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arms. Pushing directly through the crowd with his dying burden,
he ordered a mattress to be spread in the choicest part of the boat,
where he laid the invalid with all the care of a parent. That
done, the captain directed the boat to be prepared for starting.

But a new feeling seemed to possess the astonished passengers —
that of shame and contrition at their inhumanity. A purse was
made up by them for the sick man. with a " God-speed " on his
way home, to die in the arms of his mother.

Do unto others as you would have others to do unto you.



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(c) — Tlie Generotis Neighbor.

A fire having broken out in a certain village of Denmark, one
of the inhabitants, a poor man, was very active in affording assist-
ance ; but every endeavor to extinguish the flames was in vain.
At length he was told that his own house was in danger from the
flames, and that if he wished to save his furniture, not a moment
was to be lost. "There is something more precious," replied he,
" that I must first save. My poor, sick neighbor is not able to save
himself; he will be lost if I do not assist him; I am sure he relies
on me." He flew to his neighbor's house, rushed at once at the
hazard of his life through the flames and conveyed the sick man in
his arms to a place of safety. A society at Copenhagen showed
their approbation of his conduct by presenting him with a silver
cup, filled with Danish crowns.

(d)— A Brave Boy.

A boy in New Jersey, at various times, saved four lives before he
was ten years old. When a little over eight years old, he saw his
younger brother break through the ice, where the water was four
feet deep. He had to run twelve or fifteen yards to reach the
pond; and remembering having heard his mother read a story of
a person saving another's life by creeping, because the ice was
not strong enough for him to walk upon it, crept to the hole where
his brother had broken through, reached into the water, and pulled
him out by the hair, after he had sunk for the third time. Creep-
ing backward, he drew the rescued sufferer to the shore.

After this he saved the lives of three boys at the same pond ;
and in one of these instances showed as much presence of mind,
as any grown person could. Seeing the ice was too thin to bear him,
he tried to borrow a sled of a boy near by, who refused it ; but,
pushing the boy over, he seized the sled, and shoved it to the
sinking lad, who caught hold of it, and he, holding by the string,
pulled him to the shore.

(e) — J. Ho%var



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