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TINY AND HER VANITY.TINY CAUGHT AT HER LOOKING-GLASS.T INY was the smallest creature you can possibly imagine, andthat was the cause of her being called Tiny, which really meanssmaller than small. You could hardly get' your thumb into her shoe,and her frock was a perfect marvel; why, a good-sized wax doll wouldhave turned up its nose at her.Her stockings were knitted at home by her mother, for no shop-keeper dealt in such little things. So Tiny, was she very justly called,until her name was quite forgotten. Indeed, when she was dressed,she marched up and down before the cottagers' doors, to make themadmire her; and they, in their good nature, would exclaim, "Oh, howbeautiful, to be sure! What beautiful eyes! What lovely hair!"Now all this Tiny believed, and her vanity flourished terribly inconsequence.One morning, not satisfied with all this, she thought she ought toadmire herself; and having no looking-glass at home, she proceededto look at herself in the glassy surface of a neighboring brook. Asshe stood, quite charmed with the reflection of her figure in the water,
2 Tiny and her Vanity.TINY ASKS ADVICE.she was quite startled at hearing a voice cry: "Good morning,little Miss Vanity!" She looked up in amaze, and beheld a beauti-ful lady, with radiant wings, attended by a frightful little dwarf, whowere both laughing at her from the opposite bank. "No doubt youconsider yourself perfect," continued the lady, after subduing herlaughter."But, little creature, there are many more perfect and beautifulthings, that you tread under foot. If you remain through life, the samevain creature, you will be a trouble to yourself, and a laughing-stockto other people. I will, however, venture to give you a lesson, whichI hope will do you good. I will present you with a pair of wings, toaid you in your search after truth. They will only last you till sunset,but by their means you will be able to judge, how unbecoming vanityis, by seeing it in others."Tiny started, as she felt the wings sprinrg from her shoulders, andraise her from the earth. Although alarmed at her flight, she soonbegan to enjoy, the new and pleasing sensation of being borne throughthe air. After quite a long flight, she closed her wings, and settled
Tiny and her Vanity.J. P-THE BLUE STORK AND KANGAROO.down amid some beautiful flowers, close in the vicinity of a large barn-owl, who had evidently lost his way in the daylight. " Who are you?"said he, in a husky voice, as he tried to make her out in the blindingsunshine. "Please, Sir," replied she, " I am a little girl." " Oh, dearonly a little girl! " said he. "I thought you were a bird Why, surely,you've got wings." "Yes, Sir, I have wings," said she timidly, onfinding how little the owl thought of a little girl. "A good fairy gavethem to me that I might see the world!""Ha! a! ha! a!" laughed the owl. "See the world, indeed!What 's the wisdom of that? Why I, who live in .a barn almost all"my life, am the wisest of birds." "Oh, indeed! are you Sir ?" said Tinyeagerly. "Then perhaps you will give me the benefit of what youknow."" Well," said the owl, shutting his eyes, as if he were looking insideof his head for wisdom; "I don't know about that; I don't much liketo be a schoolmaster, but I can easily tell you all Iknow; that is, Isnow that I must be very wise, as everybody says so; so you mustrest content with that, and let me find my way back to the barn."
4 Tiny and her Vanity.With that, he went stumbling away, looking wiser than ever, andchuckling over his own wit."What a vain, stupid old thing," said Tiny, as the owl went heavilyon his way. "Well, I've learnt nothing from him." So Tiny flew onuntil she came to a thick wood, where stopping to rest, she was ratherstartled at perceiving a kangaroo, who was rapidly springing forwardby the help of his immense tail. His hind legs were of immense sizeand strength, which enabled him to take leaps of from eighteen totwenty feet in length; and when at rest, the two fore-legs, which werevery short, gave him a very awkward and singular appearance.She watched him cautiously. While so doing, a large blue storkcame out from a damp, reedy corner, and walked up to the kangaroo."Oh, there you are, Mr. Jumper, are you?" said the stork. "Why,what an enormous tail you've got! why don't you carry it properly,and not make a leg of it ? By-the-by, are those wretched little thingsyour fore-legs ? I mean those little bits hanging down in front.""Impudent bird! " replied the kangaroo, with a look of contempt,"do you pretend to criticise my perfect and beautiful form, which isin every way, handsomer than that of any other beast; my elegant tail,which is in itself a wonder; and my charming little fore-legs, whichare so perfectly adapted for the purposes to which I put them ?"Bah! Go back, silliest of birds, to the wet and gloomy swampthat you live in, and which is so well intended to hide'the frightfulugliness of your looks. Look at your wretched apologies for legs!Why, they look like pipe-stems, and they are so long, that one has adoubt as to where they end."Besides that, they lift you so high in the air, that your ugliness isapparent to every body; and your long heavy bill looks like a decayedlog, that you.have picked up in the swamp. If you can find waterenough near at hand, go and look at your beauties in the pool, andblush if you can, through your feathers, when you see the differencebetween yourself and such a perfect creature as I am."Then, without stopping for the stork's reply, the enraged kangaroobounded away with mighty jumps into the wood, leaving the storkdumb with rage and surprise. "Well," said Tiny to herself, as thebird flew away, "that is pretty wall on both sides. They are bothentirely awake to their own merits, but neither of them can see anygood in the other. The stork is certainly not a handsome bird to lookat, and yet he is not so terribly ugly as the kangaroo makes him out.On the other hand, the stork was certainly wrong in making fun of thekangaroo's paws, although they seem to me, to be of no use whatever,and not very pretty, either."
Tiny and her Vanity.5THE MALABAR SQUIRREL AND GUINEA-PIG.So, with a sigh of perplexity, Tiny took to her wings again, andflew away. She soon found herself close by the trunk of a spreadingtree, upon one of the branches of which was perched a large andhandsome squirrel, cracking some nuts, and enjoying himself in thewarm sunshine. "I wonder whether he can speak," thought Tiny-"but I dare say he can, for he has a very sharp look."She had hardly thought this, when just at her feet she saw thefunniest little Guinea-pig hop out of the underwood, and snuff aroundin a very careful and timid manner.The squirrel stopped cracking his nuts, and, throwing down someof the shells upon the little Guinea-pig, cried out in a loud voice:"Hallo, there! You comical little wretch! Where are you going?What do you call yourself? And, if it be not rude, will you allowme to inquire, with the most respectful sympathy, what has becomeof your tail ?"The Guinea-pig looked around, with a puzzled air, to find out wherethis polite questioner was hidden. At last he discovered the squirrel,and with a very humble air, replied:
6 Tiny and her Vanity.- ._THE BLACK TORTOISE AND THE GIRAFFE."If you please, good Sir, I do not remember ever having beentroubled with one." "What do you mean by that ? " said the squirrelin a huff; and down he jumped, and faced the astonished pig."What I mean," replied the spunky pig, in no way frightened atthe airs of the squirrel, "is, that I should find a great, unhandy taillike yours, a great deal of trouble, and, with my present ideas, I shouldalso say, dangerous; for you, foolish nut-cracker, would be much safer,if you did not flourish it about so much."It is often the means of discovering you to the hunter, and istherefore, I repeat, a great evil to you. If your tail were shorter, yourlife would be longer; so I wish you a good morning, and less vanity."The pig, with this, vanished into the earth, and the squirrel sprang intothe tree, to conceal his confusion.Tiny was much amused at the quick reply of the stupid-lookingGuinea-pig, and laughed heartily at the sudden retreat of the sharp-looking squirrel; who, sharp as he was, evidently got the worst of theargument. She also began to see that it did n't do to judge things bytheir outside appearances.
Tiny and her Vanzity. 7---------------1 '01If(.I.THE EAGLE AND THE PENGUIN.Presently, a very handsome butterfly settled down close beside her,and balancing himself upon a flower-" Good morning! my dear," saidhe, politely. "I thought at first that you were a butterfly, but I soonknew better, when I saw how thick your limbs were. Still, I am gladto see you; so let us have a chat-only be careful and do not tread-upon me with your great feet."Tiny, not very much pleased with this speech, was about to reply,when a snail crawled upon the scene. "Dear me !" said the butterfly,"what a horrid creature! Poor thing! doomed to crawl the earth withthat ugly shell upon his back!""Whom are you pitying, trifler?" said the snail; "is it for you toinsult a creature like me because you have a fine coat upon yourback ? You, who have so short a span of life, to talk of pity! You, anoutcast without a home, to talk to a householder like me !""Low creature!" said the butterfly, "I shall sully my wings nolonger by staying near you." So saying, after some pretty flights toshow the colors of her wings, she shot out into the broad sunshine." Oh! oh!" said Tiny, as she flew along, "there, at least, I think
8 Tiny and her Vanity.Vanity was properly schooled." Soon the sun became burning hot,and Tiny found herself upon some scorching sands, where lay anenormous black tortoise. So still was it, that at first she supposedit to be an immense stone, but a languid movement of the head,convinced her it was alive.As she stood stod aring at it, a long shadow fell over it, which, uponlooking up, she saw was caused by the approach of an enormousgiraffe. "Well, my little dear," said he, "are you looking upon thatmost wretched creature, which, indeed, might as well be a stone,for it looks very much like one. I don't think it has moved on itsway for a month; poor, insensible lump.""To be sure, it cannot be expected," continued he, arching hislong neck with pride, "that all animals can be made handsome andgraceful like me; oh, dear, dear, no; still one cannot help.pityingsuch a poor creature as this at our feet, who seems to be dropped onthe sands, without legs enough to carry him anywhere."The tortoise at this moved his head, as if to see that the joint ofthe neck would work, and curling up his coffee-colored eyes, said inslow and solemn tones to the giraffe: "Long-legged, long-necked,long-nosed, useless, ungraceful animal. How absurd it is, to hear athing of a few short years of life talk about being superior to me.My legs are not so long, but what I can put them safely out of harm'sway, so that no one may tread upon my toes. My neck is long enough,to enable me to look out at my front door, and short enough to beput inside at the approach of danger; and my life is so long, that Iremember ten or a dozen generations of your family, whose bones arebleaching upon the sands of the desert. So let your long legs carryyou away, that your vanity may offend me no more."The giraffe hung his head at this unexpected rebuke from thehumble tortoise, and Tiny received another, and still more strikinglesson on the troubles of vanity. The ungainly beast trotted offfoolishly to his home in the desert; while Tiny once more pluming herwings, rose into the air for a longer flight than usual-distance beingof no consequence to her, while she had her wings-she flew off toanother part of the world where the air was cooler, and finally alightedto rest by the sea. Tiny had never seen the ocean; and breathlesswith awe and delight, she gazed for the first time upon its wide andbeautiful expanse. Far in the blue distance, the white sails glittered inthe sun; while nearer by, the screaming sea-birds, seemed sporting inthe sparkling waves. The white and fleecy clouds floated calmly in theheavens, and threw their ever-changing shadows upon its restless bosom,Presently, as she stood upon the rocks, she saw an old penguin,
Tiny and her Vanity.THE ARUM LILY AND THE VIOLETS.who seemed to be admiring his feet, as the green rolling waves sweptover them in sparkling beauty."A nice cool breeze you have here," said Tiny, pleasantly, curtsey-ing at the same time to the astonished bird. "Yes," replied thepenguin, "very refreshing, indeed," and to show its effects, he flappedhis little leather-like wings. "This place," continued he, "is themost healthy and pleasant in the world." "Indeed," said Tiny, hardlyknowing what to say."Don't waste your time, little girl," suddenly screamed a largeand fierce-looking bald-eagle, who was perched upon a neighboringcliff; " don't waste your time in such bad company. That half-bird,half-fish, has the most absurd salt water conversation. He is adisgrace to the family of birds. In the first place, he walks uprightlike a man; and in the second place, has nothing, which with all hisairs, can be called a wing."" Now, 1 am the king of the birds, and can talk to you in akingly manner. So fly up here, that I may honor you with aninstructive chat."
10 Tiny and her Vanity.[ -- ..S ---_--.---- -THE CAT AND THE HARE."Stop where you are, my child," said the penguin, "I may behumble and awkward, as that king of birds observes, in the mostunkingly manner, but I am honest withal; whilst he, who disgracesthe name of a king, is a robber, a remorseless bird of prey, who stainshimself with innocent blood, and rejoices in his cruel nature.""Ha, ha! say you so, most fishy of birds ?" screamed the eagle, atthe same time making a sudden swoop to seize the penguin in hissharp claws. But the penguin was upon his guard; he well knew thecruel nature of his enemy, and quickly dived beneath the waves;above which, the screaming eagle hovered in wide circles, in hopes ofglutting his revenge. But the penguin did not again appear, so thatthe savage eagle had to return home, without punishing the one whohad insulted his dignity.Tiny, had now enough of the sea-shore, and flew on her wayinland, until she came to a beautiful flowery vale; where her eyeswere delighted with myriads of lovely blossoms, that scented theair around her. A splendid Arum-lily reared its snow-white headand golden crown far above her.
Tiny and her Vanity. 11. _THE FROG AND THE FISH.She looked with delight, at its graceful and queen-like form. Asshe came nearer, she beheld bright drops of water hanging from itsleaves, that shone and sparkled, like jewels in the sun."Little child," said the Lily, in a proud and haughty tone, "comenearer; I am not timid, I was born for admiration, and it is my lotto be the delight of all who look upon me." Tiny approached, andwith much timidity, began to smell the odor of the beautiful flower,but started back, upon finding that it emitted an acrid and disagree-able smell; to get rid of which, she plucked a few Violets that grewat her feet."Thank you, dear child," said the Violets, "for placing us inyour bosom without any self-praise, let it be always so with you;never despise the lowly, when you are in company with the great.Look upon yonder Lily, who so proudly claims our admiration, for itsbeauty, while it has no inward worth to gain our lasting esteem.Those bright jewels which hang like dew-drops from its leaves, arebut tears which it sheds for its own unworthiness. Beauty, withoutworth, is useless, and cannot secure esteem or happiness."
12 Tiny and her Vanzty.Tiny pressed the Violets to her bosom, for the sweet lesson theyhad given her, and went thoughtfully upon her way, which soonbrought her into a highly cultivated garden, where a handsome Catwas enjoying herself in state upon a wall. "Puss, puss!" said Tiny,going up to the sleeping beauty, "good morning to you." "Oh, goodmorning; how are you?" replied Puss, "I really did not see you, forI was half asleep after being up all night at a mouse party.""Indeed," said Tiny, "was it amusing?" "Yes, to me," said theCat, slyly, with a very slight wink, "not to them." A'h! I understand,"said Tiny. "Oh, Puss, Puss!" "Did you call me?" said a pertyoung Hare, peeping out from under a large leaved plant. " You,"said the Cat, looking down with contempt-" you, Puss." "Yes,indeed, I am called Puss in the highest circles," sharply replied theHare."You are a gipsey, a mere country tramp," replied the Cat," without any claim to honest Cat-hood; where is your tail, friend?Cat, indeed!" "Tail! pooh!" said the Hare, "that would be ofvery little use to me, but just look at my lovely ears; pray, whereare yours?" The Cat did not deign to reply, but rubbed her nosewith her paw." You talk to me!" said the Hare, pertly. "I, who am soughtafter by the highest people in the land, and am often at their tables!I live at large on my own estate, as good a gentleman as any of them;whilst you, are a short-eared, long-tailed servant, living upon mice,or anything you can catch; and not good for any known dish, whenyou are dead! Ha, ha, ha! Puss, indeed! You are a mouse-trap."So saying, he struck his foot smartly upon the ground, and trottedaway.He was scarcely gone, when " Croak, Croak," went a Frog, close toTiny's feet. There he sat upon the edge of a little pond, seeming toenjoy the warm sunshine. As she was looking at him, a little Fish,with silver scales and glittering eyes, popped his nose out of thewater, and spoke to the Frog, saying, "You ungainly, ugly thing, Iwish you would stop that horrid noise, I can't get my little onesto sleep for you."" Nonsense," said the Frog, carelessly. "If you bother me aboutyour young ones, you shan't stay in my pond." " Your pond, indeed,"said the proud fish; "why don't you stay in it, then ?-but no!you can't remain in it long; it is too good for you-you muddymonster.""Don't be in a passion," said the Frog, placidly. " If you could, Isuppose you would come out here and talk; but you have nothing to
Tiny and her Vanity. 13THE BLUE TITMOUSE,stand on, so I pity you. You are beneath the notice of one who standsupon his own ground. You are welcome to call the pond yours, for Ionly do my washing there." This seemed to be too much for the fish,who disappeared, leaving the saucy Frog to croak at his leisure.And now Tiny took flight again to the sea-shore, where she sawan enormous Crab, who was clattering over the stones, as if uponvery important business. Something, however, caught him by thetoe, and tumbled him over on his back. Upon gaining his legsagain, he saw that it was an oyster, growing on a rock."Stupidest of fish," said the Crab, in a rage, "couldn't you getout of the way, when you saw me coming ? I declare you have mademe hurt one of my claws dreadfully." The Oyster, then opening itsmouth, slowly, and with much gravity, replied: "Pray, sir, who mayyou be ?" "Who am I ?" said he, "I am one of the great family ofCrabs. Oh, yes, I see!" said the Oyster, "a shell-fish, one of us; ah,yes, yes! I know you now."" One of us," replied the Crab, with scorn. " One of us 1 Do youpretend to class yourself with me, a mighty creature with claws, and4 _____- __ _pretend to class yourself with me, a mighty creature with claws, and
14 Tinzy and her Vanity._ .. ,I__THE OSTRICH CARRIAGE.to spare; with eyes that can see, and armor of the most elegantmake, standing quite alone as a model shell-fish-and to be classedafter all, with a thing like you! a mere lump, a stone, always washedabout here and there by the sea, and without the power of guidingyourself in the smallest degree!"Indeed you are nothing more, for the better part of the time, thana piece of stupid rock, as immovable as the stone to which you grow!"The Crab seemed to be quite out of breath at the end of his speech,and turned so red with rage, that Tiny thought he looked, as thoughhe were boiled already.He rattled his claws fearfully, and ran about among the stones,making the sand and gravel fly, in the most reckless manner, whilehis inflamed little eyes, seemed ready to bulge out of his head withexcitement. "Ha! ha! ha!" laughed the Oyster, who seemed to bemuch amused at the antics of the Crab." "You stupid, vain thing! I really cannot help laughing at you.Why, with all your perfections, you are always scrambling sideways.and can't even walk in a straightforward way, so I think you have
Tzny and her Vanzy. 15"-- _ROO _-- ...... -THE PAPER NAUTILUSvery little to boast about;" and the Oyster closed his shell with asharp snap, and thus finished the dispute, without giving the Crab achance to respond: upon which, with a look of disgust, he poppedinto the water without further words.Tiny now turned from the sea, and flew toward the fields, whereshe soon got into the company of a fine Grasshopper, whose goldeneyes glistened among the grass. "How d'ye do, dear," chirped he."I am glad to see you, for I have been bored to death with this stupidMole." As he spoke, he pointed out to Tiny, the Mole's nose, justpeeping out of his hill."You see," continued he, "instead of being, like me, dressed in thegreen livery of the fields, and handsomely gilded, he is a poor buriedknow-nothing, and therefore, of course, dull company, and a mere clod,by no means amusing to one of my station.""If fine coats, and gilding, were of any use, I should say that youwere invaluable," said the Mole; " but as you do nothing in the worldbut chirp, I cannot give you the credit you desire, and must conse-quently, consider myself the more deserving of the two; for I devour-L i// ----- -- 1- C-V LI~L V IVV *~
16 Tiny and her Vanity.the vermin, that would eat up all the corn, and destroy the grass thatshelters you. So that, although buried, I am alive to the interests ofothers, and the fruit of my labors is seen above the ground."" Honesty reproving Vanity again," thought Tiny, as she flew awayfrom them both, and left them to settle it between themselves."Where are you flying so fast ?" said a little blue Titmouse, as hefluttered on the branch of a tree. "I am hastening to see as much asI can," said Tiny, "for my wings leave me at sunset." "Then, thathas just arrived," said he, " and I have saved you from a fall." Ashe spoke, Tiny was surprised to see her wings fall to the ground!"Thank you, good bird," said Tiny, in a sorrowful voice; "buthow am I to get home?" "Take courage," said the Titmouse, whowas really the Fairy herself; "the good Fairy will still protect you;so go on with confidence." Saying this, the Titmouse flew away.Then Tiny, looking around, saw a large Ostrich strutting towardher, spreading out his beautiful feathers, with great pride. "Littlegirl," said he, "perhaps you can decide between me, and that uglybird in the tree yonder, which is the prettiest.7 " Ugly bird, indeed!"said a green Toucan, as he snapped his beak, which was nearly aslarge as himself. "I should like to know where you will find so uglya bird as the Ostrich! He has more feathers than he needs upon hisbody, while his legs are left bare, and his wings tempt his enemies todestroy him for their feathers, and yet are not large enough to fly with,and enable him to escape from danger! ""Well, I leave the decision to the little girl," said the Ostrich; andTiny, who really admired him, at last found courage to say: " Well, Ithink you, Ostrich, much the handsomer of the two." The Toucan flewaway in disgust; and the Ostrich, pleased with her decision, turned toTiny, and said: "Where are you going, little maid?" "Oh, many,many miles from here," said Tiny. "Get upon my back," said theOstrich, kneeling down; and Tiny was soon upon his back, speedingaway like the wind, until she reached the sea-shore. There she saw abeautiful shell with a sail, called a Nautilus. " Step in, little girl,"said the Nautilus, "and I will bear you safely home, for so the goodFairy has commanded me."Tiny stepped into the shell, which bore her lightly over thedancing foam of the sea, and before night she was safely landed onthe shore; and, let us hope, a much wiser and better little girl thanwhen she set out in the morning.THE END.
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