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corn to him as he wanted them. Old through the bundles of hay, betree Longtooth knew what he was about barrels, and over casks; but with th in the proposal, for he had heard of barking terrier ever at his heels, as a brisk Scotch terrier that was about the boys running, shouting, and chee to be brought to keep the rats from the ing his pursuer on. He was glad grain; but you may be sure he kept last to escape through a crack, the his knowledge to himself, so that | he left half of his fine bush bilan Featherhead was none the wiser for it. him--for Master Wasp (the terrint

“ The nonsense of fellows like Tip | made a snap at it just as he was ging Chipmunk!” said Featherhead to his and cleaned all the hair off of its admiring brothers and sisters. “The that it was bare as a rat's tail. perfectly stupid nonsense! There he Poor Featherhead limped off, bruive goes, delving and poking, picking up beaten, and bedraggled, with the line a nut here and a grain there, when I and dog still after him; and they wou step into property at once."

have caught him after all, if Tip Chry “But I hope, my son, you are care munk's hole had not stood hospita ful to to be honest in your dealings," open to receive him. Tip took him i said old Nutcracker, who was a very like a good-natured feliow as he is moral squirrel.

and took the best care of him, but t With that, young Featherhead threw glory of Featherhead's tail had departe his tail saucily over one shoulder, for ever. He had sprained his left jua winked knowingly at his brothers, and and got a chronic rheumatism, and th said, “ Certainly, sir. If honesty con fright and fatigue which he had gon sists in getting what you can while it through had broken up his constitution is going, I mean to be honest.”

so that he never again could be why Very soon Featherhead appeared to he had been; but Tip gave him a s his admiring companions in the height uation as under clerk in his establish of prosperity. He had a splendid hole ment, and from that time he was in the midst of a heap of chestnuts, sadder and a wiser squirrel than ! and he literally seemed to be rolling in had ever been before. wealth; he never came home without showering lavish gifts on his mother and sisters; he wore his tail over THE WIDOW AND HER TWI his back with a buckish air, and pat

DAUGHTERS. ronized Tip Chipmunk with a gracious

To a quaint old-fashioned homestel nod whenever he met him, and thought that the world was going well with

With its ivied towers, him.

Came a lady in the spring-time, But one luckless day, as Featherhead

Came when April's sudden show was lolling in his hole, up came two

Ran down rainbows into flowers

And she said, “I will not murmur boys with the friskest, wiriest terrier you ever saw. His eyes blazed like

God's will must be done! torches, and poor Featherhead's heart

So I've brought my two twin daughta died within him as he heard the boys

And come here to feel the sun!" say, “ Now we'll see if we can't catch Living in that quiet hamlet the rascal that eats our grain."

Through three chequer'd years, Featherhead tried to slink out at the She was known in every cottage, hole he had gnawed to come in by, but And the poor tell in their tears found it stopped.

How her presence made them happy “Oh! you are there, are you, And her words dispell’d their tear Mister? ” said the boy. “Well, you | When she said, “I will not murmut don't get out; and now for a chase!”. God's will must be done!

And, sure enough, poor Featherhead Take my alms, and ask His blessing ran distracted with terror up and down, | And go out and feel the sun."

them,

Once a widow met her walking

changed so soon? or does the fault lie Near the church-yard stile,

with my variable little daughter ?” Vith a brow as free from sadness

“Mamma, it isn't I this time; it is As her heart was free from guile; she that has certainly changed; for I nd she whisper'd, as she join'd her, asked her to please let me take another " Lady, teach me how to smile : " seat this morning, and she wouldn't nd she answer'd, “Honest neighbour, do it; and then, about a half an hour God's will must be done!

afterwards, she told me to take another, nd thene'er thy heart is drooping, but not the one I wanted; it is the Then come out and feel the sun. lowest one in the room, and I sit quite I tell thee I have troubles :

alone-and, please mamma, don't make More than once,” she saith,

me go to-morrow.

And Ellen gave yent to a passionate Have I seen the face of anguish,

burst of tears. Mrs. Maylin felt grieved Heard the quick and catching breath;

to see her little daughter so excited, e three pictures in my parlour Are now sanctified by death.

and was quite sure that Ellen had not

told all. cet," she said, “I will not murmur, God's will must be done!

“My child, why did you want But I take my two twin daughters,

another seat?"

“A new scholar came to-day, mamAnd go out and feel the sun."

ma, and Miss Graves put her by me, In the rain two graves are greening, because Fannie Minton was away ; but Greening day by day;

I didn't know her, and I didn't think And young children, when they near that she looked like a very agreeable

girl, and I didn't want to sit by her, so Paying, cease to play;

I asked for another seat.” Ise their smiles and sunny glances, “Why did she not look like an And in silence steal away.

| agreeable girl ? did she act unkindly let she says, “I will not murmur; towards you?” God's will must be done!

"No, she didn't do anything unkind En: I love the dreaming starlight, to me, and I didn't do anything to her;

Better than the alter'd sun.” but after a little while she began to Cerer weeps she now they've left her,

cry. I don't know how Miss Graves Weeps not in her grief;

knew it, for she didn't make a sound; ed she talks of shining angels,

but I saw a tear drop on her book With a mild uncheck'd belief.

when I turned round to get my pencil, Then all earthly hopes have fail'd us,

and I asked what was the matter, but Hopes of heaven still bring relief;

her tears fell faster, and then Miss od she says, “I will not murmur;

Graves told me to take the other seat." God's will must be done!

“What do you think made her cry, od though I am left in darkness,

Ellen ?” They are somewhere in the sun.”

“I don't know, mamma; but perhaps it was because I sat with my back

to her ; but I don't know her, and I HE MOST BEAUTIFUL DRESS.

don't think that she ought to have felt

hurt at that." FOR THE YOUNG.

Yet there was something in Ellen's

tone that belied her words, something "MAMMA, can't I leave Miss Graves's that told of a consciousness that the khool?”

utter absence of kind feeling towards "Why, Ellen, you surprise me! Miss | the new scholar had manifested itself apes was, in your opinion, the very quite sufficiently to wound the heart suflest and best teacher in the world, of a stranger. Mrs. Maylin asked was three days ago. Has she, indeed, 1 another question

“Ellen, how was the little girl | Ellen looked up in surprise and dressed?"

little puzzled, yet her mother's mea Ellen looked up quickly to see her ing soon daw ned upon her. mother's meaning, and as quickly “Mamma, you mean that Jeannie dropped her eyes.

a Christian; that she has put on t “She had a dark calico on, mamma, Lord Jesus Christ' as a garment, and it is such a warm day! I think her you explained to me last week, wb mother must be a very poor woman.” the day came to read the 13th chart

“Did the dress make her look dis of Romans. O, mamma"-and Eu agreeable, Ellen ?".

wopt bitterly now_“I have griet Ellen burst into tears again. " In one of Christ's little ones! Will G deed, indeed, mamma, I didn't think ever forgive me?" that it did; but I do believo now that “Yes, my child, your sin is gre it was that."

but Jesus is a great Saviour, ard “ Did you hear the new scholar's his sake God will pardon you this & name, Ellen ???

all your sins, if you only belitre. I "Jeannie Bailey," sobbed Ellen; is able and willing; he will give ya and Mrs. Maylin's eyes now filled with true repentance, and full, free parts tears.

(), my Ellen, that you may put on t “Mrs. Bailey was a dear friend of robe of Christ's love and righteousimine ten years ago, when you and -s0 costly that only His precio Jeannie were very little children. We blood could purchase it-is you moved away from the city at that time, mother's earnest praver!” and very soon after Mr. Bailey died, The next morning Ellen went cheer leaving only a good name for his fully, nay, cagerly, to school, and bezg widow's portion and his child's inheri permission to resume her seat by Jea tance. Mrs. Bailey opened a small nie, which, Miss Graves, observingi school, and strug led along until a change in her manner, gladly granter few weeks ago; when having an offer of And ere the morning hours passe a more lucrauve situation, though of a Ellen won the confidence and love different kind, she folt it a duty to ac the gentle girl ; and sweet and pr cept it, much as she grieved giving up cious lessons they were that Jeanı Jeannie's education to another. But taught to Ellen in their daily init at intervals, for three or four years past, course. I have been to the city, have visited Dear children, learn from this litt Mrs. Bailey, and have seen her daugh story never to despise or treat t ter, and Jeannie has always had on a kindly the poor. T'he blessed L far more beautiful and costly dress Jesus himself, when on earth, was ro than any in ny Ellen's wardrobe. -SO poor that he said of himse Are you sure that it was only a “Foxes have holes, and the birds dark calico which she had on? I saw the air have nests, but the Son of M a dress on her several times, which, hath not where to lay his head." This had it been woven of every colour in not that we can despise the poor w: the rainbow, would not have been so out thrusting an insult at the bless beautiful; and her mother assured me Jesus, to whom all are equally precio that Jeannie had been in the daily -90 precious that he died to sa habit of wearing one of that material

them. ever since she was eight years old.”.

mat of heathenism, separated from all | Aradhodi was a member of the church dol worship, does not number less at Sooazan. She was taken ill on a than nine thousand five hundred Sabbath day after attending the persons. It will thus be seen how wide worship of the sanctuary. She soon and important are the labours of the was convinced that she should die ; missionaries. But even these numbers but she was ready to go. Her pastor do not exhaust the extent of their in asked her about her hope in Christ. fluence. The report mentions that in She said, “ I did not become a ChristDelhi, there is, for example, a part of ian that I might be rich as regards the the city where is found an entire row | world's goods, but that I might through of holes, the occupants of which, in the infinite grace of God and the merits consequence of the teaching of the of His Son become a partaker of etermissionaries, have ceased to serve nal happiness.” She shortly asked her mols, but who have not yet attached pastor for her remission. Much movod, themseives to the Christian Church. he took her hand and said, “ Well, Another incident is mentioned where a sister, I give you into the Lord's village in Jessore was discovered to hands. I must go, for many are Lave a number of people possessing the dying around, and I must be with New Testament, and who had formed them also.” She shook hands and for themselves some sort of creed out of took farewell, and an hour after had it, haring cast off the service of idols. gone to be with her Lord. She had Thus it would appear that the Gospel been amongst the Christians eighteen is like learen, producing important or nineteen years, and had always Tesults far beyond the direct range of borne a consistent character. the missionary's daily work.

Horichund had been a Christian But the missionaries have numerous about fifteen years. Soon after his teethods of reaching the population. seizure he read a portion of Scripture There is the distribution of Scriptures himself, and at his request the native and tracts, the employment of Birle | pastor conversed and prayed with him. Foiled and colporteurs, the visiting The disease rapidly overpowered him. man house to house, the lessons of Having rallied a little, the pastor said, Lety given in day and Sunday schools. “Horichund, you know that being 1 appears that the Society sustains | born into this world we must die, and **Tenniy-two day schools, having two after that there is a judgment.” He

aand seven hundred children replied, “I do not fear death, since wder instruction, while there are | Jesus has overcome it. And as for the more than six hundred persons seek judgment, why should I be judged? admission into the churches by My confidence is in the atonement of

Christ." Next morning he fell asleep The Report gives a few very striking | in Jesus, with the Bible h

| in Jesus, with the Bible he had been ztrations of the power of the reading still resting on his breast, and tapel, some of which we hope at a apparently in the act of prayer. sure time to place before our readers. These instances will suffice to show

Will here only give the dying tes- the reality of the work in which the sopies of two or three of the converts | missionaries are engaged. Myriads

ee, district of Backergunge, in are even now before the throne, Bengal.

gathered out of these distant nations, in this part of India the missionaries | clothed in white robes, washed in the the Rev. J. C. Page and the Rev. | blood of the Lamb. · Elis. During the year the We think it necessary to add, to

invaded the country, and a avoid misapprehension, that the figures d and fifty of the native Chris- given above do not include the churches u fallen a prey to its ravages. and missionaries in Jamaica.

taptism.

tindred and fifty of hans had fallen a prey

soever will, let him take the water of crew gather about it-it shows signs of life freely.'

life--they draw nearer--it moves, and During a heavy storm off the coast | then mutters in a deep, sepulchral of Spain, a dismasted merchantman voice, There is another man !" Sared was observed by a British frigate drift himself, the first use the saved ODA ing before the gale. Every eye and made of speech was to save anothers glass were on her, and a canvas shelter Oh, learn that blessed lesson. Be on deck suggested the idea that there | daily practising it. And so long as in might yet be life on board. The order our homes, ainong our friends, in this instantly sounds to put the ship about, wreck of a world that is drifting down and presently a boat puts off to the to ruin, there lives an unconverted one, wreck. They reach it, they shout, and there is another man." Let us go to now a strange object rolls out of that that man and plead for Christ; and.no canvas screen against the leo shroud of to Christ, and plead for that man; the a broken mast. Handed into the boat, cry, “Lord, save me, I perish," being it proves to be the body of a man, bent changed into one as welcome to the head and knees together, and so light Saviour's ear, “Lord, save them, they that a mere boy lifted it on board. It perish,”—Dr. Guthrie. is laid on deck; in horror and pity the

Our Missions.

THE MISSIONARY YEAR. į tion that gather in them from among

the heathen. The actual number of The Annual Report of the Baptist persons in church fellowship exceeds Missionary Society, just presented at six thousand three hundred. But its annual meetings, contains some this by no means conveys an idea of very interestings facts as to the latest | the number under Christian instrucresults of the Society's operations. It tion. In every country, in addition to appears that it contains not fewer than the actual communicants at the Lords sixty-two missionaries and two hun table, there is always a body of people dred and thirteen native pastors and that regularly seeks the ministry of preachers. These servants of Christ the word, a portion consisting of the labour in India, China, Ceylon, various families and friends of members: islands of the West Indies, on the others are inquirers, candidates for West Coast of Africa, and in Brittany baptism, or persons who from various and Norway. As might be supposed, causes do not connect themselves mone the larger portion of them are in India, closely with the Church. The miswhere the work absorbs not less than sionaries, it would appear, have more sorty of the missionaries, and one than seventeen thousand such adhehundred and forty-eight of the native rents, who, as in India, have broken preachers. This numerous staff oc caste, and have placed themselves cupies about two hundred and ninety under the missionary's care; or as in stations, at which one hundred and parts of the West Indies, have become sixty-two chapels have been built. regular attendants at the House ol Some of these structures are large and God. Over six thousand of these incommodious edifices; others are small, dividuals are connected with the stå, being built of more humble materials, tions in India alone, so that the actual Buted to the small infant congrega- ' Christian community there, gathered

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