Bertie had the desire of his heart,--a corn-popper! He had wanted it for a long time,--three weeks, at least.
Mamma brought it when she came home from the city, and gave it to him for
his very own. A bushel of corn, ready popped, would not have been half
so good. There was all the delight of popping in store for the long winter
Bertie could hardly wait to eat his
supper before he tried his corn-popper. It proved to be a very good one.
He popped corn that evening, and the next, and the next. He fed all the
family, gave some to all his playmates, and carried a bag of pop-corn to
school for his teacher.
Trip, the shaggy, little, yellow
dog, came in for a share, and Mintie too. Who or what was Mintie?
Mintie was a bantam biddy,
very small, white as snow, and very pretty. She had been left an orphan
chick, and for a while kept in the house, near the kitchen fire. She
had been Bertie's especial charge, and he fed and tended her faithfully.
As she grew older she would rove
about with the larger hens, but was very tame, and always liked the house.
She would come in very often. When Bertie happened to pop corn in the daytime
she was pretty apt to be around, and pick up the kernels he threw to her.
One night he left his corn-popper
on the kitchen table. It was open, and two or three small kernels were
still in it.
Early next morning, long before Bertie
was dressed, Mintie came into the kitchen. She flew up on the table, and
helped herself to the corn in the popper. The girl was busy getting breakfast,
and did not mind much about her. Presently she went down cellar, and Mintie
had the room to herself.
When Bertie came down to breakfast
there was a white egg in the corn-popper! It was so small that it looked
almost like a bird's; but it was Mintie's first egg.
Bertie clapped his hands; he was
very much pleased.
"Mamma! mamma!" he shouted. "See
this pretty egg! Mintie put it into my popper, and must have meant to give
it to me."
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