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Oh, was there ever a prize offered so cheap as pardon Again, men trust in friends, and covet human sym

“ Without money and

Exod. xx. 2, 3.

props while

A tempo

Isa. xliv. 6.

Isa. xlv. 22.

Jer. vii. 23.

Isa. lix. 2.

Isa. i. 2.

and heaven are offered to you?

pathy, and receive honour one of another, until the without price.” No money to pay. No journey to Lord knocks away the props they rest on, permits take. No penance to suffer. Only just one decisive friends to become focs, and teaches them that His action of the soul : "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, sympathy and love are worth far more than all that and thou shalt be saved,"

men can give or do.

And when earthly hopes are blasted, and earthly KNOCKING AWAY THE PROPS.

joys withered away, the Lord appears to us as an

unchanging Friend, the same yesterday, to-day, and EE, father," said a lad who was walking with

for ever.

His peace no man taketh away. His love his father, “they are knocking away the is an everlasting love. His compassions fail not. props from under the bridge.

What are

His mercies are from everlasting to everlasting. His they doing that for? Won't the bridge fall ?”

Word endureth for ever. And when every earthly “They are knocking

prop be gone, if only them away,” said the

God sustain our faintfather, “ that the struc

ing souls it is surely ture may rest more firmly

enough. Storm and sunon the stone piers, which J Message from God unto Thee.

shine, war and peace, are now finished.”

sorrow and joy, darkness Arches always require AM the Lord thy God. Thou shalt have

and light, all are alike they are no other gods before Me.

to us while “ He abideth being built. I am the first, and I am the last ; and be

faithful,” and is with sido Me there is no God. rary wooden structure is

us always, even to the I am God, and there is none else. first prepared, over which

end of the world. the real arch of brick

Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and

ye shall be My people. or stone is laid. But

But your iniquities have separated between though the arch may be

you and your God. finished, and the key

PARADISE I have nourished and brought up children, and stone set in its place, they have rebelled against Me.

COURT.* yet it will never be

What meanest thon, 0 sleeper? arise, call come strong and solid upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon

THE population of as it should be, until the us, that we perish not.

Paradise Court props are all knocked Return unto Me, for I have redeemed

consisted of three thee.

Isa. xliv. 92. away, the wooden arch

hundred and eighty-six I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of removed, and the differ

adult
persons,

with more Israel, thy Saviour. ent stones left to feel

than double that numThe Son of Man is come to seek and to save their own weight, and that which was lost; to give His life a ransom

ber of children. Only bind themselves by their

nine Bibles could be

Luke xix. 10; Watt. xx. 28. own pressure between Therefore being justified by faith, we have

found in the place, and the massive piers from peace with God, through our Lord Jesus

upon the morning of the which the arch is sprung. Christ.

Lord's day only two And in like manner Now unto God and our Father be glory for

persons left it to worship ever and ever. Amen. God permits His child

God. The people had ren in their infancy and

become familiar with the weakness to have vari

pocket Bible, and cast ous props and supports

glances at it as the on which to lean, giving crutches to the lame reader held it in his hand, as though they had and sight to those who fear to walk by faith ; but some mysterious interest in its contents. But this when at last He would bring us forth to stand in strength and beauty, resting on His Word alone, He

A sudden break out of scarlet and typhoid fever knocks away prop after prop, till we only rely on God brought distress into fourteen families, residing in and wholly trust Him.

Paradise Court, but in the end they resulted in much Sometimes a man trusts in health, and God weakens good to the inhabitants. The parish doctor had ordered his strength in the way, and shortens his days, that he

the removal of a woman to the infirmary, and two old may

learn to lay hold on eternal life when this life is workhouse men came with a covered stretcher for that passing from his grasp. Another trusts in his wealth, purpose. The lodgers had noticed spots upon the and thinks himself secure from the approach of want ; patient, and raised a report of black fever. They till God removes that prop, and teaches him how to

were in a state of panic, and no person but a widow pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” and trust in the Lord's providence till he receives it.

• From The Man with the Book. London City Mission.

Jonah i. 6.

Isa. xliii. 3.

for many.

Rom. v. 1.

Phil. iv. 20.

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would approach the room. She found the city mis- Many of you sleep six or ten in a room, and always sionary, who was visiting in other houses, and told keep the windows shut. This poisons the air. And him that she had prepared the poor woman for her now about the water. To-morrow morning every removal, but that the old men were not strong enough butt must be cleansed ; and let each person, when to carry her, and none of the neighbours would assist the flow is on, throw a pailful down their yard and them. Upon this he followed her to the room, and another into the court. Mind, two pailfuls for each taking the poor fever-stricken creature in his arms, person. And then you must wash yourselves more carried her down and laid her gently on the stretcher. frequently. There are sensible women here who wash The people stood afar off ; but, as their visitor left by their children every day; there are others that do the side of the stretcher, he caught a murmur of not. Now let the sensible women do a kind thing : thankfulness.

let them give the dirty children a good scrubbing Upon his return

on the sly. And from the workhouse

mind, all the rooms received

and stairs must be with a demonstra

scrubbed. That's for tion of gratitude;

the and seizing the op

for the men.

You portunity, he said,

must whitewash « Tell the men that

your rooms. I want to speak

And then,” the to them, and that

speaker continued, they will do me a

must keep kindness by being

sober. The fever is here this evening at

fond of drunkards, o'clock. I

with their horrid want them to help

breath and weak me turn the fever

bodies, and lays hold out: not

of them first. Now, must be absent."

to turn the fever When at the ap

out, you must propointed time the

mise

three missionary turned

things: Good use of the corner, he was

air and water; every surprised to see the

room to be white place crowded. It

washed; and a sober was evident that the

Saturday night." men had rallied in

The speaker their strength, and

peated the last senthey began to cheer.

tence in a tone of The visitor sprang

firm command : “A on to a costermon

sober Saturday ger's barrow, and

night!" and received waving his hand,

a shout of “Yes, exclaimed, “Many of our neighbours

Then, taking the are ill, and we must,

Bible from his for their sakes, poor

pocket, he held it things, be quiet. I

up, and in a subthank you

dued voice contiAs a true friend, I am going to speak to you. tering so strong; it

nued, “There is a shows that you have a good feeling toward me; and as great Father up there, who loves us all; but you don't I have a good feeling toward you, why, we are friends. pray Him to take care of you and your children. On

Now, as a true friend, I am going to speak to you Sunday morning you hear the bells ring ; but none of plainly, as we can't turn out the fever unless we work you go to a place of worship. This is wrong of you. together. I expected this fever to come ; and this is Remember He has had it written down in His holy why. You have not enough air and water down here, Look that 'the curse of the Lord is in the house (the and you don't make the best use of what you have. If room) of the wicked : but He blesseth the habitation a man drinks poison he is killed by it, and if he of the just. There was a solemn pause, and the breathes poisoned air he is killed in a slower way speaker sprang from his uncomfortable and and by getting weak, or having illnesses like the fever. passed out at the short end of the place.

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and hunger lay many upon hay and straw beds in SERMONS IN STONES.

sickness and weakness, prisoners most of them without A WALK ROUND THE Tower. hope. Then again there are hospitals, into which

thousands of the afflicted are yearly admitted for CRATCHED and carved upon the treatment, and in which many spend weary wecks and

ancient walls of the Tower,— montlıs in languishing pain and sorrow. Others, that monument of times and where sufferers from burning fever or contagious.

customs long passed away, disease are alone admitted, who in those lazar houses are inscriptions of strange device, are shut away from every friend, while startled by many of which are expressive of earthly the frequent approach of the king of terrors to the wisdom, and others of heavenly hope. sufferers around them. Surely in no places are the

The tedium of long imprisonment feet of those who bring glad tidings more blessed than was often relieved by cutting signs and words upon in those haunts of misery and prison houses of the the stones of adamant hardness,-records which have diseased. And there are holy men and women who defied the wear of ages to erase them. That mono- count not their lives dear unto them in the effort to. gram upon the entrance, or Byward Tower, date 1617, cheer these sufferers who sit in darkness with the light in which three letters, "RP X,” are so ingeniously of life. wrought as to contain the full alphabet, tells of the During a recent formidable outbreak of small-pox, long arrest, perhaps of a military prisoner, who was a volunteer was required for service in that grand old privileged to promenade the terrace, and, judging from three-decker, the Dreadnought. To passengers upon the style of chiselling, made this strange use of his the Thames she for many years had an interest sword-point. The inscriptions, however, in that State next to the Tower itself, because she was always. prison, the Beauchamp Tower, tell many a tale of manned by fearless sailors, and as a part of Nelson's misery in close and cruel confinement, relieved by fleet brought fame to the admiral, and honour and conscious innocence; or the anticipation of torture, safety to Old England. After earning her wreaths of and even death, calmly endured, in hope of the happy victory, she did better service still as a “hospital for issue out of present suffering into the heavenly rest. seamen of all nations.” At the commencement of the As we enter the basement of the building, the first epidemic, her friendly fighting-decks and cabins were inscription meets the eye: “ WALTER PASLEW. My set apart for seamen thus afflicted. Her hammocks hope is in Christ. 1569. 1570."

and beds were soon filled with sufferers, and request The gloomy upper storey of the tower, with its was made for a Christian visitor to console them and small circular room, surrounded with recesses which to point to Him whose“ name salvation is." When once were cells, is, however, the richest in inscriptions. the request was made known to a brave regiment in On the right of the second recess the following is the mighty army of our Lord, and the question asked, deeply cut : “O Lord, whic art of heaven, King, “Who will go ?” a ready response was made by one grawnt gras and life everlasting to thingn servant in of the missionaries,—“Here am I: send me.” For Prison, along with .. Even the loopholes, by quite four months he almost lived on board, but was which the thickness of the walls was made visible to graciously preserved. “I am,” he wrote,

" called to the unhappy prisoners, bear inscriptions of interest, as witness most trying scenes, and the nausea to which I the following. It consists of a shield, surrounded by am exposed frequently produces sickness. Before a circle ; above the circle the name, “T. SALMON "; leaving the ship I always change my clothes, as I a crest, formed of three salmon, and the date 1622; have a particular dress for this work. underneath the circle the motto, in Latin, “Neither "One beautiful summer morning in June I visited its rashly nor with fear.” Also a star, containing the worst part, and there found a poor man at the point of abbreviation of Christ, in Greek, surrounded by the death, a mass of corruption. I made known to him sentence, “So live, that thou mayest live.” In the that

message

of salvation with which I was entrusted, opposite corner are the words, “And die, that thou but before I had concluded a short prayer he was in mayest die not."

Surrounding a representation of the presence of his God. I then hastened to inhale death's head, above the device thus described, is the the passing breeze from the open porthole, and was: enumeration of the months, weeks, days, and hours glad to stand there to suppress my rising emotion. of his confinement. Thus: “ Close prisoner 8 monthes, Oh, the contrast between the outside and the in! 32 wekes, 224 days, 5376 hovres." And near this Within all seemed misery and suffering ; without all inscription is another of sweet consolation : "THOMAS was calm, joyous, and beautiful. A Sabbath rest was ROOPER. 1570. By the painful passage let us pass on the river, and while the bells of the neighbouring to the pleasant port."

churches were harmoniously chiming I was for the The stones of the grim fortress thus give expression moment rivetted to the scene ; the brilliant sunbeams to that “ blessed hope” which, as a sunbeam, brings and the gentle zephyrs were playing on the ripples of light into the darkest recesses of suffering, misery, and old Father Thames, and tinting them with rainbow

Yes; and there are now such abodes round hues. But I turned away to speak to another sufferer, the Tower; habitations of the poor, where pestilence' who accosted me with the words, "Those Sabbath.

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bells : how they remind me of home, when as a boy I During the evening, the young tar was requested to used to attend the house of God!' I spoke to him take the Bible and conduct worship. After reading, he and to others words of faithfulness and mercy, and I thought he might venture to speak a few words to the felt at the moment that if I had refused the embassy people, and, in his simplicity, he thought the surest then, the very planks of the old battle ship would way to benefit the company on this solemn occasion have cried out against me, and that her 120 guns, long was to tell them what the Lord had done for his soul ; since removed, would have raised their thunderous and so he let them know how God had awakened him, booms in angry protest against my lack of sympathy and for Christ's sake had freely pardoned all his sins. with its present inmates. The Dreadnought man-of- Just as he had finished, the old catechist inquired war at once became a Bethel to me, and I gladly spent if he had understood him to mean that his sins were the rest of the day there, ministering spiritual consola- forgiven. “Oh yes," replied the youth, “I know that tion to the suffering and the dying."*

God for Christ's sake has pardoned all my

sins." “Well, well,” said the old man, trembling with

emotion and indignation; “I have been more than ARE YOU HAPPY ?

twenty years following after righteousness, and I

would not presume to say that yet.” you may have been brought up in the knowledge of The youth, not discouraged by this, which was

Jesus, and have the Bible in your hands; but meant to strike at the root of his supposed presump

for all that you also may not be happy. You tion, replied, “Dear friend, it is quite reasonable that may be living in the indulgence of sin ; you may have I should obtain forgiveness, and not you." put off for the present giving yourself to Christ, and “ How is that ?" said the old professor. think it will be time by-and-by. Then I am sure you You know, sir, I was a scholar in your school ; are not happy. You have secret fears as to what will

you could manage the whole school easier than you become of your soul. Your conscience is not at peace,

I was thoughtless and wicked. I had no and you cannot look on God as your Friend. You goodness nor righteousness. But,” continued he, “I cannot be happy. “There is no peace, saith my God, came to God through the righteousness and death of to the wicked.” Now is the time to become happy. Christ; you came through your own twenty years' Now is the time to turn unto the Lord with all your righteousness; now tell me, which will God look atheart; to acquaint yourself with Him and be at peace. His own Son's finished work, or your twenty years' For if you are not happy while you are in health and righteousness ?” strength, and have the sound of the Gospel in your What the Apostle Paul wrote of the Israelites might cars, how will it be when you come to die?

be truly applied to the old man :-"They being ignorFor “If thou hast run with the footmen, and they ant of God's righteousness, and going about to estabhave wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with lish their own righteousness, have not submitted horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou themselves unto the righteousness of God.” trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?” In other words, if in the days of health and strength your soul is not at rest, how will it be in the dark hours of pain, and suffering,

SIMPLE JOHN. and coming death?

Rs. Evans !” and the lady's voice was sweet

and soft as she spoke, “I have come to THE SAILOR AND THE CATECHIST.

talk to you about John—will you spare

him for an hour each evening ? I have been finding n a small town in the north of Scotland, there

out that he wants to learn, and I wish to teach him.' lived a venerable-looking man, who was catechist

The grandmother laughed incredulously. of the parish, and esteemed by most as a rare

kindly meant, ma'am, and I thank you for it; but Christian. A young sailor belonging to the same

John's not made for a scholar. He's silly, that he town, who came home on a visit to his parents, had

is--not got the sense of a child of seven. You'd do been converted to God in Aberdeen.

no good teaching him.” noised abroad that a great change for the better had

“But I might try,” said Miss Lec. "If you have come over the young mariner, and this was very mani

no objection, I should like to do a little for him.”, fest in all his ways.

After much talking Mrs. Evans agreed, but poor John Not long after, the old catechist and the converted

had a hard time of it for the rest of the evening. sailor met at a house, where they, along with many Silly as she said he was, she still found the lad so others, had come to sympathize with the bereaved

useful that she grudged him every moment which was family over the loss of their friend. The night was

not spent for her own benefit, and thus he

grew

into a spent in devotional exercises, according to the custom half-foolish, untaught lad, who scarcely knew God's of the country.

name, who could neither read nor write, and who was * From Round the Tower. Published by the London City Mission.

ridiculed by the whole village.

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