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OUR CHILDREN'S CORNER. I THE .-MUCGLEFS. We found the cave all by ourselves, Mimi and 1. And so we said we would run away from everybody :iil be smugglers. I took -1 off my coat and braces, and tied ray knicker- bockers round with a handkerchief and twine, and stuck a wooden dagger into my handkerchief E'¡.. And ?n"u tied a spotted scarf round her head a::d rolled up her sleeves like mine, and looked altogether quite wild and daring. And so we set oh for the cave. It was large and dark, and locked a-s if people had used it before. I called myself vBold Bill," and Mimi "aid sbe wis "Mad Maria." We had. a splendid time of it, and kept on going down to the shore and collecting shells and things, and then smuggling them up secretly into the cave. We were just leaving the cave for the twentieth time to fetch up some more of cur treasure, when we saw three men suddenly appear on the shore. We must hide!" I said, und I pulled Marl Maria with me into the shadows of the cave. We peeped out, and, to our horror, saw that the men were coming up the rocks, straight towards the cave: They looked bad, rough men; just as if they were the real smugglers I We crouched behind a piece of rock. Then we heard them come in. As soon as they began to talk we knew that they were smugglers, and that thev would be very anjjry if they found out that we had dis- covered their cave. "Ha Someone's been here niessin' about!" one of them said in a very gruff voice, and then all three started to search the cave. In half a minute more they had found our hiding-place and dragged us out. Mimi- gaxi to cry; but I stood up straight and pretended to be very bold indeed. â¢â¢I; you hurt my sister, I'll kill you!" I said. The men burst out laughing, and I felt verv foolish. Then they began to argue what had better be done with us. I whis- pered to Mimi that we must make a dash for it; so while the smugglers were busy arguing we rushed out of the cave at fuil speed, not during to look behind us. With a shout they set off after us. How we raced down to the shore! I heard the quick rush of their feet as they came running over the reeks. Then I heard a shout above us, and, look- ing up. I saw my father and four coast- guardsmen- scrambling down the cliff so quickly that they might have been having a race. The smugglers saw them, too, and set off in the direction they had come as fast as thev could go. So we were saved just in the nick of time. And thn smugglers were caught not long afterwards, through our having discovered their cave. J MORE THAN A MATCH FOR THEM. I In a strove a pair of Pixies Chanced one dav to roam. ""Here's a log," they cried, "of firewood- Let lli3 drag it home." 'Twas a match they'd found, by someone Dropped by chance just there; But they'd never heard of matches, Had that Pixie pair. "Here's some rope" said Father Pixie; "Tie it in a bowâ Strong, yet pretty, that's my motto; Are you ready? Go!" As they hauled the match off homeward 'Gainst a stone it hit; "With a noise that scared the Pixies, Crackle-bang !âit lit: 011. the flames all red and yellow! Ãh, the'awful smoke! "Let's skedaddle!" cried the father, "Or I'm sure I'll choke;" To their dwellings, helter-skelter, Rushed the Pixies twain; And they ne'er sought logs for Lurning In that grove again. THE GNOME OF THE MAGICAL GREEN I GARDEN. Once upon a time there was a Magical Green Garden of flowers, and in the Garden lived a wicked Gnome. His tongue was not soft and warm like yours and mine, but cold and hard and ever so sharp; and he had groat ugly, pointed ears which could hear anything that hap- pened à that Green Garden of flowers. The flowers hated him because he alwavs managed to get hold of their biggest, most important secrets, and when he had found them out, he would laugh, and tell the secrets right out, so that everyone else could hear too. But one day the Gnome sat ever so quiet, and he looked quite worried and unhappy; for that morning the Rose had told a secret to the Wind, and the Gnome had not been able to hear it. "I must be growing deaf," said the Gnome to himself, and he grew quite pale with fright at the very thought. And he eat quite still and thought and thought, until at last he had an idea. "Why, of course!" he cried, jumping up in delight, "I must have someone to help me. I will borrow a flower-baby and bring him n p to be just like myself." For every flower in that Magical Green Garden had a tiny babv hidden among her petals. They were dear little, soft, round babies, not one scrap like the na3ty Gnome. "I will forrow the Rose-baby," decided the Gnome. "and that will teach Madam Bet-e not to have secrets from me." i ⢠So off he flew to the Rose and made a r false, deceitful speech. "Dar Rose, I am so interested in your baby. What a sweet child he is! How J. should love to come and see him every single day! and ;(,e h iin ever y sirgio certainly, my dear Gnome," said the Rose, quite pleased,- "you shall come and see my baby as often as you wish." So every day the Gnome ca^ae to see the Rose-baby, and he put magic ointment on the Rose-baby's ears when the Rose was not looking. And the in,-gic ointment made the baby's ears grow ever so big and ugly, and the ) bigger they grew the better could the Rose- baby hear. But the Rose-baby had a fairy God- mother who was the Queen of the Bees and Butterflies. She was a. charming fairv with beautiful butterfly wings, and she loved all the 11 ewer-babies, and the Rose-babv most of all; and one fine, day she thought she would come and see him. She arrived just at the moment when tho Gnome was putting magic ointment on the Rooe-baby s ears. The Gnome laughed mockingly, and, pointing to the baby, said: "Your Majesty has come too late! Xo one wants a Rose-babv with thOfie ugly car", so I wii! have him all to myself But the Queen of the Bees and ButEi- flies j £ id sternly: "You forget, you wicked Gnome, that vi[u one touch of my wand I can undo all that you have done. And lest you make r.nv more mischief, yon must leave this garden at once, and never come back again. More- over, behind you are two great bees who will ating you to death if you do not obev." The wicked Gnome saw he was defeated, So he flew up into the air and fur, fgr away and never was heard of again.

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