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So other boys do not take care. Foolish fellows ! They are trying the sickle. They think themselves wiser than their parents. They will surely hurt themselves. They will carry scars all the way through life, if, indeed, they do not utterly ruin themselves.
Take care, boys! Don't be wiser than your parents. Above all, don't be wiser than Jesus. He teaches you that happiness is the fruit of goodness; you think it grows on the tree of sin. But it cannot.
SPARROW, sparrow, under the tree,
THE RIALTO. AND what is the Rialto ? says some little boy or girl, as he reads this word. I will tell
will listen. In the City of Venice, which is built on sixty or seventy islands, there are no roads, and so carts, and gigs, and horses are useless there. But in place of roads, Venice has ever so many canals, and on these canals long narrow boats are used which are called gon-do-las. Instead, then, of taking a cart or horse when you want to go about Venice, you take a gon-do-la. The boatmen sing merrily as they push along; and this is much nicer to hear than the noise of cart wheels, and the tramp, tramp of horses.
But you must not think that the canals are like what you know. They are not like them. There are on the sides of the canals marble palaces, built many years ago, when Venice was a very rich city. There are also very large buildings, which are very fine and very old.
Now one of these canals has on each side of it much finer palaces than the others. Even the houses are very fine, and look like palaces. This canal, because it is the largest and the longest in Venice is called the Grand Canal. Other canals in Venice
are narrow, so narrow that it is not easy for two boats to pass each other. The houses on each side come quite close to each other, and strings are put across from window to window. Over these smaller canals there are many bridges. There are one hundred and forty-nine canals, and over them more bridges than there are days in the year.
The Grand Canal is wider than the others, and divides the city into two parts. There is only one bridge over this canal, and that bridge is called the Rialto. In the speech of the country rialto means
. high, or anything high; and it was, although I am not sure of it, because it was so high a bridge that the people called it the bridge of the Rialto. You will see that the only opening in it is at the top, where there is a kind of door.
It was once thought that men met here to trade, and merchants met to talk over the news, and sell their merchandise; but now people think this is a mistake. All who go to Venice are sure to go and see the Rialto.
You will see in the picture some boats on the Grand Canal. These are the gon-do-las, long and narrow, and with a neck arched like a
THE LOST CAMEL.
THE LOST CAMEL. SOME boys, and men too, do not use their eyes. They see, and yet they do not see. Others are wise, and take note of what they see; and the more they do this, the more they can do it.
I will tell you a story of a lost camel, which will show you what I mean. Try to get this way of looking at what you see, and of thinking of it.
This is the story. A man was going over a sandy desert. He met two traders, and he spoke to them.
“Have you lost a camel ?” said this man to the traders.
Yes, we have,” they said. “ Was the camel blind in his right eye, and lame in one of his legs ?” Again the traders said, “ Yes."
But,” said the man, “ had he lost a front tooth ?" “He had,” was their reply.
“ And was he not loaded with wheat on one side and honey on the other ?”
“ Yes, he was,” they said. “ As you have seen him so lately, you can tell us where he may be found.”
Then the man said, “My friends, I have neither seen the camel, nor have I heard of him, except from you."