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TIMOTHEUS AND PHILEMON.
young saplings he had placed there had (Continued from p. 324.)
now grown into trees with wide-spreading
branches. CHAP. XX.
Father and sons passed a year very THE GOOD TEACHER.
busily at work. Now spring again arrived HEN Lucius and his sons in all its beauty. After their long business arrived in his native town, in the town in the gloomy offices, they the news that they had sought refreshment of an evening in the come back spread at once country in the fresh air, rejoicing in the through the whole city. goodness and mercy of God in presence of Many people pressed His glorious work. round him to welcome One beautiful evening both lads were him. 'Oh, thank God,' sitting on a bench beside the house-door,
cried many an old friend, their father was writing some letters inthat we see you again! Oh, how good and doors, when they saw coming along the wonderful is God! And your sons, too, footpath which passed by their house and you have brought with you! We had long led to the village a strange wanderer, wbo since given them up for lost. How hand- was evidently looking for some place to some and tall they have grown! The boys pass the night. He had on a long brow are almost young men now. We cannot garment, held a white staff in his right praise and thank God enough!'
hand, and a book under his left arm. OD Lucius went to bis house, which during his head he wore a large black straw hat.
a his long absence had become very shabby • The old man seems quite a stranger in and ruinous. His business had been aban- the country,' added Philemon.
• We will doned, for no one could carry it on for invite him to our house to pass the night. him. He had a great deal to do to repair He will bring a blessing to it.' his house and set up his trade again, in They advanced to meet him, but he which his two sons were very helpful to stretched out both his arms towards them bim.
and exclaimed, full of joy, 'God bless you, He next went to his estate in the coun- my
dearest sons ! How I thank Him that try. Here, too, he and his sons were re- you
should be the first to meet me in this ceived with joy. The whole village assem
' bled. The good people who had lamented "Oh, our beloved teacher!' both cried the loss of the little boys, at the sight of overjoyed, as they hastened into his armas the youths and their noble father now shed • Oh, dear Antonius, what a delight it is many tears of joy.
to see you again!' Here, too, Lucius found his house almost They had not recognised him at first, falling into ruins, and he set to work at having never seen him before in anything once to have it repaired, both within and but his gardener's dress. “Oh, how our without. Of the flower-beds in his garden father will rejoice!' they said. "Oh, come nothing was to be seen ; cabbages and with us at once to him!' turnips were planted there instead. The They each took him by the hand to lead orchard alone, which Lucius had planted, him to their father. He was as delighted preserved a beautiful appearance. The as they were. The worthy men embraced
each other with many tears of gratitude to
THE BROTHERS. God. Antonius then sat down to rest after
TE are but two-the others sleep his journey.
Through Death's untroubled night; And what is our friend Abdallah doing?'
We are but two----oh, let us keep said Lucius, as he took a seat opposite to
The link that binds us bright! him; 'and his wife, the pious Elmine? Will their plan to come to our land suc
Heart leaps to heart—the sacred flood ceed?'
That warms us is the same; *I hope,' replied Antonius, that they
That good old man-his honest blood are well, and that they will soon be here.
Alike we fondly claim. But it is already six weeks since I left We in one mother's arms were lockedthem.
The reason I started before them Long be her love repaid ! was that I wished to inform my brethren In the same cradle we were rocked, that I was still alive. Abdallah kindly
Round the same hearth we played.
Let manhood keep alive the flame
We are but two — be that the band tion, and thanked and praised God for
To hold us till we die; Abdallah and Elmine's conversion. What
Shoulder to shoulder let us stand, I told them too of you, my
Till side by side we lie. C. SPRAGUE. your father, they received with warmest thanks to God.
BAKED POTATOES. • When I had finished my narrative one ,“
all liked of Holy Scripture which I repeated to you
and at your last departure from us, “Delight crispest; so, when the dish was handed thou in the Lord, and He shall give thee
round at dinner, it was perhaps not to be thy heart's desire ?' You had a great desire wondered at that the sharp little eyes should to help to convert the unbelievers, and now make quick choice, and the ready little hands God has granted your wish."
should carry to their own plate the best po• Another added, “When you started on
tato that was left. It is natural to like the your way I said to you also, Commit thy best of everything, and to try and get it:
‘ way unto the Lord, and He shall bring it only wherein are little girls and boys better to pass.' This text, too, has been fulfilled. than the fowls of the air or the beasts of God, in spite of all opposition, has brought
the field if they are to scramble to get all
the good things from each other, and have And now,' said Antonius, nothing no thought beyond mere self-indulgencemore is wanting to complete my joy than
no idea of self-restraint ? All cannot have to see our friend Abdallah and his good the best; and even in such a small matter wife Elmine here, who, if God be willing, as that of baked potatoes a child may show doubtless will soon arrive.'
thought for others, which is sometimes (To be continued.)
called politeness ; and may prove him
said to me, « Do you remember the words THE mchilikea best the brownest and
it to pass."
self a little gentleman rather than a young she felt quite rewarded for her own act of savage. But, to go further. Just as good self-denial; and began to wonder how she
; manners would prevent his taking the best could have been so greedy on many a preif he were being noticed, so should good vious occasion as to take just what suited feeling make him quite as careful where her, without a thought of the younger there is no chance of observation; the ones, who must care as much as herself Christian child should be ready at all times for nice things. to yield something of his own pleasure to So from that day she was very careful in the pleasure of others; he ought never to these little matters; and gradually too in be too eager to grasp more than his just matters somewhat beyond those of the table; share-or even all of his just share-of for it is step by step that we must make good things.
our way in the path of right-doing; we canSo it is not at all a pleasing sight to not attain to perfection all at once; we must watch the potato-dish at Mrs. Morton's grow in holiness-it is 'First the blade, then table emptied of its most tempting contents the ear, then the full corn in the ear.' by those to whom it was first handed. And As Lucy was older than Georgie and the yet there seemed some chance of this at other little ones, she had a claim to many a starting. The eldest girl, Agnes, secured thing for which they had to wait their turns i for herself, quite as a matter of course, the in patience, if, indeed, their turns ever two brownest potatoes she could see; so came at all. But she remembered the baked agaip did Charles; then came Lucy's turn, potatoes, and became more and more willand there was a moment's hesitation. The ing, as time went on, to give up something spoon hovered for an instant over the one of her rights-an earlier turn' at the remaining brown beauty, and then it dived swing, or a choice in presents, where the decisively under a very pale and flabby elder ones were to choose first; a ride on potato, which Lucy put on her own plate, the saddle of the rocking-horse, instead of asking herself silently-Were the younger only on the ends of the rockers; the privichildren always to have the worst left for lege of doing some small service for father them ?
or mother, when such privilege properly And so it happened that Georgie, the belonged to herself. Very often, indeed, next in order, helped himself to the brown no one knew anything at all about Lucy's potato, calling out :
little sacrifices; even those most benefited How jolly! I don't think I ever had sometimes scarcely noticed them.
But such a nice potato left for me before.' with our little maiden all was done for
* Don't be greedy,' said Charles, in a love, and nothing for reward.' And yet shel tone of rebuke, while he munched his own had a sure reward. She won golden treashare of the feast.
sure in the hearts of all the little nursery • Oh, but you often get them, pleaded folk. None so popular as Lucy, and surely Georgie, “because you are helped before me.' none more happy; for what is mere selfish
'I don't talk about it, at any rate,' replied pleasure compared with the affection of Charles, with a superior air.
our companions ?- what the brownest and Georgie was silenced; but Lucy had seen crispest of baked potatoes when weighed his sparkling eyes and heard his exclama- against a happy smile in tion of pleasure at his unusual treat; and brother's face ?
a dear little