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keep together, and arrive at the beautiful down upon hers and wondered whether the home at the same time. But now come new lamp was prettier than the one she had and stand with me, and we will watch. got; and then her lamp became a little dim,

* Amana,' says Iva, ‘I wonder why the and her foot knocked against a stone, which good Man who stood by the side of the made her cry out with pain. Now she felt stream gave us these straight sticks and the great value of her staff, for as she rested these lanterns ? I can walk without a upon it her pain grew less; but she walked stick, and what is the use of the lantern in a little lame. She then held her lantern to broad daylight ?'

her staff and read, “When I said my foot • Iva,' replied his companion, do not slipped, Thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.' stop to question so soon the use of these Poor Clauda !' said Bithiah ; cheer up; gifts; be satisfied to use them.

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never mind a little pain : better hurt your yonder, a thick fog is coming upon us; foot than lose your lantern.'

And Clauda we shall need the lantern soon enough: pressed the lantern firmly to her breast and and do not despise the staff, for we walk held tightly her little staff. Then I saw most easily with it, and we cannot tell the lantern get brighter, but Clauda's foot how we should do without it.'

pained her still. • The fog,' said Iva, 'is a long way off By this time Iva was

some distance yet, and I am sure we do not require a behind, and they heard him call out, “Here, light: so I shall sling mine upon my back, my good man, let me look at your new for I do not like the trouble of carrying it. lamp. Then I saw Iva's lamp get quite Besides, the shape does not please me, and dim, but there was just enough light left I see already the light it would give would to show these words on the staff, Resist not be much.'

the devil, and he will flee from you ;' but Now, during this conversation, the light not enough light to show the man's face in the lantern that Iva held began to grow much : what Iva did see of it by the light dim, and was not nearly so bright as the of his own lamp made him shudder all over, lamps of the other children. Presently, for the man was the most horrible creature however, the fog came upon them before he ever saw. He looked at the staff again they expected, and they were soon in dark- and read these words, · The old serpent the

Now the three children held out devil... he was a deceiver from the begintheir lamps and looked at their little staves, ning.' Now if Iva had walked quickly on and read this inscription,— Thy word is a then, there was yet just enough light left lantern unto my feet and a light unto in his lantern to guide him; but he still my path,' and they walked on safely. The waited, and said, “Let me look at your face path was as clear to them as if they were by the light of your lantern, mine is so dim travelling in the brightest sunshine. But

I can hardly see you ; and before Iva's lamp Iva refused to look at his staff, for he said went quite out he just read the words ou his lamp was so dim that he could not see his staff, “Satan himself is transformel if he did. Now, whilst they were in this into an angel of light.' part of their journey, they heard a voice

(To be continued.) cry out, Who will exchange old lamps for new ones?' The three held their lamps as tightly as possible. Yet Clauda looked

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MONEY WELL PLACED. A SKILFUL, and industrious cabinet- with his family. Their food was abundant

maker, who earned a good deal of but frugal, their clothes neat but plain, and moncy, was content to live very modestly he carefully avoided every useless expense.

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One of his neighbours, a turner by trade,

THE HEDGE OF THORNS, said to him one day, - What do you do

(Concluded from p. 139.) with all the money that you earn so easily? Your manner of living as well as of dressing THE

THE church bells rang out their sumyourself and your children is quite as simple

in vain for Clement that and modest as it was when you were not morning:— You won't insist upon my nearly so well off as you are now.'

going, mother, will you?' he entreated. The cabinet-maker replied with a smile,

So he was left at home alone, though 'Half of my weekly earnings is employed Harry begged hard to be allowed to stay in paying my debts, and the other half I with him. Mrs. Harley felt it was best so: place at very good interest.'

perhaps a quiet hour or two of sorrow and Nonsense!' replied the turner, laughing. repentance might in due time bring forth I know very well, good neighbour, that

fruit of real amendment. you have no debts at all; and I am pretty

But in the afternoon she called him to sure that you have not much capital at the walk with her in the garden; and as they bank.'

slowly paced up and down, he put his arm "Nevertlıeless I tell you the exact truth,' about her in his loving boy-fashion, and replied the cabinet-maker, with a smile.

asked humbly : • Only let me explain my manner of act

Do you think, mother, I could ever ing: I regard it as a sacred duty to pay

cure myself?' back to my aged and infirm parents all the Of what, my dear?' money that they have spent for me since my

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my indolence; you see it was that, birth, and I feel that I must pay this im

and nothing else, which brought me this portant debt to them. On the other hand, trouble. I have been thinking about it all I consider as capital placed at very good the morning, and it seems to me it is that interest all the money I spend to bring

which is always setting things wrong.

It up my children as well as possible, and to is not only about my lessons, and not help them to gain an honourable livelihood. getting on and taking prizes,—of course, if This capital will be paid back by them with one won't work, one can't expect that kind good interest when I can no longer work. of thing,-but it gets one into all sorts My parents have spared no sacrifice to give of scrapes besides. It does indeed, mother;

. me a good religious education, and to teach I could tell you something that would show me a useful trade, and I wish to spare nothing in the same matter for my children.' “I don't need any proof, my dear; it is It is thus that all Christian parents should

one of the curses of slothfulness that it bring up their children; and children thus brings so many evils in its train: many a educated from their earliest years will find

crime has had its beginning in idleness; true happiness in proving their gratitude

it leads to faults that seem quite foreira to their well-beloved parents. J. F. C.

to the idler's nature; it has made many an affectionate man neglectful of his family, and many a

Mother,' interrupted Clement, I must tell you, though I know you will never think well of me again. You remember saying the

you it does.'

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other day that something bad altered me, watch against your temptation; you must and made me close. It was about my exer- force yourself into action, and try to do cise ; I left it, and left it, till there was no :

with all your might whatever you attempt time to do it properly, and so—and so- to do at all. And you cannot begin too don't look at me like that, mother,-I soon; it would be an awful thing to put copied it as near as I dared from Bob off the striving till it should be too late.' Freeman's book.'

Too late! The words sounded like a It was out at last; and now Clement felt ;

funeral knell over poor Tartar. It was too the comfort of his mother's grave sympathy late to save his dear old favourite, Clement and advice.

reflected, but not too late to save himself. “There is but one course to take,' she And he took a deep resolve that memorable said after a little quiet talk on the matter; afternoon, strengthening the resolve before you must tell Mr. Jones the exact truth he went to sleep at night by a fervent prayer to-morrow, and bear patiently any punish- for God's help. ment he may think it right to impose. Ah, We will not attempt to look into his my child, it would be sad indeed if your future, and learn whether the prayer was indolence should end by making you ready answered and the resolution kept. But at deceit and careless of right—the prey this much I can tell :-he got up early the of any temptation that may seem to offer an next morning, and set the tool-house in escape from the consequences of your fault. order before going to school; and he made You have thought it a slight thing to be a full confession to his tutor about the merely lazy; but you see what it leads to: copied exercise, though the avowal cost him it not only makes the whole life unfruitful, a great deal of pain. but it brings forth all kinds of poisonous

And the foot once firmly set upon the weeds, tares instead of wheat; and you re- briers and thorns, we may venture to hope member that, in the parable, the reapers the whole hedge will in time be trampled bind up the tares in bundles to be burned.' down.

EMMA RHODES. Mrs. Harley spoke solemnly: Clement hung his head with deep awe and penitence

THE FRENCH TRAVELLER AND in his heart. • Remain an idle, useless boy,' went on

HIS ARAB GUIDE. the lady after a moment's pause, and

you

FRENCHMAN, very learned in many will grow up an idle, useless man: all

sciences, but rather inclined to be faults strengthen with time. But you ask if an atheist, was travelling with an Arab it is possible to cure yourself. Yes, to be guide in the deserts of Africa. He noticed sure, or God would not command us to with a smile of pity that his guide, at cerstrive after perfection—to lay aside our be- tain hours of the day, raised his eyes setting sin. But He tells us also—at least towards Heaven and knelt down, devoutly He puts it into St. Paul's mind to tell us pronouncing the name of God. Many days -that we must look to Jesus while we succeeded each other, and the Arab always strive ; you must ask God for Christ's sake showed himself faithful to his practices of to help you ; and you must struggle with devotion. yourself, and try hard every day and at One evening, at the moment when the every turn: you must always be on the Arab had finished his prayer, the French

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