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the tumult of wind and rain. It was Jem, and I cart had again went to the window.
disappeared, and “Open it, Miss Mabel,” he said, in a strangely a silence fell upon agitated voice; and I at once obeyed and us as to the fate opened it.
of poor "I'm come to warn ye. Keep lights a-burning all Jem. Now, the night, or ye'll be robbed, or maybe worse," he after the told me, his arms on the window-sill, his head lapse of bowed, a hopeless despair on his swarthy face. years, with "Do ye understand ?”
Nan sleep"Yes-no—what does it mean?” I faltered in ing in the girlish fright.
church"Uncle and a lot more are going to break into yard, and your house and rob it. Don't be afraid, but keep
Smut un lights a-burning, that's all. Ye need fear no barm if ye do that."
ple-tree in “Will you help in the work, Jem?" I asked, in a dazed way.
den, Jack "Not likely, missie, when maybe they'll kill me and I of. for warning of ye." I caught a glimpse of his poor, ten think dreary, troubled eyes in the gathering gloom; it and talk made my heart quiver.
"Jem, forgive me." I put my hand out at the window into the wind and rain to detain him ; his jacket was dripping. But he shook off my hold, not roughly or rudely, but with a despairing movement, as of one quite alone, with none to understand or trust him. “Stay, Jem," I pleaded.
"Good-bye, Miss Mabel. I shall try to mount up to Nan in time. Be sure I'll never harm ye. Mind what I've told ye, and keep the lights burning."
"But, Jem, the fowl you took, what of it ? » My words went out to him through wind and rain.
"I never took it. I wouldn't ; and they beat me black and blue." This was the answer which came drifting in to me, with a shower of rain-drops. He was gone; the dusk of evening fell between us, and I closed the window.
Well, that night we kept lights burning all over the house - Mary, Jack, and I with our terrible secret between us. We never told my grandmother, for fear of agitating her, but we summoned the gardener, whom the walked sentinel round the boy and 1
Jausiais house all the night. No sound seota "I HAD JUST GIVEN HER A SAUCER OF MILK" (P. 171). came to alarm us-no, nothing,
மா மரம் save the tumult of the wind and rain, and the roar of our faithful little feline friend's rescue from the of the river. In the morning we heard the gipsy river, and the things which it brought about.
Prize Scripture Questions. 25. What two men, living at different periods, but From the initials of the names of the above give the belonging to the same country, and serving their sove- name of a man who, according to his faith, was saved reign in the same capacity, were specially favoured by God? from a fearful end.
26. Give the name of a man whose character was 31. What city connected with the history of a ruler of stained with sins of the blackest dye, and whose mother a famous country of the Bible afterwards became the bore the same name as a contemporary king, who joined scene, on one day, of two miraculous events. in a war against Israel.
32. (a) Give the name of a city in which a man died 27. (a) A city whose downfall is predicted by two of without having seen it; and (6) State to whom, whilst the prophets. (1)) A god of a heathen nation.
in a state of unconsciousness, two most important events spot famous in Bible history. Give the name applying happened. to each of these thre:.
33. What heathen nation numbered among its people 28. (a) A woman whose request was granted.
one who became famous in connection with a city, on the man who was faithful in a time of evil. (c) The father road to which was marked the grave of a beloved one? of a chief who took part in a rebellion against one in 34. (a) A town to the south of Palestine; (6) The authority. (d) A city where there was a gathering of sister of a man of skill; and (c) A foreign woman, the Christians for which a faithful minister cared greatly. mother of a king, who brought trouble upon himself by his From the initials of the names of the above form the unwise conduct. Give the name applying to each of these. name of an ancient city denounced by the prophets.
35. Give the name of a bad descendant of a good man, 29. Who were the first women who, in their own right, who had land in a city bearing the same name as a spot had an inheritance in the Land of Promise ?
noted for its fertility, but which, according to prophecy, 30. (a) Two wicked men who were put to a most was to be blighted. painful death. (6) A good man who comforted another 36. Give the name of-(a) A city in which the body of in deepest distress. (c) A city built in trouble and sorrow. a man long kept above ground was buried. (6) A city (d) The grandfather of one of the prophets. (e) A man given as a reward to an aged man for faithful service in who went up a mountain, but whose companions came his younger days. (c) A city in which the bodies of two down without him. (f) A part of the Christian armour. men of note lay side by side.
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GLEANINGS FROM THE GOSPELS.
III.—THE STORM ON THE LAKE.
to-day?” asked two or three of my “Sick folk, and those possessed with devils,
went by. All through those hours the Saviour had “ Yes,” I answered. “And now, open been teaching in parable after parable; had been
your Bibles, and find St. Matthew healing and blessing, and casting out evil spirits ; viii. 23--that is the beginning of the story of the and now, as through the early shades of evening storm on the Sea of Galilee. Any one who has a He looked up towards the rising ground by the reference Bible can tell me where the other shore, He saw more and more groups of people accounts are to be found.”
coming. So long as Jesus remained, the crowd St. Mark iv. 37, and St. Luke viii. 23,” cried would not go; let us see then what He did.” two of my scholars together.
“ He entered into a ship,” said Ellen. “Now first I will tell you that it was spring-time : “I think you know that a ship here means a little seed-sowing was going on in the fields, and fishing- fishing-boat, most likely that which belonged to boạts plied here and there across the lake. But every- Peter ; and we can fancy how the boat lay idly thing about that beautiful lake shore was not quite rocking on the waves, while the fishers were all the same as usual—what difference was there?" listening to the words of the Great Prophet. Did
he say anything to those who happened to be all the sailors began to pull down their sails, for a round Him?”
sudden wind was sweeping down on the water. I “ He spoke to the disciples," said Lizzie. “He remember how the lake was covered in a few said, ' Let us go over unto the other side.'”
minutes with waves, and that it was quite hard " And did the boat go away, leaving all those work to row the little boat safely through them to poor people crowding down to the shore after it, shore. I thought at the time that now I could do you think?"
understand this picture in the Gospels as I had “I should have been very sorry for them,” said never done before.” Ellen.
“There were great waves here," said Margaret ; “Then, if we feel so, what do you think our Lord “it
says they covered the ship.” would do? Is it likely He would thus go away." “ Many of the disciples were fishermen, accus
“I see," said Ruth ; “first He sent away the tomed to be in sunshine and storm on the water, multitude.”
day and night, and yet they were alarmed now. No " But it says in my gospel,” exclaimed Ruth, doubt they did all they could, but the tempest was " And there were also with Him other little ships." too fierce for them, and their courage began to
“Yes, that is what St. Mark tells us ; and that sink; but it was not only their courage that failed, same evangelist gives another touch to the
was it?" beautiful picture. We see the boats rocking on “Their faith,” said Ruth. the waves in the evening light; we see the crowds “The boat was quite safe in which the Saviour going away, with their sick friends healed and their And perhaps we think it wonderful that the wants supplied; then the few figures left standing disciples did not feel this ; but it is only the same on the shore, and in the centre of all we are shown want of faith which we show ourselves whenever we the form of our Lord. What are we told next?” forget that if Jesus be with us, He will surely bring us
"They took Him even as He was, in the ship,” safely through the waves of this troublesome world.” read Ruth.
“They thought He did not care," said Ellen. “ Even as He was,' that means worn and weary “That seems the strangest thought of all, and with His long, long day of service. We almost feel shows how terrified and disturbed they were. Did as if He allowed one or other of them to help Him Jesus speak to them first ?" into the boat ; and then we know He stepped to “He was asleep,” they all answered. the other end and lay down.”
“And yet we know that all their thoughts were "On a pillow,” said Edith, reverently.
read by Him. He knew how their faith was failing, “He did not refuse to use the pillow which some and He willed that they should be obliged to awake one brought Him; and then we see how He closed Him. But His sleeping tells us this, that the boat His eyes as the boat was pushed off, and the little was not really in danger. The disciples slept once fleet went with the evening breeze across the lake. when their Master was in sorest need, but the Lord The part of the country for which they were making, never leaves His own when they need Him-their the land north-east of the lake, was some miles one real need now was faith in Him." distant from that plain near Capernaum where our “So gathering towards the hinder end of the boat, Lord had been working His miracles--so that where He lay, they all began at once to awake perhaps the boats were two or three miles from the Him. He had not heeded the wind, or the shore when that happened about which you are dashing waves, but the cries of His poor terrigoing to tell me. What was it ?”
fied followers roused Him at once. One said, "There arose a great tempest in the sea,” said one. ‘Lord, save us, we perish.'" “The wind brought the great waves,” said Lizzie. “ And another, Master, carest Thou not that
“Yes,” said Mary; "but you see, in St. Luke it we perish ?'” broke in Ruth. says, ' There came down a storm of wind upon the “And another, "Master, Master, we perish,” lake,' that is as if it fell on the sea all at once, is it added Lizzie. not ?"
“What did He say to them when He awoke?” “And we know that is just what would be likely “He asked them why they were afraid ?” to happen. Even on our English lakes it is often And we might have thought it would be enough dangerous to use sailing boats, because of the -that now their Master was awake, and told them sudden squalls that rush down from the mountains not to be fearful. But you see He did not think around. Last summer I was crossing one of them. It was true they had really nothing to fear, It was a fair, beautiful day, and we were sailing but still they did fear, and he would not leave along before a pleasant breeze, and then all at once them to suffer. All the three Gospels tell us in I heard shouts from some other boats near us, and the same words what it was that our Lord did."
“ He arose,'” said Ellen. “I wonder why he afraid now than even when they were in the did not speak to the waves as He lay there ? " storm.”
“Now I wanted you to notice that all three “And perhaps it will not be quite easy for you to evangelists say, 'He arose,' because it shows you find out why; but you will see, if you look, that the how that sight fixed itself on their minds. It is reason they feared was because they began to find quite true He could have spoken as He lay on the out in some sort that their Master was more than pillow; but you can all see that when He fell asleep man. They had seen Him do so many wonderful there in the hinder part of the boat it was our works-heal the sick, feed the hungry, cast out Lord as a man whom we are looking at ; but when devils, and yet even now they do not seem to know He spoke to the sea and the winds, did He speak as who He was ; and at this moment we see that the a man, do
thought was in their minds—He must be more “No; He spoke as God,” said two or three at than man !' That is how we must understand 'What
manner of man is this?' and, therefore, no wonder “And so it seems as if it belonged to this pic- they feared.' And now, most likely as the morning ture, that He should stand up there firmly and light was dawning, the little boat went quickly and strongly in the tossing boat before He spoke to easily through the water to the shore of Gadara. those wild waves, that furious wind.
None of you
We can think with what delight the disciples threw have ever seen a storm at sea, I expect, but still you themselves into the shallow rippling waves, and will easily understand that after the wind has once pulled the wet boat up on to the beach ; yet still risen and blown the waves along, it takes many the wonder would not have passed from their hours, and often many days, before all becomes minds, for we can almost hear them still whispering calm again. And though on a lake like the Sea of one to another, “What manner of man is this, that Galilee storms rise and die more quickly, still, even the winds and the sea obey Him?' » after such a storm as this of which we read, it Our lesson was ended, but I saw that two or would have been long before the water would cease three of my elder scholars were whispering together, to rise and heave. Was it long now?”
as if they had something to ask. It was Edith who, “There was a great calm," answered Mary. as spokeswoman for the rest, presently said
“Again, you see all the three Gospels have the “Please, we should like something from St. John same words, which shows us once more how won. for our next lesson.” derful this seemed to those who looked on. These “By all means," I said, “if I chose your lessons fishermen knew well enough how the storms for you; but you know we take the same all through generally sank down, slowly and sullenly; and the school. Suppose we see what is down on the now, in one moment, the wind which Jesus rebuked list for next time ; go and ask, Edith." died quite away; the sea to which He said ' Peace, Edith came back, saying, “It is from St. Johr.be still,' fell into a great calm.”
the of . !
“How happy the disciples must have been !” said "Well," I said, “ there is only one account of
“No, they feared exceedingly,” Ruth answered, slowly ; "it almost seems as if they were more
that miracle, and you had better all read it over before you come to school, and find some questions to ask ; this will inake it much more interesting.”
Through two grey days no water to drink,
The white convolvulus clustered round, So he sat with his feathers all ruffled up.
Not till the sun awhile through a chink Where they perched, peering into the dusky room Gave back to the shrivelled corn its gold, Till the boldest flew straight into the gloon. Could the frightened bird his wings unfold. And soon they futtered in, one by one,
Friends twitter again on roof and tree, To peck at a bunch of last year's wheat,
A hand is nigh to open the door ; Then out again to the air so sweet !
Oh! poor little bird, when free once more, Till the door was closed at set of sun,
Never the fields will have been to thee And one was shut in that chamber dim :
So wide, or the flowers so richly spread, Birds flying homewards grieve for him !
And never the sky so blue o'erhead.