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A Catechism. 7

The Adventures of the Jimmyjohns with Mr. Goram. 19

Polly sees Something of the World. 36

The new Home. .... ^


A Letter from " Somewhere." 66


Spellman's Court. So


Joey Moonbeam and the Jimmyjohns. - ~ 96

A pleasant little Affair. - 112


Hunting a Botanist. - 129


Mr. Wetherell receives Callers. - 144


The Mistake. - - - 162


Welcome Home agmn. >> *? V- ' > fV ',- 176

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Question. Who was Polly Cologne ?

Answer. A rag baby. She began her life as a rag-


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never was

Q. Where
was the
home of
Polly Co-
logne ?

A. The
h o m e of
Polly Co-
logne was
with the
P 1 u m m e r
family, at
the Land of

8 Potty Cologne.

Ease, in a cottage called Prairie Rose Cottage.

Q. Was Polly uncommon of her kind ?

A. She was.

Q. In what ways was she uncommon of her kind ?

A. She had feet ; and light-colored floss-silk hair,
which seemed like real hair ; and pink cheeks ; and
blue eyes ; and a rosebud mouth, and a pleasing
smile. The hair of the other rag babies of the baby-
house was stocking ravellings, and their eyes, noses
and mouths were done with charcoal, and they had
to stand on their stiff petticoats, for they were with-
out feet, excepting, of course, Joey Moonbeam, who
was half a yard tall and had a face as big round as a
pint bowl.

Q. What was the size of Polly Cologne ?

A. She was the smallest of them all, not being
any taller than a slate-pencil.

Q. Of what size were the others ?

A. Of different sizes ; smallei than Joey, larger
than Polly.

Q. Tell their names.

A. Their names were, Dorothy Beeswax, Jenny
Popover, Susan Sugarspoon, Betsey Ginger, and Eu-
dora N. Posy. N. stands for Nightingale. Not Cue
of these was so dear to the heart of Annetta Plum-
mer as Polly Cologne.

A Catechism. 9

Q. Was Annetta Plummer the girl who kept the
baby-house ?

A. She was.

Q. What was her age ?

A. She was seven years old on that very birthday
party of hers when Polly Cologne was lost.


Q. How was Polly lost ?

A. There was a birthday party of little girls.
They were playing supper in the orchard. Polly
was allowed to come to table because she was the
baby of the baby-house. She was dressed for the


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party in white gauze made over pink, and wore a
locket, and wore a string of beads in her hair.
Every one at table wanted to hold Polly. While they
were passing her from one to the other, fondling
her, patting, petting, stroking, kissing, squeezing and

praising her,
happened to
her quite
strange and

Q. What
was this thing
so strange and


A. Rover,

the Jimmyjohns' playful little dog, caught her in his
mouth, ran across the fields into the woods, and came
back without her.

(?. What did Rover do with her ?

A, Nobody knew whether he dropped her in the
brook, buried her up like a bone, or what became of
her. Mr. Plummer and others searched in vain for
her that day and the next, and the next.

Q. Was Rover punished ?

A. He was not ; but people shamed him so much

A Catechism.


that at last whenever the subject was mentioned he
would drop his tail and slink into a corner. On the
day he was lost this happened several times.

Q. Was Rover lost also ?

A. He was.

Q. In what way ?

A. Annetta showed him an apron that Polly
Cologne had worn a bib apron with pockets and
pointed to the outside door, and said, " Go find her !
Don't come back till you find her ! " Rover took it
in his mouth, darted away, and did not come back.
They searched for him far and near. They found
the apron caught in a bramble-bush, but Rover, no-

Q. What more can you tell
of Rover and Polly Cologne ?

A. Their loss was much
talked of in the Plummer fam-
ily. When any one of them
was late home the others would
ask : " Have you found Polly ? "
or "You haven't got Polly in
your pocket, have you ? " If any
stayed very late indeed, it would be said : " Why, they
must have gone to find Polly ! " Almost every day the
Jimmyjohns went somewhere to look for her. Often


12 Polly Cologne.

when they were running along the road, people meeting
them, or seeing them from windows, would say :
" There go the little Jimmyjohns to look for Polly

Q. Who were the Jimmyjohns ?

A. Small young twins, Jimmy and Johnny Plummer.

Q. Of what age were they at the time of the loss
of Polly Cologne ?

A. Nearly five years.

Q. Describe them.

A. They had chubby cheeks, puggy noses, bright
black eyes, and dark hair. They were just of a size,
were always together, were always dressed just alike,
and did the same things, and looked so much alike
that people could not tell them apart. They were
called the Jimmyjohns, even by their own family.

Q. How were they dressed ?

A. In frocks, short trousers, long stockings, button
boots, belts, hats with turned-up rims, and narrow

Q. Could each boy tell his own clothes ?

A. He could.

Q. In what way ?

A. By blue-flannel peppermints sewed on the in-
side of Jimmy's clothes and red-flannel peppermints
sewed on the inside of Johnny's.

A Catechism. 13

Q. Could the twins' mother tell the boys apart ?

A. The twins' mother, Mrs. Plummer, found it so
hard to tell the boys apart that she made a blue dot
at each end of Jimmy's neckties, and a red dot at
each end of Johnny's.


Q. Were the twins fond of each other ?

A. They were. They seemed to feel alike as much
as they looked alike. They never quarrelled. If
one got hurt, the other cried ; and whatever good
things one had given him, the other had half. What

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one liked to do, the other liked to do ; where one

wanted to go, the other wanted to go. All the people

around there were

interested in the

Jimmyjohns. Mr.

To mpkins, the

little Lobster Man,

almost every time

he came, gave

them some of the

feelers of his lob-
sters to give An-
netta to cut up JOSEPHUS, THE BABY.

into red beads for a necklace for Polly when she
should be brought back ; and sometimes he presented
them with a whole small-sized five-cent lobster for
themselves, though of course they gave Annetta
some, and let Josephus, the baby, have a claw to
suck. As for the Funny Man, he liked nothing bet-
ter than to talk soberly with them about Polly, and
tell them of places where she might perhaps be
found. Poor little fellows ! Many a weary search
they had in fields and woods and along the edges
of brooks and ponds ; and many a tear they shed
for Rover, their cunning, frisky, playful, loving little
Rover ! After Rover was lost they were given a

A Catechism.

little dog named Snip ; but Snip ate something
from Effie's arm-basket and had a sickness and died,
though the Funny Man did his best to cure him.

Q. Who was Effie ?

A. Annetta's little sister, three years old. She
liked to carry a
basket on her arm.

Q. Who was the
Funny Man ?

A. The Funny
Man was an um-
brella mender.

Q. Why was the
Funny Man called
the Funny Man ?

A. The Funny
Man was called
the Funny Man be-
cause he was funny.

Q. Did he dwell
at the land of Ease ?


A. He dwelt at

the land of Ease,a little way from the houses, in a
wild pasture land.

Q. Had he a family ?

A. He had not. He lived by himself in a hut


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upon a level place in the pastures.

Q. Describe the place.

A. All around grew pasture grasses, bayberry
bushes, sweet-fern and everlasting. In the autumn


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it was purple and yellow with wild asters and golden-
rod. There was an old umbrella nailed to the ridge-
pole of the hut, as a sign of the Funny Man's busi-

Q. What is a ridge-pole ?

A Catechisrti. 17

A. The answer to that is in the dictionary.
Q. Had the Funny Man any other business be-
sides mending umbrellas ?

A. Yes. He took sick animals to cure, and he
made bayberry tallow from bayberries.

Q. Can you tell something more of the Funny

A. He was quite tall, and he had blue eyes, and a
long nose, and a smiling face, and light curly hair.
He liked to talk with the Jimmyjohns. After Polly
Cologne was lost, he sent them to look for her in
curious places. He asked them sometimes : " Do you
think Rover buried her up, as he buries up bones ?
Do you think he dropped her in the brook ? If he
dropped her in the brook do you think she floated
down to the salt water ? If she floated off in the
salt water do you think she was washed ashore on the
rocks ? " One morning he told them they had better
go to the shore and look on the rocks.
Q. What did their mother say to this ?
A. She was willing. She let them go with Mr.
Scott in his horse-cart. Mr. Scott was to stay a long
time, drawing up seaweed and piling it in piles.
While he was drawing up seaweed the Jimmyjohns
ran far along the shore, looking for Polly Cologne,
and met the Lobster Man, and had some curious


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adventures with a man of the name of Goram Mr.
Jabez Goram, the old gentleman, as he was called, to
distinguish him from young Mr.
Jabez Goram, his son.

This is the end of the Cate-
chism. All who have learned
it, and who care to hear of the
adventures of the Jimmyjohns in
trying to find Polly Cologne, and
of the reward offered for find-
ing her, and
to hear who
did find her,
and how she
went on her
travels, and


ent people she stayed with, and how she came back,
and when she came back, and what happened to
Rover, and how he came back, and when he came
back, are invited to listen.




THE Jimmyjohns ran far along the shore, looking
among the rocks for Polly Cologne. Presently
they saw Mr. Tompkins, the Lobster Man, still farther
on, and ran towards him.



Polly Cologne.

The Lobster Man asked them how they came so
far from home, and which was Jimmy and which was
Johnny, and then he shut his eyes and let them
change about, and tried in vain to tell which was
which, and asked them how they knew themselves
apart; and they showed the flannel peppermints of
blue and red. People liked to make them do this.

All at once the Lobster Man exclaimed, " You are
the very boys
to do my er-
rand ! I want
you to carry
two lobsters up
to the Widow
Simmons. Will
you go ? '

They said,
"We don't
know where
she lives."

The Lobster

Man pointed to a path leading up a steep cliff. " Go
up that path," said he, " and you will see a road :
walk along that road and you will come to a white
house with green blinds. That is not the widow
Simmons' house. Mr. Gorain lives there ; Mr.


The Adventures of the Jimmyjohns.


Jabez Goram, the old gentleman. Pass by the white
house with green blinds and go on to the next one ; a

small red house. That's the
widow Simmons'. Tell her I
am coming there to dinner."
The Jimmies took each a
lobster and went up the nar-
row path and walked along
the road at the top. When
they had nearly reached the
white house with green
blinds, Johnny sat down to
empty the sand out of his
shoes, and Jimmy took John-
ny's lobster and said he
would be walking along slow.
Now as Jimmy was pass-
ing the white house with green
blinds, he heard a knocking.
He looked up and saw
that the back porch door
was open a crack, and saw a

woman's hand and arm beckoning to him through
the crack. He laid his lobsters clown behind a rock,
in the grass, and ran to see what the woman might


22 Polly Cologne.

The door was open just wide enough to show her
face. She had a nightcap on, and a small flannel
blanket over the nightcap, and she held her shawl to
her mouth. Said this woman to Jimmy, speaking
from behind her shawl :

" I am almost sick with the influenza. I want a
few sound apples to make me a cooling drink : won't
you run to the apple-tree in the field yonder and
fetch me three or four ? If you can't reach up, take
a stick ; and if you see my white rabbit anywhere,"
said she, " catch him for me and I will give you a
doughnut; but don't go looking for him," said she,
" till you've fetched the apples."

Jimmy ran to the field, picked up a stick, and was
just knocking off the second apple, when there came
a man out from the corn-crib ; a large, broad-shoul-
dered, elderly man with no coat on. His face was
round and rosy ; he had frizzly hair, and he wore a
felt hat a black one. It was Mr. Goram, Mr. Ja-
bez Goram, the old gentleman.

Mr. Goram walked slowly up to Jimmy, took him
by the hand, and led him gently to the corn-crib;
and as he led him gently to the corn-crib he said to
him with a pleasant smile, " I never hurt little boys
who come to take my apples ; I do not like to hurt
little boys. But little boys who take apples must be

The Adventures of the Jimmyjohns.

punished in some way ; and so," said Mr. Goram, push-
ing Jimmy into the corn-crib, " I shut up little boys."
Jimmy began to cry, and as the door closed he
went to a big knot-hole in it and sobbed out, " The
woman in that house told me to ! "

" What house are you speaking of ? "' asked Mr.
Goram mildly.

" That white one," said Jimmy.

" Little boy," said Mr. Goram in the same pleasant

tone, " the woman in that house is my wife. I left

her on the bed, sick with influenza. It is not likely

that a woman sick in bed with influenza should have

sent a little boy here for
apples. I will leave you
alone awhile. It will not
hurt you. I never hurt
little boys." He then fast-
ened the door with the
hook and walked away to
the barn.

You will remember that
Johnny stayed behind to


GENTLEMAN. empty the sand from his

shoes. He did this and

was about to put them on, when a white rabbit
hopped past on the other side of the road. He

24 Polly Cologne.

dropped his shoes by a fence-post and ran to catch
the rabbit. It led him a long chase, for every time
that he was just going to put his hand on it, it sprang

He gave up at last, and went back to get his
shoes. He had forgotten which was the right fence-
post, and it took him some time
to find it, but he did find it, and
put on his shoes and ran to
catch Jimmy.

As he was passing the white
house with green blinds he MRS. GORAM'S WHITE
heard a knocking. He looked RABBIT.

towards the house and saw that the back porch door was
open a crack, and saw a woman's hand and arm beck-
oning to him through the crack, and ran up to see
what she might want ; a tall, thin woman she seemed
to be. She had a nightcap on, and a small flannel
blanket over the night-cap, and she held her shawl
to her mouth. The woman thought Johnny was the
boy she had sent for the apples.

" Have you got me any apples ? "' she asked, speak-
ing behind her shawl.

" No. ma'am," said Johnny.

"Oh, I know what you've been doing ! ' : said the
woman. " You've been hunting the rabbit."

The Adventures of the Jimmyjohns.

2 5

'Yes, ma'am," said Johnny.

" Oh, you have, have you ? When I told you I
wanted the apples first ! But did you find him ? "


" Yes, ma'am," said Johnny. " He hopped off
down that road." And he pointed towards the shore.

" Oh dear ! " said the woman. " He'll get away !
Do run and turn him back ! Run quick ! "

26 Polly Cologne.

As Johnny ran towards the shore he saw the rabbit
springing across a field in the direction of a barn.
He ran across another field, and came out close
to the barn and ahead of the rabbit. He started to
catch the rabbit, when there came from behind the
barn a large, broad-shouldered, elderly man, with no
coat on. His face was round and rosy, he had friz-
zly hair, and he wore a felt hat a black one. It was
Mr. Goram, Mr. Jabez Goram, the old gentleman.
He thought Johnny was the boy he had shut up in
the corn-crib.

" Little boy," he asked, speaking in a mild voice,
" who let you out of my corn-crib ? ' :

"I- -I wasn't in there,"answered Johnny.

"You are a bad little boy to say that to me," said
Mr. Goram. " Did I not put you in my corn-crib for
taking my apples ? ' ;

" No, sir ! " cried Johnny, staring at. Mr. Goram.

" Very well," said Mr. Goram, " come this way. I
never hurt little boys. I don't like to hurt little boys.
But naughty boys must be punished, and you are a
naughtier boy than I thought you were. If I did not
shut you up in my corn-crib, I will shut you up in my
barn," said Mr. Goram. And before Johnny knew
what was going to happen, he found himself shut in.

"When I come home from the cornfield," Mr.

The Adventures of the Jimmyjohns.


Goram called back as he was going away, " I will let you
out and talk with you."

Not long after Mr.
Goram had gone,
Johnny heard some-
thing drop suddenly
upon the barn floor.
It was the cat. She
had jumped in at the
barn window.

The barn window
was small, and it
was pretty high up.
Johnny stopped cry-
ing, shoved a box un-
der the window, put
a peck measure up-
side down on the box,
climbed up to the
window, squeezed

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himself through, let

himself down outside,

then crept under some JOHNNY GETS OUT THE WAY THE

bushes, and then ran CAT GOT IN -

along behind a stone

wall on the side of a field. The corn-crib was in

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this field, and presently he heard Jimmy calling from
the knot-hole in the door :

"Let me out! Let me out! I want to

come o-u-t /'

Johnny went to the corn-crib and unhooked the
door with the stick that Jimmy began to knock off
apples with, and Jimmy came out, and they both ran
as fast as they could go across two fields, and then
along the road which led from the shore. They were
afraid to go back to get the lobsters, lest they might

meet Mr. Goram.

The road they were in
took them at last into an-
other road, and at a house
in this road stood a butcher-
cart which went every day
past their own house, and
the man said they might ride
if they did not mind stop-
ping at back doors.

The butcher-cart in going

here and there passed near the Funny Man's house,
and there was the Funny Man himself sitting in a
chair on the broad flat stone that was his door-step,
mending umbrellas and telling stories to six or eight
boys. The boys sat around him on the ground, each


The Adventures of the Jimmy Johns. 29

boy under an umbrella that was going to be mended.
Two old horses were feeding on a hill near by ; a fat
one and a lean one. The lean one was lame. There
were two or three weak hens stepping around the
door, and there was a handsome cat tied to a tree to
keep her from running home. The Jimmies got
down from the cart and ran to hear stories with the
boys. The Funny Man laughed when he saw them
coming, and picked out for them a faded umbrella big
enough to cover them both. It was immense. Two
of its ribs were broken, but that was no matter.

After they had set down under the umbrella, the
Funny Man said he would offer a reward of a four-
bladed jackknife to any one who would bring Polly
Cologne to his house safe and sound.


" Earnest ? " the boys asked.

"Oh, yes," he said. "I'll cross hands with
you ! "

They ran up and crossed hands with him, and then
he let them go down in his cellar with him to see a
large white rooster that stood all the time in one spot
stiff and straight like a white marble rooster, and
would not eat. When they were all seated under the
umbrellas again he told them the story of the cat that
hadn't common sense. It is too long to be told

30 Polly Cologne.

Just as the story was ended, there came on a sort
of drizzle which was scarcely more than a wet fog ;
but the boys whispered to each other to ask the Funny
Man to lend them the umbrellas to go home with. He
knew what they were whispering about, and asked
them, " Why don't you borrow some umbrellas to go
home with ? " at which the boys were much pleased.
Some of them went home three under one umbrella.
The Jimmies went under their immense broken one,
both taking hold the handle. The top came down
close to their heads. When the Plurnmer family were
about to sit down to dinner that noon, Mr. Scott
stopped at their gate with a load of seaweed, to ask
if the Jimmyjohns had not come up from the

" No, indeed," cried Mrs. Plummer in alarm. " Oh,
where can they be ? '

Annetta began to cry, and Mr. Plummer ran fcr
his hat. In passing a window he stopped suddenly,
looked out for a moment, and said with a smile,
" There seems to be a sort of four-legged umbrella
moving this way."

Everybody ran to the window, where they saw out-
side an immense broken umbrella, and underneath
it four feet and four legs, stepping towards the

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did not get her

They soon came in and told the people all about
Mr. Tompkins, the Lobster Man, and the two lob-
sters, and Mr. Goram and Mr. Goram's wife, and
the corn-crib,
and the barn,
and the meat-
cart, and the
Funny Man, and
the white roos-
ter that stood
still, and the cat
that hadn't com-
mon sense.

" I am sorry,"
said Mr. Plum-
mer, " that the


But the Widow Simmons did get her lobsters.

After supper that afternoon, when the Jimmyjohns
were playing out in their back yard, an elderly gentle-
man in a buggy wagon drove up to the gate and
stopped. His face was round and rosy, he had frizzly
hair, and he wore a felt hat a black one. It was
Mr. Goram, Mr. Jabez Goram, the #/ gentleman.

32 Polly Cologne.

Mr. Goram got slowly out of the buggy, hitched his
horse, walked up to the Jimmyjohns and looked at

"Little boys," said he, speaking in a mild and
pleasing tone, with a smile on his face, " I am sorry
I shut you up. You were not to blame. I made
a mistake. I am sorry ; very sorry indeed. Mr.
Tompkins has told me all about the matter, and
you will be glad to know that the Widow Simmons
got her lobsters. While Mr. Tompkins was talking
with me," said Mr. Goram, " we noticed a dog acting
strangely around a rock, and went there and found
the lobsters. My wife," continued Mr. Goram, " has
sent you the white rabbit to keep for your own." Mr.
Goram then took a two-covered basket from the buggy,
lifted one cover, and showed the rabbit inside. Mr.
and Mrs. Plummer with Josephus and Annetta and
the Jimmies all gathered around the basket to look in.

Mr. Goram was asked into the house, and there he
held Josephus and sang him the song of John Dobbin,
and then he took from his pocket a pasteboard box
and opened it. Inside lay two long twisted doughnuts
as exactly alike as the twins themselves. " My wife
took pains to pick out two exactly alike," said he with
a chuckle.

Joey Moonbeam was tied in a high-chair close by,

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and Mr. Goram talked with Annetta about her in

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