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The book of the cat


The Book of the Cat was originally published in 1903, with illustrations by Elisabeth F. Bonsall. The children's stories and poems, written by Mabel Humphrey are amusingly "catlike", complete with "cat talk" and grrrowls ...

The stories of kittens and cats who have a variety of exciting adventures.



"Guess you did," sniffed Topsy. "You acted like it!"

Pan looked grieved but remembered--it was such a good nap he had!--that when cats have trouble they are apt to be "catty."

"Dreamed"--he went on calmly--"that I had that yellow squalling thing on the floor, and I was just going to put my paw on its soft feathers when I awoke." He licked his chops dreamily at the thought.

"My!" sympathized Topsy, at last interested.

"Come to think of it, Tops, I'm hungry! And er-er--well, you know Mistress doesn't always feed us heartily after--um--well--after, you know."

Topsy bobbed the end of her tail understandingly, and Pan grew confidential. "I know where's a dish of cream! It's down--"

The rest of the sentence was whispered so low that I really couldn't tell you what it was; but Topsy understood, and the two hurried away as noiselessly and gracefully,--yes, and as dignifiedly as only cats can hurry.

The desired cream they found on a high shelf in ...

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