seized the informer as they were passing through a wood, tied him up to a tree, and gave him a tremendous thrashing.
The boy threatened to tell of it; but he assured him that he would certainly kill him if he did; so he never ventured to disclose it.
In general, his conscience reproved him as soon as he had done anything wrong, and he hastened to make atonement.
A poor boy, who attended the same school, usually brought a very scanty dinner.
One day, the spirit of mischief led Isaac to spoil the poor child's provisions by filling his little pail with sand.
When the boy opened it, all eagerness to eat his dinner, the tears came into his eyes; for he was very hungry.
This touched Isaac's heart instantly.
‘Oh, never mind, Billy,’ said he. ‘I did it for fun; but I'm sorry I did it. Come, you shall have half of my dinner.’
It proved a lucky joke for Billy; for from that day henceforth, Isaac always helped him plentifully from his own stock of provisions.
Isaac and his elder brother were accustomed to set traps in the woods to catch partridges.
One day, when he was about six years old, he went to look at the traps early in the morning and finding his empty, he took a plump partridge from his brother's trap, put it in his own and carried it home as his. When his brother examined the traps, he said he was sure he
caught the bird, because there were feathers sticking to his trap; but Isaac maintained