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But the lodger knew little more than the mistress ; it is far oftener found to mar it, and that sometimes in she could only tell her that God was very merciful, a very fearful way. A clergyman was lately relating a and would not expect much from a poor ignorant girl. fact of this kind—the most awful, he said, that he had There was no comfort in this, no easing of the burden ever known. It was the case of a lady who had long of a guilty conscience, no way to get rid of sin. And been a liberal subscriber to the charities belonging to his so the days went on, and the burden grew heavier, and church, and this with but a limited income; but after the cry went up deep from her heart, “What must I a time she came into a larger property, and it was do to be saved ?" And God heard that cry, and sent naturally expected, from her previous character, that her an answer of peace.
she would at once double or treble her subscriptions. The lodger's bell had rung one day for more coals to Instead of this, she quietly and coolly withdrow them be put on the fire, and Annie, while throwing them all, saying, in explanation, that God had given her on, caught sight of a piece of paper—it was part of the wealth, but that the will to give was gone ! leaf of a Bible. She took it out of the coal-box, and But it need not be so, for "all things are ours," if we as she did so these words caught her eye, “Be of good are Christ's; "things present” as well as "things to cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.”
come.” If, then, Christians were as earnest in striving A gleam of gladness broke into her heart. Forgive after what they profess to aim at, and in the bottom ness! why, that was just what she was longing for. of their hearts feel to be the only thing worth living It must have been Jesus who spoke these words, she for, they would regard each addition to their worldly felt sure ; but who did He say them to ?
riches as an additional talent to be used and laid out She turned over leaf after leaf of a Bible, in her for Christ. This would be turning an enemy into a eager longing to find the words. After a while she friend ; for we know that what is laid out for Him is came to them, and again and again she read through sure to be paid back, with large interest, always in the narrative, which she found in the 9th chapter of spiritual, and sometimes in temporal things. Matthew's Gospel, the text being in the second verse. The following story of "Three Money-Boxes" is a
Yes, there it was, there could be no mistake about striking instance of this truth :it; they were the words of Jesus, and he to whom “Much had been said one evening at the meetthey were spoken was a poor, sick man, who seemed to
ing of a missionary society on the blessing which have done nothing himself. His friends had brought always seemed to rest on those who gave largely him to Jesus, and Jesus, seeing he needed forgive- | towards the support of Christian missions. The next ness, had offered it to him at once. Then surely morning, at breakfast, a lady gave the following account He would do the same for her, for was He not the to one of the party who were her visitors on that same Jesus now ? God's Spirit was leading her to occasion. Jesus.
“I had three brothers,' she said, 'who had been On her knees she begged for pardon, her one plea brought up with much care by my excellent father being her deep need. And the same voice which had
and mother. They had endeavoured to impress upon spoken pardon eighteen hundred years before, seemed all their children the duty and the high privilege of to speak to her. It was as if she had heard Jesus say,
laying by and giving, even of their little store, to the “Be of good cheer, thy sins are forgiven.” She be- spreading of the kingdom of our blessed Redeemer. It lieved and trusted Him at once; she had asked and
happened that each of these brothers possessed a box, obtained, and she rose from her knees with the burden
in which he was accustomed to drop any small sum of all gone; she had taken it to Jesus, and left it there,
money that might be given to him. In the confusion and her heart was full of joy.
of moving to another house, these boxes were for a time mislaid, and were looked for in vain. Some time
afterwards the three boxes were unexpectedly found. TREASURES IN HEAVEN.
The boys were delighted at the discovery of their lost R. Cecil had a hearer who, when a young man, treasures, and determined at once to open their boxes.
had solicited his advice, but of whom after- It was rather a curious circumstance that the three wards he saw but little. So one day he
boxes each contained almost the same sum of money, went to his house, and after his usual salutations about ten pounds. addressed him thus : “I understand you are very dan- My eldest brother had long wished to possess a gerously situated !” Here he paused, and his friend watch, and, without hesitation, he instantly approreplied, “I am not aware of it, sir.” “I thought it | priated the whole of the contents of his box to the was probable you were not, and therefore I have called purchase of one. on you.
I hear you are getting rich : take care, for it My second brother was of a divided mind. He is the road by which the devil leads thousands to accordingly separated his money into two portionsdestruction !” This was spoken with so much solemnity one he spent for his own gratification, the other he gave and earnestness that it made a deep and lasting to some religious society. impression.
My youngest brother gave up all : he reserved no There is nothing that so tests the character as pros portion for his own self-indulgence, but freely and perity; and we know, that though it may improve it, joyfully gave the whole to the Lord.
“And now," added the lady, “I must tell you some
kindness hastened to her relief. She was assisted to thing of the after life of each of my brothers. The engage in a light and suitable business, which gave dispositions which were then shown in so marked a herself and children a decent support. So her little way proved indicative of the future course of each of family was not broken up, and she could still have the these young men.
The eldest has been engaged in opportunity to train up her little ones in the nurture many undertakings, which seemed to promise wealth, and admonition of the Lord. Thus again her prayer
was answered, and God was better to her than her fears.
in everything, and at the close of a long life he At length her son was old enough to begin some
is a poor man, and has been for some considerable time career of labour. Mrs. Humphrey wished him to dependent on the bounty of his youngest brother. learn some trade, especially one that was proposed
My second brother is not poor, but he has never to him, which would keep him still under her been rich, nor satisfied with his very moderate circum
roof and care. But the boy had a passion for a stances.
sea-going life ; and though, to please his mother, ho I am now in mourning for my youngest brother. tried her plan for him, he was neither contented nor He died lately, leaving one hundred thousand pounds, successful ; so she had to give him up to be a sailor, after having freely given away at least as much to though she feared the temptations of such a life would missions among the heathen, and to other works of undo all her efforts for his good, and cause him to lose love. God prospered him in everything which he
his soul. undertook; and he ceased not, throughout the whole
Oh how earnestly the discouraged mother prayed course of his life, to give freely of all that God gave to again that the Lord would be “better than her fears.” his hand. Freely he had received, and freely and And how soon came the gracious answer from Him cheerfully indeed did he give."
who has promised to be the God of the widow and fatherless. The captain with whom Newton Hum
phrey sailed was converted at a Bethel-meeting in a GOD BETTER THAN OUR FEARS.
foreign harbour; prayer was established on shipboard,
Bibles and tracts circulated and read, and the souls of ORE than twenty years ago I used to hear from
the crew faithfully cared for. One of the first to be the lips of a sister in Christ the petition, reached by these efforts was the widow's son; and
“ Will God be better to us than our fears ?” though he did not return for three years, she had the and I should like to put on record some proofs of the joy of hearing that he was trying to serve his mother's Divine faithfulness.
God. Mrs. Humphrey was a conscientious, praying Chris- When he came home once more, his kind and tian, earnest in serving the Lord, and engaging others dutiful conduct cheered her greatly. He saw that her in the same blessed work. When I first knew her health was failing, and she was becoming lame, and she was in early married life, with a kind husband and persuaded her to give up her little shop, which retwo bright children. But Mr. Humphrey was not a quired too much standing, and draw upon his wages Christian, and she greatly “feared ” he never would
for her support. “Sister Fanny has her trade as be. Especially did she fear when he embarked in a tailoress now," he said, “she can procure you some new business enterprise, which demanded all his time sewing, so that you can earn a little while sitting still ; and heavily taxed his energies. “He won't have a and when I have made one more voyage, I shall be moment's leisure to think of his soul now," said the promoted, and then you shall not want any comfort wife, sorrowfully.
which money can bring.” And the sailor-boy said But God was better than her fears, though in a way good-bye again. which she had not looked for. She saw her husband's
For nearly three years Mrs. Humphrey and Fanny health was failing, but she found him earnestly im- followed Newton's plan; and then came a sad blow. proving each passing hour in the hitherto neglected The kind son and brother died, thousands of miles work of making his peace with God and giving from home, and his loved remains were buried from his heart to Him; and at length she had good the ship's side in mid-ocean, to be seen no more till evidence that he did indeed repent and believe the sea should give up its dead. “Tell my mother on the Lord Jesus Christ, to the saving of his and sister not to mourn; father and I will meet them, I soul.
hope, in a safe harbour at last," was the dying message. Mrs. Humphrey. was so truly rejoiced to see him Mrs. Humphrey's grief for the loss of her beloved turning to the Lord, that she submitted humbly and and dutiful son was greatly aggravated by the prospect sweetly to the trying stroke which made her a widow of want which now seriously threatened her. Without and her children fatherless. But when her husband's Newton's wages she could not pay her rent, her own estate was settled, and she saw the slender pittance needle and Fanny's being only adequate to the left for her support, her fears returned. “My poor purchase of their daily supplies. Again her fears boy and girl," she said, "we shall all come on the rolled over her, and again she rolled her burden on town, I am afraid, and be separated from each other." the Lord. Not in vain did her cry of anguish reach Christian friends saw her anxiety, and with prompt the ear of heaven's King.
The Lord did know. Mrs. Humphrey's fears with regard to her health
soon realised, more fully even than she had anticipated. A partial paralysis af. fected her arms and feet, so as to render her nearly helpless. Her mind too was somewhat affected; not to the extent of destroying her reason, but of making her faculties more like those of a child than
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might be permitted to do her work at her lodgings.
The foreman, who had always shown her great kindness, cheerfully granted her request; and the in
creased knowledge of A sea-captain who had known her boy, and had her character and conduct which this change brought heard him speak of his mother's circumstances, to his notice deepened the favourable impression wishing to take his wife on a foreign voyage, offered which he had heretofore cherished. It was not long the widow a home in his pleasant cottage during before he offered her a home as his wife, and promised their two years' absence, and gave her rent, fuel, to be a loving son to her invalid mother. and food for the care of his birds and flowers. Her Fanny knew his worth, and could return the sincere daughter could board with her; thus they were affection proffered her; so a modest cottage was rented again provided for; and till the return of Captain and furnished; and there, a few days since, I found Masters they lived more comfortably than they had the mother and daughter “at home.” The mother is done for many years.
cheerful and happy. She has forgotten all her But at length their temporary home must be given “fears," and only speaks of the goodness of the back to its owners, and mother and daughter found in Lord in providing such comfort for her declining a cheap boarding house an uncomfortable abode. "I days. see not what will become of us now," said the almost “Well," said I, as I saw her smiling face, “you despairing widow. “My health is failing every day; used to pray that God would be better than your I shall soon be unable to earn anything, I fear. fears,' and He often answered your prayer; now it Fanny cannot support herself and me, and the Lord
as if He had delivered you even from the only knows how we can live.”
The owner of the ass came punctually to the renTHE COLONEL'S BARGAIN.
dezvous ; the money was counted out to him ; and
when, with a heavy heart, he was preparing to go, HE courage of Colonel Beckwith on
and leave his ass behind the memorable day of Waterloo
“Oh," said Beckwith, "you may take the ass with is sufficiently shown by the fact that four horses were killed under
you for the present, and make use of it until I claim him during the engagement.
it; only you must understand that the ass is mine, himself remained unhurt, until
and that I can allow no one to seize it under any one of the last shots fired by the
pretext whatever.” retreating enemy broke his left The surprise and joy of the good old man, when leg. After three months of pain
he heard these words, can be better imagined than ful waiting amputation was found
described. As for the animal itself, this incident made necessary. But for this trial, which put an end to his
it quite famous in the neighbourhood ; and hencemilitary career, he would never either have sought or
forward, instead of being called Bontalon's ass (the found the Vaudois Valleys. Who can tell the connec
owner's name), it went by the name of the Colonel's ass.
But Colonel Beckwith was more and better than a tion between that stray cannon-ball and the religious and social regeneration of Italy? Be this as it may, simple philanthropist. He was a Christian ; and it is Beckwith’s sufferings, which were not small, prepared
because he was such a sincere and thorough Christian for him spiritual blessings, in view of which we cannot
that he accomplished what he did, and was favoured doubt the blow had been dealt. He listened to the
even in his life-time with great success. voice of God, impressing on his heart and soul things
This is shown by the following extract from a which, till now, had only obtained his passing attention.
letter written by him : “Let us live in all openness Beckwith informs us that he had never been either a
and liberty of heart, and let us constantly direct our
attention to that which' is noble and generous. Let sceptic or an infidel; but his faith had long been of that too common kind, a faith without works, which is dead.
us be nobly religious, without pride ; let us think The Vaudois thought at one time that it was in nobly and act nobly towards every one, in all humility. . order to relieve their temporal wants that Colonel
Let us nobly sacrifice our interests, our inclinations, Beckwith had come to live among them, so numerous
and, above all, our caprices, for the good of others; let and abundant were the alms which he distributed on
us nobly forget ourselves, and direct our efforts to the all sides. The time very soon came when he could no
good of those with whom Providence has placed us in longer take his daily walks without being constantly
contact. We need not soar very high to effect this. stopped by suppliants for his bounty. At other times
Daily life offers us a wide field for this purpose." he himself constrained the sufferer to reveal his distress and accept relief. One day, on the way from
A FAITHFUL SOLDIER. Sainte-Marguerite to Villar, he met
a man, well known in the district, who earned a scanty livelihood
NDREW BURx was the child of Christian by carrying small coal and wood from the hill, by
parents, and means of an ass. The poor man, who was that day
dawned than they began to use without the animal, was weeping hike some one under
every means to give that reason the weight of a great misfortune.
a right bias.
The history of his “What is the matter, my friend ?" said Beckwith,
youth and early manhood reads approaching him.
more like a romance than a true “Ah! sir," replied the good man, in a mixture of
tale, so full is it of singular comFrench and Piedmontese (he was a Catholic), “they
Lination's of circumstances and hairare going to take away my ass, and without it my
breadth escapes by sea and land. family and I must die of hunger.”
But amid his wanderings, and all And here he related to the Colonel, with many the miseries in which they involved him, he seldom details, how one of his creditors, whom he had been thought of the God to whose providence he owed so unable to satisfy, had seized his ass, intending to put much. it in his own stable. Beckwith was touched by the Brought low by a fever on one occasion when at sea, story, and inquired as to the amount of the debt. he expected every hour to be thrown overboard with When told, he said :
others who had died around him, but he “had not the “Well, my friend, would you object to sell me your least painful conviction of his accumulated guilt." “I ass, and pay your creditor with the money I give you was dying,” he says, “and that in every respect like for it ?” The man was perfectly pleased with this a brute that perisheth, though endued with all the arrangement.
faculties of a rational being, and these in full exercise, “In that case," said Beckwith, “bring the animal unimpaired by bodily pain." to me to morrow at Sainte-Marguerite, and you shall After a time we find him stationed at Chatham, receive your money."
as an officer in the Marines. The review of these