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seven years old, who is in the habit of attending with her mother, (a widow,) was particularly affected with what she heard, and began to think what she could do on behalf of poor Heathen children. When she returned home, she said, “ If it be agreeable to you, mother, I will save all my farthings, and, instead of buying sweets, I will put them into the Missionary Box. Why may not the ORPHAN's mite be as accept. able in the sight of God, as the widow's mite.” Her mother was much pleased, and encouraged her design.
The impression still continues, and the child takes her farthings and halfpence to the chapel, and regu. larly devotes them to the cause of God and of the poor Heathen. If all your juvenile readers were to act upon the same principle, the good arising from it to themselves, and to others, might be incalculable.
PITHY MAXIMS AND SELECT SENTENCES.
No. II. (Compiled from ROLLIN and others, by S. DUNN.) Cyrus, King of Persia, was so temperate in his youth, that when AsTYAGES, his grandfather, urged him to drink wine, he answered, “ I am afraid lest there should be poison in it; for I have perceived, that when you have drunk of that liquor, you have talked you knew not what, and could not stand upon your legs.” The director of his household asking him one day, what he would please to have for his dinner; 66 Bread,” said he, “ for I intend to encamp near the water.” This shows the power he had over his appetite, as well as over his soldiers; and that he was fit to command others, who could so well command himself.
Pupcion, a famous Athenian general, who was udjustly condemned to die, was asked by his friends, just before his death, if he had no message to send to his son ; " Yes, certainly,” said he; 6 it is my desire that he should not hate my enemies, nor revenge my death; that he should do that which is his duty;
FİTHY MAXIMS AND SELECT SENTENCES.
and what is more is vanity; that he should not carry two faces; and that he should promise little, but keep his promises.”
Pullip, King of Macedonia, was remarkable for his patience. When the whole court solicited him to punish the ingrati:ude of the Peloponnesians, who had hissed him publicly in the Olympic games, he replied, “ By no means; for if they despise me after having received so many favours at my hand, what will they not attempt, should I do them an injury?” Having received some very insolent language from an Athenian ambassador, he answered with the utmost calmness of temper, “ Those who can forgive injuries are better people than those who commit them.”
The people of Rome complaioing to Augustus " that wine was dear,” he sent them to the fountains of water, telling them, " they were cheap.”
VESPASIAN one day seeing a young man finely dressed, and richly perfumed, was so displeased, that he took his place from him, saying, “ I had rather smell the poor man's garlick, than thy perfume.”
MARCUS AURELIUS ANTONINUS said, “ Of my grandfather Verus I have learned to be gentle and meek, and to refrain from all anger and passion; from the famed memory of my father, shamefacedness and manly behaviour; of my mother, to be religious and bountiful, and to forbear, not only to do, but to intend any evil; of my brother Severus, to love truth and justice, and to be kind and loving to all them of my house and family.” He commended his son for weeping at his tutor's death, answering those who thought it was unsuitable to his high condition,266 Let him alone; it is fit he should show himself a man before he be a prince.”-“ Never esteam any thing as profitable,” said he, “ which shall. ever constrain thee either to break thy faith, or to lose thy modesty; to hate any man, to suspect, to curse, to dissemble, or to lust after any thing that requireth the secret of walls or veils.” When he was dying, to his friends around him he spoke thus ; “ Think more of death, than of me; and remember, that you and all men must die as well as I.” Vol. VI.
ON THE SWARMING OF BEES.
(From “ Scientific Amusement s.") It is well known that the female bee is the queen of the hive, and that the fate of the whole swarm depends, in some measure, upon her alone. The distinguishing characters of this mother-bee are, that she has very short wings. It is difficult for her to fly, and therefore she seldom goes abroad, except when she quits the hive for a new colony. On that occa. sion, the bees, like faithful subjects, follow her to whatever place she may have chosen; and for this reason, if a person can get possession of the queen-bee, he is sure of being able to direct the swarm at his pleasure.
In that case, nothing is necessary but to confine her by means of a hair, or a very fine thread of silk, made gently fast around her corslet ; the bees, attentive to all her actions, will surround her, go backwards and forwards, stop and seem obedient to the will of him who commands the mother-bee, by merely following the movements of their queen.
This was the charm, or rather the secret, by which MR. WILDMAN, who had studied the instinct of bees, and who thus took advantage of their attachment for their queen, was able to make a swarm pass from one hive to another at pleasure. Having full confidence in the success of his experiments, he presented himself one day to the Society of Arts, with three swarms of bees which he brought along with him, partly on his face and shoulders, and partly in his pockets. He placed the hives to which these swarms belonged in an outer apartment, and on blowing a whistle they all immediately quitted him, and returned to their hives; but on blowing his whistle'a second time, they returned to occupy their former place on the person, and in the pockets, of their master. This exercise was repeated several times, to the great astonishment of the Society, and without any of the spectators being injured.
These astonishing experiments, the secret cause of which we have explained, were repeated some years ago, with equal success, before the Academy of Sci
ences at Paris, by Mr. WilDMAN, who explained to the French Academicians the theory and practice of his wonderful art.
(From “ Curiosities for the Ingenious.") The inhabitants of St. Lucie have lately discovered a most singular plant. In a cavern of that isle, near the sea, is a large basin, from twelve to fifteen feet deep, the water of which is very brackish, and the bottom composed of rocks. From these, at all times, proceed certain substances, which present, at first sight, beautiful flowers of a bright shining colour, and pretty nearly resembling our marigolds, only that their tint is more lively. These seeming flowers, on the approach of a hand or instrument, retire, like a snail, out of sight. On examining their substance closely, there appear, in the middle of the disk, four brown filaments, resembling spiders' legs, which move round a kind of petals with a pretty brisk and spontaneous motion. These legs have pincers to seize their prey ; and, upon seizing it, the yellow petals immediately close, so that it cannot escape. Under this exterior of a flower is a brown stalk, of the bigness of a raven's quill, and which appears to be the body of some animal. It is probable that this strange creature lives on the spawn of fish, and on the marine insects thrown by the sea into the basin.
- JUVENILE OBITUARY. 1. Died, on Saturday, Feb. 17, 1821, aged nineteen, Join BARWISE, of Seaton Iron-Works, near Workington. About Easter, 1820, through the instrument. ality of his father's affectionate admonition and advice, he was awakened to a sense of his sin and danger, as a transgressor of the holy law of God. He did not attempt to stifle these convictions, as too many young persons do, by rushing into vain amusements; but was encouraged by his parents to cherish the sacred though painful impressions made upon his mind, and to seek
that sense of divine forgiveness, and gracious change of heart, which are so freely promised to every penitent believer in JESUS CHRIST.
He began to attend a class-meeting, and engaged earnestly in the pursuit of his soul's salvation. Soon the precious promises of our Lord were verified in his behalf : " I love them that love me, and they who seek me early shall find me.” 66 Ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” While he was in secret prayer, in the bowels of the earth, where he had been labouring as a coalminer, God 56 spoke peace” to his soul, and filled him with all peace and joy through believing on CHrist. From that time he was found running with cheerful alacrity in the paths of holy obedience towards God, of filial reverence and affection to his parents, of brotherly kindness to his relatives and fellow-workmen, and of charity and benevolence to all men, but especially to the household of faith. He was diligent in reading and hearing the word of God, and in attending the meetings of his class; and it was evident that he grew in wisdom and knowledge, in grace and in love; seeking for the entire destruction of the carnal mind, and following after universal holiness of heart and life. He delighted much in the perusal of his Bible and of his Hymn-book. The sixty-second chapter of Isaiah was a portion of sacred writ of which he was particularly fond, and on which he often meditated. That charming hymn which begins thus,
“Happy the souls to Jesus join'd,” was a peculiar favourite with him; and frequently, on returning from his daily labour, did he salute the humble paternal mansion by singing that beautiful verse:
"The Church triumphant in thy love,
Their mighty joys we know;
And we in hymns below.” He was happy to hear of the extension of Christ's kingdom in the world by the preaching of the Gospel,