« НазадПродовжити »
that she was not heard, until the stewardess that verse to think of. It always does warm passed from one berth to another, whisper- to those who read the good book.” ing, Hush! the young lady is reading." The next morning dawned clear and
Then the passengers ceased their crying, bright. Within the cabin there was scarcely and listened until the Psalm was finished. a trace of the confusion and fright caused
“ Thank you, thank you, miss," was by the tempest. Indeed, few remembered it echoed from one part of the cabin to except to joke each other at giving way to another, when the Psalm was concluded. alarm.
“Will you please tell me, dear,” called “I didn't suppose there was any real out one old lady," whereabouts the chap- danger," said one. ter is?
“ Your screams at the time would lead “I never saw such a book," apostrophised one to think you did,” answered her com. the stewardess; “it's calmed them all panion. down like lambs. I'm sure I thank you a “We ought to be thankful to our thousand times, miss, for obliging me. They heavenly Father that we are alive this pleaall seem amazingly comforted by it." sant morning,” remarked the stewardess,
In an hour or two the gale had subsided, who happened to be passing: and the ladies having received the assurance “Yes, we ought,” exclaimed a sickly. that all danger was “past, retired once looking lady; "and to the young lady whose more to their berths, where many of them reading reminded us where to put our soon fell asleep. The occupant of number trust." eleven, however, was an exception. She The second night several of the passengers still sat near the table, the Bible open before approached the table in the cabin, and read her, and her whole attention apparently ab- a few verses from the Bible before they sorbed in its sacred contents.
entered their berths. At length, when all was quiet, the The stewardess watched her opportunity
, stewardess drew near, and said, in a respect- and when all was quiet, begged her young ful tone, “I'm glad to see you love that friend to read again for the benefit of the good book, mies."
whole. Quite a number of voices echoed "Oh, it is precious!” exclaimed the the wish, when, in a sweet, distinct tone, she young lady, enthusiastically. “ I never felt read the fourteenth chapter of St. John's its power so much as to-night. I'm not Gospel. Not a sound was heard as she very strong,” she added, with a heightened then, in an unostentatious manner, kneeled colour, "and must confess when you first by her chair, while she silently commended came to me I was terribly alarmed. But her soul to God, and asked his protection for those few words you read calmed me at the night.
How kind in father to think of me! “ Ob, miss,” exclaimed the stewardess, I wish he could know how quiet I feel.” coming forward eagerly to help her to una
“I'll see if I can find him," said the dress; “I am glad you are not ashamed to stewardess, rising cheerfully.
own Christ. I wish all Christians would be “Oh, I thank you. Tell him I found the as bold as worldly people are in proclaiming gracious promise fulfilled, and now I beg of themselves.” him to go to sleep."
After she had delivered her message, the stewardess returned, and finding the young lady did not intend to retire, gladly availed
THE WIDOW AND HER SILVER herself of the invitation to resume her
In the parish of Bathgate, in Linlith“This is my time for reading," she said, gowshire, Scotland, lived a widow woman drawing a worn Bible from her pocket. by the name of Simpson.
“You love the good book, too, I see,” In her family resided, in the capacity of remarked the lady, with a smile.
servant, one Nancy Campbell, a girl about “It's home and family to ne, miss. It's nineteen, who was suspected of having company to me night and day. If the wind's taken a fancy to Robin, the widow's son, blowing a gale, as it did to-night, I feel safe, who reciprocated the sentiment. Nothing, because I know who holds the waters in however, would soften the heart of the his fist. I know, if He wills it, he can speak widow as regards a match, till at last the the waves into a calm. My heart warmed following event occurred, and caused her at once to your father, when he sent you to give way. About the hay-making time
a distant and comparatively rich relation by the fire drying their wet garments.
was expected to call and take tea that even- Nobody could tell. Nancy had left them & ing, on his way from Linlithgow. It was on the table when she ran to the hay. No
not often that the superior relative one had been in the house, they were honoured her house with a visit, and Mrs. certain, for nothing was disturbed. The Simpson, determined that nothing should drawer was pulled out, and the empty be wanting to his entertainment, brought stocking exhibited. Every shelf, every out the treasured spoons early in the fore- corner was searched, but to no purpose; noon, with many injunctions to Nancy the spoons had disappeared, and the state touching the care she should take in of the farm-house may be imagined. The brightening them up. While this opera- widow ran through it like one distracted, tion was being conducted in the kitchen, questioning, scolding,
scolding, and searching. in the midst of those uncertain days which Robin, Nancy, and the farm-men were dis
vary the northern June, a sudden darken- patched in different directions, as soon as i ing of the sky announced the approach of the rain abated, to advertise the neigh
heavy rain. The hay was dry and ready bours, under the supposition that some for housing. Robin and two farm-men strolling beggar or gipsy might have were busy gathering it in; but the great carried off the treasure, and would attempt drops began to fall while a considerable to dispose of it in the parish. Nobody portion yet remained in the field, and, thought of Geordy Wilson: he had not with the instinct of crop preservation, been espied from the hay-field. Lost, the forth rushed the widow, followed by spoons were, beyond a doubt, and the Nancy, leaving the spoons half-cleaned on widow bade fair to lose her senses. the kitchen table. În her rapid exit, the
The rich relation came at the appointed girl had forgotten to latch the door. The time, and had such a tea that he avowed & weasel and the kite were the only depreda- never again to trust himself in the house
tors known about the moorland farm; but of his entertainer. while they were all occupied in the hay- But the search went on; rabbits' holes field, who should come that way but were looked into for the missing silver, and Geordy Wilson, one of the parish beg- active boys were bribed to turn out maggars !
pies' nests. Wells and barns in the neighWell, the kitchen door was open, and bourhood were explored. The criers of Geordy stepped in. He banged the settle the three nearest parishes were employed with his staff, he coughed, he hemmed, he to proclaim the loss; it was regularly adsaluted the cat, which sat purring on the vertised at kirk-gate and market-place; window-seat, and at length discovered and Mrs. Simpson began to talk of getting there was nobody within. Neither meal a search warrant for the beggar's meal. nor penny was to be expected that day; pouch. the rain was growing heavier, some of the Bathgate was alarmed through all its hay must be wet, and Mrs. Simpson would borders, concerning the spoons; but when return in bad humour. But, two objects
almost a month wore away, and nothing powerfully arrested Geordy's attention ; could be heard of them, the widow's susone was the broth pot boiling on the fire, picions turned from beggars, barns, and and the other the silver spoons scattered magpies, to light on poor Nancy. She had on the table. Bending over the former, been cleaning the spoons, and had left the Geordy took a considerable sniff, gave the house last; silver could not leave the table ingredients a stir with a pot-stick, and without hands. It was true that Nancy
muttered, “ Very thin." His proceeding had borne an unquestionable character; = with the latter must remain unmentioned; but such spoons were not to be met with
but, half an hour after, when he was safely every day, and Mrs. Simpson was deterensconced in a farm-house, a mile off, the
mined to have them back in her stocking. family were driven within doors by the in- After sundry hints of increasing breadth creasing storm. They found everything to Robin, who could not help thinking his as it had been left-the broth on the fire, mother was losing her judgment, she one the cat on the window-geat, the whiting day plumped the charge, to the utter and flannel on the table ; but not a spoon
astonishment and dismay of the poor girl, was there!
whose anxiety in the search had been in"Where's the spoons ?” cried Mrs. ferior only to her own. Though poor and Simpson, to the entire family, who stood
an orphan, Nancy had some honest pride,
She immediately turned out the contents dy," said the widow ; " we're on weighty of her kist (box), unstrung her pocket, in business.” Mrs. Simpson's presence, and ran, with “Weel, mem," said Geordy, turning to tears in her eyes, to tell the minister. depart, “it's of nae consequence.
As was then common to the country came to speak about your spoons." parishes of Scotland, difficulties and dis- “Hae you heard o' them?” cried Mrs. putes which might have employed the Simpson, bouncing from her seat. writers and puzzled the magistrates, were “I couldna miss bein' blessed withe referred to his arbitration, and thus law- precious gift o' hearin', and what's better, suits and scandal prevented. The minister I saw them," said Geordy. had heard—as who in Bathgate had not ? “Saw them, Geordy? Whar are they?
-of Mrs. Simpson's loss. Like the rest of and here's a whole shillin' for ye;" and the parish, he thought it rather strange; Mrs. Simpson's purse, or rather an old but Nancy Campbell was one of the most glove used for that purpose, was instantly serious and exemplary girls of his congre- produced. gation. He could not believe that the “Weel,” said Geordy, “I slipped in ae charge preferred against hier was true; yet day, and seein' the siller unguarded, I the peculiarities of the case demanded in- thought some ill-minded body might covet vestigation. With some difficulty the it, and jist laid it by, I may say, among minister persuaded Nancy to return to her the leaves o' that Bible, thinkin' you would mistress, bearing a message to the effect be sure to see the spoons when you went to that he and two of his elders, who hap- read.” pened to reside in the neighbourhood, Before Geordy had fin
revelawould come over the following evening, tion, Nancy Campbell had brought down hear what could be said on both sides, and, the proudly-displayed, but never opened if possible, clear up the mystery. The Bible, and interspersed between its leaves widow was well pleased at the minister and lay the dozen of long-sought spoons. his elders coming to inquire after the The minister of Bathgate could scarcel spoons. She put on her best mutch (that command his gravity while admonishing is to say, cap), prepared her best speeches, Geordy on the trouble and vexation his and enlisted some of the most serious and trick had caused. The assembled neighreliable of her neighbours to assist in the bours laughed outright when the daft investigation.
man, pocketing the widow's shilling, which Early in the evening of the following he had clutched in the early part of his day-when the summer sun was wearing discourse, assured them all that he kenned low, and the field work was over-they Mrs. Simpson read her Bible so often, that were all assembled in the clean scoured the spoons would be certain to turn up. kitchen, the minister, elders, and neigh-Geordy got many a basin of broth and bours, soberly listening to Mrs. Simpson's many a luncheon of bread and cheese on testimony touching her lost silver, Nancy, account of that transaction, with which he Robin, and the farm.men, sitting by till amused all the fire-sides of the parish. their turn came; when the door, which had Mrs. Simpson was struck dumb even from been left half-open to admit the breeze, scolding. The discovery put an end to for the evening was sultry—was quietly her ostentatious profession, and, it may be pushed aside, and in slid Geordy Wilson, hoped, turned her attention more to with his usual accompaniments of staff and practice. wallet.
Has the story no moral for you, dear “There's nae room for ye here, Geor- reader?
Gems from Golden Mines.
“ WHO GAVE HIMSELF FOR OUR
SINS." WEIGH diligently every word of Paul, and especially mark well this pronoun our ; for the effect altogether consisteth in
the well applying of the pronouns which we find very often in the Scriptures, wherein also there is ever some vehemency and power. Thou wilt easily say and believe that Christ the Son of God was given
for the sins of Peter, of Paul, and of other not for the righteous and holy, but for the saints, whom we account to have been unrighteous and sinners. worthy of this grace ; but it is a very hard Wherefore if thou be a sinner, as indeed thing that thou which judgest thyself un- we are all, set not Christ down upon the worthy of this grace, shouldst from thy rainbow, as a judge, for so ehalt thou be heart say and believe that Christ was given terrified and despair of his mercy, but take for thine invincible, infinite, and horrible hold of his true definition, namely, that sins.
Christ the Son of God and of the Virgin, Except thou be found in the number of is a person, not that terrifieth, not that those
our sins," that is, which afflicteth, not that condemneth us of sin, have this doctrine of faith, and teach, hear, not that demandeth of us an accouot for learn, love, and believe the same, there is our life evil passed; but hath giren himno salvation for thee.
self for our sins, and with one oblation Labour, therefore, diligently, that not hath put away the “sins of the whole only out of the time of temptation, but world” (Col. ii. 14), hath fastened them
also in the time and conflict of death, upon the cross, and put them clean out by i when thy conscience is thoroughly afraid himself.
with the remembrance of thy sins past, and Learn this definition diligently, and [ the devil agsaileth thee with great violence, especially so exercise this pronoun our, that f going about to overwhelm thee with heaps, this one syllable being believed may swallow E floods, and whole seas of sins, to terrify up all thy sins; that is to say, that thou
thee, to draw thee from Christ, and to mayest know assuredly that Christ hath drive thee to despair—that then, I say, taken away the sins, not of certain men thou mayest be able to say, with sure con. only, but also of thee, yea, and of the whole fidence, Christ the Son of God was given, world.-Martin Luther.
A MISSIONARY'S ARGUMENT.
WHEN a missionary in India preaches to a mixed crowd of people, he is almost sure to find among them some more acute than their fellows. These will raise objections, and the audience will listen with inteose interest to the discussion which
These discussions range over a wide field, and embrace the most trifling as well as the most serious topics. It may help our readers to understand both the nature of the missionary's work, as well as the mode in which he carries it on, if we lay before them the following interesting discussion on the doctrine of the atonement. Mr. Hobbs, one of the missionaries in Jessore, has given us so vivid an account of it, that we will narrate it in his own words. It took place during a recent tour.
At three ,p.m., he says, we reached the large village of Sharandee, on the Kalegunga River, and sending Madhob and Mandari into the interior of the village, I took my station near the ghat, and in a few minutes had fifty people pressing around me. Many of them belonged to the higher classes, and paid great attention. They seemed clearly to apprehend the plan of meroy through an
atoning Redeemer, but remarked that they could not receive it, for it seemed such an injustice to punish a great and good person like Jesus for the sins of other people. "I would not do such a thing myself,” remarked a young Brahmin," and God is more intelligent than I am.” I proceeded to show him that it was just because God was so much wiser than men, that such a means had been devised, and read to him the language of Paul, “ What the eye hath never seep,” &c., &c. I endeavoured to show him that the doctrine of substitution, so far from being considered unjust by men, was brought into active exercise in every-day life. He said he could not recollect a case in point. I asked him if he had ever known one person become bail for another, and if it was not a common occurrence for the rajah or zemindar to save the ryot from arrest by paying the expenses connected with his law-suit.
“Oh! yes, sir,” he replied, "all that sort of thing is common enough ; I have done it myself.”
“You have? What, have you too been subjected to such injustice? Why should you smart for the faults of others? Do you
not think that the laws which allow this “ Sir, if respect goes, all goes." need a most searching revision ?"
“When your boy has acted naughtily, if He seemed a little disconcerted, but you knew a way of securing respect withreplied, “I am not aware, sir, that there out beating him, would you beat him?" was any injustice in the matter; what I “I scarcely know what to say, sir; I did, I did of my own accord.”
think, perhaps, I might then pull his ears, “My good friend,” said I, “ you are
and let him go." putting arguments in my mouth ; see how " Very good, my friend; you are one of your words apply. You pay the law-suit the frankest Brahmins I have ever met. expenses of some of your roots to prevent Now see what your answers lead to. God them from being sent to prison; and when is our Father; but more, he is our Go. I suggest that the law be revised which vernor. He hates wrong-doers, and threatthus allows such a system to operate, you ens wrong-doers with punishment. It is say there is no injustice in it; what I do, necessary for him to punish, for the world I do voluntarily; the claimant gets his is his family; and, as you ubserved, “if money, and what more can he or any one respect goes, all goes.' He punishes not else wish for? Now listen, Brahmin. because he hates, but because punishment When Jesus gave himself for our sins, he is the proper penalty for sin, and because did so voluntarily. God wanted not money, it acts as a warning to others. But he is but atonement for past transgression, and wiser than men, and what they could never obedience for the future. This we could originate is easy work to him. To show not give, but Cbrist could, and he gave it ; his power, his wisdom, his mercy, and his what more can anybody want? Therefore justice, he has devised a means by which he where is the injustice ?"
can maintain his respect without beavily He replied, “Sir, what you say is for- chastising his subjects. This is fully recible; but it would never do to apply it to vealed to us in the Bible. God's adorable matters of life and death."
Son obeyed his law for us ; and God has I replied, “Your objection has but little kindly consented to regard it as though we force. You admit the principle upon which bad done it ourselves ; whilst bis unspeakthe atonement of Jesus rests (substitution), able condescension in becoming man, joined but deny its application. Do you not see with his disgrace, suffering, and death, erthat anything that is morally just, cannot hibit the determination of God to have his be unjust, because it is extensively de- commands regarded, much more than if veloped ? Suppose you are a kind, merci- every sinner Lad suffered the punishment ful man; people would regard you with due to his sin. The result is that God is complacency, would they not?
now willing to forgive sinners, and save become very much kinder still, would you them from everlasting misery; and all expect people to deny that you were kind those who believe in and love their great at all ? Surely not. Come, let us examine Deliverer meet with no other punishment this matter a little more closely. Do you than a little distress in this present world, believe that God hates sin, and that he will which exactly agrees with your remark, 'I punish sinners ?"
would pull his ears, and let him go. Now Yes, I believe both."
where is the injustice in this ? Can you Do you imagine that God takes pleasure point it out to me?" in chastising transgressors ?”
Sir, I scarcely know what angwer to “ No."
give you ; you take hold of my words and “ Then why does he punish p."
use them against me. I cannot receive “I don't exactly know."
what you say, and yet it seems to be true: Why do you sometimes beat your I must consider the matter more fully. boy?”
But, sir, I cannot yet understand how one “I am obliged to do so, sir ; if I did not, man could make an atonement for so many the whole of my family would get insubor. millions. Can you make it plain to us, dinate."
“Then you beat the boy, partly for his "To be sure I can ; listen. You are a own fault, and partiy as an example, and Brahmin, are you not ?" 80 on?”
am; and a Kuleen (highest “ You have exactly described it, sir.” caste) Brahmin."
“You seem to be somewhat particular, I "Now suppose I give you a good beating think, in exacting respect."
with my shoe, and alterwards go 10 thai