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lOUR CHILDREN'S COFJEK I BY I UNCLE RALPH. t WAITING. ] They had been talking to Cousin Elsie in 1 the Park. She looked so pretty in her rid- i ing-dress, and it seemed so nice to be up on a horse that Mabel, as she vi-alicca away, felt rather sad, and wondered when sho would be able to wear dresses like that iiLd ride a big horse. ti "Do you suppose it will bo a very long time, Mother?" she said. "It doesn't seem to me as if I could wait moro than a week." "I think you will have to practise on Dob- bin," said Mother, when she understood what was the matter, "and do you think you would care to 600 what is upstairs in your ro,)m?" "If it isn't a pony," said Mabel, "I don't think I shall like it, but I may as well see." It wasn't a pony, it was a new silk dress for parties, and, somehow, when sho had looked at it for a little while Mabel didn't mind so much about the pony, and told her mother she thought she could wait per- I haps a little more than a week. i CLARENCE AXD KITTY. "Whatever she can see in a silly little thing like that, I don't knew," sa id. Clarence crossly. "I'm sure it can't swim and fetch sticks as I can, and I don't think it would be a bit of good if there were robbers." He was evidently very cross and sulky, and he would scarcely look at the beautiful bone that Cook had given him. (For you must know that Clarence was a dog âit is rather a funny name for a dog, isn't it, but Phyllis, his mistress, thought it was a beautiful name.) Presentlj Clarence heard Phyllis calling him, and off he ran, but aa soon as he caught sight of her he stopped, short and began to growl, for there was It on her shoulder. Phyllis smiled when she saw him stop like that and said, "Why" Clarence, what a foolish old clagg; you are! I do believe you are jealous of this dear little Kitty! Now, you must be great friends, you two, because, Clarence, I want you to look after Kitty and see that no one hjirts her, because sho is such a little thing, you know!" Of course, Clarence could only wag his tail at that and say wow and ever afterwards he and Kitty were the best oF friends. I THE MICE'S BALL. Hero we go round with a jig-a-jig, jig Oh, what a rare piece of fun. While the cat is away, then, the mica will play, And now have our revels begun. For puisy is off with a friend to the roof, Where a concert is going- to take place. So out of their holes all the little mice creep, And away to the pantry they race. They nibble the cakes and they eat up the cheese, Then they dance round and round in a. ring, While one keeps a watch lest the cat should return, All the rest dance and m-orr-ly sing. And round they go with a jig-a-jig, jig. Oh, what a rare piece of fun! 1 While the cat is away, then the mice will l! play And dance till the revela are dene. I ISAIAH, THE PROPHET. I A long time a.go there lived a very gocd man callea Isaian; he was a prophet-âchat is, a man who used to tell jxnjple what was going to happen. Sometimes he would tell them of very unpleasant thingsâhow they would suffer if they did not alter their ways, but very oiten the people only laughed at him and said that he did not know what he was talking about. But at other times he would tell them of very pleasant things. Although ho lived a long time before Jesus was born, he told the people that He was coming, and said that they ought to make ready for Him. Then he said, too, that a time would come when. men should no longer be at war with each other, and when even all the an* imals should be friendly to each other-the wolf should not want to Cilt up the hi rib and the leopard should play 1 with the voung goat, and the calf and the lion ;óhou-!d bo quite friendly, and a little child should lead them all. He meant people to understand that when Jesus came He would teach everyone to lüvt) each ether and do what is right; and, of course, if everyone did that, there would not be any more fighting or war. because there would be nothing to fight about, but every- 0210 and everything would be at peace. But many people did not believe Isaiah at all. and even when Jesus did ccmc, a great many men refused to believe that He was the one that Isaiah had talked of. I MY PETS. Dinkie is the name of my deg, and he is such a rascalâhe is never -"till lor a single minute the whole day long. Nurse say., that he is very like his master in that, but I do not know what she means. I have i kitten who is called Snowy because she is quite white, and it is great fun to watch her play with Dinkie. She wiil protend to fight- with him, and he rolls her over and over on the ground, for he is much bigger than she is, but he never hurts her, aiways lets her get up when she wants to; and then she will suddenly come up to him when he is not C'xlxüting it and give him a little pat on the nose with her paw, and then rush away to a place of safetyâunder the cabinet, or up to my back if I happen to be near, and Dinkie comes running after her, but she is generally too cimelc for him. They are very fond of each other, and both of them love me very much, I am glad to say, and I think it is because I love them. We have very fine games together out in the garden, and Nurse savs that..she really doesn't know which of us is the biggest pickle. DICX. THE BLACKDLRD. "Come and see him have his bath," saii I Peggy. "It is such fu-il" You may be quite sure that, Patty was very glad to come. She was so fond of Dick. and he certainly was a very fine blackbird. Peggy lifted down the great, big cao-e and Dick began to hop about and flutter Sis wingsâhe knew quite well what was com- ing. When he saw Peggy bring the soup- plate with the water, he got more excited than ever, and began to chirp and twitter 1,?- ) ir p ari d twitt?ex I and hop up and down ever -o fast. and h<)p he -Sy away, P<?;y? said Patty "No, indeed," said Pc."Y"?. know better than that, don't you, Dick?" Dick said, "Tweet." And then Peggy opened the door of the cage and out he hopped. Oh, how Patty did laugh to see him in his bath. He got right in anc flapped his wings and splashed the water all over the table, and all the time kept on making funny little noises to show how glad he was. When Peggy thought he had had enough, she said, "Come, Dick," and then he hopped on to her finger and put his head sideways as if to say, "Thank you, mistress!" and then in he went to his cage again.