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plunged into the nearest public-house, where In the evening, as we conversed together, the oaths of the wild revellers would drown my companion gave me many instances of at least for a little the pitiable sobs and cries persons who had been dwellers in this city or of her little one. Such scenes made one sick its dependent province, but who had forsaken at heart, and we turned gladly out of that it, and become distinguished in the roll of miserable street. Still, vice in one form or Immanuel's servants. another met us at every turn. From many a He told me of one who afterwards became a group rose ribald laughter, while horrible renowned ambassador of Immanuel, who in oaths and obscene language filled the ear. ancient times had been a ringleader in evil in Here was to be met the foolish woman, gaudy this city. He was not born here, but was and clamorous, who accosted passengers who brought up by his mother in Immanuel's went right on their ways, saying, “Whoso is Land, who so imbued him with a reverence simple let him turn in hither:' and as for him for that Prince, that when he had learned to that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, read, he used to dislike any book in which ‘Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in His name did not occur. However, when he secret is pleasant. But those who were grew older, he emigrated to this unhappy allured within her walls of dissipation and land, and liked its Prince, its people, and its debauchery, knew not that though her lips laws, if such they could be called. A friend drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is of his was seized with fever, and when very ill smoother than oil; yet her feet go down to called upon Immanuel. This dissipated youth death, and her steps take hold on hell, that laughed at his alarm, and tried by mocking to none that go unto her return again, neither do draw him back to Belial's service. His friend they take hold on the paths of life. With all told him he must never again speak to him on her professions of love there is treachery in her this subject, as he was determined to follow bosom, and blood on her hands, for she hath Christ. A relapse of the fever carried him cast down many wounded, many strong men off, leaving his friend inconsolable for his loss, have been slain by her. Her house is the way though not, alas! attracted to his Saviour. He to hell, going down to the chambers of death.* continued to pursue vicious courses, while
As we walked towards the Hotel, the yet seeking for wisdom, and at last became preacher told me of cases which had come convinced that if he was to find true wisdom, under his own observation of persons who had he must find some influence that could free jeopardised and lost their all in this life, and him from the power as well as from the in too many cases, it was to be feared also, in penalty of his sin. He found this influence at the life to come, through giving themselves last in Divine Grace, and yielded himself over to one or other of the two grim vices heartily to its sway, and thereafter became which ruled over this populous city of Carnal one of Immanuel's most distinguished servants Desire. He told me of families, every member and statesmen, and used all his talents, which of which-father, mother, sons, and daughters were of very high order, during the latter --he had followed to the tomb, to which they portion of his life, in commending to others had hurried themselves before the time, the grace of Immanuel, which he had found through mad indulgence in strong drink; of so efficacious in his own heart. a brother whom he had found lying dead Q. Was Immanuel quite willing to receive drunk on the bed on which the coffin of his one who had so long outraged His laws, and yet unburied sister was laid ; of a grave- who offered to become His servant only after digger falling down into the open grave into years of indulgence in sin? which a coffin had just been lowered; and A. Yes. He had said, “Him that cometh many other sights, which made my blood run unto Me, I will in no wise cast out.' I His cold as I listened to his gruesome narrative. experience is thus recorded Even that very day a lady of position and
'I lov'd Thee late, though early well I knew, wealth had driven up along with a friend to the
From saintly mother, what to Thee was due; door, and requested him to come and converse And such a mother, following her child with her. She told him that she had become From home to cities, where in riot wild a slave of strong drink, and desired to know
I liv’d, and sometimes prayed without a vow, whether he could assist her to break its
“Lord, give me purity, but give not now." shackles. She seemed anxious and earnest; • I lov'd Thee late, Lord, after shameful years so earnest, that though rain was pouring in
Of strife, wag'd hard between desires and fears, torrents at the time, and the carriage was an
Thy word now check'd me; now my will give rein
To lusts that drew me deep in vice again. open one, she continued to converse with him
O Patience wonderful, Thou didst not hate for half-an-hour, refusing to come under
The lingering heart of him who lov'd Thee late.'$ shelter, or to postpone the conversation; but yet so abandoned to the use of intoxicants, Another resident in this city, who in his day that at last she said to him, 'Mr —, if you
was a well-known leader in profligacy in the were to offer me the salvation of my soul in town, of whom my friend told me, was a one hand, and a glass of spirits in the other, I Colonel in the army. The son also of a pious would choose the glass of spirits.'+
mother, he gave himself up to practise all
uncleanness with greediness, being yet so * Prov. ii. 19; v. 3, 5; ix. 16-18. † These incidents are substantially authentic.
John vii. 37.
$ St Augustine.
far from finding true happiness in his sin
• The world beheld the glorious change, ful course of life, that on one occasion when
And did Thine hand confess;
My tongue broke out in unknown strains, some of his dissolute companions were con
And sung surprising grace, gratulating him on his varied good fortune, seeing a dog stray into the room at that «“Great is the work,” my neighbours cried, moment, his conscience was so ill at ease that
And own'd the power divine; he could not forbear groaning inwardly, and
“Great is the work," my heart replied,
“And be the glory Thine."'+ saying, 'Oh that I were that dog!' He never embraced the sceptical opinions of many of He spoke also of other residents in this city his friends, but believed in the being and who became afterwards honoured servants of holiness of God, whose law, however, he cast Immanuel, and in listening to such bistories, utterly behind his back. He had many re- the time stole away till we had to retire to markable providential deliverances : once, on rest. I asked if these were exceptional cases, the field of battle, a bullet going through his or if many natives of this country had thus mouth and passing out at the back of his relinquished Diabolus' service. neck; on another occasion, by the fall of his He replied, “Great numbers, blessed be God. horse (he was one of the most perfect eques- In Immanuel's Provinces, which you have trians of his day); and again, in a hurricane already visited, and in His other dominions, at sea, when the captain telling him to begin are very many who once dwelt here, living on to pray now if he ever intended to do it at all, swine's husks, wallowing in corruption, and he cried for deliverance to the God whom he for dainties, feasting on the abominable and had despised, and was heard. Yet all these poisonous fruits that grow in this unhappy escapes made no lasting impression upon him, land," but they are washed, but they are and in the year 1719, when thirty-seven years justified, but they are sanctified in the name of age, he was as dissolute as ever. Then it of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our was that while waiting for the hour of mid- God.” | While in the Celestial Country is a night to carry out some black deed which he countless multitude who once lived here, but had arranged, he took up, to while away the have now washed their robes and keep His time, a small book that was lying in his room, commandments, and instead of feasting on the called “The Christian Soldier; or, Heaven Tree with the Forbidden Fruit, they have Taken by Storm,' and which his pious mother right to the Tree of Life, and enter through had probably placed in his baggage. As he the gates into the city.'Ş read, an unusual blaze of light fell on the
(To be continued.) page. Thinking some accident had happened to the candle, he looked up, and saw before him a representation of the Lord Jesus surrounded with glory, and was impressed as if
RELIGION AT WATERING-PLACES. a voice addressed him to this effect, “O sinner, did I suffer this for thee, and are these thy make a demand upon Christians to be true
Of all places in the world, these places returns?'
to themselves and their profession. If you He sank down insensible through astonishment and awe, and when he awoke was filled where you have your home, be the same in
are a good worker for God in the Church with agony of heart under the sense of the the mission field which you occupy during the greatness of his sins, by which he had crucified Immanuel, and of the majesty and patience profession, and influence at home. These in
You cannot leave your character, of his offended God. After three months of Auences surround you and fill the air. Others great distress, during which he abhorred him take knowledge of you that you honour or disself as the vilest monster in creation, and honour Him whose name you wear. It is my thought he must certainly perish, hope began happiness to have friends who are, if possible
, to dawn by degrees into his mind, until the burden of his sin was removed by that Scrip: Relieved from the cares of business, if they
more useful in the summer than in the winter. ture concerning Immanuel, ‘Him God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in they spend much time in doing good where
are men, from home duties, if they are women, His blood, to declare His righteousness for the they are resting and recruiting. remission of sins, that He might be just, and good example in the house where they sojourn;
They set a the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.'* The terrors of his former state were now they attend; they impart fresh vigour to the
they encourage the minister whose service changed into unutterable joy, which kept him religious circle in which they move; they give, waking for three nights together without any and do, and pray. And just the best work a sense of fatigue. The following verses he working Christian can do is to be a living, delighted in, as exactly expressing his condition:
active, consistent, cheerful Christian among
the people at a watering-place or among the · When God reveal'd His gracious name,
mountains in his summer vacation.— Irenaeus And chang'd my mournful state,
+ Passages from the Life of Col. James Gardiner.
By Philip Doddridge, D.D. (Tract Society). * Rom. iii. 25, 26.
11 Cor. i. 11.
Rev, xxii. 14.
HAD just counted out three florins | tell him how wrong it is to steal. I came here for the washerwoman, and laid to do it myself.'
. them on the table, when the bell The man looked uncomfortable. I wish, rang. On opening the door, I ma'am, you could do it; for I am a poor person found a telegraph messenger. He to talk.
was a handsome, wide-awake boy, It was growing colder and darker; the but his face was blue with cold, and I bade supper and the company came into my mind. him come in and warm himself. He took Should I wait for Harry? Was it worth the a seat by the fire, and, as I glanced at the bother? Was it worth the bother to say a message, his bright eyes travelled round the few words that might do good and might not?
After reading the message, I said, Was it worth the bother to try and change this "There is no answer, and, if you are warm, boy's whole life, perhaps ? you can go.
I concluded to wait; so the operator placed He half rose to go, paused, and said, 'Please, a chair by the fire, and went back to his work. ma'am, could you give me a drink of water?' The room was a dreary one, and there was
I said, “Certainly, and stepped into the nothing to look at but some railroad maps on dining room for a glass of water. When I the wall. My thoughts were grave, my feet gave it to him he drank a very little, seized were cold, and my supper waited at home. his hat, and seemed in a great hurry to go. Twenty minutes passed, and no sound was The great hurry was explained when I came heard save the click of the instrument and to the room. I noticed that a newspaper had the tramp of the passers-by. Thirty-forty been thrown over my three florins, and, on minutes slipped away, and my feet" seemed lifting it, behold! one florin was gone. I turning to stone. Was it worth the bother? stood quite still with surprise. Could it be Surely, whoever goes out into the world to possible that my bright-eyed boy was a thief? seek lost sheep' must have patience and He must be--for no one else had entered the perseverance.
Then it flashed across me that the At last, when an hour had passed, a quick request for water was simply a plan to get me step was heard, and Harry Carter came in out of the room, so that he could rob me. with bright eyes and red cheeks. He went Could so young a boy be so crafty? Surely straight to the operator without noticing me. this was warming a viper. Now I understood | I heard the man say gravelywhy he flew down the steps in such haste. Harry, there is a lady by the fire who
I sat down to think a little. Was it worth wants to see you.' a mile of bitter cold riding to the telegraph • To see me! Who can it be?' office to get back the florin? I was busy, and Then he walked over to me, and when he expected company to tea. No, the Horin caught my eye I knew he was the thief. The must go, and I would leave no more money red blood rushed over his brow, and his face on the table, and ask no more boys to warm was the picture of guilt. I felt sorry for him themselves. 1 had learned something, but -- very sorry, but I said in a low voicehow about the bright-eyed boy? He was
'Harry, I want the florin you took off my somebody's son, already out in the big world table.? earning his living. He would be a man some 'I didn't take it,' he said earnestly, 'I didn't day, and, having stolen a florin without meet- take it;, but he added hurriedly, “I'll give ing punishment, he might steal again, and end you one.' with the penitentiary,
‘But you need not give me one if
did I put on my hat and rode down to the office. not take mine,' I said. "Don't tell any more There was no one in but the operator. The stories, Harry-you know you took it. messenger boy had gone out.
He was afraid his employer would hear You sent your boy to my house this after what was said, and, without another word, he noon,' I said.
pulled out the florin and gave it to me. The man looked up, inquired my number, There were people coming and going, and and said, 'Yes, I did.
my time was short; but I gave him a most "What is his name?' I asked.
earnest little talk, and begged him never to 'Harry Carter.
steal again. I shall try to do something more Did you ever know of his stealing?' for Harry Carter. What his life will be I do Oh, no, ma'am, never.'
not know, but I hope that if he stole from me Well," I said, 'Harry Carter stole from me for the first time, it may also be the last time. this afternoon, I'm sorry to say.'
I hope the boys who may read this story 'Indeed, ma'am; are you sure?'
will not be like Harry Carter. I hope you Perfectly sure.
will have no 'first time to steal. If you Then I told him what had happened, and steal, you will be apt to lie to conceal it. he looked very grave. Then I said, 'It is a Stealing and lying generally go together. If great pity to let such a thing go unnoticed, you are in school, do not steal the examples and when Harry comes back, I wish you would from your desk-mate's slate, and try to pass
them off for your own. You will cheat your And the child, all weary, by their side, self worse than you cheat the teacher. Some Puts forth its eager hand, day you will need the knowledge which you But only the worthless weeds it graspsare not gaining now. Do not get the boy In vain they search the land. beside you to tell you how to spell, so that you can steal his spelling, and pass that off Till at last, worn out with the toilsome way, for your own. I knew a boy who once copied
Dying, the child sinks down, a composition out of a book, and handed it to Whiles fades the light of the year's last eve the teacher as bis own. The teacher read it,
O'er the dreary moorland brown. then wrote on it, 'Stolen,' and gave it back to him.
There are souls consumed with a hunger rain, If you go into a store or an office, be honest Through this darksome world that pass, about everything that belongs to other people. Who, perchance,'when straying in other fields, If you want a thing, ask for it; but if you Have trod on the hungry grass. fail to get it, you can better go without it than go without a good name.
And all their life is a long, long search If your time belongs to your employer, do For the charmed flower of their dreams ; not steal his time and waste it. Every one But nowhere, nowhere upon the earth likes a boy who can be trusted. People say,
That mystical floweret gleams. Honesty is the best policy, and this means Oh, vain the seeking! but leaves we bring, that honesty will always be best in the end; but it would be better perhaps to say; Has lured our eyes, but when scarcely culled,
And blossoms whose radiant glow Honesty pleases God;' think always that
As baleful herbs we know. God sees you,
you will not want to steal. I remember hearing of a bad man who went But the starving soul with the year won't die, out with his little son to steal. He looked on Though it sink down faint and weary, every side to see if any one was watching him. Dark skies above it, wild wastes around; The boy said, “Father, you did not look up It will pine through long years dreary. where God is.' And when the father heard that, he was afraid to steal.
They say that the grave can such pining cure,
In its silent, dreamless sleep ;
But not for the rest of death we pant, FAILURE.—Be not disheartened if much of
'Tis for life, more full and deep. your sowing in other hearts should seem to fail
. Make sure that you sow the 'good seed. O soul, that on hungry grass has trod; Pray for the Spirit to prepare the soil; and
Mid fields of fairer bloom, trust God to give the increase. In some hearts It may be that precious flower is found, the truth will take deep and abiding root. In a land beyond the tomb, God will find ways to plough the fallow ground Where Sharon's Rose emits its breath, and break the hard rock, and to uproot the
And the lily of the vale ; cares and selfish desires that hinder spiritual life. There will be some in whom the fruit And there may the Living Bread be found,
That thy need can never fail. will be thirty, sixty, and a hundred fold.
And there thou mayest thy thirst assuage, The Charmed flower.
Where the Living Water flows;
And there in shelter sure abide, When by an Irish peasant's hearth
Where the True Vine spreads its bouglis. A little one pines away,
There is surely nought but that Bread of Life With sunken eyes and fading cheeks:
Can still the spirit's pain; In a mournful, sure decay,
When only it drinks from those living streams, Yet with a hunger that nought can appease, It may not thirst again.
Craves food from morn till night, While weaker, still weaker, the wasted form, And only fruit from the True Vine plucked And quenched the eyes' glad light.
Can cure the pining soul, The wise women, skilled in mystic lore,
And only the shelter its branches give, Shake their heads, and sadly say,
Relieve the spirit's dole. * The lamb on hungry grass has trod, And will die with the year's last day,
But heavy and thick is the air we breathe,
And the scent of heavenly flowers “l'nless the charmed flower is found,
Comes wafted not on the evening breeze, Which alone can cure such pining ;
From out those distant bowers. That flower, which blooming for one brief hour,
Must be plucked when the moon is shining.' | O Flower divine, some fragrance waft; Then the parents an anxious search begin
Bread of Life, some portion send; For the wondrous floweret bright;
O Living Streams, some drops vouchsafe; They cross the moors, and they climb the hills, True Vine! fruit, shelter lend. But that flower ne'er glads their sight.
ERRORS TO BE AVOIDED BY TEACHERS.
BY THE REV. R. M. PATTERSON, D.D.
Sabbath-school teachers, who seek the lips of Jesus were those in which He fore-
strong were the Jewish prejudices, and so deep 1. They will not consider the was the spiritual ignorance of His Apostles, conversion of their scholars the ultimate result that they could not and would not understand of their labours. The word conversion is, in Him. But how tenderly did Jesus bear with its common acceptation, made synonymous their misconception and their blindness! And with regeneration, or, at least, with the first pastors will say still that the great difficulty step in the outward Christian life as the imme- they have in dealing with awakened souls is diate effect of regeneration. This was the to make them perceive the relation of the meaning attached to it by the teacher who Saviour's death to them, and the freeness of thoughtlessly went to her pastor with the the gospel salvation. This is a part of the statement and question : ‘All my class are very darkness which has to be removed by converted. What shall I do next?
the Spirit under our instruction. When In its truer and wider significancy conver- teachers find it, in the course of their instrucsion extends over the whole Christian life of tion, they should deal with it as the Master earth, which should be a perpetual turning did. from sin. In this sense the question as to 3. Nor, with advancing years and increasing whether a person can be converted more than engagements, will teachers, who seek to repreonce is not legitimate. True conversion, in sent the Master, permit themselves to be the Christian heart and life, goes on unceas
withdrawn from their work. It will be their ingly until perfect holiness is produced by the life employment. I do not underrate the Spirit at death. But in neither sense of the importance of winning the young into the word should conversion be regarded as the ranks. But it is an evil that so many, of the great end of preaching or of Sabbath-school men especially, when they marry and settle in instruction. Not in the first sense, because the world, permit themselves to be separated while it is true that every soul which is really from the school. regenerated will persevere in the divine life, The true ideal of this department of the so that regeneration, with the first step in Church is that it should be the agency through conversion, is really the turning point in the which almost every Christian work may be destiny, yet, under God, the preservation of carried on, and that not only in it should be that life and persistence in it depend on care- retained the experienced, the grey-haired, the ful culture, accurate instruction, perpetual aged, as teachers, but that the whole comwatchfulness against temptation, and the munion-roll of the church and the members of active exercise of the Christian habits; so that the congregation should be gathered together it may almost be said, from the human point in adult as well as in youthful classes for the of view, that perseverance in conversion is study of God's Word and the prosecution of more difficult than the commencement of it. Christ's mission. Making every allowance for Nor, in the second and wider sense of the mothers, whose home relations keep them word, should conversion be exalted to this away, and for the sick and the attendants high and ultimate ground. For it suggests upon the sick, who cannot be present, the rather the negative side of the Christian life- masses of our congregations should thus be the abandonment of sin. But the positive organised. Sabbath-school classes might thus formation of all the religious virtues should accomplish all the good which our Methodist be strenuously aimed after. The decided brethren aim after in the classes which form so cultivation of devotional habits, the develop- prominent a part in their Church life. ment and strengthening of the various graces Next to the pulpit, the noblest position which constitute the rounded Christian char- which a man can occupy is that of a Sabbathacter, the promotion of activity in the work school teacher. Governors, judges, lawyers, of the Church, the production of the liberal merchants, working-men add to their dignity spirit-all these should be included as the end by entering it; and those who once engage in of Sabbath-school instruction.
it, if they truly seek to represent the Master, 2. Teachers under the influence of the will never leave it until, as death removed Master will not grow impatient with scholars Him, so it takes them from the earth. who are not apt in grasping their instructions, and quick in putting them in practice. How dull of understanding were the disciples of the BLINDNESS. Natural blindness is but a Master! But how divine was His forbear- trifling ill as compared with that which afflicts ance while He repeated and enforced His the human soul. Happily, Jesus can remove teachings! ‘Precept upon precept, precept the latter as well as the former. To Him we upon precept; line upon line, line upon line.' are invited to come, and to bring our neighTake one example of this. As we now read bours and friends.