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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
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.”
XLVII.—THE BOY WHO WAS NOT ASHAMED
(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.” “O, 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
a cow, he was assailed with laughter and ridicule. His cow-hide boots, in particular, were made a matter of mirth. But he kept on cheerfully and bravely, never shunning observation, and day after day driving the widow's cow and wearing his thick boots, contented in the thought that he was doing right, and not caring for all the jeers and sneers that could be uttered.
8. He never undertook to explain why he drove a cow; for he was not inclined to display his charitable motives, and, furthermore, in his heart he had no sympathy with the false pride that looks with ridicule on any useful employment. It was by mere accident that his course of kindness and self-denial was yesterday discovered by his teacher.
9. And now, ladies and gentlemen, I appeal to you: was there not true heroism in this boy's conduct? Nay, Master Hartly, do not steal out of sight behind the blackboard! You were not afraid of ridicule - you
must not be afraid of praise. Come forth, come forth, Master Edward James Hartly, and let us see your honest face!
10. As Hartly, with blushing cheeks, made his appearance, a round of applause, in which the whole company joined, spoke the general approbation of his conduct, The ladies stood upon benches and waved their handkerchiefs. The old men wiped the gathering moisture from the corners of their eyes and clapped their hands. Those clumsy boots on Hartly's feet seemed prouder ornaments than a crown would have been on his head. The medal was bestowed on him amid general acclamation.
11. Let me tell a good thing of Jemson before I conclude. He was heartily ashamed of his ill-natured raillery, and, after we were dismissed he went, with tears in his eyes, and tendered his hand to Hartly, making a handsome apology for his past ill-manners.
66 Think no more of it, old fellow," said Hartly, with delightful cordiality; “let us all go and have a ramble in the woods before we break up for vacation.” The boys, one and all, followed Jemson’s example; and then we set forth with huzzas into the woods. What a happy day it was !
Dare forsake what you deem wrong;
Dare to walk in wisdom's way;
Dare God's precepts to obey.
Do what reason says is best;
Do your duty and be blest.
1. That most useful substance called cork is the thick, spongy, external bark of a species of oak. The tree grows to the height of upwards of thirty feet, and is a native of Spain, Portugal, Italy, Barbary, and some of the southern parts of France.
2. It bears a strong resemblance to the evergreen oak, and attains to a great age. When arrived at a certain state of maturity it sheds its bark, but the quality of the bark so separated is inferior to that which is obtained by removing it at a proper time.
. 3. When the outer bark is removed the inner bark appears below it, and from this the cork is reproduced in the course of a few years. The trees are generally peeled once in ten years.
4. The best cork is obtained from the oldest trees, the bark of the young trees being too porous for use. They are, nevertheless, stripped of their bark before they are twenty years old, it having been found that after every stripping the bark increases in value.
5. After the pieces of bark are detached they are soaked in water, and when nearly dry are placed over a fire of coals, which blackens their surface, but makes them more smooth. They are next loaded with weights to make them even, and are afterwards dried and stacked, or packed in bales for exportation.
6. The spongy nature of cork makes it serve well for the stopping of bottles and other vessels, and thus preventing liquids from running out, or the air from getting in. In the cutting of corks for this use, the only tool employed is a very broad, thin and sharp knife.
7. The corks for bottles are cut lengthwise of the bark, and consequently the pores lie across. Bungs, and corks of large size, are cut in a contrary direction; the pores in these are therefore downward, which renders them much more defective than the others in stopping out the air.
XLIX.—THE SPARROWS' CHRISTMAS FEAST.
1. In the far-off land of Norway,
Where the winter lingers late,
The little children wait.
2. When at last the summer ripens,
And the harvest is gathered in,
The toiling people win,