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ing into tears on hearing read the offers, have made it a favourite first verse of the twenty-third resort of well-disposed indivipsalm

duals, who would otherwise have

to seek refuge in the mean reThe Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want, He makes me down to lie

ceptacles in the neighbourhood. In pastures green; he leadeth me Hundreds are refused admittance The quiet waters by.

for want of room. And how Recollections of a happy child- does it pay? Admirably well. hood, of a fond mother and The entire expenses per annum, pious father, of sunny school including interest on original outdays and early aspirations-as-lay, are £150. The returns are pirations blighted-all rushed from £4 to £5 weekly, or about across the mind of the unfor- £250 during the year; thus provtunate. A chord deep in the ing beyond a doubt that a humble heart had been struck. From class of lodging houses may be that time he was an altered man. well conducted, and yet be a Circumstances of this nature oc- source of profit. The returns, casionally occur in the lodging, however, might be greatly exhouse we are speaking of. Re- tended, by increasing the accomligion, through the revival of modation, were that in the preearly impressions, asserts her sent instance desirable. But efficacy, and, let us hope, with profit is not in itself wanted. permanent benefit. 'I have never,' The whole affair is a mere experisaid the missionary, ‘met with ment, and as such it has already the least opposition or disrespect | been most efficacious. Keepers at our meetings; the utmost of 'travellers' lodging-houses' in attention prevails ; and any one the vicinity have been compelled passing through the apartment to attempt a reform. Thirty peris careful to make no noise. I sons lying indiscriminately on the never witnessed a more serious floor will no longer be tolerated. congregation. As to practical Nearly all the houses have been results, the general conduct of less or more cleaned; one keeper the lodgers has much improved ; has introduced a distinction of cases of profane swearing and rooms for married and single ; drunkenness, which at first were and a house of the worst class common, seldom occur; several has been shut up. The convichave been expelled for drunken- tion is gaining ground that ness ; some have begged to be nothing but decency will any admitted again, promising to re- longer answer, and that good form, and have kept their pro- | order is by no means incompamise ; a number have obtained tible with a full and sufficient places and regular employment, profit. Similar efforts have led and are in all probability rescued to similar convictions in other from a life of vagrancy. Several parts of London; and we may by have given up dissolute courses, and by expect to see the ordinary and been restored to their friends.' | rivalry of private enterprise effectThe intelligent keeper of the ing a universal reform in one of establisbment corroborated these the worst features of the mestatements; and gave it as his tropolis. opinion, that the religious exer- From the model lodging-house cises were of the utmost value in in Great Peter-street, we proproducing a spirit of happiness ceeded on an excursion into some and decorum among the inmates of the meaner alleys and courts

The order, cleanliness, security, ) in the neighbourhood, in order and comfort which the institution

the accommodation of



families in separate dwellings. accompanied us in this ramble, It was all very bad-as miserable mentioned that, some years ago, as what comes under notice in when he began his domiciliary any parts of Edinburgh or Glas- visits in Westminster, he was regow, though by no means with ceived with great jealousy, and the same environing of filth. It open threats of vengeance. The is only in Scotland that dirt is people could not understand how indelicately obtrusive.

In one

any person in his station should room about ten feet square, we

come about them unless for some found living an old shoemaker, selfish purpose; nor could they two sempstresses, and a girl. believe that their children should They seemed to have scarcely be invited to go to school unless space to turn theinselves; and, to make a job of them. Their except a bundle of rags in a notion was, that the free schools corner, there was no vestige of a were a new trick on the part of bed. Yet there was cheerfulness the rich to squeeze the poor. in this dismal den. The cobbler With the quiet perseverance of a was busy with his hammer; and Scotchman, Mr. Walker comthe two drudging females had re- bated with, and ultimately vanceived the pleasing intelligence quished, these fancies. The free that the making of shirts was up schools are now exceedingly poa halfpenny. Here and elsewhere pular; and the missionary is a were terrible complaints of the recognised friend and counsellor dearth of bread. When I men- throughout the district. Of this tioned that I was sure there would we had some evidence: in the be a good harvest, and that great course of our walk, he was several quantities of corn would soon times stopped by women of a arrive from America, the good humble class to get bis advice on news seemed to come like a ray matters which concerned them. of sunshine in the midst of gloom, I should imagine from this, and and for a moment sent a thrill of other circumstances which have joy through the heart.

I was

come to my knowledge, that town sorry for one poor woman whom missionaries,

regards we found inhabiting a small dingy secular counsel, are of the greatest room on the ground floor of a possible service, and form an inhouse in a very narrow alley. dispensable enginery of humanity She was rheumatic, and had not and civilization in the present been able to walk for fifteen .condition of large cities. years; she could go to the door As we entered the chariot which only by crawling on her hands had been in attendance, and drove and knees. This poor old crea- into the glare and bustle of Palaceture, nevertheless, did not appear yard-amid crowds of ladies and unhappy. She spoke resignedly gentlemen hurrying to see the of her sufferings. On inquiring new House of Lords, and lawyers if two little girls who were with pushing along with their bags her were her grand-children, she towards the ball'—I almost felt replied “that they belonged to a as if suddenly dropped into a new neighbour who had to go out world; so totally dissimilar are daily to work, and that she took two states of things closely in charge of them as a matter of connection with each other.-duty. It was our duty to assist CHAMBERS. each other.' In this way are the poor constantly found assisting RaggED SCHOOL FACTS AT

Woolwich. — During

of Mr. Walker, the missionary who | the winter months, one of the



the poor


teachers fainted, owing to the word of God, a copy of which heat of the room, and was com- he carries always with him. His pelled to retire into an adjoining father on one occasion, after reapartment. The grief of the child covering from an illness, brought ren belonging to her class was on by intemperance, asked him most violent; they burst into to pray for him. The boy went tears and sobbed audibly. At to his box, took out one of the eight o'clock the school was dis- books he had obtained in exchange missed; and at nine o'clock, the for tickets, called 'Cottage Prayteacher, having recovered, was

ers,' ar

kneeling down by his conducted towards her residence; father's bed, offered up his prayers but she had hardly reached the

for his recovery. street before she was surrounded by the children, who had waited A VISIT TO Scotch RAGGED an hour in the cold in order to SCHOOLS.-I lately visited the see their beloved teacher once Ragged industrial schools in Abermore. On being told that she deen, Dundee, and Edinburgh. was better, they said, 'All's right, Those in Aberdeen are increased all's right; teacher's better, now in number from a schism, that we'll go home.'

arose out of the Free Kirk, and

doing much good. In one school, K. L. attended the school until called the Refuge, I saw eighty to she obtained a situation at a small ninety boys. They had finished public-house near the river, kept work for the day (about half-past by a woman who had one little seven) and were having supper. daughter. The first night that This consisted of porridge and she entered the house, she slept milk. In the school, the order in the same room with the owner; was very good, the expense very before retiring to rest, she knelt moderate, only about £4 each by her bedside and prayed to the child per annuin.

The food per Lord. The woman seeing her so day only 2 d. each. Attached to engaged, was very angry and re- the school was the Child's Asylum, buked her, telling her she had where every child found by the better get into bed immediately. | police in the street of Aberdeen, The next morning K. L. again is taken and kept till claimed, or prayed to God; the woman re- placed in some suitable institution. marked, - It was all nonsense At another school for Ragged girls wasting time that way.' Never- in Donbara lane, I found fifty-six theless, the child persevered. children in capital order, under During the day the daughter an active, intelligent mistress. came to K. L. and said, 'Do let Both these schools were patrome pray with you—mother never nized and frequently visited by lets me pray. The child's re- Mr. Sheriff Watson. quest was gladly acceded to, and In Dundee I found a most effioftentimes did these children pray cient school, and capital arrangetogether.

ments, food, &c. Several instances

of good were mentioned. The I. J. has attended the school food here also cost very little, but for some months; he is now pos- was good and wholesome. I sessed of a Bible, out of which tasted the broth and bread. They he frequently reads to his parents, had plenty of it, and yet that and one of whom is a drunkard. This porridge morning and evening poor boy supports with Christian only cost 24d. or 3d. a-day for patience many severe trials ; he each child. The school was in a prays frequently and studies the very wretched locality, not far

I saw,

from the scene of the labours of sanguine expectations. Several that man of God Mr. Cheyne, but of the children have been transhad a large yard attached, and ferred to other Sunday schools. plenty of room for cooking, work On Thursday afternoon, the 9th rooms, &c.

of September, the children taught In Edinburgh they have two in this Ragged School were treated schools. In the one I found thirty plentifully with tea and buns. girls, in the other fifty boys. They Forty-five children were present, had only lately begun and were most of them of the ragged not fully organized. They promise description, and their expressive to be well carried on. Mr. Gathna looks told too plainly that, for of the Free church, whose chapel once in their lifetime, they were is close by, takes an active part about to partake of a bountiful in their management.

It was meal. Several ladies and gentle. mainly by his exertion that the men were present to witness the schools were kept out of the hands novel, but gratifying, sight.of the Catholic party in Edin- | 'There is that scattereth, and burgh, who wished to exclude the yet increaseth. Prov. xi. 24. authorized version of the Scriptures, and who are now making THE RAGGED SCHOOL TEACHER efforts to establish schools on a Composed by J. PAYNE, Esq. and plan of their own, where Popery

repeated at the Public Meeting of the

Lambeth Ragged School. as well as Protestanism is to be taught.

IN a crowded room, and hot, Our chairman, Lord Ashley,

with young children round, writes me (Thursday) October 7th, A Man, who seem'd rooted and fix'd to that he has visited the Ragged

the spot, school in Glasgow, and has been While before him was heard a low much pleased with the economy

sound, of it. The expenditure astonished Teach-teach-teach! him, and he thinks we might Patient, and gentle, and mild, take a hint from the Scotch, as to He had turn'd from the fane, where the the food. This we are trying in eloquent preach, Westmoreland, as to oat meal and To enlighten the poor and the weak. Indian corn, and shall soon see if

He seem'd to embrace the whole English boys can live as the hardy

In his ceaseless, anxious care; Scotch ones do.

Though stubborn, ungrateful, and hard W. L.

to control,

Were some of the wild spirits there. YORK RAGGED SCHOOL, -This

Love-Love-Loveschool is situated in Bedern, a

Is a feeling no failures shock; neighbourhood well known for its

It fixes it's eye on the Shepherd above, moral destitution. It was opened

And it feeds the young lambs of his in February last. Since that time

flock. about ninety-five children have been admitted; and the average

Cheering his heart with those attendance is forty children, in

Who prize the good words he saith, cluding twenty-eight boys and

The Ragged School Teacher no wearitwelve girls. Already have several

ness knows, instances occurred in connection For his work is of life and death. with this school showing that Bound-Bound-Bound this destitute class of children

To his duties each sabbath day, are capable of receiving an amount

He labours on earth, and in heav'n shall of moral and spiritual instruction be crown's exceeding the manager's most With a glory that fades not away.

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army, who set fire to the famous buildings of Troy, plundered its

treasures, and killed nearly all the ENEAS CARRYING HIS FATHER

OUT OF BURNING TROY. inhabitants. Æneas escaped, but CHILDREN ! you love to see beau

not alone ; for he did not leave tiful sights, and to read of affec- the city till he had his father tionate actions, and to hear of seated safely on his shoulders, bis wonders! What could be a more

son Ascanius by his side, and his delightful sight than that which

household goods. the picture at the head of these

Here was true affection! Child. remarks represents. See that

ren ! do you thus love your pa

rents ? young man carrying on his should

'Honour thy father and ers his parent out of a burning thy mother, that thy days may be city; how he must have loved long in the land.' Æneas was a his father! and what affec- heathen; but he has set an ex. tionate son ! Who is this son? ample worthy of the imitation of It is Æneas, an illustrious Trojan Christian sons and daughters. prince, carrying his father Anchises, out of burning Troy. The Greeks had besieged Troy, and

THINGS ABOUT CHILDREN. this was the tenth year of the HAPPY CHILDREN AROUND siege. On this night, it is said, God's THRONE.—Mary was a litthe Greeks gained an entrance tle girl only six years old, and into the city by a wooden horse. became very anxious about her This horse had been made very future state. She feared she large, and into its body were put should not go to heaven when many armed men. The Greeks she died. Every day she used to then left the horse, and retired to go with her mother into private the sea-side. The Trojans think- to pray; and the little thing used ing the Greeks had given up the to pray very earnestly 'that she siege, came and took the horse might be one of the happy chilinto the city. In the night, the dren around God's throne, She concealed men stole out, unbarred was asked one day, if she thought the gates, and let in the Grecian to get to heaven by her prayers.

H. H.

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