Benevolence By Two Brothers

THERE is a fine little story in rhyme which

we would gladly give in full, but it is too

lengthy for our columns. But thinking the

sentiment too good to be lost to our readers,

we relate it as follows: Two boys, Billy and

Joe, were orphans, and they were very poor.

They had neither of them known a father's

care, or a mother's smile, or a sister's love.

They had neither of them a friend in the

world, only as they were bound to each other

by the strong tie of friendship, which their

 extreme poverty made still stronger.

They could not obtain work, for there was

no one to recommend them. They were too

proud to beg, and too honest to steal. Their

only food was such as they picked up about

the street, and their lodging place was 

sometimes in a stairway, 

or in warm weather in the open park.

One cold, dreary day, Joe found a nice

apple, but Billy found nothing. So Joe told

him, "As you are the younger you shall have

this." Billy took it, and bit off a small

piece, and returned it. "Ha! That won't do,"

said Joe; "bite bigger, Billy bigger yet.

You're welcome; that you know."

Children in comfortable circumstances

should learn a lesson from this. It is usually

the case that the more we possess of this

world's goods, the more we desire, and the

more unwilling we are to share our comforts

with others. This should not be so. Oh!

That it might be in the hearts of all who are

blest with the comforts of life, when they

see others less fortunate than they, to say in

their heart, "Bite bigger, bigger yet" that

is, you must share my comforts with me, for

you are quite welcome.