The Cross and Crabbed Old Lady Receives a Surprise
What she saw was a little boy about
4 years old. She Intended to scold
and send him away, but he was such
a dear little boy and was dressed so
nicely she wondered how he happened
to be in her garden.
She began to talk to him and soon
found wily he had laughed so heartily.
"Nursey stopped to talk to a lady,"
he said, "and she talked so lqpg I
touldn't wait, so I went on. Every
flng was so nice in here 1 coined in,
and 1 saw a little froggie hoppin'
around, an' he sat down an' looked at
me so funny." and here he laughed
again at the recollection.
He was a pretty child with long,
golden curls and blue eyes.
Miss Murray wanted to find out
where he lived and his Dame, but all
in vain. He talked so confidingly and
did not seem to be at all afraid of her,
so Miss Amanthis rather likod him.
She even wondered at herself, but
there was something so alluring about
him that she hadn't the heart to scold.
They were soon walking around in
the woods. Miss Murray was show
ing him the little stream that flowed
in the middle of the woods and all the
pretty little spots that she knew. She
was wondering how he would ever get
home, when they heard some one call
"Teddy!" The sound came loud and
"Oh, that must be nursey calling
me," said Teddy. And soon she ap
peared, looking very excited. She had
been looking for him everywhere and
was afraid he had been lost.
Then, after thanking Miss Murray
for her trouble, she took Teddy and
went away. Miss Amanthis stood
watching them until they were out of
"That's the only child T ever met
that didn't bore me," she said grimly.
Then turned and walked into the
house. ESTHER WROTTENBERG.
Santa Monica, Cal., age 13, GarfiiMd
school, grade 88.
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There she saw a small boy about
two v.ars old. He bad golden curls
all over hll head arvd the largest
laughing eyes one could well Imagine.
He woro light blue rompers and had
little sandals upon his feet. It made
even the cross and crabbed lady's heart
warm a little toward him. He looked
up :it her ami asked, "Don't 'oo like
in.- 'lttle kitten?"
To her surprise, she noticed a small
white ball of fur in his hands. So
this is what had caused the boy's
Now, Miss Amanthis had once had
a little brother whom she had loved
very dearly. The small piece of hu
manity who had dared to walk into
her woods made her think of her little
brother, and of the days when she
had played with a kitten.
She could not be as severe as she
had expected to be, so she said:
•Your kitten is very cute, indeed:
but you Bhould not come into my
woods without permission."
This did not seem to affect the in
truder at all."
"Ts 'oo got a Mttle boy 'at I could
This made the cross and crabbed
lady stoop and and kiss the little
"Who do you belong to and what
is your name," she asked.
"i belong to me mama and me papa
and me name is Bepo."
•Will you come and visit me some
time." asked the lady.
"I'll turn wit you now if '00 will lot
me," paid Bepo.
So they went along, hand in hand.
while Bepo carried his Kitten and
talked. , . .
They soon came to the fruit orchards
and Bepo was delighted.
"Tan I have an apple and plum and
peach?" asked Bepo.
"Certainly you may, if you want it,
and Miss Amanthis picked one of each
kind rind gave it to him. They soon
came to the house and Miss Amanthis
took Bepo in and showed him all
around the house.
If any one who had known Miss
Vm mthis had seen her at that time
they would have been very much
surprised. She was not so cross and
crabbed and it seemed as if the child
had a power to make her smile.
Whi-n little Bepo went home he left
■i very different Mi*3 Amanthis be-
She made up' her mind that she
would never be cross and crabbed
again. She kept her word and lived to
a good old age. She always had chil
dren about her as much as she could,
and they all loved her.
She was ever thankful to Bepo for
her happiness. sm>HIASADICOFF . *
138 S. Glees street, Los Angeles.
Grade 9, Log Angeles High school.
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For there on the sweet green grass
sat two dear little children. The one
who had laughed was about 4 years
old. She was a cunning little thing
with short golden hair, a roseleaf com
plexion, and whenever she laughed
(Which she often did) dimples would
come and go. Her clothes, though not
fine, were very neat.
The other child was more quiet, but
she was smiling,' too. They were mak
ing daisy wreaths and chains, and the
youngest of the two was laughing out
of pure happiness, while the other was
smiling at the sweet picture the gol-
LOS ANGELES SUNDAY HERALD—JUNIOR SECTION
Beginning of Story Completed by Juniors
ONCE there lived a cross and crab
bed lady whose name was Miss
Atnanthis Murray. Her pet the
ory was that children "should be seen
and not heard" and even seen as little
as may be. So this cross and crabbed
lady grew more cross and crabbed each
day. She walked disconsolately among
her flower gnrdens and fruit orchards,
never pausing to pick a blossom or
nibble the ripest, most delicious fruit.
Driving in her fascinating pony car
•riage gave her no pleasure, and though
almost any one must have smiled at
the antics of her pet terrier, never
did Miss Amanthis smile. It really
seemed as though she had forgotten
how, and no wonder, either, when one
den-haired child made covered with
The elder turned and saw Miss Aman
this, and, seeing the look that was
given her, her smile instantly faded.
"Hush, Dottie," she said to the small
■What is the matter, Mary.- Dottie
asked, and then she turned and saw
Miss Amanthis. She jumped up and
ran to that surprised lady and said:
"Oh, come play with us."
Taking her hand she pulled her
down on the grass. Partly for the soft
little arms around her. partly for the
novelty, and partly to see how far the
child's impudence, as she termed it,
would go, she remained seated.
The children covered her with
wreaths and as Mary loit her shyness
she got quite talkative.
The two children were cousins, she
said, and lived together. Dottie's
mother was sick and was staying with
At list Miss Amanthis sternly ask
ed them why they were in her woods.
Dottie replied with a sweet little smile:
"Oh, are they your woods? How
nice, 'cause you don't care if we play
in them, do you?"
And Miss Amunthis admitted that
she did not.
Then a voice was heard calling:
"Mary, Dottie, where are you?" and
"There's auntie. Goodby. We shall
come and see you again," and off the
two ran to meet the lady waiting for
Miss Amanthis sat thinking for a
long time and then, noticing it was
getting liite, she arose and walked
slowly home. But that was not the
end, for many dainties and costly med
icines found their way to the sick wo
man which at last enabled her to re
cover. Miss Amanthis often came to
call, but part of the time she always
spent with the children.
Other times she had the two children
come to her house, where they wan
dered about the beautiful rooms and
out in the gardens, too enchanted to
speak. Then they picked great big
bouquets for the sick woman to en
joy. With all this kindness showered
upon her, what could the sick woman
do but get well? When money was
needed it was always found myster
iously tucked away in something or
coming through the mail In anonymous
letters. ELEANOR SARGENT.
■Box 104, R. F. D. No. 2, Redlands,
Cal. Age 13 years. Promoted to ninth
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Merry brown eyes looked up Into her
own; another merry laugh rang from
thinks how she avoided the laughter
One fine, sunshiny morning when the
cross and crabbed lady grew so weary
of the paths and roads that she longed
for something different, curiosity
tamptod her to explore the woods. She
actually climbed a fence and went
through briars and brambles till she
found B tiny path, She went on and
on until suddenly she stopped. She
had beard something that struck her
dumb with amazement. It was the
clear, ringing laugh of a gleeful child.
Surprise gave place to anger as she
realized the awfulneas of the offense.
A child dare to wander in her woods?
It was preposterous. And Miss Amnn
this strode forward In righteous In
dignation. But a sight of the little
offender made her pause
baby lips, as, frowning, Miss Amanthis
towßMa grimly above the tiny wan
derer sitting among the grass and wild
"What are you doing here?' 1 she de
"Playing." responded the child, look
ing smilingly up into Miss Ainunthis'
"Do you not know tjiat these woods
belong to me?"
"No; do they?"
"They certainly do. Where do you
live?" s«jld the lady.
"Over there." The child pointed
toward the northern part of the woods.
Miss Amanthis, oy much inquiry,
discovered that the little girl lived
with her parents at the edge of the
woods and that she was lost.
The cross and crabbed lady finally
decided to take the little girl, whose
name was Winifred, to her home and
keep her until she sent her hired man
to Winifred's home to inform her
parents of their daughter's where
As she ran along by Miss Amanthis'
side through the old-fashioned garden,
Winnie kept exclaiming over the beau
ty and fragrance of the flowers, and
politely asking tf she might not pick
Now, the cross and crabbed lady
never picked her flowers, except to
keep them from c ing to seed too soon
and from having withered ones on the
bushes, so she was almost shocked at
the idea of letting a child have full
sway in her garden.
She kept a grim silence, only speak
ing to refuse Winnie the permission
she longed for, until she reached the
gloomy, stately mansion. Then sho
told her little charge to go into the
prim, stiff parlor and wait there until
slip brought a little-lunch.
The parlor whs very uninteresting to
Winnie, so she looked out of the bay
window overlooking the garden till
Miss Amanthis came in. After lunch
the latter consented to let Winnie go
out In the flower garden again, while
she sat on the veranda.
When Winnie's mother came she In
formed Miss Amanthis that her hus
band was ill, and inquired if Miss
.umanthis would mind keeping her child
a few days longer. Miss Amanthis ac
tually consented, for she had taken a
fancy to the swoet little girl; and she
was glad afterward that she had kept
her, for she was a cheerful companion
and helped the cross and crabbed lady
to like children very much better.
S. PEARL CHURCHILL.
Grade A 5 (completed), Ninth street
school, 711 Ceres avenue.
The child wo« sitting on a large rock
by the brook, her arms were full of
bright May flowers, and the golden
curls which fell all around her beauti
ful face certainly did make a pretty
* "What are you doing here?" Miss
The child's blue eyes looked up from
the flowers, After a moment- she re
"Oh, papa and I came out hero to
gather berries and flowers."
■ "Where is he?" asked Miss Murray.
"Do you mean papa?" the child said,
rising and extending her hand, which
Miss Murray was startled to find her
self reaching down and . clasping In
her own. < " .
"Ye.V was all Miss Murray could
The little girl led the way, and a
little bit farther up the brook she
stopped before a mart of about 40 years
of age. Miss Murray had Intended to
tell him that he should not allow his
little girl to be alone at some other
spot in the woods, but she found her
"Do you often visit the woods?'
"Yes," replied Mr. Cohan. "Helena
enjoys it so much."
Then they fell to talking about things
Miss Murray had never thought of be
fore. Miss Murray also found that he
was a great friend of her father's.
After Helena was better acquainted
with Miss Murray she began to like her
better, and as she had no mother
Helena soon fell in love with her, and
when Helena's father died a year later
she went to live with Miss Murray.
Miss Murray is not a cross and
crabbed lady any more but a lady who
loves children and a lady who devotes
her time to making them happy.
R. F. D., box 195, Palms.
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—and the angry reprimand died from
her lips. Her hard heart softened
When she Razed into those baby eyes
and her fhou*htf wont back to the
baby lister JR years" ago.
After her parent;, had died Miss
Amanthls eared for ". <-r sweet baby
sister, Constance, who a few years
later joined her mother. Miss Aman
this had grieved so that she could not
stand the laugh of a child.
Often when she sremej so cross and
crabbed it was to hide the tears.
"Come see auntie," she coaxed, and
by gentle pleading soon had the Imby
in her arms and started toward the
The big blue eyes began to droop ana
the little head to lean toward Miss
Amanthis' shoulder. Joon the baby
was fast asleep.
When she reached the house Miss
Amanthis laid her gently on the bed,
kissing the sweet red lips.
While tlif baby :-lept Miss Amanthis
went to see where it had come from.
When she reached th* spot where the
baby had been she heard a sweet voice
"Constance, Constance." Her heart
stood still. Constance! She had hoped
the baby was an orjhnn, but here was
her mother. She hurried forward and
taking the surprised woman by the
arm said brokenly:
"I—l found her and she looked so
like my Constance that I took her
The two women went to the baby
and for the first time Miss Amanthl3
unburdened her heavy heart to an
Her new friend said that she lived
just beyond the words. She had some
to the country for her health. The
baby's father was dead and she had
earned the living by sewing.
As they stood by the bed looking at
the baby Miss Amanthta said:
"Couldn't you live with me? I havo
this groat house all to myself and all
the money I want. It seems as If I
couldn't give this Constance up."
The mother did not like to be de
pendent on Miss Amanthis, but at last
consented to stay t:ix months.
Those were happy months and such
a friendship sprang up between the
two women that when the time expired
neither wanted to leave the other, so
they agreed to live together.
Your loving niece. EDNA MAE.
609 Kust Twenty-ninth street.
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There, sitting on the meadow grass,
was a child so beautiful that at first
she looked like a wee child just arrived
She was as pink ns a rosebud, with
hair like a daffodil and eyes like the
sky; her teeth were like pearls and
her lips like rubies.
She wore a pink frock and her arms
and legs were plump and bare.
In the baby's lap was Miss Aman
this' fox,terrier and she was taking
big bites out of one of Miss Amanthis'
big red apples which had fallen to the
That lady's face softened visibly as
the child continued laughing and talk
ing to herself without noticing Miss
"You Iss a cute puppy," baby was
"But ooh tan't have mine apple. Oh,
ooh has a funny tail!"
Suddenly the child saw Miss Murray.
"Is ooh mine auntie?''^she asked,
and before Miss Murray could answer
the child had run and caught her skirt.
Miss Amanthis slowly lifted the child
until its cheek rested against hers.
"You dear child!" her voice broke as
the soft baby hands caressed her cheek.
Suddenly an intense longing came over
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