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A bravo boy; or, 'I promised mother'

Arnold's watch

'A stitch in timo'

Children's plays

Christ the Saviour of children

Famous Boys—

Albert Tell—the patriotic boy

Benjamin Franklin—the thoughtful boy 27

David Livingstone—the persevering boy 3

Edward VI.—the pious boy ... 115

George Washington—the truthful boy 14

Horatio Nelson—the brave boy ...

Humphry Davy—the trustful boy

James Ferguson—the ingenious boy

John Kitto—the patient boy

Louis XVII.—the amiable boy ...

Oliver Cromwell—the determined boy

Wolfgang Mozart—the musical boy
Finding a nest
Frances Eidley Havergal's Newton

Temperance Regiment ...
Glimpses of the New Hebrides—

Aniwa ...

Commencement of the mission

Progress on Aneityum

Tanna or Ipare ...

The Group

The Martyr Isle...

Helping mother
Is that all? ...
Joe, the herd boy
Lessons from the book of nature—

Aspiration, or the sky-lark

Swallows, or the little builders
Letters for the Months-





March ...


Near St. Asaph's


St. Andrews


Little Annie; or,'the Lord will provide'
Little Annie's prize ...
Little Johnnie, and what he became ...

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Mother's portrait ... ... ... 86

'Mother, where is God?' ... ... 75

Our Comforter _ ... ... ... «

Patience in suffering... ... ... •

Prize Bible Questions—11, 23, 35, 47, 59, 71,83,


Prize Essays ... ... ... 11

Saved at last

Silverloeks and Goldenhair ... ... <j

Story of a Jerusalem child ... ... 16

The clever little carpenter ... ... 74

The news boy ... ... ... J*6

The old man and his birds ... ... 117

The old wall IJJl

The prodigal's return ... ... 20

The publican's net ... ... ... 10

The room of the heart ... ... JO

Tom Esplin... ... ... ... «

Too late for school ... ... ... 62

Via Dolorosa ... ... ... *J

'What would mamma like ?'... ... *

White Oaks Chapel 45

Whiter than snow ... ... ... ;>*

Willie's prayer ... ... ... «~

"- . ... ... 47


Music—A lullaby ...

Christmas hymn

Following ...

Little sparrows

Morning prayer

Sun of Righteousness

The glad New Year ...

The invitation

'The Lord hath done it'

The pearl ...

Thy goodness

We come to Thee

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POBTKY—Abairnie's prayer ... ... 76

A Christmas song ... ... Ijjj

But a little child 123

Chosen lessons ... ... 35

Divine power and Providence 95

Guiding ... °*

Kindness to animals ... l«z

Self-denial 87

Strong drink ... ... 75

The blackbird and sparrow ... »

The Christian's alphabet ... 65

The Covenant banner ... 101

The pilgrims ... ... 71

The teetotal man ...

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.\X7"HO does not like Christmas and »" New-Year time, when boys and girls who are away at school come home for their holidays, and get such a warm welcome? When, too, the shop windows srre cramfull of good things of all kinds, and all made as tempting as possible, so that we cannot help buying to make presents all round, even although our purses should be a little emptier for some time to come. That is what we old people do; I dare say the young expect to get, rather than to give; and indeed, this I rather think is one of the secrets of the season being such a favourite one with my young friends.

And yet, one of the sayings of our blessed Lord lets us see that there is something really better than receiving, namely giving; for He said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' Can there be any way in which the giving and receiving can be so blended, as to make the little receiver a giver as well? I think there can.

Alice, Minnie, and little Freddie, were as busy as they could be the last three days of the year. Freddie was rather too small a child to understand what Christmas time meant, and how the birth of the Saviour at Bethlehem taught every one a lesson of kindness and good-will to men; or how New-Year's day was a capital time for turning over a new leaf, as we say, and beginning all right again. But to Alice and Minnie, the 'Merry Christmas and Happy New-Year' meant something more than a present getting, holiday making time. They had learned to think of giving as well as getting pleasure at Christmas time, when their little money bags were emptied, and they were allowed to spend the 'Saturday pennies' of the year as they liked best. They were all three standing at a shop counter, where ever so many tempting purchases could be made. Freddie had set his heart Upon a woolly sheep, which apparently he thought would make him happy all his days, and he

kept calling on his sisters to admire his choice. Minnie felt greatly at a loss to make up her mind, and took counsel »f Alice, whose thoughtful face showed that she was thinking of something more than her own pleasure. 'Yes, Minnie,' she said, in reply to her sister's eager questioning, 'but what would mamma like? I wonder if you and I, suppose we put all our money together, could buy her that lovely writing case there? I think if we could, it would make me happier than this delightful little satchel; though it is very pretty;' she added, with a wistful look.

Minnie thought a moment or two, and then, with only half a sigh, she laid down on the counter a pretty album she had been looking at, and heartily joined in buying the present for her dear mother.

How happy the sisters looked as they walked briskly home, in the clear frosty afternoon. They had lingered so long over their purchases, that the street lamps were being lighted, and they were not often out so late as that. Poor little Freddie, clasping his precious toy, had to run now and then to keep alongside. Alice, being the elder sister, carried the writing case; she and Minnie fixed on the particular drawer in which it was to be carefully deposited till New - Year's morning, and then would come the presentation. 'And, oh, how pleased mamma will look!' said Alice.

'Yes, I think I see her,' said Minnie: 'I am so glad we bought it for her.'

Now, these two children were giving; but were they not receiving too? Yes, receiving far more than they gave; for joy within is a far greater blessing than the pleasure we have in any gift we possess, or in any thing money can buy. God, who himself is love, has so made us, His creatures, that we cannot give pleasure to others without being ourselves happier. The giving becomes the receiving; and however poor we may be, if we deny ourselves and try to please those around us, we shall find it the surest way to be ourselves pleased. K_

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THIS year we intend to have a short paper every month about the boyhood of some great man. We can learn a great deal from the lives of others:


we can see what to imitate and what to avoid.

The first boy about whom we are going to tell you, is David Livingstone, the

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