Page images
PDF
EPUB

to know what was to be done. I went Thursday, 26th.-To-day I spent out and told them that the Gospel several hours visiting at R—, and was to be preached—that the Bible, at B- about three miles out of God's book, was to be read and C- I had a good deal of climbing explained; and if they would like to over the mountains-rather exhausthear that, they were at liberty to ing work in hot days like what we have enter. But they said that they had at present. There are a great many got no ticket. I told them that no Protestants scattered about in this ticket was required, that it was free, quarter, but they are very careless and they might come in if they would about divine things. Intermarriages promise to be quiet. About forty-four with Roman Catholics are very comProtestants came, and no sooner did mon, and generally Protestantism I begin to sing a hymn than the suffers from it. I had several conRoman Catholics poured in. There versations with men and women, were three or four times more Roman Catholics and Protestants, in the Catholics than Protestants present. fields and in their houses. I was much surprised and pleased. “I had a service in a farm-house I read Luke xv., and said a number of in B-to-night.

About twenty, plain practical things about ruin and young and old, were present. It is salvation. How interested and atten- scarcely possible to get a service in tive the Catholics were! They drew the country just now. They are so closer and closer. Some of the men busy with their harvest, that some sat down on the forms, while a number are even working by moonlight. But of women sat on hay at the back of these small meetings, in a place like the forms, and listened very attentively this, are of great importance. I think all the time. But after I had read it is truly sad to find the Roman and explained the chapter, a great Catholics more alive to divine things crowd that had collected round the than Protestants, and often more willdoor began to get very troublesome. ing to be personally talked to about A cripple man, a fish dealer, the worst their soul's salvation than those who character in B- had been fetched sit week after week in the church. and made drunk for the purpose of Sunday, 29th.-At seven o'clock I giving us trouble. I gave a short had a service in a farm-house about address, but had to close on account four miles out of C- Over twenty of this noise at the door. I came to were present. At the close of the the door to speak to these rough fel- service I spoke to two young men lows, but their unearthly yellings were who were anxious about their soul's so dreadful that my voice could not salvation. One of them I have hopes be heard. Those inside were afraid of as being able to believe in Jesus as to depart. After awhile I told them his Saviour. The other was also led to go, for they would remain as long into the light. There was a Roman as we stayed, and that I did not think Catholic woman present at the service, any of them would be injured. They who appeared much interested. all departed, and when I left the Thursday, September 2nd.-Tonoise made was something awful. day I had some preparations to make But I feel thankful to God that such for the service to-night in the Courtan opportunity was afforded of addres- house. The Court-house of Bsing so many Roman Catholics, and was kindly granted me for a service I am not without hopes of good being by a Mr. GM, a merchant in the done.

place, to whom it belongs. I got a woman to clean it out, and also a boy young, came and looked in, and to carry in forms, which I got the wondered what was to be done there loan of from two shops in the town. I to-night. As there never had been then borrowed candlesticks, and got preaching there before, that thought candles to light up the place. I also did not enter their minds. Many of visited a few, telling them of my ser- them went away, saying that there vice. About twenty Protestants were was to be a show there to-night. present. Three of these came from During the day I visited ten families, the house where I had the service with the intention of making known last night. A number of Roman the service, and of getting them to Catholics were at the door, and heard tell their different circles about it. much of what I said. They also ap- Then I gave myself to prayer, that peared much pleased with the simple the people might be made willing Gospel hymns I sung. I got a Roman to come, and get a blessing when Catholic boy to assist me in preparing they did so. Whenever the door was the place for the service, and to be opened and the candles lighted, scores my door-keeper. The people who of children gathered around the buildwere present to-night were very ear- ing, and were rather inclined to give nest and attentive, and I do think a disturbance. I sat reading my Bible good impression was made.

and praying, for at least twenty Monday, 6th.--I had a service minutes before any one came. The to-night at S in an empty house first that came were two women and where the Wesleyans hold meetings. a girl. When they saw nobody come It is about a mile and a-half in the they did not seem inclined to enter, direction of s - The room was but I induced them to walk in. They quite full; about thirty, if not more,

alone for about ten minutes were present. The whole service was before any others came; but after solemn and impressive. I spoke to that, many others began to gather several young women at the close, inside and out. The Court-house who were anxious about their souls, filled; fifty at least were present. and seemed unwilling to leave till “I got a man to be door-keeper, but they got peace with God. I went out he left me—was afraid of himself; and two hours before service-time, and in vain I tried to get a successor,

till visited some of the people.

à courageous woman offered her Friday, 17th.—Through the in- services as door-keeper. The senior fluence of Mrs. R—, of the hote I magistrate also sent three policemen got the Court-house of S- from to walk about to keep order-one of the senior magistrate, for a service them was a Protestant, but the other to-night. When I went to see it in two were Romanists. Upon the whole the early part of the day, it did not the service went on quietly and look a very comfortable place inside. successfully. Many were gathered It was damp and dirty, with broken round the windows, and at times made windows; but I thought it might be a noise, and at other times were improved a little, to add to the attending to the singing and preaching. people's comfort who might attend Several times I was struck in the face my service. So I got it swept and while preaching with very small wet dusted, and a little sawdust sprinkled stones, but went on as if I never felt on the floor. Then I got forms and them. When the people inside went candles put into it. While getting to their knees to pray wild shouts and all this done, many persons, old and laughing drowned my voice for some

were

sung there.

seen

room

seconds, but I prayed for them, and service, because I think it is important. believe God will bless them through I do believe much good will result what they heard to-night. At the from it. close the senior magistrate, who heard Sunday 19th.-I had a small my discourse, came up and thanked children's meeting this afternoon in me for it, and told me if I came back the Hotel at S.

It was very the Court-house was at my disposal cheering to see the children so fond of for another like service.

the Gospel hymns. They were at my “While I was preaching a strange

service in the Court-house on Friday looking gentleman came in. He got night, and almost night and day since a seat, sat for a short time, and then they have been singing the hymns I rose as if to go out. He asked some

Some of them were questions of a man beside him, and making many earnest enquiries about then stood looking me in the face as my return, and will be living in hope if he would interrupt me. He said of seeing me again. nothing, but made for the door, and 'At night I went out about two disappeared. But he could not leave miles to a place called L- T-, the Court-house, for he was

and had a service in a farm-house, looking in at the windows during the kindly offered me for that purpose. remainder of the service. After all was The

was quite full-about over, and as I was leaving the Court- thirty must have been present. They house, this gentleman was before the were all very earnest and attentive to door, with a crowd round him. I the Word of Life. I had personal heard him describe my preaching as

conversation with almost every one of 'insulting,' and a gentleman, the them at the close of the service, and Church schoolmaster, declaring it as found many of them in an interesting 'excellent. Then he called it in- state of mind. sulting and foolish' in my presence.

Several have come to me and I told him very kindly that he was asked for a hymn-book as I walked quite at liberty to call it what he along the streets of S- and several pleased, and if he did not like it he times I have heard these hymns was not forced to hear it or believe it. being sung as I passed along. This I also told him that I wished him has pleased me very much, and makes well, and would pray for him. He me hopeful in regard to the future. said no more, but went away quietly. September 21st.— Last night I I learned afterwards that he was returned from the West to Cork. from S-, and was an agent of the When I went into the West I just * Southern Reporter' Newspaper, and expected to remain a fortnight, and of course a Roman Catholic.

so took no more articles of clothing "The Church schoolmaster thanked than what I would absolutely require me very much for what he heard me for that time, that I might the more preach. He visits a little, reading easily move about from place to place. the Scriptures to the people, and But so much work opened up for me, praying with them, and he said that and the Lord gave me favour in the he learned much from my address eyes of so many, that I could not that would be a help to him in the make my stay shorter than five weeks. future. I felt very grateful to God If I had had sufficient clothing with for this, and take courage to go on in

me, and had not been disabled with a this good work.

sore foot, I would have stayed longer “I have said much about this in the West ; however, I have left it

with the hope of being able to return, if the Lord will, on another occasion.

“ The work in the West consists chiefly of visitation and cottage meeting. After getting a house for a service, it is well personally to visit the people all around, and get them out to the service. This is rather difficult work in a wild country like that, but it is very important for the cause of true religion. One who engages in it must be ready to put up with few comforts, and to feel happy in almost any circumstances. If one

can do that then there is a large field of labour for him in the West. I simply send these lines to give you an idea of the work in that part of Ireland.

• The longer I remain in Ireland the more I see the need for such services; and places are opening up to me on every hand. I am just beginning to get into the work, and I trust a few souls have come under the saving power of the truth as it is in Jesus. However, that is in the Lord's hands."

Golden Words for Busy People.

MORE CHILDISH THAN MY CHILD. more of Pharoah till another plague “Lord, what faults I correct in my son

rubs up his memory.”—Gurnall. I commit myself; I beat him for dab

BEING SOMEBODY. bling in the dirt, whilst my own soul doth wallow in sin: I beat him for cry.

“What is the use of being in the ing to cut his own meat, yet am not my.

world unless you are somebody?” said a self contented with that state Thy boy to his friend. Providence hath carved unto me; I beat

“Sure enough, and I mean to be,” him for crying when he is to go to sleep,

answered the other. “I began this very and yet I fear I myself shall cry when

day. I mean to be somebody.” Thou callest me to sleep with my fathers.

Ashton looked George in the face. Alas! I am more childish than my child,

“Began to-day! how? What do you and what I inflict on him I justly de

mean to be?” serve to receive from Thee : only here

“ A Christian boy, and so grow up to is the difference. I and desire

pray

be a Christian man,” said George. “I that my correction on my child may do

believe that is the greatest somebody him good. It is in Thy power, Lord, to

for us to be.” effect that Thy correction on me shall

George is right. There is no higher do me good.”Thomas Fuller.

manhood than Christian manhood; and

it is in the power of every boy to reach INTERMITTENT PRAYERS.

that. Every boy cannot be rich ; every “. Intreat the Lord that He may take boy cannot be President; every boy away the frogs from me.'

cannot be judge; but God asks you all often desire the prayers of others, but

to a Christian manhood—to be his sons, only in some great pinch. If their and so, with His Son Jesus Christ, to be chariot be set fast in some slough of

heirs of heaven.-The Christian at Work. affliction, then they send in all haste for some to draw them out by their prayers ;

Two PICTURES OF DEATH. who at another time change their In a scantily-furnished chamber lies thoughts of the saints and of their an old Scotch minister, with grey hair prayers, yea, and of God Himself. The and wrinkled skin. But his brow is frogs are gone, and Moses hears no high and broad ; his deep-set eyes are

93

Thus many

bright and piercing; a smile plays in warm robes, and seated in a large round his lips; and though feeble and easy chair. He, too, is feeble and dying; dying, he looks calm and happy. Let but the light is unsteady, and he looks us speak to him, and say:

like a man ill at ease with himself. “Do you think yourself dying, dear Let us also ask him a question : sir ?"

“Mr. Gibbon, how does the world He fixes his eyes calmly upon you, seem to you now ?” and slowly replies :

The eloquent historian of the “Roman * Really, friend, I am not anxious Empire,” for he it is, closes his eyes for whether I am or not; for if I die, I a moment, then opens them again, and shall be with God; if I live, He will be with a deep sigh, replies : with me."

All things are fleeting. When I Now let us step into yonder mansion. look back, I see they have been ieeting; Entering a richly-furnished chamber, when I look forward, all is dark and we find a dignified personage enfolded doubtful.Protestant Churchman.

Pages for our young friends.

THE BOOT ON THE WRONG FOOT.

But as

JEM Hasty had many good traits of bag the most important thing which he character. He was generous when he would need. Many a time the poor horse happened to have the means, obliging went supperless, and the pig stood calling and kind upon impulse ; but like his for food, just because Jem considered name, he was hasty. He could not stop such things “of no consequence.” to see

a thing fully, to do a thing But at last poor Jem received a lesson thoroughly, or even to speak of a thing which really did make an impression on accurately. But he was always consi- him. He was to go to the great city to dering these little things as too small enter a large mercantile house. and “ of no consequence.” The conse- he would be the youngest clerk, he knew quence of course was, that he was always he must be on his feet all day, and run getting into trouble himself and putting and do a multitude of errands. His others to trouble. It was a small affair trunk was sent down to the depôt the to be particular about buttoning his night before, and he was to get up early shirt-collar; and so in the midst of and walk down and take the cars. As company, or in church, his collar must he took off his boots he set them were start up and come off, and then he would he knew he could find them even in the jerk it on again with so much strength dark. But in setting them up he noticed as to tear off the button. He had his that he put the right boot were the left garden so planted and subdued one year ought to be. “No matter," thought he, that he began to take a pride in it; but “I shall remember it in the morning, and one evening he hurried through the gate, can change them when I put them on. aware that he had not latched it; but It's of no consequence.” So he lay and it was a small affair, and “ of no conse- thought how he would enjoy himself in quence.” The result was, that the next the great city, where there are omnibuses morning he found some hogs in the and carts and jams and crowds of men garden, and they had rooted up every. and a world of business, and he would one thing, even the choicest flowers. If he day come back a greatrich merchant, and was going a journey, ten to one he would bring father and mother and the sisters get packed and leave out of his carpet- such presents as would astonish them.

« PreviousContinue »