Kitty's Class Day And Other Stories
"Children and fools speak the truth."
"What's that sigh for, Polly dear?" "I'm tired, mother, tired of working and waiting. If I'm
ever going to have any fun, I want it _now_ while I can enjoy it."
"You shouldn't wait another hour if I could have my way; but you know how helpless I
am;" and poor Mrs. Snow sighed dolefully, as she glanced about the dingy room and
pretty Mary turning her faded gown for the second time.
"If Aunt Kipp would give us the money she is always talking about, instead of waiting till
she dies, we should be _so_ comfortable. She is a dreadful bore, for she lives in such
terror of dropping dead with her heart-complaint that she doesn't take any pleasure in life
herself or let any one else; so the sooner she goes the better for all of us," said Polly, in a
desperate tone; for things looked very black to her just then.
"My dear, don't say that," began her mother, mildly shocked; but a bluff little voice broke
in with the forcible remark,--
"She's everlastingly telling me never to put off till to-morrow what can be done to-day;
next time she comes I'll remind her of that, and ask her, if she is going to die, why she
doesn't do it?"
"Toady! you're a wicked, disrespectful boy; never let me hear you say such a thing again
about your dear Aunt Kipp."
"She isn't dear! You know we all hate her, and you are more afraid of her than you are of
The young personage whose proper name had been corrupted into Toady, was a small
boy of ten or eleven, apple-cheeked, round-eyed, and curly-headed; arrayed in well-worn,
gray knickerbockers, profusely adorned with paint, glue, and shreds of cotton. Perched on
a high stool, at an isolated table in a state of chaos, he was absorbed in making a boat,
entirely oblivious of the racking tooth-ache which had been his excuse for staying from
school. As cool, saucy, hard-handed, and soft-hearted a little specimen of young America
was Toady as you would care to see; a tyrant at home, a rebel at school, a sworn foe to
law, order, and Aunt Kipp. This young person was regarded as a reprobate by all but his
mother, sister, and sister's sweetheart, Van Bahr Lamb. Having been, through much
anguish of flesh and spirit, taught that lying was a deadly sin, Toady rushed to the other
extreme, and bolted out the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, at all times
and places, with a startling abruptness that brought wrath and dismay upon his friends