THE GOLDEN RULE.
I am sure it won't break the Sabbath; for if pulling a poor beast or a donkey out of a pit would not spoil it, I am quite sure taking poor Dinah would not do it."
"Why, Polly, you are as good as the minister, and so, as I've had my Sunday morning sermon early to-day, you may go and tell Dinah that I'll be ready for her as the clock strikes ten; but stop—just step round to butcher Braydon's with my compliments, and ask him if he would lend me his light trap; I know he never uses it on the Sunday, and it would make a wonderful difference to the horse."
Away she went, and soon returned saying that he could have the trap and welcome. "All right," said he, "now put me up a bit of bread and cheese, and I'll be back in the afternoon as soon as I can."
"And I'll have the meat pie ready for an early tea instead of for dinner," said Polly, and away she went, whilst he made his preparations to the tune of "Polly's the woman and no mistake," of which tune he was very fond.
I was selected for the journey, and at ten o'clock we started, in a light high-wheeled gig, which ran so easily, that after the four-wheeled cab, it seemed like nothing.
It was a fine May day, and as soon as we were out of the town, the sweet air, the smell of the fresh grass, and the soft country roads were as pleasant as they used to be in the old times, and I soon began to feel quite fresh.
Dinah's family lived in a small farm house, up a