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The little girls' papa was sitting by the fire reading the newspaper, and he overheard their chit-chat.
Calling them to him, he said, “My dears, I have been listening to you, and if you like to sit down by me, I will speak to you about a wonderful tell-tale."
“A wonderful tell-tale!" they cried. “Oh, it will be interesting to hear about him. Who was he, pa ? Did you know him ? Is he alive now? What tales did he tell ?”
Questions like these fell thick and fast from the lips of the two little girls ; their eyes glistening with delight.
“ The tell-tale I am going to talk of is an old friend, whom we all know. In fact we each have one. I never knew a man yet, or a woman, or a child, without it. We carry it with us wherever we go.”
“Have I one?” cried Ellen. “ Have I one?” asked Annie.
Yes, my dears, you both have. I see thein now, with my own eyes. I have one, and you, both of you, see mine."
Ellen and Annie were bewildered. What it could be they were unable to divine. They tried to guess, but guessing was atterly at fault.
“ A wonderful tell-tale! And papa says I have one, and that he sees it!” said Ellen to herself. “I never knew that I had such a thing. I can't think what it can be!”
Papa, papa, do tell us. We cannot guess," cried both the children.
“What word do these letters make,” asked Mr. Scott; “F-A-C-E?”
Face,” as quick as lightning they answered.
"Well, the face is this wonderful tell. tale, and if you are both very quiet, I will prove what wonderful tales it tells. It tells all about the heart. The other day, did you not go with mamma to visit Mrs. Simmons, whose only son was killed on the railway not long ago ?”
“And what did your mamma say about her when she came home ?
“Why, that her face looked the picture of grief."
“And so it did,” said the elder of the sisters. “It made me deeply sad to look at her.”
“Then her face told the tale of her great heart-sorrow. This morning your brother George threw himself into a passion, and you saw it in his face, did
you not ?"
“ So it is, that when the heart feels angry-the face tells the tale. When the heart feels jealous-the face tells the tale. When the heart feels discontented—the face tells the tale. If there be hatred in the heart, or revenge, or a love for sinful delights—the face will tell the tale. And, likewise, if there be kindness in the heart-the face will be sure to say so.
If there be holiness there--the face will tell it. If there be meekness there, and temperance, patience, brotherly-kindness, charity, pity, tenderness, hope, love, peace, joy--the face will let the world know all about it.
“ By the way,” said Mr. Scott, “I think I saw something about the face in Cruden's Concordance.' Take it down, Annie, and read what he has written.”
Annie quickly went to the shelf, got the book, and found the article wanted. She read it as desired.
6. The countenance or visage,' says Cruden, is a part of the body well known. It is thereby that our inward motions are made known to others. Love, hatred, desire, dislike, joy, grief, confidence, despair, courage, cowardice, admiration, contempt, pride, modesty, cruelty, compassion, and the rest of the affections, are discovered by their proper aspects. The countenance. is a crystal wherein the thoughts and affections, otherwise invisible, appear ; and is a natural sign known to all.”
'Well, papa, the face, then, must be a wonderful tell-tale," said Ellen.
“Yes, it is. So much so, that a father when bidding good-bye to his innocent son who was leaving home,
recollect it tells us in Genesis, tha: the evil was seen in his face."
“You are quite right, my dear,” said Mr. Scott. “Get your Bible and read the passage."
Ellen turned to Genesis iv. 7, 8, and read these words, “ But unto Cain and to his offering the Lord bad not respect. And Cain was very wrath, and his countenance fell. And the Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen ?"
Annie now spoke. She said, “Papa, I think that it would be interesting to refer to what is written in the Acts of the Apostles about Stephen. Shall I get my Bible ? "
said, 'I require nothing of thee, but that thou shouldst bring me back this thy countenance.'
“Ellen, it is your turn now,” said Mr. Scott; “reach me that large book from the shelf with the name “Lavater" on it, and read an interesting anecdote wbich I will find for you.”
The page was turned to, and Ellen read as follows, “A noble, amiable, and innocent young lady, who had been chiefly educated in the country, saw her face in the glass, as she passed it with a candle in her hand, retiring from even. ing prayer, and having just laid down her Bible. Her eyes were cast to the ground with inexpressible modesty at the sight of her own image. She passed the winter in town, surrounded by adorers, hurried away by dissipation, and plunged in trifling amusements. She forgot her Bible and her devotion. In the beginning of spring she returned again to her country seat, her chamber, and the table on which her Bible lay. Again she had the candle in her hand, and again she saw herself in the glass. She turned pale, put down the candle, retreated to a sofa, and fell on her knees, exclaiming, 'Oh God! I no longer know my own face. How am I degraded! My follies and vanities are are all written in my countenance. Wherefore have they been neglected, illegible, till this instant ? Oh, come and expel, come and utterly efface them, mild tranqnility, sweet devotion, and ye gentle cares of benevolent love.''
“How strange and wonderful that story !” said both the girls. “The face is a tell-tale, indeed.”
“Lavater says in another place,” observed Mr. Scott," that God cannot, without a miracle, be seen anywhere so fully as in a good man's face. The glory of God is seen in the beaming of a righteous man's eye, and in the beauteous expression of the entire coun. tenance."
have said, papa," remarked Ellen, “has led me to think of Cain. When evil was in his heart, I
“Do, my dear,” said Mr. Scott. “I am glad that you seem to understand and enter into the subject.”
Annie read this passage, “And all that sat in the council, looking stead. fastly on Stephen, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel.” Acts vi. 15. Stephen,”
;" remarked her papa, “was a man ‘full of the Holy Ghost.' He was about to suffer martyrdom for Christ. His heart was
tasting of heavenly glory as he stood before his enemies. His face tuid what was passing in his heart.”
“Can you explain how it is, papa, that the face is a tell-tale of the heart?” asked Ellen. “I will try.
Whether understand me or not I cannot say."
“ You know, my dears, that we are in the parlour.
Suppose I ring the bell, it will be heard in the kitchen, and Martha will come to know what is wanted. There is a wire communi. cating between the parlonr and the kitchen. If I pull the wire here, the bell rings there.
“So there is a communication be. tween the heart and the face. Lavater says that 'When any passion is called into action, such passion is depicted on the face by the motion of the muscles, and these motions are accompanied by a strong palpitation of the heart.'
“When we feel a powerful motion of grief, or joy, or lore, or hatred, there is
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a strong palpitation of the heart, and this palpitation of the heart is accompanied by the motions of certain muscles in the face, which make an impression there corresponding to the emotion of the heart.”
George Scott, a little boy of eleven, of whom mention has been already made, had heard part only of the con. versation about “the wonderful tell. tale.” As if “stung with the splendoar of a sudden thought,” he exclaimed, “Oh, pa! isn't that why ladies wear veils when they go out, because people in the streets shan't read their hearts?”
Mr. Scott had a good laugh. The sisters looked half serious. They evi. dently thought that there was reason in wearing a veil for such a purpose.
Ellen now said, “Papa, if all be true which you have told us, and of course I do not doubt you, I feel that I shall not like to walk about in the public streets, as I have done, for fear that my face will be telling to everyone all about my thoughts, and desires, and feelings—in short, all about my heart.”
“My dear,” said Mr. Scott, “there need be no anxiety on that point. You would not like to go into the streets with your dress torn, or with your hair anbrushed, or with your face dirty, would you ? ”
“Oh, no! papa.”
“Still you are not ashamed to take a walk when your hair is nicely brushed, and your dress is neat, and your face clean. So, my child, you need never be afraid of the public eye, when your heart is full of good thoughts, when you are cherishing holy desires, when you are loving the good. Should you love evil, and secretly practise evil, you would then have just ground for shame. If your heart be good, you need not fear that your face will tell anything that shall give you pain. But if your heart be evil, be sure that that ful tell-tale, your face, will publish it to the world.”
Papa, do you think that God in. tended the face to be a tell-tale ?" asked Annie.
“Yes, my child, and very wisely so, and mercifully. God has thus taught us, that He would have nothing'cherished in the heart, of which we should be ashamed for the face to speak.”
* Papa," said Ellen, “I have noticed that some people look so very good. There is Mrs. Mason, she always seems to have the face of an angel. Then tbere are
some who look very evil. Old Harry Want has a face that makes me shudder every time I see it. It seems to be all wickedness. Can you tell us why the one always looks good, and the other always evil ? ”
“I think I can," answered Mr. Scott. “Each good or bad desire in the heart produces an impression on the face. If the desire be repeated and constant, the impression on the face will be repeated and constant too. I will read what Lavater says :-
“Each frequently repeated change, form and state of countenance, impresses, at length, a durable trait on the soft and flexible parts of the face. The stronger the change, and the oftener it is repeated, the stronger, deeper, and more indelible is the trait.
The like impression is made in early youth even on the bony parts.
“A disagreeable change, by con. stant repetitions, makes an impression on, and adds a feature of durable deformity to the countenance.
“Morally beautiful states of mind impart beautiful impressions.
"Wherever virtue and philanthropy reign, how beautiful, how prominent is the picture they imprint !-how attractive are the added traits !
“Whoever has frequently reviewed the human countenance in houses of correction and jails, will often scarcely believe his eyes, and will shudder at the stigmas with which vice brands her slaves."
Annie and Ellen Scott were delighted with the conversation about “the won. derful tell-tale." A new world had burst upon them.
“ Thank you, papa, for what you
have told ns,” said Annie; and “thank you,” said Ellen.
“Now, my dear children," observed Mr. Scott, “I should like you each to have a Christ-like heart. If you have Christ in you, the hope of glory, if you think much about Him, and love Him much, if you meditate upon His beauti
ful life, upon His life of mercy, your hearts will, through the Holy Spirit, become Christ-like-and your faces will tell the tale. I covet, my children, no greater honour, I can taste no richer bliss, than to have sons and daughters, whose faces shall tell the tale that their hearts belong to Christ.”
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with such clearness and force of arguA History of the Relations of Church ment, that the book has a special adaptaand State from 1789 to 1802. By
tion to the present crisis in our history, E. DE PRESSENSE, D.D. Translated
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“A free Church in a free State." No national convulsion recorded in the Rome. From the Fall of the Western history of the past exceeded, or perhaps Empire. By the Rev. GEORGE TREVOR, equalled, the French Revolution, in vio- M.A., Canon of York. London: The lence and desolation. But notwith- Religious Tract Society. standing its fierce and stormy character, “It is history,” Canon Trevor says truly, it was the inevitable outgrowth and de- “ which proves the surest arbiter on the velopment of long periods of oppression religious and political effects of the and misrule. The people, trampled Papacy. The churches were never so down and robbed of their rights by corrupt, the States never so barbarous kings, nobles, and priests, arose to and immoral, as where the Roman Pontiff avenge themselves, and the popular fury, ruled with supremest sway. Every atlike the lava-stream from a volcano, tempt at moral and religious reform, swept far and wide. Nor can it be every effort of civil liberty, found itself questioned that the irreligious and pro- obliged to take the form of resistance to fane spirit which entered so deeply into the Pope.
Councils and Parliaments the French Revolution was exasperated were powerless where his authority preand inflamed by the unyielding 'conser- vailed; freedom of conscience, liberty, vatism of the Church. “ The Church," and life itself, have never anywhere been M. De Pressensé says, “not only remains secure till it was utterly renounced. immovable, but even desires to arrest Against this unvarying voice of history and roll back the rising tide of minds, so no theories of sacerdotal dreamers will that it pasges on one side of her, when be admitted by any practical Christian. it cannot cover her with its foam.” Un- To suppose that such a role is ordained happily, a national and endowed priest. of God, is to suppose that He has given hood have uniformly clung to the past, up the creature who was made after His and have resisted all change, until own image, and redeemed by the blood ligion and justice serve in opposite of His dear Son, to the powers of darkcamps,” and it is found too late to recall ness.” The argument thus framed seems the fire, enthusiasm, energetic convic- to us unanswerable. And Canon Trevor's tion, conquering proselytism, which have history of Rome, from the fall of the ranged themselves on the side of philo- Western Empire, written calmly, caresophy and humanity. This, as charac- fully, and dispassionately, may be taken teristic of the Papal Church in France, as one great illustration of it. While we together with the memorable debates plead with all earnestness for the civil respecting its privileges and position rights of the adherents of the Papacy in which occupied the Constituent are dis- the British Empire, we must with equal cussed with great eloquence and force earnestness protest against Popery itself. in this volume. The whole Church And we cannot do this more effectually aspect of the French Revolution is pre- than by means of true and impartial hissented in such a complete and masterly tory. Canon Trevor's work is a very form-the mistaken policy and ruinous seasonable contribution to the cause of result of a State religion are exhibited Truth,
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