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'the Baldwin Ubraxy
THE PARENT's ASSISTANT;
STORIES FOR CHILDREN.
C ON T A 1N I N G,
THE LITTLE DOG TRUSTY ; OR, THE LIAR ANIrlfOY
THE ORANGE MAN; OR, THE HONEST BOY AND THE THIEF.
THE FALSE KEY.
By E. M.
PRINTED FOR J. JOHNSON, IX ST. PAUL'S
ADDRESSED TO PARENTS.
.dll who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced, that the fate of emirs depended on the education r youth.
AMotto from Ariftotle may appear pedantic, but it was chofen merely to oppofe fuch high authority to the following affertions of Dr. Johnfon.
SEducation," fays he, is as well known, Sand has long been as well known as ever it can be. Endeavouring to make children Prematurely wife is ufelefs labour. Suppofe They have more knowledge at five or fix Years old than other children, what ufe eatti be made of it? It will be louft beforeit is Wanted, and the wafie of fo much time and Slabour of the teacher is never to be repaid *."
-The remainder of this patfhge contains fuch a Bofwell's Life of Johnfon.
a z an
an illiberal attack upon a celebrated female .writer, as ought firely to have been fuppreffed by Dr. Johnfon's biographer. When the Door attempted to ridicule this lady for keeping an infant boarding-fchool, and for condescending to write elementary books for children, he forgot his own eulogium upon Dr. Watts, of whom he peaks thus:SFor children hlie condefcended to lay afide
the philofopher, the feholar, and the wit, to write little poems of devotion, and fyftems of Sinftrution adapted to their wants and capaScities, from the dawn of reafon, to its gradation of advance in the morning of life. Every man acquainted with the cornmon principles of human aaion, will look with veneration on the writer, who is at one time combating Locke, and at another time making a catechifm for chilaidke ii teir fourth "year. A voluntary defcent from the dignity
of fcience is perhaps the hardefi leffon which
humility can teach."
It feems however a very eafy talk to write for children. Thofe only who have been interested in the education of a family, who have patiently followed children through the firitproceffes of reafoning, who have daily watched over their thoughts and feelings: thofe only, who know with what eafe and rapidity the early
early aflbodations of ideas 'are formed, on e which the future taie, character, and-happinefs depend, can feel the dangers and diffiii culties of fuch an undertaking.
For a length of time education was claffed
amongft the fabjets of vague and metaphyfical fpeculation; but, of late, it has attained its proper Rfation in experimental philofophy.o The fober fenfe of Locke, and the enthufiaftic
eloquence of Rouffeau, have lirefted to this Qbjea t he ttention of philofophers and men of gdenius. Many theories have been invented, several juft obfervations have been made, and
fonme few fa&s have been eftablifhed.
Dr. Reid remarks, that if we could obe tain a diflin& and full hiftory of all that hath Spaffed in the mind of a child, from the beginning of life and fenfation, till it grows
up to the ufe of reafon, how its infant facul,ties began to work, and how they brought forth and ripened all the various notions,
r opinions, and fentiments, which we find in ourfelves, when we come to be capable of
reflexion, this would be a treafure of natnSral hiffory, which would probably give more
light into the human faculties, than all the
Sfyftems of philofophers about them, fine
the beginning of the world*."
SDr. Reid, or the Intellehual Powers of Man.
Indeed in all fciences the grand difficulty as been to ascertain faats-a difficulty which, in the science of education, peculiar circumflances confpire to increase. Here the obje&s ofevery experiment are fo interesting, that we cannot hold our minds indifferent to the refult. Nor is it to be expended, that many regifters of experiments, fiuccefsful and unfuccefsful, should be kept, much lefs should be publifhfied, when we confider, that the combined powers of aleaion and vanity, of partiality to his child, and to his theory, will a& upon the mind of a parent, in oppofition to the abitra& love of juqice, and the general defire to increafe the wifdom and happinefs of mankind.
Notwithianding there difficulties, an attempt to keep fuch a regifer has actually been made: it was begun in the year 1776, long before Doaor Reid's book was published. The defign has from time to time been purfiued to this prefent year; and though much has not been colleded, every circumflance and converfation that has been preferved is faithfully and accurately related.
Thefe notes have been of great advantage to the writer of the following flories; and will probably, at fome future time, be laid before the public, as a colle&ion of experiments upon a fubje& which hasbeen hitherto treated theoretically.
as The following tales have been divided into
le two parts, as they were defined for diffleres ent claffes of children. The queftion, wheSther fociety could fubfift without the dilfinaion
of rinks, is a queflion involving a variety of complicated difcuffions, which we leave to the politician and the legiflator. At prefent, d it is neceffary that the education of different
n ranks should, in fome refpeas, be different;
they have few ideas, few habits in common; the ir peculia vices and virtues do not arife from the fame causes, and their ambition is S6 be dire&ed to different objea s. Butjuftice, truth, and humanity, are confined to no particular rank, and should be enforced with equal care and energy upon the minds of young people of every flation; and it is hoped that there principles have never been
forgotten in the following pages.
The two firit flories, ,, The Orange Man,"
and ", Trufty," were written for a much earlier age than any of the others, and with fucha perfect fimplicity ofexprefiion as; tomany, may appear infipid and ridiculous. This degree of fimplicity is however neceffary for very young children, who, when they begin to learn to read, should be rewarded for the trouble of decyphering every 'word, by being enabled to uniderfland the fentfe of the whole.
* PRFF ACE.
ince thkefe tAo faeries were written, a-apnmber of excellent little books have fupplied thr, aefiiny which fwces to he i1 his o y all pay euts. It was not, the refore, thought nec~ffarv to write any more for that age. In
le.&ion the fame, fimplkcity -of, language has not been. obferved. 'The ufe. of eleiiientary books- is to ftore the minds of child ren with
fafs~ad o elage their vocabulary. After thefe purpofes 'have been effeded,, it is, wa1 of time, and, a mere ufelefsexercife of Ili memory, to continue this fpecies of reading, As the ideas.,of children inultiply, the Ianguav fter ok hudbcrel~ ipie ; elfe their t4fte will quickly, be difgufted, or will remain flationary. Children that live with- people who clonverfe with elegance, will not be contented with a flyle inferioIr to what they hear from every body near them.
It may be remarked, that nirnott. all language is snetaphorick-from the. converfation of the maid in the nurfery,' who- lulls n crofA iiifanyt to leep, to tha t -of the ladiy in the 4waing-roomi wlip, with filly civility, takes 4 child upon her lap to entertain it by a repe, tition of,- fathionablp phrafes. Siaig (th& term -is difgracefully naturalized uj, our vocaulaxy), contains as much an~d as ab1raa Fetaqhor as can b e found in the molt refined
lined litdrary'language. Nor hai we reafon to fuppofe$, that -one kind of inetaphor is, m~ore. dificult-fthan -Another to be underflood by children; tlay ftepsently heari the moll complicated metaphorica *l xpreffions -in voniverfation, fuch as allude. to our fahions arid
ts -~the prejudices o~f fodcety, ,with which 4they
are' utterly unae-qtai~nted. AT
h All poetical allufions have howc3ver been
avoided ;is -this lhobk-onuy kludi ftuiations are defcribed, 4~s children can -eafily ~imagine, and which may confequently interefct,.heir feelinigs.-Such examples of virtue are painted as are not-above their conception of excellence, and- their Powers of fympaihX and emulation-.
It is not eafy to give rewards tQ children,
which fliall not inidireffly do :therli harm by
f I faftering fomne hurtful. tafte or pallion. In1 the
flory of Larzy Laurence, -where the obje& was to excite a fpirit of induftry, care has been taken to proportion the reward to the exertion, and to point out, that, people feel cheerful and. happy whilfl they are employed. The reward, of our indutrjous- boy, though it bt money, is only money- c onlidered as the means of gratifying a benevolent wilh. In a comnmercial nation, it is especially neceffary to feparate, as much as, poffible, the fpirit ofj'.
dufiry and avarice; and to beware left we
introduce Vice under the form of Virtue.
rFLEF A CM
In the A04 OfTarl"AWiovdit. are re
-th& iding --and Jth4 kly of th A dkn' of *hich
uo- often- pafs--for go" iXAiire-tnd, in th"e 4ory-of the *Falfe Key, thelaft in ihe firft part, we pointed out fonic of the eviis to Which a
-weH-educated- boy, whi n he'firft'-gees to fervice, is exposed, from;ilw pr6fligAcy of his
In dii ffirth_-day-PfefL-nt',in the4]iffory of Mid entoifelle Panache "A -in ihe cmhara aff Ibf Mm The'refa Tattle, i4i the second part,
-the Parent's AVIant has p&nted out -the dan. "Refs I which may atife in edu ion. from- a bad D!rv2 fti, a.-Mly govetne(s' and a conunon. ac,quaintaned.
In -the Sarring-out'-46, error s to which
a:high Ipirit an&Ahe love of party are 'apt -to lead, have been made the fubjeCt of
-cDxrcdion; and it is, hoped that the common f=It afmakk 'thembft mikhievous charac_ters'alioar tht gioft az7hve,, and the molt ing&60ug, lizis been -as much as poEble avoided.
canning -will no-t be adj iired, and cannot induce situation* Jt has.Uowifie been, attempted in there'sto-ries to provide, antidotes -agaifilft ill-humoui, i3ie Cpidcmic.rage- for diffipatiori, and the fitil
fit"-Amire and A
ich propeA #iitW whatevdrf div
foU a Ungoiih- Wem
the pn of the moinent rn y,44
trt, 'j& people, eitherin P404P kbooj4l mr 4
examples, it would not be adv fe
er- duce,: dqfpicable aiid viciogq ehgra 'tem ij*
his j -&t in
real life thpy-/Iu,,9 I- c: vice, -and it, j bell thaj: of
ler they $qqld. e.early 11ocked vv th therepr 77
fi ptntiojijpfWh t they are to avoid. There, j,
agrqat4qaI pf-difference b eAweOw,'1nrRxepqd
To prevent precepts of-, lity3from
ic- ilrg'theear and the M311j'j$w'qu ngcol4ryAb
in fomp irw-aftire dramatie;-,to kievp
ire a live hope,
and fear, and curiQfiW,, by) fome dc&6eo,'of of
intykicy. At tho faw,,dinecare Ijas, bedn
taken t avoi(tjpO4mjijg jhe -_ bringing a Ic
or eXciting 4,nJUffs
il- _r -by
ep/ ising fave Vicwk uf jifr; and- e Wlir
'd 4%*42* which, in th _- oMinatyoourf pf thiqn
4ptinot be ealifed.. oDr, johnfon-to tccur to-WW, 3wi t fiblij a
Ipirit of contr4diAlion, but frmi*,, it, Wt al .4-ciLbli4h, clAiVyw Prxors
F' hear ilikc" t4W1144#'C 0
'.t4at they o4nigb- to h4xq'6eiY' imol,
gj**,tions raised bv Wcs of
i'ahantmen6 ML-YTlie fa&
*m Tns-to be proved,: but fuppofinj thatiheyl & prefer ftich tlal s, is'this a reaf6fa whyAty.
MId be indulged in
I'a Tkid tha't a--Iiittt'e -experi hi:e iri 'life 'would'
*Ortd. &ou-ld t*h'e_.mind:-bi! ffilledwith'-fantaftit vIfio'ns,-infLeAd%6f- ufeffil-knbWl6dgio?- 'Vh should 1 fo mueh valwtbI6,'fAhebtfIbftR..--Why4honld'-*e 'I-t: aie their'taaes and 1poil their appetite, by fuRring them to fbid:tfp nfA eetmc ats ? It is to 6e hoped, thav_-thie magic: < f Dr'. johnfoAs -nMne Adli iiot-have."powef tdkeftore'--thi rblgr -df- 1 4
But, even I whe".n 7the improbabilityy, of fairy faleAis'avoided, tgrefhould be taktn I,& -k iel objeffidn their juft* propordons, when -,we attempt aA imitation of reaflife- -Love, hatred,, fear, and anger, are to he
ife& in the f ul,"
f- .b the* 6bjeftsoui f their:true
proportion, either greater than, the- lik' ok j* In&I Awk dnftruCti6*-is to- be g4win, -by t-,fhewing -,them -what they really are."!"
And farely a weitm -who firtarely"*iIIIjS to inceeafe the
find-It eafy uP4h4,fafA-i!&t46gWIS6
acquired by eloqt&k*,rJ-YAiA.it ribii to
'ould i~fits THE LITTLE'DOG TRUSTY; n the
into' THE LIAR
fairy keep, eat- THE BOY OF TRUTH.
to be poet, true Fe ot
LITTLE DOG TRUSTY.
VERY, very little children muft not read this flory, for they cannot underfiand it; they will not know what is meant by a liar, and a boy of truth.
Very little children, when they are afked a question, fay "yes," and "no," without knowing the meaning of the words; but you, children, who can fpeak quite plain, and who can tell, by words, what you wilh for, and what you w-raj arid wbat yu have feen, and what you have done ; you, who underfiand what is meant by the words "I have done it," or "I have not," you may read this flory, for you can undedrftand it.
Frank and Robert were two little boys, about eight years old. Whenever Frank did any thing wrong, he always told his father and mother of it; and when any body aflked him about any thing which he had done or faid, he always told the truth; fo that every body who knew him believed him: but nobody who knew B 2 his
4 THE LITTLE iDOG TRUSTY.
his brother Robert believed a word which h faid, becaufe he ufed to tell lies. Wheneve he did any thing wrong, he never ran to hi father and mother to tell them of it; but when they afked him about it, he denied it, and faid he had not done the things which he had done. The reafon that Robert told lies was, becaufe he was afraid of being punished for his faults if he confeffed them. He was a coward, and could not bear the leaft pain; but Frank was a brave boy, and could bear to be punished for little faults; his mother never punifhed him fo much for fuch little faults, as fhe did Robert for the lies which he told, and which he found out Afterward.
One vciq7, zIt.f Lwu little boys vyul playing together in a room by themselves; their mother was ironing in a room next to them, and their father was out at work in the fields, fo there was nobody in the room with Robert and Frank: but there was the little dog Trufly lying by the fire-fide. Trufly was a pretty playful little dog, and the children were very fond of him.
Come," faid Robert to Frank, there is Trufty lying beside the fire asleep, let us go and wakenhim, and hewill play with us."-" Oh yes do ,
THE LITTLE DOG TRUSTY. 5
which h do, let us," faid Frank. So they both ran tobeneve gether towards the hearth to waken the dog.
L to hi Now there was a bafon of milk flanding upon t where the hearth, and the little boys did not fee wherend fai abouts it flood, for it was behind them; as they
I done. were both playing with the dog, they kicked it aufe he with their feet, and threw it down; and the s if he bafon broke, and all the milk ran out of it over Should the hearth, and about the floor; and when the Sbrave little boys faw what they had done, they were r little very forry and frightened, but they did not know much what to do: they flood for fome time looking
or the at the broken bafon and the milk, without fpeakd out ing. Robert fpoke firfi.
So we hall have no milk for fupper tojVy- right," faid he, and he fighedtheir No milk for fupper -why not," faid them, Frank, is there no more milk in the houfe?
fields, Yes, but we hall have none of it; for do not hobert you remember laft Monday, when we threw rufly 1 down the milk, he faid we were very carelef~, play- and that .the next time we did fo, we should
fond have no more,-and this is the next time; fo
we hall have no milk for fupper to-night."
re is Well then," fays Frank, we muff do
a and without it, that's all; we will take more care
lh yes another time; there's no great harm done; do, 3 come,
6 THE LITTLE DOG TRUSTY.
come, let us, run and tell my mother. You know The bid us always tell her dire6lly when we broke any thing; fo come," faid he, taking bold of his brother's hand. I will come jul now," faid Robert, don't be in fuch a hurry Frank; can't you flay a minute." So Frank flayed. And then he faid, Come now, Robert ;" but Robert anfwered, Stay a little longer, for I dare not go yet-I am afraid."
Little boys, I advife you, never be afraid to tell the truth; never fay, "flay a minute," and "fay t little longer," but run direly and tell of what you have done that is wrong. The longer you flay, the more afraid you will grow till at lafit, perhaps, you will not dare to tell the truth at alL--Hear what happened to Robert.
The longer he flayed, the more unwilling he was to go to tell his mother that he had thrown the milk down; and at laft he pulled his hand away from his brother, and cried, I won't g at all; Frank, can't you go by yourfelf "Yes," faid Frank, fo I will; I am not afraid to go by myfelf; I only waited for yoi out of good nature, because I thought you woul like to tell the truth too."
Yes, fo I will I mean to tell the trut when I am afkedi but I need not go now whe
THE LITTLE DOG TRUSTY.
SYon when I do not choofe it :-and why need you go Swhea either ?-can't you wait here ?-furely my motaking ther can fee the milk when fhe comes in." me jul Frank faid no more, but as his brother would a hurr not come he went without him. He opened the Fran door of the next room, where he thought his obert;" mother was ironing, but when he went in, ger, fo he faw that fhe was gone, and he thought fhe
was gone to fetch fome more clothes to iron. d to tell The clothes he knew were hanging on the
an bufhes in the garden; fo he thought his moand te ther was gone there, and he ran after her to tell
The what had happened.
grow Now whilft Frank was gone, Robert was
tell th left in the room by himfelf; and all the while obert. he was alone he was thinking of fome excufes Ailing h to make to his mother: and he was forry that thrown Frank was gone to tell her the truth. He faid iis han to himfelf, If Frank and I both were to fay, ron't g that we did not throw down the bafon, fh rfelf ?' would believe us, and we should have milk for am no fupper ; I am very forry Frank would go to iell for yoxi her about it." Juft as he faid this to himfelf a woul he heard his mother coming down flairs. "Oh
ho!" faid he to himfelf, "then my mother has ie trut not been out in the garden, and fo Frank has not o nowme
THE LITTLE DOG TRUSTY,
met her, and cannot have told her; fo nov imay fay what I pleafe.
Then this naughty cowardly boy determ ed to tell his mother a lie.
She came into the room, but when fhe the broken bafon, and the milk fpilled, the ft ped (hort, and cried" So fo !-what a piece of work is here did this, Robert?"
I don't know ma'am," faid Robert, in very low voice.
You don't know, Robert !-tell me 1 truth-I hall not be angry with you, child you will only lofe the milk at fupper; and for the bafon, I would rather have you br all the bafons I have, than tell me one lie. don't tell me a lie.-I afk you, Robert, did y break the bafon ?"
SNo ma'am, I did not," faid Robert, and coloured as red as fire.
Then where's Frank?i did he- do it No, mother, he did not," faid Robert; he was in hopes, that when Frank came in Should perfuade him to fay, that he did do it.
"How do you know," faid his mother, "t Frank did not do it?"
*THE LITTLE DOG TRUSTY. 9
fo no Becaufe-becaufe-becaufe ma'am," faid
Robert hefitating, as liars do for an excufe; deter ", becaufe 1 was in the room all the time, and
I did not fee him do it."
n fhe_ ,, Then how was the bafon thrown down ? 1, the if you have been in the room all the time you
here can tell."
.e Then Robert, going on from one lie to another, anfweredbert, in I fuppofe the dog muff have done it."1 Did you fee him do it?" fays his mother. 11 me Yes," faid this wicked boy. Trufly, chi Trufty," faid his mother, turning round; and
r an Trufty, whowas lying before the fire, drying his you b legs, which were wet with the milk, jumped up e lie. and came to her. Then the faid, Fie! fie! t, did y Trufly !" and fhe pointed to the milk. Get
d me a fwitch out of the garden, Robert; Trufly
rt, and uf be beat for this." Robert ran for the ivitch, 'and in the gai den he met his brother;
do it he flopped him, and told him, in a great hurry, bert; all that he had faid to his mother; and he tme in egged of him not to tell the truth, but to fay did the fame as he had done.
No, I will not tell a lie,'x faid Frank. er, What! and is Trufly to be beat!-he did pot thrlOy
ro THE LITTLE DOG TRUSTY.
throw down the milk, and he fhan't beat for it-let me go to my mother."
They both ran toward the houfe-Ro got firff home, and he locked the h door, that Franik might not come in. He the fwitch to his mother. Poor Truftry looked up, as the fwitch was lifted over his he but he could not fpeak to tell the truth; ju the blow was falling upon him, Frank'svoice heard atthe window,-" Stop, flop! dearmot flop!" cried he, as loud as ever he could "Trufty did not do it-let me in-I and Ro did it;-but do not beat Robert."
Let us in, let us in," cried another v which Rohert knew to be his father', I juft come from work, and heres the door lock Robert turned as pale as affies when he h his father's voice, for his father always whip him when he to'd a lie.
His mother went to the door, and unlock it. Whiat's all this?" cried his father, a came in; fo his mother told him all that happened;-how the milk had been th down, how fhe had afked Robert whethe had done it; and he faid that he had not, nor Frank had not done it, but that Trufly theI
THE LITTLE DOG TRUSTY. '4
han't ad done it; how fhie was juft going to beat
ruifty, when Frank came to the window and
-Ro, I d the truth. Where is the fwitch with he h 'hich you were going to beat Trufty ?" faid the He thber.
rufty Then Robert, who law by his father's looks r his h at he was going to beat him, fell upon his h; ju ,nees, and cried for mercy; saying, "Forgive me svoice is time, and I will never tell a lie again." armot But his father caught hold of him by the
ould 0m, I will whip you now," faid he, and nd Ro en, I hope, you will not." So Robert was
hipped, till he cried fo loud with the pain, ther v at the whole neighbourhood could hear him.
There," faid his father when he had done, rlock now go to fupper; you are to have no milk She i -night, and you have been whipped. See 7s whi w liars are ferved !" Then turning to
ank, "Come here, and fhake hands with me, unlo rank; you will have no milk for fupper, but :her, a at does not fignify; you have told the truth, I that d have not been whipped, and every body is a thr eafed with you. And now I'll tell you what vhethe will do for you, I will give you the little dog t, nor rufly, to be your own dog. You hall feed ty the m, and take care of him, and he Thall be your
g; you have faved him a beating, and i'll
8 anfw r
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anfwer for it, you'll be a good master to hi Trufty, Trufly,comehiere." Truftycame; t Frank's father took off Trufty's collar. morrow I'll go to the brazier's," added he, get a new collar made for your dog; from this forwardhe fhall always be called after you, Fra and, wife! whenever any of the neighbo children alk you why the dog Trufly is t called Frank; tell them this ftory of our t boys: let them know the difference betw a liar and a boy of truth.
-r to hi
)u, Fra THE
Eighbof is to ANGE MAN.
ilARLES, was the name of the honeft boy
and Ned, was the came of the thief. Charles never touched what was not his own; this is being an honeft boy:-Ned often took what was not his own; this is being a thief. Charles's father and 'mother, when he was a very little boy, had taught him to be honefi, by always punishing him when he meddled with what was not his own: but when Ned took what was not his own, his father and mother did not
punifh him; fo he grew up to be a thief.
Early one fummer's morning, as Charles
was going along the road to school, he met a C 2 man
4 THi ORANGE MAN; OR,
man leading a hoiXe which was laden w panniers. The man 1t0pped at the door public houfe which was by- the road fide; a lie faid to the landlord, who came to the doo "I won't have my horfe unloadc, I fhall onl flop with you whilft I eat my bredkfaft; gi my horfe to fome one to hold heret on t) road, and let the horfe have a little hay t) eat. The landlord called, but there was no ot I the way; fo he beckoned to Charles, who w going by, and begged him to hold the horfe. Oh," faid the man, butcan you engage him to be an honeft boy? for there are oranges in mr baskets; and it is not every little boy one ca leave with oranges."-" Yes," faid the land lord, I have known Charles from the cradle lpwards, and I never caught him in a le or theft; all the parish knows him to be an honel boy; I'll engage your oranges will be as faf with him, as if you were by yourfelf "-" Cat you fo?" faid the orange man; then I'll en gage, my lad, to give you the fineft orange i my baiLket, when I come, from breakfalf, if you'll watch the reff whilft I am away."-" Yes, faid Charles, "I vwill take care of your oranges.
TTHE HONEST 'Y5
door o So the man put the hri e' into his hand, and ide; a he went into the hbu to eat his breakfaft.
the d Charles had tched the horfe and the
hIall o oranges about e minutes, when he faw one aft; g of his fchordellows coming towards him; as on t he came bearer, Charles faw that it was Ned.
to eat Ned flo(ped as he paffed, and faid, Gool morrow to you, Charles; what are o oob 3
vho you doing there? whole horfe is that? and what
he horfe h;ve you got in the bafkets?"-" There are age hit oranges in the bafkets," faid Charles; and a s inon man, who has juft gone into the inn here, to eat on ca his breakfaft, bid me take care of them, and fo
e land I did; becaufe he faid he would give me an e cradle orange when he came back again." "e or An orange!" cried Ned ; "are you to have
hone a whole orange?-I with I was to have one! as fa However, let me look how large they are."
Ca Saying this, Ned went towards the pannier, and
I'll e lifted up the cloth that covered it. La!
ange what fine oranges!" he exclaimed, the moment
Sy he faw them. "Let me touch them to feel if
Yes, they are ripe."
inges. No," faid Charles, you had better not;
S what fignifies it to you whether they are ripe, C 3 you
6 THE AANGE MAN; oR,
you know, fince yo/al npt to eat them. YO should not meddle with t-,u, they afe not your
-you muff not touch theiv." Not touc them! furely," faid Ned, rre's harm i touching them. You don't thin I mean t, fReal them, I fuppofe." So Ned pt -his han into the orange-man's basket, and he ook ul an orange, and he felt it; and when he had fel it, he finelled it. It fimells very fweft,' faid he, and it feels very ripe; I 104 to tafle it; I will only juft fuck one dr of juice at the top." Saying thefe word he put the orange to his mouth.
Little Boys, who wilh to be honefi, bc ware of temptation ; do not depend too mucl apori yourfelves; and remember, that it i eaIler to refolve to do right at firil, than at laf People are led on by little, and little, to d wrong.
The fight of the oranges tempted Ned t touch them; the touch tempted him to f e them; and the fimell tempted him to ta/ them.
What are you about, Ned ?" cried Charle taking hold of his arm. "You faid, you eM
THE HfONEST TOY. n. You wanted to finell the orare ;-no! put it down, otYou for thame!"
t tou Don't fay fojhame to me," cried Ned, in
arm i a fairly tone;,- the oranges are not your's, nean t Charles !"-" No, they are not mine, but I
his han promised o take care of them, and fo I will:k fo put down that orange !"
hA fe Oh, if it comes to that, I won't," faid
fwe t,' Ned, and let us fee who can make me, if I 10 I don't choofe it ;-I'm fironger than you "
ne dr 1".1 am not afraid of you for all that," rewor plied Charles, for I am in the right."
Then he fnatched the orange iut of Ned's ef, he hand, and he pufhed him with all his force
o muc from the bafk et. Ned, immediately returni-g, at it hit him a violent blow, which almnoft fiunaed
I at laft him. Still, however, this good boy, with, to d out minding the pain, perfevered in defending what was left in his care; he fill held Ned t the bridle with one hand, and covered the
to fie basket with his other arm, as well as he to ta could. Ned flruggled in vain, to get his
hands into the pannier again; he could int ; harles and, finding tht he could not win by firength, )U l he had recourfe to cunning. So he prewvantc tended
TTIE TRA-CE MAN-; OR,
tended to be out or breath and to defif but he meant, as fbo as Charles looke away, to creep foftly round to the basket on the other fide. Cunning people, thoug they think themfelves very wik, are almof always very filly.
Ned, intent upon one thing, th getti round to iReal the oranges, forgot tiat if1 went too clofe to the horfe's heels, he fhou flartle him. The horfe indeed, diflurbed the bufile near him, had already left offeati his hay, and began to put down his eart; when he felt something touch his hind legs, gave a fudden kick, and Ned fell backwards, ju as he had feized the orange.
Ned fcreamed with the pain; and at the fcrea all the people came out of the public houfe t fee what was the matter; and amongft the came the orange-man.
Ned was now fo much afhamed, that h almost forgot the pain, and wished to run away but he was fo much hurt, that he was oblige to fit down again. The truth of the matte was foon told by Charles, and as foon believe by all the people prefent who knew him: fo
THE HONEST Bf-o
defi he had the character of -eing an honeift boy, looked and Ned was known t, be a thief and a liar. basket So nobody pitied Ned for the pain he felt. thoug He deserves it," fays one. Why did he almo meddle with what was not his own ?"-" Pugh !
he is not m1eh hurt, I'll anfwer for it," faid oetti another. "And" if he was, it's a lucky kick for
a if h him, if ;. keeps him from the gallows," fays a e Hiou third. 2harles was the only perfon who laid noirbed E jthin; he helped Ned away to a bank. For if etilr br:e boys are always good natured. ar; b Oh, come here," faid the orange-man,
legs, calling him; come here, my honeft lad!
ardsj hat! you got that black eye in keeping my o inges, did you ?-that's a flout little fellow,'"
e Lfire ad he, taking him by the hand, and leading fo aim into the midit of the people. Men, h;f e t omen, and children, had gathered around,
nd all the children fixed their eyes upon
that hb harles, and wished to be in his place.
SIn the mean time the orange-man took n away
hobli arles's hat off his head, and filled it with
ne china oranges. There, my little friend,"
b. id he, 'take them, and God befs you with
i: hem I If I could but. afford it, you fhould
ave all that is in my balfket."
Then the people, na fpeciallv the chili shouted for joy; but aFt on as there was filen Charles faid to the orangi-mag, Thank master, with all my heart; but I can't t your oranges, only that one I earned;-t, the reft back again : as for a blak eye, th nothing but I won't be paid for ii;. no m than for doing what's honeft. SoI cn't t your oranges, mafter; but I thank you a, nu as if I had them." Saying thefe no Charles offered to pour the oranges into the basket, but the man would not him.
"Then," faid Charles, "if they are hon mine, I may give them away;" fo hle em the hat amongft the children his comnpani "' Divide them among(\ you," faid he; without waiting for their thanks, he pre through the crowd, and ran towards home. children all followed him, clapping their ha and thanking him.
The little thief came limping after. No praifed him, nobody thanked him; he ha oranges to eat, nor had he any to give a Pcnple muft be hed.f, bef:e th cn be en
-THE HONEST TOY.
childr i bged as he went towa rds 'nome; "'And ail asfln this," faid he to himfef "wsfroeoage; Thank it was not worth whi'ie." No. It is never
can't t, worth while-to dr- wrong. Little boys who ied ;-t, -,ead this flory, confider which would you eye, til ',a~ye bafO, the hsn-/ bsy, or the~ thief1
no n C-Afl't t ) U az
nges Id not,
re boii ie em nrpan I he; he pr lmie. heir ha
he ha YiVe- a .) gen
YOUNG Hardy ws educated by Mr. Freeman, a very good minafter, at one of the Sunday fchools in fire. He was honefl obedient, alive, and good natured; fo that he was etfteemed and beloved by his after, and by his companions. Beloved by all his companions who were good, he did not defire to be loved by the bad; nor was he at all vexed or afhamed, when idle, mifchievous, or dif ionebift boys attempted to plague or ridicule him. His ffkiend Loveit, on the contrary, wifhed to be univerfayiv liked ; and hishigheft ambition was to be thought D 2 th
the beft natured boy in the fchool:-and fo was. He ufmally went by the name of L've and every body pitied him when he into difgrace, which he frequently did; though he had a good difpofition, he was oft led to do things, which he knew to be wro merely becaufe he could never have the co rage to fay, no; becaufe he was afraid to ofi the ill-natured, and could not bear to be laugl a by fools
One fine autumn evening, all the boys w permitted to go out to play in a pleafant gre meadow, near the fchool. Loveit, and anor boy, called Tarlton, began to play a game battledore and shuttlecock, and a large pu flood by to look on; for they were the b players at battledore and shuttlecock in t school, and this was a trial of fill betwo them. When they had kept it up to thu hundred and twenty, the game became very I terefling : the arms of the combatants grew tired, that they could fcarcely wield the batt dores:-the fhuttlecock began to waver in air; now it almost -touched the ground, a now, to the aflonifhment of the fpe6aito Moun
le of mounted again high over their heads; yet the
en he firokes became feebler, and feebler; and "now
did Loveit!" "now Tarlton 1" refounded on all
was oft fides. For another minute, the viaory was )e wro doubtful ; but at length, the fetting fun flinthe co ing full in Loveit's face, fo dazzled his eyes, to offe that he could no longer fee the shuttlecock, e laugh and it fell at his feet.
After the firi fhout for Tarlton's triumph boys w was over, every body exclaimed, "Poor Loveit!" ant gre -he's the beft natured fellow in the world !d anot what a pity that he did not ftand with his back game to the fun."
the b Now I dare you all to play another game
Sin with me," cried Tarlton, vauntingly; and as he
betwc fpoke, he toffed the shuttlecock up with all his
to th force. With fo much force,,that it went over very I the hedge, and dropped into a lane, which went s grew clofe betide the field. Hey-day !" faid Tarlton, he bat what fall we do now ?" ver int
und, a The boys were flrialy forbidden to go into
peate the lane; and it was upon their promife not to
mou D break
break this command, that they were allowed play in the adjoining field.
No other fhuttlecock was to be had, and th play was flopped. They flood on the top the bank peeping over the hedge. I fee yonder," faid Tarlton; I wifh any b would get it. One could get overthe gate at bottom of the field, and be back again in hal minute," added he, looking at Loveit. I you know we muft not go into the lane," f Loveit, hefitatingly. Pugh!" faid Tarltc why now what harm could it do?"-1"Ido know," faid Loveit, drumming upon his batt dore; but-" You don't know, ma why then what are you afraid of? I afk you." Loveit. coloured, went on drumming, a again, in a lower voice, faid "he didn't knoz But upon Tarlton's repeating, in a more I folent tone, I aik you, man, what you afraid of," he fuddenly left off drummi and looking round, faid, he was not afraid any thing that he knew of."-" Yes, but are," faid Hardy, coming forward. Am I
dlowed faid Loveit; "of what, pray, am I afraid?"
Ofdoing wrong !" Afraid of doing wrong!"
repeated Tarlton, mimicking him, fo that hc and th made every body laugh. Now hadn't you he top better fay, afraid of being flogged."-" No," I fee faid Hardy, coolly, after the laugh had fomeny b what fubfided, I am as little afraid of being
ate at flogged as you are, Tarlton; but I meant-" in hal No matter what you meant; why should you
S interfere with your wifdom, and your meanne," ings; nobody thought of asking you to flir a Tarit flep for us; but we afked Loveit, becaufe he's
-"Ido the beft fellow in the world."-- And for that is batt very reafon, you should not afk him, becaufe r, ma you know he can't refufe you any thing ?" you." "Indeed though," cried Loveit, piqued, there ing, a you're miflaken, for I could refufe if I chofe it." 't know Hardy finiled; and Loveit, half afraid of his more I contempt, and half afraid of Tarlton's ridicule, at you flood doubtful, and again had recourfe to his batumm* tledore, which he balanced mofil curioufly upon
afraid his fore finger. Look at him !-now do but look at him !" cried Tarlton ; "did you ever in
'Am your life fee any body look fo filly ;-Hardy
has him quite under thumb ;-he's fo mortally afraid of Parfon Prig, that he dare not, for the foul
foul of him, turn either of his eyes from the of his nofe; look how he fquints !"-" I d fquint," faid Loveit, looking up, and nob( has me under his thumb; and what Hardy was only for fear I should get into difgrace he's the beft friend I have." Loveit fpoke with more than ufual fpirit, for both his h and his pride were touched. Come al then," faid Hardy, taking him by the arm in affe6ionate manner; and hewasjuft going, w Tarlton called after him, Aye, go along its beft friend, and take care it does not get I a ferape;-good by, Little Panado P"-11 do they call Little Panado," faid Loveit, to ing his head haftily back. "Never mind," Hardy, what does it fignify ?"-" No," Loveit, "to be fureit does not fignify; but does not like to be called Little Panado: fides," added he, after going a few fleps fart they'llall think it fo ill-natured.-I had b go back, and juft tell them, that I'm very I can't get their flhuttlecock;-do come 1 with me."-" No," faid Hardy, I can back; and you'd better not."--" But, I a you, I won't fRay a minute; wait for
m the added Loveit; and he flunk back again to prove
" d that he was not Little Panado.
lardy Once returned, the reft followed of courfe;
[grace for to fupport his charaEter for good nature, poke he was obliged to yield to the entreaties of his
his h companions, and to fhow his fpirit, leapt over me al the gate, amnida the acclamnations of the little
arm in mob:-he was quickly out of fight. ing, w
long Here," cried he, returning in about five
)t get minutes, quite out of breath, I've got the
S fhuttlecock; and I'll tell you what I've feen," eit, t cried he, panting for breath. WVhat ?" cried id," every body, eagerly. Why, juft at the turn
of the corner, at the end of the lans," panting. but Well," faid Tarlton, impatiently, Do go
ado: on."-" Let me juft take breath firft."
s fart Pugh! never mind your breath."-" Well hadle then, juft at the turn of the corner, at the end
of the lane, as I was looking about for the fhutvery
e tlccock, I heard a great ruling fomewhere near amne
Scan -me, and fo I looked where it could come from ;
and I faw, in a nice little garden, on the oppot, Ilab
o fite fide of the way, a boy, about as big as Tarl-.
ton, fitting in a great tree, faking the branches; and
and at every fhake down there came fuc flower of fine large rofy apples, they made mouth water: fo I called to the boy, to one; hut he faid, he could nor give me one, that they were his grandfather's; andjuft at t minute, from behind a goofeberry bulh, popped the uncle-the grandfather poked head out of the window;-fo I ran off as as my legs would carry me, though I he him bawling after me all the way."
And let him bawl," cried Tarlton, fhan't bawl for nothing ; I'm determined have fome of his fine large iofy apples be I fleep to night."- At this fpeech a gen lence enfued; every body kept their eyes upon Tarlton, except Loveit, who 10 down, apprehenfive that he flhould be dr on much farther than he intended.-," Oi deed!" faid he to himself, as Hardy told I had better not have come back I"
Regardlefs of this confufion, Tarlton c nued, But before I fay any more, I ho have no fpies amongR us. If there is an of you afraid to be f ogged, let him marc
made nis infant !"-Loveit coloured, bit his lips,
Y, to wifhed to go, but had not the courage to move e one, firft.-He waited to fee what every body elfe uft at t would do;-nobody flirred -fo Loveit flood bufh, Rfill.
pk a, Well then," cried Tarlton, giving his hand
Sh to the boy next him, then to the next, your word and honour that you won't betray me; but land by me, and I'll fland by you !"-Each ton, boy gave his hand, and his promife; repeating
ined land by me, and I'll ftiand by you."-Loveit
les b hung back till the laft; and had almost twifted a gne offthe button of the boy's coat who fcreened eyes him, when Tariton came up, holding out his
S10 hand, Come, Loveit, lad, you're in for it :be d Standby me, and I'll fland by you."-" Indeed,
0.i Tariton," expoftulated he, without looking
Stold him in the face, "I do with you'd give up this fcheme; I dare fay all the apples are gone by this time;-I with you would-Do, pray, give ton c p this fcheme."-" What fcheme, man!I ho you hav'n't heard it yet;-you may as well
is an know your text before you begin preachmar ing." The corners of Loveit's mouth could
not refufe to fmile, though in his heart he felt 7 not
not. the flighteft inclination to laugh. "
I don't know you, I declare I don't know to-day," faid Tarlton; you ufed t the beft natured, moft agreeable lad in the w and would do any thing one afked you; you're quite altered of late, as we were fa juff now, when you fkulked away with Ha come, do man, pluck up a little fpirit, an one of us, or you'll make us all bate y Hate me !" repeated Loveit, with te no, furely, you won't all hate me!" an mechanically ftretched out his hand,' w Tarlton hook violently, faying, Ay, that's right."-" y, now, that's wrong!"
pered Loveit's confcience; but his confc' was of no ufe to him, for it was always powered by the voice of numbers; and th he had the with, he never had the power, fight. Poor Loveit! -I knew he wonu
Tefufe us," cried his companions; and Tarlton, the moment he hook hands with defpifed him. It is certain, that weakne nind is defpifed both by the good and b
The league being thus formed, Tarlt
S fumed all the airs of a commander, explained know his fchemies, and laid the plan of attack, upon
ed to the poor old man's apple tree. It was the only the w one he had in the world. We fall not dwell
you, upon their confultation, for the amufement of
ere f contriving fuch expeditions is often the chief
th Ha thing which induces idle boys to engage in
it, n them.
at There was a finall window at the end of the
back flaircafe, through which, between nine ad, w and ten o'clock at night, Tariton, accompanied
by Loveit and another boy, crept out. It was
a moonlight night, and, after croffing the field, confi and climbing the gate, directed by Loveit, who
ways now refolved to go through the affair with fpi. mnd th rit, they proceeded down the lane with rafh, yet
wer, fearful, fleps. At a diflance Loveit faw the whitewaffled cottage, and the apple tree befide it; and they quickened their pace, and with fomine difficulty frambled through the hedge whicft reakne fenced the garden, though not without being md b fcratched and torn by the briars. Every thing
filent. Yet now and then at every ruf1Uig of the leaves they flarted, and their hearts beat vioIarlt Jently. Once as Loveit was climbing the apple E tree,
tree, he thought he heard a door in the tage open, and earnefly begged his compan to defift and return home. This however could, by no means, perfuade them to do, u they had filled their pockets with apIles; t to his great joy, they, returned, crept-in at flaircafe window, and each retired, as foftl poffible, to his own apartment.
Loveit flept in the room with Hardy, wh he had left faft asleep, and whom he now extremely afraid of wakening. All the ap were emptied out of Loveit's pockets, and lod with Tariton till the morning, for fear fell should betray the fecret to Hardy. room door was apt to creak, but it was ope with fuch precaution, that no ncife could heard, and Loveit found his friend as faft af as when he left him.
Ah," faid he to himself, how quiet sleeps I with I had been fleeping too." reproaches of Loveit's confcience, howe ferved no other purpofe but to torment h' he had not fufficient firengthofmind to be The very next iuight, in fpite of all his
the and all his penitence, and all his refolutions, by
mpan a little frh ridicule and perfuaion he was inwever duced to accompany the fame party on a fimilar
do, U expedition. We muft observe, that the necefs; th fity for -continuing their depredations became
in at 1rongr the third day; for, though at firft only
fofl a fall party had been in the fecret, by degrees it was divulged to the whole fchool; and it fe b0J ..fceyb h
wvs V7 n.ce:ary to secure fecrely by daring the
y bo oty.
he a Every one was aflonifhled, that Hardy, with all
nd lo hi quicknefs and penetration, had not yet diffear covered their proceedings; but Loveit could
y. not help fufpedling that he was not quite fo igis ope norant as he appeared to be. Loveit had friflcould ly kept his promife of fecrefy, but he was by no
aft a means an artful boy ; and in talking to his friend,
confcious that he had fomething to conceal, he was perpetually on the point of betraying himuiet felf; then recollefting his engagement, he
blufhed, flammered, bungled; and upon arowe dy's asking what he meant, would aniwver with
nt h a filly guilty- countenance, That he did not
be know; or abruptly break off, faying, Oh nois thing nothing at all I
Ea 2 It
It was in vain that he urged Tarlton to. mit him to confult his friend; a gloom o fpread Tarlton's brow when he began to fp on the fubje6, and he always returned d remptory refufal, accompanied with fomine f taunting expreffion as this-" I wifh we had thing to do with fuch a fneaking fellow. betray us all, I fee, before we have done him."-" Well," faid Loveit to himfelf, am abufed after all, and called a fneaking fell for my pains; that's rather hard to bef when I've got fo little by the job."
In truth he had not got much, for in the vifion of the booty only one apple, and a of another which was only half rip, hapl to fall to his fhare; though, to be fure, they had all eaten their apples, he had th tisfa6&ion to hear every body declare they very forry they had forgotten to offer fo theirs to poor Loveit!"
In the mean time the vifits to the apple had been now too frequently repeated to rei concealed from the old man, who lived in cottage. He uafed to examine his only
I to very frequently, and miffing numbers of rofy
m 0 apples which he had watched ripening, he,though
to f not much prone to fufpicion, began to think
that there was fomething going wrong; efpecime f ally as a gap was made in his hedge, and there :had were feveral fmall footfieps in his flower
f, The good old man was not at all inclined to ig fell give pain to any living creature, much Ielfs to be I children, of whom he was particularly fond. Nor
was he in the leaft avaricious, for though he was not rich, he had enough to live upon, becaufe he n the had been very induflrious in his youth; and he
id a was always very ready to part with the little he iap had; nor was he a crofs old man. If any
e, thing would have made him angry, it would
i th have been the feeing his favourite tree robbed,
Iey as he had promised himfelf the pleafure of givfo ing his red apples to his grand-children on his
birth-day. However he looked up at the tree in forrow rather than in anger, and leaning uppple on his flaff, he began to confider what he had
0 re befi do.
nly If I complain to their master," faid he to
E 3 himfelf,
himfelf, they will certainly be flogged, that I should be forry for; yet they muff n be let to go on flealing, that would be wo till, for that would furely bring them to t gallows in the end. Let me fee-oh, aye, t will do; I will borrow farmer Kent's dogBa er, he'll keep them off, I'll anfwer for it."
Farmer Kent lent his dog Barker, caution his neighbour at the fame time, to be fur chain him well, for he was the fierceff maf in England. The old man, with farmer Ke ailiftance, chained him faft to the trunk of apple tree.
Night came, and Tarton, Loveit, and
companions, returned at the ufual hour. Gr, t bolder now by frequent fuccefs, they came talking and laughing. But the moment they1I fet their foot in the garden, the dog flarted U and, shaking his chain as he fprang forwa barked with unremitting fury. They t flill as if fixed to the fpot. There was moonlight enough to fee the dog. Let try the other fide of the tree," faid Tarlt But to which ever fide they turned the dog t
round in an infant, barking with encreaife
to t s He'll break his chain and tear us to pieces,"
re cried Tarlton; and, firuck with terror, he gBa immediately threw down the basket he had
brought with him, and betook himfelf to flight with the greateft precipitation.-" Help me!
tion oh, pray, help me! 1 can't get through the
hfure edge," cried Loveit in a lamentable tone, whilft ma the dog growled hideoufly, and fprang forward
Ke to the extremity of his chain.-" I can't get
of out! Oh, for God's fake, flay for me one mrnute, dear Tariton !"
and He called in vain, he was left to firuggle
Gr through his difficulties by himfelf; and of all
ame his dear friends, not one turned back to help
hey him. At laft, torn and terrified, he got through
ted the hedge and ran, home, defpifing his compaDrw nions for their felfilfhnefs. Nor could he help
Y observing, that Tariton, with all his vaunted
ras prowefs, was the firft to run away from the
Let appearance of danger. The next morning
a l be could not help reproaching the party with
S their condu&.-" Why could not you, any of
you, flay one minute to help me?" fai, "We did not hear you call," anfwered one. was fo frightened," laid another, I would have turned back for the whole world."-' you,Tarlton?"-" I," faid Tarlton. "Hadl enough to do to take care of myfelf, you bl head? Every one for himfelf in this wor "So I fee," faid Loveit gravely. Well, is there anything tfrange in that ?"-" Stra "why yes,Ithought you all lovedme?"-"] love you, lad! fo we do; but we love felves better."-" Hardy would not have ed me fo, however," faid Loveit, turning a in difguft. Tarlton was alarmed.-" Pug 2
faid he; what nonfenfe have you taken your brain? Think no more about it. y
are all very forry, and beg your pardon; c fhake hands, forgive and forget." Loveit his hand, but gave it rather coldly.-I" I f it with all my heart," faid he, but I ca forget it fo foon?"-" Why then, you are fuch a goocd-humoured fellow as we thought were. Surely you cannot bear malice, Lo Loveit filed, and allowed that he cert could net bear malice. Well then, come; know at the bottom we all love you, and
faid do any thing in the world for you." Poor one. Loveit, flattered in his foible, began to believe
vould that they did love himn at the bottom, as they
faid, and even with his eyes open confented Had again to be duped.
wo c H6w firangeitis," thoughthe, "that Ifhould
ell, fet fuch value upon the love of thofe I defpife !
Stra When I'm once out of this fcrape, I'll have no
S more to do with them, I'm determined." ove
ave Compared with his friend Hardy, his new
ing a affociates did indeed appear contemptible; for Pug all this time Hardy had treated him with uniken form kindnefs, avoided to pry into his fecrets,
it. yet feemed ready to receive his confidence, if it
h c ad been offered.
I fo After school in the evening, as he was flandC ing filently beside Hardy, who was ruling a na theet of paper for him, Tariton, in his brutal
ught manner, came up, and feizing him by the arm, La cried, Come along with me, Loveit, I've
fomething to fay to you."-" I can't come me now," faid Loveit, drawing away his arm.ad "Ah, do come now," faid Tarlton in a voice of
of perfuafion.-" TVell, I'll come prefer Nay, but do, pray; there's a good f come now, becaufe I've fomething to i
you."-" What is it you've got to fay to I with you'd let me alone," faid Loveit fo at the fame time he fuffered himfelf to b it away. O
Tarion took particular pains to humour Is and bring him into temper again; and wi
though he was not very apt to part with his T things, went fo far as to fay, Loveit h other day you wanted a top; 'll give yo vei if you desire it."-Lovet thanked him ler was ovwrjoyed at the thoughts of poeffinm d top. But what did you want to fay t juft now ?"-" Aye, we'll talk of that pre ly-not yet-when we get out of hearing f SNobody is near us," faid Loveit.-' a little farther, however," faid Tareon e Jug round fufpiciouFy.-" Well now, w a You know the dog that frightened us Ot
night?"-1" Yes."-" It will never fright again." -" Won't it? how fo"- ft
here," faid Tariton, drawing from his fomething wrapped in a blue handkerch 0
TARLTON. 2 fen
1 fe What's that Tariton opened it. Raw S meat exclaimed Loveit. How came you
by it?"" Tom, the fervant boy, Tim got it it for me,and I'm to give him fixpence."-"And is
to it for the dog"-"Yes; Ivowed I'd be revenged
on him, and after this he'll never bark again."
SNever bark again !-What do you mean ?riour Is it poifon ?" exclaimed Loveit, flarting back nd with horror. Only poifon for a dog," faid
his Tariton, confufed; you could not look more vet ,Ihocking if it was poifon for a Chriftian." Loou veit flood for nearly a minute in profound fin, ence. Tarlton," faid he, at laf, in a changn d tone and altered manner, I did not know
ou; I will have no more to do with you."
p Nay, but flay," faid Tariton, catching hold n f his arm, flay; I was only joking."' Let go my arm, you were in earnefl."-" But ]; I hen that was before I knew there was any
arm. If you think there's any harm ?"
SIf," faid Loveit. Why you know, I might gli ot know for Tom told me it's a thing that's
often done; afk Pat."-" I'll afk nobody Sureis y we know better what's right and wrong than
om does."-" But only juft afk him, to hear rchl
hat hiell fay."-" I don't want to Lhar what he'll
he'll fay," cried Loveit vehemently. dog will die in agonies-in horrid ago There was a dog poifoned at my fathe faw him in the yard.-Poor creature! le and howled, and writhed himfelf"creature!-Well, there's no harm done n cried Tarlton, in an hypocritical tone. though he thought fit to diffemble with L he was thoroughly determined in his purp
Poor Loveit, in hafte to get away, ret to his friend Hardy; but his mind was in agitation, that he neither talked nor move himfelf; and two or three times his heart N full that he was ready to burfk into tears.
How good natured you are to me," b
to Hardy, as he was trying vainly to ent him; but if you knew-." Here he
ped thort, for the bell for evening prayer d and they all took their places, and knelt After prayers, as they were going to bed, 7 flopped Tariton-" iVell!" afked he, b
inquiring manner, fixing his eyes upon hi IVil!" replied Tarlton, in an au tone, as if he meant to fet his inquiring a
jfiance;-" what do you mean to do to ago night?"-" To go to flcep, as you do, I fuper pole," replied Tariton, turning away abruptly,
and whiflling as he walked off.
le n Oh, he has certainly changed his mind !"
ne. faid Loveit to himfelf, elfe he could not
h L whiftle." About ten minutes after this, as he
?ur and Hardy were undreffing, Hardy fuddenly recolle61ed that he had left his new kite out upon ret the grafs. Oh," faid he, it will be quite
is n spoiled before morning!"-" Call Tom," faid
ove Loveit, and bid him bring it in for you in a
art minute." They both went to the top of the
rs. flairs to call- Tom; no one anfwered. They
called again louder. Is Pat below?"-I" I'm here," anfivered he at laft, coming out of Tartent ton's room with a look of mixed embarrafinent
he and effrontery. And as he was receiving Haryer dy's commiflion, Loveit faw the corner of the
elt blue handkerchief hanging out ofhia pocket.
d, This excited freflh fufpicions in Loveit's mind;
e, but, without fearing one word, he immediately i hi fIationed himfelfat the window in his room, aud which looked out towards the lane; and, as the
S moon was rifen, he could fee if any one paffed de F that
that way. What are you doing there?" Hardy, after he had been watching fome ti "Why don't you come to' bed?" Loveit turned no anfwer, but continued ftanding at window. Nor did he watch long in vain, feritly he law Tom gliding flowly-along a path, and get over the gate into the lane.
He's gone to do it!" exclaimed L aloud, with an emotion which he could command. Whds gone to do what?" c Hardy, flarting up. How cruel, how e4l 1" continued Loveit. What's cru what's wicked? fpeak out at once !" retu Hardy, in that commanding tone which moments of danger, firong minds feel them entitled to affume towards weak ones. inflantly, though in an incoherent manner plained the affair to him. Scarcely had the paffed his lips, when Hardy fprang up, an gan dreffing himinfelf without saying one fy For God's fake, what are you going to faid Loveit in great anxiety. They'll forgive me don't betray me j they'll nev give me 1 pray fpeak to me! only fay won't betray us."-" I will not betray yoU,
e to me," faid Hardy; and he left the room, and
te ti Loveit flood in amazement: whilft, in the
velt ,eanl time, Hardy, in hopes of overtaking Pat
g at before the fate of the poor dog was decided, ran
with all poffible fpeed acrofs the meadow, and g a then down the lane. He came up with Tom
e. jft as he was climbing the bank into the old
man's garden. Hardy, too much out of breath to
I peak, fcized hold of him, dragged him down, uld detaining him with a firm grafp whilif he
panted for utterance-" What, mafler Hardy, W V is it you? what's the matter? what do you
cru want?"-" 1 want the poisoned meat that you
retu have in your pocket"-" Who told you I had
hich any fuch thing," faid Tom, clapping his hand
kem upon his guilty pocket. Give it me quietly,
and I'll let you off."-" Sir, upon my word I mner hav'n't? I didn't? I don't know what you
he meann" faid Pat trembling, though he was by
S far the firongeft of the two; indeed I don't f know what you mean."-" You do," faid Harr dy, with great indignation, and a violent firug'll gle immediately commenced. The dog, now
iev alarmed by the voices, began to bark outragefay oufly. Tom was terrified left the old man
should come out to fee what was the matter; F z his
his strength forfook him, and flinging the h kerchief and meat over the hedge, he ran a with all his fpeed. The handkerchief within the reach of the dog, who inflantly f ped at it: luckily it did not come un Hardy faw a pitchfork on a duanghill befide him, and feizing upon it, fluck it the hnildkerchicf.- The dog pulled, tore, gro ed, grappled, yelled; it wasimpoflible to gei handkerchief from between his teeth; br came untied, the meat unperceived by the dropped out, and while he dragged off the h kerchief in triumph, Hardy with inexprel joy plunged the pitchfork into the poi meat, and bore it away.
Never did hero retire with more fatisfa from a field of battle. Full of the pleafl fuccefsful benevolence, Hardy tripped joy bome, and vaulted over the window-fill, the firft obiect he beheld was Mr. Powei ufher, landing at the head of the flairs, his candle in his hand.
"Come up, whoever you are," faid Mr. liam Power in a fiern voice; I thou,
c tould find you out at laft. Come up, who..
a ever you are !" Hardy obeyed without reply.ief Hardy !" exclaimed Mr. Power, starting
1Y n back with aftonifhment; is it you, Mr.Harut dy ?" repeated he, holding the light to his face. c1 c Why, Sir," faid he in a fneering tone, I'm
it fure, if Mr. Trueman was here, he wouldn't begro lievehisowneyes; butfor my part,I faw through
t you long fince, I never liked faints for my bu thare. Will you pleafe to do me the favour
the Sir, if it is not too much trouble, to empty your
ch pockets.-Hardy obeyed in filence. Hey day! pre meat! rawmeat! what next?"-" That's all,"
faid Hardy, emptying his pockets infide out.
This is all,'' faid Mr. Power, taking up the meat.-'"Pray, Sir," faidHardy eagerly, "let that
s meat he burned, it is poifoned."-" Poifoned!"
afu cried Mr. William Power, letting it drop out of ioy his fingers; "you wretch !" looking at him with
1, w a menacing air, what is all this? Speak." HarI er dy was filent. "Why don't you fpeak?" cried
S he, fhaking him by the shoulder impatiently.
Still Hardy was filent. Down upon. your knees this minute, and confess all, tell me where
r. you've been, what you've been doing, and who
are your accomplices, for I know there is a F 3 gang
gangof you: fo," added he, preffingheavily Hardy's shoulder, "down upon your knee' minute, and confefs the whole, that's yoi ly way now to get off yourfelf. If you for my pardon, I can tell you it's not to be without asking for."-" Sir," faid Hardy, firm but refpedful voice, "I have no pardon afk, I have nothing to confefs, I am innoc but if I were not, I would never try to get myfelf by betraying my companions."-". well, fir! very well! very fine flick to flick to it, I advife you-and we flihall And how will you look to-morrow, Mr. I cent, when my uncle the Do6or comes hom As I do now, Sir," faid Hardy, unmo His compofure threw Mr. Power into a rage great for utterance. Sir," continued H ever fince I have been at fchool, I never a lie, and therefore, Sir, I hope you will bell me now. Upon my word and honour, Sr have done nothing wrong."-"Nothing wro v
Better and better! what, when I catched going out at night?"-" 'bThat to be fure wrong," faid Hardy, recolle&ing himfelf; except that-" "Except that, Sir! Iwill ex nothing. Come along with me,younggentlem b Y
y your time for pardonis paft." Saying thefe words,
bes e pull'd Hardy along a narrow palffage to a
ur finall clofet, fet apart for defperate offenders,
au nd ufually known by the name of the B/aqctbe -ole. ', There, Sir, take up your lodging
y, there for to night," faid he, pufhing him in;
ard ,, t6-morrow I'll know more, or I'll know why,"
no ded he, double locking the door, with a treget mendous noife, upon his prifoner, and locking
-" alfo the door at the end of the paftrage, fo that
k no one could have accefs to him. So
tall now I think I have you fafe!" faid Mr. Wilr.I liam Power to himfelf. talking off with ireps hom which made the whole gallery refound, and
ino which made many a guilty heart tremble.
rage The converfation which had praffed between
H Hardy and Mr. Power at the head of the flairs ver had been anxiously listened to, but only a word
be or two here and there had been diflin&tly overSi heard. The locking of the black-hole door wro was a terrible found-fome knew not what it
led portended, and others knew too well; all affemire bled in the morning with faces of anxiety.
Tariton's and Loveit's were the moffl agitated. I ex Tarlton for himfelf; Loveit for his friend, for
Lle himself, for every body. Every one of the
party, and Tarlton at their head, furrounde b with reproaches; and confidered him as it
author of the evils which hung over t 's How could you do fo? and why did you any thing to Hardy about it? when you tl
promifed too! Oh what.thall we all do! w fcrape you have brought us into! Loveit, it your fault !"-" AIl. my fault!" repeated Loveit, with a figh; "well, that is hard." a
Goodnefs! there's the bell," exclai cI number of voices at once. "Now for it!" all flood in a half circle for morning prayers; listened, Here he is coming! No in
-Here he is!" And Mr. WVilliam Power t
agloomy brow, appeared and walked upt place at the head of the room. They knelt to prayers, and the moment they rofe Mr. liam Power, laying his hand upon the cried, Stand fill, gentlemen, if you pl S Every body flood flock fill; he walked SI the circle; they gueffed that he was goi fo Hardy, and the whole room was in comm Each with eagernefs afked each what could anfwer, Has he told? "-" What a told?"-"Who has he told of?"-" I h
T R L TON.,
tied -1.I no told Of ime?" cried they. "I'll anfwer for as, it Ile hls tcIJd of all of us," faid Tarlton. 'And r 'll alnfwcr f or it, he has told of none of -us,''
yo anlf"v~ oer with] a "il,1 You don't
yo think hle's fch aI fool, w.hen. he can get h iiW feif ofr," faid Tarlton.
ted At this infant the prifoner was led in, and
as hle paffed through the circle, every' eye was fixed upon hlim; his eye turned upon no one, not, hi n evenl Upon Loveit, who pulled him by the coat as
1jepaffed-every one felt almofi afraid to breathe. !rs; ~ "Well, Sir," faid Mr. Power, fitting, down
10 Mr. Trueman's elbow chair, and placing
fer, tJ1w prifoner oppofite to him ; well, Sir, what
Li t bve you to fay to me this morning'-1 Noelt thing, Sir," anfwcred Hardy, in a decided yet
dr wodefL manner; nothingg but what I faid lafi
wo ugt."-" Nothing more"-" INothingimore
PI Sir"_,"But I have fornething more to fax' to you, ed o Sir, then; and agreat deal more, Iprornife you, bego fore I have done with, you ; and then, fezinghinj *1m n at fury, hie wvas Jufi going to give him a fevere .it fogging, when the fclhool-rooni door opened,
and MVr. Truernan appeared, followed by an old wan wvhomn Loveit immen diatelv knew. 11c leaned
leaned upon his flick as he walked, and I other hand carried a basket of apples. they came within the circle, Mr. Trueman ped flhort-" Hardy I" exclaimed he voice of unfeigned furprife, whilft Mr liam Power flood with his hand fufpend Aye, Hardy, Sir !" repeated he. I told t you'd not believe your own eyes."-Mr. man advanced with a flow ftep. "Now, Si rne leave," fad the Ufhler, eagerly drawing laid
afide and whifpering.-" So, Sir," faid when the whisper was done, addreffing hii Hardy with a voice and manner, which, been guilty, muft have pierced him to th I find I have been deceived in you-it tc three hours ago that I told your uncle I had a boy in my fchool in whom I pl much confidence; but, after all this honour and integrity, the moment my I
is turned, you are the firft to fet an e ofdifobedience to my orders. Why do I dlifobeying my commands, you are a thi I, Sir," exclaimed Hardy, no longer reprefs his feelings.-" Y ou, Sir-you a others," faid Mr. Trueman, looking ro room with a penetrating glance-" you a
others-" "Aye, Sir," interrupted Mr. WVilliam power, get that out of him if you can-aik
han im "-" I will aik him nothing; I fhall neither
put his truth or his honour to the trial; truth and
r honour are not to be expected amongifl thieves."
nfI am not a thief? I have never had any thing told to do with thieves," cried Hardy, indignantly. r. Have not you robbed this old man? don't you
Sir know thile tafte of thefe apples?" faid Mr. Truevin man, taking one out of the basket. "No, Sir, I dM do not; I never touched one of that old man's i pples "-" Never touched one of them! Ifuph, pole this is fome vile equivocation; you have done the worfe, you have had the barbarity, the bafenefs,
to attempt to poifon his dog; the poifoned meat le svas found in your pocket lafi night."-" The
Pl poifoned meat was found in my pocket, Sir! but
is ] never attempted to poifon the dog, I faved his
y ife."-" Lord blefs him," faid the old man. i Nonfenfe cunning I" faid Mr. Power. "I
o hope you won'tlethim impofe uponyou fo, Sir.
thi "No, he cannot impofe upon me, I have a proof I:0 he is little prepared for," faid Mr. Trueman,
a producing the blue handkerchief in which the
ro meat had been wrapp~ed.
Tarlton turned pale; Hardy's county never changed.-" Don'tyou know this kerchief, Sir?"-'" I do, Sir?"-" Is t yours?"-" No, Sir."--" Don't you whole it is ?" cried Mr.Power. Hardy was fi
"Now, gentlemen," faid Mr. Trueman am not fond of punishing you; but whni it you know it is always in earneft. I wvi gin with the elieft of you; I will begin t Hardy, and flog you with my own hand this handkerchief is owned. I'm fure it" mine;" and "I'm fure it's none of mine,' it from every mouth, whilft they looked at other in difmay, for none but Hardy, n
andTarlton knew the fecret.-"My caneI h Mr. Trueman, and Power handed him ie h
-Loveit groaned from the bottom of his ti
-Tarton leaned back againft the wall Y black countenance-Hardvy looked with a I eye at the cane.
"But firft," faid Mr. Traman, layin the cane, "let us fee; perhaps we may fi the owner of this handkerchief another 1 examining the corners; it was torn al2
nt pieces, but luckily the corner that was marked
,J. T. !" cried Mr. Trueman. Every eye
as fil turned upon the guilty Tarlton, who, now as pale as alhes and trembling in every limb, funk may down upon his knees, and in a whining voice
hell begged for mercy. Upon my word and how nour, Sir, I'll tell you all; I should never have gim thought of stealing the apples if Loveit had not
Lan firft told me of them; and it was Tom who
-e i t' -firft put the poifoning the dog into my head:
it was he that carried the meat; wasn't it?" I at faid he, appealing to Hardy, whole word he knew
muft be believed-'. Oh, dear Sir!" continued ne!, he, as Mr. Trueman began to move towards
tle him, do let me off-do pray let me off this
his time I'm not the only one indeed, Sir! I hope
1 you won't make me an example for the refl a Its very hard I'm to be flogged more than they!"
"I'm not going to flog you. "-"Thank you,Sir,"
faid Tarlton, getting up and wiping his eyes. ing "You need not thank me," faid Mr. Trueman.
fi Take your handkerchief-go out of thisroomer i out of this houlfe-let me never fee you more."
If I had any hopes of him," faid Mr. Tr man, as he fhut the door after him; if I any hopes of him, I would have punifhed i but I have none-punifhment is meant only make people better; and thofe who have hopes of themselves will know how to fu to it."
At flthefe words Lovelt firfl, and immedi all the reft of the guilty party, flepped the ranks, confeffed their fault, and dcc themselves ready to bear any punishment master thought proper.-" Oh, they have punished enough," faid the old man; them, Sir."
Hardy looked as if he wifhed to fpeak.
Not becaufe you afk it," faid Mr. man, though I should be glad to obli
-it wouldn't be juft-but there pointi Hardy), there is one who has merited a re the highest I can give him is the pardon companions."
Hardy bowed, and his face glowed with fure, whilft every body prefent fympath
T his feelng.-" I am fure," thought Loveit, Sfl this is a leffon I hall never forget."
,nly Gentlemen," faid the old man with a faulve tering voice, it wasn't for the fake of my apifu es that I fpoke; and you, Sir, faid he to
Hardy, I thank you for faving my dog. If you please, I'll plant on that mount, oppofite the
edi window, a young apple tree, from my old one;
I will water it, and take care of it with my own dec hands for your fake, as long as I am able.t And may God blefs you! (laying his trembling
ave hand on Hardy's head) may God blefs youI'rn fure God will blefs all fuch boys as you
Kih Printed for T. TeHnsoiq, in St. Paul's Church Yard.,
TN the plkafant valley of Aflhton there lived an elderly woman of the name of Prefton ; fhe had a finall neat cottage, and there was not a weed to be feen in her garden. It was upon her garden that fhie chiefly depended for fupport: it confided of firawberry beds, and one finall border for flowers. The pinks and rofes the tied up in nice nofegays, and fent either to Clifton or Brilfol to be fold; as to her firawyberries, fhe did not fend them to market, becaufe it was the custom for numbers of people to come from Clifton, in the fummer time, to eat firawberries and cream at the gardens in Afhton.
Now the widow Prefton was fo obliging, active, and good humoured, that every one who came to fee her was pleafed. She lived happily in this manner for feveral years; but, alas one autumn The fell fick, and, during her illnefs, H 2 every
4 iAZY LAWRENCE,
every thing went wrong,; her garden- was Iefaed, her cow died, and all the money w flie had faved was fpent in paying, for rned,in Tfhe wiinter pafied away, While fhe was fo that file Could earn but little by her wvork;: when the fumnmer canie, her rent was c for, andi the rent w:-as not reatly in her1i t purfc as ulfual. .Shc h'b-ic a few months lay, and they were granted to her; but at enid of that time there was no refource b fzall her horfe L-ighzfbot. Now Ligh though perhaps he had feen his beft days, very great favourite: in his youth he hi ways carried the dame to market behind husband; and it was now her little fon turn to ride him. It was Jem's buifinfs.I Lightfoot, and Ito take care of himu; a which he never neglected, for, befidesbe very good natured, he was a very midu boy
"It will go near to break my Jemn's h
fu d damne Prefton to btvirelf, as (he fat one a in, befide the fire furyring the embers, n be
fbein ow fhe had heft open the in 17
her fon, who flood oppofite to her, eating bri cruft of bread very heartily for fupper. i
LAZY LAWRENCE.S .jcin," faid the od woman, "1 what, ar't:
IC, 'J That I amn, brave and hungry !"
W, I! no1 wonder, You've been brave biard
Cal -Brave hard! I wifhi it w-as not fo dark, mo7i' ther, that you might jiuff flep out and fee the
great bed I've dog; I know you'd fay it was no at b,d day's work-and, oh mother!1 I've good
U news; Farmner Truck will give us the giantfirawbe rries, and I'm to go for 'em, to-morrow
ricrning, and I'll be back afore breakfaff."
111 "dGod blefs the boy! how he talks I-Four
t i rile there, and four mile back again, afore
t Aye, upon Lightfoot you know, motliezi
C eryeafily; mayn'tIP"
be'Aye, child I
Why do you fight, mother?"
"Finifli thy fupper, child."
"qI've done P' cried Jem, fallowing thve e mouthful haffily, as if he thought hie had
n T en too long at fupper-"l and now for the ia Trat: needle; I muft fee and mend Lightfoot'g bridle afore I go to bed."-To work he fet, by
te liht of the fire, and the dal=' having once mnore
6 LAZY LAWRENCE.
more flirred it, began again with, Jem, does he go lame at all now ?"-0 What foot! Oh la, no, not he !-never was f of his lamenefs in all his life-he's grown young again, I think, and then he's fo can hardly wag."-" God blefs him right -we muft fee, Jemrn, and keep him i
For what, mother ;'
For Monday fortnight at the fair. be-fold "
Lightfoot!" cried Jem, and let the fall from his hand; and will moth Lightfoot ?"
Fill; no: but I mufi, Jemn"
"Muft; who fays you mu f ? why ru mother ?"
"I muft, I fay, child -Why mn- uft n my debts honeftly -and muft not I pay in, and was not it called for long and long ag have not I had time; and did not I pro pay it for certain Monday fortnight, an I two guineas flhort-and where am 1 two guineas ? So what fignifies talking, faid the widow, leaning her head upon h Lightfoot mufi go."
Jem was filent for a few minutes-.
guineas; that's a great, great deal.-.If I workL, and worked, and worked ever fo hard, I
could no ways earn two guineas afare Monday
fortmight-could I, mother?"
Lord help thee, no; not an' workthyfelf
fa But I could earn fomething, though, I
fay," cried Jem proudly; and I will earn H fmethifngif it be ever fo little, it will be fiomething-and I hall do my very beft ; fo I will."
That I'm fure of, my child," faid his mon other, drawing him towards her and kifling him; you were always a good indufirious lad, that I will fay afore your face or behind your back;
-but it won't do now-Lightfoot muf go."
Jem turned away, fruggling to hide his tears,
a2nd went to bed without faying a word more. But he knew that crying would do no good, fo a prefently wiped his eyes, and lay awake, conr idering what he could g5offibly do to fave the
lorfe.-" If Iget ever fo little," he flill faid to 1irimfelf, it will befimething; and who knows but Landlord .might then wait a bit longer?
and we might make it all up in time; for a penny a day might come to two guineas in
But hoiw to get -the fir1k penny was te tion-Then he recolle~ted, that one Zay, hbe had been fent to Clifton to fell forne f he had feen an old womn nwitha board ier covered-with various Parkling fones, people flopped to look at as they paW lie remembered that fume people boug Afones, arid paid, twopenice, another three and another fixpence for them; zand Jem her that fhe got them. amongif the .bouring rocks: fo he thought that 'if he .might find-fume too, and fell them as ,done.
Early in the morning he wakened fl fchemne, jmped up, dreffd himfelf, and, ,given one look at -poor Lgtoot in his,
*ftx to Clifton in fearch of the old w inquire where fhe found her sparkling But it was too early in the morning,
-xwonan was --not at her feat; fo'he ta gain dilappointed.-He idi nt wafte-h Awaiting for her, but faddled' 'n bridle ~foot, and went to Farmer Truck'fi fort 'RWawberries. A great part of the mor
_fpent in putting them into the ground ; tbon as that was finified, be let out i
quell of the old woman, who, to his great joy,
he fpied fitting at her corner of the street with
her board before her. But this old woman was deaf and crofs; and when at laff Jem made her hear his questions, he could get no anfwer from her, but that the found the foffils where he wgh ould never find any more. But can't I look where you looked?"-" Look away, nobody hinders you," replied the old woman; and e hefe were the only words the would fay.-Jem e was not, however, a boy to be eafily difcouraged; he went to the rocks, and walked flowly along, looking at all the flones as he paffed.
Prefently he came to a place where a number
d of men were at work loofening fome large rocks, s and one amongft the workmen was flooping
down looking for fomething very eagerly; Jenm ig ran up, and afked if he could help him.
Yes," faid the man, you can; I've juft dropped amongfl this heap of rubbish a fine
Ch piece of cryflal that I got to-day." -" What ed kind of a looking thing is it," faid Jem. t White, and like glafs," faid the man, and
,rn went on working whilft Jem looked very cared fully over the heap of rubbish for a great while.
t Come," faid the man, it's gone for ever, I don't
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don't trouble yourfelf any more, my boy. it's no trouble; I'll look a little longer; not give it up fo foon/' faid Jem; and, after had looked a little longer, he found the pie crystal. "Thank'e," faid the man, you fine little industrious fellow." Jem, encour by the tone of voice in which the man p this, ventured to afk him the fame quef which he had afked the old woman. good turn deferves another," faid the man; are going to dinner juft now, and fhall leave work-wait for me here, and I'll make it w your while."
Jem waited; and, as he was very attenti obferving how the workmen went on their work, he heard fomebody near him a great yawn, and, turning round, he firetched upon the grafs, beside the river, a about his own age, who he knew very went in the village of Afhton by the of Lazy Lawrence: a name which he mofi ly deferved, for he never did any thing morning till night; he neither worked nor ed, but fauntered or lounged about reftle yawning. His father was an alehoufe and, being generally drunk, could take no
yof his fon, fo that Lazy Lawrence grew every day worfe and worfe. However, fome of the ter neighbours faid that he was a good-natured ,oor Sfeo110wv enough, and would never do any one
a lhrn but hinmfclf whilmt others, who were
u wifer, often hook their heads, and told him
that idjenefs was the root of all evil.
e, What, Lawi ence !" cried Jem to him,
when he faw him lying upon the grafs" what, are you afleep?"-" Not quite."ave Are you awake?"-" Not quite.".-" What w are you doing there?"-" Nothing."-" What
are you thinking of?"-" Nothing."-", What
ti makes you lie there?"-" I don't know-becaufe I can't find any body to play with me toSday--Will you come and play ?"-1, No, I he can't, I'm bufy."-" Bufy," cried Lawrence,
a retching himifelf, you are always bufy-I
ry would not be you for the world, to have fo much
to do always."-" And I," faid Jem laughing, "would not be you for the world, to have nothing
S to do." So they parted, for the workman juf't
then called Jem to follow him.-He took him let home to his own houfe, and showed him a parcel of foffils, which he had gathered, he faid,
on purpose to fell, but had never had time yet to I 2 fort
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fort them. He fet about it however now, a having picked out thofe which he judged to the beft, he put them in a finall bafket, a gave them to'Jem to fell, upon condition t he should bring him half of what he got. Je pleafed to be employed, was ready to agree what the man propofed, provided his mot had no obje61ion to it. When he went ho to dinner, he told his mother his fcheme, a fne finiled and faid he might do as he plea for fhe was not afraid of his being from ho You are not an idle boy," faid Ihe, fo th; is little danger of your getting into any chief."
Accordingly Jem that evening took his t with his little basket, upon the bank of river, joft at the place where people land f a ferry-boat, and where the walk turns to wells, where numbers of people perpetually todrink the waters. He chofe his place and waited almofi -l eveniing, offering his fils with great affiduity to every paffenger ; not one perfon bought any. Holla !" fonrie failors, who had juf rowed a boat to l bear a hand here, will you my little fel and carry thefe parcels for us into yonder hou J<
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Jen ran down immediately for the parcels, and did what he was afked to do fo quickly, and
With fo much good will, that the mater of the
boat took notice of him, and, when he was goJe ing away, flopped to afk him what he had got
in his little basket; and when he law that they ho were foffils, he immediately told Jemn to follow
ho him, for that he was going to carry fome fhells a le had brought from abroad to a lady in the
neighbourhood who was making a grotto. She
th will very likely buy your flones into the bargain: come along, my lad; we can but try."
The lady lived but a very little way off, fo
that they were foon at her houle. She was alone in her parlour, and was forting a bundle of feathers of different colours: they lay on a fheet to of paflteboard upon a window-feat, and it hapl, pened that as the failor was buftling round the
Stable to fhew off his shells, he knocked down
the fleet of pafteboard, and flattered all the feathers. The lady looked very forry, which Jem obferving, he took the opportunity, whilik the was bufy looking over the failor's bag of fhells, to gather together all the feathers, and fort
S them according to their different colours, as he I 3 had
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had feen them forted when he firft came in the room.
Where is the little boy you brought A you? I thought I faw him herejuft now." "And here I am, rna'am," cried Jem, crepi from under the table with fome few remain feathers which he had picked from the carp "I thought," added he, pointing to the ob "' I had better be doing fomething than ta ing idle, ma'am." She fminiled, and, ple with his activity and fimplicity, began to him feveral questions; fuch as, who he where he lived, what employment he had, how much a day he earned by gathering fi This is the firif day I ever tried," faid J I never fold any yet, and, if you don't 'em now, ma'am, I'm afraid nobody elfe for I've afked every body ele."-" C then," faid the lady, laughing, if that is cafe, I think I had better buy them all." emptying all the foffils out of his bafket, the half a crown into it. Jem's eyes fparkled w joy. Oh, thank you, ma'am," flaid he, will be fure and bring you as many more morrow."-" Yes, but I don't promife y faid fhe, to give you half a crown to- i
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row."-" But, perhaps, though you don't promie it, you will."-" No," faid the lady, do
S not deceive yourfelf; I affure you that I will
not. bThat, inflead of encouraging you to be
ep induffrious, would teach you to be idle." Jemin
did not quite underftand what fhe meant by this, but anfwered, I'm fure I don't with to be idle; what I want is to earn fomething every flat day, if I knew how: I'm fure I don't wifh to bea e idle. If you knew all, you'd know I did to not."-" How do you mean, iflknew all?"
: w"Why I mean, if you knew about Light, foot."-" Who's Lightfoot ?"-" Why, mamfo nmy's horfe; and fo he is," added Jem, looking J out of the window; I muft make hafte home t and feed him, afore it get dark; he'll wonder
e what's gone with me."-" Let him wonder a
few minutes longer," faid the lady, and tell
is me the reft of your flory."-" I've no flory,
nma'am, to tell, but as how mammy fays he mufA he go to. the fair Monday fortnight to be fold, if
d the can't get the two guineas for her rent; and
e I should be main forry to part with him, for I ore love him, and he loves me; fo I'll work for him,
y Iwill, all I can: to be fure," as mammy fays, "I
have no chance, fuch a little fellow as I am, of
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earning two guineas afore Monday fortnight
-" But are you in earneft willing to wor faid the lady; "you know there is a great of difference between picking up a few fo and working Rfleadily every day, and all long."-" But," faid Jem, I would w every day, and all day long."-" Then," the lady, I will give you work. Come to-morrow morning, and my gardenerwill you to weed the fhrubberies, and I will pay fix-pence a day. Remember you muft the gates by fix o'clock." Jem bowed, tha ed her, and went away. It was late in evening, and he was impatient to get ho feed Lightfoot; yet he recolleced that he promifed the man who had trufled him to the foffils that he would bring him half of he got for them; fo he thought that he had ter go to him dire6lly: and away he went, ning along by the water fide about a qua a mile, till he came to the man's houfe was juft come home from work, and was prifed when Jem chewed him the half c saying, Look what I got for the ftones are to have half, you know."-" No," fa man, when he had heard h1is flory, "I lih
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take half of that; it was given to you. I expeled but a ,hilling at the mofl, and the half of that is but fixpence, and that I'li take.Wife! give the lad two shillings, and take this
o half crown." So wife opened an old glove, and
took out two fhiliIngs; and the man, as fhe opened the glove, put in his fingers, and took out alittle
filver penny.-" There, he hall have that into the bargain for his honefty-Honefly is the beft policy-There's a lucky penny for you, that I've kept ever fince I can remember."a Don't you ever go to part with it, do ve S hear !" cried the woman. Let him do what
in he will with it, wife," laid the man. But," n argued the wife, another penny would do
b jule as well to buy gingerbread, and that's what
it will go for."-" No, that it Thall not, I promife you;" faid Jem; and fo he ran away
home, fed Lightfoot, firoaked him, went to Fed, jumped up at five o'clock in the morning,
and went finging to work as gay as a lark.
e. Four days he worked every day and all day
long," and the lady every evening, when lhe
came out to walk in her gardens, looked at his ea work. At laft fhe faid to her gardener, This
little boy works very hard."-" Never had fo a good a little boy about the grounds," faid the
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gardener; he's always at his work let me c by when I will, and he has got twice as n done as another would do; yes, twice as ma'am; for look here-lie began at this role bufh, and now he's got to where you fl rna'am ; and here is the day's work that t' boy, and he's three years older too, id day-I fay, meafure Jem's fair, and it's t as much, I'm fure."-" Well," faid the to her gardener, fhew me how much is a good day's work for a boy of his age."-" at fix o'clock, and go at fix? why, about much, ma'am,' faid the gardener, mark a piece of the border with his fpade. little boy," faid the lady, fo much 1 your talk every day; the gardener will mar for you: and when you've done, the ref t
day you may do what you pleafe." Je 'extremely glad of this; and the next d had finished his talk by four o'clock; o t had all the reft of the evening to himfelf. was as fond of play as any little boy cou and, when he was at it, played with a eagernefs and gaiety imaginable: fo as foon had finiflied his talk, fed Lightfoot, and the fix-pence he had earned that day; he
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cO he play-ground in the village, where he found
a party of boys playing, and amongft them Lazy Lawrence, who indeed was not playing, but lounging upon a gate with his thumb in his
naouth. The reft were playing at cricket. Jeim
joined them, and wasthe merrieftand moftafiive
olid angft them; till, at latf, when quite out of t breath with running, he was obliged to give up
to reft himfelf, and fat down upon the f yle, a clofe to the gate on which Lazy Lawrence was
swinging. And why don't you play, Law renace," faid he.-" I'm tired," faid Law.
rence.-" Tired of what?"-" I don't know well what tires me; grandmother fays I'm ill,
a and I muff take fomething-I don't know what
ails me."-" Oh, pugh take a good race, one, two, three, and away, and you'll find yourfelf as well as ever. Come, run-one, two, three,
d and away."-" Ah, no, I can't run indeed,"
faid he, hanging back heavily; you know I
f can play all day long if I like it, fo I don't
o mind play as you do, whohave only one hour Sa l for it."-" So much the worfe for you. Come now, I'm quite freth again, will you have one
L game at ball; do."-" No, I tell you I can't; e I'm as tired as if I had been working all day long
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long as hard as a horfe."-" Ten times faid Jem, for I have been working all long as hard as a horfe, and yet you fee PIi a bit tired; only a little out of brea t now."-" That's very odd," faid Lawr and yawned, for want of fome bette fwver; then taking out a handful of halfpi "See what I got from father to-day, beca afked him juft at the right time, when le drank a glafs or two; then I can get any I want out of him-fee a penny, twothree-pence, four-pence- there's eighty in all; would not you be happy if you had pence?"-" Why, I don't know," faid laughing, "for you don't feem happy, an have eight-pence."-" That dots not though-I'm fure you only fay that you envy me-you don't know what it have eight-pence-you never had mre two-pence or three-pence at a time in a life." Jem fmiled. "Oh, as to that," fa Syou are miftaken, for I have at this very more than two-pence, three-pence, or pence either; I have -let me flee-f on fillings; then five day's work, that's fi pences, that' two hillings and fix-pence