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Hindu himself judging them. The Bháskar, in irony of course, thinks Hinduism more

likely to find favour with such than ChrisThe temptations which ensnared the Israel- tianity is with the Hindus, and in one sense ites at Baal-Peor and the Christian converts we agree with him. If the upholders of at Corinth, are held out it appears with too | Hinduism will provide nách girls, singingmuch effect to British residents in Bengal. women, equestrians, champaigne and suppers At the recent festival called Durga Pujá, the at their festivals, they will make many con. worthlessness of nominal Christianity was verts, at least to these exciting appendages, if illustrated in various ways which called forth not to idolatry: but how far they will do sarcastic remark from many of the heathen. honour to Hinduism we leave our readers to One of the most intelligent of the native judge from the following extract from the journals, the Bhaskar, wrote thus imme- article in the Englishman previously referred diately afterwards :“ The Durga Puja does not bring gaiety

" It is necessary to allude to the disorderly, and mirth to the Hindu community alone, but indecent, and riotous manner in which many also to the Christians. They may be seen in There were seen the last night a great number

of the Rájah's guests behaved at their place. every house (native of course) partaking of dainties offered to the goddess along with with hats on, and not a small number with bumpers of sherry and champaigne. Good

cigars, whilst a body of young jokers were singers and nach-girls are retained at these seemingly inclined for a row, being noisy, festivals to entertain the European friends of jocular, and loose in their behaviour. Raja the Bábus. What would the Christian Advo- Apurva Krishna was induced to call for the cate say of this ? He inveighed against the help of the police to remonstrate with such government for allowing the Hindu holidays, people, but they appeared to care little for but does he intend to bring these liberal the constables, who it may be said, in justice fellow countrymen of his within the pale of to them, acted strictly according to their his tenets ? Our countrymen consider every

orders.' thing connected with the Christian religion only guests at the náches.

We regret to say that such were not the impure, but Christians, it seems, are more

An extract which liberally disposed towards our faith. Thus follows from the Hurkaru is confirmation we have hopes that our religion will rather strong of the sad fact, that not a few of the meet with encouragement than checks at the

more respectable members of the Christian hands of those good Christians.”

community were present on the occasion." Adverting to the fact, the Calcutta Chris

The prevalence of the evil on previous tian Observer says, “ Here we have also the occasions may be estimated from the fact that direct testimony of another native well ac

sermons were preached on the subject, immequainted with the Hindu system, that the diately before the festival, at most if not all dainties of which Christians partake at the the Christian places of worship in Calcutta. néches are offered to the goddess. The irony in which the Bhaskar indulges at the expense of our professedly fellow Christians is most

SOUTH AUSTRALIA. pointed, and the rebuke administered appropriate and deserved. Well may we ask, not only what will the Christian Advocate say of From this remote portion of the carth, this? but what does the bible itself say to Chris- gratifying intelligence has recently arrived. tians on such subjects ? Come out from About four years ago, Mr. Ham, pastor of a among them and be ye separate, saith the baptist church in Birmingham, was advised Lord. Touch not, taste not, handle not the to seek a restoration of his health in a warmer

climate. He had suffered long from an "Our contemporary asks, how we can asthmatic affection, and it was the general bring these, our liberal fellow countrymen, opinion of those who knew him that his within the pale of our tenets ? and well he may course was nearly finished. In his way to ask us,—and we may ask them how they can Sydney, near which juice he intended to reconcile their consciences as Christians with settle, he visited Port Philip; and there he the word of God, this liberal and shrewd found a few baptists who had been long pray


unclean thing.'

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