by Rev. William Adams
originally published in 1858
paperback; 141 pages (illustrated)
When young Leonard and Mary turn a beggar away at the door, their uncle tells them an allegorical tale of four brothers who, after receiving the Royal Mandate of Exile, must leave their home and wealth to journey alone into the dreary wilderness beyond the city gates. The eldest three brothers make their departure not having prepared for the trek, and thus are doomed to wander forever destitute of hope or rest. Only the youngest brother, who has led a life of selfless giving to the poor, is brought safely to the distant Royal Palace of the Great King where he finds his riches safely in store. This book is a helpful tool to warn young Christians of the deceitfulness of riches and the importance of laying up their treasures in Heaven.