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toilsome journey. The venerable man lay down and slumbered peacefully, little thinking of what awaited him. The young innkeeper looked at the aged Israelite lying in unconscious slumber. · I dare say the old Jew has plenty of money about him, was the first suspicion that crossed his mind. Wicked thoughts were now awakened in his breast; and instead of manfully resisting these evil suggestions, he suffered himself to parley with the tempter. Suspicion was quickly followed by covetousness; and he said to himself, · Would that, that money were mine!' And no sooner was the thought conceived, than he ventured to approach nearer and nearer, and, looking yet more eagerly at the pockets of the infirm Eleazer, lust was strengthened and brought forth most deadly fruit-one of the blackest deeds that the mind of man can conceive: this infatuated sinner not only robbed his unsuspecting guest of his money, but also attempted to take away his life by stabbing him in several places with a knife.

“ He thought that Eleazer was dead ; and after taking off a ring from his finger, he dragged him out of the room and threw him upon a dry dunghill behind the house, intending as soon as possible to secrete the corpse of the murdered


“After having accomplished this infamous deed, the youthful criminal returned to the parlour, but he could not rest; horror and dread fell upon him; he rushed out of the house like a distracted man, and hurried away from the scene of his crime, as though he could by this means silence his upbraiding conscience, and hide himself from the allseeing eye of God. He thought not of the wounded man, lying exposed to view, nor yet of

the empty inn; he hastened onward, resolved if possible to escape to the sea-shore, which was about a day's journey from the village, to go on board some vessel, and thus avoid the just doom of a murderer. In his flight through a wood he encountered a young Jew who had sunk into a deep sleep by the roadside. Instead of shuddering at this sight, and being induced to return and to confess his crime, this wicked youth resolved upon another diabolical plan; he determined to shift his foul crime from himself upon

the young Jew with whom he had thus unexpectedly met. He went up softly to the sleeper, and drawing the blood-stained knife from his pocket, placed it carefully in that of the innocent Israelite.

“ This second crime served only still more to harden his conscience; he fancied that he was now quite out of danger, and continued his journey, if not at peace, yet in security, towards the seaport of P— He succeeded in reaching it, and for a time it seemed as if the justice of God had not been offended by him, and as if his double crime was to remain undiscovered and unsuspected.

“The daughter of the innkeeper, at whose house he put up, was much struck with his fine figure and handsome countenance. She conceived a strong liking for him, and after a short time received her father's consent to become his wife. His earthly happiness now seemed secured to him; he had found a home, was much beloved, and soon became a partner in the house of his father-in-law.

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· We now return to the village of M., where we left the poor Israelite weltering in his blood; life, however, was not extinct. After recovering his senses, he raised himself up, and, though greatly exhausted, succeeded in dragging himself into the village. He was quite unable to give any satisfactory answer to the various inquiries as to the person who had so shamefully ill- used him, for his weakness increased every moment; all that he could say was, that when he awoke he found himself in his miserable condition lying on a dunghill. The unhappy sufferer lingered only till the following day, and the surgeon declared, that

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“ These brutal men prided themselves on their acuteness and dexterity in discovering the transgressor, and adroitly concealed the unlawful means by which they found out the supposed murderer. The victim of their unjust suspicion languished in prison, week after week, yea, month after month, passed away, during which he was repeatedly examined by the magistrates, but always asserted his innocence with so much ingenuousness that the judges were astonished at his composure, even when the deadly weapon, covered with the marks. of crime, was shown to him.

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THE FAST OF AB.-Kept on the 9th of the month Ab. This year (1849) on the 10th, as the 9th is the Sabbath. This date corresponds with July 29th.

Kept in commemoration of the death, in the wilderness, of the rebellious—Num. xiv. 35.

The destruction of the Temple by Nebuchadnezzar-Jer. lii. 12.

The burning of the Second Temple by Titus. The taking of Bither, by Severus.

Inquiry made if it was to be observed after the building of the Second Temple-Zech. vii. 3.

Promised to become a day of gladness—Zech. viii. 19.

Tubeab.—Kept on the 15th of Ab, as a minor festival, in commemoration of the feast of Shiloh, and reconciliation with Benjamin-Judy. xxxi. 19.

For finishing the interment of the slain at Bither.

TISRI I.--The New Year. Rosh Ashana ; the Feast of Trumpets, falls this year on September 17th.

Tradition says the world was created on this day.

Ordered to be observed as a holy convocation, and that no work should be done thereon-Lev. xxiii. 24.

The offerings made on it—Num. xxix. 1.

The second day is kept as solemnly as the first.

On the third is the Fast of Guedaliah. This is observed in commemoration of the assassination of Guedaliah, son of Abikam, the governor of Judæa, under Nebuchadnezzar—2 Kings xxv. 25; Jer. xli. 2.

Promised to become a day of joy-Zech. viii. 19.

KIPUR.—The Day of Atonement or Expiation.

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