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“ Yes, going again to-morrow,” Peggy cried, all thousands to me if I can not use them to make her terrors blown to the winds.
people better and happier ?” “My Margaret, my little Peggy, my brave girl !” And so she did all she promised herself she her father said, with tender pride.
would do for Peggy and Peggy's family. She alThe group she had left at the hotel had watched lowed her to go on selling her flowers while they lasther depart with no common interest.
ed, watching her daily, growing to love her more and “What a really beautiful creature !” Mr. Wil- more, and to admire and respect her, as did all lard had said when she was out of hearing. who came near her. Before her garden was
“Yes, and what a beautiful soul!” cried the exhausted Peggy had made three hundred dolenthusiastic old lady “Now, I am going to be lars for her father,-a fortune, it seemed to them that child's fairy godmother. That is settled ! all ! No more fears for the winter now! At home You shall see! She shall have everything she needs. they fairly worshiped her, and she was so happy She shall have all her people taken care of and put that she no longer envied the song-sparrow as it in the way of helping themselves, and she shail sang on the garden wall, the only bird that stays not be separated from them, for that would break to sing the summer through. “I'm just as glad her heart; but she shall have an education, and as you are," she said, as she watched it and all her gifts and graces shall be cultivated for her listened to its sweet warble; and it turned its own joy and the joy of all who come in contact pretty head and looked at her with bright black with her!”
eyes, as much as to say, “I know it, merry com“I told her she was a fortunate child," said Mr. rade, and you deserve it, too!” Willard, smiling, “but I hardly knew how fortu. And this is what grew in Peggy's garden. She nate; yet I think you are more fortunate in having planted more than the flowers. She sowed seeds the power to do these beautiful things.”
of patience and meekness and faithfulness, courage " Why, what is the use of money but for such and hope and love,- and glorious was the blosthings?" she answered ; “ Of what good are my soming thereof.
THE ORACULAR OWL.
The lion was lonely ;
The oracular owl
By night and by day,
on him a manner quite hearty To listen to what the wise bird may say. To come to his cave for a little party. I heard him discourse in the following way: On the appointed day,
“ The sun soon will set in the west." In a frightened way,
"'T will be fair if the sky is not cloudy." A parrot flew over his head to say
“If a hundred are good only one can be best.” That the beasts would be happy the lion to greet “No gentleman's ever a rowdy." But they very much feared he was out of meat! “Ah ! ah !” cry the birds, “ What a marvelcus “ Alas!" the lion cried with a groan,
fowl ! “ And must I then live forever alone?”
Oh, who could excel this oracular owl?”
THE GRIFFIN AND THE MINOR CANON.
BY FRANK R. STOCKTON.
OVER the great door of an old, old church ful wilds, and flew on and on until he came to the which stood in a quiet town of a far-away land countries inhabited by men, where his appearthere was carved in stone the figure of a large ance in the air created great consternation; but griffin. The old-time sculptor had done his work he alighted nowhere, keeping up a steady flight with great care, but the image he had made was until he reached the suburbs of the town which not a pleasant one to look at. It had a large had his image on its church. Here, late in the head, with enormous open mouth and savage afternoon, he alighted in a green meadow by the teeth ; from its back arose great wings, armed with side of a brook, and stretched himself on the sharp hooks and prongs; it had stout legs in front, grass to rest. His great wings were tired, for he with projecting claws; but there were no legs had not made such a long flight in a century, or behind,- the body running out into a long and more. powerful tail, finished off at the end with a barbed The news of his coming spread quickly over the point. This tail was coiled up under him, the end town, and the people, frightened nearly out of their sticking up just back of his wings.
wits by the arrival of so extraordinary a visitor, The sculptor, or the people who had ordered fled into their houses, and shut themselves up. The this stone figure, had evidently been very much Griffin called loudly for some one to come to him, pleased with it, for little copies of it, also in stone, but the more he called, the more afraid the people had been placed here and there along the sides of were to show themselves. At length he saw two the church, not very far from the ground, so that laborers hurrying to their homes through the people could easily look at them, and ponder on fields, and in a terrible voice he commanded them their curious forms. There were a great many to stop. Not daring to disobey, the men stood, other sculptures on the outside of this church, - trembling. saints, martyrs, grotesque heads of men, beasts, “What is the matter with you all?” cried the and birds, as well as those of other creatures which Griffin. “Is there not a man in your town who is can not be named, because nobody knows exactly brave enough to speak to me?" what they were; but none were so curious and “I think,” said one of the laborers, his voice interesting as the great griffin over the door, and shaking so that his words could hardly be underthe little griffins on the sides of the church.
stood, “ that — perhaps -- the Minor Canon -A long, long distance from the town, in the would come.” midst of dreadful wilds scarcely known to man, “Go, call him, then!” said the Griffin ; “I want there dwelt the Griffin whose image had been put to see him." up over the church-door. In some way or other, The Minor Canon, who filled a subordinate pothe old-time sculptor had seen him, and afterward, sition in the old church, had just finished the afterto the best of his memory, had copied his figure in noon services, and was coming out of a side door, stone. The Griffin had never known this, until, with three aged women who had formed the weekhundreds of years afterward, he heard from a bird, day congregation. He was a young man of a kind from a wild animal, or in some manner which it is disposition, and very anxious to do good to the not now easy to find out, that there was a likeness people of the town. Apart from his duties in the of him on the old church in the distant town. church, where he conducted services every weekNow, this Griffin had no idea how he looked. He day, he visited the sick and the poor, counseled had never seen a mirror, and the streams where and assisted persons who were in trouble, and he lived were so turbulent and violent that a quiet taught a school composed entirely of the bad piece of water, which would reflect the image of children in the town with whom nobody else would any thing looking into it, could not be found. have anything to do. Whenever the people wanted Being, as far as could be ascertained, the very last anything done for them, they always went to the of his race, he had never seen another griffin. Minor Canon. Thus it was that the laborer Therefore it was, that, when he heard of this stone thought of the young priest when he found that image of himself, he became very anxious to know some one must come and speak to the Griffin. what he looked like, and at last he determined to go The Minor Canon had not heard of the strange to the old church, and see for himself what manner event, which was known to the whole town except of being he was. So he started off from the dread himself and the three old women, and when he was
informed of it, and was told that the Griffin had the people of the town because he was not brave asked to see him, he was greatly amazed, and enough to obey the summons of the Griffin. So, frightened.
pale and frightened, he started off. “Me!” he exclaimed. “He has never heard “Well," said the Griffin, as soon as the young of me! What should he want with me?”. man came near, “I am glad to see that there
“Oh! you must go instantly!” cried the two is some one who has the courage to come to men. “He is very angry now because he has been me."
kept waiting so long; and nobody knows what will The Minor Canon did not feel very courageous, happen if you don't hurry to him."
but he bowed his head. The poor Minor Canon would rather have had “Is this the town,” said the Griffin, “ where his hand cut off than go out to meet an angry there is a church with a likeness of myself over one griffin; but he felt that it was his duty to go, for of the doors ?" it would be a woful thing if injury should come to The Minor Canon looked at the frightful figure
of the Griffin and saw that it was, without doubt, The Minor Canon was glad enough to take his exactly like the stone image on the church. leave, and hurried into the town. In front of the “ Yes," he said, “ you are right.”
church he found a great many people assembled “Well, then," said the Griffin, “ will you take to hear his report of his interview with the Griffin. me to it? I wish very much to see it."
When they found that he had not come to spread The Minor Canon instantly thought that if the ruin and devastation, but simply to see his stony Griffin entered the town without the people know- likeness on the church, they showed neither relief ing what he came for, some of them would prob- nor gratification, but began to upbraid the Minor ably be frightened to death, and so he sought Canon for consenting to conduct the creature into to gain time to prepare their minds.
the town. “It is growing dark, now," he said, very much “What could I do?” cried the young man. afraid, as he spoke, that his words might enrage “If I should not bring him he would come him
" THE Griffin'S APPEARANCE IN THE AIR CREATED GREAT CONSTERNATION.” the Griffin, “and objects on the front of the church self and, perhaps, end by setting fire to the town cannot be seen clearly. It will be better to wait with his red-hot tail." until morning, if you wish to get a good view of Still the people were not satisfied, and a great the stone image of yourself.”
many plans were proposed to prevent the Griffin "That will suit me very well,” said the Griffin. from coming into the town. Some elderly persons “I see that you are a man of good sense. I am urged that the young men should go out and kill tired, and I will take a nap here on this soft grass, him; but the young men scoffed at such a ridicuwhile I cool my tail in the little stream that runs lous idea. Then some one said that it would be a near me. The end of my tail gets red-hot when I good thing to destroy the stone image so that the am angry or excited, and it is quite warm now. Griffin would have no excuse for entering the So you may go, but be sure and come early to town; and this idea was received with such favor morrow morning, and show me the way to the that many of the people ran for hammers, chisels, church."
and crowbars, with which to tear down and break
up the stone griffin.' But the Minor Canon re- monster should demand half a dozen babies, or sisted this plan with all the strength of his mind some tempting repast of that kind. and body. He assured the people that this action “Oh, no," said the Griffin, “I never eat would enrage the Griffin beyond measure, for it between the equinoxes. At the vernal and would be impossible to conceal from him that his at the autumnal equinox I take a good meal, and image had been destroyed during the night. But that lasts me for half a year. I am extremely the people were so determined to break up the regular in my habits, and do not think it healthful stone griffin that the Minor Canon saw that there to eat at odd times. But if you need food, go and was nothing for him to do but to stay there and get it, and I will return to the soft grass where I protect it. All night he walked up and down in slept last night and take another nap." front of the church-door, keeping away the men The next day the Griffin came again to the who brought ladders, by which they might mount little square before the church, and remained to the great stone griffin, and knock it to pieces there until evening, steadfastly regarding the with their hammers and crowbars. After many stone griffin over the door. The Minor Canon hours the people were obliged to give up their at- came once or twice to look at him, and the Griffin tempts, and went home to sleep; but the Minor seemed very glad to see him ; but the young Canon remained at his post till early morning, and clergymen could not stay as he had done before, for then he hurried away to the field where he had he had many duties to perform. Nobody went to left the Griffin.
the church, but the people came to the Minor The monster had just awakened, and rising to his Canon's house, and anxiously asked him how long fore-legs and shaking himself, he said that he was the Griffin was going to stay. ready to go into the town. The Minor Canon, “I do not know," he answered, “but I think therefore, walked back, the Griffin flying slowly he will soon be satisfied with regarding his stone through the air, at a short distance above the head likeness, and then he will go away." of his guide. Not a person was to be seen in the But the Griffin did not go away. Morning streets, and they proceeded directly to the front of after morning he came to the church, but after a the church, where the Minor Canon pointed out time he did not stay there all day. He seemed the stone griffin.
to have taken a great fancy to the Minor Canon, The real Griffin settled down in the little square and followed him about as he pursued his various before the church and gazed earnestly at his avocations. He would wait for him at the side sculptured likeness. For a long time he looked door of the church, for the Minor Canon held at it. First he put his head on one side, and then services every day, morning and evening, though he put it on the other ; then he shut his right nobody came now. “If any one should come,” he eye and gazed with his left, after which he shut said to himself, “I must be found at my post.” his left eye and gazed with his right. Then he When the young man came out, the Griffin would moved a little to one side and looked at the image, accompany him in his visits to the sick and the then he moved the other way. After a while he poor, and would often look into the windows of said to the Minor Canon, who had been standing the school-house where the Minor Canon was by all this time :
teaching his unruly scholars. All the other “It is, it must be, an excellent likeness! That schools were closed, but the parents of the Minor breadth between the eyes, that expansive forehead, Canon's scholars forced them to go to school, those massive jaws! I feel that it must resemble because they were so bad they could not endure me. If there is any fault to find with it, it is that them all day at home,- griffin or no griffin. But the neck seems a little stiff. But that is nothing. it must be said they generally behaved very well It is an admirable likeness,-- admirable !"
when that great monster sat up on his tail and The Griffin sat looking at his image all the looked through the school-room window. morning and all the afternoon. The Minor Canon When it was perceived that the Griffin showed had been afraid to go away and leave him, and no sign of going away, all the people who were had hoped all through the day that he would soon able to do so left the town. The canons and the be satisfied with his inspection and fly away home. higher officers of the church had fled away during But by evening the poor young man was utterly the first day of the Griffin's visit, leaving behind exhausted, and felt that he must go away to eat only the Minor Canon and some of the men who and sleep. He frankly admitted this fact to the opened the doors and swept the church. All the Griffin, and asked him if he would not like some- citizens who could afford it shut up their houses thing to eat. He said this because he felt obliged and traveled to distant parts, and only the workin politeness to do so, but as soon as he had ing people and the poor were left behind. After spoken the words, he was seized with dread lest the a while these ventured to go about and attend to