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of God, to give an account of every thought, ploughmen from the estate on which the and word, and action. To what place did farm stood ; and they all dated their you expect to go when you died?” “Why, conversion to the efforts of the farmer's to heaven, certainly,” said she “So does daughter. everybody," he replied. If you ask the The young minister who has figured in drunkard, and the Sabbath-breaker, and this anecdote went abroad as a missionary, the liar, they all hope to go to heaven. and long acted a distinguished part, for But on what grounds did you found your Christian usefulness, on the continent of hope?” “Why I never did any body any Europe. On his return to this country, he harm; I had always been dutiful to my paid a visit to the farm. The father, who parents, and an affectionate sister, and kind had now grown to be an old man of eighty, to my neighbours.” “0," said the young came out to meet him; and while his silver minister, " that is delightful so far as it locks flowed down on his shoulders, he goes! It is pleasing to think of one who exclaimed, “Now, sir, we are a whole has a dutiful daughter, and a kind sister family going to Heaven through Christ. and neighbour. But had you no other And dear Betsy has been the instrument of grounds for hope?” “No," she replied: accomplishing it all.”
were they not sufficient?" He made no direct reply; but said, “ I am very thankful
Vicissitude. you did not die." "Why," she inquired sharply, “do you think I should not have WILLIAM ELLIOT, a native of London, gone to heaven?” “Yes,” said he, “I am passed through many changes of situation sure you would not! You were hoping to during life, and died at the advanced go to heaven without Christ! The Bible age of ninety-seven years. He experienced knows nothing of sinners being saved many a vicissitude, and tried many a without Christ. You were resting on a shifting method of obtaining worldly hapfalse foundation; and had you died, that piness, under the influence of the carnal foundation would have given way, and you principles and adventurous spirit which would have fallen through itinto perdition. characterize a large portion of civilized She was impressed and arrested, and begged society. In the early part of his life, he the young minister to instruct her. He was an eminent distiller, but he suffered explained to her the way of salvation; and losses, and eventually became a bankrupt. God blessed what he said to her conversion. He next went to sea, expecting to push
Having now obtained light in her own his way by boldness and enterprise ; and, soul, she could not be at rest while her having fallen into the hands of pirates, he friends were still in darkness. “O that escaped to an uninhabited island, where he my father were here! I am sure he knows spent five years in solitude, subsisting on nothing of all this!" In two days she left the spontaneous productions of the climate. the house where she was visiting, and After a series of adventures, he succeeded returned to her home. She soon found an in getting back to his native land, and opportunity of speaking to her father. He commenced to traverse the country as a was surprised and alarmed, and gave her strolling player. Tiring of his new octhis decided answer: “I desire that you cupation, he next kept a lottery office, and will never speak to me on this subject afterwards practised as a quack-physician; again. It has never before been brought and, having failed to obtain what he into my family; and I beg I may never thought sufficient encouragement, he then hear of it more.' She spoke next to her became a horse-dealer, and speculated in mother, who also was surprised and dis- the state-lottery, eventually drawing a prize tressed, and said, “I am your mother, I am of ten thousand pounds. He at length not to be schooled by you. Let me hear no possessed what he esteemed a fair fortune, more of this.” She then tried her brothers and abandoned himself to fashionable pleaand sisters and had to endure a long season sures; but, actuated by an uncontrollable of persecution; every one wondering what love of speculation, he addicted himself, at had happened to Betsy. But she gradually first fashionably, and afterwards professionwon them over by her sweet and amiable ally, to the practice of gaming; and he bedeportment. At length she obtained per- came speedily reduced to extreme indimission from her father to have family gence, and was arrested for debt, and shut worship; and twenty persons assembled, up, during many years, in Fleet prison. night and morning, at that house, while After re-acquiring liberty, for which he she read the scriptures and prayed. A was indebted to the insolvent Act, he comminister in the neighborhood had the hap- menced to labour as a common porter. piness of admitting into his church nine His strength, however, was not long in
THE EXPELLED SABBATH SCHOLAR.
failing him, and he took up the occupation perience, this throng of powerful precepof a street-beggar, and spent in it the con- tors, failed to teach so much as one lesson cluding years of his life. Strangely, as of true practical wisdom. The reason is some persons may think, yet naturally, obvious: he acted to the full, on principles and almost as a necessary result of the of earthly discretion,-on principles such elements which composed his character, as our carnal knowledge suggests for becomhe declared, that of all the situations he ing, prosperous and happy, -and cared had filled, of all the pursuits in which he nothing for those sublime, but spiritual ever engaged, that of a common beggar lessons which carry with them the promise yielded him the greatest amount of of this life and of that which is to come. happiness.
Oh how blessedly are those protected, if Here was a man, whom prosperity in not from vicissitudes, at least from the business, commercial ruin, exile, solitude, follies, and shame, and suffering, which providential deliverances, fluctuations in so often attend them, who seek first the pecuniary enterprise, acquaintance with kingdom of God and his righteousness, the most various modes of life, acquisition calmly relying on the Divine love for the of wealth, reduction to poverty, imprison- supply of every want, believing that the ment, hard labour, and beggary;-here life is more than meat, and the body than was a man whom all these varieties of ex- raiment!'
The Expelled Sabbath-scholar. "I have seen your mother.” “Is the old
woman alive?" was the careless, unnatural AN ANECDOTE.
reply. “Yes she is,” rejoined the sergeant,
"but I suppose by this time she is no more; One of the earliest scholars in a Sunday- she was very ill, and has sent you a smali school in Kent, was the only child of his present." I hope it is some money," was mother, and she was a widow. Perhaps his answer. Ah," said the sergeant, “my he had been a spoiled child, for his life was lad, it is something better than money; it wild, capricious, and wicked. In the may prove better than gold and silver, if Sunday-school, where he was placed for you use it aright; it is a Bible.” He looked instruction, he made no improvement; and, at it with chagrin. “Your mother has it was only respect for the aged widow sent you one dying request, and that is, which prevented him from being expelled. that you will look at this Bible, and read, At length the conductors were driven to at least, one verse every day." He took dismiss him. The boy was cast out from the Bible, and handled it, as if he were all the means most likely to save him, and afraid or ashamed of it; sorely chagrined he enlisted to be a soldier. He was sent that he had got nothing which he esteemed to America during the unhappy and re- better. “Well," he said, “it is not much gretted war, which we last conducted to look at a single verse every day." He against that country.
casually opened the book, and said, “Why When he entered the army, he became this is very strange; here the only verse as notorious, as marked, and as profligate just falls under my eye, that ever I was abroad, as he had been obstinate and self- able to learn at the Sunday-school—Come willed at home. His mother still survived unto me, all ye that are weary and heavy to weep over him, and to pray for him; laiden, and I will give you rest.' Oh that She found a sergeant, the son of a neigh- is very strange! Pray who is this that says, bouring farmer, who was going out to the "Come unto me? "Do you not know," regiment in which her son was, and she said the sergeant, "that it is Jesus Christ? obtained a small Bible, and sent it to him, It is He who says, 'Come unto me.' He and who can help supposing that she em- is waiting to receive such poor sinners as balmed it with her tears, and followed it you and me." A few more words passed; by her prayers? The boy had resisted many and, as the sergeant turned aside, he looked efforts to do him good; but who could tell back, and saw the soldier, with both his whether this effort might not prove avail- hands placed over his eyes, and the big ing? The sergeant embraced an early tears gushing from between his fingers. opportunity of taking him aside, and said, The man began to read the Bible, and
he soon became as distinguished for piety, our youthful population become, and how as he had previously been for sin; and the necessary that it should be placed on a change which took place on him was very sound and scriptural basis—if that influobvious to his associates. The battle of ence is to be elevated and guided by right Orleans soon occurred; and, after the views and principles. violent struggle on the plains below, the sergeant, who escaped, was passing the The first Object of Education. field of blood, and saw the poor soldier lying dead under a tree. He had been shot The first object of education is to train up in the neck; but he had evidently been an immortal soul. The second, (but second reading the Bible after he was shot: for he at an immeasurable distance,) is, to do this was laying pillowed upon it, and it was in a manner most conducive to human opened at the very verse which I have re- happiness; never sacrificing either the incited. The gentleman who stated this fact, terests of the future world to those of the said that he had had the Bible frequently present, or the welfare of the man to the in his hands, and that it was saturated with inclinations of the child; errors not disthe blood of the dying soldier.
similar in complexion, though so awfnlly
different in the importance of their results. Value of Scriptural Education.
Learning. "The advantages of a free and liberal education, where the Book of God has as- We have been often told, that “a little signed to it a prominent, because a most learning is a dangerous thing,” and we proper place, cannot be too highly estima- may be just as well assured that a little ted. What, it may be asked, would the bread is not the safest of all things; it masses of our population be without the would be far better to have plenty of both. moulding influences of those educational But, the sophism of those who used this institutions, based on scriptural principles? argument, is, that they represent the choice It is a matter of rejoicing that such insti- between little and much, whereas our electutions are overspreading our land. tion must be made between little and none
“It must be admitted as unquestionable, at all. If the choice is to be between a that the intellectual, moral, and religious small portion of information or of food, and character of individuals and communities absolute ignorance or starvation, common depends, in no inconsiderable degree, on sense gives its decision in the homely the nature of the education imparted; and proverb—“half a loaf is better than no therefore, as the rising generation will, bread.” If optimism be unattainable, after the lapse of a few years, occupy . every thing that is good should not be stations, and exert an influence in the immediately laid aside. - London University several localities where their lot may be Magazine. fixed, how important does the education of
father said to her, “My dear Susan, you
will not be long with us, God is taking you Susan A. Kollock, daughter of the Rev. S. away. Yes,' she replied, ' but I am going K. Kollock, of Norfolk, Virginia, was only to heaven.' But how do you expect to get eight years of age when she died. A most there? Have you done any thing to deinteresting scene occurred one Sabbath, serve heaven?' •No! only through Jesus that will never be forgotten. She expressed Christ, the Lamb of God. Do you, my an anxious desire to see her father, who dear, really love Jesus Christ?' 'Yes, I was, at the time, engaged in preparing for do.' Why?' 'Because he died for me the sanctuary. She renewed her requests upon the cross.' And why do you wish until he was sent for. When he entered to go to heaven?' 'Because God there, the room, she said, 'Papa, I have sent for and Christ is there.' you to pray with me. Certainly, my dear, we will all unite in praying with and
Thistlewood. for you.' After prayer, in which she said she tried to unite with all her heart,' her When the desperate and atrocious traitor
Thistlewood was on the scaffold, his de- it be more consolatory or awful, ought to meanour was that of a man who was re- be known) on the night after the sentence, solved boldly to meet the fate he had and preceding his execution, while he supdeserved. In the few words which were posed that the person who was appointed exchanged between him and his fellow to watch him in his cell was asleep, this criminals, he observed, that the grand miserable man was seen by that person requestion whether or not the soul was im- peatedly to rise upon his knees, and heard mortal would soon be solved for them. No repeatedly calling upon Christ his Saviour expression of hope escaped him, no breath- to have mercy upon him, and to forgive ing of repentance; no spark of grace ap- him his sins! - The Doctor peared. Yet (it is a fact which, whether
To a Brother on his Birth-day.
Dear brother, while weaving your birth-day address,
I cannot but wish you were here;
So well as a smile and a tear?
The tear, should it fall on the track of my pen,
May wash its effusions away:-
I know I can promise to pay.
What never in language was dress’d?
For silence expresses it best.
That flutter by turns in her heart,
What magic of words can impart?
my naked head, feet blistered in the scorchAr a temperance meeting held not long ago ing sand, and with eyes, nostrils, and in Alabama, Colonel Lehmahousky, who mouth filled with dust, and with a thirst so had been twenty three years a soldier in tormenting that I have opened the veins the armies of Napoleon Bonaparte, ad- of my arms and sucked my own blood ! Do dressed the meeting. He arose before the you ask how I could have survived all audience, tall, erect, and vigorous, with these horrors ? I answer, that next to the the glow of health upon his cheek, and kind providence of God, I owe my presersaid, “You see before you a man seventy vation, my health and vigour, to this fact years old. I have fought two hundred --that I never drank a drop of spirituous battles, have fourteen wounds on my body, liquor in my life; and," "continued he, have lived thirty days on horse-flesh, with “Baron Larry, chief of the medical staff the bark of trees for my bread, snow and of the French army, has stated it as a fact, ice for my drink, the canopy of heaven for that the 6000 survivers who safely returned my covering, without stockings or shoes on from Egypt, were all of them men who my feet, and with only a few rags for my abstained from the use of ardent spirits." clothing. In the deserts of Egypt I have
INTELLIGENCE, On Monday evening, February 4th, 1850, a public meeting was held in the National school-room, Measham, in behalf of the cause of Total Abstinence from the use of all intoxicating drinks. The chair was taken by the Rev. J. K. STUBBS, M.A.; and the attendance was overwhelming,-nearly a thousand persons were supposed to be present. After an appropriate opening address by the Chairman, the Rev. J. Burns, D.D. of London, delivered a very comprehensive, humorous, and effective speech. About sixty persons signed the pledge, as the result of the meeting.
The cause of Total Abstinence is rapidly progressing in Measham. The society numbers about 240 members. A commodious room is open every evening, except Sunday, from 7 till 10 o'clock, for reading and mutual improvement. The society bids fair to be a great blessing to the neighbourhood.
A WORD FOR ALL.—The mind which will of God without moving his hat, and othernot be content with its own condition is its wise expressing the most devout respect. own torment. People are only miserable ERROR.-It is common to men to err; because they are not where they would be but it is only a fool that perseveres in his --because they do not what they would do -because they have not what they would
error; a wise man, therefore, alters his have. Wish not to be where you are not,
---a fool never.-Latin Proverb. to do what you cannot do;—to have what
LORD BYRON AND PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY. you have not;—but rather, be willingly -While at Venice these distinguished where it is necessary that you should be,– poets were frequently together during the do without opposition what you are obliged greater part of the night engaged in conto do, be content with what you possess: versation or in study. On one of these ocand you are at least as happy as those who casions, “I wonder,” said Shelley, “what command you and surpass you in riches, the world will say of us when we are dead in power, and in prosperity.
and gone ?” “Say,” replied his Lordship,
“why that we were two important triflers Sir Isaac NewTON.-It is said of this and eminent madmen! illustrious individual, who pursued his researches so profoundly into the laws of Printed by JOHN KENNEDY, at his Printing Office, 3s,
Portman Place, Maida Hill, in the County of Middlesex, nature, that he never pronounced the name