APPLES ARE RIPE
A BOOK OF HAPPY STORIES FOR
TASTEFULLY ILLUSTRATED BY OUR MOST FAMOUS
Copyright, 1899, by W. B. Conkey Company, Chicago
W. B. CONVEY COMPANY
THE ORCHARD SWING.
44 ( H, oh, oh, do come here quick!" cried Flossy. "You
can't guess what I've found."
What is it? What is it?"
The other children ran eagerly through the trees of
the old orchard toward the sound of Flossy's voice, and
when they reached the cosy little nook where she was
standing, they all clapped their hands and shouted with de-
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"Isn't it lovely?" cried Katie.
"Papa must have put it up this morning," cried Will.
"Wasn't he quiet about it, though?" laughed Tom.
It's just what we've been wanting all the time," de.
Then they clapped their hands again and laughed
The cause of all this rejoicing was a great swing
hanging from a strong branch of a large tree out in the
orchard, and it was no wonder the children were pleased.
That old orchard was a beautiful place, shady and
cool and full of the fragrance of the apple blossoms. They
had come from the city and had been there only three
days. Papa had bought the place just as it stood, with
the house furnished and everything; and the whole family
were as happy as happy could be over the change.
"You get in and have the first swing, Flossy, because
you found it," said Will.
"Wasn't it a surprise, though?" said Tom.
I thought papa was mysterious about something this
morning at breakfast," said Laura.
Just then mamma came out, and they tried to make
her tell whether she had known about it or not; but
mamma said she wasn't going to tell any tales out of
school. Then they laughed and said she didn't need to
tell, for they knew without.
There was a cosy hammock out in :he' ochal t not .
far from the swing, and it was the dearest place to sit and
rest or reanl. Oftein ,
S-mainmma sat lic~ e
whilc tlihe clii rL-i1l,
7"r ss ".. 15'",c ,,S .werc wn.in.; d
/ -.^ *"T- r playin.,_ ilbot in t licl .
7.1 + ,,- old .r-Llaird, an1 d |l 1 '-.
.-... -said it w- 11 t e pict-
S ."~ g ~tiest -p,_t tor i h ..an..
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farm. There was Brindle, the cow, with her pretty calf;
and there were two gentle horses that any one could drive;
and there was a dear, kind old dog, named Jack.
One day little Grace thought she would make a play-
house of Jack's kennel, it was so large and clean. So she
settled herself cozily in it with her dolly, and you should
have seen the look of surprise on Jack's face when he came
and found them.
They went for long drives and walks along the clean
country roads; they had their lunch out in the dear old
orchard; they lived out of doors from morning until night;
and the whole family said that was the happiest summer
they had ever spent.
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WIN TE EVENING GAMES.
TIIEI ;I-'- -ix t .u- in all, brothers and sisters, -three
girl.. :ii1ld tli-,_ bo -- '; a l when we are together, in the long
\\inti.r ve\,Iin:!I \"I I ke quite a merry party.
S,.,mntii,,i. \\w pl:i :games. There is a game, called
S-Magi-i-al-MInicl." that we like very much. Ellen, the
el.-.t -i-t>r. take:- hl-r icat at the piano. A handkerchief
is hidden while some one, whose duty it is to find it, is out of
When the music strikes up, he comes in, and begins the
search. The nearer he comes to the hiding-place, the
louder the music sounds. So, by listening carefully, he
finds the place at last; and then you should hear how Ellen A
(who is a fine player) brings out the full force of the "Anvil
Sometimes we play, "Apprentice my Son." Did you ever
play that? This is the way it goes. Suppose Ellen begins:
" I'prenticed my son to a market-man, and the first thing
he sold was some C."-" Cranberries!" shouts Jane. "No."
-" Cutlets," says Tom. Yes." Then Tom 'prentices his
son; and so the game goes on.
After a while, perhaps, my eldest brother, John, takes his
turn. He is fifteen years old, and full of his jokes. So lie
begins: "I 'prenticed my son to a burglar "- Stop "
says Ellen : that won't do."-" I should like to know," says
John, if I hadn't a right to put my son where I pleased." -
" No," says Jane : give him some honest trade."
Very well, then," says John, here's something that will
puzzle you. I 'prenticed my son to a baker; and the first
thing he sold was some B." -" Bread!" shouts Mary.
" Ah!" says John. "How came you to think of that?
Ellen, we mustn't let that child study much. Her mind is
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developing too fast. But, after all, M;
--__ right. You should have said Buns.'
c -There are many other games that w
ing some nonsense with them, we mak
good as new.
V But I must tell you what we did last
all seated around the dining-room ta
volume of The Nursery." Ellen, Ja
their favorite work of cutting out pap(
pen and ink, was giving one of the d
Then John held up a paper that he I
-J~. cast a shadow on the wall. Tell me
It looks like a fir-tree," said I. T
John. We all looked again, and soon
1 ?". John then amused us with some mo
-- some made with his hands, and some
by we all tried our hands at it; and
delusion that Shadows on the Wall w
ary, you are not quite
e play; and, by mix-
e the old ones just as
Evening. We were
tble. I had the last
ne, and Mary were at
er dolls. Tom with a
olls a most beautiful
iad been cutting, and
vhat that is," said he.
nothing else ? asked
made out a funny old
re queer shadows,-
with paper. By and
we came to the con-
as a very good game.
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A TRUE STORY AItUT A 1P1.
THE pig was an Eastpor-t ,i._. ,iii liv l.,1 in a -t \ N it 1 ii,
brother and sister pigs. (h 1:' 1 I: ti i..1 t" ,_.t ',it if tlhe
sty. It was a hard task: ;an 1 Il w...- ;il. ..1. ii n_: it 11i,
when he gave a jump, an:i' f...iiiil liii -. t m 11 1n tl.. '111i1 -111 ,l
of the fence.
He walked to the house whi n.i li- i,.i.-t..I ii ..,i. ,. i,1 \\.i nt
straight into the kitchen. Ti ,.- ii;,.i xu:, i ii iln.- ..i lu.n
hanging out her clothes, 1Ilit in til.- kit, .irl. l.-,ili., .i'i l 'i -.
Hearing something movi!._ i 1minI1] 11.-. -.. tii n-.,.l ,,.,i .1inl.
and there was our pretty littl-, \\ lit. iN _.-.
He looked as if he waint.'i -, l,..ljnin. t .... ..t -11t.. ,,.v
him some apples, some so uI 1 ll. ,i .. ii I iiIiI ilnit- lle
had a jolly good dinner. :mll1 Il.i \a Int i.. k t I, li-.' -i .
The maid told the people in tli. i-.- :iliit it : ;ni. tll...
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.1 TrE f_',.L1 AI-UT A PIG.
:.,il thli-v \'wi.ill u ,iti the ni-xt .1 v to see if he would come
He ,.- l '.i:,i ;:i.llin. EiEv,-i dy lie made a morning call;
anid [,c.ttff ..i1n h1e I.- l-.in to -tiy v;round the door. He was
1.1_, \ I t, all *'uniiin.l tli:it It.. I:> ..,me the pet of the whole
Ilii. ll.,I l. A l.lue ril.,.l'i w;: ti.;I ] .Iround his neck; and he
i\\-- tlltt--,..i mi til lv .;I ;- x, in :i- a little pig could be.
Iri. i 1.i\ 11v iii.i--.i v1 -li, t ii \u town to buy some meat
fo'r linri.:i : ;:i ;i- le ,'--nt iito. the market, he heard a
litti'-le .iitiii. n i-. Hi. l.ll-lk'.l1 l und, and there was the
pi. i-it i.lhi1 iiiii. Will x-u l-lieve it, when I tell you
thl.t piggy ha;d fiulu~\ d hli. ia.i telr, and waited at the door
for him to come out ? It is really true. He was so tame,
that he followed his master everywhere.
But, after a while, this pig grew so fond of his sty, that
he forgot to make his morning call. His master went down
town, and no pig came running along behind him. The
pretty blue ribbon was black and muddy. Our pet pig
looked just like the other pigs. He loved to root in the
ground, and wallow in the mire. The charms of his youth
were gone. He was only a pig, after all. MARGARET ARNOLD
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M H( )R ABOUT "ZIP COON."
,, i : ,i. ites This is what I told you
,.1 ,I- i'' nt-1 in large red letters on the door of
', Zil,.- IinI-.. .iiter he had grown so cross and
"L 1 snappish that lie had to be chained up in the
A big countryman came one day with a load of potatoes.
Zippy was inside his house, pretending to take a nap. The
man saw the printed letters on the little door, and said to
himself, Zip Coon where is he ? I'd like to see him."
So he stooped down, and thrust his hand into the house.
You know you can never catch a coon asleep any more
than you can a weasel. Zippy's bright little eyes were wide
open: so, when the countryman's big hand came bouncing
in at the door, Zip, quick as li.lt l.iiJ, seized it in his teeth,
and gave it a terribly hard bite.
Goodness, gracious sakes!" cried the man, pulling out
his bleeding hand. "What surprising' chaps them coons
be!" He-hadn't seen Zippy; but he felt enough of him: so
he hurried down cellar with his potatoes, and when he came
back had the empty bag wound about his smarting hand.
Zip Coon was very fond of raw eggs. He would take one
up in both his hands, and pound it down hard on the wood-
house floor. This would crack the shell. Then lie would
turn the egg around, hold it to his mouth, and suck the
inside out, just as you would suck an orange. After he had
sucked the shell clean, he would put one little hand inside,
scrape the empty shell, and then lick his fingers so as to eat
every bit of the egg-meat.
One day, Isabella's sister Ellen gave Zippy a nice, large,
fresh egg. He was very glad to get it, you may be sure,
and ate it as I have told you. Then he wanted another,
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j't ; .u -i-, i:tii,.: \i]t .,mother orange. So he took
I1,1 ,t Ell,.ni ll, i, 'irili j..- of his hands, and with the
,-.,i II lt \. -.,y ii li. -I -.-,- ,I!id peeped up with his sharp
When he found no egg in the sleeve he was angry. He
looked up in Ellen's face in a very wicked way, then stooped
down and buried his teeth in her wrist. Then he turned
and ran into the house, clanking his chain after him.
Zippy was not always so wicked as this, even after he had
to be chained up; but he was very mischievous. Once, the
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.SA. AND HIS GOATS.
-,.it. in ti kit: hen heard a terrible racket in the wood-
hou ie. They wenlt out there and found Zippy on a high
shelf where the blacking-brushes were kept. He was throw-
ing the blacking-boxes and brushes down, as fast as he could,
and there they lay scattered about the floor. His chain was
so long, that he had climbed up on the shelf and was having
a good time.
But, after a while, Zip Coon became so fierce that Isabella
didn't know what to do with him. She was afraid he would
do something terrible to somebody : so she gave him to a
man who carried him way off where Isabella and her sisters
never saw him any more. And this is all 1 have to tell you
about Zip Coon. HELEN IMARR.
SAM AND HIS GOATS.
'AM was a boy Jbi'it i -..,- Iv.-: ,l I. IH- li-,l in -'
S the country, l, .1. 1 ni little 1 ,.k-.n1 -t.i .
dog, Jack, t... pl.-.y it, l i h n. S..,n it'-ti-1t i '
goat. H e tl-.i.-iLt thi.t il t i ,.,:.ul,1 ,..nly l_11 .- ,
goat, he would I '. i. til tlv 1l-1 ],.
t^ / ~O ne day, il i '". ] ,ii li.,., iI,- i_, t 'i i' ''".''". "
his papa can .- ii.ii ,u iilr ,,i 1'n ,i ii 1,:\ v. 11 I '
som thing ti' '1 111 ti.- li tlit l .. ..1 i. \ -. ,il. 1.
W hen he saw Sam he stc'ii ,..l tin.- I.. -I :,ii 1 i :- i ll.l. ii- ;
come here, I have somethi,- l- 1' : 'i.
Sam ran there as fasi .d oi- '.. l. .n1i ., i. t 1' -- .
think ?--papa lifted two i tl t _.:,.. t- ..nt ..f tinh- ,i..i.,:in. m 1 '.1
put them down on the ..'i i' ~.i- ".. t w .. l.-. i i.- '
one was white. Sam wa I1 l i,- i, l t ki'.,. v' ..t It t
to do. H e just jum ped ul ., I .I ,.':.,n itI i.1l li-.t. '
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SAM AND HIS GOATS.
too; but he did not like them much. He barked at them as
hard as he could; but the goats did not mind him at all.
Pretty soon mamma came to see what Sam had. When
she saw the goats, she said, Why, papa, what will become
of us if we have two goats on the place ?" But she was
Sglad because Sam was glad; and Sam gave his papa about a
hundred kisses to thank him for the goats.
For some weeks, the goats ran about the yard, and ate the
grass; and Sam gave them water to drink, out of his little
pail, and salt to eat, out of his hand. He liked to feel their
soft tongues on his hand as they ate the salt. The goats
would jiimp and run and play, and Sam thought it was fine
ifu to run and play with them. Jack would run too, and
bark all the time.
But by and by Sam began to get tired of his goats, ard
his mamma was more tired of them than Sam was. The-.
ate the tops off of her nice rose-bushes; they ran over hen
flower-beds; and one day, when the door was open, one of
them ran into the parlor and jumped up on the best sofa.
Mamma said this would never do: so the next day pap
found a man who said he would give Sam fifty cents for tl-_,
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.S.-11 .J/l' HIS GOA2S.
hl.it.~ A- ,S III .iit'-1 to buy a drum, he was glad to
-.1i tii.. ._ it iI i \; 1i Itlry -ents in his pocket he felt very
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l'1- ti n 11. tin c i,,.t \\; lI't in the orchard, and he liked
it tli.r :'.! ii. 1i.-l. ii:' lik l to have Sam come and play
w itl i lil. A -.....' i id .. Sam coming, he would run to
!II.:-.l iili,. i l iln-i liimi with his head, in play, and try to
ji.nl '.. i i li i i n .
The guat gre-vw vey alt,,- much faster than Sam did; so
that soon he was quite a big
goat, while Sam was still a
very small boy. He got to be
"'I o so much stronger than Sam,
that Sam was a little afraid of
One day, when they were
Splaying, the goat lit S.in li 'iili
t his lead, and h il1,. .,.1 lil,,
down. Sam was -, i, l. Il.
T.. .. s got up, as fast as ir. .oi.ll .. I i
him w" tried to run to ii, t..: ILit
ai the goat ran a: l. 1ilh iI.1
Sam had to climb into a tree. It was a ni .. 1,h-1,..
Sam had often sat up there before, and liked it: 1.i1. i ,.\i
that. he was forced to sit there, he did not like ii .11i 11.
The goat, staid at the foot of the tree, and, wi. I, S..i, il t i Il
to come down, he would shake his ]head at him..,- it t... -.
"Come down if you dare." Sam did not ,i.i.. .- hi
dear! said he, what shall I do ?"
There were some green apples on the tr..- : .irl S.i
thought, that, if lie threw them at the goat, I-. tibi .1 v
him away: so lie began to pick the apples, an I titl i til iI
at the goat.
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The first one hit the goat right on his head ; but n .in iit
hurt, hii at all. lie just went to where the appl.. I i,. .In
ate it up1 ; and every time that Sam threw an appl.- ,,t lir
the goat would eat it, and then look at Sam, as it t -.jy,
" That is good. Give me some more."
At last Sam said, Oh, you bad, bad goat! I wi-h you
would go away. If you don't go away, I'm afraid I -I 11
cry." Then he thought of Jack, and called, I. I. i- k
Here, Jack!" Jack came running up to see A.liht Sin
wanted. Sam said, At him, Jack At him, Ja( k '
Jack ran at the goat, and barked at him and tri-. t. Iit,:.
him: ; but the goat kept turning his head to Jack. -I... lit
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J.-,:k oiill Inot 2'et a chance to bite him. At last the goat
;gut tii-.'i I.f le.,iiiig Jack bark, and thought he would give
him one hard knock, and drive him away.
So he took a step or two back, and then ran forward, as
hard as he could, to hit Jack. But, when his head got to
where Jack had been, Jack was not there: he had jumped
away. The goat was going so fast, that he could not stop
himself, but tumbled over his head, and came down on his
back with his legs sticking up in the air.
Sam laughed so hard that he almost fell out of the tree,
and Jack was so glad, that he jumped and barked, and
tried to bite the goat's legs. At last the goat got up and
walked over to the other side of the orchard as far as he
could go. Then Sam jumped down out of the tree, and ran
to tell his mamma all about it. MARY DEY.
AND how do yon vret to Toy-land? ? I. .
To all little pe1ipli th1 : ji y-l;iid..
Just follow vy 11r ni-,, .[ "
And go on til.-t,'s :
It's only a miniut.- t, Tv-lnd.
And oh! but -t', _iv il Ti,-ln,1, -
T h is b right t, mi,:-r. v .irl-;irld -1.,,,v-l;i.nd- ;.;,-..".,- .- "-
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And woolly d''-;.- \\hlil
That never \\ill L1,. '
You'll meet on thII 1iiih \-v;i\ in Tr,,1-];in. .
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READY FOR THE LAWN GAMES
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Society's fine in Toy-land;
The dollies all think it a joy-land;
And folks in the ark
Stay out after dark;
And tin soldiers regulate Toy-land.
There's fun all the year in Toy-land:
To sorrow 'twas ever a coy-land;
And steamboats are run,
And steam-cars, for fun:
They're wound up with keys down in Toy-land.
Bold jumping-jacks thrive in Toy-land;
Fine castles adorn this joy-land;
And bright are the dreams,
And sunny the beams,
That gladden the faces in Toy-land.
How long do we live in Toy-land ?
This bright, merry girl-and-boy-land;
A :ew days, at best,
We stay as a guest,
Then good-by forever to Toy-land!
B, NB,; the children to tl
SWhere the sheep are s
-.. With the birds and butt
-- Let them now be pla?
I the hollow on the hi
All the green lawn ov
Il Through the yellow butt
.'.., .. Down among the clov(
ith the sunshine sin their hearts,
In their cheeks the roses,
Let them breathe the balmy air,
Let them gather posies.
In the merry month of June,
Summer's fairest weather,
Let the children and the flowers
Bud and bloom together.
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WANT to tell you about the little squirrel we have.
SHis name is Frisky. He came from New Jersey,
Sand was quite tame when we got him. We thought
it would be better to let him out in the fresh air
among the trees; so we let him out.
I was awav at aunt Liizzie's; lint I came home early.
Just as Henry and I were going to bed,- Henry is my
brother, the cook called me, and, of course, Henry came
after me to see what was the matter.
I could not understand what it was at first ; but pretty
soon 1 saw it was Frisky up in one of the trees on our place.
Frisky never bites: so it was not much trouble to catch him.
All the servants were there; but they could not catch
him, because he ,did not know them: so 1 made them stand
back, and held out a peanut to him. He came down and
ate it; those hIe trusted me, and came down and ate another.
As soon as I got him within reach, I seized lim and gave
him to William, the gardener, who, while I held the door
open, popped him into his cage. I am eight years old, and
my name is MARY WINSOR.
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NELLIE AND KITTY.
EE little Nellie ,i kit .I .I1
waked up early ; I i --. V' -1- \. --1-- 1
She was just ..i. ,' i.ktl
up on the bed, anii -nt.:.d1 t- wi v -thnldi 1" a .'
Then she got a string .-1i ._ n t.', .I i. ith v 1.i it ty: -:
that when the nurse ( a,,Ii i -.' l.. i tl ii th.i ai.l |i
One day, Nellie was p. in iii n i .1. .. ,1 .1 iit it 1..\ X
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in her lap. Kitty, who had been watching her all the time,
jumped up in Nellie's lap, pushed the doll out, and lay down,
looking at her mistress, as if to say, -
"What did you take her up for ? I am the only one that
has any right here."
HE old hawk has been caught t last, and has been
put in a cage, from which lie cannot escape to do
any more mischief. The fowls all come from the
barnyard to see him. They dare go near him now,
for they know he cannot harm them.
The sparrow looks saucily at him, saying'. Ah, ha, Sir
Hawk You have scared me many a time v.; l your sharp
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claws and hooked beak; but now I am a match for you. It
was fine fun for you to kill little chickens. Now you see
what comes of it."
"Yes indeed," cries the turkey, "he killed seven dear
little chickens. How glad I am that he is caught at last!
I'll give him a piece of my mind now, but he can't have
any more chickens."
"Ah says the hawk, you talk very bravely ; but, if I
were let out of this cage, you would not stare at me much
The fowls walk slowly away without saying more. But
the pert young sparrow bristles up, and dares the hawk to
come out and fight him. It is very easy to be brave when
there is no danger. LEONORA, from the German.
WHEN the roses bloom sweet and red,
And the daisy has lifted her shining head;
When birds are still in the brooding nest, -
Of all the seasons summer is best.
When the golden-rod's torches shine, -
And the purple grapes drop ripe from the vine;
When the reddening maples light up the way,
There is nothing so good as an autumn day.
When the hills are white with snow,
And only the frostflowers dare to blow;
When sleigh-bells chime from far and near, -
Winter's the best time of all the year.
When the wild brooks begin to leap,
And out of the earth the mosses creep;
When swallows twitter, and robins call, -
Spring is the very best time of all.
MAIIY N. PRESCOTT.
'Tis summer's hottest weather;
But Dick and Tom start bravely forth
For blueberries together.
Their tin pails glitter in the light,
The dippers in them rattle,
As up the long green lane they go,
Among the browsing cattle. l
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BL UEBERR YING.
Close underneath the pasture fence
They find some scattered bushes:
"There is some better place beyond,"
Says Dick, and on he pushes,
Through tangled brake, o'er stumbling stones,
And up some steep black ledges,
Where thick the blueberry-bushes grow
Along the rocky edges.
"But these are very dry and small,"
Says Tommy : "I would rather
Look round and find some better place,
And larger berries gather."
Down, the sharp rocks, across the brook,
And through a bog, they ramble :
They find some berries, big and blue,
Outpeering from a bramble.
"These dreadful iru inni l.l c : l-:rr -V -'I .
Says Dick: "t \ arc so i v .-- .,'!
I will not stop; imIn bI:ttcr place ', 'a'
We surely shall ind quickly."
Through the lon:, Fil-ld they wandering g .tri.,
In the hot sin-hine ,-in .
"Beneath the 1xc.i d-.ll t trI <, iay\-s T. -m, "
"There must I., niic- r- I''
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And so they find them thick and ripe;
But, from among them darting,
A hissing adder lifts its head,
And, suddenly upstarting,
The frightened boys drop both their pails,
The berries from them spilling.
"Let's hurry home," says Tom. Says Dick,
I'm sure that I am willing."
So back they come with tattered clothes,
Scratched, sunburnt, soiled, and tired;
"To go again," says pouting Tom,
I never could be hired."
" Oh, dear! oh, dear! oh, dear!" cries Dick,
A doleful little fretter,
"WVe've lost each good place we have had,
By looking for a better!"
.- HO do you suppose Jack was ? Not a boy, nor a
dog, nor a horse, nor a parrot. He was a fat little
donkey, who lived on a large farm with thirteen
X() other donkeys, all fat too, and they had nothing
to do all day long but eat and be happy.
Jack thought there never before had been such fortunate
creatures as they were, and did not dream of separation
from his dear friends. But one day a man came up with a
rope, and, before the donkeys knew what he was doing,
threw it over poor little Jack's neck, and tried to lead him
But Jack hadn't the least intention of going. Oh, dear,
no He planted his feet firmly on the ground, while the
man pulled, and pulled, and pulled, but could not make
him stir a step. At last the man gave up and went away;
but he came back the next day with two more men.
Then, spite of Jack's firmness, his legs were bound, and
he was laid in a wagon, and carried miles and miles away
from all his dear companions.
His new home was a small farm where there were no
friends for him at all. Jack soon grew so lonely, that he
even felt anxious to scrape acquaintance with the hens and
chickens. But they all rushed wildly away as soon he ap-
proached; and one old hen cackled out, Good gracious, my
children, my children! do keep out of the way of that ugly
Jack was so grieved that he did not dare to make any
more attempts at sociability that day; and, indeed there
was no one else he could speak to, except Growler, the big
"A fine day, sir," said Jack, carelessly sauntering by the
LO ELY JACK.
Bow-wow-wow! barked Growler, making a frantic rush
for Jack's legs.
Now donkeys don't often run; but Jack ran then as fast
as he could go, straight across to the other end of the field,
and right into a lot of the most delicious nettles.
But what pleasure can one find in dainty fare when one is
alone ? Jack stood looking around till he happened to spy a
goat who seemed to be about as sad as himself.
"Are you homesick ?" asked Jack.
N,:,." -.iiil tli: o:at mournfully.
Sine' : tlir kin. of sick?" suggested Jack, glad to find
ounVt u ue \who uiLLd give him a civil answer.
No," answered the goat; but my mouth waters to taste
those little tender twigs on that tree just out of my reach.
If I only had a box," he added, shaking his head, "or some-
thing to stand on, I could get them easily."
"Jump up on my back, and eat as many as you want,"
said Jack, ever ready to do a favor.
The goat hesitated. I am afraid I might hurt you, he
Nothing ever hurts me," responded Jack. Jump up."
So the goat took courage, made a leap, and landed safely on
the donkey's back.
Jack stood there patiently while his new friend made a ,""
(d ,tI v feast.
Is it good ?" he ask-l. "
Delicious Oh, so .:. Bit .i.1 ti.- .--. t r.ke
off in a frightened mainnmi',. D.-i't 1-, ..' l- i.. i
again after a moment. -- Tler' t t iii i l.....ii. at i.L.
Oh, dear me, what will l- : .
Nothing," said Jack. .. itiit.. i, It imi l'":k
if he wants to."
No, no I had better ..-t .1.: .vii." --ii lil ..
"Don't be afraid." th.- ,1-. k i -i-t.... -, S' i\ t L t.. 1 '' :
eat as much as you want
The goat was not willing t.. 1 thl I lit i.: .-,inl. : -.. iti
one eye still on the fat i,,. I--i- 1 .- t .-it :.-. in. HIi-
master, after staring at t i I ....uIpl- t...r Ii .in-. ''
burst into a loud laugh, .ii.l w, ,v. -'V..
"There, I've had en,.-.i ." ti ....i t -.i ii lt i .1 -i ..t
pleasure, as he jumped c.it .1 ,. k .,:k. "" Thlk I: .'' ,. ,
much. Let's be friends."
-. ..... '.. 4.. ...y W- ,.
,." L, 1- 7-- 'a : =: -=-"
Jack was so delighted with this suggestion, that he brayed
until the hills re-echoed with the sound of his voice. And
from that day to this the donkey and goat have been
inseparable friends. We never see one without the other.
OH, but she is such a dear little mite! .
Never at rest: even now, as I write, ,
Going out shopping, or making a call,
Talkin- to chairs, rocking dolly so
Never a leaf
When the N
Ask for a ki
" Haven't go
Are the bird
Or the wee i
Or the bright
Long for hei
Oh the swee
f on the sunshiny tree, :
wind blows, is as tireless '
ss, she will quietly say, -
t time: I'm too busy to-day."
s weary when down goes the sun ? '
lambkins when homeward they run?
it butterflies folding their wings ?
s, crickets, and all merry things?
this dear busybody of ours".
r rest with the close of the flowers. .
t lips that so lovingly say,
,- so tired, I've been busy to-day!" ._
Mt *'FrG ^'ZS
'Z~r ~ >-
I )'INu (' RN.
'- i. ,ii t i nice corn
Out ol the bowl,
I nto the popper,
Over the coal,-
i The bright glowing coal.
Shake now, for your life,
The fine golden grain;
S Now listen! what strife
Goes on there amain!
S Hear it! Pop, pop!
Pop, pop! Pop, pop!
Now the popper is full,
'i The shaking must stop.
Bring the dish, little Rosie,
Come, Jamie and Josie,
And out we will pour
Our nice puffy store.
'. I So crisp and so light,
"-"', So tender and white!
What were beads of gold
When put in the hopper,
Into flowers unfold,-
*'^0 magical popper!
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EDITH AND THE
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H tie on m y hat 'lliilck. dl .-r ni,.I1, ,. 11. -''.." ,il, ,1
Edith Gray, rulnil ,_ l .-t ir- .,- l.,-t L- 1 Ill,.
Feet would carry i', : *- f'.r *.i. hula -., ~ I ,., _',
with her to see tl .1 i.:li:l ."
Edith was fcu ,-..n i .11. liid lid i: ':i ti' .1 .
before, for the first tii':- i ii 1:-i lif,-. t': st:v .'ti :; l.i.'
farm. She had never s.-ii xlnn.- Iik :-,-:.- 't ii tni'.-
books: so you can in,. in ii'- l 1I.. \vIi i t thl
thought of seeing real liv. ..- -
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---,P g -f-r ;- -- ... t .. J 4 -',
READY FOR THE PARTY
US : 't,
pi .l '.Lw
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-D 1I1L HIICtKENS.
Slie \\ ..i ..n' iil t I. farnii.ilr., ani. after feeding the little
t:Lir.- \ithl in.-.il .iii1 wvit.r. -h.ty-pudding she called it,
-- .-le iD --l. t.p l 'i.I -,. t' 1.et thnt.-i, that her kind grand-
,II'tli_..r .ii, ,. We 1. 'l-.Ir, I]. 11 "y'-.uir apron, and I will put
-'.in Ir.f tir chickli'- in; I.ii ut ..'i.i must handle them very
E,.litli w::l- il-,li-ht.-'l, a1 I. '--r --.:1 to carry them into the
In-iu.I-e f:'r Ill.-nimiir. ti-' e. 1 (Il i'.lther-hen, who was busy
-..rat.Iriii fr ti '- r- -.t -_f h1-r l.,:,:.. did not at first notice'
it \v, ,..i'i: .' 111. hiut. Ii11 -i.' saw Edith walking off
\ itlh .-iii:I- 4.f Ii-t 1 li .i -2. Ir. I"-_. to spread her wings,
.1 1111 it ',. t I1- f.i tl'. -r- l .i-i.i -i l in hen fashion.
Thini thl tall uld uu,,lr ,stui4htened himself up and
looked down at lior, as much as to say, What a goose you
are to make such a fuss! The little girl will bring your
chicks back all safe."
And so she did ; and the next day, when she picked them
up and petted them again, Mrs. Hen did not say a word,
but seemed quite pleased and proud. AUNT SUSAN.
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TIIE (RICKETS' SOCIAELE.
I .. .i., i n,, .:. I, '. afterr tw elve 5
l .1 : I -I ,,1,1 l.MIIl, 1 .1 11 .- 1 ,, n ot a p u ss
When out popped twenty couples, all chirp-
ing loud and clear:
The moon peeped in the window, as if it -
paused to hear. -
The band stood on a table, a fiddle and a
The former was a trifle flat, the latter rather
But, oh the jolly dancing, the capers queer R
and gay !
Why, pigeon-wings were nothing, and double- .
The belles reclined in corners, and chatted
to the beaux,
Who looked so neat and graceful, each turn-
ing out his toes
And all the daddy-crickets were happy as
could be, -..
Their little baby-crickets they dandled on
A Daddy Longlegs handed a lady out to
'Twas said he was a baron, -quite modest '
was her glance;
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THE CRICKETS' SOCIABLE.
He kissed her hand politely, his style they all admired,
He bowed to her sedately; she courtesied and retired.
A dozen tiny crickets then tried a minuet,
And many other dances whose names you would forget.
The fiddler scraped up louder, a mouse peeped out to see,
But laughed his head off nearly to mark such jollity !
The supper, oh, that supper From brimming cups of dew
They sipped, and luscious goodies were spread out, not a few.
They handed round in slices a dainty Christmas cake
Th.at very much resembled a tiny snowy flake.
They didn't stop till morning ; they heard a rooster crow,
And then the merry tiddler put away his bow;
And twenty jolly couples with weary legs retire
As Bridget pops in lively to make the kitchen-fire.
THE DC)LL THAT FANNY FOUND.
'ANNY went to spend her vacation with her grandma,
Swho lived in the country. For a whole week every
day was pleasant, and she had a lovely time.
She picked berries for grandma to make pies.
She drove the cows home from the pasture every
night. She rode into the fields in the hay-cart, and came
home on the big loads of hay. She fed the chickens, and
played with the kittens. But at last there came a rainy
Fanny heard the rain pattering on the window the first
thing when she awoke in the morning. As soon as grand-
ma opened the door to call her, she cried out: 0 grandma!
see how it rains! What shall I do to-day?"
"You can stay in the house with me," said grandma; I
have not seen much of my little girl yet."
"Well, you must tell me w I..t t, i .. ..,ill F1 1 v.
"You can go up in the .*;- i .1 ltil plav ITli, i.s \lir,_
your mother and aunt Sai r-l, l -,l t i -p.:n. a .....l in.i v .
rainy days," said grandma
So, after breakfast, Fann.-, \i-nit intll ti ,-..,it T itt
was a very large room, cont.tini.; ,.I1,1 'l'ii.ji iri -\ lL ..-. l.1I--t '
boxes, and many other thiit_.--- ,il :i.- i .,i .i. iii' .n l
Now for a grand rumni.i. 1i1 F. I. Hmil h10 H.. I
to look over the boxes and .-i.--t t.. -... \\lw .I i ....- i .i 1 li il.
In som e of the boxes th,--,. \ -r I.....1. .1.,i 11. I, -.' ..[
one of them there were Il.1 ..I .,1l, i,.- ....t. F.i x '
pulled the things out of t!li' I,'.::. ,n, ..Iti -, .i .,tl .i. 1I. .1
she reached the bottom, sli: .- ii -- 1. I l I 1 ..,ii1 i'
what have I found! "
It was a large old-fashioi-.1 '..-l,. In i-i L. 1 .1 -
*,( 1 -r^ ;'/ "
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THE DOLL THAI FANNY FOUND.
real baby a few weeks old. Its face and clothes were soiled
and faded ; its cap was torn and yellow ; and it had but one
shoe: but the little girl was delighted with it.
She had a number of handsome dolls at home; but she
had never seen one like this before.
"How nice and soft it is to hold said Fanny. I must
=aby u er=Nw mw s btii
go right down and sliow it to grandma, and ask her all
"Oh," said grandma. laughing, I made that doll for
your mother when she was a little girl. I remember how
pleased she was with it. She named it Sally."
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'v -:- '= ,?i-r,
S"I tliii ..:i ,iiv 1'- splendid, and I am going to play
v ir.l l 11 iT Itli I,- in here," said Fanny.
Al il.- i-.I1 .. -. cation. Sally was Fanny's pet and
i 1. ril: l.- I. I ni.'.w clothes for her, took her out to
\ i .: ,,,i il' -'. i ,. -. and put her to bed every night.
1I i i i' 1i.'n '. ii n.,,y see Fanny and Sally out in the
l i[- t.-. ,t h,.-,'. NM. M. HATHAWAY.
.. ___ Mits. F., a lady living not far from
']i', ~ Boston, has a bantam hen, who, every
-' ----- spring morning, walks into the house,
and lays an egg in a rocking-chair.
After laying the egg, Mrs. Bantam
--- jumps up on the wind -.i---- it .i.1 -.I -.
Cut, cut, cut, cut-ah.-,. t '
A turkey belonging to this same lady, wi ,, i- il..I l1
of pets, once came off her nest with one poo: litt]- f11 i.-i.li_.l-I,
a duck appeared, about the same time, wit. L 'l -Ii. Il I.:-
ling; and, strangely enough, a hen was roa iii .- l.I.iii \\ i111
one solitary chicken.
Mrs. F. thought that the three young onr.- il.:il .1- ,. 11
make one family: so she put the young iti i. 11 1 f Ii.'
duckling with the hen, and Mistress Biddy 1 ..... ... I1 t1,.,-i
with her own chicken, just as though sl ~ ii. 1.. tiI.-
mother of them all.
Mrs. F. used to take all three up in 1.-I li | .1 i.1 I '.. -.
them. When put down, the turkey and th .li- I -.lii_ ... nil.l
stretch their long necks up, looking wistf 11'. ii I1. .1 if
coaxing her to take them up again. But th.. I. k1n 1i.
not seem to care about being petted.
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"TIT FOR TAT."
LITTLE Tommy Tompkins sitting on a log
Holds a conversation with a consequential frog.
" Little Tommy Tompkins," says that frog, says he,
" Yesterday I saw you fling a stone at me.
" I had my new green coat on : you nearly ruined that!
Little Tommy Tompkins, I believe in 'tit for tai,' "
" Please, I didn't mean to," cries Tommy in Ili 1,
" I know boo-hoo- 'twas wrong. I know it wasn't right."
" Little Toimmy Tompkins," the dreadful frog replies,
" Dry your tears, and stop your noise, and from that log arise.
" The sport of being stoned you shall have a chance to see;
I hope it will be fun for you ; 'twill be jolly fun for me."
Then on a sudden Tommy goes tumbling with a splash
Down to the muddy water, while f,. .;.. makes a dash,
And, sitting on ite log, oh many a stone throws he,
Hitting wretched little Tommyn with considerable glee.
" Hold on cries Tommy, vainly. You're nothing tl, .. f. "
Comes the answer, as the stones fly faster from the log
Was ever boy so wretched was ever frog so glad !
I really don't know what would have happened to the :i.
But by chance a wandering bee sting young Tommiiy o I I ..
And, waking from a fearful dream, up from that log he :i
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A. KNOWING DOG.
THEL is never tired of talking about her dog Flash.
One of his accomplishments, she tells me, is his
graceful way of setting the table.
When it is time for Flash to have his dinner, his
master says, Flash, bring the table-cloth !"
Off he runs to the newspaper-
rack, gets a paper, and lays it
at his master's feet. '" Spread
it outi is the next command.
Quickly lie opens the paper to
its full extent, and places it on
the floor carefully. He waits
patiently for the bones that are
to reward his obedience. When
they have been put on the clean
" table-cloth," he begins his nice
feast. Dinner over, Flash picks
up the paper cloth, and carries
it out of the room for the cook
Ethel says that Flash i., il11
time; for at just such a ili,0ll,.
every day, the dog come- t.
his master, sits up straigi, t.
with his front paws droolp-1
ing gracefully, and asks, it
his dumb way, for somctlhiiit- t.. .1 ti
comes for his master to .- iuI r\ II 1t, I,- iil.- FI -1, 1t
sure to give him a hi-,,t ,, Fl i-i i- \ llII.tl.ll ..
see, and does not approv-. -I .,i.
One day Flash brought .- iil ,, ., Ili L i '., -.tt.c.
-' .. -- "` ;""d .,, -* -i'-
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iI~i 'i/Lb 8 ILLEi I.
.I1n' ilil.l,,li,.,.:l liini 1 i. I!i., i.i-i. :. Flash stood wagging
hi- t.il. \ l il'- th-: ..Ill.:r wi. plIii-r ly caressed. Then the
tw,., .1,:,-.. tr..,tt,:-.l ...i t -.. .tli. ,nd Flash's play ate had a
in. I., tI- .' P. -.ilt .'II. Il- i't itll li-.t. GEURGE PACKARD.
N!\OT I E AIR'S CALLER.
i -r I\ T- ,T 1r up-n tl,- ,l..,. ; lray who can it be ?
,ucli a 1.ht upull hr IhlL.a, lar too large a size,-
Such a mass of tangled curls hanging in her eyes !
Do come in, my lady small, here's the rocking-chair:
Taking out your family for the morning air ?
This child fell and hurt her head ? that was very sad:
Other dolly broke her arm ? wasn't it too bad ?
What, not going Stay awhile, it is early yet:
Come and see me soon again; now, do not forget.
Ahl I've seen that face before, dimples, curls, and all,-
'Tis my own dear little girl come to make a call."
I E S. l I 1 11,' R EI
"I am Mr. Brownie Squirrel,
.<.;iillp.red quickly up a tree ;
There he sat, and from the branches
Chattered gayly unto me.
"I am Mr. Brownie Squirrel,
And my home is in the ground:
There I live; but in this nut-tree
Oftener I may be found.
" Long before the bright sun rises,
Here to gather nuts I roam :
They'll be needed in the winter
By my little ones at home.
"For when shrill the north wind whistles
Through these branches black and bare,
When the nuts and leaves have vanished,
And the snow fills all the air-
" Then, to pay me for my trouble,
I'll have plenty and to spare.
Safe at home I'll pass the winter,
Little for the storm I'll care.
THE SQ UIRREL.
"That reminds me I am idle;
While I'm talking here to you.
Why, dear me how dark it's growing!
And 1 still have work to do."
Th rowing then a nutshell at me,
Winking with his eyes so bright,
Off he scampered through the branches,
Where he soon was lost to sight.
Grandma heard about the squirrel,
Straightway then did grandma make
Many little squirrels like it, --
Only hers were made of cake!
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OLD I.\( 1..
EAR m e !" exclaiin..l M1 Sii- it .1 L ..-.. _.1 f'r.,i
|' I the kitchen-winr l.-w A..t lii. t.i in li:[--: tii.r,[ :lre
uncle Joe, and aiant I'I-.. aII ill ti '- l ]- Ti-v
S have come to tea. 1i, ...itjii. til I l i i' t k
of green tea in tI.:- l. U 1-.1 J..-'-. i t .1 i iInk
any thing else, and he iiii-t li i-... v- it.: -i._..i in it t,.i:.
H ere, M ike, M ike! t k. I l.-k t. ii.,1 .1 'I 1 l.lil k. ,ii
go to the store just as ,fa-t : ,- ',1 ji. '-.-t l ', nl tt Ip-
.. ..: ..- ,. .,; ( .
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OLD JA CK.
best green tea and three pounds of white lump sugar. Now
mind you are back in half an hour."
Mike was delighted. He had come to live on the farm
only the week before, and in all his life had never been on
the back of a horse or donkey. He had looked every day
with longing eyes at Jack grazing quietly in the pasture,
and had thought how happy he should be if he were ever
allowed to have a ride on him. So off he started in great
glee, saying to himself, It will be easy enough to manage
this little fellow."
When about half a mile on the way, they came to a brook,
and Mike thought ho would let Jack have a drink. This
was all very well ; but, when Mike wanted to go on, Jack
had changed his mind, and concluded not to go any further.
Mike pulled and pulled on the bridle, trying to turn him
back into the road: but the obstinate creature planted his
feet firmly, and would not budge an inch.
Just then a kind old Irishman came, on the little foot-
bridge, over the brook, and Mike called to him to know what
he should do. Sure, you must have a stick, sonny," said
the man. Donkeys won't go without the stick."
So he cut a stick from a tree near by, and gave it to Mike,
who used it as hard as lie could, but to no purpose. Then
the old1 m1an took another, and, going behind the little beast,
touched him up smartly with it, at the same time giving his
tail a funny little twist.
This was more than Jack could stand. He gave in and
jogged on. But he would go very slowly, in spite of Mike's
urging, and now and then he would amuse himself by kick-
ing out his hind-legs, and trying to throw Mike off.
Once, too, just as they were starting back from the
grocer's he suddenly lay down flat, and threw Mike over his
head, scattering basket and bundles.
OFF FOR THE W1JNTEiR.
P...:.r Mih. -\ ,, i- i dif an hour late ; but, when he told good
Mi -. 1. it. ll Ii- troubles, she excused him. She laughed
iL.il .. I.. II, l, Mike said, like a true-born Irish boy, Sure,
in 1!. I ,I_,'. iit to ride Jack again till I've learned
:I _, IDA FAY.
OFF FOR THE WINTER.
0 SWALLOWS! what can be the matt ?
And what do you mean by your chattlr ?
You sit on the barn-roof by dozens, -
Aunts, grandmothers, uncles, and cousins;
You circle and wheel, then you twitter av ay:
Oh, what are you saying? Do tell me, I prayI."
OFF FOR THE WINTER.
My little one, cold winds are blowing;
\\'e swallows to South-land are going:
We meet in the clear autumn weather,
And plan our long journey together.
\hen spring-time returns, with its green dancing leaves,
We'll come back to our little nests under the eaves."
Sweet wild flowers, oh, where are you hiding ?
In what hidden nook are you biding?
I've wandered the meadows all over,-
There's no breath of wild rose or clover;
No violets peeping through grass-blades I see,
No daisies or buttercups nodding to me."
Then up spake a gentian, late comer,
The last blue-eyed darling of summer,-
To our long winter rest we betake us:
Good-night, till May breezes awake us."
Then her soft downy cap she drew over her hl iad,
And joined her sweet sisters asleep in their bed.
RUTH i 1 F.
I KNOW a houe,: so full of noise,
You'd think a regimen~tof boys,
From early morn till clo, '-f day,
Were busy with their rnmpin4 p.la.
And yet, I'm ready to d- clarL_,
There is but lone small ivoiung-,ter there,-
A little golden-he.adl-.d clhap,
Who used to think hi, mo thelr' lap
The nicest place that e'cr coudI Ib,,
Until he grew -io ig that he
Was most a man. and learned li hat iun
It is to shout and jump and run.
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THE PRETTY DRESS PARADE
MILLY AND JIP.
This restless, noisy little elf
Has learned, alas! to think himself
Too old in mother's arms to sleep;
Yet his blue eyes he cannot keep
From hiding neathh their lids so white;
And, climbing to the sofa's height,
He snuggles down, forgets his play,
And into Dreamland sails away;
And then it is that mamma knows
Why the whole house so silent grows.
MARY D. BRINIE.
MILLY AND JIP.
ti HIS is a little English girl. Her name is Mildred; but
\ she is usually called Milly. She has always lived in
"* a fine old house, with lovely grounds about it, not far
from London. But now she is going, with her father and
mother, to India.
She thinks it will be very nice to be travelling so far
away with them ; but she is sorry to leave her kind grand-
mother, and all her aunts and cousins. She could not help
crying when she said good-by to them.
I cannot go without my Jip," she said to her mother
the day before leaving.
Oh, no, darling! said her mother. I wouldn't think
of leaving the little dog behind. He will be a fine play-
fellow for you on board the ship."
So she has Jip cuddled close in her arms, you see. It is
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IILL AND JIP.
late in November, and the weather is cold. But Milly has
plenty of warm fur wraps to protect her and her pet too.
She will soon be far away from cold weather, and when
she reaches India, she will laugh at the thought of ever
being bundled up in all that fur. JANE OLIVER.
srhI ,e la a eh t of ever
plnt f ar urwrp poec hran hrpe to
She w~iso efraa rmcl eteadwe
sh rahe nda sewillagha tethuhto ee
bengbudldupinal ta fr.a o '
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THE KITTEN'S NECKTIE.
USS, Puss, Puss! where are you?" said little Nellie f
Rich. She had tied a new, bright, i.l,.icv rlilwi: n
on the kitten's neck, and told her to k.- -l: it niiI-w .
S for," said Nellie, my cousin Belle is .. ii" :. :- i
lme this afternoon, and I want to sliv. Ii.' li\v
pretty you can look."
And now naughty puss had run off, and sh,: \.iildl 'w'-o n
back, perhaps, with the new ribbon all rumpl.ld ..,iiid ,,il,:l. .
After searching through the house, Nellie ran '.'ut t l' tih' 7
barn to look for the lost pet. '
Sure enough, there was the kitten, not takii.l tl,. 1l..:-st
care of her necktie, just ready to pounce upon Ili tii':-.e.
Nellie's voice startled her so that she did I:tt tl t li tl hei
mouse, after all. The nimble little rogue dart-.,l itr.. :I I,.le
before kitty could even get her paw on his tail.
But the cherry bow was still safe and unsoill. d. S. after
A THRIFTY FAMILY Y.
.-i.-,ii .ni--. ., -li,:-ture on her disobedience, Nellie took her
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Shun m1lt BDilc at the door, and told her what a search she
had made; while puss, cuddled in her arms, kept up a busy
purring, as much as to say, I'm sorry you were displeased
with me. I really thought you would praise me for trying
to catch that big mouse; for I'm not much more than a
kitten yet." DORA BURNSIDE.
A THRIFTY FAMILY.
'TWAS a bitter cold morning; the new-fallen snow
Had pierced every crack where a snowflake could go;
The streams were all solid, the ice sharp and clear;
And even the fishes were chilly, I fear.
Almost all the wild c i:att.irc- \er,: ti, ,'.ild arnd ...
And sighed for sweet suiv ner, t. -I, and thl l. .:-Id
But one thrifty family, a.- i,1iu ni ul t li, Ir.
Was breakfasting merrily, oui:ri ti_ -i..a.
Close by a tall tree, in a bhole, in tin -I.unii.d,
W which led to a parlor. w\itlh la-.-.e c.i-lii..n:- r.l.und,
Five jolly red squirrel- _'.-r i- sittiin at 'ia,-,
And eating their bre.il.1t..L t, a- .a a ''Li e.
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I HERE can Lily be ? said Mrs. West to hei
sister Helen, as they sat sewing and chat-
ting together. I have not seen the child
this half hour."
When I saw her last," answered Helen.
" she was having a great frolic with her kitten in the hall."
Well," said Mrs. West, I must have a hunt for Miss
Lily. She may be getting into mischief." So she opened
the door, and called, Lily, Lily, where are you?"
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No answer came. Mrs. West looked into the nursery and
bedrooms, but saw nothing of the little girl.
Then she went down stairs and looked into the parlor
and hall. Lily was not there. She opened the front dooi
and called Lily, Lily !" but still in vain.
At last she went into the dining-room, and there, to be
sure, was Lily fast asleep in a large chair, with Dinah the
kitten in her lap, and a little black paw clasped in her
Mrs. West smiled and shut the door softly, saying to her-
self Dear child, she is certainly doing no mischief." Then
she called her sister to come down and peep in at the sleep-
Helen said, Isn't that a pretty picture ? Suppose we
take a big peach from this basket of fruit and put it softly
beside her on the chair to surprise her when she wakes."
When Lily woke soon after, she rubbed her (-,..-. iil1 ..iil.
SWhy, where did this peach come from, I won'1r I 11.,.
I been asleep, and has a fairy dropped it in my ..l.i .'
HOA, Billy!" said a farmer, as he was l"i,'ie ilI.n,,
1 from the mill with a load of meal. W.-'l -i..
here, and you shall have a good drink. Y.:.o i
'(V) need it after climbing up this long hiE.
"There are good people in the wc. IL 1..-_, ti. I-
not. old fellow ? And it certainly was one I1 tl,-in I..
put this trough here for poor beasts like you t:, .link IIm.
Well, you are thirsty, to be sure! Don't v ., .,,,
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leave a drop there ? What do you think the next donkey
that comes along will do ? '
Ah, you prick up your ears, and wink your eye, as much''
as to sy, Never you fear about t.at, my friend. There's
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I1,:, il.n',.r ,t iy V linkingg all there is in this trough, and
p.i i k1ii:w- ,l t,-.il ., I that there is plenty more water in
the spring where this came from.'
So at last, then, you have enough," added the farmer,
as Billy lifted his dripping nose from the water.
Come on then, long ears: we have another hill to climb,
you know, and wife wants some of this meal to make a
corn-cake for supper."
And Billy started on briskly, as if he knew well what
supper meant, and thought lie should have a share of corn-
cake too. UNCLE CHARLES.
KING of the barn-yard here am I.
If any bird my pi:\er deny,
That bird to combI)at I (let;
I raise my ancient battle crv,
Resolved to conquer or to (lie.
Who has the rashness to reply\ ?
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HOW THE SHEEP FOUND BO-PEEP.
LITTLE Bo-peep awoke from her sleep;
Her eyes opened wide and wider;
For she found herself seated on the grass
With an old sheep standing beside her.
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THl LI IlLL FLOWER-GIRL.
L" little P"-p-l..," -aii:l the good old sheep,
I. .\\,% 1. I I iam that we've found you!
Here we are- rams and sheep and lambs
All flocking up around you."
"You blessed sheep," said little Bo-peep,
I've been worried to death about you."
We've been searching for you," said the good
"We wouldn't go home without you."
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THE LITTLE FLOWER-GIRL.
T ELEN GRAHAM was spending the wirti \\-iill, .ir
S mother in Nice. This is a charming 1.i,... 11 i I.-
C 44 south of France, on the shore of the M.,Hlii.,i i, ,i
J. Sea, and their home there was in a pretty illi.
One morning, as Helen was watering ail1 ii ion i1_.
her plants at the open window, for the air i- i...-,'i Ii.1
pleasant in Nice, even in winter, -she heard -:tt t i:.
calling just underneath, Mademoiselle, achete: ,,, .,,,.
s'il vcos plait? In English this means, P1. .. 1i.i\-, .
flowers, miss ?"
Helen looked down, and there stood a little 1'i:. -f.: t.l-d,
THE LITTLE FLOWER- GIRL.
dark-eyed girl, a good deal smaller than herself, holding up
a bunch of roses and violets. Her face was so sweet and
smiling, that Helen could not refuse her: so she said in
French, "How much are they, little girl ?"
"Dix centimes selement" (" only two cents"), she replied.
"Come round to the door, and I v. ill l Il in." .-.i'i
The girl ran quickly to the door. WI,. Ii.,in ii ,- I
from her that her mother was very poor. _. ,v I.-1 ilv'r ,
than the price of her flowers; and the Flit il'- I' ... 1i il l
beamed with delight when she went away. ,-.
SOLOMON AND THE TAME BEAR.
UNCLE REUBEN was a farmer; and he had a great many
cattle, sheep, horses, pigs, geese, and turkeys, all of which,
you know, are usually found on a large farm; and, besides
these, he had one animal not usually found on a farm, and
that was a tame bear. He hired a large boy to do the
"chores," as the easy part of farm-work is called; and this
boy's name was Solomon Sturtevant.
Now, although the bear was tame, he was kept chained;
for there was no knowing what mischief even a tame bear
might take it into his head to do. He might take a notion
to find out how a nice tender pig would taste.
Solomon thought it fine sport to tease the bear, and there
was one way of doing it more amusing than any other, and :,
that was to pelt him with green chestnut-burs.
Chestnut-burs, you know, are covered with sharp thorns;
and yet the bear, being very fond of chestnuts, would try to
get at the nuts which he knew were in them, snarling
and whining, and making up very comical faces, because the
burs pricked his mouth.
Solomon would stand and watch him, and think it fine
fun. But he came near doing it once too often; for
one day, when he had carried the bear a capful of burs, .
intending to have a good laugh at him, the chain that held '
the bear was not fastened as firmly as usual. After trying
two or three burs, the bear made a spring toward Solomon,
got loose from his chain, and started after him in earnest.
Solomon was not long in deciding that he had something
to do that time besides laughing, and started in a hurry to
get out of the bear's way. Now there was a ladder leaning
against the side of the barn close by, and Solomon thought
that if he went up on the barn-roof he would be all right.
SOLOMON AND THE TAME BEAR.
No such thing. The bear went right up the ladder after
him. Then Solomon ran up the roof to the ridge; but
the bear followed. Solomon ran down the other side of thi-
roof, and so did the bear. Solomon jumped down t,,
the cow-house, and still the bear followed him. Then Solo-
mon jumped on to a shed that was close by the cow-house.
a11d the bear jumped too.
Solomon now began to think that his time had come
He gave one more jump from the shed to the ground.
This was too much of a jump for the bear to take, and si,
Solomon made good his escape.
I do not remember how the bear got down; but I ar.
sure, that, when he did, Solomon did not care to feed him
any more with green chestnut-burs. I think Solomon wa,
too glad to escape a hugging to try it very soon again.
This is a true story. AUNT EM.
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T i ir smartet Iof dandies is young Mr. Bee,
S\\- i i- kiin i: 1r1 by the name of Bumble;
Hi- life i- a loi rt one, but merry and free:
Thei're mi-staken who call him Humble."
\ Cladi in black velvet, with trimmings of yellow,
,He kni-io'. \\ell enough he's a fine-looking
.-\ nd. hidir,-r aia a, a sharp little dagger,
S.. He da-hi:. abljut with a confident swagger,
\\ V ile ti... hl:\ hie's at ease, and to tell of his
.-A tulir ic ial\\ays carelessly humming.
Eating .i.r drinking, or looking for pleasure
S Fit for the tastes of a person of leisure,
Down where the meadow is sunny and breezy,
In the red clover, he takes the world easy;
Or, feeling the need of a little diversion,
He makes to the garden a pleasant excursion,
And into a lily or hollyhock dodging
With quiet assurance he takes up his lodging.
With a snug little fortune invested in honey,
Young Bumble Bee lives like a prince, on his money,
And, scorning some plodding relations of his, he
Leaves hard labor to them,-his cousins named
"Busv." D. B, BARNARD.
TIE1 GOOD GRANDFATHER.
TOT, the baby, has a grandfather, who is never tired of
playing with her, so dearly does he love her. Tot cries to
go to grandfather just as soon as he comes into the house.
Grandfather is also good to Brick, the dog.
Brick is a little jealous of baby, and tries to make grand-
father notice him more than he notices Tot. But, though
grandfather is kind to Brick, I think he loves baby more
than he does the little dog. Baby has a doll. Are your
eyes sharp enough to see it ?