Uncle Joe's Stories, page 1
UNCLE JOE'S STORIES
THE RIGHT HON. E. H. KNATCHBULL-HUGESSEN, M.P.
With Illustrations by Ernest Griset
LondonGeorge Routledge and SonsBroadway, Ludgate HillNew York: 416 Broome Street1879
UNCLE JOE 1
ZAC'S BRIDE 40
EVELYN WITH THE FAIRIES 106
CAT AND DOG 183
THE CRONES OF MERSHAM 285
TO ALL NAUGHTY CHILDREN
(IF THERE BE ANY SUCH LEFT IN ENGLAND)
IS AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED.
MY DEAR CHILDREN--
Yes--you are "dear," and will be very "dear" to your parents andfriends if you continue to be naughty. I dedicate this little book toyou because I have been told (though it is scarcely possible to believeit) that I was once a naughty child myself. If it be true, it was a_very_ long time ago; and then there were not nearly so many pretty"children's books" as there are now, so I had not the same chance asyou have of knowing how much best it is to be good. As soon as I foundthis out, I began to be good directly, and now I advise you all to dothe same.
Whilst you are thinking how to manage it, you cannot do better thanread a few stories about Fairies, Pigmies, Witches, and such-likeinteresting creatures. In these stories you will find that the goodpeople always come out right at last, and the naughty people get intothe most disagreeable scrapes. Well, this is just the same withcreatures who are not Fairies nor Pigmies, nor anything of the sort. Soas soon as you have read these stories--or even before doing so if youcan--leave off being naughty and be good as fast as possible. By sodoing you will make everybody about you happy, will become more andmore happy yourselves, and will show that Fairy stories are really ofsome use. In this case we must have another book next year, andmeanwhile I remain your affectionate friend,
E. H. KNATCHBULL-HUGESSEN.
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.
ZACK WINS THE PIG-RACE (_Zac's Bride_) 57
EVELYN MEETS THE FAIRIES (_Evelyn with the Fairies_) 122
THE CAT'S LAST MUSIC-LESSON (_Cat and Dog_) 212
END OF FAMCRAM (_Ophelia_) 280
MARY AND BILLY MEET THE CRONES (_The Crones of Mersham_) 305
SIMPLE STEENIE AND THE GRAY MAN ON THE STROLL (_The Crones of Mersham_) 344