MANY years ago, there was a frightful eruption of Mount Etna, which obliged the inhabitants of the surrounding country to run in every direction for safety.

Amidst the hurry and confusion of this scene, while every one was carrying away what he thought most precious, two sons, in the midst of their anxiety for the preservation of their goods, recollected their father and mother, who, being both very old, were not able to save themselves by flight. "Where," exclaimed the generous youths, "shall we find a more precious treasure than our parents?" This said, the one took up his father on his shoulder, the other his mother, and so made their way through the surrounding smoke and flames.

They were rewarded by the respect and affection of their neighbors, by the thankfulness and the tears of their parents, and by their own subsequent prosperity and happiness.