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14. Harry ran whistling off, as merry as a cricket, thinking all the time how kind his mother was to him and how he intended to help her, and mind her.
15. Just as he came to the orchard he met Jack Wildfire, a great ugly boy, who was always doing some mischief. “Well, Harry,' said Jack, don't you wish you had some of those good apples ?" "Not now,' said Harry. “My mother will buy me some, in two or three days, and then I shall have as many as I wish.'
16. “Buy some in two or three days !! repeated Jack, mimicking Harry, and laughing as loud as he could. «Why, I will have some now, and without buying : I mean to climb over the wall, and fill my pockets and bosom full — and if you will go with me, I will shake off some for you.'
17. "No, I will not go,' said Harry, “it is stealing , and my mother says it is a mean and wicked thing to steal : and I know it is, and I never take anything without asking leave.' Who 'll see us ? asked Jack. (Who 'll know it? We need not tell of it ourselves; and Mr. Truman will never miss a few apples.'
18. God will know it,' replied Harry. He sees all we do, and hears all we say, and knows all we think — and I will not do so bad a thing. I should feel afraid to see Mr. Truman.'
19. “I don't care for your preaching, Harry,' said Jack. 'I shall pick me some apples, and I know there's no harm in it. But if ever you tell any body, I will whip you soundly, depend upon it.'
20. So saying, Jack sprang to climb upon the high stone fence, that surrounded the orchard, while Harry ran after his cow. He drove her into the pasture, and
was just shutting the gate when he heard Jack scream, Harry! Harry !' as loud as he could.
21. Harry ran back to the orchard, and there he saw Jack lying on the ground, and the great rocks and stones were all around him, and one was lying on him, so that he could not rise. He told Harry that, in attempting to jump over the wall, his foot caught between two stones, and he fell backwards ; and the stones fell on him, and he feared his leg was broken.
22. But, Harry,' continued he, 'do try and lift this stone off my leg, and help me home, and I never will attempt to steal again.' 'I cannot take off the stones,' said Harry, they are so large and heavy ; but I will run and call Mr. Truman.'. . 23. Oh, don't call him! don't call him! He will whip me for trying to get into his orchard, and throwing down his wall : I would rather lie here all day than let him know it.'
24. "I knew you would be ashamed to have him know it,' said Harry, but I shall call him.' So Harry ran to Mr. Truman's, and told him the whole truth : and Mr. Truman told him he was a good honest boy :
but as for Jack,' said he, he is called an ugly, lying, thieving rogue, and if he has broken his leg, people will not care much for the pain he suffers : though they will pity his poor mother. O! it is a sad thing for a mother to know that her son is a bad boy.'
25. Then they went to Jack, and found him crying bitterly ; and Mr. Truman helped him up, and found his leg, though badly bruised, was not broken. Mr. Truman told him to remember that bad boys were usually punished, in some way or other, and even if
they escaped a whipping, yet nobody ever loved them, or would trust them.
26. Then turning to Harry, he said, Come here, my good boy, and I will show Jack how honesty is rewarded. Come to this tree and fill your hat with apples : and always when you want any, come and ask me, and you shall have as many as you please.?
27. Little Harry carried the fruit to his mother, ana told her he was now convinced, that children were always happiest when they did right.
ERRORS. 2. mornin for morning. 7. phaps for perhaps. 10. hafter for have to. 12. jumpin for jumping. 14. thinkin for thinking. 20. shettin for shutting. 22. kuntinerd for continued
QUESTIONS. Which of these boys was a good boy? Which Commandment did Jack try to break? How was it known that Jack tried to get the apples ? Did he like to have Mr. Truman know it?
3. A part of a word, standing for the whole, is called an abbreviation; what abbreviation stands for Mister? What stands for Mis tress in Lesson 4, n. 14? What is the apostrophe used for at such words as Harry's and mother's in numbers 2 and 3? Find all the instances in this Lesson, where the apostrophe marks the possessive case.
16. What mark is after days ? How many times is it used in this Lesson? What does it denote? How long do you pause at this mark? Repeat the Rule at the beginning of the Lesson.
Rule When words end in ing, do not pronounce the ing like in.
THE BUZZARD. 1. The Buzzard is a kind of Falcon or Hawk; but he is a clumsy, and lazy bird, and cannot fly so well as other kinds of hawks. He catches frogs and mice, and such insects as he can take without the trouble of Aying after them.
2. The Buzzard is found in Europe and in some parts of America. Count Buffon, who lived in France and wrote many excellent books about birds and other animals, tells us that one of his friends had a tame buzzard. I will copy an account of it from a very good book, called the Natural History of Birds, by Mr. Comstock.
3. “A buzzard was taken in a snare, and given to Buffon's friend. At first he was wild and ferocious, but on leaving him without food for a time, he became more tame, and would eat out of the hand. In about six weeks he became quite familiar, and was allowed to go out of doors, though with his wings tied, to prevent his flying away. In this condition he walked about he garden, and would return when called to be fed.
4. After some time, he became quite tame, and seemed to be attached to his master, and then his wings were untied, a small bell was attached to his leg, and a piece of copper was fastened around his neck, with the owner's name marked on it. He was then given full liberty to go where he pleased, which, however, he soon abused by flying away into the woods
5. "The gentleman now gave up bis buzzard as lost, but in four hours afterwards, he rushed into the house, followed by five other buzzards, from whose attacks he was glad to seek a place of safety. After this caper he became more familiar than before, and so attached him. self to his master, as to sleep every night in his bed. room. He was always present at dinner, and sat on one corner of the table. He would caress his master with his head and bill, but would do this to no other person.
6. One day, when the gentleman rode on horse pack, the buzzard followed him several miles, con stantly flying near him, or over his head.
7. "This bird did not like either dogs or cats, but was not in the least afraid of them. Sometimes he had battles with these animals, but always came off victorious. To try his courage, four strong cats were col lected together in the garden with the bird, and some raw meat thrown to them. The bird beat them all, so that they were glad to retreat, and then took all the meat himself.
8. "This buzzard had such a hatred to red caps, that he would not suffer one to be on the head of any person in hiis presence. And he was so expert at taking them off, that the laborers in the field, who wore them, often found themselves bare-headed, without knowing what became of their caps. He now and then would also snatch away wigs, without doing the wearer any other injury than stealing his property. These caps and wigs, he always carried into a tree, the tallest in the neighborhood, which was the place where he deposited all his stcien goods.
9. "He would never sutier any other bird of the