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WHAT I SAW IN SWEDEN. MANY years ago I spent a winter in Sweden, which is a country in the north of Europe. This season is very long there, much longer than our winter.
Perhaps you may like to hear how Swedish children amuse themselves during this long cold time? I daresay you sometimes think that the winter is very cold in England; but it is much colder in Sweden, and yet the children there look upon this as the merriest time of the year.
Very often the snow is on the ground for months together, and sometimes it is so deep, that it stands up on each side of the road like a great white wall.
When the frost has hardened the snow a little, you may see the children setting out, wrapped up very warm, carrying their skates in one hand, and dragging their little sledge after them with the other.
Perhaps you will say, "What is a sledge ?" I think if you asked a little Swedish child such a question, he would feel quite sorry for you, for to him a sledge is the most charming thing in the world.
I suppose that most of you have seen a pair of skates ? If not, you haye perhaps seen a pair of pattens. The foot part of a skate does not, like the foot part of a patten, rest upon an iron ring, but upon a polished steel bar, placed on edge, and reaching from