SPELL AND DEFINE
A favorite dog in a farm house was standing by his mistress, one morning, as she was preparing her children, Eliza and Edmund, for school.
Eliza had been busily engaged in assisting Edmund, who now stood waiting, with his hat in his hand, while the mother was preparing his sister as fast as possible to go with him.
As it was becoming late, she requested Edmund to fetch their basket, that as soon as she could get his sister ready she might prepare their dinner.
But this negligent and idle boy only gave a sour and surly look, and though he did not really refuse, yet he delayed to obey his mother's command.
"Well my son," said she, "if you are unwilling to do anything for yourself, how can you expect others will do so much for you?" "Your Mungo," said she, looking round at the dog, "would bring the basket in a moment, if he only knew how."
As the mother said this, only as a gentle rebuke to her ungrateful son, what was her surprise to see the dog hasten to the closet, take the basket from behind the door, and with an air of joy and delight, come and put it down by her side.
Let those children who are unwilling to assist their parents,
teachers and others, even when it is for their interest to do
so, blush and be rebuked by the example of this noble dog.
The School Reader, Third Book. By Charles W. Sanders. Published by Mark H. Newman, New York, 1843.