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“Of course, though a man with Honest John Moss kept both these half the money could do only half as promises; for he talked to his wife, much.”
and completely won her over to what "And if you had the eightieth part?" he called “Matt's way of thinking;” "I don't see what you're driving and he reached his friend's door as the at; but I answer as before.”
clock was striking seven. They walked " That is all I want,” said Heywood, briskly, for the night was cold; and miling. “Mr. Sinclair's income, as on reaching the workhouse, where it I happen to know, is six thousand appeared that Heywood was somepounds. Would not the eightieth part what privileged, were conducted to of that be seventy-five ?"
the dining - hall. Here the kindHis friend waited awhile before he hearted Matthew at once made two mastered, “Yes." He was thinking hearts glad by inviting the widow and d what he had heard about Hey her child to eat roast-beef and pudmond's kindness to the widow and the | ding at his cottage on the morrow. orphan, to the sick and the bereaved, | At the same time John Moss, looking and of a text he had read somewhere round upon the assembled families, of in the gospels, “ He that is faithful in whom the greater part were strangers that which is least is faithful also in to him, spied at last a familiar facemuch; and he that is unjust in the nay, a group of familiar faces. In an inleast is unjust also in much.” Here stant he has obtained permission from Tas he, John Moss, with his thirty “the master," and is talking earnestly shillings a-week-more than seventy to Margaret May and her four children, fire pounds a-year-doing nothing for whose wretched father was at one time the poor and needy, yet harshly judg his fellow-workman. How he does it ing his neighbour, Mr. Sinclair, who, he hardly knows, but before long, in at least, did more than that.
some blunt way, with a great deal of Heywood saw that his arrow had heart in it, ho invites them all to but the mark, and, with care and cau- | dinner. tion, shot another, by saying,
"My wife bought a big Christmas "You remember poor Salter's goose this evening, and I know there's Fidow, she who broke her arm?' the stuff to make a good-sized pudHis companion nodded.
ding,” he explains, as he sees, or “My wife heard this morning that fancies that he sees, a certain hesitashe was well enough to come and spend | tion in Margaret's look. “You'll just the day with us to-morrow. Our idea come and help us to get rid of it." of enjoying Christmas is just this: He will take no denial, and before make as many troubled hearts light long it is arranged that when Grace as you possibly can. So this evening Salter and her child leave the workI am going to the workhouse."
house for a day's holiday on the mor"I'll go with you," said Moss, with row, they shall be accompanied by the sudden animation. “I should like to Mays, on a similar errand bent. After see how they spend Christmas Eve in this the two friends walk home almost there."
in silence-John Moss thinking, and Matthew Heywood smiled again as Matthew Heywood letting him think. he saw that his second arrow also had Is there anything more to tell? Of been guided by the hand of Providence course there is ! I could fill you to its destination. “I must start,” another half-dozen pages with the said he, "at seven precisely.”
history of that to-morrow on which, "Never fear,” cried the other; "I'll for the first time in his life, John Moss be punctual; and I'll talk to my wife learnt to think highly of Christmas. in the meantime, and see if we can't I could tell you how the families of make some troubled hearts light' at Heywood and Moss did the honours of Christmas-time, as well as you." their respective houses; how the din
ners went off, and how the welcome favours, and give every one who guests enjoyed the feast; how John would listen to them a delightful Moss, who had never had children of history of the day; while the his own to play with, appeared in a lame boy, eating figs and cake in new character as he frolicked with the bed, and dear Janet, carefully dividing little Mays; how in the evening his the sweet orange which was to serre kind wife and Mrs. Heywood packed her as a beverage through the night, a basket, each of them, for the wards felt such joy in the happiness of their to which their friends belonged, besides friends as only the unselfish know. stuffing the children's pockets, or the I might tell all this, and more, did paper bags which were made to do duty I not feel it to be wiser to leave the instead, with such sweetmeats, nuts, rest to the imagination of my readers, apples, oranges, as were surely never thereby giving them, on this Christeaten before. And finally how the mas Eve, what Matthew Heywoodgate haypy guests all went back merrily | John Moss on their way home from to “ The House,” to disponse their the workhouse-time for thinking.
THE BIBLE-WOMEN IN JACMEL. , and of late has given a portion of her
time, as could be spared from her THE very useful agency of Bible
| family, in visiting from house to house, women is gradually making way in reading the Scriptures to the inmates, various portions of the mission-field.
and giving to the sick and dying the The long exclusion of the women of consolations of the Gospel. Where India from all evangelical influences possible, she endeavours to sell copies is being gradually removed before the of God's word. She also visits the visits of the native Christian female, prison of the town, and the military who enjoys peculiar facilities for reach- hospital. Many of her countrymen ing the women of her own class, while have in this way been led to the Saviour, the missionary's wife obtains access and in dying have given witness to the to the avanahs of higher rank. So efficiency of her ministrations. in Hayti, our missionary, the Rev. Our space will allow us only a few W. H. Webley, has for the last six | illustrations of her work and its effecta. years enjoyed the assistance of one of the female members of his church; “ February, 1866.--This month I and it is to a few extracts from her | visited principally from house to house, diary we are about to call attention. distributing my tracts, and urging air
The history of Madame Cajone is fellow-townspeople to seek the Lord itself interesting. She was originally Jesus, whilst their day of grace ye a devotee in the Romish Church; but, held out, and before their suno being attracted by the service estab righteousness for ever set. Amongst lished by the Rev. J. Francis, our others I visited a poor, consumptive, first missionary in Hayti, she received but young person, fast passing awar the Gospel with gladness of heart, and from this world. I read and prayed became the first convert of the mis with her. She also sang some of our sion. For many years sho has main- I own hymns. Then her language was tained a consistent Christian character; such as lod me to hope that the lorn of Jesus was shed abroad in her heart. 1 counselled her daughter to buy from Her family wishing her to confess to a me a New Testament. I then handed priest, she said she had no confession her one, begging her to seek God's d sin to make to man, and only Spirit whilst reading the precious needed the absolution of Jesus.
volume, that its truths might guide "In another house I entered I her to endless light and glory in offered a Bible to a young person who Heaven." told me she did not need à Bible, as Here is a visit to the hospital:she was already a communicant in the “I found sixteen men ill in bed. Pomish Church. Her mother, how Others who were convalescent were Ter, invited me in. I entered. On playing cards. As I entered the stench dering her a Bible she said she had was horrible. Something seemed to He already. I then asked her, 'Are say, “Don't go into such a place of you born again ? Do you live by filth and infection.' Yet I could not farth in Jesus ?' She did not reply. turn aside from the path of duty, and I then advised her to read much and so seated myself amongst the poor, frequently her Bible, told her that degraded, disease-stricken inmates. I truth was like a bright light that said at once, Would you like to put Tould shine in upon her soul, and as down your cards and listen to the fired her that her Bible was a sun to reading of the glad news of salvation? hight her to a day of grace and of glory They answered, · Yes,' and at once set i she would ask for God's Spirit to aside their cards. I read to them, iluminate and teach her, but that prayed with them, exhorted them to confession of sin to a priest, or even flee from the wrath to come, begged communion in the Romish Church, them to renounce their confidence in profited nothing without faith in the Obeah, and told them that Jesus was great sacrifice of the cross."
the Lamb of God to take away their The next extract is an illustration sins. After giving them some tracts, how persistent labour reaps the happiest I went to the bedside of a sick and results :
very old man. I spoke to him about "May. On the 28th of this month the salvation of his soul, but he igI visited one of those houses in town norantly told me, as thousands here There I am always received with more will tell you, that he had never done or less of scorn and ridicule. As I harm to any one. Why, you poor entered I was again greeted with the old man,' said I, you are actually dead look and the laugh of scorn. · Yet the in your trespasses and in your sins, and master of the house asked me for a you tell me you are no sinner at all! Bible. I told him I had already given Ask God rather to show you how great him one. He said it had been stolen a sinner you are, that at this your from him. The mother then called eleventh hour you may find mercy and one of her daughters. To the latter I forgiveness at his hands.'” ofered my New Testaments, whilst We next give an account of a very the mother actually advised her useful day's work: daughter to purchase one. I was cer "On the 30th of May I visited eight tainly astonished at this, as I have houses, offering in each my Scriptures visited this house from the very com for sale. Some said they had Bibles mencement of the Mission, and been already, and others that they did not always badly received by its inmates, want the Bible at all. In one of these pacopt, perhaps, by the father, who | houses I met with a poor woman who Las always welcomed me with at least seemed to be sorely afflicted. She at apparent satisfaction. As to the mo once began to pour into my ear her ther, she at ono time would not see tale of sorrow. I advised her to read me at all, and now, strange to say, the Bible every day, to go to God in she not only came forward herself, but I prayer with her trouble, to seek a
spirit of prayer so that she might pray | what could be so easily done to-day aright, and to cast all her burden of Poor fellow! he is since dead, withou sin, or woe, or what not, at the foot of God and without hope. I then gay the cross of our dear Lord Jesus. She some tracts to his wife, who appeare listened to me with evident pleasure, pleased to receive them. as did also her daughter, who was pre "I then entered another house sent. I then said, “Would you like where I found a young wife to whos me to read a chapter for you and pray | I had once sold a Bible. I found he with you ? She said · Yes,' with great making a good use of it. She an zest. I read John xiv. Her daughter, understands the errors of Rome, an too, seemed much gratified, although will probably one day come out I was now in one of the best and Babylon. She said that, from her ow wealthiest families of the town, and I books on the Roman Catholic religion expected to be despised on account of she had already learned that the w my own ignorance and poverty.
ship of idols was an abomination i “On leaving this family I entered the sight of God. Her sister was als the shop of a young druggist, just present, and heard me with pleasury from Paris, with a young wife and The latter asked me for some hol child, but nigh unto death himself, books on our holy religion, that sh and in the last stage of consumption. | might be enlightened, and I promis I saluted him, and he politely returned to send her "Les Erreurs de Rome my salutation. I said to him at once, The wife then said that she no long .I am come to talk to you a little confessed to a priest, nor, indeed, fol about the salvation of your soul. You lowed any of the errors of Rome know,' said I, that Jesus is the only whilst I profited by the circumstar good and true Physician. He it is to tell her, that without conversion of that gave Himself to the death of the soul to God, and the presence of Got cross to redeem us from sin. His door Spirit with her, she could not after al of mercy is open so long as life lasts. be saved." Do then,' I added, 'ask of God to give | Such a useful agency as this weba you repentance of sin unto life eternal.' | to see greatly multiplied, and tha His only answer was a nod of the head. shortly no mission will be though I asked to read and pray with him, complete without its staff of Bib. but this he declined. I besought him, women. however, not to put off till to-morrow |
hymn having been sung, Dr. Acworth rekted
the circumstances that led to the erection SCARBOROUGH. - On Wednesday, Oct. the chapel, tracing minutely the providents 24th, the foundation stone of the new | interposition which appeared to necessitate a
justify the proceedings of the church friends assembled in Bar Church Schoclroom, 1 building a house for God. The pastor barkindly lent for the occasion, and walked to
| ing engaged in prayer, Dr. Acworth, in t. the ground, accompanied by the children of absence of John Barry, Esq., the sene? the Sunday-schoc). The Rev. J. Lewitt, deacon, through illness, then presented to Mr. pastor of the church, announced a hymn, and Kelsall a handsomely engraved silver travel the Rev. R. H. Bayly, pastor of the first with carved ivory bandle, bearing an appr. Baptist church, read the Scripture, after priate inscription, and Mr. Lewitt deposites
the Rev. W. Wilson, Wesleyan super-| in the stone a bottle containing a short his intendent, offered a suitable prayer. Another of the church, several current coins, the car r3
de visite of the pastor and deacons of the | in an appropriate speech, stated first how he church, Dr. Acworth, and other friends, with a became a Christian, how he became a preacher, copy of the Freeman, and the three local news. and why he was led to accept the pastorate of Durers. Mr. Kelsall mounted the stone, which that church. The Rev. Dr. Davies, president Lehad declared well and truly laid, and delivered of Haverfordwest College, gave some words of a suitable address. The rain now prevented encouragement and counsel to the new pastor ky further addresses, and after offerings had in a most thoughtful and impressive manner been laid on the stone, and the large assem The Rev. David Thomas, B.A., of Highbury bir had been dismissed, the friends adjourned Chapel, on behalf of his brother ministers, to the Mechanics' Hall. Here the children gave Mr. Phillips a hearty welcome to Bristol. were regaled with tea, and 330 persons eat The Rev. R. P. McMaster offered a few apdown to partake of the same beverage. When propriate words of Christian counsel to the the repast was finished, Mr. Kelsall took the church, and the Rev. M. Dickie, Presbyterian hair. William Barry, Esq., treasurer of the minister, spoke in relation of the church's building fund, read a list of contributions, duty to the world. The Rev. T. A. Wheeler bora which it appeared that in Scarborough delivered likewise a most interesting and cha6.460 lbs. 7d. had been promised, and that racteristic speech, after which the Rev. J. treadrata distance had promised £2,391 159.7d. Morris, Brunswick Chapel, gave a few words -toal, £3,852 10s. 7d. This sum must be of a congratulatory character. gmented to nearly £6,000 to cover the ex
OLNEY.-On Tuesday, Oct. 23rd, services ense of an organ and schoolrooms, which
were held in connection with the settlement are eninently needful to the entire completion of the Rev. T. Henry Holyoak, as pastor of o the effort. Very interesting and useful
the Baptist Church, at Olney, Bucks. In the dresses were then delivered by the Rev. T.
afternoon the Rev. J. P. Mursell, of LeicesWritehead, Primitive Methodist; S. G.
ter, preached to a large and attentive congreGreen, B.A., President of Rawdon College;
gation. After the sermon, about 250 persons and ulo G, S. Baker, Esq., and the Rev. R.
took tea together in the British Schoolroom, Balgamie. The chapel is to be finished next
and in the evening a public meeting was held
in the chapel. Mr. J. W. Soul, the senior COMMERCIAL-ROAD, LONDON. - Thanks. deacon, offered prayer, after which Mr. Holygiring services in connection with the pay
oak gave an interesting account of the manner bunt of the debt upon Commercial-road
in which Providence had led him to his posiChapel (Commercial-road East, London)
tion as pastor of this church. The Revs. J. took place on Sunday, Oct. 28th, when the
Harrison, of Stoney Stratford, and S. Wil. Rev. Jabez Burns, 'D.D., preached in the
liams, of Hackleton, as brother ministers of burning, and the pastor, Rev. Thomas Goad the Nortbamptonshire Association, welcomed by, B.A., in the evening. On the following
Mr. Holyoak to their neighbourhood. Mr. I'tesday, Oct. 30, a tea and public meeting
Mursell, in a very characteristic speech, comSus beld. About two hundred persons took
mended his friend, Mr. Holyoak, to the affecbet. At the meeting afterwards the chair was
tion and esteem to his people. taken by George Gowland, Esq. After BRADFORD, INFIRMARY-STREET. – On raise and prayer, the Rev. T. Goadby stated Monday, November 5, a public tea-meeting ha special object of the meeting, thanksgiv. 1 was held to afford an opportunity for giving a God for the removal of the incumbrance public welcome to the Rev. J. Barrow Lock
debt. He also gave a brief history of the wood, og pastor of the church. After tea, a hurch, which had now reached its 209th his- public meeting was held in the chapel, which rical Fear. Thanks were given to the was numerously attended. Mr. J. Rhodes, rads at borne, who, against many hin- | the senior deacon, opened the meeting by preHoces and discouragements, had persevered senting an address to Mr. Lockwood, beauti
their work; and in the name of pastor and fully written and illuminated, and mounted eople the profoundest gratitude was expressed in a gold-beaded frame, in which was expressed
friends abroad for their ready and generous devout gratitude to God for answers mercifully it Kind and congratulatory speeches, full vouchsafed to the cry of his people in time of I wise and earnest counsels, were also delivered trouble-the universal and sincere attach
the Reyk. J. Harcourt, C. Stovel, E. Price, ment of the members of the church, and their 6. Clifford, LL.B., and J. S. Stanion.
fervent desire that health and life may long PITRAY, BRISTOL.-The recognition ser
be continued, and that God's rich blessing 108 of the Rev. D. T. Phillips took place on
may rest upon the labours of his servant. Conday evening, Oct. 22, when nearly 600
Appropriate addresses followed, by the new imple sat down to tea. “A public meeting
pastor, the Revo. J. P. Chown, and B. Woud, ras afterwards held, when the venerable
of Bradford, and R. Hardy, of Queensbury. building was filled. The chair was occupied NEW BAPTIST CHAPEL, CASTLE-HILL, Ly W. Pearce, Esq. The Rev. Mr. Phillips, | WARWICK.-The above commodious and