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spent as in preaching to the adult brated, not simply by dead speeches heathen population. It is a fact, and resolutions, but by sending men, however, that the guardianship of REAL LIVING MEN, into this chosen
many children-a guardianship field of labour. which involves not only their education, but their marriage, settlement in life, and, to some extent, their
SPECIAL LEGISLATION FOR temporal affairs afterwards -has made
POOREE. a great demand ou the time and energy of the missionary, and has necessarily
BY THE REV. W. BAILEY. tended to draw him away from his The pages of the Observer and Annual great work of preaching among the Report of the Mission have contained, heathen the unsearchable riches of for more than forty years, graphic deChrist. Moreover, for some years to scriptions of the appalling wretchedcome, or till such time as those now in ness and misery of the pilgrims who the orphanages are settled, the mis- visit the shrine at Pooree. Some of sionaries in charge must be involved these descriptions, especially those in secular affairs-affairs which are written by Charles Lacey, can never often a source of great anxiety, great be forgotten. But the most graphic expense, and great annoyance. Now,
pen has never fully described the awful however, that christianity has attained scenes that are witnessed at the annual a local habitation and a name, and our car festival. In no city under heaven native community bas become so large, has human life been so wantonly and it does seem that, if we are not to be- wickedly sacrificed ; and at no shrine come more and more secularized, we in this land of temples have the sorshall be compelled gradually to with- rows of those who hasten after another draw ourselves from responsibility in god been so terribly multiplied. No connection with the secular affairs of chronicle contains the names of those our native christians, and to throw the who have died in the city, and on their burden upon themselves. As regards weary way to and from the shrine, and the past I do not see how, on the whole, no sanitary report contains a record of we could have done differently from the pestilence that the pilgrims have what we have done; and as regards carried on he lin of road right even the future we shall endeavour, like to the very limits of the empire. Could Issachar of old, to have understanding such a revelation be made for the past of the times, to know what we ought eight hundred years, there would be to do. What we now seem particu- nothing in the annals of human misery larly to require is a reinforcement of that could possibly compare with it! vigourous, intelligent, earnest, devoted The fact of a few devotees throwing young men-men who from love to themselves beneath the wheels of the Christ shall count it their joy, their car excited the horror of the whole honour, and their life, to proclaim to civilized world ; but the victims of the Oreahs, in their own tongue, the cholera, of which there have often gospel of God's grace. So few have been several hundreds in a single night, been the labourers in the field, and so have died under far more revolting great the demand upon their time and circumstances. As soon as ever they strength, that the missionaries have were seized with the deadly plague, not been able to devote themselves as no matter whether old or young, they they could wish to evangelistic labours weré cast out into the streets reeking among the heathen. Moreover, having with filth; and without an atom of been exposed for many years to the sympathy from the wretched creatures debilitating effects of an Indian climate, that had enticed them from their homes, it is not surprising that they should they were left to die. As soon as death feel less vigourous than they did in had put an end to their suffering the the early part of their missionary life. scavengers stripped them of their If, therefore, the glorious work of evan. clothing, and with rope and pole cargelizing Orissa—the work which our ried them to the nearest golgotha, and fathers undertook, and to which we there left them, without shroud or are pledged-is to be completed, let grave, to be devoured by beasts and this jubilee of the arrival of the first missionaries in the province be cele- The Thugs, who were not more in
birds of prey.
fatuated than the pilgrim hunters, were the house will have the right to examine tracked with such vigilance that every the compartments. Every owner of one was captured, and this atrocious any honse who shall take a lodger crime completely stamped out. The without a license will be fined two fires of the suttee were put out in the rupees for every lodger for each niglit. days of Lord William Bentinck; and to Every keeper of a lodging-house will put an end to human sacrifices on the have to make a report to the person in hill tracts of Orissa a costly agency was charge of the nearest police station of established, and when its work was each birth, death, or grave accident, done, the magistrate and the police or sudden and serious sickness, as early officer were sent to the very heart of as possible; and every day, at such the country to prevent the practice seasons of the year as the Magistrate ever more being revived. But until may appoint, will have to report in the year of grace, 1871, no really effec- writing the names of all persons who tive steps have been taken by the have been inmates on the previous Government of Bengal to improve the night. Any violation of the sanitary sanitary state of Pooree, and to stop laws in this bill will meet with a this wholesale slaughter of human life! heavy punishment. The town is to be Nearly all the large cities and towns thorougbly cleansed; and no one, unare under municipal laws, but the der any pretence, will be allowed to Sanitary Cominissioners found Pooree violate the laws of health. In fact the such a scene of continued abomination Act is so complete that it will effect a that it has been found necessary to complete revolution in the manners pass & Special Act in this case. I and customs of the people. It is supcannot for very shame describe the posed that about 19,000 rupees will be revelations which were made by eye- realized annually from the licenses and witnesses in the Council Chamber on fines, and the whole of this sum will be the introduction of the Bill. But it appropriated to the building of hospimakes one feel sad that England should tals on the lines of road, in procuring ever have patronized a system so pro- a sufficient supply of water, and other lific of misery and crime; and our sad- sanitary improvements. We cannot, ness is not lessened by the reasons now however, but regret that there is not assigned for legislation, as the evils some provision made to check the insought to be removed were as palpable famous practices of the pilgrim hunters, fifty years ago as they are to-day! as they, after all, are the chief cause of Though the past cannot be atoped for, the misery and crime. The native we rejoice that the Special Act, which members of council warmly approve appears
in the Calcutta Gazette of the of the measure; but what impression 25th January, will soon become law. has been made on the priests and pun
A Health Officer is to be appointed dahs of Pooree we have not been able to control and direct the sanitation and to ascertain. Our own conviction is of the main lines leading thereto. of the
that it will lessen the number of pil
grims, as Hindooism cannot flourish The Magistrate is authorized to issue amid cleanliness, order, and deceucy. licenses to lodging-house keepers; but before such licenses can be granted it will be necessary for the Health Officer to state the nature and extent of the
TEA MEETING accommodation of such lodging-house, whether it is sufficiently ventilated,
And Presentation of an Address to the and has within reasonable distance a
Col. of the 31st T.L.I., Berhampore. sufficient supply of water fit for human There is a small band of christians consumption. If any infectious or con- connected with the above regimcot at tagious disease should be prevalent in this station, and the late commandant the vicinity of such lodging-house the and his excellent wife have taken Magistrate will have power either to great interest in their welfare. As revoke, or for a time to suspend the the colonel was about to take his license. Every lodging-house will be departure for England, it was thought under the inspection of the Magistrate desirable by this little band to present and Health Officer; and even without him with an address expressing their the consent of the owner or occupier of gratitude. A tea meeting was proposed, which met with hearty appro- and others in the regiment had made val; and it was suggested that it for their spiritual welfare; and in should be held in our school-room. touching strains it spoke of the deep The men were requested to bring their regret that was felt by all at his wives and all their children; and such departure. The reply of the veteran a gathering in this small station is not soldier will not soon be forgotten. often seen. The sepoys were sent to With tearful earnestness he besought decorate the room. There was only them all to hold fast to the truth. One one motto, which was tastefully ar- who had been accustomed to meet ranged by one of the officers; but this with us had been suddenly called away included all that could be desired by cholera. He was with us in the “And ye are all one in Christ Jesus."
sanctuary on the previous Sunday The table was liberally provided, and evening, and the next day but one ho was free to all the guests.
had finished his course. His end was After tea the well-known hymn, peace. There was no mistake about “ There is a fountain filled with blood,' the estimation in which the late comwas sung with much spirit, and select mandant was held by the men of his portions of Scripture were read and regiment, and the natives of the town. earnest prayer offered by the adjutant. Godly men, whether in the military or After a brief address the writer called civil service of this country, exercise on the bugle major to read the address an influence which is peculiar to themwhich had been prepared. This ad- selves, and these are indisputable facts dress was very simple and appropriate, to prove that the saints are the saviours and referred to the efforts the colonel of the nation.
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THE UNITY OF THE CHURCH THE CREDENTIALS
BY REV. C. CLARKE, B.A., OF ASHBY-DE-LA-ZOUCH.
I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”—John xvii. 20—23.
The last evening of our Lord's life matter of which, happily, we are not was come; in less than twenty-four left to conjecture. hours He would accomplish His de- In the first five verses our Lord cease at Jerusalem. Events followed makes reference to Himself. “Father, each other in rapid succession. Dur- the hour is come; glorify Thy Son." ing the first part of that memorable Sustain Him through the conflict, night our Lord met His twelve dis- accept His sacrifice, raise Him up ciples in the upper chamber, set them from the dead, exalt Him to Thy own an example of humility and brotherly right hand to be a Prince and Saviour, kindness by washing their feet, fore- that Thy Son,” by the mission of told the betrayal of Judas and the the Comforter and the salvation of three denials of Peter, ate the Hebrew souls, “may glorify Thee.” Thus Passover, and instituted His own would the covenant be fulfilled by memorial supper. Immediately pre- which the Father had committed all ceding the scenes of Gethsemane, things into His hand, and given Him and those before Annas and Caiaphas, power over all flesh, with the gracious Herod and Pilate, He delivered that intent, that He should give eternal comforting discourse recorded in the life to as many as were given Him. three preceding chapters, which, in So resolved is He to pass through in connection with this chapter, have His baptism of suffering, and so conbeen called the Holy of Holies of the fident is He of the issue, that in anevangelic history, after which He ticipation of His triumph He says, lifted up His eyes to heaven and of- “I have glorified Thee on the earth : fered an intercessory prayer, the I have finished the work which Thou A Sermon preached in Stoney Street Chapel, Nottingham, before the Association of General Baptists,
on Wednesday, June 26, 1872, and published at its request, VOL. LXXIV.-NEW SERIES, No. 32.
pray I,” &c.
gavest me to do.” And then He was everything ; His last loving prays—though not in the terms of a
prayer was for their piety, and for suppliant—that in addition to His their sakes He sanctified Himself, mediatorial glory which then He was that they also might be sanctified about first to assume, to be re-in- through the truth. vested with the glory which He had In the four verses which follow laid aside, “Father, glorify Thou me those referred to, and which contain with Thine own self”—as Thy fellow the subject of our present meditation, and equal—“with the glory which I our Lord's sympathies extend to had with Thee before the world was.” present and subsequent time. He
In the next fourteen verses our prays for all who shall believe on Lord makes special reference to His Him through their word; that the twelve disciples. As a man's heart oneness which existed among the is never so fully and freely opened as twelve
exist in the church when when in secret he communes with its numbers increase, that they all the God he loves, so in this prayer may
be one; further He prays that the depths of our Lord's inner life the unity of the church may convince are opened up, and the intense de- the world of His mission, and of His sires of His loving heart on behalf of people's sonship; in other words, in the twelve are fully revealed. What the unity of the church are the creproof is here supplied of His words, dentials of Christ. o As the Father hath loved me, so “Neither have I loved you.” Touching the spiritual status and attainments of 1.- THE NATURE OF THE UNITY His disciples, His expressions again OUR LORD PRAYED FOR. anticipate and are meant to be un- II.—THE MEANS BY WHICH IT IS derstood in all their fulness after His
SECURED. resurrection and the mission of the
III.—THE END TO BE REALIZED Comforter ; for the Spirit completed
THEREBY. their education and matured their piety.
I.-The nature of the unity our With this in view our Lord says, Lord prayed for. Four times the I have manifested Thy name unto expression is repeated in the text, and them ; I have given them the words three times with suggestive additions. which Thou gavest me; in that name, “That they all may
he one." in the knowledge and love of Thy re- they also may be one in us.” That vealed character, I have kept them; they may be one even as we are one." “The men that Thou gavest me out And, “That they may be made perfect of the world,” I have tutored and in one.” These additional terms help sanctified, so that “they are not of to the understanding of the unity, the world even as I am not of the inasmuch as they speak of a divine world;" they are a compact and holy pattern—"one as we are one;” of brotherhood, are convinced of my the degree it is to reach—"that they mission, and agreed in their testi- may be made perfect in one;" and mony;
“ As Thou hast sent me into of all the persons who are to parthe world even so have I sent them ticipate therein—"that they also into the world;" “I pray
may be one in us." that they may be kept in Thy name,
Here is a divine pattern-"As preserved on the one hand from out- Thou, Father, art in me, and I in ward evil, and on the other sanctified Thee.” And again—"Even as we by the indwelling of the truth. He are one." What meaneth this? There prays for them, not primarily for is a oneness between the Father and their success and well-being, for to His only, His own, His only begotten Him and His cause their character Son, which is infinitely above the