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Q. Had Abram any son then?
A. No.
Q. What did God promise him ?
A. That he should have a son.
Q. What else?

A. That a great nation should come from him ?

Q. What did God change Abram's name to ?

A. Abraham.
Q. What does that mean?
A. The father of many nations.

Q. What did God tell Abram about Sodom and Gomorrah ?

A. That he would punish them for their wickedness.

(To be continued.)

No one who prays regularly and earnestly, will perish in a course of sinning

Praying will either make a man leave off sinning, or sin will make him leave off praying,

A man who prays much in private, is generally glad also to join with his fellow Christians in worshipping God in public.

NATURAL HISTORY.

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THE TWO DOGS. A gentleman of Whitmore, in Staffordshire, used to go twice a year to London; and, being fond of exercise, generally went on horseback, accompanied, most part of the way, by a faithful little terrier dog, which, lest he might lose it in London, he always left to the care of Mrs. Langford, his landlady, at St. Alban's; and, on his return, he was sure to find his little companion well taken care off. The gentleman calling one time, as usual, for his dog, Mrs. Langford appeared before him with a woeful countenance, and said, “ Alas! Sir, your terrier is lost. Our great house dog, and he, had a quarrel, and the poor terrier was so bitten, before we could part them, that I thought he could never have got the better of it. But he crawled out of the yard, and nobody saw him for almost a week. He then returned, and brought with him a dog bigger by far than ours; and they both together fell on our great dog, and bit him so unmercifully, that he has scarcely since been able to go about the yard, or to eat his meat. Your dog and his companion then went away, and have never since been seen at St. Alban's.'

The gentleman endeavoured to bear his loss as well as he could. On his arrival, however, at Whitmore, he found his terrier; and on enquiring into the circumstances, was informed that the animal had been at Whitmore, and had coaxed away the great dog, who, it seems, had in consequence followed him to St. Alban's, and completely avenged his injury. There is said to be now living in St. Alban's one of the Ina servants, who has a perfect recollection of this curious fact.

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THE MOLE. The common mole is destined by its Creator to seek a subsistence under the surface of the ground ; its fore legs are, therefore, made very short and strong and broad, and are situated outwards, and are furnished with large claws, by means of which it is enabled co work away the earth from before it, with the greatest ease.

Its hind feet, which are much smaller than the others, are caloulated for throwing back the mould during its passage under ground. The snout also is long and powerful, and there is no appearance of a neck. The eyes of the mole are exceedingly sinall; so that some persons have doubted whether they were intended for perfect sight, or only to afford the animal sufficient light to warn it of danger. These eyes bave, however, been proved to contain every property that is requisite for distinct sight; but they are small, and deeply seated in the head, to prevent the dirt from hurting them. The faculty of hearing is said to be possessed by the mole in an eminent degree; and if, at any time, the animal comes out of the ground, it is, by this means, enabled to disappear on the approach of danger. How admirably is all this, and much more, contrived for the situation in which the animal lives!

BINGLEY.

THOMAS SHEPHERD.

BEFORE Thomas Shepherd went to the National School, there was not a ruder boy in the village. He seemed to have nothing to do, and was always idling and wandering about the streets. He was very ignorant; but that was perhaps not his own fault, for his parents were not able to teach him to read, and they did not like to be at the expence of sending him to school. He never went to church on Sundays ; but if there was a wedding, or a funeral, or any thing going on in the week days, Tom Shepherd was always there; not for the sake of the good that he might have learned, but only to make 1 noise and disturbance; and if there

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