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ALWAYS HAPPY!

OR

ANECDOTES

OF

FELIX AND HIS SISTER SERENA.


WRITTEN FOR HER CHILDREN,

BY A MOTHER.



SIXTEENTH EDITION.




LONDON:
GRANT AND GRIFFITH,
RUCCSOR8S TO
J. HARRIS, CORNER OF ST. PAUL'S CHURBOCtUD.


















































LONDON I
Printed by 8. &J. BnuTLr and HmayB FLIT,
Baugr Home, Shoe Lane.









DEDICATION.



IN the winter of 1812-13, a little circh
of young children were accustomed to bx
amused by short tales, made at the mo.
ment, for their amusement and instruction
-The beneficial effects which these litth
Stories produced in the conduct of the younj
listeners, first gave the idea of writing the
following Tale; thus hoping to impress a
more permanent advantage. In this hope
an anxious Mother dedicates this little
Work to her six beloved Children.

DzvoNsHIRs.





CONTENTS.




CHAPTER I.
IPAG
INTRODUCTION.-A Cure for Discontent.-The
Mischiefs of Silly Fears.-Courage always ami-
able. 1

CHAPTER II.

A Remedy for Peevishness.-Active Assistance
better than useless Sympathy.-Fine Clothes often
troublesome.-Wishing very foolish. 21

CHAPTER III.

The Pleasures of Walking.-The Inconveni-
ences of a Coach. Change produced by Ill-
humour.- Greediness punished. 36

CHAPTER IV.

Sorrow useless. The Pleasures of SBehool.-
The Advantage of speaking Truth.- The best
Reward for a good Action is Self-approval. f





VI CONTENTS.



CHAPTER V.
PAGI
Money only valuable according as it is used.-
Stinginess described.-Perseverance conquers great
Difficulties.-The Nobleness of acknowledging an
Error.-Returning Good for Evil, the only Chris-
tian Revenge. 71


CHAPTER VI.

Accuracy in Spelling essential to Writing.-
Accuracy in Language essential to Truth.-Pa-
tience in Sickness and Pain.- Time found for
every useful Business.-The Evils of Procrastina-
tion.-Dreams. 8


CHAPTER VII.

Obedience a Virtue.-Vexation most frequently
produced by ourselves. Happiness or Sorrow
springs from our own Hearts. 101


CHAPTER VIII.

Happiness to be found everywhere. Town
and Country have both their own Advantages.-
The Charms of early Morning. The Benefits
of Activity. 1





CONTENTS


CHAPTER IX.
PAIo
The Duty of Exertion.-Indolence a Crime.-
How to shorten a long Day.-Anxiety indulged
leads to many Mischiefs. 141


CHAPTER X.

False Sensibility.-The Blessings of Home.-
Conclusion. 158






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ALWAYS HAPPY.



CHAPTER I.

INTRODUCTION -A Cure for Discontent.-The Mis-
chiefs of Silly Fears.-Courage always amiable.

IN the neighbourhood of a small coun-
try town lived Felix and his sister Se-
rena. They loved each other tenderly,
and were happy in having kind parents,
who were always attentive to their im-
provement and happiness. The father
of Felix was not rich, but he was con-
tented with what he had. His name
was not graced with any title of nobi-
lity: he was neither a lord nor a duke.
He was simply an honest man; a title
self-earned, and placing its posse8or
B





Z ALWAYS HAPPY.
amongst all good men. He was con
passionate, he was pious, and all hi
neighbours loved and respected him.
Felix had many good qualities, bu
he had also many faults; he was some
times passionate,. sometimes idle, somc
times self-conceited. Of these faull
he knew he could cure himself, for h:
father had told him so : and, though
She was not remarkably clever, he ha
sense enough to resolve to conquer hi
faults. In the end, as might be ei
pected, he succeeded: and you wi
hear how, by his constant endeavour
he grew up to be almost as good a ma
as his father.
Serena was younger than her brother
she was not a pretty little girl, but sl
looked so clean, so good-humoured, an
so cheerful, that she was loved by a
who knew her; nobody ever though
whet~hr she was handsome or no
Yet erena. like her brother. sometime




WE -SrJVKIOV'I.


id wrong. ine was apt to cry about
rifles, was very careless and forgetful;
nd, in short, like most little children,
ad many faults to be corrected. Yet,
y minding all her mother said to
er, and every day trying to im-
rove by little and little, I assure
ou, she became a very amiable, sensible
roman.
Though faults can be certainly, they
cannot be easily, cured. Those who
ave the greatest faults to amend,
lust of course have the most merit
rhen they do conquer them. When
'elix, in the midst of a sulky fit, rea-
oned himself into a good temper, and,
instead of sullen looks, turned to his
sister with a good-humoured smile, his
ieart always told him how properly he
vas behaving. And when Serena, in
he midst of her tears, recollected for
what a silly trifle she cried, the moment
he wiped her eyes and became cheer-




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ful, she felt a kind pleasure, which al
must feel when they heartily try to d
what is right.
Now the methods by which this little
boy and this little girl learned to im
prove in knowledge and in virtue, an,
the happy life they led, will, I thin
make a very pretty story, and amuse u
all, I dare say, very much.
It was winter; the snow lay thick oi
the ground, the frost had hardened th
water, and the cold was very severe.
Oh! how cold it is, how very cold I
said Serena, and her little face seemed<
drawing up into a cry. "True, mn
love," said her mother, "we are a]
cold, and we must bear it patiently.
Serena looked as if she would no
bear it patiently: her mother wen
on, "Think, my Serena, how man;
poor little children have other evils, a
great as the frost, to bear, and thor
in addition to it. Without clothes







they must suffer." "But, mamma, t
think they are worse does not mak
me better."-" It ought to make yo
more patient, since you have so muc
less to suffer; it ought to make yo
thankful, since you have so much mor
to enjoy. Look at this warm froci
this blazing fire, this bowl of smoking
bread and milk! are not these con
forts, Serena V" Oh I yes, mammi
great comforts," smacking her lips, a
she tasted her nice breakfast. "An
are you particularly good, that yo
should possess such advantages above
hundreds of little starving girls ?" Se
rena blushed, and put down her spooz
"I fear not, mamma."-" Well, thet
my love, try to thank a good Go
who has been so bountiful to you, b
gratefully and cheerfully enjoying th
many blessings He has showered upa
you; and, since your*own lot can pro






duce only smiles, let the next tear I
see twinkling in your eye come there
for the real sorrows of another, not for
the fancied woes of yourself." As her
mother said this, she kissed her little
Serena, and the happy child felt in her
heart that she had indeed a great deal
to be thankful for.
Felix now entered the room with a
glowing face, and, running up to his
mother, "Oh! mother," said he, "here
is a poor, shivering, old man at the door
- may I give him something You
know, I was the best child yesterday."
"Well, then, take your reward: here
are some halfpence, go, give them to
the poor, shivering, old man." Felix
joyfully executed the commission, and,
when he returned, told his sister that
the old man had said, "God -bless you,
my dear !"-" I hope," answered Sere-
na, "that I shall behave the best to-
day, and then to-morrow somebody shall





CHRISTMAS BINUVOLNMO. 7
say so to me."-" What is all this I"
said their father. I thought, my
dear," turning to his wife, "I thought
you never relieved common street-beg-
gars, such as this man was."-" Nor do
I," replied his wife, "at any other sea-
son of the year ; but at Christmas, I
find, it is a general practice for every
housekeeper to contribute his mite, by
which means a useful sum is collect-
ed; I therefore add my little offering
to the store."-" And whichever of the
children behaves best you make your
almoner "-" I do."-" Then, my love,
be assured you make the best possible
use of your mite." The breakfast was
now over. The children flew eagerly
to their books; reading, writing, and
spelling each came forward in turn.
Felix and his father devoted half i'
hour to Latin grammar, whilst Bereas*
bringing her stool, sat down to wort"
by her mother; she was hemming it





8 ALWAYS HAPPY.
handkerchief for her brother, and as
her fingers swiftly passed over her
work, her little tongue was equally
busy. "Pray, mamma, when shall I
learn music ?"--"I do not think, Sere-
na, you will ever learn it."--"Never
learn music! Why, mamma, I thought
every body learned it; you know you
have."-" Yes, my dear, because I had
a good deal of leisure."-" And so have
I, I am sure." "And yet, Serena,
though you have so much time, I do
not find that your brother's handker-
chief is finished yet." "But that is
such tedious work, the same thing
over and over again."-" And do you
think you could learn music without
going over and over again ? Nothing,
you :know, requires more perseverance
than learning to play on a pianoforte.
Did not Miss Wood tell us she had
practised six hours a day for many
years "-" Yes, mamma."-"And what




FUL RMPLOYMINK


else did she say I"-" I remember, for
it surprised me very much; she said
that now she did not open her instru-
ment once in a month."-"But yet she
had time ?".-"Oh yes, because she
said she made all her father's shirts,
which he would have had made out of
the house, but she preferred doing
them." Then, I suppose, having
tried both, she found needlework one
of the most amusing as well as the most
useful employments" Then, shall
I never learn anything but needle-
work ?"-" I hope you will: but you
must learn that well first, for it is ne-
cessary. Music, drawing, and dancing
are unnecessary, and must therpre
be only thought of as amusements; as
such, should your taste dispose you
to any of these acquirements, I shall
very willingly allow you to follow
them."-" But French I shall certainly
learn V"-"Yes, French is now almost




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become a necessary part of education,
and I hope you will not only read it,
but speak it." "I am sure I shall
never have courage to speak it."-" Do
not be sure, Serena; suppose yourself
in company with a Frenchwoman, who
could not speak one word of English;
would not you be happy to relieve her
distress, and address her in her own
language ?" "Yes, if I had resolu-
tion."-" You must never want resolu-
tion to do what is right. As soon as
you have determined what is most pro-
per for you to do, you must steadily
perform it, whatever exertion it may
cost you. I would not have my Serena
thought bold or forward, but I hope I
shall always see her possess a modest
confidence. However, your work is
finished; we will therefore talk more
of this another time; now bring your
bonnet and coat, and we will take owr
morning's walk."-" In the snow ?"-" *





we shall find a good path."
The walk. did not prove so unples-
sant as Serena expected, and she re-
turned home with an excellent appetite
for her dinner. The day closed in early,
and the family drew round their cheer-
ful fire. "And now, papa," said Felix,
"do tell us a story ; you know we dearly
love stories, and this is just the time
to enjoy them." His father smiled-
" Will you, then, promise to be quiet t I
do not like talking in a noise."-" In-
deed I will be very still," cried Feliz.
"And I too," exclaimed Serena, "I will
be as still as a mouse 1"
"A mouse is not always still, Sere-
na: and I can tell you a tale where a
mouse frightened two little girls mort
terribly."- "A mouse frighten girlsI
Nay, now, papa, you are only joking."
" V_ T -...- .. T -A is in a Al--m






a mouse could be so temble.--" ou
are mistaken, Serena; the mouse was
a very pretty mouse, and, except in
nibbling bread and cheese, perfectly
harmless; it was only the girls that
were silly; but you shall hear. One
fine moonlight night, two tired girls
went to bed; they had been spending
the day with a kind aunt, who had
given them a nice plum-cake. Now
this cake was too large to be eaten at
once; it was therefore deposited in a
box that stood on a table in their cham-
ber. The lid of the box had been
broken; it could not therefore be pro-
perly shut. The little girls, tenderly
locked in each other's arms, soon fell
sweetly asleep. Silence reigned around,
and their slumbers remained long un-
broken : at length a poor little half-
starved mouse crept from her hidiu
place in the wainscot, and began pue-




1-UD ALA e.


ing about in the hope of finding some-
thing to satisfy her appetite. It was
not long before the smell of the rich
cake directed her to the box on the
table; she carefully crept into it, and
with rapture devoured its contents. A
slight noise in the adjoining room, and
the distant mewing of a cat, alarmed
the timid plunderer; she attempted to
spring from the box, but in her fright
she drew it to the edge of the table,
whence it fell to the floor, with a
loud crash, and, turning over in the
fall, secured the poor mouse beneath
it. The unusual noise awakened the
sisters. 'Bless me cried one, almost
breathless with fear and surprise,
'Bless me! Ann, what can that noise
be '--'It was very terrible indeed,'
replied Ann; I cannot account for it,
but I dare say it will do us no harm.'
'No harm ? Oh! it must do us harm.'






ting any body,' sid Ann, laughing
her sister.-' But it may be robbers,
r Ann; what shall we do '-'Be
et, certainly; if it be robbers, we
11 hear more; they cannot long keep
L'-'Dear me, how you talk and
an so frightened!'--' But pray do not
frightened; for, depend upon it,
eves do not break into houses to
l little girls.' 'Indeed, indeed, I
not lie still.'-' But, dear Mary, what
11 we do V'-' I don't know; you are
eldest, you must advise me.'-'I
ise you to go to sleep. For why
uld we disturb the servants, who are
comfortably asleep And, indeed
re is nothing to fear.' As she aid
I, the kind and sensible Ann drew
Le the curtain; and, the moon shining
tr into the room, they quickly per-
red the box overthrown. At this
y both laughed; and, in forming
ious nnietabmr how it could nes.


__ _II




UIvUZU AFrrEBZK


sibly have fallen from the table, they
again fell asleep. Early the next morn-
ing, their mother, as usual, entered their
chamber, and was immediately inform-
ed of their last night's wonderful ad-
venture. She was much amused by
the conjectures each had formed re-
specting this magical overthrow, and
very frankly declared she thought it
had been occasioned by a mouse.-' No,
indeed, mother,' said Mary, 'you must
be wrong; a mouse could not possibly
move this great box.'-' I do not say a
mouse could move this box to any dis.
tance, but I think, by its endeavours to
get to the cake, it might so shake it as
to draw it to the edge of the table, and
then you know a slight touch would
cause it to fall.'-' Oh but the noise
we heard was so great t It was greae
than a hundred mice could make. I am
sure it could not be a mouse.'-' You an
a very positive little W said her mo





other; 'however, we will take up the
box, and the scattered cake.' She did
so, and instantly the poor imprisoned
mouse rushed across the room, and
darted into her hole. Mary screamed.
'My dear child, why that scream I will
it preserve you from danger? Or is it
only to show how very silly you can
be Mary blushed. Do you think
yourself or the poor little animal which
has just escaped from us, has most cause
for fear I You, whose single hand could
not only seize the body, but crush the
life, of the unprotected, feeble mouse.
Fie, Mary I you make me ashamed of
you. But perhaps you would wish to
be pitied for your delicate weakness "'
' No indeed, mother.'-'I say no indeed,
too, Mary: and beg of you to try ra-
ther to be respected for your resolution,
#an despised, as you surely must be,
Or such contemptible fear "




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mid Berena. "I am thinking, crie
Felix, "if this had happened on a dar
night without the moon to show th
box on the floor, what Mary would
have done." "I suppose she would
have alarmed all the family," aid hi
mother. "Yes," added his father, an
then, after all the confusion, behold th
poor mouse discovered as the cause
her unfounded fears I" How the
would all have laughed at her w
claimed Serena: "yet, mamma, I hai
seen grown-up ladies frightened at la
things than a mouse. I remember
spider frightened Mrs. -."-" Hua
my love, never remember the silly <
improper actions of your friends. Sp
den certainly are a very insuffid
came for fear; and since we think *
let us endeavour to conquer all oM
weaknme By the exertion o4 liMt
s--, this may. easily be done, pal
y by young people. And one ,




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the best means of conquering fear is
instantly to investigate its cause. A
friend of mine, going at night into her
chamber, by chance extinguished her
candle; in attempting to grope her
way to the door, she was startled by
something that appeared, though very
indistinctly, like a white figure stand-
ing near the window. She paused for
a moment ; but, instantly recollecting
herself, walked boldly up to the object;
and what do you think it was ? Nothing
more nor less than her own long white
dressing-gown, which she herself had
hung there, and on which the dim light
from the window shone."-" That was
laughable indeed."-" Yes; and I my.
self had also an equally curious adven-
ture. Your dear grandmother was often
an invalid. In one of her illnesses, I
was her nurse, and often, during the
night, had occasion to,go into different
parts of the house. One night, some-




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thing wa required from the closet
our common sitting-room. I desoende
slowly down the creaking stairs, and
entering the room, soon found wba
I wanted. Hastily returning, I was i
good deal surprised by observing I
strong light play on the opposite wall
after my candle was removed into th
passage. This I could not account foi
as the fire was out, and myself tb
only person moving about the hour."-
"Dear mamma, what are you going t
tell us "-"I put down my light a
the stairs, and resolved on discover*
whence this phenomenon, and bldl
returned into the room. The
lous light till beamed. What
be 1 That was soon explained, for, t
ing round, I found that the ght fr
my candle, entering through tk )m
opened door, gleamed on a large mil
ror, which rejected the rays 'to th
opposite wall. This was a plain an




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simple effect. I was satisfied, and quick-
ly returned to my expecting invalid."
-"Have you no more such charming
stories "- I do not remember any
more just now; besides, your supper-
hour is arrived."-" Oh I but we do not
want our supper now ; we would rather
have more stories." -" Every thing in
its proper place; we must never jostle
out one business for another; we must
now attend to our evening occupations.
Yet let me, before we quit the subject,
entreat you to bear these little stories
in your mind; and never, by want of
resolution, hoard up for yourselves the
misery of groundless fears. Be assured,
courage is equally amiable in woman
as in man* and that the moment we
begin to pity the fancifully timid, we
also begin to despise. Fear nothing
but to do wrong.

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CHAPTER II.
h Remedy for Peevishne-.-Active Asitanee better
than ueless Sympathy.-Fine Clothes often troule-
some.-Wishing very foolish.

[I a few days the snow had disappear-
ed ; yet a keen frost continued to bind
the earth. The sun shone cheerfully,,
and Felix, after his morning's avoo-
tioni, had been enjoying, with his sister,
the beauty of the weather. Tired at
length with play, he stood watching
some labourers at work in an adjoining
field, till the cold seized on his hands
and fingers. Shivering and croe, he
returned to the parlour, where his meo
their sat at work. The firn oon reliev-
ed his chilled fingers, but a discon-
tented gloom hung on his countenance.
The watch pointed at twelve. FeM
wanted his dilw, and was angry that
the time did ad pas quicker. His is-






er, in endeavouring to reach the fire,
ery slightly touched his elbow; this he
lled beating him: and he was altoge-
her so peevish, that at last his mother
asked him what was the matter. Felix
id not answer, for he really did not
now what was the matter with him-
alf. "Are you cold, my dear "-"No,
nother."-" Are you hungry "-" No,
kother."-" Yet you wish for your din-
er 1"-" Yes, because that will pas
way the time a little."-"Pass away
he time, Felix 'the precious timeI'
)r every moment of which we are to
e accountable to God. Surely, my
ear boy, you do not think of what
on say! Can time be recalled, that
bus you would throw it away 1 It was
aly yesterday you wished the morning
ad been an hour longer, and to-day
mu are going to throw an hour away."
Ah but yesterday I was happy."
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FrIvilUNI


"- o, not quite unhappy, ut very i
comfortable."-" Are you sick I--" I
mother."-" Are you in pain 1"-"
mother."-" Neither sick nor in pa
neither hungry nor cold, and yet vo
uncomfortable I Ah Felix, I see wl
is the matter with you,-you are <
contented; and, by giving way to y<
ill-humour, you are making both y<
sister and me suffer from it" Fe
looked down. "Now, as iis ali
my wish to remove all your complain
and teach you,.by being good, to be
ways happy, I will show you what
think will prevent you ever again be
discontented. Go and ask the cook
that mug of gruel I bade her mat
you, Serena shall carry this pare
soft linen, and we will visit the p
woman who lies sick in the villi
The gruel was brought; and Felix, c
rying it, walked ilently beside his i
sher. They soon reached the eottaj




TS HAP


)n entering it, they were met by an old
woman, who, in spite of age and infir-
nity, was busily occupied in washing;
a young girl, ten years old, the eld-
est of six children, was cleaning po-
tatoes for their homely dinner. The
theirr children were playing in different
parts of the room. The father was
hbeent, having left his cobbler's stall
;o fetch some medicines for his wife.
Felix followed his mother up a broken
staircase, which opened into the only
chamber the cottage afforded. Here,
m a low bed without curtains, lay the
suffering invalid. By over exertions
for her young family, she had by some
neans sprained .her arm, which, from
nismanagemnt, had gathered to a soe.
Phe wound had become exquisitely
minful; and, though she uttered no
complaint the large drops that trick-
ed down her pale faee proved how
psast was her suffering.






mother kindly addressed the poor wo-
man: "I fear you are in great pain."
"Yes, madam, indeed I am."-"But
you do not complain."-"No, surely,
madam, that would do no good, but
only distress my family." Felix looked
at his mother, whilst his heart severely
smote him. The woman continued,
"Alas I madam, my greatest pain is to
be such a trouble to all around me;
such an expense to my husband."-" Be
comforted, good woman; your patience
deserves our best assistance: and, be
assured, you shall have it."-" God bless
you, madam I God reward you for what
you have already done for mel" The
scene was now beginning to be too afoot-
ing; Serena's tears were accompanied by
half-suppressed sobs; her mother took
her hand, and, promising to call again,
hastily left the cottage.
As they walked home, she asked Felix
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ALWAYS HAPPY.


what he thought of the scene he had just
witnessed. Think I Oh I mother, I fee
I should never be discontented again.'
" Let the resolution sink in your heart
my child, and teach you not only tb
pity the sorrows of your fellow-creatures
but also to remember the many bless
ings by which you are surrounded. Yoi
see that, even in the greatest bodily an
guish, patience can lessen the suffering
but when enjoying, as you now dc
health, youth, and vigour, it is wickec
to have your brow clouded by glooms.
"Indeed, mother, I do think I neve
shall be gloomy again."
"I hope not; it is our duty to b
cheerful; it is our duty to enjoy the goo-









if I could do that l"-"Dry your eyes,
then, and think if there is not anything
you can do. Whilst you continue to
cry, you may hurt yourself, but you
cannot benefit the object of your com-
miseration."-" There, now I have wiped
my eyes : now tell me what such a poor
little weak child as I can do."-" You
are little, certainly, and not very strong;
yet I believe you have as much use of
your fingers as I have."- Mamma, I
know what you mean,-work for her."
"Yes, my love; did you not observe
how much her bed-gown was tattered
and her cap worn out "- "Oh I ye,
yes, dear mamma; let us go directly
home, and set to work."-" Though I
am not fond of doing things in a hurry,
yet in so good a case we will set aid






common rules, and make all the haste
in our power."--"I can do nothing,"
said Felix, sorrowfully. "Indeed, bro-
ther, you can; if papa will let you,
I mean."-"What, Serena ?"-" Why,
have you not a shilling in your box I"
"To be sure I have; how glad I am it
is not spent I And see! papa is coming
to meet us. I will directly ask his leave
to give my shilling to the poor woman."
His father not only assented to his re-
quest, but added another shilling to the
store. The evening was happily spent:
Serena worked very fast and very well;
a new cap and bed-gown were completed
by her and her mother. The next morn-
ing the party again visited the cottage.
With a beating heart, Felix made his
little offering; with sparkling eyes, Se-
rena produced her handywork. As she
assisted the woman in putting on the
bed-gown, her mother, in a whisper,





giving her useless tears to the poor
sufferer. "Better, indeed, mamma; ah I
how much better !"-"Learn, then, my
dear little girl, to check, rather than
encourage, that sensibility which renders
us useless to those for whom we feel;
and engrave it on your heart, that one
active exertion of our power, however
small or humble, is worth a whole age
of indolent unassisting pity."
They now returned home, and Felix
hastened to find his father, and inform
him of all that had passed. His father
was in the parlour, chatting with some
visitors. Felix knew that this was not
the time to speak; he therefore waited
patiently till he should be alone. He
heard, however, with surprise, that his
father, in a mild but firm manner, de-
clined subscribing to some charity which
was spoken of and which was to be
advertised in the newspaper. As soon
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Lmy uof IWuur, wuJ 3jU lu uub U
scribe to that charity just now."-'
could not afford it."--"And yet y
have always money for our poor neig
bours; and last week, you know, y
gave soup to every cottager."-" Ve
true, Felix; that certainly cost money
and because I have done that, I cant
give money now. I am not able to st
scribe to both public and private cl
rity; I prefer the latter, because I ha
the objects immediately under my obs
ovation. I wish I could do both; th<
are happy who can: but I will uei
draw from the hoard sacred to my <
cure neighbour, to place my name
a public print, and leave the help
villager unnoticed, that I may osh
tatiously blazon my charity to the wor
Do you understand me, Felix P"-" P
fectly, papa: you approve of charity
my form, and for any motive; but y
think private charity the most be


emneam Ymas4





foi.--" Exactly so; and now tell me
the history of your morning's advent
ture." Felix very feelingly described
what he had seen ; and, being soon joined
by his mother and sister, they all con-
tinued talking some time on the subject.
Serena lamented she had nothing to
bestow. "You have given your time,
my dear; and what other gift could be
equally valuable from you, or equally
useful to them ?" replied her mother.
"But, mamma shall I never have money
to give 1"-"I hope you will; as soor
as you are old enough, your papa and
I intend to allow you a certain sum
for your clothes and other expen-."
"I shall be glad of that; because then
I can be very, very careful, and ave
something for the poor, and do as you
often have done, mamma,-go without
a new cap, or a new ribbon, and give
the money they would have coet to the
sik and needy. How much I shi






like that!"-"I am glad, my little
girl, that your wish for riches is so
connected with the intentions of be-
nevolence. I hope it will always be
so. As long as you dress neatly and
clean, and do not require me to make
up the deficiencies of your wardrobe,
I shall think you quite at liberty to
give away what you please."-" Oh!
mamma, I will take care never to want
things that are necessary to make me
neat; for, if you were to have to buy
shoes for me, it would be your money,
and not mine, you know, that was be-
stowed in charity."--"I see you un-
derstand the rights of property, Sere-
na," said her father, smiling. "As it
is now my turn to speak, I will tell you
something that will, I am sure, give
you pleasure. You are going to spend
to-morrow at your grandpapa's: you will
meet your cousins there, and, I hope,
soend a very haDDY day together."


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Dam.


"We shal be sure to be happy, fot
grandpapa is so kind: and we shall
have plenty of play, for my cousins
love play dearly," said Felix. "Yes,"
said Serena, and they are always smart,
so smart Pray, mamma, what dream
shall I wear to-morrow "-" The same
as usual, Serena-a clean white frock."
"And no ash, mmamma: no pretty blue
shoes, like my cousins i"-" No, my dear:
a sash is perfectly useless; and as for
blue shoes, they are too expensive." Be
arena sighed. Will your grandpap love
you less in plain clothes t"-" No
mother," exclaimed Felix, "I am sure
he won't; for we all think Serena is his
favourite."-" What can that be for, I
wonder I"-" I suppose, because she is the
best tempered." Serena smiled. "Or,
do you think, my love, you will be more
comfortable in blue than black shoes It
Serena looked at her brother. Felix
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ATWAV UWAU


looks, Serena. Do you know, mother,
that, at our very last visit, my cousins
could not go with us to see a beautiful
new peacock grandpapa kept in the yard,
because they were afraid of dirtying their
pretty blue shoes; and cousin Fanny
cried for an hour because she had stained
her sash with preserves."-" So much for
the joys of a smart dress : besides which,
let me remind you, that your uncle is
much richer than your papa; and, there-
fore, your aunt can afford with propriety
to do many things that I cannot."--" Yes,
I know she has a carriage and horses:
ah I wish you were as rich, mamma.
"Thank you, my love; but I am very
happy with what I have, and I could only
be happy if I had more." Serena paused.
"But, mamma, when we see so many
richer than ourselves, we cannot help
thinking"-- Of how many are poorer,"
mid her mother, interrupting her. But
that I did'not recollect just now."-" Yet




DDLZ STATION BE


ow is the very moment you ought to
think of it: you are not very rich, and
therefore free from many vexations atten-
ant on money; you are not poor, and
therefore secured from the miseries of
rant. Placed in a middle station, thank
tod for the unembittered blessings He
as given you."-" Yet still, mamma, I
cannot think money brings care, as you
sy. Now what care can there be in
iding in a coach?"--"I cannot enter
aore into the subject now, Berena; and,
therefore, only beg you will exert your
iwn sense. Observe what happens around
rou. I may one day find you acknow-
edging, that even riding in a coach is
lot always a pleasure."










CHAPTER III.
The Plemure of Walking.-The Inconveniences of a
Coach.-Change produced by Ill-humour.-Greedi-
new punished.

EARLY the next morning, Serena sprang
most joyfully from her bed: the sun
was just beginning to beam; the robin
redbreast was twittering its solitary,
yet sweet, notes; all nature looked
cheerful, and the heart of Serena
danced with joy. Felix met his sister
in the parlour, and they talked over
the pleasures of the coming day.-
They had each dressed themselves
with the greatest neatness. Seen's
frock was white as snow; her cheeks,
just washed with clear cold water,





ULl sAl uiSau IUoLUiouU, Ouu LAUo VjV
sparkled with good humour. Felix,
as he kissed her, could not help think-
ing, that all the fine clothes in the
world would not have made her look
better than she now did. Their kind
parents indulged their eagerness, and
the breakfast appeared somewhat ear-
lier than usual. When it was over,
Serena put on her warm coat, and, her
father taking her by one hand, and
Felix by the other, they set off for the
house of their grandfather.-The frost
had dried the roads, and hung glitter-
ing on each spray. Felix often stopped
to observe the grass and leaves, that
shone as if gemmed by diamond&w The
air breathed fresh, and, though they
had a mile to walk, they very soon
found themselves at their grandfather
door; indeed, almost too soon, for they
had discovered so much to admire-
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ALWALI BArn.


tne ponos aaornea Wil manisuc pues
of ice that spread out into a variety of
shapes, the boys skating on the surface,
the whistling of the distant woodman,
the stroke of his axe as its sound fol-
lowed its sight.
"Papa," said Felix, breathless with
surprise, "how is it that we can see
the blow, before we hear the sound 1
Both must happen together."-" Both
do happen together ; but sound travels
so much slower than sight."-" Sound
travel, papal "-" Yes, my dear, the
progress it makes, from the place whence
it issues to our sense of hearing, I call
travelling. Does not thunder follow
lightning at a greater or less inter-
val -" Yes, papa."-" Yet they are
both emitted together. Thus, by the
time that elapses between the thunder
and the flash of lightning, its distance
from us can be calculated. However,
this subject is too difficult for you at




BOBTY MORNING.


sent: and, besides, we are arrived at
,e end of our walk."
Grandpapa received his guests with
s usual kindness and affection : scarce-
were they seated by the blazing fire,
hen a handsome coach drew up to the
>or, and Felix saw his aunt and four
usins alight from it. Here were new
reetings-every body was talking, and
1 was joy and hilarity. Serena, in
ie gaiety of her heart, described the
sauty of their walk.--" Dear cousin,;
id not the ice look beautiful, like stars
id spears, and I don't know what
retty things ? And were not the leaves
lining with a thousand diamonds The
rase, too, edged with such a silvery
inge "
"Why, Serena," answered her cou-
n, how could we see all these charm-
kg things ? You know we were boxed
p in the coach."-" I had forgotten ;
at then you heard the birds singing;






and, cousin, did you observe the wood-
man on the opposite side of the river 1
I have something clever to tell you about
him."-" How could I hear any thing
but the rattling of the wheels Sere-
na was confounded; she turned her eyes
upon her father: he smiled, and, taking
her hand, softly said, "You find, Se-
rena, walking has some pleasures, which
a coach cannot indulge." He then rose
to return home, as his wife was alone
and would expect him. "Do not send
for your children," said their aunt: I
will see them both safely home in the
coach."
This was a most welcome proposal to
Felix and his sister, who, with added
alacrity, bade adieu to their father, and
now followed their cousins into a large
room prepared f9r them. Here grand-
papa distributed to each of them some
new toys; then, bidding them to be meq,
he left them till the dinner-hour. A






games were played, many stories told,
many songs sung. Now they danced,
and now skipped; good humour
reigned amongst them, and they were
happy. By degree., they began to
tire; some complained of hunger, some
of cold; ill humour was creeping into
their hearts, and of course turned all
their good to evil. The room was
equally warm, the toys equally pretty;
yet the first appeared uncomfortable,
and the last were thrown by in disgust
Felix could not help recalling the
words of his father, that much plea-
sure would cease to please; and that
in a mixture of labour and amusm
meant, there was the greatest enjoy-
ment of both: he also considered their
murmurs as highly ungrateful to their
land grandfather, who had deo so
Ach to make them happy. Very
oqmetly, therefore, he endeavoured to
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ALWAYS HAPPY.


prevail on the little party to resun
their sports; with his sister, he quick]
succeeded; but his cousins were quaw
selling amongst themselves about the:
respective toys. Felix offered to e3
change his own with them; Serena di
the same: they were willing to do an
thing else their cousins chose. But n
-Felix found, to his sorrow, that, whe
children are sullen and quarrelsome
nobody can oblige them. Afraid (
making them worse, he drew Seren
to the other side of the room, an
amused her and himself with a bool
given him with the toys. The fou
cousins became more cross every mi
nute: they scolded each other for wha
was the fault of all; and, at last, thei
passion made them so forgetful c
themselves, that from words they pro
needed to blows. What sight can b
more shocking? Four brothers am
sisters fighting and beating each other






roor merena turned pale witn rear, ana
throwing her arms round her brother,
seemed to cling to him for protection.
Felix tenderly kissed her; and, holding
her firmly in his stouter arms, assured
her nothing should hurt her. The
noise of the combatants soon brought
grandpapa to the field of action. When
he entered the room, how was he af-
fected !-On the four violent fighters he
looked with anger and disgust; but the
tender attitude of Felix and the trem-
bling Serena melted him to tears of
admiration: he fondly clasped them in
his arms, and explained, "My own
two dear children I God blew you I
God will bless you, for He looks down
with benignity on each family of love."
The mother of the rude quarrelers
now appeared; how was she shocked,
how did her heart ache, when she
viewed these four children, for whom,
ke had long felt an equal affection,


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ATIWMA UAWBV


whom she had long beheld with equal
anxiety, now distorted by rage, and
rociferating with ill humour But we
will not dwell on such a frightful scene
-convinced that our young readers,
with one voice, must resolve never to
ive a cause of equal complaint to their
own parents; but, like the affectionate
Felix and his sister, prove through life
he comfort and joy of all who love
hem, and the dearest and firmest friends
of each other. By the friendly inter-
erence of Felix, his aunt was prevailed
ipon to forgive this most distressing
utrage. His cousins were somewhat
almed: but how different did every
hing appear to them now, from what
t did when at first they gaily entered
he play-room! In vain they declared
very thing was changed:-Poor chil-
Iren I the only change was in their own

Dinner was announced. and the nArt






beef and the plum-pudding were boti
highly extolled. Serena, indeed, founw
the latter so good, that she was jus
going to send her plate for a second(
slice of it, when Felix reminded he:
how rich it was, and, like a goo<
sensible child, she immediately deter
mined not to have any more. He:
sense was here rewarded; for one o
her cousins who would eat a great des
more, in spite of the admonitions of he:
mother, was taken so very sick, tha
she was obliged to be carried from ta
ble, and lay upon a bed most of the
afternoon. -The rest drew round thi
cheerful fire, ate biscuits and apple
and heard some entertaining store
from their grandpapa. Tea now fol
lowed; and, soon after, the coach, tha
was to convey them all home, drove
up to the door. Felix and Serena ha
spent a most happy day; they love




ALWAYS HAPPY.


heir kind grandfather, yet they very
:heerfully bade him good-b'ye: for they
mnew they were about to return to a
iappy home, where they should meet
;heir affectionate parents; and, by de-
icribing all their past joys to them,
would enjoy them a second time. With
ight hearts, therefore, they skipped into
;he carriage, their grandpapa calling out
to them that they had been such well-
behaved children, he should be very glad
to see them again whenever they had
leave to visit him.
The coach rattled merrily along. It
was a dark night; and, as nothing could
be seen, Serena did not regret being
boxed up, as her cousins called it. At
first, she was very merry; but by de-
grees her little tongue ceased to prate,
and soon she was quite silent; she, how-
ever, did not complain, and her quiet-
ness passed unnoticed. In half an hour
they reached home; for the carriage






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across the fields. Felix sprang out of
the coach, and found his parents at the
door waiting for them; Serena slowly
followed, and, both thanking their aunt,
the coach proceeded home, and our
little party entered the house. "We
have had a charming day," exclaimed
Felix ; and he rapidly described their
various pleasures, carefully avoiding only
the account of his cousins' misbehaviour.
This, he knew, would pain his parents;
besides, he remembered that excel-
lent command in the Bible, "Do as
you would be done by," and would not
expose faults in another; assured that
he himself often did things that wanted
excusing.
Serena was all this time still, and
often leaned her head on her hand.
The eye of a mother is quick in watch-
ing the alterations in the looks of her
Jfhild. Serena showed that she was ill,




ALWAYS HAPPY.


and her mother tenderly inquired what
ailed her. "Indeed, mamma, I do not
know, but my head aches. Oh I how
it aches I" "My poor girl I fear you
have eaten something that has dis-
agreed with you." -" No, I did not;
for, according to what you always de-
sire, I dined on one meat dish, which
was roast beef, and I took only one
piece of pudding; besides, I am not
at all sick." -"I think I know the
cause," said her father; "it is the ride
home." Ah 1 papa, I do think it was;
for I was so merry when I got in, and
presently everything seemed turning
about, and I could not hear plainly,
nor see plainly, and then this terrible
pain came on." It is a very common
effect, my dear; I know many people
who are always sick and ill if they ri4
only a very short distance." "
little did 1 think a coach could
any pain."--" So it is, my love,






lot possess, without considering whe-
her it is, worth our wish. Perhaps,
after many endeavours, we gain our
rish. Then, it is only then, we are
convinced of its insuffciency to make
is happy. But I must not talk-it
nill hurt your poor head."-" It is bet-
er already: sitting still and holding it
ipon dear mamma's shoulder, has al-
aost cured it." "That is a. proof,
hen, that it has really been occasioned
y the closeness and noise of the car-
iage; however, you have had a long
lay, and had better go to bed. Re-
aember only never to wish for any-
hing till you are perfectly assured it
s really valuable; and even then it is
better to discover how we can be happy
without it; so pray never wish again
at for wisdom and virtue." "In-
bed, papa, if I ever catch myself
)Miting what I have not, I will re-






member the coach." Do so, my
love: and now, good night."-The re-
covered Serena and her brother, after
kissing their parents, retired to their
chambers: there they knelt, and thank-
ed a good God for the many blessings
He had given them; and then, jump-
ing into their own snug beds, soon fell
into a sweet sleep.




CHAPTER IV.
Sorrow useless.-The Pleasures of School.-The Ad-
vantage of speaking Truth.-The best Reward for a
good Action is Self-approval.

THE days were now becoming gradu-
ally longer. Serena watched their in-
crease with sensations of mingled pain
and pleasure; for with the lengthened
days Easter approached Easter, that
won n hap nf .hnA ^nt;nAI f a njh




IKMEBI OF SORI


brother. Her mother observed her dis-
ress, and very kindly led her to dif-
wrent occupations; assured that con-
bant employment would not only stamp
alue on her time, but also draw her
lind from the contemplation of the
approaching separation. Serena was
lore industriously occupied in prepar-
ig for her brother's future comfort.
[is neat new handkerchiefs were of
er hemming; his silk purse she had
etted; and with her own hands she
resh-lined the deal-box that was to
contain his books. How much better
ras this active kindness, how much
iore useful these proofs of her affec-
lon, than if she had blinded herself
rith weeping, or with sickly sensibi-
ty denied herself and all around every
)urce of pleasure 1
The day at length arrived: Felix,
rith firm yet affectionate heroism, pre-
ared for his journey. The chaise was






at the door : his father waited. Serena,
with an aching heart, vainly endea-
voured to suppress her tears. Hei
mother felt for her; but, knowing the
mischiefs of indulging in sorrow, she
urged her to exert herself.-" Come,
my love," said she, "I know you love
your brother, I am sure you do not
wish to pain him."-" Indeed, I dc
not," feebly articulated Serena. "Yet
you must be assured this grief must
pain him: rouse yourself, Serena; let
not your brother recall your image
clouded by this distress. Let him only
remember his happy smiling Serena-
your memory will then serve to cheei
and enliven him." Serena sprang from
her seat: her eyes still glistened with
tears, but a smile played on her lips;
she made an effort to check her sobs
and succeeded. Good-b'ye, Felix,'
she exclaimed with a cheerful tone.-
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THn UBarANTUSZ.


reiix: "in less Tnan tree months i-
Think of that, Serena l"-" Oh how
joyful will be our meeting!"-"My
dear boy," said his father, "it is thus
that all our sweetest joys must be pur-
chased We must pay for them by
some greater or less inconvenience."
-"But to part with those we lovely"
said Serena. "It is painful I know,
my dear; but, after absence, to meet
with those we love!"-"That must be
joy, indeed, papa."-" That joy will,
I trust, be one day yours; but you
must buy it by a present privation.
-Come, Felix, all is prepared." Felix
hung a moment on Serena's nfl, and
her innocent tears wetted his glowing
cheek. His mother fondly blessed him.
Afraid of trusting himself any longer,
he tore himself from their embraces,
and rushed into the chaise, where his
father was already seated-it instantly
drove off.




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As the view of his home disappear-
,d, Felix sobbed aloud; and, overcome
)y his feelings, he threw himself into a
:oruer of the carriage. For a few mo-
nents his father permitted him to re-
nain unnoticed. He then took his
land, and said to him, "My dear boy,
hese tears are due to the most excel-
ent of mothers, and most affectionate
of sisters. I would not have you part
rom them with indifference. So far
rom it, I would have you bear their
remembrance incessantly in your heart.
rhe recollection of their virtues will
often and improve your character,
rhilst the claims they have upon you
rill keep you steady in the paths of
ectitude. Your name is theirs; do
lot therefore forget, that by staining
rour character you will also cloud
heirs."-" Ah papa, I hope I shall
lever dishonour either them or you."-
SI anxiously hope not; but, as you are




-VfV VC IA&Ul


nuw gulug iwr wne nrsi wime to stana
alone to act from your own judgment,
I must entreat you to think well how
much depends on yourself. To your
schoolfellows prove ever kind and
obliging. Do not expose their faults,
nor cause their punishment; it will be
enough for you to guard your own con-
duct, and not disgrace yourself by be-
ing a spy on others. Keep strictly to
truth. Let no disgrace, no entreaty
urge you in any one instance to be
guilty of falsehood: a liar is the most
contemptible of mortals! When you
have done wrong, own it instantly
own it acknowledge your fault, and
be sorry for it. Take my word,
such is the only honourable mode of
behaving. What prevents a boy from
confessing he has done wrong 1-A fear
of punishment. Falsehood belongs only
to cowards; they commit a fault, are
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AYR HAPPY.


ra lie. A brave boy may be guilty
mischief, but he cannot be guilty
falsehood. -You, I hope, are no
wardd" Felix's cheek glowed with
1 honest blush.-" No, father, I hope
am neither a coward nor a liar "
-"Be careful, therefore, and prove
our truth and your courage. You
ay be tried! and remember, I charge
ou, whatever temptations may arise,
aver conceal your faults;--and, after
is warning, mark me, I will forgive
ay thing but a lie !"
Felix and his father travelled nearly
ie whole of the day; towards even-
ig they reached the town where the
:hool was situated. The master, a
ery worthy and sensible clergyman,
sceived them with great kindness! he
introduced Felix to his playfellows,
rho were numerous, amounting to
iore than a hundred. They gathered
found Felix like so many bees;-it will




THE SEPARATI


be strange, thought he, if, among sc
many, I shall not pick up two or three
I shall like, and who will like me. Hih
father spent the evening with the mas.
ter, and, after an early supper, with.
drew to the inn, whence he mean
to set off homewards the next morn.
ing. Felix felt a pang as he saw hiu
depart; but, when he remembered hov
much he might please him by his im
provement when next they met, hi
soon recovered himself, and, with tole
rable composure, retired to the cham
ber allotted for him. Here he found(
a boy of nearly his own age expecting
him, who kindly promised to teacl
him all their rules. Felix grateful.
thanked him; and, filling his mind wit]
earnest resolutions of taking the great
est pains to be all his father wishes
him to be, he quickly fell asleep.
Serena, in the meantime, was nearly;
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ALWAYS HAPPY.


of the society of her ever kind brothel
Her mother, however, soon, roused hel
and reminded her of the pleasure o
their hoped-for meeting.-" AhI mam
ma, but that is so distant -thre
months, twelve weeks, what a lonl
time!"-" Do not be calculating hoi
long, my dear Serena, merely to dis
tress yourself, but only think how the
period had best be occupied: not ii
murmurings, surely." How then
mamma ?" Why, suppose you en
deavour to do something that wil
prove an agreeable surprise for you]
brother on his return ?"--" What cai
I do, mamma ?- "Let me consider
-what do you think of undertaking
the care of his garden? the season
is arrived when weeds grow rapidly
and will require constant attention
The young plants, as they increase
will need sticks to support them, the
strawberry roots must be watered,






anu one rose-trees prunea." -" Thank
you, dear mamma; this is a charming
thought? how pleased Felix will be
- And may I also feed his favourite
rabbit ?" "Yes; and now I think,
you will have plenty of employment:
time will not hang heavy on your
hands; and Midsummer will be here
before we think of it." Thus roused
from her sorrow, Serena, with recovered
smiles, entered on her various duties-
amusements, I may say, for her parents
made every thing a pleasure to her, and,
as she was neither obstinate nor sullen,
it was easy to make her happy.
Felix was soon acquainted with his
playfellows. He found his master
somewhat stern, but yet so reasonable
in all his commands, that he felt he
could not disobey him. Although not
a remarkably clever boy, as we have
already said, yet, by steadiness and
perseverance, Felix made a rapid pro-


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ALWAYS HAPPY.


gress in his learning. His attention
gained the good opinion of his master,
and his obliging disposition secured him
the love of the boys. School soon be-
came very pleasant to Felix; and, though
he often thought of home, he ceased to
regret his absence from it.
One day he heedlessly threw a ball
against a window. A pane of glass was
smashed in pieces. "How unlucky !"
said one of the boys; "but, never mind,
I'll keep the secret; no one else is here,
and, if inquiry be made, you can say the
cat did it." "I can say no such thing,"
replied Felix, "for that would be a lie."
- "If it is known," continued the boy,
"you must pay two shillings for the
glass, and perhaps be flogged into the
bargain."-- "I will not tell a lie to save
me from twenty floggings. I have al-
ready done wrong, and must have cou-
rage to bear my punishment." D
not say I was with you then, Master




I~ YIYI~I~YII


Courage, sala tne boy sneenngiy.
"Be not afraid," answered Felix: "I
will not expose you to any blame."
He then turned towards the house,
that he might have an opportunity of
seeing his master. It was some time
before this occurred: at last he saw
him coming out of his parlour, and
modestly approached him. "What do
you want, Felix?" said his master, a
little sternly, at least Felix thought so;
but, though his heart beat quickly, he was
a boy of true courage, and never feared
to do his duty. "I am afraid," said
he, in a timid voice, I am afraid, sir,
I have done very wrong; but I hope
you will forgive me."--" What have
you done ?" cried his master, in an
angry tone. I have very carelessly
broken a pane of glass in the school-
room window," answered Felix: "I
was playing with a ball there."--






master; "you must pay the value of
it." Felix produced his purse, and
paid the two shillings.-" Do not let
this happen again," continued the mas-
ter, in a kinder tone; I excuse you
from further punishment, because you
have so honourably acknowledged your
fault."-Felix bowed, and with a light-
ened heart sprang away to his business.
It was true, he had thus lost two shil-
lings, and he was not very rich; but by
his honesty he had gained the good
opinion of his discerning master, who
ever after this accident was observed
to treat him with peculiar kindness.-
The elder boys also began now to notice
him, and were so much pleased with this
instance of his spirit, that they often
admitted him into their parties. This
was a great gratification to Felix, for he
alwayss preferred the society of boys older
than himself, as from them he expected to
gain information.






Soon after this event, another occur-
red, which threatened to be attended
with more serious consequences. One
fine evening, some of the boys had leave
to take a walk; but they were ordered
not to go beyond a certain distance,
and to return at a certain hour. Forth
they joyfully sallied, Felix in the num-
ber, and, traversing some beautiful
fields, came at last to the river. Here
a few of the party proposed bathing;
but this was opposed by the rest, as
contrary to all rule. Felix was one
who peremptorily refused, although
particularly fond of the amusement.
One of the boys sneeringly told him
he was afraid of the water; another,
that he dreaded the flogging attendant
on this breach of the law. Felix only
laughed at them; and, having in vain
attempted to persuade them, strolled
into a neighbouring wood that skirted


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soon lost sight of his companions. After
rambling about some time, he sat down
to rest himself, and form his flowers
into a nosegay. As he was thus occu-
pied, a distant shriek struck his ear-
another succeeded-he threw down his
flowers, and rushed forwards, directed
by the sound: in a few seconds he
found himself at the edge of the river,
and beheld one of the boys vainly en-
deavouring to reach the bank--he
seemed exhausted and faint. Felix,
with a happy presence of mind, drew
a long pole from the hedge, and, hold-
ing one end firmly himself, presented
the other to his sinking playmate. A
reed can save a drowning man. The
.boy caught the offered help, and was
thus easily drawn on shore. Felix sup-
ported his dripping comrade to a bank,
and then flew in search of his clothes.
These were left at some distance far-
thlr In tha rivar Paliv a+ lanatth


__






found them; and, though he made all
he haste in his power, much time was
ipent. His companions hallooed out
;hat they were going home. Felix
would not leave the poor half-drowned
boy, who looked piteously upon him.
[n assisting him to dress, he wetted his
>wn clothes; and, having used his hand-
kerchief as a towel to dry his shivering
companion he returned it, soaked with
water, into his pocket.-"What will
become of me said the frightened
boy; "what will become of me II shall
certainlyy be flogged, I that am already
half dead with fear and fatigue."-
'Do not be so alarmed," said Fe-
lix; "I will do all I can to excuse
ou."-" Dear Felix, do not say I have,
been in the water." Felix shook his
head. "But, do you know, I had not
eave to be of the party ? continued
;he boy. -"Indeed !" exclaimed Fe-
.- lk* Vakn/ tA lul lkif bia tIM Tlrth


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peak his thought, how one fault leads
o another.-" So, Felix, if you will
:eep my secret, I can, perhaps, get un-
bserved into the house," added the
boy. "See how pale I am-how sick!
-save me from punishment!" Felix
looked compassionately upon him. "If
t is in my power, I will save you."-
SThen do not mention me." -" Not
unless I am asked."-" Do you pro-
aise that?"-" I do." And they be-
,an slowly to return homewards. The
est of the boys had reached the school;
heir bathing, in disobedience of all
irder, had been discovered, as all faults
aust be sooner or later. The master
instantly punished every one who had
men in the water. The name of the
.bsent Felix was resounding through
he play-ground, as pale and dejected
ke entered the gates. His companion
was a few steps behind, and, taking
Avantaae of the confusion that reiin-


OL1 OLnnO






uu uruuuu, wmabu ouIme minute, men
slipped in unobserved, and crept up to
his chamber.
Felix, with a palpitating heart, obey-
ed the summons of his master. As he
approached the school-room, he heard
of the severity with which the disobe-
dient boys had been treated. His mas-
ter looked sternly upon him. You,
sir, to disobedience have added inso-
lence, for you are nearly an hour be-
yond your appointed time." Felix
could only feebly articulate, "I have
not been in the water."-" How, then,
comes your dress so wet Felix
drew out his handkerchief to conceal
his tears. Its dripping condition at-
tracted the master's eye. He held it
up in his hand. "If Felix himself has
not been in the water, which of you
has used this handkerchief? It has
evidently served the purpose of a towel.
Which of you has so used it?"-


___________ ___




'AYS HAPPY.


Not I," was repeated from every
iouth. The master turned again to
'elix. "Recollect yourself," said he :
are you very sure you have not been
: the water ?" "- I am very sure,
ir."-" Perhaps he washed his hands."
aid one of the ushers, kindly wishing
o excuse him.-" Did you wash your
ands?" asked the master. Here was
n opportunity for Felix to have escap-
d, but it would have been by equivo-
ation, a crime equal to a lie; he scorn-
d such an unworthy refuge, and re-
lied with a firm but a modest tone,
No, sir, I did not wash my hands."-
How then came your handkerchief so
ret I" Felix deeply blushed. "If you
command, sir, I know I must tell you
-but pray, pray, sir, excuse me-
o not command me."--"This is very
extraordinary said the master; "why
cannot you answer me ? "-" Because,
i"- and his voice faltered: "for-






gavo tuv, uuf i I ualVU PruUaIM A
murmur of applause sounded through
the circle of boys. The excellent and
sensible master continued : "Your
former truth and candour lead me to
believe you now, Felix: as a proof of
my regard, I will not command you to
speak now." Felix bowed his thanks,
for his heart was so full of gratitude,
that he could not speak. "I give you,
however," said his master, "the same
task, for having out-stayed your allotted
time as I have given the other' boys,
who have, like you, been truants."
Felix respectfully took his lesson, and
with great diligence learned it. His
schoolfellows treated him with new
marks of esteem; and not a few re-
minded him of the advantage of hav-
ing established a character for truth.
It had saved him not only from disgrace,
but also from punishment.
Some days after this, the real fact


____I __ _I_




SATW A Va UADV


began to be rumoured in the school,
the boy himself having whispered it to
iis intimates. Felix appeared with add-
ed honour; all loved the kind-hearted
boy, who, at the risk of himself, had
saved his fellow. The secret by de-
grees reached the master's ear; and,
;hough he took no particular notice
)f it, yet Felix could observe that he
was ever after a great favourite with
lis master, being treated with many
proofs of kindness and distinction.
-" 1 do not think," said one of the
oys to Felix, "I do not think you
iave got much for your good tem-
er and forbearance."- Then you
mow nothing about the matter," an-
iwered Felix; "I have got all that I
ixpected."-"And what may that be ?"
eked the boy. "A self-approving
!onscience," replied Felix. "Besides,
s not my master kinder to me, and
re not all you boys more oblitin ?






What more could I expect "-" Well,
you are a fine fellow; but, as they say
virtue is always rewarded, I should
have expected some great good for my
great virtue."-" Pshaw I Nonsense I In
the first place, I do not think I have
performed any great virtue; and, in
the second place, as there are now no
fairies," added Felix, laughing, "I did
not suppose I should find either Fortu-
natus's purse, or Sinbad's valley of dia-
monds I"



CHAPTER V.

Money only valuable according as it is used.-Stingi-
ness described.-Perseverance conquers great Diffi-
culties.-The Nobleness of acknowledging an Error.
-Returning Good for Evil, the only Christian Re-
venge.

THE observation with which the last
chapter concluded was a very proper
,-- j .1.1 i4- t,^ >^ml ^_r T




LWAYBS API


the rewards that follow good actions,
is meant that self-satisfaction which
our own heart bestows; and people
would be very silly if they were always
expecting some wonderful benefits to
follow their just actions. Besides, if
they did so, they would destroy the
merit of what they had done. What
virtue is there in performing an act for
which a full return is expected ? No;
we must do all the good we can, from
a sense of duty; and if it please God
to make our own breasts reward us, by
a secret whisper that we have done
well, we shall be paid beyond all worldly
praise.
The father of Felix, as I said before,
was not a rich man, but he made his
son a regular. allowance of pocket-
money; which, though much less than
most of the other boys had, Felix ma-
naged so well, that it supplied him
with all hA wanfntd






something he had left there, he was
surprised to observe a boy in the cor-
ner of the room; but, knowing it was
wrong to pry into what others were
doing, he turned his head another way.
It was a rule that no boy should visit
his room in the day, except to fetch
any thing: Felix, therefore, was has-
tily returning with what he had come
for, when the boy called him back.
"Felix, do not tell what I was about."
-" I did not see what you were about."
-" Not see t not hear my money "--
"No."-" Well, then, step here, and I
will show you how rich I am." Felix
approached him, and perceived a little
heap of money sixpences, shillings,
and crowns. "You lucky boy I how did-
you get all this cash ?"-" Saved it,
to be sure. This is all I have received
this last half-year."--"And what have
you saved it for The boy looked
H




ALWAYS HAPPY


confused. "Saved it !-why," and h(
stammered, "to keep it, to be sure.'
Felix laughed heartily: "Saved it tU
keep it I" repeated he: "what a value.
able use of money !"-" Why," said
the boy, "what can I do better '
-"Spend it to be sure."-" Spend it
No, indeed; if I had spent it as ]
got it, how do you think I could now
have had all this treasure ?"-" Don't
call it a treasure," cried Felix; "it iE
rather a plague, I think."-" Why,
yes, to be sure, it does make me un-
easy sometimes; for I am afraid ol
losing it."-" Oh I pray do not be afraid
of that; if you do lose it, it will not
signify." The boy looked aghast.
" Not signify !" said he breathlessly.-
"No, certainly: if you do not spend
it now, nor intend to spend it by and
by, pray would not copper counters be
as well as this good money ? Come, I
will rid you of all this trouble at once;




THE FAIR.


give me the money, and, like the man
in the fable, I will give you a famous
bag of stones This no one will rol
you of, and you will be freed from all
anxiety." So saying, and laughing aw
he spoke, Felix left this unhappy little
miser, feeling for him a mingled sen.
timent of pity and contempt.
Not long after this an annual fail
occurred. The boys were allowed t<
attend it: the younger under the
care of the ushers; the elder it
small parties of ten or a dozen. Felix
amongst the rest, issued joyfully from
the school gates, and enjoyed all the
various sports of the scene. The joet
ling of the crowd took something front
his pleasure. and a good deal confused
him. "Ah I" thought he, "this is nol
so pleasant as a fine scamper in the
open fields. Here, I can scarcely creel
along; and the noise is so great it al
most makes my head ache! I am glah






a fair does not come often; and
in the country is always in our
The best joys, I think, are the
to be had !" Felix thought very






smart stall adorned with every
cutlery. Some handsome knives
very tempting: one was press
him as particularly good. Fell




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useful and by this means saved two
shillings. You do not want those two
shillings," said his companion. "I do
not at this moment, but I may by and
by," answered Felix; and they walked
on. A variety of amusements occupied
their attention, and, highly entertain-
ed, the time slipped insensibly away.
" Let us remember our hour," said
Felix, and drew his companion towards
a respectable shop, the master of which
very obligingly informed them what
o'clock it was. "Let us go home,"
cried Felix. "It wants half an hour
to our time," said the boy. "We
shall spend that half hour in getting
along; the crowds prevent our moving
quick." Felix was firm to his decision,
and his friend consented. They turned
homewards, and had not proceeded
far, when they were arrested by a
group of people. They pushed among
them, and found a poor black man,




rW AV WRIMIrATw.I


ame, and covered with rags, recount-
ng his story, and asking charity.
Phe hand of Felix was instantly in
lis pocket. "You will not give your
money to a common street beggar?"
said his companion, "No, not to
:ommon street beggars, because I be-
lieve they are generally idle cheats:
but this is no common beggar; he is a
stranger, distant from his native land,
and without friends; disabled too from
working. I will share the contents of
my purse with him :" so saying, Felix
presented a shilling to the poor crip-
ple, who blessed the generous English
boy. "Ah massa, if all your coun-
brymen were like you I should not be
here a poor, despised, helpless beggar "
This appeal softened the hearts of
many of his hearers; they followed
the example of Felix, and, as he with-
drew, he had the secret joy of feeling
he had not only himself assisted a suf-




ALWAYS HAPPY.


fering fellow-creature, but had led
others to do so too. His companion
walked sorrowfully along. "This Felix
stingy I" thought he: "ah! he is truly
generous. I wish I had not spent all
my money so idly." Felix was also
silent; but his looks were so gay, his
heart so happy, his step so light! His
knife, too, that plain, unadorned knife,
was a source of one of his sweetest
recollections. He never cut a stick,
nor mended a pen, but the thought of
the black man rushed into his mind;
and he always loved his cheap knife,
which, by saving his money, had given
him the power of being charitable.
It has been already said, that Felix
was not a remarkably clever boy; his
lessons often appeared very difficult to
him. By great patience and perseve-
rance he had conquered these difficul-
ties. One day, however, he had a
Latin lesson to learn which very much




THE TASK.


puzzled him. He almost cried as he
read it, but knowing this would not
do him any good, he wiped away his
half-formed tears, and again set to
learn his book; again it baffled his ex-
ertion. Assured that it must be learnt,
he began to consider what he had best
do; he thought, if he could prevail
upon some one to read it over to him
and explain it, he could more easily
learn it. Thus determined, he took
up his book, and with a melancholy
air approached one of the ushers.
"What makes you look so sad, Felix ?"
said the usher, "you, that are always
so merry and contented."-" Sir," said
Felix, very respectfully, "my Latin
lesson for to-day has quite puzzled me;
will you be so kind as to explain it to
ne?"-" That I will, readily," answered
the good-natured usher; and, taking
;he book, he showed Felix where he
iad made some mistakes. "Thank




ALWAYS HAPPY.


you, sir," said Felix; "though it is
still very difficult, yet now I believe
I can maner it."-" That I do not
doubt,"repled the usher; "but sup-
pose I had not been here, what would
you have done?" Felix considered a
little, and then said, "Asked one of the
elder boys."-" But they might have
been too busy; and your lesson must be
learnt."-" I think, then," said Felix,
"I should have begun all over again
and tried, and tried, till I had dis
covered my blunders" -" You would
then have done right, Felix," said the
usher; and, by taking such means
be assured you can conquer greater
difficulties than this. Never forget
that by patience and perseverance al
knowledge is attained; and, without
these, the cleverest boy in the school
can never make any progress." Felii
bowed, and retired. With renewed
attention he took up his book; bk





'1 --


fore the school hour, he was prepared
with his lesson. Thus, though a boy
of very moderate talents, ke made a
daily progress in all useful knowledge,
and was respected by the elder boys.
The younger loved him sincerely, for
he was so ready to please and oblige
them. He always, however, took care
to choose his friends from amongst the
elder and superior boys of the school
as he not only preferred their company,
but he thought it would do him good,
as, being more clever than himself their
conversation would improve him, and
their superior characters would be use-
ful examples for him to copy. Felix
would not have been admitted as a
playfellow to the higher classes if he
had not gained, by his good behaviour,
a respectable name in the school.
When the boys found that he was
never guilty of a lie; that he was not




ALMAIB DAFY.


a miser; that be never performed mean
actions; never told tales either to the
master or ushers; they began to es-
teem him, and very readily admitted
him among them.
Felix was happy in a very noble way
of thinking; and, as all stories of spi-
rited behaviour are generally admired
by children, they shall now hear one
of true spirit.-Felix dined out, one
day, with one of the day scholars;
many other boys were also there, and
several ladies and gentlemen. The
party was large: they eat down to an
excellent dinner, and were all very
merry. Felix and a younger boy, who
at opposite to him at table, entered
into dispute about something that had
happened the day before. No one had
been present at the circumstance but
themselves; each was positive in his
own opinion; at length the eyes of
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continued, "Do you give me these
May I do what I please with them I"
- "Certainly," answered the boy.
"Then," said Felix, "I will shew you
what I will do with them;" and, taking
the bat and trap in his hand, he ran
up to the passionate boy, who was
searching for them about the play-
ground : -" Here," cried Felix, "here
are your bat and trap!" The passion-
ate boy looked surprised : -" Have
not you broken them I" -" Broken
them 1" exclaimed Felix; "no, I should
be ashamed to have done that; they
are quite safe-take them-let us be
friends again for now I am aveng-
ed." Felix good-humouredly held out
his hand. The passionate boy eagerly
seized it: -" Ah, you have returned
good for my evil."
This same passionate boy was under
another obligation to Felix. The mEu
ter, one day, discovered that one of the




ALWAYS HAFPY,


most valuable school books had be
greatly injured. The book had be
lent to this boy; and his master, sen
ing for him, very severely reprimand
him for his carelessness; and, as t
book was stained with many blots
ink, the boy had a long task giv
him. Felix heard the whole of tl
affair, and stepping up to the mast
he modestly said, "Sir, I am afraid
have been guilty of this mischief.".
"You 1 how could you have done it
"I came into the school-room, h
night, to put away my ink-bottle:
was dark, I had no candle, and fi
my way by the stools and forms;
moving along, I stumbled agai
something, which I found at the r
ment had shaken some ink out of i
bottle; but, the usher calling me to
to bed, I did not wait to pick up wl
was in my way, which, I fancy, a
was this book." The master was sile




NOBLENESS OF MIND. 89

Moment; then said, "I think it is
rery probable that what you say has
een the case."-"As it was my fault
nay this boy be excused ?"--" He had
to business to leave the book carelessly
>n the floor: however, I will excuse
uim, and let him thank you; your
'rankness has saved him."




CHAPTER VI.
Accuracy in Spelling essential to writing.-Acuraey
in Language essential to Truth.-Patience in Sick-
ness and Pain.-Time found for every useful Busi-
ness.-The Evils of Proerastination.-Dreams.
IsuEKA, deeply occupied with her va-
rious avocations, thought of Felix with
mingled sensations of joy and hope.
[n feeding his rabbits, and arranging
his garden, she felt she was preparing
a pleasure for her dear brother. A#




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