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found out some good reasons to make it He said, — As it is your opinion, dear sir, plain to the shopkeeper that they preferred that this is a good and precious book, allow the money to the thick book, so each re- me to ask you to give it to me, and I shail ceived the much more acceptable five be truly grateful for it.' dollars.

With pleasure the master banded him The fourth was a young lad of fifteen. one of the four Bibles which lay on the


table before him. The young man opened his father would

be the best person the book and found a ten-dollar note inside to give him the flogging which he deserved. it. Greatly amazed at this he stared at Tom had been throwing stones at some of his good master, who said to him,—. That the other children, and had broken two is for you, my friend, because you have panes in the school-windows. He had also chosen the Bible. Go in peace, and dili- been very saucy, and had made two gently study the good book.'

or three younger boys as rude as himself. The young man who bad received such a The teacher was the more sorry for his liberal present went away. The other three conduct, as he had found him attentive in assistants looked rather vexed when they his class, and anxious to improve. Mr. heard that each of the other Bibles, which Jones did not know Grant's temper, or they had refused for the five dollars, con- he would have hesitated before asking tained also a ten-dollar note.

him to punish the boy. 'I am sorry,' said the master, seriously, No sooner had Grant heard the story ‘that you should have preferred five dollars than he rose up from his seat in a towering to the Word of God. Your repentance now rage, and taking down a leather strap, comes too late. May this be a lesson to strode out at the cottage-door. Tom was you in future, and learn henceforth to value loitering about in the road, afraid to come God's Word as the most precious treasure to in, knowing by experience what his father's be found on earth.'

J. F. C. temper was. He ran away and tried to

escape from the angry man, who was roaring RHODA GRANT.

at him to stand still. Grant made a dash at (Continued from p. 29.)

him, but Tom avoided it, and ran back into • Almighty God, Whose only Son

the cottage, and threw himself down by O'er sin and death the triumph won,

the side of Rhoda's bed. The teacher had And ever lives to intercede For souls who Thy sweet mercy need;

left the cottage, and Grant came in raging In His dear Name to Thee we pray For all who err and go astray;

like a madman, and seized the boy by the For sinpers, wheresoe'er they be,

collar, in spite of Rhoda's entreaties. Who do not serve and honour Thec.'

“O father dear, don't hurt him!' she cried; CHAPTER III.

• he won't do it again : he is very sorry.' HE next Sunday was pass- “You hold your tongue, lass,' was Grant's

ing very much like the one reply. “And now, you young rascal, I'll We before described, except that give it you now I've got you ! How dare

Tom had been persuaded by you try to get away ?'
his sister to go twice to the Rhoda bid her eyes, and heard with
Sunday-school. But in the terror the lashes of the strap, and her
afternoon, when school was brother's cries of pain, and then there was
over, the teacher of Tom's

a pause, and she looked and saw her class made his appearance at the Grants’ brother with a pale face, limping out of cottage with a grave

He was sorry

the cottage, and she heard her father bawl to say that Tom had behaved so very after him, “If you come back again, you badly that he feared he must not let him good-for-nothing rogue, I'll kill you ! ' come to school any more. At any rate he And then she heard Tom say, “I'll take must be punished, and the teacher thought good care not to come back again!'


And then her father flung himself down spending it in all sorts of pleasant ways. on the settle by the fire, and did not speak They never thought what a hard, unanother word all the evening.

healthy life it must be underground, espeBut Tom did not appear again, and when cially for boys who were used to green fields bedtime came he was nowhere to be found. and fresh air; and they did not know how Nine o'clock had struck, and then ten, and much danger there was attending it, and still no sign of him. Rhoda shared her that the high wages were given as there mother's anxiety, but they were afraid to was so much risk to human life. Several say much, as Grant still looked savage and boys from the neighbourhood had gone, moody, and made a gesture of impatience

and Tom heard now and then that they if Tom's name was mentioned. Richard were doing well. The high wages, howhad gone out earlier in the evening, trying ever, were little more than enough to to find his brother, but he came back after support themselves, as in those mining a fruitless search, and shook his head across districts the prices of lodgings and provithe supper-table at his mother.

sions were high, and the underground life Grant at last began to grow uneasy lest made them require all the good food they anything should have happened to the lad,

could get. and turned out into the dark night to try And so Tom made up his mind to and find him, and came back in an hour's go and work at the mines, and struck off time looking more sullen than ever.

into the road which led in the direction of After this days and weeks rolled on, Eastwood, the nearest colliery. He had without any tidings of the missing boy, walked ten miles, and it was quite dark, though his family made every effort to trace and he had lost his way, and was tired and him.

hungry. He began almost to repent of his

decision, and to wish to turn back again; Tom in the meantime, after his father's but his pride and the thought of seeing his cruel beating, walked away from his home, angry father kept him back, and he went vowing in his heart that he would never to beg for food and shelter at a farm-house come back again. His shoulders and arms at the roadside. The farmer and his wife were smarting and aching from the blows came to the door and thought he was a he had received, and he sat down under a tramp, and the dog barked furiously. He hedge to recover himself.

began telling his story, and when he said He had decided on no plan when he he had run away from home they only went away, bis one wish was to get away

laughed at him, and advised him to go from his father and never to see him more. back as soon as he could.

Tom was beginBy degrees a thought occurred to him, which ning to cry, when the farmer's wife, who was by no means a new one, though it had was not an unkind woman, gave him a large never taken definite shape in his mind lump of bread, and said he might go and before. He had heard of boys going to

lie down for the night in some straw in one work at the mines about twenty miles off, of the outhouses, but he must be off in good and earning good wages.

This had been a

time in the morning. Tom with a heavy favourite topic of conversation with the heart lay down in some straw in a wargon, Southton boys, who used to build castles in and so passed his first night away from home. the air about getting a lot of money and

(To be continued.)

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