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work sometimes, for Edgar was hasty and THE PEACE MAKER.

Laurence mischievous; and it seemed as if
LICE HERBERT sat sewing little troubles were always coming to mar the

by the open window of the peace which once there had been amongst
sunny little parlour, listening them.
to the sweet-voiced birds, and The brothers were much attached to each
the waving trees, and the other in spite of their opposite tempers,
low laughter of her youngest and the seven years' difference in their age;
brother, Laurie, lying full but one would hardly have thought it, if
stretch on the grass talking to they had seen how Laurie rushed in bot
Edgar, the young artist, who with anger and flung bimself on the sofa,
was putting the finishing touch exclaiming to his sister,-

to a picture he had worked *I'll stand it no longer, Allie; I won't be at for many a day with pleasure and bothered and bullied by Edgar if he is pride.

seventeen and I only ten.

I'd pack up my They were motherless, and for a year things and run away to sea this very day past Alice had tried to fill the vacant place, if it wasn't for you.' and comfort her father, bind the household Oh, don't talk in that wild way, Laurie, together by her gentle love, but it was hard you know you wouldn't do anything of the

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sort. I do wish you and Edgar could get making such a fuss with him as you do. on better. What has been the matter? Don't bother me: I'm going for a walk

Matter! why, he struck me;' and the down to the river. I shan't come home till boy turned a crimson cheek towards his Laurie's in bed.' sister, on which there was the mark of a Poor Alice! she knew it was useless to blow quite plainly to be seen.

plead for her pet then; Edgar was in one of Alice looked grieved and her eyes glist- his ill moods; she must wait till it had ened with tears; it was the first time she passed and he was his own kind self again, had ever known Edgar raise his hand against before she could make peace between the his brother.

brothers. You must have done something very Mr. Herbert came home at tea-time, and provoking, Laurie dear; tell me what it was.' made a passing inquiry for Edgar — but no

'I only put in a few caricatures in his more questions were asked, though any one drawing; he could rub them out in a couple might have guessed, by Laurie's moody of seconds. He had gone down to the fruit- tones, and Alice's pale, sad face, that somegarden to pick cherries, and it came into thing was wrong. my head to do it-it was only a lark.' When tea was over, Alice went up to her

'I quite believe you meant it for “a own room, and, leaning from the window, lark," as you say, Laurie, but it wasn't one gave herself up for a while to her sad to Edgar. You know how he loves his thoughts. There were so many difficulties pictures, and works by night and day so as in her daily path--so many cares which to get on before father sends him abroad to pressed upon her at her early age, that study for an artist. You shouldn't have there were times when she could almost done it,' said Alice.

out, 'It is more than I can bear.' "Well, I'm sorry, and I'd have told him And now, if there was not to be peace i so if he hadn't struck me. I won't stand it.' amongst themselves, what could she do?

• Edgar is putting up his pencils-you've how could she keep the promise she had upset him for the afternoon,' said Alice, made to her dying mother, to try and looking from the window; ‘go and tell bim comfort all, and help the boys so to live you're sorry, Laurie dear; don't let any that they might all meet her in Heaven coldness creep up amongst us.

You're so

one day? much younger, you ought to make an Alice longed for a wiser head and a apology to Edgar.'

stronger heart than her own to guide her, • Catch me doing it,' responded Laurie. but she knew there was always God to help 'I tell you, I would if he hadn't hit me. and teach her, and in His strength she must He must say he's sorry.'

strive to do her daily duty. Alice went out into the garden to her So she grew braver and calmer, and there eldest brother, and put her hand on his arm. was a trustful look in her eyes as she raised

You won't be vexed with Laurie; will them to watch the sun sinking low in the you, dear ? she began, but Edgar shook her west, and the sky turning from crimson t) off angrily.

gray; then she put on a hat, and wrappei? 'Ill-behavedl, tiresome little monkey!'he a shawl round her, and went out at the exclaimed; that boy's getting a perfect garden-gate and over the fields to look for nuisance, Alice, and it's partly your fault Edgar.


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She found him leaning against a stile I don't wonder you hit me, I deserved it, on his way home, looking downcast and and

But the elder lad stopped vexed still, as he asked her almost angrily bim. - what she wanted.'

"Say no more, Laurie; I was cross, and 'It was dull at home, and so I came to I'm ashamed of myself. I should ask you meet you,' she said gently; and Laurie to forgive me.' has gone to bed with a head-ache.'

And then the two boys exchanged a ‘I wish it may keep him there then,' hearty kiss just as they had done years said Edgar; 'troublesome, mischievous little before, until they began to think it silly monkey, spoiling the picture I had slaved and girlish: and leaving Laurie to sleep at so hard !

with a lightened heart, Edgar followed his Not spoiled, was it, Edgar?'

sister downstairs again; but before she • Well— no, I can put it right. But opened the parlour door, he said, “Alice; wasn't it enough to provoke a fellow, Alice ?' if our mother could speak to you to-night,

Alice smiled-she saw Edgar was I think she would say to you, “ Blessed turning to his old self.

are the peace-makers." Quite, but there surely was more than enough to control “ a fellow.") • How, what do you mean, Alice? You

GOOD FOR EVIL. would have been vexed yourself.'


ATHEW MOLÉ, President of the *Just think, he's so young, and he was

Parliament of Paris, was a magismother's darling, and she trusted so to you, trate, who was admired for his courage Edgar. She knew you were good and and firmness. At the head of the Parliasteady, and so much older, that she felt

ment he once proceeded to the palace of quite sure you would be kind and patient the Queen Regent to ask her to set at with Laurie.'

liberty two men who had been unlawfully Edgar flushed, and then his eyes wandered arrested. A crowd collected, not knowing the same way Alice's were turning----towards

the cause of the proceeding; one of the the churchyard some little way off, where

, their mother's grave was--the mother who dressed him with atrocious threats. had loved her three children so tenderly. The next morning a man came to him

‘I was wrong, Alice; it shall never, by and said, “I know who it was who treated God's help, be so again. I will try and

with so much insolence.

He is a curb my hasty temper; poor little Laurie!'

chemist who is my neighbour.' And then the brother and sister went Molé sent at once for this man ;

he silently home.

arrived very much terrified. • Laurie is awake; come up and see him, 'I see that I am recognised; I implore whispered Alice to her brother, when she

your indulgence.' found him a little later by himself in the Molé was unwilling to amuse himself parlour. And Edgar rose up at once and with his fright. followed her.

“I sent for you,' he said to him, “to warn • Edgar,' began Laurie, sitting upright you that you have a very malicious neighin bed, 'I've been lying awake hoping you'd bour. Beware of him! Farewell.' come home. I want to tell you I'm sorry.

C. S. c.

ere most furious stopped the carriage, and ad

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