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.. - Tiie Lesson 7
-:'Miv Fox liearned
t?jj" V-MglpCfHE trouble with Bill," said ' the
I Shantv Kid. "i. he want to make
out he knows everything just be
cause he's the guide. Maybe he
dyes know evcrylhh:; about (.the
rovm-nt1 wild animals. But when
I szli him abcr.t what they do when
. -t.:cy re Just kids, las mc then he
makes up. 'I know by' the Avar he looks."
"That's right P, responded. Unc',; Andy. "Don't you
let Bifa fool you too rnV..h! But as for these stories
w going to tell, remember everyone of them might
be true, arid some of tlicm are."
The waters, of the lonely forest lake, which they
were .coming ' to, were still, as shss, in the sunlight.
On a log running out into the water sat a huge porcu
pine which,; at sight of the two strangers, began to
bristlejwiih iodignationY' J ' ' ' :4 -
"I doaX like hrri said- the 'SSianty Kid. "Do yon
suppose he,was.. -f qlhat w!icni.he was little?"
"Well," replied Unci? i Andy," seating himself on the
end of the. log, "sit down here, and I'll tell you- about c
one of his great-grandchildren, who went ov.eIwa'kjng
all by himself . one "day end tell in with a spryy young
VSifaiT inquired the Shanty Kid,
much ;intcrested.V; . 77 J-'7 ; a v ' ' V '"
. "Let's i call him ifttlc Quills," said L'Scle Afidy. And
as for the ybttq.j fox, his name was "sRcd Brush. " ; ,
"It was most natural that the mother porcupine
should wean her prickly family very young. This was. "
rot difficult, as? their great, sharp tech, like chisels,'"'
developed very 'early. Everything, almost, in' the 'way ' "
of green twigs and bark and wood tasted good to them.
So while they' were still little more than babiss their
I t j i i Ml
. Att. AT ONCE HIS QUILLS BEGAN TO KISE.
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mother led them in among the sweet-smelling shadows
and patchy sunlight of the forest and suddenly slipped
away by herself!- ' ' '-.
-' '"The rest of the youngsters-' at once climbed into :
-trees, where 'instinct told them 'Uicy could have food,
lodging, and. safety ' all together. . But' Little Quills, -tbeing
of., a,' more independent disposition, started right
off .by himself to see the strange, whispering, shadowy
world. .. ' ..-xV . - .' ' . , - . - - - t ' '
file was a : squat, sturdy little figure, - with blunt,
chopped-off-looking nose." ' His tail was sliort, but
. thick arid strong, and covered with Tceen quills like the
rest of his body. ,
"At last he came out from the gloomy forest into
the sunshine of a wide clearing. ''.Little Quills' was
dazrled at fiTst by. the glare, and shrank kick.-but cariv
osity soon led him forward again. He had caught sight,
of an empty woeden be:; which had once contained
salt codfish.--, Little, QuiUs went up. to it bravely, took
one sniff at it and decided it was good to cat.
"Never before had Little Quills tasted anything quite
so good. Because the box was dry and hollow, his
gnawing made. a great noise on the sleepy Summer air.
And the noise attracted the attention of a 'graceful,
bright-eyed, red-furred .creature with a long, busby
red tail, away over at the other side of the clearing."
"That's Red Brush!" exclaimed the Shanty Kid.
"Cf course," said Uncle Andy. "Well, Red Brush
didn't know what to make of that queer noise. Stealthy
as a shadow he set out across -the clearing. At last.
peering forth front behind a ejus
caught sight' of Little Quills." "N
PEEKING FORTH, HE CAUGHT BIGHT OF LITTLE QUILLS.
Quills was a harmless-looking creature, considerably
smaller than himself. His -first jnipuhe . was to sneak .
up and grab him at" or.ee. He stole, nearer and. nearer,
till he' was quite near enough to jump. - But instead of
, jumping, he sat up, on his" haunches .just behind Little
'Quills and tried to make tip, his mind. -. .
:"As Little Quills kept happily gnawing' on the, fish -box
he kept turning-his head, this way and that, till
all of a sudden, out of the corner of . his eye, he caught
.a glimpse of Red Brttsh sitting there so close behind
him. At onct all his quills "began to rise, though he was
quite too busy, to stop gnawing- But Red Brush was
. terribly surprised. The little dark-brown creature had
suddenly grown as big as himself. " He tip-toed daintily
all about the bristling bunch of qjuills, which seemed to
have no convenient place to bite at until he "caught
' sight of that tail. . . - ", ;" v ' ; . " . : "'. . ;
; "StrctchingjOut.his nose to sniff at iti he all at once .
found out more than he wanted to.. ' Qukfc as lightning
t that stiff tail struck sidewise, very .savagely. . It caught
Red Brush a heavy, blow right on the side of the nose.
And instantly his muzzle was so, full of quills it looked
as if he had black-and-white whiskers.. ;
v.-"With a shn'Il yelp of pain end astonishment. Red '
Brush threw; h'rriself clean over backwards, and fell
to 'pawing, wildly at. ,thor.e . fiery, to-mcnts in his nose. ;
Failing to get .ri of them, fee'" faced madly across the
clearing and disappeared in the woods." . , ,'
' "In a. minute nr. two Little Qmtls lifted his head,
smoothed iown his bristles, and went on gnawing at
seen rAMne' befotei- To his eves ; Little : li V jmmmmmmm$F ! A
mm&mms. , - .
Z0fP' WHEN RED HIDING-HOOD
liMte MARRIED THE HINC '
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the' fish-box. When he had catcrr quite' all he could
hold he climbed 'the nearest tree, hr.-z himself up in
a comfortable crotch, and let himself be rocked to
, ieep.".f; jt ... ,;.v ;
l"But',what became of Red' Brush?" sked the Shanty;
Kid,- anxiously. . - , - ; ,,'"
"Oh, ; now, Jet mc ' tell .you !" replied Uncle Andy. '
"He had sense, that yourij; fox. lie put l.ir. nose down,
close to the ground and planted his forcpaws solidly,
on the quills. ? He managed to- tear roost of them out
though you may think for yourrcif how it hurt! - The
rert he . broke off short. Then he went away and hid
in a dark place by the bToo'.: fcr dayr, and didn't eat '.
a thing only drank a" lot of water. 'His nose swelled
lip and h'ifned and ached until he would have to stick
it in the cool,' wet mud. 'After a while the' ends of the
quills worked ' their way out and the swelling went
down and he got perfectly well. And ever after that
he was a very wise fox and always looked politely the
other, way when he saw a porcupine" , i .. .
HEN. the wicked wolf had eaten up Red
Riding-Hood's grandmother, the little -girl's
father came in with the woodchop
pers "and killed the savage brute. The first
thing everybody asked Red Riding-Hood s;
. i when she began to tell her strange story
was, "'How could you understand what the wolf said
to you?4' ! And the little girf realized then, for. the first
time, that she could understand the speech of birds
and beasts. She was an only child and had played alone
in the woodland near her father's cottage all her. life,'
and she had . been "able to understand what the little
people Of the woods .said to her, but had never, before
realized that in this she was different from other people.
, Matters went well and happily for the little girl fill
she was almost grown to be a woman. Then her dear-'
mother died, and her father married and brought honie
to Ihe cottage a cruel stepmother, who hated Red Riding-Hood
from the moment she crossed the threshold
of . her new, home. .k i . 4.. '.' . . .'
Red Riding-Hood, made -very unhappy at home,
went more and more to the "woods, and spent her tirhe
with her furred' and feathered friends in 'the grove.
One day. shemet there a very old woif -so old that
her hair was white, and she' was beginning .to .be blind
"I have, for a long time, .desired to see you," the. wolf
said to her. "I an, the-mate, of that wicked wolf who
once attempted' to eat. you, and I have never ceased
to Grieve over it. iWill you trust me, and let me"be r
your very" good friend?" ' .'
Red Riding-Hood had a kind, confiding heart. Being
good herself, she looked for no evil in others, and she
trusted the half-blind old wolf at oncej and went to
.her den, which she found to be a clean cave in some "
rocks. There the poor child spent many peaceful hours
when her cruel stepmother would drive her from the
door with hard words. ' " -"
About this time Red Riding-Hood's father went upon
a journey, 'and the young !girl heard her stepmother
planning, with a wicked man, to have her killed and
put out of .the.wy before he should return. ' Very
much ' frightened, she stole away to her friend, ;the.
wolf, and begged that shemight lie hidden in the den.'
The. old wolf, who was growing, blinder every day, -was
very glad, to have Red Ridiiig-Hood with her, and '
the child lived there till she was grown to be. a young
woman.' ,-": : '' . -
Then; one day the King's son came into the, wood
with a number of huntsmen.- There was never such
another for beauty aud for courage , as this young
ahb Joe, arib
On Sabbath morning there are rows
All up and down the street.
Of people, in their Sunday clothes,
All orderly and neat.
The world is very sweet and still,
And no one makes a noise,
Tot Sam and Joe, and Tom and Will,
Are Sunday little boys. '
' Their hair is parted very straight, '
' : Their -faces .shifly clean 1 ; -. . .
TTiey have a very steady gait- ;
A very sober mien. ; , f .
They hold their 'chins np stern -and stiff,
. And think about "their looks ;
The Sunday boys all seem as if
They lived in story books.
Prince. The hunters were chasing a deer which took
refuge in the wolfs den. Red Riding-Hood, who knew
all the animals in the wopd, just as you know your
friends, went io. the opening i. of the den to beg .'the
.hunters to.rspare tbe;deer's life. And when he ydurtg
Prince saw her he forgot ail about ! deers and .hunts.
"He thought her the most beautiful creature he had ever
I scarcely knew what to say; she told him, however, that
Mother Wolf was old and blind, and she could
Vavn hrr a: t. ; '
3 vThe Prince- was, so enchanted , with Red Ridmg-,
Hood's beaurj' and sweetness' that he did not observe'1
things closely tmd never guesse'd for an instant that
the "Mother W'olf!. of whom he spoke, was aji atti
; mal nd ot personi He. promised td comefback and
beg her hand.of Mother Wolf, : He assured her that ,,
his father, the King, would send for her.
On the evening of this same day the girl's step
mother, haying heard by some means that JRed Riding
Hood was still living and in the woods, gathered her
" neighbors together and persuaded them that the young
. girl was a witch who ought to be drowned. .
Red Riding-Hood's father was now dead, and there
was no one to speak for her. The stepmother reminded
those silly, ignorant, foolish folk how often they had
4 seen Tied Riding-Hood converse with birds and beasts,
.and said surely thcrewas no ont but a sorceress, who
could do that. She declared that if they let this witch "
live, she would cast evil upon them and their cattle;
that the children would be deformed; the cattle would
die in the Stalls and they themselves suffer terrible
In their terror of all these things they gathered sticks
and stones and hoes and pitchforks, and went out
shouting to seek the witch. v When poor Red Riding
Hood saw and heard this noisy rabble coming. up to
the deri, she was very much terrified. . She had not
seen any human ,being save 'the Prince and his train
for more than a year. She was dressed in skins, which
the .animals had brought her and which she had fash
ioned into a robe. , , . ..
t She stood up in the doorway , of the den and looked
down at the yelling people. Mother Wolf stood there,
too, and though she could not , see. them, she heard
th?m, and her big, white teeth were bare, and she was
snarling in it moment. '' ' . v . :,
"Tell them that you will call every fierce wild animal
in the Wood," she counseled. "Do not let .them touch
you, little daughter. Listen io them! : They will tear
you to pieces down there." ', "
"What is lit you would Tiave of me?" Red Riding
Hood called down. '.','"''.'-". ; ' -.1 ; " .'. '.
"You are a . witch a witch a .witch 1" .the people
shouted back to her.V "Come down and let us throw
you into the river if you sink, then we -shalt know
that you are not a witch. , . :
"If you sink, then you will be drowned 1" iriumbled
Mother Wolf; "there is nothing so toolish as people.
If you float they will burn you or a witcB, and if yon
sink and drown, you will be jost as dead as if you
were burned. Stay with me, little daughter, and call
the wild animals to help you." " .
But Red Riding-Hood had looked into the faces of
her kind ; she knew that these people were cmly foolish
. and stirred up to evil beliefs by her wicked stepmother.
"I will go with you to prison," she said. "I will be
tried in the courts but not one of you must touch me.
I will go without that"; . -
, She made ready to go and bade Mother Wolf fcood
by. "No one of them dares touch yoiC Mother Wolf
cried joyfully, "for see, here come the cats; who ire
afraid of nothing; they will go with you arid walk on
eacti side -;- ,.J...;V'. ' ; ; "- . ' .' .-. , 1 . :
Two great, tawny panthers bounded into the back
of he den, and when they' stepped out, walking on
looked upon, jind. sprang down from, histnilk-whrte aU flight, atthoogh there.was THS.ftioon, ana trie sound
"4teH: nU knert ind sed.lier hand". '-a4 begged er of ihis -fearful Sin in the dark -madtthe cattle uneasy
toceVelchts'VfeSeh hini "J;
Red Ridine-Hood was so much emktrarse'd ''ifhat-she '-cveRKs ne s-a Wkchar piuln'e.
STbm imb HiU
Their hats are-even on the head,
Their hands are by the side;
Their pockets spare and thin, instead
Of bulging full and wide. .
There has been givenevery one . l .
A hanky square and white,
; To wipe his Sunday face upon,. .
, , When Sunday, skies are bright. . .
"They do hot Whi5tle, do'ifiol pTay,
; 'They do not sing or shout,-
But manfully upon their way
v Go trudging, strong and stout.
Oh ! All the world is still and sweet,
And no .one makes a tioise,
WTien all the boys upon the street
Are Sunday little boys.
each side of the young girl, you may "be sure that the
people fell back very quickly and nobody wished to
touch her or do her harm.
. So it was that Red KidingHoodcame to the great
stone prison arid was locked in.' Then came a very se
rious 'time for the "region about. All the birds, when
they heard of ft, "refused W.singo- The wolves howled
Matters were in this stft;ben.T:r.ld-KintF:died,
and the Young King, being cVc ned.'.rtS advised -by
nis ministers to tak a wite. lie rereseo Tfery saaiy
to do so, for' he .was that arhe Prince "who" was so
Charmed VitV Tied ' Ridmg-HoodVfoaniy. and who,
coming back to the den, fonnd no maiden there to greet
iliimonry a very old, gray wolf, so ftld that its hair,
.was' white, lying dead across the entrance.
They brought in the soothsayer to alk to the King,
and he told the latter that he would never be a happy
man till be was wedded to a Queen who understood
the language of "beasts and hirds. And the King, feel
ing very rad, now that he had lost the one whom he
loved, sent heralds to search for a maiden who under
stood the language of beasts and birds.
The herald came to the town in which Red Riding
Hood was imprisoned, on the day of her trial. When
she stood up to answer to the charges against her, the
Judge himself did not believe her guilty, and all "agreed
that she was not' only the most beautiful maiden they
T.ad ever seen, but the sweetest. , "
However, those who had brought the charge against
her must needs have someone to speak for them, so
her stepmother took the stand, and related how Red
Riding-Hood had, since she was a child, been able to
converse with all beasts and birds, concluding her re
marks with, "I am sure that no one but a wicked witch
could do the things which she has done. Why, we all
did see her come to this prison with two panthers walk
ing beside her surely no one but a witch, and a very
wicked one, could accomplish this!"
When the Judge had heard all that could be said on
both sides, he decided that no cruel action could be
brought against the prisoner, and -sent for the King's
herald and bade him to tell the King that what he
sought had been found. '
It was expected that the King's chamberlain would
come to conduct Red Riding-Hefcd to his royal master;
but it was the King himself who rode in haste up to,
1 the prison gates. ' . -. ' .,"
Red Riding-Hood had been.; sent to the Judge's own
home; there his Lordship's daughters had taken pleas
ure in dressing one whom they supposed would be their
future Queen, in such apparel as seemed . suited to her.
When the . King arrived and found that this maiden
vas, indeed," the one he liad never ceased to love, ha
was tverjOyVd. .' "A crefct ''feast . was made, and the
marriage took place at once. . ' 7,. . .; . " ' : '
The young Queen was mormted upon a snow-white
palfrey, aind together theyjset out to Tide to the Palace. '
And then -occurred :a wonderful and beaatifot thing.
Mind yori, all l:c tirB had hefn silent doring this tim,..
tor the. news had not yet teached them; but. as Red
Riding-Hood, whom we. most, now call Queen Red
Riding-Hood, and herjtraln left the fcastle gates, a little -wee
Wd in a sober yray t:oat. determmed to be first
to tell the news, flew ahead of lief crying is tird la'a
iguage, 7;Qteen Red Rkling-Hood is commgl,". Smf
yonr tweetest sonjgsT, 7 '. :. "7. ' .7'". ' ' '
': As the wedding procession woend fhroughtire groves -the
songsters iurst into tic. melody that the masicians
who fode wfth them hashed .their Instruments nd '--listened.'.
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-JQ"'1' Red Riding4fciod made the Wrt )uen that
"ever it ri k throne, for -she was Qoeen tk -cinty oti
the pedpTc.Vut of all the Beasts arid Wds in ner lealm-
who, if jtm come. to. think of. it, teally, ought to have a .
. Queen who understands their language aid can
their need. ' - '