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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
 360                   CHURCH REVIEW.

your brother. I am greatly in need of a clerk. I left my pri-
vate secretary at home in charge of affairs there, and I need
some one here to correspond with him. My son has generously
offered to assist me, but I want him to devote all his time to
sight-seeing and pleasure, while in his native land. Miss Cecil
spoke of your brother. Do you think he would accept the situa-
tion ?" she asked.
 "He would gladly accept it," replied Sophie, surprised, and
yet delighted at the proposal.  "It will be a pleasure for him to
serve you, madam; he is very faithful."
 And Sophie pictured to herself his delight on hearing the
good news; how the old smile would return to his face, to re-
main there at least for a time.
  "Then my plan will be complete," said the lady, evidently
much pleased. "I shall need him at an early day, and I pur-
pose to pay him a salary sufficient to enable your mother and
yourself to rest from your toil awhile. A little rest will be
beneficial to you both I think," she added, with a kind smile.
  "How can I thank you, madam, for such kindness, so unex-
pected?" said Sophie, with considerable emotion.
  "By saying nothing about it," replied the benevolent lady.
"The consciousness of doing right is all the reward I ask. You
can then continue your studies under the charge of Miss Cecil,
whom you will find an accomplished teacher and an agreeable
companion, feeling a great interest in you. I will also add that
divine service is held in the chapel here every sabbath morn-
ing, for the accommodation of my family and servants, and if
your family feel disposed to unite with us, you shall be made
welcome."
  Sophie was completely overwhelmed with such unexpected
kindness, for she had only been accustomed to distant polite-
ness and insults. After making several attempts to reply, she
refrained, and leaned back overpowered by her emotion.  At
that moment, the door opened softly and Miss Maud entered.
She was a young lady of fifteen, tall and slender, somewhat
resembling her aunt.
  "Excuse me, auntie," said she, drawing back; "I thought you
were alone."
  "Come, my dear," said her aunt. "Here is Miss Leland; you
have not forgotten her, I hope?"
  "Oh, no!" replied Maud, as she advanced and greeted Sophie
pleasantly.
  "Maud," continued Mrs. Ashley, "you had better take Miss
Leland into your schoolroom, she may find something to interest
her there for the present. After luncheon, I presume she would
like to walk about the grounds."
 Am I to  lunch here? thought Sophie. It all seemed like a
dream to her. She cast a grateful look towards the generous-
hearted ladly, and followed Maud to the school-room.  Here she
spent a pleasant half hour in company with Miss Cecil and
Madame Lorraine, Miss Maud's French governess, and in look-




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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