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THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS. “The kingdom of heaven is as a man traveling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one: to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same,

and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the carth, and hid his lord's money.

After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: and I was afraid, and went and bid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance; but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matt. xxv. 14-30).


A Magazine for the people.

“Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths

are peace."_Proverbs iii. 17.

Vol. IX.

AUGUST, 1852.

No. 50.



PAGB. The Election of 1852

13 “Mother, I cannot Pray!” 21 The Sabbath Stone 15 The Scotch Soldier.

22 “Too much Religion"

Death-Bed Repentance


An Allegory

24 Hope for the Aged

19 The Gentleman and his Jester.. 24 “ It is IMPOSSIBLE !”-A FACT FOR THE MILLION..Cover, p. 2. A PAGE FOR THE YOUNG-AFRAID OP TAUNDER.- Cover, p. 3.

Death is COMING!-Cover, p. 4.




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“IT IS IMPOSSIBLE!" It is impossible!said some, when Peter the Great determined on a voyage of discovery, and the cold and upinhabited region over which he reigned furnished nothing but some larch trees to construct his vessels. But, though the iron, the cordage, the sails, and all that was necessary, except the provisions for victualing them, had to be carried through the immense deserts of Siberia, down rivers of difficult navigation, and along roads almost impassable, the thing was done; for the command of the sovereign, and the perseverance of the people, surmounted every obstacle.

"It is impossible !said some, as soon as they heard of a scheme of Oberlin's. To rescue his parishioners from a half-savage state, he determined to open a communication with the high road to Strasbourg, so that the productions of the Ban de la Roche might find a market. Having assembled the people, he proposed that they should blast the rocks, and convey a sufficient quantity of enormous masses to construct a wall for a road, about a mile and a half in length, along the banks of the river Bruche, and build a bridge across it. The peasants were astonished at his proposition, and pronounced it impracticable; and every one excused himself on the ground of private business. He, however, reasoned with them, and added the offer of his own example. No sooner had he pronounced these words, than, with a pickaxe on his shoulder, he proceeded to the spot, while the astonished peasants, animated by his example, forgot their excuses, and hastened with one consent to fetch their tools to follow him. At length every obstacle was surmounted; walls were erected to support the earth, which appeared ready to give way; mountain-torrents, which had hitherto inundated the meadows, were diverted into courses, or received into beds sufficient to contain them; and the thing was done. The bridge still bears the name of the Bridge of Charity."

It is impossible!said some, as they looked at the impenetrable forests which covered the rugged flanks and deep gorges of Mount Pilatus, in Switzerland, and hearkened to the daring plan of a man named Rapp, to convey the pines from the top of the mountain to the Lake of Lucerne, a distance of nearly nine miles. Without being discouraged by their exclamations, be formed a slide or trough of twentyfour thousand pine trees, six feet broad, and from three to six feet deep; and this slide, which was completed in 1812, and called the slide of Alpnach, was kept moist. Its length was forty-four thousand English feet. It had to be conducted over rocks, or along their sides, or under ground, or over deep places, where it was sustained by scaffoldings; and yet skill and perseverance overcame every obstacle, and the thing was done. The trees rolled down from the mountain into the lake with wonderful rapidity. The larger pines, wbich were about a hundred feet long, ran through the space of eight miles and a third in about six minutes. A gentleinan who saw this great work says, that “such was tbe speed with which a tree of the largest size passed any given point, that he could only strike it once with a stick, as it rushed by, however quickly he attempted to repeat the blow.”

Say not hastily, then, It is impossible.” It may be so to do a thing in an hour, a day, or a week, or by thoughtlessness, carelessness, and indolence; but to act with wisdom, energy, and perseverance, is to insure success. “Time and patience,” says a Spanish author, “make the mulberry leaf satin !" and another remarks, that “care and industry do everything."

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A FACT FOR THE MILLION. Every man in difficulty, poverty, or despondency, should think, when at the verge of utter despair, that there are others in the world, worse off than himself, who are happy and contented. A striking illustration of this fact occurred for the edification of a poor friend of ours a month since.

I was,” said he,“out of business entirely. I had exhausted all methods the exercise of which was likely to procure me employment. I was walking down Broadway, with a solitary sixpence in my pocket, and hunger goawing at my vitals, in that desperate mood which may be properly termed partial insanity, and, in the fulness of my woe, was absolutely contemplating suicide; when a collection of people gathered about the door of a princely mansion diverted my attention. I beheld a decrepid old man, bent double with age, and so enfeebled, that two burly domestics were, with their united strength, aiding his trembling and uncertain steps. He was nearly blind, quite 'deaf, and, I was told, possessed to a limited extent only the faculties of taste and smell. He was taking his customary morning walk-a hobble from the door of his dwelling to the nearest corner.

The man alluded to is the famous millionaire about whom books have been written, and newspaper paragraphs innumerable concocted.

“I thought,” said our friend, "that I, with my single sixpence, was in a glorious situation compared with that of the individual before me; and I went my way with a beaming countenance and a lightened heart, thanking Heaven for the health and strength I then enjoyed, but had despised. I have never despaired since." -New York Paper.


While we write, nothing is heard of in public but Elections. Occurring, as they have done lately, at considerable intervals, and the decision of questions of the highest social importance being each time dependent upon them, religious zeal and party zeal being also unusually ardent, it is no wonder that the minds of most of us should be deeply absorbed in these contests. And if, on the one hand, we may easily get far too heated and excited, still apathy, on the other hand, is yet more unworthy of a man and a christian. Very, very much does this country owe to the privilege of electing representatives to the national Parliament: without it, we should have resembled, at the present moment, the unhappy nations of the Continent; enjoying this privilege, we have long been able to bring all grievances before the public, to advocate needful reforms, and, on the whole, to obtain the redress of the former, and to accomplish many of the latter. Our readers well know how far we deem our national representation a just and duly efficient one; and in what strong terms we should be inclined to speak of the selfishness which denies to the poorest equal political rights with the wealthiest and highest; yet even we are profoundly sensible of the incalculable blessing we enjoy 'even in such a suffrage, and such a House of Commons as we have; and, for all that is good in it, we cannot adequately express our gratitude to the Providence which has bestowed it upon us.

But let our readers not forget how much of the worth of our présent House of Commons is due, directly and indirectly, to evangelical religion. We mean not, of course, that there are many in it now whom the majority would deride as “saints.” But there were once. Puritans, and the Puritanic spirit, it was, which paralyzed, in her later years, the tyrannical arm of the persecuting Elizabeth ; which gathered strength during the reign of James, while fawning bishops flattered him with the doctrine of Divine Right, and claimed for him divine inspiration; which brought his son Charles I. to the block, for violating his most solemn oath, shedding his subjects' blood, and for such deceit and falsehood to the last, that none could make a safe compact with him; and which thus, according even to the testimony of the tory and free-thinking historian Hume, preserved alive the spark of liberty, when it had, otherwise, been utterly extinguished by Tador and Stuart tyranny. Puritan defects we would frankly own; but all honour to the men whose earnestness for religious and civil kiberty first overthrew a brutal tyranny, and then gave an impulse to the cause of freedom, which, though checked for a while under Charles II and James II., gathered strength enough at length to drive the last of the Stuarts from our shores, and, through all changes since, to place us in our present enyiable and envied position among the nations of Europe. Evangelical religion contains in its principles the germs from which English liberties have sprung, and from which alone all real and lasting political good must spring.

What a painful spectacle is the corruption of such a blessing as that of Popular Election! We freely own that the wickedness of the wealthy is here of the blacker dye. We think the country gentleman, or the lord, who makes his tenant afraid of expulsion from his farm for voting in accordance with his own judgment, is morally a viler character than the thief whom he commits to prison. The political intimidator is only second in villany to the persecutor for religion. At the bar of the Most High both are guilty of robbing the minds and souls of their fellow-men of their most precious birth. right. In better days such men will meet with the universal detestation they deserve. He who offers money to a voter is but a degree less guilty, if indeed he be that. The intimidator ensnares his victim through the fears with which we sympathize, the briber, through the base desires which disgust us. Both act the part of Satan himself,both are a disgrace to their country, and to the neighbourhood in which they dwell. But let our poorer readers remember that they themselves are not guiltless. The receiver tempts the thief. The purchasable elector tempts the base and wealthy briber. Most disgusting of all is it that gormandizing and drunkenness should be the invariable accompaniments of most elections in this country. It is really wonderful that Heaven is not provoked to deprive us of our privilege. Certainly not wonderful that the progress of just legislation is so slow; or that religion remains in troubled and troublesome, but golden slavery to the State, when the majority of our legislators are chosen amidst “the song of drunkards, and the laughter of fools !*

But by the time this meets the reader's eye, these scenes for evil or for good will be over. Now comes the time for a little repose and reflection. Excitement about public matters throws us naturally back upon ourselves. “What am I the better for all this? If I have fulfilled my duty as an honest elector, then I have so far done that which is right and pleasing to my Maker. I have served, it

may be, the cause of Truth, of Religion, of Freedom; my mite will be of use, joined with that of others; I have acted on the side to which God himself will ultimately give the victory. Right! Would that all could feel 80! And yet I may, while doing this, I may be, individually and personally, too much in alliance with the bad cause. I may be a neglecter of religion itself, while contending for religious liberty. I may be a slave to sin while ardent for political freedom. I may be a despiser of eternal possessions and treasures, while labouring to sustain in Par. liament the commercial principles which increase the wealth of nations.

* We most deeply regret the reckless immorality of the late Parliament, not only in refusing the ballot, but in rejecting or mutilating every bill calculated to prevent bribery and vice at elections.

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