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The Silly Girl.
1. A LITTLE girl, whose mother was so kind as to teach her ‘.o read, had a great many pretty books given to her; but she was so silly, that she would not take care of them, but used to ipoi'l, and tear them so, that they could~not be read.
2. One day, her aunt gave her a new book, full of spelling 1nd reading, and pretty pictures, desiring her to take care of it, ind not let it get soiled or turn. The little girl said she would )e sure and keep it very choice. i
3. But it,was not long before she forgot to put it into her )ox, after she had been reading in it ; and so it was tossed :bout, and some of the leaves were pulled out, and the back )roken off :, and at last a little dog, in playing with it, gnawed it dl to pieces.
4. Then the little girl could not read in it any more, nor see he pretty pictures again. She was now sadly vexed that she lad been so careless, and wished for a new book ; and her father was so kind as to give her one; But she soon let that be spoiled, LS the others had been.
.5. All her friends grew tired of giving her books, when they 11w that she took no care of them; and she was obliged at last 0 go without any to read in.
b'. What a sad thing that was, to have no book, but to grow ip and not to be able to spell or read. I hope all the little boys .nd girls who hear about this careless child, will think of her, 1 :id take care not to let their own books he so spoiled and torn, as icr’s were; but, when they have done reading, put them away 11 some place where they will be stife, and ready for the next ime they want them. 7
The Brother and Sister.
1. A GENTLEMAN had two children, a son and a daughter. l‘he boy was often more admired for his beauty than the little vir]. They were both very young, and happened one day to -e playing near their mother’s looking-glass. The boy, pleas()(i withlzis appearance, viewed himself for some time, and ob;-:-rved to his sister, how handsome lie was.
‘2. The poor little girl was very much hurt at his remark, and went quickly to her father to berevenged upon him ; and, in the height of her resentment, said, it was a shame that a boy, who was born to be a man, should make so free with a piece of furni- tnre which entirely belonged to the ladies,
3. The good gentleman clasping them both in his arms, with all the tenderness of a fond parent, said, ‘ M y dear children, 1
Wish that each of you would view yourselves in-the glass every gr day of your lives; you my son, that you may never disgrace your beauty by an unworthy action; and you, my daughter, that you may cover the defects of your person with the charms of virtue.’
flmelia and her Canary-Bird. »
1. As Amelia was one day looking out of the window, a man happened to pass by, crying. ‘ Canary-birds; come buy my canary-birds.’ The. man had a large cage upon his head, in which the birds hopped about from perch to perch, and made _' little Amelia quite iii love with them. \5‘ _
2. ‘ Will yo'u buy a pretty bird or two, little girl?’ said the man.‘ ‘I have no objection, (replied she,) provided my father will give me leave. If you will stop a little while, I will let you know.’ So away she ran up stairs to her father, while the bird- 1 man put down his cage at the door.
3. Amelia ran' into her father’s chamber quite out of breath, crying, ‘ O dear father, only come here! here is a man in the street who has a large cage on his head, with a great many canary-birds in it.’ ‘ Well, and what of all that 'I (replied he why does that seem to rejoice you so mucl'r?’ J'
4. Amelia answering, that she should be happy to buy one of them ; her father reminded her, that the bird must be fed ; and should it be neglected, even only for a day, it would cer- -tainly die.
5. Amelia promised that she would never eat her own breakfast till she had fed her bird ; but her father reminded her that L she was a giddy girl, and that he feared she had promised too much. However, there was no getting over,her coaxing and wheedling, so that her father was at last obliged to consent that she should buy one.
6. He then took Amelia by the hand, and led her to the door, where the man was waiting with his birds. He chose the prettiest canary-bird in the cage ; it was a male,'ofa fine lively yellow colour, with a little black tuft on its head.
7. Amelia was now quite cheerful and happy, and pulling out her purse, gave it to-her father to pay for the bird.‘ But what ' __ was to be done with the bird without a cage '1 and Amelia had not money enough to buy one. \However, on her promising that she w0uld take great care to feed the bird, her father lzwught her a fine cage, of which he made her a present.
8. As soon asAmelia had given her canaryher new cage, she ran about the house, calling
brothers and sisters, and all the servants, to come and see her pretty canary-bird, to which she gave the name of Cherry.
9. When any of her little friends came to see her, the first thing she told them was, that she had one of the prettiest canarybirds in-the world. ‘ It is as yellow asgold, said she,‘and it has a little black crest on its head, and can sing most harmoniously. Come, you must go and see it. Its name is Cherry.’
10. Cherry was as happy as any bird need wish to be, under the care of Amelia. Her first business every morning was to feed Cherry ; and whenever there was any cake on the table, Cherry was s re_to come in for a share of it. There was always some bits of sugar in store for it, and its cage was constantly decorated with the most lively herbage.
l 1. This pretty bird was not ungrateful, but did all in its power to make Amelia sensible how much it was obliged to her. It soon learned to distinguish her, and the moment it heard her step into the room,it would flutter its wings, and keep up an incessant chirping. It is no wonder, that Cherry and Amelia became very fond of each other.
12. The little bird soon began to sing the most delightful It would sometimes raise its notes to so great a height, thatyou would almost think it must kill itself with such willing exertions. Then, after stopping a little, he would begin again, with a tone so sweet and pOWerful, that it was heard in every part of the house.
13. Amelia would often sit for whole hours by its page, listening to its melody. Sometimes, so attentively would shelgaze at it, that she would insensibly let her work fall out of herrhifids ; and after it had entertained her with its melodious notes§"'she_ would regale it with a tune on her bird organ, which it would endeavour to imitate. ' ,.
14. In length of- time, however, thesepleas‘arcs began to grow familiar to its friend Amelia. Her father, one day, preseated her with a pretty book, with which she was so much delighted, that Cherry began to lose at'least one half of her attention. <~ .
15. As usual, it would chirp the moment it saw her, let her be at what distance she would; but Amelia began to take no notice of it, and almost a week had passed, without its receiving either a bit of biscuit or a fresh supply of chickweed. It repeated the sweetest and most harmonious notes that Amelia had taught it, but to no purpose.
16. It now appeared too clearly, that new objects began to attract Amelia’s attention, and poor Cherry was neglected.
17. One day, however, as Amelia’s father accidentally cast his eyes upon the cage, he saw poor Cherry lying upon its breast. and panting as it were for life. The poor bird’s feathers appeared all rough, and it seemed as if it were breathing its last.
18. He went up close to it ; but it Was unable even‘to chirp, and the poor little creature had hardly strength enough to breathe. He called to him his littleAmelia, and asked her what was the matter with her bird. Amelia blushed, saying in a low voice, ‘ Why, father, l forgot the poor little bird ;’ and .in to fetch the seed box. ’
19. Her father, in the mean time, took down the cage, 'and 'ind poor Cherry had not a single seed left, nor adrop of war. ‘Alas poor bird,’ saiddhe, ‘you have got into careless hands. Had I forseen this, I would never have bought you.’
20. All the company joined in pity for the poor bird, and Amelia ran away into her chamber to ease her heart in tears. However, her father with some difficulty brought pretty Cherry to itself again.
21. Her father, the next day, ordered Cherry to be made a present to a young gentleman in the neighbourhood, who, he said, would take much better care of it than his little thoughtless daughter; but poor Amelia could not bear the idea of parting with her bird, and most faithfully promised never to neglect it any more. _
22. Her father, at last, gave way to her entreaties ; and permitted her to keep little Cherry, but not Without a severe reprimand, and a strict injunction to be more careful for the future.
23. ‘ This poor little creature,’ said he, ‘ is confined in a pri‘ son, and is, therefore, totally unable to provide for its own wants Whenever you want any thing, you know how to get it ; but this little bird can neither help itself, nor make its wants known to others. If ever you let it want seed or water again, look to it.’
24. Amelia was sensible of her fault, and tool; her father by the hand ; but her heart was so full, that she could not utter u syllable. Cherry and Amelia were again good friends, and for iome time' it' wanted for nothing. ‘ - i " 2.5. Not long afterwards, her father and mother were , obliged to go a little way into the country on some particular i; business; but, ‘before they set out, they gave Amelia, strict k charge to take care of poor Cherry. ‘No sooner were her pa % ' ‘ini
sent for some of her companions to come and spend the day with her ; the former part of which, they passed in the garden, and the latter, in other innocent amusements. She went to bed very much fatigued ; but as soon as she awoke in the morning, she began to think of new pleasures. '
27. She went abroad that day, while poor Cherry was obliged ’ to stay at home and fast. The second and third day passed in the same playful manner as before; but poor Cherry was not thought of. On the fourth day her father and mother cam home, and, as soon as they found that she was well, her fath inquired after poor Cherry. ‘ It is very well,’ said Amelia, little confused, and then ran to fetch it some seed and water.
28. Alas! poor little Cherry was no more : it was lying upon its back, with its wirigs spread, and its beak open. Amelia screamed out, and wrung her hands, when all the family ran to her, and were witnesses of the melancholy scene.
29. ‘ Alas poor bird, (said her father,) what a melancholy end , hast thou come to ! If I had given thee thy liberty before I went into the country, it would have saved thy innocent life ; but now thou hast endured all the pangs of hunger and thirst, and expired inextreme agony. However, poor Cherry, thou art happy in being out of the hands of so merciless a guardian.’
30. Amelia was so shocked and distressed on the occasion, that she would have given all her little treasure, and even all ner playthings to have brought Cherry to life ; but it was now too late. Her father had the bird studed, and hung up in the room, to remind Amelia of her carelessness.
31. She dared not even to lift her eyes up to look at it, for
' whenever she did, it was sure to make her very unhappy. At last she prevailed on her father to have it removed, but not till after many earnest entreaties and repeatedacknowledgments ot the fault she had committed.
3%. Whenever Amelia was inattentive or giddy, the bird was hung up again in its place, and every one would say in her hearing, ‘ Alas, poor Cherry, what a cruel death you suffered !’
33. Thus you_see, my little friends, what are the sad conse
,/ quences of inattentian, giddiness, and too great a fondness for pleasure, which always make us forgetful of what we ought
carefully to attend to.
1. A LITTLE girl, whose name was Matilda, one morning was sitting by the side of the road, holding on her lap a pan at ,