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of the school, took the chair. The sum collected and contributed by the children was £1 ls. 5d. In the evening another service was held, when our esteemed minister, the Rev. J. R. Welham, presided, and spoke on the character and claims of missionary work. The secretary, Mr. J. Hartshorn, then gave the report, interspersing the same with appropriate remarks, which greatly interested the meeting. Several suitable hymns and pieces were afterwards sung and recited by the children; and at the close a collection was made, amounting to 18s. 11d., making £2 Os. 4d., being upwards of two-thirds in advance of last year. The meeting was a very pleasing and profitable one, and all separated resolving to work more earnestly for the missions during the coming year.

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LIZZIE MERCER. WE regret to say that Lizzie, for most of her life, was a neglecter of salvation. Her attendance at the Sabbath-school was very regular, and her conduct in the class unexceptionable. She attended the house of God with similar regularity; and she was so amiable in temper, and exemplary in conduct, as to be a favourite with many. Yet, alas ! like the young man in the Gospel, she “lacked one thing” —the most valuable of all. She often had been asked to give her heart to Jesus, and knew from experience what the Lord means when he says, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock;” but, sad to relate, it was not until during her last illness that she opened her heart to admit him. Blessed be God! though late, the last knock at the door of her heart caused her to open to Jesus. God, in his mercy, laid his afflicting hand upon her very gently, it is true, at first; but it was evident from her over-bright eyes and pale cheeks, mounted with bright crimson, as well as from her

“ tickling cough,” that fell consumption had seized her as his victim. At first, as was natural, she clung to life, and did not at all imagine that death was so

And alas ! during the first stages of her disease, her indifference to spiritual things remained, which was a cause of great uneasiness to her family, and to the numerous Christian friends who visited her. This indifference may not have con. tinued quite so long as we thought at the time. Her excessive reserve may have prevented us from seeing the happy change earlier.

She began to realize gradually the solemnity of her circum. stances, and then she whispered her desires after salvation, and joined in prayer when it was offered in her behalf. Her interest, too, in earthly things grew less and less, until she became wholly engrossed with the one mighty concern of salvation. Though becoming weaker every day, she did not suffer much pain, and was not confined to bed at all, being able to sit up to

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almost the last hour of her life. She felt that God dealt very mercifully with her in giving her time to think and pray. When the decisive change, conversion, consequent upon her believing in Jesus, actually had passed upon her, she did not freely confess it. It was during the night season, when unable to sleep from the cough, that she most freely opened her mind to her dear mother, who was always with her; and on one of these nights she first began to speak lovingly of Jesus; and afterwards she fully confessed him before all.

A kind friend, who was resolved to be fully satisfied about her state, spoke to her kindly, but very plainly, telling her he thought it her duty to speak out for the satisfaction of the numerous friends who were anxious about her salvation. This had a good effect upon her, and shortly after she was asked, “Lizzie, do you feel you are a sinner?” She replied, “ Yes.” “Do you believe Christ is your Saviour?" Again

she replied, “ Yes.” “Well, can you trust in Christ for salvation?” She said she could.

Similar questions to these were put to her afterwards, and she replied to them all in the same satisfactory manner. It deeply solemn and affecting to her beckoning one

after another of her dear family to her bedside-father, mother, sisters and brothers—to bid them all a long farewell, and to exhort them to meet her in heaven. During this time it was said to her that salvation was without money and price, and she said, “If money would buy it, people would not part with their money for it.”

At length the messenger came, and after a momentary struggle she quitted life for immortality. She died near Priesthill, her native place, on Sabbath the 19th of July, aged eighteen years. “She died in Jesus, and is blest:

How sweet her slumbers are!
From suffering and from sin released,

And freed from every snare.'
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THE BIBLE AT DEATH. LIFE's last hours are grand testing hours; death tries all principles, and lays bare all our foundation. Many have acted the hypocrite in life who were forced to be honest in the hour of death. Misgivings of heart, that we have kept secret th: ough life, have come out in death ; and many also who seem all right and fair for heaven, have had to declare that they had been selfdeceived. A gentleman of re

on his dying bed,

when a friend at hand spoke of the Saviour.

“ As to the Bible,” he replied, “it may be true; I do not know.”

“What, then, are your prospects ? ” he was asked.

He replied in whispers, which indeed were thunders

Dark-very dark.” “But have you no light from the Sun of Righteousness? Have you done justice to the Bible ? ”

Perhaps not," he replied ; “ but it is too late now - too late.”

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A mother who had laughed at and ridiculed religion and reli. gious people, was seen restless and miserable on her death-bed. She desired that her children should be called. They came. In impassioned accents she addressed them :

“My children, I have been leading you in the wrong road all my life. I now find that the broad road leads to destruction. I did not believe it before. Oh, seek to serve God, and try to find the gate to heaven, though you may not see your mother!” Her lips were closed for ever, and her spirit departed to its account, while the household looked on terror-struck. Mother, father, would you die thus ? Oh, no! Then point to heaven and lead the way.-Union Bible Society.

racter, will show itself sooner or later, and bring harm if not ruin."

“I'll risk it in this case," answered Ben; and he worked away, laying more bricks and carrying the wall up higher, till the close of the day, when they quitted work and went home.

The next morning they went to resume their work, when behold, the lie had wrought out the result of all lies ! The wall, getting a little slant from the untrue brick, had become more and more untrue as it got higher, and at last in the night had toppled over, obliging the masons to do all their work over again.

Just so with ever so little an untruth in your character;

it grows more and more untrue, if you permit it to remain, till it brings sorrow and ruin.

Tell, act, and live the exact truth always.

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ONLY THE TRUTH WILL STAND. Two young masons were building a brick wall—the front wall of a high house. One of them, in placing a brick, discovered that it was a little thicker on one side than on the other.

His companion advised him to throw it out. “It will make your wall untrue, Ben,” said he.

“Pooh!"answered Ben. “What difference will such a trifle as that make? You're too particular.”

“My mother,” replied his companion, “taught me that 'truth is truth,' and ever so little an untruth is a lie; and a lie is no trifle.”

Oh,” said Ben, “that's all very well; but I am not lying, and have no intention of doing

CONSCIENCE.-THE SWEEP AND THE

COUNTESS. A POOR chimney-sweeper's boy was employed at the house of a lady of rank to clean the chimney of her chamber. Finding himself on the hearth of the lady's dressing-room, and perceiving no one there, he waited a few moments to take a view of the beautiful things in the apartment. A gold watch, richly set with diamonds, particularly caught his attention, and he could not forbear taking it into his hand. Immediately the wish arose in his mind, “Ah, if thou hadst such

a one." After a pause, he said to himself, “But if I take it, I shall be a thief; and yet,” continued he, “no one No one ?

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everywhere? Should I, then, be catechised the servants, as able to say my prayers to him preparation for the sabbath ; and after I had committed this theft ? having asked the stranger the Could I die in peace ?” Over- number of the divine come by these thoughts, a cold mandments, he answered eleven. shivering seized him. “No!” The good woman hastily consaid he, laying down the watch, cluded him ignorant, and said, “I had much rather be poor and

“ What a shame it is for you, keep my good conscience, than a man with grey hairs, in a rich, and become a rogue.” And Christian country, not to know instantly he hastened back into how many commandments there the chimney.

are! There is not a child six The countess, who was in the years old in this parish, but room adjoining, having over- could answer the question proheard his soliloquy, sent for him perly. Lamenting his condition, the next morning, and thus ac- she ordered his supper, and dicosted him : “My little friend, rected a servant to show him a why did you not take the watch bed in the garret. Mr. Rutherford yesterday?” The boy fell on having heard him at prayer, and his knees, speechless and as- finding out who he was, pretonished. “I heard everything vailed on the archbishop to you said,” continued her lady- preach for him, which he agreed ship. “ Thank God for enabling to do on condition that he should you to resist this temptation, not be made known. Early in and be watchful over yourself for the morning, Mr. Rutherford the future. From this moment changed his clothes, suffered him you shall be in my service; I to depart, and afterwards introwill both maintain and clothe duced him to breakfast as you-nay, more, I will procure minister on a journey. When in you good instruction, that shall the pulpit, he announced his ever guard you from the danger text-"A new commandment I of similar temptations.” The give unto you, that ye love one boy burst into tears, and was another;" and remarked that anxious to express his gratitude, this might be reckoned the but could not. The countess eleventh commandment. Mrs. strictly kept her promise, and Rutherford, remembering the had the pleasure of seeing him answer she had received the grow up a pious and intelligent night before from the stranger,

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the preacher, almost imagined he THE ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT. might be the pitied traveller. At one time Archbishop. Usher The two holy men spent the visited Scotland, and hearing evening in delightful conversamuch of the piety of the Rev. tion, and the archbishop deSamuel Rutherford, resolved on parted undiscovered early on the being a witness of it. Disguised following day. as a pauper, on a Saturday evening, he solicited lodging for the

SLOW AND SURE. night. Mr. Rutherford took him THE American river Amazon, the in, and directed him to be seated longest river in the world, and in the kitchen. Mrs. Rutherford which discharges into the sea the

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largest quantity of water, is at the same time the slowest. It falls but one foot in fifty miles, yet it would be just as difficult to stop its course, or prevent its flowing into the ocean, as it would to dam up the Niagara. That one foot in fifty miles is just as good as though it were a hundred. What an image the mighty flood presents of a resolute will determined to accomplish a certain purpose! Let but the will be formed, and it matters not how slow the means may be, the object will be accomplished sooner or later. In these fast days, when everything seems to have received a sudden impetus, and great enterprises are taken up and executed with a flash, it is very well to bear in mind that the greatest things that have been accomplished in the world

have been done by slow and patient movements. The bril. liant result may have suddenly burst upon the world, but the processes by which it was accomplished have been deliberately planned and slowly executed. The electric telegraph is now the type of rapidity; but consider by what slow and patient steps it was brought to perfection. It took a full hundred years of plodding thought, of patient experiment, of slow, deliberate movements, to reach that ulti. matum of rapid progress. There are no great things done in a hurry. It is a very good thing to be fast when, as Davy Crockett said, “you are sure you are right." But it is much better to be slow and sure, for then there will be no danger of overshooting your mark.

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BEESTON, NOTTINGHAM CIRCUIT.-We held our annual Juvenile Missionary Meeting on December 28th. After partaking heartily of tea, the friends assembled for the meeting, at which Mr. J. Watson, one of the teachers, presided. The Revs. H. L. Thompson and E. Hall, with Mr. Stephens, superintendent of the school, gave very instructive and edifying addresses. The children also contributed to the enjoyment of the evening by singing, in good style, several hymns, and reciting the pieces, Welcome to Christmas,” by Herbert Spray; "The best Use of a Penny,” by Elizabeth

A Plea for the Home Mission," by Emma Wheatley; " The Little Missionary,” by Fanny Mann. A collection of 128. 2d. was made at the meeting. The children collected by cards during the year £1 8s. 5d., thus making our juvenile effort £2 Os. 7d., which is considerably in advance of last year.-W. LIMB, Secretary.

YOUTH ENCOURAGED.-The season of youth is the most favourable for acquiring knowledge; and this applies to the knowledge of the Gospel; but how rarely are young persons in earnest in this concern! Thank God, there are happy exceptions to this too general neglect, and we invite our young friends to go forward. Be not disheartened at the difficulties of the way, or at the slowness of your progress; you have committed yourselves to an able Guide; to a good Teacher. Sit at his feet, and hear his words ; listen to the “ still small voice” of his Spirit. How kind his promise: “I am the Lord thy God, who teacheth thee to profit!” How rich your encouragement:

Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord !Thornhill Kidd.

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