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TRUTH.-THE WATER-CRESS MAN. I have had four sons. One of them

WATER CREE-E-E-E-E-E-E-SES. is a soldier, another has gone to Buy my WAT

Canada. The eldest one, who lives W. Oh! There goer good old next door, is a bricklayer. He earns "Grey-coat," droning along, with his 25s. per week, but, he has seven childblack and white dog behind him! He My youngest son, poor boy! has stopped at No. 4, over the way. was working at yonder railway See! his basket is quite empty; there | bridge, when one of the arches fell in, is nothing left but the cloth. and he was killed ; so, none of my

Ion. Yes; I ofte.. neet him as I sons can help me. come home from school, and his bas My good dame, who is sitting on ket is nearly always empty. I won. that low chair (she cannot hear that der how he sells his cresses so fast. we are talking about her), she used

P. I can tell you. He owes it all to earn 1s. 6d. a week at making to “ Truth.” But he shall tell you straw-plait, but now she cannot see himself. You know he lives in one even with her spectacles; and my of my cottages. I am going this daughter, who is walking up and evening to see him, for he wants me down the garden in such a hurry; to let him a piece of the field at the she, poor thing, is silly. So, I have bottom of his garden, and you shall no one to help me; and, although I go with me.

am 67 years old, I have to help myself. W. Then we will go and change Oh, it was hard work, once! I reour shoes before tea, and get our best member, after my son died, the day hats.

when we had only 2 d. in the house, Ion. Papa, is that the old man's and I went to the pawnbroker and cottage? There is a pretty laburnum pawned my dame's wedding-ring to tree.

get some money to buy water-cresses. P. Yes. We will go in. Good Go on, father! said my eldest son evening, Edwards. I have brought (who came in early next morning to my two sons and my daughter with start me). I'll lend you this old me, that they may see your garden. basket : let me fasten the strap round I want you, too, to tell them how it your shoulder ! There, put in the is you are getting on so well.


and lay the white cloth Edwards. Yes, sir, that I will. Sit over them. Good-bye! Now, make down, young master. What is your the people buy them. Sing out, name, pray ?

“ Water-cresses!" louder than you W. I am called Willie, my sister's can! Let me hear you begin. So, Dame is Lucy, and this boy is my whilst other folk were asleep, I brother Ion.

set off in the damp air,—through the Edwards. Well, Master Willie, if Churchyard-past the Almshouses you had came to my cottage two-down West-street, past the Marketyears ago, it was not such a place as place, and the Railway, until I it is now; we were very poor people. reached the bridge, at the farther end


of the High-street, when I came up stead, and the old warming-pan. We the long hill.

have meat for dinner, four times a Everywhere, I cried, “ Water-week. There is a new piece of oilcresses!", as loud as my shaky old cloth ; and oh ! come and see the voice would let me. They were fine garden. Those are my pigs—I paid cresses, so I told every one that they a friend of my son's 1s. 2d. for a were very fresh, and that they were new thatch to their sty. I gave 4d. the best in the town. I sold a great for this old dog, and can afford to many, and in the evening I sold those keep him. I am going to buy some which were left. Every day I worked chickens, for I have 378. in the hard. I never stopped for the rainy Savings-bank ; and I have asked weather, or wind, but went on, sing- your papa for a bit of the field at the ing out loudly—“Fine water-cresses!” back, for my son and I to grow turnips.

—“Fine young water-cresses !" and Ion. Well, but how did you get the told everybody again that they were money for so many things ? the finest in the town. Still, I did not Eds. Only by speaking the exact earn enough money to buy us bread. truth. Truth has bought all this for I could never sell two basketsful in me in two years and-a-half. It was a day, but had to sell in the afternoon, a very little thing which made so what I had left from the morning. great a difference. I left off selling So, we often had potatoes out of the the best water-cresses, and only sold garden, and salt, for dinner ; and good ones—that was all. tca-leaves and bread for tea. I had W. I don't understand that. to sell both our chickens, for we had Eds. I will tell you.

One day, no barley to feed them with. I sold your mamma asked me,

Are these our eight-day clock, that warming- good water-cresses, Edwards ?” Yes, pan, the bedstead, and my wheel- ma'am, the finest in the town. “But, barrow. And, oh! as the autumn Edwards,” she said, “they cannot came on, and the evenings were always be finer than any one else's. darker, it was very cold to sit here They are good water-cresses, and is on the stones with a small fire made you would only say that they are of sticks from the common, and a good, instead of saying that they are greased rush for a candle. Then, we the best, you would be speaking the would go to bed at seven, to save the plain truth. Then, depend upon it, rushlights and sticks, and would think, you would sell them sooner.” “ What shall we do when the winter And, do you know, master William, comes on, and the water-cresses are that one word which your mamma gone?” So, when the quarter-day gave me helped me to become rich, came, I had no money to pay your and to pay your papa his rent. 1 father his rent.

thought, as I went through the street, Ion. But how have you managed about the plain truth--and about to make such a difference in two being careful not to say more than years and-a-half ?

the truth. So, when I remembered Eds. Ah, young master, isn't it a that my water-cresses were those difference! Look at my dame; what which were left from the morning, I a clean white cap she has now-we only cried out “ Water-cresses," and bought a box-iron sccond-hand. She left out the word “fine." wears her stuff frock every day. I " Are these water-cresses fresh, have bought back my eight-day clock Edwards ? ” said the landlady at the from the pawnbroker's, and our bed- “Golden Lion.” I was just going to




ay, Yes, ma'am, very, when I stopped | clean the windows; and when they and said, No, ma'am, they are good, paid me, and asked how long I had but they were picked this morning. been working, I told them the exact

W. And did she buy them? time and no more, and they always

Eds. No, I lost my halfpenny then; believed me. So, the third week, I but I felt that I had spoken the saved ls. 11d., and the fourth week, plain truth, and no more. So God, who ls. 9d., and the fifth week, 3s. I looked down from heaven upon me, grew richer every week, and now, you was pleased, and I was pleased, more see, I sell a heavy basketful of cresses than if I had had the halfpenny. every morning and evening.

W. But, you don't think that God Ion. Yes. I meet you every aftertakes notice of such a little thing as noon, as I come from school, and your selling water-cresses ?

basket is often empty. Eds. Ah, indeed! To be sure he Eds. Well, then, you see, Master does. Did noe God make the water- Ion, what a good thing plain truth is. cresses? Truth is just the same, if It soon brought me more riches than you are selling anything for a half- all the loud crying and boasting I penny, or for a thousand pounds. A made. Many people think that thousand pounds is not greater than nothing is worth so much as money. a halfpenny to God. He notices When your mamma spoke to ine water-cress men, as much as Kings. about truth, if she had asked me

See how God noticed me. I was which I should have, Five sovereigns or obliged that evening to sell my cresses the advice she was going to give me three bunches for a halfpenny, to get W. Oh! you would have asked for rid of them, just because I would the sovereigns, of course. You would only say they were good ; and, when have thought that they were more real. I said that they were picked in the Eds. I dare say I should have morning, some people would not have done so : yet, you see that those them at all.

words have been worth more to mo W. Well, but that was not the way than the gold. The money would to get on.

not have bought half so many things, Eds. Yes it was. The Bible says, nor have made me so happy. “ Hold fast to that which is good;" L. No. The five sovereigns would and so I did. Some of my customers, I not have made people trust you. who would not buy my cresses in the Eds. Ah! and five sovereigns would evening, bought some on the next not have bought the love of God. When morning; for when I said that they I feel sure that God and men trust were “quite fresh,” they believed me. me, that feeling gives me more joy I never said that they were very than my old eight-day clock, or my good, or better than other people's, wife's new gown, or my chickens or for that was more than the truth. pigs. TRUTH! oh, it's worth & When the people found this out they great deal more than Five pounds! began to trust me and to believe all I said ; and soon, I had no cresses L. What do you call it, papa, wheu to leave till the evening. Before the men speak more than the plain truth? end of the week, I had saved 3d. P. It is called “Exaggeration." The next week, I saved 1s. ld. Soon, L. Then we will try and remempeople gave me other things to do ; ber the lesson. Lesson 3. It is they would trust me to take a parcel, wrong to speak more than the Truth, or to carry back an umbrella, or to 1 for that is EXAGGERATION.


RADIATED ANIMALS. W. Oh! that is inore curious

M. Well, Willie. Have you still. See ! here three found a hundred soft-bodied joined together, and each one animals ?

has roots, just like a tree. W. Ah, mamma, no ! Ion has Ion. How this one in the found more than I have ;-he has water is twisting and twirling found ten.

his roots about! A plant would M. Let me hear them, Ion ? not behave in such a manner.

Ion. A snail, slug, oyster, Perhaps it is mad. What fun mussel,whelk, periwinkle,cockle, he is making! nautilus, limpet, and cowrie. W. Let me see. Oh, mamma,

W. What is a cowrie ? do you know he has caught a

Ion. There is a shell of a cow- little worm, or something? It is rie on the parlour mantel-piece, a very small shrimp, or a mag—with spots on it. Mamma got.—He has twisted his roots all says that perhaps we shall find round it, and Ah! the poor some small ones next summer, worm is wriggling about so! He when we go to Margate. has pulled it into his mouth.

M. Yes. I hope that next Good-bye.—He has swallowed it, year—at the sea-side— we shall mamma. very often talk about the mol M. Those long parts, like luscs, and their shells.

threads, are not roots. They are To day we are going to notice long arms, called “ Tentacula.” the LowEST DIVISION OF ANI- It did not wriggle them about MALS. Here is a basin of water, for fun, but for business. It which I took from the stagnant merely wanted to feel for some pool at the bottom of the


food. If any insect passing near den. If you look at this piece of it in the water should happen to straw, you will see a curious be touched by one of these tenanimal fastened to it. It is called tacula, there is no hope for it. THE HYDRA.

It is seized, held fast, and carried L I see it, mamma. How into the mo'ıth in an instant. it is shaking its

And, yet, see how few parts the legs about in the

animal has! Count them, Ion. water! Is that the

Ion. Let me

(1) Its way it swims?

tentacula. (2) The mouth. (3) It is like a little

The body—and that seems to be plant, with anum

nothing but a sort of bag for ber of roots to it.

holding food. de. And here

M. And this bag is so thin, is a picture of

that you can see through it. Také one, which I have

this little microscope, and look.

L. Oh, mamma! I can see from of

through itsskin-into its stomach Messrs. Cham

-and the little "shrimp" inside bers's books.

is moving : it is not dead yet!


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M. The Hydra has a juice in M. I do not think it said anyits stomach—a liquid—which thing, Willie. It was not at all will soon kill it.

disturbed. It seemed quite comW. I can see four parts in the fortable. animal now. The arms, or ten W. Oh! tacula, mouth, stomach, and Ion. Mamma, here is a there is something like a “sucker” curious thing in the picture. at the end of it-by which it has Here is a large hydra and a small fastened itself to the straw. one growing out of its side, and

Ada. Where are its eyes, a very little one growing from mamma?

that one. M. It has no eyes.

M. Yes, if you take notice of W. Where doesit keepits ears? the picture, you may learn how M. It has no ears, nor nose. these animals increase in numI believe it can neither hear, nor ber. A bud opens in the hydra's smell, nor feel.

side—this grows and forms a L. Could it not feel, mamma, little hydra, just as a small branch if I were to pinch it?

of a tree grows out of a large M.. No-give it to me, I will | one.

L. I see it, mamma, in the W. Oh, mamma! You have picture, and when this little cut it in half. You have killed hydra has become a large one, it. Is not that cruel ?

another little one grows out from M. No, my dear. I have not its side,-just as a twig grows hurt it. It is not dead, you see. from a small branch. How It will make two hydræ now.-A strange! tail will grow from the end of W. Yes, here they are in the this piece with the head on it, picture. The little one, his father, and a head will grow from the and grandfather, all growing and tail-piece.

living together. They are partL. Mamma, are you joking ?.

ners in business. M. No: If I were to cut it M. They do not always beinto forty pieces, then it would have like good partners. I have make forty new hydra.

read that sometimes the father W. How wonderful !

and son will both grasp the same M. Yes, this seems very won- insect with their tentacula, and derful. Most of the animals in then fight forit. But in time they this division seem to be quite break off from each other, and without feeling: I have read of each becomes a separate hydra. a gentleman, who took a hydra, L. They are very much like and with a small piece of wire, plants. he turned its stomach inside out M. Yes. Do you not recollect - just as you do with the fingers when I said that you would find of your gloves, sometimes. al] God's works to be connected

W. What did the animal say, together, so as to appear liko mamma :

one great chain? These

are some

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