Harper's Young People, August 1, 1882 An Illustrated Weekly
|MR. STUBBS'S BROTHER.|
|ADVICE TO BOYS.|
|UP THE CREEK.|
|THE "FIRST GRENADIER OF FRANCE."|
|A NIGHT ON CHOCORUA.|
|THE DAISY TRAIL.|
|MILLIE'S NILE-BIRD HAT.|
|MAX RANDER'S WILD TIGER.|
|RUSTIC ADORNMENTS FOR LAWN AND GARDEN.|
|JAPANESE FAN TALES.|
|OUR POST-OFFICE BOX.|
|vol. iii.—no. 144.||Published by HARPER & BROTHERS. New York.||price four cents.|
|Tuesday, August 1, 1882.||Copyright, 1882, by Harper & Brothers.||$1.50 per Year, in Advance.|
MR. STUBBS'S BROTHER.
BY JAMES OTIS,
Author of "Toby Tyler," "Tim and Tip," etc.
COLLECTING THE ANIMALS.
It was quite a task to extract the porcupine quills from Mr. Stubbs'sbrother, because the operation was painful, and he danced about in a waythat seriously interfered with the work.
But the last one was out after a time, and the monkey was marched alongbetween Joe and Toby, looking very repentant now that he was in hismaster's power again.
"I tell you what it is," said Joe, sagely, after he had walked awhile insilence as if studying some matter, "we'd better get about six bigchains an' fasten Mr. Stubbs's brother to the tent; 'cause if we keep ontryin' to train him, he'll keep on gettin' loose, an' before he getsthrough with it, we sha'n't have any show left."
"I think that's the best thing we can do," panted Leander; "'cause ifall hands of us has to start out many times like this, some of the boyswill come up while we're off, an' pull the tent down."
"We can tie him in the tent, and have him for a wild man of Borneo,"suggested Joe.
"I guess we won't train him," replied Toby, rather sorry to deprive hispet of the pleasure of being one of the performers, and yet fearing thetrouble he would cause if they should try to make anything more than anordinary monkey out of him.
The pursuit had led the boys farther from home than[Pg 626] they were aware of,and it was noon when, weary and hungry, they arrived at the tent, wherethey found the other party, who had given up the search some timebefore. They had travelled through the woods without hearing or seeinganything of the runaway, and had returned in the hope that the othershad been more successful.
Leaving Mr. Stubbs's brother in charge of the partners, who, it was safeto say, would now take very good care to prevent his escape, Tobyhurried into the house to see Abner.
The sick boy was no better, Aunt Olive said, neither did he appear to beany worse—he was sleeping then; and, after eating some of his dinner atthe table, and taking the remainder in his hands, Toby went out to thetent again.
He found his partners indulging in an animated discussion as to when theperformance should be given.
Reddy was in favor of having it within two or three days at furthest;Bob thought that, as Mr. Stubbs's brother was not to be one of theperformers, there was no reason for delay.
All the others were of the same opinion, but Toby urged them to waituntil Abner could take part in it.
To this Bob had a very reasonable objection: in two weeks more schoolwould begin, and then, of course, the circus would be out of thequestion. If their first exhibition should be a success, as itundoubtedly would be, they could give a second performance when Abnershould get well enough to attend it; and that would be quite as pleasingto him as for all the talent to remain idle while waiting for hisrecovery.
Toby felt that his partners asked him to do only that which was fair.The circus scheme had already done Abner more harm than good, and, as hedid not seem to be dangerously sick, it would be unkind to the others toinsist on waiting.
"I'd rather Abner was with us when we had the first show," said Toby;"but I s'pose it'll be just as well to go ahead with it, an' then giveanother after he can come out."
"Then we'll have it Saturday afternoon; an' while Reddy's fixin' up thetickets, Ben an' I'll get the animals up here, so's to see how they'lllook, an' to let 'em get kinder used to the tent."
Reddy was a boy who did not believe in wasting any time after a matterwas decided upon, and almost as soon as Toby consented to go on with theshow, he went for materials with which to make posters and tickets.
His activity aroused the others, and all started out to bring in theanimals, leaving Toby to guard Mr. Stubbs's brother and the tent. Thecanvas would take care of itself, so long as it was unmolested, but theother portion of Toby's charge was not so easily managed. After muchthought, however, he settled the monkey question by tying Mr. Stubbs'sbrother to the end pole, with a rope long enough to allow him to climbnearly to the top, but short enough to keep him at a safe distance fromthe canvas.
By the time this was done, Ben arrived with the first installment ofcuriosities. His crowing hen he had under his arm, and Mrs. Simpson'sthree-legged cat and four kittens he brought in a basket.
"Joe's got a cage 'most built for the hen, an' I'll fix one for the catthis afternoon," he said, as he seated himself on the basket, and heldthe hen in his lap.
"You can't fix it if you've got to hold her," said Toby, as he broughtfrom the barn a bushel basket, which was converted into a coop byturning it bottom side up, and putting the hen underneath it.
Ben was about to search the barn for the purpose of finding somematerials with which to build the cat's cage, when a great noise washeard outside, and the two partners left the tent hurriedly.
"It's Bob an' his calf," said Ben, who had got out first, and then hestarted toward the new-comers at full speed.
It was Bob and his calf; but the animal should have been mentionedfirst; for it seemed very much as if he were bringing his master,instead of being brought by him. In order to carry his cage of mice andlead the calf at the same time, Bob had tied the rope that held thisrepresentative of a grizzly bear around his waist, and had taken thecage under his arm. This plan had worked well enough until just as theywere entering the field that led to the tent, when Bob tripped and fell,scaring the calf so that he started at full speed for the barn, ofcourse dragging the unfortunate Bob with him.
Sometimes on his face, sometimes on his back, screaming for helpwhenever his mouth was uppermost, and clinging firmly to the cage ofmice, Bob was dragged almost to the door of the tent, where thefrightened animal was finally secured.
"Well, I've got him here, an' I hain't lost a single mouse," said Bob,as he counted his treasures before even scraping the dirt from his face.
Ben and Toby led the calf into the tent after some difficulty, owing tothe attempts of Mr. Stubbs's brother to frighten him, and then they didtheir best to separate the dirt from their partner.
In this good work they had but partially succeeded, when Reddy arrivedwith a large package of brown paper, and his cat without a tail. Thisstartling curiosity he carried in a bag slung over his shoulder, andfrom the expression on his face when he came up it seemed almost certainthat the cat's claws had passed through the bag and into her master'sflesh.
"There," he exclaimed, with a sigh of relief, as he threw his liveburden at the foot of the post to which Mr. Stubbs's brother was tied."I've kept shiftin' that cat from one shoulder to the other ever since Istarted, an' I tell you she can scratch as well as if she had a tail aslong as the monkey's."
It surely seemed as if the work of building the cages had been too longneglected, for here were a number of curiosities without anything inwhich they could be exhibited, and the audience might be dissatisfied ifasked to pay to see a cat in a bag, or a hen under a bushel basket.
Toby spoke of this, and Bob assured him that it could easily be arrangedas soon as all the partners should arrive.
"You see, we've got to carry Mrs. Simpson's cat an' kittens home everynight, 'cause she says the rats are so thick she can spare her onlydaytimes, an' we don't need a cage for her till the show comes off,"said Bob, as he bustled around again to find materials.
Mr. Stubbs's brother demanded his master's attention about this time,owing to his attempts to make friends with the calf. From the time thatthis peaceful animal, who was to be transformed into a grizzly bear, hadbeen brought into the tent, the monkey had tried in every possible wayto get at him, and the calf had shown unmistakable signs of a desire tobutt the monkey. But the ropes which held them both had prevented themeeting. Now, however, Bob detected Mr. Stubbs's brother in trying tobite his rope in two, and it was considered necessary to set a guardover him.
Reddy was already busily engaged in painting the posters, despite theconfusion that reigned, and as his work would keep him inside the tent,he was chosen to have general care of the animals—a task which he,without a thought of possible consequences, accepted cheerfully.
Leander and Joe came together, the first bringing his accordion, andfour rabbits in a cage, and the last carrying five striped squirrels ina pasteboard box.
Leander was the only one who had been thoughtful enough to have hisanimals ready for exhibition, and the[Pg 627] cage in which the long-eared petswere confined bore the inscription, done in a very fanciful way withblue and red crayons: "Wolves. Keep off!"
This cage was placed in the corner near the band stand, where themusician could attend to his musical work and have a watchful eye on hispets at the same time.
Reddy had been busily engaged in painting a notice to be hung up overthe calf; and as he fastened it to the barn just over the spot where theanimal was to be kept, Bob read, with no small degree of pride in thethought that he was the fortunate possessor of such a prize:
Then the artist went back to his task of painting posters, while theothers set to work, full of determination to build the necessary numberof cages, if there was wood enough in Uncle Daniel's barn.
They found timber enough and to spare; but as it was not exactly thekind they wanted, Toby proposed that they should all go over to thehouse, explain the matter to Aunt Olive, and ask her to give them asmany empty boxes as she could afford to part with.
As has been said before, Aunt Olive looked upon the circus scheme withfavor, and when she was called upon to aid in the way of furnishingcages for wild animals, she gave the boys full permission to take allthe boxes they could find in the shed. They found so many that they wereable to select those best suited to the different animals, and yet havequite a stock to fall back upon in case they should make additions totheir menagerie.
[to be continued.]
BY H. C. VAN GIESEN, M.D.
HOW TO RESTORE PERSONS APPARENTLY DROWNED.
Every boy should know how to swim, and it should be a part of everyboy's early education. But even good swimmers are exposed to the dangerof drowning; and to show what to do for an apparently drowned person isthe object of this article. When life is supposed to be extinct, properexertions will often restore the circulation, and establish breathing.It is estimated that a minute and a half's submersion is sufficient tocause