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OUR CHILDREN'S CORNER. OUR ALFRED'S GOT A HA'PENNY. It was a bad day for the town when Our Alfred got a ha'penny. It was the first he ever had, and so of cotirso- he was dreadfully proud of it. He was the eldest of nine little brown bear brothers and sisters. Directly schol was over, ail the family of little Bruins started off, led by Our Alfred, to go and spend the ha'penny. The first shop thc-v came to was old Mother Gruffbody's, who sells sweets aud boot-laces and other things to suck. Our Alfred marched right into the hol) with a very grand air and sat down on a high stool by the counter, and ordered Mrs. Gruffbody to show him all her sweets. Mrs. Gruffbody was delighted to have her shop so full of customers, and beamed all over her large face as she handed down the jars of sweets. And then Our Alfred pulled out his ha'penny; and he felt he really couldn't bear to part with it for all the sweets in the world. So he just smiled sweetly up at old Mrs. GrufFbody. and said very softly "I think I'll have a ha'porth of anything1 you haven't got" And then he rushed out of the shop, and all the little Bruins scampered after him. Old Mrs. Gruffbody was furious, and fol- lowed them up the "street as fast as she could g-o. shouting "M urder Fire! Police!' The policeman had gone off to catch a fish for the Mayor's supper, and so only the Fire Brigade heard the cry. But thev turned out at once. and went and drenched Mother Gruffbody's shop with water, till all the sweet-bottles and boot- laces came swimming out at the door. So Mrs. GrufFbody went and told the Mayor what Our Alfred had done; and the Mayor said that directly the policeman came back with his fish he would have Our Alfred clapped into prison. Well, the next shop Our Alfred went into was Mr. Pufferley's, the baker's. Our Alfred walked in with his grandest I've- got-a-ha'pennyM manner, and all the little Bruins came squeezing and jostling after him. Our Alfred ordered four dozen apri. cot tarts, six chocolate cakes, four sultajia ones, and nine large raspberry puffs. And then he took out the ha'penny to pay for them. But when he saw it lying there in his paw he felt he couldn't bear to part with it; so he said very grandly: "I have changed my mind. I will have one of vour largest wedding cakes instead- when I am married And then thev all scampered out of the shop before Mr. Pufferley could catch them. And they were all laughing, when who should come along but the policeman, and he caught Our Alfred and. marched him off to prison. A LCCKY SHOT. I A gay young chap, named Rowley Rat, Went strolling in his smart top hat: But all at once Tom Cat drew near- Poor Rowley gave a squeak of fear. "Oh, what a fate is this In he cried, "To end in Mr. Cat's inside! The melancholy fact is plain- I'll never see my home again. But soon a snail he chanced to spy, Perched on a supple stem, up high. Thought Rowlev, "Here 's a chance I'll take. That "stem a catapult will make!" If Tom had pounced just then-well, he Might have had tender meat for tea! But Rowley, quicker far of wit, Drew down the stem—took aim it, And fired his shot! Then came a smack, And Tom was laid upon his back. Cried Rowley, as he slipped from sight, "Strength doesn't count when brains are bright." BELINDAS BIG HAT. I Belinda wore a very big hat, because big hats were fashionable. Maria would have liked a big one, too but by the time Be- linda's was finished there was very little straw and only a short piece of ribbon left, so Maria had to be content with a hat which was quite small. However, Belinda was careful not to let the doll look at herself in the glass, so Maria was almost as proud as Belinda when the two took their first walk abroad wear- ing their new hats. It was a sunny morning, and they walked through the flowery meadows, because Be- linda wanted to show herself to the flower- elves. The flower-elves wore caps, quite small ones, fitting tightly on their heads; and they never changed their fashion, but kept to the same colour and the same shape all through the spring, and summer, and au- tumn, and winter, too. So verv dowdy!" said Belinda, tossing her head. The little elves, from their hiding-places among the flowers, soon espied her and Maria, and were not long in noticing Belin- da's new hat. "\Vhv do you wear an umbrella on your head?" asked the eldest elf, with a mis- chievous grin. "It isn't an umbrella, it's a flower-bed," said second eJf, laughing. "No. it's a cart-wheel," giggled a third. "It's a tea-tray." an apple-pie." "It's a clothes-basket," added one chuck- ling elf after another. Belinda was very angrv. angry. is nothmg of the sort, replied she crosslv. "It is a hat of the very newest kinda great deal better than your shabby old caps." "Our caps keep our heads warm, and II what more do we want?" asked the eldest elf. "I want a great deal more," said Belinda. "I want to be fashionable." And -he walked on, tossing her head more than ever. She had not gone far, however, before the sun went in, and it began to rain in big, heavy drops. Belinda ran under a tree for shelter. But although this tree was the biggest in all the flowery meadows, it was not nearly as big as her hao, and the raindrops pattered merrilv on to every part of it which stuck out bevond the leafy branches. By the time the shower was over, the hat no longer looked new. The straw was soaked and limp, and the colour had run out of the wet ribbons and trickled down her face and neck "Your hat looks shockin g,, and so do vou" said Maria, who was quite dry her- self having been tucked under Belinda's arm during the storm. "Hold vour tongue and don t stare, answered Belinda snappily, giving her doll a shake. As fhev walked back across the flowery meadows thev saw the elves one? more Most of the little- fairies were fitting, quite dry and comfortable, under a big toadstool hut the eldest elf 'W3S perched on the top, hold- ingupa daisy-umbr- to keep his light little cap dry.' s h out? e d be, «Ho»aPdoVm, do. Bein?i a-- he, eveing her bedraggle ? shar^ py, she hurried bv with ?..r?. So the .a"lnon has changed since you were here an hour ago. Boiled c.thh::ie i,, I  te latfst it is bo. things in hats. Can't say I think ? .?<' coming to your complexion.

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