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boat. They get a piece of wood and cut it like the boats they see on the shore, and then they stick a piece of wood in for a mast, and put a piece of paper on the mast for a sail. As soon as this is done, off they go to the nearest little bit of water to swim their boat. They dare not put their boat on the sea, the waves are so strong, and the tide would soon carry their little boats away. But in a little pond they can do as they like. But boys are fond of making waves in the pond; and will toss the water about with their sticks, to make the water rock about their little boat.

If you look in this pic-ture you will see just this being done. One little boy has got his boat on a pond, and he wants it to toss about, like he sees the boats on the sea. So he is push-ing off the little boat into the mid-dle of the pond that he may make big waves in the water with his stick. The other little boy is watch-ing. I think he must feel the cold very much, for his hands are in his pockets. Or, per-haps he is doing so because he is lazy, and would rather look on than do any-thing. Boys, do not do this. Out with your hands from your pockets ; and if they are cold, rub them together.



THE SWEARER'S WAGES. It is very sad to hear men swear. It is sadder still to hear little boys. There was once a man in a coach who swore very much. The man was a Jew. Some one of the men in the coach said, at last, “My good Sir, you will much please the com-pany if you will only swear in He-brew !” The man saw at once that he had been doing wrong, and ceased to swear alto-gether.

But I wish now to tell you of another case. Α. young man was using very bad words. A kind good man came up to him and said :4.—What wages does Satan allow you

for ing, young man ?

B.- What do you mean?

4.-I mean what I say. Do you have high or low wages ?

B.—I dont get any wages.

A.-From the manner in which you pour out oaths, your wages must be very high.

B.-Well, they are not.
A.-So I see, and allow me to tell you


you work cheap, very cheap, cheaper than any person I ever heard of. I never knew any one having such miserable wages for so much work.

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B.—There is something in what you say, and I will —

4.--Yes-yes—there is something-cheap work, cheap work, I tell you. Just look-you lay aside the character of a well-bred man and gentleman ; you injure the feelings of your best friends, and in fact cause pain to all civil people who hear you swear; you dishonour the name of your Maker; and run the risk of losing your price-less soul, and all for nothing. Young man, I tell you you work for a hard masterand you work cheap-very cheap indeed.

The young man was re-buked. I hope he ceased to swear after that.




It chanced a Spider and a Bee
Once settled on the self-same tree,
And then began a warm debate
Which could the fairer work create.
The Spider boasted, none so well
Of ge-o-met-ric forms could tell,
Or could so cunningly design
How squares with circles should combine.


She said the webs she daily wove
Her skill, in this respect, would prove;
And, farther, from her own slight frame
The silken threads to spin it came.
Whereas the honey of the Bee
Was stolen from each flow'r and tree;
Nay, that she was obliged, indeed,
To borrow from the humblest weed.
The Bee replied, she never thought
Such charge against her could be brought;
That as to stealing honey sweet
From ev'ry flow'r she chanced to meet,
Her skill was so con-spic-u-ous here,
She'd nothing from such charge to fear.
So delicately she distill’d,
And her slight bag with honey fillid,
That never had a flower complain'd
That by her means its juice was drain'd ?
No leaf had been at any cost,
Or by her robbery had lost.
As to the webs the Spider spun,
Her combs as skilfully were done.
Indeed, the merits of her cause
Might rest on math-e-mat-ic laws;
For these were never disobey'd
In any hex-a-gon she made.
But what was chiefly on her side,
Her works were usefully applied ;
She labor'd for the publio good,
And stored her cells for winter's food.


Taught by this fable let us aim
At virtue, rather than at fame;
Caught by no outward show or glare,
Appearances that promise fair,
The dazzling are not always bright,
But glitter with delusive light;
Let's estimate things by their use,
Not the effect they can produce.

-Ellen Roberts.


“Do thy little,-do it well;
Do what right and reason tell;
Do what wrong and sorrow claim;
Conquer sin, and cover shame.

Do thy little, though it be
Dreariness and drudgery ;
They whom Christ apostles made,
•Gathered fragments,' when he bade.

Do thy little : never mind
Though thy brethren be unkind;
Though the men who ought to smile
Mock and taunt thee for awhile.

Do thy little; never fear
While thy Saviour standeth near :

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