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Tana, one of the new Hebrides Islands, South Seas, is still one of the “dark places," full of the habitations of cruelty. The people are heathens of the darkest and fiercest kind. Here is a picture of one of their savage chiefs.
The Rev. Mr. Paton, of the Reformed Presbyterian Church (Cameronian), has been labouring for Christ among them, among many perils and trials. Again and again the people have threatened to kill him and his native helpers. Now, however, he seems to have better hopes. On returning, after a visit to a neighbouring island, he writes :
“On my return, I found things in a much better state than I expected, and I am glad to inform you that there are indications of important changes taking place among this people. Of late, I am sent for to attend the most of their war-councils and public meetings, and, through the Divine blessing, my advice is generally followed,
“Yesterday, at a great meeting, where the chiefs and many of the people for eight miles round were present, a party of chiefs were sent for me, and after I went, fourteen chiefs addressed the meeting. They all declared that they had done with fighting ; and that no more were to be killed for witchcraft, as it is a system of lies; that they could not make rain, and wind, and food, as they professed, but that God made everything; that the talk of Tana was done or dead ; and that this meeting had adopted the mouth of Missi and the Aneiteumese;' and that if all the banished tribes (the chiefs of which were present) would return, they would all become worship. pers of God, and live in peace for the future. At this meeting there was not one to oppose these resolutions, but it will take time to prove if they are in earnest. However, it gave me great pleasure to hear their addresses, and to see the kindly feeling that was displayed by all."
after a pause,
“IT WILL PRINT A PAGE." ALAME boy asked a gentleman to give him a ball of twine, saying, “He wanted to make a net with it, and sell it for threepence, to give to the Bible Society, to help them to print Bibles for the poor heathens ;" adding,
“You know, sir, that will print a page. finished. The boy did so, when the gentleman said, The gentleman told him to bring
the net to him when “ You are a good boy; here is threepence for the page of the Bible, and threepence for yourself.”
“No, sir; oh no 1” said the boy. all, as it will print both sides of the page.
“Let me give it
"I WILL GO ;' OR, THE SLIGHTED WARNING. TAE Rev. Mr. E-, calling to visit one of his hearers, saw a young lady in the parlour, who had come for the use of the water, on account of her health. Observing her unusually pensive, Mr. E— took the liberty to inquire the
She answered, “Sir, I will think no more of it, it was only a dream, and I will not be so childish as to be alarmed at a dream ; but, sir,” said she, “I will tell you my dream, and then I will think of it no more.” She then repeated as follows :-“I dreamed I was at a ball, where I intended to go to-night. Soon after I was in the room, I was taken very ill, and they gave me a smelling bottle, and then I was brought home into this room, and I was put into that elbow-chair (pointing to it) and fainted, and died ! I then thought I was carried to a place where there were angels, and holy people in abundance singing hymns and praises to God,—that I found myself very unhappy there, and desired to go from thence. My conductor said if I did, I should never come there again. He then violently whirled me about, and I fell down, down, down, through blackness, and flames and sulphur, the dread of which awoke me!”
The minister endeavoured, by every possible argument, to dissuade the young lady from going to the ball that night; but in rain! She answered, “I will go. I will not be so foolish as to mind a dream !” She did go; and soon after she came into the ball-room she was taken ill, and, as she dreamed, a smelling-bottle was given her. She was carried home into the room, and put into that very elbow-chair represented in the dream ; she fainted, and she died ! Awful warning ! and awful event! Oh, that it may deeply penetrate the hearts of all who are “ lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God!”—The Book Society.
“MOTHER,” asked a child, “why don't you talk to me about my soul ? My teacher does ; the minister preaches about it; they pray for it in the prayer-meeting : why don't you say something about it?"
Do not some mothers leave the care of their children's souls too much to others? And yet who but the mother can daily and hourly guide the straying steps of her little ones in the path to heaven ? O mother, the little body for which you do so much will perish, but the soul never. AWAKENING AT BATH. In answer to prayer, God manifests his awakening and soul-saving power here. Many, both by word and by letter, express their joy in God their Saviour. In no former three months of our experience have we beheld so many cases of poignant distress and exceeding joy as we have since the end of February in this city and its environs. A solemn sense of the Divine presence. pervades the meetings, so much so, as to awe some who enter them in a frivolous or scoffing spirit. When the time for closing arrives, many leave very reluctantly, even after staying in a close atmosphere for nearly three hours. Many of the hymns sung have been much blessed.
One of the converts has returned from a northern town, unwilling to stay in a region so uncongenial to vital godliness as a public-house, though relatives held out inducements to do so. Another who has gone about thirty miles away brought seven or eight opener friends a distance of seven miles on the 26th ult. the service we were holding at Potterne.
AWAKENING AT KENMARE, IRELAND. God has at length visited this dark and distant part of Ireland, and the work of awakening is rapidly progressing; there are many meetings held for prayer, and they are better attended every time. At the first, there were only seven persons, but now the rooms are crowded. This work may be said to have arisen (under God) from the conversion of one young man, one of the most influential persons in the place; he had gone to see the work of God elsewhere for himself; and upon his return he attended a meeting, where he was requested to tell the assembly the wonderful things he had heard
He did so; and at the conclusion he thought, “ Now I must tell these people to flee to the Saviour;” but no soouer had he commenced, than he became filled by the conviction of his never having filed to the Saviour himself, and that, therefore, he had no right to ask others to do it. He attempted to speak, but his mouth was closed. On leaving the room he was joined by a