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rently scarce strong enough to bear the weight imposed upon them. It was with difficulty that he made a slow progress along the highway. He passed near enough to enable them to get a full view of his features.

"He looks quite cheerful," said Richard, when the poor man was out of hearing.

'It is possible that he may be more happy than many who are proud of the symmetry of their forms, and rejoice in their strength."

"I should not think he could have any comfort."

"He cannot, probably, have much bodily comfort, but he may have within him the peace that passeth understanding. Poor as he appears to be, he may have a title to exhaustless riches, and a crown of glory in heaven."

"I hope he is a good man, I am sure. How do you suppose he became so deformed?”

"It is impossible for me to know; probably he has been so from his birth. It is a sad thing to have such a body, but as Leighton says, 'It is a more deformed thing to have a distorted, crooked mind, or to have a froward spirit, than any crookedness of the body.' A man may have a distorted body, and not be to blame for it; but not so with a distorted mind. That can happen only through one's own fault."

"What is a distorted mind, father?"

"The mind is

distorted when it does not act as it was designed to act. When we apply the words distorted and crooked to the mind, we use them figuratively. What was the mind made for?"

"It was made to think, and to think holily."

“Very well. When a mind won't think or can't think holily, it is distorted. There are then a great many distorted and crooked minds in the world."

“Yes, sir, there are a great many that are somewhat crooked, for there are a great many that can't think very well or very rightly.”

"Let us consider some illustrations. The mind was made to love truth."


Yes, and when one loves falsehood instead of truth, he has a crooked mind."

"Yes, and so also has he when he loves evil instead of good."

"There are more distorted minds than bodies in the world."

Yes, many more. If this distortion was visible to the bodily eyes, men would be more careful to avoid getting their minds out of joint. Men guard carefully against crooked bodies, but care very little about crooked minds. But in the sight of God, a crooked mind is as much greater deformity than a crooked body, as eternity is longer than time. I once knew a boy who contracted a foolish habit of turning his foot, and standing on the side of it. He was reproved for so doing, and warned of the consequences. He disregarded the warning, and the consequence was that his ankle grew permanently crooked, and he was lame for life. People said he was very foolish, and he was. But here is a boy who allows himself to get angry, and act unreasonably on the slightest provocation. He is taking a course that will for ever deform his mind."

"The mind was not only made to think; it was also made to love. It was not made to cherish envy, hatred, and malice, but to exercise love toward all. If one fails to love, he deforms his mind, and nothing deforms it more than the indulgence of sinful passions."

"I always knew that our minds ought to receive more care than our bodies, but I never before saw the reason of it so clearly. It is harder to correct the deformity of mind than of body, is it not?"

"Yes, it is easier to conceal it from the view of man, and more difficult to correct or remove it. Somehow, very serious deformities of the body are removed by the skill of the surgeon, but no human skill can restore symmetry to the soul that has been deformed and distorted by sin. There is only One in the universe who can do it. But He can, and He is willing. However deformed and frightful your mind or heart may by sin have become, you

have but to go to Christ to find that 'old things have passed away, and that all things have become new ;' and that instead of being loathsome in God's sight, you are clothed with righteousness as with a garment, and with the beauties of holiness."



THE perpetuation and spread of the Gospel of Christ must be pleasing to all lovers of the Saviour, or who wish to promote the well-being of mankind. Perhaps no efforts put forth by the Church ought to be regarded with greater interest or pleasure than those which are connected with the juvenile department in the Missionary enterprise. I have, therefore, pleasure in informing the readers of the "Juvenile Companion," that the Juvenile Missionary Anniversary was held in the Sunday-school, Luddendenfoot, on Lord's-day, May 14th, 1854. Missionary cards had previously been distributed, and heartily had our young people used them. The meeting, which was well attended, was addressed by Mr. Henry Hollingrake and the Rev. C. Edwards, of Cross Lanes. Mr. Hollingrake excited much interest by exhibiting and explaining a Missionary map. The addresses delivered referred to the importance of Missions, the necessity and advantage of aiding them, and the propriety of enlisting the sympathies and engaging the efforts of the young in the work; together with some touching and striking incidents connected with Missionary operations. The collection made at the meeting, added to the sums raised by cards, produced the sum of 17. 14s., being much in advance of the preceding year. Our Quarterly Missionary Notices, the Missionary Reports, and the Juvenile Missionary Magazines were given to those who had been employed in collecting. The meeting afforded much enjoyment. A similar meeting was held at Mythomroyd, on Lord's-day the 9th of April,

which was addressed by Messrs. C. Edwards and J. Bottenley, of Cross Lanes; J. Kershaw, J. Baum, and H. Leah, of Mythomroyd; and B. Robinson, of Luddendenfoot.

This was the first Missionary Meeting held at Mythomroyd since the school was established in the Odd Fellows' Hall; as a begining it gave satisfaction; 18s. 2d. was raised. The work thus begun, it is hoped, will go on

and prosper.

C. E.


"PLEASE to tell me something to amuse me, uncle, will you; for I am so tired."

"But if you are so tired, Henry, what likelihood is there of your listening to me with attention?"

"Oh, I will not lose a word. I should never be tired of hearing you talk.”

"Well, if I am to talk to amuse you, it must be about something entertaining. Suppose I tell you of the trades which are carried on by the lower creatures."

"Trades! Why how can they carry on any trade? Do you mean to say that beasts, and birds and such like, carry on trade ?"

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"The otter and the heron are fishermen, though they never make use of a line or of a net. It is not very often that we catch sight of the otter, for he carries on his trade, for the most part, under water; but the heron is frequently seen, standing with long thin legs in the shallow part of the river, suddenly plunging his lengthy bill below the surface, and bringing up a fish. You cannot deny that the heron and the otter are fishermen ?"

"No, that I cannot; but never should I have thought of it, if you had not told me."

"Ants are day-labourers, and very industrious, too, in their calling; they always seem in earnest at their work.

Catch them asleep in the daytime if you can. They set us an example of industry.

"Ants freely work without disguise:
Their ways consider and be wise."

"Go on, uncle, I am not half so tired as I was.”

"You seem all attention, certainly, Henry. The swallow is a fly-catcher; and the number that he catches in a day would quite astonish you. Often have you seen him skimming along the surface of the brook and the pond?"

"Yes, that I have; and swallows are as busy as ants, I think."

"The beaver is a wood-cutter, a builder, and a mason; and is a good workman in all these trades. He cuts down the small trees with his teeth, and after he has built his house, he plasters it skilfully with his tail.”

"Well done, beaver! He seems to outdo all the rest."

"The wasp is a papermaker, and he makes his paper out of materials that no other papermaker would use. If ever you should examine a wasp's nest, you will find it all made of paper."

"How many curious things there are in the world that I never thought of."

66 'Singing birds are musicians, and no other musicians can equal them in harmony. Hardly can we decide which has the advantage-the lark, the blackbird, the throstle, or the nightingale.


"On feathery wing they freely rove,

And wake with harmony the grove."

"I am afraid that you are coming to the end?" 'Oh, never fear. The firefly and the glowworm are lamp-lighters. Fireflys are not

but abroad, they light up the

seen in this country;

air just as the glow

worms do the grassy and flowery banks in country places here."

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