Cuffy Learns Something
FTER leaving the wonderful spring Cuffy Bear was so
long getting home that he decided he would not say
anything to his father and mother about what he had
found. You see—he was afraid they would tell him not to
go so far away from home again. But Cuffy had not been
long in the snug little house before he had a terrible
stomach-ache. He stood the pain as long as he could
without saying anything. But he simply had to hang onto
his little fat stomach with both his front paws. And at
last he began to cry softly. Then
"How much did you drink?" asked his mother.
"Oh—only a little," Cuffy answered faintly.
Then Mrs. Bear nodded her head three times. She was
When Cuffy waked up he found that his father had come
home. And soon
"So you see there are many things for little bears to
A cold shiver went up and down Cuffy's back at these words. Farmer Green! Cuffy had heard a great deal about Farmer Green and he certainly did not want to meet him all alone and far from home. But as soon as the tickle of that shiver stopped, Cuffy forgot all about his fright.
"This maple-sugar—does it taste as good as the sweet sap?" he asked his father.
"Yes, my son—a hundred times better!"
A hundred times better!
After he had gone to bed that
night the words kept ringing in Cuffy's ears. A hundred
times better! A hundred times better! . . . A
now Cuffy was fast asleep and—I am sorry to say
it—sucking one of his paws for all the world as if it
was a piece of Farmer Green's