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lowed to walk unmolested through the streets. But the effect remained in the terror-flashes that would spring in her eyes, and in the agonised looks of fear that she would throw behind her every now and again, without any apparent cause. These feelings had such a powerful effect upon her that she never entered Dan's room unless she were compelled to do so; and once, when Dan sent for her and asked her to forgive him for being naughty when he was a baby, she was so affected that she did nothing but shed remorseful tears for a week afterwards.

One day, when Dan was playing with the birds, and no other person but he and Joshua was in the room, he said,

• Do you think the birds know that I am so weak and ill, Jo, dear?'

• Sometimes I think they do, Dan,' answered Joshua.

Dear little things! You haven't any idea how weak I really am. But I am strong enough for something.'

• What, Dan ?

If you don't ask any questions, I sha'n't tell you any stories,' replied Dan gaily. •Lend me your penknife.



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Joshua gave Dan his penknife, and when he came the next day Dan was cutting strips of wood from one of his crutches.

0 Dan !' exclaimed Joshua, bursting into




Dan looked at Joshua, and smiled.

• O you cry-baby!' he said. But he said it in a voice of exquisite tenderness; and he drew

: Joshua's head on to the pillow, and he laid his own beside it, and he kissed Joshua's lips.

'I shall not want my crutches any more,' he whispered in Joshua's ear as thus they lay; that is all. It isn't as bad as you think.'

* You are not going to die, Dan?' asked Joshua in a trembling voice.

'I don't think I am—yet. It is only because I am almost certain I feel it, Jo—that I shall be a helpless cripple all my life, and that I shall not be able to move about, even with the help of crutches.'

* Poor dear Dan !' said Joshua, checking his sobs with difficulty.

• Poor Dan! Not at all! I can read, I can think, and I can love you, Jo, all the same. I have made up my mind what I am going to do. I shall live in you. You are my friend, and strong



as you are, you can't love me more than I love you. And even if I was to die, dear

'Don't say that, Dan; I can't bear to think of it.'

Why? It isn't dreadful. If I was to die, we should still be friends-we should still love each other. Don't you love Golden Cloud ?'

Joshua whispered 'Yes.'

But Golden Cloud is not here. Yet you love him. And so do I, more than I did when pet. was alive. I don't quite know how it is with birds, but I do know how it is with us. If you was here, Jo, and I was There, we should meet again.'

'Amen, Dan !

. And it is nice to believe and know-as you and I believe and know that if we were parted, we should come together again by and by; and that perhaps the dear little birds would be with us There as they are here, and that we should love them as we love them now. They are so pretty and harmless that I think God will let them come. Besides, what would the trees do without them?'

• What do you mean, Dan, by saying that you are going to live in me?'

• It is a curious fancy, Jo, but I have thought


of it a good deal, and I want you to think of it too. I want to be with you, although I shall not be able to move. You are going to be a hero, and are going to see strange sights perhaps. I can see farther than you can; and I know the meaning of your going down to the river-side, as you have done a good many times lately. I know what you will make up your mind to be, although I sha'n't say until you tell me yourself. Well, Jo, I want you to fancy, if I-don't-know-what is happening to you—if you are in any strange place, and are seeing wonderful things—I want you to fancy, “Dan is here with me, although I cannot. see him.” Will you do that, Jo, dear ?'

• Yes; wherever I am, and whatever I shall see, I will think, “Dan is here with me, although I cannot see him.'

* That is friendship. This isn't,' said Dan, holding up a finger; this is only a little bit of flesh. If it is anywhere about us, it is here;' and he took Joshua's fingers, and pressed them to his heart. Then, after a pause of a few moments, he said, “So don't cry any more because I am cutting up my crutches; I am making some new things for the birds.'

They had a concert after that; and the black





bird whistled “Polly, put the kettle on,' to its heart's content; and the tomtit performed certain difficult acrobatic tricks in token of approval.

Dan recovered so far from his sickness as to be able to leave his bed. But it almost appeared as if he was right in saying that he should not want his crutches. He had not sufficient strength in his shoulders to use them. He had to be lifted in and out of bed, and sometimes could not even wash and dress himself. Ellen Taylor was his nurse, and a dear good nurse she proved herself to be. A cross word never passed her lips. She

. devoted herself to the service of her helpless brother with a very perfect love; and her nature was so beautiful in its gentleness and tenderness that those qualities found expression in her face, and made that beautiful also. Dan had yielded to Joshua's entreaties not to destroy his crutches. * You might be able to use them some day,' Joshua would say. To which Dan would reply by asking gaily if Joshua had ever heard of a miracle in Stepney. However, he kept his crutches, and Joshua was satisfied. In course of time Joshua began to train a few birds at his own house, and now and then Dan's parents would allow Dan to be carried to Joshua's house, and to stop there

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