|Newspaper Title||Illustrated Sydney News (NSW: 1881-1894)|
|Trove Title||A Girl Named Bobbie|
A Girl Named Bobbie,
"0, mother, Suds too,-oh., do ask Suds, lie is thé dearest, funniest little fellow you can imagine."
" My dear Midge, when I said you might ask Bobbie Lennox-what a ridiculous name, by-the-way-I did not bargain for an army of great rough boys too."
" But, mother j Suds is such a queer little fellow ; he will make you die laughing, and, oh, I must have Dick, he made such a splen- did blackie, oh, and just Ted, because he burnt his hand, and Bonnie is such a gentle- manly little boy, you would quite love him, oh, and Frank would feel left out, so you must ask him as well, that's all, mother," and Midge paused, quite out of breath, " obj you will, won't you, mother, sweet, do say
Of course, our little pickle had her own way, and the next day great excitement was occasioned at the parsonnge by the arrival of a note for the doctor, asking whether he would allow Bobbie and his own five little boys to spend the following Tuesday with
" Little boys, forsooth !" said Dick* draw- ing himself up. " I wonder does she know I'm captain of our eleven-I'm not ¿oing there to be patronised by a little bit of a giri no bigger than Bobbie." Nevertheless, when Tuesday came, Master Dick said no- thing about staying at home, but went up to dress with the others, taking an unusually long time over his toilet, and admonishing Bertha frequently about the shine of his
Suds was resplendent in the " best blue suit " (his own this time), and looked, as Bertha said, a perfect picture if one didn't know what he was. The waggonette, sent by Mr. Laurayne, arrived at about 9 o'clock, so Bertha had much ado to get the six of them, ready by that time. The doctor came out on the porch to say good-bye
and to criticise them as he was wont
to do each Sunday before they went to church. He felt conscious, in a vague sort of way, that Bertha, though a ~ very worthy and well-meaning woman,
could hardly see to them as their own mother would have done, and he thought it a duty, albeit a troublesome one, to occasion- al^* " review " them, as Dick called it. He generally did ix; only once a week, on a Sun- day, and it was with considerable dismay the children saw him rub his glasses now prior to examining them. "I always feel as if I'm one of his insects going to be clas- sified and prodded with a pin," Bobbie used
to say, after standing impatient and fidgetty , under his sole review. " Iloberta, my child," he said this morning, as Bobbie was slowly revolving before him, "isn't your hair a little untidy?" Bobbie gave her red-gold mane a hurried pat down. " Is that a button off your glove ?" The hand in question was thrust into a pocket. " And-er-er, my dear child are you not displaying rather too much-er-er-stocking, as it were ? " And
the little doctor blushed crimson and looked
appealingly at Bertha.
" Well, her frocks is gettin' a bit short for her," said that personage, surveying the offending little legs deliberately, " she's grown amazingly, but it seems "fashionable to wear 'em short, the little Miss the other day had 'em shorter still, and her ma ought
ter know what's what, and after all's said and done, legs is legs."
To which indisputable fact the doctor could return no answer and only suggested, half timidly, that as she was growing such a big girl perhaps Bertha might let a seam
"Frederick, are your hands clean?" he asked next, and Suds put up a pair of scratched, brown, but scrupulously clean hands with very pardonable pride, " and are you sure the toes of your boots are not through, Edward?" and Ted showed a tole- rably respectable pair and then the review
For a few minutes after the waggonette had driven away, the doctor stood thought- fully in the porch with his spectacles pushed high up on his forehead. " Are they a very much out-at-elbow lot, Bertha ?" he asked, at last, with a little sigh, " they seem to ' cost a good deal of money and yetV-"
" Bless your heart, Master, dear¿" said Bertha, with heartiness that quite cheered .' the doctor, " all the money in the mint
wouldn't keep our lads more than just respectable, don't you go a**worriting your poor old head over them, they're a healthy, straight-limbed lot and ali the fine feathers ' iii Sydney wouldn't make them any
\ The doctor went to his study comforted,
and fell to dissecting beetles in quite a
' cheerful state of mind.
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