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father comes he'll carry you home with him.” The boy was pacified. The old gentleman not thinking any more, (as, alas! many careless and faulty parents do,) of what he had said to the boy, was several times at the house without fulfilling his engagement; and, perhaps, without once having it come again into his mind. But the boy was not so forgetful. He recollected well the promise of his grandfather. In process of time the grandfather took the boy behind him on his horse, and was conveying him to bis paternal abode. On the way the boy began to remonstrate with his grandfather on the subject, by saying, “When grandfather was at our house one time, he said the next time he came he would carry me home-and grandfather did not.Why,” says the old gentleman, “you don't think your grandfather would lie, do you?” “I don't know,” says the boy,“ What does grandfather call it " This confounded the old gentleman, and he knew not what reply to make. This anecdote has convinced me more than almost any thing I ever heard, of the importance of regarding strictly and conscientiously what we say to children. Especially it has shown me the evil of trifling with children, and making them unmeaning promises or declarations which have i attached to them no truth or signification. And it is my deliberate and fixed opinion, that oftentimes parents by disregarding, forgetting and neg.

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lecting to fulfil what they declare unto children in promises or threatenings, are chargeable with the pernicious evil of teaching their children to lie ; and then perhaps inflicting punishment upou them for the crime. This is hard-this is cruel—this is an evil of a monstrous size, prevalent and triumphant to an alarming degree, and which ought speedily and effectually to be corrected. Watch, then, and remember to make good what you say to children. Do not threaten them with what you have no business to execute—such as cutting off their ears, taking off their skin, and so on. In this way you weaken your own hands; render the truth doubtful, and train up your child for falsehood and crime. Whatever else you neglect, yet by no means neglect to teach them by precept and example, an inviolable regard to the truth.


(The natives of the island of Madagascar having been forbidden, by an edict of their government, to read or keep in possession their newly-translated Scriptures, many of the islanders, rather than give them up be destroyed, buried their Bibles during the day, and at night assembled in groups to dig up the precious treasure, and read the sacred word which shows the way of salvation.]

BEHOLD, and mark, yon solemn sun,

On Afric's distant isle,
Where sacred truth's renewing beam
Had made the desert smile;

But where the tyrant's iron sway

Forbids the precious boon,
And strives to quench the heavenly ray

That pierc'd the native gloom;

And with stern cruelty demands,

On pain of dreadful death,
Their Bible from the trembling hands

Of those who own its faith.
But vain the powers of earth and hell

To stop the Bible's course;
'Tis the true light”-unquenchable-

Resistless as its source!

By day those hapless sons of Ham

Bury their Bibles deep;
At night they dig them up again,

And read while tyrants sleep.
Ab! see the numerous sable groups

Beneath the moon's pale beam
Reading the charter of their hopes,

By their proud foes unseen!

Ye British Christians, who possess,

In its most perfect form
This sacred guide to life and peace,

Hear-and a lésson learn :
No tyrant dares deny the meed

To you— 'tis freely given
Oh! will you not delight to read,

And love this Guide to Heaven. 224


BOYS AND THE WATER. Boys are very fond of water—they love to see it, or to ride on it, or to bathe in it. This is all very natural; but they should never forget that it is water: some seem as if they did not remember this. When they are riding in a boat over the waves, they should bear in mind that if their boat were to upset, they would sink in the deep waters below them. Boys should never venture into a boat without some careful person to guide it. How many lads have met with a watery grave, through their daring and careless conduct! The writer trembles as he remembers how often, when a boy, he was ex

posed on the very edge of destruction in this way. Once he, and several other thoughtless lads, were in a boat near the shore: he was sitting on the edge of it, in a careless posture, and did not know, till they had pulled the boat into the middle of a wide deep river, that they had left the shore. He never forgot that He never did so again.

Bathing is another practice attended with danger. Bathing is a good thing. It is cleanly and healthful, especially in hot countries. But some boys bathe too often, and injure their health and their constitution. Those boys who cannot swim should never bathe in waters beyond their depth, on any account. Let them stay till they have learned to swim, and then they should not venture too much, as the cramp may take them. I well remember a schoolfellow of mine-poor Harry Rogers ! He was not at school one afternoon, and when we broke up we heard that he was drowned at the White Gates, whilst bathing in the Trent. We all ran to see, and there were men in a boat, with drags, trying to find him. One of the hooks caught his ancle and brought him up. O how did I feel when I saw his naked body lifted into the boat, and his belly swelled with water! They wrapped him in blankets, and carried him home, but he was quite dead. Had he been at school, or kept out of deep water, he might have been alive now.

I never

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