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given health and strength, and the use of their limbs and Their senses, should learn to work in their younger days, and endeavour as soon as they are able to earn au bonest livelihood.
STORY IX. Ruth Ward was one of those cross girls no one loves to be with. This
When she was at home she was cross to ibe babe. If the babe was out of the way, she would tease the poor cat; and hurt it so it would have made you grieve to see tire. poor
If there was no cat to tease, she would catch flies and pult their legs, or tear their wings off, and laugh to see them in pain,
Her friends sent her to scbool, for they could pay for her ; but she was so bad there, that no one couid have any peace for her; she did all she could to tease the rest of the girls, and spoilt their work and their books; so she did not go long to school you may be sure, but was sent off as not fit to be with good girls.
When she had gone on in this way for a good while, she had the ill luck to break her leg, and it was so bad that it was cut off.
While Ruth Ward lay bad a-bed, Bersey Poole, who went to school with her, and who was one of those that she had been cross to, said to the rest of the girls,
you beard that poor
Ruth Ward lias broke her leg ?"---" Has she,” said one : “ I don't care, she was cross to me, and I will not go near her:" and so said the rest.
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I will," said Betsey Poole: “ I grieve for her thougb she was cross to me. We should not leave folks when they are sick and bad, if they have been cross to us : may be Ruth Ward may inend.”
" Well," said Ann Read," I will go with you, Betsey, to see how she goes on, poor soul. I think it į right to do as you say." Su they both west, and there lay poor Ruth in bed quite bad, in sad pain ; but it gave to see those two girls ; for she thought, as she had been so cross, no one would go i nead her. How do you do, poor Ruth," said Betsey Poole. “Quite bad! quite bad !” said Rück! I grieve for you," said Ann Read. You are too good," said Ruth Ward;bothl of you, to grieve for me who have been so cross to you; but if it please, God I get well, I will do so no more, I will not burt or, tease so mucha
as a Hy, if I get well. No, no, my dear girls, I know what it is to lose a leg. I shall pull no more legs off as long as I live."
It did please God' that Ruth should get as well as she could be with one leg; and she kept her word, and was so good and so kind, as to gain the love of all; and she went to the school again, and kept to her work, and inade shift when she grew up to earn her bread though she was dame, and had 's wooden leg.
Questions ---What sort of a girl was Ruth Ward? [ins. A cross girl:] Is it not very naughty to be cross, as she was, to poor little innocent babes ? [Ans. Yes.] What creature did she tease and hurt? [Ans. The cat.) What did she do to poor flies ? [Ans. Tear their legs and wings off.] Is it not very cruel to laugh at the misery of any creature? [Ans. Yes.] How did she behave to her school-fellows ? (Ans. She teased them.) How was she punished for using good girls ill ? [Ans, She was turned out of the school.] 'What misfortune bappened to her at last ? (Ans She broke her leg, and it was cut off.) Which of her school-fellows took pity upon her ? [Ans. Betsey Poole.) Had she never used Betsey Poolc ill ? [ Ans. Yes.] was not Betsey Poole a very good-natured girl ? [Ans. Yes.] Was not Ruth Ward very glad to sec, her school-felJows when they went to her? (Ans. Yes.] What did she promise them never to do again ? [Ans. Never to be cross or cruel.] Was she as good as her word ? [Ans. Yes.]
Instruction.... You should learn from this story to be kind and good-natored to every thing alive. Consider the value of your own limbs, and do not deprive any living creature of iheirs. If any person has been ill-natured to you, do them good in return; and do not let the unkindness of others harden your hearts. When you know you have behaved ill in any respect, resolve to amend; for that is the way to obtain God's pardon, and to secure the good opinion of your
fellowcreatures. Endeavoar, by change of behaviour, to turo misfortunes into blessings. Ruth Ward, no doubt, was happier without her løst leg when she was good, than she bad been with all her limbs when she was ill-natured.
SHORT STORIES OF GOOD AND BAD BOYS. From the Charity School Spelling Book, Part 1, with Questions.
STORIES 1. AND II. There was a rude boy wijose name was Tom Bird : helo] one very bad trick, he would hing stones. One day ble fung
a stone at Betsey Sharpe, and cut a great gash in lier check; which made a sad scar: nor was this all ; he flung a stone at a lainp in the street and broke it,' for which he was put in the cage and beat a great deal : but he still kept on; at last lie flung à stone'at Frank Ross, which beat his eye out : so poor Frank was blind of one eye all the rest of his life.
Tom Bird said he meant no harm; but it was harm, to knock one eye out of a poor boy's head, to whom God liad given two eyes : it njust be best to ave two eyes, though a boy may make shift with one'; and no boy can be thought kind or good, who does not care whose head he breaks, or whose eye he knocks out.
Jack Prince was a good kind boy, he saw Tom Bird throw the stone at peor Frank Ross, and run from him; so he went up 10 Frank, and said, “ Don't cry, Frank, I will lead you hone, and see what can be done for you:" so he bound up the poor boy's eye, to stop the blood, and then led him home to his aunt, who took such care of Frank, that the place got well, but the sight of the eye was lost; which was a sad thing for a boy that must one day work for his bread.
When Jack Prince left Frank Ross, he met Tom Bird, and said to him, “O fy! Tom Bird, how could you beat out a poor boy's eye? I could not rest night or day if I had done such a sad thing."..." Who cares what you think ?? said Tom. Just then a man, whom Frank's aunt had sent to look for Tom Bird, came up and beat him with a good stout stick, and inade his bones ache and his flesh sore for a week; and a gentleman who gave him clothes, and now and then a good meal, would have no more to say to him ; nor would one good boy play with bim : all this Tom Bird got by his sad pranks.
Que. tions.---Was Tom Bird a good boy ? [Ans. No.] What bad trick was he guilty of?: [Ans. He flung stones.) What did he do to Betsey Sharpe? (Ans. Cut her cheek.] Was not that a cruel thing ? [Ans. Yes.] Was it not very
mischievous to break a lamp ? [Ans. Yes.] What did Tom Bird do to Frank Ross ? [Ans. Beat his eye out.) What did he say when he had done so? [Ans. He meant no harm.] But was there no harm in doing so ? [Ans. Yes.] Was not Jack Prince a very kind boy? [Ans. Yes.] Was poor Frank Ross blind of an eye all his life after : [ Ans. Yes.] Was not that a sad misfortune"? [Ans. Yes.] Should you like to steria boy whose eye you had cut out? [Ans. No.] Should you/like to think that you bad hindered any one from geta
ting as good a livelihood, as he might have earned if he had had two eyes ? [Ans. No) Should you like to think you had robbed a tellow-creature of any good gift which God had bestowed upon him? [Ans. No.)! Which of the twu boys do you think pleased God, Tom Bird 'or Jack Prince? [Ans. Jack Prince.]
Instruction. --Think then of the danger there is of offending God, as well as of doing barm by flinging stones at peo+. ple; and when you like to try your skill in throwing stones, Aing them in an open place where you, are not in danger of doing mischief.
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STORY III. There was a boy whose name was Bob Hearn; his way was io beg in the street all day; he did not care for dirt or rags, though it is quite a shame for boys or girls, who have their health and the use of their limbs, to beg in the streets; but sone boys and girls have no shame in them, they do not care what all the world think of them, though they cannot get friends if they go in dirt and rags through their own faults.
One day a good man saw Bob Hearn beg, and said to him, Why don't you work: you great strong boy?" "I cannot get work to do,” said Bob. "s Come with me," said the inan, " and I will get work for you, my boy.” “I can't go in rags," said Bob. “ Yes you may," said the man : will wash your face and your hands, and comb your bead clean ; I know of a school where they will not mind your rags, where you may learn to read, and to put heads on pios, and help to make shoes and boots, and mend your clothes. The place I meau, is a day-school, set up for poor boys and girls. But Bob would not go to school, he chose to beg; and at last he fell sick, and had not a friend in the world to help him, and he did so wish he had gone to ihe school, but it was too late.
Questions.--.Wbat way of life did Bob Hearn follow ? [Ans. Begging.) Is it not shameful for any, whether men, women, boy's, or girls, who have the use of their limbs, to go a begging? Ans. Yes.) Had not they better work for their living it in any honest way? [Ans. Yes ] Which had you rather have, morey, and clotbes, and victuals, of your own earnings op! money got by begging ? [Ans. Of my own earning) X96
Instruction.---Take warning then by this story of Bob } Hearn, and never be so mean spirited as tórgo a begging.o. Think what a sad thing it must be to be poor and sick, without a friend in the woild; Which will never bo tkctcase whilst
you are industrions and good; for God will be your constant friend, at all times, and he will put it into the heart of good people to help you in time of need.
STORY" IV. There was a boy whose name was John Pope; he had been taught to begin the streets too; the same gentleman who spoke to Bob Hearn, told John Pope, he would take him to the school if he would go and be made clean ; so the next day. John Pope went with his face and hands clean, and bis hair smooth, and said to his new friend, “ Pray Sir, take me to school." “ That I will, my good lad,” said the Genileman; so he went witb him to school : when. John saw boys less than liimself hard at work, and some at their book, ** Dear me," said he, “ this is nice; I will not beg in the streets now; I will learn to work anıt read How could Bob Hearn be such a fool, as to choose to beg in the streets when he might have come here, and learnt to do such things as these?" If you think Bob Hearn to blame," said his friend, mind the rules of the school, and be a good boy, and make what friends you can." Sack was a good boy, and found the best thing he could have done was to go to school.
Questions.---What did John Pope choose to do when lie met with a friend, instead of going a begging? [Ans. Go to school. s Did he not take a good choice for himself ? [Ans. Yes.]
Instruction.---By this story you see the advantage of leaving off an idle, or a scandalous course of life, for a useful and creditable one. A boy who resolves to be a beggar is despised ; one who takes up an honest employment is commended. Resides all this, God abhors idleness and begging, and blesses honest industry.
STORY V. Ned Jenks, was, a boy that would fight with all the boys that came in his way, if they said a word that he did not like nay, if they did but look at him or touch bim by chance. * What do you look at 'me fore he would say, or, " why do you touch me?" and then he would call names and give a great blow. One day he beat out two of George Blunt's geeth this way. George did not like to have his teeth beat out; so he fell oni Ned and beat him, and sent him home with two black eyes.
“ I will teach you to knock teeth out," said. George. Ned Jenks went on this way till not a