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FACTS, HINTS, AND GEMS.

Facts, Wints, and Gems.

tory.

Facts.

14. Alfred Ernest, bora August 6,

1844. OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE

5. Helena Augusta, born May 25, Extent.—The dominions subject

· 1846. to the Crown of England rival the 6. Louisa Carolina, born March 18, mightiest empires in ancient his. 1848.

7. Arthur William Patrick, born In Europe, there are England, May 1, 1850. Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and the 18. Leopold George, born April 7, adjacent islands; Heligoland, Gib

1853. raltar, Malta, and the lonian Islands. Roval Princes and Princesses.

In Asia, Aden on the coast of George, King of Hanover, born May Arabia ; the three Presidencies of 27. 1819; George, Duke of Cam. Bengal, Madras, and Bombay in the

bridge, bord March 26,1819; PrinEast Indies; the island of Ceylon ;

cess Augusta of Cambridge, born! Penang and Singapore; Tavoy and

July 19, 1822; Princess Mary, born other districts in Burmah; and Nov. 27, 1833; Mary, Duchess of Hong-Kong in China.

Gloucester, born April 25, 1776. In Africa, Sierra Leone, Cape Her Majesty's Mother.- Victoris Coast Castle; Gambia, Cape Colony, Maria, Dowager Duchess of Kent, Natal, St. Helena, Mauritius, As born August 17, 1786. cension Island, and the Seychelles

In America, Canada, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, the

Hints. Hudson Bay Settlements, Prince Edward's Island, Newfoundland, HABITS.-Do not fear to under: Bermudas, the West India Islands, take to form any habit that is desirBritish Guiana, Belize, and Falkland able; for it can be formed, and that Islands.

| with more ease than you may at first In Oceania, Sarawak and Labuan, suppose. Let the same thing, or the Australia, Van Diemen's Land, New some duty, return at the same time Zealand, and the Auckland Islands. every day, and it will soon become

The population of Great Britain pleasant. No matter if it be irkand Ireland is 27,019,578. The some at first; but how irksome sowhole population of the British ever it be, only let it return periodiEmpire is estimated at 130,000,000.cally, every day, and that without

Royal Family.- Queen Victoria, any interruption for a time, and it born May 24, 1819; married Feb. will become a positive pleasure; in 10, 1840, to her cousin, Prince Al. this way all our babits are formed. bert, of Saxe Coburg, born August TRUTH.-Truth is naturally so 26, 1819; and has issue:

acceptable to man, so charming in 1. Victoria Adelaide Mary, born itself, that to make falsehood be reNov. 21, 1840.

ceived, we are compelled to dress it 2. Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, up in the snow white robes of truth; born Nov. 9, 1841.

as in passing base coin, it must hare 3. Alice Maud Mary, born April 25, the impress of the good ere it will 1813.

pass current.

TACTS, HINTS, AND GEMB.

DELIBERATE long on what you can

Poetit Selections. do but once; and never forget that

THOUGHTS IN HEALTH.
You can live but once ;
You can die but once ;

WEEN sickness shall assail my earthly part,

And rush impetuous on my throbbing heart; ONCE lost, lost for ever!

When pain possest of every nerve appears, LOITERERS. - The best way to

And livid paleness my sad visage wears;

When every wish for life shall be denied, make a loiterer do his message

And death in triumph toward his victim quickly is to send him on the stride; errand just before dinner.

Then, O my Saviour, in that fatal hour.

Sustain my soul by thy Almighty power; Folly.--He is not so much a fool

Dispel all gloom, assure me of thy love, that hatb unwise thoughts, as he And let faith bear my soul to joys above: who having them utters them. There in immortal strains the praise I'll

sing,

Of my redeeming God and Saviour King. Gems.

CURIOUS EPITAPH “ A SAVIOUR! A SAVIOUR!"—When |

en On a Tombstone, in Kingsbury Churchyard. Titus the Roman Emperor delivered |

AA! here doth lie, bereaved of life, the enslaved Greeks from their bon- |

Anchoret Horsey, a frugal wife, dage they celebrated the honour of Religious her name doth signify ; their deliverer with music and danc. |

And so was she in all sincerity.

1719, the 9th September ing, crying out in raptures of delight,

Her soul anto God she did meekly suras they surrounded his tent, “A render; Saviour! a Saviour!” How much At 74 was enclosed in the earth

And great was the sorrow caused by her more rapturous should be our praise

Death, to the “ Saviour, Christ the Lord ? "

of dust was I made, on dust I fed ; THE PRICE WHICH CARIST PAID Dust was my tent, and dust is my bed. for the ransom of man was not sil.

TO THE PRINTING PRESS. ver and gold, but his own precious

A STREAM with vitiated source blood-a price inconceivably great,

Will scatter woe and death, of course; and of infiuite value. How precious And he commits a grievous sin, my soul, ransomed at such a price! Who poisons what the mind drinks in;

But he a goodly aim fulfils, Let me take care for it.

Who cheers it with celestial rills; Christ's Love.—The pattern of

And such alone do thou emit it is the Father's love to him; as he Pure, and for Zion's travellers fit,

Such, such alone as God will bless, said, “as the Father hath loved me,

Thou flowing fountain, Printing Press. 80 have I loved you." And as Christ was the Father's only and

THE TONGUE. beloved son whom he loved with If thou wishest to be wise, an infinite love, so Christ hath loved Keep these words before thine eyes;

What thou speak'st and how beware, us with an infinite love.

Of whom, to whom, when and where. Tax REDEMPTION OF CHRIST was the fruit of his amazing love. It

FLIGHT OF TIME. is free for all, complete in all its WHILE Winged with speed parts, and will be everlasting in its The fleeting moments fly;

Remember, mortal, results; for “he hath obtained eter-1

Thou wert born to die. nal Redemption for us." Tae FULLNESS OF CHRIST.-All

TIME AND ETERNITY. the strength of believers, all their | TIME! Whither dost thou flee? light, their life, their consolation,

I travel to Eternity.

Eternity! what art thou ? say ! and their joy are in Christ, from

Time past, time present, time to comeChrist, and by Christ.

To-Day.

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The beams of the Summer are browning the moor,
The sweet briar blooms at the neat cottage door,
And sheds on its inmates a fragrant scent,
As over their morning repast they are bent.
The milk from the pipkin they carefully drain,
The crumbs are collected, no fragments remain,
The father arising prepares to depart,
To fetch him his basket, the little ones start.
The scythe on his shoulder is carefully swung,
And when on its handle his jacket is hung,
He gives to his children a cheerful farewell,
And hies with light heart to the daisy-deck'd dell.
Brisk Willie calls Rover to come along faster,
Who paws on his waistcoat and barks to his master,
For Willie and Rover are off to the sheep,
And there through the day they must both of them keep.
The grandfather sits in the garden to read,
He teaches the young ones to pull up the weed,
And bids them to notice how industry thrives,
In the busy brown tenants that swarm from the hives;
Or warns to beware of the sting of the bee,
The sweet little girl that is placed on his knee;
Where are Patty and Peggy? They're filling their laps,
With sticks where the hedger is mending the gaps.
And each with delight will bring home in her hand
A nosegay that in the blue pitcher must stand;
And each has a tale to claim father's kind smile,
When they see him at night coming over the stile.
With shouts of loud laughter they join in the race
And contend for the first and the fondest embrace. Poetic Manual

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No. 109.

JULY, 1855.

Vol. 9.

THE LAST HOURS OF “OLD HUMPHREY." THERE is a natural desire in the human mind to become acquainted with those who have instructed and delighted us by their writings; and the feeling of curiosity is the stronger when a mysterious disguise has been thrown over their persons and positions in life. Many have been the inquiries, “Who is Old Humphrey ?” and not a few have been the ingenious devices to penetrate behind the veil which he had modestly drawn around him. While living there were reasons why his incognito should be maintained; but now he has laid down his pen, and uttered his last words to the world, that veil may be raised, that those who admired his cheerful and godly counsels may be permitted to cherish the memory of his name with affectionate respect. There is also a duty to the sacred cause of religion, when a good man'dies-one who has wielded a powerful influence over the feelings and sentiments of thousands—to present some record, however brief, of the grace of God as it was manifested in his life and labours. That service of christian love we now attempt to discharge.

Mr. George Mogridge was a native of Ashted, near Birmingbam, and was born on the 17th of February, 1787. At the age of fourteen he was placed out as an apprentice; but his thoughts and aspirations soon soared above the ordinary engagements of trade. His first-fledged effort in writing was an address to a recently raised statue to Lord Nelson: this appeared in a local newspaper. Encouraged by his early attempts to secure the public notice he soon became a contributor to several of the periodicals of the day. We have not now space to record his progress as an author; it must suffice to say that in due time, under the evident leadings of Divine Providence, THE LAST HOURS OF “OLD HUMPHREY."

he relinquished the pursuits of business for those of a literary nature, and for which the qualities of his heart and peculiar talents so eminently qualified him.

About the year 1814 the attention of Mr. Mogridge was directed to publications of an irreligious and objectionable kind, which found a large circulation among the manufacturing and rustic classes. With a warmth of generous concern and ardent zeal he set about counteracting the evil consequences which so fearfully presented themselves in the habits and morals of the people. The result was the tract, “History of Thomas Brown; or, the Sabbath-breaker Reclaimed,” written in sing-song stanzas, which, from its style and sentiment, at once met the tastes and comprehension of the country people, among whom it soon obtained the stamp of popularity. This poetical effusion was the first link in a chain which brought him into connection with the Religious Tract Society, in furtherance of whose objects it was his happiness to labour for nearly thirty years. Other tracts in rhyme were in due course written, all marked with the same originality, and securing for them a demand which is as active now as when they were first issued to the world.

But it was chiefly under the appellation of“ Old Humphrey" that he became generally known to the readers of the Society's periodicals. The pieces to which this name was affixed appeared regularly in a fugitive form, and were subsequenily collected into volumes. Of these, his “ Observations," “Addresses,” “Thoughts for the Thoughtful,” “ Walks in London,” “Country Strolls," “ Pithy Papers,” “Half Hours,'' and“ Friendly Appeals,” have been perused by delighted thousands in almost every part of the world. In addition to these, ten smaller volumes, for children, form a part of the “ Old ! Humphrey Series.” But his versatile pen necessitated that he should assume different characters. Other volumes were sent out under the names of “Grandfather Gregory,” “Old Alan Gray,” “ The Old Sea Caplain,” “Old Anthony," “ Ephraim Holding,” “ Amos Armfield,” and other aliases too numerous lo particularize. When more suited to bis purpose he dropped the masculine gender and adopted the feminine : hence we have “Grandmamma Gilbert” and “ Aunt Upton" among his appellations. Nor must we omit his useful class of books, “Learning to Think,” “ Learning to Feel," “ Learning 10 Act,and “Learning to Converse." The number of sepapate publications on the Society's catalogue of which he was

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