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A SPLENDID TIME.
THOMAS NELSON AND SONS.
S. W. PARTRIDGE AND CO.
BY their, dress these people lived in the
old : Coaching days, when accidents
happened frequently; and so; in country
places, it was not -uncommon to hear a
knock at the cottage-door, and a voice
asking for help to raise the fallen horse
or mend the broken wheel, which was
always readily afforded.
WHEN people live in a town, and have
no gardens, they are glad of a bright
flower or two in the window; and a
little care and attention given to the
plants is well repaid by the cheerfulness
and freshness flowers always give to
a room. Some are much more easily
grown than others.
THIS is a scene in the life of Andrew
Marvel, who was a great man in the
reign of Charles II. The King wanting
to gain him to his side, sent a courtier
to offer him money; but, though in poor
circumstances, Andrew refused to accept
it on such conditions, and sent it back to;
JANET was at first a little bit frightened
at being left alone in the garden, but just
when she had laid down her/spade and
watering-pot, and made up her mind to
burst into tears, a footstep .came to the
gate, and there was papa; so, instead of
crying,:she laughed to see him, and felt
quite happy again.
THE. English wanted to make peace with
the Indians ; and the chief, resolving to
try first if the English trusted:him, bade
the general give his son as a hostage.
This was done, and after a few days, he
returned safely to his sorrowful mother,
and peace was proclaimed.: Read the
early history of.the United States.
COUNTING THE WEEKS.
"ONLY three weeks to the holidays,
hurrah!" says Arthur, counting on his
fingers as he made the joyous exclama-
tion; for then he will go home and see
his dear mother and sisters, whom he
loves so much, and ride the new pony,
and make hay, and be as happy as the
day is long.
THE OLD SHOEMAKER.
CLEVER John Thomas, the Welshman,
is a first-rate mender of boots and shoes.
He is a great talker ; but he often gives
very good advice to the young men and
women who come to have their boots
mended. He can speak well in English;
but he loves his own dear Welsh the
THE men on board the "Neptune "were
so discontented they almost mutinied;
but the chief mate made them a speech,
and appealed to them to do their duty
as good men and true, promising that
they should be well looked after; and
the men gave three cheers and returned
to their work.
SAY IT AGAIN.
DONALD was sad, for he never heard
from home. Passing down a street, he
heard his native village mentioned, and,
turning to the little boy, said eagerly,
"Say it again; do you indeed know
it ?" And delighted he was when told
by the boy that he came from there, and
knew Donald's home and family.
"LET ME SEE!"
MAMMA is showing Margaret her letters,
and hearing her say A, B, C, and she
already knows several letters well. Little
Daisy, who is not two years old, is
climbing up, and saying, Let me see!"
and looks as if she would like to learn;
but she is too young at present to do
HE expected more it is evident, and is
discontented in consequence, which is a
very foolish thing, and makes people
miserable themselves and unpleasant to
others; for, a discontented person is
never cheerful, and does not like to see
people happy. So he grumbles through
the day, and has no pleasure in it.
DONALD is a thorough Highland boy,
and fond of reading the brave and gal-
lant deeds of Robert the Bruce, and
William Wallace, who made Scotland
famous in bygone days; and he thinks
no other lakes or mountains can be like
his own. Quite right to stand up for
your country, Donald.
MORNING and night to supply us with
milk for breakfast and tea, the milkman
goes his round, and fills the jugs held
out at the door from the pails he carries
from house to house. Sometimes the
milk comes from a distance, and has
already been a journey by rail. Ought
we not to thank God for milk?
IT is always a happy time on Christmas
Eve in the home of Mr. Melly, the city
merchant. He has seven children, and
he takes good care that on the branches
of the Christmas-tree there shall be
found a suitable present for each child.
Every servant in the house is also sure
to find a nice little present.
talking over the news of the day, and
each other's conversation, for they show
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THE MORNING CALL.
QUITE a roomful of people, and all
talking over the news of the day, and
seemingly very much entertained with
each other's conversation, for they show
no signs of moving. But busy folks
think a morning call waste of time, as
there are so many useful things to do in
GUARDING his master's premises by day
and night, who deserves more kind words
than the faithful house-dog? But does
he always get them ? Alas, no! some-
times he is harshly treated, and then he
gets fierce and ill-tempered in conse-
quence, and people blame him instead
of his master.
FEEDING THEIR YOUNG.
THESE busy little birds who are feeding
their young are the smallest of the
English birds, being less than four inches
long. They have a little cocked-up
tail and bright eyes, and generally choose
a hole in a bank or a tree in which to
build their nest and rear their little
MRS. AMEY likes everything neat about
her; and, though there is no dust to be
seen, she sweeps her floor as briskly as
if it wanted a good cleaning. But this
tidy old woman says she cannot bear
one speck of dust; so, consequently,
she and her cottage are perfectly clean
HARD work for a poor old body to
pump the water all by herself; but she
must have a cup of tea, and everyone is
out, so there is no help for it. Very
tired she will be after the exertion, and
I daresay will take a nap while the
kettle boils ; she will then be ready for
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JANE has been asked to belong to a
Society for keeping Sunday in a quiet,
proper manner, and she very rightly
asks her mother first whether she may
belong to it; and her mother says if it
will help her to think more of Sunday,
and why God bade us keep it holy, she
may belong to it at once.
"OH, Lizzie! come quick; there's a
carriage at the door; and Tommy's
brought home with his arm in a sling."
And Lily ran out of the room again in
alarm ; but, after all, no great harm was
done: Master Tom had been in mischief ;
but he had been seen by a doctor, who
said he was not much hurt.
THE GOOD CURATE.
THE bricklayer in this picture used to
think that the curate had a very easy
time of it. But one day, when he went
with the curate on his rounds, they had
to go into a house where there was fever,
and he refused to go. But the good
curate ran the risk and went. He never
envied the clergyman again.
BAD LANGUAGE REPROVED.
THE gentleman in the corner of the
carriage asked his neighbour to allow
him a little more room; but the neigh-
bourrefused, and used very bad language.
An old woman immediately rose and
rebuked him for this. We hope none of
our little readers will ever use bad words,
and need to be reproved like this.
AN ALPINE HUT.
HIGH up among the mountains stands
the shepherd's hut, where he lives in
summer-time, tending his cows and
sheep. It is lonely, for he rarely has a
visitor; but sometimes a tourist comes
to climb the beautiful and snowy sum-
mits, and talks to him of the grandeur
of the scene.
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How pleasant, when work is over for the
day, to catch sight of home, and think
of the welcome waiting us. Dash and
his master are going home through the
beautiful country lanes, and the little
dog is joyful, for he knows his kind
mistress will not forget him when supper
is placed on the table.
A VERY useful man is the baker, for
people living in towns cannot make their
own bread as they do in the country, and
so depend on him for this necessary
food. He is up very early, and while
you are all asleep, he kneads his dough
and heats the oven that the loaves may
be baked thoroughly.
THERE is a plentiful supply of fish
in the shop to-day, owing to the fine
weather. Let us go in and buy; and, as
we buy, just think of the labour of
bringing it here for us. The poor fisher-
men were out all night in their boat,
and after the fish was caught it had to
be packed and taken by train.
"BRAVO, TOBY '
THE house was on fire, and no one thought
of poor puss-all were too busy saving
themselves. No one? Yes; Toby, miss-
ing his companion, actually ran into the
burning house, and presently came down-
stairs holding poor puss safe and sound
in his mouth. Wasn't he brave? and
didn't he deserve the shout of Bravo?"
GOBBLE, gobble, goes the turkey, as he
comes up to see if we have anything to
give him; and he might be a dangerous
enemy if we teased him, for he is a
strong bird and sometimes will hurt
even a man. So put away your stick,
Tommy, or he may fly at it, and what
would you do then?
PUssy has chosen a basket in the
darkest corner of the workshop as a
home for her kittens; but she does not
mind a visit from Louis and Fanny, for
they are gentle and kind, and do not
tease the kittens as some children are
apt to do. Pussy has enough to do
with four little ones to attend to.
SHALL I SPEND IT ?"
No; take advice, and instead of spending
it on yourself, take it home, and give it
to your wife. She can make a. good
use of it-the youngest boy wants a pair
of boots; and you will feel all the happier
for denying yourself, and letting others
share in the good fortune of this un-
THE doctor saw that his patient's illness
was caused by eating and drinking too
much, so he plainly told him he could
cure himself by leaving off his foolish
habits and living simply. Strike at the
root of my disease," said the old gentle-
man, and the doctor did so by destroy-
ing the decanter.
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THE LAST JUG LEFT.
JOE COLLIS goes round to the fairs and
markets, and so well does he puff up his
goods, that, coming with a cart-load of
crockery, he generally returns with it
empty. He is now offering the last jug
for sale, and it will not be long ere he
finds a purchaser. The goods he sells
are always found to be sound.
THREE little girls all intent on one book
read aloud by the eldest, who is a good
reader, here pass a pleasanter afternoon
than they expected when they saw it
raining fast, for they had been promised
a drive, and the disappointment was
great to see a wet day. They forgot
their trouble in the pretty pictures.
OBEDIENT to hergood mother's teaching,
Flora kneels down as soon as she is
dressed in the morning, and thanks God
for keeping her safely through the
night; praying that He will take care of
her during the day, and for the Saviour's
sake bless her and make her a good girl,
by giving her a new heart.
WHAT would miners or quarrymen do
without a pickaxe with its sharp point,
which enables them to get out the ore
or stones? And the gardener finds it
of use also when the ground is hard, and
he cannot dig without first breaking the
clods of earth, and preparing it for
"DUST, HO "
GOING from house to house with spade
and basket, the dustman takes away the
rubbish, and carries it to a great yard,
where it is sorted. The ashes are sold
to the gardener, the bones made into
manure, aud the rags go to the paper-
mill; so nothing is wasted. Remember
the good motto, "Waste not, want not,"
TIE ship had not long left the docks
when the sailors found a little boy hidden
among the boxes. He had run away
from home, and was so terrified when
taken on deck, that he fell on his knees
to pray for his life, which so touched the
captain's heart that he treated him
kindly all the voyage.
NOT WANTED HERE.
"YOU'LL never get on, my man, with
your work if you keep this here," said
the owner of the house, pointing to the
pewter pot on the table. He was right,
and that explained why the work he
wanted done was so long about, for the
pewter pot was too attractive, and the
work got left undone.
NOT pleasant to meet this fellow during
"a morning stroll, for his horn would give
"a nasty wound; but fortunately for us
he lives very far away in hot countries,
where he keeps near the rivers, feeding
on the reeds and water plants, and some-
times doing much harm to the fields of
THE puma is a fierce animal, inhabiting
some parts of America, and it is very
destructive to the flocks belonging to
the farmers. When taken very young
it can be tamed, and will purr like a cat;
but it is a dangerous pet compared with
our own poor pussy. The puma belongs
to the cat family.
IT is as much as Netta can manage; but
she is so proud of holding baby that she
won't give up his charge until nurse has
finished what she had to do, and is ready
to put him to bed. Netta is a useful
little girl, and dearly loves her baby
brother, and likes to be allowed to nurse
AMUSING THE BABY.
ELEANOR found baby crying when she
entered the room, so she danced about
till he laughed and held out his hands
to dance with her; and in this way she
kept him quiet and amused, till nurse,
who was very busy getting out the clean
clothes, was ready to take her on her lap
and nurse her.
A MOTHER'S ADVICE.
LIONEL always comes to his mother for
counsel when anything goes wrong, and
that is a wise plan, and years hence
he will remember the advice she gave
him. Many great men have said that
it was their mother's advice and teaching
which made them what they were, and
caused them to rise in the world.
LITTLE Mary, lying in bed with a broken
leg, is very glad of a visitor, and especially
one who reads distinctly, and not too
fast, so that every word can be heard
and understood. If we remember this
in reading, we may often give pleasure
to those who cannot read themselves.
Many children read too fast.
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SNAP WENT THE TONGS.
A POOR woman, who was much troubled
with a very noisy and passionate neigh-
bour, asked her minister how she could
cure the troublesome woman. "Oh !"
said he; it is easy. When she comes,
take up the tongs, and whenever she
speaks just snap the tongs, but keep
your tongue SILENT."
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NO LICENSE FOR DRINK.
A MEETING was held to consider-
"Shall we grant licenses to public-
houses ?" "Yes," cried out many; when
suddenly a poor woman, with a solemn
voice, cried out, My husband and my
two noble boys are now in the drunkards'
grave. From my broken heart I entreat
you to vote,'NO LICENSE."' It was done.
COUNTING HIS GAINS.
BOB, before he goes to bed in his poor
little room, counts over hli day's earnings,
and is very careful over every penny;
for his work as a crossing-sweeper does
not bring in much, and he is anxious to
save money if he can, that he may buy
books and improve his mind. Bob daily
asks God's blessing on his industry.
WHEN people are sorry for their faults,
there is hope they will become better.
This man has committed a crime, for
which he is now in prison; but as he
seems grieved, it may be a useful lesson
to him for the future, and we hope, when
his punishment is over, he will be a good
instead of a bad man.
l ight comes; so the c.1e in his cap
breaks out the lumps of ore, which,
when smelted down, make iron or tin
for the workman's, use in manufacturing
pans and kettles, and other useful
WHEN the hay is made and carried, and
the rick is raised, the next thing is to
thatch it, and so keep the rain out. This
is done by laying straw over the hay and
fastening it down by bands of twisted
straw pinned in by wooden pegs ham-
mered tightly into the rick. The hay
will be fine food for horses.
THE MASTIFF'S REVENGE.
A MASTIFF was once much annoyed by
the barking of a little dog, who came
into the yard where he lay; so after a
time he quietly got up, took the little
dog in his mouth, walked to a pond, and
dropped him into the water; then leaving
him to scramble out in a fright, he
returned to the yard.
A SENSIBLE DOG.
WHEN Master Charlie was lost, and
after long search found asleep in the
fierce hound's kennel, the servants were
in a fright, for he growled at them all.
But when the child's mother came, he
not only let her take Charlie, but walked
beside him to the house to see him safe.
Did not this show sagacity?
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MADE of glasses that magnify very
much, the microscope enables us to see
the minutest, and often to the eye, in-
visible- objects; and shows .us how God
has displayed His skill on the small as
well as great things in the world. Did
you ever see in the microscope the
insects in a drop of water.'
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