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JANET'S UNTRUTH. JANET has been guilty of one of the worst faults a child can commit. She has told an untruth. Her Mamma had a beautiful china jar which stood on the chimney-piece, and one day Janet, whilst playing at battledore and shuttlecock, knocked it down and broke it. Now, she had been told not to play in that room, and she knew that as she had been disobedient as well as careless, she would certainly be punished. So she sought to cover one fault by another; and when her Mamma asked her if she had broken the jar, she said “No." As Janet was usually very truthful, her Mamma believed her, and began blaming one of the servants. But Janet was not so mean and cowardly as to let another be scolded for her fault ; she came up and said, “Mamma, Ann did not break it, I broke it, and told you an untruth. I have been much more miserable at having done so than if you had punished me ever so severely."
THE YOUNG BIRDS. These are poor young birds crying out for food. Their mother left the nest in the morning to go out and search for worms, and such like dainties, to feed her small family, and it is now nearly night-time and she has not yet returned. It is to be hoped that nothing has happened to her, that she has not been caught in a snare, or heen shot by some cruel boy; for if this were so, what would become of her little ones? They are all very hungry now, and are opening their mouths wide and making a noise like “ Cluck, cluck.” Poor little birdies! It is very sad for them to be left all day long alone in the nest without any breakfast, dinner, or supper. They cannot fly by themselves yet and get their own food, for their wings are scarcely full grown, so they can only open their mouths and wait until their mother comes home and puts something into them.