Canabian Smes ai pairing goohs.
$y the Council of public Instyuctioa
JAMES CAMPBELL AND SON.
Entered according to Act of Provincial Legislature, in the Tear
One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty-seven, by the
Reverend Egebton Ryerson, LL.D., Chief Superintendent
of Education for Ontario, in the Office of the Registrar of
the Province of Canada.
TO THE TEACHER.
The Second Reading Book is composed almost
exclusively of Nursery Rhymes and Tales and
Fables of a kind likely to prove pleasing to the
mind of childhood. A principal cause of the very
frequent want of proper modulation and appro-
priate inflection of voice, on the part of pupils, in
reading, is to be found in the fact that heretofore
our reading books have largely consisted of selec-
tions that were on subjects more or less above the
rasy comprehension of the pupil, or that were not
written in a style sufficiently simple and agreeable.
A child cannot read with expression that which
he does not readily understand, or does not readily
engage his attention ; while, on the other hand —
provided his eye is familiar with the word-signs —
he can scarcely fail to read naturally, and, conse-
quently, with propriety, a rhyme or a story that
enlists his sympathy and awakens his interest.
A portion of the First Section of the Second
Book is devoted to the completion of the scheme
of lessons on the letter-sounds, which was com-
menced in Part I. and carried on through Part II.
of the First Book — the attention being here chiefly
directed to certain combinations of letters that
occur in dissyllables and elsewhere, and are cha-
racterised by peculiar or irregular sounds.
The words given at the head of each lesson are
those with which the pupil has not previously be-
come acquainted in his Reading Book. They are
intended to be pronounced and explained by the
teacher before the lesson is commenced — the pro-
nunciation and meaning being carefully impressed
upon the pupil, so that he may be already familiar
with each word before he meets with it in the
The teacher is recommended to select materials
for spelling exercises from the portions of the book
previously read, and to continue the plan, recom-
mended for adoption in the First Book, of conduct-
ing the recitation in spelling by giving each pupil
a short phrase or sentence, so as to ensure the
words being spelled in their proper connections.
Toeonto, December 1869.
Billy and Nanny ; or, The Two Goata ..... 2
Little Bo-Peep 5
A Ship a Vailing ......... 6
Kitty and Mousie .... Susy's Six Birthdays . 7
Harry and Fanny's Grandpapa ...... 8
Betty Pringle . . . . . . ' . . .12
Little Susan's Dream lb
Pussy Cat .......... 16
Walter and his Bog ........ 18
Three Fables 20
My Little Doll Rose . . . Mrs Follen ... 22
To Baby 23
. The Silly Lamb 24
My Little Cat and Dog 28
Little Things 30
Bain-Drops .......... 31
The Lamb, the Bee, and the Fly ....".. 32
The Dog and the Shadow 35
Little Kit 36
Good King Arthur . , , , , , . . 38
Little Robin Redbreast . , ' . . . , , .38
Storv of Joseph .... Campbell's Second Reader 39
The Lamb's Lullaby , . . Mary Lundie Duncan 43
Alfred and his Garden
Jenny Wren .
The Young Nestlings
The Fox and the Goat,
The Honest Boy
Two Unkind Goats
Two Kind Goats .
The Fairy Ring , . . . *•„>•... .57
The Boy and the Crow . . . . . . . . 59 ■
My Little Brother 64
The Blind Boy 65
The Crow and the Pitcher 66
The Cat and the Cream- Jug 68
Dirty Tim 69
Sing a Song of Sixpence ....... 70
Susy's Little Servants .71
Things to be Kept in Mind ....... 73
Little Eed Riding-Hood 47
The Bob o' Link and the Mower . Fagots for the Fireside 81
Robin Redbreast and Jenny Wren ..... 83
Susy's Dinner Party . . . Susy's Six Birthdays 84
The Story of the Three Bears . . . - . . . 87 *
Who Stole the Bird's Nest? . . 94
The Children in the Wood 98
The Child's First Grief . . . Mrs Hemans . . 105
Love One Another 108
The Story of Moses 108
Brave Bobby Ill
The Sweet Story of Old 113
Never say Fail . . . , 114
Christmas ..... Miss "Wetherell . 115
Little by Little 118
Evening Hymn ....,.,.. 120
May Song l^V
The Lark and her Young Ones 123
f he Hare and the Tortoise . 125
Good Night and Good Morning , 127
Who Taught Them ? 129
•The Boy and the Starling 130
Willie and his Pony 131
My Pony 132
Mary and her Canary 134
Meddlesome Matty .... Mrs Gilbert . . 136
The Bear and the Tomtit 139
My Mother 142
Story of David 144
Autumn .• • Mrs Hautrey . 145
Bertha and her Dolls 150
'.The Lost Doll 152
.rack's Dog Bandy 153
little Things 156
Presence of Mind 159
Ingenious Device Tales that are Trut 160
The Indian "Woman and the Bear 162
Story of a Bear 164
The Young Mouse ......... 166
The Boy Lost in the Bush 169
Old Mother Hubbard and her Dog 172
The Dog and the Boat 175
Try Again 179
" My Father's at the Helm" 180
^The Boy and his Dog 181
The Story of the Birth of our Saviour 183
The Guardsman and his Horse . . Mrs Balfour . . 187
The Wind in a Frolic 189
The Old Man and his Ass 19]
The Best Fun ......... 19;
The Beggar-Man Aikin . . 19<
Try Again . 19J
Angry Words 205
A Little Word 20!
The Liar and the Truthful Boy 2tt
Deeds of Kindness 21'
The Bold Boy and the Coward 2L
The Fox and the Drake 21i
Whittiugton and his Cat , 21'
This little book has verses of good old English
That in your father's father's time, rang out their
This little book, dear children, has tales that were
When your good and kind old grandmamma was
such a child as you.
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Full many a child has prized them, now grown a
And many more, whose lives were o'er before our
lives began ;
Then prize you them, dear children, tales told and
In times long past — the old, old days, when grand-
mamma was young.
BILLY AND NANNY; or, THE TWO GOATS.
These two goats are named " Billy'
" and " Nanny,"
and they belong to Ned Baffle's uncle. Billy is a
noble fellow, with long
all rough with
; while Nanny
and has short
* Observe that when the consonant is doubled the preceding vowel is
g3T These words, and all similarly placed in the book, are intended to be
pronounced and explained by the pupils before commencing the lesson.
They are not designed to constitute an exercise in spelling.— (See Preface.)
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Poor Nanny is lame. When she was a feeble
little kid, she and her mamma were lying one day
under an apple-tree, in the stubble-field, behind Mr
Baffle's barn. Nanny got up and ran through the
stubble to the little stream at the end of the field.
She loved to hear the water babble over the pebbles,
and to watch it ripple in the sun. Then, too, she
thought she would have a drink, and just nibble for
a little while at the thistles which grew along its
banks. As she stood by the water, looking at her
image, and thinking what a pretty little goat she
was, she heard a loud scream, and, turning round,
she saw a great eagle swoop down at her from the
top of a tall maple-tree. Nanny felt the sharp
claws in her back, and cried with fright and pain,
as the cruel bird began to fly off with her. Just
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then a man, who had heard Nanny's cry, came up
with a rifle and shot at the eagle. He did not kill
it, but the ball went so close to it as to ruffle its
feathers, and it was glad to get away safely, and let
the poor kid drop to the ground. Little Nanny fell
against the sharp angle of a stone, and thus she
broke her leg a little way above the ankle. She
was not able to walk for many weeks, and her leg
was bound up in splints. While she was thus kept
in the stable, she had ample time to think of how
silly she had been to ramble away from her kind
Billy is a great strong fellow, but he loves to be
idle. Ned Baffle sometimes puts a bridle into Billy's
mouth and a saddle on his back, and takes a ride on
him. One day, he rode Billy to the store for a can
of treacle. < On their way home, a man began to
play on a bugle close to them, and Billy, who did
not like the noise, ran away. Little Ned did his
best to hold on, but Billy gave a great jump and
made Ned tumble into a puddle of dirty water.
Some idle boys who stood by began to giggle and
to make fun of Ned, as he had upset the treacle all
over his face and head and neck. , Poor Ned had to
wriggle out of the mud, as best he could, and then
run home. The rabble of idle boys ran after him,
calling him Mud-and-treacle and other names.
In a short time it was Ned's turn to laugh, for,
hearing a great noise behind him, he turned and saw
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*hac Billy had got among the idle fellows, and was
paying them back in their own coin — abuse. He
threw one great fellow, with dirty hands and face,
into a deep pit that had been dug for a cellar, and
where there were many nettles ; he tore one boy's
^oat with his horns, and he upset four or five of
them into the gutter. Billy gave them plenty of
mud without treacle, and they were well pleased to
get off and leave Ned alone, y
Little Bo-peep has lost her sheep,
Arid can't tell where to find them ;
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Let them alone, and they '11 come home,
And bring their tails behind them
Little Bo-peep fell fast asleep,
And dreamt she heard them bleating ;
But when she awoke, she found it a joke,
For still they all were fleeting.
Then up she took her little crook,
And off she ran to find them ;
She found them indeed, but it made her heart
For they'd left their tails behind tb*m.
A SHIP A-SAILIN0
I saw a ship a-sailing,
A-sailing on the sea ;
And, oh ! it was all laden
With pretty things for me.
There were comfits in the cabin,
And apples in the hold ;
The sails were made of silver,
The masts were made of gold.
The four-and-twenty sailors,
That stood between the decks,
Were four-and-twenty white mice,
With chains about their necks.
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The captain was a duck,
With a packet on his back ;
And when the ship began to move,
The captain cried, " Quack, quack."
KITTY AND MOUSIE.
Once there was a little Kitty,.
Whiter than snow ;
In the barn he used to frolic
Long time ago.
In the barn a little Mousie
Ran to and fro ;
For she heard the Kitty coming
Long time ago.
Two black eyes had little Kitty,
Black as a sloe ;
And they spied the little Mousie
Long time ago.
Four soft paws had little Kitty,
Paws soft as dough,
And they caught the little Mousie
Long time ago.
Nine pearl teeth had little Kitty,
All in a row,
And they bit the little Mousie
Long time ago.
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When the teeth bit little Mousie,
Mousie cried out, " Oh ! "
But she got away from Kitty
Long time ago.
— Little Susy's Six Birthdays.
HARRY AND FANNY'S GRANDPAPA.
an-y Har-ry hur-ry cit-y
man-y car-ry cur-ry pit-y
pen-ny tar-ry wor-ry fif-ty
fun-ny ber-ry bur-ly six-ty
bun-ny cher-ry cur-ly plen-ty
mon-ey mer-ry sur-ly twen-ty
hap-py ver-y sure-ly pret-ty
Harry and Fanny Black were always glad to go
for a walk with their grandpapa. He was very
kind and good to them, and they were very sorry
when they had done anything to vex or worry him.
Fanny" was a dear little girl, five years old, with
lips and cheeks as red as a ripe cherry; while
Harry was a fine burly little fellow of eight, with
merry laughing eyes and black curly hair.
Last year, when the berries were ripe, their
grandpapa took them some miles from the city.
They rode a long way in the cars, and then they
got out to walk to the woods. The children were
in so great a hurry to get' there, that they would
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not tarry for their grandpapa, who did not care to
walk very fast, as he was fifty or sixty years old.
It was a sad pity they did not wait for him — for
they had plenty of time — but, as I said before, they
were in a hurry to get to the woods to find berries,
and they did not know what a fright they were
going to get. .
Just before tney came to the woods, they saw a
funny little gray rabbit run under the fence into a
field by the road-side. They did not think it could
be any harm, so they got over the fence to have a
peep at Mr Bunny. They ran about here and there
through the field looking for bunny, but they could
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hot find him. They never thought how wrong it
was of them to trample down the farmer's crop of
wheat until, all at once, a surly man ran up and
was about to beat them for walking over the wheat.
He was very cross, and Fanny and Harry shed
many, many tears before, to their great joy, they
saw their kind grandpapa come to save them. He
gave the farmer some money to pay him for the
damage the boy and girl had done to his crops, and
then they all three went into the woods.
The children could not help crying as they went
along, and they told their grandpapa, at least twenty
times, how truly sorry they were that they had
been in such a hurry to leave him. He said it
surely would have been better if they had not run
off, but that it was of no use to cry, and that he
was quite sure they would not do it again. Then
he sat down by the root of a great tree, and made
Fanny sit by him on a block which he had told
Harry to carry there for her. So they sat down to
rest for more than an hour, and their grandpapa
told them many pretty stories and verses ; and
among others, so as to make them laugh, he told
them the story of
THE CLEVER OLD MAN.
There was an old man who lived in a wood,
As you may plainly see,
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He said he could do as much work in a day,
As his wife could do in three.
With all my heart, the old woman said,
If that you. will allow,
To-morrow you '11 stay at home in my stead,
And I go drive the plough.
But you must milk the tidy cow,
For fear that she go dry ;
And you must feed the little pigs,
That are within the sty ;
And you must mind the speckled hen,
For fear she lay astray ;
And you must reel the spool of yarn,
That I did spin to-day.
The old woman took a staff in her hand,
And went to "drive the plough ;
The old man took a pail in his hand,
And went to milk the cow.
But Tidy hinch'd, and Tidy flinch'd,
And Tidy broke his nose ;
And Tidy gave him such a blow,
That the blood ran down his hose.
High! Tidy! ho! Tidy! high!
Tidy ! do stand still ;
If ever I milk you, Tidy, again,
; Twill be sore against my will I
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He went to feed the little pigs,
That were within the sty ;
He hit his head against the beam,'
And he made the blood to fly.
He went to mind the speckled hen
For fear she 'd lay astray ;
And he forgot the spool of yarn,
His wife spun yesterday.
So he vow'd by the sun, the moon, and the stars.
And the leaves on every limb,
If his wife didn't do a day's work in her life,
She should ne'er be ruled by him.
Betty Pringle had a little pig,
Not very little, and not very big ;
When he was alive, he lived in clover,
But now he 's dead, and that 's all over.
So Billy Pringle he lay down and cried,
And Betty Pringle she lay down and died ;
So there was an end of one, two, and three,
Billy Pringle he,
Betty Pringle she,
And the piggy-wiggee.
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LITTLE SUSAN'S DREAM.
Little Susan Daunt had a long spelling lesson
last week, with many hard words in it, so she went
into the garden, and sat under the green boughs of
a spruce-tree to learn it, while there was enough
light for her to see to read. The day was very
warm, and she had not been there long before she
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fell fast asleep, and dreamed that she was in a great
forest, with green trees on all sides of her. She
thought that she saw many red and white flags,
whkh seemed to flaunt among the trees, while, on
the ground, were all sorts of bright flowers — red
and white and yellow and blue. Far away through
the woods she saw a field, in which were a man and
two oxen at work with a plough. She saw the man
loosen the oxen from the plough, and drive them to-
wards a trough of water to get a drink. At this
moment Susan thought, in her dream, that she
heard a slight noise behind her, and looking round
ehe saw a noble deer pierce through the shrubs and
begin to crop the sweet young grass which grew
among the flowers, y
The deer was so tame that he came close to her
and ate some herbs out of her hand, and she thought
that his black eyes seemed so soft and gentle, that
she threw her arms around his glossy neck, and told
him that she loved him dearly.
All at once the sky, she thought, began to grow
dark, as though night were coining on. A black
blight fell on the flowers, and the bright flags were
all turned into black crape. Susan looked for the
oxen, and saw that they had been changed into two
fierce hounds — hungry and gaunt ; while the man,
who had been at work with the oxen, was now on a
fleet horse, and seemed to wield a long and sharp
sword in his hand.
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To her great grief they all rushed towards the
deer, which at once took to flight. For a brief
space of time Susan thought it would get off; but
the ground seemed now to be very rough, and the
deer fell over some logs. The hounds caught up to
it, and tore it down to the ground. Then the man
rode up and killed it with his sword. When the
deer was dead, she saw the man take off the skin,
and cut away a haunch, which he took with him.
The two hungry dogs fell to and ate the rest. J/
Little Susan felt such grief at the death of the
deer that she awoke in tears, and was indeed glad to
find that it was only a dream. She was, it is true,
in a sad plight about her lesson, for slis was sure
she did not know it; but her chief fear was that,
lying on the ground, she had caught a cold, for she
had a bad cough, and she felt as if something were
tight about her throat. So she got up and went in-
doors ; but all through the night her dream seemed
to haunt her, and she could not forget the noble deer
and his sad death in the forest.
Next day Susan was up even before the cook had
made the dough for the breakfast rolls. She sat
down to her book ; and although she knew that
she was about to have a tough fight with some of
the long words, yet she said that she would not yield
to them, but would master them all before she went
to breakfast. She had heard Aunt Mary say, the
nialit before, that she was going for a little jaunt in
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the fields after breakfast, and that her niece might
go with her if her lessons were all learned. Besides,
she did not want her brother Fred to taunt her with
being a dunce, and to vaunt and boast that he could
learn his lesson in less time than she took to learn
When breakfast was over, Susan went to the
school-room to say her lesson to her aunt. She
just missed two words, launch and hiccough. She
spelled launch, L-A-N-C-H; and hiccough, H-l-C-c-U-P.
Her aunt told her this was wrong, and that she
must learn it better. In a little while she went
to say it again, and she knew, this time, that
l-a-u-n-c-h spells launch, and that h-i-c-c-o-u-g-h
spells hiccough ; and as she knew how to spell all
the other words too, she and her aunt went for
their ramble in the green fields.
I. PUSSY CAT.— II. WALTER AND HIS DOG
ser-vants Chesh-ire gal-lop
hard-ly be-cause rogu-ish
vent-ure Wal-ter naugh-ty
when-ev-er span-iel good-nat-ured
noth-ing pup-py sau-cy
Pussy Cat lives in the servants' hall,
She can set up her back and pur ;
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The little mice live in a crack in the wall,
But they hardly dare venture to stir.
For whenever they think of taking the air,
Or filling their little maws,
The Pussy Cat says, " Come out if you dare ;
I will catch you all with my claws."
Scrabble, scrabble, scrabble, went all the little mice,
For they smelt the Cheshire cheese ;
The Pussy Cat said, " It smells very nice,
Now do come out if you please."
" Squeak," said the little mouse ; " squeak, squeak,
Said all the little ones too ;
" We never creep out when cats are about,
Because we are afraid of you."
So the cunning old cat lay down on a mat
By the fire in the servants' hall ;
" If the little mice peep, they '11 think I 'm asleep ;"
So she roll'd herself up like a ball.
" Squeak," said the little mouse, " we '11 creep out,
And eat some Cheshire cheese ;
That silly old cat is asleep on the mat,
And we may sup at our ease."
Nibble, nibble, nibble, went the little mice,
And they lick'd their little paws ;
Then the cunning old cat sprang up from her mat
And caught them all with her claws.
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WALTER AND HIS DOG.
There was a little boy
And he had a piece of bread,
And he put his little cap
On his head, head, head.
Upon his hobby-horse
Then he went to take a ride,
With his pretty spaniel Flash
By his side, side, side.
little Walter was his name,
And he said to little Flash,
" Let us gallop round the house,
With a dash, dash, dash."
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So he laid down his bread
In a snug little place,
And away "Walter went
For a race, race, race.
But Flash had a plan,
In his little roguish head.
Of taking to himself
Walter's bread, bread, bread.
So he watch'd for a moment
When. "Walter did not look.
And his nice piece of bread,
Slily took, took, took.
When Walter saw the rogue,
He cried, " Oh ! naughty Flash ; "
And he show'd his little whip
With a lash, lash, lash.
But Flash look'd so good-natured
With his tail curl'd up behind,
That his aunty said to Walter,
" Never mind, mind, mind.
" Flash is nothing but a puppy,
So, Walter, do not worry,
If he knew that he 'd done wrong,
He 'd be sorry, sorry, sorry.
" And don't be angry, Walter,
That Flash has had a treat, -
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Here 's another piece of bread
You may eat, eat, eat."
So Walter ate his bread,
And then to Flash he cried,
" Come, you saucy little dog,
Let us ride, ride, ride."
fa-ble - use-ful in-jure
sto-ry mor-al nev-er
What is a fable? A fable is a story, which,
though not true, is meant to teach some useful
truth, or moral lesson. Do you ask how this can
be ? Here are three fables, or stories, which are not
true, and yet teach lessons which all boys and girls
ought to learn : —
Two or three little boys stood one day at the side
of a pond, in which there were some frogs. Now,
though the poor frogs did them no harm, yet as
soon as a frog put up its head, these bad boys
would pelt at it with stones. " My dear boys," said
one of the frogs, " you do not think, that though this
may be sport to you, it is death to us."
We should never hurt or injure those who do not
hurt us; nor should we laugh at what gives them
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THE TWO DOGS.
Two dogs, Tray and Snap, went out to walk.
Tray was a good dog, and would not hurt the least
thing in the world ; but Snap was cross, and would
snarl and bite at all that came in his way. At length
they came to a town. All the dogs came near them.
Tray hurt none of them ; but Snap would grin at
this, snarl at that, and bite a third, till at last they
all fell on him, and tore him limb from limb ; and,
as Tray was with him, he met with his death at the
We should not go with bad boys or girls, lest we
share their fate.
THE BOY AND THE NUTS.
A boy once had a jar which was nearly full of
nuts ; so he went and put in his hand to take some
out. He took up as many nuts as his hand could
hold ; but he could not pull them out, for the jar
had a small neck.
" Let go half the nuts, my boy," said a man who
stood near, " and then try." The boy did so, and
then found he could pull out his hand with ease.
Do not grasp at too much, or you may lose all.
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I. MY LITTLE DOLL ROSE.— II. TO BABY
I have a little doll,
I take care of her clothes,
She has soft flaxen hair,
And her name is Rose.
She has pretty bke eyes,
And a very small nose,
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And a cunning little mouth,
And her name is Kose.
I have a little sofa,
Where my dolly may repose,
Or sit up like a lady,
And her name is Eose.
My doll can move her arms,
And stand upon her toes,
Or make a pretty courtesy,
My darling little Rose.
How old is your dolly ?
Very young, I suppose,
For she cannot go alone,
My pretty little Kose.
— -Jlfrs Follen.
Come here and sit upon my knee,
And give me kisses, one, two, three,
And tell me, dear, if you love me,
Of this I 'm sure that I love you,
And many, many things I do,
And nurse and dress, and pet you too,
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THE SILLY LAMB.
A lamb, who lived in a fold with all the lambs
and sheep on the farm, said to his mother,
"Mother, may I not go out of the fold into the
" No, my child," said the old sheep ; *' there is a
wolf out there, and he might see you. The field,
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you see, is large, and you might be lost there, and
not find your way back."
" I do not fear the wolf, and I know I should be
able to find my way back," said the pert lamb;
" I hate to be shut up in a fold all day and all
" Go, go," said his mother, " play with the other
Iambs, and frisk your long tail. It will be cut off
one of these days, and then you will have no tail to
frisk ; then you will wish for it again."
" Shall I be wise like you when I lose my tail ? "
said the lamb.
" Yes, you will," said the mother sheep ; " lambs
grow wise when that time comes. How can you
play when you have no tail to play with ? "
"That is true," said the lamb, and off he ran to
play. But he did not play long, for he went to the
side of the fold to look through at the field, and he
felt sad that he could not get out. At last, one
night he found the gate open, and when the sheep-
dog was not near, he ran out and hid among the
All the sheep and the lambs in the fold went to
sleep, but the lamb in the field outside ran and
jumped in the light of the moon.
" Oh, this is nice ! " said the lamb ; " I am glad I
came out of the fold. My mother is not so wise as
I am, although she has not a tail. Ah ! ah ! an
old sheep is not so wise as a young lamb."
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Then he jumped and ran till he was far away
from the fold, and could not see it. But for a long
time he could still hear the sheep-dog say " Bow-
wow." He was close by the fold to watch the sheep.
He did not know that one lamb had run off, or he
would have said " Bow-wow," and run to find him.
At last the moon did not shine, and it grew very
dark. The lamb said, " I will go to sleep ; " but
he was cold, for the old sheep was not there to keep
him warm, and he could not sleep.
Then he got up and went on, but it was so dark
that he did not see a bush full of sharp thorns.
His wool caught in the thorns, and he could not get
out. He began to cry aloud, and then the wild
wolf heard him.
" Ah ! ah ! " said he, * a stray lamb; that will be
good for me ; " and he gave such a loud howl that it
made the lamb shake with fear, for he knew what it
" Oh, poor me !" he said, "here is the wild wolf ;
I shall die, and it will be all my own fault, for I
would not mind what my mother said. Oh, if I
were only safe back in the fold, I would never
leave it again."
Soon the wolf came near ; his howl was loud, for
it was close by ; but some one else heard the wolf
howl as well as the silly lamb. It was the dog who
took care of the fold ; he gave a loud bark, and it
brought the shepherd with his gun. He, too, heard
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;he lamb cry and the wolf howl, and he ran quickly
nto the wood. There he found the lamb stuck fast
n the bush, and he pulled off the sharp thorns, and
l?poke kind words to him, and took him up in his
firms, and bore him back to the fold. You may be
tjure he was glad to be safe again, and to lie down
oy the side of his mother.
" How now," said the old sheep, " where have you
been, you silly young lamb ? "
" I was so foolish as to go out into the fields,"
3aid the lamb, " and the wild wolf came up to eat
"I said he would come," said the old sheep,
" and you now see how foolish it was of you to go
out at night,"
"Yes," said the lamb, who still shook with fear,
1 1 was foolish, but I shall be wise now, for I have
bad the half of my fleece torn off, and that must be
Ithe same as losing your tail."
" I don't know that," said the old sheep, and then
they both went to sleep. But the lamb did not run
out of the fold any more, and the wolf had to do
without any supper that night, and did not like it
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MY LITTLE CAT AND DOG.
I like little Pussy, her coat is so warm,
And if I don't hurt her, she '11 do me no harm ;
So I '11 not pull her tail, nor drive her away,
But Pussy and I very gently will play.
She will sit by my side, and I '11 give her some f oo
And she'll love me because I 'm gentle and good
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I will not hurt my little dog,
But stroke and pat his head ;
I like to see him wag his tail,,
I like to see him fed.
Poor little thing, how very good,
And very useful too ;
For don't you know that he will mind
What he is bid to do ?
Then I will never hurt my dog,
Nor ever give him pain ;
But treat him kindly every day,
And he '11 love me again.
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Two men were ac work one day in a ship-yard
They were hewing a piece of timber to put into a
ship. It was a small piece, and not worth much.
As they cut off the chips, they found a worm, a
little worm, in the wood, about half an inch long.
■ This wood is wormy," said one ; " shall we put it
" I don't know : yes, I think it may go in : it
will never be seen, of course."
" Yes ; but there may be other worms in it, and
these may increase and injure the ship."
" No, I think not. To be sure the wood is not
worth much ; but I do not wish to lose it. Come,
never mind the worm, we have seen but one ; "put
it in." So the wormy piece of wood was put in.
The ship was made, and she looked very noble in-
deed. She went to sea, and for a number of years
did well. But it was found, on a distant voyage,
that she grew weak and rotten. Her timbers were
found to be much, eaten by the worms. The cap-
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tain thought he would try to get her home ; but
she sprang a leak. She filled with water, and soon
after sank, with all the goods and most of the crew
You see that a fine ship and many lives may be
lost by a little worm ! And how much evil may a
man do, when he does a small wrong, as he did
who put the wormy timber into the ship.
win-dow lock-ed rain-drops
play-things naugh-ty noth-ing
Oh where do you come from,
You little drops of rain ;
Pitter patter, pitter patter,
Down the window pane ?
They won't let me walk,
And they won't let me play ;
And they won't let me go
Out of doors at all to-day.
They put away my playthings,
Because I broke them all,
And then they lock'd up all my bricks,
And took away my ball.
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Tell me, little rain-drops,
Is that the way you play,
Pitter patter, pitter patter,
All the rainy day ?
They say I 'm very naughty,
So I 've nothing else to do
But sit here at the window ;
I should like to play with you. »
The little rain-drops cannot speak,
But, u pitter patter pat,"
Means, " We can play on this side •
Why can't YOU play on that ? "
THE LAMB, THE BEE, AtfD THE FLY.
do-ing but-ter-cup cup-board
be-fore scam-per ex-cept
mead-ows thirs-ty hun-ger
dai-sy riv-er with-in
cow-slip win-ter eat-ing
THE MERRY LAMB.
" Little lamb, come here and say,
What you 're doing all the day ? "
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" Long enough before you wake,
Breakfast I am glad to take,
In the meadows eating up
Daisy, cowslip, buttercup.
Then about the fields I play,
Frisk and scamper all the day ;
When I 'm thirsty I can drink
Water at the river's brink :
When at night I go to sleep,
By my mother I must keep :
I am safe enough from cold
At her side within the fold."
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THE BUSY BEE.
" Little bee, come here and say,
What yon 're doing all the day ? "
" Oh, every day, and all day long,
Among the flowers you hear my song,
I creep in every bud I see,
And all the honey is for me ;
I take it to the hive with care,
And give it to my brothers there :
That when the winter time comes on,
And all the flowers are dead and gone,
And when the wind is cold and rough,
The busy bees may have enough/'
THE LAZY FLY.
" Little fly, come here and say ;
What you 're doing all the day ? '*
" Oh, I 'm a gay and merry fly,
I never do anything, no, not I ;
I go where I like, and I stay where [ please,
In the heat of the sun, or the shade of the trees :
On the window pane, or on the cupboard shelf ;
And I care for nothing except myself.
I cannot tell, it is very true,
When the winter comes, what I mean to do :
And I very much fear when I 'm getting old,
I shall starve with hunger, or die of cold."
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THE DOG AND THE SHADOW,
cross-ing ei-ther con-tent
fan-cied be-yond shad-ow
din-ner bot-tom snatch-ed
get-ting greed-y sub-stance
A dog, crossing a stream, with a piece of meat
i* his mouth, saw his own shadow in the water,
which was so still and clear that he fancied the
shadow he saw to be another dog.
" Aha ! " said he, "I am in luck this morning,
I have my breakfast in my mouth, and now 1 11
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secure my dinner too." With that he snatched at
the piece of meat which he saw in the snadow.
But so far from getting the second piece, he dropt
his own into the water, and was sadly put out to
see that the other dog had dropt his too. So he
had to go home without his breakfast or dinner
either, for his own piece had at once sunk to the
bottom, away beyond his reach.
He who is greedy, and grasps at too much, is very
apt to lose what he has. Be content with what you
have, even if it be little, and never give up the sub-
stance for the shadow.
Pretty kit, little kit,
Oh ! you 're a lovely pet !
With your sleek coat, and your white throat,
And toes as black as jet.
It 's true your eye is rather green,
But then it is so bright
That you could catch the naughty mouse
That stole my cake last night.
Ah kitty, sweet kitty,
You 're the pet for me !
Come now, I '11 rock you in my lap
And nurse you on my knee.
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Pretty kit, little kit,
Annie's bird can sing,
Arthur's dog can carry sticks,
And Mary's parrot swing :
But, though you do not carry sticks,
Or sing, or swing, you are,
With your low purr and your soft fur,
The dearest pet by far.
Yes, kitty, sweet kitty,
You 're the pet for me !
Come now, I '11 rock you in my lap
And nurse you on my knee, y
Oh ! you kit, naughty kit,
What is this I find?
Annie's little bird is gone,
And Poll 's scratch'd nearly blind ;
Carlo's coat is sadly torn :
Oh dear, what shall I do ?
You 've feathers hanging round your mouth :
It 's all been done by you !
Fie, kitty; fly, kitty!
You 're no pet for me ;
I '11 neither rock you in my lap
Nor nurse you on my knee.
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I. GOOD KING ARTHUR— II. LITTLE ROBIN
GOOD KING ABTHUE.
When good King Arthur ruled this land,
He was a goodly king ;
He bought three pecks of barley meal,
To make a bag-pudding.
A bag-pudding the king did make,
And stuff'd it well with plums ;
And in it put great lumps of fat,
As big as my two thumbs.
The king and queen did eat thereof,
And noblemen beside ;
And what they could not eat that night,
The queen next morning fried.
LITTLE EOBIN EEDBBEAST.
Little Robin Redbreast
Sat upon a tree ;
Up went Pussy cat,
And down came he.
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Down came Pussy cat,
And away Robin ran ;
Says little Eobin Redbreast,
" Catch me if you can."
Little Robin Redbreast
Jump'd upon a wall ;
Pussy cat jump'd after him,
And almost got a fall.
Little Robin chirp'd and sang,
And what did Pussy say ?
Pussy cat said Meyow,
And Robin jump'd away.
STORY OF JOSEPH.
coun-try cat-tie com-ing
Jo-seph mean-time them-selves
Ben-ja-min suf-fer eld-est
col-ors pris-on E-gypt
jeal-ous for-got trou-ble
prom-ise fa-ther wick-ed
Ja-cob host-age a-fraid
In a country far away from here, there once
lived an old man who had twelve sons. He loved
them all very much, but he loved two of them more
than all the rest. The names of these two were
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Joseph and Benjamin. He loved Joseph most, and
for him he made a coat of many colors. The other
brothers were angry at this, and were jealous of
Joseph. In that country, their flocks and herds
were the chief wealth of the people, and as Jacob,
the old man, had a great many cattle and sheep,
the brothers were the shepherds, and had to take
care of them.
They were once far away with their flocks, and
as their father had not heard of them for some
time, he sent Joseph to see how they were. As
soon as his brothers saw him coming, they said
among themselves, " Come, let us kill him." But
his eldest brother said, " No ; let us put him into
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a deep pit." So when he came to them, they seized
the poor lad, stript off his coat of many colors, and
threw him into the pit.
Shortly after this, they saw some merchants, who
were going to a country called Egypt, and they
thought it would be a figpd plan to sell Joseph to
these people, who would' take him far away, and
then he would never trouble them again. Thus these
wicked brothers sold poor Joseph ; but after they
had done so they were afraid of their father's
wrath, and so they made up their minds to deceive
the old man. They took Joseph's coat and dipped
it in some blood, and then brought it to their
father, and said that they had found it so, and that
some wild beast must have killed him. Jacob did
not doubt what they told him, and wept many days
for his son Joseph.
But Joseph, in the meantime, had been taken off
to Egypt, and was there sold for a slave. He had
to suffer a great many trials, and was once put in
prison ; but in all his troubles he never forgot God,
but prayed to Him and put his trust in Him. At
last he was brought before the king, and became
very useful to him, so that he was made ruler over
the king's house, and then over all the land. All
this time he had never heard of his poor father,
and although, he was the first man in Egypt, yet he
did not forget his poor father, nor did he wish to
do his brothers any harm.
42 SECOND BOOK OF BEADING LESSONS.
Now, a great famine arose in all those countries,
and no one had any corn to eat. But Joseph, who
had been told by God what was to come to pass,
had laid up great stores, so that every one came to
him to buy corn. Amongst others Joseph's own
brothers came, but they did not know him, although
he knew them at once. ' \Vhen they had got the
corn, and had gone home again, they were sadly
afraid, for they found that their money had been
put back in their sacks. Joseph also had spoken
to them as if he were angry, and had asked about
their father and younger brother, and had made
them promise to bring Benjamin with them
when they came again. To make sure that they
would do so, he had also kept one of them as a
hostage, at which their father was again much
They soon had to go back to Egypt for more
corn. So they took Benjamin and more money
with them, and came with fear to Joseph, and told
him how they had found their money in their sacks.
Joseph did not seem to know them, wishing to try
them, but after a while he told them who he was.
At this they were much afraid, but he soon told
them he was not angry, and sent them away happy.
How noble it was in ' Joseph to forgive his wicked
So Joseph sent wagons for Jacob and all his
people and his goods, and the king gave him a
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large tract of country for himself, and there they
lived with their flocks and herds in peace and
When Jacob heard that Joseph was still alive he
could not believe it; but when the wagons came, and
he and his people were^ken to Egypt, and Jacob
had seen Joseph again, he cried out, " Now let me
die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet
THE LAMB'S LULLABY.
lul-Ia-by bit-ter du-ti-ful
The pretty little lambs that lie
And sleep upon the grass,
Have none to sing them lullaby,
But the night winds as they pass.
"While I, a happy little maid,
Bid dear papa good-night,
And in my crib so warm am laid,
And tuck'd up snug and tight.
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And then some pretty hymn Ann sings,
Until to sleep I go ;
But the young helpless lambs, poor things,
Have none to lull them so.
Haste, kind mamma, and call them here,
Where they *11 be warm as I ;
For in the chilly fields, I fear,
Before the morn they '11 die.
The lamb sleeps in the fields, 'tis true,
Without a lullaby ;
And yet they are as warm as you,
Beneath a summer sky
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They choose some dry and grassy spot,
Beneath the shady trees ;
To other songs they listen not
Than the soothing evening breeze.
And when the night is bitter cold,
The s hepherd comes with care,
And leads them to his peaceful ft)ld ;
They 're safe and shelter'd there.
How happy are the lambs, my love,
How safe and calm they rest !
Bat you, a S hepherd have above,
Of all kind shepherds best.
His lambs He gathers in His arms,
And in His bosom bears ;
How blest, how safe from all alarms,
Each child His love who shares 1
Oh, if you '11 be His gentle child,
And listen to His voice,
Be loving, dutiful, and mild,
How will mamma rejoice !
— Mary Lundie Duncan.
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ALFKED AND HIS GARDEN.
Al-fred watch-ed emp-ty
An-nie rath-er wis-er
gar-den dan-cing sun-shine
fall-ing doc-tor wher-ev-er
plant-ing cro-cus win-ter
put-ting yel-low sis-ter
flow-ers drag-ging weath-er
re-plied blos-soms tu-lips
Last year, when the leaves were falling off the
trees, Alfred and Annie went to see their aunt, who
lives in an old farmhouse, and who has a very large
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garden. They found her very busy planting roots
in the garden, and putting them in with much care.
" Why do you plant those old dead roots, aunt ? "
said Alfred. " They are not dead, Alfred," his aunt
replied, " they will bear fine flowers in the spring, if
the frost does not kill them. I will give you some
for your garden if you like." " Oh, thank you/
aunt/' said Alfred, for he loved new flowers for his
garden ; and he watched his aunt that he might
know how to plant them.
" Would you like some, too, Annie ? " asked the
kind aunt. " No, thank you," said Annie, who was
very young — too young to know that roots could
come to flowers. " I would rather have a bunch of
those pretty big flowers, and I will plant them when
I get home." " They will die," said Alfred, " for
they have no roots." " I don't want roots," said
Annie ; and so her aunt gave her the flowers.
* Annie will be wiser next year, Alfred," she said ;
" ' live and learn,' you know."
So Alfred and Annie went home, and were busy
planting till bedtime ; and when Annie called her
mother to look, there was her garden full of gay
flowers, but they had stalks and no roots ; Alfred's
made no show, but the roots were lying under the
mould, and Alfred could wait. " Come and look
at my garden in spring, mother," he said.
When the spring came, and the April winds had
dried up the wet soil, and. May sunshine came out
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by fits and starts, Alfred went to see if his toots
were showing signs of life. The bright green leaves
were just coming out on the trees, the birds were
busy with their nests, the wind was soft and
sweet, and there was a smell of flowers in the air.
Alfred felt as if his heart were dancing with joy,
the spring made him so glad ; when he came to his
little garden he found, wherever he had planted a
root, a bright green bud was coming up, or else
there was a bunch of narrow green leaves, or a long
flower- bud, with a white nightcap on it. The first
were tulips : the long green leaves were snowdrops ;
and the flower with a nightcap was a crocus.
" How gay my garden will be ! " said Alfred ; " and
there is Annie's without a flower."
Now, Annie had been so ill in the winter, that she
had grown quite pale and thin, and the doctor said
she must not go out till May, for then the weather
would be mild. When Alfred thought of his poor pale
little sister, he was sorry her garden looked so empty,
and he thought to himself, " Suppose I weed it for
her ;* so he pulled up the weeds and raked it over.
Then he thought, " Suppose I put some of my roots
in it;" so he dug up some roots with plenty of
mould round them, and planted them in Annie's
garden. And when he had dug up and planted the
snowdrops, he thought he could spare the cr ocu ses ;
and when he had planted the crocuses, he said,
" There is just room for the tulips." So Alfred's
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garden was soon empty, and Annie's was quite full,
but Alfred was not sorry ; he felt quite happy to
think how pleased his little sister would be. It
was a bright May day when Annie came out, and
Alfred drew her gently along the paths in a little
garden-chair. He had never told what he had done
to any one, but his mother had seen it, and she
loved her boy for being so kind to his sister.
" Why, Alfred," said Annie, when they came to his
garden, " where are your roots that were to turn to
flowers?" "Here they are, Annie," said Alfred,
dragging her along to her own garden, "they have all
»un away from me, and are come to live with you ! "
Then Annie threw her arms about Alfred's neck
and said, " Thank you, my dear, dear brother, you
are very kind. I never saw anything more lovely
than your flowers." S
I. JENNY WREN.— II. THE YOUNG
gap-ing prop-er catch-ing
some-thing hop-ped fam-i-ly
reck-on know-ing pleased
dain-ty fold-ed some-bod-y
re-turns search-ed sel-dom
Jenny Wren fell sick
Upon a merry time ;
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In came Robin Redbreast
And brought her sops of wine.
Eat well of the sops, Jenny,
Drink well of the wine :
Thank you, Robin, kindly,
You shall be mine.
Jenny she got well
And stood upon her feet,
And told Robin plainly,
She loved him not a bit.
Robin, being angry,
Hopp'd on a twig,
Saying, Out upon you,
Fye upon you, bold-faced jig.
THE YOUNG NESTLINGS.
Did you ever see the nest
Of a robin or a linnet,
When the little downy birds
Are lying snugly in it,
Gaping wide their yellow mouths
For something nice to eat ?
Snail, or slug, or worm, or grub
They reckon dainty meat.
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When the mother-bird returns,
And finds them still and good,
She will give them, each by turns,
A proper share of food.
She has hopp'd from spray to spray,
And peep'd with knowing eye
Into all the folded leaves,
Where worms and grubs do lie.
She has search'd among the grass,
And flown from tree to tree,
Catching gnats and flies, to feed
Her little familv.
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I have seen the robins chirp
And shake their downy wings ;
They are pleased to see her come,
And pleased with what she brings
But I never saw them look
In a hurry for their food ;
Somebody, at dinner time,
Is seldom quite so good.
I. THE FOX AND THE GOAT.— II. THE
THE FOX AND THE GOAT.
One hot summer day, a fox parched with thirsfc
tried, in vain, to find some water. At last he came
to a well, and in trying to get at the water tumbled
He had now more water than he wanted, although
the water was not very deep ; and when he had
drunk his fill, he cast about to see how he could
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get out again. But the sides of the well were so
steep that he could not climb up.
After he had thus been in the well for some time,
a goat came to the brink wanting to get some water
also. So he asked the fox if the water was good.
" Good ! " said Beynar d, " ay, so good that I am
afraid I have taken too much of it."
The goat, upon hearing this, without more ado,
leaped in ; and the crafty fox jumped on the poor
goat's back, and so got out, leaving his poor dupe at
the bottom of the well to shift for himself.
" Ah," said the goat, " what a pity I did not think
how sly and cunning the fox is before I trusted his
lying words, and I might have saved myself from
this hobble ! "
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THE HONEST BOY.
At one time lived a little boy
With curly hair and pleasant eye,
A boy who always told the truth,
And never, never told a lie.
And when he trotted off to school,
The little children all would cry,
" There goes the curly-headed boy,
The boy that never tells a lie."
And everybody loved him so,
Because he always told the truth,
That every day, as he grew up,
'Twas said, " There goes the honest youth.
And when the people that stood near
Would turn to ask the reason why,
The answer would be always this,
•'Because he never tells a lie.''
I. TWO UNKIND GOATS.— II. TWO KIND
mo-ment will-ing safe-ly
an-oth-er mid-die crouch-ed
be-tween drown-ed soft-ly
nei-ther jour-ney un-kind
TWO UNKIND GOATS.
Two goats, who had long fed in the same
meadow, set out to take a journey across the moun-
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tains. One goat went one way, and the other went
After some time they met again, but a stream of
water ran between them ; and over the stream was
laid a plank of wood, so narrow that there was only
just room for one goat to cross at a time.
Now these goats were proud, and neither of them
was willing to let the other cross first. " I have as
good a right to the bridge as you have," said the
one. " The bridge was as much made for me as
for you," said the other.
Thus they did nothing but dispute for some time,
until at last one goat set his foot on the plank, and
the other did the same. They looked very fierce at
eiach other, as much as to say, " I will go on in spite
And so they did; but when they met in the
middle, there was no room for them to pass ; so
they both slipt into the water and were drowned.
-WO KIND GOATS.
Two kind goats always lived in peace, and tried
/o help each other. One goat was ill, and the other
1 brought him green herbs from a field far off ; the
sick goat ate the herbs and they cured him.
The other goat had a pretty little kid, which she
loved dearly. One day when the goat had gone
out, a rude boy came to take the kid ; but the goat
that had been ill, and was cured by the herbs, poked
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the boy with his horns until he ran away, and he
took good care of the kid till its mother came home.
Once when these two goats were out on a journey
they met in the middle of a very narrow bridge,
just as the two unkind goats did, but they did
not push each other into the water. No ! They
stood still a moment looking at each other ; then
one of them crouched down on the bridge, and let
the other walk over his back.
You may be sure that the goat wlio had to walk
on the other, took care to step softly, and not to
hurt so kind a friend.
Thus they both got safely over the bridge ; and
all who knew them loved the two kind goats.
THE FAIRY RING.
Let us laugh aud let us sing,
Dancing in a merry ring ;
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We '11 be fairies on the green,
Sporting round the Fairy Queen.
Like the seasons of the year,
Round we circle in a sphere ;
I '11 be summer, you '11 be spring,
Dancing in a fairy ring.
Harry will be winter wild ;
Little Charlie autumn mild ;
Summer, autumn, winter, spring,
Dancing in a fairy ring.
Spring and summer glide away,
Autumn comes with tresses gray ;
Winter, hand in hand with spring
Dancing in a fairy ring.
Faster, faster, round we go,
While our cheeks like roses_glow,
Free as birds upon the wing,
Dancing in a fairy ring.
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THE BOY AND THE CROW.
shin-ing flap-ping mas-ter
sweet-ly loud-er heav-y
bun-die of-ten un-der
fel-low clev-er soft-er
laugh-ing twen-ty turn-ing
your-self high-est look-ing
" I will not go to school," said little Tommy ;
' I will stay in the fields and play all day long."
It was the first of May, and the sun was shining,
and the air smelt sweetly as it does in spring ; so
X'ommy sat down on a soft bank under a tree, and
Vhrew his books to one side.
" I will not go to school," he said again ; " this
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bank is softer than the form at school, and I lik*
to see the lambs and flowers better than books and
Just as he said this, he looked up into a tree, an!
saw an old crow sitting there, and close by him a
nest very much like a bundle of sticks.
" Here 's a pretty fellow," said the crow ; " h«
says he won't go to school. Here 's a pretty dunce;* 1
and all the crows began to say, "Caw S caw I caw!"
as if they were laughing at Tommy.
"What! you do not like work?" said the cro\
again. " you idle boy ; you are worse than \,
bird. Do you think I am idle ? Look at my nest ;
what do you think of it ?"
" I daresay it is a very nice one," said Tommy
" but I should not like to live in it."
"No, because you are only a boy, and not so
wise as a crow," said his new friend ; and all the
crows cried, " Caw ! caw ! caw ! " again, as if they
thought so too.
" Do you know why a crow is wiser than a silly
boy?" asked the crow, putting his head on one
side, and looking down at Tommy with his bright
" No," said Tommy ; " I thought boys were wiser
"You thought!" paid the crow; "a great deal
you know about it. Can you build a house £
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" No," said Tommy ; " but when I am a man I
hall be able."
" And why can't you do it now ?" said the crow,
turning his head to the other side, and looking at
Tommy with the other eye.
" Why, I have not learnt," said the little boy.
" Ho, ho !" said the crow, flapping his wings
and hopping round and round. " He must learn
bo build a house, this wise fellow ! Here 's a pretty
boy — here 's a wise boy ! "
All the crows, when they heard this, flapped their
wings too, and cried " Caw ! caw ! caw ! " louder
" No one taught me to build my house/' said the
trow, when they were quiet again. " I knew how
to do it at once ; and look what a nice house it is.
I. brought all the sticks that it is made of myself.
I flew through the air with them in my mouth —
some of them were very heavy, but I do not mind
hard work. I am not like a little boy I know."
And the crow shook his head and looked so hard
at Tommy, that he felt as if his master were looking
at him, and was quite afraid.
" But there are other things in the world besides
louses," said Tommy.
" Yes, indeed," said the crow. " I was just think-
ing so. You want clothes, as well as a house."
" That we do," said Tommy, " and new ones very
iften ; but you birds can't wear clothes."
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" Who told you that ? " said the crow, in a very
sharp tone. " Look at my coat, if you please, and
tell me if you ever saw a finer suit of black than
mine. Could you make yourself such a suit ? "
" No," said Tommy, " but I can learn."
" Yes, yes, you can learn ; but that is the way
with you silly boys. You must learn everything,
and yet you are too idle to set about it."
Tommy felt that the crow had the best of it.
" Dear me," he said to himself, " I never thought
crows were so wise and clever."
" You may well say that," said the crow, coming
down on a bough a little nearer to Tommy ; " but
there is more for you to learn yet. How about
your food, Master Tom? Who gives you your food ?"
" Why, mother does, to be sure," said Tommy.
" You are a baby, then ? "
" No, indeed, I am not," said Tommy ; "and I will
throw a stone at you if you say I am."
" Boys should never throw stones," said the crow,
gravely. " We never throw stones ; it is a very fool-
ish trick. I only asked if you were a baby, because
when a crow can go alone, he finds his own food."
"I shall do that when I am grown up," said
Tommy. " I shall then learn how."
" Dear me," said the crow, " you have a great deal
to learn before you can be as wise as a orow."
" That is true," said Tommy, hanging his head ;
" but there is plenty of time."
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u I am not so sure of that," said the crow. " You
are as big as twenty crows, anfl yet you are not as
wise as one. A pretty fellow to come and lie on
the grass all day, when you are such a dunce. Go
to school ! go to school ! go to school ! " All the
crows took up the cry, and made such a noise, that
Tommy picked up his books to throw at them ; but
they flew up into the highest tree, and cried out,
" Caw ' caw ! caw ! " till Tommy could bear it no
longer. He put his hands over his ears, and ran
off to school as hard as he could. He was just in
time, and did his lessons well, and went home quite
happy, for his master said that he had been a good
As he passed by the tree, the old crow was sit-
ting there, but did not look at Tommy. " Come,
come," said Tommy, " do not be cross, old friend,
I threw my book at you, because I was cross with
myself for being idle and foolish." But the crow
looked as if he had not said a word in his life, and
had never seen Tommy before.
So the little boy went home and told his mother ;
but she said birds did not talk, and he must have
been to sleep and dreamt it. But Tommy does not
think so ; and when he feels idle he always says to
himself, " Come, come, Master Tommy, you must
work hard, for you are not yet as wise as an old
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I. MY LITTLE BROTHER— II. THE BLIND
MY LITTLE BROTHER.
Little brother, darling boy,
You are very dear to me ;
I am happy, full of joy,
When your smiling face I see.
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How I wish that you could speak,
And could know the words I say I
Pretty stories I would seek,
*u*^ To amuse you all the day.
All about the honey-bees,
Plying past us in the sun;
Birds that sing among the trees,
Lambs that in the meadow run
I '11 be very kind to you,
Never strike or make you cry,
As some naughty children do,
Quite forgetting God is nigh.
Shake your rattle — here it is —
Listen to its merry noise ;
And when you are tired of this,
I will bring you other toys.
— Mary Lundie Duncar,
THE BLIND BOY.
O say what is the thing call'd light,
Which I must ne'er enjoy ?
"What are the blessings of the sight ?
tell your poor blind boy.
You talk of wondrous things you see,
You say the sun shines bright ;
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I feel him warm, but how can he
Or make it day or night ?
My day or night myself I make,
Whene'er I sleep or play ;
And could I always keep awake,
With me 'twere always day.
Then let not what I cannot have,
My cheer of mind destroy ;
While thus I sing, I am a king,
Although a poor blind boy.
I. THE CROW AND THE PITCHER.— II. THE
CAT AND THE CREAM-JUG.
pitch-er wis-dom fin-ish-ed
ef-forts in-clined con-tents
re-sult jump-ed hearth-rug
la-bor in-stead man-age
THE CROW AND THE PITCHER.
A crow, that was very thirsty, flew to a pitcher,
hoping to find some water in it. Water there
was, but so little of it that, with all her efforts, the
poor crow could not so much as wet the tip of her
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*« Never mind," said the crow to herself, " where
there's a will there's a way." A bright thought
came into her little black head : she could not reach
down to the water, but she might make the water
rise up to her.
The crow picked up a pebble, and dropt it into
the pitcher; another, and then another. And as
each one sank to the bottom, the water rose
Before the crow had dropt in ten pebbles, she
began to see the results of her labor, and she soon
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drank, at her ease, of the water which, but for her
wisdom, she would never have been able to reach.
THE CAT AND THE CKEAM-JUG.
One day, a jug of cream had been left on the
table, and puss, who had been lying snugly on the
hearth-rug, was left in the room alone. Now, puss
was inclined to seize any good thing that she could
lay her paws on, and although she had often been
made to suffer for it, yet she never seemed to
This was too good a chance to be lost, so puss
jumped up on the table ; but what was her distress
when she found that the neck of the jug was so
small that she could not manage to get her head
into it !
"Must* I upset it?" said puss. "No, that will
never do, for I have before now been made to suffer
for doing such things, and besides I should lose a
good deal of that fine rich cream."
At last a bright thought came into her head, and
instead of trying to get her head in, she dipped her
paw into the cream, and then licked it, until she had
finished all the contents of the jug.
So puss curled herself up on the hearth-rug again
as nicely as you please, and thought it was quite true;
that " where there 's a will there 's a way."
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I. DIRTY TIM.— II. SING A SONG OF
There was one little Tim.
'Twas reported of him,
And 'twill be to his lasting disgrace,
That he never was seen
With his hands at all clean,
Nor ever yet wash'd was his face.
His friends were much hurt
To see so much dirt,
And often they made him quite clean;
But all was in vain,
He was dirty again,
And never was fit to be seen.
When to wash he was sent,
Never gladly he went,
With water he 'd splash himself o'er ;
But he seldom was seen,
To wash himself clean,
And often look'd worse than before.
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The idle and bad,
Like this little lad,
May be dirty and black, to be sure ;
But good boys are seen
To be decent and clean,
Although they are ever so poor.
SING A SONG OF SIXPENCE.
Sing a song of sixpence,
A bag full of rye ;
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was open'd,
The birds began to sing ;
Was not that a dainty dish
To set before the king ?
The king was in his counting-house.
Counting out his money ;
The queen was in the parlor,
Eating bread and honey ;
The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes,
Out came a little bird
And snapt off her nose.
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SUSY'S LITTLE SERVANTS.— II. THINGS
TO BE KEPT IN MIND.
busy's little seevants.
Little Susy had a kind mother to take care of
her, so you will perhaps wonder why she had a
great many servants of her own. I shall tell you
of only a very few, and then you can ask your
mother to talk to you about the others. For the
little servants Susy had you have too.
When first she was born, she did not know what
they were for, or where they were. They did not
know either, and so they were useless. Two of
them were black, and so much alike, that you could
not tell the one from the other. Susy kept them
almost always shut up, so that nobody could see
them. When her aunts and cousins came to see
Susy, they would say : " I should think she might
let us see them !" and would go away quite vexed.
These black servants were bright little things, and
they soon learned to amuse Susy a great deal. One
of the first things they did for her was to let her
see the fire, and that she thought very pretty.
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Susy had another pair of twins for her servants,
who knew so little what they were for, that they
used to slap and scratch her face. Her mother said
she should have to tie them up, if they did so. But
though they did not know how to behave, they were
very pretty, tiny things, like rose-leaves, or anything
else soft and pink you can think of.
Susy had another pair of twins that she took no
notice of for some months. They did not learn how
to wait upon her so soon as some of the others did.
They were restless little fat things, seldom still a
moment, and almost all they knew was how to kick
holes in her socks.
Susy had still another pair of twins that were
very useful, for without them she would never have
heard her mother sing, or her father whistle, or the
shovel and tongs fall down and make such an alarm-
ing noise, nor the pussy-cat say " mew ! " nor the
doggie say "bow-wow !"
She had one more little servant that she kept out
of sight all the time. All it was good for at first
was to help her to a good many breakfasts, and
dinners, and suppers, every day. But it became
good for a great deal more after a while.
If I go on in this way, I 'm afraid you will be
much puzzled. So if you will guess the names of
these servants of Susy's, I will give you three
guesses, and if you do not guess right the third
time, you will have to peep into the glass, where
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you will see most of your own that I have talked
THINGS TO BE KEPT IN MIND.
Little knees should lowly bend
At the time of prayer ;
Little thoughts to heaven ascend ,
To our Father there.
Little hands should usefully
In_ employment move ;
Little feet should cheerfully
Rud on works of love.
Little tongues should speak the truth,.
As by Scripture taught ;
Little lips should ne'er be l oath
To confess a fault.
Little ears should listen to
All the Bible says ;
Little bosoms throb to do
What the Lord will plea R p.
Little infants dying go
To the world above ;
And our souis shall join them too,
If we Jesus loVe.
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LITTLE RED RIDING-HOOD.
village woodcutters pil-low mis-take
Far away in the heart of the country, near a
pretty village, there once lived a little girl. She
was one of the sweetest and best children you evei
Her mother loved her dearly, and her grand
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mother was very fond of her too. Grandma had
given her darling a little hood of red velvet, and
this became her so well, that every one who knew
her always called her by the name of Little Red
Well, one day her mother baked a batch of cakes,
and she said to Red Riding-Hood : —
"I hear your poor grandma has not been well
lately ; so I want you to go, like a good child, to
see if she is any better. Take this cake and a pot
of butter with you."
Little Red Riding-Hood, who was a dear willing
child, put the things into a basket with great care,
and off she set. The house in which her grandma
lived was on the other side of a thick wood.
On ran little Red Riding-Hood ; but, just as she
came to the wood, what should she meet but a great
ugly wolf. The wolf would have liked to have
eaten her up then and there ; but you must know,
there were some wood-cutters hard by, and they
would soon have killed him in turn.
So the wolf trotted up to the little girl, and said
as softly as he could, " Good morning, Little Red
" Good morning, Master Wolf," said she.
" And where may you be going so early? " he asked.
" Oh, I 'm going to grandma's," said Little Red
Riding-Hood ; for she thought there was no harm
in being civil.
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" Indeed ! And what have you got in the bas-
ket, my pretty maid ? " asked the wolf, as he sniffed
and sniffed at the lid.
" Oh/' said she, "only a cake and a pot of butter*
for my granny is ill, you know."
" Dear me ! " cried the wolf, " and where does she
live, pray ? "
" Down by the mill, through the wood," said she.
" Well, if that 's the case," said the wolf, " I don't
mind going and seeing her too. I shall go by the
road, now, you take the path through the Wood, and
let us see who will be there first."
Away went the wolf, and he made all haste, as
you may guess. Sure enough he stood at granny's
door in a very short time.
Thump, thump went the wolf at the door.
" Who 's there ? " cried out grandma, from within.
Then the wolf said, in a small, child-like voice,
" It 's only Little Ked Riding-Hood ; and I 've
brought you a cake and a pot of butter from
So grandma, who was in bed, cried out, " Pull the
.string, my dear, and it will lift the latch."
This the great ugly wolf did, and in he went. As
soon as he was in, he fell on the poor old woman,
and ate her up in a trice. Next, he shut the door,
put on grandma's night-cap and night-gown, and
got into the bed. Then he drew the curtains quifc^
close, and hid his head on the pillow.
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There the ugly wolf lay, how merry you can't
think, licking his lips, and waiting for Little Ked
All this while she toddled on through the wood,
here plucking a wild flower, there picking some
nice berries for her grandma. Then down she sat
on a mossy bank to sort her flowers, red, blue, and
In a little while a wasp came up to her. He
buzzed about, and at last dropped on Red Riding-
Hood's posey of flowers.
" Sip away, my poor little wasp ; and take as
much honey as you like," said Little Red Riding-
The wasp hummed his thanks, as he flew from
flower to flower ; and when he had sipped enough
away he sped.
Soon a little wren hopped up, and he began to
peck, with his wee bill at a berry. " Peck away, my
little wren, as much as you like, only leave enough
for grandma and me," said Riding-Hood.
" Tweet, tweet," said the wee wren, for " Thank
you." So he ate his fill, and away he flew.
Now Little Red Riding-Hood thought it was high
time for her to get on her way, so she picked up her
basket and set off. Soon she came to a brook, and
there she saw an old woman, bent almost double.
" What are you looking for, Goody ? " said the
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" For water- cress es, my pretty chick," said she ;
" and a poor trade it is, let me tell you/'
Little Red Riding-Hood gave Goody a bit of
cake, saying, "Sit down, Goody, and eat. I will
pick the water-cresses for you." So the old woman
sat down and ate the cake, while Riding-Hood got
a heap of cresses.
" There 's a dear ! " said Goody. " Now, if you
meet the Green Huntsman on your way, tell him
there 's game in the wind."
That she would ; and away went Red Riding-
Hood, but when she looked round, the old woman
Little Red Riding-Hood looked everywhere for
the Green Huntsman, but she could not see him,
until at last, just as she was passing a still pool, she
met him. He was all green from top to toe, so that
she could not mistake him. v
" Good morning, Master Huntsman/' said little
Red Riding- Hood. "The old water-cress woman
bade me tell you that there 's game in the wind."
The Green Huntsman nodded, but said nothing.
He bent his ear to the ground, strung his bow and
fitted an arrow, while Little Red Riding-Hood
toddled away, trying to think what it could all mean.
In a short time she got to her grandma's house,
and she tapped at the door.
" Who *s there ? " cried the wolf from within, in
a queer, gruff sort of voice,
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" It 's only your grandchild, Red Riding-Hood ;
and I 've brought you a nice cake and a pot of fresh
butter from mother."
Then said the wolf more mildly, " Pull the string,
my dear, and it will lift the latch." So she did as
she was bid, and in she went.
Now the wolf hid his head under the bedclothes,
and said, " Put the cake and pot of butter on the
shelf, my pet, and then come and help me to get
WeL, kittle Red Riding-Hood did so, but when
she came up to help her grandma, and drew back
the curtains, she could not m^ke out how her grand-
ma had got so ugly. So shf? said,
'• Dear me, grandma, what long arms you 've got !"
" The better to hug you, ray dear."
" But, grandma, what great eyes you 've got i "
" The better to see yow; my child."
" But, grandma, what big teeth you 've got ! "
" The better to eat you up," said the wolf, as he
got ready to make a spring on her.
But, at that moment, the wasp, who had come
into the house along with Riding-Hood, stung the
wolf on the nose, so that he sneezed and sneezed
Then the little wren, who was sitting on the
window-sill, when he heard this, said, " Tweet,
tweet ! "
And the Green Huntsman, who was outside,
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hearing the wren, let fly his arrow, and it struck
the wolf through the heart, and killed him on the
Sweet Little Red Riding-Hood's mother
Ties on hex scarlet hood,
And sends her with gifts to her grandam,
All through the lonely wood.
The midsummer sun, through the green boughs,
Sent gleams of dancing light,
And the child ran hither and thither,
Gathering the blossoms bright.
A little wren follows her footsteps ;
A wolf creeps slyly near ;
But she hears the axe of the woodman,
And greets him without fear.
He wins her to tell him her errand ;
Then slyly steals away ;
When Red Riding-Hood lingers longer
"With butterflies at play.
To her grandmother's lowly dwelling
The wolf is gone meanwhile ;
And the lonely woman has perish'd,
The victim of his guile.
The fair child taps at her grandam's door,
Half wearied now with play ;
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* Pull the string and the latch will come up,"
She hears a gruff voice say.
She enters and lays aside her hood ;
And cries in wild surprise, ^— -^ <~~o
" grandam, what long sharp teeth you have !
And ah ! what fearful eyes ! "
The wolf would have kill'd her ; but shrilly
Her loud cry pierced the wood ;
And the brave woodman came and slew him,
And saved Red Riding-Hood. -w^, uj/&.
i THE BOB 0' LINK AND THE MOWER—
It ROBIN REDBREAST AND JENNY WREN.
THE BOB 0' LINK AND THE MOWEB
Tinkle, tinkle, Mister Ninkum,
I am a merry Bob o' Linkum ;
Prithee, tell me what 's the matter,
That you 're making such a clatter ;
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Can't you let us honest folks
Sing our songs and crack our jokes ?
It is cruel, Mister Ninkum,
Thus to bother Bob o' Linkum.
I had thought the meadovTmine,
With its blossoms all so fine ;
And I made my little nest
Near the clover all so blest.
But you come, naughty Ninkum !
All unheeding Bob"b ; Linkumf^'
And you swing your saucy blade,
Where my little nest is made ;
And you cut the bloom ing clover,
Which did wrap mp young ones ovei
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Get you gone, naughty Ninkum !
Leave the field to Bob o* Linkum ;
Let him on his light wing hover
O'er the summer's scented clover :
Let him sing his merry song,
And he '11 thank you all day long.
— Fagots for the Fireside.
ROBIN REDBREAST AND JENNY WREN.
'Twas once upon a time,
When Jenny Wren was young,
So daintily she danced,
And so prettily she sung ;
Robin Kedbreast lost his heart,
For he was a gallant bird ;
He doff'd his hat to Jenny Wren,
Requesting to be heard.
dearest Jenny Wren,
If you will but be mine,
Then you shall feed on cherry-pie,
And drink new currant wine ;
1 '11 dress you like a goldfinch,
Or any peacock gay ;
So, dearest Jen, if you 11 be mine,
Let us appoint the day.
Jenny blush'd behind her fan,
And thus declared her mind :
Since, dearest Bob, I love you wellj
I take your offer kind ;
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Cherry-pie is very nice,
And so is currant wine *, ■/$ *^-
But I must wear my plain brown gown,
And never go too fine.
Kobin Redbreast rose betimes s^, f^-*l
All at the break of day,
And he flew to Jenny Wren's house,
And sung a merry lay.
He sung of Robin Redbreast
And little Jenny Wren ;
And when he came unto the end,
He then began again.
SUSY'S DINNER PARTY.
Susy thought she would give a dinner party
among her friends. So, when they had come in
from their walk, Susy said it was time for their
party to begin.
You will wonder who were to join the party, so
I may as well tell you at once. No less than her
little brother Robbie and all the Dolls — old and
young. And a nice little party it was, I can tell you.
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Susy laid out her own table, and set a cup and
saucer for each ; also a plate and spoon for each.
Then she brought out of the cupboard such lots of
nice things that mother had given her. First, there
were cake and toast, and a nicely cut orange ; then,
there were apple-pie and plum-pudding and some
Well, they were all waiting — little Robbie and the
Dolls ; so Susy set to and made the " milk-tea," as
she called it. After that they all sat down together
— Susy and the new wax doll at the head of the
table, and Robbie, with old Peggy without a nose,
and black Dinah at the foot.
Oh, what a nice feast, and what a nice party to
eat it all up.
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Kobbie behaved like a gentleman. He drank his
tea and ate his cake and apple-pie without being
greedy, and then he didn't pull or knock things
about, you know.
The Dollies, too, were very good. They did not
fall over on their faces, as some ill-bred Dollies do ;
nor slip from their chairs ; nor push each other.
Well, just as they all began to enjoy themselves,
who should pop in but Mushy ! Now Mushy was
a shaggy little dog ; and as he never combed or
brushed himself, he was not told to come. But, as
he thought something nice was going on, in he came
Susy, like a lady, gave him a seat at the table,
but he would not sit quietly on his hind legs at all,
Susy offered him a cup of tea, then a bit of cake s
then some plum-pudding — but no ! Mushy turned
up his nose at everything. You never saw such an
ill-behaved little dog.
But after tea they had romps round the room ;
and Mushy joined in the fun. He frisked about,
and barked, and got under the chairs and on the
table. He scared all the Dolls out of their wits ;
but Susy and Robbie knew it was all fun, and so
they played on till it was time to go to bed.
— Susy's Six Birthdays.
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THE STORY OF THE THREE BEARS.
A very long time ago, there was a bold, rude
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little girl, who lived in a far off country, and the
village people called her Silverlocks, because her
curly hair was so light and shiny She was a sad
romp, and so full of her pranks, that her parents
could never keep her quiet at home.
One day when she had been told not to go out,
she trotted off into a wood, to string necklaces of
blossoms, to chase the bees, and to pull wild roses ;
and she ran about from place to place, until at last
she came to a lonely spot, where she saw a pretty-
looking small house. Finding the door a little way
open, and the parlor window also, she peeped in,
but could see no one ; and slyly she laughed to think
what fine fun she would have before the good folks
came back : so she made up her mind to go boldly
into the house and look about her.
Now it chanced that a family of three bears was
living in this house ; the first was the great papa,
called Eough Bruin, from his thick shaggy coat ;
the second was a smaller bear, called Mrs Bruin,
and sometimes Mammy Muff, from her soft fur ;
the third was a little funny brown bear, their own
dear pet, called Tiny. The house was empty when
little Silverlocks found it out, because the bears had
all gone out for a morning walk. Before going from
home the great bear had told Mrs Bruin to rub down
Tiny's face, and make him tidy, while he was busy
in brushing his own hair, that all three might havo
a pleasant walk in the woods, while the rich rabbit-
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soup, which they were to have for dinner, cooled
upon the table in the parlor : when they were all
ready they went out for their walk, and they left
both the door and the window a little open.
In the Bears' house there were only a parlor
and a bedroom, and when that saucy puss, Silver-
locks, threw open the door and went in, she found
there was a pleasant smell, as if something nice
had just been cooked, and on looking in the par-
lor, she saw three jars of steaming soup stand-
ing on the table ; dinner having been got ready for
the three bears by Mrs Bruin. There was a big
black jar quite full of soup for Eough Bruin, a
smaller white jar of soup for Mammy Muff, and a
little blue jar for Tiny, and with every jar there
was a deep wooden spoon. The little girl was now
as hungry as she was full of mischief, and felt quite
glad when she saw the soup-jars on the table. It
did not take her long to make up her mind how to
act — taste the nice-smelling soup she would, happen
what might. It would, she thought, be such good
fun ; she would then run home again, and have a
fine tale to tell old Mike the groom, one that
would make him laugh till Christmas ; for that
silly fellow, too, liked mischief, and taught Silver-
locks all sorts of foolish tricks, and laughed at all her
naughty ways, which was surely not the best plan
to correct her faults, and make a good child of her.
After looking outside to see that no one waa
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coming, she began first to taste the soup in Rough
Bruin's great jar, but it was so very hot with pepper
that it burned her mouth and throat; then she
tried Mammy Muff's jar, but the soup was too salt
— there was no bread in it either, and she did not
like it at all ; then she tried Tiny's soup, and she
found it was just to her taste, and had nice bits of
white bread in it, so that she would have it and run
all risks. Now, before the little wilful child sat
down to eat Master Tiny's soup, as she was tired
she looked for a seat, and she saw there were three
chairs in the room ; one, a very large oak chair, was
the great bear's seat ; another of a smaller size,
with a velvet cushion, was Mrs Bruin's chair ; and
a little chair with a rush bottom belonged to the
little bear Tiny. These chairs Silverlocks tried all
in turn. She could not sit in the very large chair,
it was so hard ; she did not like the smaller chair,
it was too soft ; but the little chair with the rush
bottom, she found to be very nice, indeed, it was
just the thing; and so she sat down in it with the
jar upon her knees, and began to enjoy herself.
She dipped and dipped again, eating away till she
had eaten up all the soup in the little blue jar ; not
leaving one bit or drop of either bread, meat, or
soup for the poor little bear, who at that very
minute was begging the old folks to go home to their
dinner — for indeed all three were hungry enough
after their walk.
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Just as Silverloeks had taken the last spoonful of
<soup and had got up on the chair, to put back the
jar upon the table, the bottom of the chair fell out,
and she tumbled on the floor ; but she was not hurt,
and the little mad-cap jumped up and danced round
the broken chair, thinking it all fine fun. Silver-
locks then began to wonder where the stairs could lead
to, so up she went into the bedroom, where the bears
used to sleep, and there she saw three beds side by-
side. Now one of these was a large bed for the big
bear, there was also a smaller bed for Mrs Bruin,
and a nice little bed for master Tiny. Being sleepy,
she thought she would lie down and have a bit of a
nap ; so, after taking off her shoes, she first jumped
on to the largest bed, but it was made so high at
the top that she could not lie on it ; she then tried
tbe next bed, but that was too high at the foot ; but
she found the little bear's bed to be just right, so
she got snugly into it. She let her cheek rest gently
on the soft pillow, and watched the vine nodding in
at a broken window pane, and the blue-fly buzzing
about in the fold of the curtain, till she fell fast
asleep, and dreamed about the same thing over and
over again, often laughing in her sleep too, because
the dream was all about her breaking the little chair.
While she was dreaming away, the bears came
home very tired and hungry, and went to, look after
their soup. The big bear cried out in a loud, angry
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"WHO HAS MEDDLED WITH MY SOUP?*
Mammy Muff next said in a loud voice too, but
not so gruffly as Kough Bruin :
" Who has meddled with my soup ? "
But when the little bear saw his jar lying empt)
on the table, he bit his paws for grief, and asked
over and over again, with his shrill little voice :
" Who has meddled with my soup ? "
Soon after the big bear, with a voice of thunder,
"WHO HAS BEEN IN MY CHAIR, AND
PUT IT OUT OF ITS PLACE?"
And Mrs Bruin grumbled out :
" Who has been sitting in my chaib, and put
IT OUT OF ITS PLACE ? "
But poor Tiny was more angry than either cf
them, and sadly sobbed as ho cried :
" Who has been sitting in my little chair, and
broken it ? "
They now looked about below-stairs, feeling sure
there was some one in the house, and then up-stairs
they all went, snuffing and grunting in a very bad
Said the great bear in a fury :
"SOME ONE HAS BEEN ON MY BED,
AND RUMPLED IT!"
Then said Mammy Muff:
" Some one has been on my bed, and bumple]>
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Tiny next mounted a stool, and jumped on to the
foot of his own small bed. In a moment he
squeaked out :
" Some one has been to my bed — and here she is ;
oh, here she is." And he opened his mouth, and
looked as fierce and as wicked as could be at Sii-
The little girl had not been roused from her
sleep by the loud voices of Mr and Mrs Bruin, but
the shrill piercing tones of Tiny's voice waked her
right up, and she was startled enough, to find her-
stelf nose to nose with the angry little bear ; and she
Was still more afraid, when she also saw two great
bears in the room. Now the great bear had, very
well for her, opened the window. So she quickly
slid off the bed, and flew across the room, took one
jump at the open sash, and dropped upon the turf
below ; she rolled over and over on coming to the
ground, but up again she soon got, for, on looking
at the open window, she sr.w the three bears staring
wildly at her, and making n great noise. When the
little busy-body safely reached home, she got a severe
scolding for her pains. She never forgot the fright
which the sight of the three bears had given her,
and so she took good care, ever after, to keep away
from places where she had no right to go, and also
to avoid meddling with things that did not belong
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WHO STOLE THE BIRD'S NEST?
To-whit ! to-whit ! to-whee !
Will you listen to me ?
Who stole four eggs I laid,
And the nice nest I made ?
Not I, said the cow, moo-oo !
Such a thing I 'd never do ;
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I gave you a wisp of hay,
But didn't take your nest away,
Not I, said the cow, moo-oo 1
To-whit ! to-whit ! to-whee !
Will you listen to me ?
Who stole four eggs I laid,
And the nice nest I made ?
Now what do you think ?
Who stole a nest away
From the plum-tree to-day?
Not I, said the dog, bow-wow!
I wouldn't be so mean, I vow ;
I gave hairs the nest to make,
But the nest I did not take.
Not I, said the dog, bow-wow!
I wouldn't be so mean, I vow.
To-whit ! to-whit ! to-whee !
Will you listen to me ?
Who stole four eggs I laid,
And the nice nest I made i
Now what do you think ?
Who stole a nest away
From the plum-tree to-day ?
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Coo, coo ! coo, coo ! coo, coo !
Let me speak a word too.
Who stole that pretty nest
From little Robin Redbreast ?
Not I, said the sheep ; oh, no !
I wouldn't treat a poor bird so ;
I gave the wool the nest to line,
But the nest was none of mine.
Baa, baa, said the sheep ; oh, no I
I wouldn't treat a poor bird so.
To-whit ! to-whit ! to-whee !
Will you listen to me ?
Who stole four eggs I laid,
And the nice nest I made ?
Bob-o-link ! Bob-o-link !
Now, what do you think ?
Who stole a nest away
From the plum-tree to-day ?
Coo, coo 1 coo, coo ! coo, coo !
Let me speak a word too.
Who stole that pretty nest
From little Robin Redbreast?
Caw ! caw ! cried the crow,
I should like to know
What thief took away
A. bird's nest to-day ?
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Chuck, chuck! said the hei ,
Don't ask me again ;
Why, I haven't a chick
Would do such a trick.
We all gave her a feather,
And she wove them together ;
I 'd scorn to intrude
On her and her brood.
Chuck, chuck ! said the hen,
Don't ask me again.
Chur-a- whirr ! chur-a- whirr !
We will make a great stir !
Let us find out his name,
And all cry, for shame !
" I would not rob a bird,"
Said little Mary Green ;
" I think I never heard
Of anything so mean."
" Tis very cruel, too,"
Said little Alice Neal ;
" I wonder if he knew
How sad the bird would feel ! "
A little boy hung down his head,
And went and hid behind the bed :
For he stole that pretty nest
From little Robin Redbreast ;
And he felt so full of shame
He did not like to tell hi.^ name.
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THE CHILDKEN IN THE WOOD.
A long time ago, there
lived in the county of Nor-
folk in Eng
land, two little children,
Their parents were very
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good and kind to them, and loved them dearly.
They lived in a fine house, had plenty of servants to
wait on them, and, in fact, had everything they could
desire to make them happy.
When they were both quite young, "Willie being
only six and Jane four years old, their mamma was
taken ill, and two days after their papa fell ill also.
They had caught a dreadful fever which was rag-
itig at that time, and the doctors said that there
vras no hope for them. It would not have grieved
the parents to have died and left all their riches
behind them, for they had been taught to love God
& efore all things ; but they were much grieved to
I save behind them their two sweet helpless child ren.
ilt last, one evening, the children were called to
ftiieir parents' bedside to hear their last words, and
to receive their dying blessing. It was a sad sight,
and the children wept many tears, although the poor
things could not know what a loss they were about
to suffer. Their uncle, a brother of their mother's,
was there too. Their father's will was read, by
which all his riches were left to the children ; but
in case they died first their uncle was then to have
all. The good mother kissed her little ones, then
took them by the hand, and said to her brother : —
"Brother, take these dear little children. Be
good to my poor boy Willie, and to my darling
Jane. They have no friends now but you. I
leave them to God and to you. If you are kind to
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them, God will repay you ; but if you neglect then\
you may be sure that God will not fail to mart
The uncle said, " My dear sister, I will take car(\
of them as long as I live, and they shall be to me
like my own children. If I do harm to these p^oe
orphans, I pray that God may never prosper me or
After these sad speeches, the parents kissed then
dear children again, and as they pressed their cold
lips to the warm rosy lips of their little ones, they
said gently, " God bless our little Willie— God blesw
our darling Jane," and soon after God took theu
As soon as the remains of their dear parents wero
laid in the grave, their uncle took the children to his
own home. For a while he was very kind to them,
and did everything he could to please and amuse
them. But he was a wicked man, and soon f orgGt;
all that he had said to his dying sister, for he
thought how all their riches might be his, if the
poor little ones were only dead. He soon found out
two bad men, who would do anything for money,
and he agreed with them to take the little or-
phans away into a lonely wood, and there to kill
them, where no one could hear their cries. So this
wicked uncle went home and told a lie to his wife,
who loved the little ones, and said that a friend in
London, who had lost his own children, wanted to
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take Willie and Jane to live with him, as he was so
lonely. His wife, not knowing that this was a lie,
agreed to let the children go, as she had some of
her own, who needed all her care.
Next morning, a coach drove up to the door of
their uncle's house, and the dear orphans, thinking
they were going to London, kissed their aunt and
ancle, and got into the coach with one of the bad
men who had agreed with their uncle, while the
other got up on the box to drive.
The man who rode inside the coach tried to
i.muse them with all sorts of prattle, for he had two
little babes of his own about the same age. They
(hatted to him about London and all the pretty
sights they were to see, and were so good that their
pretty speeches melted his hard heart, and he began
to repent that he had ever agreed to harm such
sweet little darlings.
At last they came to the wood where the wicked
deed was to be done, and the man who drove got
down, and told the man Walter, who rode inside,
that he had better get out, and let the children
have a walk while the horses rested. The children
jumped gaily out, and Walter, taking a hand of
each in his own, led them along a pretty path in-
the wood. There they played about, and picked
y^ihe pretty flowers and the nice berries, and chased
the gaudy butterflies, until they were tired, and all
«at down to rest on a mossy bank. Walter was
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seated, full of painful thoughts, when Roland, the
other bad man, came up, and bade him take the
girl while he took the boy.
But Walter said, " Let us rather think what we
are about to do, and do not let us be so wicked t
but let us take the poor little ones home to some of
At this Roland got into a dreadful rage, and said
that he would have his share of the money if Wal-
ter would not, and called him a coward to be afraid
of a child. With that he tried to seize Willie, but
Walter drew his sword and stood before the chile i
and the two men began to fight, while the twf
timid children clung to each other, not knowing
what it meant. At last Roland was killed, and
as he fell dead Walter turned to the children,
and told them how that wicked man wanted to
kill them. At this they cried, but Walter told
them not to fear now, and he led them away
further into the wood. The poor things began to
feel very hungry and tired, but Walter had nothing
to give them, and was much puzzled to know what
to do with them. So they walked on and on till
they saw a church-spire and heard the bells, al-
though they were still far away from them. Then
Walter told the children to rest while he went J
get them some food, and he went off to the to\*n r
but never came back to the little darlings. They
played about, and watched the fishes in the brook j
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they picked the pretty flowers, and ate the berries ;
but although they looked and looked, yet no Walter
could be seen. Their clothes were torn by the
thorns, and their faces were smeared with crying
and with the berries, and surely no such lonely, sad
little things were ever seen. They held fast to each
other, for it began to grow dark and cold. They
had no house to go to now, no nice warm bed to
creep into, and no supper to eat, and they were so
cold and tired and hungry. They heard the bells
ringing far away, and as they used to do at home,
they knelt down on the grass, and put their tiny
1 lands together to pray to God ; and God heard them
too, for He soon took them away from all wicked
lien, and brought them to their own dear mamma
and papa again.
" Let us lie down under this bush," said little Jane,
"for I am,*o tired."
" I am very tired, too," said poor Willie, " and so
cold. We will lie down close together until Walter
comes with the food."
So they lay down under the bush, and Jane put
her arms round Willie, and the little orphans cried
themselves to sleep.
The night was cold, and the wind was bleak, and
their blood was so chilled with hunger that the little
\vrlings died, and God took them as little angels up
heaven, away from all wicked things.
To show how God made these wicked men suffer
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for their crimes, nothing ever went well "frith their
uncle after this. The thought of his crimes took
such a hold on his mind, that he could not rest in
his bed. His barns were set on fire by lightning ;
his corn and all his goods were burnt ; his lands be-
came barren ; his cattle died ; and having sent his
two sons abroad in a ship laden with goods of value,
their ship went down, and they, with all their goods,
were lost. When his wife heard this, she fell down
dead at the awful news ; and the uncle was soon
after thrown into prison for some other wicked
thing he had done.
About this time "Walter was tried for a theft, and
was sentenced to be hanged for it. Before his death,
he told all about the wicked uncle and the poor
little babes, and when the wicked uncle heard of it,
he died in the prison raving mad. From what
the robber had said, those who had known the
children went in crowds to search the woods, but
could not find the little ones for a long time, for
the robin redbreasts, out of pity, had covered them
over with the dead leaves. When they did find
them, the sweet babee were locked in each other's
arms, just as they had laid themselves down to
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I. THE CHILD'S FIRST GRIEF.— II. LOVE
but-ter-fly heav-en beau-ti-ful
glan-cing wan-der-ings Ho-ly
sun-beams pon-der-ous pray-er
droop-irig vel-vet sur-prise
spring-time pon-der dove-like
THE CHILD'S FIRST GRIEF.
" Oh ! call my brother back to me,
I cannot play alone ;
The summer comes with flower and bee—
Where is my brother gone ?
* The butterfly is glancing bright
Across the sunbeam's track ;
I care not now to chase its flight-
On ! call my brother back.
" The flowers run wild — the flowers we sow'd
Around our garden tree ;
Our vine is drooping with its load —
Oh ! call him back to me."
" He would not hear my voice, fair child !
He may not come to thee ;
The face that once, like spring-time, smiled,
i On earth no more thou 'It see !
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" A rose's brief, bright life of joy,
Such unto him was given ;
Go — thou must play alone, my boy —
Thy brother is in heaven ! "
" And has he left the buds and flowers,
And must I call in vain ;
And through the long, long summer's hours,
Will he not come again ?
" And by the brook, and in the glade;
Are all our wanderings o'er ?
Oh ! while my brother with me play'd
Would I had loved him more ! "
— Mrs Hemans.
LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
A little girl, with a happy look.
Sat slowly reading a ponderous book —
All bound with velvet, and edged with gold,
And its weight was more than the child could hold;
Yet dearly she loved to ponder it o'er,
And every day she prized it more ;
For it said — and she look'd at her smiling- mother— *
It said, " Little children, love one another."
She thought it was beautiful in the book,
And the lesson home to her heart she took ;
She walk'd on her way with a trusting grace, ->
And a dove-like look in her meek young face,
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Which said, just as plain as words could say,
The Holy Bible I must obey ;
So, mamma, I '11 be kind to my darling brother,
For " Little children must love each other."
I 'm sorry he 's naughty, and will not play,
But I '11 love him still, for I think the way
To make him gentle and kind to me,
Will be better shown if I let him see
I strive to do what I think is right ;
And thus, when we kneel in prayer to-night,
I will clasp my arms about my brother,
And say, " Little children, love one another."
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The little girl did as her Bible taught,
And pleasant indeed was the change it wrought ;
For the boy look'd up in glad surprise,
To meet the light of her loving eyes :
His heart was full — he could not speak,
But he press'd a kiss on his sister's cheek,
And God look'd down on the happy mother,
Whose " Little children loved one another."
THE STORY OF MOSES.
Many years after Joseph and his brethren were
dead, their children's children still lived in the land
which the king of Egypt had given them. But
there arose a king who did not know Joseph, and
this king was a bad man. Seeing that the people
were so many, he was afraid that they would rise,
and take away his goods and his kingdom from
him. On this account he made a wicked law, that
all the little children who were boys should be killed,
so that after a while there should only be womei?
and old men, who would not be able to fight him.
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You may be sure this caused great sorrow and
distress among all these poor people, but the king
was mighty, and they could not help themselves.
One poor mother managed to hide her little son for
three months, but at last, when she could do it no
longer, she laid him in a small basket made of bul-
rushes covered with pitch, and put it among the
rushes by the river side, trusting in God to take
Care of her little child.
Soon after this, the daughter of the king came
down to the river to bathe ; and seeing the basket,
she caused it to be brought to her. As she opened
it, the babe began to cry, and she took pity on it,
saying, " This is one of the Hebrew children." So
she called for a nurse, and the mother of the little
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boy was brought to her, although she did not know
it was his mother. You may conceive the poor
mother's joy when the princess told her that she
would adopt the little one as her own, and that, in
the meantime, she would give him to her to nurse.
Ah ! she was indeed glad that the life of her dear
little one was spared, and she blessed the kind
princess in her hea rt for being so good.
The little boy was called Moses. Be grew up to
be a fine young man, and was in every way treated
as if he were the son of the king's daughter. But
God had need of him for His own work, and when
the time was come when He wanted the " children
of Israel," as they were called, to leave the land of
Egypt, He chose Moses as their leader. But the
king did not want to let them go, for he had made
them slaves, so " God gave Moses and his brother
Aaron the power to do many wonders, and to smite
the land and people of Egypt with many grievous
plagues," so that at last the people were allowed to go.
As soon as they had gone, the king gathered
together a great army, and followed them to de-
stroy them. The people were in great trouble, for
they had the sea in front of them, the king and his
army behind them, and great mountains on either
side. But God caused the waters of the sea to
divide, and they were all able to cross it on dry
land ; but when the people of Egypt tried to do the
same they were all drowned.
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Moses was the leader of the children of Israel in
all their wanderings through the desert to the pro-
mised land ; and at last he died just before they
reached the rich and fruitful country which had
been promised to them by God.
It was Moses who received from God the two
tables of stone, on which were written the ten
commandments, which I trust you all know well.
A little girl, named Lucy, the daughter of a rich
gentleman, was playing one day by the edge of a
pond near her father's house. Bobby, a favorite
dog, was playing about with her too. Running too
near the edge of the pond she fell in, and was in
great danger of being drowned, for it was quite
deep. Her mother, who was at the window and
saw her fall, screamed out to the servants, and all
rushed down to the pond.
Brave Bobby, as soon as he saw Lucy fall,
plunged into the water, and, when the servants
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came down, he was struggling nobly to hold her up,
and to keep her head above water, howling all the
time for help.
Little Lucy was soon seized and carried into the
house, where she was put to bed, and warm flannels
applied to her body. When the doctor arrived, he
felt her pulse, and said she would soon be well.
Tears of joy were in every one's eyes when they
heard this, for Lucy was a favorite with old and
young. When her parents came down stairs, who
should be there but Bobby, wagging his tail and
iooking up, as much as to say, " How is my little
charge ? " He got pats and kind words without
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number, and what he liked as much as anything,
a much better supper than usual.
Bobby was now the constant friend of Lucy, and
she called him her peeseevee. One day as Lucy
was sitting in the garden with Bobby by her side,
her mother came up and said, " What makes you
love Bobby so much, my dear ? "
" mother, because he saved me from death."
" Right, my child. I wish you to love him, and
to be good and kind to all dumb animals."
I. THE SWEET STORY OF OLD.—
II. NEVER SAY FAIL.
THE sweet stoby op old.
I think when I read the sweet story of old,
How, when Jesus was here among men,
He call'd little children as lambs to His fold,
I should like to have been with Him then.
I wish that His hands had been placed on my head,
That His arms had been laid around me ;
And that I might have seen His kind look when
"Let the little ones come unto Me."
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Yet still to my Saviour in prayer I may go,
And ask for a share in His love ;
I know if I earnestly seek Him below,
I shall see Him and hear Him above, —
In that beautiful place He is gone to prepare,
For all those who are wash'd and forgiven ;
And many dear children are gathering there,
" For of such is the kingdom of heaven."
NEVEB SAY FAIL.
Keep pushing — 'tis wiser
Than sitting aside,
And dreaming and sighing,
And waiting the tide.
In life's earnest battle,
They only prevail
Who daily march onward,
And never say fail.
In life's rosy morning,
In manhood's firm pride,
Let this be your motto
Your footsteps to guide ;
In storm and in sunshine,
We '11 onward and conquer,
And never say fail..
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im-por-tant al-nionds hud-dling
stock-ings car-ra-way muff-ler
neigh-bor won-der-ed i-vo-ry
par-a-sol wrig-gle pret-ti-ly
chess-men ex-pres-sive quan-ti-ty
mu-sic non-sense glo-ri-ous
x Two little girls had just gone to bed on that very
important night-. Christmas Eve. They had been
busy making presents for all their friends, but what
had pleased them most of all, was that they had
helped to knit some stockings for some poor neigh-
bor's children. So as they tried to go to sleep they
" What would you like to find in your stocking
to-morrow," said Mary, u if you could choose ? "
" Oh, I don't know," said Edith. " I think my
stocking would be rather funny if I had to fill it.
Let me see — first I should put in a pretty white
" No, you wouldn't," said Mary.
"Yes, I should. A cat, and a bunch of flowers,
and a book — no, two books or three — and a new
parasol, because mine has not been very good since
it was run over."
" Well, I think you would have a queer stocking !"
said Mary. " It wouldn't he half so good as mine.
I should put in books too — a great many ; but then
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they should be large, splendid books, with fine
pictures, full of them, and very beautiful, and bound
in all sorts of different ways. And then, let me
think — I might, if there was any room after I had
books enough — yes, I would put in a box of chess-
men, and some new music, and a watch."
" Then, you wouldn't have any sugar-plums ? " said
"Yes; I would shake tnem down among the
other things — burnt almonds and carraway comfits
And so they both fell asleep and dreamt of this
very grand stocking.
Christmas morning is always very late in coming,
and this one was no exception to the rule. Thou-
sands of young people thought the sun never would
rise, and wondered if ever it would be light again.
" Merry Christmas, Mary ! " came out of the dark
ness on one side of the bed.
And " Merry Christmas, Edith ! " from the dark-
ness on the other.
" Is it almost time to get up ? " said Edith.
" Why, no ; you can't see your hand yet."
"It looks quite light out of the window," said
" I think it looks quite dark," said Mary. " I can
see the stars. Now, Edith, I '11 tell you what we
will do. You know the stockings are on the bed-
posts just here by our heads."
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Edith gave a little wriggle under the blankets,
expressive of her belief in the fact.
" Well," said Mary, "I '11 stretch out my hand and
feel my stocking, and you stretch out your hand and
feel yours; and then we'll try and guess what we have
touched. Now, Edith, you must just take one feel."
" Take care, or you will fall out of bed — I have
felt mine ! "
" So have I ! " said Edith, huddling down out of
the cold air. " I felt the cat ! "
" Nonsense !" said Mary. "How long do you think
a cat would remain still in your stocking and never
mew nor move ? It could not be a cat, but it might
Ire something else. I felt something sharp in my
" What did it feel like ? " said Edith.
"I don't know," said Mary; "that's the very
thing. It was perhaps a book, or a box, or some-
thing of the kind."
Then they both jumped up, and going softly on
tiptoe into their aunt's room, Edith laid a pin-
cushion on the table, and set the little basket of sugar-
plums close by; and Mary placed there a guard-chain
ehe had made for her uncle, and a pretty silk bag
for her aunt, and then they ran back again.
It would be too much to describe all that the
stockings held ; Edith's cat turned out to be a
pretty little fur muffler, and Mary had one like it.
The box was the very box of chessmen which Mary
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said she would put in her stocking ; and the men
themselves were prettily carved out of red ivory
It would take too long to tell of all that happy
Christmas-day, and how pleased the little girls were
at giving away their Christmas boxes to the poor
people. Their aunt had procured a quantity of
warm clothes besides the stockings, and every one
was made as happy as they ought to be on that
glorious day when Jesus Christ was born into ib«
world. — Miss Weilierdl
I. LITTLE BY LITTLE.-
LITTLE BY LITTLE.
" Little by little," an acorn said,
As it slowly sank in its mossy bed,
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* I am improving every day,
Hidden deep in the earth away."
Little by little each day it grew ;
Little by little it sipp'd the dew ;
Downward it sent out a thread-like root ;
Up in the air sprang a tiny shoot.
Day after day, and year after year,
Little by little the leaves appear ;
And the slender branches spread far and wide.
Till the mighty oak is the forest's pride.
Far down in the depths of the dark blue sea
An insect train work ceaselessly ;
Grain by grain they are building well,
Each one alone in its little cell ;
Moment by moment, and day by day,
Never stopping to rest or to play.
Eocks upon rocks they are rearing high,
Till the top looks out on the sunny sky ;
The gentle wind and the balmy air,
Little by little, bring verdure there ;
Till the summer sunbeams gaily smile
On the buds and flowers of the coral isle.
" Little by little," said a thoughtful boy,
" Moment by moment I '11 well employ,
Learning a little every day,
And not spending all my time in play ;
And still this rule in my mind shall dwell,
* Whatever I do, I will do it well.'
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Little by little I '11 learn to know
The treasured wisdom of long ago ',
And one of these days perhaps we'll see,
That the world will be the better for me.'
And certain it is that this simple plan,
Made him a wise and a useful man.
Glory to Thee, my God, this night,
For all the blessings of the light,
Keep me, oh keep me, King of kings,
Beneath Thine own almighty wings.
Forgive me, Lord, for Thy dear Son,
The ill that I this day have done ;
That with the world, myself, and Thee,
I, ere I sleep, at peace may be.
Teach me to live, that I may dread
The grave as little as my bed ;
Teach me to die, that so I may
Kise glorious at the judgment day.
Oh may my soul on Thee repose,
And may sweet sleep mine eyelids close ;
Sleep that may me more vigorous make
To serve my God when I awake.
If in the night I sleepless lie,
My soul with heavenly thoughts supply ;
Let no ill dreams disturb my rest
Nor powers of darkness me molest.
A merry little maiden,
In the merry month of May,
Came tripping o'er the meadow,
As she sang this merry lay :
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" I 'm a merry little maiden,
My heart is light and gay,
And I love the sunny weather
In the merry month of May.
" I love the pretty lambkins,
That so gaily sport and play,
And make such frolic gambols
In the merry month of May.
" I love the little birdies,
That sit upon the spray,
And sing me such a blithe song
In the merry month of May.
" I love my little sisters,
And my brothers every day,
But I seem to love them better
In the merry month of May.
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I. THE LAEK AND HEK YOUNG ONES.—
II. THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE.
ea-si-ly no-tice ab-sence tor-toise
to-mor-row chirp-ing re-move to-geth-er
cau-tion cous-ins anx-ious stead-i-ly
fledged talk-ed suc-ceed la-zi-ness
trem-ble hap-pen-ed per-se-vere dif-fi-cult
ex-pect-ing searce-ly se-ri-ous re-quire
THE LAEK AND HER YOUNG ONES.
A lark, who had young ones in a field of corn
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which was almost ripe, was very much afraid lesli
the reapers should come to cut it before her young-
ones were fledged and able to fly away from the
place. So whenever she left them to go in search
of food, she charged them to take notice of what
they heard talked of in her absence, and to tell her
of it when she came back.
Well, one day when she had gone, they heard
the farmer call to his son, " John, I think this corn
is ripe enough ; you had better go early to-morrow
and desire our friends and neighbors to come and
help us to reap it."
When the old lark came home, the young ones
were all in a tremble, and chirping round about
her, told her what had happened, and begged hei
to remove them as fast as she could. " Never
heed, my little pets," said the mother, " make youi
minds easy, for if the farmer depends on his friends
and neighbors, I am pretty sure the corn will not
be reaped to-morrow."
Next day, off she went again, still giving her
little ones the same caution. Ey and by the far-
mer came, and waited a while, expecting those he
had sent for ; but the sun grew hot, and nothing
was done, for no one came at all " John," said he
to his son, " I perceive that these friends of ours
are not to be depended upon, so you must go to your
uncles and cousins, and ask them to come early to-
morrow to help us to reap."
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With this the young ones were in a great fright
again, and when their mother came home, they
could scarcely tell her what had happened for
trembling. " Oh, if that be all," said she, " do not
alarm yourselves, my dears, for uncles and cous-
ins are much the same as friends and neighbors,
and are not often very anxious to help one another ;
but," she added, " be very careful to note what you
hear the next time."
The next day came, and off she went as usual ;
for even little birds, small as they are, cannot do
without food. The farmer came too, and still find-
ing no one ready to help him, said to his son,
" John, we must even depend upon ourselves ; so
get a couple of good sickles ready for the morning,
and we two will reap the corn."
When the young ones told this to their mother,
she became quite serious as she said, " Well, my
pets, we must now leave our snug home, for when a
man says he will do a thing himself, it is not likely
that he will fail in it." So she removed her young
ones at once, and none too soon, for the next d.ty
the farmer and his son reaped the corn.
When you want anything doije do it yourself,
and never depend on others.
THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE.
A hare and a tortoise once set out together for a
fine spring a few miles off. The hare frisked in
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and out of the road, sometimes running across a
field and back again. The tortoise, however, moved
slowly but steadily along the road.
Presently the hare got tired of waiting for his
slow friend the tortoise, so he said, " Good-bye, my
friend, I really cannot manage to go at so slow a
pace as you do. I will run on before, and will wait
for you at the spring ; " and away tripped the
But after a little time he came to a nice shady
place, so he thought he would lie down and have a
short nap. "1 can easily run in a few minute?
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the distance the tortoise will require hours to crawl
over ; so I shall have plenty of time for a snooze,
and yet be there first."
When he awoke, he looked about to see if the
tortoise were coming. But, alas for laziness ! the
tortoise had passed him long ago, and had already
reached the spring. " Slow and sure " will often
win the day against speed and laziness, and no one
ought to be afraid of any difficult task ; for if he
steadily perseveres, he will be sure to succeed.
I. GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD MORNING,
II. WHO TAUGHT THEM.
GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD MOKNING.
A fair little girl sat under a tree,
Sewing as long as her eyes could see;
Then smooth'd her work, and folded it right,
And said, " Dear work, good night ! good night !'
Such a number of crows came over her head,
Crying " Caw ! caw ! " on their way to bed ;
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She said, as she watch'd their curious flight,
" Little black things, good night ! good night !"
The horses neigh 'd, and the oxen low'd ;
The sheep's " Bleat ! bleat !" came over the road
All seeming to say, with a quiet delight,
" Good little girl, good night? good night !"
She did not say to the sun, " Good night ! "
Though she saw him there, like a ball of light ;
For she knew he had God's time to keep
All over the world, and never could sleep.
The tall pink fox-glove bow'd his head ;
The violets courtesy'd and went to bed ;
And good little Lucy tied up her hair,
And said, on her knees, her evening prayer.
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And while on her pillow she softly lay,
She knew nothing more till again it was day ;
And all things said to the bright rising sun,
" Good morning ! good morning ! our work is
WHO TAUGHT THEM ?
Who taught the bird to build her nest
Of softest wool, and hay, and moss ?
Who taught her how to weave it best,
And lay the tiny twigs across ?
Who taught the busy bee to fly
Among the sweetest herbs and flowers,
And lay her store of honey by,
Providing food for winter hours ?
Who taught the little ant the way
Her narrow cell so well to bore,
And through the pleasant summer day
To gather up her winter store ?
'Twas God who taught them all the way,
And gave the little creatures skill ;
And teaches children, when they pray,
To know and do His heavenly will.
— Jane Taylor.
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I. THE BOY AND THE STARLING—
II. WILLIE AND HIS PONY.— III. MY PONY
THE BOY AND THE STABLING.
An old gamekeeper had a starling in his room,
that could utter a few sentences. For instance,
when his master said, " Starling, where are you?"
the bird never failed to answer, " Here I am."
Little Charles, the son of one of his neighbors,
always took great pleasure in seeing and hearing
the bird, and came frequently to pay it a visit.
One day he came in while the gamekeeper was
absent. Charles quickly seized the bird, not think,
ing of the wrong he was doing ; put it in his pocket,
and was going off with it.
But that very moment the gamekeeper came
back. Finding Charles in the room, and wishing
to amuse his little neighbor, he called to the bird
as usual, " Starling, where are you ? "
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" Here I am," sung out the bird, with all its
might, from the little. thief's pocket.
Charlie was very much ashamed, and well he
might be. Those who do"wrong are always sure
to be found out.
WILLIE AND HIS PONY.
Willie went one day to see a friend, and tied his
pony to a tree, while he went into the house. When
he came out again, he found that Coco had got
loose, and had gone prancing away he knew not
After hunting about for some time, he saw him
at a distance, quietly feeding on the grass. He
ran up to him, but just as he put out his hand to
catch hold of the bridle, Coco, who wished to enjoy
his freedom a little longer, turned sharply round,
kicked up his hind legs, and galloped away.
Willie thought himself lucky not to have been
within reach of his heels when he kicked up ; how-
ever, he was quite at a loss what to do. At last, he
called to mind how the groom caught the pony
when he was out at grass in the meadow ; and that
he put a little corn into a sieve, and held it out to.
the pony till he could put a halter over his neck.
Now, it is true that Willie had neither sieve,
«'crn, nor halter. " But then," he said, " the pony
will eat grass as well as corn ; my hat will serve for
a sieve ; and as for a halter I shall not want one
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for the pony has his bridle on, and I can catch hold
of that." So he picked a few handfuls of grass, and
put them into his hat.
A man, who was digging in the common asked
him what he was going to do with the grass. Wil-
lie told him, it was to catch the pony.
" Oh, then," cried the man, " you need not take
so much trouble ; if you hold out your hat empty,
it will do just as well, for the pony cannot see that
the hat is empty till he comes close up to it ; and
then you may catch hold of the bridle while he is
looking into the hat."
" But that would be cheating him," cried Willie ;
" and I will not cheat anybody, no, not even a beast."
" Well said, my good boy," replied the man.
" Besides," added Willie, " if I cheated him once,
he would not believe me another time."
He then went up to his pony, and held out his
hat ; the pony came quietly up to him, and Willie
seized hold of his bridle, and was soon cantering
home on his back. —Mrs Marcet.
Hop, hop, hop !
Go and never stop,
Where 'tis smooth and where 'tis stony,
Trudge along, my little pony,
Go and never stop,
Hop, hop, hop, hop, hop 1
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Hey, hey, hey !
Go along, I say ;
Don't you kick and don't you stumble,
Don't you tire and don't you grumble ;
Go along, I say ;
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey !
Jump, jump, jump !
Don't you hit that stump !
For I will not cease to ride you
Till I further yet have tried you ;
Don't you hit that stump,
Jump, jump, jump, jump, jump I
Tramp, tramp, tramp !
Make your feet now stamp,
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On the highway no one faster ;
But take care ! don't throw your master.
Make your feet now stamp !
Tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp, tramp !
I. MARY AND HER CANARY.—
II. MEDDLESOME MATTY.
long-ed re-mem-ber spec-ta-cles
wist-ful Ma-til-da forth-with
feath-ers pos-sess-ed snuff-box
touch-ing ket-Ue stub-born
med-dle-some pres-ent-ly pre-sent-ed
fu-ture qual-i-ties tin-gling
MARY AND HER CANARY.
Mary saw a tame canary which sang finely, and
she longed to have one like it.
" I will give you one some day," said her mother,
"if you are a good child, and do as you are told."
One day, when Mary came home from school, she
found her mother had gone out for a walk. Mary
looked into her room, and on the table she spied a
box she had never seen before. She had been
often told by her mother never to touch anything
that did not belong to her, but Mary had a bad
habit of touching all that she saw ; and bad habitt
are not easily broken. Mary had given way to it
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so often that her mother would say, " Mary, Mary,
shall I never be able to trust you?"
Now you will see how Mary was punished for not
doing as her mother told her.
She knew the box on the table was not her
box, and that she had no right to touch it ; but she
stood by the table looking at it with wistful eyes.
" I wonder what is in it ! " she said to herself, and
then she began to finger it, and at length took it up
in her hand. " It is very pretty ; I think it must
be empty though, it is so light. Why, here are
little holes in the lid, but they are so small, I cannot
see into the inside. If I were just to open it, I
could do no harm."
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As Mary said this she lifted up the lid, and out
flew a fine canary. The little girl ran after it to
catch it ; but it flew on to the frame of a picture
out of her reach. There it sat, looking so pretty
with its soft yellow feathers, and singing so sweetly,
that Mary wanted it sadly for her own. " Ah ! "
she said, " if I had only left the box alone ! I knew
I was doing wron^."
At this moment her mother came in ; the noise of
the door opening frightened the little bird, and he
flew straight out of the window ; while Mary ran
crying to her mother, to tell her how naughty she
had been. »
"I bought the bird for you, Mary," said her
mother ; " but you have lost it by your own fault.
I am sorry for you, but I hope this will teach my
little girl a lesson, not to be so meddlesome in
" I shall never forget my little bird," said Mary,
" never, I am quite sure." And she never did ; but
when she felt a wish to meddle with anything that
did not belong to her, she always said to herself,
" Mary, Mary, remember your canary."
Oh, how one ugly trick has spoii'd
The sweetest and the best !
Matilda, though a pleasant child,
One ugly trick possess'd,
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Which like a cloud before the skies,
Hid all her better qualities.
Sometimes she 'd lift the tea-pot lid,
To peep at what was in it ;
Or tilt the kettle, if you did
But turn your back a minute.
In vain you told her not to touch,
Her trick of meddling grew so much.
Her grandmamma went out one day,
And, by mistake, she laid
Her spectacles and snuff-box gay
Too near the little maid.
" Ah ! well," thought she, " I '11 try them on,
As soon as grandmamma is gone."
Forthwith she placed upon her nose
The glasses large and wide ;
And looking round, as I suppose,
The snuff-box, too, she spied ;
" Oh, what a pretty box is this i
I '11 open it," said little miss.
" I know that grandmamma would say,
' Don't meddle with it, dear ; '
But then she 's far enough away,
And no one else is near ;
Besides, what can there be amiss
In opening such a box as this ? "
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So thumb and finger went to work-
To move the stubborn lid ;
And presently a mighty jerk
The mighty mischief did ;
For all at once — ah ! woful case ! —
The snuff came puffing in her face.
Poor eyes, and nose, and mouth, and chin,
A dismal sight presented ;
And as the snuff got further in,
Sincerely she repented.
In vain she ran about for ease,
She could do nothing else but sneeze.
She dash'd the spectacles away,
To wipe her tingling eyes,
And as in twenty bits they lay,
Her grandmamma she spies :
" Heyday ! and what 's the matter now ?
Cried grandmamma, with lifted brow.
Matilda smarting with the pain,
And tingling still, and sore,
Made many a promise to refrain
From meddling evermore.
And 'tis a fact, as I have heard.
She ever since has kept her word.
— Mrs QilbsrK
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THE BEAR AND THE TOMTIT.
I will tell yon, my dear children, an old fable
rbout making enemies. It is called, "The Bear
&nd the Tomtit."
Now, you must know that a tomtit is a kind of a
Mrd, a very little bird ; but he sings pleasantly.
Well, one pleasant summer's day, a wolf and a bear
were taking a walk together in a lonely wood.
They heard something singing.
" Brother," said the bear, " that is good singing ;
w T hat sort of a bird do you think that may be V
" That 's a tomtit," said the wolf.
"I should like to see his nest," said the bear;
" where do you think it is V
" If we wait a little time, till his mate comes
home, we shall see," said the wolf.
The bear and the wolf walked backward and for-
ward for some time, till his mate came home with
some food in her mouth for her children. The
wolf and the bear watched her. She went to the
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tree where the bird was singing, and they togethet
flew to a little grove just by, and went to their nest
" Now," said the bear, " let us go and see."
" No," said the wolf, " we must wait till the old
birds have gone away again."
So they noticed the place, and walked away.
They did not stay long, for the bear was in a
hurry to see the nest. They returned, and the bear
scrambled up the tree, expecting to amuse himself
finely by frightening the tomtits.
" Take care," said the wolf ; " you had better be
careful. The tomtits are little ; but little enemies
are sometimes very troublesome."
" Who is afraid of a tomtit ?" said the bear. So
saying, he poked his great black nose into the nest.
"Who is here ?" said he ; " what are you?"
The poor birds screamed out with terror. " Go
away ! go away!" said they.
"What do you mean by making such a noise,
and talking so to me ? I will teach you better,"
said he. So he put his great paw on the nest,
and pressed it down until the poor little birds
were almost stifled. Presently he left them and
The young tomtits were terribly frightened, and
some of them were hurt. As soon as the bear was
gone, their fright gave way to anger ; and soon
after the old birds came home, and were very angry
too. They used to see the bear sometimes prowling
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about the woods, but did not know what they could
do to bring him to punishment.
Now, there was a famous glen, surrounded by
high rocks, where the bear used to go and sleep,
because it was a wild, lonely place. The tomtits
often saw him there. One day the bear was
prowling around, and he saw, at a great distance,
two huntsmen with guns, coming towards the wood.
He fled to his glen in dismay, though he thought
he should be safe there.
The tomtits were flying about there, and pres-
ently they saw the huntsmen. "Now," said one
»f them to the other, " is the time to get rid of the
tyrant. You go and see if he is in his glen, and
'.hen come back to where you see me singing."
So he flew about from tree to tree, keeping in
Sight of the huntsmen, and singing all the time ;
while the other went and found that the bear
was in his glen, crouched down in terror behind a
The tomtits then began to flutter around the hunts-
men, and fly a little way towards the glen, and then
back again. This attracted the notice of the men, and
they followed them to see what could be the matter.
By and by the bear saw the terrible huntsmen
coming, led on by his little enemies, the tomtits.
He sprang forward, and ran from one- side of the
glen to the other ; but he could not escape. They
shot him with two bullets through his head.
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The wolf happened to be near by, at that time,
upon the rocks that were around the glen ; ani
hearing all this noise, he came and peeped over. As
soon as he saw how the case stood, he thought it
would be most prudent for him to walk away ;
which he did, saying as he went, " Well, the bear
has found out that it is better to have a person a
friend than an enemy."
Who fed me from her gentle breast,
And hush'd me in her arms to rest,
And on my cheek sweet kisses prest 1
When sleep forsook my open eye,
Who was it sung sweet lullaby,
And rock'd me that I should not cry ?
Who sat and watch'd my infant head,
When sleeping in my cradle bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed ?
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When pain and sickness made me cry,
Who gazed upon my heavy eye
And wept for fear that I should die ?
Who ran to help me when I fell,
And would some pretty story tell,
Or kiss the part to make it well ?
Who taught my infant lips to pray,
To love God's holy word and day,
Aud walk in wisdom's pleasant way?
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And can I ever cease to be
Affectionate and kind to thee,
Who wast so very kind to me ?
Oh no ! the thought I cannot bear :
And, if God please my life to spare,
I hope I shall reward thy care,
When thou art feeble, old and gray,
My healthy arm shall be thy stay,
And I will soothe thy pains away,
And when I see thee hang thy head,
'Twill be my turn to watch thy bed,
And tears of sweet affection shed,
STORY OF DAVID.
A short time ago we read how God had brought
the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by
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the hand of Moses, and how Moses led them through
the wilderness to the promised land. Now we shall
read of one of their descendants in that beautiful <*£■
David was the youngest son of Jesse. He was
a shepherd, and took charge of his father's flocks^ij^
He was a_j^erybraveJ s ad;.for once, while he was$W-»
tending the sheep, there came a lion and a bear and
took a lamb out of the flock ; but David ran after
them and killed them both. He was a very sweet
singer, and played on the harp also ; and many of
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his songs have come down to us as the "Psalms of
Now some wicked people made war on the chil-
dren of Israel, and came up to fight them, and
among them was a great giant, named Goliath.
This giant defied all the men of Israel, and wanted
one of them to come out and fight with him ; but
they were all afraid. So the two armies were en-
camped opposite each other, and every day this
lb***** huge giant, clothed in complete armor, "and with a
great sword and spear, came out to the front and
repeated his challenge, defying the men of Israel
-^^and their God.
Three of David's brothers had gone to join the
army ; but David himself remained at home, tend-
ing his flocks. One day, however, his father wanted
to send some provisions to his brothers, and so
he told David to take them. . David did' so, and
while he was in the camp this giant Goliath came
out as usual, crying, " Who will come out and fight
with me ?" When David saw that all the men ran
away from this giant, he was angry, and said, '*. Who
( , is this man that he should defy the armies of the liv-
'""i ' i ng God V So he went to t he king and asked him
to allow him to go and fight the giant. The king
at first refused, as David was but a mere lad ; but at
length he agreed, and gave David a complete suit
of armor. But David put off the armor, and took
his staff in his hand, and a few smooth stones in
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his shepherd's bag;, and his sling in the other hand.
In this way he advanced to meet Goliath. When
the giant saw him, he laughed at him, and said,
"Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves?"
And he cursed David.
But David said, " Thou comest to me with a sword,
and with a spear, and with a shield ; but I come to
thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of
the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied." And
David put a stone in his sling, and smote the giant
on the forehead and killed him. Then, as he had no
sword, he leapt upon the huge carcass of the giant,
and drew his sword out of the sheath and cut off
his head. \
At this the men of Israel took heart, and the !
wic ked me n were afraid and fled ; but the men of >.
Israel pursued them, and killed a great number 01
them. And all the people were glad, and sang songs
fn honor of David ; but he knew who it was had
given him strength, and he praised God for it.
After some time, David became the king of Israel, ht*r*
and he wrote and sang so many beautiful psalms, ^^
that he was called "the sweet singer of Israel.".' ^e^
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Golden autumn conies again,
With its storms of wind and rain,
With its fields of yelLow grain.
Gifts for man and bird and brute,
In its wealth of luscious fruit,
In its store of precious root.
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Trees bend down with plum and pear,
Rosy apples scent the air,
Nuts are ripening everywhere.
Through the lanes where " bird- weed " weaves
Graceful wreaths of clustering leaves,
Hence the reapers bear the sheaves,
Binging loud their harvest song,
In their hearty, rustic tongue —
Singing gaily, old and young ;
Singing loud beside the wain,
With its load of bursting grain,
Dropping all along the lane.
Mice and ant and squirrel fill
Now their garners at their will,
Only drones need hunger still.
Though the summer flowers are dead.
Still the poppy rears its head,
Flaunting gaily all in red.
Still the foxglove's crimson bell,
And the fern-leaves in the dell,
Autumn's parting beauty tell.
Purple sunsets, crimson leaves,
Fruit and flowers and golden sheaves,
Autumn gives us ere she leaves.
— Mrs H cm trey.
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I. BERTHA AND HER DOLLS.— II. THE
pret-ti-er ob-serve charm-ing-ly
Ber-tha sew-ing-room trod-den
scis-sors mer-ri-ly en-gaged
BERTHA AND HER DOLLS.
Bertha was a dear little girl, with brown eyes,
curly hair, and merry ways ; but she was very
thoughtless, and this often brought her into trouble,
and grieved her kind mother very much.
Like all little girls, she was fond of dolls, and she
had a number of them. She also thought the name
of Lucy prettier than any other name, and gave it
to her whole family of dolls.
There was Mamma Lucy, which was the largest
of them all ; Baby Lucy, not bigger than your
little finger ; Mary Lucy, named in honor of Bertha's
mother ; Lucy Bell, Black-eyed Lucy, and Pet
Bertha was just learning to sew ; for her mother
thought all children should learn to be useful, and
the little girl talked a great deal about the nice
frocks, and hats, and aprons she would soon make
for her dolls.
One day, when Bertha was alone in the parlor,
playing with Tiny, her kitten, a new bonnet for her
mother was sent home, and placed on the table. The
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«>over of the box was not on very tightly ; so the
little girl got up on a chair and peeped in.
Oh, what a lovely ribbon ! — pink, and just the
color for her Black-eyed Lucy ! She must make
her an apron of it. So she ran up to the sewing-
room for her mother's scissors, and then snipped off
ribbon enough to make Miss Lucy an apron.
She did not know very much about sewing, so
she just ran a thread through the top, and tied it
round her dolly's waist, and thought she had never
seen her look so pretty before.
"While she was thus engaged, the kitten began to
play with the bonnet ; but Bertha was so intent
on making the apron for her doll, that she did not
She was just holding up the doll to see once more
how the apron looked, when she heard her mother
call her. Bertha did not think she had done any-
thing wrong, so she ran to her mother with the doll
in her arms.
"See, mamma!" she cried, "doesn't Lucy look
pretty? I cut off just a little bit of your ribbon to
make this apron ! Is it not nice to have dolly's
apron and your bonnet just alike?" And she
But when Bertha saw how grave her mother
looked, and that she held in her hand the bonnet
which Tiny, the kitten, had been playing with, all
torn and crushed, the dimples and the smile died
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out from her face, and her brown eyes grew very
large at first, then the long lashes closed over them,
and she burst into tears.
" I have been very naughty, mother, have I not ? "
Then her mother took Bertha into her lap and
talked to her a long time; and Bertha said she
would never touch anything again without asking
her dear mother, who was so good and kind to her,
and who loved her so dearly, and whom she loved so
very dearly too.
THE LOST DOLL.
I once had a sweet little doll,
The prettiest doll in the world ;
Her cheeks were so red and so white,
And her hair was so charmingly cuil'd.
But I lost my poor little doll,
As I play'd on the heath one day *
And I cried for her more than a week,
But I never could find where she lay.
I found my poor little doll,
As I play'd on the heath one day ;
Folks say she is terribly changed,
For her paint is all wash'd away ;
And her arm trodden off by the cows,
And her hair not the least bit curl'd :
Yet for old sake's sake she is still
The prettiest doll in the world.
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JACK'S DOG BANDY.
In a large forest in France there lived a poor
woodman, whose name was Jack. He made little
money by the sale of his fagots, but enough to
support himself, his wife Jenny, and their two chil-
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dren. The oldest child was a boy, with dark hair,
seven years old, called Jean, and the second was
a fair-haired girl, called Jeannette. They had also
a curly dog, with a white nose, the best dog in all
the country, because he loved his master so much,
and this dog was called Bandy.
When the snow lies deep in the forest, the wolves
that live in its depths grow very hungry and fierce,
wid come out to look for food. The poor people
also suffer much in the time of deep snow, for they
cannot get work.
Jack did not fear the wolves when he had his
good axe in hand, and went every day to his work.
In the morning he said to Jenny : " Wife, pray
do not let Jean and Jeanette run out to play until
the wolves have been hunted. It would not be
safe. Keep Bandy in too."
Every morning Jack said the same thing to
Jenny, and all went well till one evening he did
not come home at the usual time. Jenny went to
the door, looked out, came in, then went back, and
looked out again. " How very late he is ! " she said
Then she went outside, and called her husband
— " Jack, Jack ! " — no answer. Bandy leaped on
ker, as if to say : " Shall I go and look for him ? "
" Down, good dog," said Jenny : " here, my little
Jeannette, run to the gate, and see if your father
is coming. You, Jean, go along the road to t£<:
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end of the garden-paling, and cry aloud, ' Father,
father!'" The children went as their mother told
them, but could not see their father. " I will go
and find him," said little Jean ; " even if the wolves
should eat me."
" So will I," said his little sister, and off they
set towards the forest.
In the meantime their father had come home
by another road, leaving a bundle of fagots with
a neighbor who had ordered them.
" Did you meet the children ? " said Jenny, as he
"The children!" said Jack; "no, indeed; are
they out ? "
" I sent them to the end of the paling, but you
have come by another road."
Jack did not put down his axe, but he ran as
fast as he could to the spot.
" Take Bandy with you," cried Jenny ; but Bandy
was off already, and gone so far before, that his
master could not see him. In vain the poor father
called " Jean, Jeanette : " no one answered, and his
tears began to fall, for he feared his children were lost.
After running on a long, long way, he thought
he heard Bandy bark. He went straight into the
wood towards the sound, his axe uplifted in his hand.
Bandy had come up to the two children just as
a large wolf was going to seize them. He sprang
at the wolf, barking loudly, to call his master.
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Jack, with one blow of his good axe, killed the
great fierce beast ; but it was too late to save poor
Bandy — he was dead already, the wolf had killed him.
The father and two children went back to Jenny,
full of joy that they were all safe, and yet they
could not help crying, they were so sorry that good
faithful Bandy was dead. They buried him at the
bottom of the garden, and put a large stone over
him, on which the schoolmaster wrote the following
" Beneath this stone there lies at rest
Bandy — of all good dogs the best."
Bandy is not forgotten in that part of the coun-
try, for when any one is very true, and brave, and
faithful, the people always say of him : — He is as
brave and faithful as Jack's dog Bandy.
Ed-win beau-te-ous o-cean great-est
build-ing hum-ble at-tempt di-vid-ed
op-po-site prop-er e-ter-ni-ty yon-der
work-men brick-lay- ers er-rors vir-tue
mor-tar no-tion count-less kind-ness
there-fore put-ting de-spise moun-tain
BEICK UPON BRICK.
Edwin was one day looking at a large building,
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which was being put up just opposite his father's
house. He watched the workmen from day to day,
as they carried up the bricks and mort ar, and then
placed them in their proper order. His father said
to him, —
" Edwin, you seem to be very much taken up with
the bricklayers ; pray, what may you be thinking
about? Have you any n otion of learning the
" No," said Edwin, smiling ; " but I was just
thinking what a little thing a brick is, and yet that
this great house is built by laying one brick upon
" Very true, my boy ; never forget it. Just so is
it with all great works. All your learning is only
one little lesson added to another. If a man could
walk round the world, it would just be by putting
one foot before the other many times. Your whole
life will be made up of one little moment after
another. The ocean itself is made up of countless
little drops of water."
Learn from this not to despise little things-
Learn, also, not to be afraid of great labor. The
greatest labor becomes easy if divided into parts.
You cannot jump over a mountain ; but step by
step will take you to the other side. Do not fear,
therefore, to attempt great things. Always remem-
ber that the whole of yonder building is only one
brick upon another.
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LITTLE DEOPS OF WATEB.
Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean,
And the beauteous land.
Thus the little minutes,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages
Thus our little errors
Lead t_ie soul away,
From the path of virtue,
Oft in sin to stray.
Little deeds of kindness,
Little words of love,
Make on earth an Eden,
Like the heaven above
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I. PRESENCE OF MIND.— II. INGENIOUS
PEESENCE OF MIND.
Two men were engaged in painting the ceiling of
a grand church. A platform of wood was slung up
for them to stand on, at a great height from the floor
One of them had just finished a portion of his
work, and his mind was so bent on it, that
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forgetting where he was, he began to move away
from the picture to see his han diwor k in the best light.
Step by step, he walked slowly backwards, until
his foot rested almost on the edge of the platform.
His friend, at that instant, perceived the danger;
but how could he prevent it ? To speak was in vain,
and not to speak seemed only to make death more
sure ; for one more step would send the man dash-
ing on a stone floor beneath.
Quick as thought, the friend snatched up a paint-
brush, and daubed it over the fine picture, utterly
spoiling it. With an angry speech, the painter
made a rush forward to check his friend, and to
ward off the cruel stroke ; but he met a face that
was deadly pale. In his turn he paused and stood
looking at his friend, who, unable to speak, pointed
out the reason of his strange action.
The storm of passion was over at once, and the
painter wept, while he blessed the hand that had
robbed him for a time of fame, pride, and joy, but
had saved his life.
After hard toil for many weeks, the tall chimney
of a new factory was built up. The men put the
last stroke to their work, and came down as quickly
as they could. In his haste the last but one drew
the rope out of the pulley. This want of care turned
their joy to fear.
There stood one man at the top with no means
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of descending . What could be' done ? There was
no scaffold ; and no ladder would reach half the
height. The men had come down by the pulley ;
and there it was still, fixed and firm, at the top of the
chimney ; but the rope lay in a coil on the ground.
They all stood in silence, looking up at their
lonely friend on the top, while he saw no way of
help from their hands below. Just then his wife
came up, and with quick thought and good sense
she was able to save her husband. "John," she
called out ; but what did she say ? What did she
bid him do ? Those who cannot find out must be told.
With all her strength she shouted : * John, rive
your stocking ; begin at the toe." He knew at once
what she meant, and drawing off his stocking, — no
doubt knit by his wife, — cut off the end, and soon
set free the thread. He rove a long piece, and to
this he tied a little piece of brick, and gently let it
down for eager hands to reach.
Meantime his wife had managed to get a ball
of thin twine, and it was soon made fast to the
worsted. With a shout, they told John to pull up
again. He did so, and they soon heard the words,
" I have it," The pulley-rope was then made fast to
With a glad heart John drew it up, and put it
over the pulley. Then snatching up the rest of
the stocking, which was to him a keepsake for life,
he let himself down as the other men had done, till he
reached the ground in safety. — Tales that are True,
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I. THE INDIAN WOMAN AND THE BEAR—
II. STOEY OF A BEAR.
Ind-ian gen-er-al-ly heav-i-er
qual-i-ties pow-er-ful dread-ful-ly
a-wa-ken-ed at-tempt-ed pos-si-ble
ap-proach-ing com-mit-ted sat-is-fied
fort-u-nate ex-cit-ing ac-count-ed
en-e-my pup-pies quar-ters
THE INDIAN WOMAN AND THE BEAR.
Courage and presence of mind are qualities that
every one ought to try and possess.
An Indian woman was once returning home
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through the woods. She was all alone, and was
anxious to get home before it grew dark, for there
were wolves and bears in the woods ; and, as it was
spring-time, when the bears had awakened from
their long winter sleep, she knew that they were
very fierce. But soon a rustling in the leaves and
a crashing of branches told her that some animal
She drew out a long knife, which she was fortu-
nate enough to have with her, and watched for the
expected enemy. He soon appeared, in the shape
of a huge black bear, and, seeing the woman, came
forward to seize her. She, with great presence of
mind, put her back against a tree, so that the bear
could not easily hug her and squeeze her to death,
as bears generally do, and, holding her knife in front
of her, waited Bruin's approach.
The bear came slowly on, and when he got near
the woman, raised himself on his hind legs to seize
her in his powerful fore-paws. The brave woman
never lost her presence of mind, even when she saw
the glaring eyes of the bear before her face, and felt
his hot breath, but calmly stood, and watching her
chance, she plunged the knife right into his heart
and killed him at once.
If she had attempted to run away, the bear would
aoon have caught her, and had she not behaved as
bravely as she did, there is little doubt but that she
would have lost her life.
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STORY OF A BEAR.
In one of the new settlements in the back country
some hunters went out in chase of some bears that
had committed great havoc among their fields.
After an exciting chase, they killed two bears.
With one of these bears were two young cubs.
They were quite small, just like fat young puppies,
with black hair and thick, clumsy-looking paws.
The hunters caught the little cubs when their
mother was shot, and brought them home.
One of these cubs was a very playful little fel-
low, and was called Jack by the son of one of the
hunters. He soon became quite tame, and followed
his master about. He was very fond of sugar and
fruit, and got into many a scrape trying to get them
when he ought not to have done so, just as some
naughty boys do.
Jack followed his master to school, and used to
play about in the woods till school was over, and
then he was always sure of a good supply of apples,
and cakes, and maple sugar. Some of the chil-
dren were afraid of Jack at first, but as he was a
playful fellow, never hurting any of them, they
soon began to like him, and he became a general
He knew as well as any of them where the good
things were, and if he was not helped, he sometimes
helped himself. He enjoyed a gambol and frolic
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with the dogs too, but as he was heavier than they
were, though not so active, they liked to keep away
from too close quarters with Jack.
One day poor Jack was missed, and great was the
sorrow of the whole school. Search was made for
him everywhere, but without success, and it was
supposed that he had met some of his friends in the
woods, and had gone away with them.
Well, by and by the boys and girls grew up to
be men and women, and the old schoolmaster
died, and poor Jack was quite forgotten, until one
day, when a new set of children and a new master
were in the same school-house, in walked a great
Such a scrambling was never seen. Every one
tried to run away, out of the windows, out of the
doors, under the desks ; and all were dreadfully
frightened. But the bear marched coolly in and
seated himself before the fire, looking round as
pleased as possible.
Seeing the bags and baskets hanging on the pegs,
he started up, raised himself on his hind-legs, and
helped himself to all that was good in them, apples
and maple sugar, but did not attempt to harm any
Having satisfied himself, he walked out again
quite leisurely. By this time a general alarm had
been raised, and all the young men started in pur-
suit. As the bear did not attempt to run, he was
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soon come up with and shot. But what was the
sorrow and surprise when it was found that the
bear was no other than their old friend Jack, who
had come back to pay them a visit.
They knew it was Jack by some marks on his
skin, and that accounted for his being so quiet. He
also had known the old school-house again, but the
poor fellow did not know that his old playmates
THE YOUNG MOUSE.
dain-ties se-date ex-act-ly
pro-vid-ed ex-press-ed re-quires
se-cure-ly con-vinced kit-tens
en-vied con-struct cran-nies
ex-cur-sion dwell-ing ex-qui-site
re-turn-ed en-ter-ed be-lieve
In a crack near the cupboard, with dainties pro-
A certain young mouse with her mother resided ;
So securely they lived in that snug quiet spot,
Any mouse in the land might have envied their lot.
But, one day, the young mouse, who was given to
Having made an excursion some way from her
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On a sudden return'd, with such joy in her eyes,
That her gray, sedate parent express'd some sur-
" mother," said she, " the good folks of this house,
I 'ni convinced, have not any ill will to a mouse ;
And those tales can't be true you always are telling,
For they 've been at such pains to construct us a
" The floor is of wood, and the walls are of wires,
Exactly the size that one's comfort requires ;
And I 'm sure that we there should have nothing to
If ten cats, with their kittens, at once should
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" And then they have made such nice holes in the
One could slip in and out, with no trouble at all ;
But forcing one through such rough crannies as
Always gives one's poor ribs a most terrible squeeze.
" But the best of all is, they 've provided us well
With a large piece of cheese, of most exquisite
Twas so nice, I had put in my head to go through,
When I thought it my duty to come and fetch you."
" Ah, child," said her mother, " believe, I entreat,
Both the cage and the cheese are a terrible cheat ;
Do not think all that trouble they take for our
They would catch us, and kill us all there, if they
" As they 've caught and kill'd scores — and I never
That a mouse who once enter'd did ever return ! "
Let the young people mind what the old people say
And when danger is near them, keep out of tka
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THE BOY LOST IN THE BUSH.
back-woods re-fresh-ed nu-mer-ous
shan-ty mur-mur-ing brush-wood
shout-ed lis-ten-ing foot-sore
re-ply care-ful-ly en-er-gies
path-less di-rec-tion dis-tract-ed
swal-low cau-tious-ly ob-sta-cles
" C- :
Far away in the backwoods there lived a young
lad, named Willie Wilson, in an old log-shanty, with
his father and mother. They were very poor, and
had hard work on their rough bush farm to make
both ends meet.
Willie often went into the woods with his father,
and while his father was at work, Willie would pick
berries or go fishing in the stream. One day, how-
ever, Willie had wandered away, not thinking of
what he was doing, until it began to grow dark, and
he thought it was time to get home. He shouted
to his father, but was surprised at not hearing any
reply. Louder and louder he called, until he could
cry no more, but in the deep thick woods he heard no
answering voice. Poor Willie was lost — lost in the
He was not a big boy, but he had a brave heart.
He was hungry, and tried to eat some of the berries
he had picked, but he could scarcely swallow them,
for he felt as if he had a big lump in his throat
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He felt inclined to cry, but, thought he, "it's nc
use crying; I must try and find my way out/
Poor fellow ! he wandered on and on, and still the
woods looked the same, and still no one answered
his cries. It now became so dark that he could see
no longer, and as he was quite worn out he laid
himself down under a tree, and cried himself to
Next morning he awoke refreshed, but had to rub
his eyes a long time before he could remember
where he was. He sat up and looked around, ate a
few of his berries, and tried to think of what his
father would do if he were there. As he sat there,
he thought he heard the murmuring of a stream in
the distance. He listened carefully to know the
exact direction, then looking straight towards it, off
he set to try and reach it. He had seen his father
guide himself by always keeping three trees in
the same line, and he did so now, and found, to
his great delight, that the sound of the water in-
creased. Cautiously looking forward from one tree
in front to one still further on, so as not to go
either to the right or left out of the straight line,
he soon reached the banks of the stream.
He knew now that by keeping along the edge of
the stream he would in time come to some clearing.
But the wood was dense, the fallen trees numerous,
and the brushwood so thick that he had hard work
to make any progress. Little by little the berries
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went, and still the brave little fellow plodded on,
until the second night came on. Weary and foot-
sore he again lay down to rest, and again cried him-
self to sleep, after praying to God to help him and
bring him to his parents once more.
Next mqjnjng he was very hungry. No berries
were to be found, but his brave spirit kept him up,
and still he pushed on down the bank of the stream.
At last, when almost worn out, his clothes all torn
and himself cut and bruised, he spied a little clear-
ing. Gathering all his energies together he managed
to reach it, and soon came to a small log-shanty,
where he was taken care of. Upon inquiring, it
was found that he was now twenty miles from his
home, but the kind people, who had taken him in,
managed to send word to his distracted father, who
joyfully came and took him home. His mother,
when she saw him, wept with joy again, after having
wept and mourned for her poor lost boy, whom she
never expected to see again. Nor, indeed, would
Willie have ever reached home, if he had not been
brave and determined in spite of all obstacles.
— Campbell's Second Reader.
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OLD MOTHER HUBBARD AND HER DOG.
Old mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard,
To get her poor dog a bone
But when she came there
The cupboard was bare,
And so the poor dog got none.
She went to the baker's
To buy him some bread,
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But when she came back
The poor dog was dead.
She went to the joiner's
To buy him a coffin,
But when she came back
The poor dog was laughing.
She took a clean dish
To get him some tripe,
But when she came back
He was smoking a pipe
She went to the hatter's
To buy him a hat,
But when she came back
He was feeding the cat
She went to the tailor's
To buy him a coat,
But when she came back
He was riding a goat.
She went to the cobbler's
To buy him some shoes,
But when she came back
He was reading the news.
She went to the hosier's
To buy him some hose,
But when she came back
He was dressed in his clothes
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The dame made a courtesy
The dog made a bow ;
The dame said, " Your servant,
The dog said, " Bow-wow."
This wonderful dog
Was dame Hubbard's delight ;
He could sing, he could dance,
He could read, he could write
She gave him rich dainties,
Whenever he fed ;
And built him a tomb-stone^
When he was dead.
THE DOG AtfD THE BOAT.
Master Tom had
little boat which
come down to the river to sail
his grandfather had given him.
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It was all very pleasant, until the string which held
the little craft broke, and away it went for a cruise
on its own account, and finally stuck fast on a buoy,
to which a boat was usually moored.
Poor Tom was sadly put out at this mishap, and
like many boys who ought to know better, he began
to cry bitterly. His cries attracted the attention of
a gentleman passing, who had a fine dog with
" Why, what 's the matter, my little man ? Don't
cry so, and we '11 see if we can't find a way of getting
the boat again. You must ask my dog to get it for
you. Come here, Faust," and he whistled to the
dog. " Now, say to him, ' Please, Mr Faust, go and
get my boat for me.' "
Tommy did so, half laughing and half crying, but
fully believing in the powers of the dog. And the
gentleman, jerking a stone into the water just beyond
where the boat lay, drew Faust's attention to it.
With a bound the noble dog dashed into the
water, swam out to the boat, seized it in his jaws,
and turned his head towards the bank again, Tommy
screaming with delight at the prospect of regaining
his lost treasure.
Instead, however, of advancing at once towards
the shore, the dog seemed to remain in the same
place, beating the water with his paws to keep
himself afloat, and whining gently, as if he was in
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The gentleman called him, but that only seemed
to make him struggle harder, without making the
slightest progress. A knot of people- soon gathered
round the spot, each one giving his own opinion as
to what was wrong.
At last the gentleman, by raising himself up by
a branch of a tree, was able to perceive the cause
of his poor dog's danger. The string had become
twisted round the buoy, and poor Faust was caught
by it too.
He now became very anxious, as .Faust was a great
favorite, and sent hither and thither for a boat, but
there was none to be had. The poor dog's struggles
seemed to grow weaker and weaker ; and at last the
gentleman could bear it no longer, and, throwing
off his coat, vest, and neckcloth, said, " He shall not
perish, if I can help it, my noble Faust. Who will
lend me a knife?"
Several were at once offered, and seizing one, he
dashed into the water, and swam out with powerful
strokes to the struggling animal. As soon as the
poor dog perceived his master coming, he ceased
howling, and re dou bled his efforts to keep himself
The gentleman soon reached the buoy, and swim-
ming round the dog to avoid the stroke of his paws,
he supported himself by resting one hand on the
buoy, and, grasping the knife with the other, severed
the string at one stroke.
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The dog, freed from restraint, at once rose higher
in the water ; and, as if to thank his master, he swam
to him with the little boat in his mouth, quite forget-
ting in his affection his own struggles and danger.
Merely waiting to assure himself that the noble
animal had strength enough to regain the bank, his
master set him the example by quitting the buoy
and striking out lustily for the shore. . But now the
weight of his clothes, thoroughly soaked as they had
become, began to tell on him, and his strokes bd~
came v .^er, while his breath came short and
tlick. Faust, on the contrary, swam bravely or,
and reached the shore before his master had com
pleted half the distance.
The dog dropped the boat on the bank, and
merely stopping to shake the water from his ears,
the generous animal plunged in again to meet his
master. It was well he did so, for his master's
strength was fast failing him; but availing him-
self of the dog's assistance, he placed one arm
across his back, and paddling with the other, he
half swam and was half dragged to the bank in
After wringing the water from his hair, he hastily
resumed his coat and vest, while the crowd around
cheered him lustily. And truly a fine sight it was
to see the noble dog and his brave master walk off*
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TRY AUATN. -II. "MY FATHER'S AT
'Tis a lesson you should heed, —
Try again ;
If at first you don't succeed,
Let your courage then appear,
For, if you will persevere,
You will conquer , never fear ;
Once orJjwke_though you should fail,
Try again ;
' If you would at last p revai l, f-
If we strive, 'tis no disgrace
Though we may not win the race.
What should you do in that case ?
If you find your task is hard,
Try again ;
Time will bring you your reward,
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e^c^ All that other folks can do,
Why, with patience, should not you ?
Only keep this rule in view, —
"MY FATHER S AT THE HELM.
The curling waves with awful roar
A little boat assail'd ;
And pallid fear's distracting power
O'er all on board prevail'd.
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Save one, the captain's darling child,
Who steadfast view'd the storm,
And cheerful, with com posu re smiled
At danger's threatening form.
" Why sport^s t thou thus," a seaman cried,
" While terrors overwhelm ? " -
" Why should I fear ? " the boy replied,
" My father 's at the helm ! "
So when our world by all is reft,
Our earthly helper gone,
We still have one true anchor left,
God helps, and He alone.
Then turn to Him, 'mid sorrows wild,
When wants and woes o'erwhelm ;
Remembering, like the fearless child,
Our Father 's at the helm. <
THE BOY AND HIS DOG.
sev-er-al sin-gu-lar mourn-ing
re-main-ed dole-ful-ly re-fus-ed
A little boy, of the name of Darwin, had a beau-
tiful spaniel dog, which was called Argus.
The boy was taken ill, and after a few days'
sickness, died, and the dog, who seemed to mourn
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S r C red
i 1 3 M c
for him as much as any one, followed the family to
For several days the dog was missed from the
house ; but at length he returned, and after looking
around as if m search of something, he went away.
Again he returned and went as before ; and what
is very singular, the family missed several things
that belonged to little Darwin.
One day they watched the dog when he came
back, and saw him take his young master's top, and
run off with it towards the grave-yard.
On following the dog they found, in a hole whicl
he had scraped in the grave, a cap, a pair of shoes
and several toys.
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They took poor Argus away, and shut him up at
home ; but he refused to eat, and moaned so dole-
fully that they let him go. As soon as he was free,
he again ran off to the grave, and there the kind
little animal remained till he died, mourning for
his lost master.
THE STORY OF THE BIRTH OF OUR
east-ern pro-phe-c y reign-ing
re-mot-es t s ub-jec-tio n Gal-i-lee
won-der-ful im-a-gine gov-ern-ed
pro-phet s la-ment-in g di-rec-tion
Beth-le-hem joy-ful-ly - Naz-a-reth
ex-pect-ed friend-ship hence-forth
Many of the Eastern nations, and among others
the Jews, had been taught from the r emotes t ages
to expect the birth *oi a great and wonderful King,
who should reign over all the people of the earth.
One of the prophe ts of Israel had spoken of Him
as a Star rising out of Jacob ; and, owing to this,
the appearance of a bright star had been looked
for to show the time of His birth.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem , wise
men, living in a distant country of the East, saw a
beautiful star in the heavens, which seemed to
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point out the way to t he chief city of the_ Jews.
So they came there and asked where He was who
was born King of the Jews, for they had seen His
star in the East, and were come to worship Him.
The people of the city, together with Herod their
king, were greatly troubled when they heard these
words. So Herod called together the chief priests,
and the most learned men in the city, anc asked
them where it was that the Christ was expected to
be born. They told him in Bethlehem of Judea ;
for there was an old prophecy that out of that city
should come one who was to rule over Israel.-/
Then Herod sent for the wise men, and after he
had asked them about the star, which they had seen,
he bade them go to Bethlehem, find out the young
child, and bring him word that he might, go and
worship Him. So they went to Bethlehem, which was
only a few miles off. And as they went, the star,
which they had seen in their own far-off country in the
East, moved on before them till it stood over where
the young child was. And when they came to Him,
they kneeled down before Him, and gave Him rich
gifts of gold and silver, and other precious things,
in token of their duty and subjection to Him.
Now, when Herod had desired the wise men to
bring him word where the young child was, that he
might go and worship Him, he had deceived them.
He did not want to worship Him, but to kill Him ;
for as Jesus was called King of the Jews. Herod
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iv<ared that He might some day take his kingdom
from him. God, who knows everything, even the
very thoughts that men imagine they are hiding
in their hearts, knew how wickedly Herod was in-
tending to act. So, in a dream, God told the wise
men not to return to him, and they therefore went
back again to their own country by another way. v
Herod waited anxiously for the return of the
wise men. But when he found they had gone home
again without coming to him as he had told them,
he was in a furious rage ; and, in order to make sure
that the child Jesus should not escape him, he sent
out his soldiers to kill all the young children under
two years old, not only in Bethlehem itself, but in all
the country round about it. §>h, what weeping and
lamenting were there, when the cruel king killed all
their little children !
But God had provided for the safety of Him who
was indeed the Son of G«d, though He was
thought to be the son of Joseph, Mary's husband.
After the wise men had left Bethlehem, God sent an
angel to Joseph, to bid him take the young child
and his mother, and escape with them into the land
of Egypt, because Herod sought Jesus on purpose
to kill Him. ., The angel told him this in a drearn.
But Joseph knew that God had sent him ; so they
at once fled for their lives into Egypt. Nor did
they return to their own country till the angel, as he
had said he would, again came to Joseph in a dream*
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and told him that as the wicked king was dead,
they might now go back to their own home. Then
they joyfully set out on their journey to the land of
Israel. But when they got there and found that
one of Herod's sons, who was as wicked and cruel
as his father, reigned over Judea in his place, Joseph
was afraid of going thither. God, however, directed
him, in a dream, to go to another part of the country
of the Jews, called Galilee, which was many miles
from the chief city where the king that Joseph
feared was reigning. Galilee also was governed
by a milder ruler than Judea was. His name was
Antipas ; and though these two kings were brothers,
there was no friendship between them. So there
was everything to make it safe for the holy family
to go and live there.
When Joseph and Mary, with their child, whom
they named Jesus, came by God's direction into
Galilee, they took up their abode in a city called
Nazareth, which was henceforth the home of our
And the child Jesus grew up in health and
strength, with wisdom far above that of a common
child. And God, His Father, blessed Him, so that
He grew in favor with both God and man.
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THE GUARDSMAN AND HIS HORSE.
guards-man c ar-e^-j pf head-gear
b e-long-m g a-gajnst mean-w hile
sud-den-ly a f-fect- ed whin-ny
shout-ed cab^rjian goc^^a-tur-ed
e-mo-tio n for -aged in-qui-ry
rc^gjuwKess mut-ter-ing four-foot-ed
Val-i-ant corn-chand-ler light-en-ed
A soldier belonging to the Life Guards was
v/alking along the street one day, when he was
seen to stop suddenly, look across the street, and
th,gn rush over to a horse standing with an empty
cab on the other side of the way.
" I know him, I know him," he shouted, in a
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voice of emotion, regardless of the passers-by , " it '3
my own old Valknt, my dear old fellow."
The poor horse seemed to know his caressing
hand and voice, for he laid back his ears and pushed
his nose against the soldier, who was very much
affected at meeting his old friend again.
The cabman, too, who came up at that moment,
was touched at the sjcene. After a few moments,
the guardsman foraged in his pocket, muttering,
as he did so,
" He shall have It, if it was the last, the dear old
boy. Yes; it isn't much, but it's enough for a
feed of corn, and I '11 treat him to it, that I will."
There was a corn-chandler's near, and off the sol-
dier ran with the nosebag for a feed of corn ; and to
see him undo the headgear and put on the bag, the
horse meanwhile seeming to whinny and paw with
pleasure, made so hearty a picture that it was no
wonder some little boys cried " Hurrah ! " and the
cabman shook hands with the good-natured soldier.
"Be good to him," said the poor fellow, "use
him well. He 's as good a bit of stuff as ever was
in harness ; " and then he made inquiry as to where
the present stable of his four-footed friend was.
He then went on his way, his pocket lightened
perhaps of his last coin, but his heart warmed ; and
I have no doubt, from the look of the man's kind
face, that as often from that time as he could he
looked in to see old Valiant. s — Mrs Balfour.
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THE WIND IN A FROLIC.
l us-ti-e r
makron : ly
the wind one morning sprang up from sleep,
Saying, " Now for a frolic ! now for a leap !
Now for a mad-cap galloping chase !
I '11 make a commotion in every place ! "
Bo it swept with a bustle right through a great town,
Cracking the signs and scattering down
Shutters ; and whisking, with merciless squalls,
Old women's bonnets and gingerbread stalls.
There never was heard a much lustier shout,
As the apples and oranges trundled about ;
And the urchins that stand with their thievish eyes,
For ever on watch, ran off each with a prize.
Then away to the field it went, blust'ring and hum-
And the cattle all wonder'd what monster was coming ;
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It pluck'd by the tails the grave matronly cows,
And toss'd the colts' manes all over their brows ;
Till, offended at such an unusual salute,
They all turn'd their backs, and stood sulky and mut
So on it went capering and playing its pranks, —
Whistling with reeds on the broad river's banks,
Puffing the birds as they sat on the spray,
Or the traveller grave on the king's highway.
It was not too nice to hustle the bags
Of the beggar, and flutter his dirty rags ;
'Twas so bold, that it fear'd not to play its joke
With the doctor's wig or the gentleman's cloak.
Through the forest it roar'd, and cried, gaily, "Now,
You sturdy old oaks, I '11 make you bow ! "
And it made them bow without more ado,
Or it crack'd their great branches through and
Then it rush'd like a monster on cottage and farm,
Striking their dwellers with sudden alarm ;
And they ran out like bees in a midsummer swarm :
There were dames with their 'kerchiefs tied over theii
To see if their poultry were free from mishaps ; U
The turkeys they gobbled, the geese scream'd aloud, *
And the hens crept to roost in a terrified crowd ;
There was rearing of ladders, and logs were laid on.
Where tb£ thatch from the roof threaten'd soon to
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^>ut the wind had swept on, and had met in a lane
With a school-boy, who panted and struggled in vain ;
For it toss'd him and twirl'd him, then pass'd, and
With his hat in a pool and his shoes in the mud.
Then away went the wind in its holiday glee,
And now it was far on the billowy sea ;
And the lordly ships felt its staggering blow,
And the little boats darted to and fro.
But lo ! it was night and it sunk to rest,
On the sea-bird's rock in the gleaming west,
Laughing to think in its frolicsome fun,
How little of mischief it had done.
THE OLD MAN AND HIS ASS.
dis-mount-ing cqm-plais-ance trudg-ing
shoul-ders whist-ling crip-pled
An old man and his little boy were driving an
is to the market to sell. "What a fool is this
fellow," says a man upon the road, " to be trudging
on foot with his son, that his ass may go light ! "
The old man, hearing this, set his boy upon the ass,
and went whistling by his side. " Why, sirrah,"
cries a second man to the boy, " is it fit for you to
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be riding:, while your poor aged father is walking on
foot?" The father, upon this rebuke, took down
his boy from the ass and mounted himself. " D»
you see," says a third, " how the lazy old knave ride.4
along upon his beast, while his poor little boy is
almost crippled with walking ? " The old man no
sooner heard this, than he took up his son behind
him. " Pray, honest friend," says a fourth, " is that
ass your own ? " " Yes," says the man. " One would
not have thought so," replies the other, " by your
loading him as you do without mercy. You and
your son are better able to carry the poor beast than
he is to carry you."
" Anything to please," says the owner ; and dis-
mounting with his son, they tied the legs of the ass
together, and by the help of a pole tried to carry
him upon their shoulders over the bridge that led
to the town.
This was so amusing a sight, that the people came
in crowds to laugh at it ; till the ass, not liking the
too great complaisance of his master, burst asunder
the cords which tied him, slipped from the pole, and
tumbled into the river. The poor old man made
the best of his way home, ashamed and vexed, that,
by trying to please everybody, he had pleased no-
body, and lost his ass into the bargain.
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THE BEST FUN.
com-pan-ions e-ven-ing wear-i-some
as-sem-bled un-ob-serv-ed pro-po-sal
sep-ar-a-ted a-bun-dant ac-ced-ed
im-pa-tient re-si-dence af-ter-wards
sat-is-fac-tion de-mur-red in-vo-ca-tion
car-pen-ters ma-jor-i-ty de-lib-er-ate
" Now, boys, I '11 tell you how we can have some
fun," said Freddie to his companions, who had as-
sembled on a beautiful moonlight evening, for slid-
ing, snow-balling, and fun in general.
"How?" "Where?" "What is it?" asked
several eager voices all at once.
" I heard Widow M'Kay tell a man a little while
ago," replied Freddie, "that she would go over and
sit up with a sick child to-night. She said she
would be over about eight o'clock. Now, as soon
as she is gone, let us go and make a big snow man
on her door-step, so that when she comes back in
the morning, she cannot get into her house without
first knocking it out of the way."
" Capital," " First-rate," "Hurrah," shouted some
of the boys.
" See here," said Charlie, " I '11 tell you the best
"What is it?" again inquired several voices at once.
" Wait a while," said Charlie. " Who has a
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* I have," " So have I," " And I," answered three
of the boys. " But what in the world do you want
a wood saw for ? "
" You shall see," replied Charlie. " It is almost
eight o'clock now, so go and get your saws. You,
Freddie and Nathan, get each an axe, and I will get
a shovel. Let us all be back here in fifteen minutes,
and then I '11 show you the fun."
The boys separated to go on their several errands,
each wondering what the fun would be, and what
possible use could be made of wood saws and axes
in their play. But Charlie was not only a great
favorite with them all, but also a leader, and they
fully believed in him and in his promise. They all
ran quickly, and they were soon again assembled.
" Now," said Charlie, " Mrs M'Kay is gone, for I
met her when I was coming back, so let us be off at
"But what are you going to do?" inquired several
impatient members of the party.
" You shall see directly," replied the leader, as
they approached the humble residence of Mrs
" Now, boys," said Charlie, " you see that pile of
wood ; a man hauled it here this afternoon, and I
heard Mrs M'Kay tell him that unless she got some
one to saw it to-night, she would have hardly anything
to make a fire of in the morning. Now we can saw
and split that pile of wood just about as easy as we
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could build a great snow-man, and when Mrs M'Kay
comes home from her watching, she will be fully as
much surprised to find her wood sawed, as she would
to find a snow man on her door step, and a great
deal more pleasantly surprised too. What say you ?
Will you do it?"
One or two of the boys rather demurred at first.
They didn't like to saw wood, they said. But the
majority were in favor of Charlie's project, so they
finally joined in and went to work with a will.
" I '11 go round to the back of the shed," .said
Charlie, " and crawl through the window and un-
fasten the door. Then we will take turns in sawing,
splitting, and carrying in the wood ; and I Want to
pile it up nicely, and to shovel all the snow away
from the door ; and a good wide path, too, from the
door to the street — won't it be fun, when she comes
home and sees it ? "
The boys began to ehjoy the fun, for they felt
that they were doing a good deed, and each one
felt that pleasure and joy which always result from
It was not a long or wearisome job for seven
robust and healthy boys, to saw, split, and pile up
the poor widow's half-cord of wood, and to shovel
a good path. And when it was done, so great was
their pleasure and satisfaction, that one of the boys
who objected to the work at first, proposed that they
should go to a neighboring carpenter's shop, (where
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plenty of shavings could be had for the carrying
away,) and each bring an armful of kindling wood.
The proposal was readily accede d to, and this done,
they repaire d to their several homes, all of them
more than satisfied with the " fun " of the evening.
And next morning, when the weary widow returned
from watching by the sick-bed, and saw what was
done, she was pleasantly surprised ; and afterwards,
when a neighbor (who had, unobserv ed, witnessed
the labors of the boys) told how it was done, her
fervent invocation, " God bless the boys," was of it-
self, if they could but have heard it, an abundant
reward for their labors.
Ah ! boys and girls ! the best fun is always found
in doing something that is kind and useful. This
is the deliberate opinion of a gray-headed old man ;
but if you doubt it in the least, just try it for your-
selves, and you will be convinced.
in-clem-ent com-fort-a-ble beg-gar-man
tot-ter-ing wrin-kled stiff-en-ing
toil-some hos-pit-a-ble droop-ing
Around the fire, one wintry night,
The farmer's rosy children sat ;
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The fagot lent its blazing light,
And jokes went round and careless chat.
When, hark ! a gentle hand they hear ^^^JtSTA^ \
Low tapping at the boltedjdoor ;
And thus, to gain their willing ear,
A feeble voice was heard t' implore : —
" Cold blows the blast across the moor ;
The sleet drives hissing in the wind ;
The toilsome mountain lies before ;
A dreary treeless waste behind.
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" My eyes are weak and dim with age ;
No road, no path, can I descr y ;
And these poor rags ill stand the rage
Of such a keen i ncleme nt sky.
" So faint I am — these tottering feet
No more my feeble frame can bear ,
My sinking heart f orgets to bea t,
And drifting snows my tomb prepare.
" Open your hospitable door,
And shield me from the biting blast ;
Cold, cold it blows across the moor,
The weary moor that I have pass'd ! "
With hasty steps the farmer ran,
And close beside the fire they place
The poor half-frozen beggar-man,
With shaking limbs and pallid face
The little children flocking came
And warm'd his stiffening hands in the
And busily the good old dame
A comfortable mess prepares. '
Their kindness cheer'd his drooping soul ;
And slowly down his wrinkled cheek
The big round tear was seen to roll,
And told the thanks he could not speak.
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The children, too, began to sigh,
And all their merry chat was o'er,
And yet they felt, they knew not why,
More glad than they had been before. f£*
ne-glect-ing dig-ni-ty dis-coui-age
en-tan-gled per-se-ver-ance pro-ceed-ed
as-sist-ance fa-vor-a-ble ob-jec-tion
loos-en-ed fail-ures pro-per-ly
"Will you give my kite a lift?" said my little
ne phew to his sister, after trying in vain tp make
it fly by dragging it along the ground.
Lucy very kindly took it up, and threw it into
the air ; but her brother neglecting to run off at
the same momen t, the kite fell down again.
" Ah, now, how awkward you are ! " said the little
" It was your fault entirely," answered his sister.
"Try again, children," said I; and Lucy once
more took up the kite ; but now John was in too
great a hurry, he ran off so suddenly that he twitched
it out of her hand; .and the kite fell flat as before.
" Well, who is to blame now V asked Lucy.
" Try again," said I.
They did, and with more care; but a side-wind
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coming suddenly, as Lucy let go the kite, it was
blown among some shrubs, and the tail got en-
tangled in a moment, leaving the poor kite hanging
with its head downwards.
" There, there," exclaimed John ; "" that comes of
your throwing it all to one side."
" As if I could make the wind blow straight ! r '
In the meantime I went to the kite's assistance,
and having loosened the long tail, I rolled it up, say-
ing, " Come, children, there are too many trees here ;
let us find a more open space, and then try again."
We presently found a nice grass-plot, at one side
of which I took my stand; and all things being
prepared, I tossed the kite up, just as little John
ran off. It rose with all the di gnity of. a balloon,
and promised a lofty flight ; but John, deligh ted to
find it pulling so hard at the string, stopped short
to look upwards and admire. — The string slackened,
and the wind not being very favorable, down came
the kite to the grass.
" O John, you should not have stopped," said I.
" However, try again."
1 1 won't try any more," replied he, rather sul-
lenly. " It is of no use, you see. The kite won't fly,
and I don't want to be plagued with it any longer."
" Oh fie, my little man ! would you give up the
sport after all the pains we have taken both to
make and to fly the kite ! A few failures ought not
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to discourag e us. Come, I have wound up your
string ; and now, Try again."
And he did try, and succeeded, for the kite was
carried up on the breeze as lightly as a feather ;
and when the string was all out, John stood in great
delight, holding fast the stick, and gazing on the
kite, which now seemed as a little white speck in
the blue sky. " Look, look, aunt, how high it flies ;
and it pulls like a team of horses, so that I can
tiardly hold it. I wish I had a mile of string — I
am sure it would go to the end of it."
After enjoying the sight as long as he pleased,
little John proceede d to roll up the string slowly ;
and when the kite fell, he took it up with great glee,
saying that it was not at all hurt, and that it had
behaved very well. " Shall we come out to-morrow,
iiunt, after lessons, and Try again ? "
" I have no o_bjection, my dear, if the weather be
fine. And now, as we walk home, tell me what you
have learned from your morning's sport."
" I have learned to fly my kite properly."
" You may thank aunt for it, brother," said Lucy ;
" for you would have given it up long ago, if she had
not persuaded ygu to Try again."
" Yes, my dear children, I wish to teach you the
value of perseverance, even when nothing more de-
pends upon it than the flying of a kite. Whenever
you fail in your attempts to do any good thing, let
your motto be — Try again,"
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I. ANGRY WORDS.— II. A LITTLE WORD
wear-ing im-pulse de-so-late
sad-dest friend-ship bit-ter-est
un-bri-dled reck-less kind-ness
sin-cere mem-o-ries per-son
Poison-drops of care and sorrow,
Bitter poison-drops are they,
Weaving for the coming morrow
Saddest memories of to-day.
Angry words ! oh let them never
From the tongue unbridled slip ;
May the heart's best impulse ever
Check them, ere they soil the lip.
Love is much too pure and holy,
Friendship is too sacred far,
For a moments reckless folly
Thus to desolate and mar.
Angry words are lightly spoken,
Bitterest thoughts are rashly stirr'd,
Brightest links of life are broken
By a single angry word.
A LITTLE WOED.
A little word in kindness spoken,
A motion or a tear,
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Has often heal'd the heart that 's broken,
And made a friend sincere.
A word, a look, has crush'd to earth
Full many a budding flower,
Which, had a smile but own'd its birth,
Would bless life's darkest hour.
Then deem it not an idle thing
A pleasant word to speak ;
The face you wear, the thought you bring,
A heart may heal or break.
THE LIAR AND THE TRUTHFUL BOY.
pun-ish-ed i-ron-ing neigh-bor-hood
con-fess-ed de-ter-mined bra-zier
af-ter-wards per-suade neigh-bors
fright-en- ed hes-i-ta-ting dif-fer-ence
di-rect-ly hap-pen-ed sig-ni-fy
Frank and Robert were two little boys about
eight years of age. Whenever Frank did anything
wrong he always told his father and mother of it ;
and when anybody asked about anything which he
had done or said, he always told the truth, so that
everybody who knew him believed him.
But nobody who knew his brother Robert be-
lieved a word he said, because he used to tell lies.
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Whenever he did anything wrong, he did not tud
to Kis father and mother to tell them of it; but
when they asked hinTIEbout it, he denied it, and
said he had not done the things which ne had done
The reason that Kobert told lies was, because he
was afraid of being punished for his faults, if hi
confessed them. He was a coward, and could nol
bear""the least pain ; but Frank was a brave boy.
and could bear to be punished for his little faults :
his mother never punished him so much for such
little faults, as she did Kobert for the lies which he
told, and which she found out afterwards.
One evening, these two little boys were playing
together in a room by themselves ; their mot* a*
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was ironing in a room next to them, and their
father was out at work in the fields, so there was
nobody in the room with Robert and Frank; but
there was a little dog, Trusty, lying by the fireside.
Trusty was a pretty, playful little dog, and the
children were very fond of him.
"Come," said Robert to Frank, "there is Trusty
lying beside the fire asleep : let us go and waken
him, and he will play with us."
" Oh, yes, do let us ! " said Frank ; so they both
ran together towards the hearth to waken the dog.
Now, there was a basin of milk standing upon
the hearth ; and the little boys did not see where-
abouts it stood, for it was behind them. As they
were both playing with the dog, they kicked it with
their feet, and threw it down ; and the basin broke,
and all the milk ran out of it over the hearth and
about the floor. And when the little boys saw
what they had done, they were very sorry and
frightened; but they did not know what to do.
They stood for some time looking at the broken
basin and the milk without speaking.
Robert spoke first. " So we shall have no milk
for supper to-night," said he, and he sighed.
" No milk for supper ! — why not ? " said Frank
" Is there no more milk in the house ? "
" Yes, but we shall have none of it ; for do you
not remember last Monday, when we threw down
the milk, my mother said we were very careless,
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and that the next time we did so, we should have
no more ? And this is the next time ; so we shall
have no milk for supper to-night."
" Well, then," said Frank, " we must do without
it, that's all; we will take care another time; there's
no great harm done ; come, let us run and tell our
mother. You know she bids us always tell her
directly when we break anything; so come," said
he, taking hold of his brother's hand.
" I will come just now," said Eobert ; " don't be
in such a hurry, Frank. Can't you stay a minute ?"
So Frank stayed ; and then he said, " Come now,
Eobert." But Robert answered, " Stay a little
longer ; for I dare not go yet. I am afraid."
Little boys, I advise you never to be afraid to tell
the truth ; never say, " Stay a minute," and " Stay
a little longer," but run directly and tell of what
you have done that is wrong.
Frank said no more ; but as his brother would
not come, he went without him. He opened the
door of the next room, where he thought his mother
was ironing ; but whei> he went in, he found that
she was out, and he thought she was gone to fetch
more clothes to iron. The clothes, he knew, were
hanging on the bushes in the garden ; and he ran
after her to tell her what had happened.
Now, whilst Frank was gone, Robert was left in
the room by himself; and all the while he was
alone, he was thinking of some excuses to make to
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I;is mother, and he was sorry that Frank was gone
to tell her the truth. He said to himself, " If Frank
und I both were to say that we did not throw down
the basin, she would believe us, and we should have
milk for supper. I am sorry Frank would go to
tell her about it."
Just as he said this to himself, he heard his
mother coming down stairs ; and then this naughty,
cowardly boy determined to tell his mother a lie.
So when she came into the room, and asked, " Who
did this?" Robert said, "I don't know."
" You don't know, Robert ! Tell me the truth.
I shall not be angry with you, child. You will
only lose the milk at supper ; and as for the basin,
I would rather have you break all the basins I have
than tell me a lie. I ask you, Robert, did you
break the basin ? "
"No, mother, I did not," said Robert, and he
colored like fire.
" Then where is Frank ? Did he do it ?"
" No, mother, he did not," said Robert ; " for he
.vas in hopes that when Frank came in he should
persuade him to say that he did not do it."
"How do you know," said the mother, "that
Frank did not do it?"
" Because — because — because, mother," said
Robert, hesitating, as liars do for an excuse, " be-
cause I was in the room all the time, and I did not
see him do it."
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" Then how was the hasin thrown down ? If yoi,
have been in the room all the time, you can tell.'-'
Then Robert, going on from one lie to another
answered, " I suppose the dog must have done it."
"Did you see him do it?" said his mother.
" Yes," said this wicked boy.
" Trusty, Trusty," said she, turning round ; and
Trusty, who was lying before the fire drying his
legs, which were wet with milk, jumped up and
came to her. Then she said, "Fie! fie! Trusty,"
pointing to the milk. « Get me a switch out of the
garden, Robert ; Trusty must be beat for this."
Robert ran for the switch, and in the garden he
met his brother. He stopped him, and told him in
a great hurry all that he had said to his mother, and
begged of him not to tell the truth, but to say the
same as he had done.
" No, I will not tell a lie," said Frank. « What !
is Trusty to be beat ? He did not throw down the
milk, and he shall not be beat for it. Let me go to
They both ran towards the house. Robert got
home first, and he locked the house-door, that Frank
might not come in. He gave the switch to his
Poor Trusty! he looked up as the switch was
lifted over his head ; but he could not speak to tell
the truth. Just as the blow was falling upon him,
Frank's voice was heard at the window.
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"Stop, stop! dear mother, stop!" cried he, as
loud as ever he could call. " Trusty did not do it ;
let me in. Robert and I did it, but do not beat
• Let us in, let us in !" cried another voice, which
Robe/t knew to be his father's. " I am just come
from work, and here is the door locked."
Robert turned as pale as ashes when he heard his
father's voice; for his father always whipped him
when he told a lie.
His mother went to the door, and unlocked it.
"What is all this?" cried his father, as he came
In ; so his mother told him all that had happened.
" Where is the switch with which you were going
to beat Trusty ?" said he.
Then Robert, who saw by his father's looks that
he was going to beat him, fell upon his knees and
cried for mercy, saying, " Forgive me this time, and
I wili never tell a lie again."
Buii his father caught hold of him by the arm ;
" I will whip you now," said he, " and then I hope
you -will not." So Robert was whipped till he cried
so loud with pain that the whole neighborhood
could hear him.
"There," said his father, when he had done,
" now go without supper. You are to have no
milk to-night, and you have been whipped. See
how liars are served ! " Then turning to Frank :
" Come here and shake hands with me, Frank. You
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will have no milk for supper, but that does not sig-
nify ; you have told the truth, and have not been,
whipped, and everybody is pleased with you. And
now I will tell you what I will do for you. I wi 1 !.
give you the little dog Trusty, to be your own dog.
You shall feed him, and take care of him, and he
shall be your dog. You have saved him from a
beating, and I will answer for it you will be a good
master to him. Trusty, Trusty, come here."
Trusty came. Then Frank's father took oft
Trusty's collar. " To-morrow I will go to the
brazier's," added he, " and get a new collar made
for your dog. From this day forward he shall al-
ways be called after you, Frank ! And, wife, when-
ever any of the neighbors' children ask why th^
dog Trusty is to be called Frank, tell them thlb
story of our two boys : let them know the differ-
ence between a liar and a boy of truth."
The finest cloth that men can sell
"Wears out when years are past ;
The pitcher oft goes to the well,
But it is broke at last :
And both alike this moral tell,
Virtue alone stands fast
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I. DEEDS OF KINDNESS.— II. HUMILITY.
trav-el-ler moist-en a-dor-a-tion
fra-grant night-in-gale oot-stool
dew-drop hu-mil-i-ty near-est
DEEDS OP KINDNESS.
Suppose the little cowslip
Should hang its golden cup,
And say, " I 'm such a tiny flower,
I 'd better not grow up ; "
How many a weary traveller
Would miss its fragrant smell,
How many a little child would grieve
To lose it from the dell.
Suppose the glistening dew-drop
Upon the grass should say,
" What can a little dew-drop" do ?
I 'd better roll away \"
The blade on which it rested,
Before the day was done,
Without a drop to moisten it,
Would wither in the sun.
Suppose the little breezes,
Upon a summer's day,
Should think themselves too small to coo 1
The traveller on his way ;
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Who would not miss the smallest
And softest ones that blow,
And think they made a great mistake
If they were talking so.
How many deeds of kindness
A little child may do,
Although it has so little strength,
And little wisdom too.
It wants a loving spirit,
Much more than strength, to prove
How many things a child may do
For others by his love.
The bird that soars on highest wing,
Builds on the ground her lowly nest ;
And she that doth most sweetly sing,
Sings in the shade when all things rest ;
In lark and nightingale we see
What honor hath humility.
The saint that wears heaven's brightest croi
In deepest adoration bends ;
The weight of glory bows him down
Then most, when most his soul ascends ;
Nearest the throne itself must be
The footstool of humility.
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I. THE BOLD BOY AND THE COWARD.
—II. BY-AND-BY.— III. THE POX AND
THE BOLD BOY AND THE COWAED.
Two boys were one day going home from school,
when, on turning the corner of a street, the bigger
of the two called out, " A fight ! a fight ! let us go
and see." " No," said the other, " let us go home ;
we have nothing to do with the quarrel, and may
get into mischief." " You are a coward, and afraid
to go," said the other, and off he ran.
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The younger went straight home, and next day
as he was going to school some of the other boy;?
met him, and laughed at him a great deal for not
going to the fight. But he did not mind them
much, as he had no reason to be ashamed of what
he had done, and he knew that true courage wafl
shown most in bearing blame when it is not deserve
A few days after, these boys were all bathing,
when one of them got into deep water, and began
to drown. The boys were all afraid to go near him,
and got out of the water as fast as they could.
The lad would very soon have been lost, had not
the boy who would not go to the fight, and who
had been laughed at by them as a coward, just then
come up. He at once threw off his clothes, and
jumping into the water, just reached the boy in
time, and by great effort brought him to shore.
The other boys were now all much ashamed, and
confessed he had more courage than any of them.
There 's a little mischief-making
Elfin, who is ever nigh,
Thwarting every undertaking,
And his name is By-and-By.
" What we ought to do this minute,
Will be better done," he '11 cry,
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" If to-morrow we begin it —
Put it off," says By-and-By.
Those who heed his treacherous wooing
Will his faithless guidance rue — ■
What we always put off doing,
Clearly we shall never do.
We shall reach what we endeavor
If on " Now " we more rely ;
But unto the realms of " Never,"
Leads the pilot " By-and-By."
THE FOX AND THE DKAKE.
The fox jump'd up on a moonlight night,
The stars were shiniug, and all things bright ;
O ho ! said the fox, it 's a very fine night
For me to go through the town, e-oh
The fox, when he came to yonder stile,
He lifted his ears, and he listen'd a while ;
ho I said the fox, it 's but a short mile
From this unto yonder town, e-oh !
The fox, when he came to the farmer s gate,
Whom should he see but the farmer's drake?
1 love you so well for your master's sake,
And long to be picking your bones, e-oh
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The gray goose she ran round the hay-stack :
O ho ! said the fox, you are very fat ;
You '11 do very well to ride on my back
From this unto yonder town, e-oh !
The farmer's wife, she jump'd out of bed,
And out of the window she popp'd her head :
Oh, husband ! oh, husband ! the geese are all dead.
For the fox has been through the town, e-oh !
The farmer he loaded his pistol with lead,
And shot the old rogue of a fox through the head :
Ah, ah ! said the farmer, I think you 're quite dead,
And no more you '11 trouble the town, e-oh !
SECOND BOOK OF BEADING LESSONS.
WHITTINGTON AND HIS CAT.
Jn the reign of King Edward the Third, there
llwd in a small country village a poor couple,
named Whittington, who had a son called Dick.
His parents dying when he was very young, he
could scarcely remember them at all ; and as he
was not old enough to work, he was for a long
time badly off, until a kind but poor old woman
took pity on him, and made her little cottage his
She always gave him good advice ; and as he was
hard»workitfg and well-behaved, he became quite a
favorite in the village. When he was fourteen
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years old, and had grown up to be a stout, good-
looking lad, the good old woman died, and he had
to look out how to earn his living by his own
efforts. Now Dick was a boy of quick parts, and
fond of gaining knowledge by asking questions of
everybody who could tell him something useful.
In this way he had heard much about the wonder-
ful city of London ; more, indeed, than was true,
for the country-folks were fond of talking of it as a
place where the streets were paved with gold. This
arose from their ignorance, for very few indeed
amongst them had ever seen it. Although Did?
was not such a ninny as to believe this nonsense,
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yet he felt very curious to go to London and see it
with his own eyes, hoping in so great and wealthy
i place he should get on better than he could in a
poor country village.
One fine summer morning, therefore, he boldly
started on his journey, with but a trifle of money in
his pocket, yet full of good spirits and hope. When
lie had walked on for some hours, he felt very tired,
and was rather alarmed at the thought of how he
was to get over the ground. While he was thinking
about this, he heard the wheels of a heavy wagon
on its way to London, slowly coming along the road
behind him. This rough sound was like music to
his ears, weary as he then was. As soon as the
wagoner came up, Dick without much ado told him
his plan, and begged that he might have a lift until
his legs were rested enough to let him walk again.
This the man agreed to, and so, partly by riding,
and partly by walking side by side with the wag-
oner, Dick managed to reach the great city he was
so anxious to behold.
Though Dick's heart beat with joy on finding
himself really in London, he was not quite pleased
with the look of the streets and houses. He had
fancied to himself a grander and richer sort of place
than the city seemed to him at first sight to be.
But this is a very common kind of mistake — indeed,
we all of us make it sometimes; in our fancy, every-
thing we have yet to see appears only on its bright
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side, but in reality everything has its dark side as;
well. Dick soon found out this truth for himself,
as we shall see presently.
After Dick had parted with the friendly wagoner,
he had only a groat left out of his little store of
money ; a night's lodging, and a scanty meal or two
soon exhausted this, and after wandering about for
a whole day, he felt so weary and faint from fatigue
and hunger, that he threw himself down on the
steps of a doorway, and resting his head on this
hard pillow, slept soundly until morning. Not
knowing what to do, he walked on further, and
looking about him, his eye fell on a strange-look-
ing knocker on the door of a large house, just like
the face of a black monkey grinning. He could
not help grinning too, and then he began to think
there could be no great harm if he lifted the knockei
and waited to see who should appear. Now, the
house stood in a busy part of London, and belonged
to a worthy merchant of the name of Fitz warren,
who had a daughter called Alice, of about the same
age as Dick. It was the cook, a sour-looking, ill-
tempered woman, who opened the door. When she
saw it was a poor, ill-dressed, country lad who had
disturbed her at breakfast, she began to abuse him
roughly and to order him away. Luckily for Dick,
Mr Fitzwarren, who was a kind, polite gentleman,
came up to the door at this moment, and listened
carefully to the poor lad's story ; and so much struck
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was he with his truthful aspect and simple language
that he kindly ordered Dick to be taken into the
house and cared for, until he should be able to get
his living in some decent way.
Alice, the merchant's daughter, who had over-
heard all this, and well knowing the unfeeling nature
of the cook, did all she could to save Dick from the
cook's ill will and harsh treatment. Her own kind-
ness of heart made her feel for the distress of the
/poor orphan boy, and she tried her best to make her
parents take some interest in his welfare. She suc-
ceeded so far, that they agreed Dick should remain
in the house if -he could make himself useful by
assisting the cook, and in other ways. • This, how-
ever, was not a very easy matter, for the cook never
liked the boy from the first, and did all she could to
spite him. Amongst her other acts of cruelty, she
made him sleep on a wretched hard bed placed in
an old loft, sadly infested with rats and mice. Dick
dared not to complain ; and besides, he did not like
to make mischief ; so he bore with his trouble as
long as he could, and resolved at length, when
>he should have money enough, to buy himself a
cat. Now, it happened that, within a very few
days from this, a poor woman, passing by the door
while he was cleaning it, offered to sell him a cat,
and when she heard his story, let him have it for
,Dick took his prize up to his loft, and there kept
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. pussy in an old wicker basket, with a cover to it, to
be out of the cook's sight, as he feared she would
do the cat a mischief if she found her straying
about. Now and then he would take pussy with
him when he went out on errands, so that they soon
became great friends. Not only was pussy a capital
mouser, and very soon got rid of his nightly visitors,
the rats and mice, but she was very clever and quick
in learning many diverting tricks that her master
tried to make her perform. One day when Dick
was amusing himself with her antics, he was sur-
prised by his young mistress, Alice, who became
afterwards almost as fond of the cat as Dick was
This young lady always remained the poor lad's
friend, and this cheered him up under the barbarous
usage he received from the cook, who sometimes
beat him severely. Alice was not beautiful in per-
son, but what was of greater real value to her, she
was truly amiable in temper, and had the most
pleasing manners. It was no wonder, then, that
Whittington, smarting under the ill treatment of
the coarse cookmaid, should regard his kind young
mistress as nothing less than an angel ; whilst the
modesty of the youth, his correct conduct, his re-
spectful bearing, and his love of truth interested
Alice so much in his behalf, that she persuaded her
father to let one of the young men teach him to
write, for he could already read very well ; and tbr
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progress he made In this, and in acquiring further
)tnowledge, was a matter of surprise to all.
Mr Fitzwarren, as we have said, was a merchant ;
and it was his custom, whenever one of his ships
frent out, to call his family and servants around
him, and ask them all in turn to make a little
venture, according to their wishes or power, under
the special charge of the captain. Poor Whittington
was the only one absent when this next happened ;
he, poor fellow, felt ashamed that he possessed
nothing of value to send as his venture. But he
was called for, and told that he must produce some-
thing — no matter what — to try his luck. The poor
youth then burst into tears, from very vexation and
shame, when his kind friend Alice whispered in his
?ar, " Send your cat, Dick;" and forthwith he was
ordered to take Pussy, his faithful friend and com-
panion, on board, and place her in the hands of the
captain. His young mistress, however, took good
care to make the mouser's good qualities known to
the captain, so that he might make the most of her
for Dick's benefit.
After the loss of his cat Dick felt rather sorrow-
ful, and this was not made less by the taunts and
jeers of his old enemy, the cook, who used to tease
him constantly about his " fine venture," and the
great fortune he was to make by it. Poor fellow !
she led him a wretched life; and as his young
mistress, besides, was soon after absent from home
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on a visit, he lost heart entirely, and could no longei
bear to live in the same house with his tormentor.
In this gloomy state of mind, he resolved to quit
Mr Fitzwarren's house, and he started off one morn-
ing very early, unnoticed by any one, and wandered
some distance out of town. Tired and wretched,
he flung himself upon a large stone by the roadside,
which, from his having rested himself upon it, is called
Whittington's Stone to this day. He presently sank
into a sort of doze, from which he was roused by
the sound of Bow Bells, that began to ring a peal,
as it was All-souls' day. As he listened to them,
ie fancied he could make out the following words,
addressed to himself, and the more he listened, the
plainer the bells seemed to chant them to his ear :
" Turn again, Whittington,
Lord Mayor of London."
A new spirit of hope was awakened within him,
as he kept repeating these words after the bells, for
they inspired him with great thoughts. So dis-
tinctly did they appear to be addressed to him, that
he was resolved to bear any hardships rather than
check his way to fortune by idle repining. So he
made the best of his way home again, and, late in
the morning as it was, he luckily got into the house
without his absence having been noticed. Like a
brave-hearted boy, he exerted himself now more
than ever to make himself useful, above all to his
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worthy master and his kind young mistress, and he
'jucceeded beyond his hopes ; almost everybody saw
that he was desirous to do his duty, and to excel in
*,11 he tried to do. Alice was more and more satis-
fied with his conduct, and heard with pleasure of
the great progress he was making in his studies.
But the cook continued as surly as ever, although
she must have seen he no longer minded her ill-
temper as he used to do.
While matters were thus going on at home, Mr
Fitzwarren's ship, the Unicorn, was slowly pursu-
ing her voyage to a distant part of Africa. In those
days the art of sailing was but little known, and
much greater dangers were incurred through igno-
rance in steering vessels than is now the case. The
Unicorn was unlucky enough to meet with much
foul weather, and was so tossed about that she lost
her latitude; but what was worse, owing to her
being so long away from any port, her provisions
were nearly all gone, and every one on board began
to despair of their ever returning to England. It
was wonderful that, all through this dreadful period
of suffering, Whittington's cat should have been
kept alive and well ; but so it was, and this no
doubt was owing to the great care taken of her by
the captain himself, who had not forgotten the
interest Alice had expressed to him about the cat.
Not only was pussy by this means kept alive, but
she contrived to bring up a little family of kittens
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that she had during the voyage ; their funny tricks
greatly diverted the sailors, and helped to keep
them in good humor when they began to feel dis-
At length, when the last biscuit bad been eaten,
and nothing but death seemed to be in store for the
poor sailors, they were rejoiced to find that their
prayers to Heaven for aid had been heard : for when
day broke, land was seen. This proved to be a
kingdom on the African coast, abounding with
wealth. The people who lived there were black,
but they were kind, and much pleased to be visited
by the ships of white men, for the cruel slave-trade
had not then been heard of among them. The
king, as soon as he was told of the arrival of the
Unicorn, sent some of his great men to invite the
captain and a few of his companions to visit his
court, and to have the honor of dining with him
and his queen.
A grand dinner, in the fashion of the country,
was provided for the occasion ; and great good
humor prevailed until the dishes were placed on
the table, when the white visitors were astonished at
the appearance of rats and mice in vast numbers,
which came from their hiding-places, and devoured
nearly all the viands in a very short time. The
king and queen seemed to regard this as no uncom-
mon event, although they felt ashamed it should
occur on this occasion.
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When the captain found, on making inquiry, that
there was no such animal as a cat known in the
country, he all at once thought of asking leave to
introduce Whittington's cat at court, feeling con-
vinced that pussy would soon get rid of the abom-
inable rats and mice that infested it. The royal pair
and the whole court listened to the captain's account
of the cat's good qualities as a mouser with wonder
and delight, and were eager to see her talents put to
the proof. Puss was taken ashore in her wicker
basket, and a fresh repast having been prepared,
which, on being served up, was about to be attacked
in a similar way to the previous one, when she
sprung in a moment among the crowd of rats and
mice, killing several, and putting the rest to flight
in less than the space of a minute.
Nothing could exceed the joy caused by this event.
The king and queen and all their people knew not
how to make enough of pussy, and they became
more and more fond of her when they found how
gentle and playful she could be with them, although
so fierce in battling with rats and mice. As might
be expected, the captain was much pressed to, leave
this valuable cat with his black friends, and he,
thinking that they would no doubt make a right
royal return for so precious a gift, readily acceded
to the request. The queen's attachment to puss
seemed to know no bounds, and she felt great alarm
lest any accident should befall her, fearing that, in
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that case, the odious rats and mice would return,
more savage than ever. The captain comforted her
greatly, however, by telling her that pussy had a
young family of kittens on board, which should also
be duly presented at court.
Now the queen had a tender heart, and when she
had heard from the captain all the particulars of
Whittington's story, and of the poor lad's great
regret at parting with his cat, she feit quite loath
to deprive him of his favorite ; the more so that
pussy's kittens were found to be quite able to
frighten away the rats and mice. So the cat was
replaced in her wicker basket and taken on board
again. The gratitude of the king and queen for the
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.mportant services rendered by pussy and her family
was shown by the rich treasures they sent to Whit-
tington, as the owner of the wonderful cat.
The captain, having at last completed his business,
and got ready his ship as well as he could, took
leave of his African friends, and set sail for England ;
and after a very long absence, during which Mr
Fitzwarren had given up the ship for lost, she safely
arrived in the port of London. When the captain
called upon the merchant, the latter was much
affected at again seeing so valued a friend restored
to him, whom he regarded as lost. The ladies also,
who were present, wept for joy, and were very
curious to hear of the perils encountered and the
strange sights witnessed by the captain. Alice, in
particular, wanted to know without delay what had
befallen Dick's cat, and what was the success of his
venture. When the captain had explained all that
had happened, he added that Whittington ought to
be told of the result of his venture very carefully,
otherwise his good luck might make him lose his
wits. But Mr Fitzwarren would hear of no delay,
and had him sent for at once.
Poor Dick at that moment had just been basted
by the cook with a ladle of dripping, and was quite
ashamed to appear in such a plight before company.
But all his woes were soon forgotten when the
worthy merchant told him of his good fortune, and
added that it was a just reward granted by Heaven
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for his patience under hard trials, and for his gocx /
conduct and industry. When the boxes and bales
containing the treasures given by the African king
and queen to the owner ot the cat, and marked out-
side with a large W, were displayed before the aston-
ished youth, he burst into tears, and implored his
master to take all, if he would but continue to be
his friend. But the merchant would touch none cf
it, declaring it to belong to Whittington, and to him
alone. Before the captain took his leave, he said to
Dick playfully, "I have another present for you
from the African queen," and calling to a sailor be-
low, ordered him to bring up the wicker-basket, out
of which leaped Mrs Puss, to the great joy of her
former master ; and right happy was she to see him
again, purring round him, and rubbing her head
against his face when he took her up in his arms.
For the rest of her days she continued to live with
her grateful master.
Dick made a liberal and proper use of his wealth,
rewarding all who had been in any way kind to
him ; nor did he even omit his old enemy, the
cook, when bestowing his bounty, although she could
never after look at him full in the face, from a sense
of shame. Mr Fitzwarren constantly refused Whit-
tington's earnest wishes that he would accept at
least some of his great wealth, but he agreed to
become his guardian and the manager of his property
until he should be of age. Under his prudent
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, unsel, Whittington grew up to be a thriving mer-
.*nant, and a wise and good citizen.
With all his success, he never lost his old modesty
of bearing, and deeply as he loved Alice, he for a
long time delayed to make his secret known to her
father, lest he should be thought ungrateful; but
the kind merchant had long suspected the fact, and
at last taxed Richard with it. He could not deny
it, but found he had no cause to regret having
opened his heart to Mr Fitzwarren. That worthy
tnan, on Whittington's coming of age, rewarded him
with the hand of his daughter, who fully shared his
.love, having long in secret regarded him with favor.
Whittington rose in importance every year, and
vras much esteemed by all persons. He served in
Parliament, was knighted also, and was thrice Lord
Mayor of London — thus fulfilling the prophecy
uttered, as he had fancied, by Bow Bells. When
be served that office for the third time, it was
during the reign of Harry the Fifth, just after that
great king had conquered France. Sir Richard
gave a feast to him and his queen in such great
style, that the king was pleased to say, "Never
prince had such a subject ! " to which it has been
iaid the Lord Mayor loyally replied, "Never sub-
feet had such a prince ! " At this feast the king
was much pleased with a fire made from choice
woods and fragrant spices, upon which Sir Richard
said that he would add something that would make
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the fire burn more brightly, for the pleasure of his
king ; when he threw into the flames many bonds
given by the king for money borrowed of the citi-
zens to carry on the war with France, and which
Sir Richard had called in and paid to the amount
of sixty thousand pounds.
After a long life, this good man, who made him-
self much loved by his noble public works and acts
of charity, for many of which he is still kept in
memory, died, greatly to the sorrow of every one,
having survived Alice, his wife, about twenty