And the two little penny dolls nestled against Raggedy Andy’s soft cotton stuffed body, and thought how nice it was to have such a happy, sunny friend.
[Illustration: Raggedy Andy sitting]
[Illustration: Four dolls]
Raggedy Andy, Raggedy Ann, Uncle Clem and Henny were not given medicine.
Because, you see, they had no mouths.
That is, mouths through which medicine could be poured.
Their mouths were either painted on, or were sewed on with yarn.
Sometimes the medicine spoon would be touched to their faces but none of the liquid be given them. Except accidentally.
But the French doll had a lovely mouth for taking medicine; it was open and showed her teeth in a dimpling smile.
She also had soft brown eyes which opened and closed when she was tilted backward or forward.
The medicine which was given the dolls had great curing properties.
It would cure the most stubborn case of croup, measles, whooping cough or any other ailment the dolls had wished upon them by their little Mistress.
Some days all the dolls would be put to bed with “measles” but in the course of half an hour they would have every other ailment in the Doctor book.
The dolls enjoyed it very much, for, you see, Marcella always tried the medicine first to see if it was strong enough before she gave any to the dolls.
[Illustration: Bandaged up]
So the dolls really did not get as much of the medicine as their little mistress.
The wonderful remedy was made from a very old recipe handed down from ancient times.
This recipe is guaranteed to cure every ill a doll may have.
The medicine was made from brown sugar and water. Perhaps you may have used it for your dollies.
The medicine was also used as “tea” and “soda water,” except when the dolls were supposed to be ill.
Having nothing but painted or yarn mouths, the ailments of Raggedy Andy, Raggedy Ann, Uncle Clem and Henny, the Dutch doll, mostly consisted of sprained wrists, arms and legs, or perhaps a headache and a toothache.
None of them knew they had the trouble until Marcella had wrapped up the “injured” rag arm, leg or head, and had explained in detail just what was the matter.
Raggedy Andy, Raggedy Ann, Uncle Clem, or Henny were just as happy with their heads tied up for the toothache as they were without their heads tied up.
Not having teeth, naturally they could not have the toothache, and if they could furnish amusement for Marcella by having her pretend they had the toothache, then that made them very happy.
So this day, the French doll was quite ill. She started out with the “croup,” and went through the “measles,” “whooping cough,” and “yellow fever” in an hour.