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“ Yes; l'll take my blocks home and come back in a
He shovelled away like a Trojan, not even looking up when he saw his mother coming home ; and, as it was duskish, she hurried a little. Tip had dismissed her scholars, and was now setting table. The kettle boiled merrily, and the room had a clean, cheerful look.
O, marnma dear! you're tired to death ; and, oh ! how cold your cheeks are! Sit right down here."
Tip drew the big rocker up to the stove, and carried away her mother's hood and shawl.
“I don't know. He brought the wood and the kindlings, and stayed in nearly all the afternoon;" enumerating each deed with special pride.
“I dare say he has stopped to talk with the boys. Did he put on my rubbers ?”
“Oh! yes,” said Tip, looking.
Then she made the tea and toasted some bread, glancing anxiously at ihe door.
Presently they heard a scampering up the uncarpeted stairs-a boy without boots, surely. “ Hillo !” Boys will be boys, you see.
“ The very jolliest go you ever saw! Here, I've earned one shilling and nine-pence, and Mrs. Brown sent this lovely chunk of corned beef because I wouldn't stay to supper; and Mrs. Jennings sent Tip some cake. Did you see it, Tip ?-on top of the basket.”
She ran to look. It had fallen down, but it was tied up securely in white “tea-paper," so was none the worse.
“And all without boots !” said George, with a droll twinkle in his eye, as if there was something at the back of it all.”
“But how did you earn the money?”
So George explained. Then he washed his hands and face, and combed out his curly, chesnut hair. Tip sliced feet get
the corned beef, brought on a plate of beautifully browned toast, cut her cake, and they had a supper fit for a queen.
Tip washed up the dishes afterward. George carried some of them to the closet, though I think he had a shrewd purpose of his own in his apparent thoughtfulness.
" You're the best teacher of them all, Tip,” and he gave her arm a little pinch. “I'll come to your Sunday-school again. I begin to understand about it. And, after all, I don't know but one talent is about as good as forty. I didn't know you could do so many things with it.” “And without boots, too ! Didn't your
cold? ?" “ Not a bit; I had to run about so fast, you see. so glad !
With that he gave Tip a kiss, and she was as happy as if some one had bestowed the whole five talents upon her.
George went for his boots at nine o'clock, and then came thumping up the stairs with them.
“Why, Mr. Benson has given you the wrong change, said his mother.
“No; I used my one-and-ninepence. No matter about it.”
“ I hope you will have a nice time nutting to-morrow," his mother rejoined. “I do not believe they will all be gone."—New York Methodist.
THINGS WORTH KNOWING.
I know—that my Redeemer liveth. Job xix, 25.
I know-in whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day: 2 Tim. i. 12.
Ye know-that he was manifested to take away our sins. i John iii. 5.
The Months and Remarkable Days.
BY THE REV. W. L. ROBERTS, HOLMFIRTH.
more common than for sometime past. The 21st of March is called the Spring Equinox: then the days and nights are of equal length all over the world. The variations in the length of day and night are produced by the peculiar motion of the earth round the sun and on its own axis. About the time of the equinoxes both in March and September, there are commonly strong winds, called equinoctial gales; and those readers of the Hive who live by the sea coast, or near the large rivers, will also find high tides, which are called equinoctial tides. When the equinox is passed we have entered upon the season of Spring.
The days in this month most worthy of notice are Lady Day, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday.
Lady Day is always on the 25th of March. It is also called the Feast of the Annunciation, and is intended to commemorate the visit of the Angel to the Virgin Mary, to announce to her the fact that she should be the mother of Jesus. An account of this visit will be found in the ist chapter of St. Luke's Gospel, 26th to the 38th verses. It is an old Romish festival which is retained in the list of festivals of the Church of England, but is hardly ever recognised in a religious manner. Many of the people of this country understand Lady Day better as a time for chang
ing houses, leaving situations, paying rent, and such like events.
The other three days that we have named are called moveable feasts, that is, they are not always observed at the same time. They are frequently later, but very seldom earlier than this year. They are all connected with each other. Easter Sunday governs them all. This day is appointed for the commemoration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The way Easter is fixed is this. Take the 21st of March to start from, and find the first full moon which occurs on or after that day ; then the first Sunday which comes after that full moon, is Easter Sunday. This year the full moon is on Monday, the 25th, and the first Sunday after this is the 31st, or the last day in March. the full moon after March 21st, was on the 5th of April, and Easter Sunday was on the 9th of April.
Palm Sunday is always the Sunday before Easter; it is intended to commemorate the triumphant entry of our Blessed Lord into Jerusalem, as recorded in Matthew 21st. verses i-xi., when the people spread branches of palm trees on the way and cried, saying,—“Hosanna to the Son of David, &c.” In olden times palms were gathered and taken to Church on this day ; some of them were burnt, and the ashes preserved until the following Shrovetide (nearly twelve months); and these were the ashes that were strewed on the heads of the people or Ash Wednesday, as described in last month's Hive. üne whole of the week between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, was formerly observed as a week of prayer and fasting, and was called Passion Week. Passion in that case means suffering, and refers to the sufferings of Christ prior to his Crucifixion.
Good Friday is the Friday between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, and on that day we bear in mind the death of the Saviour. The Crucifixion and the Resurrection of Christ are important events in the history of the world, and they deserve a fitting remembrance; but while these days have been fixed upon as the anniversaries of those two events, and are generally recognised as holidays, they are, by the great bulk of the people, spent in pleasures which have no connection with the events themselves. On Good Friday many people eat Hot oss Buns for breakfast. Probably most of the readers of the Hive know something of these cakes and can enjoy them. They are relics of olden times, and it is not known when the custom arose. Fish is also eaten for dinner by many people who are not Catholics, in accordance with Romish customs.
At Easter, bonfires used to be kindled; these afterwards passed away and large candles were burnt in Churches during the night preceding Easter Sunday. Another custom of boiling and dyeing eggs, called Easter Eggs, prevails in many parts of the country. It is also probable that many of the boys and girls who read the Hive, will be having new jackets, caps, dresses, and bonnets for Easter Sunday ; to these we would address the words of Him who “ rose again for our justification,”—Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow ; they toil not, neither do they spin ; and
say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these, Matt. vi. 28, 29.
person converted in youth, is like the sun rising on a summer's morning to shine through the long bright day.” -A. J. James.