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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA 

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HAPPY HEAETS 



BY JUKE ISLE. 



CINCINNATI: 

PUBLISHED BY POE & HITCHCOCK. 

E. P. THOMPSON, PBINTEB. 



Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1864. 

BY POE & HITCHCOCK, 



ID the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United State 
for the Southern District of Ohio. 



CONTENTS. 



CHAPTER. PAGE. 

I. WHOM HAVE WE ALWAYS 9 

II. FRITZ DEAD, YET LIVES 29 

III. How? ANSWERED 41 

IV. WHAT THE STARS SAW 47 



HAPPY HEARTS. 



CHAPTER I. 

WHOM HAVE WE ALWAYS. 

R. and Mrs. 
. Payson 
( had three 
.little 
children, 
^j who were 

very dear to 
-, , 

them, and whom 

they amused and instructed in 
many pleasant ways. 

One Spring, just as the leaves 




10 MAPLE GROVE STORIES. 

were bursting open and the birds 
were filling the air with gay 
songs, Mr. Payson told the chil- 
dren he had bought a home for 
them in the country. 

This pleased the little ones, 
and they talked from morning 
till night about what they would 
do in their new home. 

In- the pretty country they 
watched 4he birds building their 
nests, and saw them feeding their 
young and teaching them to fly; 
and then they saw them in great 
cawing, twittering, fluttering 
swarms moving off to warmer 
lands when the yellow Autumn 
leaves began to fall. 



HAPPY HEARTS. 11 

y 

But when the Winter winds 
sung through the old pine trees, 
the children began to talk about 
Christmas. 

"I wonder if Santa Glaus will 
come away out here, with his 
great pack of toys," said Eebecca 
one -day. " I am afraid he will 
forget us, he has p many chil- 
dren to remembe'ff" 

"He m$y perhap* forget us," 
said Joshua; "for cousin Nelly 
^ays that he, one time, forgot to 
put any thing in her stocking, 
although she hung it where he 
could find it." 

"But," said Eebecca, "Nelly 
said it was a very stormy 



12 MAPLE GROVE STORIES. 

and they lived on a hill, and 
the wind blew so hard they 
were afraid it would blow the 
house down. And I think Santa 
Glaus was afraid the wind would 
upset his pack of toys if he went 
up on aunt Judd's roof." 

" I .think," said Joshua, "we had 
better send Santa Glaus a letter, 
telling him that we have moved 
from town out into this pretty 
pine grove, then he will know 
where to find us." 

"That will be a good way," 
said Rebecca; "for I remember 
when Mrs. White, who lives in 
our house in town, was here last 
week, she told mamma that many 



HAPPY HEARTS. 13 

persons had called there since we 
left, and asked for Mr. Payson. 
Now, if the people do not know 
that we have moved away, Santa 
Glaus may not; so he may go 
there and slide down the chim- 
ney, and, without asking any 
thing about it, put all the nice 
things, which he has in his pack 
for us, in Tommy and Jenny 
White's stockings." 

"I will write to Santa Glaus," 
said Joshua, "as soon as I can 
find time." 

Joshua said this in rather of 
a large way, for he wished to 
talk like a man of business. 

"I will run and get your slate 



14 MAPLE QEOVE STORIES. 

now/ 1 said Kebecca; and she soon 
came with the slate and pencil. 

They all sat down and Joshua 
took the pencil to write; but he 
found he could not do much, as 
his mamma was not there to spell 
the words for him. 

"Let us ask papa to send 
word to Santa Glaus/' said Ke- 
becca. 

"And let us ask Mrs. White/' 
said Newton, "to watch, and, 
when Santa Glaus comes to her" 
house, tell him where we live." 

"But Mrs. White might watch 
all night, and then not see him/' 
said Eebecca; "for I think Santa 
Glaus never makes any noise 



HAPPY HEARTS. 15 

till lie is just going out of sight; 
then his eight tiny reindeers 
jingle their bells as they scam- 
per away with the sleigh full of 
toys." 

Mrs. Payson came into the 
nursery, and the children told 
her what they had been saying. 

" Santa Glaus shall be told 
where to find you/' said Mrs. 
Payson, "and you will have a 
happy Christmas if you are 
happy in your own hearts. You 
shall have a Christmas tree, 
and we will invite some friends 
to come and enjoy its fruits with 
us. But I wish you to remem- 
ber, my darlings, if you have 



16 MAPLE GROVE STORIES. 

naughty thoughts you can not 
have a happy Christmas." 

"But if some naughty thoughts 
come, what can we do?" asked 
Eebecca. 

"Try to think about some- 
thing good and pleasant," said 
Mrs. Payson, "and ask God to 
help you. Yesterday, when I 
heard Joshua telling Newton, 
in an angry way, that he 
hoped Santa Glaus would not 
bring him any thing, I thought 
my dear boy's thinker was 
wrong." 

"I know, mamma," said Josh- 
ua, "that I wish to be 



But, if God lets me be naughty, 



HAPPY HEARTS. 17 

what good does it do to ask him 
to help me?" 

"God will help you if you 
ask him in the right way, and if 
you watch yourselves," said Mrs. 
Payson. "If we wished to be 
happy ourselves we must do 
something to make others so; 
and even little children can do 
much good if they try." 

" When we are trying to make 
others happy," said Joshua, "we 
shall have good thoughts." 

"A little verse which you re- 
peat J*' said Mrs. Payson, "says 
truly that 

' Satan finds some mischief still 
For idle hands to do.' 

2 9 



18 MAPLE GROVE STORIES. 

Now I wish to hear what you, 
my children, have to do before 
Christmas." 

"We must get our gifts ready 
for the tree," said Eebecca. 

"And we must learn our les- 
sons, every day," said Joshua. 

"And I must learn all my let- 
ters, so papa wil^ give me a rock- 
ing-horse," said little Newton. 

"That is all right," said Mrs. 
Pay son; "but have you not 
something more to do?" 

"0, yes!" said Joshua, "we 
are to ride to town and invite 
our visitors to come and have a 
nice time with us in the holi- 
days." 



HAPPY HEARTS. . 19 

"But, are there not others 
whom you can help to be happy 
and good?" asked Mrs. Payson;. 
"those whom we always have 
with us?" 

"I do n't know," said Joshua, 
"as there are any persons that 
are always with us. Bridget has 
been here onty a . few months, 
and she says she must go away 
after New- Year; so you do not 
mean her. And John will leave 
next Spring ; so you can not mean 
him." 

"When you were learning your 
Sunday school lesson a few weeks 
since," said Mrs. Payson, "I 
heai 1 you repeating these words 



20 MAPLE GROVE STORIES. 

of Christ, 'Ye have the poor 
with you always; and whenso- 
ever ye will ye may do them 
good.'" 

"0, yes, mamma, I did not 
think of that," said Joshua. 
"But, there are so many poor 
people, how can we do them 
good?" * 

"We can do our little," said 
Mrs. Payson, "and if we only 
make one sad heart glad we have 
done a good deed, and we shall 
be better and happier ourselves 
while we are helping others." 

" When Mrs. Blake comes here 
to see you, mamma," said Eebecca,^ 
"she talks about poor people, and 



HAPPY HEARTS. 21 

how much she does for them. 
But Mrs. Blake does not seem' 
to be happy; and she says there 
is no use in helping the poor, 
for if one begins there is no end." 
"Mrs. Blake," said Mrs. Pay- 
son, "has not a pleasant way of- 
talking; but I think she enjoys 
doing good to others in her own 
cross way. Yet, if we would be 
happy ourselves in making others 
happy, we must love to do it. 
If you should give little Harry 
Grant a pair of mittens because 
I told you to do so, while you 
were fretting because you wished 
to keep them yourself, you would 
be neither better nor happier for 



22 MAPLE GROVE STORIES. 

doing it; and you would not 
speak gently and kindly to the 
poor little fellow, and so make his 
face and your own bright by 
pleasant words. Mrs. Blake 
spends much time and money in 
helping poor people; but she 
forgets that she should 

( Speak gently, kindly to the poor.' " 

"I have some toys, mamma," 
said Eebecca, "that I can give 
to Mrs. Grant's lame Harry; I 
am stfre they will make his little 
pale face smile." 

"And I should like to give 
Willie a pair of shoes," said 
Joshua; "for his are very rag- 
ged." 



HAPPY HEARTS. 23 

"Shall I give him my sled, 
mamma?" asked Newton. 

Now Newton thought more of 
his sled than he did of any other 
plaything. It was painted green 
and yellow, and had a bright 
colored strap which he called the 
reins. The runners were very 
smooth, and he expected to have 
a gay time with it all Winter. 
So, when Newton asked about 
giving his sled, he knew he was 
giving what he liked best. 

"No, my darling," said Mrs. 
Payson; "keep your sled. But, 
we will see what we all can do 
for Mrs. Grant and her children, 
by- the time Christmas comes. 



24: MAPLE GROVE STORIES. 

She is a good woman,, and we 
can do much to make her happy 
while her husband is gone to the 
war. 

"Then there is Mrs. Fisher, 
who lives near town; can we 
do something for her?" asked 
Mrs. Pay son. 

"Mr. Fisher gets drunk," said 
Joshua; "and Mrs. Blake says it 
does no good to try to help them, 
for he sells things that are given 
to his wife to buy whisky." 

"But shall we leave poor Mrs. 
Fisher to suffer?" said Mrs. 
Payson. "Shall we try to do 
nothing for her and her dear 
children? They are often cold 



HAPPY HEARTS. 25 

for want of clothes and a fire. 
They are often hungry, because 
Mr. Fisher gets drunk, and is 
unkind to them. 

"With so many good things 
around us, shall we not try to 
help the little hungry children 
who have an unkind father?" 

"0, yes, mamma!" said all 
the children at once. 

"May I give something to 
Martha Kelly," asked Eebecca, 
"who says she never has any 
presents?" 

"Poor little Martha is not 
much older than you are, my 
daughter," said Mrs. Payson; 
"yet she is obliged to work 



26 MAPLE GROVE STOEIES. 

quite hard; for her mother is 
sick and her father is poor. 
But she has a sweet ; smiling face, 
and she lives in a happier home 
than many children of rich par- 
ents." 

" I know, mamma," said Joshua, 
"Martha always looks pleasant, 
even in a shabby dress." 

"Mr. Kelly is a very kind 
and good man," said Mrs. Pay- 
son; "and I hope, before another 
Christmas, he will be able to give 
his family a better home. 

"They look happy because 
they have good thoughts and 
try to do their duty. None can 
be happy, even in beautiful 



HAPPY HEARTS. 27 

homes, unless their thoughts are 
right. 

"I hope you will select a 
pleasant book for little Martha, 
my daughter, and I will send 
some articles to her mamma." 

"It is now your bedtime, my 
darlings. To-morrow we will 
begin to prepare our Christmas 
gifts for the poor." 

The children kneeled down 
and thanked God for being so good 
to them, and asked him to help 
them to be kind and obedient, 
and to speak the truth. 

After they had said their 
prayers, Newton ran to his 
mamma and kneeled down again 



28 MAPLE GROVE STORIES. 

by her side, and said, "Will God 
please to help the hungry little 
children to smile, for Christ's 
sake ?" 




HAPPY HEARTS. 



29 



CHAPTER II. 

FRITZ DEAD, YET LIVES. 



next day, 
after the chil- 
dren had fin- 
ished their 




tell you a 
little sto- 
ry, showing how 
a child can do much good. 

"Many years ago, I knew a 
little boy who could not walk. 
His nurse let him fall, when he 



30 MAPLE GROVE STORIES. 

was a baby, and hurt his back, 
so that he grew out of shape, 
and could not stand on his feet. 

"The little boy's name was 
Fritz Eitter. His parents lived 
in a pleasant home, and did all 
they could to make their darling 
lame boy happy. 

" They taught him to read, and 
write, and to draw pictures. 

"But Fritz said, 'That is not 
enough. I have dear friends, 
who do every thing for me. 
Now, I must do something too.' 

"His father kept a man to 
draw him about in a little wagon; 
BO Fritz kne r y all the streets in 
town, and visited the machine- 



HAPPY HEARTS. 31 

shops and mills to see how things 
are made. Almost every one 
looked kindly on his sweet, pale 
face, and wherever he went the 
people would talk with him and 
show him what he wished to see. 

"As he rode about the city he 
saw many poor houses, and hun- 
gry and ragged children. 

"One night, when his mamma 
laid him in his little bed, she 
saw that he was sad and quiet. 

" ' What is the matter with my 
little boy to-night?' she asked. 

"'I have seen so many poor 
little children on Stone Alley 
to-day,' said Fritz, 'who were 
ragged and dirty, I wished they 



32 MAPLE GEOVE STOEIES. 

had good homes and good mam- 
mas.' 

" ' I am sorry for all poor little 
children who are ragged and 
hungry/ said Mrs. Bitter. 'But, 
as we can not give them pleasant 
homes we must do what we can 
for them; for you know Christ 
says, "The poor ye have always; 
and whensoever ye will, ye may' 
do them good." ' 

"Fritz turned his face away 
and shut his eyes as though 
he was tired. But he was not 
tired; he was only thinking. 

"He had stopped many times 
at a little shop, in the edge of 
town, where baskets were made; 



HAPPY HEARTS. 33 

a man, and a woman, and several 
children worked there, and they 
made many kinds of baskets; 
some of them very fine and 
pretty. 

" Fritz had sat in the shop a 
long time that day, and he asked 
the man if he might come every 
day, and learn to make baskets. 

"Now, in his little bed, with 
his eyes shut, he was thinking 
how he would make them and 
sell them for money to help poor 
children. 

"The next morning Fritz told 
his mamma what he had been 
thinking about. 

"She was pleased with his 

r 



34 MAPLE GROVE STORIES. 

plan; for she thought it would 
amuse her darling little lame 
boy. 

"Fritz went to the basket- 
maker's shop all Summer, and by 
the time cold weather came he 
could make very beautiful bas- 
kets. Some merchants in town 
sold them for him, and by 
Christmas time he had laid up 
several dollars, which he said he 
should give to poor widow "Wil- 
cox, who looked sick and pale, 
and had two children. 

"Mrs. Hitter gave Fritz a 
little room at home for his shop; 
and his papa put into it all the 
materials necessary for making 



HAPPY HEARTS. 35 

baskets; and there Fritz spent 
several hours every day at his 
work. 

"He was happy and said, 
'Now I am of some use, as I 
can help to make others good 
and happy.' 

"Widow Wilcox and her chil- 
dren had food, and a fire, and 
clothes in the cold Winter weath- 
er; and it was the little pale- 
faced lame boy who gave them 
to her. 

"Jim and Dora Wilcox learned 
their books because Fritz wished 
them to do so. They would not 
play any more with bad children 
on the streets, because Fritz told 



36 MAPLE GROVE STORIES. 

them they must not. And when 
Jim promised that he would try 
to remember and not use any 
more naughty words, Fritz told 
him he would give him all the 
books he would read to Dora -and 
his mother. 

"Finally, Jim went every day 
to Fritz's little shop, and learned 
to make baskets. He was so 
handy that, by the time another 
Christmas came, he was able to 
carry to his mother money that 
he had himself earned. 

" Fritz was about ten years 
old when he began to make bas- 
kets. The Lord allowed him to 
live only two years longer; but, 



HAPPY HEAKTS. 37 

in that time, many poor children 
loved him, and thanked him for 
his kindness. When he died 
many tears were shed in the 
alleys and back streets, where 
the dear pale-faced boy had 
tried to make others good and 
happy. 

"Little children went in a 
great company, when he was 
buried, and threw flowers into 
his grave. 

"We believe that when Fritz's 
gentle spirit left his poor, crooked 
body, it went to the happy 
land, to grow in beauty forever. 
But he is not forgotten on earth; 
and now, many years after, there 



38 MAPLE GROVE STORIES. 

are those who bless the dear lit- 
tle lame boy." 

"Did you know him, mamma?" 
asked Rebecca, with tears in her 
eyes. 

"Yes," said Mrs. Payson. "It 
was when I was a young girl 
that I attended the funeral of 
little Fritz. 

"Mr. Wilcox, who keeps the 
great store of baskets in town, 
where you have sometimes stop- 
ped with me to see how beautiful 
they are, is the little Jim whom 
Fritz taught to be good and use- 
ful. 

"He has always taken tender 
care of his mother, who is now 



HAPPY HEARTS. 39 

so old she remembers but little; 
but if you ask her about Fritz 
she will talk a long time about 
him, whom she calls 'God's dear 
child.' " 

"Your true story, mamma, is 
better than made-up ones," said 
Joshua, as he walked away to 
the window. 

"When I look at my little 
work-basket, mamma," said Ee- 
becca, "that you bought of Mr. 
Wilcox, I shall think of Fritz, 
and the basket will help me to 
be good." 

"So you see, my darling," 
said Mrs. Pay son, "when our 
bodies are turning to dust in 



40 MAPLE GROVE STOEIES. 

the ground, the deeds which we 
did may be helping others to be 
good or bad." 




HAPPY HEAETS. 



41 - 



CHAPTEE III. 

HOW? ANSWEEED. 

the family 
were gath- 
i ered in the 
parlor, after 
dinner ; Mrs. 
: Payson said, 
"We will 
now see how 
we can help 
poor Mrs. Fisher; 
' for there are none 
who more need kind words and 
deeds than helpless ones whom 
a bad husband and father leaves 

9 




42 MAPLE GEOVE STORIES. 

to suffer, and sometimes to per- 
ish, with hunger and cold." 

"But how can we give Mrs. 
Fisher any thing, if her husband 
sells it?" asked Joshua. 

"There is an honest woman 
living next to Mrs. Fisher's," said 
Mrs. Payson, "who has washed 
for me sometimes. I will hire a 
place in her little yard for coal, 
and send some there. I will give 
Mrs. Fisher tickets for getting a 
half bushel at a time, when she 
needs it, so she can have a fire." 

"And I will give her tickets 
for getting bread at the bakery, 
and meat and potatoes in mar- 
ket," said Mr. Payson. "She 



HAPPY HEARTS. 43 

must get a little at a time, and 
not keep any in the house for 
her husband to carry off." 

"That will be good/' said 
Eebecca; "the little hungry 
children will smile." 

"I will give half of my mon- 
ey to buy some shoes for Dick 
Fisher," said Joshua. 

"And I will give half of mine 
to buy a flannel petticoat for 
Mrs. Fisher," said Eebecca. 

"Here is my money, mamma," 
said Newton, who had run to 
bring his little box. 

"May we send the children 
some of our toys?" asked Eebecca. 

"You may send what you 

9 ^ 



44 MAPLE GROVE STORIES. 

please," said Mrs. Payson. "We 
will put them in a basket with 
enough food for a good dinner, 
and you may carry all to her, 
Christmas morning, with the 
tickets." 

"0, mamma," said Joshua, 
"it will be pleasant to see how 
surprised and happy they will 
look." 

"Now, what shall we do for 
Mrs. Grant?" asked Mrs. Pay- 
son. 

"Several neighbors have prom- 
ised to join me in giving ' her 
coal, flour, and meat, as long as 
she needs such help," said Mr. 
Payson. 



HAPPY HEARTS. 45 

"I will prepare some clothes 
for herself and her children," 
said Mrs. Pay son. 

"And we will give them some 
toys and books/' said Joshua. 

"Will you please, papa/' said 
Newton, "send word to Santa 
Glaus to carry his pack to the 
top of Mrs. Grant's chimney? 
And I will tell little lame Harry 
to hang up his stocking." 

"Yes," said Mr. Payson smil- 
ing, "I will send word to Santa 
Glaus to have his eight tiny 
reindeer jingle their bells right 
merrily over Mrs. Grant's chim- 
ney." 

That night Mr. Payson's three 



46 MAPLE GEOVE STOEIES. 

children went to bed feeling 
very happy; for they were try- 
ing to do something to make 
others good and happy. 




HAPPY HEARTS. 

CHAPTER IV. 

WHAT THE STARS SAW. 



stars were 



^ T ^ 

~^L yet winking 
f through the 
pine trees on 




Christmas 



morning, 
' when the 

BB^,- _^_Pf Httle Pay " 

**$n/ji& sons wen t 

''^^li/ shouting their 
"merry Christmas" through the 
house. 

Santa Glaus had filled their 
stockings with just what they 



48 MAPLE G-ROVE STORIES. 

most wanted. Strange that he 
should know so well ! 

There could be no more morn- 
ing naps now, and while the 
stars were shutting their eyes 
Bridget prepared -the early break- 
fast, so the children might go 
with their happy hearts and 
their gifts to gladden those who 
needed kind words and good 
deeds. 

After the family had joined in 
their morning worship, Mr. Pay- 
son said, "JSTow, my children, 
we will go and see some sad 
faces .smile, while mamma pre- 
pares the Christmas-tree; for she 
says we must not have a peep 



HAPPY HEARTS. 49 

at it till our friends come this 
evening." 

By the time the sun was 
looking over the tree tops, 
Mr. Payson and the children 
were riding toward Mrs. 
Grant's with a basket of good 
things and a great many kind 
words. 

They found the little Grants 
in quite an uproar. They had 
hung up their stockings for the 
first time in their lives, and now 
they were spreading out Santa 
Claus's wonderful gifts with great 
glee. 

The basket was carried in, 

and Mr. Payson told Mrs. Grant 
4 9 



50 MAPLE GEOVE STORIES. 

what more would be done for 
her every-day comfort. 

Tears came in her eyes when 
she thanked him and the chil- 
dren. 

"It almost made me feel like 
crying," said Kebecca, when they 
had left the house, "to see poor 
lame Harry's face look so happy." 

At Mrs. Fisher's they found a 
gloomy and unhappy scene. 

Mr. Fisher sat with his hair 
falling over his half-shut eyes, 
while the hungry and cold chil- 
dren were huddled around the 
half-warmed stove on which their 
mother was trying to cook some- 
thing for breakfast. 



HAPPY HEARTS. 51 

"My children have come to 
bring some smiles to yourself 
and your little ones this Christ- 
mas morning," said Mr. Payson 
to Mrs. Fisher, as they stepped 
into the miserable home. 

" Mamma says, will you please 
have a good dinner?" said Re- 
becca, as she and Joshua carried 
the basket to Mrs. Fisher, whose 
eyes filled with tears at this un- 
expected kindness. 

Mr. Payson gave her the tick- 
ets for coal and food, and told 
her that his wife would call 
sometimes and see how she en- 
joyed them. 

Mr. Fisher hung his head in 



52 MAPLE GEOVE STORIES. 

shame as the bright faces of the 
little Pay sons left. But a ray 
of light had shone into that 
gloomy home, and Mrs. Fisher's 
sad face smiled when she saw 
her children spreading out their 
Christmas gifts. Each one had 
been kindly remembered and was 
bright with happiness. 

Joshua, and Eebecca, and New- 
ton rode toward home, carrying 
hearts filled anew with love, and 
gentleness, and kindness. 

Mr. Payson next knocked at 
Mr. Kelly's door. Mrs. Kelly 
was sitting, wrapped up, in a 
rocking chair, sick, but having 
a pleasant smile. Little Martha 



HAPPY HEARTS. 53 

was doing the morning work, 
and looked with surprise at the 
early visitors and their good 
gifts. 

The children soon had the 
food spread out for Mrs. Kelly 
to see what a nice dinner she 
would have; and Martha fairly 
danced around the room ; hold- 
ing up a good Sunday frock 
for herself and a pretty story 
book. 

"This is a happy Christmas," 
said Eebecca as they rode home. 

"We learn, my children/ 7 said 
Mr. Pay son, "that those who 
try to do their duty may be rich 
in happy hearts and smiling 



54 MAPLE GROVE STOEIES. 

homes though they are very 
poor. 

"But bad hearts and bad 
ways make the sunshine seem 
gloomy in the finest parlors." 

"When the sun went down that 
night, friends, both old and 
young, gathered in Mr. Payson's 
parlors, to pluck gifts from the 
well-loaded Christmas-tree. 

Fruits from all parts of the 
world were hanging in its 
branches, and toys and books 
peeped out from the green 
leaves. 

When little eyelids were 
closed in sleep that night, the 
stars winked and smiled over 



HAPPY HEARTS. 



55 



little hearts that were brimful 
of love ; because, by giving, they 
had grown rich.