By Gertrude Chandler Warner

The youngsters search for Spotzie the cat.

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Yes,” he responded. “I’m very hungry. ” “I imagine it’s time for a snack,” acknowledged Henry. “Come on! ” He led the way in which throughout the residence to the massive kitchen within the again. Mrs. McGregor, the housekeeper, used to be sitting on the kitchen desk consuming tea with a curly-haired lady donning a gloomy blue gown with a white collar. “Hello, children,” stated Mrs. McGregor, her joyful face breaking right into a extensive smile. “This is a chum of mine, Mrs. Valentine. She’s simply come over to inform me the excellent news. Her niece, Whitney, is coming to go to! ” “She’s a first-year pupil at college,” stated Mrs. Valentine. “I desire you’ll all manage to meet her. ” Mrs. McGregor brought the Aldens. “And Watch,” extra Benny quick, pointing to the small terrier who used to be sitting at his toes. “And, in fact, Watch,” agreed Mrs. McGregor. Mrs. Valentine stated hi to everybody and leaned over to pat the dog’s head. “How do you do, Watch? ” she requested. Watch wagged his tail fortunately. “He’s an excellent dog,” acknowledged Mrs. Valentine. “Does he belong to you, Benny? ” “No, we belong to him,” acknowledged Benny. Violet nodded shyly. “It’s precise. He came across us. ” because the Aldens received out cookies and milk, Soo Lee informed how she had lived in Korea ahead of Joe and Alice Alden, who have been cousins of James Alden, had followed her. Then Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny informed the tale of the way the little puppy had come limping into their lives once they first grew to become orphans and have been residing in an outdated deserted boxcar within the woods. Jessie had pulled the thorn from the little dog’s paw, and Benny had named him Watch, and he have been an outstanding pal and watchdog ever for the reason that. Now the previous boxcar was once within the backyard at the back of the massive white residence the place the Aldens lived with their grandfather, James Alden. They hadn’t recognized it after they have been dwelling within the boxcar, yet he were looking and looking out for them. whilst he’d came upon them eventually, he had introduced all of them to Greenfield to dwell with him. He’d even introduced the boxcar, too, so that they may possibly stopover at it at any time when they sought after. “What an grand story,” acknowledged Mrs. Valentine. “You be aware of, it’s humorous, yet i do know a cat who stumbled on a person, too, type of the best way Watch came upon you. ” “Really? ” stated Violet, forgetting her shyness. “What occurred? ” “I’m the housekeeper for Mr. Woods. He lives within the vast stone condominium on the finish of Tucker Lane. He lives on their lonesome. He by no means visits acquaintances. associates by no means stopover at him. He by no means is going wherever with the exception of walks. He simply doesn’t appear to like an individual. ” “Doesn’t he have a relations? ” requested Soo Lee. “No, no one,” stated Mrs. Valentine. “But sooner or later quite a few months in the past, he got here domestic from certainly one of his lengthy walks wearing a tiny little calico kitten — white with orange and black spots. She was once thin and ravenous, with humorous, crinkled, soiled noticed fur. Why, she used to be so younger her eyes have been nonetheless blue — kittens’ eyes often switch to eco-friendly or yellow while they’re 5 or 6 weeks outdated. ” “I didn’t be aware of that,” stated Benny. “Poor kitten,” stated softhearted Violet. “But she used to be a fortunate kitten after all,” Mrs. Valentine went on. “Because Mr. Woods saved her and fed her and nursed her again to wellbeing and fitness.

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