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rebuked, as one of the firm had lately become a Christian. The clerk was a youth of nineteen, but feared God rather than man.

JUDGES AND ASTRONOMERS. — A brother from Ohio stated that the work of grace was still progressing in that State. In Cincinnati a band of brothers has been formed, who in turns go out into the surrounding regions to hold prayer-meetings. Among this number are Judge Storer, one of the Judges of the Supreme Court, and Mitchell, the celebrated astronomer.

BEFORE WE CALL, HE ANSWERS.-A minister from Ohio said that if he wished to send a message to his family and receive a speedy answer, he went to the telegraph office and transmitted it over the wires, and in a moment the answer returns. The heart is the telegraph wire over which prayer ascends to heaven, and gracious answer speedily returns. Before we call, He answers; and while we are yet speaking, He hears. The same brother said that when he was labouring in a place, there was a sister who lived some seven miles from the church, who wanted him to come and preach at her house. She had an impenitent husband and children. Before the meeting began, she retired to her chamber; when she came down, her face shone like Moses'. After the sermon, persons who wished to converse on the subject of their salvation were invited to remain. The whole assembly stopped, and were in tears. Before the meeting closed, the husband and one daughter gave their hearts to Christ. That was the commencement of a revival that spread

through the neighbourhood. God heard the prayer of that single sister.

NONE TOO WICKED.—Rev. Mr. Cable, of Ohio, said that a gentleman in Albany asked a minister to pray for him. The minister, in turn, asked him if he would give his heart to Christ. “What! a heart so wicked as mine ?"_“Yes, a heart so wicked as yours. Will you do it ? Christ is willing to receive you just as you are. Will you come as you are ?”

-“Yes, I give myself away; it is all that I can do.” At that moment, he did what he had been trying to do all his life long.

CONVERTED WARRIOR.–A dream of a converted warrior, of the Polynesian Islands, was related. Me, the chief, not long before he died, told Mr. Williams, the missionary, that he dreamed that he was leading on his tribe to battle, and there arose a mountain which reached to heaven, that prevented the fight; suddenly he saw a drop of blood fall upon it, and it vanished ; a beautiful plain appeared in its stead, and the sky beyond looked very glorious. He gave Mr. Williams this interpretation: The mountain was Me's sins, and the drop of blood which fell upon Me's heart was Christ's blood, and washed all his sins away. Me died the next day.

AN ACTRESS CONVERTED.— A pious seamstress of New York, nearly reduced to starvation, sought guidance from her heavenly Father, and implored His aid. While on her knees in prayer, some one knocked at the door ; she opened it, and was met by a fashionably-dressed female, who proved to be an actress. She wished to procure the services of

the seamstress in making dresses for the stage. The poor girl replied, “I cannot do it until I ask direction from my heavenly Father.” Accordingly she knelt down in presence of the actress, and prayed first that she might be led to do her duty, and finally that the actress might he led to renounce her sins, and flee to Christ. In a few moments she was kneeling, mingling her tears with those of the seamstress. As they arose, the actress said, “I will take these things home-I shall never need them. Henceforth I. will be a follower of Christ.” She is now a noble Christian woman. Oh, the power of Christian consistency !

DRUNKARD CONVERTED. - In a town in this vicinity, one person said to another, “Let us go over to Mr. B-_ 's to a meeting.”—“What meeting ?” said he.—" To a prayer-meeting.”—“ Why, he is drunk, and has not been sober this five years.” -“But,” says the other," he has become a sober, praying man.” This man and several others soon found peace in believing, and are now standing up for Jesus.

WHAT MANUFACTURERS CAN DO.-It was stated, also, that there is a manufacturing village, about fifty miles from Boston, employing about three hundred and fifty men, who are received into the establishment upon the condition that they attend public worship, pay their proportion towards sustaining the institutions of religion, and abstain from intoxicating drinks. It is mostly under the direction of several brothers. One of these brothers has, for many years, been the leader of the singing choir. He is now near the close of life, and fears not to

die. On the last Sabbath, he saw the Sabbath school by classes. He was desirous to see them once more, and hear them sing. In this village God has poured out His Spirit, and about sixty individuals have been brought into the kingdom of God. God honours those who honour Him..

FARM SCHOOL IN PORTLAND.—A letter was read stating that the superintendent of the State Farm School in Portland sent into the morning prayermeeting a request for the conversion of the teachers, and within two weeks four of them were converted.

REMEMBER THE CLERKS.—A brother at that prayer-meeting said that he had a clerk with whom he had laboured, and for whom he had prayed in vain. He went to his closet, one morning, to ask God what more he could do that he had not done. It was strongly impressed upon his mind that he must go immediately and beseech him to come to Christ now. He went to his residence and inquired for him, and he was still in bed. He was shewn to his chamber, knocked at his door, and was admitted. He fell upon his neck and wept. He asked, “What is the matter? Is your wife dead, or any of your family?" He still continued to weep, but at length said, “I am distressed for your soul.” He replied, “If you are so distressed for my soul, I can hold out no longer.” They knelt down and prayed, and the clerk submitted to the Lord Jesus Christ. He that goeth forth weeping, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

WHIPPED FOR GOING TO THE SUNDAY SCHOOL.-

Several Catholics have been converted lately in New York. A priest went with a cowhide to whip the heresy out of a brother and sister who had recently renounced the Mother Church. The brother dared him to come on; but he was cowed, and dared not attempt to use the cowhide. A child of Catholic parents was whipped because he went to the Sunday school. He asked if that was all. His parents answered, “Yes.” Then said he, “I shall go to the Sunday school again, next Sabbath.” He has now become an efficient teacher in the same school.

GOD so LOVED THE WORLD.—Another young lady had got tired of living in this world, and made preparation to commit suicide. As she was about to perpetrate the crime, the light from a church shone into her window, and she thought that she would once more visit the house of God. When she entered the vestibule of the church, the minister announced his text, “ God so loved the world.” When she heard this she said, “ God must love me; I will not destroy myself, but will come to God through Christ.” This she did.

SINGULAR CONVERSION.—It was also related that a certain man, last spring, stood and looked at people as they went into the Old South Chapel, and remarked that “they had better be at work than spending their time in that manner.” He was, however, persuaded to go and see for himself what they did. He had been seated but a short time before he felt that God was there. He found himself weeping. He cried for mercy, and the Lord heard his cry.

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