A man had come to town with two tame bears. They were very clever

bears, and could climb posts and trees, dance and turn summersets

and do a great many other tricks besides.

One day the man was taken ill and had to stay in the house all

day. He thought the bears were locked up in the barn. But the

bears decided they would go for a walk by themselves. They

managed to get away without being seen and started in the

direction of the schoolhouse.

The children were at recess when they suddenly saw the bears.

They were frightened and ran screaming into the school-house.

The bears were very tame and kind and wanted to make friends with

the children, so they followed them.

The children jumped on the desks screaming and crying and the

teachers were frightened too.

When the bears saw that they could not make friends or play they

began quietly walking about the school-room.

Finally they came to the dressing-room where all the dinner-pails

and baskets were hanging.

Smelling the food, they managed to knock some of the baskets down

and then such a feast as they had!

They sat on their haunches and ate sandwiches and fruit and

drank milk out of the bottles just as the children would do.

When they had eaten enough they quietly left the school-house and

trotted down the road toward home.

After the bears were gone the children became calm again and

returned to their lessons.

The man and the bears disappeared the next day and were never

seen again.

THE BARREN FIG-TREE. THE BIGGEST SURPRISE OF ALL facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail