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BABY has just had a good bath, and
is now being dressed. She tries to
sit still and to help her mother as
much as she can, and so she gets
ready in good time. Mother is now
putting on her socks.
ZOE, sitting up at table, thinks it is
high time she was attended to, and,
tapping the table with her paw, utters
a little sharp short bark, which means,
" When am I to have something to eat ?
You seem to have quite forgotten me.
Dear mistress, do fill my empty plate."
And Zoe's mistress, as if she under-
stood the request, answers, Yes, Zoe,
a little patience and you shall have
your dinner; take your paws off the
table and behave like a good little
dog." This Zoe also understands,
and, putting her paws down on the
chair, sits up and looks all expectation
SHEEP AND LAMBS.
A PRETTY sight it is to see the young
lambs and their mothers in the mea-
dows, and to watch the gambols of the
little animals who frisk about on the
flowery grass, retreating to the mother's
side if danger appears. We are not
disturbing them now, only peeping
over the hedge; why then should they
run away?" "Because, Katie, Dash
barked just now as he ran up the lane,
and that alarmed them." How do
they each know their own mother
among so many ? God has given
them a power which we call 'instinct,'
which teaches them this and many
other things very needful to them."
A CUP OF COLD WATER.
TIRED travellers, on a hot summer's
day, are glad of the draught of water
supplied by the roadside fountain. Old
and young alike, stop to fill the cup with
clear cool water, which is better than
anything else when one is thirsty.
Supposing we lived in the East, where
water is scarce and has to be bought,
should we not value more than we now
do this plentiful supply by the wayside
which we can take for nothing? Let
us be thankful to live in a land so well
supplied with all that is needful for us
to have to keep us alive and well. We
should also be grateful to the kind men
who in towns erect drinking-fountains.
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ONCE every cottage had its wheel, but
now machinery has so taken its place
that only in out-of-the-way places, such
for instance as the valleys of Wales
or Cumberland, or in the comfortable
homesteads of New England, where
the inhabitants treasure the memory
of the land their forefathers came from,
can we see the spinning-wheel in full
work. Women were quick and famous
spinsters in olden days, and we still
keep up the name though not the
work. Flax and wool were the mate-
rials spun by our great-grandmothers,
who would be much surprised if they
saw the improvements of to-day.
FERNS are among the most beautiful
of plants, and are to be found every-
where. In hot countries they grow
the- size of trees, and are then called
tree-ferns. You may see them in hot-
houses sometimes; but they are not
pretty, like the maiden hair" or the
" filmy fern," which grows in colder
England, and are more admired for
grandeur than good looks. Ferns are
easily grown, and make ornamental
plants in a room ; and so Annie thinks,
for she is busily attending to hers be-
fore setting them in the parlour window
to get the light and air which are need-
ful to their growth.
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MIss JEMIMA DOLL has invited two
little friends to take tea with her; but
as they are very much smaller than
she is, they are accompanied by their
nurses, who take the opportunity of
discussing the dresses of their respec-
tive children, and do not pay much
attention to the giver of the party,
who, seated in her large arm-chair,
and wearing her best silk dress and
necklace, feels a little hurt at the neg-
lect. It is very likely she will not
repeat the invitation, for she does not
see the use of putting herself to so
much trouble for ungrateful people,
whom no one cares for.
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IN Eastern cities the dogs run about
without owners, and are more like
wolves-being fierce by nature and
wild also-than our own tame home
friends. These dogs run about seeking
food, and quarrelling over it when they
find it. And it is for the reason of
their being unfriendly to men, that
dogs in the Bible are always spoken
of so slightingly, and as a term of
reproach. Travellers tell us that it is
dangerous to go about the streets at
night, as these dogs attack people,
and often injure them severely if not
beaten off. The suburbs of Constan-
tinople have many such dogs now.
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THE DOG AND HIS SHADOW.
ONCE upon a time there was a dog
crossing a bridge, with a piece of
meat in his mouth. He saw his
reflection in the water, and thought
the piece of meat held by the other
dog looked bigger, so he dropped his
own piece to get hold of the other;
and, lo, there was no meat there, and
he had to go without. This is a fable
with a very good moral. It is this,
little readers. Take example by this
foolish dog; and, when you have any-
thing, do not let go of it because you
think by so doing you will get a
better; for you may find that, like
the dog, you get nothing at all.
GEORGE has just filled up the big pan
in the kennel, and the very thirsty dogs
are gathered round it, eagerly lapping
the cool water. They have been for
a long run, and are glad to get a
refreshing draught, for the road was
dusty, and the weather hot, and no
water was to be found by the roadside.
Though of different breeds, these dogs
are all friendly together and live in
harmony; though Hulda, the stag-
hound, from her superior age, as the
senior of them all, expects a little
extra courtesy from the rest of the
party, which they all agree in giving
her with one consent.
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THE FOX AND THE GOAT.
IN one of the fables written about two
thousand years ago by IEsop, he tells
how a fox tumbled by accident into a
well, and was puzzled how to get out.
At last a goat, passing by, looked in,
and, seeing the fox, asked whether
the water was good. The cunning
fox replied, "It is, indeed; where-
upon the goat jumped in, and the fox,
taking advantage of his horns, leaped
by their means out of the well, leaving
the poor goat to do as he could. The
moral is, to be careful how you trust a
false friend, who, to help himself,
makes use of you, and then casts you
off when no longer of service.
DONALD keeping his master's sheep
out on the moors, has two great
friends, his pipe and his dog. He
plays on the one by the hour together,
and talks to his only listener, Bran,
telling him all his thoughts and plans;
and Bran, dear intelligent dog, wags
his tail, and looks up at Donald as
much as to say, I would answer you
if I could." Bran shares Donald's
frugal dinner and supper, and is as
clever with the sheep as a human
being could be, knowing his own flock
from any others, and allowing no
strange sheep to enter it, nor dog to
come and worry them.
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A DULL existence it must be for poor
Pompey, the yard-dog, to pass all his
days chained to his kennel. He does
get a run now and then with his master;
but his business is to guard the house
and let no stranger enter the yard
without giving notice, by barking, of
his approach. And faithfully Pompey
fulfils his duty, so that his master
could leave the place empty, feeling
sure that no thief would be permitted
to come inside the gate while Pompey
lived to prevent him. But Pompey,
while cross to strangers, is kind to his
friends, and lets them stroke his rough
coat, and gives them his paw.
POOR little Florence, trying to walk
alone, tumbled down, and lies crying
on the grass. Never mind, dear,"
says nurse, stooping down to pick her
up; "the grass is soft, and neither
you nor dolly are hurt. There now,
let me wipe away the tears, and
smooth down your frock, and you will
be all right." Florence is not two
years old, so no wonder she tumbled
down; but she is a good little girl,
and always leaves off crying as soon
as she is told to do so. Nurse is very
fond of Florence, and looks carefully
after her both by day and by night.
Florence returns her love.
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THE PET FAWN.
"I AM quite contented to remain in
this beautiful park, although the rest
of my family prefer a life of freedom,
because my dear young mistress is so
fond of me, and has taught me to
follow her steps as she walks through
the woods. I have plenty to eat, for
the grass where I feed is of the
sweetest kind, and the wild thyme has
a fragrant taste. Sometimes in the
summer my mistress turns a wreath of
flowers, and hangs it round my neck;
and leading me to the pond, shows
me my image in the water; and she
and I together make a very pretty
picture, I assure you."
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THE WATERING TROUGH.
How refreshing to the poor cows and
sheep just come by rail, to have a
draught of good cool water, and how
gratefully they would bleat and low
their thanks to the kind giver of fhe
trough, if they only knew him The
horses, too, who rest a moment on their
journeys to orfrom the station,carrying
luggage and goods, to quench their
thirst, would also neigh cheerfully, in
token that they werevery much obliged
for the thoughtful kindness which gave
them the chance of obtaining water
when so needed by them during the hot
days of summer. May drinking troughs
for animals be largely increased !
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WE should always remember to sit
still in church, and not look about us;
because God sees us, if we cannot see
Him, and we go to church to pray to
Him and praise Him, and we cannot
do that well if we are attending to
other things. When we are not joining
in the singing, or repeating the psalms,
we should listen to the minister reading
the Bible and preaching, and try to
take away with us as much of the
sermon as we can, for by it we are
often instructed and taught our duty.
" Remember the Sabbath day, to keep
it holy" is a commandment we should
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MANY a lesson may be learnt from
the garden, and none give a better
one than the bees. Guy and his
sisters are watching now how busily
they are flying in and out of the hives,
laden with the honey they have sucked
from the flowers; and, if the hive was
transparent, Guy would see how
neatly the cells were made, and in
what order everything was kept. So,
in fact, a double lesson the bees give
the children; for, order is one lesson,
and diligence another, and both are of
great value to them ; indeed, we could
none of us get on in life without being
diligent and orderly.
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AN UNEXPECTED BATH.
HE was a chicken of a curious nature,
and always prying into everything ; but
he did not .expect when he left his
mother's side to walk on the bank that
a slip would be followed with a wetting.
Oh, how he splashed and shrieked!
All the ducks and geese came hurrying
up to see what was the matter, and
poor Mrs. Hen stood on the river-
bank clucking and trembling in an
agony of fear. There was a consul-
tation among the geese, for it was
plain the little bird couldn't swim like
them; and then somehow they
managed to push him to the side, and
he scrambled out wet and miserable.
"GRANDMA has left her spectacles
here, I do declare; I will put them on
and see how I look. Very like
grandma, I think, only of course her
hair is white and mine is brown, and I
don't wear a cap as she does. Now,
let me try if I see better for the
spectacles. What shall I look at?
Dolly? No, she won't know me in
spectacles, and I might frighten her.
Let me see; oh, here is a box. Now,
can I see it more distinctly ? Well, no,
I don't see it so plainly with glasses
as without them, and-but here comes
grandma to fetch her spectacles, so I
must take them off again."
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" OH, dear me how I must run to be
sure," cries Ponto, the setter, as he
vainly tries to overtake his master,
who, riding quickly on, does not notice
his dog has remained behind. Oh,
why did I stop so long? It was very
foolish of me, and I must go so fast
now, I shall not be able to speak when
I get up to master's side. Ah! he
is just in sight now, at the end of that
long lane. I wish he would go slower;
perhaps he will look round soon, and
then if he sees me, he is sure to stop
till I reach him. He is a kind master,
and will see how difficult it is for me
to go as fast as his horse."
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THE DWARF MOUSE.
THIS is the natural size of a little
mouse found at the Cape of Good
Hope, in Africa, and supposed, as it
is only about two inches long, to be
the smallest quadruped in the world.
The four black lines down its back
give it a handsome appearance, and
make it easily known from other mice.
It seems fond of climbing trees, and
is quick in its movements. It is
curious that some of the tallest
animals, such as the elephant and
giraffe, should live in the same land
as this very small specimen of the
mouse family. Can you name any
other animals which live in Africa ?
GUY AND HERO.
VERY firm friends are Guy and the
fine Newfoundland dog, Hero. From
the first day when Guy came over
from India to live at grandpapa's,
Hero attached himself 'tlb the little
boy; and they are so often seen
together, that Aunt Margaret, who
draws very well, is taking their portraits,
to send out to Guy's father and mother,
who live in India. They will be very
much pleased when they receive the
picture, and see how well their boy
looks, and what a noble head Hero
has, of whom they have so often
heard in the letters which constantly
go to them from England!
JOE'S father is a farmer in New
England, and brings up all his children
to work; but Joe, who is the eldest
boy, is the most industrious of them
all. The roads round the farm are
bad; and often in the fall of the
year you may see Joe drawing a
hand-cart, filled with the corn he has
helped to reap and thresh, on his way
to the mill to have it ground into
flour. Always busy and contented,
Joe is sure to succeed; and may,
perhaps, become some day member
of the Senate, where he will find many
who, like himself, have raised them-
selves by industry to this position.
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A HAPPY FAMILY.
WHAT could three little kittens wish
for more than a mother to supply all
their wants, and a cozy bed to lie on
when asleep ? Pussy seems very con-
tented, and purrs with close-shut eyes,
inhile the babies crawl about and
gambol hiding from each other in
the hay, jumping over their mother's
back, or biting her tail, which last
affords great amusement. When they
are older, mother will take them out
in the meadow, and teach them to
climb trees-a feat in which she excels;
or else she will show them how cleverly
she can jump from the roof of the barn
or she is equally good at jumping.
RACHEL is teacher at a school, and
it is only on half-holidays that she
can read her favourite books. In
winter she must sit indoors, but in
summer she walks about in the beau-
tiful woods near her home and reads
as she goes along. She is so fond
of reading that she looks for all the
rest of the week to the half-holiday,
quite as much as her pupils who spend
it in country walks or in games of play.
Reading would be of no use to Rachel
unless she remembered what she read;
but fortunately she has a good memory,
and can repeat whole pages of poetry
which she has learned.
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A YOUTHFUL PREACHER.
SOME men have very early decided
upon their professions in life, and
shown a talent for a particular subject.
It is told, for instance, of the late
Reverend Charles Kingsley, who was
a well-known preacher and author of
many beautiful books, that when quite
a little boy in the nursery he would
stand on a chair and preach sermons
to his brothers and sister; and when
asked what he would be, always said,
" A clergyman." When you are older
you should read some of Mr. Kings-
ley's writings, for he was a good as
well as a wise man, and tried to benefit
those around him.
"I WAS one of a large family, and
when only six weeks old, I was put
into a basket and carried a long way
in the dark, which frightened me very
much. Then to my joy I was taken
out of my prison, and this hutch in
which I am was made on purpose for
me to live in, and a good supply of
oats and juicy lettuce-leaves were
given me, and ever since then I have
lived, as the saying is, 'in clover,'
for my good master takes great care
of me, and sees himself that I want
for nothing, and am well supplied with
nice hay for a bed at night. I wish
every rabbit had as good a home."
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THE ship is making her first voyage,
and is decked with flags in honour of
the occasion, while crowds stand on
the shore to see her, and wish her and
those on board of her "good speed "
on their way. What should we do
without ships ? We should get no tea,
or coffee, or sugar; and many other
things which also come to us across
the sea we must do without, if no ships
sailed to foreign lands for our benefit.
Let us be thankful therefore to the
sailors who take long and often dan-
gerous voyages to bring us the useful
goods we need so much, and to God
who provides them for us.
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THE COTTAGE PORCH.
SEATED at the cottage porch, James
and his sisters, who are both much
older than he, talk together; and the
elder one gives good advice to her
young brother, who comes to her
when he is in any trouble and wants
some one to help him out of it. Is it
not a pleasant sight when all the
members of a family agree together
and ask each other's counsel tui ii
uncertain what to do ? Brothers and
sisters should be ready to rejoice over
each other's success and weep when
sorrow comes. David says, Behold,
how good and how pleasant it is for
brethren to dwell together in unity "
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JENNY'S mother is very ill indeed at
home, and Jenny thought she would
like to have some sweet smelling
flowers in her room, so she is walking
about in the fields and gathering some.