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always against the poor man. You may be rich and flourishing now, but should the time ever come when you yourself are poor, you will reflect with regret and shame on your treatment of him. And remember, that ' he who giveth to the poor lendeth to the Lord,' and will be rewarded fourfold hereafter."
The landlord said nothing; and I saw that Paul went his way, and turning to his right, as directed, soon came to the house mentioned, which, however, he could but indistinctly discern by the star-light. He felt, more plainly than saw, a bell at the gate, which he rang, and which was instantly responded to by the deep-toned bark of a house-dog, and, in a few minutes, a lad came in haste to the gate, saying that the family had retired to rest, but when he heard the bell he got up to see who could be coming at that time of night.
Paul said he was very sorry to disturb them at so late an hour, and then stated the same particulars he had done at the other place; which when the young man had heard he begged him to come in, adding that he could have the accommodation he sought. Paul thanked him, but said he must hasten back to his companions, whom he had left waiting for him.
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"Well, then," replied Benjamin (for that was the youth's name), "if you will sit down for a minute in this room, I will bring a covered cart that we have, and that will take us both there speedily, and convey them here without adding to their fatigue, as you say they are so tired."
With these words he disappeared, and presently returned with the cart. They got in, and were soon at the spot, for it was not far. They found Luke watching by his sister and her friend, who had both fallen fast asleep. He was agreeably surprised to see his friend jump out of the comfortable vehicle, telling him that his patience had been nearly exhausted, and he began to fear that his brother had lost himself in a labyrinth again.
"Or been enticed to the house of another Romius, perhaps," replied Paul, smiling. "And, indeed, had it not been for this kind man, you might not have seen me again even so soon."
Their talking awoke Grace and Myra, who were much refreshed by their sleep; but both complained of feeling cold, and were not a little glad to enter the warm cart unexpectedly brought for them.
Paul told them, as they went, the cause that had detained him, and very soon they all alighted at the inn, where their guide shewed them into a clean comfortable room, and then ran to tell Mr. Trueman, the landlord, of their arrival, who presently came to them; for having heard a noise in the house he had got up, and was somewhat alarmed when he missed his horse and cart, and then (when he was going to question him) his trusty young man! Who now told his master the cause of this three-fold disappearance, adding, that as he felt sure of his concurrence in what he did, he thought it best to avoid both delay and disturbance.
The master, who approved of the young man's conduct, received his guests with respectful cordiality; for their toil-worn appearance had a different effect on his mind to that produced by it on the mind of the former landlord. Paul began to tell him (as he had done the other) that they stood in much need of rest and refreshment, but being able to make but small payment, it must be of the plainest kind.
"We will talk of payment by-and-by," answered he: "let not that distress you, for you are welcome to whatever my house affords; and I am sure you must require it."
Accordingly the board was soon spread, and the
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much-exhausted party enjoyed their meal and the warm room, after the cold and hunger they had for so many hours endured. They made their acknowledgments to their obliging host, and begged he would remain and partake of it with them, after being roused from his bed at such an unreasonable time.
"Oh," replied he, "persons of my calling must expect these casualties. I am not hungry, but, for good fellowship's sake, will stay with you till your sleeping-rooms are ready."
So he did; and they soon fell into conversation, when Paul remarked,—" I should think this house may, perhaps, be the same that (many years back) was kept by one Gaius; for it seems an ancient one?" i
"It is so," answered the landlord; "and was, as you say, once kept by Gaius, as honest a man as ever lived. But surely you are much too young to remember any thing of those days!"
"True," replied the other; "but my grandmother, with her family, once sojourned here some time, and I have heard it talked of by them."
"What was her name?" inquired Trueman.
When Paul told him it was Christiana he was
quite surprised and pleased, saying he was delighted to receive any descendants of that family under his roof; "for," added he, " that Gaius was an ancestor of my wife's, and her relations have spoken so highly of yours, that I almost seemed to know them."
"Then," said Paul, "I hope that the friendship that existed between them may be renewed and perpetuated in ourselves."
"That it shall," replied their warm-hearted host. "At least I can answer for myself. I should like, too, to hear some particulars of your own life and journey hither, but must reserve them till to-morrow, for it is high time you should retire to rest."
This was acceded to, and they parted for the night. Then did the weary travellers offer up their thanks in their nightly orisons for the welcome shelter they had found; and all slept soundly till the morning was far advanced, for it had commenced before they entered the inn.
When they met together in the sitting-room, they found an excellent breakfast provided for them; and their host introduced to them his wife Eachel, who received them as courteously as her husband had previously done, for she was a good-natured, pleasant-mannered woman; and the couple, who were