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CHRISTIANITY AND Washington was a minute man.
INFIDELITY. An accurate clock in the entry at Infidels should never talk of our Mount Vernon controlled the move- giving up Christianity, till they can ments of the family. At his dinner propose something superior to it. parties, he allowed five minutes for Lord Chesterfield's answer, therefore, difference of watches, and then waited to an infidel lady was very just. for no one. If members of Congress When at Brussels, he was invited by came at a late hour, his simple apology Voltaire to sup with him and with was, “ Gentlemen, we are too punctual Madame C. The conversation hapfor you ;” or, “ Gentlemen, I have a pened to turn upon the affairs of Engcook who never asks whether the land. “I think, my lord,” said Madame company has come, but whether the C., " that the parliament of England hour has come.” Nobody waited for consists of five or six hundred of the General Washington. knew the best informed and most sensible men value of time, and would not consent in the kingdom.” “True, madame, to be robbed, or to rob others, of that they are generally supposed to be so." which could never be restored, or What, then, my lord, can be the paid for.
reasor that they tolerate so great an absurdity as the Christian religion ?”
"I suppose, madame,” replied his SOLITUDE.
lordship, “it is because they have not Solitude is the hallowed ground been able to substitute any thing which religion has in every age cho- better in its stead : when they can, I sen for herself. There her inspiration don't doubt but in their wisdom they is felt, and her secret mysteries elevate will readily adopt it. the soul. There falls the tear of con
WHAT IS GRATITUDE ? trition; there rises towards heaven the sigh of the heart: there, the soul
At a public examination of a school melts with all the tenderness of devo- for educating the Deaf and Dumb at tion, and pours itself forth before Him Paris, the following question was put who made and redeemed it.
to a pupil of the Abbé Sicard :-
wered with great quickness, "the UNNECESSARY MODESTY.
memory of the heart.' My grandfather,' say Mr. Orton,
BAD PRECEPT. once asked a very excellent but “Tell me," said a gentleman to a modest minister to pray in his family, poor drunkard, when urging him to when there were several others pre- give up the intoxicating cup," where sent; he desired to be excused, alleg- it was you took your first steps in this ing that he had not thought of it, and intemperate course ?" “ At my fathere were so many other ministers ther's table,” replied the unhappy present. My grandfather replied,
“ before I left home to “Sir, you are to speak to your become a clerk, I had learned to love Master, and not to them; and my the drink that has ruined me.
The Bible tells me, He is not so critical first drop I ever tasted was handed and censorious as men are."
me by my now broken-hearted mother.
small pittance, he deliberated with A Gascon preacher stopped short in himself for a long time whether he the pulpit; it was in vain that he should lay it out in the purchase of scratched his head; nothing would something to allay his hunger, or of a
pair of shoes, of which he was in excome out. · My friends," said he, as he walked quietly down the pulpit
treme want; and his countenance stairs, “my friends, I pity you, for expressed the deep interest he felt in you have lost a fine discourse."
this consultation. A merchant, seeing his embarrasment, asked him the
cause, which he ingenuously confessed PATIENCE AND COURAGE.
to him; and did so in a manner so Courage is an occasional act or agreeable, that the merchant, perceiveffort of the soul ; patience, a continu- ing him to be a man of talent, took ous habit. Courage is the mission of him home with him, to dinner, and some; patience, the duty of all. thus settled the question. When Courage courts observation, and sus- Sixtus became Pope, he did not forget tains itself by every possible outward his old friend the merchant, but repaid prop and stimulus; patience, is as a prince the service he had received lovely and quiet-its warfare is within, as a beggar. its victory without sound of trumpet, for the eye of God and the award of
LIFE'S SALT. heaven. Courage may give its strength Riches have made more men coveto evil, and may nerve the arm of the tous than covetousness hath made thief or the manslayer; patience, rich. As much as you excel others in dwells only in the bosom of piety, and fortune, so much ought you to excel always beholds the face of her father them in virtue. Let great actions in heaven.- Rev. A. P. Peabody. encourage greater; and let honor be
your merit and your design. RecreaTHE RULING PASSIONS.
tion is a second creation, when M.P-called on me one day, at
weariness has almost annihilated one's the time when daily regulations were
spirits One hundred hours of vexataking place in Paris, with regard to tion, says the Italian proverb, will not the change of the coinage. He told pay a farthing of debt. False wit me he had just been visiting M. de L.,
like false money, only passes current
with those who have no means of a rich banker, who was on the point of death. The dying man, after tell- comparison. The clouds that intercept
the heavens from us come not from ing him he was perfectly reconciled to the will of God, and recommending
the heavens, but from the earth. himself to his prayers, turned to him
LEARNING. as he was leaving his bed-side, and said to him, “Well—any news of
Human learning gives place to the specie to-day ?"-Valesiana.
knowledge of the word of God. A scholar, in the near view of eternity,
said to his mother, “I have been POVERTY & PROSPERITY.
endeavouring to obtain one of the Pope Sixtus V. was so poor when highest seats in the literary world ; he came to Rome, that he was obliged but I can now willingly resign it, to to ask alms. Having at last saved a obtain the lowest seat in heaven.'
THRONES AND KINGDOMS.
MEAN MEN. Bajazet, after his capture, observing
" The liberal soul shall be made his conqueror to laugh at him, said, fat; and he that watereth shall be “Do not laugh at my misfortunes, watered also himself.” How true that Tamerlane: it is God that has subdued is, even in all the relations of life. me, not you.
He is able to reverse The liberal man never loses anything our situations, and to undo to-morrow by his generosity. On the contrary, what he has decreed to-day.” Tamer- he gains by it for“ he shall be watered lane, assuming a more serious counte- also himself” in return; and yet, nance, replied, “I did not laugh with strange as it may seem, the world is any design of exulting over you, but half full of niggardly, mean, pennyfrom a sudden impression of the low wise men. When will these men estimation in which thrones and king-hare their eyes opened? When will doms must be held in heaven, since they divorce themselves from their royalty has been bestowed on such a
littleness? blink-eyed man as you are, and such a limping one as myself.
THE GLORIOUS SUN.
Many have been the souls over
whelmed with gratitude while There are persons of much talent
contemplating this " sublime illuminawho treat reason a chimerical
tor of worlds',--this " diamond of the existence, and wholly insufficient to heavens"—this" golden lamp of God." demonstrate great metaphysical truths.
Amongst them we have Thomson,
the But this is a mere sophism on their
roet, who beautifully sings of the sun, part; for in denying the existence of
when he says, reason they do it with the aid of
“ Prime cheerer of all light! reason, or not: in the latter case, they of all material things first and best ! fail in their argument; and in the Effiux divine ! Nature's resplendent robe ! first, they betray their own cause, and without whose vesting beauty all were wrapt establish that which they have under-Soul of surrounding worlds ! in whom best seen,
In unessential gloom! And thou, O Sun! taken to deny.
Shines out thy Maker, may I sing of thee ! ”
And another poet, Buker, says of him, DEPLORABLE IGNORANCE.
“Along the sky the sun obliquely rolls, It is related by a minister who Forsakes by turn, and visits both the Poles ;
Different his track, but constant his career. resided at Bedford, that in taking a Divides the time, and measures out the year ; ride one afternoon, he overtook a To climes returns where freezing winter reigns, decent-looking woman on the road, to Unbinds the glebe, and fructifies the plains ;
The crackling ice dissolves, the rivers flow, whom, after a little conversation on Vines crown the mountain tops, and corn the other subjects had passed, he said, [vales below." Good woman, you seem to be an of the sun when setting, the poet, intelligent person, pray, do you know Rogers says, anything of the Lord Jesus Christ ?"
"Lo! the sun is setting, earth and sky, She replied, 'No, sir ; there is no such
One blaze of glory; nobleman living hereabouts that I And lessening to a point, know of,'
Shines like the eye of heaven."
CITY OF LONDON.
WELSH CUSTOMS IN CONNEXION WEIGH-HOUSE SUNDAY SCHOOL. – For
WITH SUNDAY SCHOOLS. years the Sunday school (at present
It has been a common practice in the numbering 380 scholars) attached to the Principality of Wales, during the greater Weigh House Chapel, (Rev. Thos. Bin- part of the last half century, for a numney's), has been one of the most ber of schools to assemble together in flourishing Sunday schools within the some convenient chapel, for the purpose City. Many have gone forth from it of reciting certain portions of scripture well prepared to engage in the battle and catechetical exercises prepared for of life, from having learnt while young the occasion, and singing choice pieces to take “ truth for their creed, and God of sacred music, got up by the choirs of for their guide." Many of its late teach the respective chapels and schools. ers are actively laboring as missionaries, Four of these schools are accustomed to " Where Afric's sunny mountains,
meet at the Baptist chapel in this town, Roll down their golden sands."
and in one of the country chapels every While others are occupying pulpits in Whit-Monday; others assemble at this our island home. For the last few Christmas, and we have found these years its superintendent has been Mr. J. gatherings very beneficial in stimulating EBENEZER SAUNDERS, one of the members the children, strengthening the hands of the Court of Common Council for the of the teachers, and exciting public atWard of Coleman Street. But we be- tention to the Sunday school. lieve no form of usefulness has given him
The rehearsals at theso meetings are 80 much pleasure as that in which he not confined to children ; but persons of has been engaged for many years, viz., all ages, from the child of seven years Sunday schools. In consequence of now of age to the patriarch of seventy, all residing at Blackheath, he has lately unite in these interesting exercises. resigned his office, and recently the Last Christmas morning being very teachers and senior scholars, at the close wet, the rain falling fast, the schools of the afternoon school, assembled to from the country did not arrive in the take tea and wish him farewell, present- town quite as early as usual; but soon ing him at the same time with a richly after ten o'clock they made their appearbound copy of Kitto's Pictorial Bible, in ance. Although by that time the rain 4 vols., accompanied by a beautifully abated a little, many of those that framed and ornamentally written testi- attended had been thoroughly drenched monial, signed on behalf of the teachers during the morning, yet they appeared and senior classes, by W. Rogers, secre- quite cheerful and happy in once more tary; A. Whiteman, teacher of the meeting each other. girls' senior class ; E. R. Cook, teacher
Three of the schools were catechised of the boys' senior class. The girls of by their respective ministers, repeated the second Bible class also presented many portions of scripture, and sang him with an engraving elegantly framed various select pieces during the morning (by Lloyd Brothers), illustrating the meeting; and, although the service various scenes in Bunyan's “ Pilgrim's lasted nearly four hours, yet the assemProgress," designed by the Rev. D. bly exhibited no sign of being weary White, and drawn by Billings, with an
and fatigued, but the most lively interest inseription in gold stating the object of was sustained to the close ; and all, as the gift. - English Journal of Education. far as we could judge, left the sanctuary As it was now between two and three produced upon the congregation can o'clock in the afternoon, and the evening scarcely be described. But the chief meeting fixed at half-past five, we had piece of the evening was a debate not much time to enjoy the good cheer between the compulsory system and the so essential to the happiness of some voluntary principle in religion, supposed Christmas parties. While the young to be carried on between Lady Drusilla children and females from the country, and Dorcas. The importance of the and those who had their cattle to attend subject, the fairness of the discussion, to, returned to their respective homes, and the ability of the young females those of us who reside in the town, with who represented the parties, all united other friends remaining from the country in rivetting the attention of the audience. who resolved to stay till the evening Although one recital followed another meeting, hastened to take some refresh. in an unbroken succession for more than ment. At half-past five we were again three hours, with the exception of one in the chapel, and, although it is a large short anthem sung by the choir, while and commodious building capable of we were re-arranging the parties on the seating more than 900 persons, it was platform, there was no flagging and soon filled and densely crowded in every the greatest decorum was maintained ; part, so much so that even a standing and so far as we were able to ascertain, no place in the aisles could scarcely be person connected with this gathering obtained. The recitations in this meet- was guilty of inebriety, or of any other ing were confined to our own school, the conduct tending to mar the pleasure of members of which recited thirty-two the day.-(British Baptist Reporter.) select pieces in prose and verse. Several of them were of considerable length, and were repeated with accuracy. But
rejoicing, and thanking God for what they had seen and heard.
SHEFFIELD. those which excited the greatest interest PARK SCHOOLS.—These schools, in were the productions composed in the connexion with Wesleyan Methodism, form of a dialogue, in which more than have been in operation forty-five years. one person sustained a part; such as the Among its early promoters, but five or dialogue between the eye and the ear, six persons now live. But the fruit of in which each claimed the superiority their labor remains. Ministers of the as being of the greatest use to man, while Gospel, missionaries, local preachers, a third checked their vaunting speeches, and class-leaders are still laboring in reminding them that their services were the I ord's vineyard, who were taught mutual, and they ought to rejoice in in these schools the story of the Cross. each other's prosperity. Also a debate At present there are 71 teachers, who between Michael the archangel and supply alternately; and there are 257 Satan, in which the latter was reminded boys and 274 girls on the books. Of of his past sins and future doom. Ano- this number 207 are between the ages ther very interesting piece, and recited of six and nine ; 147 between nine and with great effect, was a dispute between twelve; 85 between twelve and thir. the Christian and the Jew, in which the teen ; 80 between thirteen and fifteen ; latter was supposed to have been van- and 12 between fifteen and twenty quished by the Christian's proving from years of age. Of these, 183 are in at. the Old Testament predictions that tendance at a day-school ; 2 have never Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah ; attended any day-school; 82 have atand when the two young men represent- tended a day school five years ; 20 are ing these characters sang together, at attending select classes ; and 72 are in the close, a well known Welsh hymn of service or apprenticeship. praise to Jesus as the Messiah, the effect