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"Is that what's been putting you into such a
bad humor all morning, and popping up your temperature? Why, Sonny-boy, don't you know you can't send out valentines when you are ill in a hospital!" "Wanted to make 'em anyhow!" A few moments later Nurse Emma came dying back into the room, her eyes sparkling and her little cap merrily bobbing up and down. Nurse Emma's cap was never on 1 straight, for how could it be when there was such a wobbly little head under it! "0, Teddy-boy," she cried, "I've such a splendid plan ! We are going to make valentines, you and I ? mostly you ? and we are going to do it right now!" "O-o-o-o!" cried Ted, his eyes dancing with delight. "Did Dr. Smith say I could?" "No, but I did ? I'm boss here now, so we are going to put the pillows under our back so; and we are going to put this board across tba bed thus; and we are going to take the scissors, and this pencil and these crayons, and this paper and this glue" ? Nurse Emma's pockets seemed to be unlimited in their pos sessions ? "and we are going to make valen tines! 0, Sonny-boy, won't it be fine!" "Who'll I give 'em to?" queried Ted, ex citedly fingering the precious articles before him. "I can't send 'em out of the hospital!" "We aren't going to send them out of the hospital, either, for, Sonny, there are ten lit tle boys and girls in the free wards and five of them have never received a valentine in all their lives ! I just found it out, and, Teddy dear, you should have seen their eyes dance when I told them that maybe good old St Valentine would bring them one tomorrow; and that's who you are going to make your valentines for!" "Oh, how jolly 1" cried Ted, clapping his hands. "But how '11 I send 'em?" "Well, if you'll be ever so good and go to sleep early, maybe I can hire Cinderella'? pumpkin coach for you to deliver them in," answered the nurse, looking very wise. "But you mustn't ask another question, but go to work, for you have ten valentines to make, and five of them must be more pretty than the other five, you know!" All afternoon Ted cut and pasted and fold ed so that just as the maid was bringing in his supper the little artist was placing the last pretty valentine into its envelope. He counted them over carefully, so as to be sure there was none lacking, and found that there was just eleven of them! Ted's eyes sparkled as he fingered the eleventh one, for this was to be his big surprise for Nurse Emma! The next morning Ted awoke to find the little nurse standing beside him with a great bowl of water in her hands. "Wake up, Sonny-boy, don't you know we've business to attend to today! We must hurry, for the pumpkin coach is waiting and we've got to bathe and eat our breakfast!" Ted was awake in an instant. "Where's the pumpkin coach?" he demanded excitedly. ' ' Can 't tell ! Fairies never present them selves until exactly the proper moment. So let's hurry!" When all the tasks were completed and Ted was wrapped in a big bathrobe, the nurse whisked a scrcen around and, lo! there stood a large wheel-chair, all decorated in yellow paper, with long strips of white gauze attached to the arms for harness! "Behold the pumpkin coach 1" she cried, as she placed the little boy gently in the chair and whisked him away. A s she rolled him down the hall there was the tinkle-tinkle of tiny bells from somewhere about the carriage. Children's Sermon A BABY IN A BOAT. "She took for him an ark of bulrushes . . . and put the child therein." ? Num. 2:3. The children of Israel were God's people, but they lived in Egypt. The king of Egypt was a bad man. He thought there were too many of these people in his country. So he said that his people must kill all the little Jew boy babies. About that time a little baby boy was born. His mother loved him and ?iid not want him to bo killed. So she hid him somewhere about her house for three months and the bad peo ple could not find him. But she was always afraid somebody would find him. So sho made a funny little boat that she called an ark. It was made like a basket woven out of grass. She covered it over with tar, so it would not leak. And it had a top to it. Then the baby's mother put him in the funny little boat and shut the top down and carried him in the boat to the river. When she got there she found a place where the bulrushes were growing out in the water. Then she put the little boat on the water among the bul rushes. This little baby had a sister whose name was Miriam, and who was about twelve years old. Her mother told her that she must stay where she could watch her little brother and see that nothing hurt him. Then the mother went home, and we may be very sure that she prayed to God to take care of her baby, and not let any of the bad Egyptians find him and kill him. She did not know how God was going to do, but she was surf God would take care of him. And God did in a wonderful way. While Miriam was watching a little way off she saw some women coming along by the river. When they came near where her little brother was we may be sure she was uneasy, and when they stopped right close by where the boat was she must have been scared, be cause she was afraid they would find her lit tle brother. We wonder if she did not ask God to take care of him. Wouldn't you have done so, if you had been in her place. If she did pray God answered her grayer, and He will always answer our prayers. How frightened she must have been when she saw one of the women go out among the bulrushes and pull the little boat out on the ground. Then she saw them take the top off and she heard her little brother cry. While the women were looking at him she crept up fery close to them. One of these women was a princess, the daughter of the king. Little Miriam would generally have been afraid to speak to her, but she was so much concerned about her baby brother that she forgot to be afraid. She asked the princess if she did not want her to get a nurse to take care of the baby for her. The princess told her she would like for her to get one. So Miriam ran off home just as fast as she could and told her mother about the princess finding her little brother, and that she wanted a nurse for him, and she told her mother that she must go and be the nurse. We may be very sure that the mother was glad to go. When they got to the river the princess told Miriam's mother that she wanted her to take this little baby and take care of him for her, and told her that she would pay her for doing it. We do not know whether his mother had given the baby a name or not, but the princess gave him a name. It was Moses. That name meant drawn out of the water, and xhe gave it to him because she had taken him out of the water in his little boat. Then his mother and Miriam took him home. And. oh! how happy they must have been. We may be sure they did not forget to thank God that He had taken care of little Moses, and had made the princess love him and wSrit him to be her son. They knew that nobody would hurt him now, because the princes* called him her son. Moses' mother took care of him and loved him and taught him to love Qod. After he grew to be a big boy his mother carried him to the king's palace to live with the princess. The king and the princess were heathen, but Moses never forgot what his mother had taught him about God. Moses lived in the palace until he was forty years old. All that time God took care of him, just like He did when he was in the grass boat. Then he went off into another country and staid there forty years. And af ter that God sent him back to lead all of the Jews out of the land of Egypt. All the time> God was with Moses and He blessed him and took care of him. He will take care of us and bless us if we will ask Him. Ten little heads bobbed up excitedly as the party entered the rooms, and twenty little arms were outstretched eagerly toward the nurse. "Let me make you acquainted with St. Val entine!" she said, as she presented Ted to the eager group. After Ted had distributed all his valentines the nurse whisked him back to his room in a great hurry. "Why, if the superintendent should catch us she'd take my cap right off and scalp me!" she declared when Ted pro tested against leaving so soon. "O nurse," cried Ted, the happy tear9 standing in his eyes. "Wasn't it lovely to see the joy on those little children's faces when Jhey opened their valentines! I didn't know that there was any one who never received valentines, and I didn't know that such a lit tle thing could make anybody so happy. Here after I'm always going to send my valentines to some one who hasn't any, for it's lots more fun than giving 'em to your own folks- and it's Jots more fun, too, to give 'em than it is to get 'em, I think!" "I'm so glad," said the nurse, softly, "that my little boy is learning that it is more blessed ^o give than to receive, for happiness is like the little fairy seeds, the more you scatter around, the more you find in >our sack, until you just have to keep on pouring them out because you can't find anything that will con tain them all!" "Well, I'm going to keep pouring my see<U out hereafter," declared Ted, snuggling down under the covers, "for this has been the love liest Valentine Day I ever spent!" Lexington, Va. The inner side of every cloud is ever bright and shining. I therefore turn my elouds about, and always wear them inside out, to show the silver lining.