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“It is well-known that for many beginning. Another bishop writes :years the Holy See has been anxious “ Great numbers of Negroes in varito provide for the coloured population ous parts of Maryland are in various of America. The zeal of the American stages of proximity to the work. Som e bishops to co-operate with the designs are already ferrent Catholics; some well of the Holy See has been restrained disposed, though not converted; and only by the paucity of priests, the prior there are immense numbers whose fuclaims of the white population, and ture will depend on the exertions that difficulties of various sorts. l'he will be made in their favour. The number of Negroes in North America, present state of things has more or less according to the last census, is nearly of a transition character, as they have five millions. Nothing can be imagined been hitherto in a state of slavery, and more deplorable than their religious consequently the more urgent the and moral condition. Speaking of the need for immediate action.” great mass of them-though a nucleus

Finally, the Roman Catholics, just of good Catholics is to be found as all Protestant Churches, look to the among them, and some thousands of remote results upon Africa. The nominal Catholics, though without

" Tablet" says: instruction—it is literally a mission to " While we are sent to evangelize the unbaptized and to the heathen that the Negroes in America, we cannot we are undertaking. It is a mission forget the continent from which they full of hope ; for they are possessed of have been brought. May not a portion good qualities, and will respond to the of the race which was forcibly transaffection of those who, they will learn, planted, but which has never amalgahave bound themselves by vow to their mated, and will always remain distinct, service and interest. Bearing upon

after having imbibed civilization and this work, and in connection with St. Christianity, be destined to return, and Joseph's Society for foreign missions, convert their own country? The conI may mention, for ladies who feel version of Africa by Africans is percalled to devote themselves to the haps a more hopeful scheme than its apostolic life, that a community of conversion by Europeans. Our chief sisters is established. These sisters

care will be, humbly, and according to are under the care of our Society, and the means at our disposal, to form will take part in the missions assigned houses for the education of Negro to it by the Holy See."

youth, as well as labour for those whose • Letters from American bishops are youth is passed.” quoted, showing their warm co-opera- These extracts give us the object tion in the work. The Archbishop of and aim of the Jesuit campaign. A Baltimore says:

special blessing from the Pope has * As Baltimore is the natural and been bestowed. The English Catholics most appropriate point for the mother are devoted, wealthy, and are to furnish house of any institution for the bene- the funds, to be supplemented by all fit of the coloured people, whence it that can be raised in the States. may form branches for the entire The college near London is to raise up South, you should, I think, begin here. the leaders, while in this country a In these counties of Maryland there large institution is to be established are no less than sixteen thousand at Baltimore, with branches throughCatholic Negroes, with half as many out the South, to raise up a host of who are not yet Catholics, but well native labourers. To co-operate in disposed. You have a field of action various ways, a sisterhood is to cast already ripe and prepared for the the net still more skilfully among the harvest."

Negroes. The effort is made to grasp He proposes to give sixty acres of control of the education of the youth, good land and buildings for the and thus gain the control of the situ. ation, and eventually wield the politi- in, will be supplied. A broad basis of cal and religious power of these millions ignorance exists, and there are of Freedmen to suit the Church of aptitudes and opportunities such as Rome.

render it to the Jesuits “a mission The first missionaries, four in num- full of hope.” There is danger, real ber, arrived in November, (1871,) and danger. Without counteracting effort have begun their work. The ceremony the Freedmen will fall by thousands on their departure was pre ed over into the net that is spread by Rome. by Archbishop Manning. The mis- The truth seems to be just this : If sionaries, kneeling in front of the altar, neglected by Christians, the Romanists severally took a vow to undertake will step in. As one of the bishops no other work than the conversion of above says, * There are immense Negroes, and the salvation of their numbers whose future depends on the souls. These four priests form but the exertions that will be made in their vanguard. Forty more are to follow favour.” Many of them are prepared as soon as ground can be broken.

for a religion that gratifies their tastes Present Papal efforts are being made in worship, and gratifies their evil where there exists a nucleus of Catho. passions in practice. A religion lics, largely in Maryland and Louisiana, without morality suits them.... The and with considerable success and acti- antidote to Rome is the Bible, taught vity in Florida. An appeal recently to and practised. It is possible, with the thronged Catholic churches in New proper missionary effort, to see the next York by one of the Southern priests generation of Southern Negroes good brought overflowing contributions. citizens, and an intelligent Christian They are already planting their stra- people. But neglect the means, and tegical points, and are spending money who can tell the fearful results ? They with a lavish hand that puts to shame will not rise, but sink, and become & the efforts of other Societies. There

prey to intemperance, licentiousness, is no doubt a compact and powerful and Rome. One who has had long effort will be made.

experience among them says in a What will be their success ? In private letter:reply, some would scout the scheme as “ After losing half a million of our entirely chimerical, and opposed to bravest young men, and spending the whole genius of the Negro; but three thousand million dollars to free such must reflect that great success the slaves, we cannot afford to let the has attended the Jesuit efforts in some Romanists come in and cheat the Negro communities, both in Africa Freedmen out of salvation. Southern and parts of America ; and that suc- Negroes are religiously inclined, and if cess is attending their efforts to-day Protestants neglect them, the Romanat several points among the Freed- ists will not. Europeans are aware

No prejudice of colour finds of the cloven foot, and are driving out place in their system. The sisters the Jesuits; but we Americans seem will find thousands of the homes of the blind to their encroachments. Surely, needy poor open to them. The Negro it is a “mission-field ;” may our taste for gaudy finery and show, for Church feel its importance and sow the music, and for wild excitement, they right seed, and, God helping us, an will gratify. Visions and special abundant harvest will be the result.”-revelations, such as Africans delight Interior. (American paper.)



CHARLES VA GHAN, of Goscote, in The following testimony to his the Walsall First Circuit, died Novem- worth borne by his classber 29th, 1870, aged forty-seven years. leader :—" Charles Vaughan was an He was indebted to his mother for his example of punctuality. He loved the first religious impressions, and began class-meeting. His religious expe. to meet in class when young. This rience was always that of an affectionhe discontinued for a time ; but it was ate, confiding child of God; and it was not long before he again united him- a treat to listen to him when he spoke self to the Church of Christ, and that of Divine things. His constant aim was permanently. Although little is known to do the will of Heaven, to bear the of the circumstances of his conversion, crosses of life in a Christ-like spirit, no doubt is entertained of its reality. whilst he was ever thankful for the He was “a tree of righteousness” of blessings he received. His classthe Lord's "right-hand ” planting; mates mourn his loss, and feel that the branches were healthy, the leaves & friend has gone from their midst.” fair, and the fruit ripe. His home He was truly amiable. His trials he was godly, and his family devoted to bore with Christian fortitude. He God. He was a faithful servant. One would say, "We will not sorrow as of his employers said of him, “ He those who have no bope:' let us trust was always the same. Nothing, how- in the Lord, and He will bring us ever trying, disturbed him. His in- through right at the last.” fuence in the shop was blessed, and Several years before his departure those who knew him loved as well as he was greatly quickened. He said, respected him.” He was an amiable and “We must do more for God than we obliging fellow-workman: "He was have done. I intend to do more." This universally respected," were the words resolution was carried into effect. He of a fellow-servant; "and his name will re entered the Sabbath-school, put on always be remembered with affection- the armour afresh, and lived nearer to ate regard by all who were associated God than he had done previously. His with him."

services in the Sabbath-school, after He loved the habitation of God's this, were important, and cheerfully house, and was regalar and punctual rendered. One of the superintendents in his attendance; and never did he said, " When Charles Vaughan was in hurry home from it irreverently. He the school, I felt there was a power was present at the last lovefeast which there.” was held before his death, and bore a The writer visited him between three modest but noble testimony for his and four o'clock in the afternoon of Lord. He said, “ I never hear a pro- the day on which he died, but had no fitless sermon, no matter who is the apprehension that he would so soon be preacher. There is always food for removed from earth to heaven, He me to feast upon.” When the erection saw his friend the same night at ten of the present chapel at Pelsall was in o'clock, when the spirit had taken its contemplation, he was chosen a mem. flight; but so calm and beautiful was his ber of the building committee, and countenance that one might easily have eventually a trustee. He was earnest thought the soul to be still dwelling in the cause, contributed liberally in the house of clay. A noble man, a towards the cost, spoke of it as “his Christian friend, “an Israelite indeed, own " place of worship, and frequently in whom is no guile," was the sainted expressed the delight he felt in meet- one who has been taken from us. ing those who assembled in that house

HJ. S.

of prayer.

Mrs. WARDLE, the subject of this thoroughly spiritually-minded person ; notice, was born at Bolton-le-Moors, and knew what it was to enjoy spiritual August 31st, 1824. She was the second life and peace. She walked and talked daughter of the late George Smith, with God; and with Him as her satis. Esq., of Darcy-Lever, in the Bolton fying portion and all-sufficient refuge, (Wesley) Circuit ; a man to whom she was enabled to rejoice in the conWesleyan-Methodism owes a lasting scious possession of that salvation debt of gratitude for the part which he which is by grace through faith. took, and the influence which he exer She was naturally possessed of a cised in sustaining and maturing the vigorous mind, and displayed considerinteresting cause which still exists able energy and decision of character; in that village. It may be truly said and when these qualities became con. that, for very many years,

" Jerusa nected with love to the Saviour, and lem” was his “chief joy." He loved the grace of a new nature, she was soon to see the house of God comfortable constrained to seek an outlet for her and attractive; and spared no pains zeal in several departments of Christo induce the people to attend, and to tian labour. In the Sunday-school, enter reverently and heartily into all especially, she found a sphere that the parts of public worship. And such was eminently congenial; where, also, was the estimate of his moral and she was peculiarly happy in her fellowreligious character, that, immediately labourers, and where it was her privi. after his decease, an elegant marble lege and honour to sow the seed of tablet was placed in the chapel to per eternal life in many young hearts, petuate his memory, by the Society and which, in not a few cases, bore fruit congregation with which he had long after many days. There are those at been happily and usefully associated. present living, and some are “fallen

As might be expected, the child of asleep,” who have often acknowledged such a father was trained up in the their deep indebtedness to her instrucway in which she should go. The tion, and the unflagging interest which example of her father and mother, she felt in their highest welfare. the tone and spirit of the household, Whatsoever she took in hand she did the appropriate system of daily in it heartily, and therefore effectively. struction and counsel, together with She was married to Mr. John Wardle the order and discipline to which she in the year 1852; and the union was was subjected,-all told upon the for eminently a happy one. As a wife and mation of her character, and, by the mother, “ she looked well to the ways blessing of God, contributed largely to of her household ; " "the heart of her her early consecration to Him. When husband did safely trust in her;" and about fifteen years of age she sought "her children,” with her precious the Lord with all her heart; and memory ever present in their minds, having a desire to " flee from the "arise up, and call her blessed." It wrath to come,” she connected herself is given to few Christian mothers to with the Methodist Society, that she have their children more thoroughly might be instructed in the way of or more lovingly in subjection ; and yet God more perfectly.” In the class- there was no parade of authority, no meeting she realized a means of grace boisterous assertion of rights, no need. eminently adapted to her case; and less appeal to fear or threatening. Her upon it she placed a very high value influence was acquired and exercised throughout the whole of her after life. very kindly, but very firmly, and We have not been able to obtain any with much discrimination and good circumstantial account of her conver

sense. sion to God ; but of the fact itself Mrs. Wardle's predominant desire, there cannot be the shadow of a doubt. the endeavour of her whole soul, was, From that time forward she became a that her children should in early life

become true Christians, and members All these were removed in little of the Church of her own choice and more than two years : they all died in preference. And while her little ones faith, and were all committed to their were yet about her, she earnestly and quiet resting-place in sure and certain believingly pleaded with God for this hope of the resurrection to everlasting family blessing. It was her habitual life. But the grief and loss occasioned practice to devote the Sunday after by these successive and frequent benoon to their catechetical instruction reavements produce their sad effects and to prayer; and she was especially on the already feeble constitution of wishful to deepen and intensify any Mrs. Wardle; so that when she was obvious effect which might have been overtaken by what proved to be her made on their young and tender minds last affliction, her frame had been so by the preaching of God's word. Great completely undermined, that she indeed was her joy when one of her quickly yielded to the attack of the children became convinced of sin, and last enemy. At first she was very found peace with God through simple wishful to recover, and to remain in faith in Jesus Christ, and then re- the flesh a little longer, for the sake quested that she might accompany her of her family. But when it became mother to class, where she sat by her apparent that her work was done,side in the sweet fellowship of a that the Master had come and called newly-given life. She regarded this for her,—she was enabled to acquiesce happy event as an answer to her many in His will, and to commit all her prayers ; and hailed it as the pledge loved ones, and every thing that had and earnest of similar ones yet to occasioned solicitude, to His holy care come,

and keeping. This was not, however, In the order of a mysterious prović an easy task; and was only accomdence she was called, in common with plished after a struggle, and by the the surviving members of her family. bestowment of special grace. circle, to pass through a series of pain. Two days before Mrs. Wardle's ful bereavements during the two years death, she appeared not only in great that preceded her own departure. The pain of body, but as if in conflict with first that was called away was her the enemy of her soul ; her lips brother Henry. He was a fine, goodly moved for some time, as if earnestly favoured, and interesting young man, pleading with God. At length she the joy and hope of all his friends, and opened her eyes, and, with a face more especially of his aged father. beaming with satisfaction, she said, He died very suddenly,-" his pur- " It is come, it is come.” - What is poses were broken off, even the come?" it was asked. To which she thoughts of his heart,"—in the dawn replied, “ Trust, trust, and confidence of early manhood. Then followed her in my Heavenly Father,—that He will revered and beloved father, “in age do all for the best!” It cost her a and feebleness extreme,” about eleven severe pang that she was not able to months after the death of Henry. see her eldest daughter, who was away And before another year had rolled at school, before her departure. “But away, she was called very unexpectedly I will try,” she said, “to leave that, to mourn the loss of a beloved sister, as well as every thing else, in the the late Mrs. Milburn, of Staley- hands of Him who is too wise to Bridge. In four months after this, it err, and too good to be unkind.'” In pleased the great Disposer of all reply to the inquiry of one who had events to take to Himself her bro- very kindly waited upon her during ther George, — pious and excellent her sickness, she said emphatically, young man, who was esteemed and " Christ is very precious to me.” She loved by all who knew him.

derived much comfort from such pro

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