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joicing, gathering from every event in life fresh food for hope and thankfulness, and shedding around her, in the limited sphere in which ehe moved, a steady though humble light.

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CHAPTER II.

A PEEP AT THE YOUNG ONES.

"Our childhood sits,
Our simple childhood, sits upon a throne
That hath more power than all the elements.
I guess not what this tells of Being past,
Nor what it augurs of the life to come,
But so it is."

WOBDSWOBTH.

«* Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones."

Matt, xviii. 10.

It was a beautiful spring morning, and when Helen returned from the conference to which she had been summoned by her aunt, Effie proposed a walk. "Let us go to the village, Helen, and call for the Thorntons, and all Walk together."

"Very well; but the Thorntons are a very unmanageable set, and I think you will repent of it when you haye had them half an hour,"

"No, I shall not; I like children, ruly or unruly. I believe I am half a child myself yet," and the light-hearted girl flew up-stairs to prepare for her walk. As soon as they had started, she said, "Tell me about the Thorntons, Helen; there are so few families in your neighbourhood, that one is driven to take an interest in them all. Do you like Mrs. Thornton, the grandmamma V

"I don't know. There is a great deal of kindliness about her, and I am sure she means well by the children; but she does not seem to me to understand them. The girls are so totally different in character, and she treats them all alike—I mean, she adopts the same system with all; and little as I know about children, I cannot think that a wise plan. And then as to Percy, he is a thoroughly spoilt boy, and all in the house are made to give up to him."

"Are they orphans, Helen?"

"Oh no, their parents are in India. I have heard that their mother is a charming woman,

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