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companion. I will go through the stranBY THE FATHER'S
ger's room; perhaps the side-door is open, BEDSIDE.
or one of the keys there may open it. As (Concluded from p. 326.)
soon as I'm inside it, I will open this door HE band of which
for you.' Wilhelm was the head, The stranger's room was open. The had, during the last robber entered. He saw by the clothes few days, arrived in which lay upon the chair that a guest was the neighbourhood of occupying it. Without delay he emptied the chief magistrate, the pockets, and took a silver watch which and his house had was lying upon the table. But it was
been pointed out to only a very small sum of money which the them as one where they might expect a stranger had; and as to the watch, it was rich booty.
old-fashioned, and of little value. This It was a dark and stormy night. The must be a poor man who is staying here, rain poured down in torrents, and the thought the robber. He thought he would wind howled among the branches of the look at the sleeper's face, and the light of trees which surrounded the magistrate's the dark-lantern was turned upon it. house. In this wild weather, which was But why does the lantern sink down so very suitable for their evil deeds, Wilhelm, quickly? Why does the robber tremble? with two of the most desperate of the gang, Why does he turn so pale? Why do tears crept through the gården up to the house. rise to his eyes,-tears which he has not shed One remained outside to keep watch ; but since the days of his childhood ? Ah! the Wilhelm and his other companion entered man with the silver hair who lay before him to carry out the robbery. They took off in bed, and slept the sleep of the righteous, their shoes and crept, by the light of a was bis father! It was his father, to whom dark-lantern which Wilhelm carried, into he had caused so much sorrow of heart, and the room of the magistrate, who, with his who still, perhaps, he thought had not wife, lay sound asleep. Here they took the ceased to pray for his unhappy son! There money, the watch, and everything valuable he lay and slept in peace.
The repose of a which they found, but especially the key of good conscience and the peace of a pious the cash-box, which they found in the ma- heart were reflected on the features 50 gistrate's coat-pocket. Then they went up deeply furrowed by age and sorrow. There the steps to the room where they knew the he lay and slept, and by his bedside stood cash was kept. The door was locked. They his son, laden with guilt and shame! had no key for it, and feared to open it by Wilhelm stood there silent and motionforce lest the noise might awaken the in- less, like a statue. A shiver passed through habitants of the house. As the robbers him, and he was full of fear and horror. were well instructed by their spies as to He had wished to rob his own pious, loving the various rooms in the house, they knew father! He could not turn away his eyes that if they passed through the stranger's from those gentle features, and from that
, room they could reach that in which the snow-white head which sorrow for bis son money was kept.
had blanched. The hand of the Lord had * Stand here,' whispered Wilhelm to his found the criminal, a Stronger than he had
overcome the strong man.
He laid down
The old magistrate was quite overcome all the spoil which he had taken in this by what he saw and heard. He was sad at house. Silently he went out to where his hearing the trouble of his friend, and he companion was awaiting him.
pitied the lost son who stood before him. what you have,' he said to him, in a tone At last he did his duty. He had the which made him tremble. He obeyed. criminal arrested and delivered up to jusWilhelm put everything down, and they tice. Many of his companions, too, were hurried out of the house. The third robber, seized and imprisoned. The punishment who had remained outside, they hurried which those men met with was severe as away with them also.
they deserved. They were condemned to Next morning there was horror and imprisonment for life, with hard labour. wonder in the house when they found the Wilhelm received the sentence with resigtraces of the robbers. But why had they nation. From his prison he wrote a letter stolen nothing? Why had they put down to his old father, in which he expressed his again all that they had taken up? These deep and earnest penitence, and his faith were riddles which no one could solve.
in the Saviour of sinners, in whom his Through the father's heart alone a terrible father trusted. suspicion passed. It seemed to him as if Shortly afterwards Pastor Segbert enbe had seen his lost son in a dream. But tered peacefully into the joy of his Lord. he was silent as to what he feared.
He died with the hope of once more seeing week be remained with his friend, then he his lost son again in eternity. A few years returned home to his village and to his after Wilhelm followed his father. To his
last hour he clung to the Cross of the Scarcely had the pastor left the magis- Lamb of God, Who suffered for us. trate's house, when one day a man came By his father's bedside this sinful son and desired to speak to the magistrate was smitten and healed, when he gazed alone. The man was haggard and pale, on the face of his sleeping father. There and he was wild and excited. The magis- | is a gentle Face of One Who loves us with trate led the stranger up to his room.
a strange, deep love, and which, in its side-door stood open which led into the touching beauty, pleads with sinners. Do Etranger's apartment. When the man saw we know that Face ? Do we fear to pain this, he hastened in, threw himself down that all-loving Heart? Do we listen to beside the bed and began to weep aloud. the words spoken to our spirits by the At last he got up, and telling his father's tender Voice ?
J. F. C. friend who he was, he made a full confession of the guilt of his whole life. He told
A NOILE THOUGIIT. of the shock which had come upon him on the night when he had come to rob.
CHEN Algernon Sidner was told that had now come to give himself up to justice,
he might save his life by telling a ind to receive the punishment due to his falsehood, by denying his handwriting, he offences. He begged the magistrate to said: “When God has brought me into a arrest bin, and to deliver him up to the position in which I must assert a lie or lose authorities, that he might suffer for his my life, He gives me a clear indication of crimes.