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JUNE, 1883.


N. 1 Sam. 12. Acts 2. 1-22. E. 1 Sam. 13, or Ruth 1. 1 Pet. 2. 11 to 3. 8.


3. The Reserve Funds, without which the Society's work

could not be carried on at all (it would take too much space to N. M. 5th .... 6.13 a.m.

F. M. 20th.... 4.32 p.m.

June. F. Qr. 12th.... 2.42 p.m.

explain why here), and which successive deficits had reduced in L. Qr. 27th.... 7.88 p.m.

1879 to £43,000, have risen in the last four years to £84,000.

4. Outside all these stands the Extension Fund, started in 1 F Where shall wisdom be found ? Job. 28. 12. 28 The Lord possessed me in the beginning of His way, before His

1880, to which has been contributed, in less than three years,

(works of old, Pro. 8. 22. the large sum of £26,211. 3 S 2nd aft. Trin. I was set up from everlasting, Pro. 8. 23. 11. Judg. 4, John 14. E. Judg. 5, or 6. 11. Heb. 10. 1--19.

All this is indeed encouraging. But we must add that the 4 M 1st bapt. at Tokio, 1876. In the wisdom of God, the world by Expenditure is growing much faster than the Income. It sprang

[wisdom knew not God, 1 Co. 1. 21. 5 T 1st C.M.3. Miss. landed Calcutta, 1816. There is no wisdom nor

up £12,000 in the past year, and will be much higher again in [understanding nor counsel against the Lord, Pro. 21. 30. the current year; and unless there should again be a great 6 W The only wise God, 1 Ti. 1. 17. [sight wisdom, Ecc. 2. 26.

advance in the contributions, the Reserve Funds will have to be 7 T Gen. Lake d., 1877. God giveth to a man that is good in His 8 F ' 8. Venn' str. entered Niger, 1878. He led them forth by the

largely drawn upon. But our readers will ask, What about the 98 He is wise in heart, Job. 9. 4.

[right way, Ps. 107. 7. “ Half as Much Again"? The Report says :

[hast Thou made them all, Ps. 104. 24. 10 S 3rd aft, Trin. O Lord, how manifold are Thy works! in wisdom

The Committee are quite unable to ascertain what it has produced. It M. 1 Sam. 2. 1-27. John 19.1--25. E. I Sam. 3, or 4.1-19. Jam. 2.

has unquestionably been responded to by a great number of individuals, 11 M St. Barnabas. S. Crowther ord., '43. Thou shalt guide me with Thy whose hearts God has touched ; but in probably the large majority of 12 T He giveth wisdom unto the wise, Dan. 2. 21. [conneel, Ps. 73, 24,

cases there are no means of tracing the response. If a little child puts 13 W He hath established the world by His wisdom, Jer. 10. 12. 14 T Persia Miss. adopt., '75. I will lead them in paths that they have

three-halfpence into its missionary box instead of a penny-as is known 15 F Counsel is Mine and sound wisdom, Pro.8.14. (not known, 18.42.16.

to have been done by many-how can that be registered ? Nor would 168 The foolishness of God is wiser than men, 1 Co. 1. 25.

that missionary box then give "half as much again” unless every separate

[very deep, Ps. 92. 5. contributor did the like. It might be thought that Annual Subscriptions 17|S 4th aft. Trin. Adjai brought to S. Leone, 1822. Thy thoughts are alone, if increased fifty per cent., would effect a large augmentation in the

income; yet if every annual subscriber in the kingdom gave “ half as 18 M Adm. Prevost at Metlakahtla, 1878. Let the counsel of the Holy

(One draw nigh, Is. 5. 19.

much again,” the whole increase would not exceed £20,000. The great 19T The Lord of Hosts is wonderful in counsel and excellent in work.

variety in the sources of income bas to be remembered; and to obtain the 20 W Queen's Accn. By Me kings reign, Pro. 8. 15. [ing, Is. 28. 29. £300,000 mentioned by the Bishop of Ossory, pot only Subscriptions, but 21 T The Child grew,...filled with wisdom, Lu, 2. 40.

Benefactions, Church Collections, Boxes, Cards, Sales of Work, &c., &c., 22 F Whence hath this Man this wisdom ? Matt. 13. 54. [Is. 11. 2, and even Legacies, would have to be “half as much again.” Looking at 23 S The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom, the actual circumstances of the case, therefore, the Committee see no

[wisdom of God, 1 Co. 1. 24. reason for discouragement because the result of Mr. Bickersteth's appeal 24 S 5th aft. Trin. St. John Bapt. Christ the power of God, and the

is not more apparent. They doubt not that the many considerable N. 1 Sam. 15. 1-24, or Mai. 3. 1-7. Matt. 3. E. 1 Sam. 16 or 17, or Mal. 4.

(Matt. 14. 1-13. increases in the returns from Associations are in fact due to it, and that 25 M In Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom, Col. 2. 3.

it has been blessed of God to deepen in thousands of hearts a sense of the 26 T His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Is. 9.6. [3.28. greatness of the cause and a desire to help it on; and thev coofidently 27 W Ld. Lawrence d., '79. They saw the wisdom of God was in him,1K,

anticipate that the appeal will continue to exercise a real influence upon 28 T How unsearchable are His judgments, Ro. 11.33. [ 1 Ch. 22. 12. 29 F St. Peter. Bp. Crowther cons., '64. The Lord give thee wisdom,

the hearts of the Society's friends, the result of which will appear in 30 S O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of

future years. [God! Ro. 11, 33.

A few lines, as usual, about the Anniversary itself. Of Canon THE SOCIETY'S ANNIVERSARY.

Tristram's magnificent sermon at St. Bride's—a sermon certainly

not surpassed, if equalled, by any one of the fourteen which NOTHER Anniversary has come and gone. Another the present writer has heard there—we give a brief account on

Annual Report has been presented; and another another page; and we will only here add that it was good to of the Society's years is already some weeks old. see in the vast congregation many hundreds of younger men The Report this year began with a bright word. and women. Gray heads were in a minority at that wonderful

It opened with this sentence—-"A joyful and a Monday evening service. This is a fact full of hope for the pleasant thing it is to be thankful." We cannot here give all Society and its great work. the facts that justified this expression, and a good many of them Exeter Hall seemed, if possible, fuller than ever on Tuesday, have been mentioned in the GLEANER already; but our readers and the new Archbishop of Canterbury ascended the platform will like to hear a little about the funds.

and took the chair amid immense cheering. He was accompanied The Ordinary Income of the year was £200,402. Besides by the Earl of Chichester (President), Earl Cairns, the Bishops this, £6,037 was contributed to the Extension Fund; various of Norwich, Gloucester and Bristol, Rochester, Liverpool, Calcutta, Special Funds brought in £13,335; and there were "extra- Antigua, Saskatchewan, and Bishops Alford and Ryan. His ordinary receipts,” from certain sales of property, &c., £5,457. Grace's own speech, which followed the reading of the Report, was Total, £225,231 ; besides the £72,193 Stock for China and an appeal for greater energy in the attack upon the more cultivated Japan from Mr. W. C. Jones. The Ordinary Expenditure was sections of heathendom. It was true, he said, that St. Paul had £202,128; in addition to which £4,063 was drawn from the acknowledged that “not many wise men after the flesh, not Extension Fund, and £9,293 spent in connection with various many mighty, not many noble, are called "; but, he asked, did Special Funds. The Committee point out four grounds of thank. not St. Paul long and yearn nevertheless for the souls of the wise fulness to God suggested by an examination of these figures :- and the noble and mighty ? and ought we not to try and save

1. The Ordinary Income is nearly £10,000 above that of the them too, as well as the poor and the weak ? and do we not want previous year. The Local Associations throughout the country learned and cultivated men, graduates of our Universities, for have sent up £5,070 more. Brighton, Birmingham, Bristol, such a work as that ? Nothing could have been more approHampstead, Norwich, show particular advance.

priate than what followed. After a short but hearty speech 2. Comparing the average Ordinary Income ten years ago and from Lord Cairns, the first missionary to address the meeting now, namely 1869-73 and 1879-83, we find an advance from was an Oxford graduate, whose special work in India had been £149,180 to £192,641. That is, we are receiving now £43,000 to deal with the educated high-caste Hindus, the Rev. A. W. a-year more than we did ten years ago.

Poole of Masulipatam. No doubt we do need the Archbishop's

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reminder that the Brahmin priest and the Buddhist philosopher you," he exclaimed, “ for letting us keep Lucknow!"-alluding have souls to be won as well as the uncivilised negro and the to the proposal three or four years ago to withdraw from that simple Red Indian ; but Mr. Poole, both in his own person and city, and the subsequent resolution to continue the Mission. in his most admirable speech (quite the best speech of the day), The Rev. Henry Newton, of Ceylon, is well-known among our showed that the Church Missionary Society has not neglected friends for his capital speeches; and on this occasion he did this higher and harder sphere of work altogether. He described exactly what was wanted-applied the lessons of the meeting, how Robert Noble, forty years ago, gathered the proud Brahmin urging the active promotion of juvenile associations, the holding youths in his college, and taught them patiently day by day; and of quarterly meetings, the circulation of the GLEANER, and efforts how from that one college had come some twenty-five converts, this year to get "half as many again” of subscribers. The influential Hindu gentlemen, besides the wives and families of Bishop of Saskatchewan and the Rev. E. Lombe, who were the several of them :

two last speakers, are always welcome and always telling. Mr.

Lombe delivered a thorough-going “C.M.S.” speech, bringing It was Robert Noble's aim so to reach men of power among the natives that they should be the pillars of the Native Church when he had passed

out illustration after illustration of God's favour to the Society away. In this view it is impossible to over-estimate the importance of

in past years, and calling for more prayer and more work. these conversions, whose number seems so small. Exactly opposite to The C.M.S. is the only Society that fills Exeter Hall twice, the Noble School there stands the Native court-house. The judge, who with two very different audiences, on one day. Very few friends daily administers impartial justice in the name of the British Government in that court-house, is a converted Brahmin from the School. The

come to both the great meetings; and those who only come in magistrate in the adjoining district is another; the minister of the Native the morning miss a remarkable sight—an assemblage of practical congregation and missionary in charge of the district of Masulipatam is workers, Sunday-school teachers, collectors, &c., who attend, not another; two of the head-masters of our Anglo-Vernacular schools and to see Earls and Bishops, but to hear missionary speeches. The seven assistant-masters in those schools

Bishop of Ballarat, who formerly, are all men brought to the knowledge of God in the Noble High School of

as Samuel Thornton, of BirmingMasulipatam. One of them edits the

ham, was well-known and highly Native Christian magazine. All our

popular as a speaker, presided translating, writing, teaching, guiding

this time; and he was followed by and directing the work of the Native

the Home Secretary of the Society, Church, is in the hands of that small but steadfast community. Therefore,

the Rev. Henry Sutton, who did I repeat, judging not by their numbers,

not read a report, but spoke one but by their importance, it is impos

-a much more attractive method, sible to thank God too much for the

at least when he is the spokesblessing which He bas vouchsafed to the work of the Noble High School.

man! Then came two missionWe find that wherever the district

aries, Dr. Downes of Kashmir, in missionary goes, if he meets with a

the far north of India, and the pupil of the School, there he has a

Rev. W. J. Richards of Travanfriend made ready to hand, if nothing

core, in the far south : the former And no language of mine can convey to this meeting an idea of the

telling of seed-sowing but no fruit numberless cases which have been

yet, and the latter of an abundant brought under our personal notice of

harvest, a Native church with secret disciples, of men convinced in

20,000 members. Mr. Henry beart, but still unable to throw off the shackles of their iron bondage.

Morris, an active member of the

Committee, and formerly a magisMr. Poole also described his

trate in India, closed with an im. lectures to the high-casto English

pressive exhortation to all present speaking Hindus :

to join in more prayer and more It was our custom in Masulipatam

effort for the great cause. to have Sunday morning lectures on Christianity attended by 200 or 300 intelligent hearers. Of course this provoked opposition, and after my first lecture a Native barrister advertised a rival lecture for the following Saturday. In a clever speech he

THE STORY OF THE NEW ZEALAND MISSION. discarded all“ book revelations.” The next day (Sunday) bis Chairman By the Author of " England's Daybreak," " The Good News in (a Hindu gentleman, not a Christian) presided for me, and said with

Africa,$c. much earnestness : “I wish to take this opportunity of saying that I entirely disagree with the lecture of yesterday. Christianity has its

VI. Bible, Mohammedanism its Koran, the Hindus their Vedas. It is not

HE position of the Church of Christ was vividly for us to say that all are alike false, but to read and search in order to

foretold by the sacred and loyal poet of the know which is the true revela ion of God." He concluded with the

Hebrews : "“ As the lily among thorns, so is my wonderfully pathetic and solemn words : “My friends, we devote far too much time to the consideration of things of this life. Let us devote a

love among the daughters." It does one's whole little more to the things of eternity.” At the end of the course of

heart good to turn from the contemplation of such lectures, filteen or twenty persons were found willing and eager to join a horrors as those recorded in the pages of last month's GLEANER, class for the study of God's Word.

-to the story of the holy, faithful, and loving work perseveringly After a short speech from the venerable Rev. Sydney Gedge, carried on in the very midst of it by our missionaries

, and who spoke with a power wonderful for an octogenarian, and who those of our Wesleyan bretheren. Persecuted indeed they were, had known the present Archbishop when he was a schoolboy, “but not forsaken ; cast down, but not destroyed.” the Bishop of Calcutta rose. He had only arrived in England a A deep conviction was gaining ground amongst them, that few days before. In a very animated and animating address, he direct evangelistic efforts must go before any general attempts spoke of what he had himself seen of the Society's work in India, to improve the social and moral standing of the people. About of the Bheel Mission and the Gônd Mission, and Tinnevelly this time they established regular prayer-meetings amongst (especially the Sarah Tucker Institution), and Travancore, and themselves, and from this they dated the first evident tokens of Amritsar, and Peshawar, and Allahabad, and Lucknow. “Thank improvement amongst the natives, and the

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In August, 1823, they were cheered by another visit from Mr. Marsden, bringing with him further helpers, the Rev. Henry Williams, with his wife and family, and Mr. Fairburn, a mechanic. Mr. Henry Williams was one of those good gifts of God to His tried and weary servants, who seem to be sent in the hour of need, as a manifest proof that their work is of God, and that He is able as well as willing to provide the right man for the time and place. He had seen something of the rougher passages of life before bis ordination, having been a lieutenant in the Navy. He and his brother, who joined him not long after, had both dedicated themselves to their Heavenly Master with a whole-heartedness which knew how to rejoice that they were counted worthy to suffer for His sake; and to the needful grace from above they added no common capacity for the difficult parts assigned to them—a cool intrepidity which never flinched in danger, and a practical self-help which commanded the respect of those who could appreciate common sense, though they understood not the value of a Christian life. Of Mrs. Henry Williams, we

PROCESS OF TATTOOING, NEW ZEALAND. need only say that she was a true help-meet for such a husband. She had counted the cost of the stormy lot before her, and her premises until he left; and even with all their vigilance, ropes, very presence seemed to bring sunshine with it for those under brooms, tools, knives, blankets, and wearing apparel were her influence.

constantly disappearing. An iron pot, the pendulum of the clock, Strengthened by these additions to their forces, Mr. Marsden part of the stove, and even books and papers were run off with. determined to found a new station on the south side of the Miss Tucker somewhat quaintly tells us that, “Two volumes Bay of Islands, in a beautiful spot at Paihia. About 300 acres of Milner's Church History' met with a fate little anticipated by of level ground were sheltered by an amphitheatre of wooded their writer, of being converted into New Zealand cartridges ! and fern-clad hills, whilst a hard sandy beach in front led down Want of proper food became a ial at Paihia as it had been to the sea.

Three small rocky islands, mantled with foliage, elsewhere. There was an abundance of pigs and potatoes all stood near the shore, greatly adding to the beauty of the pro- around, but these were only to be had in exchange for ammuspect, while protecting the landing-place from the violence of the nition, and at one time the only animal food they could get was waves. Here then they set to work; ranges of houses (made American salt beef, absolutely uneatable by any who had not the of rushes) were hastily constructed for their own homes, and strongest constitutions. Their turkeys and fowls had all been the protection of their supplies ; native labourers were employed carried off. At another, they were reduced to a supply of flour to help clear the ground, and fence in enclosures for planting several years old, and so musty and offensive that they could and their cattle ; crops were sown, and boys and girls taken into scarcely keep it in the house. The produce of their gardens and the family for training.

fields had been wantonly destroyed by the natives. Nor were So far, all seemed hopeful, but the newcomers were not to their goods always quietly removed. On various occasions the escape the peculiar trials and difficulties which had beset their neighbouring chiefs came with bodies of armed men to seize all brethren both at Rangi-hona and Keri-keri. The favourable they could get. With loud and angry voices, uttering wild impression made at first starting upon the natives wore off, threats as to what they would do if their demand were not comand they also began to assume an insolent bearing in their plied with, they required admittance, showering furious blows dealings with the white men, and to betray their thieving pro- upon the fencing, and often leaping it and forcing their way ir, pensities. Very fond of visiting the station, they seemed to while they brandished their spears and batchets with savage coret whatever they set eyes on, quite apart from the question gesticulations. There was no part of their slight dwelling to of whether it would actually be of use to them or not, and the which Mrs. Williams and her four helpless little ones could ample folds of the large vests in which they were gracefully retire for safety. It was then that her husband's dauntless enveloped afforded easy concealment of the articles

which courage and cool self-possession proved, humanly speaking, the they laid hands. The missionaries soon found they must watch protection of his family. He met the invaders unarmed, even every single visitor unceasingly, from the time he entered their with a stick, and after reasoning with and protesting against their cowardice in thus attacking the defenceless, ordered his



OVER THE WATER. workmen, both European and native, to turn them out. His

BY EVELYN R. GARRATT. men, like their master, were entirely weaponless, but after some struggle they invariably succeeded in overcoming and getting rid


T was with a beating heart that Sasie Ogilvie made her way to As this happened on several occasions, Mr. Williams at last

Mr. North's room the following day. Mrs. Caston shook determined upon more decisive measures. He sent to the

her head ominously in reply to Sasie's question as to how leaders, saying that if the stolen goods were not restored within

her lodger was. three days, and a stop put to the marauders, he should not

“The doctor he's just been, miss, and he don't think much remain at Paibia, but remove to a better neighbourhood. This

of him, I fear. It seems to me, miss, as if he was slowly sinking, do strength, had the desired effect: the property was restored, and from that

no appetite, no nothing, and he wanders that much that it makes me feel time the Mission premises were left comparatively unmolested.

quite bad. It would be a mercy if he was taken, as I said to my husband But the difficulty of procuring proper food remained, and

this morning. It isn't, you see, miss, as if he'd any near relatives to needed the adoption of some other remedy. It had long been mourn his loss, but he's just one alone, as you may say; and between you felt that the possession of a small vessel by the missionary band, and me, miss, I hope for all of our sakes his illuess won't be a lingering which could bring supplies from Port Jackson, and facilitate

one, for it is almost more than I can manage. Jessie and I have to be communication between the stations, would be most desirable. always running in and out to see how he fares, poor old gentleman, and But the Society's money could not be spared for the purchase of what with the shop and my home duties I don't know which way to such a ship, and to build one without a dock or shipwrights turn." seemed a despairing project. Mr. Williams, however, was not “May I see him ? " asked Sasie, but even now she half hoped that Mrs. to be daunted. We have said that he had been in the Navy, and Caston would say he had better be kept quiet, as she dreaded the interview; that Mr. W. Hall, one of the first brave pioneer band, had some but Mrs. Caston immediately began to lead the way upstairs, saying, knowledge of ship carpentering. Between these two, assisted by Come up, by all means, miss; he don't have many people to see him. their two mechanics and some native workmen, the keel of their Mr. Lancaster is about the most regular visitor that he has." vessel was laid in July, 1824, and after eighteen months' hard The blind was half-way down and the fire low when they entered, so labour it was completed, of 55 tons burden; “small enough to that Sasie found it difficult at first to distinguish the different objects in run up the many creeks and rivers of the Islands, and large the room ; but when her eyes grew accustomed to the light, she saw ber enough to cross the ocean to Port Jackson.” One can imagine the old friend lying with closed eyes on a couch by the window. interest and excitement of the launching, which took place January “Here's a young lady come to see you, sir--Miss Ogilvie," said Mrs. 24th, 1826. A thousand natives, in their picturesque costumes, Caston, bending over him, and then, as his eyes slowly opened, she put a assembled to witness it; the sea seemed alive with numberless chair for Sasie, and left the room, but Sasie knelt down by the sofa and canoes, and boats from the whaling ships in the bay, and the put her hand on his, without speaking; she felt she could not speak. little Herald herself was gaily decorated with flags. The Mr. North's eyes roamed over her face, but there was no sign of recoggood missionary's heart beat fast with hope and anxiety as the nition on bis part. stays were knocked away, and the object of so many prayers “Too late," thought Sasie, sorrowfully. “I can give him no pleasure and efforts glided smoothly and beautifully into the water. It now; he does not even know me.” seemed a gracious token of future blessing, that as they stood “I am Sasie,” she said softly; " Sasie Ogilvie ; don't you remember in for Port Jackson, which was their first destination, they met Mr. Marsden on his way to Paihia, with the Rev. W. Williams, “Sasie ? where have I heard that name ? Sasie ? ah ! but no, it can't our hero's brother both by kinship and in the work. Together be her—too dark a place for her. No sunshine, or birds, or flowers.” they joyfully returned to their station, and arriving on Easter Then shutting his eyes he murmured—"Birds over the water, Gracie, Evo, March 26th, were gladdened the following day by the and flowers,—and souls, did you say ? eh, eh, and souls !” brightest services and largest congregations that had ever yet Sasie sat by with trembling lips and dimmed eyes, stroking his hand. rejoiced their hearts.

Suddenly he opened his eyes again. It is a significant fact, that the Brompton, in which Mr. “Sasie, did you say? Nay, but the sunshine and the birds, and the Marsden returned, was unfortunately wrecked by going on the pretty hair; it's too dark for that, she can't be here." reef wbich now bears its name. It sailed on the Sabbath, which A thought struck Sasie. Rising from her seat she softly drew up the both surprised and alarmed several chiefs who were on board.

blind. The winter sun struggling through the clouds shone down upon They said, “You have taught us not to sail our canoes on the

her bright hair and girlish face as she stood a moment before him. sacred day. Your God has ordered the ship to rest, then let

A strange smile flitted across the old man's face as he shaded his eyes it rest; if your God be like the New Zealand god, He will kill

with his hand and looked at her. the ship; if your ship should die, you must not blame our god

“ Thank God!” he murmured. “It is my little bit of sunshine." for killing it.” The kindness of the natives into whose hands

Sasie did not know how long she stayed in that room, but finally left they fell, both to the shipwrecked veteran missionary and his

him in a quiet sleep, with the bunch of violets which she had brought companions, was however, overruled of God to the furtherance

him in his hand. of the work.

The doctor pronounced Mr. North better the following day. Sasie went regularly to see him after this; no trouble seemed too great for

her to take for him. Her music and reading societies were no longer A Hindu Mother's Influence.

her first thought, although she by no means neglected them.

Her family felt the difference. classes in India is painfully illustrated in many cases. Of such is the following: An educated Hindu gentleman in good practice at Mîrat

“The change won't last long,” remarked Mildred, laughing, “Sasie as a homeopathic doctor, after being a sincere seeker after truth for ten years, will soon grow weary of reading to old Mr. North every day, just as ever since he was a student in the C.M.S. Cathedral Mission College at she gets tired of every other hobby; but it is certainly a blessing to her Calcutta, was at length fully convinced that Christ was the one only Saviour for him, but several times drew back from baptism in consequence of the bitter family that she finds more time to be of use than she did.” For Sasie, opposition and distress of his mother. At last, during her absence on a visit, having found that it was possible to break through the rules she had he made up his mind to take up the cross boldly; but the very day before his intended baptism, of which she had heard by telegraph, she came back, and

made for herself as to time, without breaking the rules of her societies, again her lamentations prevailed. But though he yielded, his di-tress was so

was more at liberty to do what she was wanted for than formerly; great that he gave up his practice, and went right away to Kashmir.

in fact her societies fell into their proper places. Old Mr. Norih was

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quite unconsciously helping her to think more of others, and to be ready address commenced Sasie slipped out, and slowly wended her way homeand willing to go out of her way to help them. He was, in fact, giving wards. How she longed for help! Should she go round by Nona's house, Sasie her first taste of the great joy of doing kindnesses.

wait there till she returned, and ask her advice ? It was pleasant to see the old worn face light up at the sight of her, and But no, her very love for Nona made her feel a little shy of her. Then to find that after all she was of some use in the world. And though some- the thought of old Mr. North crossed her mind. Could he help her ? times she felt more inclined to go for a walk with Mildred, or to run Sasie felt intuitively that he would at least understand and sympathise in for a chat with Nona, than to spend an hour with the old man, she with her, so she turned in the direction of Mrs. Caston's house. found it easier day by day to give up her own will and pleasure for his sake. There was one thing, however, which she could not make up her mind

CONVERSIONS IN CEYLON. to do, even though she knew how much pleasure it would give him.

T has pleased God during the past year to call out to His When Mrs. Venning had broached the subject of the missionary meet

faith and service no less than eight young students in ing to her, on the afternoon of the day on which Mr. North was

Trinity College, Kandy, Ceylon. Of five of these, who taken ill, Sasie had shaken her head playfully, declaring that nothing in

came out nearly together just at the close of the year, the the world would induce her to try another. She had been once and did

Principal, the Rev. J. G. Garrett, writes :not like it, why should she go again ? But here was old Mr. North

The whole five boys are the ones I would have pointed out as the taking for granted that she was going, and quite looking forward to the least likely to be influenced of all our flock. The wildest of all was made day, feeling sure Sasie would be able to tell him all about it.

a chief instrument in leading two of the others to confess the name of “Sasie,” he said one afternoon, just as she was preparing to leave

Jesus; after first being seized by the hair, and getting twelve black weals bim, “will you run in after the meeting to tell me about it?"

from his father's stick on the back, for “disgraciog him and his people

and his nation by forsaking Buddhism.” And strange to say the father's "It is to-morrow afternoon, is it not ?" asked Sasie, in order to avoid

anger was in the first instance roused and kindled against him by these answering.

very two of his class-fellows who afterwards were won by his holy con“Yes, at three o'clock. I hope we shall hear that God's work has been versation. The other two, making up the five, were the very head boys prospering."

in our College class. Their conversion has caused a good deal of surprise Sasie was busy buttoning her gloves, and remained silent, hoping that

among their friends, their fathers being in each case most determined

Buddhists in their own districts, very distant parts of the island from in some way or other she would be able to escape the meeting without here. Of one of them, I read in a local paper a few days ago, that in disappointing Mr. North.

a large meeting near his father's village, wbere he had gone for the “You will bring me news how much there is in my missionary box, holidays, " he boldly confessed and declared to his kith and kin what the won't you ? Jessie tells me that all the boxes are to be sent into the

Lord had done for his soul. The thrilling account of his conversion, and Rectory to-day. Good-bye, my dear, you will come again soon ? "

his earnest appeal to the audience, were listened to with rapt attention.

The young man is subject at present to his father's frown, which means As Sasie wended her way homewards the missionary meeting engaged to him heavy worldly loss; but he has learned to deny the world for her thoughts. Could she possibly get out of going without telling her Christ's sake." old friend ? But no–he was certain to ask her about it, and she could The Rev. E. M. Griffiths, of Jaffna, in the extreme north of the island, not tell him anything but the truth. And, after all, was there anything writes of the conversion of two Tamil gentlemen of good position, one 80 very dreadful about a missionary meeting that she should not go ? It of them beiog an official in the local court, and the other having been was true that she bad felt very sleepy the only time she had been to one,

the hereditary manager of a famous Hindu temple. Both have had to and tired of sitting still for so long, but surely she could bear with that

undergo severe domestic persecution for Christ's sake. Of the latter for a short time, if by so doing she would be giving pleasure.

he writes :But then how surprised people would be to see her at a missionary

He attributes his conversion to early impressions of the truth, received meeting. She could imagine the Vennings raising their eyebrows when in the Mission School some thirty years ago, and to these impressions they heard of it. “Sasie Ogilvie at the missionary meeting !”

being revived by the persevering and prayerful efforts of the catechist. But what did it matter if they did ?

He had the opposition of his wife and a large circle of hear hen friends to So reasoned Sasie with herself, and finally decided that she would go,

withstand. The catechist visited him frequently during this struggle, and despite her friends' remarks and the probable dulness of the meeting.

he often found him quietly reading his Bible in solitude. A public ceremony Sasie was not sorry when the following day, just as she was about to get

was performed in the temple over which he was manager only a few days

after his conversion. On missing him from the temple for the first time ready for the meeting, callers were announced; she did not care about his relatives were very angry. The wife kept at home, and wept as one being early, as she wanted to be able to slip in and out as she felt inclined who bad lost her husband. Devil-dancers, on the other hand, uttered without being noticed, but the visitors having gone, she hurried on her curses, and predicted an ill-fate to him within a certain time. But, bat and jacket, and set out.

thanks be to God, no attempts of wbatever kind on the part of the great She found that the cbairman's address and the reading of the report

adversary moved him from the faith. He was enabled with great

fortitude and patience to endure the trial. All this bas bad a good effect were over, but that the first speaker had only just commenced.

upon the wife. She acknowledges the wonderful power of the Word of It must be confessed that for the first few minutes Sasie did not attend God, and though a bitter enemy a few months ago, she will now calmly to what he was saying, being engaged in looking round the room to see listen to the Scriptures being read by her husband; and a short time which of her friends were there, and catching sight of Nona's bonnet

ago, when the colporteur was passing with books, she bought a copy of a few rows in front of her, a great many pleasant thoughts and fancies

St. John's Gospel for her servant, that by reading it he might become,

she said, " as good as her husband.” flitted across her mind. But the missionary, warming with his subject, at last caught her attention. There was something in his words and way of speaking that interested her-something in the history of his zealous

“Gospel Trophies.” and persevering labours under the countless discouragements he had had

To the Editor. to undergo that sent a thrill of admiration through her, and convinced EAR SIR,-In the interesting account, under the above heading, of her that this brave soldier in God's army believed in and loved his Captain

“Old Asirvatham, of Surandei," in the May number of the GLEANER, with his whole heart. His post was no easy one to fill, and seeing so

there is one slight inaccuracy, which you wil, perhaps, kindly allow me

to rectify. It is qui e correct that he was prepared for baptism by the late little apparent result of his labours would have disheartened many a Rev. David Fenn, but he was actually baptized by myself, shortly after I had weaker man; but his faith in God and his intense love for souls sup

assumed temporary charge of the mission district of Surandei, in the year 1861. ported bim, and he spoke with an enthusiasm that found its echo in

I always regarded him as a sincere and humble-minded Christian; and I

need hardly add that I rejoice to hear, on the testimony of the Rev. Sasie's heart.

uviseshamuttu Swamidasen, that the end of th s good man's life was so The close of this speech was unheard by Sasie. Her heart was filled thoroughly in accordance with the beginning of his Christian career.

H. DIXON, with a great longing to know and love this brave servant's Master. How

Assistant Chaplain, Lock Hospital, could she find Him ? who would tell her about Him? Before the second

and formerl Missionar zin Tinnevelly.

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