“Bertha said that she would keep shop, and Mary should come and buy of her. So she put her little scales upon a chair, and a basket of vegetables and apples by her side, and made a very good shopkeeper. Little Mary put on nurse’s bonnet, which was nearly as big as herself, and came with her basket to buy.
“What can I sell you, ma’am?” asked Mrs. Bertha. “I should like some coffee, and some sugar, and some bon-bons, and some cakes – a great deal for my money,” said Mary. Bertha laughed, and said, “Most people would, only they do not like to say so.” This adorable illustration is from Little Folks and Little Friends by Oscar Pletsch, circa 1880.
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