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The Pleasant Sail.
Down by the sea-coast is the pleasant town of Saco, Where M...

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

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

Early At School.
One Sabbath evening a teacher was walking up and down in th...

Story About An Indian.
A poor sick man might go to the door of some rich person's ...

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

A Tale Of Negative Gravity
My wife and I were staying at a small town in northern Ital...

The Motherless Birds.
There were two men who were neighbors to each other, living...

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

Gather The Flowers.
Two little girls went into the fields to gather flowers. Bu...

Anecdotes.
A poor Arabian of the desert was one day asked, how he came...

George And His Guinea.
Little George Ames went with his aunt to attend a missionar...

A Scene In London.
My young readers may have heard about the poor people in Lond...

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

Lettice Taking Home The Work.
Early in the morning, before it was light, and while the tw...

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

The Glow Worm.
On a summer's evening about half an hour after bed time, as...

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

Or, Honesty Rewarded.
At St. Petersburgh, the birth day of any of the royal famil...

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



ANNA SEEKING EMPLOYMENT.








It was a wearisome day to poor Anna, as she walked from square to
square, calling at the houses for employment. Some received her
kindly, and patronised her themselves, and promised to interest their
friends in her behalf, while others, alleging that she could not earn
as much as a woman, endeavored to beat her down a few shillings in her
price. But among all, Anna found means of subsistence for many months.
But soon her constitution began to grow weak, and her friends thought
it best for Willy to give up his school awhile, and to obtain some
place as errand boy, and for Anna to pursue a more active life.

Soon Anna found herself in a new home, doing the work of a family
which devolved on her. She kept a diary, and she would often go away
in her own little room and scribble a few lines in her book. Here is
an extract from her writings:----

"To-day I am very tired and yet but very little has been accomplished.
I know I could do well enough if I was allowed to regulate my work, or
if there was only order in the arrangement. There is certainly a great
want of system in this family; I am never allowed to finish one piece
of work before I am called off to another, and then blamed because I
did not do the first in time.

"One wants me to put the dough in the pants, and before I get my
hands clean, another calls me to go and get some wood; another tells
me to go to the store for some thread; another cries out, Anna! Anna!
and away I am sent to the third story after a book. Do they think a
girl like me is never tired? Ah, me! I must seek another place. I love
little children, and I think I should do for a child's nurse; I will
advertise."

And she did advertise, and it was not long before she was answered by
a request to call at Number 4, Elm street, at three o'clock on
Wednesday. In the next story we shall find





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