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Chapter NumberII
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Full Date1876-12-23
Page Number4
Word Count816
Last Corrected0000-00-00
Newspaper TitleThe Darling Downs Gazette and General Advertiser (Toowoomba, Qld. : 1858 - 1880)
Trove TitleMysie and Mirrie
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Chajter II.

' Mtsie, please come near ; I want to whisper something.' So the two little sisters edged closer together, and each put an arm round theother. And Mrs. Stephens watched ^om iU,N;.i«ntW Vint did riotaneok.

? ;' Mysie,' said Mini©, softly, 'I don't hke that woman.' J'2ffo/' naidMyBJe. ' Butshewdn't 4b us&iyiiam *#ii knoto' '; . 4S^^tffl&'t^6M^||A^~-£^| ?I

us back soon ?' asked Mirrie. ' No,' said Mysie, ' not to-day.' Mirrie gave a little gasp of dismay. ' Because I don't believe mamma wants us,' said' Mysie, a frown coming between her brows. 'I think she must be tired of us, or she couldn't send us off, and never give us a kiss.' 'She wanted us to do good,' said Mirrie, sorrowfully. ' Yes, and she sent her love. It's a sort of love,' said Mysie. ' I don't believe she loves us a great deal.' London streets were loft behind at last; the houses grow thinner, iiud fields began to take their place, and instead of the bright gas-lights there were only the bright stars overhead. But Mysie and Mirrie saw nothing of this change. They never oucc opened their eyes till the carriage drove through* ii small garden very much filled up with trees and shrubs, and stood before the porch of a curious little old country house. Then the door of the house and the door of the carriage were both opened. An old, withered-looking servant stood at the former, holding a eundle, which flashed dazzling beams into the child ren's even ; and Mrs. Stephens stepped j out of {he latter, showing in the candle- \ light a face just as old and withered as the other woman's. And the coach man, lifting dowu a umall box from the roof, came forward, and he was older than either of the other two. ' Now then, little misses,' said he ; and he lifted out first Mysie and then Mirrie, and set them down on the red and brown figured oil-cloth of the small square hall. 'Take 'em in to see missis,' he suggested, for the two women stood looking at the children. So Stephens took Mysie and Mirrie's hands, and marched them off to a door at the right side. And when she had led them through, they found them selves inside a cozy parlor, with a lamp on the table, and 'a big fire burning, and a white cat asleep on the hearth rug, and a canary-bird asleep in its cage, and a little dog asleep in its basket, and an old lady asleep in her arm -chair. The little dog was the first to awake; mid ho tumbled out of his basket, and

set up such a succession of yelps aud barks that he roused everybody and everything else. Mirrie ceased rub bing her eves, and shrank, halffright ened, closer to Mysie. The white cat set up its back 'and yawned. The canary pulled his head from under his wing,' and gave a chirp ; and the old lady sat erect in her chair, iind gazed hard about her with some bewildered blinks. ?'Eh! what's the matter now. Ste phens-' What's the matter now, Rossi- j ter r' . I 'The children's come, ma'am.' said j Stephens. 'The children! Ah. to be sure,' said the old lady in :i verv drowsy tone. ' A 1! right. Put them— to— IkkI.' Ii was very evident that bed was the only fii place at that moment for the old lady herself. She laid her head back on the cushion of her chair, and said no more. '? It's past missis' bed-time, but she would May up,' said Hossiler. ' She'll be pleased enough to have Yin in the lnuriiiiur. Prettv little dcurs ! I'll

get 'cm off to bed now, while you see to missis.' ' (rive Yin a piece of cake first,' suggested Stephens, looking quite tenderly upon them out of her huge poke-bonnet . ' I shouldn't wonder if they're hungry.' So a great slice of seed-cake — much richer than nurse would have chosen for them — was handed to each child. And, between cake aud sleepiness and general bewilderment, they actually submitted to being undressed by Stephens, without a word of remon strance. Mysie made little Mirrie kneel down and say her prayers softly, as she would have done at home, and Mysie afterwards knelt down aud said her own. Then they were helped into f he grcatdark four-pouter bed, so unlike the two little white-curtained ones to which they were accustomed ; and Mirrie dropped sound asleep imme diately. Mysie did not at all mean to do the same. She quite intended to lie awake, ami go over these various perplexities in her little mind. But somehow it happened that five minutes had not passed before Mysie's eyes too were closed in placid slumber.