true this of many boys as well as parrots. “ Evil communications corrupt good manners.

25. Speak the truth.--I knew a little boy who was indeed a lamb of Christ's flock. He could not bear a lie; and whenever he found any of his companions telling a falsehood, he left their company altogether. There was one boy he was very intimate with. This boy one day began to boast of something which he had done, which boast our little Christian saw at once to be a lie. Upon this he told him that he must never again come to his house, and that he would have nothing more to say to him, till he was a better boy. His mother asked him how he would know when he was a better boy? He said he would see some marks which would shew him that he was better. “And what marks will you know it by?” “I think,” said he, “the biggest mark will be that he loves God."-M Cheyne. LESSON XIII.—Points for illustration :- Jesus is interested in our

opinions of Him-He is the Son of Man and the Son of the living God (26)—true knowledge of Him the work of the Spirit-bearing the cross a proof of discipleship (27)—the value of a soul (28)—the

paradox, a losing that is a saving—a saving that is a losing. 26. Christ's Divinity.-While Mr. Kirkland was a missionary to the Oneidas, being unwell, he was unable to preach on the afternoon of a certain Sabbath, and told good Peter, one of the head men of the Oneidas, that he must address the congregation. Peter modestly and reluctantly consented. After a few words of introduction, he began a discourse on the character of the Saviour. “What, my brethren,” said he," are the views which you form of the character of Jesus? You will answer, perhaps, that He was a man of singular benevolence. You will tell me that He proved this to be His character, by the nature of the miracles which He wrought. All these, you will say, were kind in the extreme. He created bread to feed thousands who were ready to perish. He raised to life the son of a poor woman who was a widow, and to whom his labours were necessary for her support in her old age. Are these, then, your only views of the Saviour? "I will tell you they are lame. When Jesus came into the world, He threw His blanket around Him, but the God was within."Whitecross.

27. The little cross.-Theresa had received a present~a little ebony cross, the ends, of which were tipped with gold. She had it fastened to a blue ribbon, and wore it about her neck. At one time the cross-piece became loose, and she begged her father to repair the cross. “ That I will do very willingly,” said her father; "and by means of it will try to teach you a lesson, how you may live in this world, and no affliction or duty prove a cross to you. See, without this cross-piece the longer piece is not a cross; only when the cross-piece is added is a cross formed. So it is in every trial which we call a cross. The longer piece represents God's will; our will, which always desires to cross God's will, is represented by the cross-piece. Each cross you are called upon to bear, take from it the cross-piece-your will—and it will no longer prove a cross to you.”—Independent.

28. The soul's value.—"Two things a master commits to his servant's

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care,” saith one; "the child and the child's clothes.” It will be a poor excuse for the servant to say at his master's return,“ Sir, here are all the child's clothes, neat and clean; but the child is lost!” Much so with the account that many will give to God of their souls and bodies at the great day. Lord, here is my body: I was very grateful for it; I neglected nothing that belonged to its content and welfare; but as for my soul, that is lost and cast away for ever: I took little care and thought about it."-Flavel.

A converted Jew, pleading the cause of the Society through whose instrumentality he had been brought to a knowledge of Christianity, was opposed by a learned gentleman, who spoke very lightly of the objects of the Society, and of its effects, and said he did not suppose they would convert more than a hundred altogether.” Be it so," returned the Jew, “you are a skilful calculator; take your pen now, and calculate the WORTH OF ONE HUNDRED IMMORTAL SOULS!” LESSON XIV.-Points for illustration :- It is good to be with Jesus

God's testimonies concerning His Son (Matthew iii. 17; xvii. 5;
John xii. 28-30) --our duty to hear—the company in heaven (29, 30)

—there is a future state (31). 29. Moses in heaven.—An infant school teacher was one day speaking about the life of Moses. Please, sir,” said a little boy,“ did Moses go to heaven when he died ?” The teacher replied, “I do not think it says in the Bible that Moses went to heaven.” “Oh, yes, it does,” said another little fellow. “Where?” asked the teacher. “Do you not remember, sir,” said the boy, " that when Jesus was on a mountain, Moses and Elias appeared to him from heaven? And you know, sir, that Moses could not come from heaven, unless he had gone

there." 30. Views of heaven. It is good to consider the company and the theme of conversation in heaven, as suggested in the lesson, and tends to bring it nearer to our idea of a home. A living divine says: “When I was a boy, I thought of heaven as a great shining city, with vast walls, and domes, and spires, and with nobody in it except white, tenuous angels, who were strangers to me. By-and-by my little brother died; and I thought of a great city, with walls, and domes, and spires, and a flock of cold, unknown angels, and one little fellow that I was acquainted with. He was the only one I knew in that time. Then another brother died; and there were two that I knew. Then my acquaintances began to die; and the flock continually grew. But it was not till I had sent one of my little children to his Grandparent—God—that I began to think I had got a little in heaven myself. A second went-a third went-a fourth went; and by that time I had so many acquaintances in heaven, that I did not see any more walls, and domes, and spires. I began to think of the residents of the celestial city. And now there have so many of my acquaintances gone there, that it sometimes seems to me that I know more in heaven than I know on earth.”

31. The sceptic answered." If we are to live after death, why don't we have some certain knowledge of it?” said a sceptic to a clergyman. “Why didn't you have some knowledge of this world before you came into it?" was the caustic reply.



NATIONAL SABBATH SCHOOL UNION FOR SCOTLAND. It will be remembered that a committee was appointed by the Convention at Dumfries, to prepare the draft of a Constitution for a National Sabbath School Union for Scotland. The committee met in this city on the 13th of January, and drew up the proposed constitution, which is, by this time, sufficiently familiar to many of those interested in the object, it having been printed in a circular, dated 19th January, and published a month ago in an Edinburgh contemporary. We should, of course, have been glad to bring it under the notice of our readers in either of the last two numbers, but the circular was not received by us till the 13th of March. The basis proposed for the Union is as follows:

1. That the name of the Union shall be “The National Sabbath School Union for Scotland."

2. The constitution of the Union shall be undenominational, confined only to unions and schools holding the doctrines of the Divine Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, the Deity and Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the personality and special influence of the Holy Spirit; or to Unions and schools holding the Nine Articles of Doctrine which form the basis of the Evangelical Alliance.

3. The objects of the National Union shall be—(1) To promote har monious co-operation amongst all engaged in the work of Sabbath school teaching; (2) To procure and circulate correct statistical and other information regarding Sabbath schools; (3) To diffuse sound views of the Sabbath school and its requirements, and to raise the standard of teaching throughout the country; (4) To aid Sabbath schools by counsel and visitation where requested, by promoting the formation of local Unions, by diffusing useful Sabbath school literature, by lectures and other kindred agencies; and (5) To encourage the establishment of Sabbath schools in remote or destitute localities.

4. In order to carry out the foregoing objects it is expected that each school or Union shall contribute a small annual subscription to the funds of the National Union. NO. IV.]



The above draft bas in the interim been submitted for consideration to the different Unions of Scotland, and we have now the satisfaction of giving publicity to the results of the deliberations of the General Board of the Glasgow Sabbath School Union, at a meeting held on the 13th of March, which Board consists not only of the Directors of the Glasgow Union, but of representatives of the five district Unions affiliated to the central body. In the draft as proposed by the Board, there are some slight alterations in the form of the second and third heads, which will no doubt be accepted as improvements by the framers of the original plan. But the principles and designs of the proposed National Union having been thus defined, there remained the essential desideratum of an official framework for carrying its objects into effect; and this is supplied in a fourth head, the general scope and details of which will, we hope, recommend themselves to all interested in the foundation of an institution intended to give a more decidedly national character than heretofore to our great Sabbath school cause. The revised draft is as follows:Copy of proposed Constitution for the National Sabbath School Union for

Scotland, as revised by the General Board of the Glasgow Sabbath

School Union, at meeting held on 13th March, 1871. 1. That the name of the Union shall be “The National Sabbath School Union for Scotland.”

2. The Union shall be composed of Unions and schools holding the doctrines of the Divine Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, the Deity and Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the personality and influence of the Holy Spirit.

3. With a view to promote harmonious co-operation among all engaged in the work of the Sabbath school, and to raise the standard of teaching throughout the country, the objects of the National Union shall be (1) To procure and circulate statistical and other information regarding Sabbath schools and their requirements; and (2) To aid Sabbath schools

, by counsel and visitation where requested, by encouraging the formation of Local Unions, and by diffusing useful Sabbath school literature.

4. That the business of the Union shall be conducted by a Board of Directors, consisting of a President, three Vice-Presidents, a Treasurer, and two Secretaries, and at least fifteen Directors; all of whom shall be elected annually from amongst the Representatives returned by the various Unions and Associations throughout the country, in the proportion of one for every 600 or part of that number of their teachers, in the larger towns, and in the proportion of one for every 200 in country districts; seven shall constitute a quorum. A general meeting of the members shall be held annually, at which a report of the proceedings during the past year shall be submitted ; and the matter therein, or other business of the Union, disposed of.

GLASGOW SABBATH SCHOOL UNION.-ANNUAL REPORT. We are favoured with a copy of the annual Report by the Directors of the Sabbath School Union, in anticipation of the annual meeting, which will not be held until our preparations for sending the present number to press are well-nigh completed. By including the report in the April number, there will be greater space left in the succeeding number for the proceedings of the annual meeting, which we desire to give somewhat in detail. Meanwhile, the attention of our readers is directed to the Report, which affords a succinct and cheering retrospect of the progress of Sabbath school work in Glasgow during the year. It is a business-like document, and reflects credit on the secretaries. At present we shall only remark, that in the kind recognition, by the Directors, of the invaluable services of Mr. Cuthbertson, and other friends, who furnish the Notes on Lessons, and Illustrations for the use of teachers, together with the successful efforts of the respectable publisher to increase the circulation of the Magazine, the Editor begs to express his very earnest and cordial



(To the Editor of the Sabbath School Magazine.) DEAR SIR,— Allow me to correct a mistake wbich the statement in your last issue makes respecting the first formation of Sabbath schools in Berlin. It is not the fact “that five years ago there were no Sabbath schools in Berlin,” for when I was there in the winter of 1863-4, Sabbath schools existed among the German Baptists and Methodists, with whom I sometimes worshipped, as there was no stated Presbyterian service in the city. I had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Brocklemann, of Heidelberg, and a large-hearted Christian gentleman from New York, – Woodruff by name, if I recollect aright,—who visited the Prussian capital in the interests of Sabbath schools, and thought fit to start a most excellent illustrated Sabbath school paper. This was called the Sunday School, and had, in addition to appropriate stories, a hymn set to music, and Bible questions. The first weekly number appeared early in 1864, which was a year previous to the visit of the young English lady. I enclose the third number for your inspection.

Sabbath schools in Berlin are of a comparatively recent date, we all understand, but I think these facts will shew that they existed farther back than five years ago, when the young English lady induced her friends to open a school which has had such marked success,-I am, &c.,

M. BROWN. The Manse, Hightae, Lockerbie.

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