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Title: Curly Locks
Author: Anonymous, - To be updated
Language: English
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By Anonymous

[Illustration: 0001]

|I am going to tell you the story of a dear, good little girl, called
Curly Locks. Of course that was not her _real_ name; her real name was
Alice, but she was called Curly Locks because she had such beautiful
hair, which hung down her back in golden ringlets. Some people think
that _all_ the good children are in story-books; that there were no real
good children. Yes, I have actually heard some grown-up people say
this, that all the live children were bad, and all the good ones were
in story-books. Now I think that people who believe this, must have been
very bad themselves when young, and so have a bad opinion of children
generally. Curly Locks was an unusually good child, good enough to write
a whole book about. Never shall I forget the first time I ever saw her,
for never did I see a prettier picture, no, not in all the art galleries
of Europe. She was sitting in a large, velvet chair sewing doll-clothes,
at the same time singing a sweet song, stopping now and then to tell
dollie to be good and go to sleep, though poor dollie looked as if she
was not very comfortable. I have tried to show you in the picture here
how she looked, but the picture of a pretty little girl could never be
as pretty as the little girl herself.

[Illustration: 0003]

|Curly Locks lived in a very large city and went to a Kindergarten. Do
you go to a Kindergarten, little Reader? I hope so, for they are the
nicest places in the world for small children. I must tell you about
a party that the children had who went to the Kindergarten with Curly
Locks. Some kind ladies wished to have a free Kindergarten for little
boys and girls who were not able to pay, so it was suggested that there
should be a children's féte at one of the ladies' houses who lived a
short distance in the country.

To make it more interesting, they concluded that the children should
wear fancy costumes. Well, it was a beautiful sight: so many little
people dressed in so many different styles; there were Lords and Ladies,
princes and peasants, and all sorts of characters represented; but I
will not describe any except that of Curly Locks. She went as the "Mary
that had the little Lamb, whose fleece was white as snow." Fortunately a
few weeks before the féte came off, her uncle, who lived in the country,
sent her for a present the dearest little white lamb. Oh! how Curly
Locks loved it, and how delighted she was when her mother told her that
she could take it to the party with her.

[Illustration: 0006]

|She had named it Snow Drop, because it looked so pure and white when
she first saw it. She had to have it washed for the party though, or
she could not have sung "its fleece was white as snow." You can not keep
lambs white in large cities very well. Snow Drop was worthy his name
though, when dressed for the party--he had a blue ribbon with a tiny
silver bell around his neck. I think Curly Locks with her little lamb at
her side, was more admired than any other character at the fête, and she
enjoyed it all so much--the little children, the green grass, the bright
flowers, the music, the ice-cream--oh! it was all a delight to her, and
the fresh air brought such a pretty pink color to her cheeks, that Papa
said when school was out, she could go and make her kind uncle a visit
in the country.

Well, Curly Locks dreamed of the country all that night, and in a few
weeks her Mamma and Papa took her to her uncle's. I could not begin to
tell you of all the pleasures she had daring the time she was there, but
I will try and tell what she liked best. She had a cousin near her own
age named Harry, and they often went fishing together. There was a creek
near the house, and as it was not dangerous, her Mamma was not afraid
for her to go. To be sure there were only small fish in this creek, but
they were small children, and could not have caught large fish had there
been any. Sometimes when tired of fishing, they would put their rods on
the grass, and hunt pretty pebbles and small shells in the sand--this
was great fun for Curly Locks--better than fishing, and she carried home
with her that Fall several bottles of pretty stones and shells, into
which she poured a little clear water, which made them look much

[Illustration: 0007]

|One of her greatest delights was feeding the pigeons. Her cousin Harry
had a great flock of them--most of which were white, but he had all
varieties; and fine specimens they were; there were fan-tails, pouters,
tumblers, top-knots, and others. If you don't know the meaning of
pouters and tumblers, ask your Papa and he will tell you.

Every time Curly Locks went near the barn, which was their home, they
would fly down to her, and _what_ a noise they would make! She would
take them in her hands and talk to them, and they would talk back, but
Curly Locks did not understand pigeon talk, so I cannot tell you what
they said, though I have no doubt but that they were thanking her for
feeding them.

She was feeding them one morning when Harry came running to her, his
face beaming with pleasure: oh! Curly Locks! come! come quickly, Papa
is going to take us to the cave and Mamma and Auntie are going too, and
they are harnessing the old white horse to the Jersey wagon now, and
we are going to take our dinner! Harry stopped for want of breath, when
Curly Locks said good-bye to the pigeons and went with all haste back to
the house with Harry. There, sure enough, was old whitey and the Jersey
standing at the front door all ready, and the two Mammas busy putting up
a luncheon. Now, _ALL_ are ready, and off they go--the two little ones
in front, with Uncle and the two Mammas on the back seat. It was a
lovely day, just warm enough to be pleasant. After a ride of several
miles they reached the cave, which was on the farm of a friend of
Uncle's. They first went to the house, where they were warmly welcomed,
and invited to take dinner, but for the children's sake they declined,
for as Harry said, that would spoil the picnic altogether. Well! said
the good-natured farmer, then we will go with you--which they did with
their two little girls,--and a nice time they had. The mouth of the cave
was quite large and opened into an immense chamber, and all about there
were small openings; peeping into these, you could see nothing but
darkness. The cave had only been discovered a short time, and was a
great mystery to every one. After dinner, Harry proposed that they
should play hide and seek in the cave, which was the cause of a great
shock to his parents. He crawled into one of the small openings, and
went so far that he could not find the way out, as there were winding
passages which seemed to open into large rooms. When he found himself
lost, he began to cry with all his might, which reached the others with
a faint, sad sound.

His father called in a terribly loud voice for him to stand still, as
he might, by trying to get out, get into worse danger, perhaps fall into
some water and drown himself. Well, it did not take long for his Papa,
with a light, to find him; but it was long enough to frighten them all
badly--especially his Mamma, who made Harry promise he would never again
play hide and seek in a cave. And that night, when Harry and Curly Locks
said their prayers, they thanked God that Harry was safe at home and not
lost in a dark and dismal cave.

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