A poor shepherd, living among the Alps, the father of a large family,

for whose wants he provided with great difficulty, purchased an old

Bible from a dealer in old cloths and furniture. On Sunday evening, as

he was turning over the leaves, he noticed several of them were pasted

together. He immediately began to separate the pasted leaves with

great care. Inside of these leaves he found carefully enclosed a bank

bill of five hundred dollars. On the margin of one of the pages was

written these words: "I gathered together money with very great

difficulty, but having no natural heirs but those who have absolutely

need of nothing, I make thee, whosoever shall read this Bible, my

natural heir."

We cannot promise our young friends that they will find money in the

leaves of their Bibles, but you may be assured that if you study its

pages, and follow its precepts, you will find wisdom, which is better

than silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.