d Fred; "but what did the others do, grandpa?"
"I can think of but two more feats, my dear. Several of them came out together and practised some gymnastic exercises."
"What are those?" inquired Annie.
"They balanced themselves over sticks, head downwards, with their legs and tails in the air; or on a rope, and were swung backward and forward.
"The last feat was perhaps the most wonderful of either. A bright little fellow came out, and taking his place on the platform, was shot at, and fell down, pretending to be dead. He lay quite still and motionless; and presently one of his companions came forward with a little mite of a wheelbarrow, as Annie would say, and wheeled him away."
"How very funny!" exclaimed Fred.
"See, grandpa, how very fast it rains," said the little girl; "but I like rainy weather, when you will tell us such beautiful stories."
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