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to me, and I could not help expressing my astonish- believer ; for I felt certain the man was on the brink ment at the amount of knowledge possessed by him, of the grave.” both geographical and astronomical, which was all the more remarkable, as he had left Tsinanfoo in
The distressing fact was that the poor fellow was Shantung before the arrival in that province of the dying of starvation, and it turned out that his extreme American missionaries, who have spread much poverty was due partly at least to a stern conscien. scientific knowledge there. And, hitherto, all such tiousness, which led him to refuse to earn money by a knowledge given to the Chinese has been by mis.
use of his pen for a purpose which he regarded as sionaries."
dishonourable. Happily the missionary was able to
do something in the way of relieving this terrible conTalk upon
these scientific subjects led on to talk dition of things, and afterwards secured for the poor upon the subject of religion, and Mr. Ross lent his
man some employment as a Chinese writer. With a visitor a book in Chinese on “The Evidences of caution which we confess does seem to us to have Christianity.” After a day or two Mr. Ross left, been somewhat overstrained (although no doubt Mr. scarcely expecting to see Mr. Poo, the Chinese Ross was able to form a much better judgment than gentleman, again. A year later, however, as he was
we at a distance can do), considerable delay took place standing near a shop in one of the streets of Mouk- before the earnest request of this remarkable convert den, Mr. Ross was unexpectedly accosted by his
was accepted for admission to the Church by baptism. former acquaintance with the same old pleasant smile. At length, however, Mr. Ross could no longer resist Mr. Poo spoke of having read the “Evidences” his entreaties, and he thus states his impressions of and lent the volume to a friend, and he called upon this convert and of some of the results arising from the missionary, but seemed to be no nearer Chris- his acceptance of the gospel : tianity than at the first interview. He, however, frequently attended the chapel services; but then had remarkable proofs, too long to recite, of his dili
“I had already tested his knowledge of the gospel, some months elapsed before he was again seen by gent search after the marrow of the Scriptures, and Mr. Ross. This is the account Mr. Ross gives of he had written several papers, which indicated not the interview :
only readiness in writing, but a critical acumen which
I had not expected to meet in a Chinaman. There “One day in the beginning of last summer, in that might be a good deal of force in what the poor man same mean old chapel, after that clamour had been had said, that he was under a cloud, and suffering put down by quiet and patient reasoning, I was quite Church ; and as there was no good reason for refusing
mental conflicts while he was outside the visible shocked by this man staggering with unsteady step him admission, and fearing I might be unnecessarily from the back benches pale as a sheet, thin as living being could be, his eye scarcely able to raise its injuring one of Christ's brothers, what I believed watery glance to me on the platform where I stood, him to be, the usual questions were asked, to which and against which he supported himself from falling, he replied with the evident pain of a man who thought while, with a drunken hiatus between each word, he his sincerity questioned, and still weeping, though mumbled out, ‘Jesus, my Saviour, died for my sins." the paroxysm of his grief was over. The sight quite unhinged and sickened me, for it was
“He was baptized six weeks ago, and left in charge the last thing I could have expected to see, Mr. Poo of catechist Wang, the most warm-hearted Christian drunk. I could not go on with my preaching while I have seen in China. Mr. Wang was asked to rehe was there, but waited quietly till he had finished port to me after I went down to Yingtsu, how Mr. his sentence, and then said, "You go to the back Poo, who had permission to aid the former, could room, and when I am finished I shall go there;" preach. I had a letter a few days after going down, whereupon, with difficulty turning his head, he saying that Mr. Poo had preached on the Sabbath in staggered out.
an excellent manner. Since returning to Moukden, "After preaching was over, I found him speaking I have learned and partly seen that he is an eloquent with a Mohammedan, who was almost persuaded to and intelligent preacher. His perfect familiarity with be a Christian,' but uttering only a faint word at a
the Chinese classics gives him a great advantage over time, gasping for breath before he could utter the the warm-hearted Wang, who had to relearn them next. "It was some time before I got over the idea after he became a preacher, and is, not unfrequently, that he was drunk, and in reality suffering from the at a loss when taxed and baited by literary men. But extremity of weakness. I shall never forget the thrill Mr. Poo invariably gets the better of the latter in of pleasure experienced on getting rid of that night. argument, and thus fills a place in the chapel which mare of suspicion, on his lisping out feebly, slowly, formerly had devolved upon myself
. The number of and painfully, word by word, 'I am a man in the apparently real inquirers morning and evening quietly midst of sin (sin above, below, around me), but Jesus frequenting the chapel, is consequently increased, and has died to save me out of my sins '--for at the same I am thankful that such a man is added to the time the man's real condition became apparent from
Church." the momentary bright, healthy glance of the eye It will gladden many Christian hearts to read this which accompanied the last words. He still, as if in story from a land from which we receive so much ina dream, continued to use his feeble tongue, and feebler breath, till I felt compelled to stop him, by formation that is unutterably dark and sad. May this speaking freely of the hope, sure and immovable, earnest and gifted disciple be strengthened in the which Jesus, and the knowledge of Him, gives to the faith and made abundantly useful.