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THE LITTLE HAYMAKERS. The boys attended a day-school in the
neighbourhood, and this was the first day *The Joy of Unselfishness.'
of their Midsummer holidays. T was a bright summer's day Mrs. Turner taught her two little girls about the middle of June,
every morning for a couple of hours. They when the labourers were always sat in an upstairs room at the back busy in the meadows mow- of the house, looking out upon the garden; ing the tall grass. The crops here, too, the boys daily prepared their were heavy, for it was a fine tasks for their master. season, and the great thing Something happened this morning which
now was to make the hay prevented Mrs. Turner sitting down to the and get it up quickly before a change of lessons at the usual hour of ten. A letter weather.
came with sad news about a brother of hers, There were two or three fields belonging who lived some twelve miles down the line of to a gentleman whose name was Turner; rail. He had met with a serious accident, and two little boys, sons of his, were amus- from which the doctor thought it likely he ing themselves this morning watching the might not recover. So Mr. Turner advised mowers. They were patiently waiting, too, her to pack up and go off to Dingwell, in for the hour when the first part of the work the hope that she might be of use in nursing should be ended, and the grass raked into the sick man. The railway guide was conlong rows, or, better still, into cocks. sulted, and it was found that the earliest
Perhaps we ought hardly to call Walter train for Dingwell started at noon. Mrs. and Robert little boys, since one was twelve Turner lost no time in making herself ready and the other ten years of age. They for the journey, and then went into the had two sisters younger than themselves, schoolroom half an hour later than usual. whom they petted very much. Amy, who The children noticed that their mother was only seven years of age, was the special was graver than at other times, and every favourite.
now and then a tear started to her eyes. 'I wish the girls could come out,' said By-and-by she rose up from her seat, Walter;‘it would be much more fun if they saying that she must leave early this were here.'
morning, as she had to make a journey. They have not finished lessons yet, I I have heard,' she said, that your uncle expect,' answered Robert: 'they are never is very ill; he had a fall from his horse free till twelve o'clock.' As he spoke the yesterday, which has hurt him dreadfully.
, church clock struck the hour. Hurrah!' Oh, inother!' cried both little girls, cried he, “a few minutes more, and they'll how terrible! Are you going to see him? be here: you see if they are not.'
Yes, dears, I am going at once.
And However, five minutes went by, and there now I wish you to be very good little girls, was no sign of the girls, though Walter and give no trouble to your father or to strained his eyes to look the whole length anybody.' of the field and of the lone garden to see • All right, mother dear,' answered Rose, if they had started out.
who was grieved to see her mother's eyes .
I'll go and fetch them,' cried Robert; filled with tears. and off he started.
You, Rose, as the elder, must take care
of Amy; and you know the best way of taking care of her is to set her a good example; and my little one must be as good as gold-as good, in fact, as father and mother could wish her to be.'
Amy put her arm fondly round her mother's neck and promised.
• My little pet,' said Robert, going up to Amy, and coaxing her, ‘you must come out, for we can't do without you.'
And Rose, who was sorely tempted, tried in vain to persuade her sister to give way. But as Amy was determined to do her mother's bidding the elder sister was forced to do the same, for she feared to go away and leave her, lest she should be found out.
So Robert went off disappointed, and before he had gone many yards Rose saw Walter coming
‘Amy,' she said, “if Walter comes to fetch us we must go.
It's of no use to refuse him; so don't you say anything to him about what mother told us to do. Walter's a big boy, and knows very well what is right for us.'
Rose knew enough of her eldest brother's honesty and obedience to be sure that he would not persuade his sisters to disobey, and yet she wished very much to get out into the meadow; so she thought it safest not to let him know what orders had been given.
(To be continued.)
CHAPTER II. ‘HARK!' cried Amy, about five or six minutes afterwards, that was the front door; it's mother gone out. How quick she has been dressing!'
Never mind about that,' replied the sister, ' attend to your spelling.'
The spelling was finished, and the music begun, when the schoolroom door was thrown open. In bounded Robert, crying in quick, boyish tones, –
Come along, girls! why don't you come into the hayfield ?'
By this time he had startled his sisters, who were intent upon their duet. Don't talk,' said Rose, 'you only make us play all wrong; and we can't come just yet.'
Nonsense!' replied the boy; ‘you've done quite enough for to-day. It's so lovely out of doors, so warm and bright, and Walter and I can't do without you.'
• Is the grass all cut yet ?' asked Rose, with a wistful glance out of the window.
“Yes, every bit, and we have the rakes and the forks all re:dy.'
• Then suppose we go out now,' said Rose, doubtfully; ' and perhaps we can practise again by-and-by.'
Oh, no!' said Amy; 'we must not do so.' . Why not?'
• Because mother said we must stay here till half-past twelve, and do our lessons.'
• But we've done them all,' said Rose.
“We have not done enough music; you know we have not, Rose,' persisted the child.
THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
THE GRAND-DUCHESS MARIE OF
Ernest Albert, second son of
When serving on board the
St. George he visited America, the West Indies, and other foreign lands. In 1867 he was appointed to the command of the Galatea, in which he has visited
the same way.
nearly every country on the globe, includ- Mixed marriages,' as those unions are ing Australia, Japan, China, and India. called in which husband and wife are of
The Grand Duchess Marie Alexandrovna, different religions, are not good, but in to whom the Prince is betrothed, is the the case of princes, who must seek brides only daughter of Alexander II. the Em- in Royal homes, it is often not to be avoided. peror of Russia.
Many prayers will be offered in England The fair Princess is of the religion of her for the Sailor-Prince, that there may be country, which is the Russo-Greek, or, as in his home not only the union of hearts it is called by those who profess it, “the loving each other, but also of hearts loving Orthodox Catholic Faith.' The Greek the same Lord, and worshipping Him in Church differs from the Latin (or, as we commonly call it, the Roman Catholic Church) in several important points: for
THE LIGHT OF LOVE. instance, it rejects the Romish doctrine
(Concluded from p. 372.) of Purgatory; it gives the Communion
CHAPTER V. in both kinds, whereas the Roman Church
ERHAPS if Milly had been denies the cup to the lay-people; and
more spirited, of a less reit enjoins the marriage of the parish clergy.
served and sensitive nature, In its worship the Greek, Church forbids
she might have got on better the use of images in its sacred buildings,
with George. Some one who although it allows pictures, if they are
would have stood well up not too like life. But it is sad to have
to him,' as the phrase goes, to say that the Russo-Greek Church,
and held her own' dewhich has so many millions belonging to cisively but good-humouredly, would hare it, like the Roman Catholic Church with had a fairer chance of keeping him within all its millions, is but an imperfect teacher due bounds, while she would not herself of the people; and travellers tell us that have sunk into the moping feeling which in Russia the people are both ignorant depressed poor little Milly. and superstitious, while most of the priests It was a happy thing for Milly that Mr. are little in advance of them.
Maudsley had touched her heart and caused Of course, the royal and noble houses in
her to lay it bare before him; otherwise the Russia are very different from the serfs,' mischief might in her case bave gone on and the Grand Duchess Marie will be unchecked. She now knew what a terrible able to understand the purer faith which enemy she bad been fostering in her bosom. English peasants, as well as English princes, If we look forward a few months, we love and value. Let us hope and pray
shall find her struggling still, now hopethat she may learn to enjoy the worship of fully, now almost in despair ; sometimes the Church to which her royal lover be- with feeble hands and failing feet; but longs, and into which her children, should always striving, and, though she scarcely God give them, will be baptized; for it knows it, advancing somewhat in the end, , is the Russian rule that the children of just as the tide steadily rises though each Russian princesses, marrying into other wave may fall backward by a little. We see countries, are brought up in the faith her once again gazing out of the pursery of their adopted country.
window after some fresh provocation re