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The ape, however, thus addressed them, “ Are you not ashamed of yourselves, you animals, to lose heart immediately? if we cannot learn, our children must! but, for that purpose, they must be well managed and well educated. I will therefore now, as the most important of all things, go and learn from man the right mode of educating children.

But the oxen would not entertain the idea at all, and grumbled more than ever; the horse and the dog, on the contrary, who had more natural tact in learning, thought the proposal not so bad, and even persuaded the other ani. mals to consent.

In the fourth week, therefore, the ape again sat up in the apple tree.

Eve's little children were screaming and crying so loudly, that it was impossible to hear one's self speak. With that, the mother came out, took the baby, wrapped it in a warm sheet, laid it in a round basket, which she rocked with her foot, and in a very short time the little thing was quite still and went to sleep. As for the big children, she kissed them when they were good, and whipped them when they were naughty.

Scarcely had the ape seen all this, when he said, “ I have now a thorough knowledge of the education of children ; for this, however, such a sheet as Eve uses is very neces. sary.”

At that very time, it happened that Eve, who had been washing, had hung her clothes out to dry, near the appletree, and a sheet, such as she had used, was amongst them; the ape, therefore, snatched it up secretly, tied it like a flag on a long stick, and marched back triumphantly.

“ Now bring me,” said he to the animals, "all your

chil. dren, that I may give them an hour's instruction.”

Without any loss of time, the animals assembled their young ones : foals, lambs, kids, puppies, and kittens, and many other young creatures, the one prettier than another, The calves bleated, the foals winnied, the lambs baaed, the kids maaed, the puppies whined, the kittens mewed, but beyond all the rest, did the little sucking-pigs squeal.

I'll soon make an end of that squealing,” said the ape, and took; all at once, the six little sucking-pigs that cried the loudest, laid them in the sheet, bundled them up as closely as a bundle of clothes going to the wash, and laid them

among the leaves upon a wavering branch. He next sprang up the tree, and with one foot shook the branch backwards and forwards. But crash! down came to the ground all the six little pigs in their bundle, squelch down! and lay as still as mice.

You'll see,” said the ape, “by and by I shall have it all right; but now for my master-piece with your elder children ; I shall win your respect in this part of the business.”

All the young animals were ordered to stand round him in a circle. For some time he contemplated them with a grave and learned countenance, after which he gave one or two of them a most affectionate kiss with his hairy snout.

But now comes,” said he, the pith of the whole matter;" and with these words he stretched out his huge yardlong arms to their full length, and boxed the ears of all the young things as hard as he could, so that they screeched and bellowed with all their might, and the young foal, kicking out his hind legs, gallopped off as fast as he could.

In the mean time the old sow had gone up to the sheet in which her little sucking-pigs lay so still, and, on loosening and unwinding it, there she found them all as dead as so many stones.

This made the animals all excessively angry. They now were convinced that the ape was a stupid and conceited creature, who fancied that he knew everything better than anybody else, but who had neither the industry nor the desire to learn anything thoroughly or as it should be. They then drove the foolish fellow from their society, returned back to man, who was their appointed master, and became his good domestic animals.

The ape thinks, however, even yet, that he shall one day obtain lordship over the animals, and therefore he is always imitating man, whom he somewhat resembles; but, as he only does things by halves, and merely for his own amusement, he is, and will always remain to be, nothing but an

ape!

Stary of the Brasons.

BY H. G. ADAMS.

(Continued fram page 199.)

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Part IX.-Summer.
ND what a ramble it was which the boy had

with SUMMER, and how much he learnt to
love and adore the great God, at whose
command the changeful Seasons come and
go, in regular succession ; each performing
an important part in the work of rendering
earth a fruitful and agreeable habitation for
man. First of all his guide led him out to

the top of a green hill, which rose gently from the wood side, and gave him an extensive view over the surrounding country; beautiful it was to see the landscape that lay spread out like a map beneath him; to mark the tree tops gilded with the sun, just then rising above the distant hills that bounded the prospect: to see the long shadows cast over the green meadows, and fields of waving

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Corn and Clover in full blossom, here pink, there white, and here again a mingling of the two colours; to mark the golden tint of the Charlock, changing and shifting as the breeze swept over it; and the Bean-field, which seemed enveloped in a silvery cloud, from which the most delicious fragrance arose ; and the rich purple of the blossoming Peas, and the deep crimson of the Poppies, which grew at places so thickly amid the corn, as to make it appear in the distance, as though the ground was occupied by them alone. And away, away, through the very midst of the meadows and the fields, and around the old farm-houses, with their stables and huge barns, and Cherry and Apple orchards, and by the little cottages, here standing singly, there in rows and groups, with their gay Flower gardens, and little patches of Potatoes and other vegetables. And in and out where the tall Elms hid from view all but the pointed spire of the village church, and the shrubbery, or plantation, of young Firs and Larches, that screened the dwellings of the country gentlemen; and along the park pailings of the squire, or baronet, over which could be seen the dappled Deer bounding across the velvet turf, or reclining beneath the stately Oaks, and other trees of large growth; and the sparkling river went gliding, as the poet says,

“ Winding at its own sweet will," running free and uncontrolled by man; for, you know, a river cannot have a will of its own, as a living creature can. Well, away it went, just as if it was bent upon taking a pleasure excursion through the beautiful pastoral scenery,as grazing and cultivated lands of a calm and peaceful character are generally called :-away, here hidden by inter

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