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THE EASTER BAPTISMS AT FRERE TOWN.
he was going to have Magi ya Maungu, i.e., Water of God, put upon
him, and a new name” given. His wife Mary is a nice woman, and EARLY four years ago, on September 19th, 1875, two
both, I believe, “disciples whom Jesus loves." Then there was Jacob hundred and forty poor creatures, men and women, boys
and Rachel Nakoa, with their pretty little son Joseph in a scarlet jacket;
and a James (Mr. Lamb's gardener, after him, to whom much of all this and girls, naked, ignorant, miserable, rescued out of Arab is due), and his wife Esther, a queenly-looking woman, amongst the rest; slave ships, were landed at Frere Town by H.M.S. Thetis, and they all looked so nice, "clothed and in their right minds,” with a
and handed over to the care of the C.M.S. Mission. Other white veil over their heads, which some one had given them for the batches came at intervals, making some four hundred altogether. The
occasion, for they have little means of buying such. I wish some kind first attempt to tell these degraded yet immortal beings about a Father in
friend who reads this would send me out a dozen small shawls, so that heaven was described in Mr. Price's journal at the time, which was
they might have a "warm bonnet” for the cold rainy season. [These
shawls, we ought to say, are already provided twice over.] printed in the GLEANER of April, 1876. It has proved a long and When the ceremony was over, and before George gave the address, we arduous task to get into their dark minds the merest glimmerings of all sang the hymn, “ Onward, Christian soldiers." This is the third we Christian truth; but a few months ago some of them, who had been very
are learning at our little room. It is hard work, but a great pleasure attentive and well-conducted, were accepted as candidates for baptism.
teaching these grown people; they forget so soon; but Tom cheerfully George David, the Native catechist, writing in March last, describes the
helps me Sunday evenings, and Ishmael refreshes their memory during
the week. I am now getting them to learn a short prayer, and I know way in which they have been instructed :
that in some of their little huts, night and morning, a humble petition On Sundays, at eight o'clock, I give instruction to the candidates for
goes up to our Heavenly Father to teach them more of His love, and give Baptism for half an hour; and the other half hour I interpret for Mr.
them strength to fight against the devil. Thus are the first fruits of the Streeter. The people are slow in learning, owing to their not knowing swell
, I trust that multitude which no man can number of all nations
adult freed slave on the East African Coast being gathered in to help well the Swahili language. Notwithstanding, through much patience and perseverance of myself and others, they have managed to learn the
and kindreds and people and tongues. Strange, but true, there were no following number of texts :
less than eight different tribes represented. Eighteen texts about our state by nature.
On Easter Monday we all met again to keep our Christmas, for as the Seven texts about our state by grace.
place was in disgrace at Christmas time, we had no proper holiday then. Fourteen texts about the way, how the believer is kept.
First we met at Church to witness a double marriage ceremony, two of Six texts about our burden of sin, and the invitation to come to the
the school-girls having been wooed and won. Mrs. Harris having kindly Saviour.
interested herself in them, they looked charming with the wreath of Beside these, they have been taught several other texts. Mr. Streeter,
orange blossom upon their marble brow-none of your waxy petals and through me, has already gone through explaining to them the Ten
arsenical leaves, but the real thing, with its sweet perfume, and it looks Commandments, and the Christian steps to heaven ward, such as Faith,
better on black marble than white. The sight of one of the bridesrepentance, obedience, hope, prayer, and study of God's Word. And at
maids broke a black boy's heart, and I had her asked for the next day. the present, he is going on with our Lord's parables. At the time he
After Mr. Binns had officiated, George gave a short address, and soon we was explaining to them the steps to heaven, in order to make it easy for
adjourned for our sports-boat-racing (had a capital four-oared race them, he had a small ladder made, carriable in a coat pocket, containing
with the crew of the Highland Lassie, and beat them), wrestling, six steps : the sides of which were named faith ; the first step repentance; jumping in sacks, tug of war, orange-dipping, &c., and hearty were the the second, obedience; the third, hope; the fourth, prayer; and the last
laughs that resounded on the green. All seemed to enjoy themselves. one, study of God's Word. And now, with great thankfulness, in which all our readers will share,
GIVEN UP FOR THE HEATHEN. we have a letter from Mr. Streeter relating the baptism, on Easter Day N one week two pleasing instances have occurred of young persons, last, of the first fruits from among these poor creatures :
unknown to each other, though members of the same congregation, Ag many of them wished to be baptized, I thought we could not do
resolving to deny themselves for Christ's sake and the spread of better than keep the time that was in like manner consecrated on the
His Gospel in heathen lands. West Coast seventy-three years ago į Easter Day, 1816]; so I got George
A young lady, recently confirmed, sept a pretty gold ring as an offering to form a class, and every day they came to him for instruction, and
for this purpose. In a note to the clergyman she said, " I send you the sometimes I went. On one occasion I asked them unexpectedly why
ring, which I should like given to the Church Missionary Society. I they wished to be baptized. Would you like to know some literal
shall never regret having parted with it, and I only wish I could do more
for Jesus, and serve Him better." answers ? Matanla said, “I want to be a soldier of Christ our God ;” Nakoa said, " That we may be clean of our sins ;” Muili said, " That we
Very glad and thankful was the clergyman to receive such a note as may be the people of God.” These three are men. The next three are
that, and his prayer that day was that the Lord would both accept the women :-Salama said, “That our sins may be forgiven, and we reconciled
offering and bless the offerer. to Jesus Christ;” Rabunga said, “Because it is the order of Jesus
The other instance was of a young girl, in humble circumstances, who Christ;" Hidoya said, " That we may leave off that which is evil, take
came to the clergy man and requested a Missionary Box. When he asked hold of the Word of God, and follow that which is in accordance with
her how she meant to fill it, she said, "I never mean to buy any more
sweets.” It reminded him of that verse of a hymn :-Jesus Christ." These were answers to be thankful for, especially when you remember
"Some needless pleasure I'll resign, that none knew even their letters (although some are now learning), and
And this one pleasure choose, what they were three years ago. For some time they have led blameless
To teach the heather they are Thine, lives. I know them at their homes, though I am not what is called, and
And send them Gospel news.”
W. E. C. what I believe in, a "house-going pastor” ; I know them at their work, at class, and at play; and although I could wish that they knew more, yet, as their desire seemed to be sincere, " Who could forbid water that
AN EXAMINATION THROUGH AN OPEN WINDOW. they should not be baptized !” There were more than I at first thought UR readers know about Mr. Lash's schools for the high-caste girls for, but not nearly so many as wished to come forward. As it was, on Easter Sunday afternoon there came before Mr. Binns to receive that
in Tinnevelly, of which Professor Monier Williams has spoken so sacred rite twelve men, with their twelve wives and five little ones, three
highly. (See GLEANER, June, July, Sept., 1875.) This is how a separate adults, five grown lads, and four other little infants, forty-one in Government Inspector reports that he examined one of these girls :all--a young Church in itself.
I am happy to say that when I had to examine one of the “Sarah When the first two couples knelt down, Abraham and Sarah for the Tucker Branch Girls' Schools," one of the girls having attained her Old Testament, and John and Mary for the Gospel, my heart was filled (marriageable) age, and not being able to come to the examination hall, with joy, and all present felt that God had done great things for us. I requested her father to let me hold the examination in his house. As a gave them mostly significant names. Of those mentioned, Abraham matter of encouragement I complied with her request, and examined the Baraka is one of the oldest men, and was always first in answering girl standing at an open window, with her face towards me, though the questions, sets a good example to the others, not having done a week's door was shut. She passed successfully in every subject, and her father work for the Mission the last twelve months, but supported himself on and brothers, who were present, were highly satisfied. It is very satishis shamba, fetching wood and making mats and bags. IIis wife Sarah factory to see that these high-caste people do not only send their girls to God has blessed and given her a son, but as they always called him school, but are also punctual themselves in attending to witness the James, I could not alter it to Isaac. John Namayawalla was so glad that examinations of their daughters.
THE MOST MOHAMMEDAN CITY IN THE WORLD. expense to enable him to see the methods of cultivating and
preparing cotton. ECCA, of course !-says come one, reading the head- When Mr. Hughes was in Egypt in 1875, he saw a scene
ing above. No, it is not Mecca. It is a city which which showed how thoroughly Mussulman Cairo still is, despite has been much in the thoughts of French and all its imitation of the civilised ways of Europe. He saw the English statesmen lately, and from which the news- Mahmal procession, of which we give a picture on the opposite
papers have been receiving daily and almost hourly page. This is the grand ceremony of the annual departure of telegrams. It is Cairo, the capital of Egypt. “ Cairo," writes pilgrims for Mecca, which takes place on the 25th day of the the Rev. T. P. Hughes,
Mohammedan month is said to be the most
Shawal, and which Mr. Oriental city in the
Hughes saw the world. It is certainly
20th November, 1875. the most Mohammedan,
He thus describes it :not excepting
The Mahmal is a velvet Mecca itself." There
canopy which the pilgrims five hundred
convey to and from Mecca. mosques in Cairo, and
It is a square frame of the chief one, in which
wood with a pyramidal ten thousand enrolled
top, with a rich covering
of embroidered velvet, surstudents from all parts
mounted with silver balls of the Mussulman world
and crescents. As far as I are educated, has been
could ascertain, the canopy called the Mohamme.
was empty, it being merely
carried with the pilgrims dan University. (See
as an emblem of royalty. the picture in the
The origin of the ceremony GLEANER of February,
is said by Lane to be as 1877.)
follows : — "Sheger - ud
durr, a beautiful Turkish We are not now go
female slave, who became ing to describe Cairo.
the favourite wife of Sultan But at a time when
Saleh, on the death of his Egyptian affairs
son caused herself to be
proclaimed exciting so much atten
Egypt, and performed the tion, it is well to be
pilgrimage in a magnifireminded that Egypt is
cent hodaq, or covered a country needing Christ.
litter, borne on a camel. There is indeed a cor
For several successive rupt and fallen Chris
years this empty hodaq
was sent with the caravan tian Church there, but
of pilgrims for the sake of its members are grossly
state. Hence succeeding ignorant and super
princes of Egypt sent with stitious. “ None of
each year's caravan of pilthe ancient Churches,”
grims a kind of hodaq
(which received the name justly remarks Mr.
of mahmal), as an emblem Hughes,“ bave fallen
of royalty; and the kings so low as the Alexan
of our countries followed drian Church.". There
their example.” I found
some difficulty in obtainare also an American
ing information as to the Mission, and a Scotch
exact origin and meaning Mission, and Miss
of the ceremony, even from Whately's Mission ; but
the natives themselves.
At seven o'clock in the their work, excellent as
morning all the leading it is, is mostly confined
officers of state assembled to schools and visiting,
in a portico erected below public preaching to
the citadel to receive the Moslems being pro
two Egyptian princes, a hibited.
vacant seat being left for
the Viceroy. The officers The Khedive who
were all dressed in French has been compelled to
uniform, with the usual abdicate-Ismail Pasha
Turkish fez, the only per
sons with turbans being -may, with all his
two Muhammadan Moulfaults, be remembered
vies. The roads were lined gratefully by the Church Missionary Society. It was he who
with troops, and as the royal party arrived the bands struck up the sent that great Englishman, Colonel Gordon, to rule the vast Egyptian national air. There were a number of European visitors, territories acquired by Egypt in Central Africa, and thus opened including the American ambassador from Berlin, one English peer, and a way for our missionary party to go to Uganda up the Nile.
an English member of Parliament.
After the arrival of the princes there was a pause in the ceremonial, And when Mr. Streeter was in Egypt on his way to East and the uninitiated in Egyptian etiquette were on the tiptoe of expectaAfrica, the Khedive's Government spared neither trouble nor tion. Were they waiting for the Khedive ? After a few minutes a
AN EGYPTIAN GIRL.
carriage drove up in regal state, and there stepped forth an old Muham- be all the praise."
Brahmin converts are very rare in Tinmadan priest. It was the Sheikh-ul-Islam, the Archbishop and Lord Chancellor of Egypt. Of course royalty must be kept waiting for this nevelly. I hardly remember one who belonged to Tinnevelly. representative of orthodox Islamism-it would have been infra dig. for
We trust that this is the first fruits of an abundant ingathering. the Sheikh to have arrived before the princes. The whole assembly rose Little Bredy, June 12, 1879.
R. R. MEADOWS. and received the venerable old man with becoming respect, and then the signal was given for the Mahmal procession to move on.
Amidst the beating of fifes and drums and the wild Egyptian national air, the shouts of the dervishes' “ Allah ! Allah! Allah!” and the tinkling
UP THE NILE TO UGANDA. of bells, the canopy, which was borne upon the back of a fine tall camel,
JOURNAL OF MR. R. W. FELKIN. approached the Sheikh and the royal princes. The procession was headed by a fat, long-haired, brawny fellow, almost naked, who incessantly rolled
(Continued.) his head to and fro, shouting "Allah! Allah! Allah !” The Mahmal
CT. 5.--Shambeh now came into sight; it is a small native was surrounded by a guard of horsemen, and the people kept running
town with about 150 bell-shaped huts, one or two Governround it, shouting in the most frantic manner. When it came opposite
ment sheds, and from a tall flag-staff floated the crescent the princes, they, in company with the Sheikh-ul-Islam, approached it
and star. The town is very nicely situated with a large with the greatest veneration, and touched it, uttering some pious ejacu
forest all round, in which are lions and buffaloes. When lation. This was done by all the officials, then the procession moved on,
we got within 200 yards of the place we were asked to fire and encamped outside the city gate until the next day, when the caravan our revolvers, and some gave a salute of twenty-one shots. On shore left to perform the Hajj, or Pilgrimage to Mecca. The merits of it are all the people had turned out to see us come; guns were fired. The so great that every step taken in the direction of the Kaaba [the great men shouted, and the women uttered their shrill, trembling cry. The shrine at Mecca] blots out a sin, and he who dies on his way to Mecca is Deputy Mudir asked us not to land at once, as we were to be received enrolled on the list of martyrs.
with military honour, so he left, and we steamed round the lake for
half an hour. We used the time to dress in our best, as our ordinary There is a purpose of mercy for Egypt yet. “The Lord," dress is not very brilliant. At a given signal our whistle blew, and we all says Isaiah (xix. 21), " shall be known to Egypt, and the came on the bridge as we steamed up level with the Government Divan, Egyptians shall know the Lord. . . . They shall return even to before which all the soldiers were drawn up in line with their bugle band, the Lord, and He shall be intreated of them, and shall heal drum, and flags, and officers; the Deputy Mudir, Hassan Bey, standing them."
about 100 yards in front of the soldiers; the people round the soldiers, a beautiful banana grove forming a background to the whole. As we came level, the soldiers presented arms, band played, people yelled, and the
Bey saluted us, which we returned, and then went on shore and " inA RE-UNITED FAMILY.
spected” the “ troops”-about sixty men ! The officers were all dressed OME twelve years ago the Bible Society made an
in European uniforms, very gorgeous with gold braid, the men in white, offer of a New Testament in the vernacular tongie well-drilled, splendid soldiers, will go anywhere, and do not fear death
with Remington rifles and leopard-skin cartridge belts. They are to any heathen schoolmaster in India who would in the least. promise to read it. Such a promise was made by Ilassan Bey and the agent. Sbambeh is a village of native huts, but we
Oct. 6-7.-We remained at Shambeh, and were very kindly treated by a man in Kalugumalei, a place in the Sivagasi could not see much of the place, as it is all flooded. The huts are made district of Tinnevelly, who, as it afterwards appeared, had long
of grass platted on to a wooden framework, and have to be renewed each been anxious on the subject of religion, and who had not year. The people here are quiet, rather timid people; they give no found satisfaction in his own religious systems, which he had trouble. They live on fish, and bread made out of the water-lily stalks. long and carefully studied. After reading his new book for There is a great deal of ebony, but it is regarded as common wood, and some time, he spoke to a Brahmin friend about it; and they
burnt for fuel. It grows inside the trees. two commenced to read it together. Some six years elapsed
We had to give the Bey and agent a dinner to-day. This is our bill
of fare: first soup, then fish; then sardines and ship-biscuits; then before the schoolmaster made up his mind to become a Christian, onions, pickles, and cheese, maccaroni and biscuits; then rice, dates, and but he has been ever since a firm believer, and an aggressive coffee. We had no meat to give them, and you are expected to give a evangelist. The Brabmin, with whose history we have now to great number of dishes.
Oct. 8.-- Left Shambeh at six A.31., and steamed all day along a very do, followed his example soon after, but his action involved the loss of all things. He had been the paid priest of the Zemindar site where the Holy Cross Mission used to stand. All that now remains
winding watercourse, sometimes cven going N. At seren we passed the of Ettiapuram. His salary was stopped. His wife and children to mark the spot where so many brave men lie is a lemon tree, a palm all deserted him, and his relatives took possession of his lands. tree, and some bushes; all else is gone. For years they fought against the After two years he succeeded in persuading his youngest son,
climate, but in 1866 they lost twenty men on the Nile, and so had to Krishnan, to accompany him, and the boy became a scholar in
give up. At about nine met, to our great surprise, a steamer from Lardo,
with Dr. Emin Effendi on board. We stopped and went on board, and our boarding school. The elder son did pay a few visits to were most kindly received by him, and he promised to do all he can for the father, but they were hardly friendly; they were rather IIe arranged to go back with us at once. with the object of enticing the boy away, or of getting money Oct. 9.-- Passed Bohr at four, and stopped a couple of miles further on from the father, for Brahmins are shameless beggars.
Oct. 10.-In the afternoon we all went with Dr. E. to Bohr. Pearson came once, and visited my wife, but was frightened at sight of
got a mule and Litchfield a horse. I got a donkey; but it bad no saddle, so me, and hid herself behind the door while I remained in the I walked. It was a winding way, leading through high grass and past
native huts. All the people here are naked, and cover themselves with ashes A few months ago the Brahmin went to his native village to
to keep mosquitoes off. Bohr is a small but well-built town. At the preach at a large annual festival. He was the guest of his
top of the huts ostrich eggs are stuck for ornament; two or three huts had Christian brother, the schoolmaster. Little Krishnan accom
broken bottles in place of the eggs. The town has a palisade very well
made and some 150 soldiers. There is a nice banana grove, and we got panied him, after four years'absence. He went to see his some fruit for the first time since Alexandria ; we have missed fruit and mother. She was evidently struck with his manner and con- bread more than anything. Both men and women wear large iron rings versation, and her motherly affection overcoming all obstacles
round legs and arms, and some of the men wear ivory rings, but this is
only allowed when they have killed either a man or an elephant singleof pollution, she embraced and kissed him. The elder brother,
handed. Lions, buffaloes, leopards and snakes are in great number here. at the first visit, refused to speak and turned away from him. Oct. 16.–Stopped for wood at a lovely place, beautiful trees and shady At the second visit he relented and spoke kindly to him.
walks. Elephant and hippo's spoor to be seen almost everywhere; a I have received a letter this morning to say that now wife leopard passed Litchfield, he thinks, as he was looking for something for and son have joined the husband, that they have reached
dinner, as we are short of meat again. Eight days out from Shambeh
to-day. Sachiapuram, and have joined in Christian worship. The
Oct. 19.-Lardo and Gondokoro Mountains in sight. It is very pleasing native clergyman who writes to me about it, adds, "To God to see the hills again. Arrived safely at Lardo at one P.M., sixty-eight
The wife for wood.
days one hour out from Khartoum. We cannot thank our Heavenly Ram Chander answered, "I am a Brahman, a Sanscrit scholar, learned Father enough for IIis goodness to us in this remarkably long and danger- in the Shasters, perform my Pujas regularly, and bathe daily in the holy ous journey.
Ganges. As to my morals, I am good and holy, I never ask for alms, and Oct. 20.-Nov. 1.-We have been very busy repacking the whole of our to-day I was at the mela on some business.” goods. The porters can only carry forty-pound loads here, and so all our To this the Spectre replied, " Then we are apparently one, but in reality boxes, being over fifty or sixty pounds, had to be re-arranged, and hard two different persons. I am also a Brahman, renowned of being a Sanscrit work it has been. Our cook and his wife go back from here, and we have scholar, and acquainted with the Shasters; but the truth is, I know but engaged the young men as porters and to carry our personal things little of Sansorit, and less of the Shasters, though I pretend to know a required each night, also a woman to grind the dhura for our cakes. great deal, and talk largely. Whilst I perform Puja I usually think of Lardo is a very nice small town, huts built of cane, mud, and grass. We something else. I talk of the Vedas, Shasters, and Puranas, as divine have had one each, and very nice they are. At nights the wild animals in books, but I doubt them all, and in reality I am a hypocrite and deceiver. river and round the stockade make a great noise, and the natives seem Who is now the true Ram Chander, and who in appearance only?” never to sleep, although the bugle sounds each night at 9 30, “Shut the “You are the true one,” replied Ram Chander, “I am the countergates, put out your fires, and go to sleep.” A good part of the night they feit." dance and sing. To-morrow we leave by steamer at six A.M., for Regiaf. On Muhammad Ali reaching his house, his first exclamation was, “ Allah May God, who has been so merciful to us in the past, go with us and Akbar! who is in my room ?” The person sitting on his carpet replied, bring us in safety to our journey's end !
“I am Muhammad Ali. Who art thou ?" "Not true,"shouted Muham
mad Ali, “ I am he, thou art an impostor." [Flere ends the Journal so far. The next three months were occupied by calmly replied, “who of us is the real one. Describe thyself." Muhammad
“Let us see,” the Spectre the journey from Lado to Uganda, of which we hope shortly to receive
Ali began, “I am a Moulvi, known as an Arabic scholar. I read the full details.]
Koran Sharif in Arabic, say my prayers, give alms, fast, believe the tra
ditions and the books, the Tauret, Zabur, Jujil, Furgan (Pent., Psalms, WHO IS THE TRUE MAN AND WHO THE
New Test., and Koran). I believe that God is One and Mohammed His
Prophet. As to my morals, who can say anything against me?"
"Alas!" the Spectre replied, “if you are sach, then I am only in ap
pearance what you are in reality. I too read the Koran in Arabic; but A Parable for Hindu Sceptics.
do not understand it. I say my prayers, provided people are near. I COMMUNICATED BY THE Rev. C. B. LEUPOLT.
pass fór a true Mussulman, but have my doubts whether Mohammed was
a Prophet and the Koran is the Word of God. Alms I give as few as I HERE are among the Hindus in the present time a great number decently can, and as I have four wives, who constantly quarrel, 1 make
of sceptics. They are not such openly, but in conversation we that a pretext to follow my own way, as I did to-day at Shewpore. I am
find out that they doubt everything; and it cannot be otherwise. but a hypocrite, mean, sensual, deceiving the people by pretending to be Education has taught them to think, and however much they may be dis
what I am not. Who is now the genuine Muhammad Ali ?” inclined to reasoning, they cannot help doubting the veracity of things
"You are," was the reply, “ I am the impostor.” asserted in their Shasters, which they well know have no real existence. home, and on entering his room he found his place occupied by his second
Fatigued and tired with the day's dissipation, Isai Das also reached his But, although doubting their own religion, they endeavour to appear before self. Dismayed at the sight, he exclaimed, "Who art thou ?” Answer, the people to be real believers in their respective religions, when, in fact, Isai Das, a Christian." “Thou art not Isai Das, for I am he. Thou they are hypocrites. In arguing with such men we never gain much. The
art but a counterfeit." “Prove what you say," was the challenge. best is to give them a parable to think on their state, and here is one, which
"I am a Christian,” Isai Das began, "and a good Christian, as all my I know has made a deep impression on one mind at least. C. B. L.
brethren say. I am honest, pious, and true." "Then we are different
from each other. I am only in name what you are in deed. I, too, am There lived in a certain town four men, who, though of different re- called a Christian. I talk much about reading the Bible; but, for myligions, occasionally met together. They were known as good, honest, self, I scarcely ever open it. I recommend secret prayer, and urge it and holy men, who professed their religion in sincerity. Their names upon my fellow-Christians; but if all the moments were added together were Ram Charran (a Hindu), Muhammad Ali (a Mussulman), Isai Das which I myself spend in the year in secret prayer, I fear I could count and Dharam Sewak (Christians).
them by minutes. I go to church, for what would the people say if I did It happened one day that there was a great festival near Benares, at a not? but whilst at church, during prayers and sermon, I think of someplace called Shewpore, where Hindus and Mohammedans used to meet. thing else. As to my duties, I try to keep up a good appearance. As to At this mela every kind of amusement is going on, such as drinking, my morals, it is true my thoughts do not bear the light, nor would my gambling, and the husbands of such wives as go there like to see their doings at Shewpore to-day. The truth is, I have a name that I live, but spouses return before dark. Melas of this kind were, of course, not visited I am dead." by such holy men as the above named; but it so happened one day that Hearing the Spectre thus speak, Isai Das exclaimed, “ Alas, alas ! thou Ram Chander had some business with a friend, and went. Muhammad art the true Isai Das. I am such only in appearance.' Ali, not feeling as he thought quite well, wanted a little change, and be- Dharan Sewak, too, found his place occupied at home, and seeing himlieved that Shewpore was the best place to go to. Isai Das imagined that a self sitting with his testament open, felt in his pocket to ascertain whether little recreation would do him good, and accidentally wended his way to he had his testament still or not; but he had it. So he asked, “Who the same place, and thus they all three met at Shewpore, and spent the art thou ?” The Spectre, looking up, replied, “My name is Dharam day and part of the night there. Of course Ram Chander and Muhammad Sewak, from Farebpúr, a convert from Hinduism." “So am I,” the Ali were particular about their caste.
other replied. “But who of us is the true Dharam Sewak ? Describe On returning home, to their astonishment, they met Dharam Sewak. thyself," the Spectre said. “ Where do you come from so late?” was the question. “From my “I was a Hindu,” Dharam Sewak began, “a Brahmin of Farebpúr, but village," was the reply. “Why, have you still some property there? We being dissatisfied with my religion, and tired of practising deceit by telling thought the people had taken from you all you had and turned you out.” | people of things which I am persuaded in my heart are untrue, I ex"So they have,” Dharan Sewak said; "but you remember old Bisheshwar amined Christianity, and finding in Christ a Saviour such as I needed, I with his poor sick wife? They are in great distress, and I went to see believed in Christ and embraced Christianity. But I am but a poor them.” “O yes! you did, and yesterday was pay day, so you old sly fox, Christian-my prayers are cold, the Word of God is not so precious to you took some money to them. We know you, old hypocrite.” “Well, me as it ought to be. I love the Saviour, but considering what he has brethren, whatever I may have done in that village, or elsewhere, you done for me, my love is not so warm as it should be, nor as I wish it to know God is near, sees everything, and from Him we cannot hide any- be. The money I gave away to-day was, I fear, not from love to Christ thing.” “Well, well !” exclaimed the Mohammedan, “God is merciful!” alone, but merely because God had prospered me, and old Bisheshwar and The Hindu called out “Ram, Ram!” and Isai Das was silent. Thus con- his sick wife are so poor, and then it gave me an opportunity to tell them versing, they reached their homes.
of the love of Jesus. I have to confess many failings, so that it someAs Ram Chander came up to his house, he saw a light in his little room. times appears to me as if I was a hypocrite; but God is rich in mercy, Astonished at the sight, he entered with fear and trembling, and what did and as I have nothing that I can bring before God, I cling to Jesus, my he see? Himself, sitting on his seat, looking at the Shasters. He was Saviour, and trust in Him alone for my salvation." terrified; but after a minute or two he took courage and asked, “ Who The Spectre, hearing this, exclaimed, “ Brother, yours is exactly my art thou ?” The Spectre, looking up, replied, “I am Ram Chander, a case, I feel as you do; we are one, and let appearance and reality be Brahman, and this is my house."
always one. We will continue to trust in Jesus, love Him, labour for “Not true," was the indignant reply, “ Avaunt! I am Ram Chander, Him, and die in Him, so that we may live with Him for ever." the house is mine." “Let us see,” said the Spectre, “who is the true The Lord saw these four persons and judged, giving to each according Ram Chander, and who such in appearance only. Describe thyself.” to his works.