Disgusting Dinner Party!

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“The Rats and Mice Eating Up The King’s dinner.

The King bought most of the ship’s cargo, and invited the Captain to dinner, which was no sooner served than out rushed a great number of rats and mice, and ate it up. “Oh!” said the Captain, “we’ll soon stop this!” and proceeded to the ship to fetch Pussy, while another dinner was being prepared. When the second meal was served, Pussy soon put an end to the troublesome visitors. This so pleased the King, that he sent Dick a chest of gold and jewels in exchange for the cat.

Illustration:  Rats and Mice at King's Table.  Dot’s Picture Book  Illustrations by: F. M. Barton, E. Heatly, N. Westrup & S. Carter.  Dean & Son, Ltd.: London. Ca 1908.

. . . Dick had to sleep in the garret, which was overrun with rats and mice; so, one day, as he was going on an errand for his young mistress he met a girl with a cat under her arm, and he gave her a penny for it.

All the servants were one day called into the office of the Merchant, and were told their master was going to send a ship out to the East, and that he would allow each to have a venture therein.

Each servant sent something, but poor Dick had only a cat, which was sent.

When the vessel had been some time out at sea, the Captain steered her on to the coast of Barbary.

The King bought most of the ship’s cargo, and invited the Captain to dinner, which was no sooner served than out rushed a great number of rats and mice, and ate it up. “Oh!” said the Captain, “we’ll soon stop this!” and proceeded to the ship to fetch Pussy, while another dinner was being prepared. When the second meal was served, Pussy soon put an end to the troublesome visitors. This so pleased the King, that he sent Dick a chest of gold and jewels in exchange for the cat.

 

From the story “Dick Whittington.”

Dot’s Picture Book

Illustrations by: F. M. Barton, E. Heatly, N. Westrup & S. Carter.

Dean & Son, Ltd.: London. Ca 1908.

 

 

 

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