« السابقةمتابعة »
THE CHURCH MISSIONARY GLEANER.
tion, no inspired messengers, no written Word of God. Like Thoughts for those Engaged in Christ's Service.
many other heathen nations, the Hindu could imagine God
becoming man ; but it was a man like himself--nay, worse than BY THE Rev. G. EVERARD, Vicar of St. Mark's, Wowerhampton.
himself-greater in power, and therefore greater in sin. III.—THE GREAT MOTIVE.
Gospel alone tells us of a God incarnate without sin. The one “ The Love of Christ constraineth us.”—2 Cor. v. 14.
degrades God to the level of man : the other lifts man into the
express the OT a cold sense of duty, nor simply a desire to do likeness of God. How well does the Athanasian Creed good, but love to Christ, true, genuine, unfeigned Godhead into flesh, but by taking of the Manhood into God!”,
truth about the Incarnation of Christ—"Not by conversion of the love to the Saviour, a love implanted by the Holy Spirit in the heart. Thi
At the period we are now considering, what is called the Hindu must ever be the rootprinciple of all faithful labour.
Triad begins to appear. Brahmă (short, neuter gender), the “ Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me ? " was the thrice re
Supreme Being—but not a personal God such as Scripture peated question to the apostle. " Lord, Thou knowest
all things; culine), the Creator ; (2) Vishnu, the Preserver ; (3) Siva, the
reveals to us—assumes three forms: (1) Brahmā (long, masThou knowest that I love Thee,” was the response. Then came
Destroyer. But Brahmă soon came to be neglected. As the commission : “Feed My lambs ; feed My sheep.”
Creator, he had done his work, and now had little to do with the
He Let me ponder the Saviour's exceeding great love to me. loved ine when a stranger, a rebel, an enemy.
Out of free love world; so what was to be got by praying to him? And at the He laid down His life for me. In His love He hath brought me present day, says Mr. Vaughan, there is only one place in all out of the horrible pit and the fiery clay. He hath set my feet found. Practically, all the idols of India are forms of, or con
India where any traces of the worship of Brahmă are to be upon a rock and put His Spirit within me. He hath bestowed upon me the “ innumerable benefits which by. His precious Vishnu who, in the later books of Hindu mythology, the Puranas
nected with, the two great deities Vishnu and Siva. And it is bloodshedding He hath purchased for me." He giveth me peace
and the Shasters, becomes incarnate in man for the good of man. unspeakable during my pilgrimage, and hath opened to me the
The incarnations of Vishnu, it is said, are to be ten in number, gate of everlasting life. I would that every moment of my life might prove my love to of which nine have already been accomplished, while the tenth
is yet to come. The first three are connected with the Flood, Him. I would love Him for His own sake, because He is so in
of which there are records very like that in Genesis, and, therefinitely worthy to be loved. But I would love Him also for all
fore, witnessing to its truth. Others are described as being the tokens of lovingkindness He hath shown to me.
undertaken to conquer certain terrible demons. The seventh is ( gracious Redeemer, draw me, and I will run after Thee. May Thy love be as a mighty chain. unseen by the world, yet be interesting to give an account, but we have not space. In
the subject of a beautiful poem, the Ramayana, of which it would ever drawing me after Thee in labour and self-sacrifice ! Or make it as the mountain torrent, breaking down every
the eighth incarnation Vishnu takes the name of Krishna, and barrier, and ever carrying me onward toward the ocean of Thy world has become hopelessly depraved. Vishnu will then appear
in the ninth of Buddha. The tenth is to take place when the love in glory! Jesu, my Lord, I Thee adore,
in the sky, seated on a white horse, resplendent as a comet, with O make me love Thee more and more!
a drawn sword in his hand, and will restore peace and righteousness in the earth.
It is as Krishna that Vishau is generally worshipped in India. THE TRIDENT, THE CRESCENT, AND THE CROSS. And a very mournful fact this is. For Krishna, in the old sacred Gleanings from Vaughan's Religious History of India. books (particularly the poem called the Mahabharat) is the hero
of every kind of vice and crime ; and the legends they contain III.—THE GROWTH OF IDOLATRY.
of his exploits, his tricks, his shameless wickedness, are the ET us suppose that some hundreds of years have favourite stories in every Hindu town and village in India.
passed since the sacred Vedas were written. It is There is not the least doubt that the painfully low ideas of now, let us say, the age of Isaiah and the other morality to be met with among the people generally are largely great prophets. Great changes have passed over due to the popularity of Krishna. They admit that the acts
India. Some of these, such as the rise of caste related of him would be abominable if done by a man, but, being and of the power of the Brahmins, will appear in our next a god, he could do no wrong! And how dear he is to them is chapter. For the present let us look only at the new gods that illustrated by the worship of Juggernath, for this far-famed idol arose, and at the results of their worship upon the people. is but a form of Krishna. "Nothing," says Mr. Vaughan,
The earliest Hindus, as we saw in the previous chapters, “could be more hideous than this uncouth, armless idol, seated tried to see God in His works, but ended in worshipping the on his huge car; yet millions of hearts beat with devotion works themselves. There now came another step. “ It was towards this Indian Moloch ; and, to gain a sight of him, countsomething,” says Mr. Vaughan, " to see God in illimitable space less multitudes will travel hundreds of miles, thousands of them and the starry heavens ; better still to discern Him in the dying unpitied and unaided by the road-side.” fructifying showers and the genial heat of the sun ; but best of It is a real and a very solemn fact that a man grows like what all to trace Him as one with ourselves, able to share our joys and he worships. And there is only one Deity in the world that can sorrows, and sympathise with our infirmities.” The idea of a say, “Be ye holy, for I am holy. Dirine Incarnation sprang up.
Siva is a god of a totally different character from Vishnu. This, as Mr. Vaughan indicates in the words just quoted, looks Although his story contains wickedness as gross as that of like progress. It was really the exact contrary. The Hindu Krishna, he is represented, not as a self-indulgent pleasurewas trying to get nearer to God, but really going further and seeker, but as a stern figure, sitting on a mountain, wearing a further from Him. Why was this? Because he had no revela- | necklace of human skulls, holding a rosary of the same, and his
marga, the "
hair interlaced with serpents. And his wife, Parvati, who is “We have seen," says Mr. Vaughan, “such persons sitting worshipped in Bengal more than any other deity, under the name for hours and days like motionless, lifeless statues, striving after of Kali (whence "Calcutta "), is a most frightful object, and is utter self-forgetfulness, and identification with the Deity; we represented as delighting in blood. “Repeatedly,” Mr. Vaughan have watched the expression of their marble features, always says,
“ have we, in passing her temple in Calcutta, seen the calm and passionless—sometimes sublime and spiritual, and we sacrificial stream flowing; as many as 200 animals, chiefly goats, have turned away, solemnized and saddened, and yearning for are sometimes slain there in one day. In former days children the speedy dawn of a brighter light on those who are thus painused to be slaughtered at her shrine."
fully feeling' after God if haply they may find Him.” The worship of Vishnu and the worship of Siva, according A missionary, once seated himself by one such devotee. He to Mr. Vaughan's interesting
spoke as if to a tree or a stone. account, represent two dis
Not a word or sign was vouchtinct ways of salvation,"
safed to him in reply. The corresponding to two distinct
missionary delivered his mestendencies in human nature.
sage of grace and love, and The Vaishnava (Vishnu wor
went his way.
But though shipper) wants à genial reli
he went, the word remained, gion ; so he lives as he likes,
and the Spirit of God. As and trusts that his love and
the anxious seeker after God devotion to Krishna, the in
sat motionless there, the story carnate Vishnu, will secure
of the cross came home to his him salvation. This is Bhakti
heart. By-and-by he arose, way of faith.”
sought out the missionary, The Saiva (Siva worshipper)
and at length found "a better thinks to earn merit by self
and truer union with God denial. "To hold up an arm
than he had ever dreamed of till it is withered and fixed, to
before.” be scorched by five fires, to lie on a bed of spikes, to gaze on the mid-day sun till the
THE MEDICAL MISSION eyes are destroyed—these are
IN KASHMIR. so many means of accumu
URING the four summer lating merit, and hastening
months of last year, Dr. the desired emancipation."
E. Downes was hard at This is Karma-marga, the
work at the Mission Hospital at way of works." The Vaish
Srinagur, the capital of Kashmir. navas and Saivas may be dis
He writes :tinguished by the marks on
The old Kashmiri catechist, their foreheads, the former
Qadir Bakhsh, addressed the outhaving two perpendicular
patients each morning, and strokes, meeting below in a
always concluded his address with curve; the latter three hori
a few words of prayer. He was zontal lines, made with white
listened to in a way that I never
before witnessed in all my expeor grey ashes.
rience as a missionary; and ferBut what is the salva
vent and loud " Amens” from the tion" looked for? It is to
poor suffering people, who joined be" absorbed " into Deity
in his prayers with hands uplifted that is, to cease to have any
to heaven, showing how promising
a field for missionary work our separate existence at all; in
dispensary may become. The fact, to be annihilated—blot
poor despised Kashmiris are sunk ted out! But there may be
low enough indeed, but, I trust, millions of years first, during
not too low for the Gospel of
Jesus Christ to raise them, if only which the soul may pass into
it can be brought into real conmany human and animal
tact with them. We look forward bodies ; and to reduce that
to having Mr. Wade with us next period is the great object of
year, and it is the greatest com
fort to me to think that the still the Hindu's religion.
more precious remedies of a full There is one other way of HINDU RELIGIOUS MENDICANT.
and free salvation will be offered gaining this absorption,'
by so earnest and able an ambaswhich is neither Vaishnavite nor Saivite. It is by contemplating sador of Christ in the wards of our hospital and to our thousands of outGod. The religious devotee who adopts this method is thus patients. described in one of the sacred poems :
I must mention the kindness I have received from the Maharajah and
his officials. His Highness built a hospital while Dr. Maxwell was here That lowly man who stands immovable,
[see picture in GLEANER, March, 1876). He is about to enlarge it conAs if erect upon a pinnacle,
siderably. He not only has given full permission to the missionaries to His appetites and organs all subdued,
remain in Kashmir during the winter, but is about to make such alteraSated with knowledge secular and sacred,
tions to the Mission-house that the missionary and his family may be To whom a lump of earth, a stone, or gold,
able to live during the cold winter months with every comfort and To whom friends, relatives, acquaintances,
without risk. Neutrals and enemies, the good and bad,
Out-patients, 4,180; In-patients, 219; Operations, 540; Number of Are all alike,-is called “one yoked with God.”
visits in Hospital, 10,490.
On the paper
SKETCHES OF THE PUNJAB MISSION. the presence of the great Aurungzebe, and ordered to give some BY THE AUTHOR OF “MORAVIAN LIFE IN THE BLACK FOREST," &c.
display of his power, for he was held to be a mighty magician.
Writing a few words on a piece of paper, he stretched out his III.-Sikhs and Sikh Converts.
neck, and bade the executioner strike off his head. The credulous HE Punjab was not always inhabited by Sikhs, nor court, expecting to witness an exhibition of magic art, was
did they at the time of the establishment of the astonished to behold the head fall on the ground.
of Mohammedans and many varieties of Hindus. into English. The Sikhs are the followers of Nanak, a Hindu reformer of His death made a deep impression upon his followers, and led the 15th century, who taught that forms of religion were not to his son and successor, Guru Govind, giving a new form to their essential, that it was a good intention which was particularly religion. The Sikhs were henceforth to follow the profession of pleasing to the Deity. The object of the reformation which he arms, always to carry steel upon them (as they do to the present introduced was the freedom of himself and his followers from day), and never to show any hair. To the mild toleration of mental and spiritual bondage. He did much, but it was imper- Nanak was also added a political rancour against the Mussulfect. It was reserved for the disciples of the only and true
A prophecy was cherished that God was to grant them Redeemer to teach that “if the law make you free, ye shall be revenge for the death of their martyred Guru, and that the time free indeed.” Nanak's ideas of God and his worship were in would come when they would storm and sack Delhi. Govind's the main good and just, but mixed with Hindu superstition. great aim was to free his followers from the hated Moslem His "gospel” was very successful. It had its apostles, saints, rule, and his reforms ultimately resulted in the establishment of and martyrs.
Thousands of Hindus had been converted the Sikhs as an independent and powerful nation. by the sword to Mohammedanism. These still hankered after “The subjugation of the Punjab is one of the most wonderful the customs and superstitions of their fathers, but the Brah- events in the history of India," wrote Mr. Fitzpatrick to a friend minical form of religion allows no return to those who have in England, on June 22nd, 1852, from Amritsar. " Its comabandoned its observances. The creed of Nanak opened a door pleteness is astonishing. You know that only three years have to the relapsing Mussulman, whilst it gratified the outraged self- elapsed since the last battle. Well, now the whole country, up respect of the lower castes of Hindus, for he made all the castes to the frontier, is as settled under our government as Kent is eat out of one dish, saying that they henceforth formed one under our Queen; and not only so, but the people are becoming brotherhood.
true friends. Our brave opponents, the Sikhs, are becoming our “ You make Mohammedans out of Hindus,” said a Guru, or best soldiers. Many of those who have not entered the regi. Sikh priest, on one occasion to the Badsha of Delhi, “I shall ments of the line have enlisted in our police, and are happy make Hindus out of Mohammedans.” On this account they were indeed in the change which has thus taken place. And so also cruelly persecuted by the Mohammedans. Tegh Bahadur, one with all other departments. But this change has more than of their Gurus, ninth in descent from Nanak, was dragged into ordinary religious importance attached to it, because the Sikhs
were told that it was the divine purpose to make them the con- towers, but far exceeded them in bulk.” These or their remains querors and masters of the world, a prediction which is now so have been in vain sought for, and it may be said of that great hopeless of fulfilment that it will serve as one of the many means conqueror that his memorial perished with him. Our Missionof sapping their faith in the doctrines of Nanak.”
aries hoped and prayed that in the conversion of the Punjab to The first two Sikh converts were not the fruit of the Punjab Christianity, England might be permitted to erect one of more Mission. They were baptized by an S.P.G. missionary at Cawn- imperishable materials. pore. But they were employed almost from the first as C.M.S. "I thought," exclaimed Norman Macleod, awakening from a catechists at Amritsar, and one has now for many years been an dream, as he lay upon his death-bed, “I thought that the ordained pastor. We cannot do better than give his story in the whole Punjab was suddenly Christianised ; and oh! such noble words of Miss Tucker (A.L.O.E.), herself also an earnest worker fellows, with their native churches and clergy." in the Punjab Mission :
May the words prove prophetic ! “ The days of romance are not passed. I thought this on hearing something of the history of the aged man who is now officiating here. Before any other of the bold and warlike nation of the Sikhs had LEAVES FROM THE HISTORY OF A MISSIONARY received the religion of our blessed Saviour, the story of the Cross found its way to the hearts of two wandering fakirs. They were
AUXILIARY. considered very devout Siklis, and had many disciples, but they
By Miss E. J. WHATELY. gave up the honour which they received as holy fakirs to become
CHAPTER XI. followers of the Lord. As far as I know, only one of their dis
UR friend Miss Thornley accordingly began her account of ciples followed them in their new faith, and this man is now a
a "missionary lady's ” day in India as follows :catechist here. But if the two fakirs had given up other friends,
“I take the case, of course, of one who has a boardingthey, at least, were still united. When they confessed Christ at
school, or orphanage, under her direction, because that is the font, in token of their friendship they received the names
the case we are considering: She generally begins the which (translated from the Urdu) signify David and Jonathan.
day by going (as soon as it is light in the morning) into " David has for about a quarter of a century been a Christian. order, &c. Of course, there is a sub-matron, and probably one or more
the dormitories to see that the girls are up and putting their rooms in He has translated a considerable portion of the Scripture into teachers, but you can never venture to leave all in the care of natives. Punjabi poetry, sharing in some degree the gift bestowed on the Then follows the girls' breakfast, and the prayers, which the lady may royal poet whose name he bears. He appears to be a gentle, probably take herself, unless she has very satisfactory helpers. Then, meek-spirited old man, who seeks no great things for himself. His countenance is pleasing and mild in expression ; the com: breakfast, taken, and the orders for the household given. She must then
go into the school, give general supervision there, often take one or more plexion not very dark, but of that reddened bronze which is classes, see that the pupil teachers are doing their duty, &c. We know sometimes seen on European faces after long exposure to a tropi
how much care and watchfulness even our English day-schools require to David's sons and daughters also promise to be a credit
be efficient; for India, with native teachers and half reclaimed children, to their parents.
you must multiply all this by a high number to form an idea of the
duties of our missionary lady. In the midst of all this, she has inces“ But where is Jonathan? No one knows ; for twenty years he sant interruptions from people coming up to speak with her-one woman has disappeared from view. It is thought that the Christian con- wants medicine for a sick child, another eye-water, a third a piece of vert, accustomed to the wandering life of a fakir, resolved to
cloth, a fourth has a quarrel with a neighbour, and comes to the Mem
Sahib' to have it settled a very common case this last.” keep afar from cities and to pursue a kind of itinerating life. His
“Not a Christian convert, I suppose ?” said Mrs. Elwood. faithful David still cherishes a hope of seeing his brother again. “Do English Christians never quarrel ?” said Miss Thornley, smiling. He seems, according to the information which I received, to have “Not real, consistent ones, I am sure. an idea floating in his mind, that in some wild jungle his Jonathan “Of course, it is a sad inconsistency in any real Christian to give way is gathering a little flock for his Master. There is something to me
to temper; but when we see those who have had every advantage in
early training still occasionally yielding to temptation, are we to wonder of touching interest in this enduring friendship, this patient hope. if these poor creatures, just brought out of heathenism and exposed to all It is just possible that the aged Sikh may see his Jonathan before the most demoralising influences, should sometimes fail, even when there he dies ; but it is far more probable that the Christian brethren is real grace at work? I really think some of our good English friends will never meet again until they are re-united in the presence
act as if they thought an early heathen education was about the best of Him whom, of all the Sikh nation, they were the first to
preparation for Christianity in the world, they expect such very rapid
effects from the teaching of the missionaries. Well, some sort of confess."
work of this kind falls to our lady friend pretty often; and if not, Of David's work in the early days one of the missionaries perhaps a visitor will come to see her and do the civil”; and taking her wrote: “David is a great help; he is so perfectly sincere and honest.
seat on the ground, will remain for an hour or more, expecting to be You would smile if you were to see him beginning his work. We
talked or attended to, and the poor lady must run backward and forwards
from her school to her visitor and try to satisfy all claims. Then comes go into the most crowded parts, and he takes his large Bible and
the Bible Woman, if she has one, which now is very generally the case ; opens it, and shouts at the top of his voice, . Come along, come she must be directed and looked after far more assiduously than a toleralong, good people. Listen to the Word of God. Come along, able one at home would need. If in addition to this there is zenana my brothers; this is what you have never heard before. Come, work, that is alone enough to tax strength and time to the uttermost ; listen to the way to heaven, which the Sahibs have come all the
but in that case more help is essential. Then there is the language to
be studied for some part of every day, in most cases until it is fully way from foreign parts to teach us. We should not have known
mastered, for no sensible Missionary will be content with making a smatanything without the Sahibs. So come and listen to the words tering suffice. And the comfort of her husband must be attended to, which they have brought us.' This at once arrests attention, and
and if she has young children, of course they must be watched, however three or four come together, and then he begins to read at the
careful their attendants. The mistress's eye must be everywhere. In very
hot weather, too, a little rest in the middle of the day is absolutely essensame pitch of voice, and in five minutes we have often sixty or
tial to health. In the evenings, when it is cool enough, the lady often eighty people.”
goes with her husband or with the Bible Woman to visit the families of It is said that Alexander the Great, on his conquest of the native Christians, or the parents of the children who attend the dayPunjab, erected upon the south-eastern banks of the Hyphasis school. This is a most important part of her work, as if it is neglected (the Beas of modern times) twelve altars of hewn-stone, each
her hold on the people is lost. She comes home late, sits down to write se nty-five feet high, to commemorate as many victories, upon
letters in the first quiet moment she has had that day, and is often 80
overpowered with fatigue that she can hardly form a letter on the paper. which he offered sacrifices. They were "equal in height to I have often fallen asleep with the pen in my hand.”
" And there is, I suppose, a considerable amount of necessary corre- everything seems easy, of course," rejoined Miss Thornley, in her quiet, spondence ?” I added.
matter-of-fact tone, but with a light in her eye that showed, more than “Certainly; besides family letters, those who help the school with words, that the love, which is the mightiest engine of power and activity money or work must be written to, and many such letters spring up the world has ever seen, was so much a part of her being that whatever she naturally in the course of her labours. Now to ask that, in addition to this, did under its influence seemed too much a matter of course to need explatwo or three letters should be written every month, to give details of each nation. “But, then,” she resumed presently," this does not last long. individual orphan, does seem to me hardly reasonable."
Sometimes, to be sure, the poor things are too far gone to recover; but “ The wonder is,” said Mrs. Weston, “ that so much can really be even then the mind often grows clear when the body is sinking. We accomplished in such cases. Looking at it from a distance, one would have had some very happy deaths among our orphans; but the greater say it would be impossible.”
number recover when they have good food and care and cleanliness, and “It does need a continual looking upwards for help,” said Miss some of those dear children become extremely interesting to those on the Thornley; and then, next to that, a good deal of management, making spot, living with them as we did. But that, you know, does not always the most of the cool season, and distributing one's work as far as one can. imply that they say things one could make into an anecdote or story for But I can speak from personal experience, having had at one time the a report or a tract. I don't think that we often find such show-pupils sole direction of a boarding-school; I had no family cares like the Mis- | in any country.” sionary's wife, and my task was so far an easier one; but I can truly say “ But it seems hard,” said Miss Lambert, “ that those who have that even so I should have found it utterly impossible to write several. adopted the children should have none of the pleasure or interest in letters monthly about individual children in addition to my other cares. them.” And I should add that I have been describing a day under favourable “ Dear Miss Lambert, will you pardon my plain speaking ?” I could circumstances, that is, when the general health of the pupils is good; not help replying: "Is it to please yourself and be interested by pretty but as you may often see from letters, epidemics of severe sickness will stories that you collect the money for an orphan, or for the sake of come from time to time on these schools, and perhaps a third of the doing good to a child who is in need, and ministering to one of those children be laid up; and you can imagine in some degree what an addi- little ones,' of whom our blessed Lord said that a cup of cold water tional burden this brings to the 'Mem Sahib,' all the more because she given to them should not lose its reward '?”. must see herself to the administration of the medicines, the preparing “Oh, of course we want to do good, and all that,” said Miss Lambert, proper food for the sick, the use of disinfectants, &c. The most careful in a somewhat annoyed tone; but several of the others seemed struck. native matron could not be trusted with such supervision; and if the “I am sure,” said Mrs. Curwen, a quiet, retiring woman, who hardly lady's back is turned for a moment, she may reckon on some serious and ever spoke in a committee meeting, “I am ashamed to think how much perhaps dangerous blunder being made."
more I have cared about the interest of the letters than the good of those “ What an overwhelming work!” said Mrs. Elwood. “I had not at
poor children.” all realised what it must be !”
“ And so am I,” put in Miss Jenkins, with tearful earnestness. “I see “But still,” said Mrs. Lambert, “though the lady may be unable to how selfish and thoughtless I have been, and I will try to do better, write any but a general letter, such as Mrs. Jackson has just sent, I do indeed. If you will give me a card, Mrs. Weston, I will try to collect not see why she should not in such a letter give some interesting details for an orphan among my friends at Sea Cove, where I am going, and that about those dear children. It was such a meagre report—'doing well’– good Mrs. Jackson may select any she chooses for me to support; I don't and that was all !”
care who it may be, and I won't ask for any anecdotes, though of course I “ But suppose there were no more to tell ?" suggested Mrs. Weston. should be glad if there were any." My dear Mrs. Weston ! surely
“ If all Christians were as candid in owning their failures, I think we “I beg your pardon, Mrs. Lambert,” replied that lady; "how many, should have more real work done,” whispered Mrs. Weston to me as she do you think, of the children in your parish schools at St. John's, of went to the drawer of her davenport where she always kept her collecting which my husband is inspector, for instance, would furnish matter for an cards. interesting story?
"And will you put down my name as a subscriber to maintain one “ I am sure that wonderful little Martha Wilson would,” exclaimed orphan ?" said Mrs. Curwen, drawing out her purse. “Here is the sum Miss Lambert; “don't you remember that dear little thing who answered for the first half-year; and if the child dies or is withdrawn, tell Mrs. so beautifully, mamma, on the examination day ?”
Jackson, please, that I will leave it to her to choose another for me to Oh, yes, charming little creature, indeed I do ! "
support. I won't call it'adoption,' for, after all, it is not quite correct to “ But she is only one out of fifty girls. Could we expect that all our use the word, when one only pays a small annual sum for the child's orphans should be Martha Wilsons, merely because we have been so kind education while it lasts, and others have all the care of her. One does as to collect a few pounds a year for their support ? ” said Mrs. Weston, not talk of adopting a girl or boy at home if one pays for their schooling smiling.
for a few years. And here is my subscription, and a donation for the “ But I thought those Eastern children were always so forward and so general fund, Mrs. Weston, for I know that must not be neglected.” intelligent ? " said Miss Jenkins, in her softly emphatic tone.
No, indeed,” said Mrs. Weston, "for without that the missionaries, “ More precocious, I think they are,” said Miss Thornley;
who are like parents to these poor children, could not be supported. that is, for their age, when quite young; but that does not make them Thank you, Mrs. Curwen, you have done good to more than the orphans, more really intelligent, even where they have had good care and nourish- for you have cheered me up when my heart was beginning to fail.” ment when young. But, then, the poor famine orphans have not had The impulse was given now, and money came in quickly from several such advantages ; they come to us often not only prostrated in body but present. Mrs. Lambert, always impressionable, laid down her contribustupefied and crushed in mind.”
tion at once both for “ Violetta" and the general fund; and several more “Yes,” said Mrs. Weston, “people don't always remember that starva- took cards and promised both to collect and subscribe. tion acts on the brain as well as on the outward frame. In romantic Another working party was arranged to be held at Mrs. Curwen's, and stories, a half-starved child is always ready to gaze with an expressive Miss Jenkins was sure she could procure us contributions for ours from look of gratitude and a sweet smile on its benefactor; but I suppose you the friends she was going to. did not see much of that?"
The only person who still looked dissatisfied was Mrs. Elwood. “It “ Ob, no, indeed,” said Miss Thornley, with a sigh and a smile. was not amusing details I wanted,” she said, “but evidence that a work one can conceive, who has not seen it, in what an utterly wretched state of grace had been done in the child. Where is the use of education if these poor little ones are sometimes found-almost idiotic, often, at conversion does not follow ?" first; gradually the mind wakes up as the body gets stronger, but in the “ But of how many children in our schools and homes, in our own early days the care of them was often most trying; some of them were country, can we venture to affirm confidently that they are converted to really almost repulsive objects, so diseased and neglected ! One felt it God?" I asked. was an effort not to shrink from them, though of course such a feeling “I suppose if we had more faith and prayer we should win more,” said would never be yielded to."
Mrs. Elwood. “I am afraid I should yield to it,” said Miss St. Clair; “ I never can 5 Most true; but we must await God's time for the answer. How bear to go near any 'dreadful objects,' and I can't think how any one many Christian parents and teachers have to wait long before they see else can! It quite prevents my visiting ragged schools and very poor dis- the result of prayer and labour! And here are children brought up in tricts; but I can't help it, my nerves won't stand it.”
the midst of heathenism, and we expect them to outstrip our own care“No more will mine," said Miss Lambert. “I should absolutely faint fully trained little ones!" away, I am sure.”
“ There is something in that; but I trust we may not have long to “ And how could any one love such creatures ? ” added another lady. wait in this case."
“Not in the sense of personal liking, of course," said Mrs. Weston," at “So we all do, I am sure,” said Mrs. Weston ; " but now our time is least at first; but with the love of compassion, and the longing to bring more than expired, and we must close the meeting and thank Miss these poor neglected little ones into the Saviour's fold.”
Thornley for her kind and efficient help. I trust we shall be able to “Yes, it is just that ; when one thinks it is for His sake, you know show her it has not been in vain."