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THE CROQUET PARTY. THERE was a grand Croquet Party at Maddington Hall. A great many people came down from London, and all the neighbours for many miles around assembled. Rose Idenden and Philip Maddington distinguished themselves greatly, for they always managed to get on the same side and to keep their balls close together, and first Rose croqueted Philip through a hoop, and then Philip croqueted Rose, so that no one else had any chance against them. That is Philip kneeling down at the right-hand corner of the picture and explaining to Rose exactly where he wishes to go. You see, she is just about to go through the middle hoop, and his ball is exactly in front of it. She will croquet him through, then go through herself, croquet him again into a good position, and then put her own ball just in front of his so that he may croquet it through the next hoop, and so on. They will get quite round before any one else has a chance.
THE CHAMOIS. Look what graceful, beautiful creatures these Chamois are! They live on the snowy Alps in Switzerland, and bound about from one crag to another, over fearful precipices which no other being would dare to leap. They are very peaceable and sociable animals, and live together in large flocks on the mountains. When they are frightened they make a loud hissing sound, and this alarms their companions, and they all take flight from the supposed danger. Chamois hunting is a very dangerous and difficult pursuit; for although the timid Chamois does not fly at the hunter like the fierce tiger, he leads him over rocky mountains and across dreadful chasms, and it requires a very expert climber to be able to follow him. Yet the Chamois is greatly hunted, and cannot escape from cruel man even on the snowy peaks of the Alps.
THE PET KITTEN. MAJA HOMEWOOD had a small kitten which she loved very much. It was taken away from its mother when it was only a fortnight old, and Maja used to feed it with warm milk out of a teaspoon, for it was too young to lap milk out of a saucer. It required to be fed at first in the night as well as in the day, so she had her kitten to sleep in her bedroom, and used to wake in the night and give it a few spoonfuls of milk. Babies and kittens, and all young animals, want to be fed very often, because they can take so little at a time. But soon Kitty learnt to lap up a whole saucerful of milk without any help, but she always went to Maja to give it her, and would not take it from any one else. She was the most frolicsome little kitten that ever was seen, and no one could tell which got into most mischief, Maja, or her kitten. Kitty had a white shirt and wore white slippers, but the rest of her dress was black.