VISIT TO AN OLD SEAMAN. 47
for the old man, of a well filled tobacco-box, on the lid of which was represented a ship in a storm, with the motto, " Such is Life." Lewis chose a book for the eldest boy, who had learned to read pretty well at the National School; and Mrs. Ashton did not doubt, but the frock which she had madefor little Charley, would give pleasure to the fond mother as well as to the child.
The old seaman was sitting at the low door, when his friends approached, busily engaged in cutting a small vessel from a block of wood, while his little grandsons intently watched the progress of the work.
He rose on perceiving his visitors, uttering an exclamation of surprise and pleasure; and then asked, if they