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  • Image 1 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE MERMAID’S M ES SAGE AND OTHER STORIES
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
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    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
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    • Date: 1919
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 8 of The mermaid's message and other stories, She selected the prettiest shells to send to the children.
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 9 of The mermaid's message and other stories, The Mermaid’s Message AND OTHER STORIES lUustrated by RUTH M. BISHOP 19 19 MILTON BRADLEY COMPANY SPRINGFIELD, MASS.
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 10 of The mermaid's message and other stories, Copyright, 1919 By MILTON BRADLEY COMPANY Springfield, Massachusetts JUL 28 !9I9 ©CI.A58041 2
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 11 of The mermaid's message and other stories, f ^ 3 0 CONTENTS. PAGE The Mekmaid’s Message 5 The Wooden Horse 9 Up to the Sky and Back 13 Father Time and His Children 17 Frost Fairies and the Water Drops 20 March’s Call 26 Joe’s Rosebush 29 The Giant and the Fairy 33 Pussies (Verses) 37 The Fox and the Stork 40 Tim’s Cat 45 Stanley and the Squirrels 50 A...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 12 of The mermaid's message and other stories, CONTENTS. PAGE The Foolish Peach Blossom 94 The Little Seed 97 The King op the Oechard 101 What The Sun Did 105 The Swallows^ Good By 109 The Willow’s Wish 112 A Dear Little Family 115 How We Cut Apricots 117 Ethel’s Friends 120 A Legend of the Dandelion 126 The Polite Thrush 128 The Water Drops 132 Dorothy’s Christmas Eve 135 Elon: a...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 13 of The mermaid's message and other stories, The Mermaid’s Message and Other Stories
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
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    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 15 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE MERMAID’S MESSAGE. BY MAUD LINDSAY. Down, down, down in the deep blue sea lived a mermaid. Mermaids are sea-fairies, and they have beautiful homes under the deep waters, with sponges and sea-anemones growing in their gardens, instead of flowers like our lilies and roses. They are very happy, too, and this little mermaid was merry all the time as she darted here, there...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 16 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 6 THE MERMAID’S MESSAGE. One night, as she rode so gayly there, the ripples ran back to the shore with pleasant news to tell. “To-day,” said the ripples, “we chased each other up on the beach, and there, playing in the sand, were the dearest little children; and when they saw us danc- ing with the sunbeams, they stretched out their hands to us,...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 17 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE MERMAID’S MESSAGE. 7 purple, and to one, the largest of all, she whispered a message, and she hastened up just in time to catch a great wave on its way to the shore. The wave was glad to carry the shells, so she gave them into his keeping; and he tossed them far up on the yellow sand and they lay there waiting...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 18 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 8 THE MERMAID’S MESSAGE. Over and over it told the message as each child listened, and they knew that it was a message; and though they could not guess who sent it, or what it meant, they were sure it was a sweet one; and so it was, for the mermaid had said, love you.^^ ^^Let’s whisper something to it ourselves,’’ said the children,...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 19 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE WOODEN HORSE. BY LILLIE PARKS GUNNELL. Hundreds and hundreds of years before the Christ-child came — so the legends tell us — ^when the people believed there were many gods who were so interested in the affairs of men that they often came down to help them fight their battles, and sometimes, alas! to punish them for their wrongdoings, there lived in a...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 20 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 10 THE WOODEN HORSE. ’ There came one time to visit Menelaus the king, Paris, the son of Priam, king of Ilion, which is known also as Troy. Paris admired Helen so much that he wanted to take her away with him to his father’s city; so one dark night some of his men helped him carry her off to his ship, and then...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 21 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE WOODEN HORSE. 11 were so brave and warlike that they defended their city many years without the aid of a wall), and these high walls had great strong gates through which the people passed out and in. The gates were guarded day and night, and sentinels were always looking in every direction for any enemies who might come that way. Though the Spartans...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 22 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 12 THE WOODEN HORSE. them about the wooden horse, they were very glad to have it. After the Spartans had put some of their bravest men inside the wooden horse and made believe that they had gone away, the Trojans came out and dragged it inside and locked the gates. When all had become quiet, and the people were sound asleep, — for they...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 23 of The mermaid's message and other stories, UP TO THE SKY AND BACK BY KATHARINE ORR. One day, just a little while ago, the great sun far up in the sky said to his little helpers, the sunbeam fairies, ^^Dear Fairies, I shall need a great many clouds next week; and I should like to have you help me make them/^ This made the fairies very happy. They were so happy...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 24 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 14 UP TO THE SKY AND BACK. gathered some drops of dew in the fields and some drops of water that were down by the grasses’ feet. The rest of the little fairies ran down to a little brook and carried just as many drops from it as they could. By and by, the great sun said, ^^Dear little sunbeams, you have brought me...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 25 of The mermaid's message and other stories, UP TO THE SKY AND BACK. 15 By and by, the clouds were right over the city, and soon the little raindrops went falling down on the houses and the trees and the streets; and they were all glad to have a drink. And the same little drops of water that the sunbeam fairies had carried from the city were now back in their...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 26 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 16 UP TO THE SKY AND BACK. thought, ^The fishes in that brook need more water, so I will send a cloud over there.’’ When he heard the wind he said, ^Tlease take these clouds over by that brook.” And the wind did so, and the rain fell down in the brook, and the fishes had plenty of water. And it is so funny!...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 27 of The mermaid's message and other stories, FATHER TIME AND HIS CHILDREN. BY MARY HELEN POWER. There once lived an old man whose name was Time, and he had four children, two boys and two girls. The boys ' names were Winter and Autumn, and the girls ' names were Spring and Summer. Now Father Time was very fond of his boys and girls, and he was always doing something to...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 28 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 18 FATHER TIME AND HIS CHILDREN. was to freeze over the rivers and ponds, so that the boys and girls might have skating. Summer, Winter^s eldest sister, had a great deal to do, for she had all of the flowers and vegetables to care for; but it was a pleasure for her to take care of the flowers, because she loved them so much....
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 29 of The mermaid's message and other stories, FATHER TIME AND HIS CHILDREN. 19 showers to awaken the little seeds, and then she sent the sunbeams to help them to come to the light; and the sunbeams and the showers helped the buds to blossom. So when the trees were all in bloom, every one said that Spring-time was the most beautiful time of the whole year. Autumn-time, the youngest brother, was...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 30 of The mermaid's message and other stories, FROST FAIRIES AND THE WATER DROPS. BY ANNA H. LITTELL. Sparkle, Bubble, and Ball were the three little water drops who lived down by the shore of the lake. When Mr. Wind came to see them, they had a very lively play. They would jump up high and chase one another. Then all the brother and sister water drops and a great many of...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 31 of The mermaid's message and other stories, FROST FAIRIES AND THE WATER DROPS. 21 into the wells, then running away in the sand. One bright sunny day, when Mr. Wind was asleep, the little water drops grew sleepy too, and lay very still. Then two of the children, Robert and Ernest, took their rowboat from the boathouse to have a ride on the lake. The oars dipping into the water awoke...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 32 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 22 FROST FAIRIES AND THE WATER DROPS. ‘^Yes, we want to go,” the little water drops said. ^Tlease do take us with you.” ^^Yes, I Will,” said Sunshine, ^^if Mr. Wind will come to help us.” Then the little water drops felt themselves rising slowly upward toward the sky. And the children on the sand Icmking at them said: ^^Oh, see the steam going...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 33 of The mermaid's message and other stories, FROST FAIRIES AND THE WATER DROPS. 23 to the cloud. It was so cold that all the cloud children were busy making pretty white coats that were soft as wool. The water drops began to do the same work — just as the teacher, who was a frost fairy, taught them to do. Up at the top of the mountain were some green fir...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 34 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 24 FROST FAIRIES AND THE WATER DROPS. little water particles clung closer and closer together till they formed round drops again. Then they began to fall. said little Bubble, ^Tere we go. I wonder if we shall see the flowers when we reach the ground. I should like to give them a nice drink.^^ But it was cold weather and the flowers were fast...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 35 of The mermaid's message and other stories, FROST FAIRIES AND THE WATER DROPS. 25 ^^Where did you come from?’’ asked all the little friends. ^Trom the cloud land,” said the little rain drops. lived in the lake before we went to live in cloud land.. We went on a long journey with the sunbeams.” The frost fairies came to the lake, too, and soon all the water drops were busy making...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 36 of The mermaid's message and other stories, MARCH’S CALL. BY MAUD L. BETTS. ^^Ho-o-o! H-o-o-o! !” March was cer- tainly calling some one. Who could it be? The children came out; flew their kites, and rolled their hoops, laughing when the wind blew their hats off, and made them race down the hill after them. But still he went on calling. It must be some one else he wanted. The birds...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 37 of The mermaid's message and other stories, MARCH’S CALL. 27 it that you would have thought it was all play. They were in a great hurry to push their way through the ground and brighten the world with their blossoms. “Are you ready? It ' s time we were start- ing, " called Snowdrop, her voice fairly bub- bling over with laughter, at the thought of the surprise she would be...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 38 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 28 MARCH’S CALL. pered, ‘I’m here/’ the whole air grew sweet with her fragrance; and the children said, “Spring has come, for the violet’s here.” Dear, brave little flowers! They never grumbled, all through the long cold winter that they had to stay under the ground. They were sure that the loving Father who gave them their work to do knew what was best...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 39 of The mermaid's message and other stories, JOE’S ROSEBUSH. BY HELEN MEADER. You can see Joe, every day, standing on the corner selling papers. Now, who is Joe? Why, a little newsboy, and I want to tell you a story about him. One day as Joe was passing along the street, with his papers under his arm, he saw in the florist’s window a rosebush growing in a box. It was...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 40 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 30 JOE’S ROSEBUSH. for saUr^ He knew he must sell his papers, for if he didn^t where would his dinner come from? When the whistle blew at twelve o^clock he had sold just eight papers, and then he knew he could buy doughnuts for his dinner. As he was going to the bakery he stopped to take one more look at his rose friend....
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 41 of The mermaid's message and other stories, JOE’S ROSEBUSH. 31 One morning Joe opened his sleepy eyes to look at his pretty rose friend, but this time how sad it looked! No bright face, — all the leaves had drooped and faded in the night. What was the trouble? As soon as Joe’s little legs could carry him he ran to tell the florist his troubles. Now listen to what the...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 42 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 32 JOE’S ROSEBUSH. One morning Joe had a great surprise. There among the pretty leaves was the dearest pink baby rosebud, all wrapped in its green blanket. You can see Joe’s happy face every day on the corner, and if you ask the other newsboys why he looks so happy, they will tell you it is because he has a new baby rose- bud...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 43 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE GIANT AND THE FAIRY. BY EVELYN LINCOLN. Once upon a time there lived a giant in the land where giants live. There lived, also, a fairy among the flowers of the garden and in the mossy places in the woods down by the brook. Now the giant was big and strong and pow- erful. He thought he had only to speak and everybody...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 44 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 34 THE GIANT AND THE FAIRY. girls and she liked to see them smile and say will/’ just as she did. One day the fairy, I-Will, lay down under a violet near the brook which tinkled over the stones like sweet music. She was soon fast asleep. Soon after, the giant, I-Won’t, who was taking a walk, sat down beside the violet where I-Will...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 45 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE GIANT AND THE FAIRY. 35 little girl that everybody loved her. She liked to help other people, and nearly always said, will.’’ While the children were playing, the giant had a great thought. He had no boys of his own, and wanted one very much, to teach him to be another I-Won’t. So he sprang up, took Frank in his arms, and with...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 46 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 36 THE GIANT AND THE FAIRY. “Oh dear! he sobbed, “I will do anything they want me to, if I can only go home.’’ Just then a small voice whispered in his ear: “I am the fairy I-Will. This is the first time you have said T will.’ Now, if you are sure you will help your papa and mamma, and do what they...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 47 of The mermaid's message and other stories, PUSSIES. BY ANNA B. BADLAM. What do you think I found to-day Up in the loft among the hay? What, but old Tab with her kittens three Purring away so cozily. Puss had been gone for a day or two, Where she was visiting nobody knew; Nor had she left a single trace. Yet I had found her hiding place. She glanced at me,...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 48 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 38 PUSSIES. ^^There’s White-paws with his fur so fine; There^s Gray-back with a coat like mine; And little Snow-ball, soft as silk, With fur as white as old Moolly’s milk/^ All this I heard in her joyful purr. As I stood in the loft and looked at her; Looked at her and her kittens three Cuddled away so cozily. Down by the brook a...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 49 of The mermaid's message and other stories, PUSSIES. 39 ^^Her pussies are cuddled safe in the hay, These are willow buds at play. They are fairy pussies, under a spell. Listen, and I’ll the secret tell. “Soon they’ll throw off their coats of brown Lined with fur of softest down; Soon every one will a catkin be. The dainty child of the willow tree.”
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 50 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE FOX AND THE STORK. ADAPTED BY ELLEN F. WIGGIN. One morning a fox, having finished his breakfast, started for a walk in the woods in the hope of finding some friend to talk with; and, as he walked along, he met on the shore of a pond a stork resting on one foot. The stork was quite willing to answer all the questions...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 51 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE FOX AND THE STORK. 41 “Well/^ said the fox, ^^that is a queer way to rest. But don’t you find it rather hard to manage two such long, slim, red legs? Your legs are much taller than I am.” ‘^Oh, no!” answered the stork. ^^Now I could wade out ever so far into that pond without wetting my feathers, and you, with your...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 52 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 42 THE FOX AND THE STORK. The fox went home, and, while he was thinking what he should have for dinner the next day, the thought came to him: ^WouldnT it be funny to play a joke on the stork?” The more he thought about it, the more he wanted to do it; and at last, although he knew it was not a polite...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 53 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE FOX AND THE STORK. 43 uncomfortable it is to go without one’s dinner when one has been invited to take it with a friend. But what do you think she did? I fear you never could guess, so I shall have to tell you On the day that she had planned to have the fox to dinner, she rose early and flew about...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 54 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 44 THE FOX AND THE STORK. would come to dinner with him once more; he would try to make it pleasanter for her. She consented, and at that dinner the fox was careful to serve what was meant for the stork in long-necked dishes, and only his own dinner in the shallow plates.
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 55 of The mermaid's message and other stories, TIM’S CAT. BY ALICE LOTHERINGTON. Tim was a little boy with blue eyes, brown hair, and such rosy cheeks that grandma used to say he put her in mind of the winter apples that were gathered on her farm in the fall. Tim was quite a little man. He had worn knee pants for a whole year, and next winter he was to have...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 56 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 46 TIM’S CAT. Kitty had to have a name and after many talks with mamma and papa about it, Tim thought Fluff would be just the thing, she was so nice and soft. So Kitty was named Fluff. Fluff was a wonderful cat. You should have seen her skip and jump. In a short time she followed Tim just like a little dog. And...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 57 of The mermaid's message and other stories, TIM’S CAT. 47 ^Then/’ said Tim, ^They have eighteen toes instead of twenty.’’ ^^Yes,” said papa. ^^Bring Fluff to me and let us look at her paws.” Tim put Fluff on papa’s knee, and papa told Tim to squeeze her paw gently “Why,” said Tim, “here are five sharp claws.” “Yes,” said papa. “Within soft paws sharp claws are found.” Fluff thought Tim wanted...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 58 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 48 TIM’S CAT. and went into the kitchen, too. But she came back when Tim did, and was very glad to get the nice saucer of milk which Tim’s mamma had given him for her. ^^How quickly Fluff drinks her milk,” said Tim. “That is because her tongue is full of little cups, that are so small we can’t see them,” said papa. “When...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 59 of The mermaid's message and other stories, TIM’S CAT 49 ^Why, my boy, that is what her whisk- ers are for. If Fluff can get her whiskers through any place, she is pretty sure to get her body through, too. Her whiskers are to her what our fingers are to us. She feels with them.” By this time Fluff had come back, and she stretched herself on the rug at Tim^s...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 60 of The mermaid's message and other stories, STANLEY AND THE SQUIRRELS. BY KATB L. BROWN. When Stanley went out to Brookline to live it was late in the fall. The trees had on their bright dresses, and the nuts were dropping fast. The little boy was very fond of nutting. Every day he added to his store in the attic and talked of the fine times he and grandpa would have...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 61 of The mermaid's message and other stories, STANLEY AND THE SQUIRRELS. 51 into her lap, and they sat looking into the fire. ^^Such a lot of nuts,^’ sighed the little man; ^‘wonH grandpa be glad?” wonder how they got there — so many nuts in a heap,” said mamma. “Dropped do wn from the tree, didn’t they ? ’ ’ “I don’t believe so many nuts could drop in a heap...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 62 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 52 STANLEY AND THE SQUIRRELS. “If you find another squirreFs storehouse, remember the hungry babies that must be fedF^ Just then the little boy’s nurse came to call him to supper. The next morning Stanley was seen trotting down the avenue dragging his cart behind him. About half an hour later he ran in to his mamma with such a happy face. “I put...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 63 of The mermaid's message and other stories, STANLEY AND THE SQUIRRELS. 63 “See that kind little boy down there, my dear. He is the one who put our nuts back and gave us this delicious corn.” This is what mamma thought the squirrel might have said.
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 64 of The mermaid's message and other stories, A STORY IN A CUP OF COCOA. BY ALICE MAY DOUGLAS. ‘T never saw such an old world as this is,” said Miles. “Seems to me IVe heard all the stories there are in this world, and I^d like to move to another. Why, I know the whole of Mother Goose, and I can say almost every story in our reader by heart.” “Why,...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 65 of The mermaid's message and other stories, A STORY IN A CUP OF COCOA. 55 plantation. He planted the beans from which he was to get his cocoa in a nursery — not in the baby’s nursery, but in a place where young plants spend their first years, until they are old enough to go out into the world. ^^As the papa placed plantain leaves over the cocoa beans, he said,...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 66 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 66 A STORY IN A CUP OF COCOA. “So the papa took baby’s cocoa plant and all the other cocoa plants, and planted them out of doors. “He watered them carefully for two years and a half; then they began to blossom. And the finest blossoms were on baby’s plant, or rather on baby’s tree. “Four months later the blossoms turned into fruit. In...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 67 of The mermaid's message and other stories, POLLY^S CLOCK. BY MARY C. SOULE. This clock was areal friend to little Polly, and probably you suppose it was in her home. But no, it was not one of those little mantel clocks that tick so very fast that they seem to say, not ^Tick, tick,’^ but ^^quick, quick, or ^Time flies, time is passing’’; neither was it a tall old-fashioned clock, much...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 68 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 58 POLLY’S CLOCK. Polly’s friend saw much that was going on in the world, for the town hall stood oppo- site the church and behind the church was a large schoolhouse. When the hands pointed to twelve o’clock, such a troop of noisy chil- dren as passed up the street And on Sun- day when the church bell began to toll, the clock looked...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 69 of The mermaid's message and other stories, POLLY’S CLOCK. 59 The bank was next to the town hall, and so the clock saw money going in and out, al- though, of course, it couldnT see the bank- bills and the silver dollars that the people put in their pockets. Every Thursday morning a team came from one of the factories and car- ried away a big bag of money, which was...
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  • Image 70 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 60 POLLY’S CLOCK. forgot herself as to make up a face when the weather was stormy and she could not go out to play, she would look up at the clock, and his calm face seemed to say: ^Tor shame, Polly, you making up a face at this nice rain, which is going to make your flower seeds grow and your papa’s lettuce come...
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  • Image 71 of The mermaid's message and other stories, POLLY’S CLOCK. 61 One day little Polly could not see her old friend as she looked out of the window. Noth- ing had happened to the clock, I can assure you. The trouble was with Polly herself. Her eyes were full of tears, and yet, if you had known what was the matter, you could not have felt so very, very sorry for her;...
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    • Date: 1919
  • Image 72 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 62 POLLY ' S CLOCK, behind it, and Polly clapped her hands with delight. ‘Why, you dear old friend! What am I thinking of? Crying in this way, and you seeing me! I^m ashamed indeed,’^ and Polly wiped her face and tried to smile. ^^And I know what you are going to say to me, old clock, she added. “You want me to go...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 73 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE SQUIRRELS’ HARVEST. BY MARY E. McALLISTER. Little Marjorie came running into the house one cold November morning, her cheeks aglow and her eyes big with wonder. ' ^Oh, mamma!” she cried, “what do you think? I saw a dear little squirrel out in the woods picking up beechnuts, and he ate them whole, mamma, and then ran away as fast as he could....
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 74 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 64 THE SQUIRRELS* HARVEST. happy family consisting of Papa Squirrel, Mamma Squirrel, and their two children, Fly and Fleet. The door of their house is a hole in the side of the tree, and just inside they have a cozy parlor carpeted with the softest leaves, and a storehouse where they store away food for the long winter. ‘^All through the summer Papa and...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 75 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE SQUIRRELS’ HARVEST. G5 the nuts from the trees, and if we do not gather them before he brings the snow, we shall have nothing to eat during the cold win- ter. The ground is covered with frost al- ready.’ ^^So, after they had breakfasted on a few old nuts, ,Papa Squirrel, Mamma Squirrel, Fly, and Fleet, started gayly out to find their winter’s...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 76 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 66 tTHE SQUIRRELS’ HARVEST. “Many days ' through the chilly autumn they worked, until at last their storehouse was filled with walnuts and beechnuts, and Papa Squirrel said: ^Now we have enough food to last through the winter and we can rest.’ “That very night Papa Squirrel waked from his sleep and heard the wind blowing, and thought to himself, Ve shall soon have...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 77 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE SQUIRRELS’ HARVEST. 67 I did not know that the squirrels had a home. Does the good Father, who gives me my home, take care of the squirrels too?’’ ^^Yes,” said Mamma, ^^God cares for every- thing that He has made.” ^^And the squirrel that I saw in the woods was putting the beechnuts into his pockets to take home. Isn’t it funny?” said...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 78 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE ROBINS’ HOME. BY EVELYN LINCOLN. One day in the springtime, when the little flowers were waking up, Mr. Robin called to Mrs. Robin who was sitting high up in the apple tree. He said: ' ' Come let’s sing a song, and then begin to build a nest in this apple tree.” The song was full of sweet notes and dainty trills, and...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 79 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE ROBINS’ HOME. 69 pretty place as they chose at last, not too far out on a branch They had a beautiful time building the little home. They looked all over the fields for twigs and dried leaves. They flew to the barnyard near the apple orchard, and found ever so many long horsehairs that had come out of Tom^s and Dobbin’s tails. In...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 80 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 70 THE ROBINS’ HOME. near her on the tree and sang his sweetest song. Then he spread his wings and flew away over ;fche tree tops. When he came back he had something nice in his mouth for Mother Bird to eat. Sometimes Father Bird sat in the nest so that Mother could stretch her wings and fly away through the air. One day...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 81 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE ROBINS’ HOME. 71 “Oh, don’t,’’ exclaimed Fluffy, the last one out. “You will fall.” You see Harry meant to tell his brother and sister that he was going to hop up on the side of the nest. Up he went, and back he fell into the nest; for he had looked down through the leaves on the tree to the ground. Oh! it...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 82 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 72 THE ROBINS’ HOME. day, she sat on the edge of the nest and told her children that they must learn to use their wings. The dog had gone into the house, the cats were not in sight, and now was a good time to try. Father Bird sat on the other side of the nest and showed them how to raise their wings...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 83 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE ROBINS’ HOME. 73 Just then a big man came into the orchard, and, hearing the birds call, he looked to see what was the trouble. He found Harry on the grass. The poor birds were more fright- ened than ever. But, lifting the little bird very gently, the man put him on a branch of the home tree. When he was rested he...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 84 of The mermaid's message and other stories, GRANDMA’S THANKSGIVING STORY. BY ALICE LOTHERINGTON. It was getting toward bedtime in the house on the hill, and the children had gathered about the fire, for a talk with grandma before going to bed. ' ^Listen,” said Willie, ^^how the wind blows down the chimney. I think Jack Frost must be out to-night.” Just then Jane came in to put coal on the fire,...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 85 of The mermaid's message and other stories, GRANDMA’S THANKSGIVING STORY. 75 ^What shall the story be about, dears?^^ asked grandma. Thanksgiving story, please,’’ answered Joey, ^^a really and truly one.” ‘T’ll tell you about a Thanksgiving long, long ago,” said grandma, after a minute’s thought. ^^Were there any little boys and girls in the story?” asked Bess. Grandma nodded. “Once upon a time, many years ago, there were a number of...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 86 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 76 GRANDMA’S THANKSGIVING STORY. ^^One beautiful morning in September, after bidding their friends good-by, the little band set sail in the ' Mayflower/ " For four long months they were upon the ocean, but at last they landed on the shore of Massachusetts, in December, 1620. " It was bitter cold, so the men left the women and children on the ship while they...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 87 of The mermaid's message and other stories, The children looked out over the water to see if the ship was coming.
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 88 of The mermaid's message and other stories,
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 89 of The mermaid's message and other stories, GRANDMA’S THANKSGIVING STORY. 77 ‘^One morning some one spied a white sail in the distance, which grew larger and larger, and at last came to anchor in their harbor. How happy the people were, for it was the ship which they had been looking for so long. There would be plenty to eat now. ^^The Governor had the church bell rung, and all the...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 90 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 78 GRANDMA’S THANKSGIVING STORY. to have a Thanksgiving on the last Thursday in November, to thank God for the harvest, and all the blessings He has given to us for the past year. • ^^But, little folks, the clock is going to strike nine, so give grandma a kiss and away to bed, and dream of the good time you will have to-morrow with...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 91 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE SONG THEY ALL SANG. BY ANNA H. LITTELL. Down in “the meadow where all the long day ten little frolicsome lambs are at play,” lived a happy little river. It was very busy all day long, and even at nighttime it did not stop to sleep. It was so busy doing kind things and helping others, always giving of its water drops to...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 92 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 80 THE SONG THEY ALL SANG. On the bank of the river lived a family of beautiful frogs. They loved to play with the water drops, too^ and sang just as happy songs. Every night all the frogs by the river had a concert. Each frog had a shining green coat, and a clean white vest. Sometimes the little frogs would jump from the...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 93 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE SONG THEY ALL SANG. 81 a little stream of water was busy hurrying its water drops to the river. It was such a little brook that Ruth could easily step across it. It was a nice place to sail her boat. Ernest fastened his wheel, so that the water ran over it and turned it swiftly around. While they were busy, the little...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 94 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 82 THE SONG THEY ALL SANG. Ernest took his little red watering can and gave a drink to the plants on a shelf by the window, while Ruth helped her mother, who was busy in the sewing r oom. Then both went to the garden and planted some seeds and pulled up every little weed they saw. Then they tried to think of some-...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 95 of The mermaid's message and other stories, THE SONG THEY ALL SANG. 83 flowers said when you brought them here?’’ “Why, no, mother, they did not talk at all.” “But,” said Mother, “they did talk to me; they are very still when they talk. If you listen and think carefully, you will learn to hear and understand what they say.” Ernest and Ruth watched the flowers every day and kept singing...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 96 of The mermaid's message and other stories, FLOWER FAIRIES. BY ANNA H. LITTELL. One bright morning in May, a little eight- year-old boy was wheeling a baby cab along in the sunshine. His baby brother Roy was having a happy time in the cab. When he waked from his morning nap mamma had asked Ernest to help her by taking baby Roy riding, while little Ruth helped her at home. After...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 97 of The mermaid's message and other stories, FLOWER FAIRIES. 85 from the water and then fell back again. Then two frogs with shining green coats leaped from some hiding-place and stood look- ing at him with their bright little eyes. Near them he saw a big white snail moving slowly, carrying its pretty shell house along with it on its back. The violets, the fishes, the frogs, and the snail were...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 98 of The mermaid's message and other stories, FLOWER FAIRIES. little door you have to your house! I think you have a pretty good home in that tree. I wonder if your name is Bushy Tail, and if you are the squirrel that gathered nuts for the poor, lame squirrel who had no nuts. I wish you could talk to me.” Then the squirrel began to chatter, but Ernest did not understand...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 99 of The mermaid's message and other stories, FLOWER FAIRIES. 87 Mamma said, “When I was out in the gar- den I saw a fairy in every flower, and they talked to me. The fairies in the flowers out in the woods will speak to you, if you will look and listen.^^ So Ernest ran out by the stream again to find the fairies. He looked closely at every flower to And...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919
  • Image 100 of The mermaid's message and other stories, 88 FLOWER FAIRIES. ^^Every violet and buttercup seemed to say to me, ^Take me where I can help make some one glad/ It made me think of so many things I might do to make the flowers grow in my kind heart garden. I thought how God sent sunshine to make flowers grow in the woods and in our heart gardens, too. If love...
    • Contributor: Bishop, Ruth M.
    • Date: 1919

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Title
The mermaid's message and other stories,
Contributor Names
Bishop, Ruth M., illus.
Created / Published
Springfield, Mass. Milton Bradley company, 1919.
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3 p. l., [5]-179 p. front., plates. 20 cm.
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