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The Children's Messenger.
A LETTER TO CHILDREN ON BEHALF | are hated and despised, if they are suffered OF MISSIONS.
Among some heathen nations, people are Dear Children,--You have often heard of killed, and offered in sacrifice to the idols. In the poor children over the seas, who worship Ashantee, hundreds of human sacrifices are idols, and do not know the true God, and offered, and the poor people are dreadfully Jesus Christ, whom he has sent. You have tormented before they are put to death. Å heard that missionaries have been sent to gentleman, who visited that country, saw a some of them, and that they have cast away little boy of six years old, who was going to their idols, and have learned to read the Bible, be put to death in some cruel way. In the and to pray to Jesus. You have heard how Goom Soor country, in India, a few years ago, quickly they learn, how dearly they love their hundreds of poor children were found fattenteachers, and how thankful they are to English ing for slaughter. It was the custom to cut people for sending them.
pieces of the children's flesh, while they were But do you know how very few those are yet living, and to moisten the land with their who have had missionaries sent to them, and blood. The poor ignorant idolaters thought what a vast number have never seen a single that this would please their gods, and make Christian ? That you may understand in how the land fruitful. Many things just as cruel sad a state the greatest part of the world is are still done in other countries. at this time, you shall hear a few of the dread
In many large islands, the people are canniful things that are done in all parts where bals, and eat one another. At one feast in the God is not known.
Feegee Islands, it is said that two hundred Hundreds of thousands of little infants are human bodies were baked and served up. A cruelly put to death in heathen countries. little girl, pining with hunger, begged a little This was the case in all the South Sea Islands food of her enemies, and they gave her a piece before the Gospel was taken to them, and is so of her own father's flesh. During famine, the still in China, where our own Mr. Burns and husband will sometimes devour the wife, and Dr. Young are labouring. At a Meeting held the parent the child. in Raiatea, where many people had been con- Then there is that horrible slave trade, verted, a venerable Chief rose and seemed to about which your teachers can tell you much. feel much while he told how all his family had Many little black boys and girls are torn died in the service of Satan, before the Good away from their fathers and mothers, and Word had come to them. Then he said also, never see them again. Many die of grief, or “Great are my crimes: I was the father of in consequence of the cruel way in which they nineteen children; all of them I have mur- are treated. If the wicked men who catch dered; now my heart longs for them. But, them have more than they want, they kill while I was destroying them, no one stayed them, or throw them into the sea. The rest my hand, or said, “Spare them.' No one are taken in ships to countries far away
from said, “The Good Word, the True Word is all their dear friends, and made to work in coming, spare your children;' and now my irons, and to eat the bread of sorrow. heart is repenting, is weeping for them!”
These are a few of the dreadful customs In Madagascar, if children are born on
that prevail in heathen countries. Those who what is thought an unlucky day, they are practise them do not know how wicked they strangled, or drowned, or buried alive, or laid are, for they have had no one to tell them. on the ground and wild cows let loose to And think, dear children, what will become trample them to death. In Africa, besides of their souls? Millions, millions, hundreds of many things of the same kind, Mr. Moffat millions of heathen children are taught to wortells us that, when the Bechuanas took their ship idols, and to be as cruel and wicked as their enemies captive, they used to throw the little parents. They have no ministers, no teachers, children on the ground, cover them with no Bibles, no friends to show them the way to brushwood, and set it in a blaze. In India, heaven-no one to tell them about Jesus Christ! many little girls are left in the jungle, to be “ Would not the Heathen listen if more miseaten up by the jackals, or to die for want of sionaries were to go?” Oh, yes, but most of food. In China, many are drowned in warm the Missionary Societies have not money to water, and buried as soon as born. Numbers send them. The poor Heathen are beginning are thrown out every night in the streets of to beg very hard for missionaries—they say, Pekin, and buried in the morning in one com- “We perish, we perish, we all perish, but mon hole.
Some poor little girls in China instead of sending any more, the Societies have their eyes put out and are sent to beg. have been afraid that they must send for some There are two little Chinese girls now in back to England. Many young Christians England who were made blind for this pur- have said, “We will leave our fathers and pose. But they have now been taught to read mothers, if we may be sent to the poor the Bible with their fingers, and can read it Heathen,” but the Societies have been obliged as fast and as correctly as any of you. It is the little girls who are chiefly treated
to say, “We have no money with which to in this
pay for sending you," and they have gone way in heathen countries. Nobody | home with a heavy heart. loves them or speaks kindly to them; they
A great many Meetings were held in London
lately, to consider what could be done. Some THE MAN WHO SAT BY THE FIRE proposed one plan, some another, but all
IN THE HALL. agreed about this, “ We must set the children ONCE the Son of God lived in this world. Is to work. If more and more letters keep not that wonderful? He became a man, and coming from the Heathen every year, what he had a body and soul just as you have. shall we do? We are getting old, and cannot Would you like to have seen him? I think work a great many years longer. We must
There were twelve men who teach our children, that they may carry on the walked about with him from place to place. work when we are dead. Some of us did not They were called his disciples. One of them begin to work till we were grown up, and we was named Simon Peter. He loved Jesus, the have only been able to do a little.
We must Son of God. teach them to work while they are young, Sometimes Jesus used to say to his twelve that they may be able to do a great deal more disciples, “I shall soon die; wicked men will than we have done."
kill me; they will nail me on a cross, but I “Then,” said others, “we will not only shall rise again out of my grave.” The disteach them what to do when they grow up, but ciples were very sorry to hear their Master we can show them how they can help us now.” talk in this way; they could not bear to think
There are two ways in which we shall be that he should die. Once Peter said, “I will thankful for your help. First, we ask you to go to prison with you. I will die with you." pray for the heathen-to have little prayer Then Jesus said to Peter, “Will you do so ? meetings amongst yourselves for them. Ask No, this night you will say three times over God to send the knowledge of His dear Son that you do not know me; you will say so three Jesus into the dark places of the earth, which times before the cock has crowed twice." are so full of the habitations of horrid cruelty. Jesus was God, and he knew all that was Pray, dear children, for those who do not, and going to happen. Peter could not believe that will not, pray for themselves.
he would ever say he did not know his dear In the second place, we ask you to collect Master, but Peter did not know how much money. When you have any money given naughtiness there was in his heart. you, or have found out a way to earn it, That very night some wicked men came instead of buying fruit, and cakes, and toys, into a garden where Jesus was, and bound him you can give it to the Missionary Society. "If with ropes, and took him to a great house. The you were all to give only one penny of your judges were seated on high seats in that great own, it would amount to several thousand house or hall. Peter was very sorry to see his pounds. And if you were all to give a penny- Master taken away, and he went after him. a-week, it would come to so much money He did not go with him, but he followed him that there might be twice as many missionaries, some way off. There was a woman at the and twice as many schools for the poor heathen door, and she let him go in; then Peter sat by children as there now are.
Some of you
a fire, and warmed himself. Soon the woman might take cards and collect, and some of you who had let Peter in, looked at him, and said, might have a missionary box, and ask your “Are you not one of the disciples of Jesus ?” fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, to Then Peter was afraid lest the wicked people put in a little money every Monday morning. should use him ill as they did his Master, and Your ministers and teachers can also tell you he said to the woman,
“Woman, I know him how you might form little missionary societies not.” That was a lie-a dreadful lie. Preamong yourselves, and have secretaries, sub- sently afterwards Peter left the hall, and went scribers, and collectors, and even missionary out into the porch. Then the cock crew. Did meetings of your own.
Peter remember what Jesus had said ? No, I will tell you a little story of ancient times, he did not; he took no notice of the crowing which perhaps you have not all heard. There of the cock. While he was in the porch, a
a great general and warrior, named man said to him, “ You are one of the disciples Hamilcar, and he had a little son named Han- of Jesus.” Peter answered, “ Man, I am not,” nibal. When Hannibal was nine years old, he and not content with telling this lie, he soon begged very hard that his father would take began to swear he did not know the Lord. him to battle with him. Hamilcar consented, He returned into the great house. There but, before they went, he made Hannibal place his Master was. The wicked people were his hand on the altar of his idol gods, and round him, laughing at him, beating him, and swear that he would make perpetual war with even spitting at him. Several persons came the enemies of his country. Hannibal kept up to Peter, and said, “You are one of this his word: he spent thirty-six years in fighting man's disciples.” Then he began to curse and them, and at the end of a life of seventy years, to swear, and to say, “I do not know the man.” he had not forgotten his vow.
While he was speaking in this wicked manner, Dear children, we want to see you come the cock crew again, and Jesus himself turned forward and pledge yourselves to a nobler towards Peter, and looked at him. Now Peter cause. How rejoiced should we be if we could remembered what Jesus had said to him ; now know that all of nine years old and upwards he felt very sorry indeed for his wickedness. were saying in their hearts, “Lord Jesus, we He left the hall, and began to weep very bitgive ourselves to thee! By thy grace assisting terly. He thought over all that had happened us, we will live to thý glory alone, and seek to -how kind his Master had been to him, and make thy name known and loved throughout how ungratefully he had behaved. Could he the world. If we gain wealth, wisdom, or ever forget that look which Jesus had cast honour, we will lay it at thy feet, or go at thy upon him ? What sort of a look do you think bidding to the ends of the earth. From this it was—an angry look, or a sorrowful look ? day forward, we are not our own, but thine! I think there was more sorrow than anger in it.
e.” “ Ah,
Did the Lord Jesus forgive Peter his great sin? getting out. What do you suppose was bis Yes, he did. The next day Jesus was crucified surprise and delight, when he found it was a and was buried. But he only lay three days single leaf of the Bible, containing the first in his grave.
One morning very early he rose chapter of the First Epistle of John, in which again. How glad Peter was to see him again! these words occur. On that page the man had Jesus did not say to Peter, “I cannot love you found the Gospel.—Carus Wilson's Children's any more, because you behaved so ill that Friend, July, 1846. night." No, Jesus said to him, “Do you love
And Peter said, “ Yes, Lord, you know I do.” Jesus asked him three times over if he loved him, and Peter said three THE NOBLEMAN AND THE RAGGEDtimes over that he did love him.
SCHOOL BOY. Jesus is now in heaven with God his Father,
There was a poor boy who went to a Ragged and Peter is there too. Jesus wants you to
School. The Ragged Schools have been already love him. He has been very kind to you; he
great blessings to the poor, and I hope many made your body, for he is God. He died on
of you will yet help them. This boy had the cross to save you from going to hell. Do ragged clothes and a dirty face, because he had you love him? How wicked it would be not
no one to take care of him. One day this to love him! It is very wicked not to love
little boy was very hungry, and a very rich your father or your mother, but it is more wicked still not to love Jesus.
man was passing by—a nobleman, what we
call a lord—and the little boy looked up in his When wrong Jesus sees you, and if
face, and said, “ Your honour, I am hungry, you are sorry for your sin, and cry about it, please give me a penny to buy a roll.”, Go Jesus sees your tears. Children who really away,” said the lord ; " don't tease me." love Jesus are very sorry when they have done
your honour, give me only one penny,” said wrong, but other children say, “I don't care.'
he. “Go away, go away,” said the nobleman; I am afraid lest they should go to hell. Did
he was not attending to what the boy said. At you ever cry because you had displeased God? You have often cried--what has it been about?
length, as the boy continued asking, the Was it because you were cold and hungry? shilling. The boy thought that as he had
nobleman, taking out his purse, gave him a Was it because you had a pain in your head ? Was it because a boy had taken away your
asked only for a penny, he meant to give him things, or because he had struck you a blow ?
only a penny, and that he should give back
the difference; so he ran off, and changed the Was it because your father was angry with
shilling. But when he came back the nobleyou, and was going to beat you?
man was gone. Now, you know how a great I dare say you have cried for all these rea
many boys would have felt; they would be sons. Have you ever cried about your sins ? It is a good day when a boy or a girl sits in shilling. But this little boy, though poor, and
very glad he was gone, and would spend the some corner and thinks over sins that are
often hungry, went and bought a roll for the past, and feels sorry, and prays to God, and
penny; but the eleven-pence he put into a says, "O God, forgive me for the sake of Jesus
nice clean bit of paper, and every day he came who died upon the cross, and give me thy Holy
to the place where he had met the nobleman, Spirit to make me good.”
After You may read the history of Peter's sin in hoping he would meet him again.
about two months he thought he saw a man Matt. xxvi. 69 to end; Mark xiv. 66 to end; Luke xxii . 54–62; John xviii. 15—27.–Tracts he,' said the boy, and ran up to him, and said,
very like him coming up the street. “That's for Children.
looking quite happy, “Your honour, here's your money.” “Go away,” said the noble
“ The change of the shilling your honour VALUE OF ONE LEAF.
“ What change?" said the nobleTHERE was once a caravan crossing to the
“Ah, don't your honour remember me?
-you gave me a shilling.' north of India, and numbering in its company stopped, and when he understood the boy, he a godly and devout missionary.
said, “Where do you live ?-have you any one As it passed along, a poor old man was over
to take care of you?” “No, your honour." come by the heat and labours of the journey, and sinking down, was left to perish on the
“Can you read ? “No, your honour, but I
am learning.” “Well," said the nobleman, road. The missionary saw him, and kneeling "I will have you sent to school, and taught, down at his side, when the rest had passed and fed, and clothed.” That was what I cali along, whispered into his ear, “ Brother, what
a right kind of lord, though he said, “Go is your hope?” The dying man raised himself a little to reply, and with great effort suc
away, go away ;" for some people will say, ceeded in answering, “The blood of Jesus they may have big hearts
, and a great deal of
“Go away," and give a rough answer, though Christ cleanseth from all sin,” and immediately kindness in them. He sent the boy to school, expired with the effort.
and had him well taken care of; and he turned The missionary was greatly astonished at the answer; and in the calm and peaceful ap
out a godly and virtuous man; and you know
that is the right kind of man. When a man is pearance of the man, he felt assured he had died in Christ. “ How, or where," he thought, godly, he is right towards God, and when he “could this man, seemingly a heathen, have
is virtuous, he is right towards man. got this hope?” And, as he thought of it, he observed a piece of paper grasped tightly in the hand of the corpse, which he succeeded in
INDEX TO VOLUME I.
ABERDEEN Gymnasium, 28, 414.
Children's Messenger, 546, 572.
Address to Children, 546.
Christ's imputed righteousness, doctrine of, 11.
Christian love among brethren, 143.
Christian experience and Infant Baptism, 525.
Church of England, Royal Supremacy in the,79.
Church Property in Scotland, 255.
Collections and Donations, 22, 50, 85, 121,
157, 189, 214, 247, 308, 342, 376, 439, 474,
College, the, 190, 246.
Committee, Report of, 171.
Conversion of inveterate sinners, though diffi-
cult not impossible, 363.
Corfu, 127, 344, 376, 504.
Mission, 216, 279, 466.
Cromwell, letter of, to his son-in-law, 79.
Cross, offence of the, 323.
Dangers, some of our, 496.
Duncan, Dr., of Ruthwell, Memoir of, 302, 549.
Eldon, Lord Chancellor, and the Bishop of
Election to eternal life, sure way of ascertaining
Evangelical obedience, 320.
picture of, 287.
on the Doctrine of Universal Falkland, Lord, character of, 208.
Fellowship Meetings in Scotland, 77.
Flemish Church, opening of the first Pro-
testant, in Brussels, 385.
Foreign Mission Collection, 156.
Committee, Report of, 179.
Free Church Missions, 123, 159, 196.
and United Presbyterian Church,
Congregations in, 478.
French Canadian Missionary Society, 498.
Gambler's Victim, 510.
General Building Fund, 359.
Gilpin, Bernard, and the Bishop of Durham's
Giving the right hand, 139.
Macdonald, Rev. John, 486, 518.
Madrid, destruction of the Inquisition at, 235.
Man, the, who sat by the fire-side in the hall,
“ Messenger,” editorship of the, 476.
Messianic Psalms, 39, 107.
Ministry, on the support of the, 23, 50.
Missions to the Jews and Heathen, extract
from Report of Committee on, 541.
Monthyon Prizes, 1848, 508.
Morpeth Sunday-school soirée, 62.
Newcastle-on-Tyne, proceedings of Presbytery
High Bridge Presbyterian
Meeting of Sabbath School
Nineveh and its Remains, 526, 554.
Northumberland, proceedings of Presbytery
of, 91, 161, 345, 443.
North Shields, 219.
Norwich, Bishop of, on the death of the Rev.
Mr. Innes, of Canobie, 58.
Old Calabar, 64
Otago, Free Church settlement at, 404, 559.
Oxford and Cambridge in 1750, 388.
Papacy, the, 96.
Peter's keys and Peter's successors, 75.
Turn the Carpet; or, the Two Weavers, 75.
Coming late to Church, 56.
Mutual Forbearance, 224.
The Believer, 224.
Eliza Field, the Needle Girl, 253.
Remembrances of a Scottish Sabbath, 289.
To Conscience, 289.
The Memory of Childhood, 319.
To a Child sleeping on Sunday evening,
Presbyterian College, 3d October, 1848, by Practical Hint, a good, 375.
Prayer, encouragements to, 318.
Prayerful Ministers, 507.
greater union among, 433.
Presbytery established in England, how far
Present age, the, 479.
Sabbath-school Evening Meet- Psalm tunes, 193.
- xliv., with music, 339.