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Notes of the Month-General.

431 Revs. C. H. Leonard, M.A., G. Massachusetts preacher. Another Short, and Christopher Neville, lauds it to the skies as an unanswerMr. Mudie, Drs. Gotch and Angus able defence of the Northern policy. also addressed the meeting.

- The most notable event of the

month is the seizure by the GENERAL.

Government of the steam rams at The QUEEN has once more appeared Birkenhead.

The whole country before her people in a public applauds the act. -England has ceremony. The occasion of her re- lost one of her oldest statesmenturn to public life was the unveiling Lord Lyndhurst. He was in his in Aberdeen of a statue of the late 92nd year, and retained his faculties Prince Consort. We rejoice at this unimpaired to the very last.-France evidence of improvement in Her has been mourning, or rather NaMajesty, and sincerely hope she poleon III, over the death of one of may still be sustained by the con- her statesmen-Billault. The de solations of the gospel.–Rev. ceased gentleman had granted him Henry Ward Beecher has for the a public funeral.-M. Nadar is first time come before a purely dividing the honours of the aeronaut English audience. He has given with Mr. Coxwell. The Frenchman the completest explanation of his has constructed a monster balloon, speech on the Trent affair, which which has twice ascended. The was sadly garbled by the news. car is two-storied, and will hold papers. He acknowledges that he numbers of people. Nine persons did say that they would bide their went up the first time, one a lady. time till they had settled matters The second journey was upwards of with the South, and then! Here 400 miles in a straight line from the report stopped, but the speaker Paris. Both descents were attended went on to say—'and then we will with great danger.—The Empress show England how we can forgive Eugenie is on a visit to Spain. an injury, and heap coals of fire She

has been handsomely on the heads of those from whom it received at Madrid that Louis comes !' Mr. Beecher has spoken to Napoleon is asking for a return very crowded meetings in Man visit to Paris from the Spanish chester, Edinburgh, Liverpool, and court.-Poland still excites

the London. It is said that 2,000 were hopes and fears of every lover of unable to gain admission into Exeter freedom. There are rumours of the Hall. Many of the facts put by certainty of war in the spring.-the celebrated preacher will go far Germany has lost one of her great to modify the views hitherto adopted scholars, Jacob Grimm.-Prussia in this country upon the American is busy with her elections, The question. It is amusing to see newspapers

governhow differently partisan papers ment will not gain more than a describe Mr. Beecher's last address. dozen seats.-Italy is secularizing One organ styles it the poorest, some of the ecclesiastical properties silliest, feeblest address that could which have so long been grossly possibly have been given by a abused.-Austria is reported to be

think the

SO

rumour

financially improved.—Turkey is in- ( in Lancashire.—The earthquake on creasing her naval force, and the night of October 5th has given

says, will yet be a rise to much discussion. One customer for the confiscated rams writer assures us that we have at Birkenhead. - The Shah of every right to expect earthquakes, Persia is threatening the Nesto- since we are on the great volcanic rians.-India is reported to be most chain which stretches from Hecla prosperous.-China yet suffers from to Vesuvius; and another declares its protracted rebellion, and the that England may any day have cruelty of the Taepings increases. one as violent as that which de. -In Japan matters have become stroyed Lisbon. The accounts of the serious. One of the Daimios has noises, the tremour, and the number had his town knocked about his of shocks felt vary greatly. Its ears by a British fleet, because he centre appears

to have been refused to give up the murderers Hereford. Of the 700 metropolitan

Mr. Richardson.-In New policemen on duty that night only Zealand the natives are again one felt any movement of the earth, troublesome, and war is imminent. although several speak of hearing -At home matters still look serious strange noises. for many thousands of operatives

of

Marriages and Deaths.

MARRIAGES.

DEATHS.

April 7, at the Baptist_chapel, In April last, at the River Shire, Bourne, by the Rev. T. Pearson, aged 25, Richard Thornton, Esq., assisted by the Rev. S. S. Allsopp, of Bradford, Geologist to the of Whittlesea, John H. Pearson, Government expedition to Central Chemist, Birkenhead, to Charlotte Africa. Bellows, eldest daughter of Mr.

September 20, in his ninth year, Charles Roberts, Merchant, Bourne, John, the only surviving son of Lincolnshire. October 6, at Dover-street chapel, Leicester.

Mrs. Barton, Humberstone-road, by Rev. J. J. Goodby, Mr. George Farmer Turner, of Wem, Salop, thelsdorf, near Herrnhut, in Saxony,

September 24, suddenly, at Berto Annie Maria Burton, daughter of the late Mr. W. Å. Burton, of aged 69, Rev. Peter La Trobe, for Leicester.

many years Secretary for the Unity October 10, at Call-lane chapel,

of the Brethren (Moravians) in Leeds, by Rev. J. Tunnicliffe, Mr.

England. Thomas Steel, of Australia, to Miss September 29, at Hackney, aged Ann Kitchen.

72, Rev. Andrew Forbes. He was October 13, at the General Baptist the first Protestant missionary in chapel, Peterborough, Mr. William Bengalore. Harris, to Ann Bains, widow, both October 2, at Loughborough, aged of Boro Fen.

55, Mr. Thomas Pollard Hull.

Missionary Observer.

a

LETTER FROM THE REV. One evening & temple burkandáy, W. MILLER.

at the instigation of the priests,

tried my patience greatly by taking Piplee, July 8th, 1863. his stand just in front, and giving

the lie to every word I spoke, HAVING recently returned from regularly shouting out that what I Pooree, I must try and furnish you said "was false, and I knew it." with a brief account of our labours According to the "New Penal Code” during the two months we remained this man might have been punished there.

severely, and had there been a Mrs. Bond having engaged a large policeman within sight or hearing house for the season, she kindly I should have made an example of invited us to occupy a part of it, him, but such was not the case. A which we gladly accepted, the respectable and noble looking Shiek mission bungalow being sadly out gave me on one occasiongreat painand of repair, and much less conveniently trouble. Le persisted in applying the situated for our work. Finding the most dishonouring and blasphemous chaplain in the station and most of language to the Lord Jesus, and asthe European residents strongly at- serting that He was a great sinner, tached to "the Church,” we did not and crucified by the Jews for His attempt a public English service, crimes. I reminded him that the and therefore had all the more time gospels contained the only authentic to devote to the heathen and native history of the life of Christ the christians. Though our native fellow. world possessed, and, if he could, on labourers were fewer than usual, searching, educe from them one we were able daily to occupy two of sinful act on the part of the the most public parts of the largeroad, Redeemer, I should stand ready to and address congregations ranging forfeit one hundred rupees. This in number from one hundred to six had at least the effect of opening hundred persons, and often repre

the eyes of the congregation to the senting people of every caste, pro- Shiek's ignorance of the gospels, fession, language, and province of though he retired, saying he should India. We had often as usual to meet me again the following day turn aside from preaching the furnished with what I required. He gospel to answer questions, refute did not of course keep his engageerror and objections, and conduct ment. exciting discussions, though, if Notwithstanding many drawpossible, this was put off to the close backs similar to the above there of a clear and faithful exhibition of was much in connection with the character and claims of Jehovah, our labours to encourage. The man's sin, guilt, and ruin, and the many thousands of perishing and only way of salvation. We were deluded idolaters who heard from often severely tried by the levity, our lips of the nature, character, insensibility, and extreme vileness and works of the true God, and were of the people. On several occasions made acquainted with the way of I had to threaten to send parties to salvation; the order, attention, and the magistrate for giving loud utter- seriousness exhibited by many; the ance to the most filthy language. general assent which statements Once an idiot in a state of perfect expressive of the wickedness and nakedness was placed in front of the worthlessness of idolatry, and the preacher, as

an immense truth and importance of the gospel brahminy bull on another occasion. I obtained; the several apparently

was

present

was

sincere and earnest inquirers met being carried by two men on their with; the many silent messengers shoulders. Just when passing, my in the shape of tracts and gospels attention was arrested by one of the put into circulation within a sphere congregation shouting out, “Look as.extensive as the Indian Empire, there, what has become of the soul and which may be productive of of that body p” Though accustomed effects as lasting as eternity; all to such scenes my attention was so this affords matter for thankfulness, suddenly directed to the frightful prayer, and earnest expectation of object that my nervous system regood to man and glory to God. ceived a temporary shock. I was, Planting our faith on the sure word | however, enabled to turn the cir. of promise, Isaiah lv. 11, we can- cumstance to account, and explain not but rest assured that in that more vividly and impressively than day we shall rejoice that “we have I otherwise could have done the not laboured in vain."

and future multiplied Among the inquirers, who were sorrows of those who hasten after almost daily hearers,

a another god. Byragee from the south.

He

Among the many illustrations of seemed deeply concerned about his Sebo Patra's tact in silencing obsoul, and often asked what he must jectors, I give the following: When do to be saved, seemingly unable to describing the characteristics of a credit the joyful tidings that sal. true Gooroo, and bow no one was vation was not of works, but simply found in those of the heathen, but by faith in the Son of God.

all existed in the Lord Jesus, he A man of the Mahantee caste, a said, “The true Gooroo seeks the writer in one of the Cutcherry's, holiness of his disciples, hence, was also a daily hearer. He came

were yours true, they would at to the bungalow and had a long stated times, instruct and question interview with us. He appeared you as to your subjugation of your heartily sick of idolatry, and bad passions and progress in virtue.” obtained very clear views of him. A talkative fellow here interrupted self as a sinner and the way of Sebo, by saying, “ My Gooroo regu. salvation.

larly does this." · Yes, brother," Returning home from the town replied Sebo with great irony, one morning, a young man of the especially so on the occasion of Banea caste came running up to me. his annual visitation, when you He said, Sahib, I have been one of seeing him approach your house your hearers this morning, and, send your son to tell him you are while listening, this idea came into not at home, and you hide yourself my

mind : “ Hitherto I have behind the garden hedge to escape imagined that the soul was composed paying the annual fee.'

This was of wind, and when it left the body more than enough to silence the it was absorbed in its kindred man, who evidently thought it was element; but now I learn that the useless entering the lists with an soul will be punished for sin in the opponent furnished with such next world, how can this be? Do weapons. explain to me what you know about During our stay at Pooree, three the soul and its future destiny." festivals took place, the Chundana,

We had very many written appli. the Luan, and the Ruth. The latter cations from youths of the govern- commenced this year on June 18th, ment school for books. Many and was, so far as the attendance, seemed really desirous of obtaining the spirit and enthusiasm of the a knowledge of their contents.

people, the getting up and shabby On one occasion, when about to appearance of the cars were conspeak, I was furnished with an im- cerned, the poorest festival I have pressive text, viz., a dead pilgrim,

* This mode of evading the rapacity of the naked, fastened to a bamboo, and Gooroos is often resorted to.

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attended at Pooree. The annual other at right angles.

The city decline of Juggernath's glory can. walls are about thirty feet high, and not but strike the casual observer. are kept in pretty good repair, May its pace toward destruction and which cannot be said of most oblivion be hastened a thousand-fold. Chinese cities. The houses of Hundreds of pilgrims were as usual the better class of citizens are carried off by cholera. Of the one ample, have spacious courtyards, hundred and twenty cases in the and from the street present but & government hospital above sixty shabby appearance. Usually the recovered. Brother Stubbins, with houses are concealed from sight by Paul, joined us for the labours of a high wall. the festival, and rendered good Few sedans are seen, but one. service.

horse carts are plentiful and not expensive. Large numbers of these

Chinese omnibuses are to be found A VISIT TO PEKIN.*

in the streets, waiting for passen.

gers. They constitute the best way ALTHOUGH I had spent nearly one.

of travelling from one part of the third of my life in China, and had city to another, and are almost a visited the principal cities along the necessity to strangers as well as seaboard, I expected to find a dif

residents. The charge per day is ferent, as well as improved, style of only about sixty or seventy-five civilization at the capital. It was

cents. therefore with feelings of consider.

The people do not seem nearly so able interest that I approached excitable and curious or inquisitive within sight of its walls from the

as are the Chinese in the southern east, about nine o'clock on the parts of the empire. Every one morning of the 4th of March appeared to be occupied with his Among the first objects which at

own affairs, and to pay but little tracted my attention were a number

attention to foreign visitors. This of camels, which were lying down,

may be accounted for by the fact quietly chewing their cuds and that the inhabitants of Pekin are awaiting the reception of their accustomed to see strangers from burdens. None of these animals various countries, who visit the are to be found in the southern capital bringing tribute, or for purparts of the empire, but during my poses of trade or religion.

One short visit at Pekin I met many may see Mongolians from the west hundreds, if not thousands, engaged and north-west, Manchurians from in transporting coal from the mines the north, Corrans, and Thibetans. on the west, and carrying goods Roman Catholic missionaries have into the country on the north and resided at Pekin in greater or less west.

numbers for over two hundred and Everything is on a large scale. fifty years, and the Russians have The streets are wide--the main ones had an embassy there for a considerbeing several times wider than the able time. À foreigner may perusual streets of large cities of ambulate the streets of Pekin withSouthern China. The northern, out being annoyed by crowds of called Inner or Tartar city, is -said idlers following at every step. The to be fourteen miles in circuit, and citizens seem much less saucy and the southern, or Chinese city, ten impertinent than are the Chinese in miles. They are separated from other parts of the empire where I each other by a high wall, in which have been. are three large gates open from The Pekinese seem much more early dawn to sunset. The principal hardy and robust than the Chinese streets run from east to west or at the South. This may be owing from north to south, and cross each in some degree to the climate.

* From an American Paper. Their diet is more hearty and

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