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up to the horse, speaking to him, and stroking him, and the feet of
I am crippled, as you see, and have neither victuals nor money, though I am almost famished.
8. The little boy could not resist his inclination to relieve him, so he gave him all his remaining victuals, and said, I would be glad to help you more poor man! but this is all I have, otherwise you should have more. He then ran along, and presently arrived at the town he was going to, did his business, and returned towards his own home, as fast as he could. But he had not gone much more than half way, before the night shut in extremely dark without either moon or stars to light him.
9. The poor little boy did all that he was able to find his way, but unfortunately missed it by turning down a lane which brought him into a wood, where he wandered about a great while, without being able to find any path to lead him out.
10. Tired out at last and hungry, he felt himself so feeble, that he could go no farther, but sat himself down upon the ground, crying most bitterly. In this situation he remained for some time, till at last the little dog, which had never forsaken him, came up to him, wagging his tail, and holding something in his mouth. The little boy took it is from him, and saw it was a handkerchief nicely pinned to gether, which somebody had dropped, and the dog had picked up; and upon opening it, he found several slices of bread and meat, which the little boy ate with great
satis die faction, and felt himself much refreshed with this meal.
11. So, said the little boy, I see that if I have given you a breakfast, you have given me a supper; and a good turn 16
. is never lost, done even to a dog. He then once more at-kan tempted to escape from the wood, but it was to no purpose; he only scratched his legs with briers, and slipped down in the dirt, without being able to find his way out. He was just going to give up all farther attempts in despair, when apo he happened to see a horse feeding before him, and going up to him, he saw by the light of the moon, which just 1%. then began to shine a little, that it was the very same he had it fed in the morning.
12. Perhaps, said the little boy, this creature, as I have been so good to him, will let me get upon his back, and he finding may carry me out of the wood. The little boy then went ku horse let him mount his back without opposition; and then
proceeded slowly through the wood, till he brought him to an opening which led to the road.
13. The little boy was much rejoiced at this, and said, if I had not saved this creature's life in the morning, I should have been obliged to have staid here all night; I see by this, that a good turn is never lost. But the poor little boy had yet a greater danger to undergo; for as he was going along a solitary lane, two men rushed out upon him, laid hold of him, and were going to strip him of his clothes, but just as they were beginning to do it, the little dog bit the leg of one of the men with so much violence, that he left the little boy, and pursued the dog, which ran howling and barking away.
14. At this instant a voice was heard that cried out, There the rascals are, let us knock them down! which frightened the remaining man so much, that he ran away, and his companion followed him. The little boy then looked up, and saw it was the sailor, whom he had relieved in the morning, carried upon the shoulders of the blind man whom he had helped out of the pond. There, my little dear, said the sailor, we have come in time to do service, in return for what you did us in the morning.
15. As I lay under a hedge I heard these villains talk of robbing a little boy, that from the description, I concluded must be you; but I was so lame, that I should not have been able to come time enough to help you, if I had not met this honest blind man, who took me upon his back while I showed him the way.
16. The little boy thanked them very gratefully for thus defending him; and they went all together to his father's house, which was not far off, where they were all kindly entertained with
and bed. The little boy took care of his faithful dog as long as he lived, and never forgot the importance and necessity of doing good to others, if we wish them to do the same to us.
17. Indeed, said Thomas, when he had finished, I am greatly pleased with this story; and I think that it might possibly be true; for I have observed myself that every thing seems to love little Henry here, merely because he is good-natured to it. I was quite surprised to see the great dog, the other day, which I have never dared to touch for fear of being bitten, fawning upon him, and licking him all over. That dog, said Mr. Barlow, will be equally fond of you,
you are kind to him. But since you have read a
story about a good-natured boy, Henry shall read you another, concerning a boy of a contrary disposition. Henry then read the following story of The Ill-natured Boy.
The Ill-natured Boy. 1. There was once a little boy, who was so unfortunate as to have a very bad man for his father, who was always surly and ill-tempered, and never gave his children either good instructions or good example: in consequence of which, this little boy, who might otherwise have been happier and better, became ill-natured, quarrelsome, and disagreeable to every body.
2. He was often severely beaten by boys who were bigger than himself, for his impertinence, and sometimes by boys that were less; for, though he was very abusive and quarrelsome, he did not much like fighting, and generally trusted more to his heels than his courage, when he had engaged himself in a quarrel.
3. This little boy had a cur dog that was like himself; he was the most troublesome, surly creature imaginable, always barking at the heels of every horse he came near, and worrying every sheep he could meet with ; for which reason, both the dog and the boy were disliked by all the neighbourhood.
4. One morning his father got up early to go to the alehouse, where he intended to stay till night, as it was a holiday; but, before he went out, he gave his son some bread and cold meat, and sixpence, and told him that he might go and divert himself as he pleased the whole day. The little boy was very much pleased with this liberty; and as it was a very fine morning, he called his dog, Tiger, to follow him, and began his walk.
5. He had not proceeded far before he met a little boy who was driving a flock of sheep towards a gate that he wanted them to enter. Pray, friend, said the little boy, stand still and keep your dog close to you for fear you frighten my sheep." Oh! yes, to be sure, answered the illnatured little boy; I am to wait here all the morning till you and your sheep have passed, I suppose ! Here, Tiger, seize them, boy % Tiger at this sprang forth into the middle of the flock, barking and biting on every side, and the
so sheep in a general consternation, ran away in different di. B
rections. BE 6. Tiger seemed to enjoy this sport equally with his
master; but in the midst of his triumph, he happened unguardedly to attack an old ram that had more courage
than the rest of the flock: he instead of running away, faced about and aimed a blow with his forehead at his
enemy, with so much force and dexterity, that he knocked Tiger
over and over, and bunting him several times while he was Tas
down, obliged him to limp howling away., Create
7. The ill-natured little boy, who was not capable of lovhare
ing any thing, had been very much diverted with the trepidation of the sheep, but now he laughed heartily at the misfortune of his dog; and he would have laughed much longer, had not the other little boy, provoked beyond his patience at this treatment, thrown a stone at him, which hit him full upon the temples, and almost knocked him down.
8. He immediately began to cry, in concert with his dog, and perceiving a man coming towards them, who he supposed might be the owner of the sheep, he thought it most prudent to escape as speedily as possible. But he had scarcely recovered from the smart which the blow had occasioned, before his former mischievous disposition returned, which he determined to gratify to the utmost.
9. He had not gone far, before he saw a little girl standing by a stile with a large pot of milk at her feet. Pray, said the little girl, help me up with this pot of milk; my mother sent me out to fetch it this morning, and I have brought it above a mile upon my head; but I am so tired that I have been obliged to stop at this stile to rest me; and if I don't return home presently, we shall have no pudding to day, and, besides, my mother will be angry
came for at
10. What, said the boy, you are to have a pudding today, are you, miss? Yes, said the girl, and a fine piece of roast beef; for there's uncle William, and uncle John, and grandfather, and all my cousins, to dine with us; and we shall be very merry in the evening I can assure you:' so pray help me up, as quick as possible.
11. That I will, miss, said the boy, and taking up the jug, he pretended to fix it upon her head; but just as she had hold of it, he gave it a little push, as if he had stumbled, and overturned it upon her. The little girl began to
cry violently; but the mischievous boy ran away laughing heartily, and saying, good bye, little miss; give my com- 11:24 pliments to uncle William, and grandfather, and the dear ather
" little cousins.
12. This prank encouraged him very much; for he alche thought that now he had certainly escaped without any 18. bad consequences: so he went on, applauding his own in a com genuity, and came to a green, where several little boys at han were at play. He desired leave to play with them, which trer, they allowed him to do.
13. But he could not be contented long without exerte for ing his evil disposition; so taking an opportunity when it is was his turn to fling the ball, instead of finging it the way 19. he ought to have done, he threw it into a deep muddy pro ditch: the little boys ran in a great hurry to see what was fasure become of it, and as they were standing all together upon e hi the brink, he gave the uttermost boy a violent push against to his neighbour; he, not being able to resist the violence, fid sic tumbled against the next, that next against another, by 20. I which means they all soused into the ditch together.
14. They soon scrambled out, although in a dirty plightfuit in and were going to have punished him for his ill behaviour;iteire but he patted Tiger upon the back, who began snarling and ta growling in such a manner as made them desist. this little mischievous boy escaped a second time with imov, punity.
15. The next thing that he met with was a poor jackass, 31. feeding very quietly in a ditch. The little boy, seeing nobody was within sight, thought this was an opportunity ft to for mischief that was not to be lost; so he went and cut afate bez large bunch of thorns, which he contrived to fix to the poortio beast's tail, and then setting Tiger at him, he was extreme ly diverted to see the fright and agony The creature was in.
16. But it did not fare so well with Tiger; for, while he was barking and biting the animal's heels, he received a severe kick upon his head, that laid him dead
the spot. The boy, who had no affection for his dog, left him with the greatest unconcern, when he saw what had happened, and, finding himself hungry, sat down by the way side to eat his dinner.
17. He had not been long there, before a poor blind man came groping his way out with a couple of sticks. Good morning to you, gaffer, said the boy; pray did you see a little girl come this road, with a basket of eggs upon