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Who could play better than Jack?

Who did Jack say was the best boy?

What had Tom thought of him?

What did Tom tell Jack he had observed about Ralph Quick's losing his place in his class?

What did Tom think about Ralph's being so vexed at losing his place?

What did Tom observe that Mr. Hope, the master, had not done to Ralph ?

What did Jack, upon this, say to him?

If Ralph had kept the first place all the week, what did Jack say would have been Ralph's reward?

What would he have had for minding and hearing the class?

What did Jack say all the other boys in the school were?

What did he say they learnt to mind by this?

play at all. In that, said Jack, you was not far wrong: for I am not the best at play in my class by one, two, or three of them. Why, then, who is, pray? said Tom. Ralph Quick, says Jack. What! said his friend, the boy that stood at the head of his class? I had set that boy down for a fool. What made you think him so? said Jack. Why, said he, when I stood to look on, Ralph was at the head of the class; but he missed a word in the task, and the next boy said it, and took his place: on which he looked so sad, the tears stood in his eyes, and his cheeks were first red, then pale; and he was on the watch what all the boys in the class said; so thought I, that boy must be a fool, what can all that fuss be for? cannot he stand as well in that place as the first, for Mr. Hope did not scold him, nor beat him? O Tom! says Jack, you do not know our ways; we hold it a sad thing to lose a place, but to lose the first is worst of all: for Ralph knew if he kept first the whole week, he should next week be set in a place of trust; that is, to mind and hear the class, for which he would have pay and praise too. But you want to know, Tom, how it is that we are

What did they mind when good at play; now I will

at school?

A. Their book. What did they mind at play?

What do you learn from this story?

A. That to succeed in any thing, we must give our whole mind to it.


The Bees, Drones, and Wasp. When the drones went to a hive of bees, what did they do there?

What did they say? Were the drones right or wrong in doing this? Why so?

A. They should not have claimed what was not their


What did the bees do to the drones?

Who was to be the judge?

What did judge wasp say to them?

tell you.

You saw how sad Ralph was, when he lost his place, and how he was on the watch for a chance to get back to it: so are we all on the watch all the time of school, so that we can mind or think of nought else. I think from this we all learn to mind but one thing at a time, and somehow we get a knack of it; so when we go out to play, we mind that in the same sort, and take the same pride to beat the boys we play with, and to be first in that way too. But it is now grown late, and time to think of bed, so good night, Tom. Good night, Jack, said he, and thank you.


The Bees, Drones, and Wasp. A set of drones went to a hive where there was a swarm of bees, and laid claim to it; and said that the rich store and the combs were their goods. The bees went to law with them, and the wasp was to be judge of the cause, as one who well knew each one's right, and of course knew how to put an end to their suit. Friends, says he, the mode we use in these courts is so slow, and the suit costs so large a sum; but as you are both

In whose hands did he tell them they had better place the cause?

What were they at the thought of this?

What did they give him? In what way did he then tell them they had better decide the cause?

What did the bees do after he had thus spoken?

What did the drones do? Upon this, how did judge Wasp decide?

What is the lesson you learn from this story?

A. That it is foolish and wrong in any one to claim merit which he does not deserve.

How will it sooner or later be shown whether his claim is just? A. By his works.

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my friends, and I wish you well, I beg you will place the cause in my hands, and I will put an end to it in a short time. They were both glad at the thought of this, and in turn gave him thanks. Why, then, that it may be seen who have a just claim to these rich combs, do you, says he to the bees, take this hive, and to the drones, do you take that, and go fill the cells as fast as you can, that we may know by the taste and look of it, who has the best claim in this cause. The bees then set to work, but the drones would not stand to it, and so judge Wasp gave the claim to the bees, and broke up the court.


The Lark and her young ones.

A lark who had young ones in a field of corn, which was ripe, was in some fear lest they should come to reap it, ere her young brood could fly, and leave the place. And when she went from home to seek for food, she left this charge with them, that they should mark what they heard while she was out, and tell her of it when she came back. When she was gone, they heard the man whose corn it was, call to his

What did the old bird tell son: well, says he, I think this them not to do?

Why not?

corn is now ripe; I would have you go, as soon as you

Well, who came to cut the can, and see if our friends corn down?

But who did not come ? What was done then? Why?

will come to help us to reap.

When the old lark came home, the young ones fell to chirp round her, and told

What did the man then her what they had heard, say to his son ?

Whither did he bid his

son go?

and did beg of her to take them off as fast as she could. The old bird bid them not

What was he to tell his fret, for, says she, if the man


What was he to say respecting her four sons?

What happened to the young ones when they heard this?

What did they do to the old bird?

What did she say to her young?

What charge did she then give them?

When did she go out again?

What did the man find about his nephews?

Who are our own kin?
A. Relations.

What did the man therefore say to his son ?

trusts to his friends, I am sure the corn will not yet be cut down. The man came, and did stay for some time, but not one of those he had sent to were to be seen. Then the sun grew hot, and nought was done, for no one came to help him. Then, says he to his son, I see that we cannot trust to these friends of ours; so you must go to your aunt Jane, and tell her to send her four sons, and say, I wish them to be here at break of day to help us to reap. This the young ones, in great fright, told the old one. If that be all, do not yet fear, my dears, for our own kin are not at all times so apt to serve us. But take good heed what you hear said the next time. She went out the next day: and the man, when he found these were as slack as the rest of his friends, said to his son, Hark ye, George,

When the young ones told this to their mother, what did she say ?

What reason did she give for going?

What did she do to her young ones?

When was the corn cut down?

By whom? What do you learn then from this story ?

A. Not to trust to other people, when we can do our work ourselves.

do you get each of us a good hook, and we will reap the corn as well as we can. When the young ones told this, then, says she, we must now be gone, for when a man sets to do his own work it is sure to be done. So she did shift her young ones, and lost no time, and the corn was cut down the next day by the man and his


Questions, &c. for the History of Joseph and his Brethren.


Why did Jacob love Joseph more than all his children?

What did he make for him?

What did Joseph's brethren do, when they saw how much their father loved him?

In what manner could they not speak to him?

What happened to Joseph? What was Joseph's first dream?

What was meant by the sheaf that stood upright? A. Joseph.

Who were signified by the other sheaves?

A. His brethren,


Now Jacob loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak in peace to him. And Joseph dreamed a dream; and he told it to his brethren and said, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo! my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and bowed to my sheaf. And his brethren said unto him, shalt thou in

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