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the alarm subsided as unusual symp- wonder if we are alive,' she found toms disappeared.
that the hand in hers was clammy Left with nurse, however, the and cold, for he had been taken and animation returned.
she left. Nurse, he said, “I've seen wifie; Over such transitions from death she has been to see me.'
in life, to the Life that swallows up · Has she? It would do you good mortality, who can weep? Yet the to see her.'
flood of warm memories that rushes "She came to my bedside, but she on the mind at such times, brings doesn't belong here now,' he said, with it the tender tribute of tears; simply. “She came out of the Light and no one could look on that peaceto see me, and she smiled and went ful, venerable face as it rested on its back into it. She's with the Blessed coffin pillow without seeing thereon Saviour, and I've counted many the trace of palmier days, ay, and hours out that He hasn't come for the assurance that now he was comme, but so I did for wifie ; and she's forted for all the years wherein be come, and He will.'
had seen evil. 'Say, “ Come, Lord Jesus.” That The funeral over, nurse's question won't tire you like counting.'
of What next ?' was put aside by Now, who preached from that in Miss Stewart. After so many years Brunswick Chapel ? 'he asked, with
of faithful service she must rest and an expression of such extreme recruit a little before laying plans for perplexity that it was evident a great the future. train of thought had been started to Spending the whole of the Sunday the awakened mind, and it taxed all after the funeral at her cousin's, nurse nurse's powers to keep him from dwelt lovingly on every little incident following it up; for no one unacquain- that had transpired during the last ted with such phases of human few days of her master's life. Bellaby weakness can realize how wearying smoked his pipe and listened to her and distressing is the effort that the with a mental conclusion as to the attendant has to make to keep the satisfaction it might give her to be patient undisturbed.
dwelling on a subject so familiar as At last he fell back on the words, the death of a man of eighty-four • Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly, years, whose heart and brain had repeating them as often and as withered beneath the hand of time, mechanically as he was wont to count. long before the vital mechanism suc
Nurse promised the ladies that if cumbed. Nurse did not know what there were any change in the night, his reflections were, but she said : she would call them. It was her 'I declare if there was nothing else night for rest. She was resolute to make one believe in the soul and on having that with regularity, but in heaven and in happy spirits and in this time she insisted on deviating Jesus being the First and the Last to from her rule. She entreated Miss them all, the death of such as Mr. Stewart to retire, but did not tell her Stewart might lead one to believe in that she intended to sit up.
it. How do you account for it,' she The night crept on, and it was so said, turning to her cousin,' that mere like other nights that she ceased to babes and old people, that have alapprehend anything unusual. She most lost their minds, if they die in lay down in the morning on her sofa- the Lord, know so well where they're couch, and fell into the sleep of going to ? They nearly always wake exhaustion; but when waking late, up to feel He's near, and so many of she said, as she had so often done, 'I them see those that have gone
just as he saw his dear wife, though what you like, 's long as it maks ye he'd quite forgotten she was dead.' comfortable; but if ah fahnd it mak
0, it's all a matter o' coorse,' ye uneasy as t'owd stoaries hev maade said Bellaby. 'If ye'd give hauf a sum fowlk, then ah'd do mi best to dozen fowlk opium, an’ watch 'em show ye how ye'd beean takken in, an' listen to their talk, ye'd hev sum an' what a kind o' God it was ye beo't prattiest aangel visits ye iver heard lieved in. Nubbody knows the trash tell on i' 'em Memoirs.'
'at hes beean swallered under t' name 'I know what opium is a sight deal o' Religion !! better than you,' said nurse, indig- For the remainder of the day's visit, nantly. “You needn't go to set opium nurse's bearing towards her cousin against what I've been telling you, comported with a certain Scriptural for even my old Dear had it given admonition relative to the distribution him occasionally. No, I'll tell you of pearls. She went to chapel, as did what it is : I believe that God enlarges Matty and the little girl. Bellaby the vision of His people before they was left alone, and not in the best die, and gives them to possess their temper. These apparently supersoul, as it were, to take from them the natural manifestations to dying people fear of death, as a sign that the soul were no doubt to be accounted for; they committed to Him in health has but how? been safe in His hands through He turned over the pages of the delirium and disease and whatever chart he had chosen to guide him else has come against them. It's a through this mazy world, and read sign like, a token.'
the chapter on dreams, as being more “Yes, what my muther used t call akin to the subject of his thoughts a token for good,' said Matty, who than any other, but his oracle failed to was present.
help him to any satisfactory concluAnd it's not only a token for good sion upon things not dreamed of in to them,' said nurse, 'for Mr.
our philosophy. Stewart's death was like a translation; . Theer was a toime when ah bebut it's a token to those they leave lieved it mesen ; bud it maade meh behind. I'm sure Miss Stewart is so miserable. Ah were glad eniff t thankful that her father knew her shaake it off. Hahsumiver, ah do beagain and that he spoke of going to be lieve 'at them as gets comfort aht on with Jesus.'
't hesť best on 't. It maks 'em "Weel,' said Bellaby, “an' what's believe things is rightest when they cordial to wun 'll refresh anuther as go moast agaain 'em ; it keeaps 'em up mich as a spurt o' lavender wad a when they cum to die, an' efter they dusty elephant's hide.'
are deead it's all wun, O, well, lavender water isn't "Is it?' was a question that, meant for elephants !' said nurse, starting from the depths of his soul, closing her eyes and swaying gently sounded like a mocking voice. And backward and forward in the old since all men must die, what support fashion, nor are God's tokens for was left to him in the hour of mortal them who are too hard of heart to helplessness and anguish ? A fairly take them in.'
honest life did not exclude the conShe had nearly used a stronger sciousness of something wrong, unword, but it would have sounded worthy, bas
worthy, base in the constitution of severe, and severity was no part of him, which must be the experience, in her character.
certain moments, of every unregenerate It's no use argeyin',' said Bellaby. man. He could not imagine angelic ' Ah allus let you wimmen b’lieve visitants, smiling on his dying pillow
and pointing up! or a mysterious “But won't ye reead t' Testament peace and rapture gliding into his agaain, mester? ' soul! He thought he could do with- Reead it accordin' t' t' Church out them, as unreal save to the imagi- fowlk, as believes in seeasons an' nation; but what if they were indeed forms ? or t Calvinists, as think it messengers from Him Whom he had wuth God's while to put childer rejected, and in their place came—? loike this i' everlastin' torment, becos He took
his hat and went out to He didn't elect'em to be saaved when spend the remainder of the evening at He first thowt o makin' a world? or the Sheep and Shears. He was sure mun ah reead it accordin' † John he was going daft. Politics would be Wesley ? Ah'd loike that, for it's fine a healthy diversion to his mind, if an' eeasy. A feller may be as bad as only his co-patriots cared more for he's a mind, he'll be all reeght i' t' 'argeyment an' less for t' glass.' end, so long as he believes in a Man If the man was
so sure of his ’at died eighteen hundred years sin'.' ground, what had he to be uneasy Mester, if ye will talk loike that, about ? Why did the chatter of the ah maun leeave off sittin' wheer ye simple souls who thought otherwise are,' said the girl, firmly, 'for ab discompose him? Is it not because moant sit i' t seeat o' t' scorner. Yed “there is a spirit in man; and the in- better go to t chapel an' hear what spiration of the Almighty giveth them they really does preach. Ye'll find understanding'?
that believin's noan seah eeasy Matty never knew the master so woaark. Why, ye can't for t’ loife o bad to get on with as he was the next ye believe till yere willin' to forsaake week. She supposed it was because sin an' sarve God wi' yere whole she'd puttin in her word o' Sundah heart. neeght;' for he bantered her merci- Then do you believe, Matty?' be lessly on her easy credulity, and the asked, with a cynical expression of the banter savoured of spite.
lips that was intended for her conHe made his knee a rocking-horse fusion. It was a trying moment for for little Emma, and rode her My the girl, but it is astonishing how lady to London, to some odd jingles seldom real honesty and simplicity of rhyme, which Matty could per- misses its mark. ceive to be a blasphemous parody on "Ah doan't allus believe as ah owt,' the story of the Eastern Magi. she said ; 'bud ah've leearned this,
Nah, mester, if ye teich ť little mester, from wun ah'd liefer leearn lass that, ye'll hev summat to answer on nor Mester Paine, if he gets trash for 'at ye'll wish ye'd left aloan,' she aht o t Bible 'at nubbody butsaid.
iver can find there. Ivery minnit ‘at *Naah, lass, that's t creeam o't ah keeaps lookin' tul Him 'at died on Bible, skimmed off by t' philosopher 't Cross He saaves meh. Bud, 0! Paine, a man wi' moor sense i' his mester, whativer you do, doan't you little finger nor youre Ministers hes i’ go to offend a little un. Doan't you theer top stoaries.'
put thowts in Emma's mind 'at 'll 'If Mester Paine thinks that's i’ ť kecap 'er from lookin' ti Christ when Bible, philosophers maun be queer shoo cums to understan' things better. sort o' fellers,' said Matty. "He owt
It fair cuts meh ti t' heart to be thev knawn what was in't 'fore he teeachin' 'er 'er prayers, an' hev you, maade gaam on't to other fowlk. Ah 'at's as good as an oan feyther tul ’er
, wish ye'd let meh shaw you, mester.' sayin' things afoor 'er as may keeap'er
"Ah read them tales afoor tha frae growin' up good.' were born, Matty.'
This energetic protest cost Matty
a shower of tears ; but as Bellaby did that, he thought it well to discontinue not blame her for teaching the child the practice, but still no sooner was to say prayers, and as, in deference to his glass put down than the little her feelings, he was a little more cau- creature came over and drained it. tious as to what he said before her, Matty was not experienced enough to she believed that it had not been know the danger of this, and would made in vain. In a few weeks, nurse join in the laugh. But one day a retired to quiet rooms of her own on man who had been having a glass a small pension, intending to supple- with him, seeing her drain off both, ment it by nursing occasionally in the shook his head and said to him, 'Hev neighbourhood, rendering assistance a look aht, my mar! Ye moant allow when required at the hospital, so that that. It's t'varry waah 'at sum she did not drop from the circle of our children hes gettin'a taaste an' cravin' little heroine's friends.
for drink. Ah hed a sister 'at went
wrong through it. Emma, being by no means an in- 'Ab niver thowt o' that,' said fant prodigy, and not exhibiting any- Bellaby ; 'bud shoo maks sich an thing beyond the average prettinesses faace owre 't 'at, ah thowt shoo didn't and naughtinesses of little children, loike it.' with which most of our readers may 'Ah, bud shoo does loike it or shoo be presumed to be familiar, we have wadn't be si keen to get at it. Ah've not been careful to note her develop- six childer, an' ah’m noan a temperment, or mental and moral progress, ance man, bud ah niver let ony on since she was laid in change for ten ’em knaw taaste o' theease things shillings upon the pawnbroker's coun- while they're small.' ter. Everything she said and did had, Ruminating on this, Bellaby felt of course, a surpassing interest for
uneasy, for he had never risen suMatty, and to Bellaby she was always perior to the fear that the germ of the amusing. The keen, sceptical money
mother's sin was latent in the child. getting man had a blank in his nature What had he been doing to indulge that the child had gone farther to fill her? So early to let her get'a taste up than any other object. Her for what was not good for her! His childish prattle beguiled many an
fears were confirmed when his interanxious hour, and her affection for ference with the naughty practice him pleased him. The first name she provoked a violent outcry.
* Ab do called him was “Mester.' He started believe t' bairn loikes it,' he said to at the hearing of it, and it sounded so Matty. droll that he let her acquire the habit "Well, shoo's moor to meh nor my of so naming him. Matty trained her glass; it's
glass ; it's better ah sud deny mesen to bring him his slippers, to toddle to than shoo suld live to be ruined wi' him with his pipe without breaking drink; ah'll heh no moor on 't when it; and use became second nature. she's abaht. This resolution spoke
Bellaby did not feel that he should much for his self-denial and his affeclike her to call him • Mester,' but he tion for his ward, since it ended in his decided not to bother her about it till abstaining altogether, save for formalshe was older. It had been a little ity's sake at the Sheep and Shears. amusement to Bellaby to put his glass to her lips and see the queer face she Miss Furniss, now Mrs. Whitcroft, made on tasting what was not ‘milk but living in Leeds, had noticed that for babes.' Unsuited to her palate after Bellaby's adoption of the child, as it was, she would still take as much he was very chary about receiving of it as he would allow: Remarking presents from her, and seemed to treat her with reserve. She supposed to argue with him; it would be of no that this was because he was jealous use ; I don't suppose I could answer of her influence and interference; but the queer things he might say, howshe found that it was more attribut- ever absurd I might think them.' able to a proper pride, a feeling that In her own playful but resolute the child being his, he ought altogether manner she told Bellaby her errand, to provide for her. So she tried to and the right she thought she had to overrule the very natural objection, be heard when she advocated the on the ground of her superior know- child's going to the infants' class in ledge of a little girl's requirements the Sunday-school, promising that if and the inability of himself and maid he would send her to it she would pay to dress her nicely. If there were a for her schooling during the week at Mrs. Bellaby she should never think Dame Shackleton's, who had presided of volunteering any assistance, she over the infant intelligence of Vicar's said, archly.
Croft as long as she could rememWhen Emma was between five and
ber. six years
Mrs. Whitcroft felt It's toime shoo learnt summat, bud that now the time had come for her ah'll stan' her schoilin,' said Bellaby; to assume the more serious responsi- and as for Sundays, ah say nowt bilities of her sponsorship. Had she agean her goin' wi' Matty.' not commended the orphan child in "Mr. Bellaby, what good can it do many an earnest prayer to God, and a child like that to be brought up in vowed before Him that so far as in your notions ; you would take from her lay she would seek to bring her her her greatest safeguard.' within the shelter of His fold ? And “O, if shoo neeads & straight now that she was interested in another jacket, l’se nowt to say agean it!! little one, by the sweeter, holier bonds The permission was insulting; but of motherhood, she did not grow for- remembering from whom it came, and getful of her little godchild; no, the the interests at stake, Mrs. Whitcroft latter seemed to have a yet stronger was above resenting it. claim. God had been so good to her! We are all fools, Mr. Bellaby, till What could she do for the less fa- we learn wisdom. The wisdom of the voured of His little ones to show her wise of this world is but folly, but grateful love?
the best disciples are little children. She rather dreaded broaching the You will let her come to the school.' subject to Bellaby. She knew Matty O, I’se hev no peeace frae wun had good principles, and took the an'anuther if ah doan't! I'se no obchild ith her to the sanctuary, and jecshuns to her leearnin' R Bible or nurse might at her prompting see to t Koran, Ah may hev a wooard to her being sent to Sunday-school ; but saay 'er abaht boath when shɔo's that was rather a cowardly way of knowledgeable if ah thinks it wuth going about the business. It was while, due to the guardian to consult him Mrs. Whitcroft sighed. about his ward; it was due to the * Your own views may change.' ward that her religious and moral 'Ay, Ma'am, theer's no tellin'. Ah training should be undertaken in may get tired o' havin' lessons an' hev solemn earnest, as a matter of the my views enlarged, til ah can swaller gravest importance.
Jonah an' t' whale!' I am afraid,' she said to herself, Mr. Bellaby, you believe in the "that I shall find Bellaby impractic- impotence of Deity, I in His power.
that he will try to baffle me with- Your difficulties might be easily met
positive denial. I shan't want if you were persuadable.'