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Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1875, by HENRY HOYT, In the Office of the Librarian of Congress, at Washington.


CHAPTER I. New Year's Eve, 5

CHAPTER II. Differently Constituted, 19

CHAPTER III. Guy or Christ, 38

CHAPTER IV. Little Philip, 47

CHAPTER V. What happened one day, 53

CHAPTER VI. Death, Then Life, 69

CHAPTER VII. Guy gives his views in full, 78

CHAPTER VIII. The Young People's Association, 92

CHAPTER IX. A Day of Pleasure, 111

CHAPTER X. Miss Smithers comes, and a Surprise, 129

CHAPTER XI. The Young People's Excursion, 144

CHAPTER XII. Pete's Slavery and Freedom, 157

CHAPTER XIII. Rev. John Jay delivers his Message, 166

CHAPTER XIV. Weeping may Endure for a Night, 175

CHAPTER XV. "But Joy cometh in the Morning," 191




HE had gone, the good old year! It was no wonder people sighed as his pulse beat slower and slower, for he had brightened many hearts and gladdened many homes. If he had brought sadness and heart ache to some, it was only that he never once failed in any duty. Taking from the hand that had given him life joys and sorrows, hopes and disappointments, crosses and ease, he gave unto each one what the Master designed. But it happens very often that the rosy morning ends in a night dark and tempestuous, while the clouds that greet our early waking, are followed by the bright shining of the sun. And there is no life which would not be more bright and joyous, if it only opened the windows and let the light God means it to have, shine in.

So there were sighs and regrets as there always are, when one who has been true and kind, has left us forever.

Out on the frosty air floated the sound of bells. Merrily, joyously they pealed forth to welcome the new life that had just dawned, while from far and near the guns gave out their noisy greeting.

Sad hearts brightened, tearful faces smiled. With their old friend had gone the old life; they would throw aside regret and be brave and strong. Among an assembly of silent worshippers knelt two sisters side by side. It was as if they had gathered round the bedside of a departing one, trying to catch the last look and to hear the last sound, the stillness only broken by sobs from wrung hearts. Tremblingly their girlish voices united with the multitude, as with a covenant keeping God they renewed their covenant in the words:

"Come, let us use the grace divine, And all with one accord, In a perpetual cov'nant join Ourselves to Christ the Lord;

Give up ourselves through Jesus' power His name to glorify, And promise in this sacred hour For God to live and die.

The cov'nant we this moment make, Be ever kept in mind; We will no more our God forsake, Or cast his words behind.

We never will throw off his fear, Who hears our solemn vow, And if thou art well pleased to hear, Come down and meet us now.

Thee, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Let all our hearts receive; Present with the celestial host, The peaceful answer give.

To each the cov'nant blood apply, Which takes our sins away; And register our names on high, And keep us to that day."

At the words, "We will no more our God forsake," the voice of the eldest suddenly failed, and burying her face she sobbed aloud... Continue reading book >>

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