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Little Helen; or a Day in the Life of a Naughty Girl (~1840)

     "I don't like to get up yet," said Helen Vernon to her maid, Ann Shirley, who came to call her. "It is too early, and I'm very sleepy; why did you wake me?"...



The Wagon Boy; or Trust in Providence (~1840)

     "Richard Edwards was a studious boy; and while at school, he attended closely to his books, never suffering his attention to be diverted for a moment. The desk he occupied was shared with Thomas Johnson, an idle indolent youth, who hated his books, and if the teacher's eye was not on him, he would often be in a state of complete slumber..."



Lovely Flowers (~1850)

     "This little girl has a grandmother who she is very fond of, and every week she takes her something nice to eat. The old lady is sickly, and has frequently to stay in bed two or three days at a time, and has no one to take care of her, but this little girl..."



Rich Maggie and Her Sisters (~1880)

     "There lived in a very poor village in Scotland a man and his wife named Blair, with three children. When Blair fell ill with the fever, and his wife was laid up with work and nursing, little Maggie, the eldest, did her best to look like a woman and do all a woman could. She looked to the cow, milked it, and made the butter; she mixed the porridge, she waited on her father, she was never at rest, and the other two went about as quiet as lambs, waiting to be set to such work as they could do..."



Our Boys (~1900)

     "My young friend, read this leaflet and allow the experience of the writer to influence you in your early efforts. If it is your intention to follow mercantile pursuits, commence as early as at the age of fifteen. The boys of to-day are those who will soon represent us civilly, commercially, nationally and religiously...."