LIBRARY OF THE
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
GRAVES & ELLIS,
WORKING FOR PAPA.
NE morning, while Addie was
reading, papa came into the
" I want a bag a large bag
to hold some papers. Who will
make it for me ? "
"May I, papa?" said Addie,
joyfully. " Do let me ! I will be
" I am afraid," said mamma,
" it will be too large a piece of
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work for you. Perhaps papa can-
not wait long enough."
" 0, 1 will wait for my little girl
to do it," said he, "if you think
" Indeed, mamma, I think I can :
I shall not be tired. I should so
like to do something for papa."
So it was settled that she should
do it ; and her mother went to the
drawer, where she kept pieces, to
find a proper piece for it. She
brought out several, and they were
all spread out, for papa to choose
which he would like. He was a
long time choosing : some were too
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pretty, and some too ugly. At
last he iixed upon a piece Addie
thought beautiful ; it was full of
roses and rosebuds. She was quite
pleased, and they all said they
thought it would make a very
Mamma said ** it was too pretty
to put dusty papers in ; " but Ad-
die thought " nothing could be too
pretty for papa."
When they had settled it, Addie
went on with her reading, and
mamma fixed and prepared the
work very nicely.
It was a large bag, and took the
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little girl a long time to make.
She worked an hour every day,
and wanted to work longer; but
her mother would not let her, be-
cause she said she would make
herself too tired.
Sometimes while she was work-
ing, papa would come in, to see
how his bag was getting on. He
used to say such funny things
One day he took it up, to look
if it was well done ; and he said,
" Pray, Addie, make small stitches,
or perhaps the mice may creep
through and eat up my papers.'*
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Addie and her. mamma laughed
heartily at the idea of stitches
large enough for a mouse to creep
through ; and they both made
papa notice what very small stitch-
es they were, and how close they
They were all very merry about
the bag, all the while it was being
At last it was finished, and then
papa said, " it was too handsome
for a bag, and it would make a
So he put it on his head, and
walked about with it. Then ha
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went out, and came and stood at
the window, and pretended to be a
stranger, and talked in some for-
eign language, which neither Ad-
die nor her mamma could under-
Addie capered about the room
with delight, exclaiming, " Funny
papa ! funny papa ! "
Presently mamma called out,
" There is some company com-
Papa ran in hastily, pulled off
his beautiful cap, and went into
the hall to receive his guesio.
They were two gentlemen whom
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he had not seen for a long time.
He was pleased to see them, but
they could not stay long.
While they staid, Addie sat very
patiently waiting for their going,
to have the string put in the bag,
that she might carry it to her
papa's study ; where it was to be
filled with the papers, and hung
up in a nice place where he could
always see it. He had put up a
handsome hook on purpose for it.
When the gentlemen were gone,
mamma put the string in the bag,
and then she, and papa, and Ad-
die, all went to the study. How
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pleased and proud Addie felt when
she saw her bag filled, and hung
up on its handsome hook !
" It will be really useful, will it
not, dear papa ? " said she.
" Yes, really very useful," said
he, kissing her ; " I have wanted
such a bag a long time, and I am
very much obliged to my dear little
girl for making it."
Addie ran to ask her dear nurse
to come and look " how pretty the
bag looked," and she wad as pleased
as the child.
" Well, now," said papa, " that
you have all paid you^ respects to
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my new bag, you may go and leave
me to my books."
So they all went away : mamma
into the parlor, nurse into her nur-
sery, and Addie into the garden.
When the study door was open,
you could see the bag ; and Addie
often ran up stairs that day to
peep at it. Arid, indeed, for a
long time she always looked in if
the door was open, when she passed
up and down stairs.
I think she had more pleasure
in making that useful bag for her
papa, than she would have had in
a new toy, had it been ever so
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Addie's father was so well pleased
with the industry of his little
daughter, that he told her two
pretty stories. One was called
FREDDY ; OR, THE GREEDY
I am now going to tell you about
a little boy named Freddy, who
was rather greedy.
One day his mamma gave him a
bunch of raisins. He ran into the
garden to eat them, though it was
very cold, and he would have liked
better to sit by the nursery fire.
Why do you think he did this ?
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I will tell you : because his little
sisters Emma and Rosy were in
the nursery, and Freddy knew that
if they saw the raisins, they would
wish to have some of them ; so he
went round and round the gravel
walk, eating " his raisins as fast as
he could, because he felt cold, and
wished to make haste in to the
nursery fire, which he knew was
blazing brightly, because he could
see the nursery window looking
quite red with its light.
At last he had eaten them all.
So he went in almost crying
with the cold, for his hands and
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cheeks smarted. The fire soon
made him warm, and his little sis-
ters began to play with him, so
that presently he was very happy.
Now I want you to remember
that he was not happy while he
was cold in the garden, even
though his mouth was full of
sweet raisins, for he was almost
ready to cry, and he made great
haste to eat his raisins, that he
might go in. Freddy was rather
greedy, so he thought he must be
happy with something nice in his
inouth; but you see he was not
happy, for we are never happy if
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we are almost crying ; and if he
had been happy, he would not
have been in such a hurry to get
in doors. But he did not think
about this, and the next day, when
mamma gave each of the children
a piece of cake, he went out of the
nursery again, to eat it alone ; first
lie went in the bedroom, but he
heard Rosy coming, so he ran into
a great closet, and ate up his cake.
As he came out of the closet,
mamma came into the room. She
said, " Why have you been in that
dark closet ? "
Freddy was rather ashamed to tell
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her, but as he could not be so
wicked as to tell a story, he said,
* 4 To eat ray cake."
Mamma said, " Why did you not
eat it iu the nursery ? "
" Because I heard Rosy and Em-
ma giving some of their cake to
nurse, and I thought nurse would
want some of mine."
Mamma was very sorry to find
her little boy so greedy, and she
told him that he would find him-
self much happier if he did not
care so much about nice things.
Freddy could scarcely believe this ;
but he knew his mamma always
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spoke the truth, so he said he
would try to care less for nice
things, and to give some away now
Mamma said she would advise
him always to give part of every-
thing he had to his sisters ; and
she went into the nursery, and
told the little girls always to give
part of their nice things to Freddy.
Then she gave them all some rai-
sins, and told them to play with
them all together.
When mamma was gone, nurse
took out a little box of dolls' plates
and dishes, and said the children
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might have them to play with.
This pleased them all very much.
Soon they began to play at ladies
and gentlemen having dinner, and
afterwards Rosy pretended to be. ill,
while Emma was the mamma, and
Freddy the doctor, who gave her
the medicine. I suppose you know
that the medicine was really little
bits of raisin. At first Freddy was
very angry, because Rosy would
pretend to be ill so long, that she
wanted a great deal of medicine ;
and he was angry too with Emma
for taking a very large dinner,
while she was pretending to be the
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mamma, because she said she wag
so tired with nursing her ill daugh-
ter ; but soon he was so much
amused with the play, that he did
not think about the raisins.
The play was very funny ; for
Emma pretended to carry Rosy
like a baby, to show her to the
doctor (you remember Freddy was
the doctor), and just as she was
holding her out for the doctor to
see, Rosy moved, and made Emma
tumble down off the stool, where
she was standing.
Freddy said, " 0, madam, I am
very sorry to see you fall down 1 "
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And he was going to pick her
and Rosy up, but Rosy pulled his
foot and made him fall too ; so
they all rolled on the ground,
mamma, and baby, and doctor.
This made them all laugh so loud-
ly that mamma came to see what
the noise was about.
She was very much pleased to
see them so happy, and said,
" Why, Freddy, what is making
you so happy?"
Freddy said, " The raisins, man>
Mamma said, " Xo, dear, it is
the funny play, I think."
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Now which do you think was
right ? ( will tell you a little more
about Freddy, then you will see.
Every time Freddy had some-
thing nice, he gave a part to his
sisters, not because he wished to
do so, but because his mamma had
told him. He generally liked best
to give it them in some funny play,
as he had done with the raisins,
then they all enjoyed themselves
One wet day, when the children
could not take a walk, and mamma
was busy with some ladies down
stairs, Freddy, and Emma, and
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Rosy had played with all their
toys till they were tired. At last
Emina said, " Let us play at ladies
and gentlemen. Nurse, do get us
some cake, or something nice, and
let us have the box of plates and
Nurse said she would see what
she could do, and she went down
stairs. Soon she came up again,
and said cook had no cake, nor
anything nice, but she had brought
them a little bread, because that
would do just as well as cake to
Freddy said, " 0, but we are not
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hungry ; we do not want bread,
we want something sweet ! "
Still, as they could not get any-
thing better, they began to play
with the bread.
This time Freddy was a police-
man, and* Emma a baker, selling
bread. Rosy pretended to be a
thief, and she came in very softly,
and took away a loaf (the loaves
were little pieces of bread cut out
with nurse's best silver thimble),
then all at once, as she was begin-
ning to eat it, Freddy came from
behind the door, and Emma said,
" Policeman, take tiiat thief! " and
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they both ran after Rosy. They
generally caught Rosy before she
could eat the bread, and took her
to prison. The prison was the
baby's cradle, and nurse was the
man who kept the prison. Once,
when they ran after Rosy, she
slipped away somewhere, all at
once, and the policeman and baker
could not find her. They looked
all over the nursery, and the land-
ing, and the bedrooms, but they
could not see her ; so at last they
sat on one of the beds to think
where she could be.
All at once Rosy squeaked out,
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4< 0, 0, policeman, you will kill
me ! " and out popped her head
from under the blankets. She
jumped up in a minute, laughing
with all her might. The baker
said, " Catch the thief, policeman ! "
but the policeman got his foot en-
tangled in the blanket and tumbled
down. Then Emma began to laugh
too, and the thief ran to the shop
and took all the bread ; so they all
laughed^ and called out, " Stop
thief!" Freddy soon got up and
ran laughing across the landing,
when he fell against mamma, who
was just going into the nursery.
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She said, " Why, Freddy, what
makes you so happy ? "
Freddy stopped a minute, then
he said, " Why, it must bo the
play, for we have no raisins to
So mamma said, " Now tell me
which is best, then, play without
raisins, or raisins without play ? "
Freddy remembered the raisins
in the garden, and he knew he was
not so happy while he was only eat-
ing them alone, as he was just now,
being the policeman, and running
after Rosy. So he said, " Play,
without raisins, is the best."
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Then mamma kissed him, and
said, " I have brought you some
Freddy felt very glad his sisters
were with him, and he called out,
" Come, Emma and Rosy, here are
some raisins ; let us play with
them. I like nothing so much
now as having a nice game with
my sweet things." And the three
children soon filled the nursery
with their happy laughing.
Now which Was right, mamma
or Freddy, about what it was that
made him happy?
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When he had finished the story,
he asked Addie if she wished to
" 0, yes, papa/' said Addie.
"Well, then, I will tell you
MART AND ELLEN ; OR, THE SIS-
TERS WHO QUARRELLED.
Mary and Ellen were sisters, and
they loved each other very much ;
yet they often quarrelled. Their
mamma was dead, and their papa
had found a kind nurse to take
care of them. This good nurse
was very sorry to see her two little
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girls quarrel so often, and she used
sometimes to punish them by mak-
ing them sit in different rooms ;
because she thought, as they loved
each other, they would soon wish
to be together again, and then be
more careful to play happily.
They always asked nurse to for-
give them, and promised not to
quarrel any more, if they might
play together again. But they
were almost sure to forget their
premise in less than half an hour ;
and this made poor nurse quite
You must not think that Mary
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and Ellen ever beat each other, or
tried to hurt each other, in any
way ; they were not so naughty as
that, but they always wished to do
as they liked, and never gave up
their own wishes for the sake of
pleasing each other. I will tell
you all about one evening they
passed in the drawing-room, with
their papa ; then you will see what
After nurse had washed their
faces, and taken off their pinafores,
they walked down stairs, taking
hold of each other's hands. Mary
could walk down faster than Ellen,
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because she was the oldest ; so she
went as fast as she could.
Little Ellen said, " 0, take care,
Mary, you will pull me down ! "
Mary did not stop, but pulled
Ellen on, and said, " Make haste,
then ! "
She did not mean to hurt Ellen,
but she thought it funny to pull
her. So as little Ellen could not
make more haste, her foot slipped,
and she fell down. Papa came
running out to see what was the
Mary said, "Ellen would not
make haste, so when I did, it
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pulled her down ; but I am sorry
I hurt her."
Mary was sorry, but she did not
think how wrong it was of her to
go on doing what Ellen asked her
not to do. Papa kissed Ellen's
knee, and made it well ; then they
all went into the drawing-room.
There was a large velvet stool
before the fire ; both the little girls
were fond of sitting on this, be-
cause it was a soft and warm place.
So Ellen made haste to get away
from her papa, that she might run
to it ; but Mary reached it first, and
sat down. Then Ellen cried, and
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papa asked Mary to let Ellen have
it, because her knee had been sore ;
but Mary said, " It is not sore
now ; " and she almost cried too,
lest papa should make her give the
stool to Ellen. So when papa saw
that both the little girls were un-
happy about the stool, he thought
it would do best to put it quite
away, and he told them, to sit on
Then papa took out a paper from
his pocket, and what do you think
was in it? A barking dog for
Mary, and a trumpet for Ellen.
These pretty toys ought to havo
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made them very happy ; so they
did, for a few minutes, but soon
Ellen wanted Mary's dog.
Mary cried out, " 0, no, you will
break it ! " and she held it up over
her head, so that Ellen might not
be able to reach it.
When little Ellen saw this, she
wished to show that she was tall
enough to reach it, even there ; so
she stood on her toes, and caught
hold of it all at once, when Mary
did not know what she was going
to do. This made the dog fall
down, and the fall broke off the
dog's head. Now Ellen was very
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sorry, and said Mary might have the
trumpet ; but Mary only cried, and
said she liked the dog best. Ellen
felt so unhappy at having broken
the dog, that she did not care
about blowing her trumpet; so she
began to break it open to see what
was inside. Papa was angry with
her for doing this, and threw the
trumpet in the fire. So you see
they did not let the toys make
them very happy.
After this, papa played at throw-
ing them up ; first Mary, then
Ellen, then Mary, then Ellen ;
over and over again. This was
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very funny, and they were very
happy, till they began both to try
if they could not get two throws
at once, instead of each one wait-
ing for her turn. So when Mary
had been thrown, Ellen ran to
papa, but Mary ran too ; then their
two heads knocked together, and
they began to cry. Papa kissed
them and made them well, once or
twice ; but when they again both
pushed towards him at once, and
knocked each other, and began to
cry, poor papa grew quite tired of
his troublesome little girls, and he
rang for nurse to take them away.
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This evening that I have told
you about was very much like all
their evenings. Would you not
have thought that two little girls
who loved each other, and had a
kind papa, and a good nurse, and
nice new toys, and games of being
thrown up, must have been very
happy ? Yet you see they were
often crying, and they were scarcely
ever quite merry. They used often
to wonder how it was that they
were so often unhappy ; but they
never found out till the summer
Then their aunt invited them to
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stay at her house for several weeks.
Directly they went there they saw
that all the little girls and boys
seemed to enjoy themselves all
day long, and yet they had not
many toys, and were always made
to do what their mamma and their
nurses told them. You remember
that Mary was older than Ellen, so
she began to think a great deal
about this, and at last, one day,
she thought she would watch and
see what it was that her cousins
did to make themselves so happy.
So she sat in the corner of the
nursery with a book on her knee,
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but looked at what they were
Robert and Carrie were playing
with the cat. Baby ran up to them
all at once, and said, " I want it."
Instead of holding the cat over his
head, or running away with it,
which would have been sure to
make baby cry, Robert said,
kindly, u No, baby, pussy would
Still baby cried, " I want it ! "
Then Robert said, " Find a toy
for baby, Carrie ; " and Carrie ran
to find a toy.
While she was doing so, Robeit
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held pussy for baby to stroke.
Carrie soon came with baby's cart
full of bricks. Baby ran to the
cart, and Robert and Carrie played
happily with the cat again.
Then Mary saw how much bet-
ter that was than snatching pussy
away without finding something
else for baby ; for if they had made
baby cry for the cat, Mary was al-
most sure that nurse would have
put it out of the room, so that
there could be no quarrelling
Then she looked a little more,
to see how they made themselves
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so happy. Just then pussy jumped
away on to a high shelf. Robert
was going to reach his hand up for
her, but Carrie said, " Let nie take
her," and stepped on a chair.
When she saw Robert's hand put
out, she stopped, and said, " 0,
never niind, you may ! "
But Robert said, " 0, no, Carrie,
not if you wish to do it ; take her
yourself, dear! "
Then Carrie did, and pussy
jumped and purred on her shoul-
der; so Carrie was happy with
pussy, and Robert was pleased that
he had made Carrie happy. If
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they had quarrelled, most likely
pussy would have jumped down
while they were quarrelling ; or
even if one had taken her, it
would have made both of them cross
and unhappy. Mary thought of
all this, and still went on looking
at her two happy little cousins.
While she was looking, a servant
came in and said, " Your mamma
wants one of you to help to pick
up the weeds in the strawberry
bed. Which of you will go ? "
Both said, " I will."
Then the servant said, " You can
not both go ; which shall I take ? "
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Now, thought Mary, they will
be sure to quarrel, and very likely
they will both cry, just as Ellen
and I would ; then the servant will
not take either of them. But you
will see that Mary made a mistake.
Robert said, " Well, Carrie, you
Carrie said, " I should like it
very much ; but still I know you
would like it too."
Then they talked together a little
while, and at last they said that as
Carrie had been out for a walk
with mamma in the morning, when
Robert staid at home, Robert ought
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to be with her now. Then Robert
went smiling down stairs, and Car-
rie seemed very happy too.
Now Mary thought how much
better this was, because, if they
had cried and quarrelled ever so
much, only one could have gone,
and both would have been unhappy
with crying. Robert went very
happily, because Carrie let him go
kindly ; he would not have gone
half so happily, if he had left
his sister crying, and calling him
After a few minutes, Mary went
up to Carrie, and said, " How is it
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that you and Robert never quarrel ?
Ellen and I cannot help it, even
about very little things. I am sure
we should have made baby cry
about the cat ; and we should have
quarrelled about which was to take
her down from the shelf; and I am
quite certain we should have qua'
relied and cried very much aboi
which was to weed the strawberr
Then Carrie said, " It would
have been very silly of us to quai-
rel, because we should have lost air
the treats ; and even if we did not
lose them, we should have been
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unhappy. Do you not find that
you and Ellen are unhappy, even
if you get the treat you quarrel
about ? "
Mary said, " Yes, indeed we
do ; " and she told Carrie how
they had both lost the velvet stool,
because they had cried for it ; and
how unhappy even the toys made
them; and how they lost papa's
throws, because they quarrelled
about them. Then she asked Car-
rie if Robert and she were always
kind to each other, only lest they
should lose all their treats ?
Carrie said, " 0, no, that is not
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why we are kind to each other.
It is because mamma tells us that
God loves little girls and boys who
are kind and gentle; and when
God loves people, he almost always
makes them happy. So, while we
are trying to be kind, we cannot
help making ourselves happy, even
though we are only thinking of
making each other happy; be-
cause, if we think about each
other, then we feel happy our-
selves ; for God makes us happy.
So when there is a treat that we
cannot both have, one has it this
time, and the other next time;
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that is much better than quarrel-
ling. I think that is what all little
children do, if they love God."
Then Mary said, " But I am
afraid that I do not love God ;
I will ask him to make me love
Carrie said, " Yes, do ; but
when you have asked God to make
you love him, be sure you try
directly afterwards to be good. I
really do think, Mary dear, that
nothing makes people love God so
much as trying to be good. At
least, little children like you and
me. You cannot think how I
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love Him when I have been good
Mary kissed Carrie for telling
her all this ; and she made up her
mind that she would now always
think about making Ellen happy,
instead of trying to get all the
treats for herself. 1 will not tell
you about all the times that she
forgot to be kind and gentle, be-
cause even if I do not tell you, you
can tell quite well how it was that
whenever she said to Ellen, " Now
you shall not," Ellen said, " Yes, I
will ; " and whenever she said,
" You naughty girl, I do not love
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you ! " Ellen said, u I do not love
you either ! "
But all this is very sad ; and I
will make haste to tell you that
when Mary always remembered to
say, " No, Ellen dear, do not do
that ! it makes me unhappy ; " and
when she said, u You shall have it
it, dear ! " Ellen soon left off an-
swering unkindly, and began to
say, " No, Mary dear, 1 will not
always have the treats ; you have
And so, before another summer
came, papa could let them be with
him all the while he dug in the
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garden ; and nurse could give
them all sorts of pretty toys, with-
out being afraid they would break
them. And when the winter
came on, papa could keep them
down in the drawing-room, and let
them have the velvet stool, all the
evening, while he was reading.
So was it not a good thing that
they learned to try and make each
other happy, instead of quarrel-
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Lydia Norton was a little girl
just five years old, always smiling
and good-tempered. She had noth-
ing to make her unhappy ; for she
had a kind mother, who took pains
to teach her what was right, and
to be obedient, kind, and attentive
to those about her. She always
tried to please other people ; and
so every one loved her. 'Tis true,
she had her faults, like other chil-
dren ; but she never concealed
them by telling untruths. She
had been taught that God hates
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lying lips, but they that deal truly
are his delight. Lydia Norton
would rather be punished for her
faults than try to hide them by
When she had done wrong, she
would come at once and own it,
and ask forgiveness ; for she knew
that children are almost always
And he that does one fault at first,
And lies to hide it, makes it two.
If Lydia had broken a cup, or
torn her frock, or spoken improp-
erly to her elder sister or brother,
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she would go at once and con-
fess it to her mother. She looked
timid and ashamed, most likely,
but she knew her mother was her
best friend, and that her reproofs
would be given in love. If she
had been guilty of any greater
faults, she did not deny them, when
she was asked about them, nor did
she ever try to make any excuses.
No one ever had cause to doubt a
word that Lydia said. How agree-
able it is when children can be
One fine day in autumn, Mrs.
Norton went to the country to
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spend a week with Lydia's aunt,
who had a little girl, rather older,
called Fanny. The children had
as much fruit after dinner as was
good for them, and then they were
left to play in the garden. Fanny
was selfish and deceitful. Not con-
tent with the indulgences allowed
her, she took Lydia down a shady
lane to eat some blackberries, and
they returned to the house with
their hands and faces quite stained ;
but they did not know it.
Fanny came in first. " Where
have you been, my child ? " asked
her mother. " In the garden."
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" Nowhere else ? " " No, mother."
"Now, Fanny, speak the truth;
remember, my dear child, God can
see you. He knows all that is
in your heart; and if you tell a
falsehood, I cannot pass it over.'*
" Mother, I have not been out of
the garden ; indeed I have not."
But as Fanny said these words, she
became quite red. Her mother
took her to a looking-glass ; she
pointed to her mouth and her
fingers, and Fanny could only
hang down her head and cry. Her
mother shut her up by herself in a
closet, close to the parlor, so that
she could hear all that passed.
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Just then her little playfellow
came in. " Mother," said Lydia,
as Mrs. Norton took her on her
knee, " I have been down the lane
to eat some blackberries." " My
dear, you ' should not have gone
without my leave ; and, most like-
ly, you will suffer for being greedy
and eating more fruit than is proper
for you." " I am sorry, mother.
I hope you will forgive me, and I
will try never to go out again with-
out your leave."
Observe. Lydia was really sorry
for her own fault ; she did not lay
the blame on her companion, who
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had tempted her, and who was
older than herself. She did not
even mention Fanny.
The little girls were both taken
ill ; but they behaved very differ-
ently. Fanny gave a great deal
of needless trouble to her friends ;
Lydia tried to think of others
rather than herself. This differ-
ence is often seen. Sly, deceitful
children do not fear doing wrong,
because they hope to conceal it.
Good and sincere children, on the
contrary, cannot bear to conceal
the mischief they have done.