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city, and proclaim before him, 'Thus shall hateth me and my kin, and hath beguiled it be done to the man whom the king de- thee to give us all to slaughter." lighteth to honour!'"
1. Then was the king's wrath too great Then the king said to Haman,-
for words, for he remembered the scene in “Make haste, and take the robes, and the temple, and saw through the designs the horse, as thou hast said, and do even of Haman. He cast a withering glance thus to Mordecai, the Jew, who sitteth at upon his ungrateful favourite, which the king's gate."
caused him to shrink and writhe with The heart of Haman stood still when despair, he heard these words. Must he exalt the “Ho! my guards!” cried the king, enemy whom he came to destroy! Must rushing to the door of the hall. He was he show himself to the world as groom to met by soldiers, who brought in chains the the despised Jew! He rushed from the two chamberlains, Bigthana and Teresh, king's presence almost a maniac. Haman who had conspired against him. could not resist the king's mandate. The “ Here are the men whom thou diast humiliating ceremony was enacted, and command to be examined, O king," said then, with his head covered in anguish, the head officer, “I have brought them he fled to his own house, where the gall that they might receive their doom at thy and bitterness he had so well pent up in royal hands, for they have confessed the his bosom, burst forth with tremendous wicked Haman did hire them with rich violence.
gifts to practise against thy life and the · The queen's chamberlain now arrived queen's." to escort Haman to the banquet. Arrayed “Seize the villain !" cried the king, in in his most costly robes, and smoothing a voice of thunder. “ Bring him forth, huis. brow, Haman followed him into the and let him die like a dog!” queen's presence. With joyous eyes he “ Behold, my lord," said the officer gazed at the magnificence around him," there stands without a gallows filty and at the royal feast which was awaiting cubits high; if it please thee, we will him. Unsuspecting the queen's know- hang him thereon." ledge of his arts against her nation, he "Ay, hang him there! and afterwards advanced with a confident smile to the the others," said the king, who returneu raised seat occupied by his royal master to the banquet-hall. and Queen Esther. That smile was the The wretched Haman had sunk upon last the face of Haman wore.
his knees before the queen, to implore " And now that we are assembled at her protection, and finding she was turthy request,” said Artaxerxes, “what is ing from him, grasped her hand, and thy petition, Queen Esther? It shall be entreated her to hear him. granted thee, even were it half my king- “Ha, wretch!” cried the king when it dom, for I have sworn it."
entered, “ wilt thou insult the queen before Then Esther, the queen, kneeling our eyes ? Away with hiin to death!" before him, said,
Haman was dragged forth and hanged “If I have found favour in thy sight, upon the gallows which had been prepared O king! and if it please my lord, let my for Mordecai. The Jew was called into life be given to me at my petition, and the king's presence. that of my people, at my request. For we “Here is my signet-ring, Mordecai," are all sold, I and my people, to be said the king. It was once Haman's, it destroyed, to be slain, and to perish !" is now thine. Take it, and with it all the
“And who is he,” said the king in wealth, and power, and rank of Haman. I his anger, “who doth presume in his cannot revoke my decree, but thou shak heart to devise anything against thy have soldiers and arms to defend thy people life? I understand thee not. Who are against those employed by the wicked thy people ?"
Haman, who seeing this preparation, will How sank the heart of Haman within not dare to strike. Save as many as thou him!
canst. I have promised to Nehemiah the “Know then, o king, I am a Jewess! government of Judæa. See that he hath My adversary is this wicked Haman, who men and money to rebuild his holy city,
for I would do all I can to recompense my “Oh. Story," said the king, “I rememqueen and the Jews for my unjust | ber him. That is a rare fellow indeed!" decree.” Then bounded the hearts of Then, turning towards him, he talked to Esther and her uncle for joy. Kneeling him very freely and familiarly. “Pray, to the good king, they kissed his hands Mr. Story,” said he, “ you were in Monin devout thankfulness for his generous mouth's army in the west, were you not ?" conduct, and then lifting their eyes above, He, according to the advice given him, poured out their grateful souls to the made answer presently, “ Yes, an't please Giver of so much good, who had shown your majesty." Himself so powerful to save!
“And you,” said he,“ was a commisTHE MORAL.
sary there, were you not ?". Esther is another beautiful example of ve
And he again replied, “Yes, an't please
your majesty." the duty we owe our guardians and aged |
ndageai “And you,” said he, “ made a speech
OA relatives. Although it was exceedingly before great crowds of people, did you distasteful to her, to leave her quiet home
not?" and face the snares and dangers of a court, He again very readily answered, 6 Yes. yet she did not refuse to obey her uncle aniti na
clean't please your majesty.” when he requested her to become one of
“Pray,” said the king to him, “if you
protein the candidates. Her patriotism and her haven't tar
haven't forgot what you said, let us liave trust in God are worthy of our great com
some taste of your fine florid speech; let mendation. When in all the state and
| us have a specimen of some flowers of dignity of royalty Esther did not forget
your rhetoric, and a few of the main things Mordecai, whom she cherished and obeyed, on which you insisted ?" as if she were still the lowly Haddassah.
Whereupon, Mr. Story told us that he readily made answer, “I told them, an't
please your majesty, that it was you that THE HONEST REBEL AND THE
fired the city of London.” KING.
“A rare rogue, upon my word,” said IN “Calamy's Memoirs,” there is an the king. “And pray what else did you account of a man named Story, who was tell them ?" condemned for being in Monmouth's “I told them,” said he, “an't please rebellion, but was reprieved by the interest your majesty, that you poisoned your of a friend with Judge Jeffreys, and sub-brother." sequently removed to Newgate. He was “Impudence, in the utmost height of it," soon afterwards ordered to be brought said the king; “pray let us hear somebefore the Privy-council, in the same thing further, it your memory serves you ? " plight in which he then was, which was “I further told them,” said Mr. Story, truly miserable. The keeper advised him, “that your majesty appeared to be fully in case the king was present, that the determined to make the nation both papists wisest way for him would be to answer the and slaves.” questions put to him in a plain and direct By this time, the king seemed to have manner, without concealing anything — heard enough of the prisoner's speech; advice which he strictly followed.
I and therefore, crying out, “A rogue, with When he was brought into the Council- a witness !” and cutting off short, he chamber, he made so sad and sorrowful a said, “to all this, I doubt not but a thoufigure, that all present were surprised and sand other villanous things were added ; frightened ; and he had so strong a smell, but what would you say, Story, if, after ali by being so long confined, that he was this, I should grant you your life?” very offensive.
To which he, without any demur, madé When the king first cast his eyes upon answer, that he should pray heartily for him, he cried out, “Is that a man, or what his majesty as long as he lived. else is it?"
“Why, then," said the king, “I freely Chancellor Jeffreys told his majesty, pardon the past, and hope you will not for that that was the Story of whom he had the future, represent your king as inexgiven his majesty so distinct an account. ori le."
SWISS LACE COLLAR, BY MRS. PULLAN. THE WORK TABLE FRIEND. : produce the appearance seen in the enSWISS LACE COLLAR.
graving. This stitch must invariably be
done with the finest of the point Lace CotMaterials. The finest Brussels net, and bookmuslin, with the point-lace.cottons and embroi- | tons, namely No. 150 Boar's-head. dery thread, No, 70. of Messrs. W. Evans & Co.;! The English Iace is to be done with also two yards of fine pearl edging.
No. 100, and the English bars (seen in This pattern is in the same style as the the bud), in Mecklenburgh 121.. Swiss lace collar in No. 72 of the Old After the muslin and net are tacked Series of the Family Friend. "The pattern, i together, the outlines are to be traced which must be drawn on the muslin, is entirely in embroidery cotton. They are entirely in that material, the ground being then to be sewed over, in No. 70 Boar'snet, and the open parts of the flowers in head, with a thread of No. 80 MecklenPoint Lace stitches. Among these is one burgh held in. A double line of tracing that is quite new to our readers. It is is to be made for the scallops, forming the called Brussels spots. Bars and cross edge of the collar. It is to be run within bars are made, as for English lace, but that in the engraving, and covered with instead of the round spot worked where button-hole stitch done in the embroidery these cross each other, a loop of thread is cotton. The pearl edging is to be added. made, over another needle, between every We give the section the full size for two threads, by tacking a tight button those who like to draw it themselves; but hole stitch on the cross. Four of these the pattern, prepared and began, will be loops will be made at every cross, an, will / sent, with embroidery cotton, for 3s. 6d.
of 3, Sc under the 2nd, 3 Ch, Sc under canary bird is said to be more beautiful the next loop, 5 Ch, Sc under the next, 7 than that of our tame ones; but its song is Ch, Sc under the next, 7 Ch, Sc under the less melodious and varied, consisting of next, 5 Ch, Sc under the next, 3 Ch, Sc fewer notes, and uttered at longer interunder the next, 6 Ch, + repeat.
vals. The original colour of this bird in 10th Row.—Begin on the 4th of the 6 its wild state was gray, merging into green chain before the Dc stitches. + 1 Sc, 1 beneath ; but by domestication and climate Sdc, 9 Dc, 1 Sdc, 1 Sc, 4 Ch, Sc under it has been so changed that canaries may the next loop, 5 Ch, Sc under the next, 7 now be seen of almost every hue. Ch, Sc under the next, 9 Ch, Sc under the Most commonly they are of some shade next, 7 Ch, Sc under the next, 5 Ch, Sc of yellow; but some are gray, others white; under the next, 4 Ch, + repeat.
some are reddish-brown, or chesnut-coIlth Row. Begin on the first Sc stitch. loured, others are beautifully shaded with + Sc on Sc, 5 Ch, close into a loop, 1 green. These are the prevailing colours, Sc, 1 Sdc, 1 Dc, 5 Ch, close, *3 Dc, 5 but they are blended in various combinaCh, close, •twice, 1 Dc, 1 Sdc, 1 Sc, 5 tions, and thus present every degree of Ch, close. These 5 chains, closed into a shade. Those the most prized exhibit the loop, form a picot. Slip-stitch all the most marked and regularly these various rest of each pattern, making a picot on shades. the centre of every loop, and on every Sc! The one most generally admired, at prestitch.
sent, is yellow or white upon its body, anu of a dun yellow colour, on the wings, head,
and tail. Next in degree of beauty is that CANARY BIRDS.
which is of a golden yellow, with black,
blue, or blackish-gray head, and similar BY HENRY WILSON.
wings and tails. There are also gray ones, The canary birds now kept and reared with yellow heads, or with a ring about the throughout the whole of Europe were neck; and white ones, with a yellow breast, originally natives of the Canary Islands. and white head and tail. Those which There they are still found in pleasant are more irregularly marked, are less evalleys, and on the delightful banks of tecmed. sparkling rills and sinall streams. But The Canary bird is five inches in lengt., for some two hundred years they have of which the tail comprises two inches and been bred in Europe.
La quarter. Sometimes the female is not About the beginning of the sixteenth easily distinguished from the male; but century, a ship was wrecked on the coast the latter has generally deeper and brighter of Italy, which, in addition to merchan-colours, the head is rather thicker, the dise, had a multitude of canaries on board. body is more slender throughout, and the These birds, thus obtaining their liberty, temples and space around the eyes are alflew to the Island of Elba, the nearest ways of a brighter yellow than the rest of land. There they found a propitious cli- the body. mate, and multiplied very rapidly. Had In selecting a biril, those are best which not man interposed, by hunting them for stand upright on the perch, appear bol cage birds, until they were entirely extir- and lively, and are not frightened at every pated, they would probably have natura- | noise they hear, or every thing they set. lized themselves there.
If its eyes are bright and cheerful, it is a In Italy were found the first tame sign of health ; but if it keeps its head canaries, and there they are still raised in under the wing, it is drooping and sickly wast numbers. Within the last hundred Its song should also be particularly noyears they were so uncommon and expen. ticed, for there is much difference in this sive, that only princes and people of great respect. But as it often depends on the wealth could keep them. But at the pre. i peculiar taste of the purchaser, no diret sent day these birds are raised in all our tions can be given for its application. In cities, and most of the towns, and sold at respect to the notes of these birds, therr moderate prices.
is much difference. Some of them hare In its native island the plumage of the very finc notes, but if the song is not fins