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THE LAW OF KINDNESS.
'Little drops of water, little grains of sand, THE LAW OF KINDNESS.
Make the mighty ocean, and the beauteous land,' T ONG ago, when Jesus Christ was living so the little deeds of little people go far to
in this world, walking and talking a make or mar the comfort of life at home. man amongst men, there was one precept What a blessing it is now to yon pale, that He very often enjoined on his careworn woman to have such a daughter followers—to love one another'; and one as Mary Jane; for she is such a handy, of the few times that we hear of the gentle careful little woman, that mother can Saviour being angry, was, when James and always trust her to carry a cup without John wished to call down fire from heaven 1 spilling it, and who nurses the younger on the village that refused to receive their | children when they are sick so nicely, that Master. Jesus wished his disciples rather Lizzie has quite made up her mind that it to try to help people to become better-tois, on the whole, not a bad thing to be laid do good to them and not evil; and this He up with a cold. desires of us also. You remember, dear I had occasion lately to visit The Sick children, that Jesus was God as well as | Children's Hospital,' and saw in one of the man, and therefore knew all things, and wards a poor child that had been severely saw how difficult it would be for people burned. His wailing cry of pain was always to agree well together; for besides pitiful to hear; but even this sad scene that we have by nature naughty hearts had its bright side, for soon I noticed that inclining us to please ourselves only, it is a dear little girl, herself a patient, although also true that other people are often so | now nearly well, was bending over the different from us in all their feelings and pillow of the suffering boy to ask if he likings, that we dont really know how to would like a drink, which she quickly be kind to them without thinking about handed to him. Was that a very small. their particular character and trials. This deed of kindness, do you say? Ah well, is what we call consideration; and the then, it is all the more easy to do it; and I sooner young folks begin to practise it, the feel sure that the weary, restless feeling of better will it be for themselves and their the child was as much soothed by the friends.
kindly tones as were his parched lips cooled There, now, are two school-fellows sitting by the soft, nice milk. Nor should the side by side on the same bench: the one boys of our families be behind in such bright, active, full of fun and mischief, considerate acts of affection. Do not fear willing to give or take any amount of hard that it will take anything from your hitting, either by words or with fists. In manliness: the bravest are still the most complete contrast, his neighbour is a shy, tender. And, believe me, in the years to reserved youth, on whose sensitive spirit come, when brothers, sisters, and friends the careless mocking language of com have parted for their different paths through panions leaves many a dint. But let these life, words and actions that seem nothing two beware of despising each other, for now may be keenly remembered either for they severally have their God-appointed joy or sorrow. work and place in the world; for while the I can distinctly recall an occasion of this first may live to carry through some daring sort. We children had been invited to spend but worthy enterprise, none the less is the an afternoon at a friend's house in the gentler boy fitted, by the truthfulness neighbourhood; and what a happy, merry of his nature and a certain nobility of business was a country tea-drinking in the character, to exercise great influence, by | old time; something much nicer, and I and by, over the minds of men.
think more wholesome, than the children's True kindness of heart, or the reverse, parties of modern days, in which little is often shewn by actions in themselves | stuck-up, dressed-up men and women ape insignificant; and as
| the manners of their elders, and forget
that they are bairns. There was, first of l are to consider the poor, but the poor have all, the long drive through the moor in the also certain duties towards the rich; the delicious summer sunshine, where we thought weak are not without the strong, any more we saw adders springing out of the than the strong without the weak. Try heather, and certainly we did hear the wild then, my young friends, now in your early scream of the curlew, as well as the curious years, to be ministering children'; ever low call of the plover; while, from the keeping in remembrance that in this we are more cultivated meadow-land, larks were not alone; the Master is with us, for we rising right up into the clear blue sky, read that even Jesus pleased not himself.' ringing out their most melodious song.
A. W. Then when we got to the end of the journey, and had received a pleasant welcome from friends now no more in this
THE GOLD PIECE AND THE HALFPENNY. world, the long summer day seemed only
(A FABLE.) too short in which to explore the wonders (Translated from 'Le Rayon de Soleil.") and delights of the farm steading. After ONCE at the Mint where gold, silver, the barn, the mill, and the different sheds
and copper coins are made-two new had been duly visited, the horses, cows, pieces lay side by side on the same table. dogs, cats, and poultry, came in for their The one was a beautiful gold piece, and the share of attention, while the stack-yard was other a common copper halfpenny. Both a playground that we never wearied of; of them shone in the sun. But the gold and many a merry game at hide and seek' coin said to the halfpenny: Keep at a we had there, as we chased each other distance, I pray thee. Thou art only base round the stacks every now and again, metal, unworthy to reflect the rays of the coming to such unexpected meetings as to sun. Thou wilt soon be all black; and if cause shouts of gay laughter.
thou fallest on the ground, no one will On this particular visit, in some of our take the trouble to pick thee up. As for wanderings, little cousin John fell into a myself, on the contrary, I am made of wet ditch, from which he came up with precious gold. I shall travel through the a due complement of mud. James Ĝ- , world in the company of princes; I shall our young host, himself a child of not over attain to a high destiny. Who knows, but ten years, but looked up to by us young I may one day shine in the tiara of an ones as a big boy, far from making fun of | Emperor !! the accident, came forward so kindly, and Now, what happened was precisely the having rubbed off the mud as well as he | opposite of what the proud coin predicted. could, tried by gentle words to soothe the For the gold piece fell into the hands of ruffled spirits of the younger boy; for you an old miser, who locked it up in an iron know it is not a pleasant thing to get box, where, with hundreds more, it lay tumbled in a ditch; and so we were all useless. And when the miserable proprietor happy again. Long since, James G
became very old, he dug a deep hole in the was called to leave his earthly home for a l earth, into which he put his treasure, in place in the many mansions of heaven; but order that no one might be able to take it this gentle deed of the kindly lad has from him. The ambitious coin by this outlived him, and is a fresh, green spot in time must have become tarnished and the memory of his life.
mouldy, and probably no one will ever And now, just one other advice in discover the place where it is hid. closing. We are to be kind to everybody; But the good common halfpenny not only to the people we love, and who travelled through the world, and did much love us. There are no limitations in the work. First, one employed in the Mint grand commandment, Be ye kindly received it among his wages. He carried affectioned one towards another.' The rich it straight home, and showed it to his little
sister, who was so delighted with it that he bravely without ever being wounded. One made her a present of it. The child ran to | day, however, an arrow, sent with great the garden to her mother, and saw a poor force, struck his breast on the right side, lame beggar, who asked a morsel of bread. but immediately rebounded without piercI have none,' said the child.
ing his clothes. The Sultan was much Please give me a halfpenny to buy surprised; and after the battle, he dissome,' said the cripple.
covered that the large halfpenny in his The child gave him the halfpenny. The pocket had received the arrow, and made beggar went halting along to the baker's. it rebound. After this the Sultan prized At the very time when he reached the the coin so much, that he had it attached, shop, one of his friends passed. This was by a little gold chain, to the sheath of his a man in the dress of a colporteur. He sword. gave pretty picture books to a little group Some time after the Sultan was made of children, who in return dropped their prisoner, and obliged to give up his sword halfpennies and pennies into his money to the Emperor, who thus became possessor box.
of the halfpenny. Where are you going thus furnished ?' One day, at table, the Empress expressed said the beggar to his friend.
à wish to see the sword of the Turk. It "I am going a long journey to a foreign was brought; and as the Emperor was town. I am going to redeem my brother, showing it to his wife, the large halfpenny who has fallen into the hands of the Turks, came off, and fell into the goblet of wine, who have made him a slave. It will which he was about to drink. Before require a large sum, and this is why I am drinking it, he took out the halfpenny, and gathering pennies.'
was surprised to see it covered with a green Take mine,' said the cripple; and he coating. Every one knew by this that gave his halfpenny to the traveller. He there was poison in the goblet. A meanwould have gone away without getting spirited servant had put poison in the anything to eat, if the kind baker, having Emperor's wine, hoping thus to kill him. heard all, had not given him the bread he The murderer was executed, but the halfwas now unable to buy.
penny was enshrined in the crown of the Now, the traveller went through the empire. country, then he crossed the sea, and at Thus the poor copper piece delighted a last arrived among the Turks. After child, procured bread for a poor man, praying to God, he went to the palace of delivered a brave man from slavery, prothe Sultan, who kept his brother in slavery, tected a Sultan from being wounded, and and offered him the sum for his ransom. preserved the life of an Emperor. Did it But the Sultan asked more.
not deserve its reward ?
M. T. S. I have no more,' replied the traveller, except this halfpenny, which was given me out of pure compassion by a poor
QOQOOQQOROSRORROGRAROQ starving beggar. If you would be moved by the same pity as he was, you shall have " A MAN'S PRIDE SHALL this coin with pleasure.' The Sultan took compassion on the man,
BRING HIM LOW; BUT and gave his brother his freedom. Then HONOUR SHALL UPHOLD he put the money, including the halfpenny, into his pocket, and soon forgot all about THE HUMBLE IN SPIRIT. it.
PRO. XXIX, 23. Now, after some time, the Emperor of
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THE TOWER OF LONDON. W HEN William the Conqueror became for supplying the garrison with water.
V king of England, he saw that some This edifice, which is still known as the safe place of retreat would be of great White Tower, was the beginning, and still value to him and his followers—a strong is the centre building, of the Tower of Lonfortress in which they could resist any don. William Rufus added various others, sudden attack of the Saxons. Choosing a and surrounded the whole by a strong wall site in the centre of London, on the north and a broad ditch, called a fosse, thus bank of the Thames, he built a square tower making it a place of great security. Many three stories high. The walls were alterations and improvements have been thirteen feet thick, and there were four made on this fortress since that time; and watchtowers at the top. On the flat roof | it has been used for various other purposes between these turrets was a large cistern | besides those for which it was originally