A little boy, six years old, got his leg broke, and was carried home on a litter. His poor mother, who had long been sick, and was confined to bed, was very much distressed when she knew of it. She tried to get up, but fainted, and had to be put to bed again.
The injury done to the little boy was very great, and when the doctors came to set his broken limb and dress his wounds, he suffered a great deal of pain. But during the whole operation he never uttered a single cry. All the persons present were surprised at this, and one of them asked him if he did not suffer much.
“Oh, very much,” said he, gently; “but I was so afraid of giving pain to mother that I tried to keep from crying.”