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unlimited. Itis from one of these calami- as he did, at the approach of the waterties that this district is now suffering, like wolf. and has been for some eight or ten days Several of our buildings at Piplee past, and though in less volume than at have been damaged by the heavy rain, first the waters are still rushing through The long weaving shed has been so the breaches that have been made. In injured that in the cold weather it will the vicinity of the breaches it is said have to be re-roofed. The children, too, that several villages with people and were made rather uncomfortable by cattle have been swept completely droppings from the school-room roof. away, but as at present the places are If they tried to sit or sleep here or unapproachable, it is difficult to ascer- there, the water came dropping, said tain the real facts of the case. For they, upon them. Whether Solomon miles round the people have been shut knew anything of the uncomfortableùp in their villages, and in many places ness of thatched houses I cannot tell, have had to take shelter on their house but he seemed to know of something as tops or in trees. Upon multitudes of
bad when he wrote, a continued droppoor people loss and bardship have ping on a very rainy day, and a contenbeen entailed, and unless the breaches tious woman, are alike."
In this councan be quickly made up, any rice crop try the figure is very significant. for this year will become an impossi- Though our own house was free from bility. The people say that it is now annoyance as regards leakage, we were too late to re-sow their fields, and if it not a little annoyed one day by a dead were not they have no seed corn. decomposing human body, which was
Our communications with Bileparda thrown on the bank of the river not far have been re-opened. Several of the from the back of our house. A mother boys have come into Piplee, and to and her only son had both died of those remaining with the cattle we cholera, and as the people were unable have sent supplies. The man I sent to burn the bodies entirely, they simply over has sent me a note describing the threw them outside and partially burnt wreck of the village, and which con- them to save their reputation. As the firms previous reports. The bungalow river was full and we were unable to and all the other houses are destroyed, send any one to remove it, we were together with the store and growing compelled to put up with the annoy: rice. Four of the houses were nearly ance until relieved by the jackalls. I new, three of them being occupied by do not wonder that the apostle Paul young couples from the orphanages, should see something peculiarly offenand who have been married only about sive and horrible in being fastened to a two months. Thus to have their dead body, and that he should ardently houses swept away-houses which desire deliverance from that body of cost three-fourths of the allowance by sin of which a dead human body was government towards starting them in the symbol. Just as I had finished the life—is very trying, and they wish they last sentence, a messenger came to say had not been married quite so soon. As that there was a corpse at the side of their father, and mother, and all, we the river at the back of our house. It shall bave to do what we can to help had been carried out of the bazaar by them towards a fresh start; but to en- the sweepers and thrown there, so I tirely rebuild the village will take a have been writing to the police to have rather large sum. Several years ago
it removed. there was an innndation, and the table We were not able to learn anything was washed out of the bungalow, but from Bopamalipore until this afternoon then it did not reach the houses. If when Bhobani Mahanty-one of the possible, I shall build this time on a preachers—arrived at Piplee. This rock, and not on the sand ; so that village, like others, has suffered from when the rain descends, and the floods inundation, every house has been income, and the winds blow, the houses jured more or less, and the little chapel
The man in charge of has been washed down. “This year's the boys fled at the commencement of heat, this year's rain, and this year's the flood, and took shelter with his wife floods," said Bhobani, “have been quite and family in a heathen village. When unusual, but by the mercy of God no I see him I shall not be able to com- life has been lost among us--no not so mend him as a good shepherd-fleeing, much as that of a kitten.” Many of but as we read at worship this evening, “Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help.' The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow."
may not fall.
the people in this village are weavers, and they had to tie their looms up in the trees for safety.
On Sunday last the Juggernath car festival was to be held. Brother Buckley, myself, and several native preachers were expecting to be present, but as the roads were washed away and the rivers impassable, we were compelled to forego the opportunity of there witnessing for Christ. Usually about the time of the festival the road is thronged with pilgrims, but at no season of the year have I ever seen it 80 deserted. Yesterday and to-day there have been a few pilgrims passing by our house, but as compared with other years they are very few.
As the roads from most of the villages are stillimpassable, rice is scarcely to be procured, the markets being given up. Fortunately we have another week's supply in hand, by which time it is to be hoped we shall be able to purchase more, though it will be at a greatly increased price. With a fainily of nearly three hundred to provide for, and with a daily consumption of three hundred and fifty-two pounds of rice and eighty-two pounds of vegetables, our expenses will be greatly augmented. To re-build our chapels and houses, to relieve the distressed, and to meet other extra expenses, funds will be required;
THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL. A HINDOO, on one occasion, said to a missionary, " Reviling our gods, criticizing our shastres, and ridiculing our ritual, will accomplish nothing; but the story which you tell of Him who lived and pitied, and came and taught, and suffered and died, and rose againthat story, sir, will overthrow our temples, destroy our ritual, abolish our shastres, and extinguish our gods."
THE LIGHT SHOWS THE DUST. When the sun's rays are let into a room, clouds of dust will be seen floating in the air which before were unseen, and various stains and spots will appear which before were unnoticed. So it is with the light of the gospel, by which, as the conscience becomes more tender, more vigilant, and better regulated, we shall be given increased insight into our own defects.
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OUR MOST URGENT NEED: WHAT IS IT?
BACK from our holiday rambles and This is the chief good. Urgency, holiday reflections, full of new plans, pathos, tenderness, sympathetic care new hopes, and new feelings, the for the souls of men come of this. question starts to the front what is Reality, transparency, perfect natuthe most urgent need of our churches ralness and unaffected but burning at this hour. Is it not a fresh and earnestness come of this. Nature fuller flow of the grace of Christ affects nothing: has no disguises, no amongst us, a more marked and pretences. It lives, and it glows with manifest intenseness of spiritual life the brightness and reality of its life. and power ?
The church of the apostles is simple We have propriety, profession, in its aims, and work and character. learning, and some power. We are It lives, and in the fulness of its life not wholly without means, style, re- is above all unreality and hollowness. spectability, and good repute; but we Humility, peace, joy, and a labour have not that strong impressive which is but the free and glad play spiritual quality, that penetrative of our powers come of this : for life force of spiritual character that makes is strength, and strength rightly used itself felt everywhere and at once ; is delight and peace. Truly if our and testifies to living faith in, and con- churches were but filled with the stant and joyful fellowship with God, fulness of the life of Him that and to a whole-souled love of the gos- filleth all in all, I know not what pel of Christ as the best gift of God to wondrous works would be wrought, men, and the most priceless posses
and what unspeakable joys expesion of mortals. Men do not feel rienced. Oh, Christ, flood us along that coming near to us is getting all the channels of our being with into the presence of a light and life- the streams of thy saving life. giving sun. We have spring promise We want this intensity at the and blossom, but not summer fulness prayer meeting. It will give directand exuberance. We need glow, ar- ness and force to our petitions, save dour, intensity of spiritual life. We us from wandering along the oft-frehave life, but we want it more abun- quented paths from John o'Groat's to dantly, flooding every fibre of our Land's End, from wearisome length, nature, overflowing in every act, en- from meaningless petitions, affected tering as a healing influence into all fervour, chilling hardness and painwe touch.
ful professionalism. Better than all VOL. LXXIV.-NEW SERIES, No. 34.
rules, safer than all directions, shall and love, zeal and generosity of we find a really strong and full spirit- | others, by his example. Let him ask ual life. A handful of such living himself seriously as before God,“ Am men and women at our prayer meet- I freezing the earnestness of others ing will move the stagnant waters, by my coldness, stopping the flow of change weakness into power, and the the gifts of others by my stinginess, desert into a garden of the Lord. closing the door of the prayer-meet
We want it in the pulpit. It is ing on some who need it wide open character that preaches; the man’s by my absence, weakening and wastbeing that vitally affects his hearers, ing the life and strength of the and abidingly dwells with them for church by my want of intensity and good or ill. James Hamilton living force ? God has given me this preached well, wrote better than he position to fill, not for my honour, preached, but he himself was better but for His glory-how do I fill it? than his books, and better than his Is the spiritual life of the church sermons. His was a “ Life in earn- made deeper and fuller by my conest.” Our reading, prayers, and ser- stant additions ? Were more souls mons cannot be reservoirs of spiritual saved last year because of my aid ?” power
if we are cold and dead. Have A deacon who had so searched his I a “good sermon” to preach is soul said to me, “I do want to be a vastly important question; but am I power for good : I hunger to be more really a Christian man, swayed in useful to Christ and His church.” thought and act by the love of Christ, Dear brethren and fellow-helpers in wasting neither feeling nor deed on the gospel of Christ, Is this the most myself, penetrated to the core with keenly felt craving of your hearts ? “ earnest life,” is infinitely more so. We want it in the Sunday school, The mark of a man's power over to make our work hopeful, joyous, others is not his learning, accuracy,
and full of fruit; in the Home, so or rhetoric, however helpful these that we may lead our children, may be, but the intensity of his life. while they are children, to Christ The apostles "gave themselves," all Jesus ; in commerce, to counteract of themselves, “to prayer" - to its hardening influences; in the seeing the face of God: and to the social circle, that we may talk with
ministry of the word”—to serving ease and naturalness concerning men by the publication of the gospel. Christ and the things which pertain It is in that face to face vision to the perfection and fulness of our with the eternal Father we get fit- spiritual life. We want it in all our ness to serve.
churches, and in all the members of We want it as leaders and guides ; our churches, so that we may more as officers of our churches. Our lives clearly reflect the Saviour's image, raise or depress the tone of the and more largely bring souls to love church. Hard, selfish, grasping men, Him. Who will join with us this deteriorate and lower all around day in praying for more spiritual them. It is best to keep out of their power, intenser earnestness, more way. True, earnest, loving and fulness of life in all our churches ? living Christian leaders, comfort and Who will now resolve at any cost, gladden and strengthen their fellow- by God's grace, to reach this higher members. It is joy and power to be Christian experience ? Let us hunwith them. Every man whom God ger, thirst, and pray for more reality, has called to the office of a deacon or more force, more grace,
and we shall elder needs to look closely into the be filled. JOHN CLIFFORD. influence he is exerting on the faith
TO THE DRINK TRAFFIC.*
BY THE REV. T. RYDER, OF NOTTINGHAM. It is necessary that I should remind Missions, for building chapels and you at the outset that we are not schools, for the centenary fund, for met to discuss teetotalism. We have the College, and for the support of not to decide whether alcohol is in- our Sunday schools, or 125 times as dispensable in the cure of disease, much as all the contributions of all whether the wine Christ made at denominations for the spread of the Cana of Galilee was intoxicating, or gospel in foreign lands, as reported whether Paul was divinely inspired by the various missionary societies to write a certain prescription for at the recent May meetings. Timothy; but, what is the duty of The gross amount may seem to the Christian Church in relation to some fabulous, but anyone may test the drink traffic.
it by the government returns, which For my own part, I know I shall are indisputable. We have here, not so handle the subject as to make then, an expenditure of more than it a doubtful question whether I am £3 per head of the entire population a total abstainer or not, though I of men, women, and children, or of shall endeavour to reason from a more than £13 for every adult male religious stand-point rather than from in the United Kingdom. Fifteen a teetotal one. May God guide us pence per week is the average outlay aright, and may our meeting promote for every man, woman, and child in His glory!
the kingdom, in strong drink; and A few facts and figures must be three farthings per week is the averpresented, so that we may thoroughly age contribution of General Baptists understand what is meant by “The for all the purposes I have before Drink Traffic.” I find from care- enumerated. These figures will give fully prepared returns that the num- us a very fair notion of the magniber of persons engaged in this traffic tude and extent of the drink traffic, in the United Kingdom is 846,000, though they do not tell us whether which is one in every 40 of the popu- it be a bane or a blessing. We follow lation, and 40 times the number of on, then, to other statistics. That church members in our Association. which concerns us most, perhaps, as 150,599 houses are employed solely church members, is the terrible fact for this traffic, which if put side by that drunkenness occasions every side, allowing a frontage of 30 feet year thousands of exclusions from to each house, would reach over 900 church fellowship miles, or form a street with houses Then, our gaolers and prison chapon both sides, the whole length of lains tell us that nearly all the conEngland from Land's End to John victs that pass through their hands o'Groat's house. There are 687 confess that the love of strong drink, times as many public houses as our directly or indirectly, has led them denomination has chapels, and 46 to commit crime. Fraud, gambling, times as many as all the Baptists in theft, prostitution, suicide, and murthe United Kingdom have. More- der are in a great degree attributable over, the revenue of this traffic is no to the influence of intoxicants. In less a sum than one hundred millions further support of this statement, I per annum, or more than fifteen select one or two paragraphs from thousand times as much as we col- charges given to grand juries by the lected last year for Home and Foreign' bench, during the past year. The
* A Paper read at the Midland Conference, Melbourne, on Whit-Wednesday, May 22nd, 1872.