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The Great Victories of Bible Days.
bow, unbent since the day when it helped to rout the familiar faces of the two spies appeared at the door allied forces of Sihon and Og, and carried death and did they venture forth. But amid the general destruction into the land of Midian. Blades forged destruction God had made special provision for their in Egypt and wielded by the alien on the day of the safety, and they were guided through the ruined Red Sea overthrow are now sharpened to cut down streets to a place of security just outside the camp. the heathen, and all hearts are eagerly looking for- Here they remained until they had renounced their ward to the opening battle of the great campaign. idolatry and embraced the Jewish faith. Of the
Presently the word of command is passed round subsequent history of Rahab we know but little, save the camp; then is heard the hum of many voices that she became a member of the Israelite comand the girding of steel, and the “men of war munity, married a Jew named Salmon, and thus stream out across the fields to the meeting-point. A became the lineal ancestress of David, and consesecond command is issued, and forward, round the quently of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. city, move the invaders, forty thousand strong, and So Jericho was taken and destroyed, and when in their midst the Ark of the Lord; but to-day they the sword had done its work the ruins were set on compass the walls, not once only, but seven times. fire. The overthrow was complete, and the tall
The troops have returned from their last circuit, palms that, at daybreak, had waved round a fenced and Joshua is issuing his commands as to the spoil city, looked down, at sunset, on a charred and and plunder of the city. Everything is to be de- blackened heap.
HORACE G. GROSER. stroyed, save the vessels of brass and iron and the precious metals, and these are to be devoted to God. He has ceased speaking now, and the priests bearing the sacred Ark advance to the front. There is breathless silence throughout the ranks as they pass
WORTH Noting. by. Then suddenly a ringing blast from the seven trumpets startles the doomed city, and with a shout, The Yarmouth fishermen this season have caught 45,000,000 such as Canaan had never heard before,
herrings. from every throat in that vast multitude, the
CHINESE REFORM.-Several hundred women in Amoy, China, Hebrews move forward up the slope. The ground feet, and that they will marry their song only to women whose
have pledged themselves that they will not bind their children's is shaken as by an earthquake, the walls tremble- feet are unbound. totter forward—a cloud of dust fills the air, and PAPER NOVELTIES.—It is stated that there is a church built when blown aside, the earth is strewn with shapeless of paper near Berlin which will seat a thousand persons, and ruing. The wail of terror that rose from the city as a paper watch has been exhibited by a Dresden watchmaker. the battlements gave way under the feet of the The paper is prepared in such a manner that the watch is said assembled watchers, is now replaced by the groans
to be as serviceable as those in ordinary use. of the dying and the stifled shrieks of injured men. Surgeon William George Davies, M.D., has recently died at
The last survivor of the battle of Copenhagen, Staff And, fierce and fast, along the plain, and up to the Brighton, at the age of ninety-six. The battle of Copenfallen gates, come the men of Israel, to complete the hagen was fought in 1807. The late Mr. Davies entered the work of death. Over the prostrate stones they come,
medical service of the Navy in 1806. running and leaping, in pursuit of the heathen foe.
The underground lines of London each year carry
110,000,000 passengers. No quarter is given, no prayer is heard. The black haired Canaanite warror is cut down at his edition of “ Robinson Crusoe" for £36.
MR. BERNARD QUARITCH has lately sold a copy of the first post, the housewife at her wheel, the children at their
THE Highland train from Perth to the north, while crossing play. The oxen are slaughtered in the stall—the the Grampians, has, on more than one occasion, been brought war-steed and his rider fall together; the narrow to a standstill by the force of the wind. streets and lanes of the city are strewn with spoiled
At the recent bicentennial celebration of the settlement of wares and merchandise, and every threshold is
Bucks county, Pennsylvania, among other interesting relics splashed with blood. The fight is become a mas
was the original bill of sale of Eastern Pennsylvania by the
Six Nations to William Penn. sacre, a stern unpitying destruction of everything
A DIFFICULTY arose the other day, when the mummy of King and everyone, and why? Because the decree of the Merenra, the father of the Pharaohs, recently found in Egypt, Almighty has gone forth that the heathen are to be was being conveyed by train. At the station, the booking“utterly destroyed,” because the city is “ accursed,
clerk refused to pass the dead monarch through what was once even it and all that are therein ;” and chief, perhaps corresponding payment. After a long dispute the mummy
his own dominion without a declaration of his value and a of all, in order that the too-easily tempted Hebrews was paid for as a first-class passenger. may learn to look on all idolaters with severe, un- A COSTLY CRADLE.—The cradle which the King of Burmah compromising censure, and set their faces rigorously has recently had manufactured for his child is so magnificent against the impure worship of the heathen tribes. as to cost the State £200,000. It was first framed with mango Thoroughly and relentlessly those Israelite fighters this is ornamented gold work, set with diamonds, rubies, sap
wood, and then encased with sheet gold inside and out. Over did their work, and the silence of death followed phires, emeralds, and other precious stones. in their path. Every home in that proud city lay de- A TRAVELLER, familiar with Norway and its people, testifies mohished and desolate—all save one.
to the remarkable kindness with which the Norwegians treat That house still remained standing on a fragment their domestic animals. One result of this gentleness is that of the wall, unshaken like the rest, and within it, vicious horses are unknown in Norway; broken knees are crouching and shuddering at the shrieks of their capable of work until they are twenty-five or thirty years old. countrymen in the streets without, were gathered The same consideration is extended to other creatures ; cats Rahab and her relatives. With terrified hearts, they that he one day
saw a woman holding an umbrella, as a shelter had heard the great walls falling around them, and from the hot summer sun, over a fat black pig. No legislation the shouts of the advancing foe; and not until the ) is needed there to enforce the claims of the dumb creation.
BY EMMA LESLIE,
CHAPTER IV.—The Lost Purse.
to her dismay she found her pocket empty. “Oh,
stop a minute, wait for me Marion, I must have UNDAY “outings,” in the dropped my purse !” and Kate began to elbow her holiday-making sense, were way through the crowd back to where she had been not much to Kate's fancy, but sitting. The place was vacant now, and she hunted she had exhausted all her all round, but no purse could be seen: “Oh, what excuses and objections, and shall I do, what shall I do!" she exclaimed, found herself forced to yield bursting into tears. to Marion's proposal. So the “ What is it, why don't you come ?” said Marion, two girls went off and found who had now come back for her. their friends waiting for them "My purse, my purse, I've lost it !” sobbed poor a short distance from the Kate. shop. The bells of various “Lost your purse !” exclaimed Marion. “ Did churches were ringing for you drop it ? ” morning service, and Kate Kate shook her head. “I don't know ; I thought ventured to whisper to her I put it into my pocket," she said. cousin that she would like to The two were looking under the seats, and all
go, but Marion shook her round as they talked, but now they heard Bella and head so decidedly that she gave up the point at once, their companions calling to them from the pier to but she did not take much interest in the discussion make haste, as the steamboat was about to leave, that was going on about the rival attractions of so they had to give up the search and run ashore. Greenwich and Richmond, saying she knew nothing “Tickets, Miss, tickets," said the man, as they about either.
were hastening past to join their friends. Marion At last it was decided that they should spend the gave up hers, but Kate could only repeat, " What afternoon at Greenwich, going and returning by shall I do, what shall I do!” water. The young men walked with them almost as “ Have you bad a purse given to you that was far as Marion's home, but left them at the corner of found on board the boat ?" asked Marion. the street, and nothing was said to her father about The man laughed at the question. “I suppose these companions of their walk. When Isabel you have lost one,” he said. heard where they were going she declared she must Yes, and my steamboat ticket was in it. Did have her bonnet altered, and Marion sat down to do anyone give it to you?” asked Kate, anxiously. this while her sister got the dinner ready.
Oh, no! my dear, I've seen no purse. You must As they were going out after dinner, Marion said, pay again, that's all I can say." "Perhaps we shall stop out to tea, father. I want to * But how can I pay, all my money was in my go and see a friend to-day, and she is sure to ask us purse," sobbed Kate. to stay to tea."
“What is it, what's the row?” asked one of the Very well, my dear, I can manage to get tea for young men, who had come back for them. myself and the boys," said her father carelessly, “ This young lady's lost her purse, that's all," said Marion always had been allowed to do very much as the man. “Are you one of her friends ?” he she pleased, and since her mother's death, and she suddenly added. had got a situation, she had taken the reins quite "Yes, I am !" said the young man. into her own hands, and seldom asked advice, and " Ah, well then, the matter can soon be settled. still more rarely accepted it when it was offered. You see her ticket was in the purse, and we can't be
Kate felt rather uncomfortable at first, when she expected to lose that.” thought of this steamboat excursion, but she soon Precious mean of you then," grumbled the forgot this in the pleasure and novelty of the scene friend, putting his hand into his pocket and counting around her, and she stifled the voice of conscience, out Kate's fare. by whispering that this would not happen again, There was a momentary sense of relief in Kate's she had only come this once, that her cousin might mind, and Marion whispered, * There, now it's all go with her to the Bible-class when the fine weather right, come along and forget all about it.” was over.
But that was just what Kate could not do; and The steamboat was crowded, and there was a good the longer she thought about it, the more miserable deal of pushing and squeezing when they reached she grew. They went for a walk in the grand old Greenwich Pier, where most of the passengers were park, which Kate would have enjoyed immensely s landed.
any other time, but conscience was reproving her for “ All tickets ready!' all tickets ready!" called the this misspent Sabbath, and then the loss of her man at the end of the landing-board, while another money almost distracted her, for she was to receive took each passenger's scrap of paper as they passed her salary from Mrs. Maple by the quarter, and so it ont. Kate had put her ticket in her purse for safety ; would be nearly three months before she had and now put her hand into her pocket to get it; but I another penny she could call her own.
“Come, coine, don't fret about that,” suid the young man again ; “my purse is at your service. Marion, after a lengthened silence on Kate's part. I will give it you, if you like--if you will only “ I suppose you only had a shilling or two in your laugh and chat as you did on board the steamer." purse.'
Kate smiled, and thanked him, but declined to “ There was more than five shillings—all mother accept either purse or tea from him. gave me to pay for letters and what little things I You are almost a stranger to me, and I feel might want," said Kate, with another sob.
vexed that you should have had to pay for my Oh, dear, how tiresome for you. But there, don't steamboat ticket,” she said. cry any more, Kate, it looks so childish ; you must “Oh, Kate, how rude you are," said Marion, write and ask your mother to send you some more. crossly; "there, come along to tea, and I will pay
But Kate shook her head. “I can never tell for you, if you will not accept William's kindness. mother how I lost this, so I shan't ask her for any “I cannot,” said Kate; " and I would much more. I must do without until Mrs. Maple pays me. rather stay here than go to a tea I cannot pay for."
Well, we'll talk about that another time; come “Well, you shall pay me back, if you like--if along now, and make yourself agreeable. William that will satisfy you," said Marion, impatiently ; got you out of the scrape about the ticket, and so and Kate reluctantly rose from her seat, and followed you ought to be pleasant to him, and not spoil all the rest, who had already turned in the direction of our fun."
the park gates. • Oh, dear, I wish I had never come,” sighed Marion and the rest seemed to enjoy their tea, Kate.
and laughed and chatted, and tried to rouse Kate " It's no use crying over spilt milk,” said Marion; into something like merriment too, but Kate felt “ so cheer up for a little while, and let us be jolly." too anxious and unhappy to laugh at anythingAnd she took her cousin and led her on to the rest of even the poor jokes and witticisms of William, the party, for Kate had preferred to drop behind, although they were made for her especial benefit, and indulge her gloomy thoughts alone.
and which afforded her so much amusement when “Here, William !” she said, “ try and cheer her they first started. up a bit, she feels dull about losing her purse." "Really, Kate, it is too bad of you to let your loss
The young man tried to “cheer her,” as he had spoil the fun for everybody," said Marion, rebeen directed, but it was not an easy task. He proachfully, as they turned towards the steamboat was not the sort of companion Kate had been used pier once more. to, and could talk of little but music-halls, and “I don't want to spoil your fun; I only want theatres, and the last popular song, and singers- you to leave me alone,” said Kate, crossly. And things which Kate knew nothing about, and could Marion did leave her alone for the rest of the not interest her just now; so that the afternoon evening, but her self-appointed friend would not. passed slowly away.
He paid her steamboat fare back, and talked to her Remembering Marion's words to her father, Kate as assiduously as he had done during the afternoon, whispered
but with little better success, and Kate was thankful “Does your friend live at Greenwich ?"
when the miserable day came to an end, and she They were leaving the park now, and Bella was
was once more in the little bedroom she shared with declaring that she must have some tea before she Marion. went home.
“ And do you really mean to say, Kate, that yon “What friend ?" asked Marion, in some surprise. took out all the money you possessed ?" said her “ The friend you
father you were coming cousin, as she began to undress. to see."
“ Yes. I know it was very foolish,” sighed Kate. Marion laughed. • What an innocent chicken
“How much was there altogether ?” asked her you are, Kate. These are the friends I meant, only cousin. it would not do to tell father everything. I like to " Nearly six shillings." manage my own affairs.”
“Oh, well, that wasn't much," said Marion, “But where are you going to tea ?”
rather contemptuously, “and I daresay you will be “Oh, somewhere near the park gates. There's able to manage until your mother sends you some lots of places about here."
more." “ Well, then, I'll sit down on this seat, and
you “I shall not ask mother-Ill wait until Mrs. can come for me when you are ready to go home,” Maple pays me my wages." and Kate went over to the seat, but was closely "Say salary, my dear, that is more genteel," followed by the rest.
said Marion. "But how are you going to manage “ Come, come, we can't allow this, you know," for your letters ; and you'll want new neck-ribbons, said her self-constituted guardian, William ; "you and that bonnet will never last you three months.” are under my charge, and you must come and have “It must, and I shall have to do without necksome tea."
ribbons. There, don't bother me to-night,” concluded “Oh, do please leave me alone; I shall feel better Kate. here," pleaded Kate.
“I don't want to bother you, and you are a goose “Nonsense, Kate, a cup of tea will do you good," to bother and worry yourself as you do about trifles. said Bella, impatiently.
Most girls would have forgotten the loss of a paltry “ But you forget I have lost my purse, and have purse when they had a nice-looking young man no money to pay for it,” replied Kate, a little like William so kind to them. You must make it bitterly.
up to him, you know; he will expect i:,'' said “But I told you that did not watter," interposed Marion.
Kate lifted her head, and looked at her cousin, one of them is forgotten before God! But even the but Marion turned her head aside.
very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not “ Make it up to him. What do you mean, Marion ? therefore : ye are of more value than many sparOf course I shall pay the shilling I owe him for my rows." And yet she thought her trouble, great and steamboat fare, I told him so when I said good overwhelming as it was to her, too insignificant night.'"
to bring to God. * You did ! How can you be so rude or so Her thoughts were also running on her cousin's stupid, which is it? Don't you know they like to last words, and after she got into bed, she said pay for us, if they can get the chance. I let them again : do it sometimes; it pleases them, and don't hurt “I wish you would tell me how I can make it up me."
to William-about that shilling, I mean ; it will be “What, when you have the money in your such a long time for him to wait before I can pay it." pocket, and can pay for yourself ?" exclaimed Kate, “I should think it would, if you mean to wait in astonishment.
until you take your salary,” said Marion im“ Yes; why shouldn't they spend their money if patiently. they like it; and besides, I make it up to them," “Well, then, tell me what I can do besides. added Marion.
How do you make it up when they pay shillings for “How do you do that ?" asked Kate.
you But Marion did not answer. She began to feel “Keep your eyes open, and you'll see for yourself half sorry she had told her cousin as much as she some day. But you'd better shut them now, and had.
go to sleep, or you won't be able to keep them open “How do you make it up to them ?" repeated at the right time,” concluded Marion, as she turned Kate.
round to put an end to the talk. “Oh, don't bother me to night, I'm tired. Keep But after a minute or two, Kate said, “You your eyes open, and you'll see for yourself,” con might tell me when it is the right time to keep them cluded Marion, as she got into bed.
open, Marion.” Kate kneeled down, as she always did, for the Oh, don't bother; go to sleep. “ Haven't you habit of prayer was too strong to be broken all at heard there's tricks in every trade.' once.
She felt ashamed and unhappy as she “I don't know ; perhaps I have.” kneeled down, and she wished she could pray as her « Well, then, keep a sharp look-out, and you'll mother and teacher had often told her-pouring out soon learn the tricks of ours. There now, go to her whole heart before God; but how could she sleep. Good-night. Don't dream about your sis pray aright, when she could think of nothing but shillings if you can help it.” And Marion was soon the six shillings she had lost. When she had got fast asleep; but it was a long time before Kate could over this trouble, and persuaded her cousin to go close her eyes, for conscience was at work again, with her to Bible-class, she would be able to pray urging her to tell her mother of her loss, and all again, she thought, but now it would be useless to that led to it. But Kate was afraid. She could try. Poor, foolish Kate, she had read often enough not bear to forfeit her mother's good opinion, and those words, “ Be careful for nothing, but in every- make her anxious. She might even send for her thing by prayer and supplication, let your requests to come home, and Kate did not like the idea of that be made known unto God;" and yet she was afraid at all. She was very comfortable in this 's oldto bring this trouble to Him. She had read those fashioned place,” as everybody called it, and not at gracious words of the Lord Jesus Christ, “ Are all inclined to go back to a quiet country life. not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not
(To be continued.)
JMONG THE COASTGUARDS,
BY MABEL McTIER.
see what small pier for sloops and schooners to discharge
brute wasn't a pin the worse, my long glass, had off cap and coat, and had dived and hardly thanked me, while I suffered for two in after him. He was an old man of seventy, and years. Ay, I was wo years on the shore list for there was nobody there seemed to know what to do, that little job! Here's how it was. It happened and not a small boat near. It was fourteen feet of
a steep wall from the pier head to the water, so I “Give him an easy station," said he to our Comhad a good leap before I touched water; and some- mander ; 'and so the Commander did-sent me to a how I wasn't able to get my eyes open, between the wee, quiet fishing village, where I broke my heart height, and the dirt floating round, and the sudden for want of something to do; but, as it turned out, I spring, and I was a minute or two groping about on got promotion out of it, ay, and another medal, too. the bottom trying to find ola Pat, when I heard a “ Wonderful man," eh? Well, now, the case I'm shout, “ Here he is, sir, on the top of the water.” coming to was a kind of life-boat work, only I had Up I darted, and caught Pat by the collar of his nothing but a common fishing row-boat and a scratch oilskin coat with my left hand, and struck out with crew of fishermen with me--all volunteers, too. It my right, swimming.
was such an easy station, I had only a couple of men It was all fair so far, but when I got to the pier with me in it. there were no steps that side, and the men on top About three o'clock on a stormy January afterwere gaping and shouting, but without a thought of noon, I was coming down by the little harbour, helping us up that straight, slippery wall. I caught when I saw a crowd of fishermen pointing out to sea sight of the chain of a large schooner fastened and greatly excited. A fierce gale was blowing from to the pawl on the pier. The ground-swell kept the southward, with a thick, wetting drizzle, and towing the vessel backward and forward, and as she through it they pointed out to me a small fishingwent the chain rose to the top of the pier and fell | boat, trying to make home, but helplessly drifting again nearly level with the water. A grand thing out to sea further away every minute, as the day for me, I thought, expecting I would get help at closed in, and was nearly three miles out already.
I hooked my right hand through one of the Her crew, an old fisherman and his three sons, were big links of the chain, and held on to Pat's coat evidently too worn out with rowing to do any good. It with the left; but Pat was no sooner clear of the was heart-breaking to watch them; and when a water than he got his two arms affectionately clasped voice somewhere said, “Poor wee Davie's with them, round both my legs, and there I was, powerless. too”-and I knew Davie to be a little fellow of And it was no joke. In grasping the chain I never twelve years old—I spoke out, for my heart always noticed how high the ground-swell lifted the ship. frets for children in danger on the sea It was twelve feet from the water; and five times I “Who'll go along o' me and bring them home ?” was lifted by one arm, with a man weighing at least I never met å readier answer. Four, five, eighteleven stone holding on to me; and five times I was ay, ten men stepped forward to offer to go, and lowered by the tow of the vessel till my knees were twenty hands of those stout, warm-hearted fisher covered in the water; and every time I came up my fellows helped us get the boat out. right hand in the chain ground and jammed against I took a steady-looking boat, and five of the the pier wall, till it was cut and peeled of flesh into hardiest of the younger men for it. The gale was the bare bone. There it is—you can see the damage rising more and more furiously, and the water yet. There's a set of deformed knuckles, double the breaking in white mountains everywhere. We natural size, seamed and scarred like an old ship, pulled straight, however : grand boys to row, those for you!
fishermen, when' their hearts' in it! But the boat Well, at last the dunderheads on the pier began we came to help was six miles out when we reached to think something ought to be done for us, and by her.
were clean done, and poor wee way of help they leaned over, and the strongest Davie was barefooted and bareheaded; and oh! the among them got hold of my poor arm, and hauled pinched blue face of that perished child in that and pulled till somehow or other they got both me wild sea storm, with the waves sweeping in sheets and Pat on to the pier. Bless you, sirs, I was past across the boat, and no food for hours ! I took him feeling I had any arm at all when they were done. into our boat, and took off my big cloth coat and But oh, the suffering I had after with my hand and wrapped him from head to heel in it. I had only shoulder! The doctor called it “partial dislocation," the one on me; but I had a warm woollen shirt on, but he blistered and leeched and cupped it, till I and we would soon be in, and I could change. I hated the very sight of him; decent fellow he was, put two of our fresh men to row in the drifted boat, too, and anxious to cure me. I was on the sick list, and we pulled for shore again. as I said, for twenty-one days, and on shore service But, bless your hearts, sirs ! we pulled and for two years after. Old Pat walked away as fresh rowed, and better rowed, but we didn't make a pin's as a nut that has never been cracked, and hardly point. The night came down on us like a blanket, said, " Thank ye.” Well, the big-wigs of the place the sea washed over us in bucketfuls, and all the made a stir, and I got two medals and a few baling we could do wouldn't keep her dry. We sovereigns from the Societies that reward for saving rowed our very best for an hour and more ; but with life. But one day, near about two years after, we all we did we were only being blown out to sea, were notified the Commodore was coming round to drifting as helplessly as those we came after, out inspect, and we all went. I wore my medals, along and out. We had kept close with the other boat; with my best togs, as in duty bound, but I was still but after baleing awhile, when I lifted my head to looking and feeling badly. The Commodore noticed find her she was gone !-gone clean out of sight into me among the rest, and asked my name; and when the pitch darkness, not a sign of her. he heard it he said, “I have heard all about you, We hailed, but could hear nothing with the gale. and how your illness was caused, my brave fellow;" “ Pull back a bit, boys!" No use, not a sign of her and do you know, sirs, he went ahead, praising me, though we went round and about, hailing as loud as and saying such powerful fine things of me before ever we were able.
men, that I was real glad when he gave over. Well, we made up our minds we must d for our