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THE GIRLS' OWN BOOK
A SERIES OF PRETTY STORIES AND PICTURES
FOR OUR LITTLE WOMEN
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I COPYRIGHT, 1888, BY
WORTHINGTON CO., 747 BROADWAY
2 Girls' own Book.
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WHO are these pretty girls?" you say,
SWith such bright faces pure and true;
S' They are the ones who read this book,
S And so, of course, one must be you.
They glance at us with smiling eyes,
As at their flowers we take a look;
/il They know they have a treat in store
-."' -?; For those who read TI-E GIRL'S OWN Boo
/ In summer time and winter snows,
Of beasts and birds and fishes,
S Of bright-eyed girls and jolly boys.
h e.~- Are the tales told in its pages.
l or tosewho ead H ~as' ow> BI,.
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4 Hanging up the Mistletoe.
HE mistletoe grows in to be kissed. The eyes of the hostess
England and in most twinkle in anticipation of the fun.
parts of Europe. Its --- --
seeds cling to the Kind Katie.-Katie said one day,
branches of trees, and I will go 'muse the flies a little bit.
t take root and grow, as I think that they must get tired walk-
though the plant was a part of the ing on the ceiling and flying in and out
tree. It grows best on apple and pear of the sugar-bowl."
trees, and as it keeps green all winter, Nurse laughed, and said, "You are a
it makes the leafless orchards look funny little girl." Katie laughed too,
very pretty. and began to make soap-bubbles.
The Mistletoe is used everywhere in Still the flies walked on the ceiling
England as a Christmas green, and and flew in and out of the sugar-bowl.
there is a Christmas custom connected Now, Katie was a happy little girl, and
with it so old, that no one knows the she wanted everybody else to be happy.
origin of it. If a lad, at Christmas If she could not "'muse the flies," she
time, meets a maiden under the mis- could "'muse little baby-sister."
tletoe, he is entitled to a kiss. In this So she carried her basin of water and
we have the key to our picture. The long pipe close to the cradle, and made
young miss is going to have a Christ- as pretty bubbles as one ever saw.
mas party, and she is tying a bunch of Baby clapped her hands and tried to
Mistletoe to the chandelier over the talk. What do you think that she would
stairs. Her young lady friends will have said had she been older and wiser?
not see it, and they will be met on the Maybe she would have said: Thank
stairs by the young gentlemen, and you, Katie. I wish every baby had such
every one of them will have to consent a kind, bright little sister as you are."
Out for a Walk.
VWE are true-lovers blithe and gay;
We'll take a walk this sunny day,
In the -morning's brightest hours,
While the dew is on the flowers.
SI'll take my cane,-- for robbers bold,
o^ -' May meet us on the way, I'm told-;
But I'll protect you, never fear;
No robbers will dare venture near,
The older folks will have their say,
But we read books as well as they;
___ ~ And if we're good, why, don't you see ?
----. No harm can come to you nor me.
"' There never was a happier pair,
S Than I and my truelove so fair;
-' She takes her bag as ladies do,
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i UR engraving is a leaf messages, and entrusted in all sorts of
from history. It car- ways. It maybe said of them that
ries our minds back to they seldom betrayed the confidence
the period when to be placed in them, but in every respect
a page was a great acted like the young gentlemen that
honor to be conferred they were expected to be.
only upon a boy of a good family. We have pages in our day, but they
Such an attendant was expected to be are not like the pages of old. They
very much attached to his master, and serve for pay and for a stated time in
to make his happiness and his honor his our legislative assemblies. Our boys
constant care. Pages served without prefer to earn their way, rather than to
pay except such presents as their mas- depend upon the bounty of a rich mas-
ters gave them, but they were treated ter who will treat them merely as
with great liberality, and they dressed trusted pets.
quite as well, and enjoyed themselves ---
much better than the grand people Tt1e Broker Pitcher.-Ida took
the big pitcher and went to
the pump to get some cool
.. i. water. Her little brother
went with her. They had
been playing catch, and he
game. Ida said no, at first,
but when he dared her to
.... catch him around the pump
-' she put down the pitcher,
S-. ,,. and began to run. In a lit-
tie while they got careless
and knocked the pitcher
down and broke it. Then
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-- -' If they had remembered
S-- what their mother had so
: -often told them, they would
have brought the water first,
and then they could have
S.. played their game. Play and
work should never go to-
gether. They will have to
learn the verse, beginning
whom they served. In the old stories Work while you work, play while you
the pages figure quite prominently, as play:
they were employed to carry private This is the way to be cheerful and gay."
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8 In the Art Gallery.
THE VASE THAT BECAME AN OWL "'It is not the hand that is washed
WHAT is this ? just clean in the brook, it is not the hand that
( Guess and try; is dipped in red, it is not the hand that
is garlanded with fragrant flowers, but the
You will find out hand that gives to the poor is the most
I-=- i" As she said these words, her wrinkles
It is, changing fled, her staff was thrown away, and she
You can see, stood before them an angel from heaven,
And is growing with authority to decide the question in
Mre lie m. dispute. And that decision has stood the
More like me. test of all time."
Changing still, 0-
More like it grows; Little Thirngs.
Now you see my A LITTLE spring had lost its way
S Amid the grass and fern;
Eyes and nose. A passing stranger scooped a well
Changing still, Where weary men might turn.
Now guess and try" He walled it in, and hung with care
"A staring Owl!" A ladle at its brink-
Ss, tt is He thought not of the deed he did,
_-- Y es, that is I. But judged that toil might drink.
The Beautiful Hard. He passed again, and lo! the well,
A LEGEN. By summers never dried,
Had cooled ten thousand parch'-ng
"THERE was a dispute among three tongues,
ladies as to which had the most beautiful And saved a life beside.
hand. One sat by a stream and dipped .
her hand into the water and held it up,
another picked strawberries until the ends Ir\ the Art Gallery.
of her fingers were pink, and another WE may infer from the crowded attend-
gathered violets until her hands were fra- ance, that the exhibition has just been
grant. An old, haggard woman, passing opened, and from the interest disp'ayed
by, asked : by the visitors, we may also fairly infer
"'Who will give me a gift, for I am that the pictures are of more than ordi
poor ?' nary merit. Art has taken great strides in
"All three denied her; but another who this country during the present half of
sat near, unwashed in the stream, un- the century, and the children of to-day are
stained with fruit, unadorned with flowers, much more fortunate in this respect than
gave her a little gift and satisfied the poor were their fathers and mothers when they
woman. And then she asked them what were young. Nothing affords more de-
was the dispute; and. they told her, and light than to look at pretty pictures, and
lifted up before her their beautiful hands. if there are any of our young readers who
"'Beautiful indeed,' said she, when she have never been to an Art Gallery, they
saw them. But when they asked her must ask mamma or papa to take them to
which was the most beautiful, she said: one.
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The story goes that he worked faith-
fully for a rich merchant Lill he became a
man, when he married his master's daugh-
ter, succeeded to the business and became
Wealthier still-so wealthy that he loaned
'-- ", money to the king. It is also said that,
when the money was due, he invited the
Asking and his friends to a great feast, and,
"". before them all, threw the bonds in the
fire, as a graceful way of making his sove-
S, reign a present.
,' It is very certain that he was looked
Sup to by the people of London as a great
Sir Richlard Wtlittington. man, and loved by them as a good man.
Although we do not know the entire his-
You have all heard the story of Whit- tory of his life, we know enough of it to
tington and his cat, and you have no understand why
doubt seen pictures of him as he appeared
when a poor boy. Here is his portrait as Throughout old England lives the name
he looked when he had become a rich Of this great-minded man;
man. Many people have denied that Dick Whittington, of lasting fame,
there was such a man, and have argued that Whose life so strange began.
the story was not true, but only a story.
But we are sure now that there was a
Dick Whittington, that he was a poor Tble Little Carver.
boy and had a pet cat, and that he be- A YOUNG lad had a great taste for carv-
came Lord Mayor of London in the year ing, but being very poor, he had no tools,
1396. It is equally true that he became rot even a knife. But he found a piece of
very wealthy, and built churches and teel and sharpened it, and when he had
bridges, and did much for the poor. fastened to it a piece of wood for a han-
Several monuments are erected t his dle, i' made a very good carver's knife.
memory, one upon the very spot, then You see him in the act of engraving some-
outside of the city, where he turned to thing on the cover of a box, while his sis-
take a last look at the place from which ter stands admiringly over him. You will
he had run away, and where he heard the b glad to know that he afterward became
Bow Bells ringing out, as he fancied: famous as an artist, and his success was
"Turn again, Whittington, due to his perseverance.
Lord Mayor of London." Do you often find it hard to do your
," t s, tasks, even with the good tools that are
Return" they said, to London quick, furnished you ? Then you should think
Lord Mayor you'll one day.be !" of this poor boy, who had to make him-
" Now surely this is news," thought Dick, self a knife to work with. Benjamin
"That must be meant for me." West, the great painter, could not get
So Whittington, with happy mind, even a lead pencil in his boyhood, but had
Went back the way he came, to make his first efforts at drawing with a
And soon a worthier place did find bit of charcoal. He resolved to succeed,
With merchants known to fame. however, and he did.
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t2 The Chat by the Way.
Catc1lir\g the Por.y.
STHIS lady thinks she can catch her
chubby horse. She wants to have him
harnessed to a carriage for a drive. So
she puts some corn in a sieve and the halter
i over her arm. I wonder if she knows how
%-_ 'to catch that pony. Pony says : "' Let me
have a sniff first, and if you have been put-
.LA'. ting only chaff or some other common stuff
in the sieve I will toss up my head and
shake out my mane and gallop away, for
SI'm not going to be caught by chaff." But
no; the lady has been wiser. She knows
pony s weakness for nice sweet corn, and
there is a good handful of it in the sieve.
Down goes pony's nose in the sieve, and
then the lady, with one hand, quietly takes
hold of his forelock, between the ears, and
the.__ with the other holds the sieve of corn,
while he takes a mouthful. In half a min-
o ute, while pony is munching the corn, she
t -u it -oie f-l will set down the basket at her feet, and
slip on the halter over his head, and then
--- wh t =-th give him another bite of corn.
JUDGMENT.-There is probably no human
faculty that is more in need of faithful and
The Chat by the Way. patient cultivation than the judgment, for
there is none that has more complications
Do you not love ponies? I do. One to deal with or more difficulties to over-
summer evening, not long.ago, when I was come. Nevertheless, there is perhaps
stopping for a night at a little village on none which receives less systematic dis-
the great prairies, I saw two ponies saddled cipline, or upon which people generally are
and bridled and tied to a post just outside less willing to expend labor and thought.
the house where I was stopping. By and They train their children's memory, exer-
by two little girls came out, and in half a cise their powers of expression, school
minute they each jumped upon a pony, and them in habits of industry, endurance,
away they went for a delightful scamper. patience, and self-control, but seldom dis-
You see the young lady who is riding has cipline their judgment or teach them how
a long dress on. They call it a riding- to draw correct conclusions. That, they
habit, but it is not convenient for walk- suppose, is something which time and ex-
ing. She has stopped her pony to have a perience will do for them ; yet, when they
chat with the other girl, and the little dog see what hasty opinions and ill-advised
stops too, and seems to be wondering judgments are continually formed by older
what his mistress is talking about. Can people, they might infer that some definite
you tell ? Oh, no; you can only guess. -education in this respect was necessary.
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14 Country Friends.
Country Friertds, into all kinds of warm clothes. When
Winter comes, baby must have some nice
CAN yOU tell me what animals we see merino socks, and a merino shirt. When
in this picture ? There is the noble horse, sheep are killed by the butcher, we call the
and the gentle cow, and the lively dog, flesh mutton, and eat it. How do they
and the patient ass, while away goes the make wool into flannels and shirts and
frolicsome calf in the distance. Does not socks and coats? They cut it off the
the dog look just a little bit frightened,
while the cow is pushing out its nose to- sheep, and t t troh a re man
ward it? It is strange that some little poee, hh e hae nt rm
dogs like to bark at cows, though they to explain, but may another time.
run off when the cow begins to push at
them. Cows do not like to be teazed,
though they are patient. Whei\ will the Flowers CoMre ?
S---- -- "WHEN will the flowers come," baby
Why, darling, listen! They'll soon be
S- The earth is preparing day by day
S. To put on her new green dress so gay.
SOh pretty soon; yes, pretty soon,
The beautiful world will be all in tune;
And under a merry summer sky,
S- ., The meadows in soft green robes shall lie.
SYou'll see the buttercups golden bright,
.. The pretty new daisies, so fair and white;
You'll breathe the fragrance of bud and
Thte Pet Lamb. And oh my baby, with every hour
There'll be new joys on the happy earth,
\\HAT is the baby saying to the lamb? New pleasures born with the summer's
Baby cannot talk very plainly, and it only birth;
knows a few sounds, but it tries to say, And you and I will presently go
" Pretty-oh, pretty!" How proud and In search of the sweet May blossom, you
happy the good mamma is, and see how know.
nicely sister is holding up the lamb to be
petted. What is the old mother sheep And I'll make a crown for your head, and
thinking about, I wonder? And do you you
not see how the papa sheep is telling his Shall be the queen of the blossoms too;
mate not to be frightened, for the lamb While over our heads the birds will sing,
will not be hurt. What quiet, patient ani- Till the very woods with melody ring.
mals sheep are! These look to me like So, ho! my baby; and hey! my dear,
the famous merino breed. Notice the long, How glad we'll be when summer is here!
curled horns of the ram, and the woolly So just be patient. It won't be long
foreheads and cheeks, and the silky wool. Till you'll have the flowers, the birds, and
This wool is very-valuable,' and is -made song.
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Lady Moor. Lady Moon, Lady Moon, where are you
LAiY MOON, Lady Moon, where are you Over t
rovingOver the sea.
roving Lady Moon, Lady Moon, whom are you
Over the sea. lvn
Lady Moon, Lady Moon, whom are you loving ?
All who love me.
All who love me.
-- In thle Country.
WIDOW BROWN and her
family often pay a visit to the
field, where she finds the big
Y-ou_ are toob white mare and her foal, and
generally brings them a handful
of corn. When she makes her
appearance in the field, the horse
will come walking toward her,
while the foal will keep frisking
along, kicking up its heels with
They have become so well
acquainted that the foal will let
Tommy fondle it all over, and
seems to enjoy a romp with him.
Mrs. Brown, since her husband
died, has had to work very hard
to support her family, but when
she pays a visit to the field and
-- meets with her old friends she
forgets her cares, and then re-
members that Tommy will soon
be grown a big boy, and able
and willing to relieve her of
scme of the cares and work
that she has now to undertake.
TRIALS of every kind may
Are you not tired with rolling, and never await you, sterner and darker than any
Resting to sleep ? yet experienced. Do not anticipate
Why look so pale and so sad, as forever them, but do not forget their possibility.
Wishing to weep ? Do not, as you prize your own soul, for-
Aksk me not this, little child, if you love me; get that your strength for every conflict
You are too bold. depends on your being girded for each
I must obey my dear Father above me, as -it comes, and never being careless or
And do as I'm told. weary..: .-.....-....
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18 The Christmas Hymn.
S -- A Bird College.
S.IN Fulda, Germany, regular institutions
S .1 are established to teach bullfinches to
i sing. Young birds are placed in classes
.. .-.-- ,.,._:e of six to ten each, and kept in the dark.
As they are fed, a little hand-organ is
played. Finally the birds commence to
S' associate the music with the feeding, and,
When hungry, they commence to sing a few
H-...,- .notes of the tune they hear daily. Those
who do this are at once placed in a more
Srr cheerful room, where light is admitted.
O-NTE L'fiA.. This encourages and makes them more
SL.Fn.L-r.ias lively. Then they like to sing, and are
-,i taught more. The most difficult part is
-- '.i 1 the starting of the birds, some of which
have to be kept a long time in the dark,
and on starvation rations, before their
obstinacy is overcome.
S- The Babe in the Basket.
Do you know what the picture on the
opposite page represents ? A baby in
a basket," you say. That is true enough,
ibut it was intended by the artist to mean
something more. It was drawn to sug-
The Christmas HyMrn. gest the New Year. As the basket is
opened, the babe looks out upon the
world for the first time. It begins a new
How blessed was the day life, just as we should at the New Year,
When Christ appeared on earth for that is a good time to make new
Angels and men together joined resolutions. The babe will grow till it
To hail the Saviour's birth. gets strong. It will do its work and then
it will grow old. So will the New Year.
How kindly He became Then it will become the Old Year, and
A little child like me; finally another New Year will come to
A child of poor and lowly name take its place. Does not the picture re-
The Saviour deigned to be. mind you of this ?
HE who does good to another man does
The stable was His room, good also to himself, not only in con-
The manger was His bed; sequence, but in the very act of doing it,
The birthplace of the King of Kings, for the consciousness of well-doing is an
Was where the oxen fed. ample reward.
20 The Rabbit and the Easter Eggs.
r .1' Nor sparkling ale
My face to pale.
'To quench my thirst I'll always bring
Cold water from the well or spring;
So here I pledge perpetual hate
To all that can intoxicate.
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DID you ever see such funny-looking
-____._ dogs? They are called the Basset hounds,
S-and are pet dogs. Their owner is a very
eccentric gentleman who loves to pet and
The Iabbit arid the Easter Eggs. train cats and dogs. These funny-looking
dogs have been sent into a room where
BEATRICE has dressed her tame rabbit two pet cats are. See the remarkable way
in a frock, and sends it out in play to in which the cats behave. They are not
get some Easter eggs. Then she goes nearly so well-bred as the dogs are. I
into the shrubbery, and there is the rabbit suppose they are frightened out of their
hopping about, and there, also, is a nest of wits. They ought to go to school to be
colored and ornamented Easter eggs. Oh, taught better manners. It is plain that the
good rabbit, where did you get all these dogs will not hurt them, and they will
beautiful eggs from ?" But Beatrice's probably now be good frie::ds.
mamma is looking out of the window all
this time and laughing heartily. I think
that mamma knows something about those CIIAACTER WOITHY OF EsTEEmv.-Char-
eggs. acter is formed by habits, habits by re-
peated actions, and actions result from
The Pledges. awakened feelings. If we would success-
fully build up character worthy of esteem,
A PLEDGE I make we must present motives to right action,
No wine to take; and strengthen the tendencies to such
Nor brandy red action by securing continuous repetition.
That turns the head; Not by perpetually reiterating rules of con-
Nor whiskey hot duct, insisting cn one thing and denounc-
That makes the sot ; ing another; not mainly by reasoning or
Nor fiery rum explaining, or holding up consequences
That ruins home; to view; but by so operating upon the
Nor will I sin emotions and desires as to strengthen
By drinking gin; the higher and weaken the lower, and
Hard cider, too, by thus developing the germs of moral
Will never do; principle which exist in every heart, are
Nor brewer's beer good habits formed and good character
My heart to cheer; established.
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22 The Lessons which Pug learned.
The LessorNs wlich Pug learned. It would surprise you to know how
many cunning tricks he was taught, one
PUG was a dog, so of course he did not by one. He could- sit up and beg, jump
go to school and learn lessons out of a through a hoop, find a hidden handker-
book. But he had a teacher and had to chief, walk erect on his hind feet, bark for
learn lessons, for all that. Kate was his a cracker or a bit of sugar, and then bark
teacher, and as she was patient and kind again when you bid him say, "Thank
to him, he repaid her by being a good you." One of the best things that Kate
pupil and learning quickly. In this re- taught him was not to steal. You might
~-- set a plateful of cake within his reach and
She would not touch it unless it were given
S, Th e Two IPivals.
CATS and dogs are not apt to be good
friends, but if they live together when
young, they sometimes get to be very
fond of each other. Such was the case
a h with Floss and Rover, who belonged to
the same mistress. It would be hard to
i tell which of them was her favorite.
t g Rover was the best playmate, for he
would romp with her in the fields for
hours together. But she could take Floss
up in her arms, while Rover was too big
S. to be held.
They were both very kind to her. In
.I fact, they were kind to everything. Not
even the chickens were afraid of them,
-i .although they would cackle and make a
-- reat fuss when a strange cat or dog came
-- -------into the yard. Rover was always a little
-- jealous when Floss was fondled, but he
spect he did better than some little boys was so good-natured that he did not get
and girls that I know, although he was cross. They were rivals for the love of
only a dog. their mistress, but they were always good
Pug was very ybung when Kate first friends.
became his teacher. The first lessons
that he had to learn were how to behave HE who, realizes and upholds the
himself properly. Then he had to be hallowed character of love in all its forms
taught not to bark at the milkman and will never slight it in its highest and
the grocer's boy. This was a hard lesson, holiest ; and he who holds loosely the
but he learned it at last, without getting a love of a friend or a brother is unworthy
single whipping, because his teacher was to take upon himself any obligation more
patient. sacred or binding.
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24 In tle Pouts.
ITTLE HILDRE. she must not blame the other children if
. L.. '-- they refuse altogether to play with her.
'_ E OT H': LR -
A Ch-ild's Prayer.
I To Thee, our Heavenly Father,
We lift our hearts in prayer.
We ask Thee for Thy guidance
And for Thy loving care.
We ask Thee to forgive us-
Oft we have gone astray.
Oh, bring us back to Jesus,
Back to the narrow way !
Oh, take our hearts and cleanse them,
And fill them with Thy love!
.Oh, make us fit, dear Father,
To sing Thy praise above !
And this we ask for Jesus
Our dear kind Saviour's sake.
Oh, listen to us, Father,
And grant the prayer we make !
Ira ttle Pouts.
HELEN was generally a very good girl, Tarowing Stones.
but she had a bad habit of pouting, which BABY and Annie are out with nurse for
made her a very bad playmate. One day a walk. Jack, the farmer's boy, is going
her brother George broke her doll in play. the same way, but they will not let him
It was certainly an accident, for George walk with them. Shall I tell you why ?
would not willingly do anything to dis- Because Jack is fond of throwing stones
please his sisters. George was very sorry and frightening the birds and squirrels.
and he said so, but Helen would play no So Jack walks on behind. Even Fido is
more. She sat and sulked about it, mak- afraid of him and runs away when he sees
ing herself very unhappy a- ,ell as George him coming. Baby and May like to have
and little May. the birds and squirrels come near them.
May cannot understand why she should Boys who throw stones are to be avoid-
pout over a little accident, and George ed, not only by birds and squirrels, but
looks wistfully for a smile of forgiveness. also by other boys and girls. A stone
Their fun is all spoiled, when it should thrown carelessly may do much more
not have been interrupted for a moment. harm than is intended. It is not a good
If Helen could see how pouting spoils excuse that the thrower did not mean any
her good looks, she would try to break harm. If the harm is done, he is to blame
herself of the habit. If she continues it, for it.
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26 The Sick Doll.
of their mammas. They should go to
bed at night like other folks."
If you leave it on the porch another
61 night," says George, "I should not be
S'..surprised if some dog should carry it off,
and then no doctor or nurse will be of
'' n A Surtqy Dispositior.
... ~GIVE thanks for a sunny disposition, if
you have it, an ability to look affairs in
the face, and lastly-but not least-for
the faculty of seeing the pleasant or
Only realized how far this gift goes to oil-
ing the machinery of home-life, prevent-
Sing friction of temper, and causing general
ijlke i,,'t smooth running, they would encourage and
t not, repress this quality in children s minds.
S Most children are naturally quick at see-
S ing the funny side, which is nearly the same
-- n d as the sunny side. What a difference it
St- makes in a house, whether or not there is a
sunbeam person keenly alive to the ludi-
T e Sick Doll crous side of affairs !
DOLLY is sick. There can be no mis-
take about it, for she was left out on the Greedy Kate.
porch all night with no hat on her head
and not even a shawl to protect her from I HAVE a little girl in mind,-
the cold night dew. As fair a girl as you may find,
Ada says that such exposure would But in her home or on the street,
make any dolly sick. She must have a She never gets enough to eat.
hot drink at once. George only la ughs
at her when she wants him to play/Doc- Of bread and butter, cakes and fruit,
tor, but Mamie says a nurse will do just She never has enough to suit;
as well. So she puts on Grandma's cap Her hands are full early and late,-
and glasses and looks very wise. That's why they call her Greedy Kate.
Is she very sick, Nurse ?"
Mamie looks at her carefully through SELF-RESPECT is the foundation of char-
the spectacles and says : acter and of progress. Break it down,
She is truly very sick, but I do not and nothing valuable can be built upon
think she will die. It is very bad for the ruins; establish it firmly, and no one
dollies to be left out on the porch all can tell how noble a structure of virtue
night, and it is very careless on the part and happiness may not be raised.
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28 The Little Sailors.
The Little Sailors. Work arid Doubts.
HEDRE we go sailing! A RECENT writer defines "worry "-a
Jolly sailors are we! trouble which makes many people ill, and
The chairs for a vessel, causes even some to die-to be labor done
The mat for a sea, without faith. He means by this, efforts
The broom for a mast, made without confidence in the success
The shawl for a sail; aimed at. There is a world of truth in the
And Jennie shall carry saying; Courage-always courage A
The big water-pail successful man who overheard a less san-
guine person drawl out, I wish I could !"
lp-. turned upon him suddenly with the words,
Say I will, and you can! That is what
the energetic man had proved in his own
experience, and what many a languid in-
i ',dividual might prove too, if he would only
'i! once wake up. Our doubts," the great
'' poet has it, are traitors."
THERE is no greater sport for the young
-'' men of our cities than to camp out in the
woods in the summer. The little girls
shown in our engraving have no doubt
seen a party camping out, and they want
to see how it seems. They have selected
"'- "", 'I ., the shade of a great tree, and with their
S" i umbrella for a tent, they think it would be
1 great fun to do as the city people do.
......T: hese happy little girls have no need to
Camp out. They live in the country and
S do not know how hard it is to be com-
-- -"' ..- .- pelled to stay in the dusty city, far away
from the shady woods and the green fields
To catch the big fishes, and the fresh invigorating breezes. Many
And perhaps a whale. a poor little city child would be glad to be
The wind is not blowing, with them under the great tree.
To ruffle the seas,
But Jack, with the bellows, RESPECT goodness, find it where you
Can make a good breeze, may. Honor talent, wherever you behold
Hold the pail, Jennie! it unassociated with vice ; but honor it
Here is a whale; most when accompanied with exertions,
With the tongs I will catch it, and especially when exerted in the cause
As onward we sail. of truth and justice.
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30 The Snow Ball.
T1ie Srtow Ball. passed that way again and saw that the
weed had grown much larger. That
OVER and over we roll the snow; weed ought to be pulled up said he, "but
Steadily and surely, see it grow; I have no time to day, I will come and re-
At first, it was so very small, move it to-morrow." The next day he
To move it was no work at all; was too busy to attend to it, and several
But now so heavy has it grown, weeks passed by. When, at last, he went
That it is like a block of stone ; to pull it up, it had grown so large that he
We push with all our might and main, could not move it, though it was destroy-
But all our effort is in vain. ing his garden. And what was worse, its
seeds had ripened, and were scattered all
over the garden, to produce a thousand
weeds the next year. Then said the man:
"How much trouble I might have saved
myself, if I had rooted out the weed as
-- soon as I found it."
"' This is the way with our bad habits. At
first, we can root them out very easily, if
.we try. But after a while, they become
so strong that it is almost impossible to
get rid of them. It is so with the habit of
using bad words, and with every other bad
habit. We should destroy them, as a
good gardener will strange weeds, when
they first appear.
Thbe Cb1ristmas Visit.
'-THE wind is blowing a gale and the snow
Sis falling thick and fast. But to-morrow is
"LL .: Christmas, and Aunt Carrie has a visit to
I_._____ pay to her nieces and nephews. Their
faces are pressed close to the windows as
And so it is, when we begin they watch for her coming. How delighted
With every little fault or sin ;- they will be when they see her! What
Correct it then we easy may, guesses at what she has in her basket!
But it grows harder every day. They all love Aunt Carrie, and they are
always glad to see her. But she is never
more welcome than at Christmas-time.
EVERY human being has a work to carry
THERE was once a lazy man who saw a on within, duties to perform abroad, in-
strange weed growing in his garden. It fluences to exert, which are peculiarly his.
is so small that it can do no harm," said and which no conscience but his own can
he, and he let it grow. In a few weeks he teach.
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32 The Stile on the Hill.
Thje Stile ort the Hill. a similar latitude in South America, and
WHAT a lovely walk it is over the hills, from the Pacific coast to the east of the
along the foot-path through the fields. Rio Grande, through New Mexico and
Sometimes the fields are all plowed up, Western Texas. The flower-stalks are des-
and the fresh earth looks so nice; and titute of leaves, but are plentifully supplied
sometimes they are covered with crops of with branches eighteen inches long, from
grain or grass, and the narrow path winds which flowers of white and yellow colors
through them, just wide enough for one are suspended in the flowering season.
The bulbous root is from one to six inches
.... -=- .-- -_ in diameter, and from six to eighteen inches
-- long. A saponaceous juice is expressed
from the root, and the fiber of the leaves
Sis hackled forthe manufacture of mattresses,
cushions, and chair seats. The vegetable
extracted from the root has been used by
the Indians, Mexicans, and others for many
years as a hair-wash. Cattle eat the leaves
r-- in the spring as a medicine; and, cut into
-- bits and thrown on water where fish abound,
the effect is stupefaction of the fish, when
in they can be easily taken. The price among
the Indians and Mexicans, who sell it in
Tuscan, is five cents for a bunch of two
A Happy Family.
LOOK at this family of woodpeckers. The
watchful mother-bird holds on to the edge
Sof the hole in the tree, high up from the
-- ground, as if she felt quite at home there.
__ Notice her claws-two in front and two
behind-and how the tail bends toward the
tree and helps to support and steady her.
person. And then at the top of the hill Look also at the strong, wedge-shaped
there is a stile with a nice foot-board, so bill, and the variegated plumage. This is
that ladies can cross over it easily, and not the red-headed woodpecker so common
there is a beautiful view stretching away in the orchards of New England, but the
for miles over the village. You can see Western woodpecker, found west of the
the steeple of the little church down there Rocky Mountains, and among the big trees
in the hollow. of California. The young ones are taking
their first lessons in climbing. When they
learn to do that well, the mother-bird will
Arnole-a Plant that Yields Soap. teach them to fly.
THESE cacti grow on the American con-
tinent from Mount Shasta on the north to IKNOWLEDGE is power.-Bacon.
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34 The Use of Flowers.
I tThen wherefore, wherefore were they
j All dyed with rainbow light;
All fashioned with supremest grace,
Up-springing day and night;
Springing in valleys green and low,
And on the mountains high,
And in the silent wilderness,
Where no man passes by ?
Our outward life requires them not-
Then wherefore had they birth ?
A To minister delight to man;
To beautify the earth.
To comfort man-to whisper hope,
Whene'er his faith is dim;
For Who so careth for the flowers,
Will much more care for him!
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inally they were to be found in all parts of
The Use of Flowers. the world except Australia. They are,
however, very shy, and they have been
GoD might have bade the earth bring forth hunted so much that they are now to be
enough for great and small, found, in a wild state, only in the great
The oak-tree and the cedar-tree, forests, and in regions far away from the
Without a flower at all. dwelling-places of men.
He might have made enough, enough, Though very timid and shy, some kinds
For every want of ours ; are easily tamed. The Laplanders use
For luxury, medicine, and toil, them to draw their sledges over the snow.
And yet have made no flowers. The Caribou or American reindeer is much
larger than the deer of Lapland and much
The ore within the mountain-mine wilder, but it has been tamed to draw a
Requireth none to grow, wagon almost as well as a horse. The deer
Nor doth it need the lotus flower that we see in the parks is the Virginia deer;
To make the river flow. it is the most beautiful and graceful of the
deer family. The several kinds of deer vary
The clouds might give abundant rain, greatly in size. The Moose is the largest,
The nightly dews might fall, being quite as large as a horse, while a
And the herb that keepeth life in man variety is found in South America no larger
Might yet have drunk them all. than a small dog.
36 A Solo.
-- -- .=--- far off, who will reply gleefully ii song.
-- .. The warbler never tires of singing, and his
song is a very sweet one.
A Tarrte Partridge.
--A PARTRIDGE at Alexandria, Va., flew
S-- upon the shoulder of a farmer as he was
walking behind his barn, and expressed its
enjoyment by cooing and fluttering about
....- ..'' ... his neck. After keeping it in a cage all
-, '- -' night he took it to the woods to liberate it,
: but it came immediately up to the house,
S and cannot be made to leave it. It de-
a; : -'- '' lights in playing with the children, and is
more docile than any of the domestic fowls.
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You can see the nest in the grass yon-
-'.-- '"' --'--' -- .. -- der. That is the center of the world to
these two birds. All their thoughts for a
A Solo. !ong time were taken up in the building
of that nest, and now there are at least two
Hsow this little white-throated warbler pretty eggs there. The mother-bird has
is enjoying himself. His little heart is full hopped off to take a sip or two from the clear
of happiness, and this is his way of express- brook, and her spouse joins her. These
ing it, and praising God. The Bible says : two beautiful birds think that their home
"Let everything that hath breath praise is a lovely place. They are quite content
the Lord." Now, this little birdie does not and happy, and they have chosen a spot
understand this, but nevertheless it feels for their nest that is not likely to be in-
happy, and it lets the world know it as far vaded by anybody. You may be quite sure
as his little voice extends. of that, for they are very cunning birds
It does not keep all its happiness to it- although they do build upon the ground in
self; it is willing that others should share the thick grass. Let us wish them long life
it. God has given to many birds very and happiness, and let us try and learn a
beautiful voices, and an instinct which lesson of love and contentment from them.
makes them glad to exercise them in this
way, and thus contribute greatly to the in-
nocent enjoyment of others. There is no HuME, the historian, has left on record his
doubt that birds listen to each other and opinion that the disposition to look on the
have no little pleasure in singing to each bright side of things, and to make the best
other. Although we only see one bird in of everything that is good, is equivalent to
the picture, there is sure to be another not a large fortune to its happy possessor.
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38 The Lessons of the Flowers.
and the months that elapse seem years.
We watch the return of an absent friend,
S and each minute grows longer than the last.
But, if we can work while we wait, and so
expedite the end in view, or prepare the
way for it, the impression of length is re-
True patience is not inactivity, it is not
sitting still and watching the clock, but
using the energies in the intervening time
Ito the best advantage. Let the child be
interested in some pleasant preparation for
Shis holiday ; let the young man be eagerly
fitting himself for the new duties he is to
assume; let the watch eruse his waiting
,moments in sketching some agreeable plan
for his friend's welcome, and the time will
SQ c o e move with its accustomed celerity.
:t1 toitnot~ --_
i True Beauty.
THIs is the portrait of a Beauty. At
b least, that is what the artist calls it. It is
certainly an attractive face, but beauty of
The Lessons owf the Flowers. the face or form is but one kind of beauty,
and not the one that is most lovable. It is
THERE is a lesson in each flower, a beautiful disposition that most attracts.
A story in each stream and bower; What matters it if a person has the pret-
On every herb on which you tread test features in the world ? If she has not
Are written words which, rightly read, kindness of heart and gentleness in man-
Will lead you from earth's fragrant sod ners, we cannot like her. While her feat-
To hope, and holiness, and God. ures may be irregular and her form un-
graceful, if she be gentle and kind in all
her thoughts and words and deeds, we
cannot help loving her. It is well to be
Time's Freight. fair of face and form, but true beauty is the
THERE is all the difference in the world beauty of the heart. This is the beauty to
between longing for something which time be prized and cultivated above all others.
alone can bring and looking forward to an
end which we are going to consummate or EVERY adjuration of love, every oath of
prepare for by our own efforts. The one fondness, always contains this mental res-
protracts the intervening hours, the other ervation--" As long as you are what you
shortens them. The child anticipates the now are.
holiday, and thinks it will never come. TIME is gold; throw not one minute
The young man longs to attain his majority, away, but place each one to account.
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40 By the Sea.
By the Sea. He was very glad to make Paul's ac-
quaintance, for he lived a lonely life and
LITTLE Paul lived near the sea-shore. Paul was good company. He helped Paul
Every day when the weather was fine he to name all his strange shells, and told
would go to the beach and wander for him where they came from, and what were
hours on the white sands in search of the habits of the animals that lad once
shells, which were washed ashore in great lived in them. Many of them had been
numbers. brought by the waves and currents a long
Paul found a great variety of shells, distance, and Paul never tired of listening
There was the periwinkle, sea snail and a to the old sailor's stories of the countries
-----------. far away.
S. He told Paul of the lands where dates
and figs and oranges grow, where the lions
Some down to the shore and roar in the
S. night; where the wild elephants may be
S" seen in great herds, and where great
poisonous serpents lay hidden in the tall
Pul oigrass. He told him also tales of storms
i and shipwrecks, where the sailors had to go
for days and weeks without food or water.
"I would like to go to sea in a great
Shipp" said Paul.
U You are too young to go to sea," said
Sthe old sailor, and I am too old; but I'll
tell you what we can do. While we are
talking, we will build a boat, and you can
ANN: sail it on the pond back of your house."
The old sailor had placed a seat in the
shade of a boat that had been wrecked on
the shore, and they sat and built a boat.
The old sailor knew how to rig it very well,
and he put in a mast, and fixed the ropes
and sails just like a large boat. When it
was finished Paul showed it to his sisters
__ : and they spent hours watching it sail on
great many kinds of clam shells which Paul the pond. They could not sail it on the
could name. But he found many curious sea, for the waves were too rough.
and very pretty shells that he had never
seen before. THERE is no greater mistake in the
An old sailor lived near the shore and world, wrote Leigh Hunt, than the look-
Paul resolved to take the strange shells to ing upon every sort of nonsense as want
him and ask him what they were. The of sense. The difference between nonsense
old sailor had spent the most of his life at not worth talking and nonsense worth it is
sea, and had visited nearly every part of simply this-the former is the result of a
the world. He was crippled and lame want of ideas, the latter of a superabun.
now and he had to stay at home. dance of them.
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42 Gathering the Hay.
Keeping the Peace.
CooK has left her duties in
the kitchen, and gone out to
gossip with her neighbors. In
comes Tom the cat, and find-
ing a dish of cakes, proceeds to
help himself. Fluff; the Scotch
terrier, comes in the same mo-
Se ment, and, thinking the cakes
must have been left for him
as well as Tom, tries to take
one; but Tom is selfish, and
savagely flies at Fluff, iwho is
S brave enough, but little afraid
of Tcm's sharp claws. At
once there is a great racket,
and Bounce comes in to see
what is the matter. B( unce is
-big enough to eat them both
up, and he soon sE_ rates
them. Tom spits and shows
his teeth, and Fluff growls and
barks ; but Bounce stands
guard over them, and says
Gathering the Hay. quite as plainly as looks can say, "No
GATHERING the hay is hard work for the fighting here, if you please. I will not
GATHERING the hay is hard work for the have it." Bounce does not fight himself,
farmers, but it is fun for the children, who and meit" Boue dos other fight if he
o it or stow it and he will not let others fight if he
can sometimes help to load it or stow it can help it If cook comes in soon she
away in the barns. Our engraving shows will save her cakes c
the men mowing in one part of the field, will sa er
while the hay that was cut yesterday is
being loaded on the great ox wagon. The
patient oxen will pull it to the barn, and THEfirst germ of photography, as an art
stand quietly while it is put in the mows. an
It will furnish them many a sweet dinner is supposed to have been presented in a,
experiment at Priestley's, made about a
next winter when there is no green grass hund red years ago. But little progress
to be found. hundred years ago. But little progress
was made in the art till, in 1839, Daguerre,
in France, and Talbot, in England, suc-
NOTHING is a courtesy unless it is meant ceeded in taking portraits by what was for
for us, and that friendly and lovingly. We a time called the Daguerreotype process.
owe no thanks to rivers that they carry our Their discoveries were improved upon,
boats, or winds that they fill our sails, for and the name of photograph, which means
these are what they are necessarily. Horses sun-writing, was given to the new sys-
carry us, trees shade us, but know it :.. tem of the inventors.
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44 The Woods in Winter.
A Halt irt tlre Desert.
PERHAPS the most useful animal know
to man is the camel, which is called the
Ship of the Desert," as it conveys men
and merchandise over long distances. In
the countries east and south of the Medi-
so l terranean Sea, the great, lonely deserts
Scan only be crossed by the aid of this
most patient beast, which, in spite of its
S slender legs and awkward build, is very
t and fleet, and able to abstain for days from
food and drink.
This is why the camel is so superior
to the horse in those countries where
water is found mony in the scattered
oases, often several days' journey apart.
do nTraders, who wish to sell their goods
Sin the interior, travel in large companies
called caravans. This is for protection
from the Bedouins, who live in the desert,
and often subsist by p'undering passing
travelers. A caravan frequently contains
a thousand camels, traveling in single file,
some carrying the goods to be sold,
others saddled as you see in the picture.
The Arabs are very kind to these valua-
ble creatures, and instead of beating
them to increase their speed, will fre-
S "-i-3, quently sing cheerful songs for their en-
couragement. The camel kneels to receive
Tile Woods irk Wirtter. his burden, and if too heavily laden will
THESE little boys live in Canada, and complain of the cruelty in bitter cries and
there the winters are very severe. The refuse to rise. The engraving faithfully
snow falls for days at a time, and the roads portrays his manner of resting.
often become impassable. The cold winds
sweep across the plains with cruel force, HONEST, earnest, faithful work in any
making it dangerous sometimes to cross direction is one of the chief educators of
them. character. Without it, and the discipline
The brave little fellows know all about it gives, no one can hope to attain to any
this, and so they prefer to go through the worthy development.
wood, where they are protected from the
fierce wind. It is warmer here among the BIND together your spare hours by the
trees, and the snow does not lie so deep. chord of some definite purpose, and you
They evidently are well wrapped up, and know not how much you may accomplish.
do not mind the cold ; but they should Gather up the fragments of your time that
hurry to reach home before dark. nothing can be lost.
46 The Farmer's Boy.
Th\e Farnger's Boy. A Bazaar at Siut.
FIE. fie, young man! For shame! A BAZAAR in one of the cities of Asia
To scorn the farmer's boy; or in Africa is a sight which all travel-
Your pride is in your name, ers to those regions make it a duty to
Or the riches you enjoy. see. It is not a market or a large store,
but a lot of narrow streets in which all
You walk about for show, the buying and selling of the place are
You do not have to toil; done. The houses on each side of the
With rake and spade and hoe streets almost touch each other, and mats
Your hands you do not soil and awnings are stretched from house to
house to keep off the scorching rays of the
But no idleness can bring sun. The lower part of the house forms
The comfort and the joy the shop or store, where the dealer sits
That makes a very king cross-legged among his wares.
Of the happy farmer's boy. Although these little shops are small
and dark and dingy, the merchant has
generally a good stock of curious and
S. valuable goods-Persian carpets and
rugs, quaint specimens of metal-work,
--- 1 f | strange pott ry of shapes unknown to
Sthe Western manufacturers, but of re-
markable grace of form and beauty of
'' finish. Some are armorers, with the
I''' 1' famous Damascus swords inlaid with
S' i gold and etched wNith verses from their
holy book, the Koran, and ancient coats
S--- of ring-mail ; others are jewelers skill-
I1 '. '' i- ful in filigree woik and in the setting
-" of jewels. Pipes of all kinds have a
prominent place, and the large hubble-
S, i., 'bubbles or water-pipes, with their glass
l ,i- ."I. globes for water, their delicate m etal
covers, long, snake-like stems, and
mouth-pieces of amber set with gems,
bring great prices.
One of the sights of the bazaar is to
7fi see the artists and artisans at their work.
i '- W hen the heavy shutter that closes up
i' the store at night is raised, you can see
,_ ',' the tailor bending over his embroidery,
S:-'and the metal-worker blowing his little
furnace or hammering or chiseling at his
gold and silver ornaments. But these
: Eastern dealers are keen at a bargain ;
They always begin by asking about ten
.-- -. times as much as they're willing to take.
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A. Bunch of Flowers. tion which that morning had taken place
in his garden. In his oleesome mood he
TI-IE most charming of all gifts is one of in his a n. n hs leesoe mood he
flowers. A queen may give them to her rubbed his hands as though he thought the
flowers. A queen may give them to her
,. day s work had been an uncommon oood
subjects; and the poorest subject may offerays ork had been an uncommon good
them to a monarch. They are the repre- one.
The imother-o-ood soul-showed no dis-
sentatives of all times and all nations, the .
er inclination to catch the merry infection
pledges of all feelings. The infant plays ioccasioned by the pig's death. Bacon
Occasioned by the pig's death. Bacon,
S.... hams, and chops in the house, raised a
lively appreciation of the pig's worth, any-
Show; i.e.. from the maternal point of view
P in the Howard family. Never before had
i, they known such a wealth of pork. And
...... I as Joe rubbed his hands again, this ex-
clamation escaped his lips: Well done,
S"- ,- Now what made Joe Howard make that
'. -~ "/--.,. j' f .. -,. exclamation was the fact that he had been
.' ,'" .I' .enabled to buy this pig, and feed it until it
S' -became quite a beauty, by the aid of the
S*._. busy little bee. Joe used to frequent the
.- liquor saloons at one time and spend nearly
all his earnings there, and consequently
his poor wife and family fared very badly.
with them and gains his first idea of beauty He was a good mechanic, and could earn
from their blossoms; the lover gives them plenty of money to keep his family com-
to his beloved; the bride wears them. portable .and make a fair showing on the
Here is the Narcissus, Pansy. Daisy, Tulip books of the savings-bank, but it nearly all
and other beautiful powers grouped together went for drink instead.
in happy harmony. One day he was presented with a Bee-
hive, which set him thinking, and shortly
afterward, as he was musing in front of it,
and watching the active movements of the
The Bees that Bought the Pig. bee, he thought of his own very unsatis-
Sfactory state-in debt, his :cme unhappy,
A KITCHEN PICTURE. his wife and children poorly clothed and
FEw suspected the origin of that pig as it miserable. The more he watched the
hung from two hooks screwed into one of more he desired to emulate the industry
the rafters of the kitchen roof-not the of the bee. So he said he would stop
origin of the pig with its brothers and drinking, and he did so; and the first thing
sisters that made up the original litter, but he did was to fix up a stand for his hive,
the origin of its connection with the cottage, and otherwise improve it, and in the course
the kitchen of which seemed all the richer of time everything else improved, and he
and brighter for its, the pig's, hanging determined to buy a pig with the proceeds
presence. of his hive. This he did, and so was en-
At any rate, Joe Howard looked on in abled to buy a pig, and reap the reward
nowise abashed or disgraced by the execu- that is shown in the engraving.
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50 William Wordswzorth.
-- William Ewart Gladstone.
S. WILLIAM EWART GLADSTONE, the
,i famous statesman and brilliant or-
ator of modern times, was born
s -^ December 29th, i 809,at Liverpool,
S, ..'. England, where his father had won
; eminence and wealth as a West
India merchant. After a brilliant
j .college career at Eton and Oxford,
he entered the House of Commons
-s" in 1832. He held the post of Lord
of the Treasury in the Peel Gov-
S'_ ernment in 1835. In early life Mr.
S.. Gladstone was considered a Tory,
Sbut since then he has been a Lib-
I eral. He was connected with the
S. administrations of Sir Robert Peel,
S.the Earl of Aberdeen and Lord
Palmerston. Here he continued
but a brief period and soon retired.
: Then he went into opposition, and
Si in 1857 made an eloquent speech,
,"' '' j" -which brought about the defeat of
SLord Palmerston. In 1866, as
leader of the House of Commons,
William Wordsworth. he brought in the Reform Bill, the
defeat of which caused Earl Russell to
WHEREVER English poetry is read the resign. In 1869 he became First Lord of
name of Wordsworth is familiar. Though the Treasury, but resigned in 1874. In
he lived and wrote at a time when he had 1880 he was again made Prime Minister,
to compete with many poets for popularity, but was superseded by the Marquis of Sal-
when Southey died he was selected as poet- isbury in 1885. Mr. Gladstone is one of
laureate. Since his death, in 85o, Tenny- the most eminent men England has ever
son has held that distinction. Wordsworth produced, equally brilliant as a statesman
was born in 1770. Like so many others and renowned in literature. He has always
who became great men he studied hard, looked after the welfare of the people at
and his poem The Summer Vacation," large, and was connected with the issue of
was written as a school exercise when he the most prominent bills of the last fifty
was fifteen years of age. years, such as the Corn Laws, Free Trade,
the Reform Bill, Disestablishment of the
Irish Church, Irish Land Bill, Ballot Bill,
and the Land Act of 1881. He is the
THE arrows of wit ought always to be author of a number of scholarly works. By
feathered with smiles; when they fail in Mr. Gladstone's wisdom the expected Rus-
that, they become sarcasm. s-ar. war about Afghanistan was averted.
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52 JWhaf's O'Clock /
who cannot afford to have a house with
I i ''.1" ," ground enough for a garden or conserva-
I .,i I. tory-is to have a row of favorite flowers
: on the window-ledge, and watch their
I daily growth, and give their daily drink,
If''' which is necessary for the life of all flowers.
S' To see them sprout cut in leaves, and
/i' ; i then the gradual formation of the bud
S-- until it bursts forth in all its fresh beauty,
is a true pleasure to all lovers of nature
S i and its glorious wonders. Of late years
I i -a great stimulus has been given to the
S; I. to cultivate flowers, and it has grown to
i ,' such an extent that numerous shows are
LI held, where prizes are given for the best
T' 1! i plants of the different varieties, and certi-
li : ficates are to be given that they have been
-.. reared on the window-ledge or in the
S-- house. Some very fine displays are made,
S" ,,,] ,''' *, and when they are all placed and classified,
S- it is hard to believe that they have been
"F brought to such perfection in the crowded
What's 0 Clock! and oftentimes dirty and dirgy streets of
London. In going along some of these
THis little miss has crawled up on the streets, it is surprising to see the rich and
chair in the absence of her mother, and healthy appearance of the plants ; andwhen
now stands upright watching that wonder- you see them, you can always rest assured
ful thing, the clock. She sees that long that there are contentment and happiness
thing going from side to side-the pendu- reigning in the hearts of their possessors.
lum--all by itself, no one touching it, and
then she hears some one inside say, tick,
tick, tick, all the time, while the hands of THOROUGHNESS.-The foundation of all
the clock keep moving round. She can- education, from the time a child first
not understand how it should all go itself, begins to learn, is thoroughness. What-
without even a little girl moving it, but ever is attempted must be carried out
she wishes she could get at the short hand; thoroughly, until the learner becomes
she thinks she could make it move as fast master of the subject. Thoroughness is
as the longer one. The dog Prince seems the groundwork of all good habits of mind,
to think it is about time she was coming and a child's mind is as much a bundle of
down, as he is afraid she will fall every habits as its body. For this purpose, it is
minute. well to strengthen the memory by insisting
upon children learning something by heart
Wirldow Gardenirng. every day ; it cultivates the retentive
powers of the mind, and is a help to spell-
ONE of the delights of the poor man's ing accurately, as the eye accustoms itself
home-or, for the matter of that, any one to the appearance of words.
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Papa's Pet. midnight to announce the passing of the
Little fellow, who has been left in full-spent year. This appears to be the
THIS little fellow, who has been left in .
Srsituation of the amiable domestic party-
charoe of his father, is full of life and mis- tatio the amile domestic party
S.1the father, the mother, somewhat younger
chief, and it would give him unheard-of th her, the moth, somewhat er
than her husband, and the daughters by
delight if he could get nearer the cage and t
delight if he c getneare the cae ad her side, who have been reading, and some-
experiment on the feelings of the bird. times exchanging comments or questions, in
S: ,,., the most appropriate and profitable study,
,. :' till their common occupation is stopped-
or is rather suddenly directed to thinking of
S' "' the solemnity of the present moment-by
''"v1i ''" Hi the sound of the midnight chimes.
-' jilij j -f As in the days long since gone by,
S' The ancient timepiece makes reply,
.- ) Forever-never-
Never here, forever there,
Si ,,;here all parting, pain, and care,
And death, and time, shall disappear!
-Ie is also delighted at being jumped up Forever there, but never here,
and down, and almost leaps out of his The horologe of Eternity
father's hands at the delightful sensation of. Say-th this incessantly,
being pitched up so high. Papa, he thinks, "Forever-never!
is best at this, c-nd he keeps it up until Never-forever!"
even his papa, who is so strong, is tired out, _
IT is one of Ruskin's pithy sayings that
the obstinacy of the mean man is in the
The Erld of tke Year : Twelve pronunciation of 'I,' and the obstinacy of
O'Clock. the great man in the pronunciation of 'It.' "
THE custom observed by many religious This difference may be said to divide all
congregations, is to hold a special meeting energetic men and women into two general
for Divine service during the hour before classes-those who are bent upon establish-
midnight on the last day of the Old Year, ing themselves, and those who are bent upon
so that the actual beginning of the New establishing something which they hold
Year shall be consecrated by prayer, or by more important than themselves. *
the singing of a hymn, at the very moment
when the reckoning of one twelvemonth is SPIDERS' WEEBs.- Leuwenhoek has com-
finished and that of another twelvemonth puted that oo of the single threads of a full-
is commenced. For the sake, however, of grown spider are not equal to the diameter
one of the greatest blessings of family life, of the hair of the human beard ; and, con-
it is assuredly well that parents and children sequently, if the threads and hair be both
should be able to partake together, in the round, 1o,ooo such threads are not larger
sweet quiet of their home converse, some than such a hair. He calculates that 4,000,-
communication of worthy thoughts and de- ooo of a young spider's threads are not so
vout aspirations, when the clock strikes at large as the single human hair.
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56 7he First Snow.
nice flower. Flowers are always beauti-
-' ful and graceful-far more beautifully and
S wonderfully made than anything of man's
S- handiwork. Gretchen is coming in with a
""" :--'/t_". ''fine pot of flowers for father or mother or
.' '" '- grandmother, and a nicely written address
S'.' of congratulation and wishes for future
i-,, :- .J .' i happiness. The roll with the address will
Sbe long treasured up, and the flowers will
'" r bring back thoughts of the giver whenever
they are seen.
The First Sr\ow. ANTs.-Sir John Lubbock, a short time
back, again tested his ants, and yet again
THE first snow is falling on garden and tree, found them wanting. He placed a glass
And Lucy is clapping her small hands in hive on a pole, and on the other side of
glee; the pole contrived a wooden promenade
The white flakes are drifting about, to and for the ants, with paper bridges from it
fro, placed at intervals, leading to three pieces
And Carlo is rolling himself in the snow. of glass, on two of which there was no
The snow comes down gently, ssooft and food, while the third contained a supply of
so light, food. Sir John Lubbock then taught two
And hides the poor flowers and grass from ants-artifically marked with a spot of
sight, color, so as to be recognizable-their way
In a snowy jacket that, fold on fold, to the food, guiding them over the right
Keeps flower-stem and tree-root from
Keeps flower-stem and tree-root from bridge. The creatures soon learned their
catching cold. way, and were very diligent in fetching
The fields and meadows are all asleep, the food; but of the other ants, which had
Covered with snow-drifts soft and deep, not been taught the way, very few reached
Covered with snow-drifts soft and deep, t foing over the
And so, through winter they sleep, quite the food, most of them gng e t
snu wrong bridges, and not apparently getting
s- set right by the two initiated ants. Sir
Cosily wrapped in their snowy rug, 6 .
Cosily wrapped in their snowy rug, John believes that the ants do not hear
Till the spring-time comes with sun and J tt t t
Sin, any such vibrations as those to which the
Slain, human ear is sensitive, but they turn away
And wakens them up to grow again.
A Z their antennae from scented objects, and
And Lucy will see them, in spring, as green .h a r
he ascribes such powers of guiding them-
As if the snow had never been. -n C
selves as they have in great measure to
smell. As regards family affection or re-
gard for their species, he finds the ants
Mapy Happy teturrs. deficient. When they find a dead ant, they
May Happy eturusually pass by on the other side. A few
THERE are many kinds of presents that appeared to feel concern for their drowned
one can give on birthdays or at Christmas fellow-creatures, but he was obliged to re-
or Easter, but perhaps the prettiest is a gard this as an individual peculiarity.
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58 The Thunder-Storm.
T1-e New Sister.
A NICE little sister, soft and rosy, has
just come to town, and has been brought
on a visit to Lucy and William, who look
very much astonished at the new arrival.
Lucy remembers when Willie was a baby,
and looks on the new-comer as if she was
pink babies; but Willie is more curious.
.He has been the baby up till now, but the
S -_ ... new one has "put his nose out of joint."
'. .'---. I The next thing they will have to do will
S be to choose a name for the baby. They
'! ought to pick out a nice one, for it is very
--- unfortunate to be sent out in the world
r. with an absurd name.
Do you hear the rolling thunder
And the pouring rain-drop splash ? Too MUCH AT ONCE.-Do one thing at
As the clouds are rent asunder, a time, and do it well. Perhaps the cry-
Do you see the lightning's flash ? ing evil of our busy age lies in the attempt
Fear not, dear, the rolling thunder, to do too much at once; to crowd too
For it is the voice of God ; much work in too small a compass of time;
His are all these works of wonder, to attempt the doing of the work in hand
Earth herself quakes at his nod. while the mind is planning or worrying
Rocks are cleft and mountains shattered, with regard to the amount of work ahead.
By the will of the Most High, Men scratch off letters with half their brain
And the worlds of stars are scattered focused on some other-perhaps half a
Through the blue vault of the sky. dozen other-subjects. In such spirit
Fear not, dear, the lightning washing, houses are built, cloth woven, clothes made.
Though it rive the sturdy oak ; It is all mechanical-all for show-no real
It is God who sends it crashing, interest in the work-no soul in it-no
Or averts the deadly stroke. desire save to make a false show, and finish
Yes! the thunder and the lightning as soon as possible-no incentive save
Come as blessings to the world- greed or the necessity of working under
See, the sky is swiftly bright'ning, such influences to gain bread. What is
As the clouds are onward hurled. the result? Sin at the start, and a harvest
All is fresher, purer, clearer, of evil through such sin. Houses fall
When the storm has passed away, asunder or burn like tinder, or poison
So God's chastenings make Him dearer through bad ventilation or bad plumbing.
Unto those who love and pray. Boilers burst, steamers burn, and food
poisons where it should strengthen. The
No man is more severely punished than wind of haste and slovenliness is followed
he who is subject to the whip of his own by the whirlwind of disaster, agony, dis-
remorse.-Seneca. ease, and death.
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60 Washing Baby.
Washing Baby. time in the workshop of his grandfather,
COEp yr t, an old stone-cutter, watching him cut and
COME now, baby, drop your toy, 1
Come and be washed, my darling boy carve ornaments and figures such as you
Come and be washed, my daring boy. see .i bl n o m
This is the wa that e'll bein see in buildings or monuments. Antonio
This is the way that we 11 begin : r j
First the wat ; then dip in found, too, in a wood near home, a nice
First the water; then dip in .
A e ft sne, an e'er it d bed of clay, and there, with a big flat stone
A nice soft sponge, and, e'er it dries, 11
ust a dop on bay ey es for a table, he would play at making fig-
ust a drop on baby's eyes ures for himself. When he was about
(Keep quite still, you must not speak) eleven years old, his grandfather was sent
Now a touch on baby s cheek; r i
n te mouh, that b ing rosor in a great hurry to the house of a rich
Then the mouth, that budding rose, 1
And the little nosey n gentleman in the neighborhood. One of
And the little nosey nose. I
First the left ear, then the right, the servants had broken a marble figure of
First the left ear, then the right, .
n y l n s w a lion that used to stand on the sideboard,
en yur ltte nek so we. and wanted it mended before his master
Eyery feature, one by one,
Must be washed before we've done. came back. It was quite yellow with age,
Then the arms and then the feet, and therefore a new one would not do,
Then the arms and then the feet, .
y o is a c even if there had been time to make one.
Baby now is all complete.
Babys clan from tp t te The old man looked at the fragments, and
Baby s clean from top to toe, Z ,
No, illy darli, top may o said that he could do nothing. Let me
m yu m g try," said Antonio. After ridiculing him
l' i l '1ii' 1; a good deal, the servant, in despair, brought
,'~ _,,l \ll, him some good butter, and Antonio turned
S, up his sleeves and went to work, and they
began to see the shapeless mass assuming
S -- the figure of a crouching lion. The guests
S'' 1 .- arrived. The master did not notice any
-', .' difference, but one of the visitors had his
attention attracted to it, and kept asking
i many questions about it. He was a
famous sculptor, and at last the servant
.__ told him of the accident, and how a little
boy had made the lion he admired so
much. Torreto asked where the lad lived,
and the next day paid a yisit to Anto-
S, nio, and saw some other figures-a dog,
-' .l a rabbit, a cat, a pigeon, and other ani-
.. mals. "Who taught you to model?"
Asked Torreto. "I taught myself," was the
reply. How would you like to be a real
-5 -. = sculptor?" "Oh!" exclaimed Antonio,
S.; "I should like it better than anything in
S-- / the world."
--.**-- The sculptor took him to his own home
and gave him instruction in his art. An-
The Clay Lion. tonio worked hard, and strove to improve
TI-ERE was once a little Italian boy called himself. In a few years he was famous.
Antonio, who used to spend much of his His name was Antonio Canova.
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62 The Apple- Tree,
The Apple-Tree. The apple-tree stands in autumn,
WHATdo we see His apples are gold and red ;
WHAT do we see 1 1
An old apple-tree, And then the fall winds blowing,
SMake the old tree shake his head.
And brother and sister and pussy and me
S,1 The ripe apples fall,
Clambering up on mother's knee. The rie apls 'all
And the little birds all
The apples are big and baby's hands small; ,
Baby must wait till they ripen and fall. eck them, crying cheep, cheep,
Cheep, cheep, peep, peep,
The apple-tree sleeps in winter.
Dressed in a white robe of snow, The children run with baskets
But he throws it off and awakens And pick them as they lie,
As soon as the spring winds blow. And carry them home to mother,
Then in green he is dressed, Who makes them into a pie.
And birds build their nest They merrily cry,
In his branches, and cheep, What a very good pie !"
Peep, cheep, peep, peep. And some of them ask for more-
The greedy ones ask for more;
S. And now this little song's o'er.
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S i i' I r is Christmas morning, and Bessie is
learning to say her prayers. Grandmother
'. holds her little hands together, and teaches
: her to pray for all those who love her and
whom she loves, and for all good people,
.- i and for all bad people, too; and to pray
S- --I that God may help her and all other little
St .. i", children to be good, and love their parents.
/'" The snow is lying deep outside the win-
'' i dow, and many poor folks may be suffer-
I' "ing from the cold; but Bessie will not only
'pray for them, but do all she can to make
'them happy on this day, in memory of the
~. .'.. little Child who was born one Christmas
The apple-tree stands in summer,
Dressed up in pink and rose, IT is not the being exempt from faults,
And when the pink flowers wither, as the having overcome them, that is an
The little green apple grows. advantage to us, it being with the follies of
How quickly they grow, the mind as with the weeds of a field, which,
While the birds to and fro if destroyed and consumed upon the place
Go singing peep, peep, of their birth, enrich and improve it more
Peep, peep, cheep, cheep. than if none had ever sprung there.
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S1 deceived, and refuse to let him pass. The
*.^ ii j.Vj clog i isn an agony of anxiety to get at the
"---- .-, mother cat, but she is safe in little Rosie's
Sarms, while Louisa and Bertha stand upon
i guard with the broom, and cry, No ad-
l li mittance! "
S'.It is very naughty in boys to make their
f .' ", dogs run after cats. Cats are very useful
j little creatures, and if we treated them bet-
S' ter they would love us more. Little chil-
'. ': dren ought not to be so cruel as to sick "
S' their dogs against poor little puss. who
Catches mice for us, and purrs so nicely
when we stroke her.
_i 'r- Qi FIVE KINDS OF PENNIES.-A boy who
S---.had a pocketful of coppers dropped one
-. -- into the missionary box, laughing as he
did so. He had no thought in his heart
The Cow. about Jesus or the heathen. Was his
Spenny not as light as tin ?
HEE is the cow tied up in her stall, Another boy put in a penny, and looked
Here is the rooster perched on the wall, around to see if anybody was praising him.
ere are the rabbits down at her feet, His was the brass penny ; not the gift of a
And somebody's giving her grass to eat. lowly heart, but of a proud spirit.
Somebody looks a little bit scared, A third boy gave a penny, saying to
And would go nearer if he dared. himself, I suppose I must, because all
Poor old cow with her gentle eyes others do." That was an iron penny. It
And quiet look and coat of silk, was the gift of a cold, selfish heart.
She gives what little children prize, was the gift of a cold, selfsh heart.
She gives what little children prize, As a fourth boy dropped his penny into
Yellow butter and cream and milk. and his heart said
the box he shed a tear, and his heart said:
Go up boldly, have no fear, th bo 1 sh1 a t ,
Go up boldly, have no fear, 1' Poor heathens! I am sorry they are
Pat her and call her bonn dear. 11
,Dt he and a her bonny dear, so poor, so ignorant, and so miserable."
eot be a d of her pointed horn, That was a silver penny-the gift of a
She gives you milk each night and morn. heart full of pity.
__ But there was one scholar gave his,
saying, For thy sake, Lord Jesus! Oh,
Pussy's Protectors. that the heathen may hear of thee, the
s te le i h Saviour of mankind! That was a golden
TIIus SE threelittle girls have discovered penny, because it was the gift of faith and
pussy's home in the straw, where she is love.
nursing her three little kittens. A mis-___
chievous boy is determined to worry the
helpless creatures with his Scotch terrier; THE aching head may cease to throb
and although he pretends that he only when laid upon that softest pillow for hu-
wants to see the kittens, the girls are not man pain-" God knows!"
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66 The New Shoes.
.'r Never get blue."
Light will shine through,
And the sun rise in glory again.
'*- i-- Though thylosses like tempest clouds lower,
S'-" Be a hero; shrink not from the shower,
S" Never despair."
\ Arching the air
Is a bow, spanning cottage and tower.
What though riches should take wings and
SAnd thy lot with the lowly should be,
S_ Never give up;"
Mixed in the cup
S-" '- Of tears are the sweets of adversity.
-- Strike out and swim through the rolling sea
-- To the shore, where hands are outstretched
S-" Never go down;"
He will not drown
The New Shoes. Whose head is upraised and whose hands
MABEL has just put on her new shoes. are free.
There lie the old ones, and Jip is taking Oh, never give up, and never get blue,
care of them, and quietly wondering what Keep a brave soul, you'll weather it thro',
his little mistress wants to wear such things "Never say fail."
for. Jip does not want any shoes to his Thrice clad in mail
feet. His toes are hard and thick, and he Is the hero who's honest and true.
does not mind where he goes. Perhaps,
if we did not wear shoes our feet would
get hard too. Now, Mabel, run to papa Friendship.
and show him how nicely the shoes fit you,
and say Thank you for my new shoes, LITTLE children always like cats and
dear papa." kittens, and although these creatures have
very sharp claws, yet they seldom scratch
people unless they treat them cruelly.
Never Give Up. What a cordial friendship appears to have
sprung up between the little fellow on the
On, never.give up, and never get blue, opposite page and the feline family you see
Keep a brave soul, you'll weather it thro'. in the same picture. "But stop," says Kitty,
Never say fail," you are hugging me too tightly-meow
Thrice clad in mail meow-meow !" The mother cat says,
Is the hero who's honest and true. What's the matter ?" The trouble is
that the other kitty on the floor is fast
When the weather is dull and the rain lapping up the milk in the plate, and its
Rolls like white tears on the window pane, little sister thinks it would like some too.
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68 First Steps.
First Steps. She loves her fire, her cottage home;
Yet o'er the moorland will she roam
HERE is the first walk of the journey ofr thed
life. How timid the little fellow feels as In weather rough and bleak;
S.. And, when against the wind she strains,
he thinks of starting out on that long dis- h is te i
1 11 Oh, might I kiss the mountain rains
tance to his mamma! and how difficult it is i i i
That sparkle on her cheek!
for him to leave the sure prop of the chair,hat sparkle on her che
where he is now at anchor and ferls secure.
And see, the mother, while coaxing him to Two TREES.-Nature is a wonderful
start, is full of anxiety lest he tumbles down economist. The blue gum-tree has the
and bumps his little head, while Trim looks property of absorbing moisture, and in-
down and considers it very doubtful wheth- stances are related in which moist and
er baby will be able to cross in safety or marshy places have been made compara-
not; but we feel sure the protecting arms of tively dry by planting trees of this species
the mother will secure him safely, although upon them, although this method of drain-
it is difficult to make him believe it. ing has not yet come into general use.
The rain-tree, of Peru, possesses directly
-'- --'-.--- opposite properties. It is said that moist-
S', ure drops from its leaves and branches all
S, ,. .. the time, nd that in some instances the
1.. J j ground around it becomes a swamp. It
Sw., would appear from these facts, that by ju-
-- dicious use of these trees, which are so op-
posite in nature, the wet places of the
, earth can be made dry and the dry places
_' wet-that deserts may be turned into
-rain-tree, whose peculiar property is said
S-to increase in the dry season, might be
S made useful for irrigation.
OLD MosES" is the name of what is
Louisa. thought to be the largest tree in the world.
It stands in a grove near Tule River, in
I MET Louisa in the shade, California. Although the top is broken off,
And having seen that lovely maid, it is two hundred and forty feet high, and
'Why should I fear to say twelve feet in diameter at the broken part.
That she is ruddy, fleet, and strong, The hollow of the trunk will hold one hun-
And down the rocks can leap along, dred and fifty persons, and is hung with
Like rivulets in Ma scenes of California, is carpeted and fitted
And she hath smiles to earth unknown- up like a drawing-room, with tables, chairs,
Smiles that with motion of their own and piano-forte.
Do spread and sink and rise;
That come and go with endless play, ALL along the pathway of life are tomb-
And ever, as they pass away, stones, by the side of which we have prom-
Are hidden in her eyes. ised to strive for heaven.
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70 In the Fields.
In the Fields. said thoughtful Lillie, the oldest daughter,
GOOD-MORNING Miss Mabel," said and so said rollicking Joe and Tom, and so
said merry Mattie and darmhng little Allie;
Uncle Joshua. The young lady looked up sa jerry Mattie and darling little Allie
I. i and of course mamma and papa wanted to
from her grassy seat beneath the elm-tree, and of course mamma and papa wanted to
and wondered what brought Uncle Joshua go too. By and by a letter came from
into the fields so early. Beatrice also grandpa telling them to come-all of them.
1 What a glorious journey it was-in the
stepped forward and joined in greeting the hata glorious journey it was-in the
old gentleman. The dew was off the warm cars by railroad, and then in the
grass, although it was early for city peo- great two-horse sleigh that grandpa sent
STto the station. And here is dear grand-
ple, but Uncle Joshua lives in the country t the t. nd ee s dea and-
ma, bidding them all welcome, and stoop-
all the year round, and rises .before five ma, them al w e, ad
i inu down to kiss Allie, who says: Gan'-
o'clock. So you see," he said, you are ng down to kiss Allie, who says: Gan
not the early birds, after all." And they ma, we's all here.
all had a good laugh.
.. .POLLy'S OPINION.-A gentleman, fond of
S- .--". -shooting, had a fine, well-trained setter, of
--' --' .-.'.-. which he was very fond. One day the
S: family received an addition in the shape of
i-a parrot, brought over seas by the sailor
son of the housekeeper. When first the
setter came into the housekeeper's room,
S, he stopped at the doorway and pointed at
Sthe gay bird perched on the outside of its
cage at the other end of the room. The
parrot, not at all daunted by the dog's atti-
tude, left its place and came mincing across
the room, "with many a flirt and flutter,"
and squared itself in front of the setter.
The two confronted each other for a sec-
ond, and then the bird remarked impress-
ively, You're a rascal! The dog was
for a second transfixed with horror at the
unprecedented phenomenon of a speaking
'. 'l.' ~. bird; then his tail sank between his legs,
S''/ and he slunk away. But from that day a
't'i, ''' valuable dog was spoiled, for it is said that
''ll the setter would never point again.
.~~.IC________ RUSKIN remarks that youth is a period
of building up in habits, hopes, and faiths.
Not an hour but is trembling with destinies
Ch1ristmas at Grandpa's. -not a moment once passed of which the
appointed work can ever be done again,
IT is winter again, and we must be or the neglected blow struck on the cold
-'ire to spend Christmas at grandpa's." So iron.
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72 Fcding the Czickens.
CAMELS live from forty to fifty years;
horses average from twenty-five to thirty;
'i oxen, about twenty; sheep, eight or nine;
-. ` i-' 1' and dogs, twelve to fourteen. Concerning
I' the ages attained by non-domesticated
''- animals,only a few isolated facts are known.
S. The East Indians believe that the life
.'"" period of the elephant is about three hun-
= :. dred years, instances being recorded of
:'----- these animals having lived one hundred
--"-"- "and thirty years in confinement after cap-
Feeding the Chickens. ture at an unknown age. Whales are es-
timated to reach the age of four hundred
COME, come, come, and chuck, chuck, chuck, years. Some reptiles are very long lived,
Turkey gobbler, goose and duck, an instance being furnished by a tortoise
Hens and rooster, chicks and all, which was confined in 1633 and existed
Pigeons, too, from yonder wall. till I753, when he perished by accident.
Gobble, gobble, chuckle, coo, Birds sometimes reach a great age, the
Here's a feast for all of you. eagle and the swan having been known to
__ live one hundred years. The longevity of
fishes is often remarkable. The carp has
Uninvited Guests. been known to live two hundred years;
"O DEAR ME, I must make haste and common river trout, fifty years; and the
pick up my carraway candies or the doves pike, ninety years; while Gesner, a Swiss
will eat them all." Little Nellie had naturalist, relates that a pike caught in
dropped her package of sweets as she was 1497 bore a ring recording the capture of
going down the big stone steps into the the same fish two hundred and sixty-seven
garden, and as there was a dovecote close years before. Insects are very short lived,
by, down flew the birds, cooing and flut- usually completing the term of their exist-
tering, and began to pick up the little ence in a few weeks or months at the most;
candies. I have no doubt they thought some even die upon the very day of enter-
that Nellie wanted to feed them, and in- ing upon their new life. As a general rule,
deed some of them look very much sub- not to be applied too closely, larger types
praised to. see her stooping down and of animals live very much longer than
gathering up her treasures. Little do smaller, although there may be some
they suspect that they are uninvited marked exceptions to the rule.
guests. --- ---
THE three virtues of temperance, thrift,
THE art of forgetting is hardest to learn and religion, which are within the reach of
where it is most in request. It is the every man, will secure, in this age, almost
happy past that makes a happy present, every desirable object for any family, and
and together they give pledge of a happy scores of objects which no legislation what-
future-a threefold cord which is not easily ever can secure without individual temper.
broken. ance, thrift and religion.
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74 The Quiet Talk.
Tihe Best of Friends.
I Dno not think those dogs love each other
very" much. The lad) seems very happy
-" ',- S and contented, but the little fat terrier would
like to drive away the large dog on the
Left hand of the lady. What a noble ani-
amal it is! and it is glad to have the lady no-
tice it, and place her hand so gently on its
head. But the greyhound on the right is
Sinot willing to be unnoticed. Sometimes
it is inconvenient to have too many admir-
COMrPANIONSHIP OF ANIMALS -The study
of animals inclines men to a steady cheer-
fulness. All naturalists are cheerful men,
unless there is something pculiarly sad or
painful in the individual lot, and even then
the study of natural history has in many
instances been known to supply an interest
which enabled' the sufferer to bear his af-
fliction more easily. The contemplation of
animal life may act at once as a stimulant
Tie Quiet Talk. and an anodyne. The abundant vitality of
Animals communicates a strong stimulus to
THESE people seem to think it very pleas- those energies which we have in common
ant to sit on the church-yard wall and talk. with them, while, on the other hand, their
I have no doubt they like each other very absolute incapacity for sharing our higher
much. Can you tell me what season of intellectual vitality has a tendency to make
the ),ear and what time of day it is by the us happily forget it in their presence.
picture? The tree in the foreground is Your dog will run and jump with you as
shedding its leaves, so it must be the fall;
she g its leaves, ao it must be the fall much as you like, but it is of no use to talk
but it cannot be late in the fall, because to him about our business anxieties or
the shrubs are leafy and the flowers are your literary ambition. I believe that
gay. The sun is "going downn" as we say, most'of the attractiveness of what is called
so it is afternoon. The dark tree is a yew-d in the happiness of
tree. It is a quiet spot for a good tall". "sport is to be found in the happiness of
tree. It is a quiet spot for a good talk.
association with the lower animals. Take
away the animals from a hunt. Suppose
that there were neither horses nor dogs,
nor stag, fox, wild boar, nor any other ani-
mal whatever, but that the men rode on
BEAUTIFUL water sparkling and bright. velocipedes after a machine going by elec-
Brilliant in beauty, and radiant with light, tricity-who does not at once feel that
Oh, how I love thee, beautiful, free! the deep charm of the chase would be
Water, bright water, pure water for me! gone ?
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76 The Country Road.
showed a special liking for shredded meat,
-.. and whenever any chanced to be left from
S their repast, they would carry it off and
hide it, tucking it carefully into a crotch of
a tree, or down among the roots, to be
Used in time of need.
Aunt Jennie has a famous cat. He is
^I '''''') ?-"' :,seven years old, and weighs sixteen pounds.
For several years a pair of bluebirds had
made their nest in a box in an old apple-
.- -,.'' -. ....;.. tree in the front yard, but one spring a
."-^ -_ family of wrens managed to get posses-
sion of the box, and the bluebirds were
The Country H oad. forced to find another home. Old Malt,
WAir a beautiful walk that must be by who had been on very friendly terms with
the side ot the pond, over the stile, and the bluebirds, seemed to take at once a
away to the village. You can see the great dislike to the wrens. He would
away to the village. You can see the 3
short spire of the village church in the dis- lie in the grass under the tree, furtively
tance. Are those people at the stile going watching every movement and when they
to or coming from the village ? I think dated own on him, so far from being in-
they are looking this way. One is leaning timidated, he would open his mouth and
against the stile, and the other is pointing mimic their cries in a way that was very
to somethini-. amusing. One day Aunt Jennie heard an
unusual commotion in the apple-tree, and
found on inspection that Malt had estab-
The Two Orphans. lished himself on a branch just over the
T bird-house, and was holding his paws over
THESE two kittens lost their mother a
THS t kittens lost their mother a the hole that served for an entrance, while
few days after they were born. Some bad the re ere f a t in a tate
boys chased her up into a tree and killed istration. Eident lyg at in a sae oup
h w s s P si t t distraction. Evidently he had made up his
her with stones. People said that the mind not to let them go into the box, and
little kittens must now be drowned, but
S though they waged war valiantly, he kept
sweet Alice cried so that mamma said she hi a over the hoe unov, and
h r n i te t Y c his paws over the hole unmoved, and an-
might try and brino them up. You can h 1
mie how s l ty ad big hemas b. Ye ki- swered their angry clamor with aggravating
see how successful she has been. The kit- little hisses. Day after day this performance
tens are now quite frisky. They have been as repeated (
fed on milk, and have a warm and soft bed a ti the wrens in desperation
abandoned the bird-house and bean build-
in the basket. Alice is taking them for a ing themselves a nest under the eaves of
walk in the garden.
walk in the gardenthe front porch. Malt, who had been going
about with the air of a conqueror, showed
Auirt Jeqnie's Pets. great annoyance when he discovered what
the birds were doing, and began at once
LAST spring, two bluebirds, coming in to plan fresh.hostilities. The porch was
advance of the season, were caught in a high, anl there seemed to be no way for
snow-storm, and, unable to obtain food from him to reach the new stronghold ; but one
theordinary sources, they came everyday to day he climbed to the roof and tore the
the dining-room window to be fed. They nest down.
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78 The Bird's-nest.
., <: COME, children all, with gardening tools,
Attention to these gardening rules.
S You need a spade, a hoe, a rake,
... / Before a garden you can make.
t With spade you dig deep in the ground,
0, To loosen earth and stones around.
-.. iThe rake the dirt will smooth and clean,
And take the stubble from between.
Sk The hoe you use to cut the weeds,
S^So that they will not choke the seeds.
A watering-pot you then must try,
To keep your plants from getting dry.
Then add to these your might and main,
Your labor will not be in vain.
( YFeathered Friends.
LITTLE GRETCHEN is going to feed her
birds and chicks. They are quite accus-
tomed to have her come and sit down on
the old stone by the window and feed them
with bread, and so they fly to her as fast
as they ran. The doves swoop down and
perch on the window-sill just over her
Head, the little chickens jump and flutter
on her lap and upon her arms, and the
old hen cackles and chuckles all round in
great delight. They seem to be saying,
"Don't forget me, please." And you may
The Bird's-nest. depend upon it Gretchen will be very fair,
WlAT a little fairy scene we have here and see that each one has its portion.
Is it not a I )vely spot for a bird's-nest, all hid-
den away -by beautiful flowers and grasses, THE more freely sympathy and affection
and with splendid butterflies sailing in and are extended, and the more gladly they are
out? What bird is likely to build in such welcomed, the more they bless mankind.
a spot? Perhaps it is a meadow-lark's Their very life depends upon a generous
nest; but if so, the artist has not painted atmosphere of both giving and taking.
in the reddish spots on the eggs. Perhaps Coldness, reserve, suspicion, pride, kill
it is a thrush's nest, for the thrush likes to them as the biting frost kills the tender
build in sly places. plant.
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80 The Old Farm-Gate.
The Old Farm-Gate. Here are fashion and form of a modernized
WERE, where is the gate that once But I'd rather have looked on the old
served to divide farm-gate.
The elm shaded lane from the dusty road-
side? 'Twas here where the miller's son paced
When the moon was above and
the glow-worms below;
Now- pensively leaning, now twirl-.
ing his stick,
While the moments grew long and
his heart-throbs grew quick.
Why, why did he linger so rest-
With church-going vestment and
sprucely combed hair ?
He loved, oh! he loved, and had
promised to wait
For the one he adored at the old
Amorng the PEiver-
NOTHING is more delightful than
on a fine summer's day, and with
a good boat and good company, to
be floating gently down the river
among the water-flowers -- and
then, after you are tired rowing or
sailing, to turn up a shaded creek,
where you can run your boat
ashore and lay under the refresh-
ing shade of the trees. Here every
one seems to be contented and
happy, as they well may. Slowly
gliding among the water-lilies over
I like not this.-barrier gayly bedight, the smooth surface of the water, ile ]er
With its glitterino latch and its trellis of the smooth surface of the water, while ]-ere
ith its glittering latch and its trellis oand there a fish jumps at a passing fly, lcav-
ing numerous rings on the water.
It is seemly, I own-yet, oh dearer by Those that have not yet gathered water-
far lilies, over the side of a boat, can hardlN real-
Was the red-rusted hinge and the weather- ize the pleasure of receiving the fragrant
warped bar. flowers, and excitement of gathering them.
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82 Cat and Mouse.
S. try and sleep himself into good humor, if
that is possible; but.imagine his surprise,
--when he approaches the entrance of his
S- --' .' mansion, to see it taken possession of by
I. Mrs. Hen and her family. Mr. Bruiser's
-."~- jaw lowers very much as he sees this state
of things, and while he growls like distant
-' thunder, Mrs. Hen seems inclined to con-
test her rights as a tenant; but taking
S another look at Mr. Bruiser's mouth, and
discovering through the wide space that
.. -- he has got surprisingly large teeth as
S---- well as mouth, and that two of her family
would not be too much for a mouthful to
Cat arid Mouse. Mr. Bruiser, she suddenly remembers that
discretion is the better part of valor," and
Now let us play cat and mouse. escapes, with her family flying behind her,
Left hand is the house, to a corner of the yard, very mad and in-
Ball is the little mouse, dignant, but not more so than Mr. Bruiser,
Right hand is the cat- when he found the straw all scraped into
Creeps with her soft claw one corner of his mansion and he had to
Around Mousey's little house; toss it back again before he could settle
Mouse looks out of the door; himself for a nap.
See, there jumps suddenly
Our old pussy cat
Upon the poor mouse, CARRYING ONE'S CROSs.-Taking up
And kills it-at once. one's cross means simply, writes Mr. Rus-
kin, that you are to go the road which you
-- see to be the straight one, carrying what-
ever you find is given you to carry, as well
Tertants' igtlts. and stoutly as you can, without making
faces or calling people to come and look
HERE is a scene in which Possession at you. Above all, you are neither to load
is nine points of the law is very forcibly nor unload yourself, nor cut your cross to
illustrated. 'In the absence of the surly your own liking. Some people think it
bull-dog, the hen has taken possession of would be better for them to have it large,
" Bruiser's house, and finding it nicely and many that they could carry it much
filled with straw and delightfully comfort- faster if it were small; and even those who
able, she settles down to housekeeping. like it largest are usually very particular
She sends her chicks outside to play and about its being ornamental and made of
make the acquaintance of the neighbor- the best ebony. But all that you have
hood, while she does what she can to really to do is to keep your back as
put her new house in order. Presently straight as you can, and not think about
when everything is going along lovely with what is upon it-above all, not to boast of
the hen family, Mr. Bruiser, being some- what is upon it. The real and essential
what dissatisfied with the world in general, meaning of "virtue" is in that straightness
thinks he will go home and take a nap and of back.
84 Cuckoo !
S. ,.,- black and white kitty that had been stray-
ing round the house for a day or two past.
|'1"1 -" The kitty, whose approach was caus-
one, and had evidently belonged to some
one who had taken great care of it, to
S judge by its fat, sleek appearance. It had
S' wandered away and been hovering round
S- Squire Marston's house for some days, and
'the children were very anxious to make its
S- acquaintance, and had tempted it in vari-
li ous ways; but it would not approach near
enough so that they could take hold of it.
S But hunger was now making it bolder, and
Sit could not resist the tempting plate of
.:. milk it saw on the steps, and so it crept
'' gradually nearer, having one eye on the
dog all the time, and the other on the
Del^ milk until it reached the milk, when it
S- --. lapped it up rapidly, as it was evidently
Bristles, the dog, seemed to think it an
intruder, but evidently took compassion
Cuckoo! upon it and allowed it to finish the meal;
OH I can't find my baby dear, and kitty after that became more familiar,
And feel so quite alone. and was a great pet ever afterward with
Cuckoo, Cuckoo! the two little girls.
Why, how is this-a cuckoo's cry ? KIND words produce their own image
And summer so long gone by ? in men's souls- and a beautiful image it is.
Cuckoo, Cuckoo! They soothe and comfort the hearer; they
Where is my little baby dear? shame him out of his unkind feelings.
I find it not, where may it be ? We have not yet begun to use them in
Cuckoo, Cuckco! such abundance as they ought to be used.
Ah! there he stands in the corner hid,
The little cuckoo, he is found. LOVE Is LIFE.-Love is the fulfilling of
It is my baby dear. Oh, dear! the law of our being. Only as we worth-
It is my baby dear. ily love do we truly live; only when we
love with a perfect affection that which is
--- --- perfectly worthy of our affection do we at-
e Strange Pussy. tain unto the supreme good of life.
The Strange Pussy.
"KEEP quiet! here is the pussy com- THosE that would be safe, have need to
ing," said little Emily Marston to her sis- be suspicious of the tempter. The garrison
ter, as they sat on the steps of their that sounds a parley is not far from being
father's house, watching the approach of a surrendered.
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The Bee-Hives, of many insects-bees, butterflies, dragon-
IN many places people keep bees, and flies-are composed of a number of facets,
each eye being, in fact, a cluster of eyes.
sometimes they build very nice houses for each eye being, in fact, a cluster of ees.
A celebrated naturalist counted fourteen
them. What we see in the picture are
hives mae of straw. The bees will fill thousand of these facets in the eye of a
hives made of straw. The bees will fill
the hives with honey boxed up in pretty dragon-fly, and Leeuwenhoek found as
little wax cells. How industrious the bees many as twelve thousand five hundred and
are--at least, the working bees There forty-four in another specimen of the same
r s w i r. r species. The latter naturalist adapted one
are some who will not work. They are
eof the eyes of a ciragon-fly so as to be able
called drones, and they are the male bees. of the eyes of a dragon-fly so as to be able
to see objects through it by means of a
S- microscope, and found that he could view
"-*I... the steeple of a church two hundred and
S-' ninety-nine feet high and seven hundred
Sand fifty feet from the place where he
.. stood; he could also distinguish if the door
i -of a house at the same distance was open
"__.-"-The Pious Mother.
Do you know what this large picture
Before the winter comes on the hives represents? It is a good lady teaching
will be quite full, and the bees will go in her little boy the facts of Scripture history
them to /ib'ernate-that is, to sleep and from the pictures upon the tiles in the
eat until the spring comes again. People, chimney-piece. If you look at the tiles
however, will take the honey before the you will be able to tell what some of the
bees want it, and then they will keep the pictures mean. What a pleasant way of
bees alive on sugar and other things. learning! The boy seems to enjoy it very
much, and so does the mother. Do you
know who the boy was? All this hap-
Te E s of I opened, of course, a very long time ago,
The Eyes of Isets. and the boy's name was Philip Doddridge,
INSECTS are, in many cases, far more and he grew up to be a famous preacher
richly endowed with eyes than even birds and theologian. If his mother had not
or beasts. The little creature called a taken pains to teach him when he was
whirlwig (Gyriznus natator), which skims young, he might never have become a
about on the surface of standing water, is great and good man.
furnished with a double set of optics, the
upper portion of the eyes-fitted for see-
ing in the air-being placed in the upper REMORSE is as the heart in which it grows:
portion of the'head, and the lower portion If that be gentle, it drops balmy dews
of the eyes-fitted for seeing in the water Of true repentance ; but if proud and
-in the lower portion of the head, a thin gloomy,
division separating the two. It is a poison tree, that, pierced to the in-
Spiders possess six eyes, some species most,
eight ; centipedes twenty ; while the eyes Weeps only tears of poison.
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88 The Rainbow.
----------- -_- Twerty Points of Piety.
I-i. To pray to God continually.
S.2. To learn to know Him rightfully.
3. To honor God in Trinity,
The Trinity in Unity-
The Father in His majesty,
The Son in His humanity,
SThe Holy Ghost's benignity-
Si '-' 4. To serve Him always, guilelessly.
-, 5. To ask Him all things, needfully.
: \ 6. To praise Him in all company.
7. To love Him always, heartily.
^ a ", - - .',,." S. To dread Him always, Christianly.
9. To ask Him mercy, penitently.
". -I s o. To trust Him always, faithfully.
I I. To obey Him always, willingly.
12. To abide Him always, patiently.
'3. To thank Him always, thankfully.
-"1 4. To live here always, virtuously.
1. A 15. To use thy neighbor honestly.
16. To look for death still, presently.
17. To help the poor, in misery.
Te a18bow. To hope for heaven's felicity.
The airbow" 19. To have faith, hope and charity.
WHAT a beautiful sight is a perfect rain- 20. To count this life but vanity.
bow! It is caused by the refraction and BE POINTS OF CHRISTIANITY.
reflection of the rays of the sun in mist Thomas Leisser, 1557.
or rain-drops. Refraction means bending
and separation into parts. The ordinary
white light which comes from the sun can The SteppirIg-Stotes.
be refracted by causing it to shine through
a peculiar shaped glass called a prism, and THIS is the only way people have of
it then separates itself into seven distinct crossing this brook at this particular place,
rays of different colors-violet, indigo, blue, but if they are careful, they can manage to
green, yellow, orange, and red. The drops get over very well indeed. The youngest
of rain or mist act just as the prism does. child looks a little timid, but it will take
The sun is setting behind these children, hold of its sister's hand, and cross quite
and the rain is falling some distance off in safely, and by and by it will become used
front of them. You may sometimes see to the stones. Do you want to know what
small rainbows over cataracts-at Niagara this brook is called? It is a portion of the
Falls, for instance; and sometimes in the Uppei Delaware River, which rises in the
rain-drops on grass. If you were at the western slopes of the Catskill Mountains,
top of a high mountain, the rainbow would and discharges itself into Delaware Bay.
be a complete circle. There are books You can trace it on a good map. It is
which tell you all about these things, about three hundred miles long.
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00 The Disobedient Hare.
instead of doing as others do, rest from his
-- -' "-J -'l' labors, he is more busy than ever with
brush and palette to bring beautiful nature
--to his canvas. Our picture shows how
.:_---- .-'-.^^ he has put up all his tools, but we -do not
see the artist himself. There is evidence
S'' that he must have left his scene suddenly;
but in his absence, this painting is sur-
-rounded with critics of which the R. A.
F -'~- knows nothing. It is a lovelygecnre scene
S "-' --these ducks and geese examining the
-- .- painting, and by so doing making a pict-
'' ..- ure within the picture which is fully en-
~ chanting. We hope that, unlike some
; '-.,, i -- human critics, they will refrain from mak-
ing holes in the canvas, and that in their
Tlhe Disobedieirt Hare. eagerness to examine the painting they
will not upset the palette, and thereby give
A PRETTY little hare sat in the grass and an entirely new effect to the painting. Our
enjoyed the beautiful weather. He made engraving is from the painting of Mr.
up his mind to take a walk and a romp. Schenck.
But just when he was going to start, his
mother came along with some choice tit-
bits, and when she heard of his intention
begged him not to go out just then. "Don't No JoKE.-Peter the Great was a half-
you know," she said to him, "that the terri- savage in his manners. He never had
ble hunter is around who killed your uncle pleasantry enough to play a joke, though
and cousin and brought great pain to all our some of his rudeness had a very comical
family? So do stay home." But our little effect. On his second visit to a town in
hare would not listen to reason, but walked Holland, he and the burgomaster attended
out. He promenaded up and down, and Divine service, when an unconscious ac-
had a fine time generally, when lo! sud- tion of the Czar almost upset the gravity
denly the hunter saw it and fired at it. ofthecongregation. Peter, feeling his head
But then the disobedient hare wished that growing cold, turned to the heavily-wigged
it had followed its mother's advice, and ran chief magistrate by his side and trans-
home as fast as its legs could carry it. Fort- ferred the wig, the hair of which flowed
unately it succeeded in getting home un- down over the great little man's shoul-
harmed. Since then our little hare is an ders, to his own head, and sat so till the
obedient and dutiful son, and trusts to the end of the service, when he returned it
superior wisdom of its mother. to the insulted burgomaster, bowing his
thanks. The great man's fury was not
appeased till one of Peter's suite assured
him that it was no practical joke that
Delicate Critics. his majesty had played; that his usual
custom when at church, if his head was
OUR painter, of R. A. fame, always spends cold, was to seize the nearest wig he could
his vacation in some rural district. But clutch.
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Harvest-Home. also Texas, do so in May. California,
Sin Gr i t Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sicily, Greece, and
IF you have traveled in Germany in the Z!r
season of harvest you must have seen in some of the southern departments of France
season of harvest you must have seen in
gather the harvest in June. July is the
the country wagons and horses and peopleather the harvest in June. uly is the
Z 1 harvest month for the greater part of
just like these. The wagons have broad harvest month for the greater part of
ju l e w h b France, for Austria, South Russia, and the
wheels and are long and heavy, and the i,
s a greater part of the United States of Amer-
horses are large and strong and are har- .
Z:. ti ica; Germany reaps in August with Eno-
nessed in single file. They are bringing ica;Germany reaps in August with Eng-
single land, Belgium, the Netherlands, part of
Russia, Denmark, part of Canada, and the
north-eastern States of America; Septem-
b- .ber is the time for .Scotland, the greater
., ". -' part of Canada, Sweden, Norway, and the
HERE is a pretty scene. The people look
young and handsome, and are very indus-
S,, "- trious. One of the men is reaping with a
S-'. .. .', harvsickle, and as he cuts the straw Oe places
it together in bundles. Then comes the
home the wheat. All the family of the young woman and takes a little of the
farmer are in the field to see the great straw to make a twist with, while the man
loads piled tp and drawn in by the good ties up the bundles and fastens them.
horses. When the work is done and the There is some water in the pitcher for
grain safely housed the farmer will give a them to drink when they are thirsty. iTh
feast to all his men. windmill in the distance is for grdidng the
wheat into flour.
The Harvest Season.
IN the equatorial regions, fruits and food Good Comparwy.
crops are gathered every month in the year. I'LL TRY is a soldier
In the greater part ofChili, portions of the I Will!o is a king
Argentine Republic, Australia, and New Be sure they are near
Zealand, January is the harvest month. It When the school-bells ring.
begins in February in the East Indies, go-
ing on into March as we come north. When schoo!-Jays are over
Mexico, Egypt, Persia, and Syria reap in And boys are men,
April ; while Japan, China, Northern Asia I'll Tryhe and s I Will
Minor, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco, and Are good friends then.
Minor, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco, and l Are good -friends then.
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94 The Smithy.
,,,ili -_. Although his majesty was much cha-
./ grined at this end to the matter, he put the
best face he could upon it, and turning to
i' _' his courtiers he remarked : I am glad to
l'1 \ -',,-1,. ..' see that there are just laws and upright
judges in my kingdom."
ST A sequel to this incident occurred about
forty years ago. A descendant of the
Nil'. ',"I ..- miller of whom we havejust been speaking
,j |: had come into possession of the mill. After
having struggled for several years against
,~ -. .J j .....-.ever-increasing poverty, and being at length
quite unable to keep on with his business,
The Srnitlgy. he wrote to the King of Prussia, reminding
CLINK, clink, clink! him of the incident we have just related,
Smithy, what do you think ? and stating that, if his majesty felt so dis-
Why do you hammer so hard and long? posed, he should be very thankful in his
To make the shoes both tight and strong. present difficulty to sell the mill. The
A horse can't go without a shoe, king wrote the following reply with hi.
Any better than I or you. own hand:
Boys and horses are much the same- "MMY DEAR NEIGHBOR: I cannot allow
If a nail gets loose it makes them lame : you to sell the mill. It must always be in
So I'll hammer it good and tight, and then i our possession as long as one member ot
He'll not be coming so soon again ;- your family exists, for it belongs to the his-
That's what I always think, tory of Prussia. I regret, however, to hear
Clink, clink, clink! you are in such straitened circumstances,
and therefore send you herewith six thou-
sand dollars, in the hope that it may be of
some service in restoring your fortunes.
The King and the Miller. Consider me your affectionate neighbor,
S. FREDERICK WILLIAM."
NEAR Sans Souci, the favorite residence
of Frederick the Great, there was a mill --
which much interfered with the view from iar Tati
the palace. One day the king sent to inquire
what the owner would take for the mill; WAR is a terrible thing when it takes
and the unexpected answer came back that place in earnest, but it is not so bad a game
the miller would not sell it for any money. when it can be played in a parlor with toy
The king, much incensed, gave orders soldiers and guns. Frank and Lizzie are
that the mill should be pulled down. The the children of an officer in the army. Papa
miller made no resistance, but folding his is sitting in his easy-chair watching the
arms, quietly remarked :" The king may do game, and giving a suggestion now and
this, but there are laws in Prussia." And then about the proper way of placing the
he took legal proceedings, the result of men. The soldiers are advancing to take
which was that the king had to rebuild the the guns, but at the word of command
mill, and pay a good sum of money besides the guns open fire, and the enemy are mown
in compensation, down by the shot.
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96 Harvest Time.
Harvest Time. Outside, with merry quip and joke,
WHEN the grain is ripe in the fields it The reapersbent in toil,
must be cut down. Years ago, men alwaysFor man hands made r work,
did this with a sharp tool called a sickle. She heard her children's turmblithesome tones.
They would take hold of the stalks, a hand- As, bsied th her some to
ful at a time, and cut them off near the AsT busied with their pltr
ground, leaving what was called the stub- They called to her to note their sports
ble in the soil. Other men would follow Or praise the lovely day.
the reapers and bind up the bundles of the One little girl, with sweet blue eyes,
wheat. These bundles were called sheaves. Oft came up to her there,
These sheaves were stacked up together To offer help, and with her hands
just as you see them in the picture. Now Her mother's tasks to share.
But children's help will often prove
;-: ,..---:---: ." A bother, at the best;
-' .- It was so now. The mother's nerves,
By many cares oppressed,
Conquered at last; with hasty push
S She shoved the child aside-
I wish I had no girl," she said-
(Think! she was sorely tried).
But as those blue eyes filled with tears,
The lips quivered with pain,
a She stopped her work and clasped her child.
.' '' .: With tears like falling rain.
S Ah me Now autumn's leaves are strewn
Around the old door-stone;
this is done on all large farms, and on Within that home the mother's hands
many small ones, by machines called Perform her tasks alone.
reapers and binders-all except the stack- For little Blue Eyes is at rest,
ing, which has still to be done by hand. And she must grieve in vain;
People reap a field now much faster than Remorse cannot unsay those words,
they did a few years ago. Or bring her child again.
Hasty Words. I tlhe Barir-Yard.
THESE people are binding up bundles of
THE mother's feet were weary grown- straw for the market. The grain has been
From morn till sultry noon threshed out of the ears, and the straw has
No moment she had found for rest, been tossed into the barn-yard, and the
For dinner-time came soon. farmer thinks he will get a better price for
And many tasks for busy hands it if it is tied up in bundles. So all hands
The harvest season brought- are summoned to help. The boy and his
So, in the kitchen's heated air sister are twisting bands of straw together
Unceasingly she wrought. to tie the bundles with.