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Emma, who was a kind little thing, and never refused any. thing that John wished her to do, went up to her papa and asked him directly. Mr. Wilmot had noticed this little scene : and was rather vexed that John had asked his little sister to do what he was rather ashamed to do himself. So he replied that he could not tell her what it contained; but they should know to-morrow: and if they were good children, he had something for them, which they should then have. John appeared to be satisfied with his papa's reply ; but whispered to his sister, that he would try and peep at what the parcel contained before to-morrow.
They had now arrived at home, and Mr. Wilmot placed the parcel on a chest of drawers up in the children's nursery, out of their reach : and told them that their aunts Anne and Harriet, and uncle William, and cousin Willie, were coming to see them to-morrow.
After tea, Mr. Wilmot retired to his study to arrange some little business, and Mrs. Wilmot was busy superin. tending all the many little matters connected with their visitors on the following day, while the children were left to amuse themselves in the nursery.
They had not been there very long before Johp observed the end of the parcel, which he was so anxious about and which had been placed on the chest of drawers; “Oh, Emma,” said John, “see, there is papa's parcel; now, I WILL try and see what is in it; there is nobody to see us.”
“Oh, but remember,” said Emma, “papa said he would tell us what it contained to-morrow; and it is wrong to wish to do what he tells us not.” This reply quieted John for a little while; but, as we have before said, he was a very
self-willed boy; not satisfied unless he had the thing he wished at the very moment; and was at times like the naughty boy who cried for the moon. So John would at times cry very loud when he was told he could not possibly have the things he wished for. After a little while he said to Emma, “ You will not tell papa, if I try and reach down the parcel, will you ?" and so he coaxed Emma at last to assist him.
Now the chest of drawers was rather a high old-fashioned one, but the packet was placed very near the edge. So Jobn placed a chair at the front of the drawers, and fetched one of his papa's sticks; he then got upon the chair, and with the stick he was able to bring the parcel down; and just as he was about to catch it, and in high spirits at having succeeded, it dropped down on the ground with great violence, and a crash as if glass was broken; the covers of the parcel came asunder, and disclosed a small magic-lantern, with the glass-slides all broken into pieces, and a beautiful little wax-doll with the face, hands, and feet broken, and altogether much injured, if not spoiled.
« Oh, John, oh, John,” said little Emma, “what have you done ? look at the beautiful doll all broken," and she put her pinafore to her eyes, and cried loudly. John directly he got down from the chair, and saw the extent of the accident, was at first so choked that he did not speak a word. At last, seeing the broken magic-lantern, and the extent of his loss, he began to stamp his feet and get into a passion; at this instant, Mrs. Wilmot entered the room ; having heard a terrible noise overhead, she had come up to see the cause.
“What is all this about, John ?” said his mamma; “you in a passion; your sister Emma crying: a doll, and all this broken glass and pieces, about the room ?”
“Oh, mamma,” sobbed out John at last in great distress; "oh mamma, I am very sorry, but I have done very wrong; papa put the parcel, containing those things on the drawers, and I tried to see what was in it; and in trying to get it down, the parcel fell, and the beautiful magic-lantern has been broken. Oh, what will papa say?”.
"You have, indeed, done very wrong, John; not only have you broken the present your papa brought from Liverpool for yourself, to amuse you and your cousins tomorrow, but you have by your disobedience broke your sister Emma's present also ; you must come to your papa, and see what he says to this very bad conduct.” Emma seeing John about being led away, as she thought, to be punished, went up to her mamma, and said, “ John did not mean to break my new doll, mamma ; indeed he did not. Do ask papa to forgive him. I am sure he will not again do what papa does not wish him to do: will you, John ?" “No, that I will not, Emma dear,” said John, with tears in his eyes, at his little sister's kind appeal in his behalf.
“Well,” said Mrs. Wilmot, who felt rather interested in the scene before her, “I think as it is now your bed-time, you had better go up to bed, and I will in the best way I can, explain this to your papa : and you, John, get up soon, to-morrow morning, and ask his forgiveness for your naughty conduct.”
To be concluded in our next.)
Shart Chapters on English History.
THE ANCIENT BRITONS.
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thing about the people who used to live in England many years ago, as well as the sort of country England (or rather Britain, as then called) was at the time we speak of when its inhabitants were named Britons :
there were no great cities, like London or 88888798808888888 Westminster at that period; no fine churches, or beautiful gardens; the people lived in the woods, or in caves.
They were divided into many tribes, each tribe had a chief. Many of these tribes were quite savage in their habits; they used partly to cover their bodies with the skins of animals, and as the people did not know how to cultivate the land, they had no bread to eat, as we have now, but hunted the animals of the forest, which, with the fish from
the rivers, and wild roots, and acorns roasted, constituted their food.
Britain at the time we now speak of, near 2,000 years ago, was covered with large forests, and when the people wanted to build a town, we read they cleared a space for it, by cutting down the trees, and then built a number of
sen round huts, composed of mud and branches of trees, with high pointed roofs, which they covered over with rushes; a number of these houses, they called a town. They then dug a ditch round to protect themselves and their cattle from the attacks of hostile tribes.