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of bricks and rubbish. The by-standers ran up to him, and found him all bloody, and with his thigh broken and bent quite under him. They raised him up, and sprinkled water on his face to recover him from a swoon into which he had fallen. As soon as he could speak, looking round, with a lamentable tone he cried, “ 0, what will become of my poor mother!

He was carried home. I was present while the surgeon set his thigh. His mother was hanging over him half distracted: “Don't cry, mother! (said

" he) I shall get well again in time.” Not a word more, or a groan, escaped him while the operation lasted.

Tom was a ragged boy that could not read or write-yet Tomhas always stood on my list of heroes.





Come, said Mr. Barlow to his boys, I have a new play for you. I will be the founder of a colòny ; and you shall be people of different trades and professions coming to offer yourselves to go with me. What are you, A?

A. I am a farmer, Sir.

Mr. B. Very well! Farming is the chief thing we have to depend upon, so we cannot have too much of it. But you must be a working farmer, not a gentleman farmer. Labourers will be scarce among us, and every man must put his own hand to the plough. There will be woods to clear, and marshes to drain, and a great deal of stubborn work to do.

A. I shall be ready to do my part, Sir.

Mr. B. Well, then, I shall entertain you willingly, and as many more of your profession as you can bring. You shall have land enough, and utensils ; and you may fall to work as soon as you please. Now for the next.

B. I am a miller, Sir.

Mr. B. A very useful trade! The corn we grow must be ground, or it will do us little good. But what will you do for a mill, my friend?

B. I suppose we must make one, Sir.

Mr. B. True ; but then you must bring with you a mill-wright for the

a purpose. As for mill-stones, we will take them out with us. Who is next?

C. I am a carpenter, Sir.

Mr. B. The most necessary man that could offer! We shall find you work enough, never fear. There will be houses to build, fences to make, and all kinds of wooden furniture to provide. But our timber is all growing. You will have a deal of hard work to do in felling trees, and sawing planks, and shaping posts and the like. You must be a field carpenter as well as a house carpenter.

C. I will, Sir.

Mr. B. Very well; then I engage you, but you had better bring two or three able hands along with you.

D. I am a blacksmith, Sir.

Mr. B. An excellent companion for the carpenter! We cannot do without either of you ; so you may bring your great bellows and anvil, and we will set up a forge for you as soon as we arrive. But, by the by, we shall want a mason

for that purpose.

E. I am one, Sir.

Mr. B. That's well. Though we may live in log-houses at first, we shall want brick or stone work for chimneys,

and hearths, and ovens; so there will be employment for a mason. But if you can make bricks and burn lime too, you will be still more useful.

E. I will try what I can do, Sir.

Mr. B. No man can do more. I engage you. · Who is next?

F. I am a shoemaker, Sir.

Mr. B. And shoes we cannot well do without. But can you make them, like Eumæus in the Odyssey, out of a raw hide ? for I fear we shall get no leather.

F. But I can dress hides, too.

Mr. B. Can you? Then you are a clever fellow, and I will have you, though I give you double wages.

. G. I am a tailor, Sir.

Mr. B. Well—Though it will be some time before we want holiday suits, yet we must not go naked; so there will be work for the tailor. But you are not above mending and botching,

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