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JUVENILE EFFORTS FOR MISSIONS. It is now about four or five years since

Brought forward from below,

L.29,676 the first great efforts were made to interest TO THE BAPTIST MissionARY SOCIETY,

about in all,

2,000 the young people in behalf of the mission- TO THE CHURCH MISSIONARY SOCIETY, ary cause, by holding large meetings with

1,700 them, and publishing distinct Magazines, TO THE FREE CHURCH Scužmes, from

1844 to 1845, and so on, bearing entirely on this one object. During this period large sums of

L.33,770 inoney have been raised by the young people of Britain, and almost all our great Besides this there have been considerable societies have had cause to thank God for sums raised for the Moravian Missions, the what has been accomplished in this way. British and Foreign Bible Society's moveBesides this, great interest generally has ments, and other missionaries' institutions. been raised up amongst the young, which I, for one, feel truly grateful to God, we hope will lead many of them when they that he has enabled us to attain such a grow up to be men and women, either to result; and, though it is not all it might give themselves as missionaries, or to aid have been, it is a noble sum, and demands more self-denyingly in the promotion of the our thanks.

A kind friend of mine has sent me You see, my young readers, what you what, he thinks, is about the sum raised by are able to do, if you only make the effort. the efforts of the young in the period just I hope the statement will make you more mentioned ; and as I have cause to believe anxious to assist the work of God than his statements to be correct, and also ima- ever, and that if we are spared another gine you will like to know what has thus four years, we shall be able to speak of a been raised, I shall here present you with much larger sum. Some of you have not the statement.

even begun to collect yet. You then have 'The entire sum, you will see, exceeds no credit in all this work. Begin then at £33,000, and is to be looked upon as the once. Buy yourself a little missionary free and hearty collection of the young box with the first penny you can spare, people of this country within four years. It and call your own. Let it stand in some has been divided as follows ;

place where it will be seen in your house, TO THB LONDON MISSIONARY SOCIETY,

and put into it all you would spend on To the General Fund, from

foolish things. You will be surprised how 1841 to 1842, about

L.1718

much it will gather, and what a large sum Το do. 1842 to 1843, 1693 Το 1843 to 1844, 3547

it will make when put together. In twelve To the Missionary Ship, John

months open your box, and take the money Williams,

6237

to some good society. It will be a happy L.13,195 L.13,195

moment in your life when you carry it to TO THE WESLEYAN MISSIONARY SOCIETY, the gentleman appointed to receive it, and To the General Fund, from

feel it was all your own, and freely given. 1841 to 1842,

L.4721

Put it will be a still more happy moment To do. 1842 to 1843, 1843 to 1844,

when, having given your little savings, you 1844 to 1845, 4421

give yourself, and resolve that you will not

only serve God with your substance, but L.16,481 L. 16,481

with your heart, your life, your all. I pray L.29,676 you may present this better gift.

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PHEBU AXD THE PLUM.

PHOEBE AND TIIE PLUMS.

A STORY IN RIIYME BY MARY LUNDIE DUNCAX.

LITTLE Phæbe was playing one fine sunny day Her mother was sorry, and told her 'twas sin With brothers and sisters, all happy and gay: To take what's not ours, were it small as a pin ; Thoy were running, and jumping as brisk as could, That children who steal cannot taste of God's be,

Jove, When thoy came full in sight of a beautiful trec. Nor go, when they die, to His mansions abovo. They shouted, and ran through the grass to its Poor Phæbe cried sadly and long for her theft, root,

Then ran to take back all the plums that were Thore peeped througn its Icaflets a store of ripo

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Tho owner forgave her, and said : Do not woep, Seid Eunice : 'See here is a fcast for us all, But since you have told me, the plums you may Climb, brother, for plums: in our laps let them fall.' keep.' Now Phæbe was youngest, and never had known Too sorry to take them, she hastened away, How wrong 'tis to take things that are not our own; And knelt in her own little closet to pray; But sweet wore the plums, and she liked them so She said : • Lord, I grieve that so naughty I've

well, That she gathered, and ate them as fast as they fell. O bless and forgive me, and wash my heart clean!" The filled her small apron, and hasted to run Poor Phæbe, long after, remembered that day, To tell her kind mother of what she had dono; And never beside that green plum-tree would play, For she knew that she loved her, and always was The plums Mamma offered she never would take, glad

For the thought of her sin made her tonder heart To hear of the plcasures her little ones had.

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Price fd., or 4d. per dozon, Published by J. GALL & SON, 38 North Bridge, Edinburgh. G. GAWE, Glasgow. W. MóČOMB, Belfast. J. ROBERTSON, Dublin.

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The first Conversion in Greenlani.

GREENLAND. GREENLAND lies, as you may see, to the and other animals, turn white, just like north-east of North America, and is a cold the snow. God has so arranged it, that and cheerless place. There the winter they may run over the ground without bereigns for nine long months in the year. ing seen, and so escape their pursuers. The ground through all that period is eov- While winter lasts the Greenlander lives ered with a mantle of snow; and all the in a little hut he has built of blocks of rivers, and creeks, and bays, and ponds, snow, something of the form of a great are frozen up. For three or four months bee-hive, about as high in the middle as a of the time, that is from September to man of six feet could stand upright in, and January, the sun never rises; and one long of whatever size round his family may need. night sets in on Greenland. During this He makes a very low door, through which time, too, all the birds, and rabbits, and he creeps on his hands and feet; and he hares, and wolves, and bears, and foxes, 'makes a little kennel for his dogs outside

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GREENLAND. it, like a passage. He makes the door so, dirty people. They live on train-oil, fat, low, to keep out the cold ; and he has the blubber, and seal's flesh, which they will kennel for his dogs around it, to guard it eat when it is nearly raw. A few dipt from the bears or wolves that might other- candles are quite a luxury, and the little wise try to pay him an unwelcome visit. I children would enjoy them the same as am sure you would not think it very nice you would enjoy some nice sugar candy. to live in a snow-house for nine long They are also very stupid and ignorant, months ; but the Greenlander does not and sunk in all kinds of wickedness and mind it much. He wraps himself up in his vice. warm fur jacket; and, though the cold is The first missionary that went to them, very great, and the night is very long, he now about 120 years ago, was a good man manages to get through. And now, since called Hans Egede. He took with him the Gospel has come to Greenland, these his wife and children, and laboured amongst snow huts have often resounded with the them for several years; but with no appasongs of praise, and have become bright rent success. The wicked Greenlanders spots, to which many Christian Greon- treated him very cruelly, and sometimes landers will look back from heaven with he was in danger of losing his life amongst gratitude to God. While the long winter them. At last he was quite worn out, and lasts the people employ themselves in mend- was forced to leave the country, which ing their nets, getting their little canoes he did with an almost broken heart, after into good order, and preparing their har- fifteen years of unsuccessful labour. Soon poons and other weapons, against the fish-after Hans Egede left, the Moravians sent ing and hunting season, when their sum- out some missionaries ; but they met with mer shall come round; for summer does at no better success at first. The Greenlast come round; and very bright, and landers often held them up to ridicule, and very pleasant indeed, is it when it comes. would steal from them, and misuse them, Then the ice and the snow are melted, and whenever they had a chance to do it. the little creeks and bays are open for the Sometimes the poor missionaries were boats, and the green ground appears; and almost starved to death. The Greenlandup spring the beautiful crocus, and snow- ers they had come to teach would rather drop, and anemone, and many beautiful throw the food to their dogs than give flowers, that make the land as lovely and them a morsel, however earnestly they as cheerful as heart could wish. Then the asked for it. They often tried to preach sun comes back, and to make up for his to them, and told them of a God that had long absence in the winter, he never sets made them, and saw them, and would for three long months. Now the busy time judge them ; but they cared nothing for of the Greenlander begins, and out he goes, that, and only turned it into sport. They to fish in the creeks, and to hunt the seals, were so wicked as to say, when the misand to catch the birds; and so lay up a sionaries told them of hell, that they would store of provisions for the winter, and get like to go there, because there was a great the furs to make his clothes, and gather fire there, and it would keep them warm. the oil to burn in his lamp, when the sun is In this way the poor missionaries laboured gone away. All is life, and all is bustle on for eight years, and then they began to then, for the summer is very short, and the think of coming home, for they were appapeople have much to do in its brief hours rently wasting their time and ruining their as they last.

health, and yet doing no good. Just as The Greenlanders are naturally a very they were resolving on this, however, God

THE SAILOR BOYS OF EIMEO.

67 showed them a great mistake that they he made those marks, though it was 1700 had made ; and, by setting them right, he years before. They accordingly sat down, enabled them to succeed at once, and that and the missionary read to them the achas kept them or their successors there count of Christ's agony in the garden, till now, while it has been the means of his betrayal—the buffeting and spitting bringing many, very many of these once upon him; his being crowned with thorns, wicked Greenlanders to heaven.

and scourged and crucified. As he went on The mistake they had made was this: they Kajarnack got greatly interested, and getnever told the Greenlanders about the gos- ting up from his place enquired, “Why did pel—they thought they were too ignorant to they treat the man so? What had he understand it; so they only told them there done?” The missionary answered, “ This was a God—that they had souls—and that man did nothing, but Kajarnack did. Kathere was a heaven or a hell to go to when jarnack murdered his wife. Kajarnack they died; but they never explained to them filled the land with wickedness, and this what Christ had done for them. They man was bearing Kajarnack's punishment thought they must first understand about that Kajarnack might be saved," and then the matters I have just referred to, before went on explaining to him the gospel, till the they could comprehend anything respect- tears rolled down Kajarnack's cheeks, and ing Christ.

But that was a great mis- coming forward to the missionary, he cried take, and the way God showed it to them out, “Oh! tell me all that over again, for I was this.

too would like to be saved!” The missionary One day a party of heathen Greenland- explained it all, and Kajarnack believed it ers came down to the missionary village, I under the teaching of the Holy Ghost. His think to plunder it. They were led on by heart was changed: he left the place a cona savage man called Kajarnack, and en- verted man, and went back to his people tered the hut where the missionary was to preach to them the gospel. This was sitting writing. He was at the time finish the first conversion ; and, as they had ing his final correction of a translation of found out the way to the Greenlander's the four gospels, and was then engaged on heart, they now began to labour with fresh that part of St John's gospel which relates zeal. Many more were brought to the the sufferings of Christ. Kajarnack was truth, and now almost all the shores of struck at seeing the missionary writing, Greenland are under the power of the gosand at once asked him what he was doing. pel. You see, dear children, from this “ Writing !"

“ What is writing ?” The story : missionary explained, that when any person 1. That we must not be discouraged looked at the black marks he had there though we wait long for an answer to our made, they knew the thoughts that were prayers. in his mind when he made them. Kajar- 2. That no men are too savage to be nack thought this impossible, and the mis- tamed by the gospel ; and sionary told him and his followers to sit 3. That the message of God's love in the down, and he would let them hear the gift of Christ is the only instrument by thoughts that were in St. John's mind when which souls can be saved.

THE SAILOR BOYS OF EIMEO. “Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee."-Psalm 1. 15. Ost Saturday evening, two boys about school, left Tahiti in a large sailing-boat. the age of fourtcen, belonging to the same They were going to Eimeo, an island about

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