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*Oh, no!' said Philemon; from their POVING! And workmen's noisy feet

dress they belong to the Hungarian nobility.' M Through all the rooms are heard;

The carriage came nearer them; the lady Chairs, carpets, books, and furniture

exclaimed at once, Timotheus! Philemon! Moved. Even the little bird Who used to warble gaily

Oh, you dear children! It was Eimine. In the window now is gone;

Abdallalı, too, cried, “Welcome, my dear And the blinds are drawn and windows closed,

sons!' He ordered the coachman to stop, And the cat left there alone! And days passed by, and no one came,

and said to Elmine, “We will get out and And the prisoner cried in vain,

walk the rest of the way. They alighted, and And again and again at the windows flew, greeted the two boys as the tenderest parents Half maddened with fear and pain.

would their sons after a long separation. But there was none to hear and none to heed, And the hours crept slowly by ;

How is your father?' said Abdallah. Till the suffering creature exhausted fell

• Has Antonius arrived safely?' inquired In that chill dark room to die!

For that lingering death a more merciful one
Might by some hand have been given!

• Oh, yes,' replied the lads. Both could For the power of life and death o'er the brute not be better; they are full of joy at meetIs entrusted to man by Heaven.

N. E. S. ing and are expeeting you with delight.'

• Has the Sultan let you resign?' TimoTIMOTHEUS AND PHILEMON. theus asked of Abdallah. (Continued from p. 331.)

• Very unwillingly,' he replied, but CHAP. XXI.—THE MEETING.

graciously. He allowed me, too, to take a NEXT morning Antonius said to Lucius journey in Christian lands. He presented

and his sons,‘Perhaps you will have me also, as he said, to reward my faithful a joyful surprise to-day. If all goes well, services, with a sword of honour.' Abdallah and Elmine will arrive here this *How did you get those beautiful Hunevening. I did not tell you last night, garian clothes ?' Philemon asked Elmine. fearing to disappoint you if they did not •Don't you remember,' she said, “the come, but I think it best to deal openly clever tailor who dressed you and your with you. Lucius and his sons were de- father so well ? My husband bought him. lighted at the prospect of seeing their dear After he had been a couple of months in our friends so soon.

house, I gave him an order to make HunLong before evening the lads said, “Now garian clothes for Abdallah and myself. let us go and meet our beloved guests!' We wished to bring him with us, but he pre

"Very well, my sons,' said their father, ferred going to his old parents. you can go. I shall follow later. Mean- . And have you made this long journey while I shall remain with our friend, who quite alone?' asked Timotheus. is too fatigued after his journey to go so No,' said Abdallah: “the brave Omar, far, and whom I cannot leave alone here.' who is now a Christian, accompanied me.'

The lads hurried off. They had already “But where is the good maid Zerine, walked about an hour, always gazing in the who showed us so much kindness, and distance without seeing any strange travel- took so much trouble with us when we were lers, when at last Timotheus exclaimed, little boys?' asked Philemon.

"There comes a carriage, with a lady and . She is with me,' said Elmine; and is a a gentleman in it; it is they, perhaps.” Christian too.'


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The boys inquired after several other They entered the house: the table was Christian slaves.

already spread for supper; they sat down to Some of these,' said Abdallah, 'we have the meal. Timotheus and Philemon insisted brought with us ; they wished to remain in on serving them, and would not sit down till our service. The rest, who wished to return near the end of supper, when they yielded to their country, to their parents or rela- to Elmine's entreaties. Abdallah said they tions, I have given their freedom and pro- waited better than his best slaves. vided them with everything necessary for • Allow me to say a few serious words to their journey.

you,' said Antonius, when supper was over. 'But why are all these good people not have during my whole life made it my with you ? where are they?' asked the lads. business to meditate on the ways of Divine

We have left them in the town, where Providence; and so I have thought much we slept last night,' said Elmine. "We told about our own history. Let me first tell them to stay there till they heard from us. you about myself. As a young student I I feared that if we brought so many persons was set to work in the garden of the instituwith us your good father would be at a tion. I wanted a higher place. I would loss how to receive them.'

rather have worked in God's garden, in the 'Oh, don't be afraid,' laughed the boys: vineyard of the Lord. I burned with desire 'we have plenty of room. We should have to convert the heathen. At last


wish managed if you had brought them all.' was in a measure fulfilled. I was sent out

to those districts on the frontiers of HunCHAPTER XXII. -A HAPPY ENDING.

gary, where there was

a great lack of Thus conversing, Abdallah and Elmine, clergy, to preach the Gospel. But the accompanied by the two boys, approached Turks captured me and led me away into the village. When they were only a short slavery. This I thought the greatest misdistance from it, Lucius and Antonius ad- fortune of my life. But how good it was vanced to meet them. Very warm and now for me to have learned gardening! cordial was the meeting on both sides. Through that I was treated much more

When they arrived at the country-house, kindly than other slaves. My skill in cultiLucius said to Abdallah and Elmine, ‘May vating flowers and planting trees was the the peace of God come with you into this cause of my receiving the charge and care house, and remain for ever in it! This of two beautiful flowers, of two hopeful dwelling is small and modest indeed in com- saplings--of those two sweet boys. Yes, parison with the palace which you have left only as a gardener could I have been introout of love to God and Christ. But all duced into the Pacha's palace without that I possess stands at your disposal. In exciting suspicion, and thus became the Christian love and in gratitude towards teacher in religion of that excellent lady, God will we enjoy the gracious gifts which and afterwards of her husband. So wonderHe has given us. I think that we shall live ful are God's ways, so marvellously does He very happily and contentedly together here.' know how through small means to effect a

Certainly,' said Antonius. ‘marble walls great end ! adorned with gold cannot give us rest of "You, dear Lucius, suffered the deepest heart and real happiness, which are to be anguish when your two dear children were found in God alone.

stolen from you. It must have been grievous for you to be captured yourself and ex- geon; you already stood at the place of posed for sale in the slave-market. But there execution; the sword of death was hovering you met your two lost boys again. The over your head! Through your children chains of slavery were taken from you. In God delivered you. Great as had been your the Pacha’s palace we learned to know each sufferings, your joy was still greater, and is other, and riveted that most beautiful of so now. God knows how to help at the right bonds—the bond of true Christian friend- moment. To those who love Him, He ship. We passed many happy days there. makes everything to work for the best.' Still greater sorrows indeed came upon


(Concluded in our next.) you: you were cast into a wretched dun


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PEAR-BLOSSOMS. E kind to the old man, while strong

* Look not every man on his own in thy youth

things, but every man also on the

things of others.'— Phil. ü. 4. Be kind, not in seeming alone, but in truth :

OTHER'S birthday! The He once was as young andas hopeful as thou,

young folk had prepared With a bosom as light, as unwrinkled a brow!

their presents, and careBe kind to the poor man, and give of thy

fully spread them among bread,

the cups on the breakfastWith shelter and pillow to comfort his head;

table, ready for Mrs. SimpHis lot and thine own may be one ere be

son when she came down dieth,

into the morning-room. Or neighbour to thine the low grąve where

But Fanny, the eldest girl, he lieth!

had just suggested a further mark of wel

come and affection. Surely a fresh-gathered Be kind to the crooked, the lame, and the blind,

nosegay would be the very thing to place

beside their mother's plate as a smiling What's lacked in the body they feel in the

birthday greeting ! mind;

• Only there are so few flowers in the And while virtue through trial and pain

garden,' said Florence; the crocuses and cometh forth,

snowdrops are all over, and nothing else In the mind, not the body, is man's truest

has come up in their place.' worth.

• Because nothing else has been planted, Be kind to the fallen who lives but to mourn; you silly!' called out Tom. Be kind to the outcast who seeks to return; know we are leaving at Midsummer? what Be kind to the hardened who never hath would be the use of putting in things for prayed;

other people, I should like to know?' Be kind to the timid who still is afraid ! It wouldn't have been for other people,

you rude boy !' retorted Florence; if the The injured, who down by oppression is

things were flowering now, it would have borne;

been for ourselves.' The slighted who withers, the victim of

*Oh! oh! how clever we are !' sneered scorn ;

Tom; but he felt that Florence had the The flattered, who topples aloft but to fall;

better of him. The wronger and wronged -oh, be kindly

“Mother has been too poorly to see after to all !

the garden this spring; that is how it has Then unto the old show respect while thou been,' said demure little Fanny. But let mayest

us go out, and see if there is nothing we The poor, while to Him Who gives allthings can get. Come, Floy.' thou prayest,

So the little girls went; and Tom, having The weak or the lost, ’neath the load of his nothing better to do, followed at his leisure, sorrow

and watched them as they searched among And tbipe own cup of joy shall o’erflow ere the borders of evergreens for any stray the morrow!

flower that was in bloom. But the work


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went on slowly; the sisters compared their pluck the blossoms with no further unnosegays, and shook their heads over easiness. them.

Yes, once listen to the voice of the 'I say,' cried Tom, who was not really Tempter, and the voice of Conscience is an ill-natured boy, some of those pear- soon silenced. Recklessly obey the Tempblossoms, up on the coach-house wall will ter's demands, and even the echo of the be the very thing. I'll climb up in a still small voice' will speedily be lost to twinkling and get you a handful.'

the ear. But the little girls were dismayed at the

CHAPTER II. plan. 'Oh! but, Tom, you know we mustn't gather fruit-blossoms: that would never do; THE nosegay looked very pretty when where would the pears be in the summer?' made up and tied together with a piece

•What does it matter? we shan't be here of crimson ribbon. And it caught Mrs. ther,' returned Tom. "Stay, I must take Simpson's eye at once as she entered off my jacket before I climb the wall.' the breakfast-room, and her first exclama* You mustn't go at all, Tom, indeed; it tion was one of delight.

But when she wouldn't be right to take them,' said took up the flowers and noticed them Fanny ; and yet she looked longingly closely her countenance changed, and she towards the pear-tree, and then at the said, with a glance of surprise towards her flowers she held in her hand, which sadly children :wanted the relief of some white, besides * But, my dears, what can you have been some addition to their number.

thinking of? Are not these pear-blossoms?' · Fiddlesticks!' shouted Tom. And, oh! The little girls looked down, and Florence won't they look gay!'

answered timidly Fanny felt her sense of right yielding But, mother, there were so few flowers, before this appeal; and yet conscience whis- and we thought they would look so pered that, if the family had not been going pretty.' to leave in the summer, such an act of • But you know as well as I do,' answered spoliation would never have been thought her mother, that it is wrong to pluck fruitof for a minute.

blossoms just because they are pretty. Florence spoke now:-'Yes, Tom, they You know that each of these flowers reprewould look very gay, only-—no, we ought sents a pear! Just think of the waste! I not, I am sure.'

am sorry to appear ungrateful, but really She, too, felt the temptation strongly, I cannot pass over such wanton and wilful and her feeble protest was easily thrust waste. I never knew any of you do a aside.

thing of the kind before.' “Nonsense! who'll miss half-a-dozen pears We never did, mother,' said Fanny. when there will be baskets full ?

No one

“But you see,' explained Tom, anxious will be any the wiser; and mother will be to defend his sisters from blame in what he so pleased.

felt to be chiefly his fault, 'we shall be gone This last argument was not to be resisted, before the time for the


comes.' and the two girls ran forward with Tom • What!' exclaimed Mrs. Simpson, “and towards the coach-house, and watched him so you will wish to rob others of what you mount the garden wall at the side and would guard carefully for yourselves ? I


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