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But with all the skill and nursing at thrusting themselves into the sunshine of command, it was hard work fighting the
daily life. fever, and many eyes were dim with watch- Suppose it had been just a little differing before Alice rose from her sick-bed. ent—not one grave more or less in Moor
She did not seem to have much of her churchyard -- but just an exchange, Selina strong will left her, poor child, as she lay living, and she dead.
living, and she dead. And it might so on a sofa by the window, too weak for easily have been ; Selina looked a strong anything more than watching the butter- / girl of seventeen, able to struggle through flies flit by, and counting time only by the anything, while Alice was but a child, with food and medicine brought her.
only a child's power of endurance. For some days past she had missed her So it seemed to the outward
eye, which faithful nurse, Miss Dawkins, and the first also might have seen in Selina, only a poor, gleam of returning thought and care for rough, half-educated woman; for she had anything than her own sick self made her had very early in life to leave school for ask where she was. Had she caught the service, while Alice had had counsel, and fever ?'
instruction, and example to guide her right Mr. Swayne hastened to assure her. all her life. Alice trembled at the thought. Oh, no! she was only gone down the Yes, she was one of those to whom much village helping to nurse a sick child.' had been given, and from whom much ·
Have many had the fever ?' asked Alice, would be required. And yet how would it then.
bave been had she now been called away “Yes, dear,' he answered, a little sadly, suddenly like Selina ? and tried to turn the conversation; he did Ah! there was more comfort in thinknot like to think of the gaps in his little ing of Selina's past than her own, Alice flock.
felt. Just a poor maid-of-all-work, striving • Who?' pursued Alice, tell me, please : to do her duty from Monday morning till any other of the Greggs? And did Selina Saturday night, kind to the seven little get well?'
children around her, and respectful to the Dear, I would rather not talk of this master and mistress she served so honestly. till you are better,' said her father.
This was her character from home, Alice * But I am much better,' said Alice, knew; and then she thought of her as she and I do want to know; please don't keep saw her at Moor in church on Sundays, anything from me, and there was a tinge joining so heartily in the hymns and of the old masterful manner.
prayers she had known from childhood, Alice, dear, Selina is dead,' said Mr. listening with an anxious look to the serSwayne, gravely ; ‘and many others have mon,-a look which brightened when the been seriously ill. Thank God, you are subject was simple enough for her to unspared to us,- spared, my child, to live, I derstand, and clouded when it was too hope, long years of happiness. And now difficult for her. She always came to the I will talk no more of this at present.' catechising and sat with the children, Alice lay quiet after this a long time. though she seldom answered any question.
Selina was dead, and she, stricken with She never was sharp, she said, but she the same fever, had lived !
A child even
liked to listen. finds food for reflection in facts like these
(To be continued.)
* And as re would that men should do to you, do ye
also to them likewise.'—Luke, vi. 3.
Father, I hear Thee say
Our sighs are heard and known, We need no wings to fly away
To some far-distant throne.
Alone, without a guide ?
And draw the veil aside ?
Thy hands to God upraise ; So shall His throne come down to thee,
And wrap thee in its blaze.
Give me, O Lord most high ;
And not too young to die.
Behold the rosy morn, And die before the evensong
Is warbled from the thorn! My Saviour, while I may,
Thy loving child I'll be; Take selfishness and pride away, And make me worthy Thee!
OME boys sat eating orange on a gate by the side of the road, and throwing the peel just anywhere it happened to fall. They were laughing and talking, and eljoying the fruit, and never noticed that any one w coming towards them. But a cheery Hullo, young
gentlemen!' made them look round and see Mr. Leigh, the squire of the parish, and they took off their caps respectfully.
*You seem to be having a regular picnic,' he said. "I wonder whether you have
* a spare orange for me?'
“Yes, sir,' answered George Allen, promptly. I've only just begun to pee! this; and I've had one already.'
• Thank you !' and Mr. Leigh took the offered orange and went on stripping off the peel, which, however, he piled bit by bit on the gate-post, and when he had finished he went across the road and threw it into the ditch that ran along that side.
The boys watched him curiously, and Herbert Wrigly said, with ready politeness : Why didn't
you ask one of us to do that, sir. I didn't see what you were about.' • Nay, my lad, was the answer;
•1 could hardly ask you to do for me what you don't think it worth while to do fu yourselves.
"We never thought of it, sir. But, to be sure, the peel does look untidy, strewing all about like this. Only what does it matter on a public road ?'
• That makes it matter all the more, I should say,' returned the squire. "On a
LIFE of idleness is not a life of
happiness. Only the active and the useful are happy. We may depend upon it that the most miserable people in the world are those who have nothing to do.
If the young would remember that they may one day be old, and the old that they have been young, the world would go on better.
To rise from adversity to prosperity the ladder must be ascended gradually and carefully: many in their baste to get rich take two steps at a time, and so tumble down headlong.
private road fewer people pass; and be- felt the evil of it as I have: it is this sides, there are gardeners and boys there which makes me speak so warmly. I dare to tidy up and set things to rights.
say you remember a young lady who was “Yes, sir. But I don't see that it sig- staying with us at the Hall last summer. nifies here. One might as well begin to
She used to drive about in the open carriage pull up the weeds and plant flowers along with Mrs. Leigh; but you didn't often the way-side.'
meet her in the fields or lanes, because she • Come, come, that's a little unfair,' is lame, and has to go about on crutches. laughed Mr. Leigh. "We are not called And it all came from a slip over a bit of upon to make a public road as trim and orange-peel when she was a child : one of gay as a gentleman's garden; but we the knee-caps was hurt, and she has been needn't block it up with all sorts of rubbish, lame ever since, poor girl! She bears it nor throw obstructions in the way of passen- very patiently, and always says the person gers. I wasn't thinking of the untidiness, who threw the peel meant no harm. But but of the danger. Did you never hear of that doesn't make it much better for heran accident caused by a trip over orange
does it? If we loved our neighbour as peel ? In a town you'd get sharply pulled ourselves, we should think of him a little up, I can tell you, for throwing it about oftener, I fancy. You lads would hardly like this.'
forgive yourselves if you should happen to *We didn't mean any harm,' said a be the cause of an accident such as my chorus of young voices.
niece suffers from.' “No, I'm sure you didn't. But as much *I'll tell you what, sir, we'll pick up all harm is done in the long run, I take it, these bits,' cried Herbert Wrigly, jumping through thoughtlessness as through malice from off the gate and setting about the or bad intention. If one of your near
work at once. relations--your father or mother, say--got The others followed his example, and killed in a railway accident through the soon a complete clearance was made. The carelessness of one of the servants on the squire looked on with approval. line, you wouldn't feel inclined to make the * That's right!' he said. Always act excuse for him that he meant no harm. upon any advice that seems good to you. It is the consequences we have to look to. There's no use in agreeing to a thing if If we endanger the lives or limbs of others you don't help to carry it out. You looked by some act not wrong in itself, then sorry enough just now when I was telling the act becomes wrong, and we you about my niece. See
bear her in bound not to do it. This is part of our mind when you are about to Aling a stone, duty to our neighbour. We owe a good without looking well if any one is in the deal of our safety and comfort to the way; or when you are tempted to make a thought and care of people we don't know, slide upon a foot-path, or, shall we say, and probably shall never see; the least we to drop orange-peel about. Boys are by can do is to give a little thought and care nature thoughtless, I suppose; but Christin return : don't you think so ?'
ians are bound to think of others as well as “Yes, sir; we'll never throw orange-peel of themselves; and to do to others as they about again,' answered the boys.
would wish others to do to them.' *You never would, I believe, if you had