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school for another month, of course he AMONG LIONS.
looks a good deal to you for amusement.'
‘But it is always such rubbish-boys' CHAPTER I.
fancies,' said Alice; either his fishingPLEASE, Miss Dawkins, tackle is in a mess, or he wants a bit of may I speak to the
chalk, or my best penknife. I dare say
it is something of that sort this afterA very
modest re- noon. At any rate Dora will do quite well quest, uttered in a very for him, and I must get on with my prequiet voice, and pro- paration for to-morrow: you know it is ceeding from a head
Catechising Sunday, and I should not like thrust round the corner to be behindhand.' of the schoolroom door Miss Dawkins sighed a little. This was
at Moor Thornton : yet her good girl. Alice had been introduced Miss Dawkins hesitated before granting it. to her some six months since by her father,
“You are always interrupting us with the words,–*This is my little rightSaturday afternoons, Gilbert,' she began to hand, Miss Dawkins: I do not think you say.
will have much trouble with her.' But this is really something important, And, surely enough, Alice learned her said Gilbert the school-boy, venturing a lessons steadily, practised her music regnfew steps into the room.
larly, and behaved in every way as a per* Have my rabbits got loose ?' anxiously severing scholar should. What did she asked a little girl of ten.
lack, then ? and why should Miss Dawkins • Nonsense, Dora!' said her elder sister; turn with more satisfaction to careless little “they are all safe, you know. It is only some Dora, or even rough Gilbert ? nonsense of Gilbert's; he is always worrying They ofte worried and vexed her, but about nothing
then there was the penitent kiss, or the * Well then, miss, I won't worry you,' ready apology offered, and all went well returned Gilbert, since you are so prim again. Alice was different; she seldom did and proper; but if only Miss Dawkins will wrong, and never asked any one's pardon. let me have Dora for three minutes—just In time I shall know her better,' to run to the end of the garden—we shan't thought Miss Dawkins; ‘no doubt there is be long
a great deal of good principle in her, and Dora's face pleaded, too, and Miss I dare say it is shyness which makes her Dawkins gave way.
appear so reserved.' When the door closed on the two the So she said no more, and Aliceconned over governess turned to Alice, her eldest pupil. her Collect, searched for references, and
• You should not have been so quick, made notes in a little book she kept for the dear, with Gilbert,' she oberved: ‘ it is very purpose, till the clock struck five; then she different my telling him he interrupts les- looked up with the remark that Dora had sons, and you showing no interest in his been half an hour in the garden, what could pursuits. You see he is badly off for com- Gilbert be doing with her ? Hardly were panions just now; his whooping-cough the words spoken when Dora burst into the gone, and yet not allowed to return to room, her eyes dancing with excitement.
"Oh, Miss Dawkins, will you come? and dation can be had in your village for my may I get your hat? Gilbert says you will caravan? as, if possible, I should wish to rest like it; and father is there! They are bere till Monday.' trying to get it into our big barn, and This was Saturday. Mr. Swayne looked it curls its trunk round the tree at the door, at the speaker, a thick-set man with an unand won't go in; and the lions are roaring so!' pleasant countenance, and then at the poor
What do you mean, Dora ?' asked poor elephant, which was evidently footsore with puzzleå Miss Dawkins. There, sit down, long travel.
• you are so hot; and no hat or gloves! My . Not good sort of people to have about a dear child !
village,' thought the clergyman, meditating . It is all right,' said Gilbert, bursting on the man; and then, to Gilbert's great joy, into the room as excited as his sister, and compassion for the beast took possession of it's great fun. A travelling menagerie his father, and he offered the Rectory-barn bound for Shockley fair has broken down to the showman. on the road, and we are housing the beasts. It would shelter the elephant,' he said ; Father sent me to call you to come on, while and of course the lions and such wild beasts I fetch nurse and baby.'
have their own travelling-cages. But what Such an excitement as this had seldom have you there? of what does your menagerie been known at Moor Thornton; the village consist ?' lay half a mile aside from the high road, Mr. Pottinger began a very flourishing and was quite overlooked by general traffic. description of his show, which, when trans
To be visited, therefore, by an elephant, lated into plain English, resolved itself into and real lions which roared, and could be the elephant, two lions, three shabby monpeeped at through the cracks of the great keys, a very tamewolfwhich might have been
, truck in which they travelled, was some- taken for a sheep-dog, and which looked thing to arouse the whole population. ashamed either of himself or his company, Gilbert, from a mound in the garden, had and a sleepy snake wrapped in a blanket. It first made the discovery that something would not be very difficult to arrange for unusual was wending its way between the their shelter. high hedgerows of Moor, and had called When Miss Dawkins and her pupils Dora into consultation. They were soon reached the barn, they were amused to find after joined by their father, and all sallying Mr. Swayne with his coat off, helping to forth, they met a very polite gentleman push the lions' waggon into the paddock, making inquiries for the village blacksmith. which had been given up to Mr. Pottinger He presented Mr. Swayne, the Rector, with till Monday morning. The elephant was a large card, much ornamented with standing quietly at the half-door of the flourishes, which announced that he was Mr. barn, and nothing was to be seen of any Pottinger of the far-famed Wild-Beast other members of the famous caravan. Show, and he stated that an accident had • Making all snug for Sunday,' said Mr. happened to one of his waggons, which re- Swayne. "Gilbert, run to the house for some quired immediate attention.
large nails and a screwdriver.' My famous clephant, Hero, is also When Gilbert returned, Dora called him. slightly indisposed,' he continued; dare I “Look, Gilbert!' she said. “Do you see therefore, honoured sir, ask you if accommo- that little house-cart on wheels in the far
corner of the field? Well, I am sure I see disciples and the women who clung to Him a monkey peeping out of it.'
went early to the tomb, to see if His body The house-cart was just one of those were there. And we, who know already travelling show-carts with red painted win- that He has risen, go early to the Church dows and a bright yellow door. Certainly to meet Him in His own House of Prayer, there was a little brown face peering out of and to fall. down and worship Him. Even it, but Gilbert pronounced the creature to little children may give Him glory, as they be a child of some species; and he laughed sing glad hymns of praise. heartily at Dora, declaring that with her There are two things to be thought of excited imagination she would next be mis- to-day, besides the great event of Christ's taking baby in the grey shawl for the boa Resurrection. constrictor in his blanket.
First. Christ is become the first-fruits Dora did not mind his laughing, but she of them that slept.** His resurrection is a would have liked to have found out if it pledge of our resurrection from death at really was a child; but this she could not the last day. Therefore we may rejoice, do without going nearer to Mr. Pottinger's not only for His sake, but also for our own. inovable house than would be good man- Second. If we long to rise at the last ners. She watched him go in and out day to a life of perfect happiness in Heaven, several times, but no little girl or boy we must first live the risen life in Christ appeared again that evening.
here below. That is, we must rise from (To be continued.)
the death of sin to the life of holiness; and
then, being living members of Christ's body, EASTER DAY. loving Him, and rejoicing in His love, we
shall be owned by Him when He comes to HAT a glorious festival is judgment. “Blessed and holy is he that hath this! The Resurrection
part in the first resurrection : on such the
second death hath no power.'| E. L. Day of Jesus Christ! The day on which He burst the bonds of the grave, and
SHEEP FOLLOWING THE rose triumphant over death
SHEPHERD. and hell. No wonder that
N the Bible lands the sheep and a holy man of old called it
goats, which are pastured in • The Queen of Feasts.'
great numbers in the vallers In the early days of Christianity it was
and on the rocky slopes of usual for Christians to salute one another
the hills, are not guided by 3 on Easter morning with the words 'Christ
dog, but by the voice of their is risen ;' and the answer came, Christ is
shepherd. Flocks of sheep risen indeed.' The first and happiest
and goats may often be seen thought of the faithful was the thought following the shepherd when he wishes to of the Lord's great victory.
lead them home, or to take them to some And do not we in these days love to other spot. The shepherd-boy has only to think of our dear Saviour's triumph ? His
give his call, and the sheep and goats that
St. Gregory Nazianzen, in the fourth century.
1 Cor. xv. 20.
† Rev, 11. 6.