Imagini ale paginilor
PDF
ePub

again, for business got no better. But I couldn't bear the thought of it.

I liked a deal that I had heard at church; and I may tell you, miss, I began to care less about the money than my soul, and I began to read the Bible, and to ask that I might understand it. And I have found forgiveness through the Saviour. So my conscience went against giving up the Sabbath. And one Saturday I was very troubled, and I looked at the place you had marked, “ Cast thy burden upon the Lord,” and by what was said in the sermon, I knew it meant that I was to pray to Him to help me. So I did, and if you'll believe me, not one customer came all that day. And in the evening, when my husband came home, I was most afeared to see him, knowing as the rent wasn't ready; but now you shall see. He came in quite sober, and he sits down in the chimney corner, and he says, “ Mary," says he,

“ I think,” says he, going along wi' you to church to morrow.” Oh, miss, didn't my heart jump into my mouth! You've been a deal pleasanter and better to me since you've took to going, and seem more happier in your temper; so I've made up my mind to try it myself, and there's my wages ! take it.”

“ Yes, miss, it's true indeed,” said Mrs. Martin, with her apron to her eyes. “ I never knew how God was going about to bless me; not by sending customers, but by altering my ways so as to turn my husband's heart to me. And miss, we've been reg'lar to church ever since together, and we're as happy as any two could be; he never drinks, but brings his wages every week.”

Need it be added, that the visitor's heart was raised in grateful adoration to Him, who, in his own way, will bring to pass all that is faithfully committed to him.

[ocr errors]

Beyront.
His is the old Berytus, connected with an-

cient Phænician glory, and was of grea
importance under the Roman emperors,
It was styled by Justinian “ The Nurse of
the law," and had special privileges. The
Romans gave it the name of “Felix."
Here were originally magnificent baths,
and a theatre erected by the grandson of

Herod the Great. The historical associations of this maritime city and the country around it lead us back to the campaigns of Herod and Ticus, as narrated by Josephus.

The situation of Beyrout, in the midst of grand fertile grounds and ocean scenes, renders it a charming place. The numerous steamers regularly calling here, the spirit of trade, well-stored bazaars, excellent postal arrangements, and general liveliness of the whole city, convinced us that we had now left behind the old, cumbersome, worn-out customs and modes of life of the ancient East. Here is the centre of Eastern and Western commerce and traffic. It is also the port of Damascus, and the residence of merchants of all nations. Its population is estimated at fifty thousand, and the intelligence, enterprise, and general appearance of the people indicate the transforming influence of European civilization. But that which gives Beyrout its prominence is the location here of religious, educational, and charitable institutions. The Syrian Protestant College is under the control of trustees in the United States, where the present funds are invested; but its local affairs are administered by a board of managers composed of American and British missionaries, and residents in Syria and Egypt. The college is conducted npon strictly Protestant and Evangelical principles, but is open to students from any of the

[graphic]

Oriental sects and nationalities who will conform to its regulations. More than seventy young men are now enjoying the advantages it offers. The Medical Department has now three professors-Rev. C. V. A. Van Dyck, M.D., D.D., Professor of Theory and Practice of Medicine ; Rev. George E. Post, M.D., Professor of Surgery; and Rev. John Wortabet, M.D., Professor of Anatomy and Physiology. The establishment of this department has awakened attention throughout the land. Twenty-four students are now attending the lectures. The Brown Ophthalmic Hospital,” founded by John A. Brown, Esq., of Philadelphia, is relieving much suffering, and accomplishing much good. Indeed, all these institutions are flourishing, and their influence in this city and country is perceptible.—Rev. H. H. Fairall.

66

Varietics.

LITTLE ALICE.

when you die, and are called Little Alice was one of my

upon to stand before the Sabbath-school scholars-a judgment-seat of God, to fair-haired, blue-eyed little answer for all the sins done girl, whose beautiful face here upon earth ?” and sweet winning ways Her face glowed with made her a favourite with emotion as she answered : all. Methinks I can now “ Christ died for sinners; I see the soft, tender look of will hide behind him, God her mild eyes, fixed so ear- will not look at me; he will nestly upon me, as I endea- look at Christ." voured to impress upon her Beautiful thought, to hide opening mind the gospel behind Christ, to lose ourplan of salvation.

selves in him, and, casting One day I said to her : aside our own impure works, Alice, what will

you

to rest solely and entirely

do

upon his finished work of salvation !-Young Reader.

Which is likely to do most for you, boys ?

LITTLE SINS.

LUCK AND LABOUR.

Last week, two boys left their country homes, to seek their fortunes in the city.

“I shall see what luck will do for me,” said one.

I shall see what labour can do for me," cried the other.

Which is the better to depend upon, luck or labour ? Let us see,

Luck is always waiting for something to turn up.

Labour will turn up something.

Luck lies abed wishing.

Labour jumps up at six o'clock, and with busy pen or ringing hammer lays the foundation of a competence.

Luck whines,
Labour whistles.
Luck relies on chances.
Labour on character,

Luck slides down to indolence.

Labour strides upward to independence.

There are two ways of coming down from the top of a church steeple ; one is to jump down, and the other is to come down by the steps; but both will lead you to the bottom. So also there are two ways of going to hell ; one is to walk into it with your eyes open-few people do that, the other is to go down by the steps of little sins, and that way, I fear, is only too common, Put up with a few little sins, and you will soon want a few more; even a heathen could say,

Who was content with only one sin!”and your course will be regularly worse every day. Well did Jeremy Taylor describe the progress of sin in man : “Firstitstartleshim, then it becomes pleasing, then easy, then delightful, then frequent, then habitual, then confirmed. Then the man is impenitent, then obstinate, and then he is damned.”

[blocks in formation]
« ÎnapoiContinuați »