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love and gentleness, and after the dog bas eaten them, it is not likely that he will hunt or fight for me any more.

Of course he was not long in finding out that the dog was made neither better nor worse by eating the words. How many are there upon whom those words, so “full of love," have no more effect for good than they had on the poor African's dog !



The morning bright,

With rosy light,
Has waked me from my sleep ;

Father, I own

Thy love alone
Thy little

ne doth keep
All through the day,

I humbly pray,
Be thou my guard and guide :

My sins forgive;

And let me live,
Bless'd Jesus, near Thy side!

O make thy rest

Within my breast,
Great Spirit of all grace !

Make me like Thee;

Then I shall be
Prepared to see Thy face !



1st Week

53. "Serve the Lord with fear."
54. Which of our Lord's followers was

without guile?"

2nd Week

55. “If God be for us, who can be

against us?" 56. Where was John when the Revela

tion was sent to him?

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57. “ I write unto you little children, be

cause ye have known the Father." 58. To whom did our Lord say, "much

was forgiven?"
59. “Love one another."
60. Whose ear did Peter cut off ?

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(45.) Jer. iii. 13. (46). Naaman : 2 Kings v. 12. (47). Jer. iii. 4. (48). Mosera: Deut. x. 6. (49). Psa. XXV. 11. (50). Twice : Isa. xlviii. 22; lvii. 21. (51). 1 Pet. ii. 25. (52). Rahab: Joshua ii. 1.


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ATTACK OF BABOONS. LAST month I gave you a story of a mischievous baboon who killed an alligator and

a boa constrictor. Now I will give you a story of some who once tried to kill a man. Whilst on an excursion to Perrie Bush, about sixteen miles from King William's Town, in Caffraria, at the Cape of Good Hope (says a traveller), I started from the village alone, for the purpose of visiting the saw-pits, which were about a mile or more towards the midst of the forest. Having reached these, and done my business, I was informed of a small rivulet, at a little distance further on among the woods, forming some very, picturesque cascades, and the banks of which were covered with a beautiful and rare kind of flower. I therefore started alone upon a ramble in search of it, and succeeded at length, after some little difficulty, in making it out. Seduced by the wild loveliness of the scene, I advanced further on, at the other side of the stream, along what is called a Caffre path; but soon getting off this, I became entangled in the bush and underwood. The foliage overhead being so thick as to exclude the sun, a small pocket compass was the only safe guide; and, whilst trying to adjust and steady this, I was saluted by a rolley of broken sticks and berries from overhead. Never dreaming of such an attack, and not being able to see the slightest vestige of animals pear, I still continued my occupation, when a second similar salute made me gladly pocket the compass, and make towards the low ground in hopes of finding the stream. This I soon

reached, and when on its bank, more easily recovered the lost path. During the perplexity, however, the chattering overhead soon betrayed the assailants to be a large herd of baboons, whom I now thought, when clear of the thicket, I might tease in my turn. Accordingly I commenced throwing stones at such as were within reach; when, instead of taking to flight (as I expected they would), to my great consternation I beheld, from every tree near me, five or ten of the great mis-shaped creatures, swinging from branch to branch, and making towards me along the ground. Having no gun and no whip

with me, I now thought it full time to run off, which I immediately did, running faster, probably, than ever I did before or since, and pursued at full cry (if cry the dreadful noise could be termed) by fifty or sixty ugly awkward creatures, that seemed to mock at the courage of their adversary, and certainly despised his ill-judged plan of attack and defence. At the saw-pits, however, they sounded the halt, fearing that I should find reinforcements there among the sawyers. But this, to my great dismay, was not forthcoming, as they had gone home to the village for dinner. I, therefore, tried to increase my speed, and finally succeeded in getting well away from them and back to Perrie, very glad indeed to escape so easily; and my face and boots telling rather plainly there, whether I had been following after the beautiful, or the baboons after me.

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