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THE WELSH DICKY BIRD SOCIETY. FOUNDED BY UNCLE ROBIN, MARCH, 1899. FOR THE PROMOTION OF KINDNESS TOWARDS BIRDS AND ALL LIVING THINGS. A FAITHFUL MESSENGER. An American general wanted to send a mes- sage to another general, to ask him to join his forces with his own, so that they might be strong enough to attack the English commander —Lord'Rawdon. To his surprise he found that no one would take the message. Even the bravest man said: "The undertaking is too dangerous. Man after man might try and get killed, for the country to be passed is full of English troops." Then General Greene grew angry, and said he wished he could go himself. lie knew the country was dangerous, but he thought his soldiers were men; and he wound up by telling them they deserved to be shot. As he was walking off to his tent, in a very bad temper, a young girl followed him, and as he turned before entering it, to look round, she went up to him. "General," she said, "if you will let me, I will take the message to General Sumter. The officer stared in wonder. Who are you ? he asked. "Emily Geiger, daughter of Private Geiger." And you are ready to take a message through a dangerous country ? "Sir, I am ready to go," was the simple answer. The general did not like to accept the girl's offer, but he knew that every minute was of importance, for in a few hours it would be too late. So at last he agreed. He wrote a short note on a small sheet of paper; then he made Emily learn it by heart, and it was a good thing she did so, as you will see. General Greene told a soldier named Hilder to walk five miles on the way with the brave girl, and you may be sure the other soldiers cheered them loudly as they left the camp. Hilder walked six miles, and then went back to report that all was well so far. Emily kept off the main roads as much as possible, and walked steadily on. When night came, she slept in a sheltered place, with the precious note inside the body of her frock. She was on her way again early the next morn- ing, but she had not gone far when she was over- taken by a party of English soldiers. The officer rode up to her, and told her that he suspected she was a messenger from the enemy's camp, and she must go with him to the nearest town. "If you are only a traveller," he said, "you will soon be released, and we will do our best to make up for the delay." The road to the town was long, hot, and dusty, but they reached it at last; and Emily was taken to the English colonel, who told her that she must be searched. The woman whose business it was to do this took the poor girl into a little room. "Sit down, please," she said; "I will be back in ten minutes. I don't think you look as if you would run away, but I'll lock you in to make sure." The instant the door closed, Emily looked round. There was nothing in the room but plain wooden chairs and table. No carpet, no curtain, no fire where she could get rid of her letter. Only a few minutes remained, and if she were not quick General Sumter would never get his message. She took the little note from her bosom, she read it carefully once more, then she tore it up in tiny pieces, and what do you think she did ? She rolled them up and swallowed them, every one She had only just got rid of the last piece when the matron came in, with many apologies for keeping her. Of course she found nothing for her pains, and when Emily was taken once more to the colonel he said: "I advise you to make all possible speed across country, and should you meet any more of Rawdon's scouts, hand them this passport." So Emily Geiger made her way to General Sumter's camp and delivered her message, and you may be sure that she was well treated and kindly looked after as the faithful bearer of a message. .i A boy ef seven protested earnestly after his holidays against being sent back to school. "What," said his father, "don't you want to go to school ?" Yes; but not to that school." "And why not to that one?" "Because they want to teach me a lot of things that I don t know anything about." THE ROBIN FAMILY AT HOME. It was such a dear little house, snugly built on a bough of a great spreading chestnut-tree! And there were three baby robins in it, all close together, with just their sharp yellow beaks seen over the edge of the nest. That was when they were still. But when father or mother came dashing through the green leaves with a big, fat worm in their mouths, then the little robins were very much excited and awake. They would stretch out their long necks, all grey and mottled—not a bit like the robins as we know them. —and the father would come and feed them, then fly off again'.for more. And then the mother would come and feed them, for they were always hungry. One morning one of the baby robins said: "I am going to fly to-day." And his brother and sister looked at him with big eyes, and said: Do you really think that you can ? And the little robin said: "Of course! Don't you know how all day yesterday I kept flapping my wings ? It is very easy, and I want to go out into the world." The brother and sister looked at him curiously. It must be very nice to have such courage, they thought. Then the brave little bird stood on the edge of the nest and spread out his wings, and flew to a little twig near by. Then he flew back to the nest, and rested just a moment, then flew further away. And the father-bird cried "That is good! Now come here18 And the little robin obeyed, and flew away, away off into another tree, and the father carro and fed him with the tenderest worm he could find. The news spread, and little Miss Thrush and Mrs. Sparrow came and made a friendly call. Little Miss Thrush fluttered around among the leaves and caught caterpillars in a very grown- up manner, and said: "Just see me-how easy I do it. You'd better, come out and try." But Mrs. Sparrow was not so encouraging. "Your children are not very smart, Mrs. Robin," she said. "They are too big to stay at home and be so lazy. They ought to go out and get food for themselves." The little robins looked very much ashamed, and sank back into their nest; but the mother gave them a worm to comfort them. But they kept thinking of what Mrs. Sparrow had said, and after a while the little brother said: "I'm going too." And before the little girl robin knew about it he had flown away. And then the last little baby was very lone- some. The father had gone away to see that nothing happened to the other two, and the nest seemed so big and dreary. She couldn't fly. She tried to flutter her wings as the others had done, but it was no use. She couldn't manage them. It was because she had been so crowded, the mother told her. She hadn't had room enough to grow big and strong. She would grow now. And one morning very soon the last little baby robin flapped her wings and cried delightedly: "I can fly! I can fly And away she went over the houses and the tops of the very highest trees, till it almost seemed as if she would never come back again. But when suppertime came there was the little robin, sitting on the edge of the home nest with a fat worm she had caught, and Papa Robin said: Well done, baby, well done 1"

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