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But Bithiah trembled, and feared the deceiver was with her still.

• Tremble not, daughter of the Lord,' said a sweet angelic being. I am not the deceiver, but I am a daughter of the King: my name is Special Mercy, and I am sent for your protection. You were nearly lost for ever; the evil one had nearly transfixed you with her potent spell; The desire of the eyes ” had all but turned your brain, but in the last moment I was sent to take away your sight. Henceforth you will see no more, but I will be your guide ; you must “walk by faith, and not by sight.Your staff I have kept for you, and you will still find it useful; the lantern you have not lost, its light you 'may not see, but the warmth of it shall sustain you all your journey through.'

(To be continued.)

that he tries to cover his greasy and threadbare clothes with ?'

“That we call the Cloak of religion, answered the guide. “But come along, child; you must see another picture.'

O what is that? what is that?' said Bithiah ; ' let me stay and see that picture.'

No, come along; you must not see that,' for it was the picture of despair.

'I must, indeed I must!' said Bithiah.

But the deceiver could not detain her against her will, and she saw the same room all in a blaze, despair pictured on every feature,—women wringing their hands and tearing their hair, men standing with faces as pale as death ; and as she turned round to look at her guide, she found her changed to the most frightful and hateful being she had ever beheld. In a moment she felt a sharp pain come across her forehead, and her eyes seemed pierced with a pointed instrument that made them pour with 1 shoulders forced her upon her knees. Her hands became clasped, the cool breeze fanned her temples, and on her knees she remained, she thought, for hours.

Suddenly, however, she was aroused from this fearful position by a well-known voice, saying, 'Bithiah, dear Bithiah!'and the warm light of a lantern cheered her, and the sound of a well-known staff was like music

But yet she saw neither the staff, nor the lantern, nor the bearer of them; yet she at once knew the voice of Clauda, and without rising from her knees she begged her friend to come to her and kiss her, and tell her where she was.

* Tell me first, who is your friend by your side, dear Bithiah?'

No one but yourself.'

'Indeed there is; and she is so much like my dear, sweet companion, that she must be a sister.'

water, and two hands placed upon her THE

in her ears.

THERE was once a boy called Dick, who

was very cruel to flies and insects. He would pull off their legs or wings, and thus kill them, or, at least, give them very great pain.

One day his teacher said to him, Come here, Dick, and see what I have to show you. Put this glass to your eye, and tell me what you see.'

Dick did as he was told, and said, Never did I see anything like it! It has wings all green and gold; and its body is covered with very fine hairs; and its eyes are like gems! Where did you get it?'

Dick put down the glass, and his face grew red; for there lay one of the poor insects he had hurt!

His teacher said, “Now, Dick, all that God has made has been made for some good end. If all the wise men in the world were to try, with all the skill they have, they could not make anything like this


little fly. And you may be sure that God It is a great sin to be cruel. The did not give it life that you might pull off creatures that God has made are His, not its legs and wings.'

ours, and we have no right to hurt or I will try,' said Dick, from this time torment them. He is angry when we are to be more kind to the flies; for now I see cruel to any of His creatures.- Children's how cruel I have been.'


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I must tell you how it all occurred.

may remember I had planned a field-walk PART I.

on the day when my uncle and aunt were I

PROMISED to write often, and tell away. Well, on the morning of their

you all my adventures, dear Jane, but departure, Aunt Mary said, Bessie, I I have since thought that the better way leave Ellen in your charge; as you are so would be to keep a sort of irregular much older, I can depend on your steadijournal, just to amuse you, and let you ness.' know the kind of life we lead here.

• Never fear, aunt,' I replied, "we shall Louis and I arrived yesterday evening, get on very well.' after a prosperous journey; and you cannot After they had gone, I proposed to Ellen think how fresh and beautiful everything to go in the evening to meet Louis as looked, as we drove to Uncle James' cottage. usual. Aunt Mary and little Cousin Ellen met us 'I should like it greatly,' she answered, at the door, and after tea, when we had but mother said we were not to go far rested for a while, they showed us the from the house by ourselves.' garden, but I was much too tired to see • But it is not very far to the river.' anything more that night.

It's a long walk, Bessie, and I know Several days have passed since I wrote mother meant us not to leave the garden, last, which, although very pleasantly occu- and just about home.' pied, have yet given me no events to relate: “She did not say so to me, Ellen; on the we go every evening to see the cows milked contrary, she left you in my care, and I see and the fowls fed, and we walk about the no harm in a walk.' farm and amuse ourselves as best we can all Some friends of my aunt's called during day. Louis has learned to catch fish in a the day, and stayed so late, that I began river which runs at some distance from the to fear that I should have to give up my house, and my great pleasure is to accom- plan. However, they went at length, and pany Ellen and my uncle through the pretty I began my preparations. flowery fields and lanes to meet him coming Bessie,' said my little cousin, it's no back. I regret to say we shall miss this use going now, for Louis will have left the enjoyment to-morrow, for uncle must be river.' away on business, and aunt is going to see Well,' I replied, we shall meet him on a sick friend: Louis intends fishing as the road; I think you seem determined, usual, and now I think of it, there is Ellen, to throw every difficulty in the way nothing to prevent my going to meet him, of this walk.' for Ellen will be at home, and can come The little girl was silenced but not with me.

satisfied, and we set off without delay. Oh, Jane, such a terrible thing has The evening was lovely, and the fields and happened! I could not write last night, I lanes looked so gay and pleasant as we was so miserable, and the worst of it is that passed, that Ellen quickly recovered her it was all my fault, and was caused by spirits and prattled away merrily. After liking to have my own way, without regard a while we came to a thick planting, and to circumstances or the wishes of others, were puzzled which path to follow. which mother says is my great fault. But, * Father used to take us only through a


our way

he was

corner of the wood,' said Ellen; ‘I think worst that can happen to us is to return he turned to the left.'

by this gate.' No,' I replied, “uncle certainly took Alas! little did I know what was to the path to the right, and I shall try it now.'

In crossing a rising ground towards the Accordingiy we walked in that direc- middle of the enclosure, we observed a tion for a good distance until Ellen ex- large animal grazing quietly at one corner, claimed, “I'm afraid we've taken the wrong but continued our course without taking turn, for we never were so long in the any heed, until a low deep sound, like a wood before.'

smothered roar, attracted our attention. Well, no matter; come on straight, and Ellen clung to my arm.

Oh! Bessie, we must get out somewhere.'

turn at once, it is the mad bull.' And so we did, but it was at a strange Nonsense, child !' I whispered, turning side of the planting, and we had quite lost slowly, for I did not want to appear afraid;

'why should you call it mad? I dare say Do you know which way the river it's a very quiet animal.' lies?' I asked.

No, no, father sent him away because he No, I can't tell : but would it not be

was so wicked, and ran at the man who better, dear Bessie, to try and get home, took care of him: I heard them

say for it's growing very late?'

to be kept in a well-fenced field far away, ‘You're a silly little girl, Ellen: I'm to prevent accidents. Oh! Bessie, do run, quite determined to reach the river, and he is following us.' you need not be frightened, for Louis will

The bellowing became louder, and glanctake care of us on the way back.'

ing back, to my horror, I saw we were Thus encouraged she consented to go pursued. on, and our spirits revived when, from the

* Let me go, Ellen,' I screamed; 'we next hill-top, we saw the river winding must run as fast as possible.' like a silver thread through the green Not for the gate,' she cried, we should fields, at only a short distance.

never reach it in time; the fence is not so Oh, Ellen, see, we're quite close to it; far, it is our only chance.' come on quickly, we shall soon be there.' I saw it was all too true, for our pursuer

'I don't understand how we're to get was now coming on with redoubled speed, through that field, Bessie, there's a great

(Concluded in our next.) fence round it.' “Yes, but I see a gate at the corner

THE SABBATH BELL. next the lane.'

, - I She said no more, and we ran down the The old church ding-dong soft and hill. The gate was stiff, and we had some

clear! difficulty in opening it, however we got in The welcome sounds are doubly blest at last.

With future hope and earthly rest. I don't think we can cross the fence at Yet were no calling changes found the other side of the field,' said Ellen. To spread their cheering echoes round, “We must take chance for that, I re- There's not a place where man may

dwell plied ; 'perhaps there's a gap: if not, the But he can hear a Sabbath bell.

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