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part individually; and where honour was that, excepting for the high wall, there the point in question, Archy was not likely was little difficulty in the way, at least with to be left behind. It was a strange kind of judicious management. The fruit abstracted honour; for one of the exploits to be accom- was not in large quantities at once, and the plished was that of robbing a neighbouring means by which the attention of those not orchard, much celebrated for its delicious in the secret was diverted, were contrived pears. A high wall had to be scaled for with considerable ingenuity and tact. On this purpose, and a somewhat complicated the return of the owner of the garden, there system of operations carried out in order to could be no doubt but the loss would be avoid detection, all which imparted dignity discovered; but who could suspect the boys? and interest to the enterprise. Otherwise Or, if they were suspected, who would be one would have thought as Archy did some- able to make out a case against them? times, that it was but a mean kind of affair, Charles Hetherington, who was not only being quite within the compass of the lowest the instigator of these exploits, but the convagabonds by which the country might be triver of ways and means, did not appear infested. But there was great fun, as well very anxious to engage his friend Archy in as honour, in this enterprise, the boys per- the service. He probably doubted his alacrity suaded themselves; because, in the first and skill, or it might be that he doubted his place, the pears belonged to a miserly old courage. The boys suspected the latter, and bachelor, who stored them up for winter after listening to a few unpleasant insinuprofit; and, in the next place, the danger of ations of this kind, he told Archy in confiscaling a high wall, besides that which en- dence that he thought he had better try his circled the school premises, was such as to luck for once, if only to show the other render it an object of ambition with the fellows what he dared do, and could do. boys to be selected for this act of service. It was a disadvantage to Archyin any enter

For some time Archy escaped this ap- prise of this kind that he was naturally neither pointment. He did not see the honour of swift nor nimble. He was not awkward, for it so clearly as some others did. He liked he had always the manner of a gentleman; the pears, and he liked to take rank with but his movements were slow and somewhat the bold spirits of the place and time; but heavy, and in his athletic exercises he had to appropriate what was not his own- a certain tendency to plump down at inconactually to steal another person's property-venient times and places. This, amongst was in the highest degree revolting to his other causes, had operated against Archy's feelings; and he even went so far as to pro- being sent over the wall for the plums and pose, in the way of improvement upon their pears. But one night the lot fell upon him, plans, that the boys should leave behind and his repugnance to the act itself was them in the garden, or somewhere about the entirely overborne by the encouragements premises, a sum of money equal to what of his friend Charley on the one hand, and they thought the pears were worth ; but by the jeering of the boys, who did not quite the burst of laughter which followed this believe in his courage and determination, on proposal effectually prevented Archy over the other. To show what he could do was an making it again. Still, however, he con- enterprise in itself. He forgot the meanness tinued to see the matter in the same light of the object, the slyness, the deception, the He could not see it otherwise ; and thus he actual theft; and, flushed with excitement, absolutely dreaded the coming of the time Archy waited for the hour at which it was then the honourable appointment should considered safe to escape through the back fall upon him.

premises of the school. Of course the premises must have been The wall of the garden was scaled by the very insufficiently guarded to have allowed help of a ladder from the school stable, the of these depredations. In fact the master was descent on the other side being facilitated away, and the staff of servants was so small by the branches of a well-trained peach treo

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extending horizontally. The garden was hurt. Charley seized him in his arms, ad. separated from the school premises by a justed the burden over his shoulders, and narrow lane but little frequented.

ran with it, as fast as the weight would It was part of the plan that one boy allow, to a gate entering into a back yard should keep watch in the lane, and secure belonging to the school, where the rest of the ladder in case of sudden retreat, while the party were waiting. They had heard two or three other boys, placed at different the barking of the dog, and, fearing some stations, acted as sentinels, or relays, should terrible disaster, had hastened to this spot assistance be required.

in order to be ready to help outside, if On the night when Archy was despatched necessary, or to secure themselves within., for the fruit

, Charleyhimself took his position The boys were not pursued, and they were in the lane. It was a quiet, starlight night, glad to discover that;. for Archy's case was and all things seemed propitious. Archy had one requiring time. By the plentiful use of “climbed the wall like a hero"-his friend cold water from the stable pump, he whispered from below; and although he length brought round, and did not then apcould be heard to descend on the opposite side pear so seriously hurt as they at first apprewith that peculiar kind of plump which so hended. By a great effort he was even able often made the finale of his efforts, the to stand, and after a while to walk, which ground being much higher on that side, he did with many protestations that the hurt and the soil comparatively soft, he was soon was nothing, while occasionally, he stamped on his feet again and busy about his work. his foot upon the ground, declaring that his

All was still as Charley stood beside the leg was only stunned, not sprained, and that wall, listening attentively. Not a step was he should be all right in the morning. to be heard. And now, the usual length of Had there been light enough to see poor time having expired, he waited for the signal Archy's face while he was making these which was to announce that preparation protestations, the boys would have better must be made for some portion of the fruit | understood what he was enduring, and what being dropped from the top of the wall. he could endure. But he bore it out bravely, Yes, there it was! Archy had not forgotten : and walked on, only leaning heavily upon the signal was distinct and loud. Whether the arm of his friend, who at times almost it was owing to the sound being louder than carried him over the most difficult parts of usual, or whether some preconcerted plan the way. had been laid for surprising the thief, just There is a kind of delirium in excessive, then a door was thrown open, and a great pain which, perhaps, happily for the sufferer

, dog rushed furiously out of the house takes away the exact sense of its extent and towards the side of the garden where Archy magnitude. In the acuteness of his agony, was in the act of clambering up by the Archy's thoughts seemed vivified, and he branches of the peach tree. A horror far called to mind many things with unusual beyond that of being seized by the furious distinctness, as we sometimes do in a feverish animal took possession of him, for he ima- dream. Amongst others, he recalled what . gined the dog to be purposely set upon his brother Harry had said about his not him by troops of men. But he reached the being of the "stuff that martyrs are made top of the wall, and there, letting loose his of;" and he almost fancied that no martyr booty, almost precipitated himself upon the could endure, without complaint, more than ladder, which he failed to catch with his he was then enduring. Butwith this thought feet, and so fell heavily to the ground. came another,—that martyrs endured in a

Archy's fall was partially broken by the good cause, not a bad one. And then, with outstretched arms of his friend. He gave a the sudden flood of recollections that rushed sharp cry, struggled up again, and then fell upon him—recollections of his home, his down fainting and insensible. There was parents, but especially of his mother no time for inquiring into the nature of his recollections of that peaceful and happy home,

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when he was never ashamed of what he had dressed and about, his lameness would be done, nor afraid of the consequences;-— Archy more conspicuous, and he should be questhought his heart would surely break that tioned as to what he had been doing. night, it was so full of suffering and dis- Charley did his best to encourage and tress.

support his friend under this painful, and to By skilful management Archy was con- him alarming, dilemma. He could see by reyed to his bed without discovery; and once the light of the early morning that Archy there, he was considered to be safe. Of was flushed and feverish, and he said the course he would be poorly in the morning, doctor without doubt would treat him for and not able

'to get up. The doctor might fever. He would only feel his pulse. He eten have to pay him a visit, but there would would never think of examining his leg, and he no necessity for him to'mention his in- Archy could lie in bed as long as he liked. jured limb, which his companions supposed He would merely have to sham a little, and would get well of itself, if he only kept snug

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little would serve the purpose. in bed. They were some of them sagacious “I hope it will," said Archy, sadly. “I enough to suppose that if it had been either am not clever at shamming; I never was, dislocated or broken, he would not have been and don't want to be." able to place it on the ground, or to walk a “But," observed his friend, “it is not Kittle with it as he did ; and besides these quite a matter of liking—not entirely your two accidents they knew nothing, and own affair either. You have got into a feared nothing. He would only have to mess, and you must remember that if you keep in bed for a few days, they said to one don't exert yourself, you will draw others in another, to swallow a black draught, and as well. As a point of honour, I don't think live on slops, and all would come right, and you are quite at liberty to do as you like nothing would ever be found out.

now." But won't he tell, though ?” asked one of the boys. And they began to look grave grave and very sad. This point of honour again, for there had always been a suspicion did not look near so fine a thing to him just amongst them that Archy did not heartily then, as it had looked a few days before. go along with them in all their transactions; Perhaps he was stupid-half asleep. Indeed, that he kept a kind of reserve in his own he had scarcely closed his eyes all the night, mind to go only so far, and no further; and and that might be the reason why all things that under the strong pressure of some seemed so different. On, if he had but his counter influence, he would some day sud- brother Harry to talk to now! Why had denly stop, So they said, inquiringly, and he been so distant, so reserved, with him? somewhat anxiously, "Won't he tell?" Why had he not told him all about his

Perhaps Charles Hetherington had some school-companions, and school-life ? On the such apprehension, for the next morning at remembrance of his mother, he could not, a very early hour he stole into the room dared not, dwell; but Harry, dear Harry, where Archy slept, ostensibly to ask how he he did not think he should mind him now. was getting on, but secretly to ascertain the And one thing he was sure of,—his brother state of his mind as well as that of his Harry would not let them cover up his hurt body

limb, and so prevent its being cured, rather It seemed as if the same anxiety might be than run the risk of getting into disgrace pressing on the minds of all, for Archy al- himself. Perhaps he should be lame for most immediately asked his friend with life—perhaps his leg would have to be cut great earnestness what he should say about off-perhaps he should die! his indisposition if he found himself unable Such were the melancholy reflections of to get up, as he felt sure would be the case. poor Archy on his bed. He was not the He had tried once or twice, he said, and it first to discover that community in what is was impossible. Besides which, if he were wrong does not make real friends. It may

ne Archy made no reply. He looked very

bind together for a while in the way of could; and the terror of being so pushed accommodation or mutual service; but a that he might either have to tell such a true, generous, and unselfish friendship can falsehood or betray his friends, weighed only exist in connection with high principles heavily upon his spirits, as he lay thinkand noble aims.

ing in his bed. He had time to think The first severe ordeal that Archy had to now, and there was urgent need that he pass through was a visit from the kind should think. Oh, how he longed for one matron of the establishment, who plied him true and right-minded friend to come and sit with more questions than he found it pos- by his bed-one God-fearing friend who would sible to reply to without evasion. Happily help him to do right, and perhaps show him she was one of those bustling chatty women the way—who would read the Bible to him, who do not always wait for an answer, and and talk to him about good and holy things. Archy congratulated himself on her depar- | Why did the boys come and tempt him so, ture, that he had escaped without telling a and bewilder him until he could not disdownright falsehood.

tinguish right from wrong? It is remarkable how long some children Ah, little Archy! you should have chosen who have been scrupulously brought up, will the better friends when you were healthy hesitate before telling a direct falsehood, and happy, and then your bed of sleepless even after they have learned many a lesson pain would not have been left only to the in false-acting, in evasion, and subterfuge. visitations of those who had no comfort to Archy had never yet intentionally told this bring you-no help in your time of need, kind of falsehood. He did not think he no light in your hour of darkness.

WISDOM

"But where shall wisdom be found ? and where is the place of understanding PP

JOB. Ixviii, 12.

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UT where is Wisdom found ?"

I asked the mountains in their crests of snow-
The gathering of winters—as they stood

In all the hoar antiquity of age.
“ Veils she the radiance of her starlit brow
'Mid cloud-capped peaks, where warring tempesta rage?
Or doth she seek, in some far solitude,
Which never yet re-echoed to the sound
Of human voice, that peace the world denies ?
Child of the thoughtful eyes !
Where art thou, that thy beauty may be known ?"
The hills give no reply, and I am sad and lone.
I turned me to the shades,
Where the green elm, gnarled oak, and dusky pine
Flung wide their branches on the summer breeze,
Forming a shade impervious to the sun :
A couch of leaves, whereon I did recline,
Dispensed sweet perfume: 'mid the shadows dun
A gentle rivulet murmured through the trees,
Filling with melody the distant glades-

"And here," I cried, “beneath this forest dome
Wisdom hath made her home.”
A passing zephyr whispered in mine ear,
“Vain are thy thoughts, O man! her footsteps are not here."
Where, then, is Wisdom found ?

Thou hast thy secrets, O mysterious sea;
Within thy caves lie treasures that would buy
Much that the world holds beautiful and fair-
Haply the maiden hath her home with thee.
Need I describe her? she hath golden hair,
Orbed beauty dwells within her clear blue eye,
And her whole port with majesty is crowned.”

- When thou cam'st forth, the first-born of old Time,
Rejoicing in thy prime,
God wrote “ unstable” on thine azure brow;
And the primeval curse clings to thee even now.
A film came o'er my eyes :
Deep slumber wrapped my senses in a pall
Of strange and varying hues. Methought I slept,
And beings of a brighter mould than man
Were hovering round my couch; and each and all
Would minister unto me: some would fan
The fever of my brow, while others kept
The watch and ward that ready love supplies :
Till one bright vision, bending closely near,
Breathed in my listening ear,
“The fear of God is Wisdom, and her throne
The bosom of the just. Go, make her ways thine own."

H. B. BULLOCK.

EARTHLY STORIES WITH HEAVENLY MEANINGS.

BY THE EDITOR.

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the busy marts of worldly enterprise and THE HID TREASURE.

occupation; but if Christ's teaching be true, " Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure they will never find in this "wide gate”. hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he and this “broad way," where the multitude, hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that actuated by ten thousand objects of desire, he hath, and buyeth that field.”—St. Mart. xüi. 44.

is engrossed in the pursuit of the passing F men in general are seeking a interests of time to the neglect of the en

“kingdom of heaven," it cannot during interests of eternity- the "kingbe that kingdom of which our dom of heaven" of which Jesus spake. To

Saviour is speaking in this Parable find that kingdom, there must be retirement of “The Hid Treasure." If they find a from the beaten track and crowded thorough" kingdom of heaven," it must be a new one fares of the busy world; and the Treasure of their own discovery; they must stumble must be sought in the quietude of devout. upon it in the highway, and meet with it in meditation and inquiry, as men seek to dig.

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