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ckle he heard the stentorian voice of Sandy Graham, the village lacksmith. "Hoot man, and are ye at it this early, after the deathly illness o' esterday ?” It was in vain that Donald protested he had never been better. Sandy declared he was out his head, and ought to be taken back to bed-he could see by the colour of his face there was a high fever on him!

While yet he was speaking, they were joined by Duncan McIver ind Malcolm Sterling, two large-hearted neighbours coming to sympahise in Donald's affliction, and to proffer their aid in reaping his barley; and before any explanation could be made of the puzzling matter, the loving old minister, staff in hand, had arrived with the oil of consolation.

Donald persisted in saying he was never more hearty; when the pastor asked, "Why, then, mon, did ye forsake your seat in God's house

, and implore the prayers of His people ? .“ Aweel

, then,” replied Donald, in amazement, “I was awa’ fra the kirk wi' the aching o' my limbs fra’ the week's work, but I asked prayers o' no mon alive!"

The joke was perceived, and the pastor reminded Donald that the man who absented himself from God's house for no better reason than his, ought to ask the prayers, if he didn't ! Donald Grant lost more time in entertaining the many

who came to inquire for him on Monday, than he had gained by resting on the Sabbath; but he learned a lesson he did not forget. The barley harvest never kept him at home again on the Sabbath. Should it be taken for granted that sickness afflicted the families of all who absent themselves from our churches, we should have a long list of names to be prayed for.

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PICKINGS FROM MY PORTFOLIO.

No. V.

were ever

Some of the greatest works that

performed by Christian people were not immediate in their results. The husbandman has waited long for the precious fruit of the earth. The question has been asked again and again, “Watchman, what

Some, no doubt, have had to labour all their lives, and have bequeathed to their heirs the promise whose fulfilment they had

of the night?”

and others entered into their labours. You know the story of the removal of the old St. Paul's by Sir Christopher Wren. A very massive piece of masonry had to be broken down, and the task by pick and shovel would have been a very tedious one; so the great architect prepared a battering-ram for its removal, and a large number of workmen were directed to strike with force against the wall with the ram. After several hours of labour, the wall, to all appearances, stood fast and firm. longed to the human race at all! Their many strokes had been appa- The language he spoke, even the box rently lost, but the architect knew in which he stood, is peculiar to a that they were gradually communi- church; but when the man goes into cating motion to the wall, creating the family, it is a kind of pleasant an agitation throughout the whole

seen. They laid the courses of the temple,

not personally underground

surprise to the children to see that of it, and that, by.and-by, when they he is really a man of flesh, and in had continued long enough, the entire many respects something like their mass would come down beneath a own father. He can bring down to single stroke. The workmen, no the family the tones, and commoni, doubt, attributed the result to the ordinary feeling of humanity, and one crowning concussion, but their they will feel themselves a little master knew that their previous nearer to him than before. He asks strokes had only culminated in that them about the children, and if he one tremendous blow, and that all the has children they will ask about his non-resultant work had been neces- own in return; then the sorrows sary to prepare for the stroke which come up; they perhaps weep, and if achieved the purpose. O, Christian he is a true man, perhaps a tear will people, do not expect always to see

come into his own eye.

There is no the full outgrowth of your labours ! studied ceremony about it; if he sees Go on, serve your God, testify of His the family is not just then engaged, truth, tell of Jesus' love, pray for he perhaps will say in a quiet serious sinners, live a godly life, serve God way,

“ These troubles we can best with might and main, and if no get rid of by telling our Father of harvest spring up to your joyous them. Had we not better pray tosickle, others shall follow you and gether?” A simple prayer is offered

, reap what you have sown; and since but it has linked in communion the God will be glorified, it shall be hearts of these people to his heart

. enough for you. Be uneasy about

He knows them now. it, but not be discouraged ; let not him now. They feel that they know even this iron break the resolution him. When he goes to these people of your soul; let your determination in the pulpit, it is a conversation to to honour Jesus be as the nor ern his friends, a talking to those who iron and the steel.-C. H. Spurgeon. trust him. A bond of sympathy is

one of the strongest helps that you PASTORAL visiting may be done in can have toward thoroughly good such a way as to be absurd. I saw preaching.-Dr. John Hall. a caricature the other day in one of our papers in reference to it; a Irever it appearedas if there might Presbyterian minister going around be a just revolt against the will of with an elder, reading a chapter, Providence, it seemed to be at the catechising the children, etc. You time when the meek Saviour, innocan put that in such a way as to make cent, lowly, and loving, was sold by it look supremely ridiculous; but the the traitor, deserted of His disciples, thing rightly done is not ridiculous. assailed by the false accuser, and No man of sense would now go about condemned by the unjust judge, it in that way. The charm, the es- whilst a race of malefactors and insence of pastoral visitation, is this, grates crowded around their deliver. that a man goes into the bošom of er, howling for His blood-the blood the family; he talks to them in their of the Holy One. But though the own vernacular. The children, per- cup was bitter, it was meekly drunk

, haps, as they looked up at him in for it had been the Father's will to thë pulpit on a Sunday, did not mingle it, and his was the hand that realize very distinctly that he be held

to the lips of the Son the deadly

They know

ught. Lawlessness is hushed at sight of Gethsemane. In the den and at the cross you see illusited the sanctity of law as it apars nowhere else. It was Mercy deed that was forcing her way to le sinner; but as she went, she was en doing homage to Justice, and uying the debt, ere she freed the ptive. That dread transaction oclaimed the truth that transsession could never in God's uniirse occur with impunity: and that one did not suffer, another must. Senderness was there lavished, such is the heart of man never conceived n its hour of most impassioned and oncentrated affection. Yet that enderness leaned on the sternest

principle. The Father loved the Son thus sacrificed as his well-beloved one; yet it "pleased the Father to bruise Him.” Surely here is found no precedent for the lawless tenderness that exonerates the criminal and blames the law. It is not at the cross of Christ that ministry has learned its lesson, which employs itself in weaving silken scabbards, in the vain hope to sheathe the lightning of God's law; or which is full of dainty contrivances to muffle “the live leaping thunders” of Sinai, and make them no longer a terror to the evil-doer. In the last scenes of the Saviour's life that law was not contemned, but "magnified and made honourable."--William R. Williams.

OUR MISSIONS. The following particulars, we in London are conducting this with rust, will be useful to our readers, as great efficiency and zeal. At preompressing within a short space sent, the Association supports eight he principal facts connected with lady visitors and fourteen Bible he present history and position of women in India. All these are so the Baptist Missionary Society. many valuable additions to the staff Year by year, the fields occupied of workers mentioned above. by the Society have multiplied as Our readers know that during the well as extended, so that now we past year, the Rev. J. G. Gregson, have missionaries in nearly all parts of Portsea, offered his services to of the heathen world: 'in India, the Society to go out to India again. China , Ceylon, Africa, Hayti

, Trini- The pressing need of men for that dad, and the Bahamas. We have large and important field of labour missionaries also in Jamaica, now no

induced him to give up a happy longer a heathen island, and in Nor- and useful position in this country. way, Brittany, and Rome. In these In this step he has secured, as he various fields there are sixty-three certainly deserves, the wide-spread

hundred and sympathy of all friends of our mistwenty native pastors and preachers, sions. We invoke upon him, his and one hundred and forty-three wife and his children, the blessing schoolmasters : a grand total of four and protection of their Heavenly hundred and twenty-six agents.

Father. The committee have also This is a very considerable amount accepted the services of Mr. De St. of agency, and it goes on increasing Dalmas, for India. This young bro

ther is now pursuing some prelimiNo account of our missionary nary studies prior to his going out. work would be complete now, if These two brethren, however, only

missionaries, two

were said about the Zenana supply the places of those we have Mission. The Ladies' Association

lost, for Mr. Supper has died, and Mr.

every year.

nothing

John Gregson has gone to Australia. spent three months among the So many of our missionaries in Buddhists of Independent Sikkim India are aged, or in inferior health, Melas, fairs, and markets have been that it becomes an anxious question diligently visited, and the Gospel how in future the work is to be preached to many hundreds of thou carried on.

We can only look to sands of persons, ignorant of the the Lord of the harvest for more

way of Life. labourers.

Encouraging progress has been Two brethren have been sent to made in establishing self-sup: Jamaica: the Revs. T. L. Rees and porting. Churches in Bengal and P. Williams. The society has en- in Delhi. In the former sphere

, Mr. gaged to support them for four Kerry, and in the latter, Mr. James years, while they are doing a work Smith, have been cheered by more of evangelisation in a hitherto some- success than they had anticipated what neglected part of the island. The younger members of the It is hoped that by the end of that Churches, especially, are showing a · time, if not before, they will have more active and earnest spirit than succeeded in forming two or more heretofore. We trust that ere long self-supporting Churches. From pre- not a few native Churches will be sent signs there is every prospect altogether independent of the 8 of their being able to do so.

ciety. The Rev. Joseph Hawkes has been Our work in China, though it be sent to Hayti, where he is working the day of small beginnings with it

, very happily and successfully. Two is very interesting and encouraging

. additional brethren have been taken Besides Mr. Richard's work, to up in Norway; and the Rev. James which we have referred above, Dr. Wall, of Rome, to the delight of a W. Brown, our medical missionary, very large number of friends, has has acquired the language and com been placed on the list of the menced a dispensary, having fitted Society's missionaries.

up and set apart a portion of the The returns of missionary work native chapel for this purpose. are always necessarily imperfect, In Ceylon, the churches are and there is always much more done playing a praiseworthy activity in than can be reported; nevertheless

the erection of chapels and school. it is encouraging to know that the houses. The Old Testament, transmissionaries have baptized during lated by Mr. Carter, is undergoing a the year, in India one hundred and thorough revision, preparatory to sixty persons; in Ceylon, forty-one; its being sent to press. A Singha in Norway, sixty-nine; in Rome, lese hymn-book has also been pub fifty; in Trinidad, seventy-three; in lished for use in Christian Toll the Bahamas, one hundred and ship. twenty-three; in Africa, seventeen: In Africa, Mr. Saker, who fo a total of five hundred and thirty

many years has been translatin three persons; a larger number the Word of God in the Dual

] than the average.

tongue, has now completed his wor

! The itinerating labours of the The whole Bible is now rendered i missionaries have been unusually that language. extensive, not only throughout the In Hayti, Mr. Hawkes has 18 districts occupied, but in the regions ceived a hearty welcome from th beyond. Mr. Richard, our mis. people. He finds the Church les sionary at Chefoo, has penetrated sened in numbers by death, and Manchuria, in northern China. from the effect of the recent revolu Messrs. Etherington and Bates have tions through which the island has visited central India. Mr. Page has passed; but the members hay

aintained the means of grace, and
e steadfast in the faith.
In the Bahamas, distress and loss
trade continue to press on the
eople of Turk's Islands, and Mr.
legg will henceforward, at the in-
tance of the committee, make the
sland of St. Domingo his head
uarters, where there is a large and
ntrodden sphere of missionary
ibour.
All the accounts we have had
rom Jamaica during the past year
lave been very encouraging. The
nstitution in Calabar, for the train-
ing of a native ministry, is very
efficiently carried on, and not a few
useful ministers have been sent out
from thence. We have already
referred to those comparatively
destitute parts of the island where
we have sent two fresh missionaries.
Besides these, the Churches of the
sland are supporting several more.
Tamaica has long ceased to be a
heathen island;

and few parts of jur old mission field have been more

have been baptized, and in the neighbouring cities several small knots of persons regularly meet for the reading of the Scriptures and prayer.

All the above work has been done with a comparatively small amount of money. Our income, from all sources, has been something over thirty-two thousand pounds. Our expenditure has been considerably in advance of this sum. We began the year

with a debt of sixteen hun. dred pounds, and we close it with a debt of three thousand seven hundred pounds. This great increase is mainly due to the unforeseen, but unavoidable extra expenditure of the year. One thing encourages

the contributions from the Churches are better this year, by more than one thousand pounds, than they were last year:

This betokens increased interest in many places, and a more systematic way of working in many more. We shall want this year an increase of at least two thousand pounds. It really is not much to ask. We look to the Churches and to the God of the Churches for the help we want to carry on our great work.

C. B.

us:

blessed.

In Europe, the missions in Italy, Norway, and France, continue to afford the most gratifying results. The rooms occupied in Rome are filled with hearers; many persons

NEWS OF THE CHURCHES. A new schoolroom has been opened in connection with the church of at Calstock, Devon, in connection which the Rev. J. Bigwood is the with the church of which the Rev. pastor.-The Baptist Chapel, DunD. Cork is the pastor.—The memo- kerton, near Bath, has been rerial-stone of a new chapel has been opened after alterations. laid at Longford, near Coventry, for the church of which the Rev. J. P. The Rev. E. K. Everett has been Barnett is the pastor.—The Baptist publicly recognised as the pastor of Chapel , Cross Leech Street, Staley- the church in Wakefield

Road, Staleybridge, under the pastorate of the

bridge.-The Rev. A. Rollason, late Rev. A. North, has been re-opened,

of Rawdon College, has been reafter considerable repair and im

cognised as the pastor of the church provement. The memorial-stone of in Ebenezer Chapel, Scarborough.a new schoolroom has been laid at The Rev. W. Anderson has been reHarrow-on-the-Hill, near London,

cognized as the pastor of the church

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