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John Pounds was a poor lame shoemaker who lived and died in Portsmouth, a great sea-port town in the south of England.
John's heart was full of two things-love to Christ, and love to children. These made him a true teacher. He used to gather poor boys and girls from the streets into the small narrow room where he sat making and mending shoes, and in every way tried to do them good. He did not pick out the gentle and well-behaved children, whom everybody loved, but he used to get hold of the most wild and ragged in the town, for whom nobody else would care.
He was very poor, and so his books and school furniture were of the simplest kind. He would gather the broken slates when a house was being built, for his scholars to set down figures upon; and he would cut out large letters from posting bills, and paste them together for a lesson board when he was teaching the A BC.
For more than thirty years John carried on his humble school, and God greatly blessed it. He was the means of leading many a poor neglected boy and girl into the ways of pleasantness and peace.
Here is a picture of the good old man and his Ragged School. What a kind look he has ! and see how the scholars are listening!
John Pounds died in 1839. We suppose his was the first Ragged School in this country. Many have been set agoing since then. Sheriff Watson in Aberdeen, Dr. Guthrie in Edinburgh, Lord Shaftesbury in London, and others in other places, have done much for Ragged Schools. May the blessing of God more and more rest upon them all !
NOTES OF REVIVAL.
Meeting in Manchester. A FRIEND in Manchester writes, in “ The Revival,”—“The meetings in the Free Trade Hall were a complete success; it was crowded to excess. Many were broken down. In the Corn Exchange, on the following Tuesday, a meeting was announced by Mr. Radcliffe, for all the converts and anxious souls. It was crowded to excess—2000 present. It was a refreshing time, to see the fruits of our dear brother's labours in this city.”
“ A Change this Morning." I SHOULD not have taken this privilege of troubling you, only through a sense of duty in returning thanks to Almighty God for what he has done for our poor souls in bringing us froin darkness into his marvellous light. Oh, sir, I remember the time when, if that dear missionary had called in my friend's house, he would have found me there as he did to-day; but there would have been a cold welcome ; we would have told him, when there came a convenient season we would call for him, and could not have his company because he would neither stand a quart of ale, neither would he play us a game for one. But, thank God, there was a change this morning. We were just singing a few of your hymns, and regretting for your leaving Manchester, when he came in. We did not ask him for a quart of ale. Our request was a prayer, and before he left we concluded on holding a prayer-meeting once a week in my friend's house, and he kindly consented to assist us. So now
“We'll form a singing band,
Christ for me."
Some people may say, “Well, it's all very fine; it will only last for a little season; "as I've heard them say about two years ago in the north of Ireland. May God turn their hearts as he has turned ours, and then they will see, “For in that he himself hath suffered, being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted ;” and also, consider the High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.Letter to Richard Weaver in “ The Revival.”
Revival in the Highlands. REVIVAL has already been given to many portions of the Highlands. We come occasionally on most interesting facts, showing that for months a great work has been going on in some quiet secluded glen, although the sound has not travelled far. We know that, during the storms and frosts of last winter, in several Highland parishes, hundreds travelled nightly long distances to the prayer meeting, to share in this time of refreshing. Large districts are thirsting for the rain.-- Wynd Journal.
DR. PATERSON of Madras at present in Scotland, having come home for a season on account of his health. Part of his time is occupied in visiting some of the larger towns of Scotland, with the view of increasing the interest in the Medical Missionary Society. In this work he is assisted by Dr. Burns Thomson, Superintendent of the Cowgate Mission Dispensary; and it is hoped that the young friends of the Society, in the various districts visited by them, will seek an opportunity of hearing their very interesting statements, and that their cause may be kept in mind for some help when the Missionary Boxes are opened.
There are now several such Missicn Dispensaries, in which godly men, while ministering to the diseases of the body, seek also to do good to the soul. And surely there are no labourers whose work more reminds us of the work of Jesus, when he went through all the cities of Galilee, “ healing all that were sick, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom.”
A wise son maketh a glad father ; but a foolish son is the beaviness of his mother.---Prov. x. 1.
" Thy Kingdom Come."
Madagascar-Death of the Queen. News has come of the death of the old Queen of Madagascar, who for many years has been a bitter persecutor of the Christians. It was under her reign that so many of them died cruel and bloody deaths, as noble martyrs of Jesus Christ, and many were driven to hide and dwell, like our own Covenanters, in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. Her son, the new king, is not a heathen like his mother, but has been the friend of the Christians, and is, to all appearance, a true follower of Jesus. There is good hope now of better days for Madagascar. The Papists have spread a report that the king has become a Roman Catholic, but there is no reason to believe that the report is true.
Feejee Islands—“A Great Change.” Until 1854, Bau, the chief town of Feejee, was opposed to the missionaries, and the ovens in which the dead bodies of human victims were baked were scarcely ever cold. Since then, however, a great change has taken place. The king and all his court embraced Christianity ; the heathen temples are in ruins; the sacred groves in the neighbourhood cut down ; and in the great square, where formerly the cannibal feasts took place, a large church