the great Premier, was very marked. He coveredhis face with his hands while the tears ran downhis cheeks for many minutes.Many a silly enemy has been turned aside bythe refusal of the one attacked to retaliate.While Spurgeon was still a boy preacher, he was19!^ B l^ear's ipraiser^/IReetlng XTalfts.warned about a certain virago and told that she in-tended to give him a tongue-lashing. " All right,"he replied, " but that's a game that two can play."Not long after, as he passed her gate one morning,she assailed him with a flood of billingsgate. Hesmiled and said: "Yes, thank you, I am quitewell; I hope you are the same." Then came an-other burst of vituperation, pitched in a yet higherkey, to which he replied, still smiling: "Yes, itdoes look rather as if it might rain; I think I hadbetter be getting on." "Bless the man!" she ex-claimed, "he is as deaf as a post. What's theuse of storming at him?" And so her railingsceased and were never again attempted.There is no grace which more adorns human na-ture than the grace of forgiveness and mercy.When the young Queen of the Netherlands re-cently visited Paris, the ladies of Paris were de-lighted with a necklace that she always wore, what-ever might be her costume. This ornament con-sisted of a gold chain with a very original clasp, itbeing composed of a snake whose body partly en-circled the neck and chain. The head of the snakewas a single huge diamond, of wonderful fire andbeauty, while the body of the reptile was com-posed of smaller diamonds, rubies, and other pre-cious stones. But I know of a necklace morebeautiful and enduring than that, and one whichXlbc 5)utB anD privilege ot jfotQiving. 193every one of us may wear. It is the one spokenof by Solomon when he says: "Let not mercyand truth forsake thee: bind them about thyneck."The grace of forgiveness is not only ornamental,but it is a grace which can flourish only wherethere is warm personal fellowship with the heartof Christ. Did you ever see a watercress-pond inthe midst of winter? It is a very attractive sight.