome miles distance; and whenyou are older, you will under-stand how it is that rivers thatrise among hills or mountains areapt to overflow when there ismuch rain. It happened one day,when all the family, except thechildren, had gone out on a visit,that it rained from morning till
AN AUTUMN FLOOD.37night, and whes night came itstill rained heavily. In the morn-ing, when nurse went to dressthe children, she told them tolook out of the window. Theirsurprise was great to see the littlestream, that they were used to stepacross, changed into a wide, rapid,foaming river. It made such asound that they could hear itquite plain in their bed-room. Itno longer looked clear and blue,but was thick, muddy, and of thecolor of red clay. They did notlike to see it so; and what wasworse it still rained, and the waterrose more and more. The plankacross it had been carried away
38,AN AUTUMN FLOOD.in the night by the water, and hadgone swimming down the stream.Before they had done breakfast,they heard that the wooden bridgewas broken down; and now, when;they looked out, they saw thatthe water had spread half overthe meadow on the opposite side.,The trees were standing in it, andlooked as if they grew in a lake.The cows were all collected on ahigh bank, among some trees, andwere lowing and appearing quiteangry and offended at this strangeconduct in the river. The sheephad gone as far as they could outto the very hedge, to keep on dryground. The ponies had found .*
AN AUTUMN FLOOD.39high part of the field, that hadwater all round it, so that itlooked like a green island, andwere feeding quite contentedly.Now and then they looked up,and shook their manes, as muchas to say, " You can't get at us.It's of no use to want a ride."At last it stopped raining, andthe children were well wrapped.up, and put on good thick shoes,and went out to look at all thisnearer. On their way they metthe gardener running down to tryto save his stack of pea-sticks;but he was too late, it was alreadyswimming away; all his fine stack,,that he had. piled up ready for*
40AN AUTUMN FLOOD.spring; and he had had so manymore important things to take careof that he had not had time toremove it sooner.Many things now came floatingdown on the water. Young trees,branches, parts of railings andfences, broken bridges and planks,all went hurrying along, and thewater foamed, and roared, andsurged, and looked quite fearful.While they all stood lookingon, the gardener still lamentingover his pea-sticks, they saw some-thing that looked like a large cov-ered basket come floating along.It chanced that it passed very nearthe bank on which they stood,
AN AUTUMN FLOOD.41and little Robert cried out, " Stopit! " and began to try to reach itwith a long pole he had in hishands, with which he had beenpretending to be a ship, and hold-ing this up for the mast. Hecould not reach it; but the gar-dener took the pole, and afterfailing once or twice, managed topush and poke at the basket tillhe got it so near that the dairy-maid and nurse reached it withtheir hands, and pulled it to thebank. It was only covered witha few arched sticks, over which awhite cloth was fastened.They all crowded round it tosee what it contained. They liftede :
42 AN AUTUMN FLOOD.up the white cloth. 0, wonderand surprise! What did theysee?"What was it? W7at did theysee? " cried Mary and Willie bothat once.They saw a pretty little babyfast asleep, and at its feet. a catcoiled up comfortably."And was the baby not hurt,mamma?"No, it was quite safe, and didnot awake directly. Puss awokeand jumped out, and ran off beforeany one could stop her.The gardener said, that the bas-ket, which they now saw to be acradle, must have floated away
44 AN AUTUMN FLOOD.from some cottage in the villagejust above. "Some poor womanis perhaps now in great grief abouther child," said he."But we've got it safe," saidCharlotte. " We'll take great careof it, and give it back to her.Let us take it into a warm room."As she said this the baby openedits eyes and began to cry. Nurselifted it up and tried to quiet it,and they all went in with it, thechildren kissing its poor little redarms, and saying all sorts of sooth-ing things to it. When they gotinto the house, nurse asked forsome warm whey with a littlesugar in it. She said that was
AN AUTUMN FLOOD.45the best thing for such a littlebaby; and it sucked it in, andseemed to like it, and soon beganto smile, and crow, and kick aboutits feet, and throw about its arms.The children were quite delightedat this; and now being happyabout the baby they began tothink of poor puss; and Robertand Helen went out to look forher. They found her just out-side the house door, mewing andmaking a great fuss. Helen ranaway and got a saucer full of milk,and put it down in the lobby. Atthis, puss began to walk slowlyin, and then ran up to it andlapped it all up; and then she let
46 AN AUTUMN FLOOD.Helen take her up, and carry herinto the room where the babywas.While they were all engaged inthis way, they heard sounds ofvoices shouting and calling outnear the river, and ran to thewindow to see what it was. Theysaw far out, on the other side ofthe water, near the edge of themeadow, five or six men and awoman, and the gardener wasmaking signs and calling out tothem."O!" said nurse, "you maybe sure that is the poor motherof the baby.""Let us run out and hold up
AN AUTUMN FLOOD.47the baby, to show her it is safe "cried Charlotte. " Come quick I0, how happy she will be "Nurse wrapped up the baby ina warm shawl, and out they went.Helen carried the cat, and littleRobert came bustling after them"with the cradle, shouting as loudas he could, "They're all safe 1here they are look here !"When the gardener saw themcoming, he ran and caught uplittle Charlotte in his arms, andnurse gave her the baby, and sheheld it up as high as she could.The poor woman, who was indeedthe mother, saw it directly, andseemed hardly able to bear so
48 AN AUTUMN FLOOD.much joy, for her husband whowas by her, threw his arm roundher as if to prevent her fallingdown. She clasped her handstogether -then held them outtowards her child-then raisedthem upwards.Mary and Willie could not sitstill any longer, they both jumpedup, and began to clap their handsand dance for joy."Did she come to the houseto bring away her baby ?" askedMary.Yes; she walked about twomiles off, to a part of the riverwhere there was a stone bridge;it, was impossible to get across
AN AUTUMN FLOOD. 49nearer, so she came in about anhour."But did she see that puss wasthere ?" said Willie.0, yes; I forgot to tell you thatafter she had a little recovered ofthe first joy of seeing her childsafe, nurse held up Helen withpuss in her arms, and Robertclimbed up on the stump of atree, and held up the cradle ashigh as he could."And then what did they dowhen the mother came?" saidMary.She kissed her baby, and criedover it, and held it a long time inher arms; and her husband, who4
50 AN AUTUMN FLOOD.came also, told them that theflood had risen so suddenly thatit had carried away part of thewall of their cottage, and sweptaway everything they had, whilehe and his wife were trying tosave their stack of wood; andthat when they turned round, atthe sound of the rushing water,they found that the cradle wasgone; and then they forgot everything else, and ran with severalof their neighbors by the side ofthe river; but never hoped tofind their child alive."But it was alive, and safe,and well," said Mary, " with thesekind little girls and little Robert."
AN AUTUMN FLOOD. 51And when their uncle and auntcame home they were very kindto the father and mother. Theyhad their cottage built up againand furnished, and gave them helpin putting their garden in order,and there always continued to bekind feeling between them. Asto the baby, it grew up to be afine strong boy, and its parentsnamed it Robert, in memory ofthe little boy who had helped tosave it from the water.
The Little Mtlk-Mad.?HERE was once a littleMilk-maid, who lived ata farm-house. Her namewas Sally. On the sum-mer mornings she used to be upand dressed at five o'clock. Thenshe took her bright milk-pail onher head, and her three-leggedstool in her hand, and called herlittle do&g Trusty, and trippedC(52)
THE LITTLE MILK-MAID. 53over the dewy grass to the stilethat led to the field where thecows fed. The wild thyme gaveout a sweet scent as she walkedalong; and the green leavesglistened in the sun, for the dewwas still on them; and the larkflew up high, and his song camepouring down over her head.When she got to the stile, shesaw all the four cows quite at theother side of the field. One wascalled Dapple, one Brindle, oneFrisky, and one Maggie. Theysaw her get over the stile, butsever stirred a step towards her.Dapple looked up for a moment,and then began eating again;
54 THE LITTLE MILK-MAID.Brindle did not seem to mindher; Maggie was lying down,and did not move; and Friskylashed her tail and shook herhead, and went on eating."0, this will never do !" saidSally. "Trusty, Trusty! go andbring me Dapple."Dapple was brown all over,except a white face and tail.Trusty ran behind Dapple, andbarked two or three times, justto tell her to move on. And shebegan to walk slowly and gravelytowards Sally. Then Sally putdown her little three-legged stool,and sat down by Dapple andmilked her. When she had done,
,THE LITTLE MILK-MAID. 55she gave her a pat, and said,"Now you may go." Then Dap-ple began to eat again."Now, Trusty," said Sally,"go and bring me Brindle."Brindle was all white. Trustyran up to her, and she began towalk on; but when she had gotto the middle of the field, shestopped to eat, and Trusty wasobliged to bark pretty sharply,and tell her it was shameful ofher. Then she wont on and wasmilked.Sally next sent Trusty to bringFrisky. She was brown andwhite, prettily spotted; but shewas sometimes quite naughty.<
56 THE LITTLE MILK-MAID.when she was milked, and thistime she seemed to mean to beso; for, as soon as Trusty got upto her, she set off and gallopedup to Sally. Then, just as Sallybegan to milk her, she walkedon, and left her and her stoolbehind, and very nearly knockedthe pail over besides. So Sallyhad to get up, and move stooland pail onwards, and then shesaid, "Stand still, Frisky," andstroked and patted her. So shestood still, and was very good."Now, Trusty, bring prettyMaggie," said Sally. Maggiewas black and white, and verygentle and pretty. She came4
THE LITTLE MILK-MAID. 57directly, and stood quite still,and was milked. Then they wereall done.Sally now lifted the pail, whichwas quite full, on her head, andcarried it so firmly ana steadily,that she had not to put herhand up to it, not even whenshe got over the stile, and inthis way she walked along backto the farm.Then she went into the cool,fresh dairy, and Trusty lay downat the door. The dairy had astone shelf all round it, withshallow round pans ranged alongit, all filled with sweet, rich milk,covered with thick, yellow cream.
58 THE LITTLE MILK-MAID.Here she took down her pail;and first she filled a large jugwith the new milk for breakfast.She then poured all the rest intotwo or three pans, like the otherson the shelf. Next, she took aflat wooden spoon, and skimmedthe cream off several of theothers, and poured it all into asquare wooden machine, calledAchurn. It had a handle whichlnWed round. She threw insome salt, and then began to turnthe handle round and round,and it turned a wheel inside, andthe wheel beat and splashed thecream round and round in thechum. Presently she looked ins9
THE LITTLE MILK-MAID. 59and said, "It's not come yet."Then she turned the handle roundagain for some time. At last,when she looked in, there was alarge lump of fine fresh butter,and all about it a thin whiteliquid, called butter-milk, and allthe cream was gone. She tookout the butter, and put it intoa bowl of cold spring water,and made it up into threelarge rolls with two flat woodenknives. Next she cut off threeor four slices, made them upinto nice little rounds, andpressed them with a woodenstamp, with a rose-bud andleaves cut out upon it, and
60 THE LITTLE MILK-MAID.when she took it off, there werethe rose-bud and leaves markedon the butter.Then Sally poured all the but-iter-milk, and all the milk fromwhich she had skimmed thecream, into a clean wooden pail,* and stirred in some barley meal,and carried it off to the pig-sty.She stood outside the paling ofthe pigs' little yard, and called,"Pig-pig-pig !" and out camethe pigs from their sty, little andbig, grunting and squeaking andscrambling, 'and tumbling overone another. Then she pouredall her pailful into the pig*'trough, and then they began
THE LITTLE MILK-MAID. 61squeaking and grunting andsorambling more than ever, andput their long noses in, some ofthem up to their eyes, and somegot their feet in, and all of themgobbled it up as fast as theypossibly could.After Sally had fed the pigs,she took out some corn, and wentto the poultry yard, and called,"Chuck chuck chuck !" andthen the cocks and hens, andducks and geese, came runninground her, crowing and clucking,and quacking, and cackling, andthe pigeons flew down and helpedto eat, and all of them peckedup the corn, as fast as they
62 THE LITTLE MILK-MAID.could. In the afternoon theyhad boiled potatoes and soppedbread and vegetables, and curd,too, if Sally had been makingwhey.When Sally had done all this,:she went back into her room, andopened the bed curtains; andthere was lying a little rosy-cheeked girl with light curlyhair. And when Sally looked ather, she opened two large blueeyes, and held out her arms,and Sally kissed her, and said,"Are- you ready to get up,little Annie?" And she said,"Yes." This was Sally's littlesister, that her kind mistress
THE LITTLE MILK-MAID. 63let her have with her to loveand take care of.Then Sally took up littleAnnie, and got a large brownpan for her bath, and stood herin it, and brought a jug of freshcold water to pour over her.Little Annie stood very still,but when the water was coming,she held up her hands and said,"Will it be cold?""0, no!" said Sally; "it's abeautiful warm morning." Thenshe washed and dressed littleAnnie, and afterwards they hadtheir breakfast together in a nicecomfortable kitchen. Sally hada good appetite after having been
64 THE LITTLE MILK-MAID.so busy, and little Annie had alarge basin of boiled bread andmilk, and she always gave someto Trusty. This was the end ofof the little Milk-maid's morningwork.
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