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What a Happened i ene to o a Very Very Bad BadLittle BcidLittle a ax
Little x e Boy o When en the Wonderful WonderfulTelltale tv Wonderfulq onderful onderfulI onderfulTelLtale
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Telltale e a e Bug u Came to 0 His House HouseEKEABS H Dwe DweERHAIS oTzser oTzseERHAB8
EKEABS had d a Telltale Bug ug bean in Oliver OliverMasons
P Masons home there would hare been no afidrry afidrryabout atWyabout at fry fryabout
about him and the awful Bedhaired Hasarack HasarackFew HuarsckFew
Few children as far aa I know hare ever Men a aTelltale aTellta1e aTelltale
Telltale Bug and none at all have Ye ever Jet et eyes eyesupon 8781upon sirenupon
upon a Hazarack The bug as every parent ij ijwell iJweY ii iiwell
well aware aware rarely allows children to notice no Cle him himabout himabout himabout
about a house for the reason that if bad boy or orgirls pr prgirls
girls knew he rag there they would behave themselvee them themselves themelva ¬
selves selvesTlie elvaThe selveeThe
The Telltale Bug as his name shows reports to parents parents all allraat
that athe he sees whether good or bad and is constantly on the wtteh wliahWHr watehwhere
3bere where the children dren are playing Dg in a house to see what they do
He H u ha bas that peculiar property or power possessed by the the1eoa1ID euae
leon 1eoa1ID and a few other creatures of changing hi m color to tbe tJtehua thehusof > hua huaof
of the apot he is on on so that he is almost invisible unless unl great greatoaxe gtWt0C1e greatcare
care ia i taken to seek for him If he were on a blue spot apo t in the tMcpet tb tbfor
cpet for instance ODe would Dave to lie down flat on the iI iioorand
ad look fOJ forbim him sidewise in order 1 to detect that lie was there
for ha will exactly match tBe blue shade abatleIf If he wero ro upon any anyother an another
other oCMreoIored colored sswff at such as a chaircover or a curtain ettrtainwouLl eurtainj tfe eh ehwould tt H Hwould >
would be j just the beUDI same tint as the material materialaad aad a < ad even on a white whitead Whitecad
cad ad it itwould would be just as difficult to see him hime himale
f e also ale > has the habit so common to water bugs or oock oockroirteite aockr
roirteite r of hiding behind a chairleg or other object whenaay when whenoneis
onojs ODlaiI6oat t boat The cockroach is considered con idered by naturalists as asvery the thevery t1teof
very cJevefeest of insects D just because e of this peculiarity as no noother1 110otJler noof
of other1 beetle has sense enough to hide in that manner butsim butsimpJjrrwBS b buttiimPIrrtsias t
pJjrrwBS 17 r away or gets ts under a stone and hides es while the wise wiseand wineand
and smart d roach slips behind b bind something and waits until you
have departed One may see the tips of their theirfeeler feeler or antennae anjfennaesticking antennaeetdakiiig nae
sticking out and wiggling up and down as if Mr Bug was wa nerv nervousJar nervou
ousJar ou wondering when on earth you are going Then as soon soonae soonaeyour ae aeyour asyour
your back isturaed out outhe he pojjSMand gets to work wo k again
The < natural color of the t1 e Telltale Bug ig is a deep deopgo1den golden yel ¬
low wit crimson crimson spots 8 nine ninein lime in in fiumber nuaiber on n his Ii > s bait adt If you youshould youalieikI
should happen upon such a beetleMn beetle inthe in the fields i elds you will know knowtht knowthat
that t aas it is a Telltale Bug who has not yet got into a house where wherethey wherethey
they hue children for he will enter no other otherWhether otherwhetlaer otherWbetber
Whether he grows oldand old and dies when the children ahildrenha ahildrenhacome hav have o ocome be become ¬
come men and andnmea women or got goes s away when they are tou old 1p o be bewafehed bewi4hed
watched Ss a question que tion over which the thenaturl naturalists i t hnvtf h lane lonffwrejEBJisjMl l lanewrmt Dwr
wr wrmt wrejEBJisjMl l bitterly T think Lo dies when his work is over oTer but
Professor ior Thomas of Princeton
College supposes that he re retires ¬
tire tiJ to the woods and rears r family of young bugs bugsAt b is
At any rate rate nobody Dobodyhasover has over seen a Telltale Bug in a house
c inhabited ed only by old in
people or a vacant dwelling They axe axeabout axeabonk
about alto ae large as a your thumb when fully grown grownA grownAs grownAA
As A to the Bedhaived Hacaraek or Pincerbill uoboey ever everkaew everlahew
kaew what pt it was like until its photograph was accidentally taken tnksiiwhen takenwhen
when it itpt got Oliver Mason although many persons have pretended pretendedto re reto
to describe d it in books saying that tho thoat at it had horns wings Dga eyes ey1ik ey1ikthe eyes bite Iftrtthe bitethe
the Bodinkus e iDkus or < claws c like the TJinsquatipus Umsqua PU8 and bellowed owed like a abull abullnry abull
bull bullnry every bit D > of ° which was incorrect as Iahall I an shortly prove pro proA proveIa
A Ia glance at the picture of part of the Hazaraek will be of ofmore ofmore f fmore
more use than many pages of careful description but even I do donot donot donot
not know k how that part of o the animal below the floor or looks He Hemay HeJA1 Heay
may hav htiw tail or flukes like a whale or even n feathers for all I
know but it is quite unlikely that he resembles most nim1tf aninmis aninmiswhose nim1tfwhose
whose forepart is built in this manner So I should iniagixe iniagixethat i itJaat mgine mginet
that t bs he bee perhaps two hairy hind J legs and seine serf srif r of a
firam fmattf toll wr but i I will not state positively positivelyjNiti pMitive1I positivelykat
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jNiti litei kat I particularly desire de ever e to see bka for ia fact factAas
chits Jaarom Bsrfrom from bring bei my wish although altho he doesnt get grownup grownupmejti grownupmalt 4IQ
malt kAsstk that even to look at him D1 would give nn me a pain yet
in the meet iatiR of science lC eaee I would study him at a safe distance distanceOliier diataBe41Q distanwOliver
Q Oliver Mason n who lived in a certain house with his sister sisterPauline esterPauline
Pauline was what almost anybody would consider a badalthoi bad bo boalthough bor
although tth h he e f ever er would admit that atJeu he was worse than tIumuowid ntoet motbo beys beysaround yr yraround
around here I will wi1l1eave leave it tire1
entirely to you to say what he was wawhslne waswhen w
when yxm ouJaaYe have heard what he did If yon do not think he hawas hawasprettar was waspretty
pretty had badIJ1LaTe 111 I1LLave Lave no more to say saye
He e was ten years old when this story begins but since he was
three thr he was the theworst worst most mischievous child ever seen in that thatvillage thatwJ thatvillage
village which eh wasR was A big bigone one and has three hundred people in it it
Itfin It was called caDedSt1 Si Thomas maa and was a very nice niceqtliet qttiet t pl plae pla at cEy where w1l w here re
the quail l often came carne right into the gardeualid gardens arid whistled wt t1ettBolt Boball Bob
Wiite aU day long longOliver longOIMr 0 0OUfIOr >
Oliver was known all St Thomas Thom the
over a Orst orst ors t everwhasuicienBy ever everwhich eyerwhi
which whasuicienBy h orh sufficiently explains his character He was crosseyed croueyedred xed
headed freckled and bowlegged bow so after all when the thing got ot
him I dont suppose e his folks mourned very much Kot N It < at atas at least leastas
as asuch tie uch as they would have done had Pauline been taken
The Mason house was the finest in the place as A his father fatherwas fatherwan
was the richest man being the banker and also owning oWD ng many
houses awes It was the only house that had a lawn in front t as well wellwater wellter wells
13 water water ter and g gainujsegiet gas as s and an aneJectric electric doorbell d which furnished rajieh rajiehaanfaemaeat mi il icli
aanfaemaeat t to the children when hen it was first W p t i in TIe TibWM Tltbwas
WM so large 1 that 1hai9 Oliver had a room r all stile f Jos own oWnto to play playi st
had his sister besides an immense 1JDIDeD8e garret ibai was a whole hole holejpOIDd play playground ¬
ground ground in in itself but with all this he was U not content teDt and went
from garret to cellar daily trying IclobeI to to find edam dew vent fox his hisTnioohiefmalriTig hismischiefawaking
TnioohiefmalriTig DC desires desiresjFtfrMaafyears desiresrstawuqyers
DCJt1U8 + + + +
jFtfrMaafyears rstawuqyers Jt1U8 ho did the meanest metLDelltt1JiDe things and yet with een eenwaBMEfMi ea conthusastWcIeverness
thusastWcIeverness waBMEfMi 1 cleverness always managed to puctWhlaroe put tiho blame upon u ue the thev theoeskthe
v oeskthe eoejffer e the upstairs u taira girl or o even Pauline Pa ne occasionally Oce ienany y so atq tKat
he heyu was never suspected This was easier Ilertoo too because his father fatWrnever fathernever r rMYer
never could fix it so that he could catch Olivera OliverVeye eye as he ws wanso < wsso
so crosseyed aoaeel ° e ed del it made Mr KrKasoJl Mason dizzy to look 1 a a him m r rIf
If you cant catch and hold a boys eye it t is J almostn almoat moat moatlible > ies iessible ec ecsible
sible to tell whether he is lying or not not and this tIijras was the reason
Oliver always escaped Cooks and other 8e senatatd serv te were werecharged were dts dtscharged
charged for the things that he had done and jit chuckled chuetkdsecret in ineecret ia iasecret
secret glee os he watched them leave i red aeediae4 acedead angry aDIrTi atthe att the
injustice done them His father never never8moteh smote hiatsvhen hi hen some iJom in innocent inDocent innocent ¬
nocent servant girl who was saving her horWjages des yo arry r1Y aNt sap sapport aupport p pPort
port some worthy man man was discharged di in hat the wUe of f ra a laird fesrdwinter imrdwinter
winter and was compelled to take a job jobat jobat1ars at fllte 8f n jfrlfrJMijr Al 1
lars a month less or else live with her motkbr1h mother r1ashi atattlo 4oaMb 4oaMbwashing tto dfeasifr dfeasifrwashing
washing 1ashi for nothing nothingOliver > i iOliver i V
Oliver would WAn on the water in m the bathta bath u ia < a and nd go gomtil goa n ih WaV + gay gayuntil
until M ii it ol ttlowed and j nj ii i s sys < >
spoiled poi the parlor waf n 9 Qiacer I
did eatch it for that His father always ys retn reid the paper tthe t ah the
breakfast table and neither of the children Wce fallowed aJlo to totpeak tfpeak tot
peak t to him or ask questions or otherwise interropt him until
ho had finished niahcd reading
Twice Oliver Oli er feeling a slight 1i ht remorse for thir was when
he was very much younger tried to speak but hi h hit mother whis whispered whispered whiepered ¬
pered to him to wait ai until pa hnd read his paper That day the thel tboJaper thepaper
Japer l > nrx > r llMDIM happened lied to have tu two < i pages > in < > < of raia news as iu tlin the village < il > sture 4 4hadnt
hadnt t sent ten in its advertisement in time for printing and it took took11r
Mr Mason some time time When at last he laid his paper down Mrs
Mason said saidNow uidNow saidNow
Now Oliver you may cpeak cpeakI cpeakI peakI
I I on onljv onto wanted to say that wh when > n I came downstairs to break ¬
fast replied Oliver slowly I saw the water running in tho
bathtab bathtabKr bathtaib1r
Kr Mon rooje and dashed upstairs followed by bytbeftlt the the rest of
the family m sad fofnid f a stream of water flowing over the bath bathtub Nt Nttub bathtub ¬
tub rim an aJLiach inch deep Then Oliver had a meeting a short but
buoy JS1 fasoioM on wliih hw pa And 4 he ate his breakfast ureaJd a standing at atthe atthe
the table b1e until two t o sI day WNa88ed hod passed because the t1leseaUL1JI seatoix eait in ki kitrousers lais laistroUien bieetrousers
trousers hurt him so Still UI the water was occasionally OeMioll Uy found foundrunning f frunitiiing iildrunning
running but it was never uevex fastened on on him He did hate a batH batHtub batltub tll tlltub
tub anyway
From hisbaby his baby Iv days be invariably played with jnateheswhenever ma mawlle1aeYer jnatehes nmtebeswhenever
whenever he heeOuJd could get g hold of them and many a atime time cam with within within within ¬
in an ace a of setting lettingthe the house U8C on fire When older he fciult t1H bo bofires It
fires es In in the ya yard secretly ret1r9 md as die blaze aze dared a rail aUout aUout1D1 outery
ing 1D1 fire and frightened everybody half to todea dear dea deaIt j
It was always a1 rlpposed r ppoeed tm thitt t some vindictive ISVSOJB Bayyina BayyinaJT envia enviaMr
Mr JT il Mason ir ason v his lSW wealth iV llli ro for i be belonged be IT 10 ed to Othe the S < M K Q t fiII Qhna Qhnahad L I 1ii 1iihad C3 C3Pny
Pny had tried to burn his b palatial residence residencealwobt leSjeneet residencealaeoit
alwobt t determined to leave hip native tJw village villageon hJt hJtft18ide
on Riverside ft18ide Drive ra hi New N w York Torlatbut > t4ie ttre faVst l t tinaii tlit t tl pnd pndluaua
inaii l luaua anoe neewer ware e chocpor per1T ir it St ThootM ThoBWea Tho cawed birato main mainI
4 + I 4Oliver 4 + > > 3 3V
V > v I IOliver
011 Oliver p grew up but only to wid widen his h field field of niiaclii mia miaGo mischio IIai IIaiiouttd
Go iouttd o d out so many 817 ways of ofb being i bad that sometimes I Iiihe Iiiheire h ffihtf ffihtfwas he herea1y
was ire really a wonderful JKlerful genius and might perhaps i WTIO h ha gr grup itup ifegi ifegiup
up to be an anaotor Actor or a nov aovJist ist ist had he lived li to t6 be beneed Bfeite S Sused j
used to wet the kindling wood to annoy the coosv coOk i nj lid lidthen n di diti i
ti then ea leave ve marks ell over the shelves with a dried driedJJG nwusetiav mouseVjjoot mouseVjjootwhich oot ootwkich ot otJaic
which Jaic he kept for that tJa t purpose e1O so as to delude his moth mo ntoj J J1olnm nto ntoimagining
imagining lnm that a mouse had done the damage He HeofW HeofWthi oftejfc pied piedthis riOd riOdthis
this thi sport by making makinglIQ1es holes in sugar bags and other zoea zoeaeontaiiiing 7 7COIata fooejjjMiclesj fooejjjMiclesjconUining
conUining COIata tlinc provision and nd it was always blamed upo stlfnno stlfnnocent nno nnocent nn nncent
cent mouse mouseHe mouseHe plJ plJHe
He bored a hole in the kindling kin wood put powdlfln poJdY powt r in the thecavity 1fl1 1fl1caviq thecaviQ
caviq and plugged it up When the cook had gotten the firo firoWeIlstarted firewall
well WeIlstarted started and had h d seated herself to read Lady LadyVioets Vioets Violets Curse Curseor Our Ouror t
or the TwiceDoomed Twice Dooiued Baronet of Twiddleigh Crimpetso oQtHe oQtHeHilre thc thcHikeM e eHike
Hike a stirring tale that cameweekly came weekly in the Grocers Bulle Bulletin Bulltin Bulletin ¬
tin tin the gunpowder exploded with an awful report the stove blow blowup b10wUp blowup
up and the kitchen rocked All the windows were broken the cook cookreceived cookNee cookreceived
received Nee Ved a shock that sent her to bed for two days and she was wasaccused wasof wasaccused
accused of trying to light the fire with kerosene e oil oilWhen oilWhen oilWhen
When t tie e new cook came Oliver was ready for her with now nowdevices nowcJeTicea nowderives
devices He put salt in the sugar put vinegar in the milk and anilsoured anlBOured andsoured
soured it and greased the back stairs with tallow the very first firstmorning firstmernillg fretmorning
morning Then he placed red pepper on her stove so that she sliewas 110was shewas
was driven out ou into the yard and the dinner wte completely uomptetelyspoiled uomp1etelyIpoiJed completelyspoiled
spoiled Mr Mason told his wife to discharge the girl irl at once onceWhen onceWhen onceWhen
When she went to bed she found a turtle crawliacht crawl crawling hi her room roomand roomand roomand
and as she sbewas was from the city she did not know w what wba t it WAS but butthought butthought butthought
thought it was a big bug of some sort so she yelled for or help helpOlivexf l helpOliver lp lpOJiveme
Oliver OJiveme osme oame running up at once and hid the turtle ra in his blouse blousawhilethe blous8wJriJ blousewhine
whine whilethe the girl was trying to climb up the wall wallIPhen walltWhen wallWhen
When Olivers father came e she could not find the turtle hirtlethatKt ti rtlo so sothatMir sc scthatkYr
thatMir Mason was wasc certain rtain that the girl was dseshented4it demented d ted On the theother theotherhand theother
other otherhand hand she was determined not tosleep tosleepin in any place where wherothe whe1 wherethe z
the bugs were were as big as her hand and out t be went at once Pau Pauline Pauline Pauline ¬
line suspected Oliver of having a hand in this thiaatter matter but no nobody noe1eo nobody ¬
body else did didThe didTJe didThe
The next cook had other trials to endure Oliver placed a apail apan apail
pail of water over the kitchen door which upset upon her when whenshe whenhe whenshe
she he opened it When sbe went into the cellar she stepped into intoanother intoanother intoanother
another bucket oJ water Wt placed at the foot of the stairs This Thiswas Thisw Thiswan
was w blamedupon blamed upon Gladys Keefe e the previous cook The new new One OneElsie oneElsie De DeEllie
Elsie Devere Deverewent went almost crazy before she left Oliver Oliv r would go gointo gointo gointo
into the cellar nar and blow into the gas gaS burner there which as you youperhaps youperha youperhaps
perhaps perha knee kn wilt put out every light in the whole house h tt eaure as assure assure
sure as shooting s and then whilq while she was wasil inline ini the dark he hwouIJ hwouIJmake wouldmake would wouldmake
make awful noises below bel iw scaring aearing ing her 1terint into convulsions for r sue suebelieved she soobelieVed shebelieved
believed in spooks His father always blsrited bla this upon the theg thegcompany gas gascompany gascompany
company and made complaints very of often ten about it it which tickled tickledOliver ticldedOliver tickledOliver
Oliver nearly n to deathHe oothHe death desth3e
He 3e walnutf fn alnud nud shells onthe on the
put cats feet and when sbecamo sbecamoclattering SOOcanMnc she canc canccli
cli clattering trying nc along the hall Elsie went into spasms He stuck t a asliver aslivdr
sliver of wood into the side of the electric push pushbutton = Dutton on the
front h t door so that it rang and rang although no one was there thereand theraanefhe thereandshe
and anefhe she said the house was haunted When she saw sawDObodyat nobody at atthe attho
the door door she threw her apron over her bead and said things th llgs in
Latin that he could not understand at all But he saw 11 that she shewasfrightened sh6Y shewas
wasfrightened Y was s frightened and that pleased him He stole mincemeat by
lilting lift g the lids of newlymade pies and ate it after which he hepubstitnted heubstimted hosubstituted
substituted potato parings and when his mother cut < the pie lie lienight the tiltsnight
night the minister was there to dinner she was so mortified d that thatthe thats1dehed
the s1dehed Slushed liha hed to see him try to eat the potato parings pari But Oliver Oliveronljypinned Oli
onljypinned onljypinnedahe nh grinnedhe grinned grinnedrhe
ahe he minister was too polite to show that he was not pleased pleasedwfeicli pleasedwith
with < MrcL Masons pies ies but he never came there to dinner again againwbklb
wfeicli lIi also pleased Oliver as a he didnt like the man He soaped soapedthfe soapej soapejt sonPedtfront
tfront thfe t fjront 4ont6tepB steps that night but somehow the minister managed to towajBf tow towaldown
w waldown wajBf down without an accident and Oliver was bitterly disap
poited pbi ted for he dearly wished to see him turn a asom4raault asom4raaultaiind somersault somersaultand somdrsaultalsd
and aiind find out what a minister m nister says under the circumstances
Elsie left after his next performance saying hat the house woe
bewitched from ton to to bottom bottomOliver bottom01iv bottomy
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1 1Oliver
Oliver 01iv r had dropped a handful of baking powder into the themolasses th thmolasses themolasses
molasses jug jug a few minutes previous to Elsies cooking cookin hour and
had been waiting to hear from it The poor girl needed some somemolasses somemolasses me memola
molasses mola to make the th children a cake so she be opened the jug on
the kitchen table When W hen she drew the cork out came a mass ma of
rich froth that boiled up furiously overflowing overflow upon the table
then upon the tb floor It flowed and flowed surging forth like a
volcano volcanoand and it seemed med never ending While she stood transfixed transfixeduwV
uwV at the si ht t V115 the i1 Jug kePt on Pouting forth like a geyser g y until
half f the kitchen then was flooded and then she ventured to taste the
maslureThat mixture mixtureThat <
That assured her that witches were at workfbh work br rhe h had hP hashnever i
never tasted such molasses molaaeswhen When
ahe went upstairs to her zoom lUOm lUOmc
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< c p J
resolved i to leave at once she had aflt a fit on n finding a Eve Jivemo mouse in inthe inthe
the sleeve of her best Sunday shh ah shirt 1t waist waistJitmed pinned pinnedthere there by Oliver Oliverin
in in te he morning Then she left
This boy exhausted U8ted ingenuity as he exhausts TOJ power of ofdescribing f fdescribing fdescribing
describing all of his tricks He got a piece of aged and decrepit
Limburger Limb Limbgrgercbcese rcbeese cheese which is the thenoi thenoisiest noisiest t and most fetching fetd ng cheese cheeseas
as regards perfume in all the world and a he placed it carefully carefullyv
v in in n his mothers workbasket covering it with spook and 00 other otherjnaterial4There otherterial4here otherneaterial4There
jnaterial4There it gave forth an aroma estimated by scientists ts at atgibout atbout8btyfive
gibout shout bout8btyfive sixtyfive horsepbwer filling i the house b use with fragrance and andjMxfttfating andpe3Iataing
jMxfttfating tr tiug closets and crannies most insinuatingly When hie hiecame hi hir h hcame
> r Hlr came home lome she simply said dead rats and began house bonesIt houseIte ho1lMIt
Ite It was a week before he removed it and he was never neverd nefelfor neverfor
d for to this day hey think it was a defunct rodent al alm alo alrhou
rhou o p his his father hi hinted ted that it was mor more like a deceased horse horMim
im m in power and a d aromatic ar tic pungency pungencyj J Jj
sr j Then just in lD time came ca the Telltale Bug Bugv
v It took up its quarters in In the playroom pl PlaYr PlaYrhr OOJI1 and soon saw that thatat thatatbld it itIntel
Intel hr ctlong long been needed in that house houseIt
1 4 > It saw him melt the thenoee nose off Paulines lines best wax doll by bi1ay bi1ayg lay
ftig g it close e to the gas stove Then it watched him shoot sbootlrls his air airrifle airrifle arr arrmifle
rifle out of the window and break seventeen panes of glass Id in the theiieighbors5 t1Ieeighoor8 theeighbors
iieighbors5 windows and two ina in ina a lamp post after which it did didits didts didis
its ts duty It promptly went to Mrs rs Mason son and told her what it itMadseen itad itadd
Madseen MadseenOf ad seen seenOf seenOf
Of course had Mrs Mason Wa on received 1eCe ftd this information from from8ny fromy
8ny y but a Telltale Bug she would never have given Yen credence to it itut it it1ut itlint
lint ut nobody nobod who is a parent ever overdouWa doubts one word uttered by one onejjoif oneOf oneof
jjoif Of these useful u and necessary insects let me assure as you ou of that thatShe tbatSbe thatlie
She lie wept a little for she lie had always imagined Oliver to be a aperfect ae aperfect
perfect e iect boy in spite of all his pranks but she believed of course coursewhat courwwhat coursewhat
what tbobug told her She went ttA > to her hf r son and told him that thatknew slla sllawrii ah ahknew >
knew ho had broken the thea windows wrii ataar tint IM hi h deliberately made mad up upa P Pa
f < a lie saying that the windows wete braHon br bgr Johnny Joh1 1 Moadert Moadertthe Meador MeadorJ4tiiebigifatra Mr Mrt
t J4tiiebigifatra tJt the Di bigtfat ff t rascal ealMheoallodhiDa ealMheoallodhiDaIsTow he called hun hunNow i iNow
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Now I do not suppose v thaluhere tha that4bezeis sti mnIng ngv that iat will stir stirup stirup ir irup
up a Telltale Bug like a IM for forlthrlputebalardeih afputartj t pu t harden upon the theinsect dIein theinsect
insect ect and makes it itseem seem that heis be iu is a fakifier faloiferititaough ificr although of ofCOUtle ofCOUtleall course Bourseall courseall
all parents know very well that such a thing is impossible impossibleThis impossibleThis impossibleThus
This particular bug was no exception to the rule and he hewas b1twas hewas
was very angry at Oliver And Olivers mother knew that John JohnMcader JOftetMeader Johnceaser
Mcader was far too fat to be going about breaking windows but butshe buthe butshe
she he said no more She now knew that her boy besides icles being beingcrosseyed be beero beingcrosseyed
crosseyed and redheaded and bowlegged sed was imperfect in other otherways otherways otherways
ways and even then I think she began to get ready for the end endalthough endalthough
although she never suspected that the Hazarack would wou d get him himFor
For a few days warned by the fact that at last be wag un unmasked uned
ed and known in his 1istrue true light lig t fay his mother at least east Oliver Oliverwe Oliverwqa
we W wqa very verlcareful careful about playing any pranks but when t to s week had hadpassed hadpUlled hadpissed
passed without any diversion he fell fellHe fellHe
He began by buying ten teats ce worth of ofSt St Thomas Thom whisky whiskywhich whiskywhich whiskywhich
which is very powerful indeed aDd soaking corn in it for twenty
four hours after which lie fed it to Mr Deatriolis chickens cT
They became awfully drunk and staggered sgered about the itree streets l until untilsome untilsome untilsome
some kind ladies led them carefully caref 1JJ home to Mr Dertrich DertrichOliver De DeatriciOliver trich
Oliver nearly laughed himself sick but LS s for the ehickena ehickenathey ehiclrenthey ehickenethey
they all refused to look at corn c9Lnf formany for rJ many a aday day which shows that thatjpouUryAave thatC thatpoultry
C jpouUryAave poultry have far more sense than aaay agy men This has as so successful suc successful sueceuful ¬
cessful a trick that the boy forgot all allPout about his mothers words worthsof wordsof worcIsof
of warning and looked about for f pr another opening for his ssis ssischief MiIohiefJ miseking
chief ohiefJ waking propensities He did sot t look l4K k far D muhe muhetIIought bet baforf a be hefought bethought
thought of omething omethingMr omethingJbMa
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Mr JbMa Mason on was very fond of a liugerocking 1ttexockingchair chair which had badbelonged hadbelonged hadbelonged
belonged to his mother who was a StHyvesant or a Van Itensae Itensaefear Benueear Reneaelear
fear or something very aristocratic like liket that and every eve night he hesat hesat hesat
sat and read the stock reports in that chair soinetimes falling fallinfcasleep faJl faJlo fallingasleep
asleep o 1eep in it too Oliver carefully sawed the rear rear legs until uatilbut but a amere Amere amere
mere splinter of wood remained remainedDd and even en put putty in the crsDek crsDekto ekto
to hide the evidence of his wicked work Then he just waited waitedlooking waitedlooking waitedlooking
looking very demure but something told him that lie Had gone gonetoo gonetoo gonetoo
too far Still he felt no real remorse for if he had he would wouldhave wouldhaTe wouldhave
have confessed before his father crate home h me Instead be went to toWilliam toWiUiam toWilliam
William Harvey and told him of what bat he bad done William W iJliam woe woedelighted WMdelighted wasdelighted
delighted and promised 8ed to be around to see how the trick worked workedbut workedbut
but alas for William illiam he was aa never seen again fainIneide vainInside againInside
Inside bf f KB PR hoar he disappeared forever for ver while be was play ¬
ing in his cellar s11 all alone Nobody knows what happened but in inthe inthe inthe
the light of later events eV8 tta it is is pretty certain in that thatth the Hwzaxadc B ask got gothim gothim gothim
him before he came aame after Oliver < forM for be woo nearly a as Bad da a boy boyalthough boyalthough boyalthough
although not nearly 1Je41qaO so so homely His cup wot found beside a barrel barrelin bu d din
in which he hard htMtplaced placed a couple of pocks of firecrackers intend intending Intending Intending ¬
ing no doubt dcfubtl10 to sot Jhem ben off and frighten ten his old runt with withiom widpom withn
n pom iom he lived No other vestige df Wiljiam am Harvey was ev ewr ewrDeen orseen r rseen
seen and for many a day cUreit mentioned his name with withbated withbated withbated
bated breath ia iuSt St Thomas nom and in fact rJlovor the country
It was almost dark when Win disappeared Oliver was waseating waseating waseating
eating his dinner when he beards heard faint cry that sounded some somewhat ro rowhat somewhat ¬
what like his friends voice but he merely thought that the boys boysaunt boTaunt boysaunt
aunt had caught him and was punishing puDilh1n1 him Oliver was takes takeshimself takenhimself
himself before he ever learned what had ha occurred but now nowhapas par parhaps perlisps
haps he knows even more than we do about it as as we can not ieli ieliwhat teliwhat ieliwhat
what the Hazarack does with the bad boys it takes away It may
keep them alive somewhere and make them tbemcontinually continually play playtricks pIa pIatricks playtricks
tricks upon one another Bno ler which I consider conli er would be a sufficient sufficientpunishment sufficientpunishment sufficientpunishment
punishment or it may simply fatten them up and then devour devourthem ddvo devourthem r rthem
them as dragons are said to devour the lovely maiJens in the thefairy thefairy thefairy
fairy stories Until we learn more about this mysterious ieHous animal animalwe
we can not say much concerning its ts habits or tastes tastesWell tastooVen tastesWell
Well Olivers plan succeeded and whea his father seated seatedhimself son tod todhimself
himself in the old rocker both b tla V rf1 M b leys bloke boeat at onco and he hewas 00was bewas
was thrown over backward b ckward with ith greatioree giWt tforee foreo ria is heals 1 narrowly narrowlymissed narrowlm narrow narrowmissed
missed m sed striking the porch railing but as it was ¼ s ho experienced e rionO lIi lIiC < ft
> C cc c
The Worst o r rSuddenly Boy o in un the e Village VillageRad VillageRadSuddenly ia e Had Hadi HadSuddenly a
Suddenly Disappeared When hen the theRedhaired theRedhaired e ee
Redhaired e acre Hazarack H azarack a zarac Got o After er Him HimdNwdfrd HimdrWfI HimL
1 1dreadful
dreadful shock and was awfully strained straiDec1 so o that he Ii saint BOB fez
Doctor Zempner and then went to bed
Did Oliver feel any pangs of sorrow at what he had done I
Not a pong PMal He euckled chuckled tickled in the dark hall while his father f said saidthat
thins that eould not not be repeated in public and yet be hefelt feltof felt a ashiver ashiYet
shiver of fear for the coming of the daylight when Ida hi injured injuredand Bradand
and z bate to parent sfaould discover the marks of the saw on hk be
loved piece lece of furniture furnitureit nndt1arewaa
it t was all u merely a slight fear but when his met mothercame mothexcame Rcame
came with such acsad sad face and led him to his bedroom he 1Ie1Mpn hehalianto began beganto
to wonder She told him that she understood alL She 6heYery proved prowdvery provedvery
very eonc1 eonclnsive conclusively siftq that she knew he had sawed the thealthough rockes logs logsalthough
although the wicked and incorrigible lad attempted to deny it
When at last he asked her how she knew she told him abort this o
Telltale Bug and his eyes bulged out with amazement 1nent for ho hod hodnever Mdnever hscinever
never heard of that splendid goldenhuod insect
Oliver gritted gri Ws teeth while his mother spoke reeolvini re 1
find that bug and smash it immediately but he little knew 1 hownearly J Jnearly 4 4DfJVly > t
nearly impossible was that task His mother left him l m after a atime atime
time and she was weeping but he did not weep one De little liWeiear tear
for he was mad clear through He went eat around searching for
bogs and found some waterbugs to be sure but nothing nothingthat nothingthatseemed < thmt thmtseemed
seemed to be as intelligent as as the one his mother bad told him himabout himabout liimabout
about aboutlittle
little did he know that t the Telltale E Bog was right beside
him all the time watching every ever movement But there it was wasskipping wasski
ski skipping PPS about briskly almost under his feet changing ngmg color all allthe
the time as it ran n along from one tint to another on the carpet carpetnow tnow t tDOW
now pink now Dowhlue blue or brown o the woodwork or floor or pale palegreen Jegreen palegreen
green on the wallpaper It knew very well what he was was search ¬ t tlug
lug for but it was not the least bit troubled He went into Aa
kitchen and got the cockroachtrap a devicethat device tthai catches eventhose even eventhose 8NJ1those
those exceedingly clever beetles and placed it by a small amaJlh9le hole inthe in inthe inthe
the wall Finally he got a bottle of insectpowder and andJihenJb andJihenJbsprinJded liberally liberallysprinkled liberallysprinkled
sprinkled the f foor oor und t and everf eT J the bed with it it filling the room rooia with withthe withthe twiththe
the pungent dust until he almost sneezed his head of But the theTelltale theTelltale
Telltale T Bug is perhaps the only insect which is never never bothered botheredor
or even disturbed mtu by insectpowder and it laughed fur the 1IMe1d 1IMe1dof Bard dosdof Bardof
of yellow duet permitted it to assume its natural goUom c cand color colorand eolorand
and that it most desired red at all times timesThere timeiThere
+ + + 4 4There
There was oae bole Ie in the carpet carpetmad made by Oliver with withhis his air sirre airr
r re ie 8e and right rightbeneath beneath it was a knothole in the floor used j 1 1ps perImps or orbaps
Imps ps by an occasional mouse mou e and this hole seemed eemedlikely pactieidaily pas paslikely
likely to be the abode of the dreaded bUg Oliver r poured ranch ranchwas JftIehiD8eCtpowder muchinsectpowder
iD8eCtpowder into it it empty Dg the bottle there infact in fact D he bewas i
was not satisfied and when he went to bed he thought t over plans plansto
to destroy e tr y the insect until ill far in the night L When at last he fell fellasleep I sasleep Iu1eep
asleep he dreamed an awful dream Itwas It was this thisHe thisHe thisHe
He seemed to be in in a great gr t hall surrounded surrounded by boys who wereall were wereall werean
all busy studying or carving carving wood or drawing and he was on onplatform aplatform a aplatform
platform doing some work that was being used as a model foe foeall foiall u uall
all of them He heard a teacher say that Oliver Mason was Aa Ultsbest Aabest tht
best t WOlkD workman and 8ndthe the most careful caref student in the hall and andjp andd jetstead jet frstead
stead of feeling fe lmg glad he was was even in In his dream cheaJn shaken with w11hnd withand r rand
and nd regret Then Thencame came another another1eac teacher teacb ermcLpte88Dtedc ermcLpte88Dtedccold er and presented hi baba V Vgold a agold
gold book as as a prize prize after making a long sgBeeh praising prajBincJ F nS Mr WtJe WtJeportment la lapertinent m de deportment ¬
portment andmaaners and nanners in school schoolThen J 1Then i ineil +
Then hia hair was cut andall the thelittlb little Mort short heirs foWdowzt foWdowzthis f6 fd downhis down downhis
his neck as you know how they do and a turned to liuru burning ng wires wiresthat wix wixthat wiresthat
that wriggled all the way down o his heels His fingernails were werecleaned werecleahincd
cleaned by a manicure mani l and he had to sit still while it itcIoae iiwslbeixg woabojttg
done seemingly held cs s by a vice after which he was placed ia iaa ingreat in ina
a great bathtub hatl tub of silver and scrubbed erubbecland and scrubbed bed uatra unfciT Iii Iiiseemed it itseemed itseemed
seemed as if his very skin was yes as coming off In a little while ai atooKi atooKispray a qptd qptdspray tsidspray
spray of waterwas watei wss turned on him that chilled his blood bloodAll bloodAU bloodAll
All this time he was praised ed and commended by a crowd of ofother ofcther ofother
other children whose very faces he hated He wished for a hand handful 1aaDClful haulful ¬
ful of stones stones to throw at them After all he was dressed drea ia white whitevelvet wbitelvet whitevelvet
velvet and he had to to walk serefl miles while all the others redo in incarriages incarriages incarriages
carriages to another vast hall where he was made to eat oatmeal oatmealand o1meeland oataseMand >
and coffee without sugar ar cream or milk milkAll milkAll milkAll
All the tbeNSt rest ate hot crullers pie pickles ice icecream cream and cin oinnomon cinnamon ¬
namon buns And the worst of it was that he was utterly utierqun uniibkto unable unableto 1
to say one word but tad to smile and seem pleased all the time timeOh timeOh
Oh Oh it was a terrible nightmare When he awoke he ahwd ahwddered shuddered wI wIered a
dered and then he 1 e thought of the Telltale Bug He sprang out ofbed of ofbed ofand
bed bedseized and went to the kitchen for a plan bad come to him Ho Hoseized X Xeized
seized a teakettle from the t e pantry shelf and filled it with steam steaming 8 8ing steaming ¬
ing hot water and ran upstairs tairs as fast as he could He Hepoured hastily hastilypoured hailypoured
poured the water into the hole in the floor without considering consideringthe a athe
the damage it might do to the ceiling below and he grinned grinnedyiThere grinnedsaying JI JIu JITherel
u saying sayingThere yiThere Therel There Thatll knock out that old Telltale Bug PB 1111 bet etapple a aAs cast castapple
apple l lhe
appleAs As he spoke the floor seemed to rock like a sea and he could couldsee ceuldsee couldsee
see that something aome somethingthought was moving beneath the boards fat 1iutthou ha hathought
thought ht that it was the dying dyi throes of the bog and sadUKbei laughed Thsnext The Thenext TIlenext
next Morning morn the boarda cracked with a noise noise like thunder thUDllercarpet Hw Hwcarpet thlhecarpet
ripped for two yards and three four boards roe
carpet open or ant ox rose roseup t tup ofup
up into the room room smashed std into toothpicks toothpicksHe
He saw something beneath but a glance allowed that itwas itwasno it itno vkss vkssno
no mereJjBg mere bug It wuaoaaething was oioething huge uge and hairy hairYlreel red as a fox and andbristling pdbria pudand
bristling bria ing with withimmense rage r and its fiery eyes glared like a lions Two Twoimmense TWaimmeuee
immense pincers formed a huge beak that pushed up up through the thefloor theoor thefloor
floor as if of steel snapping like some enormous piece pi of ofmachinery ofout ofmad
mad machinery
machineryFinally Finally Finatiaeryr lly out darted with incredible swiftness five long 10ngtentacles snakytentacles snaky snakytentacles
tentacles that were like those of the giant octopus or or euttiefish euttiefishof eo eoof eut ieffslt ieffsltof
of the Pacific but red and shining which grappled the bad boarby box boxby bojbr
by the legs and heldmm bdd feint vicelikeOliver vicelike vicelikeOliver ficelikeOliTertried
Oliver OliTertried tried to calk to his mother but his voice TOjeeW88 was gone goneand gODand tt ttand
and a feeble squeak 1eI was all that he could utter Nor could COulddM ho hostruggle hestruggle i imJe
struggle fornow for f or 00 now the awful tentacles bad hold of his arms The Thogigantic Thegigmtic i 1 1gigantic
gigantic beak of pincers atlast grabbed him by the middle and andin 1
in a twinkling he was dragged down into the hole and he van vanished vaiahed vaniehhed ¬
ished ishedSomething Something told Olivers mother in her sleep perhaps it itthe wad wadthe wallthe
the Telltale Bug that all woo waaD not well with her boy boynd and Pauline Paulinetoo
too was waked suddenly all but Mr Mason a snored on Mrs bsaaon bsaaonhastened Mason Masonhastened aeon aeonhastened
hastened to his room only to be amazed aDd frightened by b bpeat thetithing the thegreat
great cavity ca vity in the tbelloor floor There 18 was absolutely ab n nothing totefl toteflher toIher to trll trllher
her what had happened or where her son had gone and whoa at atlest atlast t tlut
lest the sorrowful bug had gently broken the sad news DeWBshe to oo hoe hoeshe hasshe
she refused to believe him himBut hi aimB tt
+ + + + V fi fiBut
B But ut on the table stood Pauhnes Paulines Pa es camera c camera which hi i Oliver had hadsaoakingly hadmeakiDgly hadly
athaeaknngand saoakingly ly stolen away beodooe it was wasli all ready to take a picture pictureand te teand
and he wished to annoy he heJlby her by using U8 D all her plates On Onthe the shutter shutterthat shutterthat a athat
that snaps and takes the picture too Telltale Bug had stood all allthe aUthe allthe
the time Oliver was Waa struggling in the grasp of the Hazaraek HacarackIn w
In his excitement the bag had jumped up and snapped theshutter the theshutter theshutter
shutter once A picture was then taken and when a few daya dayalater dayalater dayslater
later Paulino developed some some plates pia she found a photograph photographshowing photographMowing Pho t tshowing ph
showing her brother in the grip of the animal animalOnly ItnimalOnly
Only then was it certain certa what had happened to the missing missingboy miatDb missi missibor < n
boy b y As nothing more was ft ever beard of Oliver Mason there is isno is isRio
no more to tell Neither was the Telltale TeUta1eBug Bug ug ever seen againb7 again againbv againby
bv b7 Olivers 01 mother as Pauline waal was a g goodchild ild and an furnished furnishedno urnit led
no opportunity o rtunlty for lthe the Insect InsectSo m eet eetg
So g tbatc tht a all WALT W liT McDOUGALL

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