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it. TIMOTHEUS AND PHILEMON.
He knew that he could not do a father
a greater injury than to rob him of his two (Continued from p. 203.)
darling children. He would have murdered CHAP. III.
them had he not thought of selling them THE SLAVE-DEALER.
to a slave-dealer. HILEMON and his brother "No, I won't kill them,' he said to his
had been stolen by a cun- companion in crime; they are pretty childning rogue who had tried
ren. That they are as like each other as to have dealings with their one egg is to another is a great rarity. I father, but he had soon will sell them, and I shall get a good round found that the fellow
sum of money for them, I have no doubt.' wanted to cheat him.
He fled with the children across the Go,' said Lucius, an- boundaries of Turkey, which were close by,
grily; 'I will have nothing to the nearest town. In those times, in more to do with you.'
every town in Turkey on the high-road The rascal then betook himself to an- stood a large house, in which travellers other rich merchant in the town, whom he were received, lodged, and fed, for three cheated out of a large sum of money. The days free of charge. There
was such merchant lamented his loss to the noble an establishment here. An enterprising Lucius, with whom all the suffering and proprietor bad, however, provided a few oppressed found help and sympathy. Lu
rooms in it which were more comfortably cius took up his cause. The impostor was furnished, and where guests were better atarrested, and while the affair was being tended to, and which rich Turkish mertraced he lay for some months in prison. chants were glad to occupy on payment At last his sentence was passed. He had of a certain sum. To this house the man to pay back all the money, and a heavy went with the two children; he remained fine besides.
himself in the common room, where he This man had carried off the children could live for nothing, but went every day of Lucius, who knew not what a dangerous into the better rooms to find out what rich fellow he was One neighbour said that merchants had arrived there. he had noticed this man lurking near the At last he met a Turk named Selim, who country-house, but he had never fancied dealt in all kinds of beautiful cloths, silk that the rogue planned so disgraceful a stuffs, and splendid carpets, but who also deed.
engaged in the slave-trade, which was Lucius now no longer doubted who was allowed in Turkey. the culprit. To obtain tidings of his child- The robber presented the two boys to ren he had him searched for in all direc- the Turk, and offered them for sale. tions. He placed a reward of a hundred gold The Turk said, “They are indeed two pieces on his head.
But all inquiries were lovely children. They please me. But in vain : he was never seen in those parts what shall I do with them? I shall have again.
to keep them for a long time before they When the wretch had been released from will be able to perform the smallest serprison he burned with revenge against vices expected of slaves.' Lucius, and pondered how he could have But when the two boys really understood
that they were to be sold for slaves, they he
her neighbour's lips, gently snap the tongs, stood trembling and shuddering before him, without speaking a word. and wept so bitterly that he bought them A day or two afterwards the good woman more out of compassion than to make any came again to the minister with a bright profit out of them. . They may be better and laughing face, to tell him the effect treated with me than with another,' he this new cure for scolding. Her neighsaid. He paid the robber, who was con- bour had visited her, and had begun to tented with his bargain, and then took scold as usual. the boys with him to the village where he Snap went the tongs. dwelt.
Another volley of abuse. Siap. His somewhat cross wife did not seem Another still. Snap. displeased at his purchase, but his children
'Why don't you speak ?' said the scold took the greatest delight in the little guests. in a fury. Snap went the tongs. Selim the Turk permitted his children to Speak!' said she. Snap. associate with the Christian boys, let them “Do speak; I shall split if you don't eat with them, and play together, as well speak!' And away she went, cured of her as perform various little duties together in malady by the magic power of silence.the house. He meant to keep them till From · Illustrated Hand-bills.' they became a little taller and stronger, and, from being with his children, had RECIPE FOR MAKING EVERY learned as much of the Turkish language
DAY HAPPY. as was necessary for them. They would have been tolerably happy
a resolution to make the day a had it not been for home-sickness and long
happy one to a fellow-creature. It is easily ing for their father's house. But the most
done: a left-off garment to a man who painful of all to them was that they dared
needs it, a kind word to the sorrowful, a not speak to the Turk's children of Jesus
cheering smile on the striving; trifles in Christ. It was strictly forbidden them,
themselves light as air will do it, at least under the threat of severe punishment, even
for the twenty-four hours; and if you are to mention that holy Name.
young, depend upon it, it will tell when (To be continued.)
you are old; and if you are old, rest assured THE MAGIC OF SILENCE.
it will send you gently and happily down
the stream of human time to eternity. GOOD woman in New Jersey was
By the most simple arithmetic, look at sadly annoyed by a scolding neigh
the result: you send one person, only one, bour, who often visited her, and provoked happily through the day,—that is, three
, a quarrel. She at last sought the counsel
hundred and sixty-five in the course of the of her minister, who had a good share of
year; and supposing you live forty years common sense. Having heard the story of
only, after you begin that course of mediher wrongs, he advised her to seat herself
cine, you have made 14,600 human beings quietly in the chimney-corner when her
happy, at all events for a time.-SYDNEY. neighbour paid her next visit, to take the tongs in her hands, look steadily into the fire, and whenever a hard word came from
WHEN you rise in the morning, form