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LONDON:
HAUGHTON & Co., 10, PATERNOSTER ROW.

1882.

All Rights reserved.

141. ; .513

Pardon and Sons, Printers, Paternoster Row, London.

The grandest school of the ages is the fireside. Here lessons of the utmost importance are taught and learned, and here many of the greatest and most influential men have been fitted for the duties and responsibilities of life. Books are great instructors in this grand university, and he who prepares a healthful volume for reading at the fireside, aids, perhaps more than he will ever know, in the great and necessary work of educating the masses of mankind.

There are nations whose languages contain no word to express what we call "home." Beneath their sunny skies, the charms and comforts of an outdoor life leave them but a faint conception of the quiet and solid comfort embraced in a home which has the fireside as its center, and in which the garnered fruits of summer's toil gladden the dark and stormy hours, and make bright those days which have little of external brightness to commend them.

We send forth these FIRESIDE READINGS with the hope and trust that they may add fresh brightness to many happy homes. They do not go upon an untraveled way. In the columns of THE CHRISTIAN, from which this volume has been extracted, they have already gone to many thousand firesides, and have been read by myriads of readers, some of whom, we are sure, will be glad to possess them in a more permanent form. They will find here gems from many mines, and precious things gathered from far and near.

We commit this book to the world with the hope that it may instruct the ignorant, guide the erring, and strengthen some hearts to walk on in the paths of truth and righteous

Some day we hope to greet our readers in a better land, where all the trials and discomforts of our earthly homes shall have passed away, and nothing shall remain but the pure, the good, and the true, in the house not made with hands, the home of the redeemed of the Lord.

THE AUTHOR. SCRIPTURAL TRACT REPOSITORY, Office of THE CHRISTIAN, Boston, Mass., U. S. A,

August, 1881.

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ALPHABETICAL INDEX.

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PAGE

PAGE
A Blessing on Obedience * 173, Composition Day *

30
A Cheerful Home *
..216 Consider *

.240
A Christian Mother
91 Cottage Meetings.

.276
A Close Mouth *
64 Courage :

.219
A Costly Trinket
55 | Cured at Last.

..146
A Dangerous Enemy *
35 Dancing Christians

.242
A Difficult Text *

.362 Deacon Douns' Skepticism. .228
Advice to Writers.
305 Detraction..

.189
A Fair Hit..
..264 Discrepancies in Scripture..

. 140
A Faithful Reprover.
.252 Dishearteners

.337
A Gentleman.
..347 Doing and Teaching.

.280
A Happy Pair.
.205 Drawing Nigh to God.

357
A Heart Made Happy.
.372 Dr. Clarke's Wife *

61
A Knock-Down Argument * ..101 Drunk for Twenty Years.

265
A Letter From Wesley
..334 Dying Alone *

.107
A Mocker
36 Early Training.

.269
A Mother's Counsel *
79 Earning and Spending.

.343
A Mother's Love..
304 | Endure *

.267
A Mother's Prayers.

.261 Evil Speaking.
An Atheist's End.
..106 Facts and Figures.

..303
An Infidel Defeat *
. 167 Faithfulness *

..198
A Pepper-Corn Rent *

..366 Faithfulness to Employers ..377
A Poor Speculation *
..212 Family Rings *

..295
A Religious House-Cleaning ....159 Fashionable Slovens *

.203
Army Morals *
19 Father Sewall's Giving.

. 100
A Single Worm
.262 Fervent in Spirit...

..132
A Small Sermon
85 Fifth Avenue Manners *

94
A Terrible Edge-Tool *

52 Flattery *
A T of Friendship *
..246 Fragments *

...275
A Time For All Things.
..299 Friendly Criticism *

.193
A Traveler's Testimony.
.248 | Friends of God *

.190
Attending to Business.
..341 “God Bless Father

.316
Avenge Not *
.379 Godless Homes *

194
A Wayside Inn *
289 God's Providence.

..256
A Wife's Power.
..156 Good Neighbors

.266
A Woman's Joy..

.243 Grimshaw and the Horse-Race *..118
Backsliding
89 Head and Neck *

80
Be Careful, Young Man! * ..260 | Health and Talent.

..217
Be Sbort*.
83 “He Died For Me"

151
Blessed Poverty.

. 109 “He Never Speaks Kind to Me”..255
Blunted Nails *
.282 Heralds of the Advent.

.114
Brass and Glass
.128 Holding the Rope..

381
Bread and Husks *
.162 | Household Affairs.

154
Brief Sayings

..356 How He Made the Money * .369
Business Maxims

.346 “How Much is He Worth?". 326
Cackle *
..367 How to Prosper *

.365
Calm in the Storm.
271 Humble or Humbled.

253
Christian Decency*:
22 | Idle Time *

58
Christ in the Scriptures.. .177 I Have Kept the Faith.

179
* Christ in You".

.247 | I Intend to be a Christian
Christ the Center *
66 | “I'm Father's".

37
The articles designated by a star (*) were written expressly for TUE CORISTIAN.

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