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statesmen are often just a set of grown up children, exactly like cumstances of great interest respecting her conduct during the children I have been speaking of, with only this material the period of her sickness. There she lay,' said her father, difference, that instead of themselves fighting out the needless evidently suffering from weakness and her bruises, and yet quarrels they have raised, they sit in safety and look on, send out allowing no sound of complaint to escape her lips. As she became their innocent but servile subjects to battle, and then, after a better, she inquired of the doctor whether it would hurt her to waste or blood and treasure, are glad to make peace on the boy's read, and on receiving a favourable reply, she asked for her condition, 'If ye'll let us alane, we'll let ye alane.'
Testament, and during the rest of her confinement never suffered it to be taken from her side. Yes,' said her father, it was to me a sight worth the universe, to see that dear child, hour after
hour, holding fast her guide-book, and from time to time glancing THE STORY OF LITTLE MARIA.
at some passage, as if she would gain further provision for her
journey, and wished above all things to make sure of her way. CHAPTER THIRD.- -THE RECOVERY.
Infidels,' added Mr. Elwood, 'may have their theories, and these
may answer, or seem to answer, a purpose in the time of A MONTH had elapsed since my leaving the cottage before I was prosperity and in the day of health ; but there is nothing but the able to fulfil my promise of an early return. When my arrange- Bible that will satisfy a rational creature, who feels himself ments were completed, however, I started with a glad heart, and drawing, step by step, each day nearer to the tomb. That child was not a little pleased to have as fine a day for the second visit with her little Testament beside her upon the pillow, is to my as that which had attended me on the first. Then, as you may mind an argument for religion beyond the craft of Satan or the remember, there were sweet scents poured forth from field and devices of any of his followers among deluded men.' garden, while at this later period a new variety of charms I understood, moreover, that the little girl, upon her recovery, appeared on every hand. Flowers which were then in early bud seemed very anxious to testify her gratitude to God, by engaging were now fully in bloom; and a multitude of fragrant atoms in some useful work; and hearing that the labours of a teacher in seemed to gush forth upon the senses from every field. Now, too, the neighbourhood had proved too arduous for her feeble strength, there were songs to be heard ; birds on the wing, and others Maria determined to offer her services as an assistant, thinking perched among the hedge-rows, all striving to make the air as herself competent to take charge of the younger children. sweet with their melody as the grain and the flowers were making As soon, therefore, as her health permitted, Robin was again in it sweet with their pleasant scent. With such a rare display of demand, and the little lady was seen on many a fair day trotting God's free mercies, I could not help thinking of his goodness in along the road on her kind errand. The teacher was most providing for the enjoyment of his creatures, nor could I avoid grateful for the aid of our young acquaintance, and so much was considering how great is the blessing of having all our senses in she cheered and comforted by Maria's presence in the school, that full use. A few days ago, I saw a gentleman who used formerly she was heard to remark that she felt herself indebted almost for to take great delight in the beauties of nature ; he loved to look life itself to the kindness and sympathy of our friend. Nor was upon the fruits and flowers of the earth, and would gaze for hours this merely a fancy for school-teaching, which was likely to wear on a lovely prospect. But now, alas! he is quite blind, and can off after a short period, and then pass entirely away, On the only remember such things as past joys and pleasures which may Contrary, she seemed moved to it by a steady principle, and, like no more return. So, too, with the sense of hearing. At this every work to which we are led by principle, this duty became moment, while I am engaged in writing for the entertainment every day more agreeable, and in a short time nothing but a of my young readers, there is a little boy beside me busily severe storm could keep Maria from the school. The children, engaged in cutting a stick. To watch his movements, you would too, became very fond of one who showed so deep an interest in never imagine that there was any such misfortune in his case ; their welfare, and hardly any sight could be prettier than that of but yet it is true that the poor child has never heard the sound of the little girl when surrounded by a group of children, many a bird, nor ever listened with delight to a kind mother's voice. of whom were as tall as herself. The progress of those to whom Poor boy, he is deaf and mute! What a mercy to have our she devoted her attention, was rapid and satisfactory, so much so senses spared to us, so that we may enjoy the sight of the blue that our friend was able to enjoy the comfort of seeing about her sky and the rainbow, and listen to the waterfall or the sweet song many interesting children upon whom she had conferred a real of the birds! Remember this, children, and oh! do not forget to good. How much better she felt for this effort than she would thank God that you are neither blind nor deaf.
have done had her whole time been occupied in some childish After a pleasant ride, I reached the cottage, and had the employment, such as arranging a baby-house or dressing dolls! comfort of receiving as warm a welcome as could be given or Children are too apt to think that because they are children, it is desired. Mr. Elwood expressed his acknowledgments, in which no matter in what way they spend their time; but certainly it is he was joined by his wife; but nothing pleased me more than the important to form good habits, and no habit is more desirable than simple and aflectionate earnestness of the little lady herself. In a that of keeping ourselves usefully employed. There are many few words, she gave me to understand that she remembered my persons, who, from the want of being well and carefully trained in kindness, and that she intended always to love me, and would this respect, grow up without being of the least use in the world, consider me among her chief friends. She also related the and, instead of a comfort, are indeed a charge and burthen to their particulars of the adventure, from which I gathered that it was friends. I wish my young readers to consider this, and to follow, the fault neither of herself nor the pony that she was thrown, but as far as they are able, the example of little Maria. It is not the result of an accident that might have occurred to any rider likely that all will be able to employ themselves in the same way and any horse. It appeared that Robin and his young mistress that slic did, that is, in assisting a feeble but worthy schoolhad passed down the road to a considerable distance, and had teacher; but, if they will look around them, and are really already turned the bend which Mr. Elwood had spoken of as a anxious for employment, I am very certain that some useful and place of some danger. The road at this part ran for at least a agreeable occupation for their leisure moments may be found. mile in nearly a straight line, and Maria, confident that no danger Some little girls there are who sew very neatly, and others have could present itself, slackened the rein, and began to watch for the been taught to knit; and it is not to be doubted that such persons spring where she was accustomed to water her horse as well as to can find plenty of work. What a comfort it would be to some get rest and refreshment for herself. She had arrived within a poor mother to have a little lady look in, and offer to make a few feet of this spot, at a point where a high stone wall and dress for one of her ragged children, and to find another ready to hedge-row bounded the road, and was just in the act of dis- teach the girls of the family to knit and sew! mounting, when an immense black dog, whose thirst led him to Maria was made very happy by having this occasional employthe spring, bounced over the fence, and landed almost on the ment. Her father and mother united in giving their child a good pony's back. At this unexpected arrival, Robin was much education, and while nothing was neglected that was really useful alarmed, and started back with such suddenness as to throw his they took care that her time was not filled up by any frivolous rider with considerable violence to the ground. Here she lay pursuit. Her custom was to devote the early morning hours, quite senseless until she was raised and brought to consciousness under her father's direction, to such studies, as geography, history, by the timely arrival of the timer and myself. In a subsequent and grammar, after which she walked in the garden with her
inversation with the little stotis father, I learned many cir. mother, or, in rainy weather found some easy household work,
This done, her mother kindly instructed her in the elements of
true God, and Jesus Christ whom he lias sent, and die as if there music, or in drawing, in both of which she had made creditable
were no hereafter. What a dreadful thought! But more progress. One thing quite remarkable in a child of her age, for
dreadful still to think that this is so with many called Christians. she was at that time just entering her thirteenth year, was the Reader, is it so with you?—Think! pains she took to learn every branch thoroughly. She never These people are in a most savage state ; they even eat human flesli. desired to fly from one study to another, but was always anxious Their ideas about religion are as absurd as their practices are cruel to spend the allotted portion of her day in its proper work. Often, and wicked. They think there are a great many gods, but they rehowever, her father would contrive to make a pleasant variety. gard one as ruling over the rest. When sick they do not pray to Sometimes he would bring in a handful of shells, and ask the
their imaginary god, but utter the most dreadful curses to frighten names of some, while he mentioned and explained to her the
him away, that they may get well
. This is very sad, is it not ? names of those with which she was not familiar. In a little time,
And yet some who call themselves Christians do what is quite as the young student became well acquainted with the forms of several hundred shells. But her chief delight in the way of study fear of becoming gloomy. By doing so, they show that they know
foolish and as wicked, when they drive God from their thoughts for was to start off with her father for å walk in the neighbouring
not him who is a God of love and mercy, and who has so loved woods. Here she seemed almost beside herself with joy. A hundred times her voice would be heard as she cried out, Oh,
sinners as to give his only begotten Son to die for their salvation.
Reader, do you? father, what is this? I am sure that I have found a new flower
"One of our scholars, for instance," says a missionary who has this time! Do come, father, and look at this lovely little thing.'
lived there many years, “was taken very ill. His poor ignorant To all such inquiries and exclamations of the eager child her
father did not pray to the Supreme Being for the recovery of his father would make a kind and sympathizing reply. He, too, was a lover of nature, and great was his delight at observing in his
son, for he was ignorant of Him, but he was uttering the most daughter this growing fondness for the lovely works of God.
:Ireadful curses against his false god. When I asked him the reason, In such studies and pleasant rambles, Maria gathered a great
he replied, it was a good thing at New Zealand, he did it to frighten
the Atua, or god, away, who would otherwise destroy his son. The amount of really useful knowledge, and yet was able to find time
boy had been out in the rain a whole day, and caught a severe cold; for her frequent visits to the village school. So much may be
but the natives will not allow that heat or cold can hurt a man. done by diligent attention, and by carefully allowing no moment
They ascribe every pain they feel to the Atua, who, they say, is to pass unimproved. An event occurred a few months after her accident which
preying upon them. They consider their god as an invisible Anafforded her an opportunity of profiting by her studies, as well as
thropophagus, or man-eater, and regard him with a mixture of fear
and hatred, betraying impatience and anger whenever they are a chance of contributing largely to the pleasure of several excel
visited with sickness. lent friends. The particulars of this concurrence must, however,
“Pride and ignorance, cruelty and licentiousness, are some of the be reserved for our next number. (To be continued.)
principal ingredients in a New Zealander's religion. He does not, so far as I can learn, bow down to a stock or a stone, but magnifies himself into a god. The chief and elders of the people are called Atuas, even
while they are living. Our aged friend, Tiarrah, says that the god REMARKS ON THE NEW ZEALANDERS. of thunder is in his forehead. Shunghee and Oheda tell me that they
are possessed with gods of the sea. When the clouds are beautifully New Zealand, which lies on the other side of the globe, nearly chequered, the Atua above, they think, is planting sweet potatoes. opposite to Great Britain, and whose inhabitants have their feet
At The season when these are planted in the ground, the planters nearly opposite to ours, was first discovered by Tasman, in the year
dress themselves in their best raiment, and say, that as Atuas on 16-12. It was long supposed to be part of a southern continent;
earth, they are imitating the Atua in heaven. The lands are, from but was ascertained, by the celebrated Captain Cook, to consist of
that time, considered sacred, until the sweet potatoe crops are taken two large islands, divided from each other by a strait twelve or
up. No person presumes to go upon them, except such as are confifteen miles broad. The northern island is 600 miles long, by an
secrated for the purpose of weeding and inspecting them." average breadth of 150; and the southern nearly as large.
These islands contain about a million of inhabitants, who are, in general, equal in strength to the largest men in Europe. Their colour is a light brown. Both the men and women have good BAPTISM OF NGAHUE A NEW ZEALAND features. Their dress consists of mats, made of a kind of tlax,
CHIEF. which grows in abundance in the island, and is of a very line texture. These people are accustomed to mark, or tattoo their bodies, and
SOME time since a chief in that spiritually dark part of the particularly their faces.
world New Zealand, was by means of the Church Missionary They lave various weapons of war, the principal of which aro Society induced to believe the gospel and to receive the rite of lances, darts, and a kind of battle-axe ; but the use of fire arms is, baptism. The Church Missionary Intelligencer contains a picunhappily, becoming pretty general, from their intercourse with torial illustration of the baptismal scene. Through the kindness Europeans. As by this means the horrors of war, that curse and of the Society, this engraving will appear in the January number plague of the human race, will be increased, it forms a loud call upon of Pictorial Pages. It is large as well as beautiful, and will fill our European Christians to send them the blessed gospel of peace, which
two centre pages. Whilst the sight of it will be pleasing, it will teaches men to live and to love as brethren, and which, when it shall
at the same time be useful-prompting us to abound in the Divine be universally known and received, will banish war from the world,
work of spreading the gospel throughout the world, by shewing us
in from which it springs. When a New Zealander dies, if he has been a person of rank, his
ticles upon a variety of other useful and interesting subjects. friends put him in the earth for a few weeks or months, after which they take up his body, and scrape the decayed flesh off the bones, and collect them together; then the priest sets apart a number of
SIX LARGE BIBLE PRINTS. men, whose duty it is to carry the bones to a cave at a distance.
Engraved by Mr. G. Measom, from drawings on the wood by Every person who touches any part of the body is in a state of pollution, or, as tlicy call it, taboocd, for a certain number of days.
Mr. Gilbert. They have no places of worship, nor do they cver assemble together
We predict that these eloquent and splendid productions will for religious purposes ; but they have priests whose business it is to be universal favourites.'--Berwick and Kelso Warder. address their false gods in prayer for the welfare of the natives in The privilege has been purchased of introducing the entire thicir temporal affairs, for victory over their enemies, or for success series of the above beautiful and striking Prints into Pictorial in tishing and hunting. Thus do they live without kuowing the only Pages. The first of them, shewing the depth of degradation from
which the Bible is able to rescue fallen man, will appear in an early number.
gressors is hard'—that it is an evil and a bitter thing to break THE HEDGEHOG.
God's commands—that that man is blessed, by whom temp
tation is resisted and overcome. Triis animal is found in hedges, and though much smaller is somewhat like a hog. It has in consequence been called the nedgehog. Its head and nose are long, its tail and ears short, and
JOY ON THE BRINK OF ETERNITY. its eyes small. Its foot has five toes, and its body is covered with
OCTOR PAYSON when near of quills or
his flight into tbe eternal prickles,
world, full of heavenly joy very hard
dictated a letter to a beloved and very
sister, of which the followsharp
ing is a sublime extract. When at
Were I, dear sister, to tacked it
adopt the figurative lanrolls itself
guage of Bunyan, I might up like a
date this letter from the ball, and
land of Beulah, of which I being then
have been for some weeks all around
a happy inhabitant. The covered
celestial city is full in my with its
view: its glories beam pointed
upon me; its breezes fan thorns, a
me; its odours are wafted man can
to me; its sounds strike not touch
upon my cars, and its spirit is breathed it with his
into my heart. Nothing separates me hand, nor
from it, but the river of death, which HEDGEHOGS. a dog with
now appears but as an insignificant rill its mouth. Foxes, which are very cunning, finding they cannot
that may be crossed at a single step bite the creature when thus rolled up, push it into a puddle or a
whenever God shall give permission. pond. The animal finding itself in water, and afraid of being
The Sun of Righteousness has been drowned, unfolds itself, and the moment it has so done, the
gradually drawing nearer and nearer, fox seizes it by the soft inner part of its body and carries it
appearing larger and brighter as he away as its prey.
approached : and now he fills the In the winter it lies motionless in a hole in the earth, well
whole hemisphere, pouring forth a lined with grass and moss, and if discovered, makes itself look
flood of glory, in
which I seem like a mass of leaves in which it rolls; and which, pierced with its to float like an insect in the beams of the sun: exulting, yet prickles, become fastened to its back.
almost trembling, while I gaze on this excessive brightness, and Some ignorant persons have sup
wondering, with unutterable wonposed that the animal will go and
der, why God should deign thus to suck the milk of cows; and dairy
shine upon a sinful worm! maids, when they have obtained less milk from the cow than usual, have laid the blame upon the
MEDITATION. hedgehog ; but not justly, for its
It is unwise to occupy our minds food is not cow's milk, but insects,
about vain and trifling matters. snails, frogs, mice, and snakes.
The mill should not grind chaff but Dr. Buckland placed a snake
corn.,' It is yet worse to ponder on near one. The creature bit the
forbidden objects, the mill then snake and then rolled itself up that
grinds hemlock. Nothing will more it might not be bitten in return.
repay careful consideration, than This it did many times, till the
God's method of saving men by snake's back bone was broken in
the mediation of Jesus Christ. several places. It then drew the
Meditation on the great Gospel serpent into its mouth by the tail,
scheme, like the microscope applied and gradually ate it up as a man
to nature, will be continually devours a radish.
bringing new beauties and glories The hedgehog is easily tamed,
into view. and is useful in houses to destroy
Divine meditation has two great beetles and other vermin,
advantages, it tends both to We may get a practical hint
enlighten the judgment and to from the little creature we have
warm the heart. During Decembeen considering: we may learn
ber, the month upon which we from it to seek that complete suit
have now entered, whilst our dayof spiritual armour, by placing
time is shortening, our shadows are which around us, we shall be
lengthening, and the year is closing, defended against all the enemies of
we should meditate upon death, our souls. Put on,' says the
which will soon overtake us; upon Bible, the whole armour of God,
judgment which follows after death; that ye may be able to withstand
and upon eternity to which both in the evil day,' that when tempted
conduct. But, as when looking to sin you may firmly refuse.
down a deep well we should grasp Especially taking the shield of
some post or standard, lest we fall faith-trusting in the power of
in, so when pondering such mo God and the merits of Christ: and
mentous subjects we ought by faith believing that 'the way of trans
to have hold of the Great Immandes
W. S. LINDSAY. WILLIAM SHAW LINDSAY, was boru in Ayr, in Scotland, in 1816, and was left an orphan when he was six years old. From that time, until he was fifteen, he was dependent upon friends for the merest subsistence. When he was fifteen he determined to make a start on his own account. He had, at that time, three shillings and sixpence, saved from gifts of half-pence. His intention, on starting, was to go to sea, where he had no doubt ho should make his fortune.
Having worked his passage over to Liverpool, after several weeks of privation and distress, he was fortunate enough to be engaged as cabin boy on board the “ Isabella” West Indiaman. By industry and perseverance he gradually rose in the profession until, when only in his 19th year, he was appointed to the command of the “ Olive Branch," which command he held until 1840. In 1841 William retired from the sea, and was engaged in making Hartlepool an independent port, which result he finally achieved. In 1845 he removed to Lon. don, where he was successful in laying the foundation of a
business of immense magnitude, and which fairly entitles him to take his position in the foremost rank of the first merchants in the world. In 1854 he was elected a member of Parliament for Tynemouth, and in 1859 he was returned for Sunderland; in addition to which he has been appointed & magistrate for Middlesex.
Can we now, in this hasty glance at the career of Wil. liam Lindsay, realize the two extremes in the life of that extraordinary man ? First, the poor orphan boy shovelling coals in the hold of the steamer-crossing the Irish Channel in lieu payment of the passage-money. That is one extreme; now look at the other. Author, magistrate, member of Parliament, millionaire! Why it seems a fable—but it is true, nevertheless. And what are the means by which these two extremes have been bridged ? It is the old watchword, “ Labour."
William Lindsay furnishes to every desponding youth an extraordinary stimulus for effort and exertion. If he succeeded, surrounded by circumstances of such a discouraging character, what youth or man shall give up in despair
Ely to Cambridge and back, in all forty miles, in two hours and RESOLUTIONS OF PRESIDENT EDWARDS.
thirty minutes. In 1820 instances occurred of a mile being accomE concluded our
plished in very little more than two minutes. By one, two miles
were run in three minutes and eight seconds, by another, a mile December number
was skated in a minute and four seconds—a speed almost equal to with a reference to
that of the swiftest race-horse. Meditation, as be- In some of the Northern countries of Europe, skating is ing especially suit
practised, not as an amusement, but as a means of journeying able in the last
from place to place. month of the de
In Holland when the canals are frozen over, the inhabitants, parting year. The
both male and female, mounted on skates glide along with great new year having
velocity, often carrying heavy burdens on their heads. now commenced,
But one of the most remarkable kinds of skating is the snowthe formation of
skating of Lapland. A surface of snow is much more common resolutions how to
there than one of ice, and the inhabitants provide accordingly, act as its days and They put on the skate or snow shoe called a skie
. This is a weeks roll on, seems highly pro
flat piece of wood, very narrow, six or seven feet in length, per. Much help in
with a fastening for the foot in the middle. Sir Arthur de coming to right Capel Brooke gives a description of the use of these skates to
the following effect :-After the snow has fallen a few days, resolves may be ob- the frost renders it firm enough to support a man's weight; tained from the example of the emi- the top of it becoming hard and glazed. The Laplander can nent Jonathan Edwards, President of New Jersey College, U.S. He drew
now make his way in whatever direction he desires. He skims
with equal ease and swiftness the white expanse of land, up for his own use, a series of resolu- lake, and river. When he comes to a mountain he proceeds tions amounting to seventy in number, from which the following are
in a zigzag direction, and, however long and steep it may be, valuable and instructive extracts.
soon gains its summit. When descending, he puts himself into a RESOLVED,
crawling posture, his knees bent, his body inclined backward and 1. That I will do whatsoever I think
pressing with a staff upon the snow to regulate his speed; when to be most to God's glory, and my
the slope is very steep his velocity resembles that of an arrow.
Should a rock obstruct his path he instantly takes a bound and own good, profit and pleasure ON THE avoids it. Nothing stops him. WHOLE; without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so
The power these snow-skaters possess of harassing an enemy in many myriads of ages hence; to do whatever I think to be my
the field is said to be very great, for they can pass with safety duty, and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general
, while the rapidity with which they move prevents the artillery
over snow, much too soft to support either cavalry or infantry, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many, and how great from taking any good aim at them with their guns. soever. 5. Never to lose one moment of time, but improve it in the most
Those who skate and slide, whether on snow or ice, and those profitable way I possibly can.
who journey whether by land or water, would to do well often to 6. To live with all my might while I do live.
utter the psalmist's cry, Hold thou me up and I shall be safe.' 7. Never to do anything which I should be afraid to do if it were the last hour of my life. 13. To be endeavouring to find out fit objects of charity and
EMBLEM OF THE ATONEMENT. liberality. 20. To maintain the strictest temperance in eating and drinking,
*O JERUSALEM, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and 28. To study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and fre
stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have quently, as that I may find and plainly perceive myself to grow in
gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her the knowledge of the same.
chiekens under her wings, and ye would not!' 36. Never to speak evil of any person, except some particular
On the latter part of the above verse are grounded the following good call for it.
touching lines, 37. To inquire every night as I am going to bed, wherein I
Behold the hen that white with falling snows, have been negligent, what sin I have committed, and wherein I Around her brood her fostering pinions throws, have denied myself; also at the end of every week, month, and
And combats in their aid the wintry skies, year
Till pierced with cold she droops her head and dies ! 46. Never to allow the least measure of any fretting uneasiness Behold in the above display of instinctive love an emblem of at my father or mother.
Him who wo loved our guilty race, as to let the storm of Divine 55. To endeavour to my utmost to act as I can think I should anger against sin, fall upon Himself instead of upon us: who died do if I had already seen the happiness of heaven, and hell torments. the just for the unjust,' that we might have peace with God!
56. Never to give over nor in the least to slacken my fight with Yes, behold Him till your eye affects your heart, and you exclaim, my corruptions, however unsuccessful I may be. 62. Never to do anything but duty, and then according to
• The love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge, that
if one died for all, then were all dead : and that he died for all, Eph. vi. 6-8, do it willingly and cheerfully as unto the Lord and that they who live should not henceforth live unto themselves, not to man; knowing that whatever good thing any man doeth,
but unto him who died for them and rose again.' the same shall he receive of the Lord.'
Let us form and keep resolutions similar to the above, and real piety, usefulness, and joy, will attend us at every step.
GOD IS LOVE.
No subject is so vast, so snblime, as that of the Divine goodness. SNOW-SKATING IN LAPLAND.
The amiable Dr. Waugh, preaching upon that short but delightful
text, 'God is love,' thus beautifully amplified the idea :In this country skating is resorted to merely as an amusement. • All God's perfections and procedures are but so many modificaThe variety known as 'figure skating,' is here much more common tions of his love. What is his omnipotence but the arm of his than the swift progress denominated 'running.' English skaters, love? What his omniscience, but the medium through which He nevertheless, have occasionally attained an extraordinary amount contemplates the objects of his love? What his wisdom, but the of speed, especially in the fenny districts of Lincolnshire and
scheme of his love? What are the offers of the gospel, but the Cambridgeshire. In the winter of 1838 two skaters went from invitations of his love? What are the threatenings of the law,