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enraged the elephant, and, as the beast knew that the painter was the cause of this teazing impertinence, instead of attacking the servant, it eyed the master, and squirted at him, from its trunk, such a quantity of water, as spoiled the picture which he was painting.

NOTES ON 1 SAM. II. 4.

"THE Lord called Samuel; and he answered, Here am I."

We should observe the ready obedience of Samuel, for our instruction and example. In him, we observe a quick attention, and unwearied diligence. He hears and runs at every

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goes.

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call; he stays not to be twice called We see here the greatest simplicity of mind, and a most perfect humility of will. murmurs not; he argues not; he conplains not; he delays not: at every call he rises from his bed and runs, It is to such a child as this that our Lord requires us to be like, "for of uch is the kingdom of God." Wogan.

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I PROMISED you the history of Caterpillars; I believe I must fix upon silk-worms, because they are the most useful to us. First of all, they are in little greyish eggs, which may be kept in a drawer, till warm weather comes the next year, when they must be put where the sun shines hot. In a little time they break, and out come small grey maggots. These should be put upon mulberry leaves ; they grow very fast, for they eat all day long; in a few days the skins come off and the

look handsome wben they have got new ones. After a little while, they change these again, and then they are pretty white worms, larger than before, as big as one of your fingers. They soon begin to look yellowish, leave off eating, and go to work. First, they spin a sort of wool, then they form a ball, nearly the shape of a pigeon's egg, and are quite bidden from our sight. But their business is not yet complete, they make a lining withinside, much more closely woven than the cloth of a man's coat.

Their silk is very valuable, and all the fine dresses which ladies wear are the works of these little crawling insects. A great many of the balls are put into warm water, and those who are used to the business readily find the ends. They are obliged to put several together to make the silk of a proper size, and they wind it off in skeins, upon a little reel; then they come to the lining that I told you of, which they cut open with a pair of scissars, and use them for making artificial flowers. But what do you think they find inside ? a silk worm

? o, nothing in the least like it. A thing called a chrysalis. A chrysalis is a brown thing, the size of a small bean, somewhat in the shape of a barrel, no head, no legs, no body to be seen; but, if you touch it, one end will move a litile, which shews that it is not quite dead. In this state, it lies some time, and then breaks forth a large white moth, with two black

eyes,

four wings, long legs, and a body covered with feathers, for the down on the body and wings exactly resembles feathers; if you were to look at it through a microscope, you might take it for a chicken. This seems very ex. traordinary; but many of the things in nature undergo very surprising changes. Silk-worms are only kept in England for curiosity and amusement. In some countries they can live in the open air, where they are on mulberry trees; they help themselves, and spin among the leaves. It must be a pretty sight to see the shining balls, like golden plums, amongst the green leaves.

All butterflies and moths undergo the same changes *, though they do not all spin silk ; some creep into holes in the walls, others into houses, and some into the earth, and there becomes cry: salids, and remain in that state from the end of one summer to the beginning of the next, then the butterflies come out in all their variegated beauties, and, instead of crawling about, soar in the air, and amuse themselves with flying from flower to flower.

* The picture represents the caterpillar, the cbrysalis, and the butterfly.

Mrs. Trimmer.

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SHORT EXPLANATION OF SCRIPTURE. 6. THEY shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." These words are taken from the book of the prophet Isaiah, ii. 4., which book was written more than 700 years before the coming of Christ into the world. They proclaim to us the peaceful times of the Gospel. The Christian religion has indeed had a very powerful effect in correcting the bad passions of men; and wherever this religion is known and practised, there the dispositions

men are made kind and gentle. Ini

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