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old—they may have the bodies of he set up for a master directly. men—and the age of men-but Being always talking very much they themselves—their minds, their of what he could do, at first many souls-never grow enough to be- people resolved to try him – come men!
Jem had been sent for by the W. Oh, I hope I shall become a churchwarden to make him a man! But do, papa, tell us a tale pigeon-house; and it was after the about some quiet man-a man who interview about it, that he said so was a deep river !
confidently-"I understand it! I P. Well, I remember now a understand it!” tale which I think will suit you. “Got a job to do for churchwarI read it in some book about twen- den-am going to make him a ty years ago-I think it was in pigeon-house—what do you say to " The Visitor.” Hearken!
that, man !” he said, as he met one “I understand it! I understand of his companions. it!” said Jem Timmings, “I can As Jem went along whistling, see-exactly what you want, sir. It with his hat on one side of his shall be sure to be done!”—So he head, he met with his old master, shut up his two-foot rule, putting Parkenson, who also happened to it in his pocket. “I quite under- be going to the churchwarden's. stand, sir-good day, sir," he said He gave him a very familiar nod as he shut the gate. And, he as he passed. He thought that walked off hastily like a man who now he had begun to work for the knew what he was about–better churchwarden, he should soon put than anybody could tell him! poor Parkenson in the background.
Now, the mischief of it was, The truth was, that the churchthat Jem Timmings thought that warden had a long job, of & pullhe understood, not only the busi- cular description, to give to a carness he had then in hand, but penter, and was anxious to compare everything else too. So, as usual, the work of old Parkenson with he had made so much noise and the work of Jem Timmings, before talking, with such impatience and he decided which man he should boasting in receiving his orders, employ. For this purpose he had that he had not had time to hear sent for Jem to order a pigeonproperly all that had been said. house, the form and make of
Jem Timmings was a carpenter. which he particularly described. He had served his time with old He sent, too, for Parkenson, to Thomas Parkenson, clever, order one of the same description, though an humble man. He had and was very particular in giving usually passed for a smart young his directions to them both, sayfeilow at his business, so long as ing, that if not made exactly to he followed his master's directions; order he would not have it. -but, in nine times out of ten he Jem Timmings was not five mistook what had been said. “I minutes in taking the order-he tell you what,” said old Thomas, knew how it was to be done-he one day, “ you will never under- | understood all about it! Old Parstand anything as long as you kenson, on the contrary, was very make so much noise and talk so careful in thoroughly comprehendmuch !"
ing how every part of the pigeonAfter Jem had served his time, / house was to be completed, and he
made a rough drawing before he | who is more fond of talking than left the churchwarden, so that of listening to the orders of his he might not forget anything employers.” Jem Timmings slunk He then went quietly home to away ; his ill-made pigeon-house work.
was sent after him; and in two or Jem Timmings set to work at three days he heard that old Parthe pigeon-house, but was not kenson and his men were busily quite certain of the number of employed in putting new pews to holes he had been ordered to the parish church. make. He was, too, in some doubt whether the pigeon-house had been ordered four feet three inches high, or three feet four; W. Ah, I see who was the deep but, being ashamed to ask, he made river. Old Parkenson was! He the pigeon-house at a venture. went to work slowly, and worked
Old Parkenson had no doubt at in silence. all about the matter; he had P. Then you may copy him— taken care to have a clear under- although I do not like to see boys standing of every part, and he and girls like old men and women, made his pigeon-house exactly ac- yet it is a good thing for them to cording to the directions he had move with silence, sometimes. Do received.
you remember your last arithmetic The two pigeon-houses were lesson ?—when I taught all three sent to the churchwarden's, and of you to work questions in “Proas Jem Timmings went there to portion ?” know if the one he had made gave Ion. Yes, papa. Willie and I, satisfaction, he overtook old Par- both, made blunders, and could kenson. Both of them were sur- not succeed. prised when they found out that P. And Lucy's work was corthey were going to the same place, rect. and still more so when they saw Ion. Well! now, I remember two new pigeon-houses standing, how silent Lucy was all the time. side by side, in the churchwarden's She sat down, and listened to every yard.
word you said, while Willie and I In a little time they were joined talked so much — just like two by the churchwarden, who pointed “Jem Timmingses!" out to Jem that the pigeon-house P. Yes, both of you were quite he had sent was a foot too short, sure that you knew the rule, long and had two pigeon-holes in it before Lucy, who first filled her more than were ordered. He then mind with the thoughts I gave showed him the one made by her. Parkenson, which was in every
W. Until it was very deep. respect correct, and just the thing P. Yes, and then sat down to he wanted. “I understand it! I work silently. understand it !” said Jem, and W. And worked through her proposed to rectify his mistake. sum like a good old woman! "No, no,” cried the churchwarden, Ion. Or like old Parkenson ! “I wish you to understand that Í P. Or like a deep river! “DEEP will never employ a young fellow RIVERS MOVE WITH SILENCE.'
THE FOUR SUB-KINGDOMS.
be changed into earth again; Le
cause, you know that when animals L. Mamma, I have been think- die, their bodies change into dust; ing very much about the three king- and so do the vegetables change. doms since last Tuesday.
Ion. Why, then, the three kingYou know you told us, when we doms are always changing ; they talked about the Creation, that God go round and round like one great did not make all three parts of the wheel, I suppose. world at the same time. He made M. That is true. I will talk to the Minerals first, then the Vege- you of some of the changes which tables, and then the Animals: and happen. Suppose a gas called oxy. now, do you know, I think I can gen were to meet with another gas see the reason for it-it is because called hydrogen-these two gases they all depend upon one another! might unite and form water. The
If the animals had been made water might sink into the earth, and first, they would have died, because become food for some vegetable. there were no vegetables to eat. If The vegetable might form food for the vegetables had been created some animal, say a sheep. The next, they would have died because sheep might die on a mountain; there were no minerals to feed and, as it decayed, its particles upon.
And when the minerals would form earth, water, and gas; were made-no! they would not and thus go back again to the have died
mineral kingdom. W. No! but I never thought of W. How things do change, mamthat before. Animals feed on ve- ma! Well, I wonder what I shall getables, and vegetables feed on
I belong to the animal minerals. Here they are, mamma! kingdom now, I'm sure—feel me! They are doing it now! Look at M. Ah! and you belong to the this flower-pot of Lucy's, with the SPIRITUAL KINGDOM, too, Willie! China rose on it. The little rose- You'll have to go to a kingdom tree is living on the earth, and which none of us have seen yet. I these little insects round the buds hope, Willie, that you are preparand stalk, are living on the tree. ing yourself for it; for, mind ! The mineral gives life to the vege- you'll never change there ! table, and the vegetable to the L. You said to us, once, mamma, animal.
that whatever we may be when our Ion. Yes; what wonderful things bodies die, that we shall be for ever! are going on in that flower-pot M. Ah, think all of you! It is now !-more life is being made a solemn' thought. Then, you'll there every day. This life seems never change! to be going up from the earth, or somewhere, through the roots, L. Now, mamma, that we have stalk, and different parts of the learned of these three kingdoms, plant, even to the very smallest what are we to do next? part of each little insect. The tree M. We have to take one of them and insects too, all spring up from the animal kingdom, and divide it the earth-the mineral part. into sub-kingdoms; but this we
W. Yes; and will go back to the have already done.' I think, howminerals again. The insects will ever, that to-day we will talk about
these sub-kingdoms for a little made next. Don't we become while, before beginning anything angels after we die ? else.
M. Yes; but we will not run away You may remember that, in the from our subject now. I was sayfirst Natural History lesson, I said | ing that in the first sub-kingdomwe ought all to notice God's works, , THE BACKBONED ANIMALS—there because of the beautiful order there. was order, because animals of
One way in which you may ob- different sizes were made on the serve order, is when many things same plan. are made upon the same plan. If you look again at these aniWhat a difference of size there is mals, you will see how those in in the Backboned Animals! yet, the widely different places are alike. greatest and the smallest of them You may bring from one end of are alike in those things which the world, an Australian dogcause them to be called “backboned and from the other end, a Seal. animals.” Suppose, now, that you You will then find that the Creator could bring together the EMPEROR has been in these widely distant OF Russia, the smallest Mouse in parts, and has made both animals his empire, and the EMPEROR OF on the same plan. CHINA; and then make them de- Again—if you notice the second scribe themselves. They would say, sub-kingdom, you may find in the “We are all made on the same earth springs of boiling water, con. plan--for we all have a backbone, taining living caterpillars, and a spine-we all have four limbs,- beetles*—or, you may find animals we all have red blood-and” of this sub-kingdom living in the
W. And so “We are all bro- frozen seas of the North Pole. thers !"
Yet, though you may find them in M. No, Willie- they are not such different conditions, they all brothers, but they should say that have an external skeleton, six they all care for one another. The limbs, and white blood, they are Emperor of Russia is not too great all JOINTED ANIMALS, and are to care for a mouse, for the King of made on the same plan. kings cares for it! But, the Ém- Look at the third sub-kingdom! peror of Russia is greater than the -Ages, and ages ago, there lived mouse, because of his soul. And a shell fish called the Trilobite. In that great difference, perhaps, the present age there lives a shell makes God care for him, or for us, fish call the Nautilus. In these more than for the mouse !
distant ages—with thousands of Ion. Then I see another thought, years between—the eternal Creator mamma-Man was made last, per- is here. He made both animals haps because he was God's highest with a soft body, and a mantle, work. First were made Minerals and with the other distinctions of -without life;
the SOFT-BODIED ANIMALS-both 2nd, Vegetables-with life ; the Nautilus and the Trilobite—at
3rd, Animals (the lower animals) these very different times, were -with life, and consciousness; made on the same plan.
4th, Man—with life, conscious- Look at the fourth sub-kingdom! ness, and a soul!
Ages ago there lived animals whose That seems to be a sign of order. I wonder whether the Angels were
* Dr. Carpenter.
shape was something like that of a requires a better one. The Allily; they were called Enerinites. mighty never changes--He is the In the present age, we have a similar great unchangeable I AM! animal, called the Star-fish. These Dear Children !-Learn to love two are both BRANCHED ANI- the book of nature. There you will MALS, and are formed on the same learn to know that there is a God plan.
-to feel that He is “our Father" How great must that Creator be, --and to see and believe the truth who, in animals of the most dif- | he has revealed to us in His word. ierent appearances, and size - in From all the works of our animals living at the most distant Heavenly Father, which are round places-in animals living in the about you, will you feel that He is most distant ages - - at the most omniscient, and omnipotent--that wonderful distance of time from He knows all things, and can do all each other-in all these animals things—and that, having this great
observe exactly the same power, He with more wonderful plan. He forms one plan--He wisdom and love makes “ all things
sees that it is good”—and neves work together for our good.”
THE COTTON-TREE AND THE BOOK.
FAIR befal the cotton-tree !
Brayely may it grow,
Cotton, white as snow.
Spin the cotton into thread;
Weave it in the loom ;-
In thy happy home!
Thou hast worn it; little child,
Spring and grow from thee?
Yes! God's gracious gift of mind
Made the cotton-tree
Over land and sea.
And ten thousand cotton-trees
Spring up fresh and fair,
O'er all the world shall bear!