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Title: Clever little Madge, and other stories
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Copyright Date: 1876
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Also uniform, price 25 cents each, bound in muslin extra,
with an Illustration on every page.

The Herd Boy. Watching Crabs.
The Donkey Dick. A Nice Secret.
Jack Tar at Sea. Grandpapa's Pleasant Companions
My Comical Pug. Clever Little Madge.
The Picture Show. A Child's Duty.
The Scrap Book. The Lord's Prayer.
Picture Lessons. Picture Pages.



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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 Ned, 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 ?"
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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.


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HARRY had now returned; and Grandpapa, having
seen that the fish were all right in the new globe,
consented to take a walk with them in the wood.
It was a lovely day; and Grandpapa said he
would go with them to buy the pigeons next day.


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. Ah, boys,
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."
wards confessed that he had stolen it."


THEY 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 remem-
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. GCandpapa 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.


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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


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ON their return they heard voices in the school-
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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.


"I REMEMBER 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 stiff-looking 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 him all sorts of good things.


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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.


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.


" OH, what a clever little Madge!" said Grandpapa
one morning, as he stood putting on his gloves.
" Is that my stick ?" Yes," said Madge; "and,
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.
mother, and was so sad because of her death.


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IT was a very pretty cottage where Sally White
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.



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
before 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.


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THEY 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 all
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."
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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
watching her grave.


AT another corner they came upon the old grave-
digger 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.


" OH, what a pretty bird cried Madge. "Is it
a robin-redbreast ? No," said the little girl;
"it is a bullfinch." And she then told Madge
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."


" 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."


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" BUT who is this? said Grandpapa. "Ah, it
is Ruth Noble with the flowers I ordered. How
are you, Ruth ?" and Grandpapa hurried for-
ward, because the sight of new flowers always
pleased him. You have had a long walk, Ruth.
Master Harry will look after the basket while you
rest in the house."


THE next morning Grandpapa set out with the
children's mamma to visit some sick people, and
the first they visited was Reuben Spence. He 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.


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.


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to see how the wind had blown them about, so
NED had gone it wou wilease his sisters andto have 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.


chair brought out to the arbour. Madge was not
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GRANDPAPA was very tired when he came home;
and as it was very warm indoors, he had his
chair brought out to the arbour. Madge was not
long in finding 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.


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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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 he 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,
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Grandpapa was so tired that he had to sit down
on a stone to rest, while the boys went away for
the miller.


"OH, Grandpapa, do look," cried Ned; "there is a
lovely greenfinch." "Hush, boys; listen to his
song. Ah, he is now off." And Grandpapa re-
peated :
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."


" 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 case."
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" 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 saying, 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 ,old."




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"BUT what is this? I do believe it is the
huntsmen out after a poor fox. Yes; listen.
There comes the head huntsman blowing his
horn, to let the others know where poor Reynard
is. I do hope he will get a snug hole to hide in,
poor brute; for though he does sometimes carry
off the farmer's gray goose 'to his den, oh,' I can't
help feeling glad when I hear he has not been
caught, and that his tail has been left safe behind
him for a little longer. Oh, what a yelping the
dogs are making! And just look how horses and
riders are striving to keep up with the hunted
animal! "The dogs must be glad to run the
animal down," said Harry, but I wonder,
Grandpapa, that the horses should like the sport
so well as they seem to do."



" AH, and here come some ladies too. That is
a very fine white horse we see in front. He
must be an animal of spirit; but the lady rides
well. He follows her every movement at the
slightest touch of the rein. I am glad to see she
is not so eager about the catching of the poor fox
as the others seem to be, though her horse would
like to gallop off as fast as he can, and be first
in." I thought you were very fond of hunting,
Grandpapa," said Ned. Oh yes; so I used to
be in my early days. But as people get older,
boys, they rather like to see God's creatures en-
joying their freedom. And as for what you said,
Harry, about the horses liking such sport, they
know nothing about the death of the fox, but
they do enjoy the gallop."


" On, there he is cried Harry, in great excite-
ment. And Grandpapa turned his head just in
time to see Mr. Reynard galloping off in an oppo-
site direction from the huntsmen. He is a sad
thief," said Ned, and deserves to be hanged;
but I can't help wishing that one to escape, he is
so brave. Oh, where has he disappeared to ? "
" Into some hole he knows well about," said
Grandpapa. "There he will lie snug for this
time; and, I daresay, he will have a good laugh
with his wife and children to-night, over his
supper, at the huntsmen." "I don't think he
will be able to laugh much," said Ned. He must
have got a terrible fright, and his heart must be
beating like a drum. It will teach him to lie
close in his hole another time when the hunters
are out."


" A FROG, a frog cried Ned, his sharp eyes
catching sight of it as it jumped out of a small
pool by the wayside. He was just going to throw
stones at it, when Grandpapa stopped him.
" Stay, boy," he said. "Leave the inoffensive
creature alone. I have no doubt he is on his
way to the miller's garden, to rid his cabbages of
the slugs and insects. I only wish I had one or
two in my garden." But they are not good
for anything else," said Ned. "Well, Ned,
strange to say, I was just reading before I came
out about a tame frog." A tame frog, Grand-
papa i" Yes; I shall let you read it. And
the funny thing was, it had a fast friend in an
old Tom-cat. The frog lived in a kitchen; and
at night it used to lie close to the cat by the


" HuSH!" cried Harry; I thought I heard a rust-
ling noise in the hedge." An owl, I do believe,"
cried Ned, as a bird fluttered past them with
a screech, and flew off to an old barn. "It's a
good thing that she was carrying that fat mouse
in her claws," said Grandpapa, else, when she
gave that ugly screech, she would have dropped
it." "Do owls catch mice with their claws,
Grandpapa? said Ned. But how do they feed
their young ?" One question at a time. That
owl will take a rest when she gets to the roof of
"the old barn, and will then take the mouse in her
beak, to leave her claws free to climb to her nest."


"WHAT is that ? I think I hear noises," said
Grandpapa on their way home. Oh, if it isn't
mamma and the girls out for a walk! and away
Ned sprang over a paling, to give them a sur-
prise. Grandpapa would have stopped him, for
he did not like such jokes; but Ned had already
called out, Hollo! and Julia got such a start
that she let all her flowers fall.


As Grandpapa seemed tired, Harry and Ned left
him with their mamma and the girls, and hast-
ened home. Ned was first; but he came run-
ning back in great distress, to tell Harry that
somebody had knocked over one of their new
pots of flowers, and that it was all destroyed.
Harry was very vexed about it, as he had wished
to make a present of it to his cousin; and he set
off with Ned to look at it.
off with Ned to look at it.


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THEIR papa was busy at work putting up some
fencing, and they ran off to help him, which
made them soon forget their trouble about the
flower-pot. Grandpapa found them hard at work
when he returned; and as they had been very
industrious, he said he would give them another


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AFTER dinner, Grandpapa allowed the boys to
look at the pictures in his portfolio, and told
them what they were. He had such a lot of
pretty ones.


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" OH, that is the kind old lady who used to invite
papa and his sister to spend their holidays with


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"I CALL that a group of children in the old
quarry. I forget who they are." Perhaps it
will be papa and his sister and cousins," said Harry.
"I remember he told us he had gone there one
day to look for swallows' nests, and they dis-
turbed a nest of wasps, and he was badly


AH, you may laugh, Master Ned but if a
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gust of wind had come, you would certainly have
been blown in. I must make you a present of
your own portrait; and I hope you will not be
quite so venturesome again, for I must own I got
a sad fright that time."


"OH, what a pretty one!" "Yes; this wa.
taken when I was travelling in the Highlands;
and I lived for a week in that funny little cot-
tage you see there. The children were very fond
of getting themselves painted into my pictures,
and hovered near me the whole day. When
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they found I was painting the house, they got
out the old horse for me to put in also."

out t~he old horse for me bo put in also."



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" I KNOW who that is,-Harry saying his prayers
to nurse." "Yes; I saw them through the win-
dow, and made a drawing of it afterwards. It
was very like Harry at the time, I think,-at
"least so mamma thought,-so I painted another
one for her from it, but I don't think it was
quite so good."

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