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Sir Richard Arkwright.
HEN Sir Richard Arkwright went first to Man
chester he hired himself to a petty barber ; but being remarkably frugal he saved money out of a very scanty income. With these savings he took a cellar, and commenced business. At the cellar-head he displayed this inscription,
“Subterranean shaving, with keen razors, for one penny !” The novelty had a very successful effect, for he soon had plenty of customers—so much so, that several brother tonsors who before had demanded twopence were obliged to reduce their terms. They also styled themselves subterranean shavers, although they all their lives had lived and worked above ground. Upon this Arkwright determined upon a still farther reduction, and shaved for a halfpenny. A neighbouring cobbler one day descended the original subterranean tonsor's steps in order to be shaved. The fellow had a remarkably strong beard. Arkwright, beginning to lather him, said he hoped he would give him another halfpenny, for his beard was so strong it might spoil his razors. The cobbler declared he would not. Arkwright then shaved him for the halfpenny, and immediately gave him two pairs of shoes to mend. This was the basis of Arkwright's extraordinary fortune ; for the cobbler, struck with this unexpected favour, introduced him to the inspection of a cotton machine, invented by his particular friend. The plan of this Arkwright got possession of, and it gradually led him to the dignity of knighthood, and the accumulation of half-a-million of money.
A PRAYER OF ST. AUGUSTINE.—0 Thou, who are the way, the truth, and the life ; in whom there is no darkness, error, vanity, nor death ; the light, without which there is darkness; the way, without which there is wandering ; the truth, without which there is error; the life, without which there is death : say, Lord, Let there be light, and I shall see light, and eschew darkness ; I shall see the way, and avoid wandering ; I shall see the truth, and shun error; I shall see life, and escape death. O, illuminate my blind soul, which sitteth in darkness and the shadow of death, and direct my feet in the way of peace.
A VISIT TO THE LEICESTER MUSEUM. As I had heard and read of several animals, &c., which were to be seen in this museum, I was anxious to visit it.
On entering the garden of the museum I saw two cannons which were taken from the Russians by the English in the Crimea. After viewing these and several other interesting things, I went into the room in which the animals are collected. The first thing I saw was a large white bear in a glass ease. There is also an Egyptian mummy, with the coffin in which it was found ; and, walking on, I saw a tiger, elk, leopard, and several monkeys, all of which looked as if they were alive,
There is also a fine collection of birds, many of which have their eggs under them. Some of the birds have very gorgeous plumage, which I admired very much ; but all looked very pretty. There appeared to be every species collected there, from the small hummingbird to the eagle.
I next went into a room in which ancient remains, &c., are collected, such as Roman earthen vessels and part of a Roman pavement, which were found in Leicester.
Going into the sculpture-room, I noticed several figures, but especially the “Dying Gladiator," who rested on his arm, with the blood ebbing from a wound in his side.
WALTER HURST (aged 12). National School, Great Wigston, Leicestershire. I certify that the above is entirely the composition of Walter Hurst.
E. J. ANDREWS, Master.
WILLIAM ALLEN-A TRAFALGAR HERO. Mr. EDITOR,—Sir—We thank you very much for your Young Scholar. Master has kindly provided us with twenty copies, which we read in class. The life of Nelson has been a capital lesson. We had in our village a short time ago one of the last of Nelson's heroes, whose name was William Allen. He was born at Newtown, in Charnwood Forest, in the year 1781. When young, his friends removed to London. One day he was playing at marbles, with two other boys, on Ludgate Hill, when the pressgang carried them off and placed them on board 'a training ship, where he remained until he was thirteen years of age.
Then he was drafted, together with eleven other boys about his own age, and sent out to sea. Allen was, after many changes, put on board Nelson's ship during the battle of Trafalgar. On one occasion, when passing not far from Nelson, and a short time before Nelson was shot, a tin canister was knocked out of his hand by a shot: he escaped unhurt. He came from
Greenwich Hospital to Ruddington a few years ago, with a good pension. Our master took great interest in our sailor-boy, as we lads called him. The old man had become very infirm during last summer, and was
unable to walk up to the school-house to spend his evening with master, so the schoolboys formed a team to draw him in a Bath. chair, which one of the trustees lent for the oocasion. After spending the evening with master, we had much pleasure in seeing the old tar home. This was about the last time he was out. We were amused at his broad-brimmed hat, long-lapped blue coat, with big brass buttons. He was respectably interred on the east side of our churchyard, on Advent Bunday. We are told there is only one of the gallant crew left.
GEORGE HENRY JOHN DUTTON (aged 11 years), Standard VI., Ruddington Free School, December 28th, 1872. Certified by W. SPENCER, Ruddington Free School.
THE DEATH OF DIDO. Dido, the Carthagenian Queen, is in love with the Dardan, Æneas : he does not accept her hand; therefore, she slays herself, after pronouncing a curse upon his race.—The subject is taken from Virgil's Æneid, Book 4.
Picture the Carthagenian Queen,
J. H. PIGGIN (aged 12).
HENRY PIGGIN, Minister.
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Cowards are cruel : let the brave