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the old shawl and laid it away from the suffering. At last my mother gave out dress of poverty on the chair at her side. and began to hate me too. I had nowhere Then with a delicacy that was most to go but to God. My father determined thoughtful

, she beckoned me from the that I should marry a young man who room, where she laid her head on my liked me, but he was a very wicked young shoulder and wept, entirely overcome. man; he swore, and caroused, and drank, "O Henry, to think she was almost and I saw nothing but misery before me. tarving,” she whispered, "and might have I did not know what to do, but when I lied !"

went to God, I felt as if I must leave that Not long after, Birdie entered again. place. A cousin of mine was coming to She told me afterwards that the girl sat ; she offered to pay half my fare, before the empty dish, her hands clasped, 80 I worked secretly, beyond my strength; her eyes raised, and that she never ex- and the very week my father bad declared perienced such awe as then. It seemed as that I should be married I left. My cousin if she could feel the blessing of the God of carried me to some friends of hers, but I the poor descending upon her in that silent soon saw that it was no fit place for me. room. And as she sat there the girl told O gir! O madam! I cannot tell you her simple story. Let me give it in her how dreadful it was—how I was beset on own words :

every side, even by my cousin, whom I "I was born in

My father and thought so pretty and good. She fell into mother were both cotton-spinners, and bad ways, and I could do nothing with her. Fery poor. It would not have been so bad, I left the house, and for weeks could find but they both were fond of drink, and I no friends. How I lived I can't tell, only am afraid they cared nothing about God. some way God sustained me. I seemed to I don't know how I grew up. I seem to see nothing but trouble on all sides, but if remember nothing but the smell of the hot I had only a bit of dry bread, it was mills and the whirr of machinery, that sweetened by bis loving-kindness. I tried always seemed as if it were eating up human to get work, but never having learned to be reatures body and soul.

When I was a good needle-woman, I failed there. Then sixteen there came what we people called I heard of a place where there were cotton. Ranters, and others, Digsenters, to our mille, and determined to go.

I had no place

, and they preached on Sundays in money, but God promised to be with me; the open air. some of the mill poople so I set out, and I walked Afty miles. heard them, but the most made disturbance Sometimes I was near starving, but someand hated them. Among the last were my body would be raised up to belp me. Once father and mother. They would not go I found a shilling near a railroad, and it near the meetings, and forbade my going ; seemed as if God's angels put it there for but I don't know, something seemed to That shilling lasted me till yesterday, Iraw mo there, and I went. My father for I bought only a little bread at a time

so angry that he swore he would kill with it. I was so worn down when I me

, and he would have beat me dreadfully, came here that I could not go farther. God but for one of the neighbours who had directed me to a poor woman who has 1ome influence over him.

But what I given me my lodging till yesterday. I have heard at that meeting changed mo, and been trying every day to get work, but I eemed to change everything about me. I can't do what the people ask me, and I new there was something better than the can't tell a lie for the sake of a place, when Treadful life I led and saw others leading. I know I aint capable. And I do thank Something seemed to talk to me in my you for your kind words. Oh, it seemed souland I learnt to pray and love the almost just now as if I had got into viour there all by myself when my heaven! If I could only do sometbing ather locked me in to keep me from the to reward

your kindness, meetings. But when he found out how I madam !" I never

saw anybody in such a dread- Birdie heard her silently, but she forbade rage. He wanted to tear me in pieces. her putting on her bonnet and shawl again. He would strike me, and try by all manner The poor child became one of our houseof cruelty to tear me away from my reli- hold, an apt, intelligent worker ; and now Bion. But, o sir, he couldn't; nobody

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He was placed in a room with ten or twelve others, who were there for the same cause. They were a frivolous, jovial set. Some were laughing and joking, others were playing cards, and all were trying to be as merry as possible, though their merriment was of that kind which is as the "crackling of thorns under a pot.”.

The painter was uneasy. His pious heart was chilled by the ungodly atmosphere of the place. He shrunk from spending a Sabbath in such an evil company. He wished he had paid bis five shillings, or could pay it now and go home. But such wishes were vain. He was a prisoner, and a prisoner he must remain until the close of the next day.

While brooding over these and kindred thoughts, the worde, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good,” flashed into his mind. “I am alone, and they are twelve,” said he ; and then, turning his thoughts into prayer, he added, “Lord, remember that I am alone, and they are many; remember, aleo, that they are blind and lost, and perhaps thou wilt pluck some of them out of the mouth of the lion. Help me, O Lord, to witness for thee." Thus fortified by purpose

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prayer, he drew his rude bench to the window, took out bis pocket Bible, and began reading:

“Hallo! what have you there ? " asked one of the men, slapping him on the shoulder.

“You see it is a book," replied the painter: "if you have no objection I will read a few pages to you."

“ Are there nice stories in it?" rejoined the man.

“Plenty of stories, and nice, too," replied the painter.

Well, let us hear,” cried the prisoner. “Husb, you men! Listen, this fellow will read a story."

The painter read the parable of the Prodigal Son. To his surprise he was not disturbed until he finished, when one of the men said,

“I know that story very well; it is from the Bible.”

Other remarks followed, and as it was now too dark to read any more, the painter proposed to read more on the morrow.

“Very well,” replied several of the men, “it will help to shorten the day ; " and then they all retired to an inner room to sleep

The next morning, when breakfast was ready, the painter said,

“Permit me, friends, to say a word. We have slept soundly. God has graciously protected us through the night. Mest and drink are prepared for us. It is his gift. Ought we not to thank him for these mercies ? If you have no objection, let us thank God and seek his blessing."

Hearing no objection, he proceeded to offer a simple, cordial thanksgiving to God, and an earnest prayer for his blessing.

After breakfast one of the prisoners smiled and said, “You might be our minister to-day. You pray just like a parson.'

“ Yes, be our minister!" cried several voices. « Let us have a bit of a church this morning.”

To this several assented. Fire laughed; and going across the room, began playing cards. The painter read a passage Scripture, and then offered a polemi prayer, in which he did not fail to remem ber the card-players in the corner. Afte prayer he proposed singing, and at onds began a favourite Dutch psalm; he sun to & well-known tune. The effect way powerful.

One by one they joined in until even the card.players dropped the cards, doffed their caps, stood up, and sun with the rest. The jailer, hearing this unwonted sound, came to the door, an seeing them so devout and orderly, pause to listen, and then helped to swell tb sacred chorus.

After the singing, the jailer steppet inside, locked the door, and sitting besid the painter, remained while that faithfe follower of his Lord proceeded to offe remarks on the Scripture Le had previous

read, and to exhort them to come to one of his fellow-prisoners, at least, was Christ.

led to embrace Christ by his faithful and The painter's words made a deep impres- timely-spoken words. sion. No more cards appeared that day. I give this fact to my Christian reader as After dinner he held another service, which an illustration of the manner in which

they who are wise to win souls will turn inform the painter that he had spoken to even the most unpromising circumstances the magistrate about him, and had received of life into opportunities to work for orders to release him.

Christ. If that good painter could stand With a good conscience and a joyful up amid twelve of bis Master's enemies in spirit the painter hastened home. The a prison, and win at least one of them over entire result of that day's labour the to the right, what may not the reader painter will not know until the day of accomplish in his wider and more hopeful reward; but he did learn shortly after that sphere, if he will but set his heart upon it ?

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"KINGS AND PRIESTS.” WHEN I was in Yorkshire, the other week, I was returning home from a walk among the hills, when, as I was passing through the village, I saw a little glimmering light proceeding from a place that some persons would call a conventicle. I went towards it, and heard the voice of ringiog and praying ; 80 I opened the door and listened, and then it was so good that I thought I would go in. There were only two candles lighted in the little chapel, and I saw just six people, and they were all in the table-pew, on their knees. There was & woman, a lad, and four men.

As they prayed I went down on my knees in the little stone passage, because í did not want to disturb them; and very much was my soul lifted up with their prayers. They all prayed, one alter another, and when they had done one of them said, “Will our brother that stole in say a word?”. They took it for granted that one

stealing" in there had a right to be called upon to pray ; and 80 I felt great delight in adding my petition to theirs, and I felt, indeed, that the promise had been fulfilled, “Where two or three are met together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."' What I saw there is only a specimen of what is going on in the villages and hamlets of Yorkshire, and more or less throughout the country. And is not that a fulfilment of the Word that we were made kings and priests? Were not these poor men and women priests unto God, bereeching bim en intercessors for others ?- Rev. Neuman

JESUS ONLY!
JESUS, I am never weary,

When upon this bed of pain ;
If thy presence only cheer me,
All
my

logs I count but gain :

Erer near me Ever near me, Lord, remain! Dear ones come with fruit and flowers,

Thus to cheer my heart the while
In these deeply anxious hours ;
0! if Jesus only smile!

Only Jesus
Can these trembling fears beguile.
All my sins were laid upon thee,

All my griefs were on thee laid ;
For the blood of thine atonement
All my utmost debt has paid :

Dearest Saviour,
I believe, for thou hast said.
Dearest Saviour ! go not from me;

Let thy presence still abide ;
Look in tenderest love upon me
I am sheltering at thy side.

Dearest Saviour! Who for suffering sinners died. Both mine arms are clasped around thee,

And my head is on thy breast ; For my weary soul has found thee Such a perfect, perfect rest.

Dearest Saviour, Now I know that I am blest. -The late Mrs. Weiss, daughter of the late Archbishop of Dublin ; composed on her death-bed.

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Let the advantage now gained be per THE MISSIONARY YEAR.

petuated, and our gratitude to the Head of TAE anticipations that we ventured last the Church be seen by our retaining the month to make have been more than ground that has been won. fulbilled: It is with pleasure, and with There is every reason why the churches devout gratitude to God, we are able to should not at this period restrain their exannounce to our readers that there is not ertions. Proofs are abundant that the long only no deficiency in the funds of our Mis- day of preparation in India is drawing to sionary Society, but that the Treasurer has a close. The most orthodox of Hindu: a balance in hand of £2,732 158. 6d. The are affected by the progress of events total receipts of the year amount to Here is one who spends two hours daily in £34,419 118. 2d., the largest income the the worship of his gods, who is deemed by Society has ever enjoyed. As compared his countrymen to be in all respects a very with last year, wbich was £27,189 3s., religious man, who is nevertheless willing this is an increase of £7,230 8s. 2d. As to assist in the establishment of a native there is a decrease this year in the ex- school in which the New Testament is a penditure of about £1,500, it will be thus school-book, all the doctrines of the Gospel seen that the additional contributions have are taught, and daily prayer is held with more than made up the expected de- the scholars to the only living and tru ficiency.

God. Another Hindu, who boasts that h Until time has been given to analyze is a very "ripe” one, acknowledges tha the returns from the churches, it is scarcely the gods were very wicked and unworth practicable to say how much of this in- of a good man's regard; that an idol crease is owing to augmented subscrip- nothing in the world ; that caste is tions, or to what extent it consists of merely social distinction and very incon donations that may not be repeated. But venient; that his offering of flowers to so far as the balance sheet of the Treasurer, the idols is a mere act of homage to the laid before the annual meeting, exhibits the author of all beautiful things; and that in distinction, we find that £1,168 69. have his own mind he worshipped only one been received on account of last year's God. A pundit is shocked at his de debt, and £4,866 ls. 1d. for the special parture from the faith of his fathers, and fund. The increase of subscriptions, which tells him that he has sunk into the mud o it is hoped may, to a large extent, be per- error. In reply he says that he has know! manent, is over £5,000; thus showing a good deal" about Christians, as he had that the effort to raise the regular income received and read a Sanscrit Bible mort of the Society has been equally successful than thirty years ago from Dr. Carey, ani with the appeal for special contributions. although he did not fully believe all it said,

This result cannot but be most gratify. yet its perusal had given him great pleasur ing to the friends of the Society. It is a and instruction. reproof to the despairing, an evidence of It is in view of such facts as these tha the deep sympathy of the churches with one of the missionaries writes :-"Es the missionary cause, an expression of con- tensive results are accruing, wondrous fidence in the committee and its officers, events are happening; but they are not and above all a renewed mark of Divine assuming a finished form. goodness. It has awakened a large amount lecting stores, and wood, and workmen. of interest in the affairs of the Society, Our successors will build the temple of the and given an impulse to the liberality of Lord. We do not see all we desire ; but the churches which will not, we trust, be we see enough to make us dance and sing allowed to cool. The friends of the Society will be solicitous that the effort of China, too, is presenting us with most the past year may not prove a merely gratifying proofs of the power of God's spasmodic one. The organizations it has word to convert the soul and make the quickened, or given birth to, will have to simple wise. At a village some distance be sustained, and the work of God sup- from Yentai, Mr. Kloekers placed one of ported by regular and continuous liberality. his native teachers. A small school was

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opened, and on two or three visits the Gospel was preached to the people. A few months since the missionary determined to pay a longer visit. He obtained permission from the villagers to take up his abode in a small building, used by them for the purpose of paying religious service to their ancestors. To this place the school was also brought. As soon as Mr. Kloekers, with his servant, a pious Chinaman, was -settled, he began to have a daily service for preaching. The seed sown on his former visits soon began to appear.

A goodly number of people came to worship and to hear of Christ Jesus. In a few days three men openly gave in their adhesion to the Gospel and sought admission into his fold. " Alter having learned to pray, "I felt as if a heavy stone was rolled from my heart, after which I enjoyed a quiet peace.” In the cold weather of December

he was baptized. His example iimpressed others.

After some weeks Mr. Kloekers was obliged to return home; but on a sulsequent visit he found that many more were anxiously seeking the way of life, and be speaks of no less than ten persons as hopefully converted to God. Thus is China also yielding her first-fruits unto God. The Church is rooting itself in that long-closed and dark land, and our missionaries are encouraged by the manifest presence of God working with them. We are happy to add that our missionary brother Mr. Laughton, by his assiduous study of the language, is able already to speak with the people in their own tongue, and that just as the year 1863 was closing, Mr. and Mrs. MMechan landed on this interesting spot.

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GENERAL Tas, great event of the past month has been donbtless the

visit to England of General Garibaldi. There is no need to speak here of an erent which has formed the chief topic of interest in every circle in the land : it is sufficient to say that the great Italian patriot has been received as he deserved to be received, and that he has gone back to his island of Caprera with honours that would have been accorded to no

All classes have been one in the enthusiasm of their welcome. “The rich and the poor have met together" in doing honour to Garibaldi. His visit will have taught something to Englishmen-we suspect that it will have taught something more to the despots and the peoples of Parliamentary affairs have been chiefly characterized by several small defeats of the Government. Mr. Stansfeld and Mr. Lowe have both been compelled to resign their respective offices the former especially having been attacked with

a malignity of which even Mr. Disraeli might be = arbamed. Mr. Gladstone, however, has carried ce his “ Budget" with a high hand. Thanks to him,

we are to have sugar cheaper, and the income-tax reduced a penny, and

the duty

on fire insurances also reduced. Year by year the debt of gratitude grows greater, which England owes to her Chancellor of the Exchequer. There is now before the House of Commons a Bill, the operation of which, if it should be carried into law, will be to extend and legalize Church-rates in some hundreds of parishes where they do not now exist. The Attorney-General has Prepared and brought in a second Bill for the conBolidation and amendment of the Church Building and New Parishes Acts. Last year a measure similar to this in purport was referred to a select

committee of the House of Commons, who made their report so late in the session that it could not be proceeded with. This year, with some alterations, the Bill is re-introduced, and it is to be read a second time on the day this magazine appears. The subject is attracting much attention, and we can but hope that the Bill will be deteated,

The Rev. Samuel Crowther, an African missionary, has been appointed, and is to be consecrated by the Archbishop of Canterbury in the course of a few weeks, bishop of the native churches in parts of Western Africa beyond the dominions of the British Crown. The episcopate is to be formed on the model of the Jerusalem and Central African bishoprics, under what is called the Jerusalem Bishoprics Act, The bishop nominate, who is a black man, was once a slaveboy, and being rescued by a British cruiser, became a missionary teacher in Sierra Leone.

The Rev. W. R. Fremantle writes that at a meeting of the committee of the Oxford Declarationists, held in Oxford the other day, it was calculated that the signatures up to the present moment amounted to about 11,000. The list will be closed at Whitsuntide, and is now in the hands of the printer, in order to the presentation of the declaration with its signatures to the archbishop3 and bishops of the United Church.

We have this month to record the death of the Rev. Dr. Evans, of Cefnmawr, North Wales. The reverend gentleman, who had been some time ill, died on Monday, March 28th, at the advanced age of seventy-nine years. He had resigned the pastorate, on account of increasing infirmities, six years since.

His funeral took place on the Thursday after his decease. A correspondent says: “Dr. Evans's life has been truly a life of labour in season and out of season. He had a most grasping intellect, and his abilities as a Biblical expositor were of the first class ; he was well

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