sented to be acted upon. The mothers and rela-tives and teachers who fold their hands in de-spair and give up the hope of reforming the youth-ful culprit, the son, the daughter, the nephew,the pupil, who has shown a persistent inclinationto go wrong, should think of the love and pa-tience and faith of the true philanthropists whoseek out the little ones of the scum of the city,and train them up to be, if not always faithfulChristians, for the most part honorable, usefulcitizens, redeemed from a career of vice, thepoorhouse, the prison, or a felon's death !ever despair in working for children, thoughthere may seem to be a hardness that nothingcan melt. Love and happiness and prayer andwise discipline may yet do their blessed work,and the Great Friend of the erring will rejoiceover every little one sought out and saved.ever despair of the reformation of the mostabandoned sinner. He has been a babe, a child.134 OUR ELDER BROTHER.He too had a mother. He has a soul, he has aheart. Pray and hope and labor for him andwith him. Conversion is a supernatural thing.The wonder may yet be worked in his dead soul.There are times in life when one is tempted topronounce on one's own past personality, "It isdead ! " Great affliction may so transform andbenumb the whole being that the mourner feelshimself dead to all previous interests, and evenlifeless and loveless towards the friends whohave been next to the dear one who has beensnatched away.