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the best way; but there is a better still. begging them to speak to George about We can ask God for more of the gift of his behaviour.' His Holy Spirit. He has promised to give • But, you know, of course I am someHim to those who ask Him, and by the help times in the wrong,' explained Milly ; of that Spirit we can conquer our evil *only George has no right to slap me.' passions and temptations.'
Certainly not; and just as certainly all Mr. Maudsley paused now, looking very
the blame cannot rest with him ; you have serious.
never tried to make me think that. But I know I shall be tempted again when you must strive very hard in the future I get home,' said Milly, with a sigh. 'I to be as little in the wrong as possible, wish I could stop here a long, long while.' to be forbearing and gentle, and to do no
What, away from your father, and thing to provoke him. Remember he is mother, and little Amy ?'
high-spirited, and that the old nurse spoils 'No.' Milly had a warm heart: she him a good deal. I think, with patience loved her grave, silent father, and her and prayer for God's help, even my little gentle, quiet mother; and she doted on her Milly's trouble may be cured.' little baby-sister. Only if George
The child raised grateful eyes to his Only if there were no temptation for face, and he went on,-' At any rate the us,' interrupted Mr. Maudsley, gently, “low worst part of the trouble may be cured ; if could we prove the sincerity of our wishi you grow to love George as you ought, you to please God by resisting evil? No, Milly, will be able to bear better with his faults; our Heavenly Father knows just what is love covereth a multitude of sins. It is best for us, and He appoints the place each like the sunshine you are so fond of, it of us has to fill. One resolution you must makes everything beautiful that it falls make, pot to let yourself be always think- upon. Even this view is not so pretty on ing of any little unkindness on George's a sunless day. The Light of Love can part; when anything vexes you and tempts brighten even a life full of trouble. Will you to resentful feelings, turn away to you try and remember this, little Milly, something else at once, set to your lessons, when the sun breaks out on one of the or get your dolls or story-books; and try gloomy days that make you so sad ?' to laugh and be good-humoured when
(To be continued.) George is only in mischief: he wouldn't tease you half so much if he saw you cared
MY DUTY. less about it. And set yourself to think of his good qualities; I am sure he has some,
, or he would not be so much loved. Make
Whether I die or live; the best of matters; and if things don't
To love and serve Thee is my share, mend, some day, when all is right between
And this Thy grace will give. you, tell him you want always to be good If life be long, 0 make me glad friends, and ask him to try and be a little The longer to obey; kinder to you. As a last remedy of all—but If short, no labourer is sad I advise you not to use it if you can help it -- To end his toilsome day. pluck up your courage and explain things thoroughly either to your father or mother,
LORD, it belongs not to my care
From a comfortable house in one of the T was Sunday evening. The quiet squares in London a young girl went rain, which had been falling out in her Sunday clothes.
out in her Sunday clothes. Truly it was a heavily all day, came down in wet night, and her fellow-servants had torrents as night drew on; and laughed at her, saying she must be “fond of though the bells rung out church-going 'to go as usual through such from all the churches round, wind and rain ; but Janet did not heed
many people drew closer to them. It was not because she wished to go the fire-side and glanced with a shudder at to church--for, indeed, she did not intend the wet streets and driving rain.
to go there at all-only that she was too
miserable to sit still the whole evening Danford paid so little heed to things, that with nothing to do but think. Six months temptation was constantly in the way by before, Janet would have enjoyed the quiet money lying about, and as she never aptime when her nursery work was done and peared to miss a trifle which was taken, it she was free to read, and to dream of her had been easy to slip into a habit of disold country home, and the mother who had honesty. But five shillings I-it was a sum parted with her so unwillingly when she which Janet felt quite certain could not be came to London to get her living by service. taken without being discovered-it had
It had been the old story-of bad com- been quite a different matter to take a panionship and example, a short struggle sixpence or fourpenny-piece now and then, against temptation, and then a fall; and now but Emma was indeed asking too muchthe recollection of her dishonesty was always she told her it was 'impossible.' pressing on Janet's mind, and there were At first Emma tried persuasion; telling times when she felt as if even discovery her how badly she needed the moneywould be better than this heavy burden, and how she would give it back in three days, the constant fear of being found out. Like only three days; but when Janet remained many another country girl, Janet's head firm, she grew angry and threatened to tell had been turned by the smartness and dress the whole history of the girl's small thefts she saw amongst London servants; and as and acts of deceit, if the money was not she had made acquaintance with some forthcoming on the Monday morning. giddy girls who laughed at her plain-made • It will be as easy as anything,' she said; clothes and simple bonnets, she began to when you go into the bedroom in the copy them as far as she could. But with morning, you're certain to see the purse low wages there was little to be done, lying on the table as usual. Mistress never and so it came about that Janet had been puts it in ber pocket till the middle of tempted to think there was no harm' the day, and she's so careless that if she in taking a shilling or two from her mis- misses anything, she'll believe she's paid for tress's purse when it was left about on the something she forgot, or counted her silver dressing-table, or now and then borrowing wrong.' a pair of gloves or a brooch to wear when In vain Emma urged it-Janet could she went out, and which were so easily put only declare that she dared not take the back before they were missed, until by de- money, and then the woman said that by grees she had wound a close web of deceit Monday night her mistress should know all, and wrong-doing around her, and all her unless she did what she was asking. peace of mind was gone.
She had begged Emma to spare her, On this Sunday night Janet was very but Emma was firm; either Janet must unhappy. One of her fellow- servants, get her the money, or her mistress would whose bad example had led her thus hear all she could tell, and you'll lose your far from the paths of truth, had told her place at a minute's notice, and find yourself that she must have five shillings somehow in the streets with·no home to go to--all by the next night, and as part of Janet's through your own stupid obstinacy.' duty.was to wait on Mrs. Danford, it was The very words in the streets,' sounded easier for her than any of them to get this terrible in Janet's ears; it was true that she sum from her purse. Unfortunately, Mrs. had not a friend in all that great city, her
home was a hundred miles away, and if she dead father; little did he think when were dismissed in disgrace she had no means dying he bad kissed his child and made her of reaching it. Homeless, penniless, with- promise always to love and serve God, how out a character, what could she do? Janet far she would stray from God and goodness. shuddered, and then she told herself there Then Janet thought of her mother at home, was no help for it; she must commit the working for daily bread, trusting in God, theft, and trust Emma's assurance that it praying for her that she might be kept safe would not be found out.
in all the temptations of the world; she Although her mind was well-nigh made knew that Jesus was ready to pardon her up, the girl was in no mood to sit quietly and take her back to His love; and Janet down that Sunday night and think over prayed with an earnestness she had never what she was going to do the next day. felt before for pardon for all the past, and
Many a Sunday night had come and help and strength for the future. gone since Janet Lee had set foot within She resolved to confess all she had done, a church-door; the old habit of childhood to brave anger, reproach, or whatever was had given way with all the rest which were to come, trusting that. God would help good, and her ‘Sunday evenings out' had her if she did what was right in His been passed in long walks and giddy com- eyes.
It needed no small courage to bear panionship. But this time she was alone, the sneers and anger of her fellow-servant the streets were too wet and muddy for a walk when she made known to her her resolve ; of pleasure, and Janet bent her steps to a but it needed more to go with her tale of church near by, with the intention of passing petty thefts and deceits to her mistress. away the time and noticing ladies' bonnets. Fortunately Mrs. Danford was very kindBut once at the door, she hesitated, and vexed as she was at having been imposed drew back. Once more she stepped out into upon, Janet's evident sorrow and shame the rain, but she could not hurry away. touched her heart, and she forgave her That moment a voice, kind, soft, almost freely. motherly, said, “My dear, will you not And the misery she had endured was a come in out of the rain ?' Janet turned sufficient warning to Janet when she was round quickly, it was like a Godsend to again tempted to do wrong. By God's her, when her heavy heart was aching for grace, she went from that time firmly fora kind word—she saw it was the pew- ward in the path of duty, and regained opener of the church, with her keys in the confidence of her mistress, and years her hand, who addressed her, and Janet afterwards she was still in Mrs. Danford's turned round and followed her immediately service, happy and bighly esteemed. As to a place which she pointed out. Why long as she stayed in London, Janet reguit was she never knew, but somehow the larly worshipped at the church which she lonely unhappy girl's thoughts would travel had visited on that night, which was one of back to the village church, where she had her life's turning points; and when she was knelt between her father and mother as an a middle-aged woman, with children of her innocent child. The familiar prayers, the own about her, she would tell them the story music, recalled to her the Sunday-evening of the friendly voice which, under God, was services which she had never missed in all the means of saving her from sin. her earlier life. She thought, too, of her
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