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INDEX.

OUR LITTLE FOLKs' Own PAGES-

Answers to Picture Pages Wanting Words, 61, 122,

187, 251, 315, 376.

Lists of Honour, 61, 123, 187, 251, 315, 376.

How to make a Rush Basket, 123.

About a Poodle, 123.
OUR SUNDAY AFTERNOONS-

The Story of the Wicked Husbandmen, 42.
Prize Scripture Questions, 44, 92, 174, 212, 300, 342.
Answers to Prize Scripture Questions, 318.
The Healing of the Lunatic Child, 90.
The Storm on the Lake, 174.
The Story of the Nobleman's Son, 210.
The Kings of the East, 297.
The Parable of the Talents, 342.

PEEPS AT HOME AND ABROAD-

A Journey Underground, 22.

A Chat about Musical Instruments, 138.
The Bheel Robbers of India, 158.
An Emperor's Birthday Blossom, 178.
The "Man at the Wheel," 201.
Cut and Polished : a Visit to the Lapidary, 235.
About an Eastern Custom, 267.
A Chat about May-Day, 281.

AMUSEMENTS, RECREATIONS, &c.-

Patchwork for Little Fingers, 25.

Crewel Embroidery for Little Fingers, 74.

Wool Toys and Playthings for Children, 112.
Sports and Pastimes for Boys and Girls, 152.
Something to Do, 270.
Pretty Work for Little Fingers--

Ornamenting Boxes, 331.
BUBBLES OF THE MONTH-48, 81, 149, 209, 285, 341,
COTS, THE "LITTLE FOLKS".

Stories of the Little Folks Cots.-III.,150.

FANCIFUL RHYMES, STORIES, &C.-

Toulouru's First Trip to the Sea, 10.

The News of the Day, 15.

An Egyptian Puss in Boots, 37.

A Rhyme of Three Skaters, 23.

How the Owls of the Pampas treated their Friends, 8.4.

" Hey Fiddle Faddle," 100.

A Persian Jack and the Bean-stalk, 101.

A Scandinavian Jack the Giant-killer, 142.

A Rhyme of a Dragon-fly, 159.

In the Land of Nod, 167.

Professor Mouse on Courage, 168.

The Children and the Rainbow, 202.

The Comical Doings of a Conger Eel, 204.

A Tug of War, 213.

Foolish Chuck, 228.

Trembledom : a Fanciful Story of Fear, 236.

The Silent Moonbeam, 274.

Sir Hermit Crab, 279.

A Comical Family, 293.

A Chinese Beauty and the Beast, 332.

Near Relations, 351.

The Babes in the Wood, 359.

. HUMANE SOCIETY, THE "LITTLE FOLKS"_

Introductory, 49, 118.

Prize Competitions, 119, 186, 246, 311, 375.

Lists of Officers and Members, 184, 244, 308, 372.

Lists of Honour, 186, 247, 311, 375.

The Little FOLKS Annual, 375.

MUSIC

The New Year's Bells, 54.

Changeless, 115.

Who Killed Cock Robin ? 179.

The Coming of Spring, 250.

Little Goldy-Locks, 314.

Daisy's Birthday, 367.

NEW VERSIONS OF OLD NURSERY STORIES,

An Egyptian Puss in Boots, 37.

A Persian Jack and the Bean-stalk, 101.

A Scandinavian Jack the Giant-killer, 142.

A Chinese Beauty and the Beast, 332.

SHORT STORIES--

The Three Half-Sovereigns, 16.
Inquisitive Floss, 24.
His First Crow ; or, The Conceited Chanticleer, 28.
Saved by his Enemy, 45.
Hetty's Queer Punishment, 75.
“ All's Well that Ends Well," 82.
How Maggie and Nina sent a Valentine, 107.
Entrapped in the Snow, III.
The Pigeon and the Falcon, 141.
Will's Canary, 154.
Smut's Rescue, and What it Brought, 170.
The Children and the Rainbow, 202.
" Buy a Broom?" or, The Doctor's Clemency, 214.
The Story of a Famous Prince, 218.
Foolish Chuck, 228.
What Happened to an Umbrella, 232.
Trembledom : a Fanciful Story of Fear, 236.
The Silent Moonbeam, 274.
The Adventures of Pippin and Doffin, 276.
Cheap Jack's Visit to Littledale, 294.
The History of a Holiday, 346.
Hero Jack, and What he Did, 362.

Sivajee and Sumbhajee, 365.
STORIES ABOUT Birds, BEASTS, AND FISHES-

Toulouru's First Trip to the Sea, 10.
Inquisitive Floss, 24.
His First Crow; or, The Conceited Chanticleer, 28.
“ All's Well that Ends Well," 82.
Entrapped in the Snow, 111.
The Pigeon and the Falcon, 141
Will's Canary, 154.
Smut's Rescue, and What it Erought, 170.
Foolish Chuck, 228.
About the “ American Leopard," 240.
The Story of a Sagacious Squirrel, 272.
The White-tailed Cat of Agnone, 280.
The Puma and its Prey, 283.
Jumbo; or, The Hero of the “Zoo,” 302.
Bob, the Tailor's Dog, 350.
Crocodiles at Home, 360.

STORIES AND VERSES FOR VERY LITTLE FOLK-

A Nursery Rhyme, 56.
Brave Bob and Dull Dick, 120.
The Bear's Snowball Match, 121.
The Swing, 182.
Phil's Portrait, 248.
Ethel Mary's Visitor, 312.
Grandmother's Work-basket, 371.

POETRY-

A Christmas Carol, 1o.
Only a Dog ! 21.
Matty and Poppy, 26.
Caught, 51.
Winter, 75.
The Stile, 93.
The Lonely Bird, 101.
A Grateful Child. A True Story, 142.
My Dog, 151.
Professor Mouse on Courage, 168.
Caged, 176.
A Tug of War, 213.
Hetty's Request, 234.
Golden Buttercups, 267.
The Captive Songster, 269.
How Phil went Fishing, 274.
Sir Hermit Crab, 279.
A Comical Family, 293.
The Little Mother, 301,
The Pillaged Nest, 344.
Off to School, 366.

PRIZE COMPETITIONS-

New Prize Competitions for 1882, 58.
The “Stories to Write" Competition, 59.
Prize Puzzle Competitions, 60, 124, 188, 252, 316, 377.
Lists of Honour, 61, 187, 251, 315, 376.
Award of Prizes in the 1881 Competitions, 62.
Picture Pages Wanting Words and Answers, 61, 64,

122, 128, 187, 192, 251, 256, 315, 320, 376.
The “ LITTLE FOLKs Illuminating Book " Competi-

tion-Award of Prizes, 126 ; Distribution, 190.
The LITTLE FOLKs Crayon Book" Competition,

190, 254, 379.

PRIZE PUZZLE COMPETITIONS

60, 724, 188, 252, 316, 377.

PUZZLES, OUR LITTLE FOLKs' Own -

125, 189, 253, 317.
Answers, 190, 256, 318, 379.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS-

63, 127, 191, 255, 319, 378.

SERIAL STORIES-

Mr. Burke's Nieces, 1, 65, 129, 193, 257, 321.
Little Queen Mab, 30, 93, 160, 221, 286, 352,

LITTLE

FOLKS.

MR. BURKE'S

NIECES

By the Author of "May Cunningham's Trial," "Two Fourpenny.Bits, Paws and Claws," &c.

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CHAPTER 1.-WHO IS SHE?

BURKE lived in
Dublin, as I dare
say some of the
children who read
this story do also.
He had a hand-
some house in
Fitzwilliam Place,
which is a good
wide street, with
a square at the
one end of it and
trees at the other,
in which anybody
might be comfort-
able and
tented. Dublin is,
in a great many

respects, a pleasant and pretty city, and does not require a great deal to be done to it to make it an uncommonly pretty and pleasant one.

The streets in general are much wider and the squares much larger than the streets and squares in London, and this gives a fine airy, easy look to everything. Then there are some handsome buildings in Dublin : Trinity College, where Irish boys are turned into well-informed men, if not beautiful, is respectable, and parts of it venera

the bank opposite the college is admired by many, and the two cathedrals-St. Patrick's and Christchurch-by all.

Besides this, another good thing about Dublin is that it is not a big place. London would, I dare say, make fifty Dublins; and the consequence of this is that the country is near every part of it, and there is very little of the smoke that is found in London, or of the air thereof which is so hard to breathe.

It is true that Dublin has its faults, and that they are very great faults too, but there is no kind of doubt that it has its merits and its good qualities

also, and that on a bright, dry, breezy day it is a pleasant enough place, considering that it is a city at all.

As I said before, Mr. Burke lived in Dublin. He was a barrister, and had plenty of hard work to do, but not as much as a London barrister has. Some children who are reading this story will know what a barrister is, because their fathers, or uncles, or big brothers are barristers; and others will not, and I don't think it is of the slightest consequence whether they do or not. Every morning Mr. Burke walked from his house in Fitzwilliam Place to the large handsome building called the Four Courts, on the banks of the Liffey, where he did his work, just as boys and girls go to school to learn their lessons. To reach the Four Courts from Fitzwilliam Place, he had to walk about a mile through some of the best parts of Dublin, and cross either Carlisle or Essex Bridge—both very fine bridges: the former, I suppose, rebuilt as it is now, one of the finest in the world—and so on to his place of business, or what if he had been a boy would have been called his school. Of course I need not tell any of you children what the Liffey is. I take it for granted that you are none of you who read this so young as not to have learned in your geography lessons that Dublin is the capital of Ireland, and that it is situated on the river Liffey.

Every day of his life, then, except Sundays, while he was in Dublin, which was the greater part of the year, Mr. Burke walked from Fitzwilliam Place to the Four Courts after breakfast, and every afternoon he walked back from the Four Courts to Fitzwilliam Place. He had no wife or children, for he had never been married ; he was rich, and about thirty-five years of age. He often dined out or had friends to dinner, though sometimes he brought papers home with him, and had to dine by himself, and write away for hours and hours at them, sitting up to the middle of the night in order to complete his work.

It was on a cold, dreary afternoon in winter that Mr. Burke took his accustomed walk home from

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