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Project Gutenberg's Miss Elliot's Girls, by Mrs Mary Spring Corning This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: Miss Elliot's Girls Author: Mrs Mary Spring Corning Release Date: January 6, 2005 [EBook #14610] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK MISS ELLIOT'S GIRLS *** Produced by Juliet Sutherland, Melissa Er-Raqabi and the PG Online Distributed Proofreading Team [Illustration: "What's the matter?" said Charlie. "A great, horrid green worm," said I. Page 53. _Miss Elliot's Girls._] MISS ELLIOT'S GIRLS STORIES OF BEASTS, BIRDS, AND BUTTERFLIES By MRS. MARY SPRING CORNING [Illustration] A.L. BURT COMPANY, PUBLISHERS NEW YORK COPYRIGHT 1886, BY CONGREGATIONAL SUNDAY-SCHOOL AND PUBLISHING SOCIETY. CHAPTER I. GREENY, BLACKY, AND SLY-BOOTS. Sammy Ray was running by the parsonage one day when Miss Ruth called to him. She was sitting in the vine-shaded porch, and there was a crutch leaning against her chair. "Sammy," she said, "isn't there a field of tobacco near where you live?" "Yes'm; two of 'em." "To-morrow morning look among the tobacco plants and find me a large green worm. Have you ever seen a tobacco worm?" Sammy grinned. "I've killed more'n a hundred of 'em this summer," he said. "Pat Heeley hires me to smash all I can find, 'cause they eat the tobacco." "Well, bring one carefully to me on the leaf where he is feeding; the largest one you can find." Before breakfast the next morning Ruth Elliot had her first sight of a tobacco worm. "Take care!" said Sammy, "or he'll spit tobacco juice on you. See that horn on his tail? When you want to kill him, you jest catch hold this way, and"-- "But I don't want to kill him," she said. "I want to keep him in this nice little house I have got ready for him, and give him all the tobacco he can eat. Will you bring me a fresh leaf every, morning?" While she was speaking she had put the worm in a box with a cover of pink netting. On his way home Sammy met Roy Tyler, and told him (as a secret) that the lame lady at the minister's house kept worms, and would pay two cents a head for tobacco worms. "Anyway," said Sammy, "that's
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