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Noyes, are also in custody, and the public is in anxious suspence to know the result of the trial at the Winter assizes, on the 4th of December. From the confession of Hunt, it appeared, that the body had been thrown into a pond close by Probert's cottage, and that it had been afterwards removed to another pond, in which second pond search was accordingly made, and the body was actually found. Hunt declares that John Thurtle committed the murder; whether this be true or not, must remain to be proved at the trial."

Now, we have not given this account from any expectation that it was likely to be agreeabie to our readers, but for the sake of leading them to those considerations which must so forcibly rise up in the minds of all persons who will give themselves time to reflect upon it.

It is not against the crime of murder alone that this account leads us to watch, for the very mention of the word murder, seems to strike us at once with such horror, that we can hardly feel as if it were possible for us even to be led to so dreadful a crime. But there is one circumstance which no one who reads the daily newspapers can help remarking, that, •whenever any great crime is committed, and the circumstances inquired into, the profligate habits of the criminals, their general way of living, the company they keep, the places they frequent, the manner of spending their time, the general turn of their conversation, and the usual state of their minds, all seem to shew such an union and connection of wickedness and crime, as to fill the mind of every thinking man with the most awful and serious reflections. When a man has no principle of religion within him, none of the guiding of God's good Spirit, he is left to his own wicked inclinations; and one sin is added to another, till every crime, to which a man is tempted, is perpetrated without hesitation or fear. Now, in such men, there has generally been

a total neglect of religious education, and of all religious observances. Frequently this part of education has Tieen neglected by their parents, from being themselves wholly uninfluenced by the religion of Christ, or if not so, at least of not being duly sensible that this is the one thing which, of all others, most deserves their care. But if these persons, in their youth, have bad the advantage of Christian instruction, they have neglected and despised it, so that it has no power over them, and they are, in truth, as though they had it not; they have never gone on in habits of Christian worship, and have joined in no society with religious and good people. These then, are the great things of which we ought to see the immense necessity? an early Christian EduCation, and the society of Devout Christians.

It appears that the unhappy man, who lost his life, was in the habit of Gambling, and that he frequented many of the wretched gaming houses in London, and that the men who are committed on suspicion of the murder, were likewise. gamblers, and that they were all acquainted with each other!! The covetous thirst for money, which possesses the gamester, leads to every crime. Gambling is itself a horrible desire to live by the misery of others!! One man's success arises from the misfortunes of another, and this is a state in which no good man could, for a moment, wish to live. Then, if a man loses, such are the desperate ventures to which he is led; such are the vile passions which are stirred up in his mind, and such the misery which torments him, that he is generally led to a miserable attempt to drown his cares in debauchery and drunkenness, if not to the more horrible resource of self-destruction. And this is not done all at once; gambling is a vice which comes on by degrees! When a man begins by plajing for a trifle, he little knows how his mind gets filled with a desire of more, till, at last, he knows not how, or where, to stop. Stop then At The Beginning, neier

gamble at all! I never see even a set of boys, tossing up their half-pence in the streets, without thinking that this may be the first step to their ruin! and, when I observe a pack of cards in a servants hall, or a kitchen, I seem to see the same beginning of wretchedness and sorrow!

Then, think of the language which these men use! Fierce and violent threats, horrible oaths and curses, filthy and profane jests and songs,—all these are in constant use among them, and accompany them, whether they are mixing together in their miserable society, or actually perpetrating their dreadful crimes. When such is the language of such men, how ought every other sort of man to see that it does not belong to him, and to see that the difference of the language of a Christian man be strongly and decidedly marked. ... . •

There is one habit which generally belongs to a good man,—a habit, I mean, of staying at home, and seeking his own happiness in his own family. Now, none of the criminals whose wretched habits the daily papers acquaint us with, ever have this habit. They are always out; every thing is to be done at the alehouse. When once a man has got the habit of going to the alehouse, all that is good is commonly at an end with him. If a man has any good about him, the conversation he meets with there will presently destroy it all. It is a grievous thing that houses should exist, where men meet to contrive the ruin of others,—and where they generally find their own. In London, and its neighbourhood, the state of the public houses is truly appalling. It is needless to attempt to prove this; let any one look at the facts which have come out in the enquiry into Mr. Weare's murder, and he will see the sort of things that are going on in these ale-houses!—And, not long since, when a robbery was committed at Clapham, and a poor lady murdered, one of the robbers had, some evenings before, asked a friend to go to the alehouse, where, he said, they should easily find somebody to help then. Now, these public-houses were intended for the public accommodation, and might be so, and ought to be so. The laws for their regulations are good and sufficient; but how grievously is the execution of them neglected! Let every young man think a very long time before he trusts himself into an Ale-house!

We could fill a volume with the reflections which naturally arise from this subject; but we most restrain ourselves. Let us think how dreadfully all sins are connected together, and let this thought lead us to make it our earnest desire to fly from all sin, and to fly from its very first approaches. And let us seek for God's heavenly spirit to guide and keep us, that we may be led to all that is right, and that we may be kept from all that is wrong! That help is sufficient for us, and that alone can avail. Let us look to the instructions of our holy religion,—the Christian's guide,—and let us watch and pray, lest we enter into temptation, earnestly seeking to walk in every good way, and trusting to the gracious promises of our Lord himself to support us, as long as we are aiming at those things which he commands. V.

TO CORRESPONDENTS. We have received the Communications of T. B. P., V. W., I., A Widow, J. S. K. Devon, J. P., L. F., M., N. L. H.,

M.N., sad A. W.

In page 505 of our last Number, the Printer omitted a line of division to separate the books on the Bartlett's Buildings list from the rest. This should have been after Mrs. Trimmer's works.

In mentioning the list of the "Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge," in page 523, we were referring to the permanent list of the Society. If, we had, at the time, recollected the temporary anti-infidel list, we should not have made the remark which M. N. alludes to. We made it, however, hesitatingly, not having the list at hand at the moment. .

How often good and sensible men differ, as to the means of accomplishing the same object! How completely opposite the opinions of M, N. and A. W.

INDEX TO VOLUME III.

. . Page

Abernethy, Mr •- 141

Accident from riding on shafts 477
Acts 27th paraphrased • • • • 547
Acquaint yourself with God 237

Affliction, verses on SO

African song '••• 351

Apprentice, letter from •••• 153 , letters to, 25, 72,

114, 157, 210, 246, 302, 364,

414, 462, 515, 561.
Asylum in Tothill-fields '. • • 47
Atterbury, death of Mr. • • • 419

Bamboo, various uses of. • • • 95

Baptism 530

Bartholomew fair 527

Bee and Pigeon 554

Benefit clubs •••• 494

Benson's sermons 221

Bloomfield, G. letter from.. 321

Birds 2S1

Blue dye 526

Bible, former difficulty of

getting 233

Boleyne, Anne...... 431

Books, short list of 461

Boxing, death by 478

Boyle, Hon. Robert, his re-
verence for the name of

the Almighty 302

Bran beer 180,457

Bread, new .............. 411

Brewing 430

Brotherly love • 81

Brown the weaver, and Grey

the comber • • 407

Busybody 216

Butler's remembrancer, 352, 424

Catechism, 24, 78, 129, 168,
227, 255, 842, 448

Page

Charity, hymn on 394

Cheap dishes 421

Child killed by playing on

the road 144

Children, duties of 445

Chimney sweepers..•• 162, 23ft

Christian brethren 371

morals, fromDwight 218

Clean forks 507

Coal balls 398

Cobham, lord, execution of 248
Collects, Epistles, and Gos-
pels, remarks on 131, 170, 222

Confirmation 399

Conscience, hymn on....... 394

Corn, French method of reap-
ing 479

Creed, Dean of Rochester's

discourses on 173

Cruelty to animals.... 303, 335

.fined... 190

———————, punished

by the tread-mill 339

Cuckoo and water wagtail • • 122

Danger of delay 320

David's punishment of the

Ammonites 452

Death by drinking hot water

out of a tea-pot 528

Deceit and falsehood, sin of 545

Deity, addressto 500

Delay, danger of 220

Devonshire, Duchess of,

hymn by • 453

Different opinions 36

Dothis • 481

Dogs, faithfalness of .,-••• 286
Dorsetlerand Hervey, execu.

tionof 286

Dorcas, R. 235

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