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THE EDITOR'S TOWER AND TRUMPET. To the Committees, Superintendents, and Teachers af all Sabbath Schools.
DEAR BRETHREN,—Danger is at hand. We sound the alarm. Our hearts throb with fear, and yet leap with hope. . An enemy is at the door of your schools, which you must resist, or he will destroy all your best efforts. Ascheme of education is proposed by Government, which will cry havoc, and let slip the dogs of war over the fair fields of your christian cultivation. As Britons we denounce a scheme which tends to undermine the freedom of elections—the very palladium of English liberty ; but as Christians we hold up to scorn a scheme which confounds all the distinctions between truth and error, which compels all to pay toward the support of Popish and Socinian delusions, which bribes away the most promising young persons in evangelical Sunday schools, and puts them under Puseyite influences; which places in the hands of Government inspectors a power sufficient to crush any school, to ruin any class male or female, which turns thousands on thousands of your elder scholars, into mere political tools, educational spies, and Government pensioners,—in a word, a scheme which jeopardizes all that is good, all that is free, all that is spiritual, all that is voluntary, all that is religious in your beloved Sabbath schools, and makes them not the means of introduction to the Church of Christ, but the mere steppingstones to worldly advantage. The scheme will entail a frightful expense on us all: this however is a trifle compared to the moral wrongs it will inflict and perpetuatethe spiritual and eternal woes it will scatter.
Dear Brethren: Be awake. Mark you foe. Be great for a great occasion. Difficulties are inspiring, Your perils are singular: your resources to avert them are ample. Seek Divine succour. Let your petitions to Parliament be prompt and importunate. Memorialize your county and borough Members again and again and again. On the eve of an election you are powerful. Exert your power instantly in an intelligent, united, and determined spirit. The crisis has come. Waive every minor matter to meet it. The interests of ages, the destinies of millions are in your hands. Resist in a Christian spirit a measure, which will grieve the consciences of many excellent persons, which will alienate church from church, and paralyse all the happy educational movements, which are the glory of these days.
Manchester, March 10th, 1817.
The Children's Box. cause for surprise that the ques
tion at the head of my letter is CHRIST'S ENTRY.
frequently asked by different perThis picture will please good child sons. The necessity for such dren. Everything which honours a question arises not only from Christ must delight the hearts of the number of roads, but from the those who love him. He was fact that there are right roads and now going up to Jerusalem. He wrong roads; and if there is a rode on an ass. This is the only wrong road to be found, into that time we find him riding. The road young and old are almost people cut down branches of palm sure to go. trees, and waved them before Well do I remember once goHim. Thus they shewed their ing into a maze—the difficulty love to Him. What will our was not in the getting into it, but little reader do to please Christ? in the getting out of it. Various Do you try to please Him? Do attempts did I make to reach the you love Him? Your kind outside, but all in vain. I ran teacher will gladly tell you how about like a wild bull in a net,' you can honour the Saviour. my friends all laughing at my
bewilderment. Once or twice I UNCLE HARRY'S LETTERS. thought that I had got into the No. XII.-CAN YOU PUT ME IN THB right track ; but, alas, was baulk
ed by a hedge in the middle of Dear Young Friends, - What a the way, and obliged, greatly world is this !
mortified, to return. At last, Pass where we will, through city or
after much puffing and blowing, through town,
and laughing and talking, I called Village or hamlet of this merry land,
out to the keeper, ‘Can you put it is full of mazes-straight and me into the right road to get crooked ways—rough, and thorny out?' He kindly told me the and smooth roads—stony and right way, and I was soon among dusty paths ! Indeed, in such a my friends, heartily glad of my world of streets, lanes, and roads, escape from the maze, it is difficult at times to know There are many mazes into which way to take ; and it is no which you may have already gone.
RIGHT ROAD ?
Dear young friends, have you arm, and umbrella turned upsidebeen anxious to get out? Have | down in the other, I asked : ‘Pray you put the question, 'Can you madam, am I right for C .? ?' put me in the right road ? to any Yes, master,' said she, 'go up
The ways of this world are that hill hinder, and keep straight a maze-bad companions and bad on. I travelled up this hill, by tempers are mazes into which her directions, and kept straight young people often get. Let me I can assure you it was a assure you that, if you get into 'hill difficulty. You would have trouble and difficulty in these smiled to have seen me, at times, mazes, the wicked will only laugh almost scrambling on hands and at you, instead of helping you out. knees it was so slippery and
Can you put me into the right steep. But the belief that it was road to P-?' said a gentleman the right road urged me onward, the other day. "Oh yes,' said I,
To plod my weary way 'follow me; I am going part of Thro' such a bed of clay. the way. We walked together Arrived at the hill - top, three as far as B- Street, where I left roads met my view-and. which my companion, who heartily of the three to take, I knew not. thanked me, and said, 'I see my Can you put me in the right way now, sir.'
I need not tell road to C. - ?' said I to a cowyou that I spoke to this gentle boy, who was on the common man concerning the road which
"Take the middle road of leads to eternal life. God grant the three,' he replied, “and keep that he may walk therein, and straight on.' On I went again; 'see his way to the end.
and, after asking the same quesA little boy was once keeping tion several times more, arrived sheep, when a gentleman rode up, safely at C You cannot and seeing that the little fellow think how glad I was at every was reading the Bible, thinking to
assurance given that I was in the make sport of him said, 'Well
, right road. It set my mind at my man, can you put me in the rest ; and I went on my way reright road to heaven ?' 'Yes, joicing. Oh, thought 1, that Sir,' he replied, you must go by I may be ever as anxious to that tower,' pointing to the know that I am in the right road TOWER OF REPENTANCE, a build- to heaven! Oh that every young ing which stood near. What a
person may be as desirous to know delightful answer was this ! May that he is walking in 'wisdom's you ever be ready to give as good ways !' for her ways are right å reply to such as may be dis- ways, and her paths are right posed to make a jeer of religion.
paths, - for they are paths of Travelling one day by the Bir
peace. Let the prayer of each be: mingham railway, I got out at Heavenly Father, lead me in the the B-d station, and there being right way.; no conveyance, was obliged to
Oh bid the light of life to shine, walk to the place of my destina- With radiance full and free tion. 'Can you tell me the right Upon my mind, that I may know
The road which leads to Thee. road to C-?' said I to the station-keeper. He kindly put me The other day I received a letter in the way; and I thanked him, from one of my Sunday scholars, and went on.
Before I had gone and I extract from it the following far, however, I was obliged again sentence, which I pray may be the
Your to ask my way. Seeing an old feeling of every reader : dame trudging from market, with kind instructions I once disreher red cloak on, basket on her garded; but, thank God, they
impress more and more on my pray in faith and earnestly, he will mind every day. I earnestly desire answer you. to be pious. Can you put me in 'Can you put me in the right the right roail?' To be sure I will, road?' If his question be asked dear boy; and so I have given him sincerely by you, I reply:- Enter the advice which Widow Wilson the narrow way, and keep straight gave to Robert Baxter :- Take on, looking unto Jesus Christ, who the lantern, and keep in the is at the other end of the road, straight path.'* The Bible is the waiting to introduce you to his lantern; let that be studied, and Father. Oh that my having its advice followed by you. The written on this question may inBible is the book above all hooks. duce a great number of my young It tells you the right road to readers to begin to walk in the Canaan, It is a narrow way - heavenly road! In my imaginathere are few who find it; and tion I picture some twenty or the plain truth is—they never ask thirty little boys and girls trato be put into it. The Bible di- velling in the road to Canaan, and rects us to go to God in prayer, . singing :and ask Him to lead us in the way We are marching through Immanuel's wherein we should go. The way ground,
And soon shall hear the trumpet sound. to be pious is, then, to study
We hope to meet at Jesus' feet, God's book-to pray Him to be And never, never part again.' the guide of our youth. To take
Hallelujah, we are on our way to God!" the lantern with us wherever we May such be a real picture! go. If we are in trouble, it will then begin the heavenly road. show us where we may find relief. Begin the journey to Canaan; ' Cast thy burden on the Lord, and be ever anxious to know that and he shall sustain thee.' If we you are walking in the right road. wish to be pious it says : 'Let the So entreats wicked forsake his way, and the
Your affectionate unrighteous man his thought; let
UNCLE HARRY, him return unto our God, and he will abundantly pardon him.' THE HOLY CHILD, JESUS. By Cease to do evil; learn to do the Rev. J.0. JACKSON, author of well.' Learn to know God, and
* The Dying Peasant. '-No. I. then do everything to please him.' MY DEAR YOUNG READER.
'Can you put me in the right | lp you had been living in Judea road?' Yes : repent of your sins, about two thousand years ago, and believe in the Lord Jesus and had listened to the talk of Christ. Obey his commandments the people, you would have heard continually.
This is the way- most of them speaking about a walk ye in it. Be anxious, and wonderful child that was soon to pray earnestly that the Lord would be born, who was to set all the lead you in the way of life. The wrong things of the world right way to heaven is not a pathway of again, and would bring joy and roses, but heaven itself is strewed blessing to all. Indeed the people with immortal flowers. The crown -and even the very best of them is obtained by those who take-up-had given up all hope of this the cross. Trust, then, yourself wicked world becoming better wholly to God. Go to him, just until He came; and were waiting as you are, and say: ‘Lord, lead with an almost restless impatience me in the right way; and, if you for this wonderful child to make
his appearance. All nations had * Widow Wilson' is published by the
a vague expectation of such a Religious Tract Society.
wonderful person; but the Jews,
from various and peculiar reasons, given them,--the spirit of their were counting upon this arrival whole religion taught them to do with the most confirmed assur- so. It was but a preparatory reli
gion; it was not intended to be He had been so long promised final. It was 'not therefore perto them, that they might well | fect,' but only the shadow of wonder at his delay. It was four good things to come;" 'the law thousand years since the sweet, came by Moses, but grace and first cheering mention of him had | truth,' that is, reality, in contrast been given to our fallen first with the shadow, 'came by Jesus parents; when it was said, 'the Christ.' The Jewish religion was seed of the woman'-that is, a altogether prospective. It pointed child descended from this woman forwards. Every rite and cere. 'shall bruise the serpent's head;' mony was as a finger-post, point. that is-shall subdue the power of ing forwards to the wonderful the Devil. Ages had rolled by, child' that was to be born, who and still Satan, as the 'prince of would give them a more perfect this world,' had full sway over way. Every feast they kept, while our sinful race.
commemorative of the joyful past, It was seven hundred years and led them to think more deeply of more since ISAIAH uttered his the bright, bright future! Every remarkable prophecy, when, tran- lamb they offered in their daily sporting himself into the latter morning and evening worship at days, and, as it were, taking his the temple, pictured forth the stand near Bethlehem's stable, he better sacrifice of the Lamb of says: “For unto us a child is born, God, who was yet to be slain. unto us a son is given; and the Every poet that sang struck his government shall be upon His loudest, sweetest chords to the shoulder; and his name shall be praise of Judah's future king; called Wonderful, Counseller, the and every prophet and righteous Mighty God, the Everlasting Fa- man that appeared among them, ther, the Prince of Peace.' from age to age, desired to see the
It was five hundred and twenty days of the Son of Man; and they years since HAGGA! had said: did, by faith, see them, and were *The desire of all nations shall glad.' And thus everything in come;' but the nations were still their religion led the Jews to look waiting with longing 'desires' for forward with eagerness to the his arrival.
coming of the Just One. It was three hundred and ninety And surely they had good reaseven years since MALACHI, the sons for wishing Him speedily to last of the prophets, had said that come. If you had been a little 'Elijah, the prophet, would be Jew- hoy of that day, I guess you sent before the Sun of Righteous would have longed for it as much ness would arise with healing in as any of them. They were in a his wings. But no great spirit- very unhappy and distressed state, no prophet, Elijah-like, had yet and felt that they would continue appeared, though many false pro- so till the childshould be born. phets had arisen up, and deceived They had no king, and no indemany. Well, then, might the pendent government of their own. Jewish people be looking out for Their land was full of soldiers ; the
appearance of the Consolation and the cruel Romans made them of Israel.
pay heavy taxes, and obey hard But, not only were they led to laws. Many battles had been do so by the repeated, and now fought, and very many boys and ancient, promises that had been girls had had their fathers killed