The children came home from school-Charles and Lucy. I have a surprise for you in the kitchen, said their mother, Mrs. Van Buren. No, take off your things first, then you may go down and see. Now don't laugh-a laugh that hurts anyone's feelings is so unkind-tip-toe too! No, Charlie, one at a time; let Lucy go first. Lucy tip-toed with eyes full of wonder to the dark banister-stairs that led down to the quarters below. Her light feet were as still as a little mouse's in a cheese closet. Presently she came back with dancing eyes.