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• Kittie, why won't nurse let me take my NOT QUITE ALONE.
Pussy to bed? You take your doll always, ND SO those
and she never slaps it and sends it away.' children are left quite Oh,' says Kittie, of course I take my alone, with no
doll, and nurse lets me, because, you knowlove and care for them, because it is a doll and not an animal; and poor little things!' And we mustn't take animals to bed, Patty.' tears stood in the eyes Kittie looks thoughtful for two minutes, of tender-hearted Katy and then some sudden thought seems to
Ascot, as she thought of strike her, for the little face changes and
the sad tale which her she bursts into tears; then Patty begins to friend Clara Hastings had just been telling cry, and it is a sad little voice that says, “I her.
want mother, I want father!' Pussy and doll * But,' said Clara, who, by the way, was are both forgotten for a time, and the little rather a matter-of-fact young lady, they sisters are weeping together. will have plenty of money, and will want There is a gentle tap at the door, but for nothing as long as they live.'
they do not hear it. It opens, and in peeps Want for nothing ! Within a few weeks Katie, whose loving kisses and sweet voice past both father and mother had been taken soon cheer them. away from them, to that Home where there Are
you the lady on the other side?' are no more partings, and the little girls asks little Patty. were orphans; they had lived abroad, so So Kate tells them Yes; she lives in the their friends were far away, and they had house opposite, and that she will often no relations, except an aunt of their come to play with them and talk to them mother's, whom they had only heard of as a if they will let her; and that her name is cross old lady who did not like little girls, Kate, and she wants them to love her,and who lived in a country house in Derby- will they ? shire.
If you will stay always, and not go away, ‘And so they were quite alone!' Clara said. I will,' says Kittie. Patty answers with a Do you think they were ? Kate thought kiss, so easily are a child's love and trust much of them after her friend had left her, won! and how precious are they! and she remembered that in that wonderful Patty speaks, “Will mother come again old book, the Bible, there was a promise She said she was going Home when she that God would be a 'Father to the father- kissed me the last time; but she didn't less.
say she would come back.' Now let us pay a visit to these little folk, And Kittie asks wonderingly, “What a sly visit, without letting them know any- did father mean when he said, that though thing about it; and let us stand behind this mother was gone, and he was going to her, large screen, and listen to what they are and we should be left behind, we should saying. They are sitting on the hearthrug have a better Father than he was to take before the warm fire, in their black frocks. care of us, and that He would never let us Pussy is asleep on the knee of one little girl, be quite alone? Perhaps He sent you,--did and a large ugly wooden doll is carefully He?. Nurse said, when I asked her, that nursed in the arms of the other.
we couldn't have a better father than our
father was, and that he couldn't have said summer would never come, for we shall *SO; but oh, I'm sure he did.'
have to go to our aunt, and I heard nurse And with this long speech Kittie lays say she is such a cross old lady; and I know her curly head against Kate's shoulder, and she wears spectacles and a very large cap, looks up into her eyes.
and is very dreadful.' *Your father said what was quite true, Kate laughs merrily, and says that is all my darling. That great and good God whom nonsense; that she knows aunt lives in a you pray to bless you, is the same Whom you very pretty cottage, in a place where there mean when you say, “ Our Father;" and it are hills, and rocks, and caves, and where is He who will be your Father, who will love very many little girls and boys go for a you, and take care of you and Patty.' great treat in their holidays; that if aunt
Kate paused, thinking how she should wears spectacles, it is because she is an old make it clear to the little things, and then lady, and cannot see so well as little girls she went on,
with bright eyes. "Your mother said she was going Home: “Ah,' she says, you will have so much she is gone to live with that Father in to tell me after your visit there; and I Heaven, and there she waits for her little shouldn't be surprised if you were to say, girls; she will not come back, Patty. But, Oh, we do love our aunty, and we do want my dears, you must not think you are to go again!” But now I must go.' alone any more. Your Father in Heaven No, no, don't go!' cry both little girls ; watches over you always, though you can- we don't feel alone now: do stay and talk not see Him; and you must often say a to us.' little prayer to that kind Father, asking Kate kisses them, and says she will come Him to bring you both safely Home to live again soon, but now she must go; so away with Him for ever, and never again to be she runs, looking back and nodding as she parted from those you love.'
crosses the garden to her own home. Could He take us now?' asks Kittie. The little girls look brighter and happier • He is so wise and good,' says Kate, for her kind visit; and when nurse comes in that, whether it is a long time or a very
to take them to tea in the nursery they go short time, you may be sure it is the best with her cheerfully. So we will go away for you, for He never makes a mistake.' from behind the screen, where we have been
• Oh, why won't He take us now to our pretending to be-go away, hoping they dear father and mother? I want to go !' sobs will never feel alone again, having such poor little Patty. “Nurse is very cross: a good Father to care for them, for it was she told a gentleman to-day that we should He who put it into Kate's heart to wish to soon forget them : but I know I never shall, comfort them; and we will hope that, whenand Kittie says so, too.'
ever they need any comfort and help, they Nurse did not wish to be unkind, dear, will ask that Heavenly Father to give it, but she thought, perhaps, in a little while just as they nsed to ask their own dear you would not cry so much, nor ask for father and mother to give them what they them so often ; so, dear little ones, try to be wanted; and that they will not complain happy again: the summer is coming, and when things are not as they like, but le then
contented, because God knows what is best 'Ob, interrupts Kittie, 'I wish the for every one; and if they don't quite under