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About God's watchful love and care
Through the dark midnight hours,
But cease at night to weep ;
And gently go to sleep.”—
Is the refreshing dew
Each morn and evening new.
Are to the grass and flowers,
Is to this life of ours.
That he in love hath made;
Are night and day displayed.”
MISSIONARY NEWS. ENGLAND and China are at war-not a good way of spreading the Gospel; but let us pray that God, who often brings good out of evil, may overrule all present disasters for His own glory.
Some friends have been anxious for the safety of our missionaries, as the Chinese have been threatening the lives of the British residents; but we are glad to say that by letters received from Mr. Burns, dated 31st of December, and Mr. Douglas, dated 9th of January, they were safe and well.
Mr. Burns is still at Swatow, and Mr. Douglas, along with Mr. Sandeman, are working on as usual at Amoy.
The Juvenile Fund amounts to nearly £180. What a pity it is not £200! How little self-denial in giving or
60 MONUMENT TO A CHINESE BOY.
But men are to be found willing to go there and labour, even if for a few years, among the swarthy sons of Africa, if they may be able to bring some to the Lamb of God, who taketh away the sins of the world.
How small a part vie have to perform in this great mission work! We think it a great deal to go a mile for A subscription for the Mission Fund; but what is that to crossing distant seas, and Irving in a land of drought, and damp, and death, amidst a heathen and often a filthy people, far from home and kindred? How do men have hearts brave enough to do it? The apostle Paul explains it—" The love of Christ constraineth me,"—" I can do all things through Christ, who strengtheneth me."
MONUMENT TO A CHINESE BOY.
In the churchyard at Wentworth, a beautiful upright tablet has been erected to the memory of a Chinese boy, who was brought to England at the conclusion of the war in 1843. He was introduced to Earl Fitzwilliam, at his lordship's expense was placed at Mr. Beardshall's Academy, Ashcroft, near Wentworth, where he remained until his death, February 8th, 1850. The Bishop of Victoria always manifested a lively interest in the deceased, and on a recent visit to Wentworth suggested the desirability of erecting a suitable monument to his memory. Many of the old schoolfellows most cheerfully offered their pecuniary assistance, and Mr. Beardshall was thus enabled to carry out the wishes of the Bishop and other sympathising friends. The inscription runs :— "Sacred to the memory of Chow Kwang Tseay, a native of Changhae, near Ningpo, China, better known by the English names of John Denis Blonde, who was baptized in Wentworth Church, on Sunday, October 15th, 1850,
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aged seventeen years, and was buried near this spot. His fervent piety towards G-od, and humble reliance upon the merits of the Saviour; his devout resignation to the Divine will, amid the protracted sufferings of his last illness, and the grateful affection which he manifested towards his earthly benefactors, have rendered his memory an example dear to many fellow-Christian friends, and caused their thanksgivings to abound to the Almighty, on behalf of this outcast from China, safely gathered to his heavenly home."
A CHILD'S LAST QUESTION. A Little boy, on his death-bed, was urging his father to repentance, and fearing he had made no impression, said, '' Father, I am going to heaven: what shall I tell Jesus is the reason why you won't love him?" The father burst into tears; but, before he could give an answer, the dear boy had fallen asleep in Christ.
MISSIONS AND PRIVATEERING.
The hero of the following well-authenticated incident is still living.
A privateer once captured a merchant ship of Cardigan, Wales, in St. George's Channel. The commander boarded his prize, and when in the cabin, saw a little box with a hole in the lid, in a prominent position. Suspecting its design, he said to the captain, "What is this?" pointing with his cane to the box. The pious Cambrian replied, "I and my poor fellows have been accustomed every Monday to drop a penny each into that box, for the purpose of sending men to preach the Gospel to the heathen;
collecting, would have been necessary to have secured this. Let us hope for better things next year. We ought to advance at least fifty pounds every year.
This month, the Synod of the Presbyterian Church in England meets in Newcastle. Let us pray that in all their engagements the Lord may guide them, and smile upon our ministers and people.
Dr. Livingston, of whom you read last month, is at present living in Chelsea, working hard, preparing an account of his travels in Africa. It will be an interesting book when published, full of maps and pictures.
Dr. Midhurst, one of the oldest and ablest of China missionaries, lately returned to England after an absence of nearly forty years; but he returned only to die. We were expecting to hear very interesting accounts of the Chinese from him, but he went to bed as soon as he arrived in London, and never arose. "What thy Lord findeth to do, do it with all thy might."
The Rev. Dr. M'Crie, now one of the Professors of our College in London, is in course of delivering four lectures to young men in Exeter Hall, on the early history of the English Reformation.
There was lately a meeting of the London Shoe-blacks in St. Martin's Hall. They have taken nearly £2,000 this past year for blacking shoes in the streets.
About 400 boys and girls from the Ragged Schools lately received prizes for being faithful servants during the year ending Christmas last.
A BUDDHIST DAGOBA.
Of course you do not need to be told that by far the largest number of people in the world are idolators. Of these, the Buddhists are the most numerous. Nearly one-half of the whole idolators of the world are Buddhists. Surely, then, you ought to know something about it. It is the eligion of many of the people in China and Japan, and Mat, 1857. P