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find no one to receive him; and so, after a
VALUE OF TIME. short visit, she hurried back. Alas! he has not returned during her ME EN of business often quote the maxim
that Time is money ;' but it is absence, and shutting the door she threw herself on the bed, believing sleep impos
much more: the proper improvement of it is
self-culture, self-improvement, and growth sible. Then, remembering that in the con
in character. An hour wasted daily on fusion of her mind she had neglected to read the passage from Holy Scripture which
trifles, or in indolence, would, if devoted to
self-improvement, make an ignorant man her father never omitted, she rose, took the
wise in a few years; and, employed in good sacred volume from the shelf
, and finding works, it would make his life fruitful, and the place he had last read, she read to
his death a harvest of worthy deeds. Fifteen herself the description of St. Paul's ship
minutes a-day devoted to self-improvement wreck, in the 27th chapter of the Acts of
will be felt at the end of the year. the Apostles. She thought God had especially appointed this portion of His Word for her, to show her how He can save
THE DOVE OF THE ARK. His people in the midst of wild storms and billows, and a feeling came over her, that THERE
HERE was a lonely ark He who had given this comforting assurance
That sailed the waters dark; would protect her dear father, no matter
And wide around how much the winds and waves might rage
Not one tall tree was seen, and swell. Then, committing him to the
No flower nor leaf of green: care of his Almighty guardian, she again
All-all are drowned ! threw herself on the bed, and full of sweet
Then a soft wing was spread, peace and confidence she fell into the deep
And o'er the billows dread sleep of childhood, which no anxiety is able
A meek dove flew; to disturb. Morning dawned and Alice
But on that shoreless tide awoke; she flung open the door and gazed
No living thing she spied around. The gale was over, and all nature
To cheer her view. seemed to rejoice in the calm. Hope brightened with the sunlight.
There was no chirping sound pared breakfast, thinking her father might O'er that wide watery bound arrive at any moment, and she sat patiently
To soothe her woe; waiting and listening for every sound.
But the cold surges spread (Concluded in our next.)
Their covering o'er the dead,
Now sunk below.
A friendly hand to the friendless,
But whose echo is endless.
So to the ark she fled,
To seek for rest :
TIMOTHEUS AND PHILEMON.
horse, and, with bis bow bent, is coming
straight up to the cave. Alas! what will CHAP. X.-NEW DANGERS.
happen to us now ?' (Continued from p. 259.)
Both boys trembled with terror. OW the huntsman's horn was The father said, “Don't be afraid, my again heard, and this time it dear children ; nothing but what God percame nearer and nearer. mits can happen to us. The will of the was really only a chase. The Lord be done!' Pacha was hunting in that He ordered them to retreat further back part of the country. He had into the cave, and placed himself before not slept all night, so great them, in order to protect them and offer
was his fury against the his heart first to the deadly arrow. Christian Teacher and the father of the The Pacha came to the entrance of the boys, and his sorrow concerning his wife ; cave, expecting to find there some sort of so he had risen long before dawn, and had game. He saw that something was moving determined to drive away his bitter thoughts in the dark cave, and was just about to in the chase.
discharge an arrow, when he saw that it He knew nothing about Lucius having was no animal but a human being. He escaped. The sentinel had, indeed, found let his bow drop down, and called out anthat the prisoner was no longer in the grily, Whoever you may be, come out at prison; but he had not felt himself bound to announce that fact. He locked the iron Lucius stood forth, and remained quietly door, put the key in his pocket, and walked standing before him, without showing a up and down, with his musket on his arm, sign of fear or terror. as if nothing had happened.
It is you, is it? You l' cried the Pacha, • If they ask me,' he thought to himself, in a fury, 'my prisoner! You have managed 'what has become of the prisoner, I shall then to escape from me! But it shall not be say, I don't know.'
of any avail to you. Before two days are Meanwhile the huntsmen approached over your head shall be cut off. Come in,' he nearer and nearer to the cave. Suddenly cried to his people, seize him and bind him. the dogs raised a loud barking. Two large And you '—he ordered his two mounted hounds entered the cave, and jumped joy- huntsmen—take him between your two fully, barking and wagging their tails, horses, lead him back, put him in chains, round the two boys. They were the Pacha's cast him into the darkest and deepest dogs. They had come upon the traces dungeon, in the most terrible of my prisons. of the two boys, and were showing their When the two boys saw how they were great delight at finding their two little binding their beloved father, both came out friends.
of the cave, and implored him to have "Ah, you good, faithful animals!' said
mercy and pity. Timotheus, "you little know what a bad - What!' cried the Pacha, and you are service you are rendering us!'
there, too! What a wretch must the man Philemon looked through the entrance be who could entice away the two young of the cave, and said, in terror, It is the slaves, for which a Pacha's wife paid such a Pacha himself; he has got down from his costly price!'
Angry as he was, he could not look on chosen you to perform an important busithe two sweet boys, with their eyes full of ness for me. Go to my wife and persuade tears, and their hands raised up so implor
implor- her to give up her new faith, and to return ingly, without some pity.
again to our religion. If you succeed, I These children,' he said at last, I will give each of you a heavy purse full of cannot be angry with, because they followed money.' their father. They don't deserve to be They promised to do their best, and did punished for this, for they did what was not doubt that the result would be successright; for a man, however bad he may be, ful. But after an interview of more than is still a father. However, let each of you two hours they returned to the Pacha, two huntsmen take a boy with him on his shrugged their shoulders, and said, with borse, and bring him back to my palace.' orrowing faces, “ Alas! we can do nothing.
The Pacha, in a very ill-temper, rode on A strange madness has taken possession and continued the chase. But the two boys of the lady. We do not know what kind were taken back to the palace, and their of a spirit it is which speaks for her. noble father was thrown into a fearful We cannot -- we freely confess it—we candungeon.
not resist it.'
The Pacha inquired several times in the CHAP. XI.-TEMPTATION TO DENY CHRIST.
day, first of one and then of another of The Pacha, whose name was Abdallah, the women who waited on his wife. "What found no longer his usual pleasure in the is she doing?' he said to one of these. . chase. He let the deer run by close to What does she say to it-to my intention bim, and scarcely noticed them.
It was a
to cut off her head ? Is she very much terrible thought to him that Elmine his incensed against me? Does she hate me?' wife should now belong to the Christians, Oh, no,' said the waiting-maid ; quite to which accursed race he had sworn a the contrary. She is still always full of life-long hatred. Nevertheless, love to this love towards you.' noble lady, angry as he was against her, * Has she not changed her mind yet ?' was by no means dead within him. Love he asked of another. and hatred strove together in his heart; ‘She does nothing but pray for you,' his mind was like the troubled sea when was the reply, 'that you may change your it is tossed about by contrary winds. The
mind. whole day he rode about through the forests; 'She wishes, then,' he cried joyfully, to his followers he seemed as if he had lost that I should not have her executed ?' his senses.
Not till night came on did he • Upon that subject,' replied the woman, take the road towards the city. He for- she has not said a word. Her only wish bade his huntsmen to blow their horns.
is that you may become a Christian. “The In silence he entered the town. To the happiness which I feel,” she said, “I long sad day followed a restless night.
that my dear husband may enjoy, too." As soon as it was morning, Abdallah
(To be continued.) sent for three Turkish priests, who are called Imams, and said to them: 'I consider you the most learned, zealous, and eloquent of all Imams, therefore have I