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stolen his venison, they desired to be informed how he was

able to give such a minute description of a person whom he 4 had not seen.

The Indian answered thus : “The thief I know is a little man, by his having made a pile of stones in oruer to reach the venison, from the height I hung it standing on the ground: that he is an old man, I know by his short steps; which I have traced over the dead leaves in the woods: that he is a white man, I know by his turning out his toes when he walks; whích an Indian never does : his gun I know to be short, by the mark which the muzzle made by rubbing the bark of the tree on which it leaned: that the dog is small, I know by his tracks: that he has a bob-tail, I discovered by the mark of it in the dust where he was sitting at the time his master was taking down the meat.” DEFINITIONS, &c.—What is meant by Indian hore ? Is not that name given to other people ? Define home, venison, stolen, accompanied, bobtail, affirmative, described, traced, muzzle.

SECT. IXXV.-INDIAN HONESTY. 1 One day, an Indian solicited a little tobacco of a white 2 man, to fill his pipe. Having some loose in his pocket, the 3 white man gave him a handful. The next day the Indian

returned in search of the man who had given him the

tobacco. 4 I wish to see him," said the Indian. 5 Why so ?" inquired some one. 6 "Why, I find money with the tobacco." 7 “Well! what of that ? 8 Keep it: it was given to you.” 9 " Ah!" said the Indian, shaking his head, “ I got good 10 man and bad man here,” pointing to his breast. “ Good

man say, 'Money not yours; you must return it:' bad man 11 say,

yours; it was given to you.'

Good man saj, 12.That not right: tobacco yours'; money not yours.' Bad ma 13 say, 'Never mind'; nobody know it'; go buy rum.' Good 14 man say, 'Oh no' ; no such thing.' So poor Indian know 15 not what to do. Me lie down to sleep, but no sleep: good 16 man and bad man talk all night, and trouble me.

me bring money back: now, me feel good.” DEFINITIONS, &c.—Define solicited, little, (what must we understand between this word and tobacco ? quantity of ?) handful, pocket, money,



nobody. What is the difference between a good man and a bad man ? What does the Indian mean by them in this instance? What doos 80 stand for in sentence 5th? Of that, in sentence 7th ?


1 The late Mr. Harvey's method of instructing young peo

ple was such, that while it afforded profit to them, it was a means of reproof to others.

Some of his people having lain abed on a Sunday morn2 ing longer than he approved, and others having been busy

in foddering their cattle, when he was coming to church, and

several having frequented the alehouse, he thus catechised 3 one of the children before the congregation. Repeat to 4 me the fourth commandment.” It was repeated. Now, 5 little man, do you understand the meaning of this com

mandment ?” 6 “ Yes, sir.”

“Then, if you do, you will be able to answer me these 7 questions : “Do those keep holy the Sabbath-day who lie in

bed till eight or nine o'clock in the morning, instead of rising

to say their prayers and read the Bible ?!" 8 No, sir.” 9 “Do those keep the Sabbath, who fodder their cattle

when other people are going to church ?" 10 “No, sir.' 11 “Does Almighty God bless such people as go to ale

houses, and do not mind the instruction of their ministers ?" 12 • No, sir,"

“Do not those who love God, read their Bible to thei. 13 families, (particularly on Sunday evenings,) and have prayers

every morning and night in their houses ?” 14 Yes, sir.'

A great many such pertinent and familiar questions he 15 would frequently ask, in the most engaging manner, on

every part of the catechism, as he thought most profitable for his people. DEFINITIONS, &c. Give the meaning of instructing, profit, means, reproof, abed, approved, foddering, cattle, frequented, catechised, congregation, little man, (has it the usual meaning ?) understand, instead. What is the meaning of yes and no, in each case ?

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SECT. XXXVII. -TRUE COURAGE. 1 “ Coward'! coward'!" said James Lawton to Edward

Wilkins, as he pointed his finger at him. Edward's face 2 turned very red, and the tears started in his eyes as he said,

“ James Lawton, don't call me a coward'.” 3 Why do you not fight John Taylor, then, when he dares ? I would not be dared by any boy.”

“ He is 5 afraid,” said Charles Jones, as he put his finger in his eye

and pretended to cry. “I am not afraid,” said Edward ; 6 and he looked as if he was almost ready to give up; for John Taylor came forward and said, “ Come on then, and

show that you are not afraid.” 7 A gentleman passing by said, “Why do you not fight the 8 boy? Tell me the reason. 9 The boys all stood still, while

Edward said, “I will not do a wicked thing, Sir, if they do 10 call me coward.” That is right, my noble boy,” said the

gentleman. “If you fight with that boy, you really dis11 grace yourself, and will show that you are more afraid of

the laugh and ridicule of your companions than of the 12 commandments of God. It is more honorable to bear an

insult with meekness, than to fight about it. "Beasts and brutes which have no reason, know of no other way to

avenge themselves; but God has given you understanding ; 13 and though it may be hard to be called a coward, and to

submit to indignity and insults, yet remember the saying of the wise man : “He that ruleth his spirit is greater than he that taketh a city.”” DEFINITIONS, &c.—Coward: what does it mean? Was Christ a coward because he wouldn't fight? Define dare, pretended, forward, disgrace, ridicule, honorable, insult, avenge. What is the lifference between a . hamlet, village, town, and city ?

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In 1709, the government of St. Helena passed the following law: “Whereas several idle, gossiping women make it their business to go from house to house about this island, inventing and spreading false and scandalous reports of the good people thereof, and thereby sow discord and debate among neighbors, and often between men and their wives, to the great grief ai d trouble of all good people, and to the

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utter extinguishing of all friendship, amity, and good neighborhood'; therefore, for the punishment and suppression whereof, and to the intent that all strife may be ended, charity revived, and friendship continued, we do order, that if any women from henceforth shall be convicted of talebearing, mischief-making, scolding, or any other notorious vices, they shall be punished by ducking or whipping, or such other punishment as their crimes or transgressions shall deserve, or the governor and council shall think fit." DEFINITIONS, &c.--Where is the island of St. Helena? What remarkable man died there after long imprisonment ? Define law, whereas, inventing, discord, debate, extinguishing, amity, therefore, whereof, convicted, ducking, (does this mean, to make any one do like a duck ?) crimes, transgressions. What is a governor ?

you ?

SECT. XXXIX.-A BEE IN DEFENCE OF HIS PROPERTY, 1 “What is the matter, my son ? 2 Have


hurt 3 -“ A bumblebee stung me right here on my lip!- I wish

he was dead !-oh, how my lip does ache !"4 “ This is bad indeed; but how came he to sting you ?"5 “I foụnd his nest, and just went to get the honey, and he

came straight up in my face and stung me.”. B “Well now, my son, I am very sorry that you are hurty;

your lip indeed looks very bad", aná I have no doubt that it aches sadly''; but can you really blame the bee so much as you bught to blame yourself? Yců knew that the bees would defend

eir nest if they could"; and if you had felt kindly towards them, should you not have thought it cruel ? to take their honey, when you did not need it? You was

very selfish; and that is the reason why you have been stung.--And you wish him dead! Is that a kind wish ? Nay'; is it not a very wicked wish ? For shame! for shame!" DEFINITIONS, &c.-Define matter, (i. e. about which you are crying,) hurt, bumblebee, (what is the difference between this and a honey-beo?) lip, dead, ache, sting, found, nest, honey, face, sorry, blame, bec, defend, kindly, cruel, selfish, reason, shame, (ie. your conduct is good cause for shame.)


A pious, poor old man, in reasoning with a sabbath1 breaker, said, “Suppose, now, I had seven shillings; and

suppose I met a man, and gave him six shillings freely out



of the seven : what would you say to that ?”—“Why, I 2 should say, you were very kind; and that the man ought to 3 be thankful.” -“Well, suppose he was to knock me down 4 and rob me of the other shilling: what then ?”—“Why, then

he would deserve hanging." -"Well, now this is your case :

• Thou art the man: God has freely given you six days to 5 work and earn your bread, and the seventh he has kept for himself; and he commands us to keep it holy but you, not

satisfied with the six days God has given, rob him of the sev6 enth : what, then, do you deserve ?” The man was silenced.

DEFINITIONS, &c.-Define pious, poor, old, reasoning, suppose, met, freely, kind, thankful, hanging, earn, rob, deserve, commands, holy, silenced.


A man in the town of D. some twenty years ago went to 1 a merchant in Portsmouth, N. H., who was also president

of a bank, and stated that he lived on a farm, the home of his fathers, which had descended to him by right of inheritance; that this his only property, worth two thousand dollars, was mortgaged for one thousand to a merciless

creditor; and that the time of redemption would be out in a 2 week. He closed by asking a loan to the amount of his debt; for which he offered to remortgage his farm.

Mer. “I have no money to spare ; and if I wuld relieve 3 you now, a similar difficulty would probably arise in a year

or twoʻ.” 4 Far. “ No'; I would make every exertion : I think I could clear it.”

Mer. “Well, if you will obey my directions, I can put you 5 in a way to get the money; but it will require the greatest

prudence and resolution'. If you can get a good endorser 6 on a note, you shall have money from the bank; and you

can mortgage your farm to the endorser for his security, 7 You must pay in one hundred dollars every sixty days. 8 Can you do it ?

Far. “I can get Mr. Bell for endorser"; and I can raise the hundred dollars for every payment except the first.” 10 Mer. “Then borrow a hundred dollars more than

you 11 want, and let it lie in the bank. You will lose only one

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