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Germany, in 1822. The three next figures, towards the left, represent some, which fell at the same time, as they appeared when cut through the middle. If hail - stones are burst asunder, the result is the production of a number of pyramidal fragments, such as are shown on the left of the group of figures.

Scripture has some striking passages in which snow is mentioned. One of the chief of these is Isaiah i. 18: “ Come

and let us reason together, saith the Lord : though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool;" and a little poem on this gracious promise of God to those who repent of their sins, may well serve to bring this paper to a close :

“God's own law, so just and holy,

Proves my sin and shame and loss; But what proves it still more

clearly Is the story of the Cross. “Heavy-laden, worn and weary,

To the promise let me go: 'Though your sins be red like

crimson, They shall be as white as snow!' 666 White as snow!' O! have you

watch'd it, Softly carpeting the ground; Wreathing with a wreath of silver

Every common thing around? 666 White as snow !' Can my trans

gressions Thus be wholly washed away, Leaving it a trace behind them

Like a cloudless summer day? “Yes, at once, and that completely,

Through the blood of Christ, I

know, All my sins, though 'red like crim

son,' May become as 'white as snow.'

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WiWhite as snow !! O! what a

promise For the heavy-laden breast; When by faith the soul receives it,

Weariness is changed to rest.

“Red like crimson,'deep as scarlet

Scarlet of the deepest dyeAre the manifold transgressions

That would else upon me lie.

“God alone can count their number;

God alone can look within : O, the sinfulness of sinning!

O, the guilt of every sin !

regularly, whenever the ap- “ Aunt Fanny, do just wait," she pointed time for doing so comes cries, round; and constantly, whenever “ Till I can get a start.” we feel a need for prayer. Just And soon the dear girl“got a start,” as the body cannot thrive with- Each letter learned to tell, out regular meals, so the soul and ere three months had pass'd cannot prosper without set away seasons for prayer. And just as

Could read a lesson well. hard work, or cold weather, Now,when you find someduller mind will sometimes make us feel Discouraged, sick at heart, hungry between meals, so there I say, be patient-chide them not, are times when the soul has a But let them “get a start.wish to commune with God before the set hour returns.

THE FAITHFUL SHEPYou can pray without going

HERD BOY. aside to kneel down. You can speak to God, and ask His ERHARDT was a German blessing, when you are walking shepherd boy; and a to school in the morning, or noble fellow he was, too, while you are reading in a although he was very, very poor. railway-carriage. Those who One day as he was watching his pray without ceasing” flock, which was feeding in a ready to pray wherever they valley on the borders of a forest, are, and about all that they do. a hunter came out of the wood,

and asked:

“ How far is it to the nearest GETTING A START.” LITTLE black - eyed girl

“ Six miles, Sir,” replied the

boy, “ but the road is only a Her book upon my knee, sheep-track, and very easily And with a troubled look essay'd

missed." To learn her A B C.

The hunter glanced at the But all in vain she did not call crooked track, and then said : A letter right-not once!

My lad, I am hungry, tired, At length I harshly set her down, and thirsty. I have lost my

And call'd her "little dunce.” companions, and missed my way. Sad tears soon fill'd her merry eyes;

Leave your sheep, and show me I'd pain'd her little heart'; the road. I will pay you well.”

are

village ?"

once laid

I cannot leave my sheep, break my trust to my master. Sir,” replied the boy. “They How do I know you would keep would stray into the forest, and your word to me?" be eaten by the wolves, or stolen The hunter laughed; but he by the robbers."

felt that the boy had fairly “ Well, what of that ?" silenced him. He said: “I see, replied the hunter. “They are my lad, that you are a good, not your sheep. The loss of one faithful boy. I will not forget or more wouldn't be much to you. Show me the road, and I your master, and I'll give you will try to follow it myself.” more money than you ever

Gerhardt now offered the earned in a whole year.” humble contents of his wallet

I cannot go, Sir," rejoined to the hungry man, who, coarse Gerhardt, very firmly ; my as they were, ate them gladly. master pays me for my time, Presently his attendants came and he trusts me with his sheep. up, and then Gerhardt, to his If I were to sell my time, which surprise, found that the hunter does not belong to me, and the was the Grand Duke, who owned sheep should get lost, it would all the country round. The be just the same as if I stole Duke was so pleased with the

boy's honesty, that he sent for Well,” said the hunter, him shortly after, and had him will

you trust your sheep with educated. In after years Germe while you go to the village hardt became a very rich and and get me some food and drink powerful man, but he remained and a guide ? I will take good honest and true to his dying care of them for you."

day. The boy shook his head. Honesty, truth, and fidelity “ The sheep do not know your are precious jewels in the voice, and—” here Gerhardt character of a child. When stopped speaking.

they spring from piety they are And what? Can't you trust pure diamonds, and make their me? Do I look like a dishonest possessor very beautiful, very man ?" asked the hunter, in an happy, very honourable, and

very useful. May you, my Sir,” said the boy, slowly, readers, wear them as Ger“you tried to make me false hardt did! Then a Greater than to my trust, and wanted me to a Duke will befriend you, for

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the Great King will adopt you

The next in age said to herself, as His children, and you will “ M-u-f-f is spelt with four becomo princes and princesses letters; ” and brought her a royal in the Kingdom of God.' fine muff—a Christmas present;

but she would not touch the muff; nor even look at it.

Grace, the youngest, could THE POWER OF LOVE. think of nothing worth offering

after this, but stood looking on KIND Christian lady, in sorrow, until at length, in one of her visits of following an instinct of her

charity, found a poor, own, she sat down beside the destitute little orphan girl, and little stranger and cried too. brought her to her own home. Then presently she took her by The little stranger at first would the hand, and encircling her take no comfort, but sat down neck with her own tiny arm, she weeping in the hall. The drew the weeping one softly children of the house endea- nearerand nearer, and imprinted Toured to make friends with her a gentle kiss upon her cheek. and draw her into the parlour, This decided the case. There but they could not; and so they was nothing said, but Grace said to their mother, “She will soon led the way into the parnot come and play with us. She lour, holding her captive by the will not leave the hall."

hand. "There is a secret,” said the “Well, girls," said themother, lady, “ by which you can bring “Grace has found out the secret, her where you like. It is a and the four letters are L-0-V-E. secret in four letters. Try if Love is the strongest rope in the you can find it out."

world.” The eldest girl taking the Ah! yes, love is a great power. lead, searched eagerly among It draws all things to itself. It all her prettiest playthings. “I brought the Son of God down know what it is, cried she, to earth to die, so that He " it is D-o-b-1.” So she brought might go back to heaven to interher best doll, and offered to give code for us; and it is able to draw it to the child if she would come

Him down again, any day and into the parlour. No, it was a every day, to dwell with us in

our hearts. It will bring down

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blessings on the labours of good of our own character. And on people.

this character depends our success for time and eternity. In

order to build well, we must BUILDING A CHARACTER. have some idea of what we want.

What kind of man do you mean LAD, on his way to to be? Are you gaining inforschool, stopped in front mation and forming habits

of a plot of ground, which will help you to be what which seemed to be cleared and you desire ? First mark out ready for building, just as a load your plans, and then do all in of material was being deposited your power to gather the right upon the spot.

material, and do the work care“What are you going to build fully and well. here, Mr. Gracey?" asked he of the builder, who was standing by.

GLASS, AND ITS MANU“I am going to put up a

FACTURE. building, Thomas." “What kind of building is it

LASS is a transparent to be, Sir ?

substance, through which “ I don't exactly know yet.”

neither water nor air can Are you going to erect a pass; and though it is exceedbarn?"

ingly brittle when cold, by 8 * Don't know yet, Thomas, high temperature it is rendered what it is to be."

so flexible and tenacious that it “Well, that is queer, Mr. may be moulded with the utmost Gracey. How do you know you ease into any form we choose. have brought the rightmaterials, When heated, it can be drawn if you don't know what you are out into threads of the utmost going to build ?"

conceivable fineness, and these If Mr. Gracey was in earnest when cold are pliant and elastic with Thomas, he must have been in a remarkable degree. The a very foolish builder. And yet time at which glass was inthere are many young people vented is very uncertain. The who seem too ready to do just popular opinion is that it was as he did.

discovered by accident. It is We are all to be the builders said by an ancient writer, Pliny,

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