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'THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN.'
you would see all around you proofs of the
great desire to learn and improve on the I DARE say few of my young friends part of the Japanese. In some of the I require to be told that a land, called streets, the eastern and western hemispheres by such a poetic name, is in the eastern seem to meet. Many of the comforts and hemisphere, far away from these British luxuries that we have here have been isles of ours. But they may not all know adopted there, but with an eastern stamp, that Japan, during the last few years, has as it were, affixed. They have been imbeen growing in intelligence and power ported, as business people would say, and among the nations of the earth; and that as yet have a foreign look about them. In her progress, as she fulfils her history, is place of our cabs, you would see rather more and more like that of the sun, large sized perambulators, with a grown-up brightening as he goes on his way. The lady or gentleman, instead of a baby, sitting sea washes the shores of Japan, as it does in state, and a man, a very swift runner, our island home. Hitherto the waters drawing the vehicle along, not at the have been as her bulwark; now they are leisurely pace of our perambulators, but a highway, by which many blessings are with a speed nearly as great as that of our conveyed to her waiting people.
hackney coaches. Beautiful shops, . with One who knows very well about these their tempting windows, are seen in the countries, which you and I never saw, the finer streets of Yeddo, one of their towns. Rev. Dr. Williamson, tells us that the They have an ornament that we can boast Japanese seem like a people awakened of in only very few of our cities. Rows of out of a long sleep, and face to face with a beautiful apricot, peach, plum, and other world immensely ahead of them. But it flowering trees, border the highway, giving will not be long immensely ahead, if they the refreshing, invigorating feeling always follow the path on which they have entered. I imparted by plants and shrubs--creations I will tell you how I feel quite sure of this: of God, fresh from His hand-which here it is because the people in Japan are we enjoy but rarely amidst the laborious villing to be taught, and are very anxious works of man. Little Japanese children, to learn
with mother or nurse--their dress showing The ruler, who is called the Mikado, plainly that some admired British fashion used to be regarded as a god. This man has been in the dressmaker's eye-may was formerly kept quite sacred; no one be seen shyly, yet frankly, exchanging was allowed to see him; but now he comes civilities with some well cared for English out among his subjects, and receives foreign child. And this is as it ought to be; visitors, some of them connected with the for God hath made of one blood all governments of other nations. Ignorant | nations of men to dwell on the face of people may think this is rather a downcome the earth.' for a mighty emperor, who was formerly It seems as if we English people, somehow, thought too grand for common eyes to always thought that imitations of our ways look upon, but such people would be much and doings must, of course, show intelligence mistaken. The more anxious a man is to 1 and progress. This ought to be true, for do his duty, the more truly great he we profess to be a Christian nation; and if becomes; and the more a king meets with the desire to be like Christ-after whom intelligent fellow creatures, learns from we are named-guides us in our manners them, sees where he can with profit copy and customs, then, assuredly, following in a good example, or avoid a bad one, the our steps would be the truest progress of more able will he be to reign over the all. But, alas ! many of our habits should nation God has placed under his care. be shunned rather than imitated. What
Were you arriving, which perhaps you are the Japanese to think of young will some day, at one of the ports of Japan, Englishmen who cheat in business; who
force the ignorant to buy what will do barm and not good? And what will they they think of English drunkards and thieves, who yet bear the Christian name? Is that what your religion teaches you?' they ask, and well they may; if it is, we don't want to hear about it. They little know; it is the want of the religion of Christ-not the possession of it—that leads to the formation of such habits.
I feel quite sure that from the many thousands who read the Dayspring,' some boys will by-and-by go out to Japan, to be merchants, engineers, land surveyors,
railway contractors, or the like. Let us hope that they will, with God's help, resolve to be honourable, upright, and true; so that they may be a blessing, and not a curse, to the land of their adoption.
Long centuries have passed since wise men came with gifts to the Infant King, saying, "We in the east have seen His star, and are come to worship Him :' let us, on whom the great Light has arisen, send its rays, pure and unsullied, across the ocean, to those distant isles, so that Japan may be spiritually, as well as physically, the land of the Rising Sun.'
A TREE BEARING WITNESS. THE getting of riches by a lying tongue | discovered, and himself punished. A young
1 is a vanity tossed to and fro of them man, before going on a journey, entrusted that seek death. (Pro. xxi. 6.) The lip of a sum of money-a hundred deenars—to truth shall be established for ever; but a this old man to keep for him during his lying tongue is but for a moment. (Pro. absence. As no human eye had seen him xü. 19.)
receive the money, the old man thought he An Eastern story is told of an old man might safely keep it to himself. Accordwho thought to enrich himself by a lying ingly, when the young man returned tongue, and of how his falsehood was and came for his money, the old man
denied that he had ever been entrusted That was a boy one could trust. He with it.
would not deceive his mother nor any one The young man, unwilling to be thus else. A boy who manfully says "No, I robbed of his wealth, brought his case won't, to every one who would tempt him before the Kazee, or judge. The old man to deceive, is the boy to be trusted. He confidently appeared, believing it quite may never be rich in this world, but he impossible for any one to prove him guilty will have the blessing of the Lord. Lying of the theft. But he was sadly mistaken. lips are abomination to the Lord; but The Kazee was too wise a man for him. they that deal truly are His delight. He asked the young man-Where were
"O! 'tis a lovely thing for youth you, young man, when you delivered this
To walk betimes in wisdom's way, money?'
To fear a lie, to speak the truth, • Under a tree,' the young man replied.
That we may trust to all they say.' Take my seal and summon that tree,'
M. T. 8. said the judge. "Go, young man, and tell the tree to come hither, and the tree will
A JEWISH SCHOOL obey when you shew it my seal.'
T HAVE been looking at this picture of a The young man went away, wondering 1 Jewish school, until I almost imagine much why he had been sent on such a strange that I hear the sound of the voices rapidly errand. After he had been gone some repeating the appointed tasks, or expect to time, the Kazee said to the old man, He is see the dark, wistful eyes raised to search long; do you think he has got there yet?' the old Rabbi's face. Will the scholars in
No,' said the old man; it is at some time become like the teacher, old and sad, distance; he has not got there yet.'
because of disappointed hope? or, will the •How knowest thou,' cried the judge, roll of the Law which you see in the recess where that tree is?'
become for them living with new beauty, The young man returned, and said that | when they learn to see in all its types the the tree would not come; but the Kazee foreshadowing of Him who came unto His replied,
own nineteen hundred years ago, and was It has been here already, and has given rejected by them? Will they receive Him evidence. Young man, the money is thine.' as the hope of Israel ?
Little did that old man imagine that the It may be some of these scholars have very tree under which he had stood would passed their days with the light of a pleasant become a witness against him, and that out home shining around them; for the love of his own mouth he would be condemned. of a Jewish father and mother to their If a heathen judge could thus discover this children is very tender, and the love of old man's lying tongue, how vain is it for Jewish children to their parents is strong any one to attempt to deceive God.
and reverential. On Sabbath afternoon When Gehazi, by his lying story, got their mothers will gather them with their two talents of silver, he thought he had sisters, and tell them histories of the nationenriched himself; but the leprosy taught of Moses and David, and the Maccabees; him the worthlessness of treasure got by a glorious histories of the triumphs of their lying tongue. When Ananias and Sapphira people; and then sadder tales, as they speak thought to keep their treasures by false of later times, of the sufferings of their hood, they brought death on themselves. people in all lands whither they have been Far better be a poor man than a liar.
scattered. And thus, in the hearts of the I will not !' said a little boy stoutly. children, there will be planted imperishable • What won't you do?' asked a passer-by. | seeds of love for their nation; and the long
That boy wants me to make believe hard tasks which they have to learn from something to my mother; and I won't,' he the Land and the Talmud, will no longer answered.
seem so dry and wearisome.
A JEWISH SCHOOL
But excepting on the Sabbaths, a Jewish Jerusalem. The school-books of a Jewish school-boy's life has little of brightness in boy consist principally of the two Talmuds, it. If the son of the stricter Polish Jews, 1 the traditions of which our Lord spoke in as I think these boys in the picture are, he Mark vii., with others of the same class will probably fast two days in each week; | added to them, and written down. He and two nights of each week he will pass | does, indeed, possess the Land and the
A Jewish School. without sleeping, in order to study the | Prophets; and his memory is carefully Talmud. For eight weeks before the great stored with the words of these books also. day of atonement, he will sit on the floor One Jew says of himself, "Before I was during a part of each day, clothed in sack- twelve years old, I could recite, by cloth, mourning over the desolation of heart, in Hebrew, the following books