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loves mercy, will in the end walk humbly with God; for in him who practises justice, the love of mercy is produced and grows; and of the merciful Jesus Christ said that he is blessed, for “ he will obtain mercy.” Look at the cross of Christ, and behold the evidence of his mercy towards sinners. Assist the helpless-instruct the ig; norant-seek to snatch brands from the burning; and thús you will give evidence that you love your neighbour, and likewise that you love your God.-Yours truly,
CHINESE SPORTS. Few nations possess a more unhappy infatuation for the vice of gambling than the Chinese. Building with a certainty but too secure upon the evil propensities of our nature, quail and cricket fighters, mora players, and gamblers of every description, congregate in this wide empire, exercising their demoralizing callings to the ruin of thousands, who become the easy dupes of their villany. There are, however, other and more innocent amusements, which are pursued with an almost incredible zest and interest. Kite-flying constitutes a most favourite one, and few have ever succeeded, possibly none have ever aspired, to elevate their simple structures to such a height as the Chinese. In this sport there is much emulation; and not only boys but adults put forth their best energies in flying kites to the greatest height, and in endeavouring to bring down their antagonists by dividing the string.
The sport of shuttlecock, certainly a healthy recreation, is prosecuted with a degree of enthusiasm which is seldom known in the western world. There it is strictly limited to the youth of both sexes; but in China the most muscular men amongst the labouring classes seem to feel inexpressible delight in the sensations it produces.
No; battledores are employed, nor are the hands
generally of any service in the game, save to balance the player's body during its rapid movements : the shuttlecock is struck with the soles of the feet, sometimes unprotected by any covering. Five, generally six persons, form themselves into a circle for the purpose of playing this active game, and the least successful players fall out of the ring in turn, until the number is gradually reduced to one, who is of course considered the conqueror.
“A Present from Age to Youth."
EDITED BY REV. DR INNES.
TAE venerable editor of this little work has in many ways earned a title to the gratitude and respect of the friends of the truth. We have been particularly delighted with the “Present from Age to Youth.” It contains a variety of striking narratives and anecdotes, blended with weighty Christian counsels, and is well fitted to benefit the young especially, to whom we recommend it most cordially.
We give a specimen, with the remarks of our respected friend:
« The following account cannot fail to interest every young reader. It furnishes a fine example of the power of Divine grace in one who, it will be seen, possessed naturally a most violent and impetuous temper.
“Mr Thomas Bradbury, a Dissenting minister, happened to dine one day at the house of Mrs Tooley, in London; a lady eminent in her day for her love to Christ and his people, her house and table being open to them all. Mr Timothy Rogers, who wrote a work on Religious Melancholy, and was himself for many years afflicted with that malady, happened to dine there the same day; and after dinner entertained Mrs Tooley and Mr Bradbury by relating stories of his father, who was one of the ministers ejected from the Church of England for non
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conformity in 1662. Mr Rogers said that he had often heard his father speak with a great deal of pleasure of the manner in which he was once preserved from being sent to prison, after his mittimus, as they call it, had been written out for that purpose.
“ He happened to live near Sir Richard Craddock, a justice of the peace, who was a violent hater and persecutor of the Dissenters, and laid himself out to distress them every means which the severe laws then in force put into his power, but especially by enforcing the act against conventicles. He had a particular hatred of Mr Rogers, and wished above all things to have him in his power. Having heard that Mr Rogers was to preach at a place some miles distant, he hired two men to go as spies, who were to take the names of all the hearers they knew, and to witness against Mr Rogers and them.
“ The thing succeeded to his wish. They brought the names of several persons who were hearers on that occasion; and Sir Richard summoned Mr Rogers and such of them as he had a particular spite against to appear before him. Accordingly, they all came with trembling hearts, expecting the worst; for they knew the violence of the man.
“ While they were in his great hall, expecting to be called, a little girl happened to come into tbe hall, the grandchild of Sir Richard, about six or seven years of age. She looked at Mr Rogers, and was much taken with his venerable appearance; and he, being naturally fond of children, got her on his knee, and made a great deal of her, and she was fond of him. At last, Sir Richard sent one of his servants to inform them that one of the witnesses was fallen sick and could not appear, and that they must therefore come on another day, which he named to them.
“ Accordingly they came. The crime, as the justice called it, was proved, and he ordered a mittimus to be written out for sending them all to gaol. Mr Rogers, expecting to see the little girl again, had brought some sweetmeats to give to her; and he was not disappointed, for she came running to him, and was fonder of him than before. She was, it seems, a great favourite with her grandfather, and had such an ascendency over him that he could deny her nothing. She was withal a child of a violent spirit, and would bear no contradiction, being indulged in every thing. Once, it seems, having been contradicted in something, she ran a penknife into her arm, which nearly cost her either her life or the loss of her arm.
After that Sir Richard would not suffer her to be contradicted in anything.
“ While she was sitting on Mr Rogers' knee, eating the sweetmeats he had given her, she looked wistfully at him and said, 'What are you here for, sir ?' He answered, 'I believe your grandfather is going to send me and my friends whom you see here to gaol.' 'To gaol !' said she, 'why, what have you done?' 'I did nothing but preach at such a place, and they did nothing but hear me.' • But my grandfather sha'n't send you to gaol.' 'Ay but, my dear, I believe he is now making out our mittimus to send us all there.'
“ She ran immediately to the chamber where her grandfather was, and knocked with head and heels till she got admission. She then said, 'What are you going to do with my good old gentleman here, in the hall ?? "That's nothing to you,' said her grandfather, 'go about your business.' 'But I won't,' said she; "he tells me you are going to send him and his friends to gaol; and if you send them, I'll drown myself in the pond as soon as they are gone. I will indeed.' When Sir Richard saw that the girl was resolute, it shook him, and overcame the wicked design he had formed. He stepped into the hall, with the mittimus in his hand, and said, I had here made out your mittimus to send you all to gaol, as you deserve; but, at my grandchild's request, I give up the prosecution, and set you all at liberty.'
“ They all bowed and thanked bis worship. Mr Rogers stepped up to the child, laid his hand upon her head, and, lifting up his eyes to heaven, said, 'God bless you, my dear child. May the favour of Him whose cause you now plead, though as yet you know Him not, be upon you in life, at death, and throughout eternity.' He and his friends then withdrew.
“ Mrs Tooley listened with uncommon attention to the story; and, looking at Mr Rogers, said, ' And are you that Mr Rogers' son ?' 'Yes, madam,' said he, “I am.
Well,' said she, 'for as long as I have been acquainted with you, I never knew that before. And now I will tell you something you never knew before. I was the very little girl your dear father blessed as you have de