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trembling in a corner—their mother was weeping, and the father was walking the floor in agony.
4. The young galley-slave asked what was the matter, and the father replied that they were that morning to be turned out of doors, because they could not pay their rent.
5. “You see me driven to despair," said the father; “my wife and little children will soon be without food and shelter, and I am without the means to provide any for them.”
for them.” As the convicta listened to this tale, the tears started in his eyes.
6. “I will give you the means to provide for your family,” he then said. “I have but just escaped from the galleys; and whoever secures and takes back an escaped prisoner will receive a rewards of fifty francs. How much does your rent amount to ???
"Forty francs," answered the father.
7. “Well,” said the other, “put a cord around my body. I will follow you to the city: they will recognizeh me, and you will get fifty francs for bringing me back.”
8. “No, never !"o exclaimed the astonished listener. My children should starve a dozen times before I would do so base a thing !"
9. But the generous young man insisted, and declared at last that he would go and give himself up, if the father would not consent to take him. After much hesitation the latter yielded, and, taking his preserver by the arm, led him to the city, and to the mayor's office.
10. Every body was surprised that a little man, like the peasant, had been able to capture such a strong young fellow: but the proof was before them. The fifty francs were paid, and the prisoner was sent back to the galleys.
11. After he had gone, the peasant asked to see the
mayor in private, and told him the whole story. The mayor was so much affected that he not only added fifty francs to the peasant's purse, but wrote to the Minister of Justice, begging the young pris. oner's release.
12. The minister examined into the affair, and, finding that the young man had been condemned to the galleys for a small offense, and that he had already served out half of his time, ordered his release.
13. Was not this a noble deed of self-denial and charity on the part of the young man' ?' And it not only benefited' others', but it benefited himself also. Can you explain how it benefited himself' ??
a SERVE, work; labor.
REF'-UGE, shelter from danger.
I CON-VICT, a person found guilty of ,
Rec'-OG-NIZE, know ; recollect.
[LESSON V. is a lesson on character. It shows the great generosity and noble-heartedness of the young galley-slave, when he knew that his kindness to another would consign him again to a prison. How his conduct was rewarded. How were the mayor and minister benefited ? Who was most benefited ? (The galley-slave.) Why? How are you benefited by reading this story?]
A kindness is never lost.
NIGHT AND DAY.
1. The world is round, and, like a ball,
Seems swinging in the air;
And stars are shining there.
2. Water and land upon the face
Of this round world we see;
But ships sail on the sea.
3. As the light of the sun makes the day, when the sun sets it is evening, which is soon followed by the darkness of night.
4. But when it is night here, is it night in all parts of the world ? No:
it is then day in some places; and when we see the sun setting, others, in a distant part of the world, see it rising. Our evening is their morning, and our midnight is their noonday.
5. Would you know the cause of these changes?" ' The earth is a large globe or ball'; and it turns over, from west to east, once in every twenty-four hours', at one time carrying us toward the sun', and at another time carrying us away from it
. 6. When we are carried toward the sun', it is the early part of the day to us'; and when we are
carried away from it', the sun seems to go
downdown- until it sets in the west, and at length night comes upon us.
The sun seems to us to go round the earth; but it does not.
7. While we are on the side of the earth toward the sun, there are other people who are on the opposite side of the earth, where it is night; and when we see the sun rising in our east', others see it setting in their west!
8. The sun, to us, is setting now';4
Behold him in the west';4
In sleep will take their rest.
The day begins to break 40
Will from their slumbers wake.
10. But when the sun comes round again,
And lights the eastern skies', 2
And we from sleep will rise. • Ex-TENDS', stretches out; reaches. 6 Dis'-TANT, remote; far away.
• CAUSE, that which produces. 18
d TO BREAK, to dawn. [LESSON VI. explains, in a familiar way, some of the first principles in Geography. The earth is a globe or ball, divided into land and water, and surrounded by the air, sky, and stars. What causes day and night, morning and evening, etc.]
GOD IS SEEN IN EVERY THING.
In the sun,
1. How cold the blast !10 The snow falls fast,
And yet I hope 'twill stay:
In meadows far away.
2. Jack Frost is near, we feel him here,
He's on his icy sled;
Amid the falling snow;
Nor howling winds that blow.
[LESSON VII. is a description of a snow-storm. The cold of winter. Invitation to come out and play.]
A KING REPROVED.
1. A king, riding along in disguise, and seeing a soldier at the door of a public house, stopped and asked the soldier to drink with him. While they were talking, the king swore.
The soldier said, “Sir, I am sorry to hear a gentleman swear."
His majesty took no notice of the remark, and soon swore again.
2. The soldier then said, “Sir, I will pay my part, if you please, and go; for I dislike swearing. If you were the king himself, I should tell you of it."