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in life, clever, and sharp-spoken, this Aunt besides, you can be back before she comes Prudencia was perhaps as much feared as out of church.' loved by those belonging to her. Only one Oh, never mind !' said Aunt Prudencia person dared, I think, to love her; and to in a still sharper tone; 'if Prue doesn't care outward appearance that one seemed, per- to please me, it won't hurt any one but haps, to offend her oftenest. It was her herself.' godchild and eldest great-niece, Prudence, Terrible words, involving to poor Vrs, or Prue Maskery, who at this moment bad Maskery's mind a dark threat of future los brought a stern look to the old lady's face to her eldest daughter. For was she not, in by declining to sit down to the tea-table. spite of differences now and then, the acknowPrue was housemaid at the lawyer's in ledged heiress and special darling of Aunt Bartley, the nearest town, and she had Prudencia ? Only Prue was so careless, already got her shawl and bonnet on, ready Mrs. Maskery would have told you, and to reiurn to her duties.

would go her own way without considering 'I knew I couldn't stay, Aunt Prudencia,' | how her aunt liked it.

The fact was, she was saying; “but a walk always does Prue's way lay along the path of duty, and me good after church, and I wanted just to it was very seldom she could be drawn out have a peep at you.'

of it to please any one.

She was not “Very pretty talk !' said the old lady, perverse, not headstrong, but she had a tartly; but I think, if you really cared simple way of thinking what was right and aught about me, Miss Prue, you could doing it. manage to take a cup of tea with me. I'm This evening she was sure she ought to not one for young people gadiling about, go back to Bartley, though she was sorry specially on the Sunday; but in your own to vex poor old Aunt Prudencia; somemother's house, and at your aunt's request, thing seemed to say strongly within ber, who's seventy-nine come Christmas Day,'— 'Go home, your mistress counts on your and the old lady paused for want of helping to look after her children this breath.

evening' Prue was

would call an

So she said pleasantly, 'I'll try and get tempered girl, so she answered gently,- a holiday to-morrow, mother, and come over

'I should like to stay very much, aunty, Will that do ? I.really must go now.' but you see I never told my mistress; and But the old aunt answered promptly, though I'm not bound to be in at six, she • I'm leaving by the early train, Prudence, likes some one to be in the house while the and it must be now or never to see me.' family are at church, and specially since Poor Prudence! matters had never reached she lost old nurse; and there is only Maria such a pitch before with the irritable old to look to the two children.'

lady, and do what she could, no soften“Very well; please yourself, miss,' said ing seemed possible without taking off Aunt Prudencia; 'you always were a head- her things and giving in to her aunt's strong one.'

demands. This she actually once thouget Can't you stay, Prue?' whispered her of doing, her own peace-loving nature, her mother: “see, you are vexing her.'

mother's beseeching glances, and Mattie's JIrs. Lennox won't scold you much,' | outspoken entreaties impelling her thereto ; added Martha, the younger daughter; "and but the voice within was stronger, and it


ended in her leaving the party, her mother half in tears, Aunt Prudencia either seriously angry or affecting it.

'You'll be sorry one day for this,' was Aunt Prudencia's last word.

Prue would not reply, but she said to herself as she ran down the lane, ‘Oh, I hope not! I do so hate to vex aunty, poor old thing! and it isn't really the money I think of.'

(Concluded in our next.)

What an honour to have been dedicated to the great God when a little helpless infant! And then, what a bright day for a child to look forward to, when in Confirmation he shall present himself afresh with a pure heart, and brave, as a true soldier of the King of kings!

At our posts beneath His banner

We must watch, and strive, and pray;
By the grace of God within us,
Growing better every day:
Hymns for Little Children.

E. L.





CCORDING to a law of the old dispensation, the first-born son of Jewish parents was presented in the Templein infancy, at the same time that the mother made a thank-offering to God for his birth. So Jesus Christ was presented in His human nature to God the Father, and dedicated to His

service, so as to become our great High Priest, Who in due time should make an atonement for our fallen world.

It was on this occasion that the aged Simeon, filled with the Spirit, uttered that song which we sing so often in our service:

Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace.

Every Christian child is dedicated to God in holy Baptism, and owes Him a loving service. Perhaps there would be fewer quarrels among children, and less selfishness, if they thought often of their Baptism, and remembered that they are given to God to do His pleasure. To please God rather than ourselves is the surest way of being happy.

OHN WESLEY, having

to travel somie distance in a stage-coach, met with a pleasant-tempered, well-informed officer. His conversation was sprightly and entertaining, but

mingled with oaths. When they were about to begin the last stage Mr. Wesley took the officer apart, and after expressing the pleasure he had enjoyed in his company, told him he was thereby encouraged to ask of him a very great favour. I would have a pleasure in

' obliging you,' said the officer; and I am sure you will not make an unreasonable request.' Then,' said Mr. Wesley, as we have to travel together some time, I beg that if I should so far forget myself as to swear you will kindly reprove me.' The officer immediately saw the motive, felt the force of the request, and, with a smile, thanked Mr. Wesley, and checked himself whenever he was inclined to use profane words.

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Sarah was kept at home from school to RHODA GRANT.

help her, and Rhoda found her a very (Continued from p. 67.)

useful little maiden ; and the other children ICHARD was a good lad, seemed to try to give as little trouble as

and was really a comfort possible, and do what they could to help. to them all; but his scanty Richard lighted the fire every morning wages were barely enough before he went to work, and did many to feed himself. Tom did things for her when he was at home. what he could to help his The neighbours, too, were very kind, and family when he heard of they had many little helps in different the trouble at home, and

ways. often denied himself a meal And thus the autumn was passing away

in order to be able to send into winter, with Grant in prison, and his a shilling or two in postage-stamps to his wife only regaining her strength by very mother when he received his wages.

slow degrees. About this time another baby was born, and this increased the family's distress.

CHAPTER V. Poor Mrs. Grant was in too great anxiety

If Thou shouldst call me to resign

What most I prize, it ne'er was mine; of mind to lie quietly in bed more than two

I only yield Thee what is Thineor three days, and, in spite of Rhoda's re

Thy will be done! monstrances, insisted on getting up, and,

Let but my fainting heart be blest

With Thy sweet Spirit for its guest, weak as she was, going about her usual

My God, to Thee I leave the restwork. This imprudence led to her catch

Thy will be done! ing a chill, and becoming so weak and As the winter drew on, Grant's time in ill that she was forced to take entirely prison came to an end, and he returned to her bed, and the doctor pronounced home. He felt the disgrace of his imher case

a very serious one. The poor prisonment, and was more moody and little baby was so white and weak that it silent than before; but this punishment seemed scarcely alive, and a speedy death seemed to have had no good effect on his was more than likely, as the mother was moral character. His old master would far too ill to tend it.

not take him back again, and he had to All the cares of the household now fell seek work at a more distant farm, where upon poor Rhoda, who, delicate and fragile the

wages were lower.

Mrs. Grant was as she was, seemed quite unfit for anything now getting a little better, and the baby, like hard work. But God, who has said, contrary to all their expectations, seemed “As thy day is, so shall thy strength be, likely to live; but Rhoda's cough came graciously came to her aid when she looked back to her again with the cold damp to Him, as she always did when she was days, and she felt that when her mother in any perplexity. Her strength was mer- was able to be about again she would have cifully kept up in this time of trial, and to take her place and lie in bed. She kept she was enabled to be of the greatest use up as long as she could, and tried to go to her mother and family, though she had about the house-work cheerfully; but it felt at first that all these troubles would was a hard task, and her mother soon found crush her down to the earth.

out how ill she was feeling. She might

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