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raged for the eye of our God is theirs, and to award those beneupon us, and he will reward our fits to them which we feel to be labours. And who shall say, as so important to ourselves. This the minds of these children be- is the secret of human nature-it come infused with christian feel is the mingling kindness with inings, but we may end with at struction. In Parkhurst prison, least 80 per cent. Again, it is the governor told me he once had said, 'What advantages do you twenty-five children, the refuse of offer?' I would say, first, they society. He called them together,
are now educated in everything and spoke to them kindly of what Ithat concerns the vices of the they might derive from the culti.
world—for there is an education vation of better feelings, and told going on in vice as well as in vir- them that his object was to do all tue-- in infidelity as well as reli- he could to remove their misfor. gion. Oh, do not say that be tunes; and the result was, they cause we do not educate all, that burst into tears they clung to therefore we should teach none. his knees while they said, “This is But some may doubt the excess the first moment in our lives that of misery to which we refer. we ever heard a word of kind. Now, I have visited streets and ness. This is the sharp edge of
lanes, into which I have been the wedge; then drive it home a cautioned not to go alone, escorted with heartfelt effect. A word to
by the police, and there I have those who, deserving of all praise, witnessed scenes which have left have sacrificed their time, and, an impression on my mind never perhaps, their spirits to this task. to be effaced, calling on me to do I have seen those who had every something to rescue these poor comfort in domestic life giving up wretched beings. I read an ac- all this for the purpose of doing count of one locality. It is at the to others as they would be done rear of a house in George-street, by. And here I would allude to St. Giles's,—the house itself is that blessed and departed spirit, one of a most disreputable cha- who once existed in my own racter. In this place is a dread- diocese, to whom it is utterly im. ful yard, containing four or five possible to pay too high a tribute. sheds, in which the rain, the cold, i allude to Sarah Martin. She and the heat struggle for prepon- was an humble dressmaker, having derance; one of these sheds is scarcely sufficient to appease the but five feet deep, and it pays a cravings of appetite, and yet she higher rent than many a good has produced a reform in our gaol bouse. What, think you, is the which it is impossible to describe. rent paid for this hovel, this very I may almost forget my theology pigstye ? £60 a.year 1-drawn in speaking of her, for she seemed from the pockets of those who, to as if she had not the taint of oripay it, are thieves, dishonest, and ginal sin. Steadily she pursued everything that is disreputable. her course, refusing all assistance, How, then, shall we go among because, as she said, if once known these? What will be the use of that she received any remuneraa tract to a child who cannot read tion, her services, she was afraid, it; or of the Bible, the overflow. would no longer be valued; and ing tendency of whose passages it thus she died,
-a wretched and cannot appreciate, because to it painful death, yet possessing that it is a sealed book? Our duty which lighted up her passage to should be to go among them with the grave, and brightened her a sympathising feeling, to show ascent to glory. Her nurse said them that our hearts respond to to her, 'Your hour of departure
is at hand.' She merely said, presented in kindness, not to
Thank God!' and died. Here is those hardened, it may be, by half an example to imitate. How lit- a century of sin, but to those tle think the gay and thoughtless whose minds are yet so tender, crowd-how many feel the misery that one of them has been held up of pining want as this disciple did. in court before the jury to enlist But she is gone, and it is super their sympathies. One of these fluous to add, that'her works do children made an indelible imfollow her.' We have been op- pression on the mind of Mr. posed, but that opposition is de- Guthrie, and I do not wonder at creasing. At one of our meetings, it. He attended at a police staa clergyman said to me, ' Are you tion, and there he saw one little aware that the clergy of the parish boy, about eight years of age, with are not here ; are you sure you the sweetest countenance he ever are in accordance with the rules gazed upon, sleeping on the bare of the church ?! I was not very boards, with a brick for his pilnice to examine into this point, low. He had no father, no mo. but I was at any rate sure that I ther, no friend, no home. His was acting in accordance with the only friends were the police, who spirit of christianity. Nothing is locked him up for the night, and Bo difficult as to conquer preju- sent him out in the morning to dice ; you may tunnel through beg or steal his bread. Is not the Snowdon you may pierce lighthouse better than the lifethrough the hardest rocks-but boat, which goes forth upon the you cannot tunnel through pre- angry wave to pluck one or two judice. But such things have from a watery grave. Ought we been overcome, and we rest in to suffer these to perish unbeeded hope that all at last will vanish. and forgot ? Can we do it? I am
The Hon. and Rev. B. W. afraid we could. It requires Noel said, the two great features much zeal, much charity, much in this effort are, that a most de self-denial to accomplish it. But graded class are to be raised to a some have done it, and can and happier condition, and that the will do it. It was the gospel means employed for this purpose that prompted them – it was is the gospel of Christ—that gos. their sense of redeeming love. pel introduced into the world by The same principle has operated divine wisdom, to meet the utmost in the evangelists of this society : wants of the most wretched ; and and if their doors have been that gospel must be adapted for battered, their windows besieged, the purpose. I have heard the and their lives threatened, yet chaplain of one of our gaols de- Christian charity has proved nighclare that he has known, out of tier than every obstacle, till the 600 prisoners, 100 under deep the children have learned first to conviction, or seeking, or rejoic love their teachers, and then the ing in the blood of the Lamb, who lessons taught. At one of these previously knew nothing of the schools was an Irish girl, with a way of salvation. I have heard a dark benighted mind. She had brother clergyman declare, that attended the school some time, when called to address the pri- till at last her parents determined soners at Newgate, he has seen to return to Ireland. She learned nearly the whole assembly melted that she must leave the school. to tears, Surely, then, if preven. This appeared to rouse her. It was tion be better than cure, these in- an hour of misery to her; and stances of success must be multi- | when she found she should see plied when that same doctrine is her teacher no more, she disco
dnesvered bow much she really loved order which may be witnessed in meyither. Her teacher gave her a them, in the distribution of jusbat a Bible. They saw each other no tice we shall go to men who are Te & more. She continued wild, and to be found in the highest seats of Es bens yet with a burden of guilt on her learning. But those who bring jagut conscience, till at last, through this objection could not have paid One the extremity of her misery, she much attention to those schools. interna determined on destroying herself. Not long ago I had the honour of minde But at this moment she thought serving at a tea meeting in conof of her Bible-she read it-she nection with one of these. When A Mad received its invitation-and she I entered I thought, 'every kind saw a loved it.
This was discovered by of beast hath been tamed of manSoeher parents, and her confessor kind, but the tongue can no man Danes forbad her reading that book; tame.' I found, however, that 2013 she, however, buried it in the that representation has its excep
for a ground, and, according as she tions and limits. There was not ther, we found opportunity, she dug it up much quietness during the feedhone and read it, and so she grew in ing; and even when that was pie wisdom and in knowledge. She over, I thought it would be ime became a servant in a Christian possible to gain the ear of tbe em family—a communicant in the children. I said to the secretary, 1. church-her father and mother | "I think it will be impossible.' tan both were brought to a knowledge But a voice said, 'Try l' and I did th one of the truth; and now in that try, by speaking kindly to the one cabin of a pious pair, do numbers children, and in a few moments I
Odrassemble to worship their God. had an attentive congregation. ishu Now, what well-wisher to his At the close of my address, I doit country but must look with ap- asked them, if they would be quiet It proval on efforts such as these. while I prayed with them; they herits And if the State cannot do it, said, 'Yes. I prayed ; and while
and if the rich cannot come in I did so, you could hear these boys contact with such as these, yet and girls actually respire,--not a there are Christians enough to whisper,--not a move of the feet, reach forth the hand to these -nothing disturbed the silence, destitute outcasts, and to give till at its close they uttered the them such Christian training, as 'Amen.' Now I am not quite shall make them an honour to sure that I should be disposed to their country, and a blessing to repress all the noise; if that were the world.
to be done by any other power The Rev. S. MARTIN said: 1 than moral influence, I think would call back the attention of moral training would be at an the meeting to one or two expres- end. The excitement about Rag
sions which have fallen from the ged Schools is extraordinary. de chair. Our chairman has referred The sanatory reformer deals with
to Christians as discoverers of this matter as a matter of flesh, objects of benevolence. I think and blood, and bones; the edu. that this is the position which we cationist is interested in it as de. ought long ago to have taken,- veloping intelligence and thought; we should have been discoverers the politician looks on it as.somein christian benevolence, just as thing involving a saving to the others have been discoverers in state; the benevolent regards it geography and other scientific re- as relieving temporal misery and searches. I hope that we shall diffusing joy; while the Christian take the hint. If Ragged Schools looks upon these dirty, ragged, be condemned because of the dis- / filthy children, as beings inspired
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with the breath of God, as having | posed, was such that she could a nature susceptible of the impress not live in the house with her. of Christ's own image,-a na. Among other circumstances, she ture to be raised to glory, and told me that this young woman one that no power can destroy. had taken it into her head, ignorReference has been made to or- antly, of course, to teach this child phans, and the children of con- her own substitute for the Lord's victs; but there are still two other Prayer; and the night before she classes. There are the offspring came to me, she said that when of persons living together who are the poor child was put on its not man and wife. My attention pallet it was required to repeat has been called to this class by a this prayer and failed. The little city missionary, who asked me if creature was brutally flogged, and I should be willing to conduct a urged to try again, and again it marriage service if he could induce failed ; and then she took it up these persons to enter into the and dashed it on the floor. The marriage state. I need not say poor woman said to me- What that I at once gave my assent. can I do? I do not pretend to The registrar of the district agreed any very refined feelings, but I to part with a portion of his fees, can't live to witness such scenes. and of course there were no clerical It is more than a brute could fees involved in the matter, ex- bear.' I gave her my advice. cept the reward of doing good ; Now, this is not an isolated case. and I am happy to say that, since the children of our Ragged I gave my permission, the appli- Schools are almost, without ex. cations have been very numerous. ception, exposed to this kind of Now, many of these children are treatment. We admit that our the offspring of such persons. organization is not perfect; and Many have very cruel step mothers, we are willing to stand on the I have endeavoured, as far as I common foundation with the off. can, to remove the prejudice which spring of the Divine hand. Our exists so widely against persons in bodies in their infancy are not by this position. But among the poor any means perfect organizations, I have been unable to do this; the but they are born to grow and consequence is, that the children expand. And our Ragged School of another woman are looked upon is no stereotype. We have not as troubles and burdens, and gene- cast it in an iron mould ; and let rally they do all they can to drive any man come and give us a them from a father's roof. I was better form, and we will bid him deeply moved by an application welcome ; for whatever goes to made to me some time ago by a reach our object will be with us poor woman. She lived in a room an adopted instrumentality. along with a young woman who The Rev. George Fisk, the had a child belonging to her sister. Hon. Wm. Cowper, the Rev. S. The sister and the husband had TURNER, the Rev. H. HERSCHEL, left, and she had run away with and Mr. LOCKE then briefly spoke, this child; but the woman told and the meeting closed in deep me that the cruel treatment to delight. which the poor infant was ex
N B.-Applications having been made for teacher to conduct Ragged Schools, both in London and other large towns, the Committee will be happy to receive the names and addresses of those teachers already engaged in the work, who may feel desirous of giving their whole time to this employment.
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och The Children's Bor. he entered the Danish camp, and
pleased them with his musical art. DY FACTS ABOUT KING ALFRED After some days, he returned to THE GREAT.
his attendants, and ordered them Ir ALFRED was a great, benevolent, to meet him in Selwood furest. itbed and we believe, a good king. They did :-attacked the weakest is ke In the year 877, Alfred found part of the enemy, and were sucthe himself unable to withstand the cessful. Alfred allowed perfect rfect invaders, who came down from freedom of conscience io the capad all quarters upon him. Being for- tured. Eh the saken by nearly all his men, he From this time, Alfred became nd clothed himself in a peasant's Great, he had a greater extent of re garb, and lived for sometime in a territory than any before him. niz herdsman's house. So attached Polished the country by arts ; and probe was he to his country, that he made laws for the people, which Ed Solacted thus, rather than to flee none ventured to break. Indeed, bIF from it. He amused himself with it is said, golden bracelets were 20 music. The woman of the house hung up in the highway, which se koew not who he was, and one robbers even dared not touch, the bid day got him to mind some cakes, police being so well regulated. te which were baking by the fire, he But the strictness of his laws did
let them burn, for which she not infringe the liberty of his subscolded him, as in the picture. jects, for he held that ' It is just
The means by which Alfred the English should for ever remain Refere-gained power, were- The Earl free as their own thoughts.'
of Devonshire had been successful When Alfred came to the throne in an encounter with the Danes. the people were in the pronest This encouraged the Saxons. ignorance : he left them much Alfred carried out the motto, 'to improved. He was very accomstrike while the iron is hot.' He plished : and re-established Or. prepared to animate them, to ford university. bodily, he was maintain their superiority; and vigorous, dignified, and of an enurged them to be ready at a gaging countenance. He died at minute's warning. He acted as a Oxford, 25th. Oct. A.D. 900 and spy-dressed in shepherd's attire, was buried at Winchester.