A SAD CASE.
Matilda Belinda Lucinda MacGovern
Was very untidy – you might say, a sloven!
She always objected to dusting and cleaning;
Towards brushes and brooms she had no sort of leaning.
In fact it was said that the sight of a duster,
Upstairs or downstairs, would simply disgust her;
And a broom to the room of this sad Miss. MacGovern
Was as strange as a spider’s web in a hot oven.
Matilda Belinda Lucinda MacGovern,
Oh! what could have taught her to be such a sloven?
The birds or the bees? – show us anything neater!
The daisies? – Ah! What could be nicer and sweeter?
Little Bo-Peep And Other Good Stories.
Henry Altemus Company: Philadelphia. 1905.
“Puss speaks words of comfort to his Master.”
There was once an old miller who had three sons, and after his death his property was divided among them. . .
But the third son fared the worst of all, for all that fell to his share was a cat, and that was about as good, he thought, as nothing at all.
He sat down to think in what way he could earn a living, and bemoaned his fate with bitter sighs and tears.
“What shall I do?” he cried aloud. “If I kill the cat and sell his skin, that won’t go far toward keeping me out of the poor-house! Oh, how much worse I am off than my brothers!”
The cat sat near his master and heard every word he said; and when he paused for a moment, Puss came forward, and in a clear voice said: “Dear master, do not be so cast down. If you’ll give me a pair of boots and a game-bag you shall have no cause for complaint.”
From the story “Puss In Boots.”
LITTLE FOLKS STORIES.
Illustration by R. Andre (1867).
McLoughlin Bro’s: New York. Ca 1888.