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bers by the death, on January 28th, of Mr. Arthur Lang,
he was judge for thirteen years), he was a hearty friend of the missionary cause; and from 1858 to within a week or two of his death he was a constant attendant at the C.M. House, serving on almost every sub-committee, and sometimes spending the greater part of the week in Salisbury Square. He was a whole-hearted, loving, and thoroughly happy Christian man, and devoted to the interests of the C.M.S. and the Bible Society. One of his sons is a Clerical Secretary of the C.M.S., and another, the Vicar of St. Benedict's, Cambridge, and Assistant Tutor at Corpus, is one of the Secretaries of the Cambridge C.M. Association.
Two venerable clerical friends of the Society have also been called away, viz., the Rev. Prebendary Charles Marshall, Rector of St. Bride's, whose face and voice were familiar to all who have attended the C.M.S. Annual Sermon at that church; and the Rev. Josiah Pratt, formerly Vicar of St. Stephen's, Coleman Street, and son of the Josiah Pratt who was one of the founders of the Society and Secretary for twenty-two years. Mr. Marshall was Tutor in the Church Missionary College under its first Principal, Mr. Pearson, half a century ago. Mr. Pratt's church, St. Stephen's, under his son and successor, the Rev. J. H. Pratt, stands first of all the City churches in its contributions to the C.M.S.
WE regret also to have to report the death, on January 20th, of the venerable Rev. C. L. Reichardt, Tutor at Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone, and latterly Acting Principal. He was a student of the Basle Seminary, and afterwards of the C. M. College, and having been ordained in 1849-50 by Bishop Blomfield, he went out to Tourah Bay; and there, with intervals in England, he laboured for tbirty years. He was a faithful and laborious missionary, and rendered essential service by his linguistic researches, especially by preparing a grammar and other works in the Foulah language.
ONE of the oldest C.M.S. Native clergy in India, the Rev. Daud Singh, has gone to his rest. He was tbe first Sikh ever received into the Church of Christ. He was baptized about 35 years ago by the Rev. W. H. Perkins, then S.P.G. missionary at Cawnpore. When the C.M.S. Punjab Mission was begun in 1851, he joined it as a lay agent. In 1851, he was ordained by Bishop Wilson. He was for many years pastor of the Native congregation at Amritsar, and latterly of the Christian village of Clarkabad, where he died on January 6th.
The rew Bishop of Sierra Leone will (D.V.) have been consecrated before this number appears, the day fixed being St. Matthias' Day, February 24th. We bespeak on his behalf the special intercessions of all our readers.
TaE late Mrs. Stanton, of Halesworth, was a warm friend of the C.V.S., and an untiring worker in its cause. Her annual missionary sale was begun when the Rev. V. J. Stanton first went to that town in 1863, when it produced £7. In October last it produced £144, and the total amount thus raised for the Society by her personal efforts during the twenty years was £2,108 108. 11d. Her husband has himseli given much larger sums than that; but valuable as these gifts have been, there is always a peculiar blessing attaching to an aggregate of small contributions collected by the influence of an earnest and loving heart. Friends like these, “whose hearts God has touched,” are the strength of the Church Missionary Society.
EARL CAIRNS presided at the annual meeting of the Bournemouth C.M.S. Association on January 15th. He said that some people attended a meeting like that, and gave in their guinea or half-guinea subscription, just as if they were paying a Christmas bill, doing something that bad to be done once a year, and peed not trouble them at any other time. With this he contrasted three objects which subscribers ought to have in view in attending. (1) To show that they considered Christ's last command, to make Him known to the heathen as a personal Saviour, just as binding
on us as any other commandment. (2) To hear what was being done with the money subscribed. (3) To testify their heart-felt sympathy with the missionaries in the field. His lordship concluded by appealing for “Half as much again.” The report of the Association, read by Canon P. F. Eliot, showed a total sum for the year of just over £500, an increase on the preceding year, and twice as much as it was three years ago.
THE Earl of Northbrook took the chair at the annual C.M.S. meeting at Micheldever on Sunday evening, January 21st. His lordship spoke of the good work done by the Society in India generally, and in the Punjab in particular. He said, “We are old friends and admirers of this Society. We have great confidence in it, and believe its work to be for the advantage of the world and for the real spread of Christianity through the world.”
On December 24th, at Christ Church, Faji, Lagos, Bishop Crowther admitted to deacon's orders two African lay agents of the C.M.S., Mr. Samuel Doherty, of Abeokuta, and Mr. Edward Buko, of Otta. At the same time the Rev. E. S. Willoughby (also an African), Curate of Breadfruit, received priest's orders. The Rev. James Johnson presented the candidates, and the Bishop preached on Acts xiii. 1–3.
We are glad to say that the new Nyanza party, the Revs. J. Hannington, R. P. Ashe, and C. E. Gordon, and Mr. C. Wise, with Mr. Stokes as conductor of the caravan, reached the south end of the Victoria Nyanza in October. Mr. Hannington's health bad somewhat improved, though he was still very weak. They went by a new route through Mirambo's country, and reached the Lake at a point some distance west of Kagei and Jordan's Nullah. Mr. Stokes has since returned to Zanzibar, accompanied by Mr. Copplestone, of Uyui, the latter being now relieved by the Rers. W. J. Edmonds and J. Blackburo.
THE Rev. F. A. Klein arrived at Cairo on December 16th. He was very kindly received by Miss Whately and her helpers, and has also been welcomed by Dean Butcher, the English chaplain, by the American Presbyterian missionaries, and by natives of Syria and Egypt whom he had formerly met in Palestive. He held his first Arabic services on January 14th and 21st in the hall of Mis: Whately's school; and there was a large attendance. “I am sure,” he writes, “ that the fact that there is here an open door for preaching the Gospel will be considered cheerful news by our friends at home.”
THE Decennial General Conference of Protestant Missionaries in India was beld at Calcutta from December 28th to January 3rd. The first of the kind was held at Allahabad at the end of 1872, and was attended by 136 missionaries, representing 19 societies. Its proceedings excited much attention, and the volume in which they were recorded has been a standard book of reerence ever since. The Calcutta Conference just held was attended by nearly 500 missionaries, and the debater, condensed reports of which have now reached this country, seem to have been very important. The subjects discussed were, Preaching to the Heathen, Sunday-schools, Native Agency, Promotion of Spiritual Life, Higher and Elementary Education, Work amongst Eoglish-speaking Hindus, Work amongst Mohammedans, Woman's Work in India, Self-support and Selfpropagation of Native Churches, Work amongst Aboriginal Tribes, the Press as a Mission Agency, and Medical Missions. The C.M.S. men who contributed papers were the Rovs. W. Hooper, A. Clifford, M. G. Gold. smith, T. P. Hughes, J. Caley, J. Cain, W. T. Satthianadhan, and Dr. E. Downes, but several others took an active share in the debates, including the Revs. Dr. Weitbrecht, W. R. Blackett, H. C. Squires, H. Stern, T. R. Wade, A. Stark, W. A. Roberts, Piari Mohan Rudra, &c. The Hon. Sir H. Ramsay, K.C.S.I., C.B., acted as chairman. The full Report, when it appears, will be a volume of great value.
THE accounts of the Eastbourne Juvenile C.M.S. Association show a total for the year of £193, a considerable increase on the preceding year. In the printed report, the good plan has been adopted of putting an asterisk against every missionary-box which has collected “half as much again.” We are glad to see several of these marks, and one in particular against the sum raised in the Boys' Sunday-school.
RECEIVED.-A Constant Reader, £10, "left behind by a beloved son lately deceased, which his mother wishes applied to the Egypt Mission Fund.” For Persia, “ Half as much again," 158. Also, for General Fund, E. H., 28. 6d.
THE CHURCH MISSIONARY GLEANER.
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THE OMNISCIENCE OF GOD.
1. Nu. 20.1--14. Lu.9, 1-28. E. Nu. 20. 14 to 21. 10, or 21. 10. 2 Cor. 11.
4. Nu. 22. Lu. 12. 35. E. Nu. 23 or 24. Gal. 5. 13.
selected. Anew the young man or maiden goes forth to an untried dwelling-place. In such a crisis, let us ask the wanderers'
Guide to make His way plain before our face. As time after April.
time we have to pass on further, let us look into His counte
nance ; let us listen for His voice. He can lead us into those 1 S 1st. aft. Easter. Thou God seest me, Gen. 16. 13.
scenes and societies which shall mould our character by subM. Nu. 16. 1-36. 1 Cor. 15. 1–29. E. Nu, 16.36, or 17.1–12. John 20, 21–30. 2 M He knoweth the secrets of the heart, Ps.44. 21.
duing our self-will. He is too pitiful to leave us in perplexity. 3 T H. Budd d., 1875. Knoweth the way of the righteous, Ps. 1. 6. 4 W Stanley's meeting with Mtesa, 1875. The king's heart is in the
What the unthinking might call " a fortuitous conjunction ” of 5 T I know thy works, Rev. 2. 2. [hand of the Lord, Pro. 21. 1.
circumstances will so re-assure us, that we shall go boldly 6 F He that formed the eye, shall He not see ? Ps. 94, 9.
forward in humble dependence on His evident indications. 78 His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the children of men, Pz. 11. 4. [shall be there perpetually, 1 K. 9. 3.
It seems as if the missionary could especially enter into these 8 S 2nd aft. Easter. Miss, Children's Home opened, 1853. Mine eyes
thoughts. Beneath what a variety of sheltering roofs has he
laid his weary head, before reaching the scene of his temporary
180 to 12. 14. 9 M Bapt. 1st Uganda convert, 1882. I know My sheep, Jc. 10. 14. service. He, of all men, must feel a stranger and a sojourner. 10 T. His eye seeth every precious thing, Job 28. 10. 11 W He knoweth our frame, Ps. 103. 14. [always upon it, Deu. 11.12.
And this sense of instability may well quicken his energies. 12 T C.M.S. established, 1799. The eyes of the Lord thy God are
Far from the haunts and homes of the fatherland, he must 13 F Freed Slaves bapt. E. Africa, 1879. I have seen thy tears, 2 K. 20.5. 14 S 1st Af, bapt. S. Leone, 1816. O Lord, Thou hast seen my wrong,
doubly need the sweet sureness of the Home above. This Lam. 3. 59.] [knowest it altogether, Ps. 139. 4.
leads us to the bright comforting thought, that when opprest 15 S 3rd aft. Easter. Not a word in my tongue, but Thou, O Lord,
with earth’s continual changes, we possess, even here, a lasting 16 M Search me, O God, and know my heart, Ps. 139. 23.
Habitation, an abiding Home, a most quiet Resting place. We 17 T His eyes as a flame of fire, Rev. 1. 14.
shall find it if we cry with one of old, “ Be Thou my strong 18 W Proclam. Sultan Zanzibar agst, slavery, 1876. I have heard their Habitation, whereunto I may continually resort.”
[cry by reason of their taskmasters, Ex, 3. 7. 19 T For I know their sorrows, Ex. 3. 7.
[Is, 57. 18.
Will not this suffice for all our longing ? Accessible in every 20 F1st bapt. Ningpo, 1851. I have seen his ways, and will heal him, time and place, our God vouchsafes to be to us, in very deed, a 21 S Waganda Envoys arr., 1880. Thou only knowest the hearts of all the children of men, 1 K. 8. 39.)
Home. Surely in the remembrance of such a Traveller's Rest
[15. 3. 22 S 4th aft. Easter. The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Pro.
there is calmness and assured confidence. Instead of repining M. Deu. 4. 1-23. Lu. 17.1–20. E. Deu. 4.23—41, or 5. Eph. 5. 22 to 6. 10. 23 M The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth,
over all the way whereby we have been led, let us resolve to 24 T. The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, 1 Pe. 3. 12. [2 Ch.16.9.
know no fixed Habitation save only the Lord, the Creator. 25 W St. Mark. He knoweth the way that I take, Job 23. 10.
Within His compassionate heart there is room for the sorrows 26 T 1st bapt. Kagoshima, 1879. The Lord knoweth them that are 27 F Knoweth them that trust in Him. Nah. 1.7. [His, 2 Tim. 2. 19.
and joys of a myriad of worlds: Let us turn to Him just where 28 S Lord, Thou knowest all things, Thou knowest that I love Thee,
And if in simplicity we thus turn, we may appropriate Jo. 21, 17.]
[Ps. 38.9. 29 S 5th aft. Easter. Rogation Sun. Lord, all my desire is before Thee,
this blessed promise, “Because thou hast made the Lord, which M. Deu. 6. Lu. 20. 27 to 21.5. E. Deu. 9 or 10. Col. 1. 21 to 2. 8.
is my refuge, even the Most High, thy Habitation, there shall a0 M C.MS. Ann. Serm. Your Father knoweth what things ye bave no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy [need of before ye ask Him, Matt. 6. 8.
dwelling.” Because we make Him our sunshine, He will also
be our shadow; and as we sit within in peace, let us not only MORE JERSEY BREEZES.
enjoy, but also impart. For to teach a human soul the secret
of true rest is better than to conquer worlds. The wise Solomon IV.-Our Habitation.
was called a Man of Rest. Let us try, God helping us, to “ Hath determined ... the bounds of their habitation.”—Acts xvii. 26. educate such men. But we shall try in vain, unless we abide
S we journey on safely, step by step, despite manifold ourselves within the safe shelter of the Father's love. His Spirit chances and changes, it is well to mount some
will guide us thither, for the sake of that dear Saviour who said, mental eminence from time to time, and cast a
Abide in Me. lingering look along the sacred way of God's pro
Shall we speak of the last earthly habitation of our frail bodies vidential guidance. Is not each stage marked by
.--the narrow home appointed for all living ? The fleshly tabera different habitation ? Very likely the first lesson that im nacle will rest well there, until it is called to rise and put on pressed us with the transitory nature of all things earthly was immortality. In that day we shall sing with the confidence of conveyed by the sudden breaking up of our earliest homestead. the redeemed, “ Lord, I have loved the Habitation of Thy House, Death, sickness, losses, and crosses, all seem to cut away the
and the place where Thine honour dwelleth.” A. M. V. foundations of our faith in human foresight. It is well when the heads of a stricken family can look up and cheer their anxious dependents. No strange thing has happened. 6. He
THE NEW EGYPT MISSION. marketh all our paths. Wherever He bids us pitch anew our
T is with much thankfulness that we report the moving tent, He will again meet with us as in past days. He is the
receipt of encouraging letters from the Rev. F. A. same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. To many the first rude
Klein, who reached Cairo with his family on wrench from scenes familiar comes when school-days must begin.
December 16th. Tho readers of the GLEANER will The loving mother well knows her brave boy will only return to
be glad to have some extracts from them. her as a visitor, and things can never be the same again. But Let us explain that of the population of Egypt about nineteento him novelty is charming, and it is only when lying quietly in twentieths, or 95 per cent., are Mohammedans. About onehis school-bed, or praying the prayer his mother taught him, twentieth are Copts. These Copts are the descendants of those that the dawning truth fills his young heart with loneliness hitherto Egyptians who became Christians in the early days of the unknown. Happy the child who has learnt, beneath the wing Church, and they are believed to be the purest representatives of fostering parents, to cling to his father's God, his mother's of the ancient Egyptian nation, with little of the Arab admixstrong Consolation. But youth flies, and a career must be ture which is largely found among the Moslems. The Coptic
Church has come down from the days of Origen and Athanasius,
THE REV. VIRAVAGU VEDHANAYAGAM. but it has not kept its purity. Like all the Eastern Churches, it is sadly corrupted in doctrine and degraded in practice, and
MONG the now numerous Native clergy of South it does nothing whatever to make known the Gospel to the
India (the Clergy List gives 127, viz., 88 C.M.S., Mohammedans. Missionary work ought not to be necessary
and 39 S.P.G.), no one is more respected than the where a Christian Church exists; but in this case it is necessary,
Rev. Viravagu Vedhanayagam, pastor of Vageikuif the light of the Gospel is to bo spread at all. Sixty years ago
lam, Tinnevelly, and Chairman of the North Tinnethe Church Missionary Society tried to wake up the Copts to velly Native Church Council. Many of the present pastors are fresh life (see GLEANER, September, 1882); now we hope Mr. the children of Native Christian parents, but Mr. Vedhanayagam Klein will be able to devote himself to thé Mohammedans. He was born a heathen. He belonged to the high Vellala caste, writes as follows:
which has, through the enlightening power of Divino grace, given December 19th, 1882.—Here we are at last in Cairo—our new home and many members to the Church of Christ. His conversion was field of labour — the city of luxurious eastern palaces and miserable indirectly a fruit of the work of a mission school. His brother tion since I saw it last, perhaps ten years ago. It is indeed the Paris of (also now a clergyman) went as a heathen boy to a C.M.S. the East. But how much there is of hollowness and vice below this
school, and there embraced the faith of Christ, but at first conbrilliant exterior!
cealed the fact. After the parents were dead, this young man On our arrival we were very glad to be welcomed at the station by Miss told his wife, two brothers, and sister; and through his influence Whately and the doctor of her dispensary. We have only had time they all became Christians. The little family circle has since hastily to look into part of Miss Wbately's schools; but even this was quite sufficient to convince us that she is doing a good work here, and
increased to more than fifty souls, all members of the Church. that her efforts are blessed by the Lord, and appreciated by the people.
The other brother is a merchant at Palamcotta. The sister, Most of my time is now constantly taken up by going about and looking after most faithful service to the Mission, died in 1873. at houses, and discussing this great question of the
Vedhanayagam was afterwards at Bishop day; and bere I again painfully feel that I am in
Corrie's Grammar School at Madras, and was the East and require a tenfold measure of patience ; after half an hour here may mean after three or
subsequently employed as a schoolmaster and four hours; the moroing extends to the evening;
catechist in the North Tinnevelly Mission, el yom (to-day) often means to-morrow; and bokra
under Ragland, D. Fenn, Meadows, and W. (to-morrow) in Arab parlance may mean any time
Gray. On Dec. 21st, 1859, he and twelve in the future.
other Tamil candidates (one of them being January 22nd, 1883.—We are now, thanks be to God, in our own home, camping somewhat like
W. T. Satthianadhan) were admitted to holy Bedouins till we get from Alexandria or procure
orders together by Bishop Dealtry of Madras, from here the necessary furniture; but still we
who wrote at the time, “Never since the feel at home.
time of the Apostles has a Christian Bishop Very soon after my arrival here I received various letters from Native friends at Alexandria
been privileged to take part in so solemn and and other places, expressing their pleasure on the
interesting a service." Native ordinations circumstance of our Society being about to begin a
were not so common then as they have Mission in Egypt, and congratulating me on having
become since. On the roll of C.M.S. Native come to this country in order to labour in this new
clergy from the beginning Mr. Vedhanayafield. Some of my former friends of Palestine, Arabs and proselytes, also an English soldier, who
gam stands No. 60; and the number is up had been educated at the Jerusalem school, I occa
to 310 now. The ceremony took place in sionally met in the street; they all seem to do well
the Rev. J. T. Tucker's large mission and to remember their benefactors with gratitude.
church at Paneivilei, and the sermon was Some Syrian friends also called on me, and I trust
THE REV. VIRAVAGU VEDHANAYAGAM, I may be able to look after our Protestants of Pastor of Vageikulam, and Chairman of
preached by the veteran Rev. John Thomas, Palestine, who have come or may yet come to
the North Tinnevelly Native Church Council. from the words, “ It is required in stewards Egypt, in order to find their livelihood here, and
that a man be found faithful.” And faithful make them feel that here also they have friends who take an interest in have those Tamil clergymen proved—not the least of them their welfare, and are ready to advise and assist them.
Viravagu Vedhanayagam. For twenty-three years he has On Sunday, the 14th, 1 held my first Arabic service in the large hall of Miss W bately's school-house, where I addressed the little audieoce on
laboured zealously and with manifest blessing in the same field Rom. i. 16, on the Gospel of Christ, as being not a mere code of doctrines,
of North Tinnevelly; and now there is no English missionary but a power, the power of God, alone able to renew and sanctify the there at all, but Mr. Vedhanayagam, as Chairman of the hearts and lives of individuals, and to regenerate nations. Last Sunday Church Council, superintends seven other Native clergymen and (21st) I had a large congregation of adults and children, most attentively listening to my address on the Parable of the Grain of Mustard Seed.
94 lay agents, who minister to more than 5,000 Tamil ChrisThe hall was full, and behind the curtain, which divides it into two parts,
tians scattered among 195 villages. there were a number of Native ladies and girls.
The Rev. R. R. Meadows, who has known Mr. Vedhanayagam Miss Whately and the medical missionary, a Syrian gentleman who for thirty years, writes of him : accompanied ber, are quite delighted with the opportunities they have found in some larger places up the Nile, of distributing copies of the
Though born a heathen, he has been for many years a tried servant
of Christ. Scriptures and tracts, and of preacbing the Word of God to Copts and
His consistency of conduct aod zeal for the Gospel are Moslems, and greatly encouraged me occasionally to go and see these
beyond all praise. His powers of organisation and ruling are consider
able. His manner towards both heathens and Christians is loving and people, who are most anxious to have schools opened for their children, judicious. Born of high caste parents, he endeavours to be an impartial and be themselves instructed in the Word of God. For the present, how
overseer over agents of other and lower parentage. He speaks and writes ever, I think it will be better for me to become more acquainted with
English with a creditable degree of fluency and correctness. Cairo and its population, and the opportunities offered here for preaching the Gospel, and to improve the opportunities for doing so in my immediate neighbourhood.
A Servant's Offering. When the appeal for funds for our Egyptian Mission meets with due IR,- I enclose four shillings worth of stamps for the Church Missionary response, which I have no doubt will be the case now there is such a Society; I am sorry I cannot send more, but I am only a servant. I general interest taken in Egypt by our Christian friends in England, I hope to send some more when I take my next quarter's money ; I hope daresay the Committee will be ready to extend the cords of the tent, and you will accept this small sum. I am almost ashamed to say this is the first open schools in some of the larger neighbouring villages, as centres of
time I have tried to help to send the Gospel to those who have never heard of evangelisation among the fellah population.
a Loving Saviour; as I have, I want to try and do all that I can for them. My wages is only seven pound a year.
“Ring the bell for the candles and for tea,” said her mother. “It's OVER THE WATER.
past our usual time already. You really should try to be more thoughtful, BY EVELYN R. GARRATT.
girls; it ought not to fall upon me to see after every little thing."
Beatrice rang the bell a little impatiently. After imagining herself to CHAPTER IV.-WAITING IN THE TWILIGHT.
be in the place of the heroine of her book all the afternoon, she found it UMMER with all its dazzling glories had departed, the difficult to settle down to commonplace life again, and to take a scolding
autumn tints bad also faded, and the leaves fallen, only a amicably. Ella, on the contrary, was of an extraordinarily placid temperafew still clung persistently to the brown branches. The ment, was seldom even ruffled, and found no difficulty in smiling, though days closed in early now, and the afternoons, which only a all the rest of the household might be frowning. Of the two, Mrs.
few weeks ago had been flooded with golden sunshine, Venning found Eila the most difficult to deal with; she never would turned cold and damp before the light had vanished.
acknowledge herself to be in the wrong, and by her smile and placid face Mrs. Venning had been into her district, and was now returning chilled made every one else appear to be so. both in body and soul. Her people disappointed her, and so did the It was with a weary sigh that Mrs. Venning left the room; these world in general; even her husband did not sympathise with her in the pretty daughters of hers lay very heavily on her heart. Two strong difficulties of the work as much as she had once hoped he would.
young lives, which might have been consecrated to her Master's service, “My dear,” he would exclaim, whenever she ventured to broach the to be wasted as they were ! Was it her fault? she wondered, as she took subject to him at dinner, "remember I've been among the sick and off her bonnet, and if so, why had she failed ? “It seems so strange," she dying all day, and want something to cheer, rather than to depress me thought to herself, “ that my children, of all others, should do so little, further. Pray leave your good women to take care of themselves for an and should keep clear of every meeting and good work. I know now hour or two."
they won't go to the missionary meeting on the 16th. Who's that, I Mrs. Venning rarely mentioned her district to her husband now, as she wonder ? " as she heard a hurried koock at the front door. "Ah, it is did not like the wet blanket he threw over her plans whenever she ven- Sasie Ogilvie's step; I wish I could persuade her to go to the meeting, tured to do so. It had pained her not a little at first,“ but,” she reasoned for then I know the girls would,” and Mrs. Venning began to pin on her to herself, " being a doctor, of course it is not likely he should care to cap, while her face became more hopeful. talk about what are such common sights to bim; there is some excuse for “I'm a pleasant surprise, I hope,” said Sasie, merrily, and rather out him, I suppose, but none that I can see for Ella and Beatrice, that they of breath, as after running upstairs hastily she entered the drawing-room. should care so little about their poorer neighbours. It is not as if they “The truth is that I had not intended coming in at all to-day, only I bad not been brought up to it, for ever since they were little children I wanted to escape from some one." have tried to inculcate in them the duty of parish work. Why, they have What a pretty picture she made, standing framed in the doorway, the taught in the Sunday-school ever since they were twelve years old, and firelight shining upon her! No one could have failed to admire her. “The though Beatrice was at first unwilling, and drew back from the work, I very one for Thy work," old Mr. North had said that summer afternoon iosisted upon her undertaking it. I'm sure I have done my best to make as his eyes bad fallen upon her; and had he seen her now, with her eager both the girls care for it.”
young face, which the cold air outside had tinged with a pretty colour, lookIt never struck Mrs. Venning that it would have been wiser for her to ing so strong and bright, I think he would have echoed his own words. have put before her girls that to work in God's vineyard should be looked Ella and Beatrice, who had been at home all the afternoon, buried in upon as a privilege rather than as an irksome duty, for what work can be their books, and were only too glad of the small excitement of a visit from pleasing in God's sight that is not done cheerfully and willingly for very Sasie Ogilvie, who was a favourite with most of the Inglesby girls, came love of Him? Will He indeed accept work given grudgingly ?
forward to welcome her and undo her cloak. But Sasie, instead of allowMrs. Venuing's house was in High Street, and possessed po gardening them to help her, hurried to the window, the blinds of which were either in front or behind, but the house itself was large, comfortable, and not yet drawn down, and looked out into the cold twilight. interesting in its old-fashioned interior. The long rather dark drawing- “Who is it you were escaping from ?” asked Ella, following her. room, with its carved ceiliog and many nooks and corners, looked cosy “Old Mr. North,” said Sasie, laughing. “Somehow I'm always enough on this first day of November as Mrs. Venning entered it.
running up against him when I particularly want to avoid him.” On each side of the fire-place, ensconced in easy-chairs, were her two “Mr. North, who is lodging at Mrs. Caston's !” exclaimed Beatrice. eldest daughters, both of them deep in their books. They were pretty, "What is there to object to in him? He's a little queer, it seems, but healthy-looking girls, though the expression of their faces could as yet apparently quite harmless. Why should you mind him ? ” scarcely be called either interesting or particularly intelligent. What "Simply because the only time I have ever spoken to him he asked me they might become, if roused to the consciousness of life's reality, re- questions which made me feel uncomfortable for days. But I shall have mained to be seen, but at present they were looked upon by the busy set to go and see him some day, I suppose, as I promised.” in Inglesby as empty-headed girls, shallow both in heart and brain, and “And you mean to put off the evil day as long as possible ? not of much use to the world in general.
“Yes—but,” added Sasie, her eyes getting accustomed to the twilight, This was man's way of lookiug upon Mrs. Venuing's two eldest - isn't that him, standing just opposite ?” daughters, forge ting that the most shallow and useless of the human Yes, there he was, bent and bowed, but looking towards the house race are included in the "all” for whom Christ died, and whose souls and where he thought he had seen his " bit of sunshine " enter, with his hand bodies cannot therefore be worthless in His sight.
as usual shading his eyes. Ah! he'd been hunting for his “ bit of sunElla looked up as her mother entered, and yawning, asked if it were not shine," this poor old man, ever since he had met Sasie in the churchyard very cold out of doors ? Wbile Beatrice only leant forward more eagerly on that summer afternoon, when the sun had streamed in all its wealth towards the fire, by the light of which she was reading.
of light upon her, causing him to shade his eyes as he looked after her. “Cold ! I should just think so,"answered Mrs. Venning, taking off her Though other things had faded from his mind since that afternoon, fur cloak; "a regular first of November. Reading by firelight again, Sasie, in all her sweet bright girlhood, was still fresh in his memory. Her Beatrice? When shall I be able to impress upon you girls the folly of face had haunted him day and night, and every footstep on the stairtrying your eyes in that way? The bell is close at hand, Bee; surely it is case had made him hope for the sight that his poor weak eyes longed for. not too much trouble to ring for the candles."
But as dass and weeks passed by, and the chair he had placed opposite “She doesn't even hear you, mother,” said Ella, laughing ; "she is his was still empty, and the pretty pictures and little kvick-knacks be far too engrossed in her book. Happy girl, to be able to escape from this fancied would amuse her remained where he had put them, a fear arose dull little Inglesby in that fashion."
in his heart lest the “bit of sunshine” had been nothing more than a “Stupid book!” exclaimed Beatrice, suddenly shutting it up, and delusion on his part. And yet how often he imagined he caught sight of throwing it impatiently away; "it ends just as every other-nothing new her bright hair and lithe figure in his walks ! about it whatever."
Once he thought he had seen her only a few feet in front of him as he