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We know, that if you would bathe in the blood of Him who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,' then would your souls be delivered from the oppressive and intolerable thought of the past; and you would be refreshed in the future by the glorious prospect of bringing those that remain to the same Saviour that redeemed you. It is true, you may feel like the South Sea murderers of their children, who, on being awakened and taught the power of the blood of Christ, even then found the consciousness of that sin-the murder of their children— the last which they could bring to the atoning blood. Some lamented in agony over seven, others over seventeen or twenty, whom they had destroyed. Yet even these did at last find their souls cleansed in that full, deep fountain. And you may find the same. You will then be like pardoned Manasseh, who, when justified from all things, by bathing in the ocean of Immanuel's blood, could walk at evening round Zion, and look down into the very valley of Hinnom-the black, gloomy valley where he had made so many of his children pass through the fire to Moloch,and still retain his peace with God, and say, Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died' (Rom. viii. 34). If you would thus try the power of Christ's sacrifice to purify your guilty conscience, you would soon care for and yearn over your children's souls. You would discover their guilt, and perceive their danger, and you would long to see them saved and made 'accepted in the Beloved.' We know, also, in regard to those of you that have sought Christ for yourselves, but have not been sufficiently careful to fulfil your baptismal promise, and comply with the demand of the Lord, by bringing your children to Christ, we know that the cause is to be found in your meagre views and most inadequate feelings of the Saviour's glorious work. Your sense of the heinousness of the sin which it purges away is so dull, and your apprehension of its infinitely urgent necessity and overwhelming grace is so dim, that your languid feelings are not stirred, though your offspring are living in the open neglect of the great salvation. Were you to die in your present unfaithfulness to your family, and be saved your-open arms, saying, 'Suffer the little children to selves, 'so as by fire,' you would need to take an eternal farewell of your children. Like Eli, you might be saved; but your feelings on reaching glory would be like his. No doubt he learned in heaven what he dreaded to think upon on earth, that his sons, Hophni and Phinehas, were cast away as brands for the burning; and now all that he could do, as he stood before the throne-himself saved, but none of his offspring -was first to adore the sovereign grace that had led himself to wash in the blood of the Lamb that removed even that sin of crimson and scarlet dye, and next, to join the hallelujahs of the company that were praising the righteous wrath of their God against the lost souls of Hophni and Phinchas, while they saw the smoke of their torment rising up for ever and ever (Rev. xix. 3). Bearing these solemn truths in mind, hear us when we propose to you that your children should be sent to the SABBATH SCHOOL.

1. You that care about your own and your children's souls. We believe you are seeking out the best means of benefiting those under your care. We therefore do no more than ask you to consider whether or not it would be useful to send your children to our schools. If other circumstances are suitable, then your example might influence some of your neighbours; and by your attention to your children in preparing them at home for the Sabbath school, you would have the satisfaction of seeing your children become a pattern to others.

2. You that care about your children, though you are not yourselves converted. We know that this is no uncommon case; even infidels have wished their children to know Christ. Now, if you feel that you yourselves have got no change of heart, we entreat you to send your children to the Sabbath school. There, by the blessing of God, they may be led to Christ. The teacher's whole aim is to bring them to the cross of Christ, to carry them to the Shepherd who gave his life for the sheep, and to bathe them in the fountain opened for sin and uncleanness. But if you allow them to spend Sabbath evening, and perhaps all the day too, in whatever manner they please, you may expect soon to hear them uttering oaths, and be grieved by their profanity, their contempt for the ordinances of God, their filthy and foolish deeds, and other signs of a hardened heart. But oh! if they were saved, you would be freed at the great day from the reproach of their ruin. And perhaps they might even carry home salvation to you. What if they should lead you by the hand to Jesus? What if your experience should be that of a parent, who said, 'I was thirty years old before I knew that I had a soul. But one of our boys went out on a Sabbath to play, and was brought in with his ankle-bone out of joint. Next Sabbath, another of the boys got himself lamed. I resolved to send them to school to be out of the way. It was there that they learned, and I learned through them, that I had a soul.'

3. You that care neither for your own nor your children's souls. Whether you care or not, still it is true that there is a Saviour standing with

come unto me, and forbid them not' (Mark x. 14). Will you allow us to be kind to them, and lead them to this Saviour? You would wish them to be obedient, to be well-behaved, to be useful; you would not wish to see them grow up to be thieves, drunkards, and pests to society. Let us, then, try what we can to lead them to Christ. Do not hinder us from showing kindness to your children. We entreat you not to be unmerciful to their souls. Let not your eye be evil toward the children of your own bowels. Would you wish that any of them should yet curse the day that ever they were born in your house, and had you for their parent?

And now that we have ended our few words of expostulation, we must say to those of you who agree to put your children under our care for a few hours on Sabbath, that we do not in any degree free you from the obligations you yourselves are under to attend to their souls.

No; we cannot take upon us your responsibility, which became yours at your children's birth, and was sealed on you at their baptism. We cannot stand in your place in the judgment-day. You must yourselves at home watch over them, pray for them and with them, help them in their lessons for their classes, and speak to them on their returning home, as anxiously as if we had never said a word. We offer only to help you.

It will prove your more sure condemnation at last, if it be the case that strangers cared more for your children's souls than you yourselves do, -the father that begat them, and the mother that bore them. But, oh, how blessed, if, led by the Holy Spirit yourselves, you become the means of leading your children to Jesus! We will stand by, rejoicing to hear you say, 'Behold, Lord, I and the children whom Thou hast given me!'

THERE AND HERE.

'There remaineth therefore a rest' (the keeping of a Sabbath) 'for the people of God.'-HEB. iv. 9. PREACHING from these words, Matthew Henry says: Tis good to be here, but better to be there; for, 1. Here we are at a distance from God, there we are brought near Him; now absent from the Lord, then present. Here we have a Sabbath now and then in the camp, there a constant one in the court. Here boarded at school, there fetched home to our Father's house.

favour; but in heaven He gives his favour itself. the full communication of it. It is but a typical rest we have here; that is a real rest, a Sabbath indeed.

2. Here we are in the dark and under a veil; but there we shall see all things clearly. Here we inquire in God's temple; but after all our inquiries, our discoveries are short and defective: we know but in part. The word we read and hear is in many places obscure to us. But there the veil will be rent, doubts resolved: we shall see all things clearly.

3. Here we are dull-defective in our best performances; but there we shall be all light, and love as well as light. Now we cannot do good as we should; are disturbed by vain thoughts, distractions. Sabbath work is done by halves, through the vanity of our minds and the infirmity of our flesh. The body is a clog. But there will be no corrupt nature, no body of sin, no body of flesh, no flaws in our work.

4. Here we are often disquieted and in sorrow. We have other work to do besides that of joy and praise. We repent now in tears, hang our harps on the willow trees; we go mourning; enemies mock at our Sabbaths,-our spiritual enemies (Lam. i. 7). But there will be nothing but joy and praise: all pleasant.

'5. Here we lose a great deal of our Sabbath time unavoidably; but there will be none lost in heaven. We lose a great deal in the morning in sleep; but from the morning of the resurrection we shall never sleep, nor need it;-in dressing; but there always dressed;-in going to the assembly; but there going no more out;-in bodily refreshments; no eating or drinking there.

'6. Here our Sabbath assemblies are but small and mixed; but there full and perfectly pure. Here we meet with a few, the doors shut for fear of the Jews-those of our own neighbourhood; but in heaven all, from east and west. Here, those of our own age and day; there, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Here there are spots; none there all saints, and all the saints, and saints made perfect-no unclean person or thing; a perfect concert and not a jarring string.

7. Sabbaths here are but signs; that Sabbath is the substance, and has in it all the thing signified. God gave his Sabbaths for signs, tokens of his

8. Sabbaths here have nights at the end of them, and week-days to come after them; but that is an everlasting Sabbath. As Christ is a priest, so heaven is a Sabbath, that has no successor. That rest is perpetual, and we shall never return to our toil; that work is continual, and we shall never return to our sleep or inactivity.'

Blessed prospect! But by every one beholding it, the inquiry should be addressed to his own soul, Will that prospect be realized by me?'

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THE NIGHT IS FAR SPENT.
ROM. XIII. 11, 12.
CHRISTIANS, wake! no more be sleeping,
Up! and let us watch be keeping;
Far spent is the night of weeping,

And the day is near at hand!

Nearer than when we believed,
And the grace of God received,
And from bondage were relieved,

Our desired salvation is.

Up! iniquity's abounding,
Danger is our path surrounding,
And the cry will soon be sounding,

Lo! the Bridegroom cometh now!
Many cold in love are growing;
Many from the faith are going.
Let our love and zeal be glowing;
Let us ever ready stand!

Worldliness and sin eschewing,
Trustfully our path pursuing,
And our work appointed doing,
Let us at our posts be found!

Up! and instant be in praying,
Faithful unto Jesus staying,
Faint not though He be delaying,-

He will surely come at last!

Patiently may we await Him,
Joyfully go forth to meet Him,
And with loud hosannas greet Him,
When He comes to take us home!

-John Kelly.

The Treasury Hymnal.

The hymns are selected from Dr. Bonar's "Hymns of Faith and Hope." The Letter-note Method of musical notation, by permission of Messrs. Colville & Bentley, is introduced as a help to young singers.

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MISS RUSSELL'S THIRD YEAR IN JERUSALEM.

(A SEQUEL TO HOME IN THE HOLY LAND.)

CHAPTER XVII.

STOLEN PEARLS SENT BACK.

ERSHON'S fears came true. He was summoned to the Consulate to answer to the charge of having stolen the pearl necklace.

Little Yakovieo came running, pale and breathless, to tell me that his father had been taken to the Consulate, and that he would surely be put in prison; and it was not my father who stole the pearls, Senora, it was that wicked Ibrahim Aga.'

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Ibrahim Aga! How do you know, child?' The same expression of fear came over his face that I had seen upon the faces of Sarah and Gershon; but it was far less, and he seemed to think more how his father was to be defended from the charge of theft.

He came up close to me, and whispered, 'Senora, don't tell any one, for I am afraid. Ibrahim Aga is a bad man; he will kill me if he hears it. But I was not asleep, I saw him give the slave my father's bundle.'

Just then Sarah came in; she was in great misery about her son. She thought his fate was sealed; for, had he not had the pearls? and were they not missing? and they now asked not ten, but thirty thousand piastres as their value.

It was

Walter advised me to tell his grandmother what the boy had told us. I did so, and now every other idea seemed lost in terror. easy to perceive that the child was right, that Ibrahim Aga was the very man whom Sarah had also seen. But she would not pronounce his name, would not admit that she had seen him; but upbraided the child for his folly-in having spoken out what he knew-so bitterly that the poor boy shrunk into a corner, hid his face, and cried as if his heart would break. "Why make mischief for ourselves? When Godblessed be He!-sends us affliction, shall we not bear it? Why, thou foolish child, why wast thou not dumb? Why shouldest thou bring the wrath of that accursed man-may his name be blotted out!-upon thy father's head?'

At last I got her to listen to me, and to admit that this man was indeed Ibrahim Aga, chief of the police.

'Of course,' cried Walter; 'did not Benson tell us that that fellow and his slaves were suspected of the robberies going on? How came I to forget it? But Mr. Wells ought instantly to be informed.' On hearing that Walter was going to tell the Consul, Sarah wept, she entreated, fell at his feet, and supplicated that he would not do so.

Try and get her to understand, Emily, if Mr. Wells is not told, I don't see how her son can be cleared.'

I got her to understand this. But she said that, some years ago, a poor Jew had offended this

| terrible Ibrahim Aga, and he had disappeared and had never since been heard of; and she was afraid for her son's life, if robbery should be brought home to the chief of the police through his means.

'But thirty thousand piastres, Sarah! how will your son ever pay that? He will be imprisoned all his life, and that will be as bad for you.'

At last we got her to consent to our telling the whole to Mr. Wells under the seal of secrecy, and asking his advice as to what ought to be done.

At the Consulate we found the trial of the case was going on. There was Gershon standing, pale and trembling, before the Consul, who was surrounded by his secretaries and dragomans. I was glad to catch a glimpse of Abraham's face among them; for I thought his ready wit would have discerned the truth of Gershon's story, and his kind feelings would be certainly enlisted on his behalf. I also saw a woman standing closely veiled near the door, with bright yellow silk trousers peeping below her white sheet. She must be the woman in whose gown pocket the pearls were. Beside her was a coarse-featured, one-eyed man, in a great big turban,—her husband, I suppose. Walter went into the court, I upstairs to Mrs. Wells.

In about an hour my brother joined us, looking grave. 'It is a most distressing case; they have proved beyond all doubt that the pearls were in the dress when given to Gershon, and they want to make him responsible for their value. He, of course, says the gown was stolen from him; but can he prove that?'

'But if he did not know that they were in the pocket. People don't give pearls worth ten thousand piastres as security for a tarboosh worth fifty or a hundred.'

'That is about the best point in the whole case, Mrs. Wells; and I think Mr. Wells means to consider it, judging by his cross-examination of the woman's two slaves. Her husband knew nothing about the pearls-had never heard of them before.'

Strange!'

A kawass here brought up a note from Rabbi Abraham: 'Dear Mr. Walter, will you be bail for this poor man? Why shall he be put in prison as a thief, when he himself is the one robbed?'

'Yes, I will,' cried Walter. 'Gershon put in prison,'-and he added, in a low tone, to me, 'in the power of the villain who has robbed him!-no, not if I can prevent it.'

The Consul and my brother came up in quarter of an hour.

'Matters have taken a curious turn, Miss Russell. Your brother's kindness is not needed. Just as I was about to take his security for Gershon, a black slave whispered something to the woman who claims the pearls. She clapped her

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