The brave boy

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The brave boy
Series Title:
New picture library
Hoyt, Henry ( Publisher )
Kilburn, Samuel Smith ( Engraver )
Pierce, William J ( Engraver )
Morse, W. H ( Engraver )
Hyde, J ( Illustrator )
Champney, W. L ( Illustrator )
Matthews-Robinson ( Engraver )
Bricher & Russell ( Engraver )
Johnson & Dyer ( Engraver )
Andrew & Filmer ( Engraver )
Chandler & Duran ( Engraver )
Place of Publication:
Henry Hoyt
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Physical Description:
63 p. : ill. ; 18 cm.


Subjects / Keywords:
Christian life -- Juvenile fiction ( lcsh )
Children's stories ( lcsh )
Children's stories -- 1872 ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1872
Children's stories ( lcsh )
novel ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage:
United States -- Massachusetts -- Boston
Target Audience:
juvenile ( marctarget )


General Note:
Some illustrations engraved by Matthews & Robinson, Bricher & Russell, Kilburn, Johnson & Dyer, Peirce (Pierce), W. Morse, Andrew & Filmer, Chandler & Duran, and some illustrated by Hyde and Champney.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).

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University of Florida
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Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
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Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1872, byHENRY HOYT,In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.

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3e Kird to the %tfrtgei.THESE two old people have come fro i aforeign country. They know but a fewwords of our language; and it is very difficultfor them to make themselves understood.The tea-and-coffee merchant seems to bemaking merry at their expense; but, if he isan honest man, he will give them goodweight and measure, and in no way takeadvantage of their ignorance. God com-manded the children of Israel, many timesto be kind to the stranger, to love him as abrother, and in no wise to trouble or vexhim, and it is a command that we alsoshould remember and obey. The Bible tellsus, too, to love our neighbor as ourself; andall whom we can help are our neighbors,even if they do not speak our language; forGod is the Father of all men. I hope thetwo old people in the picture will findfriends, and learn to love our dear countryas they love their own distant fatherland.6


e Diruqieq jtM q.O CHILDREN! what a sad sight is here! Apoor, wretched man, who has forgotten thathe was made in the image of God, and thatthe Lord Jesus died to redeem him; whohas forgotten wife and children and home.There he lies wallowing in the snow, his hatoff, and his hair blown over his haggardface.Is it possible that boys can be found sounkind, so unfeeling, as to make sport of apoor creature like this ? How can they findit in their heart to pelt him with snow-balls,and laugh when he tries to rise? I thinkthis picture is a good temperance sermon.Let every one who sees it determinenever to taste any intoxicating drink;for "Wine is a mocker, strong drink israging; and whosoever is deceived therebyis not wise."8


%elf -iellibl.Lucy MAYNARD had been promised anelaborate birthday party; and all her sparetime for the last month had been taken upin planning about it. The day before shesent out her invitations, the carriage hap-pened to break down just by a forlorn hut;and Lucy and her mother went in to waittill it was put in order. They found a poorwoman lying on a wretched bed, with nomedicine, no comforts, and very sick. Lucybegged her mother to make the womancomfortable; but Mrs. Maynard told her thatit would take a good deal of money, andasked her what she would be willing to giveup. Lucy thought of her party, and thetears came into her eyes, but bravely offeredher money. She had a few friends to playgames with her on her birthday, and the poorwoman's joy made the day glad to her.I0

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Be T rkftil.MR. JEWELL is riding over his grounds;while the workmen look after him, and envythe gentleman who has nothing to do butgive orders, and have work done as he likes.He is almost as much inclined to envy thehealth and strength which they never thinkof as blessings, because they have always hadthem.It is very easy to overlook the good giftsthat we have enjoyed all our days: theyseem to us like the air we breathe; and wetake them, as we do that, without muchthought of the Giver. If God were like us,he would not wish to give any thing more topeople who were so ungrateful for what theyhad already received; but he is never impa-tient with us, but constantly gives us thethings we most need, as if we had alwaysSserved him dutifully.12


Good-J, tufe." 0 CHARLIE! " cried little Sue, "won'tyou come and swing us just a fewminutes ?"Charlie was very busy with his books, anddid not want to leave them; but his littlesister looked so hopeful, he good-naturedlyput by his studies and went out with her tothe swing. The little girls were too smallto swing each other; but Charlie " madethem go up so high," they thought the swingdelightful. Soon Nellie and her friendscame round the house to see what was goingon; and they wanted to swing too: so Char-lie found his hands full. And though hehad not learned as much as if he had studiedall the time, he had had good exercise, and,what is more, had been helpful and kind toothers.14


etdiiAqg tQe Iietter.SEE how eager all these ladies are toenjoy the letter! Grandma reads as fast asshe can; but Lucy and Laura are almost im-patient with the dear old lady, because theycannot get the news faster.Now, our Father has given us a long letterto tell us about himself, and what he wantsus to do; but I don't think we are usuallyvery eager to read it. Perhaps that isbecause there is so much of it, and we havealways had it in the house, where we couldtake it up and read as much as we liked; soit doesn't seem like a letter written to pe-ofus, and directed to John or Sarah or Fannie.But God really meant it for each one; and hewrote it so wonderfully that each can findjust what he needs there. Let us take onebook, and try to read it as if it were justwritten to each of us.16


rTe Kird rrier.JOHN DEERING was going home with hisload, and stopped to water his horse at thepump: he was just driving off again, whenhe heard a low sound of crying; and, goingto see what it meant, he found this poorlittle girl. She told him that her father andmother were dead, and the old woman whotook her was so cross that she ran away;and she had not a friend in the world.John Deering was a poor man; but he feltthat the Lord had sent this little girl to him,that he might take care of her for his sake;so he took her home. His wife was glad tokeep her, for she always wanted to do good;and little Susie lived with them from thattime. They were working for Christ; and heblessed them in all that they did, and helpedthem bring up Susie to be a good Christianwoman.18


Tlre fonle jmi%ioi! y.HERE is a home missionary, who came tothis out-of-the-way place to tell the settlersabout Jesus. I do not mean that they didnot know who Jesus was before he came;but they did not think much about him: andMr. Harding knew how much happier theywould be in their busy lives if they lovedChrist, and were trying to do his will; so hegoes round to their houses, and talks withthem about the good news he came to bring.They are all glad to see him, and the boysrun in from their play when. he comes; forhe is a good friend to them. Joe didn't caremuch about him till Mr. Harding cured hissore eyes, and told him how gently ourSaviour healed the sick.Now Joe thinks it is better to be goodthan even to be well, and never forgets toask Jesus for help to do right.20


MARY and SUSIE never had much money,for their mother was poor; but they werecontented little girls, and made the best ofevery thing: so they were very happy. OneSunday a missionary told the Sunday schoolhow forlorn poor little girls in India were,and he wanted some money to help keepone at school. They had a sunny piece ofground near the house, where they plantedtwo pretty flower-beds, and took great care towater and weed them at the right times.When the summer came, and their flowerswere bright and beautiful, they arrangedpretty bouquets, and sold them to the peopleivho rode past. If they were tired, and the3un was hot, they thought of the poor littlegirl in India, and how happy she would beat school; and that rested them. It only costsabout ten dollars to support a scholar forone year; and they earned six that summer.22

APtF-l.-AbEWO7 ...~/L~a~~ ~~%EARNING MONE~Y.

The Boy who w4 Ciele^.THE boys at the academy are just organiz-ing a temperance society; and those who areinterested in it take pains to offer the pledgeto every one. Some are ready to sign it;and some declare they won't give up theirliberty for anybody, and think they havesaid a very manly thing, when it was a veryfoolish one. Several of the boys said thatthe pledge made no difference to them : theynever intended to drink any intoxicatingliquor; but, as every one had some influ-ence, they wanted theirs to go on the rightside, and were willing to sign.Fred Saron grew quite angry when hisfriends asked him to join the new society.He was old enough to take care of himself,and would have nothing to do with them.Alas! careless Fred would not be persuaded,and went steadily on his way to a drunkard'sgrave.24


)Te tfollg flbiatioi.IN small, crowded rooms, just off thestreet, lived the shoemaker. His own occu-pation is noisy enough, one would think;and, when he is himself quiet, the rumbleof carts and carriages is heard close to hisdoor. " I should think this noise woulddrive you distracted, Sandy," said Mr. Irving,coming in to give directions about his work." Oh, -no! " said Sandy: " I don't like it;but I can get away from it when I choose.""Where do you go? " asked Mr. Irving." No where, sir: I am always here at work,"answered Sandy; "but I say with David,'Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto Imay continually resort;' and then I forgetall about the noise."" That is the right way," said the "There is room for us all in thathabitation."26


GOLt eri ig pple .THERE is always a good, merry time ingetting in the fruit. Harvest-time is pleas-ant at any part of it: the farmers are glad tosee the reward of their hard toil, especiallywhen the season has been favorable and thecrops are good; but the boys find morepleasure in gathering the things that aregood to eat right away, such as apples andpears, than in bringing hay for the horsesand cows, and things that have to be cookedbefore they can enjoy them. These boysseem to have more apples than they knowwhat to do with: the barrel is full and thebasket, and still there are a good many onthe tree: I hope they will not forget theirpoor neighbors, who have no trees of theirown, and cannot afford to buy apples. Afterevery thing is gathered, comes Thanksgiv-ing. We must all be truly thankful for theLord's good gifts.28


IrdiRht Wonqeri.HERE the Indian women sit in their tentall day long, and weave baskets and sellthem to their visitors. Every year, whencrowds come to the seaside, these Indianscome too; and they make a good deal ofmoney in this way. People like to see thepretty baskets grow in their hands, or to talkto them, to hear their broken English ; butwho talks to them of God? Most of theIndians are Roman Catholics, and.very igno-rant. They do not like to talk about reli-gion; and any one who wants to do themgood must be kind to them, and very pa-tient in trying to gain their confidence, orthey will not listen to him. The Indianshave been so much abused by people callingthemselves Christians, that it is not strangethey do not want to hear about their reli-gion. We must try to tell them what Chris-tianity really is.30


OCW Wiotli.THESE men are working hard, and riskingtheir own lives to save the strangers on thepoor wrecked vessel. Don't you hope the)will save the men ? and wouldn't you like toshake hands with the brave fellows, and tellthem how much you respect them ?I think we should all despise the ship-wrecked men, if they should be ungratefulto those who risk their lives to save them.Now, I want you to think who it was thatcame to save us from a more hopeless wreckthan this. If you ever tried to do just right,you know that you can no more do it inyour own strength than these men couldreach the shore without a boat. We shouldnever be good, or get safely to the goodheaven above, if Christ had not come to helpas.How can we thank him ?32

-& ----------I-FN, I-OUR SAVIOUR.

TIIESE children have been placed by theiiparents under the care of the missionaries.Their father and mother have been con-verted to belief in the true God: so theybegged the missionaries to bring them upwith their own little boy and girl in theknowledge and love of Christ our gLord.These devoted people were glad to do anything that would lead the children to loveour Saviour; and willingly accepted thecharge, though it brought them a great dealof trouble. At first the little strangers foundit very hard to sit still and study at regulartimes; but, after a while, they rather likedthe change from all their old habits, andlearned very fast. The father and mothercome almost every day to see the chil-dren, and are delighted with their improve.ment.34

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T'e rfvWe Boy.JOHN thought himself a very brave boyand had several times accused Harry of be-ing "a sneak," and "afraid of the dogs," and"afraid of his mother," because he wouldnot steal Farmer Jones's apples, nor hookwatermelons, nor go out boating in danger-ous places, where his mother did not wanthim to go. Harry took the teasing patiently,and tried to be kind to John; for he knewthe poor boy had not a happy home like his.One day, as all the boys came out fromschool, John threw the heavy ball at one ofthe others; and it bounded against Mr.,Clark's window and broke it. Mr. Clarkcame out angrily to see who had done themischief, and the boys ran like a flock ofsheep, with John at their head; but Harrywas not afraid, for he had done nothingwrong. He quietly told the druggist howthe accident happened, and the others sawwhich was the brave boy.36


FRANK DECLUZE has a pleasant home anda kind father and mother. He thinks heloves the parents who have always been sokind to him, and would be very indignant ifany one should say that he was ungrateful tothem; yet he is preparing sorrow for themevery day. They think that he is studyinghard at college, and growing up to be a goodand useful man; and all the while he iswasting his time, and getting more and morefixed in bad habits, that will finally ruin himrrHe does not mean to throw away his life,and give so much pain to his parents: hedoes not think any thing about it. But heought to think. Some time he will have tothink; and then he will be very sorry for thewasted days. Perhaps it will be too latethen: he may have thrown away his wholelife because he didn't think.38


"T' e ]Vourtaiiq Boy.THERE is a beautiful German song of ashepherd-boy, who shouts his delight in the" day of the Lord," as he calls Sunday, fromthe highest mountain-peaks, and exults inbeing able to leap from point to point, andskip about with the goats. I wish I had thesong here to translate for you; for I thinkyou would all enjoy it.The life of a Swiss shepherd-boy wouldbe very hard to us; but they enjoy roamingabout, and leading the goats to good pas-tures on the sunny slopes. They are oftenin danger; but they are so accustomed to it,that they grow absolutely fearless; and theyhave trained eye and hand and foot in theirperilous wanderings, till they can walk withperfect safety where we should fall. Manyof them have a simple trust in God, thatwould be worth more to us than their sure-footedness. They reach the spiritual heights,on which we all need to live.40


Dumy krtd Ritpcpy.JENNY is determined not to be unhappybecause she has to work. She does everything faithfully; but it is not necessary forher to be always thinking about her work,when she knows just how to do it. She canhave a great many pleasant things about her,by taking a little pains with them; so shekeeps every thing beautifully neat, and has arose-bush and a geranium in the window,and arranges her books on a shelf near by,where she can reach them at any moment.It rests her to take up a book and read for alittle while when the cake is baking; and sheis all ready to start afresh after it. Sheworks hard; yet you see she is not worn outby the work, because she does not drudge atit. If she fretted and scolded, it would makeher sick; but she is thankful for her manymercies, and takes care to enjoy them all.42


JENNIE and her father are buying a plantfor mamma. Jennie thinks a great Japan lilywould be charming in mamma's room, andshe could not fail to like it; but Mr. Loringthinks that the strong fragrance would bringon one of her bad, nervous headaches, andthey would do better to take something thathas a beautiful flower without any odor.The little girl must think of all these thingsas she selects her present: it must not onlybe beautiful in itself, but it must be some-"thing her mother can enjoy. If papahad not been with her, she might havebrought home the lovely Japan lily, andmamma would probably have given herselfa severe headache in trying to honor herlittle daughter's gift with a place in herroom.Jennie is learning to be thoughtful.44


Wilful i)idk.DICK was an undutiful son. His motherwas a widow, and it almost broke- her heartto see the child whom she so dearly lovedgrowing up wilful and disobedient. But Dickhad made bad boys his companions; andthey had done all they could to injure him.By and by Dick made up his mind that hewould go to sea with Bob Matthews, whowas one of the worst boys in the village." My son," said his mother, when he spoketo her about it, " I cannot give my consent.You must stay with me.' Then Dick threwhis cap upon the floor, and stamped his footin a rage, as you see in the picture, and de-clared that he would do as he pleased.What sad conduct this from a child to thedear mother who had done so much forhim!46

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IuILwAy Diidk.HERE you see Dick stealing away fromhome like a thief in the night. Poor, foolishboy! he thinks he is a man, and that he isgoing to see the world and make his fortune;but he little imagines the misery that awaitshim. At the gate he pauses, and turns for amoment to look back upon his home. Thereis the old well-sweep, the trees bending overthe roof, the porch covered with honey-suckles and roses, and the garden where hehas spent many happy hours. Within thequiet dwelling, his mother lies sleeping.How she prayed for him only a few hoursago! Dick's lip quivers, but only for asingle moment. Then he closes the gateafter him, and goes forth to meet Bob Mat-thews at the foot of the lane; and by morn-ing they will be far on their way to the sea.port town from which they intend to sail.4S


DICK went before the mast on a three-years voyage, and soon found that it was ahard life that he had chosen. He wastreated to kicks and cuffs and blows; and, nomatter how violent the storm, he must be ondeck, or climbing to the mast-head, shiveringwith cold, and miserable beyond words.Often his thoughts wandered to his distanthome and his fond mother; and he deter-mined when the voyage was over that hewould return to her and beg forgiveness.It was a happy day for Dick when hefound himself once more at the cottage-gate,Sand then in his mother's arms, with her gladtears on his face. How ready she was toforgive her wayward boy, and receive him toher heart again! I am glad to say, that fromthat time Dick became a good and dut' ilson, and was a great comfort to his mothe50


"Tl'e $urm y-$6ool %$otLf.THE men have teased this poor childabout going to Sunday school till she almosicried; but she would not promise not to goany more. At last they insisted that sheshould repeat a prayer, thinking that theycould make fun of it. Susan knelt downreverently, and repeated the Lord's Prayer sosolemnly, that the wicked men felt ashamedof themselves. She expected they wouldlaugh at her, or, perhaps, strike her,-whenshe rose from her knees; but they asked hervery pleasantly to sing some of her hymnsfor them. She liked singing, and had a'goodvoice; so she was glad to sing all the hymnsshe knew, and they listened very attentively.When she had finished, they did not laughat her any more; and her father told her shecould go to Sunday school as much as sheliked. God had helped her in her trouble.52


Little Be ie.LITTLE BESSIE is going to carry a loaf ofbread to a poor neighbor. Trip, her dog, isso happy to be allowed to go with his youngmistress, that he runs barking along by herside, and looks up into her face for a smileor word in return. Bessie is a good child,and delights to go on errands of mercy tothe poor and suffering; and every one lovesher because of her gentleness and sweettemper. Old Aunty Smith calls her a sun-beam, because she seems to brighten everything she touches; and blind Sarah calls herBirdie, because her voice is so sweet andmusical. 'Do you want to know the secretthat draws all hearts toward Bessie? It isthe love that fills her heart for all. Bessie isthe Lord's child; and he says, "A new com-mandment I give unto you, that ye love oneanother: as I have loved you, that ye alsolove one another."54


On1 VFieird.MARY and JULIA have been firm friendsfor a long time; and, when any thing troublesor perplexes one of them, the other is sureto sympathize. Every year they love eachother better than before, and feel more grate-ful to God, who has given them so good agift as a true friend. Mary has had a letterthat troubles her, and she is consulting Juliaabout her answer. It is a great comfort toher that she can tell her the whole affair, andask her opinion freely; and she feels, morethan ever, what a blessing has been given herin her dear friend. To many of us God hasnot given close friends here on earth; but heoffers us what is infinitely better. As heavenis better than earth, as the soul of Christ isbroader and deeper than the souls of men,so the friendship which he offers us is thebest gift that he can bestow.S6


0Good Ifotleif hlnef.THIS pleasant-faced old lady is a Bible-reader and tract-distributer. She spends hertime in going from house to house amongthe poor, reading to them, praying withthem, and doing what she can to lightentheir burdens. They love her, and call her" Good Mother Palmer."The gentleman is a rich merchant. He isjust going out to drive, but has stopped, andis kindly listening to a story of distress thatMother Palmer has come to tell him; and,when he has heard it, he will give her themoney to relieve it. How good it is that wemay all do something for those who arepoorer than ourselves, and so show our loveto Christ! Mother Palmer gives her time;the rich merchant gives his money; you andI may have only kind words to give; but, ifwe give them in Christ's dear name, we shallreceive his blessing.58


TIle tf e of lfty.ALL their friends have come out to see theboys play base-ball, and they seem to have adelightful day for it. Everybody is glad tohave them play well, and enjoy it, and growstrong and active by it; but the boy whocould do nothing else well might play ballwell to the end of his days, and nobodywould respect him for it. Do not forgetthat there are many things more importantthan these games, and do not give up yourstudies or your duties at home to have moretime for play. You want to be manly, Iknow; and you will be nothing but an over-grown child, if you put the play first as yougo through life. I hope every one of youboys will have a pleasant time, and growstrong, and grow good, and be true soldiersof Jesus Christ.60


ELLEN is watching for her father to comefrom his work. She has made the wholehouse neat, and prepared a nice dinner; andshe hopes he will come while it is hot andgood. Ellen has to work hard, and is oftenvery tired; but she knows that she is doingher duty, and brightening her father's life:and that makes her happier than she couldbe if she lazily shirked the cares whichProvidence has thrown upon her. Ellenloves God; and she feels that he loves her,and has arranged all her life in just the bestway: so she takes each duty as comingstraight from the Infinite Love; and thatthought makes it easy and pleasant. I donot mean that Ellen is not tired when nightcomes: I mean that she is glad to sit downand think, " I have tried to do God's will to-day, and he has helped and blessed me."6A


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