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The fact is, the card has reminded her too “ Brighter,” said Joe,“ a deal more blindin' bitterly of her disappointment, and the cause--but there, Mag," suddenly recollecting himof all her sorrow and bad temper this after- self, “where's the use o' talking o'them, wen noon.
yer can't ’ave 'em. I'll bring yer a pictur o' Here is the story
a coloured posie some day—there !” Yesterday being Sunday, Mrs. Thomas “But I want a live one,” said Maggie, “ a went to spend the evening with some friends, live one as'll smell. I never, never seed a taking the baby with her, and Joe, as a live flower.” wonderful act of condescension, agreed to “ Poor little kid! Some day wen I 'ave a stay for a few hours alone with Maggie. 'ap'ny I'll buy yer a flower ; but now, Mag, This was no small act of self-denial, for the you listen, for I've got a bumper of a story boys in the court below were having a
to tell yer." splendid game at marbles, and he had such “H'all right,” said Maggie, but she said beauties in his pocket. However, the little "all right” indifferently, and though Joe bepale dark-eyed sister won the day, and hegan a most thrilling adventure in which he determined to give her some of the benefit was himself personally interested, he soon say of his society.
that Maggie's thoughts were far away. When Maggie had too few pleasures not to enjoy he stopped speaking, she laid her hand on them systematically, and she was quite deter- his arm, and asked entreatingly, “ Does yer mined to get as much out of Joe during the think as God H’almighty 'll h’ever let me see precious hours he would remain with her as a flower ?" possible.
“'Course, Maggie, 'eaps and 'eaps o' 'em. First of all she unfolded her card, and after “But not till I gets to 'eaven,” said making him gaze at the lily and admire it as Maggie. much as it was in boy's nature to do, he had She closed her eyes, and one or two tears to read the words, “ Consider the lilies of the trickled slowly down her cheeks. As Joe field.” He had to read these words very looked at her, an idea, a new and brilliant slowly two or three times, while Maggie idea, came into his head. He clapped his followed him, pointing to each letter with hand to his mouth, and his breath came and her tiny white finger. This over, she ended went quickly, with the magnitude of this up with her invariable remark, “Oh! I does sudden thought. want to see a real, live posie.”
Mag,” he said at last, "I 'ave it. Yer “ Posies’s well enough,” said Joe in a shall see posies—'eaps of 'em, Maggie-towould-be indifferent tone, for he did not wish morrer, Maggie.” These words, brought out to arouse Maggie's envy, “but bless yer, slowly and impressively, caused Maggie's face Mag, they disappoints, same as h'every think to grow white, even to her lips. “Yes, h'else, and yer 'ave the pictur, a fust-rate Maggie," continued Joe, delighted with the pictur too !"
effect already produced ; "to-morrer yer 'll “ But don't the real, live posies smell ?" see 'eaps and 'eaps of flowers.” asked Maggie.
“ Tell us,” said Maggie breathlessly. Here Joe was thrown off his guard, as “No, that I won't—I'll tell yer nothink; Maggie meant he should be.
o'ny to-morrer, wen St. Martin's clock's gone “Smell !” he exclaimed, “I should rayther two, 'll be the most 'mazin' day o'yer life, think they did smell. My heart alive! Mag, Mag. I'll come h’in at two, Mag-and some o' them smell jist h’ever so."
then “Sweet?” questioned Maggie.
“ But yer at school at two." “ My stars ! the flowers in some o' the “Never mind, leave it to me.” shop winders are fit to knock yer down. Here Joe rubbed his red hair into a mop, Yer'd smell 'em a mile orf. Sweet! I should rolled his eyes about in a manner meant to think they was sweet."
be frightfully knowing, and being very much “Tell us 'bout the colours," asked Maggie, delighted with himself, he further stuck his her eyes beginning to gleam.
tongue into the side of his mouth, and finally “ 'Nough to blind yer ! Green and yaller, took two or three somersaults on the floor. and purple, and maginter, and horange, and “Leave it to me,” he said, winking wiolet, and—and slate colour, and hall o' violently at Maggie. them mashed h’up together, like the rainbow."
CHAPTER * II. “And the stars," said Maggie, who had That night Maggie was sleepless. This seen stars from her attic.
was not a very rare occurrence with her.
The pain in her leg, or the dull aching of her bring the posies in yere. You just let me poor little head, often kept her awake, but put this 'andkercher round yer h’eyes, Mag, on the present occasion her sleeplessness and wen I h'open it again yer'll see the was caused by neither of these things. flowers.”
No, to-night, happiness kept her awake, Maggie was now quite past all speech, and her heart beat, her head was full of fancies, when Joe had fastened a dirty red cotton fancies all the brighter because hitherto her handkerchief tightly over her little face, he life had been so ugly.
listed her into his strong arms, and they set off. At break of day Joe got up, but before he The air, so close and hot in the sultry attic, left the room he darted to Maggie's side, and was much fresher outside, and the sensation whispered in an energetic manner in her ear, of the pleasant breeze on Maggie's cheeks “ You leave it to me, Mag; I'm not a for- was enough happiness for her at first. With gettin'. Wen the clock strikes two, Mag." her arms tightly clasped round Joe's neck, the
After this Maggie ventured to ask her time seemed not very long before the supreme mother, even though it was Monday, for a moment, when, placing her in a wide low clean pinafore, and attired in it she had sat seat, he said, “Now!" in a voice of triumph, patient, hopeful, happy, all the morning. and removed the covering from her eyes.
Who can wonder at little Maggie being She had never seen a flower in her life ; she cross now? who can wonder at her tears had never been in the open air before, and falling? for the clock in St. Martin's Church now—110w flowers in profusion, iowers of has struck two—it has even chimed forth the every hue lay at her feet. For Joe had first quarter, and no Joe has appeared. Poor carried Maggie to one of the beautiful garMaggie ; she is putting by sadly the first dens of the Thames Embankment. great hope of her little life. Joe has found “Oh! Joe, 'tis ’eaven—'tis 'eaven!” said it impossible to keep his promise, and she the excited and dazzled child, and she burst can see no flowers that day. Suddenly, into tears. however, in the midst of her saddest medita- “Didn't I say so ?” replied Joe, beginning tion, and her most despairing thoughts, a to caper
about. “ Was I wrong when I said hasty, noisy step was heard on the stairs, they was most blindin'?” and Joe, his face very red, and his hair very “They're like 'eaven," said Maggie again. like a mop, dashed into the room.
Her joy was too great for any words but "Now then, Mag; no, I wasn't a for- those. The birds were singing over head, gettin', but the master, 'ee were that sharp, the soft, fresh air was blowing on her thin I ’adn't a chance of runnin' away. So at cheeks, the bright flowers were like a glory last-fur I didn't want yer to be a frettin', everywhere; and when Joe sat down by Mag-I put a bold face on it, and axed 'im Maggie's side, and she leant her head against wot I wanted—and Lor bless yer, 'ee just his shoulder, no child in London could be larfed h'out and said, 'Orf wid yer, and God happier than she. bless yer, old chap.' So here I be, Mag, We have day-dreams, many of us, and the and I'm glad as I didn't run away from dreams are brighter than the reality; we have school."
visions of future glory, and the future comes While Joe was speaking Maggie was without the glory; we have hopes which fade; drying her eyes, and now she was smiling we have anticipations which turn to ashes in radiantly; the baby, too, perceiving that the our grasp. Those castles we build for ourclouds had all cleared from the moral atmo- selves without hands far exceed in their gorsphere, began to crow with considerable spirit. geous colouring any human dwellings; but
“Mrs. Jones 'll take care of 'im," said Joe, Maggie's castle had not disappointed her ; unfastening the string which secured the little strange as it may seem, her dreams had fallen fellow to Maggie's chair, and running down- short of the reality; bright as her visions stairs with him.
of the real flowers were, the flowers them“ Joe, I'm too happy,” said Maggie when selves were brighter. he returned.
“ Joe,” she said at last, accompanying her “Does yer mind a-goin' blindfold ?” said words with a great long-drawn sigh of happiJoe, regarding her solemnly. “ I'd like it to ness, “I'm real glad as I seed the live flowers, come on yer wid a start like, and yer can see fur I knows 'bout it now." the shop winders a-comin' back.”
“ 'Bout wot?” said Joe. “Oh! Joe," bringing out the words with a " Why, 'bout my bin so little, and sickly gush, " are we a-goin' h'out?”
and lame, yer knows." “Course-yer didn't s'pose as I could “ I'm sure I don't, then,” said Joe. “I
never could see why you warn't like other “Oh, I know," replied Joe impatiently ; gals, wot could larf and skip and play wid a “but I means soon, Mag-h'every week.” teller. There be chaps wot I knows as 'ave “How ?” asked Maggie. “Yer know I sisters wot plays marbles like h’any think. can't walk, and yer mustn't run away from I never could see why yer warn't like 'em, school.” Maggie."
“No," said Joe, “that's the 'mazin' part. “But I know,” said Maggie. “I knows I can take yer to see the flowers, and now; 'twas God, wot wanted to give me a to feel the fresh h’air, but I needn't run s'prise. Why, Joe, ef I 'ad bin strong and away. Listen, Mag, and I'll tell yer 'bout ’arty like you, I'd 'ave bin h’always in the it. Wen I went back to school, the master, streets; and I'd 'ave seen the flower-gals he h’up and axed me 'ow my sister liked th' goin' about, and mebbe bin a flower-gal too; 'mbankment, wid a lot of talk 'bout wot a and I'd 'ave h’always knowed wot flowers fine thing it was for us poor folks to 'ave a was like; and 'twould never ’ave come on place like that to set h’out in, and I said yer me fur a s'prise."
were nearly daft wid the s'prise, and 'ow yer “Well,” said Joe, “ I never thought as a had never seen a flower; and when I said s'prise wor worth h’all that much.”
that, 'ee war fit to be shot, and 'ee axed a “Oh, but 'tis," said Maggie in an awe- 'eap o’questions; and in the h’end 'ee said, struck voice. “Doesn't yer know, Joe, 'tis Well, h’old chap, I'm more glad than h’any same as 'eaven? Wen little Jim died next think, wid wot yer ’ave told me, and see door, Mrs. Chandler said as 'ee war gone to yere !' and 'ee brought down his 'and wid a 'eaven, and 'twould be a s'prise to ’im.” big bang on the desk, and 'ee says, says he, “ Well ?"
'there wor never a rule made for such a “ I'd not be sorry now to die and go to case, but you shall 'ave leave to take the 'eaven. I won't mind wen my leg gets a bit little 'un once a week to th' 'mbankment, bad, nor wen mother cries and says as I and I'll be 'sponsible.' won't be long with her. Oh ! 'ow I used to Having finished his narrative, Joe was fret, but now I'll be real glad."
silent, staring very hard at Maggie-equally “I know," said Joe; “yer wants another hard did Maggie gaze at him. big s’prise."
“ Joe,” she said at last, speaking very “Yes, I do, I likes 'em ; and I want God solemnly, “does God H’almighty love you H'almighty to s'prise me soon again.” and me as well as he loves the flowers ?
“Well, let's talk of the flowers now," said “Why, yes, Maggie, I never thought of it; Joe, who felt that Maggie's conversation was but I s'pose He do," replied Joe. carrying him rather out of his depth. “Does “That's wy He lets us be together, 'cause yer see that 'ere lily, Mag—that large white He loves us all—flowers and all,” said lily, same as yer pictur ?”
Maggie. “Joe,” she added, “yer just the “ Same as · Consider the lilies o' the field,'” goodest and nicest boy in London, and I'm exclaimed Maggie. Oh, where, where ? " the werry 'appiest little 'un."
The sight of the real flower chased away, I have never heard anything since of for the time, Maggie's pretty fancies; and Maggie. I cannot say whether she still goes Joe carried her about and showed her one with Joe to the beautiful gardens on the gay bed of brilliant blossoms after another, Thames Embankment, or whether her worldly and at last she knew what blue and orange circumstances have improved, and she has and purple and red meant. Her eyes had gained admission into
pleasant been quite feasted with beautiful colours and children's hospital, like that established not beautiful sights, when at last Joe took her very long ago at Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, for home.
poor little incurable children. Perhaps this That night, as the little child lay tired but is so, or perhaps, far better than that, God happy on her straw mattress, Joe came in has sent for little Maggie, has shown her that softly and bent down and kissed her.
He loves her even more than He loves the “Mag,” he said in an eager whisper, “ I've flowers, and has given her a grand surprise got somethink to tell yer."
in a country where the bright blossoms never “ Wot?" asked Maggie.
wither, and the children are never sick. “Another big s'prise, Maggie. Wot does But I do know one thing, and that I will yer say to seein' them 'ere flowers again ?" stoutly maintain, that once, through a simple
“Yes, I'll see 'em again,” replied Maggie act of thoughtfulness, Joe made himself the in her sweet voice. "I'll see 'em in God kindest boy, and Maggie the happiest little H’almighty's world, Joey dear.”
girl in London.
FIRST PAPER.-IN BENARES.
BY THE REV. M. A. SHERRING, M.A., LL.B. I N these days of Christian enterprise, when subsequently. The following order, which
thirty-five Protestant Missionary Societies was served on the Rev. Mr. Thompson, of are striving to evangelize the vast population the London Missionary Society, on his arrival of India, numbering two hundred and forty in Madras, on his way to Bellary in that Premillions of people, it is difficult to realise the sidency, is a specimen of the communications fact, that, at the beginning of the present sent to missionaries on landing in India, and century, it was impossible for any work of of the summary treatment which they rethis nature to be undertaken in the British ceived :portion of the Indian Empire without meet
“MADRAS POLICE OFFICE, May 22, 1812. ing with violent opposition from the Govern
“Rev. SIR,I am directed to acquaint ment of the country. Dr. Carey had laid the foundations of his great mission in Serampore, Council is precluded, by the orders of the
you, that the Honourable the Governor-inunder the protection of the Danish Government, having been unsuccessful in his efforts to reside in any place under this Presidency,
Supreme Government, from permitting you to establish a mission in British territory: You will, therefore, return to the Isle of The London Missionary Society sent its first France, or to Europe, by the first oppormissionary to India in the year 1798; but
tunity.--I am, Rev. Sir, Your obedient after remaining in Calcutta for a time, he
Servant, evaded the obstacles which beset him by
"J. H. SYMMS, quitting that city, and settling at Chinsurah, twenty miles distant, then under Dutch
Superintendent of Police.” rule. Occasionally the British Government
The conduct of the Government in deterrelented, and allowed missionaries, under mining to exert its authority to the utmost in certain severe conditions, to commence their preventing the entrance of the Gospel into Christian labours. For example, the Rev. India provoked the indignation and violent Messrs. Chamberlain and Peacock, of the opposition of the religious public of England. Baptist Society, men of zeal and earnestness, When the old Charter of the East India were permitted to reside at Agra, in the Company, granted in 1793, which had enNorth Western Provinces; yet so harsh and abled the local Government to withstand the fickle was the Government that in less than missionaries, and to wage constant hostilities eighteen months Mr. Chamberlain, having with them, with more or less virulence, for fallen under the censure of the commandant twenty years, was about to expire, the opporof the fort of that city, was sent under a guard tunity was seized by Christian people in this of sepoys out of British India, to the Danish country to move the two Houses of Parliasettlement at Serampore, a distance of eight ment to an entire reversal of the policy which hundred miles. As late as 1812 the Govern- had been pursued. And they were successful. ment issued a general order that all mission- But the struggle was hot and fierce. After a aries who might arrive from abroad should be prolonged discussion in the House of Comat once expelled from the country. Five mons, sustained chiefly by Wilberforce, on the American missionaries were thus expelled, one side, and retired old Indian officials and one of whom was the Rev. Dr. Judson, whó merchants, on the other, the famous clause in afterwards proceeded to Burmah, and founded the new Charter, introduced by Lord Castlea mission there, which has gradually become reagh, under pressure from without, and overone of the most important and prosperous powered by the immense multitude of petimissions of modern times, yet which, but for tions with which every night both Houses the banishment of its eminent founder, would were inundated, was carried. not have been established till many years
The new Charter came into effect on the
10th April, 1814, from which time, properly • The series of papers of which this is the first is intended to give a bird's-eye view of the triumphs of missions all over speaking, dates the commencement of those the world during the present century. The Editor takes this multiform Christian labours which are being valuable aid afforded to him by the officials of the various carried on over the whole of India, and which English and Scotch missionary societies of every denomina; have for their object the deliverance of missionaries. It is hoped the papers will evoke the gratitude Hindoos, Mahomedans, and other races from and inflame the zeal of the Church. The Rev. Dr. Moffat, the false religions, gross superstitions, and the Apostle of Africa, will contribute the next paper.
immoral usages under which they have been | vitality and vigour which, so far as is known, in slavish bondage for ages. All restrictions it has ever exhibited. While many cities and to Christianity being removed, immediately nations have fallen into decay and perished, the various denominations of Christians its sun has never gone down. Its illustrious throughout Great Britain began to stimulate name has descended from generation to one another in their zealous efforts to plant generation, and has always been a household the Gospel in India.
word, venerated and beloved by the vast While the restrictions lasted it would have Hindoo family. And now, after the lapse of been a hazardous undertaking, as the Govern- so many ages, this magnificent city still ment was in favour of upholding the Hindoo maintains most of the freshness, and all the religious rites and customs, to attempt to beauty, of its early youth. For picturesqueestablish a mission in Benares, the holy city of ness and grandeur, no sight in all the world the Hindoos. But as soon as possible after can well surpass that of Benares as their removal it was right that missionaries from the river Ganges. Macaulay's graphic should establish themselves in this citadel of description of its appearance towards the idolatry, with the hope of effecting its de- close of the last century, in his essay on struction, and of building up a Christian Warren Hastings, is, for the most part, Church upon its ruins. Three societies in applicable to its present state. He speaks succession entered on the work there. The of it as “a city, which in wealth, population, first in the field was the Baptist Missionary dignity, and sanctity was among the foreSociety, which founded a mission in Benares most in Asia. It was commonly believed in 1816. Next came the Church Missionary that half a million human beings were crowded Society, whose' mission dates from the follow- into that labyrinth of lofty alleys, rich with ing year. The third mission was in con- shrines, and minarets, and balconies, and nection with the London Missionary Society, carved oriels, to which the sacred apes clung and was commenced in 1820. To snatch by hundreds. The traveller could scarcely Benares from Hindooism, and to transform make his way through the press of holy it into a Christian city, was a task equal in mendicants, and not less holy bulls. The difficulty and in importance to the evangeli- broad and stately flights of steps which zation of ancient Rome by the apostles and descended from these swarming haunts to their successors. This will be manifest by a the bathing-places along the Ganges were brief consideration of its history and reputed worn every day by the footsteps of an insanctity.
numerable multitude of worshippers. The Twenty-five centuries ago, at the least, schools and temples drew crowds of pious Benares was famous. It is a point on which Hindoos from every province where the all Buddhist historians are agreed, that Brahminical faith was known. Hundreds of Buddhism, which was once the paramount devotees came hither every month to die; religion of India, and which has become the for it was believed that a peculiarly happy national religion of China, Japan, Burmah, fate awaited the man who should pass from Ceylon, and Nepaul, was founded at Benares the sacred city into the sacred river. Nor by Sakya Muni, or Buddha.
was superstition the only motive which occurred in the sixth century before the allured strangers to that great metropolis. Christian era, when Benares was already the Commerce had as many pilgrims as religion. sacred city of the land. Long before this All along the shores of the venerable stream period, however, it was regarded as a very lay great fleets of vessels laden with rich holy spot; and allusions to its splendour merchandise. From the looms of Benares and sanctity are exceedingly abundant in went forth the most delicate silks that early Sanskrit literature. When Babylon adorned the balls of St. James's and of was struggling with Nineveh for supremacy, Versailles; and in the bazaars the muslins when Tyre was planting her colonies, when of Bengal and the sabres of Oude were Athens was growing in strength, before Rome mingled with the jewels of Golconda and had become known, or Greece had con- the shawls of Cashmere.” tended with Persia, or Cyrus had added Benares, like Athens in the days of St. lustre to the Persian monarchy, or Nebu- Paul, is a city wholly given to idolatry. For chadnezzar had captured Jerusalem, and the the sanctity of its inhabitants, of its temples inhabitants of Judæa had been carried into and tanks, of its wells and streams, of the captivity, Benares had risen to greatness, if very soil that is trodden, of the very air that not to glory. Not only is the city remark- is breathed, and of everything in it and able for its venerable age, but also for the around it, the city has been celebrated for