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MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE EAST. darling Tiny. The two were the greatest

friends possible: they would play together IIORNS.

for hours, never tiring of each other's com

pany; and when Tiny blinked and grew E read in the Bible of an

lazy, she would curl herself up in Susy's animal called the Unicorn, lap and sleep quietly there, while the little which is supposed to be lady learned her lessons for the morrow, or the same as the beast which worked at her doll's clothes. we call a Rhinoceros

But one day, on her return from school, beast so strong that it is Susy's coaxing call of 'Puss, Puss, Puss, said to be able to kill an met with no kind of notice; and her question elephant with its horn.

as to where Tiny could be got no satisfacWild oxen, too, have terrible horns, and

tory answer. No one had seen puss since when they are angry toss them about the morning; and a careful search all over very proudly. And so, when we read of

the house proved of no use. Tiny was nolifting up or exalting the horn, we may where to be found. know that some one has become strong and • Where can she be? Where can she powerful, and need not fear his enemies.

have gone?' Susy asked piteously, her In the East, princes and other great men spirits quite giving way as bed-time drew sometimes wear an ornament like a horn, near without any signs of her pet. to show that they consider themselves pow- • She will come back in the morning, no erful, and persons who ought to be feared. doubt,' the maid said, soothingly; but this When David says Mine horn hast Thou did not content Susy, and she begged her exalted,' he means to own that it was God mother to send one of the servants to make Who had raised him from being a shepherd- inquiries at the neighbouring houses. No boy to be the King of Israel.

news could be gathered, however, and poor

Susy cried herself to sleep that night. TIIE LOST KITTEN. The morning brought fresh hope; surely • Tribulation worketh patience :

when she came back from school, Susy told

herself, Tiny would be at home to meet her. EVER was a dearer little kit- She could scarcely give any attention to her

ten than “Tiny'—so gentle lessons, so full was she of the thought; and
and loving; and so pretty the hours seemed to pass much more slowly
and playful, too. Her fur than usual. But at last she was at home
was of a soft tawny colour, again; and she asked eagerly,-
without any spot of white; Has Tiny come back?'
and she had bright, lively “No, my dear,' the old nurse answered;

eyes, and the sweetest little nothing bas been heard of her. I'm purr that ever was heard. No wonder her afraid we shall never see her again.' mistress, Susy Fletcher, thought there was All Susy's hopes were crushed not; no kitten equal to her kitten in the whole and she cried as though her heart would world, and felt she would rather part with break. The nurs: tried to comfort her, her favourite doll, or indeed with any of and the younger children wanted her to her toys or other treasures, than with her play with them; but it was of no use. Susy

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would not leave her corner, would neither Fletcher; that would be worse-would it

" play nor learn her lessons; and when tea- not?' time came she refused to eat anything, and Don't talk of it--don't!' Susy begged, looked quite pale and exhausted.

with a shudder. “This will never do, missy,' said Nurse. “And yet many little children have to "We shall have you poorly if you go on like lose their parents, Susy, when they are no this. Come, eat a slice of bread-and-butter,

older than you.

My darling, I am very like a good girl. It is very silly and babyish sorry indeed about Tiny; I don't think to go on fretting about a stupid little you are silly for grieving about her. But kitten.'

I want you to understand that every Nurse did not mean to be unkind, but year of our lives, and perhaps every day, she was rather out of patience; and thought, things will happen to grieve us; and that, besides, it might rouse the little girl to be since God lets it be so, we may be quite spoken to somewhat sharply.

sure it is for our good in some way.

God But Susy only cried the more; so, after wishes to make us patient, and to lead us to tea, Nurse slipped downstairs and spoke to think more about Him and Heaven. As we her mistress, bringing back a message that grow older, much harder trials come to us. Susy was to go into the drawing-room to I think the little troubles and crosses are her mother.

sent to children, that by learning to bear Why, what is this I hear?' Mrs. Fletcher them patiently first, we may be able when said, drawing the child tenderly towards we are men and women to bear the heavier her. "Nurse tells me you will do nothing ones patiently also. If, when father is unbut cry. It is very sad, certainly, about happy, he sat at home fretting instead of poor pussy ; but fretting will do no good. going to the office and working, as usual, I See, bring me that large blue book off don't know what would become of us all.

And if I neglected you and your little together. And shall I see if I can beg brothers every time I am in trouble, I don't another little kitten for you somewhere ?' think God would be very pleased with me.

‘But that would not be Tiny,' was the You can't help feeling sorry about Tiny; no sobbing reply.

one would wish that; but you must try and 'No, to be sure not, so we won't think learn your lessons all the same, and play of it for the present,' said Mrs. Fletcher, with Frank and Harry as usual.' ‘But now, my child, leave off crying, and And I won't vex Nurse by crying any listen to me, I want you


more,' Susy said, drying her eyes at last. 'I never, never shall be happy again,'

“That's right.

And I'll see that more sobbed poor Susy.

inquiries are made about Tiny. But even if • It is a great trouble to you, I am sure,' she should not be found, my little girl must said her mother; “but don't you know that try and bear her trial bravely, because all God sends much heavier troubles to little trial is permitted or sent by God.' people sometimes? Suppose, for instance, Alas! Tiny never was found; but her little Frank or Harry were to be ill and die.' loss taught little Susy a lesson of patience

Oh, mother! I cannot bear to think and self-restraint that was useful in many of that.

a sharp trial of her after life. 'Or your father, or myself,' went on Mrs.


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