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Making October Calls.
“ Oh !” cried the children. Of course !- why hadn't they thought before? Aunt Nell was going a-calling on the trees in their fall dresses ?
“I've got some samples to carry home! cried Billy in delight, gathering up the bright leaves.
“I s'pose you mean you have some samples to carry home," quietly corrected wise Miss Mildred in his ear.
Auntie,” she added, “I wish we could vanish the miser'ble ‘got' out of things — yes, I do!”
Auntie Nell laughed.
But we mustn't be too familiar with it !”
" It's a very dignified color to dress up in!” said Aunt Nell, “ and the Oak family is very dignified, so it is in the best of taste. We'll stay here a little while, I think. Sit down here, all of you, on this crisp, brown cushion. We'll call over there across the way, on the Maple Folks, next. See how gay they are in their red and gold gowns ! ”
“Some are red, and some are gold, and still they're all Maple Folks that is queer,” commented Mildred. “They don't all dress alike a bit, Auntie.”
“No, dear, that's a peculiarity about the family, but the same trees — the individual members of the family — always dress in the same color every year. That one in bright red will wear bright red next October, too,— and all the Octobers it lives. And the yellow gowns will wear yellow. People who love trees and make a study of them have discovered that habit of the Maple folks."
“O, Auntie, see that plum tree right in the middle of the maples !” Billy cried suddenly. • How pretty it looks, among the bright gold trees !”
« • Plum tree'?— O, you mean plum-colored, Billy. I see it now. That's an ash. I always like the rich, deep color of the ash trees in the fall. Later, the leaves will turn a still richer maroon. We must get some samples of the ash tree's dress surely.”
They called on the Maple Folks and the ash tree, and on the stately elms in their pale yellow gowns. They were all in their new fall costumes, as if just on purpose to“ receive" the little Merriweathers and Aunt Nell.
At the end of the long beautiful afternoon the children went home, with their hands full of bright “ samples ” and their faces full of bright thoughts.
ANNIE HAMILTON DONNELL
HO wants to go calling with me with me?" VV All the children looked up and every little voice
sang Aunt Nell's sweet voice in the doorway.
cried “Me! Me!” Now, four little voices make quite a noise and Aunt Nell put her fingers in her ears in make-believe distress.
“Me"_“Me?" she said in a shocked voice. “1-1,"corrected Mildred hurriedly, looking ashamed.
“I!—I!" echoed all the others. Mildred set the fashion in grammar, Billy said. “ That sounds better; off with you
and get ready,” cried Aunt Nell, gaily. “ We'll start in five minutes by Grandma's eight-day clock.”
The older little Merriweathers regarded Aunt Nell in surprise. They knew she was a very quick auntie indeed but to get all dressed up in making-calls costume in five minutes ? And put on her kid gloves, too — my!
Aunt Nell had on her short bicycle dress and a funnylooking shade hat. She sat down in Grandma's rocker with the soft calico cushions, and folded her hands in a leisurely way.
“I'll wait here for you - scamper!” she said.
“Why! why, Auntie!” cried Mildred in astonishment, “You aint going a-calling in your short dress an' shade hat?"
“You-aint-going-a-calling '"- repeated Aunt Nell slowly, but Mildred hurried on
“ You aren't going a-calling that way?"
“ To be sure I am ! I took pains to dress all up in my most fitting garments !” laughed Aunt Nell.
When Grandma's clock said the five minutes had gone, they started. They walked right away from the pretty little village and the children murmured “Oh!” under their breaths.
— ” ventured Billy gravely.
“O, yes, indeed !- my friends live in this direction the friends we are going to see, you know. They are waiting for us, all in their beautifnl, bright new dresses. I should have gone last week'if it hadn't been for the new dresses I was afraid they might not be quite done.” “Oh!” breathed the children softly.
Auntie Nell was the funniest auntie !
“We will bring home some samples of their dresses,” she went on briskly, “ to show Grandma and Mamma. sure my friends will gladly give us some.”
It was mid-October and the air was cool and clear and buffeted their faces with quiet little whiffs of breeze sweet with the odor of blooming witchhazel.
“Smell it, children,” cried Aunt Nell, “ How sweet, almost sickening, it is! And do you know, it is the only bush in Mother Nature's family that blossoms in the fall? Its flowers and its withering leaves come together."
The children sniffed the air eagerly and tramped on through the beautiful autumn paths. By the roadsides the dwarf sumachs were all aglow in their crimson leaves, and made little fire-spots here and there. The golden-rod and asters were everywhere resplendent.
“ Its such splendid weather !” sighed little Gem enjoyingly.
“Such merri-weather!” laughed Aunt Nell, and then, of course, all the little Merriweathers laughed, too.
“ We'll make the first call here,” said Aunt Nell by-andby, stopping in front of the very crimsonest, brightest dwarf sumach of all.
A lark and her young ones had their nest in a field of corn which was almost ripe. She was in great fear that the reapers would come and cut down the corn before her young ones could fly.
When she left the nest to go for food, she gave them this order — that they were to tell her when she came back what they heard while she was away.
When she was gone they heard the owner of the field say to his son, “ I think this corn is ripe enough ; go and tell our friends and neighbors to come early to-morrow morning to reap it."
When the lark came home, the young ones told her what they had heard. The mother told them to be easy. “ For,” said she, “ if the farmer depends on friends, he will not have his corn cut tomorrow."
The next day she went out again, and on her return they told her that the farmer had been there, and waited a long time, but nobody came to help him. He then said to his son,
“ Go and ask our uncles and cousins to help us to reap it.” “If that be all,” the old bird said, “ you will be safe tomorrow."
The next day again the farmer and his son had no one to help them. “Go, son," he said, and get a couple of sickles, as none will help us, we must reap it ourselves.”
“Now," said the lark, “we must be gone indeed, for when a man resolves to do his work himself, it will surely be done."
A Christmas Operetta for the Little Ones
This operetta has been carefully planned and skilfully
executed, with the needs of the primary teachers for a
Christmas entertainment fully in mind. If some school Another October has come to us with its graciousness and wants to raise one hnndred dollars for a school library or its glory. Let us absorb all of it we can, in preparation for for any school purpose whatever, this operetta will be fully the winter months that are to follow. We “lay up money equal to the occasion. And if some small school wishes to in a bank" for future needs. Can we not lay up October select from it for its special needs, it is so arranged that it beauty, its crispness and golden noondays for the gray and may be divided and selections made without injury. While the gloomy days that will be sure to succeed?
it will fully meet the demands of a large stage, with curtain, “ I know Nature only in my vacation months,” said one footlights, and scene-shifting, it can be happily and easily teacher. Need this be so? Why should we “go in” to adapted to the platform of an ordinary school hall. So, town or city life, and leave the world of Nature because don't turn away, teachers, with the expectation that it will school begins? “No time?" Yes, there is time. There be too elaborate for your needs or beyond you to carry out. is usually time in this world for those things that we wish to The dramatist and song writer of this work is not unknown do most. If every teacher would consider September and to the readers of PRIMARY EDUCATION, Miss Alice E. Allen, a October "after schools " and Saturdays as still a part of her primary teacher with large experience in writing and plansummer outing, it would be far better for her and her school. ning school entertainments, has given us many beautiful Time enough for sewing, and getting ready for the winter things last year, and her name alone will be guarantee for the reading or study when November comes.
dramatic charm and poetic beauty of the little Christmas October beauty and the “feel” in the air, with the quiet drama. restfulness that fills the woods at this season are tonics — And the music that voices the soul of every song is the soul and nerve tonics that every brain worker needs. Make single work of Mr. Chas. E. Boyd of Boston, also known to determined efforts, teachers, to spend every possible out-of- our readers as the author of our delightful school songs school hour in the fields and woods. Take your “wheels,” last year. Mr. Boyd has, with rare skill, absorbed the or electric cars if you are near them, and go wherever you spirit and translated the words of the various songs in this can. They will carry you away from houses and streets and operetta to sparkling, reverent, tender music, that has won that is something gained. Walk in the fallen leaves and high praise from all who have heard it. make them rustle as you used to when you were a child. And so, we shall give to you in November the completed Find the cosy places and lie down and look up, and listen. work that has grown slowly with painstaking care, careful Watch the bright leaves and brown leaves as they sail criticism, and much enjoyment in the sunny days of the leisurely down, gather nuts, hunt for witch-hazel, smell the
summer vacation. sweet dry scent of ripened leaves, and revel in the lovely tints everywhere. Give this desire to your children also, and encourage them to bring you the woodsy
Ashamed of Being Teachers things of October. If you are in New England where the maples “burn" teach them to love them — to thrill Did you meet any teachers in vacation time who were under color sensation. Don't talk botany or make a anxious to conceal the fact that they were teachers? The “ study" of Nature in times like these. Gaze, love, absorb, editor did. One teacher, when she was discovered, threw up - and study afterwards.
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Emma McCord in Child Garden
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Three trees stood upon a hill, –
All in brown October ;
All in brown October.
All in brown October.
Little Hickory Nut A little brown baby, round and wee, With the kind winds to rock him, slept high in a tree. And he grew and he grew till, oh, dreadful to say ! He tumbled right out of his cradle one day. Down, down from the tree-top, a terrible fall ! But the queer little fellow was not hurt at all ! And sound and sweet he lies in the grass, And there you will find him whenever you pass.— Sel.
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They've been swinging many days,
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The Little Cricket
And always singing a song was he;
And he chirped his tunes right merrily. “Cheer-up! cheer-up!" sang the cricket so gay;
“Cheer-up: cheer-up!” from morning till night, Oh, come good people, and list to my lay!”
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Never wished for more than he had;
That is the reason he was so glad.-- Sel.
1 Little leaves all in a ring,
See them swing ; see them swing ;
Shine and blow; shine and blow.
Soon are seen; soon are seen ;
As they dance; as they dance.
Red and gold ; red and gold;
i. Children who sing are divided into three choruses, according to height, smallest in front.
Costumes For the first row --- Ordinary gowns.
For the second row --- Let the children themselves fasten green maple leaves together with their stems; pin firmly on ordinary gowns for ruffles.
For the third row —- Children enjoy a “ grown-up" appearance. Let them wear the long skirts of an elder sister or friend, so that they may have “real” trains. Decorate gowns prettily with bright colored leaves.
I found a violet
And plucked a maple leaf;
The year seemed very brief, The far-off seasons met.
That for autumnal grief,
This for a spring regret,
A last blue violet, A scarlet maple-leaf.
-J. Russell Taylor.
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