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to read. I declined the offer, declaring that nothing could ever think a great deal of him, and value his kind and amiable manner, induce me to believe that the Bible was from God; he then his perfect truthfulness, and his readiness to oblige others at the besought me as a personal favour to give the book one candid sacrifice of his own interests, This is his character out of perusal. Unable to refuse such a request, I read the work. doors.' The beauty of it is, that he is just as good to his father I was staggered by the proofs and arguments in favour of and mother, just as anxions to please them as he is to please any Christianity which it contained. I re-perused it, and became of their acquaintances or friends. And in the case of Frank there convinced that I had been labouring under a gross and awful is another excellence to be noted. He is not only careful to have delusion. Seated in my library at the time, I rose up, went to the good opinion of his father and mother, of his brothers and the shelf on which my former oracle, Tom Paine's “ Age of sisters, and all the acquaintances of the family, but he also acts Reason," was placed, and said, "Tom, come here, I want to speak conscientiously on all occasions. Every night, upon going to his to you.” Having pulled down the book, and looked at it with room, he reads a few verses in the Bible, and then kneels in feelings of horror and indignation, I exclaimed, " I say, Tom, prayer. This is a duty which Frank's mother was careful to you're a liar, and by your lies have brought my soul to the brink teach him while he was but a little child, and this duty he never of hell." I then tore the volume in two, saying, "Tom, there's neglects. It is a pleasant thing to know a boy who manfully disthat for you.” I next walked to the fire-place, made the fire charges his duty, a' d is not ashamed of loving and serving his blaze, cast the torn volume into the flames, and, stamping it Saviour Christ. Frank has been well instructed. He often reads down with my heel, concluded my address by saying, “Good bye, in his Bible of the love of the Redeemer for men's souls, and, Tom, I desire never to have anything more to do with you to all feeling himself a sinner, he goes every morning and night to the eternity.”
throne of grace for strength to overcome his sins. The life of this But now commenced "the tug of war.” Long and arduous noble boy is an example of a child who is just as good in secret was my struggle against my besetting sin. Again the “liquid as he is when in the company of friends; and we hope that what fire” gained the mastery over me. As soon as I recovered my we have said about him will enable our young friends to underreason, encouraged by the hopes which the Bible inspired, that I stand what we mean by a man's staring at a distant object, and should conquer at last, I vowed that I would never again drink tumbling over one close by. If they do understand this, they a drop of ardent spirits. God enabled me to keep my vow, but will be able to imagine what a comfort Maria was to her parents alas ! wine again laid me prostrate. Filled with remorse, but and friends, and I hope that they will read what is said about still animated by faith in the Divine promises, I renounced wine her to some purpose; that is, that they will try to imitate her also. Unduly confiding in my power of self-control, I was good conduct, and like her, to be good at home as well as good overcome by beer. Cast down, but not in despair, and looking abroad. They must not suppose, however, that Maria was kind for help to Him who is mighty to save, I gave up malt liquors and good because she was never tempted to be otherwise ; for this likewise, and substituted for intoxicating drinks of every kind, a was not the case. Our little friend, like the rest of us, had her sweet, and safe beverage, composed of milk and water, sugar, and trials ; and one source of trouble was a thing which every child spices, which you see upon the table, and called it “Nectar;' and would think of as only a source of pleasure. This was the posit well deserves the name, for I drink it with feelings of heavenly session of that little pony Robin, whom you will remember as joy, arising from ardent gratitude to Him who has snatched me standing by the gate, brushing off the flies and munching clover, as a brand from the burning fire, has given me the victory over at the commencement of our story. The fact is, that Robin was temptation, and produced within me a lively and well grounded a great favourite with other young people beside his little misexpectation that I shall ultimately be a guest at the marriage tress, and very often it happened that, on a fine day, every child supper of the Lamb: assuring me that there I shall drink in the family wanted a ride. In order to answer this demand wine of the kingdom"- -a wine which never inebriates, but illu- upon the pony, it was quite certain that his mistress must give mines the understanding as much as it regales the heart.' up for that day her own recreation. Her delight was to go
My friend perceiving the deep interest I took in his narra- off on a gallop for several miles, and, when a little tired with tive, very kindly presented me with the very book which was the the exercise, either to stop and buy some articles in the village, means of leading him to the Bible, and thereby producing such a or to let Robin wander slowly along through the woods. This happy change in his views, feelings, and course of life. I value could not be done, and at the same time provide for the gratificait highly, and preserve it as one of my choicest mementos of tion of the other children, and very frequently it was a hard the power and majesty of the Word of God.
struggle before Maria could feel willing to give up. She was 'Is not my word like is a fire, saith the Lord, and like a often tempted to wish that she had no Robin, or that the children hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces ?'—'I am not ashamed would learn not to want him ; but, after a moment, she would have of the Gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation better thoughts. And here I should like to tell my readers a great to every one that believeth.'
Editor secret about a plan for always having better and happier thoughts
on occasions like these in the history of our friend. The plan
is-and I do trust that every child will remember it—the plan STORY OF LITTLE MARIA.-CONCLUDED.
is to pray to God, and he will give us better thoughts. One day
Maria was sorely tempted. It chanced that all the children THE HOME.
except Ned had taken a trot down the road, and that, as Ned In this, which is to be the last chaptor of the history of our did not claim his privilege, the pony's owner was about to mount, young friond, we shall furnish our readers with an account of thinking that, after all, she should get to the village, where she Maria's home-life; that is, we mean to tell them how she behaved was anxious to procure materials for some worsted work. Just to her brothers and her little sister, and how she gained their at this moment, however, she heard Ned's voice.
"Wait a affection and the love of her parents. We think this a very im- minute, Maria; it's my turn,' shouted Ned. 'I hav'n't had my portant thing, because there are many children who will behave mile yet. Poor Maria ! this was almost too much for her comwell enough on a visit, or when in the presence of strangers, but posure, especially as Ned was a hard rider, and, once mounted who are not always careful of the feelings of those who live in upon the pony, nover seemed to have the slightest notion of ever their own house. This is like the mistako of a man who fixes his getting off. With a sigḥ and a troubled countenance, Maria gave eye upon some large object in the road, far ahead of him, and up the pony to Ned, who pompously straddled the side-saddle, gazes at it so earnestly that he never sees a much smaller object and raising a tremendous cloud of dust, dashed down the road. lying at his feet, until, at the next step, ho stumbles over it. There would be no chance for a ride that afternoon, so Maria This mistake is very often mude; but it is a very great mistake turned away and went into the cottage. notwithstanding. I wish all my young readers to pause a All the while that this scene had been passing, Mr. Elwood moment, and consider whether they fully understand what I was at the cottage window. He was pained to notice the cool mean. For fear they should not, I will make it plainer by men- selfishness of Master Ned, and greatly delighted with the fortioning tho conduct of a child who bohaves in the right way. bearing temper of his little girl. He knew that Maria was The name of this fine boy is Frank Bolton. I perhaps, at some naturally of a high spirit, as we call it—which means a bad futuro time, may say more about him ; but now, I have only spirit-and he hardly thought that she would give up, as she did, space for a remark or two in reference to his conduct, Frank is without a word. When he saw that she yielded with so much a great favourite among his father's and mother's friends. They gentleness, he felt as if he could catch her in his arms, and press
her to his heart for joy. If Maria could have known how she MERCY, THE HIGHEST STYLE OF LOVE. was loved at that moment, I am sure that she would have been quite willing to have given up a dozen ponies to Master Ned.
GOODNESS is the glorious characteristic of God's nature. Mercy Mr. Elwood determined to speak to his son in reference to such
is the glory of his Goodness; the forgiveness and salvation of thoughtless indifference to his sister's comfort and enjoyment.
rebellious man is the glory of his Mercy. I beseech thee,' said He thought proper to make no mention of the circumstance to his
Moses, show me thy glory;' and He said, 'I will make all my daughter until some future time.
goodness pass before thee. And the Lord passed by before him, That evening Maria had a conversation with her mother,
and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, which will show us what use she made of the famous plan for
long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy having better thoughts when Satan tempts us to do evil.
for thousands, and forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin.' Mother,' said Maria, as she found herself alone with her
In redeeming lost man, and conferring upon him the gift of kind parent; ' mother, does Jesus always hear us when we pray
eternal life, God displays all his Goodness, and to the utmost to him? Does he hear us even when we are angry, and then
reveals his glory. God being thus chiefly magnified by appearing
in the character of the most merciful Sovereign, the most compray ?' Yes, my dear; I do not think that any can doubt his word, Divine glory will first put his own trust in the Lord Jesus Christ,
passionate Father of mankind, he who strives to display the and he has promised to hear us.' • Well, mother,' said the child, as her countenance brightened
through whom God's Mercy is dispensed, and then persuade others into a sweet smile, I remembered what you had said about
to do the same; thus pleasing and honouring God by securing his Jesus hearing us, and I prayed to him when I was really angry promoting the salvation and happiness of his neighbour also.
own complete felicity, and by adopting the most effectual means of with Ned to-day.' • And do you think, my daughter, that he heard your
ARARAT. Yes, mother, I am sure he did; for in one minute, instead of those wicked and uncomfortable feelings of hate and rage that
This celebrated mountain was the resting place of Noah's ark (Gen. seemed to swell my heart-instead of these, I felt quite contented
viii. 4). It is situated in the Greater Armenia, is of very great and willing to let Ned take the pony, and go where he pleased. heiglit, and covered with perpetual snow. Both the Turks and Oh, how thankful I felt to Jesus for having taken away those
Armenians reverence it as the haven of the great ship which preuncomfortable and wicked feelings!'
served Noah from the waters of the Deluge. It rises into two disI am very glad,' said her mother in reply, that my dear
tinct tops, resembling the lesser Sugar Loaf Mountain in County child has already, learned to trust the Saviour's promise, Ask,
Wicklow. Neither of these summits has ever been trodden by the and ye shall receive. To do this fully and entirely--to expect
foot of man, since the days of Noah; nor, perhaps, even then, sor, God's help in answer to our prayer, just as a child expects its
it is presumed that the ark rested in the space between these heads, parent to comply with any proper request-is to have faith, cren
and not on the top of either. The distance from peak to peak is that bright jewel, a holy child-like faith. I think,' said Mrs.
about 12,000 yards. The form of the greater is similar to that of Elwood, that one reason why children so often glorify God
the less, only broader and rounder at the top, and shows, to the norulion their death-beds is, that they ask strength and grace with west, a broken and abrupt front, opening about half way down into the full expectation of receiving it, or, as the Apostle says,
a stupendous chasm, deep, rocky and black. nothing doubting
Such is the account which travellers have given of the mountain It was quite delightful to Maria to feel, after this conversation, of Ararat, where righteous Noah and his household found a safe that she had a secret in her possession of so great worth, and
resting-place, after the waters had prevailed so exceedingly on the that she had already made trial of its value. She did not wish earth that every living substance was destroyed, which was upon to keep it a secret, but often told other children how graciously
the face of the ground, both
man and cattle, and the creeping things, God had assisted her endeavours to correct the sins of a hasty and the fowl of the heaven (Gen. vii. 23). There the pious and vene: temper. Our young friends will please remember this secret, rable patriarch obtained the mighty deliverance which had been forand I hope to hear that some one of them has been enabled, by told, and experienced that the Lord's promise is faithtul and true. its use, to set a good example, and to show to others the great And who can tell what pleasure the holy man enjoyed in his soul beauty and excellence of true religion. There is no use in having
when the ark first rested on the dry land ? What overpowering the secret unless it is made of use.
feelings of love, and joy, and thankfulness must have suddenly been There was one other point in Maria's behaviour which was awakened within him? The faithfulness of bis God so marvellously worthy of admiration, and which gained the approval of her evinced; his mercy so richly displayed; and his own safety so grafriends—her earthly friends—and that unseen One who is the ciously secured! And how justly did these mingled feelings mani. best of all friends her Father in heaven. This was her regular sest themselves immediately afterwards; for no sooner was Noah and prompt attendance at church, together with her serious and come out of the Ark than he built an altar to the Lord (Gen. viii. reverent behaviour during every part of the service. She seemed 20). In all this, may we not see, “as in a glass, darkly," the believer to feel that the holy Sabbath was God's own day, and that it was in the Lord Jesus Christ. When the troubled waters of sin and a great pleasure to keep it sacred. After the morning service, sorrow, and danger, and sickness may, per haps, bave been long wearyshe would return home with a light and cheerful step, and having ing the child of God, who can conceive of his happiness, when bis foot had dinner, was again seen on her way to the church, in order to first touches the peaceful happy sbore, and he finds himself in " a buildgive her attention to the Sunday-school. With her books under ing of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens ? " her arm, and her lessons all well prepared, she would enter the school-room, and never found it tiresome to sit listening to her
THE SPIDER. faithful teacher, while, on several occasions, the absence of an instructor gave her employment in taking charge of some youthful The accuracy with which spiders construct their webs, has class. Her experience at the village-school fitted her for this excited general admiration. The common HOUSE SPIDER (Aranea work, and her interest in the children won for her the pleasing Domestica,) possesses an apparatus, called the spinneret, consisting reward of her pastor's affectionate regard. In such occupations of four papillæ, at the lower part of its body, each of which is our young friend passed her time, gaining the approval of her pierced by foramina, or holes, so extremely minute, that a powerful own conscience, the love of her parents and friends, and ever microscope will discover, not fewer than a thousand in each. striving diligently fo: the favour of Him who had pardoned her These constitute the machinery by which the insect spins. It sins and provided all the mercies which she enjoyed. No wonder, passes through every one of these four thousand apertures a thread then, that her home in that pleasant cottage was so happy and almost inconceivably fine. The thousand of each papillæ combine, cheerful; no wonder that her companions loved her, and strove as soon as formed, and at about the tenth of an inch from their to show that they valued her as a friend. We trust that, in origin, the products of all four unite, so that the single line of this respect, many of our readers will, as we say, take a leaf out which the net is composed consists of more than four thousand of Maria's book, and endeavour in the course of the year, to different threads. find what progress they can make in winning affection and The GARDEN SPIDER, (Epeira), usually fixes its net in & esteem.
perpendicular direction, or nearly so. The making the outer lines
care. It spares no pains to render them strong,
With rapid glide along the leaning line; each line of five or six or even more threads.
And fixing in the wretch his cruel fangs, ttaches a thread to one of these main lines, and
Strikes backward, grimly pleased; the fluttring wing,
And shriller sound, declare extreme distress, - up with one of its hind feet, that it may not touch
And ask the helping hospitable hand. and be thus prematurely
Spiders are remarkable for their walks round to the opposite
quarrelsome as well as carniverous there fixes the thread. It
disposition. Two of them rarely meet ns a cord to the centre of this
without a battle, which usually termiad, and attaches the other end
nates in the death of one of the comba. e outer lines. In like manner,
tants. · This is more particularly the aree more of these radii, or
case with the female, who will fight n the centre to the circum
and destroy her own partner, one re introduced. During hese
moment showing him affection, and operations, the spider some
the next attacking him with such s, as though its plan required
violence that nothing but a hasty tion; but having proceeded
flight can save him from death, and the remaining radii are added
prevent his furnishing a meal to his -, that the eye can scarcely keep
DR. GEER says, he h the spinner. The spider
has been filled with indignation and s to the centre, pulls cach
horror at witnessing this very scene: or cross thread with its feet,
a male spider, (of inferior strength), its strength, and substitutes
without any provocation, suddenly reads for any that break or are
seized by his ferocious companion, enIt then fills in the smaller
veloped in a web, and forthwith nd constructs a little cell, under
devoured. The female has, however, af close by, to which it may
one redeeming virtue; her attachment 1 case of danger or bad weather. It finally takes its to her brood is so great that she will sacrifice her own life to with its head toward the ground, in the centre of the preserve theirs.
has prepared, ready to dart instantly on its prey, and in The power of spiders to live for a long period unfed is great. etion. The moment the unfortunate fly or other thought- VAILLANT had a spider that lived nearly a year without receiving ct touches the net, the spider rushes forward, seizes it any nourishment. Its strength was even unimpaired by such
fangs, carries it to its cell, sucks its juices, and throws protracted abstinence, for it immediately attacked and killed ty carcase away.
THOMPSON describes the cell as another spider put into its cage, equally large and vigorous with Where gloomily retired
itself, but not so hungry. The villain spider lives, cunning and fierce,
It is desirable that undue prejudice should not be indulged Mixture abhorred! amid a mangled heap
against the spider. Its beauty when carefully examined, is in Of carcases, in eager watch he sits, O’erlooking all his waving snares around.
many instances exquisite. Its skill in procuring its necessary food Near the dire cell, the dreadless wanderer oft
is marvellous, and rivals that of man; it is useful in checking the Passes, -as oft the ruffian shows his front;
multiplication of smaller insects, and its instincts and powers proThe prey at length ensnared, he dreadful darts
claim and illustrate the boundless intelligence of its Divine MAKER.
THE DYING ATHEIST. years ago, 1 was invited by a pious lady to visit her man who, like Burke the assassin, cares not what pain he bn, who was an avowed atheist. On approaching the inflicts on others, so that he may attain his own selfish n which he was reclining the following, conversation ends, you would turn your back upon him and have no ially took place
connexion with him, and thus show your disapprobation, if y, sir, what is your object in visiting me?'
not your abhorrence, of his conduct; and in so acting you see, my young friend, if I can say any thing that can in effect would punish him, And yet he could vindicate you in your affliction.' his innocency on the very ground taken by yourself, namely
, you wish to do me a kindness, sir, take me up and dash that he acted only in accordance with the faculties and disins out against the wall.'
position which were given him.' bw me, I pray you, to put to you the important question, Yes, what you say is true, but how light the punishment
quite ready to leave this world, and prepared for all that I should thus inflict in comparison with that which Chrisaits you in the next ?'
will be awarded to unparI suppose you think that I
doned sinners in the future world.' en be punished for my sins.
'Granted. But the question, rest of all, I do not believe
turns, why should Burke, if, accordre is a God; and then admit
ing to your principles, he was entirely t there were, I cannot think
innocent, and in no degree answerable would be just for him to
for his conduct, be punished at all ? me, as I have only acted in
Upon your principles, you ought to hce with the faculties and the
regard Burke, the murderer, and ion which I received from
Howard, the philanthropist, as perad consequently am no more
fectly on a par, and be as friendly to ble for my conduct than a
the one as to the other.' mechanism is for the manner
The youth at once perceived that ait acts.
the ground on which he had been to your disbelief in the being d, why your own existence is
resting was quite untenable. He
made no reply, but listened to Chrisile only on the ground that
tian truth and counsel, and to a an uncreated Great First
prayer offered on his behalf. And as to man not being
A few days after, he died, calling ble for his conduct, I have
on God for mercy in the name of it that you yourself deem it
EDITOR punish others fortheir crimes. vou, for instance, meet a
HORACE was born in the year 1811, under difficulties, it is said, “as he was black as a coal.” Twenty minutes elapsed after his birth, before it was quite certain whether he was to live or not; at the end of that time, he lay a smiling infant in his mother's arms. In his fifth and sixth years it was his custom to lie on his face under a tree reading ; hour after hour would thus be passed, completely absorbed in his book. This absorbing, passionate delight in books was the reason of determining him to become a printer. We are assured that at this period there was not one readable book within seven
miles of his father's house which he had not read. He was, in fact, never without a book.
About his eleventh year, Horace thought it time to do something towards being that which he had always resolved to be-a printer. He one morning trudged to Whitehall, a town about nine miles distant, to make inquiries. The only printer in the place told him he was too young.
Time wore on when, in his thirteenth year, Horace saw an advertisement in the “Northern Spectator,” for an apprentice on the paper. He
sought the proprietor, and ultimately arrived at the object of his ambition by having a place assigned him in the office.
After being employed in various offices, he determined to try his fortune in New York, where he arrived on the 18th of August, 1831, being then in his 20th year.
On the morning of his entrance into the great city he was worth ten dollars and seventy-five cents! He worked in several offices for about fourteen months, and then began business, in partnership with Mr. Francis Story, with a capital of only 150 dollars. After several failures in endea. vouring to establish a newspaper, he ultimately started the “ New York Tribune,” the annual profits of which are now computed at £6,000.
In 1848 Greeley became a member of Congress, beating his opponent, Gen. Taylor, at the election by 3177 votes. On the opening of the Great Exhibition he visited London, and served as a member of the jury on hardware. On his return to New York, he displayed his usual energy by rushing to the Office of the “Tribune," and setting up with his own hands the chief news brought by the boat; thus forestalling all his contempo. raries.