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cause she wanted to do it. Though noting refinement of feature, and as she lay impulsive, conventionally speaking, she among her white pillows, the hectic flush acted purely from impulse. And when iipon her cheeks gave her a look of she found Leona de Vere, known to the youth and delicacy. inhabitants of Reese Alley as "Dix," "You are so good to me,” she sighed coughing her miserable life away upon once to Elise, “but it's too late. If I'd a dirty pallet in a dirty tenement attic, known you when I most needed a friend which she shared with three others as de maybe I wouldn't be what I am. But it's praved and poverty-stricken as herself, too late now.” and heard the whole of her wretched “You are to forget everything that is story from beginning to end, told in a not pleasant," replied Elise with a smile. torrent of bitter invective and interrupt. The girl laughed out shrilly. ed at regular intervals by paroxysms of "Then I'll have to forget about twochocking so terrible that it seemed the thirds of my whole life," she cried, tosstortured soul and pain-wracked body. ing restlessly upon her pillow. “There's must part company, there was no ques been nothing but misery for years and tion about duty. There was but one years." thing to do, and Elise did it promptly. But Elise came and jook her hands

Not until the wretched creature, re and smoothed her tumbled hair. freshed by a bath and enveloped in the "You are to keep very quiet and get soft fragrance of clean linen, reposed in strong enough to go driving with me a narrow white bed in a warm, well when the sun comes out again. It is lighted chamber in a suburban cottage, beautiful along the river road, and the tenanted by a motherly widow of years buds are already beginning to swell on and discretion--not until everything was the maples.” done that could be done, and she had "I'm tired of being told to keep quiet," said good night and gone away to her said the patient, petulantly. "You never own beautiful home, did the full horror let me get up, though I'm ever so much of what she heard and its relation to her stronger." self, take possession of her. But never, “Tomorrow," promised Elise, “if you then or thereafter, aid she blame him rest well tonight, tomorrow I will ask who had wrought the ruin of that once the doctor to let you sit up awhile. I fair human flower, Leona de l'ere. She know you must find the bed monotofelt crushed, and bruised, and broken, nous. she was too cruelly hurt to even pray, "O) you, what do you know about it? but could only bow in silence and shame, You've never been sick, or had any clinging to the hand of Him who helps trouble. You don't know what pain is. the world, and hears and heeds the pray "Perhaps not,” replied Elise, gently, ers that are unspoken.

anci under her breath she added, “I am The days and weeks dragged wearily learning." by. Poor “Dix" was too far gone, mor But Leona de Vere was destined nevally and mentally, to regain even a meas er to take that promised drive.

The ure of physical strength, and indeed morning after Mrs. Natron's fete, there death seemed the kindliest thing that came a messenger in haste to the house could come to her. Every moment that of Colonel Randolph. Mrs. Randolph could be spared from other duties Elise was sleeping and her husband would not devoted to the girl who had unwittingly suffer her to be disturbed, but the mesdealt such a destructive blow to her hap- senger would not be denied, and the tall piness. Aside from the bitterness and footman was constrained at last to admit contempt that colored her view of life him to the Colonel, who was lingering and everything pertaining to it, “Dix,” over a late breakfast. or Leona, as she was called by the two "Well, young man," he said, “What is women who ministered so tenderly to it that is of such importance that you her wants, appeared to be mildly grateful. cannot take no for answer?" Suffering had done much toward restor The boy, it was the motherly widow's

ten-year old son, paused just inside the tone, "mother thinks she is dying.' door, twirling his hat akwardly in his The Colonel was startled, and the boy, hands. He had not counted on having emboldened by the evident impression to face the master of the house, and the his news had made, went on: grandeur of his surroundings awed him “The doctor told Mrs. Randolph, two somewhat, but he was a loquacious lad days ago, that she couldn't live more and soon found his tongue.

than a week, and Mrs. Randolph and "Mrs. Randolph said we were to send mother both cried, and the doctor said her word at once,” he saii!, and then add she would be better off. I wonder why ed, “Mother told me not to come back he said that?" without seeing Mrs. Randolph.”

"Really," said the Colonel, politely, "I “Ah,” said the Colonei, not unkindly, cannot enlighten you, but perhaps I "Well, my lad, you cannot see Mrs. Ran should be less in the dark if you told me dolph this morning. She is not well." more about the patient.”

The boy still hesitated, he glanced un "About what?" easily at the tall footman, and then in the “Miss de Vere.direction of the door. Perhaps he did "Oh! Why there isn't anything to tell. not know how to make an exit, perhaps She's just Miss de Vere—Leona, Mrs. he had no intention of going until he Randolph calls her—and she's been sick had executed his errand. The Colonel ever so long, and she coughs dreadful, took pity upon his embarrassment, and sometimes. But,” he added cheerfully, made a well-intentioned effort to relieve "she won't cough any more when she's the situation.

dead, and maybe that's what the doctor “You can leave your message with meant when he said she would be better me," he said, “I will see that Mrs. Ran off.” dolph receives it as soon as she awak The Colonel pushed his chair back and ens."

rose from the table. Tell Thomas to "Mother said I was to see her,” per send around the dog-cart in ten minsisted the boy, “And I was to say that utes,” he said to the tall iootman. Then Miss de Vere was worse?

to the boy, "Where do you live? But it "Indeed! And who, may I ask, is does not matter, you shall show me. Viss de Vere? And why should it be Come out into the hall and wait till I necessary to inform Mrs. Randolph?” return."

The boy looked both surprised and He left the boy uncomfortably poised puzzled. “Don't you know?" he asked.

upon the edge of a carved oak chair "Miss de Vere is her friend."

many sizes too large for him, and went "Whose friend?"

And all the while, as he "Why, Mrs. Randolph's. She brought mounted to his wife's room, he was reher to our house in her own cariage. peating to himself the name of Leona de And now,” he added in an awe-stricken Vere.

(To be continued.)

up stairs,

Light Beyond.

At close of day, the Western sky,

Above the hills serenely glows;
The tranquil clouds transfigured lie,

Their fleecy whiteness flushed with rose.

As autumn mellows to the close,

And the old year begins to die, A gentle, silent beauty throws

It's veil about it lovingly.

So, when the end of life is nigh,

A tender sunset radiance flows
From springs of light o'er barriers high,

And night draws on, with sweet repose.

P. L. Campbell.

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By HON. GEO. H. WILLIAMS. This is the greatest of all questions. or can see God. Much has been said and written upon Whatever else may be thought or said this subject, but the writings generally upon the subject, it must be admitted, are so metaphysical and so full of technic and is an indisputable fact, that all peoal and scientific terms that comparatively ple of all ages and all countries, have few, not scholars, can comprehend the recognized the existence of a superhutheories or thoughts they are intended to man power.

This is not proof concluadvance. I must, of necessity, be con sive, but it is cogent and convincing evicise in this paper, but I shall try to make dence that such a power exists. Some my views clear so that, if not accepted, persons, calling themselves Agnostics, they shall at least be understood.

say that they do not know that there is All discoveries, experiments and in a God, and therefore have no belief upon ventions in the scientific world tend to the subject. Every intelligent person prove the proposition of St. Paul that knows, whatever he may profess, that "the things which are seen are temporal,

the universe is governed by an invisible but the things which are not seen are eter power or force, from the law of gravitanal.” Science has demonstrated the fact tion that holds the planets in their orbits that solids and liquids--things which are to the law that produces life in a blade of seen-may be converted by chemical grass. Herbert Spencer says that of one processes into things which are not seen. thing there is an absolute certainty, and When wood is consumed or water evap

that is, “We are ever in the presence of orated nothing is destroyed, but by co infinite and eternal energy from hesions the visible is simply changed in which all things proceed.' to the invisible.

To speak of this as Nature, or the All things living which are seen,ʻmust, laws of Nature, is only to reject one by the law of their being, cease to name and to adopt another. The quesexist in visible form, but they are not tion is, does such a power exist, and if it thereby annihilated. They are simply dis does it is just as easy and just as reasonembodied by death, and go back into the able to call it God as to give it any other unseen elements of which they were name. Whoever observes the order and composed. These unseen elements may harmony of the universe, and reasons upenter into and become the constituents on the subject, must reason himself into of other visible forms, and so the change a conviction that they show intelligence goes on, from the visible to the invisible and power. There is no more difficulty and from the invisible to the visible, with in such reasoning than there is in reasonnever-ending succession and variety. ing from the existence of a steamship to

St. Paul was writing about spiritual the existence of a builder. things when he wrote what I have quot We are accustomed to say that the ed above, and it is evident that the up finite mind cannot comprehend the inpermost thought in his mind was that finite, but this is only true in a limited God and His attributes are eternal. We sense. We cannot comprehend infinite are told that God is a spirit, which to our space, but we can comprehend the imhuman comprehension means an invis mense distances between the bodies of ible being, or a being without a visible the planetary world, and astronomy is body, and we know, as a matter of fact, constantly adding to our knowledge upthat no one in this world has ever seen on this subject. Whether the human

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