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AN UNPLEASANT QUESTION. It isn't good to eat raspberry jam, Though you find the jar low on the shelf, When mother nor nobody says you may, For you/re pretty sure, that very same day, To get real 'shamed of yourself, It is true True True! Mother came from the pantry and looking ct me, U Someone's been eating the jam," she said. H Not Kitty-I wouldn't like to ask who." My heart thumped as if it were saying, Youl'* While I felt my face grow red, It thumped "You! You! You!" That night when I went to Johnny's house, 'Cross the field in the pretty moonlight, A great big bird sitting up on a tree, Looked down and called right out at me! It wasn't his jam, and he had no right To ask, H Who? Who-o? Who-o?" THE CROW AND THE PITCHER. A crow, ready to die with thirst, new with joy to a pitcher which he saw at a distance. But when he came up to it, he found the water so low that with all his stooping and straining he was unable to reach it. Thereupon he tried to break the pitcher; then to overturn it; but his strength was not sufficient to do either. At Ljst, seeing some small pebbles at hand, he dropped a great many of them, one by one, into the pitcher. and so raised the water to the brim, and quenched his thirst. Skill and patience will succeed where force fails. Necessity is tha mother of invention. CLEVER PUSSY! A lady used to own a cat who was a very faith- ful mouser, and who always stayed at home until a family moved in the next house. She seemed to take a liking to these people, and changed her lodgings to their barn, but still came at meal time to get food at her old home. Shortly after this her owner found out that she had some kittens in the barn next door, and so the next time when the mother cat came begging for feed she said, a No; you gave your kittens to those other people, and you can't have anyF un- less you bring me one of them." Greatly to her surprise the nhl cat came back, with one "f the kittens in her mouth, and laid it at her feet. She gave the cat some meat, which was eaten, and then the oh) cat nickpd up the kitie'ti in her mouth and trotted back to the barn." --+-- A BRAVE BOY. Far away across the sea there Hvpd a little boy named Peter. If you could visit the of Peter, you would nnd many strange things. The children wear wooden shoes, and the girls are dressed in quaint white caps and aprons. Wher- ever you looked you would see great windmills lifting their arms to the sky. The country is very low, and there is always danger of the sea pour- ing in and destroying all the houses. To pre- vent this, the Dutch people have built ,t1'on<t sea, walls, all along the ocean. The sea walls, must be carefully guarded. One day a little boy had been sent on an errand. His path lay beside the grpat wall. As he walked along he heard a sound that ni,).do him stand sti]l. It was the sound of trickling water. Peter knew the meaning of that sound, There was a leak in the wall. No one was in sight, so Peter ran to the spot and put his thumb in the hole. The dripping ceased. He called aloud for help. No answer came It was growing dark, and the water was very cold. He called again and again. No answer came. He was very cold and tired, and his htH& hand ached, but he knew that if he removed It the hole would soon become larger, and the water rush in. In the morning they found him, weak and pale, but bravely holding his thumb in its place. U He is a brave boy," they said. U He haa saved all our homes." -+-- THE UMBRELLA. Unless there is rain, we grumble at the um- brella as a most burdensome implement and more easily lost than any article that we require. We do not think, and perhaps many do not know, what an important part the umbrella. plays in some of the nations. The nrst Englishman who carried an umbrella was Joseph Hanway, who lived toward the end of the 18th century. At nrst he was thought to be a most eccentric per.-on. but by degrees it was seen that there was method in his madness, and the fashion that he set was generally followed by society before his death, in -1786. Hanway was not the inventor of the umbrella, for among the Greeks and Romans an article like it was very common, although it was re- garded as belonging solely to women, and the men never used it. All over the East the um- brella has, for generations, been known as a badge of power and of royalty. On the sculp- tures that remain of the old Egyptian temples are to be seen representations of kings in p!'o- ce-sion with umbrellas carried over their h<-aus. Some 3f the Maharajahs, the gre;tt princes of India, still call themselves U Lords of the Um- brella," and in the address of the King of Burmah to the Viceroy of India many years ago, the British representative of the Govern- ment is described as the U Monarch who reigns over the great umbrella-wearing chiefs of the East." Anyone who walks along the streets of any East Indian town to-day may see how great a social distinction the umbrella has become. It is a mark of degradation for a native to go through the streets of Calcutta without an umbrella. -+-- A BRIGHT LITTLE DOG. There are im tationg everywhere, but the dog tvhcse doitn'.s are recorded below was possibly one of the best canine mimics on record. His name was Scott, and he was a puppy newly in- s trcduced into a certain family circle. In a J! neighbouring house lived Rab? n dog that had ? grcwn to an age of dignity and responsibility. At nrst the older dog ignored the puppy. which in appearance was almost an exact pic- ture of hirr:s:If. Then the two became firm f ds. S20tt was an attendant on Rab's every n'u.vGTrent. They ate together, slept together, and hunted together. They were also as one in barking at passing hcrsrs. Now, barkiug at horses was forbidden, and brought many whippings, but the tempta- tion was strong, and the master and mistress were not always present. The sight of the nre- pngine whirling past, one day, with rattle and clatter, was a challenge no 'high-s'pirited dog could resist. It gave Rab an opportunity to show his young friend how close to a flying fire- engine it was possible to run with impunity. Alas. for his pride! He ran an inch too iic-,ir, or the cart swerved slightly, and the wheel passed over one of Rab's paws. Although the injury was scientifically treated, Rab was ever after forced to go on three legs, and hold the injured paw suspended. Scott noticed Rab's changed method of loco- motion. and, like the thorough courtier he was, immediately adopted the new gait. He was so clever in his imitation that it was difficult to tell which dog went lame from necessity, and which limped because he thought it was desir- able and graceful. Close observation, however, showed that Scott's shapely paw lacked the help- less hang of the older dog's wounded member, and that the saucy cock of his ears was at variance with the mournful hang of Rab's. Scott was a consistent che.'t, always holding up f'p sime paw that Rab d:d, and never for- getting his voluntary lamenps. except or occa- sions of great excitement, when he was in too rea t a hurry, having four legs, to confine him- self to the use of three.

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