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How Uncle Dave Made an ,Encyclopaedia.


How Uncle Dave Made an Encyclopaedia. "I do wish," said Rob to Uncle Dave, "that we had an encyclopaedia in the house! I so often want information on different subjects and it is not always convenient to go to the public library." f'Well, why don't you make one?" said Uncle Dave. "Make one!" cried Rob; "you are joking .surely. "Not at a.!), said his uncle, rising and going towards his desk. "Have you seen mine?" "No," said Rob, with eyes full of wonder, and following him across the room. Uncle Dave opened a drawer, And taking out a good sizeKI book, laid it on the desk and invited Rob to examine it. He opened it to the front and found a neat index, each letter of the alphabet having a full plage. Some of these were well filled with numerous subjects beginning with the same letter;, while others bad only a few. Under the letter "A" he found Ants," "Alphabet," "Alligators," "'Apples," etc; under "B" Beetles," "Buoys," "Bees," "Banjo," "Bears," etc. He turned to the page devoted to ants and found scraps pasted in on the following subjects: "The strength of an ant." "An ant fifteen years old," "Work of white ants," "Did the ant talk." Intensely interested, he turned to the letter "S," and found the following subjects trteate3: "Ships," "Stags," "Swallows," "Sealq." "Spinning-wheels," "Spiders, "Sponges," etc. He turned to the page which referred to snails, and became interested in knowing that snails possess quite an affection for each other, and that large farms in Switzerland are devoted to the raising of these small beings. He Taughed outright when he read that if a snail lost his head, and was put in a cool place, a new one would very soon be grown. "Why, Uncle Dave, I think this is just splendidt Do you think I could ever make one like it?" "There is no reason why you should not, my boy. All you need do is to scan carefully every paper that passes through your hands. Much valuable information on every subject is too often consigned to the waste-paper basket or used to kindle the kitchen fire. I carry a small pair of scissors in my pocket, and whenever I come across an item suitable for my book I clip it out immediately, for if a paper is once laid aside you may never think of it again." "Then that isuthe reason," said Ralph, with a sly look at ft uncle, why you are always so generous with your papers and willing to let everyone else have the first reading of them." "Certainly," said Uncle Dave, "for I know that an item clipped from a paper is much more interesting than oil that remains—to some people, at least." "Well," said Rob, closing the book and rising, as it is a rainy day and we cannot have our match ball-game, I will go and look over the weekly accumulation of papers and make a beginning at once. Why, Uucle Dave, every item you pa te in your book makes it of more value. We. have to write a short paper on a different subject every week at school, and often we are allowed to choose our own subject, and I never know where to go for interesting iniocsnation." "Meantime," said Uncle Dave, "while your book is still in embryo, you may have free access to mine." "Oh, thank you, Uncle Dove! I sball look forward to my weekly paper now with pleasure instead of dread," said Bob, as he left the room with a happy look in his eyes. "Nothing like giving a boy: something to do anJ something to think shout," said Uncle Dave, as he laid his precious book away in the drawer, "particularly when it is in keep- ing with his studies.-Jesde R. Baldwin in The Baptist."




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