Image from page 564 of "Christian herald and signs of our times" (1886)
Publisher: [New York, The Christian Herald]
Contributing Library: Christian Herald Association
Digitizing Sponsor: Tisch Library, Tufts University
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oic, noble —something that wouldmake her name famoussaints had been her favorite study for thepast few months, and on this pleasant July day-she had one of them on her knees for perusal. She thought of herself nursing soldierswounded in battle, or going from house to houseas a ministering angel in some fever-stricken city,or going among savages to tell them of Jesus.She wondered whether an opportunity forheroism would ever come. It never occurred toher that near at hand a labor of love was wait-ing for her. Services, in which she could expendher devotion to her Master, might be renderedto the aged clergyman, her father, to her infirmmother, and to the sick and the poor aroundher. These were dull, unromantic duties, whichwere too prosaic for her soaring ambition. Asshe thought of her circumscribed lot, she sighedheavily. Her father, who was meditatively pac-ing the garden path, heard the sigh and peepedthrough the foliage at his dissatisfied daughter AU ! XT=li:« u~ :j «• 1 • i
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Nellie Mortimers Pi The lives of the he said, sighing so heavilylife? What is the matter, Ah ! Nellie,at your time ofdaughter ? Nellie poured out her story freely in his atten-tive ears. So my daughter is ambitious, is she? hesaid, gently. Well, I am glad that the materialfor a Christian heroine is still to be found in thisapathetic nineteenth century. I should not besurprised if there is a dire need of it soon. Ouroptimistic friends, the young preachers, are look-ing forward to better times and to a world re-generated by the Gospel ; but that is not as Iread prophecy. Very dark days must come first,and there is need even now that we stand bravelyby our colors. There may be direr need soonof intrepid men and women ready to die for thetruth. You would be one Nellie ? Indeed I would, papa. I am thankful, dear, said the old clergy-man, kissing her gravely on the forehead. You would not do as Peter did after declaringhis readiness to die for the Saviour—go anddeny Him when the crisis ca
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