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THE SICK THRUSH.
able to earn their bread otherwise. It is
time for them to leave our house.' HRUSHES and blackbirds will
But avarice was not the only reason why not injure fruit when slugs,
she wished to sell the boys. Almost every snails and worms can be had.
one who entered the house praised the Last year I saw a young
a young beauty and gentleness of the boys very thrush in the public road;
much, but said little or nothing about her he was injured and unable
own children. This made her jealous. to fly. I caught and carried
She now dressed her children in the most him home, and turned him
beautiful clothes, but the slave-boys in the loose in the stable, where he had room,
coarsest cloth which she could get. light, and air. There he hopped and
But all this was of no avail. The two fluttered about for above a month, in
boys pleased people still better. Once a creasing in health, size and strength, very
strange lady came to the house to purchase rapidly. He was fed chiefly on earth
some cloth. Timotheus and Philemon were worms, eating about 134 each day. They sitting at the end of the room sifting corn. were of all sizes, from the largest lobworm
The lady looked at the boys, and cried out downwards. When able to fly he was
in amazement, What beautiful children liberated, and we saw with regret the beau
those are! You are, indeed, a mother to be tiful and graceful creature depart for the
envied I' Now the two Turkish children wild woods and to sweet liberty again.
came into the room. "Whose are those There may be enjoy many years of happi
two ugly little creatures?' said the lady. nesso!
' I suppose they belong to one of your neighThe number of worms consumed by this
bours. It seems to me that, with their fine bird (they were carefully counted every day
but dirty clothes, as if they were regularly för many days) would, at the above rate, spoiled children. What a contrast to those amount to 48,910 a-year, and will give an
two lovely boys!' idea of the great benefits done by thrushes
After this the Turk’s wife could no longer alone. GEORGE G. JESSE.
bear the two boys. I cannot bear the sight
of them,' she said to her husband; they TIMOTHEUS AND PHILEMON.
must go, and the sooner the better.' (Continued from p. 219.)
A few days after, in the distant city CHAP. V. -THE SLAVE-MARKET. where the Pacha's seat of government was, EARLY two years passed a great fair was held.
Then the woman away.
Selim bad become said to her husband, You must take those attached to the boys and two brats to the fair and sell them there. no longer thought of selling I cannot any longer endure them in the them. But his wife was house. I will, however, do them one more not so fond of them.
act of kindness. I will dress them in new • We have bought the clothes, so that they will sell better; and children,' she said one day, and kept then we shall get rid of them.' them till now. But it is time to think Selim the Turk did not like this at all. of selling them again. Their food and But he was a good-humoured man, who clothing are too expensive. They are now allowed himself to be entirely ruled by
his quarrelsome wife; so he obeyed, got The Pacha's wife, who stood at a window into a carriage with the two boys, and looking at the market, had observed with
He betook himself, with the great pleasure the two beautiful children, boys walking hand-in-hand before bim, to who were so like each other. The sorrow the large market-place which stood before of the two boys deeply moved her heart. the Pacha's house, and which was crowded She sent a servant to the seller, and to the with people. A throng at once gathered two purchasers of the boys, with a message, round the two boys. Such sweet-looking ‘I, the Pacha’s wife, will buy the two childchildren, and so like each other, pleased ren. Sell them to me.' every one. Several purchasers came up.
All three bowed low before the window. But they said, 'If the boys were only not The slave-dealer followed the servant with 80 young and little, then they would be the two boys, and presented them to the worth something, but for the work of slaves lady. She paid the man a great deal more they are still too weak,'and so they passed on. than he had expected. He said farewell
Two purchasers, however, a Turk and a to the lads, not without tears in his eyes ; Moor, bargained for the boys, representing but then went away, much pleased at his that they were not fit for
service. good bargain. Well,' said Selim, they can light their The lady at once began to talk with future master's pipe and bring him Iris the two boys, and wished to hear their coffee, or pick up the fallen lemons in his
story. They told her all that they knew. garder As in Christian countries great They could not indeed always express it nobles think it an honour to have a black quite right in the Turkish language. Howservant, so do the Moors like to have a ever, she understood all that the boys said white slave in their service, even if he is very well, though she could not help smiling not fit for much but to make a show.' now and then at their strange words.
The Moor and the Turk bought the As she was very fond of children, but had boys. The Turk said to Selim, “ You know none herself, she determined to adopt the me, come and fetch the money from me,' boys. She hoped that her husband, who and he took Timotheus by the hand to lead was travelling on business, would consent him to his home.
to it. The Moor said to the merchant, Bring She had both boys, who were now dressed the other boy to my house, then I will neatly, but as slaves, richly attired in pay you the money.'
thorough Turkish costume.
When they But when the boys found that they were brought to her in their long Turkish were to be separated from each other they robes she was quite delighted. began to sob and weep aloud. "No! no!' • That dark red robe,' she said, 'over cried one, embracing his brother; 'no, no, which the fair curls hang down, becomes dearest Timotheus, I will not be separated them admirably.' from you; I will live and die with you.' But the boys looked sad, for they did not
The other said, “Our dear mother is dead, like to be dressed as Turks. The lady said, we have been stolen from our beloved however, Children, be comforted. I won't father. I have no one else on earth but make you into Turks, but I will be to you you, dearest Philemon! I cannot, cannot a second mother.' forsake you. God will not allow this.'
(To be continued.)
And MISS MEREDITH'S
of one very terrible time to-day.'
Dollie felt that Miss Meredith was looking STORY.
at her, she didn't know why.
said Miss Meredith, good,' said lazy Marian, choosing a soft
room at Tracy Grove. hems to be turned down, and needles and "A bad mark, I am sorry to say.
And cotton to be chosen, so that ten minutes now I should wish to hear what has kept had passed before all was quiet, and the you.'
two children anxiously exclaimed, “Now, ‘I was reading,' said Dollie, blushing, please, begin.' and I never heard the bell.'
The story is for Dollie to-day,' said Reading your new story-book, Settlers Miss Meredith; it is about a dreadful at Home, I suppose ?' said Miss Meredith, thing I did six years ago. I don't like severely. "Now, Dollie, this has happened to speak of it now, but I think it may 60 often-I mean, your not hearing the be good for her to hear it, and it may, perschool-bell through being so taken up with haps, explain why I seemed so strict in a book—that I must check it by insisting punishing her for being late to-day. that all story-books are forbidden to you Dollie here stopped sewing, and put her till after four o'clock in the day.'
hand softly on Miss Meredith's knee. She Poor Dollie sighed. Reading was her said nothing, but her governess knew what great pleasure and snare; for it she would she meant,— I didn't mind your being leave her frock unmended and her lessons strict, because I love you.' balf learnt. And yet in other respects she 'Go on, please,' said Marian, “I love was a good, well-meaning girl, and secretly dreadful things; but I'm sorry you don't rather a favourite with Miss Meredith. like to speak of it. I'm afraid you'll make
It was a hot afternoon, and instead of it too short. the usual walk, the governess proposed that Well, then, Dollie,' said Miss Merethe girls should take their sewing into the dith, ‘I was just like you once ; so fond Tracy Woods, which adjoined the gardens. of reading stories, and so wrapped up in Dollie and Marian were delighted. them, that I heard, saw, and felt nothing Shall you
read to us? asked Marian. else at the time : the girls at school used No, dear, we shall talk,' said Miss to pinch me when I was in the middle of Meredith.
a very enticing book, and I hardly knew You tell us something about your
When I was at home, no one warned home, pleaded Dollie, taking the heavy me not to give way to this, as there were basket out of her governess's hands. only my father and my old nurse (mother
* It will be a sad bit of my life, then,' died when I was a very little girl), and said Miss Meredith, ‘for I can only think they thought if I was quiet and amused it
must be all right. But when I had to go had a dear little girl to take care of called out as a governess and earn my own living, Lilias Pardie. She lived with her aunt, I soon found this habit of taking up a book Mrs. Bertram, as her parents were in and becoming so engrossed in it that I India. Mrs. Bertram was very good to utterly forgot the world without and every- me, and made me sit with her and talk to body in it, very troublesome.'
her when Lily was in bed; for, being only • The little girls got into mischief while seven years old, she went to bed at seven, you read stories ?' suggested Marian. and did not learn many lessons. I loved • Hush !' said Dollie.
Lily dearly; but all the same, that did not *Not quite that, little chatterbox,' said prevent me once doing her a terrible inMiss Meredith ; but you shall hear. I jury. Mrs. Bertram had found me once