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Published for the Proprieto-s by W. WELLS GARDNER, 2 Paternoster Buildings, Lon lon.

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THE SCAPE-GOAT.

has been taken, and where, perhaps, it will

wander about till it die. HE High Priest of the people

In later times, when it was not easy to of Israel wore a very beau

find a land not inhabited' near Jerusatiful dress. (Exod. xxviii.)

(Exod. xxviii.) lem, the scape-goat used to be led away He had on his head a crown

to a precipice, twelve miles from Jerusaof gold, on which was written

lem, where it was thrown over the edge ‘Holiness to the Lord;' his

and was killed by dashing against the rocks. dress was of white and blue

Like the other ceremonies of the law of and scarlet, with pomegran- Moses, this was a picture and foreshadowates and bells of gold round the bottom, ing of Christ. When our High Priest, and on his breast he wore twelve different

Jesus the Son of God,' came down from jewels, on each of which was written the

Heaven to die for us, He put off His glory, name of one of the tribes of Israel.

and He took on Him the form of a serBut every year on the great Day of

vant.' When, like the one goat, He died Atonement, the High Priest put off this

He carried away all our sins like the other glorious dress, and put on the plain white

(the scape-goat), for the Lord had laid on dress of a common priest—and then two

Him the iniquity of us all. And now goats were brought to him, and he cast lots

He is within the vail—that is, in Heaven upon

the two goats, one lot for the Lord, itself, where He has spriukled His blood and the other lot for the scape-goat. The

on the mercy-seat for our salvation. goat upon which the Lord's lot fell was then killed as a sin-offering for the people, and the High Priest took some of the blood

THE STAFF AND THE LANTERN. within the vail into the Holy of Holies,

(Continued from p. 155.) the most sacred part of the temple, and there he sprinkled it upon the mercy-seat, and before the mercy-seat.

allure her so much as the prospect And after this the High Priest took the of rest; and when he told her of all the ease other goat, which was called the scape-goat, and comfort of his house, and of all the and he laid both his hands upon the head sweets and luxuries of his table, she paused of the live goat, and confessed over him to listen. As she paused her foot pained all the iniquities of the children of Israel, her more, and instead of leaning more and all their transgressions in all their firmly upon her staff and looking at it by sins, putting them on the head of the the light of her lantern, she, after a little goat. Then he sent the scape-goat away persuasion, followed the man to his house. by the hand of a fit man into the wilder- The lantern, however, threw no light upon

And the goat bare upon him all her path, so she was content to follow the their iniquities into a land not inhabited. light of reason, the lamp which the deceiver (Lev. xvi. 22.)

carried. The goats of the Holy Land have long Now you must know that this lamp, glossy hair, and in our picture we see the which is called the light of reason, was scape-goat weary and exhausted, bleating not one of the deceiver's own make, but it in the dry and barren land to which it was one he had stolen. In itself it was a

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THE soft words of the stranger did not

ness.

very good light, but when any one trusted attempted to get up, but her legs were so to it instead of the lantern Lucas gave, it weak that they would not bear her. Almost could not be depended upon; and for this in a state of despair, she tried with all her cause— because its light was not white and might to get out of the place. Then the clear, and things did not always appear in wicked man laughed at her, and mocked their right colours when it was used. Its her, and asked her if she liked being caught light, too, was not steady, and it was some- in his trap. But she answered him not, times like the Will-o'-the-wisp, shining out and made one more attempt to get out. at one moment and showing the road, and Now she tried to get away on her knees, at another time leaving one in utter dark- because she had no use in her legs below the Dess. In fact, it was a light which was knees, and she found to her delight that useful at times, but very often would lead

she made some progress.

The deceiver those who trusted to it into bogs and laughed no more, but looked fearfully vexed, ditches, and some using it have met with and quite trembled in rage: some invisible terrible-deaths.

hand seemed to prevent him from touching Now poor Clauda had no light but this her. Her lantern, happily, was not lost, and to go by as she went with the deceiver, and she had not thrown aside her staff. So as it flickered a great deal she often made when she got out of the house she ventured false steps in the dark; and, poor child, when to hold the lantern to the staff, and being she got at last into the cottage she was so still afraid that she was poisoned, she said, lame that she could scarcely walk. When she Oh, I wish I could know what I have eaten!' tried to use her staff, strangely enough she and she read the words, * The fruit of disfound it bend, and thus become useless. So obedience.' Happily, however, she was not ead and sorrowful was she when she got quite poisoned ; but still the fruit fearfully into the cottage, that she burst out crying. injured her constitution, and although she In a moment the deceiver tried all his

managed to find her way back again into the powers to soothe her. The softest cushions narrow road, yet she never regained the right were brought out, and she read upon them use of one leg. The leg she partly lost the use by the deceiver's light these words, Ease of was called Faith, and the other leg Love. and comfort. She sat upon them, but they Poor Clauda, however, bore all the weight of seemed full of thorns. He then brought her her disabled limb upon the staff, and with another, and the name written upon that that support she was in no danger of falling, was · Luxury. At first it seemed like the if she used her lantern to point out the road softest wool, but presently it grew hard as and leaned upon the staff. She grieved a flint.

Then, last of all, the food wa very much, poor child, after her lost combrought to her, and she would have eaten panions; but she could not overtake them, freely; but she began to be afraid lest she and they were not allowed to stop for ner.

However, she had very shortly a sweet little little, for she never had tasted anything so girl for a companion. This little girl came nasty. She now felt so ill that she thought to her in the most loving way possible, with she should have died, but the deceiver, who a face full of tenderness and eyes of pity put on his kindest looks, tried to comfort and compassion; and said, 'Dear Clauda, my her. The seat now was so hard and pain- heart is full of pity for you, to see you so ful that she could sit no longer, and she lame. I am come from your Home, as a

should be poisoned after she had taken a H

messenger

from
your

friend Lucas, to com- I can cure you, dear Clauda, if good fort you and keep you company.'

Lucas bids me; but let me tell you, that Now Clauda, having been lately deceived, nothing will tend so‘much to your cure as did not receive her directly, but quietly being often on your knees.' asked her name, and at the same moment

(To be continued.) held the lantern to the staff. The sweet little girl said, “My name is Mercy: I am

MRS. LORIMER'S BABY. one of the daughters of the King of the blessed country.'

. , upon her staff the words 'God that showeth

of mercy,' she knew at once that her Lucas it came one chilly winter's morning and had sent this little companion to her, made its parents' hearts very glad for six and she fell upon her neck and kissed her. short months; and then, no one knew why,

Dear Mercy,' said Clauda, 'I am glad it gradually faded, and drooped, and died. to see you, now that I know Lucas has sent They buried it in the large London you, and that you come from the blessed churchyard where its old grandfather lay, country. Now tell me how you know me and went home to their empty house very so well, for you did not come to me as if sorrowful. you were a stranger but as a friend.'

The Lorimers were rich people, and had * Dear Clauda,' replied her companion, 'I every comfort and luxury about them, but have long known you; I have been with you they would have given all up if only they ever since

you
left the stream.'

might have kept the wee thing who lay so • Were you with me, then, when I went quietly in its grave-bed at St. Margaret's. into the deceiver's house?'

But it was not to be; and the servants, • Indeed I was, and I grieved over you; crying softly themselves over the loss, put but I could not stop you. But did you

not away all the baby toys and dresses and picnotice, that after you fell upon your knees tures, and straightened the large airy room the deceiver could not keep you longer where the little one had so often laughed in his house? Well, it was I wbo held and crowed, hoping thereby to make their him back from touching you.'

mistress forget her sorrow. Are you going to stay with me a long But we read in Holy Scripture that a time, dearest Mercy ?'

mother cannot forget her little child, and Just as long as you wish to keep me. I Mrs. Lorimer found it very hard to give it shall not go away

unless
you

but

up; aye, even though she knew that it was I cannot promise to be with you unless you the kind Saviour Who loved little children keep in the strait path.'

who had it safe in His keeping. Indeed I will never drive you away, I Mr. Lorimer was very much grieved, too, do love you so much. But can you not cure to lose his child; but men have to go out my leg? It is so wretched to hobble thus in the world and work even amidst their along the road. I think surely you can grief, and this, though it seems hard at first, help me, for since you have been with me, really does them good, and helps to keep and since I know from whence you came, their minds from dwelling on their troubles: my limb has grown much stronger, although so a few days after baby's death Mr. LoriI can scarcely put it to the ground.' mer was back in the bank, looking a little

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