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Peel Town is pleasantly situated. It is noted for the ruins of its ancient castle and cathedral, and for its extensive fishing trade. For a mile or more beyond the town the fields are covered with nets when the vessels are laid
for the Sabbath. It being Saturday when I was there, they were spreading the nets on every hand. There were only a few strangers at Peel. The population is about two thousand, consisting almost entirely of natives.
Three or four hours may be pleasantly spent at Peel, in viewing the ruins of the castle and cathedral, walking on the sea beach, climbing the mountains, examining the fishing vessels; all of which I did. I returned in the evening, and spent the Sabbath in Douglas, going to worship morning and evening, and visiting the “ Ragged school” in the afternoon, and talking to what are termed "urchins,” but who really possess souls like our own, and powers and capabilities which, if improved, may make them shining characters. As there is no poor-law in the island, a collection is made in each place of worship in the island every Sabbath for the poor ; thus the poor depend on the voluntary support of the church and chapel-going portion of the population. Each place of worship has the dispensing of its own monies. Of rates and taxes there are none in the island, excepting only four shillings and sixpence, which is chargeable on every house, as a highway rate, there being no turnpikes. On many articles of consumption there is little duty, on some none. The cheapness of spirits is a great temptation to visiters who are not, like myself, total abstainers. A shocking occurrence transpired just before I arrived. A father and son from the neighbourhood of Stockport drunk to that excess that both died. They were carried by the house where I was staying, and both were buried in one grave. Another young man of property drank to excess, and died about the same time. A great many of the natives are teetotallers.
On the Monday, wishing to see a little more of the Isle of Man life, and being desirous of breathing the mountain air, I prepared for a journey of eight or ten miles, and proceeded to the top of Sneafall, the highest mountain in the island, it being about 2,000 feet
above the level of the sea. This I accomplished, though the wind was strong and the rain at times poured down copiously. At the top the wind blew a hurricane, and at times lifted me off my feet. A heap of stones protected me so far that I had time to view the scene, which was grand and imposing. The whole island was visible. To the north-east, the country was flat and apparently very fruitsul; around me all was barrenness, save in the valleys, where I saw fields and meadows, and cornfields. I met with a warm reception, at the foot of “ Bein y phot,” amongst the natives of these high hills. The cottage was old, it had the bare earth for a floor, turf for firing, the fire itself on the floor ; no grate, no proper chimney; the children barefooted; the bedroom like a hay-loft at one end, with a moveable ladder to ascend; yet even here I felt at home. The children at first were timid, but eventually I gained their confidence, and they read to me, for they could read the Bible. I would have sent them the Scriptures from Douglas, but I found they were in possession of the invaluable treasure.
I returned to Douglas in the evening, as it was necessary for me to leave on the following morning; thus ended my first visit to the Isle of Man.
Comparatively small as the island is, it will be perceived that I did not see the whole. I saw, however, enough to form an opinion of it, which opinion may be regarded as favourable. Though without a poor-law, I saw comparatively little poverty, and certainly no abject poverty. There was an air of peace and comparative comfort. The people appeared to be moral, well-behaved, courteous to strangers, and intelligent. They are in general healthy, suffer little from asthma or consumption, and attain to a good old age. The sea breeze pervades the whole island, which is favourable to longevity. In Douglas it is rare to see ice of any thickness in winter. To invalids it is a favourite resort, and few others who have visited it once, but wish and endeavour to see it again. I met with strangers, even from Leicester and Birmingham; nor was it their first visit. To persons of limited incomes it offers peculiar advantages, articles of daily consumption being so eheap, and the taxgatherer unknown. Its distance from Liverpool is 75 miles. A packet plies daily; so that it may be regarded as tolerably con
venient to our own shores, even more so than many parts of our own island. In the summer season, I should judge there will be not fewer than three or four thousand visiters at once in Douglas alone. So that the visiter is almost certain to meet with some old friend. Though a complete stranger myself, and travelling alone, I no sooner set my foot on Mona's Isle than I was tapped on the shoulder by an old friend, who now resides in the island, and at whose house I stayed. I left the island with regret, as thousands have done; and, as I cast a last lingering look, I only gathered consolation from the hope that I might see it again, or if not, that I might have the pleasure of landing on the shores of heaven, that far happier land, where all tears are wiped from
THE BIBLE IN MY TRUNK. Dear Sir,-A few evenings ago I was present at a teatable where the conversation turned upon praying “ before folk," some of the party contending that, where two travellers chance to lodge in the same room for a night, it would look very Pharisaical if one were to kneel down and si say his prayers” in the presence of the other. The other party defended the propriety of it, and asserted it to be a duty. As an illustration, an incident was related, where two members of our Church-at home, good men enough—both got into bed prayerless, for fear of praying before the other's eyes. This conversation, which was very interesting, and in the course of which many striking illustrations were brought up to prove the healthy example of never neglecting prayer, led a clergyman present to relate the following anecdote, which I think worthy of preservation, and perhaps may do some good.
“When I was a young man,' said the clergyman, “I was clerk in Boston. Two of my room-mates at my boardinghouse were also clerks, about my own age, which was eighteen. The first Sunday morning, during the three or four long hours that elapsed from getting up to bell-ringing
for Church, I felt a secret desire to get a Bible, which my mother had given me, out of my trunk, and read in it, for I had been brought up so by my parents, as to regard it as a duty at home to read a chapter or two in the Bible every Sunday. I was now very anxious to get my Bible and read, but I was afraid to do so before my room-mates, who were reading some miscellaneous books. At length my conscience got the mastery, and I rose up and went to my trunk. I had half raised it, when the thought occurred to me that it might look like over sanctity and Pharisaical, so I shut up my trunk and returned to the window. For twenty minutes I was miserably ill at ease: I felt I was doing wrong. I started a second time for my trunk, and had my hands upon the little Bible, when the fear of being laughed at conquered the better emotion, and I again dropped the top of the trunk. As I turned away from it, one of my rooni-mates, who observed my irresolute movements, said laughingly
“I- what is the matter. You seem as restless as a weathercock!”
'I replied by laughing in my turn, and then, conceiving the truth to be the best, frankly told them both what was the matter.
• To my surprise and delight, they both spoke up, and averred that they both had Bibles in their trunks, and both had been secretly wishing to read in them, but were afraid to take them out, lest I should laugh at them.
“Then,” said I, “let us agree to read them every Sunday, and we shall have the laugh all on the one side.”
• To this there was a hearty response ; and the next moment the three Bibles were out; and I assure you we felt happier all that day, for reading in them that morning.
• The following Sunday, about ten o'clock, while we were each reading our chapters, two of our fellow-boarders from another room came in. When they saw how we were engaged, they stared, and then exclaimed
“Bless us ! what is all this? A Conventicle?"
* In reply, I, smiling, related to them exactly how the matter stood; my struggle to get my Bible from my trunk, and how we three having found we had all been afraid of
each other without cause, had now agreed to read every Sunday.
“Not a bad idea," answered one of them. “You have more courage than I have. I have a Bible, too, but have not looked in it since I have been in Boston ! But I'll read after this, since you've broke the ice."
* The other then asked one of us to read aloud, and both sat and quietly listened until the bell rang for Church.
* That evening, we three in the same room agreed to have a chapter read every night, by one or the other of us, at nine o'clock, and we religiously adhered to our purpose. A few evenings after this resolution, four or five of the boarders (for there were sixteen boarders in the house) happened to be in our room talking when the nine o'clock bell rang. One of my room-mates, looking at me, opened the Bible. The others looked inquiringly. I then explained our custom.
“We'll all stay and listen," they said, almost unanimously.
* The result was, that without an exception, every one of the sixteen clerks spent his Sabbath morning in reading in the Bible; and the moral effect upon our household was of the highest character. I relate this incident,' concluded the clergyman, 'to show what influence one person— youth-may exert for evil or good. No man 'should ever be afraid to do his duty. An hundred hearts may throb to act right, who only want a leader. I forgot to add that we were all called the “Bible clerks!” All these youths are now useful and Christian men, and more than one is labouring in the ministry.'-Banner of the Cross.
ORIGIN OF THE WORDS, BLANKET, WORSTED,
KERSEYMERE, AND LINSEY-WOLSEY. WHILE Edward III., in 1337, repeated his invasion of Scotland, and “ ravaged the country with great fury, burning Aberdeen and many smaller towns," as the historians tell us; and while he was engaged in raising an army to