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May, though a trifle, poor and weak,

Prove like a tiny seed :
And who can tell what good may spring
From such a very little thing ?
Then let me try each day and hour

To act upon this plan,-
What little good is in my power,

To do it while I can.
If to be useful thus I try,

may do better by and by.

Choice Selections.

bers 9, 18, and 25, led astray through drink, now dead, spirits gone to render up their accounts. Two of the twenty-five, viz., Nos. 3 and 12, met with accidental deaths. Thirteen are dead. Some appear to have died well. Of others, nothing is known respecting their end. Nos. 2, 11, 19, 24 left the country; nothing now known about them. Numbers 13, 20, 21, still living. Whether they have bright or clouded prospects I know not.

Should any of my readers find out the village of Keilah in some part of her majesty's dominions, they might see actively employed in a most important and benevolent office, a hearty, hale old man, of robust and portly build, standing five feet ten inches high. This fine old man was the little boy whose name was entered Nov. 6th, 1808, in the first Sunday school formed in that village sixty years since. And we may all read in the history of our friend what may be done if à boy is diligent, punctual, and persevering. He may carry off the highest prizes here ; and should he reach three score years and fifteen, he may have a glorious prospect of eternal felicity hereafter, which, I am happy to say, cheers the declining days of Edwin, one of the twenty-five boys enrolled in the first Sunday school formed SIXTY YEARS SINCE in the charming village of Keilah.


THE ADAMIC CREATION. UNDER the head of “ Vulgar Errors," we find in “ Biblical Notes and Queries” what we cannot but deem an error indeed from the pen of-perhaps-a learned contributor, who says; “There is no single word in Hebrew (any more than in Greek, Latin, or English) that expresses the idea of creation from nothing ;' that can only be done by a phrase or combination of words." His aim is to make out that the first verse of the Bible does not express creation, but only the framing of what previously existed; and that this is established by “ the latest conclusions of Geology and Philology in the nineteenth century.” Now all this we utterly deny. Leaving Latin and Greek out of the question, what other word do we want in English in addition to the word create, to express the production of something by an exercise of almighty power, where before there was nothing?

And is not the noun Creator applied distinctively to God as the only being possessing that power? As for the Hebrew word Bara, in Gen. i. 1, whatever other meaning it may have, it unquestionably has this : “ to produce something from nothing." A Jewish lexicographer adduces as examples, Gen. i. 1, 21, 27; Num. xvi. 30; Is. xlv. 7; and Jer. xxxi. 22. Parkhurst argues, in reference to the word in Gen. i. 1, “ This cannot relate to form, because, as it follows in the next verse, The earth was without form, or in loose atoms.Dr. A.

“ The rabbins, who are legitimate judges in a case of verbal criticism on their own language, are unanimous in asserting that the word bara expresses the commencement of

A LITTLE girl I am indeed,

And little do I know ;
Much help and care I yet shall need,

That I may wiser grow,
If I would ever hope to do
Things great and good, and useful too.
But even now I ought to try

To do wbat good I may ;
God never meant that such as I

Should only live to play,
And talk and laugh, and eat and drink,
And sleep and wake, and never think.
I may, if I have but a mind,

Do good in many ways ;
Plenty to do the young may find

In ihese our busy days ; Sad would it be, though young and small, If I were of no use at all.

Clarke says,

One gentle word that I may speak,

Or one kind, loving deed,

the existence of a thing, or egression ruptions of Popery against which we from nonentity to entity. It does not protest, had not developed themselves, in its primary meaning denote the when that interesting church of primipreserving, or new-forming, things tive times was built. If not a Protesthat had previously existed, as some tant church, however, it is itself a imagine, but creation in the proper remarkable protest against the pretensense of the term, though it has some sions of Popery, and its hateful other acceptations in other places." corruptions; affording evidence of the So much for philology. As for geo- greater simplicity of worship in logy, it can never prove matter to be primitive times, and also that in the eternal; and if not eternal, it must early British church baptism could have been created. Moses tells us not be by immersion, but by either that “In the beginning God created sprinkling or pouring. As for the eth (the matter of the heavens and marketable trumpery of relics and the earth.” What do we want more? charms, it is the imported merchandise Why try to set that aside? Let geo- of the “Mother of harlots and abomilogists pursue their investigations of nations of the earth.” nature until their favourite science be more truly scientific than yet it is,

POPERY AS IT NOW IS. before we try to set it and the Mosaic Being with my youngest daughter at cosmogony at variance. Geological Aix-la-Chapelle, on Thursday, April theories have undergone many 22nd, 1869, we came, in our afterchanges and they are destined to yet

noon's walk, to a newly-built church other modifications : but the fact that

near the railway station. We enGod created the heavens and the

tered, and found workmen engaged at earth" is unalterable. “Yea, let

the window on one side of the chancel. God be true, but every man a liar.” When about to leave, a printed paper

upon the wall, not far from the door, A BURIED CHURCH RECOVERED.

attracted our attention. It was in The church of St. Pirran, in Cornwall, French, German, and English. I which for ages had been buried in copied the English version, which sand, was disentombed in 1835. “It

was as follows: was found to contain none of the concomitants of modern Roman Catholic

“ ASSOCIATION. worship: no rood-loft for the hanging “For the completion of the votive up of the host; no vain display of church of our Blessed Lady at Aixfabricated relics; no latticed confes- la-Chapelle, built to commemorate sional; no sacrificing bell; no daubed the glorious dogma of her Immacuor decorated image of the Virgin or late Conception, solemnly defined by other saint. The most diligent search his Holiness Pope Pius the 9th, Dec. was made for beads and rosaries, 8th, 1854. pyxes and Agnus Deis, censers and “1. All those who contribute mocrucifixes—not one, not the remnant ney to this undertaking, are consiof one could be found. A stone table dered members of the association. at the east end, stone seats against “ 2. Their names are entered in a the sides and west end walls, with a register, which will be preserved in small stone font for baptism, were all the archives of the church. found; but nothing else. Remarkable “ 3. High Mass for the welfare of that this ancient Christian sanctuary, the living and deceased members, like one rising from the dead, should will be celebrated in the church once be disinterred to witness against the a year during the octave of the feast antiquity of Popery : it is a genuine of the Immaculate Conception. Protestant church of the second or “ 4. A low mass for the same intenthird century." Thus the description tion has been said in the church daily is given by a writer, quoted by a cor- at 7 o'clock, since Dec. 8th, 1863, respondent of the Methodist Recorder and will be continued in perpetuity; (col. 4, page 149, of March 26th). “5. His Holiness Pope Pius the The term Protestant is inappropriate 9th has granted by an Apostolical to the case, inasmuch as the cor- Brief of March 23rd, 1856, a plenary



indulgence, to be gained once “ 3. And finally, April 5th, 1862, month, to all those who after Confes- notwithstanding his oun (sic) wants, sion and Communion support this granted a considerable donation in undertaking by prayer and almsgiv- money towards the bronze statue of ing, and pray for the conversion of our Blessed Lady which is designed sinners. This indulgence is applica- to crown the spire." ble to the souls in purgatory.

Approved by his Eminence the The statue is now there, at the apex Cardinal Archbishop of Cologne. of an open work spire, with a metallic

nimbus, or radiation surrounding its “ That all those associated in the head. Such is Popery in the ninework may add prayer and almsgiving, teenth century, unchanged and unand thereby obtain the blessing of changeable, except as progressing in God for the future prosperity and error and corruption. W. B. C. speedy completion of this holy undertaking, the following prayer is proposed, which may also serve for

Phenomena of the Montlys. obtaining the monthly indulgence. Antiphon. Rejoice. O Virgin

SEPTEMBER. Mary: thou hast surmounted the aflic- SEPTEMBER, as to average temperature, tions of the church in the whole world. is like the period from the middle of

Make us worthy to praise thee, May to the middle of June reversed, O Blessed Virgin.

and attended by all the symptoms of “R. Give us strength against thy decadence and decline in place of enemies.

those of bloom and vigorous growth. Collect. O merciful God: grant, From a daily average of temperature by the intercession of Thy Blessed equal to 59 degrees at the beginning, Mother, Thy support to our weakness, there is an uniform decline to 54 dethat we, who are building Thee a grees at the end. Two days average house in honour of her Immaculate 59 degrees: nine days average 58; Conception, may persevere in our six days 57 ; four days 55; and four holy purpose, overcome all opposition, days 54 degrees, during fifty years. and worthily serve Thee in full se- The general average of rainfall in curity in this dwelling-place of Thy September is about two and one-fifth Glorious Majesty, through Christ our inches ; from 1860 to 1867, however, Lord. Amen.

it was two and a quarter inches, or “ One Hail Mary for the conversion an excess of 0.067, and was followed of sinners.

after the very dry summer of last Mary conceived without sin, pray year by a diminution to rather more for us who have recourse to thee. than half an inch below the previous

average. “His Holiness Pope Pius the 9th, The sun rises at thirteen minutes as a proof of the great interest he after five on the 1st, and sets at fourtakes in the work, has deigned to send: teen minutes before seven; on the

“1. In the month of March, 1857, 15th it rises at twenty-five minutes a costly stone from the catacombs of before six, and sets at fourteen the holy Martyrs Peter and Marcel- minutes after six; and on the 31st it linus, for the foundation-stone of the rises one minute before six, and sets new Church, which was solemnly nineteen minutes before six. The laid May 2nd, 1859, under the first day shortens one hour and fifty-four pillar of the crypt by the Cardinal minutes during the month; namely, Archbishop of Cologne, Mgr. de Geis- forty-seven minutes in the morning, sel, assisted by several bishops. and sixty-seven minutes in the even

2. In the month of April, 1861, ing. On the 1st of September there the body of the holy martyr Aurelius, are two hours and four minutes found in the catacombs ad aquas of twilight in the morning, and Salvias, which was solemnly depo- two hours and five minutes in the sited under the altar of our Lady of evening; the length of the day being Dolours by Mgr. Baudri, May 21, 1861. thirteen hours and thirty-four miseasons, being four days thirteen hours and twenty-nine minutes longer than winter; three days, twenty hours and twenty-nine minutes longer than autumn: and seventeen hours and fifty-two minutes longer than spring.



DRUNKEN FATHER. “I AM weary, very weary ; come, sit beside

my bed,

sins away;

nutes, and of the two twilights four hours and nine minutes, leaving only six hours and seventeen minutes for the true night.

The moon is new on the 6th at seven minutes after six in the morning, and full on the 20th at fortyone minutes after eight in the evening. On the first Sunday it sets four minutes before the sun, its thin crescent being visible the following night, and setting twenty minutes after the sun; on the second Sunday it sets at five minutes after ten; on the third Sunday it rises four minutes before sunset and shines all night; and on the fourth Sunday it rises at nineteen minutes before nine at night.

The moon is near to Uranus on the 2nd, to Mercury on the 7th, to Venus on the 8th, to Mars on the 9th, to Saturn on the 12th, to Jupiter on the 25th, to Aldebaran on the 26th, and to Uranus for the second time this month on the 30th.

Mercury both rises and sets after the sun all the month ; but its time of setting only for a short time exceeds half an hour after sunset, and this planet is therefore unfavourably situated for observation.

Venus is an evening star, setting fifty-four minutes after the sun on the 3rd, and one hour and four minutes on the 30th.

Mars, also an evening star, sets at seven minutes after eight on the 1st, and at ten minutes before seven on the 30th.

Jupiter rises at four minutes before nine on the evening of the 1st, and at seven o'clock on the 30th.

Saturn, an evening star, sets on the 1st at five minutes after ten, and on the 30th at fifteen minutes after eight.

Uranus rises before midnight after the 10th.

Neptune rises between seven and eight in the evening the first half of the month, and between six and seven after the 15th.

Summer ends this month, and autumn commences, on the 23rd, twenty-eight minutes after midnight, when the sun enters Libra and passes the equator, going south. Day and night are of equal duration on that day.

Summer is the longest of the

And lay your hand upon me; there-press

it on my head.
And listen, father, while I speak, for soon

I'm going home.
Oh! I could die so happy, if I thought that

you would come.
I've heard the preacher tell you, no drunkard

enters heaven; Then, father, give up drinking, and pray to

be forgiven. O father! will you promise that when

from earth I'm gone,
You'll sigri the pledge and keep it, like

Uncle John has done?
And, father, pray to Jesus to take all your
Oh! will you, will you promise this? Dear

father, don't say nay!”
The drunkard bowed his head, and the pro-

mise then was given, And his dying daughter whispered : “I will

pray for you in heaven : Yes, there l’ll not forget you. Oh ! I hope

you'll join me soon; I feel that I am going, but I'm only going

home.” The child fulfilled her mission, and her

gentle spirit fled, And that father wept in anguish for bis only

comfort dead. He signed the pledge, but found it hard his

solemn vow to keep, He longed to drown his agony, and sleep the

drunkaru 3 sleep. But that gentle voice seemed whispering

unceasing in his ear, “I could die happy, father, if I thought

you'd meet me there; Oh! will you pray to Jesus, and seek to be

forgiven?" And his angel child seemed saying: “ I'll

pray for you in heaven." And soon that prayer was answered, a con

trite heart was given; And now he's gone to meet his child, and

dwell with her in heaven.

Methodist Temperance Magazine,

Passing Ebents.

The Irish Church is to be disestab

lished. Although we cannot bring Months succeed each other in rapid

our minds to think that this act will succession. At least, so they seem regenerate Ireland, nevertheless, we to us.

No sooner has the final revise do hope that it may tend to glorify of the second sheet of the number

God and benefit that country. passed from our hands, and we are

The conferences of the various Meable to breathe a little freely, than thodist bodies have taken place. The the printer's boy is in upon us for

fact which stares us in the face is copy for the next number. It is well this — that, with the hundreds of for us that, through the prompt

salaried and the thousands of unlabours of our staff of helpers, we

salaried preachers, Methodism, nuhave generally a supply in our port- merically, scarcely keeps its own. folio. Thirty-two pages of matter The rise or fall of the membership is a are required monthly. We have ne- pretty fair gauge of its spiritual state. ver yet been reduced to the condition Further, if the Methodist bodies do of some early editors, who had to not rise in numbers and spirituality, supply_blank_columns by portions

where are we to look for the spread of of the Bible. It is true that a Bible scriptural holiness through the land? could not be purchased in those days

The fact that the population is adfor sixpence.

vancing at a more rapid rate than Since we last met our readers, the religion is spreading should stir us all great act of the session of the Impe- up to pray, “O Lord, revive thy rial Parliament has become law. work.”

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Mutual-Did Association Reporter.

NORTHAMPTON BRANCH. dom, Mrs. Rainbow, Mrs. G. Smith, MY DEAR BROTHER CRESWELL-I Mrs. Ireson, Mrs. J. Wilson, Mrs. J. have great pleasure in handing over Wright, Mrs. R. E. Greenhough, and to you, for the benefit of the old and Mr. R. Groom. After the tea the worn-out local preachers, the sum of public meeting was held in Grafton £22 2s. 9d. from the Northampton Street chapel, the Rev. Jno. Watson, Branch of the Local Preachers' superintendent minister, occupying Mutual-Aid Association.

the chair, and the meeting was adTwo sermons were preached on dressed by the Rev. John Brown, the behalf of the Association on Sunday, Rev. Thomas Adams, and Brothers the 18th of July, by Mr. E. Vernon, Hind, Cooper, Matthews, E. Vernon, of Towcester. The morning service Lenton, J. Marsh, Kent, Pinney, and was held in the Lecture Hall, Gold Shaw. The meeting was a most inStreet (the chapel being closed for the teresting one, as well spiritually as time for alterations and repairs). The financially. Votes of thanks being hall was well filled, and the congre- given to the chairman, to the ladies gation listened attentively to a very

for their kindness in providing tea, earnest and impressive discourse and to Mr. Vernon, who well deserves from the words, “Nothing but leaves.” the thanks for the good services

The evening service was held in he has rendered to the Association, Grafton Street chapel, where Mr. the meeting was brought to a close. Vernon preached to crowded The local Committee tender their audience from the words, “How shall best thanks to the friends in connection we escape if we neglect so great sal- with both chapels in Northampton vation ? the collections being in and throughout the circuit for the advance of last year.

kind manner in which they have resOn Monday, the 19th, the tea and ponded to their call for assistance public meeting was held ; about 120 in behalf of the old and worn-out sat down to tea, the trays being local preachers. given by Mrs. Ed. Rush, Mrs. Wis



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