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And how, thought I, at the morrow's rise,
They will turn from the pencil, the globe, and book,
Parents! 'tis all too soon to press
THE BEST WAY TO SUBDUE ENEMIES.
ITTLE DANIEL was extremely fond of his father and mother, and was still more tenderly beloved by them; all their relations wished their children to seek his intimacy, in the hopes that they would become as good as he was, by associating with him. There was also a little boy of the name of David, residing in the same neighborhood, and who was as mischievous as Daniel was good. It was his delight to beat every child that was not so strong as himself, and to make game of the poor instead of assisting them. Nor were these his only bad qualities.
One day, he was severely punished for having told a falsehood. His father told him that there could not be a more despicable crime; adding, “And you are the more to blame, as you have had so good an
example in Daniel, from whose behavior you ought to model your own." David, extremely provoked to hear Daniel praised at his expense, resolved to be revenged on him the first time he met with him. It happened that Daniel had a beautiful little ship given to him, which he was for the first time then going to sail.
Just as he was in the act of launching it off into the water, the sly and envious David came softly behind him, and pushed him into the water, and then ran away. Fortunately, the pond was not deep, so that Daniel was no otherwise hurt, than being entirely wet through, while David, frightened at what he had done, dared not go home till the evening, and then he slunk into the house like a wicked, guilty coward. Daniel's friends hastened to David's father, to tell him how basely his son had acted; David was, in consequence, sent supperless to bed, and would have been severely whipped, into the bargain, had not Daniel begged him off.
This proof of his forgiving temper, made so lively an impression on David, that he, from that moment, felt something like affection for him, and could not
help acknowledging to himself, that he was at all events much less inclined to bear malice than he had ever been. This conviction led him first to esteem, and then to love him; and as they became daily more intimate, he had the more frequent opportunities of discovering his good qualities, till at last he resolved to make him his model, in hopes of being equally respected and beloved.
Actuated by such generous emulation, they soon became inseparable friends, and only disputed who should be most zealous in the discharge of their various duties. This striking alteration in David, did not pass unnoticed by his friends, whose good-will and esteem he consequently soon recovered; their praises encouraged him to persevere, which he did, and with such credit and success, that at the end of one year, not one of his acquaintances or friends recollected how wicked he used formerly to be.
Grateful to his young friend, David anxiously watched for an opportunity of making amends for his former ill-nature; and chance at length put it in his power. One day, when they were working together in a garden, a mad dog burst through the hedge, and