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e 12 pent and mend your manners, you will meet with a severe
y lact head, dressed in a green gown, with a straw hat upon her
head? I am so blind, said the beggar, that I can see nothing I th: either in heaven ahove, or on the earth below: have been
blind these twenty years, and they call me poor, old, blind Richard
18. Though this poor man was such an object of charity is on
and compassion, yet the little boy determined as usual, to litude' play him some trick; and as he was a great liar and deem a ceiver, he spoke to him thus: Poor old Richard! I am
heartily sorry for you: I am just eating my dinner, and if cut d you will sit down by me, I will give you part, and feed you. to w myself.
19. Thank you with all my heart, said the poor man, and if you will give me your hand, I will sit by you with great
pleasure, my dear, good little friend! The little boy then thera gave him his hand, and, pretending to direct him, guided
him to sit down in a large heap of wet dung that lay by the road side.
20. There, said he, now you are nicely seated, and I will feed
you ; so taking a little in his fingers, he was going to s put it into the blind man's mouth. But the man, who now
perceived the trick that had been played him, made a sudden snap at his fingers, and getting them between his teeth,
bit them so severely, that the wicked boy roared out for vi mercy, and promised never more to be guilty of such wickedness.
21. At last, the blind man, after he had put severe pain, consented to let him go, saying as he went, Are
you not ashamed, to attempt to do hurt to those who have never injured you, and to want to add to the sufferings of those who are already sufficiently miserable ? Although you escape now, be assured, that if you do not re
him to very
wi punishment for your bad behaviour.
22. One would think, that this punishment should have cured him entirely of his mischievous disposition: but, unfortunately, nothing is so difficult to overcome as bad habits which have been long indulged. He had not gone far, be fore he saw a lame beggar who just made out to support himself by means of a couple of sticks. The beggar asked him to give him something, and the little mischievous boy, pulling out his sixpence, threw it down just before him, as if he intended to make him a present of it; but while the poor man was stooping with difficulty to pick it up, thie
wicked little boy knocked the stick away, and the beggar fell down upon his face; and then snatching up the sixpence, he ran away laughing very heartily at the accident.
23. This was the last trick this little ungracious boy had it in his power to play; for seeing two men come up to the beggar, and enter into discourse with him, he was afraid of being pursued, and therefore ran as fast as he was able over several fields. At last he came into a lane which led to a farmer's orchard, and as he was preparing to clamber over the fence, a large dog seized him by the leg and held him fast.
24. He cried out in an agony of terror, which brought the farmer out, who called the dog off, but seized him very roughly, saying, So! sir, you are caught at last, are you? You thought you might come day after day and steal my apples, without detection; but it seems, you are mistaken, and now you shall receive that punishment you have so long deserved. The farmer then began to chastise him very severely with a whip he had in his hand, and the boy in vain protested he was innocent, and begged for mercy.
25. At last the farmer asked him who he was, and where he lived; but when he had heard his name, he cried out, What are you the little rascal that frightened my sheep this morning, so that several of them are lost? And do you think to escape ?-Saying this, he lashed him more severely than before, in spite of all his cries and protestations
. At length, thinking he had punished him enough, he turned him
out of the orchard, bade him go home, and frighten sheep again if he liked the consequences.
26. The little boy slunk away, crying very bitterly, for he had been severely beaten, and now began to find that no one can long hurt others with impunity: so he determined to go quietly home, and behave better for the future. But his sufferings were not yet at an end; for as he jumped down from a stile, he felt himself very roughly seized, and looking up, found that he was in the power of the lame beggar whom he had thrown down
his face. 27. It was in vain that he now cried; entreated, and beg. ged pardon: the man, who had been much hurt hy his fall
, thrashed him very severely with his stick, before he would
He now again went on, crying and roaring with pain, but at least expected to escape without farther damage. But here he was mistaken; for as he was walking through a lane, just as he turned a corner, he found
part with him.
himself in the middle of the very troop of boys that he had be used so ill in the morning. the i
28. They all set up a shout as they saw their enemy in in their power without his dog, and began punishing him in biri various ways. Some pulled him by the hair, others pinchup ed him; some whipped his legs with their handkerchiefs,
while others covered him with handfulls of dirt. In vain did he attempt to escape, they were still at his heels.
29. At length, while he was in this disagreeable situation, he happened to come up to the same jackass he had and d
seen in the morning, and making a sudden spring jumped
upon his back, hoping by this means to escape. The boys brca immediately renewed their shouts, and the ass, frightened hick at the noise, began galloping with all his might, and present
ly bore him from the reach of his enemies.
for mis he found it impossible to stop the animal, and was every ab instant afraid of being thrown off, and dashed upon the sti: * ground. After he had been thus harried along a considerthe able time, the ass on a sudden stopped short at the door ro of a cottage, and began kicking and prancing with so much nd fury, that the little boy was presently thrown to the ground, ried and broke his leg in the fall.
31. His cries immediately brought the family out, among do whom was the same little girl he had used so ill in the 25 morning. But she, with the greatest good-nature, seeing sa him in such a pitiable situation, assisted in bringing him b1 in, and laying him upon the bed. There this unfortunate fi boy had leisure to recollect himself, and reflect upon his
own bad behaviour, which in one day's- time had exposed him to such a variety of misfortunes; and he determined ther with great sincerity, that if ever he recovered from his
present accident he would be as careful to take every op
portunity of doing good, as he had been before to comum mit every species of mischief.
32. When the story was ended, Thomas said it was very surprising to see how differently the two little boys fared. The one little boy was good-natured, and therefore every
thing he met becamo his friend, and assisted him in return; Es the other, who was ill-natured, made every thing his ene
my, and therefore he met with nothing but misfortunes and vexations, and nobody seemed to feel any compassion for him, excepting the poor little girl that assisted him at
last, which was very kind indeed, considering how ill she had been used.
33. That is very true indeed, said Mr. Barlow; nobody is loved in this world, unless he loves others, and does good to them; and nobody can tell but one time or other he may want the assistance of the meanest and lowest. Therefore
sensible man will behave well to every thing around him; he will behave well, because it is his duty to do it, because every benevolent person feels the greatest pleasure in doing good, and even because it is his own interest to make as many friends as possible.
34. No one can tell, however secure his present situation may appear, how soon it may alter, and he
have occasion for the compassion of those who are now greatly below him. I could show you a story to that purpose,
but you have read enough, and therefore you must now go out and use some exercise. Oh! pray, sir, said Thomas, do let me hear the story. I think I could read longer without being tired. No, said Mr. Barlow; every thing has its turn. To-morrow you shall read, but now we must work in the garden.
35. Then, pray sir, said Thomas, may I ask a favour of you? Surely, answered Mr. Barlow: if it is proper for you to have, it will give me pleasure to grant it. Why then, said Thomas, Henry and I are going to build a house.
36. Mr. B. To build a house “Well, and have you laid in a sufficient quantity of bricks and mortar? No, no, said Thomas, smiling, Henry and I can build houses without brick and mortar. Mr. B. What are they to be made of then, cards? Dear sir, answered Thomas, do you think we are such little children as to want card houses ? No, we are going to build real houses, fit for people to live in.
37. And then you know, if ever we should be thrown upon a desert coast, as the poor men were, we shall be able to supply ourselves with necessaries, till some ship comes to take us away. Mr. B. And if no ship should come, what then? T. Why then we must stay there all our lives, I am afraid. Mr. B. If you wish to prepare yourself against that event, I think you are much in the right, for nobody knows what may happen to him in this world. What is it then you want, to make your house?
38. T. The first thing we want, sir, is wood and a hatchet. Mr. B. Wood you shall have in plenty ;-but did you ever use a hatchet? T. No, sir. Mr. B. Then I am
ili afraid to let you have one, because it is a very dangerous
tool; and if you are not expert in the use of it, you may more wound yourself severely. But if you will let me know unde what you want, I, who am more strong and expert, will take ore the hatchet; and cut down the wood for you. Thank
you, d le, sir, said Thomas; you are very good to me indeed.
39. And away Henry and he ran to the copse at the bottom of the garden. Mr. Barlow went to work, and presentfeels é
ly, by Henry's direction, cut down several poles about as e in thick as a man's wrist, and about eight feet long: these he
sharpened at the end, in order to run into the ground; and ent - so diligent were the two little boys at the business, that in mas a very short time they had transported them all to the bot- The tom of the garden, and Thomas entirely forgot he was a sport gentleman, and worked with the greatest eagerness. 019 40. Now, said Mr. Barlow, where will you fix your som house? Here, answered Thomas, I think, just at the botr we tom of this hill, because it will be warm and sheltered. So gli Henry took the stakes, and began to thrust them into the
ground at about the distance of a foot; and in this manner
" he enclosed a piece of ground, which was about ten feet long farol and eight feet wide, leaving an opening in the middle of roper three feet wide for a door.
41. After this was done, they gathered up the brushdat wood that was cut off, and by Henry's direction they in
terwove it between the poles, in such a manner as to form a compact kind of fence. This labour, as may be imagined,
occupied them several days: however they worked at it ber very hard every day; and every day the work advanced, rou which filled Thomas' heart with so much pleasure, that he s thought himself the happiest little boy in the universe.
42. The summer had now completely passed away, while Thomas was receiving these improvements at the alloy house of Mr. Barlow. In the course of this time, both his pl body and mind had acquired additional vigour; for he was Id neither so fretful and humoursome, nor so easily affected Our by the vicissitudes of the season,
a walk in the woods.