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Title: Patty, or, Beware of meddling
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AH Patty, is it come to this?
You have often been told, little
girl, that it is wrong to be pry-
ing, and curious, and meddling;
and if you had minded the good

advice given you, this sad business
would not have happened. There
you go! the stool has tipped up,
you have lost your footing; there
is nothing to catch hold of. The
shelves of the cupboard are too
thick for your little hands to
grasp; and the jar is tumbling
down. Oh, what mischief you
have done! We are sorry for
you, little Patty: you will hit
your knee against the rough leg
of the stool, and what is worse,
I am afraid you will get ablow on
the forehead from its edg Peo-
ple, whether they be little or big,
are often forced to pay dear for a
little wisdom at last, because they
would not have it when it was
offered to them for nothing.
Do you know what I mean by
this, my dear reader ? I will tell
you. Patty Blake, the little girl
whom you see in the picture, was

a very curious child indeed; and
I am sorry to say, the more she
was warned against prying into
anything, the more curious she
was. Her mamma often told her,
that if she did not leave off her
naughty way before any harm
came of it, she would be hurt some
day, and be very sorry that she
had not been wise in time.
One day, her papa told all the
family at breakfast, that nobody
must go near a part of the garden
where ahe children had often
played. wIHe did not tell them the
reason, but he looked very grave,
and said they must not go on that
side at all. He went out soon
after on horseback; and I am
sorry to tell you that Patty could
not settle herself to her lessons,
or mind her work properly, her
silly little head was so busy think-
ing about what her papa had said;

and her heart was set on going to
see what was the matter in that
part of the garden. She soon
began to tease her mamma to tell
her all about it; but mamma bade
her mind her task. Then Patty
asked if she was not to go out in
the sunshine all that fine day ; and
mamma said, yes; but she must
finish her lessons first; and she
must not go on the south walk, or
near the round grass-plot, as her
papa had said.
Patty went to work # once.
She thought if she only got out,
she should be able to take a run,
and get near enough to find out
the great secret that troubled her
fancy. But when all was done,
and Patty had tied on her bon-
net, she found mamma ready
too; and that she would still be
kept in sight by her careful parent.
After running about a little

while, Patty said, "Mamma, I
just want to see if the bud on my
rose bush is blown yet; I wont be
a minute."
"No, Patty, it is too near the
round grass-plot; you must not go
that way."
"But why? what reason can
papa have for keeping us away
from that pretty place ?"
"A good reason, you may be
sure, my dear," said Mrs. Blake.
But I want to know why, mam-
ma; and I want to see what itis."
Fi"! Patty," said her mamma,
"this naughty, curious temper of
yours will lead you into the great
sin of disobedience, if you do not
pray against it, and get the better
of it."
But Patty still looked cross,
and said, "You often blame me
for being curious, mamma; what
harm is there in it ? If nobody

was curious, nothing would be
found out, and the world would be
no wiser now than it was a thou-
sand years ago."
Mrs. Blake smiled, and Patty
was pleased, and went on. Do
mamma, let me be curious now;
it will help to make me wiser !"
"Well, Patty, I do not object to
that. Bring me a flower, and we
will look into it curiously, and
see how wonderfully it is put to-
gether, and how every part of it
is made to answer the useful pur-
pose :that God's wisdom saw good
it should fulfil."
That's not what I mean," said
Patty; and she spoke fretfully
Look about for an empty snail
shell then; there are several lying
about. I will show you how beau-
ftifully itis formed to be a close, safe,
and movable house for the poor
little insect that once lived in it."

Patty still looked displeased,
and her kind mamma was very
sorry to see it.
"My child," she said, "it is
good to be curious about these
glorious works of the Most High,
that we may learn more of his
ways, and find fresh cause to praise
him. But there are greater won-
ders than these, which truly wise
children will seek to find out.
Yea, we are told in the Bible, that
the very angels desire to look into
these things. Do you know what
things I mean, Patty ?"
The little girl just said, Yes,
mamma," but hardly loud enough
to be heard. Her mamma went
on :-
"The apostle Paul calls th. in,
'the depth of the riches both bf
the knowledge and wisdom of
God.' And in another place he
says, that 'In Christ Jesus are hid

all the treasures of wisdom and
knowledge.' You ask me to let
you be curious, that you may be-
come wise. I say, yes; be as cu-
rious as you can, to find out all
that God has told us in his holy
word, about his great love to sin-
ful man, in giving his only Son to
suffer death on a painful cross, for
the salvation of our souls. Ask
of God to show you the wonder-
ful things of his law; and if you
grow more curious every day of
your life to find out all his good-
ness, I can tell you, Patty, you
will have as much to find out at
the end, as at the beginning,
though you will get much true
wisdom by the way, and have a
happy ending before you."
Mrs. Blake said all this cheer-
fully; but Patty never looked up.
At last she said, I want to go to
the round grass-plot."

No, you shall not; and I must
punish you for this very naughty,
sullen behaviour. I shall take
you in doors again, and not allow
you to come out tillpapa says you
may. You make me very unhappy,
So Mrs. Blake went back to the
house, and there she talked more
to her little girl about this bad
feeling. It is a bad feeling," she
said, for it brings on this very
bad temper. Nothing can be
right, that leads you to do wrong."
That evening, at tea, Mr. Blake
had his hand bound up, and seemed
in great pain. Patty went and
asked him what it was; and he
took off the bandage, and shewed
her a large swelling, very red and
sore. It is stung," he said;
"this morning I found out that
there was a wasp's nest at the root
of the old tree, on the round

grass-plot, and a swarm of young
wasps ready to leave it. I went
for two men to take it carefully,
so as to leave no wasps about.
Two of them lighted on my hand,
and stung me as you see."
Oh dear !" said Patty, looking
at her mamma, and turning very
pale. "Yes, Patty," said Mrs.
Blake, "that was the danger that
you wanted to run into. Now,
be thankful for your escape, and
learn wisdom from it; or you will
suffer some day for your folly."
But, mamma, I should not
have wished to go if I had known
what it was." "I am not sure of
that," said her papa, you would
have wanted to see what a wasp's
nest was like, and might have
gone too near before you found
out the danger."
No indeed, papa; I am never
curious where there is any danger."

Where there is sin there is
danger, Patty. Your prying tem-
per often makes you disobey us,
and that is very sinful. Now, take
warning by this lesson, and re-
member that meddling is the mark
of a foolish person; that is, of
one who has not the wisdom that
cometh from above."
If Patty had taken the kind
advice of her dear parents, it
would have been well for her.
Now you see in the picture what
happened not long after. Mrs.
Blake had a sort of store room,
where many things were kept, to
be used when wanted. There
were drawers and boxes, and a
large wooden cupboard, or press,
all kept locked; and some covered
pans into which Miss Patty some-
times got a peep. Her mamma,
too, often told her what was in
the jars and jugs in the cupboard;

but one day Patty was so very
rude and troublesome with her
questions about something that
the cook had brought, when Mrs.
Blake was busy giving orders to
her, that her mamma sent her out
of the room, and would not tell
her anything about it.
The next morning Mrs. Blake
was called away from the store
room, while looking over some
things; and Patty, always on the
watch, spied the door ajar. She
slipped in; the bunch of keys was
in the drawer, and the naughty
girl at once thought to herself,
" Now I will see what is in that
jar." She saw an old stool in
the room, and on it she jumped,
unlocked the door of the cup-
board, and reached as high as
she could to get hold of the
ar. You see in the picture what
happened then: the old stool

gave way, and down came the
naughty child with a very sad fall.
There was strong pickle in the
jar too, and some of it splashed
on her where the skin was broken,
putting her to such great pain
that she screamed out very loudly,
and her mamma and the servants
all ran to see what was the matter.
Patty and the stool and the jar
were all lying there; the pickles
were strewed about them, and
Patty's arm and face were bleed-
ing, besides the bruise that she
got on her knee that made her
unable to stand. I cannot tell
you how frightened poor Mrs.
Blake was; she did not get over
it for a long time.
Children do not know, or at
least very few children think,
what pain they cause their tender
parents by their folly. A boy,
and sometimes a girl, will run into

danger; saying perhaps, "Well, if
I do get hurt, nobody will suffer
by it but myself." This is very
wrong, and untrue. The pain
that you feel from a fall, or other
hurt, is not so hard to bear as the
pain that it gives those who love
you to see you suffer; and they
have also the sorrow of know-
ing that you give way to a habit
which may lead you into worse
troubles as you grow older. All
children are not so curious as
Patty; but some do the same
things for the sake of mischief;
and others, to seem very brave,
will run into great dangers; and I
am sorry to say, some will do
wrong just because they are told
not to do it; they think it a fine
thing to have their own way.
It would be a sad story to tell
you how much poor Patty had to
suffer from her wounds before she

was able to run about again. I
believe it was the happiest time
of her life, though; for she was
made to feel her own weakness,
and sinfulness; and she learned to
pray every day with her heart as
well as her lips, to be kept from
all evil. When she saw the tears
running down her kind mamma's
face, and her papa walking about
the room in great distress, while
the doctor dressed her painful
wounds, she felt how cruel she had
been to those dear parents, by
bringing all this sorrow and ex-
pense upon them because she
would not attend to their wise
and kind counsels. She also knew
how near she had been to break-
ing her leg, and so perhaps being
a cripple for life, if the goodness
and mercy of the Lord had not
followed her. So she was sorry
at heart, and repented of her evil

ways, and prayed to have her sins
forgiven for the sake of Jesus our
Saviour, who died to redeem us to
God by his blood. She prayed
for a new heart, and for a humble,
obedient spirit; and when she got
about again it was delightful to
see how changed she was. But
there was a scar on her face, that
never left it; and when she saw it
in the glass, she remembered the
great pain that she had suffered;
because she would not ask and
receive the wisdom that God is so
willing to give.
Dear children! believe me, God
is willing, for his dear Son's sake,
to give you all wisdom, and sal-
vation too, and eternal life, if you
will but ask him. "Ask, and ye
shall receive, that your joy may
be full," John xvi. 24.

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