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The Baldun Lhrar)


SAh! .Massa if all your countrymen were like you." Pye m.

Stan fo Ib49or1borb












10MMI R. N OWN( rPIIwm


In the winter of 1812-13, a little circle of young
children were accustomed to be amused by short
tales, made at the moment, for their amusement
and instruction.-The beneficial effects which
these little Stories produced in the conduct of the
young listeners, first gave the idea of writing the
following Tale; thus hoping to impress a more
permanent advantage. In this hope an anxious
Mother dedicates this little Work to her six
beloved children.



IsTonuccnol.-A Care for Discontent.-The Mi-
chiefs of Silly Fears.-Courage always amiable 11

A Remedy for Peevishness.-Active Assistance
better than useless Sympathy.-Fine Clothes often
troublesome.-Wishing very foolish 30

The Pleasures of Walking.-The Inconvemences of
a Coach.-Change produced by Ill-humor.-Greedi-
neu punished 45

Sorrow useles-The Pleasures of School-The
Advantage of speaking Truth.-The best Reward for
a good Action is elf-approval .



Money only valuable according a it is uML.-
Btingines described.-Perseverance conquers great
Difficulties.-The Noblenem of acknowledging an
Error.-Returning Good for Evil, the only Christian
Revenge 79


Accuracy in Spelling essential to Writing.-Accu-
racy in Language essential to Truth.-Patience in
Sickness and Pain.-Time found for every useful
Busineu.-The Evils of Procrutination.-Dreama g6


Obedience a Virtue.-Vexation most frequently
produced by ourselves.-Happinea or 8orrow
springs fri our own Hear its


Happiness to be found everywhere.-Town ad
Country have both their own Advantage.-Ths
Carms of early Morning.-The Benelts of Activity It



The Duty of Exertion.-Indolence a Crime.-How
to shorten a long Day.-Anxiety indulged leads to
many Mischiefs 144


False Sensibility.-The Blessings of Home.-CoD-
elusion. 11



ITsraowcrTIO.-A Cre for Discontent-The Mi*rcidt
of Silly Fears.-Courage always amiable.

In the neighborhood of a small country town
lived Felix and his sister Serena. They loved
each other tenderly, and were happy in having
kind parents, who were always attentive to
their improvement and happiness. The father
of Felix was not rich, but he was con-
tented with what he had. His name was not
graced with any title of nobility: he was
neither a lord nor a duke. He was simply an
honest man; a title self-earned, and placing
it possessor amongst all good men. He was


compassionate, he was pious, and all his
neighbors loved and respected him.
Felix had many good qualities, but he had
also many faults; he was sometimes'passionate,
sometimes idle, sometimes self-conceited. Of
these faults he knew he could cure himself,
for his father had told him so: and, though
he was not remarkably clever, he had sense
enough to resolve to conquer. his faults. In
the end, as might be expected, he succeeded:
and you will hear how, by his constant
endeavors, he grew up to be almost as good a
man as his father.
Serena was younger than her brother; she
was not a pretty little girl, but she looked so
clean, so good-humoured, and so cheerful, that
she was loved by all who knew her; nobody
ever thought whether she was handsome or
not. Yet Serena, like her brother, sometimes
did wrong. She was apt to cry about trifles,
was very careless and forgetful, and, in short


like most little children, had many faults to be
corrected. Yet, by minding all her mother
said to her, and every day trying to improve
by little and little, I assure you, she became a
very amiable, sensible woman.
Though faults can be certainly, they cannot
be easily, cured. Those who have the
greatest faults to amend, must of course have
the most merit when they do conquer them.
When Felix, in the midst of a sulky fit,
reasoned himself into a good temper, and,
instead of sullen looks, turned to his sister
with a good-humoured smile, his heart always
told him how properly he was behaving.
And when Serena, in the midst of her tears,
recollected for what a silly trifle she cried, the
moment she wiped her eyes and became
cheerful, she felt a kind pleasure, which all
must feel when they heartily try to do what is
Now the methods by which this little boy


and this little girl learned to improve in
knowledge and in virtue, and the happy life
they led, will, I think, make a very pretty
story, and amuse us all, I dare say, very much.
It was Winter; the snow lay thick on the
ground, the frost had hardened the water, and
the cold was very severe.
"Oh how cold it is, how very cold I"
said Serena, and her little face seemed drawing
up into a cry. "True, my love," said ber
mother, we are all cold, and we must bear it
patiently." Serena looked as if she would
not bear it patiently: her mother went on-
"Think, my Serena, how many poor little
children have other evils, as great as the frost,
to bear, and those in addition to it. Without
clothes, without food, without fire, think what
they must suffer."-" But, mamma, to think
they are worse does not make me better."-
"It ought to make you more patient, smee
you have so much less to suffer; it ought to


make you thankful, since you have so much
more to enjoy. Look at this warm frock, this
blazing fire, this bowl of smoking bread and
milk are not these comforts, Serena?"-
"Oh I yes, mamma, great comfort," smacking
her lips, as she tasted her nice breakfast.
"And are you particularly good, that you
should possess such advantages above hundreds
of little starving girls ? Serena blushed, and
put down her spoon. "I fear not, mamma."
-" Well, then, my love, try to thank a good
God who has been so bountiful to you, by
gratefully and cheerfully enjoying the many
blessings He has showered upon you; and,
since your own lot can produce only smiles,
let the next tear I see twinkling in your eye
come there for the real sorrows of another, not
for the fancied woes of yourself." As her
mother said this, she kissed her little Serena,
and the happy child felt in her heart that she
had indeed a great deal to be thankful for.


Felix now entered the room with a glowing
face, and, running up to his mother, "Oh!
mother," said he, here is a poor, shivering,
old man at the door-may I give him some-
thing? You know, I was the best child
yesterday." "Well, then, take your reward:
here are some halfpence, go, give them to the
poor, shivering, old man." Felix joyfully
executed the commission, and, when he
returned, told his sister that the old man had
said "God bless you, my dear !"-" I hope,"
answered Serena, "that I shall behave the
best to-day, and then to-morrow somebody
shall say so to me."-"What is all this?"
said their father. "I thought, my dear,"
turning to his wife, "I thought you nevei
relieved common street-beggars, such as this
man was."-" Nor do I," replied his wife,
"at any other season of the year; but at
Christmas, I find, it is a general practice for
every housekeeper to contribute his mite, by


which means a useful sum is collected; I
therefore add my little offering to the store."
-" And whichever of the children behaves
best you make your almoner? "-" I do."-
"Then, my love, be assured you make the
best possible use of your mite." The break-
fast was now over. The children flew eagerly
to their books; reading, writing, and spelling,
each came forward in turn. Felix and his
father devoted half an hour to Latin grammar,
whilst Serena, bringing her stool, sat down to
work by her mother; she was hemming a
handkerchief for her brother, and as her fingers
swiftly passed over her work, her little tongue
was equally busy.-" Pray, mamma, when
shall I learn music ?"-" I do not think,
Serena, you will ever learn it."-" Never
learn music! Why, mamma, I thought every
body learned it; you know you have."-
"Yes, my dear, because I had a good deal of
leIre."--" And so have I, I am sure."--


" And yet, Serena, though you have so much
time, I do not find that your brother's hand-
kerchief is finished yet."-" But that is such
tedious work, the same thing over and over
again."-" And do you think you could learn
music without going over and over again?
Nothing, you know, requires more persever-
ance than learning to play on a pianoforte.
Did not Miss Wood tell us she had practised
six hours a day for many years ?"-" Yes,
mamma."-" And what else did she say?'"
-"I remember, for it surprised me very
much; she said that now she did not open
her instrument once in a month."-" But yet
she had time ? "-" Oh yes, because she
said she made all her father's shirts, which he
would have had made out of the house, but
she preferred doing them."-" Then, I sup-
pose, having tried both, she found needlework
one of the most amusing as well as the most
useful employments."-" Then, shall I never


learn anything but needlework? "-" I hope
you will: but you must learn that well first,
for it is necessary. Music, drawing, and
dancing are unnecessary, and must therefore
be only thought of as amusements: as such,
should your taste dispose you to any of these
acquirements, I shall very willingly allow you
to follow them."-" But French I shall
certainly learn ? "-" Yes, French is now
almost become a necessary part of education,
and I hope you will not only read it, but
speak it."-" I am sure I shall never have
courage to speak it."-"Do not be sure,
Serena; suppose yourself in company with a
Frenchwoman, who could not speak one word
of English; would not you be happy to relieve
her distress, and address her in her own
language ?"-" Yes, if I had resolut;on."-
"You must never want resolution to do what
a right. As soon as you have determined
what is most proper for you to do, you must


steadily perform it, whatever exertion it may
cost you. I would not have my Serena
thought bold or forward, but I hope I shall
always see her possess a modest confidence.
However, your work is finished; we will
therefore talk more of this another time; now
bring your bonnet and coat, and we will take
our morning's walk."-" In the snow ? "-
" On the roads the snow is trodden down, and
we shall find a good path."
The walk did not prove so unpleasant as
Serena expected, and she returned home with
an excellent appetite for her dinner. The day
closed in early, and the family drew round
their cheerful fire. "And now, papa," said
Felix, "do tell us a story; you know we
dearly love stories, and this is just the time to
enjoy them." His father smiled-" Will you,
then, promise to be quiet? I do not like
talking in a noise."-"' Indeed I will be very
still," cried Felix. "And I too," exclaimed


Serena, "I will be as still as a mouse I"-
" A mouse is not always still, Serena: and I
can tell you a tale where a mouse frightened
two little girls most terribly."-" A mouse
frighten girls! Nay, now, papa, you are
only joking." No, I assure you I read it in
a clever book, and I dare say it was true."-
"Pray, then, dear papa, let us hear how a
mouse could be so terrible."-" You are
mistaken, Serena; the mouse was a very
pretty mouse, and, except in nibbling bread
and cheese, perfectly harmless; it was only
the girls that were silly ; but you shall hear.
One fine moonlight night, two tired girls went
to bed; they had been spending the day with
a kind aunt, who had given them a nice plum-
cake. Now this cake was too large to be
eaten at once; it was therefore deposited in a
box that stood on a table in their chamber.
The lid of the box had been broken; it could
not therefore be properly shut. The little


girls, tenderly locked in each other's smc
soon fell sweetly asleep. Silence reigned
around, and their slumbers remained long
unbroken: at length a poor little half-starved
mouse crept from her hiding-place in the wair-
scot, and began peeping about in the hope of
finding something to satisfy her appetite. It
was not long before the smell of the rich cake
directed her to the box on the table; she
carefully crept into it, and with rapture
devoured its contents. A slight noise in the
adjoining room, and the distant mewing of a
cat, alarmed the timid plunderer; she attempt-
ed to spring from the box, but in her fright she
drew it to the edge of the table, whence it fell
to the foor, with a loud crash, and, turning
over in the fall, secured the poor mouse
beneath it. The unusual noise awakened the
sisters. 'Bless me!' cried one, almost breath-
less with fear and surprise, Bless me I Am,
what can that noise be ?'-' It was ver


urrible indeed,' replied Ann; I cannot
account for it, but I dare say it will do us no
harm.'-'No harm? Oh! it must do us
harm.'-' Why, Mary, I never heard of a noise
hurting any body,' said Ann, laughing at her
sister.-' But it may be robbers, dear Ann;
what shall we do ? '-' Be quiet, certainly; if
it be robbers, we shall hear more ; they cannot
long keep still.'-' Dear me, how you talk
and I am so frightened !'-' But pray do not
be frightened; for, depend upon it, thieves do
not break into houses to steal little girls,'-
'Indeed, indeed, I cannot lie still.'-' But,
dear Mary, what shall we do ? '- I don't
know; you are the eldest, you must advise
me.'-' I advise you to go to sleep. For why
should we disturb the servants, who are all
comfortably asleep? And, indeed there is
nothing to fear.' As she said this, the kind
and sensible Ann drew aside the curtain; and
the moon shining clear into the room, they


quickly perceived the box overthrown. At
this they both laughed; and, in forming
various conjectures how it could possibly have
fallen from the table, they again fell asleep
Early the next morning, their mother, as
usual, entered their chamber, and was imme-
diately informed of their last night's wonderful
adventure. She was much amused by the
conjectures each had formed respecting this
magical overthrow, and very frankly declared
she thought it had been occasioned by a
mouse. 'No, indeed, mother,' said Mary,
'you must be wrong; a mouse could not
possibly move this great box.'-' I do not say
a mouse could move this box to any distance,
but I think, by its endeavors to get to the cake,
it might so shake it as to draw it to the edge
of the table, and then you know a slight touch
would cause it to fall.'-' Oh but the noise
we heard was so great! It was greater than
a hundred mice could make. I am sure it


could not be a mouse.'-' You are very
positive, little girl, said her mother; 'however,
we will take up the box, and the scattered
cake.' She did so, and instantly the poor
imprisoned mouse rushed across the room, and
darted into her hole. Mary screamed. My
dear child, why that scream ? will it preserve
you from danger? Or is it only So show how
very silly you can be Mary blushed. 'Do
you think yourself or the poor little animal
which has just escaped from us, has most cause
for fear? You, whose single hand could not
only seize the body, but crush the life, of the
unprotected, feeble mouse. Fie, Mary! you
make me ashamed of you. But perhaps you
would wish to be pitied for your delicate
weakness ? '-' No indeed, mother.'-' I say
no indeed, too, Mary: and beg of you to try
rather to be respected for your resolution, than
despised, as you surely must be, for such
contemptible fears.'"


"Papa, that is indeed a droll story," d&i
Serena. "I am thinking," cried Felix, i
this had happened on a dark night without the
moon to show the box on the floor, what
Mary would have done."--"I suppose she
would have alarmed all the family," said his
mother. "Yes," added his father, "and then,
after all the confusion, behold the poor mouse
discovered as the cause of her unfounded
fears "-" How they would all have laughed
at her!" exclaimed Serena: "yet, mamma,
I have seen grown-up ladies frightened at less
things than a mouse. I remember a spider
frightened Mrs.-. -" Hush my love,
never remember the silly or improper actions
of your friends. Spiders certainly are a very
insufficient cause for fear; and since we think
so, let us endeavor to conquer all such
weaknesses. By the exertion of a little sense,
this may easily be done, particularly by young
people. And one of the best means of con-


qnring fear is instantly to investigate its cactus.
A friend of mine, going at night into her
chamber, by chance extinguished her candle;
in attempting to grope her way to the door,
she was startled by something that appeared,
though very indistinctly, like a white figure
standing near the window. She paused for a
moment; but, instantly recollecting herself,
walked boldly up to the object; and what do
you think it was? Nothing more nor less than
her own long white dressing-gown, which she
herself had hung there, and on which the dim
light from the window shone."-" That was
laughable indeed."-" Yes; and I myself had
also an equally curious adventure. Your dear
grandmother was often an invalid. In one of
her illnesses, I was her nurse, and often,
during the night, had occasion to go into
different parts of the house. One night,
something was required from the closet of our
common sitting-room. I descended slowly


down the creaking stkirs, and, entering the
room, soon found what I wanted. Hastily
returning, I was a good deal surprised by
observing a strong light play on the opposite
wall, after my candle was removed into the
passage. This I could not account for, as the
fire was out, and myself the only person
moving about the house."-"Dear mamma,
what are you going to tell us?" "I put
down my light on the stairs, and resolved on
discovering whence this phenomenon, and
boldly returned into the room. The miracu-
lous light still beamed. What could it be?
That was soon explained, for, turning round,
I found that the light from my candle, entering
through the half-opened door, gleamed on a
large mirror, which reflected the rays to the
opposite wall. This was a plain and simple
effect. I was satisfied, and quickly returned
to my expecting invalid."-" Have you no
more such charming stories ?"--"I do not


remember any more just now; besides, your
supper-hour is arrived."-" Oh! but we do
not want our supper now; we would rather
have more stories."--"Every thing in its
proper place; we must never jostle out one
business for another; we must now attend to
our evening occupations. Yet let me, before
we quit the subject, entreat you to bear these
little stories in your mind; and never, by want
of resolution, hoard up for yourselves the misery
of groundless fears. Be assured, courage is
equally amiable in woman as in man: and
that the moment we begin to pity the fanci-
fully timid, we also begin to despise. Fear
nothing but to do wrong."



A Remedy for Peevisbness.-Active Assistance better thm
useless Sympathy.-Fine Clothes often troublesome.-
Wishing very foolish.

In a few days the snow had disappeared; yet
a keen frost continued to bind the earth.
The sun shone cheerfully, and Felix, after his
morning's avocations, had been enjoying, with
his sister, the beauty of the weather. Tired
at length with play, he stood watching some
laborers at work in an adjoining field, till the
cold seized on his hands and fingers. Shiv-
ering and cross, he returned to the parlor,
where his mother sat at work. The fire soon
relieved his chilled fingers, but a discontented
gloom hung on his countenance. The watch
pointed at twelve. Felix wanted his dinner,
and was angry that the time did not pass


quicker. His sister, in endeavoring to reach
the fire, very slightly touched his elbow; this
he called beating him: and he was altogether
so peevish, that at last his mother asked him
what was the matter. Felix did not answer,
for he really did not know what was the
matter with himself. "Are you cold, my
dear?"-" No, mother."-"Are you hun-
gry ? "-" No, mother."-" Yet you wish for
your dinner ? "-" Yes, because that will pass
away the time a little."-" Pass away the
time, Felix the precious time !' for every
moment of which we are to be accountable to
God. Surely, my dear boy, you do not think
of what you say Can time be recalled, that
thus you would throw it away ? It was only
yesterday you wished the morning had been an
hour longer, and to-day you are going to throw
an hour away." "Ah! but yesterday I was
happy." "And are you unhappy to-day,
Felix ?" "No, not quite unhappy, but very


uncomfortable."-" Are you sick ? "-" No,
mother."-" Are you in pain ? "-" No, mo-
ther."-" Neither sick nor in pain, neither
hungry no cold, .and yet very uncomfortable I
Ah Felix, I see what is the matter with you,
-you are discontented; and, by giving way
to your ill-humor, you are making both your
sister and me suffer from it." Felix looked
down. "Now, as it is always my wish to
remove all your complaints and teach you, by
being good, to be always happy, I will shew
you what I think will prevent you ever again
being discontented. ,Go and ask the cook for
that mug of gruel I bade her make: you,
Serena, shall carry this parcel of soft linen,
and we will visit the poor woman who lies
sick in the village." The gruel was brought;
and Felix, carrying it, walked silently beside
his mother. They soon reached the cottage:
on entering it, they were met by an old
woman, who, in spite of age and infirmity,


was busily occupied in washing; a young girl,
ten years old, the eldest of six children, was
cleaning potatoes for their homely dinner.
The other children were playing in different
parts of the room. The father was absent,
having left his cobbler's stall to fetch some
medicines for his wife. Felix followed his
mother up a broken staircase, which opened
into the only chamber the cottage afforded.
Here, on a low bed without curtains, lay the
suffering invalid. By over exertions for her
young family, she had by some means sprained
her arm, which, from mismanagement, had
gathered to a sore. The wound had become
exquisitely painful; and, though she uttered no
complaint, the large drops that trickled down
her pale face proved how great was her
Serena was affected to tears. Her mother
kindly ad Iressed the poor woman: "I fear
you are in great pain." "Yes, madam,


indeed I am."-" But you do not complain."
-" No, surely, madam, that would do no
good, but only distress my family." Felix
looked at his mother, whilst his heart severely
smote him. The woman continued, Alas!
madam, my greatest pain is to be such a
trouble to all around me; such an expense
to my husband."-" Be comforted, good
woman; your patience deserves our best
assistance: and, be assured, you shall have
it."-" God bless you, madam! God reward
you for what you have already done for me "
The scene was now beginning to be too
affecting; Serena's tears were accompanied
by half-suppressed sobs; her mother took her
hand, and, promising to call agaTn, hastily left
the cottage.
As they walked home, she asked Felix
what he thought of the scene he had just
witnessed. "Think! Oh! mother, I feel I
should never be discontented again." "Let


the resolution sink in your heart, my child,
and teach you not only to pity the sorrows of
your fellow-creatures, but also to remember
the many blessings by which you are surround-
ed. You see that, even in the greatest bodily
anguish, patience can lessen the suffering;
but when enjoying, as you now do, health,
youth, and vigor, it is wicked to have your
brow clouded by glooms." "Indeed, mother,
I do think I never shall be gloomy again."
I hope not; it is our duty to be cheerful;
it is our duty to enjoy the good bestowed on
us: and if you try, depend upon it you will
find something or other that can always cheer
and enliven you. But, my gentle Serena,
pray wipe away these tears. I do not blame
you for having felt so much; sympathy is due
to distress; but shall I tell you what is even
better than weeping over the miseries of
another ? "-" What, mamma ? "-" Endea-
voring to relieve them."-" Ah, if I could do


that I "-" Dry your eyes, then, and think if
there is not anything you can do. Whilst
you continue to cry, you may hurt yourself,
but you cannot benefit the object of your
commiseration."-" There, now I have wiped
my eyes: now tell me what such a poor little
weak child as I can do."-" You are little,
certainly, and not very strong; yet I believe
you have as much use of your fingers as I
have."-" Mamma, I know what you mean,
-work for her."-" Yes, my love; did you
not observe how much her bed-gown was
tattered, and her cap worn out ?"-" h !
yes, yes, dear mamma; let us go directly
home, and set to work."-" Though I am not
fond of doing things in a hurry, yet in so good
a cause we will set aside common rules, and
make all the haste in our power."-" I can do
nothing," said Felix, sorrowfully. "Indeed,
brother, you can; if papa will let you, I
mean."-" What, Serena ?"-" Why, have


you not a shilling in your box? "To be
sure I have; how glad I am it is not spent!
And see! papa is coming to meet us. I will
directly ask his leave to give my shilling to
the poor woman." His father not only
assented to his request, but added another
shilling to the store. The evening was hap-
pily spent: Serena worked very fast and very
well; a new cap and bed-gown were completed
by her and her mother. The next morning
the party again visited the cottage. With a
beating heart, Felix made his little offering;
with sparkling eyes, Serena produced her
handywork. As she assisted the woman in
putting on the bed-gown, her mother, in a
whisper, asked if this was not better than only
giving her useless tears to the poor sufferer.
"Better, indeed, mamma; ah' how much
better!"-"Learn, then, my dear little girl,
to check, rather than encourage, that sensi-
bility which renders us useless to those fos


whom we feel; and engrave it on your heam,
that one active exertion of our power, however
small or humble, is worth a whole age of
:ndolent unassisting pity."
They now returned home, and Felix has-
tened to find his father, and inform him of all
that had passed. His father was in the
parlor, chatting with some visitors. Felix
knew that this was not the time to speak;
he therefore waited patiently till he should be
alone. He heard, however, with surprise,
that his father, in a mild but firm manner,
declined subscribing to some charity which
was spoken of, and which was to be advertised
in the ,newspapers. As soon as the guests
withdrew, Do tell me, my dear father, why
you did not subscribe to that charity just
now."-" I could not afford it."-" And
yet you have always money for our poor
neighbors; and last week, you know, you
gave soup to every cottager."-" Very true,


Felix; tha certainly cost money: and
because I bhve done that, I cannot give
money now. I am not able to subscribe to
both public and private charity; I prefer the
latter, because I have the objects immediately
under my observation. I wish I could do
both; those are happy who can: but I will
never draw from the hoard sacred to my
obscure neighbor, to place my name in a
public print, and leave the helpless villager
unnoticed, that I may ostentatiously blazon
my charity to the world. Do you understand
me, Felix ?"-" Perfectly, papa: you approve
of charity in any form, and for any motive;
but you think private charity the most bene-
fical."-" Exactly so; and now tell me the
historyy of your morning's adventure." Felix
very feelingly described what he had seen;
and, being soon joined by his mother and
sister, they all continued talking some lime on
the subject. Serena lamented she had nothing


to bestow. "You have given your time, my
dear; and what other gift could be equally
valuable from you, or equally useful to them ?"
replied her mother. "But, mamma, shall I
never have money to give ?"-" I hope you
will; as soon as you are old enough, your
papa and I intend to allow you a certain sum
for your clothes and other expenses." "I
shall be glad of that; because then I can be
very, very careful, and save something for the
poor, and do as you often have done, mamma,
-go without a new cap, or a new ribbon, and
give the money they would have cost to the
sick and needy. How much I shall like
that !"-" I am glad, my little girl, that your
wish for riches is so connected with the
intentions of benevolence. I hope it will
always be so. As long as you dress neatly
and clean, and do not require me to make up
the deficiencies of your wardrobe, I shall think
you quite at liberty to give away what you


please."-" Oh! mamma, I will take care
never to want things that are necessary to
make me neat; for, if you .were to have to
buy shoes for me, it would be your money.
and not mine, you know, that was bestowed
in charity."-" I see you understand the rights
of property, Serena," said her father, smiling.
"As it is now my turn to speak, I will tell
you something that will, I am sure, give you
pleasure. You are going to spend to-morrow
at your grandpapa's: you will meet your
cousins there, and, I hope, spend a very
happy day together."
We shall be sure to be happy, for grand-
papa is so kind: and we shall have plenty of
play, for my cousins love play dearly," said
Felix. "Yes," said Serena, "and they are
always smart, so smart! Pray, mamma, what
dress shall I wear to-morrow ? "-" The same
as usual, Serena-a clean white frock." And
oo sash, mamma: no pretty blue shoes, like


my cousins' ? "-" No, my dear: a sash is
perfectly useless; and as for blue shoes, they
are too expensive." Serena sighed. "Will
your grandpapa love you less in plain clothes ?"
-" No, mother," exclaimed Felix, I am sure
he won't; for we all think Serena is his
favorite."-" What can that be for, I vbn-
der!"-"I suppose, because she is the best
tempered." Serena smiled. "Or, do you
think, my love, you will be more comfortable
,in blue than black shoes?" Serena looked
at her brother. Felix laughed, and said, "I
understand your looks, Serena. Do you know,
mother, that, at our very last visit, my cousins
could not go with us to see a beautiful new
peacock grandpapa kept in the yard, because
they were afraid of dirtying their pretty blue
shoes; and cousin Fanny cried for an hour
because she had stained her sash with pre-
serves."-" So much for the joys of a smart
dress; besides wliich, let me remind you, that


your uncle is much richer than your papa;
and, therefore, your aunt can afford with
propriety to do many things that I cannot."-
" Yes, I know she has a carriage and horses:
ah! I wish you were as rich, mamma."
" Thank you, my love; but I am very happy
with what I have, and I could only be happy
if I had more." Serena paused. "But,
mamma, when we see so many richer than
ourselves, we cannot help thinking "-"Of
how many are poorer," said her mother,
interrupting her. But that I did not recol-
lect just now."-" Yet now is the very
moment you ought to think of it: you are
not very rich, and therefore free from many
vexations attendant on money; you are not
poor, and therefore secured from the miseries
of want. Placed in a middle station, thank
God for the unembittered blessings He has
given you."-" Yet still, mamma, I cannot
think money brings care, as you say. Now


what care can there be in riding in a coach? "
-" I cannot enter more into the subject now,
Serena; and, therefore, only beg you will
exert your own sense. Observe what happens
around you. I may one day find you acknow-
ledging, that even riding in a coach is not
always a pleasure."



The Pleasures of Walking.-The Inconveniences of a
Coach.-Change produced by III-humor.-Greedinem

EARLY the next morning, Serena sprang most
joyfully from her bed: the sun was just
beginning to beam; the robin redbriast was
twittering its solitary, yet sweet, notes; all
nature looked cheerful, and the heart of Serena
danced with joy. Felix met his sister in the
parlor, and they talk over the pleasures of the
coming day.-They had each dressed them-
selves with the greatest neatness. Serena's
frock was white as snow; her cheeks, just
washed with clear cold water, bloomed like
two roses; her hair was nicely combed, and
hung in easy curls on her clean forehead, and
her eyes sparkled with good humor. Felix,


as he kissed her, could not help thinking, that
all the fine clothes in the world would not
have made her look better than she now did
Their kind parents indulged their eagerness
and the breakfast appeared somewhat earlic
than usual. When it was over, Serena put on
her warm coat, and, her father taking her by
.one hand, and Felix by the other, they set off
for the house of their grandfather.-The frost
had dried the roads, and hung glittering on
each spray. Felix often stopped to observe
the grass and leaves, that shone as if gemmed
by diamonds. The air breathed fresh, and,
though they had a mile to walk, they very soon
found themselves at their grandfather's door;
indeed, almost too soon, for they had discover-
ed so much to admire-the ponds adorned
with fantastic piles of ice that spread out into
a variety of shapes, the boys skating on the sur-
face, the whistling of the distant woodman, the
stroke of his axe as its sound followed its sight.

mor .

"Papa," said Felix, breathless with surprise,
" how is it that we can see the blow, before
we hear the sound? Both must happen
together."-" Both do happen together; but
sound travels so much slower than sight."-
*Sound travel, papa!"-" Yes, my dear,
the progress it makes, from the place whence
it issues to our sense of hearing, I call
travelling. Does not thunder follow lightning
at a greater or less interval ? "-" Yes, papa."
-" Yet they are both emitted together. Thus,
by the time that elapses between the thunder
and the flash of lightning, its distance from us
can be calculated. However, this subject is
too difficult for you at present: and besides,
we are arrived at the end of our walk."
Grandpapa received his guests with his
usual kindness and affection: scarcely were
they seated by the blazing fire, when a hand-
some coach drew up to the door, and Felix
saw his aunt and four cousins alight from it


Here were new greetings-every body was
talking, and all was joy and hilarity. ,Serena,
in the gaiety of her heart, described the beauty
of their walk.-" Dear cousin, did not the ice
look beautiful, like stars and spears, and 1
don't know what pretty things? And were
not the leaves shining with a thousand dia-
monds ? The grass, too, edged with such a
silvery fringe! "
"Why, Serena," answered her cousin,
"how could we see all these charming things ?
You know we were boxed up in the coach."
-" I had forgotten: but then you heard the
birds singing; and, cousin, did you observe
the wqlman on the opposite side of the
river ? I have something clever to tell you
about him."-" How could I hear any thing
but the rattling of the wheels ?" Serena was
confounded; she turned her eyes upon her
father: he smiled, and, taking her hand, softly
said, "You find, Serena, walking has some


pleasures, which a coach cannot indulge."
He then rose to return home, as his wife was
alone and would expect him. "Do not send
for your children," said their aunt: "I will
see them both safely home in the coach."
This was a most welcome proposal to Felix
and his sister, who, with added alacrity, bade
adieu to their father, and now followed their
cousins into a large room prepared for them.
Here grandpapa distributed to each of them
some new toys; then, bidding them to be
merry, he left them till the dinner-hour.
A scene of much merriment ensued; many
games were played, many stories told, many
songs sung. Now they danced, and now
skipped; good humor reigned amongst them,
and they were happy. By degrees, they
began to tire; some complained of hunger,
some of cold; ill humor was creeping into
their hearts, and of course turned all their
good to evil. The room was equally warm,


the toys equally pretty; yet the first appeared
uncomfortable, and the last were thrown by in
disgust. Felix could not help recalling the
words of his father, that much pleasure would
cease to please; and that in a mixture of
labor and amusement, there was the' greatest
enjoyment of both: he also considered their
murmurs as highly ungrateful to their kind
grandfather, who had done so much to make
them happy. Very earnestly, therefore, he
endeavored to prevail on the little party to
resume their sports; with his sister, he quickly
succeeded; but his cousins were quarrelling
amongst themselves about their respective
toys. Felix offered to exchange his own with
them; Serena did the same : they were willing
to do any thing else their cousins chose. But
no-Felix found, to his sorrow, that, when
children are sullen and quarrelsome, nobody
can oblige them. Afraid of making them
worse, he drew Serena to the other side of


the room, and amused her and himself with a
book, given him with the toys. The four
cousins became more cross every minute*
they scolded each other for what was the fault
of all; and, at last, their passion made them
so forgetful of themselves, that from words
they proceeded to blows. What sight can be
more shocking! Four brothers and sisters
fighting and beating each other! Poor Screna
turned pale with fear, and, throwing her arms
round her brother, seemed to cling to him for
protection. Felix tenderly kissed her; and,
holding her firmly in his stouter arms, assured
her nothing should hurt her. The noise of
the combatants soon brought grandpapa to the
field of action. When he entered the room,
how was he affected!-On the four violent
fighters he looked with anger and disgust; but
the tender attitude of Felix and the trembling
Serena melted him to tears of admiration; he
fondly clasped them-in his arms, and exclaim-


ed, "My own two dear children God bless
you God will bless you, for He looks down
with benignity on each family of love.' The
mother of the rude quarrellers now appeared;
how was she shocked, how did her heart ache,
when she viewed these four children, for whom
she had long felt an equal affection, whom she
had long beheld with equal anxiety, now dis-
torted by rage, and vociferating with ill
humor! But we will not dwell on such a
frightful scene-convinced that our young
readers, with one voice, must resolve never
to give a cause of equal complaint to their
own parents; but, like the affectionate Felix
and his sister, prove through life the comfort
and joy of all who love them, and the dearest
and firmest friends of each other. By the
friendly interference of Felix, his aunt was
prevailed upon to forgive this most distressing
outrage. His cousins were somewhat calmed*
but how different did every thing appear to


them now, from what it did when at first they
gaily entered the play-room! In vain they
declared everything was changed :-poor chil-
dren! the only change was in their own
Dinner was announced, and the party sat
down with excellent appetites. The beef and
the plum-pudding were both highly extolled.
Serena, indeed, found the latter so good, that
she was just going to send her plate for a
second slice of it, when Felix reminded her
how rich it was, and, like a good sensible
child, she immediately determined not to have
any more. Her sense was here rewarded;
for one of her cousins who would eat a great
deal more, in spite of the admonitions of her
mother, was taken so very sick, that she was
obliged to be carried from table, and lay upon
a bed most of the afternoon.-The rest drew
round the cheerful fire, ate biscuits and apples,
and heard some entertaining stories from their


grandpapa. Tea now followed; and, soon
after, the coach that was to convey them all
home, drove up to the door. Felix and
Serena had spent a most happy day; they
loved their kind grandfather, yet they very
cheerfully bade him good-b'ye; for they knew
they were about to return to a happy home,
where they should meet their affectionate
parents; and, by describing all their past joys
to them, would enjoy them a second time
With light hearts, therefore, they skipped into
the carriage, their grandpapa calling out to
them that they had been such well-behaved
children, he should be very glad to see them
again whenever they had leave to visit him.
The coach rattled merrily along. It was a
dark night; and, as nothing could be seen,
Serena did not regret being boxed up, as her
cousins called it. At first, she was very
merry; but by degrees her little tongue
ceased to prate, and soon she was quite


lent; she, however, did not complain, and
her quietness passed unnoticed. In half an
hour they reached home; for the carriage-
road was much longer than the path across
the fields. Felix sprang out of the coach,
and found his parents at the door waiting for
them; Serena slowly followed, and, both
thanking their aunt, the coach proceeded
home, and our little party entered the house.
"We have had a charming day," exclaimed
Felix; and he rapidly described their various
pleasures, carefully avoiding only the account
of his cousins' misbehavior. This, he knew,
would pain his parents; besides, he remem-
bered that excellent command in the Bible,
" Do as you would be done by," and would
not expose faults in another; assured that he
himself often did things that wanted excusing.
Serena was all this time still, and often
leaned her head on her hand. The eye of a
mother is quick in watching the alterations in


the looks of her child. Serena showed that
she was ill, and her mother tenderly inquired
what ailed her. Indeed, mamma, I do not
know, but my head aches. Oh! how it
aches "-" My poor girl! I fear you have
eaten something that has disagreed with you."
-"No, I did not; for, according to what
you always desire, I dined on one meat
dish, which was roast beef, and I took only
one piece of pudding: besides, I am not at
all sick."-" I think I know the cause," said
her father; "it is the ride home."-" Ahl
papa, I do think it was; for I was so merry
when I got in, and presently everything seemed
turning abput, and I could not hear plainly,
nor see plainly, and then this terrible pain
came on."-" It is a very common effect, my
dear; I know many people who are always
sick and ill if they ride only a very short
distance."-" Papa, little did I think a coach
could give any pain."-" So it is, my love,


with us all. We wish for something we do
not possess, without considering whether it is
worth our wish. Perhaps, after many endeav-
ors, we gain our wish. Then, it is only then,
we are convinced of its insufficiency to make
us happy. But I must not talk-it will hurt
your poor head."-" It is better already:
sitting still and holding it upon dear mamma's
shoulder, has almost cured it."-" That is a
proof, then, that it has really been occasioned
by the closeness and noise of the carriage;
however, you have had a long day, and had
better go to bed. Remember only never to
wish for any thing till you are perfectly as-
sured it is really valuable; and even then it is
better to discover how we can be happy with-
out it: so pray never wish again but for wisdom
and virtue."-" Indeed, papa, if I ever catch
myself wanting what I have not, I will remem-
ber the coach."--" Do so, my love: and now,
good night."-The recovered Serena and her


brother, after kissing their parents, retired to
their chambers: there they knelt, and thanked
a good God for the many blessings He had
given them; and then, jumping into their
own snug beds, soon fell into a sweet sleep.



Sorrow useless.-The Pleasures of School.-The AdvMn
tage of speaking Truth.-The best Reward for a good
Action is Self-approval.

THE days were now becoming gradually
longer. Serena watched their increase with
sensations of mingled pain and pleasure; for
with the lengthened days Easter approached
-Easter, that was to rob her of the society
of her brother. Her mother observed her
distress, and very kindly led her to different
occupations; assured that constant employ-
ment would not only stamp value on her
time, but also draw her mind from the
contemplation of the approaching separation.
Serena was more industriously occupied in
preparing for her brother's future comfort.
His neat new handkerchiefs were of her


hemming; his silk purse she had netted; and
with her own hands she fresh-lined the dea.
box that was to contain his books. How
much better was this active kindness, how
much more useful these proofs of her affection,
than if she had blinded herself with weeping,
or with sickly sensibility denied herself and all
around every source of pleasure!
The day at length arrived: Felix, with firm
yet affectionate heroism, prepared for his jour-
ney. The chaise was at the door: his father
waited. Serena, with an aching heart, vainly
endeavored to suppress her tears. Her mother
felt for her; but, knowing the mischiefs of
indulging in sorrow, she urged her to exert
herself.-" Come, my love," said she, "I
know you love your brother, I am sure you
do not wish to pain him."-" Indeed, I do
not,"' feebly articulated Serena. "Yet you
must be assured this gnef must pain him:
rouse yourself Serena; let not your brother


recall your image clouded by this distress.
Let him only remember his happy smiling
Serena-your memory will then serve to cheer
and enliven him." Serena sprang from her
seat: her eyes still glistened with tears, but a
smile played on her lips; she made an effort
to cheeck her sobs, and succeed. "Good-
b'ye, Felix," she exclaimed with a cheerful
tone.-" We shall soon meet again," answered
Felix: in less than three months!-Think
of that, Serena "-" Oh how joyful will be
our meeting !"-" My dear boy," said his
father, "it is thus that all our sweetest joys
must be purchased We must pay for them
by some greater or less inconvenience."-
"But to part with those we love!" said
Serena. "It is painful I know, my dear;
but, after absence, to meet with those we
love! "-" That must be joy, indeed, papa."
-" That joy will, I trust, be one day yours;
but you must buy it by a present privation.-


Come, Felix, all is prepared." Felix hung a
moment on Serena's neck, and her innocent
tears wetted his glowing cheek. His mother
fondly blessed him. Afraid of trusting himself
any longer, he tore himself from their embraces,
and rushed into the chaise, where his father
was already seated-it instantly drove off.
As the view of his home disappeared, Felix
sobbed aloud; and, overcome by his feelings,
he threw himself into a corner of the carriage.
For a few moments his father permitted him
to remain unnoticed. He then took his hand,
and said to him, "My dear boy, these tears
are due to the most excellent of mothers and
most affectionate of sisters. I would not have
you part from them with indifference. So far
from it, I would have you bear their remem-
brance incessantly in your heart. The recol-
lection of their virtues will soften and improve
your character, whilst the claims they have
upon you will keep you steady in the paths of


rectitude. Your name is theirs; do not there-
fore forget, that by staining your character
you will also cloud theirs."-" Ah papa, I
hope I shall never dishonor either them or
you."-" I anxiously hope not; but, as you
are now going for the first time to stand alone
to act from your own judgment, I must entreat
you to think well how much depends on your-
self. To your schoolfellows prove ever kind
and obliging. Do not expose their faults, nor
cause their punishment; it will be enough for
you to guard your own conduct, and not
disgrace yourself by being a spy on others.
Keep strictly to truth. Let no disgrace, no
entreaty, urge you in any one instance to be
guilty of falsehood: a liar is the most con-
temptible of mortals When you have done
wrong, own it-instantly own it-acknowledge
your fault, and be sorry for it. Take my
word, such is the only honorable mode of
behaving. What prevents a boy from corn-


fessing he has done wrong ?-A fear of pun
ishnient. Falsehood belongs only to cowards;
they commit a fault, are afraid of correction,
and try to hide it by a lie. A brave boy may
be guilty of mischief, but he cannot be guilty
of falsehood.-You, I hope, are no coward."
-Felix's cheek glowed with an honest blush.
"No, father, I hope I am neither a coward
nor a liar!"-"Be careful, therefore, and
prove your truth and your courage. You
may be tried and remember, I charge you,
whatever temptations may arise, never conceal
your faults;-and, after this warning, mark
me, I will forgive any thing but a lie!"
Felix and his father travelled nearly the
whole of the day; towards evening they
reached the town where the school was
situated. The master, a very worthy and
sensible clergyman, received them with great
kindness; he introduced Felix to his play-
fellows, who were numerous, amounting to


more than a hundred. They gathered round
Felix like so many bees;-it will be strange,
thought he, if, among so many, I shall not
pick up two or three I shall like, and who
will like me. His father spent the evening
with the master, and, after an early supper,
withdrew to the inn, whence he meant to set
off homewards the next morning. Felix felt
a pang as he saw him depart; but, when he
remembered how much he might please him
by his improvement when next they met, he
soon recovered himself, and, with tolerable
composure, retired to the chamber allotted fbi
him. Here he found a boy of nearly his own
age expecting him, who kindly promised to
teach him all their rules. Felix gratefully
thanked him; and, filling his mind with
earnest resolutions of taking greatest pains to
be all his father wished him to be, he quickly
fell asleep.
Serena, in the meantime, was nearly over


come by the loss she had sustained of the
society of her ever kind brother. Her mother,
however, soon roused her, and reminded her
of the pleasure of their hoped-for meeting.-
" Ah! mamma, but that is so distant-three
months, twelve weeks, what a long time! "-
"Do not be calculating how long, my dear
Serena, merely to distress yourself, but only
think hbw the period had best be occupied:
not in murmurings, surely."-" How then,
mamma ? "-" Why, suppose you endeavor
to do something that will prove an agreeable
surprise for your brother on his return ?"-
"What can I do, mamma? "-" Let me
consider-what do you think of undertaking
the care of his garden ? The season is arrived
when weeds grow rapidly, and will require
constant attention. The young plants, as they
increase, will need sticks to support them, the
strawberry roots must be watered, and the
rose-trees pruned."-" Thank you, dear mam-


ma; this is a charming thought! h. w pleased
Felix will be!-And may I also feed his
favorite rabbit? "-" Yes; and now I think,
you will have plenty of employment: time
will not hang heavy on your hands; and
Midsummer will be here before we think of it."
Thus roused from her sorrow, Serena, with
recovered smiles, entered on her various duties
-amusements, I may say, for her parents
made everything a pleasure to her, and, as
she was neither obstinate nor sullen, it was
easy to make her happy.
Felix was soon acquainted with his play-
fellows. He found his master somewhat stern,
but yet so reasonable in all his commands,
that he felt he could not disobey him.
Although not a remarkably clever boy, as we
have already said, yet, by steadiness and
perseverance, Felix made a rapid progress in
his learning. His attention gained the good
opinion of his master, and his obliging disposi-


tion secured him the love of the boys. School
soon became very pleasant to Felix; and,
though he often thought of home, he ceased
to regret his absence from it.
One day he heedlessly threw a ball against
a window. A pane of glass was smashed in
pieces. "How unlucky!" said one of the
boys; but, never mind, I'll keep the secret;
no one else is here, and, if inquiry be made,
you can say the cat did it."-" I can say no
such thing," replied Felix, "for that would be
a lie."-" If it is known," continued the boy,
" you must pay two shillings for the glass, and
perhaps be flogged into the bargain."-" I will
not tell a lie to save me from twenty floggings.
I have already done wrong, and must have
courage to bear my punishment."-" Do not
say I was with you then, Master Courage,"
said the boy sneeringly. "Be not afraid,"
answered Felix: "I will not expose you to
any blame." He then turned towards the


house, that be might have an opportunity of
seeing his master. It was some time before
this occurred : at last he saw him coming out
of his parlor, and modestly approached him.
"What do you want, Felix?" said his
master, a little sternly, at least Felix thought
so; but, though his heart beat quickly, he was
a boy of true courage, and never feared to do
his duty. "I am afraid," said he, in a timia
voice, "I am afraid, sir, I have done very
wrong; but I hope you will forgive me."-
" What have you done ?" cried his master, in
an angry tone. "I have very carelessly
broken a pane of glass in the school-room
window," answered Felix: "I was playing
with a ball there."-" That is against the
rules," said the master; "you must pay the
value of it." Felix produced his purse, and
paid the two shillings.-" Do not let this
happen again," continued the master, in a
kinder tone; "I excuse you from further


punishment, because you have so honorably
acknowledged your fault."-Felix bowed, and
with a lightened heart sprang away to his
business. It was true, he had thus lost two
shillings, and he was not very rich; but by
his honesty he had gained the good opinion
of his discerning master, who ever after this
accident was observed to treat him with pecu-
liar kindness.-The elder boys also began
now to notice nim, and were so much pleased
with this instance of his spirit, that they often
admitted him into their parties. This was a
great gratification to Felix, for he always
preferred the society of boys older than
himself, as from them he expected to gain
Soon after this event, another occurred,
which threatened to be attended with more
serious consequences. One fine evening, some
of the boys bad leave to take a walk; but
they were ordered not to go beyond a certain


distance, and to return at a certain hour.
Forth they joyfully sallied, Felix in the
number, and, traversing some beautiful fields,
came at last to the river. Here a few of the
party proposed bathing; but this was opposed
by the rest, as contrary to all rule. Felix
was one who peremptorily refused, although
particularly fond of the amusement. One of
the boys sneeringly told him he was afraid of
the water; another, that he dreaded the
flogging attendant on this breach of the law.
Felix only laughed at them; and, having in
vain attempted to persuade them, strolled into
a neighboring wood that skirted the river, and,
in search of wild flowers, soon lost sight of his
companions. After rambling about some time,
he sat down to rest himself, and form his
flowers into a nosegay. As he was thus
occupied, a distant shriek struck his ear-
another succeeded--he throw down his flow-
es, and rushed rards, directed by the


sound: in a few seconds he found himself at
the edge of the river, and beheld one of the
boys vainly endeavoring to reach the bank-
be seemed exhausted and faint. Felix, with
a happy presence of mind, drew a long pole
from the hedge, and, holding one end firmly
himself, presented the other to his sinking
playmate. A reed can save a drowning man.
The boy caught the offered help, and was
thus easily drawn on shore. Felix supported
his dripping comrade to a bank, and then flew
in search of his clothes. These were left at
some distance farther up the river. Felix at
length found them; and, though he made all
the haste in his power, much time was spent.
His companions hallooed out that they were
going home. Felix would not leave the poor
half-drowned boy, who looked piteously upon
him. In assisting him to dress, he wetted his
own clothes; and, having used his handker-
chief as a towel to dry his shivering com.


paeion, he returned it, soaked with water, into
his pocket.-" What will become of me!" said
the frightened boy; what will become of met
I shall certainly be fogged, I that am already
half dead with fear and fatigue."-" Do not
be so alarmed," said Felix; "I will do all I
can to excuse you."-"Dear Felix, do not
say I have been in the water." Felix shook
his head. "But, do you know, I had not
leave to be of the party ?" continued the boy.
-" Indeed !" exclaimed Felix; and he
thought, but he did not speak his thought,
how one fault leads to another.-w-" So, Felix,
if you will keep my secret, I can, perhaps,
get unobserved into the house," added the
boy. "See how pale I am-how sick !-save
me from punishment!" Felix looked com-
passionately upon him. "If it is in my
power, I will save you."-" Then db not
mention me."-" Not unless I am asked."--
"Do you promise that ?"-" I do." And


thy began slowly to return homewanrds. h
pe of the boys had reached the school; heir
bathing, in disobedince of all order, had been
discovered, as all faults mst be ooner or
later. The master instantly punished every
one who had been in the water The name
of the absent Felix was resounding through
the play-ground, as pale and dejected be
entered the gates. His companion was a few
steps behind, and, taking advantage of the
onfosion that reigned around, waited some
aietes, then slipped in unobserved, aad erupt
u* p to his chamber.
Felix, with a palpitating heart, obeyed the
smmoso of his master. As he approached
the school-room, he heard of the severity with
which the disobedient boys had been treated.
Ilk master looked sternly upon him. You,
ir, to disobedience have added insolence, fls
you are nearly an hour beyond your appointed
ims." Felix could only feebly articulate,' I

SIIr held it iii hi, haijI.''


CImrUw ArNTI. UVmuawa.

aU not bee in the water."-" How, thde,
imes your dress so wet?" Felix drew a
&is baadkerchief to conceal his tee. It
dipping condition attracted the master's eye.
He held it up in his hand. If Felix himself
has not been is the water, which of you has
swed this handkerchief? It has evidently
serVed the purpose of a towel. Which of
yes hs so used it ? "-" Not I," was repeated
hiom every mouth. The master turned agsi
to Felix. "Recollect yourself," said he:
* are you very sure you have not been in the
water? "-" I am very sure, sir."--" Pe
haps he washed his hands," said one of the
ushers, kindly wishing to excuse him.-" Did
you wash your hands ?" asked the maasae
Here was an opportunity for Felix to have
acaped, but it would have been by equivo.
action, a crime equal to a lie; he scored
much an uaworthy refuge, and replied with a
na hut modest tone, No, sir, I did not wk


my hands."-" How then came your hand-
kerchief so- wet?" Felix deeply blushed.
"If you command, sir, I know I must tell you
-but pray, pray, sir, excuse me-do not
command me."-" This is very extraordi-
nary," said the master; "why cannot you
answer me ?"-" Because, sir "- and his
voice faltered: "forgive me, but -I have
promised "- A murmur of applause sound-
ed through the circle of boys. The excellent
and sensible master continued:-" Your for-
mer truth and candor lead me to believe you
now, Felix: as a proof of my regard, I will
not command you to speak now." Felix
bowed his thanks, for his heart was so full of
gratitude, that he could not speak. I give
you, however," said his master, "the same
task, for having out-stayed your allotted time,
as I have given the other boys, who have, like
you, been truants." Felix respectfully took
his Iuson, and with great diligence learned it.

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ris schoolellows treated him with new maui
of esteem; and not a few reminded him of td
advantage of having established a charate
for truth. It had saved him not only frm
disgrace, but also from punishment.
Some days after this, the real fact began to
be rumored in the school, the boy himself
having whispered it to his Intimates. Felit
appeared with added honor; all loved the
kind-hearted boy, who, at the risk of himself,
had saved his fellow. The secret by degree
reached the master's ear; and, though he tok
no particular notice of it, yet Felix coaM
observe that he was ever after a great favorite
with his master, being treated with many
proofs of kindness and distinction.-" I do not
think," said one of the boys to Felix, "I do
not think you have got much for your good
temper and forbearance."-" Then you know
nothing about the matter," answered Felix;
0I have got aM that I expected."-" And


what may that be?" asked the boy. "A
self-approving conscience," replied Felix.
"Besides, is not my master kinder to me,
and are not all you boys more obliging?
What more could I expect ?"-" Well, you
are a fine fellow; but, as they say virtue is
always rewarded, I should have expected
some great good for my great virtue."-
"Pshaw Nonsense! In the first place, I do
not think I have performed any great virtue;
and, in the second place, as there are now no
firies," added Felix, laughing, "I did not
suppose I should find either Fortunatus's purse,
or Sinbad's valley of diamonds 1"



Money only valuable according it is used.-Stin4-m
described.-Perseverance onquers great Difficulties.-
The Nobleness of acknowledging an Error.-Returning
Good for Evil, the only Christian Revenge.

TaE observation with which the last chapter
concluded was a very proper one, and ought
to be remembered. By the rewards that
follow good actions, is meant that self-satis-
faction which our own heart bestows; and
people would be very silly if they were always
expecting some wonderful benefits to follow
their just actions. Besides, if they did so,
they would destroy the merit of what they
had done. What virtue is there in performing
an act for which a full return is expected
No; we must do all the good we can, from a
sense of duty; and if it please God to make


our own breasts reward us, by a secret whisper
that we have done well, we shall be paid
beyond all worldly praise.
The father of Felix, as I said before, was
not a rich man, but he made his son a regular
allowance of pocket-money; which, though
much less than most of the other boys had,
Felix managed so well, that it supplied him
with all he wanted.
Going once into his bed-room for something
he had left there, he was surprised to observe
a boy in the comer of the room; but, knowing
it was wrong to pry into what others were
doing, he turned his head another way. It
was a rule that no boy should visit his room
in the day, except to fetch any thing: Felix,
therefore, was hastily returning with what he
had oome for, when the boy called him back
"Felix, do not tell what I was about."-
"I did not see what you were about."-
SWt see not hear my money ? "-" No."-


"Well, then, step here, and I will show you
how rich I am." Felix approached him, and
perceived a little heap of money-sixpences,
shillings, and crowns. You lucky boyl
how did you get all this cash ? "-" Saved it,
to be sure. This is all I have received this
last half-year."-" And what have you saved
it for ?" The boy looked confused. "Saved
it!-why," and he stammered, "to keep it, to
be sure." Felix laughed heartily: "Saved it
to keep it! repeated he: "what a valuable
use of money !"-" Why," said the boy,
" what can 1 do better ? "-" Spend it, to be
sure."-" Spend it! No, indeed; if I had
spent it as I got it, how do you think I could
now have had all this treasure ?"-" Don't
call it a treasure," cried Felix; "it is rather
a plague, I think."-" Why, yes, to be sure,
it does make me uneasy sometimes; for I am
afraid of losing it."-" Oh pray do not be
afraid of that; if you do lose it, it will not

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signify." The boy looked aghast. "Wot
signify!" said he breathlessly. "No, cer
tainly ; if you do not spend it now, nor intend
to spend it by and by, pray would not copper
counters be as well as this good money?
Come, I will rid you of all this trouble at
once; give me the money, and, like the man
in the fable, I will give you a famous bag of
stones. This no one will rob you of, and
you will be freed from all anxiety." So
saying, and laughing as he spoke, Felix let
this unhappy little miser, feeling for him a
mingled sentiment of pity and contempt.
Not long after this, an annual fair occurred.
The boys were allowed to attend it: the
younger under the care of the ushers; the
elder in small parties of ten or a dozen.
Felix, amongst the rest, issued joyfully from
the school gates, and enjoyed all the various
sports of the scene. The jostling of the
crowd took something from his pleasure, and


a good deal confused him. "Ah I though
be, this is not so pleasant as a fine scamper
in the open fields. Here, I can scarcely creep
along; and the noise is so great it almost
makes my head ache I am glad a fair does
not come often; and a walk in the country is
always in our power. The best joys, I think,
are the (asiest to be had !" Felix thought
very properly: a good God, in placing us in this
world, intended us to be happy in it, and
graciously contrived that every true pleasure
should be easiest to be attained.
If my young readers will stop for a moment,
and think of this, they will find it is indeed so.
Felix had not forgotten to put his purse into
his pocket; he now produced it, and bought
a very neat red morocco housewife for his
sister. It was well stored with needles and
thread, and contained, besides, a small pair of
scissors. This purchase made, he next laid
out some money on a paper of gingerbread,


part of which he gave to the boy he walked
with. They continued strolling along, and,
arrived at a very smart stall, adorned with
every kind of cutlery. Some handsome knives
looked very tempting: one was presented to
him as particularly good. Felix looked at it;
it was certainly very complete: "What was
the price?" The man informed him; the
sum was very little less than the whole con-
tents of his purse. It is too dear," said
Felix, putting it down; show me one cheaper."
His companion exclaimed, You are a stingy
dog! I will have the knife, although it will
cost me all my remaining cash." Felix only
laughed; he knew he was not stingy, and was
determined to keep steady to his original
intention. Just let it be observed here, that
children should never be laughed out of their
resolutions; for that shows a weak and silly
mind. The boy bought the handsome knife,
and laid out all his money. Felix chose a


deper one, but strong and equally wueful;
and by this means saved two shillings. You
do not want those two shillings," said his
companion. "I do not at this moment, but I
may by and by," answered Felix; and they
walked on. A variety of amusements occu-
pied their attention, and, highly entertained,
the time slipped insensibly away. "Let t
remember our hour," said Felix, and drew his
companion towards a respectable shop, the
master of which very obligingly informed them
what o'clock it was. "Let us go home,"
cried Felix. It wants half an hour to or
time," said the boy. "We shall spend that
half hour in getting along; the crowds prevent
our moving quick." Felix was .firm to his
decision, and his friend consented. They
turned homewards, and had not proceeded far,
when they were arrested by a group of people.
They pushed among them, and found a por
blUk man, lame, and eovsed with ragn


Recounting his story, and asking charity. The
hand of Felix was instantly in his pocket.
" You will not give your money to a common
street beggar?" said his companion. "No,
not to common street beggars, because I
believe they are generally idle cheats: but
this is no common beggar; he is a stranger,
distant from his native land, and without
friends; disabled too from working. I will
share the contents of my purse with him:"
so saying, Felix presented a shilling to the
poor cripple, who blessed the generous English
boy. Ah massa, if all your countrymen
were like you, I should not be here a poor,
despised, helpless beggar !" This appeal
softened the hearts of many of his hearers;
they followed the example of Felix, and, as
he withdrew, he had the secret joy of feeling
he had not only himself assisted a suffering
fellow-creature, bpt had led others to do so
too His companion walked sorrowfully along


"This Felix stingy!" thought he; "ahl he
is truly generous. I wish I had not spent all
my money so idly." Felix was also silent;
but his looks were so gay, his heart so happy,
his step so light His knife, too, that plain,
unadorned knife, was a source of one of his
sweetest recollections. He never cut a stick,
nor mended a pen, but the thought of the
black man rushed into his mind; and he
always loved his cheap knife, which, by
saving his money, had given him the power
of being charitable.
It has been already said, that Felix was not
a remarkably clever boy; his lessons often
appeared very difficult to him. By great
patience and perseverance he had conquered
these difficulties. One day, however, he had
a Latin lesson to learn which very much
puzzled him. He almost cried as he read it,
but, knowing this would not do him any good,
he wiped away his half-formed tears, and


gain set to learn his book; again it baffled
his exertion. Assured that it must be learnt,
he began to consider what he had best do
he thought, if he could prevail upon some one
to read it over to him and explain it, he could
more easily learn it. Thus determined, he
took up his book, and with a melancholy air
approached one of the ushers. What makes
you look so sad, Felix?" said the usher,
"you, that are always so merry and con-
tented."--" Sir," said Felix, very respectfully,
" my Latin lesson for to-day has quite puzzled
me; will you be so kind as to explain it to
me ? "-" That I will, readily," answered the
good-natured usher; and, taking the book,
he showed Felix where he had made some
mistakes. "Thank you, sir," said Felix;
Though it is still very difficult, yet now I
believe I can maser it."-" That I do not
doubt," replied the usher; "but, suppose I
had not been. e, what would you hae

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done?" Felix considered a little, and thea
said, Asked one of the elder boys."-" But
they might have been too busy; and your
lesson must be learnt."-" I think, then," said
Felix, I should have begun all over again,
and tried, and tried, till I had discovered my
blunders."-" You would then have done
right, Felix," said the usher; and, by taking
such means, be assured you can conquer
greater difficulties than this. Never forget,
that by patience and perseverance all know-
ledge is attained; and, without these, the
cieverest boy in the school can never make
any progress." Felix bowed, and retired.
With renewed attention he took up his book;
by degrees all difficulty vanished; and, before
the school hour, he was prepared with his
lesson. Thus, though a boy of very moderate
talents, he made a daily progress in all useful
knowledge, and was respected by the elder
boys. The younger loved him sincerely, fee


he was so ready to please and oblige tbh.
He. always, however, took care to choose hig
friends from amongst the elder and superior
boys of the school, as he not only prefened
their company, but he thought it would do
him good, as, being more clever than himself,
their conversation would improve him, and
their superior characters would be useful exam-
pies for him to copy. Felix would not have
been admitted as a playfellow to the higher
classes if he had not gained, by his good
behavior, a respectable name in the school.
When the boys found that he was never guilty
of a lie; that he was not a miser; that he
never performed mean actions; never told tales
either to the master or ushers; they began to
esteem him, and very readily admitted him
among them.
Felix was happy in a very noble way of
thinking; and, as all stories of spirited beho
vi are generally admired by children, thle

A& IalUMT.

*al now hear one of tue spirit--Felix dind.
oun, me day, with one of the day scholars;
many other boys were alo there, and several
ladies and gentlemen. The party was large:
they sat down to an excellent dinner, and.
were all very merry. Felix and a younger
boy, who sat opposite to him at table, entered
into dispute about something that had hap-
pened the day before. No one had been
present at the circumstance but themselves;
each was positive in his own opinion; at
length, the eyes of the company were drawn
upon them, and they seemed disposed to
believe that Felix, as being the elder, was
more likely to be right. At last, the little
boy remembered a particular circumstance,
which till then aey had both forgotten.
This was decisive. Felix blushed for.-having
been so positive, and instantly exclaimed to
the little boy,-" Yeo ae sight, and I am
wrong. I remember it all now, and beg'yowr


pardon."-" What a noble boy!" said most
of the company; "with what true spirit he
acknowledges his mistakes! with what true
spirit asks pardon for them !" To do wrong,
is common; to acknowledge it, is the virtue
of a superior mind.
Another time Felix showed the great com-
mand he had gained over his faults, for he had
faults; and, if he had not conquered them, he
never would have been the superior character
he now appeared. The boys were all playing
in parties on the play-ground: Felix had a
favorite bat and trap which his father had
given him: in the course of the game, one of
the boys was often vanquished by Felix; this
made him angry; he became passionate; and,
seizing the favorite bat and trap of.Felix, he
cried, *'I will be avenged!" and instantly
shattered them both to pieces. Felix, vexed
and mortified, had nearly lost his patience;
but happily recovering himself, he calmly

Trm a ,WeOi.

i, "If yeo are so ungowrpahb I wil a
ply with you," and walked away. Some
das afterwards, another of the boys, by
chance, obtained the passionate boy's bat and
trap; he instantly took them to Felix, and,
presenting them, told him this was a charming
opportunity for avenging himself. "It is
indeed," said Felix. The boy waited to see
tho bat and trap destroyed. Felix continued,
"Do you give me these ? May I do what I
please with them ? "-" Certaily," answered
the boy. Then," said Felix,." I will show
yea what I will do with them;." and, taking
the bat and trap in his hand, he ran up to the
passionate boy, who was searching for them
about the play-ground:-" Here," cried Felix,
"here are your bat and trap!" The passionate
boy looked surprised:-" Have not you broken
thm ? "-" Broken them!" exclaimed Felix;
"no, I should Be asbanwd to have done thea
* sp Mr quite aafe-take them,-let u& be


friends again-for now I am avenged." Felix
good-humoredly held out his hand. The
passionate boy eagerly seized it:-" Ah, you
have returned good for my evil."
This same passionate boy was under another
obligation to Felix. The master, one day,
discovered that one of the most valuable
school books had been greatly injured. The
book had been lent to this boy; and his
master, sending for him, very severely repri-
manded him for his carelessness; and, as the
book was stained with many blots of ink, the
boy had a long task given him. Felix beard
the whole of this affair, and stepping up to the
master, he modestly said, "Sir, I am afraid I
have been guilty of this mischief."-" You i
how could you have done it? "-" I came
into the school-room, last night, to put away
my ink-bottle: it was dark, I had no candle,
and felt my way by the stools and forms; in
moving along, I stumbled against something,

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which I found at the moment had shaken
some ink out of my bottle; but, the usher
calling me to go to bed, I did not wait to pick
up what was in my way, which I fancy, sir,
was this book." The master was silent a
moment; then said, "I think it is very
probable that what you say has been the
case."-" As it was my fault, may this boy
be excused ? "-" He had no business to leave
the book carelessly on the floor: however, I
will excuse him, and let him thank you; your
frankness has saved him."



Aocuracy i Spelling essential to Writing.-Accuracy t
Language essential to Truth.-Patience in Sickness d
Pain.-Time found for every useful Busines.-The
Evils of Procratination.-Dreams.

SnUMA, deeply occupied with her varion
evocations, thought of Felix with mingled
sensations of joy and hope. In feeding his
rabbits, and arranging his garden, she felt she
was preparing a pleasure for her dear brother.
As she was fond of writing, she wished to
send him a letter every week, but her mother
would not permit her. "Why not, mamma?"
said Serena. "Because, my love, it is getting
into a bad habit, to be always scribbling; and
I fancy Felix will depend upon your loving
him, and thinking of him, without your being
obliged to tell him so every week."-" But,


mamma, I do so love writing I"--" And 4d
you think, little girl, you can write so well, or
spell so correctly, as to render letter-writing
easy to you?"- "I can spell tolerably,
mamma; I seldom make mistakes, only one
letter here or there."-" And do you not
know that even one false or misplaced letter
will entirely alter the meaning of a word,
sometimes of a whole sentence ?"-" How
can that be, mamma ?"-" I will tell you.
Suppose you wished to inform your brother
that the chief magistrate, the mayor of our
town, called here last week, and you were 1t
write, the mare was here a few days since;'
this would be making it appear that an animal,
not a man, was the subject of your letter.
Thus again, if, wishing to describe the yong
are, which your papa gave you yesterday,
you were to say, 'my hair grows very pretty,
and will, I think, be a beautiful brown '-what
weld your brother imagine, but that his tte


Serena was grown vain, and was boasting of
her curls "-" Ah mamma, I understand;
how ridiculous would be such mistakes !"-
"And yet they are very slight, though so
important in their effects. Judge, therefore,
of what consequence is a close attention to
accuracy in spelling; and, before you attentpt
to write, learn perfectly how to spell."-
" Mamma, what do you mean by that hard
word accuracy ? "--" I mean nicety, exact-
ness, without defect; accuracy in spelling
denotes that every word is correctly lettered,
there not being one letter too much, nor one
too little, nor one misplaced."-" Thank you,
mamma, I understand: but sometimes you
say, Be accurate in speaking'-that has
nothing to do with letters."-" No, my love,
that implies rather the use of words than
letters. For instance, when you say you are
ready to die with the heat, you are not
accurate; you use a wrong word: you well

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