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Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu, James Legge (trans.)


The Haunted Bookshop

Christopher Morely


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

A. Conan Doyle


Shakti and Shakta

John Woodroffe


Jasper and Lucy

by Helen Cross Knight

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"Perhaps she is asking for a drink of water or a mouthful of fresh grass," said Jasper. "She has come a long way, and is tired, I dare say." "Oh yes," said Lucy, "and I will run and fetch her some grass to make a cud of."

At that moment who should walk into the yard but Abe. "A cow in our yard!" thought Abe; "she must be marched off in a trice;" and directly he set up a terrible baling, "Out, out, out4" he said as plain as bark could say; "out, out, out!" Poor Crummy did not relish that. To be a stranger was trying enough, but to be treated as a vagabond was more than good temper could bear; so she shook her head at Abe with great spirit, and showed him her horns. "Go away; be off, Abe," cried Jasper. "Call the dog out, Lucy." Just then mother came out. "Abe," said mother, "come here." Abe walked up to the door growling, with one eye on the cow and the other on his mistress. "Abe, good dog," she said, patting his head, "that is our cow; it is your cow; you must take care of her;" and then she walked slowly towards the cow, talking kindly as she went. Abe saw her pat the cow as she patted him, and that, I am pretty sure, convinced him that he was all in the wrong, for he sat down.on his haunches and slowly wagged his tail, saying as well as a dog could say, "I see, mistress, I see; she's not what I took her to be; excuse me for ordering her off;" and so he and Crummy were introduced, and became in a short time very good friends.

Lucy now brought a bundle of fresh grass, which Crummy snuffed. "Give it to her, Lucy," said Jasper.

"No, you give it to her, Jasper," sail Lucy; "she 'a got such a big mouth."

CHAPTER IV.

ft. j^INT OF J^RUMMY'S JVLlLK.

Jasper was fixing a buckle on his strap, and Lucy was seeing him do it. You may be sure Lucy was never far from where Jasper was, if she could help it.

"Jasper," said Lucy, wishing to be agreeable, "don't you think the gentleman who told us about the freedmen was very interesting?" "Not very," answered Jasper. "I think he was, very," said Lucy, a bit disappointed. "Not very," said Jasper, "/think, very." repeated Lucy with spirit. "You always think every thing is interesting," said Jasper; "I do n't."

"No, don't I," cried Lucy in a loud tone. "You do," cried Jasper in a still louder one.

"I don't," said Lucy angrily. Oh dear, how bad a spirit of contradiction is. Contradicting leads to quarrelling. Please do not contradict. See how foolish it is.

I do not know who would have stopped first, had there not been a knock at the door. Lucy ran to the door and opened it. Tommy Jones was on the steps with a card in his hand. "How much will you put down for the freedmen, Lucy?" asked Tommy Jones. A gentleman told the scholars in the Sabbath-school about the poor little colored children, who wanted to read and write, and he asked the boys and girls if they would not go around and try to raise some money to buy books and slates for them. The superintendent did not think it best for every child to engage in it, but he said each class might appoint one of its number to go. Jasper would like to have been the boy appointed in his class. * He was not, however, and I should not wonder if he had been ^appointed.

"Oh dear," said Lucy, when Tommy asked her to give,'' my missionary money is all gone, and I forgot to ask mother about it. I will ask her as soon as ever she gets home, and will fetch it to you, Tommy.


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