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, , the cottage-gate shortly afterwards a sad but her father's message was quite forgotten. sight met their eyes—the broken, shaftless

After their pleasant ramble through the gig lying by a heap of stones, and her dear lane, chatting and gathering flowers, the father stretched upon the grass! The sight two girls reached the curate's cottage, was too much for the child, and she sank where they found dinner awaiting them, and

down insensible. Mary's little brothers eagerly looking for Thanks to the soft grass upon which he them. After dinner they went into the fell, Mr. Gray was more stunned than hurt. garden to play; and at five the round table Mr. Fairly helped him up and took him was put out upon the lawn, and bread and into the house, where he persuaded him to butter, plum bread, and strawberries, for an rest quietly for a few minutes, and take out-door tea, were placed upon it.

something to restore him. Mrs. Fairly and They were just finishing tea when Mrs. Miss Smith carried Minnie in and laid her Fairly said,

upon the sofa. Her first words were :I don't like hurrying you, Minnie dear, • Where is dear father? have I killed but I'm afraid a storm is coming on, and bim ?? your father would not like you to be out in • Here is father, my child,' said Mr. it. Miss Smith is going your way, and is Gray. "No, thank God! father is not killed. so kind as to say she will take charge of I am only a little bruised ; if I had fallen you.'

on the hard road it would have been dif• A storm! do you think so ?' And poor ferent, I fear.' Minnie turned pale.

Oh, father dear, it was all my fault! • Are you frightened, dear? If so, you I forgot to tell James: he was not in when can stay here.

I remembered, and then afterwards I for"Oh, no! it is not for myself, but I pro- got. Aunt Mary tells me so often I am so mised father to tell James to put Old Jack thoughtless! Oh, I am so very, very sorry, in the gig instead of White Bess, and I dear father! quite forgot, and father said he wouldn't Say no more about it, my child,' said like to be out in a storm with her. I the father; 'I am sure it will be a lesson will run home this very minute and send to you, and that you won't forget again: Old Jack. Oh dear! oh dear! I am so but let us rather thank God for His goodvery sorry!'

And she sobbed bitterly. ness in sparing my life.' But it was too late, for at that moment And Minnie said no more, but when her there was a flash of lightning, followed by father at family prayers that night said a distant rumble of thunder. Another flash the General Thanksgiving (making a pause and the rain came down. By-and-bye after the word preservation'), she joined in

there was the sound of a galloping horse it with all her heart; and Aunt Mary aftercoming up the lane; Mr. and Mrs. wards used sometimes to say, smiling, I Fairly and Miss Smith ran out into can't think what has come over my Minnie. the road, fearing what it might be, and I used often to have to remind her of anythey saw Mr. Gray in the gig vainly try- thing I wished her to remember twenty ing to hold in Wbite Bess, who, wild with times, but now once is all that is needed.' fear, was tearing madly up the road.

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After the noise had ceased we heard whis

perings mixed with loud laughs, and we AWAY WRATH.'

did not doubt that they were plotting . From the French.

something against us. HE rat, when plump and well fed, we • In fact, very soon a packet was thrown

are assured, is not a meat to be to us through the window, and bore this despised. During the siege of Paris, these address : “For the dinner of the English little animals were sold for three or four gentlemen;" it contained the rat which

" francs each. So this reminds me of a story had just been killed.

At this sight my that was told to me by an old English wrath was aroused; I rushed to the door officer.

with a resolution to make our neighbours • In 1815,' he said to me, 'the regiment pay as dearly as I could for their insult. to which I belonged was disbanded, and all One of my friends was as excited as the officers put on half-pay. They must now myself, and followed me; but the other live cheaply, and this could be done more prevented us by shutting the door and easily in France than in England. Along taking the key. He said to us, "A moment, with two sub-lieutenants, my friends, we a moment, dear friends: do not be so hasty; settled ourselves at Montauban.

true gentlemen should not give way to We took very humble rooms, brushed coarse words and quarrels. Let us give our our own clothes, cleaned our own boots, neighbours a lesson in politeness, which they and cooked our food.

deserve, but let us give it to them politely.” Some French officers in the garrison of It would have been better,' continued Montauban occupied the rooms next to my old Englishman, to appeal to our senours: we often met each other in the pas- timents as Christians, and to put before us sages and on the staircase. The battle of the command of our Saviour, to return Waterloo, a recent event, had excited very good for evil; but we were young fools, who bitter feelings between the two nations, prided ourselves little on being Christians, and when these gentlemen passed us but who prided ourselves much on being they would grind their teeth with anger, perfect gentlemen. We therefore attended clench their fists, and stamp with the heels to our friend. of their boots, with a provoking air; we, • The rat was neatly folded up in a piece on the other hand, restrained our tempers, of white paper, tied with a bit of pink and passed with faces proud and haughty, ribbon, and accompanied with a note whistling or humming as if in bravado. properly written, folded, sealed, and with Evidently a storm was brewing, and its these words: “ The English gentlemen preoutbreak could not be long delayed; each sent their compliments to the French of us foresaw it, and lived in anxiety. gentlemen, and are very sensible of their

One morning we heard a strange noise politeness, but they do not wish to deprive in our neighbours' room, and we afterwards them of such a distinguished dish.” The learnt that they were chasing an enormous packet was given to one of the servants, rat, which had had the impudence to show who carried it to the French officers. itself. We attributed this noise to French • Ten minutes had scarcely passed when petulance, and we touched our foreheads, there was a knock at the door: our neighas much as to say they were a little crazy. bours entered, shook hands with us, asked

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TIIE GLASS MARBLES.

"And the boys ?' he said in a tremblinz

tone; ‘and Miss Cox - will they ever forget (Concluded from page 355.)

it? And you, Aunt Anna? Oh, you will HE disgraceful name of never love me again!'

thief' sounded harshly “Yes, Edward, I shall, as soon as I see in Edward's ear. His you trying to be a better boy, and thinking down-bent face flushed more of God's laws. And if you go to Miss with shame, and a wail- Cox and ask her properly, I am sure she ing cry broke from his

will forgive you.

See how good she has lips.

been! do you not wish to thank her? And Oh, do not call me your school-fellows, too— but you do not that! Do not call me know about them.' that!'

Then she told him what they had done, " That is what you are, Edward. No

and proposed to send for them all three words of mine can alter the fact. Miss that very afternoon, to receive his thanks, Cox and your school-fellows know it; and and to go

with him to Miss Cox's to see the God knows it, too.'

marbles given back, and to have their own A thought came into the unhappy boy's money returned to them. mind, and brought a ray of comfort. He • I cannot do it before them all; indeed slightly raised his head, and stammered I cannot,' he sobbed. I don't think I can out, 'I have never played with the marbles, do it at all. Oh, aunt! is there no other they are in my drawer now, aunt; Miss way? Won't you take back the marbles Cox may have them back.'

for me?' Certainly: you will have to take them “No, Edward, that would not do,' she to her. But that does not alter the case. said. "If we do any one a wrong, we must You have stolen them, and you are a thief.' ourselves own tlie wrong, and make resti

Edward was sobbing bitterly now. That tution, as it is called. And since others his kind aunt, Anna, should condemn him so saw you do the thing, they should see you severely, and call him by such hard names, trying to undo it, so far as you can: they carried proof to his inmost heart that sin ought to hear your confession, and know is a terrible thing in itself, quite apart from that you give back what you have taken. any punishment.

More so still, since they have been so • What shall I do? What can I do?' generous in trying to save you from punishhe moaned. Will nothing ever make it ment. I know it is hard, very hard; but right again ?'

if you want to set yourself right you must She drew him towards her now, and spoke begin by doing your duty, however painful more gently.

it may be. ' Nothing can undo the Past, Edward. And it proved quite as painful as Edward But Christ died to save us from our sins : had feared : the shame seemed almost too His blood can cleanse us from the stain of great to be borne, even though Miss Cox guilt. You must ask God to forgive you met him kindly, and his companions behared for His dear Son's sake. If you ask in real like good-hearted little fellows as they were, earnest He will hear you, my child.' and made light of their own share in the Edward was awed and quieted.

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