This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ...that be jolly!" "Why Tom," said I, "I can easily see you are not much of a farmer. I don't think it would be jolly at all if we didn't have our good cold weather and fine, refreshing rains. "If the rain should stay away for a year or so, or even for a single season, what distress and misery 1;-there would be! What a cry _ ' there would be for bread! "But God has arranged. everything on this great earth in such a way that His,,, wise plans for our happiness,5' and good are working out " ' every minute of the day." ' "What do you mean by that, Uncle Ben?" said N, Maggie. 5 '-"Well, little Maggie," said I "if the baby-blueeyes hadn't come up out of the ground this year, I suppose you would have been disappointed." "Yes, indeed I would, Uncle Ben," said Maggie. "Well, let us see what plans the wise and kind God had to set going in order that your little flowers might open their blue eyes in the sunlight. "First, the soil must be dampened, so that the seeds would burst into life. To do this, God has to be gathered up from the sea, lakes, and rivers, and gently dropped onto the earth. "This must be done just at the right tim'e, or else the little seed would not be ready to sprout when the sun began to warm the ground. "So God has made the air in such a way that it gathers up the moisture. When the air gets quite damp we can see what we call clouds. "Do you see that beautiful white cloud rolling over the hill, Maggie? There is a part of God's great nature plan. Now, how is the cloud going to get away from the sea and the lakes, so that it will water the dry land? "Well, God sends...
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