Front Cover
 Title Page
 Table of Contents
 Home scenes
 Country scenes
 In and out of school
 Daily duties
 Animate nature
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Title: The book of one hundred pictures
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Title: The book of one hundred pictures
Physical Description: 104 p. : ill. ; 16 cm.
Language: English
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Place of Publication: Philadelphia
Publication Date: c1884
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Cover 1
        Cover 2
    Title Page
        Page 1
        Page 2
    Table of Contents
        Page 3
        Page 4
    Home scenes
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
    Country scenes
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
        Page 28
    In and out of school
        Page 53
        Page 54
        Page 55
        Page 56
        Page 57
        Page 58
        Page 59
        Page 60
        Page 61
        Page 62
        Page 63
        Page 64
    Daily duties
        Page 77
        Page 78
        Page 79
        Page 80
        Page 81
        Page 82
        Page 83
        Page 84
        Page 85
        Page 86
        Page 87
        Page 88
    Animate nature
        Page 89
        Page 90
        Page 91
        Page 92
        Page 93
        Page 94
        Page 95
        Page 96
        Page 97
        Page 98
        Page 99
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    Back Cover
        Cover 1
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THE SEA 41-52





Home Scenes. 5

THE old grandmother was always glad
of a visit from her little grandchildren-
Thomas and Mary. They could not go
to see her very often; but when they
went they were very happy. The good
old lady talked to them very kindly, and
told them stories; and when they went
away she always had some nice little
thing to give them.

6 Home Scenes.

IT is only by sickness that we learn to
value the blessing of health. Diseases
are God's servants, and are sent to do
God's will. To be patient, when one is
sick and in pain, is very hard. The only
way to bear it, is by looking to our Hea-
venly Father for strength. But when
we have a good bed to lie on, when a
kind mother is at hand to nurse us, and
a loving brother or sister is ready to
amuse us, we have reason to be very
thankful to God, who only can heal our
sicknesses and make us well again.

Home Scenes. 7

ONE of the first things city children
wish to do when they go into the country
is to feed the fowls. The city is no place
for such creatures, as they cannot have
the garden and fields and roads, in which
to pick up their food.
A brood of young chickens is an
object of great delight to children, and
to carry food to the old hen, while she is
confined to the coop, seems to be a deed
of charity, which, like all such deeds,
more than pays for the trouble of doing
it. What a safe place the chickens find
under the old hen's wings! Not safer
than little children find in a good home.

8 Home Scenes.


SUSAN PRICE was a gentle and obe-
dient little girl, and much beloved by
her parents and friends. She was quiet
and modest, and did not try to have
many companions, and she was always
glad to have her father and mother know
who were her playmates. When she
had made a new friend, she was not
easy till she had invited that friend to
her home, that her father and mother
might see the new playmate and ap-
prove of her choice. If all children
would do as Susan did, many unwise
friendships would be prevented.

Home Scenes. 9

WE never met our little friend, Patty
Prince, when she had not a pleasant
smile to give us. She had her ups and
downs like other children, but she had
more ups than downs; and when some
little trouble came upon her which she
could not quite bear, she had a snug
place where she could always find a
welcome, and almost always get relief.
That was her mother's lap.
Let us be thankful to God, every day
of our lives, if he gives us a kind and
loving mother.

!O Home Scenes.

soon be at rest, and the dog, though
wide awake now, will soon be fast
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asleep. All beasts and birds need rest.
So do children. May they sleep in
And now the day is ending
With all its joy and rrre;
TM heart tno heaven ascending.
Shall ofler praise and prayer.
The Lor'd i ever mindful
iOf tli who seek his face
ATi children weak and sinful
May feel his saving grace.

Home Scenes. 11

IT is not often that we find a boy or
girl who is not ready for a walk. In the
woods or fields, over the hills or by the
brook, there is always much to amuse,
and not a little to improve one. If we
could go into a museum, and find as
many curious things as we see around
us, whenever we take our walks abroad,
we should feel as if it would be worth a
great deal to visit it. He that keeps his
eyes and ears open, will find much to
call forth wonder and praise to God.

12 Home Scenes.


IT is the folly of some boys to think
they know better than their parents
what is best for them. Dick Johnson
was one of this sort. He had a notion
that if any body could drive his father's
grey mare he could; but Mr. Johnson
and every body else, but Dick, knew
better. One day he and two of his play-
mates were determined to have a ride,
but the grey mare was too much for
them, and they soon wished they had let
her alone. It is always safest to obey
good rules at home or abroad.

Home Scenes. 13

IT was a wise thing in Lewis Grant to
go to his mother, when he was in doubt
what it was right for him to do. Dick
Price was a bad boy, and tried to per-
suade Lewis to go on a nutting tramp
with him, and when Lewis said he would
ask his mother's leave, Dick laughed at
him, and told him he could go and not
let his mother know it. But Lewis knew
that his mother would allow him to .go
if it was good and right, and he would
not be so mean and wicked as to deceive
her. He is a very bad boy who will
deceive his mother.

14 Home Scenes.


YES, coasting is real fun, when the air
is clear, and the snow crisp, and the hill
steep and long, and the sled well-made.
It is healthful and innocent sport. The
toil of dragging the sled up the hill is
all forgotten, in the swift and pleasant
motion of going down.
We fall into bad habits as easily as we
slide down hill, but we cannot pull our
way up again as easily as the coasters
do. Once fairly on the way down, it is
only by help from a stronger arm than
our own, that we can regain our place.
Shun the first wrong step. Seek God's

Home Scenes. 15

Lucy SMITH'S mother was a poor wo-
man, and had to work very hard. She
took in washing for the neighbors, and
tried in every honest way she could, to
earn bread for herself and her two
children, Lucy and the baby. Her hus-
band was so foolish and wicked as to be
a drunkard, and he did nothing for his
family. What a dreadful curse strong
drink is While her mother is at work
Lucy "tends the baby," and this is a
great help. There is always some way
to help, if we want to be useful.

16 Home Scenes.

THE old farm-house is where Susan
and Henry live. It has a garden, an
orchard, and a barn-yard. It is a happy
home. What makes it so is, that those
who live there love and serve God.
The parents of Susan and Henry teach
them to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ
as their Saviour, to shun all sin, to read
the Bible, to pray to God, to keep holy
the Sabbath-day, and to be kind and
loving to every one.
"What a sad life those lead, who spend
their days without a thought of the God
in whom they live, and move, and have
their being!

Count'ly Scenes. 7

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IT is a time of joy when the grain is
taken from the fields. The boys and
girls sing and shout as they see the
loaded wagon go up the hill. There will
now be bread to eat, and seed to sow
for next year. God has made a promise
to man: "W\hile the earth remaineth,
seed time and harvest, and cold and
heat, and summer and winter, and day
and night shall not cease." God keeps
this promise, and will keep all his prom-
ises of love and mercy. Not one word
which he has spoken shall fail.

I 8 Country Scenes.

LITTLE Kate Prince was very fond of
going to her Aunt Jenny's house, which
was not more than a mile from her own
home, if she went across the fields; but
she never went without her faithful
friend, Lion, who was two years old
when Kate was born.
One very warm day she thought she
would go by the way of the road, which
was nearly twice as far. So she was
very tired, and sat down to rest. When
Lion lay down, our little rover rested
her head upon him. Soon a neighbor
came by, and seeing her fast asleep, he
woke her up, and took her home.

Cozun0ry Scecncs. 19

IT often happens in the early spring,
that the rain falls, and the snow melts
so fast, that very little streams-swell to
large brooks, and places where one
could safely cross in the morning, it
would be dangerous to pass at noon.
Maria and her little sister came to
such a swollen brook, and they did not
know what to do. At last, Maria made
up her mind to wade it, carrying Ninnie
in her arms, and she took up her sister
for that purpose. But a farmer came
along just then, and kindly took them
along a safe way. A kind deed will
never lose its reward.

20 Country Scenes.

Two little girls were making a short
visit to their Aunt Sue, and as she lived
in the country, they were almost all the
time out of doors, in the garden or the
fields, on the lawn or in the woods.
They were in the midst of the beautiful
things, with which our kind Heavenly
Father has covered the earth, and while
they enjoyed life and health, they did
not, as so many people do, forget the
Author and Giver of every good and
perfect gift. Here they are gathering
some pretty flowers for their aunt.

Country Scenes. 21

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IF Mary or Sallie wanted a frolic, all
they had to do was to call Trip. He was
as full of sport as a dog can be, and as
they never teased him or hurt him, he
was always ready to come. It is strange
that a dumb dog should be an example
to a knowing child, and yet, though Trip
will come when his mistress calls him,
many a boy will not come even when
his mother calls him. How displeasing
such conduct must be to God, who says,
" Honor thy father and thy mother!"

22 Cuntnlry Scenes.

WHEN little Tommy went into the
country, he wanted to go out with his
aunt and see the chickens. She was
glad to amuse him, and when it was time
to feed them, she called Tommy. He
was much amused to see them pick up
the seeds, but when the old hen, which
had a brood of little chickens, came up,
Tommy thought she was going to fly at
him, and so he cried out. But she would
not harm him. Like other good moth-
ers, she was careful of her children.

Country Scenes. 23

A GOOD book never comes amiss. It
is a wise plan to take a few little books
with us when we go abroad, and scatter
them as we have a chance. Sometimes
a little book thrown out, falls into the
hands of a boy or girl, that seldom sees
such a treasure, and, if taken home, it
may be a little beam of light in a dark
place. Perhaps the story of Buy your
own Cherries," which costs only four
cents, might with God's blessing turn
a hard drinker into a sober man. We
may do good by reading to those who
have no books, or cannot read.

24 Country Scenes.

WELL, you have had a good time with
hoops and games: you may now be
glad of a few kind words from an old
man. In all your play, if you have hard
thoughts in your heart, do not speak
them, but pray to God that you may
feel kindly towards all. Hours of youth
and health are of more value than
"thousands of dollars. Sin is the first
and greatest evil in the world. Avoid
"it, remembering that those
"Who follow Christ, and flee from sin,
Have peace without, and peace within.'

Cotunry Scenes. 25

OLD ROGER has worked on the farm
for forty years. He is called the wood-
man; for he often goes to the woods
for timber and fuel. The children are
fond of Old Roger. He is often seen
with his axe, or hatchet, and a bundle
of wood under his arm, and two or
three children running by his side. He
loves to give them a word of advice.
" Give your hearts to Jesus," says he,
" in the days of your youth; for he who
died on the cross to save sinners is
worthy of your best love."

26 Cozntry Scenes.

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HENRY was at play in the garden
when his mother called to him to come
and help her. He at once laid down
his hoop, and ran to his mother, who
had a large ball of yarn, which she
wished him to assist her in winding.
A little boy may be useful, and make
his mother happy by doing what she
tells him. God says, Honor thy father
and thy mother." To obey is to honor.
If a child does not obey, he sins against
God. You must learn to obey, and
seek to please God.

Country Scenes. 27

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HERE is Willie with his rabbits. He
is kind to them, and gives them nice
food every day. He keeps their hutch
quite clean, and they seem to know their
young master. They put their little feet
through the bars of the hutch when he
comes near them. We should be kind
to birds and animals. A child that
hurts a fly, or any living thing, may
become a cruel man.

28 Country Scenes.

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ROVER was a fine dog. At night he
was set to guard the house, and in the
day time he went out with his owner.
Henry and his sister were very fond
of Rover. He ran by Henry's side in
his walks, and would carry his cap in
his mouth. When people played with
him, he did not bite them. If we are
kind to dogs, they will show their love
to us. But it is wicked to hurt them;
and cruelty to dogs, cats, and other
creatures, is a sign of a bad heart.
We must be kind to all things that
have life.

In and Out of School. 53


THE sight and sound of school-child-
ren just let loose is very pleasant. We
love to see them running and leaping,
and to hear their joyous shouts. But
there is one time and one place where
we like to see quiet motions, and to hear
as little noise as possible, and that is in
leaving Sunday-school. Then it is best
to put aside the loud laugh and the rude
play, and to think of the duties of God's
holy day. It is always painful to see
children rush out of Sunday-school in

54 In and Out of School.


IT is worth a great deal to have help
at home. If a mother, or aunt, or older
sister has time to hear a lesson, or to
give a little assistance now and then in
studying it, many a vexation would be
prevented. We hope those who have
such help within their reach gladly use
it-not to indulge themselves in idle-
ness, but as an encouragement to in-
dustry. Those who do the best they
can for themselves, will be most likely
to get help from others. But it is
neither kind or right to help the idle.

In and Out of School. 55


much more wonderful. Mr. Jones, the
school-master, was always glad to grat-
ify his boys by giving them frequent op-

portunities to study the stars. He tried
to make them understand about their
magnitude and distances, and often told
them to stand still, and consider the
wondrous works of God, who is infinite
in wisdom and perfect in knowledge.

56 In and Out of School.



IT is an easy thing to deceive a father,
or mother, or teacher; but no one can
deceive God. He knows all our words
and acts, and even our thoughts. This
truth had been well fixed in a little boy's
mind, and whenever he had committed
a fault, he at once confessed it, and so
saved himself a great deal of trouble.
When he had been reproved at school,
or had fallen into any sin, he was not
only willing, but ready and anxious to
confess it all to his mother.

In and Out of School. 57


JANE and her cousin are warm friends.
Each esteems the other better than her-
self, which is a sure way to prevent
envy and strife. Jane gained a prize for
the best composition. It was a beauti-
ful book, and any girl in school would
have been glad to have gained it. Jane's
first wish was that her cousin should
have the full enjoyment of it, and they
could not wait till they were at home
before they looked at the pictures. We
are certain to have a reward for seeking
to make others happy.

58 LIt and Out of School.

IN an old primer, from which some of
the wisest and best men that our coun-
try has ever seen learned their first
lessons, there was the picture of a boy
receiving blows from a rod in the hands
of the school-master, and in connection
with it was the couplet-
"The idle fool
Is whipp'd at school."
How far the whipping cured the idle-
ness we are not told; but the diligent
boy avoids the folly and the rod.

"In and Out of School. 59

JAMES was not a bad boy, until he
began to play truant. Then he found
other boys who were glad to lead him
astray. First he deceived his teacher,
by pretending that he had been detained
at home. Then when he stayed away
entirely from school, he deceived his
mother, by pretending that he had been
in school, when he was really in the
woods or on the pond. By-and-by he
was found out, and severely punished.
Why take the first wrong step ? Does
it not always lead to others ?

6o In and Out of School.

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FRANK'S mother used to question him
every day, very kindly, as to his em-
ployments,-when and with whom he
had played; how he got on with his les-
sons; what his teacher said, &c. He
was glad to give this account of himself;
for his motherwas his best earthly friend,
and meant it for his good. He honored
his mother, as God commands.

In and Out of School. 61

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SOME boys and girls are very careless
and wasteful in the use of their school-
books. They leave them about the
house so that they get dirty, or they
throw them down, and so the leaves be-
come loose or the cover is broken; or
they lose them. Perhaps if they thought
"of the money it costs their parents to
buy books, they would be more careful.
Here is a man setting the types of a
book. A book is a wonder.

62 In and Out of Sc/ool.
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IT is not best to keep at one's books
all the time, any more than it is to play
all the time. The best rule is to make
the most of school when at school, and
the most of play when at play.
When Sidney Grace was outof school
nothing pleased him better than to make
or mend his little brother's playthings,
and then to help him to use them. By
making others happy, he added to his
own enjoyment.

In and Out of School. 63

OLD Robert Gray was very fond of
the company of children, and always had
"a pleasant word for them, and generally
"a little useful advise. The eyes of his
two grandchildren were drawn to a
worm, and they wanted him to put his
cane on it and crush it. But the good
old man said-" No, my children. Why
should I take the life of any creature
that does no harm?"

64 In and Oul of School.

SUSIE JONES had a set of alphabet
blocks. They were in a little paper box,
and she used to turn them all out on the
carpet, and then put the letters together
into words. She had made dog, cat,
cow, pig, and others, before she was
three years old. When she was a little
past four, she had put together all the
words of a verse of the Bible. Her
father was glad when she read, God is
love; and he that dwelleth in love dwell-
eth in God, and God in him."

Daily Duties. 77

WHEN Sammy and Sallie Price went
to visit their uncle, who lived about
twenty miles from the city, they always
depended upon seeing good old Father
Peter, as he was called. The old man
travelled up and down the country, and
always carried with him a few nice little
books which he gave the children, and
when they saw him coming down the
hill, they ran out to meet him.
When he gave them the books, he
used to say, "Remember, my dears,
that the fear of God is the beginning
of wisdom." No one is too poor to be
useful in some way.

78 Daily Duties.


WHEN a quarrel breaks out, we may
be sure there is sin at the bottom of it.
Whether it is in the house, or at school,
among children or grown people, some-
body is in the wrong. There are those
who are so wicked as to love to set peo-
ple by the ears. God is displeased with
them. He is a God of peace, and
" Blessed are the peacemakers; for they
shall be called the children of God."

Daily Ddties. 79

IT is a great thing to be able to read.
In our happy country all may learn to
read who wish, and yet there are thou-
sands of children who grow up and do
not know their letters. If they cannot
find time to go to school on any other
day, they can go to Sunday-school, to
kind teachers, who will be glad to re-
ceive them and teach them to read the
Holy Bible. If we know how to read
we never need be without useful em-
ployment. There is no need that any
one should be ignorant.

80 Daily Duties.

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JANE PRICE was always glad when her
mother would take her out with her.
She had no older sister to go with; and
as she was very good about her lessons
and other duties at home, her mother
was ready to give her all the pleasure
she could. At one time, they were on
their way to a friend's house, and Jane
saw some people together at a distance,
and was very curious to know what
they were doing. But her mQther
checked her; and it was one of the
good things about Jane, that she was
always obedient.

Daily Duties. 8

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NOTHING is more foolish than to do a
wrong thing, expecting that it will not
be found out. Conscience will keep
telling us of it. We shall be all the
time in fear that what we have done
will come to light; and, whether others
know it or not, God certainly knows it.
No act is so secret that he does not see
it, no whisper so low that he does not
hear it, and no place so dark that his
eye does not look through it. Never
do what you know is wrong.

82 Daily Dzities.

THERE is much upon the earth which
is curious and pleasant to see. The
green grass and flowers always please
the eye. But the deep blue sky-the
sun, the moon, and the stars-the clouds
and vapors; these we gaze upon with
endless delight. The power, wisdom,
and goodness of the great Creator are
wonderfully shown; and beyond them
is the bright world where we shall go
if we love and serve God.

Daily Duties. 83

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"SEEST thou a man diligent in his
business? he shall stand before kings;
he shall not stand before mean men."
These are the words of the wisest of
men, and they teach us that the way to
honor and prosperity lies through a
diligent attention to business.
The studious boy is likely to be a
studious man. Habits of industry once
gained are seldom lost. If we would
excel in any pursuit, we must give the
mind and heart to it-whether it is in
the service of God or man. What is
worth doing at all, is worth doing well.

84 Daily Duties.

No one can be happy if there is
trouble in the heart; and there will
always be trouble in the heart till it is
right in the sight of God. One may
live in a grand house, and have plenty
of money, and all sorts of pleasant
things in abundance, but if the heart is
not at ease there can be no true happi-
ness. The luxurious king tried men
singers and women singers, and all sorts
of musical instruments, but they could
not make him happy. To be holy is to
be happy.

Daily Duties. 85


WILLIE sits with his brother John on
Sunday, and hears him talk about God,
and the soul, and the love of Jesus in
dying to save sinners. Willie should
be very glad that he has such a kind
brother. If he now minds what is said
to him, and believes in the Saviour, he
will grow up to be useful and happy.
"'Tis easier work if we begin
To serve the Lord betinmes;
While sinners, that grow old in sin,
Are hardened in their crimes."

86 Daily Duties.

IF a child really wants to know his
duty, let him look into the perfect law
of God.

I must learn to read, and look
Often in God's holy book;
And to him I still will pray,
Take my wicked heart away."

He from sin can make me free,
For the Saviour died for me.
Oh, how happy, life to spend
With the Saviour for my friend!

Daily Duties. 87

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WILLIE and Jane came to their moth-
er, to say their evening verses. Willie's
verse was-
Lord Jesus, hear me when I pray,
And take my sinful heart away;
Teach me to love thee, O my Luord,
And learn to read thy holy word."

Jane's verse as-
"My evening prayer I raise to the",
Who through tie damy as guarded me,
Keep me this night from very ill,
And help me, Lord, to do thy will."

88 Daily Duties.

Do you say you do not know how a
young child can be of use to any body ?
Then look at Harry Smith, who goes
every day and reads a chapter of the
Bible to blind Martha. It is a great
comfort to the poor old woman, and she
is very glad to listen to the word of
God. Let her hear how Jesus Christ
says, Him that cometh unto me, I will
in no wise cast out."

Animalt Naturc. 89


A WONDERFUL stock of goodly feath-
ers," and a very proud strut, are all a
peacock has to show. One would think,
to see the fuss he makes with his feath-
ers, and the noise he makes with his
throat, that he was of great import-
ance, but it is not so; and when we
see any one putting on airs and mak-
ing a boast of great things, we may
suppose that if the fuss and feathers
were taken away, there would be little

90 Animatl Nalture.

A VERY curious and homely creature
this is. He carries his house on his
back! When he would see what is
going on in the world, he puts his head
out of the front door of his house, and
looks around him. If any danger is at
hand he quickly draws it in again, and
also his claws and tail, so that they are
all covered by his thick, hard shell. He
is not disposed to meddle with other
people. And it is a very important
lesson for all to learn-to mind their
own business.

Animate Nature. 91

THE jackal looks like the fox but acts
like a wolf. He lives in the woods-is
seldom seen abroad by day, but preys
on weaker animals and poultry at night.
The cry of the jackal is between a bark
and a howl, and when a pack of them
yell, the sound makes the deer and
other timid beasts flee.
The size of the jackal is very nearly
that of the fox, but his legs are longer,
and his tail not so bushy. The "three
hundred foxes" which Samson caught
(Judg. 5 : 4) were probably jackals.

92 Anzimale AMture.

HERE is a great clumsy creature, but
he knows a great deal for a brute; and
though he can be made very angry by
teasing him, he is naturally very kind
and docile. Here we see him holding
a bush in his curious snout, and, by
swinging it backwards and forwards,
he fans the little native child that is
lying near. This kind act was once
seen in an elephant, and surely crea-
tures who have reason, as boys and
girls have, ought to be kind.

Anrmate Nature. 93

No boy or man can swim like the duck,
which sits on the water as a fat man sits
in his rich-stuffed chair. The paddle-
feet are perfectly fitted to their office.
Ducks look about them when swimming
as we do when we are walking, and seem
to make not the least exertion to help
themselves along. One would think, to
see them, that they could swim all their
lives without once touching land, and
not be wearied-so smooth and easy
are their motions. Every beast and
bird has its proper place, and so, too,
have all men and women and children.

94 Animact Nature.

THIS curious animal is called the
ruffed Lemur. It is near akin to the
monkey tribes, yet it has none of the
mischievous ways of the monkey, but,
on the contrary, is quite harmless. The
head is shaped much like a dog's, and
the eyes are large, like the owls and cats,
and other animals of that class. The
one thing in which this creature differs
from all others, is a long curved claw on
the hind feet. This may assist them in
leaping, at which they are very expert.
We may be sure it has some wise and
good design.

Animate Nature. 95

"THE Holy Bible tells us to be wise
as serpents, and harmless as doves."
We need wisdom to direct our way in
life, and God promises to give it to us if
we ask it of him. The dove is a very
innocent and timid bird. It does not
quarrel with other birds, and does no
mischief in the fields or on fruit trees.
All Sunday-school children may know
that it was in the form of a dove that
the Holy Spirit descended, and rested
upon the Saviour at his baptism.

96 Animate iVature.

SURELY every child knows that birds'
nests do not grow on trees ? They are
made of wool, leaves, grass, clay, sticks,
or feathers, and new ones are made by
most birds every year. All birds do
not make their nests in the same way.
Some build their nests in trees and
hedges; others in the tall grass, and
some on the roofs of houses. The birds
have no tools but their own little beaks
and feet; but with these they form their
pretty nest-homes.

Animate Nature. 97

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LITTLE bird, with bosom red,
Welcome to my humble shed;
Daily to my table steal,
While I pick my scanty meal:
Pretty robin!

Doubt not, little though thou be,
But I'll cast a crumb to thee;
Seek of me thy daily store,
Ever welcome to my door:
Pretty robin!

98 Animate Nature.


THE rooster is pretty sure to be found
near the barn door, picking up the
grains of corn. He struts about with
his fine feathers. As soon as daylight
dawns, we may hear his shrill crow, as
if to tell us that it will soon be time .for
all to be up and busy.
We read in the Gospels of the crow-
ing of a cock. A man heard it. What
was his name? What had he done?
And what did he do when he heard the
cock crow? You can find an answer
in your little Testament.

Animate Nature. 99

WE call the swallow our home-bird;
for it builds its nest in the roofs of our
barns, or in a chimney. It is an active
little bird, and can fly very fast. When
it has caught some flies or gnats, it
hastens away, to feed its young in the
nest. This bird has been called "the
friend of man."
We should, then, be the friends of the
little bird, and not be so cruel as to try
to hurt it, or to rob its nest of the eggs,
or to take away the young ones. Kind
boys and girls will not be cruel to any
living thing.

100 A.'li:,.dlc Nature.

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THE cuckoo comes in spring. We
are glad to hear its first notes in the
woods, as it tells us that the time of
flowers has come again.
Let us learn from the ways of birds
that God takes care of them. In the
Bible we are taught, that not a sparrow
falls to the ground without his notice.
If he takes care of birds, will he not take
care of you, who have a soul that will
live for ever, and for whom Jesus died?
Believe in the Lord Jesus, and love

Miscellaneous. o01

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JOHNNY'S little friend, George, came
to spend Saturday afternoon with him.
He had never seen the pretty parrot
that Johnny's uncle had given him, as a
Christmas present. They both went to
the cage, and George laughed heartily
as he heard the parrot say, "What are
you going to do, Johnny ? Polly wants a
cracker." But he felt sorry for the poor
bird shut up in the cage.
A good disposition makes us desire
that all should enjoy freedom as we do.

102 Miscellaneous.

AND what is more troublesome to
one's self, and to everybody else ? Yes,
this little girl had an ugly temper. But
this was no excuse for her disobedience
and obstinacy. When she was told to
do a thing, instead of pouting and put-
ting her finger to her mouth, the right
way was to go and do it; for this would
be to obey one of God's holy com-
mandments, and would also save her a
great deal of trouble.

AMiscellaneous. 103

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TIIE old man was very weary with his
long walk. It was kind in the little boy
and girl, to bring him some bread, and
a cup of pure, fresh water. The kind
acts we do to the poor and old, we may
expect to have done to us, if we should
need them. Let us be ready "to do
good to all as we have opportunity."

104 Miscellaneous.


I;J as-t-l happiest hour of the day
to a little boy we once knew, when he
wasasked to sit on his mother's knee,
arid repeat his little prayer and his even-
ing hymn. However sleepy and tired
he gas, he never felt as if he could go to
bed till he had enjoyed this little pleas-
ant season with his mother, and received
her good-night kiss. When he is an old
man, the memory of this sweet season,
will stay by him.


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