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THE PENNY POST BOX.
The Penny Post Box.
DRUNKENNESS ON THE SABBATH.
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I Do not remember that you have said much about this great sin in the pages of the Pioneer. Now and then you have hinted at it I know; but let me fill up your “Penny Post” page with a few thoughts about it, for I fear it is on the increase. With regard to drunkenness itself, I will not call it a beastly sin, for it is worse, sinking a man below the pig in his own stye. But to see a man (and sometimes a woman!) drunk on the sabbath-day, reeling through the streets as stupid as any ass, and more dirty than a gipsy that lies out all night under his tent, is one of the most disgusting sights ever seen in this England of ours. Now I know that generally we do keep the sabbath-day more reverently and decently than any nation in Europe; but such scenes, now and then, as they flit before us when we are walking with our families to a place of worship, are a foul blot on the customs of our land, which every lover of his country would wish to wipe away, or hide from the sight of a foreigner. Why it was only the other sabbath morning, on turning a corner at a little after ten, on my way to the house of God, I fell on a group of dirty-looking working-men, who were talking—“Oh, dont go there, its bad !" " Where should we “Why to the
We can get some good stuff there any time.” I passed on, grieved in spirit that any of England's hard-working sons should thus, on God's own day, in these times of peace and plenty, abuse the blessings of Providence. For they all looked, not like half-famished framework-knitters of Hinckley or Sutton Ashfield, who have little work and less wages, but like skilled mechanics who could make their average of twentyfive shillings a week. And then I thought of their wives and children at home. I say, alas for England if these things are to go on. I hope every sensible and well-disposed working man who reads this will set his face against such a wilfully-wicked abuse of a day which is the best friend of the man who works for his bread. Yes it is, for not one farthing more would he get if he worked seven days instead of six, and had no day of rest at all. Of all men on earth, working men ought to respect the sabbath-day and keep it decently. I could say a good deal more about many who if they do not get quite drunk, get sadly too much, and spend the day either in listless idleness at home, or wander abroad in the fields. When, oh when, will the days come when all our working men and their families will live soberly and righteously, and spend the sacred hours of the glorious sabbath-day in the fear of God and the happy enjoyment of the blessings of His providence and grace !
ONE WHO LOVES HIS SABBATHS.
FACTS, HINTS, AND GEMS.
Facts, Hints, and Gems.
Summary.--Europe and America
have now above 25,000 miles laid ABOUT RAILWAYS.
down — they would encircle the Great Britain.--At the end of globe! at a cost of 450 millions 1851, nearly 7,000 miles of rails had sterling. been opened on these islands, cost- Hurrah for the Railway! It is ing 250 millions sterling. During the grand civilizer, and also a great the year 85,391,095 persons were missionary of liberty and improveconveyed. Income, nearly fifteen ment. Stupid despotisms must all millions.
fall before its power! United States.-Above 13,000 miles have been opened, and above
Wints. 25,000 miles of electric telegraphs; the toll for the latter, in 1851, was TO GET GOOD DO Good.--He over £20,000.
whose first object is his own happi. France.—About 3,500 miles are ness, invariably misses his end, and nearly completed, at an expence of incapacitates himself for the higher 100 millions sterling.
forms of goodness; but he whose Belgium, a kind of little England, exclusive aim is goodness, secures is well supplied with rails, all exe. that and happiness too. cuted and managed by the govern- YOUR CONSCIENCE.-If condemned ment.
for doing wrong by your own conHolland is progressing, and has science, you could not be at ease agreed to join her lines with those though all men acquitted you. of Belgium from Antwerp.
AMENDMENT. — The first step Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, towards any amendment is to feel have not done much, but they are that you need it. preparing, under the direction of Losses.--He who loses money Stephenson, Peto, and other Eng. loses much; he who loses a friend lishmen.
loses more; but he who loses conRussia.—The despotic but ener-fidence in himself loses most. getic Ruler of these vast regions is HOSPITALITY.-If you wish to be aiming to consolidate his power hospitable, be frugal; for frugality and resources by extensive lines, to is the best provider of hospitality. be completed by English and Ameri- BEAUTY AND Wit may gain for can engineers in 1862.
us a few foolish admirers, but goodGermany, including the small ness and truth will secure real states, with Prussia and Austria, honour and true friendship. have already laid down extended THE GREATEST FAULT is the conlines, and more are projected. ceit which some people indulge that
Other European Nations are they bave no faults at all. moving in this great enterprize of CONSTANT OCCUPATION in some civilization--Switzerland, Piedmont, good employment for ourselves or Italy, and even Spain and Portugal. others, is the best preservative from
India.-Something is doing, but getting into mischief. very slowly. On the overland way, GREAT TALKERS are like broken a line of rails from Alexandria to pitchers everything runs out as Suez is likely now to be laid down fast as it is put in, and sometimes in Egypt!
FACTS, HINTS, AND GEMS.
Poetic Selections. PRAYING ABIGHT.-Ha who prays
THE WONDERFUL ADVENT ! as he ought will try to live as he prays.
WELCOME, all wonders in one sight, Two QUESTIONS ANSWERED.
Eternity shut in a span; What made man miserable ? Sin.
Summer in winter, day in night,
Heaven in earth, and God in man. What can make him happy? De-Great little One whose wondrous birth liverance from sin by Jesus Christ. Lifts earth to heaven, stoops heaven to
earth! FORGIVENESS.-He who will not forgive breaks down the bridge by
MY BELOVED 18 MINE. which he will have to pass himself -"Forgive us as we forgive them." JESUS, who on his glorious throne,
Rules heaven, and earth, and sea; Peace.—There is a true peace Is pleased to claim me for his own, and a false peace-the one a precious And give himself to me! privilege, the other a fatal delusion.
For him I count as gain each losg HE WHO LOVES CHRIST, loves to Disgrace for him renown; hear of him, loves to read of him,
Well may I glory in his cross,
While he prepares my crown! loves to think of him, loves to talk of him, loves to bless him.
A SIGHT OF JESUS. HE NEVER WAS SO GOOD as he should be, who does not seek for
Who can tell the wondrous story
Of the great Redeemer's love ? more grace to be better than he is.
Who can shew us all his glory OUR PRAYERS AND GOD'S MER
Seated on his throne above ? CIES are like the two buckets of a
Eyes of feeble mortal creatures well—as one goes up the other Fail to scan the glorious scene; comes down.
Oh to see his glorious features PRAYER WITHOUT WATCHING is
There—without a vail between! hypocrisy; and watching without
MANSIONS IN HEAVEN. prayer is presumption. DEATH AND SIN.-As death came Higu in yonder realms of light,
Far above these lower skies, in by sin, so sin goes out by
Fair and exquisitely bright, death. For Christ died; and by Heaven's unfading mansions rise, faith in him the power of sin is destroyed in us.
Sorrow, and pain, and every care,
And discord there shall cease; THE MAN WHO LOVES CARIST And perfect joy and love sincere, would ten thousand times sooner
Adorn the abodes of peace. suffer for his Lord, than that his Lord should suffer by him.
THE ART OF LIVING. “ OUR FATHER,” gives us the OUR portion is not large indeed, most bappy idea of God we could But then how little do we need,
For nature's calls are few; possibly imagine.
In this the art of living lies, "Now" AND “ Too LATB" are
To want no more than may suffice, awful words. “ Now" is the day of And make that little do. salvation. After death, whicb may come in a moment, it will be “ Too
GREAT LOSSES. Late."
THE loss of Time is much, AFTER DEATH every man goes to
The loss of Truth is more, his own place. Dives sunk down The loss of Christ is such to hell.
That no man can restore. Angels carried Lazarus up to heaven.
THE CHILDREN'S CORNER.
The Children's Corner.
THE SABBATH-DAY AND SABBATH
effects of their trade; and as their
means are but scanty, they cannot Written by a Sabbath Scholar.
often have a cbange of linen. In MANY a working man is obliged, in dust and dirt, are careless as to
fact, many who have to go amongst the discharge of his duties, to put whether their clothes are clean or all his bodily strength into full play;
not. But as sabbath is the time to begin early, and work late, until he seeks repose in sleep to refresh their best clothes, they feel obliged,
when their neighbours appear in his wearied limbs. It is seldom during the week that he can spend themselves tidy.
from respect to others, to make much time in the bosom of his family. In the morning be goes to
It is not only advantageous for his work before they have risen; in
personal, but domestic comfort.
On the Saturday the rooms the evening he returns after most of them have retired to rest; so that scoured, the house is washed, the there are few family delights, and furniture is polished, and all things but little social enjoyment for him are set decently and in order; so on week-days. But sabbath changes which they attach to the sabbath by
that they display the importance the scene. Early as the lark his family rise to make longer the
the preparations which they make
for its approach. hours of that sacred day; a cheer
The sabbath is valuable too beful fire blazes upon the hearth : on one side sits the mother, on the cause it affords time for reflection and
mental cultivation. other, with the best of books in his
During these band, sits the father ; while the sacred hours of relaxation we have children, neat and clean, with faces
the means of moral improvement. fresh as the blushing red rose, are
It is important to the young. In listening to the Word of Life, which no country has the rise of educa. is able to make them wise unto tion been so rapid as in England; salvation; and after their devotions not merely amongst the higher they partake of their simple fare as orders of society, but amongst those the bounty of heaven. Thus peace
who earn the scantiest pittance, and and contentment dwell in
live upon the humblest fare. heart. But if we possessed no Let us inquire how it reached sabbath, such a scene could exist them. Did it come from a governonly in fancy.
ment grant? No, it sprang from one It would be impossible for any. whose tender heart was touched with body to work week after week, and pity for human woes, from the heart month after month, without losing of Robert Raikes; who was a man their health and vigour, and life ever ready to engage in any good would become a burden. But the enterprise. There appeared to be very thought of this blessed day is difficulties in the way, but undaunted sufficient to cheer and encourage by them, he carried his plan into the industrious man to labour with execution. The schools were filled, greater energy, kindling hope and and the young are now blessed with joy in his heart.
privileges that had never fallen to The Sabbath is important too, the lot of any preceding generations. because it promotes cleanliness. Let us be thankful to God for our Many people are dirty from the Sabbaths and our Sabbath Schools.
CHRISTIANITY IS MORE FAVOURABLE TO THE WELFARE OF MAN THAN ANY
OTHER SYSTEM THAT HAS EVER BEEN PROPOUNDED.
PROOFS FROM THE DUTIES IT ENJOINS,
PERSONAL. I. OBTAINING A LIVELIHOOD. 1. Study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own bands--that ye may have lack of nothing. 1 Thes. iv. 11, 12.
2. We commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.--2 Thess. iii. 10.
3. Some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busy-bodies.—2 Thess. iii. 11.
4. Not slothful in business. Rom. xii. 11.
5. Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.Ephes. iv. 28.
3. Walk bonestly--not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chainbering and wantonness. Rom. xiii, 13.
4. Use a little wine for thy stomachs sake, and thine often infirmities. 1 Tim. iv. 23.
5. A drankard with such an one no not to eat. 1 Cor. y. 11. III. WISDOM.
1. Be ye therefore wise as ser pents, and barmless as doves. Matt. x. 16.
2. I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. Rom xvi. 19.
3. Walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise. Eph. v. 15. IV. HUMILITY.
1. Every man that is among you, not 10 think of himself more bigbly than he ought to think ; but to tbiok soberly. Rom. xij. 3.
2. Io lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Pb. ii. 3.
3. All of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility. i Peter v.5.
4. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Rom. xii. 16.