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Harriet And Her Squirrel.
It was on a Sabbath eve, when at a friend's house, we were ...

The Trusty Dog.
I am glad to introduce to you, the noble dog whose picture ...

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

A Good Mother.
Mrs. Savage was the eldest sister of Matthew Henry. When sh...

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

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

The Market Day.
Mrs. Ford had three little children--Lily, Hetty, and a dea...

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

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

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

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

The Portrait Of Flora Purchased.
Anna started for her home, and when she had arrived, she sl...

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

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

The Shepherd And His Bible.
A poor shepherd, living among the Alps, the father of a lar...

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

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

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

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

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


"Mary," said George, "next summer I will not have a garden. Our pretty
tree is dying, and I won't love another tree as long as I live. I will
have a bird next summer, and that will stay all winter."

George, don't you remember my beautiful canary bird? It died in the
middle of the summer, and we planted bright flowers in the ground
where we buried it. My bird did not live as long as the tree."

"Well, I don't see as we can love anything. Dear little brother died
before the bird, and I loved him better than any bird, or tree, or
flower. Oh! I wish we could have something to love that wouldn't die."

The day passed. During the school hours, George and Mary had almost
forgot that their tree was dying; but at evening, as they drew their
chairs to the table where their mother was sitting, and began to
arrange the seeds they had been gathering, the remembrance of the tree
came upon them.

"Mother," said Mary, "you may give these seeds to cousin John; I never
want another garden."

"Yes," added George, pushing the papers in which he had carefully
folded them towards his mother, "you may give them all away. If I
could find some seeds of a tree that would never fade, I should like
then to have a garden. I wonder, mother, if there ever was such a

"Yes, George, I have read of a garden where the trees never die."

"A _real_ garden, mother?"

"Yes, my son. In the middle of the garden, I have been told, there
runs a pure river of water, clear as chrystal, and on each side of the
river is the _tree of life_,--a tree that never fades. That garden is
_heaven_. There you may love and love for ever. There will be no
death--no fading there. Let your treasure be in the tree of life, and
you will have something to which your young hearts can cling, without
fear, and without disappointment. Love the Saviour here, and he will
prepare you to dwell in those green pastures, and beside those still

Every neglected opportunity draws after it an irreparable loss, which
will go into eternity with you.---_Doddridge_.


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