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E. P. DUTTON & CO.
31 WEST TWENTY-THIRD STREET
LONDON GRIFFITH, FARRAN, OKEDEN & WELSH
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"YOUNG partridges are funny little birds, and
Mary loved to feed them. It was frc:-. doing
this that she made an unusual friend ; no other
than the hen partridge, the mother of the
young birds, who would always run after
Maiy, and was not happy when she was out
of her sight. Mary fell ill, and the hen
used to "be allowed to go into her room; of
course, when she recovered and could go out,
her first thought was for her old friend.
WIDOW MARNE, and her grand-daughter
Emmie, were in great trouble, for Emmie's
father, who worked on the railway, was away
from home, and news came that there had
---been- a railway accident, and that several
people were killed, and much hurt. While.
the grandmother and Emmie waited in distress
at their garden gate, Tom Baker, the black-
smith's son, came running from the railway,
which was a long way off, to tell them the
good news that Emmie's father was*safe, and
not hurt. Kind Tom! He went without
supper to bring these tiings.
EVERY day Betty Bateman found time to
run into poor Walter Truemore's cottage to
Give him some soup, or his medicine, or-any
little thing he wanted; for he had injured
his leg in an accident, and was unable to
But in order to do this, little Betty lost
her play-hour. Do you not think she was a
good girt? She comforted the sick man by
-h4er thoughtful kindness, and you may be
quite sure she had hd"reward.
AMONG the purple heather by the side of a
babbling -brook, a pretty little girl, named
Nancy, found a bright new silver half-crown.
Nancy Wished very much to give it back to
its owner, but she could not tell who had
"passed that way.
S And so, after asking a good many people
if they had lost it, and not being able to
learn to whom it had belonged, she bought -a-
very beautiful doll with it.
" I AM so puzzled, Jeannie," said Antoinette
to Gertrude, "I should so like to go to Mrs
Trevor's party, and yet, perhaps, I ought
not to go." "What puzzles you ?" asked
Gertrude. You wish to go, then why not ?
unless your mother forbade it." That is it,"
replied Antoinette slowly. Then you ought
not to be puzzled," replied Gertrude; "you
ought to know what to do."
HERE is a little child at prayer. Before
going to sleep he asks, as we all should, to be
taken under God's loving care. He is now-
saying that pretty little hymn beginning,-
Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me,
Keep Thy little lamb to-night;
Through the darkness be Thou near me,
Keep me safe till morning light.
,MRS MERCER had come out to show her
visitors her farmyard. She is such a kind
woman, that all the animals know her, and
run to meet her when she goes into the yard.
- ven the pig comes up 'to rub his nose
against her hand.
Fred, Mary, Edith,
and Percy are play-
Sing at being cooks.
SThey have stolen
S down into' the
kitchen while cook
Shas gone to speak
to their mamma,,
and are having a
good time among
the pots and pans; one is paring turnips,
others are cutting up apples, and some are
shelling peas, while Edith and Annie have
poured in some vinegar, and quite spoiled
the pudding. Little folks should ask leave
before they become cooks. When cook
came down and saw the mischief that was
done, she was very angry, for a great part of
the evening meal was spoiled.
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How many miles this ship will travel before
it returns to the shores of Scotland, from
whence it starts! It is going far north to
catch whales; a dangerous kind of fishing!'
SNor is this the only danger the whaling ship
will run. Icebergs, winter storms, and fogs
wil assail it, and polar bears, and all kinds
of other dangers will threaten the lives of'
the sailors. But God has given brave hearts
to our sailors, and they pray to Him to lead
them safely home again.
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Do come home,, Blanche! indeed it is
time," said Kate. But Blanche answered,
"Not yet! It is so pleasant here! We shall
be at home in plenty of time!" In vain
Kate begged her to leave the sunny beach,
till at length dark clouds shut out the sun,
and the thunder began to roll. Then Blanche
hurried home terrified, but not before the
heavy, rain poured down and wetted her thin
dress through and through.
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Do you know what is meant by a serenade ?
It is a song sung by night in your praise,
beneath your window, and serenading used
to be practised chiefly in Spain. Young
men would come with their guitar, and sing
love-songs beneath their lady's window. But
I never heard of dear little girls (like the one
looking out of the window) being serenaded.
It was the grown-up people who had that
kissing her mother with a happy smile. But
Jane said the good-night in a very unhappy
voice, for she had been idle all day. Her
lessons had been badly done, and her sewing
had to be unpicked, while she had also been
very cross to her sister. No wonder she was
unhappy; idleness and bad temper make any
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THE BUSY BEE.
How doth the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour,
And gather honey all the day
From ev'ry opening flower!
How skilfully she builds her cell!
Howneat she spreads the wax!
And lab6urs hard to store it well
With the sweet food he makes.
In works of labour or of skill,
I would be busy too;
For Satan finds some mischief still
For idle hands to do.
In books, or work, or healthful play,
Let my first years be past,
That I may give for ev'ry day,
Some good account at last.
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WHAT is prettier than a bird's nest filled with
newly-fledged young ones ? And the nest
itself is a wonderful piece of art.
But there is a bird who builds no nest,
though she takes care to get one, by laying
her eggs in another bird's nest, and so
making that bird hatch her young ones for
I am sorry to say it is the cuckoo who
behaves in this manner.
Two little folks left in bed and asleep,
chanced to awake before the grown-up people
in the house went upstairs. The children,
hearing a noise below, and believing it to be
the middle of the night, got frightened, and
rushed downstairs in their nightdresses, and
without shoes or stockings.
Think how ashamed they were of their
foolishness when they found the house-door
open, and papa and mamma taking leave of
some visitors. This should teach us not to
act without reflection.
THESE children have a pet goat and a cat.
Goats are useful creatures, and can be made
very tame. Cats are very wise, and can be
trained by affection to do almost anything a
cat can do. But then you must pet your cat,
and never beat it or pull it about as some
young folk do.
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HOWEVER fond of sailing you may be, I do
not think you would like to go in a whaling
ship. The smell of the dead whales, and of
the oil is so disagreeable. The oil is packed
in barrels after it has been taken from the
dead whale. This party of sailors are build-
ing huts on land with the help of the Esqui-
maux; for their whale-ship has been frozen in,
and they will not be able to sail again till next
spring, so they want a warm house this winter,
POLLY was diligently learning her lesson out
of doors, seated on the top of some rails, not
far from the old church, when the school-
master himself, Mr Lesly, came by. Seeing
that Polly was puzzled about something, he
sat down by her and kindly explained every-
thing. When we are in earnest at our work
there are always people willing to help us.
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" POLLY was diligently learning her lesson out
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LINNY was very comfortable in her easy
chair, reading a story. She quite forgot how
time was going, and she forgot to go to school,
till it was far too late. It is a great pity to
let pleasant things make us forget our duties.
Of course it is not wrong to read story-books,
but they should be read at the right time.
THESE children have been stealing some sugar
from the cupboard. "Why did you steal it ?"
asked their mother. For nurse!" answered
Dora. "To give to the donkey!" said
Bobby. No, for ourselves to eat !" cried
Mary. How sad it is not to speakfthe truth!
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was always unhappy and very ready to weep,
although she was such a big girl; but Bertha's
cheerfulness made not only herself happy,
but Lizzie, besides her other friends.
JASPER and his little sister got lost in a wood,
near some mountains, in France. His sister
fell peacefully asleep, but Jasper was too.
anxious. As he listened he heard a rustling
"sound, and presently a lean wolf crept from
behind a hillock. Jasper stretched out his
hands and gave a cry, the wolf, alarmed,
shrank back. Then footsteps sounded, and
the children were saved, for help was coming.
THOUGH I'm now in early days,
Nor can tell what shall befall me,
I'll prepare for ev'ry place
Where my growing age may call me.
Should I e'er be rich or great,
Others shall partake my goodness:
I'll supply the poor with meat,
Never showing scorn or rudeness.
When I see the blind or lame,
Deaf or dumb, I'll kindly treat them:
I deserve to feel the same,
If I mock, or hurt, or cheat them.
Should my lot be poor and mean,
I'll engage the rich to love me;
Whilst I'm modest, neat, and clean,
SAnd submit when they reprove me.
I'll not willingly offend,
Nor be easily offended;
What's amiss I'll strive to mend,
And endure what can't be mended.
THESE two little girls are saying good-night
to their mamma before she goes downstairs.
They had been telling her about a great
trouble they had had that day. In their
afternoon walk they had lost a new sovereign
which had been trusted to them to carry to
old Widow Barnes to pay her rent. Their
mother told them she could not afford to give
another. "Let us go and search again to-
morrow morning," said she. So when day-
light came they started, and after long search
they found the gold!
FAY and Clare were both so ashamed!
They had only been alone in the room
where tea was prepared for five minutes, and
what must they do but drink the cream, steal
the strawberries, and crumble the cake on the
floor! Of course mamma was obliged to
scold and punish them for their naughtiness.
They would have enjoyed it all so much more
if they had waited, and would not have been
sent to the nursery to have tea there alone.
THIS poor child had a sad fright, but she
was very brave.
She awoke in the night, and smelt smoke;
and running with bare feet into the passage,
she saw'ames issuing from a door at one end,
Not an instant did she pause, but gave the
alarm, rushing close to the fire to do so.
Her courage saved everybody from death,
and #e house from being burnt, for the fire
\\as 0oon put out afterwards.
Tiiis is the pretty scenery you would witness
if you sailed into the harbour of an island
called Hong Kong, the capital of which is
Victoria, named after the Queen of Englafid,
to whom this island of China belongs. For
some thousands of years the Chinese did
not allow foreigners to enter their country,
but at laf they have admitted them to some
places on their coast, and have had to yield
up this island also.
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ROSE was going through the wood on an
errand for her mother. Her playmates had
often told her that a witch lived in that wood,
so she was much frightened at meeting an
ugly old woman, such as you see in the
picture. When she got home, she told her
mother, declaring she should never have
courage to go that way again. Her mother
answered with a smile, That is a poor dwarf
who is lame, and has lost her teeth; but she
is no more a witch than you or I."
CHINESE ladies of rank are very much shut
up in their own houses; but they have many
amusements and occupations at home, some
of which enable them to pass their time
both with pleasure and profit. Ohe reason
why they rarely go out, is because they
cannot walk, since their feet are crippled in
infancy by shoes which will not allow the
feet to grow big enough to walk on with
ease. It is fashionable to have these ridicu-
lously small feet, and to be helpless. They
might be more comfortable by leaving them-
selves as God made the"A
ALICE.is a little girl who got lost, and whom
a kind cottager found wandering in the foad
at night, where she had got covered with
dirt and dust.
Her friend took her in, washed her sandy
feet, combed her pretty bright hair, and let
her sleep in her daughter Alice's bed, and
gave her some nice fresh milk and new bread
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" Hi! is there any one there ?" Grace and
Adeline started when they heard these words,
for they had wandered into a cave by the
sea, and had forgotten everything in search-
ing for rose-coloured sea-weed and shells.
The tide was coming up, and these two girls
must have been drowned if this kind old man
had not come that way, and quite accidentally
looked into that cave.
HERE is a night scene in a part of North
America, chiefly inhabited by Indians. These
Indians meditated an attack on the English,
"and a good native had crept many miles
through the forest to warn his English friends
of their danger. He did this at the risk of
his own life, but happily he escaped, and he
was in time to save them.
E should listen to ad-
vice from the old
and from those who
love us. Little Sara
sh did not like to listen
/ fo to anything but what
she thought best, and
"the consequence was
she often got into trouble. Her grandpapa
had often told her not to climb up to open
his study window, yet one summer evening
she disobeyed him as she had done so often,
in order to gather some roses she could reach
from the window. But hardly had she
gathered the flowers, when the wind waved
the.muslin curtains towards a candle which
stood on the table, and they caught fire.
Sara's hands were sadly burned, and the
house just escaped being destroyed by the
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BAD temper go 1
You shall never stay with me;
Bad temper go!
You and I shall ne'er agree,
For I will always kind and mild
And gentle pray to be,
And do to others as I wish
That they should do to me.
With me shall never stay.
Can never be happy and gay.
HERE is a tiny girl who had lost her way,
but she was not afraid. Everybody she met
upon the road spoke kindly to her, and
offered to do things for her. The good man
by the wayside would have carried her all the
way home if he had known where she lived.
It was God Himself who took care of the
tiny wanderer, and put it into people's hearts
to be good to her; and it is God who watches
over us all to tead us home to heaven.
THESE children were going to act a play,
and their aunt had arranged a curtain for
them to draw up and down like a curtain at
a real theatre. They were going to act
Little Red Riding Hood. Just before begin-
ning to act, behold, the red cloak could not
be found, which Red Riding Hood was to
wear. Instead of crying and keeping every
one waiting, she put on a scarlet shawl over
her head, which did very well indeed, and the
play went off charmingly.
DAISY could jump and skip better than any
little girl that ever skipped or jumped, and
she was very pleased to make her kind friends
smile, who had been very good to her, by
playing her pretty tricks when they asked
her. She was nimble as a fairy.
THIS is a fanciful picture of the journey the
ice takes with storm, and cloud, and snow.
It flies across the country, and the cold
wind scatters the snow-flakes, and the ice
hardens the lakes and rivers. We shiver
and shrink from it, but after all what good
the ice and frost bring with them.
So do troubles bring good, though they are
not pleasant to bear at the time, but they
help to make us noble and strong.
DEAR little Mabel had to carry a basket of
eggs for her, mother to the big house near.
On the way Mabel remembered that she
had not said her prayers that morning, so
she knelt down in the woodland path,
and said them there; and God heard and
blessed her whose childish thought was
HAYMAKING is a delightful task. Mary
and her brother Gerald thought it the
greatest treat possible to dress up as hay-
makers, and turn the new-mown grass.
You see them at work now, and in the
distance a waggon loaded with sweet-scented
hay. Their hearts are glad at God's good-
ness in giving them the summer, and all it
BABETTE did not often lecture anybody, for
she was a wise, good girl, and knew quite
well that the best lecture one can give is by
doing one's own duty every day. But she
knew also that it is sometimes right to tell
persons lovingly of a fault, in order that they
may not do it again; so Babette is telling
her brother Harry that he must learn never
to get into debt, and to go without things
which he cannot pay for.
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Do you see what these dear little folks are
doing? They are crying, and feel sad, be-
cause a sweet little robin which they had
tamed and fed all the winter had been found
dead in the garden.
After all the care they had taken of it,
it was hard to lose it so. They mean to
bury it under a honeysuckle, and to make it
a beautiful grave of leaves to show how they
Dear children! what more could they do
than be kind to Robin, both when he was
alive, and now that he was dead ?
FANNY had a pet goldfinch which she loved
dearly. One day she opened the cage, and
to her great grief found it dead. Her sister
May was grieved also, but tried to comfort
her. The poor bird could never fly where
it liked, it had no companions," said she to
Fanny; "the dear goldfinch's troubles are
ITTLE Patience and her brother
Cecil were left alone in the house
one evening. Patience grew so
sleepy, that she lay down on her own white
bed and fell asleep, when there came a loud
knock at the door; so Patience and Cecil
got each a candle, and went to see who it
was, and indeed they were rather frightened.
How pleased they were to see cousin Maud,
who had come to spend the rest of the
evening with them.
ONE THING AT A TIME.
WORK while you work,
Play while you play,
That is the way
To be cheerful and gay.
"- All that you do,
Do with your might,
Things done by halves
Are never done right.
One thing each time,
And that done well,
Is a very good rule,
As many can tell.
Moments are useless
So work while you work,
And play while you play.
IT was a beautiful day, and Effie had
wandered down to the beach to enjoy a
pleasant morning. Sea-gulls flew over the
blue water, the white waves rolled in on the
sand, and Effie lay down to rest. Suddenly
she remembered that she had forgotten to
post a letter for her mother. She at once
jumped up, and went home for the letter:
she did not lie still and think the afternoon
would be soon enough to fulfil her promise.
FLORENCE and her sisters often wandered
through the cloisters of Canterbury Cathedral.
Whenever they did so, they could not help
noticing the beauty of the arches over
their heads and the grandeur of the place.
Beautiful buildings speak to us of the
thoughts of the men who have planned and
WHEN Hilda's aunt died, she found that she
would have to take care of her brother and
sister, and do a great many things which
used to be done for her. At first she could
not bear this hardship, but one day, wander-
ing into the village church on a week-day,
she saw a girl younger than herself practising
on the organ. Hilda knew that this girl had
ten brothers and sisters to care for, and
yet found time to go on with her music.
LITTLE Freddie was running to school one
r morning, when he met a poor girl with a
bundle in her arms, crying as if her heart
would break. Freddie was very young, but
he stopped to ask, pityingly, "What is the
matter ?" The girl told him that she had
just lost a shilling, which was all the money
she had in the world. Freddie had no
shilling to give her; but he began to look
carefully all about the spot where they stood,
and to his great joy he found the money,
which made the little girl quite happy.
POOR children sometimes earn ever so much
money in a pleasant way, in the autumn of
the year, by hop-picking. The boy and girl
you see above are hop-picking. It is true
it is very pleasant work in sunshine, but when
the rain soaks the ground, then it is some-
what wretched to be among the wet hops.
But we must not expect all sunshine in this
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