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panion or dear friend ; if he felt dull and tage of it;" and without further hesitation lonely, the tones that he awoke from it he ran into the hotel; but when he got accorded with his own feelings; or if he there, he knew not how to reach the was gay and lively, bis violin seemed to him presence of the nobleman. So he waited to participate in his pleasure.
about for some time, until at length he saw One day he had been playing in front of one of his servants, and he asked him to let an hotel, and, feeling sleepy, he walked him speak to his master before he got into 3 round to the back of the house, and laid his carriage, which was now waiting at the
door for him. , nothing of the noise and bustle caused by the arrival of a speak to my lord the duke," said the French nobleman. As soon as he awoke servant, making a motion as if he were he commenced playing on his violin. This about to give him a kick; but seeing Luigis attracted the duke's attention, and he walked distressed looks, a feeling of compassion and tu to the window to see where the music came curiosity restrained him, and he asked what ni from. As soon as Luigi saw him, he stood he wanted to see him for. up and continued playing. The duke was “I played the violin before him," said evidently much pleased, and desired the the boy, " and he took some money out of boy to come nearer.
bis pocket and threw it to me; but when “What do you play, my little fellow ? ”. I picked it up, I found it was a he said, kindly.
gold.” “Whatever comes into my head,” re- “Well, where's the harm in that?" plied Luigi.
demanded the man. “ You have a knowledge of music, then. “There is no harm in the piece of gold
, Who taught you ?” asked the nobleman. sir," replied little Luigi ; " but there would
“No one,' replied the boy. “I am fond be harm if I were to keep it: and the of music, and my violin is my only com- reason I want to speak to your master is to panion."
return it to him." “How old are you?" said the duke, still “Since my lord gave you the louis-d'or
; more interested.
it was intended for you, and “Nearly thirteen, I think my father told better keep it," said the man. me, just before he died."
“But, sir," said the boy, '“ the duke “ It is a pity this child is not in Paris- must have given it in mistake. He would he would make his fortune there,” thought not hare given so much as that for a little the duke aloud.
air on the violin.” "If I thought so, I would go," said the “ You are an Italian idiot!" said the child, who had heard what he said.
man, turning his head, and walking off. “It is too far," replied the duke ; and at “Idiot!" repeated 'Luigi. “My father the same moment supper was announced. told me to be honest, and God would help He put his hand into his pocket, and, me, and I should be happy: and I will be taking out a louis-d'or, threw it out of the honest, in spite of what people may call window to the child, and passed on to the
And with this determination be supper-room.
pushed his way through the crowd, to the After the duke had gone, the young side of the carriage. It was quite dark musician remained a minute quite be- now, but Luigi could see by the light of wildered. The words, “It is a pity this the torches that the duke had taken his child is not in Paris, he would make his seat, and everything was ready for his imfortune there," rung in his ears, and mediate departure ; and without waiting awakened his ambition. “I should make for another moment's consideration, he ny fortune there," said he thoughtfully; jumped on the step. At the same instant “ that surely means to play my violin, and the carriage moved on, carrying Luigi with be very happy.” So saying, he stooped to it. He had left his violin in the hotel, and pick up the money that had been thrown to it was well he did so, for it was now as him. It was a piece of gold. He took it up, much as he could do to hold on by both but stood motionless with it in his hand. his hands. To get down again was imposHe could not conceive that it had been in- sible at the rate they were travelling at, and tended to give him so much money. Luigi was obliged to content himself with “Surely," said he, “the gentleman has made the thought that they would have to stop a mistake, and I ought not to take advan- for something before long, and then be
could return the money, and walk back he saw waiting about where he could find again to Florence. They travelled on for the duke. thrown from his seat by a violent jerk, and man, "go straight forward into the parlour he lay on the ground for some moments on the right.” stunned by the fall.
In his great anxiety to make restitution, “What is the matter? Are we over- and return to Florence, Luigi, without turned?” said the duke, opening the carriage thanking the man, hurried on; he tapped window.
at the door, and was told to " Come in." "No, my lord; only the axletree broken," “I am Luigi Montalto," said the boy ; replied the postillion. And one of the ser- “yesterday evening you made a mistake, vants rode on and speedily brought a black- and gave me this gold piece ; and last night smith from the village to repair the damage. you took me for a beggar, and threw me When this was nearly completed, Luigi, who this piece of silver." had been waiting about, saw an opportunity “ Yesterday evening! repeated the of speaking to the duke. The du esaw him astonished nobleman; “why, I was at coming to the side of the carriage, but not Florence. I do not recollect anything about recognising him, threw him a piece of money, you.” at the same time calling to his attendants, “But I have not forgotten you,” said "Send away that little beggar," and set off Luigi. "How much did you intend to
give me?" "Beggar!” cried Luigi. Oh, no;
I “ I cannot understand a single word you am not a beggar, and I will prove it to are saying,” said the duke. “I do not you." And he picked up the money, and even know who you are." man after the carriage, which had just driven “Do you not remember at the hotel off
. Whilst running after the carriage, day, yesterday evening, a little violin-player ?." which was now breaking, permitted him to “Oh! yes, I recollect now," said the see a large open basket fastened under the duke. "What do you want with me?” boot of the carriage; and as it was now “I do not want anything," said Luigi. ascending
& steep hill, and consequently “I only wish to return you the goldobliged to proceed very slowly, Luigi soon piece you gave me yesterday evening. I came up with it, and then he saw that a knew very well you had made a mistake, little dog was all the basket contained ; he and that you did not intend to give me so formed the resolution, therefore, of getting
and also the piece of silver you into it himself, for he could not speak to threw me last night, when you took me for the dake now; and be thought a thief and a beggar. I play the violin to earn my a beggar he would not. He would travel bread honestly: I am no beggar!"and the on until the duke alighted, and then tell boy drew himself up proudly him of the mistake he had made. And so “ By my honour!” said the duke, “ this before the top of the hill was reached, Luigi is charming. Now, my dear, honest little Tas seated in the basket with the dog in his fellow, tell me how you followed me.' arms, who, for a wonder, did not dislike he took Luigi's hand, and drew him towards his companionship. There was one thing him, while he listened to the account he Luigi bitterly regretted, and that was gave of the way in which he had reached having left his violin behind him: he Turin. could not help shedding tears when he “Well,” said the nobleman, when he had thought of it, for he very much feared it heard it," will you go with me to Paris and would be broken before he could reach learn music?" Florence again. But by-and-bye sleep made We need scarcely say what Luigi's him forget his troubles, and when he awoke
He went, and was placed he found that the carriage had stopped. with the best masters, under whose inPutting his head out of the basket he saw struction he improved so much that he that the horses were taken out, and they afterwards became professor of the Royal were in an inn-yard. “Well, this time I Academy of Musio ; and this high honour am determined not to be frightened by this he owed entirely to God's blessing on his great lord and his servants," he said, jump- honesty and integrity. But for that eng up out of his hiding place, and going
honesty he might have lived and died a towards the house. He inquired of a man
violin-player in the streets of Florence.
Gems from Golden Mines
SPEAK FOR CHRIST. LEARN to be working Christians. "Be SPEAK for your Lord and Master. You ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, tell me you are nervous. Never mind your deceiving your own selves.” It is very nervousness. Try once. If you break striking to see the usefulness of many down half a dozen times, try again ; you Christiana. Are there none of you who know shall find your talents increase. It is what it is to be selfish in your Christianity? wonderful how these break-downs do more You have seen a selfish child go into a good than our keeping on.
Just deliver secret place to enjoy some delicious morsel your soul of what is in it. Get your heart undisturbed by his companions. So it is red hot, and then, like some volcano that is with some Christians. They feed upon heaving in its inmost depths, let the bot Christ and forgiveness; but it is alone, and lava of your speech run streaming down. all for themselves. Are there not some of You need not care for the graces of oratory, you who can enjoy being a Christian, while nor for the refinements of eloquence, but your dearest friend is not, and yet you will speak what you do know; show them your not speak to him ? See here, you have got Saviour's wounds; bid his sorrow speak to work to do. When Christ found you, he them; and it shall be marvellous how your said, “ Gto work in my vineyard.” What stammering tongue shall be all the better were you hired for, if it was not to spread an instrument because it does stammer, for salvation ? What blessed for ?
that God “ hath chosen the weak things of Christian friends, how little you live as the world to confound the things which are though you were servants of Christ! How
mighty; and base things of the world, and much idle time and talk you have ! This is things which are despised, hath God chosen, not like a good servant. How many things yea, and things which are not, to bring to you have to do for yourself ! how few for naught things that are.”—C. H. Spurgeon. Christ and his people! This is not like a servant.- M'Cheyne.
HOW WILL THE YEAR END?
would receive yet further augmentation bas THE early period of the month at which been more than fulfilled. At the time we we go to press will not allow us to give to write, the Committee have received a sum our readers the complete result of the appeal considerably in excess of the sum received of the Committee to the churches. Still, up to the same time last year, and it has sufficient is known to render it highly become a pretty confident hope that the probable that the deficiency will be but year will close without any deficiency at all
. small, if indeed the year's receipts should Should our anticipation turn out to be show any deficit at all. Last month we correct, it is a cause of very great thank. gave the result up to the end of January. fulness to God, and another proof how he At the end of February the report was watches over and provides for the interests much more favourable; for it was found- of his kingdom. At all events, this crisis so liberal liad been the gifts of the Lord's in the Society's affairs has made it most people, combined with some diminution in evident that the Mission lives in the hearts the year's expenditure—that the deficiency of the people ; that our churches are not would probably not exceed £1,500. That unmindful of the great work bequeathed to
jeto say, should the receipts of March this them by those eminent servants of Christ year equal those of March last year, the who have now entered into their rest; that anticipated deficiency is reduced from a true, genuine, ardent missionary spirit £8,000 to £1,500. Since March has begun prevails throughout the denomination ; and its course, the anticipation that the receipts that there is an earnest determination that
the work of God among the heathen shall not languish for want of the means of support.
Yet we must not forget that a very large portion of the gifts bestowed to meet this emergency have been special. We may not depend on a similar effort next year. If the income of the Society does not receive a permanent increase of contributions, it yet may become necessary to withdraw missionaries from the field. We are, therefore, glad to know that in numerous cases the regular subscriptions have been doubled, and in many more augmented, while arrangements are made for a thorough canvass of the congregations for new and continuous contributions during the coming year.
It will gratify our readers to know that their efforts are warmly responded to in the Mission field itself. The Rev. R. Smith, of Cameroons, gives us the following interesting narrative of the effect produced by stating the difficulties of the Society to our African native brethren:
"Lest Monday evening," he says, had a deeply interesting missionary meeting. After Mr. Fuller and I had addressed the people, several of the members spoke of the blessings the Gospel had brought them, and their desire to contribute something. Towards the close of the meeting an aged African woman came up to the table and placed a shilling thereon, saying, 'I don't know about my food to-morrow; but my heart say I must give this to God.' She had scarcely spoken when a number left the chapel to bring something. Several poor men who do not earn more than a shilling a day
came with smiling faces and said, placing two shillings and a threepennypiece down, ‘Dis for me, dis for my wife, and dis for my child.' One very poor woman said, “Me, I no get money; I go give two bunches of plantain.' Just as we were leaving the chapel a young man (an
came running in with a shilling and a bar of soap, saying, "Take this for missionary. Since the meeting others have brought starch, fowls, and mattocks. The result of the meeting is as follows :Cash, £2 03. 2d. ; goods, 10s. 9d. ; total, £2 10s. 11d.
We may expect other donations. Some who gave so liberally, once
refused even a cup of cold water to the missionaries."
A very interesting letter has also been received from Ceylon, of which the following is an extract. It is the Rev. H. Pigott who writes, under date of February 15 :
"I have appointed meetings in all the native stations (eleven in number) in February. They have a special reference to finance. To-day I go to Makawitte. On Tuesday, the 9th, at a meeting at Weilgama, I found the people all willing to help, but pery poor. Their annual subscription has been about 16s. ; they are to contribute £3 this year. At Hanwelle they will increase their subscription from 15s. to £7 10s. Od., and hope to send me names for 30s. or 40s. more. The Colombo meeting is to be held in March. I thought the people here would like to know what the natives were willing to do before asking them to help. The members of the Pettah church are anxious to assist. At a church meeting, held February 4th, the following brethren subscribed :-[We need not here print the names and amounts; but the total sum given by thirteen members was £121 5s. Od. It must be remembered that the Pettah church consists of Burghers and Europeans. Mr. Pigott thus concludes] :We expect more from members, and perhaps £100 more from the public. I find the spiritual prospects in the stations at Weilgama, &c., very encouraging."
The missionaries in India are also pressing the subject on the attention of the native converts there, and we trust not without encouraging results.
These are very cheering facts, and show how strong is the tie which binds the churches at homewith the converts abroadhow rapidly the chords of sympathy vibrate at the touch of a common need. Thus the Church throughout the world finds its meeting-place in Christ, and can rejoice together on such an occasion to exhibit their love to their common Lord. May the year on which we now enter cement that union by yet firmer bonds, and the whole Church, in heathen and in Christian lands, go forward with ever-increasing success, to bear witness of the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ!
GENERAL. Tex war in Denmark, to which we referred in otr last Number, still continues and extends. At
present there appears little hope of a speedy settlement of the difficulty, for though a con. ference of European Powers is about to be held
on the matters in dispute, it appears very doubtful whether an arrangement will be made which all parties will accept. Meantime, the conduct of our Government appears to have been singularly wise and moderate. They have done all they could in the interest of peace. Still, the fear is by no means dispelled, that we may yet be plunged into a European war.
Parliament has adjourned for the Easter holidays. The history of the session so far has been almost wholly unsatisfactory. Personal disputes have taken the place of calm discussions of political questions. Two events only, during the last month, we can contemplate with pleasure : one, the introduction, by the Chancellor of the Exchequer-who is rapidly becoming one of England's foremost men-of a Bill for providing life assurances for the poor, through the agency of the Post Office; the other, the carrying of the second reading of a Bill, introduced by Mr. Dodson, for abolishing many of the “tests” which are still applied in the University of Oxford.
The Royal “christening" took place on Thursday, the 10th"alt., with all State ceremony, at Buckingham Palacé. Among the illustrious personages present was the King of the Belgians, who acted as one of the sponsors. The infant prince was named Albert Victor Christian Edward, These are near and dear family names. The first was that of the young prince's late grandfather, " Albert the Good;" the second is the masculine form of the name of our own gracious Sovereign ; the third the name of the King of Denmark, the father of the Princess of Wales ; and the last the name of the Prince of Wales, the father of the infant prince. The Archbishop of Canterbury performed the service, and the names of the prince were given by the Queen in answer to the usual inquiry from his grace. Our only regret at this State ceremonial is that it was regarded as a religious rite.
Another of those great calamities whose shock pervades the whole nation, occurred at Sheffield on the day after th “christening." A great reservoir of water, covering an area of not less than twenty-six acres, burst at midnight ; and the escaped waters carried devastation and death wherever they went. Nearly two hundred and fifty lives were lost. A vast amount of property was destroyed or carried away. It is needless to say that the greatest sympathy has been felt for the sufferers all over the country, and already a large sum has been raised for their relief.
During the past month Cardinal Wiseman has published in a bound volume a paper which he read at the Roman Catholic Congress at Malines last year, on the religious and social position of his fellow-religionists in England. He tells his hearers and readers that Catholicism in England is in a prosperous state. Everybody in England seems to acknowledge that Catholicism is daily gaining ground upon Protestantism. In 1830 there were only 434 priests for the whole of England; there are now 1,242. The number of chapels, which was then 410, now amounts to 872. From 16 convents, which they possessed in 1830, they have risen in 1863, to 162. Lastly, while in 1833 no "house of religious men” existed there, in 1850 there were 11, and their present number is 53. The Cardinal proceeds to say that “conversions to the faith” are now made noiselessly; the clergy were always opposed to publishing them. “Do not suppose, therefore, gentlemen, that because you hear less than you formerly did of conversions, the current of proselytism is stopped. On the contrary, conversions are dually in
creasing: they embrace persons of every position, extending, as formerly, even to the highest in the social scale." The Catholics, he says, are becoming strong in England. At the last election, "a candidate in a considerable town came before the electors on Liberal principles, and was surprised to find himself rejected by the preponderance of Catholic votes, which turned the scale. He was informed that the motive for this conduct was his having exceeded even the liberty accorded to an advocate in a cause which he had pleaded against a Roman Catholic bishop, in order to excite the religious prejudice of a jury. He was told that he would meet with the same determined and organized opposition in another place where he intended to try his chance. This was the case. So, having to stand for the very place where that bishop lived, he called upon him, and made his peace."
The Cardinal adds, that with Roman Catholics in England, “one claim must be made at a time, that it may be calmly and leisurely enforced; and then another must sucoeed, till all shall have been favourably exhausted." may be very satisfactory to Catholics; to Pro testants it ought to serve as a warning.
In our last issue we announced the retirement of our honoured friend, Mr. J. H. Allen, on account of declining health, from the treasurership of the Baptist Building Fund. We have now, we regret to say, to make the announcement of his decease. For some time Mr. Allen's health has been seriously impaired, and he has been obliged to relinquish all active duties ; but it was hoped that by care and rest, with the blessing of God on the means used, his life might still be prolonged. About a month before his death he went on a visit to Kettering, and within a fortnight it became evident that his death was approaching. He died on Saturday, Feb. 27th. “With & calm trust in Jesus,” we are informed, “he met the great change : so peacefully, that it was good to be there." Mr. Allen's name will long be remem. bered as that of one of the most honoured and useful members of the Baptist denomination. By the Committee of the Baptist Missionary Society, of which he had long been a member, and by the Committee of the Building Fund, his loss will be especially felt,
DOMESTIC. SOUTHAMPTON.-The members of the church and congregation worshipping in Portland Chapel, Southampton, invited their late pastor, the Rev. M. Hudson, to a farewell tea on Thursday
evening Feb. 25th, in the school-room connected with that place of worship. The opportunity was embraced: to present Nr. Hudson with a valaable gold watch, as a parting token of affection from those who have sat under his ministry during his residence in the town. After the tea a meeting was held, under the presidency of Mr. W. B. Randall, J.P., a deacon of the church. Mr. H. Rimer, at the call of the chairman, stated the result of the effort that had recently been made to liquidate the debt due by the building committee for the reconstruction and enlargement of the chapel, which showed that not only had the debt been paid off, but a balance of some pounds added to the funds of the chapel. The chairman addressed the meeting in a speech full of good counsel and sound advice, and er pressed the great satisfaction he had ever felt in working with Mr. Hudson, in connection with Portland Chapel. Mr. Rose, one of the deacons, in the name and in bebalf of the members of the ghuroh and congregation, presented to Mr. Hadson