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the little girl, who was wise enough to read A SAGACIOUS DOG.

the difference between the two characters. FEW nights since a gen- • Walter would not like us to do anything tleman was driving home

naughty.' from Trimstone, West

• Ob, look!' said Rose, trying to divert down, accompanied by her sister's thoughts; look at the hayhis brother and their dog makers, how hard they are working! Bruno. Shortly after get

It was a very hot day even for the time ting into the turnpike

of year, and the grass, which had lain since road the dog was missed, long before sunrise, was already becoming but not much notice was

dry and brown, and there was the delicious taken of the fact. On arriving home the

smell of new hay all around. Then, too, gentleman missed a parcel that had fallen

the garden was charming, with its appleout of the carriage, and, on retracing his trees in full blossom and its strawberrysteps, found the parcel not far from Trim

beds that hid the rich crimson fruit. The stone and the faithful dog taking care of it.

birds were humming gaily, and the bees

buzzing about from flower to flower in THE LITTLE HAYMAKERS.

full pursuit of their sweet food. (Continued from p. 379.)

There was a brightness everywhere. T was as she expected. Walter Walter felt a joyousness thrilling in his

thrust his head in at the door, heart as he ran merrily along, but the and feeling sure the lesson- two little girls had a different feeling from time was over urged his sisters that. There was not the gladness in their to come out with all speed. hearts that there ought to have been; for Amy, afraid to hold out they could not help thinking all the time

against Rose any longer, un- about their mother, and wondering if she willingly followed her out of the room. would be vexed with them, and unhappy They put on their hats, and ran out at the because her dear children had committed back-door, Rose telling Amy she was a

a fault. good child for doing what her brother and Yes, they knew very well that it was a sister wished,

fault. Perhaps she will never know what After all,' she added,' we have only lost we have done,' thought Rose to herself; about ten or twelve minutes practice, and though, somehow, she always does seem to it cannot matter.'

know everything. But, even if not, the 'I think it does matter though,' said all-seeing eye of God is sure to be, as it Amy, who was by no means satisfied. ever is, upon us.' And the children felt Why ? you little silly!'

afraid, as Adam and Eve did in the garden Because we ought to do what mother of Eden, when they had sinned against the tells us; besides, we promised, and now we Lord God. have told a story.'

Well,' said Walter to his sisters, after Nonsense!' replied Rose, who was be- they had been some time in the field, 'I ginning to feel very uneasy; how Robert don't see that you are much good to us would laugh at you !

after all, you are not half up to fun. Don't • But Walter would not laugh,' answered you like haymaking ?'

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“Yes, of course we do,' answered Rose, trying hard to be merry; but, you see, it's so hot.'

However, the two girls brightened up a little at the sight of their brother's pleasant face, and, no longer able to resist his invitation to come and help him, they all had a good romp together, till the bell rang to call them in to dinner.

CHAPTER IIL. In the evening, when the family group were seated in the drawing-room, Mr. Turner called his little girls to him, and took one on each knee. "I want to know what you have been doing all day?' he asked. Have you felt very strange without mother?'

"Yes,' said Amy, 'I don't like her being away at all; when will she come back?'

"I don't know exactly, perhaps in a day or two.

I hope my little girls have been very good, as she would wish them to be?'

“Yes,' said Rose, while a slight blush came in her cheek.

Asd my little darling, too?' asked the father, stroking the hair which waved over Amy's brow; has she been a good child, too?'

I've tried to be,' answered Amy, conscious of the one act of disobedience, and yet not daring to own it.

Mother told me before she started this morning, that the holidays were to begin to-morrow,' said Mr. Tarner. hear that, boys? your sisters begin their holidays to-morrow.'

• Hurrah !' cried the boys: “then we shall have some fun; we can all make hay together.'

And I've no doubt,' said their father, smiling, it will be made all the sooner and better for your help. It is not to be all play and no work, though,' he added; for

every morning Rose and Amy are to practise music for half an hour. Can I trust you to do so, little ones, without any one looking after you?'

'I think so,' said Amy, timidly, while Rose spoke more confidently.

'Is Uncle Joseph very much hurt, father?' asked Walter.

'I fear so, my boy; but to-morrow morning's post will most likely bring news of . him."

Mother seemed so unhappy this morning,' returned Walter, going up to his father's side; 'I wanted to walk with her to the station, but she did not wish it, for she said you were going to see her off.'

So I did,' replied Mr. Turner. If I had not gone, she would have been very glad of your help.'

That night, when Rose and Amy were lying side by side in their two little beds, both felt very unhappy at the thought of what had passed during the day. Rose would not have liked any one to think she was sorry for what had taken place, for she had a proud spirit, and it was very hard for her at any time to confess that she was in fault. Still she knew very well that she had done wrong, and more than that, that she had led astray her little sister, to whom she ought, of course, to set a good example.

* Rose,' said the little one, timidly, 'I'm afraid we have been very naughty to-day.'

Nonsense, child! What do you mean? returned the elder sister.

Why, you know we have done what mother told us not to do.'

“We only went out about twelve or fourteen minutes too soon; and she did not mean us to be so very particular.'

Oh, yes, Rosie, she did; you know she said we must not go out a minute before

(Continued on page 300.)

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