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A FEW WORDS FROM A SUPERINTENDENT OF
A SUNDAY-SCHOOL. DEAR READERS,—
ALLOW one who is a stranger to you, but who wishes ardently your spiritual good, to say a few words to you. I hope that you not only have for your own use our very interesting and instructive Juvenile Companion, but that you recommend it to other young persons. I think few of the children of our Sabbath-schools are so situated but they could, if they liked, procure it for themselves. A little of the money which children spend in useless, if not also injurious gratifications, would be far more than sufficient to procure this nice Magazine; which, at the end of the year, may be bound as a pretty little volume.
In the small school of which I am the superintendent, last year, not one copy of the Juvenile Companion was taken by the scholars; but I recommended it to them, and now about forty copies are purchased monthly by them. I hope that this subject will be taken up earnestly by you and your teachers; and then our Editor will be pleased in having to report a further large increase in its sale.
I trust you will excuse my freedom in bringing before you another important matter. I should like to ask, Are you collectors for our Mission Fund? Only think what an honour it is to do anything for Jesus ; and if you raise money for sending his Gospel to those who have it not, what a vast amount of good you may do. Or, if you are not a collector, are you a subscriber?-if you are not, I hope you will commence subscribing. Very few of you can say, you cannot give a farthing, or halfpenny, or penny, now and then, to the Missionary fund ; and if you do this, it will, in the course of the year, produce a large sum. Also, do all you can to induce others to subscribe, and then I feel quite sure that our Missionary Society will prosper. In the small school to which I belong, we commenced last year collecting for this cause, and I will tell you the result. I brought the matter before the attention of our dear children, in July last, and they, with their teachers, entered heartily into the work ; and at our Missionary meeting, held on the 25th of April last, the following account was read :-Collected by the children of College Place Sabbath-school, Chelsea, 41, 4s. 113d. — The School Missionary Box, 11. 1s. 5 d. (about 11s. 5 d. of which was given by the children), and the other 10s., with 11. 4s. 4d., making 11. 148. 4d., was collected by the teachers; making the sum of 6l. 108. 9d., out of which 28, only had to be deducted for expenses; leaving 61. 8s. 9d., which sum was paid to the treasurer. Now our children never thought of collecting till last year, and see how they have succeeded. One little boy obtained money for the Mission fund by selling bones. Let this example stimulate your zeal and perseverance; and my prayer is, that the God of missions may bless you and your school, and all who are thus helping in this great movement with great success, and save you all with his great salvation for his name's sake. Amen.
Yours very affectionately,
REMARKABLE CASE OF A HIGHWAYMAN.
AN American paper states that, in 1747, a man was broken alive on the wheel at Orleans, for highway robbery; and not having friends to bury his body, when the executioner concluded he was dead, he gave him to a surgeon, who had him carried to his anatomical theatre, as a subject to lecture on. The thighs, legs, and arms of this unhappy wretch had been broken, yet on the surgeon coming to examine him, he found him surviving, and by the application of proper cordials, he was soon brought to his speech. The surgeon and his pupils, moved by the sufferings and solicitations of the robber, determined on attempting his cure; but he was so mangled that his thighs and one of his arms were amputated. Notwithstanding this mutilation and the loss of blood, he recovered, and, in this situation, the surgeon, by his own desire, had him conveyed in a cart fifty leagues from Orleans, where, he said, he intended to gain his livelihood by begging. His situation was on the road side, close
by a wood, and his deplorable condition excited compassion from all who saw him. In his youth he had served in the army, and he now passed for a soldier who had lost his limbs by a cannon-shot. A drover, returning from market Was solicited by the robber for charity, and the drover being moved to compassion, threw a piece of silver. The beggar said, "I cannot reach it; you see I have neither arms nor legs," (for he had concealed his arm which had been preserved, behind his back,) “so, for the sake of heaven, put your charitable donation into my pouch, and the Lord bless you." The drover approached him, and as he stooped to reach up the money, the sun shining, he saw a shadow on the ground, which caused him to look up, when he perceived the arm of the beggar elevated over his head, grasping a short iron bar. He arrested the blow in its descent, and seizing the robber, carried him to his cart, into which having thrown him, he drove off to the next town, which was very near, and brought his prisoner before a magistrate. On searching him a whistle was found in his pocket, which naturally induced the suspicion that he had accomplices in the wood; the magistrate, therefore, instantly ordered a guard to the place where the robber had been, and they arrived within half an hour after the murder of the drover had been attempted. The guard having concealed themselves behind different trees, the whistle was blown, the sound of which was remarkably shrill and loud, and another whistle was heard under ground, three men at the same instant rising over the midst of a bushy clump of brambles and other dwarf shrubs. The soldiers fired on them and they fell. The bushes were searched, and a descent discovered to a cave. Here were thrce young girls and a boy. The girls were kept for servants; the boy, scarce twelve years of age, was a son to one of the robbers. The girls, in giving evidence, deposed that they had lived nearly three years in the cave; had been kept there by force from the time of their captivity; that dead bodies were frequently carried into the cave, stripped, and buried; and that the old soldier was carried out every dry day, and sat by the road side for two or three hours. On this evidence the murdering mendicant was condemned to suffer a second execution on the wheel. As but one arm remained, it was to be broken by several strokes ä. several places; and he lived in torture for nearly five daya When dead, his body was burned to ashes, and strew before the winds of heaven.
PERILS OF FALSEHOOD. WHEN once a concealment or deceit has been practised in matters where all should be fair and open as the dayconfidence, can never be restored, any more than you can restore the white bloom to the grape or plum which you have once pressed in your hand. How true is this! and what a neglected truth by a great portion of mankind Falsehood is not only one of the most humiliating vices, but sooner or later it is most certain to lead to the most serious crimes. With partners in trade-with partners in life-with friends, with lovers, how important is confidence! How essential that all guile and hypocrisy should be guarded against in the intercourse between such parties. How much misery would be avoided in the history of many lives, had truth and sincerity been guiding and controlling motives, instead of prevarication and deceit. “Any vice," said a parent in our hearing, a few days since, “any vice, at least among the frailties of a milder character, but false hood. Far better that my child should commit an error, or do a wrong, and confess it, than escape the penalty, however severe, by falsehood and hypocrisy. Let me know the worst, and a remedy may possibly be applied. But keep me in the dark-let me be misled or deceived, and it is impossible to tell at what hour a crushing blow, an overwhelming exposure, may come.”
READ YOUR BIBLE. BETWEEN thirty and forty years ago, there was a lad who had a sister, and this sister was a missionary's wife. She was ready to leave England and go to Africa, and was on
her way to London. She passed through the town wherg her brother was at school. It was early in the morning, before the boys were up; but she was going to set sail, and she could not think of passing through without seeing her brother. She knocked at the door of the house, and awoke the servants. They called out, “ Robert Noble!” Up he sat in his bed. His sister went to him and wished him good-bye, and gave him a kiss, and said, “ Robert, read your Bible!” and again, as she parted from him, she said very earnestly, “ Now, Robert, read your Bible!” She sailed for Africa; and in six months more she was in heaven, for God took her. But these words of hers, “Robert, read your Bible!” sunk into her brother's heart, like snow into the ground. He could not shake them out. And sometimes, when that wicked, wilful heart got the master of him, one of his school-fellows would say, “Noble, you've forgot what your sister said to you!” and he would be checked and stopped. Well, at last he did read the Bible; and the great change, the happy change was wrought in him also. And he is now, and has been for some time, a missionary, and a laborious and useful missionary too, in India, and is en gaged in winning souls to Christ. Juv. Ins.
RELIGIOUS DECISION. How deep, and how just a reproach did the prophet cast on the tribes of Israel, when he addressed to the assembled multitudes on Mount Carmel, that memorable interrogation ** How long halt ye between two opinions ? if the Lord be God, follow him ; but if Baal follow him." From this, it appears they were in a state of indecision, in reference to the most momentous question in the universe; not wholly satisfied that they were doing right in worshipping Baal, yet not sufficiently resolute to abandon his service. What a criminal, what a degrading, what a wretched state of mind ! Yot decided whom they would acknowledge to be their God! To whom they would pay Divine homage! But is this state of mind, my dear children, uncommon? By no means. To