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PICTURE BOO K.
WITH NINETY-SIX PAGES OF PICTURES
JOHN GILBERT, J. E. MILLAIS, J. D. WATSON, FREDERICK WALKER,
W. SMALL, J. WOLF, HARRISON WEIR, AND OTHERS.
THE BROADWAY, LUDGATE.
*OXFORD THE GOVERNESS.
ALICE MILLINGTON was governess to Nellie and Bertha, and they loved her very much. Sometimes in the evening, when all the lessons were over, she would sit and sing to them, or play beautiful pieces of music of her own composing; for she not only played music, but “had it in her head,” as Nellie used to say; and it was quite charming to sit and listen to her thinking out her thoughts on the piano.
“Please, Miss Millington, play us something very delightful this evening,” said Bertha one day, “for we have been very good children and deserve to have some music.” So Alice played and played, and it seemed to the children as though one of the little Fairies they had read about in their story-books was whispering her secrets to them, telling of wonderful forests and murmuring groves, and all the sweet birds that sing in Fairy-land.
THE ROOKS. THE little girl in the picture who said “Good night” so kindly to the rooks did not know much about the "little black things," as she called them, but I will tell you something. Rooks are very sociable birds, and always build their nests in trees that grow near each other; indeed, once when a pair of disagreeable rooks built their nest on a tree at some distance from the rookery, fifty old rooks went and pulled it to pieces, because they would not allow a nest to remain out of the avenue in which the rest of the rooks lived. This is like the magistrates of a town not allowing a house to be built outside its gates. A rookery is a little bird-town governed by wise old rooks, who make laws, and keep good order amongst the young ones. Rooks are very thievish birds, and they will even steal things that are of no use to them. Once a rook stole a ring, and hid it in a hole in a tree.