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LOtIDON: GRIFFITH, FARRAN, OKEDEN & WELSH
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IN the cold climate of RuP ia the winter
storms are fearful. The p'as.fL epls \A*r -
his stove, wrappj in sheep-skins,,#nd 'ever
lets the fire go out. No wonder then that a
nobleman sought shelter, as night came on,
in a hut, rather than go on in the storm,
and perhaps perish. During that evening
the rich noble learned much from the poor
peasant's contentment in poverty.
HIS man you see with the wooden'
leg has been nearly all over the
world, and seen many strange
and stirring events. In fact he is
an old admiral, who has been in many battles.
None were more active than he, but now he
stumps along, forced to go slowly. Yet how
cheery he looks! no complaining in his face,
for he thanks God for his blessings, instead
of repining for what he has not. That is the
sort of temper to cultivate.
An amusing incident happened to him one
day. He was walking alongside the harbour
when a youngster sprang out of a boat with a
small bag in his hand, and called out to the
admiral, "Hillo! my man, do you want to earn
a shillin if so, carry this to the Royal
Hotel for me."
This amused the admiral very much, so he
touched his hat, took the portmanteau, and
stumped off with it for fun. The young man,
who afterwards learned who he was, was,
as you may imagine, somewhat distressed,
but the good-natured admiral made it all
WELL may America be proud of George
Washington. To his prudence, courage,
and moderation, it mainly owes the treaty
which secured their independence. He
was in all things noble, whether as a
statesman or a warrior. That lady is quite
excited at seeing in the distance the town
named after him.
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EN in eastern countries wear turbans
instead of hats, and the women
(when they go out) wear a yash-
mak, or long veil, over the head and face-
not a bonnet. But as it is not the custom
for women to go out where they please, there
are men to take the children out for a walk
-at least in Turkey. Men and women live
much apart, not sharing in each other's joys
and sorrows. They do not sit round the fire
together, with their children, in winter
evenings, but are in separate rooms. In fact,
the women are slaves.
Little Conrad had been brought up in the
East, and had always an eastern servant with
him after he came to England. They brought
with them all kinds of curious ornaments, and
several birds beloning to the East. All
these new things astonished Conrad's cousin
very much, and so did the passionate temper
of Conrad's servant.
CONRAD AND HIS SERVANT.
HESE brave sailors had been
wrecked on an island, like Robin-
son Crusoe. They made a raft at
once, setting up a sail, and ventured out to sea,
in hopes of meeting some vessel homeward
bound which would take them to their country.
Sometimes the wind blew and helped them
along; sometimes it ceased, and they drifted
helplessly about. Even when the wind blew
strongest, they went along but very slowly.
This made them all despairing and unhappy,
and they were sad-hearted as well, for one
of their comrades was lost, and the prospect
of thetr food holding out grew less and less.
Presently, afar off, on the island they had
left, they spied a man, and supposed he was
a savage, when all at once he waved his red
flag, and then they recognized their lost
comrade. Soon they took him on board, and
not long afterwards they met an English ship,
which conveyed them home again.
THSE RESCUE OF THE COMRADE.
THIS is a scene in Australia, a vast country
belonging to Queen Victoria, very difficult to
travel across, because of the hot, stony deserts
in the interior, and want of water. The man
you see represented on the next page was
travelling in Australia, and lost his companion,
who fell into a pit. It was a long time before
he could devise means to raise his fallen
friend, but he did so at last.
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HE further north we travel the more
stunted becomes the herbage
Trees cease to grow, there is n
corn, no fruit-trees, at length even bushel
are not to be seen, but only rocks, ice, an(
mosses. The sea-coast appears to be neither,
habitable nor accessible, formed of higl
barren black rocks, the valleys between th
high cliffs being filled with snow and ice
The scenery is wild and romantic enough.
In such a spot these men were lost, o0
rather they had lost their friends who wern
exploring the desolate country, and had lef
their ship in these icy seas.
Afar off they caught sight of their comrades
and waved a glad welcome, for it is a dreadful.
thing to wander alone in a land where then
are neither houses nor people. The re-unite
party now soon made their way to the sh'T
where theywere obliged to stay for weeks, unti.
the spring-time came and the frost broke up.
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JAPAN is, as you know, made up of several
islands to the east of China. The Japanese"
are an interesting people, they are so ready,
to learn, and so anxious to improve them-.
selves, that they send young men to study),
in America and in England, in order that tlhey
may learn our discoveries. There is a book
lately published which tells how the little\
children amuse themselves in Japan. Their'
games are generally of a quiet character,'
not like the very novel one I saw the other
day. Some boys got up a steeple-chase
with jumping-poles-and rare fun they had.,
All the greater was the fun, perhaps, because
there was a spice of danger with it.
A NOVEL STEEPLE-CHASE.
U N N IN G fox! watching the gentle
hares at play on a summer even-
ing. By-and-by he thinks he
may entrap one; but perhaps they may be
too quick and clever for him. Poor fox! he,
too, has many enemies. Everybody is ready
to hunt a fox, because he is destructive, and
does harm wherever he goes. And we, if
we do hurtful things, shall be shunned by all
who would otherwise be our friends.
The fox, as you know, is very like a dog,
and yet it is very different: their eyes contract,
that is, grow smaller in the light in a very
curious way. They dig burrows for them-
selves in the earth, or else occupy those from
which they have driven other animals. They
feed on small animals, such as hares and
rabbits, fowls, their eggs, &c. Their colour is
reddish brown and white beneath, the outside
of their ears being black. Endless stories
are told of the artful cunning of the fox.
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THE CUNNING FOX.
NEW Zealanders are brave in fight, and fierce
to their enemies. So are the red Indians.
They think nothing of putting a prisoner to
death, for they deem mercy a weakness.
The poor girl, rescued at the last moment,
had been carried away by a troop of Red
Indian soldiers, and after being tortured
cruelly by them, they were about to put her
to death, as you see, when her brother rushed
up, just in time to prevent it, and putting
a pistol to the Indian's head, shot him on
FRICAN chiefs have quite as grand
an opinion of themselves as any
SEuropean monarchs, perhaps even
more, and travellers introduced to them are
forced to be boastful, and pretend they are
of immense importance in their own country.
These savage kings are very cruel; on one
occasion an English traveller presented one
with a gun of the latest and newest pattern,
made to carry with unerring skill.
The king was delighted, and ordered a
slave to go out and try it. The slave at
once shot at the first man who passed,
and killed him, thinking no more of it than
if he had killed a crow. ::,
The Englishmen in the picture have been
introduced to the savage king as prisoners,
but, by the kindness of one of the women of
the tribe, whose child had once been saved
by an Englishman, they managed to make
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THE ENGLISH PRISONERS
WO plough-boys got on the back
of the same horse, and were
jogging home, when a smart coach
and pair came rolling by. The cows the
boys were driving before them were allowed
to run helter-skelter, and all was confusion,
just because of a smart carriage coming in
The boys were gazing, open-mouthed, at
the occupants of the carriage, and not attend-
ing to their duty. In consequence of this a
very serious accident occurred. The horses
drawing the coach took fright, and galloped
away down the hill at a tremendous pace,
nearly upsetting everyone who was riding.
The ladies were nearly frightened to death,
and all were very much shaken, simply
because two boys thought less of their work
than of what was going on before them.
You should never attempt to row one way
and pull another.
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THE INATTENTIVE PLOUGH-BOYS.
THESE two old folks had been enjoying a
picnic out of doors together, when the old
woman you see came running to tell them of
an accident to an officer, who had been
thrown from his horse. Those are kind
Indian women trying to recover him. They
are very kind to little children who are placed
in their charge, and make devoted nurses.
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THE ACCIDENT TO TIHE OFFICER.
HE gorilla is the largest kind of
monkey. It only inhabits some
of the forests of Africa, and is
very strong, and dangerous to encounter.
Its height is about 51 to 6 feet, and its
strength is enormous. It is a great eater,
and it lives on vegetable food.
It is capable of defending itself against
almost any beast of prey, its strength
enabling it to resist nearly every attack. Its
voice is something like a bark, and sometimes
it gets loud enough to be called a roar. The
people who live in the countries where the
gorilla abounds dread it very much, and many
absurd stories are told about it.
We have not yet succeeded in bringing
these animals alive to England, or at least
we have not succeeded in making them live
in captivity. Several have been killed and
stuffed, and these were exhibited many years
since in England.
THE GORILLA AT HOME.
A CRUEL, rapacious beast is the wolf. He
will hunt any animal down, and is particularly
fond of killing a horse. The wild horses
defend themselves by standing in a circle
with their heads together, and their hoofs
forming another outer circle. They then
kick all together, and often succeed in killing
But sometimes single horses are relentlessly
pursued by packs of wolves, especially when
the latter are very hungry, which happens
often in the cold weather, and many horses
have been so destroyed.
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OU see here a party of officers dining
on board a ship. It was the time
when the French and English
were at war, and this gentleman, Captain
Thurot, professing to be kindly disposed,
treacherously invited several Englishmen to
a banquet. A merry time they had, and they
spent it in bright and cheerful conversation.
Many compliments were exchanged during
the feast; deeds of daring, both by English
and French, were amicably talked of, and no
sign of jealousy or feeling was shown by any
of the guests, nor by the consummate actor,
Thurot, who, at the end of the banquet,
astonished his guests by informing them that
they were his prisoners.
He was very brave in fight, and was a dis-
tinguished French naval officer, but he at
last was killed in a battle at sea, in the year
that George III. came to the English
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SEA-FIGHT is a fearful thing.
Mr Kingston, in one of his books,
tells the following story of one
which the accompanying sketch illustrates :-
I heard a sharp tap, and old Thole, who
was standing with his musket at his shoulder
by my side, fell to the deck. I stooped down,
shuddering, for I expected to see such another
ghastly spectacle as the other poor wretch
had presented; but he looked as calm as
possible, as if nothing was the matter with
him, and I began to wonder why he had fallen.
He had not even uttered a cry or groan.
"' What is the matter, Thole; are you hit ?'
Hanks heard me speak, and seeing Thole
on the deck, he knelt down by his side and
took his hand. 'There's no use, my lad, in
talking to the poor fellow, for he'll never
speak another word,' he said, in a calm tone,
as if nothing strange or awful had occurred;
and rising quickly, he seized a musket, and
recommended firing away at the lugger with
SWAN is a noble bird, and full ofI
grace on the water. But do not
go near her nest, or she may break
your arm with her strong wings.
The swan feeds chiefly on the seeds and
roots of the plants which grow in the water,
and also upon fresh spawn. They hiss, like
geese, when they are offended. Swans some-
times live to ,the age of 50 years. The
ancients called the swan the Bird of Orpheus,
and thought it possessed wonderful musical
powers, which it was supposed only to use
when death was approaching.
For a long time the white swan was the
only one of its kind known, and "a black
swan" was only another expression for a
very rare thing.
The cygnets, or young swans, are not so
beautiful as the old swans, whereas ducklings
are lovely little creatures, and often look like
soft golden balls upon the water.
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H E Chinese have many cruel and
barbarous ways, and they are very
regardless of human life. We
need not therefore be surprised to learn that
there are Chinese pirates. This picture refers
to an incident that occurred some years ago.
A youth named Paul Howard was taken
prisoner with several men, and they were all
to be shot. The captain of the pirates had
a watch, but it had stopped through not
being mended, and Paul, accidentally hearing
this, said he could make it go again. He
had begun to learn watch-making when a boy,
and was able to do what was needful. This
accident saved not only his life, but the lives
of the whole party; and this circumstance
shows that we ought not to miss an oppor-
tunity of learning anything, or to think the
meanest knowledge beneath the trouble of
acquiring, for we never know when it may be.
THE PIRATE'S WATCH.
who,-re. in. ithe ve
cross the line, that is, when their ship crosses
the equator, they dress up as sea-monsters,
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SAILORS love fun of all sorts. Unfortunately
their fun is somewhat rough. When they
cross the line, that is, when their ship crosses
the equator, they dress up as sea-monsters,
and play all sorts of tricks on the youngsters
who are in the vessel.
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How cheerily these brave sailors are drawing
the cannon into its place. They are forgetting
altogether the sad use to which it will be put.
SSUPPOSE that every boy thinks
to himself how much he should
like to be a soldier. But a soldier's
life is not so very delightful. Hard marches
in heat or cold, fighting, wounds or death
when on service, and when not on duty
going through hard days of drill, and other,
But this young fellow seems eager to
begin fighting, judging from the picture.
But I think the other boy deserves it, for
he and several others used very cowardly to
tease the military students while they were
at drill and could not run after them, by all
sorts of unpleasant shouting about the
cat-o'-nine-tails, calling after them, "cat,"
" puss," and so on. But one day the students
all came out as though at drill, and when the
usual teasing began, the young soldiers
broke from the ranks and punished their
THE FIGHT ON THE DRILL-GROUND.
N the following page you see a
drawing of a part of Iceland, which
is indeed unlike most other coun-
tries. For it has boiling fountains of water,
called "geysers," and lakes of blue mud. If
you were to travel in Iceland you would see
little puffs of smoke coming out of the ground
every now and then, for there are several
volcanoes in the island, though Hecla is the
large volcano. In Iceland the people are all
very poor, but they are strongly attached to
their own country, and to each other. They
work very hard in knitting stockings and
gloves at home, and the men go out to get
skins, feathers, eider-down, fish, oil, &c.,
which they exchange for goods from other
parts of the world.
The Icelandic ponies are small and very
hardy. This party of travellers are glad to
use them, for of course there are few roads,
if any. The Icelanders are very well taught,
they read a good deal during the long winter.
THIS party of travellers is not journeying
by railroad as we are accustomed to dcg
but in their own travelling carriage, and they
had to change horses frequently, for they are
on a. long journey. By-and-by they lost their
way, and two of the gentlemen, who were on
horseback, rode on to find out the road, and
were attacked bya stranger in a forest. At that
moment a band of soldiers came into sight,
on which the robber slunk away, or the
gentlemen must have been made prisoners,
for the stranger, as it proved, was the chief
of a gang of bandits.
Boys who. are fond of stirring stories of
adventure should read the history of the
brave Hollanders, and how they fought
against the Spaniards. A little handful o0
men did battle against a rich nation, anc
gained their freedom at last. Many earth-
works, such as you see in the drawing above,
were thrown up, behind which men fought
and died, conquered, or were slain. It is
astonishing to see with what rapidity trained
soldiers will .throw up an earthwork, or wall
of earth, from behind which to fire their guns.
A MUTINY is a terrible thing. It means that
.he men who ought to obey their commander,
turn against him, seize his ship, and either
kill him, or leave him helpless. These men
had mutinied, and escaped to the shore.
AD and terrible is the task of burying
the dead, and looking for the
wounded after a battle is over.
The dead horses, the groans of the dying,
the confused heaps of slain, with death brood-
ing over all, ought to make us ask ourselves
whether it is not time to give up fighting like
angry school-boys, and make suitable agree-
ments, instead of killing each other.
It was a terrible time for Ralph, who lay
wounded on the battle-field, one cold January
morning. As he lay he could hear the groans
of some of his comrades. After a while he
contrived to get up, and found a flask with
some brandy in one of his pockets; then
wrapping himself in a cloak which he took
from a dead soldier, he crawled, as well as he
could, to the nearest village, where he could
get his wounds dressed. There he was taken
such care of that he ultimately recovered, and
you may be sure never went to the wars again.
ON THE BATTLE-FIELD.
OME y-ars ago almost constant
warfare went on between the
French and English, and when
their ships met on the seas they fought,
boarded each other's ships, and there was
hand-to-hand fighting, terrible and fierce as
it could be, until one or the other crew was
obliged to give in.
The picture opposite represents one of
these terrible scenes-the deck strewn with
wounded and dying-the living furious and
fiend-like, fighting more like dogs than men;
but we must remember that each side felt that
they were fighting for home and duty, and if we
do this we shall find it difficult to blame them.
But now we meet our French neighbours as
friends, not foes; and trust that never more
we shall live at enmity with them. The
Scriptures tell us of a time coming when wars
shall cease, and we shall beat our swords into
pruning-hooks, and not learn war any more.
THE FIGHT ON DECK.
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WE who are accustomed to the peaceful
scenery of river and woodland, like that on
the adjoining page, are apt to forget the
lonely grandeur of the mighty hills and moun-
tains, with old castles, in some places, perched
on their rocky sides; while those whose lot
it is to live in busy towns, and seldom can get
an opportunity of seeing the country, can
scarcely imagine the beauty of either. But
alike among the mountains, or by the lovely
stream, or populous town, we ought to find the
presence of God, if our hearts are with Him.
BY THE RIVER.
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