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TIMOTHEUS AND PHILEMON.

not seem to hear us; but now He has (Continued from p. 292.)

indeed, and in a much more wonderful

way than we could ever have thought.' CHAP. XV.- HAPPY NEWS.

*Yes, indeed,' said Philemon. Then, HE Pacha arose, and

, when we were in that cave-ah, how said to Omar, who was heartily we prayed that He would at least sitting writing in the save our dear father, and yet our father ante-chamber, "Take was bound and carried away between two these two boys to their horses! I was very sad indeed, then. I father, have his chains could not understand why God did not taken from him, and hear us; it seemed to me as if He no

bring him hither.' longer troubled Himself about us. But The boys went with Omar. They our prayer to Him was not in vain. He trembled when they went down the nar- knows how to do everything much better row steep steps into the dungeon. The than we can either wish or hope. We iron door was opened; they looked into must only have patience and wait. the dark cell, into which a little light The father's chains were now removed, came only through the open door. Their and he went out of his prison, accombeloved father sat laden with his heavy panied by Omar; and leading his boys chair:3 on a low stone, to which he was by the hand, he entered the Pacha's bound. The tears came into their eyes apartment. The Pacha advanced a few when they beheld his sad condition; steps to meet him, held out his band but their sorrow soon gave way to joy. to him, and said, 'Let us be friends, Both boys hastened up to their father, Lucius! I have done you an injustice embraced him, and exclaimed, full of de- The father of such good children cannot be light, Odearest father, you are free! a bad man. Come, sit down beside me.' The Pacha will do you no more harm, but He led him to the sofa, and Lucius had only good. He will tell you this himself. to sit by his side. We are to take you to him.'

Now both boys, with upraised hands, What a marvellous change!' cried the came before Abdallah, and said, eagerly. father. 'Oh, my dear children, what a O noble Pacha! set our dear teacher great and unexpected joy has God prepared at liberty, too. He is that good gardenar for us! Yes, Thou great and Almighty about whom we had to tell you so much. God, who guidest the hearts of kings and Ah, grant us his life, too!' princes like the water-brooks, this great • It is very good of you,' said the Pach, change Thou alone hast wrought! Oh, how that you should think of him, and remind I thank Thee! O God, how good Thou me of him.

You are good children. Go art!'

and tell him, that henceforth he, as well as “Yes,' said Timotheus, sour God 'is your father, shall have me for a friecd. good, indeed! Do you remember, dear He is to come hither; Omar will again father, when we were together there in the accompany you. cave, and prayed to God that He would Each of the boys took one of Omar's deliver us, and not permit us to fall into hands. They went with hasty stens. the hands of the Pacha ? Then God did | drawing him after them. Antonius ko

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nothing whatever of all that had happened. Abdallah now went up to Antonius, When he heard steps in the passage to

offered him his hand, and said, 'Lucius bis cell, and soon after the heavy bolts has pardoned me; will you forgive me, and bars of the door being withdrawn, too? Be my friend, as he is also now.' he expected nothing else than that he was Lucius embraced Antonius with tears of about to be led to his death. The doors joy. Both were much moved, both thanked opened, and both boys jumped in, full and praised God. The Pacha was touched of joy, and exclaimed, “Dearest Antonius, by the sight. rejoice! You are not to be executed; you

* Allow me,' he said, 'to embrace you, are free! The Pacha is no longer angry too. And now come and sit beside me; we with you now; you are to come to him. have much to say to each other. But you, Our father is with him. The Pacha is now my dear children,' said Abdallah to the quite kindly disposed towards both of you; boys, “ go to Elmine, my wife, and tell her he called you both his friends. Oh, come what has happened here.' with us at once.'

Both boys ran away at once, skipping with • Is it possible?' cried Antonius, amazed. joy. They went into the room of the good * This cometh from Thee, O God! This lady, and exclaimed, “The Pacha has just

() is the finger of God! Man could not this moment been embracing our father have done it. Thou, () merciful God, and our teacher ! We have seen how the Thou hast heard my prayer!'

tears came into his eyes. All three are Antonius had prayed fervently in his sitting together as friends. He, your dungeon that God would grant that the husband, sent us to ask you, whether he dear children should not be deprived of may come to see you ?' their father; that the noble lady should The lady had already heard, with amazenot be executed; and that the Pacha ment, that her husband had changed his should not stain his hands with the blood mind, and shown himself so gracious to of his pious wife.

Lucius and Antonius. She expected, there* For myself it is no matter,' he fre- fore, that he would not forget her either. quently repeated; “but O, Thou gracious She wept for joy, and pressed both children, ,

, God, only save the noble father of those who wished to kiss her hands, in her arms. good boys! save that excellent lady! This "Oh, hasten,' she said, 'to tell my husman and this woman can do more good in band I shall rejoice to see him !' the world than I, a worn-out old man. The boys hastened back to the Pacha Take me to Thyself!'

with the message. He was, nevertheless, greatly rejoiced Abdallah arose immediately, and went at the boys' tidings, and went with them. to his wife. He remained standing at the With them he entered the splendid apart- door, and said, “Oh, most beloved Elmine, ment. The Pacha had never seen Antonius can you forgive me? I have deeply injured before. He was much amazed at the you! I have caused you much suffering Fenerable appearance of the good man, and great sorrow! I have wished to kill and gazed on him for several minutes. you! I beseech you, do not be angry with

Oh, how terrible it would have been,' me!' he said, if, through my fault, such a head Elmine hastened up to him with open had fallen to the executioner's sword!'

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ISAAC THE ERRAND-BOY. I have only prayed for you.'

SAAC HOPGOOD was taken • Your prayer,' said Abdallah, ‘was not

on as errand-boy by Mr. in vain. I tried in all ways to alter your

Jones, the grocer, and very mind; but now God has changed mine. I

glad he was to get the place, have now nothing to say against your being

because now be would earn 1 a Christian, for I also hope to become one.'

something to help his moThey both sat down on the sofa. She

ther, who was a widow. related how she had learned to know the

Remember,' said the two boys; how, through their simple and

good woman, as he was about to set off the touching words, she had caused Antonius to

first morning, ‘that you must not dawdle be sent for; how the Turks had brought and play when you are sent out.

Your the boys' father hither as a prisoner, and

time is not your own, and you are robbing how she had restored him to his children.

your master if you waste it.' 'I am sure,' she said, 'that God has

And Isaac did not forget the caution. brought all this about. You, too, will not

Many a time he was tempted to stop blame me now.'

chattering at the corners of streets, or to • You have acted quite right,' he said.

put his basket on one side, as he saw other 'I should have done so, too, only not so

errand-boys do, and have just one' game much as you have done. I thank God with

of marbles; but the thought that his time you.' And he looked up to Heaven in deep

was paid för by Mr. Jones checked him, emotion.

and he would run along briskly, singing or • But now come with me,' he continued ;

whistling to himself. Mrs. Melville, who our friends are awaiting us. We will

lived in a handsome Square, through which pass a happy evening together.'

Isaac had often to pass, would sometimes Abdallah, with his wife on his arm, point him out to her little daughters as an entered the apartment. His face beamed

example of cheerfulness and industry. with joy. She, too, smiled; her eyes glis- See how that little fellow goes about tened with delight. Lucius and Antonius

his duties, while you girls yawn over your showed their happy sympathy. All the

lessons, and grumble if they are the least boys, too, were full of joy.

bit longer or harder than usual! Look We will sup together this evening,

how merrily he plods along in the blazing said the Pacha. 'I forgot all about dinner

sun with his heavy packages! It ought to-day; perhaps with you it was the same.'

to make you ashamed, sitting in this cool Soon after the meal was served ; it

room, to torment Mademoiselle, as you do would have been hard to find a more

all day long, with complaints of the heat.' contented or happier company.

When it And Mrs. Ball, who lived in the very grew late, and the boys' eyes showed how

street where was Mr. Jones's shop, would sleepy they were, Elmine told them to go

often, as she stood at her dresser ironing, to bed; but the Pacha and his wife, Lucius

notice Isaac's happy face as he trudged by and Antonius, were so interested in re

with his basket, or catch up the tune he ligious conversation, that they remained

was trying to whistle, and work none the together till long after midnight.

less well for so doing. (To be continued.)

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new butcher's down below, and half-a-dozen And then she busied herself with washing more hereabouts, as squanders half the day up and putting away the tea-things. She in the street. No wonder that folk is kept had just come in from the back-kitchen, waiting for their things!'

candle in hand, when the lad's step was So lrs. Ball grew to have quite a liking | heard along the street, but this time there for our little Isaac, and would nod kindly was no sound of whistle or of song. She to him as he passed. And she sang snatches went quickly to open the door, and when of his songs as she folded her shirts, or the light fell upon his face she was sursmoothed out the muslin frocks for the prised to see it looking sad and dejected, little ladies in the Square, and felt much and without the faintest gleam of its ustial cheered thereby: for she was naturally

To be sure it was a wretched grave, and even inclined to be gloomy at night- a biting black frost, with a sharp times, and to look on the dark side of east wind blowing: but Isaac did not generthings; but she often scolded herself now ally take much heed to the weather; more as Isaac smiled in at her window, just like likely he was tired and hungry. However a ray of spring sunshine.

it was, Mrs. Ball felt quite a motherly pit; • The lad's blithe enough, come rain or for him, and she said kindly : come storm,' she thought. Why should I • Come in and warm yourself a bit while fret over every little mischance, instead of I take out my things. And I think I must thanking the Lord for all the blessings He find

you a cup

of milk or tea.' sends me?'

No, thank you, ma'am,' returned Isaac, It was near Christmas, and Mrs. Ball I mustn't ; I'm dreadful late as it is.' had given rather a large order at Mr. 'Yes, you are, indeed. How is it? I Jones's one morning, in preparation for the suppose the raisins didn't come?' making of plum-pudding and mince-meat. No, it wasn't that,' said Isaac, looking She had not brought home the things her- more doleful than ever. “It's all my doing. self, because the new case of raisins had 'Your doing! Why, I can hardly be not come in; but Mr. Jones promised she

lieve that!' said Mrs. Ball, selecting her should have all in the course of the after- own parcels from the basket. “I say, you've

The afternoon wore on, and Mrs. had no tea to-night, have you ?' Ball got impatient. She had thought of “No, ma'am: I've had no time to go stoning her fruit before her husband came home.' in, and now here he was, and tea over, and "You look as though you wanted some. no groceries had come!

Mind you call here as you come back, when • Well, my dear, it'll be a little job for all your errands are done, and I'll have a i you this evening,' said Mr. Ball. I shall cup ready for you, and then you shall tell like to see you at it; it'll put me in mind us all about it.' of when I was courting you at Mrs. The cup of tea, hot and sweet, and some Melville's.'

nice slices of bread and butter, were ready Mrs. Ball allowed herself to smile, and sure enough when Isaac got back. He had stirred the fire into a cheering blaze, for it taken his empty basket on to the shop, su was a very cold night.

that he did not fear to stay a few minutes · Poor little Isaac” she said. • He'll be and enjoy Mrs. Ball's hospitality. His out till ever so late, I reckon.'

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