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$6 put upon the same footing with Dobson çs neither.”—“ Yes, and you must exert f yourself besides, in insisting that your $ workmen send their children, and often ço look into the school yourself, to see “ if they are there, and reward or disço courage them accordingly,” added Mrs. Jones. 5. The most zealous teachers 66 will flag in their exertions, if they are is not animated and supported by the 5 wealthy; and your poor youth will soon se despise religious instruction as a thing şs forced upon them, as a hardship added F? to their other hardships, if it be not of made pleasant by the encouraging pre
sence, kind words, and little gratuities, «s from their betters." .
Here Mrs. Jones took her leave; the farmer insisted on waiting on her to the door. When they got into the yard, they spied Mr. Simpson, who was standing near a little group of females, consisting of the farmer's two young daughters, and a çouple of rosy dairy maids, an old blind
fiddler, and a woman who led him. The woman had laid, a basket on the ground, out of which she was dealing some songs to the girls, who were kneeling round it; and eagerly picking out such whose titles fuited their tastes. On seeing the clergyman come up, the fiddler's. companion (for I am sorry to say she was not his wife) pushed, fome of the songs to the bot. tom of the basket, turned round to the company, and, in a whining tone, asked if they would please to buy a godly book. Mr. Simpson saw through the hypocrisy at once, and instead of making any answer, took out of one of the girl's hands a song which the woman had not been able to snatch away. He was shocked and grieved to see that these young girls were about to read, to fing, and to learn by heart such ribaldry as he was ashamed even to cast his eyes on. He turned about to the girl, and gravely, buț mildly, said, “ Young fs woman, what do you think should be for done to a person who should be found
carrying a' box of poison round the . country, and leaving a little at every
house ?" - The girls all agreed that such a person ought to be hanged. '. That he
should," said the farmer, “if I was upCon the jury, and quartered too.” The - fiddler and his woman were of the same opinion; declaring, they would not do fuch a' wicked thing for the world, for if they were poor they were honest. Mr.
Simpson, turning to the other girl, said, .“ Which is of most value, the soul or the
“body?"_" The soul, fir," said : the girl." Why so?” said he." Because, “ sir, I have heard you say, in the pulpit, c'the soul is to last for ever.”—“ Then,”
cried Mr. Simpson, in a stern voice, turnl'ing to the fiddler's woman, “Are you not • ashamed to sell poison for that part 66 which is to last for ever? poison for the « foul?” -“Poison!” said the terrified girl,
throwing down the book,' and shuddering · as people do who are afraid they have touched something infectious. “ Poison!"
echoed “ I know it, I will no more allow, a wicked “ book to be sold in my parish than a « dose of poison.” The girls threw away all their songs, thanked Mr. Simpson, begged Mrs. Jones would take them into her ,fchool after they had done milking in the
evenings, that they might learn, to read only what, was proper. They promised they would never more deal with any but fober, honest hawkers, such as fell good little books, Christmas carols, and harmlesș songs, and desired the fiddler's woman never to call there again. ;
This little incident afterwards confirmed Mrs. Jones in a plan she had before some thoughts of putting in practice. This was, after her school had been established, a few months, to invite all the well-disposed
grown-up youth of the parish to meet her , at the school an hour or two on a Sunday
evening, after the necessary business of the dairy, and of serving the cattle was over.
Both Mrs. Jones and her agent had the i talent of making this time pass so agree
SUNDAY SCHOOL. 385 ably, by their manner of explaining scripture, and of impressing the heart by feri. ous and affectionate discourse, that in a short time the evening school was nearly filled with a second company, after the younger ones were dismissed. In time, not only the servants, but the sons and daugh. ters of the most substantial people in the parish attended. At length many of the parents, pleased with the improvement so visible in the young people, got a habit of dropping in, that they might learn how to instruct their own families. And it was observed that as the school filled, not only the fives-court and public house were thinned, but even Sunday gossiping and tea-visiting declined. Even Farmer Hoskins, who was at first angry with his maids for leaving off those merry songs, (as he called them,) was so pleased by the manner in which the psalms were sung at the school, that he promised Mrs. Jones to make her a present of half a sheep towards her first May-day feast. Of this VOL. IV. . CC