Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 On Sick Leave
 Pleasant Companions
 Runaway Horses
 The Enraged Stag
 The Squire's Garden
 Resisting Temptation
 Grandpapa's Bee-Hive
 Grandpapa's Presents
 Gerty's Pictures
 The Galvanic Battery
 The Watch-Dog
 The Old House
 Grandpapa's Soldiers
 Snaring Birds
 The Little Orphans
 Grandpapa's Mamma
 A King 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
 Happy School-Days
 Kind-Hearted Peter
 The School-Room at Home
 A Very Cross Bird
 The Game-Cock
 The Gamekeeper
 Watching From the Window
 The Thief
 Sly Puss
 Bad Advice
 A Letter From Julia
 Caught in the Act
 Puss in Disgrace
 A Visit to Dolly
 Wild Pigeons
 Back Cover

Title: Grandpapa's pleasant companions, and other stories
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Title: Grandpapa's pleasant companions, and other stories
Physical Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : ill. ; 16 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Cupples, George, 1839-1898
Thomas Nelson & Sons ( Publisher )
Publisher: T. Nelson & Sons
Place of Publication: London ;
Edinburgh ;
New York
Publication Date: 1876
Subject: Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Children's stories -- 1876   ( lcsh )
Prize books (Provenance) -- 1876   ( rbprov )
Bldn -- 1876
Genre: Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Prize books (Provenance)   ( rbprov )
novel   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
Scotland -- Edinburgh
United States -- New York -- New York
Statement of Responsibility: by Mrs. George Cupples ; with a picture on every page.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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Bibliographic ID: UF00028333
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
    Front Matter
        Page i
    Title Page
        Page ii
        Page 1
    On Sick Leave
        Page 2
        Page 3
    Pleasant Companions
        Page 4
    Runaway Horses
        Page 5
    The Enraged Stag
        Page 6
    The Squire's Garden
        Page 7
    Resisting Temptation
        Page 8
    Grandpapa's Bee-Hive
        Page 9
    Grandpapa's Presents
        Page 10
    Gerty's Pictures
        Page 11
    The Galvanic Battery
        Page 12
    The Watch-Dog
        Page 13
        Page 14
    The Old House
        Page 15
    Grandpapa's Soldiers
        Page 16
    Snaring Birds
        Page 17
    The Little Orphans
        Page 18
    Grandpapa's Mamma
        Page 19
    A King Friend
        Page 20
    Outward Bound
        Page 21
    A Sad Parting
        Page 22
    The Old Pilot
        Page 23
    An Old Hulk
        Page 24
    The Friendly Lighthouse
        Page 25
    A Waterspout at Sea
        Page 26
        Page 27
    On the Look-Out
        Page 28
    The Walrus
        Page 29
    The Sleeping Turtle
        Page 30
    The Seal
        Page 31
    On a Raft
        Page 32
    Mamma as a Little Girl
        Page 33
    A Delightful Book
        Page 34
    Happy School-Days
        Page 35
    Kind-Hearted Peter
        Page 36
    The School-Room at Home
        Page 37
    A Very Cross Bird
        Page 38
    The Game-Cock
        Page 39
    The Gamekeeper
        Page 40
    Watching From the Window
        Page 41
    The Thief
        Page 42
    Sly Puss
        Page 43
    Bad Advice
        Page 44
    A Letter From Julia
        Page 45
    Caught in the Act
        Page 46
    Puss in Disgrace
        Page 47
    A Visit to Dolly
        Page 48
    Wild Pigeons
        Page 49
    Back Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
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The Herd Boy. Watching Crabs.
The Donkey Dick. A Nice Secret.
Jack Tar at Sea. Grandpapa's Pleasant Companions
My Comical Pug. Clever Little IMadge.
The Picture Stow. A Child's Duty.
The Scrap Book. The Lord's Prayer.
Picture Lessons. Picture Pages.



all day long on deck. Well, it was a pleasant

enough trip, for the officers were all very kind,
TE;LL voU a story about .y voyage fron India?
You mean when I came bome sick and bad to sit

especially one of the midshipmen, who had a good
spy-glass and an observing eye."
(447) 2


"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."


"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."


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 boy was them. Old Martin
lost is hat, and never saw it more.


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"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
in fury."


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.


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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.
shocked at the idea.


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.


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.
cross, that his mamma sent him to bed.


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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.
laugh at5 them sometimes.


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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 c, uld not keep from
trying again.


WHEN Grandpapa was tired, he would ask them

the message; for Judy loved Grandpapa.
th ,-'l,, ; "::- -ud ,oe rad


SOMETIMES, too, if CGrandpapa 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 he was drowning,
and ran to help him, which made them both
laugh very much.


_- --. )

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
the river.


when he said, It must be 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



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.
(447) 3


.. .--

"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.
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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."


--l -..

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.


I -

"I CAN tell you, Ned, I wasn't so very happy a,
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."


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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 at,' that made you
think of storms and bad weather, though the day
"was a very fine one, and quite hot. 'dI'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."


0=2 X;1- _ _'- -

" 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.' "


"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



"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."


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" 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."



" 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."


"GRANDPAPA," 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 oii
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."


" 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 eggs."


: \....

"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 muffs
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-
selves warm."


"---- -

" 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."


| I I.

"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."



"UNCLE Peter used to tell me," said Harry, that
lie 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."
(447) 4


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" 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."



"I Do wish we had a whole lot of cousins to
stay with us, and be taught by our papa, as
mamma was by hers. Grandpapa was so very,
very kind to them all."


" 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
punished him.


" 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 I 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
cruel birds."


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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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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.


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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.


IT was all ,Grandpapa could do to keep Gerty from" i '

killing puss on the spot she was so angry at
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killing puss on the spot, she was so angry at

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


from an old lady; and while they were busy at
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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


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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 -..ll-t-l
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.


GRANDPAPA 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.


,s ~ ..- .

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 our 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
you know."


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