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Two Girls
The Clan
Uncles
Aunts
A Belt and a Box
Uncle Alec's Room
A Trip to China
And what came of it
Phebe's Secret
Rose's Sacrifice
Poor Mac
"The Other Fellows"
Cosey Corner
A Happy Birthday
Ear-Rings
Bread and Button-Holes
Good Bargains
Fashion and Physiology
Brother Bones
Under The Mistletoe
A Scare
Something to do
Peace-Making
Which?

big-headed boy, with solemn, dark eyes and square brow, was "the 

very moral of that rascal, Boneyparty," Mother Atkinson said. 

 

Some great scheme was evidently brewing in his mighty mind a 

trip across the Alps, a bonfire at Moscow, or a little skirmish at 

Waterloo perhaps, for he marched in silent majesty till suddenly a 

gentle snore disturbed the imperial reverie. He saw the sleeping 

soldier and glared upon him, saying in an awful tone 

 

"Ha! asleep at his post! Death is the penalty he must die!" 

 

Picking up the musket, he is about to execute summary justice, as 

emperors are in the habit of doing, when something in the face of 

the weary sentinel appears to touch him. And well it might, for a 

most engaging little warrior was Jack as he lay with his shako half 

off, his childish face trying to keep sober, and a great black 

moustache over his rosy mouth. It would have softened the heart of 

any Napoleon, and the Little Corporal proved himself a man by 

relenting, and saying, with a lofty gesture of forgiveness 

 

"Brave fellow, he is worn out; I will let him sleep, and mount 

guard in his place." 

 

Then, shouldering the gun, this noble being strode to and fro with 

a dignity which thrilled the younger spectators. The sentinel 

awakes, sees what has happened, and gives himself up for lost. But 

the Emperor restores his weapon, and, with that smile which won 

all hearts, says, pointing to a high rock whereon a crow happens to 

be sitting, "Be brave, be vigilant, and remember that from yonder 

Pyramid generations are beholding you," and with these 

memorable words he vanishes, leaving the grateful soldier bolt 


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