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11. What did he choose?

12. Was the king a profligate character?

13. Whose wife did he persuade to leave her husband?

14. What was her name?

15. Did she suffer for her wicked. ness afterwards?

16. In what year did the king die?


Don't talk of good luck; but talk of diligence, and ask for God's blessing. Lost time is never found again. Never put off till to-morrow what ought to be done to-day.

Rather go to bed supperless than rise in debt.

He that goes a borrowing goes a sorrowing.

Want of care, sometimes does us more damage than want of knowledge. A contented mind is a continual feast.

Be clean in what you do. Slovens and sluts are good for nothing.

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IF a gentleman is riding along the streets of London without a servant, he is beset in almost every street by a parcel of boys, who offer to hold his horse. "Pray, Sir, shall I hold your horse?" These lads pick up a sort of maintenance by holding gentlemen's horses whilst they are stopping at any houses where they have occasion to call. In the country, these same sort of boys will be standing at a gate, to

open it for any body that may happen to pass; and this appears very civil; but then the hat is commonly held out, with "please, Sir, or please Ma'am, give me a halfpenny ?" Now if a little boy or girl happens to see a lady or gentleman, and can open a gate for them, or can hold a horse when there is occasion, it is right for them to shew such civility without expecting any reward. This is encouraging an obliging disposition, and though they should get nothing by it at the time, it will do them no harm in the end. But those children who make a trade of these things are commonly the idlest children in the parish; and they are learning nothing better than to become beggars. They are wasting their time in these things, just at the age when they ought to be at school, or else they are following this uncertain trade when they might be earning something in a regular and industrious manner. These children are generally ragged and dirty, and they grow up without any habits of industry, and therefore make poor and miserable men. Parents should take

care to keep children from this idle way of going on. There is, indeed, a good deal of temptation to it, because sometimes a gentleman will give a boy sixpence for holding his horse a few minutes, and sometimes a boy will get a shilling in a very little time. One boy who did this, laughed at another little fellow who worked for a shilling a week, saying, he had earned as much in a quarter of an hour as the other did in toiling for a week. But the first of these boys grew up to be an idle good-for-nothing sort of fellow, and the other is now as thriving and respectable a man as any in the parish. In truth it is not what a man can get one day that will make him thrive, but it is steady, regular, industrious habits.

Living about the streets or the lanes all day long leads to nothing that is good, but to a great deal that is bad. A boy is not to think he is doing well because one day he has earned a shilling easily, he must consider what he can do the next day, and whether he is learning any thing that shall enable him to get an honest livelihood

by his industry. A habit of staying at home, and receiving good instruction, or reading good books, is of great benefit, and leads to what a boy ought to be, and what a man ought to be, none of which things are learned by wandering about, or mixing with au idle, slovenly, set of boys and girls. Steadiness and regular industry in a boy or girl, guides them to prosperity, and keeps them out of many difficul ties and distresses; and this steadiness, moreover, keeps their minds in such a state that they can attend to any thing that is likely to be useful to them, either with regard to this world or the next.

No. XVI.



(Continued from p. 87.)

BEFORE Jacob died, he told his sons to remember that God would one day bring them out of Egypt, and give

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