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Having looked at the picture again, here | Drawing books: Pencils: Pens: Slates: Combs: are three things which I wish you to re Needles : Thread: Thimbles, &c. Do you member whenever you think of the palm not think that the bard-working missionaries tree.
will, when the boxes are opened, thank God 1. Be upright: no crookedness; no de for putting it into the heart of this christian ceit; no little meanness of character.
woman to show her love for the cause in 2. Be useful. Many a weary traveller which they are embarked ? has thanked God for the shelter of these But, then, you say, she is a rich lady and broad, feathery leaves; and many who have has it very well in her power to do all this. been ready to perish have eaten with glad By no means! She is not a lady at all in the heart the dates which form the fruit of the sense of wearing fine clothes and living in a palm tree.
splendid house. I know that she has to 3. If you wish to grow like the palm tree, work hard for her money, and hence it is all you must keep near the fountains. When the more to her praise that she has so big a ever the tired pilgrim sees a cluster of palm heart and so open a hand. I know that trees in the desert, he knows that there is she has denied herself many things in order water near, for the tree cannot grow and to do all this, and that she gives it willingly bear fruit without moisture. He may have as an offering to Him who has done so much to dig before he finds the spring, but the for her. There is one other thing, too, that water is to be had for the digging. Keep I may say; that so far is she from being near to the fountain, then; near to the proud of all this, that she has begged me Great Fountain of living waters, and you not to mention her name, and though I will know the meaning of these two verses could wish very much to do it, I must rein the ninty second psalm
spect her wishes, and only say that the “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree:
name, though not printed in "The Dayspring,'
is written in a book of remembrance, Those that be planted in the house of the Lord
wherein are written the names of those who shall flourish in the courts of our God.'
have given a cup of cold water to a disciple
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WHAT THE PENCE OF SOME CHILDREN WHAT ONE PAIR OF HANDS CAN DO FOR
HAVE DONE FOR MISSIONS.
FLITTLE children can do little or I WAS present lately at a farewell meet I nothing to help the missionaries in I ing with some missionaries who were their work.' So said to me the other day a going far from home and kindred, when a man who thought himself much wiser than lady accosted me, asking how she could send I thought him to be. He did not know that out to the missionaries four mission boxes. in May last when certain mission boxes I thought at once this is the kind gift of a were opened which had been placed in the number of christian women, who have been hands of children, it was found that there wishing to do something for Christ's cause. was more than Three Hundred Pounds in First thoughts are not always right, and in them, and that for five or six years past, this case mine were wrong. The four boxes the same boxes on being opened have conwere the gift of one person. I have before tained each year a similar sum. me a list of the articles in each box, and I Little children can do nothing !! Do think it will interest you to know what some you call nearly Two Thousand Pounds of them were. Unbleached Cotton, (85 yds. sterling nothing ? This year when I looked in each box); Gingham, Wincey, Drugget, over the list of the children who had conPrinted Flannel, Prints, Printed Remnants, tributed, I found my eyes getting dim with Scissors : Toy box: Knives: Paper : tears, for I observed the names of some dear
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children who have left us for the better land, and who are singing the praises of the Lamb that was slain, in that place where God wipes away all tears from the eyes, and where the Lamb that is in the midst of the throne feeds them by living fountains of water.
The pence of these children have been given for the purpose of supporting a mission vessel which has the same name as our little magazine, and which has done good service on behalf of the missionaries who are labouring in the New Hebrides. :
The following sentences from a letter sent by Mrs Paton (the wife of the mission. ary on Anewa) to the little mission collectors, will be read with interest:
'If I tell you how really grateful all the Missionaries are to the children who give their money so willingly to keep the 'Dayspring' in nice order, and how the little vessel actually helps to keep the Missionaries alive as well as those so dear to them, by bringing them food and medicine and all they require, I am sure you will not grudge having denied yourselves many little gratifications to help in so important a work.
No ship in the wide world has been more highly prized or more eagerly
for than the 'Dayspring ;' and we feel very much like children bounding out of school to have unrestrained freedom with their companions, when it arrives, and we meet with our missionary friends; for then we can talk in our own language, saying whatever comes uppermost. without fear of being misunderstood or of setting a bad example; we are in the habit of acting so carefully before the natives. These visits of the mission vessel are bright days in our lonely existence, which we think and talk about afterwards, as you do of holiday pleasures when you return to school.
But if the “Dayspring” has been prized by the Missionaries when things went well with them, o how their hearts have gone out in gratitude to God when the little white-winged
messenger of mercy' has been seen approaching at a time of sickness or danger! I know of at least two mothers in this mission who have gone to the shores of their lonely islands day after day with aching hearts, and eyes strained to catch sight of the least little speck of hope in the horizon, for their babies were lying so sick that they feared they might die ere the “Dayspring" came to take them to see a doctor.
And last year when the vessel was too long in leaving Australia, Mr Macnair used to pace the shores of Erromanga to look for her in vain. He was reduced to the greatest weakness from the fever and ague of the climate, and the natives having been unusually sick also, the store of medicine was exhausted, and their only hope was in the return of the vessel with the medicino thoy so much needed. Sometimes, after returning from the beach, he would throw himself on a chair and say—“I think I will be in my grave before the Dayspring' comes." And he did die, one of tho most godly and devoted Missionaries that ever came to tell the heathen about Jesus; not however beforo the vessel came with all his fresh supplies, but then it was too late to do him real good.
'I have told you a little about what the “Dayspring” does for the Missionaries, but just think what it has done for the heathen by bringing these Missionaries to them. I have not time to dwell on this, but I trust there will be ages and ages in eternity for the redeemed Ethiopians to shew forth their praise and gratitude to God for sending to tell them of Him who died for them. Remember, however, that it is the Missionary and not the mission vessel that is the means of bringing souls to the Saviour; for, important as the “Dayspring” is,-and it is of vital importance-it cannot make known to a single individual the way of salvation through Christ. We must have Missionaries who will go and live among the blacks-learn their language-teach them to read, and show them what it is to live as Christians. Will not some of you who have done so well in giving your money to the mission, do infinitely better by giving yourselves some day?
I should like to close this letter with one little word of advice, and it is this :-.Whatever you do, let it be done for Jesus, who values even a cup of cold water when given for His sake. You might possibly be disappointed in your mission vessel if you saw her, and if you came to be Missionaries you would find it up-hill work indeed to be sacrificing your whole lives merely for the sake of those who could not understand your motives, and knew not what it cost you to give up home and friends. But Jesus regards every sigh, and whatever is done for Him will meet with a sweet reward even in this life, for He has promised who can never disappoint.
You may not all be able to come and teach the heathen, or even to give money to help them, but every one of you can pray for them and for us. Do this like dear children, and believe me to be *Your loving friend,
"M. WHITECROSS PATON.'
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of the month, to the Rev. JOHN KAY, Greenbank
Cottage, Coatbridge. Memory text-1 John 3. 11, 12. Psalm 34. 21.
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