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was called Silver-Locks;'-because her curly hair shone like silver in the. "§tm, came to the house.

She was a lively.-little girl, and so restless that she could hardly st^y'at home, and whenever it was possible she rari:-kway without leave.

When she ■cknie to the bears' house in the woods, she first peeped in at the window; then she peeped in at t#e;keyhole, and seeing nobody in the house, she lifted'the latch.

m The-door was not fastened, because the bears were .gbo'd bears who did nobody any harm and never •thought that anybody would harm them; so SilverLocks opened the door and went in, and there she saw the three bowls of porridge.

She was a sad little scamp, and so she tasted the largest bowl, which belonged to the Great, Big, Huge Bear; but that was too hot for her.

Then she tasted the middle-sized bowl, which belonged to the Middle-Sized Bear; and that was too cold for her.

Then she went to the porridge of the Little, Small, Wee Bear, and tasted that, and that was neither too hot nor too cold, but just right; and she liked it so well that she ate it all.

Then she went into the parlor, and there were • three chairs.

She tried the biggest chair, which belonged to the Great, Big, Huge Bear; and she found it too high.

Then she tried the middle-sized chair, which belonged to the Middle-Sized Bear; and she found that too broad.

Then she sat down in the little chair, which belonged to the Little, Small, Wee Bear; and she found it just right, neither too high nor too broad. But she sat in it so hard that the bottom came out, and down she fell with a bump to the ground.

By this time little Silver-Locks was very tired, so she crept upstairs to the bedchamber, where the three bears slept.

At first she lay down upon the bed of the Great, Big, Huge Bear; but that was too high at the head for her.

Then she lay down upon the bed of the MiddleSized Bear; but that was too low at the foot for her.

Then she lay down upon the bed of the Little, Small, Wee Bear; and that was neither too high at the head nor too low at the foot, but just right; so she covered herself up and lay there till she was fast asleep.

While little Silver-Locks was lying there fast asleep, the three bears thought their porridge had cooled enough, so they came in from their walk to eat their breakfast.

They came right into the kitchen to get their porridge; but when the Great, Big, Huge Bear went to his bowl he growled out, in his great, rough, gruff voice:

"SOMEBODY HAS BEEN TASTING MY PORRIDGE!"

When the Middle-Sized Bear looked into his porridge bowl he cried out, in his middle-sized voice:

"somebody Has Been Tasting My Porridge!"

Then the Little, Small, Wee Bear looked at his porridge bowl and found the porridge all gone, so he piped out, in his little, small, wee voice:

"Somebody has been at My porridge and has eaten it all up!"

Then the three bears began to look all about them. They went into the parlor, where little Silver-Locks had sat in the chairs.

Now, she had forgotten to put the cushions straight when she rose from the chair of the Great, Big, Huge Bear.

Then the Great, Big, Huge Bear growled out, in his great, rough, gruff voice:

"SOMEBODY HAS BEEN SITTING IN MY CHAIR!"

Then the Middle-Sized Bear cried out, in his middle-sized voice:

"somebody Has Been Sitting In My Chair I"

And the Little, Small, Wee Bear piped out, in his little, small, wee voice:

"Somebody has been sitting in MY chair and has broken it all to pieces!"

Then the three bears went upstairs into their chamber. There the Great, Big, Huge Bear growled out, in his great, rough, gruff voice:

"SOMEBODY HAS BEEN LYING IN MY BED!"

And the Middle-Sized Bear, in his middle-sized voice, cried out:

"somebody Has Been Lying Ina/fbed!"

And the Little, Small, Wee Bear piped out in his little, small, wee voice:

"Somebody has been lying in MY bed—and here she is!"

Little Silver-Locks had heard in her sleep the great, rough, gruff voice of the Great Big, Huge Bear; but she was so fast asleep that it was no more to her than the roaring of wind or the rumbling of thunder.

She had heard in her sleep the middle-sized voice of the Middle-Sized Bear; but it was all as if she had heard some one speaking in a dream.

But when she heard the little, small, wee voice of the Little, Small, Wee Bear, it was so sharp and so shrill that it wakened her at once.

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Up she started, and when she saw the three bears on one side of the bed, she tumbled herself out on the other.

Then the Great, Big, Huge Bear growled out, in his great, rough, gruff voice:

"LET'S EAT HER!"

And the Middle-Sized Bear cried out, in his middle-sized voice:

"let's Eat Her!"

But the Little, Small, Wee Bear piped out, in his

little, small, wee voice:

"No, no; let's kiss her and send her home!" While they were talking, Silver-Locks, without

waiting to hear what they decided to do, jumped

out of the low window and ran off home as fast as

her feet would carry her.

THE COW

By Robert Louis Stevenson

THE friendly cow all red and white,
I love with all my heart:
She gives me cream with all her might,
To eat with apple-tart.

She wanders lowing here and there,

And yet she cannot stray,
All in the pleasant open air,

The pleasant light of day;

And blown by all the winds that pass,
And wet with all the showers,

She walks among the meadow grass
And eats the meadow flowers.

LOOKING FORWARD

By Robert Louis Stevenson

When I am grown to man's estate
I shall be very proud and great,
And tell the other girls and boys
Not to meddle with my toys.

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