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Title: Pleasing pictures and stories
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GERTRUDE is the eldest of a family of
nine children, and Bertha is the youngest.
Gertrude is very fond of her baby sister,
and in the picture we see how lovingly
she is nursing it.


NELLIE has been taught to kneel down
by her bedside night and morning and
pray to God, asking Him to bless her and
all near and dear to her, and to keep her
from evil and dangers. To praise and thank
Him for all the benefits she receives, and
to ask Him to continue them, is also part
of Nellie's prayer, and she asks it all for
Jesus Christ's sake; who when He was
on earth set us an example of praying for
all we need. A habit of prayer is proper
to all men, for great are our wants and
trials and temptations, and nothing brings
us- relief like asking God in prayer for all
that is necessary for body or soul. But
we must pray from the heart, and not with
the lips alone, to make our prayers accept-
able to God, who will hear and answer us
if we ask Him aright. He has said, "Ask,
and it shall be given you."

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EDWIN came back from school with so
bad a headache that mamma said he must
go and lie down at once, which he gladly
did; and she drew the curtains to shut
out the light, gave him a comfortable sofa
and a soft cushion fdr his head, and
by-and-by brought him a glass of cool
lemonade to drink, which he did with
pleasure, for he was so thirsty. Then she
bathed his head with eau de Cologne, and
telling him to try and sleep, she kissed
him, and went out shutting the door
gently behind her; and telling the other
boys that they must keep quiet, she sent
them out to play in the meadow, bidding
them stay under the shade of the great
beeches until the sun set, or they would
perhaps be as bad with headache as Edwin
was, for it was the hottest day they had
had that summer.

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Miss WILSON, the governess, was sitting
all alone, and feeling sad, for she had
not long left her home to go out teaching,
and it was strange to her. She wished
to do her duty and teach her pupils well,
but they were high-spirited, and she
feared she had made no good impressions
yet on either of them. Just then a pair
of little arms was thrown round her
neck, and a voice said, I love you," and
kissed her many times. It was Edmund
who did this, and his kindly sympathy
went to her heart and cheered her, for it
seemed an earnest of better things. Her
sad thoughts vanished, and taking the
little boy on her knee, she talked to him
and interested herself in all he had to tell
her, for he was an intelligent boy, and
she wanted to show him that she ap-
preciated his kindness to her.


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IT is not inquisitiveness alone which
makes this lad look so closely into the
works of a clock; he wants to see how
they are made, and will one day if he
lives be an inventor. Sir Humphry
Davy, who invented the miner's safety
lamp, was such a lad as this boy, always
inquiring into things; and James Fer-
guson another. This latter boy was so
poor as to be glad to keep sheep for a
Scotch farmer, but he taught himself
astronomy, and made a watch before he
was twenty. If you have a turn for in-
vention, follow it by all means, but be a
sensible boy, and don't let your lessons
suffer in consequence; but always do them
first, and then no one will make any ob-
jection to your other pursuits, or call you
idle. It is only those who are idle and
shirk their studies who are to be blamed.


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THE heart of the young man beats high.
He has worked for years at his invention,
and now the time has come for its being
revealed to the world; but first of all he
shows it to one on whom he relies for
advice, and on his recommendation rests
the knotty point whether or no there is
novelty in it, and he is likely to succeed.
The model is uncovered, the friend sits
still, and with steady eye looks over the
wheels and machinery; then, turning
to the young man, he praises him for his
cleverness and industry, and tells him his
invention is all he could wish it to be.
In the history of inventions you will find
many passages like this, and read there
how young men have toiled bravely to
a benefit mankind, and were, by God's
blessing, in some instances rewarded by
both rank and fortune.

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IT seems of no use at all to tell Dick to be
tidy, at least so his master says, for though
it is a rule at the grammar school that
rooms must be left orderly, Dick always
leaves his books on the floor, his hat on
one chair, and his boots on another, or as
is now the case on the shelf in the cup-
board, which ought to hold his best
books. The master, looking in to see his
orders obeyed, finds this untidy room, and
he is thinking to himself, How shall I
cure the boy of this bad habit ? it's of no
use to punish him; suppose I try what
the offer of a prize for the most orderly
room will do ? Not at all a bad idea that,
and one which I will act upon, and I hope
Dick will gain it, for he is a bright lad,
and very diligent at his lessons." Both
boys and girls ought to be trained up in
habits of order.


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IT is not a grand house nor well fur-
nished; but there are loving hearts in it,
which is much better; and so thinks Peter,
when he finds his wife's arms round his
neck, welcoming him home after a long
absence. He has come back as poor as
he went, for robbers overtook the tra-
vellers on the road and took away their
goods and money, but his wife says as he
is safe never mind the rest, and now he
must come in ; and there is little Milly to
kiss and hug, and she is sure he must be
hungry and tired after his long journey.
And talking thus they go in to the farm
kitchen and sit down to look at each other
and hear all that has happened at home
and abroad ; and he has adventures to tell
of the foreign lands he has seen and the
perils of the sea, and so here we will leave
them happily together.



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"LATE again, Bob," said his master
reprovingly, and at the same time pointing
to the clock, as his young apprentice
came slowly sauntering into the work-
shop; how many times have I told you
that to succeed in your business you
must be punctual, and an early riser, and
make a diligent use of your time and
opportunities of learning? Once give
way to idle habits, and they will grow
upon you till everything becomes a
trouble, and you will be a useless member
of society, instead of by industry and
perseverance doing good in the world."
Bob made no reply to this long speech;
but as he worked diligently the rest of
the day, his master hoped it had made
an impression, and that he would not
have in future to lecture him on the ne-
cessity of being industrious and punctual.

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EDMUND looks ashamed of himself and
his father astonished. Some fault has
been committed during the day, but we
won't inquire what it is, and only praise
Edmund for honestly telling it out in this
waybefore he says "good-night." Edmund
has been told always to speak the truth,
and if he has done wrong to confess it ;
and he does as he is told, we see. And
while his father will no doubt punish him
if he deserves it, he will not do it as
heavily as if the fault had been hidden.
That makes matters much worse always,
and the doer of the fault a very miserable
creature, because he has the fear of being
found out as well as the knowledge of the
fault itself weighing on his mind. Re-
member this next time you do wrong, and
go and tell your fault. If we confess our
faults we shall have forgiveness.

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THE old general was sitting all alone on
the deck, and from thinking of his home
and the children he was going back to,
he gradually got to dreaming of them,
and although he never acknowledged to
sleeping in the daytime, he really was now
enjoying a comfortable nap. The con-
sequence was that he thus never saw
peeping down from above an inquisitive
face with a pair of black eyes, neither did
he see a cautious descent of the rope, but
he felt, and that so as to wake him with
a start, a tug at his cap, which fell off, and
with it came what he thought no one
knew he wore, his wig. He was lame
with the gout, couldn't rise from his
chair, and so he had to watch the mon-
key's gambols with his property, which
was half destroyed before the laughing
sailors could restore it to him.

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WHEN the captain came home from India
he brought a pet monkey, who, though
very well-behaved in general, dearly
loved tricks and pastimes. She was on
the look out one morning for something
in the shape of amusement when Annie,
the housemaid, came running out with a
message. Now's my chance," thought
she, and off went in an instant the shawl
from Annie's head. "Here, Jeanette,
give me that!" cried the captain; but
Jeanette was up a tree, and knowing no
one could reach her there, she sat chatter-
ing and looking so comical in the shawl
which she put on, that even Annie, when
her fright was over, could not help laugh-
ing; and so for this time Miss Jeanette
escaped the punishment which her master
threatened her with as he shook his

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Pussy, wrapt up in her little family,
whom, of course, she thinks superior to all
the other kittens in the world, is quite un-
conscious of the fact that Master Jacko,
the monkey, is in the act of stretching
out his long arm to touch one of her dar-
lings. Will not there be a fuss when she
finds it out! He will scream and then she
will spit and huff at him, and the kittens
will curl up together in a great fright; and
there will be such a to-do that the Major
will come out from his study all in a
hurry, and Master Jacko having by this
time climbed the banisters, will look
on enjoying the great discomfiture of poor
pussy, and the wonderment of his master,
the Major, who finds no cause whatever
for the strange disturbance, and the evident
alarm of the cat and her three poor little



"I HAVE seen it done, and I am sure if
I could only once drop down comfortably
on that creature's back I could stick on."
These were the reflections of Pompey, the
black monkey, who, having made good his
escape from the house, had, after many
adventures, found himself on a roof
overlooking the pigstye, where Mrs. Pig
and a thriving young family were enjoying
existence. "Shall I do it ? a ride would
be delightful; well, here goes; I'll take a
leap-one, two-;" but he didn't say three,
for happily for Mrs. Pig, who was looking
round as if disturbed by something, at
this very moment, up came the man with
the pigs' wash, and Pompey, fearing de-
tection, fled up the roof and in at the
stable window as if he had been shot, very
well aware that he had no business to be
where he was.






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" WOULD I be you, to walk about all day
long beside a stupid donkey ?" said James
Smith to Alfred Comber, who was leading
his donkey up the road from the village.
" Would I be you? Why, look at me; I've
all my time to myself to do what I like
in, and needn't slave as you do." It's
all very well to talk, James," replied
Alfred;" but my donkey is not stupid;
she knows me as well as possible, and
I'm quite fond of her; and as to having
time myself, why I'd rather not have it:
I like work, and I'm glad to have plenty
to do. And it strikes me, James," he con-
tinued, that if you had work you would
be happier for it, and enjoy your leisure
hours, as I do, all the more for being busy."
James couldn't reply to this, so he said
" good-bye," and left Alfred to go his way


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THERE were so many big rough boys in
the class that no one would undertake it,
and when Miss Andrews offered to try
what could be done, the other teachers
shook their heads and said it was useless.
But Miss Andrews undauntedly took her
place; and when the boys found she
was not to be moved by laughter or re-
marks, but read steadily on, they grew
quieter, until when she paused after
reading the story of Joseph and his
brethren, to ask the lads if they under-
stood it, she found the two roughest boys
sitting at her feet too absorbed to move.
This was an encouragement, and when
she promised to come again next Sunday,
and the lads said, Thank ye, ma'am,
we'll come," she felt quite cheered up, and
determined to do all in her power to in-
terest and improve the boys of her class.



A NOSEGAY of sweet flowers from Anna's
own little garden is a welcome gift to the
cottage child, who has seen nothing so
bright and gay in the strip of ground
round her home, which, though called a
garden, is not as well cared for as it might
be. Anna enjoys sharing her pleasures
with others, and is happy when her
flowers bring a smile to the pale cheek
of some one who is ill, or when, as in this
case, she can tell their names to an in-
telligent listener, and show her how beau-
tifully the leaves are tinted and shaped,
and talk to her of the good God who
made the flowers and cares for them and
us. The little girl will look at her flowers
with greater pleasure than before, when
she thinks of what Anna said as they
sat together examining the nosegay. Let
us thank God for the beautiful flowers.

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" POOR pussy," said little Harry, running
after the cat, who, roused from sleeping
by the fireside, would not come to his
call. I wish pussy would not run away,
aunt," said his little sister Joan; we
would love her so ; we would not hurt her
the least bit." But pussy thought that,
however kind this little girl and boy were
to her, she might get so hugged and
squeezed, all for love, that she had better
run away and hide, which she did. Al-
ways be gentle with pussy, and don't pull
her fur or her whiskers, for it hurts her
as much as pulling your hair hurts you;
and when you are holding pussy, and
loving her as little Harry and Joan
wanted to do, remember that hugging her
tightly is very uncomfortable, and that
if she does then give a scratch with her
claw, it is because she wants to get away.

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IT is rather an effort for grandmother to
write a letter, for her eyesight is not what
it was; but she must answer the letter
which little Maud sent her this morning.
So, putting on her spectacles, she sits down
to her desk to tell her dear little grand-
child how pleased she is to have the first
letter Maud has ever written; and she
says that when the summer comes Maud
is to come and stay with her, and make hay
in the meadow, which grandmother knows
is a great pleasure to little folks. Then
knowing Maud's fondness for animals
there follows a list of the cats and dogs,
rabbits and cows, all mentioned by name;
and the letter finishes with grandmother's
fond love and kisses to her little pet.
Maud is very kind to animals. She is a
member of the Band of Mercy," for teach-
ing children to be kind to animals.


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JOHN'S cousin, who is groom to the
Squire, has come to see him, and is
urging him to accompany him for an hour
to the public-house on the Green. But his
wife, who is afraid if her husband goes
there he will stop too long and drink
what is not good for him, is very anxious
that he should stay with her, and she says
earnestly, Don't go, John." He is very
undecided what to do, but I hope it will
end in his staying at home; and if Mrs.
John can persuade the cousin to remain
with them and take a cup of tea-and she
intends trying to make him stay-it will
be all the better for all three of them; and
they can chat ever so much cosier in the
chimney-corner than in the public-house.
How many fine young men have been for
ever ruined through the intoxicating cup !
Touch it not.

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How the waves dash up against the cliffs,
beating them as if they longed to break
away the rocky wall. But God hast
set a bound, that they may not pass
over," and we need not fear, even when
storms rage around us; whether on land
or sea, we are safe if we trust in God.
When we lie awake at night listening to
the howling wind, we should think of the
sailors and the many travellers who are
at that moment on the sea, and pray for
their safe arrival at their journey's end.
A sailor's life is often a hard one, and he
suffers from cold and bad weather, besides
many other things; but what should we
do without his labours? for so many
articles of food and clothing have to cross
the seas. Look over the things on the
breakfast-table, and count up how many
have been broughttoour countryby sailors.

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So merry are the little voices that mother
comes to the cottage door to see what is
going on, and there finds Annie seated on
the doorstep with Robin and Claude, who,
like the good brothers they are, have
given up a game of cricket to amuse their
little sister. And the mother is glad to
see it, for she has taught her boys to be
considerate to others, and not to think of
themselves; and so they are always ready
in their unselfishness to look after Annie
and keep the child happily amused.
Thereby they help their good mother also,
for at present Annie is much too young
to be left quite alone; but if her brothers
are there to take care of the little girl,
Mrs. Jobbins can get through her work
a great deal quicker, because she is not
called off every now and then to see what
Annie is doing.

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FRANK and Edward want Christina to
come and play with them; but all the
answer she makes is, "No; go away,"
while she turns from them into her corner,
seemingly determined not to come out of
it for them or any one else. Now Chris-
tina is a foolish little girl, for the two
big boys would make capital playfellows,
and she really would enjoy a game of
play if she only could make up that small
mind of hers and not be so shy and keep
on saying in reply to all they urge, No;
go away." And supposing they do go
away, will Christina be satisfied ? No; I
think if she sees them at play she will
then be very sorry indeed that she did not
let two such kind-looking lads persuade
her out of her corner and her shyness
into joining them in their pleasant play,
whatever it is.




MRS. ETSER, the housekeeper, in whose
room Master Claude is sitting, is rather
startled by the abrupt question, "What
shall I be when I grow up? She sug-
gests that there is plenty of time to
consider that, as he is now only seven
years old; but he is bent on pursuing the
subject. Shall he be a soldier, or a
sailor, or a doctor? No; he does not
think he would like to be either. Well,
a clergyman ? Yes; perhaps that might do,
but he is not sure. An artist, then? Ah !
that might do better, for he is so fond of
pictures, he is quite sure he could paint.
What does Mrs. Etser say to it all?
Why, she advises him to attend to his
lessons and be a good boy, and do all he
is told, and leave off thinking too much of
what he will do when grown up, or it will
make him idle now.

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ToM was ten years old when he went to
his first place at Mr. Cope's, the grocer,
and though small of his age, he did better
than the bigger boy who had preceded
him in the situation, and gave satisfaction
to his master. The rector of the parish,
who knew Tom's family, and took an
interest in them all, called to inquire after
Tom, when he had been six weeks at the
grocer's, and Mr. Cope spoke so well of
him, that the rector was pleased to hear
it, and told Tom that if he went on as he
had begun, he would one day be pro-
prietor of a shop himself; and he bade
him remember all his parents had taught
him, say his prayers night and morning,
be steady and honest, always do his duty
to his employer, and make good use of all
his spare moments. I think he will
follow this advice.


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IT was a very hard frost, the coldest
weather known for years people said, and
the old folks were glad to remain by the
fire; but all the young people were so
rejoiced at the sliding and skating that
they spent all day on the ice, only coming
in for a hurried lunch and going out
again till dark. One afternoon the sun
shone so brightly that positively grand-
mamma and Aunt Fanny were induced
to come and see the skaters, and Aunt
Fanny was pushed over the pond by her
nephews, who had got ready a chair with
rollers on it, on purpose to give the
ladies a ride; grandmamma would not
venture in the chair, although assured it
was very delightful to go smoothly and
quickly from one end of the pond to the
other, and that there was no danger of
falling through the thick ice.

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MATTHEW ASHBY was to be seen early
and late, all through the autumn andwinter
days, with his can of hot potatoes for sale,
and had grown old in his trade. He was
civil and sober, and had his regular cus-
tomers, chiefly among the boys, who are
always to be found near the great railway
stations. But old Matthew had overtaxed
his strength, when one cold morning he
set out, feeling weak, for his accustomed
place. When he got there he could
only sit down on a chair, too feeble to
stand. Soon two kind-hearted boys came
to see what was the matter; and they got
him a cup of hot coffee, which did him a
little good; and then finding he lived not
far off, they took him home and left him
under the care of his daughter, who pro-
mised to send for a doctor if her father
got no better.



THESE three are alone in the world now;
the father who had supported them is
dead, and they must soon be leaving
their old home. But the boys had talked
it over, and resolved to do what they
could to support their mother; so when
she sat by the fire after tea, filled with
melancholy thoughts, the lads, coming
close to her, did their best to comfort and
console her in her trouble, and telling her
their plans, made her for awhile forget
her grief. She was touched with their
care for her, and called them her com-
forters; and the boys, who dearly loved
their mother, were glad to be a comfort,
and hid their own sorrow for the father
just gone from them, that they might the
more look after the parent who was left
to their charge, and be a comfort to her
in her declining years.

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BEN had long wished he could enter the
the Squire's service, but did not know
how to do so, as he was with Farmer
Chapman, and could not leave him till
his time was up. But one day he saw
the Squire coming, and holding the gate
open for him, he looked so anxious to
speak to him that the Squire stopped and
questioned Ben, and liking his looks and
manner, he promised to remember his
wish to take service at the Hall, and
wrote down Ben's name and address,
telling him that when he had left the farm
he could come and see if any place was
then vacant, either in the stable or
garden. And Ben, delighted with this
offer, made his best bow, and promised
to do as the Squire said, and went back
to his work happily. Politeness always
helps a boy on in life.

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DICK, wandering among the tents at the
fair, met several of his schoolfellows,
and was persuaded to go with them inside
the largest tent. He went, but had no
idea what was going on; until he saw that
it was full of men, drinking and smoking;
then he remembered how his mother had
cautioned him not to get into bad com-
pany, and he would have gone back at
once, had not Lawrence caught him by
the arm and told him to come on. Poor
Dick is in an uncomfortable position; he
wants to do what is right, and walk out
of the tent, but at the same time he sees
Tom laughing at his indecision, and he
does not like the idea of being made fun
of. Ah, Dick be warned in time. Never
mind the laughter, it does you no harm;
but show how wise you are by not getting
into bad company.

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LITTLE Emma does not seem to be afraid
of Mistress Goose, who puts her head
through a hole in the door, as much as
to say, "Good morning."

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LITTLE Maggie's kind Sunday-school
teacher has brought her scholar a book
which she has gained as a present for
good conduct. Father, mother, and little
brother are delighted with the gift.



A VERY happy family party are here
passing the afternoon, sheltered by the
trees from the hot glare of the summer
sun. Papa, who has a holiday from his
office in the city, is glad of the change
from dusty streets to country air and
green grass, and enjoys tossing laughing,
crowing baby much more than ledgers
and accounts, however useful they are to
his business. Mamma sits looking on
with satisfaction at the happiness of her
husband and child, and keeps watch over
the movements of little Mabel, who is
picking all the flowers within her reach,
and will, when her pinafore is full, bring
them to mamma, who has promised to
make a wreath to go round her little girl's
straw hat, and Mabel will wear the
wreath, and think herself as grand as the
Queen with her golden crown.



THIS you see, from their dress, is a picture
of German boys and girls, who, having a
half-holiday, are enjoying it by sitting
under a hedge by the side of a stream.
They have filled a basket with blackberries,
and are now listening to the boys' pipes.
A goose and her young family are resting
not far off, and the puppy looks rather
afraid lest he should be run after by the
careful mother-bird. Two children drive
home a goat from the meadows, and two
more little girls are peeping over the fence,
attracted by the music, and seeming very
much inclined to join the party on the
grass and share in their shady resting-
place and the fresh ripe blackberries. It
is very pleasant to be in the country,
where the beautiful trees, and flowers, and
fruits are everywhere found. They all
proclaim the wisdom and goodness of God.



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ALICE thinks a ride delightful, and won-
ders mamma does not want to ride with
her, quite forgetting, dear little creature,
that while she gets easily into the basket,
it would be utterly impossible for mamma
to do so. The donkey is patient and
sure-footed, Tommy is a capital guide,
and so Alice and mamma go long rambles
during the sunny weather and have plenty
to tell papa when they go in to tea; and
although he cannot understand all that
Alice says, because being a little girl, she
cannot speak plain, he listens very at-
tentively, and is glad his darling enjoys
so much her rides on Jetty, the donkey,
who in her turn leads a happy life, for the
heaviest weight she has to carry is her
little mistress, Baby Alice. Tommy always
treats his donkey kindly. lie feeds him
well, and gives him plenty of water.





JOAN lives in the country, and it is a
great delight to her to be allowed to feed
the fowls. She likes mamma to remain
not far off while she feeds them, in case
the cock should come a little too close;
for Joan is only a little girl, and though
she would not own it, she is just a wee
bit afraid of the big cock, who claps his
wings and looks so important strutting,
before his hens. But Joan is best pleased
when there are little chickens to be fed,
and they are so soft, that she would
willingly take them indoors as playthings,
only mamma says, "What would the
poor hen do without them?" so they are
left alone. The hens know Joan and
her basket, and will come running in
from the meadow when they see her with
it on her arm, sure that a plentiful meal
will be found in the corn which fills it.


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How happy these two seem as they sit
side by side; he has been reading aloud
while she diligently plies needle and
thread. Some people might call it a dull
life, for the cottage stands by itself, and
few visit it; but it has been home to
them for many years now, and the very-
chairs and tables seem old friends. Of
course they have had sorrows and cares,
no one is free from them; but they both
know who sends the sorrow and the joy,
and they look up to God alike when
cares and pleasures come to them. So
they live peacefully in the cottage home,
working contentedly day by day, and
ready to go to a better world when
the message comes; and they hope God
will take them together, for they have
lived so happily that they do not want to
be pa~rted.

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THE Newfoundland Bank, off the coast of
North America, is the great place for the
cod fishery, which employs many hun-
dreds of men and vessels. As soon as
the fish is caught it is salted and packed
in barrels, and in that state comes over
to England and the Continent, and is
sold in the markets, chiefly for the use
of people during Lent, when, in Roman
Catholic countries, they are not allowed
meat, and are therefore glad of salt fish.
The cod-fish has been known to weigh as
much as sixty pounds, but that is unusual.
It is caught off the coast of Europe, and
is a very useful fish, for besides supplying
us with food, oil, made from the liver, is a
valuable remedy for several diseases. The
sailors who go to catch this fish have often
to endure much suffering from the storms
which render their occupation dangerous.

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QUITE tired out with walking about, the
old Italian and his granddaughter have
fallen asleep against the park railings,
through which little Beatrice peeps won-
deringly at the strangers. Italy, the
sunny southern land from which they
come, is far away, and only in dreams
will they see it now, for travelling is ex-
pensive, and money scarce, and it is un-
likely that the old man will return to his
native home on the shores of beautiful
Lake Como. Caroletta his granddaughter
is still young, and she hopes to see once
more the land she only just remembers,
but of which she has heard so much.
As she sings to the old man's playing,
her thoughts are often far away, and she
is again, in imagination, a little child at
her mother's knee, in the pretty Italian
vine-clad cottage.

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DOUGLAS is at present in great distress;
he had been trying to pass an examina-
tion which was to set him up in life, and
he has failed. The worst is, too, that he
knows now it is all his own fault, he
would not study enough at first, and
when urged to do so, said it was all
right, he was sure to pass. So he is
quite heart-broken, and Florence, who
stands by, does not know what to say;
but there is a great deal in sympathy
even when little is said, and Douglas
knows and appreciates his sister's love,
and when he is more composed, will be
glad to talk with her and take her advice.
Sisters and brothers should remember
that they can often help each other by
kindly words and actions, and they should
always be ready to give sympathy and
advice when needed.

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MONSIEUR and Madame have been to an
evening party, and returning to their
lodgings in Paris, find Marie, the smiling
French maid, waiting up to see if Madame
would like a cup of coffee before she goes
to bed; and she will brush Madame's hair
and help her to take off her evening dress,
looking all the time as fresh as if it was
seven o'clock instead of past twelve ; for
Marie is one of those bright, pleasant
little bodies who never mind what they
do, and do not consider it a trouble if they
are asked to do anything extra. She will
be up to-morrow morning at her usual
time, singing over her work, and go
through all the day's occupations none
the worse for sitting up so late to look
after Madame's comfort. It would be
well if Madame would go to bed some
hours earlier than she does.

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IF Emma knew how it altered her ex-
pression she would not let envy at her
sister's praise be so visible in her face. She
is one of those unhappy people who want
to be first in everything, and she thought
it certain that her drawing would be the
most admired; so when their artist cousin
asked to see their drawings, and admired
Ethel's, saying she had done it very well
indeed, and deserved all the praise he
could give, Emma, instead of joining as
Blanche did, in the commendation, turned
her back on the group, and let her evil
passions show themselves. So she lost all
the advantages of her cousin's advice, for
he pointed out to the sisters where im-
provement was needed, a-d promised to
help them when they next went sketching;
but Emma was too envious to listen to
what was said.




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SEE how politely that Frenchman-we
are in a street in Paris-is raising his hat
to a lady passing by in the carriage; he
lifts it too high for our notions, but that
is his idea of true politeness. Habits of
courtesy are to be cultivated by all, for
they are essential parts of a Christian
character; and no gentleman or lady
should behave in a rude manner to any
one. So little girls and boys, begin
early to be polite to others in words
and deeds ; never ask rudely for anything
you want, and above all, if you do get
angry, never use bad words. But the
wisest plan is not to get angry at all;
for bad habits are to be avoided as
much as good habits are to be encouraged:
so remember in all your ways to be gentle
and polite. We are taught in the Bible
to be courteous.

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WHEN work is over for the day, and the
bright firelight shines on the dark room,
mother, sitting down with her baby on
her knee, is glad of a quiet hour to rest
and think in. Katey looks from the
window to catch sight of father, and
knows how welcome the light of his
cottage home will be to him when he sees
it far off as he climbs the hill. And when
he enters, wet and weary, how pleasant an
hour at the fireside will be to him. Home
should be the place we love best in the
world, and if each member of the family
tries to make it a cheerful, happy place,
there will be no need of leaving it to seek
amusements elsewhere; and we shall
even be sorry when obliged to go away
for a time from our own comfortable fire-
side, and miss the cheerful faces we are
accustomed to see around it.


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IT was a trial to Mrs. Green when her son
Robert wished to be a sailor, but she let
him go, as he was bent upon it, and
although on stormy nights she lies awake
thinking of her boy, she has never regretted
letting him go. Robert is a good lad,
and fond of his mother, always sending
her some of his pay, and whenever the
ship is in port he goes home to see her.
Last summer he induced her to come and
see his ship, and was quite delighted to
show her over it; and Mrs. Green, who
had never been on a ship before, was so
surprised at its size and the order and
cleanliness on board, that the sailors were
quite amused at her remarks. Mrs. Green
said now she had seen the ship she should
know better what Robert meant in his
letters when he talked of rigging and
hammocks, which used to puzzle her.

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THERE was a little stir among the pupils
in the singing-class when a new member
of it came and sat down on the form. No
one knew who she was and where she
came from, for her face was strange to all
in the room; but she looked very quiet,
and was dressed neatly and in good taste;
nevertheless, some of the elder girls had
the rudeness to make remarks and drew
themselves away as if to avoid sitting
close to her, which would have made the
object of all this commotion uncomfort-
able had she noticed it. But the fact was,
feeling rather shy at taking a first lesson
with so many others, she took little notice
of what was going on, and the music-
mistress coming in, put a stop to the
remarks, for all the girls had to attend to
her and their singing instead of their


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DEAR, dear, what a sad sight is this I A
lad, who cannot be twenty, disgracing
himself in the public street by taking so
much to drink that he cannot walk straight,
and but for the friend who is helping him
home, would fall on to the foot-path,
What will become of the poor miserable
creature if he goes on like this ? He will
find no one to employ him, and will come
to want; and instead of being honoured,
as all good and useful people are, he will
be despised. But here is a chance for
him if he will only take it-a district
visitor is asking his name and where he
lives, and will call to-morrow when he is
sober, and talk earnestly with him, and
try to induce him to sign the temperance
pledge and give up, by God's help, for the
remainder of his life this bad habit of
drinking too much.


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"I WISH you would let me help you
papa," said the gentle voice of Edith Roe,
as she came into the study and found her
father sitting at a table strewed with
papers. Mr. Roe looked up wearily;
business was bad, and he was endeavour-
ing to settle accounts which would not
come right. "I am afraid you cannot
help me, dear child," said he, kissing his
daughter's cheek. Then leave these
papers for to-night, and you shall lie on
the drawing-room sofa while I play to
you." But Mr. Roe would not consent,
and returned to his work, cheered, how-
ever, by the thought that if business
affairs were not satisfactory, his home
affairs were; and that in his daughter's
affection he might find comfort, if he
failed in earthly hopes and expectations
of success.

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THE last load of furniture has gone from
the door, and Mr. Burnet has come in
to give his next door neighbours the key
of the empty house. He is sorry to leave
the house, but business has been bad,
and he finds he must live in a smaller
house if he would not run into debt.
So like a wise man, he saves money
when he can, and does not mind coming
down in the world as long as he can go
on honestly paying his bills. He re-
members that his father always warned
him that it was easy to get into debt, but
not out of it, and he knows it is true.
His family are all gone to the new house,
and he, when he has given up the key,
and said good-bye," will follow them by
the next train. I hope business will soon
be brisk again, and that Mr. Burnet and
his family will prosper.

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