Once upon a time there were three little sisters,' the Dormouse began in a great hurry; `and their names were Elsie
, Lacie, and Tillie; and they lived at the bottom of a well--'
There was once a man who had a daughter who was called Clever Elsie.
At length a man came from a distance and wooed her, who was called Hans; but he stipulated that Clever Elsie should be really smart.
Then Clever Elsie began to weep and said: 'If I get Hans, and we have a child, and he grows big, and we send him into the cellar here to draw beer, then the pick-axe will fall on his head and kill him.
I showed it to Elsie, and down she dropped in a dead faint.
If Elsie dies, I care nothing what becomes of me," said the American.
Well, Elsie learned some of our ways, but she couldn't stand the business, and she had a bit of honest money of her own, so she gave us all the slip and got away to London.
It's a young woman, a Miss Elsie
--yes, a Miss Elsie