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it. They did not at all like its actions. The swing. ing of those long arms, for a whole day at a time, really looked suspicious. And, besides that, it was rumored, in the crow-village, that a goodnatured crow once went to look at the wind-mill, and that the great thing hit him a knock with one of its arms, and killed him on the spot.
3. Some half a dozen of the flock of crows that felt so much alarmed were talking together, at one time, when the conversation turned, as was generally the case, upon the giant mill. After talking a while, it was thought best to call a council of all the crows in the country, to see if some means could not be hit upon, by which the dangerous thing could be got rid of.
4. The meeting was called, and the council met in a corn-field. Such a cawing and chattering was never before heard in that neighborhood. They appointed a chairman- perhaps we ought to say a chair-crow — and other officers, and proceeded to business.
5. As is usual in public meetings of this nature, there were many different opinions as to the question, "What is best to be done with the windmill?" Most of the crows thought the wind-mill a dangerous thing—a very dangerous thing indeed: but then, as to the best mode of getting rid of it, that was not so easy a matter to decide.
6. There were some crows at the meeting who were for going, at once, right over to the wind-mill
all the crows in a body—and destroying the thing on the spot. In justice to the crow family
in general, however, it ought to be stated that those who talked about this warlike measure were rather young. Their feathers were not yet quite fully grown, and they had not seen so much of the world as their fathers had.
7. After there had been much loud talking, all over and around the great elm-tree where the council was held, one old crow said he had a few questions to ask. He had a plan to recommend, too— perhaps—and perhaps not. It would depend upon the answers to his questions, whether he gave any advice or not.
8. He would beg leave to inquire, he said, through the chairman, if the wind
mill had ever been known to go away from the place where it was then standing, and to chase crows around the fields, for the purpose of killing them.
9. It was decided that such conduct on the part of the giant had never been heard of. Even the oldest inhabitant, who had heard, from his grandfather, the story about the unhappy fate of the crow that perished by a blow from the giant's arms, did not remember to have heard that the wind-mill had ever made such warlike visits.
10. “How then,” the speaker wished to know, “was that crow killed in old times'?"
The answer was, “By venturinga too near the mill."
11. “And is that the only way that any of us are likely to get killed by the wind-mill ?"
“Yes," the scare-crow said, “ that is the way, I believe.”
And the crows generally nodded their heads, as much as to say, “Certainly, of course.”
12. “ Well, then," said the old crow who asked the questions, "let us keep away from the mill. That is all I have to say.”
At this the whole council set up a noisy laugh of approbation. The meeting broke up. The
general opinion was, that the advice of the last speaker was, on the whole, the safest and best that could be given.
13. There are some things, very harmless in themselves, and very useful too in their proper places, that will be very apt to injure us if we go too near them. In such cases, remember the advice of the wise crow, and keep away from the mill. & SUS-PI'-orous, denoting something wrong. • COUN'-OIL, an assembly for deliberation. 6 Ro'-MORED, reported; talked of.
I VENT'-UR-ING, daring to go. [LESSON LXXXVI. The fable of the crows and the wind-mill is designed to illustrate the folly of those who are continually going out of their way, and thereby getting into difficulty, and then finding fault with what does not concern them, and in which they have no interest. ]
LESSON LXXXVII. BETTER THAN PEARLS, GOLD, AND DIAMONDS. 1. Would it not please you, children, to pick up strings of pearls, drops of gold, diamonds, and precious stones, as you pass along the street ? Would it make you feel happy for a month to come'?
2. Such happiness you can often give to others. Do you ask how' ? By dropping sweet words'; by making kind remarks'; and by having a pleasant smile for all.
3. These are true pearls and precious stones, which can never be lost';—of which none can deprive' you. If you give them away', they will return, and bless you. 4. Speak kindly to that orphan child! Do
you not see the diamonds drop from her cheeks'? Take the hand of that friendless boy! Do you not see the bright pearls flash in his eyes' ? Smile on the sad and dejected'. Does not your kindness flusha the cheek with a joy more brilliant than the most precious stones'?
5. Wherever you meet the poor, and the sorrowing, give them words of kindness, and pleasant smiles, to cheer and to bless. You will feel happier, when resting upon your pillow, at the close of the day, than if you had found a casket of jewels. The latter fade and crumble in time': the former grow brighter with age, and will shine as stars in the firmament of heaven.
a DROP'-PING, uttering; speaking.
d Flush, cause the blood to rush suddenly b Or'-PHAN, bereaved of parents.
to the face. C DE-JECT'-ED, downcast; dispirited. e CASK'-ET, a small box, or chest. (sky.
| FIRM'-A-MENT, the region of the air; the [LESSON LXXXVII. is a farther illustration of the principle embraced in LESSON LXXVIII. Pleasant smiles, and words and acts of kindness, are often worth more, to the poor and the sorrowing, than pearls, gold, and diamonds. And, what is more, all of us have the former to bestow.]
How they cheer the heart'!
Will a smile impart'!
2. How a gentle accent
Calms the troubled soul,
O'er it wildly roll!
Nothing do they cost';
Life's best charm is lost.
4. Little acts of kindness
Richest gems of earth-
Priceless is their worth. [LESSON LXXXVIII. is a continuation of the subject embraced in LESSONS LXXVIII. and LXXXVII. Words and acts of kindness are of priceless worth.]
THE FARMER IN WINTER. 1. On the next page is a picture of the same farm-house that we saw at the beginning of the lessons about the farmer.* But the scene has changed. It was then in the spring-time. It is now late in the season, and winter is near.
2. After the corn-harvest, there is little for the farmer to do on his farm; but sometimes he does not get through with the husking until it is bitter cold, and a few large snow-flakes now and then warn him that the Indian summer is over.
3. But there are other signs of approaching winter. Why does the farmer watch for the first flocks of wild geese from the North? When the Northern lakes freeze over, the wild geese leave
* See page 110.