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ANECDOTES AND SELECTIONS.

Anecdotes and Selections.

THE MARROW OF THE BIBLE.-A poor man who valued his Bible lived near a sad reprobate who never paid any attention to divine things unless it was to revile them. The poor man, anxious to do him a kindness, paid him a visit with the bible under his arm. “Be persuaded," said he earnestly, “to read this blessed book; for, with God's grace, it will make you wise unto salvation." “Read that book!" said the reprobate, looking at the poor man's bible, which was not a very small one, “No, that I never will; that would be too hard a bone to pick. I like to get to the marrow of a thing. If you can give me the marrow of your big bible in about a couple of verses, why then I will attend to you." " Agreed," said the poor man. So be sat down, opened the book, and read the following verses, “ All have sinned and come short of the glory of God"-Rom. iii. 23. “ Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners"—1 Tim. i. 15. Whether the reprobate remembered the verses or not I cannot tell; but I do trust that you and I shall never forget them, for they are truly what the poor man took them to be, the very marrow of the Bible.

Too Much CHARITY.–An African preacher, speaking from, “What is a man profited if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?" mentioned, among other things, that they lost their souls by being too charitable! Seeing the congregation astonished beyond measure at his saying, he very emphatically repeated it, and then proceeded to explain his meaning. * " Many people," said he, “attend meeting, bear the sermon, and, when it is over, they proceed to divide it among the congregation this part was for that man, and that part for that woman; such denunciations for such persons; these threats for you sinners; and so," continued the shrewd African, “they give away the whole sermon, and keep none for themselves."

The Great QUESTION.-Many years ago a Welsh minister, a man of God, beginning his sermon, leant over the pulpit, and said with a solemn air, “Friends, I have a question to ask. I cannot answer it. You cannot answer it. If an angel from heaven were bere he could not answer it. If a devil from hell were here he could not answer it.” Death-like silence reigned. Every eye was fixed on the speaker. He proceeded, " the question is this, 'How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation ?" Reader! can you answer the question? I ask not, do you intend, do you wish, or do you hope to flee-but have you fled for refuge to lay hold on the hope set before you in the Gospel? How shall you escape if you neglect so great salvation ?

THE FIRESIDE.

The Firestde.

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THE DEATH-WATCH. A GROUP of friends in busy chat, |“ I'm very sorry, my good folks, Around the fire conversing sat; That I've disturbed your evening But what their gossip was about jokes; I never have as yet found out; But when I tapp'd against the wall At any rate it caused them mirth, I did not mean to scare you all. While seated round the cheerful You've laugh'd a deal amid your glee, hearth,

But now I think there's fun for me; For oft they joined in hearty laughter, And if 't would not increase your Not dreaming what was coming fright, after;

I'd laugh at you with all my might. But all at once their mirth was What, can't an insect call his mate stopp'd,

Without prognosticating fate? And all the conversation dropp'd—Wbene'er I try my clicking skill, No bursts of laughter filled the Am I the barbinger of ill ?

How came you to suppose that I All was silent as the tomb !

Could tell the hour when you must

die ? A sound was heard, and each one But Death has never told me so.

You may to night for angbt I know, knew

Fie! fie! wer't not for form and What object to ascribe it to;

features, While one exclaimed, with pallid

I could not think you reasoning face,

creatures, “Hark! there's a death watch in

When first I saw you mid your the place !"

pother, Then while they listen'd to the

Casting sad looks at one another, sound,

I thought, perchance, from your Whispers began to run around;

grimaces, One wise-head, scarce above his

The house was tumbling to its basis; breath, Declar'd it was "a sign of death,"

Or that you'd seen some falling

comet; And hop'd that when they'd done

Or heard some fierce volcanic vomit; with time,

But when I found that all your They might attain that happier clime,

quaking

Was at the noise that I'd been Where not a death-watch is allow'd

making, To tell of winding-sheet or shroud.

I thought it strange for nature's

kingsBat while they thus remaia'd in Men-chief of all created thingsdread,

To turn dejected, pale, and sick, The death-watch ope'd his mouth At hearing my poor-click-click and said

click !"

J. T. C.

THE PENNY POST BOX.-We find that we have not space now for the insertion of some of the papers we have received. They shall appear ere long. In the mean time we wish to say anotber single word of encouragement to any of our friends who may be desirous of expressing their thoughts or relating any facts. Let them do so in the best way they can, and send them, and we will look them over and prepare them for our pages.

FACTS, HINTS, AND GEMS.

Facts, Hints, and Gems.

OUR POPULATION.

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Facts.

Hints.

We usually give about half a score, The Census of 1851 was a great shall call

but now we only give one, which we work. 38,740 persons were ployed in as many districts of

BEGONE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS." England, Wales, Scotland, and the In the days of our forefathers, islands, who all did their work on when sun-dials were common, it one day, March 31.

The seven

was agreed to fix one on the walls million schedules weighed forty tons, of the Middle Temple, London, which formed 1,250,000 pages, with with a motto. The maker of the twenty millions of distinct entries. dial sent his foreman for the motto,

The Sum Total presented, 16,921,- who could only find one bencher in 888 in England, 1,005,721 in Wales, attendance, and he was very busy. 2,888,742 in Scotland, 143,126 in The foreman was very abruptly islands, and 162,490 in ships or in asked what he wanted. the army-total 21,121,967, beside “ Please, sir," said the man & 33,775 travelling abroad.

little confused at the mode in which All in one line, these twenty one he was addressed, “my master sent millions, allowing ten yards for ten me for the motto." persons, would extend over nearly “Motto, motto-what motto? I half the globe, or twelve thousand know nothing of a motto,” said the miles; or if in one solid body, with bencher. one square yard for each, an area of “ The motto for the son-dial, seven square miles would be filled up. please, sir,” said the man, “which

Ireland is not included in the your honours promised to have above. Its population of 6,553,178 ready." added, will make the whole popu. “I told you,” said the honourable lation of the United Kingdom bencher, “I know nothing about 27,675,145.

any motto, or sun-dial either. You The Whole Empire may be stated should have been bere much sooner. as follows:-India, 100,000,000 ; ; I cannot be delayed by you any Ceylon, 1,500,000; British North longer. Begone about your business." America, 1,750,000; the Cape Col- The man, abashed, at once with. ony, 200,000; British West Indies, drew, and returned to his master, 1,000,000; Australia, excluding na- who was anxiously waiting for the tives and Tasmania, 500,000; New promised inscription. Zealand, including natives, 150,000; “Well, John," said he, “bave you and 100,000 may be added for seen the gentlemen ?" minor dependencies. This aggre- “Yes, sir," said John, “I saw one gate, with that of the United King- very queer gentleman, who appeared dom, makes a grand total of more to be in a great hurry to get away." than 132,500,000 persons under the " And what did he tell you?" said sway of Queen Victoria.

the master. How delightful is the fact that this “Sir,” said John, “he first said mighty nation is the land whence he knew nothing about any motto, issues the Word of Life in such and then in & loud voice told me, copious streams to bless all the Begone about your business ;' so I nations with life and salvation ! hurried home as quickly as I could.''

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“Oh! very well,” said the master, HOPELESS EFFORTS. — I have who was a bit of a wag : “ that given over medaliug with matters I will do famously.” And on the next cannot mend. I have tried to make day the walls of the Middle Temple some rough things smooth until I were adorned with a first-rate sun. have made my knuckles sore. I dial, on which stood out, in large must leave such things to the Lord. and attractive letters, the sage and Nothing is too hard for him. appropriate motto

ASSURANCE of our interest in

Cbrist is a great mercy, but it is BEGONE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS.

best proved by its power to quench A capital motto it was too! God

sin.

If David had talked of his has given every man his work, and

assurance when he had come from the time to do it in; and happy are the commission of his great sin, I those who can always make the should have set him down as a selfhour and its duty go hand in hand.

deceiver or an hypocrite. Gems.

Poetic Selections. Adapted from John Newton, who, from being a depraved sailor, be

THE SABBATH DAY. came a pious minister.

HAIL, Sacred Sabbath ! day of rest;
PROVIDENCE IN LITTLE THINGS. Day above all days the best.
-It may not matter to you which Worldly toil and cares away,

Come thrice welcome Sabbath-day.
street you take in going home, but
in taking one rather than the other,

Hail, sacred morn! thy rising ray

Bids care and sorrow flee away; you may come in the way of what

Fill my wbole soul with heavenly love, will affect all your future life.

And let me taste the joys above. IMPORTANCE OF MOTIVE8.-If Itell Hail, holy day! when christians meet. a man to fly, I ought to find him wings;

To pay their vows at Jesus's feet;

To leave the world, with all its cares, and so if I would enforce moral

Its strong temptations and its snares. duties, I must furnish sound motives.

Hall, precious Sabbath! golden time, THE MOST PERFECT MAN.-If How sweet thy moments, how sublime; an angel were sent to seek him, he

Bid the vain world awhile retreat,

And gather round the mercy seat. would probably not find him compiling a body of divinity ; but some

Thus may we all our sabbaths spend,

That when our labours here shall end, poor pauper whom the parish wished

We too may gain that heavenly shore, dead, but who was bearing all with Where sabbath-days shall ne'er be o'er. humble patience.

R. C. DOORS OPEN OR SHUT.-The Lord sometimes sets before his servants

A SIGHT OF THE CROS8. an open door, and sometimes he Look, my soul, at yonder tree! seems to shut it.

John Bunyan

There's atonement made for thee,

Which can now thy guilt remove, would never have done half the good

Make thee pure like those above. he did if he had gone on preaching.

Lo! I see the purple tide,
He was shut up in Bedford Gaol for Flowing from my Saviour's side;
twelve years; but he sent out his When that blood is once applied,
Pilgrim to travel over the whole

I have peace through him that died.

While I stand beneath the cross, earth to preach to all nations and in all time.

Earthly things I count but dross ;

There the world assumes no charma, IF TWO ANGELS were sept from Death and hell give no alarm. heaven to do good on earth, they Here I would for ever sit, would not dispute which should rule At my great Redeemer's feet;

And from thence I would arise, an empire, and which teach a little

To my crown above the skies. child.

J.D

THE CHILDREN'S CORNER.

The Children's Corner.

“ONLY THIS ONCE." 'Twas winter time, and all was fast | And then he started off again In icy fetters bound,

Soon as these words he spoke; When many persons on the ice The last time 'twas, for suddenly

Their chief amusement found. The ice beneath him broke. E'en on the boly sabbath-day, He quickly sunk to rise no more, Many would then repair,

'Till numbered with the dead; Unto a large and frozen pond, Only this once" the thoughtlesss And shun the house of prayer.

youth, The mournful fact I bere record Had very truly said.

Doth God's word fully prove; A youth one morn with christians His parents were overwhelm'd with met,

grief, And heard of Jesus's love.

When they beheld their son

Sinking in death without relief, While listning to the sacred word,

His precious soul undone. Conviction reached his heart; He felt that those alone are blest, Had he the voice of God obey'd, Who choose the better part,

And walk'd in wisdom's way, These thoughts were like the morp. Untimely death he'd not have met ing clouds

Upon the sabbath-day.
Which quickly pass away;
For he at noon went out to skate,

From this sad tale & warning take, Regardless of the day,

And shun the ways of sin;

Walk in the path that leads to lifeSwiftly he glided o'er the ice,

This day at once begin. And happy seem'd to be; His parents too were standing near, The Savioursays, "Seek ye my face;"

Well pleased the sight to see. His gracious call obey; After a while they calld their son

Then you through Him at length And bade him come away;

shall dwell, Only this once," the youth replied,

In everlasting day. “ Then I'll no longer stay."

Newport, 1. W.

J. D.

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J. F. WINKS, STEAM-PRESS, LEICESTER.

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