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footpad (robber) actually dead - after the incident referred to, a monument of the righteous His Majesty was unable to see judgment of heaven.


DR. EDWARD YOUNG. A few days before the death This eminent man, the author of this princess, she was informed of “Night Thoughts," was

, by her physicians of the danger one of the chaplains of King she was in. She had always George II. One Sunday, been a special favourite with when preaching in his turn her father, King George III., at St. James's, he found his and she now expressed a wish audience, including the King, to have a valuable stone in very inattentive. After striving her possession put into a ring to the utmost to gain their atfor the King, for him to wear tention, his pity for their folly in remembrance of her. To got the better of him; he sat gratify her wishes, a person was back in the pulpit and burst sent for from London to Wind- into a flood of tears. sor, and on his arrival he received the necessary instructions from herself for the speedy THE YO-SEMITE WATERmaking of the ring. The order

FALL. was soon executed, and the princess had the wished-for N the early morning, or felicity of placing the memorial just at sunset, we have on His Majesty's finger. The the best view of this gift was accompanied by the remarkable Fall. In height, words, “ Remember me," and the two thousand six hundred and King and his daughter parted, - thirty-four feet, it surpasses all to meet no more in this world. other known waterfalls in the During the illness of the prin- world with a like volume of cess the affectionate father had water. It is formed by a creek of frequently conversed with her the same name, which beginsten on the great truths of the Gos- miles away, in Mount Hoffman, pel; but soon after this scene and is fed by melting snows. of the presentation of the ring, It has its bed in solid granite ; symptoms of a mental disorder and, where it flows over the were perceived, and although rock, is from twenty to forty the princess lived a few days feet in width, and from two



to three feet in depth, with it appears like one continuous a current of a mile an hour. descent without a break; in anoWhere it begins to fall, the ther the cascades appear between granite is polished so smooth the two perpendicular falls; and that it is dangerous to step upon from any point, whether near or it. The fall is divided into three across the valley, (here more parts; the first a descent of than a mile in width,) the sight one thousand five hundred feet, is amazing, and far more en

The There it strikes upon a shelf, chanting than Niagara. which stands back nearly two Atlantic to the Pacific. thousand feet from the front of the lower cliff; and, by a series cf cascades, it finds its way

A SONG OF REDEMPTION. down (the descent being, in a perpendicular, six hundred and EDEEM'D! redeem'd!” twenty-six feet) to the edge of

The word went forth from the cliff, where it makes a final

the Father's throne, plunge upon a pile of broken And a ray of light from His blesséd rocks, and is carried away by

Son rivulets . The volume of water Upon the suppliant stream’d :

And the angel-hosts with one is too great to be broken by

accord the fall; and the wind has

Sent forth a shout and song, such an effect upon it that it for another soul by their mighty sways the foaming mass, so Lord that it widens out, before it was promised to their throng. reaches the shelf, to some three hundred feet in breadth at flood- The words rose up as the thunders

“ Forgiven! forgiven!” time. As it tumbles from the roll; cliff it breaks into rocket-like And on the humbled, trembling soul streams, which whirl around in

The echoes fell from heaven : their course. By this motion air And the angels touch'd the silver is collected, and as the great mass

strings of water and air reaches the Of their harps, and caught the flattened shelf of granite, a

word; sound like the report of a can

Veil'd their glad faces with their non is heard through the valley.

wings, The view of this fall varies much

And bow'd before the Lord. in different positions; in some




THE SON OF A KING ; true, but that is no reason why

OR, THE HAPPY SHOE- I shouldn't work and be happy." MAKER.

“I am very much surprised

to see a poor workman like you NE fine summer evening so content, and I don't undera crowd of workmen stand what can make you so."

passing along • Stranger," said the shoethrough the streets of the city maker, laying down his work, of Hamburg. As the multitude and taking hold of the young swept by, an old shoemaker was man's arm with a grave and sitting under a shade before his serious look-“stranger, I am door, busily engaged in mend- not so poor as you think. Let ing a shoe. Sometimes he would me tell you, I am a son of the stop a little from his work, and King.sing a verse or two of one of The young man turned away, the old German psalms which saying to himself, “Poor fellow, he loved very much. A well- he is crazy. He imagines he is dressed young man, a student well off when he is


This in the university, was passing is what makes him happy. I this evening. When he heard the was beginning to think that merry voice of the shoemaker, perhaps he might be able to tell he stopped, and said to him,- me the great secret I am seek

“Well, my friend, you seem ing—that of true happiness. to be happy and contented.” But I was mistaken." “I am happy, Sir," said the A week passed by, and the

“and why shouldn't young student again had occaI be?"

sion to pass the same street. He “I don't know," said the found the old shoemaker sitting student. “A great many people in the same place, still busy are not happy. You seem to with his work, and singing as be very poor. I suppose you cheerfully as before. As he have none but yourself to work drew near, the young man lifted for?"

his cap in a mocking sort of “You are mistaken, Sir," said way, and making a bow to the the shoemaker, “I have a wife shoemaker, said, “Good mornand seven children to feed and ing, Mr. Prince.” support with the work of these Stop, my friend,” said the hands. I'm a poor man, it's shoemaker, laying down his

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work, “I wish to say a few words and told him of the promises to you, if you please. You left of the Old Testament about a me suddenly the other evening, glorious King who was to be as if you thought that I was Saviour and Ruler of the world. crazy."

He showed him that all the * To tell you the truth,” said things that are written in the the young man,

" that is just law of Moses, and in the prowhat I did think.”

phets, and in the Psalms about “Well, my friend,” continued this glorious King, had been the shoemaker,

not fulfilled in Jesus Christ. He crazy. What I then said, I declared how He had suffered said in earnest. It is true, and died for our sins, how He every word of it. I am a son had risen from the grave, and of the King. Just sit down had gone up to take His seat in here and listen while I tell you glory at the right hand of God. about Jesus the King, and the He told how He had sent His glory of His kingdom.”

messengers into all the world, to Now this young man was a

tell men what He had done for Jew. He had been taught to them; and how all who repented read the Old Testament Scrip- of their sins and believed in tures when he was a child, and Him would be pardoned and to believe in them. But since made happy now, and at last he had grown up he had given be saved in heaven for ever; up his faith in the Bible, and and that Jesus was going to had ceased to read it. He was come back again to this world, like a sailor out at sea who has in His own appointed time, to lost his compass. He could not set up a glorious kingdom, and tell whither he was going, or

that all who love and serve Him how to steer, and this made him now will share the glories of feel very miserable. Just as a His kingdom and reign with drowning man will catch at Him. straws, so this young man was The young student sat listready to catch at anything that ening with great interest to seemed likely to help him in try- what his poor friend was saying. ing to find out how to be happy. He had often read the promises He sat down, therefore, and of the Old Testament, but he listened to his humble friend. had never thought of them in

Then the shoemaker began, connection with Jesus Christ.


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This was all new to him. He was

SHORT SENTENCES FOR astonished at what he heard.

YOUNG THINKERS. “And now, young man,” said the shoemaker, “ don't you see XIII. A man is valued as he makes how truly I could say, 'I am a

himself valuable. son of the King?' Don't you XIV. Be just, but trust not every see what reason I have to be contented and happy ? It is

xv. Never wade in unknown because I belong to Jesus. I

waters. believe in Him, and I love Him.

xvi. Ill-will never speaks well, The Bible tells me that all

nor does well. things shall work together for

XVII. He who greases his wheels

helps his oxen. good to me, and that all things

XVIII. Borrowed garments seldom are mine, because I am Christ's.

fit well. Isn't this enough to make one

XIX. A willing mind makes happy?”

light foot. " Where can I learn more xx. Angry men seldom want about these things ?” asked the young man. “I see that you

XXI. He that wants health wants believe them, and this gives you

everything. peace

and contentment. 0, XXII. Keep the feast until how I long for them!” Then

feast-day. the shoemaker gave the young

XXIII. Gold goes in at any gat

except heaven's. man a copy of the Bible. He

XXIV. Who dainties love sha! told him to take it home and

beggars prove. read it carefully, and to pray over its contents. Jewish student read the Bible diligently, and in so doing found Answers to Scripture Question the secret of true peace of mind. in Rhyme.—NO. LVI. He afterwards became a mis

GENESIS xxvü, 1, 2, 15, 18. sionary to his own people, and

GENESIS xxvii, 27-30. preached to them about the peace and joy he had found in GENESIS Xxxvii. 31—35. Jesus.

GENESIS xli. 41–45; xlvi. 30.


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