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decision be in favour of the princi. to be the religion of the Estab. ples of the Reformation, there will lishment, there shall be no Es. be cause for rejoicing; but, if tablished Church. otherwise, the nation must rise in its majesty and say, If Popery is December 16th, 1867.


TALMUDIC PROVERBS.—Even when himself.—Let the honour of thy neighbour the gates of prayer are shut in heaven, be to thee like thine own.-Rather be those of tears are open.-- Prayer is Israel's thrown into a fiery surnace than bring any only weapon, a weapon inherited from its one to public shame.— There are three fathers, a weapon tried in a thousand crowns of the law, the priesthood, the battles.—When the righteous dies, it is kingskip; but the crown of a good name the earth that loses.-The lost jewel will is greater than them all.- Iron breaks the always be a jewel ; but the possessor who stone, fire melts iron, water extinguishes lost it, well may he weep.—The reward of fire, the clouds drink up the water, a storm good works is like dates, sweet and drives away the clouds, man withstands ripening late. - The dying benediction of the storm, fear unmans man, wine dispels a sage to his disciples was, “I pray for you fear, sleep drives away wine, and death that the fear of heaven may be as strong sweeps all away, even sleep: but Soloupon you as the fear of man. You aroid mon the wise says, Charity saves from sin before the face of the latter : avoid it death.-How can you escape sin? Think before the face of the All-sceing.”—“lf of three things: whence thou comest, your God hates idolatry, why does He not whither thou goest, and to whom thon destroy it ?” a heat ben asked. And they wilt have to account for all thy deeds ; answered him, “Behold, they worship even to the King of kings, the All Holy, the sun, the moon, the stars; would you praised be le.-- Four shall not enter Para. have Him destroy this beautiful world for dise: the scoffer, the liar, the hypocrite, the sake of the foolish ?”-He who has and the slanderer.-To slander is to more learning than good works is like a murder.— The cock and the owl both await tree with many branches, but few roots, the daylight. “The light,” says the cock, which the first wind throws on its face; “brings delight to me; but what are you whilst he whose works are greater than waiting for?'—When the thief has no his knowledge is like a tree with many opportunity for stealing, he considers himroots and fewer branches, but which all self an honest man.— Thy friend has a friend, the winds of heaven cannot uproot.—Love and thy friend's friend has a friend : be your wife like yourself; honour her more discreet.— The camel wanted to have horns, than yourself.--He who forsakes the love and they took away his ears. The soldiers of his youth, God's altar weeps for him.- fight, and the kings are the heroes.- The He who sees his wife die before him has, thief invokes God while he breaks into as it were, been present at the destruction the house. - After the thief runs the of the sanctuary itself: around him the theft; after the beggar, poverty.- While world grows dark. It is woman alone thy foot is shod, smash the thorn.- When through whom God's blessings are vouch. the ox is down, many are the butchers.safed to a house. She teaches the children, Descend a step in choosing a wise, moant speeds the husband to the place of worship a step in choosing a friend.— If there is and instruction, welcomes him when he anything bad about you, say it yourself.returns, keeps the house godly and pure; Beat the gods, and the priests will tremble. and God's blessing rests upon all these --The sun will go down all by himself, things.—He who marries for money, his without your assistance.—The world children shall be a curse to him. The could not well get on without perfumers house that does not open to the poor shall and withont tanners: but woe unto the open to the physician.-The birds in the tanner, well to the persumer !--No man is air even despise the miser.-He who gives to be made responsible for words which charity in secret is greater than Moses he utters in his grief.—He who is ashamed

will not easily commit sin.—There is biblical antiquities will rejoice to hear that a great differenee between him who is the excavations now being made in Syria ashamed before his own self, and him who have resulted in the discovery at Nadir is only ashamed before others.-One con- Sarape, of a Hebrew honse dating from tritioa in man's heart is better than many about the second century before Christ. lagellations. The last thief is hanged Some of the rooms, with their contents, first. Teach thy tongue to say, "I do not are in perfect preservation, among the koon.”—The heart of onr first ancestors latter being a number of Hebrew books, 523 ss large as the largest gate of the Tem- showing that the house belonged to a ple, that of the later ones, like that ofthe next literary man. Besides the books of Moses large one; oars is like the eye of a needle. and the Psalms of David, there is a collec-Drink not, and you will not sin.-Not tion of Hebrew poems, absolutely unwhat you say about yourself, but what known to the Orientals of our day. These others say.- Not the place honours the interesting remains, many of which bear mun, but the man the place.- From the traces of Egyptian origin, have been sent Quarterly Recies.

to the Asiatic Society of London.

Christian IVork. DISCOTERIES IN SIRIA.- Lovers of




[Want of space prevents our giving

more than detached portions of this TEE YERDER OF THE REV.

letter as it appears in the "Notices."] BAKER AND NATIVE TEACHERS BY CAN

A FEW days ago I was thinking SIBALS.

about sending you a few facts respectA few days ago it was my painful ing the work of God in this Circuit, daty to address a letter to the Rev. S. when suddenly my mind was disturbed, Rabone, General Secretary of the Aus- and my heart wounded, by news of one tralasian Wesleyan Missionary Society, of the most dreadful calamities that informing him of the melancholy event has ever happened in the history of that has just covered our pulpits with Missions. It is now my painful duty mourning, and filled our hearts with to tell you of a deed of darkness, which the bitterest sorrow.

has sent a thrill of horror through the As the occurrence is of such mourn- heart of every missionary and white ful interest to our friends everywhere, settler in these islands. The laborious and to the public generally, I herewith, and useful life of my esteemed colto save time, send you a copy of that league has been prematurely brought letter, which contains full particulars of to a close by the savage act of a canthe reeent massacre of my late esteemed nibal tribe of an inland district, about colleague, the Rev. Thomas Baker, and forty miles from this station. his companions.

On Saturday, July 13th, I received a After more than eight years of hard line from Mr. Baker, to say that he and successful work among these savage was just then leaving home on a visit tribes, my brother missionary has been to some inland tribes. You have treacherously murdered by cannibal already been made aware, by Mr. hands.

Baker's own letters, of the pleasing This loss falls heavily on our Society, fact, that many of these tribes have bet indescribably so on the heart of one lately abandoned heathenism, and sent who, with her three fatherless little for Christian teachers to instruct them girls, is now preparing to leave these in the faith of Jesus Christ our Saviour. shores with many a lingering and heart- No heart was more delighted at this breaking look towards the dark hills change than that of my departed in the distance, whence a loved one friend. A few months ago we stationed will never return.---Rev. Jesse Carey, a large number of teachers in the towns Riera, August 22d, 1867.

and villages of these benighted people.



These teachers, I need not say, require chiefs that he should like to leave on constant pastoral oversight and direc- Friday morning ; but they begged him tion. Such a visit, therefore, as my late to remain on Friday, as they were brother missionary started on the 13th anxious to give him and his people a ultimo to make, did not surprise me, as "feast of yams and pork.”. To this he he had often been before on similar appears to have readily consented. He work.

had preached to the people on ThursOn the evening of Saturday, July day, and now appointed Shadrach 13th, Mr. Baker remained in the dis- Seileka to preach to them again. trict of Nailasiri, and was kindly 19th.-The “feast of yams and accommodated at the house of Mr. pork ” was given, as promised. During Morton.

his stay at this town Mr. Baker made July 14th.--After breakfast Mr. many inquiries about the next tribe, Baker rowed up the river to Natoaika, and expressed a strong desire to pro. where he preached in Fijian. During ceed, for the purpose of asking the the day he made another short stage, people to abandon heathenism; and and stopped to hold another native also, if possible, to get their permission service at Naso. Then he proceeded to to pass through their territory to the Natausa, in the Viria district, and in tribes beyond. the evening preached in English at Mr. [At this point Mr. Baker wrote two Lee's residence to a small congregation pencil notes,—one to Mrs. Baker and of planters. After service he went to the other to Mr. Carey.] the town of Viria, where he slept.

The letter to Mrs. Baker, in some 15th. He was in his boat early in the respects, is a remarkable It morning, and on his way to the next gives us the motives that led him to tribe. Soon after leaving Viria he met penetrate so far inland, and that is a one of our native teachers, Isaiah source of much consolation to his Naseikai, whom he took into his boat. mourning widow and to us all. It is In the afternoon he reached a town datedcalled Navunimoli, on the north branch of the Rewa river, known as the

"DAWARAU, July 19th. Wai-Luve-—" Great Water.” He slept “I am here, and have been two days here, and the next morning gave orders We have had very wet weather to the teachers in this neighbourhood until to-day, which has hindered us. I to take his boat home, should they hear find we are mid-way across the land, that he had decided to proceed west- and am resolved to go all the way, now ward.

I am so far in. I had thought of this 16th.-Mr. Baker and party struck before I left you, but did not name it, across the country to Nacau, and because I

could not stopped for the night at a place called endure the thought of my going away Toberua, in the district of Navuni- for so long a time. But I have only dakua. In former visits, I believe, he decided this evening to go. And I do had never been further inland than this. so because, first, I want to do the people

17th.—He passed into the Dawarau good; second, because I believe there district, and reached Namara, the chief is no great obstacle in my way; and, town, in the evening. The chief's third, because if I do not go now I shall name is Waqaliqali. Here Mr. Baker never go.” [This last remark refers to met three of the four native teachers his being about to visit the colonies for lately appointed to this tribe, which a a short time, and then to return, profew months ago gave up heathenism, bably, to some other field of labour.] and sent for Christian instructors. “When you get this I shall be at or The tribe is, however, only very par

near Vuda, and shall come back by tially Christian, and the change, as is way of Nadroga, and up the coast. In always the case at first, is only nominal. this way I shall not require a boat to This is the limit of our inland opera- go for me. You must cheer up, and tions. All beyond, to the westward, is pray for me. I am in my Master's work, heathen, and comparatively unknown. and He will take care of me and mine. Mr. Baker stayed here all Thursday, We are all in good spirits, and our feet the 18th, and in the evening told the are sound. We have preached twice


knew you

bere. I did so yesterday, and Shadrach yard. Mr. Baker and the native mishas preached to-day. People are be sionary then went up and shook hands coming Christian all round, and there with him. Then the native missionis only here and there a town that is ary, in accordance with Fijian custom, pot lotu. We start early in the morn. reported fully where they had come ing for Varosa. I anticipate no diffi- from, what they had come about, and calty, except in this place. If they do where they wanted to go. Prenot lotu, I believe they will not venture senting a "whale's tooth,” he begged to kill me. I think much about you that the chief would be kind enough, and our little ones, especially Alice. at his convenience, to conduct them to If Navosa should lotu, I will send ano- the next tribe, of Magordo, that they ther letter on by Nadroga, or any other

might proceed thence to Vuda. Fay that may offer. I may be home Having listened to the report and the by to-morrow week, July 27th. I have request, Katakataimoso alias Waba. found the people very kind, so far. luvu, took up the tooth, and promised We hope to reach Navosa to-morrow,

to show the travellers the road to Vuda. and, if they lotu, to spend Sunday His reply to their expressed wish, that there. There is no fighting anywhere he would give up heathenism, was not DOW, 80 I feel the coast' is all clear. SO favourable. He would not make Kiss the ehildren for me,-all of them, any change, as he bated Christianity. -and tell them to pray for me. On Mr. Baker told him that if he felt Saturday, 27th,) let the boat be sent to inclined to lotubecome ChristianRena, as I hope to meet her there. he, Mr. Baker and party, would spend Good night, my dear wife, and God Sunday in his town. On his declining bless you all.

to do this, Mr. Baker asked to be con"Your devoted husband," &c.

ducted on his way that night : where

upon the chief said, "No, the consul These letters were received on Tues- slept here on his way across the land day morning, the 23d of July; but the from south to north, and so must you." brave missionary had been taken away Then Mr. Baker seemed more satisfied ; two days before that from his Master's for it is said that he communicated this work to his Master's side.

fact to his young men, and the whole At this place Mr. Baker got another party went at once to a house pointed teacher to join him; and his party out to them by the chief. not consisted of one native missionary, At a late hour many of the natives tvo teachers, and six young men from of the place visited the strangers, and gar Circuit Training Institution. Mr. made many inquiries about ChristianBaker and his companions were with ity. Some said, “What is the Chrisoat artos.

tianity you come to tell us about?" July 20th. Early in the morning “ Will it make these bodies of ours live the chief of Namara, Dawarau, gave for ever? If it will, then we will beMr. Baker two young men as guides, come Christian at once.” The misand the party left before breakfast for sionary and the native assistant misthe district of Navosa. The chiefs and sionary, in kind and pleasant words, many of the townspeople went a few explained. Then, again, said others, miles with them, and then bidding "Where are presents to us; where are them farewell, returned. Mr. Baker guns and powder and cloth, that we and his comrades then took breakfast. may become Christian with ?” In this They continued their march; and by way conversation was kept up for some about two o'clock p.9. they saw in the time; but nothing unpleasant took distance the principal village, or town, place. as the natives call it, of the Navosa 21st.- Early in the morning tribe. After taking some refreshment Mr. Baker conducted morning prayers they walked up, and on entering the with his people, and the party took town inquired at once for the chief's breakfast. One witness states that Mr. house. The chief's name is Nakataka- Baker was seen looking through his taimoso. When told of the arrival of telescope from the low doorway, at the strangers, he came outside and sat something going on outside ; probably down on a stone in the public court- he saw people coming in from other


the way.

places. Then he said, “ Lads, let us to turn round, and step a little ont of be quick, or we shall be killed to-day." the path, to see what had happened. The However this may be, it is certain that man with the long-helved hatchet at about seven o'clock A.m., and just passed on somewhat ahead, and then while a little water was boiling to make turned too, so as to be just behind Mr. the missionary a cup of coffee, the chief Baker. The missionary at that moment, of the town came to the door, and said, with his right hand raised, was in the “Come along; let us put you on your act of speaking, when he was suddenly road at once. Messengers have come cut down by the man, who chopped from the neighbouring villages to say him across the back, and a little to that the people will soon be here, and the right side of the neck. if you stay much longer you will be At this point the evidence of our sure to get killed.” The missionary, best witnesses breaks off; for it is that without a moment's delay, said, “Who given by two young men who escaped. will conduct us out of the town?” One of these saw the hatchet raised, but And the chief said, “I will.” Without did not see it fall, for he was gone into waiting for coffee, or, as far as I can the reed-grass close by. learn, taking notice of anything in the This young man was one of the two house, Mr. Baker followed his guide, who had a few moments before changed and the whole party turned out and position by running into the middle of formed in single file, one behind the the line. The other, who was the man other, which is Fijian marching order. that carried the box, heard Mr. Baker The two young men who had acted as say, “Don't! don't !” and he saw guides on Saturday were detained in him struck with the hatchet, and fall the house.

over on his right side. This man conThe chief, as he promised to do, led cealed himself in the reed-grass till

Mr. Baker followed, and night, and then, finding the path the behind him came a strong-looking party had come by on Saturday, he native of the place, carrying a kind succeeded by night-travelling in reachof battle-axe or long-helved tomahawk; ing Veria three days after this horrible then came

Shadrach Seileka, the deed was done. He was found by my native assistant missionary, and after messenger-sent in search of addihim two teachers and six young men tional news to that brought by our belonging to our Circuit Training Insti- teachers from the inland tribeson tution.

Thursday, July 25th, and examined the The last man but two in the line had same day by the Rev. F. Tait and on his right shoulder a small iron box. myself. The party had not gone more than a The deceased missionary was in the hundred yards, when the last two young thirty-sixth year of his age, and the men looked behind, and saw the second ninth of his ministry. A more hardchief of the town leading on a band of working man I have not known. He armed savages.

was not a hasty enthusiast, but a They were coming on at a rapid pace, steady worker, who never flinched from and without noise or confusion. This duty, when it appeared clear to him terrified the two young men, who ran that duty called him to action. He forward into the middle of the party. was for two years my colleague on The man with the iron box was now Vanua-Levu, the island next to this in the last in the line. The chief leading importance and extent in the group. the armed men, with a long club dealt For the last two years we have again him a blow on the head. As the box been fellow-labourers. was a little tilted behind, it received the full force of the blow, and the man The amount of Contributions and dropping the box, sprung out of the Remittances announced on the Cover Jine to the left. The noise and the of the Notices this month is £9,812 commotion behind caused Mr. Baker 188. 7d.

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