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doubt, which gradually warped the minds lived near Coventry. He was a skilled of the children, and checked the growth of workman, earning good wages; but many love and gratitude.

circumstances,—his large family, the long Mrs. Sinclair became secretly unhappy, illness of his first wife, the expenses of his because she perceived she made but little scattered household during his widowhood, way

in the elder children's affections. the inevitable cost of again gathering a She was too wise to complain, but being home together,-all had prevented there of a kindly nature, she felt it deeply. being any reserve fund to fall back upon Happily she was a Christian, and know in case of reverses. Suddenly a heavy where to carry her griefs and how to calamity befell the poor man. He took a obtain strength to bear them. Prayer was severe cold, which resulted in inflammato her as it should be, and would be, if tion of the eyes; and after months of carnestly tried, to every mother—a refuge suffering he was threatened with entire in trouble, small as well as great.

blindness. Perhaps Mrs. Sinclair erred, as I have At last he found he must entirely give known many kindly women err in similar up an employment for which excellent eyecircumstances, in passing over much in the sight is essential, and he had neither capital manners of the children, which she would nor ingenuity nor energy to enter on any have punished in her own. She feared other. His general health had suffered, reproof would be misconstrued, and it was and he was depressed and wretched. only when she was obliged for the chil. In that time of trouble none of those dren's own welfare to be faithful, that she who had so busily infused their mildly and with reluctance corrected them. doubts against Mrs. Sinclair into the minds She was a quiet, silent woman, rather over- of the children, came forward to offer to powered with her responsibilities, and her help the family. One of the aunts said : manner grew constrained as she found "If Margaret had lived, we would of that she did not win love. If she had not

have helped her in her diffiherself felt love she would not have thus culties, but we don't see that we are bound yearned for it. Her husband was very to help the present wife. She took Sinclair dear to her, and his children as a part of 'for better for worse,' and must bear it.” himself were also dear. She had indeed

Now came the trial of love. Mrs. Sincomforted herself in having no children of clair had in her youth learned dressmaking, her own-natural as it is for a wife to

and though out of practice, she went to a wish to be a mother-by the thought that lady in Leamington whom she knew, the she could more fully devote herself to her wife of a leading dentist there, and asked adopted little ones.

for some plain kind of dressmaking. The But, as we have said, wicked influences lady had a large family; and merely out operated against her with the children. It of compassion resolved to try her with is Divinely taught us, that "a whisperer some morning gowns and frocks. If not separateth chief friends; ” and whisperers fashionable she was neat, and prompt, and were at work with the young Sinclairs. moderate in her charges. They did not become openly rebellious, but "Mother," said Emma soon after, “how they were discontented and ungrateful. close you work !" Poor children ! of course they made them- “I must, dear; there are so many of selves unhappy; all evil corrodes the heart us.' and eats ont peace.

“But you never can keep us all ; father Mr, Sinclair was a watchmaker, and wants a good diet, the doctor says. Oh,

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dear, how hard it is! Aunt Jane might two little girls would have thought it very take little Lizzie, and then, mother, I could hard to have had to leave their mother. help you more.”

Those first years of arduous struggle “My child, let us all try our best, and gained Mrs. Sinclair the hearts of the God will not let us want."

children. She established a business, and They were brave words, and the tears gained them a livelihood. Her husband's rose in Mrs. Sinclair's eyes as she uttered eyes recovered, but not to enable him again them, but she did not let them fall. Emma to work at his old business.

He was turned

away, and going to the little attic industrious, and with renewed hope struck where she slept, wept outright; for, as she ont a new path for himself. In so fashiontold her Sunday-school teacher afterwards, able a place as Leamington house agents she felt how hard her heart had been to want help; and as a sensible, conscientious one who was so good.

man, Sinclair was found useful in letting Ah, it is a blessed moment when we are houses and taking inventories. So that led to see that we have been wrong,

and

by the time Emma was one or two and still more blessed one when we are led to twenty, the whole family were in prosperdo right! It was a moment never forgotten ous circumstances. in Emma's history. She began to help her Mrs. Sinclair had no longer to work so mother, to be a true danghter to her. If hard, though superintendence of course she was not able to do much yet with her devolved upon

her. The children grew up needle, she could undertake the household

loving and useful.

The home was happy; work and the care of the younger chil- and as Emma talked privately to her dren.

brothers and sisters, she would often say Work came in,-poorly paid for at first, in effect, if not in these actual words :-it was hard-earned bread for the family ; “I can never forget or cease to love the but it was sweet, for it was honest and

memory of our own dear mother; but I hopeful.

am sare in her heavenly home, if she Poor Sinclair, with his pained and could know about her children, she would dimmed sight, and his dreary, drooping rejoice that we love the dear soul who spirits, felt the warmth of his wife's love came to be a mother to us. If she did not soothe and cheer him. He was conscious give us life, she has given us the means of of a new spirit being manifested in his living. She has made us all a home, and household. In their poverty and sorrow kept our dear father happy. Never talk there was more of home feeling, because to me against step-mothers. It is the bitter there was more of love, than in the time prejudice which so often makes them of his first bringing home their new bitter. Wicked feelings perpetuate human mother.

wickedness." Slowly yet surely the little business All who knew the household of the increased. Mrs. Sinclair moved to Leam. Sinclairs, and the sweet character of the ington. Emma grew into a skilful helper. woman who had been the “home-maker," The eldest boy went to a draper’s. The would agree that Emma's grateful words younger, after school hours, was useful in had been most truly merited by the loving taking home work and going errands; the and devoted step-mother.

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XIX. PROVERBS WORTH REMEMBERING.
FRIEND is never known till needed." "Better say nothing than nothing to the

“A good hope is better than a bad purpose."
possession."

“Better go to bed supperless than rise in A word and a stone let go cannot be

debt." called back.” “Better do it than wish it done.”

Cruelty deserves no mercy.” “Better go back than lose yourself.” "Difficulties give way to diligence.”

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The Bible Mine Searched.
NSWERS are not to be sent to the Editor, 5. Where did Peter first preach to the Gen-

tiles ?
but will appear in each succeeding month.

6. Where did Paul preach the Gospel without SCRIPTURE QUESTIONS.

being forbidden by any man? 1. By what two persons was Jesus spoken of as the " Just One"?

ANSWERS (see September No.) 2. Who asked the question, “How should man be just with God ?"

1. Manaen. Acts xiii. 1 (see margin). 2. Al3. Who tried to kill his own son, for being the exander. 2 Tim. iv. 14. 3. Nicopolis. Titus friend of his most faithful servant ?

iii. 12. 4. Abraham. Heb. xi. 17. 5. Shamgar. 4. Name three patriarchs who, with their three Judges iii. 31. 6. Sergius Paulus. Acts xiii. 7. wives, were buried in the same sepulchre ? and 7. Ezra. Ezra vii. 6. 8. Herodians. Matt. xxii. 6. where was the sepulchre ?

-Manasseh (2 Chron. xxxiii. 12, 13).

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