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Project Gutenberg's St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 2, December, 1877, by Various This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 2, December, 1877 Author: Various Release Date: March 15, 2005 [EBook #15373] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK ST. NICHOLAS, VOL. 5, NO. 2, *** Produced by Juliet Sutherland, Lynn Bornath and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at THE HOLY FAMILY. ST. NICHOLAS. VOL. V. DECEMBER, 1877. [Copyright, 1877, by Scribner & Co.] No. 2. TABLE OF CONTENTS & ILLUSTRATIONS THE HOLY FAMILY. (Illustration) THE THREE KINGS. By Henry W. Longfellow. ROWING AGAINST TIDE. By Theodore Winthrop. A CHAPTER OF BUTTS. (Illustration) THE LION-KILLER. (From the French of Duatyeff .) By Mary Wager Fisher. Illustration: "THE BEAST GAVE A MIGHTY SPRING." BRUNO'S REVENGE. By the Author of "Alice in Wonderland." Illustrations: MUSIC FOR "TING, TING, TING". "IT'S THE LOVELIEST THING AS I NEVER SAW IN ALL MY LIFE BEFORE!" THE MOCKING-BIRD AND THE DONKEY. (From the Spanish of the Mexican poet José Rosas.) By William Cullen Bryant. THE FAMOUS HORSES OF VENICE. By Mary Lloyd. Illustration: THE HORSES OF ST. MARK'S. CHRISTMAS CARD. (Illustration) THE PETERKINS' CHARADES. By Lucretia P. Hale. A DOUBLE RIDDLE. By J.G.H. UNDER THE LILACS By Louisa M. Alcott. Illustrations: "A RAG-BABY HUNG FROM THE RUSTY KNOCKER." "BAB AND BETTY ON THEIR WAY TO THE TEA-PARTY." GETTING BEN'S SUPPER. "BEN PRESENTED IT TO HER ON THE BACK OF HIS HAND." A CHAT ABOUT POTTERY. By Edwin C. Taylor. Illustrations: TEA-STAND (ROYAL WORCESTER PORCELAIN). LONDON CABMAN (ROYAL WORCESTER PORCELAIN). CHINESE DOG (ROYAL WORCESTER PORCELAIN). DRESDEN CHINA. MARK OF DRESDEN CHINA. MARK OF WORCESTER PORCELAIN. TERRA COTTA VASE. JEWELED PORCELAIN. DOULTON WARE. ENGLISH PUG IN PORCELAIN. MAJOLICA PLATE FROM CASTELLANI COLLECTION. POEMS BY TWO LITTLE AMERICAN GIRLS. Elaine and Dora Read Goodale SWEET MARJORAM DAY. (A Fairy Tale .) By Frank R. Stockton. Illustrations: THE BABIES IN THE SWEET MARJORAM BEDS. THE REFORMED PIRATE. "THE REFORMED PIRATE IS THE JOLLIEST MAN AFLOAT." "IT SEEMS TO ME THAT IT COULDN'T BE BETTER,' SAID THE CONDENSED PIRATE." THE CONDENSED PIRATE CLIMBS UP THE OUTSIDE OF THE STEEPLE. "SING-A-SING!" By S.C. Stone. Illustration: SING-A-SING. NOW, OR THEN? By Gail Hamilton. JACK'S CHRISTMAS. By Emma K. Parrish. Illustration: "'LET ME SEE 'EM,' SAID HIS FATHER." LEFT OUT. By A.G.W. MISS ALCOTT, The Friend of Little Women and of Little Men. By F.B.S. Illustration: PORTRAIT THE BOY WHO JUMPED ON TRAINS. By Mary Hartwell. Illustrations: "HE WOULD JUMP ON THE CARS TO RIDE." "HIS FATHER'S STERN COMMAND." "THE FREIGHT-CARS DECKED WITH BOYS DID SLIDE." THE TOWER-MOUNTAIN By Gustavus Frankenstein. Illustrations: THE VIEW FROM THE LEDGE. "THERE WAS THE PARROT ON THE TABLE." SINGING PINS. By Harlan H. Ballard. Illustrations: TUNING THE PINS. THE PIN-ORGAN. ABOUT THE PORPOISES. By J.D. Illustration: A SCHOOL OF PORPOISES. THE WILD WIND. By Clara W. Raymond. THE MAGICIAN AND HIS BEE. By P.F. Illustrations: "THE MAGICIAN AT THE HEAD." "THE KING CAME, WITH HIS THREE BODY-GUARDS MARCHING IN FRONT." "THE COURT TAILOR RODE ON A GOAT." "THEN CAME THE LADIES OF THE COURT." "THE TOWN BELL-MAN WALKED ALONG IN GRAND STATE." "THERE WAS A LION WHO LIVED AT THE TOWN-HALL." "TWO OF THE LIVELIEST ANIMALS IN THE TOWN." "THERE WERE A LOT OF GRASSHOPPERS AND LITTLE GNATS." NO SKOOL TODAY. SCRUBBY'S BEAUTIFUL TREE. By J.C. Purdy. Illustrations: "OLE KRISS IS COMING WITH HIS REINDEER." SCRUBBY'S FRIENDS ARRANGING HER CHRISTMAS-TREE. THE MINSTREL'S CAROL. A Christmas Colloquy. Illustration: MUSIC FOR "WITH WOND'RING AWE." JACK-IN-THE-PULPIT. BABY-BO. Illustration: BABY-BO ARTHUR AND HIS PONY. Illustration: ARTHUR ON HIS PONY. YOUNG CONTRIBUTORS' DEPARTMENT. Illustrations: TWO YOUNG MARTYRS. "H'M! DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW YOU'RE OUT?" THE LETTER BOX. NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS. THE RIDDLE-BOX. ANSWERS TO PUZZLES IN NOVEMBER NUMBER. THE THREE KINGS. BY HENRY W. LONGFELLOW. Three Kings came riding from far away, Melchior and Gaspar and Baltazar; Three Wise Men out of the East were they, And they traveled by night and they slept by day, For their guide was a beautiful, wonderful star. The star was so beautiful, large and clear, That all the other stars of the sky Became a white mist in the atmosphere, And the Wise Men knew that the coming was near Of the Prince foretold in the prophecy. Three caskets they bore on their saddle-bows, Three caskets of gold with golden keys; Their robes were of crimson silk, with rows Of bells and pomegranates and furbelows, Their turbans like blossoming almond-trees. And so the Three Kings rode into the West, Through the dusk of night over hills and dells, And sometimes they nodded with beard on breast, And sometimes talked, as they paused to rest, With the people they met at the way-side wells. "Of the child that is born," said Baltazar, "Good people, I pray you, tell us the news, For we in the East have seen his star, And have ridden fast, and have ridden far, To find and worship the King of the Jews." And the people answered: "You ask in vain; We know of no king but Herod the Great!" They thought the Wise Men were men insane, As they spurred their horses across the plain Like riders in haste who cannot wait. And when they came to Jerusalem, Herod the Great, who had heard this thing, Sent for the Wise Men and questioned them; And said: "Go down into Bethlehem, And bring me tidings of this new king." So they rode away; and the star stood still, The only one in the gray of morn; Yes, it stopped, it stood still of its own free will, Right over Bethlehem on the hill, The city of David where Christ was born. And the Three Kings rode through the gate and the guard, Through the silent street, till their horses turned And neighed as they entered the great inn-yard; But the windows were closed, and the doors were barred, And only a light in the stable burned. And cradled there in the scented hay, In the air made sweet by the breath of kine, The little child in the manger lay,— The child that would be king one day Of a kingdom not human but divine. His mother, Mary of Nazareth, Sat watching beside his place of rest, Watching the even flow of his breath, For the joy of life and the terror of death Were mingled together in her breast. They laid their offerings at his
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