A poor man saw, by the roadside, a large white rat. It seemed

to be dead. Moving it gently he found it was alive, but had a

broken leg. He took it up and carried it to his lonely home. He

bound up the bruised leg, fed the poor creature, and soon it was

quite well.

Sam Tills trained the rat to gentle ways, and taught it many

little tricks. Malmo was the only company Sam had. He worked

in a cotton mill, and took Malmo with him. He rode in his

master's coat-pocket. It looked droll to see his white head

peeping out.

Sundays both went to dine with Sam's sister. Malmo's funny

ways made everybody laugh. When Sam said, "Malmo, go sit in

my hat," he went at once. He curled himself up in it, and nodded

off to sleep.

When his master said, "Malmo, we're going now; slip in," the

droll pet jumped from the hat, ran up to his pocket-nest, said

good-by in his own fashion, and was ready to start. Evenings,

when Sam was reading or singing from his mother's hymn-book,

Malmo had a nap on his master's head. When it was time to go

to bed Sam stroked Malmo's soft fur. The rat rubbed himself

against his master's hand. It was their good-night to each other.

Then Malmo crept into his basket, and the candle was blown out.

Soon both were fast asleep.

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