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are you' ?" upon which the voice returned the same words, “Who are you ?”

3. George cried out, “ You must be a very foolish fellow.” “Foolish fellow !" repeated the voice from the thicket. George then began to grow angry, and he uttered" words of defiance toward the spot whence the sound proceeded.

4. The echo faithfully repeated all his words. Then George, in order that he might avenge himself, searched through the wood for the boy, who he supposed was mocking him; but he could find nobody.

5. After searching in vain for some time, he ran home, and complained to his mother that a wicked boy, concealed in the wood, had been mocking him.

6. “Ah, now you are complaining of your own self,” replied his mother. “You have heard nothing but your own words. Even as you have often seen your own face reflected in the clear water, so you have just heard your own voice in the woods.

7. “ If you had uttered an exclamation of kindness, you would have received the same in reply.”

It is thus in every day life. The conduct of others toward us, is generally an echo of our own. As we treat them', so they are very apt to treat us! · UT'-TERED, spoke.

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[LESSON XXXV. This story of the little boy who heard the echo of his own voice, and got angry at it, has a very good moral, which is stated in the last verse.

Not only anger, hate, revenge, and all unkindness toward us, but goodness, politeness, love, etc., are, generally, only the reflection of our own conduct. If all would do unto others as they would have others do unto them, what a happy world this would be!]

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1. How do you like the robin'?' He comes to see us early in the spring. He likes to build a nest in the apple-tree, and he does not seem to care how near he gets to the house.

2. But perhaps the blue-bird comes a little earlier than the robin. Sometimes he comes a little too early, before the cold weather is past. He sings merrily enough for a day or two, when the weather is pleasant, and then he begins to think about building a nest.

3. But suddenly there comes a wind from the northeast, and the clouds cover the sky; and the rain—the cold, cold rain pours down on the poor bird and his mate. Alas! alas ! how cold they are'!" But they get into as warm a place as they can find, until the storm is over, and the weather is warm again; and then you will hear the blue bird sing as merrily as he did before.

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4. Blue-birds build their nests in holes in trees; but they do not make the holes for their nests, for their bills are not fitted for bor. ing holes. They often find a hole that some other bird

has made, and they make their home there, after the bird has left.

5. The sparrows are very little birds. Did you ever see a ground-sparrow's nest ?' The sparrow has its nest in the grass, and the eggs are very small, and spotted. The chipping-bird, also, is a sparrow,

but it builds its nest in a bush, or in a tree.

6. But what about the swallows'? The swallows' ?' Yes; they are very

common birds—as common—that is, as numerous, as the sparrows. You have all seen flocks of them, I suppose; those

of you, at least, who live in the country. 7. The most common swallows in this country are the barn-swallows. They build their nests— sometimes quite early in the spring—under the eaves of the barn, and inside of the barn against the rafters.

8. These barn-swallows are real masons. They build their nests mostly of mud, which they carry in their little bills. Then they get small straws, and bits of grass, and cotton, and wool, and line the inside of their nests, so as to make a warm place for the eggs, and for the young

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9. What a noise the busy swallows make around the old barn'! There is not much music in their song,

it is true: but who does not love to hear the merry chattering of these birds'? They are so cheerful, they seem to enjoy themselves finely.

10. There are chimney-swallows, which build their nests in chimneys. The young birds make a great chattering, to tell the old birds they are hungry; and sometimes those who live in the house destroy the nests, to get rid of the noise.

11. There are bank-swallows, also. They make deep holes in sand-banks, where they build their nests. And in a distant country there is a species of swallow that builds its nest mostly of a kind of gum, which some people eat, and which they are so fond of that these nests are sold at a very high price.

12. Did you ever see a quail? A quail' ? Certainly I have seen quails; and I have heard them too. They sing a song that sounds like more wheať! more wheat! They like wheat; and perhaps that is the reason why the boys say they sing “more wheat."

13. In the winter, quails are very fat, and a great many of them are killed to be eaten, Boys catch them in box-traps made of boards, or in snares, as they catch rabbits.

14. Did you ever try to find a quail's nest'? No doubt you have, if you have rambled much in the country. But did you find it'? I think not. The quail makes her nest on the ground. When she sees you coming, she creeps slily away from the

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follow her, she hobbles around as if she could neither run nor fly; but when she has led you far enough from the nest, she starts up suddenly, and flies rapidly away.

16. The partridge is another cunning bird—just as cunning as the quail. She has played the boys a trick many a time. This is the way she does it. The boy hears the partridge fluttering in the leaves, and making a great noise,

as if her nest were there, and as if she were afraid the little fellow would find it.

17. When the boy runs to the place, the bird limps along, and flutters as if her wings were broken. But, my boy, you'll not find that nest; for the nest is away in another direction.

18. The truth is, when the partridge sees the boy—and she sees him when he is a great way off

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