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idea was formed that it was only to the former that the work belonged of carrying forward the work of spreading the gospel. Now it would appear tint the Church is beginning to act on a more just and scriptural principle, and her lay members are beginning to be associated in the management of her Missionary operations. It is of great moment to laymen to be thus associated. They talk and consult in meetings of Committees, and thus their interests are joined with those of the cause. They are associated in the eyes of the world with the work, and so they become accustomed to the name of saints, and cease to consider it a reproach. The speaker conclud. ed by cautioning the members of the Committee against the admission of a secular spirit into their deliberations. This is ouly to be guarded against by watchfulness and prayerfulness.

The Chairman then made some very suitable observations, remarking especially on the Catholic and Christian spirit of the second resolution, and on the signs of the times as an incitement to Missionary exertion. The success of our country's arms in the east and the west ought to stimulate us to exertion in order to carry out the designs of Providence in putting so much power into our hands. Surely the design of God in all this is not merely that we should enrich ourselves, or that we should get honor or reputation for ourselves, but rather that we should use the influence which He has given us for the promotion of his own glory.

A hymn was then sung and the meeting separated. The service was very interesting and well adapted to induce a proper state of feeling in the Christian mind. The collection we understand was very liberal.—Advocate.

4.—The Sand Heads.

What a crowd of associations connect themselves with the Sand Heads. How many a youthful heart has beat high as it has heard- the Sand Heads! Hope with uplifted foot has lit up its future career with brightest scenes, now about to be realized. How many a heart has sickened as it has approached the estuary of the Ganges; children anxious to hear of the life and health of parents not seen sinee childhood's days ; and wives and others returning from a search after health to those they hope are living but who yet may be dead. How many a man has bid adieu to the Sand Heads with joy, having gathered amply of the barbaric gold of this land of sun. He ia hasting in the "May of life" over the bosom of the deep blue sea to the shores of his native isle—with a glee and gladsome mind. He is about to enjoy the fruit of his toils in his father-land. How many with riches burdened but despoiled of health, with care-worn countenances have cast one sad lingering look at the muddy banks of Gnnga;

"Grateful yet sad and scarcely joyous to depart or stay;" while some neither permitted to go or stay linger in search of health on the very threshold of the deep blue sea. How many a captain's heart is lightened when he sights the pilot, and how the pilot watches and toils, marking lights and buoys as he guides the noble vessel into a safe but difficult port. How like the turbid and restless waters of the Sand Heads must be the turmoil of thought of those who are ever and auon passing over the treacherous channel. How like to life in general with its anxieties and trouble. Such a mixture of sunshine and shade, tears and smiles, sorrows and joys, hopes and fears, agremens and disagremens. How like unto life in its entrance— its troubled waters—its wide yet dangerous entrances—its land and sea marks—its experienced pilots and its noble and peaceful port, once entered. How like life in its close—the troubled waters of the Jordan—the really narrow though apparently wide and expansive entrance to the haven of rest —the blessed pilot, Christ—the sure marks of salvation, and the noble and delightful port of the new heaven. Reader! when at the Sand Heads

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either going or coming or remaining,' look on it as an emblem of life in its progress and close, and be edified as yon see the works of God in the great deep, and his creatures and people therein.—Ibid.

6.Pboposal To Translate And Print The Quran In The Urdu And Roman Character.

We have had forwarded to ns a prospectus for printing a Romanized Urdu and Nagri edition of the Quran by Christian men. The object is, that by a plain, faithful translation of this heterogeneous mass of selections from other sacred books, Musalmans may be enabled to judge more accurately of its merits, and be better informed as to its contents than they can be now that it is doled out to them in the flowing numbers of Arabic poetry, which but few among them comprehend. It is the poetical mysteries which attach themselves to the Quran which constitutes its chief* recommendation. Another object which the translators have in view is to place in the hands of Missionaries and Native Christian teachers, who may not be conversant with Persian, a plain and faithful translation of this most important book in all discussions with the Muhammadans; so that they may be able to quote it in the ordinary language of the people to whom they preach. The Hebrew scriptures, the Greek scriptures are translated into the Vulgar tongues, why not the Quran that it may be brought by the people to a fair te.-t with the truly holy hooks? Such a test the people may be able to appreciate. This is the reasoning of the translators. It is proposed to add notes explanatory. We regret that we cannot recommend this plan, and we candidly confess we look upon it with sincere regret. Had the Musalmans attempted it or had it been the work of any literary body, we could have had no objection; but as it is the work of Christian men, we cannot approve it. That it may effect some good we are convinced, for the good men who have undertaken to translate it would never have made the attempt had they not so thought: but that the good will counterbalance the evil we very much doubt. As Christians it is our duty to print and distribute Christian truth, but certainly not that which we know to be a cheat and a lie, and that lie firmly and fanatically believed by so large a section of the human family. Let us put what notes we please, will not the impression get abroad that Christians are printing the Qurdn? —and what effect will that have on the illiterate Musalmans which impression the Maulvis will not fail to strengthen?—but whatever be the impression, it is clear that Christian men cannot do evil that good may come, and that to translate, print and circulate that which we know and believe to he the grossest and most influential of all impostures certainly comes within the category of evil. The intention of our friends who have undertaken this work we believe to be good, but we entreat them to pause ere they set one type to press in such a matter.—Ibid.

We entirely concur in the sentiments expressed in this extract.—Ed.

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6.—Christian Education— Iptcreared Exertion Needed. The advocates of what is called a neutral education, that is education without Christianity, are making great efforts to extend their schools and colleges in every direction. They have at their command considerable pecuniary resources and political influence: and hence they are not likely to contract the circle of their operations. They must and will increase. Whatever may be the estimate formed of education without Christianity by the upholders of the Government system, there are many who deem all knowledge, except it be accompanied by the truth of God's word, to he but an engine for evil put into the hands of this people. We would therefore entreat the friends of native Christian education not to rest on their oars, but in every district of this densely populated country

to plant Christian seminaries that the stream of knowledge may be accompanied by that which can alone make it a blessing to the people— true and pure Christianity. The educational wants of the people of India are clearly becoming much greater than can be supplied by the different Missionary Societies as such. The subject is evidently becoming one which cannot be treated as an appendage to missions: it must be taken up and dealt with as a great national question by the Church of Christ and friends of Christian education both here and at home. A Society should be formed for this express object—the Christian Education of India on a scale commensurate with the demands of the people and the efforts of ihe anti-Christian system. We merely throw out the suggestion. We may return to the subject in a little.—Ibid.

7.—The Monthly Missionary Prayer Meeting. The Monthly Missionary Prayer .Meeting was held at the Lai Bazar Chapel, on Monday the 2nd inst. The address was delivered by the Itev. J. Wenger, who gave a brief account of The preient slate of the Greek Church in Greece and Turkey. Religiously considered nothing can he more deplorable than its present condition. The priesthood are sunk in ignorance and the people held under the influence of the grossest superstition. Ceremonies and miracles occupy the place of vital godliness. Preaching is a thing almost unknown. The efforts of Protestant Missionaries have been directed to this field. They have prepared school and other useful books on general knowledge and have commenced a library of Christian knowledge in the translation of standard authors. The Scriptures have been translated into modern Greek, and Schools of a very superior character have been established in Greece. The priests alarmed at this state of things, have anathematized those of the people who have dared to benefit by the labors of the Missionaries. Persecution has ensued—the Scriptures have been burnt by order of ihe Patriarch of Constantinople, and all books printed at Mission presses—scientific as well as religious—have been ordered to be burnt by the same authority. The Missionaries are stigmatized as foreigners, the Bible as a dangerous book, and the efforts of these men of God are declared to be subversive of order and peace. This is hut another form of the papacy—another of those cheats by which the evil one deludes the erring children of men into the belief and practice of a lie. Amidst all this there are a few who stand fast, who are, according to the election of urace : and a large party of what may be called the liberal, that is, the educated party, are fast progressing, towards that state of things which will forbid their tamely submitting to the anathemas of an ignorant and besotted priesthood. 'J he devotional parts of the service were engaged in by Rev. Messrs. Bradbury and Smith.—Ibid.

8.—Reputed Revival Of Sati At Mirzapore. A correspondent of the Englishmnn states that n Sati has occurred in that neighborhood. Some time ago we stated that two had occurred in the vicinity of Calcutta. We have little doubt of their heing perpetrated, though they could not be distinctly traced by the authorities. That the brahmans would, if possible, revive this or any other barbarous custom, we have little doubt—that they may ever and anon make an attempt " to try the spirits" is not improbable. Wherever such things bappen, the authorities ought to leave no stone unturned until the whole matter is sifted and the parties made a public example of; for if they can with impunity perform such a rite in the very vicinity of the authorities, what may they not practise in the remoter and less regulated portions of our territories? We do hope for humanity's sake such tiling has not occurred, but if it has, and can be traced home, it ought to be visited by the severest punishment which the law can inflict.—Ibid,

9.—TnK Medical Missionary Society. Christianity is not only henevolent but ingenious in the modes by which she would commend her benevolence to mankind. Like the mercies of nature, though provided for all and tending to the same end, the happiness of man and the glory of God—like these, though having one object, Christianity assumes different aspects and presents her mercies, in different forms. In nature now mercy comes in the sunshine, nnd then in the shadow—now in tiie valley, and then in lofty mountain. So does Christianity: — now it comes to the guilty in the preached word, and then in the form of the Asylum, the Hospital and the Refuge; and now it has determined to commend itself to the inhabitants of China and the East through the medium of medicine—the superior science and skill of Western pharmacy. A Society has been formed in London, under the auspices of some of the most talented and humane laymen and others—most of them medical men, for the purpose of sending forth Medical Missionaries to China—a noble and commendable object indeed, nnd one which has the high sanction of the Lord himself, who while he came to seek nnd to save the souls of the lost, did not forget to minister to the temporal wants and necessities of the people nnd to relieve their bodily ailments. In the East, medicine is a powerful key. It is almost like the magician's wand nnd may in wise hands be made a powerful means for introducing and propagating the truth of the gospel. The Rev. Mr. Kidd, formerly of Malacca, now Professor of Chinese in the London University, is Secretary to the Society. We shall be happy to convey the donations of any of our friends to the Secretary.—Ibid.

10.—The Society For The Diffusion Of Useful Knowledge.

The Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge connected with the Hindu College have just issued a volume of Essays in English and Bengali. These Essays have been delivered by the Members at the Meetings of the 8ociety. The publication of this volume forms an era in the history of the Hindus. It is the first tangible literary fruit of a party of intelligent Dative youth, and may he taken as a specimen of their talent and general modes of thinking, and conveying their thoughts, hoth in English and Bengali. We hope that every encouragement will be given to this effort. The Society is n vast improvement on the Debating Societies and Spouting Clubs of the native youth, of which this volume is nn abundant evidence. Might not the Society issue its proceedings in u less ponderous and more frequent form ?—Ibid.

We understand the volume in question has not been published but only printed for the use of the members and their friends, —Ed. C. C. O.

11.—State Of Native Feei.inoWidows—Noble Example Of A Native Youth—Ghat-murders And The Ciiakak. The indications that a spirit of change in a religious point of view is coming over the people in this country are may. "Straws," it is said," shew which way the wind blows;" and acts, though they are but the acts of individuals, indicate the state of feeling amongst the native community. Some time back a wealthy native offered a sum of money to any one, aeteris paribus, who would marry a Hindu widow. The offer we understand was accepted. Not to revert to other singular phenomena in Hindu Society equally opposed to native prejudice nnd practice, we cannot pass over in silence the dying act of Raj Kirshua Dey, a young well-educated and highly intelligent youth, one of the pupils of the Medical College, and

acting, since the completion of his studies, in the Upper Provinces as a native surgeon. In his dying moments this promising young man entreat, ed his friends, nay enjoined it upon them, not to allow his wife to remain a widow, or at least not to prevent her marrying again if she wished. The time was when such an act would have called forth the anathemas of the Dhiirma Shubha, and the ire of the whole Hindu community; hut this, as well as the previous offer of Mutty Lall Seal, have fallen dead on the ear, and show how little impression of an unfavorable kind they have produced on the minds of the people. The prejudices of the people are weakened, and it only requires the example of such men as those we have alluded to to check the disgraceful practices of Hindu life. Some of these evils however are of such a character as to need the interference of the strong arm of Government as well as the influence of personal example. We refer now more particularly to Ghat-murders and the Chnrak Pujd—hut more especially to the former. This practice is carried on in all its horrors, and they are horrors dread enough to awaken the sympathies and energies of the most inert. Only imagine a man or woman prostrated by fever or other disease, remonstrating against removal hut yet dragged away to the Ghat by relentless and hungry hrahmans and terrified relatives. This happens every day at our doors : men and women are deliberately murdered every day under the sanction of religion, and by the hands of hrahmans. Can nothing he done in this matter? Will no hand move or no voice he raised to arrest the progress of this Moloch-like practice? Aided by the wise and humane legislation of Government, the Chnrak Pujd will, we hope, effect its own cure. Oh for more such noble spirits us Raj Krishna Dey.—


12.—Indian Missionary Society. The Madras Protestant Weekly Visitor gives an account of the fourth Annual Meeting of the Indian Missionary Society. The object of this Society is to employ lay agents in the Mission field irrespective of peculiarities on the subject of Church Government. All are eligible who hold the fundamentals of our holy faith. The Society we are happy to state, lias hitherto answered every expectation. The agents are all attached to the country, and hence have none of those temptations to quit the field of labor which strangers have; that they are not laborers for filthy lucre's sake is clear from the fact that the income of the Society is not more than £200, yet with this thirteen agents have been sustained. We are happy to see the clergy and laity of every denomination engaged in this Society: it is a proof, if of nothing else, of this at least, that the members of the Church of Christ at Madras are imbued with n truly Christian spirit in practice as well as theory. We have more than once beard of the truly Christian temper which prevails at Madras, and would earnestly commend it to all the Churches of Christ in India. We pray the Lord of Missions may blens effectually the Indian Missionary Society in all its operations and agencies. The Agra Missionary Society was formed on a similar principle ; hut we have heard nothing of its operations for along time.—Ibid.

IS.—New Edition Of The New Testament In Hindustani. We are happy to state that another edition of the New 1'estament in Hindustani has just been completed. The volume consists of 510 small 12mo. pages; it is therefore the most compact form in which this large portion of the word of God has hitherto been presented in this popular language. The edition consists of 3000 copies of the entire Testament, besides 1000 copies of the Four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles in a separate form. May that great Spirit, by whose inspiration the sacred text was originally written, render this version the honoured instrument

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