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person at Egerton committed the other day. He had heard by chance that Black Horses (meaning shares in a mining company) were rising high in the market, and, thinking that it related to horseflesh, took all his colts, draught horses, and fillies to Ballarat, but when he arrived there he found that he himself was sold, and not his horses. He feared persons were as much deceived in theological matters as this poor man had been. We must, in order to arrive at a just conclusion, take not only the beginning and the end of a subject, but the top and the bottom also, and compare all its several parts, in order to understand its true meaning. A few more arguments in the same strain, and replies thereto, brought the specified time to a close.
A lengthy discussion on baptism is not called for in our pages, unless the disputants display more than average ability, or some peculiar circumstance import some feature of unusual interest. In the present case a part of the report forwarded for insertion is given, not on the ground of special merit, for Mr. Hastie was too weak to bring out what might have been presented on the other side, and also because the report (much of it cut from a local paper) is defective. But having received the subjoined note we have given a sample of the first night's debate, which is somewhat similar to that of the second night. As the first discussion of the kind in the colony of Victoria it may be read with some interest. ED.
BUNINYONG, June 10th, 1871.—To the Editor of the Ecclesiastical Observer. Dear Sir,- Please to insert the enclosed report, of the first discussion that has taken place in the colony of Victoria, in which the disciples have taken part.-Yours truly,
THE BUNCH OF VIOLETS.
'Tis equal joy to go or stay.' So sang old Adam Grant, the “Who can help but be happy that market gardener, as he plied busily believes the promises ?” He used his spade and rake, clearing the often to say. flower grouud of the overgrown
“Ah! but, Adam," a cavilling spring roots, to make way for the neighbour would ask, “how can gay seedlings of summer.
you make sure that the promises Adam got less by his flowers than belong to you?” his vegetables, but he was very fond “How? By taking God at His of the flowers, and spent ail the Word. They are made to them time he could spare on them. He who know their need of 'em-I used to say—"To my thinking, know my need of 'em flowers and birds is the prettiest “Well, I wouldn't be so bold and innocentest things as is, and look presuming as to make sure, anyless hurt by the curse than any of how," the retort would be. God's creatures."
" And I wouldn't dare to be so He was a happy old man, and he proud, and bold, and presuming, as knew it, and thanked God for it. I to believe one thing when God
another. Doesn't He say, 'Ho, “She shall have the best I can every one that thirsteth ?' and 'Ask make her,” said Adam, leaning on and ye
shall receive?' I thirst-I his spade, and looking round; “it's do thirst, and desire His renewing rather a poor time, but there's never grace day by day, and He gives it a blossom as comes out of the earth, me, or else the Work would not go down to the poorest weed, that isn't on in my soul; it would wither, like full of beauty; so we shall find these flowers nnwatered. Go to summat." Christ, friend."
And taking his knife from his One would try him, and another; pocket, he peered about among the for it was a godless place he lived flowers, culling one here and another in; but he had always his answer there, and looking at each as if he ready.
were giving an affectionate charge But we said he was singing at his to it to solace the sick girl, and work; and though his voice was while thus employed, he went on rather interrupted by the digging of singinghis spade, or by a little speech that “ The soul finds happiness in none he wonld now and then make to the But with a God to guide our way, flowers as he trimmed them, yet it
'Tis equal joy" was evident to any ears behind the “You'll please be quick, Adam," hedge that he was singing, and that cried the woman, who seemed irriif nobody else did, he at any rate tated by the music or the words ; enjoyed his music.
“I was ordered to be quick, so you “What a man you are for tuning, must 'excuse my ordering you." Mr. Grant," said a tall, careworn
“Oh, by all manner of means. looking woman, peering over the It don't. signify to me being ordered, hedge.
unless it's to be summat as is beyond Adam rested on his spade, and me,” replied Adam. nodded to her.
“I can't say that," was the an“ Makes the work go along easy,” swer.
“I feel it very much; having he replied.
been in such a different way of life, "It's well for them that can sing I find it very hard to be ordered at away trouble of any kind,” answered all, especially by a nurse no better the woman.
Adam began singing again, as he " While place we seek, or place we shun,” cut some slips of mezereonbegan Adam again. He knew that
“He that is down need fear no fall, his visitor was a regular sét grum- He that is low no pride; bler. He had often talked with her, He that is humble ever shall but she never sought conversation
Have God to be his guide.” for profit's sake, but that she might “ If you mean that at me, said tell out all her miseries. He had the woman, sharply, “ you are wrong, listened to these over and over again, Mr. Grant; for I am down low and tried hard to show her that enough, I'm sure, and I have pride every one had a bright side; but he to put up with, for all that, every always found her in the same state day of my life.” of mind when they met again. So - Yes, I know it,” said Adam, he thought he wouldn't invite her beginning to tie the flowers. complaints, as he was busy.
Nobody could help knowing it " I want a few things of you,” that saw nurse Webster's uppish she said, peevishly interrupting him; manners; and for all Miss Bella and “Miss Bella's ill, and the nurse and Miss Mabel are kind in their way, Miss Mabel ordered me to get her a they are proud, I can tell you; and nosegay."
for me who was once, you know, in
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such different circumstances-kept thing or two, I'll help you to some a girl myself, and lived in a house of with pleasure.' my own—I little thought I should “ Thank you kindly,” said the ever have to go out and be a poor woman, with more life in her tone housekeeper, to be ordered about- than before. And she followed him oh dear!? And she began to look up and down the narrow pathways, as if tears would soon come.
or pads, as old Adam called them, So very sorrowful was her face and became quite interested in what that the old man hadn't the heart to
she saw, but still more in the kind lay the nosegay in her basket with old man himself, who seemed as if out a word of sympathy. But then he had her happiness at heart, and he knew not what to say; he had so indeed he had. but the old thing to repeat over
For between his remarks on the again. He appeared not to notice things, and in journeying from bed the coming tears, and said cheer- to bed he took up his song again, fully, —
his shaky old voice pronouncing the " The hedge is low indeed, but words plainly enough, though the
elaborate flourishes in the tune that's no reason why I should serve my customers over it. Please to sometimes made them rather discome in through yon wicket, and jointed.
“ All scenes alike engaging prove maybe you can spare a minute to come and look at the young things
To souls impressed with sacred love."
This stanza he had repeated more that's coming up so fine, and you can tell Miss Bella I'm raising a
than once, and his companion could trifle or two as early as I can on
not help saying,
“I believe that true religion does purpose for her. Come, now, and I'll give you a posy for yourself.”
indeed make people happy, Mr.
Grant; but I can't think that it “Ah, I used to be so fond of makes every place engaging alike.” flowers, and took such a pride in
“Can't you ?” said Adam, movmy garden, said the woman, entering his hat, and passing his hand ing through the wicket.
over his bald head. Well there's "Well did you ?” said Adam; many things that is quite as true as " that's well ; I like people to be if we believed 'em. an' we don't befond of flowers, they are such com- lieve for all that. fortable things—I get many a pretty “But do you believe that now?” reflection from one often.”
she asked. Ah, but that was in my hus- Yes, I do indeed,” he answered band's time, when I was well off, stoutly. and had a mind free to look at “ Then I don't,” she rejoined, as them," said she.
stoutly. Ah to be sure, you are changed "No, likely not; but that's besince then, we'll say: but then the cause you are unbelieving—not beflowers is the same, and it seems to cause it's not true,” he answered me you want pleasure more now · But do you mean to say that than
you did then; so it's a pity you now if you were to be turned out you can't make up your mind to en- of this place—your own, and all that joy 'em as you used to do.”
you delight in—and to be sent away The woman was silent, and could to the poor-house, we'll say
you hardly forbear a smile at Adam's think you would be as happy as you
You know you are always wel- " That would depend upon what come to a posy while I've got one share of wisdom I had," said he, to give, and if you'd like to rear a quietly.
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“ Wisdom?" said his companion. When they had got to the end of
Yes, heavenly wisdom, by means the heap, close to which stood a of which I should, if I had it pump, Adam pointed to a root of (enough of it, you understand), say violets in full blossom, growing at this to myself— Adam, you have the side. lost all that you used to enjoy so D'ye see that ?” much; you'll have a dull life of it
- What of it?" now so far as them things go; but
she asked, in courage, man, you are put upon short
reply. commons for only a little time; very
* What of it? Why, it's a Nea
A fortsoon you must have left it, and if politan, as you may see. God has taken it away a little before night ago I flung it away with rubhand, it ought to make you more here as content as if it was in the
bish out of the beds; it pitched itself joyful in the thought of those good best bed in the garden, and just see things that are signed and sealed yours by His own hand, and that He if it's not as thriving as if it really will never take away.'
· Yes it is," said the woman. Ah, yes, you might be resigned ; but you couldn't enjoy life—that's been that the water from the pump,
• It is; but mind you, if it hadn't what I said," she replied.
constantly splashing over it's place “Oh, but couldn't I ?” he an- and root, had settled it and fed it, swered quickly. “If I had wisdom and kept it's head up, it wouldn't a given me, I could. Why, if I had looked like that.", strength to work, I could enjoy work
suppose not." for a master as well as work for myself; and if not-if I was sick and
“ Certain sure, and no 'suppose' weakly, couldn't I look out on the about it,” sa Adam ; "and that's a work of others, and enjoy that? picture of what we've been talking
about. Why, when the heart is taught by
When Divine truth, like God to see His love and power in His that stream of fresh water, flows beautiful creation, there's enough in into the heart, it will rejoice any. a daisy, or a blade of grass even,
where and everywhere.
to make it dance with joy, and sing
“ Here," he said, after a pause, with praise."
“if you mind, I'll put it in a pot for “ Then you would do it ? ”
you—it's a real Neapolitan, and Depending on the grace and they're very choice, you know; and wisdom I had,” replied Adam ; « but when you look at it, you remember
“ whether I did it or not, says nothing that it's not the place that makes -the thing is true."
She smiled, and he potted the root, "'I can be calm, and free from care, On any shore, since God is there.'
gathering the blossoms first for her Look here,” he said, leading the way root should not bear well it's second
to give to Miss Bella, for fear the to the rubbish heap, where he had moving, and with a friendly nod let thrown, during the last week or so, her out through the wicket.
, the superfluous growth of the garden As she went along the hedge, sho _"just look’ee here, and I'll show heard him singing
. you as pretty a piece of teaching as I've seen this many a day,"
"While place we seek, or place we shun,
We can find happiness in none; His companion followed him, but But with a God to guide our way, thinking more of the impossibility 'Tis equal joy to go or stay." of appropriating his doctrines than And with a softened sigh she began of the
‘pretty piece of teaching " to think there must be some truth she was to witness.
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THE DIGNITY OF MAN.
ACCORDING to the Jewish faith, this distil,—to cherish the corn which material universe, whatever other grows for my food, to soften the air puposes were to be answered by it, I breathe, and to keep the beauty of was made for man; to be his home, the world fresh and bright on which to develope his physical powers, to I rejoice to look. The music of the stimulate his intellectual faculties, birds is for me, and the perfume of to be a test and discipline of his the flowers. For me it was, that moral character. This was the old forests grew in ancient time and faith of Jewish Patriarchs, and pro- have since hardened into coal; for phets and psalmists; and it is mine. me, there are veins of iron and of I refuse to be reduced to the same silver penetrating the solid earth ; rank, to be placed in the same order, and for me, there are rivers whose as the cattle that browse on the hills, sands are gold. The beasts of the or the fish that people the sea. I earth were meant to do my work ; assert my supremacy. I believe sheep and oxen are given me for that I have received from the hand food. Fire, hail, and the stormy of God crown and sceptre, and that wind were meant to serve me. I although other designs may be ac- have authority to compel the lightcomplished by the existence of the ning to be the messenger of my material and living things around thought, and the servant of my will. me, they are intended to serve me. Man is placed over the works of The sun shines, that I may see the God's hands ; for those works were mountains and the woods and the meant to minister to man's life, flashing streams, and that I may do man's culture, and man's happiness. the work by which I live. For me, -R. W. DALE's Jewish Temple and the rain falls, and the dews silently. Christian Church.