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un remember who has said, “ How hardly morning pondering over his changed

shall they that have riches enter the fortunes, and revolving in his mind - kingdom of heaven." We may think what was to be done to repair them, ale it is a hard saying; but there it when the gentleman who had been Fet stands, just as true as when Jesus his head clerk called upon him.

uttered it so many hundred years ago. “I have bad news again this mornper When a man begins to grow rich, he ing," he said, dreading to add the DD is in danger of setting his affections weight of it to his other burdens.

kupon riches until he forgets God, and “There cannot be much worse in ar goes down to eternal death.

store for me. I am near the bottom at Mr. Warren had forgotten the now. But as long as the bank stands 0914 great fact that his money was not his firm I can begin anew, at least." ihtown-no, not a shilling of it. It was “The bank has failed," said the it all lent to him, and the Owner could unwelcome messenger. all bw call back every penny at any moment The blow was so sudden and unexHirche chose. He could not believe that. pected that the man seemed crushed "the As he looked about in bis richly beneath it. t! I furnished apartments, as he walked “All hope is gone, Mr. Cary,” he f among the bales of merchandise in cried, pressing his hand to his brow,

incribe bis great warehouse, and thought of "I am a ruined man, and my family edio the money invested in the “safest | are beggars.” popuj . bank in the country," perhaps he had The other looked down upon his 2015 * something of the feeling of that great anguish with the deepest sympathy. Me 1 monarch whu said, “Is not this great He was a sincere Christian, and did

de Babylon which I have builded?" not fail in this time of need to point ther. But God was kinder to Mr. War his friend to the precious words of

ren than his deserts. He sent great Scripture for those whom God 1 heurs calamities upon him. He might have chasteneth. treet let hima go on in prosperity, harden Mr. Warren went forth from that il sing his heart in selfistiness, to sink at room with his earthly prospects dark, girkast into the lake of fire. When a indeed, but with his prospects of a Depan man has “ done giving," he has gone heavenly inheritance greatly brightin bor a long way in that direction.

ened. Through much humiliation he 1. The first great mercy was the burn learned to regard himself as God's. ing down of his vast warehouse. stewart, and ibere was never a time Half frantic, he watched the hungry again in his life when he dared Datoes as they licked up the choice to say, or wished, he had “done

merchandise, and ran along, leaping giving." Fire! from floor to door, and defying all

the firemen's skill to check them.
Fenty minutes was gutficient for

LITTLE CHRISTEL. paddles the Lord to sweep away the product

FOR THE YOUNG.
TiB of years of labour and thrift.
T The ruins were still smoking when
22d the second mercy came. “Lost at

Going home from the House of God, hissed. The bar

The flower at her foot, and the sun D aten De barque Lapwing. Crew fared, but cargo all lost."

overhead,

It took here but a line in the

Little Christel so thoughtfully trod, a line in the morning papers, but I sent man

Pondering what the preacher had sept many thousands from the pfa merchant's chant's possessions. He was be

said. 128 giging to feel that God had a con

“Even the youngest, humblest child, Pat He sat

Something may do to please the He sat alone in his library one

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“ Now what,” thought she, and half | Then babe was pleased, and the sadly smiled,

little girl “ Can I, so little and poor, afford?” I Was glad when she heard it laugh

and crow; “ Nerer, never a day should pass Thinking, “Happy windmill, that has Without some kindness, kindly but to whirl, shown."

To please the pretty young Little Christel looked down at the creature so."

grass Rising like incense before the

throne. Well, a day is before me now,

No thought of herself was in he

head, Yet what," thought she, “ can I do if I try P

As she passed out at the end of the

street, If an angel of God should show me

And came to a rose-tree, tall and red, how, But silly am I, and the hours

Drooping and faint with the sub.

mer heat. they fly."

She ran to a brook that was flor. Then a lark sprang singing up from

ing by; the sod,

She made of her two hands a nice And Christel thought, as he rose

round cup, to the blue,

And washed the roots of the rose. “ Perhaps he will carry my prayer tree bigh, to God,

Till it lifted its languid blosBut who would have thought the

soms up little lark knew !"

“Oh, happy brook !” thought little

Christel,

“You have done some good this Now she entered the village street,

summer's day, With book in hand, and face

| You have made the flower look fresh demure,

and well;" And soon she came, with sober feet,

Then she rose, and went on her To a crying babe at a cottage door.

way.

IV. The child had a windmill that would not move,

But she saw, as she walked by the It puffed with its round red cheeks

side of the brook, in vain,

Some great rough stones thal One sail stuck fast in a puzzling

troubled its course, groove,

And the gurgling water seemed to And baby's breath could not stir

say, “Look ! it again.

I struggle, and tumble, and mur

mur hoarse! Poor baby beat the sail, and cried, While no one came from the “ How these stones obstruct ny cottage door;

road! But little Christel knelt down by its' How I wish they were off, and side,

gone ; And set the windmill going once Then I could flow, as once I flowed, more.

| Singing in silvery undertone."

Then little Christel, as light as a bird,

VI. Put off the shoes from her young white feet;

Then a little stream crept into the She mores two stones, she comes to

place, the third.

And rippled up to the coffin's side, The brook already sings, “ Thanks And touched the corpse on its pale to you, sweet!"

round face, .

And kissed the eyes till they Oh, then she hears the lark in the

trembled wide : skies, And thinks, “What is it to God

Saying, "I am a river of joy from

Heaven; he sara?" And she stumbles, and falls, and

You helped the brook, and I help

you, cannot rise,

I sprinkle your brow with life-drops For the water stifles her down.

seven, ward face.

I bathe your eyes with healing

dew." The little brook flows on as before ; The little lark sings with as sweet Then a rose branch in through the a sound;

window came, The little babe crows at the cottage And coloured her cheeks and lips door;

with red; And the red rose blooms, but “I remember, and Heaven does the Christel lies drowned.

same," Was all that the faithful rose

branch said. Then a bright small form to her cold

neck clung, Come in softly, this is the room; It breathed on her, till her breast Is not that an innocent face?

did fill, Yes, those flowers give a faint Saying, “I am a cherub fond and • perfume

young, Think, child, of heaven, and the | And I saw who breathed on the Lord his grace.

baby's mill." Three at the right, and three at the

Then little Christel sat up and smiled, left,

And said, “ Who put these flowers Two at the feet, and two at the in my hand !" head,

And rubbed her eyes, poor innocent The tapers burn. The friends bereft, child; Have cried till their eyes are Not being able to understand.

swollen and red. Who would have thought it when

VII. little Christel

But soon she heard the big bell of Pondered on what the preacher the church had told ?

Give the hour, which made her But the good wise God does all things

say,

“Ah! I have slept and dreamed in And the fair young creature lies the porch; dead and cold.

It is a very drowsy day.”

Porhad told ise God doe

well.

Our Missions.

THE CASE OF THE REV. E. | brated letter. Of his innocence ther PALMER, OF KINGSTON.

can be no doubt; but it would a

pear that in the estimation of th Among the painful events of the late Governor, any expression recent riot in Jamaica, it is one to be opinion contrary to his oun is rt deeply regretted that an attempt garded by him as sedition and polit should have been made, both in the cal disaffection. island and in this country, to cast Without warrant or legal inquiry the stigma of it upon the Baptists. Mr. Palmer was arrested by tu Our readers need not be informed policemen in Kingston, on the 20th how utterly untrue is this statement. | October. For two hours he w In the present case, the district in placed in the city cage, and the which the outbreak has occurred is locked up in the dark cell of th one peculiarly free from Baptist in barracks. The next day he wa fluence. It is more than thirty years marched to the wharf, and after bein, since an attempt was made to estab. pinioned by the sailors, was put on lish a station at Morant Bay; but the board the guardship in the harbour. minister was imprisoned by the slave. Here he was placed in irons, without owners, and in consequence of their any relief till the following Tuesday: opposition, the attempt was aban he was then handcuffed, and allowed doned. The district has been pecu to take exercise on deck. liarly under the influence of the On the 2nd of November he wa Church of England, and if religion sent to Morant Bay. For dars be has failed to curb the passions of the fore this the riot had been entire people, it is through the failure of her suppressed; but the courts-martis clergy to accomplish the good they were continued, and many hundred are appointed to effect.

of persons, men and women, wen The nearest station of the Society submitted to the scourge, or hanger is at Yallah, about eighteen miles on the most frivolous pretences. O nearer to Kingston. The pastor is a arriving at Morant Bay, Mr. Palme former student of the Calabar Insti was taken to prison amid the jeer tution, a black man, who is also the land taunts of the marines, wh pastor of the church meeting in pointed to the gallows and ropes a Hanover Street, Kingston. During his doom the next day. But althoug the excitement that followed the riot this fate did not befall him, he bad te not a single member of this church witness day by day the execution of was even suspected of complicity those who were condemned, and the with it, while they cheerfully aided cruel scourgings of his fellow-pa: the authorities in preserving the peace soners. “Black devils"and"savages on the estates in the vicinity. Their were some of the choice expression pastor, however, has not escaped. He | used by their executioners. was arrested in Kingston, and is now For twelve days," continues Mi on his trial charged with sedition, his Palmer, “I was at the police-station offence really being that, at a public lying on the bare floor, fed like a pig meeting in Kingston, lawfully con- | unable to speak a word to my com vened, and held so long ago as last panions--policemen guarding us de May, he spoke in support of the and night, with loaded guns and fixer statements of Dr. Underhill's cele. | bayonets. Daily did I look for my

execution, although wholly innocent | ill, which illness I had contracted of having done anything constitu- | during my incarceration ; for whilst tionally wrong against the Govern- | there I suffered from fever, ague, ment of her Gracious Majesty the vomiting, spitting of blood, dysentery, Queen. The water we were com in short, everything that bad air, bad pelled to drink was putrid and offen food, bad water, and bad treatment sive to the smell. I could not keep are calculated to produce in a frame it to my nostrils from the strong not very robust, and not at all accusstench, particularly in the evenings.” tomed to such things. Even now I

On the 13th of November martial am a constant sufferer from fever and law ceased. By a verbal order the other bodily ailments, and to the prisoners were removed to another mercy of God must ascribe my prepart of the prison, when they were sent existence." fed on convicts' food-that is, half This is but a specimen of the sufboiled or sour cornmeal for break- ferings endured by many men equally fast, and rams boiled in their skins | innocent. They are truly sufferers and dirt for dinner. This cruel im. for righteousness' sake. The Govern. prisonment lasted for thirty-four ment of Jamaica has been utterly days. No trial was granted, and the neglectful of the well-being of the Governor gave no heed to a petition emancipated population, and has at for relief, in wbich all the prisoners length confessed its utter incompejoined. Night and day they were tence, and its evil administration of guarded by soldiers. At night they the affairs of the island, by surren. were placed in a dark cell, and the dering all its rights and privileges only bedclothes Mr. Palmer had | into the bands of the Queen. Let us were a few petticoats of some female hope that, by God's blessing, a better prisoners, which they had fortunately Government will be framed for the left behind in their removal. At future--one by which good laws shall length, on the 20th of December, Mr. | be made, and their administration be Palmer was released from his incar. entrusted to the hands of fair and just ceration by a writ of Habeas Corpus, men. It should be our prayer that sued for by George Phillippo, Esq., our legislators be guided by wisdom and bound over to appear when called from on high, and that a new era upon.

may dawn on the freed men of the "I left," he says, “ the prison suf- West-one of just liberty and godly fering from fever; in fact, severely | prosperity.

Intelligence.

GENERAL.

PARLIAMENT was opened by the Queen in person at the begiuning of last month. The appearance of the Sovereign, after so long a retirement, naturally excited much attention, and we must say tbat Her Majes y's speech, read in her presence, but by the Lord Chancellor on her behalf, was on the whole worthy of the auspicious occasion. To the surprise of every one, no reference was made in the speech to the

death of Lord Palmerston ; but several measures of importance were promised among them the long-talked of measure for Electoral Reform, since the delivery of tne speech, the chief subject that has occupied both Houses has been the Cattle Plague. Jamaica has, however, not been unnoticed ; and Ireland bay bad unusual prominence, through tue Government having sought, and wbtained, a suspension of Habeas Corpus in that part of the empire. Fenianism must be indeed far.

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