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The Monkey That Would Not Kill   By: (1851-1897)

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[Illustration: THE MONKEY THAT WOULD NOT KILL

by Henry Drummond]

THE MONKEY THAT WOULD NOT KILL

[Illustration: WITH THE STONE IN HIS ARMS HE WALKED CALMLY TOWARDS THE SHORE]

THE MONKEY THAT WOULD NOT KILL

BY HENRY DRUMMOND

With Sixteen Full page Illustrations

BY LOUIS WAIN

NEW YORK DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY 1915

Copyright, 1897, By Dodd, Mead and Company.

PREFACE

A few years ago, the readers of "Wee Willie Winkie" detected a new vein running through the Editorial Notes and announcements which prefaced the monthly collection of juvenile literary efforts, which made up their little Magazine.

There was an originality and a humour which they had not noticed before, and Competitions were suggested to them of a type for a repetition of which they clamoured.

And then presently a new serial story began, and the hairbreadth escapes of that immortal Monkey which it recorded were breathlessly followed by Wee Willie Winkie's army of bairns all over the world; and when it was concluded, so numerous were the entreaties for a sequel, that compulsion had to be resorted to in order to secure the revelation of the later life of the hero under a new name.

And now at last the Editors who were responsible for the periodical referred to have to make a confession.

Once upon a time they both, mother and daughter, forsook their office and went away to Canada for several months in 1891, and during that time their joint editorial chair was occupied by no other than Professor Henry Drummond.

And now our readers will understand to whom they are indebted for the quaint sayings and funny stories and Competitions betokening someone who "understood" boys and girls too. And they will be grateful to a certain contributor who failed to send his copy in time for the monthly issue on one occasion, and so forced the then Editor to sit down and write "something." It was the first time he had ever tried to write fiction, and as the story grew under his pen, he began to realise the joy of creation. And so it was that, in spite of his playful deprecation of "such nonsense" being printed, the adventures of "the Monkey that would not kill" came to be told, and we know that we can do our old friends and readers no greater kindness than to dedicate these chronicles to them in permanent form, in memory of one to whom "Wee Willie" and his bairns were ever a subject of affectionate interest.

ISHBEL ABERDEEN, MARJORIE A. H. GORDON, Editors of " Wee Willie Winkie ."

Government House, Ottawa, November, 1897 .

CONTENTS

I

PAGE

THE MONKEY THAT WOULD NOT KILL 1

II

GUM 57

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

WITH THE STONE IN HIS ARMS HE WALKED CALMLY TOWARDS THE SHORE Frontispiece

PAGE

TRICKY UPSET EVERYTHING 5

NEXT MORNING TRICKY WAS STILL THERE 13

IT WAS ONLY TRICKY SHAKING THE SALT WATER OFF 17

HE BEGAN WITH THE PARROT 21

THE SHEPHERD BOLTED LIKE WILDFIRE 25

ALL WAS READY 33

HE TOOK MONKEY AND STONE AND HEAVED THEM OVER THE CLIFF 43

TRICKY HELD BACK THE BABY 55

THE MONKEY'S RESCUE 63

A MONKEY PERFORMING GYMNASTIC EXERCISES 71

BURIED HIS TEETH IN THE CONDUCTOR'S WRIST 77

THE NUGGET OF GOLD 85

POINTING A LOADED REVOLVER AT HIS HEAD 89

THE CAN OF GUNPOWDER TIED TO HIS TAIL 103

THE MOST PRECIOUS OF ALL IS GUM 113

CHAPTER I

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