Prepared for Mass. S. 8. Society, and Revise
by the Committee of Publication.
LBBATH SCHOOL SOCIETY,
Apitory, No. 13 Comhill.
Preparedfor the Massachusetts S. S. Society, and
revised by the Committee of Publication.
MASS. SABBATH SCHOOL SOCIETY,
Depository, No; 13 Cornhill.
I suPostI all my young readers
have learned the fifth command-
ment, and have often been told that
children should honor their parents
by cheerful and prompt obedience
to all their commands. This is one
way in which parents should be
But there is another way by which
you may not only show that you feel
respect for your father and mother
yourself, but you may force others to
feel the same respect fpr them.
That you may understand what I
mean, I will tell you awstory of a
little boy who, for once, at least in
his life, honored his mother. This
was not by any command, however,
for she was not with him at the
time, and I do not suppose that she
ever heard of the circumstance which
I am about to tell you.
One morning, a teacher entered
her school of about sixty children,
accompanied by another young lady,
-her friend. The children did not
cluster around as thickly as usual.
Some quietly took their seats; ad
others, disliking the restraint of a
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stranger's presence, ran into the
play-ground. But nine o'clock soon
came; and the teacher, having con-
ducted her friend to a seat where she
might observe what passed around
her, rang a small bell, and the seats
were soon filled with rosy cheeks and
smiling countenances. The morning
hymn was sung, and then all knelt
to implore the blessing of him who
loved little children when he was
in the world, and who loves them
no less now he is in heaven. They
rose from their knees; and soon the
teacher was busied with classes, and
the children who could study, with
Miss H. (the stranger) soon be-
came interested in watching the
movement of six or eight little boys,
of four years old, who occupied a
low bench near her. The smallest
of these was a little black-eyed boy,
whct moved about on the seat as
much as any one, and made rather
more than his share of noise. He
had a little book of pictures, which
he was eagerly displaying to the
little ones around him; and several
times had his earnest explanations
been interrupted by the voice of the
teacher, saying, Willy, my dear,
you must look at the pictures without
talking; when a rude boy stepped
up and snatched it from his hand.
Now, what would you have done,
if you had been in Willy's place just
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then ? Would you have struck your
naughty little playmate, or called
him bad names ? or should you have
tried to snatch the book back again ?
Willy knew a better way. He
looked troubled, indeed, at first. He
asked for the book in a very coaxing
tone; but when he found that the
selfish Henry would not give it up,
he quietly turned away to find amuse-
ment in something else.
A little girl, who sat near, now
handed Willy a large yellow-covered
book, full of beautiful painted pic-
tures. His eyes now sparkled more
brightly than ever, as he began to
turn over the leaves. Soort Henry
spied the pretty book; and not at
all ashamed of his unkindness, he
moved towards Willy, and began to
look over his shoulder. Would you
not have pushed him away, or at
least have turned round so as to con-
ceal the book? But Willy held it
towards him and pointed to the bright
pictures as pleasantly as if Henry
had never been unkind to him.
When school had closed, and the
children had left the room, Miss H.
said to the teacher, Who is that
little boy you called Willy ?" His
name is William D--," said the
teacher; but why do you wish to
know ?" Because I know he has
a good mother," was the reply.
Now, how did this stranger, who
never spoke to the little boy in her
life, know that he had a good mother ?
Was it not by his kind and forgiving
conduct to Henry ? Yes; she knew
that some good mother had taught
little Willy not to return evil for
evil, but to do good to those that
used him spit fully. It was true,
Willy's mother loved the meek and
forgiving Saviour, and tried to teach
her little boy to love him and be
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like him. And was she not honored,
when the conduct of her son told
every one that he had a good mother ?
Dear children, can you not thus
honor your parents? But instead
of this, some children take the op-
portunity, when they are away from
their parents, to disobey all their
wishes and instructions, and thus
lead those who see them to suppose
that they have not been taught to
do right. 0, how dreadful, that the
conduct of a child should cause a
stranger to say, "I know he has a
bad mother "