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apostle, 'I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.'”
Elizabeth made no reply, for she felt that she was not a Christian, and hence could not adopt thc words of the apostle.
After a little pause Annetta proceeded : “ The stars not only shine with a pure and steady light, but they are always in the same place-or rather, we always know where to find them. So should it be with us. Now there are many persons of whom it is said, ' we never know where to find them. They are unstable—now follow this, and now that. There is no dependence to be placed on them. We should so act, that on all occasions, and on all subjects, people may know where to find us.”
"Go on,” said Elizabeth, “ you will set the stars talking before long."
“ The stars remind the Christian of his bright home beyond those azure depths-of the glorious company of the shining ones which he shall meet with there. If there is any material thing which can make us think of the purity and serenity and glory of heaven, it is the stars. Oh, may we be so happy as to reach that glorious place !"
The fervour of Annetta's voice as she uttered these words showed how deeply she was interested, how firmly her affections were fastened on that better country.
Elizabeth was silent. As we have said, she was not a Christian. She felt that she had no title to that place of which her cousin spoke with such rapture. A tear stood in' her eye.
“There is one thing more,” continued Annetta, “which the stars remind us of—the star of Bethlehem. The sweetest thoughts I have ever had, have been when watching some bright particular star, I have been led to think of the star that guided the shepherds to the Saviour-and of that bright and glorious shining Star, which alone can guide the wandering sinner to a home above."
Elizabeth was melted to tears. She threw her arms around Annetta, and exclaimed, “Oh that I had your feelings! I should then be happy."
SUNDAY-SCHOOL USEFULNESS. To the Editor,—Dear Sir,
Having had many occasions to observe that sometimes Sunday-school Teachers have to rejoice in seeing their labours
blessed of God, in reference to scholars of whom they had | little or no hope, and having met with a case in point, I I have thought it advisable, for the encouragement of my fellow| labourers, to send you the following account.
About four years ago, was brought under my notice, a lad pronounced by several to be incorrigible, and only fit for expulsion from the Sunday-school. He was about fourteen years of age, and had been brought up from his infancy among brickmakers--a class of persons proverbial for drunkenness and immorality. I found, upon catechizing him, that his intellect was awfully beclouded, his morals dreadfully vitiated, and his education almost entirely neglected. I devoted myself almost exclusively on the Sabbath to the work of improving the mental, moral, and religious condition of this much to be pitied youth ; and, on week evenings, taught him writing and the rudiments of arithmetic. I confess that I had many difficulties, and sometimes I was persuaded and tempted to abandon my task ; but I fancied I saw before me one that would ampiy repay me for my trouble, in being yet a useful member of the Church of Christ, and the sequel will show that I was not mistaken. Gradually his mind was awakened to convictions of the omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience of God. Soon my young disciple was much improved in every sense of the word; and the Church soon had to rejoice in witnessing in him a devoted, useful, and consistent
member. He has been known by the members of his family 1: to leave his bed in the dead of nighi, and humbly kneel and
fervently pray for the conversion of his father--who was a dreadful drunkard-his brothers and sisters. Since then he has had the happiness of seeing two of his sisters and a brother converted to God, and become very zealously devoted to his cause; and his fai her, who had not been to a place of worship for many years, weeping under the Word of God, and the prayers of his children, whom he had brought up in gross darkness and immorality.
This youth having had much of drunkenness before him, and having shared in that sin, he felt fearful that it would be to him an easily besetting sin, and therefore resolutely refused to taste a drop of any intoxicating drink. His two sisters and the brother alluded to, also became thorough abstainers from all alcoholic beverages ; and the father has become much reformed. The family has left England and crossed the Atlantic; and the last account I received from them was most satisfactory. There are one or two circumstances in connexion with the case, which I consider worth recording. After becoming decided for religion and teetotalism, my young friend had a great deal of money to do good with, which money, under previous circumstances, would have been spent in vice. Of what he thus saved he cheerfully gave liberally to the cause of Missions, and the rest he laid out in a praiseworthy manner.
As his mother was dead, his father used to purchase his clothes. One Saturday night be reminded his father that he had no shirt for the coming Sabbath. The only one which he had, he had worn all the week at his dirty work. His father promised to buy him one that evening, but failed in his promise ; and on the Sabbath morning he felt much annoyed that his father had thus disappointed him. His father, however, offered to buy him one on the Sabbath morning, but the noble lad replied that he would rather go to Chapel in a dirty shirt, or without one, than in one purchased on the Sabbathday. His father felt subdued, and praised his son, wbo had not spoken impertinently, but with mildness and firmness. When he told me the circumstances, I must say I felt proud of my pupil. His conduct has often cheered me in the time of difficulty, and encouraged me in my work. Hoping that this statement may encourage others who are engaged in the instruction of the rising generation, is the prayer of their sincere well-wisher and fellow-labourer,
THE RAGGED BOY—THE RICH MERCHANT.
Business of importance called me at one time to the great city, the London of America. I had spent the morning in viewing the great buildings, the city hall, the great custom-house; Trinity church, with its tall spire, then nearly completed; and many other public places, so interesting to the stranger: and being much wearied with my morning's excursion, I sought my friend's house as a place of rest. While sitting at the dining-table, a servant handed me a note that moment left at the door by some unknown person, which read as follows
“Dear Sir,-Having seen your name andounced as one of the speakers at the Sunday-school meeting, it would give me great pleasure to see you at No. —, Pearl-street, this afternoon, at three o'clock. Do not disappoint me. Your friend,
George S.” "I hastened to comply with the invitation at the appointed hour. Crowding my way along through the multitude of people thronging the busy streets, I arrived, at last, at the number mentioned in the note. I inquired of the clerk for the name; and, to my surprise, he introduced me to the proprietor of a large wholesale dry goods store; one of the first establishments in the city.
“Sir," said the merchant, “I believe I am not mistaken : you are Mr. M., the student of Mr.
o nce my teacher in the Sabbath-school of W- ."
"I was a poor student, and a teacher in the school you mentioned. But this cannot be George S , the whitehaired boy, owned as my scholar!"
“ The same," answered the merchant, grasping my hand with the greatest joy; and a tear trickled down his cheeks. “ The same, only grown to manhood. You will pardon my hasty note, and this abrupt meeting ; but, Sir, I thought that we should never, never meet again, and, learning that you were in the city, I was anxious to offer you the hospitalities of my home during your stay, if it is agreeable, and consistent with other engagements : please order your trunk to be taken to my house ; my house is yours while you remain. I cannot be denied."
Indeed I could not deny him. With joy I complied with his generous offer: and at his house I found a home indeed. Here it may be proper to give you a history of our first acquaintance.
While preparing for the ministry, it was the custom to seek out poor children for the Sabbath-school. In one of my rambles I found a little boy in the street, poorly clad, with his little bare feet in the cold snow; no hat, and in a most wretched condition. I called him to me, and proposed the following questions
“ What is your name, my little fellow ?"
“I have no father (and he burst into tears); my father was brought home dead, about a year ago. He was found frozen to death on the road to our house."
" And your mother, is she living ?" “ Yes; but she is poor, and goes out to work." “ Have you any brothers and sisters ?” “ Yes; one brother and one sister," “ Are they at home?" “ Yes, Sir; they are little ones, and cannot go out now."
“ Well, my little fellow, you want a pair of shoes, and some clothes."
“Yes, Sir, I do; but I want to get something for mother to eat first."
This told the story. I asked no more questions, but immediately set about the work to be done. George was soon in my waggon with me, and I took food enough for his mother's present necessities.
On reaching their house, I found a lonely woman with two dear little ones, and nothing to eat. George jumped out of the waggon, and ran into the house, saying, “O mother! mother! you will not cry any more : the gentleman has got us enough to eat for a whole month." I found, by inquiry,