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on; he presented his pistol full at Patrick's face; the boy never swerved, but discharged his musket, and the same instant that the musket ball pierced the brain of the horseman, the pistol-bullet struck him in the chest. He fell.
"He was drawn into the middle of the square: they tore off his shirt, and from the dreadful wound the blood fell in torrents; he bent his head back on the shoulders of two soldiers. His face was rapidly paling with the torch of death.
"GOD bless ye all! Ye're very kind to me. I die, oh so peaceful! Through JESUS CHRIST I've long begged to be forgiven, and I made up my account last night. Sure, and I made my little cross in the square as he used to bid us, to make sure we'd not gone to rest without seeing how matters stood above. Make way, there, for sure I can't see, and it's all dark! Stand back, it's so hot there's no breathing! Sure, I'm dying, and there's no mistake then!'
"Patrick,' said an officer, coming up, for the cavalry had ceased charging, and the enemy were retreating fast; Patrick, you have acted bravely and well, and I have directions from the commanding officer to tell you that you'll be promoted.'
"Ah, sure, and I'm glad, sure I am; but there's no more promotion for Patrick in this lower world, I've done. Carry everything there is for me to my poor old mither: sure, and won't she fret when she hears as I'm gone! But she'll like to hear of the promotion : she'll clap it on to her tales about my fayther. I'm sinking, hold me up a little; there, just a little more. I'm so cold! Oh, what'll the King say on the other side, will He receive me there, poor sinner as I have been? LORD JESUs, receive my spirit: I've tried to serve Thee, poor infirm thing that I am, LORD JESUS-' and with a sigh the Irish boy's spirit passed away.
"Another witness sped, Walter; another voice to bear testimony. It creeps towards the day: the night of toil is over; the dawn, Walter, the dawn is breaking fast. From the baker's shop and the battle field the dawn of morning wakes. Happy Walter !"
What can we add to this-but a specimen of this noble book? We are not ashamed to confess, that as we read this, and other equally touching details, we could not repress a tear; and we think that all will be anxious to read a book, second to none which has lately issued from the press.
Going Home, if a little exaggerated, as some of our contemporaries say, is nevertheless a most beautiful and touching tale, and will, if we mistake not, command more than an ordinary number of readers. At all events it ought to do, for it contains much beautiful writing, and many pleasing, as well as touching scenes drawn from life. Mr. STRETTON'S Church Catechism is a laudable attempt to provide a manual for the use of catechists, and is calculated to be very useful. Mr. Stretton will, perhaps,
pardon us, if we suggest that a greater use should be made of illustrations, or picturing out, for which there is undoubtedly much scope. Archdeacon Bather's book would furnish a hint, as we consider that one of the most valuable books we have.
THE thirteenth anniversary of the consecration of the parish church of S. Peter's, Leeds, has been celebrated with the usual effective choral Services, in which the Bishop of the diocese took part. The sermons preached by the apostolic Bishop Selwyn. The choir was strengthened, on this occasion; and the congregations were, as usual, very large. Though Dr. Hook has not yet overcome his prejudices against Gregorians, and models his services after the old Cathedral type, rather than the Plain Song restored by Marbecke, we nevertheless owe him many thanks for leading the way in choral celebration, and for introducing order and decorum, where before all was confusion and disorder.
New churches have been opened at Felton, Herefordshire; at Bacup, where the Rev. J. Heyworth, of Henbury Hill, near Bristol, erected the church at his own expense, and provided an endowment; at Coalham, where a private person, Mrs. Newcomen, of Kirkleatham Hall, near Redcar, has built and endowed a church. The church of S. Cuthbert, Fishtoft, has been thoroughly restored. The foundation-stone of a new church to be built at Shrewton, diocese of Salisbury, was laid by the Bishop on Tuesday, the 5th of September. The following account in the Guardian, is so full of interest, that we gladly extract it :—
"The diocese of Salisbury has been forward in promoting all measures which tend to the revival of the Church of England. A great advance was made under the superintendence of the lamented Bishop Denison; and we have no reason to doubt that Bishop Hamilton, if his life is spared, will meet with equal encouragement. Tuesday, September 5th, was an important day to the inhabitants of Shrewton, a village within a few miles of Stonehenge. The old church, long reputed the most ancient in the neighbourhood, has been for some time in an almost ruinous condition. The ministrations of religion had, for a long period been confined to a solitary service on Sunday;
and, as might be expected, the parishioners had, in a great measure, attached themselves to Dissent. But a stirring Incumbent (the Rev. F. Bennett) had lately come into possession, and things-to use a Yankee phrase-had begun to go ahead.
"It was determined that the old church should come down, with the exception of the tower, and that a new building should be erected in its place. It was resolved to dispense with a Church-rate, and to rely on voluntary contributions. The villagers subscribed a number of small sums, amounting to £400: equivalent to the produce of a fourand-sixpenny rate. The Incorporated and the Diocesan Church Building Societies, granted £200 and £120 respectively; and about £400 was promised by various friends. Although £500 was still required to complete the nave, it was determined to commence the work without further delay. The walls were taken down, and at the same time an evidence of the extreme antiquity of the building was brought to light. Two very small openings, with semicircular heads, were discovered, one on each side of the sacrarium, exhibiting no traces of glazing, and internally deeply splayed. The extreme antiquity of these windows is proved, by the jamb of that on the south side having been cut away to make room for a Piscina, of Early Decorated character, by which it was completely blocked up. The existence of these openings, and also of two. Decorated lancet windows, in the church, was previously unknown. They were walled up, and thickly covered with plaster.
"Plans for the new edifice were prepared by Mr. Wyatt, the Diocesan architect. The original style of the body of the church was Early English: the nave is to be in the same style. The chancel will be Early Decorated, and the side aisles Perpendicular, to correspond with the ancient tower, which still remains. The 5th of September was a bright and warm day, and the villagers of Shrewton were in a high state of excitement, watching the carriages which entered in rapid succession, with the families of the neighbouring Clergy and gentry, and clustering round the arch of evergreens erected in front of the solitary tower, the bells of which were pealing merrily. The Bishop arrived from Salisbury about three o'clock, and was received by the Incumbent, the churchwardens, and about thirty of the Clergy. The procession formed at the Vicarage, and passed through the tower to the site of the future altar, near which the massive foundationstone was suspended by stout ropes from the centre of a triangle. A poor man in the village had designed to construct a crown of flowers for the Bishop, but, at the suggestion of friends, had been induced to substitute for it an exceedingly gay and lively-looking mitre, which now occupied a conspicuous position above the triangle. A large assemblage, consisting of the parishioners, the school children, and visitors, filled the churchyard and site of the church. The service used for laying the foundation-stone was that published by Mr. Masters. At the conclusion of the 127th Psalm, the stone was lowered into its place, and the Bishop assisted the architect and builder in placing it, saying, ' In the faith of JESUS CHRIST we place this foundation-stone, in the Name of GOD the FATHER, GOD the SON, and GOD the HOLY GHOST.' The ceremony being concluded, the Hun
dredth Psalm was sung, and the Bishop, mounting upon a stone, commenced an extemporaneous address, which was delivered with great clearness, and must have been audible at a considerable distance. "His lordship addressed himself successively to the several classes of which the congregation was composed. The children were reminded that they were specially interested in the new building, since, in the course of nature, they would enjoy its advantages longer than others. The donors were commended for their laudable undertaking, and exhorted to complete this house of GOD in a manner worthy the objects for which it was designed. The workmen were reminded of their duty to Him for whom they were working, and admonished to avoid all unholy words and actions. The parishioners in general were advised to make use of their new church, not only on Sunday, but on week days, agreeably with the intentions of their minister. They should preserve it in good order, as well as the surrounding churchyard in which reposed the bodies of those who had been temples of the HOLY GHOST. Brotherly love ought to be diligently cultivated. The parishioners must not expect perfection in the minister, nor the pastor in his flock. The foundation stone ought to remind them that CHRIST is the only sure foundation of hope and belief. The Bishop concluded by expressing a hope that he should have the happiness of meeting the congregation on a still more joyful occasion, namely, at the consecration. A collection was taken at the churchyard gate as the people separated, the amount of which was £26. 16s. 6d., raising the entire sum contributed to about £1,200. After the service, the Bishop, clergy, and a large number of ladies and gentlemen proceeded to the vicarage, at the adjoining village of Maddington, (also a part of Mr. Bennett's charge), where a supper was provided for the workmen, and a school-feast for the children. The present number of school-children in the two parishes is 185. The village band volunteered its services, and added greatly to the general hilarity. The church in Maddington was restored in 1846, under the auspices of Mr. Bennett, then curate of that parish; the chancel has been lately re-built; the Shrewton services have been transferred to Maddington while the building at Shrewton is progressing. The Bishop left, on his return homewards, about six o'clock, and his departure was announced by loud cheers, which his lordship in vain attempted to repress; altogether, the proceedings of the day were truly interesting and encouraging. It is important to note that the old parish church contained accommodation for only 168 persons, though the population is full 700; the new church will contain 370, in uniform open seats, all of which are to be free, and assigned from year to year by the churchwardens to the inhabitants of the parish. The entire cost will amount to nearly £2,000. The vicar and churchwardens earnestly entreat the sympathy and alms of those who have at heart the efficiency of the Church, to enable them to complete this holy and most important work."
In London, one more effort-and that on no ordinary scale is to be made to render church accommodation co-extensive with the needs of the population. The Bishop
of London, as usual, is a prominent mover in this laudable undertaking, and gives most liberal contributions. Three new churches are to be built in Paddington; one in Coventry Street, Haymarket; three in Clerkenwell; one in the parish of S. Andrew's, Holborn, at the expense of J. G. Hubbard, Esq., Governor of the Bank of England; whilst a former Governor, W. Cotton, Esq., is about to build one at his own expense in Limehouse. A committee has also been formed to consider how to meet the requirements of such overgrown parishes as S. Pancras, Whitechapel, Shoreditch, &c. All this is full of cheer, and our readers will no doubt pray that works, such as these, may in due time be carried out throughout the length and breadth of the land, that so the wilderness may blossom like a rose, and she that is now barren may become the mother of many children.
The work of church restoration is going on most satisfactorily. A fresh appeal is made for the completion of the parish church of S. Marychurch, Torquay, and we trust Mr. Watson will not appeal in vain. Mr. Hugall is doing his part in a most masterly manner, and from a careful examination of the already completed part, we are of opinion that Devonshire will have no parish church superior, and few equal, to the restored church of S. Marychurch.
The following account of a marriage celebrated according to rule, and for which we are indebted to the Guardian, will be perused with interest by all our readers :
"On Tuesday, the 8th instant, the parishes of Farlington and Wymering, Hants, were the scene of much happy festivity on the occasion of the marriage of the Rev. Andrew Nugée, Rector of Widley-cumWymering, with the daughter of the Rev. E. T. Richards, Rector of Farlington. The unusual ringing of the simple little bells of Wymering, Widley, and Purbrook churches announced at an early hour the interest of the villagers in the event of the day. At Farlington the morning service was said at nine o'clock, after which, the doors of the church were obliged to be closed in consequence of the numbers of persons assembled from the above and neighbouring villages, anxious to witness the solemnity, of which they had been previously made aware by the publication of the banns. The fact that the marriage was about to connect the families of the pastors of two contiguous parishes heightened the interest of the day. At half-past ten the church doors were thrown open, when not more than half those