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Nor many years ago, as a lady was sitting in the veranda of her house in Burmah, a jungle boy came through the opening in the hedge which served as a gateway, and, approaching her, inquired with eagerness,

"Does Jesus Christ live here?"

He was a boy about twelve years of age, his hair was matted with filth, and bristling in every direction like the quills of the porcupine, and a dirty cloth of cotton was wrapped in a slovenly manner about his person. "Does Jesus Christ live here?" he asked, as he hastened up the steps of the veranda.

"What do you want with Jesus Christ?" asked the lady.

"I want to see Him and confess to Him."

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Why, what have you been doing that you want to confess?" "Does He live here?" he continued, with great emphasis; know that. Doing? Why, I tell lies, I steal, I do everything bad. I am afraid of going to hell, and I want to see Jesus Christ, for I heard one of the Loogyees say that He can save me from hell. Does He live here? Tell me where I can find Him."

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"But He does not save people from hell if they continue to do wickedly." 'I want to stop doing wickedly," said the boy, "but I can't; I do not know how to stop. The evil thoughts are in me, and the bad deeds come of evil thoughts. What can I do?"

"Nothing but come to Jesus Christ, poor boy, like all the rest of us," the lady softly replied; but she spoke this last in English, so the boy only raised his head with a vacant look.

"You cannot see Jesus Christ now," she added, and was answered by a sharp cry of disappointment. "But I am His friend and follower,” said the lady, at which the face of the little listener brightened, and she con tinued: He has told me in His Word to teach all those who wish to escape from hell how to do so."

The joyful eagerness depicted in the boy's countenance was beyond description. "Tell me, O tell me! Only ask your Master to save me, and I will be your servant for life. Do not be angry. I want to be saved. Save

me from hell!"

The next day the little boy was introduced to the little bamboo schoolhouse in the character of "the wild Karen boy," and such a greedy seeker after truth and holiness had seldom been seen. Every day he came to the white teachers to learn something more concerning the Lord Jesus and the way of salvation; and every day his eagerness increased, and his face gradually lost its indescribable look of stupidity. He was at length baptized, and commemorated the love of that Saviour he had so earnestly sought. He lived a while to testify his sincerity, and then died in joyful hope. He had "confessed," and had found a Deliverer from those sins from which he could not free himself. The lady also has since died, and she and the wild Karen boy have met in the presence of their common Redeemer,

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NOTE. We regret that through unavoidable circumstances these obituary notices have been delayed so long.

THE LATE REV. J. M. CHARLTON, M.A. JOHN MOOR CHARLTON, the youngest child of his parents, was born at Kendal, on the 25th March, 1817. His youthful life abounded in many promises of his after career. To an early awakening of deep religious conviction he united a strong and never halting determination to become a minister, and we find him subsequently entering Highbury College with this view. There he was distinguished for his faithful attention to his studies, and the true spirit of devout feeling he ever displayed. Upon leaving college he became pastor of Totteridge Chapel, where for twelve years he laboured successfully. He then succecded Dr. Raleigh in the pastorate of Masborough Chapel, Rotherham, but he did not remain there long. His growing

reputation pointed him out to the committee of the Western College, Plymouth, as a desirable occupant of the then vacant Presidential and Theological chair of that institution. With his advent a new era dawned for the Western College. He soon urged the erection of a building suited to the needs of the institution, and the result was the present edifice on the outskirts of the town of Plymouth.

The whole of his course at the Western College was marked by earnestness of purpose, and its interests were ever next his heart. To his students he was always a noble example and a true guide. To the various churches in Devon, Cornwall, and Somerset he was an honoured friend and counsellor. His life was emphatically one of labour, devotion,

and self-abnegation. His scholarship was great and in no degree superficialhis reading wide and varied. As a theologian he was thoughtful and comprehensive. In all human probability it appeared as if the next ten years would prove the most useful and brilliant of his life, but it was, alas! not to be so. In September last the first symptoms of his sess appeared. His disease, an internal tumour which prevented any nourishment entering the stomach, was at an early stage discovered to be of a hopeless nature, and for weeks he had to face thegradual approach of death, yet he murcured not. After eight long weeks the conflict ended. On the night of Sunday, the 12th December, surrounded by his dear wife and children, he gently and almost imperceptibly passed from his couch of suffering to the glories of his heavenly home.

The interment took place on the Friday following at the Plymouth cemetery, the Rev. C. Wilson, M.A., of Plymouth, officiating. A large assembly, embracing members of all sects, testified to the general sorrow for the removal of one 20 widely esteemed and loved. On the following Sabbath the funeral sermon was preached in Sherwell Chapel, Plymouth, by the Rev. T. W. Aveling, D.D., an old friend and fellow student of the deceased, and special allusion to the sad event was made in other chapels both in Plymouth and throughout the neighbouring counties. So passed away from earth a gentle and manly spirit, an affectionate husband and tender father, a kind and careful teacher, a thoughtful and earnest minister, and above all a sincere and devoted Christian. A blank is left by his removal which is keenly felt by his family, students, and personal friends, and the denomination at large.

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called him, has "entered into rest." On November the 19th, last year, Mr. John Peele Clapham, while writing in his library, peacefully stole "away to Jesus," in harmony with his often expressed wish. Interesting sketches of his life and labours in Christ's service were given in the Leeds Mercury, the English Independent, and other papers. A few particulars, not generally known, may be welcome to the large circle of friends who mourn their loss, and rejoice in his gain. As a child he early showed a desire for "youthful consecration." Meeting one day with the hymn, two lines of which read,

"A flower, when offered in the bud,
Is no vain sacrifice,"

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he took the meaning literally, and kneeling in prayer, presented a rosebud as his gift to his Heavenly Father. That Father "had compassion on the orphan boy, early bereaved of his earthly parent, "kept" him by His grace 66 from fall. ing" into the snares of the world, spared him through a long life of eminent usefulness, and called him gently home when his work was done. The frail tabernacle was gradually taken down, amid the most perfect submission to the Divine will. The exercise of praise on earth was always his delight, and often he remarked, "O how we shall sing in heaven, when we are there!"

On the Wednesday following that day when the " 'exulting spirit" sprang to endless life, a number of sincere mourners, comforted by Jesus, gathered round a quiet grave at Burleyin-Wharfedale, which loving hands had decked with flowers and evergreens. The service in the chapel and at the grave being conducted by Mr. Clapham's sympathising friends, his pastor, the Rev. S. D. Hillman, of Ilkley, and the Rev. J. Woollard, of Burley.

"All, all is well, beneath the peaceful sod, Near to the 'Salem' which he built for God, Rests what alone could die, he is above! 'Risen with Christ' to 'serve' in 'perfect love."

E. C.

Notices of Books.

The Kingdom of the Heavens.

By FRANCIS JOHN B. HOOPER, B.A. (London: Hodder and Stoughton.) The object of this closely-printed volume is to show that the " Kingdom of the Heavens" is not, as is commonly supposed, the Church, or the Christian dispensation, but the reign on earth of Christ and His people, "conditionally appointed to take place in the apostolic age." "The matter," says Mr. Hooper, "stood thus. For the establishment of a kingdom founded on man's free agency and moral choice, God's will and man's will must concur. . 'When this gospel of the kingdom had been preached in all the world' (as we are told it had been in A.D. 62, see Col. i, 6) then it became conditionally the will of God that the end should come,' and 'they should see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory.' In order, however, to the carrying out of this will, it was necessary that the will of man should concur. And this was found wanting. Men did not, in sufficient numbers, believe the Gospel, and hence the advent did not take place," p. 423. These are views to which we cannot subscribe, but we have not space to discuss them. The volume, however, contains much interesting and valuable criticism on current interpretations of Scripture, and on this account, if not on others, merits the attention of the student.

The Victoria Nyanza a Field

for Missionary Enterprise. By EDWARD HUTCHINSON, F.R.G.S. (London: John Murray.)

The object of this volume is to show at once the duty and feasibility of organising a Church Missionary Mission for Central Africa, in response to

the invitation of King Mtesa. A sum of £5,000 has been unanimously offered in aid of such a mission, and Mr. Hutchinson ably urges the Church Missionary Society to undertake the task, supporting his views by extracts from distinguished travellers. The volume is dedicated to the Baroness Burdett-Coutts, and is illustrated by two admirable maps, the one tracing Lieutenant Cameron's route to Lake Tanganyika, and the other that of Captains Speke and Grant from Zanzibar to the Mediterranean.

The New Testament, with Notes
Vol. I. By the

and Comments.

Hodder and Stoughton.)

This work, as its preface intimates, bids fair to be instructive and suggestive to those who have the instruction of others in hand. It will be found very useful to Sunday-school teachers, and to those who conduct Bible classes.

The Deep Things of God. By

J. Maclehose.)

Mr. Bathgate is known as a writer of considerable power. His "Christ and Man" evinced a high order of thought, and in the present volume it is fully sustained. Looking in the light of a broad intelligence at the great questions of Christian theology, he discusses those he handles here in the spirit of sound, earnest, philosophical inquiry. His book merits a wide circulation, and will be read with interest and profit.

Choice Readings for Every Day in the Year. By the Rev. T. DE WITT TALMAGE. (London: R. D. Dickinson and Co.)

We have in this volume some of Dr. Talmage's best thoughts selected from


his writings, and prepared for daily reading. No doubt the book will be welcome and useful to many on both sides the Atlantic.

Revival and Revival Work. A

Record of the Labours of D. L. Moody, Ira D. Sankey, and other Evangelists. By the REV. JOHN MACPHERSON. (London: Morgan and Scott.) We have in this interesting volume a glance at revivals at home and abroad; in cities and in villages; among young men, and children. A large portion of the book consists of thrilling incidents connected with the visit of Messrs. Moody and Sankey to this country, and their memorable work.

Harps of Zion: A Collection of Poems. By ELIZABETH F. A. RowBOTHAM. (London: Simpkin, Marshall, and Co.)

These poems, written by a lady who has been an invalid for many years, are inspired by a spirit of deep and earnest piety, and will suggest many pleasing thoughts to the meditative reader.


Words of Love for the Little Ones (Hatchards), consists of a text of Scripture and a short simple hymn for every day in the year, together with a morning and evening metrical prayer prefixed to every month. Intelligent children under the guidance of a Christian mother will like the book. The selection and arrangement are by L. A. Morris.-Protestantism: its Ultimate Principle. By R. W. Dale, M.A., Birmingham. (London: Hodder and Stoughton.) A capital book, deserving to be extensively read. In substance it is a reproduction of a lecture delivered in Exeter Hall. A few things in it may be called in question. It were well if many Protestants had a clearer understanding of the boundaries, as well as the breadth of their principles. To such understanding Mr. Dale will prove a useful guide. - The King in His Beauty; and other Hymns. By Florence C. Armstrong. (London: A. Richardson.) These pieces of verse are highly creditable to their writer. They are sweet and musical, and express in a graceful form important lessons and deep yearnings of the spirit for future and abiding rest.

Our Chronicle.

BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY. -The annual meeting was held in Exeter Hall on Wednesday, May 3rd, the Earl of Shaftesbury presiding. The report described the work of the colporteurs in France as encouraging, where the total circulation of Scriptures by this agency has been 95,000 copies. From the three German centres of operation, Cologne, Frankfort, and Berlin, the issue has been 393,000 volumes. In seventeen provinces of Austria, from the Lake of Constance to the Black Sea, and from the Baltic to the Adriatic, 138,000 volumes have been issued during the year. In North Russia the Society has depots at Moscow and St. Petersburg, besides one at the great fair at

Nijni Novgorod, and from which 223,000 copies have been distributed in fifty-eight different languages. In South Russia ground has been broken in Georgia; and the Gospels and Acts are being printed in Trans-Caucasian Turkish. In Spain 54,000 copies have been sold. In Turkey the work has been one of great difficulty. Total issues for the year, 2,600,000 copies; income £222,320, and the expenditure £212,251. The meeting was addressed by the Earl of Aberdeen, Dean Close, Rev. Dr. Thompson, of New York, Rev. Prebendary Wilson, M.A., J. W. Pease, Esq., M.P., the Rev. Dr. James, and Signor Turin, from Milan.

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