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When the toy soldiers went from the toy shop to live in Gregory's house the little boy thought that he had never seen such a fine soldier in his life. He made him captain of all the soldier ninepins and guard of the toy train, and he took him to bed with him at night. Then, one day, James, who lived next door and was Gregory's neighbor, came over to play with Gregory. “What a nice toy soldier,” James said. “Yes, he’s mine,” Gregory said. “May I play with him?” James asked. “No ; I said he was my toy soldier,” Gregory answered. “Then I’ll take him,” James said. “I won’t let you,” Gregory said. Then the two little boys began pulling the toy soldier to see which could get him away from the other, and the toy soldier did not like it at all. He was fond of a good battle, but not of a quarrel. He decided that he would not stay in a house where there was a quarrelsome boy and so he tumbled out of a window that was close by and fell, down, down to the street below. The toy soldier had not lain long on the sidewalk when Harold passed by and picked him up. “I wanted a toy soldier and here is the finest one I ever saw,” Harold said, and he slipped the soldier inside his coat and started on, for he was going to school. The toy soldier lay close to Harold's watch that was tick, tick, ticking the time away, but Harold loitered and at last he stopped to play a game of marbles with another little boy whom he met. “I don't care if I am late for school,” he said. “Oho!” thought the Toy Soldier, and as the two little boys played he dropped out from under Harold's coat and into the gutter. When Harold reach school, late, the Toy Soldier was gone.
Joe found the Toy Soldier in the gutter and ran home with him to his mother.
“I have a Toy Soldier!” he said. “How brave he looks,” said Joe's mother. All the rest of the day the Toy Soldier went about with Joe and listened to what he said and watched what he did. “I can't go to the grocer's; I'm afraid of his dog.” “I can't put in that nail. I am afraid that the hammer will slip and hit my finger.” This was what the Toy Soldier heard. Then it
was Joe's bedtime and the Toy Soldier went upstairs with him to bed, but Joe cried all the way.
“I’m afraid of the dark,” he said.
fell into a scrap basket. He knew very well that he couldn't stay with a child who was a coward.
No one saw the Toy Soldier when the basket was emptied in the morning. He went with the scraps into a huge bag and then into a wagon, and then into a factory where men sorted the cloth to make it into paper. One of these men found the Toy Soldier and took him home to his little boy, who was lame and had to stay alone all day. “Has it been a good day, John?” his father asked. “Oh, yes!” laughed John as he hugged the Toy Soldier. “You have my supper ready just in time,” his father said, watching the soup bubbling in a shining pot on the stove. “And I cleaned a little and set the table,” John said. “Has your back hurt you very much to-day?” asked his father. “A little, but I dont’ mind that,” John said. “See how fine the Toy Soldier looks standing on the table !” “Oho!” thought the Toy Soldier, “now I have found a piace where I can stay. Here is another soldier, cheerful and willing to work and brave!”
BUREAU OF EDUCATION
BULLETIN, 1919. No.40
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WASHINGTON GOVERNMENT PRINTINo CFFICE idio ---
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A manuni of educational legislation--
Educational work of the churches in 1918–1918.
Monthly record of o o ions, February, 1919.
Education in the T. ries and do 1916–1918.
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Educational conditions in Spain. Walter A. Montgomery.
Educational work of the Boys
schools of scandinavia, Finland, and Holland. Peter H. Pearson.
Girl Scouts as an educational force. Juliette Low.
Training little children.
| North central accredited secondary schools. Calvin O. Davis.
Instruction in music, 1916–1918. Waldo S. Pratt.
Rural education, i916–1918. H. W. -
o neteenth century. Sheldon I
An educational study of Alabama.
Education in France. I. L. Kandel. |
Modern education in China Charles K. Edmunds.
Private commercial and Business sosols.