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expecting soon tot see their friends, and their homes. The sailors bad brought out their best clothes, and were clean cand neat. As they came bounding along over the foaming waters, and drew near to the land, the captain" told av mau'to go up to the top of the masts and look out for the lighthouse. The lighthouse is a high, round kind of a tower, built ont on the points of the land, with great lamps lighted every night in its top, so that vessels may see it before they get too near the lands

This lighthouse stood at the entrance of the harbour. Soon the man cried souty "Light ahead!! | Then they all rejoiced, and knew they were near the harbour. ing :910 tud 19 142 “VS!

While they had been gone, this lighthouse had been removed to another place, away fromowhere it was swhen they sailede But the captain knew nothing about that. So they kept saile ing in what they supposed was the old way. In a short time the man at the mast-head cries out "Breakers ahead!!” that is, rocks just before us, "and the skip is just on them!”, The captain cast his eye out on the dark waters, and saw the white foam on the rocks. In a moment he cries out; “Starboard the helm.'Nowi sebzi how much may hangi on one little word. The man at the helm imístook the word, and thought the captain said, "Larboard the helm'? So he turned it the wrong way. It was done in a moment, in the twinkling of an eyes But it was turned the wrong way, land the ship struck on the rocks the next moment, and was dashbdsin a thousand pieces. The cargo was lost, and every soul on board, exceptoone or two, were drownedo All this hung upon one little word, or little mistake. If that Wordihad been sunderstood night, she would not have been lostul One single mistake, small as it seemed to bez brought about all this ruin and death. Do you not-see how plain it is, that great results may turns upon very small things? One moment of time turned the scalêg and property and lives all go down into the deepol There the goods are destroyed, and there the human beings sleep tillithe great morning i of the resurrection day's 250bdulw ob 11601 3 sit liv som

In the new country, where the great forests are not cut down, and where only a few people live, the fire sometimes, when it is dry in the autumn, gets into the woods. It burns the dry leaves, the dry limbs and twigs, and dry trees, and even the green treeski Sometimescit gets spibot that nobody can go near it. It leaps, from treer stol tree, burning and crackking, and rusbing on like a fierce army in battle. A thousand War-horses, could not make more noise, and in the nighty it!

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A little boy was playing one day, just at the edge of the woods. His mother was gone; and though he knew it was wrong, yet he went into the house, and brought out some fire

, He felt that it was wrong, but thought that pobody, would know it. He played with the fire awhile, and it did no hurt At length the wind blew a spark into the woods, and the dry leaves caught--they blazed- the whole woods were on tire. On the fire went, kindled into a great flame, raging and b ing all before it. For whole days, and even weeks, it roared and raged without hurting anybody. But one day when the wind blew hard it burned on faster, and more awfully.. And as it swept through the forest, it came to a small

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what was worses faithful wife and little child--all were burned up. On the

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All this, all this, because that little boy disobeyed his mother, ons que and played with fire. All this from one little spark of fire. How much, how very much, may hang on little things!

Let me give you one example more. Almost twelve hundred years ago, in a distant country, there was a mother with an infant in her arms. She was not a

014, he was pt a Christian mother. Now, it would seem as if that little infant was of

no consequence, Ten thousand such might die, and the world would hardly know it. It would seem, too, as if it were of no great conse

, quence whether or not that child be instructed about God and Jesus Christ, and be taught to serve God. He was not so taught. What was the result? He grew up, became 4 man, made a new religion, which is called Mohammedanism, He

: taught people to believe the most foolish and wicked to practise the most wicked things. He made them believe

: that he was a prophet of God, and that God would be pleased to have them kill every body on earth, who would

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Every child can easily form habits of sin. They are formed very easily indeed. One day spent without thinking of God, or praying to him, will prepare for another. One sabbath broken will fit you to break another. One day spent in sin, will only fit your heart for sin to dwell in. Would you dig away the idam which keeps in the great millpond? I You need only dig ia little place, and let out a little strbami and the whole willt rush through afterudatlyi There may be 'multitudes lost for ever, Iwhose ruin might be traced back to their conducts on ka single dayu Trg bloluost Sundle s to haccdcov 21 AG OT4 Be careful what you do. 36 . *W bonito Yiam cenoidT9X9 10 Do you see a thing which you want, but which is not youns? Do not eovet it for thus those covetous feelings-may begin which will keep you out of heaven. Had Judas not coveted the first thing which he did covet, hel would never have been so wicked as to sell the blessed Redeemer. iv Idoes your eye see something which you want, and does your little hand I want to stretch itself outstand take it? Oh!ido it not, dorit-nótuur This įsi stealingad TAnd this may lead yod on till you are a thief, till youlare 'shut up in the dungeon, and shut up in heli 97Remember that you ought not to do anything upon which you cannot go and ask the blessing of God in i prayer) 2 The eyes of the great God is ever-upon you;lland your eternity may hang upon the conduct of an hour, / Remember this, andi ber afraid to sin, and pray for the Holy Spirit to keep you from every evil, for Christ's sake. Amen, that ai fosse'll 29epod-sild 508 suit B fot mi aix9 $orth joitelugog shoqerib

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IN SCOTLAND who on a late excursion had occasion to visit various parts of Lanarkshire, we learn that in one of its parishes, namely, Culter, there is not a single public-house! What is the consequence ? A healthier and a happier parish is nowhere to be found, and what is more, there is not a single pauper within its boundary !' Some time ago, a person from Biggar thought a public-house in its principal village would be a good speculation, and prepared to set up one; but when this intention came to the ears of the villagers, they used all their interest with the resident Justices a license, in the ci

the fear of opening up a fertile source of mischief. They were successful—the license was refused-and they are now congratulating themselves on their escape from this first step to poverty, misery, degradation, and vice.Paisley Advertiser.

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14, din Samuel Pope, Esq., of Manchester, says,-- A little village in Wales, the inhabitants of which are almost exclusively employed in a slate quarry in the neighbourhood, is a perfect paradise as regards the dwellings of the operative classes. Every man is possessed 'of a small freehold purchased by his own exertions, many of them of one or two cows, and some of them have saved ås much as £300, £400, £500, and £600, out of their wages. So striking is the happiness and prosperity of this little district, that it has attracted the notice of many statesmen, amongst the rest, Mr. Shaw Lefevre, Speaker of the House of Commons, who visited it and expressedi u desire to know the secret of this prosperity and happiness. The (secret was soon explained that there never has been let in that locality a plot of land on which a public-house can be built: 1. The result isi

, that there is not a public-house within seven miles of that little village, every one of the inhabitants of which are members of the United Kingdom Alliance, and voters in the county, prepared to have their names enrolled. Across: & neighbouring mountain there is another slate quarry, iand another little village which, unlike the former case, is infested with beer-shops and public-houses. The result is, that a mote disorderly and disreputable population does not exist in the whole of the North of Wales. Thus, divided only by a mountain you see the two principles in active operation, and the different results which flow therefrom.

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