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proof of the better way of thinking of modern voyagers than of former ones, that they do not consider it as justifiable to use violence even for the supposed benefit of the people they visit.
Ed. I have read of taking possession of a newly discovered country by setting up the king's standard, or some such ceremony, though it was full of inhabitants.
Mr. B. Such was formerly the custom; and a more impudent mockery of all right and justice cannot be conceived. Yet this, I am sorry to say, is the title by which European nations claim the greatest part of their foreign settlements.
Ed. And might not the natives drive them out again, if they were able ?
Mr. B. I am sure I do not know why they might not; for force can never give right.
Now, Harry, tell me what you think of the story
Harry. I think it very strange that people should want to go back to such a cold dismal place as Greenland.
Mr. B. Why what country do you love best in all the world ?
H. England to be sure !
Mr. B. But England is by no means the warmest and finest country. Here are no grapes growing in the fields, nor oranges in the woods and hedges, as there are in more southern climates. · H. I should like them very well, to be sure-but then England is my own native country, where you and mamma and all my friends live. Besides, it is a very pleasant country, too.
Mr. B. As to your first reason, you must be sensible that the Greenlander can say just the same; and the poor fellow who left a wife and children behind must have had the strongest of all ties to make him wish to return. Do you think I should be easy to be separated from all of you ?
H. No—and I am sure we should not be easy, neither.
Mr. B. Home, my dear, wherever it is, is the spot towards which a good heart is the most strongly drawn. Then, as for the pleasantness of a place, that all depends upon habit. The Greenlander, being accustomed to the way
of living, and all the objects of his own country,could not relish any other so well. He loved whale-fat and seal as well as you can do pudding and beef. He thought rowing his little boat amid the boisterous waves, pleasanter employment than driving a plough or a cart. He fenced against the winter's cold by warm clothing, and the long night of many weeks, which you would think so gloomy, was to him a season of ease
and festivity in his habitation under ground. It is a very kind and wise dispensation of Providence, that every part of the world is rendered the most agreeable to those who live in it.
Now, little Mary, what have you to say ?
Mary. I have only to say, that if they were to offer to carry me away from home, I would scratch their eyes out!
Mr. B. Well said, my girl! stand up for yourself. Let nobody run away with you-against your will.
Mary. That I won't.
THE FARM.YARD JOURNAL.
ŞINCE we parted at the breaking up, I have been for most of the time at a pleasant farm in Hertfordshire, where I have employed myself in rambling about the country and assisting, as well as I could, in the work going on at home and in the fields. On wet days, and in the evenings, I have amused myself with keeping a journal of all the great events that have happened among us; and hoping that when you are tired of the bustle of your busy town, you may receive some entertainment from com. paring our transactions with yours, I have copied out for your perusal one of the days in my memorandum book.