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floor, wrapped up in my blouse. But it appeared the little thing had not enough to eat, for one day she unfortunately begged on the Boulevard. When I heard she was taken up, I said to myself, Come, my boy, things cannot last so; you must find something better. I very much wished to become an artizan, but at last I decided to look for a place; and I have found a very good one, where I am lodged, fed, and clothed, and have twenty francs a month. I have also found a good woman, who for these twenty francs will take care of Lucille, and teach her needle-work; I claim my sister.” Lucille, clasping her hands: “0, how good you are, James?" Magistrate to James : “My boy, your conduct is very honourable. The court encourages you to persevere in this course, and you will prosper.” The court then decided to render up Lucille to James, and she was going from the bar to join her brother, when the magistrate, smiling, said : * You cannot be set at liberty till to-morrow." James : “ Never mind, Lucille, I will come and fetch you early to-morrow." To the magistrate : “I may kiss her, may I not sir?" He then threw himself into the arms of his sister, and both wept warm tears of affection.--Sailor's Magazine.

HARD FIGHT WITH A POLAR BEAR. An American paper states, that the crew of a British vessel had killed, on the Labrador coast, an enormous White Polar Bear, which was conveyed to Halifax, America, and there stuffed. That his bearship had arrived in the city of Boston, his captors designing to exhibit or sell the monster, as might best conduce to their profit. The paper also states as follow

We learn from Mr. David Dixon, one of the chief actors in the battle with his Polar Majesty, the following particulars of the fight.

The vessel to which the crew in question belonged, was the Lord Exmouth, of Halifax. The scene was the verge of Labrador, near Greenland. Two of the crew of the Lord Exmouth were cruising in a boat, when they discovered the bear upon an island. They immediately returned to the vessel, took in six others of the crew, and eight muskets, with which they returned to the vicinity of the island. Upon approaching within gun-shot, the bear perceived and came towards them. The first discharge wounded him in several places, but did not in the least check his approach. Finally, however, after receiving quite a number of balls in his body, he turned and slowly retreated, making his attackers shudder by the fierceness of his howling.

It was then proposed by Dixon that they should land upon the island, in order to consummate the victory To this the majority of the crew demurred from fear. Three of the crew, however, including Dixon, landed, having armed themselves with two loaded guns a-piece. The bear, as he saw them upon land, turned about and began to approach, when six more balls were put in his body, without apparently checking his approach; before however, he got near enough to harm them, Mr. Dixon succeeded in loading another gun. At this moment the bear presented his side, which he had not before done, and a bullet was lodged in his throat, which caused the animal to fall. It was more than half an hour, however, before they dared approach, as every minute the bear would, by a desperate effort get upon his feet with the intention of reaching them. After it was deemed safe they ventured near and found him to be dead. He was with considerable labour taken to the vessel, and found to be sixteen feet long, and to weigh 2,220 pounds. Five hundred pounds of fat were taken from him at Halifax, and it was found that sixteen balls had lodged in his body, The contest lasted for an hour and a half, and the roars of the infuriated animal might have been heard for many miles.

LLEWELLYN CUPIDO MICHELS.

A HOTTENTOT OF SOUTH AFRICA. "God is no respecter of persons; but in every nation be that feareth bim, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him."Acts x. 34, 35.

LLEWELLYN CUPIDO MICHELS, was born in the neighbonrhood of Hankey, one of the Stations of the London Mis

sionary Society, in South Africa. He was a descendant of David Stuurman, a celebrated Hottentot chief. His parents, Cupido and Hester Michels, were respectable Hottentots: his father, who died when Cupido was about five years old, is said to have embraced Christianity; he was greatly respected, and his death was much lamented. When quite young, Cupido was sent to Hankey, in order that he might attend the school there; he was a quick and promising little boy; but his mother finding it difficult to provide him with food whilst residing at such a distance from him, he returned home.

In the latter part of 1838, Edward Williams, the missionary then resident at Hankey, first saw Cupido; he was truck with the appearance of intelligence in the child, who at that time was assisting to tend the cattle of a neighbouring boor, clothed in a sheep-skin kaross. A deep interest in the native tribes, and a desire to promote their civilization, induced Edward Williams to take six of their children into his own family, in order that he might attend to their instruction himself, with a view to their being ultimately placed as teachers in the native schools; and with the consent of his mother, Cupido, soon after their first interview, became one of those pupils, and by his amiable and gentle disposition, he gained the affections of the family. In this guarded situation, his mind appears to have been early impressed with the necessity of seeking the Lord, and he frequently resorted to his “praying spot in the bush," a practice common with the native converts in South Africa. He was considered at that period a hopeful character, but the moving from place to place, to which he was afterwards subjected, appears for a time to have been detrimental to his religious growth.

In the spring of 1843, the declining health of the missionary induced him to return with his family to his native land, and he determined to bring the young Hottentot with him, in the hope of obtaining for him a liberal education, and thus fitting him for the sphere of usefulness, which he fondly hoped he might one day occupy. After spending a few months with his kind protector in Wales, Cupido was placed at the mission-school at Walthamstow; and very shortly after this, Edward Williams, whose health had been rapidly declining, was summoned from works to rewards. He had been a faithful labourer in the Lord's vineyard, and his removal in the prime of life was deeply felt in the mission field. Previous to his death he had committed Cupido to the care of James-Barkhouse, who had undertaken to raise the funds necessary for his education. The poor boy greatly felt the loss of his early friend, but he steadily pursued his studies, and became a general favourite in the school.

In the spring of 1845, he had an attack of hemorrhage from the lungs; and from this time his health, which had previously been very good, became delicate.

In the sixth month, (June), he left Walthamstow, and became an inmate in the family of James Barkhouse, at York; his enquiring mind, combined with much intelligence and simplicity of manners, endeared him to the family circle, and his religious thoughtfulness was very apparent. His ardent attachment to his own country was often strikingly portrayed; and, on one occasion, when conversing respecting his countrymen, and the few advantages they enjoyed in comparison with the inhabitants of this land, he said, he had often thought the gay and thoughtless in this country, who looked down upon the uneducated natives of foreign lands, as though they had no pleasures, and knew nothing right, were the most to be pitied themselves. He remarked, that it was the sphere in which God had placed the poor natives, and that so long as they did that which they believed to be right in that sphere, they could not be so very miserable ; for instance, he had very pleasant recollections of having been on fishing excursions when he was very young; the party in good humour one with another, toiled at their avocation, partook of their simple meal, cooked at the fire which they made on the spot, and again with ardency, pursued their employment; they felt very happy, and he could not help thinking, that they were under Divine notice, and that surely they were not accountable for that which they had not received.

About the middle of the seventh month, (July), the anxiety of Cupido's friends was again awakened, by a

recurrence of hemorrhage; this was succeeded by a degree of congestion of the brain, which for a short time beclouded his intellect; but it was interesting to observe, during this period, how much his thoughts, though wandering, were turned to subjects of the highest importance. After retiring to bed on the evening of the 25th of the eighth month, (August), a violent attack of hemorrhage came on, and he had many alarming repetitions during the succeeding week. From the first of these he evidently felt himself to be in a very critical state: he was frequently engaged in prayer, and several times requested that his friends would pray for him.

(To be continued.)

DUTIES OF BROTHERS AND SISTERS. CHARITY, friendship, and peace, are nowhere so amiable and engaging as among those “whom one roof has sheltered through life, and whose ashes are afterward to mingle in the same sepulchre.” This was the sentiment of the Roman orator, and yet more beautiful is the language of the Christian poet

How pleasant 'tis to see

Kindred and friends agree!
Each in their proper station move,

And each fulfil his part,

With sympathising heart,
In all the cares of life and love.

Like fruitful showers of rain,

That water all the plain,
Descending from the neighbouring hills ;

Such strains of pleasure roll,

Through every friendly soul, When love, like heavenly dew, distils. The subject to which we would invite special attention, is the relation and duties of brothers and sisters.

The peace and mutual pleasure of the inmates of the same home, and children of the same family, cannot be too

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