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COLUMBUS.

his waiting years had been years of waiting drawn by the great painter Turner, in in idleness. He was skilled in navigation which this moment of Columbus's life is and astronomy, and had sailed many waters described as words refuse to describe it. If in the world. He knew all a seaman you know the picture, linger over it a while, should know, and, full of religious faith and for many and finest sentences will not the lofty enthusiasm of his vocation, he teach you all the solemn loneness of that could not comprehend fear. Much all his moment, as this little picture will. High gifts were required. When they sailed on the prow he stands with folded arms, week after week, and no land appeared, the and so still; and the darkness is round him, seamen murmured secretly, and then com but the darkness is broken by the moon, a plained aloud. They demanded that crescent moon which makes ripples of light Columbus should turn the ship back, and on the water, and casts one white glimmer take them home again to Spain.

along the low horizon. Far out on the low • Were there no grave within our land they cry

horizon, Columbus's eyes are strained, and That thou hast brought us to the deep to die?

there they catch the first glimpse of the Silent with sorrow, long within his cloak,

new world. His face he muffled then the hero spoke:

When the slow morning broke, there it 'Generous and brave! when God Himself is here lay before them-hill and richest wood, a Why shake at shadows in your mid career? He can suspend the laws Himself designed,

soft and lovely shore. He walks the waters and the winged wind; 'O say when all to holy transport given, Himself your guide ! and yours the high behest Embraced and wept, as at the gates of heaven, To lift your voice, and bid a world be blest. When one and all of us important ran

And, on our faces, blessed the wondrous Man : Yet, in His name, whom only we shall fear,

Sav was I then deceived, or from the skies 'Tis all, all, I shall ask, or you shall hear,

Burst on my ears seraphic harmonies ? Grant but three days.'-Hespoke not uninspired,

"Glory to God !' unnumbered voices sung, And each in silence to his watch retired.

Glory to God!' the vales and mountains rung,

Voices that hailed creation's final morn, You may imagine what anxious days And to the shepherds sung a Saviour born.' these were to Columbus. The hope of his This is supposed to be by one who went youth almost dying out of him, this that he with Columbusan account of the rapture had fondly and fervently believed to be and wonder of the mariners when they God's mission for him, cherished through found, after all their sickness and despair, long years of hardship and scorn, his that the Admiral's visions were true. mission unaccomplished, his hopes A proud return Columbus had in the shattered, could Columbus bear this? yet early spring of 1493. As he passed through the men were mutinous, and he had given the streets of Seville, every window and his word that, if on the third day no land housetop was crowded with people, who appeared he would yield to their demands, eagerly waited to catch but a glimpse of the and turn back his ship, and seek no more hero. And the hero was one to admire, as to find the land of the sunset. Two days well as love, old stories and portraits say. passed and still around them there was Blue, far-seeing eyes, with the dreamy nothing but the waste of sea. The evening beauty of his noble thoughts lighting them hymn was sung, and the long glory of the | up into splendour; an aquiline nose ; sunset faded from the lonely water; to abundant hair, which yet was bleached to morrow the ship would be homeward whiteness before he had seen thirty years; a bound. So the sailors believed, but not majestic presence; a winning eloquence of so Columbus.

speech; these, with his unspotted honour, He stood in the prow of his ship, looking his tender care of those beneath him, his out. The God of his faith would not fail | loyal love to the queen_are gifts and graces him now, in this sharp trial hour.

which sufficiently explain the enthusiastic In Roger's Poems there is a little picture | plaudits of the people.

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He was received by Ferdinand and Isabella with honours such as never before were paid to any but the highest nobles. With a warm simplicity, he told of all he had seen, and how he had found a people who seemed by their habits and dispositions waiting to receive Christianity.

When Columbus had ceased speaking, the king and queen fell on their knees, while the strains of We praise Thee, O God' burst with solemn gladness from the choir of the royal chapel.

After this, Columbus had still a long history, now slandered and disgraced, and now covered with honours. He returned to the new country. Because of some false representations he was brought back in irons to Spain. The captain of the ship would fain have relicved his prisoner. But Columbus would not permit him, preferring to wear his chains as the badge of what he suffered. He made one more voyage, and then came home to die; his health was broken by hardship, and his spirit saddened by ingratitudes.

Gently and trustfully he died among his own people on the 20th of May, 1506. He was buried at Vallodolid, with great splendour by the king—the king who had slighted his old age, and who sought thus to make vain amends. In 1796, his remains were carried to Cuba, where now they rest quietly in the Cathedral Church at Havanna.

H, W... W.

of sympathy for the little invalid, and in appreciation of his loving study of the

Word of God. When the lady called upon | me, it was to intimate that wee Johnnie'

had died a few days before my letter reached her. During this visit I gathered the following facts, which cannot fail to interest my youthful readers.

Wee Johnnie was a fatherless and motherless child, sent originally to the Ragged School. From this institution he was transferred to the Sick Children's Hospital, and after a year's sojourn there, to the Hospital for Incurables, where he died on Sabbath, Nov. 17, aged little more than eleven. Miss S. (a young lady who visits regularly the last-mentioned Hospital) had, about the beginning of this year, taken along to the sick child a copy of the •Dayspring,'together with other periodicals which might be supposed to interest him. The Questions' seemed to have struck him as something that might wile away the weariness rising out of a hopeless disease-viz., partial paralysis and affection of the spine. Lying upon his back in his little cot, the answers were written on a slate, and were copied in ink by his kind friend, who charged herself with posting them. The pleasing excitement connected with finding out the answers, the hope that the end of the year would bring him the expected reward, and the loving interest taken in him by his visitor, all tended to keep the child anxiously at work. And while thus wiling away the weary hours, he was not unmindful of the needs of others. His little mission-box contained, at his death, four shillings and elevenpence, gathered by him for missionary purposes. But I shall best tell Johnnie's story by the following interesting letter, written in answer to Miss S.'s enquiries.

The Hospital, Edinburgh. "My dear Miss M. Shand, -In accordance with your request, I gave Mr Kay's kind letter to Nurse Stewart to read. She was delighted with it, and was so pleased with Mr K.'s thoughtful kindness for poor wee Johnnie. She has little to tell about Johnnie further than you already know. He took constant and delighted interest in writing out the Answors

‘WEE JOHNNIE.' T HAD never seen him, never spoken to

him, and yet, as the 18th of each month came round, there were the ·Dayspring Bible Class Questions' sent in by Wee Johnnie,' with the utmost regularity, and all correctly answered. The fact that they were dated from the Edinburgh Hospital for Incurables, gave them always a touching interest, and set me to wondering who my youthful correspondent might be. A few days ago I addressed a brief note to the lady who had kindly written out the answers for him, intimating my purpose to send him a book at Christmas, in token

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to the Questions for the “Dayspring." He was, as you know, patient and gentle and obedient; though Nurse says he never shewed disobedience or an unruly will, except when she had to give him his medicine. Then he shut his mouth firmly, and refused to take any; but it always ended by his giving way to her persuasions, and manfully swallowing the dose with a gulp and a shiver! He was particularly careful in never allowing self-indulgence to overcome him by partaking of sweetmeats or fruits, or anything that Nurse said would do him harm! (The same can't always be said of many older invalids!) And he was always grateful for any little kindness done for him-dividing anything he got with little Davie, of whom he was very fond. His bearing towards "Davie" was more as if he had been an elder brother, or a very much older person than he was. His wisdom was far beyond his years ---probably from the fact of his being so much in the society of grown up persons, and from reading “grown up” people's books. He was all along an immense favourite with everybody -his patient, pale face and wistful blue eyes were irresistible. He was particularly fond of music (the musical box afforded him much pleasure), and flowers gave him great delight; and nothing gave Johnnie more pleasure than to receive a new book. He bore all his pain very patiently, never once murmuring or being fretful. In the Red Home boys at Musselburgh he took special interest; said he would have liked to have been one of the number, they “looked so nice and happy in their Cartes !He had very many friends in the country as well as in town. A little boyRobert Graham--at Rescobie School-house, wrote him frequent little letters during the summer, telling Johnnie of his rabbits and pigeons, and of how much he (Bobbie) wished Johnnie were able, like him, to enjoy all the fun and games. Johnnie liked having Robert's letters of " country life.”

Shortly before he died, Johnnie said, “Oh! Nurse, kiss me,” and, “Oh, don't go away, don't leave me.” He died peacefully, like an infant falling asleep--went home on a beautiful Sabbath morning to join the angels in singing the sweet name of Jesus.'

Israel's king, a shepherd boy

Gazing on the starry frame,' Tuned his harp in glad employ

To that great and glorious Name;
Fired with wonder, full of praise,
Framing his immortal lays,

Babes and sucklings' caught the glow
From that minstrel long ago.
Little children of to-day,

Joyfully His grace adore,
Whom the sun and stars obey

In their cycles evermore.
Praise His wisdom, bless His love,
Shining all His works above;
Trust his mercy, stooping low
To redeem us long ago.
When awakes that happy time

Which the waiting church desires;
Children then of every clime

Still shall swell the choral choirs. Higher yet their song shall float, Sweeter than a seraph note; While no change thy heart shall know, Gracious listener long ago. J. K. MUIR.

A NEW YEAR'S WISH. OH may we one day sinless meet

In Jesu's righteousness complete! Read o'er the tale of time, and see, Each for himself, t'was well for me: Well, every cross and throbbing sorrow; Well, the conceal'd and dark to-morrow; Well, the wish thwarted, and the smart, The hopes deferred that wrung the heart; The blighted view, the failing stay That swept the reeds of earth away! Well, yes; oh well, if found at last Saved from the tempest's howling blast, Landed beyond the swelling tide, Saved in the cleft of Jesu's side.

A. R.

LONG AGO.
I ITTLE children loudly sung
1 Praises to the Great'a
Jewish court and temple rung

Where the King of Glory stood. Hardened hearts were inly stirred As the infant hymn was heard, He, who bade their praises flow, Listening, loved them long ago.

INTERNATIONAL SERIES of LESSONS. QUESTIONS ON THE 'GOLDEN TEXTS.'

Jan. 5.THE SECOND TEMPLE. Ezra 3. 1-13. Memory verses: 10-13. Golden Text. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.

Ezra 3. 11. Who was Ezra? Ezra 7. 1, 6-10, 27, 28.

PRIZES FOR ANSWERS TO BIBLE QUESTIONS.

Why, and by whom, was the first temple

ANNOUNCEMENT. destroyed? 2 Chron. 36. 11-21. What did the laying of the foundation of the

TT is now seven years since the 'Dayspring'

I Bible Class was commenced, and during that temple typify? 1 Cor. 3. 11. 1 Pet. 2. 5-8. (1 Kings 5. 17, 18.)

time abundant evidence has been given that the What should be the chief theme of our songs

spirit of healthy competition among the young

has led to their better acquaintance with the of praise? Psa. 118. 21-24; 98. 1-3.

Word of God. What temple ought we all to be building ?

As month by month the

Answers came in, they were found to possess Eph. 2. 20-22. 1 Cor. 3. 12-16.

all the fascination of a personal acquaintance

with hundreds of young people, whose faces the Jan. 12.THE DEDICATION.

Editor had never seen, but whom he could Ezra 6. 14-22. Memory verses: 19-22.

picture to himself in quiet nooks and corners of Golden Text. The glory of this latter many Christian homes, searching the Scriptures. house shall be greater than of the | He could fancy the joy which spread over the former, saith the Lord of hosts; and countenance when the passage, long sought for, in this place will I give peace, saith

was at length discovered; or the look of puzzled the Lord of hosts.

perplexity when two or three passages seemed Hag. 2. 9.

to meet the requirements of the Question. What prophets encouraged the Jews to build

In order to give variety to the work set the temple? Ezra 6. 14.

before the youthful readers of the ‘Dayspring,' In what respect was the second temple more

it is deemed advisable to change the Bible Class glorious than the first? Mal.3.1. Luke 2.46.

into an Essay-Writing Class. A subject for Essay What did the dedication of this house signify?

will be given out twice during the year, and a 1 Kings 9. 3. (Rom. 12. 1.)

first and second prize will be awarded in July and What may we learn from the rejoicing of the

December. In order that competitors may not people at the dedication of the temple ?

be discouraged, it is resolved that the same Psa. 100. 2. Neh. 8. 10.

competitor shall not receive a first prize more

than once during the year. In the event of the Jan. 19.-THE MISSION OF NEHEMIAH.

competitor who has once secured a first prize Neh. 2. 1-8. Memory verses: 4-8.

being a second time successful, the name of Golden Text.-The God of heaven, he such competitor shall be published in the will prosper us; therefore we his ser 'Dayspring,' and a certificate of merit shall be varts will arise and build. Neh. 2. 20.

awarded. In all cases, save that above

mentioned, the prizes shall consist of BOOKS. Who was Nehemiah ? Neh. 1. 1-3, 11.

The competitors must not be above 15 years of What does the expression, we His servants,

age. The subject of Essay for this half year isimply concerning Nehemiah and his conpanions? Josh. 24. 24. Acts 27. 23.

How can the young best advance the
What work for God had they undertaken? cause of “Total Abstinence" from Intoxicating Drink.'

Neh. 2. 5, 17, 18. (Psa. 51. 18.)
Why did Nehemiah believe that God would

The Essays, accompanied by a sealed note prosper this work? Neh. 2. 4, 8. Psa. 37.5. giving the name and address of the competitor, What did his confidence in God enable him to

must be addressed to the · Editor of the Daydo? 1 Cor. 15. 58.

spring,' 11 Teviot Row, Edinburgh, and reach

him not later than the 31st of May, 1879. Jan, 26.-THE BUILDERS INTERRUPTED.

Neh. 4. 7-18. Memory verses: 15-18. Golden Text. Nevertheless we made | PRIZES for ANSWERS to BIBLE QUESTIONS our prayer unto our God, and set a

1878. watch against them day and night, 1st PRIZE-John B. Rainy, Edinburgh-32 Marks. because of them.

Neh. 4. 9. 2nd PRIZB-Harry Rainy, 1 -31 1 What discouragements tried the faith of these

3rd PRIZE-—Jessie A. Young, , -30 builders? Neh. 4. 1-3, 7, 8, 11.

The following have answered up to and above 20 What does the word nevertheless point out? marks each, viz. :

Psa. 44. 17. Luke 5. 5. 2 Kings 6. 16. Agnes Jackson, 28. Matthew Slater, 27. Geo. Gallie, What did Nehemiah and his companions do in 27. James Law, 26. Ella Love, 24. Catherine David

son, 24. Annie Rae, 24. Lily Murdoch, 24. Maggie this new trouble? Psa. 62. 8.

Tait, 234. Alice Tait, 23). Helen D. Holm wood, 231. Why did they watch unceasingly as well as

Bessie M'Lennan, 22. Florrie Davidson, 21). Thos. pray? Mat. 26. 41. 1 Pet. 5. 8.

M•Callum, 21. Mary and Jessie Falconer, 21. Lawrence What sword should we keep by us? Eph. 6. 17. 1 C. Panting, 20. Martha Baird, 20. Maggie Craig, 20.

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