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DICK AND HIS CAT.
DICK AND HIS CAT.
An Old Tale
IN A NEW GARB.
BT MARY ELLIS.
J. HI AMILTON,
1344 CHESTNUT STREET, PHILADELPHIA.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1866, by J. HAMILTON, . in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
A WORD TO PARENTS.
THm story of "1Dick Whittington and his Cat" has so often amused the little ones, who never wearied of its repetition, that the author of the following version thought she might extend the pleasure derived from it by putting it in language which they could read for themselves.
No word contains more than four 7etter8, and none is over mne syllabl in length, so that ainy child who has the least knowledge of reading will be able to enjoy it for himself.
DICK AND HIS CAT.
43NCE on a time, Ta poor boy was seen to go utp and .down the side M walk of a town,
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and sob and cry. At last he sat down on a doorstep. He was too weak to run more. He, had had no food all the day.
It was a da-v in June, The air
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was mild. The warm sun sent down its. rays of love on all. But poor Dick had no joy on this fair day.
He laid his head down on the step,
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,and took a nap; for he was sick and weak for- wan t of food. As he lay, a girl came to the door. She saw the poor boy lie on the step ; but he did not see
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her. She went in, and said to a man who was in the room, I 'A poor boy has lain down on our step to take a nap. "
The man came to the., door to see
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the boy. He said, This boy does not look nice. His hair has not seen a comb all day; his face. and feet are full of dirt; and his coat is torn*,,
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The man -did not like such a mean boy to be at his door. But when he saw the lad's thin, pale face, as he lay at his feet, hie felt sad for him.
Just then the boy woke up,, He went to run, off when he saw the man and girl at the door, but they made him stay.
Why did you lie down here ?
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the man said to
" I was weak and sick."
"Have you had no food to eat?"
"I have had no food all day."1
Then the girl
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went in and got him a roll and a mug of milk. The boy ate so fast and so much that they had to wait till he was done, to talk to him more .
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"Have you no pa nor ma?" said the man. A tear fell from the poor boy's eye, as he said, "I have no pa, and my ma
they took from me, and I can not
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find her. She was sick a long times. I used to sit at her side and lay, my head onj her knee. Once she said to me that my pa had gone -home to
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God, and that she must go too. Then she got too sick to rise from her bed. One da'-v they put me on the bed by her side. She laid her hand on my
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head, and she said, "I pray Thee, 0 God, take care of my poor boy." "Then she shut her eyes and grew so pale, and heir hand got so cold,
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it made me cry. But she did not move, nor turn her eyes on me. They took me off the bed and sent me out to play. But I sat down at the door and
wept for my ma."
"The next day I saw them lay her in a long box of wood and take her off. I have run up and down all day to find her. Do you
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kn ow what they have done with my ma? Oh! tell Me, if you can." Then the poor lad wept so hard that the man and the girl felt sad for him.
ow old are
you, my toy. said. the man.
"I was six last May."
" What is your name ? "
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said this good Man, " you may come in here, if you like, and stay till yout can find your Mae I will give you food to eat, and you can help me to -work.
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When your ma does come for you, you may go home with her.))
DICKsoon made up his mind to
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live with this kind, good man. The man was not rich. He had to work hard, and Dick was made to work too. But he did n . ot, mind that. But the girl was
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not kind to Dick,. She gave him a box on the. ear when. he did notdo as she bid him. She did not let him sit down to eat till she had done, and all that
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she gave him was the bits that she had left. She made him a bed of a pile of old rags, at one end of the loft.
Dick had no one now to show
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him how to be good, and he soon got to be a bad boy. He told lies, and when no eye was on him, he took what was not his. He did not know God saw
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him. He used a bad word now and then, and did not work so well as once he did.
The man who took Dick to live with him was sad to see him such a
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bad boy, and did not know what to do with him.
Dick had now no joy in life, for no bad boy can be gay and glad. But he did not like to feel that
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he was made sad by his own bad ways. He said it was the way he had to live that made him bad,
Poop, Dick had now 1,10 one to
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love him but a cat. One day, when he was out at play, lie saw some boys pelt a cat to -kill her. He did not like to have them kill the cat, so he ran to her, took
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her up in his
arms, and took her home. The girl let him keep
the cat, for she kept off all therats and mice. She was a gray cat. She had fine
Soft fur, and a long tail. When Dick had done his tea, he took puss on his knee to pat her on the head, and talk to her, as if she knew all that he said. to her.
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She then did rub her head on his arm, and purr, and lie down on his knee and take a nap. She had her bed on his heap of rags. Once when Dick
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had felt bad all day, he lay down on his bed. He said to puss, "No one is kind to me but you, puss; no one has love for me. I will run off. I will not stay."
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Dick did not shut his eyes, but when it was yet dark, he got up, and. went out of his room,. down to the door. He put his hand ' on the key and gave
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it a turn. He felt the cold air on his face when he went out. But
he ran on fast, till he was so weak, lie had to stop.
Just then a hig
bell near' him rang out loud on the air to say that day had come once more. it made Dick turn his eyes to see this bell, and as it rang, lie felt
it say to him,
4 Turn back, Dick! Turn
back, Dick ! Turn back, Dick! Dick did not move* He did not know what to do. I His eyes
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were on the bell as it rung out,
",,Turn back, Dick ! Turn back, Dick ! Turn back, Dick!
It put. him in mind of the time when his ma had
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laid her hand on his head ere she went to God, and said, " 0 God, take care of my poor boy! " It put him in mind what a bad boy lie had beenj, and
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how he had made his life a hard one by his ill. ways,. He made Up his mind to go back*- But then hie said, "If they find out I have run off, they will
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beat me." This fear made him run so fast, that he got home and back to his heap of rags ere the man and the girl were up.
As Dick lay on
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his bed, he made tip his mind to be a good boy. He knew his ma used to pray to God to make him good, so he bent his own knee to pray, and said, "0 God,
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make D ick a good boy,,"
Just then the girl came to the door, and said, "Dick! Dick! g7et up! It is day!" So Dick soon went down and
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was so kind and good, they did not know what to make of it. But Dick went on day by day, and soon he saw that when he was kitj d and good, they were
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kind and true to him.
It was hard work for Dick to gi-ve "p all his bad ways. But each morn and eve he went to God, to ask Him for help,
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and he did. not ask in vain. ByM and - by the girl let him sit with her. She made him a good-bed. Miss Puss yet kept her seat onhis knee, when lie
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sat down to and all was an d j oy.
ONE day a man, by the name of Jack,
came to see them. He was
to go on the sea in a big, ship, to a far off land. He. had come to say good - b-ve. He said to them, "The land that the ship will sail to, is a far off
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land, and the men who live in it are not like us, and do not know our ways. They do not eat or wear what we do. Now what you give me I will take with
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Meg and sell it for you, and when I come back I will pay you what I get for it. It may be that I will get much gold for it; for the men in that
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far off' land like what is made here, more than what they have at home."I So the man and the girl were glad, and gave him inuch to sell for
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them. Poor Dick sat,with his cat on his knee; a tear was in his eye, for he too felt the wish to have some gold. The man saw him look sad, and said, " Well,
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Dick, my son, and what will you send?" Dick wept. "I have but my cat," said Dick. " Well, send that," said Jack; "it may be she will sell for
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more than all the ,rest.,, They all had much fun at this, and Dick had to join in. He took puss up in his arms. He gave her a kiss and a pat on her
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head. fe felt her soft fur. It was hard for him to part with her, for she had been his pet for a long time. But at last he set her down. He got a big bag,
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He put puss in it. She did not like to be thus shut up, but Dick tied her in.
So the man took the bag in his arms, and went to his ship. When
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he got to the ship, lie let the cat out of the bag. She was glad to be free once more, and ran to find Dick. But poor D ick w as at Ito me, sad; for lie knew
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that he had see n his puss for the last time.
The ship was full of rats and mice, and puss had a fine time. She made them fly, and soon 110
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more rats and mice were to be seen in the ship. The men were, glad to have the catq and gave her food and milk, so that she was well off.
THE ship we nt o n her way. It
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was more than a year when they got to that far off land.
The man who took the cat, had, as was said, the name of Jack. He left the ship
when he go the land, went to see king. The was glad to Jack, and him, he must and dine him,
t to and the king see told stay with
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When they went to the room to dine, they saw that rats and mice were in it too, and had eat much of the food. They saw the rats and mice jump down
and run when they went, in the room'.
The king was in a rage, that he had lost hi's meal* Jack said to him, Why do you let the rats and mice
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do so?" "I do not know how to help it," said the kin g. "I will gi-ve a pile of gold to one who will rid me of them."
Then Jack was glad. He said to
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the king, "If you will give me a pile of gold, I will rid you of the rats and mice." The king said, "You are in fun. You do not know how to get rid of
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them." Jack said, "NWe will see." So the next day, he put the cat in a bag, and went with the bag in his arm to the king. Puss did
not like to be
shut up in the bag, and made much fuss.
The king was glad to see Jack, and said, "Let me see what you have in your bag." But Jack
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said., ,Not yet; wait till see the rats mice. I I
just we and
S o they went to the room to dine. The rats and mice were at the food just as
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they had been. Jack took the
cord off the bag, and took out the cat. The king did not know what a cat was; for he had no cats in his land.
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Jack held her in his arms till she had lost her fear, and then set her down with the rats and mice. She soon made them know what a cat was, and. put
them in such fear that they all fled. The king was so glad that he did riot know what to do .
They's dine. t came
at down Not a o tit of
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its hole. The king ate his meat with joy, and puss sat on his knee and fed out of his dish. The king told Jack he must let him keep the cat. Jack said,
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"I will give her to you, but you must give me the pile of gold." The king was
glad to keep the cat and pay the gold. So Jack put the gold in
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the bag that had held the cat, and went back to the Ship.
A year more went by, ere Jack and his ship came back to port. He soon went to see
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Dick, with the bag of gold. The man and the girl were both glad to find that Jack had sold what they ga-ve him, and that he had got a good deal for
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them. But when Jack told them of the -cat, and to ok out the bag of go ld, they did not know what to say. And when poor Dick was told that it ,was
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all for him, he had to cry for j oy, and all the rest wept with him, for they were all fond of Dick now, he had come to be such a good boy,
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said Jack, "what will you do with all this gold? Let us see what will be best." So they all said much, and sat up till it was late, to talk of
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Dick and his pile of gold.
At last Dick said, "I will gi-ve some of it to each of you, who ha-ve been so good and kind to me.- I will take part of
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the rest and lay it out upon my mind, that I may be wise when I grow to be a man. And what is left I will lay up, so that, when I am a man, I will ha-ve
it to work with, that I may .grow to be rich;, for to be good,.and wise,
and rich, is what I wish."
They all said Dick knew what was best. So that
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is what was done with the pile of gold that the king ga-ve for the cat.
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