In the fields

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In the fields pictures and stories
Worthington Company ( Publisher )
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108 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm.


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Country life -- Juvenile literature ( lcsh )
Animals -- Juvenile literature ( lcsh )
Children's stories ( lcsh )
Children's poetry ( lcsh )
Children's stories -- 1886 ( lcsh )
Children's poetry -- 1886 ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1886
Children's stories ( lcsh )
Children's poetry ( lcsh )
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United States -- New York -- New York
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Contains prose and verse.
General Note:
Some illustrations printed in colored ink.
Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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profusely illustrated.

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2 _The Cat.

Srip arid His Friernd. T1e Cat.
DoGS and cats are not apt to be friends, THE Egyptians are the first people
but if they are brought up together they among whom we find notices of the cat.
will sometimes become very fond of each It figures largely upon the monuments as
other. a domestic pet, and was honored when
dead. Comical stories are told by
Herodotus of the anxiety to save the cats
when a house caught fire, and of the grief
when one died. The cat seemed to have
served as a retriever in fowling expeditions,
e and even in fishing. It seems strange that
no mention of the cat occurs in the Bible,
or in any Assyrian record. Professor
Max Miller is quoted as saying that even
in India it was but recently known as a
domestic animal. Its Sanscrit name is
.marjara, from a root meaning to clean,"
from the creature's habit of licking itself
4 at its toilet.
The cat's mousing habits were well
known to the Romans, and even to the
Etruscans, as shown by antique gems and
even wall-paintings. The mouse-killer
domesticated among the Greeks was the
white-breasted marten. Besides the cat,
the Egyptians domesticated the ichneu-
mon, popularly known as Pharaoh's rat,
which is still to be seen in houses in the
city of Cairo.

We have a half-grown kitten; which our
dog Snip pets and plays with all day long. Ildolent Betty.
When we give him his dinner, Kitty has
to have the first pick; for, if she is by, LITTLE Miss Betty
he will not touch it until she has eaten Looks very pretty,
her fill. He seems to be quite proud, Feeding her kittens in bed;
too, to see her eat. If a strange cat, or But mother will scold,
even a dog, should attempt to take a For she has been told,
morsel, he would drive the intruder away That's not where cats should be fed.
very quick.
I may as well state
WHETHER young or old, think it neither It is half-past eight,
too soon nor too late to turn over the And she should have risen before;
leaves of your past life and consider what The kittens could wait,
you would do if what you have done were And eat from a plate,
to be done again. Placed on the back kitchen floor.


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A The children's Hliday.

I am so bold,
SMy arms I fold.
o s And don't hold on at all.
Here's Benny Vail
With a water pail,
Just filled full at the pump;
When it splashes cold
On Tommy the bold,
O, won't it make him jump!

Forgetting all his troubles,
Before they're well begun.
SHere's Charlie making bubbles
S T D To fly them in the sun.
i See them glint and glisten,
'\ As they softly float away
'Twould do you good to listen
STo all the children say.

Here comes Freddie Smart,
With his grandpa's cart,
Giving his friend a ride;
It is only a barrow,
And dreadfully narrow,
And has neither top nor side.
n ne But what do they care ?
They can go to the fair,
The Children's Holiday. As though 'twere a coach and four,
'Tis the best they have got,
No school to-day! And Freddie can trot;
So off we run What can they ask for more ?
To the meadows gay,
To have our fun- Who stays to mind the baby,
The jolly play While the rest go and play ?
Has just begun. Why, 'tis kind little Davy,
Who minds her to-day.
See, Saw!"
Says Tommy Daw, A story he will read her,
I see you're in a fright; And teach her how to talk;
I see you're in a fright;
I'm older than you, Some day they will need her,
And bolder than you, So he'll show her how to walk.
But you must hold on tight." Sammy Dunn thinks it fun,
Sammy Dunn thinks it fun,
Up I go, To be a soldier with a gun;
Fast or slow, Gip has a mind to march behind,
And never fear a fall. To see what pleasure he can find,

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6 True Womanhood.

HOW TO DRAW A PIG. said the questioner "and it shall be placed
TEbody of piggy in the hands of the princess her self."
TIs shaed le a b, The fisherman complied with the re-
SIs shaped like a bean, quest; and, a few days later, he was sum-
Except when es poor moned to the villa of the duchess. What
And uncommonly lean. was his dismay, on being introduced to the
-Then give him two ears presence of the princess, to find that she
And a long and strong was the person to whom he had given his
snout- petition And she was not, by any
He'll find it so useful means, so ugly as he had heard. He
For rooting about commenced to stammer forth some inco-
herent excuse, but Marie.Caroline inter-
Also two little eyes; rupted him.
And make, without fail, Your petition is granted," she said,
At one end a mouth, smiling; "and henceforth, when people
At the other a tail. say that the Duchess de Berri has an
Then add four short legs, ugly face, do you add, 'But she has also
a kind heart.' "
And you have a whole a kind heart.'
Who can run for his food, True Worranblood.
Be he little or big. HERE is an ideal portrait of True
**-- Womanhood. The face affords oppor-
The Ugly Duchless. tunity for study which may be profitable
to our girls who hope to be and want to
THE following story is told of the be good and true women. The artist has
Duchess de Berri -- named her picture by attaching to it the
"She was extremely fond of Dieppe, and couplet of the poet:
passed a great deal of her time there in
summer. Indeed, it is said that the town Gentle, loving, good,
owes to her fostering patronage the estab- Wearing the rose of womanhood."
lishment of the workshops for the produc- Gentleness, affection and. good purpose
tion of those exquisite ivory carvings are all depicted in the face, and there are
which are well known to every. stranger the attendant qualities, firmness, courage
that has tarried at Dieppe. for the right, sympathy for the suffering,
One summer evening, a fisherman met and a thoughtful care for the happiness
a plainly dressed lady, walking alone on and comfort of those around her. The
the beach. He ventured to accost her, rose of womanhood which she wears must
saying that he had a petition which he be that which is described by Shakespeare
wished to present to the Duchess de Berri, as, being as much prized for its perfume
but that he did not know how to proceed as for its beauty. The flower that is only
in order to do so. beautiful is but little sought; if its per-
"Did you ever see the duchess?" in- fume be unpleasant it is detested. The
quired the lady. simple leaf is prized, if it exhales a sweet
"No," was the answer; '"but I am told perfume. So in woman-it is the beauty
that she is very ugly." of character that is valued more than
Give me the petition, at all events," beauty of form or face.

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covering from his surprise, and about to
make a spring for the intruder. At this
critical juncture the monkey, who had re-
mained perfectly quiet hitherto, raised his
paw, and gracefully saluted by lifting his
hat. The effect was magical; the dog's
head and tail dropped, and he sneaked off
and entered the house, refusing to leave
it till he was satisfied that his polite but
mysterious guest had departed. His
S... ._.._._ whole demeanor showed plainly that he
.. felt the monkey was something uncanny"
Bessie's Knitting, and not to be meddled with.
LITTLE Bessie busy knitting.
\! Tell me why?
O, and on the ever-flitting Skatir g.
Hours go by;
Fleeter still her hands are flying THERE is no winter sport for out-of-
All so spry ; doors more exhilarating and healthful than
The soft twilight now is dying; skating, when properly indulged in. The
Night is nigh. little girl shown in the engraving is not
afraid of the nipping, frosty air, nor of the
Can you tell me why she lingers snow-flakes gently falling about her. But
Here so long ? she is a wise little girl and does not need-
'Tis love that prompts her nimble fingers lessly expose herself. With her furs and
And her song; thick stockings and mitts, she need have
Sweet.thoughts of baby sister flocking. no fear of the cold.
Through her mind, It can be seen at a glance that she can
In'the morning a new stocking skate well, and the exercise itself will keep
Baby '11 find. her warm, while her thick clothing will
prevent her from getting chilled when she
stops. Her dog evidently enjoys the
A Polite Morkey. sport as well as she does. If it snows too
ONE of the best monkey stories we hard she will take off her skates and go
have seen is contained in Nature. A directly home, and she is much too sensi-
brave, active, intelligent terrier, belonging ble to stay too long or get too tired.
to a lady, one day discovered a monkey
belonging to an itinerant organ-grinder IT is not what we suppose to be pos-
seated upon a bank within the grounds, sible, but what we believe to be best,
and at once made a dash for him. The that we are to aim at; and, though we
monkey, who was attired in jacket and may and must fall short of it in actual
hat, awaited the onset with such undis- performance, we shall have every induce-
turbed tranquillity that the dog halted ment for renewed efforts in future at-
within a few feet of him to reconnoitre tempts. George Herbert says-" He
Both animals took a long steady stare at that aims at the moon, shoots much higher
each other, but the dog evidently was re- than he that aims a tree."


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12 In the Art Gallery.

THE VASE THAT BECAME AN OWL "'It is not the hand that is washed
WHAT is this ? just clean in the brook, it is not the hand that
Guess and try; is dipped in red, it is not the hand that
S uess and t is garlanded with fragrant flowers, but the
You will find out hand that gives to the poor is the most
By-and-by. beautiful.'
As she said these words, her wrinkles
It is changing fled, her staff was thrown away, and she
You can see, stood before them an angel from heaven,
And is growing with authority to decide the question in
More le me. dispute. And that decision has stood the
S More like me. test of all time."
Changing still,
More like it grows; Little Thirgs.
Now you see my A LITTLE spring had lost its way
Sa Amid the grass and fern;
Eyes and nose. A passing stranger scooped a well
Changing still, Where weary men might turn.
Now guess and try" He walled it in, and hung with care
"A staring Owl !" A ladle at its brink-
t He thought not of the deed he did,
Yes, that is I. But judged that toil might drink.
The Beautiful Hand. He passed again, and lo! the well,
A LEGEND. By summers never dried,
A LEGE. Had cooled ten thousand parching
THERE was a dispute among three tongues,
ladies as to which had the most beautiful And saved a life beside.
hand. One sat by a stream and dipped
her hand into the water and held it up,
another picked strawberries until the ends Ir the'Art Gallery.
of her fingers were pink, and another WE may infer from the crowded attend-
gathered violets until her hands were fra- ance, that the exhibition has just been
grant. An old, haggard woman, passing opened; and from the interest displayed
by, asked: by th'e visitors, we may also fairly infer
"'Who will give me a gift, for I am that the pictures are of more than ordi-
poor ?' nary merit. Art has taken great strides in
"All three denied her; but another.who this country during the present half of
sat near, unwashed in the stream, un- the century, and the children of to-day are
stained with fruit, unadorned with flowers, much more fortunate in this respect than
gave her a little gift and satisfied the poor were their fathers and mothers when they,
woman. And then she asked them what were young. Nothing affords more de-'
was the dispute; and they told her, and light than to look at pretty pictures, and
lifted up before her their beautiful hands. if there are any of our young readers who
"' Beautiful indeed,' said she, when she have never been to an Art Gallery, they
saw them. But when they asked her must ask mamma or papa to take them to
which was the most beautiful, she said: one.


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14 Rustic Sells.

Iqustic Spells.
FORTUNE-TELLING by the fancied tokens
which some flowers and plants are supposed
to afford of the coming events of life, more
.I especially of those affecting the happiness
of lovers, has prevailed among simple rus.
tic folk in many countries, before the in-
stitution of parish schools, which ought to
teach them better. The well-known scene
in Goethe's Faust, where poor Gretchen
pulls off the petals of a flower, one by one,
with her anxious comment upon their
number, Er liebt mich-liebt mich nicht,"
has frequently been adapted by English
poets, or may even have been anticipated
by some of them. Miss Landon, cele-
brated in her time as L. E. L.," describes
a maiden practicing this mystic rite:
Now, gentle flower, I pray thee tell
If my love loves, and loves me well;
Now I number the leaves for my lot:
He loves me not-he loves me-loves me
He loves me-yes, thou last leaf, yes!
I'll pluck thee not, for that sweet guess.

lMr. James Russell Lowell, the late Amer-
N ican Minister to England, once sent a dried
flower from Rhineland to a young lady
across the Atlantic, with the following sug-
gestion :
Perhaps some fair-haired German maid
Hath plucked one from the self-same
And numbered over, half afraid,
Its petals in her evening walk.
He loves me-loves me not she cries;
He loves me more than earth or
W And then glad tears have filled her eyes,
To find the number was uneven.
And thou must count its petals well,
Because it is a gift from me,
And the last one of all shall tell
Something I've often told to thee.

Of no Use. 15

These prescriptions for the floral sooth-
saying are very explicit; and there are
many grasses, as well as flowers, that can
be used for a similar purpose, as is done by
the little girl in one of our Artist's draw-
ings. She, indeed, is too young to be
thinking very anxiously of a lover; but her
childish speculations, as may happen early
in the mind of her sex, turn upon what
sort of dress she will have to wear as a
grown-up-woman. Silk-satin-cotton? "
till the list, twice or thrice'repeated, finally -..
runs out with "rags," at the fatal enumer-
ation of the last tiny shoot on the slender
stalk of grass. The boy, on his way to -
school, having loitered perhaps too long
in the tempting field-path, only wants to .
know what o'clock it is; or. as children
say, when they ask you to look at your 4
watch for them, "Can you tell me the
rig-/it time ? He has a notion of finding
the hour of the day by blowing off the
downy seed-carriers of the dandelion ; but
his elder sister, if she be a. real North
Country lass, could make the dandelion, or
hawkweed, give her much more interest- c
ing information. It would tell her, if she
has a lover, not only whether he cares for
her, but where he is, east or west, north
or south, and when he is coming to her.
There are a great variety of such fond su-
perstitions, as those of the four-leaved sham-
rock in Ireland, and the poppy of Sicilian
Theocritus ; but the young people are now
expected to be much wiser than of yore.

Of no Use.
MAKE use of me, my God !
Let me not be forgot;
Let not Thy child be cast aside,
One whom Thou needest not!
Thou usest all Thy works;
The weakest things that be
Each has a service of its own,
For all things wait on Thee !"

16 I Never Touch it.

Little Ned arid the Pairtting. Whether or not
He fell down in his hurry,
O, HERE is a painting Or whether he's shot.
Of horses so gay; I'll not join the forces,
But some men are fainting, If that is the way
While the rest ride away. They treat the poor horses,
~That are shot every day.
I could not be treating
I! 9A fair horsey so.
SMine ne'er gets a beating,
Though he's wood, you know.

The Two Antagonists.
THE Prince of Wales, while a boy,
would sometimes choose his own subject
w 7 h for the drawing lesson. On one occasion
w his Royal Highness elected to sketch "a
Pe h meeting between Wellington and Napo-
A o leon," and the picture progressed con
more. There came a tap at the door, and
Wellington himself entered. Ah," said
he, smiling, I see whom you are drawing!
That's me "-pointing to the figure rep-
resenting himself in the sketch. I rec-
,- ..ognize it by the nose. And now I am go-
ing to tell you something little known,
scarcely credible, and yet a positive fact.
In all the battles fought between Napoleon
and myself, we never once met."

I Never Touch It.
OUR rustic in the engraving little
Where are they all going ? thought when he stopped at the inn for
I'd much like to know. his tankard of beer; that he would receive
And what are they doing? a temperance lesson there. Least of all
What makes them act so ? did he think that the lesson would come
It must be a battle, from- a boy. See how determined the
For I see a big gun ; little fellow is in his refusal. His tempter
Now they hear the drums rattle, will soon be jogging along the road on his
And off they all run. cart, but, as he goes, he will think of the
Here's a horse that is lying ruddy cheeks and bright eyes of the brave
Down flat on the ground; boy who would not touch it. And per-
Perhaps he is dying- haps he will think how much better off he
And no one around would now be, if he had made such a res.
Seems to care, in the flurry, solution when he was a boy.


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i? The Christmas Hymz.

A Bird College.
IN Fulda, Germany, regular institutions
are established to teach bullfinches to
sing.. Young birds are placed in classes
of six to ten each, and kept in the dark.
As they are fed, a little hand-organ is
played. Finally the birds commence to
associate the music with the feeding, and,
when hungry, they commence to sing a few
notes of the tune they hear daily. Those
who do this are at once placed in a more
cheerful room, where light is admitted.
This encourages and makes them more
lively. Then they like to sing, and are
taught more. The most difficult part is
the starting of the birds, some of which
have to be.kept a long time in the dark,
and on starvation rations, before their
obstinacy is overcome.

The Babe in the. Basket.

Do you know what the picture on the
opposite page represents ? "A baby in
a basket," you say. That is true enough,
but it was intended by the artist to mean
something ,more. It was drawn to sug-
The Christmas Hynrn. gest the New Year. As the basket is
opened, the babe looks out upon the
How blessed -was the day world for the first time. It begins a new
Whe hrs aee d o-w the day life, just as we should at the New Year,
Whden Christ appeared on earth for that is a good time to make new
Angels and men together joined resolutions. The babe will grow till it
To hail the Saviour's birth.
gets strong. It will do its work and then
it will grow old. So will the New'Year.
How kindly He became Then it will become the Old Year, and
A little child like me; finally another New Year will come to
A child of poor and lowly name take its place. Does not the picture re-
The Saviour deigned to be. mind you of this ?
HE who does good to another man does
The stable was His room, good also to himself, not only in con-
The manger was His bed; sequence, but in the very act of doing it,
The birthplace of the King of Kings, for the consciousness of well-doing is an
Was where the oxen fed. ample reward.


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20 The Little Missionary.

Many a pain is made less keen,
When her smiling face is seen
And many a hungry child will pray
That Mary will come every day.

Blessings on the little maid
Who of her task is not afraid;
But when good deeds are to be done,
Will never shirk a single one;
Who, at night, can truly say,
I've done my duty all the day.

S Every One .1as a Duty.
SEVERY one, however humble, has a.
mission to do, to say, to think something
which has never been done, or said, or
Thought; therefore let each one,-while
---- gratefully accepting the help and profit-
f .-ut '" j own individuality, live his own independ-
ent life, and fulfill his own possibilities.
Tle Little Missionary.

ON a bleak and frosty day,
While on the ground the deep snow lay, Maud and her Pigeons.
Went Little Mary, kind and good,
Clothed in thick, warm furs and hood, WHEN Maud was quite a little girl, hei
Across the fields, through.frost and cold,- uncle made her a present of a pair of
To cheer the sick and poor and old. pigeons. Her father made a nice cote oi
house for them, and they soon made
She did not heed the wind that blew,. nest and hatched four little young ones.
Nor fear the flakes that round her flew; Maud watched the little things every day.
A basket on her arm she bore, She stood very still by the nest, and they
In which was packed a goodly store were not at all afraid of her. When they
Of fruit and jelly, cakes and tea, could fly, they were so tame that they
And things her mother thought would. be would come and light on her hand.
A comfort, in the winter bleak, The next year 'they built nests and had
Unto the aged and the weak. young ones, and when Maud grew up, she
had a large flock. People wondered why
Many a home is filled with cheer, they were so tame, but Maud knew.
While little Mary lives so near; Never once in her life did she hurt or
Many a weary eye grows brighter even frighten them, and they soon learned
Many a saddened heart is lighter, that she was their best friend.



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22 The Lessons whiich Pug learned.

The Lessorts which Pug learned. It would surprise you to know how
many cunning tricks he was taught, one
PUG was a dog, so of course he did not by one. He could sit up and beg, jump
go to school and learn lessons out of a through a hoop, find a hidden handker-
book. But he had a teacher and had to chief, walk erect on his hind feet, bark for
learn lessons, for all that. Kate was his a cracker or a bit of sugar, and then bark
teacher, and as she was patient and kind again when you bid him say, "Thank
to him, he repaid her by being a good you." One of the best things that Kate
pupil and learning quickly. In this re- taught him was not to steal. You might
set a plateful of cake within his reach and
he would not touch it unless it were given
to him.

Tale Two IPivals.
CATS and dogs are not apt to be good
friends, but if they live together when
young, they sometimes get to be very
fond of each other. Such was the case
with Floss and Rover, who belonged to
the same mistress. It would be hard to
tell which of them was her favorite.
Rover was the best playmate, for he
would romp with her in the fields for
hours together. But she could take Floss
up in her arms, while Rover was too big
to be held.
They were both very kind to her. In
I fact, they were kind to everything. Not
even the chickens were afraid of them,
although they, would cackle and make a
I great fuss when a strange cat or dog came
into the yard. Rover was always a little
jealous when Floss was fondled, but he
spect he did better than some little boys was so good-natured that he did not get
and girls that I know, although he was cross. They were rivals for the love of
only a dog. their mistress, but they were always good
Pug was very young when Kate first friends.
became his teacher. The first lessons
that he had to learn were how to behave HE who realizes and upholds the
himself properly. Then he had to be hallowed character of love in all its forms
taught not to bark at the milkman and will never slight it in its highest and
the grocer's boy. This was a hard lesson, holiest ; and he who holds loosely the
but he learned last, without getting a love of a friend or a brother is unworthy
single whipping, because his teacher was to take upon himself any obligation more
patient. sacred or binding.

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24 In the Pouls.
--T:T .L...:_ she must not blame the other children
,-.TLE HILDREE ,they refuse altogether to play with her.
A t, POT HER r

A Child's Prayer.
To Thee, our Heavenly Father,
We lift our hearts in prayer.
We ask Thee for Thy guidance
And for Thy loving care.
We ask Thee to forgive us-
Oft we have gone astray.
Oh, bring us back to Jesus,
Back to the narrow way !
Oh, take our hearts and cleanse them,
And fill them with T'hy love!
Oh, make us fit, dear Father,
To sing Thy praise above!
And .this we ask for Jesus
Our dear kind Saviour's sake.
Oh, listen to us, Father,
SAnd grant.the prayer we make !

Irt tbje Pouts.
HELEN was generally a very good girl, TI-rowing Stones.
but she had a bad habit of pouting, which BABY and. Annie are out with nurse for
made her a very bad playmate. One day a walk. Jack, the farmer's boy, is going
her brother George broke her doll in play. the same way, but they will not let him
It was certainly an accident, for George walk with them. Shall I tell you why?
would not willingly do anything to dis- Because Jack is fond of throwing stones
please his sisters. George was very sorry and frightening the birds and squirrels.
and he said so, but Helen would play no So Jack walks on behind. Even Fido is
more. She sat and sulked about it, mak- afraid of him and runs away when he sees
ing herself very unhappy as well as George him coming. Baby and May like to have
and little May. the birds and squirrels come near them.
May cannot understand why she should Boys who throw stones are to be avoid-
pout over a little accident, and George ed, not only by birds and squirrels, but
looks wistfully for a smile of forgiveness. also by other boys and girls. A stone
Their fun is all spoiled, when it should thrown carelessly may do much more
not have been interrupted for a moment. harm than is intended. It is not a good
If Helen could see how pouting spoils excuse that the thrower did not mean any
her good looks, she would try to break harn. If the harm is done, he is to blame
herself of the habit. If she continues it, for it.

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)f their mammas. They should go to
Sed at night like other folks."
S" If you leave it on the porch another
night," says George, "I should not be
surprised if some dog should carry it off,
and then no doctor or nurse will be of
any use.

A SurprIy Dispositiori.
GIVE thanks for a sunny disposition, if
you have it, an ability to look affairs in
the face, and lastly-but not least-for
Sthe faculty of seeing the pleasant or
Humorous side of every-day life. If parents
only realized how far this gift goes to oil-
ing the machinery of home-life, prevent-
ing friction of temper, and causing general
smooth running, they would encourage and
not repress this quality in children's minds.
k- Most children are naturally quick at see-
ing the funny side, which is nearly the same
Ss the sunny side. What a difference it
S------makes in a house, whether or not there is a
sunbeam person keenly alive to the ludi-
crous side of affairs !
Tthe Sick Doll.
DOLLY is sick. There can be no mis-
take about it, for she was left out on the Greedy Kate.
porch all night with no hat on her head
and not even a shawl to protect her from I HAVE a little girl in mind,-
the cold night dew. As fair a girl as you may find,
Ada says that such exposure would But in her home or on the street,
make any dolly sick. She must "have a She never gets enough to eat.
hot drink at once. George only laughs
at her when she wants him to play Doc- Of bread and butter, cakes and fruit,
tor, but Mamie says a nurse will do just She never has enough to suit;
as well. So she puts on Grandma's cap Her hands are full early and late,-
and glasses and looks very wise. That's why they call her Greedy Kate.
Is she very sick, Nurse? "
Mamie looks at her carefully through SELF-RESPECT is the foundation of char-
the spectacles and says : acter and of progress. Break it down,
She is truly very sick, but I do not and nothing valuable can be built upon
think she will die. It is very bad for the ruins; establish it firmly, and no one
dollies to be left out on the porch all can tell how noble a structure of virtue
night, and it is very careless on the part and happiness may not be raised.


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The Little Sailors. Work arid Doubts.
HERE we go sailing! A RECENT writer defines "worry "-a
Jolly.sailors are we! trouble which makes many people ill, and
The chairs for a vessel, causes even some to die-to be labor done
The mat for a sea, without faith. He means by this, efforts
The broom for a mast, made without confidence in the success
The shawl for a sail; aimed at. There is a world of truth in the
And Jennie shall carry saying, Courage-always courage A
The big water-pail successful man who overheard a less san-
guine person drawl out, I wish I could !"
--- turned upon him suddenly with the words,
SSay I will, and you can!" That is what
the energetic man had proved in his own
experience, and what many a languid in-
dividual might prove too, if he would only
Once wake up. Our doubts," the great
poet has it, are traitors."

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Campirng Out.
TIIERE is no greater sport for the young
men of our cities than to camp out in the
woods in the summer. The little girls
shown in our engraving have no doubt

to see how it seems. They have selected
the shade of a great tree. and with heir
umbrella for a tent, they think it would be
great fun to do as the city people do.
These happy little 'girls have no need to
camp out. They live in the country and
do not know how hard it is to be com-
pelled to stay in the dusty city, far away
from the shady woods and the green fields
To catch the big fishes, and the fresh invigorating breezes. Many
And perhaps a whale. a poor little city child would be glad to be
The wind is not blowing, with them under the great tree.
The wind is not blowing,
To ruffle the seas,
But Jack, with the bellows, RESPECT goodness, find it where you
Can make a good breeze. may. Honor talent, wherever you. behold
Hold the pail, Jennie! it unassociated with vice ; but honor it
Here is a whale; most when accompanied with exertions,
With the tongs I will catch it, and especially when exerted in the cause
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30 The Snow Ball.

Tbe Srtow Ball. passed that way again and saw that the
weed had grown much larger. That
OVER and over we roll the snow; weed ought to be pulled up said he, "but
Steadily and surely, see it grow; I have no time to day, I will come and re-
At first, it was so very'small, move it to-morrow." The next day he
To move it was no work at all; was too busy to attend to it, and several
But now so heavy has it grown, weeks passed by. When, at last, he went
That it is like a block of stone; to pull it up, it had grown so large that he
We push with all our might and main, could not move it, though it was destroy-
But all our effort is in vain. ing his garden. And what was worse, its
seeds had ripened, and were scattered all
over the garden, to produce a thousand
weeds the next year. Then said the man:
How much trouble I might have saved
myself. if I had rooted out the weed as
soon as I found it."
This is the way with our bad habits. At
first, we can root them out very easily, if
we try. But after a while, they beconre
so strong -that it is almost impossible to
get rid of them. It is so with the habit of
using bad words, and with every other bad
Shabit. We should destroy them, as a
good gardener will strange weeds, when
they first appear.

STe Christmas Visit.
THE wind is blowing a gale and the snow
is falling thick and fast. But to-morrow is
LL Christmas, and Aunt Carrie has a visit to
..- .- pay to her nieces and nephews. Their
faces are pressed close to the windows as
And so it is, when we begin they watch for her coming. How delighted
With every little fault or sin ;- they will be when they see her! What
Correct it then we easy may, guesses at what she has in her basket!
But it grows harder every day. They all love Aunt Carrie, and they are
always glad to see her. But she is never
more welcome than at Christmas-time.
Bad Habits.
EVERY human being has a work to carry
THERE was once a lazy man who saw a on within, -duties to perform abroad, in-
strange weed growing in his garden. It fluences to exert, which are peculiarly his,
is so small that it can do no harm," said and which no conscience but his own can
he, and he let it grow. In a few weeks he teach.

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2 The Fear of the Lord.

a neglect to be grateful, and to do as God
would have us do. Then we shall fear
him, while we love him.

1.i Spend Wisely.
LOOK to your spending. No matter
what comes in, if more goes out, you will
always be poor. Little expenses, like mice
in a barn, when they are many, make great
STwaste. Hair by hair, heads get bald; straw
by straw, the thatch goes off the cottage;
Fyth and, drop by drop, the rain comes into the
chamber. A barrel is soon empty if the
fly,. wtap leaks but a drop a minute. In all
sear.kere urfo o meC: things keep within compass. Never stretch
i n a ll fcaelo your legs farther than the blankets will
Soreach, or you will soon be cold. A fool
tde t0.1 o" lOI.r may make money ; but it needs a wise man
to spend it. Remember, it is easier to
build two chimneys than to keep one going.

T11e Fear of the Lord. Love for Grandma.
To live in the fear of the Lord is not ROSEBUD, dainty and fair to see,
always to be afraid of hifn, but to always Flower of all the world to me,
know that he sees us and notes all our Come this way on your dancing feet--
thoughts and all our actions. Indeed, if Say, how much do you love me, sweet ?
we do right, we need. have no fear at all Red little mouth drawn gravely down,
in the sense that we use the word fear.
Are not two sparrows sold for a far- White brow wearing a puzzled frown,
Are not two sparrows sold for a far- Wise little baby Rose is she,
thin ? said the Saviour, "and not one of Wise little baby Rose is she,
them falleth to the ground without the
Father's notice. Ye are of more value than "I love you all the day and the night,
many sparrows." If we know that God All the dark and the sunshine bright,
thus watches over us so carefully, we ought All the candy in every store,
surely to fear to do wrong, but we shall All the dollars, and more and more,
have in our hearts only love for him who Over the tops of the mountains high,
gives us all our blessings, and shields us All the world, way up to the sky."
from harm. Even the little, weak sparrows
are not too be noticed and cared
for by him. As we receive greater care EVERY good deed that we do is not only a
and greater blessings, wre should never, present pleasure,but a support for the future.

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34 The Use of Flowers.

S Then wherefore, wherefore were they
All dyed with ,rainbow light;
All fashioned with supremest grace,
Up-springing day and night;
Springing in valleys green and low,
And on the mountains high,
And in the silent wilderness,
Where no man passes by ?
Our outward life requires them not-
Then wherefore had they birth ?
To minister delight to man;
To beautify the earth.
To comfort man-to whisper hope,
Whene'er his faith is dim;
For Who so careth for the flowers,
Will much more care for him !

-- The Deer.
Sa THERE are many kinds of deer, and orig-
inally they were to be found in all parts of
The Use of Flowers, the world except Australia. They are,
however, very shy, and they have been
GOD might have bade the earth bring forth hunted so much that they are now to be
Enough for great and small, found, in a wild state, only in the great
The oak-tree and the cedar-tree, forests, and in regions far away from the
Without a flower at all. dwelling-places of men.
He might have made enough, enough, Though very timid and shy, some kinds
For every want of ours ; are easily tamed. The Laplanders use
For luxury, medicine, and toil, them to draw their sledges over the snow.
And yet have made no flowers. The Caribdu or American reindeer is much
larger than the deer of Lapland and much
The ore within the mountain-mine wilder, but it has been tamed to draw a
Requireth none to grow, wagon almost as well as a horse. The deer
Nor doth it need the lotus flower that we see in the parks is the Virginia deer;
To make the river flow. it is the most beautiful and graceful of the
deer family. The several kinds of deer vary
The clouds might give abundant rain, greatly in size. The Moose is the largest,
The nightly dews might fall, being quite as large as a horse, while a
And the herb that keepeth life in man variety is found in South America no larger
Might yet have drunk them all. than a small dog.



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36 The Little Teacher.

The Little Teacher. Opportunities.
GRACE has been to school only three A LESSON that we all need to learn is to
-terms, but she can read in the First Reader grasp opportunities the instant they appear.
very well. She can spell all the words cor- A person was walking along the sea-shore,
rectly, too, and she prints them neatly on gathering the treasures which were left on
her slate. Her brother Dick has not been the sands. He was searching in a dreamy
to school yet. His mamma says he is too way, listlessly looking here and there.
little. But Gracie thinks he is not too little Suddenly the waves left at his feet a shell
to learn, and she is teaching him to read more beautiful than any he had found.
and spell. When he goes to school he will "That shell is safe enough," he said; "I
excel boys that are much larger, thanks to can pick that up at my leisure." But, as
his little teacher. he waited, a higher wave swept along the
Dick loves his sister, and so he tries very beach, recaptured the shell, and bore it
hard to learn, because he knows that it will back to the bosom of the ocean.
please her. He does not think it a task at Is not that like many of our opportuni-
all, and she does not think it a hard task ties ? Seemingly they are providentially
to teach him. All tasks are made easy cast at our feet. The chance to do good
by love. Grace and Dick not only love or to get good seems so wholly within our.
each other, but they love their books, reach, that we think it safe to attend to
as all boys and girls should. other matters first. We delay for a mo-
ment, and, when we turn again, the oppor-
tunity is gone.

Little Children.
THANK God for little children.
When our skies are cold and gray,
They steal as sunshine in our hearts,
And charm our cares away.
It must be that the angels,
Who tend life's gardens fair,
Drop down the pure, sweet blossoms,
That bloom around us here.
Surely a breath of heaven
Round every cradle lies,
And every little baby
Brings a blessing from the skies.

NOTHING SO weakens the restraints of
time and the regard for public virtue as
free converse of the failings and follies of
others, especially of those who stand high
in public estimation as persons of worth
and character.


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38 The Lessons of the Flowers.

Sand 'the months that elapse seem years.
We watch the return of an absent friend,
and each minute grows longer than the last.
But, if we can work while we wait, and so
expedite the end in view, or prepare the
way for it, the impression of length is re-
True patience is not inactivity, it is not
sitting still and watching the clock, but
using the energies in the intervening time
to, the best advantage. Let the child be
interested in some pleasant preparation for
his holiday ; let the young man be eagerly
fitting himself for the new duties he is to
assume; let the watch eruse his waiting
moments in sketching some agreeable plan
for his friend's welcome, and the time will
move with its accustomed celerity.

te nt True Beauty.
THIS is the portrait of a Beauty. At
least, that is what the artist calls it. It is
certainly an attractive face, but beauty of
the face or form is but one kind of beauty,
The Lessons of the Flowers and not the one that is most lovable. It is
THERE is a lesson in each flower, a beautiful disposition that most attracts.
al c story in each stream and bower; What matters it if a person has the pret-
On every herb on which you tread test features in the world ? If she has not
Are written words which, rightly read, kindness of heart and gentleness in man-
Will lead you from earth's fragrant sod ners, we cannot like her. While her feat-
To hope, and holiness, and God. ures may be irregular and her form un-
graceful, if she be gentle and kind in all
her thoughts and words and deeds, we
cannot help loving her. It is well to be
Time's Freight. fair of face and form, but true beauty is the
THERE is all the difference in the world beauty of the heart. This is the beauty to
between longing for something which time be prized and cultivated above all others.
alone can bring, and looking forward to an E
end which we are going to consummate or fondnessRY adjuration of love, every oath of
prepare for by our own efforts. The one fondness, always contains this mental res-
protracts the intervening hours, the other ervation-w As long as you are what you
shortens them. The child anticipates the now are.
holiday, and thinks it will never come. TIME is gold; throw not one minute
The young man longsto attain his majority, away, but place each one to account.

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40 By the Sea.

By tle Sea. He was very glad to make Paul's ac-
quaintance, for'he lived a lonely life and
LITTLE Paul lived near the sea-shore. Paul was good company. He helped Paul
Every day when the weather was fine he to name all his strange shells, and told
would go to the beach and wander for him where they came from, and what were
hours on the white sands in search of the habits of the animals that had once
shells, which were washed ashore in great lived in them. Many of them had been
numbers. brought by the waves and currents a long
Paul found a great variety of shells, distance, and Paul never tired of listening
There was the periwinkle, sea snail and a to the old sailor's stories of the countries
F_ far away.
He told Paul of the lands where dates
and figs and oranges grow, where the lions
come down to the shore and roar in the
night; where the wild elephants may be
seen in great herds, and where great
poisonous serpents lay hidden in the tall
grass. He told him also tales of storms
and shipwrecks, where the sailors had to go
for days and weeks without food or water.
"I would like to go to sea in a great
ship," said Paul.
You are too young to go to sea," said
the old sailor, and I am too old; but I'll
tell you what we can do. While we are
talking, we will build a boat, and you can
sail it on the pond ',ack of your house."
The old sailor had placed a seat in the
shade of a boat that had been wrecked on
the shore, and they sat and built a boat.
The old sailor knew how to rig it very well,
_-_____ and he put in a mast, and fixed the ropes
and sails just like a large boat. When it
was finished Paul showed it to his sisters
__ mnd they spent hours watching it sail on
great many kinds of clam shells which Paul the pond. They could not sail it on the
could name. But he found many curious sea, for the waves were too rough.
and very pretty shells that he had never
seen before. THERE is no greater mistake in the
An old sailor lived near the shore and world, wrote Leigh Hunt, than the look-
Paul resolved to take the strange shells to ing. up-on every sort of nonsense as want
him and ask him what they were. The of sense. The difference between nonsense
old sailor had spent the most of his life at not worth talking and nonsense worth it is
sea, and had visited nearly every part of simply this-the former is the result of a
the world. He was crippled and lame want of ideas, the latter of a superabun-
now and he had to stay at home. dance of them.

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the merciless bird easily tears it in pieces.
It will not stop when its appetite is satisfied,
,, but will catch and kill more than it wants,
storing it away in its home.
Some owls live in holes in old trees,
S and some dig holes in the ground, or take

About Owls.
OWLS are to be found in all parts of the
world, in warm climates as well as cold,
but they are more common in cold, north-
ern countries. There are many varieties,
but they all have similar habits. They are
nocturnal birds, that is they fly in the night,
and are quite helpless in the sunlight,
because they are unable to see. O
They are all birds of prey, living upon GREA HORNE
rats, mice, squirrels and small birds, and possession of holes that have been dug by
the larger kinds will not hesitate to catch marmots or foxes. They have large ears,
and eat a rabbit. They have strong wings, and their hearing is very acute. Some
but they do not depend upon them to have tufts of feathers like horns, and are
catch their prey, which they usually pounce called horned owls. Some are quite large,
upon unawares. They are covered with measuring eighteen inches in length, while
thick, downy feathers, which enable them others are not larger than a quail.
to fly with less noise than most birds make.
They have large eyes, which are very
bright. and sharp, when their prey cannot THERE are no blessings, however great,
see at all because of the darkness. that discontent will not convert into evils,
Any small bird or animal that falls into and no trials, however severe, that serenity
the clutches of an owl, has no chance at all and virtue may not transform into bless-
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44 tVilly's Prayer to the Wind.

Willy's Prayer to the Wirtd. forming simple little plays, turning upon
OUR little Willy is very fond of apples, an accidental mistake or embarrassing situa-
and now, as he discovers that they are tion, without any suggestion of evil. The
ripe, he wants to get hold of them in the merry little company putting on a variety
worst way. But they hang too high, and of queer disguises, hats, big coats, shawls,
Collars and neckerchiefs, one marking his
he can't get at them. Now what does he
do? He asks the wind to help him. "Oh." upper lip with a mustache, others hand-
says he," wind, oh wind, you heavenly child, ling an umbrella or a walking-cane, to make
help me, and shake the tree for me, as I an effective appearance before the Christ-
cannot do it myself." No doubt the wind mas party of relations and friends, seem
could not withstand a supplication like this, perfectly happy. There is a word of two
and I think Willy got all the apples that syllables to be guessed, one syllable at a
time, from the scenes which are to be
enacted; the first syllable, for aught we
can see, may require that a lady and
gentleman walking out together should be
Sr caught in the "Rain," and. it is well that
N she takes her umbrella; but they will affect
the greatest discomfort and alarm when
.' the shower is supposed to fall as they pass
Through the street to. their shopping. It
may further be conjectured that the in-
tended second syllable is Bow ;" and that
', the pretty boy with the Cavalier locks, who
|ll \ tI is just now decorating his face by the aid of
S, a hand-mirror, will then present himself as a
S'.' i'- "' Beau" of the Court of Charles II., exhibit-
i" ng some feats of high-flown gallantry more
S or less in the polite fashion of that time.
S. They will amuse themselves, at any rate.

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.i sea-level. The fish is partially amphibious,
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.- land. In the water the legs double up,
and aring of fins around the neck stands
out like a ruffle, and assists the fish to swim.
Dressing for the Clharade.
THIS cheerful entertainment is particu- THE cultivation of such manners as shall
larly agreeable to children, whose lively express all the best feelings, the noblest
sense of humor, and quick observation and thoughts, the refinement and the grace of
imitation of the manners of their elders, the mind and the heart, is a thing which
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46 Feeding the Birds.

they show it in their many movements.
Here is one of those occasions when at
that happy time of the year, Christmas,
every one is remembered. This handsome
lady, no doubt, thinks she is doing no more
than her duty when she feeds the birds, as
S-she takes as much pleasure in giving as in
_- receiving. The pigeons, familiar almost to
boldness, approach and get the lion's share,
while the meek little sparrow and the timid
S' robin slowly approach to catch some of the
.O. k outside pickings. This must be located
at some of the old castles of England,
if we are to judge by the baronial arms
on the door ; or it may be in Scotland,
if we are to give any heed. to the lad
in kilts, who is holding back his favorite
Feeding tihe Birds. Spitz, who seems very desirous of being
an intruder on the morning meal of the
WE wish that every boy and girl were birds, and who would perhaps make sad
as mindful as this little boy who is feeding havoc with the pigeons if he had his own
his little bird-friends on this winter morn- free will.
ing. Everything is thickly covered with
snow, and the birds can find nothing to eat;
the fine pickings they used to get on the
ground are now away below the snow, and Do SOMETHING.-Do not spend your
they cannot get at them. So when the precious time in wishing and watching
boy appears at the window, the birds come and waiting for something to turn up. If
flying to him fluttering and chirping in you do, you may wish and watch and wait
great excitement. By treating the birds in forever. You can do it if you will, but you
this way you will be surprised to find how must put forth the effort. Idleness and
tame they will become. They will even indifference never accomplished anything.
eat out of your hand, and show other marks It takes energy and push, to make headway
of confidence and thanks at their kind in the world ; and an active, energetic,
treatment. persevering man is sure to succeed. If he
cannot do one thing, he will do something
*-- else. If he cannot succeed in one direc-
tion, he will in some other. He will do
C11ristmas Mornir g-Early something. He will not waste his time in
Breakfast, idleness. There is no lack of work, no
lack of opportunities. Do what comes to
WHEN everything is wreathed in white your hand, and do it well. True progress
by winter's snow, and the bleak, cold winds is from the less to the greater. You must
are making noisy havoc among the trees, begin low if you would build high. Work
it is well to remember that there is a way is ordinarily the measure of success. Quit
of dispensing sweet charity, and though resolving and re-resolving, and go and do
the recipients cannot speak their thanks something.

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48 A Bunch of Flowers.

A Bunch of Flowers, tion which that morning had taken place
THE most charming of all gifts is one of in his garden. In his gleesome mood he
TE most charming of a gifts is one of rubbed his hands as though he thought the
flowers. A queen may give them to her 1
& day s work had been an uncommon good
subjects; and the poorest subject may.offer one
them to a monarch. They are the repre-showd no
sentatives of all times and all nations, the e sho d no
Inclination to catch the merry infection
pledges of all feelings. The infant plays occasion ed by the pigs death. Bacon
occasioned by the pig's death. Bacon,
S. "-... hams, and chops in the house, raised a
lively appreciation of the pig's worth, any-
how; i.e., from the maternal point of view
in the Howard family. Never before had
they known such a wealth of pork. And
as Joe rubbed his hands again, this ex-
clamation escaped his lips: "Well done,
--" Now what made Joe Howard make that
exclamation was the fact that he had been
-^''/ m q' enabled to buy this pig, and feed it until it
became quite a beauty, by the aid of the
busy little Lee. Joe used to frequent the
7 '-. ; liquor saloons at one time and spend nearly
S all his earnings there, and consequently
his poor wife and family fared very badly.
with them and gains his first idea of beauty He was a good mechanic, and could earn
from their blossoms; the lover oives them plenty of money to keep his family corn-
to his beloved; the bride wears them. portable and make a fair showing on the
Here is the Narcissus, Pansy, Daisy, Tulip books of the savings-bank, but it nearly all
and otherbeautiful flowers grouped together went for drink instead.
in happy harmony. One day he was presented with a Bee-
hive, which set him thinking, and shortly
afterward, as he was musing in front of it,
and watching the active movements of the
The Bees that Bought the Pig. bee, he thought of his own very unsatis-
factory state-in debt, his home unhappy,
A KITCTIEN PICTURE. his wife and children poorly clothed and
FEW suspected the origin of that pig as it miserable. The more he watched the
hung from two hooks screwed into one of more he desired to emulate the industry
the rafters of the kitchen roof-not the of the bee. So he said he would stop
origin of the pig with its brothers and drinking, and he did'so ; and the first thing
sisters that made up the original litter, but he did was to fix tup a stand for his hive,
the origin of its connection with the cottage, and otherwise improve it, and in the course
the kitchen of which seemed all the richer of time everything else improved, and he
and brighter for its, the pig's, hanging determined to buy a pig with the proceeds
presence.. of his hive. This he did, and so was en-
At any rate, Joe Howard looked on in abled to buy a pig, and reap the reward
nowise abashed or disgraced by the execu- that is shown in the engraving.

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50 The Water- heel.

The Water-W1heel. It is a pretty scene, and a lively instance
T r d of that great power of "make-believe"
THE surprise that Ella agner received which belongs to most little girls up to a
when she saw for the first' time a water-
wheel was great She was visiting her certain age of childhood. The seriousness
wheel was great She was visiting her
uncle's farm, and had strayed away until of her gesture, as she exhorts these funny
uncle's farm, and had strayed away until
S.g uests of hers to polite and orderly be-
she came in front of the great big wheel .
she came in front their social meal, is not less char-
and saw the water pour over .the wheel and acteristic than the proud and dignified
make it go round with a splash, splash, ri r dg
make i g round with a sash, sash, bearing of the cat. As for the dolls, there
splash. She could not imagine how the is no fear of their being rude or greedy;
soft water could turn such a great big but that oneleaning against the basket
wheel, but the dog who had often visited but tat o leaning against the basket
seems to be in a very exhausted condition
it took it as a matter of course, having seen e s the tea will do her good. The
it every day. But she was still more sur- ill r Pe.
prised when she went inside, and the miller hostess, at any rate will enjoy this Garden
showed her how the wheat was made into Party, and will perhaps be joined by some
flour. But there are very few water-wheels other pretty little girl, and they will have
now, the steam-engine having taken their such a n timeall to themselves-
places. eluding the cat.

Why Cats' Eyes Shiire in the
I '. THE eyes of many animals-those of
-'''i' cats, for instance-exhibit a peculiar brill-
S" iancy, which is especially remarkable in the
. A dusk. It was formerly thought that the
.- ,, I, eyes of such animals emitted light inde-
S-. pendently, as it was only thought light
: '. could be transmitted by the. human eye
S' under the influence of passion. The
*'. brilliancy, however, in the eyes of these
-N'-'J f "' animals is caused by a carpet of glittering
--'--- -'L -fibres called the tapetum, which lies behind
the retina, and is a powerful reflector. In
.-- perfect darkness no light is observed in
their eyes, a fact which has been established
A Gardert Party. by very careful experiments; but, never-
THE little girl has her small family of theless, a very small amount of -light is
dolls, Minnie, Tottie, and Baby, whom she sufficient to produce the luminous appear-
has brought out in a straw basket for the ance in them.
alfresco repast under a leafy shading tree,
and has invited Pussy to take tea with STRENGTH of character consists of two
them; or rather, has provided a saucer of things-power of will and power of self-
milk for Pussy, laid, with the small tea- restraint. It requires two things, there-
pot, the tiny teacups, and the dish of fore, to its existence-strong feelings and
apples, upon a napkin spread on the grass. strong command over them.

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52 JWJhat's O'Clock

io. who cannot afford to have a house with
'' ground enough for a garden or conserva-
tory-is to have a row of favorite flowers
Iiy l t } on the window-ledge, and watch their
'K' daily growth, and give their daily drink,
'- which is necessary for the life of all flowers.
1 Y Ti To see them sprout out in leaves, and
j I L jz~' then the gradual formation of the bud
i until it bursts forth in all its fresh beauty,
I is a true pleasure to all lovers of nature
Iand its glorious wonders. Of late years
S\ a great stimulus has been given to the
poorer classes in the East End of London
i 'i!! 'i' to cultivate flowers, and it has grown to
I such an extent that numerous shows are
'."i' held, where prizes are given for the best
plants of the different varieties, 'and certi-
S *il Ificates are to be given that they have been
'', reared on the window-ledge or in the
house. Some very fine displays are made,
Sand when they are all placed and classified,
9 it is hard to believe that they have been
Brought to such perfection in the crowded
What's 0 Clock! and oftentimes dirty and dingy streets of
London. In going along some of these
THIs little miss has crawled up on the streets, it is surprising to see the rich and
chair in the absence of her mother, and healthy appearance of the plants; andwhen
now stands upright watching that wonder- you see them, you can always rest assured
ful thing, the clock. She sees that long that there are contentment and happiness
thing going from side to side-the pendu- reigning in the hearts of their possessors.
lum-all by itself, no one touching it, and
then she hears some one inside say, tick,
tick, tick, all the time, while the hands of THORouGHNESS.-The foundation of all
the clock keep moving- round. She can- education, from the time a child first
not understand how it should all go itself, begins to learn, is thoroughness. What-
without even a little girl moving it, but ever is attempted must be carried out
she wishes she could get at the short hand; thoroughly, until the learner becomes
she thinks she could make it move as fast master of the subject. Thoroughness is
as the longer one. The dog Prince seems the groundwork of all good habits of mind,
to think it is about time she was coming and a child's mind is as much a bundle of
down, as he is afraid she will fall every habits as its body. For this purpose, it is
minute. well to strengthen the memory by insisting
--upon children learning something by heart
Window Gardening. every day ; it cultivates the retentive
powers of the mind, and is a help to spell-
ONE of the delights of the poor man's ing accurately, as the eye accustoms itself
home-or, for the matter of that, any one to the appearance of words.

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54 Papa's Pet.

Papa's Pet. midnight to announce the passing of the
THIS little fellow, who has been left in full-spent year. This appears to be the
situation of the amiable domestic party--
charge of his father, is full of life and mis- stheatiher the mother, somewstic party
chief, and it would give him unheard-of thn fher, the th, and the daughter
delight if he could get nearer the cage and ther sde, who hav, b een readin, dau y
6 1her side, who have been reading, and some-
experiment on the feelings of the bird.
experiment on the feelings of the birdtimes exchanging comments or questions, in
,:'i the most appropriate and profitable study,
I'ii"'! till their common occupation is stopped-
*- '. -'- J or is rather suddenly directed to thinking of
i the solemnity of the present moment-by
." I the sound of the midnight chimes.
As in the days long since gone by,
S' The ancient timepiece makes reply,
i_.I-hI p Never-forever !"
"- [! I I '- Never here, forever here,
SI Where all parting, pain, and care,
And death, and time, shall disappear!
He is also delighted at being jumped up Forever there, but never here,
and down, and almost leaps out of his The horologe of Eternity
father's hands at the delightful sensation of Sayeth this incessantly,
being pitched up so high. Papa, he thinks, "Forever-never!
is best at this, and he keeps it up until Never-forever !"
even his papa, who is so strong, is tired out.__
-- IT is one of Ruskin's pithy sayings that
The Erd of the Year: Twelve "the obstinacy of the mean man is in the
T Epd T e ronunciation of' I,' and the obstinacy of
O'Clock. the great man in the pronunciation of 'It.' "
THE custom observed by many religious This difference may be said to divide all
congregations, is to hold a special meeting energetic men and women into two general
for Divine service during the hour before classes-those who are bent upon establish-
midnight on the last day of the Old Year, ing themselves, and those who are bent upon
so that the actual beginning of the New establishing something which they hold
Year shall be consecrated by prayer, or by more important than themselves.
the singing of a hymn, at the very moment
when the reckoning of one twelvemonth is SPIDERS' WEBS.- Leuwenhoek has com-
finished and that of another twelvemonth puted that ioo of the single threads of a full-
is commenced. For the sake, however, of grown spider are not equal to the diameter
one of the greatest blessings of family life, of the hair of the human beard; and, con-
it is assuredly well that parents and children sequently, if the threads and hair be both
should be able to partake together, in the round, Io,ooo such threads are not larger
sweet quiet of their home converse, some than such a hair. He calculates that4,ooo.-
communication of worthy thoughts and de- ooo of a young spider's threads are not so
vout aspirations, when the clock strikes at large as the single human hair.


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56 The First Snow.

.nice flower. Flowers are always beauti-
.- *i ......' ,ful and graceful-far more beautifully and
.:.. wonderfully made than anything of man's
handiwork. Gretchen is coming in with a
fine pot of flowers for father or mother or
Grandmother, and a nicely written address
of congratulation and wishes for future
's''" happiness. The roll with the address will
be long treasured up, and the flowers will
bring back thoughts of the giver whenever
_, they are seen.

Thle First Srtow. ANTS.-Sir John Lubbock, a short time
back, again tested his ants, and yet again
THE first snow is falling on garden and tree, found them wanting. He placed a glass
And Lucy is clapping her small hands in hive on a pole, and on the other side of
glee; the pole contrived a wooden promenade
The white flakes are drifting about, to and for the ants, with paper bridges from it
fro, placed at intervals, leading to three pieces
And Carlo is rolling himself in the snow. of glass, on two of which there was no
The snow comes down gently, so soft and food, while the third contained a supply of
so light, food. Sir John Lubbock then taught two
And hides the poor flowers and grass from ants-artifically marked with a spot of
sight, color, so as to be recognizable-their way
In a snowy jacket that, fold on fold, to the food, guiding them over the right
Keeps flower-stem and tree-root from bridge. The creatures soon learned their
catching cold. way, and were very diligent in fetching
The fields and meadows are all asleep, the food; but of the other ants, which had
Covhe fields and meadow-drifts are all asleep, not been taught the way, very few reached
Covered with snow-drifts soft and deep,
And so, through winter they sleep, quiet the food, most of them going over the
snug, wrong bridges, and not apparently getting
si ae in ti sn u, set right by the two initiated ants. Sir
Cosily wrapped in their snowy rug, .
Till the spring-time comes with sun and John believes that the ants do not hear
rain, any such vibrations as those to which the
And walens them up to grow again human ear is sensitive, but they turn away
And L s il e th in sring, their antennae from scented objects, and
And Lucy will see them, in spring, as greenhe ascribes such powers of guiding them-
As if the snow had never been. he ascribes such powers of guiding them-
selves as they have in great measure to
smell. As regards family affection or re-
gard for their species, he finds the ants
Mary Ha y e deficient. When they find a dead ant, they
Mary Happy leturrs usually pass by on the other side. .A few
THERE are many kinds of presents that appeared to feel concern for their drowned
one can give on birthdays or at Christmas fellow-creatures, but he was obliged to re-
or Easter, but perhaps the prettiest is a gard this as an individual peculiarity.



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58 The Thunder-Storm.

.;-- -- Tbe New Sister.
A NICE little sister, soft and rosy, has
i' just come to town, and has been brought
Son a visit to Lucy and William, who look
I very much astonished at the new arrival.
S c Lucy remembers when Willie was a baby,
i s Ii and looks on the new-comer as if she was
F_ ... quite accustomed to such things as little
Spin babies; but Willie is more curious.
He has been the baby up till now, but the
Snew one has "put his nose out of joint."
S t d The next thing they will have to do will
Sbe to choose a name for the baby. They
SItought to pick out a nice one, for it is very
I-t-. Unfortunate to be sent out in the world
O1 il with an absurd name.
The Tbhunder-StorrM.
Do you hear the rolling thunder
And the pouring rain-drop splash ? Too MUCH AT ONCE.-Do one thing at
As the clouds are rent asunder, a time, and do it well. Perhaps the cry-
Do you see the lightning's flash ? ing evil of our busy age lies in the attempt
Fear not, dear, the rolling thunder, to do too much at once; to crowd too
For it is the voice of God; much work in too small a compass of time;
His are all these works of wonder, to attempt the doing of the work in hand
Earth herself quakes at his nod. while the mind is planning or worrying
Rocks are cleft and mountains shattered, with regard to the amount of work ahead.
By the will of the Most High, Men scratch off letters with half their brain
And the worlds of stars are scattered focused on some other-perhaps half a
Through the blue vault of the sky. dozen other-subjects. In such spirit
Fear not, dear, the lightning flashing, houses are built, cloth woven, clothes made.
Though it rive the sturdy oak; It is all mechanical-all for show-no real
It is God who sends it crashing, interest in the work-no soul in it-no
Or averts the deadly stroke, desire save to make a false show, and finish
Yes! the thunder and the lightning as soon as possible-no incentive save
Come as blessings to the world- greed or the necessity of working under
See, the sky is swiftly brightening, such influences to gain bread. What is
As the clouds are onward hurled. the result? Sin at the start, and a harvest
All is fresher, purer, clearer, of evil through such sin. Houses fall
When the storm has passed away, asunder or burn like tinder, or poison
So God's chastenings make Him dearer through bad ventilation or bad plumbing.
Uhto those who love and pray. Boilers burst, steamers burn, and food
poisons where it should strengthen. The
No man is more severely punished than wind of haste and slovenliness is followed
he who is subject to the whip of his own by the whirlwind of disaster, agony, tis-
remorse.--Seneca. ease, and death.

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60 Washing Baby.

Washing Baby. time in the workshop of his grandfather,
Sn an old stone-cutter, watching him cut and
COME now, baby, drop your toy, carve ornaments and figures such as you
Come and be washed my darling boy see in buildings or monuments. Antonio
This is the way that we'll begin: found, too, in a wood near home, a nice
First the water; then dip in bed of clay, and there, with a big flat stone
A nice soft sponge, and, e'er it dries, for a table, he would play at making fig-
Just a drop on baby's eyes ; ures for himself. When he was about
(Keep.quite still, you must not speak) eleven years old, his grandfather was sent
Now a touch on baby's cheek; for in a great hurry to the house of a rich
Then the mouth, that budding rose, gentleman in the neighborhood. One of
And the little nosey nose. the servants had broken a marble figure of
First the left ear, then the right, a lion that used to stand on the sideboard,
Then your little neck so white. a lo t use to sa oa
Then your little neck so white, and wanted it mended before his master
Every feature, one by one,
Must be washed before we e done. came back. It was quite yellow with age,
Then the arms and then the eet, and therefore a new one would not do,
Then the arms and then the feet, .
Sn i a c even if there had been time to make one.
Baby now is all complete. The old man looked at the fragments, and
Baby's clean from top to toe, said that he could do nothing. "Let me
Now, my darling, you may go. try," said Antonio. After ridiculing him
.l'a good deal, the servant, in despair, brought
i .i i' l i: him some good butter, and Antonio turned
; iup his sleeves and went to work, and they
l, began to see the shapeless mass assuming
the figure of a crouching lion. The guests
Arrived. The master did not notice any
Difference, but one :of the visitors had his
attention attracted to it, and kept asking
.". ,- many questions about it. He was a
famous sculptor, and at last the servant
.' told him of the accident, and how a little
S boy had made the lion he admired so
much. Torreto asked where the lad lived,
S,'Ul'., and the next day paid a visit to Anto-
'nio, and saw some other figures-a dog,
SJa rabbit, a cat, a pigeon, and other ani-
m als. "Who taught you to model?"
z. -- asked Torreto. I taught myself," was the
.. --- reply. "How would you like to be a real
S / sculptor?" "Oh!" exclaimed Antonio.
S/ ; I should like it better than anything in
the world."
The sculptor took him to his own home
and gave him instruction in his art. An.
The Clay Lion. tonio worked.hard, and strove to improve
TIrERE was once a little Italian boy called himself. In a few years he was famous
Antonio, who used to spend much of his His name was Antonio Canova.




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62 The Affle- Tree.

The Apple-Tree. The apple-tree stands in autumn,
WHAT do we see His. apples are gold and red;
WHAT do we see? ?. *
An old apple-tree, And then the fall winds blowing,
An old ppere' Make the old tree shake his head
And brother and sister and pussy and me e te old tre s e hs
The ripe apples fall,
Clambering up on mother's knee. Ad he litte birs all
The apples are big and baby's hands small; And the little birds all
Baby must wait till they ripen and fall. Peck them, crying cheep, cheep,
Cheep, cheep, peep, peep,
The apple-tree sleeps in winter,
Dressed in a white robe of snow, The children run with baskets
But he throws it off and awakens And pick them as they lie,
As soon as the spring winds blow. And carry them home to mother,
Then in green he is dressed, Who makes them into a pie.
And birds build their nest They merrily cry,
In his branches, and cheep, What a very good pie "
Peep, cheep, peep, peep. And some of them ask for more-
S. .- The greedy ones ask for more;
And now this little song's o'er.
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SIT is Christmas morning, and Bessie is
learning to say her prayers. Grandmother
j i holds her little hands together, and teaches
i' her to pray-for all those who love her and
Whom she loves, and for all good people,
and for all bad people, too; and to pray
I that God may help her and all other little
Children to be good, and love their parents.
S.' .,l.: The snow is lying deep outside the win-
/ -i"-{'$ 'dow, and many poor folks may be suffer-
,i,. 'ing from the cold ; but Bessie will not only
'. pray for them, but do all she can to make
Si ,^ "" -. them happy on this day, in memory of the
I ? l little Child who was born one Christmas

The apple-tree stands in summer,
Dressed up in pink and rose, IT is not the being exempt from faults,
And when the pink flowers wither, as the having overcome them, that is an
The little green apple grows. advantage to us, it being with the follies of
How quickly they grow, the mind as with the weeds of a field, which,
While the birds to and fro if destroyed and consumed upon the place
Go singing peep, peep, of their birth, enrich and improve it more
Peep, peep, cheep, cheep. than if none had ever sprung there.



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64 7he Cow.

deceived, and refuse to let him pass. The
l!i, dog is in an agony of anxiety to get at the
.. mother cat, but she is safe in little Rosie's
'' ji.;ij '. arms, while Louisa and Bertha stand upon
; I guard with the broom, and cry, "No ad.
i mittance! "
It is very naughty in boys to make their
dogs run after cats. Cats are very.useful
little creatures, and if we treated them bet-
ter they would love us more. Little chil-
Adren ought not to be so cruel as to "sick"
t h~ir dogs against poor little puss, who
eatches:.min e for us, and purrs so nicely
when we stroke her.

had a pocketful of coppers dropped one
o:7. j into the missionary box, laughing as he
did so. He had no thought in his heart
The Cow. about Jesus or the heathen. Was his
H s the cow tied up in hr s, penny not as light as tin?
HEEs the cow tied up in her stall, Another boy put in a penny, and looked
Here is the rooster perched on the wall, around to see if anybody was praising him.
Here are the rabbits down at her feet, His was the brass penny; not the gift of a
And somebody's giving her grass to eat. lowly heart, but of a proud spirit.
Somebody looks a little bit scared, A third boy gave a penny, saying to
And would go nearer if he dared. himself, I suppose I must, because all
Poor old cow, with her gentle eyes others do." That was an iron penny. It
And quiet look and coat of silk, was the gift of a cold, selfish heart.
She gives what little children prize, As a fourth boy dropped his penny into
Yellow butter and cream and milk. the box he shed a tear, and his heart said:
Go up boldly, have no fear, Poor heathens! I am sorry they are
Pat her and call her bonny dear. so poor, so ignorant, and so miserable."
Don't be afraid of her pointed horn, That was a silver penny-the gift of a
She gives you milk each night and morn. heart full of pity.
But there was one scholar gave his,
saying, For thy sake, Lord Jesus! Oh,
Pussy's Protectors. that the heathen may hear of thee, the
E three ittle girls hereSaviour of mankind That was agolde
THESE three little girls have discovered penny, because it was the gift of faith and
pussy's home in the straw, where she is love.
nursing her three little kittens. A mis-
chievous boy is determined to worry the
helpless creatures with his Scotch terrier; THE aching head may cease to throb
and although he pretends that he only when laid upon that softest pillow for hu-
wants to see the- kittens, the girls are not man pain-" God.knows!"

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66 The Cooper.

-' ick, the famous Court jester-for in olden
S, \ times every royal residence was not con-
sidered complete unless it had a jester
r. ;-. (; attached to the Court; The familiar phrase,
,'--.-,". l -'i "Alas, poor Yorick!-I knew him, Horatio,"
.-'... '" occurs in the play ; and it is when Hamlet
.I -'7 i 1is going through the churchyard that the
grave- digger threw out a skull from a grave
II'' 'Kthey were digging, and on I amlet asking
S whose it was, and being told it was famous
3i Yorick's, he gave utterance to the quota-
tion made above, and continued extolling
-- -'--: | the memory of "poor Yorick;" no doubt
-- --- recollecting the merry scenes that this en-
graving illustrates.

The Cooper. A TALLOW-TREE.-This remarkable tree
THIS handy little fellow can make a box ,is a-native of China. In the Island of
as well as a barrel, and when he gets his Chusen, quantities of oil and tallow are ex-
leather apron on, with the shoulder-straps tracted from its fruit, which is gathered
and the pocket, he feels very proud. Some when the tree has lost its leaves. The
boys that we know don't like to work even twigs bearing the fruit are cut down and
if it is for fun, but Master Gribble always carried to a farm-house, where the seed is
takes pleasure in working, and is an ex- stripped off and put into a wooden cylin-
ample to some boys who, when asked to drical box, open at one end and pierced
do something, say, "Oh, pshaw Hector is with holes at the opposite one. The box
now wondering if there is another dog is then suspended in a cylindrical kettle
coming, seeing that another barrel is being containing water, and the diameter of
fixed up, and he has even now begun to which differs but little from that of the box.
imagine what kind of dog it can possibly The water is then made to boil, and the
be, whether black, white, big or little; but steam, penetrating into the box, softens the
the barrel is not for that purpose at all, it seeds and facilitates the separation of the
is to catch the rain-water from the roof. tallow. After about a quarter of an hour's
exposure to steam, the seeds are poured
into a steam mortar, where they are stirred
about until all the tallow has been sepa-
T1-e Childhood of Harrlet. rated into a semi-liquid state. It is after-
PERHAPS some of our young readers, who ward poured into a cylinder with a hole
have never seen Shakespeare's play of at the bottom, through which it is driven
Hamlet acted, will have heard of the name by the action of the press. It comes out
of Hamlet, which is the title of Shake- perfectly white, free from all impurities,
speare's most popular play. It was first and soon becomes solid.
published as far back as 1603, and has been
acted thousands of times since. The un- IF God gives us food for our lives, let
fortunate Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, is us not, with murmuring Israel, ask food for
here seen, when a child, romping with Yor- our lusts.

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68 First Steps.

First Steps, She loves her fire, her cottage home;
S. Yet o'er the moorland will she roam
HERE is the first walk of the journey of In weather rouo h and w bleak
life. How timid the little fellow feels as And, when agannd she str
And, when against the wind she strains
he thinks of starting out on that long dis- Oh, might I kiss the mountain rains
Oh, might I kiss the mountain rains
tance to his mamma! and how difficult it is 1
S That sparkle on her cheek!
for him to leave the sure prop of the chair,
where he is now at anchor and feels secure.
And see, the mother, while coaxing him to Two TREES.-Nature is a wonderful
start, is full of anxiety lest he tumbles down economist. The blue gum-tree has the
and bumps his little head, while Trim looks property of absorbing moisture, and in-
down and considers it very doubtful wheth- stances are related in which moist and
er baby will be able to cross in safety or marshy places have been made compara-
not; but we feel sure the protecting arms of tively dry by planting trees of this species
the mother will secure him safely, although upon them, although this method of drain-
it is difficult to make him believe it.- ing has not yet come into general use.
The rain-tree, of Peru, possesses directly
opposite properties. It is said that moist-
ure drops from its leaves and branches all
the time, nd that in some instances the
ground around it becomes a swamp. It
i I,' would appear from these facts, that by ju-
-- dicious use of these trees, which are so op-
S1 posite in nature, the wet places of the
oi ',earth can be made dry and the dry places
SII li] ~wet-that deserts may be turned into
swamps, and swamps into deserts. The
-I rain-tree, whose peculiar property is said
..- to increase in the dry season, might be
made useful for irrigation.

OLD MOSES" is the name of what is
Louisa. thought to be the largest tree in the world.
It stands in a grove near Tule River, in
AI MT Lia ihi n the sade, California. Although the top is broken off,
seen that lovely maid, it is two hundred and forty feet high, and
Why should I fear to say twelve feet in diameter at the broken part.
That she is ruddy, fleet, and strong. The hollow of the trunk will hold one hun-
And down the rocks can leap along, -
And down the rocks can leap along, dred and fifty persons, and is hung with
Scenes of California, is carpeted and fitted
And she hath smiles to earth unknown- up like a drawing-room, with tables, chairs,
Smiles that with motion of their own and piano-forte.
Do spread and sink and rise;
That come and go with endless play, ALL along the pathway of life are tomb-
And ever, as they pass away, stones, by the side of which we have prom-
Are hidden in her eyes. ised to strive for heaven.


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70 in the Fields.

In the Fields, said thoughtful Lillie, the oldest daughter,
GOOD-MORNING Miss Mabel," said and so said rollicking Joe and Tom, and so
"Gon -MORNINGThe yog lady lo d said merry Mattie and darling little Allie;
Uncle Joshua. The young lady looked up '
Uncle Joshua. Stand of course mamma and papa wanted to
from her grassy seat beneath the elm-tree, ad of co and b a l better cae fo
and wondered what brought Uncle Joshua go too. By and by a letter came from
into the fields so early. Beatrice also grandpa telling them to come-all of them.
into the fields so early. Beatrice also ^gl o in
stepped forward and joined in greeting the What a glorious journey it was-in the
olstepped forward gentlemand oined in greetingoff the warm cars by railroad, and then in the
old gentleman Thedew was off the great two-horse sleigh that grandpa sent
grass, although it was early for city peo- t i da grand
to the station. And here is dear grand-
ple, but Uncle Joshua lives in the country ma iin the a welcome, and stoop-
all the year round, and. rises before five iddiown to kiss All who says: Gan'-
o'clock. So you see," he said, you are down to kiss Allie, who says: Gan'-
not the early birds, after all." And they
all had a good laugh.
.. POLLY'S OPINION.-A gentleman, fond of
S.- shooting, had a fine, well-trained setter, of
:, '-.'-. which he was very fond. One day the
Family received an addition in the shape of
( '-- a parrot, brought over seas by the sailor
Ss son of the housekeeper. When first the
setter came into the housekeeper's room,
S"-. he stopped at the doorway and pointed at
:, the gay bird perched on the outside of its
::' cage at the other end of the room. The

Stude, left its place and came mincing across
S' -- the room, "with many a flirt and flutter,"
', and squared itself in front of the setter.
The two confronted each other for a sec-
S ond, and then the bird remarked impress-
ively, You're a rascal! The dog was
..I- for a second transfixed with horror at the
Unprecedented phenomenon of a speaking
bird; then his tail sank between his legs,
and he slunk away. But from that day a
valuable dog was spoiled, for it is said that
the setter would never point again.

_________Ti_ RUSKIN remarks that youth is a period
of building up in habits, hopes, and faiths.
S:-- Not an hour but is trembling with destinies
.;.m -n:r a moment once passed of which the
Cristmas at Grardpa's. nt work can ever be done again,
"IT is winter again, and we must. be or the neglected blow struck on the cold
sure to spend Christmas at grandpa's." So. iron.





72 Off/or a Sail

.. ., ...but have met with misfortunes. Some-
..' '"'. times these societies build beautiful
houses, with fine gardens and grounds,
-''' for the use of the poor people, and on
.. certain days invite the public, as well
as the friends of the inmates, to come
4. -d in. Here is one of these gardens, with a
'- .--.. lake and tame birds. Do you see that
S' duck diving in the water? How happy
all the people look!

Little Drops.
-O fori ai Si LITTLE drops of claret,
S- '""', Now and then, at first,
"F i orm an awful habit
.-" And a dreadful thirst.

Little drinks of lager,
Little cups of ale,
-r Make the biggest guzzler-
-- Never knew it fail.
Off for a Sail. Little kegs of whiskey,
Often brought from town,
SIT quite still. Lucy, while I shove Make a man a m onkey
wrina Make a man a monkey
her off," said Walter. The were in asilly clown.
flat-bottomed, square-built boat on a little
stream flowing gently through the meadow. Little drops of brandy,
Walter had rigged up the old boat, with Little drops of rye,
a stake for a mast, and had fastened his Make the mighty toper
pocket-handkerchief to it for a flag. And the watery eye.
"Now," said he, "I am Admiral Lord
Nelson, and you are the crew." No,
I'm not the crew," said Lucy. What How many great men have testified that
are you then ?' I'm the captain's wife, their whole lives have been influenced by
and you'd better take care." And away some single remark made to them in their
they go. boyhood! And who cannot recall words
spoken to himself in-his childhood, to which
By the Lake. perhaps the hearer attached no impor-
tance, but which sank deep and immovably
THERE are a great many charitable so- into his memory, and which have never
cities iri England, consisting of persons lost their power over him? Make sun-
connected with some special business, who light! The world at best is dark enough.
wish to take care of poor people who Do what you can to make it more cheer-
have once been in that same business, ful and happy.


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74 7he Quz'e Talk.

The Best of Friends.
I DO not think those dogs love each other
4 very much. The lady seems very happy
and contented, but the little fat terrier would
like to drive away the large dog on the
lleft hand of the lady. What a noble ani-
-~---- ya-------- mal it is and it is glad to have the lady no.
twice it, and place her hand so gently on its
head. But the greyhound on the right is
-i not willing to be unnoticed. Sometimes
S it is inconvenient to have too many admir-

of animals inclines men to a steady cheer-
fulness. All naturalists are cheerful men,
Sunless there is something peculiarly sad or
painful in the individual lot, and even then
the study of natural history has in many
Instances been known to supply an interest
which enabled the sufferer to bear his. af-
fliction more easily. The contemplation of
animal life may act at once as a stimulant
Thie Quiet Talk. and an anodyne The abundant vitality of
animals communicates a strong stimulus to
THESE people seem to think it very pleas- those energies which we have in common
ant to sit on the church-yard wall and talk. with them, while, on the other hand, their
I have no doubt they like each other very absolute incapacity for sharing our higher
much. Can you tell me what season ot intellectual vitality has a tendency to make
the year and what time of day it is by the us happily forget it in their presence.
picture ? The tree in the foreground is Your dog will run and jump with you as
shedding its leaves, so it must be the fall; much as you like, but it is of no use to talk
but it cannot be late in the fall, because to him about your business anxieties or
the shrubs are leafy and the flowers are your literary ambition. I believe that
gay. The sun is "going down," as we say, most of the attractiveness of what is called
so it is afternoon. The dark tree is a yew- ,sport is to be found in the happiness of
tree. It is a quiet spot for a good talk. association with the lower animals. Take
away the animals from a hunt. Suppose.
that there were neither horses nor dogs,
nor stag, fox, wild boar, nor any other ani-
Water, Bright Water! mal whatever, but that the men rode on
BEAUTIFUL water sparkling and bright. velocipedes after a machine going by elec-
Brilliant in beauty, and radiant with light, tricity-who does not at once feel that
Oh, how I love thee, beautiful, free! the deep charm of the chase would be
Water, bright water, pure water for me! gone ?


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76 The Country Road.
-: -- --- -- showed a special liking for shredded meat,
Sand whenever any chanced to be left from
their repast, they would carry it off and

!-a;^'~;.~~-'^^^^ seven years old, and weighs sixteen pounds.
:For several years a pair of bluebirds had
"-, "--:-- made their nest in a box in an old apple-
-iu-a.' ^' ''" tree in the front yard, but one spring a of wrens managed to get posses-
sion of the box, and the bluebirds were
T1ie Courntry IRoad. forced to find another home. Old Malt,
WHAT a beautiful walk that must be by who had been on very friendly terms with
the side of the pond, over the stile, and the bluebirds, seemed to take at once a
away to the village. You can see the great dislike to the wrens. He would
short spire of the village church in the dis- lie in the grass under the tree, furtively
tance. Are thosepeople at the stile going watching every movement; and when they
to or coming from the village ? I think darted down on him, so far from being in-
they are looking this way. One isleaning timidated, he would open his mouth and
against the stile, and the other is pointing mimic their cries in a way that was very
to something, amusing. One day Aunt Jennie heard an
to so. unusual commotion in the apple-tree, and
found on inspection that Malt had estab-
The Two Orphans. lished himself on a branch just over the
bird-house, and was holding his paws over
THESE two kittens lost their mother a bird-house, and was holding his paws over
the hole that served for an entrance, while
few days after they were born. Some bad he wrens were fying bout in a state of
boys chased her up into a tree and killed distraction. Evidently he hadbout m ae up his
her with stones. People said that the distraction. Evidently he had made up his
her with stones. People said that the mind not to let them go into the box, and
little kittens must now be drowned, but though the g nthe ke
sweet Alice cried so that mamma said she hough they waged war vaantly, he kept
might try and bring them up. You can hs aws over the hole unmoved, and an-
might try and bring them up. You can swered their angry clamor with aggravating
see how successful she has been. The kit- sered ther ang clamor wth arvt
see how successful she has been. The kit- little hisses. Day afterday this performance
tens are now quite frisky. They have been was repeated, till the wrens in desperation
fed on milk, and have a warm and soft bed was reaed tl the wrens andesperation
in the basket. Alice is taking them for a abandoned the bird-house and began build-
in the basket. Alice is taking them fr a ing themselves a nest under the eaves of
walk in the garden.
the front porch. Malt, who had been going
-- about with the air of a conqueror, showed
Aurnt Jernnie's Pets. great annoyance when he discovered what
the birds were doing, and began at once
LAST spring, two bluebirds, coming in to plan fresh hostilities. The porch was
advance of the season, were caught in a high, an there seemed to be no way for
snow-storm, and, unable to obtain food from him to reach the new stronghold ; but one
the ordinary sources, they came every day to day he climbed to the roof and tore the
the dining-room window to be fed. They nest down.

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78 The Bird's-nest.

Garden PRules.
-..-- j| COME, children all, with gardening tools,
SAttention! to these gardening rules.
S". You need a spade, a hoe, a rake,
Before a garden you can make.
With spade you dig deep in the ground,
v To loosen earth and stones around.
S-- '.- The rake the dirt will smooth and clean,
And take the stubble from between.
SThe hoe you use to cut the weeds,
So that they will not choke the seeds.
A watering-pot you then must try,
To keep your plants from getting dry.
1' Then add to these your might and main,
Your labor will not be in vain.

Feathered Friends.
LITTLE GRETCHEN is going to feed her
birds and chicks. They are quite accus-
tomed to have her come and sit down on
the old stone by the window and feed them
with bread, and so they fly to her as fast
as they can. The doves swoop down and
., ..--i ... perch on the window-sill just over her
head, the little chickens jump and flutter
on her lap and upon *her arms, and the
old hen cackles and chuckles all rcund in
great delight. They seem to be saying,
"Don't forget me, please." And you may
The Bird's-nest. depend upon it Gretchen will be very fair,
WHAT a little fairy scene we have here. and see that each one has its portion.
Is it not a lovely spot for a bird's-nest, all hid-
den away by beautiful flowers and grasses, THE more freely sympathy and affection
and with splendid butterflies sailing in and are extended, and the more gladly they are
out ? What bird is likely to build in such welcomed, the more they bless mankind.
a spot? Perhaps it is a meadow-lark's Their very life depends upon a generous
:nest; but if so, the artist has not painted atmosphere of both giving and taking.
in the reddish spots on the eggs. Perhaps Coldness,, reserve, suspicion, pride, kill
it is a thrush's nest, for the thrush likes to them as the biting frost kills the tender
build in sly places. plant.


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8o The Old Farm-Gate.

The Old Farm-Gate. Here are fashion and form of a modernized
"WHERE, where is the gate that once But I'd rather have looked on the old
served to divide farm-gate.
The elm shaded lane from the dusty road-
side? *'Twas here where the miller's son paced
and fro,
Whei. the mooh n was above and
they, ,gl,:\\ w-worms below;
Now l:,ep ix tel leaning, nowtwirl-
ing his stick,
While the moments grew long and
his heart-throbs grew quick.
Why, why did he linger so rest-
'les ly there,
With church-going vestment and
sprucely combed hair ?
He loved, oh! he loved, and had
promised to wait
For the one he adored at the old
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Amortg t1le P~iver-
NoTrI-NG is more delightful than
on a fine summer's day, and with
a good boat and good company, to
be floating gently down the river
arong the water-flowers -- and
then, after you are tired rowing or
sailing, to turn up a shaded creek,
nxhere you can run your boat
ashore and lay under the refresh-
ing shade of the trees. Here every
one seems to be contented and
happy, as they well may. Slowly
1 like not this barrier gayly bedight, gliding among the water-lilies over
With its glittering latch and its trellis of the smooth surface of the water, while here
white. and there a fish jumps at a passing fly, leav-
ing numerous rings on the water.
It is seemly, I own-yet, oh! dearer by Those that have not yet gathered water-
far lilies, over the side of a boat, can hardly real-
Was the red-rusted hinge and the weather- ize the pleasure of receiving the fragrant
warped bar. flowers, and excitement of gathering them.

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,82 The Water-fal.

.. especially comfortable, when Ernest Mal-
Q.. linson went off for school. During the
morning, the brightness faded somewhat,
Sbut, as usual, Ernie went to the park for a
X.: stroll till dinner was ready, as soon as he
was dismissed from his lessons. And
7 B amongst the trees he found old Mrs. Gower
anxiously bending over a great bundle of
sticks, which she had gathered together,
i ..arranging them, and tying them with a
piece of thick rope.
S' The poor old woman was not a favorite
.- with the children of Briarley. She had
Beautiful snow-white hair, and a face that
had once been handsome, but she looked
severely, and, as they called it, crossly at
Them whenever they took any notice of
L her. But Ernie had only lately heard her
'- sad story from the lips of his dear mother,
%- and he was full of pity for her, and longed
to summon courage to offer to help her, as
Tbe Water-fall. he felt sure he could do, if she would like
him to.
LINDA MOORE was a great lover of nature, Years ago, Mrs. Gower had had a kind
and, instead of always playing with dolls, husband, a fine house, a handsome son,
she used often to wander away through the and two pretty daughters.
fields and gather leaves and flowers to "Where are they all-I mean the chil-
make into a bouquet, at the making and dren-mamma?" asked Ernie.
arranging of which she had become very First, I will ask you to tell me where is
clever. One of her favorite resorts was her husband ? said Ernie's mamma.
on a cliff overlooking the water-fall, and Why, here at Briarley," said Ernie;
she would sit under a tree for hours listen- "but he drinks, and people call him the
ing to the music of the water, which had a worst drunkard in Briarley."
great delight for her. She was never tired "And where is her house ? said Mrs.
of this, and when she was missing, was Mallinson.
generally found at the water-fall. I never remember her in a proper
At first her father had warned her about house," said Ernie ; she never had more
going too near the edge of the cliffs, but than that dreadful little hovel to live in
she had gone so often, and always returned since I remember, mamma.
safely, that he felt she could be trusted Oh, mamma!" said Ernie; "how
alone, as she was a very careful girl. dreadful for them! And I think the worst
part is, that all this trouble would have
been saved if they had not taken strong
E Eri ie's Adventure, drink."
IT was a bright, beautiful, crisp morning "Yes," said his mamma, now you
in autumn, just cold enough with the frost know why she has lost her fine house and
to make a warm great-coat and snug cap is so poor."




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84 Cuckoo !

S" black and white kitty that had been stray-
'1 w: 1 ing round the house for a day or two past.
/ 'il The kitty, whose approach was caus-
'"i ,-- ing so much anxiety, was a very pretty
,ii,: Ione, and had evidently belonged to some
__. one who had taken great care of it, to
judge by its fat, sleek appearance. It had
'1 '' wandered away and been hovering round
.. 'Squire Marston's house for some days, and
--' the children were very anxious to make its
.. Z 'acquaintance, and had tempted it in vari-
ous ways; but it would not approach near
enough so that they could take hold of it.
But hunger was now making it bolder, and
i' t could not resist the tempting plate of
m ilk it saw on the steps, and so it crept
gradually nearer, having one eye on the
,', dog all the time, and the other on the
S milk until it reached the milk, when it
lapped it up rapidly, as it was evidently
-,--. i very hungry.
S- Bristles, the dog, seemed to think it an
intruder, but evidently took compassion
Cuckoo! upon it and allowed it to finish the meal;
OH I can't find my baby dear, and kitty after that became more familiar,
And feel so quite alone. and was a great pet ever afterward with
Cuckoo, Cuckoo! the two little girls.
Why, how is this-a cuckoo's cry? KIND words produce their own image
And summer so long gone by? in men's souls-and a beautiful image it is.
Cuckoo, Cuckoo !
Cuckoo, Cuckoo! They soothe and comfort the hearer; they
Where is my little baby dear? shame him out of his unkind feelings.
I find it not, where may it be ? We have not yet begun to use them in
Cuckoo, Cuckoo! such abundance as they ought to be used.
Ah! there he stands in the corner hid,
The little cuckoo, he is found. LOVE IS LIFE.-Love is the fulfilling of
It is my baby dear. Oh, dear the law of our being. Only as we worth-
It is my baby dear. ily love do we truly live; only when we
love with a perfect affection that which is
perfectly worthy of our affection do we at-
ThIe Strange Pussy. tain unto the supreme good of life.
KEEP quiet! here is the pussy com- THOSE that would be safe, have need to
ing," said little Emily Marston to her sis- be suspicious of the tempter. The garrison
ter, as they sat on the steps of their that sounds a parley is not far from being
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,6 The Bee-Hives.

The Bee-Hives. of many insects-bees, butterflies, dragon-
IN many places people keep bees, and flies-are composed of a number of facets
sometimes they build very nice houses for each eye being, in fact, a cluster of eyes.
tm e the bil e ie pue r A celebrated naturalist counted fourteen
them What we see in the picture are t
hives made of straw. The bees will fill thousand of these facets in the eye of a
the hives with honey boxed up in pretty dragon-fly, and Leeuwenhoek found as
little wax cells. How industrious the bees many as twelve thousand five hundred and
are-at least, the working bees! There forty-four in another specimen of the same
e some who will not work. They are species. The latter naturalist adapted one
are some who will not work. They are
called drones, and they are the male bees. of the eyes of a dragon-fly so as to be able
to see objects through -it by means of a
microscope, and found that he could view
the steeple of a church two hundred and
ninety-nine feet high and seven hundred

Do you know what this large picture
Before the winter comes on the hives represents? It is a good lady teaching
will be quite full, and the bees will go in her little boy the facts of Scripture history
them to hibernale-that is, to sleep and from the pictures upon the tiles in the
eat until the spring comes again. People, chimney-piece. If you look at the tiles
however, will take the honey before the you will be able to tell what some of the
bees want it, and then they will keep the pictures mean. What a pleasant way of
bees alive on sugar and other things. learning! The boy seems to enjoy it very
much, and so does the mother. Do you
Know who the boy was? All this hap-
The es of Incts opened, of course, a very long time ago,
The Eyes 0of Irsects. and the boy's name was Philip Doddridge,
INSECTS are, in many cases, far more and he grew up to be a famous preacher
richly endowed with eyes than even birds and theologian. If his mother had not
or beasts. The little creature called a taken pains to teach him when he was
whirlwig (Gyrinus natator), which skims young, he might never have become a
about on the surface of standing water, is great and good man.
furnished with a double set of optics, the
upper portion of the eyes-fitted for see-
ing in the air-being placed in the upper REMORSE is as the heart in which it grows:
portion of the head, and the lower portion If that be gentle, it drops balmy dews
of the eyes-fitted for seeing in the water Of true repentance ; but if proud and
-in the lower portion of the head, a thin gloomy,
division separating the two. It is a poison tree, that, pierced to the in-
Spiders possess six eyes, some species most,
eight; centipedes twenty ; while the eyes Weeps only tears of poison.

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STwertty Points of Piety.
i. To pray to God continually.
2. To learn to know Him rightfully.
3. To honor God in Trinity,
The Trinity in Unity-
The Father in His majesty,
The Son in His humanitsr,
Sp R The Holy Ghost's benignity-
Three Persons--one in Deity.
S4. To serve Him always, guilelessly.
i 5. To ask Him all things, needfully.
r 6. To praise Him in all company.
gr, y7. To love Him always, heartily.
S8. To dread Him always, Christianly.
S9. To ask Him mercy, penitently.
Sio. To trust Him always, faithfully.
I I. To obey Him always, willingly.
Fl12. To abide Him always, patiently.
tp o" 3. To thank Him always, thankfully.
14. To live here always, virtuously.
S. 15. To use thy neighbor honestly.
6. To look for death still, presently.
17. To help the poor, in misery.
18. To hope for heaven's felicity.
Thbe faiqbow. 19. To have faith, hope and charity.
WHAT a beautiful sight is a perfect rain- 20. To count this life but vanity.
bow! It is caused by the. refraction and BE POINTS OF CHRISTIANITY.
reflection of the rays of the sun in mist T/zomas Leisser, I557,
or rain-drops. Refraction means bending
and separation into parts. The ordinary
white light which comes from the sun can The Steppiirg-Sto res.
be refracted by causing it to shine through
a peculiar shaped glass called a prism, and THIS is the only way people have of
it then separates itself into seven distinct crossing this brook at this particular place,
rays of different colors-violet, indigo, blue, but if they are careful, they can manage to
green, yellow, orange, and red. The drops get over very well indeed. The youngest
of rain or mist act just as the prism does. child looks a little timid, but it will take
The sun is setting behind these children, hold of its sister's hand, and cross quite
and the rain is falling some distance off in safely, and by and by it will become used
front of them. You may sometimes see to the stones. Do you want to know what
small rainbows over cataracts-at Niagara this brook is called ? It is a portion of the
Falls, for instance; and sometimes in the Upper Delaware River, which rises in the
rain-drops on grass. If you were at the western slopes of the Catskill Mountains,
top of a high mountain, the rainbow would and discharges itself into Delaware Bay.
be a complete circle. There are books You can trace it on a good. map. It is
which tell you all about these things. about three hundred miles long.

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90 A Lada'sccae.

And to every life belonging
A--WF. nAre the sobs and the delight,
SAnd the yearning and the longing
S. For the love and for the light;

And the love and the forsaking,
SAnd the passion and the pain,
SAnd the sleep and the awaking,
SAnd the willful sleep again;
And the something, oh, my brother,
.' ... In your heart as well as mine,
That we do not tell each other,
Be it demon or divine!
A Larndscape.
IF h 'Tis a drama always changing;
I you have lived in the country, ou But the wonder and the woe
will like took at this landscape. A land- E'en the guardian angels ranging
scapeis a view of a portion of the country. Through the ether scarce can know.
There is something very restful in such a
scene as this, and yet it may seem lonely Look upon the panorama
to some people. If it were not for the Of the passers in the street,
country, with its farms and cattle.and rivers And in ev'ry face a drama.
and woods, there could be no cities, for the Wild and wondrous you will meet.
country feeds the cities.

A Humart Life. T Te Scarecrow.
GAZING on the panorama THE farmer has made up his mind that
That is passing in the street, the crows shall not eat up his young corn
Many a wild and wondrous drama this year, and so he has taken pains to set
In each human face we meet- up a capital scarecrow. He has found an
old military uniform. Perhaps he wore
Every human life is mystery it himself in the war. He has dug a hole
Far beyond all mortal ken in the ground and put a tall post in, and
Every human life a history has dressed up the post so as to look
Worthy of a prophet's pen; like a man with his arms stretched out.
Every human life a glory,. The dog thinks he will give it a:nip to see
Or a sorrow, all its own; if it is a man or not. The birds will be
Every human life a story afraid to steal the corn out of the field'when
One can fully know alone; they see this thing, for they will think that
it is a man. Perhaps by and by they will
Every human life a beauty grow accustomed to it; but by that time
That no other eyes can view; the corn will have grown up strong and the
Every human life a duty birds will not be able to pull it out of the
That no other life can do. ground.

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92 Harvest-l-ome.

Harvest-Home. also Texas, do so in May. California,
Shave traveled in Germany in the Spain, Portugal, Italy, Sicily, Greece, and
aIF you have traveled in Germany in thsome of the southern departments of France
season of harvest you must have seen in ather the harvest in June. July is the
the country wagons and horses and people gather the harvest in June. July is the
just like these. The wagons have broad harvest month for the greater part of
wheeust le tese l wagon have boad te France, for Austria, South Russia, and the
wheels are lare ong and heavy, and thea greater part of the United States of Amer-
horses are large and strong and are arica; Germany reaps in August with Eng-
nessed in single file. They are bringing land, Belgium, the Netherlands, part of
Russia, Denmark, part of Canada, and the
S north-eastern States of America ; Septem-
ber is the time for Scotland, the greater
part of Canada, Sweden, Norway, and the
northern midlands of Russia; while the
Sharpest drags on slowly throughout Octo-
Sber in the most northern parts of Russia
and the Scandinavian peninsula.

PIeaping and Birtding.
HERE is a pretty scene. The people look
young and handsome, and are very indus-
I Ip. r trious. One of the men is reaping with a
., R i~, A a sickle, and as he cuts the straw he places
it together in bundles. Then comes the
home the wheat. All the family of the young woman and takes a little of the
farmer, are in the field to see the great straw to make a twist with, while the man
loads piled up and drawn in by the good ties up the bundles and fastens them.
horses. When the work is done and the There is some water in the pitcher for
grain safely housed the farmer will give a them to drink when they are thirsty. The
feast to all his men. windmill in the distance is for grinding the

Arnino Tuniseuliers a ndNwcoeadurego they e ne
wheat into flour.
-,. .-
The Harvest Season.
Good -Corpar!y,
IN the equatorial regions, fruits and food
crops are gathered every month in the year. I'LL TRY !" is a soldier;
In the greater part of Chili, portions of the I Will !" is a king;
Argentine Republic, Australia, and New Be sure they are near
Zealand, January is the harvest month. It When the school-bells ring.
begins in February in the East Indies, go-
ing on into March as we come north. When school-days are over,
Mexico, Egypt, Persia, and Syria reap in And boys are men,
April ; while Japan, China, Northern Asia "I'll Try!" and I Will !"
Minor, Tunis, Algiers, and Morocco, and Are good friends then.


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94 The Smithy.

;i ", Although his majesty was much cha-
l ? grined at this end to the matter, he put the
Sll l! best face he could upon it, and turning to
his courtiers he remarked : I am glad to
i:.-. l see that there are just laws and upright
judges in my kingdom."
A sequel to this incident occurred about
forty years ago. A descendant of the
S' miller of whom we have just been speaking
had come into possession of the mill. After
having struggled for several years against
ever-increasing poverty, and being at length
quite unable to keep on with his business,
The Srritly. he wrote to the King of Prussia, reminding
CLINK, clink, clink! him of the incident we have just related,
Smithy, what do you think ? and stating that, if his majesty felt so dis-
Why do you.hammer so hard and long? posed, he should be very thankful in his
To make the shoes both tight and strong. present difficulty to sell the mill. The
A horse can't go without a shoe, king wrote the following reply with his
Any better than I or you. own hand :
Boys and horses are much the same- "MVY DEAR NEIGHBOR: I cannot allow
If a nail gets loose it makes them lame : you to sell the mill. It must always be in
So I'll hammer it good and tight, and then your possession as long as one member of
He'll not be coming so soon again ; your family exists, for it belongs to the his-
That's what I always think, tory of Prussia. I regret, however, to hear
Clink, clink, clink! you are in such straitened circumstances,
and therefore send you herewith six thou-
: sand dollars, in the hope that it may be of
some service in restoring your fortunes.
Tile King and the Miller. Consider me your affectionate neighbor,
NEAR Sans Souci, the favorite residence
of Frederick the Great, there was a mill
which much interfered with the view from
the palace. One day the king sent to inquire Military Tactics.
what the owner would take for the mill; WAR is a terrible thing when it takes
and the unexpected answer came back that place in earnest, but it is not so bad a game
the miller would not sell it for any money. when it can be played in a parlor with toy
The king, much incensed, gave orders soldiers and guns. Frank and Lizzie are
that the mill should be pulled down. The the children of an officer in the army. Papa
miller made no resistance, but folding his is sitting in his easy-chair watching the
arms, quietly remarked : The king may do game, and giving a suggestion now and
this, but there are laws in Prussia." And then about the proper way of placing the
he took legal proceedings, the result of men. The soldiers are advancing to take
which was that the king had to rebuild the the guns, but at the word of command
mill, and pay a good sum of money besides the guns open fire, and the enemy are mown
in compensation, down by the shot.

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96 Harvest Time.

Harvest Time. Outside, with merry quip and joke,
The reapers bent in toil,
WHEN the grain is ripe in the fields it T h e reapers bent in toil,
must be cut down. Years ago, men always And lghtned s tma g r work.
did this with a sharp tool called a sickle. Ad lhtened its turmoil.
They would take hold of the stalks, a hand- She heard her children's blithesome tones,
They would take hold of the stalks, a hand- As, busied with their play,
ful at a time, and cut them off near the ie wit ti ,
ground, leaving what was called the stub- They called to her to note their sports,
ble in the soil. Other men would follow Or praise the lovely day.
the reapers and bind up the bundles of the One little girl, with sweet blue eyes,
wheat. These bundles were called sheaves. Oft came up to her there,
These sheaves were stacked up together To offer help, and with her hands
just as you see them in the picture. Now Her mother's tasks to share.
But children's help will often prove
A bother, at the best;
It was so now. The mother's nerves,
S-.. By many cares oppressed,
-- -- Conquered at last; with hasty push
She shoved the child aside-
I wish I had no girl," she said-
(Think! she was sorely tried).
But as those blue eyes filled with tears,
The lips quivered with pain,
-I- rpi She stopped her work and clasped her child
they* K ;j1 d With tears like falling rain.
T' d r ^ ^ B
.' '.l Ah me Now autumn's leaves are strewn
Around the old door-stone;
this is done on all large farms, and on Within that home the mother's hands
many small ones, by machines called Perform her tasks alone.
reapers and binders-all except the stack- For little Blue Eyes is at rest,
ing, which has still to be done by hand. And she must grieve in vain
People reap a field now much faster than Remorse cannot unsay those words,
they did a few years ago. Or bring her child again.

Ira thle Barr\-Yard.
Hasty Words.
THESE people are binding up bundles of
THE mother's feet were weary grown- straw for the market. The grain has been
From morn till sultry noon threshed out of the ears, and the straw has
No moment she had found for rest, been tossed into the barn-yard, and the
For dinner-time came soon. farmer thinks he will get a better price for
And many tasks for busy hands it if it is tied up in bundles. So all hands
The harvest season brought- are summoned to help. The boy and his
So, in the kitchen's heated air sister are twisting bands of straw together
Unceasingly she wrought. to tie the bundles with.

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