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belief that they are deceived. In vain they obtain the highest medical skill. Morning after morning that fearful white spot enlarges, until the withering truth has fully forced itself upon their mind that their son, their beloved boy, is a leper ! And he must clothe himself in sackcloth; he must put the covering on his lip; he must leave the paternal roof; he must tear himself away from the embraces of his heart-broken parents and his weeping relatives; he must bid a last adieu to the home of his childhood, and become a wanderer in the wide world, an outcast from society; for God has commanded that the leper shall be separated from the people.
Or the reader may conceive that the person mentioned by the Evangelist was a man farther advanced in life. Perhaps he sustained the endearing relations of husband and father. In this case the distress would, if possible, be heightened ; because he was the stay, the support, of the beloved ones around him. Suppose that one evening, after the fatigue of the day, he reached his beloved home; and, having found the usual welcome, and partaken of the usual refreshing cheer, gathered his happy family around the hearth, and in the midst of them forgot the cares and trials of the day. And as he received the artless caresses of his little ones, and gazed on the beaming countenance of their mother, his heart warmed with all the intensity of a husband's and a father's love. Ah! little thought that happy household of the awfully dark cloud that was gathering over them, and about to burst upon their heads. The evening rolled round, and they retired to rest, cheerful and happy as usual. The night passed away, and the morning dawned; but the light of that morning brought with it a fearful discovery. The husband, the father, is a leper! The white spot, that fearful white spot, has appeared; and it tells the mother that she is a widow, the children that they are fatherless, and the father that he is an outcast from all he loves on earth! But it is the will of God; and he prepares to take his departure. He wraps himself in the sackcloth; he puts the covering on his lip; he leaves his beloved ones to the care of Him who is the Friend of the fatherless and the widow; and, as he passes from the threshold of the dwelling which contains all that is
dear to him in this world, he raises his voice, and cries, “ Unclean, unclean !” Those who hear him remove out of the path, and the poor outcast is left to pursue his lonely wanderings.
In the midst of those wanderings He hears of One whose name falls upon his ear like music. It is “Jesus of Nazareth.” Some one ventures near to him, and tells him of the extraordinary Personage who was “going about doing good.” It was stated to him that this Jesus had, in the exercise of a Divine power, not only opened blind eyes, unstopped deaf ears, and loosed dumb tongues, but that He had also cleansed some lepers! Let the reader conceive, if he can, what feelings must have taken possession of the poor leper's mind, as he listened to those tidings. Hope, soulsustaining hope, was awakened in his breast. He had now but one desire; and that was to speak with Jesus of Nazareth. He sought for Him. He found Him. The Saviour was fulfilling His commission as “the Prophet of the Lord; the great Interpreter Divine.” He was delivering to multitudes who surrounded Him His memorable sermon on the mount. The poor leper remained at a distance, for he dared not to mingle with the people; and, keeping his eye steadily fixed on the person of the “great Teacher,” he waited for the end of the discourse. At length it finishes; the multitudes disperse; the Saviour comes down from the mount. approaches him, trembling: his mind is torn with doubt as to the reception he may find. But he approaches Him; he throws himself at His feet; he worships Him; and, with half-choked utterance, he says, “ Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean."
Methinks I see the Saviour bending over him. I see " the great Philanthropist " looking upon the poor leper prostrated at His feet! That look is full of compassion, of tenderness, of love. He speaks. And the leper's heart bounds with joy and gratitude when he bears Him say, “I will; be thou clean."
“Now, Lord, to whom for help I call,
Thy miracles repeat;
The leper “ Loathsome, and vile, and self-abhorr'd,
I sink beneath my sin;
Of Thine can make me clean."
THE INWARD THOUGHT. " Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling-places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names." —Psalm xlix. 11.
There is an elegancy in this kind of speaking. The Hebrew is, “ their inwards,” their internals : their inwards are how they may get themselves a name and riches: not only are their thoughts about these things, but the very inmost of their thoughts; the most retired thoughts and recesses of the soul are about these things,—these lie nearest to their hearts. As the story says of Queen Mary, when she died, she bade them open her, and they should find Calais on her heart. It was a pitiful case that a paltry town should lie where Christ ought, at the heart. The heart is the place where Christ and the thoughts of heaven should lodge. All below heaven should be below our hearts. But while a godly man's inward thoughts are for heaven and the things of heaven, for grace and for holiness, he has indeed thoughts upon the world; but, if I may so speak, they are his outward thoughts, not his inward thoughts. That which lies nearest his heart, his inward thoughts, are for heaven. So the inward thoughts of worldly men are for the world. The Apostle might well say, “ Not many wise, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:” the thoughts of wise counsellors, potent Kings, and rich Princes, are legible in their actions.-Caryl.
SUBMARINE ELECTRIC TELEGRAPHS. The advantages of transmitting communications by electricity increase, of course, in proportion to the distance; for this agent annihilates both time and space. Were it extended to India, instead of waiting months between the posting of a letter and the receiving of an answer, there might be more intercommunications in one hour than can now be obtained in the progress of a year. When that extended ramification of telegraphic wires shall have been accomplished, as there seems every reason to suppose it will some day be, the influence on society will be incalculable. Then, if the transmitting wire can be extended under water from England to France, why not to America ? It is in shallow seas and on rocky shores that the difficulty of protecting the wire exists. Under the deep waters of the Atlantic it would rest undisturbed by anchors, or shifting currents, and out of danger from the attacks of living creatures. In depths where light and life cannot penetrate, it might in darkness and in safety carry on intercourse between the remotest parts of the world.
There seems nothing really impracticable in such an undertaking. We have been assured that the same two gentlemen who first suggested and commenced this enterprise have expressed to some of our eminent engineers and capitalists their conviction of the feasibility of establishing a single line of communication between this country and America for a less sum than was paid for making a single mile of the expensive portion of the Great Western Railway. It was proposed in this instance to have only a single wire covered with gutta percha, similar to that used last year to prove the practicability of passing an electric current across the Channel from England to France; to which it was proposed to add an additional protection of hempen plat, the hemp having been passed through a chemical solution, to render it indestructible in salt water. Such a line, it was said, of gutta percha and prepared hemp would, although only about three-quarters of an inch in diameter, be of nearly double the strength of the experimental line laid down between England and France last year, in a strong sea and running tide. The proposition was, first, to extend it to Ireland; thence to the south-west coast, the nearest point for the American continent, and where the bold rocky coast offers depths that secure its safety from anchors; and thence to the nearest point on the American coast, considerably under two thousand miles. Choosing the months of summer, and an experienced American and English Captain accustomed to the track, such a line, it was averred, might with very simple machinery be paid out night and day with perfect safety at the ordinary speed of the steamer. The vast importance of such an object is not to be weighed against a sum of £100,000, which, we are assured, would more than accomplish it, if a single wire only were employed. The successful completion of one line would of course be speedily followed by that of others. This once accomplished, the extension of the line across the American continent to the Pacific would follow certainly; and we should have the astounding fact of communication from the shores of the Pacific, crossing America and the Atlantic, and touching our shores in an instant of time!-Athenæum.
KING CHARLES I. (BEHEAT
EADED JANUARY 30Th, 1649.) One party extols Charles I. as a "martyr,” and another lauds Cromwell as a saint. But the intemperance of party spirit is incompatible with that fair estimation of character which ought to be attempted by the Christian student. And, after all, it matters little to us who was the martyr, or who the saint. We would rather understand the events than graduate the merits or the demerits of the men.
That is a sad passage in the History of England which relates the execution of the King on a scaffold in the street opposite Whitehall, and shows us a headsman holding up his “discrowned head” to the multitude, and proclaiming, “ This is the head of a traitor.” There must bave been something very wrong behind such a scene; something worse than a mere dispute for power. What was it?
The answer to this question is variously given, as one or another of the great questions that were then discussed is brought into prominence again, and as he is Whig or Tory, Protestant or Papist, who undertakes to answer. But, after all, whoever would answer for himself must review the affairs of a reign of nearly a quarter of a century, over a country very unlike the England that now is. We can only point to