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angered the neighbouring places by Simeon's and Levi's massacre of the Sheckemites, that he was obliged to quit the country for fear of the people rising against him. When Joseph arrived at Sheckem, he found they had left, and gone to Dothan, (a town twelve miles to the north of Samaria;) he went to that place, and there found them. Now, when they saw him afar off, they conspired against him, to slay him, saying, “Behold this dreamer cometh; let us slay him, and cast him into some pit. And we will say some wild peast has devoured him.”

And Reuben, his eldest brother, was against their shed. ding bis blood, and persuaded them to cast him in the pit hard by in the wilderness, intending to take him out when his brothers were gone; and when Joseph came up to them, they stripped him of his "coat of many colours

and cast him in the pit, and the pit was dry, there being no water in it.

When they had so done, " they sat down to eat bread.”

On looking up they beheld a company of Ishmaelites, from Gilead, with their camels, taking spices, myrrh, and balm, down to Egypt.

And Judah, another of his brethren, said, will it do us if we slay him and conceal his blood ? Let not our hands be upon him ;” and his brothers agreed with him.

Then passed the Midianites merchantmen; and they drew, and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the merchants for twenty pieces of silver--who took him to Egypt.

Now Reuben, who had left his brethren previous to their

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selling Joseph, returned to the pit, and not finding him there, was full of grief, and went to his brethren, saying, The child is not here, and whither shall I go?”

Then they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid, and dipped the coat in the blood; and brought it to their father saying, “This have we found; tell us, is it thy son's coat, or not?"

Now. Jacob knew it was his son's coat, and said, “ An evil beast has devoured him; he is no doubt torn in pieces.” Then he “rent his clothes, put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.". Rending the clothes, was an eastern way of expressing grief, and putting on sackcloth, which Jacob did, is the first precedent of so doing, but which was afterwards used upon all mournful occasions, and meant that he looked upon himself as reduced to the meanest and lowest condition of line.

His children did all they could to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted, saying, “I will go down to the grave mourning for my son, or, I will not cease mourning until I die and be laid in my grave;" thus we see how one sin leads to another. Joseph's brethren, by their jealousy and bad feeling to him, was the cause of their father's extreme grief, almost his death. Therefore, dear children, avoid every little sin especially_never forgetting, that that little sin which you think so lightly of at the time, may lead to greater, and the worst of all; and that God sees us at all times. and knows all our thoughts, words, and actions,

I shall tell you more of Joseph's history in my next.

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HIS animal, like the rest of the feline or cat tribe, is playful when young, but as it ad. vances in years, it generally loses its sportive habits, and becomes, what the nature of its

race is, treacherous. It is the only quadruped of its kind that has become thoroughly domesticated; and the service it renders to man, in clearing the house of mice, makes it a most useful animal. It is very artful and insin. uating, conceals its intentions until it can put them in execution, and when opportunity offers, seizes what it wishes, flies off with it, and remains concealed till its offence may be forgotten. The cat loves ease, is fond of warmth, and seeks the softest cushion by the fire-side to lie upon.

The female is very savage when any of her kittens are touched while they are helpless, and has been known to make great sacrifices for their offspring : on one occasiona cat who had a number of kittens, encouraged them to play about a stable door on a morning on spring; and while she was joining them in their sportive tricks, they were discovered by a large hawk, that was fiying about in search of prey, who in a moment darted down upon one of the kittens, and would have borne it off as quickly, had it not been for the courageous mother. Puss seeing the danger of her offspring, flew on the hawk, who was obliged to give up the kitten; the fight became dreadful to both parties ; for the hawk by the strength of his wings, and the sharpness of his talons, had for a time the advantage, wounding the poor cat, and depriving her of an eye in the conflict; she, however, regardless of this accident, renewed her efforts in behalf of her little ones, till having broken the wing of her enemy, he became more in her power; and by a sudden exertion she laid the hawk motionless at her feet, and tore off his head. She then ran to her bleeding kitten, and licked the wounds inflicted on his tender sides, apparently forgetting the loss of her own eye.

Story of the Seasons.


Part ¥.-Spring.
HERE was once a little child deserted by his parents,

-left alone in the world to wander where he pleased,
and to find food and shelter where he could : not for

any fault of his own, for he was a good and affectionate child, and loved those cruel parents dearly; but they left him, I do not know for what cause,—they left him, and there he stood, on a cold March morning, on a wide common, where there was no shelter from the pelting hail-storm, no sign of human habitation to assure the little sufferer of pity and protection. Sobbing as if his heart would burst, and calling out piteously for help, he stood and looked around, as far as the blinding hail would let him see, but there was nothing to cheer him; all was lonely and desolate, and he was about to sink to the earth in his drenched clothes, overcome by terror and exhaustion, for he had wandered far and gone many hours without food, when suddenly there fell a ray of sunshine upon the spot

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