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removed it would again fall away, and ing to ripeness. Bears it that fruit for they would be dissolved once more itself or its own profit? From the into all the individualities and all the moment the first ripe fruits turn their “isms” in which they find themselves yellow sides towards the morning sun, at this moment.
until the last mango is pelted off, it is
assailed with showers of sticks and INDIA: APPEAL FOR MORE MISSION- stones from boys, and men, and every ARIES.—The Bishop of Madras appeals passer-by, until it stands bereft of for more help in South India. After leaves, with branches knocked off, and beseeching the younger clergy to con- bleeding from many & broken twig. sider the claims of the Telugu country, Piles of stones underneath, and clubs he
says, “Several other parts of South and sticks lodged in its boughs, are India, some in and some adjacent to the only trophies of its joyous crop mission fields of our Societies, are in of fruit. Is it discouraged ? Does it urgent need of missionaries. Thou- cease to bear fruit? Does it say, "If sands upon thousands of young Hin- I am barren nobody will pelt me, and dus have received a western education, I shall live in peace ?" Not at all ; but have no Christian teacher near to the next season the budding leaves, converse with them of the things of the beauteous flowers, the tender fruit, God, and seek to win them to Christ. again appear. Again it is pelted, and ...... If thirty men, qualified for mis- broken, and wounded; but it goes on sionary work, were willing to come bearing, and children's children pelt out, and there were money to build its branches and enjoy its fruit. them kuuses and to maintain them, I “That is a type of these missioncould assign them places in this dio- aries. I have watched them well, cese where they would find abundance and seen what they are. What do of work without trenching upon the they come to this country for? What field preoccupied by mission agents of tempts them to. leave their parents, other denominations."
friends, and country, and come to Dr. J. Chamberlain, missionary from this, to them, unhealthy climate ? Is Southern India, relates the following it for gain or profit? Some of us incident. He had delivered a lecture
country clerks in Government offices in an Indian village, which was atten- receive more salary than they! Is it tively listened to by an audience of for the sake of an easy life? See how one hundred and eighty; composed they work, and then tell me. No! of Brahmans, merchants, artisans, They seek, like the mango-tree, to officials, and students. “As I took
bear fruit for the benefit of others, my hat to come away,” he says, “a and that though treated with conBrahman, one of the best educated in
tumely and abuse from those they are the place, arose, and politely asked benefiting. permission to say a word. I of course “Now, look at the missionary. He assented, without the slightest idea came here a few years ago, leaving all, what his purpose was.
In a neat and seeking only our good. He was address of ten or fifteen minutes, met with cold looks and suspicious couched in choice and ornate lan- glances, and shunned, and avoided, guage, and with apt illustrations, he and maligned. He sought to talk with urged upon his fellow-citizens to
us of what he told us was the matter second, in every way, the efforts I of most importance in heaven or earth, was making for their intellectual and and we would not listen. Was he dismoral advancement. I will give you, couraged ? He started a dispensary, briefly, the substance of one part :- and we said, “Let the Pariahs take
“* Behold that mango-tree on yonder his medicines; we won't :" but in the road-side: its fruit is fast approach. times of sickness and distress we had to go to him, and he healed us. We vinced : do what we will, oppose it as complained if he walked through our we may, it is the Christian Bible that Brahman streets; but when our wives will, sooner or later, work the regeneraand daughters were sick and in an- tion of this land.'”-Missionary Link. guish, we went and begged him to come into our inner apartments, and CHRISTIAN WORK IN NAPLES.—I had he came, and our daughters and wives the pleasure lately of visiting Naples, Dow smile upon us in health. Has he where hitherto so excellent a work made any money by it? Even the has been done by the schools presided cost of the medicines has not been over by a large unsectarian committee. returned to him! And now, in spite The Rev. Mr. Gray, who has lately of our opposition, he has bought this been settled in the Scotch Church in site and built this beautiful room, and Naples, was able to remove a heavy furnished it with the choicest lore in deficit which oppressed the work last many languages, and put into it news- spring, and will take the active place papers and periodicals, which were in which Mr. Buscarlet used to occupy accessible to us before; he has placed on the committee. All the different here tables to write on, chairs to sit branches of native mission work will on, and lamps for us to read by. And shortly be represented in the capital what does he get for all this? Does of the South. The Rev. Mr. Jones he make money by it? Why, we don't in the Wesleyan interest has built even pay for the lamp-oil consumed up a strong cause. I had the pleasure by night as we read. Now, what is it of worshipping in his splendid new that makes him do all this for us? church, in the very centre of NeapoIt is bis Bible. I have looked into it litan bustle and stir, and of hearing a good deal at one time and another, therein the eloquent monk Ragghiante, in the different languages I know; it the Gavazzi of Southern Italy. Like is just the same in all languages. The Gavazzi, he is a large-hearted and Bible! There is nothing to compare patriotic man, and so has incurred the with it in all our sacred books, for accusation of preaching politics; but goodness, and purity, and holiness, on the best authority I was assured and love, and for motives of actions. that he was an earnest preacher of Where did the English-speaking people the Cross. What I myself heard on get all their intelligence, and energy, the difficult subject of the Trinity and cleverness, and power? It is their was full of beauty and thought and Bible that gives it to them. And now expression, as well as of spiritual they bring it to us and say, “This is unction, and was delivered with all what raised us; take it, and raise the grace of the finished orator. I yourselves.” They do not force it upon am told that Ragghiante's influence ds, as the Mohammedans did with on the educated classes of Naples, their Koran, but they bring it in love, particularly the young men, is great and and translate it into our language, wholesome, and that his week evening and lay it before us and say, “Look at lectures and discussions are thronged. it, read it, and examine it, and see if it - From a correspondent of Evangeliis not good.” Of one thing I am con- cal Christendom.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES. MARY BOYD was born at Mount- bert Shanks was a class-leader for gilbert, near Belfast, on the 7th of many years, and was one of those conJanuary, 1824. Her father, Mr. Gil- sistent church-officers who“ first show
piety at home.” With his godly wife she discharged her duties, but with a he brought up his children “in the loving heart and willing mind. Her nurture and admonition of the Lord.” tender sympathies, her intelligent The effects of his prayerful and piety, and her extensive knowledge of Scriptural training, in the case of his Holy Scripture, qualified her well for little daughter Mary, were seen in her her work as a domestic missionary. early conversion. While yet a child Her form, as she “We
about doing she gave herself to God and to His peo- good,” became a familiar object to the ple. She was admitted to Christian poor of Prescot. Into numerous dark fellowship in her father's class, and dwellings in that town did she carry the received her first ticket of member. light of truth, and not a few troubled ship in June, 1838, from the late Rev. hearts did she comfort with the “exWilliam Reilly, the friend and bio ceeding great and precious promises grapher of Gideon Ouseley. As of God's Holy Book. She wore not member she was noted for her love the dismal livery of some “religious of the communion of saints, and a order,” nor employed the symbols and consequent diligent attendance upon talismans of superstition, to work upon the means of grace.
the fears of the ignorant; but as a In the year 1847 Miss Shanks, by real sister of mercy, clad in the ordimarriage, became Mrs. Boyd. This nary garb of an English matron, Mrs. event necessitated her removal to Boyd went up into garrets and down Belfast, in which busy and prosperous
into cellars with Christ's Gospel of town the next fifteen years of her life peace and goodwill to men. She were spent. This period of her his- worked for God amongst the ignorant tory was marked by domestic trials of and vicious; amongst the healthy and a severe and painful kind, culminating the sick; the living and the dying; at last in her loss of all things earthly. and her labour was “not in vain in Still, in the midst of all, she retained the Lord.” her integrity, and was faithful to the It was not only as a female missiongrace of God.
ary that Mrs. Boyd made herself useful. Mrs. Boyd's altered circumstances While working in that position under required her to seek a home for her- Church of England supervision, she self. This she found with affectionate acted as a class-leader in the Wesleyansisters and friends in Liverpool. While Methodist Society, and also as the staying with them Providence opened teacher of a Bible-class for young up her way to a new and honourable
In these offices she had sphere of labour very unexpectedly. cheering success, and by the members Through a clergyman of the Church of
of both classes she was greatly beEngland she was introduced to the
loved. Ladies' Committee of the Prescot Do- For nearly eleven years did Mrs. mestic Mission, and became the visit. Boyd toil as a “ministering" woman ing agent of this excellent institution. amongst the poor of Prescot, when she Her business was to visit the houses was compelled by illness to desist of the people, to read the Scriptures from her beloved labours. She came and offer prayer wherever she could, to Liverpool to reside with Mr. and to invite poor women to the Mothers' Mrs. Tobin, her brother-in-law and Meeting, and, by every method within sister. For about ten months she was her power, to warn the careless, in- laid aside for God, and glorified Him struct the ignorant, reclaim the wan- in suffering His will. The disease by dering, and lead inquirers to Christ. which she was prostrated was of a In this important Christian work she very painful nature, but she endured was diligent, zealous, and successful. her sufferings with Christian patience. It was in no perfunctory spirit that The cup which her Father had given her, bitter though it was, she willingly through the valley of the shadow of drank. Sometimes, when in great death, I will fear no evil.” Here her agony, she would say, “I do want to voice failed, and her sister finished be resigned and patient, but pain is the passage for her : "For Thou art pain, and I cannot help moaning!" Her with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they habitual frame, however, was one of comfort me." · You don't fear any happy cheerfulness. Several Christian evil ? " said her sister. “No! O no!" friends visited her during her long ill- replied the dying Christian. ness, and few of them left her pre
A few hours before her death it was sence without receiving rich blessings said to her, “ You are drawing near to to their own souls; and they glorified your heavenly home.”
" There is no the grace of God in her. This was the mistake about that,”she replied ; and case with the ministers who saw her, then repeated, “It is a bright hope ! it is as well as with friends in Liverpool a bright hope!” Soon after she sweetly and from Prescot. On one occasion, fell asleep in Jesus. Her life in heaven as the writer read to her the hymn began on July 27th, 1874. T. M'C. beginning,“Worship, and thanks, and blessing,
MRS. FRANCES ELIZABETH SMYTH,
wife of the Rev. Samuel Smyth, And strength ascribe to Jesus!"
Wesleyan minister, died September her feelings were of a very rapturous 7th, 1874. Her ancestry was partly kind, and she felt it difficult to re- English and partly Welsh, and her frain from shouting aloud her joys. more immediate parentage was among
On the last night of 1873, she had a the first European settlers in the sort of watch-night service in her sick West Indies. Her father, Mr. William room. When the ringing of bells an- Thomas, and her mother, Mrs. Elizanounced the birth of the new year, the beth Thomas, were both born in the windows were opened, that she might West Indies. The former was remarkhear more distinctly the music of the able as a most consistent conservative joyous chimes. A portion of Holy of the old school of West India poliSeripture, and the new-year's hymn, tics, and the latter for the sweetness “Come, let us anew
of her disposition. The subject of Our journey pursue,"
this obituary was the last child but
one of a large family, and grew up a were read, and then the invalid her
special favourite in the household, self broke out into fervent and power- while, on account of her lively wit, ful prayer. She invoked God's bless
genial spirit, and loving heart, she was ing upon her relatives and friends,
greatly beloved in the social circle to upon the people of Prescot amongst which she belonged. These qualities, whom she had laboured, and upon the with the favour which they won for Church and the world. Then, in the her, made her life one of high enjoymost solemn and impressive manner, ment, even before she became a parshe formally resigned herself, soul and taker of God's saving grace. body, into the hands of her Heavenly The qualities by which she was disFather, to do with her as He pleased. tinguished in mature age were quick
That was Mrs. Boyd's last new-year's ness and accuracy in the perception of day upon earth. She pursued her character; independence of judgment journey not quite seven months longer. respecting men and things ; liberality On the last morning of her life she of sentiment on all subjects; courage found the text of Seripture for the to avow her convictions, and resoluday. Being asked if she could see it, tion to act in accordance with them at she replied, “Yes;" and then distinctly all hazards ; and an almost unparalread the words : " Yea, though I walk leled spirit of self-sacrifice. As a friend she was faithful and unchange persons of this class. The last act of able, and as a wife and mother she her active life was expressive of her was most devoted. Accustomed from "ruling passion.” She attended classchildhood to the best society, she meeting at the chapel on the evening sedulously sought to accommodate her- of the night on which she was seized self, so far as she could without sacri. by the malady which caused her death; fice of self-respect, to the tastes and and although feeling unwell, walked habits of persons in the humblest home, so as to afford her aged classcondition ; and was so far successful leader the use of her conveyance, and as to share the confidence of persons to save the horse the labour of an of almost every social rank. Her additional trip. She reached home elasticity of mind and purity of motive exhausted, and soon retired to bed, made her feel at home in all circles, never more to leave it alive. and gave such grace to her actions as The power of her religion was to inspire respect and kind regard on strikingly apparent in her last illness. the part of all who became acquainted At an early stage of it she had the imwith her. If she bad a fault, it was pression that she should not recover; that of being so condescending as to but her mind was calm and firm ; and expose herself, where she was un.
never did she exhibit the slightest known, to slight on the part of those perturbation of spirit. Calm, selfwho are more favourably impressed possessed, and with perfect resignaby arrogance and pretentious manners tion to the Divine will, she talked of than by that simplicity which belongs the eternal future which she felt to be to truly noble natures.
near, and of those she would leave Her parents were members of the behind. No murmur ever escaped her Church of England; and she was the lips, notwithstanding the painful first of that branch of the old family character of the disease from which to become a Wesleyan-Methodist. she suffered ; and when one who was Constitutionally proof against pre- in constant attendance upon her was judices, not excepting those in the endeavouring to remove from her midst of which she grew up, she at mind the impression that her sickness first occasionally attended the Wes- was the prevailing epidemic, she leyan ministry, and then, from a sense quietly replied, “I am not better than of duty, and with an earnest desire to others who get it." With that tender secure all the advantages to be derived concern for others which so strongly from closer intercourse with the Church marked her entire life, she committed by whose agency she was brought into those around her, to whom her fond the enjoyment of spiritual religion, heart clung with the utmost tenacity, she became a member of that Church. into the hands of God ; and expressed
As she was unostentatious in other her gratitude for being associated at matters, so was she in religion ; but she such a time with those who could symconsistently exbibited the Christian pathize with her spiritualemotions. She character. With a heart overflowing was then favoured with such views of with the “milk of human kindness," heaven and its joys as led her, with a and full of tender compassion for the smile indicating ecstatic happiness, distressed, she was unwearied in her to exclaim to her husband, “O such a efforts to succour the afflicted; her sight as I have had !” Soon after private charities having no limits, ex- this she said, “ After such views as I cept those imposed by her means ;
and have had, I have no longer any desire if it be a privilege to live in the affec- to remain here on my own account.” tions of the poor, then she was largely She frequently desired that the privileged. Her urbanity and kind. hymn commencing “Rock of ages, ness of heart were proverbial among cleft for me," should be sung for her;