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ment both gardens resounded with the most dismal shrieks and lamentations. Harry had received a blow in the eye with a stone, and the whole charge had entered William's leg. The sad consequences of which were, the one lost his eye, and the other his leg."
Richard could not help pitying poor William and Harry, for their terrible misfortunes; and Mr. Stevenson was not angry with his son for his tenderness. “It is true," said he, “ they were very much to be pitied, and their parents still more, for having such disobedient children. Yet it is probable, if God had not early punished these boys, they would have continued these mischievous practices as often as they should find themselves alone; but by this misfortune they learned to know that God publicly punishes wickedness done in secret. This had the desired effect, as both ever after left off all kinds of mischief, and became prudent and sedate. Certain it is, that an all-wise Creator never chastises us but with a view to add to our happiness." -Illustrated Juvenile Miscellany.
HOW TO AVOID EVIL COMPANIONS. CHARLES MALLORY came to New-York, and entered the large wholesale and retail stores of Jones, Nelson, & Co., in Pearl Street. The firm has been dissolved for some years past; one of the partners died, another retired from business with a fortune, and the other two are doing well in other houses. It was considered a fine thing for Charles that he got so good a place, and he had every prospect of being trained to business under good men, and laying a broad foundation for future success and prosperity.
One morning about ten o'clock of a very pleasant day, Charles was sent on an errand to the Battery, which is at the south part of the city, ou the water; and he was to leave a bundle on board a steamboat that was going to Elizabethtown, New Jersey. He had been frequently trusted with similar errands, and had never failed to do
them with great care, and entirely to the satisfaction of his employers.
“Ah, Charley, is that you ?” said a boy to him as he was coming toward the pier from which the steamboat was soon to start.
Charley was quite surprised to meet a lad from the same place in the country from which he had come, and who had found a situation in the city a year or two before Charles had left home. It was meeting an old friend. He had been home-sick, and often longed to see some of the boys that he used to play with ; and when his eye lighted on Jacob Perry, a school-fellow and friend, his heart was right glad, and he could scarcely speak for pleasure. Jacob caught him in his arms, and the boys stood for a moment and thought, “Well, now, this is fine.”
But it was a bad business for Charles, when he met his early friend and play-mate, Jacob Perry. months had Jacob been in the city, before he found, that running about the streets, and seeing the thousand and one new things always going on, was vastly pleasanter than staying in the store all day: so that when he was sent on an errand, he contrived some excuse for making a long journey of it, and spent as much time as he pleased in the streets.
Jacob proposed to his new found friend that they should take a walk. Charley told him he must go aboard the boat with the bundle, and hasten back to the store. “Did you ever see a castle ? ” asked Jacob, as he walked with Charles toward the dock.
“Never in my life,” said Charles ; " but I have read of them often." Would
like to see one,-a real castle ?" “To be sure I would, but I don't suppose there are any here."
“Right here, within a minute’s walk; and we will just take a turn in and see what a castle is.”
Charles did not know till that moment that Castle Garden was at the Battery, and he was now within a few steps of it. But Jacob had become familiar with this and
many other places of resort, and he had his own plans in view. when he proposed to Charles that they should go and see the Castle. At the gate they were stopped, and had to pay a shilling a piece ; but they received a ticket that entitled them to refreshments at the bar on the inside. This being done they were soon admitted.
The attention of Charles was first taken up with the heavy solid doors, and great bolts and bars that seemed to defy all violence ; and then he looked at the port-holes, from which, Jacob told him, the cannon are discharged in time of war. All this was quite exciting to the imagination of the youth fresh from the country, and he looked at every thing with wide open eyes, forgetting that the time was running away. Then they went on the top of the Castle, and looked out on the beautiful prospect of the bay, with its ships and steamboats, with their gay flags streaming in the wind, and the sight was so new and so exciting that he forgot all about his store and his business, and for a little while was quite as happy as if he were up among the woods and the fields of his country-home again.
But he came to his recollection, and speaking to Jacob suddenly, said be must run back to the store as quick as he could. “ But you have not had your refreshments," said Jacob. “I cannot stay for that, I must hurry off ; I am sorry I have stayed so long." Jacob tried to stop him, but he would go, and leaving his friend behind him, he ran out of the Castle, and across the Battery, and up Broadway to Wall Street, and down to Pearl Street, and was soon in his store. But he had been gone two hours, when twenty minutes were all he needed to go to the boat and back again. Charles was out of breath with running when he reached the store, and his face was red with exercise and shame. He went immediately to Mr. Jones, who was sitting at a desk in the rear of the store, and said to him, “I am very sorry that I stayed so long, and I will never do so again.” Mr. Joves did not know that he had been out, but as he took a deep interest in his clerks, he inquired of Charles about his absence, and received a straight forward
account of what he had been doing.
Then he gave Charles a few words of sound advice, to have nothing to do with that Jacob Perry ; but the very next time he met him, to tell him that he should not keep his company any more. With some words of encouragement he directed him to his duties, and Charles went behind the counter with a sad but determined heart. That night, and indeed all day, when he was not otherwise engaged, he prayed that God would give him strength to resist temptation. He read in the Bible these words, “My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not ;” and he asked his Heavenly Father to keep him from falling into sin, and make him faithful to every trust committed to his hands. And as he prayed that he might be enabled to resist temptation, so he determined to keep out of the way of it, as much as he could. This was a good resolution, and he held fast to it from that day onward.
This was the beginning of the life of these two boys in the city of New York. Now let us look at the result.
Jacob Perry was soon discharged from the store in which he was a clerk, and trying one situation after another, was turned out of them all. He fell into one bad habit after another, and is now a poor, shiftless, miserable
Nobody respects him, and he has no respect for himself. Disease is at work upon him, the effects of his evil courses, and a few years, months perhaps, will put him into his grave.
Charles Mallory never broke his promise to Mr. Jones. He shook off his early and dangerous friend ; attended faithfully to his business through the day, and spent his evenings after the store was closed, in useful reading, unless he went out to some religious or scientific meeting, where his heart and mind would be improved. He grew up to be a steady, faithful, trusted, business man. He is now the partner in one of the soundest firms of the city of New-York, a bank director, and an office-bearer in the church, and a public-spirited and respected citizen.
Which of these men would you wish to be ?—New York Observer.
Written by her Father. My daughter was born at Burnage, near Rochdale, on the 28th of February 1833. I was a constant attendant at the established Church. Her mother was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Society; and died believing in her Saviour in the 32nd year of her age, leaving behind her five small children. Mary was the eldest ; and as she grew
years she showed signs of piety and love for the House of God, and for the Sunday School.
Few girls at her age conduct themselves with the same steadiness and propriety. When 15 years of age she began to attend the Wesleyan Methodist Association Sunday School at Middleton. When 18 years old, she began to be much concerned about her soul. She obtained the favour and the peace of God, and became anxiously concerned about the eternal welfare of others ; by her good example, and by persuasions, she induced others to walk in the paths of holiness. She spent daily a portion of her time in reading her Bible and other good books. Frequently, when following her domestic duties, she would sing
“Jesu, lover of my soul