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"Observer, June 1, 572.
you not tell."
with fear; but, nevertheless, she So saying, he ordered two or three was brave for the cause of Christ, of his men to prepare and bind and resolved that neither cruelty nor lighted matches between her fingers. flattery should induce her to reveal | They did this with cruel alacrity, and the hiding-place of her father and his laughed aloud at her anguish. friends.
“ Now will
tell us where your Presently Claverhouse himself, father is hidden ? " savagely inquired surrounded by a score or two of his
Claverhouse. soldiers, met them on the moor.
But Ailsie was firm. She gave Seeing the girl in the hands of the him no answer, only set her white dragoons, he rode up, expecting that lips more closely together, and now he should gain his ends. But silently prayed for strength to endure he was deceived; for Ailsie feared temptation. him no more than she did his men. “Speak, girl," he shouted, “ will
, “ Ha! Ha!” shouted he with
“I cannot tell
you savage delight, we may depend on father is hidden. I know where he the old fox being pretty near when is, but I dare not tell." we have got the cub. Now, my
Then, by the powers, you shall pretty one,” continued he,
" you tell me," swore Claverhouse, and he must forthwith tell me where your directed his men to apply the thumbfather is hidden, or I shall have to compel you. Were you not going to
These instruments of torture are him just now with that food and made to fit on each thumb, somedrink?"
. She paused and considered: but But in the part which comes against
She paused and considered: but thing like the thumb of a glove. she could not tell a lie. Looking up the thumb-nail is fitted a small iron into his face with a timid, tearful
screw, the point of this screw being countenance, such as might have
sharp and penetrating like a corkmoved to pity any man who was not
When the instrument is ad. a brute, she answered:
justed, the executioner proceeds to "I cannot tell you, sir,” “ You mean that you will not, you of the nail. Imagination must pic
twist this spiral screw into the quick little piece of impudence. Now, mind ture the acuteness of the torture. what you're at, and answer me.
The pain is most bitter and excruciWhere is your father?”
ating. Strong men faint under it, No answer.
much more this little girl of fourteen. “ Answer me," Claverhouse roared.
The thumb-screws were fitted on, Do you know where
and the soldiers proceeded to twist is hidden ?
Claverhouse stood by, “Yes, sir, I do."
watching the whole proceeding “Very well, then, tell us. That
keenly. He was determined not to is all we want to know."
be beaten by a girl. At the first re"I cannot. tell you, sir. Oh!
volution of the screw she winced, don't compel me, for I would sooner but soon was calm again. Presently, die."
however, the piercing pain made her "Indeed ! we will give you a taste scream. of pain first, my bonnie lassie, and
Stop," said Claverhouse to the see if you'll talk about dying so
Now, will you tell, girl, glibly. You have learned that from where your old psalm-singing fox of your psalm-singing, canting old a father is ?” father. But we'll unearth the old “I will not,” she replied, rendered fox yet."
bold by her sufferings. "And as for
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your torture, God will help me to will not tell, you shall die for it,". bear it.”
and as he said this he clenched his “ Go on," he said, and the torture teeth and swore a terrible oath. went on.
But the bitter agony was “I can die for it," she returned, too great, and Ailsie swooned away. “and will die rather than discover
As she lay on the green sward, to you where my father is. You are Claverhouse ordered the thumb- bloody men, and God will enter into screws to be taken off, and water to judgment with you for persecuting be dashed in her face. It was done ; his saints. If
If you kill me, you will but she lay so still and white, with only send me to heaven a little the blood oozing from her mutilated sooner to enter on my rest.” thumbs that it was a sight sufficient “ Fit on the thumb-screws again," to move the stoutest heart. It interrupted Claverhouse. “Fit them seemed as if some emotion of pity on, and we'll see if she can preach moved even Claverhouse's brutalized then." nature, for he bent down over her So the soldiers put on the instruand said :
ments again, and again they turned “I wish the little jade were not the screws. Another fearful groan so stubborn. dont particularly came from Ailsie's quivering lips, want to hurt her; but I'll not be and yet another, and yet another, beaten by a girl. Rouse her up if as the excruciating agony grew more
and more intense. Again water was sprinkled on her “Oh! mercy, mercy !" she cried. face, and a little brandy was poured Yes, we will show you mercy into her mouth, and presently ani- when you tell us where to find your mation came to the tortured frame. father," was the answer. Slowly she opened her eyes and Her eyes flashed, however, and gazed upon persecutors. Then her courage rose to the last effort. presently she gathered herself up and Stopping her groans and entreaties, sat upon the grass, but like one she said: “I cannot tell, and I will stunned, and only partly conscious. not tell where my father and the Then, as she looked up into the Lord's saints are hidden. You are all soldiers' faces and saw no pity, no- bloody men of Belial, and
will thing but stern, unrelenting severity, have to answer for your deeds of she burst into tears. She thought, cruelty. But I fear maybe, of her father, exiled from Rather, I fear Him who is able to home and family; of her mother, destroy both soul and body. He is looking and watching for her; and comforting and sustaining me even perhaps too, she feared that death now," and again she swooned away. might be her portion; and then who Still the soldiers heeded not, but would wait upon her father, and con- drove home the torturing screws sole her mother ? But there was with an alacrity which could only be scant time for weeping, in the midst born of cruelty. Presently Claverof this pitiless crew.
house ordered them to desist and · Now, girl, remember that I am dash cold water in her face. Haply, not to be fooled,” said Claverhouse. he was meditating other cruelties, “We have orders to get your father's Ailsie Bruce was gone beyond their head, dead or alive, and we mean to power, for she had departed this stick it up at Edinburgh. So, as life by the door of martyrdom. you know where he is to be found, Claverhouse and his soldiers galloped you must just tell us at once, or be away, after satisfying themselves prepared to suffer the consequences. that the vital spark had fled, and And, remember too, that if you will left the lifeless murdered body of
Ailsie alone upon the cold turf, be- 1 Scotland is that of Ailsie Bruce; for neath the holy stars, as they crept she counted not her life dear unto out one by one from the blue vault her, but " was tortured, not acceptabove, as a witness against those ing deliverance, that she might obcruelties. But among the names tain a better resurrection." dear to men, women and children in
Intelligence of Churches, &4.
SHEFFIELD.--I have just spent two Lord's | that is set before them. Pressing forward days with the church meeting in the Tem to the mark, may they so run,
that they perance Room, Duke Street Lane, Sheffield may obtain the prize the crown of life, Park. The visit has been an enjoyable one. that fadeth not away. PETER STEVBN. The meetings were small but not without interest, and two were baptised, both of from Chelsea, has spent four Lord's days
LEICESTER (May 13, 1872).—Bro. Ellis, whom had formerly been considering the here. His visit to Leicester will be long way of salvation. The brethren are few in remembered both with pleasure and pain number, but exercising prudent zeal, they with pleasure on account of his interesting bid fair for a measure of success; as they and profitable discourses, both to believers are earnest and devoted, anxious to pro- and unbelievers. During his visit eight mote the cause of our dear Redeemer. Judging from my own experience, any The painful element in his visit was that
persons put on the Lord Jesus by immersion. brother calling upon them will have a cordial reception. "Perhaps some readers my brother, Thomas Leavesley, took ill and of the “ E. 0." who want “ an out” may The very active part that Bro. Ellis took in
died while he was staying at his house. find it convenient to visit the small church in Sheffield, and give an encouraging word cheering and otherwise aiding the bereaved
Since and a helping hand. Temporary arrange he left, two others have been immersed and
family will long endear him to us. ments are being made for some little added to the church. speaking assistance from neighbouring
JAMES LEAVESLEY. churches ; but Sheffield, and the brethren there, are worthy of a more protracted and
WREXHAM.— The chapel in King Street decided effort. Such a populous seat of having undergone repairs and beautifying industry merits attention. A. BROWN.
was re-opened on Lord's day April 14,
1872. SAUGHALL, CHESTER.- This is the week
We were then visited by Bro. when "Chester Races” take place. Crowds Thomas, of Llansaintfraid, Montgomerycome from far and near ; a flood of negli- shire (late of Camden Town, London), who gence, immorality and crime, seems to set spoke in the morning on the Ordinances of in, and when the great wave subsides, it the Christian Church, and in the evening
On Lord's day, leaves its slimy sediment upon the shore. proclaimed the gospel. How eager and hilarious the multitudes April 28, Bro. G. Y. Tickle, of Liverpool, are! Would they come with equal ardour preached in the evening, and on Lord's day, for a religious object ? Or evince such cor
May 5th, we were visited by Bro. Carndui, diality at the call of humanity or philan
of Bridgnorth. thropy? How much yet remains to be GREEN HILL LANE, DERBYSHIRE.-The done in this land of Bibles, ere the God of small church has been unable to make much the Bible shall be generally revered, progress, owing in part to the want of suithonoured and obeyed! On the second day able place of meeting. We have now of this race week, we had the pleasure of socured ground, and commenced to erect a , baptising five young persons into the name new Meeting House. The cost of the of the Lord Jesus, -may the Lord protect ground is very considerable for so small a and bless them! Laying aside every weight company.
The churches of the district may they run with patience the "race" | have promised to aid us in erecting a con
Observer, June 1, '72.
venient place. The foundation stone was toral relations, and seventy others have relaid on the 24th of April, by Bro. T. Wallis, signed, who are not yet reported as settled of Nottingham, in the presence of a good again. The church membership has risen to company. Brethren addressed the people 243,395, there being a net increase on the and commended to them the good old way year of 9,720 and the number of scholars of the apostolic church. We hope to be under training in Baptist Sunday schools able to open the chapel in August. Breth. is 315,080. The large measure of pros. ren willing to aid by contributing will perity indicated in these returns has led engage in a good and needful work.
your committee to prepare a resolution er.
J. H. pressive of devout thankfulness to Almighty LIVERPOOL.-Since our last communica- God, which will be laid before the session. tion the church in Liverpool has ceased to With regard to the next autumnal session, meet in Hope Hall, and now occupies two your committee have pleasure in stating meeting places, one at the north end of the ihat the churches in Manchester have given town and the other at the south. This ar. a very cordial invitation to the Union to hold rangement has proved a very satisfactory its session in that city, which your comone as far as respects the north end, and we mittee have gladly accepted.” We are are hoping ere long to make it equally so thankful for the increase in the number of for the south. The church remains under the immersed, thus recorded, but how it one eldership, with the deacons about can be taken as indicating a "large measure equally divided between each place. The of prosperity' we cannot divine. The funds are kept distinct, but are regarded as average increase to each church is but threeequally available for the whole body. I and-a-half-not an evidence of large pros. rejoice to say that the brethren in both perity, but rather of the want of it. We places are working together in perfect har- wish it were ten times larger ; and we mony. Evangelistic help has been chiefly believe it might be, if the Baptists would directed to the north end, as affording the employ the means they have at command best opening for gospel proclamation. more in accordance with the apostolic There have been several additions, and an order of things.
D. K. excellent Sunday school has been established at this end of the town. Bro. Scott has bestowed a considerable amount of labour upon the neighbourhood, and Bro. Ellis,
Obituary. during the last four weeks (while Bro. Scott has been to Chelsea), has drawn large audionces, and we are gathering fruit already asleep in Jesus, April 17th, 1872, aged forty
THOMAS LEAVESLEY, of Leicester, fell from his labours. We regret his departure this week, as we believe great good would years, after a severe illness of a few days
He was baptised into Christ effort in this field of labour. We hope soon Leicester, in 1858. At that time a small
duration. result from his continuous and concentrated
some two years before he removed to to have a better opening at the south end, church, about six in number, met in the as we wish for a more populous and less house of James Leavesley ; which was the aristocratic neighbourhood to work open.
only meeting until Bro. D. King, at the G. Y. T.
instance of the Evangelist Committee, took BAPTIST UNION. —The Report of the a provisional oversight, engaging the Tem. Committee of the Baptist Union of Great perance Hall for regular meetings; which Britain and Ireland, recently presented, place was occupied till the chapel in contains the following:-"Your committee Crafton Street was erected. During some respectfully direct the attention of the ses- fourteen years Thomas Leavesley and his sion to the statistics published in the brother James Leavesley, took leading * Handbook,' which show the progress positions in the Leicester church, and the made by the churches during the past year close application of the departed to the to be considerably beyond the average. Of interests of the church, has largely contrinew churches there were reported forty- buted to the success which has been realithree, making the total number 2,602. zed. Ever ready to promote the cause, Sixty new chapels have been built, at a cost his heart, time, and home, were at the serof £109,915 ; and forty-seven chapels hare vice of the brethren. On the Lord's-day been enlarged, or otherwise improved, at an, following his death, he was conveyed to the outlay of £19,565, making a total expendi- silent resting place, followed by about a ture in building of not less than £130,000. hundred brethren and friends, which num. In the changes of the ministry, eighty-two ber would have been larger but for the con. have been introduced to the pastoral office, tinued rain. The funeral service was con. and thirty-five have been called to their ducted by D. King, of Birmingham, and B. heavenly rest; 119 have formed new pas- | Ellis of London.
Observer, July 1, '72.
LOVE TO CHRIST: ITS LOGICAL CONSEQUENTS AND
THE BLESSEDNESS RESULTING.
A SERMON BY JOHN STRANG.* " Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."JOHN XIV. 23.
Three things, in this verse, will at once appear to the thoughtful reader: (1.
) The great subject of love to Christ " If a man love me.” (2.) The divine assurance that where love to Christ really exists it will manifest itself in obedience—“If a man love me, he will keep my words.” (3.) The blessed reward of loving obedience-"My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him."
I. LOVE TO CHRIST.-This subject is fundamental and vital. It lies at the very foundation of all true relationship to God. Without it there can be no pardon, no salvation, no peace and joy in believing, no eternal glory. For the Spirit has said expressly, “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema maranatha,”-accursed when the Lord comes. Love to Christ cannot be exercised by any mere act of will. In order to be exercised at all it must be intelligently exercised. In order to love truly and deeply any object, human or divine, we must, to some extent, possess a knowledge of that object. I beg, therefore, in harmony with this law of our moral nature to advance several reasons why we should love Jesus.
1. We should love Him because of what He is in Himself. We open the Gospels, in which the manifold excellencies of His person are unfolded, and what a character we have brought before us. Jesus stands alone in history. In His humility, in His lowliness, in His meekness, in His goodness, in His spotless purity, in His boundless compassion, in His undying love, He
He is fairer than the children of men. Grace is poured into His lips. All His garments smell of myrrh and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces. He is the Rose of Sharon, and the Lily of the Valley
. He is the Chief among ten thousand. Yea, He is altogether lovely.
Listen to the following words. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me ; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." It was Jesus who uttered these words. No other heart could have given utterance to such words of grace. They reveal to us a heart that has sounded the deepest depths of human woe. They reveal to us & nature that can feel for us in all our weakness, our weariness, our un. worthiness, and our sins. They hold out to all the hope and the promise of rest. Rest from the bondage of Satan; rest from the toilsome pursuit of worldly vanities; rest from all the weariness of self and sin. The one who uttered these words is surely worthy of being loved, because of what He is in Himself.
2. We should love Him because of what He has done for us. We had all sinned against God. Because of sin we had come under condemnation. But for Jesus we must have perished for ever. us lying in our sins, and His bowels melted with compassion. He assumed our nature ; He lived a life of perfect holiness; and by His death
has no peer.
* Preached in Brown Street Chapel, Glasgow, May, 1878,