Er times. "Say! What's that?" suddenly asked Flossie, holding up her
chubby hand to tell Freddie to stop whistling, which he was trying to
do. "What's what?" he asked, looking at his sister. "I hear music," went
on Flossie. "So do I!" exclaimed Freddie. They both listened, and from
somewhere outside they heard the sound again. "It's a hand organ!" cried
Flossie. "No, it's a hand _piano!_" said Freddie. "Hear how jiggily the
tune is." "Well, it's the same thing," Flossie insisted, "I wonder if
there's a monkey with it." "Let's go downstairs and see," proposed
Freddie. Once Flossie or Freddie made up their minds to do a thing it
was almost as good as done--that is, if it were not too hard. This time
It seemed easy to do. They looked toward the little office in which the
ticket seller had shut himself. He was busy selling tickets. "He'll not
see us," whispered Freddie. "Besides, we're coming right back as soon as
we see the monkey." "And we'll give him some peanuts," added Flossie.
"You can buy some with your five cents, Freddie. And we won't give them
_all_ to the monkey. I want some." "So do I. Come on, we'll go down."
The agent seemed to have forgotten them. At any rate his door was closed
and he could not see them. None of the passengers, hurrying in to buy
tickets, paid any attention to the Bobbsey twins. So, hand in hand,
Flossie and Freddie went out of the station, and down the long stairs to
where they could hear the music of the hand piano. It was being played
by an Italian man in the street, almost under the elevated station, and,
as Flossie leaned over the stair railing to look down, she cried out:
"Oh, there is a monkey, Freddie! The man has it on a string!" "That's
good. Do you see peanuts anywhere?" "Yes, there are some at that stand
near the bottom of the stairs. Don't lose your five cents!" "I won't!"
Freddie hurried down with Flossie. He bought a bag of peanuts, and the
children hastened across the street to where a little crowd of boys and
girls stood in front of the hurdy-gu
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