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ceived from George; but not, as in that them away when she found herself deearly day of spring, dwelling on the treat- tected. Sending nurse off for something, ment she had undergone, but thinking in- he called his sister to him. stead what there was that she could do to What are you crying for?' he asked, in please or help her brother.

what sounded to her a sharp tone. And the chance for a noble revenge She made timid answer, not sure how he was close at hand. George was brought would take it :-'I am so sorry for you, home that evening by one of his masters, George; I don't like to see you unhappy.' having received a hurt to his knee by slip- He cast down his eyes for a moment, and ping down in the play-ground. The chief then a softened look came into his face. thing ordered by the surgeon, when he 'I say, Milly,' he jerked out with an came, was perfect rest to the injured part. effort, and still without looking at her, “you To secure this, George was to stay in bed are a regular brick. You've not a bit of for a few days, at any rate-perhaps it spite about you, like some girls. Here I've might be for much longer.

knocked you about many a time, and teased Days passed into weeks, and still the you, and called you names; and now poor boy, though allowed to be lifted from fellow's down you might have trampled on his bed to a sofa, was obliged to keep his him, and you haven't.' room.

He did not take the imprisonment Milly's heart throbbed with a new joy. patiently at first, but now Milly found no I have often and often been cross,' she difficulty in bearing with his ill-humour; said, “and spiteful when you have vexed she was sincerely sorry for him, and she me; but I couldn't ever be so while you strained all her powers to devise plans for are laid up like this.' his amusement, throwing entirely aside her "No,' he returned warmly, with a quick, ball and dolls and tale-books, and devoting grateful glance, and a little penitent every spare moment to his service. She

tremor in his voice; 'you've been better never tired of running about and waiting to me than mother; better even than nurse. on him, and she was never more pleased You've made me feel what a brute I've than when he wished her to be with him. been to you. Here,'—and he stretched out

But it was weary work for a strong, his hand and pulled her towards bim, 'give active lad like George; and though, as the me a kiss, and forgive me for everything.' time passed on, he began to resign himself Tears of tliankfulness rained over Milly's somewhat to his fate, it was easy to see that cheeks now. The reward had come at he fretted silently.

last, the crown of her endeavours. She “It is so hard for a fellow,' he said one loved George from the depths of her heart. day to his old nurse, "to be shut up here He might offend her in the future, and she

50 long; and the worst of it is I shall lose might be often angry; but after what had all chance of the Latin prize.'

just passed she could never hate him again. Milly was sitting quietly in the room, All shadow of anger and malice had waiting to be of use; and George, who had cleared away, and there streamed full forgotten that she was there, turned his

npon her soul in that hour the radiant head at some slight movement she made, Light of Love.

EMMA RHODES, and he saw the tears trickling down her cheeks and her hasty motion to brush

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A . the little girl, who was wise enough to read

the difference between the two characters. FEW nights since a gen- Walter would not like us to do anything tleman was driving home

naughty.' from Trimstone, West

Oh, look!' said Rose, trying to divert down, accompanied by her sister's thoughts; look at the hayhis brother and their dog makers, how hard they are working ! Bruno. Shortly after get

It was a very hot day even for the time ting into the turnpike- of year, and the grass, which had lain since road the dog was missed, long before sunrise, was already becoming but not much notice was

dry and brown, and there was the delicious taken of the fact. On arriving home the

smell of new hay all around. Then, too, gentleman missed a parcel that had fallen

the garden was charming, with its appleout of the carriage, and, on retracing his trees in full blossom and its strawberrysteps, found the parcel not far from Trim

beds that hid the rich crimson fruit. The stone and the faithful dog taking care of it.

birds were humming gaily, and the bees

buzzing about from flower to flower in THE LITTLE HAYMAKERS.

full pursuit of their sweet food. (Continued from p. 379.)

There was a brightness everywhere. T was as she expected. Walter Walter felt a joyousness thrilling in his

thrust his head in at the door, heart as he ran merrily along, but the and feeling sure the lesson- two little girls had a different feeling from time was over urged bis sisters that. There was not the gladness in their to come out with all speed. hearts that there ought to have been; for Amy, afraid to hold out they could not help thinking all the time

against Rose any longer, un- about their mother, and wondering if she willingly followed her out of the room. would be vexed with them, and unhappy They put on their hats, and ran out at the because her dear children had committed back-door, Rose telling Amy she was a a fault. good child for doing what her brother and Yes, they knew very well that it was a sister wished.

fault. Perhaps she will never know what After all,' she added,' we have only lost we have done, thought Rose to herself; about ten or twelve minutes' practice, and though, somehow, she always does seem to it cannot matter.'

know everything. But, even if not, the I think it does matter though,' said all-seeing eye of God is sure to be, as it Amy, who was by no means satisfied. ever is, upon us. And the children felt Why? you little silly!'

afraid, as Adam and Eve did in the garden . Because we ought to do what mother of Eden, when they had sinned against the tells us; besides, we promised, and now we Lord God. have told a story.'

Well,' said Walter to his sisters, after • Nonsense!' replied Rose, who was be- they had been some time in the field, 'I ginning to feel very uneasy; 'how Robert don't see that you are much good to us would laugh at you !

after all, you are not half up to fun. Don't ‘But Walter would not laugh,' answered you like haymaking ?'



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“Yes, of course we do,' answered Rose, every morning Rose and Amy are to practise trying hard to be merry; but, you see, it's music for half an hour. Can I trust you so hot.'

to do so, little ones, without any one looking However, the two girls brightened up a after you ?' little at the sight of their brother's pleasant 'I think so,' said Amy, timidly, while face, and, no longer able to resist his in- Rose spoke more confidently. vitation to come and help him, they all 'Is Uncle Joseph very much hurt, father?' had a good romp together, till the bell rang asked Walter. to call them in to dinner.

'I fear so, my boy; but to-morrow morn

ing's post will most likely bring news of . CHAPTER III.

him.' In the evening, when the family group • Mother seemed so unhappy this mornwere seated in the drawing-room, Mr.

the drawing-room, Mr. ing,' returned Walter, going up to his Turner called his little girls to him, father's side; 'I wanted to walk with her to and took one on each knee. I want to the station, but she did not wish it, for she know what you have been doing all day?' said you were going to see her off.' he asked. “Have you felt very strange 'So I did,' replied Mr. Turner. “If I without mother?'

had not gone, she would have been very *Yes,' said Amy, 'I don't liko her being glad of your help.' away at all; when will she come back?' That night, when Rose and Amy were

'I don't know exactly, perhaps in a day lying side by side in their two little beds, or two. I hope my little girls have been both felt very unhappy at the thought of very good, as she would wish them to be ?'

what had passed during the day. Rose "Yes,' said Rose, while a slight blush would not have liked any one to think she came in her cheek.

was sorry for what had taken place, for she • And my little darling, too?' asked the had a proud spirit, and it was very hard father, stroking the hair which waved over for her at any time to confess that she Amy's brow; has she been a good child, was in fault. Still she knew very well that too ?'

she had done wrong, and more than that, I've tried to be,' answered Amy, con- that she had led astray her little sister, to scious of the one act of disobedience, and whom she ought, of course, to set a good yet not daring to own it.

example. Mother told me before she started this * Rose,' said the little one, timidly, 'I'm morning, that the holidays were to begin afraid we have been very naughty to-day.' to-morrow,' said Mr. Turner.

*Nonsense, child! What do you mean? hear that, boys? your sisters begin their returned the elder sister. holidays to-inorrow.'

Why, you know we have done what Hurrah!' cried the boys: 'then we shall mother told us not to do.' have some fun; we can all make hay “We only went out about twelve or together.'

fourteen minutes too soon; and she did not * And I've no doubt,' said their father, mean us to be so very particular.' smiling, it will be made all the sooner and Oh, yes, Rosie, she did; you know she better for your help. It is not to be all said we must not go out a minute before play and no work, though, he added; for

(Continuci on page 330.)

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