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Saying these words, he turned and passed into his warehouse. Mons. le Pelletier soon followed him to his warehouse, to his back shop, and then into his apartment.

Here Mons. Aubertot, exasperated by his continued and pressing entreaties, lifted his hand, and struck him! The blow was received. The hero of Christian charity smiled, and with a bright smiling look exclaimed, "Well, that for me; but the poor! what for the poor?"

[At these words all present expressed their admiration by a burst of applause, and the feelings of some produced tears.]

The officer with whom I was, had the presumption to exclaim, " Mons. le Pelletier is but a poltroon, and had I been there, this sabre would have obtained satisfaction for him. A blow, indeed! a blow !"

The hairdresser replied, " I perceive, sir, you would not have allowed the insolent offender time to acknowledge his fault."

No, indeed !" "Well, sir, Mons. Aubertot, when he saw such a benevolent spirit, burst into tears, sell at the feet of the injured man, offered him his purse, and a thousand times asked his forgiveness.

“ But what of that,” said the officer,” his hand upon his sabre, and his countenance inflamed

6. I would have cut off the ears of Mons. Aubertot,"

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with anger,

I then answered calmly, “You, sir, are a sol. dier ; Mons. le Pelletier is a Christian !"

These few plain words had a wonderful effect. The street resounded with applause; and I said within myself, How much more dignified are we with the gospel in our heart, than when we would maintain, at the point of the sword, that imaginary idol, that vain phantom, which the world calls honor!

JOHN BRUEN, ESQ.

A gentleman once sent his servant to John Bruen, Esq., of Bruen, requesting him never to set a foot upon his ground; to whom he sent this reply, “ If it please your master to walk upon my grounds, he shall be very welcome ; but if he please to come to my house, he shall be still more welcome.” By thus heaping coals of fire upon his head, he melted him down into love and tenderness, and made him his cordial friend.

TWO CHRISTIANS.

Two good men on some occasion had a warm dispute; and remembering the exhortation of the apostle, “ Let not the sun go down upon your wrath," just before sunset, one of them went to the other, and knocking at the door, his offended friend came and opened it, and seeing who it was, started back in astonishment and surprise ; the other, at the same time, cried out, is The sun is almost down." This unexpected salutation softened the heart of his friend into affection, and he returned for answer, “Come in, brother, come in." What a happy method of conciliating matters, of redressing grievances, and of reconciling brethren!

SIGISMOND.

Some courtiers reproached the Emperor Sigismond, that, instead of destroying his conquered foes, he admitted them to favor. “ Do I not,” replied this illustrious monarch,“ effectually destroy my enemies, when I make them my friends ?"

A POOR NEGRO.

A slave in one of the islands of the West Indies, who had originally come from Africa, having been brought under the influence of religious instruction, became very valuable to his owner, on account of his integrity and general good

conduct. After some time, his master raised him to a situation of importance in the management of his estate. His owner, on one occasion, wishing to purchase twenty additional slaves, employed him to make the selection, giving him instruction to choose those who were strong, and likely to make good workmen. The man went to the slave market, and commenced his scrutiny. He had not long surveyed the multitude offered for sale, before he fixed his eye intently upon one old and decrepit slave, and told his master that he must be one. The master appeared greatly surprised at his choice, and remonstrated against it. The poor fellow begged that he might be •indulged; when the dealer i marked, that if they were about to buy twenty, he would give them the old man into the bargain. The purchase was accordingly made, and the slaves were conducted to the plantation of their new master; but upon none did the selector bestow half the attention and care he did upon the poor old decrepit African. He took him to his own habitation, and laid him upon his own bed: he fed him at his own table, and gave

him drink out of his own cup: when he was cold, he carried him into the sunshine ; and when he was hot, he placed him under the shade of the cocoa-nut trees. Astonished at the attention bestowed upon a fellow slave, his master interrogated him upon the subject. He said, • You could not take so intense an interest in the old man, but for some special reason: he is a relation of yours, perhaps your father ?” “No, massa," answered the poor fellow," he no my father !"_" He is then an elder brother?"-"No, massa, he no my brother !"_" Then he is an uncle, or some other relation ?"

No, massa, he no be of my kindred at all, not even my friend.” “ Then," asked the master,

on what account does he excite your interest ?". my enemy, massa,” replied the slave: -" he sold me to the slave dealer ; and my Bible tell me, when my enemy hunger, feed him; and when he thirst, give him drink.”

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THE CHEROKEE WOMEN.

A few poor Cherokee women, who had been converted to Christianity, formed themselves into a society for the propagation of the gospel, which was now become so dear to them. The produce of the first year was about ten dollars, and the question was--to what immediate object this should be applied ? At length, a poor woman proposed that it should be given to promote the circulation of the gospel in the Osage nation : "For," said she, “the Bible tells us to do good to our enemies, Matt. v. 44; and I believe the Osages are the greatest enemies the Cherokees have."

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