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tion: for from day to day, while the body him the necessary instruction to prepare grew weaker, the spirit grew stronger. him for Holy Baptism. Herr von Hasel

But the good Richardson had his share horst and Richardson were sponsors. Subah of trouble with the lad. He had a soft was taken in a litter to church, and a bed prepared for him, and wished to lay reclining chair was placed for him near the him in it, but Subah exclaimed with horror, Communion Table, in which he listened to • Father, thou wilt smother me !' Richard- the Sermon, by which he was so deeply son wished him to put on a warm coat, but moved that the tears ran down his brown he said again in alarm, ‘Father, thou wilt cheeks. After the Sermon, the Baptism smother me!' He would only sleep on took place. With a clear voice, Subah the hard floor, and would have nothing but renounced the Devil and all his works, ' a sack spread for his couch; and of cloth- and all sinful lusts of the flesh.

He coning he would only wear a shirt, which he fessed his faith in God the Father, God the would not have fastened at the throat, and Son, and God the Holy Ghost, and he proof which he had half the sleeves cut off; and mised to live and die in this faith; and only a thin sheet would he have over him. then he was baptized in the name of the

And thus he lay for weeks, so weak that Holy Trinity, and received the name of he could not stand, but more and more Peter Paul Christopher. eayer for God's Word; so that he always After his Baptism he lived about a quarwith longing awaited the hour when his ter of a year longer in Richardson's house; dear "father with the book'came. And he was taken to church regularly every he learned to sing, too, which was a great Sunday, and after proper instruction he pleasure to him; during family worship he received the Holy Communion, and then had in a short time learned all the tunes, he calmly and happily fell asleep, trusting and as the gipsies are very fond of music, in his God and Saviour, and he was buried there soon rose from his couch the sweetest on Whit Tuesday, 1665. voice of all the singers. Bible stories he learned with delight, and he listened so MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE EAST. eagerly that he only wanted to hear a story once to fix it on his memory. Often, during

WRITING. their leisure hours, he invited the servants N the East, boys are taught to write on and children to come and tell him Scrip- the sand, and perhaps this was the ture stories; and he especially loved those first way of teaching to write. in which there was the Name of Jesus.

The Jews had not books printed as we When the Pastor once told him the story have, all their books were written; and of the Ethiopian eunuch who was baptized they had not such good paper as we have. by St. Philip, and then went joyfully on Sometimes they wrote on skins or parchhis way, Subah expressed his desire to be ment, and this made their books very dear, baptized too, and begged for it more earn- so that each person could not have a book estly every day, so that good Boccatius, as

We ought to thank God that he sat with Herr von Haselhorst and printing has been made so cheap, that even Richardson at the sick lad's couch, ex- a poor man may have a Bible for himself claimed one day, “No, I can put it off no and may read it at home, so that every one longer; I must grant his request.' He gave may learn what God wishes him to do.

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Published for the Proprietors by W. WELLS GARDNER, 2 Paternoster Buildings, London.

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quired promise, and held out her hand for

the gift. (Continued from page 11.)

Stay, said the gentleman. • You must 'VE hit it!' he said to himself ask for one of the Bibles published by the

at last, with a smile of great Society for Promoting Christian Knowsatisfaction. Theu to Matty, ledge. You will forget the name, most - You say you can read a

likely, so I am going to write it down for little, but that you've no you.' He scribbled a few words in his books; isn't that it? What! pocket-book, tore out the leaf, and wrap

no books at all, not even a ping the shilling in it, put the packet into Bible ?'

Matty's hand, with the caution : You say No,' said Matty.

you tell lies sometimes; now understand, Nor a Prayer-book?'

I expect you to keep your promise to me: She shook her head.

remember, God hates all lies, and loves * And you never go to church ?'

those who speak the truth; you will learn • Mammy taked me once to th' chapel, this when you come to read your Bible. long ago.'

And now I must be off. Good-bye, little you neither

go to a day nor Sun- one !' and he patted her on the shoulder day School, you say. Then, tell me, how kindly. do you know right from wrong? Who has Tears of happiness brimmed to Matty's taught you, for instance, that it is wicked

eyes as she faltered out her thanks. to steal and to tell lies ?'

. They will give you twopence out of Matty looked about confused. Nobody your shilling,' said the gentleman, lingerhavn't larned me, as I knows on,' she an- ing for one moment longer; that you may swered. "Aw tells lies sumtimes, but I spend as you like, you know-in toffee, or knows as it's wicked to steyl.'

a ball, or anything else.' Poor child !' said her questioner again ; • The train for Valley Junction,' called and then he drew her towards him and out a voice from the platform ; and Matty looked at his watch.

"I haven't many

went to the window to catch a last glimpse minutes for more talking, or I should like of her friend. As the tall figure and kindly to teach you a few things every little face disappeared behind a carriage door, she Christian child should know. But look heaved a sigh-a very heavy sigh, poor little here, Matty, there is a book that can teach forlorn thing! even though the beautiful you everything it is needful for you to new shilling was clutched tight in her band. know : that will show you how to be good,

CHAPTER III. and tell you all about God and Heaven. And it has beautiful stories in it, too. If SMALL fear of our little maiden breakI give you money to buy this book, will ing her promise. Nothing in the worldyou promise me to spend it in nothing neither sweets nor toys - could offer for else ?' and he took from his purse a bright her attractions greater than those of a book

a new shilling

full of stories. Some one may ask, why Matty's eyes sparkled with delight. then had she spent nearly the whole day in Sarah Lane's world was about to be opened the waiting-room, without once touching to her also. She eagerly gave the re- the Bible which was sure to be there?

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This is easily explained. She had noticed

In the morning again there was the book, of course; but as she had seen always a hurry to get off to work; and as no one open or move it from its place, she for conversation during meals, that was a never dreamed of its being intended for thing not favoured in the Gubbings family general use : 'nor, indeed, if she had been - Folks sat down at table to eat and not aware of the fact, would she have dared to talk,' was the maxim held and acted to profit by it, so great was her dread of upon by all. So Matty's joys and sorrows drawing notice or punishment upon herself found no sharers: one could hardly fancy as an intruder.

any little child leading a much lonelier life, Not an hour was to be lost : that very for, strange to say, Matty made no acday she must possess her treasure. There quaintance in the streets. It might be was not a lighter heart in the whole of that she was not of a social turn, and

preStockbrook than that which Matty carried ferred her own dreams to the merriment of along the

eets that winter's evening. a score of noisy companions; or, perhaps, It was a new sensation to stand in a shop it was that, not being very strong, she disbefore a counter piled with books, in the im- liked all rough play, and shrank away into portant character of a purchaser. Oh! the sheltered corners, where she might escape pride and joy of clasping the neat paper kicks and bruises, as well as the cutting parcel in her arm, and feeling herself the winds and rain. In either case the result actual possessor of so much wealth. For was not to be deplored ; it doubtless saved a little while the remaining twopence was Matty from many a temptation, and kept forgotten; that was a slight thing indeed her poor, little, ignorant mind to a certain compared with her Bible. For once she extent pure and innocent. showed sometbing beyond a child's pru- And now a ray of light was to shine in dence. She would not spend the rest of upon the darkness; the lonely life was to her money that night, but keep it until she be cheered at last. Matty's Bible became had reflected more thoroughly what it all to her, and more than all its giver had would be best to buy; meanwhile she would hoped it might be; it was her companion take a look in the shop-windows and see through the dreary winter days, her pleawhat caught her fancy most. The variety sant teacher in the truths bitherto hidden of desirable articles which offered them- from her--the most precious truths of life. selves to her view served to help her reso- At first she had found the bare reading a lution. Decision was no easy matter; and hard matter—there were so many words to Matty returned home, with her Bible safe be spelled out, so many of which she did in one hand and the twopence in the other: not know the meaning; but the eager little she told no one of her good fortune, simply scholar mastered difficulty after difficulty, because she could not find a listener. Any mostly by herself, but now and then by child's chatter was always discouraged at an appeal to others; and by the time the home: her father and Jack were mostly days grew long, and the sunny skies told out in the evenings; and Mrs. Gubbings of returning spring, Matty knew a great and Jenny generally bade her hold her deal more of her Bible than many a child tongue,’ if she attempted any account of who has had it read and explained to him her day's adventnres: indeed it was the daily for years. custom for her to go to bed as soon as tea

(To be continued.)

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