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reaping—as to the full-ripeness of morals and about religion ; together grain to be secured before being cut, with biography, topography, natural and on many other matters connected history, travels, and anecdotes, and with farming, gardening, and kindred many other subjects, find a place in subjects; replies to correspondents, most of the monthly issues. The il&c. Every part issued contains gra- lustrations, too, continue to maintain phical illustrations, either of trees, their high excellence. Do spend a plants, flowers, fruits, implements, penny a month upon Old Jonathan. buildings, grounds,—and generally several of the different classes of sub- BIBLICAL NOTES AND QUERIES. jects here indicated. Some of these WE have received a “Specimen illustrations are exceedingly beauti- number” of this new candidate for ful, as are the five examples of Croton the patronage of Bible students, in the part before us, especially the and have given it a careful perusal. three on page 297. On page 300 is There is certainly an important field the figure of a watering-pan upon a of inquiry and information which it principle that commends itself at a
proposes to occupy, and which may glance to the common-sense of any be occupied and cultivated with but especially to florists. Leav
advantage to religion and learning, ing the other illustrations and all
if sufficient caution and prudence be other matters, we present our readers maintained, and if those indispenwith a paragraph from the second sable qualities be served by the column of page 317.
requisite amount of scholarship. “LOVE OF FLOWERS.-In all coun- The undertaking is as grave a one as tries women love flowers; in all
can be imagined. There will be peril countries they form nosegays of them; from a flood of crude and fanciful but it is only in the bosom of plenty contributions, in all probability; and that they conceive the i lea of embel- unless the editorial reins be tightly lishing their dwellings with them.
held, and the literary steeds be wisely The cultivation of flowers among the guided, the car will soon be either peasantry indicates a revolution in broken among crags or sunk in bog. all their feelings. It is a delicate The present number contains expleasure which makes its way through cellent matter. We do not agree, coarse organs; it is a creature whose
however, with every item of its coneyes are opened ; it is the sense of tents. It is but fair to acknowledge the beautiful, a faculty of the soul that it is not to be expected that which is awakened; colours, forms, everything in such a publication odours are perceived for the first should meet with every one's approval. time, and these charming objects have The various articles and items of a at length spectators.
repository of this kind must be read have travelled in the country can with candour, whilst the exercise of an testify that a rose-tree under a win
independent judgment upon them dow, a honeysuckle around the door must be maintained. of a cottage, is a good omen for a Writers for the press are always weary traveller. The hand that cul
liable to suffer from the mis-readings tivates flowers is not closed against and errors of compositors; and the supplications of the poor, nor authors do not always detect such against the wants of the stranger. errors when revising the proofs, often Flowers may be called the alphabet lacking the requisite leisure for that of angels, wherewith they write on part of their service. To these causes, hills and plains mysterious truths."
we suppose, we may attribute the
blunder in the middle of the first OLD JONATHAN continues to bring out column of page 17, where, under a of his treasury things new and old; Synoptical view of the Bible,” the and the old are generally-perhaps book of Judges stands for the fifth always—adapted to the times. Ar- book of Moses, as con:aining А ticles for the young, and articles for repetition of Laws and Dealings with the old, for Sunday schools, for Israel.” families, and for individuals; about Among other articles are “ Appa
ratus for Biblical Criticism ;” Pa- July, 1811, when the roll-book ends. tristic Testimony to the Canon of He appears never to have been absent Scripture;” “ The Lower and Higher from church. Criticism" (their principles); "Qual- It is customary now,
when ifications of an Interpreter; · Bible scholar's name is entered on the rollTheology; “Vulgar Errors,” and book, to have placed before his name “Ecclesiasticism, the Right Use and a permanent number; but in the Doctrinal Opinions of the Fathers.” book before me, when Edwin's name
first appears, it is number nineteen.
When the names next appear in the Sunday School Column.
book he is number three. The next
move he is number one, which position 'TIS SIXTY YEARS SINCE. · he holds to the last. Well done, EdYes, it is sixty years since, on the win! Your perseverance, punctuality, 6th November, when a boy about good conduct, and progress in learn. thirteen years of age, with clean ing have secured you the first place hands and face, made his bow, and in the school. asked to be admitted a scholar in the It has been said, “Reward sweetens Keilah Sunday school. The teacher labour.” This is a truth. A wild looked into the speaking and intelli- little fellow, who, by his conduct very gent countenance, and said, Now, frequently called forth words of rebuke my lad, if your name is entered on the from his mother, did something on book, I shall expect you to attend one occasion which he thought merited regularly, at six o'clock in the morn- approval; so he said, “ Courage me, ing in summer, and seven o'clock in mother; courage me." There is little winter.” “ That I will do, master,” doubt but the penny tins given for replied the boy : so Edwin's name clean hands and face, regular attenwas duly entered in the book.
dance at school and church, getting Young Edwin, though thirteen at the head of a class, learning his years of age when he entered as a tasks well, had an influence on our scholar in this school, had been at scholar. I find an account in this work from the age of eight years, and book of the distribution of prize-money. had not had the advantage of a day. Here is our Edwin, March 24th, 1811, school education, so he had to begin at the top of the list; he has secured with A B C. He possessed, how- 260 prizes, and carries away 13s. ever, a determined mind; and a boy prize money. There are thirteen with that, what won't he do?
other boys rewarded ; but none of Young Edwin soon conquered the them exceed 200 prizes: one as low elements, and with his big A, little a, as twenty. It must be borne in mind r-o-n,
able to spell Aaron. that at this school, although a boy Nothing like perseverance; so thought might secure tins for paying attenour scholar; for from the day of his tion to the rules, he might forfeit entrance, all through the cold winter them by violation. For instance, a of 1808, and the warm summer of boy in one month may have secured 1809, till Nov. 26th, fifty-six Sabbaths ten tins; but he may have forfeited in unbroken succession, Edwin was in five-hence would have five only his place in the school, outstripping all placed to his credit. his school-fellows in his attendance, It is SIXTY YEARS SINCE” that not one of whom could show such
twenty-five boys formed this school at unbroken attendance for so long a Keilah. It would be interesting could period.
we trace each of them. The selfThe teacher, I perceive by the roll- denying teacher long since heard his book, from July 2nd, 1809, kept a Master's welcome, Well done, good double attendance ; two columns being and faithful servant, enter thou into appropriated to each boy: the first the joy of thy Lord.” But, about headed S, signifying school; the the scholars? I am able to give second C, signifying church. Here some information about some of them. again our Edwin is as regular as I am sorry, however, to record that clock-work, from July 2nd, 1809, to the end of all was not peace. Num
bers 9, 18, and 25, led astray through May, though a trifle, poor and weak, drink, now dead, spirits gone to ren
Prove like a tiny seed : der up their accounts. Two of the
And who can tell what good may spring twenty-five, viz., Nos. 3 and 12, met
From such a very little thing ? with accidental deaths. Thirteen are
Then let me try each day and hour dead. Some appear to have died well. To act upon this plan,Of others, nothing is known respect- What little good is in my power, ing their end. Nos. 2, 11, 19, 24 left To do it while I can. the country; nothing now known If to be useful thus I try, about them. Numbers 13, 20, 21, still I may do better by and by. living. Whether they have bright or clouded prospects I know not. Should any of my readers find
Choice Selections. out the village of Keilah in some part of her majesty's dominions, they
THE ADAMIC CREATION. might see actively employed in a most UNDER the head of “ Vulgar Errors," important and benevolent office, a we find in “ Biblical Notes and Quehearty, hale old man, of robust and ries” what we cannot but deem an error portly build, standing five feet ten indeed from the pen of- perhaps-a inches high. This fine old man was learned contributor, who says; “There the little boy whose name was entered is no single word in Hebrew (any Nov. 6th, 1808, in the first Sunday more than in Greek, Latin, or Engschool formed in that village sixty lish) that expresses the idea of creayears since. And we may all read in tion from nothing ;' that can only be the history of our friend what may be done by a phrase or combination of done if a boy is diligent, punctual, words." His aim is to make out that and persevering. He may carry off the first verse of the Bible does not the highest prizes here ; and should express creation, but only the framing he reach three score years and fifteen, of what previously existed; and that he may have a glorious prospect of this is established by “the latest eternal felicity hereafter, which, I am conclusions of Geology and Philology happy to say, cheers the declining in the nineteenth century.” Now all days of Edwin, one of the twenty-five this we utterly deny. Leaving Latin boys enrolled in the first Sunday and Greek out of the question, what school formed SIXTY YEARS SINCE in other word do we want in English in the charming village of Keilah. addition to the word create, to express
the production of something by an DOING GOOD.
exercise of almighty power, where A LITTLE girl I am indeed,
before there was nothing?. And is And little do I know ;
not the noun Creator applied distincMuch help and care I yet shall need, tively to God as the only being posThat I may wiser grow,
sessing that power? As for the HeIf I would ever hope to do
brew word Bara, in Gen. i. 1, whatThings great and good, and useful too.
ever other meaning it may have, it But even now I ought to try
unquestionably has this: To do what good I may ;
duce something from nothing." A God never meant that such as I
Jewish lexicographer adduces as exShould only live to play,
amples, Gen. i. 1, 21, 27; Num. xvi. And talk and laugh, and eat and drink, 30; Is. xlv. 7; and Jer. xxxi. 22. And sleep and wake, and never think. Parkhurst argues, in reference to the
word in Gen. i. 1, “ This cannot reif I have but a mind,
late to form, because, as it follows in Do good in many ways ;
the next verse, The earth was without Plenty to do the young may find In ihese our busy days ;
form, or in loose atoms." Dr. A. Sad would it be, though young and small,
“ The rabbins, who are If I were of no use at all.
legitimate judges in a case of verbal
criticism on their own language, are One gentle word that I may speak, unanimous in asserting that the word Or one kind, loving deed,
bara expresses the commencement of
or to pro
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 preten. sense 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 en“ God 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, à 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 openwork 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 Months. obtaining the monthly indulgence. "Antiphon. Rejoice. Virgin
SEPTEMBER. Mary: thou hast surmounted the afflic- 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 Immaculat 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 mi