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Chapter 14 - A Happy Birthday



The twelfth of October was Rose's birthday, but no one seemed to 

remember that interesting fact, and she felt delicate about 

mentioning it, so fell asleep the night before wondering if she 

would have any presents. That question was settled early the next 

morning, for she was awakened by a soft tap on her face, and 

opening her eyes she beheld a little black and white figure sitting 

on her pillow, staring at her with a pair of round eyes very like 

blueberries, while one downy paw patted her nose to attract her 

notice. It was Kitty Comet, the prettiest of all the pussies, and 

Comet evidently had a mission to perform, for a pink bow adorned 

her neck, and a bit of paper was pinned to it bearing the words, 

"For Miss Rose, from Frank." 


That pleased her extremely, and that was only the beginning of the 

fun, for surprises and presents kept popping out in the most 

delightful manner all through the day, the Atkinson girls being 

famous jokers and Rose a favourite. But the best gift of all came 

on the way to Mount Windy-Top, where it was decided to picnic in 

honour of the great occasion. Three jolly loads set off soon after 

breakfast, for everybody went, and everybody seemed bound to 

have an extra good time, especially Mother Atkinson, who wore a 

hat as broad-brimmed as an umbrella, and took the dinner-horn to 

keep her flock from straying away. 


"I'm going to drive auntie and a lot of the babies, so you must ride 

the pony. And please stay behind us a good bit when we go to the 

station, for a parcel is coming, and you are not to see it till 

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