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have been scattered over the hill-side come it was the cold which at last awoke Ellie, bounding together and gather around him.
more closely around her body. At first she Our Blessed Lord used this as one of His tlought mother must have forgotten to parables, when He likened Himself to a cover her; then sitting up, she began to Good Shepherd, who'culleth his own understand that it was not her bed in which sheep by name and lealeth them out; and she had slept. when he putteth forth his own sheep, he The moon shone clear and bright overgoeth before them, and the sherp follow licad, stars were sprinkled over the heavens, him: for they know his voice. And a and the waves plashed on the beach with stranger will they not follow, but will flee a dull and melancholy sound. Gradually from him: for they know not the voice of Ellie remembered how she came to be there, strangers' (St. John, x. 3-5).
and at the same time came the horrible fear A traveller once told a Syrian shepherd that she might have been left behind. that he was sure that the sheep knew the Starting up, she ran to the top of the highest dress of their master, and not his voice. hillock, and gazed as far as her eye could The shepherd asserted that it was the voice rench, but no living creature was withinsight. which they knew. To settle the point, Shivering in the night-breeze Ellie feared shepherd and traveller changed dresses and even to move, lest the noise of her own footwent among the sheep. The traveller in steps should break the terrible stillness. the shepherd's dress called on the sheep and How long she may have stood motionless I tried to lead them, but they knew not his cannot tell, but when a cloud passed over voice,' and never moved; but whenever the moon and the strange shadow disaptheir own master called them, though he peared she ran on, anywhere to get away was disguised in appearance, they ran at from the silence which oppressed her spirit. once to him : thus proving that it was liis Again the moon burst forth, and Ellie's voice which led them, and that the parable shadow appeared suddenly beside her. of our Blessed Lord is exactly true to the With a scream she flung herself with her face customs of Bible lands, even to this day. on the sand. We must remember that Ellie
was a very little child, and did not know
anything about shadows; and indeed I LEFT
think few girls, or even boys, of her years ON THE SAND-HILLS.
would have been much braver under the (Concluded from p. 143.)
same circumstances. HAT had become of Ellie all At length the distant bark of a dog
this time? We left her from one of the neighbouring cottages asleep among the grass on caused Ellie to start up. The light of a sand-hill, and there she
the moon was not so bright, so that the remained until long after dreaded shadows had almost disappeared. the happy party had left | Taking courage she walked along for the place, in as sound a some distance, and at last she found her
slumber as she had ever self clear of the sind-hills, and coming enjoyed in her own little bed in mother's nearer and nearer, as the plash of the room. The evening had grown chill, and waves warned her, to the rough sea
beach. But how different it looked since • It's only me,' replied a child's voice. morning! then there was a wide tract of Oh, would
take me home?' loose stones and sand; now, it was all • Whose child are you?' a waste of water, as billow after billow “I'm mother's, sir.' came rushing in, carrying each their “What's your name?' burden of white foam to her very feet. · Little Ellie.' The moon again burst forth in splendour, • How came you there?' casting its bright reflection on the sea; but 'I went to sleep and they all left me Ellie did not fear the silvery light now, behind; but I wasn't alone, for God was for the voice of the waves broke the here too. I asked Him to take me home, stillness: besides, a comforting thought and He has sent you for me with a boat.' bad entered the little one's mind. She The men listened with some surprise. had learned at Sunday-school that God "Well, I suppose,' one of them said, “if we
I rules the raging of the sea, and can still were sent for you we must take you
in.' the waves.
So they brought the boat close to land, I know He is everywhere,' said she to and the man who had spoken took Ellie herself,' and of course He must be here too; in his arms and placed her amongst so I am not alone after all, there is some one them. We'd better go home and leave near to take care of me. I will ask God her with my wife,' he said ; then we can to bring me safe home to father and try our chance for fish in the moonlight.' mother.
All having agreed to this plan, Ellie was And so she did, and, more than that, she soon carried into the fisherman's cottage, felt quite sure that He would do it. A and his wife having heard the story, placed little further on the shore became less the chilled, tired child, in a bed, where she shelving, and Ellie climbed to a high soon fell into a quiet sleep. bank and gazed down into the water Next morning she was able to tell beneath. She was not afraid, for the both her name
and where she lived. thought ‘I am not alone' remained firmly The kind woman of the house took her fixed in her mind.
home, judging from her own motherly After watching for a while she saw in feelings what anxiety Ellie's parents must the distance something which appeared have suffered, and great was her disappointlike a dark speck moving along the sea; ment to find both Mr. and Mrs. Dunne presently it drew nearer to the shore, and absent. Ellie was obliged to remain alone she could see that it was a boat con- the rest of the day; but when her father taining three or four men.
and mother returned in the evening, heartThe party of fishers, for such they were,
broken and wearied, what was their delight saw perched on the high bank a tiny figure, to see the child they had been seeking whitened by the silvery moonlight.
rush to the door to meet them safe and • What can it be?' exclaimed one of them; unhurt! 'it looks like nothing but a fairy.'
* Dear mother,' she whispered, throwing Nonsense, man!' replied another; 'there her arms around Mrs. Dunne's neck, 'God are no such things now-a-days. I'll speak was so good, He sent me back to you; but to it. What's that standing up there?' he I will never ask to go anywhere again, called aloud.
when once you say, "No."' S. T. A. R.
herself after tea with a perfectly easy conAMONG LIONS.
science. (Continued from page 1.18.)
At half-past eigbt she came in again, CHAPTER II.
and found Gilbert squatted tailor-fashion T was seven o'clock instead of on the table, among a heap of light-blue
half-past five when Miss Daw- drapery. .
• Sewing a frill on that unfortunate despair. She did not know child's frock,' returned Gilbert. "I found
her Collect for to-morrow, her splashing it all over with tears, and and nurse had two frills for her to tired to death, so I sent her to bed and sew in her frocks before bed-time, which took her needle from her : but, I say, it would take up all her time. What had does prick! Alice done?
Shall I finish it for you?' said Alice, Alice said she had learned her lessons
with an effort. Dora ought never to have while Dora was with Gilbert in the garden, left it till so late in the day.' and a glow of self-satisfaction tinged her No, thank you,' returned her brother, cheeks as she spoke.
carelessly; ‘you'd be finding fault with my Oh, dear! it's all the beasts’ fault,' sewing next.' said Dora. I am so behindhand, what Alice thought this remark very unkind, shall I do?'
since she had meant well by the offer ; • Tell father how it was to-morrow, he she went off to bed, decided in her mind that is sure to excuse you,' said Alice. boys had no proper feeling, and that
I don't like to do that again,' said Gilbert especially was always "against her. Dora. I did last Sunday, when I was out How far this was her own fault she had cowslip-picking with Gilbert all Saturday never taken the trouble to inquire. afternoon. I could manage if it wasn't For the last three years since the baby's for those horrid frills; but nurse won't do birth and her mother's death she had them for me, because she warned me in been a kind of little mistress in the house, the morning.'
subject to no one but her father, whose Alice was not an ill-natured girl, she great indulgence was but little check upon was strongly tempted to say, “Leave the her. To do her justice she was generally frills to me;' but then it came across her, gentle and submissive to him, but the that it was hard Dora should have all the servants, and Gilbert when at home, obfun and frolic, and leave her work for jected to obeying so young a ruler. Old other people to do afterwards: so she put nurse openly declared Miss Alice to be aside the kindly feeling, or rather buried growing too masterful, and she it was who it under the thought that if Dora was privately suggested to Mr. Swayne the careless she must suffer for it, and perhaps plan of getting a governess for the two it would teach her to manage better for little girls. the future. Not kindly thoughts towards Gilbert was well placed with a curate in a little sister, but Alice had no suspicion the neighbouring town of Shockley, who of this, and went into the garden to amuse took a dozen pupils, and but for an attack