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THE LITTLE OLD WOMAN AND
HER PIG

A LITTLE old woman was sweeping her little old house, when she found a little old sixpence in the nest of a mouse.

"What shall I do with the sixpence?" said the little old woman. "I know: I'll go to market and buy me a little pig."

So she went to the market and bought her a pig. When she was going home she came to a stile, and she said:

"Pig, little pig, get over the stile,
Or I shan't get home to-night."
"I won't," said the pig.

She went a little farther, and she met a dog. So she said to the dog:

"Dog, dog, bite pig!

Pig won't get over the stile,

And I shan't get home to-night." But the dog would not.

She went a little farther, and she met a stick. So she said:

"Stick, stick, beat dog!

Dog won't bite pig;

Pig won't get over the stile,

And I shan't get home to-night." But the stick would not.

She went a little farther, and she met a fire. So she said:

"Fire, fire, burn stick!

Stick won't beat dog;

Dog won't bite pig;

Pig won't get over the stile,

And I shan't get home to-night." But the fire would not.

She went a little farther, and she met some water. So she said:

"Water, water, quench fire!

Fire won't burn stick;

Stick won't beat dog;

Dog won't bite pig;

Pig won't get over the stile,

And I shan't get home to-night." But the water would not.

She went a little farther, and she met an ox. So she said:

"Ox, ox, drink water!

Water won't quench fire;

Fire won't burn stick;

Stick won't beat dog;

Dog won't bite pig;

Pig won't get over the stile,

And I shan't get home to-night." But the ox would not.

She went a little farther, and she met a butcher. So she said:

"Butcher, butcher, kill ox!

Ox won't drink water;

Water won't quench fire;

Fire won't burn stick;

Stick won't beat dog;

Dog won't bite pig;

Pig won't get over the stile,

And I shan't get home to-night." But the butcher would not. She went a little farther, and she met a rope. So she said:

"Rope, rope, hang butcher!

Butcher won't kill ox;

Ox won't drink water;

Water won't quench fire;

Fire won't burn stick;

Stick won't beat dog;

Dog won't bite pig;

Pig won't get over the stile,

And I shan't get home to-night." But the rope would not.

She went a little farther, and she met a rat. So she said:

"Rat, rat, gnaw rope!

Rope won't hang butcher;

Butcher won't kill ox;

Ox won't drink water;

Water won't quench fire;

Fire won't burn stick;

Stick won't beat dog;

Dog won't bite pig;

Pig won't get over the stile,

And I shan't get home to-night." But the rat would not.

She went a little farther, and she met a cat. So she said:

"Cat, cat, kill rat!

Rat won't gnaw rope;

Rope won't hang butcher;

Butcher won't kill ox;

Ox won't drink water;

Water won't quench fire;

Fire won't burn stick;

Stick won't beat dog;

Dog won't bite pig;

Pig won't get over the stile,

And I shan't get home to-night." The cat said, "If you will give me a saucer of milk, I will kill the rat."

So the old woman gave the cat the milk, and when she had lapped up the milk—

The cat began to kill the rat;

The rat began to gnaw the rope;

The rope began to hang the butcher;

The butcher began to kill the ox;

The ox began to drink the water;

The water began to quench the fire;

The fire began to burn the stick;

The stick began to beat the dog;

The dog began to bite the pig;

The pig jumped over the stile,

And so the old woman got home that night.

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SILVER-LOCKS AND THE THREE BEARS "?>.

LONG time ago, in a far-off country, there were three bears whc}rved together in a snug little house ^f'.their own, deep in the woods. '..'•••"

One of them was a Little, Small, Wee Bear, and one was a Middle-Sized Bear, and the other was a Great, Big, Huge Bear.

Their house was in a lonely place, but they had all the porridge they could eat and were always very happy. Each had a pot for his own porridge: a little pot for the Little, Small, Wee Bear; a middle-sized pot for the Middle-Sized Bear, and a great pot for the Great, Big, Huge Bear.

And each had a chair to sit in: a little chair for the Little, Small, Wee Bear; a middle-sized chair for the Middle-Sized Bear, and a great chair for the Great, Big, Huge Bear.

And each had a bed to sleep in: a little bed for the Little, Small, Wee Bear; a middle-sized bed forthe Middle-Sized Bear and a great bed for the Great, Big, Huge Bear.

One morning, after they had made the porridge for their breakfast and poured it out into the porridge pots, they walked out in the woods while the porridge was cooling, that they might not burn their mouths by beginning too soon to eat it.

And while they were walking, a little girl who

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