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Title: The Nursery, June 1881, Vol. XXIX

Author: Various

Release date: September 14, 2012 [eBook #40757]

Language: English

Credits: Produced by Emmy, Juliet Sutherland and the Online
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transcribed by June Troyer.



A Monthly Magazine

For Youngest Readers.


No. 36 Bromfield Street.






The Careless Nurse161
Master Baby165
Two Small Boys166
A Saucy Visitor168
How Georgie Fed his Fawn171
A Picnic in a Strange Garden178
Two Small Girls182
The Careful Nurse183
Ralph's Great-Grandmother and her History185


Feeding the Fowls163
A Polite Dandelion164
Kitty didn't mean to167
The Rose173
Margie's Trial180
Why the Chick came out184

Girl reading surrounded by scrolls and vines and flowers



Little girl with doll in carriage and boy in sailor suit walking beside her VOL. XXIX.—NO. 6.



HE rights of man do not give me much concern; neither do I trouble myself much about the rights of woman. My mission is to look after the rights of children. I never forget this wherever I may be.


Some people may think that the rights of children are safe enough in the care of the fathers and mothers.

Are they indeed! How many children are sent out, day after day, in charge of nurses? Who protects the children against careless and cruel nurses? Anxious mother, answer me that.

Many cases of gross neglect have come under my eye. I will mention one case that took place last summer at the seaside.

I was out in my yacht at the time. Scanning the shore with my spy-glass, this is what I saw:—

A good-looking young woman was pushing a baby-carriage before her. In the carriage was a little child. The young woman seemed to be singing, and all went well until a young man came up and walked by her side.

From his dress I should say that he was a sailor. Perhaps he had just landed from a man-of-war. His trousers had the man-of-war cut.

The young man and the young woman talked and laughed together as they went along. They seemed to be very good friends. But what became of the infant in the carriage?

Poor child! She fell off the seat. Her head hung over the side of the carriage, just in front of the wheel, and there she lay shrieking for help.

I could not hear her shrieks, for I was a mile away; but the sight was enough for me. I seized my trumpet. "Shipmate, ahoy!" I shouted to the sailor-chap.

No answer. It was plain that the sailor-chap did not care in the slightest degree for that poor suffering child. Nobody offered to help her.

"Steer for the shore!" I said to my helmsman. "Bear down to the rescue!" We landed as soon as we could, but not without some delay, and when we reached the place[163] it was too late. Nurse, carriage, sailor-chap, and all were gone.

What was the fate of that poor infant is a mystery to me to this day. But I tell the story as a warning to all mothers against trusting their children to a careless nurse.



Girl feeding chickens and a peacock


Pecking away, and looking so knowing,
Feathers and tails in the breezes blowing,
"Cluck, cluck, cluck!" come the hens to be fed,
And Edith is scattering crumbs of bread.

The peacock comes also, strutting so grandly,
His long tail behind him trailing so blandly,
Doesn't he look as proud as a king,
With his crown, and his tail, and his brilliant wing!
S. T. U.



dandelion dandelion dandelion


By George Cooper.

"Oh, what shall I do, Dandelion?
My white satin gown will be spoiled:
The rain has begun;
I've nowhere to run;
And my bonnet and all will be soiled."

"Don't be in a flutter, Miss Miller,
And where are you going so fast?
My sunshade of gold
Above you I'll hold
Till this very hard shower has passed."



Toddler feeding himself at the table



ASTER BABY has been playing in the park all the morning. He has been chasing a butterfly. He did not catch the butterfly. But he has come home with two rosy cheeks and a good appetite.

Now he must have his dinner. Tie his bib around his neck. Seat him at the table. Give him some soup. Now cut him up some meat and potato, and let him feed himself.

He is a little awkward; but a hungry boy will soon learn how to handle a fork. Let him alone for that. It will not take long to teach him how to use a knife too.

Boys need a good deal of food to make them strong and hearty. Give them plenty of fresh air. Let the sun shine on them. Then they will be sure to eat with a relish.

J. K. L.




Sam 'fishing' out of a large bowl on the floor

This is our Sam. He is the boy who goes to sea in a bowl. He throws out a line, and catches a fish. What does the fish look like? Where would Sam be if the bowl should tip over? Would he get wet?

Billy standing holding a small whip

This is Billy with his whip. He thinks he would like to drive a coach. But where will he get his team? He will find it, I dare say, without going out of the room.

An arm-chair will do for a coach, and a pair of boots will make a fine span of horses.

M. N. O.



Girl comforting a cat


Joanna scolds my kitty every day:
I'm filled with grief.
Just now to Mary Ann I heard her say,
"That cat's a thief!"
Poor kit! you did not wish for milk to-day,
But wanted meat.
You took a little bit from off the tray,
[168]And, with your feet,
A glass of water, standing in the way,
You tumbled down;
And just for this you had to bear, all day,
Joanna's frown.
I think that Miss Joanna must be seen to;
For, kitty, I am sure you didn't mean to.




NCE upon a time a mother-sparrow and her three children lived in a great big maple-tree, which stood before a great big house, which had a broad piazza in front of it. The mother-bird often used to talk to her children about the people who lived in the house, and their pets.

"See, Polly Dolly Adeline," she said to her oldest child one day, "see those lazy yellow canaries down there on the piazza. They have every thing they want. See how they are coddled while we are left to shift for ourselves."

"Boo-hoo!" said Polly Dolly. "I don't think it is a bit fair."

"I don't either," said the youngest of all. He was a pert little fellow. His name was Flop. He was so called, because, when he first began to fly, he would flop over on one side.

But he could fly well enough now, and so he said boldly, "I mean to go down to one of those cages, and eat some of that nice seed myself. I'll let young Canary know that I am as good as he."


At these words Mrs. Sparrow was so frightened that she fell off the branch; but she soon flew back, and said, "Flop, you naughty boy, don't you go! you may get killed."

"Cats, you know, Flop!" said Polly Dolly Adeline. "Cats with green eyes!"

"Pooh!" said Flop. "Who cares? I'm not afraid."

Sparrow feeding from base of canary's cage

Flop flew gaily down to the piazza railing. Here he stopped, and looked around; while his mother and sisters watched him in fear and trembling. Nobody was on the piazza: so Flop flew straight to one of the cages.

"How do you do, my young friend?" he said, saucily[170] helping himself to the seed that had been scattered. "I've come to take dinner with you."

Mr. Canary did not like this at all. "You've not been invited," he squeaked out, ruffling up his feathers, and flying at Flop with all his might. But the bars were between them; and Flop went on eating his dinner as calmly as possible.

Then the canary became so angry that he danced back and forth on his perch, and screamed. Flop made another very polite bow. "Oh, how good that hemp-seed tastes!" said he. "The rape-seed, too, is very nice,—nice as the fattest canker-worm I ever ate."

So he went on eating, looking up now and then to wink at his angry host. When he had eaten all he could find, he made his best bow and said saucily, "Thank you, sir, thank you. Don't urge me to stay longer now. I'll come again some other day," and he flew back to his anxious mother and sisters.

B. W.
Flop the sparrow



Decorative vines


EORGIE stood at the kitchen-door with a piece of bread in his hand to feed his pet fawn. There was the fawn chained to a post in the grass-plat. Between them was a long gravel walk. How was Georgie to get the bread to the fawn?

Easily enough, one would think,—by carrying it straight to the fawn. But Georgie didn't find this such an easy thing to do. He met with difficulties.

Mother and Georgie feeding fawn Mother and Georgie feeding fawn Mother and Georgie feeding fawn Mother and Georgie feeding fawn

In the first place there was Rover, the big brown pup. Georgie had not taken three steps, when Rover spied the bread, and, thinking it was for him, began jumping after it. Georgie thought he would have to run back to the house; but, seeing a stick on the ground, he picked it up, and shook it at Rover. Rover was afraid of the stick, and ran meekly away.

Nothing else happened to trouble Georgie until he had gone halfway up the walk. Then he met another difficulty. Two big turkey-gobblers, looking very red about the head, and with feathers all ruffled up, rushed towards him for the bread, crying, "Gobble, gobble!" in a frightful manner.

Georgie hesitated. Dare he go past them? "Gobble, gobble!" screeched the turkeys. Down went the bread on the ground, and back to the house, as fast as his legs could carry him, ran Georgie.

His mother saw two big tears in the little fellow's eyes and felt sorry for him. She cut another piece of bread, turned his apron up over it so the turkeys could not see it, and told him to run bravely past them. He hoped they were still eating the other piece, and would not notice him;[172] but they had swallowed every crumb and ran toward him for more.

He screwed up his courage, and tried to run by them. Alas! he stumbled and fell. Away rolled the bread, and, before he could get it again, the gobblers had it and were quarrelling noisily, each trying to pull it away from the other one.

This second loss was more than little Georgie could bear. He went crying into the house. Then his sister Jennie said she would go with him, and keep off the turkeys. She took some bread in one hand, and held Georgie's hand with the other, and this time the turkeys were passed safely.

Georgie fed the pretty fawn, who took the bread from his hand, and capered about with delight, for he likes to have Georgie pet him, and pines for his company. Georgie is going to ask the gardener to buy two chains and fasten the two old gobblers in some other part of the yard. Then he can visit the fawn often.




Bird in a cage with an open door. Cage is surrounded by branges and flowers


The sweetest and the brightest days

Of all the happy year!

The green leaves dance, the gay birds sing,

The merry June is here!

We will of roses weave her crown,

The fairest that unclose;

Each one of different form and hue,

Yet each a perfect rose.

rose rose rose


(With a red rose.)

And this one will outshine them all;

Amid the garden's rare

And splendid flowers, it raised its head,

[174]The brightest blossom there.

All decked with dew like gems, its robe

Of royal crimson glows—

The matchless queen of summer-time,

The beautiful red rose!


(With a white rose.)

But this to me is lovelier far,

So pure and sweet it seems;

Among the green leaves on the bough

Like fallen snow it gleams.

Its breath gives perfume to the wind,

As over it it blows;

'Tis stainless as an angel's wings,

The fragrant, fair white rose.


rose rose


(With a yellow rose.)

And this, to greet the early morn,

In yellow mantle shone,

Bright as is China's emperor

Upon his dazzling throne.

It opens wide its golden leaves,

Its gleaming heart it shows,—

A sunshine-loving, cheery thing,

The winsome yellow rose!


(With a brier rose.)

Among the brambles and the brake

Beside the dusty way;

This dainty little blossom sheds

Its sweetness all the day.

It makes the rough hill pastures fair;

Amid the rocks it grows;

It clambers o'er the gray stone wall,—

The simple brier rose!



(With a blush rose.)

This blushes like a morning cloud.


(With a moss rose.)

And this is veiled in moss.


(With a cluster of climbing roses.)

This, with the honeysuckle-vines,

My lattice twines across.


(To whom all the roses are given.)

And which one is the fairest flower

I'm sure cannot be told:

We'll twine them all in one long wreath,

The white and red and gold.

roses decoration



Mother holidng baby on shoulder with a basket under her arm DRAWING-LESSON.





F I should ask you children to tell me what a garden is, I think you would all say, "A place where trees, flowers, and grass grow." That would be a good answer.

But the garden where this picnic took place is of a very different kind. Instead of bright leaves and flowers, there are hundreds of rocks of many sizes and shapes. Its name is the "Garden of the Gods," and it lies at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, in Colorado.

The color of most of the rocks is red; but some are silvery gray, and some nearly white. Seen together they make a fine contrast. Many have strange shapes, and look like nuns and priests, animals, birds, and fishes turned into stone.

On one high rock may be seen the image of a man and a bear; on another, the outline of a lion's head, and part of its body, so perfect in shape, that it seems as though some one must have drawn it.

Some of the rocks are very high. One reaches up three hundred and thirty feet. Near the top of it is a hole, which looks from the ground to be about the size of a dinner-plate, but is really large enough for a horse and buggy to pass through.

A few trees manage to live high up on the rocks, and the prickly cactus grows in the soil around them.

To this garden went, one bright summer day, a wagon-load of people—six happy little girls and boys, with their mothers and fathers—on a picnic.

The children were dressed in big shade hats, and clothes that they might tear and tumble all they wished. Such fun as they had! The older ones climbed the smaller rocks, and made speeches to the little ones on the ground below. Then[179] they all played "hide-and-seek," and never were there such grand hiding-places.

At noon they had lunch. Their table was a large flat rock. Mountain air and play give good appetites. How they did enjoy eating the nice things, chatting and laughing all the while!

group of people having a picnic on a rock

After lunch away they ran in search of "specimens," by which they meant pretty stones. They chipped pieces off the rocks with hammers, playing they were miners finding gold and silver. They filled their baskets, and pretended to have made great fortunes.

They kept up the sport until five o'clock, when their mammas said it was time to start for home, and counted[180] the children to see if all were there. Only five could be found. There should have been six. Who was missing?

It was four-year-old Willie. "Willie, Willie!" shouted every one, and from the great red rock came a faint reply. Then began "hide-and-seek" in earnest, and soon they spied the little fellow sitting on the side of the rock full five yards up.

"Why, Willie!" called his mamma. "What are you doing up there?"

"Going to climb through the little hole, mamma; but I'm tired."

His uncle climbed after him, and soon brought him down.

Six tired little children went early to bed that night, and dreamed of stony men and women, lions and bears.




My beautiful Evelina,
Come listen to me, my dear;
I want to tell you a secret
That nobody else must hear:
We're going away to the country,—
Mamma and baby and I,
And grandmamma doesn't like dollies,
Now please, my darling, don't cry.

Oh, don't you remember last winter
She called you an image, my pet!
Just think, like those ugly old idols:
[181]I'm sure I shall never forget.
She's the loveliest grandma, my precious;
But some things are not to be borne:
I'm sure that my heart would be broken
If she should treat you with scorn.
Little girl holding up doll and talking to her
I'll put on your very best bonnet,
Your pretty pink shoes on your feet;
And you shall sit up by the window,
And look at the folks in the street.
Oh, dear! but I never can leave you
A whole summer long on the shelf;
If you are an "image," my baby,
I'll just be a heathen myself.




Ann standing and reading

Ann is not yet five years old. But she knows how to read, and is very fond of her book. She does not care to sit down, but reads her book as she walks. This is not a good plan. It hurts the eyes.

Grace sitting and reading

Grace, who is nine years old, often has a book in her hand. But she does not read and walk at the same time. She sits down on the floor. It would be quite as well for her to take a chair and sit up straight.

P. Q. R.



Girl with doll and dog in carriage



HIS is little Grace taking Dolly out for an airing. It is a bright June day. The birds are singing. The flowers are in bloom. It is so warm that Grace goes without a hat.

Dolly is snugly seated in her carriage; and Snip the dog, who barks, but never bites, has a place in it too.[184] He is one of the breed known as the toy dog. He does not bark unless you squeeze him. He is never cross.

Grace rolls them down the broad path through the garden. She gives Dolly a nice ride, and then takes her home, and puts her to sleep in her little bed. She never lets Dolly miss her nap. Grace is a careful nurse.




Benny Bright-Eyes, climbing over
Heaps of crisp and fragrant clover,
Spies the dearest, cutest thing,
Hiding under Biddy's wing.

What sees Benny next? A wonder!
Rudely pushed quite out from under
Biddy's breast, an egg comes sliding,
In its shell a chicken hiding.

"Ah!" says Benny as he gazes,
And his merry blue eyes raises,
"I know why his house he's spoiled:
He's afraid of being boiled."



Little girl and her grandmother going visiting



ISS EASTMAN, the pretty drawing-teacher at the academy, boards in our family. Some time ago she chanced to take up an old, faded daguerrotype-likeness of my grandmother. She proposed copying it; and a lovely picture in crayon, of Ralph's great-grandmother, is the result.

My grandmother was ninety years old when the likeness was taken; yet she appears in it erect and vigorous, sitting in her high-backed chair, with her knitting-work in her hand. She wears a snug cap, and a plain Quaker kerchief folded smoothly over her black silk dress.

Naturally we have talked much about her; and my boys, Ralph and Fred, who have a happy faculty for drawing me out, have well-nigh exhausted all my memories of their great-grandmother.[186]

"Can't you think of something else about her?" Fred pleaded, a few nights ago when, tired of his books and games, he had seated himself comfortably before the fire.

"Yes," I replied, "I have been thinking of another story as I sit here knitting. It is about going to Southampton on a canal-boat."

"Oh, that's splendid, I know!" said both boys in a breath. "Hurry up, and count your stitches quick, mamma."

I paused a moment to knit to the seam-needle, and then began:—

"My father and mother lived in Westfield, on the banks of the New-Haven and Northampton Canal. My grandmother lived in Southampton, the town next north of ours. She, too, lived near the canal. We children used to think that the trip we often took from our house to hers was like a journey through fairy-land.

"The first time I ever went out from under my mother's wing was with my grandmother, who took me from home with her one bright June day. I was a little sober on parting with my mother; but the negro cook, on board the boat a fat, jolly-looking woman, took me under her special care.

"I went down in her cabin, and she gave me cookies and great puffy doughnuts, and a pink stick of candy, and I watched her while she cleaned the lamps."

"Is that all?" said Ralph, as I paused a moment to secure a dropped stitch in the red stocking.

"Oh, no indeed!" I say as I go on,—

"By and by my grandmother's family were all scattered. My grandfather died, and left her sad and lonely; but she still lived in the old homestead.

Grandmother in the garden

"I can see her room now. There were four windows in it,—two looking east, towards Mounts Tom and Holyoke, and two south, over a lovely old-fashioned garden filled with tulips, hollyhocks, southernwood, thyme, cinnamon-roses, spice-pinks, lavender, white-lilies, and violets.

"There was an open Franklin stove in the room; and a little, chubby[187] black teapot always stood on its top. One sunny south window was filled with flowers. Grandmother always carried a bunch of flowers to church with her, and she had a black velvet bag, in which she carried sugar-plums, to give to us drowsy children on Sunday afternoon, when the minister preached one of his long sermons."

"Just one story more," said Ralph, as I again paused to observe what progress I was making in my knitting.

"Will you promise not to ask for another one to-night?"

"We promise certain sure," said Fred. "Only tell a long one for the last."

"Very well," said I.

"Once my grandmother made a party for a circle of cousins. We counted nine cousins in all when we took our seats at the supper-table."

"What did you have for supper?" observed Fred.

"We had nice seed-cookies cut into hearts, diamonds, leaves, and rounds; frosted cup-cakes powdered with pink sugar sand; little sweet biscuits, currant-tarts, dried beef, plum preserves, honey in a great glass dish, and jelly from a blue mug. We poured milk from a great green pitcher into pink china cups, and used grandma's tiny silver tea-spoons for our preserves."

"Wasn't that splendid!" said Ralph. "I wish some one would invite me to such a supper."

"In the evening we drew up before the open fire, and each had a great plateful of nuts, raisins, figs, and candy. Then grandma told us all about when she was a little girl,—what funny dresses she wore, what strange houses people lived in, and how they were furnished; and[188] she remembered a little about the Revolutionary war, and the dark day, and Gen. Washington, and the Indians.

"When grandma grew very old, she came to live with my mother. My uncle in Florida used to send her oranges and other nice fruit; and my pretty aunt Eleanor in New York gave her all her caps and fine muslin neckerchiefs. All her sons and daughters were very thoughtful for her happiness.

"By and by she fell asleep, and there was a funeral at our house one lovely day in early autumn. It did not seem sad or gloomy. We returned from the quiet country graveyard in the twilight of the beautiful day, and gathered in grandma's pleasant room, and talked with tears and smiles of her long and useful life."

"What a good grandmother!" said Ralph, almost tearfully. "I wish I could have seen her just once."

We have had the picture framed, and it hangs in my boys' room now; and often in the early morning, as I linger on the stairs, I hear them tell in a very familiar way all they have learned of Ralph's great-grandmother.




Girl holding flowers above her head
My sister May
Has gone away
With April and his showers.
I come apace
To take her place.
Accept my gift of flowers!

Transcriber's Notes: Obvious punctuation errors repaired.

The original text for the January issue had a table of contents that spanned six issues. This was divided amongst those issues.

Additionally, only the January issue had a title page. This page was copied for the remaining five issues. Each issue had the number added on the title page after the Volume number.