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 Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Old Paths of Honour and Dishon...
 Daniel and the Princes
 Title Page
 Table of Contents
 List of Illustrations
 The Lesson
 Frank's Difficulty
 Two Sorts of People
 The Walk to Hill Farm
 A Talk in the Study
 A Ruffled Temper
 A Change of Opinion
 Frank's Story
 Longers
 Unsatisfied Hungerers
 Put Out
 Conscience-Stricken
 Earnest Work
 A Warning
 A Practical Difficulty
 Firebrands
 A Friend in Trouble
 A Nail Driven Home
 Advertisement
 Back Matter
 Back Cover
 Spine






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Title: Old paths of honour and dishonour a story of the beatitudes
Physical Description: viii, 229, 2 p., 16 leaves of plates : col. ill. ; 18 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Seeley, M ( Mary )
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669 ( Artist )
Guercino, 1591-1666 ( Artist )
Joanes, Joan de, 1523-1579 ( Artist )
Overbeck, Johann Friedrich, 1789-1869 ( Artist )
Blake, William, 1757-1827 ( Artist )
Seeley Jackson & Halliday ( Publisher )
James Ballantyne and Co ( Printer )
Publisher: Seeley, Jackson, & Halliday
Place of Publication: London
Manufacturer: Ballantyne and Company
Publication Date: 1870
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Subject: Beatitudes -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Christian life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Fathers and sons -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
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Bldn -- 1870
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Scotland -- Edinburgh
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Statement of Responsibility: by the author of "The kingdom and the people," "Missionary anecdotes," etc.
General Note: "List of illustrations mostly copied or adapted from designs by Rembrandt, Guercino, Juanes, Overbeck, Blake, and other masters"--P. vii
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
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    Front Matter
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    Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour
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    Daniel and the Princes
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    Title Page
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    Table of Contents
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    List of Illustrations
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    The Lesson
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    Frank's Difficulty
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    Two Sorts of People
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    The Walk to Hill Farm
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    A Talk in the Study
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    A Ruffled Temper
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    A Change of Opinion
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    Frank's Story
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    Longers
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    Unsatisfied Hungerers
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    Put Out
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    Conscience-Stricken
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    Earnest Work
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    A Warning
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    A Practical Difficulty
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    Firebrands
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    A Friend in Trouble
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    A Nail Driven Home
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    Advertisement
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OLD PATHS
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HONOUR AND DISHONOUR.


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EDINBURGH AND LONDON


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DANIEIT AND THE PRITCES.


OLD PATHS
OF
HONOUR AND DISHONOUR.
a S'torp on Ht) 3ieatttuber5.
BY THE
AUTHOR OF "THE KINGDOM AND THE PEOPLE,"
"MISSIONARY ANECDOTES," ETC.
WITH SIXTEEN ILLUSTRATIONS.
SEELEY, JACKSON, & HALLIDAY, 54 FLEET STREET.
LONDON. MDCCCLXX.


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CONTENTS.
CHAP. PAGE
I.-THE LESSON, I
II.-FRANK S DIFFICULTY,. 10
III.-TWO SORTS OF PEOPLE,. 28
IV.-THE WALK TO HILL FARM, 46
V.-A TALK IN THE STUDY, 60
VI.-A RUFFLED TEMPER,. 77
VII.-A CHANGE OF OPINION, 85
VIII.-FRANK'S STORY, 97
IX.-LONGERS, 105
X.-UNSATISFIED HUNGERERS,. 17


vi Contents.
CHAP. PAGE
XI.-PUT OUT, 29
XII.-CONSCIENCE-STRICKEN, 145
XIII.-EARNEST WORK, 59
XIV.-A WARNING, 74
XV.-A PRACTICAL DIFFICULTY, 182
XVI.-FIREBRANDS, 192
XVII.-A FRIEND IN TROUBLE, 202
XVIII.-A NAIL DRIVEN HOME, .217


LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
Mostly Copied or Adaptedfrom Designs by Rembrandt, Guercino, Jfianes,
Overbeck, Blake, and other Masters.
DANIEL AND THE PRINCES,
THE PUBLICAN,
THE PHARISEE,
THE JOURNEY TO EMMAUS,
BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST,
THE PATIENCE OF JOB,
HAMAN AND MORDECAI,
ST PHILIP AND THE ETHIOPIAN,
PAGE
Frontispiece
22
38
66
72
92
102
io8


viii List of Illustrations.
PAGE
AHAB AND ELIJAH, 124
ST PETER AND TABITHA,. 142
THE DEATH OF ABIMELECH, 152
THE ANGEL AND DANIEL, 172
THE REMORSE OF JUDAS, L80
MOSES AND THE TWO ISRAELITES, 186
THE STONING OF STEPHEN, 212
THE RECONCILIATION OF PILATE AND HEROD, 226


OLD PATHS
OF
HONOUR AND DISHONOUR.
CHAPTER I.
THE LESSON.
,.1 ~ HAT does 'poor in spirit' mean?" said
Frank Leslie, somewhat fretfully, as
he lay on the beach in the quiet little bay of
Yelverton, attempting, though perhaps not
very diligently, to learn his verses for the next
day, which was Sunday. "I wish," he added,
" that papa would let me choose my own chapters.
It is always so much easier to learn anything one
takes a fancy to. Don't you think so, Susy?"
A


2 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.
" Sometimes, not always," returned his sister;
"but why are these so difficult ?"
"Oh! I can learn each verse by itself easily
enough; but it is how they come one after another
that I can't remember; and besides, a good many
of them I cannot understand."
"Then you had better ask" papa to explain
them. I daresay he had a reason for setting you
this passage to learn; indeed, I am almost sure
he had; so I wouldn't ask him to change it, if I
were you."
" Of course I shouldn't do that," returned Frank.
"He would only tell me that I had no spirit
if I wanted to give a thing up because it was
difficult; but what reason do you suppose he had,
Sue ?"
"Oh! never mind; I can't tell you," answered
his sister, smiling. It is only a guess of mine;
he didn't tell me, so you must not ask."


Thte Lesson..
3
"But you say you think you know; so you
might tell, I'm sure. It's very unkind of you,
Susy."
" Perhaps papa would be vexed if I did.
I daresay you will find out in time," his
sister said. "Come, make haste and learn
them, like a good boy, and then to-morrow we
will ask him to explain the difficult ones.
You know how interesting he always makes
things."
So Frank went to his book again; for, as his
sister was just twice his age, he generally took ?
her advice in the end, though his own opinions
were pretty strong. For a little while he worked
away as if he had quite made up his mind to
conquer the task; but it was not many minutes
before he stopped once more, and suddenly
asked-
"Susy, what was the name of that schooner


4 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.
that was wrecked off the rocks out there last
year, just before we went away ?"
"Wasn't she called The Betsy?" answered
Miss Leslie.
"Oh, yes! that was it," said Frank. "What
a night that was; wasn't it? Oh how the wind
did howl! Don't you remember, we couldn't hear
a word that any one said? and what a sea there
was, to be sure The waves were just like moun-
tains, and the bay like a great washing-tub full
of soap-suds, it was so white! Susy, do you
recollect what papa and old Joe said about
that Captain Garty that was in command of
her?"
"I remember that they were both very indignant
with him, and said that nobody on board owed
him any thanks; but, Frank, I don't see what all
this has to do with your lesson."
"It has though, a great deal," replied Frank,


The Lesson.
5
" don't you know, old Joe called him 'the poorest-
spirited fellow that he had ever known in all his
born days,' and papa seemed quite to agree with
him."
"They were both angry with him then, of
course, as everybody was, because through his
folly so many lives were nearly lost; but, you
know, nobody was drowned after all; so I don't
think you need rake up his faults a year after the
event, Frankie," returned his sister.
"I shouldn't take the trouble," answered the
boy, impatiently, "only don't you see now why
I can't understand this first verse? How
can it be such a good thing to be 'poor in
spirit ?'"
Miss Leslie was about to answer, when the
sound of sailors' voices behind them caused both
to start to their feet.
The men were running a boat down the beach,


6 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.
for the purpose of launching her; and they
seemed to be in haste.
" What is it, Timothy? asked the young lady,
as they passed. "You are not going fishing
now, surely."
"No, ma'am," said the man, letting go the
boat to pull his cap; "'tain't the right time, as
ye knows; but look ye at the big vessel out
yonder, and see how she's asking for a little
one to come and fetch some passenger out of
her. Belike they're comin' in honour of you.
'Tain't so often we gets visitors in Yelverton."
"Oh!" cried Frank, "I wonder who it can
possibly be. Let us stay and watch till the boat
comes back."
"I'm afraid you will soon be tired of dear
old Yelverton. After all the gay places that we
have seen, it will seem so dull to you, Frankie,"
said his sister, as they stood gazing after the boat


Thce Lesson.
7
as it rapidly made its way towards the large
vessel.
"You needn't then," returned her young bro-
ther; "Yelverton is a jolly little place, let who
will abuse it. Besides, most of it belongs to
papa, and will belong to me some day," he added,
proudly; "and I'm sure those grand red cliffs are
finer than any others that I have seen, either in
France or England; and then, just look at the
woods round our house I "
Miss Leslie looked,-she required no bidding
to make her do so; and her gaze was fonder, if
not so proud, as her young brother's. It was
only yesterday that they had returned to their
native village; and her eyes, which had been
feasting on its scenery ever since they came out,
filled with tears as her brother spoke. But she
did not let him see them.
"There seems to have been no change what-


8 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.
ever since we went away; and even the church
tower still wants its flag-staff," she observed, at
length.
"So it does," said Frank; "what a shame!
I'11 ask papa to get it put up directly."
"There he comes," returned his sister, as she
observed her father emerging from the wooded
slope behind the village, by a little path which
she knew led only from one place-that very
churchyard where her thoughts had been almost
constantly during the last twenty-four hours, and
in which they had laid, just fourteen months
previously, and only a short time before they
had left the place for foreign climes, her own
dear mother.
Frank immediately ran to meet his father, and
by the time they rejoined Miss Leslie, all his
troubles, both about the flag-staff and about his
Scripture-lesson had been communicated to him,


The Lesson. 9
and it had been arranged, much to the young
gentleman's satisfaction, that after church and
luncheon next day all three should, provided the
day were fine, descend to the beach together to
talk over difficulties.


CHAPTER II.
FRANK'S DIFFICULTY.
d" ITOW, papa, will you answer my question ?"
Frank said, as his father and sister en-
sconced themselves under the shade of some huge
rocks in one of the quietest parts of the beach,
and he perched himself on one at their feet.
"Not directly, my boy," replied Mr Leslie,
"because I want you, first of all, to try and fancy
yourself one of the company to whom Jesus was
preaching when He uttered these words which
you find so difficult to understand."
"I don't see how I can do that," said Frank,


Frank's Dificulty.
II
" because they must have been such very different
people from what I am."
"Yes, they were rather different; for they lis-
tened to this great sermon very eagerly, I fancy,
and were both interested in it and amazed at its
wisdom; while you, I understand, think these
chapters the driest in all the Gospels."
"Perhaps that is because I don't understand
them, papa," returned the boy, colouring a little;
" and it is just for that reason that I want you to
explain my verses. What mountain was it that
Jesus went up before he began to preach?"
"The gospel does not tell me, Frank, and so I
cannot tell you; but I think it must have been
some mountain in Galilee, and not far from the
Sea of Galilee, which is sometimes called the Lake
of Capernaum; because when He came down from
the mountain, we learn from St Matthew viii. 5,
that 'Jesus went into the city of Capernaum.'


12 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.
Now, the first thing that I want you to notice is,
that wherever He went He was followed by great
crowds, who pressed to hear Him. How was
this?"
"I don't know," replied Frank, but I should
think any one would go to hear Jesus preach."
"Ah you think so because you have all your
life been taught who Jesus was, and you know
that He was the Son of God. That was just
what these people did not know, and what some
of them were trying to find out. All Jews knew
that a great Deliverer was to come to their nation
some day; their prophets had told them so. And
whenever a wonderful person arose about this
time, I suppose many people wondered whether
he would turn out to be the Messiah or not.
Many of them knew also that, according to the
prophet Daniel, He ought to have come some few
years before. When Jesus was born, and all


Frank's Difficulty.
13
those wonders happened which occurred at the
time of His birth, there was no doubt a good deal
of talk about Him; and some people-as the
shepherds, the wise men, Simeon, and Anna-
acknowledged Him to be the Saviour; but thirty
years had passed away; and as He had lived
on quietly as the carpenter's son, I daresay the
nation thought that, after all, people had been
mistaken."
"But now," said Miss Leslie, "there was John
the Baptist, who had been preaching a good
while; and in St Luke iii. 15, we read that all
men were musing in their hearts of him, whether
he were the Christ or not."
" Yes," said her father; different events had of
late made people think again; and so there was
once more at least a great deal of curiosity about
these two wonderful persons, and a great deal of
excitement to know who they were."


I4 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.
" But John said he was not the Christ," said
Frank.
"Very true; and he told the people to look for
some one greater than himself; and as they
thought him a very great man, they must have
been very eager to hear Jesus-this greater One
-when He began to preach."
"Didn't He preach at the same time, papa?"
"I think not. It seems clear that it was not
until John was thrown into prison that our Lord
began His ministry. Look at St Mark i. 14.
He had been baptized by John apparently just
before; and then came that mighty voice from
heaven, which must have made people wonder
exceedingly. He was then, St Luke says, about
thirty years of age. After His baptism, our Lord
spent His lonely six weeks in the wilderness-
fasting, and tempted of the devil-and then He
began His great work of preaching. You see,


Frank's Dificulty. I5
now, that it was no great marvel that crowds
went to hear Him; but there was another attrac-
tion, of which we have not yet spoken. What
was it? "
Frank did not know; but, at his father's sug-
gestion, he looked at the last verses of the fourth
chapter of St Matthew, and then exclaimed-
" Oh, I see He worked so many miracles!"
"Yes; and that caused His fame to spread
over all the country. People went and said to
their neighbours, Do you know such a one, who
was lame, or ill, or blind, or deaf, was cured in a
minute by that wonderful person whom they call
Jesus!' and then, of course, their neighbours
themselves went to see Him. We should do
the same, I think; and probably our Lord
worked, these miracles on purpose to draw
the people to hear Him, that He might teach
them, and to make them listen attentively when


6 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.
they came. But now I have got another question
for you before I come to consider yours. Jesus
went up into this mountain in order to get
free from the pressure of the multitude. He
called His own disciples to Him, and was
followed, we may be sure, by as many people as
could get near Him. He probably stood or sat
on some projection, from whence He could most
conveniently address the people, and below Him
there was perhaps some flat, plain ground, some-
thing like what we call table-land, on which
many people might stand. Well, now, supposing
that you had been one of those people who had
seen some of His miracles, and heard the strange
accounts which passed from mouth to mouth
about Him through the land, what do you think
you would have wished Him to say when He
opened His mouth? I mean, what would you
have been most curious to know?"


Frank's Difficulty.
'7
"I suppose that I should have wanted Him to
tell me who He was Himself," replied Frank,
0 after thinking intently for a minute or two. At
any rate, I should have liked Him to say some-
thing which would make me know."
"Well, I have no doubt that was what many
of that crowd were hoping for," answered his
father; and whatever wishes were in their hearts
Jesus knew them, we are quite sure; though, if
this were the wish, He did not at once gratify it;
for, instead of talking about Himself, He rather
turned their attention back on themselves, and
began by telling them what sort of people were
the blessed or happy ones. Can you imagine at
all why He probably did this?"
"No, papa; not in the least. Can you?"
"The Lord Jesus did not want merely curious
disciples," his father answered. "It was then, as
it still is, His will to 'draw all men unto Him;'
B


8 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.
but then He would have them to be sincere and
earnest learners; and if any of these people came
just to satisfy an idle curiosity about Him, I
think that His very first words must have made
them feel that they were not the sort of persons
whom He approved."
" But wasn't it right to wish to find out who
Jesus was, papa?"
" Quite right; but a right thing may be done
in a wrong way, you know. They were right if
they wanted to know whether this were He who
was the promised Saviour, who was to bear the
punishment of their sins, and be their King to
reign in righteousness; but wrong if they fol-
lowed Him as men follow a popular preacher,
or run after any one out of the common way.
So, you see, the Lord taught them, and teaches
us, how to seek Him, and in what sort of spirit."
"I suppose those crowds were made up chiefly


Frank's Difficulty.
I9
of the common people-poor people, I mean?"
Miss Leslie observed.
"No doubt of it," replied her father; "but
you know that the Jews, however poor they
might be, prided themselves on being the children
of Abraham, and thought that, almost as a matter
of course, they would be sharers in the kingdom
of heaven. See, now, my boy, how the blessed
Jesus showed that He knew the heart of man, when
He began His sermon by saying that it is the
poor in spirit that are to possess that kingdom.
He says nothing about outward circumstances,
but only about character, which is the very thing
that most people prefer to forget."
"Then, now you will tell me what 'poor in
spirit' means; won't you ? said Frank.
"I will try," replied Mr Leslie; lut instead
of explaining it in a few words, I think I shall
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the Bible, who seem to me to belong to that class;
and afterwards I shall expect you to find me some
who evidently did not belong to it."
"Oh! that will be nice," Frank cried; "and
mind, Susy, you must help me."
"There was in the Jews' country," Mr Leslie
began, "a considerable city, beautifully situated
among the mountains. This city was admired
by other nations besides the Jews themselves,
and especially on account of some fine buildings
which it contained. One of these, indeed the
principal one, had once been destroyed by fire, and
again, after it was rebuilt, it had been a good
deal injured by a foreign army. But a certain
king came to the throne who had a great taste
for architecture, and he caused this great edifice
to be repaired and beautified exceedingly; so
that many people were attracted to visit it, besides
those who frequented it for the purposes for


Frank's Diffculty. 21
which it was built. Only certain favoured per-
sons were allowed to enter the principal parts;
but there were rooms and courts around into
which any one might go. Accordingly, one day
there went up to it a poor man, whose counten-
ance told plainly that he was in some great
trouble. It was evident that he had not gone
there for the sake of viewing the building; and,
indeed, his whole appearance showed that he
belonged to a set of men who were very much
disliked and despised by their neighbours, and
usually deservedly so; for their occupation was
to collect the taxes. We do not particularly
dislike tax-gatherers now-a-days; for though we
may not like paying taxes, yet we know that they
are necessary to pay the expenses of keeping the
country in order and in peace, and that the tax-
gatherers are only doing their duty in coming to
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time taxes were not paid to a king or govern-
ment of their own, but to a foreign prince who
ruled over them, and whom they hated. Besides
which, as there was no rule how much each man
had to pay, these tax-gatherers might get as much
as they could out of the people, and, provided
they paid the required amount to the king, they
were allowed to keep the rest themselves. In
consequence of this, they were generally wicked,
cruel men; and people who reckoned themselves
respectable would have nothing to do with them.
Well, it was one of these people that I am
speaking of. He stood with his eyes cast down
on the ground, and kept away from other people;
but if any one had looked at him, they would
have observed that several times he struck his
hand on his breast like one almost in despair, and
also that his lips moved. Then, if curiosity had
drawn them near enough to hear his words,


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this is the cry that would have fallen on their
ear: 'God be merciful to me a sinner !'"
"Oh!" said Frank, "I know now who you
mean: it was the publican who went up to pray,
of course; and the city was Jerusalem, and the
building the Temple. Then, does 'poor in spirit'
mean being very miserable ? "
" That is jumping to a conclusion," answered
his father. "We have got to consider now why
this man prayed such a prayer."
"I thought it was a very common prayer,"
returned Frank. "Some of the poor people here
say it, I know."
"Very likely; but they learnt it from this
publican, without perhaps being aware of it; and
many use it without being poor in spirit like
him. Let us keep close to this poor man, and
try to find out why he uttered this cry."
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remarked Frank, thoughtfully, "and was afraid
that God would be angry with him."
"Only, you see, he does not mention any par-
ticular sin," replied his father, "and therefore I
fancy that it is more likely that he was thinking
of all the wicked things that he had done in his
past life, and feeling quite horrified at the picture
of himself that had lately come before what we
may call the eyes of his mind. I have told you
what sort of people these publicans were; and we
may be sure that our Lord meant what we should
call a wicked man-one who had gone on, all
his life, just trying to please himself, and get
as much as he could for himself-one who had
often been cruel to his fellow-creatures, had made
no profession of religion, and until now had put
away all thoughts of God.
" But something-we are not told what-had
come to change this man's view of things; some-


Frank's Diffculty. 25
thing had made him remember his God, and
perhaps also the judgment to come. Then, no
doubt, he went back in thought over his past
life, to see if some good actions could be found
to balance the bad ones, or to recommend him to
God's favour. He searched and searched, but all
in vain. His whole history was blackened with
sin; his life had been an utterly wasted one;
there was no store of goodness in the past to
draw from-no good thing in him-not a single
reason to plead why God should show him
favour; he was quite poor, blind, miserable, and
naked. It was so; and he knew it now. There-
fore, you see, from the very depths of his shame
and misery broke forth the cry,' God be merciful
to me'-not, 'for I have done this or that bad
thing,' but-'a sinner.'"
"So he was poor in spirit because he knew
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pause. "I don't see how he could help that,
though, when he had been such a wicked man."
"And yet, I suppose, he had only just come to
know it," rejoined his papa. But, however, let
us go on now to another case, and we will come
back to him by and by."
"First tell me, though, if you please, papa,
why he was called a publican, if he was really a
tax-gatherer?"
"You fancied, I suppose," said Mr Leslie,
smiling, "that he was like our publicans, and
sold beer and spirits; but the word was used in a
different sense then to what it is now. We call
a man a publican who keeps a house open to all
comers-that is, to the public; but then a man
was called so who collected the public money, or,
as I have explained, the taxes which are intended
for the use of the country in general."
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Frank's Dziculty. 27
before; and now, please, I am ready for your
other story. Will you tell it in the same way,
and let me guess ?"
" If you like; but I see that it must wait till
to-morrow, for look at the time "-and he held
up his watch.


CHAPTER III.
TWO SORTS OF PEOPLE.
" U ELL! did you find out who the stranger
was whom Susy and you watched
coming ashore the other day? said Mr Leslie,
as he walked down to the beach again, two or
three days after that Sunday conversation, with
his grown-up daughter leaning on his arm, and
his young son, now off in search of some road-
side treasures, and now for a minute or two by
his side again.
"Oh, he was nobody !" returned Frank; "at
least only a stranger to us and everybody here, as


Two Sorts of People.
29
far as Timothy can make out. Just a young
fellow, neither a poor man nor a gentleman,
without any friends, they say too; but he has got
a fancy, or somebody has put it into his head,
that the air of this place will do him good-and
so he has come. That's about all."
"Is it?" answered his papa, in a way which
made his young son rather uneasy, because it
seemed to imply some degree of dissatisfaction.
"Our story to-day was to be about a stranger
too; so perhaps you will not care to hear it."
"Oh, yes, I shall, papa-at least, I daresay it
will turn out to be a more interesting stranger
than that fellow was," the boy answered, redden-
ing a little as he spoke.
His father shook his head ;but he began to tell
his story.
"There was a country at the north of the Holy
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as Jews. On the sea-coast there were two cities
which had once been very celebrated for their
merchandise, and one of them especially for a
famous purple dye, got from a fish which was
found on the shore. Ages before the time I
speak of, many nations had traded with this city,
and its vessels went to far-distant countries-it is
believed to our own, among the rest. One of the
kings had been a friend of King David's; and
when his son, Solomon, was building the Temple,
he sent him cedar-wood to help the work.
" Afterwards, to punish the inhabitants of these
cities for their horrible wickedness, God allowed
great conquerors to come and destroy them.
They were rebuilt, but never attained anything
like their former importance. Still there were
the cities in the Saviour's time, and He more than
once visited them.
" Well, on one occasion there was a woman on


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31
the watch for Him. She was a Gentile, and
perhaps a descendant of the old inhabitants of
the country; for you remember, that though God
had commanded His people-the Israelites-to
drive them all out when they took possession of
the land of Canaan, yet they left some, saying
that they were too strong for them. I say
perhaps she was descended from some of these;
but I only know that she was not a Jewess.
However, she had heard of Christ, and of his
power, as well as of his love and pity towards
sick people. You know his fame had spread a
great way. And so we may fancy that she had
often longed for Him to come in that direction;
for she was in great trouble. And this was what
her sorrow was:-' Her young daughter was
grievously vexed with a devil.' We don't hear of
such things in this country; but we have mad
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what I should do if one of you were to lose your
senses; but this was something different, and far
worse. We read of Jesus healing lunatics; but
this young girl was worse than a lunatic; for an
evil spirit had actually got possession of her,
and tormented her terribly. Doctors could do
nothing for such a case; but there was just this
hope in the mother's mind, that perhaps Jesus
would cure her. So no sooner did He come that
way than out ran the poor woman, and, caring
nothing for the people round about, she threw
herself at his feet, crying, Have mercy on me,
O Lord, thou Son of David! my daughter is
grievously vexed with a devil."'
"Oh! said Frank, "I remember that story
too. The cities were Tyre and Sidon; and the
woman is called in one place a Syro-Phoenician,
and in another a woman of Canaan."
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33
his father; "and do you see yet why I called her
a stranger?"
" Was it because she was not a Jewess ? asked
Frank.
Yes; and therefore Jesus said she was not one
of those to whom He was sent. Do you under-
stand that ?"
" No, papa; for I always thought He came to
save everybody."
" So He did; that is, He came to live and die
for everybody; and after He was gone back into
heaven, His apostles were sent to preach every-
where, and to all nations; but our Lord's own
ministry was confined to the Jews. He was a
Jew; and one part of His work was to be a Prophet
to the Jews. This is why He said I am not sent
but unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel.'"
"Oh I am so glad you told me that, papa;
for I never could understand it before."
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"However," rejoined his father, "this poor
woman was in such great trouble that she would
not go without getting what she wanted. The dis-
ciples tried to drive heraway; and the Saviour gave
her this disheartening answer; but she only came
and worshipped Him, saying, 'Lord; help me !'"
"And then He said, 'It is not meet to take the
children's meat and cast it to dogs,'" said Frank.
"How unkind she must have thought Him!
Why did Jesus treat her so, papa?"
" To try her faith; there is no doubt of that, my
boy. I don't mean, to see Himself whether she
had faith; but to draw it out, and perhaps also to let
the people see it, as well as to leave a lesson for
us. But we are talking of her to-day, you know,
because she was poor in spirit; and you haven't
yet given me the answer which showed that."
" Oh I forgot. Do you mean when she said:
'Truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which


Two Sorts of People.
35
fall from their master's table?' I have often
thought that I should never have said that, papa.
I should have been so angry to be called a dog."
"The Jews were in the habit of giving all
Gentiles that name," answered his father; "yet,
certainly, it must have seemed very unlike what
she had heard of our Lord's goodness; but she
had plainly thought a great deal about Him, and
quite made up her mind that He was the true
Messiah, as we see by her calling Him 'Son of
David;' and so she concluded, I suppose, that He
had a reason for speaking as He did. Then, as to
herself, see how humble she was She was not
offended even at being classed with dogs. She
knew and felt that she had no claim at all on the
goodness of Christ,-nothing whatever to plead;
and yet we are not told of her that she had been
a very wicked woman. There is no reason even
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that her past life had been worse than some other
people's. Still, you see, she had come to the
same conclusion about herself that he had. She
felt herself quite poor before God. She knew
that she had no merit, that is, no goodness, of
her own to deserve His favour. And so she,
like the publican, only looked for mercy.
" Now suppose you try if you can find one or
two characters which were just the opposite of
these; and that will help you still further to see
what I mean."
"Who shall I say?" whispered Frank to his
sister, after thinking a few minutes.
"I don't see that you could choose a better
than the Pharisee in the same parable," replied
Miss Leslie.
Frank opened his Bible at the eighteenth of St
Luke, and, after looking at the passage, cried out
-" Oh, no, I couldn't! What a proud man he


Two Sorts of People.
37
was! I don't see that he prayed at all, papa.
He only told God how good he was. Papa, who
were the Pharisees? "
"They were a set of men who thought that
religion was made up of long prayers and fasts,
and that the more words they said the better
God would be pleased. They led the common
people to think a great deal of them too, by
making a show of these things. You know they
used to pray at the corners of the streets; and
when they were going to give money to the poor
they blew a trumpet to let people know."
" What a thing to do exclaimed Frank; and
what were those things that they made so broad ? "
" Their phylacteries," replied his father; "that
is, the borderings to their robes. The Jews
were commanded by God in old time to wear
borders to their clothes as a distinction between
them and other nations; and because they wanted


38 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.
to appear very good, the Pharisees made these
phylacteries extra broad."
"But I suppose they did not do such wicked
things as the publicans did," said Frank.
"I don't know about that," answered his father.
"If I hear any one boasting of not having com-
mitted all sorts of crimes, I should instantly
suspect him of being less innocent than he made
out; but, at any rate, they hid their sins, and
generally kept a fair character. However, for
our present purpose, we had better suppose this
Pharisee to have been all he said he was. Let
us take him for a man who had kept clear of
gross outward sins, and been mindful of external
religious duties, and then consider how he should
have felt in the sight of God. Would such
conduct give him a right to God's favour? Could
he go into His presence and say, 'I have com-
mitted no sins; I am very good; I need not even


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ask for forgiveness; I have a right to the kingdom
of heaven, and, of course, I belong to that
kingdom.' What do you think? "
"I should think that any one must be very
conceited who talked like that," answered Frank;
"and besides," he added he must have com-
mitted some sins, for the Bible says, There is
none righteous; no, not one.'"
" Yes; but I have met with people who quite
agree to that, and say, 'Oh, of course, we are all
sinners;' and yet when they get into trouble, or
are ill, these same people will declare that they
cannot think why they should be punished, when
they have never done anything wrong! And on
the same ground, they would tell you that they
hope to go to heaven !"
" What foolish people they must have been to
contradict themselves like that, papa !"
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and I am afraid there are more people than you
could easily believe, whose minds are in this
state of confusion about their own merits, though
they may not all talk exactly in this way. Did
you never know any little boys who, while calling
themselves sinners, would never own to any
single fault?"
"After all, papa," said Frank, who appeared
not to hear this last question, "if the Pharisee
had not done those abominable things which the
publican did, he couldn't say he had; could he?"
" Certainly not; and perhaps you think that as
we suppose him to have been what people call 'a
good sort of man,' it was not possible for him to
be 'poor in spirit.'"
"I don't see how he could have felt as the
publican did-at least, not quite the same,
papa."
" There was a Pharisee once, though, who had


Two Sorts of People.
41
been quite as blameless as this man, Frank, and
he called himself the 'chief of sinners.'"
"Who was he, papa?" asked the boy. "I
cannot remember."
"Don't you think papa means St Paul ?"
whispered Miss Leslie.
"St Paul !" exclaimed Frank; "why, how
could he call himself that?"
She turned over the leaves of her Bible, and
pointed to i Tim. i. 15, saying, This was written
by St Paul, you know."
" Do you think he could have meant it, papa?"
Frank asked, while he looked as if he thought
that impossible.
" All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,"
replied his father; "and therefore we may be
sure that St Paul sincerely felt this about himself,
or God would not have let him write it. He was
poor in spirit, you see. He did not feel any the


42 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.
richer for all his good deeds of love to his fellow-
creatures, and of zeal for God's glory. He re-
membered, no doubt, what Jesus taught His
disciples:-' When ye have done all these things,
say, We are unprofitable servants, we have done
that which it was our duty to do'-only that, you
see, at the very best. And then St Paul knew
that often it was not his best, though men did
not know it. He knew that he had left undone
many things that he ought to have done, and done
many that should have been left undone; and
besides that, he could see into his own heart, and
knew that, like other human hearts, it was by
nature desperately wicked. And so, Frank, even
he came to the conclusion that he didn't deserve
a single good thing from God."
"Still," rejoined Frank, "I don't understand
how it can be better to do bad things, and be
sorry for them, than not to do them at all, and so


Two Sorts of People.
43
have nothing to be sorry for, as the parable seems
to say."
" I do not see that it says that the least in the
world, Frank. Never run away with the idea
that it is really almost a good thing to have been
very wicked, if only you repent and reform at
last, for the Bible never teaches that. What
it teaches is, that if we would gain God's
favour we must go to Him as true men and
women, and boys and girls, and not as shams.
Now, you know this Pharisee was not a true man
-he was a false character, though perhaps he
did not know it. His not knowing himself was
the great evil. He thought that he was rich in
good works, just because he had not done some
particular bad ones, while all the while his heart
was full of pride and selfishness; and he had
never in all his life really tried to serve God.
Well, now, it is better even to have been an open


44 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.
sinner, and to know it, than to be such a man as
this; for it is only those who know themselves to
be poor who will ever go to Jesus to be made
rich; and it is only to those who ask for a share in
the kingdom of heaven as a free gift that God
will ever give it, just because there is no living
being upon earth who ever deserved it. Can you
tell me of any other people who resembled this
Pharisee in his false way of thinking of himself? "
" I think Nebuchadnezzar was something like
him, papa, when he went marching about his palace
and saying, 'Is not this great Babylon, that I have
built for the house of my kingdom, by the might
of my power, and for the honour of my majesty?'
and, don't you know, the same hour he lost his
kingdom, and was driven out into the fields to feed
like the oxen. And then there was King Pharaoh,
who said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey his
voice? I know not the Lord !' and he got drowned."


Two Sorts of People.
45
" Well, you have thought of two men who were
anything but poor in spirit, certainly, Frank.
They were heathens, it is true; but then they had
been mixed up with God's people, and might have
known how little and poor they were in the sight
of Jehovah. Yet they were rich, instead of poor,
in spirit-that is, they thought that their own
power was equal to anything, and that they
wanted nothing of God. We cannot think of
God's kingdom as made up of such men as these,
and I see that you do not admire them at all; but
recollect, my boy, that their spirit is just what is
natural to every human being, though all may
not let it be seen so plainly by the world; while
the spirit of the publican, of the Canaanitish
woman, and of Paul, is not natural to any one.
The grace of God only can give it; and unless
you seek that grace, you may be a Pharisee, or
even a little Nebuchadnezzar, here in Yelverton."


CHAPTER IV.
THE WALK TO HILL FARM.
" iO you know, Susy, now we have got to it,
I don't see that the second 'blessed' in
my verses is any easier to understand than the
first. I thought it was until papa told me to
think about it, and see if I could not explain this
one to him, instead of his doing it for me; but
now find that I don't know what it means at
all."
"Oh, Frank, how can you say so?" returned
his sister. "I am sure you do know what
mourning means."


The Walk to Hill Farm.
47
"Yes, of course; it means being sorrowful. I
understand that well enough," said Frank; "but
the thing is, why is it so blessed to be sorrow-
ful?"
" The verse says, 'for they shall be comforted,'
doesn't it ? answered his sister.
" Yes; but then if people are not sorrowful, they
don't want comforting."
"And you think that the comfort is only like
medicine in sickness," returned Miss Leslie,
smiling, and have a sort of notion that it would
be a very good thing if we could get rid of both
the one and the other. Well, Frankie, I have
heard of a world where the inhabitants shall no
more say, I am sick,' and where, therefore, they
cannot require to take physic; but I think if papa
were here he would bid you keep in mind the
company to whom Jesus spoke, and the sort of
world in which they were all living."


48 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.
" I don't know about that," said Frank. "He
told me one day that these verses were meant for
all of us."
"Yes; but sometimes it helps us very much
just to try and put ourselves in the place of those
who first heard our Saviour's lessons, and then,
afterwards, we can recollect that we are not very
unlike them. But what do you say to a walk
over the cliff this fine afternoon ? We can talk, if
you like, as we go along; and we might call at
the Hill Farm, and see if Mrs Barton and Willie
are come yet. I have a sort of notion that they
were to arrive yesterday; and, if so, we might ask
them to come up to the Hall to-morrow; for I
suppose you will want to see as much as you can
of your schoolfellow."
"That I shall, for he is a capital fellow; and I
know you '11 say so when you have seen him,
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The Walk to Hill Farm.
49
"Oh! never mind; I don't tell you every-
thing," answered his sister, laughing. "Only
take my advice, and come with me to see whether
I have been well informed or not."
Frank did not require much urging to do that.
He was soon in calling-trim; and, at his particular
desire, they took a short cut up the face of the
cliff, instead of going round by the road, to save
time, as he said.
That was rather questionable, as it was not so
easy for his sister to scramble up over loose rocks
and crumbling earth, between briars and bushes,
active as she showed herself, as it was for a
strong boy of eleven; but at length, with his very
energetic assistance, they reached the top. A two
miles' walk was then before them, and as, so far
as the character of the ground was concerned, it
was rather a monotonous one, they had abundance
of leisure for chatting.
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50 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.
" I do hope and trust," remarked Frank, that
Will and his mother have come alone, and that
they have not brought that long-faced cousin of
his along with them."
" What an unkind hope returned his sister.
"Why Frank, I was just wishing exactly the
contrary, because I think it would do the poor
thing so much good."
"And spoil all our fun," said Frank, with a
shrug of his shoulder. "Susy, I believe you
care for every one more than you do for me."
Miss Leslie made no reply. She seldom did
when her young brother gave vent to his impe-
tuous temper by exclamations of this sort; but
she looked vexed and hurt; and for a minute
or two they walked on in silence. This, how-
ever, was by no means what Frank intended;
and he soon broke it by saying, in a half-dis-
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The Walk to Hill Farm.
5I
" I thought you said that we should talk about
my verse as we came along."
"So we will if you will not say things which
you do not mean, Frankie," she answered gently,
"and perhaps, as you do not seem to feel very
kindly towards her just now, it may be as well to
try and forget poor Miss Manly. Can't you
think of any Bible people who were as mournful
as she is, and see if they will not help you to
understand the text? "
"Oh! I never thought of Miss Manly and
this verse together before," said the startled look
on Frank's face; but he would not let his lips
speak the words.
"There was Hannah," he said, after thinking
a minute or two. "She was sorrowful because
she had no son; and there was Jacob, when
Joseph was sold into Egypt;-well, they were
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me a bit, because if they hadn't been in trouble
they wouldn't have wanted comforting. Besides,
Esau was very unhappy when he lost the bless-
ing; but I do not see that he got comforted,
after all."
"Do you recollect that St Paul speaks, in
one place, about two kinds of sorrow-one that
was godly, and one that was not?" said his
sister. "I think we might learn something from
that."
"Oh! where is that text?" cried Frank, "I
don't remember it at all."
" It is somewhere in one of the Epistles to the
Corinthians, and I will find it for you when I go
home. You will see that it partly explains your
difficulty about Esau; for his was not a godly
sorrow, in that instance, at any rate."
"Only, you see, it does not say anything about
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53
Frank; "that is one reason why I cannot under-
stand what it means."
" If you look at the passage in St Luke, you
will see that it says, 'Blessed are ye that weep
now, for ye shall laugh,' and 'Woe unto you
that laugh now, for ye shall mourn and weep,'"
his sister said.
"Oh! that's another thing I want to know,"
exclaimed Frank. How is it that St Luke
did not tell it all exactly as St Matthew
does ?"
"Many people suppose that the Lord Jesus
preached something like the same sermon on
two or three different occasions," Miss Leslie
answered, "and to me it seems very likely; but
however this may have been, the words in the
one certainly help to explain the other. Don't
you think that this little 'now' may help us a
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54 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.
"I don't know, I'm sure," said Frank. I
wish something would, I know, or else papa
will tell me I haven't tried. I've thought it
was coming so plain two or three times; but
its meaning all goes again, just like a little
glimmer of light, when I think I am going to
catch it."
"Never mind; you must not be impatient,"
replied his sister; "for you know that poor
ignorant creatures like us cannot expect to take
in the full meaning of the words of the Lord
Jesus all at once. Do not you remember that
the kingdom of heaven is likened to treasure hid
in a field, and that if we do not care to take trouble
to find it, we cannot expect to have it? Papa did
not set you to this task as he would to some
others. He did not want it to be learnt and
done with, I am sure. It was in that spirit that
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you remember how He said that they had ears
and yet heard not."
" Well, what do you think this now' teaches us,
then ? asked Frank. Please be quick and tell
me all you can, because I expect that papa will
want to talk about it when he comes home this
evening; and I do want to have found out some-
thing for him."
" Do you recollect a verse in the IIth of the
Hebrews, which tells us that Moses, when he was
come to years, refused to be called the son of
Pharaoh's daughter, 'choosing rather to suffer
affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy
the pleasures of sin for a season '?"
" Yes," said Frank; "but what has that to do
with it ?"
"He chose to mourn rather than to rejoice;
and he did it because 'he had respect unto
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hereafter he would be comforted," replied Miss
Leslie.
" I see But do you really think he mourned
because he could not be king of Egypt ?" asked
Frank.
" I don't know exactly about that, because we
are not told so much; but, no doubt, at the time
it must have looked a pleasanter prospect to be
honoured and counted heir to a great throne, than
to see only contempt and ill-treatment before him
for years. Still no doubt Moses, as a servant of
God, felt something as St Paul afterwards did. I
daresay he was 'troubled on every side, yet not
distressed; perplexed, but not in despair; perse-
cuted, but not forsaken.'* For when people mourn
as I think Jesus means us to mourn, they may be
'joyful in tribulation.'"
"Yes, I have often heard so," answered Frank.
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"and of course that is the best way of mourning,
if we must mourn at all. But you haven't told me
yet why the people who have reason to mourn are
better off than those who have not."
" Are there any people in the world who have
not cause to mourn, Frankie?" his sister asked,
earnestly.
" Why, I suppose so. We don't see everybody
looking miserable."
" Perhaps not; they may mourn without that,"
Miss Leslie said; "but
"' The path of sorrow, and that path alone,
Leads to the land where sorrow is unknown.'"
Here they came in sight of Hill Farm, and
Frank's attention was diverted from this serious
subject, so engrossed was he with the thoughts of
Willy, and all he meant to say to him.
They soon found that Mrs Barton and her son
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Manly had accompanied them; but as Frank
speedily escaped with his friend into the garden,
her presence at the farm did not so seriously mar
his pleasure as he had anticipated that it would.
He was full of Willy's sayings and doings on
their way back; and had by no means exhausted
the topic when they met their father coming to
look for them. But Mr Leslie appeared tired and
depressed; and his young son, soon becoming
conscious that his own merry chatter was not so
well appreciated as it sometimes was, gradually
subsided into the attitude of a listener.
He heard his sister telling how much better
Miss Manly seemed than she had done six
months before, when she first made her acquaint-
ance; and, as she continued to speak of her, he
gradually learnt the story of her sorrows, and
began secretly to feel somewhat ashamed of the
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only suffered half as much, it seemed to him that
he must have felt his lot a very hard one, and
been envious of every one who was happy; but
now he could not help remembering how very
kindly she had spoken to him, and how very par-
ticularly she had inquired about their games
when they came in from the garden. Then he
recollected that Willy had told him once on a time,
before any of these troubles began, that his cousin,
Kitty Manly, was proud and cross; and he could
not make it out at all, and went to bed, thinking
harder than he generally thought about anything
of Miss Manly and his text, which seemed, as
he fell asleep, to be written in large letters all over
her.


CHAPTER V.
A TALK IN THE STUDY.
"OjlH here you are. That's right, Susy,"
exclaimed Frank, as Miss Leslie entered
the study next evening, and found her father and
brother watching the rapid changes of the red,
gold, and purple glories of the sky over the
western cliffs.
And Mr Leslie added-
"So, after all, I understand that I am to be
called upon to help you out of this difficulty also.
How is it that you and Frank did not make it
out together ?"


A Talk in the Study.
" We only got half way through, papa," inter-
posed Frank. "Susy did help me a great deal;
but we had to stop talking before we had
finished."
"And you are still at a loss about your great
puzzle-why people who are made to mourn first,
and then comforted, are better off than those who
never mourn at all ?" rejoined his father. "Well,
Frankie, I ought to be able to tell you something
about this; but it is a lesson not learned in a
day, my boy. What are you looking for, Susy? "
" This text, papa," she said, pointing to Heb.
xii. II, and reading, "'Now no chastening for
the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous;
nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable
fruits of righteousness unto them which are exer-
cised thereby.' That has something to do with
it, hasn't it?"
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people all come to say, as we have it in the I I9th
Psalm, 'It is good for me that I have been
afflicted,' but"-
"Oh! yes, papa," interrupted Frank; I know
that trouble is meant to make us better; and, by
what Willy says, I suppose it has made Miss
Manly better; but then, what I don't see is, how
it makes any one happier."
"Ah! exactly; you don't see that to be better
and to be happier are, in fact, the same thing. I
hope you will though, some day; but let us leave
that point and follow our old plan of taking
a Bible story, which may throw light on the
matter."
"Yes, do," said Frank. "Stories always make
things easier to understand; they made the 'poor
in spirit' much easier to me."
"I'm glad of it. Well, my story to-day is
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people, but to others one of great exultation and
rejoicing."
Frank looked puzzled, and turned to his sister,
as if to inquire whether she had any notion when
that time could have been.
But his papa went on-
" I am not going to set you guessing this story;
for I shall tell you at once what I am thinking
of. It is the time after the Lord Jesus Christ
had really yielded up His spirit and died on the
cross, and when the hopes of those who loved
Him seemed to die also. We think of this now in
connexion with His resurrection, and thank God
for both, on our own account. But it was not so
with the poor disciples who had been His friends
and companions during His ministry on earth; for
they did not understand that He would rise
again, so their faith was quite shaken, and they
were most miserable."


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"But why didn't they understand?" cried
Frank. "I never can make out that, because
Jesus had told them plainly enough."
" Yes; but the idea of a dead body coming to
life again was not an easy one to take in. We
should not have found it so if we had lived in
those days, because the wonderful doctrine of the
resurrection of the body was not fully believed
until Christ himself had risen again. Jesus and
the Resurrection were what the apostles after-
wards preached everywhere; but it was thrqugh
this dark experience that they were learning the
lessons which they soon afterwards taught to
others. At this time they were in a state of
doubt."
"But, if they did not understand, they might
have believed," objected Frank; "and yet it
seems as if they had never taken any notice of
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"I imagine that they had never taken His
words literally, but thought He was speaking in
some figurative way," replied Mr Leslie.
"Only, they had seen Lazarus rise; so why
should they?" persisted Frank.
"When people are in great sorrow, their
understandings and faith too sometimes seem
to fail them for a time; and it appears to me,
as I just said, my boy, that the faith of all these
disciples had given way during that Friday and
Saturday, since not one seemed prepared for
what really happened. But I was going to talk
to you about those two that went on the first
day of the week to the village of Emmaus,
which was about seven miles and a half from
Jerusalem."
"I know; and I always like that chapter so
much," said Frank, in a tone of satisfaction. I
wonder what their names were?"
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"Why, one was Cleopas; don't you remem-
ber?" said his sister.
" Ah I so it was; but the other? replied Frank.
"We are not told; and it does not matter.
Now, let us think of their conversation," Mr
Leslie said. "They were walking and talking
together, after some who had been at the sepul-
chre had reported that the body was not there,
but that they had seen a vision of angels; yet
they were sad,-so sad that when One whom
they did not recognise joined them, and asked
what they were talking about, and why they were
sad, they were not offended."
" Why should they have been offended, papa ?"
said Frank, looking astonished.
"How would you feel, Frank, if, when you
and your sister were taking a walk, some one
came up and asked what you were talking
about?"


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"I never thought of that," replied the boy; but
then, of course, Jesus could ask any question."
" Yes, certainly; only you see they did not
recognise Him at all, and asked whether He
were a stranger, that He did not know what
things had taken place in Jerusalem."
"Ah! I remember, papa; and Jesus did not
answer. He only said, 'What things?'"
" So, you see, they were so full of their sadness
that they thought every one must be sad too,
and must know what they were talking about,"
his papa continued; "and yet they knew of
this vision of angels; and notwithstanding they
said, 'But we trusted that it had been He which
should have redeemed Israel,' which seems to me
as much as to say, 'Now we don't know what
to believe.'"
"And then Jesus explained the prophecies
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68 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.
"Yes; and showed them that unless He had
suffered all these things, He could not have
been the One whom they had taken Him to be.
You remember the rest, my boy; and how the
Lord made Himself known in breaking of
bread ?"
"Oh! yes," said Frank, rubbing his hands;
" and then how glad they were: I don't wonder
that they rushed back to Jerusalem, instead of
staying at Emmaus that night. But the others
knew before they told them; because, you know,
so soon as they got into the room, they all cried
out, 'The Lord is risen indeed, and hath appeared
unto Simon.' Don't you think, papa, that they
all spoke at once ? "
" Very likely," answered his father; "for those
who had mourned were comforted now, you see,
and most probably thought all the sorrow they
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that great joy. But what about those wicked
men who had been rejoicing because they thought
they had got rid of Jesus ? How do you suppose
they felt ? "
"Oh! horribly frightened, I should say," an-
swered Frank; "but does the Bible tell us
anything about them ? I forget."
" Yes. St Matthew says that when the priests
and elders heard that He was risen, they bribed
the soldiers to say that the body had been stolen.
It does not seem that they doubted the real fact.
Therefore see what a daring hatred to Him
theirs was! One would have supposed that
such a discovery would have caused them to
see the tremendous sin they had committed,
and that these men would have so feared the
wrath of God that they would have cared nothing
about what the people thought; but no, they
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pierced and wounded. They hardened their
hearts still more; and as soon as the apostles
began to preach the resurrection, they persecuted
them for doing so."
"I see," said Frank. "They were just the
ones who ought to have been sad, and yet they
were not."
"And their want of sadness showed a wrong
state of mind; it showed the hardness of
their hearts," returned his father. "The sorrow
of the disciples proved their love for their Lord;
and therefore it was turned into joy; but some
day His enemies must weep. Now, cannot you
think of some other people who ought to have
wept and mourned, but persisted in rejoicing in-
stead ? You needn't keep to any particular time."
"I thought you would ask me that, papa; and
won't King Belshazzar do?" answered Frank,
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"Tell me why you think so," said his papa;
and Frank took his sister's Bible, and turned
quickly to the fifth chapter of Daniel, saying-
"You told me once that that feast of his was
a very wicked sort of thing, and that most likely
a good many of his thousand lords were tipsy;
and, besides, they were drinking out of the
sacred vessels from the Temple,-those that
were used in the service of the true God, and
drinking to the honour of their wooden and
stone gods too, which were no gods at all, you
know. What business had they to do that? "
"Don't you think, then, that they considered
their own gods as sacred, Frank?" asked his
sister.
"Why, Susy!" he answered, warmly, "how
could they? Why, if they hadn't known in any
other way, there was Daniel and lots of other
Jews to tell them; and Nebuchadnezzar knew


72 Old Paths of Honour and Dishonour.'
plenty about Daniel, and found out from him
that the Jews' God was the true one. Belshazzar
must have heard what happened to his own
father."
" If you look in the margin of your Bible, you
will see that the word might be translated 'grand-
father,' which agrees better with the history," re-
marked Mr Leslie. Still, I agree with you that
he must have heard something of those circum-
stances, and might have known more if he had
taken the trouble to ask; but, you see, thought-
less men, like Belshazzar, do not trouble them-
selves about anything but their own pleasure.
They go on doing just as they like, day after day,
but generally intending to become more serious
in old age. However, you have not told me why
you think Belshazzar ought to have been mourn-
ing instead of making himself merry."
"Because he was so awfully wicked, papa.


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Why, I should think he ought to have been
clothing himself in sackcloth, and repenting, like
the King of Nineveh, instead of feasting and
getting drunk."
" You think that his rejoicing was of a wrong
sort, and out of place. Well, I think so too;
and, indeed, the fact of that Hand appearing and
writing those words on the wall is enough to
show us in what a blasphemous and wicked way
the kingdom was being ruled. God told him
that he had been weighed in the balances, and
found wanting. That judgment will be pro-
nounced on many by and by; but such sentences
do not go forth in this present state, unless there
has been outrageous wickedness."
"He never rejoiced again, at any rate," said
Frank; "for you know, that very same night
he was killed and the city taken. Why, the
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all the while; and yet Belshazzar went on quietly
with his feasting, just as if there was nothing the
matter! Only fancy!"
" It was the same with the sinners before the
flood, and with the inhabitants of Sodom and
Gomorrah, and, I am afraid, is so also with a
great many other sinners, Frank; because multi-
tudes put off repentance until it is too late. But
now, tell me whether you understand your verse
any better ? "
"Yes, papa, I think I do-at least I see, for
one thing, that we all ought to mourn for our
sins; and-besides that, there are plenty of
times when 'the people that mourn are in the
right, and those who don't are in the wrong;
and-then troubles are good for us, I suppose."
"We are in a wicked world, you see, Frank,"
rejoined his papa, "in a world at enmity
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pardon, and are no longer at enmity with Him,
there must be plenty around us to cause us
sorrow. Besides which, as you say, troubles are
good for us; but that is because, in our present
state, we are so unfit to be companions for the
angels in the world to come. When God's people
are made perfect through the discipline of suf-
fering, all tears shall be wiped from their eyes."
"But, papa," said Miss Leslie, "you do not
mean Frank to think that true religion is a
doleful thing, after all; do you?"
"No, certainly; and I hope, from the examples
we have taken, he would understand that. The
priests and elders of the Jews, who persecuted
Jesus and many of the disciples to the death,
were not happy men, amidst all their exultation;
were they, my boy ?"
"No, papa; I should not have liked to be one
of them."


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"Then, would you have liked to be one of the
drunken lords at Belshazzar's feast ?"
" No; that I shouldn't."
" Or one of the sinners who rejected the preach-
ing of Noah, or the remonstrances of righteous
Job?"
"No, papa; I would much rather have been
one of those two who went to Emmaus. Only
think, to have walked and talked with Jesus all
that way !"
"Ah! Frank, you may yet walk with Him in
the streets of the New Jerusalem, and hear His
voice and see His blessed face; but remember, if
this is to be your happy lot, it must be reached
through the old, narrow path of pilgrims, and not
by travelling with the giddy throng who crowd
the broad, and as they think, the pleasant way."


CHAPTER VI.
A RUFFLED TEMPER.
" g OWV hot you look, Frankie," said Miss
Leslie in a tone of dismay, as her young
brother came into the study, and, sitting down by
the window, began to turn over the pages of his
Bible in rather a hasty manner, as if he did not
feel quite prepared for the lesson which his papa
had promised that evening.
"Do I?" answered the boy, rather gloomily.
"Well, I've had a long walk, and the sun was
baking hot this afternoon. Besides, I was late,
and had to run a good part of the way."


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" But you know, Frank, that Dr Wolfe parti-
cularly said that you were not to overheat your-
self in this way," remonstrated his sister.
" I can't help what the doctors say," returned
her brother, impatiently. One must get hot, I
suppose, when one has to run, and especially when
one gets insulted into the bargain."
"I was afraid you had been quarrelling,"
returned his sister, gravely; but, my dear boy,
why will you allow yourself to be so easily
offended ?"
" I should think any gentleman's son would be
offended,4when a low fellow like Dick Benson
takes upon him to give him lessons," answered
the boy, haughtily; as if I didn't know the mean-
ing of the Bible a great deal better than he does "
" Dick Benson is a very good man; and he is
a great deal older than you are, Frank," she
answered, quietly.


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