Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 The Fairy Queen's palace
 The Brownies' visitors
 The Brownies plum pudding
 The raid of the insects
 The Brownies wedding gift
 The Brownies and the farmer
 The Brownies ride
 Brownies at school
 Back Cover

Group Title: Brownies
Title: Busy Brownies
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 Material Information
Title: Busy Brownies
Series Title: Brownies
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Veale, E.
Cox, Palmer ( Illustrator )
Publisher: Hubbard Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1896
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Front Matter
        Page 3
    Title Page
        Page 4
    The Fairy Queen's palace
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
    The Brownies' visitors
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
    The Brownies plum pudding
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
    The raid of the insects
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
    The Brownies wedding gift
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
    The Brownies and the farmer
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
        Page 29
        Page 30
        Page 31
    The Brownies ride
        Page 32
        Page 33
        Page 34
    Brownies at school
        Page 35
        Page 36
    Back Cover
        Page 37
        Page 38
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ALL the Brownies had promised to help,
Sand when a Brownie undertakes a thing he
['---- workss as busily as a beaver until it is ac-
-.. complished. Now this is what they deter-
t ^,. mined to do.
-lThe Fairy Queen's palace had
:-. i.: been destroyed-a wind that had
SA. : i' -, swept through the forest carrying
-' ..'--- ,' trees before it, and spreading ruin as

', .. it traveled, had lifted up the Fairy
S.'-, t Queen's home and dashed it all to
S '" .' pieces. Poor little Queen; how
"/"" :^ sorrowful she felt to lose the

J.. pretty house where the royal


family of Fairyland had so long lived.
But true to their nature the Brownies

came to the rescue, promising to build a pal-

ace far more beautiful than the one that was '

lost. Such helpful little creatures as the "r' ,
Brownies never lived. No chance of doing
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good to one in trouble ever escapes these generous little

fellows and certainly this was a work to be hailed with

much joy.
For a long while before they commenced, you could

see them gathered in groups, discussing how and where
they should begin, and how they could make the palace

more beautiful. They were afunny looking set when they
started out for the place where the house was to be built.

Each one carried something. One little fellow had an
axe, another, hammer and nails, one the mortar hod and
S- still another the plane, while the mas-
Ster worker could be seen with the

ir) ^ ""''4.' square in his hand giving directions
l iW-Lo the whole crowd.

-;.- '- They commenced their work one

beautiful moonlight night. 'Brownies, you know, work
___ when the darkness has put all the
S world to sleep. What a time they had

:'-. -getting all the things together. Arriv-
ing at the spot, some fellto chopping
wood, while others mixed the mor-
tar and rigged up the pulleys by
I which they were to raise the stuff to
the roof. How thehammers rangout
as they struck the bright little nails.

Thegrindstonewent spinning around
Sso fast it hummed quite atunc, as the
carpenter sharpened his tools, for the
Brownies had so much to do they

must work their very fastest. The

plasterer mixed the mortar, the
painters made their brushes fly over
the house; the masons worked with

a will at the chimney, and the paper
hanger's scissors shut with a click as he cut off the paper
for the palace walls, which were to be so prettily decorated,

When morning came all was finished and the Brown-
ies felt proud and happy as they looked at their night's
work. They worked as if by Magic and almost before you

, could think, the palace rose high in the air.
The Brpwnies don't have accidents very-

.-; !^ often but they must have been been nervous

this time for while four or five of them were seated on a
" Jack painting the outside, over went the paint, brushes
and all, and the little fellows who where standing on a lad-
der underneath had an unexpected bath.
They were only sorry to think that they had left their
camera at home for they would have been happy to give
the children a picture of the house as it looked when it
was finished.
Although they were 'tired and their eyes were grow-

ing heavy with sleep they felt repaid for all their efforts,
especially when the Fairy Queen seemed the proudest and
happiest of them all. She thanked them heartily for their
loving service, and when they had seen her safely settled
in her new home, they all disappeared, to be seen no more

until there was more good work to be done.


THE Isle of Fun and Frolic was the home of the
Brownie boys and girls, and no one can e'er deny that the
island was well named. These youngsters had no thought
but to run and play, to sleep and to eat. They loved the
flowers and they loved the birds-and the butterflies led
them lively chases in their games of hide and seek. But
one day came a change in their lives, and they learned that
others lived in the world besides themselves. Little Peak
Hat discovered it, as she stood on the rock looking out
toward the sea. It was a great vessel ploughing the
waves, its white sails flapping in the winds, and as she
watched she saw it moving steadily towards the island
All the Brownies came rushing at her call, and their won-
der knew no limit. On came the vessel closer and closer,
the Brownies watched as long as they dared, and then
fearful of being seen hurried away to hide themselves
where they might occasionally take a peep. What great

big creatures were landing on the island, and what loud
voices they had as they called to each other. It sounded

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pI c es; Italk it .: r. W hat
kind little hearts these Brownies had. All the nice pieces

of wood should be piled up for these strange people's

comfort, the best grapes should be saved for them, they
would coax the fish to nibble, and do all in their power to

.- "' make these queer guests happy.
S- Indeed they seemed to think of noth-

; """' Aing else, and had you visited their
S^--_ i-,1 ".home in the old forest, you wouldhave
"'. found them busily engaged in plan-
-' j.! '^l ning how they could add to the com-
'fort of their strange guests. The

Brownies are never so happy as when they are busy
making others happy. They believe that the best way
to enjoy life, is to give pleasure to those they meet. Of
course the visitors did not know what was making their
visit so pleasant, for these busy little creatures always
work quietly and secretly. The visitors did not stay long,
but the Brownies did good service, and when they. had
gone they quite missed the pleasure they had felt in
making others happy, and they were continually wishing
that some favoring wind would bear some other ship to
their shores that they might again have an opportunity
of renewing their acquaintance with these queer people.


'TWAS the evening of the twenty-fourth of December.

The clouds had been gray and heavy all day, and now the

snow flakes were beginning to fall thick and fast; so fast
that already quite a white blanket was spread over the
This did not please the Brownies; they had work to
do, and a snow storm would hinder rather than help its

Somewhere in the woods nobody knew where, for the
Brownies kept the secret all to themselves, was a great

big Christmas Pudding full of plums and citron, raisins
and spices, and the Brownies wanted to bring that pud-
ding home.
It was so big and heavy that they had built something
that made one think of a raft or perhaps a ladder with the
sides very far apart. How they put the pudding on it

would be hard to tell, but they managed it and bravely

they struggled with their burden perched on their little
shoulders. They took turns so that no one got too tired,

.b, ut all were glad when they
were safely out of the woods

'. '"' and had landed the pudding
;in the hollow of the old tree
S, back of the school house, for
S this had been the spot chosen

for the grand feast of the morrow. Then to their homes
they skipped away to dream of the good times in store for
them, and if their backs did ache and their poor little feet
felt sore and weary, the vision of the pudding dancing in
their heads made them forget all their woes.
And what a treat they had on Christmas Day! The

pudding was so good, and the day .-,
was so merry that the Brownies
wished as they shut their sleepy
eyes that Christmas came more than

once a year. They made up their minds that they would
never let a Christmas go by without having a plum pud-
ding, for it was the best thing they had ever tasted.


SHE was Queen of the garden, this beautiful creature,
and all the flowers loved her. Each vied with the other
in trying to please her. The tall white lillies held their
heads still higher as she passed by, the tiny bud opened
its curled petals further and further until it burst into a
glorious rose, the blue bells tinkled their sweetest music,
and the shy, gentle mignonette shed forth its loveliest
perfume-every flower did all in its power for her sake.
And the Queen loved all the flowers, too. She begged
the sun to shine down upon them, and she asked the
morning dews to bathe their bright faces, and the gentle
rains to give them plenty to drink.
At last there came a day when the lillies' hung their
heads; blue bell and heart ease fell from their stems, the
poppies that had gleamed so brightly in the sun light
covered their faces and shone no more, and all the garden
seemed full of gloom and sadness.

The insects had done it all. With their sharpest

'weapons they had attacked the flowers, making them

one by one yield to their violence.

How this grieved the flower Queen, but at last she

thought of the Brownies, .,-
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workers. She found a trumpet flower that had escaped

the cruel foe, and blew one gentle blast. Quick as a wink,
the Brownies came running. Their faces looked sad when

they heard the trouble, but they promised to do all in their
power to help their gentle Queen, and bravely they went

to work. They took turns at the grindstone and sharpened
their spears and swords and axes until they glistened in the

moonlight, and the insects might well have, trembled had
they seen them.

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In the morning when the sun peeped out to waken
the flowers, the insects once more started on their raid,
but they were not prepared for what followed. Curled up

underneath flowers and bushes hid the Brownies. Out
they rushed and war raged fiercely, but the Brownies
came off the victors, and the bees and the beetles, the
hornets, ants and caterpillars lay dead upon the ground.


ONCE upon a time, long, long years ago, there lived
somewhere the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, a maiden
who was as beautiful as an angel, and better than being
beautiful, she was also good and gentle.
Elsie and her father lived alone, for her mother had
died many years before, and this beautiful maid kept her
father's house, and managed all things like some wise and
noble queen. The poor people of the village loved her,
for it was her gentle hands that brought broths and
strengthening food to the sick mothers, her beautiful eyes
that read comforting words to the old women,. and in her
untiring arms many a poor little baby had been rocked to
the land of dreams.
There was somebody in the village who loved her
better than all the people put together, but he dared not
tell her, for he was poor, very poor, and she was rich as a
young princess. Now it happened that the maiden loved

?*^'! f,..- the youth as much as he loved
her, but she was too proud to
.. -,- show her love because she
l- .thought that the young man

i, -,'- did not care for her.
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S .came to the home of Elsie.
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Her father had gone on a
journey and when he returned
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brought with him a wife and
she brought with her two

proud and unlovely daughters.
It was a great trial for the maiden, she and her father
had always been so happy together, and she wept when
she thought of how little of his time and love could now
be spared for her. Well might she weep-for the new
mother set right to work to put her daughters in the place
of Elsie, and with cruel words and taunts compelled her
to wait upon these step-sisters, until her life, became one
dreadful burden. Tales, unkind and untrue were carried

to the father, and when his wrath was turned upon her
she could stand it no longer, and made up her mind to
leave her home forever.
One night when they all had gone to
a ball, to which Elsie also had been in-
vited but from which she had been com-
pelled to stay away because her beauty so far.out-shone
the gaudy make up of the sisters-she packed a few
treasures and with many tears and farewell glances, for
the spot she loved so well, she went alone into the great
wide world.
It chanced that Earnest, the youth who loved the
maiden with all his heart, had grown restless and unhappy
thinking of his sweetheart, and yet not daring to tell her
his love, and he had come to her home thinking that
perhaps he might find comfort in being thus near her.
He wandered up and down, when all at once he stopped,
looked around him, and then rubbed his eyes-for he surely
must have been dreaming, this could not be Elsie who
stood before him. But it was she and no other-poor
Elsie leaving her home, sad and broken hearted.

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Pride no longer held the youth speechless, and sor-
row made Elsie see the tenderness and sympathy in her
lovers eyes. Oh, how happy she was as she poured out to
him all her troubles and found comfort and rest in his
loving arms.
While the lovers stood together planning a life for the
future-things had been entirely taken out of their hands
by the good little Brownies.
They had known Elsie and worshipped her for her

goodness, and now the time had come when they might
show their appreciation, and while the lovers talked they
had gathered silently around them. Then the Queen of
the Brownies spoke, Good and lovely maiden, and noble
youth, "said she, "we know of your troubles and we want to
help you. Listen to what I tell you, and you shall have
riches in abundance. Go, when I have finished talking,
enter the Briarly woods. There in the hollow tree you will
find a casket filled with bright and shining gold, take it,
spend it wisely and take with it the blessings and good
will of the Brownies." It was a wonderful wedding present,
and filled the lovers hearts with gratitude


THE Brownies were sorrowful, more sorrowful than
they had ever been in their lives before, and that is saying
a great deal, for Brownies you know, live such a long, long
while, and the saddest part of all was that there seemed no
way out of their trouble. The Brownies who lived in the
apple orchard saw it first and when they told their friends,
all with one voice, cried out, "The wrong must be
righted I"
Now this was the trouble. Farmer Grump had
bought the Old Clover Farm where the Brownies had
lived happily for years, and now each day was full of trials
and discomforts, for this cruel farmer seemed always to be
finding a way to make the life of his stock miserable.
The cows had great boards tied over their eyes-so large
that they could not see and so heavy that when the poor
creatures went to crop the grass, Bang! Bang! went the
board against their noses.

j fi,! ( |!!: !i,,,l|i ll, llii!i/ I i T he pigs suffered too.
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made his life wretched-they beat him, they stoned him,
they even took their naughty little feet and kicked him.
The sheep suffered, and the horses as they dragged
the plough through the hard earth or hauled heavy loads
along the sandy roads felt constantly the slash, slash of

the farmer's cow-hide whip.
Everything on the place suffered, so do you wonder
the Brownies looked sorrowful?
At last they could stand it no longer, and all met one
night at the "Seek us further "tree where the oldest
Brownies lived. He had gotten up in the limbs so that all
might hear, or at any rate see him, and announced that
they had long witnessed these scenes of cruelty in silence,
but now something must be done, and they wanted all the
Brownies to help. He thought it would be a good plan
if they went when no one was around and whispered in the
sufferers ear that the time had come when .they must
rebel. They must stand up for their rights.
Hurrah I" and Three Cheers," cried the Brownies
in chorus, as they waved their funny little hats. The
farmer heard the noise but he thought it was only the

wind blowing through the trees in the apple orchard.

The meeting was dismissed, and quietly and carefully

the Brownies went about their work-and they did it well,

too, for the next morning when the farmer went to harness
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Mue es ." so savagely that the farmer
P .. left them in fright. Even

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kicked up his heels, galloped

away and no one could come -
near him. Everything seemed
possessed with the same spirit V,, I'
and Farmer Grump went to his 2 "
breakfast the most puzzled man i
you could possibly find. But .
the animals won the day, for 'i
that very afternoon the farmer
went to town and when he came back he was carrying a
--; -large board painted in
-- great bigletters telling all
Ov' 'ii- the neighbors that his
--"-s -stock was to be sold the
very next day. This he

hung up by the road side, and as it was market day, the
farmers learned the news, as their tired horses jogged
slowlyalongtowards home. They decided that they would

attend the sale, and were on hand bright and early the next
day. The old farm place was crowded with buyers,

anxious to get horses and pigs and other animals for little

How happy the Brownies were as they crowded
around, for the new owners had thrown the cruel devices
of Farmer Grump away. They were happy when they

thought of the good homes these poor animals had

found-but gladdest of all where they when they thought
of Ned, for Widow Love had bought him to cart to market

the beautiful butter that she made every week. They

knew that she would be very kind and gentle to their old
friend. That he would have the softest of straw for his

bed at night, and the finest of oats for his dinner, while
there would be no cruel children to beat and kick him and
make his life miserable. Ned lived a long while to enjoy

this beautiful home, and the Brownies always found him

a faithful servant.


o "ARE you in the humor for alark, boys?"
It x was Dot, the very smallest and as everybody
S.: knows, the most mischievous of all the

;'.E--h -r Brownies, who said it.
!'. f We are that! was the reply.

j. They were coming home from school,
: these Brownie boys, and dinner pails

S.- and books were thrown down at once
S..while they crowded around Dot to hear
-. of the prospective fun.

_, You know that clover field to the
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S. well some time ago Grimes put up a
sign which read 'Horses taken to
,, Pasture.' You should see the luck he
., Shores are running around in that pasture

field. It's bad for them to do nothing but eat all day. so I
thought we would be doing a good thing for them, and for
ourselves too, if to-night, you know it is moon-light, we
... Lbo rrnow these horses

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with which this scheme was greeted. No body but approved,
except of course Croak, he always objects to everything.
The plan was for them to meet at the school house at

ten o'clock, then go together to the pasture lot. A number

of the Brownies were to bring ropes which they would tie
around the horses' necks and haul them into the road.
The hour came; the Brownies met, and the work be-

gan. They had forgotten saddles, but some of them
crawled through the windows in the harness maker's shop

and came back loaded with both saddles and bridles. Such
a time as they had getting them on, and so many Brownies
had been invited that there were not enough horses to go

around so two and sometimes three saddles must be put on
one horse.
All was ready at last and off they started. It was so

funny to see them. Some of them actually hung on to the
stirrup straps. Things went pretty smoothly at first, but

Oh my! what a difference by and by. Saddles slipped,
bridles came undone, and the Brownie boys and even the
poor horses went over and rolled around in the mud. But
the bitter must be taken with the sweet so nobody dared

complain, when the ride was over and the horses and har-
ness were put in their proper places, everybody pronounced

it one of the best frolics he had ever had in his life.


g THERE was a great commotion in
Brownie land, for the good Queen had
just sent forth a command that all the
Brownie lads and lasses must go to school. She had sent
her messenger to all the mothers and fathers, bearing her
orders that they must send the children to-the old school
house early the next evening. They could use the same
room that real child- ren used, for they
would go to school when most little peo-
ple were asleep. The Brownies were
greatly excited. They could be seen talking
togetherin the most earnest manner; some pleased, others
sorry over the unusual event. However, all the children
and a good many of the parents assembled the next
evening and listened with great interest
to the words of Prof. Lofty, as he told them
what he expected them- to do during the 4

Brownies have no names you'know, so the teacher
had to ask the scholars to put a letter on their backs so
she could tell them apart. They.looked quite funny run-
ning around with this kind of a mark; quite like the kin-

dergarten children when they go on a picnic and have the
tags tied to their dresses, so they can be identified when
it comes time to go home. The Brownies proved good,
students, and soon became very wise.

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