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profession that will repay me for past like Abraham, the friends of God. Not, toils, and win for myself a name that my young friends, the gay, the impure,
, will go down to future generations." and profane, but the serious and thought“And what then ?” said his friend ful, the circumspect and holy, whose again. "I mean, when I am conscious conversation will be instructive and oi advancing years, to retire from the their example improving, whose hearts bustle of life and to enjoy peace glow with love to God, and whose conand quiet in the evening of my days. duct and behaviour exhibit all the beau“And what then?" said his friend, ties of the divine in the soul. By such yet once more, “Of course I must die.' an association the young Christian will * And what then ?" was his friend's be strengthened against temptations, final inquiry. A solemn pause, the sign kept from many a hurtful snare, be of earnest thought, this time followed convinced of sin when he has committed the oft repeated question. It had been it, and rendered more stead fast in answered again and again without any the ways of God. We are distinctly difficulty or hesitation, now it was put told that Godly people are not to make in a form in which it could not be re- friendship with the wicked. Paul's plied to. The great future beyond the advice must be followed at any costgrave, of which he had not before “Come out from among them, and be ye thought, rose up in all its solemnity to separate, and touch not thé unclean the view of the youth. The awful day thing; and have no fellowship with of judgement—an eternal heaven an the unfruitful works of darkness.” A eternal hell —the righteous rising higher person who indulges in any sin wil and higher in bliss, and the wickrd be sure to endeavour to lead his comsinking deeper and deeper in woe. He panion into the same.
It is a great saw what he had never seen before, and good thing to have that kind of that there is a whct 'hen.
friend only who will help you to do This piece of fu'thful dealing was the right, and walk with you in the the means, in tha ands of the Holy way to heaven, as kindred minds dwelSpirit, of leading sit young man to ling together in the fear of the Lord. see and feel his real condition as a sinner “ As iron sharpeneth iron,” says Soloand to take shelter in the atoning work mon, “ So a man sharpeneth the counof Jesus. The Lord grant thus it may tenance of his friend." I can hardly be with each of my youthful readers, account for it, but so it is. We insensiupon whom I would urge the necessity bly contract a likeness to those whom of seeking the fellowship of wise and we choose for our companions. If they prudent person3.
You will remember are modest and humble, we grow like David was happy in the friendship of them. If they are bold and impudent, Hushai who, by his sound sense and we become so too. Now permit me to deep pene ration, defeat-d the pernicious add, if a courteous and obliging temcouncils of Ahith phel, and extricated per, a natural sweetness of disposition his royal master from a state of the be adoled strict virtue and real godligreatest perplexity.
ness, it makes the ties of friendship Friendship to be worth anything must sweeter and more durable. be godly. For he that is not a good to have been the case with respect to man cannot be a good friend, You may David and Jonathan. Take this as a take it for grant-d, there can be no last- regulating principle: that man ing friendship between bad men, which never be a friend to others who is a foe has been sadly but strikingly confirmed to himself. As I write for the benefit by recent events. Bad men may pretend of the young, I should like to impress to love each other, but their friendship yet a: other thought on their minds. is a rope of sand, to be broken at any True friendship gives no heed to false convenient seas in. Depend upon it, rumours or tale bearings. You will those are the most valuable and desir: often find wicked and unscrupulous able friends who are at the same time, people endeavouring to make mischief
between those who love each other. loved as his own soul. Such friendThey will raise false reports and carry ships are rare. “My brethren," says them from one to the other to cause Job,“ have dealt deceitfully as a brook, strife. How much harm is frequently as the stream of brooks they pass ilone by this.
“A | away." A failing brook is a fit emblem whisperer separateth chief friends." of a false heart. A friend that loveth There was a man in the days of David at all times, who does not change, but named Ziba, who acted in this base is the same whether we are in a state way between Mephibosheth and David, of affluence or want, in honour or diswhich nearly caused a rupture between grace, is one of the choicest gifts of those two friends. Daniel's enemies God. But, however valuable earthly accused him to the king, who was very friendships may be, what are these fond of him, and, in this case, the tale. compared with the friendship of Jesus, bearing seemed to be attended with in whom all the true characteristics of more serious results, though it had the friendship meet. He is the greatest, effect afterwards of increasing rather best, and most affectionate, the most than diminishing the king's love for disinterested, and faithful of all friends; Daniel, which will be the case always a friend to them that have no other when the friendship is real.
friend ; a friend to those who have been If you are favoured to have a true his bitterest enemies, and who lives friend, you will find him faithful and when other friends die, to whom we persevering, smiling when the world is
may justly apply the words, “There is frowning, standing by you when others a friend that sticketh closer than a are forsaking you, and adhering to brother.” O, may each of my young you in the face of the greatest opposi- friends be enabled, through grace, to tion. Thus all Saul's threats and re- say, “This is my beloved, and this is proaches could not make Jonathan
C. MASTERSON. renounce the covenant of friendship he had made with David, whom he
Brighton, May, 1883.
Strict Baptist Mission.
REFERENCE was made in the last jacent, where some of the people who Annual Report the opening up of a love the truth were anxiously yearning new mission field at Christianpettah, for a preached Gospel and the bonds of distant about 440 miles from Madras, Christian fellowship. where our brother Mr. H. F. Doll had In a remarkable way our superinformed a Strict Baptist Church of tendent's son, Mr. Walter A. Doll, sixty-one members, appointed a pastor having an earnest desire to become a and deacons, and set on foot a Sunday missionary, left his secular calling, and, and day school, and with the sanction the work of the new station greatly of the Committee a teacher was ap- needing help, he much desired to pointed. But it was earnestly and become, and is now, the servant of the prayerfully desired that a brother Committee on a probationary term. might be found able to take the charge Our young brother is most ably assisted of not only this church at Christian- by his wife, formerly a Miss M. A. pettah, but form others in villages ad- Wheeler, who left Old England in
June, 1882, to be married to Mr. W. A. Doll, and soon after her arrival in Madras made a public profession of her faith in the Lord Jesus, and was immersed by Mr. Doll, sen. A very interesting letter froin our sister has lately been received, which is sub joined, and will, doubtless, be perused with a great deal of loving regard and sympathy.
Mr. Wakelin, of 159, Huddleston Road, N., has photographs of our new probationary missionary and his wife, and will be most happy to send copy or copies on receipt of six stamps for each.
Most encouraging and satisfactory reports are periodically received, which serve to confirm the Committee's action in the appointment on probation of Mr. W. A. Doll; and, as other churches are being formed, there is very great and pressing need for more funds to come in to carry on this work, and the Committee would most affectionately appeal to their friends that this undertaking may not be allowed to slacken for want of pecuniary support. We thank most heartily those who have helped and are helping, but may they not be asked to kindly redouble their efforts and obtain fresh subscribers ? The Committee not only urgently need £50 now, but an additional £40 per
Recent reports state that village outdoor and cottage meetings have been regularly conducted ; at Christianpettah the Sabbath services and Sunday schools have also been regularly conducted and well attended ; the day schools are progressing fairly. It should be observed that our missionary and his wife at first took
ир their position at this place, but after six months' experience found it impossible to reside there on account of the scarcity of food and other reasons (vide Mrs. Doll's letter), and so, with the superintendent's permission, they, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Doll, have removed to a more central position, viz., Palamcottah, where the work of the mission will be better served.
Our brother says in his report for March : “Myself and wife left Tinnervelly railway station on the 1st, and reached Koilputty in the afternoon,
where we were met by some of our Chris. tians. The next morning Mrs. Doll was carried in a palanquin by bearers, or coolies, and I rode on a pony. As we entered the village of Elavarasananthal, the residence of the zemindars, or landlords, guns (if they could be called such) of some sort were fired, and the native band struck up music with resurrection trumpets, cymbals and drums, which deafened us.
We had to put up in a wretched little place, but were thankful for the shelter the zemindar gave us. Myself, my wife, and a few of our Christians examined the candidates, and in the evening of Friday, and on profession of faith, I baptized 33–16 men and 17 women, all formerly heathens.
It was felt to be a very solemn and grand scene. The next day I formed a New Testament Church, and recognised P. Gurabathen as native preacher and teacher ; also appointed two deacons, and gave one and all of the members the right hand of fellowship, and then administered the Lord's Supper, and gave addresses in words of encouragement and steadfastness.
The Monday following we visited another village, viz, Elliarapunnie, where more candidates were examined, and I baptized eight men and eight women, also converts from heathenism, and another church was formed similar to the last, and Manuel Murryan appointed as native preacher and teacher, and two others as deacons. In addition to the last mentioned there were three who were formerly mem bers, making nineteen, so that in three villages in the Tinnervelly District there are 113 members in association with the Strict Baptist Mission. In the two latter villages mentioned the people are wanting a shed to meet in for divine worship, and are willing to raise the walls and provide straw if labour and sticks can be procured for them,
Since coming to Palamcottah a few English people have waited on us, asking us to open a Sunday-school, and after prayerful consideration we consented to do so, and have now a Sunday-school of sixteen children."
Our superintendent says a tent and a
travelling-carriage, with a pair of good six in the evening we were glad to bullocks, are indeed requisites a mis- continue our journey, although the sionary should possess, which will cost conveyance brought for us by the about £20. Also substantial sheds for native Christians looked anything but worship and school purposes, costing inviting to travel a distance of forty about £5 each. Teachers for these miles over mounds, hedges, and ditches stations will also soon be wanted, and and roads (if they could be called must be paid for.
such). We went now a jerk, then a Dear friends, come to the rescue. jolt, now a terrible shake, as if my We feel the Lord has smiled graciously heart was in my mouth, and then a on our little mission, and given us a creak there, in danger of being upset large blessing, and still we pray and every moment, till we reached Christianhope for large outpourings of His Holy pettah next morning about 10 a.m., by Spirit. Do, then, please, relieve the the continual jolting of the two-wheeled Committee of further anxiety, and cart or bandy, and for want of proper send the amount affectionately asked food I was quite ill. My dear friends, for.
a word about Christianpettah. Now, Letter from Mrs. Doll above referred
imagine yourselves on a large pliin
almost enclosed by hills, with not an to :--
European except my husband to be seen. “To the Secretary of the Strict Baptist Very pretty to look at, with groups of Mission, London.
native huts, very different from our
neat English cottages. The huts are 5"My dear Christian Friend,—Think- built of mud and thatched roofs, with ing thăt the Committee and all friends just a tiny hole for a window, and a interested in the Strict Baptist Mission doorway so low and narrow that one may like to hear a little of my first must stoop very low to get inside. A experience of Indian life, I send this good number of these people are Chrisreport. I left London on the 29th of tians, while the large majority are June, 1882, for India ; sailed in S.S. heathen and dark idolaters. They are all Goorkha, of the British India Steam
very poor, and depend entirely on what Navigation Company ; passed through they get from their landlords at harvest the Suez Canal at a most perilous time, time for their support the whole of the when the Egyptian war was imminent; year round. Their food consists of rice and arrived at Madras on the 2nd of and other coarse grain, which is grown August by the care of a kind Provi. by them. When they were asked to dence. I was to have gone to the send their children to school, some said Nilgires to live on a coffee estate, but they had no clothes or they would gladly God had planned otherwise, and suited send them ; very often they have hardly to a long-cherished desire known to me any food to eat, and are glad to eat rats, and my God, that is to work for Jesus. tender leaves, and roots of shrubs. I was married at Madras on the 18th of Christianpettah being damp and marshy Sept. On the morning of Sept. 26th, many die of malarious fever and 1882, at six a.m., my husband and starvation, as there is not the assistmyself started from Madras for our ance and protection given to these poor Mission Station, Christianpettah, reach- natives as is given to the English poor ing, at twelve noon the next day, at home. The Sunday and day schools Saturday, a railway station quite desti- are very well attended, the children are tute of any accommodation. Very tired quick and anxious to learn. I examined we were, and through the intense heat the day-school, and was pleased to find and incessant noise of the natives dur- them progressing so nicely. A supply of ing the previous night, and want of prints and long cloth would certainly be sleep, we found it impossible to remain most acceptable to these poor creatures, there. After partaking of what re- as they are quite willing to wear decent freshments we had brought with us, at clothing ; but many are obliged
remain at home, not having the means to buy a piece of cloth to throw around themselves, being so badly paid for their labour, which is generally in grain, which lasts only for a short time. About our own clifficulties I think you should know a little. Living fifty or sixty miles from any large town where provisions could be obtained would be most inconvenient at home ; but in this tropical country, where even bread soon becomes unfit for use, we found it very difficult to get our supplies. The village we lived in was so outlandish, thoroughly native, and so remote, that we were obliged to send a runner forty miles to get our supplies, this taking him five days, and then he brought us scarcely enough, for he was not able to carry much, and what he brought was most unfit for use. The water, also, is quite unfit for drinking or cooking, for it produces fever and dysentery that native inhabitants themselves suffer greatly from this painful disease and die. I suffered greatly from dysentery the whole time I was there, and my husband also, although not so severely, yet with all we worked, and my husband
made his tours, the Lord preserving and blessing us. “ Till you hear from me again, “I remain, yours truly,
• MARY DOLL. “ Palamcottah, 28th March, 1883."
Mr. Doll says, “I have no doubt the above letter will find a place in the hearts of our Christian sisters at home, and will enlist their sympathies in favour of your missionaries who labour among the heathen who sit in darkness, and to whose prison houses they are carrying the glad tidings of great joy."
We would take this opportunity of reminding our friends that Mr. C. Gill, of Stoke Ash, will (D.V.) preach on behalf of the Strict Baptist Mission at Keppel Street Chapel, on Thursday, June 21st next, ard it is earnestly hoped there may be a giod attendance. Also to take notice, that meetings may not clash, that it is arranged the Annual Meeting of this Society be held on Tuesday, October 23rd next, at Soho Chapel, Oxford Street, and Mr. Styles has consented to preach the Annual Sermon.
Mr. Briscoe, the Finance Secretary, resides at 17, Arlington Square, N.
Dews from our Churches.
EBENEZER, BRIGHTON. On Thursday, May 3rd, eight believers in the Lord Jesus (two being over seventy years of age)
were baptized by the pastor, Mr. $. Gray, after a sermon suited to the occasion from the words : “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ.” On Lord'sday, May 6th, the baptized, with two other dear friends likewise "beloved of God, called to be saints,” were with gladness and rejoicing received into full communion with the church.
In giving them the right hand of fellowship, the pastor addressed them separately,
asking each to memorialise
a particular text in connection with the sacred event. The Scripture portions thu given were in order as follows:-(1) Ps. xi 13--15; (2) 1 John i. 6, 7; (3) Isa. xliii. 3; (4) Ísa. xliii. 4; (5) Numb. xxiii. 19; (6) Jer, xxxi. 3 ; (7) Ps. xci. 4 ; (8) Isa. xlvi. 4 ; (9) Ps. cxxi. 4, 5; (10) Heb. xiii. 20, 21, which precious passages in God's most holy Word devout readers will do well to refer to and meditate upor.
MOUNT ZION, HILL STREET, The thirty-sixth anniversary of the Benevo. lent Society was held on Tuesday, May