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YOHNNY HALL was a poor boy. His mother worked
hard for their daily bread. “Please give me something to eat; I am very hungry,” he said one evening. His mother let the work upon which she was sewing fall
from her knee, and drew Johnny towards her. Her tears fell fast as she said: “Mother is very poor, and can
not give you any supper to-night.” Did Johnny cry because he was hungry? No. Although he was a small boy, he was great in goodness; so he said, “ Never mind, mother; I shall soon be asleep, and then I shan't feel hungry. But you will sit and sew, and be so hungry and cold. Poor mother,” he said, and kissed her many times to comfort her.
“Now, Johnny, you may pray;" for dearly as his mother loved him, she could ill afford to lose a moment from her work. He repeated “Our Father” with her until they came to the petition, “Give us this day our daily bread.” The earnestness, almost agony, with which the mother uttered these words, impressed Johnny strongly. He said them over again : " Give us this day our daily bread."
Then opening his blue eyes, he fixed them on his mother, and said, “ We shall never be hungry any more. God is our Father, and He will hear us." The
prayer was finished and Johnny laid to rest.
The mother sewed with renewed energy. Her heart was sustained by the simple faith of her child. Many were God's promises which came to her remembrance. Although tired and hungry, still it was with a light heart she sank to rest.
Early in the morning a gentleman called on his way to business. He wished Johnny's mother to come to his home to take charge of his two motherless boys. How gladly she accepted the offer. They were thus provided with all the comforts of a good home.
Johnny is a man now; but he has never forgotten the time when he prayed for his daily bread.
God will hear prayer, is his firm belief. In many ways he has had the faith of his childhood confirmed. He looks to God as his Father with the same trust now as then. For God says (Jer. xxxiii. 3), “ Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.'
WHATSOEVER YE SHALL ASK IN PRAYER,
HINTS FOR THE HOUSEHOLD. GIVING INTOXICATING DRINKS gestures ; all is open and above TO CHILDREN.
board. Her touch is steady and Dr. Orphen, a distinguished encouraging. She does not potter. physician, addressing 1200 persons She never looks at you sideways. in Dublin, said ;—“It is my con You never catch her watching. viction, that those who belong to She never slams the door, of the temperance body will seldom course, but she never shuts it have occasion for medical men. slowly, as if she were cracking a The diseases of your children will nut in the hinge. She never talks be diminished, and the public behind it. She never peeps. She health immeasurably improved. pokes the fire skilfully with firm In fact, every year adds to my judicious penetration. She caressconviction, that if the public would one kind of patient with act with common sense, and re genuine sympathy; she talks to linquish those drinking habits another as if he were well. She which have long domineered over is never in a hurry. She is worth society, they would enjoy such a her weight in gold, and has a portion of health as would starve healthy, prejudice against physic, almost all the physicians.
which, however, she knows at the
right time how to conceal. SICK ROOMS. Decision and Quietness.-Con A COMMON SORE TAROAT. sult your patient's wants, but con Dip a handkerchief in water, sult him as little as possible. Your and tie it round the throat, with decision need not be very obvious plenty of flannel outside. Suck and positive; you will be most sal prunella balls cloves. decisive if no one suspects that
one suspects that Gargle the throat with barm and you are so at all. It is the triumph water. of supremacy to become unconsciously supreme.
Nowhere is A CHILD IN CONVULSIONS. this decision more blessed than in Place it at once in a warm bath, a sick room. Where it exists in not too hot, for five minutes, then its genuineness, the sufferer is
up in warm blankets, and never contradicted, never coerced; put warm linseed poultice all little victories are assumed. round the lower part of the body. The decisive nurse is never peremptory, never loud. She is distinct, AWAKING CHILDREN. it is true—there is nothing more Never wake them out of sleep. aggravating to a sick person than Nature teaches them how long to a whisper-but she is not loud. sleep, and waking them causes Though quiet, however, she never them to feel uncomfortable, and walks tip-toe; she never makes | therefore cross.
BOOKS RECEIVED. A Man is what a Woman makes him.-Waste not, want not (Shaw & Co.).-Scenes from John Hampton's Home.-Friendly Visitor (Partridge & Co.).-Old Jonathan (Collingridge). - Children's Treasury (Book Society).-Sunday School Times (Clarke & Co.).-Tract Magazine.—Cottager and Artisan (Religious Tract Society.)
The wise, just, and necessary correction of evil is one of a parent's most solemn duties. We have a serious warning against the neglect of it in the history of Eli (1 Sam. ii.-iv.) The faults of his sons are expressly laid to his charge :“Because they made themselves vile, and
he restrained them not;" and observe the dreadful consequences which followed. It is a cruel tenderness to pass over sins which
may prove the ruin of your children (Prov. xiii. 24 ; xxiii. 13); but, remember, punishment may do a great deal of harm, instead of good, if
you do not observe the following cautions :
1. Do not be always correcting your children. Pass over those lesser faults which spring from the thoughtlessness of their age ; and keep your punishments for sins, such as lying, swearing, dishonesty, obstinacy, and disobedience. If you punish a child for an accident, or for carelessness, such as breaking a pitcher, or tearing a frock -because it is a loss to yourself—as severely as you would for a lie, he will learn to dread the punishment more than the lie that may screen him from it.
2. Never correct a child in anger. If the parent is in a passion, it may make the child fear him, but he will not respect him; and he will only obey him outwardly, and from fear. Vol. VIII. No. 12.
3. Never use violent or terrifying punishments. Very hard blows have caused the death of children by injuries unknown at the time; and to lock them up in cellars or dark gloomy places has been known to bring on fits, and disorder their senses.
4. Be very cautious in the yse of the rod, and never employ it but
upon the most serious occasions. A child may be confined in a light place for a fixed time, or kept from going to play, or sent to bed an hour or two sooner than usual. In most cases mild punishments will answer best. For instance, when a child has
gone out into the street against your orders, if you snatch him up, and give him a few angry words and hard blows, you will find that the pain is no sooner over than he will forget both the fault and the punishment. But if you have the patience to take him quietly on your knee, tell him seriously of his fault, and that, as disobedience is ą thing you cannot pass over, you will put him to bed at five instead of eight, you will find that he will think of this all day, that he will remember it, and be more careful to obey your orders in future. It will have more effect than a thousand hasty blows and angry words.
Here, again, think of the perfect example set before us in the Scriptures. It is said, our heavenly Father chasteneth us,"not for His pleasure, but for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness” (Heb. xi. 10.) When we are enabled in this spirit to chastise our children, instead of exciting their anger we shall strengthen their love, and the best effects will follow (Prov. xxix. 15, 17).
TILL, still with Thee, when purple morning breaketh,
When wake the birds, and all the shadows flee ;
Dawns the sweet consciousness, I am with Thee!
Its closing eye looks up to Thee in prayer;
But sweeter still to wake and find Thee there.
When the soul waketh, and life's shadows flee;
-Mrs. H. B. Stowe.
DAYS AND YEARS.–O swiftly gliding time ! how soon wilt thou be done! O winged days and years ! how quickly will you all be run out! Then the judgment, and the sentence, and the recompense, and the unending eternity. O man! make haste to live while thou livest, lest thou die for ever.
THE ADVANTAGES OF SUNDAY CLOSING.
(OME years ago, Thomas Clark, a worthy Christian man, went into a fashionable hair-dresser's shop in the
West end of London. On entering into conversation with the owner of the shop, H. H he found that he was in the habit of keeping it open on the Sabbath-day.
He laboured to convince him of the sinfulness of so doing; quoting the commandment, “Remember the Sabbath-day, to keep it holy;" saying that there always seemed to him a peculiar emphasis in the word “ Remember,”-that we were not to forget, but to remember the Sabbath-day, to keep it holy.
The man said it was one of his busiest days; he had to wait on the nobility as much on that day as on any other, and that he should lose their custom if he closed his shop then; he had a wife and four children, and could not afford to do so.
Thomas Clark spoke to him of the bad example he was setting his children, and asked him if he wished them to grow up regardless of the Sabbath. On taking leave, he took his hand, saying, solemnly, that in all probability he should not see him again in this world; for he feared that if he continued in his present course he would be suddenly cut off. The man started, and inquired his reason for saying so. To this he replied by quoting the text,“He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy" (Prov. xxix. 1).
Some months afterwards, Thomas Clark had again occasion to go to London, and having a little time to spare, called on the hair-dresser, H. H—; and, on entering, he was surprised to see the walls of the shop nearly covered with placards, stating that after such a day the shop will be closed on Sundays. Of course he was rejoiced to see that the man had been enabled to come to this decision, and endeavoured to encourage him to carry it out.
The next time he called, the shopkeeper welcomed him warmly, saying he could not find words to express his gratitude to him ; that his business had doubled since he closed his shop on the Sunday, and that now they enjoyed such happy Sundays. Some part of the family attended a place of worship twice a day, and he felt altogether a different man. One of the customers he was particularly afraid of losing by this change was a nobleman, to whose house he went regularly on the Sunday morning at eight o'clock; but he ventured to tell him what he proposed doing, giving his reasons. The nobleman took what he said kindly, and arranged for him to come late on Saturday evenings instead.
His aim ever since has been to induce his brother tradesmen to do the same, and in many instances he has been successful. He always gives Thomas Clark a welcome, and on one occasion sent him a handsome present in token of his gratitude.