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 Frontispiece
 Title Page
 The happy waterman
 The port-folio
 The bird-killers
 The drowned boy
 The picture gallery
 The temple of science
 The play ground
 Back Cover














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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
    Frontispiece
        Page 2
    Title Page
        Page 3
        Page 4
    The happy waterman
        Page 5
        Page 6
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
    The port-folio
        Page 23
        Page 24
    The bird-killers
        Page 25
        Page 26
        Page 27
    The drowned boy
        Page 28
        Page 29
    The picture gallery
        Page 30
        Page 31
        Page 32
    The temple of science
        Page 33
        Page 34
        Page 35
    The play ground
        Page 36
    Back Cover
        Page 37
        Page 38
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THE


HAPPY WATERMAN;

AND

THE PORTFOLIO.


NEW HAVEN:
PUBLISHED BY 8. BABCOCK.
I8M0.










THR


HAPPY WATERMAN.


A GENTLEMAN and lady, walking on the
banks of the river Thames, spied a small
ferry-boat, with a neatly, dressed WATERMAN
rowing towards them; on his nearer approach,
they read ol the stern of his boat, these
words, The Happy Waterman." Without
taking any notice of it, they determined to
enter into a conversation with him; and
inquiring into his situation in life, they found
that he had a wife and five children, and
supported also an old father and mother-in-law
by his own labor. The gentleman and lady
were, upon this, still more surprised at the
title he had given himself, and said, "my







friend, if this be your situation, how is it that
yoa call yourself The Happy Waterman ?"
"I ca easily explain this to your satisfaction,"
answered the young man, "if you will give
me leave i" and they desiring him to proceed,
She spoke as follows:
"I have observed that our greatest blessings
in life, are often looked upon as the greatest
distresses, and are, in fact, made such by
imprudent conduct My father and mother
died a few years ago, and left a large family.
My father was a waterman, and I was his
assistant in the management of a ferry-boat,
by which he supported his family. On his
death, it was necessary (in order to pay his
just debts) to sell our boat! I parted from
it-even with tears-but the distress that I
felt spurred me on to industry, for I said, I
will e every kind of diligence to purchase
my boat back again. I went t6 the person
who had bought it, and told him my design






he had given five guineas .or it, bt toi"U .
as I was once the owner, that s Wed W.JI
it waeneerti coultaise five *-id q
the boat be mine again "' #aiiJ
-boundoMl A the thought I
I wa 4"his time mn iA toe O d younW
woman, and we lived n nqi c ring cot-
tage; she was young, hely andl ad trieu
and so ws 1, and we lo aoter.
What might we not undertake? I~ father
used to say to me, "Always do what is right;
labor diligently, and. spend your money care-
fully: and Got will bless your sore." Wa
treasured up these rules, agl determined to
try the truth of them. My, ife had long
chiefly supporte&two aged parents; I lovn
them as my own-and the desire of oentaPL
ting to thdl support, was an additioSal
to my endeavors $o repurchase thdielt,
I entered Mtyself as a days' laborer, l tlM
garden of our squire: and my wife was





















called occasionallyto perform some serviced
at the house, and employed herself in needle-
work, spinning, or knitting at home; not a
moment in the day was suffered to pass un-
employed-we spared for ourselves, and fur-
nished all the comforts we could to the poor
about us--and every week we dropped a lit-
te overplus into a fairing-box-to buy the
tOAT. If any accident or charity brought us
an additional shilling, we did not enlarge our







expenses, but kept it for the 1. The more
care we took, the more coptele we felt,
for we were the nearer t e possession of our
little BOAT. Our labX was lightened, by our
looking forwar3b the attainment of our
wishes. Our kily indeed increased, but
with it our friends increased also, for the
cleanlind and frugality which furnished our
cottage' and the content and cheerfulness that
appeared in it, drew the notice of our rich
neighbors; of my master and mistress par-
ticularly, whose rule was to assist the indus-
trious, but not to encourage the idle, They
did not approve of giving money to the poor
but in cold winters, or dear times, allowed us
to buy things at a cheaper rate: this was
money to us, for when we counted our little
cash for the week's marketing, all that was
saved to us by out ticket to purchase things
at reduced prices, went into our "little box."
If my children got a penny at school for a.







reward, to buy ginger bread, they brought it
home, they said to help buy the soAT-for
they would have to gingerbread till daddy
had got his boat again Thus from time to
time our little store insenlibly increased, till
one pound only was wanting f the five, when
the following accident happened.
"Coming home one evening from iy work,
I saw in the road a small pocket-bok: on
opening it, I found a bank-note of 101. wteh
plainly enough belonged to my master, for
his name was upon it, and I had also seen
him passing that way in the evening: it being
too late, however, to return to the house, I
went on my way. When I told my family of
the accident, the little ones were thrown into
Sa transport of joy. My dears,' said I,' what
is the matter?' '0 daddy, the boat! the boat!
we may now have two or three boats!' I
checked them by my looks, and asked them if
4hey recollected whose money that was? they





















laid, 'yours, as you found it.' I reminded
them that I was not the real owner, and bid
them think how they would all feel, supposing
a stranger was to take our box of money, if I
should happen to drop it on the day I went to
buy back the boat. This thought had the
effect on their young minds that I desired;
they were silent and pale with the represen-
tation of such a disaster, and I begged it might
be a lesson to them never to forget the golden





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rule of 'doing as they would wish others to
do by them;' for by attention to this cer-
tain guide, no one would ever do wrong to
another. I also took this opportunity to ex-
plain to them, that the possession of the BOAI
by dishonest means would never answer,
since we could not expect the blessing of God
upon bad deeds.
"To go on with my story:-The next mor,
ning I put the pocket-book into my bosom,
and went to my work, intending as soon as
# the family rose, to give it to my master; but
what were my feelings, when, on searching in
my bosom it was no where to be found I
hasted back along the road I came, looking
diligently all the way, but in vain I there
were no traces of any such thing.-I
would not return into my cottage, because I
wished to save my family the pain I felt, and
in the hope of still recovering the book, I went
to my work, following another path, which I


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recollected I had also gone by. On my return
to the garden gate, I was accosted by the
gardener, who, in a threatening tone, told me
I was suspected; that our master had lost a
pocket-book, describing what I had found, and
that I being the only man absent from the
garden at the hour of work, the rest of the
men also denying that they had seen any such
thing, there was every reason to conclude that
[ must have got it. Before I could answer,





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my distressed countenance confirmed the sus.
pici) ; and another servant coming up, said
I was detected, for a person had been sent to
my house, and that my wife and family had
owned it all, and had described the pocket-
book. I told them the real fact, but it seemed
to every one unlikely to be true: every cir-
cumstance was against me, and (my heart
trembles to look back upon Ii) I was arrested,
and hurried away to prison I protested my
innocence, but I did not wonder that I gained
no credit. Great grief now oppressed my
heart; my poor wife, my dear children, and
my gray-headed parents, were all at once
plunged into want and misery, instead of the
ease and happiness which we were expecting;
for we were just arriving at the height of our
earthly wishes. I had however one consola-
tion left-that I knew I twa innocent: and I
trusted that by "persevering in honesty," all
plight come right at last My resolution was,







as I had been the cause, though without any
design, of the second loss of the property,
that I would offer (alas I) the -whole of our
little store, to make it good as far as in my
power I and I sent for my wife, to give her
this sad commission: but she informed me
that even this sacrifice could be of no avail,
for, said she, my master has been at the
cottage, when I told him freely how you had
found the note, but unfortunately had lost it
again ; and I added, that I was sure that both
I and my husband would make the best re-
turn in our power; after which I produced
our little fairing-box, and begged him to
accept the contents, which we had been so
long raising, as all we had to offer! but sir,
said the waterman, conceive my agony when
she added, that my master angrily refused,
saying, that our being in possession 4 all that
money, was of itself the clearest proof of my
guilt; for it was impossible, with my large





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family, and no greater opportunities than my
neighbors, that I could come honestly by such
a sum; therefore he was determined to keep
me in jail till I should pay the whole. My'
unhappiness was very great; however, my
mind by degrees began to be more easy, for I
grew confident that I should not trust in God,
and my own innocence, in vain: and so it
happened; one of my fellow-laborers proved
to be the person who had picked up the note
after I had dropped it, having come a few
minutes after me along the same road to his
work, and hearing that the suspicion had
fallen altogether upon me, he was tempted to
turn the accident to his own advantage, and
conceal the property; which having kept in
his own box for a few weeks, till he thought
no suspicions would rest upon him, he went
and offer the note for change, and being
then suspected, my master had him taken up,
and I was released,





















The second change from so much misery to
happiness was almost too much for us. My
master sent for me and with many expresims
of concern for what had passed, made me
give him an account of the means by which I
had collected the little fund that fixed the
suspicions so strongly upon me. 1 accordingly
related the history of it as I have now done;
and when I came to that part, where I checked
my children for their inconsiderate joy on my







finding the note, he rose, with much kindness
in his looks, and putting the bank bill in my
hand, he said,' Take it the bank note shall
be theirs. It is the best and only return I
can make you, as a just reward of your hon-
esty; and it shall be a substantial proof to
your children of the goodness of your instruc-
tions; for they will thus early see and feel
the benefit of hofiesty and virtue.
"This kind and worthy gentleman inter-
ested himself much in the purchase of my
boat, which in less than a week I was in full
possession of. The remainder of my master's
bounty, and the additional advantage of the
ferry, have placed me in comfortable circum-
stances which I humbly trust God will continue
to us, as long as we continue our labor
and honest diligence; and I can say from
my long experience, that the fruit of our
own industry is always sweetest. I have now
also the pleure of being able to help others





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for when a rich passenger takes my ferry, as
my story is well known in the neighborhood,
he often gives me more than my fare, which
enables me to let the next poor person go
over for half-price."
The lady and gentleman were extremely
leased with the Waterman's story, and wil-
l ~ig joined in calling him The Hdppy
Waterman. They passed over in his ferry-.


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boat for the sake of making him a handsome
present. And from this tme, beolag ac-
. quaitted with his famfy, they did theWat y
service in their power, giving boi sad
schooling to the little ones, and every comfort
to the old father and mother-in-law as long
as they survived. They were very Oite*s
of knowing what became of the unfortunate
fellow-laborer, who had so dreadfully gone
aside from the principles of honesty, and they
learnt that he was, after a short imprisonment,
set at liberty, by his master, at the earnest
entreaty of the honest Waterman, as he said
It was partly through his carelessness in losing
the note, that the temptation had fallen in his
fellow-laborer's way; he had moreover a very
large family, his master also was so good as
to consider that he was a man who had not
been blessed with a good education inhi
S youth, so that having little fear of God before
his eyes, and a great temptation in his way,'-. '


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* had been the more easily led to commit
thl k siy wicked action, by which he would
hav,4Miched himself at the expense of ah
kwnent man. I have a great pleasure in
adding, that the thought ofwhat he had done,
together with the generoglty of the Water-
min, had so strong an effect upon this poor
fellow, that he afterwards had it written upon
his cottage door--D AS YOU WOULD BE DONR
mTro. And he hath resolved to follow this
rule himself in future, and hath also taught it
to all his children: indeed it became a rule
well known over the whole parish, for every
little child having been informed of this story,
was told that he ought to consider before he
did an action, whether he would like his
brother, or sister, or school-fellow to -do the
same by him; and if not, that the action was
mreag and not to be done, let the profit be
ever so great. Surely then, those who have ;.
vtd long, and seen much of life, and hai.*



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had much religious instruction also, shot
never depart from this simple and certain
rule. And it is the same to all ranks-it
requires neither learning nor abilities, to d*
as you would be done unto," nor can any sta-
tion, however great, no, nor any circumstan-
ces, however trying, excuse men from giving
their constant attention to this GOLDEN RULE






THE END OF THE HAPPT WATBRMAlN








THE PORT-FOLIO,


THB POIT FOLIO! filled with beautiful flow-
ers well worth keeping. It is delightful to
go out into the fields or the garden in Spring
or Summer, and pick the flowers when they
are in full bloom, and then lay them in a
port-folio to keep them to look at when you
return home. Jane Morton seems to be on







an errand like this. She has a great taste for
botany, the science which teaches us the na.
ture of flowers and plants, and has put her
flower-book under her arm so that she can
preserve the specimens in good order. When
she returns home she will take them out care-
fully, one by one, and with her book on
botany before her will soon study out their
names, and learn all the different features of
the various plants and flowers she collects.
There are the rose, the violet, the tulip, the
marigold, the sweet-william, and many others,
each one having some beauty of its own,
either in the richness of their colors, the
sweetness of their odors, the delicacy of their
make, or the form of their leaves. What a
great variety of plants there are Several
thousand different trees, bushes, plants and
flowers. and yet all this endless picture of
beauty, and countless varieties of colors and
shapes are made up from only about hale-







dozen elements! The numerous beautiful
things we see covering the earth's surface
with richness and sending forth their fragrance
to delight the senses, are only the changes
produced by the Creator in six or eight differ-
ent substances. It is so singular that it
scarcely seems to be true, and yet if you have
ever looked through a kaleidoscope and
noticed how many different figures will be
produced by a few small pieces of glass, you
may be able to think what the Creator can do,
and what he has done in the world.


THE BIRD-KILLERS.

Port-Folios sometimes are filled with noth-
ing but pictures, but we might as well look
at them, and say a few words as we pass
along. The picture you see here shows sev-
eral boys throwing stones at those sweet little
bird in the tree. Do you think they are





















foing right ? How would they like to have
a great big man come along, and just as he
was going by, stoop down, pick up a stone,
and hit them with it-perhaps strike them on
the head and kill them? Now, it may be,
these boys do not mean any harm-and yet if
they would only think a minute, they would
know that a blow with one of these stones
would kill a little bird. And when they should
pick it up, its little eyes half-shut, and its







kweet song hushed, and its smooth feathers
all ruffled and bloody, and they saw they
could not make it live again, 1 dare say they
would be very sorry. I do not think they
could take any pleasure in a poor little dead
bird, unless they are very hard hearted indeed.
Children should always remember that it is
very wrong to be cruel to animals, we have
no right to injure them except when we re-
quire them for food, or some other useful pur-
pose. They were not made to be wantonly
destroyed, but to enjoy their lives as well as
boys and girls. Little readers-when you
see any one cruel to animals or birds, or the
little flies, tell them how wrong it is, and try
persuade them to do so no more.






















THE DROWNED BOY.


The next picture in our Port-folio is the
Drowned Boy. Poor William Watson I cold
and stiff on the shore lying all alone, he died
far away from home. No tender mother was
there to shut his eyes: no kind father to hold
his head: no brothers and sisters to speak to
when going away from them forever The
lost wanderer, he died on the cold sand in-







Stead of a quiet bed-instead of the kind
words of his parents he had the hoarse sad
noise of the waves, and the rough blowing of
the winds
William was always of a bold venturesome
disposition, and one afternoon seeing his
father's boat tied to the little wharf near the
house, he thought he would take a sail. He
got into it alone, and in high spirits cast off
the rope, caught the oar, and was very soon
afloat on the wide river. After a time the
winds began to blow, and the waves to rise
and roughen, and William found that he
could not manage the boat any longer. He
was tired, and being only a boy he was not
strong enough to pull the boat against wind
and tide. Poor fellow I He had to give up,
and let himself be driven where the winds
and waves carried him. It was now dark
and he could see nothing, for the moon was
hidden behind the clouds, and there were no







lighs gpen the shore. Soon the rain came
down, lhd the desolate mariner was drenched
with the water, and so numb with the cold he
could scarcely stir. In the night the boat
was driven on shore, and William, almost
dead, just managed to get out and walk to-
wards his home. But he could not go far.
He soon laid down to sleep, and there he
died-the solitary helpless wanderer. Two
or three days after, his father and a great
many neighbors who had been spending all
their time in looking for him, at last found
lim as you see in the picture.



THE PICTURE GALLERY.

Were you ever in a Picture Gallery ? It is
very interesting to go into one and look round
upon the portraits ofthe great and good men
and women who have lived in the world





















before us. You see one in the engraving
which is next in our Port-folio. A party ot .
young people have visited it for the purpose
of examining the portraits. The old gentle-
man who has a staff, or pointer in his hand,
is the janitor or door-keeper, He appears to
be very earnestly telling the visitors about
the person shown in the picture. It looks a
little like Sir Isaac Newtont or Sir Walter
Raleigh. Both of these were great men-the





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first is known as one of the most celebrated
philosophers who have ever lived, and the
second is almost as renowned for the part
which he took in the political affairs of Great
Britain during the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
He fitted out an expedition to America, and
established a colony in Virginia, was engaged
in many naval battles and expeditions, and at
last was beheaded by order of King James I,
who sat on the throne after Elizabeth's death.
While confined in prison for thirteen years he
wrote several works, and commenced "A
general History of the WorldN which he did
not live to finish. The two females in the
picture appear by their dress to have lived
at about the same time, which is a period
celebrated in history for the memorable men
and women who then flourished. If you read
the history of England you will learn much
valuable and interesting information.



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THE TEMPLE OF SCIENCE.

The picture beforekyou is intended to rep.
resent the temple of Science, and steep
winding path which leads to it This is to
show by a picture, the path which all learners
must pursue if they hope to attain to any
honorable position in the world. Young peo-
ple sometimes find it very hard to learn, and
sometimes they think that what they are
learning will be of no use to tWhm. But this

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is a sad mistake. Any kind of knowledge
which is valuable at all is worth learning. A
man who is thoroughly acquainted with his
own business and all that is connected with
it master of a vast deal of useful knowledge.
But hpw few there are who know as much.
If a blacksmith were to say to himself now
I will find out all the knowledge I can about
iron, and iron tools," and study only what
would be necessary for that purpose, he would;
become me of the most useful and best in-
formed men of the community. And just
because one thing ltad s another, and the
least thing has very important matters con-
'eoted with it. If he says, I can make a
hore-shoe well enough, without this knowl-
edge," he will be ignorant-but if you will
keep your eyes open you will generally see
that the most intelligent workmen are the
best-because "knowledge is power." So do
not mind the trouble, and do not neglect to.





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learn any thing valuable, because you cannot
see what use you will ever be able to put it
to. If the man who first made the mariner's
Compass had said, "what is the use of ths
little thing and had thrown it tsray, what
would have become of ColumbL Su Cap-
tain Cook, snd' Bligh, and 4An weldd
America have been disodered? I t dnk mot
You cannot tell of what use knowledge w
be to you ult you grwb old enoVw A w it,
and then you will be able to sqJ) ame
Advantage. Keep g keep imlg
the hill-even if it work-and when
you get older, yo e happy tnL
have made such advacestj obtlimed
riches. .


















THf PLATVrOUNP.
Here are a number of children at play in
the garden. Their father has given each of
them a flower-bed, and they all take great
delight in trying to rear the plants which
have sprung up from the seeds which were
sown early in the spring. They have rakes,
hoes, spades, and a wheelbarrow, James is
giving Lucy a ride in it now.


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