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WALKS AND TALKS WITH GRANDPAPA.
" Do tell us some stories, Grandpapa,' said Harry, when they stopped to rest."
WALKS AND TALKS
MRS. GEORGE CUPPLES,
AUTHOR OF BERTHA MARCHIMONT," THE STORY OF OUR
DOLL,'' "GRANDPAPA'S PRESENTS," ETC.
T. NELSON AND SONS, PA-TERNOSTER ROW;
EDINBURGH; AND NEW YORK.
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Walks and Talks with Grandpapa, ... .. 9
The Fisherman's Daughter, .... .. 10
The Fisher-Boy, Bob, .. ... .. .. 11
Leaving Home, .... .. .. .. 12
A Sensible Girl, .... .. .. 13
Caught by the Tide, .... .. 14
In a Great Hurry, .. .. .. .. 15
In Great Danger, .. .... 16
On Sick Leave, .. .. .. .. .. 17
Tiger-Hunting, .. .. .. .. 18
Pleasant Companions, .. .... .. .. 19
Runaway Horses, .. .. ... .. 20
The Enraged Stag, .. .. .. .. .. 21
The Squire's Garden, .. .... 22
Resisting Temptation, .. .... 23
Grandpapa's Bee-Hive, .. .. .. 24
Grandpapa's Presents, .... .. 25
Gerty's Pictures, .. .. .. .. 26
The Galvanic Battery, .. .. .. 27
The Watch-Dog, .. ... .. .. 28
Fishing, .. .. ... .. 29
The Old House, .
Grandpapa's Soldiers,. .
The Little Orphans,
Grandpapa's Mamma, ..
A Kind Friend,
Outward Bound, ..
A Sad Parting,
The Old Pilot,
An Old Hulk,
The Friendly Lighthouse,
A Waterspout at Sea,
On the Look-Out,
The Walrus, ...
The Sleeping Turtle,
The Seal, ..
On a Raft, .
Mamma as a Little Girl, ..
A Delightful Book, .. .
Kind-Hearted Peter, .. .
The School-Room at Home,
A Very Cross Bird,
The Game-Cock, .
Watching from the Window,
The Thief, ...
Bad Advice, ..
A Letter for Julia, .
Caught in the Act,
Puss in Disgrace, .
A Visit to Dolly, .
Wild Pigeons, ..
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A Young Robber,
Tim Bevan Ploughing,..
Peter and his Kite,
Harry Hears News,
Grandpapa's Mamma, ..
A Portrait of Grandpapa,
Clever Little Madge,
Sally White, ..
The Old Farm-House, ..
Rachel and her Cows,
The Faithful Dog,
In the Churchyard,
The Tame Bullfinch,
A Pretty Goldfinch,
Visiting the Sick,
Tying up the Flowers, ..
The Playful Kitten,
A Present from Grandpapa,
A Brave Son,
The Mill, .
A Useful Animal,
Moo! Moo! ..
" Hark, Forward!"
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A Clever Horsewoman,
Sly Mr. Fox, ..
An Inoffensive Frog,
Out in the Woods,
A Sad Misfortune,
A Kind Friend,
In the Old Quarry,
Ned in Danger,
A Scene in the Highlands,
Harry Saying his Prayers,
Is this Grandpapa?
The Tame Starling,
The Sick Boy,
Mamma in Dolly's Room,
WALKS AND TALKS WITH GRANDPAPA.
"LESSONS over!" cried Grandpapa. "Well,
children, I'm quite ready for a good long walk
by the wood; and I wish to pay a visit to some
of the fisher people by the shore." The whole of
the children were soon ready to set out, for
Grandpapa had always lots of stories to tell them.
But he was old, so he had to rest by the way.
10 THE FISHERMAN'S DAUGHTER.
WHEN Grandpapa and his merry band reached
the shore, they saw little Sarah, the fisherman's
daughter, putting her foot in the water, and pre-
tending she felt it very cold. It was only for fun,
however, for they all knew that Sarah liked to
wade in the cool water, and run about the shore,
all day long, idling her time away.
THE FISHER-BOY, BOB.
GRANDPAPA was not long in spying Sarah's brother,
Bob, who was driving his mother's cows to the
meadow, and carrying some water to put into
their trough. "Hollo, sir," cried Grandpapa,
"are you smoking again?" Bob was a very
good-natured fellow, and smiled at Grandpapa;
but he took the pipe out of his mouth at once.
He knew his mother had spoken to the good old
gentleman about this bad habit, and he had half
promised never to smoke again; but then when
he is out with his father in the boat, fishing, he
takes his pipe with him; and when he sees his
father smoking he does it too.
TURNING round the corner, they came upon Will
Matthews, who was leaving home. His parents
and his sister were very sad, because they will
miss him very much. He is also a great favourite
with Grandpapa, who stops to say a kind word
to them all
A SENSIBLE GIRL.
girl looking at something very closely. What
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"LOO "here, Julia!" said Grandpapa. And peep-
ing through a hole in the paling, they saw a little
girl looking at something very closely. "What
is she doing ?" asked Julia. She is watching a
large caterpillar crawling about on a leaf," said
Grandpapa; "a sensible little girl she must be not
to be afraid of the caterpillar." This made Julia
vexed, for she knew she was afraid.
CAUGHT BY THE TIDE.
WHEN Grandpapa and the children were almost
at the pier, they saw Tom Davidson and his two
sisters, Kate and Mary, who had been out on the
rocks collecting shell-fish. Oh dear, dear !" cried
Grandpapa, "Tom must be a foolish fellow not to
have noticed that the tide was rising. Come,
boys, we must hasten to help him. Off you go
and help little Kate. She will be in a sad fright,
poor child. I fear her boots will be quite spoiled
with the salt water."
IN A GREAT HURRY.
ON their return to the wood, they met Tom
Tucker and his sister. Tom was carrying a
basket, and they were walking so fast that it
was all Grandpapa could do to make them hear.
"Hollo !" he cried, "what's your hurry, Tom ?"
"I'm afraid we shall be late for supper, sir,"
cried Tom, without stopping. This was very
rude; but then, you must know, Tom was a very
greedy fellow, and thought more about his supper
than his manners.
IN GREAT DANGER.
"Do tell us some stories, Grandpapa," said Harry,
when they stopped to rest. "I should so much
like to hear something more about your voyage
home from India, when your nice dog Neptune
was so very nearly caught by that horrid shark.
I was so glad when you said the captain stood up
in the boat and shot him." "It is a lucky thing,
Grandpapa," said Ned, "that sharks must turn
over on their backs before they can bite, else poor
Neptune never could have made his escape in time
from the terrible jaws."
ON SICK LEAVE.
" TELL you a story about my voyage from India ?
You mean when I came home sick, and had to sit
all day long on deck. Well, it was a pleasant
enough trip, for the officers were all very kind,
especially one of the midshipmen, who had a good
spy-glass and an observing eye."
" IF it had not been for their kindness, however,
that would have been a sad time for me," said
Grandpapa. "But you see, boys, it all came of my
love of tiger-hunting. Some of us had gone out in
high spirits one morning, with a number of trained
elephants and drivers who were well up to the
sport. I had been out once or twice before; and
always came home uninjured. But just when we
least expected it, out rushed a great old tiger, and
sprang at the head of the elephant which I was
riding. The driver fell down with fright; and
though I did my best to beat back the brute, I
was severely wounded; indeed, no one ever ex-
pected I should recover."
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"I RATHER enjoyed that voyage, though," said
Grandpapa. "We had two little children on
board, with their black nurse ; and every morn-
ing the captain brought them to where my chair
was placed, and we used to have many a game
together to help to pass the time away. Poor
little things, they often cried for their mamma.
AT this moment Grandpapa was startled by hear-
ing a loud scream. On hastening with the children
to the edge of the wood, they saw their friend
Mrs. Dunn in a sad plight. Her two horses had
run off; and though her coachman Martin did
his best to hold them in, they would not stop till
Grandpapa and the boys made them.: Old Martin
lost his hat, and never saw it more.
THE ENRAGED STAG.
"MARTIN'S face," said Grandpapa, "puts me in
mind of a fright I got with the stag I was telling
you about. I really think I looked quite as fool-
ish as he did. I was grouse-shooting on the
moors, and feeling tired with the heat, lay down
to rest, and fell asleep. I do not know how
long I slept, but on awaking, what was my sur-
prise to see near me a herd of deer, and one large
stag with great branching horns standing over me,
his tongue hanging out, and his eyes glaring at me
THE SQUIRE'S GARDEN.
NED coaxed Grandpapa to take them home by
the squire's beautiful gardens. They liked to see
the fountain spouting up the water ever so high,
and watch it come showering down sparkling in
the sun. Then there were all sorts of beautiful
flowers, and shrubs, and stone figures. The squire
was very fond of Grandpapa, and told him to
bring his grandchildren to walk there as often as
he pleased. They were very well-behaved indeed.
They looked at everything, you know, with very
bright eyes, but never touched anything as they
passed along the broad walks.
As they went round by the back of the orchard
they came upon two boys, who were schoolmates
of Harry and Ned. One of them was trying to
coax the other to take some of the ripe fruit; but
when they saw Grandpapa they both ran away.
The boys were very glad their friend John looked
shocked at the idea.
24 GRANDPAPA'S BEE-HIVE.
BEFORE going into the house, they went into
their own garden. Grandpapa was very fond of
keeping bees, and had got a very pretty bee-
house made and placed in a sheltered corner, with
all sorts of sweet flowers round it for the bees to
get honey from. Grandpapa had a seat close to
it, where he would often sit for hours watching
the busy little creatures going out and in; and he
used to laugh so heartily when he saw them bring
a drone to the edge and push him over.
WHILE Grandpapa was resting in his room after
dinner, Harry and Ned, with Mary and little
Hubert, went out to feed their rabbits. They
were all presents from Grandpapa, who was as
fond of animals as the boys were. Little Hubert
was very impatient with his sister Mary, because
she would not give him her rabbit to hold at the
very moment he wanted; he was so naughty and
cross, that his mamma sent him to bed.
THE most delightful hour in the day was after
Grandpapa wakened from his afternoon nap. He
was then ready to see all the work that had been
done during the day. Gerty was a great artist,
she thought, and was very proud when Grand-
papa praised her drawings; though he used to
laugh at them sometimes.
THE GALVANIC BATTERY.
WHEN Grandpapa felt very well, he would some-
times allow the children to remain in his room,
and sometimes they would get him to give them
a shock with his galvanic battery. Oh, how it
used to make them cry out! But it was such a
funny sensation, that the boys could not keep from
WHEN Grandpapa was tired, he would ask them
to play outside, and send his kind love to all the
pets. Judy, the watch-dog, was the first to get
the message; for Judy loved Grandpapa.
SOMETIMES, too, if Grandpapa was not very well,
Harry and Ned would take their fishing-rods, and
go away to the river to fish for trout for his
breakfast. One day Harry caught such a fine
one, that he gave a great shout to let Ned know
of his success. An old woman, who was crossing
the bridge at the time, thought lhe was -..... i'. .
and ran to help him, which made them both
laugh very much.
THE OLD HOUSE.
GRANDPAPA would now and then take a walk
after his nap ; and it would sometimes be to a
house down at the river-side. It was such a
pretty, old-fashioned house, with ever so many
turrets on it; and it had a number of funny little
rooms, with very small windows. An old lady
lived there, who was very kind to the children;
and as she had a little boat, the boys liked to go
there, because she allowed them to row about on
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Bl:r you should have heard the shout when
Grandpapa consented to tell them a story. And
when he said, "It must he about my travels by
road or sea," Harry and Ned used to jump about
and cry, Oh yes, Grandpapa : Something about
the time you went with your soldiers in the stage-
coaches, when you were all packed so closely to-
gether that there was not an inch of room. And
then the men were so cheery, they sung songs and
laughed so loud."
" OH, do tell us once more, Grandpapa," cried
Julia, about the two cruel men who were setting
snares for wild ducks and other birds." Grand-
papa had been very angry, because he could not
bear to see any creature suffer pain; and though
he did not object to shoot tigers, and birds too,
yet he thought snaring them was a very cruel
thing. He had made some of his soldiers put the
fingers of the men into their own traps, and give
them a very sore pinch. They cried out with
pain, but Grandpapa only let them go when
they had promised never to kill birds in that
way again; and they did look as if they were
THE LITTLE ORPHANS.
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ONE day Grandpapa was taking a walk in the
churchyard of the town where his soldiers were
quartered, and hearing voices, he came upon two
little girls praying at a newly-made grave. They
were orphans; and as their father had been a
soldier, Grandpapa sent them to a nice school.
ONE reason why Grandpapa was so kind to the
orphans was, he too had been left an orphan at
an early age. All he could remember about his
mamma was seeing her propped up in bed, giving
books to people,-one of whom was an old man
with a long beard and cloak.
A KIND FRIEND.
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AFTER his mother died, a kind lady took him
home to live with her. And when he was a very
good boy, she used to allow him to come to her
room, where she sat reading; but she would at
once put away the book, and answer any questions
he liked to ask about his mamma. He once said
to her, "Why are you so kind to me, when I am
not your own boy ? Because," she answered,
" you are an orphan boy."
OUTWARD BOUND. .
ANOTHER story the children liked to hear was
about a voyage Grandpapa had made to Australia,
and home by China. And they used to say, "Now,
Grandpapa, please let us set out with you from
the very docks, and give us the whole story, and
tell us about everything you saw." Then Grand-
papa would pretend his room was the ship; and
the boys hauled the vessel out of the dock, and
the girls cheered from the shore.
A SAD PARTING.
"I CAN tell you, Ned, I wasn't so very happy as
you think. Remember, I had to bid your Grand-
mamma good-bye, and see her and my babies go
back in the boat without me; and my little son
cried so very much."
THE OLD PILOT.
" I SHOULD have felt worse, a good deal, if it had
not been for the kindly advice of the old pilot.
He was a rough-looking man, with a great blue
coat on, and a 'sou'-wester hat,' that made you
think of storms and bad weather, though the day
was a very fine one, and quite hot. I'll tell you
what you should do, sir,' he says; 'set to and
help to stow away some of the luggage for the
ladies. There's nothing like work to keep up a
man's spirits. And it is to be hoped you'll soon
be safe back again to your little 'uns and your
good lady.' And I did find his advice was good.
By the time I had everything made ship-shape
in my own cabin, after helping the ladies, my
heart was not so sad."
AN OLD HULK.
" GOING down the Thames," said Grandpapa, the
old pilot pointed out a large old hulk, and told me
he had once sailed in her. She must have been
a very fine ship; and it was sad to see her all
dismasted and unrigged, and made those of us who
had never been at sea before shiver a little, to
look at her old weather-beaten sides. It made us
laugh, too, to hear the way the pilot spoke about
the old hulk,-just as if she had been a living
thing in her best days, and a great friend of his.
'And there you are now, old lass,' he said, 'never
to set sail again, fit for nothing but to house the
sick. But we must all come to be useless, sooner
or later; and if we're of some use meanwhile.
why, at the end all's well.' "
40 THE FRIENDLY LIGHTHOUSE.
"I GOT on very well at first; but when we got
opposite the lighthouse, I began to feel a little
uncomfortable. After taking a good look at the
friendly light, and thinking it might be the last
thing I should see of home for many a day, I went
below, and got into my bed as well as I could, and
tried to go to sleep." "And did you cry for your
babies and grandmamma ? said Gerty. "Oh,
men never cry," said Ned. But Grandpapa said
he rather thought he did; and that it was not
unmanly to cry sometimes,-especially at sea, and
when leaving friends for months, and perhaps
years. Yes, he remembered he did cry very much,
and wished he was back again to them safe and
A WATERSPOUT AT SEA.
THE very first thing I saw, on coming on deck
next morning, was a great waterspout. If the
captain had not fired off the largest gun at it,
and broken it, we might have been overwhelmed
and lost. Afterwards, when we were at break-
fast, the captain told us of a narrow escape he
had once had, and it made us feel very thankful
to God for sparing our lives."
" THE next thing I saw was the mast of a ship
standing out of the water, and clinging to it was
a boy. The captain ordered out a boat, and the
little fellow was saved."
ON THE LOOK-OUT
" I DO not know if I saw it first," said Grandpapa;
" but the young midshipman who was standing
beside me keeping a sharp look-out gave the
alarm, and in a very few minutes a boat was
lowered, and the crew pulling steadily to the spot.
The boy was got off safely; but he said he was
just giving up hope when the ship came in sight,
and though his hands and legs were very tired
with holding on, he tried to bear it a little longer.
He was a very sharp little fellow. And you may
be sure he was most grateful to the sailors who
went in the boat to save him. He was made a
cabin-boy; and the youngsters aboard used to
coax many a yarn out of him, and a first-rate
hand he was at spinning them."
" GRANDPAP," said little Gerty, "didn't you see a
walrus on your way to Australia ? Ned says you
didn't." "And Ned was right," said Grandpapa.
" That was another time, Gerty, when I was on
my way to Newfoundland." But is it true it
is something like a man in the face? Well,
its eyes and nose are certainly set in the same way,
and it has a famous bushy mustache; but then,
what does Master Ned make of the two long
tusks ? If the walrus is thought by Ned to be
like a man, I only hope there will not be many
found with the same expression. Perhaps Ned
meant to say a walrus was not unlike him, some-
times. Certainly when he has taken an obstinate
fit he is very like one, for they are very dogged."
THE SLEEPING TURTLE.
" THEN, Grandpapa, if you didn't see a walrus, I
know you met a turtle," said little Gerty. "Yes;
and rather a bad meeting it was for the turtle,
too. We had just got a little way into the
Indian Ocean, when we saw something large and
dark on the top of the wave. It was a calm at
the time, and a boat was lowered away, when
they found it was a large turtle fast asleep. As
every one was tired of salt food by this time, poor
Mr. Turtle was a great prize; and he was very
soon floundering about in the bottom of the boat,
and then safely hauled up on deck." "Turtles
must be very heavy animals," said Ned; "they
must be very clumsy walkers." "Yes; but you
should see them in the water; there they plough
the waves, dive and ascend as quickly as a bird
does in the air. They seldom leave the sea
except to deposit their "
" AND you once saw a seal asleep too, Grandpapa,"
said little Minnie. I wish you had caught it,
and brought it home. We could have made iiiil
of its skin, or a jacket for mamma." I think it
would have been far better to have kept it alive,"
said Harry. "It would have been great fun to
tame it." "0 Harry, how could people tame seals ?"
said Julia. "Why, they have no feet, and live
in the water, and only creep up on slabs of ice."
"Yes, but they can be tamed," said Grandpapa;
" and you may see one or two in the Zoological
Gardens in London, creeping about after their
keeper. I once heard of a tame seal which
allowed two little dogs to play with and tease
it; and they all lay close together to keep them-
ON A RAFT.
"BUT tell us about the raft you found in the
Indian Ocean, Grandpapa," cried Ned. The
seal does not belong to this voyage, any more
than the walrus. I do wish, Gerty, you would
not interrupt so often." "Ah, I was almost for-
getting the raft," said Grandpapa; "and I am
sure it would have been too bad of me if I had,
for there I met with one of my very kindest and
closest friends." Oh yes, Grandpapa; we know
who he was," cried more than one of the younger
children. "Ay," said Grandpapa, laughing, "and
who was he then ? "Our other grandpapa,
mamma's own papa, who was wrecked, and sailed
about upon a raft for ever so many days, till your
captain sent out a boat for them."
48 MAMMA AS A LITTLE GIRL.
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AND mamma often tells us that she was quite a
little baby when he went away," said Julia. "And
when he came back she was sitting reading a
picture-book, and did not know him one bit."
"Yes, and the funny thing was," said Gerty,
grandpapa asked her what her name was, just
as a stranger would do." But," said Julia,
mamma said he could hardly speak, and it was
just to gain time till Mr. Mason, the clergyman,
broke the news to grandmamma." "Yes," said
Grandpapa; "she had heard only the week before
that he had been lost in the wreck, and was nearly
heart-broken about it."
A DELIGHTFUL BOOK.
Ss his a in. Ad te f ti
twins." Oh, of course he would say that for
" UNCLE Pete used to tell me," said Harry, "that
he was sitting reading by the window when the
servant showed his papa in. And the funny thing
was, he asked Uncle Peter how much older he
was than our mamma,---if he were many years,-
when he must have known quite well they were
twins." "Oh, of course he would say that for
fun," said Ned. "I know Uncle Peter told me,
that before he could answer him, his papa had
snatched him up in his arms and called him his
dear boy. And he did the same to our mamma;
and she was very frightened at first."
"WHAT funny stories Uncle Peter used to tell us
about his young days," said Harry. You re-
member, Grandpapa, the story about the kite that
stuck in one of the trees by the school ? "
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" HE must have been a nice, kind boy," said Julia.
" Mamma was telling Gerty and me this morning
how he left his companions, to help Widow Jones
in carrying her basket home. Though the boys
laughed at him he never cared."
52 THE SCHOOL-ROOM AT HOME.
stay with us, and be taught by our papa, as
manmmna was by hors. Grandpapa was so very,
very kind to them all."
A VERY CROSS BIRD.
" GRANDPAPA, Uncle Peter did tell us such a funny
story about a turkey-cock. Do listen, please,"
said Gerty. "No, no, Gerty. Let Grandpapa
tell his Australian story. He will never remem-
ber where he left off'" But Grandpapa would not
proceed till Gerty had told how Uncle Peter had
met a large turkey-cock, which stood right in his
path. Making its tail-feathers stand up like an
enormous fan, and letting down its wings, it
gobbled at him so terribly, that poor Uncle Peter
became frightened, and turned and ran away, and
in his haste fell headlong into a ditch. His
mamma was not at home; and the old nurse was
so angry at his clothes being soiled, that she
" THAT puts me in mind," said Grandpapa, of a
fight I once had, not with a turkey, but a game-
cock. I was one day passing through a park be-
longing to a gentleman who was very fond of
poultry, and there, standing in the path, was a
splendid game-cock. He never attempted to
move when I came near; but, looking round to
see that the hens were all right, he boldly strode
forward to meet me, giving a very angry gurgle
in his throat. I put out my stick to frighten him
away, when all of a sudden he flew at my face.
I thought it wiser to get out of his way than to
await his attack; so, like Uncle Peter, I took
to my heels, and ran away as fast as possible,
in case I should be forced to strike him with my
"A LITTLE way off In met the gamekeeper with
his two dogs, and he laughed most heartily at my
fright. But, at the same time, he said I had done
right in running away, because the fowl was a
most savage one, and was in the habit of attack-
ing whoever happened to pass that way." I do
wonder people keep such vicious birds," said Julia.
"Why, Grandpapa, don't game-cocks kill other
cocks sometimes? Oh yes," said Grandpapa;
"very often. Before the gamekeeper left me, he
told me this very one had killed nine; and still
his master refused to part with him. I know this,
I did not think him a beauty, and would will-
ingly have killed him, as game-cocks are such
66 WATCHING FROM THE WINDOW.
AT this moment the children thought they heard
old Dolly, who kept the lodge, calling out as if
in distress, and away they all ran, leaving Grand-
papa alone with their mamma, who could watch
them from the window. It must surely be some-
thing bad, and quite out of the way," said Grand-
papa; for Dolly seems to be very much excited."
"Yes; and just look at Harry and Ned: they
have set off as fast as their feet can carry them.
What can be the matter, I wonder ?" "I had
better go and see," said Grandpapa; but at that
very moment back came Julia and Gerty, quite
out of breath, with the news.
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IT turned out that old Dolly had been looking out
of her back-room window, when she saw a man
on the wall stealing the apples. Now, as this was
a favourite tree of Grandpapa's, and there were
very few on it that year, Dolly gave a great
scream to stop him. But, to her horror, the man
got such a start that he lost his balance and fell
into the orchard, breaking his leg. Dolly, of
course, did not know what to do with such a
man; but the boys set off for the doctor, and
Grandpapa gave orders that a room should be got
ready in Dolly's house at once. This Dolly did
not like at all.
WHEN the thief, as the children called the man
who had got his leg broken, was made comfort-
able, the children returned to the house, only to
find that another thief had been at work while
they were away. Gerty had taken down her
canary from the hook by the window, and had
put it on the side-table,-" to let him enjoy
Grandpapa's story," she had said, laughing. But
when Dolly screamed, Gerty was the first to run;
and as every one had left the room, sly puss was
not long in finding out that the sweet morsel she
had so often coveted was now in her power. Be-
fore any one returned, she had managed to kill it.
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Ir was all Grandpapa could do to keep Gerty from
killing puss on the spot, she was so angry at
the loss of her favourite. And that same aTter-
noon, when Harry proposed to her to put puss
in a basket, and carry it away up the river bank
and fling it in, she almost felt as if she could have
taken his advice. "Just look at the sneak," said
Harry, pointing to puss quietly sleeping by the
A LETTER FOR JULIA.
FORTUNATELY for puss, Gerty had to help Julia
to pot some flowers they had got that morning
from an old lady; and while they were busy at
work, the postman rode past. Julia ran out to
ask him if he had any letters, when, to her great
delight, he handed her one. It was an invitation
for her and Gerty to spend a few days with an
aunt. And as they were very fond of going there,
the sad fate of the poor canary was for the time
CAUGHT IN THE ACT.
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Miss Puss might have been forgiven for the cruel
murder of the canary, if she had only kept quiet
and been sorry for her fault. Gerty and Julia
were so much taken up with the idea of paying
their visit, that the sad event was almost for-
gotten. But one day Grandpapa had asked one
of the maids to carry out the globe of gold-fish
to the wall of the balcony, that they might enjoy
the sunshine. Sly puss saw that Grandpapa had
fallen asleep, but she did not know that his spec-
tacles were on the point of slipping off the very
tip of his nose. So she crept gently forward,
when down fell the spectacles, and Grandpapa
wakened, and caught her in the very act of put-
ting her paw into the globe.
PUSS IN DISGRACE.
GRANDPAI'A got such a start, that it was some
moments before he knew what had happened; but
puss had got such a start too, that in her haste
to escape she pushed over the beautiful globe,
which fell to the ground, and was broken. The
gold-fish were picked up by Harry, who hap-
pened to be down below, close to the spot; and
when they were put in a large basin of water, he
got out his pony Jerry, and rode away to the nearest
town to buy another globe for them. Grandpapa
was very angry with puss, and neither he nor the
children would allow her, for a long time after,
to come into any room where they were ; so puss
had to stay down-stairs.
A VISIT TO DOLLY.
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WHILE Harry was away on his pony, Ned went
with his mamma to ask how the man was in
Dolly's house; and when they came near, they
found the old woman spinning at her door.
ON their way back again, after hearing that the
man and his broken leg were getting on very well
indeed, Ned saw such a pretty pair of wild pigeons
sitting on the branch of a tree. Oh, I wish we
could catch them," said Ned. "I do wish Grand-
papa was not so strict about us snaring birds.
Every boy does it," he added in a coaxing way to
his mamma. But she only replied, No use, Ned,
my boy. I should be afraid to let Grandpapa
even hear that such an idea was breathed by one
of my boys. I don't know that he would object
to your keeping some tame ones, though that is a
very different thing from snaring the wild ones
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GRANDPAPA had gone down to rest under his
favourite tree in the garden, and had taken Fido
and a book with him for company. He looked up
with much surprise on hearing his name called in
a very loud tone, and fancied it must be something
more about puss and her bad ways. It was
only Ncd, running and shouting, but almost out
of breath. Fido rushed off to welcome him ; but
Ned had no time to caress him, and hastened on
to Grandpapa's seat. Why, what is the matter
now? said Grandpapa. "0 Grandpapa," Ned
said at last, mamma says I may ask you if you
will allow us to keep tame pigeons ?"
A YOUNG ROBBER.
NED asked why he was so much against their
catching birds. He told him he had once climbed
up a tree to rob a nest, and the parent birds were
in such an agony of terror he never forgot it.
.It was a lovely day.; and Grandpapa said he
would _o with them to buy the pigeons next day.
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A Y had now returned; and randa a ng
would go with them to buy the pigeons next, dly.
TiuvY began to talk about the man who was at
Dolly's house, and Nod said he had forgotten to
say that the man knew Grandpapa,-that he had
once been a clerk in his office, and that his name
was Charles Lamb. What said Grandpapa in
much surprise; I recollect him well. All, oys,
I have often told you to guard against the first
wrong step. This young man, in locking away
some papers in a box one day, caught sight of
some money, and managed to steal it. The blame
was laid upon another of the young men in the
office, who was punished for it but Charles after-
wards confessed that he had stolen it."
TIM BEVAN PLOUGHING.
THIY went round by the field-path, because, now
that Grandpapa knew who the man was, he was
anxious to have him removed from Dolly's cottage
as soon as possible. They came upon Tim Bevan
and his son, young Tim, who were both busy
ploughing. On seeing them, Grandpapa remom-
bered that Tim had a spare room, and wished to
let it. Tim stopped his horses at once, and on
hearing what Grandpapa had to say, at once told
him his wife would be pleased to have the man as
a lodger. Grandpapa said he would go over to
their cottage at once, and have it settled; and the
boys were delighted to accompany him, for Tim's
wife was a favourite with them.
70 PETER AND HIS KITE.
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'HOLLO said Ned, I do declare there is Peter
Brown on the other side of the river, flying his
kite. What a stupid fellow! Why, there's very
little wind." But there's more on the other side,"
said Grandpapa; "and I think he is getting it to
mount very well. He's a persevering fellow,
and will make the most of the little wind there
is. If he went away to the open common, it
would mount in fine style; but no doubt he
wants to give his mamma the benefit of his
HARRY HEARS NEWS.
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ON their return they heard voices in the school-
room, and found it was Julia and Gerty, who had
been out walking with their mamma. Harry
crept softly up behind them, and heard for the
first time about the intended visit. It was news
also for Grandpapa, who at once said he was very
glad they were going, because he knew they liked
the friend who had invited them.
72 GRANDPAPA'S GRANDMAMMA.
"I lREMEMBER the very first visit I paid was to
my grandmother," said Grandpapa; when all the
children began to laugh at the idea of him having
had such a relation. Of course I had, and can
show you her portrait too." And Ned was sent to
fetch a red morocco case from a particular drawer.
How the children did laugh, to be sure, when the
case was opened and the portrait shown to them.
Such a n!-i ,...-; ig- old lady! And to think that
she was not at all cross, though she looked so.
No; Grandpapa was quite cross himself at such a
thing being said of his dear, kind old grandmother,
who gave himi all sorts of oood things.
THERE was another picture in the case, at which
all the children looked in silence, and handled
with great care. Grandpapa had tears in his eyes
when he looked at it, and said, in a very husky
voice, "My mother!" And the children did not
wonder at his emotion.
71 A PORTRAIT OF GRANDPAPA.
BUT here is a picture of Grandpapa as a baby sit-
ting on his mother's knee, with his Aunt Mabel, who
died in India, standing behind him. The children
knew it very well, because it hung in Grandpapa's
bedroom, over the fire-place, and right opposite his
bed, so that he could see it as he lay in bed.
CLEVER LITTLE MADGE.
" On, what a clever little Madge!" said Grandpapa
one morning, as he stood putting on his gloves.
Grandpapa, I want you to take me out with you,
if you please." Harry could not help feeling a
little cross, because he had been longing to have
Grandpapa all to himself; but that was a very
selfish idea, and before long he was glad Madge
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MADGE coaxed Grandpapa to go round by the old
churchyard, which was very sly of her, as it made
the walk much longer than by the wood. There
they saw poor Sally White at her mother's grave.
Grandpapa stopped to speak to her; and hearing
her father was ill, he said he would go and see
him. Sally White had been very fond of her
mother, and was so sad because of her death.
IT was a very pretty cottage where Sally Whitb
lived; and Grandpapa sat in the porch and read
from his pocket-Bible to Sally and her father, who
sat in the lobby. Harry took a walk in the
garden; but Madge stayed beside Grandpapa, be-
cause she thought Sally would not be so fright-
ened for him if she were there. It was a very
strange thing, but quite true, that Sally was a
little afraid of Grandpapa.
THE OLD FARM-HOUSE.
As Grandpapa saw that Tom White was really ill,
and that he was fretting about not being at work,
he said he would go home by the farm and speak
to the farmer. It was a really pretty farm-house;
and Harry and Madge paid a visit to all the
different animals, and saw all the poultry in the
yard, while Grandpapa spoke a word for Tom
White. It was a good thing Grandpapa went, be-
cause the farmer was a very cross man, and would
have sent for Tom that very afternoon. But every-
body liked to please Grandpapa ; and so Tom was
allowed to rest in bed.
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THEY had time to go round by the duck-pond
-..1.. Grandpapa was ready. Here they met the
farmer's son and daughter, who were watching a
brood of ducklings that had taken to the water
that day. Polly, the girl, was very polite, and
answered all Madge's questions; and Dick, the
little boy, offered to show Harry the young colt,
and said, if he liked to have a ride, he would
catch the white pony and saddle it for him.
Harry would have liked this very much; but he
knew there was no time, as Grandpapa would set
out whenever he was rested. However, Madge
said they would pay them a visit soon.
80 RACHEL AND HER COWS.
TIIEY saw the cows being driven home to be
milked ; and Rachel, the farmer's eldest daughter,
gave each of them a drink of nice warm milk.
Harry thought it very nice, but Madge said she
liked cold milk much better; so Rachel asked the
two children to go with her to the dairy, and
she would give them some from one of the pails.
Madge said she would rather not have any; but
when she heard that on the way there they would
see some lovely fowls, she ran off at once. Grand-
papa was very fond of poultry too, and Madge was
very glad to meet him going to look at the new
arrivals, which were really very fine fowls.
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JANE, another of the farmer's daughters, threw
down some corn to them, to make them stand
still, so that Grandpapa might see them in a4l
their beauty. Such fine crests the hens had ; and
it was so funny to see the cock, as if he knew
what Grandpapa was saying, strutting about so
proudly, and crowing right up in his face, as
much as to say, Thank you very much, sir, for
your words of praise. Really my wives are great
beauties, and I am not at all surprised that you
should admire them so very much."
THE FAITHFUL DOG.
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IN the churchyard, on their way home, they saw
a poor dog lying on a grave, looking very sad,
with a number of children round it. When Harry
asked why the dog was there, the children said
the dog's mistress had died, and been buried the
day before, and that ever since he had lain there
watchili'1 her gravtv'.
IN THE CHURCHYARD.
AT another corner they came upon the old grave-
l'i-_.-' busy at work, and his two little children
playing beside him. They were not at all afraid
of the deep grave, and told Madge they never
played anywhere but in the churchyard. While
Grandpapa took a rest on one of the flat tomb-
stones, the children offered to show them their
garden. Madge went off with them; but Harry
stayed with Grandpapa, because he was quite
ashamed of going with such small children. He
did not know they were very clever, and knew
a great many things that he did not, and showed
Madge a wild bees' nest in a corner.
THE TAME BULLFINCH.
" OH, what a pretty bird cried M1-,.1,.. Is it
a robin-redbreast ? No," said the little girl;
"it is a iihi, I,." And she then told M1li,.
that her father, the grave-digger, had caught it
and tamed it, and that it could now whistle ever
so many tunes. When Madge had joined her
Grandpapa again, she told him about the tame
bird, and asked if he thought it was true. Oh
yes," said Grandpapa; "I know of a man who
keeps a school of bullfinches. He has them in
classes, just as you are taught at school; only the
poor birds are in the dark most of the time, and
they are often kept in a state of starvation till
they begin to sing." "Then I think he must be
a very cruel man," said Madge; "and I would
rather never have a singing-bird at all if they are
treated so cruelly."
A PRETTY GOLDFINCH.
" AH, but look at that bird before us," said Grand-
papa. That is a goldfinch, and as clever a
bird as the bullfinch. I remember seeing an ex-
hibition of these birds, along with others. One
stood on its head, with its claws in the air ; an-
other acted as a sentinel on guard; while another
fired off a small cannon; then another pretended
he was wounded, and another took him up and
wheeled him in a barrow. But though it was all
wonderfully clever, I could not help being sorry
when I thought of the hardships they must have
endured while they were being taught. I prefer
to hear them singing in the trees and bushes, for
liberty is as sweet to them as to us."
" BUT who is this? said GLanddpapa. "Ah, it
is Ruth Noble with the flowers I ordered. How
are you, Ruth ?" and Grandppap hurried for-
ward, because the sight of new :l..'. i always
pleased him. You have had a long walk, Ruth.
Master Harry will look after the basket while you
rest in the house."
VISITING THE SICK.
TTiE next milling (Grandpapa set out with the
children's mamma to visit some sick people, and
the first they visited was Reuben Spence. lHe lay
on his bed, in his poorly-furnished cottage, look-
ing very pale and thin; but his son and daughter
were very kind to him. Poor Mary had just come
home a few minutes before, and had not yet got
over her distress ; for she had had no idea her
father was so ill.
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WHEN Grandpapa was out, Madge and Harry
went into his room; and Madge peeped into a
box, though she knew it was wrong. Grandpapa
had placed it there himself, and had told every
one not to touch it.
TYING UP THE FLOWERS.
NED had gone out with his sisters and their cousin,
who had come to spend the day with them; and
he was very kind in helping them to tie up the
roses and creeping flowers that grew on the bal-
cony. Grandpapa had been saying it was vexing
to see how the wind had blown them about, so
they knew it would please him to have them tied.
THE PLAYFUL KITTEN.
GRANDPAPA was very tired when he came home;
and as it was very warm in-doors, he had his
chair brought out to the arbour. Madge was not
long in !i;!ln.'i him out; and climbed upon his
knee, to get him to tell her a story. It was
really very provoking of the gray kitten to come
out and play with the falling leaves, for it made
Grandpapa quite forget the story.
A PRESENT FROM GRANDPAPA.
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GRANDPAPA was always thoughtful. He sent
Ned off with a hare for old Jem Martin, who was
ill. Old Jem lived in a cottage with his son
and his three grandchildren, whose mother was
GRANDPAPA was sitting in his study the next
morning, when a little boy was shown in by the
housemaid. The boy made a polite bow, and
after telling him the doctor had sent him, said his
name was Charles Moir, and that, as his father was
dead, and his mother not very strong, he wanted
to get some work to do to help her. Grandpapa
was so pleased with the boy that he promised to
do all he could for him.
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A BRAVE SON.
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GRANDPAPA told Harry and Ned afterwards that,
one day when he was passing a house, he had
heard a man talking in a very angry voice to a
boy, and ordering him to leave his house. The
boy, though he was afraid of his angry father,
answered him very bravely, that he would not go
away from his mother, who was ill. And so
Grandpapa became his friend.
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GRANDPAPA sent Charles Moir to school; and you
may be sure he never was late, and always had
his lessons well learned. He used to scold any
boy who came unprepared to school; and he was
a great help to his teacher. The boys liked him
very much, for lie was always willing to help them
when their lessons were difficult
" COME, boys," said Grandpapa one fine day,
"who is ready for a walk? I want to go down
to the mill to order some grain for the poultry."
Harry and Ned were both ready in a moment;
and they set off as happy as possible, for the day
was very fine. When they reached the mill,
Grandpapa was so tired that he had to sit down
on a stone to rest, while the boys went away for
96 THE GREENFINCH.
" On, Grandpapa, do look," cried Ned; there is a
lovely greenfinch." "Hush, boys; listen to his
song. Ah, he is now off" And Grandpapa re-
Upon yon tuft of hazel-trees,
That twinkle to the gusty breeze,
Behold him perched in ecstasies,
Yet seeming still to hover.
'My dazzled sight the bird deceives-
A brother of the dancing leaves;
Then flits, and from the cottage eaves
Pours forth his song in gushes.'
Yes, we love you, little greenfinch, for being
so faithful to us, living in the hawthorn hedge,
waking us every morning by your sweet but
weak pipe. The little greenfinch, Ned, is even
more docile than the bullfinch."
more docile than the bullfinch."
A USEFUL ANIMAL.
" QUICK, quick :" cried Harry; "a hedgehog!
a hedgehog! And off the boys set at full gal-
lop, but not quicker than the poor hedgehog
seemed to be running. "I do hope he will get
off," said Grandpapa, smiling, to himself; "but
I rather think, if they do come up with him, he
will play them a trick. Hollo just as I thought.
Mr. Hedgie has rolled himself up into a ball and
given Ned a good prick with his bristles. Serve
you right, Ned, my boy, for trying to take away
the liberty of such an inoffensive animal. No,
no; we must leave him here. He would prick
the children." But, Grandpapa, James said the
other day he wished he could get a hedgehog; the
snails and grubs are destroying his cauliflower
and cabbages." Well, well," said Grandpapa,
"carry him home if that is the ease."
MOO I MOO!
" Moo, moo What next ? said Grandpapa.
" Ah, a very fine heifer. Come, come, Miss Cow,
that is scarcely polite of you, seeing I persuaded
your master not to sell you." Perhaps she is
saying, 'Thank you,' Grandpapa," said Harry.
" I often think animals must mean something by
their cries; at any rate, dogs must have a lan-
guage of their own, because Fido has ever so many
kinds of barks." Yes; I think so too," said
Grandpapa. And I suppose we must just think
that the little heifer is i\ i_,. in her moo, moo,
'How do you do? how do you do?'" This
made the boys laugh very heartily, you may be
sure; and as they were leaving, Harry cried out,
" Good day to you, little heifer; I am glad you
are not to be sold."