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hundred and fifty ; and the average daily attendance is somewhat above two hundred. By this statement it will be seen that the number of schools is decreased. This has arisen from the necessity of breaking up several of those first established, because of the insuperable difficulties attending their superintendence. The schools, however, which remain, are, almost without exception, in the highest state of prosperity which they have ever enjoyed, whether it regards numbers, discipline, or progress in learning. And it will not be difficult to multiply our schools to any extent, and perfectly within our reach, as soon as we feel that there is no doubt of our being supported in our exertions. Besides, female schools are rising with such pleasing rapidity at several of our Missionary sta. tions, that we find it necessary to avoid lavishing all our means upon Serampore. We shall endeavour to give a view of the present state of Native Female Education in India in our next, which we are sure will be most gratifying to our friends.
Death of a Native Christian.-On the 17th of March, 1824, died Debranee, a female Native Christian. She was the widow of Bykanta, one of the earliest converts, whose first visit to the Missionaries at Serampore from the district of Jessore, is mentioned in the Periodical Accounts, vol. iii. page 162: it was on the 15th June, 1805. At page 332 of the same volume, under date 9th February, 1806, we have the following notice: “Our brother Bykanta is returned from Jessore full of joy. His wife has forsaken her father's house to cleave to him. She declared her resolution to do so in the presence of an officer, sent by the British Magistrate to her father's. The particulars of this affair are quite interesting. She is about nineteen, and has an infant son.
Whilst her husband lived, she acted with a constancy and assiduity of affection worthy of this decision. For sixteen years she had been a member of the church, and adorned the doctrine of her Lord and Saviour. She had been a widow for seven years, during the whole of which time she possessed such strong confidence in God as never to despond in any affliction. of her relatives were ill, and she was asked if she was not concerned about them, she would say, “What will my concern avail? God cares for them, and therefore there is no need for me to distract myself.” . If she found any one in deep sorrow for some loss, she would reprove them by saying, “ You act very unwisely ; it is our
duty in all our trials to look to God and bless Him. He is Almighty and Omnipresent, and therefore knows all our sorrows." By such conduct she eminently fulfilled the scriptural exhortation, “be anxious for nothing,” without being at all chargeable with apathy or selfishness.
Shortly after the death of her husband, she went to reside with two other widows, who were members of the church. From that time to her death, she lived in the greatest love and peace with them. She was a constant attender on the means of grace when in health, and took much pleasure in attending the Sabbath school, where she would take her turn with the rest of the sisters in offering up a short prayer, She appeared anxious to read; and at night, with the assistance of her son, a boy of eight years of age, would read over her lesson. She very earnestly desired also, that her daughters might be able to read the scriptures.
She was ill a whole year, and at the commencement was requested by her friends to have medical advice, but she always said “this sickness is not unto death: I shall recover. I baye comfort in that I have a God to look to.” When medicine was administered, she always took it, saying, “The Lord will do with me as he thinks best. My body is ill indeed, but my soul is in health.” About this time her son-in-law called to see her, and finding her very ill, asked her what she thought of herself. She replied, “all my hope is placed on my Saviour Jesus Christ. I know that this is a deceitful world. It is fast passing away, and we are all dying, but blessed is the soul whose sins Jesus has blotted out." When her son-in-law prayed with her, she appeared to be melted in sorrow. When he had finished, he tried to comfort her, She begged him not to grieve about her“ før,” said she, “ if it be the will of God to take me out of this thorny world, all I pray for is, that He may prepare me for my departure. May the Lord bless you for ever with the light of his countenance.-Oh rely on Him.”
Her illness being of long continuance, her Christian brethren and sisters had many opportunities of conversing with her, and at all times her conversations were so satisfactory, that many were led to say, that God was very gracious to her, and had blessed her with the consolations of his Holy Spirit. " Her disorder at last rapidly increased, and medicines were of little use, One night her youngest son-in-law calling to see her, enquired if she wore
comfortable in mind. “ Yes," she answered; “I have nothing to fear, for I have obtained salvation through Christ. He died on the cross for my sins; and God through His Son has wiped off the debt that was accumulated through my iniquities.
The sufferings that I endure from my decaying body are not worthy to be called sufferings, when compared with what Christ endured for a guilty world." Her youngest daughter had lived with her some time, and whenever she was free from pain, she would converse with her children on the subject of religion, and beg them to fear God and walk in his ways.
Her disease was very distressing, yet, notwithstanding all her sufferings, no impatient word was heard to escape her lips. Often when her friends expressed their astonishment at this, she would say, no one can participate in my pains, and therefore it is best for me to suffer them patiently. My body alone suffers, not my mind.”
Several of the members of the Mission family called to see her at different times, and invariably found her happy and steadfast in her hope. Seeing her end fast approaching, her friends watched by her bed day and night, and spent the greatest part of the time in singing, reading, and praying. Though very weak she always listened with attention, and, when able, would join them in singing. Sometimes she would say, “Lord have mercy on me speedily.' When too weak to speak so as to be understood, still from the posture in which she was seen and the moving of her lips, she appeared to be frequently in prayer. Two or three days previously to her death she had her children collected round her bed, and desiring them to love and serve God, and to dwell in peace with each other, she commended them to God in a short prayer. Her strength now failed, and all that she could do, in answer to any questions that were put to her, was to make some sign with her hands. At one time particularly, when asked if she prayed, she pointed to her breast, implying that she prayed inwardly. Thus lived and died Debranee. She was born a Heathen, but, through the grace of God, she died leaving a good testimony that she had passed from death unto life,--and that she is now in possession of a never-fading crown of glory.
CALCUTTA.-Our brother C. C. Aratoon continues his labours, with great diligence and zeal. . He preaches to the Heathen at the
Native Chapel in Boittakhana, at the Chapel yard in Bowbazar, and at the river side, besides labouring amongst the meinbers of the church. He is assisted by several of the Native Brethren, appointed for that purpose, and also by our brother Shaudron who still gives his services gratuitously. The following are extracts from brother Aratoon's Journal for March. “In the morning brother Kanta and I, went to the side of the ri
As we were going from place to place, conversing, and distributing Bengalee Religious Tracts, a choonam merchant invit. ed us to go into his shop, and converse with him on the subject of our tracts. We did so, and brother Kanta spoke a while, till the man begged us to quit the place, for it was the time of their business. Just about the time of our leaving the place, two Hindoos came near us who had heard us a little before, with an elderly Mussulman along with them, and after a few minutes conversation with each other they wished to leave us; the Mussulman however began to enquire respecting Dr. Carey and Dr. Marshman, and said he had seen them, and heard the word of God from them. He said his name is Toribot ; and I soon recollected that he belonged to a village called Lokphool, whither Dr. Marshman went to preach the gospel about eighteen years ago; and when I told him, we knew him, he stretched out his hand, before the people, to shake hands with me and brother Kanta, and promised to give us a call soon.
“ In the evening we collected a congregation in the chapel-yard as usnal, and brother Shaudron read from John, “ I am the light of the world,” and preached: the people paid good attention to what our brother said; and after him I preached, till about half after six when we left each other.
“We have two prayer-meetings, in the week, one at Mrs. M- -'s every Tuesday morning, and another at Mrs. W—'s, or Mrs. W—'s, on Thursday morning. The number at our last meeting was twentyfive.”
DACCA.-Extract of a letter from Mr. Leonard, dated April 15th, 1824:-“ We have had such a number of Hindoo Poojas, during these last three months, that the work of the Schools could be carried on but slackly, although their general interest increases upon the feelings of all ranks in these quarters, both European and Native. I am about to establish a fifth Female School, and must strain every nerve to bave them in a tolerable state for an Examination, as soon as possible ; but at present although never so well prepared, it would avail little if any thing, to call together the friends in Dacca, for that purpose, through the continual bustle of troops arriving in, and departing from the city, in consequence of the Burman war. However the Ladies of the settlement have contributed about 350 Rupees as an outfit, if I may use the term, for the Female department, which, all things considered, is a happy omen of the ample support that will accompany its future progress.”
ALLAHABAD.-Extraet of a letter from Mr. Mackintosh, dated April 1st, 1824:—“The former part of March has been much profaned by the Hoolee festival. In most streets and lanes, the most obscene expressions and songs might have been heard, and often gangs of boys have followed an expert debauchee in his lewd language. No one residing along the street (especially of a decent family) could escape the insult of lewd songs, and at night the air has resounded with their unhallowed sounds. In going about, I have endeavoured to point out to them the inefficacy of the wasbings which they have had but recently in the Ganges for a whole month, to effect an ablution of their sins, for now it proves to be an ineffectual thing, and “none but Jesus can do helpless sinners good ;'* some have acknowledged the justness of the remark. However there have been not a few who have endeavoured to extenuate these filthy songs and expressions, by saying it was the effect of the Kalee-yoga (the age of sin.) On the 15th, in the morning, just as I was coming out of my gate, I saw, close by, a crowd of young lads throwing dust and filth on all who were not armed, and happened to be passing the street. They were even beating them with shoes, and actually beat one down to the ground.
“This festival is always concluded by a large assembly at the Baloo-ghaut, whither they resort in their most gaudy dress to see and to be seen. At this time there is no particular object of idolatry, except the prostitutes who are exhibited there as dancing girls. It is customary with some to throw a few flowers into the Jumna, and take a handful of water and sup it. I had at this opportunity seated myself, with a few books and tracts, opposite to the ghaut, and asked those who were just before me whether they had any inclination to see my books; some immediately surrounded me,