Clara was the most unfortunate of dollies. She had had the mumps and
whooping cough; and no sooner did she recover from the scarlet fever than
she contracted pneumonia and nearly died. One morning Blanche was applying
hot bandages to relieve bronchitis, and before night Clara had the
The next day mamma stopped at the nursery door.
"Good morning, little nurse," she said; "how is poor Clara this morning?"
"She's DEADED," said Blanche, with a long face.
"Dreadful! What did she die of, small-pox? It seems to me that that was
what she was suffering from last evening."
"No'm'" said Blanche, "'twasn't small-pox. She DID have that bad; but I
think she DIED of measles. The SUNERAL (Blanche could not say 'funeral')
is to be at twelve sharp. Will you come, mamma?"
"I'm so sorry, darling, but I must go to lunch with Mrs. Mathews at one.
But Jack will go."
The "suneral" took place at noon, and Blanche and Daisy, Jack and old
Hector followed poor Clara in Benny's wagon to the grave yard at the
bottom of the orchard. It was rather a jolly "suneral," for they had
"refreshments" under the trees afterward.
In the afternoon, as mamma, came up the orchard path, she was surprised to
see a doll's foot and leg sticking straight up out of the ground.
"Why did you leave her foot out in this way?" asked mamma.
"Well," said Blanche, "I thought perhaps she could get to Heaven easier."