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When, about a fortnight after, there was such as you are can instruct me upon a fair again, Elmine sent for the merchant that which weighs heavily on my heart, Selim.

I owe you many thanks,' she said and which is the most important matter to him ; 'you sold me the two Christian for all mankind.' boys, with whom I am greatly pleased. Antonius raised his hands and eyes to But now I have another commission for Heaven, and said, Gracious God! what you. I wish to see my garden in a better great things Thou bringest to pass through condition. The Christians understand gar- these children!' dening better than the Turks, can you At this moment both came into the find for me a Christian slave who is a room. Full of joy, they hastened up to skilful gardener ?

him and cried, 'Oh! Antonius, our teacher, The man felt greatly flattered by this our second father! We thank God that speech. 'I know one indeed,' he said, we have you again!' “who is a perfect master in gardening. But Elmine caused Antonius to be better it will be difficult to get him. He is the dressed, though still as a gardener. She slave of the rich Ibrahim.'

often came with the two boys into the * Buy him for me,' said Elmine, 'what- garden, and spoke with him. The Turks the price may be. Tell the rich man that thought she was only consulting with him I require his gardener; he will surely not about improving the Pacha's garden ; but refuse to give him up to me.'

really they were talking about a much more As soon as Selim arrived at home he glorious garden than that, about the kingwent to Ibrahim, and offered to purchase dom of God. They spoke only about God his slave. But Ibrahim gave him an angry and the Divine Redeemer. A new light refusal.

shone upon Elmine after what Antonius “What are you thinking about ?' he ex- told her. She became a Christian. She claimed. My gardener is such an excellent confessed the true faith in an arbour in man, and does me such good service, that the garden in the presence of Antonius, I would not part with him at any price. the two boys, and two Christian slaves, I will not sell him.'

and she was was baptized by the venerable But when the rich Turk heard that the teacher. Pacha's wife wanted his slave he felt obliged At her baptism Elmine, at her own desire, to yield.

received the name of Elisabeth. Antonius Selim came to the palace with Antonius, had told her the history of the saintly and the steward led both to Elmine. She | Landgravine, Elisabeth of Hungary, and was astonished at his venerable appearance, how celebrated she was for her humility, though he was dressed in the garments of gentleness, and great kindness to the poor

She paid Selim the sum he de- and suffering, and he had held lier up as a manded, ordered the steward to call the model of what a Christian princess should two boys, and said, as soon as Selim had be. So Elmine chose the name Elisabeth gone, to Antonius, Venerable man, your that she might be constantly reminded of two little pupils, Timotheus and Philemon, such a beautiful example, and that she who love you as tenderly as children do might walk as much as possible in the their father, have told me of you. Hence- footsteps of this holy woman. forth you shall be my teacher. A Christian

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THE SOLDIER'S THOUGHTS.

been marketing, you see; and he is on his

way back to the barracks where he and his AN you guess

| You think it is a soldier come home It is afternoon, and getting dark. As he from the wars, and that he is just opening passes this cottage the fire-light shines the gate of his own cottage-garden, and through the window, and looks warm and that it is his wife whom we see by the cheery. The gate stands open a little way, fire-light in the room? No; that is not the

as if some one were expected; and there is story : it is this :

a woman sitting in the room, close to the The soldier is a long way from home, / window. and that is not his garden-gate. He has That is just how mother used to sit and

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watch when father was late,' says the soldier and boy, helped in his care by a faithful old to himself; and he stands still and lays his servant, Marjorie, who was getting old and hand upon the gate, and without thinking deaf; nor could they now have afforded any what he is about, he presently steps a little other or more expensive servant, for the nearer to the window, and can see in. civil wars between the Royalists and Par

He sees a little child kneeling at its liamentarians three hundred years and more mother's knee, saying its evening prayer. ago were raging in the country, and

* That is how mother taught me,' the spreading fear and misery everywhere. soldier says to himself. He waits there John, the eldest brother of Alice, was until the child has finished, and then he fighting with Sir Edmund Fowler, the moves on; but as he goes he thinks of squire of Ovendean, which was the name home and mother, and the long-forgotten of the village where Mr. Page was parish prayer.

priest, for his king and his country, and That is all my picture tells : but I may obliged much against his will to leave bis tell you this besides, that what he remem- aged father and helpless sister to the chance bered that afternoon he remembered all his of robbery and ill-usage from the rough life; and when he was an old man be some- soldiers who swarmed over the country. times told this story, and said that God won Poverty, anxiety, distress for his king and him back from a careless life by reminding country, fears lest his little church and him of mother and home, and of his child- humble country parsonage should be taken

E. M. A. F. S. from him, had brought on a low fever,

which prevented Mr. Page from rising

from his bed; and his daughter sat by him, ALICE'S COURAGE.

watching him with the deepest ansiety, NE stormy winter's night, in and feeling that nothing but the grace of

a lonely country parsonage, God could enable her to bear all the heavy a young girl sat beside her trials she foresaw in the distance. Sudfather's sick-bed, listening to denly the wind howled louder than ever, the irregular breathing of the it seemed to shake the very foundations of patient, and starting every the crazy old house, and Alice trembled now and then as a more angry with fear; then, in the lull which succeeded blast than usual shook the the blast, she heard a quick eager tap at the

house. Upon her knees lay front door. She knew that Marjorie was a holy book : she had been reading to her too deaf to hear, besides she had sent her dear father his favourite passages, until to bed after her hard day's work and prehe fell into a restless sleep. Alice Page

Alice Page vious nights of watching, so Alice herself was an only daughter, and a faithful loving stole downstairs with a candle, trembling

Seventeen years ago had her dear and nervous, for the clock of the old church mother left her little boy of six and her had chimed the half-hour after midnight little girl of three to the care of a tender some little time before. Who could it be? father, and of the guardian angels, to join By the outer door she stayed a moment her other two dear little ones in Heaven. before she opened it, and a voice said, Since that time Alice's father had been Open, open, I pray you; it is an old both father and mother to the orphan girl friend in great distress.'

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Alice opened the door quickly then; sheltering that malignant Edmund Fowler. the blast almost blew out her candle as the You had better give him up, as I hold the tall form of Sir Edmund Fowler passed in warrant to take him in my hand, or I will quickly, dressed like a Cavalier, as the break every bone in your skin.' Royalist gentlemen were called.

"Sir Edmund Fowler! he is with the king: • The Roundhead soldiers are upon me, is he not, Alice?' said poor Mr. Page, greatly Alice child,' said he. Give me shelter, I

“Give me shelter, I bewildered. 'I know nothing of him, but beseech you,

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do not wish to see me you are welcome to search the house. My murdered before your very eyes.'

daughter will show you the way.' I will indeed, sir, the best I can,' said The soldiers with many threats left the Alice. Then she added anxiously, 'But my old man and followed Alice, who showed brother John, how and where is he?'

them

every room of the old house, and also • Safe and well with the dear king, my the stable, granary, and cowhouse. But child; but show me some place of safety I no trace of Sir Edmund Fowler was to be implore, or I shall be lost.

• Come with me, sir,' said Alice. Taking He must be somewhere in the hall, I some keys and a lantern, and hastily put- reckon,' said the captain, whom Alice recogting some bread and a little bottle of wine nised as a former blacksmith of Ovendean ; in a basket, she left the house followed by 'we will go there.' And mind, young woman,' Sir Edmund. In a few minutes she re- added he, if we find you and your misturned alone, and having carefully locked guided old father have aided and abetted the front door she returned to her dear in his escape, to prison will I take you both.' father, who was still sleeping.

There was no more sleep that night for After Alice had watched him for about a poor Mr. Page and his daughtor. Alice sat quarter of an hour he awoke. "How stormy beside him reading his favourite psalms the wind is, dear!' he said. “Read me a short and hymus, and collects, which soothed her Psalm, my child-the forty-sixth I should own shaken nerves and spirits whilst they lıke, it seems suitable to this terrible night.' quieted his fears. More suitable than even the good old man When morning came, Alice stole quietly dreamed of.

to Sir Edmund's hiding-place, with meat Alice was just reading the ninth verse, and bread for his refreshment, and told him He maketh wars to cease in all the world, how near his enemies had been to him when there was a furious knocking at the during the night, and advising him to front door, and a kicking and pushing so remain in concealment during the daylight, rough that the old door gave way, and and not to proceed upon his journey beseven soldiers armed to the teeth rushed fore nightfall; and not until he was many in, and trampling up the stairs, clattered miles upon that same journey, and the into the poor old man's sick-room. Mr. Roundhead soldiers were still evidently Page, weak though he was, raised himself hunting upon a wrong tract, did Alice up in bed in terror.

venture to tell her father how safely Sir Oh! Oh! old man!' said the captain of Edmund had been hidden in the old belfry the Roundhead soldiers, 'I should have tower of the little church, and bow unconthought at your time of life you would sciously her father had vouched for her have found something better to do than innocence.

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