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for it? The truth is, that neither man nor child can cultivate such a spirit of generosity and kindness, without attracting affection and esteem.
Look and see who of your companions have the most friends, and you will find that they are those who have this noble spirit, who are willing to deny themselves, that they may make their associates happy. There is but one way to make friends, and that is by being friendly to others.
TABLE OF VOWEL ELEMENTS.
e as in be, me, see, we.
Rebel, (not reb'l,) travel, gravel, parcel, chapel, vessel,
novel, sudden, kitchen, hyphen, chicken, sloven.
The same, concluded.
PERHAPs some children, who have read the preceding lesson, feel conscious of being disliked by their com
Note to Teachers. — In uttering the vowel elements, avoid all aspiration, as the sound must be purely vocal. This exercise will much im prove and strengthen the voice.
panions, and yet desire to have their affections. If so, they may be governed by this advice - Do all in your power to make others happy.
This is the way to make friends, and the only way. When you are playing with your brothers and sisters at home, be always ready to give them even more than their share of privileges. Manifest an obliging disposition, and they cannot but regard you with affection.
In all your intercourse with others, at home or abroad, let these feelings influence you, and you will receive the rich reward of devoted friends. Benevolent feelings are worth cultivating, for they bring with them their own reward.
But children often find it exceedingly difficult 10 cultivate these feelings. They are often selfish, and sometimes peevish and fretful. Some little occurrence irritates them, and they speak hastily and angrily; and when they are offended with a companion, they will do things to give him pain, instead of pleasure.
If you would exercise a friendly disposition, you must, at all times, have your temper under your control. A bad temper is an infirmity which, if not restrained, will be continually growing worse and
There was a man, a few years since, who committed murder. When a boy, he gave loose to his pas
Children should stand erect when they read, and not hide their faces with their books
sions. The least opposition would rouse his anger, and he made no efforts to subdue himself. He had no one who could love him. When he was playing with others, he would get irritated in a moment.
As he grew older, his passions increased, and he became so ill-natured that every one avoided him. One day, as he was talking with another man, be became so enraged at some little provocation, that he seized a club, and with a blow laid the man lifeless at his feet.
He was seized and imprisoned. But while in prison, his reason forsook him, and he became a maniac. He was thus doomed to pass the miserable remnant of his guilty life, the victim of his ungovernable passions.
This * is a very unusual case. But children often destroy their own peace, and make their brothers and sisters continually unhappy, by indulging in a peevish and irritable spirit.
A child will sometimes cherish this disposition until he becomes a man, and then, by his peevishness and fault-finding, he destroys the happiness of ail who are near him. His home is the scene of discord. His family are made wretched.
An amiable disposition makes its possessor happy; and if you would have such a disposition, you must learn to control yourself. If others injure you, obey the gospel rule, and do them good in return. If they
* Pauses should frequently be made in reading where no grammatical points are used. These are called rhetorical pauses.
revile you, speak kindly to them. It is far better to suffer injury than to inflict injury.
If you will endeavor in childhood to control your passions in this way, to be always mild, and forbearing, and forgiving, you will disarm opposition, and in many cases convert enemies to friends. You will be beloved by those around you, and when you have a home of your own, your cheerful and obliging spirit will make it a happy home.
TABLE OF VOWEL ELEMENTS.
o as in old, bold, fold, sold.
Patient, (not pashunt) different, monument, compli
ment, government, element, sentiment, continent, excellent, diffident, ardent, transient, evidence, influence, eminence, prudence.
Danger of Disobedience. A GENTLEMAN, who lived in the country, had a very fine piece of water in his garden, on which there was
The words tube, glue, blue, are often mispronounced toob, gloo, bloo. This is as improper as it would be to say coob instead of cube. The u should have the same sound as ew in fer.
a pleasure-boat. Very frequently, in fine weather, he used to take his children with him, and row them about for a good while, as they were fond of the amusement.
Sometimes he would indulge his two eldest sons, Hugh * and Robert, with the oars, when he was present, and let them row the boat; but he gave them a strict charge never to attempt to do so when he was not with them; nor were they, upon any account, ever to go into the boat by themselves, and without leave.
But these boys were sometimes so naughty, when they thought they were not seen, as to venture in, and move the boat about as much as they could, whilst it was moored, that is, tied to a post by the shore.
Two or three times they had been caught, and even punished for doing so ; yet one day, when they thought their father and mother were both out, they agreed they would again venture into the boat.
“There can be no harm in it," said Hugh; “we shall be quite safe ; and, even if we should overset her, and fall out, at the worst, it would only give us a ducking, and I am sure it could not hurt these old clothes ; so come along."
Robert could not feel so easy about the matter. "I do not,” said he, “think it quite right to go in, because father and mother are not with us."
“Pooh! nonsense!” replied Hugh; "what a fuss you make about your quite right! What harın is there in it? If they do not see us, they cannot be
* Pron Hu