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ed he was as much indebted to James Logan, on this occasion, as if the boy had made him a present of ten thousand pounds!
"When James was about fifteen years old, he fell into bad health, and by the advice of Mr. Hamilton, who had never forgotten him, was sent to Laverock-know with a letter to Mr. Dunlop, recommending that he should have some employment which would procure him moderate exercise in the open air. Mr. Cowan was very sorry to part with James, who had not only been faithful and obliging himself, but had made others so too; and James, on his side, was grieved to quit a master who had been so kind and indulgent to him. Mr. Dunlop received him kindly, and placed him under the direction of his farm servant at Valleyfield.
"James Logan's new mode of life agreed with him. Mr. Dunlop would not allow him to. work hard, but, for the first year, made him attend part of every day at the parish school, and paid for his education. James studied as conscientiously as he worked, and soon became an excellent scholar. Nor did he hide his talents in a napkin, for he spent part of every evening, during the winter, in giving lessons to the children of the farm servant. In short, he obeyed his good old aunt's dying injunction, 'to do
good whenever it lay in his power.' If there was any quarrel betwixt two of his fellow-servants, James was always the peace-maker; and by inquiring calmly into the dispute, he generally found there was a mistake on one side or the other, or perhaps on both. Whatever he said had great weight with everybody, for he was always considered to be a sensible, good-hearted young man, and there never was any of my parishioners more generally respected. He generously stood forth in defence of all whose characters were unjustly attacked in his hearing by the tongue of slander; and, if I had time, I could mention several instances in which he saved the reputation of worthy individuals from ruin, and restored their credit and usefulness as members of society. All of these were gratefully sensible, that, by regaining them their good name, he gave what was better than riches; and some have been heard to declare that without his benevolent exertions, their means of subsistence must have been lost, their hearts must have been broken, and they must have sunk into untimely graves.
"James was most regular in his attendance at church, and it gave the session very great satisfaction to allow him a token of admis sion to the communion table.
"As soon as he was old enough, Mr. Dunlop gave him a lease of the farm of Valley-field, and he married Mary Jamieson, who seems every way worthy of him.
"The rest of his life, I suppose, you are pretty well acquainted with, and I need not give any more instances of his kindness. You know how ready he is to give advice, and how happy to recommend any person in distress to Mr. Dunlop's benevolence. From the respect which the kirk-session felt for his worth, they requested him to join them as a member; and, as you all know, he was ordained an elder with the general approbation of the parish. In this situation he gives me the most active assistance. He supports every scheme that is calculated for the good of my flock; was instrumental in establishing the male and female friendly societies, and by showing people the absurdity of their prejudices against vaccination, almost banished the small-pox from the parish, and I am persuaded, has thus been the means of saving many lives. I even presume to hope that he has been instrumental in promoting the salvation of many immortal souls, for he is diligent in his attention to the sick, encourages the penitent with the hopes of future happiness through a divine Redeemer, and prepares them for that
blessed state by instructing them in the great truths of the Gospel."
Here my friend paused; and as nobody else seemed inclined to break silence, he turned to Elizabeth, and said, "Well, my little girl, what do you say now? Do you still think that no man can do any good if he is poor?" "No, sir,” replied Elizabeth, "I see I was very much mistaken." "Then," said Mr. Worthy, "go and do like James, and let none ever pretend that poverty is any excuse for leading an unprofitable life."
T. T. D.
THE SPOILED CHILD.
HELEN STEWART was the only daughter of a substantial farmer. Inheriting from nature a tractable disposition, accompanied with uncommon liveliness of manners,she was a general favourite with her infant associates, and high in honour with all her teachers. Her fond parents beheld, with a joy which they were neither able nor desirous to conceal, the gradual rising of this their only hope; and looked forward, with the most sanguine expectations, to the future prosperity of their darling child. Alas! their expectations, well founded as they seemed to be, were rendered abortive by their own misjudging indulgence; and that fair sunshine of virtue and happiness, which the morning of Helen's days had promised, was soon totally obscured.
Handsomer than most of her acquaintances, she soon discovered this superiority; and her infatuated parents, instead of checking in the bud an evil, which, if allowed to come to ma