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THE STAFF AND THE LANTERN. scarlet, decked with gold, and precious (Continued from p. 164.)

stones, and pearls. This is a robe,' said

' • UT we must not forget our two young her guide, which one of my greatest friends friends who have gone on

before. wears, and I lend it ber to make her look Amana and Bithiah are still together on beautiful in the sight of admiring thousands. their journey, but the deceiver has followed Here is a beautiful sheep-skin of the finest them. Because he failed before, he has and softest wool, made large enough to changed his form, and appears now as a cover any wolf; and many a sheep has been beautiful lady dressed in a robe of the most snared and devoured by the wolf wearing costly material. Her hair was kuotted with this disguise.' pearls and diamonds, on her arms were Bithiah now began to tremble; yet, most bracelets of the most costly jewels, her fingers strangely, she was so absorbed that she forglittered with splendid rings, and her feet got her staff and lantern, and used them not. were encased in shoes of the finest gold. May I see the Robe of righteousness?'

Bithiah, who had never seen such splen- said the child innocently. dour before, was dazzled exceedingly, and The guide pretended not to hear, and stood in silent admiration; but Amana did told her she must now see the picturenot care for the gay clothing, and rather gallery. disliked the look of the lady. She was 'Here is the picture of happiness,' said beautiful, indeed, as wax-work, but there the guide; and the scene painted was a was no real sweetness of expression in her gaily-decorated ball-room, with living and fiice; and there was a look, when he gazed moving figures, dancing to the sound of at her, that made him rather shudder than most enlivening music. admire her.

Are any of these dresses yours?' said In a moment his staff and lantern were the child. out, and he read, ' The lust of the eyes :' so • • Yes,' said the guide; 'many are he passed on quickly and would not tarry, borrowed from my wardrobe. ' for he read also on the staff, . Avoid all *Has any one there the Robe of righteappearance of evil.' He called to Bithiah, ousness ?' said Bithiah. and warned her; but, poor child, she heard • Well, it you must know, I will tell you; him not: she was so absorbed in conversa- but


will not think much of it. There, tion with the lady that she beeded nothing that lady with dark straight hair, dancing around her. The lady spoke of all her 80 slowly and talking so loudly, wears it, lovely dresses, of her mansion, of her splen- but I am ashamed of her; yet she is useful did pictures, which she offered to show to me, and helps me to get a few new Bithiah; and as she talked she kept walking friends.' on, until she had led the little girl quite “What ' said Bithiah, that woman with out of the path ; nor until she got to the those filthy rags?' mansion of the deceiver did Bithiah see Yes,' said the deceiver; that is the that she had strayed. When once there, she robe you speak of.' thought she might as well stay and see the O dear!' said the child; 'I thought it dresses and the pictures, so she consented to was beautiful, and bright, and lovely: and be led into the different apartments. is that what I have so long looked for?

The first robe she saw was of purple and And that man who wears the strange cloak





that he tries to cover his greasy

and thread- But Bithiah trembled, and feared the bare clothes with ?'

deceiver was with her still. That we call the Cloak of religion, • Tremble not, daughter of the Lord,' answered the guide. “But come along, said a sweet angelic being. I am not the child; you must see another picture.' deceiver, but I am a daughter of the King:

O what is that? what is that?' said my name is Special Mercy, and I am sent Bithiah ; ' let me stay and see that picture.' for your protection. You were nearly lost

No, come along; you must not see for ever; the evil one had nearly transfixed that,' for it was the picture of despair. you with her potent spell; “ The desire of I must, indeed I must!' said Bithiah.

the eyes” had all but turned your brain, But the deceiver could not detain her but in the last moment I was sent to take against her will, and she saw the same room away your sight. Henceforth you will see all in a blaze, despair pictured on every no more, but I will be your guide; you feature,-women wringing their hands and must " walk by faith, and not by sight.tearing their hair, men standing with faces Your staff I have kept for you, and you will as pale as death; and as she turned round to still find it useful; the lantern you have not look at her guide, she found her changed lost, its light you 'may not see, but the to the most frightful and hateful being she warmth of it shall sustain you all your had ever beheld. In a moment she felt a journey through. sharp pain come across her forehead, and

(To be continued.) her eyes seemed pierced with a pointed instrument that made them pour with


THERE was once a boy called Dick, who shoulders forced her upon her knees.

was very cruel to flies and insects. Her hands became clasped, the cool breeze He would pull off their legs or wings, and fanned her temples, and on her knees she thus kill them, or, at least, give them very remained, she thought, for hours. Sud- | great pain. denly, however, she was aroused from One day his teacher said to him, 'Come this fearful position by a well-known voice, here, Dick, and see what I have to show saying, “Bithiah, dear Bithiah!'and the warm you. Put this glass to your eye, and tell light of a lantern cheered her, and the

you see.' sound of a well-known staff was like music Dick did as he was told, and said, in her ears.

But yet she saw neither the Never did I see anything like it! It has staff, nor the lantern, nor the bearer of wings all green and gold; and its body is them; yet she at once knew the voice of covered with very fine hairs; and its eyes Clauda, and without rising from her knees are like gems! Where did you get it?' she begged her friend to come to her and Dick put down the glass, and his face kiss her, and tell her where she was.


for there lay one of the poor • Tell me first, who is your friend by insects he had hurt ! your side, dear Bithiah ?'

His teacher said, “Now, Dick, all that 'No one but yourself.'

God has made has been made for some good • Indeed there is; and she is so much like

If all the wise men in the world my dear, sweet companion, that she must be were to try, with all the skill they have, a sister.'

they could not make anything like this

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little ily. And you may be sure that God It is a great sin to be cruel. The did not give it life that you might pull off creatures that God has made are His, not its legs and wings.'

ours, and we have no right to hurt or 'I will try,' said Dick, from this time torment them. He is angry when we are to be more kind to the flies; for now I see cruel to any of His creatures.-Children's how cruel I have been.'


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