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HIGH AND LOW.
* Her brother was sent up with the news.'
• Don't tell the children at present, it (Concluded from p. 83.) might make them sad, the dear little ones T is true she was somewhat have so much feeling. Better let them
cheered by the comfort Ida enjoy their evening.'
her this last consolation. She was too ill covers, until death was first taught them to be moved that night, but next morning by the loss of some loved member of she left the house where she had been so their own family ; and Jane tried to per- unkindly treated, to return to her father suade herself as she sat down to perform and little Tom, and to the lonely home in her task, that, after all, things might not which her presence was now so needful. be as bad as she had feared. The dresses Lucy and Ida regretted her services, and were hardly finished when the young ladies felt slightly uncomfortable when they heard came to be dressed.
The sight of gay of her mother's death; but their attention colours and fine clothes is distasteful to a was easily attracted to other things; a new heavy heart, and though the poor girl did maid was procured, and Jane and her sorher best, she had never done a duty more rows soon forgotten. painful to her feelings. At length it was Time passed on. How many changes the over, and she lingered in the passage near lapse of a few years can bring ! Jane's the drawing-room door, in the hope that father was now in more prosperous circumMiss Ida would obtain permission for her stances. She had not ceased to mourn for immediate departure. Long indeed she her mother, but all bitterness of feeling had had to wait, for the thoughtless child, in the passed away; the gentle lessons learned in excitement of seeing so many of her young her childhood were remembered, and she friends, and afterwards in the amusements sought, and was enabled to forgive, those of the evening, quite forgot her promise. by whom she had been injured. Lucy had been presented in due form with Much more startling was the change her birthday gifts, and was engaged in a which these few years had wrought in the pleasant game, when a loud cry was beard fortunes of Lucy and Ida. Their father from the passage.
It was unheeded by being engaged in large mercantile speculathe children, so intent were they on their tions, had suddenly failed, and was obliged play: but their father, opening the door, to leave the country. Strange men paced inquired from a servant what was the mat- through the familiar rooms of the grand ter. Presently approaching his wife, he house, making a valuation of their contents. said in a low tone:-- That girl, Jane, has The servants, lately so humble, departed lost her mother; they told her suddenly, grumbling; and no one remained to pity and she fainted in the passage, and has just or assist the poor girls, who, with their been carried away.'
heartbroken mother, were obliged to take • Who told her ?'
refuge in an humble cottage near their
former stately home. Deprived not only of every luxury, but even of common comforts, they were now literally without the means of support for any length of time. Their mother was seriously ill, and requiring much care and attendance. Alas! Lucy and Ida could not attend to themselves.
Ida,' said her sister on the morning they were about to leave their home, I sometimes think these misfortunes have been sent upon us as a punishment for our pride and thoughtlessness towards others. Do you remember Jane? She has often come into my mind lately. We are now as poor as she was, and our mother ill also. I wish we had felt more for her, and let her go and see her mother before she died.'
• Indeed I wish we had,' replied Ida ; but I hear mother calling, we had better
go to her.'
Soon all preparations for their departure were completed. A few necessary articles of furniture had been sent before, and on arriving at the cottage, great indeed was their surprise to find everything placed in order; a bed carefully prepared for the invalid, a bright fire burning in the sittingroom, and all made as comfortable as circumstances would permit. The sisters had looked forward with dread to the performance of these household duties, and were now wondering who had given them this kind assistance, when the figure of a young girl appeared at the door, who gently supported the invalid to her bed, and laid her down to take a rest after so much fatigue.
It was Jane! She had come early in the morning, in order to have all ready for them. Lucy felt ashamed to look at her, and was silent, but Ida said: How good of you to come, Jane! I hope you have forgiven us; we were speaking this morning of how unkind we had been to you.'
• Do not think any more of it, dear
young ladies. I came because I thought you wanted me; and I'll stay and help to nurse the poor lady, and keep the house in order.'
* But, Jane,' said Lucy, “we can't afford to pay a servant now.'
*I don't mind about that, she replied. 'I don't want pay, for we're not as poor as
It will be a pleasure to me to do anything I can for you ; my aunt will stay with father while I'm away, and mind Tom and the house!'
So Jane remained, and took kind care of her former mistress, who declined so rapidly that it soon became evident her time on earth was drawing to a close. She was much comforted by passages of Holy Scripture which Jane read to her, and when her hour was
come she left this world hopefully, being enabled with faith to trust her children to the care of their Heavenly Father. Her loss was most severely felt by the sisters, who were now truly humbled under the chastening rod, and saw the gracious purpose for which they had been afflicted. It was but a few days after this event that a letter arrived from their absent father, containing directions for them to go to the nearest seaport town, where a friend of his had promised to take charge of them during the passage. Without loss of time they obeyed the summons, and were accompanied by Jane to the vessel, where with many tears and regrets they parted, she to return to her home and they to rejoin their father, by whom at the end of the journey they were met, and warmly received. And though these children of luxury were obliged henceforth to submit to many privations, yet they did so cheerfully, and proved through trials and difficulties a blessing and comfort to their remaining parent.
S. T. A. R.
would be allowed to join in the highest act ROSE NORMAN.
of Christian worship in the Church below, A SIMPLE SKETCH OF FAITH and admitted to the Holy Communion AND LOVE.
of the Body and Blood of our Savicur OSE NORMAN was the only Christ.
child of the Curate of Field- After her husband's death, Mrs. Norman bam. When she was only still continued to occupy the pretty little thirteen years of age, and was detached cottage where she had lived during just going to be confirmed, the fifteen years of her married life. She her father died somewhat now devoted herself more than ever to deeds suddenly from an attack of of active love and charity, and in these typhus fever, caught during Rose was ever a most useful assistant. Rose his ministrations to a sick loved her mother, and to soothe and cheer parishioner. Little, indeed, her life was the thought ever uppermost was the earthly wealth which in her mind: but besides the knowledge
the good clergyman had to that she was aiding her mother, in accomleave his much-loved daughter; but he panying her on her visits to the poor and had from her earliest years led her to seek the sorrowful, and the sick and the sufChrist, her loving Saviour, in the ordi- fering of her neighbours, Rose felt connances and services of that branch of strained by the great love of her blessed Christ's Holy Church Universal of which Lord to strive to comfort the afflictions he had been so faithful and zealous a and bind the broken hearts of the weak minister.
and poor whom Christ has left as a sacred Fieldham was a large country parish legacy to all His true disciples. And so she containing about 2000 inhabitants, and went about ministering to the bodily wants was pretty and picturesque. The church of the sick and the infirm, cheering the aged was a fine old building, which had been by showing them her living faith in all the recently restored and furnished with free precious promises of our Lord, and even sittings, instead of the old-fashioned square- pointing them to that blessed Land where box pews in which our ancestors seem to the Lamb would wipe away all tears from have taken so great a delight; so that rich and poor might enter alike into the Many were the blessings breathed on holy House, to hear the gospel of the grace Rose, as in all the lightsome gladness of of God. To supply the lack of pew-rents, youth, and in all the joyousness of Christian the people gladly gave as they were able faith and love, she went forth on her of their substance to the offertory every mission of mercy and charity. Lord's day. The service was conducted Mrs. Norman, whose health had long with a heartiness and warmth which might been failing, was now quite an invalid, and well awaken some feeling of devotion in the confined to the house. Rose, therefore, hearts of those who worshipped within its devoted herself more and more to her work walls.
of visiting and comforting the afflicted: It was Rose's delight to join in the ser- this, with the time devoted to her studies, vices. She was looking forward with eager- and what she gave up specially to her ness to the fast-approaching time when she mother--- although it was her greatest plea