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THE SHINING LIGHT. The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.' Proverbs 1v. 18.' FATHER, I would my path might prove
That they who mark the genial ray,
May seek the Light above.
And though at times thick clouds obscure
My path, and shroud the silvery sheen, That I his stedfast course might run,
With purpose strong, and motive pure, Within the ways of truth and right,
Progressing, though unseen. And seek with the unswerving Sun,
Soon may I reach the heavenly height, The full meridian height:
Where full perfection spreads her wings,
To revel in the golden light Still scattering through my earthly way,
Of the great King of kings. · Such deeds of gentleness and love,
OUR MISSIONARY PAGE.-THE NEW HEBRIDES. YOHN WILLIAMS was the first who leave the event to God. I brought twelve W wished to preach the gospel in the New native missionaries with me; two have settled Hebrides. His large soul could not be con.
at a beautiful island, Rotumah; the ten I fined to a single reef,' and he was ever plan have are for the New Hebrides and New ning and executing schemes for the spread of Caledonia. The approaching week is to me the the gospel. He set sail in November 1839, in most important of my life. In truth it was; the missionary vessel Camden,' with great for during the week he had risen from the anxiety as to the efforts to be made. An footstool to the throne, and had formed one of extract from a letter written four days before those regarding whom the angels of God say, his death will express the state of his mind. These are they that have come out of great 'I have just heard dear Captain Morgan say tribulation and have washed their robes white that we are sixty miles off the New Hebrides, in the blood of the Lamb. On the 19th No80 that we shall be there early to-morrow vember 1839, teachers were landed on Tanna, morning. This evening we are to have a and on the 20th Mr Williams and Mr Harris special prayer meeting. Oh, how much de were murdered as they were landing on pends upon the efforts of to-morrow! Will Erromanga. the savages receive us or not? Perhaps at this From that hour the New Hebrides possessed moment, you or some other kind friend may a deeper interest, and christians in Great be wrestling with God for us. I am all Britain longed to win these islands to the anxiety, but desire prudence and faithfulness cross. But the missionaries in Samoa were in the management of the attempt to impart ready to take up the fallen standard of Willthe gospel to these benighted people, and | iams, and one of their number was sent to
NOVEMBER BIBLE READINGS AND LESSONS.
November 3. MATTHEW 6. 19-34-God
and Mammon. Memory text-Matthew 6. 32, 33. Psalm 34. 10. liovember 10. GENESIS 37. 18-36-Joseph
sold as a slave. Memory text-1 Peter 2. 19, 20. Psalm 8. 5,9. November 17. MATTHEW 7.-The Golden
Rule. Memory text-Matthew 7. 13, 14. Psalm 1. November 24. GENESIS 39.21.40-Joseph
in prison. Memory text--James 1. 5,6. Psalm 105. 16-19.
BIBLE QUESTIONS on these Lessons, with answers in the words of Scripture, may be had of the Publishers.
hazard his life in an effort to introduce christian teachers on Erromanga. This devoted missionary, the late Rev. T. Heath, stipulated that in case he was cut off as Williams had been, the work should not be given up, but that another should follow in the same christian enterprise. He was successful, and settled teachers at Erromanga in May 1840; but their sufferings were soon begun, and had not a mission vessel touched at the island four months afterward, they would have perished. At Dillon's Bay, where Williams had been murdered, teachers were settled on this visit, and also on Fotuna. In 1845 native teachers were settled on the beautiful island of Faté or Sandwich. These efforts were nearly all fruitloss, and resulted in the murder of teachers on Fotuna and Faté, and in their sufferings and death on Tanna. In the year 1842 two European missionaries, Messrs Turner and Nisbet, were settled on Tanna, but severe and wide spread disease having appeared among the natives shortly after, the murder of the missionaries was resolved upon. Having suf
ered much anxiety, the doomed brethren put to sea in an open boat, and after being driven back towards the shore which they had left, were providentially picked up by a vessel bound for Samoa. In 1848 Messrs Geddie and Powell attempted missionary work on Aneityum. Mr Powell, after a year's residence, returned to Samoa. Mr Geddie was a Presby. terian missionary from Nova Scotia. For three years, Mr (aow Dr) Geddie and his wife laboured alone. God blessed their labours, and after many difficulties and trials, the missionary had the joy of seeing important fruits. Thirteen Aneityumese were baptised on the 18th May 1852, and the Lord's Supper observed for the first time. There were then sixty natives under christian instruction with a view to joining the membership of the church; eighty learning to read ; and a disposition to receive instruetion rapidly growing among the people.
Next month our young readers may expect to find the history of the New Hebrides Mission carried down to the present day.
BIBLE QUESTIONS. . 51. Of what good man is it said that a wicked man was afraid of him because the Lord was with him ?
52. Which verse of Proverbs contrasts the courage of a good man with the cowardliness of the evil-doer ?
53. In what striking manner does Moses describe the fears of a guilty conscience ?
54. Where do we find a prayer of the apostles for courage to persevere in duty ?
55. Name two men who committed awful crimes from want of courago to refuse ? ANSWERS TO BIBLE QUESTIONS IN THE OCT.
NUMBER OF THE DAYSPRING.' (46) Isaiah liü. 5. (47) Mary of Bethany. John xii. 7. (48) Hebrews xi. 1. (49) Heb. xi. 13. Having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them. (50) Matthew viii. 10; xv. 28.
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SOMETHING MORE ABOUT BURMAH.
THE LITTLE WANDERERS.
called the robber district. His instructions
were blessed for the conversion of two robber CHILDREN, stop a minute
chiefs. They gave up their wicked ways, and u In your evening play,
employed themselves in cutting down timber While the romping firelight
for sale. Chases out the day,
Once,' said Mrs Ingolls, they came to Something has come o'er me
our mission, and, after further instruction, That I want to say:
were baptized. They saw we had a chapel
for the services. When they went back to There are little children
the mountains they said, “The white teachers Out in all the rain,
have rooms to worship God in, perhaps if we When the streets are freezing,
build one they will come and teach us." And Numb with bitter pain,
they told the good news they had heard, and Grown so used to hunger
believed about the true God and Jesus Christ. That they scarce complain.
So they set to work, and got planks and
bamboos, and in time a chapel was built. While your pleasant nursery
Then the two chiefs said, “We will go and Glows in warmth and light,
fotch the white teacher." Think of those who shiver
•They came from the far mountains to our Through the wintry night,
station, but their white teacher, my dear, dear
husband, was gone away; yes, gone away to Crouching 'neath an archway
be with the Lord, and rest from all teaching. That is frosted bright!
Then they said to me, “Wont you come No kind mother tucks them
and teach us?" In a cosy bed,
'I was then overwhelmed with grief, and No dear hand falls gently
how could I leave my schools and my child,
and no one to carry on the mission. So I said, On the curly head;
"No, I cannot come.” Straw, at best, below them,
Then the men cried and said, “We have And above, a shed.
been robbers and liars, and we told the people Think of them, dear children,
if we built a room the white teacher would In your evening prayer,
come. If we go back and say he is dead, and
that you will not come, they will think we are Try some way to give them
liars still, and they will listen no more to us Of your better share;
about the true God.” There is One who deems them
Then I went and prayed about the matter, Worthy of His care.
and consulted with those who knew the There is One who watches
mountains. They said, “It is not safe for a
woman to go; the district is full of robbers, From His radiant throne,
and the people are fierce; you will never come O'er those little children,
baok." Hears their weary moan;
Still the repeated cry of these poor men, Let Him note some loving
“ Come and teach us," seemed an indication Kindness to them shown!
of God's will. So I determined to go for six J. G. M. K. weeks, taking with me my child and nurse,
and three native Christian helpers. I met SOMETHING MORE ABOUT BURMAH.
with great kindness, and the people were so TT is about twenty years since Mrs Ingolls eager to hear the news, the good news, that I went to live in Burmah. She and her I have sometimes sat up past midnight to good husband, the Rev. J. Ingolls, laboured teach the crowds that came. It was indeed there for seven years, and then the Lord called six weeks of sowing time. Many said, “How him to rest from his labours. And ever since beautiful this is, that God sent His Son to bis lonely widow has gone working on there. save us—we do believe it.” I left many
She told us that Mr Ingolls had the joy of books and tracts, and some of them nearly baptizing about four thousand people. He learnt to read. I explained to them about the often went preaching journeys into what is | Lord Jesus, and told them that I a woman