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it's eggs just for a trifling, useless pleasure, Fun!' cried Harry. I'd show the is so mean and cruel !'
fellow a little fun of a different sort if I She said so to Harry when he came home caught him! But I'll trap the thief sooner to dinner, but he couldn't be made to feel or later; for it is thieving, it's no fun at all. ashamed; he argued that every fellow did It's downright stealing, and nothing else!' it,' and it couldn't possibly be any harm. Evening came, and with it Harry's father
•Why, those are the bird's treasures!' said returned from his business; and he, too, lisMrs. Day.
It's the same to her as it tened to the story with the same sympathy would be to a school-boy like you if some and pity which Carrie showed. Only one one carried off the things you set most person in the house did not seem sorry, and store by; only it's worse, poor thing! when that was Mrs. Day, who was usually the very she's taken all the pains to prepare her first to share in every one's troubles. nest for her
'Mother, don't you think it's a shame?' Harry said nothing, but it was plain to said Harry at last. see that he was not convinced by the look Mrs. Day looked up coolly from her work. on his face, so Mrs. Day resolved to give Well, upon the whole, no, Harry. It's him a lesson.
hard for you, but I suppose it's been fun, He was a clever boy in his way, and or something of the sort, to the person had a knack at carpentering, so his father who did it.' had fitted him up a little workshop, and Why, mother,' exclaimed Carrie, don't here he spent most of his evenings and all you know that workshop is Harry's great his spare time in the day; his tools and pride and pleasure ? He half-built it himbits of wood were his great treasures, and self, and he keeps it so neat, and works no one was allowed to touch any of them. so hard there!'
A few days after the matter of the bird's- • Well, I don't know what's come to you, nesting, when Harry went to his workshed, mother,' said Harry, crossly.
You might his sharp eyes soon saw something wrong. at least be
for fellow.' Who's been meddling here?' he said to Oh, it's only fun; boys always do those himself. I didn't leave it like this!' That sort of things,' said Mrs. Day. was at the first glance, but when he came A sudden light flashed through Harry's closer Harry found that almost every tool mind, as he guessed that mother' was at was gone.
the bottom of all this. Harry was very angry. "Some thief has Then Mrs. Day looked gently and steadily been here, and no mistake!' he cried. into the boy's face. "You're better off
. Don't I wish I had him! wouldn't I let than the poor bird, Harry; your treasures him know what came from meddling with are not wholly lost, only hidden in my cupmy things!' And he hurried off to the board: but I fear
to her house to tell his grievances. The first for the loss of hers.' person he met was Carrie, who followed
Harry grumbled, and felt rather cross him to the workshop, and stood looking at about it all, but it had some effect; he
; its state in surprise.
never said out honestly that he wouldn't • Ob, Harry, I'm so sorry!' she said. join in such cruel sport, but, all the same, Who could have done it? It's a naughty no one ever again found him ready to go trick to play you if it's done in fun.' birds'-nesting.
by the doctor's advice, but lived on his (Concluded from p. 91.)
savings for two or three weeks, till he was Art Thou not by to soothe at eve,
stronger. He was a great comfort to To lay us gently in the grave,
his dear sister in her last days. He read To close the weary eye and hush the parting breath ?' God's word to her, and sat up with her at
night, dividing the nursing with bis mother. CHAPTER VI.
Rhoda often dropped asleep holding his VER the great joy at hand, and when she woke it seemed to
coming home there soothe her to see him sitting beside her. hung a cloud, which Before she died she received the Holy was deepening every Communion, and Tom, though not yet a day, and which no sun- partaker, was present at the sacred and shine could drive away. touching service. When it was over, and It was the approaching Mr. Monsell gone, she called to Tom to
death of Rhoda. The take a seat near her, and putting her thin Sunday after thanks had been given for wasted hand into his she said, “Tom dear! Tom, the prayers of that church were asked It has been such comfort and strength to for Rhoda Grant.
I am sure you will find it so, tooTom had heard nothing of the return of such a help in trying to lead a Christian her illness, and had expected to find her up life. I hope, dear brother, that you will be and about : not strong, indeed, but as well confirmed next time, and that afterwards as she was when he left home.
It was a
you will go regularly to the Holy Commugrief to him to find her lying in bed again, nion: you will find it such a belp and comlooking thinner and more wasted than fort. It is so true, that it is the strengthenhe had ever seen her before, and too weak ing and refreshing of our souls with the at times even to speak to him. After she Body and Blood of Christ. And oh, Tom had got over the shock of seeing him the dear! when I'm gone, promise me to be joy seemed to revive her for a day or two, very good to dear father and mother and all but it was only a very brief improvement. of them, and try to lead them in the right It was beautiful to see her patient submis- way, and speak a good word when you sion to God's will, and the bright smile can. For my sake promise this,' and she of hope which lighted her face as she looked into his face. His eyes were full of spoke of heavenly things. The more she tears, and he could not speak; but he saw of Tom, the more thankful she was pressed her hand, and she knew that the to God for having sent him to be a real promise was made, and that he intended to comfort to her poor mother when she was
A day or two after this she gone.
It had been one of her cares that passed quietly away in the early dawn, after her death there would be no one to when her mother and Tom were watching say a good word, or remind her family of beside her. A sweet smile was on her face keeping God's day holy. But she felt now just before her spirit took its flight, and that by God's grace Tom would be able to they knew that she was safe beyond all the do this, and perhaps be more to them than pain and suffering of this sorrowing world. she had been.
Tom did not seek any work at first, Tom kept the promise he had made to
his dying sister, and became a real comfort MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE EAST. and help. His strength soon returned in the fresh country air, and he was able to take
FLAT ROOFS OF HOUSES. farm-work and earn good wages; thus supporting himself and helping his family
. IN England the roofs of houses are made But he helped them still more by his good
high and steep, in order that the rain example. Rhoda's life and illness and death
which falls on them may easily run off ; had had their effect, and Tom kept up her
but in the Holy Land, where very little memory, and showed in his own conduct
rain falls, and where it is often very hot, that, hy God's grace, the example of her people make the roofs of their houses flat, Christian life had not been thrown away on
and the people are fond of walking on him. The children now went regularly to
them. It was through a flat roof, such as the Sunday-school with Tom, who in time
this, that the man sick of the palsy, and persuaded Richard to accompany him there
lying on his bed, was let down before our too; and by degrees the whole family except
Saviour. It was a roof of this sort upon Grant became church-goers. Grant was
which St. Peter knelt and prayed. There one of those men, so confirmed by the bad
was often a low wall or railing round these practices of a life-time in the neglect of
flat roofs. This made the edge of the roof a God's day and God's house, that the diff
good place for any one who wished to speak culty of entering a place of worship seemed to the people standing on the ground below. too great to be overcome. He, however,
So our Saviour told His disciples to preach gave up his Sunday expeditions with idle on the house-tops the words which He had companions and dogs, and would even sit spoken in private to them in their ears. still and attend to a chapter out of the Bible read aloud ; and Tom, who constantly
prayed for his father, was not withont. Lope HANNAH WILLIAMS sat with an
an altered man Next year, not only Tom was confirmed, but his mother and Richard, and they all knelt together at the Lord's table, and became constant communicants afterwards. And as they joined in the thanksgiving to God for all His servants departed in His faith and fear, their hearts turned with grateful joy to their dear Rhoda, now one of God's saints, whose suffering life on earth had been such a blessing to them all.
, decided frown on her girlish face. The letter was from her mother, who was away from home nursing a sick sister; and the frown had been called up by a certain sentence in the letter:- It is time the annuals were sown, so you must make out a list for old Joseph to get at Bourne on market-day, if your father has occasion to send him over. I have not time to write one myself; so I should like you to go to Mrs. Hilton and ask her advice as to the different kinds and quantities of seeds that will do: I am sure she will be willing to help you.'
• Mrs. Hilton, indeed!' said Hannah to herself, with a little wilful toss of the head. • As though I can't manage well enough
A sense of usefulness—a hope of heaven.