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pavement a long way off. The police- | thee saw Oy didn't know, thee should man was being “judge,” and they ev tould me. were telling him all about it; but I W. Yes, he was hiding the could not stay to see which one truth again. gained the 3d.

Countryman. Weel, Oy worn't Willie. They were both wrong. carry him noa furder. Zo, give me The boy was afraid to speak the truth, my voor pence! D’ye he-e-er! Oy'll and say he had a box, because he did zit dune here upon him until ye pay not want to pay more money.

The me. conductor, too, did not like to say he Boy. No; you must first carry it must pay 3d. more, because he to Mr. Smith's, the draper's. thought that perhaps the boy would Countryman. I tell 'ee I worn't not ride.

goo theer. I zed--I would carry un P. Yes. He was a foolish boy. to the end of Zun Strit-and Oy'll I dare say he thought this to him- carry him back to t’other end if ye self—“It is wrong to say anything like—but, Oy worn't go no furder. that is not true-but there is no At last the Boy was obliged to harm in hiding the truth.”

find another policeman, and it was Ion. That was why he kept the then agreed that he should pay the box back in the shop, when he asked Countryman 6d. instead of 4d.; so, the Conductor how much. It was after having wasted a quarter of an just as bad as saying that he had not hour, they set off again for Mr.

Smith's. P. I heard, yesterday afternoon, W. What a great deal of trouble the rest of that boy's history. He for two-pence! had to carry the box to Spitalfields, P. “Past 4 o'clock,” said the warewhich was a long way off. It was houseman. Your master must be a very heavy, so he asked a country- very unpunctual man, for he sent man to help him. “How much,” | you too late last week. We can't he said, “ will you charge me ?” take in country parcels after 4 o'clock,

Countryman. To Zbidel-veelds? - you know that. Tharts not vurr. It's ony at the end W. Did he say that it was his ov Zun Ztreet. Zay voor-bence- own fault, and not his master's? thart worn't ert ye—and Oy'll take P. No. He was afraid, and hid the him.

truth again. Boy. Very well.

Countryman. Thare noo. Yu're Countryman. He's a mighty evy too late agan. Thee must go back. box, Measter. I sharn't be zorry Oy shall wornt zixpence moore. when I gets to th'end ov Zun Strit. "Perhaps,” said the warehouseman, Oh! here's th'end! Oy'll carry him "you had better leave it at the publiccross the Rod for ee.

house over the way, and they will Boy. Oh, you must carry it fur- send it here to-morrow.”

So they ther yet! You said you would take left it there, and went away. it to Spitalfields for 4d.

His master told him that he had Countryman. Weal! and aren't been gone a long time, but, as he this Zbidel-veelds ? Didn't thee zay did not ask him about the box, the it wor at th'erd ov Zun Strit?

boy thought he would not say that Boy. No. You said so.

he had been too late. Countryman. Weel, and thee W. I am quite sure it would have didn't zay 'tworn't here. When | been better for him to have told him

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without asking. He would have only hid the truth because he was been happier in his mind.

afraid. P. Yes. So it appeared-for the P. Well, Ion, it is right not to box was not delivered after all. judge him too harshly. But he was Four days after, his master showed a foolish boy. It is very silly to fear him this letter, and asked what he the truth. Never foel afraid of Truth. had done with the box.

Speak it out plainly at once, and it NORTHAMPTON, will be sure to do you yood at last. Sir, 12th May, 1850. Lucy. Yes. If the boy had said the We received on the 4th inst. your Truth—that the box was left at the invoice for the silks ordered (52 14 0) public house, it would have seemed to but are surprised that the goods do him harm, because it would have have not yet come to hand, and are made his master angry with him ; much troubled by the delay.

- but afterwards, it would have Trusting that they may be duly for- done him good, because it would warded on the receipt of this,

have made his master trust in him. We are, Sir,

W. And it would have done him Your obedient servants, more good than harm after all, if he

GREEN, BROWN, & Co. had not been afraid of it. Then the truth which the boy had P. Now what “ Lesson” can we been hiding came to light. The box make about him? had been left at the public-house, Lucy. I have been making it in and forgotten !

IT IS WRONG TO HIDE W. What was done to the boy? THE TRUTH BECAUSE

P. His master made him go again AFRAID OF IT. and deliver the box; and then, I am P. Why? sorry to say, he sent him away. He L. Because it is a cowardly way said to him—' It is just as bad to hide of telling a lie. the truth, as to speak an untruth.' W. That is why it is wrong—I'UI

L. He was not a very kind mas- tell you why it is foolish. Because, ter, I think.

when you hide it, it hurts you. See P. Yes he was, Willie. It was what trouble the poor fellow had very kind of him to turn him away— with his box-three times. just as I told you the other day, it P. Yes; and what was worse, he was very kind of me to correct you gave quite as much trouble to others. when you were not good. Some Remember this, Willie, when you people would not have taken the grow up to be a man, and to be in trouble, and would have allowed you business. I know some men who to be bad

have this habit, and they are very W Yks, I am better now. troublesome people. I never do any

P. 'And so is the boy. He looks business with them at my office. If very sorry, and goes up and down they sell me anything, they never the streets asking for a situation. tell me all the truth about it, unless He called at my office yesterday, I ask them. I am almost sure to and when he told me the truth, and find that there has been some misall his faults, I promised to call on take; and then we have to waste his master, and ask him to try him time in disputing, and go over all again.

the business again, from the beginIon. I am so glad—because I do ning—just as the boy had to do with not think he was a very bad boy. He his Box.

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MOLLUSCOUS ANIMALS. bush sticking out from the

Willie. Run up stairs, Lucy, hedge, and it seemed rather and get your shawl. We are heavy-it was swinging up and all going into the fields with dowp in this way,—and when mamma, to learn about an I looked underneath there he animal.

was, sticking to a leaf. Ion. Willie, I'm going to Ion. Oh! that's a snailwalk with little Ada, so you please, mamma, let us hear have my hoop.

Mamma has about it. gone up the long path to the M. Then fetch a dock leaf back gate, and Fan is running for it, and sit down on the after her.

grass. Now, all look at it, and W. Come, Lucy, we are to tell me what you

observe. lock the gate after us.

Ada. It is round. Ion. Mamma! we are first; M. Part of its shell is round, Ada is over the stile; and oh, Ada, but not all of it. it is so pleasant! we mean to Ion. I see something ! slime, have a roll on the grass. Look isn't it? Look, it is spitting. at the sun, and the blue sky, It is coming out. and our old seat, and the sheep, W. And it is coming out, and the buttercups, and the without any legs. butterflies!

L. And I know somethingLucy. What animal are we it is like the butterfly, because it to learn from, mamma ?

has not any bones. Damma. Any one you please. M. Stop. Let us think about Go, each of you, and find one that—NO BONES! You know in the field.

why you have bones? W. Make haste, Lucy! I shall W. Yes; they are to keep us look in the hedges.

in shape, or else we should bend M. Here comes Ion. Well, sir, sometimes. what have

you
found?

Ion. How we should bend Ion. A frog

in windy weather! just as my L. And I have a grass- new kite did. I'm going to hepper in my handkerchief. put a strong wooden bone to Why, here comes little Ada, my kite--a backbone-to keep it crying. What is the matter? in shape. The body of the snail

4da. Oh, please Ma! de is kept in shape by its shell. s-e-e-e-e-p would'nt tome, and I M. Not exactly; if a snail did tall to him!

were taken out of its shell, you Willie. Ah! ah! ah! ah! I would find that its body would ah! I have found such a still keep in shape-look! it is beauty! You can't see his ayes, crawling on the leaf with part nor his nose, nor his ears, nor of its body out. his legs, nor his head, nor his L. I see now; it has a skin. tail. Guess what is! There 21. Yes; and so have all living was a long piece of blackberry | things—but that skin is rather

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more thick and elastic than warm — the snail's is white yours. It is called a mantle. and cold. W. Ada has a mantle.

W. And I think

my

blood M. But this one is better would be cold too, if I were to than Ada's. It is this mantle walk in so idle a manner. which keeps its body in shape. M. No, it is not idle. All

L. It is better than velvet, it animals of this kind move very is so glossy.

slowly; they can neither hear, Ion. It is only the slime nor see, nor smell much, but which makes it shine—that is they are not idle when they not nice!

eat :—they eat enormously. M. If the snail could tell you, W. I remember them-on the Ion, it would say it is very nice. peach-trees last year! The slime contains much lime L. Mamma, you said yesand sticky matter, and with terday, you would tell me what this slime it makes its shell. the snails do in the winter when If its shell were broken, it they have nothing to eat-and would mend it with thin layers where they go to. of slime. The crab, which you M. I will, another day, but know is a jointed animal, often we must not stop to talk any throws off its shell.

longer; it is just dinner-time. L. Just as the caterpillar Ion. But, Mamma, I do so changes its skin. I suppose the want to know about its horns, crab's body grows, and the shell and those two specks at the does not, and then the shell is ends. not large enough to hold it. W. And I was going to ask M. Yes; and in its stomach you how it walks without

, legs. may find little balls of lime, with M. It has a foot. The broad which it makes its new shell. flat piece of flesh on which it

Ion. What sort of blood has i walks is its foot. Let us now the snail ?

count up the principal things M. It has white blood, like we have learned about it. the butterfly. And there is L. 1st. The snail's body is another difference. When you very soft. have been running, how does W. 2nd. And has no bones, the blood in your cheeks make but is kept in shape by a thick them feel ?

skin called a

Mantle." Ada. Warm.

Ion. 3rdly. Its blood is white Ion. I'll feel if the snail is and cold.

Oh, mamma, he has Mamma. Now, Ada, say the walked to the end of the leaf! fourth part after me. Yet his body is quite cold. Is Ada. 4thly. “It neither moves its blood cold?

about, nor smells, nor hears M. Yes.

much, but spends its time in L. That makes two dif- eating and sleeping.” fereL ses. Our blood is red and M. Tłe principal thing to be

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noticed in the snail is its soft Such animals are called SOFTbody, and all animals with BODIED ANIMALS. these four distinctions are called

M. Tell me another soft soft-bodied animals. Now stand bodied animal ? in a row, all four of you, and

L. A slug. repeat the lesson from memory. W. A periwinkle.

LESSON 3.-— The Snail, and Ion. A mussel. many other animals, hare

Ada. A s-e-e-ep: 1. A BODY which is soft; har- M. No, Ada. Ask Ion, and ing no FRAMEWORK, but a thick he will tell you, as you go home, skin called "a mantle."

why we do not call the sheep 2. BLOOD which white and a soft-bodied animal. See cold.

which of you can find out a 3. No real LIMBS, and there- large number of these animals fore

by next Tuesday, 4. Very little power of motion, L. I'll try and find six. although they have a great pro

Ion. I'll find out ten. pensity for eating.

W. I'll find out a hundred!

To grass or leaf, or fruit or wall,
The snail sticks fast, nor fears to fall,
As if he grew there, house and all

Together.

Within that house secure he hides,
When danger imminent betides,
Of storm, or other harm besides

Of weather.
Give but his horns the slightest touch,
His self-collecting power is such,
He shrinks into his house with much

Displeasure.

Where'er he dwells, he dwells alone,
Except himself, has chattels none,
Well satisfied to be his own

Whole treasure.

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