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"But wait a bit," the Oysters cried,

"Before we have our chat;

For some of us are out of breath,
And some of us are fat!"

"No hurry!" said the Carpenter, They thanked him much for that.

"A loaf of bread," the Walrus said, "Is what we chiefly need: Pepper and vinegar besides Are very good indeed-

Now if you're ready, Oysters dear,

We can begin to feed."

"But not on us!" the Oysters cried,

Turning a little blue.

"After such kindness, that would be A dismal thing to do!"

"The night is fine!" the Walrus said, "Do you admire the view?

"It was so kind of you to come!

And you are very nice!"

The Carpenter said nothing but "Cut us another slice;

I wish you were not quite so deaf — I've had to ask you twice!"

"It seems a shame," the Walrus said,
"To play them such a trick,
After we've brought them out so far,
And made them trot so quick!"
The Carpenter said nothing but
"The butter's spread too thick!'

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"I weep for you," the Walrus said: "I deeply sympathize."

With sobs and tears he sorted out

Those of the largest size, Holding his pocket handkerchief Before his streaming eyes.

"O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!

Shall we be trotting home again?"
But answer came there none

And this was scarcely odd, because

They'd eaten every one.

- LEWIS CARROLL.

COE'S FOURTH R. - 15

par tic'ù lar

col lect ́ing prep a ra'tion

ar range'ments

SUGAR MAKING

parʼal lel
and'i rons

con sid ́er a ble

pre'vi ous ly

[Phonny, Henry, and Malleville are cousins.

ap plied'

sus pend'ed

sat is fac'to ry

ex cur'sion

Malleville is

spending the winter with her aunt, Mrs. Henry. Beechnut,

Franco and

a lad of thirteen, is hired to work on the farm. Tommy are dogs belonging to Malleville and Phonny.]

The trees which Malleville and Phonny were to tap, were near the bank of the river, just above the mouth of the brook. Beechnut had tapped six of them the day before the children were to go down. He gave them particular directions as to what they were to do, in collecting and boiling the sap.

Phonny was to draw down all the things that were necessary, on one of his hand sleds. He did not let the dogs draw them down, for he wished to save their strength, as he said, for the sap. First he put upon the sled a pretty large box, which was to hold the things in going down, and to be turned bottom upward and serve for a table when on the spot. Into this box he put a kettle, a number of sticks of wood,

a small iron chain with a hook in the end of it, and

a small saw.

The saw was to cut up dead branches of trees, and other such fuel as he might find in the woods, so as to make the pieces of proper length for a fire.

In the kettle, when Phonny placed it in the box, were some pieces of birch bark, a little kindling wood, and a small box of matches. These they were to begin the fire with. There were also three round poles, about six feet long, tied together near one end by a rope. These were laid upon the top of the box after the other things had been put in. The drag was not put into the box, but was attached by its rope to the hinder bar of the hand sled, in order to be drawn. along after it. The tin pail for the sap was put upon the drag, and was fastened to its place by means of a cord.

In the bottom of the tin pail was a paper, with some slices of bread and four oranges tied up in it, and upon the top top of this parcel were two saucers and two spoons. These saucers and spoons were to enable Phonny and Malleville to try the sap from time to time as the boiling went on, to see whether it was growing sweeter. There was also a good-sized wooden box to hold the sugar that they should make. They

had determined to bring it all home, and give it to

Mrs. Henry.

When all was ready, the whole party set off from the house together. Franco and Tom ran before the sled, frisking about in great glee.

"Ah, my fellows!" said Phonny, "you little know what hard work you have got to do to-day, hauling sap."

The children went down the snowy road to the beach. Here the ground was almost bare, the snow being nearly all blown off by the wind as it fell. The beach was a warm, sunny place too, so that Malleville and Phonny had a place there for a fire on the smooth and dry surface of the sand.

Phonny stopped with his sled when he reached the spot. Malleville, who was a little tired with the long walk, sat down upon a seat under the bank.

"Now," said Phonny, "the first thing is for the fire."

"No," said Malleville, "the first thing is to get the sap."

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"Yes," said Malleville, "for if you build the fire, it will all burn away while we are gone to get the sap."

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