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Fitting A Child, Or Making A Child Fit
IT is a general belief, and in most cases a well-founded one, that children show pretty early some indication of what they are fitted to do. Parents will do well to look for these indications, and pay more attention to them than often is given.
Creeping Into Knowledge
The creeping period is, as Mrs. Kate E. Blake has said, a trying period for the young mother who has rejoiced in the dainty sweetness of her baby, and especially in its dear little hands.
A Children's Hour
THE world is too much with us, exclaims Wordsworth: and it wedges its way into the sacred seclusion of home, and between mother and children. Every mother cries out that she gives her life to her children; and yet the children may feel that they scarcely know her, or that she knows them.
Children And Guests
ONE of the oldest and raciest of household maxims is that - Children should be seen and not heard. This, it is true, may be over-applied, resulting in loss of self-confidence and embarrassing shyness in children too often and too carelessly repressed.
Development And Discipline - Bullying
THE bully is almost always a weak child, whose mind is affected by his physical deficiencies. This may explain him to a certain extent, but it does not excuse him, unless in the eyes of some foolish mother, from whom he hides, as well he can, the meanness of his soul: for the thing a bully needs to learn is nobility.
Development And Discipline - Breaking His Will
TRAINING the child's will is training its power to make right choices.
The Boy And His Den
IF you wish your boy to be supremely happy, if you want to cultivate within him a desire for self-dependence, if you would like him to become neat in appearance, you should let him have a room, a corner of the house that is all his own.
On the Way to Jamaica
THE next authorised stopping place in the way of our steamer was Kingston, Jamaica ; but owing to the earthquake it had been decreed that we could not put in there, but must go rather to Port Antonio on the north of the island.
Kingston in Ruins
I REACHED Kingston less than a month after the disastrous earth-quake, travelling from Port Antonio by train across the island. On approaching the capital we looked out anxiously for signs of ruin, but there was nothing noteworthy to be seen along the line.
Admiral John Benbow
IN the old Parish Church of Kingston there lies buried Admiral John Benbow. His grave, near by the chancel rails, is covered with a large black stone, embellished with a coat of arms.
Port Royal As it Was
BEAUTIFUL indeed in its setting is the little sea town of Port Royal. It stands far away from the land, a speck on the deep, at the very mouth of Kingston Harbour.
Tom Bowling's Chantry
THE most human building in the town of Port Royal is the old church. Viewed from the outside it is small, insignificant and ugly, being little more than a cube of plaster standing in a disintegrated graveyard.
Colon, Panama
THE homeward journey commences at Jamaica, being made in the mail steamer which comes down from New York. The ship travels eastwards along the Spanish Main, its earliest port of call being Colon on the Isthmus of Panama.
Morgan's Raid
MORGAN'S Raid took place in 1671, yet the folk of Panama speak of it still. It can never be forgotten, for it led to the destruction of the old capital and the founding of the new, the present Panama being some five or six miles to the west of the city that Morgan demolished.
Grog's Victory
SHORTLY after leaving Colon the steamer comes in sight of the beautiful cape of Manzanillo, a green cape where tree-covered hills rise one behind the other until they are lost far away in the haze. In this cape of creeks is an inlet where lies the shrunken town of Porto Bello.
Sir Francis Drake
PORTO BELLO is memorable as the burial-place of that most adventurous of British seamen, Sir Francis Drake, while to the east of the point is the Gulf of Darien, where was laid the scene of a strange and characteristic episode in his life.
Cartagena Harbour
SOME twenty-two hours suffice for the passage from Colon to Cartagena, the most wonderful and picturesque city on the Spanish Main. As first seen, when approached from the south, it may be a city fashioned by enchantment.
The City Of Cartagena
CARTAGENA, the sea-environed city, the city of unforgotten centuries, is a place of surprising charm. The sun and the wind have bleached it, the rain has dappled the sheltered wall with tints of madder and grey, but it remains yet a fine memorial of the gorgeous days of Spain.
Puerto Colombia
THE next place touched at after Cartagena is Puerto Colombia A spot less dull is hardly to be conceived. It consists of a long, bulbous-ended pier which has been shot out into the blue like a chameleon's tongue.
The Sargasso Sea
We are to call at the Azores on the way to England, and so must pass across the Sargasso Sea. This remarkable piece of water lies in the centre of the North Atlantic, a tideless pool almost equal in area to the continent of Europe.
Vanishing Island
As the Azores are approached the steamer traverses that ocean area which was the favourite haunt of the Vanishing Island. This island, so full of interest to the ancient mariner, was less definite or more careless as to its precise position than are most tracks of land.
Sough Of An Old Song
ST. MICHAEL'S presents itself as a long island with volcanic hills at either end, and in the centre a wide monotonous slope sweeping down to the sea, at the foot of which lies the town of Ponta Delgada.
The Sites In And Around Rome
I KNOW not when the desire possessed me first, but from my boyhood days, I longed to walk the streets and visit the palaces and behold the monuments of eternal Rome ; and when, at length, what had been life's dream became a reality, my heart thrilled and trembled as I caught sight, for the first time, of the world-renowned Capitol.
The ancient Tiber and its island
And this is Rome ! the city of the Caesars, the home of the Popes, the once proud mistress of the world, the center of all that is most glorious, most remarkable in human history, all that is most en-during in art, all that is most memorable and inspiring in the lives of men.
Capitoline, Palatine and Caelian Hills
The Island of the Tiber is nowhere to be seen and the only suggestion of the Tiber itself is that stretch of white embankment in the middle distance on our left, and seen just to the left of that nearest tower.
Aventine Hill and distant Alban Mountains
We are looking somewhat south of east here, and there on our extreme left is the substantial building on the Caelian Hill. Now we can see the Aventine Hill, the last of the seven hills on the south.
the Eternal City, from the dome of St. Peter's
What a magnificent prospect! Half of Rome is lying at our feet. There, four hundred feet below us, is the great Piazza of St. Peter's, on which men, horses and carriages look like mere dots on the pavement.
The great Pontifical Palace, the Vatican
Here then is the Vatican, the Palace of the Popes. Off to our right, we know, is the great, broad city of Rome, with its mass of buildings and ruins collected there during all the long centuries.
St. Peter's and the Vatican
The pavement of the Piazza alone cost nearly one hundred thousand dollars, equal in purchasing power in America to double that amount and two hundred thousand soldiers, infantry, cavalry and artillery, can stand upon it.
The Great Altar—St. Peter's Church
Like a burst of supernal grandeur is the scene which here greets our eyes ! The church rises about us like a glistening mountain of precious stones, its huge rectangular columns (portions of three of which can be seen to our right) covered with rare marbles.
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