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the west door? I do believe it was, and that my words of reproof have sunk into her heart. I hear, too, from Litton that she has begun work again, and has taken all the washing for the College School. Well, if she keeps steady this may be the beginning of a new life for her. One must never despair, but rebuke even those that seem most hardened. I shall desire Litton to take her a new lipsey petticoat, and I will give her the run of the copse for sticks for her fire. That will help a little, and show good feeling.'
• I'll take the petticoat, auntie, and the message about the sticks, and thank you. Poor Mary is trying to do better, as you think,' said Flora, who could hardly help smiling at Aunt Jemima's pride in what she thought was the result of her treatment of Mary Trapp. In her heart Flora thinks that love more than fear, sympathy rather than scolding, has won this poor wanderer back into better and safer paths.
H. A. F.
BOY, on first leaving home,
The first night the boy did not know what to do. Satan whispered, *You can pray in your heart, without seeming to pray outwardly, God will hear it as well; or you can pray after you have gone to bed, and
then no one will see you, and it will be all the same : it is not needful to pray on your knees.' But that boy had been taught by a kind mother, now in her grave, to kneel by his bedside, and he could not think of giving it up now; and besides, he felt that that would be to be ashamed of his religion and his God. That night he got out of the difficulty by waiting till his neighbour was in bed and asleep, and then he knelt and prayed as he had been used to do. Next night he got first to his room, and being alone, he knelt down. While so engaged, he heard his comrade's foot upon the stair, and hesitated what to do. The wicked one suggested, 'Get up: he'll see you and laugh at you, and you'll never hear the end of it.' His better feelings said, “No, pray on.' It was the turningpoint in his life.
The door opened, he continued praying ;-it was a real victory, and while he lived he thanked God for it. The battle was fought on his knees, as in such a case it often is. It was the hardest battle he ever fought: he conquered, and after it he had peace. I wish this could be said of every boy and girl, and every grown-up person too. Whether living at home, or in service, or in lodgings, or among strangers, when thus tempted remember that brave boy, and never be ashamed to pray to God. - Children's Paper.
MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF THE EAST.
BOTTLES. IN N this country, bottles are made of
glass, and do not wear out. In the Holy Land they are made of skins, which, when they are old, become stiff and dry, and then they are very likely to burst. If a large bottle is wanted, they take the skin of an ox and sew it together at the edges, leaving an opening at one end till the bottle is full, and then they tie it up. Smaller bottles are made of goat-skins: these bottles are used to carry water, milk, and sometimes wine. In some parts of the Holy Land there is not much water, so that the people are very careful of it. The bottle of water which Abraham gave to Hagar when she was going away from him was most likely made of skin.
THE SICK THRUSH.
able to earn their bread otherwise. It is
time for them to leave our house.' HRUSHES and blackbirds will
But avarice was not the only reason why not injure fruit when slugs,
she wished to sell the boys. Almost every snails, and worms can be had.
one who entered the house praised the Last year I saw a young beauty and gentleness of the boys very thrush in the public road;
much, but said little or nothing about her he was injured and unable
This made her jealous. to fly. I caught and carried
She now dressed her children in the most him home, and turned him
beautiful clothes, but the slave-boys in the loose in the stable, where he had room,
coarsest cloth which she could get. light, and air. There he hopped and
But all this was of no avail. The two fluttered about for above a month, in
boys pleased people still better. Once a creasing in health, size and strength, very
strange lady came to the house to purchase rapidly. He was fed chiefly on earth
some cloth. Timotbeus and Philemon were worms, eating about 134 each day. They sitting at the end of the room sifting corn. were of all sizes, from the largest lobworm
The lady looked at the boys, and cried out downwards. When able to fly he was
in amazement, What beautiful children liberated, and we saw with regret the beau
those are! You are, indeed, a mother to te tiful and graceful creature depart for the
envied ' Now the two Turkish children wild woods and to sweet liberty again.
came into the room, Whose are those There may be enjoy many years of happi- two ugly little creatures ?" said the lady.
I suppose they belong to one of your neighThe number of worms consumed by this
bours. It seems to me that, with their fine bird (they were carefully counted every day
but dirty clothes, as if they were regularly for many days) would, at the above rate,
spoiled children. What a contrast to those anaount to 48,910 a-year, and will give an two lovely boys!' idea of the great benefits done by thrushes
After this the Turk's wife could no longer alone.-GEORGE G. JESSE.
bear the two boys. I cannot bear the sight
of them,' she said to her husband; they TIMOTHEUS AND PHILEMON.
must go, and the sooner the better.' (Continuod from p. 219.)
A few days after, in the distant city
a great fair was held. Then the woman away.
Selim Imad become said to her husband, 'You must take those attached to the boys and two brats to the fair and sell them there. no longer thought of selling I cannot any longer endure them in the them. But his wife was house. I will, however, do them one more not so fond of them. act of kindness. I will dress them in new
• We have bought the clothes, so that they will sell better; and children,' she said one day, and kept then we shall get rid of them.' them till now. But it is time to think Selim the Turk did not like this at all
. of selling them again. Their food and But he was a good-humoured man, who clothing are too expensive. They are now allowed himself to be entirely ruled by
his quarrelsome wife; so he obeyed, got The Pacha's wife, who stood at a window into a carriage with the two boys, and looking at the market, had observed with
He betook himself, with the great pleasure the two beautiful children, boys walking hand-in-hand before bim, to who were so like each other.
The sorrow the large market-place which stood before of the two boys deeply moved her heart. the Pacha's house, and which was crowded She sent a servant to the seller, and to the with people. A throng at once gathered two purchasers of the boys, with a message, round the two boys. Such sweet-looking I, the Pacha's wife, will buy the two childchildren, and so like each other, pleased
Sell them to me.' every one. Several purchasers came up.
All three bowed low before the window. But they said, 'If the boys were only not The slave-dealer followed the servant with 80 young and little, then they would be the two boys, and presented them to the worth something, but for the work of slaves lady.
lady. She paid the man a great deal more they are still too weak,’and so they passed on. than he bad expected. He said farewell
Two purchasers, however, a Turk and a to the lads, not without tears in his eyes; Moor, bargained for the boys, representing but then went away, much pleased at his that they were not fit for any
good bargain. Well,' said Selim, they can light their The lady at once began to talk with future master's pipe and bring him Iris the two boys, and wished to hear their coffee, or pick up the fallen lemons in his story. They told her all that they knew. garder As in Christian countries great They could not indeed always express it nobles think it an honour to have a black quite right in the Turkish language. Howservant, so do the Moors like to have a ever, she understood all that the boys said white slave in their service, even if he is very well, though she could not help smiling not fit for much but to make a show.' now and then at their strange words.
The Moor and the Turk bought the As she was very fond of children, but had boys. The Turk said to Selim, 'You know none herself, she determined to adopt the me, come and fetch the money from me,' boys.
boys. She hoped that her husband, who and he took Timotheus by the band to lead was travelling on business, would consent him to his home.
to it. The Moor said to the merchant, Bring She had both boys, who were now dressed the other boy to my house, then I will neatly, but as slaves, richly attired in pay you the money.'
thorough Turkish costume.
When they But when the boys found that they were brought to her in their long Turkish were to be separated from each other they robes she was quite delighted. began to sob and weep alond. "No! no!'
! ! "That dark red robe,' she said, over cried one, embracing his brother; ‘no, no, which the fair curls hang down, becomes dearest Timotheus, I will not be separated them admirably.' from you; I will live and die with you.'
I ' But the boys looked sad, for they did not The other said, 'Our dear mother is dead, like to be dressed as Turks. The lady said, we have been stolen from our beloved however, Children, be comforted. I won't father. I have no one else on earth but make you into Turks, but I will be to you you, dearest Philemon! I cannot, cannot
a second mother.' God will not allow this.'
(To be continued.)