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Our Boys and Girls
WHEN MOTHER WENT AWAY. By Edith B. Pice. Once mother had to go away (We thought we'd have a lovely day 'Cause daddy planned to stay at home); So mother packed her brush and comb. Her nightie, and a few things more, And when the cab was at the door We all ran out to hug and kiss her, And never thought how much we'd miss her. First, someone down town telephoned. And daddy turned around and groaned, And said, "Too bad! I'll have to be At the office, kids, 'till half-past three." Then Phil fell down and cut his knee. And cried as hard as hard can be; I tied it up as best I could. But not as well as mother would. On Friday mother went away. And that's a most unlucky day! We broke the darling Chinese jar. In the cupboard where the queer things are, And I got caugnt on nails and tore All my new dress on the big barn door. If mother'd been at home. I know That things would not have happened so. And when at last we went to bed. And daddy came, he only said: "All right? Good-night, then, kiddies, dear, I wish that your mamma was here!" He never tucked us in at all, But turned the light off in the hall! (Our mother always leaves it lit So that we're not afraid a bit) Then in the night I had a dream. That almost made me cry and scream, But mother wasn't there that night To comfort me and hold me tight. And talk and laugh away the fright. Our mother came back home today. And me, and Phil, and daddv say. That she must never go away Anymore! ? "St. Nicholas." THE DISCONTENTED PIG. A Thuringian Folk Tale. Ever so long ago, in the time when there were fairies, and men, and animals talked to gether, there was a curly-tailed pig. lie lived by himself in a house at the edge of the village, ami every day he worked in his garden; whether the sun shone or the rain fell he hoed and dug and weeded, turning the earth around his tomato vines, and loosening the soil of the carrot plot until word of his fine vege tables travelled though seven counties, and each year he won the royal prize at the fair. Hut after a time that little pig grew tired of the endless toil. "What matters it if I do have the finest vegetables in the kingdom," he thought, "since I must work myself to death getting them to grow? I mean to go out and see the world and find an easier way of making a liv ing." So he locked the door of his house and shut the gate of his garden, and started down the road. A good three miles he travelled, till he came to a cottage almost hidden in a grove of trees. Lovely music sounded around him, and the little pig smiled, for he had an ear for sweet sounds. "I will go look for it," he said, following in the direction from which it seemed to come. Now it happened that in that house dwelt Thomas, a cat. who made his living playing on the violin. Little pig saw liim standing in the door pushing the bow up and dotal across the strings. It put a thought into his head. Surely this must he easier and far more pleasant than digging in a garden! "Will you teach me to play ihe violin, friend cat?" he asked. Thomas looked up from his bow and nodded his head. "To be sure," he answered. "Just do as I am doing." and he gave him the bow and fiddle. Little pig took them and began to saw, but squeak, quang! No sweet music fell upon his ears! The sounds were like the squealing of his baby brother pigs when the wolf came too near. "Oh!" he cried, "this is not music." Thomas the cat nodded his head. "Of course not," he said. "You haven't tried long enough, lie who would play the violin must work." "Then I think I'll look for something else," Piggy wig answered, "because this is quite as hard as weeding my garden." And he gave the bow back with the fiddle, and started down the road. lie walked on and on. until he came to a hut where lived a dog who made cheese, lie was kneading it and maiding the curd into cakes, and little pig thought it looked quite easy. "I think I'd like to go into the cheese business," he said to himself. So he asked the dog if he would teach him. This the dog was quite willing to do, and a moment later the pig was working beside him. Soon he grew tired and hot, and stopped to rest and fan himself. "No, no!" cried the dog. 44 You will spoil the cheese. There can be no rest until the work is done." Little pig opened his eyes in amazement. "Indeed," he replied, 44 then this is just as hard as growing vegetables or learning the violin. I mean to look for something easier." And he started down the road. On the other side of the river, in a green field, a man was taking honey out of bee hives. Little pig saw him as he crossed the bridge, and thought of all the trades he knew of this suited him best. It must be lovely there in the meadow among the flowers. Honey was not heavy to lift, and once in a while he conld have a mouth full of it. lie ran as fast as he eouhl go to ask the man if he would take him into his employ. This plan pleased the bee man as much as it pleased the pig. "I've been looking for a helper for a year and a day," he said. 4 4 Begin work at once." He gave little pig a veil and a pair of gloves, telling him to fasten them on well. Then he told him to lift out a honey comb. Little pig ran to do it, twisting his curly tail in the joy of having at last found a business that suited him. Hut buzz, buzz! The bees crept under his veil and inside his gloves. They stung him on his fingers, his mouth, his ears, and the end of his nose, a*d he ran off howling at the top of his voice as he tore off the veil and flung it back to the bee man. 4 'Come back, come back," said the bee man. "You must expect to get stung at first. You must learn how to do the work." 4 4 Then I'll have no more to do with it," ex claimed little pig, as he ran down the road, "it seems to me that every business has its hardships. Whether it be learning the violin or making cheese, or getting honey. It all means work, and if that is so I think I would be better in my own garden." And so he went back, and every day he worked in his garden whether the sun shone or the rain fell, he hoed and dug and weeded, turning the earth around his tomato vines, and loosening the soil of the carrot plot, and each year lie won the royal prize at the fair. ? Pres byterian Banner, Australia. WEE MISS GOES IN DEBT TO SAVE "ADOPTED" SISTER'S LIFE. Every day, after each meal, little Audrey Warner, six years old, of Grand Rapids, Mich., puts a penny in a rice cup for an unknown, unseen baby six thousand miles away in some famine village of North China. Those pennies are saving the life of the far off baby, and, with her rice cup and her daily savings, Audrey has started, among the chil dren of the United States, the movement to "pick a pal in China," which the American Committee for China Famine Fund looks upon as a valuable aid in its effort to relive the suf fering of "the last 5,000,000" famine victims who are now entirely dependent on help from this country. Audrey has not only "adopted" the little girl in China as her sister, but has given her a name ? "Junie." Very soon after the pennies began to go into the rice cup, Audrey feared that "Junie" might starve before they grew into a whole dollar and went to swell the fam ine fund; so she borrowed a dollar and sent it to Vernon Munroe, treasurer of the American Committee, Bible House, New York City, along with a most interesting letter. Since then she has been paying back what she borrowed at the rate of three pennies a day. The story of her sacrifice got abroad, with the result that thousands of small children are now following Audrey's example and thous ands of lives of little unfortunates in China are being saved by the pennies that go into the rice cups all over the country. KOREAN MISSIONARIES. We are sorry to have been so long publish ing the answer to the puzzle about the Korean missionaries, but it was hard to get a complete list. The best lists were sent in by Margery Dameron, Weems, Va., and The Sunbeam So ciety, Staunton, Va. Some of the missionaries are not now on the field and that made their names hard to find. The correct answers are as follows: 1, Aus tin; 2, Martin; 3, Daniel; 4, Harding; 5, Lead ingham ; 6, Matthews; 7, Talmage; 8, Winn; 9, Bell ; 10, Graham; 11, Forsythe; 12, Knox; 13, Patterson; 14, Walker; 15, Junkin; 16, Higgar; 17, Eversole; 18, Harrison; 19, Bird man; 20, Ilill; 21, Pratt; 22, Nisbet; 23, Buck land ; 24, Swinehart ; 25, Greene ; 26, Bull ; 27, Preston; 28, Crane; 29, Newland; 30, Wilson. Is there one of our boys or girls who could make up a puzzle using the names of the mis sionaries of one of the other countries? You needn't try to?make as long a list as this the first time. Who will do it? H. A. Mindful of Mother Obedient to Mother, Thankful for Mother, Help Mother, Encourage Mother, Reverence Mother.