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“toiling in rowing." "If we were only sensible of our Master's presence," we think, “we could work hopefully on, but oh! not alone."

Where is our Master, then : On the mountain, praying. He sees us, marks each struggle, hears each dip of the oar, but he will not take the work out of our hands. "I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not.

Not always shall we thus be left. In his own good time, he will come to us, and then we shall see his power as God, for he “ walketh on the wings of the wind, and his footsteps are in great waters.” Our difficulties shall be surmounted, the victory won, the work completed and Jesus shall be seen as the doer of it all. But we must not expect so glorious a result except as the end of our “patient continuance in well-doing,” assisted by the intercession poured by our unseen Lord into the ear of Almighty Goodness. Jesus prays while we work, and thus “ we have fellowship one with another." Norwich,

P. S. S.


AT THE HAND OF THE CHURCH : 1. That it shall have a hearty faith in the feasibility of childhood conversion? The history of this institution affords the evidence. Children can feel. They can weep tears of genuine Gospel sorrow when they have transgressed the Divine law. They can feel the agony of conviction, and they can exercise saving faith in Jesus Christ. But this must be ingrained into the heart of the Church. Only this will give working power.

2. The co-operation and leadership of the whole ministerial force. The religious teaching of children is recognized and insisted upon by our Church as an essential part of ministerial duty, to be performed diligently and in every place. The Church also recognizes the Sundayschool as an important agency in this work of religious, of doctrinal instruction, and has committed it, with her other great plans, to ministerial leadership. An occasional visit from a pastor is not enough. An interest so vast and far-reaching in its results demands hearty cooperation. Any minister too dignified for this, is an unmitigated abomination, and should be promptly located for unacceptability. Personally I have this to say, if any man is appointed to serve as the pastor of my family, and will not know my children, I shall use every exertion to have him removed at the close of the first year, and shall deeply regret that we have no usage which will cast him adrift at the end of six months. Perhaps the Lord may have use for such a man in some other fiel?.

3. The hearty, working sympathy of the whole Church. Not that which says, " Be warmed and fed ; " " be supplied with books, and papers, and teachers, and prosper," and then leaves it destitute of each. We hear a great deal, perhaps none too much, of Christian consecration. There is a genuine consecration. Any, save consecration to Christian service, the work of God, and the Church, causes rejoicing in perdition. Hear that brother talk; he has given all to God; he is willing to do anything or nothing--especially nothing-for the Lord. And yet, under the shadow of his dwelling are untaught, perishing children, and no effort made to save them! They were going down quick into hell, without a helping hand or warning voice, while he is prating of consecration! I have no faith in any genius but the genius for hard work ; no faith in any Christianity but the Christianity of hard work. He who laid all upon that altar which he consecrated with his own blood, continually “went about doing good.” In His name we appeal to the Church for its hearty, working sympathy in behalf of this work.

4. Finally. Generous pecuniary assistance. Money is needed as well as work, Money is the sinew of war.” But there is just ground of complaint, that while it is poured forth like water for other purposes, for the interests of the Sunday-school it is given, even in the most prosperous times, in a grudging and niggardly spirit. We ask that here shall be devised" liberal things.” It is a noble enterprise. It seeks the conversion and moral training of our children; therefore it has a right to claim of the Church a princely heart, a princely hand, and a princely coffer.

Let the Church realise the magnitude of the trust here committed to her charge. Let her meet these duties in the right spirit. For, truly, it is the cause of our children, it is the cause of humanity, it is the cause of God.


By Mr. ROBERT FRAME of Glasgow. The Sunday school at F- was a most interesting one. The children composing it belonged principally to the middle classes of society. Their parents, for the greater part, were religious people; and the teaching of the Sunday school being thus supplemented and enforced by home instruction, the result was considerable spirituality of mind and feeling among the scholars, and decorum in the school.

Mr. C, was a most sincere Christian, and devoted to his work. He had been long connected with the school, and much success had followed his labours. His school being considered a model one, it was much visited. Scholars so orderly and attentive as were there, soon attracted general notice, but among them one little girl arrested particular attention. Her name was ALICE RAY.


Alice was a sweet little girl whom every one involuntarily loved. She was a small, delicate looking child. Her pale face wore an expression of premature gravity, while she attended to the exercises of the school, but when conversing with her fellow-scholars ber kind, gentle words, were accompanied by sweet smiles. Her dark blue eye ever beamed with good nature and sparkled with intelligence.

She was a lovely little thing, but her beauty seemed too spiritual and fragile for earth. It was not her beauty, however, that made Alice the loved of all. The fairest fruit may not be the sweetest, but Alice had an inward beauty, which, unlike mere external grace, is abiding and of great value. It was her calm, agreeable disposition, her humble and unostentatious manner, her love of all that was good and pure, and her simple but earnest piety, that constituted the chief charm. Her parents were in good circumstances, and being Christians, not in name only, but in deed, Alice, with her brothers and sisters, were early taught the truths of the Scriptures.

Though Alice was never seriously unwell, she was not strong; and as she grew in years she did not improve in health. As she grew older, however, her mind expanded rapidly; and her love to the Saviour increased. No one thought that Alice would be long on earth. Her parents, who were tenderly attached to her, tried every means in their power of benefiting her health but without any very favourable result following.

Alice frequently spoke about spiritual things to her companions and others. Her views of Divine truth were clear and decided. Occasional difficulties she experienced, but doubts or fears never troubled her. spoke of death only as the beginning of eternal happiness, and alluded without reserve to the fears entertained regarding her health, frequently saying she believed her days on earth would be few; and indeed many things about her betokened an early ripening for heaven.

As long as her strength permitted, Alice attended the school regularly; and on the first Sabbath when illness prevented her from attending, both teacher and scholars were sad, when thinking about her, having a presentiment that they would see her there no more.

Alice resided in a cottage pleasantly situated, near the side of a broad stream that flowed in calm majesty through scenes of great beauty. A garden adjoined the cottage, on which, and the shining stream beyond, the window of Alice's little chamber looked down. To that chamber Alice was now closely confined. But no murmur or complaint was heard there. Her words, as before, were full of gentleness and trust in God.

For some time hopes of her recovery were entertained. It was early spring, and the summer was anxiously desired, when Alice might be removed to another locality more likely to be beneficial. The summer came, but Alice could not be removed, she was hasting away. It was pleasing and instructive to hear the words of the young dying Christian. As though her near approach to the eternal world had brought her religious life to maturity, she spoke with the experience of age. If hopes of her recovery were expressed in her presence, she at once stated her firm conviction that death would soon come, while she spoke lovingly of her friends, and sorrowed for their sorrow. She exhibited a deep interest in the progress of the school,


and sent many kind messages to the scholars, but she never desired to be among them again, or to remain with her friends.

"I am going home to God,” she said, on one occasion, to Mr. C "I am going home to God, where Jesus is at his right hand.”

“It is a good hope, Alice;" replied Mr. C- “ Heaven is the Christian's home, and it is a blessed thought that there we shall be for ever with the Lord. There all those have gone who have been his faithful followers, and there we shall go too, if we love him steadfastly."

· Yes," she said, “ Jesus loves those who love Him, and He will receive them into heaven. I wish I could love Him better; if I could recall my past life I would strive to do so.” “ You may be spared yet, Alice."

No, no! I am sure I shall not; but I am not afraid to die. I know I shall be happier when I am away. Do not cry,” she added, turning to her mother, who stood weeping by the bed-side; “ you will soon come to Alice; you have all loved me very much, and I love you very much too, but soon I shall have to leave you."

“If it is our heavenly Father's will, Alice, you must," said her mother. “We hoped to have had you longer with us, but His will be done. It is a comfort to us that you have so good a hope, that Jesus is precious to your soul."

“Yes, dear mother, you and father taught me to love Him, and we shall meet beside his throne above."

Such conversations were frequent, till the effort of speaking became too exhausting for her. She then desired that hymns and passages of Scripture might be read to her, to which she listened with close attention. A special favourite with her, was the beautiful hymn beginning :

“When I survey the wondrous cross

On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss

And pour contempt on all my pride."
It was read to her many times, and she repeated it over again and again.
Contrary to all expectation, she still continued in life, though the summer
was almost gone. But the end was at band, and it came suddenly.

It was a beautiful day; summer's prime seemed to have come back again, so bright and lovely was the face of nature. Alice had requested that she might be placed on an easy chair near the window. The exceeding warmth and beauty of the day induced her parents to comply with her request. Her father lifted her carefully, and placed her in the desired position. She looked so well that hope almost rose in his breast as he kissed her, and left to attend his business.

Alice seemed to enjoy the charming scene. The garden glowed with bright flowers; the river shone beneath the sun, and the air was filled with the song of birds. Her mother and sisters were beside her, but she seemed unconscious of their presence, nor did she answer when they addressed her. Feeling alarmed, they prepared to remove her to the bed, but a swift change passed over her countenance and arrested them. Her eyelids fell slowly down, hor features became fixed as though cut in marble. They heard a few indistinct words wherein the name of Jesus was alone recognizable. Slowly and gently her hands sank down, her broath became faint, her lips closed, and the calmness of death lay cold and still upon her.

Heaven is a glorious place; there is no night there ; the redeemed, who cast their blood-bought crowns before the throne of the Lamb, are a glorious throng, and many are amongst them who have died in early life.

Many lived as Alice Ray lived, and many die as she died; and happiness is their's for ever.

Youth is precious. Early piety is a blessed thing. It is best to begin to be religious when the heart is young, fresh and easily impressed.


BOME good while ago, this subject was pretty freely discussed in the TEACHERS' MAGAZINE, and to the satisfaction of some parties, if not the majority of teachers, that such means of advancing the GREAT cause of juvenile religious instruction were by no means the most enlightened, legitimate, or efficient; and ever since, adhering to this conclusion, your correspondent in the number for January, p. 42, had no wish to re-open the controversy, but simply offer a few remarks consequent on the fact stated at the commencement of the article, viz., his refusal to contribute to the support of a neighbouring school, a great proportion of whose funds were foolishly frittered away on rewards ; but finding that two other correspondents have followed, one advocating and the other as earnestly denouncing the system, the opener of the subject, agreeably with the established rules of society, may thus perhaps be allowed to add a concluding word—and that briefly.

That the system of hiring children by “ tickets and rewards,” to attend school, get off tasks, recite pieces for anniversaries, &c., is at best questionable, if not indeed harmful, as well as needless and useless, we had thought was pretty well shewn and proved, by the regular attendance and good behaviour of our own, and many other schools where no such enticements are offered. The injustice thereby done to many poor children of slender capacity and few advantages; and moreover, the offence given to their parents and teachers by the seeming slight, we had hoped, too, would have been admitted.

As regards the self-support of schools (coupled, be it observed, with an annual congregational collection) the writer still advocates, but shall reservo further notice thereof to a future opportunity.

The reply to the foregoing communication, given in the February Magazine, p. 70, by a “Cambridgeshire Secretary," is not remarkable for advanced views of the institution, but rather rear and lagging ones, so to speak; so much so, indeed, that one is compelled, though reluctantly, to indorse the opinion freely but honestly expressed on the same subject in March, p. 138, hy a " Country Superintendent,"__" that such arguments and assertions should be presented to the great body of Sunday school teachers in the present day, by one of their own number, is a humiliating

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