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dare say.

" Let me

pavement—and so does Patty, for that Baptists. I've tried the Huntingdon conmatter."

nection, and the Independents, and the Wes“But-but-" Frank hesitated.

leyans; but I don't like them. I don't like "Immodest, you think it is. I don't know,' any of them. So I stay at home, and read sir—I don't know. There isn't a better girl the Book; or else I go and hear Mr. Eddrup than my girl in all London, and I defy you on Sunday nights.” to find one. No, I had a great exercise of “Let me come and talk to you,” said my conscience before I let her go-only her Frank. “You shall tell me more about yourgists were too strong. It was a-flying in the self, if you will. I promise, at least, not to face of Providence not to let her take a way scoff and sneer at good things.” which was opened, so to speak, unto her. “ I'm an illiterate man, sir, and you are a I laid the matter before my friend, Mr. Edd. gentleman, with education and all that, I

But come when you like." “Eddrup! He that lives at Mrs. Skimp's,

come next Sunday evening. in Granville-square?”

You shall give me some tea," said Frank, in “There is only one Mr. Eddrup, young, his lordly way, as if he were inviting himself man. The Lord can't spare more than one to a man's rooms at college. at a time like him. Do you know him?” Mr. Silver looked after him with a puzzled

“I live in the same house. Tell me about expression, and went up the steps to dinner. him.”

“A gentleman,” he said to Patty, “who “Ah, I think you had better find out doesn't swear and use bad language; who about him. Well, I laid the matter before doesn't look as if he got drunk; who doesn't him, and he decided that if the girl liked, go about with a big pipe in his mouth; who and I was always there to look after her, doesn't seem to mind talking about religious there would be no harm done. If you live things. We don't get many such gentlemen in the same house as Mr. Eddrup, young at the Palace of Amusement, do us?" gentleman, you try to talk to him. It was “ But, father," said Patty, laying the things. he that showed me the Light.”

out for dinner, “how does a gentleman come Frank stared.

to be singing at the Palace ? Gentlemen “Before I knew Mr. Eddrup, I was clean don't sing, do they, in public places for gone astray, and out of the way altogether. money?" Now, I'm a different man. So is Patty. Do “I never heard of it. I will ask Mr. you mean that Mr. Eddrup has never said a Eddrup. Here's dinner. Joey, say grace.” word in season to you?”

“Not yet. I've only been in the house In these early days, Frank thought it best two days."

to go every morning to the Palace. This “Then wait; or—if you are not one of pleased Mr. Leweson, who had .conceived those who go about scoffing and sneering at

an immense admiration for his new tenor, good men-come with me on Sunday even- He showed this by solemnly presenting him ing. But you're a gentleman, Mr. Melliship. with a tenor song of his own composing, You go to the Establishment, I suppose. which Frank sung, after the fourth night, in

Frank was too much astonished to find place of that song of the domestic affections religion in an acrobat to answer.

already quoted. It was not so popular; but There is spiritual food of different that, as Mr. Leweson remarked, was clear kinds," Mr. Silver went on. “I can't get proof of its real worth. Had the loonatics my nourishment in the Church of England. applauded, he said he should have felt it his Mind you, I'm not saying a word against it. duty, as a musician, to put the song in the But I like freedom. I like to have my say fire. if I've got anything to say, and when my Sunday came, and Frank bethought him heart is full."

of his invitation to take tea with his new “What denomination do you belong to?” | friends. Skimp's dined at four o'clock on asked Frank.

Sundays. After dinner, Mrs. Skimp went to “To none, sir, at present. Why should church, and her boarders chiefly amused I? Every man is a priest in his own house. themselves by playing billiards. To the I am of the religion of Abraham. First I younger portion, the students, there was was a Plymouth Brethren; then I was a Pri- something particularly attractive in playing mitive Methodists; then I was a Particular | a forbidden game on Sunday; to the older

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ones, the chance of picking up a few stray going to happen in the world before you sixpences at pool was quite enough of itself die." to make them prefer knocking the balls “Tell me," said Frank. about to smoking pipes all the evening. Mr. Silver held up his finger, and began. Besides, they could unite the two amuse- As he went on, in short, jerky sentences, ments. Captain Bowker went to church, to his eyes wandered from Frank's, and fixed smoothe out his ideas, he said -- though themselves in space—the gaze becoming

one understood in the least what he deeper, and the expression as of one who meant. I think he liked the quiet of church, reads things far off. where he could abstract his mind from all "A day of judgment and lamentation, affairs-spiritual as well as worldly--and when even the righteous shall be sisted. . compose his verses. Mr. Eddrup, as usual, Afterwards the good time. A day of gaappeared at dinner, ate in silence what was thering of the nations upon the earth. The set before him, and disappeared noiselessly. Great Battle--the Final Battle--shall be

Frank found his friends waiting for him— fought, after which there shall be no more Patty with an extra ribbon. Her father was The Lord's battle will be fought on sitting with a Bible before him — his one the Lord's battle-field, the Plain of Esdraelon: book, which he read at all times. On Sun- the battle of the people against the priests, days, when he had a clear day before him, and all their power. After it, the priests he used to read the Prophecies, applying shall clothe themselves with trembling, as them to modern times, and working out all with a garment. Know," he continued after problems of the present by their light. He a pause, stretching his hand across the table, had no books to help him, unless Sweden- and still with his eyes fixed in vacancyborg's “ Heaven and Hell" be considered a “know that, from time long gone by, even help. Reading day after day, as he did, the from the days of the Chaldæan who first inwords had come to have to him, as they vented theaccursed thing, the arm of the Lord have done to some theologians, a sort of has been against the priesthood. There is threefold sense—the historic, the prophetic, one nation the enemy of the human raceand the hidden or inner sense. The pur- the nation of the priests. Whether they call suit of the last occupied all his thoughts. themselves Catholic, or Anglican, or Dis

The room was poorly furnished, for the senting, or Heathen, the spirit is alike. It family income was but small. Three or four is the spirit of darkness and tyranny.” chairs, a table, and a sideboard constituted “Mr. Melliship, is your tea to your liking?” the whole of it. No servant was apparent, whispered Patty. and Patty and Joe were up and down the “It is the spirit of pride and falsehood. stairs, bringing up the tea things, laughing Every dogma that blindfolds men's eyes is and chattering

the invention of a priest; every accursed “I'm glad to see you, Mr. Melliship,” form of domination is the invention of the said his host. “Now, I call this friendly. priests; every evil government has been Patty, my dear, make haste up with the tea, maintained by the priests. They have made because it's getting late."

the world what it is; they have substituted “It's quite ready, father. We were only fear for love; they keep the people ignorant; waiting for Mr. Melliship."

they darken counsel, and shut out light.” Watercresses, and bread and butter. Patty "Joey, run up, and fetch my bonnet,” pouring out the tea. Her father, with his said Patty. finger on the Bible, enunciating things pro- “Then you want to abolish all priests?” phetic.

said Frank, looking with wonder at the re"I was reading what Ezekiel says about ligious enthusiast. the world in our time, Mr. Melliship." “I am on the Lord's side,” he replied,

“Did Ezekiel write about our time?" simply. “I would that I might live to fight asked Frank, thinking what a pity Patty's in the Great Battle when it comes, and to hands should be so spoiled by her acrobatic fight against the priests. Priests! I am a work.

priest. We are all priests;—every man in “All time—every time. I can read, sir, his own house, as the Patriarchs were before the events of to-day and to-morrow in his Remember, young man, that this is no pages, as plain as I can in a newspaper. I light matter. It will be your place to take can tell you, if you like to listen, what is a side—and that before long. Russia is ad

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vancing south, as Ezekiel prophesied. Tur-' lines which she had never noticed before key is falling to pieces, and will soon be even in her father's face, and saw it now for the as she who was once decked with ornaments first time. with bracelets on her hands and a chain They sat for two or three minutes more upon her neck-who went astray and was, in silence, and then Mr. Silver threw his confounded, as Ezekiel prophesied. All head back with a sigh, and looked round things came from Palestine: all things go

the room. back to Palestine. They are going to make “It is late," he said. “Let us go." a railway down the valley of the Euphrates: "But where are we going?" asked Frank then they will rebuild the city of Babylon. again. In the time to come, that shall be the city “Why, to Mr. Eddrup's church, of course." of wealth and trade-when London will be He followed in astonishment. Who and deserted. The city of the Lord shall then what was this Mr. Eddrup, that these people be rebuilt, too: even the city of David, with should so look up to him? a Temple which shall have no priests. It Patty and he walked together. shall be the reign of peace. All nations shall “I shall show the picture to father," she come into the Church, and the millennium said—“but not to-night: not till the fit is off shall be begun. Even so, O Lord: Thy will him. I suppose you were surprised to find be done!”

us in such a nice house? We couldn't afford He folded his hands, as he concluded his to rent it, you know; but it's Mr. Leweson's, speech, in a silent prayer.

and he gives it to us for nothing. He wants "Drink your tea, father," said Patty. "It's us to let lodgings, only I don't know-it getting cold—and it's late, besides."

would be such a trouble.” “Where are we going, Miss Silver ?" asked “You had better," said Frank. "I will be Frank.

your lodger." “ Miss Silver!" Patty laughed merrily. "Ah! I don't know. I should like it, “I never was called Miss Silver in my life you know," she replied, simply; "but father's before. Call me Patty, Mr. Melliship." particular. You might turn out bad, after

“I will, if you will call me Frank.” all. And then see where we should be !" “Indeed, I shall do nothing of the kind.

“Well I haven't turned out very good, You are a gentleman, and don't belong to so far," said Frank, with a sigh our rank of life. Hush! don't move. “Here we are at the church," said. Patty, Don't disturb father. He's often so, after stopping at a door. talking about the Bible.” The enthusiast was bent forward, with his

MR. LIONEL BROUGH. eyes fixed, gazing out of the window. He neither heard nor saw-he was in a trance.

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R. LIONEL BROUGH, the popular Frank looked at him anxiously. Then,

low comedian—the subject of our moved by the impulse of his artistic nature, cartoon this week—is the son of the late he took a book from the table—it was Patty's Mr. Barnabas Brough, once well known as Bible--and on the fly-leaf began to sketch a dramatic author, writing under the nom de her father with his pencil. Patty looked plume of “ Barnard de Burgh.” over his shoulder in speechless admiration. Mr. Lionel Brough is a native of the In three minutes it was done-a rude, rough Principality, having been born at Pontypool, sketch, slightly idealized, so as to bring out in Monmouthshire, on March 1oth, 1836. the noble ruggedness of the man's brow, the He is the brother of the late Robert and wild depth of his eyes, the setting of his lips. William Brough, known to all playgoers as

“Oh! it's wonderful,” Patty whispered. the “Brothers ” Brough, and also of Mr.

“Shall I draw you ?" asked Frank, in a John C. Brough, author of works on scienwhisper. "Sit down, and I will try." tific subjects, and the librarian to the Lon

She isat down, blushing; but the next don Institution. minute sprang up again, whispering

Mr. Lionel Brough has taken to the stage; “Not to-day — not while father is like for, like many leading actors, he was not that. Don't speak.”

bred to the profession, but began life as She took the Bible from him, and looked clerk to Mr. John Timbs, editor of the Illusat the portrait with devouring eyes. Some trated London News, in the time when Dousubtle beauty the artist had put into the glas Jerrold, Albert Smith, John Leech,

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