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“She did n't even say she was sorry you had then, but she went out of the room, and Kitty lost your pocket, after you were so kind to her," went to find Absalom. Just as she stepped into said Mary Jane.
the kitchen there came a loud knock at the back Kitty did feel rather hurt at Sally's want of door. Absalom opened the door, and in stepped sympathy, but, after all, it did not matter whether Sally Pringle, followed by a boy, with clothes too anybody was sorry for her or not; sorrow would small for him, and feet and hands too large. not help the matter. It was almost as bad as los- Sally held up, triumphantly, Kitty's lost pocket. ing the baby! Kitty did not know but that it was “I went right after Dave, for I knew he could fully as bad, for he was sure to be found, and the find it,” said Sally, “and we went right up to Redpocket was almost sure not to be found. Besides, top Hill, and we took a lantern, and we hunted she was younger when she lost the baby, and and hunted; at last we saw one end of it sticking there was more excuse for her carelessness.
out of a snow-bank. I'm real glad we found it, And she had wished to behave particularly well 'cause you were good to me. I don't know as at Grandma's, because Jack had prophesied that anybody like you was ever so good to me before, she would n't, and because she wanted to come and it seemed as if I could n't stand it to see you again soon. And Grandma, who was very neat cry. We must go right home, now, 'cause Mis' and particular, would think it was a dreadful thing Meacham will be very cross; but I don't care so to pin in a pocket! And how mortified her long as we found your pocket!” mother would be when she heard of it!
And then Kitty threw her arms around Sally Grandma had company to tea and forgot to Pringle's neck, and kissed both her freckled cheeks. ask about her spectacles. That was a great relief “I don't care what Mis' Meacham does, now!” to Kitty at first, but after a while she began to cried Sally as she ran off. think it would have been better if she had told of Kitty told Grandma all about it; she did n't her loss at first. She could scarcely eat a mouth- mind owning how careless she had been, now that ful, for dreading it, and she jumped every time the pocket was found with everything safe in it, any one spoke to her, and Grandma asked her even to the lucky-bone that Jack had given her, if she did n't feel well.
and she wanted Grandma to know what a nice At one moment, she wished Grandma's company girl Sally Pringle was. And Grandma was very would go, that she might tell her about it, and much interested, and said she was going to make the next moment she wished they would stay for- Sally's acquaintance. And the upshot of it was ever, so that she need never tell.
that Grandma liked Sally so much that she made She did hope all the time that Grandma would a bargain with old Mrs. Meacham to let Sally not speak of her spectacles until her guests had come and live with her and be “hands and feet gone, for she would have to tell what had become and sometimes eyes” for her, after Kitty had gone of them, and they all would say, “Who ever home. heard of a girl so careless as to lose her pocket ?" And Sally improved so much under the kindly
As soon as supper was over she tried to go out influences at Grandma's, and was so faithful and in the kitchen to find Absalom ; she thought it sweet-tempered and unselfish, that she soon bewould be a comfort to tell him all about it; but came like a daughter of the house. Grandma's visitors would keep talking to her, and And Grandma, who never did anything by Grandma praised her to them, and said she “was halves, discovered that Dave was an uncommonly feet and hands to her, and eyes, too, sometimes”; bright boy and sent him away to school. and then Kitty trembled lest that should make her Kitty finds it better fun than ever to go to think of her spectacles. But it did n't; and very Grandma's now, because Sally is there. soon after that, the visitors took their leave. Kitty B ut though so much good came of it, Kitty tried to summon her courage to tell Grandma never pinned her pocket in again.
ago. If that is the case, all you have to do is to
open your eyes and look about you. Naples is one AROUND THE BAY OF NAPLES.
of the noisiest, liveliest cities in the world. The
people are very fond of the open air, and they are Every one of us who has ever read anything in the streets all day, and nearly all night. The at all about Italy will remember that the Bay shoemaker brings his bench out on the sidewalk of Naples is considered one of the loveliest pieces and sits there merrily mending his shoes. Women of water in the world. It is not its beauty only come out in front of their houses and sew, take care which attracts us; it is surrounded by interesting of their babies, and often make their bread and and most curious places; and some of these we cook their dinners in the open street. In the shall now visit.
streets all sorts and conditions of men, women, Although Naples is the most populous city of and children work, play, buy, sell, walk, talk, sing, Italy, it will not take us very long to see it as it or cry; here the carriages are driven furiously up is, and that is all there is to see. Her people have and down, the drivers cracking their whips and always lived for the present; they have never occu- shouting; here move about the little donkeys with pied themselves with great works of art or architect- piles of vegetables or freshly cut grass upon their ure for future ages; and the consequence is that, backs, so that nothing but their heads and feet are unlike the other cities of Italy, it offers us few seen; and here are to be found noise enough and interesting mementos of the past. Some of you dirt enough to make some people very soon satismay like this, and may be much better satisfied to fied with their walks through the streets of Naples. see how the Neapolitan enjoys himself to-day than T he greatest attraction of Naples is its famous to know how he used to do it a thousand years museum, which contains more valuable sculptures
are much shrunken and discolored, but the eggs look just as white and natural as when they were boiled, eighteen centuries ago.
The sight of all these things makes us anxious to see the city that was so long buried out of sight of the world, and only brought to light again about a hundred years ago. A short ride by railway takes us from Naples to Pompeii, and, after being furnished with guides, we set out to explore this silent little city, whose citizens have not walked its streets since the year 79 A. D.
This unfortunate place, which, as you all know, was entirely overwhelmed and covered up by a terri
ble shower of ashes during an eruption of Vesuvius, SMALL SHOPS IN NAPLES.
at the base of which it lies, is now in great part un
covered and open to view. The excavations which and works of art, and more rare and curious things have been made at different times since 1748 have than we could look at in a week. There is nothing laid bare a great many of the streets, houses, temin it, however, which will interest us so much as ples, and public buildings. All the roofs, however, the bronze figures, the wall paintings, the orna- with the exception of that belonging to one small ments, domestic utensils, and other objects, which edifice, are gone, having been burned or crushed in have been taken out of the ruins of the buried cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. The collection of these things is immense, for nearly everything that has been dug from the ruins since the excavations began has been brought to this museum. Some of the bronze statues are wonderfully beautiful and life-like ; and such figures as the “Narcissus " from Pompeii or the “Reposing Mercury" from Herculaneum have seldom been surpassed by sculptors of any age. There are many rooms filled with things that give us a good idea of how the Pompeiians used to live. Here are pots, kettles, pans, knives, saws, hammers, and nearly every kind of domestic utensil, and all sorts of tools. There is even a very complete set of instruments used by a dentist. In one of the cases is a bronze bell with its cord hanging outside, by which, if we choose, we may produce the same tinkle which used to summon some Pompeiian servant to her mistress. Little furnaces, bath-tubs, moneychests, and hundreds and hundreds of other articles, some of which look as if quite good enough for us to use, meet our eyes at every turn. In another room there are many cases containing articles of food which have been taken from the houses of Pompeii. The loaves of bread, the beans,
A STREET IN NAPLES. the wheat, and many other articles,
by the hot ashes. We shall find, however, the donkeys. Along street after street we go, and lower parts and the courts of nearly all the houses into house after house. We enter large baths still standing, and many of them in good condition. with great marble tanks and arrangements for The first thing which excites our surprise is the steam heating. We visit temples, one of which, extreme narrowness of the streets. They all are the temple of Isis, bears an inscription stating well paved with large stones, and many of them that, having been greatly injured by an earthquake
in the year 63, it was restored at the sole expense of a boy six years old, named N. Popidius Celsinus. There are two theaters and a great amphitheater, or outdoor circus, besides an extensive Forum, or place for public meetings. The more we walk through these quiet and deserted streets, and into these desolate houses, the shorter seem to us the eighteen cent
uries that have THE FORUM OF POMPEN.
any one lived have raised here. It is scarcely possible to believe that it has sidewalks, been so long since these mills were turned, these which leave ovens in use, or people came in and out of these barely room shops. In some places there are inscriptions on
enough be- the walls calling on the citizens to vote for such tween for two chariots or narrow wagons to pass and such a person for a public office. each other. Here and there are high stepping- A building has been erected as a museum, and stones, by which the Pompeiians crossed the streets in this are preserved plaster casts of some of the in rainy weather, when there must have been a people who perished in the eruption. These great deal of running water in these narrow road- people were covered up by the fine ashes just ways. Everywhere we see the ruts which the where they fell, and in the positions in which they wheels have worn in the hard stones.
died. These ashes hardened, and although the There are remains of a great many private bodies, with the exception of a few bones, entirely houses; and some of these which belonged to rich disappeared in the course of ages, the hollow people have their walls handsomely ornamented places left in the ashes were exactly the shape of with paintings, some of them quite bright and dis- the forms and features of the persons who had been tinct, considering the long time that has elapsed there. An ingenious Italian conceived the idea since they were made. There are also a great many of boring into these hollow molds and filling them shops, all of them very small, and in some of these up with liquid plaster of Paris. When this bestill remain the marble counters with the jars that came dry and hard, the ashes were removed, and held the wines and other things which were there there were the plaster images of the persons who for sale. In a bakery there remain some ovens, had been overtaken and destroyed before they and large stone mills worked by hand-power or by could escape from that terrible storm of hot ashes,
which came down in quantities sufficient to cover It is the most natural thing in the world, after a whole city from sight. In some of these figures we have explored this ruined city, to desire to the features are very distinct, and we can even visit the volcano which ruined it. There it stands, distinguish the texture of their clothes and the the same old Vesuvius, just as able to cover up rings upon their fingers. There are eight of these towns and villages with rivers of lava and clouds figures -- men, women, and girls, besides the of ashes as it ever was. Fortunately it does not cast of a large dog. To stand and look upon the often choose to do so, and it is on the good-natured exact representation of these poor creatures who laziness of their mountain that the people who live perished here seems still more to shorten the time in the plains all about it, and even on its sides, between the present and the days when Pompeii depend for their lives and safety. There are few was a lively, bustling city. Could this poor man parts of the world more thickly settled than the with the leather belt around his waist, or this country about Vesuvius. young girl with so peaceful an expression, have The ascent of the mountain can be best made fallen down and died in these positions just forty- from Naples because we can go nearly all the way six years after the death of Christ ?
by railroad. Vesuvius is not always the same height, We may walk until we are tired and we can not as the great cone of ashes that forms its summit in one visit properly see all that is interesting in varies somewhat before and after eruptions. It is the excavated portions of Pompeii, and there is so generally about four thousand feet high, although much of the little city yet covered up, that, if the a great eruption in 1872 is said to have knocked work of excavation goes on at the present rate, off a great deal of its top. At present it is steadily it will be about seventy years before the whole increasing, because, although there have been no of Pompeii is laid open to the light. Men are kept great eruptions lately, the crater is constantly steadily at work clearing out the ruins, and it working, and throwing out stones and ashes. Still may be that we are fortunate enough to be the there is no danger if we are careful, and we shall first visitors to see some little room with painted go up and see what the crater of a real live vol
BOYS AT WORK IN THE EXCAVATIONS OF POMPEI. walls, or some jar, or piece of sculpture from cano looks like. The last part of our trip is made which the ashes and earth have just been removed, on what is called a funicular railway, which runs and which the eye of man has not seen since the nearly to the top of the great central cone, fifteen first century of the Christian era.
hundred feet high, on which the cars are drawn