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INFANT-MURDER IN CHINA.

MR. CULBERTSON, a missionary at Shangai, mentions an incident shockingly illustrative of the horrid cruelties of which the dark places of the earth are full :

While moving slowly along in our boat a dark object was seen floating on the water ; and as it drew near, it proved to be an earthen jar, in which was seen an infant which seemed to be alive. It was carried rapidly past us by the current, and it was with some difficulty we succeeded in securing it. On reaching it we found, sure enough, that it contained a living child. It was a large, strong child, evidertly born during the previous night. It was entirely destitute of clothing, and had a little white cloth thrown over its face, probably to shield it from the

It was of course a girl, for boys are not often thus abandoned.

“Our boat being crowded we hung a sheet overhead as a hammock for the little stranger. Next day we arrived at Amoy. The friends there were rather astonished at our baby ; but measures were at once taken to place it in the care of one of the Christian women of the native church. May this little one, thus saved from death, grow up to be a blessing to her countrywomen !”,

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YES OR NO.

COME ! come! I would not stay in school all day ; there is grand skating on the pond. You've got your skates; now, a fig for school! Come, go with me and skate. Come; say yes or no; quick, or I'm off !”

So said a big boy to a little boy, not far from my window. The little boy looked, but did not quickly

answer.

Coure, you coward ! say yes or no; quick !”

The little boy was evidently hesitating. How I hoped he would say "No!"

Yes," answered he at last.

Yes! hurrah ! away for the ice !” shouted the great boy; and away they scampered together.

Í'have thought much of that, the “Yes” of that little boy. It was a very little, but a very important word. It made him a truant. He ran away from his books and his school, without the consent of his father or mother; it led to disobedience, and perhaps lying. Who knows but that little “Yes” will make a bad boy of him, and a bad man ? Poor little boy ! ah, it was a wrong thing to say “Yes."

And now, boys, have you ever thought how very much may bang upon these two bits of words, Yes and No? If you use the one when you ought to have used the other, it may make a difference for you which you can never get over. Be careful never to misplace them. Consider well, and never say Yes, when you ought to have said No, in a clear, manly tone ; or No, when conscience urged you to say Yes.

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PRINCE ALFRED THE SAILOR.

PRINCE ALFRED, the second son of Queen Victoria, paid a visit to Athens in 1860. The famous Olympic games, wbich had been given up ever since Athens became Christianized, were about to be held again, and the committee of arrangements, in honour of the young prince's visit, put off the horse-race of the Hippodrome from Monday until Sunday, when he could be supposed to be present.

Alfred promptly declined the invitation, saying that "he could not be present at the race on the Holy Day of the Lord;" and the committee were obliged to prepare it anew the next Tuesday.

Though Alfred is yet a boy, we rejoice in his maply stand on the side of his English Christian education.

“WAS IT OUR JESUSP” A LITTLE girl of three years old stood at the window one pleasant Sabbath, “watching for papa,” who was at church. Soon she spied him coming; and as he entered the door, she raised her eyes to him, and said, “Papa, what did Mr. R- preach about this morning ?” Her father replied, “He preached about Jesus.” “Papa, was it our Jesus ?" she asked. “Yes," said her father, “it was our Jesus.The eyes brightened at the thought that papa's minister knew her Jesus, and talked about him to his congregation.

BE CONTENTED.

I NEVER complained of my condition but once," said Sadi," when my feet were bare, and I had no money to buy shoes; but shortly I met a man without feet, and I became contented with my lot.”

THE LION AND THE DOVE. THERE are horrible beasts called lions, tigers, wolves, and bears. Perhaps you have seen them shut up in cages. Wicked people are like wild beasts.

There is a gentle bird called the dove. The Holy Spirit of God is like a dove. If this Holy Spirit come into your heart, you would grow gentle like a dove, and then you would be happy. But will the Holy Spirit come? Yes. Jesus has promised to send bim into the hearts of all who ask him. What a happy child you might be, if your sins were forgiven, and the heavenly Dove was with you. Even now you would be happy. But you would be happier still one day, for one day you will live with God in heaven.

LOST WITHOUT NOISE.

TAE root of a tree lies out of sight. So the affections. When they are set upon the world, what they do, they do slyly. The soul is lost without noise.-Philip Henry.

FOLLOWING THE LAMB. He does not follow the Lamb whithersoever he goes that follows the Lamb earnestly for awhile,

but afterwards forsaketh him when the storm ariseth. -- Dyer.

MISSIONARY NEWS.

"The Kingdom Come."

“ Happy in our Work.” You will be glad to hear that we continue to enjoy good health, and are happy in our work. Though it is now four years since we gave ourselves to this department of the Lord's service, we have not had one regret at having taken such a step. Our work becomes more and more interesting as we become better acquainted with the language of the people.- Rev. J. Longden, Caffraria.

A Book-hawker in Mysore, India. July 7, 1861. -At Huoinakatle, a village of about thirty houses, I went to the school and showed my books, which the boys very eagerly purchased. I then commenced selling in the street, when a Brahmin came up and asked if I had copies of the Bhagavadgita. I told him, "No." “What other books have you?”. I replied, “I have no fables or false shastres, only books that teach the know. ledge of the one true God, and Jesus Christ, whom he sent to be the Saviour of the world." He answered, “ I suppose you belong to the missionaries, and so talk

I shall not talk any more with an outcast like you.". So he departed. The people who came round then purchased to their liking, and I remained selling till evening.-Wesleyan Notices.

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A Missionary in Pekin.

“PEKIN, September 18, 1861. I HAVE arrived, by God's great goodness, at the end of my long journey, and am at Pekin, living in this Tartar city, at the British Legation, as Mr. Bruce's guest. As soon as I got my passport, I started, and in five carts journeyed the 100 miles from Tien-tsin to Pekin; it took me two and a half days to do it. What a contrast with the beginning and end of my journey! I was two hours slipping down to Dover, 100 miles from London, and the final 100 miles were nearly three days in accomplisking. This is a grand place for work; it is the capital, the vital heart of the empire. I expected to find much dirt here, and it is here in quantity; but still there is much of great interest-its walls, its gates, its streets and palaces, are all vast and fine.

“I hope my coming will be the commencement of Protestant missions in Pekin, and that the London Missionary Society will not give up the place.”—Dr. Lockhart.

Bloody Honours to the Dead. A NATIVE Wesleyan missionary describes recent cruel scenes near Cape Coast, Western Africa :

“On Monday, the 230 September, the only brother of King Darku Yaw was lost in the forest, and the whole people rushed into the forest seeking after him, till last Sabbath, the 29th, when they found him quite dead. Just as they brought the corpse home, two persons were seized, a nice-looking woman, and her own son, of about sixteen years of age.

The woman was taken into the street without clothing, her hands tied behind, and her cheek was stabbed through with a knife. They placed her in the sun from eight o'clock in the morning to twelve at noon; and then her head was cut off. Tuesday, the 1st instant, the king killed another woman. About one o'clock at noon, Nabla, one of the chiefs, also killed one woman. Towards evening, the poor boy above mentioned was also taken to the place where the remains were going to be interred; there they squeezed and broke his neck, and shoved him into the grave."

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