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11. As Nihil related his adventures, not all the respect they felt for a marquis could restrain their hearty laughter. They could not well understand why any one should be so ignorant of the most common things; and they perhaps felt a little pride in their own superior knowledge.
12. However, these good people soon made up for their lack of reverence, by conducting the brother and sister to the house, where the good wife prepared for them an excellent meal, made up solely from the flour, and the bacon, and the fruits of the island; thus proving, that, unless we know how to make use of the means within our reach, we might as well be without them.
13. This little story, told by Aunt Hubert, led Leon and Clara to desire to see and understand every thing that passed around them; and they. determined, if they should ever find themselves in the situation of the little French Marquis and his sister, they would at least know better how to help themselves.
14. They were not satisfied until they had seen all the different kinds of farm labor; and what they did not understand, they were glad to have explained to them. They were, indeed, all the time asking questions: but this, Aunt Hubert said, is the way
children learn. She told them they might ask all the questions they chose, and she would answer as many of them as she could.
a RE-QUEST'-ING, asking.
PRO-DUCE', give; yield.
& Res'-O-LUTE-LY, boldly; courageously.
RE-PAST', meal; act of eating.
[LESSON XLVII. well illustrates the principles of the preceding lesson. Although the little French Marquis and his sister had been instructed in all the accomplishments that were by some thought necessary to a complete education, yet their ignorance of common things must have made them appear very ridiculous in the eyes of intelligent country people. Their education had not been practical; and hence they were totally unfitted to take care of themselves. Though in the midst of abundance, they came near perishing of hunger when left to their own resources. Let the resolution of Leon and Clara—"to see and understand every thing that passes around them"-govern all who wish to fit themselves for the business of life.]
2. A year'! alas, how soon 'tis past'!
be our last'! A few short years, how quickly fled', And we are numbered with the dead.
6. And it soon will toll for me';
home will be
And the clock strikes no more,
And there is no more time for me. [LESSON XLVIII. very forcibly pictures the rapid flight of time—from youth to old age—from moments, through minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years; until the tolling bell warns that “there is no more time” for the weary soul that is gońc.
Illustrations. The first illustration is a picture of the period of Youth. A lad on his way to school—the school-house being seen in the distanceis urged by his companion to turn aside, and spend the day in pleasure. · As each one now decides, so, it is probable, will his future life be marked, as one of honor, or of dishonor.
The second picture is that of Youth taking lessons from the experience and wisdom of Age.
The remaining illustrations require no explanation.]
There is work enough to do;
Keep our lessons all in view.
Every moment we should use,
1. Here is a country scene—a farmer's home. Here is the plain, low farm-house, only a story and a half high; so unlike the high buildings we see in the city. But why do people in the city build houses so much higher than in the country'? Can any one tell' ? Many of the city houses are four and five stories in height.
2. It is early in spring. The trees and shrubs around the farmer's dwelling are now covered with leaves. Some flowers are growing in earthen pots, which stand on a shelf between the window and the porch, on the sunny side of the house. Two persons, one of whom is a little girl, are standing on the steps at the end of the piazza. A boy is