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14. Mrs. Pelham charged Eliza to be very careful of her brother, and not let him go near the pond, nor out of her sight ; and to mind what he wanted, whenever he spoke to her. Eliza promised very fairly, and for about half an hour, she kept her promise in mind.
15. William was a chattering, playful, little fellow of two years old. For some time they played together very happily, and then Eliza became much engaged in watching the hive of bees.
The little boy was soon tired of standing still, and urged his sister to run about with him ; but she only said, 'I will, in a minute or two,' and continued to watch the bees.
16. Presently she heard William's voice at a distance, loudly calling, Eliza, sister, come, come;' put still she thought that she would wait a minute longer. She was not quite ready, and she merely answered, “I am coming, William ; I will come in a moment.'
17. Soon after, the little voice gave one more call, so filled with distress that even Eliza hastened to the spot. . William had got down the bank of the pond, and when he first called, he was trying to get up again; but his feet slipped, his hands lost their hold, and just as Eliza reached the place, the water of the pond was closing over him.
18. Eliza's loud screams soon brought her father and all the family to the spot.
She could only point to the pond and say, "Williarn,' before she fainted, and fell to the ground; but she was understood, and every one looked into the pond for the drowning boy with the utmost eagerness and anxiety. The faithful dog, Fido, seemed to know what they wanted, and instanıly plunged into the water, found little William, and carefully brought him on shore in his mouth.
19. Every means was used to restore him to life, but for a long time he was thought to be quite dead. At length he breathed, and opened his eyes, and spoke, and again called, Eliza-sister- do come,'- as if he still thought himself in danger; but he was so weak and ill, that no one thought he could ever be well again.
20. Eliza was carried to the house, and when the fainting fit left her, she could remember nearly all that had passed. Her grief was very great, and she felt that her heart was almost breaking.
21. It was a sad scene for her father and mother ; but they hoped that much good would arise from it. And so there did. The Lord causes all things to work for good to those who love Him ; and Eliza's parents loved the Lord, and desired and prayed that their children should love Him, and do his will.
22. After a few days, little William recovered ; and Eliza never again forgot to think more of the feelings and wants of others, than of her own pleasures. She soon learned to do first what she knew to be her duty, but she sometimes thought she should afterwards do something to please herself. As she grew older, and continued to do right, she found that this was hier greatest pleasure ; and at length, she desired no other happiness than what she found in doing good to others.
1. hosscs for horses. 3. gincrous for generous. 6. sistance for assistance. 8. lizy for Eliza. 17, agin or agane for again 20 kerrid for carried
What is the Rule?
22. Sometimes a word is printed in capital letters, to denote ti it is very important, or very emphatical : what word in this paragra is so printed?
RULE. Avoid reading rapidly and carelessly as you approach the end of a sentence.
Many children read a few of the last words hastily and indistinctly.
HARRY AND JACK.
1. LITTLE HARRY was a good boy, about seven years old. Harry's father was dead ; and his mother had to work very hard to support herself and her little boy. Harry was very sorry for his mother, and he tried to help her all he could. He would rise early in the morning, take his little pail on his arm, and go down to a spring of water, and dip up as much as he could lift, and carry it to his mother to make tea for her breakfast ; but Harry ate bread and milk.
2. They had a cow, and Harry used to drive ber to the pasture every morning, and go after her every night. Harry's mother was a good woman, and she always taught him to say his prayers every night and every morning, and she told him never to tell lies, or speak bad words, or steal even so much as a pin from any person.
3. When Harry drove his cow to pasture, he had to pass by a large orchard that belonged to Mr. Truman. The apples hung very thick on the trees ; and they looked so yellow and nice, that little Harry wished, and wished, he had some of them to eat. But he always asked his mother's permission before doing any thing; and then he always minded, and did just as she told him to do. He was a good boy ; do you, my dear little readers, always obey your mother, as this good boy did ?
4. When Harry reached his home he said to his mother, “Mother, you cannot guess how many apples Mr. Truman has on his trees! The limbs bend almost to the ground, and the fruit looks so yellow and sweet! I wish you would give me leave to go into the orchard, and pick two apples for you, and two for me.'
5. But, Harry,' said his mother, you know the apples are not mine ; and I have often told you we must not take what does not belong to us : it is steal ing, if we do.'
6. “Why, mother,' replied Harry, looking very sober, — for he wanted the apples sadly, — Mr. Truman cannot want so many himself, and he would never miss four apples, I am sure — two for you, and two for me.'
7. Perhaps he might not miss them,' said his mother, and perhaps he would never know it: but do you not think God would know it, Harry? And, besides, should you not feel guilty whenever you saw Mr. Truman, and be afraid he would find you out ? We are always happiest, my child, when we do right.'
8. But what can Mr. Truman do with so many apples ?' inquired Harry, still looking very grave. He cannot use them all himself.'
9. No, he does not use them all himself. He sells some to people, and they pay money for them; and he very often gives apples to poor folks.
He always lets them have as many as they wish, and pay in some kind of work. Do you not see I am now spinning for Mrs. Truman ?
10. “Yes,' replied Harry, 'I know you have to work very hard, and spin wool and flax. I wish I could help you.'
11. "Well, Harry, when I have spun a few more skeins of yarn, you shall carry the whole to Mrs. Tru
Then she will pay me a bushel of apples; and you shall have as many as you can eat. Will not that be much better than creeping into Mr. Truman's orchard and stealing his apples, and feeling all the time that you are very naughty ?'
12. "Yes, indeed, indeed it will,' cried Harry, jumping up and down with joy. "I am sure I shall steal apples again, I knew all the time it was naughty ; I knew you would not give me leave to go ; and I am glad you did not. When shall you have the apples?'
13. In two or three days : so now go and drive the cow to pasture ; and be sure to make haste home again.'