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THE OLD WOMAN
PUBLISHED BY SHELDON, BLAKEMAN & co.,
115 Nassau-street, New-York.
THE OLD WOMAN
Once upon a time an old woman was sweeping out her cottage, when to her great joy she found a silver penny. The good woman sat down to think what she should do with such a good piece of luck, for you must know in days gone by a silver penny was worth much more than it is now-a-days; and first of all she thought she would buy a fat duck, and then she thought she would buy a hen that laid eggs well; but after thinking and thinking for a long, long time, she thought she would buy a pig! So the old woman put up her broom in a closet, and then got out her best highheeled shoes, and her best cap, and her steeple-crowned hat, and made herself very smart, and then taking her good old stick, the old woman set out for the market-town, close by.
The way to the town was through green lanes and across large meadows, and as the old woman clambered over the style at the end of the meadow, she sat on the top to rest, and to think again on her good luck. Then she went on again till she came to the town, and she went straight to the market-place, and there she found a boy with a nice
THE OLD WOMAN AND HER PIG.
white pig to sell; so, after a little bargaining, she gave the boy the silver penny for the white pig, and then she tied a piece of string to one of the pig's hind legs, and began to drive him home. .
Piggy went through the streets very well, only grunting sometimes and running into the gutter when he saw anything he could eat, until at last they came to the stile into the meadow. The old woman tried to lift the pig over the lower bar of the stile, but he squeaked and grunted, and wriggled about till the old woman was tired, and then lay down and would not stir. Just then a little dog came trotting up; so the old woman said to him: “Good dog, bite pig; pig will not get over the stile, and I shall not get home to-night.”
But the dog would not.