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work adınirably on the heart of your neighbor. Pleasure is cheap--who will not bestow it liberally? If there are smiles and sunshine, and flowers all around as, let us not grasp them with a miser's fist, and lock them hermetically in our hearts. No. Rather let us take them to scatter about us; in the cot of the widow, among the groups of children, in the crowded mart, where men of business congregate, in our fainilies, and everywhere. We can make the wretched happy-the discontented cheerfulthe vicious virtuous—at an exceedingly cheap rate, Who will refuse to do it ?—Philadelphia Saturday Courier.
EFFECT OF HARSH WORDS ON THEIR
An elderly Christian, residing in New York, stated when he related his experience, that for about three years after his conversion, his soul was filled with the love of God, and constant and perfect peace dwelt in his heart; but one day being ill-treated by an individual, angry feelings rose in his bosom, and he gave utterance to a few harsh words, and instantly gloom, darkness and despondency weighed him down, and he thus continued for several months, bowed down like a bull-rush.
VAN AMBURGH, THE WILD BEAST TAMER.
His great success in taming and controlling wild beasts, and leading them to form strong attachments to him, is all accomplished by mild treatment and kindness. Any person who witnesses his performances, it seems to me, can no longer doubt the correctness of the Lion Stories in the fore part of this work, which are well authenticated, and are published in several school books.
PARENTS OF WASHINGTON.
The parents of the beloved Washington, ever exercised a kind and gentle disposition. After George, in his early boyhood, had carelessly ruined a favorite English cherry tree, his father, though much grieved, uttered no harsh words; but as George frankly confessed the deed, with a cheerful countenance, and in a pleasant voice, he says, “ run to my arms, my little darling, you have paid me a thousand times for the tree by telling the truth." This was also the course pursued by his excellent mother, as in the case of George being the cause of the death of a favorite colt of hers. Hence, under God, our country is indebted to the parents of Washington for such an excellent man; had they been
fretful, peevish, and scolded him, he probably would have been a pest to society. like the notorious Arnold.
CHARITIES THAT SWEETEN LIFE. Pleasant words ! Do you know, reader, how potent a spell lies in a pleasant word ? Have you not often thought of its power to soothe-to charm—to delight when all things else fail? As you have passed through the journey of life, have you not seen it smoothing many a ruffled brow, and calming many an aching bosom? Have you not noticed it in the house and by the way--at the fireside and in the place of business? And have you not felt that pleasant words are among the charities that sweeten life ? Ah! yes, and their influences have come over your own soul.
When you come from the counting-room or workshop, careworn and weary—when your brow has been furrowed, and your thoughts perplexed-when troubles of the present, and anxiety for the future have crowded every peaceful feeling from your heart—what has been the influence of a pleasant word at such a time? Tell us how that, ere you opened your door, the sound of glad voices reached your ear, and as you entered, how the troubles of your soul were laid at rest, and cares for the pussent
and future fled, before the pleasant words of your smiling children, and the gentle greeting of your wife.
Or, when the ire of your spirit has been roused, and indignant feelings have reigned supreme in your breast—when the angry threat was just rising to your lips, or the malignant wish about to burst from your heart, what mighty spell caused the storm so suddenly to subside, and shake the turbulent waves so quietly to rest? It was the soft answer that performed the mighty deed. Go where you will, its power is the same; it hushes the raging waves of passion. Among the multitude of earth, how few speak pleasantly from principle. Earth would be a paradise indeed, if all the tones of that matchless instrument, the human voice, were in harmony with the kind thoughts of a thoroughly good heart. Oh, reader, learn this art! Speak pleasant words to all around you, and your path will ever be lighted by the smiles of those who welcome your coming, and mourn your departing footsteps. Mothers, speak kindly to the little ones who cluster around you-speak ever pleasantly, and be assured that answering tones of joy and dispositions formed to constant kindness shall be your reward. Sister, brother, friend - would you render life one summer day, would you gather around you those who will cheer you in the
darkest hour? Let the law of kindness rule your tongue, and your words be pleasant.Sear's I. M.
Appropriate singing has a wonderful effect in promoting a sweet disposition, and in calming angry feelings. Three brothers who lived in the same neighborhood were all hopefully converted about the same time, and they frequently met together to sing and pray, and were remarkable for their piety, and sweet and amiable dispositions. Several months thus happily glided away: at length one of them was passing the house of another, he heard his two brothers engaged in an angry dispute-he went in and began to sing,
“How happy 'tis to see
Brethren all agree, &c." They instantly ceased their dispute, and soon one joined in singing, and directly the other also. Their angry feelings were banished, and they had a joyful season of prayer. Ever after they lived in peace and harmony. "The mother by singing can charm her wayward children, and supplant the angry by the enchanting and subduing. When her children become fretful or ill-natured, she can sing them out of temper into