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will come tomorrow morning at seven o'clock, David, and take your first drawing lesson."

“I cannot say yes, now, Harry, although I see things in a new light. I must first talk with mother, and have a night's sleep before my way is all clear."

“Do not press him, my son,” said Mrs. Grey, "all will be bright to him in the morning. He will see that every good we have comes from Infinite Love. Even the strength that he has been labouring with to maintain independence, is a gift from our Father. All, all is from Him. He is ever giving, and He only requires, in return, open souls to receive His goods, and loving hearts to use them. And surely David Earl will not, in blind self-reliance, refuse privileges offered him, because they come through earthly mediums; no, he will use the talents God hath given him, that they may be multiplied tenfold, in good to him and the world.”

“ Well, mother, we can let him know; seven o'clock is the hour, and pencils and paper will be waiting for him."

The hour was remembered, and the following morning David took his first lesson in drawing. Mr. White found him a boy of marked genius; but what was better, he was a boy of untiring industry and perseverance. Six months passed rapidly by, and every morning at seven o'clock, was David at the drawing-table, and Harry found his predictions fulfilled in two respects : his joys were doubled, and his friend was far in advance of him in his favourite art.

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THE PHYSICAL POWERS OF ENGLAND.—Each acre of a coal seam four feet in thickness, and yielding one yard nett of pure fuel, is equivalent to about 5,000 tous; and possesses, therefore, a reserve of mechanical strength in its fuel equal to the lifelabour of more than 1,600 men. Each square mile of one such single coal-bed contains 3,000,000 tons of fuel ; equivalent to 1,000,000 men labouring through 20 years of their ripe strength. Assuming, for calculation, that 10,000,000 tons out of the present annual products of the British coal mines, namely, 65,000,000, are applied to the production of mechanical power, then England annually summonses to her aid an army of 3,300,000 fresh men, pledged to exert their fullest strength through 20 years. Her actual annual expenditure of power, then, is represented by 66,000,000 of able-bodied labourers. The latent strength resident in the whole coal product of the kingdom, may, by the same process, be calculated at more than 400,000,000 strong men, or more than double the number of the adult males now upon the globe.—Mechanics' Magazine.

EASTER THOUGHTS. Every child in a Sunday-school knows why we keep Easter. It reminds us of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Every child may not be able to understand all the reasons why we consider these things of so much importance; but there are some of these reasons which we may all comprehend and feel; some thoughts which every mind should cherish as often as Easter returns.

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VIA DOLOROSA. Street along which Christ bore his cross; showing also the flat roofs

of the country. The first thing we should do, with regard to the facts which Easter commemorates, is to obtain a clear notion of them, --not merely the power of describing them in words, but the power to see a picture of the events clearly depicted before the imagination. To do this, we require to read carefully and thoughtfully through the accounts in the New Testament; and by means of the descriptions of travellers, and pictures of the scenery, bring home to our thoughts the real living facts.

The garden of Gethsemane, with its aged olive-trees, will impress us with a feeling of the ima portance of the contest which was waged there, when, amid the silence of peaceful night, Christ prayed in an agony, and found strength and comfort in answer to his prayer. The walls and streets, and houses of Jerusalem, changed as they are, during 1,800 years, will call up images of what must have been the upper chamber and the judgment-hall, and the street along which he carried his cross. And whether the spots now shown as Calvary and the Sepulchre are the real places or not, no one can gaze at them, or the pictures of them, without feeling convinced that the blood of the holy Jesus was shed, and his body was laid low in the tomb, somewhere near them. By such contemplation we bring home to ourselves the great fact, that a pure, holy, loving Being consented to die a painful, disgraced, and horrible death, giving himself freely up to torture, because he felt it to be God's will, and the means by which God would work good to man. He was influenced solely by Love, submissive love towards God, as a child to his parent, all-powerful love to mankind, as a brother to his brethren. We have here, then, an example of loving self-sacrifice; and Easter should be hallowed to us by an effort to imitate this, after our little measure, each one giving up something for the sake of the good of others, all resigning every thing to God's disposal, and submitting without a murmur to his will.

Another great fact is, that this death on the cross was not the end of Jesus. The disciples who, sorrowing, laid him in the tomb, soon found that he was alive again, were re-assured and sent forth with courage on their Christian labours, by communion with him ;-and they and we thus learn, that suffering in the cause of duty is never in vain ; that even the death of God's beloved because faithful - children, is no evil to them; the spirit which is thus set free from the body is kept safe by the Father of spirits, and restored to conscious


Said to be the spot where Pilato showed Christ to the people,

saying “behold the man." being by His will. Evil may for a time appear to triumph, but good will rise, even from the grave, to the life and peace and joy which are its natural rights.

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Understand, meditate on, and apply these facts and truths ---feel and live them,--and you will properly keep the festival of Easter.


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BECAUSE George Stephenson is known all over the world, as the great engineer—the inventor of railway travelling by steam-the drainer of Chat Moss—the builder of the high-level bridge at Newcastle, and many other wonderful works, it is very interesting to dwell upon the simple occupations of his early days. Whilst his brain was employed upon his inventions in science, his fingers were occupied in the humblest work that came to hand. He told his friends, with great glee, that he had once mended the shoe of his sweetheart, and what pleasure he had in carrying that shoe in his pocket for some days. He also repaired his neighbours' coats and jackets. Some years after, when he was a famous man, and visiting Sir Robert Peel, he saw his daughters working embroidery, when he surprised these ladies by saying to them, “I know all about that; I used to work the pitmen's button-holes, by the engine-fires at night.”

We thus learn, how an active mind and a willing heart can find time for small duties as well as great

Although we may repeat some things already noticed, we must give part of a speech made by George Stephenson, at a public dinner, when he had become renowned. He spoke thus, of his humble beginnings :“In my early days, I worked in a coalpit; I had then to work early and late, and my employment was & most laborious one. For about twenty years I had often to rise to my labour at one and two o'clock in the morning, and worked till late at night. Time rolled on, and I had the happiness to make some improvement in engine-work. Lord Ravensworth lent me money to carry out my plans, and I called the first engine, My Lord

*.' In what has been done under my management—the merit is only in part my own. Throughout, I have been most ably seconded by my

In the early period of my career, when he was a little boy, I felt how deficient I was in education, and.



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