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his own strength did the young pastor | one high in their esteem ; one whose The thus resolve, for he well knew that character and opinions were worthy L; to be utter weakness. All his hope of general respect. - was in God, and to him, by faith in In the large and flourishing church
Christ, he looked for grace to con of his native village, Mr. Foster had - tinne steadily what he had begun. | long been an honoured member,
Nor in this was he disappointed. | occupying a prominent pew, and conStep by step from that time ad tributing well to her charities; and pancing, and bumbly following, days had been when her prayertbough at an immeasurable distance, meetings saw him a faithful attenin the steps of Jesus, he increased dant, and when, better still for his in misdom and in favour with God own soul, the closet and the family and man, going about doing good. altar gave witness to his daily visits,
And Mrs. Stanhope-did she also and his heart bore away tokens of keep her resolution ? Yes; she God's approval, grateful as tho "saw” Mr. Oldhame. What that summer rain. meant may be gatbered from the re But “the cares of the world and sult. In a short time it was pretty the deceitfulness of riches” had generally known that a certain lady made sad havoc with Farmer Foster's Was prepared to “come forward” piety. From an occasional neglect, liberally if the other members of the he gradually passed to a habitual church would do their duty. And carelessness of religious duties, till so it came to pass that in less than at length he became lost in the world, six months Mr. Manly had a hume of and forsook the church almost enLES Own, with his pleasant little sister tirely. 25 bis housekeeper, and a study Mr. Foster had a son eighteen years which Mrs. Stanhope had taken care old, named Herbert, a young man of to furnish with books enough to make promise, who was pursuing a course him learned-if, indeed, he were not of study in his native town. The somewhat too much so already. And heart of the father was bound up in thus, after all, the Elijah and Elisha the youth. In the days when reli
prayer was heard, and tbe new year gion had held Foster in the love of :; w28 “far happier than the last”! its gentle duties, he had prayed for
Herbert's soul, and God had an
swered his prayer and converted him. "THAT BROUGHT ME.”
His influence since had not been Is a pleasant rural town lived a salutary upon the lad, and he had well-to-do farmer, named Foster. gone astray like his father, disAt the time we write of him he had appointing for awhile the hopes and known fer of the ills of life beyond ambitions entertained for him ; but that occasional petty disappointment of late his course had brightened, of his plans and crossing of his pur and he had applied himself to his poses which a career of business studies with a faithfulness that brings to every man. His pastures showed a new understanding of the and meadows were always green work of life. and sweet with fragrant feeding for Returning one day from a trip, his fat flocks and herds, and his pro Herbert Foster left the train at some ductive fields brought him in wealth distance from his home, crossed the every year from willing markets. ferry, and, walking rapidly all the His family grew up around him in way, arrived at his father's house, health; and as his years increased, and | violently heated. Some lack of care manhood strengthened into its prime, in clothing himself when he went the neighbours spoke of him as of | into the air again, checked the per.
spiration of his body, and predis- | seek him. 'Before I was afflicted I posed him to immediate disease. In went astray. At last he took my that state he went among the stu son, the hope of my life, away, and I dents. At that time there was some was conquered. THAT BROUGHT sickness in the school, and by one of ME!” the opportunities of misfortune, Her. Is there no reader, who, if he is bert was brought in contact with it. “ brought” at all, seems likely to Immediately the fever seized him. need to be broug'it in some such There had been no fatal cuses. It way? was not considered to be anything like a dangerous epidemic. But, with young Foster, the disease operated A SABBATH AT HOME. with a rapidity and virulence that likened it to a plague. On Friduy
FOR THE YOUNG. morning he took to his bed ; before It was a lovely Sabbath morning Saturday night he died. A few brief | in summer; and when Nelly's mother words, spoken in delirium, were all opened the window, she could see, as the farewell he left. The father for a she lay there on her little white bed, while would not be consoled. He the blue sea with all the sunshine on remained like one in a maze through it, making the snowy sails gleam like the solemn funeral. The tenderest the wings of sea-birds; and she could sympathy of friends, the faithful and hear the musical dash of the surf on touching words of his minister, the the pebbly shore, out beyond the parting at the grave, all fell alike willow-trees, and the happy songs of upon his heart, like the clods upon the the robins in the orchard. And Nelly coffin, with a dull, muffled, painful lay still, looking and listening for blow. His strong, manly son, bis several hours. She had been very child of promise, ihe hope of all his ill; and though the pain was all gone years, had been cut down ruthlessly now, she was still quite weak, too before his eyes, and who could make | weak to stand alone; and she felt too good his loss?
tired to have her brothers come into They were many who mourned for the room. Her father only stayed young Foster, and pitied the father's | a moment, to kiss his little girl's grief. Whatever he had done to for thin white face; but her mother was feit their sympathy, God would make -never away long, though too busy him deserve it again, for in bis loss to remain with her every moment. tbe worldly man had gained a broken | At length the church bells rang, heart. In the long-vacant seat in the and Nelly heard the front door close, prayer-meeting they looked and and then the house was 80 still found him there again, as of old, and that she knew that her father they heart him tell, as he arose to and the children must have gone to address the brethren there, how God the house of God. Perhaps her had dealt with him.
mother had gone too. A feeling of “It is years since I was fourd in loneliness came over her, and her my place," he said. “I got astray eyes filled with tears which she was little by little, until I was as one of not strong enough to resist. But the ungodlv. By his goodness. the just then her mother came in, and Saviour called me back and urged me Nelly looked up, half-surprised. to repentance, but I did not listen. “Why, mother, are you not going He blessed my family with wealth, to chapel ?” but I would not turn from my hard. “No, indeed, darling ; I shall stay ness of heart. He gave me worldly and take care of my little daughter. prosperity, but still I would not ! Nelly gave a long sigh of relief
and comfort, whispering, “I am stood beside him with her wondering glad," and closed her tired eyes, and rejoicing parents. and slept.
Nelly's mother stopped a moment, When she opened them again, an for her eyes were full of tears, and hour later, her mother was still there, she could not speak. She was thinketting in her little rocking-chair, and ing of last Friday night, when Nelly's reading the Bible.
fever was very violent, and they "Mother," said Nelly softly, feared that death was near. At last, * Fon't you please sing and pray, she said, “Darling, the Lord Jesus and preach me a short sermon, as if came here as you lay ill. We could Te were in chapel ?”
not see him as these parents did, but Her mother consented, and began we know that he was here. Your the service by singing, in a sweet, father and I had called him; we Low voice, that pretty hymn called prayed with all our hearts that he * The Child and the Angels.” When would come and heal you. And he it was concluded, Nelly whispered, came; he cured you, and comforted * We sang that last Sunday, in Sab our hearts: and now you are getting bath-school; and while you were | well. How kind, how good he is !” fuging, I could see dear Miss 1 “But, mother," said Nelly, “ if he Carleton and the girls; I could had not come to make me well, would see them in my heart you | he have come to take me home with
him ?" Then the mother knelt beside the “Yes, dear,” her mother answered, bed, and gave thanks that Nelly was and a little silence followed. 30 much better; and prayed for her, Nelly was thinking, with wonder and for Miss Carleton and her class ; and awe, of the untried journey to and asked the dear Lord Jesus to be the land that is very far off. Her present with herself and Nelly, as conception of it was mostly derived they read his word, and spoke toge from pictures, especially those in the
beautiful edition of “The Pilgrim's Then she sang, “I think when I Progress” down-stairs, and from read that sweet story of old ;” and as hymns, fragments of which floated she sang, she sat looking at the dear through her mind as she thought how litile pale face before her. It looked strangeit would have been if she really
y sweet and gentle, and inexpres- | had been to-day in the Celestial City ably precious to her. What a com —" beautiful Zion, built above,” in fort it was to see that restful, happy | sight of the
| sight of the "sweet fields beyond look, instead of the expression of pain the swelling flood,” “the radiant s suttering which had grieved her | dome," the "Eternal Cito's gorgeous
deeply! She lay very still, her ness,” “the streets of shining gold.” OTOFO eyes hid by the blue-veined | But her mother was thinking of eyelids, and her hair lying in moist the pain, the parting, the silence, the ark rings upon the pillow.
grave, the lonely house, the broken When the hymn was ended, the circle. Death seemed a different
der read how the Lord Jesus thing to the child, who looked fearWent to see a little girl who was very | lessly beyond it to the heaven of
80 sick that she did not live whose glory and blessedness she had The reached the house, but lay
heard and sung so often, and to the ead when he came. He took mother whose heart and home it and said, "A
e cold lifeless hand in his, would have left so desolate. aid, “Arise !" and the dead face “We felt that we could not spare led with life, her eyes opened, you, darling," she said ; "and the rose as he bade her, and I dear Lord has given you back to us,
ther in his name.
there dead when he can her little cold lifeless
brightened with lite and she rose as he
Besides, should you not love to do time, looking out over the sea, and something for him before you go to thinking of her morning servico. live with him ? Should you not like When her mother returned, she to do some good in the world, and asked, “Mother, what is a Chris. serve the Saviour here, where la
tian pus bourers are needed po
“One," she answered, “who has “Yes," whispered Nelly, opening given his soul into Christ's hands her eyes with a sudden smile, and that he may save it, and has given closing them again, without further his life to Christ that he may order remark.
it. One who can truly say, Christ “Nelly, will you live for this ? Do is my Saviour, my Master." you give yourself to Jesus, to serve After a thougbtful pause Nelly re. and obey him? Will you try to use peated softlythe life he has given back to you for “My Saviour, my Master!" his service, trying every day to please "Is he your Saviour, Nelly P”. him in all you do ?”
“Yes, dear mother. He saved sin. “I mean to," said Nelly, earnestly. / ners; I have asked him to save me,
Then the mother prayed that and he will." Jesus would accept the offering of “And is he your Master ?” that young heart, and take away its | “Yes, I will obey what he says sin, and save it. And, rising, she always, always." kissed the child with a kiss which Such was "Nelly's resolution, and was a very tender and loving bene- , she did not forget it. A few weeks diction, and left her, to go about her restored her accustomed strength, household duties.
but did not change her resolve. And Nelly went to sleep again, and When she thought of her sinfulness, slept till her mother brought her she raised her heart to Christ, say. dinner, which reminded her of the ing, “ My Saviour !” and so beheld child whom Christ raised from the “the Lamb of God which taketh dead, whose mother went at his away the sins of the world;" and direction and brought her something when she thought of faults to be to eat.
corrected, and duty to be done, she Her mother thought of it too, and said to him, “ My Master !" trusting felt that her returning appetite was his promised aid in the performance a sign that the Good Physician had of aīl the work he gives his servants indeed been there and wrought a to do. And so over all her life ex. cure.
tended the sweet and holy influence After dinner Nelly lay quiet a long l of that Sabbath at home!
Act all places of worship are to bo
registered at the expense of a stamp Since our last issue very little duty of three pounds. Ministers additional information has reached are to be registered at an expense of this country as to the circumstances two pounds, and teachers also. Any of the lamentable outbreak which minister presuming to preach the has desolated one of the fairest por Gospel, or to teach a Sunday School, tions of the island. The repression without the registration of the buildhas been accomplished at a vast ex ing, is to be liable to a fine ranging penditure of human life. It is from forty shillings to thirty pounds, stated that not less than 3,000 per. at the discretion of the magistrate, sons have suffered; men, women, and who for the most part will be a children alike becoming the prey of | planter. If he is not himself registhe ferocious soldiery and Maroons. tered, the minister may be summarily While we cannot but condemn the convicted by any couple of planters criminal folly of the people who who may happen to be justices of broke out into riot at Morant Bay, the peace, and be fined not less than and proceeded to plunder and de £20‘nor more than £50, or be im. stroy the surrounding estates, it is prisoned with or without hard inconceivable that it should require labour, and for a period of six or such a vast slaughter to put down twelve months. Even when regis. the outbreak, and especially since tered, the authority to preach may Te learn from Governor Eyre's dis be recalled by the Governor when. patch that no resistance was any. ever he sees fit; and if the suspended where offered, that there was no minister preach after suspension, he organization among the people, nor may be imprisoned for twelve & single injury befel the soldiers | months by any two justices who engaged in the work of repression. may be got to deal with the case.
As we go to press, we learn with Besides this, no meeting for prayer, great pleasure that our Government or any other purpose, must be held has resolved upon a thorough in- | after nine o'clock at night, or before quiry into the entire affair, and that, six in the morning, under penalty of in order that it may be impartial, fine or imprisonment with or without Governor Eyre's authority is to be hard labour. Even the locking or superseded during the time of the bolting of the door of a place in inquiry, the government of the which religious service is being conisland being meanwhile administered ducted, subjects the minister to fine by Sir H. Storks, the governor of or imprisonment. And, as if to add Malta.
insult to injury, these regulations But while the last mail brought us are not to affect the Churches of information of the cessation of mar England and Scotland, or the Roman tial law in Jamaica, it at the same Catholic Church. They are intended time brought the astounding news to keep in due subjection Noncon. that the Legislature was busy informists only. passing an Act, the effect of which Now, when it is remembered that, Fould be to close all the chapels and in the scene of the outbreak, the schools in the island sustained by Church of England is almost the Dissenting congregations. By this only religious community which