NYPL RESEARCH LIBRARIES 3 3433 08234888 3 RO S WE LI/*> E MI LY E F SKE E L :/. C ' PRy \ ROSY AND CHARLEY. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY UNDERTAKEN IN COMPANY WTTH HER COUSIN CHARLEY. With Forty-eight Illustrations by Lorenz Frolich, NEW YORK: D. APPLETON AND COMPANY. MDCCCLXVIII. THE > T FAV YORK P:;LI.IC LIBRARY ,r > .~'j ."? tf >> 33761UB ASfOR, LENOX AND I.LuiiN FOUNDATIONS B 1843 L INTRODUCTION. ITTLE people have much larger libraries of their own now-a-days than little people used to possess a good many years ago. I dare say you have lesson-books, and story- books, and picture-books, almost without end, given to you by your kind papas and mammas, who want you to grow clever and wise as fast as you can. But I don't think that any of you have ever had, or ever read, a book of travels. So I hope this book will be something quite new to you ; and what is new most little people consider very delightful. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. I. ROSY AND HER COUSIN CHARLEY. ITTLE Rosy Girard was in her fifth year, when she had an invitation to spend the summer at her uncle's house in the country. Now this uncle of hers was a very kind one ; and Rosy loved him very much, and her aunt too; and she had often played with her cousin Charley, before she went that long journey into France of which some of her little friends have heard. She liked running about in the fields, and on nice grassy hills, much better than in the streets of London. And so, though once upon a time Rosy had been a shy little girl, yet she was not at all afraid to pay this visit, even though her dear mamma could not go with her. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. I. Every day Charley used to read to Rosy out of a delightful book of travels. Rosy said she thought even Fanny liked it, though she did not generally care for stories. ' ' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. As for Master Charley he had no sister of his own to play with ; so he was very glad to have his little cousin. The young friends played at all sorts of games, sometimes in the garden, and sometimes in the nursery ; and every day Charley used to read to Rosy out of a delightful book of travels. He was older than Rosy, and could read quite well; and they both thought these stories the most interesting that they had ever heard in all their lives. Rosy said that she thought even Fanny liked them, though she did not generally care for stories. Now Miss Fanny was a new doll which Rosy's papa had given her to comfort her for the loss of Julia, who had tumbled overboard as they were coming back from France ; but I do not fancy that Fanny thought very much about these stories, however quietly she might sit and hear them ; for her head was made of wax, and there were no brains inside it. But if Fanny did not think about them, we shall soon see that into Charley's head they put a wonderful idea. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. II. CHARLEY'S IDEA, UT this wonderful idea he contrived to keep in his head, and not tqr let it get out until the stories were all finished. Only once or twice he said, Ah, Rosy ! I '11 tell you of a plan of mine when the book is done.' Then of course she was very curious, as people say young ladies always are, and begged him to tell her now. But Charley was rather cruel about that, and only answered,- c Oh ! some day : don't stop the story.' At last it was all done ; and then Rosy went to put Fanny into her little bed, for fear she should hear the secret. It was a secret, Charley said. LITTLE ROSY'S TOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. i n. Charley tells Rosy his great secret : he has quite made up his mind to go and discover some new countries, like Captain Cook, and Robinson Crusoe, and Gulliver. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. And, after all, I think she would have heard it all, if she had not happened to be rather deaf ; for the young gentleman was so full of his plan that he told it in rather a loud voice. Now, what do you think it was ? He had quite made up his mind to go and discover some new countries, like Captain Cook, and Robinson Crusoe, and Gulliver ! Just think of that ! It made even Rosy open her eyes; and she asked timidly ,- c Are you big enough, Charley ? ' Of course ! ' Charley said, making himself look as tall as he could. c I can take care of myself, I should think ; and you too, Rosy. Don't I take care of you every day ? ' Then he talked about monkeys and parrots, and how they would catch some and bring them home for pets ; and about splendid flowers and delicious fruits, larger and more juicy than they had ever seen : till the little girl thought it the most delightful plan in the world, and Charley the most delightful of boys to make such a plan. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. III. WHERE TO GO. HE first thing is to get a map,' said Charley, after , a bit. ' We must find out what countries are left for us to discover.' Rosy hardly knew what a map was ; but she thought it very pretty, and pointed out to Charley that there were red countries painted on it, and blue countries, and yellow countries. c Which will be the nicest, and have most fruit in them, Charley?' she asked. c I don't know;' he answered ; ' but we are not going to any of these, for they are all discovered. The prettiest will be sure to be those that are not marked at all. We must see where there is most room for them. Look here, Rosy ; here 's lots of room down in this great sea; and if we go that way we shall be sure to find them.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. . VT/ ^ ^ I /I o- __^=^ III. ' The first thing is to get a map/ said Charley ; ' we must find out what countries are left for us to discover.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. c What shall we bring home for uncle ? ' asked Rosy. c Oh, a new kind of dog if we can ! Papa likes dogs/ Rosy thought she didn't, and that she hoped she should not find any ; but she did not say so for fear Charley should laugh at her. Talking of dogs, however, put Caesar into her head. He always barked at her when she went out of the front door; so when Charley asked, 'Come, will you go, Rosy?' she hung down her head, and answered : ' 1 don't know if I could walk so far.' c Of course we should often sit down,' said Charley, in an encouraging tone. c Come, don't be silly and spoil all my fun. I don't want to have to go alone.' B LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. IV. THE DECISION. OME into the garden and let's have a game/ said Rosy at last. ( Yes, come,' exclaimed Charley ; c we can have a nice talk there, all by ourselves.' So the little cousins went down hand in hand, as they always did; and Charley gave Rosy her garden shoes, and helped her to put them on. c Now you can go on the grass, and not get your feet wet,' he said when they were on ; and Rosy said,- ' Thank you,' and gave him a kiss for helping her. She began to feel that it would be unkind to let him go all alone, and that she could not do that when ( he was always so kind to her ! ' That was quite true. Charley did always take such care of his little cousin, that she felt LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OJ- DISCOVERY. IV. Rosy, after some hesitation, consents to accompany him ; and they seal the compact by shaking hands. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. quite safe with him; and his mamma was never afraid of trusting her with him. He soon began to talk again about his great plan, and to try and persuade Rosy to go with him ; but she thought of Caesar, and told her cousin of a long walk which her papa once took her when she c was so tired.' c Wouldn't this be longer ? ' c Oh, it wouldn't be the same thing at all,' said Charley. c They would often sit down, and then when they got to the forest it would be shady. They would start from the gate at the end of the back garden, and Here Rosy broke in with, c Yes, I will go, Charley. You shall not go alone.' c Shake hands, then, to show you agree to it,' cried Charley, stopping short and facing her. c That is the right way to make a bargain ; and then you must never want to turn back until I do. 3 LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. V. PREPARATIONS. HEN shall we set off?' asked Rosy, for now she had quite made up her mind ; and when she had once made it up to anything she very seldom changed it again. c Oh, to-morrow!' answered Charley. 'It's fine now, and my papa says it's going to be fine; so there is no use in waiting.' c Then we must get ready,' said Rosy. ' Shall I pack up ? I can/ c We mustn't take much,' answered Charley. < People never do when they make a walking journey, but we must have something to eat.' So it was settled that, as they had had a very good breakfast, and expected to have even a better dinner, the lunch might well be saved. They got each a large slice of bread-and- LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. Charley whispered to Rosy, 'These will clo beautifully to eat in the desert countries.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. butter and a pear from nurse as soon as they went in ; and Charley whispered to Rosy, ' These will do beautifully to eat in the desert countries.' But he told her that these were not all ; for that for the last fortnight he had been saving little pieces of bread, which had all turned to biscuits. Rosy was very glad to hear that, and thought they looked so delicious in the little box in which he kept them, that she wanted to taste one. But Charley told her that good travellers never think much of eating and drinking, and that she must try to get used to doing without things. Rosy thought that this was very wise advice, and wished she were as wise as Charley. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. VI. ROSY'S FAMILY. HEN Rosy began to bustle about the nursery and consider what she would like to take with her. She had lots of playthings which she had brought from her own home, but she loved her dolls better than anything else, and she said that she should like to take them with her. There were only seven of them, little and big ; and some were small enough for Charley to carry in his pocket. And then Charley was not unkind to dolls as some boys are. He never poked out their eyes, or made holes in their arms to see the colour of their blood. Indeed, Charley rather liked dolls himself if he had confessed the truth ; and one which Rosy had dressed as a soldier he admired very much. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. VI. Rosy said she should like to take her dolls with her ; there were only seven of them, little and big. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY, But Charley was wiser than Rosy about journeys, though he had never been so far as she had ; and he said that though it might be very nice to make up such a large party, yet that these ladies and gentlemen would be tiring companions, as they would all want carrying. f And your arms would soon ache, Rosy ; and you would not be able to march so well, or to climb hills and rough places, if you take too much to carry ; besides we must carry all we can to eat and drink, you know. 5 Rosy was obliged to confess that her cousin was right in this ; so she very good-temperedly gave up taking her dear dollies, though a tear would come into her eye when she said good-bye to them all. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. VII. THE FAREWELL. EXT morning as usual Charley and Rosy were sent to play in the garden ; and then they took the opportunity of beginning their journey. It was to be a secret, as I told you, and they thought themselves very brave young people to be ready to face so many dangers. Yet when they got half-way down the garden, and were about to lose sight of the house, they both felt rather affected as they turned to say, c Good-bye, old house ; I wonder when we shall see you again.' All day they were to march, Charley said, with only a rest now and then; and they must not care for either heat or cold, or for what they got to eat. So long as they did not starve, they LITTLE ROSY'S rOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. VII. They each turned to say, ' Good-bye, old house ; I wonder when we shall see you again.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. must be quite content; and c the fresh air was as good as food any day.' Charley looked quite like a traveller with his bag slung over his shoulders ; and this bag con- tained the slices of bread-and-butter, the pears and biscuits. The bottle of water hung to it, being attached by a piece of string tied round the neck ; and it was corked very tightly ; for he had ham- mered the cork in with the end of his hoop-stick. Charley told his little cousin that it held water enough for a long time, and that when it was empty they would have to fill it at any lake or river which they might be passing. As for Rosy she carried nothing but her dear lamb, Robin, which she could not make up her mind to leave behind. Charley knew better than to let a young lady carry a parcel; so everything else he took himself. Perhaps you may wonder that he never asked his papa's opinion about this journey ; and it is certainly strange that he did not think of this. I don't know how it was; but as for Rosy she believed that all that Charley did must be right LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. VIII. THE START, AVING got to the end of the garden, the next thing was to get to the other side of the hedge which enclosed it; and at first Charley thought he would climb up the bank and get over at one of the lowest parts. But whether Rosy could get over too, even if he succeeded, seemed very doubtful. He was afraid she would never be able to climb by her- self; and he knew that when he was over he could not help her. So at last they made up their minds to scram- ble through a little hole in this hedge ; Charley going first to make it bigger, and then Rosy following close with her lamb. It was Caesar, the dog, who had made this LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. VIII. Rosy did not mind a fe\v scratches for herself ; she was only afraid for Robin, lest the brambles should tear off some of his nice warm wool. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCO VER Y. hole, though Rosy did not know that he ever came round that way. He had only made it large enough for himself; and he was not at all a large dog. Nor had he picked off the thorns, or dragged up the thistles ; but Rosy was not much afraid of these things, for she had been used to scrambling about; and she did not mind a few scratches for herself. She was only afraid for Robin, and thought the brambles would hurt him a great deal, and perhaps tear off some of his nice, warm, white wool. So she carried him straight in front of her, right over Charley's boots, and put his head under her chin so as to save his poor eyes. As for her own eyes, which really were better than Robin's because they could see better, she expected her hat to protect them ; and, besides, they had each a nice lid fixed over them which shut of itself, if anything tried to get inside, without her having the trouble of ever thinking of shutting them. Robin's eyes had no such lids ; so Rosy was obliged to take care of them for him. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. IX. THE FIRST DIFFICULTY, ND I can tell you that it was no easy matter to keep Robin from getting hurt; the brambles flew back so often in Rosy's face, and then she had to call out, c Oh, Charley ! my lamb 's caught again ! ' and he had to turn round and set it free. Once Charley said that he was sure Robin got caught on purpose, just because he did not like going with them; but when he saw that it vexed Rosy to hear her lamb blamed, he did not say it again. At last Charley got quite through ; and then he was able to turn round and take Robin out of Rosy's arms. He had only lost two or three little pieces of wool, though he was rather rough all over. LITTLE AY'.ST'.V VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. IX. Some birds over-head began chirping very loudly, and the little ones seemed to say to the big ones : ' \Yhat are they going to do ?' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. c Take care of my dear lamb,' said Rosy, as she kissed him, and gave him up to Charley : and, as she did so, some birds over head began chirping very loudly indeed. I dare say they had never seen a lamb with such stiff legs before, nor any little children getting through a hedge. What they were talking about to each other, I don't know; but certainly they looked at them with great curiosity, and the little ones seemed to say to the big ones,- c What are they going to do ? Are they going to build a nest as you did for us ? Or are they only going to send that lamb into the fields to play with the other sheep, and get his legs to move more easily ? ' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. X. THE WIDE WORLD, HEY all three got through the hedge at last after a regular good scramble for Rosy had only torn her frock a little, and Charley got off with one bad scratch ; for which, of course, he did not care the least in the world. What brave boy ever did? Then both of them stood up on the other side, and Charley said, c Now the whole world is before us ; which way shall we go ? ' Rosy thought the world looked very large, though all she saw of it was a great stubble- field. When the corn was standing, she had several times crossed it by a little path, when she was out walking with her aunt; but she did not LITTLE ROSV'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. ' Now the whole world is before us ! Which way shall we go ?' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. know it again from the side where she and Charley stood. c This is the desert,' said Charley, enthusi- astically. ( Suppose we go straight to the other side of it. 5 c Yes, let 's go,' answered Rosy, warmly. 4 How long do you think we shall be crossing?' We shall see,' replied Charley ; c only we had better start at once. We shall not find any provisions here ; so it will not do to dawdle until we have eaten all we brought.' ' No,' said Rosy, ' or else we should be starved.' She had set her lamb down, and was leaning on his back while they took their first look at the great world ; but now she caught him up in her arms, and gave him a great many kisses as they set off on their journey across the desert. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XI. THE DESERT. HE sun was shining brightly, and Master Robin was rather heavy; for he was a very large lamb. So Rosy's arms began to ache a little, and she soon told Charley that she thought the desert was a very hot place. Charley laughed, and said,- ' Well ! I think it would have been a funny thing if we had found it cold, Rosy.' * It makes me thirsty,' answered Rosy. c Are people always thirsty in the deserts ? ' c Pretty often,' replied Charley ; c you had better drink a little water, Rosy.' Rosy was not sorry to do that; but when she offered the bottle to him, he only wiped his face with his handkerchief, and said,- c Oh, no ! not yet ! I can wait a bit.' LITTLE RO'SY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XL Rosy soon told Charley that she thought the desert a very hot place. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. For Charley thought to himself, ( I must take care of Rosy because she is a little girl; but as for myself, why, of course, I must learn to do without lots of things. I shouldn't make much of a traveller unless I can go without food and water sometimes ; so the sooner I begin to use myself to hardships the better.' Charley had read a great deal about hard- ships in his book ; and he thought there would be no glory in his journey unless he had some- times been almost starved to death or parched up with thirst. As for Master Robin, he seemed to get on very comfortably. At any rate he made no complaints. And Rosy's arms felt all the better for having been without him for a few minutes. D LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XII. THE FOREST. HE two little travellers found the desert rather long ; and yet they reached the other side more quickly than they had expected. c Is this a palm ? ' asked Rosy, as they sat down under a tree. ' No ; I think not,' answered Charley. c The leaves are not large enough. Perhaps it is a teak- tree, or some other that we do not see in Europe.' They had a little game with the lamb here, and eat two or three of Charley's biscuits before they set off again. And, when they were well rested, Charley said, c Now we are quite fresh for another start. It seems to me that we had better enter this forest. Perhaps we may get through it before nightfall. It is a virgin forest, you see.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. xir. ' It seems to me that we had better enter the forest, and perhaps we may get through it before night-fall. It is a virgin forest, you see ! LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. Rosy looked rather puzzled at this remark; so her cousin added : c A wild kind of forest in which the trees have stood for nobody knows how long, ever since the flood, perhaps. Don't you recollect my reading about one of that kind, and how there was no path through it, and people had to cut their way through the trees as they went?' c And shall we ?' asked Rosy. c How funny it would be !' c I shouldn't wonder,' answered Charley ; * I brought my knife with me, in case we should.' So saying, he took his little cousin by the hand, that he might be better able to protect her, and with his stick in the other, and his eyes wide open he set off again boldly. As for Rosy, she had full confidence in Charley's strength and wisdom, and had no doubt that he was leading her quite right. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XIII. THE FIRST DISCOVERY. T was some time before the young tra- vellers took another rest. 4 Soon we shall get deeper into the forest,' said Charley at last, < and then we shall not meet any one. I shall be glad to be where no one ever went before. Won't it be nice, Rosy? 5 Rosy was not quite sure ; but she took off her hat, and sat down on a little green mound under another large tree, with bunches of small, round fruit. * I wonder what tree this can be,' said Rosy. 4 Very likely a banana,' replied Charley, with a learned air. ' Oh, no, not a banana, I know!' cried Rosy ; c for I have seen one of those in a large garden in Paris ; and it had very, very large LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XIII. ' Then we are the first discoverers of the tree/ said Charley, ' and we must give it a name. We'll call it after you, "The Rosy tree !" LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. leaves, made just like paper fans, not a bit like this one.' c Oh, then, it is some new kind of tree that nobody knows. I never saw one like it before ; did you. Rosy ? ' c No, never,' said the little girl. ' Then we are the first discoverers of the tree ; so we must give it a name.' c Yes, let us give it a name,' said Rosy, eagerly. c What shall it be ? ' c We'll call it after you- -"The Rosy tree," answered Charley. c It's a very pretty one ; so you won't mind, will you?' c No ; I don't mind,' said Rosy, blushing a little; but is it a pretty name, for a tree, I mean ? ' ' Of course it is,' answered Charley ; * at least I know if I were a tree I shouldn't mind having it.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XIV. THE SECOND DISCOVERY, FTER naming this wonderful tree, and trying to notice exactly what it was like so that they might describe it to the first people who knew about trees when they got home, Charley and Rosy went on with their walk, and soon came to a tiny stream, in which grew some very beautiful flowers. c Why, what are these ? ' said Rosy. c I never saw any like them before.' ( Nor I, either,' added Charley. c We must name them after your mamma, and take some home to show to the learned men.' c Oh, yes,' cried Rosy, clapping her hands, < that will be nice.' c Let us bring them up on to the path,' said Charley, and then we can put them into our LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. -' XIV. The next discovery was a new species of flower, which was instantly named after Rosy's mamma ; and some specimens were preserved to show to the learned men on their return home. LITTLE KOSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. hats. They will look very pretty there. Besides, our hands are hot, and the heat soon kills flowers.' c How funny that is !' said Rosy, c when they so often grow in the sun, and get baked by it all day long.' c I suppose flowers will bear baking when they are on their own stalks, but not in our hot hands,' answered Charley. c Don't you remember about that stuff inside the stalk which papa showed us one day, and called sap ; and how he said that was what the plant ate and drank ? I suppose the flower starves, and gets too thirsty to live when it is broken off the stem, and that it can't bear heat so well when it has nothing to drink.' Rosy thought that Charley must have been very clever to find this out. She liked his idea too about the hats. In short she liked all Charley's ideas. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XV. THE THIRD DISCOVERY. HEY had not gone much farther before a bush appeared, covered with small black fruit which looked like raspberries, and nearly as good, so Rosy declared. c Oh ! but, Rosy, you must not eat them ! ' cried Charley, seizing her hand as she was going to pick one. 'Why not?' asked Rosy. c Because they may be poison ; you cannot tell,' answered Charley. c Oh ! I don't think so ! They smell very good,' returned Rosy. ' Do they ?' said Charley. c Let me smell.' He smelt several times at the fruit, and then thought that he would taste one, and wait a bit to see whether he felt any pain after it. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. xv. 'Oh, Rosy ! you must not eat them,' cried Charley, seizing her hand as she was going to pick one. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. He did so ; and, after a minute or two, as no pain came, he said, < Yes, I think we may eat, Rosy. They are a juicy kind of fruit, and will make us not so thirsty. It is a good thing you found them.' Ah, Master Charley, what a good thing it was that these fruits were really not poisonous ! One can't tell always by pain coming; for sometimes things that are poisonous make people feel very comfortable, and send them so fast asleep that they never wake again I Whilst the two travellers were eating, Master Robin fell down ; and his little mistress said that he had gone fast asleep \ but he had not eaten any fruit, and his eyes were wide open as they always were ; for Rosy never could persuade him to shut his eyes. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XVI. JOURNEY THROUGH THE FOREST, 'HEN they had made a good meal of this black fruit, which was very good, and very sweet to taste, they set off on their march through the forest once more ; and Charley, who walked first, and drew his stick along the ground as he went, exclaimed,- ' Oh, isn't it splendid to walk like this through a place where no one has ever been before ? ' But Rosy, who had just torn a large rent in her frock on a branch which she had not seen, and which stuck out from an old trunk, did not think it quite so delightful. She almost wished that nurse had been there to mend it for her ; or that she had a needle and thread, that she might try herself, even though generally she was not fond of needlework; but LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. -yo XVI. Oli ! \^\\\ it splendid to walk like this through a place where no one has ever been before?' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. it was of no use wishing for what she could not have ; and so the little girl comforted herself by thinking that, as no one would ever pass them now, it did not matter much. And as there was nothing to be done for it but to take it patiently all the rest of the way, she only called to Charley to get her free from the bush; and then followed her leader, Master Charley, as quickly as her little legs would carry her. So on they went, dashing through the grass, and making frogs and all sorts of other creatures jump out of their way as they passed along. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XVII. THE MONSTER. LITTLE further on they were startled by a queer noise, as if something were sliding or jumping through the grass among the rocks. 'What can it be?' said Rosy, turning pale. Charley did not answer ; but he looked rather frightened. However he did not forget that he was a boy, and that he had his little cousin to protect. And he made up his mind that no harm should happen to her if he could prevent it. So calling to Rosy and Robin to stand still both of them, he took his stick in his hand, and went forward to meet the monster. Out it came on the grass before them, and, Charley cried, f Oh, it's a crocodile ! ' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. ' Oh, it's a crocodile !' Rosy was almost afraid to breathe, as the creature lifted up its head. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. Rosy was almost afraid to breathe as the creature lifted up its head, just as if it were preparing to spring on him. But Charley put on a brave face, and went stoutly forward with his stick in his hand say- ing* < Never mind, Rosy ! I '11 soon do for the monster with this club of mine!' and at sight of the stick, the animal thought it best to turn round and make its escape. And, when it was gone, Charley said in rather a quiet way,- c It was a very small crocodile, if it was one at all. Perhaps it was only a lizard, Rosy.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XVIII. PRESSING ON. OW fast it ran away; didn't it?' said Rosy. 4 Oh, I 'm so glad it has gone, I thought it was going to bite you ! ' ' It was a good thing for it that it did not try,' answered Charley. < It would have felt some- thing of my club if it had come near enough. But now you have seen me conquer this enemy, you won't be so much afraid if any other should come.' Then Charley, who had drunk nothing since they started, took such a long draught, that when it came to Rosy's turn, the bottle was found to be nearly empty. c We shall have to go on short commons, I see,' he said. c Rosy, can you do with a little until we come to water ? ' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OE DISCOVER} XVIII. Charley took a long draught out of the bottle : so long that when it came to Rosv's turn it was found nearly empty. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. ' If the river is not very far off, Charley/ she said ; c but I am getting very thirsty.' c Well ! we must press on through this forest ; there is nothing else to be done. I think I see an opening in the trees out there ; don't you ? ' 'Let's run, then,' answered Rosy; 'let's run a race ; and we shall soon be there. I wonder if there will be any water close by when we get out.' ' At any rate, Robin can't have a drop till we get a fresh supply, ' answered Charley. c He can go longer than we can without drinking; can't he, Rosy ? ' Charley looked rather quizzical when he said this, and Rosy got a little red, and did not seem quite to like it; so he gave Robin a very kind pat, and said no more about it. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XIX. A BAD TRAVELLER. OSY, however, very soon began to find that Master Robin was no small weight for her little arms. c Oh, you are heavy, Robin!' she said. C I wish you could walk.' So she put him down to rest her arms, and declared that c he was not half so heavy at home, and that he was a bad lamb to make himself heavy just when he ought to be light. It was very bad of him ; very bad indeed, and very unkind ! ' Then Charley said, c I would carry him for you, Rosy ; but you see I must have my arms free in case of any danger. Perhaps we shall meet another monster LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XIX. Rosy soon begins to find Master Robin no small weight for her little arms. She is sure that he makes himself heavy on purpose ! LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. before long ; and if I am not ready with my club, it may attack you.' ' If he only had a board to stand on, and wheels like my horse, I could draw him along with a string,' returned Rosy. ' Couldn't we tie some of this long grass to- gether, and make a string for him?' said Charley. c You might be able to draw him without any wheels.' So the little folks went to work to carry out this plan ; and, as it took some time, Rosy's arms got rested a bit. However, the grass string did not answer. It broke very often ; and then every time they tried to pull Master Robin with it, down he went; so at last they were forced to give it up, and go on as before. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XX. THE ANT-HILL, T was not long before our young travellers found themselves in front of a little hill- ock, which Charley immediately pronounced to be an ant-hill of a very remarkable kind ; not at all like an English ant-hill, but such a one as can only be found either in Africa or America. c So you see, Rosy,' said he, c we must be in one of those two continents; and England must be a long way off.' c What is a continent ? ' asked Rosy. c Oh ! don't you know ?' said Charley ; c but I forgot you hadn't learnt geography. Well, never mind, you'll know some day. Only, you see, we're not in England; that's all.' Will it be long before we get back again ? ' asked Rosy, rather anxiously. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. H* Against such numbers resistance is impossible. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. 4 Oh ! not long,' answered Charley, carelessly ; c but come, I want to see what is going on here ! ' c So do I,' cried Rosy, running towards the hill ; but Charley said, c Take care, the great creatures will come out and bite you. I 'd better go forward with my club.' Charley's way, however, was not one to pacify the enemy; for he had no sooner said this than he plunged his stick right down into their house. And instantly a whole army of atits,- -great fat ants, as big, Rosy said, as the tips of her fingers, made an expedition against their assailants. Against such numbers resistance was impossi- ble. Charley set off running as fast as he could, saying that they were too many for him; and Rosy followed him with her lamb in her arms. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXI. THE PRAIRIE, FTER running hard until they thought themselves quite out of reach of their foes, the little travellers came to a place where there were not so many trees. It was, indeed, a large meadow that lay before them; and there was thick grass all over the ground, and lots of flowers mixed with it. 4 Why, this is another desert ! ' cried Rosy. ' No,' said Charley ; ( don't you remember what the last was like, a great bare place, without any grass, or trees, or water? A desert is not a nice place at all. You know how hot you found ours ; but this is nice and cool ; and just look at the quantities of flowers ! I should say that it is a prairie, so now we must be in America.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. "iKH, COMP ' I should say that this is a prairie : so now we must be in America.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. < Oh, is this a pairie?' said Rosy. 'It's a very nice place.' ' Not a pairie, but a prairie,' replied Charley, looking very wise. c It 's a hard word, isn't it ? but you must try and recollect it. Say it over two or three times.' Rosy did so. She repeated it more than two or three times,- -I should say a dozen times at least, and then declared that she knew it quite well now, and would tell her mamma all about it when she went home. Then she began to pick dear mamma a nosegay ; but, as Charley said that the flowers would be dead long before she saw her mamma again, she told him that they should be for his mamma instead.' And Charley looked pleased and said, c Do, and I '11 help you.' So the little cousins went to work, and soon made up a splendid bunch of what Charley called, ' rare, foreign flowers.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXII. THE SOUP.CE OF THE NILE. T did not take so long as one might have expected to cross what Charley called c the prairie ;' but when they got to the other side, they came to something much more dangerous, and of which they heard the sound at some little distance. I mean a running stream of water rushing over some rocks. Oh ! if Rosy's mamma had known where the little girl stood when she came to its banks, I don't think she would have thought Master Charley's protection quite enough. But Charley was not afraid himself. He had never tumbled into a river, or into a pond, and been in danger of drowning yet : so he did not know how it felt, or how much more easy it LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXII. As soon as Charley saw the cascade, lie cried out. ' The source of the Nile, I do declare. This is something to talk about when we get back.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. was to go to the bottom and be drowned than to get out again. As soon as he saw the little cascade, which looked very pretty amongst the trees, he cried out,- c The source of the Nile, I do declare ! No one ever saw it before; and we have found it out ! Only think ! This is something to talk about when we get back ! ' c Do you think the Nile water is good to drink ? ' asked Rosy, who was very thirsty. c I should just think so ! ' answered Charley ; c why it is the best in the world ! ' c I wish we could get some, then ; but I am afraid of falling in if I dip the bottle in here.' And as she spoke, a little bird, which was chirping on a bough near, looked at her, as much as to say,- c You had better not try, little maiden : the water is deep just here, and runs very fast. You might get carried down the stream.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXIII. THE WATER OF THE NILE. HARLEY seemed to think so too; for he did not try to do anything just there, though he was as thirsty as his cousin. I must say, that on the whole he was a careful little man. So he looked a little further up the stream, and at last found a place where the banks were almost flat, and the water very shallow. In an instant Rosy laid Robin on the grass, took ofF her hat, and threw herself flat on her face on the bank. Charley followed her example, only that he put his mouth into the water, keep- ing himself from slipping with his hands. But Rosy thought it best not to go quite so close ; she only made a cup of her hand, and drank out of it. LITTLE ROSV'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXIII. The little hand would not hold much at once ; but then she could fill it as often as she liked. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. The little hand would not hold much at once ; but then she could fill it as often as she liked, and so very soon she had quenched her thirst, and did not want to drink any more. But while she had been drinking, the pet lamb had slipped further and further down to- wards the water, until its feet went in. Then it stuck against something ; and, as it was not likely to get carried away, Charley said it would do it good to stay there a little while, for it would cool its feet. His were very hot, he knew ; and he should like well enough to put them in, if only he had a towel to dry them afterwards. The water tasted most delicious ; and, when Rosy had satisfied herself, she could not help laughing at Charley for drinking just as a cat drinks. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXIV. THE FORD. HARLEY and Rosy were at last quite rested and quite refreshed; for they had played about a good deal after they had drunk in this funny way. There was plenty of nice grass to pick on the banks of the stream, and to add to the splendid nosegay ; and there were plenty of little fishes to watch swimming and playing about in the water. And then it was a great comfort to Rosy to be able to leave Robin on the grass, to graze like other sheep ; for his weight had made her arms ache so much, that she had got quite out of patience with him. The thing was, where to go next. Charley thought the other side of the stream looked very inviting; and, after searching about LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXIV. This is an ancient ford, I see, Rosy. We'll try and ford the river only I'll L, r o first, and sound the depth of it.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. for some time, he found a place where the water was quite shallow, so shallow that even in the the middle he was sure it would not come up to his knees. There were large stones and pieces of rock lying in the water, even in the middle of the stream; so it seemed to him not very difficult to get across, if only Rosy would not slip and tumble in. So he said,- c This is an ancient ford, I see, Rosy; we'll try and ford the river. Only, I'll go first and sound the depth of it. You had better take off your shoes and stockings while I try it; and we must dry your feet on the grass if they should get wet, and I can carry your stockings in my pocket.' It is very nice to see a boy taking so much care of a little girl; and if Charley had not brought his little companion all this way without leave, I should have called him a pattern boy. Rosy, as I have said, thought everything he proposed quite right. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXV. ROBIN'S ESCAPE, HEN Rosy had got her shoes and stockings off, she thought that, as the water was so shallow in that part that she would not really be hurt even if she should slip in, she might as well fill the bottle while Charley was sounding the water towards the middle. Charley stepped from stone to stone very care- fully, but had not gone far when he heard a piteous cry from Rosy : c Save my lamb ! Oh, save my dear Robin ! ' shrieked the little girl. c Oh, he '11 be drowned- I know he will! And I shall lose him my dear Robin !' In a second Charley turned to see what could be the matter, and beheld the poor creature LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXV. Charley had not gone far when he heard a piteous cry from Rosy, ' Save my lamb ! Oh, save my dear lamb ! LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. floating away down the stream as quietly as possible. Yes, quite quietly ; for poor Robin did not struggle or cry, or seem at all frightened ! It was Rosy who made all the noise. But she, you see, was often either pleased, or vexed, or frightened ; while Robin was such a quiet, calm sort of creature, that he never seemed to care about anything. Well, Charley, as soon as he saw what was the matter, courageously jumped off the stone right into the water- -which was not, I must tell you by the way, many inches deep just there, and by a violent effort rescued the dar- ling of Rosy's heart from a watery grave. It was all dripping wet, as you may be sure ; but what was that in comparison of the danger in which it had been placed ? LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXVI. CROSSING THE NILE. Y dear lamb is safe ! ' cried Rosy, quite overcome by her feelings. c Oh, Charley, how brave it was of you to go in and get him out ! Thank you, very, very much.' c Dear me,' said Charley, quite bashfully ; c what a fuss you make about a little thing ! Why, it was easy enough to save the creature ! I only got my feet a little wet, and what does that matter ? We must both get them wet if we mean to cross the torrent.' < The torrent ! ' said Rosy to herself; c I won- der what that means ! I wish I were as wise as Charley/ Charley was just then thinking how his little cousin could get to him. With the dripping lamb in his arms, he could LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXVI. She rushed in without thinking that the pebbles might hurt her little feet, and hurried to embrace her dear pet. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. not well help her; so it was of no use going back. He, therefore, called out that she must take up her shoes and stockings, and venture in. c And never mind picking out the rocks,' he said ; c they are very slippery. You must just walk right in, and come to me.' Rosv did not wait for another invitation. She j rushed in, without thinking how the pebbles might hurt her little feet, and hurried to embrace her dear pet. Charley stood, with Robin in his hands, di- recting her how best to come ; and when she got near, he walked backwards that he might not lose sight of her. As for Rosy, she saw a little fish swimming about at her feet, and, if it had not been that her hands were full, how she would have enjoyed fishing with her fingers ! LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXVII. STRANGE BEHAVIOUR OF ROBIN. T length Charley and Rosy were both safe on the other side ; feet were dried with grass and pocket-handkerchiefs, shoes and stock- ings were on again, and Charley's hat too. As for Rosy's, I don't know quite what she had done with it ; but her hair was very rough, I know, and her frock considerably tumbled and torn. Robin's woolly coat looked better, perhaps, than might have been expected after its wetting; for the sun was warm, and soon dried it. He had been kissed a great deal since his accident ; and now that Rosy thought of it, the idea came into her head that perhaps he was thirsty, and that it was in trying to drink that he had fallen in. She needn't have thought that; for, dear me, LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE 'OF DISCOVERY. XXVII. The idea came into her head that perhaps Robin was thirsty, and that it was in trying to drink that he had fallen in. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. Robin never troubled himself about anything. He never would confess to being thirsty, at any rate; and, if he had felt so, he must have had water enough while he was floating about. Charley suggested this ; but Rosy said that perhaps Robin might not have thought of it; and so she took him down to the edge, and poked his nose into the water. But, no ; it was of no use. Robin was not thirsty ; and he would not drink, Rosy coaxed, and patted, and scolded; but nothing would induce him to open his mouth* Charley remarked that he had always taken it to be Robin's nature to keep his mouth shut, and do without drinking; but Rosy said, that must be because he was not used to lambs, or he would certainly have known better. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXVIII. REFRESHMENT. T last, tired of trying to make anything of him, his little mistress took Robin, and put him on a mossy bank behind a tree, that he might go to sleep if he would. She thought now that perhaps he had really been very much fright- ened in the water, though he had kept so quiet, and that that had made him seem stupid and obstinate. Then, while Robin slept, there was a capital opportunity of getting some rest themselves, and of having some lunch. Charley declared that he had never been so hungry in his life, and said that it was wonderful how journeys give people an appetite. Rosy quite agreed with him, and they munched away at their bread-and-butter with great pleasure. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. xxvur. Travelling <jives people a wonderful appetite. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. c I wish I had another piece,' said Rosy, when she had finished, ' I am hungry still.' ' So am I,' answered Charley. < I feel as if I could eat up all the trees and flowers!' At this Rosy laughed; but Charley kept a grave face, and said,- c It's of no use pretending to be travellers, you know, Rosy. We must get used to feeling hungry sometimes, or we shall never do anything. Those pears must wait until it 's time for our next meal.' Rosy was very sorry in her heart to hear her cousin say this ; for she really had been thinking a good deal of those pears, and wondering when Charley would say they should be eaten ; but she would not for anything appear greedy, and therefore contrived to hold her tongue. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXIX. AMERICAN STRAWBERRIES. HARLEY and Rosy agreed now to take a good rest ; for, as Charley said, they had done a good day's work, and well earned it. To have crossed a desert, traversed a forest, passed through a prairie, and forded the Nile, after discovering its source all this was certainly something accomplished; and perhaps it was hardly to be wondered at that Rosy thought they might have allowed themselves to eat their pears. However, when ladies travel in company with very enthusiastic gentlemen, they must expect to have to put up with some few hardships. But it was not long before the patient and good-humoured little Rosy found something which made up for her disappointment. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXIX. American strawberries are found to be very good, though they are rather smaller than English ones. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. Some of the flowers which they had stuck in their hats having become rather faded, they were hunting among the long grass and leaves for others to put in their places, when they dis- covered,- -what do you think ? Why some straw- berry plants among the leaves, with tiny red strawberries on them ! Only think ! ' They are smaller than those which grow r in our garden, you see, Rosy,'* remarked Charley ; ' but I think they are redder. They taste very good too ; don't they ? ' 'Delicious!' answered Rosy, picking and eat- ing as fast as she could. 'And how nice they smell!' c There are such a lot of them, too,' added Charley ; c we know now what American straw- berries are like. Isn't it nice to be learning so many things without books ? ' c Yes ; we 're learning lessons out of doors, as I did in France. 3 LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXX. MONT BLANC. HE two little friends did not leave their resting-place whilst there were any straw- berries to be found. They were thrifty young folks, you see, and knew how to make the most of every good thing that came in their way. Then they proceeded on their way, and soon came to a great hill, of which they could not see the top. Oh ! what can that great mountain be ? ' cried Rosy. 'That! why, it must be Mont Blanc!' answered Charley ; c and we must make the ascent of it.' Make what ? said Rosy, looking quite puzzled. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. ' XXX. ' Oh, what can that great mountain be ?' cried Rosy. ' It must be Mont Blanc,' said Charley ; ' and \ve must make the ascent of it.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. c I mean that we must go up to the top of it,' said Charley, laughing. ( Up to the top ! But it 's so high and so straight, I don't think I could get up, Charley.' ' Oh, yes, you can, if I help you ! ' he replied, coaxingly ; c you know I have often helped you up hills.' But, Charley, I think we could get round it,' Rosy said, going first to one side and then to the other, to see on which side it would be easiest to pass. c Oh, that would be cowardly,' returned Charley. c Travellers always go up all the moun- tains that they come near.' So Rosy crave way at once, for she always believed everything that Charley said. But this time it was with a trembling heart ; for, though she liked running down hill very well, she was never very fond of tugging up steep places. Indeed, when her papa was with her he generally carried her up the hills and let her run down the other side; but Charley was too short to do that; so there was nothing left for her but to do her best. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXXI. A SEPARATION. HE other side of Mont Blanc was a little more sloping than that which they had first seen ; so Charley went on a few paces before to try the ground with his c Alpenstock ' so his c club ' was now called. But he declared that Rosy would now find it quite impossible to carry Robin with her, as she would want her hands as well as her feet for climbing. Now, in spite of Robin's obstinacy in making himself as heavy as he could. Rosy dearly loved her little lamb, and could not bear to be separated from him. However, as Charley had said it would be easy enough to come back and fetch him when they had triumphed over this obstacle, she con- LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY, XXXI. Rosy was very sorry to leave Robin behind, but she tried to make him see that the separation was necessary. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. sented. She was very sorry to leave Robin behind, but she tried to make him see that the separation was necessary, and busied herself with giving him directions how to behave while she was away. : Now, you must be a very good lamb, Robin,' she said, ( and not try to run away from here, or else I shan't be able to find you again when I come back, you know ; and here *s plenty of grass to eat if you are hungry.' Master Robin made no answer ; and Rosy told Charley that she knew by that how sorry he was that he was not going, but that she thought he knew, too, that she couldn't carry him so far. It was, if the truth were known, quite a relief to Charley's gallant little heart to see Robin safely out of Rosy's arms, and her free from the burden. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXXII. THE ASCENT. T was not long before Charley had found a place where he thought Rosy could manage to scramble up, if he went first to prepare the way, by pushing aside some of the worst brambles, and finding out one which would afford her a firm hold. But the ascent was very steep; and the higher they got the worse it became. Poor little Rosy's hands got scratched, and her arms, as well as her legs, were soon very tired; because she had to use them as much as her legs to pull herself up. She got sadly out of breath, too, and could not help panting and puffing, and sometimes even giving rather a loud groan of despair; but then Charley always called out to her, in a LITTL E R OS I " 5 VO YA GE OF DISCO VER Y. ^yi> XXXII. The ascent is very steep, and the higher the>- got the \vorse it LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. cheerful tone from above, and told her it was quite easy up there. It was quite easy to him no doubt, because he was a boy, and stronger as well as older than she was; but Rosy did not often find much difference when she got up there.' Only, as Charley wanted so much to get to the top, and as he was very kind and helped her all he could, she would not give up. The little birds came out from under the bushes, and seemed to wonder what they could be doing there, just as the little feathered folks had done when they were getting through the hedge. Some of them were very pretty birds too, quite different, so Charley said, from what they saw in England ; and he would have tried to catch one to be a pet for Rosy, if he had only had his hands free. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXXIII. VIEW FROM THE SUMMIT. T last, after the most unheard-of efforts, the enterprising young people reached the top of < Mont Blanc.' * Only think,' he exclaimed to Rosy, in triumph, most people have guides and ropes, and all sorts of things; but we have done it without anything except my alpenstock. Look, what a view there is ! ' < Yes,' said Rosy ; c I can see further than I ever saw in all my life, I think.' Are n't you glad now, Rosy, that you did not give in ?' ' Yes,' answered Rosy ; c but I am very tired. My arms do ache so, Charley.' < Never mind,' returned her sturdy cousin ; c sit down now, and rest.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXXIII. I can sec further than ever I saw in all my life,' said Rosy. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. But Rosy did not seem much disposed. She saw something down below which surprised her very much. It was a house, and so like her uncle's house, that she asked Charley if they could possibly see it now that they had got such a long way off. * Why not ? ' replied Charley ; c we can see all over the world here, you know : so, of course, we ought to see our house.' Rosy remembered that, once when she was going in a coach, her papa's house got smaller and smaller, until she could not see it at all ; but then she thought of course Charley must know about his own home. So she only said, c Oh, what 's that great red thing over the hill?' c Why, the sun, of course,' answered Charley, laughing. c It 's because we are in Africa that it looks so large.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXXIV. APPROACHING FAMINE, OUNG eyes do not require much time to see all that they want to see. And so Charley and Rosy had soon finished the good look round' for which they were determined to wait. Then they thought that it was about time to continue their journey. But first Rosy asked Charley when they were going to have dinner. ' Are you so hungry, then ?.' he asked. Oh, not very!' said Rosy; 'only I thought it must be time.' Charley seemed to get rather uncomfortable at this. He proposed that they should eat the pears which had been kept for the next dessert. It was not pleasant to finish their last mouthful without a prospect of getting more ; and at present LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXXIV. But first Rosy asked Charley when they were going to have dinner. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. they had not replenished their stock, either with fish or wild fruit, as he had hoped to do. But Rosy's face struck him as looking so pale, that he began to see that there was nothing else to be done. He looked in his box to see if there were any more of his biscuits ' left ; but unhappily he could find none. They had most of them been eaten as they walked along ; and he feared that the rest had fallen out of the box during the scramble up the hill. So they stood a few minutes munching the pears, which tasted decidedly delicious, more so than any pears that they had ever eaten. Rosy looked brighter afterwards ; and Charley secretly resolved, that no sooner were they safely down the mountain than he would begin in good earnest to look about for food. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXXV. THE PRECIPICE. UT when they had finished the pears, and turned once more to look at the sun, there was no sun to be seen ! It had gone down ! and Charley said to him- self, that certainly the light was not so bright as it had been. He began to feel uneasy, and to think, c What would they do if it got dark while they were up there ? ' Then he went to the edge of the rock, first on one side, and then on the other, to see how they could best get down. But the descent looked worse than the ascent. He did not see how he could manage it himself, even without thinking of Rosy. She did not venture close to the side ; for, even from a little distance, it looked terrible. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVER XXXV. When Charley went close to the edge, he said that it made him so giddy that his head seemed to swim round and round. Rosy thought he would fall, and held his coat. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. And when Charley went quite close, he said that it made him so giddy that his head seemed to turn round and round. Rosy thought he would fall, and that she would be left there alone ; so she stood behind him and held his coat to keep him from slipping. And now the sky had changed from red and gold to red and purple, and then to grey, and a sort of greenish shade, and instead of being bright and light it was beginning to get dusky and twi- light : so both the children began to get into low spirits. Rosy wished she had not come up that hill, but she did not say so ; and Charley wished he had never persuaded her to come ; but he also said nothing. This was very wise of both the little children ; for, if they had begun to grumble and scold one another, it would have done no good, and only made both of them uncomfortable ; but they loved each other too well to quarrel ; and I really think that each one was most afraid for the other. K LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXXVI. GREAT ALARM. OWEVER, when they had looked for a good while for an easy way of getting down, Rosy began to be frightened ; and she said to Charley : What can we do ? Must we always stop up here ? Oh ! Charley, we shall be so hungry.' c Don't be afraid, Rosy,' said Charley kindly ; ' we won't give up yet ; we shall find some way.' c Shall we call your papa and mine to come and help us ? said Rosy again ' Do you think they would hear us ? ' Oh, they are too far off,' replied Charley, mournfully : but at the same time he put both his hands before his mouth and set to work shouting with all his might c Papa ! papa ! : LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXXVI. He put both his hands before his mouth, and began shouting Avith all his might, ' Papa ! papa !' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. Rosy also, relieved to be able to do anything, joined her little voice to his, and cried Uncle ! uncle ! ' with all her little strength. But no one answered ; only the sound of their own voices echoed in the distance among the hills and rocks, and then came back to them with a melancholy sound. For a few minutes they stood and looked at each other in a sort of despair, and then Rosy said- c Perhaps aunt might have heard, Charley, though uncle didn't; and then we couldn't hear her answer, because she never speaks very loud; but she would send some one for us, I know/ This suggestion was rather cheering; and Charley thought there might be something in it. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXXVII. THE DESCENT. UT after waiting for some minutes, which to them seemed hours, and finding that no one came, it was plain that something must be done. Charley felt that he had Rosy to take care of; and that thought made him bold. He tried once more, and this time got down a litde way. If only Rosy, with his help, could get down to him, they might manage, for the ground below was more sloping. So he cheered her on until she took courage too to try. But she was dreadfully afraid- -it looked so steep from the top. And now she began to think LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXXVII. Rosy began to think that it is not always so pleasant to travel without one's parents. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. that it is not always so pleasant to travel without one's parents. c Don't look behind,' cried Charley. ' It will only make you giddy. I Ve got you, now for it,- slide a little.' Rosy tried hard ; but it was some time before her feet would reach the first stone on which she was to rest; and, besides, there were lots of thistles and other prickly things in the grass, which scratched her poor arms. She could not help crying a little, though even now she tried to be brave. Charley, however, now that he was over the first bit, felt firm on his feet. He got a good hold of Rosy, and, disengaging her frock from the thistles, he gave one good pull and the little feet rested on the first stone. It was easy then to reach the second, and so they got on to the slope of the hill. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXXVIII. DIFFICULTIES OF THE DESCENT, UT it was not long that they could keep on their legs. The descent became steeper again; and they were obliged to sit down and slide. Charley still went first to prepare the way, and Rosy sometimes could not help coming so fast after him that he found it hard to keep firm and steady. At other times, when the ground was better, she was able to slide down more pleasantly. c I don't think we '11 go up Mont Blanc any more, Charley,' she said after a bit. It isn't a nice place at all.' c Oh!' said Charley, 'you're soon afraid, Rosy ; travellers always have some troubles, you know. We shall soon be at the bottom and forget it all.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXXVIII. They seem to have been more than an hour, and yet they are only half-way down. It is a terrible descent ! LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. But as he said this he looked down and saw that they were only half-way towards the bottom even now, though it seemed an hour since they started, It was a terrible descent, but he said no- thing; and Rosy was just trying to cheer up a little, when a sudden gust of wind blew her hat over her eyes. If her hands had been free she might have saved it even then ; but she was afraid to leave go her hold on Charley even to push it back. She came sliding down for a minute or two blindfold; and then another and stronger puff took it right off, and she saw it go down, down from point to point until it was quite out of sight. c Never mind,' said Charley once more. c We shall find it at the bottom, I dare say.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXXIX. A NEW ALARM. FTER a bit they arrived, as they hoped, at the end of the steepest part. They had, at any rate, got on to a little plain piece, where they could keep easily on their feet and rest themselves. This was delightful indeed; for truly, poor little Rosy's strength would not have held out much longer. Charley soon began to recover his spirits and to look about him with all his usual interest. He was evidently made for a traveller. But Rosy felt by no means so comfortable, for in looking round her she saw a hole in the rock, and something moving about inside it. c Take care, Charley,' she said; c there is some- thing shining in there. Perhaps it is a savage.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XXXIX. ' Take care,' said Rosy to Charley ; ' there is something in there. Perhaps it is a savage.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. c Oh ! ' cried Charley, turning pale, c and I am unarmed ! I left my stick upon the rock. I must go back and fetch it.' Oh, no, no ! ' cried Rosy, clinging to him, c don't go away ; stay with me ! ' c Well, then, we had better both go away,' answered Charley, seizing Rosy's hand, and turn- ing from the spot. r. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY, XL. A DREADFUL CREATURE. EVERTHELESS they kept their eyes on the hole as they passed it; for they were obliged to go along quite in front of it; there was no other way. And still something kept moving about inside. The children both trembled violently ; but Charley tried with all his might not to seem frightened. He whispered to Rosy,- ' I don't think it can be a savage. It doesn't look like a man at all; but I can't think what it is. I wonder if there is only one ; or whether there are lots like it inside.' Rosy made no answer ; she was too frightened to speak. All at once a dreadful creature flew out of LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE 01< DISCOVERY. \ XL. All at once a dreadful creature iie\v nut of tin- hole over their heads, and Rosy cried out, ' Oh ! I don't like America '. I want to go home !' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. the hole and over their heads; and Rosy cried out,- c Oh ! I don't like America. I want to go home ! ' She put her hands over her head, and seemed as if she were going to fall. And as for Charley, his courage was quite gone now. He put both his arms up, and doubled himself up as if he thought the creature would alight on his head and crush him by its weight. And he said not one word to comfort Rosy. After all, what do you think this dreadful creature was ? It was black, and had wings, sharp-pointed wings; and it flew very fast, faster than any bird, arid whizzed close past the children's faces ; but it did not touch them. If they had only had it in their hands, and been able to have a good look at it, perhaps they might not have thought it quite so dreadful, for it was really- only a bat! LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XLI. CHARLEY'S FALL. OMEHOW or other, however, the hole was passed, and the fright about the bat got over. When they saw the creature fly right away, and found that he had not hurt them at all, perhaps they thought that they need not have been quite so much terrified. Charley was a little bit vexed with himself, and grew suddenly very active in scrambling about, and in helping Rosy, to make her forget that he had ever been frightened. But the little girl did not so easily get over it. She trembled and sobbed for a long time, and said a great many times ' Oh ! Charley, wasn't it dreadful ? I thought it was something coming to kill us.' c But you see it wasn't,' Charley answered, LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. The branch breaks, and down comes Charley. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. c so don't cry. We've got to think what we are about here ; it 's a steep bit again.' So saying, he seized hold of a bough, thinking with its help to swing himself down a good way. But now came a new trouble. For the branch broke, and down came Charley. His hat tumbled off of course, and blew away ; and poor Rosy, who had lost hers some time ago, we know, being just in front of Charley, was not in a very pleasant position. So here was a pretty piece of business. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XLII. A RAPID DESCENT. HARLEY had no time to say, c Get out- of the way. Rosy.' And she had no time to do it if he had. He fell against Rosy, and they both arrived at the bottom quicker than they had expected. Now there are some things which we could never wish to happen, which, when they are over, we are often very glad of. It was dreadful rolling over and over, all amongst the thistles and brambles, and stumps and stones, as they came down ; bumping against each other too, Charley's boots sometimes in Rosy's face, and her boots in his ! And it was a very long roll, too, and seemed as if it never would be over. No bush or tree stood in their way to stop LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. He falls against Rosy, and they both arrive at the bottom quicker than they had expected. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. them ; so down, down they came until they found themselves quite at the bottom of c Mont Blanc.' Then Charley thought to himself all in a minute, before he had time to get up,- c Well, that 's over at any rate. I 'm not hurt a bit ; and if Rosy isn't, why, perhaps, it 's as well I fell. It wouldn't have been easy to get her down that last piece of the hill.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XLIII. UNEXPECTED HELP. UT poor Rosy thought differently. She was not much hurt, it is true, only a little bruised and scratched ; but she fell with her head lower than her feet, and felt too giddy to rise. However, before she had time even to think about it, she heard some creature come snuffing up to her, and felt its tongue against her face. She had shut her eyes while she was falling, that she might not see the deep place into which she supposed she was going ; and now she hardly dared to open them to see what this creature that was licking her could be. Her cousin heard a faint scream,- c Oh, Charley ! it 's a lion ! He 's going to eat me !' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. ' Oh, Charley ! it's a lion ! tie is going to eat me ! LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. But Charley saw what it was. c No, no, not a lion, Rosy !' he cried ; c it is our good Caesar. He has come to help us ; and here is papa behind him.' Charley did not know that Caesar was almost as terrible to little Rosy as the most formidable lion would have been. She thought at first, - c Oh ! then it is Caesar who is going to eat me.' But when Charley spoke, the good dog knew his young master's voice, and began licking him instead ; and Charley did not mind that at all. M LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY, XLIV. ROBIN'S RETURN. S soon as Cassar had left her to go to Charley, Rosy jumped up very quickly; and the colour began to come back into her pale cheeks. Charley's papa set him on his legs again, and was glad to see that no bones were broken. And both Charley and Rosy were glad to find themselves so quickly home again from America. It seemed, too, as if Caesar were anxious to give them a hearty welcome, and to get into Rosy's good graces ; for he no sooner saw that both the young travellers were sound and well, than he disappeared for a minute and came back with something in his mouth. LITTLE ROSY'S i'OYAGE OF DISCOVERY. -7* 7" - ' -" X >* . '- - T ff. ^ .- - f \ - TT u'> - ' ( >!i, you good C.xsar ! I am so much obliged to you !' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. c Robin ! Robin ! ' cried Rosy, in surprise. c Oh, my dear lamb, how glad I am to have you again ! ' Her feelings of affection overcame her terrors this time, and she even went to take it from Csesar's mouth. Then the good dog capered about with joy, and licked her feet; and she even ventured to give him a pat, and to say- < Oh, you good Caesar, I am so much obliged to you.' Which Caesar evidently understood quite well ; for he lay down perfectly satisfied, and looked up in her face as if to say- c Now you won't be afraid of me any more, I hope, or mistake my kisses for bites again.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XLV. CHARLEY IN DISGRACE, UT Rosy had no time to play with her dear lamb then ; for it was getting quite dusk, and her uncle said they must make haste home. So Caesar, who was always anxious to make himself useful, came forward and took charge of Robin once more, and also of uncle's walking- stick. Rosy made no objection ; for she knew now how heavy the dear lamb could make himself, and did not feel inclined to carry him far again. Her uncle smoothed down her rough hair, patted her cheek, and asked her how she came to get lost, and then he lifted her in his arms; and poor little Rosy, quite tired out with all that LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XLV. Charley's Papa says nothing to him ; but Charley can see very well that he is not pleased. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. had happened, laid her head on his shoulder, and went fast asleep. As for Charley, he had not spoken since his papa came up. He only hung down his head, and looked very sheepish ; for Charley's papa had said nothing to him ; and he could see very well that he was not pleased. And now a little voice inside Charley, which had been very quiet all day, began to speak to him, and to make him very uncomfortable. It said,- c What did you go at all for ? You ought to have asked your papa and mamma's leave. You knew all the while that you ought not to have gone without; and how came you never to think of that ? You are a bad boy ; and it would have served you right if you had broken your neck when you tumbled down that hill.' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XLVL THE TRAVELLERS' RETURN. HARLEY'S mamma had been in a great fright all day about her little boy and her little niece. She thought that they must either be lost or stolen, and that perhaps she would never see them again. So when she saw them all come home safely she was very glad indeed, and took little Rosy in her arms, and kissed her while she was asleep. She would have kissed Charley too ; and Charley wanted very badly to kiss his mamma ; but his papa held him back, and gave him a good scolding before he would let him do so. He told him that he was old enough to know better, and that he did know better, and that it was very bad and cruel of him to take his LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY XLVI. Rosy wakes in her Aunt's arms ; and Charley gets a good scolding from his Papa, before he is allowed to kiss his Mamma. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. poor little cousin, who always trusted him, so far away ; and that if she had Been starved, or lost, or frozen to death, it would have been all his fault. Charley was very unhappy when his papa said that, because he really loved little Rosy, and had not thought of such dreadful things hap- pening to her. Then Rosy waked up, and kissed her dear aunt, and said she was so glad to get back from America ; and her aunt smiled, and said she was glad, too, to have her home. And Charley promised never to do so again ; and then he was allowed to kiss his mamma and Rosy ; and they were all happy once more. LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. XLVII. THE TRAVELLERS' REPOSE. EFORE they were put to bed, the children had each of them a good basin of broth with plenty of bread in it ; and they thought it nicer than any broth that they had ever tasted, because they had never been so hungry before. They went to sleep directly they lay down ; for never in their lives had they felt so tired ; but in their sleep they tossed and started ; and Rosy's aunt heard her say something about a lion. Then she thought - c Charley will be cured of wishing to go and seek for unknown lands. That is one good thing. But, oh, if good Cassar had not found my darlings, they would have had to sleep out on the cold grass ; and perhaps they would both have died ! ' LITTLE ROSY'S VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY. -__^~-l ft XLVII. The children's sleep is rather disturbed. It will be a long time before Charley goes again in search of unknown lands. .StrasImr^H, printed G. Silbennumi. \ \.