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The Transferred Ghost
The country residence of Mr. John Hinckman was a delightful...

The Tree That Never Fades.
"Mary," said George, "next summer I will not have a garden....

Chinese Proverbs.
What is told in the ear is often heard a hundred miles. ...

The Two Robins.
A few summers ago I was sitting on a garden seat, beneath a...

A Good Act For Another.
A man was going from Norwich to New London with a loaded te...

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

The Grey Old Cottage.
In the valley between "Longbrigg" and "Highclose," in the f...

Flora And Her Portrait.
"And was there never a portrait of your beautiful child," s...

The Way To Overcome Evil.
A little girl, by the name of Sarah Dean, was taught the pr...

The Flower That Looks Up.
"What beautiful things flowers are," said one of the party ...

The Bit Of Garden.
Young children like to have a small piece of land for a gar...

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

Edward And Ellen.
Edward Ford owned a snug little cottage with a small farm s...

The Sailor Boy.
Yarmouth is the principal trade sea-port town in the county...

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

Lily Ford.
It was now in the latter part of December--two days more an...

The Bracelet;
...

The Child And Flower.
The Atheist in his garden stood, At twilight's pen...

Or The Unexpected Meeting.
I must tell you who were Lettice and Myra. They were the da...

The Happy Family.
There are a great many novel sights in the streets of Londo...



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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