It is a mark of a good scholar to be prompt and studious. Such were

the habits of little Jane Sumner. She was the youngest of three

sisters and from her first being able to read, she was very fond of

reading; and at school her teacher became much interested in little

Jane on account of her interest in study, and the promptness she

manifested in reciting her lessons. Jane had a quiet little home and

was allowed consider
ble time for study, although she hid to devote

some time in assisting her mother about house.

There was a very fine garden attached to Mrs. Sumner's residence,

where she took much pleasure in cultivating the flowers. In the centre

of the garden was built a summer house all covered over with grape

vine. The broad leaves of the vine made a refreshing shade to it, and

thereby shielded the warm sun from persons under it. This little

summer house Jane frequently occupied for her study. In the picture

you see her with book in hand getting her lesson. She arose very early

in the morning, and by this means gained much time.

Up in the morning early,

By daylights earliest ray,

With our books prepared to study

The lessons of the day.

Little Jane, for her industry and good scholarship, obtained quite a

number of "rewards of merit," which her school mates said she justly

deserved. There is one of them with these lines:

For conduct good and lessons learned,

Your teacher can commend;

Good scholarship has richly earned

This tribute from your friend.

On one day, she came running home very much pleased with her card,

which her teacher gave herself and her little sister Emma, for their

good conduct and attention to their studies. The card contained these


See, Father! mother, see!

To my sister and me,

Has our teacher given a card,

To show that we have studied hard.

To you we think it must be pleasant,

To see us both with such a present.

Every good boy and girl will be rewarded, and all such as are

studious, and respectful to their teachers, will always get a reward.

God never allowed any man to do nothing. How miserable is the

condition of those men who spend their time as if it were _given_

them, and not lent.--_Bishop Hall_.