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Stedman and Hutchinson, comps.  A Library of American Literature:
An Anthology in Eleven Volumes.  1891.
Vols. IX–XI: Literature of the Republic, Part IV., 1861–1889
 
Charlie’s Story
By Kate Upson Clark (1851–1935)
 
[Born in Camden, Ala., 1851. Died in Brooklyn, N. Y., 1935.]

I WAS sitting in the twilight,
  With my Charlie on my knee,—
(Little two-year-old, forever
  Teasing, “Talk a ’tory, pease, to me.”)
“Now,” I said, “‘talk’ me a ‘’tory.’”        5
  “Well,” reflectively, “I’ll ’mence.
Mamma, I did see a kitty,
  Great—big—kitty, on the fence.”
 
Mamma smiles. Five little fingers
  Cover up her laughing lips.        10
“Is oo laughing?” “Yes,” I tell him,
  But I kiss the finger-tips,
And I say, “Now tell another.”
  “Well,” (all smiles) “now I will ’mence.
Mamma, I did see a doggie,        15
  Great—big—doggie, on the fence.”
 
“Rather similar,—your stories,
  Aren’t they, dear?” A sober look
Swept across the pretty forehead,
  Then he sudden courage took.        20
“But I know a nice, new ’tory,
  ’Plendid, Mamma! Hear me ’mence.
Mamma, I—did—see—a—elfunt,
  Great—big—elfunt, on the fence!”

  Springfield Republican, 9 Nov., 1877.
 
 
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