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mother and friends at home. There they found concur- rence, A variety of methods were adopted, suited to their respective positions. () n<' wa ystematically to perform Borne Blight domestic Bervice, to which a Bti- pend was attached. Another was to aid in the depart- ment of plain needle-work, or mending, all happily bearing upon the cultivation of a taste for household good. If it was found that these new occupations in- vaded the time appropriated to their daily lessons, they promised to rise an hour earlier in the morning. Their fixedness of purpose was remarkable ; so was their in- genuity in searching out forms of remunerative indus- try. During one afternoon reading of History, I ob- served one bright little head bent over her desk, instead of the accustomed attitude of face to the circle. On going to her seat I found her with an elongated piece of leather on her lap, in which she was dexterously in- serting slender pieces of bent wire. To the inquiry, what she was doing, she briskly answered :

" Setting card-teeth for the spinning machines. They have promised to pay me."

" How did you learn the art ? "

" Oh, in their shop, by looking on a few minutes. It is more profitable work than I could get at home."

"When they brought their first contribution at the opening of a new month, under this new regime, ob- serving their eyes to beam with a deep satisfaction, I said : " You have not cast into the treasury that which

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