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MY OWN WAY.
I must tell you how it all occurred. You
may remember I had planned a field-walk PART I.
on the day when my uncle and aunt were I
PROMISED to write often, and tell away. Well, on the morning of their
you all my adventures, dear Jane, but departure, Aunt Mary said, 'Bessie, I I have since thought that the better way leave Ellen in your charge; as you are so would be to keep a sort of irregular much older, I can depend on your steadijournal, just to amuse you, and let you ness.' know the kind of life we lead here.
Never fear, aunt,' I replied, "we shall Louis and I arrived yesterday evening, get on very well.' after a prosperous journey; and you cannot After they had gone, I proposed to Ellen
I think how fresh and beautiful everything to go in the evening to meet Louis as looked, as we drove to Uncle James' cottage. usual. Aunt Mary and little Cousin Ellen met us 'I should like it greatly,' she answered, at the door, and after tea, when we had but mother said we
were not to
far rested for a while, they showed us the from the house by ourselves.' garden, but I was much too tired to see *But it is not very far to the river.' anything more that night.
* It's a long walk, Bessie, and I know Several days have passed since I wrote mother meant us not to leave the garden, last, which, although very pleasantly occu- and just about home.' pied, have yet given me no events to relate: ‘She did not say so to me, Ellen; on the we go every evening to see the cows milked contrary, she left you in my care, and I see and the fowls fed, and we walk about the no harm in a walk.' farm and amuse ourselves as best we can all Some friends of my aunt's called during day. Louis has learned to catch fish in a the day, and stayed so late, that I began river which runs at some distance from the to fear that I should have to give up my house, and my great pleasure is to accom-plan.
plan. However, they went at length, and pany Ellen and my uncle through the pretty
uncle through the pretty | I began my preparations. flowery fields and lanes to meet him coming 'Bessie,' said my little cousin, it's no back. I regret to say we shall miss this use going now, for Louis will have left the enjoyment to-morrow, for uncle must be river.' away on business, and aunt is going to see Well,' I replied, we shall meet him on a sick friend: Louis intends fishing as the road; I think you seem determined, usual, and now I think of it, there is Ellen, to throw every difficulty in the way nothing to prevent my going to meet him, of this walk.' for Ellen will be at home, and can come The little girl was silenced but not with me.
satisfied, and we set off without delay. Oh, Jane, such a terrible thing has The evening was lovely, and the fields and happened! I could not write last night, I lanes looked so gay and pleasant as we
! was so miserable, and the worst of it is that passed, that Ellen quickly recovered her it was all my fault, and was caused by spirits and prattled away merrily. After liking to have my own way, without regard while
we came to a thick planting, and to circumstances or the wishes of others, were puzzled which path to follow. which mother says is my great fault. But, Father used to take us only through a
corner of the wood,' said Ellen; 'I think worst that can happen to us is to return he turned to the left.'
by this gate.' No,' I replied, uncle certainly took Alas! little did I know what was to the path to the right, and I shall try it follow. now.'
In crossing a rising ground towards the Accordingiy we walked in that direc- middle of the enclosure, we observed a tion for a good distance until Ellen ex- large animal grazing quietly at one corner, claimed, I'm afraid we've taken the wrong but continued our course without taking turn, for we never were so long in the any heed, until a low deep sound, like a Food before.'
smothered roar, attracted our attention. "Well, no matter; come on straight, and Ellen clung to my arm. Oh! Bessie, we must get out somewhere.'
turn at once, it is the mad bull.' And so we did, but it was at a strange 'Nonsense, child !' I whispered, turning side of the planting, and we had quite lost slowly, for I did not want to appear afraid;
why should you call it mad? I dare say Do you know which way the river it's a very quiet animal.' lies?' I asked.
“No, no, father sent him away because he “No, I can't tell: but would it not be
was so wicked, and ran at the man who better, dear Bessie, to try and get home, took care of him: I heard them say he was for it's growing very late?'
to be kept in a well-fenced field far away, You're a silly little girl, Ellen: I'm
to prevent accidents.
Oh! Bessie, do run, quite determined to reach the river, and he is following us.' you need not be frightened, for Louis will
The bellowing became louder, and glanctake care of us on the way back.'
ing back, to my horror, I saw we were Thus encouraged she consented to go pursued. on, and our spirits revived when, from the * Let me go, Ellen,' I screamed; we next hill-top, we saw the river winding must run as fast as possible.' like a silver thread through the green ‘Not for the gate,' she cried, 'we should fields, at only a short distance.
never reach it in time; the fence is not so "Oh, Ellen, see, we're quite close to it;
far, it is our only chance.' come on quickly, we shall soon be there.' I saw it was all too true, for our pursuer
'I don't understand how we're to get was now coming on with redoubled speed, through that field, Bessie, there's a great
(Concluded in our next.) fence round it.' “Yes, but I see a gate at the corner
THE SABBATH BELL. next the lane.'
EAL on, peal on, I love to hear She said no more, and we ran down the The old church ding-dong soft and hill. The gate was stiff, and we had some
clear! difficulty in opening it, however we got in The welcome sounds are doubly blast at last.
With future hope and earthly rest. 'I don't think we can cross the fence at Yet were no calling changes found the other side of the field,' said Ellen. To spread their cheering echoes round,
“We must take chance for that,' I re- There's not a place where man may dwell plied ; “perhaps there's a gap: if not, the But he can hear a Sabbath bell.
THE STAFF AND THE LANTERN.
of Self-righteousness, as Clauda can find
written on her staff, “ All your righteous(Continued from p. 175.)
nesses are as filthy rags. OOR Bithiah, still upon her knees, And the Cloak of religion?' again clasped her hands together, and re
inquired Bithiah. peated a verse she had learned by the way:
• That,' replied her guide, “is a wicked • Though dark my path, and sad my lot, manufacture of the deceiver's, and is called I will be still and murmur not, But breathe the prayer divinely taught,
by that name, but is properly the Cloak Thy will be done!'
of hypocrisy, or the Cloak of deceit. It After she had said these words, Special is only put on by some of the very worst Mercy, her guide, raised her up, and she of the broad-road travellers. They wear stood firmly upon her feet, to the surprise, it in order that they may entrap and it must be confessed, of Clauda, and walked make profit out of the unwary, and pass on her journey home. But in Bithiah faith as friends amongst the servants of the and love were strong, and that was the King, whilst all the time they are His reason why, although blind, she did not bitterest enemies. They would, if they become lame also.
could, walk with one leg in the broad road O how careful now was Bithiah lest she and with the other in the narrow, to make, should fall ! how carefully she felt her way! as it is called, "the best of both worlds.": At the moment of danger or difficulty she We will now leave the little girls with fell upon her knees, during which time her their angelic guides, and follow after sweet guide removed every difficulty from Amana. He has been marching on some her path, and read aloud to her the writing time alone, firm and faithful, with but few op the staff.
hindrances; but it would have been better I saw also a dear little boy wearing for him if he had encouraged the comthe King's livery, who often kept the panionship of the sweet little cherub dear children company, and much assisted Humility—abetter companion he could not the two Mercies in their care of Bithiah have: but having outstripped all those who and Clauda. His name was Humility, and set out with him, he is getting over-confiof all the sons and servants of the King, dent; and his light is not so bright as it none excelled him as a guide for little pil- was, although he notices no difference. He grims on their road towards the blessed keeps his staff and walks boldly on.
At a country.
little distance off he sees a boy of about his In reciting her adventures one day to own age, walking along with a staff. He her companions, Bithiah asked about the comes up to another boy who also bears Robe of righteousness;' if it was not a staff, and offers to fight him. true that it was spotless and beautiful. boys fight as Amana looks on, and in but a She was told that it was the most lovely few minutes the second boy is knocked robe ever made; it belonged only to Lucas down, and the first walks again boldly on. their friend, but some day He would cover He then meets with another, and without them with it if they persevered to the end. troubling to challenge takes his staff and
What, then, was that robe I saw in the beats him until he cries out with pain. deceiver's house that went by that name?' The conqueror then marches on more boldly
* Ah, said they all, that was the robe than ever, and finds a lad walking in the