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tion her sister might wish to form, merely because it was unaccompanied with wealth.

She had been favored with a patient hearing, whenever she had addressed him upon the subject; but now, as she was aware that her lips were soon to be closed forever, she availed herself of this last opportunity to intercede with him to spare her beloved sister a trial similar to that which she had herself endured.

Dear father, promise me,' said she, with quivering lips, that you will not try to compel Jane to wed any one, merely because he is rich.'

She paused. My child, my dear Rebecca,' said her father, kissing her affectionately, “I will, I do promise not to do again as I have done to you.'

• Thank you, dear sir,' said Rebecca, at the same time kissing him. “Do not think,' she faintly said, “ that I undervalue money; no, it is desirable in its place, but father, it is not intrinsic worth.'

The father's heart was moved, and whose would not have been, at such a scene? Her friends wept. On perceiving their tears, she bade them to cease to weep. • Why mourn, because I am thus early called to my eternal home, to that mansion which Jesus has prepared for me above ? Farewell,' continued she, "farewell, my

' friends, yet not forever! I would have you all prepare to follow me to Heaven.' She said

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• No more; the Angel of the Covenant
Was come, and faithful to his promise stood,
Prepared to walk with her thro' death's dark vale.'

CHAPTER XIV.

• Woes cluster; rare are solitary woes;
They love a train ; they tread each other's heels.'

Young.

James taken by the Turks Money sent as a Ransom

Henry James redeemed - His Return Death of his mother. Henry and Jane Friendship between Mr. Dunbar and Henry.

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In a few days after the death of Rebecca, tidings were brought to her afflicted relatives that the vessel James had sailed in had been taken by the Turks, and James, among others of the passengers and crew, was carried a prisoner into Constantinople.

This painful intelligence filled the heart of both parents with indescribable woe, and the father felt it a stroke too heavy to be borne. He sunk under this weight of accumulated sorrow; and his wife, though deeply tried, was obliged to summon all her resolution to appear calm in his presence.

In this extremity, Henry was a comfort to the father of his sainted wife; and had it not been for the kindness of this excellent young man, who, forgetful of past wrongs, daily strove, by every method ingenuity could devise, to encourage the desponding feelings of the old gentleman, he would have been driven to despair.

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As soon as Mr. Dunbar heard that his son was held a prisoner by this cruel nation, he sent to Constantinople a large sum of money, hoping to procure his release. This was all that it was possible for him to do, except to offer prayer to the God of nations that the ransom might be accepted, and his son returned, once more to bless his sight.

This last resort was not neglected; for Sabbath after Sabbath, during many long months, public prayer was offered in the church where the family worshipped, for this desired object. Days passed slowly; it seemed as if the weeks and months would never disappear, to his friends at home. The anxiety of this afflicted family led them to wish to learn whether the conditions proposed for the liberation of James would be accepted, yet they dreaded to hear from the city of his imprisonment, lest they should receive intelligence which would extinguish every ray of hope that they had presumed to cherish.

Dark forebodings constantly filled the mind of the father. He was naturally inclined to look upon the gloomy side of things, and on this occasion, was strongly disposed to despair.

The health of his wife was affected by what she endured on account of her departed daughter; and she was quite unprepared, in a physical point of view, to endure this new and severe trial. This excellent woman, however, sustained by the precious promises of the gospel, strove to lighten, if practicable, the sorrows of those dear ones by whom she was surrounded.

Henry was a great help to her in this arduous task ; and his efforts, too, were the means of consolation to the youthful Jane. Though young, she had early tasted of the bitter cup of affliction, and her buoyant spirit had been chastened and sweetly subdued.

She was ardently attached to her brother; and now that her beloved and only sister was removed from her society forever, in this world, she felt his absence to be a heavier trial than it had previously been.

His absence, under such circumstances too, was deprecated, not only by near relatives, but by all to whom the unfortunate young gentleman was known. He was the subject of conversation in every social circle in the place of his birth, and also made the subject of prayer by every Christian with whom he was acquainted. Many were the petitions offered for his safe and speedy deliverance from Turkish captivity.

The faith of Mrs. Dunbar was severely tested, in this prolonged season of trial. At times she was tempted to feel that it was of no avail to wait, in the exercise of humble submission, on Him who controls the affairs of mortals ; but still, she was generally enabled to sustain her spirit by leaving her cares at the throne of grace. Thus she was made a solace to her husband, who, it was greatly feared, at times, would become a maniac.

Mrs. Dunbar felt her strength decay almost constantly, and resorted to the use of means to endeavor to benefit her health. Still, she complained not, but ever wore a smile of resignation upon her placid countenance.

Jane, however, was a quick observer of any change visible in her beloved mother. She saw the languor of her frame, which could not be concealed, and feared lest she was to be deprived of this excellent parent. She

hinted her fears to Henry, who, ever after the death of his amiable wife, had been a constant inmate of the family. He strove to dissipate her anxiety, by inspiring a hope that she might be deceived, while at the same time he was not free from a secret foreboding of the evil this affectionate daughter so much dreaded.

While there was much at home to divert the thoughts of Jane from the situation of her beloved brother; and she, weary with anxiety on his account, had just begun to allow the hope she had indulged of his return to ripen into something like expectation, unexpected news was brought from abroad that if a larger sum should be immediately sent out for his ransom, he would be suffered to return to his friends. The sum of ten thousand dollars was demanded. Mr. Dunbar, on receiving this information, resolved at once to pay it, without the least delay; though he murmured that he was obliged to do so.

Mrs. Dunbar encouraged him to feel grateful that he had it in his power to advance the sum ; and begged him never to allow himself to think that twice, or even fifty times that amount was to be valued, when compared with the redemption of a beloved child from the worst of slavery.

"I don't want those tyrants to be gratified by receiving such an unreasonable demand,' said Mr. Dunbar.

It is hard,' replied his companion, 'for human nature to submit to the endurance of wrong thus inflicted; but we should consider that wicked men are often allowed to chastise us, and we should strive to improve every such dispensation of a righteous Providence for our future good.'

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