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and thrones. It was men with brown faces and sinewy arms that built the pyramids on Egypt's plains, reared the temple on Mount Moriah, and walled the Holy City with adamant, circled an Asiatic empire ) with impenetrable granite, put arm in arm the old and the new worlds as whispering mother and daughter, spanned the American continent with a thoroughfare of iron from sea to sea, cut a canal for steamers in forty months across the desert sands where the Israelites wandered for forty years : it is men with sunburnt features and nerves of steel that to-day whiten the world's wide waters with the sails of commerce, navigate all rivers, explore all lands, and subdue the earth as God at first commanded. An idle man, however white, and soft, and smart, is not God's man.-Workday Christianity, by Alexander Clark.

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GENTLEMAN employed a mason to do some work for him, and, among other things, to “ thin-whiten ”the walls of one of his rooms. This thin-whitening is almost colourless until dried.

The gentleman was much surprised, on the morning after the chamber, was finished, to find on the drawer of his desk

standing in the room, white finger-marks. Opening the drawer, he found the same on the articles in it, and also on a pocket-book. An examination revealed the same marks on the contents of the bag. This proved clearly that the mason, with his wet hands, had opened the drawer, and searched the bag, which contained no money, and had then closed the drawer without once thinking that any one would ever know it. The “ thin-whitening ” which

happened to be on his hands did not show at first, and he probably had no idea that twelve hours' drying would reveal his wickedness.

As the work was all done on the afternoon the drawer was opened, the man did not come again, and to this day does not know that his acts are known to his employer.

Children, beware of evil thoughts and deeds! They all leave their finger-marks, which will one day be revealed. If you disobey your parents, or tell a falsehood, or take what is not your own, you make sad stains on your character. And so it is with all sin. It defiles the soul. It betrays those who engage in it by the marks it makes on them. These marks may be almost, if not quite, invisible at first. But even if they should not be seen during any of your days on earth (which is not at all likely), yet there is a day coming in which every sin will be made manifest.

Never suppose that you can do what is wrong without having a blot made on your soul. It is impossible. If you injure another, you by that very deed hurt your own self. If you disregard a law of God, the damage is your own. Think-ever bear it in mind-dear children, that every sin you commit leaves a blemish upon yourselves. Even should it not be seen by those around you on earth, it will be seen, to your condemnation, at the bar of God.- Home Journal.



The subject of the following memoir was born at Glossop, December, 1850; before he was four years old he began

to attendour Sabbath-school, and remained a scholar in it up to the time of his death. Possessing an 'amiable dis


position, he soon gained the struck, the last composition affection of all.

be laid aside, and the fiddle It is pleasing to know that (the well-beloved friend of six he was warmly attached to years) be left to other hands. the Sunday-school, and att- But ah! he forgot that there ended remarkably well, until was a richer and fuller mehis health began to fail. lody, than any of which he His mother says that he


yet conceived, gloried in his teacher, and awaiting him in yon bright . his dear teacher says that world above. Charles was a very atten

He did not become detive scholar, and very regu- cidedly religious until a lar and intelligent. Charles short time before his death. was ever ready to sing, During his affliction, he My own Sunday-school sought and found the Lord, Is the best.

and was able to rejoice in a The school was the prin- sense of sin forgiven. cipal topic of conversation, For about four months he both in the family circle, and was unable to follow his amongst his companions: he work, and for a time was loved the school because of anxious to frecover. He the good he had received in said, "My father and it.

mother are getting old, and Six years ago he joined I wish for their sakes to get the chapel choir, and just better." He loved his before the last Sunday- parents, and wished to help school sermons, he said on them. He had a good reaching home, “I must put mother: she prayed with him this fiddle away until I am many times during the day. stron ger; I cannot play, my

• Mother” he would say, nerves are so weak." This “ let us pray," and then they was a great grief to him, knelt down and prayed tofor he gloried in music. gether, and when unable to It was painful to him to kneel, he would stand up know that the time had come when the last cords must be When asked - Does the

and pray.

said, "

Lord bless you when you

As his end drew near, he pray?" he said, “I think He prayed “ Lord take me home does, for I could hardly cease to heaven," and with great praying this afternoon." calmness

gave directions The last time I saw him, respecting his funeral, he said, “I want to get hold

and wished his teacher and of that harp ;

thank God the scholars, and the singers, he has got it, and will keep to be invited. A short time possession of it for ever. before his death, his mother “I cannot sing much here”

Charles, have you he said, “ but I shall sing in given yourself up?" he said, heaven." Hehas bidden fare- “Yes mother." Then she felt well to the tabernacle choir, satisfied. And on Saturand has gone to join the day, September 24th, he heavenly one ; he has re- sweetly fell asleep in Jesus, ceived a white robe, a palm

in the twentieth year of his of victory, and a celestial


His death was imharp; and if we could just proved by the writer from catch the sound of their Joshua iii. 17. voices we should hear them May this brief account singing,

speak to the hearts of the Unto Him that hath loved children and youth in our

schools. John COLLINGE.

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the farmer called to pay his was quiet. Suddenly this rent, and asked the owner

young man, before speechif he would sell his farm.

less, called in a clear, dis“Will you buy it?" asked tinct voice: “Here!” The the owner, surprised.

surgeon hastened to his side “Yes, provided we and asked what he wished. agree about the price.

“Nothing,” said “ That is exceedingly “they are calling the roll in strange," observed the gen- heaven, and I was answerpray tell me how


name." it happens that while I

He turned his head and could not live upon twice as

was gone. much land, for which I paid no rent, you are regularly OAK-LEAVES and ACORNS. paying me two hundred a

How much is contained year, and are able in a few

within the small acorn-cup! years to purchase it?"

When a little child holds an “The reason is plain,"

acorn in his hand, he holds, was the reply ;

not a small nut only, but a still and said go! I got up

whole forest; for folded and said come!

You laid

within its tiny shell lie trees in bed and enjoyed your

and their children, treesestate.; I rose in the morn

even a whole forest. ing and minded


How wonderful was the business.”-Self-Help.

command of God !—" Let

the earth bring forth, ... Among the number brought the tree yielding fruit whose to the hospital, says an army seed is within itself.It chaplain, was a young man is a great work to make a mortally wounded and not tree ; but how much more able to speak. It was near wonderful to give to the midnight. The surgeons tree the power of producing had been their rounds of other trees for countless duty, and for a moment all years !-Child's Companion.


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