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 Fred and his Grandfather
 The New Barn
 The Safety Lamp
 The Shepherd's Friend
 Our Baby
 The Morning Walk
 On the Rhine

Title: Papa's pretty gift book
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00048430/00001
 Material Information
Title: Papa's pretty gift book
Physical Description: 48 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Vizetelly, Henry, 1820-1894 ( Engraver )
Knight, John ( Engraver )
Gunther, H ( Engraver )
Thomas Nelson & Sons ( Publisher )
S. W. Partridge & Co. (London, England) ( Publisher )
Dalziel Brothers ( Engraver )
Publisher: T. Nelson & Sons
S.W. Partridge and Co.
Place of Publication: New York
Publication Date: [1881?]
Subject: Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Children's stories   ( lcsh )
Children's stories -- 1881   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1881
Genre: Children's stories   ( lcsh )
novel   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: United States -- New York -- New York
England -- London
General Note: Illustrations engraved by Vizetelly, J. Knight, Dalziel, H. Gunther.
General Note: Date of publication from inscription.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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Bibliographic ID: UF00048430
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
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002235415
notis - ALH5860
oclc - 62075393

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    Fred and his Grandfather
    The New Barn
    The Safety Lamp
    The Shepherd's Friend
    Our Baby
    The Morning Walk
    On the Rhine
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THERE are to be prizes given away at
school to the best scholar, and Philip has
been thinking over his lessons. His two
playful sisters, Sarah and Emma, will not
leave him alone. They have removed his
hat; but he takes their fun very good-

FRED likes to sit beside his grandfather
and hear him tell tales of adventures,
which happened when he was a young
man, and lived among the mountains.
How he got lost once, and remained on a
rock all night, not daring to move lest
he should fall down the precipice, is a
favourite tale with Fred, who asks him
over and over again, But, grandfather,
weren't you very hungry ? and didn't you
wonder what would become of you if no
one passed by ? No, my boy; I could
go then a few hours without food, for I
was strong and hearty; and I knew if I
kept quiet till daylight I should find a
way down the cliffs, and in those days, I
could climb like a cat, so that did not
worry me. My only dread was falling
asleep; but I battled against it,-and never
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ALEX, although a country boy, and quite
accustomed to the forest, was yet not a
little frightened when he found himself
all alone among the great trees, and knew
not which way to turn to reach his home.
Well as he thought he knew the forest-
paths, he had now lost his way, and night
was coming on. Poor little Alex felt
very uncomfortable; his mother would be
terrified at her boy's absence, and his father
perhaps wander in search of him till day-
break. What could he do? He remem-
bered his mother saying, "Ask God for
all you want." So he just went down on
his knees, and prayed to be taken safely
out of the forest. Then he set off, deter-
mined to try if he could reach his home;
and, oh, how joyful he was, when meeting
a woodman, he was by him put into the
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JAMES had been taught to kneel and pray
before going to bed, so when he left home
for school, he went on with the practice;
but the first night hewas sadly interrupted,
for the biggest boy in his room threatened
to throw ajug of water over James. Then
another boy's feelings were roused, and
he frightened the bully by saying he'd
knock him down on the spot if he didn't
put the jug down. Poor little James was
grieved at this quarrelling; but he finished
his prayers and got into bed without a
word; and from that night his example
was followed by some of the other boys,
who had not had courage before to do
what they knew was right, being afraid
of the big boy, who, finding himself now
confronted by another almost as big as
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ON a fine summer morning, mother
brings her twin babes to the window, and
soon comes their father to take his pets
in his arms and dance them about in the
sunlight. He has been busy with his
garden; but laying down rake, basket, and
hat, he takes first one and then another
and tosses them up and down, until the
little ones scream with delight, and Bertie
almost jumps out of his mother's arms
while he looks at Maggie who throws up
her hands, and says, "Again, again."
What happy little babies are these Father
and mother love them so dearly, and see
to all their wants, that they have nothing
to do but be cheerful all day long. They
are as happy as the days are long; and
father and mother rejoice in their happi-
ness, and encourage their little ones in
love to each other and themselves.


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ALL are busily at work, for the barn must
be finished in time for bringing in the
grain; so while Karl saws the rafters,
Andrew and Thomas carry them to the
spot, and Wilfrid puts on the straw thatch.
Mother and the children come out to look
on, and so all are happily engaged. It is
the first year that the group in our picture
have lived here, for they are emigrants,
and it is a strange land they live in now.
Business was bad in their native country,
so the whole family left it and came out
together. It has been hard work to get
the cottage built, and the land ploughed
and sown, but it has succeeded well, and
the harvest will be a good one. Soon the
corn must be reaped, and that is the
reason why the barn building is proceeded
with so quickly, for they all know thatwhen
the wheat is ripe it must be housed at once.

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IT couldn't well happen in England, but
in Switzerland it is not uncommon for
travellers to get snowed up on the moun-
tains. How came these girls here ? you
ask. Why they went to tend the cows in
the mountain pastures, and stayed till the
day got too short and snow began to fall;
so that instead of getting home in one day
they were benighted on the road, and had
to seek shelter in a hut; and the next day
they found the snow so deep that they
could scarcely walk through it. Was it
not fortunate for them that Hans, who is
such a good climber, should have come
up just at the moment when the two girls
had sunk down on the snow? They will be
saved now,, for Hans is strong and active,
and has a hatchet to cut steps in the ice,
and will not leave the poor children till he
has placed them in safety.


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THE master sits sternly in his elbow-chair,
with his black velvet cap on to keep his
bald head warm, and calls up the reading
class, whereupon half-a-dozen of the
youngest scholars come up and stand
before the desk. Then boy number one
begins and reads a page, and hands the
book to number two, very glad that he has
got through his task without a mistake
to call forth the master's wrath. Number
three finds a few hard words, but though
he trembles lest he should be found fault
with, he gets through a page; and so on,
till all in turn have read a portion; and
then, after asking them a few questions to
see if they understand what the book is
about, they are dismissed to their seats,
and another class of older and more
advanced pupils take the place of this
reading class of little boys.


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BABY has been sleeping this afternoon,
and mother has just brought him down-
stairs to where father sits by the window,
ready to take his little son. Look how
baby kisses and loves mother, patting her
with his tiny hands; and presently, when
he sees his father, he will stretch out his
arms to go to him, for he likes to be tossed
up and down, or seated on his father's
shoulder to go round the room. Peggy
holding to her mother's apron, to help her
little steps along, will clapher hands and
laugh at baby's glee, when he finds him-
self tossed about, and mother will smile at
them all in turn, for she is always pleased
and delighted when her little children
are happy; and she will often join in a
game of play with little Peggy that she
may see her jump about and clap her
hands at mother being so good-natured.

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SIR HUMPHRY DAVY, to whom we are
indebted for the safety lamp, which enables
miners to work in the deep dark mines
without fear of the light setting the heavy
air of the mine on fire, was born near
Penzance, in Cornwall, a great many years
ago, and from the time he was a boy gave
all his spare time and thoughts to trying
experiments. His father died when he
was very young; but he had an old friend
*who encouraged him in his researches,
and the boy grew up to be a famous man,
known all over the world for his dis-
coveries. If you go to Penzance you will
see a statue of Sir Humphry Davy, which
has been lately put up as a memorial.
Let his example help us on, so that if we
take an interest in any scientific matters,
and think we can benefit the world by
making them known, we may do so at once.

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NOTHING parts Hero from his master; they
are together all day, share the same food,
have the same room at night Hero
sleeping at his master's feet-and when
a journey is to be taken he accompanies
him, and serves as companion and guide.
To-night, overtaken by a storm, the two
friends have sought shelter in a cottage,
and the good dame, who is rather afraid,
to tell the truth, of the big dog, and hopes
her pet cat, now sitting on the hearthstone,
will not be incommoded, is very anxious
that Hero should be put out to sleep in the
shed. She has lighted a candle and is
saying, "Now, sir, if you'll be good enough
to follow me, I will show you a comfortable
bed for that great creature to sleep in."
But Hero, who knows what she says, looks
at his master, who assures the old lady
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"WHY, Aunt Betty, what a surprise! "
cried Nancy King, as she rushed out of her
cottage to meet an old woman just entering
the gate. "Who would have thought of
you coming all this way to see me?
Come in, come in, you must be tired!"
"Well, my dear," replied her aunt, when
she was seated in the best chair, and had
taken off her shawl, and made herself
comfortable, I thought I must come
and see how you got on in your new
cottage; and as Mr. Smith was coming
past your door he said he would bring
me, and so here I am." I am very glad
he did bring you," answered the niece.
"And now, aunt, you must stop, and see
all over the house; and I shall not let you
go back for a week, for it is quite like home
to see you here, so you must promise
to stay with me, dear Aunt Betty."

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ADA is an impulsive child, and so very
generous that she would give away every-
thing she possessed if she could manage
it. Here is an instance: she and her
sister, walking out one cold winter's day,
meet a poor little girl of their own size,
with no hat on her head, and her clothes
very much patched; her hands are blue
with cold, and Ada immediately pulls
off her warm woollen mittens to give the
child who has none. Effie, who is much
older than Ada, tells her not to do it; but
to ask mamma for another pair to give
the little girl; but Ada will not listen to
her sister, and puts them on the cold hands
of the child she has met. Ada means
well; but she is not wise in thus giving
away her own things, and if she is not
checked in her good-nature she may find
herself imposed upon when she is older.

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"NEVER mind, Charlie, it's a good road all
the way, and the moon gives light enough
to show the path; you will not be long
running home, and Rover will run by
your side and be a pleasant companion."
Charlie hadn't intended staying so late;
but his cousins asked him into tea, after
the football was over, so he got benighted.
His heart went pit-a-pat a little as he ran
through the wood, after leaving his uncle's
house; but when he got out on the open
he didn't mind it, and Rover was guard
enough, even if he met any unpleasant
people, which in that quiet country road
was not very likely. Still Charlie was not
sorry when he saw the lights of home
twinkling through the trees, and he ran
at double quick speed up the avenue to
get indoors as soon as possible; Rover
keeping up with him all the way.

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So deep is the snow that nothing on wheels
can get along, and horses sink in up to
their middles if they attempt to get on to
the snow-drifts, so that really the only
mode of getting home appears to be the
one which Laura is adopting at the present
moment. Her brother must be strong,
though, to carry such a weight on his back;
and we must hope, for Laura's sake, that
he will not stumble and drop her into the
snow. The pet goat, who has followed his
mistress, gets along better than she can;
but even he sinks in the snow sometimes,
and will be glad to reach his warm home
in the stable. We can fancy him asking,
" My dear mistress, what could you be
thinking of to come out in this weather ? "
And Laura may well reply, Indeed, I
would never have left the fireside if I had
thought it would snow."

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EVA couldn't tell to-day how many
fingers she had, so Adelaide, her eldest
sister, is teaching her number. She holds
up her finger, and asks, "What is that?"
and Eva, after a pause, says, "One finger."
Then up comes another, and Eva calls
out two ;" and so on, till all the fingers
are held up in turn. Eva then has to
count her own little fingers, and she finds
four and a thumb on each hand; so twice
four being eight, she has eight fingers,
and twice one two, she has two thumbs
to add to them, and the'whole makes ten.
She counts them over one by one to be
quite certain about it, and hopes some-
body will ask the question again to-morrow
that she may show them how much she
has learnt from her kind sister Adelaide,
who must, Eva thinks, be very clever
indeed to know so much.


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FRANKIE is quite delighted when the
snow melts, for although sliding on the
ice is pleasant, and making a snow-man
a very entertaining employment, he
greatly prefers warm weather, and is very
fond of flowers. The gardener is very
busy now, getting on with his spring
planting, for there is always much to do
at this time of year, and Frankie accom-
panies him to look on and advise. They
are going down the avenue now, and
Frankie has spied on the bank the very
first primrose. He is just picking it,
when George says, "I wouldn't take it,
Master Frankie, for it will soon wither
indoors, and if you leave it here, it can be
seen by other people." Frankie looks at
the flower rather longingly, and then
says, Quite right, George, so they can.
I won't pick it."


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COULD a better name be given to the dog
who watches over his master's sheep as
wisely and faithfully as he does him-
self? He may be left in charge by
day or night, and no enemy will be
allowed to enter the fold, or worry the
sheep; and if by accident a sheep strays
away, the sensible dog sent after it will
find it miles away, and bring it safely
home. He seems to know his master's
sheep at once, and could separate his own
particular charges, even if mixed up with
the sheep of another shepherd. Has not
God wonderfully made the dog to know all
this, and to be so wise and sensible ? But,
indeed, animals may give us many lessons
if we watch them, for they are much more
sensible in their ways than many people
suppose, and they are very loving, if we
treat them properly, as we should do.

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DOES Una really think she can catch that
little squirrel, who is so quick in climbing
trees? Well, Una is not quite certain
about it; but I mean to try and catch it,
uncle," she says, because it would be
such a nice plaything, and I am tired of
dolly, because she is not alive as this
squirrel is." "And do you intend to
run up the tree after him, and take a leap
from the end of a bough right on to
another tree, and so on? If so, I think
I had better bid you good-bye; for if once
you climb the trees, there you will have
to remain." You are only laughing at
me, uncle; of course I couldn't climb like
a squirrel; but he looks friendly; don't
you think, if I wait long enough, I may
be able to take hold of him ? Indeed,
I do not; but you can stop here all day if
you like."

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JAMES resolved, when he enlisted, that he
would keep up his habit of praying and
reading the Bible; and though he found it
hard work, he persevered. His comrades
laughed and jeered at him; but he never
wavered, and when he could find no other
place, he sought the shelter of a room
where the men's accoutrements were kept,
and there knelt, and prayed, and read.
The men followed him here, and would
have attacked and annoyed him; but
James had by his steadiness and good
conduct won the respect of the sergeants,
and one of these coming in, prevented
them from further molesting him. And,
indeed, he gave them a lecture, and wound
up by saying, I wish more of you lads
would follow James's example; reading
the Bible will, with God's blessing, make
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MURIEL is just a little bit vain of her good
looks, and likes to be very well clothed,
especially, as is the case now, when she
is invited to a party. Her dress to-day
is a pretty blue cashmere, trimmed with
white lace. She has a ribbon of the same
colour passed through her light brown
hair, which is long, and thick, and very
wavy. But what she thinks most of, to-
day, are a pair of blue kid shoes, put on
this afternoon for the first time, and
which exactly match the colour of her
dress. Quite a little blue bird," says
papa, when he sees Muriel; and she laughs
at the funny idea of being a bird, and
goes off to her party in high spirits. It is
an early party, because all little girls have
to be home in good time for bed; so
Muriel goes at four, and is to be fetched
back at eight punctually by her nurse.

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WE have given our baby a nice cot, and
soft pillows to lie on, with a warm wool
coverlet, knitted by grandmamma, of pink
and white stripes; and to amuse him, he
has in his little hand the coral set with
silver bells, which grandpapa bought for
his favourite grandson. So, if baby
cries now, it will be extraordinary," says
Peggy, who is five years old, and quite
forgets that not long ago she was a baby,
and used to cry very often. Baby ought
to be good, and happy, with such a
beautiful toy," remarks Ernest, looking
longingly at the coral. And baby, mean-
while, not knowing that he is being talked
of, lies and shakes his bells, and laughs
as they tinkle and glitter; and makes little
sounds, which nurse says are words, but
which no one understands one bit, try as
much as they will to do so.

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"I DON'T find it quite so easyas I expected"
says Clara, who, seated bythe fire, is trying
to knit for the first time. I daresay not,
dear," replied her aunt," because practice
makes perfect, you know, and you must
make a beginning in everything. You
did not read well the first day you took
up a book." Oh, no, aunt, of course
not! but knitting looks so very easy, and
you and grandmamma do it so quickly,
that I thought it would not be so difficult
as it is." Never mind, my little girl,
you are doing it very well indeed for a
beginner, and a little patience will soon
make you understand it. Don't hold the
needles quite so tight; and you need
not keep the thread so firmly between
your fingers, or it will break. Now when
you have finished two more rows, we will
lay the knitting aside for to-day."

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SHE has to work hard for her daily bread,
and has little holiday in the course of the
year; but when she does go sometimes to
the green fields, she enjoys a game of play
as much as you do; and will string daisy
chains, or make a cowslip ball as fast as
you could. In the great factory she
spends hours a day; and very cold it is in
winter, going out early in the morning,
almost before it is light, to begin work.
During the summer-time she does not
mind the early walk, but snow and rain
make her shiver. The factory girl is very
merry, though; sometimes singing over her
work; and she is so used to the noise of
wheels and machinery, that what almost
deafens you, does not even make her head
ache. Pins, needles, thread, silk, worsted,
are all made in factories, and girls do a
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" Now, my dear children," said Mrs.
Pussy-cat to her three playful kittens, I
am really so worn out, with looking after
you, that I must have some rest. I shall
lie down on this nice soft hay, and go to
sleep." Very well, mother," replied the
kittens; "you can rest, but surely you
don't wish us to do so." Just as you
like, dears, only be quiet." And Mrs.
Puss soon was fast asleep. The babies
continued their games for some time, until
first one, and then another, yawned, and
stretched, and said, I'm very tired ;" and
went and lay down by the mother's side.
So before an hour had passed the whole
of the family were fast asleep, curled
up close to each other, and as cosy a
group as you can possibly imagine.
Probably they were dreaming of an
unlimited supply of new milk.

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" PUT on your bonnet, mamma," cried
Harold, bursting into the room where
Mrs. Norton sat at work; papa says it
is so fine we must all take a walk, and I
am to finish my lessons when we return."
Always ready to please her boy, his mother
hurried on her bonnet and cloak, and
then taking her husband's arm, they
walked in their own pleasant park, Harold
running on before, and coming back to
them to tell the various things he saw.
" Oh, mamma, come quietly, and make no
noise! there is a robin's nest in this haw-
thorn-bush, and she is feeding her young,
and one of the swans, on the pond, has
seven cygnets. Do you know, I saw a
pheasant come out of the clump of trees."
So Harold talks on, and he gets as much
enjoyment in this one country walk as
some boys would in a week's excursion.

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LITTLE Caroline at her mother's knee
says her simple prayer, and asks to be
made a good child, and guided in the
right way. Morning and evening she
prays to .God for help, and praises Him
for all the blessings He gives her day by
day. Without God she could not live a
moment, for He it is who gives her life
and health, and at His will He could take
away her breath. Caroline, wisely taught
by her good mother, is growing up a
religious and good girl; and years hence,
when she is veryold, she will remember the
time when, at her mother's knee, she said
her simple prayers, and asked God's for-
giveness for all she did amiss, and prayed
to be a better child in the future; asking
it all in the name of Jesus Christ, who,
once a little child Himself, looks down
from heaven, and loves and cares for all.

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ELFREDA and Oswald have walked far
to-day, and are glad of the noontide rest
under the trees, just within sight of the
ruined castle. Oswald has been longing
to live in the grand style of a baron of the
olden times; but Elfreda says, It is all
very well to read about those times now,
but how would you like to live in a room
without glass to the windows, or carpets
on the floors, and no knives or forks to
eat with; and be in constant dread of
robbers attacking your castle, and carrying
off your sheep and cows ? That would
not be pleasant," agrees Oswald; I cer-
tainly did not think of it in that way. All
I thought of was riding on fine horses,
and wearing silk and velvet clothes, and
having a great many followers to accom-
pany me when I went to the neighboring
town, or attended the king's court."


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WITH high cliffs on one hand, and foam
ing waters on the other, the path looks
dangerous enough, but the sure-footed
mules never stumble, and go on in single
file hour by hour, day after day. Timid
travellers shrink from going along this
track, but if they trust their mules there
is no cause for fear, and as it is the only
road, they must either follow it or stop at
home. The first mule has a bell, and he
is so proud of being the leader that if
from any cause his bell was lost, or
another mule took his place, he would
pine and become a melancholy animal.
Mules are said to be obstinate, but kindly
treated they are very patient and useful
creatures, and being surer-footed than a
horse, can traverse the mountainous dis-
tricts of Spain and South America with
ease, bearing heavy loads.


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FAR away from England flows the broad
river Rhine, but so many travellers go to
see it, that perhaps some of you have been
with papa and mamma, and know how
beautiful the scenery is. There is castle
after castle on the hills, all ruined now,
but once inhabited by lords and ladies of
high degree. Islands are there also, with
towers and old churches; and from time
to time picturesque towns and villages
come in sight, and are passed as the
steamer goes quickly on. The vineyards
on the river banks are a great novelty
to our eyes, and altogether there is so
much to see and wonder at, that the day
is gone before we are aware, and we must
land at an hotel to sleep; so we go on
till the river becomes too narrow for a
steamer to pass, and then we land and go
off in a carriage to the town.

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LITTLE Milly, Harry, and Fred have left
their play, and are now sitting very quietly
in the arbour, for kind Uncle John has
promised to draw their likeness.



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