In one of our western cities was a poor woman, in the garret of a

lonely house, who was very sick, and near dying. She had two children,

a brother and sister, who knelt beside her bed to catch her dying

words. "Annie, my daughter," said the mother, "soon, and your young

brother will have no earthly friend but you; will you, my daughter, be

to him a faithful sister?"

"Yes, mother, _I will_," said the daugh
er, as she wiped away her


And then she laid her hand upon the head of her son, and said, "Be a

good boy, Willy, and mind your sister; she is but three years older

than yourself, but as far as her knowledge goes, she will be a guide

for you; and she and you have a Father in Heaven who will never leave

you. Will you promise to do as she wishes?"

Willy raised his eyes to his mother, and bowed his head in token of

assent, and then burst into tears. The mother was a Christian, and

putting her arm around the neck of Willy, and with the other hand

clasping her daughter, she calmly said to them, "Weep not, dear

children, you will find friends; God is the father of the fatherless.

Keep in mind that his eye is upon you; be honest and virtuous,

faithful and believing, and all things will work together for your


The dying mother could say no more; her breath grew short, and

stretching out her arms, she cried, "My dear children, I must leave

you: let me kiss you--God bless and keep----"

Her arms fell from around them, the words died away on her lips, and

her weary soul departed.

After the funeral of this mother, the moon shone brightly into the

desolate chamber, and revealed a beautiful scene, that of a sister's


Anna sat near the window, and little Willy lay his weary head in her

lap. They were now without father or mother. Sleep had stolen upon the

weary eyes of Willy. Anna smoothed back the dark hair, which hung over

his brow, then carefully raised his slender frame in her arms and laid

him upon his bed. Then seating herself beside him she thought of her

mother's last request to take care of Willy.

"Yes," she exclaimed, "I must begin to-morrow. I will go out and try

to get some work, for poor Willy must remain at school. Dear boy," she

exclaimed, "I will never see him suffer." You will, in the next story,