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from some unaccountable misgivings respect- aloud to the housekeeper. He began now to ing the nature of his new employment, or learn French, and soon could read it with more probably from the secret wish which he

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It appears that it was thought still indulged of going to London, was over- requisite for the security of the premises come by his feelings, and burst into tears. that some one should sleep in the shop; and The father, turning round and seeing this, the unenviable responsibility was imposed exclaimed, in a tone of affectionate kindness, on poor Kelly. Thus the monotonous which was never afterwards forgotten by routine of his daily tasks went unrelieved by the object of it, “Why, Tom, you're cry- any change of air or scene during the night. ing; I see you don't want to go, and you The very counter upon which he enacted the shan't go.” He had put the true construc- business of the day served for his canopy tion

upon the lad's tears, and the engagement during the hours of repose; while immewas abandoned. They returned home, to the diately beneath the floor on which he lay, as infinite surprise of the mother; and the ordi. he afterwards discovered when the premises nary avocations of the farm were once more came into his own possession, was a noxious resumed.

cesspool. A state of things more calculated At length a situation was found for him at to have a depressing effect on mind and body Lambeth as an assistant in a counting-house. it were scarcely possible to conceive; but His small bundle of clothes was put together that inflexible perseverance which appears by his mother. He could easily carry it. never to have forsaken him, and, above all, a She commended him to God with tears, and, prayerful trust in and submission to the will giving him a few shillings, bade him farewell. of God in all that concerned him, carried In this seemingly unpropitious manner he him hopefully through all his difficulties. left home for London in 1786, when only When, after the lapse of years, he could fourteen years old, little supposing that after place in favourable juxtaposition with these a lapse of half a century he would become his early struggles the accumulated blessings Lord Mayor.

of a long life, he ever acknowledged the He did not remain long at Lambeth; his Divine source from whence he had received master became bankrupt but procured him a those blessings, and endeavoured to extract place as shopman at a bookseller's in Pater- from the contrast subjects for meditation noster Row.

and thankfalness. Here the terms of his engagement were Mrs. Best, the housekeeper, a kind, con. those of an ordinary servant. He was to scientious woman, was his only society. He board and lodge, and to have £10 per annum. took his meals with her, and she would never A day's trial was agreed upon; and at its close allow him to perform any menial work. he told the housekeeper he would go to Lam- He had at this time an enemy in an elder beth for his clothes, sleep there, and return in fellow-servant. time for morning business. When the master “Well,” said Mr. Hogg, to this fellowheard this, he replied, “Depend on it, you'll servant, " how is Kelly getting on ?" see no more of him; he's had enough of it “I don't think he'll do for us; he's so slow." already.” But Kelly was at the door before "I like him," answered Hogg, emphatically, the shop was opened. He crossed the thres- “ he's a biddable boy." hold the instant the shutters were down. This reply of the master's may serve to * And,” said he after a lapse of sixty years, show upon what apparently trifling circum“ I have been there ever since."

stances, humanly speaking, a man's future The shop was kept by Alexander Hogg; prospects in life depend. Kelly remembered and was at 16, Paternoster Row. A consider. it as long as he lived; and used to mention able book business was done. His duty was it as having furnished him, at the time, with to make up parcels of new works for the renewed motives for activity and obedience. retail buyers. But every leisure moment The sequel to the story, as it respects his he spent in forwarding his own studies, and fellow-servant, naturally suggests the question, when he got any amusing book he read it whether, instead of having found the youth

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“slow," as he had intimated, the latter had not went into the street, and was found by the proved himself too quick and observant for watch fast asleep. his own malpractices. Some little time after Once, on his road to Spitalfields on business, the above occurrence, Kelly discovered him he saw what seemed waste-paper in a cheesestealing his master's property; and, after a monger's window, and recognised some temporary struggle between the stern re- printed sheets as his master's property. He quirements of duty to his master, on the one entered the shop and found the shelves filled hand, and commiseration for the guilty party, up with the same sort of paper. This had on the other, he at length divulged the been bought as damaged stock” by the secret. The man was accordingly watched. tradesman; but it proved to be sheets sent Emboldened by previous success, and soon out by Mr. Hogg to be stitched, and clandesrepeating the offence, he was detected in the tinely sold. The guilty parties were tried act of taking from the premises a number and convicted. When the Alderman was of books concealed under his clothes. The very old, he said, reader will anticipate the retribution which “This being my first appearance as a witness awaited him. The unoffending object of his in a court of justice, I felt (more than words dislike had been made the instrument of can express) an extreme fear lest I should his detection; and now, the punishment in- state a single word incorrectly, being fully flicted upon him bore its proper relation to impressed with the sacred obligation of an the injury he had wished to inflict upon oath; ever remembering the Third Commandyoung Kelly. He was dismissed from the ment of God's law; and always desirous to establishment. Thus, " in the same net that possess a conscience void of offence towards he hid privily for another was his own foot God and towards all men. Little did I then taken” (Ps. ix. 15).

think, when humbly trembling in the witness His anxiety about business led at this box, that at a future day I was destined to be period to strange feats of sleep-walking. raised to the dignity of Her Majesty's First Eighty distinct numbers of the “Book of Commissioner of the Central Criminal Court Martyrs” were found on a shelf in the shop. of England ; and with the sword of justice Of these he made up a complete set in his suspended over my head, and the mace of sleep, arranging them on the counter in the authority placed at my feet, should myself same way as he did in the daytime. Another occupy the very judgment-seat at which I night he unfastened the locks of two doors, then glanced with such emotion.”

(To be continued.)

The Old Year and the new.

BY THE AUTHOR OF COPSLEY ANNALS," ETC.
USH! the Year is dying;

Now the Year is over,
Soft, without a sound:

Let us braver stand,
Snow-flakes, shroud-like, lying

Seeking to discover
On the earth around :

His-our Father's hand :
All its strivings over,

Let us " follow wholly,”
All its story done :

Though our sight be dim:
Now-its mem'ries hover

He would make us holy,
O'er a year begun.

For a life with Him.
Some of us were lonely

Every day He sends us
In its brightest hours ;

He Himself prepares ;
Sadly whispering, “ Only

He Himself attends us
Let Thy will be ours !

Through its joys and cares;
Some of us were tired

His true love beseeching,
In its summer days :

Let us, then, draw near;
Weary, we desired

Seeking guidance, teaching,
Gladder, brighter ways.

For the opening Year.
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Home Makers, and how they made them.

BY MRS. CLARA L. BALFOUR.

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1. HOME AND LOVE.-ANDREW AND MARTHA REED.

THE EARLSWOOD ASYLUM.
VERYTHING that is | ing of the olden times have gone from the

worth having in this housewife; but still the true wife and
world requires effort mother weaves the web of comfort in the
to gain or to keep. dwelling, and spins the threads of love
Our Heavenly Father that bind together the hearts of the house-
made love of mind, hold.

or body, or both, the The Home mainly is what the wife and condition of virtuous and noble human life. mother makes it. As a people, we consider ourselves fond of “ That is a hard sentence,” says some domestic institutions, and there are no dear, tired, toil-worn sister among my words of four letters in our language that readers. Yes, it is hard ; for truth is sel

more feeling and suggest more dom soft: and life to workers, whether thought than the two words Home and man or woman, is seldom easy. LOVE. What mind that thinks, and what The

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wife enters on her new home heart that feels, but must admit that the so full of love and hope, that she sometimes truest joy is comprehended in those little makes her lot all the harder by forgetting words ? And they are kindred words, for that there will, and must be, hardships of there can be no real Home without Love. some kind-trials of temper, of circumThey make up the complement of each stances, from which none are wholly exother, and blend as two drops of dew that empt, and which will need wisdom and touch make one.

patience, and the Divine guidance that Our Divine Master always treats us as prayer brings to human infirmity, to bear intelligent beings, and makes the amount with and overcome. of our chief earthly treasures to depend in 6. The kindest and the happiest pair a great degree on ourselves.

Will find occasion to forbear; Thus the Home requires making, just as

And something every day they live the garden requires cultivating. Neither

To pity, and perhaps forgive." will grow and flourish without effort: God It is a good rule to think of what we alone gives the increase, but we must give owe to others in the home, rather than of the toil and watchfulness.

what they owe to us. Doing our duty is In this day, when so much is said of the

way

to teach others to do theirs. woman's influence, and so many demands are What wonderful instances of Home made by and for her in the

way

of culture makers among wives and mothers are to and employment, I have feared there was be found in the pages of Biography. some danger of forgetting one employ- The traveller by the Brighton Railway ment for which God and nature have passes a building that is one of the evispecially fitted her, that of being not dences of our national Christianity-the merely a Home occupier but a Home “Earlswood Idiot Asylum.” “What," says maker.

my kind reader, can that have to do with Let none think lightly of this domestic the subject of these pages?" Well, it has manufacture. The spinning and the weav- this to do with it. The Asylum was

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founded by Dr. Andrew Reed, who passed son ever spoke of his childhood as full of his life in works of philanthropy; and happiness. nothing in the personal history of that At length the house near Temple Bar in truly benevolent man is more beautiful which they lived was to be pulled down ; than the record of his early life, and the and Mrs. Reed's spirit being full of zeal, piety and excellence of the sweet mother she wished her husband to devote himself who made the house a Home for his child- to missionary work, which was then much hood and youth.

needed in and round London. She urged Mrs. Martha Reed was early in life an his doing it; and that he might be released orphan, and had been deprived of property from pecuniary cares, she anderoook to left to her. Happily she had that which keep the home.

she could not be defrauded of; an enlight she says in her journal_“I begin to

ened mind, a lovely spirit, and for the time entreat my husband to do something for in which she lived a good education. Christ. A missionary spirit seems to run

She gained employment in teaching; and through the Christian Church, and among being zealous in good works, used her brief the rest my heart is in the enterprise.” leisure in visiting the sick. Once she She took a house, No. 68, Chiswell Street, was praying by a sick woman, when her and opened a china and glass warehouse. prayer was heard in an adjoining room by There, as her grandsons say, “This brave a young man who was a Sabbath-school woman vended her earthenware for many teacher visiting the parents of a scholar. years, and Divine Providence prospered her The two good young people met, and their greatly." intimacy led to a union, holy and happy in It is not wonderful that the son of such every sense.

a woman should have had the rich inheritThey were far from rich. In these days ance of her virtues. It was once said of a they would be called poor. Both had to very gifted lady that “To know her was a toil to “provide things honest in the sight good education.” It may truly be said, that of all men,” and to make the Home. Mr. to have had such a mother and father, was Reed was a watchmaker, and his workshop to be nobly born. The mother made a was at the top of the house, while his Home where her son's heart was nurtured, young wife kept a day-school on the first and his soul expanded heavenward. As floor.

years advanced, he evidenced his love to Andrew was the third child of this God by love to his fellow-creatures; and union, and the only son who survived Orphan Asylums-Houses for Incurablesinfancy. The good wife was as good a Sailors' Homes— " Earlswood'

“ Reedmother. How she taught, and watched, ham”.

- are the Homes which the son of and prayed with and for her boy!

that good mother made-offshoots from the That home was indeed an abode of hal- root of her piety. lowed love. The husband and father was Few can hope for such results, but all like-minded with his brave wife, and their can work in her spirit.

(To be continued.)

GOLD FROM THE MINÉ. " GOD IS ABLE.”

"A SURFACE RELIGION." "God is able” to blot out all thy sins. It A surface religion costs men little, and 18 true thou art not able to blot out one, not satisfies them easily. True religion lays low even to undo one : but “the blood of Jesus the sinner, exalts the Saviour, and promotes Christ cleanseth from all sin ”-cleanseth holiness of life. No cross, no crown! No from sins even in the sight of a holy, heart- battle, no victory! There is an open road to searching God.-O. B,

Heaven, but not an easy road.-0. B.

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Wandering Bown.

BY THE REV. HORATIUS BONAR, D.D., AUTHOR OF

HYMNS OF FAITH AND HOPB."

We shall rise and put on glory

When the great morn shall dawn; We shall rise and put on beauty

When the glad morn shall dawn. We shall mount to

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fair city,
The dwelling of the blest;
We shall enter yon bright city,

The palace of the blest.

E are wandering down life's shady

path, Slowly, slowly wandering down; Weare wandering down life'srugged path,

Slowly, slowly wandering down.
Morn, with its store of buds and dew,

Lies far behind us now ;
Morn, with its wealth of song and light,

Lies far behind us now.
'Tis the mellow flush of sunset now,

'Tis the hour of silent trust; 'Tis the solemn hue of fading skies,

'Tis the time of tranquil trust.
We shall rest in yon low valley soon,

There to sleep our toil away ;
We shall rest in yon sweet valley soon,

There to sleep our tears away.
Laid side by side with those we love,

How calm that rest shall be !
Laid side by side with those we love,

How soft that sleep shall be !

We shall meet the many parted ones,

In that one home of joy;
Lost love for ever found again,

In that dear home of joy.

We have shared our earthly sorrows,

Each with the other here;
We shall share our heavenly gladness

Each with the other there.

We have mingled tears together,

We shall mingle smiles and song; We have mingled sighs together,

We shall mingle smiles and song.

England's Church.

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I. WHAT IS THE CHURCH DOING P

BY THE EDITOR.

HAT is the Church they are the means by which we can report

doing?” Not all she real work and its results. We must ask

ought to do, but still our readers to bear this in mind : and to refar more than many member that when we speak of Churches imagine she is doing. built, Schools opened, and new Parishes The "pocket test” is formed, we are really dealing with congrega

often considered a very tions gathered and childreu taught-hearts conclusive one. “How much do you feel ?” and homes which can only be truly happy so was a very good question proposed by a far as "the kingdom of God” is set up in liberal giver who had been listening to an them. eloquent appeal for some charitable object; Up to the end of 1872 no less than 3204 and it gave the question a practical turn new churches have been built during the when the proposer of it added, “I feel so present century. In addition to these, 925 much."

churches have been entirely rebuilt. The Statistics and figures are always dry, but total gives 4129. This really means that,

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