Obrazy na stronie
PDF
ePub

T

must have been sadly ashamed when the lady who had given her clothes called and found her ragged and dirty ns. Yes. Was it not a sad misfortune to lose such a friend [ins Yes] Was Patty Clive neater in the house than she was in her dress? Ans. No] Is it not a shocking sight to see a woman sitting in the midst of dirt and rags? [Ans. Yes.] Is there any great, trouble in sweeping a room, and putting away litters? Ans. No.] Is it not very idle to neglect making the bed [Ans. Yes. Must not a bed be very hard and uncomfortable that is never shook or beat? [Ans. Yes,] Is it not a nasty sight to see sows and pigs in a house? Ans. Yes] Where should such creatures be kept [Ans. In a sty.] Should you like to live with hogs? Ans. No.] What did Patty Clive bring upon herself by her filthy ways? Ans. Sickness.] Did she get people to look after her when she was ill ? [Ans. No.] What became of her? [Ans. She died.]

700

yt Instruction —You may learn from this little tale, that it is one of the first marks of untidiness to wear out shoes in an extravagant manner---that dirty girls are very disagreeable that if they chance to get friends they seldom keep them--that ladies, though their compassion often leads them to clothe poor children, will not give twice to those who abuse their first gifts---that those who are untidy in their clothes, are usually so in their houses that those who give themselves up to nastiness, put themselves upon a footing with the dirtiest of beasts--that nastiness often breeds disease---and, that those who bring sickness upon themselves by such means make people afraid of going to help them; and that life may be lost through want of cleanliness; nay, a whole neighbourhood may be infected through the dirtiness of one person. Use yourselves to neatness while you are young-- keep your clothes clean---put on your caps and handkerchiefs neatly... pin your gowns---if you chance to tear any thing mend it directly--and if you see any holes or thin places in your stockings or other things, darn or piece them before they get too bad buckle your shoes, and change them every day, and do every thing in a tidy way, and then you will grow up good housewives; and it is a great credit to be a good housewife...

STORY VII.

[ocr errors]

Becky Downes was quite a neat child. When she was but two years old she would take care of her things. When ence her clothes were put on she would not take a pin our of

them; and if she saw a pin on the ground or the floor, she would pick it up and save it, for she had been told, that “a pin a day is a groat a year," and that a groat would buy two small loaves of bread. When she was three years old she would fold up her things as nice as could be; and when she eat or drank, she took care not to grease her things; and would stand as still as a mouse to let her aunt wash her bands and face, and comb out her hair.

As soon as she could hold a short brush, she began to brush the stairs down; and her pride was to sift white sand on the floor to make it look neat.

When she grew a great girl she learnt to work of her aunt ; and then she would mend her clothes, and make neat caps and things, if she had but bits of cloth to join, that most folk would have thought good for nothing. One day she was seen by the same lady who bought clothes for Patty Clive, and she bought such for her. Becky Downes took such care of them, that at the year's end they were quite clean and tight. So her friend said, "Well, my good child, as you make such good use of my gifts, I will give you more; and I will put you to school to learn to read, and I dare say when you grow up you will get a good place." And so she did; for it was not hard for such a good neat girl to get a place, as it was known that she would take care and not spoil things, but do as she ought to do.

[ocr errors]

Questions What sort of a girl was Becky Downes? [Ans. A neat one.] How soon did she begin to take care of her things? [ns. At two years old.] What did she do as soon as she could use a short brush? [Ans. Brush the stairs down.] What else did she do to make the house look neat? [Ans. Sift white sand on the floor.] What did she do when she had any bits of cloth? [Ans. Join them together.] Did she go about such a slatternly figure as Patty Clive? [Ans. No.] How were the clothes which the lady gave her at the year's end? [Ans. Quite clean and tight] Did she get into a good place when she was old enough to go to service? [Ans. Yes.]

Instruction.---Endeavour to imitate Becky Downes, if you wish to gain the notice of ladies, or to get into a good place.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small]

When Polly Dun was quite a babe, she was brought up to beg. She had a false tale made up for her to tell, that she De might move people to give to her. She said her daddy was dead, and that: her mammy láy sick in a barn, and that she

་་་

had no bread to eat ; and a great deal more of such stuff which was not true. And she would run in the dust or the dirt with no shoes on her feet, and with scarce a rag on her back; and knew not the least about God, or what she ought to do to please him. At last her mammy did die, and her daddy ran off and left her, and she had not a friend in the world to take the least care of her. She knew not where to go of days or where to lodge of nights; and all the false things she had said came on her, for she was like to starve in truth; and she crept to a barn, where she lay down on the straw and thought she should die. But by good chance the farmer came in to see if his wheat was fit to thrash, and he saw the girl in that sad state, and said, "Whose child are you? How came you in this bad way " She was so weak she could scarce speak; but said, in quite a low faint voice,, " I am Polly Dun; my mammy is dead, and my daddy is run off and left me to starve." "O, you are Poll Dun," said the farmer; "and you are at your old game, I find. Have you no new tale to tell "--" It is true now," said Polly; and the man thought it was, for she was as pale as death, and had no strength in her; so he went and got a bit of bread and some warm beer, -and gave her; and when she had eat and drank them, she could get up and walk. So when the man saw she was like to be well, he said, "If you will leave off your old ways and beg no more, I will put you to a place where you may learn to work and read, and in time earn food and clothes." Polly said she should be glad to go. So he took her to a school where she learnt to spin and knit, and sew, and work, and clean a house; and in time she was a nice neat tight girl, and got a good place.

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

Questions.---What was Polly Dun brought up to at first? [Ans, Begging.] What stories did she tell to move pity? Ans. False stories.] Was it not very shameful to go about thus with lies in her mouth? [Ans. Yes.] What had she like to have done through her lying? [Ans. Died.] Did the man who found her in the barn believe her at first? [Ans. No.] Why did he not? [Ans. Because she told lies before.] Was she a good girl when he put her to school? [Ans. Yes.] What did she become at last? [Ans. A nice tidy good girl.]

Instruction.---Take čare never to go a begging, it is the > meanest of all employments nothing except stealing can be so scandalous as imposing opom charitable people with a false >. tale of distress besides, it is robbing real objects of charity of what would be given to them. Those to whom God has

given health and strength, and the use of their] their senses, should learn to work in their younger endeavour as soon as they are able to earn an honest 1

[ocr errors][merged small]

Ruth Ward was one of those cross girls no one lo with.

F 1

When she was at home she was cross to the babe babe was out of the way, she would tease the poor hurt it so it would have made you grieve to see the p beast.

If there was no cat to tease, she would catch flies their legs, or tear their wings off, and laugh to sce pain.

Her friends sent her to school, for they could pay but she was so bad there, that no one could have a for her; she did all she could to tease the rest of and spoilt their work and their books; so she did long to school you may be sure, but was sent off as be with good girls.

When she had gone on in this way for a good wh had the ill luck to break her leg, and it was so bad the cut off.

While Ruth Ward lay bad a-bed, Betsey Poole, w to school with her, and who was one of those that been cross to, said to the rest of the girls, "Have yo that poor Ruth Ward has broke her leg?"-" Has sh one : "I don't care, she was cross to me, and I will near her :" and so said the rest. "If none of you wi will," said Betsey Poole: "I grieve for her though cross to me. We should not leave folks when they a and bad, if they have been cross to us: may be Ruth may mend." "Well," said Ann Read, "I will g you, Betsey, to see how she goes on, poor soul; I th right to do as you say." So they both went, and th poor Ruth in bed quite bad, in sad pain; but it gave to see those two girls; for she thought, as she had b cross, no one would go near her." How do you do Ruth," said Deli Poole. Quite bad! quite bad you," said Ann Read. You good," said Ruth Wardy" both of you, to grieve f who have been so cross to you; but if it please Go well, I will do so no more. I will not hurt or tease so

Ruth. I

as a Aly, if I get well. No, no, my dear girls, I know what it is to lose a leg. I shall pull no more legs off as long as I live." It did please God that Ruth should get as well as she could be with one leg; and she kept her word, and was so good and so kind, as to gain the love of a of all; ar and she went to the school again, and kept to her work, and made shift when she grew up to earn her bread though she was Jame, and had a wooden leg. Questions---What sort of a girl was Ruth Ward? [Ans. A cross girl.] Is it not very naughty to be cross, as she was, to poor little innocent babes? [Ans. Yes.] What creature did she tease and hurt? [Ans. The cat.] What did she do to poor flies? [Ans. Tear their legs and wings off.] Is it not very cruel to laugh at the misery of any creature? [Ans. Yes.] How did she behave to her school-fellows? [Ans. She teased them.] How was she punished for using good girls ill? [ns, She was turned out of the school.] What misfortune "hap pened to her at last? [Ans She broke her leg, and it was cut off. Which of her school-fellows took pity upon her? [Ans. Betsey Poole.] Had she never used Betsey Poole ill? [Ans. Yes.] Was not Betsey Poole a very good-natured girl? [Ans, Yes.] Was not Ruth Ward very glad to see her school-fellows when they went to her? [Ans. Yes. What did she promise them never to do again? Ans. Never to be cross or cruel.] Was she as good as her word? [Ans. Yes.]

Instruction--You should learn from this story to be kind and good-natured to every thing alive. Consider the value of your own limbs, and do not deprive any living creature of theirs. If any person has been ill-natured to you, do them good in return; and do not let the unkindness of others harden your hearts. When you know you have behaved ill in any respect, resolve to amend; for that is the way to obtain God's pardon, and to secure the good opinion of your fellowcreatures. Endeavour, by change of behaviour, to turn misfortunes into blessings. Ruth Ward, no doubt, was happier without her lost leg when she was good, than she had been with all her limbs when she was ill-natured.

SHORT STORIES OF GOOD AND BAD BOYS. From the Charity-School Spelling Book, Part I, with Questions. STORIES I AND II. A

[ocr errors]

There was a rude boy whose name was Tom Bird: he♥1 one very bad trick, he would hing stones. One day he flung

« PoprzedniaDalej »