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Published for the Proprietors by W. WELLS GARDNER, 2 Paternoster Buildings, London. Printed by JOHN STRANGEWAYS,]

(Castle Street, Leicester Square

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in her eyes.

*No, my child, replied their

mother, “it as thoughtless too ; she would laugh and

am sure

lonely and desolate, and often sighed for HIGH AND LOW.

her humble home and her mother's love. OU must not go, Jane,' exclaimed little Jane's fellow-servants thought the simple

Tom. • Who is to play with me, country girl quite beneath their notice, and and mend my clothes, and do everything indeed so much did their conversation differ I want when you are away?'

from any to which she had been accus'I must try to supply her place as well tomed, that she preferred being alone to as I can,' replied his mother ; 'but we shall

their society. all miss dear Jane sadly.'

As to the young ladies, Lucy, the elder • Mother, do you really think you can sister, was a lovely child, but already there spare me?' asked the poor girl, with tears was stamped on her features so proud and

• I know how hard it will be haughty an expression that their beauty for you to find time for everything.'

was sadly marred. Ida was a lively little Yes, do stay at home, Jane,' said her creature, with golden hair and blue eyes,

, brother. * I don't like you to go.'

sportive as a butterfly in the sunshine, and '

; would be selfish to keep her, when I am so play with Jane, and exert all her winning much better, and able for all the house ways, then flit off to some one else of whom work. Go, dear Jane; when the lady is she appeared equally fond. Lucy, too, somekind enough to ask you, it would be wrong times allowed herself to be played with and to refuse so good an offer, and

amused, and even now and then would listen you will be very happy.'

to a story, though her young maid's anecNothing would make me go, mother, dot ",

dotes (chiefly learned at Sunday School) but the hope of being able to help you were not always to the little lady's taste. after a little; besides, you know it is not On the whole Jane's first year at the very far away, and I shall be allowed to

great house passed sadly and wearily. Her come and see you sometimes.'

happiest moments were those spent with Soon after this conversation Jane entered her mother, for sometimes, when her work upon her first situation. Her business was was over earlier than usual, she was able to to attend on two little girls, who were the snatch time for a short visit to the cottage. children of wealthy parents, surrounded As winter approached these precious inwith every comfort and luxury which this terviews became fewer, for the young ladies world can afford, and for a short time she were allowed to sit up later and required was much delighted with her new abode. more attendance; the weather, too, was un

Everything in the house was wonderful favourable, and the long dark evenings soon and splendid to her eyes, accustomed as she set in, so that she was prevented from learwas only to the simple furniture of hering the house at all. These circumstances mother's cottage; and while walking with caused Jane the more anxiety from the reher little ladies, she used to admire the collection of how pale and weary her mother beauty of the extensive grounds and the had looked on the last occasion when they charming flowers with which at that season met, though she had denied feeling ill, and the gardens were brilliant. But as the declared herself quite able for work. One novelty of the scene wore away, she felt great consolation to the loving daughter even amongst all these beautiful things was, that out of her wages she was enabled

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IN very early times, before the law was

to contribute to the comforts of her parents, Jane,' said the more good-natured Ida, and this gave her strength and courage to "I will ask our mother to let you go home persevere in the path of duty she had un- early this evening, so you need not fret,' dertaken; still she felt very uneasy about (for the poor girl was unable to restrain her her mother's health. At length this sus- tears). I have seen many people ill, and pense was ended by a visit from little Tom, they always got better in time. Our mowho had been sent by his mother to say ther was very delicate last winter, and Lucy she was ill and wished to see her daughter and I had measles once, and you see we as soon as possible. Now it happened that are all alive and well, and so will your Jane's mistress was from home, and was not mother be too; so stop crying, and I will expected to return till evening, when there not forget to speak to mother about letting was to be a children's party in honour of you go, if you make haste and trim our Miss Lucy's birthday. So the poor girl dresses.' ran in a distracted state of mind to the And with this promise poor Jane had to young ladies, and requested permission to be content. go home for a short time to see her mother

(Concluded in our next.) who was ill, and had sept for her.

Go home!' repeated Lucy; what do MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE EAST. you mean? you have not finished trimming my dress for the evening. No, indeed, there

HIGH PRIEST. is a great deal too much to be done. I wonder you could think of asking such a thing given to Moses, the father of every when you know it is my birthday! Really family was the priest of his own household. you are most unreasonable!'

When the people of Israel were coming Indeed, Miss Lucy, I can easily trim from Egypt into their own land, God set your dress in an hour, and then may I go?' apart the tribe of Levi to be priests, and

• Certainly not ! you have to lay out our Moses was to anoint Aaron to be High things ready to put on; and I can tell you I Priest over the rest. will come to dress much earlier than you The High Priest was dressed in fine expect, for I hate being hurried.'

robes, to show that we must give to God • But my mother is very ill,' still pleaded the very best we have. He wore a breastJane.

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If you would be kind enough to plate of precious stones called “Urim and come up a little sooner than usual, I am Thummim.' These are Hebrew words, which sure your mother's maid would have time mean .Light and All-perfect. It was the to attend to you. May I ask her ?' duty of the High Priest to burn incense, to

You are very positive, Jane; I have offer the daily sacrifice, to trim and light already said you cannot go till we are the seven lamps of the golden candlestick; dressed: every one remarks how much more and once a year he went into the most Holy becomingly you arrange our hair than any Place, to sprinkle blood on the ark and on one else.

The last time Todd attempted it the floor for his own sins and those of the I was a perfect fright, so you must make people. Our High Priest is Christ, Who up your mind to wait. I never heard of once for all entered into the holy place not such a thing as servants' relations being made with hands, even Heaven itself, and allowed to interfere with their duties!' He is the Saviour of the world.

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