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nothing for my services, and teach him all sweep-large as life in Count Rulman's the hooks and crooks of chimney-sweep- splendid mirror. Look at him ing. And there isn't a boy in all Bruns- gazing first on his face, then on his hands wick that knows more of them than I do. and finally on his feet. Now he turns half I have been in the businese three or four around and takes a side view of his lordyears, and applied myself solely to my pro- ship. By-and-byo he becomes fully satissession. I think when I represent the fied that he hus thoroughly examined himwbole matter to the count, he will agree to self, and secretly hopes that when the it without a murmur. The countess-to count gives him his house he will have the tell the truth, I never thought of her in kindness to leave his mirror and other serreference to this matter before-couldn't viceable articles there. What would even be expected to go about with her husband, Count Rulman's grand palace be without and assist him in his labours. But she could the furniture? I wouldn't give a fig, live in a house in the Fleischstrasse, where thought he, to have this room, if I couldn't the most of us sweeps lodge at night. I have these sofas, and chairs, and pictures, am sure there would be no difficulty in her and this chandelier, and this glorious finding one. I know all the landlords, and looking-glass. would willingly interest myself for her. Just now he beheld a new object of inNow, how shall I broach the subject? I terest. It is the countess's gold watch and have a sheet of paper at home, and here in chain. How bright they shine! Any sensimy waistcoat-pocket is the piece of char- ble goldsmith would have given a large sum coal that I whittled down yesterday morn- for them both together. No sooner does ing into quite a respectable pencil. When Gotfried see them hanging near the bookI get home to-night I will wash myself case than he takes them down. The chain very clean, powder up these black hands to is bright and long, so he hangs it around make them smooth, and then I will make his neck and again takes a view of himself. my proposition in as good language as I His head was almost turned upside down can command. But what am I about when he saw his picture-Gotfried, the here? The countess may step in at any sweep, with a watch on! moment, and what would become of me “My own opinion is,” so he reflected then? I must be making observations as aloud,“ that a boy is not a real gentleman speedily as possible, and then get to my unless he has a watch. I sometimes sleep work.”

too late in the morning, and if I had this It was one of Gotfried's peculiarities watch of the countess's it would save me that he generally thought out loud. Some- great deal of inconvenience. I think, too, times he would deliberate to himself a that when I become possessor of this little, and then, before he became aware of house, people would think me a great it, he would be talking all his thoughts. dunce if I hadn't a fine gold watch. So He frequently found this leading him into in either case I find it indispensable to my trouble ; but he was using all his efforts comfort and respectability. I must take it for the last few months to break himself of with me; no one would dream of my havit. And so ought every boy and girl who ing it. No policeman in Brunswick would has a bad habit always be trying to get search Gotfried's pockets ; he is only a clear of it.

poor chimney-sweep. Now I am rich and After finishing his speech, every word of happy! which he should have kept to himself, his Happy, did I say ? Can what one eyes fell first upon the great looking-glass steals make him happy? And rich-can that reached from the floor to the ceiling. a thief be a rich man? My poor mother No sooner did he get a fair look at it than told me before she died to be honest to he went up to it and beheld himself. It the value of a pin or a penny; and this may appear wonderful to many of the watch and chain are worth thousands of readers of these lines, but yet it is true, pins and pennies. I would, then, be disthat Gotfried had never before seen him- obeying my mother who has gone to heaven. self pictured out from head to foot. He No, I will not take this gold watch and had a piece of broken looking-glass in his chain. It would only make me unhappy lodging-room, but it was only large enough and poor, instead of happy and rich. I for him to see two-thirds of his face. obeyed my mother living, and I will obey Imagine his feelings then when he beheld her dead.” himself-Gotfried, the Brunswick chimney- Noble words were these ; and when the

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little chimney-sweep had finished them, he kneeled down and folded his hands in prayer. I will not repeat all his prayer, though he spoke it aloud, but only a part: “I thank thee, O God! that thou hast rescued me from this great temptation that has threatened the destruction of both my soul and body. I thank thee for a good mother who gave me such instructions as to remind me of my duty to thee and to myself. If Count Rulman had not seen me, thou wouldst have beheld this wicked deed; 'thou fillest heaven and earth with thy presence.' I thank thee a thousand times -- million times—for thy preserving care."

By way of postscript to his prayer, he added: "I have no business whatever in this room. In future I will attend to my work, my whole duty. Then I will be sure to escape temptation.”

Immediately he turned round and started for the fire-place to begin his duties in the chimney; but when he was about half across the floor, a little side door suddenly opened, and in came the Countess Rulman!

“Stop!” said she; “ I have a word to say to you."

Gotfried trembled like an aspen.

“ You need not be afraid, little chimneysweep,” said the good-hearted lady, after looking at him a moment; “I have been gazing at you every minute of the time that you have been here in my chamber. You might well have trembled if you had taken my watch and chain, but as it is, dismiss all alarm. You heeded the voice of conscience just at the right time. It gives me great pleasure to think that you have resisted the tempter. And your prayer --it went to my heart; I shall never forget it. You thanked God for a pious mother. I wish every child in Brunswick, and in the whole world, would acknowledge God's goodness when he gives them a praying mother.”

The words of the countess made warm tears flow from the little chimney-sweep's blue eyes. They were like balm to his soul; she seemed like his mother risen from the grave. Oh! how many there are in this world who, by kindness and love, could take the place of departed mothers.

“Ah! countess, don't praise me. I don't deserve a word of kindness or sympathy. I was very wrong in yielding to my cu. riosity. Like many other boys, I was led into temptation by a desire to be wealthy, and by this foolish prying into other people's business."

The countess took the opportunity to teach him a lesson of obedience to conscience which he never afterwards forgot. In closing her admonition, she inquired of him if there was any other occupation he would prefer to his present one.

“Now don't fear," said she,“ to speak your wishes to me.

I will take good care to gratify them if they are proper ones.”

Then Gotfried related his history, and spoke of how he had been compelled from poverty to become a chimney-sweep. Не would have gone to school if he had had the means; but as it was, he confessed that he was not only too poor to get instruction, but also to buy books. All his earnings were required to pay for his clothes and boarding.

“O countess! I would rather have a good education than anything else.” And, as he spoke, the tears flowed afresh down his soot-covered cheeks.

The lady was greatly gratified at his wish, and promised him faithfully that it should be gratified.

“ Take this present," said she, "and to. morrow-night you may expect me in your little garret-room in the Fleischstrasse."

So saying, she handed him a piece of gold' with which to purchase good clothing ; and instead of Gotfried having to clamber up the chimney to get out of doors, his new-made friend showed him to the front door and told him he could always enter her house in future by that means.

“ Countess Rulman coming to my room ! Who could have dreamed such a thing ? Never did chimney-sweep have such good fortune as this before. Now I will get my clothes, arrange my little room, buy candle, and prepare for my benefactress." So Gotfried spoke as he went along the street.

The next evening has come, and it finds him with clean hands and face, freshly-cut hair, new clothes, and a nice sperm candle burning brightly from the neck of an old beer-bottle. Above all his outlay, he found enough remaining to buy himself a plain Bible. So there he sat in his little room reading that Bible.

“ Hush ! hark!” said he," she's coming."

True enough, it was the rustling of Countess Rulman's silk dress. She was attended by a gentleman, not her husband, but some one Gotfried had never before met with. The happy boy arises, takes his candle, opens his door, and shows his visitors the way to his room.

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“ Gotfried, the gentleman who attends me is Professor Acker of the college in this city. I have called to see him to-day, and stated your circumstances and wishes to him in full. Moreover, I have paid him your tuition-fees for a year in the institution with which he is connected, and will continue to do so until your graduation. He has also given his consent to your boarding in his family and having the advantage of his personal intercourse. Here is a note which you must give to Mr. Leismeister, the bookseller, and he will furnish you in future with whatever books you may desire. To-morrow morning, you can bid farewell to this little garret-chamber and commence a new life. I trust it will be one of usefulness and honour. The Professor here will be your steadfast friend, and he will give you all necessary instruction. Meanwhile I shall want to see you frequently at our house. You know in what street it is. You need never climb its chimneys again, but enter by its front door, and warm yourself by its fires. And in order to smooth your way as much as possible by enabling you to divide your study hours properly, I give you this gold watch. You have seen it once before! indeed, you have even once had it around your neck. But it was not your own then, and you would have been afraid to wear it in public. Now it is your property, and the whole world cannot make you ashamed of it. To-day I have caused a slight change to be made in it. Inside the case you will find an engraving representing a chimney-sweep praying to God. As long

as the watch lasts this little design will endure. Let it teach you every day gratitude to your heavenly Father for delivering you from temptation, and for his goodness in granting you the holy example of a praying mother."

I will not speak of Gotfried's feelings, or of his noble reply to the words and gift of the countess. They can be imagined without much difficulty. Nor is it necessary to follow the boy to the college, and witnegg his constant attention to his studies. He passed through the entire course, and finally graduated with distinction. After leaving the institution, a wealthy merchant of Brunswick requested him to join him as partner of his business. Gotfried accepted it, since the inducements were of no ordinary nature. He thrived in business beyond all calculation, and was known in the neighbouring provinces and kingdoms for his attention to the wants of the poor, and especially for his care of the orphan. I first made his acquaintance in the south of France, where the chances of travel threw us together for a single night. He is the owner of a castle there, situated high up on a mountain summit, where he spends the three summer months of every year.

There he has a bet. ter opportunity of beholding the wonders of nature than from a chimney-top, and he spends hours of each day in admiring the glorious works of his Creator. During the course of our conversation he showed me the watch presented him by Countess Rulman, and I saw within it the little design of the praying chimney-sweep.

Gems from Golden Mines



THINGS. THERE are great events in human his. tory of which the world takes little note ; events whose influence extends far into the future, to results interesting as are the destinies of an immortal soul. The act of a humble fisherman in persuading his brother to have an interview with a man of Galilee called Jesus; the accident which led a monk to examine the contents of a Latin version of the Bible, which he found chained up in one of the cells of his con

vent-were small things, as seen by the secular historian; but in their relations to the future they were great events, which have had their far-reaching influence on the minds and destinies of millions. The conversion of a youth in a Bible-class, or of a child in the Sunday-school, though it seems a small thing as estimated by the world, may be the first link in a chain of influences affecting the character and welfare of thousands. Many of the little incidents of life, the little acts of men as they appear to the world, are great in their results, signalized by the providence of

God, with whom nothing is great or small, and before whom all nations are but as the dust of the balance.

To weary hearts, to mourning homes,
God's meekest angel gently comes :
No power has he to banish pain,
Or give us back our lost again ;
And yet, in tenderest love, our dear
And heavenly Father sends him here.
There's quiet in that angel’s glance;
There's rest in his still countenance ;
He mocks no grief with idle cheer,
Nor wounds with words the mourner's ear;

But ills and woes he may not cure
He kindly trains us to endure.
Angel of Patience ! sent to calm
Our feverish brows with cooling palm ;
To lay the storms of hope and fear,
And reconcile life's smile and tear;
The throbs of wounded grief to still,
And make our own our Father's will.
O thou who mournest on thy way,
With longings for the close of day,
He walks with thee, that angel kind,
And gently whispers, “ Be resigned;
Bear up, bear on: the end shall tell
The dear Lord ordereth all things well.”

J. G. Whittier.

Our Missions.

tinue steadfast in the truth, although the PROGRESS.

Spanish authorities have issued more strinIn our last issue we brought before our gent regulations, and forbidden eren those readers the statement of the Committee of private meetings for prayer which hitherto the Baptist Missionary Society, that they have been carried on without molestation. feared a large deficit in the income of the In the two schools the use of the Bible is present year. We are glad to be informed

wholly forbidden. The people are therefore that the appeal of the Committee has met anxious to send their children to Amboises with a cordial response from all parts of Bay, to place them under Mr. Pinnock's the country, and that in many places instruction. The want of proper accommoprompt efforts have been made to meet the dation in this new settlement alone at predifficulties into which the Society has been sent hinders the fulfilment of their wish. led. Everywhere we hear expressed the From the River Cameroons, the station utmost unwillingness that any missionaries where Mr. Robert Smith is now labouring, should be recalled. With the exception of we have received the following striking picabout £30, the debt of last year has been ture of the difficulties which surround the paid, and increased receipts have reduced brethren, and the trials of the converts the expected deficit by some £2,000. So that God gives them. Mr. Smith says: far this is most encouraging ; but a debt of “We are surrounded by two classes of even £6,000 will be a heavy burden to people, the free and the slave (the position bear, and will require very strenuous effort of the latter, I think, in some ways resem. to avoid. What has been done during the bles the serfs in Russia). The slaves far past two months shows that the churches outnumber the free, and are always ready have resources yet untouched, and when all to resent an outrage, an instance of which parts of the kingdom have done their best took place last Monday. A freeman took we may hope not only for the removal of

up an axe, and cut a deep gash in a slave's this prospective debt, but for the provision shoulder, and for a time his life was desof means to enlarge the operations of our paired of. The slaves immediately armed, beloved mission.

and spread desolation around the offender's Meanwhile God continues to bless the dwelling, by destroying his houses, cutting labours of the missionary brethren. In all down all his plantain-trees, and forcing him parts of the field there is steady advance. to escape to the bush for protection. A few In Trinidad a new chapel has been com- months since a slave, by the name of Long pleted and opened for the worship of God, Ramsey, after giving evidence of a change and several additions have been made to of heart, was baptized and admitted a the native churches in the district. In member of the church. His master, from Fernando Po our persecuted converts con- some ill-feeling or other cause, went to his


hut about midnight, took him away to a lar attendant on the Breton worship. On canoe, and after securing the poor fellow, his resolving to be baptized, his wife, returned to his slave's house and plundered hitherto favourable on account of the it of its little contents. When the master change she saw in his character, became had done this, he took the man away into bitterly opposed to him; and on the Sunthe country and sold him to pay a debt. day morning when he put on Christ she Had this slave remained in his country's came in a very excited state to the chapel, foolish and sinful ways, his master would and remained a short time at the door, have been afraid to sell him away from demanding her husband. She went away, Cameroons. I have seen King Bell on the and returned with her little girl, who came subject, and he has promised to use his crying aloud to her father. The wife again influence in getting the man brought back went sobbivg away. On the husband's where he may hear the Gospel. If he is return home he was accosted by eight or brought back again, we shall have to ad- nine women, who addressed him as a foolish. vance to the church the money to purchase brute because he would be, as they said, his redemption. I understand that each of unbaptized, and thus grieve his poor wife. the chiefs signed a treaty with the late There had been some talk of beating him, Consul that every person shall have freedom but he was not thus to be intimidated. of worship in this river; but that, like Amidst much tribulation has this man other papers, is almost useless, and we have entered the kingdom of God. to fall back upon ourselves, or rather, upon A scarcely legs interesting case of conGod."

version is reported by Mr. Bouhon. On In Brittany the word of God continues his proceeding with Mrs. Bouhon early in to grow. At Guingamp the French autho- the year to Morlaix, when leaving the port rities have lately come to a decision very of Havre, the captain begged the missionfavourable to liberty of conscience for Pro- ary's wife to befriend, during the passage, a testants. On a recent communion Sabbath young lady also going to Morlaix. It was a man was received, after baptism, into the soon ascertained that she had been sent to church under very interesting circum- France from this country in order to stances. The work of grace began in his strengthen her in her new faith, for she heart about two years ago. He was reading had recently passed over from Protestantism a brief account of the sufferings of our to Popery. Our missionary friends spoke Saviour when the words of Jesus, to her plainly about Romanism, and ax“Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for Bured her of their sympathy and help if me, but weep for yourselves and for your she should require it. The intercourse children," made a deep impression upon thus commenced continued after their sethim. He could not help shedding tears. tlement in Morlaix, and the young lady Till then, though addicted to drinking, was a frequent visitor at the mission-house. which his wife had failed to check, he re- She begged for a Bible ; for the house in garded himself with no small self-compla- which she lodged did not contain one. The cency. Now he began to see himself a perusal of the sacred writings, with tracts sinner. Even previous to this he had lost furnished at the same time, shook her conhis confidence in the Church of Rome. He fidence in the dogmas of the Papacy. A now remembered that that Church gives its priest of the town who desired to hear her adherents only short extracts from the confession in vain conversed with her. At Gospels ; and the desire seized him to length she entered a convent for three possess the entire New Testament. This months only, just to see what a secluded brought him to the chapel. At the close religious life in nunneries was like. The of the service one evening he stepped for- trial sufficed thoroughly to convince her of ward and purchased a copy, and for the the errors of the church she had so recently first time in his life he saw the New Tesťa- joined ; and annoyed at the attempts to ment complete.

keep her in the convent longer than the He took the sacred treasure home, and time agreed upon, she hastily left it during diligently set himself to read it. His pro- mass on Sunday, the 28th June. She ran gress in understanding its contents was for an hour, fearing to be overtaken, till she very slow at first. At length the truth reached Mr. Bouhon's door. She begged reached his heart; he grew in grace and to be admitted and hidden for two or knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, three days, lest any priest should seek after abandoned Romanism, and became a regu- her. She was not aware that she had

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