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

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

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

The Dying Boy.
A little boy, by the name of Bertie, was taken very ill, an...

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

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

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

Harvest Song.
Now the golden ear wants the reaper's hand, Banish eve...

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

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

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

Lettice And Catherine,
...

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

Look Up.
A little boy went to sea with his father to learn to be a s...

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

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

The Orphans' Voyage.
Two little orphan boys, whose parents died in a foreign lan...

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

Melly, Anna And Susy.
There is nothing more pleasant than to see brothers and sis...

Bertie's Box.
A very little boy by the name of "Bertie," kept a box in wh...



THE HAPPY FAMILY.








There are a great many novel sights in the streets of London, for the
cheap entertainment of the people. The family circle of different
animals and birds is an admirable illustration of the peace which
should pervade among families. The proprietor of this little menagerie
calls it, "The Happy Family." The house in which they are kept is a
simple constructed cage. It is a large square hen-coop, placed on a
low hand-cart which a man draws about from one street to another, and
gets a few pennys a day from those who stop to look at the domestic
happiness of his family. Perhaps the first thing you will see, is a
large cat, washing her face, with a number of large rats nestling
around her, like kittens, whilst others are climbing up her back and
playing with her whiskers. In another corner of the room a dove and a
hawk are sitting on the head of a dog which is resting across the neck
of a rabbit. The floor is covered with the oddest social circles
imaginable--weazles and Guinea pigs, and peeping chickens, are putting
their noses together, caressingly. The perches above are covered with
birds whose natural antipathies have been subdued into mutual
affection by the law of kindness. The grave owl is sitting upright,
and meditating in the sun, with a keen-sighted sparrow perched between
his ears trying to open the eyes of the sleepy owl with its sharp
bill.

Children stop to look at this scene, and Mr. Burritt thinks they may
carry away lessons which will do them good. They will think on it on
their way to school, and at home too, when any thing crosses their
will in family or on the play ground.





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