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THE SON OF A KING; OR, THE HAPPY SHOE

MAKER.

NE fine summer evening a crowd of workmen were passing along through the streets of the city of Hamburg. As the multitude swept by, an old shoemaker was sitting under a shade before his door, busily engaged in mending a shoe. Sometimes he would stop a little from his work, and sing a verse or two of one of the old German psalms which he loved very much. A welldressed young man, a student in the university, was passing this evening. When he heard the merry voice of the shoemaker, he stopped, and said to him,

"Well, my friend, you seem to be happy and contented." "I am happy, Sir," said the old man, "and why shouldn't I be ?"

"I don't know," said the student. "A great many people are not happy. You seem to be very poor. I suppose you have none but yourself to work for ?"

“You are mistaken, Sir," said the shoemaker, "I have a wife and seven children to feed and support with the work of these hands. I'm a poor man, it's

true, but that is no reason why I shouldn't work and be happy."

"I am very much surprised to see a poor workman like you so content, and I don't understand what can make you so."

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Stranger," said the shoemaker, laying down his work, and taking hold of the young man's arm with a grave and serious look—" stranger, I am not so poor as you think. Let me tell you, I am a son of the King."

The young man turned away, saying to himself, "Poor fellow, he is crazy. He imagines he is well off when he is poor. This is what makes him happy. I was beginning to think that perhaps he might be able to tell me the great secret I am seeking-that of true happiness. But I was mistaken."

A week passed by, and the young student again had occasion to pass the same street. He found the old shoemaker sitting in the same place, still busy with his work, and singing as cheerfully as before. As he drew near, the young man lifted his cap in a mocking sort of way, and making a bow to the shoemaker, said, "Good morning, Mr. Prince."

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Stop, my friend," said the shoemaker, laying down his

to

work, "I wish to say a few words you, if you please. You left me suddenly the other evening, as if you thought that I was crazy."

"To tell you the truth," said the young man, "that is just

what I did think."

"Well, my friend," continued the shoemaker, "I am not crazy. What I then said, I said in earnest. It is true, every word of it. I am a son of the King. Just sit down here and listen while I tell you about Jesus the King, and the glory of His kingdom.”

Now this young man was a Jew. He had been taught to read the Old Testament Scriptures when he was a child, and to believe in them. But since he had grown up he had given up his faith in the Bible, and had ceased to read it. He was like a sailor out at sea who has lost his compass. He could not tell whither he was going, or how to steer, and this made him feel very miserable. Just as a drowning man will catch at straws, so this young man was ready to catch at anything that seemed likely to help him in trying to find out how to be happy. He sat down, therefore, and listened to his humble friend.

Then the shoemaker began,

and told him of the promises of the Old Testament about a glorious King who was to be Saviour and Ruler of the world. He showed him that all the things that are written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalms about this glorious King, had been fulfilled in Jesus Christ. He declared how He had suffered and died for our sins, how He had risen from the grave, and had gone up to take His seat in glory at the right hand of God. He told how He had sent His messengers into all the world, to tell men what He had done for them; and how all who repented of their sins and believed in Him would be pardoned and made happy now, and at last be saved in heaven for ever; and that Jesus was going to come back again to this world, in His own appointed time, to set up a glorious kingdom, and that all who love and serve Him now will share the glories of His kingdom and reign with Him.

The young student sat listening with great interest to what his poor friend was saying. He had often read the promises of the Old Testament, but he had never thought of them in connection with Jesus Christ.

This was all new to him. He was astonished at what he heard.

"And now, young man," said the shoemaker, "don't you see how truly I could say, 'I am a son of the King?' Don't you see what reason I have to be contented and happy? It is because I belong to Jesus. I believe in Him, and I love Him. The Bible tells me that all things shall work together for good to me, and that all things are mine, because I am Christ's. Isn't this enough to make one happy?"

"Where can I learn more about these things ?" asked the "I see that you young man. believe them, and this gives you peace and contentment. 0, how I long for them!" Then the shoemaker gave the young man a copy of the Bible. He told him to take it home and read it carefully, and to pray over its contents. The young

Jewish student read the Bible diligently, and in so doing found the secret of true peace of mind. He afterwards became a missionary to his own people, and preached to them about the peace and joy he had found in Jesus.

SHORT SENTENCES FOR YOUNG THINKERS.

XIII. A man is valued as he makes himself valuable.

XIV. Be just, but trust not every

one.

XV. Never wade in unknown waters.

xvi. Ill-will never speaks well, nor does well.

XVII. He who greases his wheels helps his oxen.

XVIII. Borrowed garments seldom fit well.

XIX. A willing mind makes light foot.

xx. Angry men seldom want

woe.

XXI. He that wants health wants everything.

XXII. Keep the feast until the feast-day.

XXIII. Gold goes in at any gate except heaven's. XXIV. Who dainties love shall beggars prove.

Answers to Scripture Questions in Rhyme.-NO. LVI. GENESIS XXVii. 1, 2, 15, 18. GENESIS XXVii. 27-30. GENESIS XXXvii. 31—35. GENESIS xli. 41--45; xlvi. 30.

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HAT do you do without a mother to tell all your troubles to?" asked a child who had a mother of one who had not.

"Mother told me who to go to before she died," answered the little orphan. "I go to the Lord Jesus; He was my mother's Friend, and He is mine."

"Jesus Christ is up in the sky; He is a long way off, and has a great many things to attend to in heaven. It is not likely He can stop to mind. you.'

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From words they had nearly come to a downright fight, when VOL. XIV. SECOND SERIES.-March, 1874.

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SNOW-CRYSTALS AND

HAIL-STONES.

Out of the bosom of the air, Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken,

Paleth beside that Form of light Over the woodlands brown and bare,

divine;

And all supernal glories richly

there

Assembled shine.

Immortal grace

Sits on the Brow that wore the

thorny crown;

Over the harvest-fields forsaken,

Silent, and soft, and slow

Descends the snow.

NOW is formed by the freezing of vapour, when the temperature of the

Before the peerless beauty of that atmosphere sinks below a certain

Face

All heaven bows down.

degree of cold. A cloud of va

pours is first formed into drops:

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