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London:
THE BOOK SOCIETY,
28, PAT RNOSTER ROW, AND BAZAAR, SOHO SQUARE,

MDCCCLXXIV.

“A babe in a house is a well-spring of pleasure, a messenger of peace and love ;
A resting place for innocence on earth; a link between angels and men :
Yet is it a talent of trust, a loan to be rendered back with interest;
A delight, but redolent of care; honey-sweet, but lacking not the bitter.
For character groweth day by day, and all things aid it in unfolding,
And the bent unto good or evil may be given in the hours of infancy :
Scratch the green rind of a sapling, or wantonly twist it in the soil,
The scarred and crooked oak will tell of thee for centuries to come;
Even so mayest thou guide the mind to good, or lead it to the marrings of evil,
For disposition is builded up by the fashionings of first impressions :
Wherefore, though the voice of Instruction waiteth for the ear of Reason,
Yet with his mother's milk the young child drinketh Education."

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Bear and Forbear

Beckoning

Bereaved (To the)

Bereaved Mother (The)

Bible (The) ...
Bible in the Family
Blessing for Baby (A)
Blind Matthew
Brave Old Mother (The)

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91
117
147
143
61
15
111
168

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Habits of Frugality

107

Hannah and Samuel

113
37

Early Conversion...

136, 159
Early Culture

38
Early Education

85
Early Impressions

95
Early Piety

40

Ebenezer and Jehovah Jireh 13

Endearments of the Poor

46
Example of Home (The) 120

141
Hint for Preachers (A)

172

Hints for the Household 16, 32,

48, 64, 80, 96, 112, 128, 144, 160,

176, 192

Home Consecrated (The). 125

Home Influence ...

182

Home Playmates and Companions 31

Home Training of Dr. Guthrie... 47

Honouring Parents

65
Household Affairs

28
Household Prayer

10
How God Heard a Mother's Prayer 177
How I was Saved

115

How to be Able to do Good 60

How to bring up Children ... 70

" I telled Betty
I've Found a Joy in Sorrow

189
10

Jochebed
Joshua, and Family Religion

85
185

Life-Boat (The)

Life-Boat Story (A)

Little Nelly ...

Little Nurse (The)

Little Ones (The)

Live in Love

155

155

179

191
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46

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Marriage

141
Mocker (A).

3
Moral Training

58
Mother (Wise)

76
Mother and Son

26
Mother Comforting her Child (A) 167
Mother of John Wesley (The)... 117
Mother's Love

157
Mother's Love (A)

133
Mother’s “ Good-night” (The)... 191
Mother's Prayers (A)...

33
Mother's Reward (A)..
Mother's Words (A)

50

Mothers Praying for their Children 149

Mr. Collins and the Smoker

9

My Garden Flowers

37

My Mother's Knee

15

My Mother's Prayers

19

“My Wife saved it for me

166

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Well-spent Sunday

125
White as Snow

159

Widow's Prayer Answered (The) 97

With the Little Ones ...

101

Woman's Influence (A)

81

Words of Loving Counsel 139

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THE

MOTHERS FREASURY.

A TALE OF HARD TIMES,
“Make me a little cake first.”—1 Kings xvii. 13.
T was a season of grievous distress throughout the

Phoenician borders. In vain did the merchant
princes of Tyre and Sidon spread out their wares
to tempt their neighbours of Asher and Naphtali
to traffic in their marts. No caravans laden with

“ wheat of Minnith, and Pannag, and honey, and oil, and balm,” wound through the passes of

Lebanon; no joyful son of Issachar cheered his mule, crouching between two burdens” of olives, destined for the bazaars of Accho. The earth was burned with drought. For many months there had been no rain in all the land of Israel. Nature withered; the surface of the plains became powder and dust; and famine lay sore upon man and beast.

Those were " hard times in Samaria and Galilee; hard even for the rich, and much more so for the poor. In a little town on the declivity of Lebanon, in sight of the sea, lived a woman and her son. Through all the trials and distress which came so heavily upon the community, she had toiled on; for when did ever a mother cease her struggles against want and despair, while the image of a beloved child was before her, to nerve her for the effort ? But every resource was at length exhausted. Wasted with grief and famine, even a mother was ready to abandon the struggle for life; and collecting her last handful of meal, she went outside the gate to gather sticks, that she might go in and dress it, for herself and her son, that they might eat it and die.

While she was engaged in this melancholy service, she was accosted by a venerable stranger, "a hairy man, and girt with a girdle of leather about his loins," who, on learning her circumstances, bade her go and do as she had purposed; but, said he, in a tone that at once awed and revived her spirit, “ Make me thereof a little cake first." She obeyed his word, and God blessed her in her obedience ; for her barrel of meal did not waste, nor her cruise of oil fail, as long as those hard times lasted.

The widow of Zarephath wins our praise for the simplicity of her faith, and affords us a model for our imitation. From her humble history we learn, that the present are not the only “hard times” that the world has seen, nor are we the first embarrassed

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