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68 fourteen miles from Tahiti. They left Ta- At length the morning broke--the Sabhiti with a fair wind, and expected soon to bath morning and as that Sabbath sun be at anchor in the harbour of Eimeo. They arose, the wind went down, and the sea had only got half-way across the channel sank to rest. A breeze sprang up from when the heavens began to gather black-another quarter, and helped the boys to run ness: the wind blew, the sea rose, and in a their boat towards the port they had left short time they were in the most imminent on the Saturday evening. But another danger. As there was no deck to the boat, danger awaited them. As they neared the she was soon nearly half full of water, and harbour, they found that the sea was breaklying over almost on her beam ends. The ing violently all across the opening in the lad who was steering said to his school-fel- reef, through which they had to pass. They

“ Can you pray?" No,” answered were afraid to venture, lest the boat should the boy. Then," said the other, “ you be swamped. One said to the other, “ Let come and steer, and I will pray.” He knelt us pray again before we try to go through.” down, and prayed that God would preserve They again called upon God, entreating them, and deliver them from their perilous him still to preserve them. They then situation.

headed for the opening, and in a few miStill the wind blew, and the sea raged, nutes were carried safely through, and got and perhaps the boys feared that God did on shore in time for public worship. When not hear their prayer. One angry wave Mr Pritchard went into the chapel, he was breaking over them, one dip of the boat, surprised to see them seated in the galand it must have filled with water, and lery with the other Sabbath-school boys. gone down. They were alone, far from They had hastened from the boat to the land, from friends, from pity, and from help. house of God, to thank him for their deThe night came on : they were cold, wet, liverance. Youth's Missionary Reposicomfortless; and there they were, tossed on tory. the stormy waves, with no lopre but in God. |

GEORGE SCIIMIDT,

THE FIRST MISSIONARY TO TIIE HOTTENTOTS.

(Continued from page 60.) SCHMIDT had not been long at Hernhut, land and the Bechuana country. They before he again set out to visit the awak- were considered, at the time Schmidt visitened through Bohemia, into Voigtland ; ed them, as amongst the lowest and most and then in the Palatinate and Switzer- degraded of human beings; and many of land. This time, however, he got safely them are so still. They have no right through, returned to Hernhut in 1736, and idea of God, and no rites or religious worimmediately received an appointment to ship of any kind amongst them. They go out as a missionary to the Hottentots- believe in the existence of a great spirit a work on which his heart had long been -a devil, whom they call Gauna ; and of set. The Hottentots, as you already know, heaven, which they call Huma. In aplive about the neighbourhood of the Cape pearance they are very disgusting. They Colony, at the southern point of Africa, are very short, have a yellowish coloured and towards the north, going up to Caffre- 'skin, black hair, very much like wool, all

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69 clotted, in general, with grease and dirt, and there went on with his school and his flat noses, and thick lips, like negroes; and work. In a little time, one of the young are dressed up in a couple of sheep skins, men, whom he named William, paid much sewed together, and smeared with grease ; attention, and seemed to be deeply impressand too often filled with different kinds of ed with divine things. Besides him, two vermin. They live in clumsily made tents, of the officers were converted to God; and and roam about from place to place in lit- the Lord seemed thus to give him proof tle companies, as they find proper pastu- that he approved of his labours. In 1742 rage for their flocks. They live on milk, William expressed his wish to be baptized, boiled meat, and roots; and are generally and after proper instruction, Schmidt kind and hospitable to strangers. They granted his request. I shall give the are thought a stupid race of people, and account of this ceremony in his own words. during the hot weather, generally sleep Schmidt was travelling with William from nearly all day, and dance and sing nearly Cape town when the circumstances here all night.

related occurred. Schmidt was furnished with introduc- “ On coming to a running stream, I distions to the governor of the colony, which mounted from my horse, knelt down with was then in the hands of the Dutch, (though him and prayed. I then put to him the folnow it belongs to us,) and was kindly re- lowing questions :

-Dost thou believe that ceived by them; and in a few days set out the Son of God died on the cross for the sins on his journey to the Ilottentots. His of all mankind ? Dost thou believe that first place of residence was about sixty thou art by nature a lost and undone creamiles up the country, on the river Sonder-ture ? Wilt thou renounce the devil and end, and near a military station. On his all his works ? Art thou willing, in depencoming near the Hottentot encampment, dence on God's grace, to endure reproach the chief, Africo, and his people, came out and persecution, to confess Christ before to meet him with music, and gave him a all men, and to remain faithful to him unhearty welcome as their teacher. He found til death ?' To all of which he severally that Africo could speak Dutch very well, answered, · Yes !' I then made him step and so they were enabled to hold conver- into the water, and baptized him in the sation together with great ease. The next name of the Father, and of the Son, and day he began to build his hut. Africo and of the Holy Ghost, and gave him the namo his people helped, and in six weeks it was of Joshua.' so he could sleep in it. While this was This was the first Hottentot convert, going on, he tried to learn the Hottentot and the first IIottentot baptism. Do you language; but he found it hard to manage. not think that angels rejoiced as they gathThere were three clicks connected with ered above the spot and hailed the scene as the pronunciation of the words that com- the first fruits of a large and abundant harpletely beat him, and the people were high- vest yet to be reaped ? ly amused at his attempts to sound them. Shortly after Schmidt's return to his Finding their languago so difficult, he re- station, he found others fit to be baptized, solved to teach them to read the Dutch, and he tells us how he proceeded, thus, and numbers of them readily began to “ April 2d, I took brother Joshua and Afri. learn.

co into my chamber, where we knelt down After spending about a year at this sta- and prayed together, after which, I put the tion, he removed with eighteen Hottentots same questions to Africo, that had been put to a desert spot on the Sergeant's river, 'to Joshua ; and receiving the same answers,

TUPE OF RARATONGA.

70 I baptized him also, by the name of Chris- | tentot women, who received the names of tian. A few days after, I baptized Kib- Magdalena and Christina." bodo by the name of Jonas, and two Hot- I shall finish his history next month.

TUPE OF RARATONGA.

“ By the grace of God I am what I am."-1 Cor. xv. 10. Far away in the southern part of the added. Teacher," he said to the misworld, in the midst of wide seas, many sionary, “ be not cast down; let them beautiful little islands are found. Their burn, we will build ; we will tire them shores are lined with coral rocks ; over out; but, teacher, do not leave this wicked the valleys the bread-fruit, cocoa-nut, and place.” At sun-rise the next morning palm-trees, spread their boughs; and around Tupe and his friends were seen with their the high mountains, vast numbers of most axes on their shoulders, on their way to the beautiful birds are seen flying, with their mountains, to cut wood, to build another golden, green, and purple wings. These chapel. pleasant little spots are called the South Tupe loved the house of God; but at Sea islands. The people who live in them length he was too ill to go there. He was were once all idolaters ; but the word of visited by the missionary. “Ah!" he said, salvation has been carried to them, and it is the will of God my seat in his house many are now Christians.

should be empty. Here I sit, and hear the Tupe was a chief in an island called Ra- people sing; and, oh! I wish to be there. ratonga. Before the missionaries went to I give myself to prayer. God is with me : his land he was active in the service of he will not forsake me." vain idols ; but when he heard the gospel At another time he said, “ Two portions he believed it, threw away his false gods, of the word of God afford me much deand worked hard to build the first house of light : that in Isaiah, · Thine eyes shall the Lord that was raised where he lived. see the King in his beauty ; they shall be

There were some who did not love Tupe, hold the land that is very far off ;' and the because he left the worship of the idols, words of the apostle Paul, Having a deand they set fire to his house when he was sire to depart, and to be with Christ, which asleep. His house was burned down; but is far better. I have no dread of death. God watched over him, and saved him. Christ is my refuge.” Then, in a little The fire caught the chapel, which was next time, he added, “ Salvation is all of grace, door to Tupe's house, and that was also through the blood of Christ.” destroyed. O teacher," he said, “ the Father's house we shall meet again,” said book of God is consumed ! My house, his teacher. “ Yes, we shall meet in my property, never regard ; but oh, my glory, no more to part. No, to be book! my book ! and oh, the house of for ever with Christ: I long to be with God!

him. I have done with the world : what The next morning he called a meeting remains is, to set all in order, and think of of the chiefs. “ See," said he, “ the house the cause of Christ.” of God in ruins ! what shall we do ?” Again the missionary went to see him. “ Build it again,” they replied. Yes, “ How is it with your soul ?”

“ All is friends, that very good ; when shall we well.” “ Do you find your Saviour your begin ?"

To-morrow,” they cheerfully support in death ?" “ He is." “ Is the

“ In our

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71 path-way clear ?“ No obstruction; the drink of the water of life.”—He said much way is clear."

“ Have you any fear ?" more to encourage his teacher, and to in“ None ; Christ is mine. I desire to see struct his family, and then he dicd. him, and be with him. I go: you remain. Had it not been for missions Tupe I am going to God. I have done with the would have lived without God, and died world: we have been long companions, without hope. Let the account of his life now we part. It is painful; but the Lord's and happy death lead us to love the gospel will be done.” Some water was given him more, and increase our zeal in sending it to drink, when he said, “ I shall soon to the heathen.—Missionary Tracts.

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to pray.

YOUR OWN CHAPTER. I have heard of a good man who was quite mistaken. The Pharisees said fine very poor, a sort of second Lazarus ; and things enough ; but God declared it was in when a good lady one day told him how vain they worshipped, and that they only sorry she was that he was so poor,—“ I drew near with their lips. poor !” he answered, “ I am rich, and have 2. It is not putting ourselves in some peall I want, for I have a golden key that culiar postures. No: Mahommedans throw unlocks my Saviour's treasury, and sup- themselves down on the ground and lie plies me with all I wish." The poor mar flat on their faces, pretending th golden key was prayer; and I am going to Many monks kneel for hours, and some tell you a little about it, that you too may have knelt till their knees were horny. have it for yourselves, and so be as rich as Numbers of people stand up when the he; and,

minister stands, kneel down when he

kneels down, and put on all the appearI. WHAT IS PRAYER ?

ances of prayer. Yet all this may be done 1. It is not saying pretty verses, or and they not pray. beautiful sentences to God. Many chil- 3. True prayer is something more than dren think, that to say a few verses every this. It is the desire of the heart. To night or morning is to pray; but they are show it, I will tell you a little story. One

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upon it,

72 day a lady went into a deaf and dumb, is good, or because you are urgent, but school in which there were a great many simply because he has promised to do so. little girls all deaf and dumb; and as she Believing, in other words, that he will just looked at them and saw how readily they do as he says he will. wrote their answers to different questions 2. Through Christ. put to them, she thought within herself, When the Jew wanted to come to God, “I wonder what these girls would say he took a lamb, and binding it to the altar, prayer was!" and taking a slate she wrote he slew it, and poured out the blood upon

What is Prayer ?” and gave it the ground, and kindled the fire; and now, to one of the little girls. Now this little when the smoke went up, the Jew came girl of course had never said a prayer, for near, and, knowing that God had appointshe could not speak, and she had never ed this way for him to come to him, he heard a prayer, for she could not hear; lifted up his hands and heart in prayer, what then could she answer? She took and sought for mercy through the virtue her pencil, and at once wrote underneath, of his sacrifice. So God has put Christ,

Prayer is the wish of the heart.And the Lamb of God," upon the altar of the so it is, dear reader, and nothing less. cross. He has poured out his blood, and For whatever you may say, however sweet, he has accepted the sacrifice; and now, in language, or beautiful in thought, unless whoever comes to him, must seek for his accompanied with the wish of the heart, is blessing only through Christ's work and not prayer. But that wish rising up to merit. To come to God, looking to Jesus God is prayer, though nothing were said, as the Jew did to the lamb, is to come in and you were walking along the crowded prayer through Christ. street. Learn these pretty lines :

3. You must pray with the resolution of

Jacob, who would not let him go—with “ Prayer is the seul's sincere desire,

the perseverance of the woman who still Uiter'd or unexpress'd ;

cried after him and with the earnestnese The glowing of a hidden fire That trembles in the breast.

of Peter, who called, “ Save, Lord, or I

perish!
Prayer is the burden of a sigh-
The falling of a tear ;-

III. Whey are you to pray ?
The upward glancing of the eye
When none but God is near.

Always. “Men,” says Christ, “ought

always to pray, and not to faint.” In II. Ilow are you to pray ?

prosperity and in trials—in joy and in grief 1. In faith.

-in sickness and in health-always. The Believing that God will hear your cry; | moment you cease to pray you cease to not because you are needy, or because he prosper.

Prico ed., or 4d. per dozen. Published by J. GALL & SON, 38 North Bridge, Edinburgh. G. GALLIE, Glasgow. W. M'CONB, Belfast. J. ROBERTSON, Dublin.

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