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asked him if he knew the boys. Both forged. He accused this fellow. He denied stood before him. He looked at them before the court that this was the bill he had attentively and then said,— Yes, now I given to the tradesman, asserting that his recollect them. At first I did not recognise was quite different and a good one. The them, for both have grown so much; but the poor man came to me in his distress. I great likeness which they have to each took compassion on him. I recommended other, at which I was then so much him to my lawyer, and promised to pay all amazed, and which is now just as striking, his costs. The rogue was arrested, but he is a sure sign to me that they really are engaged a very sharp, cunning man to those two boys whom that man there sold in defend him. The trial lasted a long time; this very apartment. Of the man I have the sentence was at last pronounced,--the nothing else to say, I have neither seen nor cheat had to make good the money and to beard anything of him since that time.' pay all the costs, but the several months

Now the Pacha called the Cadi, the he had already been in prison were thought judge of the town, who was in the ante- by the court to be punishment enough for chamber, into the room, and inquired what bim. But as he was discovered in several the Cadi knew about this man.

other similar tricks he was placed under The Cadi said,- Hitherto the man was the charge of the police till he reformed. quite unknown to me, for I have not been His advocate asked him, “What shall we more than a year here, and I saw him for do? shall we bow to the sentence, or appeal the first time a few days ago, when he came to a higher tribunal ?” He replied, to the again to these parts. According to the amusement of those present, “ Unwillingly description which my agents have given as I do it, I will consent to the payment, if me of a certain suspicious jewel-deaier, this we can only get rid of the reform.” is the man. He gives himself out according All laughed, but the Pacha said gravely, as circumstances suit—now as a Turk, now • The wicked man has evidently managed as a Christian. According to other informa- to elude the police, and also to keep far tion, which I cannot rely upon altogether, he away from reform ; neither I nor any is a Polish Jew. But, whoever he may be, he human power can force him to reform, yet has not escaped my vigilance. I have given | I can prevent him from doing any further my police and spies the strictest orders to harm. He is a hardened miscreant, and watch bim, and arrest him at his first act of when he was scarcely out of prison carried roguery. Now, however, the rascal bas off those two children, partly out of revenge, been discovered and unmasked without my partly to get back the money he had lost aid.'

through the costs of the trial. As formerly The Pacha next asked Lucius to tell he cheated people through false bills of what he knew about this man's previous evil exchange, so now he cheats them with deeds. Lucius said, The rascal presented false jewels. Let the child-robber be to an honest, good-natured tradesman, who loaded with chains, and taken as a slave to was not very sharp, in my native town, a the lead-mines. There, with hard work bill of exchange, and received the money for and spare food, he shall atone for his evil it. When the man who had been taken in deeds. wished to change the paper into money, to Lucius said, “That is a just retribution his disinay he found that the bill was from God! In tbis room that wicked man

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sold my dear children into slavery; now, in then, of the gang of robbers in his neighthe very same place, is he condemned to bourhood. No suspicion that his wicked

. slavery. God knows how to find out the son was at their head ever came into his evil-doer. May all men take warning, and mind; but as often as he heard of them deal uprightly and honestly before God's a shudder passed through him, without all-seeing eye.'

his being able to give any reason for it, Early next morning Lucius and his two and he prayed that the merciful God sons were ready for their journey. The might pardon their sins. Pacha had given him money to make up As the strength of the old pastor bad for all he had lost by the war and the failed during the last few years, a curate plundering of his property. He embraced had been granted to help him, and he now Lucius; both boys gratefully kissed his lived in the parsonage with the old man. hands. Abdallah pressed them both to his Thus it became possible for Segbert to fulfil heart and said, “You have been my good a long-cherished wish which, till now, had angels; you have- or rather God has been impossible for him. His family came through you — from a tiger changed me from the north of Hesse. Here, in a small into a lamb.

town, his father had also been a pastor. He The boys could not speak for their sobs; had educated him and the son of the chief their father, too, was silent from emotion. magistrate of the place, with whom he was Abdallah accompanied them to the carriage. on very intimate terms, at tbe same time. God Almighty bless and keep you, and Both boys were of the same age and had your good father,' he cried, as the carriage been frieads from their childhood. drove off. 'If God permit, before a year has they left school they went together to the passed away we meet again!'

same university. Segbert chose the clerical (To be continued.)

profession, while his friend devoted himself

to the law; but their friendship continued. BY THE FATHER'S

The posts upon which they entered on % BEDSIDE.

leaving the university led the two friends (Continued from p. 315.) far away from each other, but did not N the parsonage at Witteborn separate them in heart. They frequently the poor old pastor had no wrote to each other, and in almost every suspicion who this robber Wil- letter spoke of their earnest desire to see helm, who excited so much each other once more face to face. But fear, really was. The mother

ten years passed away without their being had sunk under the grief able to gratify this wish of their hearts.

which the conduct of her son Segbert's friend, like his father, had behad caused her. She had now been resting come chief magistrate of the place, and several years in the little churchyard. The rich; but the wide districts over which he old man bore the heavy burden of his sorrow had to administer justice, and the business with that patience which confidence in God of his profession, forbade his thinking of alone can give. He mourned for the loss a long journey. The pastor was hindered of the dear companion of his life; but he by his small income from fulfilling the worked on in his holy calling as much as wish of his heart. The magistrate would he was able to do. He heard, now and gladly have paid the travelling expenses,

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but he knew that by offering to do so he get rough words and blows for bringing in would hurt his friend's feelings, so he did so little after being out all day. not make the proposal.

Charlie's father and mother were dead, But now, as the old pastor had no longer and he would have been sent to the workeither wife or child, and his own wants house if the woman where they had lodged were easily satisfied, he began to think had not promised to keep him for two or about making the journey. And now, too, three shillings a-week, if he brought her his parish would not be left without a all he could earn by selling watercresses, pastor during his absence. So in the oranges, or whatever else was in season. month of May he started on his journey to On this day Charlie had been very unlucky; bis distant friend. When he reached his every one had passed him by excepting one abode, the magistrate warmly welcomed or two children, who had spent a few cop ! his old friend.

pers-only fivepence altogether was in his That first evening was spent in telling pocket, after trudging about since morning to each other the joyful and painful events with the basket of oranges, which seemed of their lives. The venerable pastor forgot so heavy now he was tired. the fatigue which the long and wearisome When he reached home his heart beat journey had caused him. It was not till with fear as he opened the door. midnight bad passed that the friends *Well,' said a woman's sharp voice, thought of going to rest. They separated what have you got?' with a hearty good night. Pastor Segbert *Only fivepence,' said poor Charlie, retired to his comfortable chamber; be tremblingly. Well he might tremble, for a read, as was his wont, the Word of God; heavy blow fell upon his head. then he prayed his evening prayer, and did Oh, don't dont' he cried. I can't not forget his lost, his prodigal son. Then help it, I-' he went to bed, and was soon asleep.

· Don't talk to me!' screamed the woman, (To be continued.)

as she snatched the coppers from him.

"I'll not be bothered with you any longer; TAKEN IIOME.

I've had enough of it. It's always the same TREET LAMPS and the tale. So now you may take yourself off!' gas in the shop-windows Charlie, too frightened to speak, hoped were lighted - night had that ‘Nancy' was only angry and would not come with its stars and its keen, sharp wind, and poor little Charlie Davis shivered the streets with nowhere to go to. in his ragged clothes, as he Angry at his hesitation, the woman turned his weary footsteps seized the boy by the arm, and opening towards the miserable place the door pushed him out into the court as which he called home.' Once she exclaimed, "There- I've often said

in a while he stopped to look you should go; now I'll keep to it. Don't in at the hot pies and cakes, or at the ham you let me see you here again!' and beef, for which his hungry mouth was Poor Charlie! out ke went, along the longing, but he dared not spend one of his streets, which were not so crowded now, for hard-earned pennies; as it was, he would the hour was late: he did not know where

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he was going, neither did he care, but he You are ill, my boy; have you been just wandered on and on until at last he very miserable?' found he was at Waterloo Bridge, and then Oh, yes, more miserable than any one he sank down in a dark corner, feeling sick in the world, moaned Charlie. and giddy from hunger and weariness, until Poor child! will you like to die, to go to he fell asleep and forgot his misery for a the bright Home of our Father in Heaven?' little while.

Yes-no-I'm afraid,'murmured CharNot for long: all of a sudden Charlie lie. "I'd like to die and go to mother, but was roused by the glare from the bull's I've been wicked, and wicked people go to eye of a lantern thrown full in his face, hell; mother said so.' and he heard a policeman's voice ordering • But you are sorry, my boy?' him to move off'— he must not stop there. Charlie nodded feebly, and tears filled Wearily Charlie moved on, so cold, so

All that his dead mother had hungry; he was thinking of his mother, told him of God and Heaven was coming did she know all about him now? Oh, if back to his mind then, and he remembered

, he could but die and go to her!

how many things he had done since she left He could not walk very far : once again him, which made him afraid and sorry now. he sank down on a door-step in a quiet Now say after me, “0 Jesus, take street, and there, when the day was break- pity on me: I am very sorry for my sins. ing, a woman found him, and her voice Wash them all away in Thy precious blood, awoke him as she asked what he was doing and forgive me for not being a better boy.' there and why he didn't go home. Her Charlie repeated the words feebly, and dress was poor but ber face was kind, and then he listened as the clergyman told him she looked so pityingly at the boy as she of the Saviour Who had died on the Cross bent over him, that he was not afraid, that his sins might be pardoned, and that and he would have told her his tale only his soul might live for ever in Heaven. he felt dizzy and strange, and could not re- After that Charlie never knew whether member it all — poor Charlie's night in he lay there hours or moments, he only the street had been more than his little knew that he felt no pain or care, and those starving body could bear.

who watched him thought he was only The next thing he knew was that he was sleeping when his weary little spirit was at lying on a little iron bedstead, with a blan- last set free. ket over him ; it was a poor, dirty room, That day Nancy had looked for him, rebut the kind woman's face was there: she | penting of her harshness ; but she could saw that Charlie was dying, and she had hear nothing of him. For many a day and carried him to her own home. A strange night his pale, weary face haunted her, his feeling came over Charlie; his hands were frightened look as she had driven him out, hot and his eyes heavy, and he ached as and she determined to treat him better if much as if Nancy had been beating him : he should return. But God had taken pity some one came in then, a gentleman with on Charlie; the snow covered his grave, and a quiet step and voice, who knelt by the the silent stars shone down on it by night, bedside for a moment and then sat down but the boy's soul had joined the band of on the only chair in the room, close by the children in Paradise through the love of dying boy.

Jesus, Who had taken him Home.

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