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little Joe, through his set teeth; and, hastily pushing back the ruined boat, he hurried a little farther down the road, and fastening a piece of string across the footpath, a few inches from the ground, he carefully hid himself in the bushes.
5. Presently a step was heard, and Joe eagerly peeped out. How provoking! instead of Fritz it was cousin Herbert, the very last person he cared to see; and hastily unfastening the string, Joe tried to lie very quiet, but it was all in vain, for cousin Herbert's sharp eyes caught a curious moving in the bushes, and, brushing them right and left, he soon came upon little Joe.
How is this?” cried he, looking straight into the boy's blazing face; but Joe answered not a word. “You are not ashamed to tell me what
you were doing?” 7. “No, I am not,” said little Joe, sturdily, after a short pause; “ I'll just tell you the whole story ;” and out it came,
and out it came, down to the closing threat, "and I mean to make Fritz smart for it!”
“What do you mean to do ?” 9. “Why, you see Fritz carries a basket of eggs to market every morning, and I mean
to trip him over this string and smash them all."
10. Now Joe knew well enough that he was not showing the right spirit, and muttered to himself, “ Now for a good scolding;" but to his great surprise, cousin Ilerbert said, quietly,
Well, I think Fritz does need some punishment; but this string is an old trick. I can tell you something better than that.”
11. “What?” cried Joe, eagerly.
12. “How would you like to put a few coals of fire on his head ?”
13. “What! and burn him?” said Joe, doubtingly. Cousin Herbert nodded, with a queer smile. Joe clapped his hands. “Now, that's just the thing, cousin Herbert.
14. “You see, his hair is so thick he wouldn't get burned much before he'd have time to shake them off; but I'd just like to see him jump once. Now tell me how to do it-quick ! ”
PUTTING A COAL ON HIS HEAD.-CONTINUED.
1. “If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink ; for thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee,” said cousin Herbert, gravely; "and I think that is the best kind of punishment little Fritz could have." 2. Joe's face lengthened terribly.
"Now I do say, cousin Herbert, that is a real take-in. It is just no punishment at all."
3. “Try it once," replied Herbert. “Treat Fritz kindly, and I am certain he will feel so ashamed and unhappy, that he would far rather have you kick or beat him.” : 4. Joe was not really such a bad boy at heart, but he was now in a very ill-temper, and he said, sullenly, “But you've told me a story, cousin Herbert. You said this kind of coals would burn, and they can't at all.”
5. “You are mistaken about that,” said his cousin, cheerily. “I have known such coals to burn up a great amount of rubbish—malice, envy, ill-feeling, revenge, and I don't know how much more-and then leave some very cold hearts feeling as warm and pleasant as possible.” --6. Joe drew a long sigh. “Well, tell me a good coal to put on Fritz's head, and I'll see about it.”
7. “You know," said cousin Herbert, smiling, “that Fritz is very poor, and can seldom buy himself a book, although he is very fond of reading; but you have quite a library.
8. “Now, suppose—ah! well, I won't suppose any thing about it. I'll just leave
to think over the matter, and find your own coal; and be sure and kindle it with love, for no other fire burns so brightly and so long;” and with a cheery whistle, cousin Herbert sprang over the fence and was gone.
9. Before Joe had time to collect his thoughts, he saw Fritz coming down the lane, carrying a basket of eggs in one hand and a pail of milk in the other.
10. For one minute the thought crossed Joe's mind, “What a grand smash it would have been if Fritz had fallen over the string !” and then again he blushed to the eyes, and was glad enough that the string was safe in his pocket.
11. Fritz started, and looked very uncom
fortable, when he first caught sight of Joe, but the boy began abruptly, “Fritz, do you
have much time to read now?”
12. “Sometimes,” said Fritz, “when I'vo driven the cows home, and done all
my chores, I have a little piece of daylight left; but the trouble is, I've read every thing I could get hold of.”
13. “How would you like to take my new book of travels ?” 14. Fritz's eyes
danced. “Oh! may I? may I? I'd be so careful of it.”
15. “Yes," answered Joe, “and perhaps I've some others you would like to read. And Fritz,” he added, a little slyly, “I would ask you to come and help sail my boat to-day, but some one has torn up the sails and made a great hole in the bottom. Who do you sup
" 16. Fritz's head dropped upon his breast; but after a moment he looked up with a great effort, and said, “I did it, Joe; but I can't begin to tell
You didn't know I was so mean, when you promised me the books?”
17. “Well, I rather thought you did it," said Joe, slowly.
pose did it?”