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others. Brother Terrapin said they had better go and see Brother Rabbit about it.


27. Brother Rabbit was sitting on his front porch in his rocking-chair. He saw all the beasts coming up the big road. They were hot and out of breath. 28. “What made


Brother Rabbit?” said Brother Bear.

“Fool you, Brother Bear?” “Fool me, I said.”

“ This is the first time I've seen you today.”

29. Then each one asked him the same question. He made the same answer to each one. 30. Then Brother Coon said,

“What made you fool me, Brother Rabbit?”

“How did I fool you, Brother Coon ?'

You said there was a big noise in the woods.”

“Sure enough, there was a big noise in the woods.”

" What kind of a noise." “

Ah, hi! you should have asked me that at first.”

“I ask you now.”
“Why, Mr. Man cut a tree down.”

31. Then Mr. Rabbit threw back his head and laughed till he made a big noise in the woods. The beasts did not laugh. They went home mad.




Dark brown is the river,

Golden is the sand. It flows along forever,

With trees on either hand.

Green leaves a-floating,

Castles of the foam, Boats of mine a-boating

Where will all come home?

On goes the river

And out past the mill, Away down the valley,

Away down the hill.

Away down the river,

A hundred miles or more, Other little children

Shall bring my boats ashore.



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1. It was twelve o'clock at night. All was still in the toy shop. That is, all the people were gone. The big front door had just been locked.

2. Now was the time for the toys to stir themselves. The “real-steam " engine blew a shrill whistle. The drums beat a tattoo. The cap pistols fired a volley. The china dog barked. And in all the din you could hear the captains telling the toy soldiers to « fall in.”

3. On a show-case near the front, were many dolls. One had been taken from each of the kinds in the store and they were put here so that people could see them and choose the kind they wished.


4. Among them were a fine wax doll, who sat in a very lady-like way in a large armchair, and a china doll who sat on a wooden sofa. As they were very near together they began talking to each other.

“When did you get in ?” asked the wax doll of the china doll.

“I have been here a week or two,” said the china doll, “but I was taken out of my box only this morning

When did you come?" 6. “I

“I came on the train to-day. glad I have a chance to rest before I am sold.” 7 “Do


will be sold soon ? asked the china doll. “I thought such a high price would be put on you that you would have to stay in the store for days.”

8. “Oh dear, no,” said the wax doll. “While the price is high, I am so pretty and can do so many things that I will be sold at once.

Indeed!” said the china doll. “I can

I am


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