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E. I could help to carry him into a house.

M. And I would tell the people what to do; only the worst of it is, I do not know myself.

Mr. F. You see, then, how important knowledge is, to all who would learn to act a kind and useful part in cases of accident. Now, attend to me while I explain the proper course to be taken with a drowned person.


Lose not a moment in sending for a doctor, and proceed in the following manner till he arrives. Ist, Carry the drowned man carefully, with his head and shoulders raised higher than the rest of his body. 2ndly, Take off his wet clothes. 3rdly, Rub him with cloths till he is quite dry. 4thly, Wrap him in a blanket made as warm as possible. 5thly, Place him in a warm bed. 6thly, Wipe and clean his mouth and nostrils. 7thly, Pass a

heated warming pan, or hot bricks covered with flannel, all along the back and spine. 8thly, Put bladders or bottles of hot water, or heated bricks wrapped in flannel, to the pit of the stomach, the arm pits, the soles of the feet, and other parts. 9thly, Rub the body thoroughly with hot flannel." 10thly, If a tub of hot water, as hot as the hand can bear without pain, can be procured, put the body into it. 11thly, Rub the body briskly with the hand. 12thly, Put the nose of a pair of bellows into one nostril, carefully closing the other and the mouth, at the same time drawing downwards and pushing gently backwards the upper part of the windpipe, to allow the air to pass more freely. Blow the bellows gently till the breast is raised; set the mouth and nostril free, and press the chest moderately. Continue this course patiently and hopefully, till life appears, and then apply sal-volatile, or hartshorn, to the nostrils. You must help each other to remember these particulars, if you really wish to learn to act in a way

useful to


fellowcreatures. Beside, you can ask me any thing that you may happen to forget.

E. There are a great many things to call to mind; but I think that I shall write them out, and try to remember them.

Mr. F. The way to recover one apparently dead from intense cold, is to rub the body with snow, cold water;

but the sooner



my head.

a doctor is procured the better. If by any accident, Mary, your clothes should take fire, how would you act ?

M. Mamma has told me that I ought to roll myself up in the carpet; for, as long as I stand upright, the fire would flame up towards

Mr. F. Very good; this would be much better than running out of the house into the open air, screaming: and if your brothers, Edward and Thomas, were near, they would do well to wrap a great coat, or a cloak, a blanket, or a hearth-rug round you. If blowing the hot coals, with a pair of bellows, makes the fire burn fiercer, so running into the open air would make your clothes burn faster. As long as we are all liable to so

any accidents and painful visitations, it becomes us, as far as we are able, to learn how to act a useful part. If, by our ignorance and want of firmness, the life of a fellow-creature had been lost, or his property destroyed, how deeply should we regret that we did not know how to act, or that we were not equal to the occasion! As long as we have the means of obtaining necessary information, we ought to use them; and as long as by the right use of our reason we may strengthen our self-possession and resolution, it becomes a duty to do so. Many things which are fearful to us would cease to be so, if we were familiar with them. The sight of a wound, a leech, a

lancet, or a basin of blood are trying things to many; but, by accustoming themselves to them, by degrees, their painful feelings are greatly lessened.' Think, children, what a comfort it would be to you, if, by learning to act, you should ever be able to give effectual assistance in such trying accidents as those I have mentioned.




When Mr. Franklin again met his young people, he began at once to speak to them on the subject, on which he had before spoken, telling them that the very desire to act with humanity often prompted the means. “Every thing we do or say that has a tendency to make others humane, is in itself an act of humanity; when a minister of the gospel urges on his congregation the duties of Christian love and kindness to all, it is an act of humanity; and when an author writes a book with the same object, thatis an act of humanity also.”

Mary. And when a kind father teaches his children how they may act humanely, that must be as much an act of humanity as the others.

Thomas. Yes, that it must.

Mr. Franklin. Oh! oh! Then you are beginning to teach me, are you. Čome! this is a proof that


have made some progress, however. I was going to tell you that all humane people feel much sympathy for those who labour in the midst of hardship and danger: such for instance as sailors, who, conveying merchandise over the roaring deep, are always

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