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to him and said — Little boy, are you

afraid will run away from you?'

7. Oh no,' replied he, Fido leads me, and Fido loves me.

Poor Fido is hungry now, and I am hun

Can you give me a piece of bread ?' 8. No,' said Julius, I cannot give you any bread, but I can give you some money to buy some bread, for I saved it on purpose ; and I can run with you to the baker's. He lives close by.'

He lives close by.' He then took out his little store, and putting it into the boy's hand, continued— Come, take it, and run quick with me and Mary. Don't wait for Fido to lead you.'

9. “But I must,' said the child ; ‘Fido always leads me, I cannot see to go by myself, and mother is busy sometimes. Fido takes good care of me- - poor

fellow.' The dog stood lapping the little hand that rested kindly on him, while Julius and Mary both exclaimed— Cannot see to go by yourself, little boy! Why, what is the matter ?'

10. “I never saw anything ;— not even my own dear father ;-- he is dead now:-- and my mother I never

You will see her presently, she is just behind. She sat down to rest a minute by the road-side, and I walked on with Fido.'

11. Mrs. Percival with Francis and Amelia now came

and the children hastened to tell then what they had heard. They were eagerly listening to the account, and looking with tenderness and pity, on the sightless but lovely and animated countenance before them, when the little fellow turned. suddenly around. I hear her, - I hear mother; here I am, mother.' 12. Fido now barked loudly, as if he too was an

up,

saw.

swering; and presently the others also heard a pleasant kind voice calling · Henry, my darling, you must have walked fast.'

13. The child sprang forward, and moving quickly to the spot from whence the voice proceeded, they lost sight of him ; but they soon saw him returning from a little wood at a short distance, accompanied by his mother. He was showing her the money which Julius had given him, and talking very earnestly.

14. Mrs. Percival hastened to them, and kindly asked if she could do anything to assist them. She told the mother that sbe had just been listening to her little boy's story, and that he spoke of her as being weary, and himself and his dog as very hungry. She added that her house was not far off, and they had better go there and rest themselves.

The strangers received her kindness very gratefully, and they walked slowly homeward.

15. The children kept close to the poor blind boy, endeavoring to show him every attention. Francis wished to carry him in his arms, that he might not be any more fatigued, but Henry would not consent to it.

16. Julius seemed constantly on the watch to do something for him, and little Mary whispered to her sister, (How I do wish he could see all the trees corered with ice, looking so beautifully in the sun ; but I will not tell him so, for it might make him feel sad to think he is blind, and he looks as happy as can be now.'

17. He does indeed look very happy,' answered Amelia, and is talking as merrily with Francis and Julius, as though he was neither blind, nor weary, nor hungry.'

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18. As they walked along, the stranger told Mrs. Percival that her name was Lawrence;— that she had met with

many

troubles from sickness and poverty. Her husband was sick for a long time, and died about six weeks before, leaving her and little Henry very destitute.

19. Soon after her husband's death, she received a letter from her only brother, who was a respectable farmer, and had no family of his own, inviting her and Henry to come and live with him. He directed then to come in the stage-coach, and inclosed money to defray their expenses.

20. His house was more than a hundred and fifty miles distant from the place where they lived, but Mrs. Lawrence concluded to go ; and arranging her affairs as well as she could, she and Henry commenced their journey.

21. They travelled in the stage-coach two days very comfortably ; but on the morning of the third day, when Mrs. Lawrence looked for her purse to pay her bill at the public house where they had tarried, it was not to be found. Both the landlord and the coachman believed, or pretended to believe, that she never had any money.

22. She had but very little baggage, and was obliged to leave the best part of that to pay for their lodging, supper, and breakfast ; and to proceed on her journey on foot. Not being much used to walking herself, and Henry being young, they made but little progress the first day.

23. They were allowed by some family to pass the night in a barn, which afforded them a tolerable shelter ; and the same family had given Henry a piece of

bread, wi :n they started at an early hour in the moming. They had continued to walk from that time, occasionally resting a little by the way-side, and had at length missed their way, and wandered far from any house, where they could find rest and refreshment.

24. At the time they met Mrs. Percival and her samily, they were nearly exhausted with fatigue and hunger. Indeed,' said Mrs. Lawrence, I hardly knot 1hat I could have come on at all, had not my little boy continued so cheerful and uncomplaining.'

25. Upon asking Mrs. Lawrence where her brother lived, Mrs. Percival found that it was only about fifteer miles distant; and as a stage-coach passed every day, Mrs. Lawrence could easily send him an account of her journey thus far, that he need not be anxious, and she could remain long enough to rest herself and little Henry.

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QUESTIONS. What is this Rule? Can you repeat any part of the story of this Lesson ?

Remark. In learning everything, except the Sacred Scripture, it is best to attend principally to the sense, and use your own language in telling it : but the Sacred Scripture should be repeated in the very words that are written.

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er-press-ion
ir-ri-tri-ble
ac-com-pa-nied
cau-tious-ly

al-ter-a-tion
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pro-ceed-ed
home-ward
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LESSON XLIV.

RULE. When you are alone, think of your faults : when you are with others, correct them. This rule applies to reading, and to all things that you do.

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1. Mrs. PERCIVAL now made some inquiries respecting Henry. She found that he had never been able to see, but that no skilful person had been con sulted respecting his eyes. His mother said that no one in the neighborhood where she had lived, under stood such cases, and that they were too poor to go elsewhere for advice, though several persons had said it ought to be done.

2. This conversation gave rise to a plan in Mrs. Percival's mind, but she did not wish to mention it till she should have an opportunity of consulting her husband.

3. They now reached the house ; and after suitable refreshments had been given to Mrs. Lawrence and Henry, a comfortable room was prepared for them, and they retired to rest themselves. The children were very still, fearing to disturb the poor, weary travellers

4. It was pleasing to observe how cautious Julius was to avoid making any noise. He even gave up his favorite plays, and, taking a book filled with pictures and stories, he quietly seated himself by his cousins; and if he wished to ask any questions, he was careful to do it in a whisper.

5. Mrs. Percival took this opportunity to speak to her husband of the strong desire she felt, that suitable

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