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" Yes," I said, carelessly ; " but, William, wbo are tbose
men in tbe kitcben ? "

" Compton fellows, wbo were down on tbe sbore belping
about tbe wreck. AVe were all going wrong togetber wben
Roger bailed us. It's bis doing, baving tbem in and giving
tbem a glass of ale. I am not given to sucb extravagance,
Ursie," and William laugbed tbe first bearty laugb I bad
beard since Leab's deatb.

I went out to tbe men myself to see if tbey bad every
tbing comfortable, Tbey were making a bearty supper, and
it did my beart good to see sometbing like tbe old Sand-
combe bospitality, wbicb I used to bear of in my young days.
Tbey were not gone till nearly ten o'clock. Wben I went
back to tbe parlour I found William and Roger sitting over
tbe fire, deep in business already. Roger started up as I
put a candle before bim, and told bim it was time to go to
bed.

" Time ! not yet. Trot ; why tbe evening is just begun."

" It is time, tbougb," I said, " for folks wbo must get up
witb tbe cock-crowing."

He lingered a little, tbinking. " Trot, you and I used
to tbank God for taking care of us, before we went to bed.
I bave come tbrougb a rougb time lately. Wbat do you say,
William ; migbtn't we bave prayers ? "

William was taken so by surprise be could not object,
and I don't believe be wisbed it. I stepped out of tbe room,
and called Martba, and we all knelt down, and Roger said
some of tbe prayers from tbe evening service, and thanked
God for bringing bim safe bome. Tbat was tbe first begin-
ning of family prayer at Sandcombe.

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