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liged to run out almost naked, to save his life Surprise. 13. You may judge of his surprise and
grief, when he found himself entirely depriv- . deprived? ed of his subsistence by the wickedness of his
rich neighbour, whom he had never offended; Subsistence? but, as he was unable to punish him for this
injustice, he set out and walked on foot to the chief magistrate of that country, to whom.
with many tears he told his pitiful case. magiflrate? 14. The magiflrate, who was a good and
just man immediately ordered the rich man to
be brought before him; and when he found that scandalous? he could not deny the wickedness of which he
was accused, he thus fpake to the poor man :-As this.proud and wieked man has been
puffed up from the opinion of his own imcontemptible. portance, and attempted to commit the most
fcandalous injustice from his contempt of the poor, I am willing to teach him of how little value he is to any body, and how vile and contemptible a creature het is; but, for this.
purpose, it is necessary that you should consent confent. to the plan I have formed, and go along with
him to the place whither I intend to send you
both. mischievous. 15. The
poor man said, I never had much, but the little I once had is cow lost by the mischievous disposition of this proud and op
pressive man: I am entirely ruined ; I have opprelfve?
no means left in the world of procuring myFelf a morsel of bread next time I am hungry: therefore I am ready to go wherever you please to send me; and though I would not
treat this man as he has treated me, yet teach, fhould I rejoice to teach him more justice
and humanity, and to prevent his injuring the
poor a second time.
16. The magistrate then ordered them inhabited. both to be put on board a ship, and carried to a distant counsry, which was inhabited by a
rude and savage kind of men, who lived in Rude?
17. The rich man, teeing himself thus ex. barbarous ? posed, without assistance or defence, in the midst of a barbarous people, whose language he did not understand,and in whose power he wring. was, began to cry and wring his hands in the most abje& manner; but the poor man, who had been always accustomed to hardships and dangers from his isfancy, made signs to the people that he was their friend, and was abjea ? willing to work for them, and be their servant.
18. Upon this the natives made signs to affisance. them that they would do them no hurt, but would make use of their aslistance in fishing and carrying ivood. Accordingly, they led them both to a wood at fome distance, and transport? fhewing them several logs, ordered them to transport them to their cabins.
19. They both immediately set about limbs. their tasks, and the poor man, who was strong and active, very foon had finished his share, while the rich man, whofe limbs were
delicate ? tender and delicate, and never accustomed to any kind of labour, had scarcely done a quarter. quarter as much..
20. The savages, who were witnesses to Savages. this began to think that the basket-maker would prove very useful to them, and therefore presented him a large portion of fish, choiceft. and several of their choicelt roots; while to · the rich man they gave scarcely enough to enough. support him, because they thought him capable of being of very little service to them ; thought. however, as he had now fafted several hours,
he ate what they gave him with a better ap-
21. The next day they were set to work
22. The rich man now began to perceive, with how little reason he had before valued himself, and despised his fellow creatures ; and an accident which happened shortly after, tended to complete his mortification.
23. It happened that one of the favages had found something like a fillet, with which he adorned his forehead, and scened to think himself extremely fine; the basket-maker, who had perceived this appearance of vanity, pulled up some reeds, and, sitting down to work, in a very short time, finished a very elegant wreath, which he placed upon the head of the first inhabitant he chanced to meet.
24. This man was so pleased with his new
25. It was not long before another
26. In return for the pleasure which he
conferred upon them, the grateful favages Conferred? brought him every kind of food which their country afforded, built him a hut, and shewed him
every demonstration of gratitude and demonstra kindness.
tion ? 27. But the rich man, who possessed neither talents to please, nor strength to labour, was condemned to be the basket-maker's servant, condemned. and cut him reeds to supply the continual demands for chaplets. After having passed soine months in this manner they were again
transported ? transported to their own country, by the orders of the magistrate, and brought before him.
28. He then looked sternly upon the rich contemptible. man, and said, having now taught you how helpless, contemptible, and feeble a creature you are, as well as how inferior to the man you in- reparation? sulted, I proceed to make reparation to him for the injury you have inflicted upon him.
29. Did I treat you as you deserve, I should wantonły?? take from you all the riches that you poffefs, as you wantonly deprived this poor man of his whole subsistence; but hoping that you will become more humane for the future, I sentence you to give half your fortune to this man, balf. whom you endeavoured to ruin.
30. Upon this the basket-maker faid, after acquire. thanking the magistrate for his goodness-I, having been bred up in poverty, and accuftomed to labor, have no desire to acquire riches, which I should not know how to use : humanity ? all, therefore, that I require of this man, is to put me into the same situation I was in before, and to learn more humanity. .
31. The rich man could not help being af generosity? tonished at this genero?ity; and having acquired wisdom by his misfortunes, not only treated the basket-maker as a friend, during the rest of his life, but employed his riches in relieving benefiting, the poor, and benefiting his fellow creatures.
Take Heed to Yourself.
HEN I was a child at seven years
old, and upward, being of a heedmisibic vous. lefs and mischievous disposition, my parents
used frequently to chastise me, and often end
ed by adding next time, Take heed to yourself. shastija ? These lectures as may well be fuppofed, gave
me more pain than pleasure, infomuch that I
cried for vexation. impreffion? 2. They were, however, afterwards of use
to me; the impression continuing on my mind,
so that whenever I was tempted to do any beed. thing which I ought not, I would fay, Take
heed to yourself, and fo saved a drubbing. Be.
ing grown up and come into the world, I find tempted. I can fee many, very many, who, with my.
self, have much reason Totake heed to themselves.
3. If I see a person spending away his time,
month after month in “ Listless idleness,” unlifles ? happy man say I, you are expofed to danger
from every fide, destruction and misery are in
contracting an appetite for strong drink, alas! appetite. say I, you are really to be pitied; your estate,
your reputation are all at stake-You have the
most urgent reason to Take heed to yourself.. itinerant ? 5. When I fee people flocking together to
hcar certain itinerant preachers, who labor
to persuade them that sin is not of infinite mapersuade. lignity, that the case is not so bad with them
as they had been accustomed to fear, and
that they will all go to heaven at last, do what malignity ? , they will, good people say I, you have great reafon to Take good keed to yourselves.