Page images
PDF
EPUB
[ocr errors]

so overcame him that he became sick and RIODA GRANT.

faint, and would have fallen if some one (Continuei? from p. 47.) from behind had not grasped him firmly EXT morning he got up early, by the shoulder. A rough voice said,

and finishing the bread, some • What are you doing here, lad? You were
of which he had kept for just going to fall into the pit, if I had not
breakfast, he was soon on the held you. Thank God that you were not
road again. After eight or dashed to pieces!'
nine miles the beautiful green Tom looked round, and saw the honest,

country began to change, and kindly face of one of the engineers of the to grow black and desolate. Instead of pit. He soon told bis story, encouraged blue sky and bright sun a sort of murky by Mr. Randall's kivd manner; the story, cloud seemed to cover the heavens, and the perhaps, of many boys who have gone to sunlight struggling through it was pale and work at the mines. Mr. Randall looked sickly. The roads were quite black, and grave when he heard he had run away grass and hedges seemed choked with coal- from home, but promised to find some dust. All the ground appeared to lie in work for him, on condition that he should large mounds and hollows; and as he went at once let his parents know where he was. on further, great heaps of coal, and the •You'll find it a hard life, my lad, and yawning mouths of pits, began to appear. maybe the folk you'll meet are far rougher There was a loud sound of engines and people than you ever met before in your clattering of chains, and colliers, covered own village. It's a dangerous life, too, I with black dust from head to foot, were warn you; and a man needs to be prepared hard at work in all directions. After pass- for death if he intends to be a miner, for ing one pit, Tom came to a second, and death

may come at any moment." here le stopped to look about him.

There was something about Tom which He saw groups of dirty-looking cottages, bad interested Mr. Randall. He was struck where the colliers with their wives and by the boy’s frank, open expression of face, children lived. He saw the great engine, and his general air of candour and straightwith what looked like a huge black arm, forwardness, and he felt sorry for bin and lifting load after load of coal out of the pit; wished to do him good. He took him to and then, at intervals, there were men going his small neat house hard by, and gave him up and down in what was called a "skip,' a some food, and then kindly undertook to sort of basket drawn up and let down by a write to his mother, as Tom was not able chain. Every now and then be heard the to write himself. sad-sighing sound made by the blast furnace, But, owing to a mistake in the direction, and among other noises there was an inces- this letter never reached Mrs. Grant, and sant hammering of boilers going on.

thus the family were kept three weeks in Tom felt so curious about the pit, that suspense about the missing boy. Vr. as he saw some men go down he went to Randall promised to go down with Tom the edge and looked over. He could see into the pit that afternoon, and set him to nothing but a yawning dark gulf, which work. He also arranged for him to live seemed to reach down into the bowels of in a miner's family, paying so much a-week the earth, and a feeling of fear and horror out of his wages for board and lodging.

[graphic]
[ocr errors]

a

6

[ocr errors][ocr errors][merged small]

I have a Bible-class on Sunday after- went to morning church during the first noons,' he added ; and I get soine of the month of his colliery life; but he and one boys from the pit to come, and we have or two of the boys often found their way some tea, and go to church together in the to Mr. Randall's on Sunday afternoons, evening. If you try, you can go to church and stayed to attend evening service with in the morning too. You will be much bim. happier if you try to keep God's day holy.' At times Tom got so tired with his hard

And then Mr. Randall took Tom down work that he thought of giving it all up into the pit, and put him to work with other and finding his way home. He received boys about his own age. Going down in no letter from his family, and this helped the skip made Tom feel sick and dizzy, and to make him more unhappy. still. Once the dreadful darkness of the pit was very after a weary day's work he made up oppressive to him. By degrees, however, his mind that he would bear it no longer, he got used to the stifling atmosphere, and but leave the colliery life and go home. he soon learned his work; which, however, He was walking away from the pit, when he found very hard. He found it a hard Mr. Randall met him and stopped him. The life altogether, and many a time he wished good man made him tell him his trouble, he had never left home. The people he and then said, 'Courage, lad! you must not worked with were rough and rude, and some throw it all up because the work is hard, led very evil lives and used bad language. and the men are quarrelsome and hard to Others, though rough, were honest, straight- get on with. Ask God to help you, for

, . forward men, and many of them were really our Lord's sake, to do your work and try to religious.

live peaceably witli the other miners. He The man and his wife with whom Tom will hear you and strengthen you! You lived were kind, though blunt people; and have chosen mining, and it's your duty to though there was not much comfort in their stick to it, unless your health gives way, or way of living, their cottage was on the whole

we see you are not fit for it.' a safe shelter for Tom, where he and their And so Mr. Randall persuaded Tom to three sons were kept pretty much out of stay. He felt a real regard for the boy, harm's way.

and seeing that he was strong enough for Sunday was not well kept at the colliery. the work, and steady, he judged it best for The men had been so hard at work in the

him to persevere.
week, that they were glad to give them- Guessing that Tom's not hearing from
selves a wash and have a good rest, making home was in consequence of his first letter
their fatigue an excuse for not attending not having reached bis home, he
God's house. But here and there were kindly offered to write again, and this time
some who contrived to go neatly dressed, the tidings of Tom's safety were not lost.
with their wives and children, to the church, And so we will leave him for the present
and there found by happy experience that at the mines, and take our readers back to
their little effort had cost them nothing, and his family at Southton.
that their Sunday was just as much a rest

(To be continued.)
to them as if they had loitered about at
home. Tom followed the bad example of
the people he was with, and hardly ever

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]

-O

[ocr errors]

2299

THE EPIPHANY.

FREDERICK THE SECOND AND

GENERAL ZIETHEN. PIPHANY means Mani

From the German. festation,or Showing forth.'

MONGST the men On this festival we are re

whom the King deminded of the visit of the

lighted to honour' wise men to the Infant

after the turbulent Saviourat Bethlehem, when

days of the Seven He was shown forth to

Years' War was the them, and through them

♡ aged General to the Gentile world.

Ziethen, a man strict Under the old covenant the Jews were

and upright, yet of a God's chosen people, who had the keeping pleasant, genial nature which endeared bim of the Law and the Scriptures. And to to all. them first the birth of the Redeemer was When the rules of the Court allowed it, made known, when an angel brought the

Frederick would often secure him as his news to the shepherds who were watching neighbour at table, sure then of some their flocks.*

higher pleasure beyond the dainty fare. But the Gentiles—the heathen nations One Good Friday the old General re-also must be saved. So God guided ceived an invitation to the royal table, but certain learned men from an Eastern coun- he respectfully declined it, on the ground try, by the leading of a star, to the birth- that on that day he always received the place of the holy child. These men, when

Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, and spent they saw the Lord, believed, and made the remaining hours of the day in his costly offerings as they worshipped Him.† chamber meditating upon the Saviour'e

The Epiphany is a glad day for us, for death. we are of the Gentile world ; and if Christ The King took no notice of his refusal had never been manifested to the Gentiles, at the time, but on his next appearance we should never have known Him. Why at Court he asked him lightly, how bis should not we, like the wise men, make Good Friday meal had agreed with him? our offerings to our dear Saviour? Why The old General rose from his seat, should not we offer something which will bowed low before his Majesty, and, rehelp to send the good news of salvation to gardless of who might be within hearing, other lands?

said in a clear, impressive voice, – Little children can put their pence into *Your Majesty knows I have risked my the missionary box, and pray, “0 God, do life on the battle-field for you, and were it Thou manifest Thy Son Jesus Christ to all necessary, or did you command, I would lands.

Where now there is heathen dark- willingly lay my grey head now at your ness, let the true Light shine.' E. L. feet; but I cannot forget there is One

greater and mightier than you—our God Luke, ii. 8-14 + See Matt. ii. 1-11. and Saviour, Who died for both of us, and

, shed His blood for our sakes. This High and Holy One I may not permit to be

[graphic][merged small]
[ocr errors]

It was

[ocr errors]

lightly spoken of or scorned in my presence,

THE for in Him is my trust and hope, living or

PHILOSOPHER'S STONE. dying. In the power of this faith your people have fought for you, and were you

GREAT many years ago peoby any means to undermine it you would

ple were not so wise as they shake the very foundations of your State.

are now. They had some very Pardon my words, your Majesty, for they

foolish notions, that would be come from the heart.'

laughed at now-a-days. One The King was deeply moved by the

of these notions was the philospeech. He raised the bowed form of the

sopher's stone. brave old man, and pressing his hand said

The philosopher's

stone

would have been a very pleaearnestly, 'Happy Ziethen! if I had only your faith! But be satisfied, for the future

sant thing to possess. I will respect it if I do no more. Hold it

said to have the power of turnfast, and believe that what has occurred ing whatever it touched into gold. Only to-day shall never distress you again.'

think how rich it would make the man who H. A. F.

owned it!

Some few silly people spent their whole

lives in hunting after the philosopher's MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE EAST.

stone. One thought to find it here, and

another looked for it there. But, alas! it MARRIAGE.

all came to the same thing in the end. No

one ever found it, or ever will. There is no a marriage, the bridegroom went with such stone in the world. People fancied his friends in the evening, to the house of that the philosopher's stone would make the bride. As they drew near, some one,

them very happy. But I doubt whether it who was set to watch, gave notice of his would, even if they had found it. It might coming, when all who were in the house of have turned everything to gold, but gold is the bride came out to meet him, some with

not happiness. O no! very far from it, lamps in their hands, and some playing indeed! And the philosopher's stone never music. Then all went into the house, the professed to turn everything to happiness. door was locked, and no one else could get

I can tell you of something that will do in. A feast was got ready, and the guests so—something that has brought happiness sat down to a supper, at which those of the everywhere, and at all times. Whatever it highest rank sat nearest to the upper end touches, it turns to happiness. It is 'godof the room. All were dressed in wedding

liness with contentment, which the Bible clothes given to them by the bride's father. tells us 'is great gain' (1 Tim. vi. 6). If any one was found there, who had not on

The contented Christian has more bapa wedding dress, he was made to go out. piness than the philosopher's stone could The person who took charge of the supper ever have given him. His wishes never and saw that the guests had enough to eat

reach beyond what God has bestowed upon and drink, was called the governor of the

him. He is satisfied with his lot, be it feast.'

what it may
His heart is at peace;

and the heart is the fountain of happiness or

IN the East, when there was going to be

« PreviousContinue »