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to be content. Good bye, brother half-crown, many thanks to you, and remember if we ever meet again (as I hope we may) I shall want some more philosophy.

Half-Crown.-Adieu, my friend, Adieu, adieu ! but mind you teach the other shillings what I have taught you. [alone] There now, there's some hope of that shilling; but after all, those shillings are such slippery things; they are here to-day and gone to-morrow.

Well now, you little Boys and Girls are the shillings, and your Teachers are the half-crowns; therefore, mind you pay great attention to them, and they will tell you what is good, and what will make you happy. Don't grumble because you are not half-crowns, or sovereigns, or five pound notes, or Bank of England Twenties; be thankful you are not pennies or farthings. But remember, at the same time, that farthings and pennies, as well as shillings, and half - crowns, and sovereigns, are stamped with the royal image, and have the royal protection. What we mean is this, that all of you, as God's creatures, (whatever your position in life may be) are stamped with God's image, and have the Divine protection. Accordingly, my dear young friends, your aim through life should be, to do the work and fill the place, and display the spirit, your Heavenly Father intended you.

R. H.
Birmingham, April 6, 1858.

the hearts of his countrymen. The truth is, the one who does the most good will live the longest, even though he die early.

Come to the Bible for some illustrations. There was the poor widow who gave all she had to the Lord, and although it was but two farthings, yet, because she was actuated by pious motives, her gift has never been lost sight of, but, by her example, she has been giving ever since, although dead and buried more than eighteen hundred years ago.

Then there was another woman called Dorcas, who made garments for the poor in the early days of Christianity, and who, by her influence, has been busy ever since in the same labour of love, not in one, but in all true churches.

Then think of the apostles, who used to travel about and preach in different cities; they are not dead yet; for every Sabbath they preach in all our churches, in almost every language, to millions on millions of listeners.

But you may say these people's names and doings are recorded in the Bible, and that is the reason their memory and actions can never die. That is true ; but, then, how many thousands have lived since then in the church, who are known even in this day far better to us than they were to those who lived at the same time and place with them. See, the holy martyrs still live amid the flames! The missionary in distant lands, who fell at his post long years since, still encourages his surviving brethren! Nor is this true only respecting those advanced in years.

Dairyman's Daughter" still lives, and is doing more good now than she did at first. Those pious children whose history may be found in your Sunday-school library, live

to you, though their bodies may have long since crumbled to dust. The sayings of mere infants, out of whose mouths God had perfected praise, still speak to you in tones of sweetest accents, and with voices of heavenly melody!

The young

HOW TO LIVE THE LONGEST. SOME of our young friends may die in a few days, while others of them may live many years; and yet the one who dies first, even though the youngest, may live the longest! You may wonder how this can behow a child of twelve or fifteen can be said to live longer than a person who does not die till his hundredth

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Children, there are different ways of living. People may be said to live in this world even after they are dead and buried. So we are told that Washington still lives in

Come, then, dear young friends, do not wait any longer ; do not stand idle till some great opportunity offers ; but whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might. Live for some good purpose. Give to the cause of Christ, even if you have but one penny. Speak for Jesus, if you can say but one word. Do what you can, and do it always, and your heavenly Father will say to you before an assembled universe, "Well done;" “ Well done, good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”


An idle, disobedient boy,

Thinking he should be free,
If from his home he went away,

Resolved to go to sea.
Although he so ungrateful proved,

His father loved him still,
And pray'd him not to leave his home,

But he replied, “I will."
With tears the father gave his son,

Before he went away,
The best of books, entreating him

To read it every day.
But when upon the wide blue sea,

This youth regarded not
The good advice he had received-

His Bible he forgot.
Not by his father now advised,

More wicked he became,

And with his shipmates oft he would

Profane God's holy name.
But when one night a storm arose,

His soul was fill'd with fear;
It brought to mind his wicked ways,

On seeing danger near.
While wishing he was safe at home,

There came a mighty wave
Across the ship, which swept the mate

Into a watery grave.
At length the ship to pieces went,

And all the crew were drown'd,
Except this youth, who reach'd a rock,

Where he next morn was found.
Though sadly bruised, and almost dead,

Reading a book was he,
The only thing beside himself

Saved from the raging sea.
On the first page he saw his name,

Writ by his father there,
Whose voice he had so often heard,

Pour'd forth in fervent prayer.
The thought of his ingratitude,

And how he did despise
The good advice so often given,

Caused tears to fill his eyes.
In that blest book he also read

His heavenly Father's name,
Which he so often had profaned ;

He now thought of with shame.
For mercy now he humbly pray'd;

God granted his request;
His life was saved, his soul renew'd,

His mind with peace was blest.
Since Jesus Christ has made him free,

He earnestly has striven
To lead lost sinners in the way
To happiness and heaven.

J. D.

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ANECDOTES OF THE REV. LEMUEL HAINES. He happened to go into a store than they ever did from the pulwhere ardent spirits were drank as pit?'” well as sold. In his pleasant man- A physician, of libertine prinner he addressed them, “How do ciples, to whom he was indebted, ye do ?.". The merchant, willing to had started for the then far west, jest a little, replied, “ Oh, not more and stopped in town. Mr. Haines than half drunk." "Well, well,” learning the fact, waited on him, said Mr. Haines, “I am glad there confessed the debt, and started off is a reformation begun.'

to borrow the money. He was called A minister, having had his house back by the doctor, who presented burnt, was stating the circumstances a receipt in full, adding, “Here, to Mr. Haines, adding, that the Mr. Haines, is a discharge; you most of his manuscript sermons have been a faithful servant here a were consumed. Mr. Haines re- long time, and received but a poor plied, “Don't you think, brother, support. I give you the debt." they gave more light from the fire Mr. Haines thanked him, and still

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expressed his willingness to pay, when the doctor added, “But you must pray for me, and make me a good man.' Mr. Haines quickly replied, “Why, doctor, I think I had much better pay the debt.”

Meeting a preacher who had been on a tour, preaching false doctrines, he said to him, “ You have been out on a preaching tour, and what success do you meet with ? " Oh, great success! great success! The devil himself can never destroy such a cause," was the reply. "You need not be concerned about that; he will never try,” said Mr. Haines.

Having solemnized a marriage in a neighbouring town, the young and rather ignorant bridegroom said to him, "What, sir, is your usual fee?” He humourously replied, “ That depends entirely upon the parties; if they are promising and respectable, we of course receive a liberal reward; if they are what we call poor things, we expect but little.” A liberal fee was instantly presented.

TEXT AND COMMENT. It has been publicly claimed that the Roman Catholic is the most tolerant church in the world. The records of the Inquisition in Spain show that for 327 years, from 1481 to 1808, 34,658 souls were missed to the flames of hell, after their accursed bodies had been burnt to ashes at the stake;" 18,049 persons were burnt in effigy, and 283,214 were condemned to prison and the galleys—a punishment involving, perhaps, greater misery than that of suffering at the stake. AN UNEXPECTED SPEECH.

"They had a parish meeting in our church,” writes a New England correspondent,"and the great question of increasing the salary of our excellent pastor was up for discussion, But the debate was the handle of a pitcher-all on one side-nearly every one taking the ground that it would be impossible

go beyond the present starvation point. At length, to the surprise of all

, a poor old man, who was

never known to speak in meeting, rose, and holding upon the pew to steady himself, said, Mr. Chairman, they call me a droll fellow, and so I am; they call me a drunkard, and so I am; they call me a gwearer, and it is too true, and I'm ashamed of it—ashamed of all; but I ain't half so much ashamed of it as I am that I have to live in a town where the people are too stingy to give the minister a decent living! The effect of this short speech was very happy. It shamed the people into duty and decency, and the salary was increased by the unanimous vote of the congregation.”

ELOQUENCE. What we know thoroughly we usually express clearly, since ideas will supply words, but words will not always supply ideas. I have myselt heard a common blacksmith eloquent, when welding of iron has been the theme.-Cotton. HINT FOR SUNDAY-SCHOOL

TEACHERS. At our tea-meeting at Gentleshaw, on Good Friday (says the Rev. D. Griffiths), Mr. T. said, in the course of his remarks on Sundayschools, “I had addressed the Wes. leyan Sunday-school at Walsall the Sabbath before the fair, particularly cautioning the children against attending it. Having occasion to pass through the fair on business, a little boy encountered me at the outskirts, and with an air of considerable gravity thus addressed me, 'Ah! I saw you; you told us yesterday not to go to the fair, and you have been yourself!”” How important it is that teachers should avoid the appearance of evil, as far as possible. AT THE PRAYER-MEETING.

“How is it you are always at the prayer-meeting, let it blow hot or blow cold ?” asked one young man of another.

“ Because I go upon the principle that if it is right to have a prayermeeting, it is the duty of the church to attend. If it is right for one to

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stay away for small causes, it is right for all, and the meeting will be likely to fall through. If it is the duty for one to go, it is just as much the duty of another; and therefore I can seldom see any good reason to break through this general principle, and stay away;

“But do you always feel like it?”

I am sorry if I do not; but as feelings are variable, I dare not trust them. I take counsel of my church obligations, rather than feeling. If I don't feel like going, I shalĩ not probably feel more like it by staying away. There is always

a blessing to be found at the prayermeeting.

CHRISTIAN UNION. In one of the last of his published works, Dr. Archibald Alexander makes this remark: “ The author in a long life has found that real Christians agree much more perfectly in experimental religion than they do in speculative points; and it is his belief that a more intimate acquaintance among Christians of different denominations would have a tendency to unite them more closely in brotherly love.”


One by one the sands are flowing,

One by one the moments fall;
Some are coming, some are going-

Do not strive to grasp them all. One by one thy duties wait thee,

Let thy whole strength go to each; Let no future dreams elate thee:

Learn thou first what those can teach. One by one (bright gifts from Heaven)

Joys are sent thee here below; Take them readily when given,

Ready, too, to let them go. One by one thy griefs shall meet thee;

Do not fear an armed band; One will fade as others greet thee,

Shadows passing through the land. Do not look at life's long sorrow,

See how small each moment's pain; God will help thee for to-morrow,

Every day begin again.
Every hour that fleets so slowly,

Has its task to do or bear;
Luminous the crown and holy,

If thou set each gem with care. Do not linger with regretting,

Or for passion's hour despond ; Nor, the daily toil forgetting,

Look too eagerly beyond. Hours are golden links, God's token,

Reaching heaven; but, one by one, Take them, lest the chain be broken,

Ere the pilgrimage be done.

'Twas at the cool of closing day,

In Eden's blest abode,
That man could once, without dismay,

Hold converse with his God.
But now that sin and sorrow spread

Their withering blight around,
Can fallen man's polluted tread

Approach such hallow'd ground ! Ah! yes, a blood-bought path of peace

Still leads direct to God; There may the burden'd heart find ease,

Its daily cares unload. To Him who knows and feels my need,

I own the sad amount
Of sinsin thought, and word, and deed,

That blot this day's account.
Oh, let my conscience sprinkled be

With that all-cleansing blood,
That purchased and restores to me

The favour of my God!
Thus would I now in Jesus sleep,

Mindful of death's dark night, Whence those whom he vouchsafes to

Shall wake in glory's light.

GOD IS PASSING BY. WHERE the gentle streamlets flow, Where the morning dew-drops glow, Where the zephyrs wing their flight, In the cool and welcome night; Whispering through the fragrant grove To the heart that “God is love;' Where the light cloud skims the sky, Worship ! “God is passing by!" Hoary forest, rugged rock, Roaring torrents, earthquake shock, And when thunder rends the sky, Tremble! “God is passing by!

THE CLOSE OF DAY. WELCOME ! the solemn calm of night,

Day's busy hours are flown; Freed from the world's delusive light,

I turn to God alone.

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DR. LIVINGSTONE'S TRAVELS. The following are extracts from round for a moment, then went on the popular work lately published tearing and biting at the carcass as

hard as ever. We retired a short by the intrepid African explorer,

distance to load, then again adDr. Livingstone:

vanced and fired. The lion made

off, but a ball that he received ought AN EXCITING SCENE.

to have stopped him, as it went Messrs. Oswell and Vardon once

clean through his shoulder-blade. saw three lions endeavouring to

He was followed up and killed, after drag down a buffalo, and they were unable to do so for a time, though

having charged several times. Both

lions were males. It is not often he was then mortally wounded with a two-ounce ball. This singular

that one bags a brace of lions and

a bull buffalo in about ten minutes. encounter, in the words of an eye

It was an exciting adventure, and witness, happened as follows: “My

I shall never forget it. Such, my South African journal is now before

dear Livingstone, is the plain, unme, and I have got hold of the ac- varnished account. The buffalo count of the lion and buffalo affair ;

had, of course, gone close to where here it is: '15th Sept., 1846. Oswell

the lions were lying down for the and I were riding this afternoon along the banks of the Limpopo,

day; and they, seeing him lame

and' bleeding, thought the opporwhen a water-buck started in front

tunity too good a one to be lost.' of us. I dismounted, and was fol

Ever yours, Frank Vardon.” lowing it through the jungle, when three buffaloes got up, and after

THE LION AND THE BUFFALO. going a little distance, stood still, The African lion is of a tawny and the nearest bull turned round colour, like that of some mastiffs. and looked at me.

A ball from the The mane in the male is large, and two-ouncer crashed into his shoul- gives the idea of great power. In der, and they all three made off. some lions the ends of the hair of Oswell and I followed as soon as I the mane are black; these go by had reloaded, and when we were in the name of black-maned lions, sight of the buffalo, and gaining on though, as a whole, all look of the him at every stride, three lions yellow tawny colour. At the time leaped on to the unfortunate brute; of the discovery of the lake, Messrs. he bellowed most lustily as he kept Oswell and Wilson shot two speup a kind of running fight; but he cimens of another variety. One was, of course, soon overpowered was an old lion, whose teeth were and pulled down, We had a fine mere stumps, and his claws worn view of the struggle, and saw the quite blunt; the other was full lions on their hind legs, tearing grown, in the prime of life, with away with teeth and claws in most white perfect teeth. Both were enferocious style. We crept up within tirely destitute of mane. The lions thirty yards, and, kneeling down, in the country near the lake give blazed away at the lions. My rifle tongue less than those further Was a single barrel, and I had no south. We scarcely ever heard spare gun. One lion fell dead al- them roar at all. The lion has other most on the buffalo; he had merely checks on inordinate increase betime to turn towards us, seize a sides man. He seldom attacks fullbush with his teeth, and drop dead grown animals; but frequently, with the stick in his jaws. The se- when a buffalo calf is caught by cond made off immediately, and the him, the cow rushes to the rescue, third raised his head, coolly looked and a toss from her often kilis kim

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