asleep, and I was trying to be as still as a mouse, Polly began to squall and flap about in his cage ; so I went to let him out, and found a big spider there. I poked it out, and it ran under the book-case ; Polly marched straight after it, stooped down and peeped under the book-case, saying, in his funny way, with a cock of his eye, 'Come out and take a walk, my dear. I couldn't help laughing, which made Poll swear, and aunt woke up and scolded us both."
" Did the spider accept the old fellow's invitation ? " asked Laurie, yawning.
" Yes ; out it came, and away ran Polly, frightened to death, and scrambled up on aunt's chair, calling out, ' Catch her ! catch her ! catch her ! ' as I chased the spider."
" That's a lie ! Oh lor !" cried the parrot, pecking at Laurie's toes.
" I'd wring your neck if you were mine, you old torment," cried Laurie, shaking his fist at the bird, who put his head on one side, and gravely croaked, " Allyluyer ! bless your buttons, dear ! "
"Now Pm ready," said Amy, shutting the ward- robe, and taking a paper out of her pocket. "I want you to read that, please, and tell me if it is legal and right. I felt that I ought to do it, for life is uncertain, and I don't want any ill-feeling over my tomb."
Laurie bit his lips, and turning a little from the pensive speaker, read the following document, with praiseworthy gravity, considering the spelling : —
" MY LAST WILL AND TESTIMENT.
" I, Amy Curtis March, being in my sane mind, do