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THE PELICAN.

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GUNPUTTI AND THE MOUSE.

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HE Pelican is a sea-shore

UCH days as Sundays in India are bird, found in many

unknown to the people themparts of Asia, Africa,

selves; their way of having Sunand Europe. Its plu

days being to keep certain holimage, when full grown,

days at different times of the is nearly all white. Its

year, when they worship their wings at full stretch are heathen gods, and make it also a time of sometimes as much as feasting and pleasure. There are so many

twelve feet across. The of these idols, and such tales connected with most curious feature in the Pelican is the them, that it would be easy to fill a large pouch in its throat, in which it stows book with all sorts of stories about them, away its food till the hour of retirement but you must be satisfied this time with and of eating comes round.

hearing of Gunputti, one of those gods The Pelican may often be seen on the that the poor Hindoos think a great deal ledge of a rock, a foot or two above the sur- of. face of the water, sitting in pensive silence Mr. Gunputti is only a little fellow, during the whole day. From time to time, but supposed to have the head of an eleas an unlucky fish comes within reach, it phant, and sometimes, also, is made with i darts its bill into the water with unerring four arms instead of two, and is the god aim, secures its prey, drops it into its pouch, of wisdom. During their great holiday, and resumes its wonted stillness, until the which lasts several days, the Hindoos entime comes when it flies away to some tertain their friends; and the Brahmin lonely spot inland to feast on the contents priests come to their houses, and say of its pouch. It is this habit of seeking their prayers for them to an image of the some remote spot where to feed that leads god, which the people of the house have David to say in the psalm (Ps. cii. 6), 'I already bought for a few copper coins. Pre

a am like a pelican in the wilderness.' sents are made to the priests, and sweetmeats

In the Book of Leviticus (xi. 18) the given to the guests, for you must remember Pelican is named amongst the birds which that Hindoos do not eat meat, but only the Israelites were forbidden to eat, as being rice and vegetables; and this great treat is unclean.

sweetmeats made of powdered cocoa-nut There is a popular tradition that the and sugar, with almonds, and other good Pelican tears open her breast and feeds things. her young ones with her own blood; and Well, now, no doubt you are beginning so from ancient times the Pelican has to wonder what it is about the mouse! been used as an emblem of the atoning Gunputti was very fond of riding about sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who on a mouse, and one day he fell off-very gave up His own life upon the Cross to save silly of him! but then he was but a very sinners. In stained-glass windows, or in small person, and I dare say a mouse would the wood carving of old churches, as well as prove rather a difficult animal to ride. of modern ones, the pelican in her piety,' They say that the moon, which was sbinas the emblem is called, may often be seen. ing very brightly just then, was so amused

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that she laughed very rudely, and made found among the eighty inhabitants of the Gupputti so angry that he quite lost his tem- Charterhouse. per, and used very bad language to her, and The ground on which the Charterhouse finished by saying, that in future anybody now stands has seen many changes. A long who looked at the moon on his birthday time ago-535 years ago-in the reign of -- which is in August, or the beginning Edward III., it was bought by a noble of September---should have very bad luck, knight, Sir Walter de Manny, who had and no end of troubles.

fought bravely against the French in the The Hindoos, who are so silly as to be- great battles of that day, and by him it lieve in this mischievous, bad-tempered, was devoted to the pious purpose of inlittle fellow, are very careful on his birth- terring the dead after the dreadful plague day never to look at the moon.

which raged at that time, and which was do by accident see it, they begin to be commonly called the 'black death.' rude and cross to somebody else, and so Afterwards Ralph Stratford, a Bishop of provoke them that they beat and scold London, bought three acres more of land, them well; and then they think that Gun- which he added to it, and enclosing the putti will be satisfied, and not punish them whole with a brick wall, he built a chapel any further for disobeying his commands there, and called it “Pardon Churchyard.' and looking at the moon on his birthday. He then devoted it to the use of burying

R. M. criminals who had been executed. These

poor people were carried in what was then

called a 'friar's cart,' which was tilted and THE CHARTERHOUSE.

covered all over with black, and had inside

a little bell hanging up, which used to N the great city of London keep on ringing, so that everybody knew

there are homes for father- what was in the cart as it passed by.
less and motherless little The ground has been used for many
boys, and fatherless and mo- things since; among others, it has been an
therless little girls; homes hospital, and now it is the Charterhouse,
for cripples, and old men which is perhaps the best of all, because

and women who are not able our care is more needed for those who are support themselves; homes for widows, living than for the ashes of those who are nd homes for the deaf and the dumb; and departed from us, and have gone to their mong the rest we have the Charterhouse, everlasting home. hich is a kind of home where a certain The inmates of the Charterhouse are umber of old gentlemen, who have lost fed and lodged, and are allowed a cloak eir own means of support, may find a towards their clothing, and twenty pounds ome where they can end their days in a-year for pocket-money, omfort.

A wonderful story is told us of a youth Army men, who have fought for their who lived in the beginning of this century, untry, and have lost an arm or a leg, and who used to sweep crossings. He · met with some other injury, are to be swept one opposite a large goldsmith's, und there. Physicians and authors, wea- near Regent Street. His appearance was ed with the bustle of the world, are to be noticed by the owner of the shop. He

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was at first taken into his employment to

TWO PICTURES. sweep the shop, but he afterwards rose so high in the esteem of his master that he A PLEASANT parlour in a sunny noski

A little girl delighted with her book; became not his servant but his friend. In after years he married the goldsmith’s only Smart shoes and socks, and handsome sash

A clean white frock, long curls of golden bue

, daughter, and became master also of the

of blue; great shop. He grew richer and richer.

A pleasant, rosy, happy little face; His wealth, it is said, was untold, and he

A rounded, childish form, and full of grace

" was courted by persons of the highest rank;

A table spread with bread and jam you see, but in his old age fortune frowned upon

And cake and marmalade, and milk and tes him-he lost as rapidly as he had gained. A mother kind-a drive with her to town, He became poorer and poorer, till he Returning slowly as the sun goes down; could no longer support himself, when he

A pretty bedroom, cosy little bed, entered the Charterhouse as one of its

A mother's hand in blessing on her head; pensioners.

QUILL.
And then the little voice is raised in prayer

. And now we leave her sweetly sleeping there

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