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comforted, but gave herself up to despair. We had lived some time in this manner, when a man who had been out of town when my mistress's debts were paid, brought in a bill against her for twenty pounds. This she was quite unable to pay, and the man had her arrested, and thrown into prison. I went with her, carrying some of our own bedding and such little things from our lodging as I thought most likely to make her comfortable, not forgetting the large family Bible; and then sitting down by
my dear mistress, (said I don't be cast down; I dare say we can raise ten pounds by selling such clothes of yours and mine, as we are least in want of; and then I will look out for washing, or sewing, or something by which we shall soon be able to earn the other ten; and with the blessing of God on my endeavours, you shall not remain long in this
neck, and exclaimed ; 'may God in heaven bless thee, my more than daughter! and oh! may he create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me! I lost no time in going the next day to seek for employment, and many of those, who had known my mistress in prosperity, were kind enough to furnish me with plenty. My dear mistress help
ed me with the sewing I procured ; and as we sat at work, we read a few verses at once in the Bible, and conversed about them together; and by the grace of God, and the influence of his Holy Spirit, the divinely inspired truths it contained were brought home to her heart: and oh! what a heavenly change then took place in her ternper and conduct! She became humble, and penitent, and sweet
tempered, and patient and thankful. : Our blessed Saviour might well describe
it as being born again, or, as the Ethiopian changing his skin, or the leopard his spots; for my dear mistress was indeed a new creature, and often in the day she exclaimed with holy David;
It is good for me that I have been afflicted, for before I was afflicted I went astray.' Oh! what pleasure it was for me now to work for her, and to wait
upon her; and I am sure we enjoyed more real happiness in the prison, than we had ever done when possessed of all the good things this world could give. So true it is, that happiness does not depend on our outward scate but upon the frame of the heart towards God." ;
(To be continued.)
SQUIRRELS. It is a curious circumstance, and not gene. rally known, that most of those oaks which are said to spring up of themselves are planted by the squirrel. A gentleman walking one day, in the woods belonging to the Duke of Beaufort, near Troy House in Monmonthshire, his attention was diverted by a squirrel, which sat very composedly upon the ground. He stopped to observe its motions. In a fey moments, the squirrel darted to
the top of a tree, beneath which he had been sitting. In an instant, he was down with an acorn in his mouth. After digging a small hole, he stooped down and put in the acorn. Then covering it, he darted up the tree again. In a moment, he was down again with ancther, which he buried in the same manner. This he continued to do as long as the person watched him.
The industry of this little animal is direca ted to the purpose of securing him against want in the winter; and he forgets the spot in which he places every acorn. He no doubt loses a few every year; these few spring up and are destined to supply the place of the parent tree. Thus.is Britain in some mea. sure indebted to the industry and bad memory of a squirrel for her oak trees.
DANGER OF BAD COMPANY. On Sunday morning last, a boy about fifteen years of age, named Chas. Barlow, living with his widowed mother in Rowlin. son's-buildings, Ancoatslane, was on his road to the Tib-street Sunday School, in company with two others. Before, however, they arrived there, they called upon Jonathan Brookes, a boy about their own age, who went to the same school, and, by his persuasion, made up their minds to play truant, and take a stroll in the fields. When they arrived at Holt-Town, some triling dispute took place, and Barlow and Brookes began to fight; in which they were encouraged by some idle fellows, who happened to be lounging about. The contest being disturbed by some constables coming, the boys, by the pursuasion of the men, went to a spot of ground at Bradford, near Mr. Porter's colliery; where, backed by these idle and unthinking men, they fought for nearly two hours and a half; in fact, both were com pletely spent. Barlow, it appears, was desi. rous of giving up the contest ; but, being encouraged by the men, he fought until he. fell down senseless, and as the wretches termed it, “was dead to time.” Some of the bye-standers then carried him home; but in spite of all the doctor could do for him, the boy expired in a very short time after wards.
This disgraceful occurrence having reached the ears of the constables, a strict enquiry was made after the men who encouraged this shameful outrage upon decency and humanity; and one of them (William Adse head) was taken into eustody, as was also the boy Brookes.-On Tuesday morning, an inquest was held before J. Milne, Esq. the coroner, on view of the deceased, when, after, hearing the evidence of several witnesses, the jury brought in a verdict of manslaughter against Jonathan Brookes, and also against William Adshead, for having aided the said Jonathan Brookes, to do and commit the said manslaughter.-The coroner then com. mitted the parties to Lancaster castle, to take their trial there at the next assizes. We hope that not a single person concerned. in this brutal affair will be suffered to escape. A crime of such guilt demands that the authors of it should be visited with its full punishment, and the police will not do its duty, if it do not endeavour to bring every one of them to justice.—Manchester Courieti.