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into a quiet sleep, and the mother sent her

son Willie out for a walk, saying that he N a dressing-table in a must go, or else he would be ill, as he had

bed-room of a beau- been attending his sister all that day, and
tiful house in Russell several days before.
Square lay a white Willie obeyed, and walked along wishing
rose, prepared for the he could satisfy Annie's craving for a white
hair of Edith Warner, rose. He wandered along to St. James's
who was that evening Square, a carriage dashed past him and

going to a children's stopped at one of the houses. This carparty. When Edith entered the room riage contained no other than Edith Warshe said to her maid, “Oh, Mary, how ner. As she alighted, the rose, which had often I have told you white does not suit been hastily put in, fell from her hair. me? Why could you not buy me some She passed into the house without noticing coloured flower?' The maid answered that her loss, nor did the footman perceive it the florist had not many flowers, as it was either. The carriage drove away as Willie the month of January ; so her young lady came up, and he caught sight of the rose began to dress.

lying on the pavement; wondering to find Edith had not been long dressing when the very flower he wished, he picked it up a servant came upstairs to say that the car- and carried it to his own home. During riage was at the door and her father was his absence a great change had come over waiting, so, hastily fastening the rose in her his sister; the delirium had left her -- but hair, Edith went to the party; where we will she was dying. When Willie opened the leave her, and pay a visit to one who was door she welcomed him with a sweet smile, placed in very different circumstances. and a look of intelligence came into her

In a miserable house in the neighbour- eyes which had not been there for days. hood of St. Giles's there was lying ill.with Joy beamed in her face at the sight of the fever a little girl, about the age of ten. white rose, but she was too weak to exShe was now in the midst of poverty and press her pleasure except by signs. Her wretchedness, but she had once enjoyed the mother and brother watched the whole pleasures of the country when her father, night, and when the morning was beginning who was now dead, was a labourer on a to dawn, the dying child woke, and said, farm. Her mother and brother stood at her in such a low tone that she could scarcely bedside and watched the sick child with be heard,increasing anxiety. Annie, for that was * Then with all the saints in glory the child's name, was very very ill, and her

Join to praise our Lord and King.' mind wandered. It was painful to hear She then cast a loving look on her mohow often her thoughts went back to her ther and brother, and also on the white rose country life, to its flowers and fields, and which lay in her hand, a sweet smile overspecially to a favourite white rose-tree, a spread her features, and her spirit was at blossom from which she cried for in rest. vain.

We cannot tell of the sorrow of the moHer mother and brother watched long by ther and brother, but Willie's sorrow was Annie's bedside. After some time she fell somewhat soothed by the thought that his

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“Yes, we must look everywhere; he may THE HEDGE OF THORNS.

have lamed himself, and not be able to (Continued from p. 131.)

crawl home.'

"Perhaps he's been bitten by a rat; you CHAPTER IV.

know how they get up in the pipes; and LEMENT,' said his father

Simpson says they are very ferocious. Only at breakfast, do you I hardly think they dare attack him, unknow that Tartar wouldn't

less it was in his sleep.' attend to my whistle last • Attack him! I should think not; he'd night? He won't be or

rat them, I promise you. And Tartar's dered about by any one master laughed at the notion ; but the but his own master, it laugh had not its usual merry ring. seems, so I was obliged Just then the boys came in sight of the to lock him out.'

tool-house. "Poor fellow ! he wouldn't like that. I

Why, you never shut the door after can't think where he was off to; I never all!' cried Harry in a tone of reproach. knew him stay away like that before.'

Clement flushed up uneasily. His neg“Well, you must see after him directly lected duty had quite escaped his memory you've done your breakfast; but I dare say till that moment; and now it was Sunday, he made himself comfortable enough in one and he had his best clothes on : he could of the out-houses.'

hardly set about straightening the place “May I go now, father?'

then. “Yes, if you've finished.'

• It's not the door only,' he said crossly; “I'll go too; may I?' said Harry, and I forgot the whole business together.' the boys ran out together.

You promised me; and see all these They searched about in the yard and things left outside!' said Harry. 'Father sheds, and Clement whistled and called; will be very angry if he comes down here.' but it seemed all in vain, Tartar was not I'm very sorry,' apologised Clement. to be found. Then they made inquiries 'I know it's too bad of me, but I'd only in the village, but nothing had been seen time for my lessons before dinner: at least,' of him.

-he corrected himself, feeling he was not Suppose he's been stolen ? He's such keeping to the exact truth,-- I lost the a beauty!' said Clement proudly, but with time somehow, and got thrown at the last. a quiver in his voice.

I quite meant to do it, though-I never • Father would offer a reward, or put an intended to break my word : I thought I'd advertisement in the paper, or do some- run on home before you and James, but it thing,' returned Harry. ‘But it is queer.' went altogether out of my head. But it's

Very, very queer,' was the rejoinder. no good worrying now, it can't be helped. My poor old Tartar!'

Father will be vexed; and fancy how * We've not been down to the arbour,' Simpson will blow up!' persisted Harry, not said Harry, as they turned in at the garden- disposed to make light of the matter. gate; and though the suggestion did not Well, I shan't let you bear any of the seem to offer much hope, Clement caught / blame, of course. Stay, I'll tumble these at it as a last chance.

rakes and things in, and put them straight

mustn't fret so much; let us try and find CAST thy bread upon the waters, and

early in the morning, before Simpson • It's my doing as much as yours, said comes.'

Harry, with prompt kindness. . We both “You'll go to sleep again after Ann has left the things about; we must have got called you, as you did on Thursday,' Harry down that packet by mistake with the could not help saying, but he repented of seeds.' the words the next instant in deep sorrow But I agreed to clear away and to leave for his brother.

all right. You are very kind, Harry, but On the threshold of the tool-house Tar- it's of no use; I know quite well it is all tar lay, stretched stiff and cold ; and Cle- my doing, that it's all the fault of my ment's cry of despair over his dead favourite horrid laziness. Oh! if I had only just Was piteous to hear.

run down here and locked the door, Tartar Come, Clement! come, Clement !' said would be alive now.' little Harry gently, after looking on for a Mr. Harley said very little, the boy's own while at the other's grief: 'you mustn't go remorse was punishment enough ; and the on like this; it's dreadful to see you!' lesson it pointed out scarcely needed any

Finding he was not attended to, if in- comment for the time. deed he were heard at all, he ran to the

(Concluded in our next.) house and fetched his father, telling him what had happened.

MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE EAST. Mr. Harley raised Clement from the

BREAD UPON THE WATERS. ground. Come, my boy,' he said, you

VAST out how it is: poor Tartar was in perfect

thou ' health yesterday, I am sure.'

(Eccles. xi. 1.) Clement roused himself to help at the Rice is the food most used in the East. examination. There was no wound any- In Egypt it is used even to this day. where. Mr. Harley looked round the tool- Every year, when the snows melt off the house carefully, and exclaimed at once :- mountains, the river Nile rises up high "Oh! it's plain enough! What can

and overflows its banks, and covers all the that stupid Simpson have been thinking country round it with water. Rain is of to leave this stuff about? He's been scarcely ever seen in Egypt, and it would buying poison lately for the rats, I know; be a desert but for the river that waters it. I've just picked this packet up from the The people set down stakes, every man to floor.

mark out his own land, before the waters The boys looked at each other, and come. When the Nile has risen, and all the Clement turned white as

a sheet.

The land is covered with water, they go out in truth flashed upon him in an instant; it little boats to sow their rice by casting it was his own carelessness which had caused on the waters. The rice sinks in the mud Tartar's death.

below, and when these waters are gone they 'It is not Simpson's fault, father, he find that it has taken root and sprouted, said in a husky voice; “it is mine. Poor and it grows up and gives them a barvest. Tartar!'--and his tears dropped on the Rice is the chief food in Egypt. This is dog's lifeless body at his feet—it is your Casting their bread upon the waters, and master who has killed you.'

finding it after many days.'


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