Spectacles for Little Eyes.
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Publisher: General Books LLC
By: Sarah West LanderExcerpt from book: r CHAPTER III. LOSS OF THE WATCH. OLD STATE HOUSE. POST- OFFICE.THE OLD HOUSE. I Could have waited a long time, looking at the statue and recalling the different anecdotes I have read about Franklin. For, as I said before, we have so few books in the country, that we read them over and over. The life of Franklin is one, and the Bible : and then the Almanac, which you never study, but we did: and we know when to plant and when to reap: and how a small seed brings a great harvest in the field, as in life, and that a blight in the bud, is death to the future crop. You may have heard of these things, but if you never saw crops fail, you can never really know it. I find it is better to know a few books by heart, and a few facts from experience, than to hear, and read, and see so much : that everything seems shifting and changing before your eyes, like the broken images in Charley's kaleidoscope, till you feelnothing is certain : for one image chases away the other, before it has time to stamp an impression on the mind. For instance, the boys had looked at the statue, and now it was time for something new to be found to amuse them. " Come, boys, it must be late," said James, as he pulled out his watch, or he meant to have done so, for he exclaimed hurriedly: " My watch ! Some rascal in the crowd has stolen it! " It was really gone. Oh ! he was so angry ! " What will my father say ?" he exclaimed. " He has always said I was not old enough to carry a watch. If I can only recover it, before he finds it out, I shall not care: but I am more afraid of his ridicule, than I am sorry to lose my watch. But I can't get along without it: now I have had the comfort and convenience of one. I mean to save up my pocket money, till I can buy a silver one for real hard work." ...
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