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praised George for his noble conduct; and this was very pleasant to him, but not half so pleasant as the reflection that he had saved the life of his young playmate.

7. On the evening of the same day, Mr. Jones, the father of Edward, took his son into his room, and when they were alone, said to him, “ Why was it,

my son, that you did not, like George Williams, go immediately to the aid of Henry Lee, when you saw him struggling in the water ??'.

8. “I was so frightened,” replied the boy,“ that I did not know what I was doing.” “And this fright,” said his father, “would have cost Henry his life, if there had not been another boy near to save him.” Edward looked serious, and his eyes were cast upon the floor. “I'm sorry,” he said, " but I could not help it."

9. “ Don't say that you could not help it, my son,” replied Mr. Jones. “It is the duty of all to overcome such fear, for every one should be brave, and ready to risk even life itself to save others. And now let me tell you what happened when I was a boy.

10. “Two children were playing near a deep spring, that was walled up at the sides. One of them was only four years old; the other was seven. The larger boy's name was Frank. While Frank was playing by himself, he heard a splash, and turning round, he saw that his brother had fallen head foremost into the spring, and was struggling in the water.

11. “Frank was terribly alarmed, and his heart beat so loud that it seemed to him any one standing near might have heard it. What did he do'? Did he run away for help'? No. Little as he was, he was thoughtful and brave, and instead of starting off to get some one to come and save his brother, he laid hold of him by the legs, and after a great effort succeeded in dragging the already halfdrowned child from the spring.

12. “I must tell you another circumstance that happened to these two brothers. One day they were playing by the side of the deep trough that receives the water from your uncle's mill-race, when the little one slipped off the bank into the rapid current. In an instant the child went sweeping down toward the open mill-gate, through which the water was rushing right down upon the great wheels.

13. “If Frank had hesitated a moment, his little brother would have been lost: but the brave boy sprang at once to the rescue,' and leaning down, he caught the child by the clothes, and held on to him eagerly. The water was so far down, and Frank had to stoop so low, that he had not strength to pull his brother out; so he could do nothing but hold on to him, and scream loudly for help.

14. “But the noise of the mill was so great that the millers could not hear his voice, and thus nearly five minutes passed away, and Frank was nearly exhausted, when a man who was going by saw him, and ran down along the mill-race, and rescued the drowning child.

15. “Thus it was that the courage and presence

of mind of Frank had twice saved the life of a brother. Now suppose, Edward, that he had been too much frightened to think or act in a proper manner, as you were to-day-don't you think his little brother would have been killed on the wheels of the mill ?"

16. Edward shuddered at the thought. “That brave lad,” continued Mr. Jones,“ was your uncle Frank; and the brother whose life he saved is now your father.” “You', father, you'!” exclaimed Ed- . ward, in surprise. “Did Uncle Frank twice save

your life' ?"

17. “Yes, my son, I fell into the spring; and your uncle, by his promptness to act, saved me from drowning; and I fell into the mill-race, and there his courage and presence of mind saved me a second time. What would have become of me, Ed. ward, if my brother had done as you did to-day'?"

18. Edward's thoughts went back to the millpond, where he had seen Henry Lee struggling in the hole in the ice; and he now saw how easily he might have rescuedo him from his perilous situation, instead of running away, frightened,.screaming for others afar off to do what was needed to be done at the moment.

19. He felt, painfully too, that his playfellow would have been drowned, had not George Williams, with true bravery, gone instantly to his aid. His own conduct appeared in a most unfavorable light. It was a moment of self-reproach and mortification : but it was not without its good effects upon Edward, who resolved to act, in the future,

with more presence of mind, in all cases of danger that might occur. a SPEED'-Y, prompt; ready.

e MILL'-RACE, a ditch, or canal, to convey • PRES'-ENCE, calmness; self-control.

water to a mill. • Con'-FI-DENCE, belief that he would be RES'-CUE (noun), deliverance from dan. saved.

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(strength.. « REB'-CUE (verb), save; deliver from dan- & Ex-HAUST'-ED, wearied; deprived of ger.

H PER'-IL-Ous, dangerous.

I MOR-TI-FI-CA'-TION, humiliation. (LESSON LXIII. shows the importance of being calm and brave in time of danger. How George Williams, by his courage and presence of mind, saved the life of his companion, while the frightened Edward Jones ran away. What was said in the conversation between Edward and his father. The incidents mentioned by Mr. Jones. What were Edward's reflections after this conversation. How he resolved to act in future.]

LESSON LXIV.

WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR' ?
1. Who is thy neighbor' ?* He whom thou

Hast power to aid or bless;
Whose aching head, or burning brow

Thy soothing hand may press.
2. Thy neighbor is the fainting poor,

Whose eye with want is dim;
Oh, enter then his humble door

With aid and peace for him.
3. Thy neighbor'? He who drinks the cup

When sorrow drowns the brim;
With words of ever-cheering hope,

Go thou and comfort him.
4. Thy neighbor'? Pass no mourner by;

Perhaps thou canst redeem
A breaking heart from misery -

Go share thy lot with him. [LESSON LXIV., which is in reply to the question, "Who is my neighbor ?” is given in illustration of the principle set forth in the tenth chapter of Luke, from the twenty-fifth to the thirty-seventh verse, inclu* For the rising inflection here, see Note to RULE III.

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sive. Let the pupil read these verses in Luke, after which he will the better appreciate the lesson. It was the good Samaritan who was “neighbor" unto him that fell among thieves.]

LESSON LXV.
THE USES OF INSECTS.

1. “I can not see the use of spiders'-and of a great many other ugly. looking insects)," said Willie. “And, besides', spiders are very cruel', for they catch flies, and kill them', and suck their blood."

2. “ It seems to me', then',” Uncle John qui

etly replied, “ that the more spiders' there are in the stable', the less will the horses suffer from the flies'.”

3. “I did not think of that'," said Willie; but, after reflecting a moment, he continued, “But what good do the flies do', Uncle John'? And if they do no good', would it not be better if there were neither flies nor spiders' ?"

4. “Do you know, Willie', that the fish you like to eat, fatten on the flies that hover over the stream'? And that the poultry, especially ducks and turkeys, and also great numbers of birds, thrive all the better for the caterpillars, grasshoppers, flies, and spiders, which they pick up and eat, as a relish with their ordinaryo food' ?”

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