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The Echo.
Little Charles knew nothing about an echo. As he was playin...

The Explanation.
Lettice's father was a man of education, a scholar, a gentl...

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

Jane And Her Lessons.
It is a mark of a good scholar to be prompt and studious. S...

Remember The Cake.
I will tell you an anecdote about Mrs. Hannah More, when sh...

The Reward.
A teacher in a Sabbath School promised to supply all the ch...

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

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

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

Emily's Morning Ramble.
In the suburbs of the city of B. stands the beautiful resid...

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

Good Companions.
One day, says a Persian poet, I saw a bunch of roses, and i...

Benny's First Drawing.
You have perhaps heard of Benjamin West, the celebrated art...

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

The First Dollar.
I will tell you an affecting story about a young lad by the...

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

My Early Days.
My father's house was indeed a pleasant home; and father wa...

A Boy Reproved By A Bird.
The sparrows often build their nests under the eaves of hou...

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

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



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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Previous: THE PARTING SCENE.



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