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Julia's Sunset Walk.
It was a beautiful June day, just at the sun's setting, whe...

Jonas And His Horse.
A horse is a noble animal, and is made for the service of m...

The Saint's Rest.
We've no abiding city here: This may distress the wo...

Comfort And Sobriety.
Let me here give you a few maxims to commit to memory:---- ...

Young Usher.
You have read of that remarkable man, Mr. Usher, who was Ar...

The Golden Crown.
A teacher once asked a child, "If you had a golden crown, w...

Chorus
As the manna lay, on the desert ground, So from day to d...

Anna With A Pleasant Home.
Anna, having obtained leave of her mistress, soon found her...

No Payno Work.
"Little boy, will you help a poor old man up the hill with ...

Arthur And His Apple Tree.
One summer day little William was sitting in the garden cha...

The Lady Or The Tiger?
In the very olden time there lived a semi-barbaric king, wh...

Pleasant Play.
There are many plays in which children may amuse themselves...

The Remarkable Wreck Of The Thomas Hyke
It was half-past one by the clock in the office of the Regi...

Margaret And Herbert.
In a large family there are often diversity of character an...

His Wife's Deceased Sister
It is now five years since an event occurred which so color...

Lizzy And Her Dog.
I wish to relate to you a very affecting story about a good...

Telling Secrets.
There is a company of girls met together, and what can they...

The Plum Boys.
Two boys were one day on their way from school, and as they...

Story About A Robber.
I will tell you a true story about a robber. A gentleman wa...

Mother's Last Lesson.
"Will you please teach me my verse, mamma, and then kiss me...



A BOY REPROVED BY A BIRD.








The sparrows often build their nests under the eaves of houses and
barns. A young lad saw one of the sparrows conveying materials for her
nest, which she was building under the eaves of a cottage adjoining
his father's house. He was told not to disturb it. But birds eggs form
a temptation to many boys. At a favorable opportunity the lad climbed
up to the roof of the cottage and carried away the nest with the eggs
in it. Among the materials of which the nest was composed was a piece
of paper with some printed verses on it. The boy pulled it out and
found it to be a page of one of Dr. Watts' hymns, which had been
picked up in the yard by the poor bird for strengthening her nest.
The boy unfolded the paper and read:----

"Why should I deprive my neighbor
Of his goods against his will?
Hands were made for honest labor,
Not to plunder nor to steal."

The lad says, in his after years, "I never forgot the lesson presented
to me by that leaf of paper which had been fixed to the nest of the
poor sparrow." Let young people remember that when they do wrong they
will get reproved, and it may be by the means of a bird.





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