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They like the rough weather, the sports, and the
Their sleds are in order, new-painted and bright; No wonder the owners are wild with delight.
To-morrow the slopes all over the town
Oh, how fast the flakes fall from morning till
night! The ground is deep-covered, the whole earth's in
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A million little jewels
Twinkled on the trees,
A jewel if you please."
A million little sunbeams came
HAVE an empty cage.
May is a bright little girl who lives in a pretty home.
by a large river. If you walk along on its bank in the spring, you will
sometimes hear a little rustle, and see two bright eyes, – round and black, and shiny as little beads.
2. May has a large gray cat. He sees these round black eyes quicker than a child would. His name is Spring Velvet.
One day Spring Velvet was stealing softly along the bank. He heard a noise and made a sudden dash, and in a moment he was trotting home to Bridget with a striped chipmunk in his mouth!
3. Bridget knew Spring Velvet. She knew he did not care for mice or birds or squirrels. 0, no! He liked beefsteak better, and he liked milk
better. So Bridget took the little brown striped fellow out of his mouth.
4. May came running to see what her cat had found. She was delighted; but she saw some little narrow white teeth, and she said, “Oh! he will bite! but I do want him! What shall I do?"
5. May's mother got a nice starch-box, with a picture on one end. She took a gimlet and bored a row of holes along its sides. Then she put in some wires, and, as one end had a slide, the cage was ready.
6. Bridget put Bunny in the box, and May clapped her hands for joy. He soon had some milk in a saucer from May's tea-set, a little pile of corn, and some cotton for a bed.
He shook the cotton with his teeth, and pushed it about until she laughed aloud. Then he curled down to sleep.
7. May's father smiled when he saw the cage, and tried the wires with his finger, but he did not say anything.
One day he kissed May good by, and went to the city. May could not see his thoughts when he kissed her, or she would not have done what she did after he was gone.
She was watching Bunny a long time that
morning. She was sure he looked out with sad eyes between the wires. He pushed and tugged at them so hard that May grew very uneasy herself.
8. Her mother was watching her from behind the blinds. Pretty soon May came in and stood by her mother. She looked down, and she was pulling her fingers. Her mother knew what this meant. She was “making up her mind” about something.
9. “Mother, I wish you would let Bunny go. He doesn't eat much corn, and he doesn't lap his milk. He wants to be out. Say, mother, come, and let us take him to the bank and open the slide!"
May's mother kissed her and said, “I am afraid you are not quite sure you want Bunny to go back."
Yes, I am sure," said May. 10. So her mother took the cage, and they went to an old beech-tree on the bank, and she drew back the door. May laughed as Bunny sprang out, and darted under some bushes, out of sight.
She was very brave the rest of the day. She tried to believe her dolls were better than squirrels; she swung, and read in a new story-book
and at last she heard a whistle, and ran to the end of the front walk to watch.
11. Pretty soon she saw somebody coming up the lane that made a short walk from the depot, with a valise in one hand and a big parcel in the other.
“Oh, what have you brought for me?" she called, as her papa came up.
12. Where's Bunny ?” he asked in reply, as he opened the package, and held out to May a new and be lieve puz'zled handsome cage. It was all de'pot (dě po' or dē'po) bright and fresh, with par
va lise' (vālēse') lor and bedroom, and a flag
parcel hand some at the top!
Then for the first time some tears came to May's eyes.
“O papa! if I'd only known! Wouldn't Bunny be sorry if he knew?"
?? 13. Papa looked puzzled.
“Bunny's gone! We did it! He's down the bank! Oh, what a lovely house! But these wires would trouble him too. After all, I believe he's happier!”
Then May's papa understood. And he said he would keep the cage, that he might never forget