Mammy Tittleback and Her Family: A True Story of Seventeen Cats

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CAT STORIES.

BY

HELEN JACKSON (H. H.),

AUTHOR OF “RAMONA,” “NELLY’S SILVER MINE,” “BITS OF TALK,” ETC.

Letters From a Cat.

Mammy Tittleback and her Family.

The Hunter Cats of Connorloa.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS.

BOSTON: ROBERTS BROTHER’S. 1886.


MAMMY TITTLEBACK
AND HER FAMILY.

"Johnny spent hours and hours reading the letters over to the kittens."--Page 38. “Johnny spent hours and hours reading the letters over to the kittens.”—Page 38.

Mammy Tittleback

and

Her Family.

A TRUE STORY OF SEVENTEEN CATS.

By H. H.,

AUTHOR OF “BITS OF TALK,” “BITS OF TRAVEL,” “BITS OF TALK FOR YOUNG
FOLKS,” “NELLY’S SILVER MINE,” AND “LETTERS FROM A CAT.”

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY ADDIE LEDYARD.

BOSTON:
ROBERTS BROTHERS.
1886.

Copyright, 1881,

By Roberts Brothers.



PREFACE.

The Preface is at the end of the book, and nobody must read it till after reading the book. It will spoil all the fun to read it first.

H. H.


Genealogical Tree

OF

MAMMY TITTLEBACK’S FAMILY.


I.
MAMMY TITTLEBACK.
II.
Juniper,   Mammy Tittleback’s first kittens.
Mousiewary, 
III.
Spitfire,   Mammy Tittleback’s second family
of kittens.
Blacky, 
Coaley, 
Limbab, 
Lily, 
Gregory 2D, 
IV.
Tottontail,   Mammy Tittleback’s adopted kittens.
Tottontail’s
Brother,
 
(sometimes called 
Grandfather), 
V.
Beauty,   Mammy Tittleback’s first grandkittens,
being the first kittens of
Mousiewary.
Clover, 

MAMMY TITTLEBACK
AND HER FAMILY.
I.

Mammy Tittleback is a splendid great tortoise-shell cat,—yellow and black and white; nearly equal parts of each color, except on her tail and her face. Her tail is all black; and her face is white, with only a little black and yellow about the ears and eyes. Her face is a very kind-looking face, but her tail is a fierce one; and when she is angry, she can swell it up in a minute, till it looks almost as big as her body.

Nobody knows where Mammy Tittleback was born, or where she came from. She appeared one morning at Mr. Frank Wellington’s, in the town of Mendon in Pennsylvania. Phil and Fred Wellington, Mr. Frank Wellington’s boys, liked her looks, and invited her to stay; that is, they gave her all the milk she wanted to drink, and that is the best way to make a cat understand that you want her to live with you. So she stayed, and Phil and Fred named her Mammy Tittleback after a cat they had read about in the “New York Tribune.”

Phil and Fred have two cousins who often go to visit them. Their names are Johnny and Rosy Chapman; and if it had not been for Johnny and Rosy Chapman, there would never have been this nice story to tell about Mammy Tittleback: for Phil and Fred are big boys, and do not care very much about cats; they like to see them around, and to make them comfortable; but Johnny and Rosy are quite different. Johnny is only eight and Rosy six, and they love cats and kittens better than anything else in the world; and when they went to spend this last summer at their Uncle Frank Wellington’s, and found Mammy Tittleback with six little kittens, just born, they thought such a piece of luck never had happened before to two children.

Juniper and Mousiewary had been born the year before. Phil named these. Juniper was a splendid great fellow, nearly all white. At first he was called “Junior,” but they changed it afterward to “Juniper,” because, as Phil said, they didn’t know what his father’s name was, and there wasn’t any sense in calling him “Junior,” and, besides, “Juniper” sounded better.

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