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TIIE RIGHT END OF THE SKEIN.
VRS. MORRIS had passed a delight- | listen and to adore if the worship i Sabbath. It had closed a week and services of a holy week like this very day of which had been devoted might be perpetual-if I could be in i special religious offices by the some serene, calm retreat where sesuurch to which she belonged; and lected souls worship perpetuallywh day, by its prayers, its sermons, surely, I might almost live without ed hymns, had lifted her, as by suc | sin for ever."
sive wave on wave, to a higher But Monday rose- bright, posiand still serener height of religious tive, sharp, worldly Monday-most qoyment. Seated now in the calm Martha-like of all days in the week; wilight of the Sabbath, she reviewed and with it came burned toast and ze week as from some serene height | washy coffee for breakfast, to the be traveller looks over an evening manifest discomfort of the masculino undscape. Never had she seemed head of the family; and when in
herself to have risen to calmer quiry was made into causes, came gins of the spiritual life. The back the message, “ Cook says sho weld of common interests and petty is not going to get the breakfast on Cales, all that ever had distracted or washing days any more. Them as maried her, seemed to lie far below wants it must get it themselves.' er feet as a faintly remembered The second girl in the staff, from reann. There seemed no longer to whose unpractised hands originated se any trouble she could not endure, the defective articles, was sure it any cross she could not easily carry. wasn't her place to get it; and in idu year had been marked with dis general the week was ushered in in as pointment and bereavement, but uncomfortable a manner as possible; 20w the yearning of bereavement and Mrs. Morris, being thoroughly was still ; a celestial light seemed to discomposed, lost patience, and spoke may even that distant grave over several sharp words all around ;-the kuich she had shed so many tears. celestial peace was broken. The do"Yes,” she said to herself, in a sort mestic trouble was after a while of inward rapture, “at last the mys smoothed over and arranged, but she try of sorrow begins to explain was vexed with herself, and sometlf, and God's will and my will what vexed that she should be met have become one. This great peace is in the very outset of the week by worth all it cost."
such a mortification. In the midst of all this peace she In the course of the forenoon came was conscious of a sort of shuddering in Miss Martha Brightbody, the
Version at the thought of Monday: 1 general factotum of all the benevoJother of a large family, pressed lent arrangements and sewing sowith a thousand daily and hourly cieties of the Church, to hold a concalls, she felt the repugnance to pass sultation with Mrs. Morris; and, as from the serene spiritual regions of is very apt to be the case with these tranquil thought to the coarse com excellent people, who gather a handmonplace of life. Then, too, she ful of seed out of everybody's vinewus a woman of sensitive nerves, yard, she dropped some grains of quick to feel the jar and shock of strife here and there among her good aught that was jarring. “Ah," she seed. Nighed, " if it were only my duty to ! “Do you know, Mrs. Morris," she said, “Mrs. Brown said she thought to a rock to dry his wet garments and you hadn't shown good judgment in look about him. What a difference buying those calicoes? She said | between this Sunday and the last! you gave too much a yard by two “How am I ever to make progress pence. I stood up for you. For my | in religion?” she said to her old part, I think Mrs. Brown always Aunt Martha, who had come to spend wants to have the lead in everything the day with her. "I really think herself; and then Mrs. Simpkins if I had nothing to do but attend ca said you didn't do your part in hay the means of grace-if we could have ing the society meet at your house ; constant Sabbaths, and prayers, ani and I put 'em in mind how you'd hymns-I might endure; but each been afflicted, and all that. I always week's cares seem to wash out what stand up well to 'em, I can tell you;”. Sunday does.” and then came another half hour of “ Daughter!” said Aunt Martha, talk, and the good soul went away, “you haven't got hold of the piani leaving the sting of two nettle - | end of the shein. It won't unwind as strokes to inflame in her listener's you are doing it." heart.
“Do tell me, then, what is the “Why should I mind it?" she right end?” said to herself a dozen times that “The right way is to call your day; but she did mind it. It came crosses and your cares your means tof between her and her peace, and often grace. They are better than prayers hung on her with a vague sense of and psalms, and hymns, when you something disagreeable, even when take them in that way. Your means she put it out of her mind.
of grace, this week, have been four It would seem as if the week, so servants' ill teinpers; the breakirr inauspiciously begun, was futed to of your glass dish; your children's poor Mrs. Morris. IIer cook was in heedlessness; the little, unjust, s one of those surly periods to which voking things people have said the minds of most human beings are you. Call these your means often subject, and nobody can say grace-accept, value, use them as why cooks shouldn't be allowed their such--and you will grow fastern ill humour sometimes, as well as religion than if you went to chur L their betters; at all events, Mrs. ¡ every day of the week.” Morris's head woman had such Mrs. Morris was silent. A mula phases, which were only borne in new vein of thought was awakea, peace because of her general honesty within her. and ability. The second girl, a new “Now,” said Aunt Vartha, "hs7 hand, was well meaning, but blun. you told your Father in heaven dering, and succeeded on Tuesday in these things you have been tell.n. breaking an elegant cut-glass dish, which had come down as an heirloom “These things! Oh, no! it has to Mrs. Morris from her mother's | been my object to keep such trifles family. Had it been the death of a out of my mind in my prayers." child, Mrs. Morris would have borne “Better let them in, and shos the stroke like an angel; but as it them to Him." was only her best glass dish, she “These little foolish things :" thought she did well to be angry, “ It seems they are great enough and angry she was accordingly. In to hinder your peace; to stand in short, so many mischances happened way of your Christian life; if the in this luckless week, that when can do that, they are not little thin Sunday came again she seemed to Call them your lessons ; take thes herself like some chilled shipwrecked into your prayers ; speak freely to mariner, who crawls, shivering, on your Father of them; look at the
is the daily tasks He sets you; be knows, and yet the peace of God was ieve every one of them has an ap- written in every line of her face, and cointed meaning; and no Church or these few words showed the secret of ermon can do so much for you. My that peace. She resolved that the hild, I had not been alive this day, next week she would try and begin f I had not learned to do this.” the skein at the right end.
Mrs. Morris knew that her aunt Good friend, if your life skein will ad been through the long trial | not wind smoothly, try the same exwhich only the wife of a drunkard | periment!
THE FAMILY LIBRARY.
How many volumes have been written on the Lord's Prayer! In our wn library we have counted nearly a dozen, and doubtless the number might be very largely increased. Discourses on the Lord's Prayer, by
uleb Webb, * is a new attempt to expound this portion of our Lord's Paching. It is thoughtful and very sensible, though perhaps not very attractive in form, and somewhat deficient in the imaginative faculty. No Ile can, however, read it without advantage ; and it is plain that it has en prepared with the most conscientious pains and labour.
Public Worship: the Best Methods of Conducting it ; hy the Rev. J. Suncer Pearsall,t is a very suggestive book. It is an expansion of a aper that was read before the Congregational Union at its meeting at
effield; and the publication of the paper was cordially requested by he assembled brethren. Public Prayer; Public Reading ; Public eaching ; the Service of Song; the Lord's Supper ; Prayer Meetings ; amily Worship ;-these are but a few of the topics discussed ; and they me all dealt with in the most thoughtful style and in the most devout pirit. To Ministers, and to all who are responsible for public worship, De book will be very interesting and valuable.
The Sin of Bribery. A Sermon preached at High Street Chapel, Lanister. By E. Dothie, B.A.I It was, perhaps, scarcely to be exected that a sin so largely practised in the world should not find its ay into the Church of Christ, even under its purest form ; but it could Sarcely have been anticipated that any Nonconformist Church would ave been so deeply infected as that meeting at High Street Chapel, Lanister. Into a still greater evil, however, that of covering up sin, we are zny to say, that Church has not been permitted to fall ; Scriptural disipline having been duly received, and the voice of the preacher going orth, not to the congregation only, but to the world. It is high time hat this scandalous and flagrant immorality should be discountenanced u the high quarters from which its resources are drawn; but, at any rate, * Nonconformist Churches wash their hands of it. We thank Mr. othie for the publication of his excellent sermon, which we warmly immend to an extensive circulation. * Houlston & Wright. † Jackson, Walford, & Hodder. Elliot Stock.
We have pleasure in noticing a Memoir of Mr. Joseph Harbotile, riik Selections from his Literary Remains, by the Rev. Thomas Taylor. To many of our readers, especially in the North, Mr. Harbottle was wellknown. By all who knew him he was greatly respected. This memorial of his worth was more than called for. It would not have been right to leave such a life unwritten. Mr. Taylor has done his work modestly and well ; and it need not be added that the Preface, by Dr. Angus, adds ruh to the interest of the little volume.
We are glad to acknowledge the receipt of Mr. Hinton's Anti-Ritualistes Tracts.t The first has been already noticed by us. Those now in our hands are,—The Eucharist not a Sacrifice; The Church Catholic; Priestly Absolution; The New Gospel, or, "Liturgiology." It needs not to be added that all the tracts are excellent, and a valuable contrizution to what seems likely to be one of the most momentous controversies of our time.
OUR MISSIONS:-THE IDOL MAKERS IN CHEEFOO. THE Rev. R.J. Langton, of Choefoo, | about two hours. As soon as I hai in China, has forwarded us the fol- finished, to my surprise, a table was lowing interesting narrative of the | placed in the middle of the workshop, conversion of a Chinese idol maker : and covered with various Chileme
“Last December (1865), whilst dishes, of which Ching and meali staying at Choongkya, one of our were invited to partake. At first I stations, I went to Mun-hoo, a vil declined, saying that we had code to lage about eight or ten miles distant, preach the Gospel to them, and text to visit an idol maker, who, for some we wanted no man's money or ble time past, had manifested considerable goods. Our host, however, said that interest in the truths of the Gospel. we had walked a long way over the
We found him busy at work, sur- i hills that bleak cold morning, in ordet rounded by gods of all sizes and that he might hear the joyful soud. descriptions, in various stages of and how could he let us go back manufacture. As our native brother, without anything to eat ? Ching, and myself entered, Mr. Cheu About a month after this visit, Nr. (our friend's name) greeted us very Cheu called at our chapel in Cheia! politely. As soon as we were seated, We entered into conversation 3 he cast a look at his gods, and then him. I found that, considering by at us—a look expressive of confusion opportunities of getting informativa and mental conflict. Turning to me, his knowledge was by no means he said, “It is my trade to make meagre. From the New Testament these things, but I know that your especially, the preaching of the natiti doctrine is true.” The place was | brethren at Choong-Kys, and frog soon crowded with friends and neigh- that of Ching and myself, he bad bours. Ching spoke to them of a very clear and rational view of this Christ as the substitute and sacrifice plan of salvation, and his muu for the guilty, and as the Redeemer was under the influence of Diri of all who believe in his name ; also truth. By these means, he said, . of the Resurrection and the Judg- mind had been led to read the des ment. I then took up the same sub- | Testament, and he woke up as a mà jects, and discoursed upon them for 1 out of sleep. He commenced setti:
* Elliot Stock. + Houlston & Wright.
apart a certain portion of each day | break up my business, and trust in for reading the New Testament and God, for He will provide.” He went neditating upon it, praying that God home, called his family and his relawould help him to understand it, that | tions together, told them that he He would forgive his sins and save | was a Christian, and that he must his soul.
give up his former business, as it was Ilaying received some further in. | sinful. His proposal met with strong struction, he bade me good-bye, ex opposition, and every possible obpressing the wish, that "the great stacle was placed in the way to hin
ad venerable teacher (i.e., myself) | der him from accomplishing his purmnight soon pay another visit to his pose. But everything had to give Laean abode, to teach himself and way to his steady determination to as friends more of the heavenly do what was right. The idols on octrine.
hand were broken up, and his worka short time afterwards, he came shop divested of the last trace of its to Chefoo, professing that he was a connection with idolatry. Soon after disciple of Christ, and that he was this he came to me at Choong-Kya inxious to be baptized and received and requested baptism. The few nto the Church. I had several long | brethren who live there were called uaversations with him, and I was together to hear him tell what God
tisfied as to the reality of the change had done for his soul. We were inwrought in him. I inquired what he i terested, delighted, melted; the work sad done with regard to his idol-1 of the Spirit in his case was so genLaking business. He said, “Well, uine, so evident, so marvellous, his
actically, I have done nothing of relation of what he had felt so simple, ate, for since I have received the so unadorned, and his trust in Divine fate doctrine, I have had such a Providence for the future so childlike nathing for the false, empty things, and so firm. We gladly received hat I have left them untouched. I him. The next morning we went to feel that I cannot finish those I have the seaside, distant about four miles, a hand. I am not, however, clear accompanied by the little band of whether I can work at my trade and Christian brethren. After we had ot be a Christian. If I can, with- sung a hymn, I gave an address, and of doing wrong, my disgust for the after we had knelt together I led him hings will prevent me. If I cannot down the shelving rocks into the sea pork at my trade, what am I to do? | and baptized him. Ly business has always brought in It is now more than six months nough to keep my family, and to since he put trust in Christ. He not
able me to assist my brother, who | only bears his voluntary poverty with 3 partly dependent on me.” I told resignation, but seems to rejoice that ata that I thought the way of duty, he is suffering it for Christ's sake. hough difficult, was clear. It was He is very zealous in preaching Christ impossible for him to be an idol maker to his neighbours and friends, and as ud a consistent Christian. We con- | ho has always stood high in their ersed on the subject, read the New estimation, on account of his intelliTestament, and prayed till midnight. gence and probity, his influence for The next morning, being Sunday, I good is very considerable. I am
reached from Matt. xix. 28, 29. going next week to visit a village When I had done he came to me, where a great interest in Christianity ind said, “ Your discourse has quite has sprung up as the result of his ecided me. I must go home and I voluntary exertions.