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to the knowledge of the truth; and I may say, that a more humble and will. hence he will take his turn with the Lo- ing labourer in this work we have not cal Preachers, of whom we have about on our Plan. Many Heathens bave al. one hundred at this time in Tonga, in ready turned to God, and others are very preaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus favourable. Praise God, O ye Britons ; Christ, not only in the large chapels, and pray for us, and for our King. but in the small villages, or wherever Wesleyan Missionary Notices. he is appointed by the Missionary; and

METHODIST FAST-DAY. *** The next Quarterly Day of Fasting and Prayer for the Methodist Societies, according to the Rules of the Connexion, will be Friday, October 2d, 1846.

VARIETIES.

AN

ALLIGA

ADVENTURE WITH

sat gaining breath upon the bank after TOR IN AUSTRALIA.—Several flights my escape, and watching the disappointed of large curlews were seen passing over alligator, lurking about as if still in the boat, and resting on the flats in its hopes of making his supper upon me. neighbourbood. W’hilst endeavouring Waiting till the monster came close, I to procure some of them, I was placed took a deliberate aim at his eye, which in a sufficiently awkward position, run- had only the effect of frightening him a ning the risk of becoming myself a fresh little.- Discoveries in Australia. meal, instead of procuring one. I had DRUIDICAL MONUMENTS.-In no stripped, to swim across a creek; and, other part of England are there so many with gun in hand, was stealthily crawl- Druidical monuments remaining, as in ing to tlie outer edge of the flat where Devon and Cornwall. The discoveries my intended victims were, when an alli- which Mr. Dray has made among the gator rose close by, bringing his unplea- rocks at Dartmoor warrant the assertion sant countenance much nearer than was that, perhaps, there was not a more celeagreeable. My gun was charged with brated station of Druidism than on shot; and the primitive state of nudity Dartmoor ; one reason for this, being the to which I had just reduced myself, pre- facilities which the masses of granite cluded the possibility of my having a everywhere strewn throughout the moor, second load. To fire, therefore, was and the tors that crowned the summit of useiess, and to retreat difficult ; for I had every hill, afforded for the purpose of wandered from the boat some distance their altars, circles, obelisks, and logans across the bank, on which the water was (or rocking-stones). On the plains of fast rising. My only chance of escaping Salisbury, nature had done nothing for the monster was to hasten back to the boat, the grandeur of Druidism, and art had and to cross the last creek before the to do all. The architects of Egypt who alligator, who appeared fully aware of planned the pyramids, like the Druids my intentions. It was now, therefore, a of Stonehenge, had a level country to mere matter of speed between us; and contend with ; and they gave to it the the race began. I started off with the glory of mountains, as far as art may be utmost rapidity, the alligator keeping said to imitate nature in the effects of pace with me in the water.

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her most stupendous works. On Dartsharp and anxious race, I reached the moor the Priests of the Britons approlast creek, which was now much swollen; priated the tors themselves as temples ; while the difficulty of crossing was ag- so that what in level countries became gravated by my desire to save my gun. the most imposing object, was here conPlunging in, I reached the opposite shore idered as a matter of comparative indifjust in time to see the huge jaws of the ference. In such scenes a Stonehenge alligator extended close above the spot would have dwindled, in comparison where I had quitted the water. My with the granite tors, into insignificance ; deliverance was providential; and I it would have been as a pyramid at the could not refrain from shuddering as I foot of Snowdon. These tors are rocks

which lie piled, mass on mass, in hori- set him at the turning of the lane. I zontal strata. They are mostly found mentally exclaimed, “ Is this the great on the summits of the hills.--Sharpe's Napoleon ?” Moreover, the counteLondon Magazine.

nance, in which I expected to behold a PETRIFIED FOREST NEAR CAIRO. union of the demon and the soldier,

There is scarcely, perhaps, a spectacle appeared soft and mild in the extreme; on the surface of the globe more remark- there was nothing striking in it, not a able, either in a geological or picturesque wrinkle, not a line, to trace the warrior point of view, than that presented by the or the politician, on his large and popetrified forest near Cairo. The travel- lished brow; nothing but the high, ler having passed the tombs of the Ca. smooth forehead, partly shaded, when he liphs, just beyond the gates of the city, took his hat off, by the jet-black matted proceeds to the southward, nearly at lock of hair I had so often heard of. right angles to the road across the desert His complexion, too, though sallow, was of Suez; and, after having travelled not near so dark as I expected to find it. some ten miles up a low, barren valley, The nose was regular, and the mouth covered with sand, gravel, and sea-shells, beautiful, and about it seemed to play a fresh as if the tide had retired but yes- contented and engaging smile. His eye terday, crosses a low range of sand-hills, possessed so many qualities and attri. which has for some distance run parallel butes, and seemed so cameleon-like, to his path. The scene now presented changing its hues every moment, that I to him is beyond conception singular can scarcely say what colour it is; but I and desolate. A mass of fragments of should say it was light blue; but, at all trees, all converted into stone, and, when events, it was filled with expression and struck by his horse's hoofs, ringing like genius. His eye-brows were neither cast-iron, is seen to extend itself for louring nor large, and I looked in vain miles and miles around him, in the form for one stern, tyrannical frown. In addi. of a decayed and prostrate forest. The tion to the famous three-cornered cocked wood is of a dark-brown hue, but retains hat, with its angle placed mathematically its form in perfection, the pieces being exact to the point, Napoleon wore his from one to fifteen feet in length, and old favourite green uniform, with two from half a foot to three feet in thick- small gold epaulettes, a white waistcoat, ness, strewed so closely together, as far white cassimere smallclothes, much worn, as the eye can reach, that yptian but clean,-hi military boots, with donkey can scarcely tread his way common-looking silver spurs buckled to through amongst them; and so natural, them, with black straps and black that, were it in Scotland or Ireland, it buckles.-Colonel Maxwell's Advenmight pass, without remark, for some

tures. enormous drained bog, on which the ex- PRESERVATION OF FOOD.-Whilst humed trees lay rotting in the sun. The in former times, during long voyages, root and rudiment of the branches are in mariners were confined to salt and smoked many cases nearly perfect, and in some meats, which, in the long run, always the worm-holes eaten under the bark are proved injurious to health, and thoureadily recognisable. The most delicate sands of human beings lost their lives of the sap-vessels, and all the finer por- for the want of fresh aliments, which tions of the centre of the wood, are per- were even more essential in sickness, fectly entire, and bear to be examined these dangers and discomforts become with the stronger magnifiers. The more and more rare at the present day. whole are so thoroughly silicified as to This is certainly one of the most importscratch glass, and be capable of receiving ant contributions to the practical benefit the highest polish.---Asiatic Magazine. of mankind ever made by science; and

NAPOLEON.-When he had come for this we are indebted to Guy Lussac. quite close, and halted, my eyes de- At Leith, in the neighbourhood of Edinvoured him, and I felt much disappointe burgh, at Aberdeen, at Bordeaux, Mared, and for a moment the film seemed to seilles, and in many parts of Germany, fall from my eyes, and the man who had establishments of enormous magnitude been the idol of my imagination for exist, in which soup, vegetables, animal years stood before me, with a round, un- substances, and viands of every descripgraceful figure, with a protuberant sto- tion, are prepared, and sent to the greatmach, bringing forcibly before my mind's est distances. The prepared aliments eye Sterne's description of Dr. Slop are enclosed in canisters of tinned iron wending his way to Shandy-Hall, armed plate, the covers are soldered air-tight, cap-l-pie, when Obadiah, mounted on and the canisters exposed to the tempe. the coach-horse, so unceremoniously up- rature of boiling water. When this

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degree of heat has penetrated to the cen. tion, with his musket, cross-belt, sword, tre of the contents, which it requires huge bear’s-skin cap, and falling draabout three or four hours to accomplish, pery, filling his hands to overflowing. the aliments have acquired a stability The roars of laughter brought the Cap. which one may almost say is eternal. tain of the company, a droll, queerWhen the canister is opened after the looking fellow in spectacles, (very prolapse of several years, the contents ap- bably next-door neighbour to the “ rank pear as if they were only recently en- and file”). However, he thought fit to closed. The colour, taste, and smell of deliver himself of a solemn mock speech the meat are completely unaltered. This · on the decorum of dress, threatened “to valuable method of preparing food has suspend both man and breeches," till he been adopted by many persons in my succeeded in making every one split neighbourhood, and other parts of Ger- their sides with merriment, in which I many; and has enabled our housewives joined with more heartiness than I had to adorn their tables with green vege. felt for many a long day.-Pedestrian tables in the midst of winter, and with and other Reminiscences at Home and dishes at all times which otherwise could Abroad, by Sylvanus. be obtained only at particular seasons. CAOUTCHOUC AS A REMEDY FOR This method of preserving food will TOOTHACHE.—Caoutchouc, becoming become of the greatest importance in very smooth and viscous by the action of provisioning fortresses; since the loss fire, has been proposed by Dr. Rolffs as incurred in selling off old stores, and an excellent remedy for filling hollow replacing them by new, especially with teeth, and alleviating the toothache prorespect to meat, ham, &c., is far more ceeding from that defect. A piece of considerable than the value of the tin caoutchouc is to be put on a wire, then canisters, which, moreover, may be re- melted at the flame of a candle, and peatedly employed, after being carefully pressed, while warni, into the hollow cleansed. -- Liebig's Letters Che- tooth, and the pain will disappear inmistry.

stantly. The cavity of the tooth should A REVIEW.--I have just witnessed a first be cleaned out with a piece of cotreview of the National Guards of Caen, ton. In consequence of the viscosity and about five thousand men : they were adhesiveness of the caoutchouc, the air soldier-like looking men for National is completely prevented from coming into Guards. The troops of the line are not contact with the denuded nerve, and set up as our men are: they slouch a thus the cause of the toothache is little, and Messieurs of the Garde Na- destroyed.--Buchner's Repertorium for tionale a good deal. It was merely a Pharmacie. review by the Marquis D'Escallien, a MENTAL CONTROL.-When very handsome, soldier-like fellow, there turn our serious attention to the ecobeing no manœuvres beyond firing a few nomy of the mind, we perceive that it is field-pieces, and considerable kissing capable of a variety of processes of the amongst the men ; (really and truly I most remarkable and most important saw it;) several stepped out of line, and nature. We find, also, that we can kissed the Sergeant, or Corporal, or exert a voluntary power over these prowhatever he was, most fervently! I was cesses, by which we control, direct, and exceedingly tickled at one fellow in the regulate them at our will; and that Grenadiers : his white trousers when we do not exert this power, the made upon some new principle, with mind left to the influence of external puckers in front, and a strap to secure impressions, or casual trains of associathem behind. Whether the tongue of tion, often unprofitable and frivolous. the buckle broke, or came out, I know We thus discover that the mind is the not, but the breeches were very nearly subject of culture and discipline, which, falling about the Grenadier's heels, when when duly exercised, must produce the under review; and no sooner had he most important results on our condition arranged his difficulties, than his “co- as rational and moral beings; and that vering files,” as the villains behind him the exercise of them involves a responsiought to have been, pulled them loose bility of the most solemn kind, which again. The good humour of the fellow no man can possibly put away from him. was great. He bore all in great tribula- -Abercrombie.

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RECENT DEATHS.

Nov. 28th, 1845.–At Sneatonthorpe, in the Whitby Circuit, Mrs. Ann Allison, aged thirtyone. Her parents were moral people, and accus. tomed to attend the religious services of the Establishment. She began to attend the worship of God amongst the Wesleyans, and, for a short time, was a Teacher in their Sundayschool. It was not, however, till after her marriage that she became a partaker of vital godliness. Her husband united himself to the Methodist society, and in a quarter of a year afterward Mrs. Allison also became a member, and in a short time was made a happy subject of regenerating grace. For some time she went on her way rejoicing. But having to suffer affliction, she was often tempted and depressed, and occasionally harassed with doubts and fears. Nevertheless, she cast not away her confidence, but trusted in the Lord. Her domestic duties and family cares prevented her from uninterruptedly attending the public worship of the sanctuary ; but her attachment to God's service, and her love to his people, continued unabated to the end of life. A few days before her sudden removal to a better world, she was happy in God; more so, says her husband, than he had ever known her to be. When seized with a violent fit of coughing, and oppressed with difficulty of breathing, she requested her father-inlaw to pray with her, observing, that Jesus was come to meet her. Mrs. Allison was an affectionate wife, a tender mother, and a dutiful child. “How many fall as sudden, not as safe!”

J. W.

Jan. 4th, 1846.–At Penzance, Mr. Thomas Foster, jun., B.A., of Bristol; a young man of eminent ability and distinguished attainments, whose mature and well-balanced Christian character exhibited a rare and powerful combination ;-humility, gentleness, and kindness in the varied intercourse of common life; order, diligence, and public spirit in all matters of duty and official service; with a beneficence equally conscientious and generous ; and a perseverance on which all around him habitually relied, arising perhaps, in part, from his natural firmness, but chiefly the fruit of intelligent religious decision. In the spring of 1843 he was reduced to great debility, by hemorrhage from the lungs. In the autumn of 1844, the recurrence of unfavourable symptoms induced him to remove to Torquay. He spent the summer of 1845 in the neighbourhood of Bristol, and in September proceeded to Penzance, intending to pass the winter there. His disease, however, continued to advance. But whether his case appeared hopeful or threatening, he was visibly going on, from strength to strength, in heavenly-mindedness. His acquiescence in the divine will was settled and habitual. A few days before his departure, he said, in reference to the ground of his faith and hope,

Adding, “I have long ago rested my soul on the
Atonement. I know God will finish his work ;
I never had a doubt of that.

Here, then, to thee I all resign;
To draw, redeem, and seal are thine.'

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On Sunday, January 4th, his medical attendant having adverted to his precarious condition, he said, “If it is the will of God, he can raise me up even now; and if not, I can leave it with him." Just before he retired to rest, in the evening of the same day, having been unable to attend the public covenant-service, he, with his now bereaved wife, solemnly gave himself in covenant to God, for time and for eternity. Not long afterwards, a change for the worse became manifest, which, however, caused him no alarm; for he passed imperceptibly away, scarcely seeming conscious of “

any pains of death."

I. K.

March 3d.-At Seaton, in the Axminster and Honiton Circuit, aged thirty-three, Sarah Louisa, wife of Mr. Robert Skinner, and sister of the Rev. T. J. Jaggar, Missionary to Feejee. While young, by God's blessing on early training, she walked in the fear of God, with a remarkably tender conscience. Her disposition was amiable and rather retiring. It was not till her twenty-third year, however, that she took the decisive step of joining the church of Christ. As a Christian, her conduct was steadily circumspect; but timidity kept her back from fully making known what she actually enjoyed. About the end of last year, visiting Yorkshire with her husband, the means of grace were made an especial blessing to her; and after her return, there was evidently a marked difference in her religious feelings, and a more deep and solemn sense of eternal things seemed to rest on her mind. Her last illness was extremely painful ; but she was kept in peaceful resignation. When nearly expiring, she repeated the lines (and they were her last words) :

“And trample death beneath my feet,
And gladly die my Lord to meet."

T. W.

April 20th.--At Blaenavon, in the Abergavenny Circuit, Mr. John Speak, aged forty-six. About five years ago, he was “turned from darkness to light," and from that time he became a true disciple of Christ. He also joined the Wesleyan-Methodist church. He was plain and simple in his manner, sincere and earnest in his devotions, and, by unaffected humility and meekness, adorned his Christian profession. He suffered much bodily affliction and persecution ; but he knew in whom he had believed, and continued steadfast in the faith. While engaged in his occupation under ground, he was, by what the world terms an “accident,” suddenly removed from time to eternity.

M. B.

“In my hand no price I bring;

Simply to thy cross I cling."

ily leave this world to be ever with the Lord.' Jesus is mine, and I am liis."

H. D.

May 30th.–At Wednesbury, Mrs. Lowra Hallow; having been for many years a consistent member of the Wesleyan society. In early life she sought the favour of God by her own righteousness; but, being powerfully convinced of her state as a sinner, she was led to seek divine mercy by faith alone, in the merits of Jesus Christ. The love of God was shed abroad in her heart, and her life adorned her profession : she was distinguished by untiring zeal, and, according to her means, great Christian benevolence. Her last affliction commenced Saturday, May 23d; but she could exclaim, “ Thank God, there is no sting in death ; it is taken away through our Lord Jesus Christ!” A short time before her departure, a friend asked how it was with her soul. She replied, “ All is right, all is well !” She continued in the same state of mind, until mortality was exchanged for life, in the seventy-sixth year of

J. S. T.

June 6th.-At Shottle, in the Belper Circuit, Mr. John Slater, whose father was one of the earliest Local Preachers in this county, and generally denominated, “ The Apostle of Derbyshire," he having preached the Gospel in every town and village within its range. He was brought to a knowledge of the truth about forty years ago ; and for thirty-five years has laboured with acceptance as a Local Preacher. He possessed much practical and useful knowledge, which, together with his acknowledged integrity, rendered him a valuable counsellor. On Sunday, May 31st, he preached a Sunday-school sermon at Heage. On the Wednesday following he had a fit of apoplexy, which, on Friday morning, was followed by a second ; and on Saturday, he passed into a better world to mingle with the spirits of just men made perfect. Thus died Mr. John Slater, aged seventy years, greatly lamented by his neighbours, and a large circle of friends.

J. S.

her age.

June 2d.–At Lane-End, in the Kilkhampton Circuit, Ann Cleverton, aged forty-six. She joined the Wesleyan-Methodist society about eight years ago, and soon afterward found peace with God. She endured a long and painful affliction with great patience, and died calmly trusting in Christ for salvation.

W. S.

June 5th.--At Beverley, Mr. James Ramsden, aged sixty-two. He was the subject of serious impressions from childhood; but did not become a decided religious character until twenty-one years of age, when he joined the Wesleyan church, of which he continued a devoted member. For thirty-seven years he was a zealous Class-Leader; and at different times be filled the offices of Circuit, Town, and Poor Steward, always endeavouring, as far as it lay in his power, to promote the best interests of Method. ism. He observed to a friend before he departed, “I am between life and death ;” and with a placid smile said, “God is good. God is good. All is well.” Thus he calmly resigned his happy spirit into the hands of his Lord and Saviour.

S. C.

June 7th.–At Strood, in the Rochester Circuit, aged fifty, Mr. James Brown. From a child he had the fear of God before his eyes; but it was not until his twentieth year that he joined the society; he received a note of adınittance on trial from the Rev. William Myles. In his latter years he often acknowledged, with gratitude to Almighty God, the spiritual good he obtained while resident in London, and especially from the ministry of the late Rev. Richard Watson. After his return to Strood, he was appointed the Leader of a class, which office he sustained to the end of his life with fidelity. He pursued the even tenor of his way, following the path of duty, and walking humbly with his God. During his last illness, which was protracted, he was kept in perfect peace, and was enabled to commit himself and his relatives into the hands of his heavenly Father. In patience he possessed his soul; not a murmuring expression was heard to escape his lips. The last words he was heard to utter were, “Glory, glory, glory be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever!" He repeated with great feeling the verse commencing,

“ With faith I plunge me in this sea.”

Afterwards he said, “Lord, into thy hands I commit my soul ;” and thus he fell asleep in Jesus. In life and in death, he exemplified the truth of the words of the Psalmist, “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright; for the end of that man is peace.”

J. u.

June 6th.–At Vergau, in the St. Mawes Circuit, Mr. James Tucker, aged eighty. Ile was deeply convinced of sin when about eighteen years of age, under a sermon preached by the Rev. Joseph Algar, one of our early Sinisters, joined the Wesleyan society, and obtained a satisfactory evidence of the forgiving love of God. Not long after his conversion to God, he began to officiate as a Local Preacher, and for nearly sixty years continued to call sinners to repentance. In the beginning of his last illness, he was favoured with much consolation ; owing to his bodily pain and suffering becoming extreme, he seemed to have lost that sensible evi. dence of the divine favour which he was wont to enjoy, and for some days was led to utter the sorrowful language of the Redeemer, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" But, through the application of some suitable portions of Scripture to his mind, and with earnest prayer, he was enabled again to rejoice in the God of his salvation. Some of his last words were, “ I shall soon be at lioine. I shall speed

June 7th. At Woolley, in the Kilkhampton Circuit, Christopher Littlejohns, aged eightysix. About thirty years ago the neighbourhood of his residence being visited by the WesleyanMethodist Preachers, he received them into his house, and, through their instrumentality, was brought to an acquaintance with the truth. He obtained a knowledge of salvation by the remission of sins in a prayer-meeting, and ever afterward retained the evidence of his acceptance with God. The preaching continued in his

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