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scene” behind me on the platform or stage. Alas! the envious clouds

LISTEN! gave us not a glimpse of Tongariro, or its snow-clad companion Ruapehu, and so it continued for the three days of our sojourn at Taupo.

True Stories from Fuh-Chow. On Wednesday morning it cleared a little, and we ventured to set out

BY A LADY MISSIONARY. on our sixty-mile ride through to Rotorua. We started after an early breakfast at eight o'clock; stopped at three Maori kaingas ; had service

I. at one of them, and baptized a baby; fed our horses at another, and in

SHORT time ago I was staying at Dover, and my spite of some heavy showers, arrived fairly dry at 6.30—not bad going in

friends took me to see the Castle. such weather, and roads.

When we Here my time has been divided between multitudinous services with

reached the top of the stone steps one of them the Maoris and baths in the hot springs. All the natives of the district

said, pointing to a building near, “That used to be are gathered here just now for Land Court business, so it is a grand

called • The Debtors' Prison,' and the prisoners had opportunity of seeing them instead of having to hunt them up in their scattered kaiogas.

a box fastened to a pole near this path, and a bell attached, so Yesterday we had a charming ride to the Tiketere, which was new to

that when visitors passed they could attract attention by ringing us both. Most curious cauldrous of boiling mud splashing over the stone

this bell. Over the box was written, · Remember the poor basins, and shooting up columns of bell-broth: mud, petroleum, and sul- debtors.' Scarcely anybody would pass that box unheeded.” phur, all mixed ! In a bath fed from one of these invitiug springs I had When I heard this it seemed to me that the debtors were very a scalding

hot bath, out of which I leapt into a deep basin of crystal clear much like our shut up Chinese sisters, and then I thought how cold water, and ka uni te pai, "great was the good,” in Maori phrase.

Tauranga, May 17th. -We have emerged out of the wilds into the very little England's daughters are doing for China. We send comparative civilisation of this thriving little town, with its beautiful opium, and it destroys the happiness of many a home, but it is harbour, over which we swam our horses on arriving at half-tide yesterday the shut up females who feel it most, and we might do so much from Maketu,

to mitigate their sufferings if we would. Having spent some

years among them I thought it would be a good plan for me to DEATH OF A BRAHMIN CHRISTIAN IN A CALCUTTA be the bell, and tell you some of the things I have heard and seen. HOSPITAL.

About three years ago I was taken to visit a Chinese lady in (From the Calcutta Localised Edition of the GLEANER.)

great distress of mind; her husband had married a second wife, and

When we entered the house, OME five years ago a Brahmin named Bamacharan Bandya- had now entirely left his first one.

padhaya had a paralytic stroke, and about two years since which was very large, she invited us to “ be seated," "smoke a he entered the Campbell IIospital, Calcutta. At that pipe,” and “ drink tea.” I said, “What a nice house you have !” time he knew nothing of the Gospel of Christ. It was

" Oh! don't speak of it,” she said. “For thirty years I have while lying in the Hospital that he first heard of the Great Physician from the lips of Dr. Baumann and his

lived happily here with my husband, but recently my husband agents, who regularly visit the IIospital; and there, in due course, he

has taken another wife. Those rooms opposite mine were fitted was admitted into the Church by baptism. After his baptism Bama- up for her, now all the presents are sent in there, and when my charan entered into the enjoyment of deep and lasting peace. Although husband comes home he always goes in there, he never comes to utterly unable to raise or turn himself, and though reduced by disease

Oh dear! sometimes I think my heart will break. to a mere skeleton, his hard couch seeming to his emaciated body like a bed of thorns, yet he was never known to murmur, and many bear

We were so happy, now it is misery. I must smoke opium, it is witness to the steadfast faith and devotedness of our brother. His face the only thing that drowns my sorrow; I cannot sleep without wes illuminated with the peace of bis heart, and his one constantly it." We told her the “old, old story of Jesus and His love,” espressed desire was, that his dear Lord would come and take him to

and produced a hymn-book, and tried to teach her to read one be with Him for ever. lle would sometimes speak of the hard rules he had submitted to as a Brahmin, and how ineffectual all his efforts had

“Ah," she said, “this is very good; if I only had you to been to give his guilty conscience peace, and he would contrast such teach me every day I should not need the opium." efforts with the deep joy and peace which Jesus had graciously Now, dear readers, don't you fancy we embraced the opporgiven to him. When he knew that the time of his going to his beloved tunity and said, • We will teach you”? I am sure you will answer Saviour was now near at hand, he greatly desired that he might join once

· Yes”; but we did not. We had as much and really more than with other brethren in partaking of the Supper of the Lord. On the 12th of September Dr. Baumann administered to him that holy

we could do three miles nearer the Mission-house, and although I Sacrament. It was a most solemn occasion, and one that will leave an tried, I was never able to visit her again. I could only pray the abiding impression on all present. In the middle of that large Hospital, Lord of the harvest to thrust out more labourers, and incline the surrounded by hundreds of the sick and dying heathen, we knelt, a little hearts of the people at ome to give of their abundance to send band, around our Master's Table, and with deep joy and thankful grati

them out when found ready to obey the call. tude we partook of the emblems of Ilis dying love. But first we sang a sonrd of the songs of Zion, but now such strains are not unfamiliar to poople living together, and five generations were represented. I the inmates. As we sang, many sick and balt and maimed gathered stayed for three hours, trying to teach them a text written on one round us, and I doubt not that angels from Heaven were likewise looking

of Mrs. Grimke's cards, and they begged me to go again. I on, and rejoicing with us. One of Dr. Baumann's catechists gave an address on the meaning of the Sacrament, especially dwelling on the

never was able to do so. Those people are still waiting. Who fact that we are all one in Christ. In Him the distinctions of caste will go and teach them ? and social position are all lost sight of; we were uniting together in Let me show you the interior of some of these homes. I that holy service, outwardly as Europeans and Natives of India-the

must ask you to enter with me a large iron gate, through Brahmin and the Sudra, the Hindu and the Mussalman,---but spiritually several others, past three reception halls into a very pretty semiall one in Christ, --members of the one body,-part of the great family of the one Father. The service over, our brother's heart was filled with

Chinese furnished room. No idols are to be seen. We go furjoy, and he expressed himself as fully satisfied : “ Now is the object of my ther in, and we pass suites of rooms on either side occupied by birth fully realised," he said ; “ now, if my Lord in mercy take me, then different married members of the family. Straight on we come to my all would be accomplished.” We said good-bye (God be with you), the ancestral hall and kitchen, but turning to the right we pass and presently the angels came, and tosk him home to God. Now he is resting on his beloved Saviour's bosom.

a small garden, and enter a good-sized English house adjoining, Among those present was one who has long laboured in the cause of

and belonging to the head, who ranks as a Mandarin, a governChrist. He came, he said, to pay his last respects to his departed brother, ment official, or petty governor; and the position exempts the because, as he said, he had derived much benefit from visiting his sick possessor from corporal punishment. This gentleman is very bed, and in all his thirty years of Christian experience and work, he had

wealthy, and is now a baptized Christian. We gained an entrance nerer met one so arlvanced, so ripe in the Christian Life. This friend ofered to pay half the expenses of the and other native brethren

for teaching purposes in the following manner: the wife called paid the rest.

C. M. C.

on me and asked me to teach her English ; I refused, on the



ground that I did not go to China to teach English. However, in when a relapse took place, and the anxious nursing again took up talking the matter over with the other members of the Mission in all my time and attention ; the doctor was in the house three Fuh-Chow, they thought it a great pity to let any opportunity times a day, and at last the little one was pronounced out of slip of getting into this family, as the gentleman seemed on danger, but required great care and watching. I never left the tho most friendly terms with the missionaries, and at times child's side until he was quite recovered, for when I left I took attended the American Church. The lady called again, and I him with me for ten days' rest and change up the mountains. said if she would come to me three afternoons a week, from three to One day as I was sitting by the sick child, the grandmother, six, I would teach her the Scriptures for an hour and a half, and a bitter opponent of Christianity, came in and asked what I found English for the rest of the time. She came, and her mother so satisfying in the Bible ; and from one subject to another I told thought it very wrong of her to go out every day; notwithstand- her about God's protecting care over those who trust Him in ing she came in a shut up chair. But her husband wished her sincerity and truth, and sent for a Bible and gave her the stories to come, so she broke through the custom of not going out, and of Daniel in the lion's den, the three friends in the furnace, &c., began to study the hated foreigners' doctrine.

&c. She sat over the book all day, and refused to go downstairs When the school closed for the summer holidays, she asked for the midday meal, so intent was she over these wonderful and obtained permission to live with me, “Because,” she said, stories, she being one of the very few ladies who could read. “I want to see how Christians live.” She joined me in prayer and on Sunday morning after the little service I held with the night and morning, and one

household, she knelt down saynight I went to bed with a bad

ing, "Yes, I will pray to your headache, and could not have

God too.” family worship. In the middle

A poor old woman living of the night she heard me

near often came in to listen, awake, and said, “Are you

and at the weekly Bible-readawake? Is your head better?”

ing I established she frequently “No," I answered. " Then I

came to learn; and on the don't believe in your God, for

morning previous to my leaving you worship Him, and I asked

Fuh-Chow she sent her idol to Him to make you better."

me—so dirty, it had been This led to an interesting con

worshipped for years. I look versation about asking in ac

upon it now sometimes, and cordance to God's will.

pray the Lord of the harvest After a few days she heard

to thrust out more labourers her little nephew was sick, and

into His vineyard, and hasten went away to see what she could

the time when all these idols of do. She had been married about

wood and stone shall be thrown twelve years and had not had

to the moles and the bats. any children, so she adopted a

When my school reopened, little baby-boy, and the next

this lady came again for lessons. day she sent word to say her

One day she seemed very sornephew seemed worse, and her

rowful. We had read over the own little boy was also ill. I

story of Samuel and his mother. went in the evening and found

She said that it was a great the nephew very ill, and

reproach to her not having any suggested a European doctor

children, and asked me to join should be called in; but they

her in praying for a child. thought they would try a nativa

Every day we did so, and about doctor that night, then if the

the same time in the following child did not improve, they

year the prayer was answered. would call in a foreign doctor.

God gave her a son, and very I left the house about 10.30, MR. AND MRS. AHOK, FUH-CHOW.

great were the rejoicings of the and the next morning early a (From Photographs by Ye Chung of Fuh-Chow, and Afong of Hong Kong.)

whole family. All idols had servantran in saying the nephew

been previously taken away was dead, the adopted child worse, and would I go immediately; from the house, and from the first day of his birth he was called they had sent a sedan-chair for me. I first wrote to the foreign · Hung-kau nié-kiang” (the“ Christian's doctrine child”). Since doctor, and promised to be at the house ready to translate for then the father and three other members of the family have him. We arrived at the house together, but he refused to under- received baptism, and when I left the daughter-in-law was a take the case unless I would remain as nurse, as the Chinese candidate for baptism, and the lady is, I believe, earnest, and have a curious way of accepting foreign medicine—smell it, and will eventually become an out-and-out Christian. Miss Gordon

-. throw it away; if tasted and the patient dies, the blame is Cumming and other English visitors were delighted with them. invariably attached to the medical man. So I translated the

The portraits are those of my friend and her husband, Hokdoctor's message, and they with one voice said, "Do stay.” Lee Sing-sang, Hok-Lee Sing-sang-mong (Mr. and Mrs. Ahok).

“ My school would not reassemble for another three weeks, so I

M. F. took up my abode in the house and nursed the child. For three days it was anxious work. Then the child began to improve,

Pictures from Egypt-Mosque at Cairo. and I commenced family worship in the house ; only a few of We then great work

Portor. Ebers

, and are in the highest style of illustration.

continue pictures of . are German the slaves and one or two members of the family came; they The mosque on the opposite page presents a striking contrast to a heathen would not kneel; it was more out of curiosity to see what I would do temple with its hideous idols, or even to a Roman Catholic church with its that they came. The child gradually began to move about again,

images. Mohammedans abhor idolatry. Their religious services consist only of the prayers and the reading of the Koran. But they are without Christ.

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On the occasion of the marriage, at Norwich, a few weeks ago, of the

Rev. J. C. Hoare, son of Canon Hoare and Principal of the C.M.S. HE Archbishop-designate of Canterbury, Dr. Benson, has

College at Ningpo, with Miss A. J. Patteson, daughter of Canon Patteson, with much cordiality intimated his readiness to accept the

Rector of Thorpe, it was proposed, after the breakfast, to make a special office of Vice-Patron of the Society, which is, by the collection for the China Mission; and no less than £150 was subscribed in Fundamental Laws, reserved for the Primate of All

the room. Is not this a happy thought for a Christian wedding party? England, all other Bishops being Vice-Presidents. (The office of Patron is reserved for a member of the Royal Family.) He has THE service at Westminster Abbey, on the 2nd Sunday in Advent, also expressed “the privilege he will feel at being present, if nothing when Bishop Burdon preached for the C.M.S., was much interfered with unforeseen occurs, at the Anniversary Meeting, which takes place on by the dense fog that enveloped London that day. The congregation May 1st.” His chaplain writes to the Hon. Clerical Secretary:-" Among was better than had been thought possible, though of course comparatively the new labours wbich are devolving on him, he will gladly recognise small. The service consisted of the Litany, a special Lesson (from St. the need of giving all possible aid and encouragement to the great John iv.) read by the Dean, and an anthem and two hymus. The Society which you represent.”

Bishop preached from the words, " And He must needs pass through
Samaria,” arguing with great force that a similar “needs be"

now preWe have great pleasure in stating that the Rev. Ernest Graham Ingham, sented itself for Missions to the heathen. M.A., of St. Mary IIall, Oxford, Vicar of St. Matthew's, Leeds, has been appointed to the Bishopric of Sierra Leone. Mr. Ingham, who is a son

On Tuesday, Jan. 2nd, a Special Communion Service for the Committee of the Speaker of the House of Assembly at Bermuda, was Association

and friends of the Society, on the commencement of a new year, was held at Secretary of the C.M.S. in Yorkshire in 1879-80, and worked in that

St. Dupstan's, Fleet Street. The address was given by the Rev. Prebendary

Daniel Wilson. office very energetically. His parish in Leeds was given to him by the Bishop of Ripop, and by his judicious labours he bas made his mark in THE Statistical Tables of Protestant Missions in India, just received, that great town. Our readers are aware that the Rev. W. Walsh was at show a far larger increase in the last ten years than was expected. The first nominated to the vacant see; and afterwards it was hoped that the Native Christian adherents in India proper have risen from 224,258 to Rev. J. B. Whiting would be appointed; but medical opinion was adverse 417,372; or, including Ceylon and Burmah, from 318,363 to 528,590. in both cases.

Mr. Ingham is a younger man, and we earnestly trust The increase in India proper is 86 per cent. We shall give further tbat it may please God to give him health and strengtlı, bodily, mental,

details hereafter. and spiritual, for the responsible duties of the Sierra Leone Bishopric. On Nov. 12th, Bishop Crowther, while at Sierra Leone, on his way back

to the Niger, admitted three Africans to deacon's orders, one for the THE Rev. Canon Tristram, LL.D., F.R.S., bas been appointed to preach

Sierra Leone Native Church (Rev. H. P. Thompson), and two for the S.P.G. the Annual Sermon before the Society, on Monday evening, April 30th.

Mission on the Rio Pongas. The service was held in St. George's Cathe

dral. Governor Havelock and other Europeans were present, and more Just afier we went to press last montłı, the announcement reached us of the death of the venerable Francis Close, formerly Dean of Carlisle, one

than 1,800 Native Christians. Bishop Crowther officiated in consequence of the stauncbest and most devoted friends and advocates the Society erer

the Bishopric of Sierra Leone being still vacant; and the commission had. He immediately followed Dr. Tait in the Deanery of Carlislo; and

crabling bim to do so was one of the last papers signed by the lado with only a fortnight's interval, he has followed bim into the pre

Archbishop of Canterbury. now, sence of their common Lord and Master.

On Dec. 13th, the Bishop of Calcutta held an ordination at Allababnd.

Two C.M.S. Native catechists, Mark Drummond, of Lucknow, and The Society has lost two other respected Vice-Presidents by the deaths

Benjamin Tobit, of Gorakpur, were admitted to deacon's orders; the of the Earls of Harrowby and the Bishop of Llandaff. Both of them former to be stationed at Aligarh, and the latter at tbe Christian village were firm friends of the cause; and the former spoke at the Annual

of Basharatpur. The Bishop was much pleased with both of them. At Meeting on two or three occasions in past years.

the same time the Rev. G. Parsons, one of our missionaries in Krishna

gar, was admitted to priest's orders. As announced in our last number, December 6th was observed by many of the Society's friends as a day of prayer specially for men to fill the The University of Durham has conferred the honorary degree of M.A. posts we then referred to. Are they now combining effort with prayer ? on the Rev. George Nicol, the well-known Native African clergyman Are they suggesting to sons and brothers and friends that God is calling

who is Government Chaplain at the Gambia, and who was formerly Tutor them to this service ? Are they asking their own selves, “Why should not at Fourah Bay College. I go ?”

A “C.M.S. Iay Workers' Union for London” has been formed, with Since that day of prayer, the Committee have accepted two Cambridge the savction of the Committee, for the purpose of associating together the men for missionary work, viz., the Rev. James H. Hersburgh, M.A., of lay friends of the Society in the metropolis, especially young men, and Trinity College, Curate of Portman Cbapel; and the Rev. Vincent furnishing them systematically with missionary information. Monthly Young, B.A., of Corpus Christi College, Curate of St. James's, Bath. We meetings are held at the Church Missionary House, for conference, trust that these are the precursors of a succession of young clergymen for

and for hearing accounts from missionaries and others of the progress of the foreign field.

the various Missions. In this way it is hoped that many may be stimulated

to give addresses in Sunday-schools, at Juvenile Meetings, &c., and otherA SPECIAL notice has been issued to Treasurers and Secretaries of Associations, asking that the accounts from the various Associations

wise to promote the cause, being supplied at these gatherings with the

material for doing so. Members have the use of a Lending and Reference and parishes which will now be rapidly coming in may be accompanied Library, and are provided with maps, diagrams, lantern slides, and in each case by a memorandum explaining what part of the sums contri

curiosities, for use at meetings. The subscription is 1s, a year. Earl buted may be regarded as a response to the Appeal for “Half as Much Again.” The result of that Al peal, which every one will be eager to

Cairns has accepted the office of President of the Union; Mr. Henry

Morris is Chairman of the Committee; Mr. Eugene Stock, Treasurer; know vext May, cannot even be roughly estimated without this assistOur readers will be interested and thankful to hear that Mr.

and Captain Seton Churchill and Mr. E. Mantle, Secretaries. All laymen Bickersteth's own congregation at Christ Church, Hampstead, made a

ready to help the Society are invited to join the Union. noble response at the annual collections on Advent Sunday. Last year RECEIVED:-A Reader of the GLEANER, “ Fruit of Having Spare Moments," the amount was £62. Mr. Bickersteth asked for "half as much again'

£1; Daisy, “to be used to tell the beatben of the Saviour's love," 10s. 6d.; this time, which would be £93. The result was an offering of a little

A Friend, for Egypt Furd, 3s.; “ From the household of two brothers in

China," for the China Mission, £1 103. Also, E. L. S., for the Church of over £100.

England Zenana ciety, 28. 6d., which has been paid over to that Society.



MARCH, 1883.

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N. Ex. 3. Mark 10.1-32. E. Ex. 5, or 61-14. 1 Cor. 4.1-18.

H. Ex. 9. Matt. 26. E. Ex. 10 or 11. Lu. 19. 29, or 20. 9--21.

J. Ge, 29.1--20. Jo, 18. E. Is. 52. 13 & 53. I l'c. 2.

31. Ex. 12.1-9. Rev. 1.10-19. E. Ex. 12. 29, or 14. John 20.11-19, or Rev.5.


love, which shall distil like balm on the weary spirits of those who are toiling all the night, far from the "father's house." Are

you feeling very sorrowful and homeless ? Look up, desponding Narch. F.Q:15,8 8p:m. | F.M.23,6.5pm.


The heavens are blue everywhere. The " little while

leads to the long repose. Perhaps letters have just reached 1 T I am the Almighty God, Gen. 17. 1. [reigneth, Rev. 19. 6. your distant corner from the beloved spot—the past comes over 2 F Völkner killed by N. Zealanders, 1865. The Lord God omnipotent 3 S Canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection ? Job 11.7.

you with fresh pathos, and for a while you give way to regret.

[Job 37, 23. Did not our Saviour, in His dreary exile, long sorely for His 4 S 4th in Lent. Touching the Almighty, we cannot find Him out, Father's House? Is there not a yearning ring in the prayer:

M. Ge. 42. Mark 6.140, E. Ge. 43 or 45. Rom, 13. 5 M I know that Thou canst do everything, Job 42. 2.

“O Father, glorify Thou Me with the glory which I had with 6 T Thou hast a mighty arm, Ps. 89. 13.

Thee before the world was.” He can enter with you into this 7 W Nero C.M. Ilouse op., 1862. Miss. Children's Ilome beg., 1850. Be

Thou their arm erery morning, Is. 33. 2.] [Ps. 71. 16. cloud of grief; it will pass away, and you will feel strong again. 8 T 1st Viss, sailed for Africa, 1804. In the strength of the Lord God, 2. To very many who may read this, the “ father's house” is 9 F Is the Lord's hand waxed short? Num. 11. 23. [Thee, Ps. 17.7. 10 S Thou savest by Thy right hand them that put their trust in

still the happy home. There is a vague certainty that it cannot

[strength, Is. 27. 5. remain so, but this only gives zest to present enjoyment. How 11 S 5th in Lent. Bp. Sargent consec., 1877. Lot him take hold of My we long for that which is fixed, stable, and enduring ; how we 12 M They were all amazed at the mighty power of God, Lu. 9. 43. try to banish from our minds the truth that all here must pass 13 T So will we sing and praise Thy power, Ps. 21. 13.

away! We forget how seemingly slight a dispensation can, in a 14 W Fox and Noble sailed for India, 1841. Under the shadow of the

twinkling, oblige us to arise and depart. Are we awake to the

[Almighty ,Ps. 91. 1. 15 T Bp. Burdon consec., 1874. Delight in the Almighty, Job 22. 26. responsibilities of membership in an earthly home? Are those 16 F Dahomian attack on Abeokuta, 1864. The Almighty shall be thy within its shelter the better for our presence ? Are we true 17 S None can stay His hand, Dan. 4. 35. [defence, Job 22. 25. (make His mighty power to be known, Ps. 106. 8.

home-missionaries, curbing our tempers, restraining our tongues, 18 S 6th in Lent. He saved them for His name's sake, that He might and giving light to all that are in the house ? The mission-field is 19 M able to subdue all things unto Himself, Phil. 3. 21.

the wide world—every nook and corner of it. Wherever there 20 T Bp. Moule's 1st Confirmation, 1881. Able to keep you from fall. are souls to be saved we may be doing something to cheer and 21 W Able to save to the uttermost, Heb. 7. 25. [ing, Jude 24.

help, something to keep back self and to advance the glory of 22 T Abba, Father, all things are possible unto Thee, dik. 14. 36. 23 F Good Friday. Who is this?...Mighty to save, Is. 63, 1.

God. And when our turn comes to go forth, with heavy heart,

from the dear family roof-tree, we shall solace ourselves with 24 S Slave Trade abol., 1807. Is anything too hard for the Lord ? Go. 18. 14.] [liveth by the power of God, 2 Co. 13. 4.

the reflection that there is a City which hath foundations, whose 25 S Easter Day. Annunc. V. M. Crucified ihrough weakness, yet He Builder and Maker is God. No partings there. 26 Mi His name shall be called, The mighty God, Is. 9. 6.

3. This leads us to the future of the “sore longing.” And 27 T Thou hast given Him power over all flesh, Jo. 17. 2.

from indulgence in this we can derive only purest joy. If we 28 W J. Thomas d., 1870. Will also raise up us by His own power, have striven to do our duty in the earthly - father's house,” 29 T He is strong in power : not one faileth, Is. 10. 26. [1 Co. 6. 14. 30 F I am God Almighty: be fruitful, Gen. 35. 11.

we can look forward confidently to the “many mansions” of 31 S 1st bapt. Fuh-Chow, 1861. Ye shall be My sons and daughters, which Jesus has assured us. When Dives asks that a heavenly I saith the Lord Almighty, 2 Co. 6. 18 messenger may be sent to his “ father's house


entreaties to his five brethren, the request breathes uttermost

despair. He had not improved his sojourn among the beloved III.-Our Father's House.

familiarities of home, and it was now too late to repair evil "Trou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy

to kith and kin. Let us take warning and keep up animated father's house.”—Gen. xxxi. 30.

hope for the blessings which await all those who humbly labour S we reverently ponder the familiar histories of those for the glory of God. The cherished recollection of them will who lived and loved and died so long ago, we

lighten every trial and sweeten every duty. • The Father's come, now and again, to a tender touch of nature, House”; how refreshing it sounds, so full of fond memories, which sends a responsive thrill through the heart,

but not less full of joyous anticipations. We cannot tell what linking us all to the one grand Brotherhood. Here it will be like, but we know that, once safe within its portals, is such a little touch. A lonely exile, despite riches and pros

we shall be “ satisfied.” And what do we want more? How perity, Jacob "sore longed after his father's house." These many way-worn wanderers are sore longing" for the rest words may fall under many an eye that has wept for the same which remaineth. Though it tarry, wait for it; because it will cause, only without the possibility of Jacob's glad return. Let surely come, it will not tarry.

A. M. V. us think over these touching words, in the hope of being enabled to draw from them comfort and strength. We may consider

HALF AS MUCH AGAIN." them under three aspects—Past, Present, and Future.

AKE up the motto! Use your best endeavour, 1. As we reflect on that sore longing for home we naturally

Though it may cost you thought, and toil, ani pain; follow with warm sympathy the hundreds of devoted men and

Give this year for the cause of your dear Mas er, women who have given up every social delight in order to spread

For Jesus' sake, the “Half as Much Again”! the glad tidings from pole to pole. It is easy to speak, or to

How shall you do it? Syme must give more money; write, for the Mission cause, when our lot lies evidently near

Others, more effort still of hand and brain; hearth and home; but what must it be to leave, for uncertainty,

Ask God to tell you how you best may gather, all that the human soul holds most dear, and to give the latest

For Jesus' sake, this “ Half as Much Again”! word and the parting kiss to those whose hearts are well-nigh

Freely you have received, and freely given;

Efforis for God are never made in vain; breaking ! Ah, let us think very often of those lives of truest

Blessing, you shall be blessed. Give, then, right gla:lly, self-sacrifice. Let us believe that through our effectual fervent

For Jesus' sake, your “ Half as Much Again.” prayer many a bright angel may be sent forth on messages of




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