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Little Grandmother   By: (1833-1906)

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[Illustration: LITTLE GRANDMOTHER. Page 90.]

LITTLE PRUDY'S

FLYAWAY SERIES

[Illustration]

LITTLE GRANDMOTHER

ILLUSTRATED

LEE & SHEPARD, BOSTON.

LITTLE PRUDY'S FLYAWAY SERIES.

LITTLE GRANDMOTHER.

BY

SOPHIE MAY,

AUTHOR OF "LITTLE PRUDY STORIES," "DOTTY DIMPLE STORIES," "THE DOCTOR'S DAUGHTER," ETC.

ILLUSTRATED.

BOSTON: LEE AND SHEPARD, PUBLISHERS.

NEW YORK: LEE, SHEPARD AND DILLINGHAM.

1873.

Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870, BY LEE AND SHEPARD, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

Electrotyped and Printed at the Establishment of W. W. HARDING, Philadelphia.

TO

MY LITTLE CUBAN FRIEND

MARIA AROZARENA.

LITTLE PRUDY'S FLYAWAY SERIES.

TO BE COMPLETED IN SIX VOLS.

1. LITTLE FOLKS ASTRAY.

2. PRUDY KEEPING HOUSE.

3. AUNT MADGE'S STORY.

4. LITTLE GRANDMOTHER.

(Others in preparation.)

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER PAGE

I. GEORGE WASHINGTON, 9

II. THE SAMPLER, 24

III. THE BROKEN BRIDGE, 31

IV. THE TITHING MAN, 44

V. A WITCH TALK, 56

VI. A WITCH FRIGHT, 67

VII. THE SILK POCKET, 83

VIII. PATTY'S SUNDAY, 99

IX. MRS. CHASE'S BOTTLE, 110

X. MASTER PURPLE, 122

XI. LITTLE GRANDFATHER, 134

XII. THE LITTLE DIPPER, 144

XIII. MR. STARBIRD'S DREAM, 160

XIV. SPINNING, 176

XV. THE BRASS KETTLE, 186

LITTLE GRANDMOTHER

CHAPTER I.

GEORGE WASHINGTON.

I believe I will tell you the story of Grandma Parlin's little childhood, as nearly as possible in the way I have heard her tell it herself to Flyaway Clifford.

Well, then, Grandma Parlin, her face full of wrinkles, lay in bed under a red and green patchwork quilt, with her day cap on. That is, the one who was going to be Grandma Parlin some time in the far off future.

She wouldn't have believed it of herself now if you had told her. You might as well have talked to the four walls. Not that she was deaf: she had ears enough; it was only brains she lacked being exactly six hours old, and not a day over.

This was more than seventy years ago, little reader, for she was born on New Year's day, 1800, born in a town we will call Perseverance, among the hills in Maine, in a large, unpainted house, on the corner of two streets, in a bedroom which looked out upon the east.

Her mother, who was, of course, our little Flyaway's great grandmother, lay beside her, with a very happy face.

"Poor little lamb," said she, "you have come into this strange world just as the new century begins; but you haven't the least idea what you are undertaking! I am going to call this baby Patience," said she to the nurse; "for if she lives she will have plenty of trouble, and perhaps the name will help her bear it better."

And then the good woman lay silent a long while, and prayed in her heart that the little one might grow up in the fear of the Lord. She had breathed the same wish over her other eight children, and now for this ninth little darling what better prayer could be found?

"She's the sweetest little angel picter," said Siller Noonin, smoothing baby's dot of a nose; "I guess she's going to take after your side of the house, and grow up a regular beauty."

"We won't mind about looks, Priscilla," said Mrs. Lyman, who was remarkably handsome still. "'Favor is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but the woman that feareth the Lord shall be praised.'"

"Well, well, what a hand Mrs. Lyman is for Scripter," thought Siller, as she bustled to the fireplace, and began to stir the gruel which was boiling on the coals. Then she poured the gruel into a blue bowl, tasting it to make sure it was salted properly. Mrs. Lyman kept her eyes closed all the while, that she might not see it done, for it was not pleasant to know she must use the spoon after Priscilla... Continue reading book >>




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