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ANECDOTES AND SELECTIONS.
WORKING AND WAGES ON TAE SABBAT#. An eminent minister in Wales, hearing of a neighbour who followed his calling on the Lord's-day, went and asked him why he broke the sabbath. The man replied, that be was driven to it, by finding it hard work to maintain his family. “Will you attend public worship,” said Mr. P., "if I pay you a day's wages ?" "Yes, most gladly," said the poor man. He then attended constantly, and received his pay. After some time, Mr. P. forgot to send the money; and recollecting it, called upon the man and said, “I am in your debt.” “No, sir, he replied, “you are not." "How so?" said Mr. P., “I have not paid you of late.” “True" answered the man, “but I can now trust God; for I have found that he can bless the work of six days for the support of my family, just the same as seven." Ever after that he strictly kept the sabbath, and found that in keeping God's commands there is not only no loss, but great reward.
The Day of Death.—Awake, asleep, at home, abroad, we are going onward to that important day. By day, by night, in business, in pleasure, in health or in sickness, we are still with speed approaching life's closing hour. A traveller in a steam-ship was asked how she liked it. She replied, she should know when the vessel was going. It was going then, but so gentle was the motion, that she perceived it not. Thus it is in human life. We are always floating hastily down the stream of time to the vast ocean of eternity, nor going the slower because we may not perceive the rapid motion, or may be insensible of the speed with which we pass over the billows of life.
J. G. PIKE. A Happy KNACK.-There are those who read the records of public events as devoutly as they do the New Testament. To that class belonged good John Newton, so celebrated for simplicity and love, common sense and mother wit. Mr. Newton was wont to say he read the newspaper to see how his heavenly Father was governing the world. All news ought to be sanctified. There is not a subject of public record that does not connect itself with some point of Scripture, as tending to illustrate Divine Providence.
CHRIST IS AN UNSEARCHABLE MERCY; who can fully express his wonderful name? who can tell over his unsearchable riches ? Hence it is that souls never tire in the study or love of Christ, because new wonders are eternally rising out of him; he is a deep which no line of any created understanding, angelic or buman, can fathom.
CHRIST IS AN EVERLASTING MERCY'; "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." All other enjoyments are perishable, timeeaten things; time, like a moth, will fret them out; but the riches of Christ are “durable riches," the graces of Christ are durable graces. All the creatures are flowers that appear and fade in their month; but this Rose of Sharon, this Lily of the Valley, never withers.
THE FIRESIDE.—THE PENNY POST BOX.
COUNSELS TO PARENTS RESPECTING THEIR CHILDREN. 1.-Impress upon their minds the excellence and importance of integrity. Teach them that it is much better to be poor and honest, than to be rich and dishonest.
2.-Show to them the inestimable value of a good character. You should imbue their youthful minds with the conviction that property is to be acquired only by industry and strict honesty; and that fraud is the high road to poverty, as well as to disgrace. Tell them that bonest men always speed better than rogues.
3.—Teach them the important fact, that without peace of conscience they never can be happy.
4.-Remind them often that the eye of God is upon them; that he looks not only upon the outward act, but at the heart; that all dishonest designs, as well as words, and acts, are known to Him.
5.-You should impress upon their minds that one crime generates another-one falsehood causes another to be to told-one wrong act leads to another, until there is no knowing where it will end.
6.-Keep your children from bad company. You should restrict them while they remain under your care. From ten to twenty is the most important period in their lives. Then they select their associates and form many of their habits-good or bad.
7.-Give your children, as well as good precepts, a good example. If you tell falsehoods, steal, or cheat, your children will naturally imitate your example ; on the other hand, if you conduct yourselves and your affairs in an upright, sincere, and honest manner, then will they be more likely to follow your example,
8.-Lastly: Pray with, and for your children. Read the Bible every day with them. Tell them of the love of Jesus Christ. Then you may anticipate seeing your children pious and happy, for the blessing of God is promised on such efforts for their good.
The Penny Post Box.
THE PIN AND THE NEEDLE. I met with a good little fable the other day, which may be useful to fill up a corner of the Pioneer. It teaches us all that we are not to despise one another, and that however humble our position in life we may all be useful in our way—the peasant as well as the prince—for even “the king himself is served by the field," as the wise man saith.
SELECTOR. “A pin and a needle, neighbours in a work contract, both being idle, began to quarrel as idle folks are apt to do. 'I should like to
FACTS, HINTS, AND GEMS.
know, said the pin to the needle, 'what you are good for, and how you can expect to get through the world without a head ?' 'What's the use of your head, replied the needle, rather sharply, 'if you have no eye?' 'What's the use of an eye,' said the pin, “if there is always something in it?' 'I am more active, and go through more work than you can,' said the needle. "Yes; but you will not live long.'
Why not?' said the needle. “Because you always have a stitch at your side,' said the pin. You are a crooked creature,' said the needle. And you are so proud that you can't bend without breaking your back,' said the pin. I'll pull your head off if you insult me again,' said the needle. "And I'll pull your eye out if you touch my head,' said the pin. While they were thus contending, a little girl entered, and undertaking to sew, she very soon broke off the needle at the eye. Then she tied the thread around the neck of the pin, and in trying to pull the thread through the cloth, she soon pulled its head off, and then threw it into the dirt, by the side of the broken needle. Well, here we are,' said the needle. • We have nothing to fight about now,' said the pin. "Misfortune seems to have brought us to our senses,' said the needle ; how much we resemble human beings, who quarrel about their blessings till they lose them, and never find out that they are brothers till they lie down in the dust together.'"
Facts, Pints, and Gems.
there is paid for in gold. The Bank MORE ABOUT AUSTRALIA.
of England has been obliged to limit
the supply of silver coins to emi. Samples of Cotton grown in Aus.) grants. tralia have been shewn in Manches. Firerood is now very scarce; so ter and pronounced excellent. The that at Melbourn a cart-load will growth of the cotton plant would be
sell at the enorinous price of three more valuable than the gold mines.
pounds sterling. Superior Coal, clear and bright,
| The Gold-diggers.-One pleasing is said to have been found in New Zealand, near Massacre Bay. It is
| fact is reported of the diggers generlike “cannel" coal, within six feet |
ally - that as soon as they have of the surface, and the bed extends
found gold enough, they go ani over many miles.
purchase land off the government Gold. – Sixty thousand ounces | ang
and settle down upon it. weekly is now the average yield, Men and Women.-The disproamounting, annually, to twelve portion is great; there being, we are millions sterling. Never did the told, from fifteen or twenty men to earth so yield up her treasures before!
The Ague prevails so much in Silver is very scarce in Australia, some parts, that quinine is selling especially silver coins. All bought as high as five pounds an ounce.
one wo nan.
FACTS, HINTS, AND GEMS.
SEEING GOD.- No man hath seen INDUSTRY.- Honest indnstry is God at any time. And yet “ he who after all, man's only sure dependence hath seen me hath seen the Father," for the double blessing of a contented
said Jesus. mind and a comfortable livelihood. I, F
KNOWING GOD.-If you would WISDOM.- Some men might have
know God, study the character and a reputation for wisdom if they would
conduct of him who was “God only be silent, but when they open
manifest in the flesh.” their mouths their folly appears.
THE GREATEST SINNER on earth VALUE OF MONEY.-One way to
is he, who having heard the gospel know the value of money is to be
offers of pardon, rejects and despises punctual in paying your own debts.
them. "MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS.”—
Poetic Selections. What a world of philosophy there is in these few words of Paul.
TO-DAY AND TO-MORROW. TRUTH AND ERROR.--If we em-TO-DAY man lives in pleasure, wealth, and brace error, we neglect truth. We pride,
To-morrow, poor, of life itself denied. cannot entertain both at one time.
To-day, lays plans for many years to come, How TO BE DISAPPOINTED. — To-morrow, sinks into the silent tomb. Expect others to do for you what To-day, his food is dressed in dainty forms, you can do for yourself, and then
To-morrow, is himself a feast for worms.
To-day, he's clad in gaudy, rich array, you will be sure to be disappointed.
To-morrow, shrouded for a bed of clay. EAT YOUR OWN BREAD. - For no To-day, he has delusive dreams of heaven, bread tastes so sweet, no clothes To-morrow, cries, “ Too late to be forgiven."
To-day, he lives on hope as light as air, feel so comfortable, and no furniture
To-morrow, dies in anguish and despair. looks so nice, as that which a man works for himself.
A BLOT AND A BLANK. INDEPENDENCE.-There is a feel
THAT man may last-but never lives, ing of independence that is highly Who much receives and nothing gives; commendable; and it says, “I will / Whom none can love — whom none can
thanknot be indebted to others for what Il
Creation's blot-creation's blank. have strength to work for myself.”
The darkest day will pass away.
Never despair when fog's in the air, have any you cannot hide it. It
A sunshiny morning comes without warnwill display itself.
ing. Faith. They who have weak faith will have more, and they who have
Something sterling, that will stay
When gold and silver pass away. any have the promise of eternal life.
TRIALS.- We must not court He that revenges knows no rest, trials; but if they come, and we The meek possess a peaceful breast. remain faithful, we may expect
Water falling day by day, blessings.
Wears the hardest rock away. BELIEVERS in God and his Christ
A cheerful spirit gets on quick; are a peculiar people. Their very
A grumbler in the mud will stick. losses increase their riches.
Satan first tempts his victims to Be on your guard, and strive, and pray, commit sin, and then accuses them
To drive all evil thoughts away. of the transgression. Be not igno
Smell sweet, and blossom from the dust. rant of his devices.
Only the actions of the just
CHILDREN COMING TO JESUS.
“Suffer the little children to come unto me." JESUS, the mighty King of heaven,
Where all the saints of God shall stand, Once came to dwell below;
Where Christ my Saviour reigns. And die that we might be forgiven,
Among the bright and happy band, And saved from endless woe.
That stand before the throne, And while he trod his lowly path,
With harps of gold in every hand With wicked, sinful men,
And praise the Lamb alone He said that all, by simple faith,
I think that many a child is there, Might come to God again.
Whom Jesus has forgiven; Among th3 crowd that round him press'd, Call'd from a world of sin and care, Mothers and children came;
To live with him in heaven. They wished their children to be bless'd,
I think I hear these glorious songs, And love the Saviour's name.
Sounding like ocean's roar; Then. some who round the Saviour stood, And then I often wish and long Said, “ Take these young away;"
To reach that happy shore. But Jesus, ever kind and good,
To join my feeble voice with theirs', Rebuked them, saying "Nay"
To praise my Saviour King; “Suffer the little children to come unto | In their sweet song to take my share, me, and forbid them not; for of such is the And help the angels sing. kingdom of God."
And may a child so young as me, Oh then to Jesus I may go,
Have such a hope as this? And share in his sweet love;
I may if I to Jesus flee, Be saved from sin and death and woe,
For these kind words are hisAnd dwell with him above.
“ Suffer the little children to oome unto Often I think of that bright land,
me, and forbij them not ; for of such is the The sweet, the heavenly plains,
kingdom of God."
J. E. S.