When the kettle was nice and clean and had been wiped dry, Raggedy Andy found a roll of waxed paper in the pantry upon one of the shelves.
“We’ll wrap each piece of taffy in a nice little piece of paper,” he said, “then we’ll find a nice paper bag, and put all the pieces inside the bag, and throw it from the upstairs window when someone passes the house so that someone may have the candy!”
All the dolls gathered about the platter on the floor, and while Raggedy Andy cut the paper into neat squares, the dolls wrapped the taffy in the papers.
Then the taffy was put into a large bag, and with much pulling and tugging it was finally dragged up into the nursery, where a window faced out toward the street.
Then, just as a little boy and a little girl, who looked as though they did not ever have much candy, passed the house, the dolls all gave a push and sent the bag tumbling to the sidewalk.
The two children laughed and shouted, “Thank you,” when they saw that the bag contained candy, and the dolls, peeping from behind the lace curtains, watched the two happy faced children eating the taffy as they skipped down the street.
When the children had passed out of sight, the dolls climbed down from the window.
“That was lots of fun!” said the French doll, as she smoothed her skirts and sat down beside Raggedy Andy.
“I believe Raggedy Andy must have a candy heart too, like Raggedy Ann!” said Uncle Clem.
“No!” Raggedy Andy answered, “I’m just stuffed with white cotton and I have no candy heart, but some day perhaps I shall have!”
“A candy heart is very nice!” Raggedy Ann said. (You know, she had one.) “But one can be just as nice and happy and full of sunshine without a candy heart.”
“I almost forgot to tell you,” said Raggedy Andy, “that when pieces of taffy are wrapped in little pieces of paper, just as we wrapped them, they are called ’Kisses’.”
[Illustration: All sitting together]
[Illustration: Fido in a basket]
[Illustration: Raggedy Andy and Fido]
THE RABBIT CHASE
“Well, what shall we play tonight?” asked Henny, the Dutch doll, when the house was quiet and the dolls all knew that no one else was awake.
Raggedy Andy was just about to suggest a good game, when Fido, who sometimes slept in a basket in the nursery, growled.
All the dollies looked in his direction.
Fido was standing up with his ears sticking as straight in the air as loppy silken puppy dog ears can stick up.
“He must have been dreaming!” said Raggedy Andy.
“No, I wasn’t dreaming!” Fido answered. “I heard something go, ’Scratch! Scratch!’ as plain as I hear you!”
“Where did the sound come from, Fido?” Raggedy Andy asked when he saw that Fido really was wide awake.
“From outside somewhere!” Fido answered. “And if I could get out without disturbing all the folks, I’d run out and see what it might be! Perhaps I had better bark!”