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lantern. They both fell down on their TIMOTHEUS AND PHILEMON.
knees before him, and wept as they thought (Continued from p. 251.)
of the death which awaited him. CHAP. IX.—THE FLIGHT.
But he said, “Oh, my dearest children, 23 HE greatest wish of be comforted. Whatever God has ordained the boys now was to
for me will be fulfilled. Not a hair of my visit their dear father head can be hurt contrary to His will. in his prison.
The May that will be done! If He has decided soldier who guarded on my death, I rejoice that I shall thus be it was a Turk, but able to show forth my faith in His beloved one who in his heart Son, Jesus Christ, by the shedding of my
inclined towards the blood.' Christian religion, though from fear of We, too, are quite ready for that,' said the Pacha he concealed this feeling. The the boys. "But why should you allow yourboys implored him to admit them to their self to be executed by this cruel Pacha? father.
These Turks have no right to make us slaves. 'I will grant it,' he said; but it must Escape! You can do so easily. The soldier be done secretly. Come back to-night.' who guards you is a very lazy, sleepy Turk;
He told them the hour when he would instead of standing to keep watch, he has be on guard.
sat down upon the ground, and he will soon Both now went to the prison of their fall asleep. Then can we easily escape. We pious teacher. A Turkish soldier here know a secret door which leads through the kept watch before the door.
garden into the fields.' plored, with many entreaties and tears, to The father consented to their plan. One be admitted. But he repulsed them rudely of the boys crept to the door; he came and angrily. They next tried to see back, and said in a whisper, “The soldier Elmine.
They came before the door of is already asleep, and snoring loudly ; let her apartment, Two Turks, with drawn us escape ! swords, were posted here. The boys timidly So be it, in God's name!' said the father. and modestly made their request. But one "I know the country. We have two bigh soldier said, harshly, Nothing of the kind ! mountains to cross, then we come into large it is forbidden.' The other brandished his forests, and, with God's help, shall reach sword over their heads, exclaiming, 'Go, the Christian frontiers.' or
The moon was shining They retreated in grief and terror. brightly. They safely crossed the first When night came they crept back to their mountain, where they often had to push father's dungeon. The prison was con- through thick brushwood, or to climb over nected with the palace ; a narrow passage
rocks. The Eastern horizon began to glow. led to it. The sentry lighted from a Now with greater ease they passed on lamp which burned here a little lantern, further, across the broad valley, and which he gave to the boys, then he opened reached the second mountain. But now the door and let them in.
they heard the sound of a huntsman's horu, Their father sat in the dark dungeon, the hoofs of many horses, and the barking which was but faintly illumined by the of dogs.
That is a hunt,' said the boys.
but water and coarse bad bread. So each But the father replied, 'I fear those now took a piece of nice white bread and are the Pacha's people. They are his an apple out of their pockets, and gave mounted horsemen, whom he has sent after them to their father, saying, “There, take us to capture us. We must hide ourselves that, dear father, and eat it.' till they have passed by.'
Oh, my dear children,' said the father, They discovered a cave under the moun- much touched, rather eat it yourselves ! tain-side, whose entrance was grown over
I am not at all hungry.' with bushes; they concealed themselves Oh, do eat it,' said Timotheus; we in it. The horsemen came down the valley have got some more.
Look here! nearer and nearer. The father knelt down Then he put a piece of cake and a in the cave and prayed,
couple of apples down on the moss. • Othou gracious God! Oh, save these But the father said, “Eat it, my child
ren, eat it, and save what more you have. He feared lest the Pacha should, in his You are sure to need it greatly. We shall fury, have the poor innocent boys murdered not come so soon to people who will give too. Both boys knelt down beside their you a piece of bread.' father and prayed, with uplifted hands,- Oh, father,' said Philemon, “if you
O good God! save our dear father from will not eat, neither can we;' and the boys such a cruel death; rather let us be exe- placed the cake and the apples on cuted. Take our life for his !'
side. Tears came into the father's eyes at the "Well, then, we will eat together,' said love of his children.
the father ; but first let us thank the good “Poor man as I am now,' he said, 'I am God for His gracious gifts.” yet a happy father; certainly, I am happier As they were eating the scanty meal the than the Pacha—aye, indeed, than the morning dawn shone into the care. Sultan himself!'
Oh how merciful our God is,' said The noise of the horses and dogs seemed Timotheus, 'for creating the beautiful now more distant.
morning light! - Thank God !' said the boys: ‘now we Philemon added, “How can men, when sball be able to go on further, too!' they behold the beautiful morning dawn,
• Not yet,' said their father; 'we are look so unkindly after each other? How not safe yet.
can they be so cruel as to shed the blood He sat down on the moss in the cave; of their fellow-men?' both boys sat beside him; all three now "Let us praise and thank God,' said the felt how tired they were after their long father, for creating the blessed morning mountain climbing. The boys, too, suffered light, and for now permitting His sun to from hunger. Last night, and, indeed, rise upon the evil and the good. In this we during nearly all yesterday, they were so will own His love, and try to imitate that sad, that they could scarcely eat anything. love by loving our enemies!' But they had put some bread and fruit
(To be continued.) from their supper into their pockets to bring to their father in prison, for they knew that nothing was given him to eat
THE ROCK-FOWLER'S DAUGHTER. that she was shipping a good deal of water. (Continued from p. 255.)
David steered for the nearest of the Stacks, THE THE wind continued to rise steadily and intending to land and remain there till
the boat tossed on the billows, which the gale should abate, for these sudden from time to time threatened to overwhelm squalls seldom lasted long. Andrew was her in their fury, and soon they perceived obliged to work hard baling out the water,
which would have otherwise swamped the cliff. And there David remained whilst boat. It was but a short way now, and his companion climbed by a less steep
ascent to the other side of the crag, carrying length the rocky point was gained and the the rope with him. But no sooner had he boat made fast, while they leaped to a reached the highest point than, looking narrow ledge at the foot of a perpendicular down, he perceived that the boat was in
they made for the usual moorings. At a
danger of being swept off by the violence present. Just then his eye caught a of the waves, and hastily fastening the rope glimpse of the rope which Andrew in his round a post which was stuck in the ground hurry had flung down the cliff. If securely he flung one end over the precipice and fastened, he might attempt the ascent even got down just in time to seize her as she without assistance. Determined to make broke from her moorings.
the venture, he scrambled with some diffiHe sprang in and began baling out culty to a ledge high enough to allow of the water, with which she was rapidly filling, his grasping the end of the rope ; then and whilst occupied in this way he did twisting it several times round his wrist, not observe that the force of wind and he began the perilous undertaking. None waves was drifting him further and further but an experienced cragsman could have from the rocky coast. At length the voice succeeded in such a feat; but the rope was of David, who by this time had ascended firmly fixed, and up the bare and sheer cliff
, to a higher platform of the cliff, aroused he climbed in the face of the storm, and at him to a sense of danger, and he made length reached the top in safety. There, every effort to return, but in vain. The after resting for a while, he sought about storm was at its height, and no small boat for some sea-birds' eggs with which to apcould struggle safely through such a sea. pease his hunger, and seeing, a little way She was dashed against one of the numerous down on the opposite path, a kind of casunken rocks which surround these danger- vern, roofed by a flat ledge of rock, he took ous cliffs, and David saw her overwhelmed advantage of this welcome shelter from the by a gigantic wave. It passed, but the fury of the wind, and lay down to sleep, frail boat was nowhere to be seen. She wondering if he was doomed to pass the was engulfed amongst the angry waters, rest of his life in this dreary prison of rock. and Andrew Jamieson had gone to meet All the day little Alice watched for her his God.
father's return: she prepared his dinner at CHAPTER II.
the usual hour, and when he did not apAFTER watching with horror and dismay pear she supposed he must have visited a the death of his friend, without being able second of the Stacks. Then the storm to offer the least assistance, David began rose; it was violent but short, and she to realise bis own position,-alone on this hoped he might have been on the cliff i barren cliff, without the means of escape, while it lasted: yet she was not easy.
Evenor of sending any message to the shore. ing came, and the father's supper was The water was rapidly rising to the point prepared; but, like the former meal, after where he stood, and the billows dashed in waiting some hours it was removed unshowers of spray against the base of the touched. When it became dark the child rock. He tried to ascend by the less steep grew seriously frightened. She went to path at the opposite side, which Andrew the cottage of a neighbour in hopes of had used; but that was impossible, for the gaining some information, and met with waves were rolling over the entrance. much sympathy, although her anxiety was
There was, therefore, nothing for it but not relieved. The woman urged her to to return to bis former position, already remain for the night instead of returning become dangerous, and think what place to her lonely home. But Alice would not he could find to save his life, even for the consent, lest her father should come in and