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A SHORT STORY, FROM "I shall divide the loaf for
THE GERMAN, ABOUT you, my boy, but eat it I shall HONESTY.
not. I have abundance; and
let us thank God for His great NE evening a poor man goodness in giving us what is
and his son, a little boy, better still-cheerful and con
sat by the wayside, tented hearts. He Who gave us near the gate of an old town the Living Bread from heaven, in Germany. The father took to nourish our immortal souls, a loaf of bread which he had how shall He not give us all bought in the town, and broke other food which is necessary it, and gave one half to his boy. to support our mortal bodies ?”
Not so, father,” said the boy; The father and son thanked “I shall not eat until after you. God, and then began to cut the You have been working hard loaf in pieces, to begin their all day, for small wages, to sup- frugal meal. But they port me, and you must be very were cutting one portion, there hungry; I shall wait till you fell out several large coins of are done."
gold of great value. The little “You speak kindly, my son,' boy gave a shout of joy, and replied the pleased father; was springing forward to grasp
your love to me does me more the unexpected treasure, when good than my food; and those he was pulled back by his father. eyes of yours remind me of My son, my son!” he cried, your dear mother who has left
o do not touch the money; it is us, who told you to love me as not ours." she used to do. And indeed, “But whose is it, father, if my boy, you have been a great it is not ours ?” strength and comfort to me; “I know not yet to whom it but, now that I have eaten the belongs; but probably it was first morsel to please you, it is put there by the baker through your turn to eat."
some mistake. We must in“ Thank you, father ; but quire.” break this piece in two, and “But, father," interrupted take you a little more, for you the boy, “you are poor and see the loaf is not large, and needy, and you have bought the you require much more than I loaf, and then the baker may do."
not tell you the truth, and—”
“I will not listen to you, my plaining. I am glad we have boy; I bought the loaf, but I saved this man from losing his did not buy the gold in it. If money.” the baker sold it to me in The baker had been gazing ignorance, I shall not be so first
upon the honest father dishonest as to take advantage and his eager boy, and then of him; remember who told upon the gold which lay glitterus to do to others as we would ing upon
turf. have others do to us. The Thou'art, indeed, an honest baker may possibly cheat us. I fellow," said the baker, “and am poor, indeed, but that is no my neighbour David, the flaxsin. If we share the poverty dresser, spoke but the truth of Jesus, God's own Son, O! let when he said thou wert the us imitate His goodness, and honestest man in our town. His trust in God. We may Now, I will tell thee about the never be rich, but we may gold. A stranger came to my always be honest. We may die shop three days ago, and gave of starvation, but God's will be me that loaf, and told me to sell done, should we die in doing it! it cheaply, or give it away, to Yes, my son, trust God, and the honestest poor man whom walk in His ways, and you shall I knew in the city. I told David never be put to shame. Now, to send thee to me, as a cusrun for the baker, and bring tomer, this morning; as thou him here, and I will take care wouldst not take the loaf for of the gold until he comes.” nothing, I sold it to thee, as So the boy ran for the baker. thou knowest, for the last pence
“Brother workman,”said the in thy purse; and the loaf, with old man when the baker arrived, all its treasure, -and certainly "you have made some mistake, it is not small,-is thine; and and almost lost your money; God grant thee a blessing with and he showed the baker the it!” gold, and told him how it had The father bent his head to been found. “Is it thine ?” he the ground, while the tears fell added; “if it is, take it." from his eyes. His boy ran and "My father, baker, is
put his hand about his neck, and”
and said, “I shall always act "Silence, my child; put me like you, my father,-trust God, not to shame by thy com- and do what is right; for I am
sure it will never put us to “No, you can't see them ; shame."
but we have them for all that.”
'If we can't see them or use WINGS AND THOUGHTS.
them, I don't see what good
they are.” F I only had wings like “We are using them all the
” said Addie L-, while,” said Mrs. L
speaking to her pet bird you never hear of the wings of as she opened the cage door. thought?'
Chirp, chirp !” answered "O! that's what you mean.” the bird, flying out and resting "Yes, dear. Now, don't on Addie's finger.
you remember what I said to “Sweet, sweet! said Addie.
you yesterday, when I talked Chirp, chirp ! answered about birds and beasts and all birdie, fluttering his wings. things that God has made ?"
“Ah, birdie, if I only had - You told me they were all your wings !”
created for man.” Wings!” spoke out Addie's “Yes; and I said that there mother. " What do you want was a likeness in man to all with wings ?”
visible things in nature. He “ To fly with.”
is bold and fearless like the “Fly where ?
lion, cunning as a fox, innocent “O, anywhere and every- as a lamb, cruel as the tiger or where!"
vulture, timid as the hare; his Mrs. L- did not reply for thought is winged as the eagle, several minutes, during which and can fly swiftly here and time Addie was playing with there, now resting in a pleasant and talking to her pet.
valley, and now sweeping over “ You have wings,” she said seas and mountains.” at length, in a quiet way.
“Our thoughts are “I, mamma?” There was wings?” a tone of surprise in Addie's “Yes; and our minds can fly voice.
with these wings higher and “We all have wings.” farther than any bird can go.
Addie looked at her shoulders, If I read to you about a volcano and then at her mother's. in Italy, off you go on the wings of
“I don't see them,” she said, imagination and look down into with a little laugh.
the fiery crater. If I tell you of
the frozen North, you are there radishes, peas, strawberries, in an instant, gazing upon icy potatoes, grow there. It supseas, and the wonders of a deso- plies the family with vegetables, late region. The wings of an besides some for the market. eagle are not half so swift and If anybody wants flowers, that strong as the wings of your garden furnishes the sweetest thought. The very king of birds roses, pinks, and “all sorts” would perish in regions where without number. The soil, we they can take you in safety." used to think, was poor and
rocky, besides being exposed to
the north wind; and the owner VALUE OF THE MORNING
is at his business all day, yet HOURS.
he never hires any one to dig or weed for him.
“ How do you OM JONES was a little.
make so much out of fellow, and not so quick
your to learn as some boys; garden ?” he was once asked. but no one in the class could
“I give my mornings to it,” beat him in his lessons. He he answered; "and I don't
know which is the most benerarely missed in geography, never in spelling, and his
fited by my work, my garden arithmetic was always correctly done; as for his reading, no boy improved like him. The HELPING THE MINISTER.. scholars were fairly angry sometimes, he outdid them so con- SNE thing helped me stantly. " Why, Tom, where
very much while I do you learn your lessons ?
was preaching to-day,'” You don't study in school more
said a minister. than the other boys.”
" What was that?” inquired "I rise early in the morning, a friend. and study two hours before “ It was the attention of a breakfast,” answered Tom. little girl, who kept her eyes Ah! that is it. “ The morning
fixed on me, and seemed to try hour has gold in its mouth." to understand every word I said.
There is a little garden near She was a great help to me.” us, which is the prettiest and
Think of that, little ones ; most fruitful spot in all the and when you go to church neighbourhood. The earliest or chapel, fix your eyes on the
minister, and try to under- A man of courage, once despised, stand what he says, for he was chosen as their head. is speaking to you as well as to A mighty victory he gain'd; this the grown-up people. He is raised his neighbours' iretelling you about the Lord Jesus,
“Why didst thou not call us?” Who loves the little ones.
they said; “we'll burn thy
house with fire."
The conqueror in anger heard, SCRIPTURE QUESTIONS IN
then to them fiercely said, RHYME.
“I and my people were in need,
you offer'd us no aid.” Give chapter and verse for the These angry men prepared to fight, following facts.
no one spake kindly then; “A soft answer turneth away wrath :
That quarrel cost the lives of more but grievous words stir up anger.”— than forty thousand men. PROVERBS XV. 1.
HEN Midian his oppressive SHORT SENTENCES FOR
rule o'er Israel main. YOUNG THINKERS. tain'd,
xxv. Cloudy mornings often A man of valour, called by God, a
bring clear evenings. victory obtained;
XXVI. It is hard for an empty bag But when his neighbours found
to stand upright. that he had won without their
XXVII. As well do nothing, as do aid,
to no purpose. They gather'd round in angry
XXVIII. Take heed will surely speed. mood, and wrathful words they
XXIX. A good conscience is the said.
best law. The conqueror in silence heard,
XXX. Temperance is the best then gave a mild reply,
physic. “I've done but little, you've done
XXXI. Say what is well, and do much; you're better far than
what is better. I.”
XXXII. Think to-day and speak Then, though the men
to-morrow. quarrelsome, their anger was
XXXIII. Be not a figure among subdued;
ciphers. The praises were accepted, and the
XXXIV. Make not your sail too large strife was not renew'd.
for your ship. When Ammon ruled o’er Israel, XXXV. A rich fool is a wise man's and fill'd their hearts with
XXXVI. One ill asketh another.