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Pepper & Salt or, Seasoning for Young Folk   By: (1853-1911)

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[Illustration: Illustration of "Pepper and Salt" written on a ribbon en wrapping branches and toys.]

[Illustration: This is the way that one in Cap and Motley stops for awhile along the stony Path of Life to make you laugh.]

[Transcriber's Note: This is a full page picture of a country side field with children listening to a man in Cap and Motley play an instrument. Other full page illustrations within the text also will have short descriptions in addition to the words of the poem on the page.]

Pepper & Salt,


Seasoning for Young Folk

Prepared by

Howard Pyle

1885, reissued 1913.








Here, my little man, you may hold my cap and bells, and you, over there, may hold the bauble! Now, then, I am ready to talk as a wise man should and am a giddy pated jester no longer!

This is what I have to say:

One must have a little pinch of seasoning in this dull, heavy life of ours; one should never look to have all the troubles, the labors, and the cares, with never a whit of innocent jollity and mirth. Yes, one must smile now and then, if for nothing else than to lift the corners of the lips in laughter that are only too often dragged down in sorrow.

It is for this that I sit here now, telling you all manner of odd quips and jests until yon sober, wise man shakes his head and goes his way, thinking that I am even more of a shallow witted knave than I really am. But, prut! Who cares for that? I am sure that I do not if you do not.

Yet listen! One must not look to have nothing but pepper and salt in this life of ours no, indeed! At that rate we would be worse off than we are now. I only mean that it is a good and pleasant thing to have something to lend the more solid part a little savor now and then!

So, here I'll sit; and, perhaps, when you have been good children, and have learned your lessons or done your work, your mother will let you come and play a little while with me. I will always be ready and waiting for you here, and I will warrant your mother that I will do you no harm with anything that I may tell you. If I can only make you laugh and be merry for a little while, then my work will be well done, and I will be glad in the doing of it.

And now give me my cap and bells again, for my wits are growing cold without them; and you will be pleased to reach me my bauble once more, for I love to have him by me.

Will you be seated? And you, over there, seat the baby on the grass! Are you ready? Very well; then I will tell you a story, and it shall be about "The Skillful Huntsman."


Table of Contents

THE SKILLFUL HUNTSMAN Page 1 Two Opinions Facing P. 4 Ye Song Of Ye Foolish Old Woman " 5 A Newspaper Puff " 12 Three Fortunes " 13

CLAUS AND HIS WONDERFUL STAFF Page 14 Venturesome Boldness Facing P. 16 Superficial Culture " 17

HOW DAME MARGERY TWIST SAW MORE THAN WAS Page 28 GOOD FOR HER Ye Song Of Ye Gossips Facing P. 32 A Victim To Science " 33 Play And Earnest " 36 The Accident Of Birth " 37

CLEVER PETER AND THE TWO BOTTLES Page 43 Ye Romantic Adventures Of Three Tailors Facing P. 44 Fancy And Fact " 45 Ye Two Wishes " 48 A Verse With A Moral But Not Name " 49

HANS HECKLEMANN'S LUCK Page 57 Ye Song Of Ye Rajah And Ye Fly Facing P. 64 Pride In Distress " 65 Profession And Practice " 68 A Tale Of A Tub " 69

FARMER GRIGGS'S BOGGART Page 69 Ye Story Of A Blue China Plate Facing P... Continue reading book >>

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