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their pames, and was obliged to a charity: school for his education. At the age of fifteen he was hired by a farmer to be a shep. herd, in a neighbourhoorl where Liicetta kept her father's sheep. They often met, and were fond of being together. After an acquaintance of five years, in which they had many opportunities of becoming thoroughly known to each other, Perrin proposed to Lucetta to ask her father's consent to their marriage : she blushed, and did not refuse her approbation. As she had an errand to the town next day, the opportunity of her absence was chosen for making the proposal. “ You wish to inarry my daughter," said the old man: o have you a house lo cover her, or money to maintain her ? Lucetta's fortune is not enough for both. It will not do, Perrin, it will not do." “ But," replied Perrin, “ I have hands to work : I have laid up twenty crowņs of my wages, which will serre to buy furniture for our cottage: I will work harder, and lay “ Well, said the old man,
you are young:
and may wait a little : get a little ·money and my daughter shall be yours.” Perrin waited for Lueetta's return in the evening, “ Has my father given yon a refusal ?" cried Lucetta. “Ah, Lucetta," replied Perrin, “ how unhappy am I for being poor! But I have not lost all hopes: my circumstances may change for the better." As they never
tired of conversing together, the night approached, and it became dark. Perrin, making a false step, fell on the ground. He found a bag which was heavy. Drawing to wards a light in the neighbourhood, he discovered that it was filled with gold. thank heaven," cries Perrin, in a transport
" for being favourable to our wishes. This will satisfy your father, and make us happy." In their way to her father's house, a thought struck Perrin.” * This money is not ours, it belongs to some stranger, and perhaps this moment he is lamenting the loss of it ; let us go to the vicar for advice : he has al: ways been kind to me." Perrin put the bag into the vicar's hand, saying, “ that, at first, he looked on it as a providential present, to remove the only obstacle to their marriage; but that he now doubted whether he could lawfully retain it." The vicar eyed the young couple with attention; he admired their honesty, which appeared even to surpass their affec, tion. « Perrin," said he, " cherish these sentiments : Heaven will bless you. We will endeavour to find out the owner : he will reward thy honesty. I will add what I can spare. You shall have Lucetta."
The bag was advertised in the newspapers, and cried in the neighbouring parishes. Soine ime having elapsed, and the money not having been demanded, the vicar carried it to Perrin.
# The five hundred pounds which you found in this bag, bear at present no profit ; you may reap the interest at least. Lay them out in such a manner, as to ensure the sum itself to the owner, if he should ever appear." A farm was purchased. and the consent of Lucetta's father to the marriage was obtained, Perrin was employed in husbandry, and Lucetta in family affairs. They lived in perfect cordiality; and two children endeared them still more to each other.
Perrin one evening, returning homeward from his work, saw a chaise overturned with two gentlemen in it, He ran to their assist ance, and offered them every accommodation his small house could afford.
66 This spot," cried one of the gentlemen, “ is very fatal to me. Ten years ago, I lost here five hundred pounds." Perrin Jistened with attention. " What search made you for them?" said he. “ It was not in my power," replied the strapger,” to make any search. I was hurrying to the sea side to embark for the Indies, as the vessel was ready to sail.” Next morning, Perrin showed to his guests, his house, his garden, his cattle, and mentioned the pro duce, of his fields, « All these are your property," said he, addressing the gentleman who had lost the bag : “ the money fell into iny hands; I purchased this farm with it ; the farm is yours,
The vicar has an instrg.
or but youl
ment which secures your property, though I had died without seeing you."
The stranger read the instrument with emotion: he looked on Perrin, Lucetta, and the children. " Where am I," cried he, “and what do I hear! Have you any other land but this farm ?" “ No,” replied Perrin : will have occasion for a tenant, and I hope you will allow me to remain here."
" Your honesty deserves a better recompense,” answered the stranger.
My success in trade has been great, and I have forgotten my loss. You are well entitled to this little fortune : keep it as your own. What man in the world could have acted inore pobly than you have done ?" Perrin and Liiceita shed tears of affection and joy. My dear children," said Perrin," “ kiss the hand of your benefactor.Luceita this farm now belongs to us, and we can enjoy it without any anxiety or remorse." Thus was honesty rewarded. Let those who desire the reward, practise the virtue.
Love between Brothers and Sisters.
You are the children of one father, provid. ed for by his care; and the breast of one another gave you suck. Let the bonds of affection, therefore, unite thee with thy brothers and sisters,, that peace and happiness may dwell in tby father's house,
And when you are separated in the world, remember the relation that binds you to love and unity; and prefer not a stranger before thy own blood. If thy brother is in adver. sity, assist himn; it thy sister is in trouble, forsake her not. So shall the fortunes of thy fa. ther contribute to the support of his whole race; and his care be continued to you all, in your love to each other.
With a good Conscience we sleep soundly. There was a little boy about six years old, who was in general, a very good child, and behaved well; but even good children somelimes do wrong, which was the case with this little boy
One afternoon, after he had been at play, he looked very dull and sorrowful.
He was asked if he was ill? and, though he said he was not, yet he talked so little, and so often sighed, that his mother knew something was the matter with him. In the evening, he took leave of his dear mamma, and went to bed; but was observed to be very restless, and frequently to sob. At length, he desired one of his sisters to request his mother to coine to him, as he could not go to sleep till he had told her something that had made him very unhappy. The good mother went to him immediately: and when she came to his