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what I have long felt, that in the future your pupils of Mr Streets' school, then parents and work, like mine, is to be the earnest winning i friends. of souls to Christ.'
It was the young people's meeting, and a 'I dare not decide for myself, Kenneth young man, a mere youth, was to lead it. answered, after a moment's silence. “I am "" Let the people praise Thee, O God; let here to stand in my lot. I am at rest in this all the people praise Thee; matter. Wherever God needs me, He will 6" For this God is our God, for ever and shape my course, and there I shall work and ever; He will be our guide even unto death.' be satisfied.'
The reader's voice faltered, then grew strong, Silence rested on the bowed heads of the and was at last exultant. lads, while a whispered prayer was borne over
Kenneth Kline followed in prayer. the golden pavement to the ear of the great Without distinctly realising how, and in Father of all, and the blessing of peace was what manner it would be effected, Carey was theirs.
satisfied that Kenneth's life-work would run A moment later the church was flooded with parallel with his own. light. Reverently, and in order, came the
(To be continued.)
in the West, telling what God By-and-by he threw up his head a little, and
come and sign the pledge. A home with me?' I said I would. When tall man stood up away in the back part of would you go?' 'I will go now.' 'I want to the building, and shouted, "Put my name on tell you,' he said, 'I have one of the best that pledge!' I was busy with the signers, women in the city for my wife, and I have for out of a population of 10,000, three a lovely little boy; but I have not been hundred people came forward at that meeting home for about a week, and I am ashamed to and registered their names. I turned and go.' I knew something about what it was for saw the man standing near by.
a man to be away from home for a week, and As I caught his eye he reached out his hand I said, “I will go.' and said, “I am the man who said, "Put my We started down the steps, and as we name on that pledge.”. Do you think I can reached the street, the carriage of a friend of keep it?'. Yes; I think you can keep it, mine was passing. He asked us to get in. with God's help. I had scarcely released his As we drove near the place, Jake touched me hand when two of the finest men of the city and said, “That is my house, over there. We came up to speak to him. Now, Jake, you could see a little woman through the window. make an effort, and we will help you, and That is my wife.' We got him out of the God will help you.' I wish I had the graphic carriage. He was a great, tall man, and he touch of an Angelo, that I might picture the straightened himself up and walked as best face of the man as they got hold of his hand. he could to the door. Mind you, he was not Said he, ‘Will-you-help-me?! Yes, we sober. As I saw him walking along, I will!' Well—I'll— try!' Ah! he knew thought, ‘A little while ago I was in that what a fight it was to be.
condition myself ; I thank God that I am These men did not leave him. Give ne saved.' I stepped in with him, and his wife the Christian heart that grapples with the was sitting by the window sewing. I have sinking man and says, “I will not let him go.' seen a great many sorrowful-looking women, They are the true heroes anointed by God but I think I never saw such a face. Himself, who will walk to the edge of the Jake undertook to introduce me. Wifepit and pull up their lost brother if their this is-Mr Murphy—the temperance-man. hands are burnt in doing it. These men I met him-down town-last night-and I stayed with Jake all night-think of it !- thought I would-bring him-up home. I they never went home. They made a little didn't know but you would like-to-see vinegar punch, and put it on his burning lips, him. She never lifted her head. This is so strong was the appetite that was consum- Mr-Murphy-the-temperance man. But ing him, and with which he had to do battle. she paid no attention to either of us. I be
I was passing up the public street next day lieve she thought I had been keeping comearly in the morning. A gentleman stopped pany with her husband in his cups. Jake me and said, “That man is in my office.' I'd walked across the floor, sat down in a chair, like to see him,' I said. After I had posted and with his elbows on his knees, hid his face some letters I went into the lawyer's ante- in his hands. Nobody invited me to sit room, and there was my poor drinking friend, down, but I helped myself to a chair
. I with this Christian gentleman holding his could not help looking at Jake's wife. There head. The man did not notice me, and in a she sat with her face white as marble, and the
cheek-bones sticking out. I am not exag; I must tell you that the wife's father lived gerating when I say that her hand looked in a city of Pennsylvania, and the mayor of more like a bird's claw than a hand.
the town had telegraphed' to her father that By-and-by, to the right of me, in a back she was starving. Said she, 'Father has been room, there was a sound of something going here, and he says if I won't go home now, I on. A little fellow walked out, and patter, can never go.' And then she said, 'Do you patter, went his little feet along the floor. want me to go? Oh no,' he said, 'stay Where do you think he went? Over yonder with me. I said to her, "Have you ever to the drunken father. He laid his little asked God for Christ's sake to give you hands on his father's hands. The man raised your husband sober?' 'I do not think I his head a little, and put his arms about his have, Mr Murphy; I do not know how to boy. Said he, 'Do you-love-papa ?' 'I pray. I said, "Let us kneel down together
, “ love oo, papa! I love oo, papa! the little and ask God to help us.' In that little home fellow replied. The poor drunken father in the West I knelt with my brother and my kissed his boy; then he bowed his head and sister, and in my humble way asked God for wept like a child. The mother had paid no Christ's sake to help the poor
drunkard. attention to me, but when she heard her And oh! how he prayed for himself
. I heard husband weeping she lifted her head in the crack of the chains that had bound him. amazement and said to me, 'Mr Murphy, has I saw the walls of the prison-louse, where he my husband signed the pledge? I said, had lain so long, crumble to pieces by the “Yes
, ma'am. In an instant the little face infinite mystery of God's saving grace. I saw that was so white became radiant with the him stand erect, disenthralled, with a free colour of a new life. She too bowed her hand, a clean mouth, and a new heart. He head and wept. The poor drunkard rose to has been a true, noble, consistent Christian his feet and came and knelt before his wife. gentleman, and a member of the Church of He steadied himself and said, 'Wife, I want Christ, from that time to the present. And you to forgive me.' 'Oh yes,' she said, “I can to-night he receives the grateful devotion of forgive you ; but the child has been so hungry!' forty thousand men whom he has helped as a 'I know it; but, with God's help, it shall not living testimony to the saving efficiency of the occur again.'
Gospel of the Son of God. - London Christian.
Intelligence. THE CRITICAL CONFLICT.-We have trans- / spondents, 47; schools in connection or correferred this paper from the Philadelphia Pres- spondence with the Society, 265; scholars, byterian Journal of April 6, 13, and 20. It 16,648; zenanas visited, 278; pupils in do. has evidently formed an address to the students (returns imperfect), 1399. Receipts have been of divinity at Princeton. It is a very able £7652, and expenditure £7625. and opportune essay, and will be read with as THE CHRISTIAN VERNACULAR EDUCATION much interest in this country as on the other SOCIETY FOR INDIA.—Total receipts for the side of the Atlantic.
past year, £12,894; expenditure, £13,736; PROTESTANT CHRISTIANS IN INDIA.— In training institutions, 3; teachers and mission 1851 they numbered 91,092; 1861, 183,731 ; agents trained, 710; students under training 1871, 224,258; 1881, 340,623. This represents as teachers, 130; children under Christian a gain of 52 per cent. from 1851 to 1861, 61 instruction, 6500; children instructed by per cent. from 1861 to 1871, and 52 per cent. teachers trained by the Society in schools of from 1871 to 1881. The per cent. gain in the other societies, 32,000; copies of publications Protestant schools has been about the same. printed in eighteen languages, 9,277,499; col
JAPAN.--A Japanese newspaper publishes porteurs in India and Ceylon, 158. a list of fifty Japanese books prepared by the THE BISHOP OF LONDON'S FUND.-About missionaries of the American Board; a strik- £650,000 have been contributed for the puring.commentary on the progress of the land poses of this fund; 129 new churches in London during the past eleven years. Fifteen of these and 13 in Surrey have been aided by it. are published by native houses, and six are Besides numerous mission-rooms, 250 clergyprepared at their own charges by native men have been added to the diocese, and 68 Christians.
lay agents are now supported by the fund. CANADA – ITS RELIGIOUS STATISTICS.- IRISH CHURCH MISSIONS.-In addition to Population, according to the census of last the sum spent by this Society in maintaining year, 4,324,810. Of this number 1,791,982 are missionaries and teachers, it has been instruRoman Catholics, leaving 2,522,830 in the mental in causing the erection-with funds various Protestant denominations.
specially raised for the purpose — of 19 SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING FEMALE EDUCA- churches, 9 parsonages, 8 orphanages, and 33 TION IN THE EAST.-Two fresh labourers have schoolhouses. At present it maintains 33 gone forth into the field during the past year. Sunday schools, attended by 2298 children It has-missionaries, 32; missionary corre- and adults, and 60 week-day schools with an
attendance of 3015 scholars. The missionary local authorities forbid real Bible colportage; agency numbers 288, comprising 27 ordained and in the Tyrol, even orders for Bibles may clergymen, 172 trained agents-Scripture not be taken. In Italy 40 colporteurs have readers, schoolmasters and mistresses—and 89 sold 39,000 copies. In Sweden the Gospel of agents employed in Irish teaching and in Matthew has been published in Swedish Lapp, teaching texts of Scripture. About 149 Sab- prepared by Pastor Laestadius. bath and 138 weekday services are held
LONDON SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING CHRISduring each month, attended by aggregate TIANITY AMONG THE Jews.-Income for past congregations of about 23,000. During each month the Scripture-readers make nearly 80v0 year, £37,055, exceeding the preceding year by visits, visiting about 16,000 persons. Nearly has been the precursor and pioneer of kindred
£2818; expenditure, £35,331. The Society a million of tracts, handbills, and other plain societies. There are now about fifteen Prospiritual and pointed publications are circu: testant societies for the promotion of Chrislated every year. The income, exclusive of tianity among the Jews. At the annual meetEnglish contributions, has been £2472.
ing, Rev. Dr Stern stated that there were at CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY.—Total con- least 3000 converts from Judaism to Christributions for the past year, £212,910;, ex- tianity at present in this country. He had penditure, £193,515. Within the year there himself, within the last ten years, baptised have been accepted nineteen candidates for nearly 200 Jews and Jewesses, and the bapmission service, ready to go out at once. The tismal register of the Society in Palestine Society has now on its roll of missionaries Place contained the names of more than 800 eleven qualified medical men, three of whom Jewish people who, during the last twenty are ordained, and the rest laymen, engaged years, had publicly avowed their faith in distinctively as medical missionaries. In addi. Christ crucified. tion, many of the Society's missionaries have more or less acquaintance with medicine and
RELIGIOUS TRACT SOCIETY.—During the surgery, and have made effective use of their past year 664 new publications have been knowledge. There are also two native quali- issued. The receipts from all sources have fied medical men, both ordained.
been £198,934, and the expenditure £196,426. BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY.
The total amount received from subscriptions The total issues of Bibles, New Testaments, has been £29,013, and the excess of grants and portions at home have been 1,509,000;
over the missionary receipts has been £17,013, abroad, 1,429,000; in all, 2,038,000 copies ; and making a total missionary expenditure of since the formation of the Society, 93,953,000.
£46,027. The free income has been £104,837; from CHURCH OF ENGLAND ZENANA MISSIONARY Scriptures sold, £94,822; and the total income SOCIETY.-Income for past year, £15,614, an has been £199,785. The Society has about increase of £1975 on the year; an increase 300 colporteurs over Europe, and 200 more in mainly due to the exertions of the Ladies' other parts of the world. There are 60 col- Associations, which had increased to 452. porteurs in France, and they have sold 76,300 The Society had now 52 missionaries in the books, large and small, within the year. The field. The first annual meeting of the Bengali circulation in Austria shows an increase of Christian Ladies' Association, held in Calcutta 8000 copies. A wider toleration is still needed in November last, was attended by nearly 300 in Austria proper, for in almost every part native ladies.
BY KATE SUMNER GATES.
H dear, it's pleasant, and it will That was the notice read on Sunday, and be just perfectly elegant this therein lay the secret of Carrie's sigh. It was evening,' said Carrie Leonard, only a few weeks before that she had publicly turning away from her window confessed her love for Christ, and her earnest with a sigh and a very, very long desire and purpose to please Him in all things.
face. There was to be a concert It had slipped her mind what evening it was that evening, a remarkably fine one, by the when she had accepted the invitation. And best talent, and Ned Wilmer had invited her now, what should she do? to go. Given-the prospect of a perfectly She knew just how
Ned would look, how elegant evening, full moon, capital driving, a sarcastically he would smile when she told four-mile ride in excellent company, with a him why she could not go. And yet how rare musical treat at the end of it-and can many, many times in the olden days they two you possibly imagine what one could find to had commented on the inconsistencies of sigh and look doleful about? But you see it Christians! Ned had been away; she did not was Thursday:
know whether he had been told of her change Prayer and conference meeting as usual on
Somehow she had not had courage to Thursday evening at 7.30 o'clock.
speak of it herself, though they had compared
notes on all other topics. Oh dear, what The-dickens!' exclaimed Ned Wilmer in should she do?
surprise, as be let fall a dainty little note from 'If Ned knows I profess to be a Christian, his hands that noon. “Plague take it!' he I'm very sure that, though he may be vexed, said impatiently, as he picked it up again. still, after all, clear down in his heart, he will An hour afterwards, he added to himself, think I ought to stay at home and be in my
ver his books and papers, ‘ But it was plucky place.'
in her, after all, and I respect her for it. I But how could she give up the treat? And always said, if I was a Christian, I would be how could she tell him? Her face grew hot up to the mark. I hate half-way work-butat the very thought of his mocking smile. I wish she'd let me alone!' And then Ned She had hoped it would be stormy, so that it tried to put all his thoughts upon his work. would be impossible to go. She had felt that But there was an earnest little plea in the she should look upon her sickest sick headache note he had thrown so impatiently aside that as a positive godsend; anything, in fact, she would not be forgotten; in fact, the harder thought would be welcome that would decide he tried to forget about it the more persistthe question for her. But never had she felt ently he remembered it, and at last he gave it better in her life, and not a cloud was to be up in despair. seen. She must decide herself whether she And only to think,' said Carrie afterwards, would confess her Saviour or deny Him. the very thing I was afraid would prejudice
* But,' she thought, brightening up, 'I do him, influenced him most of all, he says. I not see why I need worry and fret so. It believe, after all, it was Satan put that thought cannot be wrong after all to go; for Deacon into my head; for I do believe if only I follow Smith and his wife are going, and Mame Christ closely, everything will end right.' Trask, Will Sheldon, and Mr and Mrs Fisk too, and every one of them church members. The idea of my being so foolish as to think it wrong.' And banishing all her scruples, she SORROW
CHRISTIAN.-In the went about setting her room to rights, her Lauterbrunnen, in the canton of Bern, in face bright with pleasant anticipations for the the Swiss Oberland, rushes a mountain evening's enjoyment.
stream toward the valley as if it would But when she came to sit down to her carry destruction among the villages below. morning's reading, her expression changed, But, leaping from a sheer precipice of
, for this was the very first verse her eyes nearly nine hundred feet in height, it is rested upon : What is that to thee; follow caught in the clutch of the winds and sifted thou Me' After all, what was it to her in fine, soft showers, whose benignant spray whether every one else went or not, she was covers the fields with perpetual green. Many to follow Him, not others. But how she did a sorrow, Christian friend, may be such a hate to give it up!
torrent to you. It may bedew you with Then, too, there was Ned. If he was not a meekness, patience, heavenly-mindedness. In Christian, she pleaded, she wanted to influ- the grand and glorious vocation of building, ence him to be." Would it not prejudice him as Christ shall help you, a perfected Christian against religion if she should excuse herself character, it will do what no dazzle of profrom going on account of the prayer-meeting? sperity will effect. And when, in the life to What is that to thee; follow thou Me!' come, your eyes open to see all things in their The words fairly rang in her ears. It was not true values, you may cry in grateful ecstasy, anything to her; her part was to follow Christ. Thank God for my griefs and afflictions.He would take care of the rest.
A Daily Portion.
if he escape them both, yet death (that THERE IS ONE EVENT UNTO ALL'
serpent) will find him out. Childhood is our Eccles. ix. 3.
morning, middle age our high noon, old age
our evening, death our sunset. One would For age, then, death is looked for; young have young men saluted with, Good morrow, men know they may die, old men know they or welcome into the world; men of middle must die. The youngest is old enough to die, age with, Good day; old men with, Good the oldest too old to live long. Death stands night, because they are going out of the world. behind the young man's back, before the old It is miserable for an old man not to be preman's face. There are three messengers of pared for death. Death shakes him by the death-casualty, sickness, age. Hath not the hand in the palsy, yet no acquaintance? he first messenger spoke with thee? yet the hath one foot in the grave, yet no thought of second. Hast thou escaped the second ? yet dissolution? he is come to the threshold of his the third will not fail. As if a man did flee long home, yet still worldly-minded. But the from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into good old man thinks this life, like a throng in the house, and a serpent bit him.' While a a narrow passage, the sooner out the sooner man runs from the lion, the bear assaults at ease.—1'. Adams.
JUNE 28. • WATCH THEREFORE:
BE YE THEREFORE READY ALSO : FOR THE
SON OF MAN COMETH AT AN HOUR WHEN Matt. xxiv. 42.
YE THINK NOT.'-Luke xii. 40. Seeing our dissolution is so certain, the time time of our death. 1. Because in nature the
For three reasons God conceals from us the so uncertain, the very mention of it bids us
fear of death is more terrible than death itself. be prepared. Put not off your amendment, We know that we must die, to avoid all lest what you defer for a long time, God take away for ever. For it is just, that he who doubts; we know not when, to qualify our living forgot God, dying should forget him. neither the ungodly should despair, as if they
fears. 2. To preserve men from despair. That self. Many serve God, as they do their had no time allowed for repentance ; neither servants, with reversions, but He looks to be the faithful be cast down, because the time served with present obedience. We know not our last day, that we might watch every day; was too long of exercising their patience. 3. we cannot tell how far it is off, therefore let us believe it to be very near.
Because we God allows pectation to encounter death. man a liberal time, a whole day. Now a day Paul to die daily
know not when we shall die, let us learn with
a consists of twelve hours; Are there not twelve if he knew that he had but a month to live;
The worldling would weep hours in the day? saith Christ. What enemies yet he leaps
and sings, and securely rejoiceth, are we to ourselves, that of those twelve hours when perhaps he hath not one day.—T. which God allows us, we allow ourselves not
Adams. one!-T. Adams.
'I HAVE PLANTED, APOLLOS WATERED; BUT ‘GO THY WAY FOR THIS TIME; WHEN I HAVE GOD GAVE THE INCREASE.'-1 Cor. iii. 6.
A CONVENIENT SEASON, I WILL CALL FOR All a minister can do is but his endeavour; THEE.--Acts xxiv. 25.
Paul can but plant and Apollos water, it is Many men post off their conversion; and at God that gives the increase. It is our part to twenty send religion afore them to thirty; endeavour, the Lord's to bless it with success. then put it off to forty; and yet not pleased Preachers are called saviours, Saviours shall to overtake it, they promise it entertainment come upon Mount Zion;' yet is there but one at threescore. At last_death comes, and he Saviour of us all, Jesus Christ. They are allows not one hour. In youth men resolve called lights, yet there is but one Light; to afford themselves the time of age to serve Christ is that true Light, which lighteth God; in age they shuffle it off to sickness; every man. They are called reconcilers, yet when sickness comes, care to dispose their Christ is the only Reconciler; 'God was in goods, lothness to die, hope to escape, martyrs Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, that good thought, and their resolution still and we have but the ministry of this reconkeeps before them. If we have but the lease ciliation. It is one thing to teach, another of a farm for one-and-twenty years, we make thing to convert. Well may the minister use of the time, and gather profit. But in move his tongue and his lips like organ-pipes, this precious farm of time we are so bad but if there be no breath of God's Spirit with husbands that our lease comes out before we them, it is to no purpose. Lift up your hearts are one pennyworth of grace the richer by it. to heaven; he hath a pulpit above the clouds -T. Adams.
that preacheth to the conscience.—7. Adams. JUNE 27. 'BEHOLD, NOW IS THE ACCEPTED TIME.'
IN EARTHEN Let men repent while they live, that they
VESSELS, THAT THE EXCELLENCY OF THE may rejoice when they die. You tell me that POWER MAY BE OF GOD, AND NOT OF US.' one malefactor went from the cross to para
-2 Cor. iv. 7. dise; but we must not hide from you that It is the name of Jesus, through faith in God opened the mouth of one ass, yet every that name, which converts us; let none of His ass is not thereby privileged to speak. Let glory cleave to our earthen fingers. You us be liberal on God's part. He that truly think it enough to commend us; no, bless the repents one day before he dies shall surely be Lord, whose power is magnified in our weaksaved. With greediness you hear this, but ness. When we have done all, it is but our abuse it not; trust it, but trust not yourselves. endeavour; we would have saved you. And He that gives pardon to repentance, is not be it to our comfort, our endeavour shall be bound to give repentance to sinners. Be sure accepted; 'If there be a willing mind, it is thou repentest that one day before thy death; accepted according to that a man hath, not but hereof thou canst not be sure unless thou according to that he hath not.' We endeavour repent every day. The Lord hath made a to save you, do you endeavour to be saved; promise to repentance, not of epentance. If and the Spirit of God bless both our endeathou convertest to-morrow, thou art sure of vours; that though the minister part with his grace; but thou art not sure of to-morrow's people on earth, they may all meet together conversion.-T. Adams.
in heaven.-T. Adams.