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A SABBATH SCHOLAR DROWNED.
Mr. Russell, at a meeting of Sabbath-school children and their teachers, related the following affecting accident:
There was a girl in one of our Sabbath-schools, about thirteen years old, and one day she went to the river side to play. She slipped in and was drowned. We felt anxious to know whether she had been thinking about her soul. I asked her teacher what sort of a child she was, and she replied, “one of the best girls in herclass—always regular at school, always attentive to her lessons and to what was said to her.” So far I was pleased. I then went to her mother, and said that we were very sorry that she should lose her daughter in
that manner, and asked how she behaved at home. Her mother began to weep, and as she wept she said, “ I hope that the child was thoughtful, and was prepared to die; she loved the Bible; she loved the Sabbath-school, and I hope she loved the Lord Jesus Christ. I went unexpectedly to her bed-room on the Sunday morning before she died, and I found her with her brothers and sisters around her, hearing them repeat the lesson that they were to say at the Sunday-school, and trying to explain it to them.”
This was pleasing, but it was a sad accident, and no doubt that, not only the mother and father of the dear girl, but also her little brothers and sisters would be much distressed ; and yet their distress would have been far greater, if it had not been relieved by the pleasing hope they had of her piety and salvation.
So soon and sudden, little reader, you may be removed. Should you be as safe ?
A YOUNG DISCIPLE. Mary Ann Belsey had been, for a considerable time, a scholar in the Great Suffolk Street Sabbath-school; and from the first appeared steady and active. At the commencement of the year 1841, while her teacher was speaking to the class on the uncertainty of life, she became seriously impressed, and for sometime after, was anxiously inquiring what she
A YOUNG DISCIPLE.
must do to be saved. Calling on her teacher one day, which she was in the habit of doing, the teacher remarked, “ Why, Mary Ann, you look more cheerful than I have seen you for some time.” She replied, “ Yes, because I feel more happy.” On being asked what had caused the change, she answered, her countenance glowing with animation as she spoke, “I believe God has heard and answered my poor prayers, and pardoned my sins through Jesus Christ.” From this time her conversation was truly spiritual, and her prayers, though simple, were fervent and sincere. She often expressed her surprise that such a Being as God should listen to the feeble prayers of children. She would frequently say, what cause she had to be glad that ever she went to the Sabbath-school; for there she had been told what a sinner she was, and how she might be saved. She delighted in the word of God, and was desirous of undertaking what she read. Her hymn-books also afforded her much pleasure; particularly those hymns that referred to the love of Christ. When she had been compelled by others to act contrary to the command, “Remember the Sabbathday to keep it holy,” her mind would be much distressed, and her earnest desire was that the time might soon come when she should be able
to act consistently with the word of God, and, to tys use her own words, “ acknowledge her God and Saviour before many people.” For the last five
or six months of her life, she has had an impression that she should not live long. At the same time, she was free from that dread which the fear of death might occasion. Her treasure was in heaven, and thither her affections seemed to tend. For the last few weeks, she seemed to anticipate that every meeting she had with her teacher or the children would be the last. The last time her teacher saw her was on Thursday evening, June 2nd, and her last words to her were, “Good bye, teacher; God bless you; if I should not see you again here, I hope I shall see you above.” On Saturday, the 4th, she was taken with the small-pox. On the Thursday before she died, she told her mother she did not think she should get over it; at the same time manifesting no uneasiness. On Monday evening, the 13th, her heavenly Father was pleased to take her, we believe to himself, in the 15th year of her age. Her parents speak very highly of her, and say a good word was all that was necessary to get Mary Ann to do anything they wished her; and in the family and in the business, they know not what they shall do without her. Such are some of the facts relative to Mary Ann Belsey. And when we know that her piety was not encouraged at home as it should have been, and that for two or three weeks at a time she has been kept away from school and from the house of prayer, we are constrained to admire the grace of God, as it appeared
SINS AND MERCIES.
in the experience of this dear girl, producing penitence, confidence, and freedom from the fear of death. May we not say, “We thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and revealed them unto babes !”
E. S. H.
SINS AND MERCIES.
How many times have you sinned ? Ah ! you cannot tell. Though young our sins are many. And yet, though we have all sinned against our Maker, how many mercies have we received ! Every breath we draw, and every morsel we eat, is a mercy! Our health, food, clothing, comforts, and friends, are all mercies; but were I to try for a week I should not be able to mention all the mercies we enjoy. How great is the sum of them! But there are mercies greater still than any I have yet named. One is, to have the word of God in our own language, and to be able to read it. Some years ago, even in England, people were imprisoned, and sometimes put to death, if they only had the Bible in their houses. In the reign of Queen Mary, one whole family was imprisoned because they ate some meat on the eve of one of the saint's days, and because their youngest child, a little girl of ten years old, could repeat some chapters in the Bible. It is