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coal and fire-wood, and returned to comfort the stranger. She went as she had often done for other bereaved mothers, and made arrangements for the funeral—not this time from the bare attic, but from her own cheerful room. This done, she came back, dressed the pale baby in its little blue slip, put the poor place in order, left a florin for the last week's rent; and then, ordering the few things there to be sent to her, she wrapped the little sleeper in a shawl and took it and its weeping mother to her home.

Think of this, Christian women, who never toil with your needle for a necessary shilling ; who have fine homes, plenty of leisure and every comfort! Did ever one of you, since bearing the name of Christ, do as much as this to lift the load of anguish from one human heart? Well may we, born to an easier lot, bow our heads in shame before such a labourer in Christ's vineyard as was this woman.

This humble worker was the messenger of pardon and peace from the wounded Saviour to His wandering child. She fed her, she clothed her, she sheltered her; she brought her out of a dark spiritual prison, and she was rewarded in her soul, even here, by the words of Him who never speaks in vain : Ye did it unto Me."

Through the efforts of this noble woman the poor stranger, who had no longer anything to hope for from her convict husband, and who could no longer influence him for good, was returned to her father's house, where she was received with full forgiveness and wild tokens of joy. She had taken " the crown of the man who had lost faith in his work and heart for it.

J. D. C.

Growing Old.
SOFTLY, oh, softly the years have swept by thee,

Touching thee lightly with tenderest care ;
Sorrow and death did they often bring nigh thee,

Yet they have left thee but beauty to wear.
Far from the storms that are lashing life's ocean,

Nearer each day to the pleasant home light ;
Far from the waves that are big with commotion,

Under full sail and the harbour in sight.
Past all the winds that were adverse and chilling,

Past all the islands that lured thee to rest,
Past all the currents that wooed thee unwilling

Far from the port and the land of the blest.
Never a feeling of envy or sorrow

When the bright faces of children are seen ;
Never a year from their youth wouldst thou borrow ;

Thou dost remember what lieth between.
Rich in experience that angels might covet,

Rich in a fạith that has grown with thy years,
Rich in the love that grew from and above it,

Soothing thy sorrows and hushing thy fears.

Hearts at the sound of thy coming are lightened ;

Ready and willing thy hand to relieve ;
Many a face at thy kind words has brightened-

“It is more blessed to give than receive.”
Eyes that grow dim to the earth and its glory,

See but the brighter the heavenly glow !
Ears that are dull to the world and its story

Drink in the songs that from Paradise flow.-N. Y. 0.

Obituary.
THE REV. W. A. HURNDALL.

occupied by the students were then, as Mr. HUENDALL was born in London, now, numerous, and Mr. Hurndall's October 16th, 1804. His parents, who services were much in request. By attended the Established Church, degrees, however, the constant claims of resided on Holborn Hill, and con- the study and the pulpit told seriously tinued to live in the metropolis or its on the student's health, and when the suburbs for some years, where the term of his college course was completed education of this, their eldest son, was he was so ill that his parents were sumcarried on. His maternal grandparents moned to convey him home. But a then resided at Brixton, and with them prolonged rest, with a visit to Derbyhe spent much of his time.

shire, was blessed to his complete When about sixteen years of age

restoration. William removed with his parents to Mr. Horndall's first settled ministry Bristol, and there, for a short time, his was at Basingstoke, where he remained attention was directed to business; but about three years. He next accepted an his love of books soon made it apparent invitation to the pastorate of Mount. that this was not an employment con- street Chapel, Devonport. There he genial to his tastes. About this time spent seven very happy years, after the Rev. James Sherman supplied for a

which he removed to Huddersfield in few Sabbaths the pulpit of the Countess the year 1838. But the keen air of of Huntingdon's Chapel, Bristol. Young

Yorkshire contrasted in his case unHarndall was invited by a friend to go favourably with the genial climate of and hear him. He went and was brought

Devonshire; and after seven years of to yield himself to the Saviour. Soon peaceful and productive labour, he was after he began to direct others to Him compelled to seek a milder clime. Hav. in whom he now rejoiced.

ing by request visited the vacant church On the settlement of the Rev. W. at Bishop's Stortford, he received a Luey in Bristol Mr. Hurndall became a unanimous invitation to the pastorate, member of his church, and was thus and removed thither with his family in the first in his family to quit the May, 1845. Establishment and join the ranks of While at Huddersfield, noting the Nonconformity. By Mr. Lucy he was deficiency of means of higher educaintroduced to the ministry. Cheshunt tion, he was chiefly the instrument, in College was chosen for proparatory

connection with the late Mr. Willans, training, and to it he was admitted of the establishment of the educational about the year 1823. He entered on

institution known as the Huddersfield his studies with no common ardour and College. And again at Bishop's Stortdevotedness. The preaching stations

ford he was mainly the means of

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setting on foot a first-class proprietary school, now merged into the Nonconformist Grammar School.

The change to a milder atmosphere so far restored Mr. Hurndall's health that he was enabled to engage in labours more abundant than before.

For five years he took three full services on the Lord's day, besides the regular week-night engagements and Bible classes, &c. In this sphere he was privileged to labour for seventeen years, during which time a new and very commodious chapel was built. But only two years after its completion Mr. Hurndall's health entirely failed. This illness commenced the last day of the year 1861, when he was attacked with the painful disease which, after long years of suffering, terminated his career. He resigned his pastorate in September, 1862, and by the advice of his medical men spent several winters at Hastings. Before leaving that place he was induced once more to attempt a pulpit service for the Rev. A. Reed, of St. Leonards. This renewal of his beloved work greatly encouraged him, and he continued occasionally afterwards, as health permitted to proclaim the Gospel.

As change of air was still thought needful, Mr. Hurndall left Hastings, and resided for a short time at Taunton, where his younger son was then living. This was followed by a more lengthened sojourn in the salubrious air of Durdham Down, Bristol.

Here for five years he enjoyed comparative freedom from sickness, and joined the fellowship of the church under the care of the Rev. U. Thomas. He even undertook the office of deacon ; but his efforts to serve in the sanctuary were suddenly interrupted by a violent attack of illness, altended for many weeks with intense suffering. From this, however, he rallied, and was able to be removed

o Limpley Stoke, where he so far regained strength, that he again took service on the Sabbath, and preached in the visitors at that place.

But after one of these efforts he took cold, and was again called to endure much acute suffering. In order to secure the most efficient surgical skill a removal to Bath was effected, and afterwards to the house of his eldest son, expecting this would be his final earthly home.

For two years improvement seemed steady, but in June, 1874, the frail invalid once more succumbed. In July it was deemed needful to resort to the metropolis for surgical aid. This once more afforded relief, and hope again dawned. Mr. Hurndall was taken to Reading for the winter. In the spring of last year, finding that his younger son was removing to London, the father wished to be taken thither, that his last days might be soothed by the loving care of his children at Notting Hill. To them he came with Mrs. Hurndall in April last. Still there was a slow and steady progress of disease, but it was not till within three days of the last great change that danger was considered imminent. On perceiving this Mrs. Hurndall said to him, “ The Saviour is really coming now to take you to Himself.”

His animated reply was, “Do you think so! Amen!” These were the last words exchanged on earth. After that the lips were sealed. Pain subsided, and after few hours of unconsciousness the spirit took its flight on the 19th August, 1876.

In Mr. Hurndall was seen one who, during the many years he sustained the sacred office, was entitled to the designation of “a good minister of Jesus Christ.” He ever“ studied to show himself approved unto God, a workman that needed not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” His ministry was distinguished by sanctified intelligence, by an ardent attachment to Evangelical truth, in the faithful proclamation of which he found his greatest delight.

R. S.

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Notices of Books. St. John the Author of the Fourth numerous engravings and illustrations in Gospel.

We wish them still By CHRISTOPH ERNEST

a high style of art. LOTHARDT, Professor of Theology

wider circulation.-Our Own Fireside at Leipzig Revised, Translatod,

Annual, 1875. Conducted by the R v. and the Literature much enlarged

Charles Bullock, B.D. (London : James by Caspar Réne Gregory. (Edin

Nisbet & Co.) We have a hearty good

The burgh: T. and T. Clark.)

word to say for this volume.

catholic spirit in which this periodical One of the most important of critical

is conducted, and the adaptation of its questions which the modern spirit of

contents to household reading, make it doubt has called up refers to the authen

well fitted for a place in the family circle. ticity and genuineness of the fourth

Its illustrations are generally excellent. Gospel. The voice of antiquity and the

-Sunday. Realing for the Young. tradition of the Church on this point

Edited by J. Erskine Clark, M.A. 1875. have been unanimous or almost so. Not

(London: W. W. Gardner, 2, Pateruntil within a comparatively recent period

noster Buildings.) Rich in exquisite has the authorship of St. John been

illustrations and sound religious instrucdenied. Bretschneider in 1820, then

tion for boys and girls. The Mother's Strauss in 1835, and after him Baur of

Friend. 1875. (London: Hodder and Tubingen, have been the chief priests of

Stoughton.) A most efficient and attracthis scepticism. But they have no posi

tive help to mothers in training their little tive theory in common as to the author

ones.--The Great Salterns. By Sarah ship. This book of Dr. Luthardtshows that

Doudncy. (London: The Religious the Church has nothing to fear from the

Tract Society.) A tale illustrative keenest criticism on this point, and that

chiefly of the blessedness of sanctified the authorship of the beloved disciple not a better résume of the whole argu

be useful, with practical lessons of the ment than that which this volume sup

highest order for young and old.plies; and having been revised and en

Squire Lynne's Will. By Emma Leslie.

(London: Sunday School Union.) An larged by the translator, it clearly shows that no satisfactory reason has yet appear

interesting but somewhat sensational

story. It contains a breach of promise ed for departing from the belief that St.

of marriage, an elopement, a forgery, and John was the author of the fourth Gos

the purchase of a living in the Estabpel. An appendix containing a carefully

lished Church for presentation to a soncompiled eketch of the literature of the

in-law, without any protest against such disputed question, from 1792 to the pre

a system. We submit to the Committee sent time, adds to the great value of

of the Sunday School Union whether the book.

they act wisely in issuing such a work

for scholars in Sunday-schools. The BOOKS FOR THE SEASON. Pilot's Daughters. By Sarah Doudney. The Leisure Hour for 1875. The Sun. (London : Sunday School Union.) A day at Home for 1875. (London: Religious very admirable story, well written, and Tract Society.) These admirable serials

rich in the most wholesome instruction. show no falling off either in the marked The two sisters are a striking contrast ability or rich variety of their contents. in character and disposition, but such as The completed volumes for the last year are often met with in actual life. For form annuals full of instruction and girls especially the book is most suitable. entertainment of the best and most use- Ellen Manners; or, the Recollections of tal kind, and made more attractive by & Governess. By E, W., Author of

cannot fairly be questioned. There is a fiction ; racy, interesting

, and likely to

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“Sunday Evenings at Brockleigh Hall,” &c. (Edinburgh: Johnstone, Hunter & Co.) We have read this book with satisfaction, and wish it were in the hands of all the governesses of Great Britain and Ireland. The narrative has much interest, the style is good, and the teaching of the best kind morally and religiously. -Nothing but Leaves. By Sarah Doudney. (London: Hodder & Stoughton.) A very interesting story, with useful spiritual lessons for different classes of character--especially the vain, the gossiping, the avaricions. The burden

the whole the importance of fruitbearing in the Christian life. We give the book a hearty recommendation. Laura Linwood; or, the Price of an Accomplishment. By the Author of the " White Cross and Dove of Pearls." (London; Hodder and Stoughton.) A mother wishing accomplishments, especially in modern languages, for her daughter, sent her to school on the Continent, where she was brought into contact with Romish priests, and under their influence entered a convent. Eventually Laura Linwood escapes the toils of Romanism; but the book in an interesting way supplies needful instruction and faithful warning, and is to be recommended.—" Seed to the Sower;" Stories and Lessons for Sundays. By Crona Temple. (London: Hatchards.) This book has many points of interest and excellence in adaptation to its purpose in the instruction of the young ; but it assumes that all those to be instructed are in the Established Church and so shuts out from its lessons at least half the children in England. Yet parents and teachers may find useful help here.-.Oliver's Oath, and how he kept it.. By Sarah Douduey. (London: Sunday School Union.) A well-told tale of Irish life that serves to illustrate the different effects of wise and unwise parental influence, and the benefit of cultivating gifts with diligence and trustfully leaving all events to God. - The Morning of Life. A Treasury of Counsel, Information and Entertainment for Young People. (London:

Sunday School Union.) A useful work and quite in harmony with its title. The engravings to illustrate English art add much to its value.- May's Christmas Holidays; or, the Things of Others. The Old Brown Book and its Secret. (London : The Religious Tract Society.) Both these tales are good : the first shows how consistency in a child may improve others; and the second, how the providence of God encourages parents and children to trust Him in all things.The Upward Path ; or, Holiness unto the Lord. By A. M. James. (London : The Religious Tract Socie As spring rains sink into the ground and nourish the germs of vegetable life, so may the devout thoughts in this book permeate the spirit and cause the growth of manly purposes, childlike affections and holy deeds. - Mary Lawton; or, Sunshine Clouded. A Tale of English Life. By N. 0. R. A. (Edinburgh : Jobnstone, Hunter & Co.) A well-written and touching story which shows in a clear and impressive light the evils of disobedience to parents and the curse of bad companionship.—My Brother Paul; or, a Real Hero. (London : Religious Tract Society.) A capital book for boys.

BRIEFER NOTICES OF BOOKS. Dick's First School-days.

By Mrs. Henry Barnard. Three Little Brothers. By Emma Marshall. (London :J. Nisbet and Co.) Interesting little books of the publishers' well-known Juvenile Series, and admirably adapted for the young. The following, published by the Sunday School Union, we name with special approval: The Treasure on the Beach. By M. A. P.--Esther's Regret. By Emma Leslie.-Labours of Love; or, Forty Years' Experience in the Sunday School.-Chapters from a Family Circle. These little books are all suited for instruction, and right impression on Sunday scholars.--Life and Walk. Seven Addresses by J. Denham Smith. (Lon. don; Yapp and Hawkins.) These addresses are earnest, expository, and practical

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