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they might be saved, you would have been astonished at the deep interest which was created in their minds; it was as though a ray of light had suddenly penetrated into their rude hearts, and bid their sympathies lament and love; and as Mr. Baker went on explaining to them God's Word, he would be ever and apon interrupted. They wished him to tell them that part over again-that part again, one or other did not understand, and wished him to explain it ; and when he dwelt upon the love of God in giving His only Son for them, they seemed to feel that there was a hope even for them that they might not go down to the grave without joy in the future. And now what has been the result of the work thus carried on by Mr. Baker among the hill tribes of Travancore? More than one hundred adults have been baptized; and at Mundakyam, where there was not a house in 1850, there is now a settlement, a Christian settlement of 250 people, partly from the low country, and partly from the hills, who join in the praise of their God and Saviour. And the last note I had from Mr. Baker was to the effect, that he was about to baptize thirty adults more; and he wished it might please God that the Committee would entirely release him from his work in the low country, that he might devote himself entirely to these 7000 Araans in the hills of Travancore,-a measure which, I hope, will soon be carried into effect.
Missionary Labours among the Slaves.
Again, a movement has been commenced amongst the slaves of Travancore. There was a request that we should visit Mallapalli, a mountain station attached to the Tiruwalla district, where there is a missionary slave-school. This is in the heart of the jungle; and, from local circumstances at the time, we could go no farther than the church. We asked two of the slaves to come to us, and enlighten us as to the condition of the class to which they belonged; and unhappy, indeed, that condition is. It is scored with all the worst features of American slavery; and how it could so long have continued under British government and British rule, I cannot, from my heart, understand. In this school we found gathered together some nine or ten adult slaves; and the daughter of one of those who had been speaking to us about their condition had been educated there, and still continued to attend it. Being a married woman, she experienced great opposition from her husband and relations; but she still continued to go, until one of those fatal diseases, which are
common in that country, fever or cholera, I forgot which, shortened her days. On her deathbed she gave the most gratifying testimony to the missionary reader, that she had profited by what she had heard at the school, and that her soul was about to wing its flight to Jesus her Saviour. That poor slave woman, though unbaptized with water, but baptized, as I verily believe, by the finger of God upon her heart, enunciated, in her dying moments, a confession of her faith, as satisfactory as we could wish to hear from any Christian dying on these shores. She said: I am going to heaven, heaven, heaven; and when I die, said she to the missionary-reader, grant my last requestlay my body close to the threshold of that beloved school which was so dear to me in life. We spoke to the slave, her father, concerning her, and endeavoured to console him; and it was with the tears rolling down his cheeks, and with deep emotion, he said: "Oh! sir, we do not sorrow for her as for one without hope, for she has gone to that place, (pointing upwards with his finger)-she is not lost for ever."
Let me now ask you to turn with me round Cape Comorin, and proceed up to the first mission-station in Tinnevelly-that blessed province where God has rewarded, with so much fruit, the labours of His servants; and let me ask you to set your eyes for an instant on Suviseshapuram. I have spoken of education, and I bless God we have commenced a system of female education which, I hope and believe, will redound to the glory of God. True, it is as yet feeble in its character, and often desultory in its operations; but in the school which we have established there, we often see hundreds gathered together who would else grow up in ignorance of God. A case happened, last year, at Suviseshapuram, to which I will, for a moment, call attention. It is that of a woman, who had been, for some years, receiving instruction in Mr. Spratt's school, and had exhibited some delightful evidence of her conversion to God by the Holy Spirit. She left the school, and was married to the schoolmaster of a neighbouring village, and for some time nothing remarkable happened. She was known in the village for her deep, and consistent, and ardent piety. Often she would retire to the palmyra grove, or to some other secret spot, and there, in private, pour out her heart in prayer to God. After a short time her health declined, and she was either removed to Suviseshapuram,
or Mr. Spratt visited her at her own house-I am not sure which. It was clear to him and to all that her days were numbered, and that she was about to die. On her deathbed all her care was that her child should be educated, in after years, in the knowledge of that Saviour she so ardently loved. She took from under her pillow the key of a box in which she kept the vernacular books and tracts she had received from the missionary, and she said: "There is the key; take the books, and when my child is grown up, educate her from those." Some one asked whether she would not like to change her clothes? "What need is there," said she, "to change my clothes? I shall soon be in heaven, where the new robe of the Sun of Righteousness will be put round my body;" and in that happy state of mind this Christian died. Let me say, in conclusion, what has been often repeated by those Christian friends who have addressed you, that there is a vast and increasing want of spiritual agency to carry on this mission. We want those agents from every quarter; we want men of every stamp, provided they are men of God, baptized with the truth; and as Israel, when she gathered together her armies, took them from all parts-the valley of Jehoshaphat and the mountains of Lebanon and Carmel each furnishing its quota-so we ought to draw our army for the missionfield from all quarters and from all ranks,—from the universities, from the halls of commerce, and from the quiet retirement of private life, and send them forth, that they may be messengers and heralds of love to this benighted continent of India.
CHILDREN-WHAT CAN THEY DO?
WHAT can little children do? Have you ever seen a man working with a very small tool to make a very large thing? and perhaps you have wondered how much can be done by so small an instrument. That tool is used by the man's hand; and that hand could do nothing unless it was guided by a mind; and that mind is made, and kept, and used, by the great God that God who is so wonderful in working, whose hand guides the rolling planets, and paints the insect's wing; and that Almighty hand of love can make use of a little child to do great things for His glory.
The first Bible Association ever formed was set up at Sheffield, in the year 1804, by a young lady, only fifteen years of age, named Catherine Elliott. She used to visit
her poor neighbours, and she found a great many who had no Bibles; so she thought what she could do to get them some, and she prayed to God to guide her, and to teach her what to do. She put by one penny a- -week, and her little brother a halfpenny, until they were able to buy a Testament for one shilling and fourpence. Catherine then wrote a little paper to beg help, which she sent to her schoolfellows. The subscribers, or those who gave money towards it, increased; a number of friends formed a party, which is called a committee, and joined in this work. In sixteen years they distributed more than 2500 Bibles and Testaments. How little did this young girl think when she began, what God would enable her to do for Him; and how many souls may have been saved by these Bibles, through the power of the Holy Spirit carrying His Word to their hearts!
The first Jewish Association was also begun by children and teachers of a Sunday school in Southwark. This little Society has been gradually growing every year; and in thirty-nine years it has been the means of distributing 39,000 Bibles and Testaments; and it has paid to the Southwark Society more than £6500.
Let these facts encourage all who read this little book to go and do likewise. Let us begin by praying that we may perceive and know what we ought to do, and then, for grace and power to fulfil the same," and we shall not be long without the comfort of knowing that God can make use of a little child.-Erin's Hope.
Isaiah xii. 2-6.
Jesus is become, at length,
Here, in the fair Gospel-field,
Praise ye, then, His glorious name,
Still His worth your praise exceeds,
Raise again the joyful sound,
We have had the opportunity of hearing, through the most direct channel, that the Box which some kind Christian friends in Scotland interested in the islanders on Pitcairn sent out to them some time ago, has arrived in safety. Everything in it was in good order, and much valued by the people. It is pleasing to know, that the Box supplied Bibles and Prayer Books in numbers more than sufficient to secure one for every person now on the island.
The poor people were much pleased with the telescopes, which, up to the time of our informant's departure, were the best they had. The spectacles, also, were of much use to the old people. The sewing materials, writing and school implements, were very acceptable. And more than one copy of the Pilgrim's Progress were seen, and evidently proved how popular the beautiful allegory of John Bunyan was among the reading portion of the people.
We again beg the prayers of all the children of God among our readers, on behalf of the church on Pitcairn's Island.
The recent ordination and arrival among them as their minister, of Mr. Nobbs, formerly their teacher, begins a new era, and is quite an important crisis in the history of the community there. Let us pray that it may please God to pour His grace upon their minister. May God replenish him so with the truth of the divine doctrine, and adorn him with innocency of life, that, both by word and good example, he may faithfully serve the Lord in his office, to the glory of the name of God, and the edification of the people committed to him as his flock!
OUR JEWISH MISSIONS.
THE REV. G. F. Sutter at Karlsruhe, the Rev. J. C. Lehner at Darmstadt, and the Rev. Rudolph Stern at Speyer,
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