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The Earl sank back into his chair. His deep-set “He does, eh? ” said the Earl. fierce old eyes gleamed under his beetling brows. “I give you my word of honor," said Mr. Hay
“Come, now!” he said, still breathlessly. isham, “that Lord Fauntleroy's impressions of “Come, now! You don't mean the mother you will depend entirely upon yourself. And if has n't told him?"
you will pardon the liberty I take in making the “Not one word, my lord,” replied the lawyer cool- suggestion, I think you will succeed better with him ly. “ That I can assure you. The child is prepared if you take the precaution not to speak slightingly to believe you the most amiable and affectionate of of his mother." grandparents. Nothing - absolutely nothing has “Pooh, pooh !” said the Earl. “The youngbeen said to him to give him the slightest doubt ster 's only seven years old !” of your perfection. And as I carried out your “He has spent those seven years at his mother's commands in every detail, while in New York, he side," returned Mr. Havisham; “and she has all certainly regards you as a wonder of generosity.” his affection.”
(To be continued.)
THE GIRL WHO LOST HER POCKET.
BY SOPHIE SWETT.
Every one knew that Kitty Brimblecom was Kitty resolved that nothing should ever tempt careless long before she lost her pocket. She lost her to be careless again. not only little things such as thimbles and pencils And she did improve very much after that. If and pocket-knives, but she lost her hat and one she had not, her mother would never have allowed of her shoes, the soup-ladle and the pendulum of her to spend a whole month at Grandma's. the clock, her wax doll's head and her brother Grandma lived in the country, on a farm, and Jack's tame owl; but all that was nothing com- there were good times to be had there, even in pared with losing the baby! He was her own winter. The whole family went there to spend brother, and was only six months old when Christmas, and Grandma wanted Kitty to be left she lost him. Nurse had him out in the park, in with her, for a long visit. She said Kitty's cheeks his carriage, and was sitting on a bench gossip- were pale, and she thought a little vacation would ing with a crony, when Kitty seized the opportunity do her good, and she wanted her to keep the house to run away, rolling the carriage before her. It bright and lively. And she did n't pay the least went very easily, and she thought she could give attention to Jack when he said that perhaps Kitty the baby a ride just as well as Nurse; but un- might make it too lively, and that she 'd better happily, when she went into the crowded street a keep him to find the things that Kitty would lose. hand-organ with a monkey came along. Kitty was Grandma did n't think Kitty so troublesome a girl especially interested in monkeys; her brother Jack as she was considered at home; she was a very had said they would stuff their cheeks full of nuts, kind grandmother, and found excuses for her just like squirrels; she had some nuts in her pocket, grandchild. Perhaps you may have noticed that and wished to see whether this monkey would grandmothers are very often like that. make his cheeks stick out with them. And she Kitty jumped for joy when her mother, after left the baby in his carriage on the sidewalk, and some hesitation, said she might stay. Some peoforgot all about him!
ple might have thought it pleasanter in the city And such a time as there was about it! Kitty's in the winter, but Kitty preferred the country. mother fainted, and Nurse had hysterics, and two She liked to rise early, when there was n't a policemen were employed to find the baby, and sign that it was morning, except the persistent Jack said it was just like Kitty, and her father said crowing of the old red rooster, and go out to the she could not be trusted at all,- and it was ten barn with Absalom, the hired man, who went to o'clock at night before they found him !
feed the horses and cattle, and to milk the cows. And that monkey just cracked the nuts and ate Very often it was so early that stars were still them like anybody else. And Jack said he had shining in the sky, and it was so still that it seemed never said that monkeys would stuff their cheeks as if nobody were alive in the world. Kitty felt full like squirrels.
just as if she had risen early to go on a journey, VOL. XIII.-17.
and there was something very fascinating about it. also a friend of Kitty's, but she could not come Kitty liked to feed the cows, which looked at out to play very often, because she had so many her with friendly eyes, and the frisky little calf, little brothers and sisters, and was always having Kitty's namesake and her especial property, always to rock one of them to sleep. expected to have its head stroked. The old red But it happened one Saturday afternoon, when rooster, that had been trying for the last hour to there was very fine coasting on Redtop Hill, thai convince his lazy family that it was time to wake Kitty and all her friends could go. Martha Stebup, came strutting along to take his breakfast from bins's little brothers and sisters were so considerate her hands, followed by a flock of sleepy hens cluck- as to go to sleep without being rocked ; Rosy ing their dissatisfaction at so early a rising, but not and Roxy, who had to help in the Saturday bakwanting in appetite. Even the lordly old gob- ing, by peeling apples and seeding raisins and bler, with a very infirm temper that allowed no chopping meat, had finished their work; Mary familiarities, would bend his lofty neck to eat from Jane Lawton had recovered from her cold; and the dish Kitty held in her hand.
Grandma said Kitty could go and stay all the afterThe old gray mare always whinnied for a lump noon, if she would only go around by Mr. Spring of sugar as soon as Kitty came in sight, and Kitty the watch-maker's, on her way home, and ask him never failed to have it. It was fascinating, too, to to fasten one of the glasses which had dropped see Absalom milk the cows, and while he was doing out of Grandma's spectacles. It would take Mr. it he sang beautiful songs, that would almost bring Spring only a very few minutes, and she could ears to your eyes, about his “lovely Mary Jane" wait for them, and she was not on any account and “ The Lass that Tore her Hair."
to forget, because Grandma could not see to read When they went back to the house Kitty usually the hymns in church the next day without her curled up on the lounge in the sitting-room and “glasses." had a nap until breakfast-time.
The party set out in very high spirits, each with But going to the barn in the morning was only a fine, gayly painted sled. When they were about a small part of the fun that was to be had at half-way to Redtop Hill, a girl came out of a Grandma's. Kitty was sure there were nowhere house and stood in the road, evidently waiting for such hills for coasting as those about Cloverfield; them to come up. She had very red hair and a and what were rinks for skating compared with the freckled face, and her nose turned up. She wore mill-pond? The snow staid on the ground a calico dress, an old red and green shawl, and a longer than it did in the city, so there were plenty yellow pumpkin hood ; and she had a very queer. of sleigh rides; and there were singing-schools, looking sled, which was evidently of home manuand spelling-schools, and apple-bees, and all sorts facture. It was unpainted, and its runners had of frolics to which Grandma always let her go, apparently been taken from a larger sled, and they because they did not last until late, as such merry- extended beyond it in a very funny way. makings did in the city.
"If there is n't Sally Pringle !” exclaimed Mary At first the girls and boys were a little shy of Jane Lawton. “I wonder if she thinks she is goKitty, because she came from the city ; but they ing with us! Old Mrs. Meacham took her out of soon became very friendly, and Kitty thought they the poor-house, and she does all sorts of work." were as agreeable friends as she had ever known, “I'm sorry for her; they say old Mrs. Meacham especially the little girls, who admired her clothes is so cross to her !” said Roxy Dayton. very much, and coaxed their mothers to bang their “Oh, so cross!” said Rosy Dayton. hair, because Kitty wore hers banged.
“But she can't expect to 'sociate with us!” Mary Jane Lawton lived in the next house to said Mary Jane Lawton, with a toss of her head. Grandma's, and she was just Kitty's age; and “Goin' to Redtop Hill?” asked Sally Pringle, Kitty liked her very much, though some of the as soon as they reached her. “So 'm I! All girls told her in confidence that Mary Jane was my work 's done up, and Mis' Meacham says I haughty and proud.
can stay all the afternoon. I guess I 'll go with Rosy and Roxy Dayton were Kitty's particular you, 'cause I don't know many." friends, and she could tell them apart, even with- “ You have n't been invited," said Mary Jane, out their necklaces on, although she had known with another toss of her head; and she crossed them only a little while; and she was quite proud the road away from Sally Pringle, beckoning and of her ability to distinguish them, for they were drawing the others, who, I am sorry to say, all twins, and looked so much alike that their own followed her. relatives could scarcely have told them apart, if “I guess I'm as good as you !" cried Sallie one had not worn a red necklace and one a blue. Pringle, her little freckled face growing almost as
Martha Stebbins, the minister's little girl, was red as her hair. “And, anyhow, this sled that Dave made for me 'll go better 'n any of yours; you speakin' to that Lawton girl; she would n't 'a' so there!"
said I could come if it had n't been for you. You “We would n't have such a funny-looking old 're not a bit stuck-up, if you do live in the city, sled!” said Martha Stebbins.
are you? You 're as pretty as paint, and your “Oh, my! What red hair !” said Roxy Dayton. clothes are handsome, though it 's a pity your “Yes, and freckles ! ” said Rosy.
mother did n't have cloth enough to make your “I'm not just alike, anyhow! Folks can tell dress a little mite longer, and if you had a round me apart !” cried Sally Pringle, almost choking comb 't would keep your hair out of your eyes. I with wrath.
think those girls are mean and proud, don't you?” The twins were silenced by this cutting retort. “They did n't intend to hurt your feelings; Kitty said to Mary Jane, in a low tone :
they did n't think,” said Kitty. “She 's all alone; it would n't do us any harm “I don't care if my hair is red, and if the boys to let her come with us."
do call “house a-fire' after me! Dave is goin'
“I never supposed you'd want her,” said Mary to fight 'em. Don't you know Dave? His name Jane to Kitty. “ You can come with us if you like!” is n't Meacham, no more 'n mine, but folks call she said, in a very ungracious tone, to Sally Pringle, him so; he's a boy that Mis' Meacham took, without casting a glance in her direction.
just as she took me. He was town's poor, too, but Sally was walking sturdily along, on the other he's smart, Dave is. If you 'll never tell as side of the road, pulling her sled after her with long as you live, I'll tell you a secret. Dave is an occasional jerk which showed a disturbed state going to be President, one of these days, and we 're of mind, and she gave no heed to Mary Jane's per- going to live in the White House, and I 'll ask you mission.
to come and see us, but I wont ask any of those Kitty suddenly caught sight of two tears drop- girls — would you ?- 'cause they said I was town's ping from the tip of the little turned-up nose, and poor and my hair was red. I don't care if my her heart was moved.
hair is red, — but I would n't be twins, anyhow, She went across the road to Sally's side.
would you?” “I think you are a good girl. I want you to go “I think your hair is a pretty color; I saw some with me!” she said, taking Sally's arm in hers. just like it in a beautiful picture, once,” said Kitty,
“Do you now, honest ? ” said Sally, lifting a lifting admiringly the heavy, waving, red locks, pair of brimming eyes to Kitty's face. “I heard that were really beautiful.
“Did you, now, honest ?” said Sally, her eyes a sled there that could beat it. A great cheering shining with delight. “I'll take you on my sled. arose as Sally distanced all those who started with The girls make fun of it now, but you 'd better her, and she came up the hill radiant with delight. b'lieve they wont pretty soon ! Dave nade it, and it “You shall take it just as many times as you will go! you 'll see! Dave don't think much of girls' want to, 'cause you 've been real good to me!" sleds, anyhow, even if they are all painted up!” she said to Kitty.
By this time they had reached Redtop Hill, which B ut Kitty preferred to go down with her rather presented a very gay appearance, being thronged than to take the sled by herself, so she sat in with boys and girls, some going up and some front, and Sally sat behind and steered, and they down, and all changing places like the bits of went down like the wind, and Kitty said it was the glass in a kaleidoscope.
best coast that she ever had in her life. She and Kitty and Sally were still walking together on Sally formed a queer contrast in looks, and they one side of the road, while Kitty's friends walked heard remarks made about it, and occasionally a on the other, but they came together when they laugh would be raised at Sally's looks, and once a reached the top of the hill, and the girls were all small urchin called out “house a-firc !"
very polite and conciliatory in their manner to “If it was n't for you, I'd chase him," said Sally Sally, who, however, received their attentions with to Kitty; “but there 'd be a great laughing and considerable dignity and reserve.
shouting, and may be you'd be ashamed. I don't She perched upon her sled, boy-fashion, shouted in care how much they laugh at me so long as you're a commanding tone to everybody to get out of the not ashamed to go with me." way, and away she went down the hill. The sled Kitty assured her that she was not; and, after that Dave had made could go ! There was scarcely that, Sally was undisturbed.
She offered her sled to all Kitty's friends, even and I heard her say the other day that she did n't to Mary Jane Lawton and the twins, who had know what she should do if anything should hapsaid her hair was red, and they were very glad to pen to them, because they just suited her eyes, accept it, in spite of its looks. What with her and my purse with my three-dollar gold piece, and
sled and Kitty's friendship, Sally was quite the all the money I had besides, and my diary, with — belle of the occasion, and no one there was hap- oh, a great many things written in it that I did n't pier. There was only one thing that was sad want anybody to see, and the baby's photograph, about that afternoon to Kitty and Sally: it would and my lucky-bone that Jack told me never to come to an end! The darkness seemed to come lose, and — oh dear! if I only had Grandma's down sooner than it ever did before, and they had glasses I would n't mind about the rest! That is to go home.
not m-m-much !” Mary Jane, and Roxy and Rosy Dayton, and Sally And poor Kitty found it impossible to restrain went with Kitty to Mr. Spring the watch-maker's. her tears.
With one hand on the latch of Mr. Spring's “It is of no use to go back and look for it, of door, Kitty put her other hand into her pocket to course," said Mary Jane. “It's too dark to find get Grandma's spectacles. 0, dear, no! not into it, and probably somebody picked it up." her pocket, but into the place where her pocket “No, it is n't of any use," said Kitty, looking should have been !
regretfully back into the darkness, in the direction The pocket was gone !
of Redtop Hill. “I shall never see it again ! And “Oh, what shall I do? What shall I do? I've Grandma can't read a word !” lost my pocket!” cried Kitty. “I remember now Mary Jane, and Roxy and Rosy Dayton tried to that it was half-ripped out when I put the dress on comfort Kitty, as they walked homeward, but this morning, and I put two pins in it, and meant Sally Pringle said never a word. She ran on to sew it in before I came out, and then I forgot ahead of them, and went into her house without it, and, oh, dear! Grandma's spectacles were in it, stopping to say good-night.