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father heard that a window was broken, he asked him for the money to pay for it. Edward went up stairs to fetch the money that he had received in the morning from the lady.
His father took the money, because he would never allow his children to neglect any regulation he made ; for he wished to teach them to be careful, and not to injure anything while they were at play. If they knew they should be obliged to pay for any damage they might do, they would take much better care, and a habit of carefulness is of great importance.
The lady who had given Edward the money, was present all the time, and she could not help feeling very sorry for his disappointment; she was happy, however, to find that he would neither be disobedient to his parents, nor attempt to deceive them by concealing anything from them.
This lady lived at some distance from Edward; but as soon as she returned home, she went to a shop and ordered a large kite to be made; and when the spring arrived, and it was the right time for flying kites, she packed it up and sent it to him. Edward
received it joyfully, and his parents were happy to see him rewarded for his obedience.
The kite proved to be a very fine one, and his brothers and sisters accompanied him to the fields whenever he wished to raise it, assisting him in getting it up, and enjoyed themselves much in seeing it fly to a great height in the air.
ENRY was an indolent boy, who from morning
to evening thought of nothing but play. One day his father called him into his room, and said, “ My son, I see that you will never do anything while remain in my house, and that, if you continue here much longer, you will be an idler as long as you live.
“I have therefore made arrangements to send you to a boarding school, at a great distance. I shall see how you will behave yourself there; but if you continue as regardless of your studies as formerly, I shall send you
still farther; for I cannot suffer you to grow up in such disgraceful indolence."
“Papa,” replied Henry, “I will be careless no longer. Keep me at home a little longer, and you shall see.” “ You have often promised me to reform," said his father, “but you have never had resolution
to do so.
I see you dislike indolence only when it is to be punished. You will be ready, therefore, to go to-morrow morning."
Poor Henry cried a good deal, but he was obliged to go. Arrived at the boarding-school, he performed his duty for some time with attention ; but he soon fell into his old habits of inactivity and indolence. During the hours of instruction, his thoughts were wandering about, and he heard little of what his teachers said.
Instead of studying his lessons, he spent his time in doing nothing at all, so that even the youngest of his companions soon went much beyond him. His teachers often said to him, “Henry, you are preparing many misfortunes for yourself, by your indolence—What will your kind father say, when he sees you leave school as ignorant as you came, and with the same faults you had before ? How will this grieve him! Who knows where he
Who knows where he may send you next, or how much severity he may exercise towards
But these remarks made no impression upon Henry. He still continued idle, and without application. One
day, when, according to custom, he was loitering away his time in the play-grounds, he received a letter with a black seal; he opened it, and read as follows:
“ Your father, my dear Henry, is no more, having been removed yesterday to a better life. I have lost in him my dearest friend. I have now only you who can assuage my grief. I send you the last words of your dying father: “May our son,' said he, pressing my hand for the last time, ‘may our son return to you throughly corrected of his indolence, and
it be his study henceforth to contribute to your happiness.'
“Read over again, my son, these last words of your father. I am sure they will make the proper impression upon your heart, and that they will animate you to follow the counsel formerly given you by the best of fathers. I may yet be happy, if you are wise and if
you have profited by the education we have endeavored to give you. “But if
you have not improved by the advantages afforded you, and should return without having altered your habits of indolence, and should still prove an ignorant boy, I shall be overcome with grief. I forewarn