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when we are all to play with it, and so, of Harry took it so manfully that we gave him course, it's of no consequence who keeps it.' three rousing cheers,' explained Frank Wood.

‘Jimmy Taylor has his ball with him,' re- “He deserved them. You would say so had plied Harry, pleasantly; 'it's almost as good you been here,' added Jimmy Taylor. as mine. You will have to finish your game I wish I had been here,' said Fred, taking with that to-night, because I promised to play off his cap to the girls, and wiping his white with mine in our yard with my little brother forehead with a blue-bordered handkerchief. and sister while mamma goes down town. It ‘And the worst of it is,' broke in George would be wrong for me to disappoint them.' Howe, there is no use looking for the ball.

'If I were a nursemaid, and as old as you It would be like hunting for a red forget-meare, I would not tell of it,' cried Tom angrily, not down there in the marsh.'

and as for this hateful ball of yours, it has That is so,' said Clarence Stedman, 'and made trouble enough,' and he sent it with all it is my opinion that the ball went into the his might in the direction of the shining roofs river; if it did, it has gone over the dam by of his father's factories.

this time.' A cry of indignation went up from the little Three or four eager voices assented to this group. Harry alone remained quiet. He opinion, and Frank Wood continued thoughtwatched the red speck of a ball" as it flew fully, “I don't see what we can do about it. away like a bright-winged bird over the Now, if it was a common ball, such as one willows that grew upon the margin of the could buy at the shops, we could chip in and rapid river.

get Harry another, of course. But there never He turned pale, clenched his hands, shut his can be found one to really replace the one lips tightly for a moment, drew in his breath made by his grandmother. I saw her once. through his distended nostrils, and, as matters She has hair like shining snow, and soft blue stood just then, it looked as if that · Cross- eyes, and a smile like sunshine. And as true grained' boy would very likely be knocked off as you live, she likes boys, and is all the time the embankment which ran along the river- doing some little thing to please them.' side of Prospect Street.

'I know it,' said Jimmy Taylor. I, too, Tom Crossman doubtless thought of this saw her at Harry's father's, visiting. I think himself, for he kept his eye steadily upon his it was her talk and her 'stories that made insulted and injured playmate, and slowly Harry try to keep his temper. Didn't he look backed step by step outside the circle, so as to splendid, though, when he stood there with be in good and easy position to run when his eyes blazing? Harry should make for him.

• Didn't he, though ?' echoed the rest of the But the brave, noble boy stood in his tracks boys as they went their different ways. till the battle within should be decided. As As soon as the lads were out of earshot, soon as he could trust himself, he said, with Grace Crossman said to Mary Dickinson, no sign of emotion, save a little tremble in his eagerlyvoice, which he could not quite control

Do you know, Mary dear, I think I can 'I am sorry for you, Tom Crossman; I pity find that ball? I am sure I saw it when it you. I could give you a sound thrashing: fell. It was lost to sight for a moment in the All the boys know it, and you know it, but I willows, and then I saw the red speck again won't touch you,' and Harry, lifting his cap near the great oak just across the river. Come again to the young misses, and nodding plea- over the footbridge with me, please, and we santly towards his playfellows, turned about will look for it,' and in a moment more the and walked up towards his home.

short grey jackets and sailor hats of the two Tom Crossman looked vainly in each face pretty girls were lost to sight amid the foliage of the group of bright, well-bred boys and of the trees upon the hillside, as they sped girls for some expression of sympathy, and away down the winding footpath. then quickly jumped off the embankment, It began to rain in the night, and the next and skulked away down the hillside by a foot morning, as Harry stood by the window lookpath which led through the beautiful grounds ing out at the dripping shrubbery, thinking which surrounded his father's residence. how the bright red leather of the fine new

Presently hearing a shout, he glanced back ball must be soaked and spoiled now, there to see the whole group looking up the street was a ring at the door, and a note in an after Harry; and the boys were shouting envelope was brought to Master Harry. lustily

Oh, what is it? what is it?' the brother ‘Hurrah for Harry!'

and sister asked eagerly; and hastily opening ‘Three cheers for Harry Bedford, the bravest the envelope, Harry readboy in Brightriver!'

Master Harry is cordially invited to an

impromptu Rainy Day entertainment, beginCHAPTER II.

ing at 3 o'clock this afternoon, and also to What is going on?' asked Fred Perkins, take tea with his classmate, who came running down the hill just as the

May 27.

GRACE CROSSMAN.' ringing chorus of the excited boys died away. Harry was a good deal excited over the

Oh, Tom Crossman threw away Harry proposed entertainment, as a matter of course. Bedford's new ball just now, out of spite, and It's just like Gracie,' he said, 'to get up


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something like this for a rainy day, and just chorus, and all the huge handkerchiefs were like her mother to allow it.'

discarded. At the close, as they sangAt just three o'clock he was ushered into

* All of us know a ball was found,' Mrs Crossman's parlour; and at the same they swung their handkerchiefs, and danced moment Tom Crossman was ushered in by a merrily to the strains of the piano. door on the opposite side of the large, elegantly Then taking the ball in a dainty silver furnished room. It was an odd situation for basket wreathed with flowers, Grace advanced the two lads, to stand there confronting each and presented it to Harry, who arose from an other. Both glanced around, but there was arm-chair, where he had been so thoroughly no one else present, and they hardly knew enjoying the performance as to have forgotten what to do or say first.

how closely he was identified with it. The There was not time for much show of performers quickly gathered around him, embarrassment, however. Harry had just shouting,bowed politely to Tom, when the folding-doors *Hurrah for Harry! Hurrah for Harry rolled back, disclosing a miniature stage, upon Bedford !! which stood, in dainty fancy costumes, all the The hidden piano struck up a march, the boys who were present at the game of ball the folding-doors at the rear of the back parlour evening before, and an equal number of girls, suddenly opened, disclosing a table set with a including Grace, the young hostess, and her delicious supper. The boys and girls arranged friend, Mary Dickinson.

themselves, Grace took Harry's arm and beckAn invisible piano immediately struck up a oned her guests to follow to the table. Tom lively air, and Grace began singing and nod- Crossman was left standing awkwardly by himding to Frank Wood, who stood facing her, a self, an interested if not an edified spectator of comical parody upon 'The Muffin Man, which the pretty and gracefully carried-out scene. she had learned on a recent visit, but which Tom loved dainties dearly. He knew from was quite new to the company

experience the delicacy and richness of his Did you know a ball was lost,

aunt's cakes and tarts and ice-creams. He Ball was lost,

wanted to go to the table, and he did not Ball was lost,

know what to do. In a moment, however, for Did you know a ball was lost,

it would have been cruel to prolong Tom's Last night on Prospect Street?'

punishment, deserved though it was, Gracie's And Frank, taking up the air, and nodding in older sister Lizzie came fluttering out from turn, replied

behind the Japanese screen, which hid the "Yes, I knew a ball was lost,

piano, and taking the poor boy's arm, said very Ball was lost,

sweetlyBall was lost,

* Please wait upon me to the table, Cousin Yes, I knew a ball was lost,

Last night on Prospect Street !'

' Thank you, Lizzie,' said Tom with unusual Then turning to the astonished audience of politeness; but of course I can't sit down with two they sang together, swaying their bodies them without offering an apology for my rudeas if in grief, and holding immense handker- ness yesterday.' chiefs to their eyes by one corner, and allow- Certainly not,' replied Lizzie, in a cheerful, ing the opposite corner to hang nearly to the matter-of-fact way, certainly not, and I am floor

glad you thought of it without a suggestion Two of us know a ball was lost,

from me.' Ball was lost,

Tom's face was very red, but at Lizzie's lead Ball was lost,

he advanced to the foot of the table, where Two of us know a ball was lost, Last night on Prospect Street!'

there were two vacant chairs, and said quite

bravelyAnd now Frank sung the query to the girl * It wasn't a moment before I was sorry for next him, and she in turn joined in the chorus, throwing away the ball. I think I will follow singing

Harry's example after this and control my Three of us know a ball was lost,' &c. hasty temper. I beg pardon of all of you, and

' This was kept up until the whole group of of Harry in particular. boys and girls were nodding their heads,

The young people all thought Tom had done swaying their bodies, and holding their hand remarkably well for him, and pricked up their i kerchiefs to their eyes, when they sung

ears to hear what Harry would say in response.

And this is what he said, 'All of us know a ball was lost,

'I forgive you with all my heart, Tom. But Ball was lost,' &c.

if Miss Grace is going to make the settlement Grace stepped forward again, and wiping her of our little differences the occasions for such eyes, sang to merrier music

delightful entertainments, I don't know but "Did you know a ball was found,

we shall be tempted to keep them up.' Ball was found,

They all laughed at that, and bowed to
Ball was found,

Grace, who blushed very prettily, and said
Did you know a ball was found,
Last night on the river bank?'

* Please to pour the water, Cousin Tommy.'

Then he knew he was forgiven.— Boston | This was continued till all had joined in the Watchman.


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A Daily Portion.


WHOLLY.'—1 Thess. v. 23. The less space a man hath allowed for his As original corruption hath depraved all the business, the more he should ply it. The faculties, the whole head is sick, the whole fewer days the fruitfuller lessons. Near to heart faint, no part sound, as if the whole mass His end, Christ washed the disciples' feet; of blood were corrupted; so sanctification goes preached sermon upon sermon, of humility, over the whole soul. After the Fall, there was charity, fervency; revealed many things before ignorance in the mind; now, in sanctification, secreted; I told you not these things from the we are light in the Lord. After the Fall, the beginning Jacob gave his best blessing in will was depraved; there was not only imhis last will. Moses made the best sermon to potency to good, but obstinacy; now, in sancIsrael near his end. David gave the best tification, there is a blessed pliableness in the counsel to Solomon on his death-bed. Peter will; it doth symbolise and comport with the plies his preaching and writing when he knows will of God. After the Fall, the affections there follows instant silence. The devil hath were misplaced on wrong objects; in sanctifi* great wrath, because he knoweth that he cation, they are turned into a sweet order and hath but a short time. As he is never idle, harmony, the grief placed on sin, the love on so then most busy when he perceives his term God, the joy on heaven.—T. Watson. of rage expiring. Therefore let not God's ministers be negligent, for they have but their

MARCH 16. time, and that is short. May we all spend it • AND HAVE PUT ON THE NEW MAN.'to the peace of our consciences, the good of

Col. iii. 10. the Church, and the honour of our Maker.T. Adams.

Sanctification spreads itself as far as original MARCH 13.

corruption; it goes over the whole soul; the 'FOR LOVE'S SAKE I RATHER BESEECH THEE,

God of peace sanctify you wholly. He is not BEING SUCH AN ONE AS PAUL THE AGED.

a sanctified person who is good only in some - Philemon 9.

part, but who is all over sanctified; therefore,

in Scripture, grace is called a new man, not a The words of dying men have been most

new eye or a new tongue, but a new man. A emphatical, most effectual. We remember good Christian, though he

be sanctified but in what our fathers or friends spake last, because part, yet in every part.-T. Watson. we hear them not speak again. The last words of good men are best; as the last

MARCH 17. glimpse of the candle is the most bright, the last glare of the sun going down most clear, / 'THY PEOPLE SHALL BE WILLING IN THE DAY the last speech of a dear friend parting with

OF THY POWER, IN his friends, and departing out of the world, is

HOLINESS.'—Ps. ex. 3. usually most compassionate and pathetical.

As the sun is to the world, so is sanctificaAn admonition uttered by such a teacher, and i tion to the soul, beautifying and bespangling at such a time, and to such an auditory, chal- it in God's eyes. That which makes God lengeth good attention, great devotion. For glorious must needs make us so. Holiness is love's sake I beseech thee, being such an one the most sparkling jewel in the Godhead. as Paul the aged.' This was his adjuration of Glorious in holiness. Sanctification is the first Philemon to grant his request for Onesimus. | fruit of the Spirit; it is heaven begun in the He is a preacher of Christ, hear him; an soul; sanctification and glory differ only in Apostle, hear him; a dying Apostle, O now degree; sanctification is glory in the seed, and or never hear him. We preach to-day, per- glory is sanctification in the flower. Happiness haps may not be able to-morrow; this sermon

is the quintessence of holiness. — T. Watson. may be the last sermon; therefore hear while you may, lest you desire it when you may

MARCH 18. not.-T. Adams.



She, in the gospel, that touched the hem of Lev, xxi. 8.

Christ's garment was healed; a touch of faith Sanctification is a supernatural thing; it is purifies. Nothing can have a greater force divinely infused. We are naturally polluted; upon the heart, to sanctify it, than faith; if I and to cleanse, God takes to be His preroga- believe Christ and His merits are mine, how tive. I am the Lord which sanctifieth you. can I sin against Him? Justifying faith doth Weeds grow of themselves.

Flowers are

that in a spiritual sense which miraculous planted. Sanctification is a flower of the faith doth, it removes mountains, the mounSpirit's planting, therefore it is called the tains of pride, lust, envy. Faith and the love sanctification of the Spirit.-T. Watson, of sin are inconsistent. -T. Watson.


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He that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger.'--JOB xvii. 8.

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HERE are two things all boys 'I don't believe it does,' said John.

want when they are small. One 'I am sure it does, though,' retorted Harry,
is, they want to be big. When positively. 'Papa read it at prayers this
the time comes to put off their morning, “He that hath clean hands shall be
little petticoats and frock, and stronger and stronger," ' and Harry waved his
get their first little coat and arm in the air as if to see whether six or
trousers, how proud they are, seven washings had really made him any
for they now think they are stronger.
getting big

don't suppose that means really The other thing they want is to be strong. clean hands,' said John. 'You are a silly Sometimes they want to be strong so that they little boy, you have had all this trouble for can harness the horse and drive it themselves. nothing.' Sometimes they want to be strong so that they No, I haven't. I'll ask papa to-night if the can earn something, and so help mother. Bible doesn't mean what it says.' Sometimes a boy wants to be strong because So, after tea, Harry said, 'Papa, doesn't the he wants to beat that boy at school who is Bible say that if you have “clean hands" always challenging him to a wrestle, and you'll be strong?' always manages to throw him down. When *Certainly, my boy,' said Mr Williams, I was a little fellow going to school, there was smiling, 'I am glad to see that you remember a boy about my own age, but stronger, who | so well what we read this morning, how Job was always challenging me to wrestle, and said, “The righteous shall hold on his way, who always got me down. I had often heard and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger it said that fat pork would make one strong, and stronger. and that no one could be strong who did not “There,' said Harry, 'I knew I was right; eat it; so for some days I ate fat pork for and washing your hands will make you strong, supper and fat pork for breakfast, expecting won't it?' that by noon I would have the benefit of it in 'It is very good for little boys to wash their the way of making me strong enough to throw hands,' said Mr Williams, “and it helps to that other boy down. By-and-by I got such make them strong and healthy if they keep a dislike to fat pork that for years I could not clean. But there are some stains we can't

Ι bear it, and scarcely can yet. That was my wash off with soap and water, and these are plan to get strong. But the text recommends the stains that this verse means. The other another way yet, it is by getting clean hands.' day I saw a little boy lift his hands to strike

Ι But how can clean hands make you strong? | his sister; and doing this made his hands far you ask.

dirtier than if he had been making mud pies * Harry,' said his brother John, 'what has for a whole day.' made you take this wonderful clean fit all of Harry blushed, for he felt his father meant a sudden? This is the seventh time I have him; and then his papa went onseen you go to the

pump and wash your hands * When I was a little boy I was taught that to-day.'

it was my duty to keep my hands from pick'Because I want to be strong,' replied ing and stealing ; picking, you know, means Harry.

taking little things that don't belong to you; ‘Well, but washing your hands won't make like lumps of sugar out of mamma's cupboard, you strong.'

or picking fruit off the young trees that I tell 'Yes, it will, the Bible says so.'

you not to touch.' 38–14.


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'Well,' said John, 'Eve must have had “Wash me, and I shall be whiter than dirty hands, for she stole fruit in the garden.'

“Now, John,' said Mr Williams, 'can you There, my young friends, you have the remember the name of a man who "stretched meaning of the text. Doing wrong makes forth his hands to vex certain of the Church,” you have, in God's sight, dirty hands. Doing a thing that made his hands very dirty in- right makes you have, in God's sight, clean deed ?'

hands. And when you have clean hands in "That was Herod, papa, when he killed this sense, you are strong in heart and mind James and put Peter in prison.'

and soul to resist temptation and to work for 'Yes; and do you know who it was who God. Now, I will give you two texts about tried to clear himself of a terrible crime by being strong and being clean, and you will see washing his hands ?'

how they agree with what I have been saying. Both boys were silent, and Mr Williams | The first text is 1 John ii. 14 : 'I write unto asked again : “Who took water and washed you, young men, because ye are strong, his hands, saying, “ I am innocent of the blood and have overcome the wicked one.' And of this just person?”)

why were they strong? Because the word of ‘Oh, that was Pilate, when he let the people God abideth with you'—i.e., you do what crucify Jesus,' said Harry.

God's word commands, and you are strong in “Yes;' said their father, “but the stain of doing good. the sin was just as much on his soul after he The other text tells that without clean hands had washed his hands as before; and it is the no one will be allowed to enter heaven-Psalm same with our sins, whether we call them xxiv, 3, 4: 'Who shall ascend the hill of the little or great; we cannot get rid of them or Lord (heaven)? Who shall stand in His holy their consequences, however we try to clear place? He that hath clean hands and a pure ourselves. No washing of our own will do it. heart.' So what must we do, Harry? When you

make Now, young friends, you will remember the your hands dirty with doing wrong, how can text-'He that hath clean hands shall be they be made clean ?'

stronger and stronger,' in all that is good, till "God can wash them, papa. That is what by-and-by you shall be like Christ Himself, you mean-ain't it? Because David said, always doing right, never doing wrong.

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SOME NEW BUOK S. This is an excellent and timely book.* The chasms in the history, the references to Egypauthor in the introduction gives a very satis- tian customs, and the adoption of Egyptian factory account of Kuenen’s ‘Religion of words and rites. Israel.' In the body of the work he con- Occasionally the author lays rather undue siders the theory so much in vogue at the stress upon a point, but as a whole his book present day, that Deuteronomy, and indeed is conclusive. It is written in a popular the greater part of the Pentateuch, was written style, and avoids everything which an intelliafter the Captivity. First, he treats of the ex- gent reader would have difficulty in compreternal evidences, tracing the indications of the hending, but the method is logical and the existence of the Law in successive stages from tone is candid. We heartily recommend the Christ to Malachi, from Malachi to the Cap- work. Dr Stebbins is Professor of Theology tivity, from the Captivity to David, and from in the Meadville School (Unitarian); but here David to Moses. We are sure that many who he is on ground common to all Christians who have been bewildered by the positive asser- hold the divine authority of the Bible, and tions of Rationalistic writers will be surprised has produced a volume which, bating a few to see how much can be said and proved on sentences, all evangelical believers can accept. the other side. The author next turns his There is no popular book that we know of that attention to the internal evidences, and sets presents the matter here contained in a manner forth a number of considerations of great pith so methodical, and clear, and convincing. The and moment-such as the antiquity of the book deserves, and we trust will receive, a style of the Pentateuch, its contents as mark- wide circulation. ing a progress in revelation such as no forger a

[We are indebted for the foregoing notice would think of, the undesigned coincidences to the New York Christian Intelligencer for between its various parts, the amazing minute- December 28. The book has not reached us; ness of its details in certain portions, the but the notice will explain some references in A Study of the Pentateuch.

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