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Thomas,” said Frank, “ for I think that boy will lead him into some trouble before night.”
George. Father will be sorry too, for he knows Philip; I wish we had contrived to get away from him when he first joined us, but I thought we could all leave him when the time would come for us to go home.
Frank. We are not to go to the waterworks before afternoon. I should like to walk about, and see some more of the town.
George. We inust go home first, and let father know that we have left the election ground.
Prank. Is there no sight to see, that you have to pay money for?
George. Yes, there is the museum, but I do not know if it is open to-day; and besides, you must be there a good many hours, to see all the things in it.
Frank. What is to be seen there?
George. Beasts, and birds, and insects, and beautiful stones, and different kinds of earth and shells, and some pictures, and some figures of Indians, just as they look in the woods where they live.
Frank. And snakes too, I suppose; see them, and birds, and beasts, without paying for it; but I should like to see the Indians.
George. But you cannot see the same kind of animals that are there; and then, there is the mammoth.
Frank. Yes, I have heard of that: how large is it?
George. Three times as large--yes, four times, as any animal you ever saw.
Frank. I have seen a large elephant.
George. So have I, but it is a small animal compared to the mammoth; and what must it have been with flesh and skin on?
Frank. Why, is it only the bones that are in the museum?
George. Yes; father told me some men were digging in a great swamp, in the state of New York for clay, and they found some of the bones of the mammoth. Mr. Peale, who owns the museum, bought them, with liberty to dig for the rest.
Frank. And did he get them all?
of those which were wanting made; and now, when
you look at it, you can think what a dreadful beast it must have been.
Robert. There is father coming up the street.
When Mr. Hilton came near, George asked him if they might go and walk, to show Frank the city, until dinner time. Yes, said Mr. Hilton, take him to see the hospital; and he has some money to pay for seeing sights; he might go to see the great picture that is at the hospital, in a small building, you know, George. George. Father, I want to see it
much, and I have money enough left of that which I earned last election day to pay: but I should like Harry and Robert to go too.
Harry. I have a pretty good stock now from what I have made by over work, and if you can pay half for Robert I will pay the other half.
Frank. If George cannot, I will, and so we can all
go. Mr. Hilton. You have worked hard, Harry, for what you have earned; your offer is kind,
but I will give Robert money to pay
for himself. I know you make good use of your earnings by assisting your mother. Go on, boys, and be at home at twelve o'clock-you will have more than two hours until then. But where is Thomas?
George. Philip Radly persuaded him to stay on the election ground, but he said, he would come away soon.
Mr. Hilton. I am sorry to hear he has such a companion; I must try if I can find him when I have given my vote.
The boys were soon before the railings of the yard in front of the hospital; and while Frank was asking questions about the building, his eyes rested on a statue in the middle of the yard: “who is that?” said he, pointing to it.
George. It is the statue of William Penn, and our state is called Pennsylvania, because he settled it.
Frank. What a fine building the hospital is. Can
person go into it, and be nursed without paying?
George. Any person who is hurt and is
taken there directly, can go in without an order or paying; but poor sick persons must have an order from a manager to get them in. Come, now, let us go to see the picture. They soon entered the building where the picture is placed, and were surprised to find it so large as to have a great number of figures in it. A gentleman named Birman was in the room, and observing the decent appearance and civil manners of the boys, he told them he would answer any questions that they wished to ask. He said that some of the
persons in the picture were scribes and pharisees --and that some (which he pointed to) were the disciples of Jesus; one of whom, standing near to his master, showed in his mild countenance, the character of the beloved Johna mother with a sick infant; a father with his maniac child; a palsied man, and several other diseased beings, placed their pleading looks upon him of whom it was prophesied, “ Himself took our infirmities and healed our sicknesses;” and who fulfilled the prophecy, by having compassion on the suffering multitude that sought him; and by healing all that had