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his body shakes as with an ague. His eyes are closed, or roll about in a manner frightful to behold. His frame is convulsed with pain. His pulse is quick and feverish, and his face is bathed in perspiration; while all this time he continues to ejaculate the most fearful cries for mercy. A few of his friends and neighbours collect around him. They convey him home, and endeavour to soothe his mental agony by singing and prayer. The paroxysm continues for three or four hours, and at the end of that time, exhausted by its violence, he becomes calmer, and falls into a kind of stupor. This continues for three or four days, during which he refuses all food, and at the end of that time he is able to resume his ordinary avocation. Such cases are of daily occurrence. At almost every meeting some one is “struck," as it has come to be called. From some meetings twenty to thirty have been so carried away, and generally they have not been exclusively of the poorer classes. This strange influence has affected persons engaged in all employments. At an early hour on Saturday, the spinning-mill of Mr. Davison, of Raceview, near Ballymena, was stopped in consequence of the large number of female workers who were absent from illness; and there is not a single street in the town of Ballymena itself where some cases have not occurred. Prayer meetings still continue to be held in every part of the county. One was held at Broughshane on Sunday evening. The Rev. Mr. Robinson's church was found insufficient for the purpose, and an adjournment took place
to the graveyard, which was quite filled. There could not have been less than 4,000 persons present. The Rev. Mr. Robinson gave out the psalms, but the remaining services were conducted by laymen, who had themselves been converted. On the
evening another open-air prayer meeting, attended by upwards of 2,000 persons, took place at Carniney, within a mile of Ballymena. About 500 persons assembled for a similar purpose at Cullybackey, about two miles from the town, and at Straid the meeting did not include fewer than 1,000 persons. Prayer meetings are held every evening in Ballymena. On Monday evening more than 1,100 persons met in the open air, and continued engaged in prayer and exhortation until it became dark. They subsequently entered the Presbyterian Church of the Rev. S. J. Moore, which was filled almost to suffocation, and, while there, three or four persons exhibited the usual symptoms-one of them, a man, so violently, that it required the united efforts of several persons to restrain him. A remarkable fact in connection with the matter is, that old and young, Protestant and Roman Catholic, have all been affected, and some who never attended the prayer meetings. Amongst others, several young persons, while at one of the schools in the town, experienced the awakening in a very marked manner, and were unable to return to their homes without assistance. While the illness remains the parties are subject to the most wonderful illusions, and some who have always been considered the most illiterate have
discoursed with a fluency and an accuracy which are quite surprising. One case was mentioned to us of a woman who uttered nothing but poetry, and this was pronounced by a very competent judge, who heard her, to be very far indeed from an inferior kind.
As might be expected, great diversity of opinion prevails with respect to the revivals. The Protestant clergy are, we believe, unanimous in the opinion that it is the work of the Holy Spirit, acting on the mind of sinners by other than the ordinary instrumentality; and they have, therefore, given the “ revival meetings ” their encouragement and support.
The Roman Catholics, on the other hand, maintain that it is a mania whose origin must be laid to the charge of Satan; but this opinion is probably a little influenced by the fact that any Roman Catholics who have come under its influence have ceased to hold communion with the Church of Rome, and have become Bible Christians. The tree, it is stated on the highest authority, may be known by its fruit. Now, although some matters connected with this movement are not yet fully understood, what have been its fruits? It is now two years ago since the first case of conversion, attended with such circumstances as we have described, took place at Connor, in this country. That was about the time when the prayer meeting, at which the American revival is said to have begun, was held at New York. In January and February last, the dis
trict of Ahoghill was the scene of similar conversions, and from thence the awakening extended to other districts, each of which in its turn became a centre of the revival movement. The converts have since been narrowly watched, both by friends and enemies, and not a single act of theirs has been pointed out as contrary to their Christian professions. Some of the worst and most depraved characters in the country have felt this supernatural influence, Those who had heretofore been living on the profits of sin, would not keep up hypocritical pretensions, which lost them their bread; and yet in their cases, as in all others, the reformation has been complete. Dram shops have almost been compelled to close for lack of customers. The ordinary attendance at places of worship and the number of communicants have been very largely increased. Blasphemy and Sabbath desecration have almost disappeared. Those who have been converted manifest the utmost anxiety to extend the knowledge of Christ amongst their neighbours, and their short addresses are full of practical piety. Old friendships have been strengthened and new ones formed, The people appear to be united by a bond of brotherly love, and old animosities have been forgotten. If these are good results, then the movement which has produced them is not to be despised by those who desire the spread of vital Christianity and the nappiness and prosperit of the country.
The Counsel Chamber.
THE CHRISTIAN PHILANTHROPY OF THE AGE A FITTING
STUDY FOR YOUTH, A Lecture delivered by Mr. E. Ridley to the Young Men of the Byker Cut
Library, Newcastle-on-Tyne. The present age is a remarkable one. healthy exercise to the mind, as well This is acknowledged on all hands, as body, and administer to the menand all around us demonstrates it. tal and moral, as well as the physiWhether we look at agriculture, cal and social tastes and tendenscience, education, or commerce, we
cies. are alike impressed with the fact. Naval and military enterprises, Moreover, the enterprise, research, too, conducted on the prodigious incessant activity and consequent dis- scale of the times, are, in the opinion coveries of our times, all, all supply of many wise and good men, pregconcurrent testimony.
nant with great and manifold evils. There is, too, another fact, which Think of some four millions of men must be admitted, though with reluct- in Europe being trained to the use of ance, Much of the activity, zeal, arms as their destined occupation, so and energy we witness, have a wrong inaugurated and sustained, to gratify direction, and are productive of cor- the ambition and caprice of monarchs responding results. One cannot but and potentates, of cabinets and counregret the amount of time, and mind, cils, subsisting on the industry and and money, so freely and foolishly resources of a country, and exerting, bestowed on objects and pursuits in a high degree, a demoralising innot only insignificant and unworthy fluence on society. So much so, of regard, but which are, some of indeed, that the camp and immothem at least, positively harmful rality may be regarded as somewhat and antagonistic to man's higher and synonymous terms. Should any one best interests. Shall we instance the pronounce this a severe stricture on theatre, the race-course, the music the war system, the writer would ask saloon, aquatic sports, the Leger in return an epitome of the severity, club, the gaming table, and with cruelty, carnage, and multiform their unhallowed associations, their horrors of that system; but this dissipating influences and immoral baffles all attempts at calculation and tendencies,-being, for the most part, description! followed up with intoxicating drinks. We have thus pilloried one of the It is true, the people will have their monster follies and vices of the day, amusements and especially the of a national character-and which, young. It is natural and right they alas, myriads of our young men are should have them, but let them be admirers of, and are captivated by ! such as will elevate and improve There are others, but which at prewhile they gratify, and so afford sent neither our time or inclination
invite us to contemplate. The follies membered, is our responsibility. and vices, too, of our social system, If these national and social advanas already in part set forth, are but tages be ascribable to the wisdom too obvious and lamentable; and we and goodness of God—and who for again remark, that they involve an a moment doubts it?—then, they amount of time, and toil, and cost, must be received, valued and imwhich might be much more wisely proved as such. They are not beand profitably employed, and which stowed for our amusement, neither we seriously warn young men against wholly for our gratification, the participating in, or being in any way even our personal advantage, but for identified with. But let us now look the " common weal;" and this must at the other side of the picture. be our motto in their reception and
While there is much of error and appropriation—" freely ye have revice, of war and popery, and other ceived, freely give.” And who adgiant evils in our day, there is much, mits not, and feels not, that "it is more blessed be God, of an opposite cha- blessed to give than to receive ?"" racter. For nothing is more remark- It is more manly and godlike to imable than the progress of the arts and part to others what has been given sciences—of mechanism and agri- to us, to scatter with a free and culture-of education and literature liberal hand the blessings we our-and, to crown the whole-of phi- selves enjoy. Who admires not the lanthropic and religious enterprise ! Scripture admonition—" to do good Scarce a village now without its and to communicate, forget not; for chapel and school-house, nor a town with such · sacrifices God is well without its Mechanic's Institute; and pleased ?" And how desirable, how hardly a congregation but you find magnanimous, to pursue a course a Mutual Improvement Society and which is well pleasing to our great library; while in all directions the Creator and bountiful Benefactor, lecturer is going his rounds, and the the Giver of every good and perfect press is busily engaged in producing gift! In dismissing this part of our instructive and salutary pub subject we observe, that God, in His tions, embracing all subjects, and all-wise and beneficent providence, seasons, and classes. There are pub- has supplied the agencies and instrulications, it is true, of an opposite mentalities, which afford to British and pernicious character, but which, youth, in particular, the means of we trust, amid the blaze of intelli- knowledge and power and happiness, gence, and influence of evangelical and that it is His purpose and pleareligion, will one after another dis- sure they be appropriated and imappear, and finally be wholly swept proved, not only for personal enjoyoff the stage, as with the “besom of ment, advantage, and distinction, destruction.” Never was knowledge but that they be employed for the so general, education so cheap, or good of others—consecrated to the facilities sorife for youthfulimprove- well-being of the wide-spread human ment and progress.
family. Consequent on all this, be it re- Then, again, it is remarkable, in
the present day, the loud calls there What has seemed to us as wantare for effort and enterprise, -the ing is, that while young persons read vastopenings for usefulness, -and the and admire the lives and labours of numerous, happy, and even tempt- the great philanthropic benefactors ing facilities for doing good. To enu- and Christian heroes of our country, merate them and expatiate thereon, such as Howard and Wilberforce, would be to exceed the proposed and Clarkson and Raikes, and Morrilimits of the present occasion. We son and Livingstone, and a host of hope, however, that the subject will others, in their several spheres and be contemplated and turned to good departments of generous, humane, account.
and Christian enterprise, they seek In passing, suffer us to remark to imbibe their spirit, and emulate that while many young persons are
their virtues and graces, and attempt, commendably in quest of knowledge, on a small scale, in their respective and grateful for the opportunities spheres and circles, to act out their and means of its attainment within illustrious characters; and let us their reach, and withal are steadily here submit, that the surest foundaprogressing in these laudable pur- tion for this is, genuine enlightened suits, there is, in many cases at Christianity. With all other helps least, an obvious absence of philan- and qualifications, young men, seek thropic feeling and purpose. They the grace of God,-a personal intereceive, but do not bestow. They rest in the great blessings of salvaabsorb, but do not impart. They tion, needed by all, and sought by all, seek and find and treasure up know- as guilty sinners at the foot of the ledge, but lack a corresponding desire of communicating it, which it In conclusion, we give one beauis the design of this paper to set forth tiful instance of philanthropy, and and recommend. There are happy two delightful specimens of Christian exceptions, we readily admit, for are enterprise, deserving of high consinot instances here and there the ex- deration, They are capable of ception rather than the rule ? and, at enlargement, but must be given with best, is there not vast room for im- brevity-they may not be new to all provement? Many young persons, it is gratifying to think, are devoting Some few years ago, a nautical time, talent, energy, and piety to the gentleman, in the course of a long Sunday school-that truly philan- voyage, gave lessons to the crew on thropic and Christian institution, navigation,—and mark the result. and whereby, under the blessing of Every individual of that crew rose God, they are doing much real good. . to the position of captain in his proOthers are actively engaged in other fession! walks of usefulness; still, there is The late John Williams, after ample room for increase, and which, having heard a sermon by the Rev. let us humbly and prayerfully hope, Timothy East, in Moerfields Tabermay in some measure result here nacle, London-once the scene of the from this evening's meeting.
labours of the celebrated George