220 THE SHADOWS.
wonder, for I helped her to some very unaccountable ones."
" I have a story about a granddaughter, too," said another, the moment that speaker ceased.
" Tell it. Tell it."
"Last Christmas-day," he began, "I and a troop of us set out in the twilight to find some house where we could all have something to do ; for we had made up our minds to act together. We tried several, but found objections to them all. At last we espied a large lonely country-house, and hastening to it, we found great preparations making for the Christmas dinner. We rushed ' ito it, scampered all over it, and made up our minds in a moment that it would do. We amused ourselves in the nursery first, where there were several children being dressed for dinner. We generally do go to the nursery first, your majesty. This time we were especially charmed with a little