Scratch-cradle or Cats' Cradle.—This name is a corruption of Cratch-cradle, Cratch is an old English name for a rack in which hay in placed for cattle. Wycliff a translation of Luke ii,, 7, is " She bare her first born and laid him in a cratch," The scratch-cradle produced by children with a piece of twine is not unlike a modern cratch in which hay is placed in a fold-yard for cattle to eat. He: "If you will be mine, Louise, I will lead you through life like an angel." She: " That is with nothing to eat and nothing to wear. No, I thank you."
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Page 4 Advertisements Column 2, Evening Star, Issue 7944, 27 June 1889
Page 4 Advertisements Column 2 Evening Star, Issue 7944, 27 June 1889
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