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FIRE-SIDE

PICTURE ALPHABET

OF HUMOUR AND DROLL MORAL TALES OR WORDS & THEIR MEANINGS ILLUSTRATED

BOSTON

MAYHEW & BAKER. 208 WASHINGTON ST.

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MAYHEW & BAKER,

208 Washington St., Boston,

Publish the following list of new and beautiful Illustrated Juveniles, for Children:

KING JOLLYBOY'S

ROYAL STORY BOOK,

FOR

LITTLE FOLKS.

Large Quarto, printed in red and black, on thick, heavy paper, and unsurpassed for style of printing by any American publication. New and delightful moral stories, with comic Illustrations.

PRICE 50 CENTS.

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A COMPANION TO "FIVE LITTLE PIGS."

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THE WONDERFUL ADVENTURES

OF

THE LITTLE MAN AND HIS LITTLE GUN.

There was a Little Man, and he had a little gun, And the bullets were made of lead, lead, lead; He went to the brook, and he shot a little duck, And he hit her right through the head, head, head.

With New and Original Comic Illustrations, Music, &c.

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MAYHEW AND BAKER, 208 WASHINGTON STREET,

AND ALL BOOKSELLERS.

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AMUSEMENT FOR CHILDREN.

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HOME PASTIMES,

OR THE CHILD'S OWN TOY MAKER.



BEAUTIFULLY PRINTED IN COLORS, ON THICK PASTEBOARD,

With full directions to cut out and paste together, making an assortment of Wheelbarrows, Cabs, Railway Cars, Carriages, Windmills, &c., that can be made to move. Now ready,

No. 1. Charlie's Wheelbarrow. No. 3. Miss Hattie's French Bedstead. No. 2. Frank's Sledge. No. 4. Tom Thumb's Carriage.

NEW TOYS IN PREPARATION.

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A MANUAL OF CRICKET AND BASE BALL,

Illustrated with Plans for Laying out the Grounds and forming Clubs, to which are added Rules and Regulations for Cricket, adopted by the

MARYLEBONE CLUB.

Also, Rules and Regulations which govern several Base Ball Clubs.

PRICE 25 CENTS.

Sent by Mail, Prepaid, on receipt of the Price in Stamps.

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MAYHEW AND BAKER, 208 WASHINGTON STREET,

AND ALL BOOKSELLERS.

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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1858, by MAYHEW & BAKER, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the District of Massachusetts.

PRINTED BY ALFRED MUDGE & SON,

No. 34 School St., opp. City Hall, Boston.

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ENGRAVED BY JOHN ANDREW

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THE

FIRESIDE

PICTURE ALPHABET.



BOSTON: MAYHEW & BAKER, 208 WASHINGTON STREET.

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POETICAL PREFACE

TO THE

FIRESIDE PICTURE ALPHABET.

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TO PRECEPTORS.

With learning may laughter be found; "'Tis good to be merry and wise;" To gayly get over the ground, As higher and higher we rise.

Some children their letters may learn, While others will surely do more, As the subjects suggestively turn To matters not thought of before.

Descriptions and pictures combined Are here made attractive and clear; So suited that children may find From error the truth to appear.

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A a.

ABLUTION, The Act of Cleansing.

The little sweep has washed his face, But not as we advise; For black as soot he's made the soap, And rubbed it in his eyes.

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B b.

BARTER, Exchange.

Here's Master Mack presenting fruit, Of which he makes display; He knows he'll soon have Lucy's rope, And with it skip away.

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C c.

CATASTROPHE, a Final Event, (generally unhappy.)

"O, here's a sad catastrophe!" Was Mrs. Blossom's cry; Then—"Water! water! bring to me— Or all my fish will die."

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D d.

DELIGHTFUL, Pleasant, Charming.

These boys are bathing in the stream When they should be at school; The master's coming round to see Who disregards his rule.

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E e.

ECCENTRICITY, Irregularity, Strangeness.

We often see things seeming strange; But scarce so strange as this:— Here every thing is mis-applied, Here every change amiss.

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F f.

FRAUD, Deceit, Trick, Artifice, Cheat.

Here is Pat Murphy, fast asleep, And there is Neddy Bray; The thief a watchful eye doth keep Until he gets away.

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G g.

GENIUS, Mental Power, Faculty.

A little boy with little slate May sometimes make more clear The little thoughts that he would state Than can by words appear.

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H h.

HORROR, Terror, Dread.

This little, harmless speckled frog Seems Lady Townsend's dread; I fear she'll run away and cry, And hide her silly head.

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I i. J j.

ICHABOD AT THE JAM.

ICHABOD, a Christian Name.

JAM, a Conserve of Fruits.

Enough is good, excess is bad; Yet Ichabod, you see, Will with the jam his stomach cram, Until they disagree.

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K k.

KNOWING, Conscious, Intelligent.

Tho' horses know both beans and corn, And snuff them in the wind, They also all know Jemmy Small, And what he holds behind.

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L l.

LUCKY, Fortunate, Happy by Chance.

We must admire, in Lovebook's case, The prompt decision made, As he could not have gained the wood If time had been delayed.

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M m.

MIMIC, Imitative, Burlesque.

The Gentleman, who struts so fine, Unconscious seems to be Of imitation by the boy Who has the street-door key.

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N n.

NEGLIGENCE, Heedlessness, Carelessness.

The character Tom Slowboy bears Would much against him tell, For any work that's wanted done, Or even play done well.

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O o.

OBSTINACY, Stubbornness, Waywardness.

The obstinacy of the pig Is nature—as you see; But boys and girls who have a mind Should never stubborn be.

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P p.

PETS, Favorites, Spoilt Fondlings.

Some people say that Aunty Gray To animals is kind; We think, instead, they are over fed, And kept too much confined.

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Q q.

QUANDARY, A Doubt, a Difficulty.

Dame Partlett's in difficulty, And looks around with doubt; Let's hope, as she some way got in, She may some way get out.

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R r.

RIVALRY, Competition, Emulation.

In every competition prize This should be kept in view— Whoever wins should be the one Who does deserve it too.

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S s.

SLUGGARD, An Inactive, Lazy Fellow.

To lie so many hours in bed You surely must be ill, And need some physic, Master Ned, As birch, or draught, or pill!

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T t.

TOPSY-TURVY, Upside Down, Bottom Top.

Here's Topsy-Turvy, upside down, The ceiling seems the base; Reverse the ground and 'twill be found The things are out of place.

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U u. V v.

UNCOMMON VEGETATION.

UNCOMMON, Rare, not Frequent.

VEGETATION, the Power of Growth.

Th' uncommon vegetation, here, With art has much to do; The trees are nature, but the fruit Uncommon and untrue.

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W w.

WONDER, Admiration, Astonishment.

The wise may live and wonder still, However much they know, But simple Giles has wonder found Within the penny show.

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X x.

NO ENGLISH WORD BEGINS WITH THIS LETTER.

XANTIPPE, A Greek Matron, Wife of Socrates.

Here's Socrates and Xantippe— Philosopher and wife— For gentleness renowned was he; She, better known for strife.

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Y y.

YEARN, To Grieve, to Vex.

Miss Cross has tried to reach the grapes, She's tried and tried again— And now she's vexed to think that all Her efforts are in vain.

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Z z.

ZANY, A Buffoon, a Merry Andrew.

Here's Zany reading in a book, With heels above his head; And, judging by his laughing look, Finds fun in what he's read.

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"HERE'S A NICE BOOK FOR THE HOLIDAYS."

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WILLIS, THE PILOT,

A SEQUEL TO THE

SWISS FAMILY ROBINSON;

Or, Adventures of an Emigrant Family wrecked on an unknown coast of the Pacific Ocean; interspersed with Tales, Incidents of Travel, and Illustrations of Natural History.

BEAUTIFULLY ILLUSTRATED.

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From the many favorable Notices of the Press, read the following:

"The scene is laid chiefly in the South Seas, and the narrator illustrates the geography and ethnology of that section of the far West. Some of the adventures are marvellous indeed, and Willis is a rich specimen of a hardy, fearless, and honest tar."

"This book takes up the story of 'The Swiss Family Robinson,' and carries it forward to a happy termination. The style and spirit of the story is preserved with admirable effect; and if any thing, 'Willis, the Pilot,' is of greater interest and more instructive than the charming story out of which it grows."

"'The Swiss Family Robinson' never seemed to quite finish its story, and the author of 'Willis, the Pilot,' has hit upon a happy idea in carrying out and completing the tale; and he has executed the work exceedingly well, and will confer a new delight upon the thousands who have been entranced by the tale of the Swiss Family, and will here pursue the narrative of their adventurous life. The publishers of the volume have dressed it up in very attractive style. The illustrations are numerous, spirited, and handsomely done."

"Abundance of adventures, serious and comic, funny expedients and devices, odd turns of fortune, all combine to charm and fix the attention of the young reader; while science and fact are skilfully inwoven with the details of the story. A pleasant book for a Christmas gift, and just the thing for the long winter nights."

MAYHEW AND BAKER, 208 WASHINGTON STREET, AND ALL BOOKSELLERS.

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A GAME FOR ALL SEASONS.

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NEARLY READY,

THE NEW GAME

OF

TOURNAMENT & KNIGHTHOOD,

PRINTED IN COLORS, ON THICK PASTEBOARD, WITH EMBOSSED COUNTERS.

TWO GAMES ON ONE BOARD.

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The combats of the knights, in the days of chivalry, on "The Field of the Cloth of Gold," served to display the skill and dexterity of the combatants in feats of arms. The new Tournament, or bloodless battle, is so arranged that, while it requires both skill and dexterity in one game, the other is both simple and amusing. One will require considerable shrewdness in an old chess or whist player, while the other can be played by small children.

Full Directions accompany each Game.

PRICE 75 CENTS.

SENT BY MAIL, PREPAID, ON RECEIPT OF THE PRICE.

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MAYHEW AND BAKER, 208 WASHINGTON STREET, AND ALL BOOKSELLERS.

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THE END

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