Excerpt from Merry's Museum and Woodworth's Cabinet, Vol. 53 Their real names are Maggie and Marianna, but their Uncle John, with whom they are great pets, has always called them by the names that seem so funny to you. This Uncle John of theirs has children of his own, but over since they were born he has kept the warmest corner of his heart for his twin nieces. When they were babies, and lay side by side in the cradle, he called one Sunny-hair, because tiny curls as fine and as yellow as sunshine hung all around her little face; and the other Night-eyes, because her great black eyes sparkled, so he used to say, as if they were full of stars. They are nine years old w, but he seems to love them better than ever. You must have met their Uncle John on the street sometimes - a great, cheerful fellow with a smile that would cure anybody of the blues, a ringing laugh, and a stout arm always ready to pick up an apple that has tumbled off the stand of the old woman on the corner, or to lift up the horse that has fallen down under his heavy load. But I don't intend w to write about Uncle John, or to give you a history of his little nieces; I can only tell what happened last New Year's morning. Christmas had passed away very pleasantly. Santa Claus had been unusually kind, and our little girls had more presents than they had dreamed of - eugh, they thought, to make them happy for a whole year. After all the rest had made their presents, Uncle John came, late in the afteron, and made them a very strange one. He gave each of the little girls a dollar, and told them to buy as much happiness as that money would bring! They did t kw what to think of it. What did Uncle John mean? They talked it over through the day, and at night, after they wore in bed, it kept their little tongues at work until mamma called out to them to go to sleep. So it was in the morning, and again at night, all through the week. What would make them happiest? They might buy more dolls, and more books, and toys, and candies of all sorts; but papa and mamma, when they were asked, thought that their little ones had eugh of these already. Besides, there was only one thing that they really wished to have, and it would take five times as much to buy the two big dolls and the big bedstead in Mr. Milton's stove. Should they save it up? That would certainly be a better thing than to spend it foolishly, but it would t buy them any happiness. They must spend it, before they could buy anything with it. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.