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repulses and discouragements which he met with. But he persevered, and at length, after long waiting, was admitted to baptism.

Now he was filled with joy; yet there was one thought which depressed his spirit. He had an aged mother and a brother at Mitylene, who were strangers to the hope and peace which he had found. He determined to visit them, and carry the Gospel to them; but while he was on his way thither, he was recognized by an officer of the customs, and questioned as to the object of his journey and the change in his faith. He immediately avowed himself a Christian ! The consequence was, that he was cast into prison, and subjected to every kind of torture; but he continued immovable.

As soon as this event became known, the Christians were deeply affected. One of them, after much contrivance, succeeded in obtaining an interview with the poor Turk in his prison. He sought to console him, by assuring him how much they all felt for him, and how earnest had been their prayers for his deliverance, for the strengthening of his faith; and how he had himself been sent on their part to encourage him. “I thank you for your love,” was the calm and courageous reply; “ but, blessed be God, I stand in no need of encouragement; I know whom I have believed, and by His shall endure all, even unto the end !

This was no vain boast, but the confidence of a mind that was stayed on God. That

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confidence was not disappointed. Liberty, wealth, honour, and happiness offered to him, on the single condition of his returning to the religion of his fathers, he nobly and steadily refused, and, with unshaken constancy, meekly suffered death as a witness for the truth.


THE LOST AND SAVED. Do you know what it is to be lost? How would you feel if you

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from your tather's house, and were lost in a forest in a dark night, and heard the bears growling, and the wolves howling all around you ?

A good man was travelling through a wood in a dark night, in a foreign land, many years ago. The frightful howl of the wolf, and the terrible yell of the wild cat, every now and then broke the silent stillness of the dark night. As he rode slowly along, he heard a soft and gentle cry. He thought it was a child. He stopped and listened. It seemed a great way off. He said to himself, “ What shall I do? It may be a wild-cat, for this creature sometimes imitates the cry of a person in distress, to draw people to it, that it may devour them; or it may be a robber, who seeks to lure me out of my path, and get my money. If it is really a child, it is so dark, I am afraid that I cannot find it.” He listened again, and still heard the cry as of a child. He was a kind-hearted, resolute man. He said to himself again, “It may be a child. I will go to its relief, though I may risk my own life.” So he got off his horse, and tied him to a tree, and went into the woods, in the direction where he heard the cry. After going some distance, he heard it, as he thought, still fur



ther off, in a different direction. Still be followed on. After going for some time, he stopped to listen, and felt a little hand pulling his clothes. He stooped down to see what it was, for he did not know but it might be a black snake winding itself around

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him; but he heard a low sweet voice say, “ Pa, is it you?”

The gentleman took up the little boy, who was about four years of age.

But now he was in danger of being lost himself, for he did not know how he should find his way back in the dark to his horse. However, God directed his feet, and he came out in the right place. He got on his horse, with the boy in his arms, and rode on till he came to a house, when he got off, and went in, and lo! it was the house of the boy's father.

Oh! what, then, was 'the joy in that house! The father and mother fainted when they saw their little son, for they thought he was dead. The children jumped, and clapped their hands, and cried, “ Henry's come! Henry's come!” Poor little fellow, he had been lost from his father's house almost three days. He was pale, and almost starved. Oh, how glad he was to get home! and they were all glad and rejoiced, for they were mourning for him, thinking be was dead.

He had been lost, and was found.

Now, do you not think this boy would love this kind friend, who went among the wolves and wild-cats, and risked his own life to save him? Would he not think of him a great deal, and do everything to please him? But if the little boy had refused to go with the man who found him in the woods, he would not only have been

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very ungrateful for his kindness, but he would not have been saved.

Now, all our little readers, like this little boy, are lost. God is your Father, but you have wandered away from Him, and are now groping your way in the dark. If you go on still in this way, you will be lost for ever. But, like this good man, Jesus saw you, had pity on you, and came down from heaven to save you. He not only risked his life among his deadly enemies, but he freely gave up his Jife for us.

He suffered, and bled, and died on the cross, that He might take you back to your Father's house. And when one poor sinner returns to God, there is joy in heaven, as there was in that house when the good man brought that little boy home. But if you refuse to follow the Saviour, you will not only be very ungrateful to Him, but you will be for ever lost; for He will not save you unless you come to Him. He now calls, and says,

- Suffer the little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of God;" and He says He came to seek and to save that which was lost. He has come to you, and is waiting to save you. Will you follow Him, and be saved ?



II.-ARK OF NOAH. Mamma.-Bessie, you have lately been reading the history of the flood, and you can tell me about the building of Noah's ark.

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