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the lo had just begun to sit up, were so many, that little Thomas bor, I could not help shedding tears of compassion, in which he odic was joined by Henry.
48. As they were returning, Thomas said that he had ped; never spent any money with so much pleasure, as that with et sout which he had purchased clothes for this poor family; and oodaise that for the future, he would take care of all the money
that was given him, for that purpose, instead of laying it out in znas i cakes, sugar candy, nuts, fine clothes and playthings.
SECTION III. The History of Sandford and Merton, continued. 1. The next day little Henry came in from his father's house, and brought with him the chicken, which, it has been the mentioned, he had saved from the claws of the kite. The n. little animal was now perfectly recovered from the hurt it
had received, and showed so great a degree of affection for its
protector, that it would run after him like a dog, hop the upon his shoulder, nestle in his bosom, and eat crumbs out
of his hand.
2. Thomas was extremely surprised and pleased to see its tameness and docility, and asked by what means it had chemie been made so gentle. Henry told him, he had taken no milent particular pains about it; but that, as the poor little creaes it ture had been sadly hurt, he had fed it every day till it was Dit well; and that, in consequence of that kindness, it had be
fond of him. 3. Thomas was much pleased with this conversation; e ser and being both good-natured and desirous of making exheret periments, he determined to try his skill in taming ani
mals. Accordingly, he took a large slice of bread in his bin hand, and went out to seek some animal which he might mu give it to. The first creature which he happened to meet
was a sucking pig that had rambled from its mother, and was basking in the sun.
4. Thomas would not neglect the opportunity of showing his talents: he therefore called Pig, pig, pig, come hither little pig! But the pig, not exactly comprehending his intentions, only grunted and ran away. You little ungrateful thing, said Thomas, do you treat me in this manner when I want to feed you? If you do not know your friends, I must teach you.
5. Saying this he sprang at the pig, and caught him by
the hind leg, intending to have given him the bread which he had in his hand; but the pig was not used to be treated in that manner, and began struggling and squeaking to that degree that the sow, who was within hearing, came running to the place, with all the rest of the litter at her heels. As Thomas did not know whether she would be pleased with his civilities to her young one, or not, he thought it most prudent to let it go: and the pig, endeavouring to escape as speedily as possible, unfortunately ran between his legs, and threw him down.
6. The place where this accident happened was extremely wet; therefore, Thomas in falling, dirtied himself from head to foot, and the sow, coming up at that instant, passed over him as he attempted to rise, and rolled him back again into the mire. Thomas, who was not the coolest in his temper, was extremely provoked at this ungrateful return for his intended kindness, and losing all patience, he seized the sow by the hind leg, and began pounding her with all his might as she attempted to escape.
7. The sow, as may be imagined, did not relish sucht treatment, but endeavoured with all her force to escape: but Thomas keeping his hold, and continuing his discipline, she struggled with such violence as to drag him several yards, squeaking in the most lamentable manner all the time, in which she was joined by the whole litter of pigs.
8. During the heat of this contest, a large flock of geese te happened to be crossing the road, into the midst of which the affrighted sow ran headlong, dragging the enraged Tholile mas at her heels. The goslings retreated with the
greatest precipitation, joining their mournful cackling to the general noise; but a gander of more than common size and courage, N resenting the unprovoked attack which had been made upon 14. his family, flew at Thomas' hinder parts, and gave him ade several severe strokes with his bill and wings.
9. Thomas, whose courage had hitherto been unconquerable, being thus unexpectedly attacked by a new enemy, kom was obliged to yield, and not knowing the precise extent of his danger, he not only suffered the sow to escape, joined his vociferations to the general scream. alarmed Mr. Barlow, who coming up to the place, found here his pupil in the most woful plight, daubed from head to foot, with his face and hands as black as those of a chim-te ney-sweeper. 10. He inquired what was the matter, and Thomas as
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dve soon as he had recovered breath enough to speak, answered me in this manner:-Sir, all this is owing to what you store about taming animals. I wanted to make them tame and
gentle and to love me, and you see the consequences. InIs Ik deed, said Mr. Barlow, I see you have been very ill-treated, edo but I hope you are not hurt; and if it is owing to any thing ito I have said, I shall feel the more concern.
11. No, said Thomas, I cannot say that I am much hurt. . Why then, said Mr. Barlow, you had better go and wash yourself; and when you are clean we will talk over the
affair. When Thomas had returned, Mr. Barlow asked it him how the accident had happened; and when he had
heard the story, he said, I am very sorry for your misfor2 tune, but I do not perceive that I was the cause of it; for
I do not remember that I ever advised you to catch pigs by the hinder legs. 12. T. No, sir; but you told me that feeding animals
way to make them love me, and so I wanted to feed the pig. Mr. B. But it was not my fault that you I attempted it in a wrong 'manner. The animal did not
know your intentions, and therefore, when you seized it in so violent a manner, it naturally attempted to escape; and
its mother, hearing its cries, very naturally came to its asalisistance.
13. All that happened was owing to your inexperience. Before you meddle with any animal, you should make
yourself acquainted with its nature and disposition; otherTwise, you may fare like the little boy, who, in attempting
to catch flies, was stúng by a wasp; or like another, who, er seeing an adder sleeping upon a bank, took it for an eel and was bitten by it, which had nearly cost him his life,
14. The next morning Thomas and Henry went into the garden almost as soon as it was light, to sow the wheat which Henry had brought with him, upon a bed that Thomas had dug for that purpose. While they were at work, Thomas said, Pray, Henry, did you ever hear the story of the men that were obliged to live six years in that terrible cold country, I forget the name of it, where there is nothing but snow and ice, and scarcely any animals but great bears and other wild beasts?
15. H. Yes, I have. T. 'And did not the very thoughts of it frighten you dreadfully? H. No, I cannot say they did. T. Why, should you like to live in such a country? H. No, certainly; I am very happy that I was born in such
a country as this, where the weather is scarcely ever too họt or too cold: but a man must bear patiently whatever is his lot in this world.
16. T. That is true-But should you not cry, and be very much afficted, if you were left in such a country? H. I should certainly be very sorry, if I was left there alone, more especially as I am not big enough, or 'strong enough, to defend myself against such fierce animals. But the crying would do me no good—It would be better to do something, and endeavour to help myself. T. Indeed I think it would; but what could you do? H. Why, I would endeavour to build myself a house, if I could find any materials. Mr. Barlow then came to call them in to read, and told Thomas, that as he had been talking so much about good-nature to animals, he had looked him out a very pretty story upon the subject, and begged that he would read it well. That I will, said Thomas; for I begin to like reading extremely: and I think that I am happier too since I learned it; for now I can always divert myself. 17. Indeed, answered. Mr. Barlow, most people find it
When any one can read, he will not find the knowledge any burthen to him; and it is his own fault if he is not constantly amused. This is an advantage, Thomas, which a gentleman, since you are so fond of the word, may more particularly enjoy, because he has so much time at his own disposal. And it is much better that he should distinguish himself by having more knowledge and improvement than others, than by fine clothes, or any such Mai trifles, which any one may have that can purchase them, as 6. well as himself. Thomas then read, with a clear and distinct voice, the following story.
The good-natured little boy. 1. A LITTLE boy went out, one morning, to walk to a village about five miles from the place where he lived, and carried with him, in a basket, the provision that was to play serve him the whole day. As he was walking alone, a poor little half-starved dog came up to him, wagging his tail
, th and seeming to entreat him to take compassion on him.
2. The little boy at first took no notice of him, but at on length, seeing how lean and famished the creature seemed to be, he said, this animal is certainly in very great neces
=find much refreshed, that after a few trials, he got up, and be
erer et sity: if I give him part of my provision, I shall be obliged whater to go home hungry myself; however, as he seems to want
it more than I do, he shall partake with me.
3. Saying this, he gave the dog part of what he had in his basket, and he ate as if he had not tasted victuals for relle fortnight. The little boy went on a little farther, his dog
still following him, and fawning upon him with the greatest theo gratitude and affection, when he saw a poor old horse lying hoxe upon the ground, and groaning as if he was in great dis
I ti tress: he went up to him, and saw that he was almost ould: starved, and so weak that he was unable to rise.
4. I am very much afraid, said the little boy, if I stay
to assist this horse, that it will be dark before I can return; oh oh however, I will try; it is doing a good action to attempt
to relieve him. He then went and gathered some grass, e mi which he brought to the horse's mouth, and he immediatebegia
ly began to eat with as much relish, as if his chief disease was hunger. He then fetched some water in his hat, which the animal drank up, and seemed immediately to be so
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5. He then went on a little farther, and saw a man wad. thee ing about in a pond of water, without being able to get out
of it. What is the matter, good man? said the little boy to him; can't you find your way out of this pond? No, my little friend: I have fallen into this pond, and know not how to get out again, as I am quite blind, and I am almost afraid to move for fear of being drowned.
6. Well, said the little boy, though I shall be wetted to the skin, if you will throw me your stick, I will try to help you out.
The blind man then threw the stick to that side on which he heard the voice; the little boy caught it, and went into the water, feeling very carefully before him, lest he should go beyond his depth: at length he reached the blind
man, took him very carefully by the hand, and led
7. The blind man then gave him a thousand blessings, and told him he could grope his way home, and the little boy ran on as hard as he could to prevent being benighted. But he had not proceeded far before he saw a poor sailor, who had lost both his legs in a battle at sea, hopping along upon crutches. My little friend, said the sailor, I have fought many a battle to defend poor Old England, but now