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and girls who live on the sea-shore know all about them. They often see them going along over the water in full sail.

And a very fine sight it is to see a ship in full sail! Little boats, as you know, have some times a sail. A sail is a great piece of cloth. The sail is made fast with ropes to a long pole, or mast, fixed in the middle of the boat. Then the sail is spread out wide, and it catches the wind. So the ship is blown along.

Bigger ships have more masts and sails. Some have one mast with two sails on it, and these are called sloops ; some have two masts, and more sails, and these are called brigs; but a big ship has three masts and many sails.

Such ships as are large and strong, and have many sails, go all round the world. But they are often in great danger from the winds that blow and sometimes raise up great wayes. The waves are so high that the biggest ship is only like a nut shell on the water of a a pond when it is ruffled by the wind. It is an awful thing to be in a storm at sea! You would not like to be a sailor boy, and have to go up those masts, and take down the great sails on a dark night when the wind is blowing. Should you ?

PRAYER
To say my prayers is not to pray,
Unless I mean the things I say
Unless I think to whom I speak,
And with my heart God's favor seck.
My infant lips were early taught
To say “ Our Father," as I onght;
And every morn and every night,
To use my daily prayer is right.
But, oh! if I am found to smile,
Or play, or look about the while,
Or think vain thoughts, the Lord will see:
Then how can He be pleased with me?
Then let me, when I kneel to pray,
Not only mind the words I say ;
But also strive, with earnest care,
To let my heart go with my prayer.

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Meggy
Herbert
Muschy
Hernshaw

gooseberry
apple-pie
currants
chicken

beautiful frightful frightened screaming

THE DOLL'S PARTY. Meggy and Herbert thought they would give a dinner party to all the dolls of the house. They in vited Muschy too, and Muschy very politely said he would come.

Their dinner was a capital one; they had cakes, and_apples, and goose-berries,

and currants. These they called fish and roast beef, and apple-pie, and goose-berry pudding. The dolls and they would enjoy all these very much, but how was Muschy to be fed ? He turned up his nose at cake; and as for apples, and goose-berries, and currants, he would not touch them. Well, they put. to gether all the chicken bones that were left, and with these they thought they should make a real feast for Muschy.

They set out their dinner beauti-fully, and; placed their dolls one on each side, and then; fetched in Muschy. But he was very illbehaved that day. They wanted to make him sit tidily on his hind legs, as he did at his master's bidding, but he would not.

Just as Meggy and Herbert were both busy try'ing to teach Muschy manners, they heard all at once a fright:ful sound out-side the summer-house. They looked one at the other, and both settled that, without a doubt, there was some thing. Muschy sprang up and upset the dinner-table, barking and howl.ing as if he were out of his mind. Meggy and Herbert ran out scream'ing; they were fright:en'd, but they knew not at what. They fancied it was a man with a haton, but why that should have frightend them they could not tell. They both of them, however, had heard a voice. The voice said, “I see you!” and it seem'd loud and gruff. Who could it be ? and what could it mean?

Muschy had gone after him, however,

what a good little dog! They wished more than ever to give him a dinner. They stole softly to the hedge, and peeped down into the lane. But there was was nothing frightful to be seen there-nothing but their good friend Mr. Hernshaw, who was walking qui:etly along, and Muschy was trotting on before him.

“Oh, Mr. Hernshaw !” they shout-ed, there has been such a horrid man here, and he peeped through the window and said, 'I SEE

YOU !'

“So Muschy has told me,” said he, smiling, and with that he walked on.

Muschy walked on too, and so broke up the nice party very rudely.*

answered lambe haruk

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Christmas
THE ROBIN'S YULE SONG.
Once on a time there was an old

grey pussy, and she went down by the water-side. There she saw a wee Robin Red breast hopping on a bri'er. Pussy said, “Where are you going, wee Robin ?" and

and wee

robin answer'd, “I'm going to the King

, " to sing him a song this good yule morning. Then said pussy,

"Come here, wee robin, and I'll let you see à bonny white ring round my neck." But wee Robin answer'd,

* Mary Howitt.

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No, no, grey pussy; no, no! You worried the wee mousie, but you shan't worry me.'

' So wee robin flew away till he came to a turf wall, and there he saw a grey greedy hawk sitting And the grey greedy hawk said, “Where are you going, wee robin ?" Wee robin answer’d, “ I'm going to the King to sing him a song, this fine yule morning.

Then the grey greedy hawk said, “Come here, wee robin, and I'll let you see a bonny feather in my wing." But wee robin answer'd, “No, no, grey greedy hawk; no, no! You pecked at the wee linnet, but you shan't peck me.

So wee robin flew away till he came to the side of a rock, and there he saw a sly fox. The sly fox said, “Where are you going, wee robin ?” Wee robin answer'd, “I'm going to the King to sing him a song this fine yule morning.

Then the sly fox said, “Come, wee robin, and I'll let you see a bonny spot on the top of my tail."

tail." But wee robin answer'd, “No! no! You worried the wee lamb, but you shan't worry me.”

So wee robin flew away till he came to the side of a river. There he saw boy sitting. The wee boy asked, “Where are you going to

robin ?" Wee robin answer'd, “I'm going to the King to sing him a song this fine yule morning.”

Then the wee boy said, “Come here, wee

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