A BOY who is polite to his father and mother is likely to be polite to every one else. A boy lacking politeness to his parents may have the semblance of courtesy in society, but is never truly polite in spirit, and is in danger, as he becomes familiar, of betraying his real want of courtesy. 

We are all in danger of living too much for the outside world, for the impression which we make in society, coveting the good opinion of those friends who will continue to sustain and be interested in us, notwithstanding these defects of deportment and character. We say to every boy and to every girl, Cultivate the habit of courtesy and propriety at home, in the sitting room and the kitchen as well as in the parlor, and you will be sure in other places to deport yourself in a becoming and attractive manner. 

When one has a pleasant smile and a graceful demeanor, it is a satisfaction to know that these are not put on, but that they belong to the character, and are manifest at all times and under all circumstances.



A MOTHER, with her three children, was clinging to the wreck of the steamer Bohemia, when the mother said she must let go and be drowned. 

Her little girl replied, "Hold on a little longer, mother. Jesus walked upon the water and saved Peter, and perhaps he will save us." The little girl's words so strengthened her mother that she held on a few moments more, when a boat was sent to their rescue.


LET no boy think he is to be made a gentleman by the clothes he wears, the horses he rides, the stick he carries, the dog that trots after him, the house he lives in, or the money he spends. 

Not one or all of these things do it; and yet every boy may be a gentleman. He may wear an old hat, cheap clothes, live in a poor house, and spend but little money. But how?  By being true, manly, and honorable, by keeping himself neat and respectable, 

by being civil and courteous, by respecting himself and respecting others, and finally, and above all, by fearing God and keeping his commandments. 

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