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2. "Please to tell us," said a little boy, "what is meant by overcoming 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 kiss your 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 fel
low! 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 mastery over.
b IN'-CI-DENT, event; occurrence.
COO-CURRED, happened; took place.
[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."
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." 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 recognize1 me, and you will get fifty francs for bringing me back."
8. "No, never!"" 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 prisoner'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' ?1
a SERVE, work; labor.
BOARD, deck of a ship.
REF-UGE, shelter from danger.
d RE-POSED', rested; slept. AG'-O-NY, great distress.
f CON'-VICT, a person found guilty of a crime.
RE-WARD', pay for services.
h 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.
To be happy, you must be good.
Do what you ought, come what may.
NIGHT AND DAY.
1. The world is round, and, like a ball,
2. Water and land upon the face
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