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Katie says the lie was SPEAKING.

worse than the carelessness; but no one spoke, mother.”

“ Katie is right, Charlie. If

the little boy who knocked the OTHER," flower down were asked about said a lit- it, and he denied having done tle boy of so, would it be a lie ?"

“Why, of course it would, old, as he ran

mother.” in from school,

“And if, instead of telling 16 Katie

Ellis his master of the accident, he

says we can tell carefully picks up the plant, a lie without speaking ; but we and then ties it up to make it cannot, can we?

look as if nothing had happened, *Certainly we can, Charlie; does he not deceive his master but what'made Katie say so ?”

as much as if he said, 'I have “Why, mother, I was telling not done it ?' It is a lie acted her what happened at school instead of a lie spoken, and is this morning. You know the equally sinful in the sight of beautiful geranium master's sis- God." ter sent him from the country ; well, he placed it in the school- THE VALUE OF PUNCTUroom window because it needed

ALITY. light. This morning early it was looking so fresh and pretty, ENERAL WASHINGbut after a time it began to TON was a pattern of fade, and by twelve o'clock it punctuality. When he was quite withered. When engaged to meet Congress at master looked closely at it, he noon, he never failed to be at saw that it had had a fall, for the door of the hall just as the the pot was cracked, the plant clock was striking twelve. He broken, and the stem was only always dined at four o'clock; held up by being tied to a thin and if the guests whom he had stick, which could not be seen invited were not present, the at first sight. Master is very dinner went on precisely at angry, and says he will severely the appointed hour, without punish the boy who has done . waiting for them. Washington






would make no apology, but better than those of any other boy simply remark, Gentlemen, in his class. He looked with we are punctual here.” When surprise on this man’s dirty, those people got another invi- threadbare clothes, and asked, tation to dine with the Presi- • Can it be possible that you dent, they would be sure to be are my old friend, Harry B—?" in time.

“It is even so," said he. A person had a pair of beau- “Do tell me, what has tiful horses to sell, which the brought you to this condition of President wanted to buy. Five poverty and want?” o'clock in the morning of a

Now mark what this poor certain day was fixed as the

man said. time for Washington to see Time enough yet has brought them; but the horses were not me to it. I got into the way brought till a quarter past five, of saying this on all occasions. when the owner was told that the I used always to put off doing President had been there at the things at the right time. This hour appointed, but had gone has ruined me. If I had only away. The man thus lost a good formed the habit of prompt chance of selling his horses by action when I was young, I his delay of one quarter of an might have been a rich man hour.

to-day. Time enough yet'has

ruin.” " TIME ENOUGH YET.”

been my


NE day a gentleman was

THE OWL. stopped in a street of

New York by a shabby- HE appearance of owls is looking man, who asked him if

so singular, that when he did not remember his old

seen they are not schoolmate, Harry B-; and readily forgotten. They have then begged him to lend him but little beauty of form. The five dollars.

head is large, the body bulky, The gentleman remembered the plumage soft and downy. Harry B- very well. He knew They seek their prey during the that his father was a rich man, twilight of morning and evenand that when he was at school, ing, and probably through a good Harry's business prospects were partof the night, when the moon or the state of the atmosphere their peculiar hollow tone of affords sufficient light for the voice, and to the circumstance purpose. By superstitious peo- that many of the species choose ple, owls have been considered lonely ruins, deserted buildings, birds of ill-omen, and by some and the retired parts of woods, as as messengers giving notice of places of resort, because of the the approach of death. This is solitude and protection which are no doubt owing to their habit there afforded them. To one who of flying by night, the strange has never before heard it, the look occasioned by the arrange- hooting of an owl by night is ment of the feathers of the face, startling; when several answer each other while in the gloom or egrets; another, in which they scour the woods in search the heads are smooth and round of mice and small birds, a without tufts. stranger to their cries may Tho Eagle Owl, which is one almost be forgiven, especially of the largest species of the if he be alone, for a moment's family, inhabits the North of timidity.


Europe generally, but is not These birds appear to be very often seen in this country. Its sensitive to light; and in the food consists of game, such as day-time, the eyes of several fawns, hares, grouse, etc., as varieties of them are either shut well as birds. It pounces on entirely, or are protected by an these creatures upon the ground, inner eyelid, which they are seizing them with its feet, and able to let down or raise with seldom advances its head great rapidity. Their faculty towards its victims till their of hearing is probably more struggles are over. The nest acute than that of many other of this bird is placed among birds; the opening towards the rocks or the walls of old ruins, ear is in some species very the materials collected for it large, and furnished with 'a being spread over a surface of covering which is moveable at several square feet. pleasure. Their flight is easy The White, or Barn Owl, is and light, but not rapid ; and found in this country all the from the softness of their year round; it is remarkable feathers, even those of the for the colour of its plumage, wings, they fly without noise. and is probably the best known They vary greatly in size; the of all the British species of larger ones devour small ani- owls. It inhabits churches, mals, birds, reptiles, and some- barns, old malting-kilns, or

, times fishes, while the smaller ruined buildings of any sort, kinds feed upon beetles and and also takes up its abode in moths that fly in the twilight. holes in decayed trees. If not

Owls are usually arranged molested, the same haunts are by naturalists in two principal frequented, either by parent groups, or families ; one, in birds or their offspring, many which all the species have two years in succession. It is an tufts of feathers on the head, active destroyer of rats and which have been called horns, mice, for which service they

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are by some strictly protected. gentleman, who lived several They seldom leave their retreat years on a farm near a steep during the day; and if their place mountain, on the summit of of concealment be approached which two Eagle owls had built with caution, and a view of the their nest. bird be obtained, it will gene- One day in the month of July rally be observed to have its a young bird, having quitted the eyes closed, as if asleep.

nest, was caught by the servants. About sunset a pair of these This bird was, considering the owls, particularly when they seasonoftheyear, well feathered; have young ones, issue forth in but the down appeared here and quest of food, and may be seen there between those feathers flapping gently along, searching which had not attained to their lanes, hedge-rows, orchards, full growth. Afterit was caught, and small enclosures near out- it was shut up in a large henbuildings. They feed on young coop, when to the captors' rats, mice, shrews, small birds, surprise, on the following mornand insects. Sometimes they ing, a fine young partridge was even succeed in catching fish. found lying dead before the A gentleman residing in York- door of the coop.

It was shire, having observed some immediately concluded that this scales of fishes in the nest of a provision had been brought pair of these birds, which had there by the old ones, which no built near a lake on his premises, doubt had been making search was induced

one moonlight in the night time for their lost night to watch their motions. young one.

And such was, To his surprise he saw one of indeed, the fact; for night after them plunge into the water, night, for fourteen days, was and seize a perch, which it bore the same mark of attention away to its nest, whence it repeated. The game which the was afterwards taken. This old birds carried to the captive species is said, when satisfied, consisted chiefly of young parto hide the remainder of its tridges, for the most part newly meat, like a dog.

killed, but sometimes a little Owls have been noticed for spoiled. On one occasion a an extraordinary attachment to moor-fowl was found, so fresh their young. An instance of that it was still warm under the this was witnessed by a Swedish wings; at another time a lamb


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