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13. "I won't come, just now," said Robert; “don't be in such a hurry, Frank-Can't you stay a minute?” So Frank staid ; and then he said, “Come now, Robert.” But Robert answered, “Stay a little longer; for I dare not go yet—I am afraid.”

14. Little boys, I advise you never to be afraid to tell the truth; never say, “ stay a minute," and "stay a little longer," but run directly, and tell of what you have done that is wrong. The longer you stay, the more afraid you will grow, till at last, perhaps you will not dare to tell the truth at all. Hear what happened to Robert.

15. The longer he staid, the more unwilling he was to go and tell his mother that he had thrown the milk down; and at last he pulled his hand away from his brother, and cried, “I won't go at all, Frank, can't you go by yourself?

16. “Yes,” said Frank, “ so I will; I am not afraid to go by myself: I only waited for you out of good-nature, because I thought you would like to tell the truth too."

17. “Yes, so I will! I mean to tell the truth, when I am asked; but I need not go now, when I do not choose it:and why need you go either?-Can't you wait here? Surely my mother can see the milk when she comes in.”

18. Frank said no more; but as his brother would not go, he went without him. He opened the door of the next room, where he thought his mother was ironing; but when he went in, he saw that she was gone; and he thought she was gone to fetch some more clothes to iron. The clothes, he knew, were hanging on the bushes in the garden; so he thought his mother was gone there; and he ran after her, to tell what had happened.

19. Now whilst Frank was gone, Robert was left in the room by himself; and all the while he was alone, he was thinking of some excuses to make to his mother; and he

sorry that Frank was gone to tell her the truth. He said to himself, “If Frank and I both were to say, that we did not throw down the basin, she would believe us, and we should have milk for

supper. I am very sorry Frank would go to tell her about it."

20. Just as he said this to himself, he heard his mother coming down stairs“Oh, ho!” said he to himself, “then my mother has not been out in the garden, and so Frank has not met her, and cannot have told her; so now I may say what I please.”

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21. Then this naughty, cowardly boy, determined to tell his mother a lie. She came into the room; but when she saw the broken basin, and the milk spilled, she stopped short, and cried, “So, so !- What a piece of work is here! -Who did this, Robert?” “I don't know, ma'am,” said Robert, in a very low voice.

22. “You don't know, Robert !-tell me the truth–I shall not be

you child-You will only lose the milk at supper; and as for the basin, I would rather have you break all the basins I have, than tell me one lie-So don't tell me a lie.--I ask you, Robert, did you break the basin?”

23. “No, ma'am, I did not,” said Robert; and he coloured as red as fire. “Then, where's Frank?-did he do it?” “No, mother, he did not,” said Robert: for he was in hopes, that when Frank came in, he should persuade him to say that he did not do it.

24. “How do you know,” said his mother, “that Frank did not do it?” “Because-because--because, ma'am, said Robert, hesitating, as liars do for an excuse—“because I was in the room all the time, and I did not see him do it.” 25. “Then how was the basin thrown down? If

you have been in the room all the time, you can tell.” Then Robert, going on from one lie to another, answered, “I suppose the dog must have done it.”

26. “ Did you see him do it?” says his mother. 27. “ Yes,” said this wicked boy.

28. “ Trusty, Trusty,” said his mother, turning round; and Trusty who was lying before the fire, drying his legs, which were wet with the milk, jumped up, and came to her. Then she said, “ Fie! fie! Trusty!” and she pointed to the milk.--"Get me a switch out of the garden, Robert; Trusty must be beat for this."

29. Robert ran for the switch, and in the garden he met his brother: he stopped him, and told him, in a great hurry, all that he had said to his mother; and he begged of him not to tell the truth, but to say the same as he had done.

30. “No, I will not tell a lie,” said Frank-“What! and is Trusty to be beat! He did not throw down the milk, and he shan't be beat for it-Let me go to my mother.”

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32. Poor Trusty! he looked up as the switch was lifted kiste over his head! but he could not speak, to tell the truth.

Just as the blow was falling upon him, Frank's voice was heard at the window.

33. “Stop, stop, dear mother, stop!” cried he, as loud as clave ever he could call; “ Trusty did not do it let me in I her'r and Robert did it but do not beat Robert.”

34. “Let us in, let us in,” cried another voice, which Robert knew to be his father's, “I am just come from work, and here's the door locked.”

35. Robert turned as pale as ashes when he heard his idh father's voice; for his father always whipped him, when he her told a lie. His mother went to the door and unlocked it.

36. “ What's all this?” cried his father, as he came in;

50 his mother told him all that had happened :-how the Et F milk had been thrown down; how she had asked Robert main whether he had done it; and he said, that he had not, and

that Frank had not done it, but that Trusty, the dog, had done it; how she was just going to beat Trusty, when Frank came to the window and told the truth.

37. Where is the switch, with which you were going Tto beat Trusty ?" said the father.

38. Then Robert, who saw by his father's looks that he was going to beat him, fell upon his knees, and cried for mercy, saying, “ Forgive me this time, and I will never tell a lie again.” 39. But his father caught hold of him by the arm—“I

whip you now,” said he, “and then, I hope, you will to not.” So Robert was whipped, till he cried so loud with

the pain, that the whole neighbourhood could hear him. T9-40. "There," said his father, when he had done, “now

go to bed; you are to have no milk for supper to-night,

and you have been whipped. See how liars are served !" Then, turning to Frank, “ Come here, and shake hands

with me, Frank, you will have no milk for supper; but that e does not signify: you have told the truth, and have not

been whipped, and every body is pleased with you. And 12 now I'll tell you what I will do for you—I will give you the little dog Trusty, to be your own dog. You shall feed him, and take care of him, and he shall be your dog; you have saved him a beating; and, I'll answer for it, you'll be a good master to him.”

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SECTION II. The orange man; or the honest boy and the thief. 1. CHARLES was the name of the honest boy; and Ned was the name of the thief. Charles never touched what was not his own: this is being an honest boy. Ned often took what was not his own: this is being a thief.

2. Charles's father and mother, when he was a very little boy, had taught him to be honest, by always punishing him when he meddled with what was not his own: but when Ned took what was not his own, his father and mother did not punish him: so he grew up to be a thief.

3. Early one summer's morning, as Charles was going along the road to school, he met a man leading a horse, which was laden with baskets filled with oranges.

4. The man stopped at the door of a public house which was by the road side; and he said to the landlord, who came to the door, “I won't have my horse unloaded; I shall only stop with you whilst I eat my breakfast. Give my horse to some one to hold here on the road, and let the horse have a little hay to eat.”

5. The landlord called; but there was no one in the way: so he beckoned to Charles, who was going by, and · begged him to hold the horse.

6. “Oh,” said the man, but can you engage him to be an honest boy? for these are oranges in my baskets; and it is not every little boy.one can leave with oranges.”

7. “Yes," said the landlord, “I have known Charles from the cradle upwards, and I never caught him in a lie or a theft; all the parish knows him to be an honest boy; I'll engage your oranges will be as safe with him, as if you were by yourself.” 8. Can you so?” said the orange man;

then I'll engage, my lad, to give you the finest orange in my basket, when I come from breakfast, if you will watch the rest whilst I am away."

9. Yes,” said Charles, “I will take care of your oranges.

So the man put the bridle into his hand, and he went into the house to eat his breakfast.

10. Charles had watched the horse and the oranges about five minutes, when he saw one of his schoolfellows coming towards him. As he came nearer, Charles saw that it was Ned.

11. Ned stopped as he passed, and said, “ Charles,

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what are you doing there? whose horse is that? and what have you got in the baskets ?”

12. “There are oranges in the baskets,” said Charles ; and! " and a man, who has just gone into the inn here, to eat his chede breakfast, bid me take care of them, and so I did ; because Ned. he said he would give me an orange, when he came back

again.”

13. “An orange!" cried Ned; "are you to have a whole shing orange ?-I wish I was to have one! However, let me lock bu - how large they are.” Saying this, Ned went towards the potha basket, and lifted up the cloth that covered it. “Oh! what

fine oranges !” he exclaimed, the moment he saw them: “Let me touch them, to feel if they are ripe.

14. "No," said Charles, "you had better not; what signifies it to you whether they are ripe, or not, since you usert are not to eat them. You should not meddle with them; word 1 they are not yours-You must not touch them.”

15. “Not touch them! surely,” said Ned," there's no t harm in touching them. You don't think I mean to steal na li them, I suppose.” So Ned put his hand into the orange

man's basket, and he took up an orange, and he felt it: and neid when he had felt it, he smelled it. It smells very sweet,"

said he, “and it feels very ripe; I long to taste it; I will

only just suck one drop of juice at the top.” Saying these zima words, he put the orange to his mouth.

16. Little boys, who wish to be honest, beware of temptation; do not depend too much upon yourselves; and reC5 member, that it is easier to resolve to do right at first than nisl at last. People are led on, by little and little, to do wrong. est by 17. The sight of the oranges tempted Ned to touch

them; the touch tempted him to smell them; and the smell tempted him to taste them.

18. “ What are you about, Ned?” cried Charles, taking hold of his arm.

You said, you only wanted to smell the the orange; do put it down, for shame !!!

19. " Don't say for shame to me,” cried Ned, in a surly tone; "the

oranges are not yours, Charles !” her 20. "No, they are not mine; but I promised to take care of them, and so I will :~so put down that orange !"

21. “Oh, if it comes to that, I won't,” said Ned, and let

us, see who can make me, if I don't choose it?—I'm stronger than you.”

22. “I am not afraid of you for all that,” “replied Charles, "for I am in the right.” Then he snatched the

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