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“WON'T SOME PERSON TEACH ME?"
WAILB Dr. Thompson, of Cincinnati, United States, was passing through one of the wards of a military hospital, a mere boy, pale and suffering, reached out his hand, and beckoned him to his bedside. In answer to inquiries, he said he was not a Christian, nobody ever taught him to be a Christian, his father and mother cared nothing about Christianity; he could not read the Bible; nobody ever taught him to read ; he had never prayed, would not the good minister teach him how to pray? “Yes, my poor boy, I will teach you how to pray.”
The doctor then said the Lord's Prayer, causing him to repeat the sentences slowly after him. This was done twice, but the boy said it was so long (not to say entirely unsuitable) that he could not remember it, to repeat it when he was alone.
The doctor then offered the publican's prayer, adding, “for Jesus Christ's sake.” The boy repeated it several times, “ God be merciful to me a siņner, for Jesus Christ's sake." He said he would remember that; it suited him, for he was a sinner and wanted mercy. He then said, “If I get well, won't some kind person teach me to read, so that I can read the Bible ?" Yes,” said the doctor, weeping with the boy while he spoke,"yes, my child, I promise you that if you get well, you shall be taught to read the Bible.'
A week passed before the doctor was able to visit that hospital again. He went to the ward where the boy should have been found-the bed was empty. Three coffins lay in the hall ready for burial. He prevailed upon the person in charge to open the smallest of them. There, as he had feared, he found the lifeless remains of the poor boy.—New York Observer.
Some people delight in being at the trouble of putting stings iuto their words, and shooting them, like arrows, into the hearts of others, to remain and rankle there for life. Such doings are devilish. -Christian Pioneer.
Iv Christ be truly in our heart, Christ will be seen in our life. We will be diligent in our business, whatever that business be.
But, perhaps, a boy or girl says, “I am young; I am too young to be at business yet.' Nay, but your business is your duties. Have you no duties?
We heard the other day of a girl who professed to be converted. She is always ready to go to meetings, and even gives away tracts, -and does work in that way. But she has a widowed mother, and she will rather leave the house dirty and untidy, and go away to meetings, than help her mother.
That girl is “slothful.” She neglects her business, — her duty. And careless people say, Oh, is she converted ? One would not suppose it." Christ gets the blame of her inconsistency,
Reader! do you do what you can to belp your mother? You may not be able to do much, but are you doing what you can? Perhaps she is poor, and is glad to gather sticks for firewood. Do you save her that work, like the happy brother and sister you see in the picture?
ABLE TO SAVE. IF ten thousand sinners were to come all at one and the same time to Christ, it would be as easy for him to forgive them all as to forgive one of them. He did save five thousand at one time once. Why not five times five thousand now?-Pioneer.
" The Kingdom Come."
THE MAY MEETINGS. In the month of May, the yearly meetings of the great Missionary Societies of England are held in London. We note some of the chief :
London Missionary Society. The London Missionary Society held its meeting on the 14th of May. It was stated that while the Home funds bad diminished, those from the stations had increased. The total income was £81,924. The ordinary receipts of the society, exclusive of legacies, had fallen short of those of the previous year by £5000. The number of missionaries is now 170,-28 in Polynesia; 21 in the West Indies ; 38 in South Africa ; 60 in India, and 6 in Madagascar.
Church of England Missionary Society. At the Church Missionary Meeting on the 6th of May, the following statistics of the year were given :Total Ordinary Income
£129,040 18 6 Special Fund for India
2,177 4 11
Total received at bome
£131,218 3: 5
£136,252 10 3
Total Ordinary Expenditure
6,200 0 0
£142,452 10 3
Wesleyan Missionary Society. The Annual Meeting of the Wesleyan Missionary Society was held on Monday, the 4th of May. The report stated that the income of the Society for the year amounted to £141,638, being more than the receipts of any former year, and exceeding those of 1861 by the sum of £4357. Of this sum £105,213 had been received from the Home districts, and £36,425 from Foreign districts. The expenditure during the year, including a grant of £1000 towards the erection of a chapel in Paris, amounted to £146,537. Twenty-nine missionaries had been sent out since the last anniversary. Ten missionaries have been removed by death. The number of stations or circuits now occupied by the Society is 605, and the number of chapels and preaching places 4618. There are 889 missionaries and assistant' missionaries, and 17,000 other agents of the Society, such as catechists and Sabbath school teachers.
British and Foreign Bible Society. Tae British and Foreign Bible Society held its anniver
sary on the 6th of May, the President, Lord Shaftesbury, in the chair. The receipts of the year applicable to the general purposes of the Society had been £84,263, the amount received for Bibles and Testaments £73,727, 4s., making a total of £157,990, 4s., being £9693, 178. 4d. less than in the preceding year. The issues of the Society for the year had been 2,133,860 copies.
EVANGELISTIC TRACTS. No. I. Edited by Duncan Matheson.
Glasgow: John M'Callum. 32mo, 32 pages. Price
One Penny. A neat and cheap little book, full of precious truths and striking stories. The incidents are reprinted from “ The Herald of Mercy," and are told with all the earnestness and directness of aim for the winning of souls which characterize that excellent paper.
THE UNKNOWN WAY AND THE KNOWN GUIDE. By the Rev. D.
Macgregor, M.A. Glasgow: D. Bryce and Co. 32mo,
24 pages. Price One Penny. “A pastor's gift to young pilgrims,” full of wise and affectionate counsels, and written in a simple, but vigorous and attractive style.
FATIMA IN THE FIELDS.
A Missionary Anecdote.
Enclosed the captive day by day;
Now for the morning ray.
Hot, heavy noontides came and went,
And oh, she thought they lingered long!
And sad the caged bird's song.