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Moses felt the justice of his father's sena tence, and the wisdom of his design. He therefore went that moment into the nursery, and chose one of the most thriving apple-trees he could find. Edmund assisted him with his advice in rearing it; and Moses embraced every occasion of paying attention to it. H was now never out of humour with his com. rades, and still less with himself; for he applied cheerfully to work : and, in autumn, he had the pleasure of seeing his tree fully answer his hopes.

Thus he had the double advantage, of enriching himself with a splendid crop of fruit; and at the same time of subdu. ing the vicious habits he had contracted.

His father was so well pleased with this change, that the following year he divided the produce of a small orchard between him and his brother.

Tenderness to Mothers. Mark that parent hen, said a father to his beloved son.

With what anxious care does she call together her offspring, and cover them with her expanded wings! The kite is hovering in the air, and, disappointed of his prey, may perhaps dart upon the hen herself, and bear her off in his talons.

Does not this sight suggest to you the tenderness and affection of your mother! Her watchful care protected you in the helplesk · period of infancy, when she nourished you with her milk, taught your limbs to move, and your tongue to lisp its unformed accents. In your childhood, she mourned over your little griefs : rejoiced in your innocent de. lights: administered to you the healing balm in sickness, and instilled into your mind the love of truth, of virtue, and of wisdom. Oh! cherish every sentiment of respect for such a mother. She merits.your warmest gratitude, esteem, and veneration.

The pious Sons. In one of those terrible eruptions of Mount Ætna, which have often happened, the dan. ger to the inhabitants of the adjacent country, was uncommonly great. To avoid immediate destruction from the flames, and the melted stones which ran down the sides of the moun

tain, the people were obliged to retire to a considerable distance. Amidst the hurry and confusion of such a scene, every one flying and carrying away whatever he deemed most precious, two brothers, in the height of their solicitude for the preservation of their wealth and goods, suddenly recollected that their father and piother, both very old, were unable to save themselves by Alight. Filial tenderness triumphed over every other consideration. "Where"

cried the good sons," shall we find a more precious treasure, than they are who gave us being, and who have cherished and protected us through Jife?". Having said this, the one took up his father on his shoulders, and the other his mother, and happily made their way through the surrounding smoke and flames. All who were witnesses of this dutiful and affectionale conduct, were struck with the highest admiration, and they and their posterity, ever after, called

the path which these good young men took in their retreat, - The Field of the Pious."

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Cruelty to Insects condemned, A CERTAIN youth indulged himself in the cruel entertainment of torturing and killing flies. A friend remonstrated with him, in vain, on this barbarous conduct, he could not persuade him to believe that flies are capable of pain, and have a right, no less than ourselves, to life, liberty, and enjoy mnent, The signs of agony, which, when tormented, they express, by the quick and various contortions of their bodies, he neither understood nor regarded.

The tutor had a microscope* ; and he de. sired his pupil, one day, to examine a most

A small glass through which every object appears greater than it really is.

beautiful and surprising animal. " See,” said he,“ how it is marked from head to tail with black and silver, and its body all over beset with the most curious bristles. The head con. tains the most lively eyes, encircled with silver hairs; and the trunk consists of two parts, which fold over each other. The whole body is ornamented with plumes and decorations, which surpass all the luxuries of dress, in the courts of the greatest princes.” Pleased and astonished with what he saw, the youth was impatient to know the name and nature of this wonderful animal. It was withdrawn from the magnifier; and when offered to his naked eye, proved to be a poor fly, which had been the viciim of his wanton cruelly.

" But why," said he,“ did I never observe it to be so beautiful?" " because,” replied the tutor, "

your eyes are not sharp enough to see those parts of the fly, which are so very small; just in the same way, you have supposed, that it suffers no pain, when tortured by you, because you do not hear its cries. But, be assured, it feels this cruelty as much as you would, if one were to treat you in the same manner, and that the Almighty who gave that little insect life, is displeased with you for de. stroying it."

This produced such an effect upon the youth, that he never was afterwards known to be guilty of such inhumanity.

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The fatal effects of Cruelty.

Not long ago, at a place near Penzance, town of Cornwall, in the south-west of Eng. land, some men and boys, accompanied by two young women, amused themselves by fastening a bullock's horn to the tail of a dog, and then turning the affrighted animal loose, followed it with shouting and brutal exultation. The dog, pursued by its savage tormentors, ran down a narrow lane, when meeting a cart drawn by two horses, laden with coals, the horses took fright; the driver, who was sitting on the shafts of the cart, was thrown off, and the wheels passing over his head, he was killed on the spot. The persons who had occasioned this melancholy accident, immediately suspended their chace of the dog ; but, how shall we describe the feelings of the young women, when, on coming up, they found that the lad just killed was their brother, and that their inhuman sport had been the cause of his death.

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The Eagle. The Golden Eagle is the largest and the noblest of all those birds that have received the name of Eagle. It weighs above twelve pounds. Its length is three feet; the extent of its wings, seven feet four inches: the bill

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