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afraid of difficulties, and I feel sure that this arrangement will prove to be a good one for both of us."
26. No, it was not a lucky hit, or any hit at all, if by this is meant a chance event. This meeting was the natural consequence of the business habits formed by the boy. When poor Thomas Smith, on beholding my comfortable home and pleasant lands the other day, called me a “lucky dog,” and “one of fortune's favorites,” I said to him, as I say to you:
27. “Success in life — success in every department of life — can come only from (and is the legitimate result of) a firm, unflinching resolution to work - to work honestly and industrionsly; and these habits must be formed in boyhood, they must be wrought out at home, or they will never be formed at all.”
1. Down and up, and up and down,
Over and over and over;
Turn out the bright red clover.
And the rain in its time will fall;
And the grace of God through all.
Dress the ground and till it;
Turn out the golden millet.
Work, and rest shall be won;
Than alive, when his work is done!
3. Down and up, and up and down,
On the hill-top, low in the valley;
Turn out the rose and lily.
And the end keep always in view;
The best way to know is to do!
Ceasing not your praises ;
Turn out the sweet, wild daisies.
And the rain in its time will fall;
WHAT TO TEACH A CHILD. The great doctrine to teach a child is, that he must labor for what he wants. Is it riches? Let him stop envying those who have made money, and go to work and make it himself. Is it the position which character gives? Let him build up a good reputation for himself. Is it talent? Let him study to improve his mind. Is it knowledge? He must gather it for himself. One may come honestly by money without working for it, but no one can inherit an education or character.
We must not hope to be mowers,
And to gather the ripe, gold ears,
XLVI.—THE BOY WHO WAS NOT ASHAMED
1. I shall never forget a lesson which I received when quite a young lad. Among my school-fellows were Hartly and Jemson. They were somewhat older than myself, and the latter I looked up to as a sort of leader. He was not, at heart, malicious, but he had a foolish ambition of being thought witty and sarcastic, and he made himself feared by a besetting habit of turning things into ridicule, so that he seemed continually looking out for matters of derision.
2. Hartly was a new scholar, and little was known of him among the boys. One morning, as we were on our way to school, he was seen driving a cow along the road towards a neighboring field. A group of boys, among whom were Jemson and myself, met him as he was passing. The opportunity was not to be lost by Jemson.
3. “Halloa !” he exclaimed; “what is the price of milk? I say, Jonathan, what do you feed her on? What will you take for all the gold on her horns? Boys, if you want to see the latest Paris style, look at those boots !”
4. Hartly waved his hand to us with a pleasant smile, and, driving the cow to the field, took down the bars of a rail fence, saw her safely in the inclosure, and then, putting up the bars, came and entered the school with the rest of us. After school in the afternoon he let out the cow and drove her off, none of us knew where. And every day, for two or three weeks, he went through the same task.
5. The boys who attended the academy were nearly all the sons of wealthy parents, and some of them, among whom was Jemson, were dunces enough to look down with a sort of disdain upon a scholar who had to drive a cow. The sneers and jeers of Jemson were accordingly often renewed. Occasionally he would inquire after the cow's health, pronouncing the word “ke-ow."
6. Hartly, with admirable good-nature, bore all these silly attempts to wound and annoy him. I do not remember that he was even once betrayed into a look or word of angry retaliation.
7. “I suppose, Hartly,” said Jemson one day, “that your lady means to make a milkman of you?”
8. “Why not?” asked Hartly.
9. “O, nothing; only do not leave much water in the cans after
you rinse them — that is all ! ” 10. The boys laughed, and Hartly, not in the least mortified, replied, “Never fear; if ever I should rise to be a milkman, I will give good measure and good milk.”
(CONCLUDED.) 1. The day after this conversation there was a public exhibition, at which a number of ladies and gentlemen from other cities were present. Prizes were awarded by the principal of our academy, and both Hartly and Jemson received a creditable number; for in respect to scholarship the two were about equal.
2. After the ceremony of distribution the principal remarked that there was one prize, consisting of a medal, which was rarely awarded, not so much on account of its great cost, as because the instances were rare which rendered its bestowal proper. It was the prize for heroism. The last boy on whom it was conferred was young
Manners, who, three years ago, rescued the blind girl from drowning.
3. The principal then said that, with the permission of the company, he would relate a short story. Not long since, some scholars were flying a kite in the street, just as a poor boy on horseback rode by on his way to the mill. The horse took fright and threw the boy, injuring him so badly that he was carried home and confined some weeks to his bed.
4. Of the boys who had unintentionally caused the disaster, none followed to learn the fate of the wounded boy. There was one, however, who, witnessing the accident from a distance, offered to render what services he could.
5. He very soon learned that the wounded boy was the grandson of a poor widow, whose sole support consisted in selling the milk of a fine cow of which she was the owner. Alas! what could she now do? She was old and lame, and her grandson, on whom she depended to drive the cow to pasture, was on his back, helpless. “Never mind, good woman," said this boy, “I will drive your cow!” With blessings and thanks the widow accepted his offer.
6. But his kindness did not stop here. Money was wanted to get articles from the apothecary. “I have money that my mother sent me to buy a pair of boots ; but I can do without them for awhile.” “0, no," said she, “I can not consent to that; but here is a pair of cow-hide boots that I bought for Henry, who can not wear them. If you would only buy these, giving us what they cost, we could get along nicely.” He bought the boots, clumsy as they were, and has worn them up to this time.
7. When it was discovered by other boys of the academy that one of our scholars was in the habit of driving