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13. Just then Jack came along and saw the boys.

14. He made them stop throwing stones and go away.

15. He then called kitty down and took her back to Mr. Rich.

16. Jack will become a fine man when he

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A Little Boy's Pocket. 1. I once saw a little boy pushing very hard with both hands to make something go into his pocket.

2. “What are you trying to do, my boy?” said his father.

3. “My pocket is too little,” said the little boy. “I want to put this apple in.”

4. It made his father laugh, for the little boy was trying to push in an apple twice as big as his pocket.

5. “Come here,” said his father. “I think your pocket is full already. Show me what you have in it."

6. The little boy drew out what was in his pocket.

7. What do you think was there?

8. A handful of marbles, some rusty nails of different sizes, a broken knife, a pencil, a shoestring, a piece of blue paper, a little bottle with sand in it, three little smooth round stones, a picture card, and a chicken bone.

9. Some little boys think their pockets are made to hold everything they come across. Don't they? 10. What do

you carry


your pocket?

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The Hand-Organ and the Monkey. 1. Why is there such a crowd of children down the street ?

2. They are following a hand-organ and a monkey.

3. They do not care so much for the music of the hand-organ, but they like to see the monkey play his tricks.

4. They call his tricks monkey-shines. 5. May has just given the monkey a peanut.

6. See him open the shell and take out the meat!

7. Why does the man take a monkey along with him?

8. Because he gets more money than he would if he had no monkey.

9. Look! The monkey is climbing to the

upper window !

10. There, the lady has given him a penny. 11. Little Susie is afraid of the monkey.

12. She wants the monkey to go, so she says, “Good-by, money."

13. She said “money” because she is too little to say “monkey.” 14. Would


like to own a monkey? 15. Yes. I would teach him a great many

funny tricks.

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Talking Birds. 1. Mabel, I have heard that some birds can talk, but I can hardly believe it.

2. Yes, Martha, I know they can talk, for I have heard them.

3. Where did you hear them, Mabel ?

4. At my uncle John's. He has three birds that can talk.

5. How funny! I should like to listen to them and hear what they think about things.

6. I guess they don't think much, for they do not know the meaning of what they say.

7. Uncle John's parrot often laughs out “Ha! ha! ha!” when anybody comes near him.

8. Sometimes he says “Bow-wow-wow!” I have often heard him whistle.

9. If, when he is on the porch, any one passes by him, he says, “Good-by, doctor.”

10. If any one stops to look at him, he says, “What is the matter with the poor old bird ?”

11. Once I went out to take a walk with a little boy named Willard.

12. We came across a tame crow walking in the yard in front of a house.

13. The crow said “Good-by.” Willard was very much pleased.

14. He thought the crow said “Good boy."

15. He thought the crow meant Willard was a good boy.


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Elmer's Tree Climbing. 1. “Come out, quick! I want you to see a strange bird in the willow tree.

2. This is what Uncle Tommy said to Elmer's mother and grandma and Aunt Hattie.

3. They all ran out of the house to see what kind of bird was in the tree.

4. Uncle Tommy said, “Don't you think it looks like an owl? 5. What do


think it was? 6. Why, only little Elmer. He had climbed up into the tree, but could not get down again.

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