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3. “But you know, Alfred', what mother meant'; and you know you deceived her; and you meant to deceive her. And that is acting a falsehood, which is just as bad as telling a falsehood. If mother had asked
had eaten the apple, and you had shaken your head, would not that have been telling a falsehood' ?' Certainly it would."
4. And Lucy was right. God knows what we mean', as well as what we say! Do you not think an acted lie is as wicked in his sight as a spoken lie' ?' And do you not think that Alfred's conscience troubled him' ?" You should never act one thing', and mean another.
[LESSON II. illustrates the dishonest character of Alfred, and the truthfulness of his sister. It shows how Alfred told a falsehood one of the white lies which some children think excusable, and how his sister reproved him for it. What is a falsehood. How a falsehood may be acted as well 28 spoken. Suggest other examples.]
Our Father, God, who reigns in heaven,
By whom are all our blessings given.
Far from the fowler's spare' 23
And shows such tender care'?3
His grace to creatures here below.
So beautiful and warm'?3
Amid the raging storm ?3
Through heaven and earth, and sea, and air.
To little sparrows give' ?1
faith in him to live' ?1
Is worthy of our highest love.
GRĀCE, favor; goodness. 1
d EN-DĚAV'-OR, strive: try. [LESSON III. shows God's care over even so small a creature as a sparrow. Why are wings given to the little birds ? To enable them to avoid danger, to feed upon insects flying in the air, to feed upon the seeds of plants, etc. What kind of a dress birds are provided with. Its adaptation to their wants. Why God is worthy of our highest love, etc.]
A KISS FOR A Blow. 1. One day the Rev. Mr. Adams went into an infant-school in Boston. He had been there before, and had told the children they might ask him any question that they pleased, whenever he came to see them.
2. “Please to tell us,” said a little boy, “what is meant by overcominga evil with good." The minister began to explain it, when a little incident occurred, which gave him the best explanation he could wish.
3. A boy about seven years of age was sitting beside his little sister, who was only six years old.
. As the minister was talking, George, for that was the boy's name, got angry with his sister about something, doubled up his fist, and struck her on the head.
4. The little girl was just going to strike him back again, when the teacher, seeing it, said, “My dear Mary, can't you
brother'? See how angry and unhappy he looks!”
5. Mary looked at her brother. He looked sullen and wretched. Her resentment was soon gone,
and love for her brother returned to her heart. She threw her arms about his neck, and kissed him.
6. The poor boy was wholly unprepared for so kind a return for his blow. He could not resist the gentle affection of his sister. He was wholly overcome, and he burst into tears, sobbing violently.
7. His gentle sister took the corner of her apron and wiped away his tears, and sought to comfort him by saying, “ Don't cry, George; you did not hurt me much.” But he only wept the more. No wonder: it was enough to make any body weep
8. But why did George weep'? Poor little fellow!! Would he have wept if his sister had struck him in return' ? Not he. But by kissing him as she did, she made him feel more deeply than if she had beaten him black and blue.
9. Here was a kiss for a blow—love for anger; and all the school saw at once what was meant by " overcoming evil with good.” a O-VER-COM'-ING, conquering; gaining the c 00-CUR'RED, happened; took place. mastery over.
RE-SENT'-MENT, anger from being wrong 6 IN'-CI-DENT, event; occurrence.
ed. [LESSON IV. very happily illustrates, in the incident of “a kiss for a blow,” the principle of overcoming evil with good. The teacher can probably give other examples illustrating the same principle. It was one of the precepts of the Savior, “ If a man smite thee on the one cheek, turn to him the other also.”]
THE YOUNG GALLEY-SLAVE. 1. A young man was recently condemned, for some offense, to serve at the galleys in one of the sea-ports of France. Such persons are called gal ley-slaves, and their punishment is to serve as oarsmen on board of a galley, or large government boat.
2. The young man here referred to seized the first opportunity, which occurred at night, to run away. Being strong and vigorous, he soon made his way across the country, and escaped pursuit.
3. Arriving the next morning before a peasant's cottage in an open field, he stopped to beg something to eat, and find a refuge while he reposeda a little. But he found the inmates of the cottage in the greatest distress. Four little children sat
trembling in a corner—their mother was weeping, and the father was walking the floor in agony.o
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 convict 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 recognized me, and you will get fifty francs for bringing me back.”
8. “No, never !" 10 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,