in the school, was detected stealing stamps from the master's letters, which offence was brought to the notice of the Guardians, and was punished by a public birching, as much, we believed, to the satisfaction of Francis as to the anguish of poor Barney.
Bishop Short having presented to us some skeleton drawings and views of cathedrals, I took to copying them, and in a few months had acquired such excellence that my reputation spread wide in our circle.
Francis affected to believe that I wasune had reserved us for other work, but before we should be called we were fated to be tried a little more.
Time teaches us that oft One Higher, Unasked, a happier lot bestows Than if each blighted dream's desire Had blossomed as the rose.
Barney was the next to leave.
Toomis, the calculator, found employment with the Whiteley of the neighbourhood; and, finally, George, the scholar, was claimed by an uncle to be prepared for the ministry.
When, in 1856, the time came for Francis's ann