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  • Title: www.snake.net
    Descriptive info: .. www.. snake.. net.. Welcome to snake.. Stuff found here:.. Paul's home page.. Software.. Woodland School Read-Along Stories.. Stuff found on other sites:.. MySQL.. MySQL Cookbook.. MySQL and Perl for the Web.. Using csh tcsh.. Software Portability with imake, Second Edition.. Document URL: http://www.. net/.. Maintainer:.. Paul DuBois.. , paul @ snake.. net..

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  • Title: Home Page for Paul DuBois
    Descriptive info: Home Page for Paul DuBois.. Books I've written:.. was originally published by New Riders in December, 1999.. It's currently in its fifth edition, published in April, 2013.. [.. info.. ].. was published by O'Reilly in October, 2002.. The second edition was published in November, 2006.. was published by New Riders in August, 2001.. Information about the oystercatcher book,.. Information about the boa book,.. Software Portability with imake.. Images from the.. Book of Kells.. Your Daily.. Horoscope.. Document written by:.. Last modified: July 19, 2013..

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  • Title: snake.net Software Archive
    Descriptive info: snake.. net Software Archive.. Welcome to the snake.. net software archive.. This archive contains freely redistributable software.. Document Conversion.. troffcvt.. -- troff-to-XXX conversion utilities.. RTF Tools.. -- Rich Text Format utilities.. BibStuff.. -- Tools for bibliographic records.. Programming Libraries.. portlib.. -- Portability library.. ETM.. -- Exception and Termination Manager.. MemMgr.. -- Simple Memory Manager.. TS.. -- Simple Token  ...   library.. SNDB.. -- Simple Network Database.. Other Stuff.. Miscellaneous.. imake documents and software.. World Wide Web and Gopher Tools.. Macintosh Software.. (TransSkel, Blob Manager, etc.. ).. If you're looking for the tcsh or imake book archives that used to be here, visit these links:.. Archive for.. Using csh tcsh.. (O'Reilly Associates).. Software Portability with imake.. Last updated: 2001-11-12..

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  • Title: Woodland School Read-Along Stories
    Descriptive info: Kathy Possum's Secret.. HTML, page-per-chapter.. HTML, single-page.. PDF.. Ruthie Woodchuck's Fright.. Brave Michael Beaver.. Woodland School countryside:.. Map.. Copyright 2009 Alice Breider.. Illustrations copyright 2009 Colin DuBois..

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  • Title: Book of Kells Images
    Descriptive info: Book of Kells Images.. This page contains pointers to images from the Book of Kells and to information about the book.. I don't hold any copyright on any of these images; don't ask me if you can use them.. If you want to link from your site to this page, feel free.. However, if you're thinking about linking directly from your site to one of the image files, please do not.. Instead, download the image to your own site and link to your own copy.. Thanks.. The images in the following set were obtained originally from gopher://monera.. ncl.. ac.. uk/11/Miscellaneous/.. Kells/, which appears no longer to be  ...   kell2bmp.. (GIF, 360 KB).. kell3bmp.. (GIF, 377 KB).. kell4bmp.. (GIF, 365 KB).. kells1.. (GIF, 194 KB).. kells2.. (GIF, 206 KB).. kells3.. (GIF, 211 KB).. thumbnail page.. of all seven images.. An image of the four evangelists, courtesy of Brian Keller.. Large.. (JPEG, 958x1215 pixels, 291KB).. Small.. (JPEG, 479x608 pixels, 81KB).. Thumbnail.. (JPEG, 100x128 pixels, 5KB).. Other Kells-Related Links.. Book of Kells Web site.. (the Book of Kells on CD-ROM).. Trinity College Dublin page.. Jerry Lincecum's Fort Worth Star-Telegram article.. University of British Columbia Fine Arts Library.. page.. Home page.. for the musical group Iona (their second album is based on the Book of Kells).. Last updated: 2009-02-19..

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  • Title: Your Daily Horoscope
    Descriptive info: Your Daily Horoscope.. Click below for your horoscope:.. Aries.. (March 21 - April 19).. Taurus.. (April 20 - May 20).. Gemini.. (May 21 - June 20).. Cancer.. (June 21 - July 22).. Leo.. (July 23 - August 22).. Virgo.. (August 23 - September 22).. Libra.. (September 23 - October 22).. Scorpio.. (October 23 - November 21).. Sagittarius.. (November 22 - December 21).. Capricorn.. (December 22 - January 19).. Aquarius.. (January 20 - February 18).. Pisces.. (February 19 - March 20)..

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  • Title: imake-Related Software and Documentation
    Descriptive info: imake-Related Software and Documentation.. This directory contains miscellaneous imake documentation, utilities, and configuration files.. A related archive contains information associated with the O'Reilly.. imake book.. If you need imake itself, get the.. itools.. distribution from that archive.. Using imake with the X Window System.. kbird Configuration Files.. Utilities.. OpenWindows Support.. Motif Support.. imake FAQ and Other Papers.. Vendor-Specific Information.. imake-talk Mailing List.. Belorussian translation.. of this page.. Miscellaneous.. Configuration Management in the X Window System.. , Jim Fulton's USENIX paper on imake.. This paper was part of the X11R4 contrib distribution.. troff.. ] [.. PostScript.. plain text.. Using Imake to Configure the X Window System Version 11, Release 4.. , by Paul DuBois.. troff source.. formats].. This document has an appendix:.. You might also want to get.. a copy of the X11R4 configuration files.. , if you don't have them, to read along with the paper.. X11R6.. 3 was released on December 23, 1996.. I've written up some notes containing my observations on the R6.. 3 configuration support; these notes are available in HTML or PostScript format.. I would appreciate any comments.. HTML.. kbird 2.. 13 configuration files: [.. gzipped tar file.. kbird tutorial document: [.. kbird reference document: [.. imboot.. is a general-purpose imake bootstrapper that can be used to select from among an arbitrary number of sets of configuration files.. It can be used to avoiding having multiple bootstrappers around.. It also can be used when you have an extensible configuration file architecture that allows you to used publicly-installed configuration files whose contents can be selectively overridden with private files located within your project.. imboot comes in sh or Perl versions.. (The versions are equivalent, but  ...   a list of the rules that are defined in that file.. The output can be used to construct a comment at the beginning of the file that people can look at for a quick summary of the file's contents.. list-irules is a perl script.. Using imake With OpenWindows.. , by Paul DuBois, describes how to get imake to work on OpenWindows systems if you're having trouble with it.. There is also an accompanying software distribution that contains fixed utilities and configuration file patches.. The paper is available in.. ,.. , or.. The software distribution is available as a.. gzip'ed.. or.. compress'ed.. tar file.. Using imake With Motif.. , by Paul DuBois, discusses use of imake to configure Motif 2.. 0.. The.. motif-support.. distribution that accompanies the paper contains modified Imakefiles and configuration files, and narrative accounts of building Motif 2.. 0 on various systems.. The distribution is currently at version 1.. 00 and is available as a.. Papers.. The imake Frequently Asked Questions list.. is available in.. The Minotaur passage.. , a short excerpt from the first edition of the imake book.. Describes two instances of intertwining between the system and project sections of the X11R5 configuration files.. (Both have been untangled as of R6.. ) Available in.. format.. Why not use Imake instead of configure scripts?.. is a short section taken from the GNU Autoconf manual.. It explains why the Autoconf people prefer autoconf to imake.. That section is available here in.. formats.. Information about running imake on specific systems (including non-UNIX systems) is available.. here.. The imake-talk Mailing List.. imake-talk is a mailing list for discussing imake and related issues.. information.. Old distributions.. Go to.. imake-book archive..

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  • Title: KATHY POSSUM'S SECRET
    Descriptive info: Prev.. Chapter 1.. Chapter 2.. Chapter 3.. Next.. Story copyright 2008 Alice Breider.. Illustrations copyright 2008 Colin DuBois..

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  • Title: KATHY POSSUM'S SECRET
    Descriptive info: Kathy Possum.. CHAPTER 1.. GRANDMA POSSUM TELLS A SECRET.. Grandma Possum.. LITTLE KATHY POSSUM WAS SAD.. Her head hung down and her tail dragged behind her as she made her way to Grandma Possum's house.. Every now and then she snuffled and rubbed her nose with her paw.. "What's wrong?" called Grandma Possum, wiping her paws on her apron.. She was looking out the kitchen window, and even from a distance she could see that the little possum was unhappy.. Usually Kathy trotted happily on her way to see Grandma Possum after school.. But not today.. "Come in and have some chocolate milk and cookies," said Grandma Possum.. She took Kathy's paw in hers and they went into the kitchen.. Possums eat all kinds of food, but they are especially fond of chocolate milk and cookies.. So, while Kathy perched on her stool at the table, Grandma Possum poured chocolate milk into Kathy's mug.. The mug was pink to match Kathy's pink nose and it had two handles, one on each side, so Kathy's paws could hold it easily as she drank.. Grandma put some cookies on Kathy's little plate.. The plate was pink too, and it had a picture of a tiny possum painted on it.. Kathy was a big girl now but she still loved to eat from her little plate.. Grandma had given the plate and the mug to her long ago when Kathy was just a tiny possum.. Kathy felt better.. Every day after school she visited Grandma Possum.. And now, sitting at the kitchen table, with her pink mug and plate in front of her, she almost forgot how sad she had been.. But Grandma Possum hadn't forgotten.. She sat down at the table, carefully draping her tail to one side of her chair.. "Now, Kathy," she said, "how was school today?" Grandma asked this question every day.. Since Kathy loved school, she enjoyed talking to Grandma about it.. But today, Grandma's question brought back Kathy's sad feelings.. Kathy looked down into her pink mug.. "Come now, tell me what's wrong," coaxed Grandma.. "You'll see, talking about it will make you feel better.. ".. "The other animals made fun of me today," Kathy blurted out, still staring into her mug.. "Yes? Why did they do that?" Grandma asked softly.. "Because I didn't know what to do if the mean old coyote came after me," Kathy said sadly.. "Hmmm," said Grandma.. Then she asked, "What did the other little animals say they would do if the mean old coyote came after them?".. Kathy put her mug down on the table and took a bite out of a cookie.. "Well," she said, "Teacher asked us to describe how we would escape and Jeremy Squirrel told us he would quick run up a tree.. " She chewed the bite of cookie and swallowed it.. "Then Ruthie Woodchuck said she would dive into her underground house.. Grandma nodded her wise old head.. "Those are good escapes for Jeremy and Ruthie," she said, adding, "did anyone else have an escape?".. "Yes," said Kathy, "Steven Rabbit said he would jump into some blackberry bushes.. They're full of pickers and thorns, he says.. And Michael Beaver said he would plunge into the pond and swim right into his house in the water," She drank the last of her chocolate milk and put down her mug.. Then she carefully wiped cookie crumbs from her whiskers.. "Grandma, what does it mean to plunge?".. Grandma considered.. "You said Ruthie Woodchuck would dive into her house underground.. Well, Michael Beaver would dive, or plunge, into the pond.. Michael is an intelligent boy and he likes to use big words.. Grandma peered at Kathy over her round wire-rimmed glasses.. "Why were the other animals making fun of you?" she asked.. There was a little pause and then Kathy wailed, "Because I didn't have any escape.. I can't run fast like Jeremy and Steven, and I don't have an underground house like Ruthie, and I can't swim like Michael, and I just didn't know what to say.. " Big tears welled up in her eyes.. "Maybe I'll just get eaten by the mean old coyote because I'm so stupid," she sobbed.. "Oh, dear, oh, dear," said Grandma, and she got up from her chair to pat Kathy's heaving shoulders.. Kathy usually felt that she was a big girl.. After all, she was in the first grade at school, but she cried now like a small hurt animal.. Grandma lifted Kathy from her stool at the table and carried her to the old rocking chair that stood by the stove.. "There, there," she soothed, as Kathy wept against her shoulder.. "Don't you cry anymore.. Grandma's going to tell you a secret.. " And as Grandma rocked her, back and forth, back and forth, Kathy's sobs grew quieter.. Finally, she lifted her head and asked, "What's the secret?".. Grandma pressed a handkerchief to Kathy's nose and commanded, "Blow.. " Kathy hiccupped twice and blew into the handkerchief.. Grandma leaned back.. "There," she said, "that's better.. " She tucked the handkerchief away in her apron pocket and began to rock again, back and forth.. "Now for the secret," she said, as Kathy looked up at her, waiting.. "First of all, child, you are not stupid.. You just haven't heard the secret yet.. But none of us possums are ever told the secret until we're old enough to understand it.. "Oh, I hope I'm old enough," cried Kathy, "am I, Grandma, am I?".. "Yes, Kathy, I think you're old enough," said Grandma, and Kathy clapped her paws together.. "But wait, just a minute," Grandma continued, "I want to ask you a question.. Did Miz Shirley Badger, your teacher, say anything to the other animals when they made fun of you?".. "No, Grandma, she didn't because she didn't know about it.. It was on the way home that the other animals asked me what I would do to escape the mean old coyote.. And they laughed when I said I didn't know.. "All right, Kathy, you're old enough to hear The Possum Secret," Grandma said firmly.. "Now listen carefully," and she began to whisper into Kathy's small black ear.. Jeremy Squirrel.. Michael Beaver.. CHAPTER 2.. GATHERING FOOD WHILE DANGER LURKS.. Steven Rabbit.. Ruthie Woodchuck.. SEVERAL DAYS WENT BY.. The other little animals forgot how they had laughed at Kathy because each day Miz Shirley Badger took her pupils on an exciting field trip.. It was fall, and they were learning to gather their own food.. One day, Jeremy Squirrel found ripe acorns and hickory nuts where they had dropped from tall trees.. He gathered them into neat piles.. Because he was small and quick, he scampered up one tree after another, looking for holes in which to store the nuts.. Sometimes he leapt from one tree to another, using his long fluffy tail for balance so that he would not fall.. Jeremy did not know it, but when winter arrived, he would keep warm by wrapping that same long fluffy tail around himself.. Steven Rabbit and Ruthie Woodchuck searched for bright green clover patches hidden in the tall grass of the meadow.. When they found one, Steven and Ruthie each began at one edge of the clover patch and nibbled their way toward the middle.. In the middle, they bumped noses and laughed.. Then they ran off to find another clover patch to start another game.. Like Jeremy Squirrel, Steven was small and quick.. He had long ears, but only a fluffy puff for a tail.. Ruthie Woodchuck, on the other hand, was bigger than the other animals, and getting bigger.. She put on lots of fat in the fall, for she would sleep the winter away in her underground house.. She would not even wake up to eat.. Next spring, Ruthie would come out of her house rumpled and skinny.. And VERY hungry.. Michael Beaver gnawed busily at the young tree saplings growing along the brook.. By and by, the remains of several saplings lay on the ground.. Michael's fur was glossy brown.. He was a slow mover on the ground.. In the water, he was a powerful swimmer, helped by his broad flat tail.. When he dove into the water he could slap the water with his tail to signal other animals that there was danger nearby.. Kathy Possum gathered ripe berries, eating them one by one as she moved slowly from bush to bush.. Soon her furry little face was stained red with  ...   stood there rigid.. Then Miz Shirley Badger stroked Kathy's back and crooned to her, "There, there, it's all right, teacher is here.. Wake up, little Kathy.. The other animals looked at each other.. How could Kathy be sleeping? they wondered.. As Miz Shirley Badger continued to croon to Kathy and stroke her back, Kathy blinked.. Then Kathy shut her open mouth, blinked twice more, and shook herself all over.. Miz Shirley Badger sat back and her whiskers twitched in a big smile.. "That's better," she said, as the other little animals stared in amazement.. They rushed forward then and gathered around Kathy.. "Oh, Kathy," cried Jeremy Squirrel, "I thought you were dead!" He looked at her closely.. "I thought you must be dead with all that blood on you.. Miz Shirley Badger chuckled.. "Jeremy, that's berry juice," she said.. Then, with one arm around Kathy, she motioned the other animals to sit in a circle around them.. "You can see that Kathy is all right," she said, "aren't you, Kathy?".. Kathy nodded and yawned, showing her pink tongue and her sharp little teeth.. She leaned against Miz Shirley Badger, blinking sleepily.. Steven Rabbit peered at her.. Maybe she had been asleep, he thought.. But how could she be? From the safety of the berry bushes, he had seen the mean old coyote come leaping toward Ruthie and Kathy.. Steven scratched one long ear and wondered.. Miz Shirley Badger was continuing, ".. and tomorrow in class we'll talk about how small animals must always be on the lookout for big hungry animals.. " She looked around the circle of her pupils.. "Wasn't this an exciting adventure?" she asked.. "Yes, Miz Badger," the little animals chorused happily, now that the danger was past, Miz Badger clapped her paws.. "All right, class, back to school and then home.. " And to herself she thought, My goodness, this was enough adventure for today! She led the way along the tall grass at the edge of the meadow.. Jeremy Squirrel and Steven Rabbit scampered along behind her.. Michael Beaver and Ruthie Woodchuck hurried to keep up.. And Kathy Possum brought up the rear, walking slowly and dreamily.. Every now and then, Steven glanced back at her curiously.. Again he wondered how she could have gone to sleep, just when the mean old coyote was leaping at her.. After school, Miz Shirley Badger walked with Kathy to Grandma Possum's house.. While Kathy washed berry juice from her fur, Grandma Possum and Miz Shirley Badger talked quietly.. Then Miz Shirley Badger admired Kathy's little pink plate and her two-handled mug as Kathy drank her chocolate milk and ate cookies.. Mean Old Coyote.. CHAPTER 3.. THE POSSUM SECRET IS OUT.. Miz Shirley Badger.. NEXT DAY, MIZ SHIRLEY BADGER LOOKED AROUND AT HER PUPILS.. "Do you remember the other day in class when I asked you how you would escape from the mean old coyote?".. "Yes, Miz Badger," they chorused.. "And you, Jeremy, said you would run up a tree, isn't that right?".. "Yes, Miz Badger," said Jeremy, "and I did.. "And you, Steven, said you would jump into the berry bushes, isn't that right?".. "Yes, Miz Badger," said Steven, "and I did.. "And you, Michael, said you would plunge into the water, isn't that right?".. "Yes, Miz Badger," said Michael, "and I did.. "And you, Ruthie, said you would dive into your underground house, isn't that right?".. Ruthie gulped.. "Yes, Miz Badger," she said, and hung her head.. The other animals sat quietly, looking at her.. "Well, Ruthie, that escape didn't work too well yesterday, did it?" Miz Shirley Badger asked kindly.. "No, Miz Badger," whispered Ruthie, and two big tears rolled down her furry face and were trapped by her whiskers.. "The mean old coyote would have caught me because I wasn't anywhere near my underground house.. "Maybe he would," agreed Miz Shirley Badger, "but he didn't.. " She added, "We'll discuss later how you can escape the mean old coyote if you're not near your underground house.. But before we do that, I'm going to tell you a secret.. Everybody sat up, ears perked, eyes sparkling.. A secret! Wow! Even Ruthie Woodchuck looked up, more cheerful now.. "Yes," declared Miz Shirley Badger, "I'm going to tell you The Possum Secret.. " Now, everyone looked at Kathy.. She looked down at her paws, but the others could see she was smiling, a small secret smile.. "It's a very old secret," Miz Shirley Badger went on, "that only possums know.. I have permission from Kathy's Grandma Possum to tell it to you," said Miz Shirley Badger, "and then it will be our secret, too.. "Ooooh," whispered Steven Rabbit to Jeremy Squirrel.. "Shhh," said Michael Beaver, "I want to hear this.. It should be very interesting.. "As you know, Kathy Possum can't run fast, like Steven and Jeremy.. Unlike Michael, she doesn't swim very well.. And she doesn't live in an underground house like Ruthie.. " Everybody nodded.. They knew that.. "So what can she do to escape the mean old coyote?" Miz Shirley Badger inquired of the class.. "Go to sleep?" Steven Rabbit asked, remembering how Kathy Possum had yawned and blinked.. Everybody laughed, and Steven looked embarrassed.. "Steven's answer is close," said Miz Shirley Badger, "but not quite right.. No, Kathy used The Possum Secret yesterday.. When a possum sees, or hears, or smells danger, as Kathy did, she just falls down and lies there.. A big hungry animal, like the mean old coyote, thinks she is dead, and not worth bothering with.. The animals were very quiet.. Kathy was still smiling, but no longer a small secret smile.. She was almost laughing out loud.. "Yes, if he had come any closer to her, the mean old coyote would think she was dead," said Miz Shirley Badger, "except that she isn't dead, as you can see.. At this Kathy did laugh out loud, because the other animals looked so puzzled.. "But how does she do it?" asked Jeremy Squirrel.. "I thought she WAS dead because she was so still.. I didn't even see her breathe, and her eyes didn't even blink, and even her legs were all stiff and funny.. "Pretty neat trick," said Michael Beaver, thoughtfully.. "Kathy went into a sort of trance," said Miz Shirley Badger.. "That's why I had to bring her out of it gently.. " She added, "And it IS a neat trick—to fool a big hungry animal into leaving her alone and trying his luck somewhere else.. The Possum Secret is Kathy's way of escaping the mean old coyote, or any other big hungry animal.. Steven Rabbit leaned over and whispered to Kathy, "I'm sorry I laughed at you the other day.. That was really dumb.. You've got the best escape of all.. "Oh, that's okay," said Kathy, waving a paw airily.. "I didn't feel so bad about being laughed at, after my Grandma Possum told me The Possum Secret.. "Bet you didn't think you'd have to use The Possum Secret so soon, did you?" Jeremy Squirrel asked.. "No, I didn't," said Kathy emphatically.. "But it's a good thing The Possum Secret is automatic.. Grandma told me I wouldn't even have to think about doing it.. She said that when I need to escape I would just tip over and stop moving and breathing and blinking.. This was a very long speech for Kathy, and the other animals looked at her respectfully.. Ruthie Woodchuck asked hesitantly, "Do you think I could I learn to do it?".. Miz Shirley Badger smiled.. "No, Ruthie, The Possum Secret is only for possums.. But tomorrow I'm going to ask Steven Rabbit to show you how he escapes into the berry bushes.. That will be your second way of escaping if you're not near your underground house.. The shadows had lengthened across the grass.. The school day was over.. Miz Shirley Badger dismissed her class, and the little animals left in a group, chattering and laughing.. They had reached the old oak tree when Kathy said suddenly, "Why don't you all come to Grandma Possum's house with me.. " She looked shyly down at her paws.. "That is, if you like chocolate milk and cookies.. "Oh, boy," said Ruthie, "do I!" And without waiting for the others, she waddled off down the path to Grandma Possum's house.. Steven Rabbit leapt after her with a bound.. "C'mon," he shouted over his shoulder, "let's go!" And Michael, Jeremy, and Kathy followed, still chattering and laughing, all the way to Grandma Possum's house..

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  • Title: RUTHIE WOODCHUCK'S FRIGHT
    Descriptive info: Chapter 4.. Story copyright 2009 Alice Breider..

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  • Title: RUTHIE WOODCHUCK'S FRIGHT
    Descriptive info: RUTHIE WOODCHUCK WAKES UP.. Steven Rabbit.. RUTHIE WOODCHUCK WAS HUNGRY! She felt she hadn't eaten for ages.. It was the first mild day of spring, and Ruthie sat in the doorway of her underground house yawning and stretching.. She looked down at herself and wondered why her fur coat was so rumpled and full of bits of straw and leaves.. She patted her stomach.. Hadn't it been much fatter? She scratched herself, trying to remember.. Ruthie was usually a very tidy woodchuck who took good care of her coarse brown coat.. Each day she groomed herself, licking and smoothing her fur.. But now she looked scrawny and motheaten as well as rumpled.. As Ruthie sat scratching herself in the spring sunshine, she heard a rustling sound behind her.. She turned quickly to see her friend Steven Rabbit hopping toward her.. "Ruthie, is that you?" cried Steven.. He stopped beside her and sat down on his fluffy puff of a tail.. "What happened to you?" he asked.. "Are you all right?".. "Of course I'm all right," said Ruthie crossly.. She really was very hungry.. "Why shouldn't I be?".. Steven cocked his head.. He looked Ruthie up and down and said finally, "Well, I haven't seen you since just before the first big snowfall, and back then you were just huge.. She glared at him.. "Thanks a lot, Steven.. He tried again.. "I mean you looked good and ready for hibernating.. And now.. " His voice trailed off.. "Aha!" Ruthie thought, "that's why I'm so hungry and why I look so.. so messy.. I've been hibernating.. But Steven was her friend, and she knew she shouldn't have snapped at him.. "I'm sorry, Steven," she said.. "How did the winter treat you?".. "Oooh, it was bad," he said, "with lots of snow and really cold.. Aren't you glad you slept away the winter in your underground house?".. "Well, yes," Ruthie admitted, "hibernating is probably better than wallowing around in the snow trying to keep warm and find something to eat.. And suddenly her memory came back.. She remembered last fall and their teacher at the Woodland School, Miz Shirley Badger, spending one whole day teaching her pupils about winter.. None of the young animals had yet experienced winter, and Miz Shirley Badger's talk about snow and cold did not mean much to them.. But they were obedient small creatures.. And after listening to Miz Shirley Badger, Ruthie had spent several days tucking lots of leaves and straw way, way down in her underground house.. She also stuffed herself--with clover and all kinds of seeds and fruit.. (Miz Shirley Badger had taught them all how to gather their own food.. ) So each day, Ruthie grew fatter and fatter.. And then came the first snowfall.. It wasn't much, only an inch or two, but Ruthie hated it.. Her paws were cold, and she couldn't help leaving tracks in the snow for some big hungry animal to find.. And maybe find her at the other end of the tracks.. And so, as Miz Shirley Badger had instructed her, Ruthie went to bed for the winter.. She waddled to the end of her deep underground house.. She lay down on the soft layers of leaves and straw she had tucked there earlier.. Ruthie yawned and shut her eyes.. And that was all she remembered of winter.. As she slipped into a deep, deep sleep she barely breathed, and slowly throughout the long weeks of winter, her fat had melted away.. "Yes," she told Steven, "it was good to sleep away the winter.. But now I must find something to eat because I am sooo hungry.. Miz Shirley Badger said I would be living off my fat while I slept.. " She looked down at herself.. "I guess I don't have any fat left.. Just a big appetite.. "I know where there's a patch of fresh green clover," said Steven, "the first of the spring, and it's very tender and juicy.. I nibbled some.. Ruthie smiled at Steven.. "You're a really good friend," she said.. "Is there enough for two? Even if one of them is a very hungry and cranky woodchuck?".. Steven grinned back at her.. "Sure," he said, "let's go.. " And he hopped away.. Ruthie went after him, shedding bits of leaves and straw as she ran to keep up.. Grooming her fur coat could wait until later.. "There it is," called Steven.. And indeed there it was--a patch of fresh green clover, growing low to the ground for it was very early spring.. One could almost miss it, unless one was on the lookout for something tasty to eat.. "Oh, boy," cried Ruthie.. She crouched down and began to nibble and chew.. Her nose twitched with pleasure.. "Beat you to the middle," said Steven, reminding Ruthie of the game they had played last fall.. Each would chomp away toward the center of a clover patch.. When they reached the middle, they would bump noses and laugh.. And go off to find another patch of clover and begin another game.. Ruthie was too busy nibbling to speak, but her eyes sparkled and she nodded at Steven.. When they had eaten the clover patch down to its roots, the two of them sat back and sighed.. "That helped a lot," said Ruthie.. "Thanks, Steven.. "By the way," Steven said, "Miz Shirley Badger wants us to come see her.. Miz Badger, their teacher at the Woodland School, was in charge of the youngest animals.. Her pupils included Ruthie and Steven, Michael Beaver, Jeremy Squirrel, and Kathy Possum.. The young animals loved and respected Miz Badger, especially after she had saved them last fall from the mean old coyote.. The coyote too had lots of respect for Miz Badger's sharp claws and had never again tried to catch one of the little animals for his dinner.. "Oh, good," cried Ruthie, "does this mean school is going to start again? Have you seen any of the others? I wonder what we'll be doing.. Can we go right now?" Her questions came tumbling out, and Ruthie forgot that she had planned to clean up her messy fur coat.. "Sure," said Steven, "we're meeting in the clearing.. " And off they went, Steven loping ahead and Ruthie scuttling after him.. MIZ BADGER'S HUNGRY PUPILS.. Kathy Possum, Jeremy Squirrel Michael Beaver.. THEY FOUND THE OTHER YOUNG ANIMALS sitting in front of Miz Shirley Badger.. Michael Beaver was there and Jeremy Squirrel and little Kathy Possum.. Tall, erect, and rather stern-looking, Miz Badger looked at each of her pupils in turn.. "Good morning," she said, "and welcome back to the Woodland School.. "Good morning, Miz Badger," said all the young animals together.. "First, please tell us how you spent the winter.. You go first, Michael," said Miz Badger.. Michael Beaver looked down at his front paws.. He said, "It's a good thing I had worked hard on my house.. " He gazed up at Miz Badger.. "I had built a good thick dam with tree saplings and mud and rocks, but with all the ice on the pond, it was hard to get out for food.. My food pocket of tree limbs on the bank of the pond came in handy, and I didn't have to go far.. But the food is almost gone now.. " He added, "And I'm hungry.. Miz Badger nodded approvingly.. "Very good, Michael.. Yes, I'm sure you're hungry, and we'll attend to that shortly.. But first, let's hear from Jeremy about how he spent the winter.. Jeremy Squirrel ran his paws along his big fluffy tail.. "I wrapped my tail around me to keep out the cold," he said.. "Even though I was snug in a hole in the old oak tree, the wind was fierce sometimes.. " He continued, "I did get out once in awhile, but the nuts I had buried were mostly impossible to get at.. So I'm hungry too.. "Yes," said Miz Badger.. "And you, Steven?".. "Oh, I made out all right," said Steven Rabbit.. "I gnawed bark from shrubs and bushes, and now that the clover is growing.. Gosh, it tastes good!" He couldn't help it, he just had to hop  ...   had slept away the winter, hibernating in her snug den.. Her cubs had been born while she slept.. With the smell of spring in her snout-like nose, Big Millie craved food.. The cubs were hungry as well, mewling and whining at her heels.. So Big Millie had taken the cubs to a nearby garbage dump, a favorite eating spot of hers.. She introduced the cubs to moldy pizza, rotten potato peelings, and other stinky leftovers.. Big Millie and the cubs had burrowed deep into the piles of garbage, looking for more, more, more, until finally, mother and cubs sat back and looked at one another.. "Time for dessert," said Big Millie at last, thinking of mushy apples, and she set off through the forest, followed by the twins.. Their fur coats were decorated with bits of garbage giving off the bad smell which Miz Shirley Badger had detected on the breeze.. Smashing her way through the forest underbrush, Big Millie growled and snorted to herself.. Always bad-tempered, her mood was improved only slightly by the meal she had eaten at the dump.. Other forest animals scurried away when they heard Big Millie coming.. It was common knowledge that Big Millie would eat anything she could catch.. And suddenly, there she was at the apple tree.. Miz Shirley Badger took one quick breath and strode forward, snarling a warning.. Big Millie swung her head, her small, mean eyes glaring at Miz Badger.. "Scoot," Big Millie said to the twins, "climb the tree.. " One on each side of the trunk, obediently the cubs clambered up the apple tree.. Nobody argued with Big Millie.. Jeremy Squirrel watched them coming up and quickly leapt from branch to branch to the very top of the tree.. Shutting his eyes, he clung there trembling.. Michael Beaver peeped around the boulder he was hiding behind.. He saw Big Millie rear up on her hind legs and he ducked back behind the boulder.. Flat on the ground inside the pickery berry bushes, Steven Rabbit and Kathy Possum listened, their hearts pounding.. And finally, finally, Ruthie Woodchuck looked up.. She gasped, dropping a carrot.. It was a dreadful monster! And the monster had seen her.. Oh, oh, oh! It was trying to slap Miz Shirley Badger out of its path and come after her.. She froze, terrified.. Big Millie growled and snuffled, waving her paws threateningly.. She took a lumbering step forward.. Even with her crossed eyes she had spotted Ruthie Woodchuck.. Garbage was all very well for a quick meal, but fresh small animal was even better.. Ruthie suddenly found her voice and shrieked.. It was then that Miz Badger realized that Ruthie was not hiding, that she was in terrible danger.. Fearlessly, Miz Badger lunged.. Like a boxer landing punches, one, two, she slashed at Big Millie's exposed belly with her long, sharp claws.. Again and again, she struck while Big Millie swayed above her.. Big Millie dropped to all fours.. Miz Badger lunged again and her claws raked Big Millie across her ugly snout of a nose.. Big Millie was not used to being attacked.. Usually she did the attacking.. Briefly she considered teaching Miz Shirley Badger a thing or two.. but there were the cubs to think of.. She backed away, growling at them to follow her.. The cubs slid backward down the tree and ran to Big Milie.. Ruthie found her legs under her at last and scuttled for safety to the pickery berry bush hedge.. She puffed and panted as she crouched down beside Steven and Kathy.. "Awful," she gasped, "just awful.. " And that was all she had breath for.. Up in the treetop, Jeremy opened his eyes and looked down.. There was the monster, muttering and growling and licking her sore nose, but backing away into the forest, her cubs stumbling along beside her.. "Whew," said Jeremy, watching from his perch.. Miz Badger too was puffing and panting.. She looked around for her pupils and found them all safe, even the heedless Ruthie Woodchuck.. Well, thank goodness for that.. Miz Badger looked at her paws.. Nasty bits of garbage had stuck to the claws so she went to the brook and rinsed them.. Then she helped Michael Beaver clamber over the boulder onto dry ground.. Michael shook himself briskly and water droplets flew everywhere.. "What was that great big monster?" he asked Miz Badger, and shook himself again.. His fur settled into its normally sleek lines.. "All right, pupils," called Miz Badger, beckoning to Michael to follow her, "you may come out now.. We'll discuss what just happened here.. Jeremy Squirrel leapt nimbly down the apple tree, branch by branch.. Steven Rabbit and Kathy Possum crawled from beneath the pickery berry bush hedge.. And, last of all, very slowly, Ruthie Woodchuck pushed her way out of the hedge, leaving tufts of her fur coat stuck on the pickers.. "Ouch, ouch," she said, as she joined the others who sat quietly looking up at Miz Shirley Badger.. "That monster," said Miz Badger, "was Big Millie, the Cross-Eyed Bear.. And you are right to be afraid of her.. She is a predator who will eat anything, including small animals.. Ruthie Woodchuck shivered.. She had had a narrow escape from that enormous monster.. Miz Badger continued, "I'm proud of you.. Last fall, you learned how to hide from danger, and you did very well today.. Four of the little animals looked at each other.. Ruthie Woodchuck fidgeted.. She had not done well at hiding until it was almost too late.. "The lesson for today, class, is that you must be always alert to danger.. It can come noisily, like Big Millie, or slowly and silently, like the mean old coyote, last fall.. Again, the animals looked at each other.. They were remembering how Miz Badger had saved them from the mean old coyote.. "If you sense danger at any time, you must hide," said Miz Badger.. "It is better to hide half a dozen times for nothing than to fail to hide just once," she paused, "and be caught.. " She looked sternly at Ruthie Woodchuck, who dropped her eyes as a big tear rolled down her furry face.. "And you must always have a hiding place in mind, no matter where you are," Miz Badger went on, "so that you can get to it quickly when you sense danger.. CHAPTER 4.. RUTHIE LEARNS HER LESSON.. THE SUN WAS SINKING TOWARD THE HORIZON as Miz Badger led the way back to the clearing.. "That's all for today," she said to her pupils.. "We'll meet here tomorrow.. Class dismissed.. Ruthie was relieved that Miz Badger had not kept her after class to "discuss" her failure to hide promptly.. Perhaps Miz Badger felt she had learned her lesson.. Ruthie felt sure she had.. From now on, she would keep her ears open for suspicious noises and her nose alert for dangerous smells.. And she would stay near the door of her underground home for awhile.. She hurried to catch up with the other animals.. They were calling, "See you tomorrow," as they each went their separate ways.. "'Bye, Ruthie," they said, and she replied meekly, "'Bye.. " They had given her a sidelong glance or two, but no one had laughed or made cutting remarks.. They really were a nice bunch of classmates, she thought.. Kathy Possum had even patted her shoulder.. Ruthie had reached her underground burrow.. She sank down beside the door and sighed deeply.. Looking down at her tattered fur coat, she sighed again and set to work grooming herself.. "Ouch," she said, as she pulled pickery bits from her fur, "ouch.. " This job was going to take awhile, but at least she was no longer so hungry.. The fright she had experienced, along with the carrots she had eaten, had helped drive away hunger.. She raised her head and looked around her.. She cocked an ear and sniffed the air, alert for danger.. She felt safe now, at the door of her home, but she had learned her lesson.. She resolved in the future to be the most watchful of all her classmates.. Yes, she had learned her lesson..

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