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No. 101. MAY, 1875. Vol. XVII

A Monthly Magazine for Youngest Readers

John L. Shorey, 36 Bromfield Street.

American News Co., 119 Nassau St., New York.
New-England News Co., 41 Court St., Boston.
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ON A HIGH HORSE By Josephine Pollard
THE LITTLE CULPRIT (From the German)
DAY AND NIGHT By Aunt Winnie
THE CUCKOO By Uncle Oscar
WORK AND SING! By Emily Carter
MY DOG By Willie B. Marshall
DADDY DANDELION (Music by T. Crampton)


We think that the present number, both in its pictorial and its literary
contents, will please our host of readers, young and old. The charming
little story of "The Little Culprit," in its mixture of humor and
pathos, has been rarely excelled.

The drawing lessons, consisting of outlines made by Weir from Landseer's
pictures, seem to be fully appreciated by our young readers, and we have
received from them several copies which are very creditable.

Remember that for teaching children to read there are no more attractive
volumes than "The Easy Book" and "The Beautiful Book," published at this

The pleasant days of spring ought to remind canvassers that now is a
good time for getting subscribers, and that "The Nursery" needs but to
be shown to intelligent parents to be appreciated. See terms.

The use of "The Nursery" in schools has been attended with the best
results. We have much interesting testimony on this point, which we may
soon communicate. It will be worthy the attention of teachers and school

Subscribers who do not receive "THE NURSERY" promptly, (making due
allowance for the ordinary delay of the mail), are requested to notify
us IMMEDIATELY. Don't wait two or three months and then write
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is not the fact): but state simply that you have not RECEIVED it; and
be sure, in the first place, that the fault is not at your own
Post-office. Always mention the DATE of your remittance and
subscription as nearly as possible. Remember that WE are not
responsible for the short-comings of the Post-office, and that our
delivery of the magazine is complete when we drop it into the Boston
office properly directed.

"Every house that has children in it, needs 'The Nursery' for their
profit and delight: and every childless house needs it for the sweet
portraiture it gives of childhood." - Northampton Journal.



Spot was a little dog who had come all the way from Chicago to Boston,
in the cars with his master. But, as they were about to take the cars
back to their home, they entered a shop near the railroad-station; and
there, before Spot could get out to follow his master, a bad boy shut
the door, and kept the poor dog a prisoner.

The cars were just going to start. In vain did the master call "Spot,
Spot!" In vain did poor Spot bark and whine, and scratch at the door,
and plead to be let out of the shop. The bad boy kept him there till
just as the bell rang; and then he opened the door, and poor Spot
ran - oh, so fast! - but the cars moved faster than he.

Mile after mile poor Spot followed the cars, till they were far out of
sight. Then, panting and tired, he stopped by the roadside, and wondered
what he should do, without a home, without a master.

He had not rested many minutes, when he saw two little girls coming
along the road that crossed the iron track. They were Nelly and Julia,
two sisters. Spot thought he would try and make friends with them.

But they were afraid of strange dogs. Julia began to cry; and Nelly
said, "Go away, sir; go home, sir: we don't want any thing to do with
you, sir."

Spot was sorry to be thus driven off. He stopped, and began to whine in
a pleading sort of way, as if saying, "I am a good dog, though a
stranger to you. I have lost my master, and I am very hungry. Please let
me follow you. I'll be very good. I know tricks that will please you."

The children were not so much afraid when they saw him stop as if to get
permission to follow. "He is a good dog, after all," said Nelly: "he
would not force his company on us; he wants his dinner. Come on, sir!"

Thus encouraged, Spot ran up, wagging his tail, and showing that he was
very glad to find a friend. He barked at other dogs who came too near,
and showed that he meant to defend the little girls at all risks.

When they arrived home, they gave him some milk and bread, and then took
him into the sitting-room, and played with him. "Beg, sir!" said Nelly;
and at once Spot stood upright on his hind-legs, and put out his

Then Julia rolled a ball along the floor; and Spot caught it almost
before it left her hand. "Now, die, sir, die!" cried Nelly; and, much to
her surprise, Spot lay down on the floor, and acted as if he were dead.

When papa came home, and saw what a good, wise dog Spot was, he told the
children they might keep him till they could find the owner.

A week afterwards, they saw at the railroad-station a printed bill
offering a reward of thirty dollars for Spot.

He was restored at once to his master, who proved to be a Mr. Walldorf,
a German. But the little girls refused the offered reward; for they said
they did not deserve it, and Spot had been no trouble to them.

Three weeks passed by, and then there came a box from New York, directed
to Nelly and Julia. They opened it: and there were two beautiful French
dolls, and two nice large dolls' trunks filled with dolls' dresses and
bonnets, - dresses for morning and evening, for opera and ball-room, for
the street and the parlor, for riding and walking.

The present was from Mr. Walldorf; and with it came a letter from him
thanking the little girls for their kindness to his good dog, Spot, and
promising to bring Spot to see them the next time he visited Boston.


[Illustration: On A High Horse]


On a velocipede
Harry would ride:
Quickly the splendid steed
Set him astride.

Now for a jolly time!
Now for some sport!
Hold on! - the little chap's
Legs are too short.

Harry can't touch the peg,
All he can do;
Though he may stretch his leg
Out of his shoe!

What can we do for him?
This much, of course:
Let down the rider - or
Let down the horse.

Many a hobby-horse
Small boys must ride,
Ere such a steed as this
They can bestride

So, little Harry dear,
Don't look so cross
When you are taken down
From a high horse.



There were three little sisters and one little brother; and their names
were Emma, Ruth, Linda, and John. And these children had a grandmother,
whose seventieth birthday was near at hand.

"What shall we do to celebrate our dear grandmother's birthday?" asked
Emma, the eldest.

"Get some crackers and torpedoes, and fire them off," said Johnny.

"Oh, that will never do!" cried Linda. "Let us give her a serenade."

"But we none of us sing well enough," said Ruth; "and grandmother, you
know, is a very good musician. Let us do this: Let us come to her as the
'Four Seasons,' and each one salute her with a verse."

"Yes: that's a very pretty idea," cried Linda. "And I'll be Spring; for
they say my eyes are blue as violets."

"Then I'll be Summer," cried Emma. "I like summer best."

"I'll be Autumn," said Johnny; "for, if there's any thing I like, it is
grapes. Peaches, too, are not bad; and what fun it is to go a-nutting!"

"There's but one season left for me," said Ruth. "I must be Winter. No
matter! Winter has its joys as well as the rest."

"But who'll write the verses for us?" asked Emma. "There must be a verse
for every season."

"Oh, the teacher will write them for us!" cried Ruth. "No one could do
it better."

And so, on the morning of grandmother's birthday, as she sat in her
large armchair, with her own pussy on a stool at her side, the "Four
Seasons" entered the room, one after another, and formed a semicircle
in front of her. Grandmother was not a bit frightened. She smiled
kindly; and then the "Seasons" spoke as follows: -

[Illustration: Celebrating Grandmother's Birthday]


I am the Spring: with sunshine see me coming;
Birds begin to twitter; hark! the bees are humming:
Green to field and hillside, blossoms to the tree,
Joy to every human heart are what I bring with me.


See my wealth of flowers! I'm the golden Summer:
Is there for the young or old a more welcome comer?
Come and scent the new-mown grass; by the hillside stray;
And confess that only June brings the perfect day.


Mark the wreath about my head, - wreath of richest flowers;
I am Autumn, and I bring mildest, happiest hours;
In my hand a goblet see, which the grape-juice holds;
Corn and grain and precious fruits, Autumn's arm enfolds.


Round my head the holly-leaf; in my hand the pine:
I am Winter cold and stern; these last flowers are mine.
But while I am left to rule, all's not dark or sad;
Christmas comes with winter-time to make the children glad.


Here our offerings glad we bring,
And long life to Grandma sing.


[Illustration: Hummingbirds and Fruit]


School had begun. The boys and girls were in their places, and the
master was hearing them spell; when all at once there was a soft, low
knock at the door.

"Come in!" said the master; and a little cleanly-dressed girl, about six
years old, stood upon the threshold, with downcast eyes.

She held out before her, as if trying to hide behind it, a satchel, so
large that it seemed hard to decide whether the child had brought it, or
it had brought the child; and the drops on her cheeks showed how she had
been running.

"Why, Katie!" cried the schoolmaster, "why do you come so late? Come
here to me, little culprit. It is the first time you have been late.
What does it mean?"

Little Katie slowly approached him, while her chubby face grew scarlet.
"I - I had to pick berries," she faltered, biting her berry-stained lips.

"O Katie!" said the master, raising his forefinger, "that is very
strange. You _had_ to? Who, then, told you to?"

Katie still looked down; and her face grew redder still.

"Look me in the face, my child," said the master gravely. "Are you
telling the truth?"

Katie tried to raise her brown roguish eyes to his face: but, ah! the
consciousness of guilt weighed down her eyelids like lead. She could not
look at her teacher: she only shook her curly head.

"Katie," said the master kindly, "you were not sent to pick berries: you
ran into the woods to pick them for yourself. Perhaps this is your first
falsehood, as it is the first time you have been late at school. Pray
God that it may be your last."

"Oh, oh!" broke forth the little culprit, "the neighbor's boy, Fritz,
took me with him; and the berries tasted so good that I staid too long."

[Illustration: At Teacher's Desk]

The other children laughed; but a motion of the master's hand restored
silence, and, turning to Katie, he said, "Now, my child, for your
tardiness you will have a black mark, and go down one in your class;
but, Katie, for the falsehood you will lose your place in my heart, and
I cannot love you so much. But I will forgive you, if you will go stand
in the corner of your own accord. Which will you do, - lose your place in
my heart, or go stand in the corner for a quarter of an hour?"

The child burst into a flood of tears, and sobbing out, "I'd rather go
stand in the corner," went there instantly, and turned her dear little
face to the wall.

In a few minutes the master called her, and, as she came running to him,
he said: "Will you promise me, Katie, never again to say what is not

"Oh, yes, I will try - I will try never, never to do it again," was the
contrite answer.

Then the master took up the rosy little thing, and set her on his knee,
and said: "Now, my dear child, I will love you dearly. And, if you are
ever tempted to say what is not true, think how it would grieve your old
teacher if he knew it, and speak the truth for his sake."

"Yes, yes!" cried the child, her little heart overflowing with
repentance; and, throwing her arms around the master's neck, she hugged
him, and said again, "Yes, yes!"



Our doll-baby show, it was something quite grand;
You saw there the loveliest dolls in the land.
Each girl brought her own, in its prettiest dress:
Three pins bought a ticket, and not a pin less.

For the doll that was choicest we offered a prize:
There were wee mites of dollies, and some of great size.
Some came in rich purple, some lilac, some white,
With ribbons and laces, - a wonderful sight!

Now, there was one dolly, so tall and so proud,
She put all the others quite under a cloud;
But one of us hinted, in so many words,
That sometimes fine feathers do not make fine birds.

[Illustration: The Doll-Baby Show]

We sat in a row, with our dolls in our laps:
The dolls behaved sweetly, and met no mishaps.
No boys were admitted; for boys will make fun:
Now which do you think was the dolly that won?

Soon all was commotion to hear who would get
The prize; for the dollies' committee had met:
We were the committee; and which do you think
Was the doll we decided on, all in a wink?

Why, each of us said that our own was the best,
The finest, the sweetest, the prettiest drest:
So we _all_ got the prize - we'll invite you to go
The next time we girls have our doll-baby show.



Lottie is always asking, "Why?"

When mamma calls from the window, "Lottie, Lottie!" she answers, very
pleasantly, "What, ma'am?" for she hopes mamma will say, "Here's a nice
turnover for you;" or, "Cousin Alice has come to see you." But when the
answer is "It is time to come in," the wrinkles appear on Lottie's
forehead, and her voice is a very different one, as she says, "Oh, dear,
I don't want to! _Why_ need I come in now?"

When papa says, "Little daughter, I want you to do an errand for me,"
Lottie whines, and asks, "_Why_ can't Benny do it?"

Out in the field Old Biddy Brown has four wee chickens, little soft
downy balls, scarcely bigger than the eggs they came from just one week

They are very spry, and run all about. When the mother Biddy finds any
nice bit, she clucks; and every little chick comes running to see what
is wanting.

When it grows chilly, and she fears they will take cold, she says,
"Cluck, cluck, cluck!" and they all run under her warm feathers as fast
as they can.

Just now Mother Biddy gave a very loud call, and every chicken was under
her wings in a minute; and up in the sky I saw a hawk, who had been
planning to make a good dinner of these same chickens. I could not help
thinking, how well for them, that they did not stop, like Lottie, to
ask, "Why?"

Down came the hawk with a fierce swoop, as if he meant to take the old
hen and the chickens too; but Mother Biddy sprang up and faced him so
boldly, that he did not know what to make of it.

[Illustration: The Chickens That Were Wiser Than Lottie]

She seemed to say, "Come on my fine fellow, if you dare. You have got to
eat me before you eat my chicks; and you'll find me rather tough."

So the hawk changed his mind at the last moment. He thought he would
wait till he could catch the chickens alone. The chickens were saved,
though one of them was nearly dead with fright.



We have a little three-year-old boy at our house, who likes to hear
stories, and his mother tells him a great many. But there is one which
pleases him more than all the rest, and perhaps the little readers of
"The Nursery" will like it too.

You have all heard of little Boy Blue, and how he was called upon to
blow his horn; but I don't think any of you know what a search his
father had to find him. This is the story.

Boy Blue lived on a large farm, and took care of the sheep and cows. One
day the cows got into the corn, and the sheep into the meadow; and Boy
Blue was nowhere to be seen. His father called and called, "Boy Blue,
Boy Blue, where are you? Why do you not look after the sheep and cows?
Where are you?" But no one answered.

[Illustration: Father & Horse]

Then Boy Blue's father went to the pasture, and said, "Horse, horse,
have you seen Boy Blue?" The old horse pricked up his cars, and looked
very thoughtful, but neighed, and said, "No, no: I have not seen Boy

[Illustration: Father & Oxen]

Next he went to the field where the oxen were ploughing, and said,
"Oxen, oxen, have you seen Boy Blue?" They rolled their great eyes, and
looked at him; but shook their heads, and said, "No, no: we have not
seen Boy Blue."

[Illustration: Father & Duck]

Next, he went to the pond; and a great fat duck came out to meet him;
and he said, "Duck, duck, have you seen Boy Blue?" And she said, "Quack,
quack, quack! I have not seen Boy Blue." And all the other ducks said,
"Quack, quack!"

[Illustration: Father & Turkey]

Then Boy Blue's father visited the turkeys, and asked the old gobbler if
he had seen Boy Blue. The old gobbler strutted up and down, saying,
"Gobble, gobble, gobble! I have not seen Boy Blue."

[Illustration: Cockerel]

He then asked the cockerel if he had seen Boy Blue. And the cockerel
answered, "Cock-coo-doodle-doo! I haven't seen Boy Blue:

[Illustration: Hen]

Then an old hen was asked if she had seen Boy Blue. She said, "Cluck,
cluck, cluck! I haven't seen Boy Blue; but I will call my chicks, and
you can ask them. Cluck, cluck, cluck!" And all the chicks came running,
but only said, "Peep, peep, peep! We haven't seen Boy Blue. Peep, peep,

[Illustration: Hen & Chicks]

Boy Blue's father then went to the men who were making hay, and said,
"Men, men, have you seen my Boy Blue?" But the men answered, "No, no: we
have not seen Boy Blue." But just then they happened to look under a
haycock; and there, all curled up, lay Boy Blue, and his dog Tray, fast

[Illustration: Father & Boy Blue]

His father shook him by the arm, saying, "Boy Blue, wake up, wake up!
The sheep are in the meadow, and the cows are in the corn." Boy Blue
sprang to his feet, seized his tin horn, and ran as fast as he could to
the cornfield, with his little dog running by his side.

[Illustration: Boy Blue & Horn]

He blew on his horn, "_Toot, toot, toot_!" and all the cows came running
up, saying, "Moo, moo!" He drove them to the barn to be milked. Then he
ran to the meadows, and blew once more, "_Toot, toot, toot_!" and all
the sheep came running up, saying, "Baa, baa!" and he drove them to
their pasture.

Then Boy Blue said to his dog, "Little dog, little dog, it's time for
supper," and his little dog said "Bow, wow! Bow, wow!" So they went home
to supper.

After Boy Blue had eaten a nice bowl of bread and milk, his father said:
"Now Boy Blue, you had better go to bed, and have a good night's rest,
so that you may be able to keep awake all day to-morrow; for I don't
want to have such a hunt for you again." Then Boy Blue said, "Good
night," and went to bed, and slept sweetly all night long.


[Illustration: From SIR EDWIN LANDSEER'S painting. In outline by MR.
HARRISON WEIR, as a drawing lesson.]


Blue-eyed Charley Day had a cousin near his own age, whose name was
Harry Knight. When they were about eight years old, and began to go to
the public school, the boys called them, "Day and Night."

Charley did not object to the puns the schoolboys made; but Harry was
quite vexed by them. Having quite a dark skin, and very dark eyes and
hair, he thought the boys meant to insult him by calling him, "Night."

One large boy, about twelve years old, seemed to delight in teasing
Harry. He would say to him, "Come here, 'Night,' and shade my eyes, the
day is so bright." Then, seeing that Harry was annoyed, he would say,
"Oh, what a dark night!"

Poor Harry would get angry, and that made matters worse; for then Tom
Smith would call him a "stormy night," or a "cloudy night," or the
"blackest night" he ever saw.

Harry talked with his mother about it; and she told him the best way
would be to join with the boys in their jokes, or else not notice them
at all. She said if he never got out of temper, the boys would not call
him any thing worse than a "bright starry night." And if he went through
the world with as good a name as that she should be perfectly satisfied.

"Don't take offence at trifles, Harry," said Mrs. Knight. "Don't be
teased by a little nonsense. All the fun that the boys can make out of
your name will not hurt you a bit."

Harry was wise enough to do as his mother advised, and he found that she
was right. The boys soon became tired of their jokes, when they found
that no one was disturbed by them. But the little cousins were alway
good-naturedly called "Day and Night."


[Illustration: View from Cooper's Hill]


When grandma was a little girl, she lived in England, where she was
born. She lived in the town of Windsor, twenty-three miles south-west of
London, the greatest city in the world.

Grandma showed us, the other day, this picture of a view from Cooper's
Hill, near Windsor, and said, "Many a time and oft, dear children, have
I stood there by the old fence, and looked down on the beautiful
prospect, - the winding Thames, the gardens, the fields, and Windsor
Castle in the distance.

"This noble structure was originally built by William the Conqueror, as
far back as the eleventh century. It has been embellished by most of the
succeeding kings and queens. It is the principal residence of Queen
Victoria in our day. The great park, not far distant, has a circuit of
eighteen miles; and west from the park is Windsor Forest, having a
circuit of fifty-six miles.

"It is many a year since I saw these places. I cannot expect to visit
them again; but this picture brings them vividly before me.

"And so, dear children, should you ever go to England, don't forget to
go to Cooper's Hill, and, for grandma's sake, to look round upon the
charming prospect which she loved so much when a child."



Bring on the boots and shoes, Tommy; for this is Saturday night, and I
must make things clean for Sunday.

Here is my old jacket, to begin with. Whack, whack, whack! As I beat it
with my stick, how the dust flies!

The jacket looks a little the worse for wear; and that patch in the
elbow is more for show than use. But it is a good warm jacket still, and
mother says that next Christmas I shall have a new one.

Whack, whack, whack! I wish Christmas was not so far off. If somebody
would make me a present now of a handsome new jacket, without a patch in
it, I should take it as an especial kindness. I do hate to wear patched


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