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THE TIDY LITTLE GIRL.
MAGGIE FORDHAM was a very tidy little girl. You never saw her with a torn frock, or dirty hands, or rough hair, for she took pride in keeping herself neat and clean. In the morning she went into her bath, and Nurse sponged her, and gave her a good rub with the rough towels; but that was all the trouble she gave Nurse, except just tying her strings, for Maggie could dress herself, and she did it so neatly that she looked better than the children whom Nurse had dressed. Maggie could button her boots herself, with a little button-hook, and she buttoned them in the right holes, and not uneven, as some children do. Then she kept her drawers so neat that she had no difficulty in finding what she wanted. She had her stockings in one corner, her handkerchiefs in another, her gloves in another; and however great her hurry, she took care to put her things in their proper places.
ASLEEP IN CHURCH.
Maud's Mamma took her one Sunday to church. Maud was very attentive for some time, and when they sang the Psalms she sang also, and was quite quiet and well-behaved; but the weather was warm and Maud had been up early, so it was no wonder that during the sermon she fell fast asleep. When they got home her Mamma asked her how she liked going to church ? “Very much, Mamma.” “But you were fast asleep, Maud, the greater part of the time.” “Yes, Mamma, but I heard the sermon for all that.” “How could you do that, Maud, if you were asleep?” “Why, my eyes would shut themselves; but my ears remained wide awake, and a sweet little bird came and sat on my shoulder, and instead of saying the sermon and the prayers in that dull tone like the clergyman, he sang them so sweetly in my ear; and I understood what the bird sang quite well, for it was all about God loving little children.”