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visitors. But it wore off very quickly THE GLASS MARBLES.

Johnny was so merry over tea, that Edwar! (Continued from page 348.)

grew merry too; and there was quite enough UT now that a way was opened noise and fun during the games afterwards

. for him, Edward felt less in- • Oh, aunt ! thank you so much,' said clined than ever to make bis Edward, when his companions had goce confession. He closed his home. It is so good of you to have played heart to his aunt's gentle with us all night.' appeal, and made shufiling "I like to make you happy, my dear.' replies to all her questions. she answered. “And I think you would

So, finding she could not draw be happier if you were quite open with me. the truth from him, and fearing that she I don't wish to drag your secret from you: was only tempting him into falsehood, she but if you told it me I think I might help gave up the attempt, and sent him to fetch

you.' his lesson-books. But she was just as kind My secret!' cried Edward, with a startled to him as before, and the next day met him look. How do you know I have a secret ?' on his way home to dinner, and took him She put her arms about him, and said off with her into the town to buy some tenderly, “You have no mother, Edward; sweet biscuits and dried fruit for himself but I would be a mother to you if you and his little friends in the evening. would let me.'

Sarah has made a chicken-pie and a Tears rose to his eyes, and his beart nice plum-cake,' she said. “And now I think beat quickly. He was softened, and felt we will go to the toy-shop and get a new for a moment half inclined to tell her all. game I know of.

But he checked the impulse, and the opPlease don't, aunt!' begged Edward, portunity was gone for ever. in a tone of great alarm. They will like Indeed, aunt,' he began, 'I haven't got playing at riddles and quartettes as well as

a se' anything.'

But she stopped him. His aunt looked at him in surprise.

Hush ! hush! do not tell a falsehood. Oh, but this is a capital game: I am I shall press you no more about it. Goodsure you will like it; and I am going to night, my dear!' and kissing him, she went give it you as a present. Surely you and to join his father in the library. Miss Cox have not quarrelled ?' No, aunt, no! But please don't let us


I don't want the game, thank you. I would much rather not go and buy it.' It was some days after this that Mrs

Edward's distress was so evident that Webb went into Miss Cox's to buy a thimble, bis aunt gave way; but she felt puzzled, and when she had chosen ope, and was and more sure than ever that something about to leave the shop, Miss Cox stopped

, wrong was going on.

her with a nervous,The evening passed off pleasantly: Mrs. • If you please, ma'am, might I ask you Webb took care of that; though she noticed to step for a minute into my parlour? that at first there was a little shyness be- There is a little matter I wish to speak to tween Edward and the elder of his two



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Mrs. Webb followed her anxiously into wickedness can turn this earth into a hell. the small sitting-room behind the shop. It is God's anger that you ought to fear, She felt at once that she was going to hear Edward : it is your sin that ought to make something painful about her little nephew, you unhappy. You are afraid of being but she was hardly prepared for what Miss brought before the magistrates and sent to Cox had to tell.

gaol ; but that would be nothing compared I am very sorry to put you about so, with the great Judgment Day, when God's said the kind-hearted woman; but I awful Book will be opened, and we shall be thought you ought to know. I did not judged according to our deeds. like to speak to Mr. Hewitt, lest he should never thought of this ?' be very severe with the child. I didn't see

The boy hung his head: he was ashamed it myself, and I could scarcely believe it to meet his aunt's look. Her words and when the three other young gentlemen manner struck him more solemnly than any brought me the money the next day, and sermon or lesson in church had ever done. begged I wouldn't send Master Edward to His sin began to appear to him in a new prison. I didn't want to take it, but they and fearful light. wouldn't have been satisfied if I hadn't, She went on firmly: 'Isave you never good little fellows ! but would have thought thought that, whether you are sent or not, their friend was still in danger.

you deserve to go to prison far more than Master Fisher who saw him take the marbles.

many a poor starving boy who is put there and he didn't know what to do till he had for stealing something he really stands in talked it over with the others.

Then they

need of; such, for instance, as a jacket, or agreed to club together and come and pay a loaf of bread?' me, for, you see, they were afraid I might "Oh, aunt,'Edward interrupted, 'I didn't have seen after all.'

I did not know it was Mrs. Webb thanked Miss Cox very much

' for her consideration in the matter, and ' And yet you have had plenty of time went home with a sad heart. She said to think. Your school-fellows must have nothing, however, to Edward till the next

reminded you every hour by their coolness afternoon, when it was his half-holiday, and towards you. No wonder they avoided your le had plenty of time to attend to her.


A little time ago you yourThen, as soon as dinner was over, she called self would not have cared to be friends with im to her, and began very seriously:- a thief.' "You would not tell me your secret,

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dward. I know it now, for Miss Cox has
old me.'

He gave a great start. 'Oh, aunt! she
Fill not send me to prison ?' be asked UST as the broadest rivers run

From small and distant springs, "And is that all you are afraid of?' said The greatest crimes that men have done Crs. Webb. It would be a shocking thing Have grown from little things. - be sent to prison, certainly: but to deserve

go there is quite as bad. Heaven itself ould be no Heaven to the wicked; and

think of all this !



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I don't know whether I shall get away from

Sleaford by the five-o'clock or seven-o'clock MINNIE.

train. Neighbour Collins is going on to INNIE GRAY, Farmer Gray's Grantham for the night, but I shall come

orphan little girl, was as home, for I don't like to leave my little girl
pleasant a little girl of so long alone.' And the farmer patted his
thirteen as any one would little girl's head as he spoke.
wish to meet, and her lov- And mind, Minnie,' he added, as be
ing father thought she had stood by the door, don't forget to tell
no faults: she had not James to send the old horse in the gig.
many, it is true, but she I wouldn't like to have White Bess in the

had one which often leads gig if there was to be a storm, and I'm to sad trouble-she was very thoughtless. much mistaken if there won't be one before Always ready to please and to oblige, she very long : she's frightened of lightning, sometimes in her wish to do so forgot duties it makes her almost mad. You won't forget and promises which she ought to have re- to tell James? he's gone to the far meadow membered. Aunt Vary, her father's sister, now and I can't wait till he comes home.' who had lived at Ivy Green Farm ever 'I won't forget, dear father. And if since Mrs. Gray’s death, used to beg her Mary Fairly asks me to tea or to spend

the day, may I go?'

Ι like being selfish, my darling,' she would Yes, dear, but be back by seven, for say; "and being thoughtless is a kind of I shall miss my little girl if I don't find selfishness: strive against it; ask God to her when I get home. Good-bye, dear,

, help you when you say your prayers ; and keep out of the hot sun.' And with depend upon it, dear, it will lead you into these words the farmer left the house, and some great trouble.'

soon crossed the village-street and joined And Minnie would reply, “Yes, dear Mr. Collins, whose gig stood at the doos auntie, I will try indeed.' And she did ready to start. try, but still the fault was not cured.

After her father was gone Minnie began One hot July morning Aunt Mary was to amuse herself in various ways: first she away upon a visit, between the busy times ran into the cool, pleasant dairy, to help of hay and wheat-harvest; Minnie was the dairy-maid with the golden butter; having holidays and acting as little house- then she fed her pets, the chickens; nest keeper.

she visited the stable to look at the horses. Are you going to Sleaford Fair to-day, M

Must not forget about White Bess,' as the father?' asked Minnie at breakfast.

sight of the horse reminded her of ber Yes, I think so, dear. I don't like father's request; but James was not near, so leaving you alone all day, but business the matter had to be put off for the present, is business, you know, and I must not and Minnie ran off to the fruit-garden and neglect it.

Neighbour Collins has pro- feasted upon strawberries: but even the mised to give me a lift as far as the delight of eating fresh strawberries can't Station this morning, so I shall not want last for ever, and when she had finished she the gig; but James must bring it in the felt at a loss what to do. "Oh! I'll get afternoon and leave it at the Red Lion, for the last Good Story and read that bere.?

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And Minnie fetched it, and finished it Ah, Minnie, here you are! I thought I just as the clock struck twelve. Another should find you here. You are to come whole hour to dinner, and then a long home with me directly; mother saw Mr. afternoon all alone! Just then Minnie Gray at the station, and he said you might.' was thinking that perhaps, after all, holidays It was Mary Fairly, a maiden of twelve, were a mistake; certainly so when father

the only daughter of the curate of the viland aunt were away; and wishing that the lage; she lived in a cottage about half a little sister Susan, who was sleeping in the mile off, and the way to it was through a quiet churchyard, was alive to play with shady lane. her, when a merry voice cried,

Very pleased, Minnie jumped up and ran

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