"Hush, hush!" said Snubby Nose and Tippy Toes, "Grandpa Grumbles is talking." Grandpa Grumbles went on, "On long winter evenings I sat and mended and glued and pasted the toys and soon they looked as good as new." "Rap-a-tap," sounded on the door, "Rap-a-tap." Bunny took the candle and went to the door. There stood Doctor Cotton-Tail. He said, "Good evening, how are the Seventeen Little Bears?

"If Doris Leighton hadn't gone off for a week just as we got that first glimpse of her," she mourned, fussing about the trifles on the dainty dresser. "Or if I only knew someone to say a word to. It seems like a week since I heard a human voice. I'd go out and take a walk if " Rap-a-tap! Someone was using the diminutive knocker on the sitting-room door.

Meyerburg walked directly to the small deal table there beside her bed and still littered with half-curled blue-prints. These she gathered into a tight roll, snapping a rubber band about it. She rang incisively the fourth of the row of bells. A man-servant responded almost immediately with a light rap-a-tap at the door. She was there and waiting.

Bunny Cotton-Tail said, "My fur and whiskers, it seems like a fairy tale, but Snubby Nose always cried, and this little Cotton-Tail is so polite." Susan cried, "Hark! I hear a rap-a-tap, who can be coming at this hour of the night?" The door opened; in fell Snubby Nose in a heap, and he cried and he screamed and he howled!

"It's going to be in the street. I'm the General," said Taro. "Oh, how I wish I could be a General," cried Take. But Taro never even heard her. He was already on his way to join his regiment. In a few minutes Take heard the "rap-a-tap, tap! rap-a-tap, tap!" of a drum. "They're coming! They're coming!" she called to her Mother and Father. The Mother rolled Bot'Chan on to her back.

He said, "Please tell me how you burned your paw, I am never tired hearing about it." Bunny Cotton-Tail began, "Once when I was young " "Rap-a-tap" was heard on the door, and Tippy Toes was so polite he went to the door and brought the milk in. Tippy Toes curled up then at Bunny Cotton-Tail's feet and begged, "Do tell me now why you liked to read by candlelight."

I took the trouble of translating the words of one literally, and here they are: Yesterday my senses opened, At a rap-a-tap from Reason, Inspiring in me an intention Which I never had before, Seeing that through all my days My life has been just what it is. Therefore when I rose I said, To-day shall be as yesterday, Since Reason tells me I have been From day to day the self-same thing.

One day Deb had been shut out, when Mary, the maidservant, who was sitting industriously stitching away, heard a rap-a-tap at the front door, announcing the arrival, as she supposed, of a visitor. Putting down her work, she hurried to the door and lifted the latch; but no one was there except Deb, who at that moment leaped off the window-sill and entered the house.

He was still indulging in his triumph, when the first tap of the drum was heard. All listened; every ear pricking like that of a deer that hears the hound, when there followed "r-r-r-ap tap r-r-r-ap tap r-r-r-ap tapa-tap-tap rap-a-tap a-rap-a-tap a-rap-a-tap a-tap-tap." "Instinct or reason, Sir Jarvy is going to quarters!" exclaimed the honourable.

Bunny Cotton-Tail began again, "Once when I was young " "Rap-a-tap" sounded on the door. Tippy Toes went and let in the Grocer boy. He curled up again at Bunny Cotton-Tail's feet and said, "Now Bunny, please tell me the story." Bunny Cotton-Tail began again, "Once, when I was young " Then the most surprising thing happened! Soot began to pour down the chimney. It flew all over the room.