|Newspaper Title||Australian Town and Country Journal (Sydney, NSW : 1870 - 1907)|
|Trove Title||A Tale of Twins|
Princess Spinaway's Department.
A TALE OP TWINS.
By Muriel Clarkson (Toodyay, W. Australia);.
(Dedicated to my dear old friend, E. .T.)
So they all went up to tho big nursery, looking as glum as only disappointed children can. :
-"It's a shame," muttered Jack, rebelliously, "a horrid, dirty shame!"
He flattened his email nose against the window pane, and looked out towards the soaking pad docks, while a fat tear rolled down his cheeks, but he furtively brushed it away before the others,
? could see. - - .
Janey sat down and began to draw a cluster of arum Hiles, for she was something of an artist;,
but the others wandered- listlessly round, andi growled at the weather.
Miriam was reading the most interesting part of: a new and popular book, but at Vivvy's request, she goodnaturedly put it down, and brought out. "Arabian Nights."
'Now, then, which shall lt be?" she asked, as they clustered round.
"Yaddin's Yamp," said Baby, who was perched
on Alick's knee.
"Oh, that's a stupid thing," said Mag, discon tentedly. . "Have 'The Three Calendars,'. Mlrryl"
"No; 'Sinbad the Sailor,' is best, I think," said Jack, sauntering up; "or else about the queen who turned a whole city to stone."
."Well, I can't read all three at once," cried Mi riam; "but as Baby is youngest, I think the
choice should He with her."
The rest agreed, all except Mag, who, angry at losing her beloved "Calendars," stuck a finger In each ear, and refused to listen.
"Sulk as long as you please, but stop banging your heels on the floor," Irritably exclaimed Dave, who was reading his "Deadwood Dick" in the furtherest corner. "Spiteful cat!"
'"Cat yourself," returned Miss Mag, very/calm ly; but she got up from the floor, and went "down stairs, returning presently with a slice of bread
Miriam was still reading "Alladln's Lamp," so she went across to Jane, and hung over her draw ing, alternately praising and finding fault in it; in a way that made her hasty>tempered sister as
mad as a hornet.
' "Look here, Mag,'-' .she said, sharply, "if you don't go and sit down-quietly, I'll put you out side. "Why on earth are you such a tiresome llt ? tie wretch?" v ::';:- ?'??'.?. . '.'.'.?.."
"I'm not tiresome," said Mag, indignantly; then she looked startled, for, unnoticed by either, a long string of -honey had dropped down, and was spreading'itself over the Illy clusters.
Janey saw it; arid her face went white with pap elón. "You little wretch!" ßhe cried furiously; "I'll
But Dave came up, and held ber back. Then he took his small sister1 by the nape of her neck, and bundled her but into the corridor, and locked the . door. ?
"Stay there till you're good," he called through the keyhole; but fqr once Mag did not answer him ; back. - V
As the rain still poured down, Miriam proposed toffee-making for a-change; and needless to eay tho children were delighted.
So 'ohé went downstairs to get the materials ne cessary; and Mag, who was still sitting there,, did - not aitbempt to go in, as she had heard the key turn
In the- lock again.
But when some of the toffee was put in a cup of cold walter to "crackle," everyone wanted to test it; and had- not Miriam reserved the right of sampling exclusively ¡to herself, very little would have re mained to pour out,
"I, think we ought to have a party, now we're about it," said VI wy; and then, seeing the others thought the suggestion a good one, she flew down to ask mdther's permission.
In the nursery Dave and Alick had pulled the big table into the middle of the room, and were drag ging chairs in from the adjoining schoolroom, while Jane busied herself in setting the cloth with plates, etc. She decorated it, too, with lovely tulips and pepper tree, and then Mirry came up, and they put out all the cakes and sandwiches she had brought.
Out in the corridor Mag met Baby. "What's on?" ßhe asked anxiously.
"Tea party," eaid Baby, succinctly.
Mag turned and followed her as she strolled along to the nursery; 'then when Baby shut the door In her face, she called through the crack, "I'm good now!"
Inside they held a hurried consultation as to whether she should be pardoned or not. "She's been horrid all the afternoon," said Jack, vindic tively; and Mag, still outside, heard it, and mentally resolved to smash Jack's most cherished bird'a egg.
"Yeo, let her In," urged Miriam and Jane; but when.Jane's eye fell on the spoilt picture she added,
But Gerald had already gone to the door and opened it.
"Now, then," he said, "go and apologise to Jane." And Mag drew In a long sniff of fragrant cocoa, let her eyes rest on the delightfully brown sweet . toffee, and went! .'?
Miriam seated herself. at the head of the table, arid looked round at the parity, all devouring the table with their hungry eyes.
"You can, Blt down now," »he said, graciously; ""everything is ready."
"We ought to have gone out and come lu arm and arm, like at real dinner parties," said Viwy, who liked things to be in style.
"What rot!" said Dave, his mouth full, for he .did not feel disposed to leave his seat again.
"You're a gawk, Vivian Merton," said Jack, taking a ithird cake.
"So are you," retorted his elster angrily and she pinched his arm viciously; a fight would have taken place had not Dave forcibly ¡restored order.
Allck stood up and proposed "Miss Merton" in ?elaborate terms, and the children! cheered wildly, without knowing in the least whait they were do ing it for, and then drank the health in cocoa.
Jack proposed ' 'Mr. . and Mrs. Merton," and then : «topped dead short for a voice said, from the vi
cinity of the nursery door, "Thank you my boy !"
They looked up with a etarlt of surprise and be held father, mother, and Mrs. Grantly standing in the doorway, and looking on.
"Go on with the toasts," said Uncle Harry, a ;gleam of amusement in his eyes.
But they refused to, and soon after the parity Ibroke up, and the viands had disappeared in a way that was miraculous.
'?>.':-. (To be continued.)