that occasioned the thick mist, whicli seemed to hang over the sea last night, when mamma told us it was not fit for us to go out."
Mr. Ashton was pleased with Lewis's frank confession of his fault; but he did not praise his little boy for doing his duty; he knew that the feeling of satisfaction that attended it, would be a sufficient reward.
Laying down the paper, and shaking him kindly by the hand, he said, " Tell me, Lewis, what do you imagine water to be ?"
" I suppose," said Lewis, " it is a simple fluid. I mean, papa, that it is not composed of several ingredients ; unless it be the water of the ocean, which you know is very salt; and sometimes part of the soil through