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aperture, through which he crept, dragging his provisions along with him. A little way from the mouth of the cave the roof became elevated ; but, on advancing, an obstacle obstructed his progress. He soon perceived that, whatever it might be, the object was a living one ; but suspicious of danger though he was, he felt unwilling to strike at a venture with his dirk, so he stooped down and discovered a goat and a kid lying on the ground. The animal was evidently in great pain, and on passing his hand over her body, he discovered that one of her legs was fractured. He accordingly bound it up with his garter, and offered her some of his bread; but she refused to eat, and stretched out her tongue, as if her mouth was parched with thirst. He gave her water, which she drank greedily, and then she ate the bread. At midnight he ventured out, pulled a quantity of grass and tender branches of trees, and carried them to the poor sufferer, who received them with demonstrations of gratitude.

The only thing which the fugitive had to occupy his attention in his dreary abode was administering comfort to the goat, and secluded and solitary as he was, he was thankful to have any living creature beside him. Under his care, the animal quickly recovered, and became tenderly attached to him. It happened that the servant who was intrusted with the secret of his retreat fell sick, when it became necessary to send another with the daily provision. The goat, on this occasion, happening to be lying near the mouth of the cavern, violently opposed the entrance of the stranger, butting him furiously with her head. The fugitive, hearing the noise, advanced, and receiving the watchword from his new attendant, interposed, and the faithful goat permitted him to pass. So resolute W the animal on this occasion, that the

gentleman was convinced she would, if necessary, have died in his defence.

[Write from dictation] The poor goat who figures in this adventure, would probably have died in consequence of want of provisions, had not the gentleman sought an asylum in this solitary and sequestered situation. Her demonstrations of love in return for his adminis. tering to her wants, and the way she interposed when she thought him in danger, gave decisive proofs of an elevated nature not common to animals of this kind.

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2. CHRIST He loved the fishermen;

Walking by the sea, How He blessed the fishing-boats,

Down in Galilee !

3. Dark the night and wild the wave,

CHRIST the boat is keeping; Trust in Him, and have no fear,

Though He seemeth sleeping.

COMING IN.

4. Briskly blows the morning breeze,

Fresh and strong it blows; Blessings on the fishing-boat,

How steadily she goes !

5. CHRIST He loved the fishermen;

And He blessed the net, Which the hopeless fishers threw

In Gennesaret.

6. He has blessed our going out,

Blessed, too, our returning; Given us laden nets at night,

And fair wind in the morning.

THE MISER PUNISHED.

Have you

but as

[Spell and write]

advertised, treasure, promised. Francis [At Mr Gripe's door]. Is the master at home?

Gripe. What do you want with the master ?

Francis. Mr Gripe has advertised that he has lost a bag containing a large sum of money.

Gripe. I am Gripe. Come in quickly, my worthy fellow ! my good fellow ! my brave fellow ! found

my

lost treasure ? Francis. I don't know if this is

your

treasure; £5 was offered to whoever found a bag containing £100, I should very much like to receive the £5.

Gripe. Nothing can be fairer. A promise is a promise. Let me see the bag.

Francis. Here it is; and if it belongs to you, I'll give it you

for the £5. Gripe. It is my lost treasure. I will give you 10s. reward !

Francis. But you promised £5 to whoever would bring you a bag containing £100.

Gripe. My bag contained £105. You have, I suspect, kept the £5 in your own hands.

Francis. I would not do such a base thing. If I had meant to do that, I might as well have kept the whole bag. The Justice will decide between us.

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Justice. Mr Gripe, you advertised that you had lost a bag of money containing £100. Now, here is Francis,

to say

an honest man, well known to us all, who offers you a bag which you say is yours, and claims the promised reward. What have

you

? Gripe. Mr Justice, allow me to point out to

you

that the bag I lost contained £105.

Justice. I understand you promised £5 to whoever brought you a lost bag containing £100. And now you offer only 10s., because you pretend that your bag contained £105. However, I shall count the money. (He counts the money.] This money is not yours, for there are only £100 here. It is a clear case. Francis, you will keep this money till the proper owner reclaims it.

Gripe. But, Mr Justice
Justice. Silence, Mr Gripe! The matter is settled.

[Write from dictation] The miser advertised his lost money, and promised a good reward ; but when the treasure was found, he refused to pay it, and the bag containing his wealth justly became the property of the finder.

'LOOK ALOFT.'

An anecdote is told by Dr Godman of a ship-boy who was about to fall from the rigging, when he was saved by the mate's calling out : 'Look aloft, you lubber!'

l.

The ship-boy was clambering up the high mast,
When a glance on the deck far below him he cast;
His head swam with fear, and thick came his breath,
* Look aloft ! cried a sailor, and saved him from death.

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