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\^v "^ U'ClCOmed \x.\v ie Children Wli§>' WUh a Broad v \\ Grin" The Fairies' Circus Frances Attends the Performance, Does Her Part and Receives Her Reward AT length Buttercup tinkled a small bluebell, which called all the fairies about her. "It is now almost »ime for the audience to arrive," she said. "A.l the fuiries must go into the club tree ("She means club house," thought Fran ces), and"—went on Buttercup—'there await her signal for appearing. Giant ess, you must not bo seen till the end. You must go and hide behind that leaf mountain" (pointing to a pile of leaves which had evidently been heaped up for burning), "and remain there till I tinkle six times. Red Rose is to introduce, you with a speech," she said, smiling gra ciously at the fairy, who had sat down to rest on a stick, "because we are in debted to her for our greatest attrac tion." Frances rose, and, walking over to the pile of leaves, sat down behind it, being able, however, to watch what went on by peeping round a little. She saw all the Toadstool Association march through the little door and disappear, all except Buttercup, who remained in the centre of the stage,which was a small, cleared, mossy space. The toadstools for the audience were placed on the bank near by, and were rapidly being fllk-d by fairies and men-fairies, or dwarfs, as Frances discovered they were called. She heard the ticket seller, Fairy Sticktight, call out, "Half price for bud's toadstools!" and was just wondering what it could mean when she saw two little fairy children come in with their mother, and, paying half price, sit down on two small toadstools. "How cun ning," she thought; "a bud is a. child, I suppose—a. baby flower!" BUTTERCUP'S SPEECH When all the audience had arrived. Buttercup rose to her feet and said: "Fairies and Dwarfs: I have the pleas ure of announcing to you all that this entertainment, which you all so kindly have attended, besides being for the laudable, praiseworthy and excellent mo tive of providing for our Gracious Sov ereign, Queen Tltania (cheers) a new blue butterfly, thereby proving the loy alty and love of her subjects—besides, I say, this honorable motive, ■ this circus will be the most thrilling, prodigious and the GREATEST!!! circus ever be fore held. You will see fairies riding upon the most terrible wild insects; fai ries jumping through spiderweb hoops; the taming or a wild squirrel; and be sides all these wonderful feats we have to offer to the fairy world the exhibi tion of a, marvelous great Giant Bud! Alive! Can eat, talk and walk! al though higher than many mountains! Her linger alone is as long as a fairy! But 1 have not time to enlarge upon the wonderful magnitude of this gigantic being!" She then bowed low to the "audience and tinkled the bluebell once. The door opened, and Daisy, a pretty little fairy with pink cheeks and yellow hair, eam-j dashir.j? out upon the back of what seemed a very frantic field mouse. Hound and round the ring she swung, keeping her balance with difficulty, for she was standing on his slippery gray back The audience applauded " vigor ously, especially when the mouse ran up a little way on the trunk of a dog wood tree and Daisy kept still on his back. Then, coming down, the mouse darted again through the little door and disappeared. Then a fairy came out, dressed in anemone leaves, dragging a tiny water turtle, which came very re luctantly, and, when she got him into the arena, promptly fell asleep. Then she announced that the Fairies' Toad stool Association would give a beautiful cloak of bumblebee skins to whatever fairy could ride the turtle around the ring. Several fairies, eager for the ex quisite garment, tried, but in vain. The fairy that succeeded beet in her at tempt actually woite him up and made him take one step, uptm which there were cheers from the others. DARING FEATS Next, two fairies planted two forked sticks firmly in the ground and laid an other stick across. After which out danced Dandelion, who walked to and fro upon it; thtn ran, and then skipped upon one foot. Then Buttercup took up from the ground a hoop made of a large cobweb and rang the bluebell again, and Fairy Violet came riding up upon a great moth. As she reached the cobweb hoop she jumped up and through it,land ing on the other tide upon the moth's back again. Round and round the circle she flew, each time jumping through a new hoop held by Buttercup, and was enthusiastically applauded by the audi ence. Then another fairy performed wonder ful feats Hying, flying backwards even, which Frances, Judging by the admiru tlon it called forth from the other fairies, decided must be extremely difficult. Then came "grass-walking," which Frances •aw was only rope-wttlking on a grasa. One of the most interesting things wu Our Bqyc/ 1 c GirLy^ % ■r ~-~— ■ Conducted lay Polly Evans -—- .-—55 I f ** - - - - • • 77ltLrch 2>jysig>s JtneexeiS *shajrp one?'chz//,>S/ieiAe>s t/i& dancing c/a&bc&/. PART 11. the taming of the wild squirrel l>y !'• .isblossom. The way In which the tremendous animal tried to throw her, even to trying to knock ber off his back with his plume-like tail, and the gallant manner in which I'easblossom stuck to her lively steed, brought excited ap plause from the fairies. Then, after Peasblo.ssom had disap peared* Buttercup rose, coughed im portantly and rang her bell six times. Frances remembered that this was tha signal for h«-r appearance. She rose, feeling rather excited, and walked into the arena. THE GIANTESS APPEARS She was received by a storm of ap plause. Red Rose Jumped upon a toad stool and began her speech. "Fairies and Dwarfs: I introduce to your atten tion the greatest wonder ever beheld in Fairyland since that giant called Shak Speare visited us, hundreds of years ago, in order, as he said, to write a play about us; "Midsummer Night's Dream.' 1 think he called It. He was, incredible as it seems, much taller than this Giant ess, and, observing the wonderful mag nitude of the specimen before you. y.n will be able to realize how great Shak Spearo must have been! I'erhaps some of you may be Interested to know about my visit to Giantland in order to pro cure her. "I can assure you that when I «jot Into that country which the Giantess sailed 'The library,' I was astonished at the tize of everything. "I landed on the mountain called 'On tretable,' and the first thing I per ceived was an enormous pillar of glass rising a hundred feet in the air, and out of the top (for I Hew up to examine it) came large, red roses. Finding ray flower there seemed to me to be goo<l luck, for, no sooner had 1 perched upon one of them, than I saw the surrounding country, and—the Giantess: We began talking, and she kindly consented to appear before the fairy public. "Only once was 1 startled by the open ing of the side of a mountain called 'The door." 1 dived in a blue cave near by; in fact, it was Just undor the pillar of glass (for, luckily, I had descended to the ground) and I was not discovered, although the mother Giantess did ac tually enter, for I could hear the thun der of her voice re-echo from the moun tains all around. But I escaped safely and brought the Giantess with me. Her name is Frances. Speak to her, if you like!" THE THREE WISHES Francos had been very much amused by the account of-- the sight of her own library given by this tiny creature, but she had managed not to be so rude as to laugh at a matter which was evi dently of so much importance to the fairies. Several of them now asked her questions, such as what did giant* pat, etc., to all of which she replied, till one of the fairies said: "The Giantess' roar ing makes my head ache," which rather hurt Frances' feelings. Some of the bolder fairies came into the arena and were permitted to touch her hands and dress and to feel her ""thick, coarse hMr"! Prances was not n vain little girl, but all the same she did not like very well to have her hair called "thick" and "coarse," and her feet "Oh, how big!" However, she was sensible enough not to Bay anything. Then Red Rose brought out some honey and dew for Frances on a little flower petal plate, and she amused all the fairies by swallowing plate and all. Then, after a few more speeches the show was at an end, and Francis was allowed to go and sit down and thin* over what she should wisn for. At length she decided: first, a box filled with delicious candy which would last forever; second, an exciting 1 book that would never be ended, and. third, a little doll dressed like a fairy, to remind her of her visit. Red Rose, when Frances told her these wishes, waved her wand thrice, anci tumbling into Frances' arms came a doll dressed just like Rod Rose herself, vings and all; then a beautiful i>ook with colored pictures, which (Red Rose told her) would tell her a new chapter of an unending story every time she looked at it, and, last of all. the box of candy.* Then Red Rose formally thanked Frances for her kindness in . ssisting them, and told her they would be able now to buy the butterfly; tlirn took her back through the woods to her own door, where the little fairy kissed her good-bye am! disappeared. Francis hastened in and told her mother all about her adventure. ""Well:" said her mother, when the .story was all told, "you certain had a beautiful time! I wonder if you will ever Me the faisics again!" (The bnd.) /t^ff on a lbtt#m&t\sy F^^/K —1 ING - DONG, ding - dor.g!" ■MHpHH sounded the great church N>—•iflfl "Hello! I say, Daisy, It i« - /lur half-past 6," said Rob. \£?;r\HH3 "Only half an hour t-> bed <SbSF^^ timP- What shall we do?" JTgSiafyC "Can't do much in half *^-JV7r"^> an hour," replied Datsy. T _, "Oh. can't you? I am not so sure about that." The voice was old and cracked, and sounded so close behind them, that the children Jumped. Then they heard a iiort of cackle, which was evidently intended for a laugh, and. looking around, whom ehculd they sea but a witch. She was a litU.; old lady in a tall. steeple-crowned hat; she wore hlgh hcelcd. buckle shoes, a cloak like Linle Red Riding Hood's, and in her hand she carried a nigic wand. "To any one who knows tho value of time, half an hour is a very gr'rat deal." she said. "You just como with me. my little dears, and I'll nhow you somnh!r.< surprising in half an hour. I am tho Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe, bat you will not be whipped before going to bed, for I am sure you do have bread in your broth. Now 1 will crder the car riage." A BROOMSTICK COACH She waved her hand and muttered something, and then a broom appeared with a handle about seven feet long; a remarkable broom, as you will soon sea. "Now, children; take your seats on the coach, and hold fast when I've said 'One. two. three!' "High, diddle diddle, • The girl in the middle. The crab jumped over the bear; The dicky birds laughed To see such fine sport. And the snail ran away with the hare. Then follow me. One. two three!" Dp rose the broomstick, with its three passengers, into the air. At first. Rob and Daisy felt Just a little shivery shaky, with their feet off the linn ground, and nothing to hold on to but the broomhandle. But they soon began to get used to their new surroundings. The birds fiew round them In astonish ment, and one bird In particular chirp c-d out: "Oh. how clever! Did you ever See lly so quick Three on a stick?" To which the other birds replied: "Did we ever? Never, never!" While the moon smiled all over her face. Now, the wonderful broomsti< k trav eled so faat that almost before you could have said "Jack Robinson!" the travelers were up among the stars; and. Just to make the children feel a little more at home, the old lady took them first to the heavenly twins. "Castor and Pollux." she said, "here are Rob and Daisy come to see you " Having thus introduced them. "I shall leave you now to enjoy yourselves." she said, "so good-bye for the present " And. breaking off a couple of feet of broomstick, she sailed away. "Say, do you like chocolate creams?" asked Castor and Pollux. "Yes, Indeed!" replied Rob and Daisy eagerly. The twins gave some to each to their surprise. "And, now, what shall we play at?" said their new friends. So they played at "Hunt the Slipper" and other games, until th.» broorn nandle suddenly started off and began to travel through the air again. "Good-bye, good-bye!" cried the chll- "He Welcomed the Children With a Broad Grin" THE POPULAR GAME OF SAPT.—A MEMORY TEST A POPULAR game which taxes one's memory is that one known a3 General Sapt. Whoever plays this game successfully deserves ■ prize. Sup pose yuu plan to play it at your next party. Act as leader yourself. Tell all th« other players to watch you carefully, as they will be expected to do as you iiavo <\onr. You raise your glass (of water), holding it betwe-n your thumb and fore finger, and say, '"Here's to the health of I, niiif^"" I*'! if 1,, .., ,-nnT**^^^T^rc >rwl"iii Ulow. blow, blow. And oh. ho. ho ho! Listen to thi trees. As thoy fiiiip and anecze. When the win] In play Twists tfnin every way. - Then 'tis blow. blow. blow. < What Is it that we hear but imu spo? That pushes v and pulls us. tears t. a THE ST. PAUL GLOBE. SUNDAY. MARCH r, 1903 BY A. E. BOWSER dren. And they were soon out of sight. Then a low growi attracted their at tention, and their "coa<*h" came to a Btop before a Great Bear. He was a comical old fellow, and looked uncom monly friendly. He put up his eyeglass and welcomed the children with a broad grin. Over his furry coat he wore a thick jacket, fastened with big buttons, to keep out the cold, and in his mouth was a long clay pipe. "How d'yu do, how d'yu do. Rob and Daisy?" he ?aid. waving a paw. "Do you know my name?" "No, sir." replied Rob. "Well. then, you must remember that I'm Major Ursa, or Ursa Major. It's all the same. But you can call me 'the Major.' if you like " "Don't you find it lonesome up here?" asked Daisy, timidly. "Oh. no; I've always plenty to do. and then the little 'un-tny son. Ursa Minor, you know—isn't far oft. I'll call him." The great bear gave a great growl. "Listen!" said the Major. And. sure enough, they heard a distant growl and saw. In the distance, Ursa Minor wav ing his handkerchief. "We are very happy, he and I," said the great bear, "but there is one thing " we should like to do and can't. I won der If you could help us?" "What i.-i that. Major?" asked Rob. "To climb the Pole," answered the Major. "I am always pointing to it. but can never climb it. Could you fix things up with the Astronomer General?" Rob promised to do Ills best, for he sympathized with these bears apart from a pole. "Don't you want an introduction to Mr. Taurus?" asked the Major. "Who is hef "An old friend and near neighbor, and one of the Twelve (of the Zodiac); listen and you will hear him bellowing." The children listened, but heard ho many sounds that they could not distinguish Air. Taurus' voice. "No wonder." said the Major. "When my son Is growing; old Slrlus, the Dog Star, is yelping: Leo. the Lion, is roar ing; Capricornus, the giddy goat, la bleating, and my friend. Taurus, is bel lowing, all at the same time." "Daisy and Rob Found Them selves Spraziling on the Grass" Presently, however, they caught the sound of Mr. Taurus' voice, arid, follow ing it, th*y heard him say: "Who'll toll the bell? 'I,' said the bull. 'Because I can pull, I'll toll the bell.' ■ The children handed him the card, and Daisy said: "Were you really at Cock Robin's funeral?" "I was," sobbed the Bull. "Don't you know 1 tolled the bell? Go and see Mr. Cancer, the Crab; he, too, is one of tho Twelve. I am very bad company Vx* any one. I'll toll the bell." Rob and Daisy hurried off to the Crab. Geueral Sapt." Take a sip and set the gl-133 upon the table with quite a re souni.ing tap on the wood; stroke one side or your upper lip with the forefinger of ycur right hand; then the other side with the forefinger of the left hand; tap on the table with each forefinger (first the right one, then the left one); stamp on the Boor with each fcot (right one first-; bow one. rise, then sit down again. Kvt ryhjOdy must then try to imitate the movements you have made. The leaves off the trees, rolls the clouds across the sky. and yet we can never cutch nor touch? It is the WIND. "The wind bloweth where it listeth. and thtni bearcat the sound thereof, but canst not tell WBCJica it coineth and whither it eoeth." The wind Is a great musician, and makes music soft and low. loud and "How do you do?" said Rob. "Do?" said the Crab. "1 am always at work, minding a lot of stars, and. be sides. I have a line to look after." "Liner" cried Rob and Daisy. "A railroad line, or fish line, or what?" "Silly!' snorted the Crab. "No a tropic line. Have you never heard of the Tropic of Cancer? I have to keep it In, order. just as Capricornus— that ridiculous old goat—has to look after his line, the Tropic of Capricorn. But look here; don't you want to learn some business. Rob? You might as well begin learning here. There Is Professor Sag ittarius, the archer, who will teach you shooting. We have a big school of shooting stars. Then, there is old Pro fessor Aquarius— the Water Bearer he la called, because he is at the head of all , the water companies. He will teach you how to turn on and eff the thunder storms; or silly Miss Virgo, the Virgin: get her to teach you the use of. the scales— Libra they are called. The fishes have been her best pupils so far— they are the most scaly creatures going. All the people I have mentioned are members of tho Twelve. Oh. are you going? Good-bye!" and he retired into his shell, RIDE ON MR. ARIES BACK Off sailed the broomstick, and by and by the children heard a kind of bleat: "If exercise for children lack. Jump upon the old Ram's back; All the way. Naught to pay. Jump up. I suy!" These words were spoken by Mr.Arles. the ram. and Rob and Daisy thought tho invitation so kind that, climbing on the ram's back, they had a most en joyable canter among the stars. Then they returned to their coach, and Rob asked lor the time. Tho Ram looked at his watch. "It la exactly five minutes to 7." said he. "Will you \lsit Venus next, or Saturn, or Mer cury, or Jupiter, or—" "Oh, stop, please. Mr. Aries!" b^grge-i Rob and Daisy, "7 o'clock is our bed time, and we must not stop another minute." So they said good-bye and hurried off. Unfortunately, In their haste, they entered the Milky Way and ran full tilt against the milkman s boy, upsetting ' his cans and spilling the milk ana cream. The milk-boy set up a dismal howl and cried: "800-hoo! 800-hoo! What ehall i do? Oh. the wasted milky whey! Alas! what will my ma-ter say? Children, you know. Should look where they go!" Rob and Daisy were as sorry as they could be. and offered the po-. lad tho few chocolate cream 9 they had left. Tne youth dried his eyes, and soon h« was as jolly as the sandboy, and sang: "Do not cry till you're out of the wood; Chocolate creams aro uncommonly good." And now a .emarkable thing hap pened. The broomstick, without warn ing, suddenly disappeared, and in a twinkling Rob and Daisy found thems elves sprawling on the grass! "Listen!" said Rob. One. two. three, four, five, six, seven I It was the great church clock strik- In;. Then a cracked voice said: "Can't you do much in half an hour?" But when they looked for her the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe had van ished. least error puts a r'aycr out of th« game. Next, go through your original per formance again, but do every item of it TWICE. After that. THICE. then FOUR TIIfSB. FIVE TIMES and until only MM player la left to capture the prize. The game grows vtry exciting to ward the end when narrowed down to two or three lynx-eyed players watching each other for the least error. high. The TREES are its instruments, and brandies and leaves are the strings and keys upon which it plays. These are thoughts from "The Songs of the Trees." which Polly Evans serves you boys and girls to read to-day. Aren't they beautiful? Think of them next summer when you arc in the woods and hear the gentle btcese make soft music la the trees. f in Astonish- 11* ffirf'/V/«iff'njWjMlwtv/rl j iJ ill 11 i ' "The Birds Flew Around Them in A st oni s h ment" TRICKS WITH MATCHES THREE pretty tricks with matches are here described. Kor the first you will need a small match box. Iw » "satet>"'" matches come In. Slip the box partly open, and place upright on each side of It a match, sticking them in between the box and the Bides of the cover. Now place a match horizontally be tween the tops of the two upright "ones. so that it will push the tops a little be yond the width of the box, lit which It will hold Its position. Then say to the spectators that you are going to light the horizontal match in the middle, and you wish them to guess which of the two upright ones will first take tire. Most of them will say that it will be the one whose head touches the head of the horizontal one, but their guesses will be wrong. Light the match in the middle and see. It will burn through, and the two that were holding it will ad liko springs, making the pieces fly off and putting them out. For the second trick, you will need eighteen matched. Arrange them s.> that you will have three single match es, three groups of two and three groups of three. Now arrang.' the groups la three lines, of three parts each, SO that by adding, vertically, horizontally or diagonally the sum will always be six. The picture shows the way the matches should be arranged. " The third trick is really a sort of game. You will need three times as many matches as there are player.-'. Each person receives three matches, which he keeps in hi 3 left hand, so that no one can see them. The party being seated around a ta ble, each plajrat puts as many of his three matches as he wishes, either ooe. iSlPuzzles and Problems W What Weil-Known Pugilist? "'in.- <nant. • Covering for bead. • • • An adhesive cotiipo • • • • • sitlon. ....... To separate • •••••••• To separate from ••••••••• others. • ......... Not to b» expresse<L • •••••• Th<i!--<' wlu appease. • • • • • Silence. , •-«.• Hatr-! • Did meet. Consonant. From top to bottom (In centre) spclla the name of a well-known pugilist. (No name.) Answers to Last JVeek's Puzzles and Problems What Animal? Rhinoceros. What Cityin~New York? Blngbamton. What Five Articles of Girls' Dress? 1. Flounce. Z. Yoke. 3. Sleeves. i. Lace. 5. Belt. _ Beheadings. Wheel, heel. eel. Anagram. Fairy Land. _____ Beheadings. 1. Shark— 2. Eva—Va. 3. Wheat beat." 4. Peach—each. 5. Star—tar. -- Howard's Angora Cat. We have a beautiful Angora cat. Ho Is very kind and unselfish. He willine- ' ly shares his dinner with a dog. Ho will jump up on the table where our bird is and lie down and go- to sleep right beside the cage, and doesn't oiler to hurt the bird. - HOWARD PROPER, • Cat Pities Dog. • Our dog was blinded by a carter's ' lash, and when I would bathe the dog's Inflamed eyes,« Tom. the cat, would look on with pfty. Every night tho cat would find the dog and bring It to its supper, - and then ■ they would separate (or the night. MAY BAKEH. two or three, or nono at all. Into his right hand, and places that hand on the table. Then each player, In turn, guesses the sum of the matches hold in all the right hands. When each has made his g-uess. no . two being allowed ti> say the same num l)t-r. all the hands are opened and the matches counted. The one who guessed correctly Is "out." and the game con- | \ £*==». tinues until ali but wTvvV-v one have guessed v«A\^ i > the right number. Kij-7 If no one guesses ■ Sjqy correctly the first I I'Mi time, they all play fl _tj^fr a<P again. V xl^ id "^W r» 0 0 0 tf r 111 lull I in-i«LJ If three persons are playing, of course no gut-sa above nine should be made, as that is the sum of the matches played with; if four play, twelve ia the highest number to be guessed, and so on. The game is very amusing in a lurge party, and the player who In left at the end should be made to pay a forfeit. LOTTA V. PICKAKD. President Diamond. -;•-■ Consonant. • • • Suitable. • • • • • Girl's name. • •••••• gpot on *kin. • * * • • To use cigar or pipe. • • • Kick. -.•■•■ Consonant. From top to bottom (In centre) spells the name of a President. _____ (No name.) Riddlemeree. My flrst Is In new, but not in old; My second is in Richard, who ivas so bold. M>' third is In Sphinx, so grand to see; My fourth Is In one. but not in three. My fifth Is In children, but not in page; My sixth is in temple, and also in r;i«-. My s.venth is in stoats, but not in' their IUM. My eighth la in Nelson, who well won his spur". My whole Is a great man, well known bj you. :„•:_ Who fled at the battle of Waterloo. What Animal? Can you fill out th<; broken outline with a pencil ar.u.tetl Polly Evans what animal this Is? —-\ >£- > ■ - • ••' o*o Double Acrostics. 1. Crosswords (four letters each); to pterea with a sharp weapon; v perennial i>:ant with roots, trunk and branches; to utter a loud noise; to atilrm; cautious; my prlmals and finals taken In order sp«ll a delicious umall fruit. 2. Cro.<iswor«!« (f>ar letters each); frigid; (ray wtth age: land surrounded by water; a sort of fln« llnon; my primals and finals taken together spell littla boys and (Iris.