"What is this announcement?" asked a little
red ball who hung from the seventh branch.
"Hush!" silenced the harsh general. The
general frowned at the ball, and the ball was
terrified, but it did not show, for the angry
general was watching.
The general was very selfish and wanted to
rule the tree himself. He wanted to be waited
on, hand and foot, but it would be difficult for
his wish to come true.
"As I was saying," the angel continued, "there
are no sweets on the tree. We will have to eat
pine. It tastes like the green vegetables the
Smith family eats--salad, I think."