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troop out into the open air. How rudely the cold wind trcats their
little noses! But they are so happy, they don't think of the cold. And all this time the snowflakes have been very diligent in their work, and everything, as far as the eye can see, is already quite white.
The children soon arrive at the pretty, glittering stalls. What a pressing and crowding there is, to be sure! What pretty things! And what wishes arise in the little hearts! But the children have learnt for a long time to be content with little, and are delighted to only look at the wonderful things which are for other children. But now it is time to go home.
As they turn a corner of the street, Karl stumbles over something. At first he thinks it is a curb-stone.
But it moves ; and a little voice says wearily, “Mother, I'm cold! The children press round. There in the snow they see a little child, half frozen with the bitter cold.
• Where is your mother ?' asks Karl.
I don't know,' said the little thing, and its teeth chattered as it spoke. Karl looks round, and sees no mother. So he picks up the child that clings round his neck, and nearly weighs him down; but he plods on bravely, and his little brothers and sisters follow. At length home is reached, and the children tumble up the staircase again. They stop outside the parlour. Mother opens the door and says, 'Wipe your shoes, and wait outside till I call you! Father Christmas has come !!
The bright light from the parlour lit up the dark street where they were standing, and then, as the door closed, all was dark again. It seemed quite ghostly to the children. They heard talking within. Father had come home. What—what is there? Their little hearts are full of the pretty things they saw at the market.
Come in ! cries father.
The room, with its polished boards and snow-white curtains, glitters in the light. Seven heaps lie on the white table-cloth under the Christmas-tree. But seven heaps, andeight children!
Why, there are eight of them !' cries the father, half amused, half frightened. And there the eight stood round the tree, and gazed at the burning lights in glee.
Oh, father! cried Karl, ‘we found the little thing half frozen in the snow !'
• Quite right of you to bring it here,' answered father; "it would have frozen to death. But, wife,' he added, as we have one more of them to-night, cannot you get it a few presents ?
So after hunting about the good wife collects a little heap of presents. Then she took off the child's wet frock and cap, and its golden curls fell down over its forehead, so that it looked like a Christmas angel.
• What will its mother think?' cries the good wife, weeping and kissing the little stranger. And then mirth and noise rang louder even than in the afternoon, and the old clock ticked on unheard. And later on the father went to the police-station to report that he had found a strange child in the snow.
Early next morning, when the children and the little foundling were fast asleep, its mother came for her child. She sobbed for joy when she saw it once more, fresh and well, and kissed Karl who had saved it. What tears were shed when the happy mother carried off her child ! But the children often met to play together, and every Christmas, when they had their Christmas-tree, the biggest heap of presents always fell to the little Christinas Angel.'
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365, 370, 378, 390 Now Mother': Shawl was bought, 398, 196 How Marcian became Emperor 410 'I neror thought of it!'
: : 142, 150
3 “And Then po
6 A Little Saint
62 An Obedient Ear
71 Ancient Writing Materials
94 Among Lions 146, 154, 162, 174, 178, 186, 194, 206, 210, 218, 226, 238, 242, 253, 258, 266, 274, 282, 290, 298, 310, 315, 322, 334, A Story about the Ibex
170 An Idler taught
183 Ascension Day • After long Years
220 A Cedar from Lebanon in Paris
230 • All Alone' A Word to the Wise :
283 A Seriuon from a pair of Boots 318 *A soft Answer turneth away Wratli' 359 A good Maxim
410 Blind leading the Blind
21 Be Soiacbody
202 Blackberrying ;' or,' why did he leave her?
326, 331 Christmas
38 Christie's Birthday :
294, 302 Cataracts and Rills
102, 107, 118 The Night of the storm :
110 The Ibex
119 The Wry Ginss :
123 The Crooked Fingers
140 The Icelanders' Custom
142 The Cuckoo's Eyg in the Hedgesparrow's Nest
157 The Bittern
170 The Boys' Motto
180 The Fallow-deer, Hart, and Roe 194 The Box on the Ear
198 The French Fish-girl
199 Trinity Sunday .
215 The Stork
215 The Pelican
250 The Charterhouse
251 The Mother's Old Bible
262, 270 The Wet Sunday Afternoon
276 The Filter-Tap
286 The King-fisher
314 The Rainbow
324 The Scorched Testament
339 The Glass Marbles 342, 346, 354, 362 The Flask of Oil
850 Thoughtless Mimnie.
356 The Swan
370 The Struggle and the Victory 888
130, 138 Whit un Day
202 Wise Sayings
246 What a child cannot forgot
The Generous Slave The Christian Angel The Circumcision
11 38 43
A Winter Hymn
5 60 93 13+ 166 214 372 405
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