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enough of facts, if there were but some one to classify them, and to draw from them legitimate inferences. It would not be impossible, we think, from the recorded experience of so many Missionaries, to derive many valuable hints for our intercourse with the people of different countries ; to discover, if not the best, at least the most successful method of teaching them, the most suitable to their manner of thinking, the most likely to issue in their conversion ; and thus, instead of wasting our strength in unconnected and desultory labours, to join in one combined and judicious movement of evangelization. It is true that God alone giveth the increase,' and that “ except the Lord do build the house, the workman's labour is vain:” but it is poor philosophy, and far worse practice, to put second causes in opposition to the first. He has given us knees to bend, hands to work, and minds to think for his service; and though there is a danger of thinking of ourselves above what we ought to think, our punishment will be no whit lighter if we bury our talent in the earth. We need never be afraid of doing too much for Christ, or of putting forth too much wisdom and labour in our endeavours to serve Him.
[For the Calcutta Christian Observer.]
THE MISSIONARY'S SOLACE.
Matthew xix. 29.
With pleasant memories of other years;
The house-hold voices' ringing in my ears :
Yet, though my eyes fill with unbidden tears,
For thee, my happy home! which Time endears,
But at the call of duty's God-like voice,
In glorious promise, speaketh thus, Rejoice!
For the Calcutta Christian Observer.
BY CHARLES MULLER, ESQ.
How lonely and how desolate art thou !
Where is thy beauty and thy glory now?
Behold! the solemn feast!—but where are they,—
The joyous and enthusiastic throng ?
Nor heed the choral swell of holy song:
And where are they,—the beautiful and young,
The merry maiden and the manly boy,
Around its mother's knee, -it's mother's joy ?
And oh! in bitterness thy people weep,
To think upon the "pleasant things” of old,
And raptured songs, of heaven's glories, told.
For Zion's sons, there is no rest, no rest :
Enslaved in heathen land, they ceaseless mourn;
Stamp sad remembrance on the woes they've borne.
Forsaken! desolate! oh! desolate!
Abandoned orphans, dying parents, lie
The mock, the scorn of every heathen eye.
Missionary and Religious Intelligence.
CALCUTTA. CALCUTTA BAPTIST FEMALE SCHOOL SOCIETY. From the Twelfth Report of the above Society we have extracted the following particulars, which we trust will prove interesting to our readers.
CALCUTTA.— Mrs. W. H. PEARCE, Superintendent. “ When I sent you my last half-yearly Report, it was, I believe, at the time that the Central school on the Mission Premises was about to be formed, to be composed of children belonging to the five small Schools I formerly superintended, and of others who might be inclined to attend.
* The school was commenced on the 16th July, when the greater part of the children from the old schools came, and have continued to attend pretty regularly. Some of the best scholars, however, left at the time ; and on account of being married, the rest of the first class have gradually left also. These were accustomed to read in the New Testament, could repeat Catechisms, the Miracles of Christ, and hymns : could write a little, and do plain sewing : so that we cannot but hope that, like some others we know, they will long retain most of what they have learnt. Their places in the first class are now filled by five others, who are reading in the Testament and learning the 2nd Ca. techism. Six more are reading the first and second Books of Fables. There are about twenty-four children in Gogerly's Reading Book ; seventeen in the compound letters and syllables, and the rest learning the Alphabet. All the children are more or less advanced in the 1st Catechism.
“ The school commences at eight o'clock in the morning and closes at eleven, during which time it is impossible either Sircars or children should be idle, as they are never left alone.
“ The children do not learn so great a variety of books by heart as they did, but og the present plan they learn to read much more quickly and readily ; and as we are chiefly anxious that they should be able to read with ease and pleasure the word of God in their own language, the present appears the most desirable way to accomplish this most important end. That the Gospel may be made the power of God unto the salvation of at least some of their immortal sonls, we entreat your earnest intercessions at a throne of grace.
“ Since the establishment of the school in our compound, we have gradually intro. duced, what we cannot but hope will be very beneficial, in enlarging the knowledge and deepening the impressions of the children in favour of Christianity. I refer to their singing Christian hymns, and to their having delivered to them occasionally, ad. dresses on the truths of the Gospel. Soon after the School was formed, we engaged a Native Christian for one of the teachers, who used to teach the children to sing some of the hymns, which several of them learnt by heart. By this means they gradually acquired a knowledge of the tunes, and the whole school now unite very cheerfully in this most pleasing exercise. They now sing hymns and repeat tables for half an hoor, every other day alternately. The first class also learn to write , and are learning the second Catechism. The daily attendance was about 100 for the few first weeks:
it averages now from seventy to ninety, and these are as many as the school room will comfortably accommodate. I am happy to add, that the teachers of the different classes are very steady and attentive to their employment ; and that I cannot but perceive a great improvement in many of the children.”
CHitpore. -Mrs. M. ELLIS, Superintendent. “With pleasure I send the Report of the Central School, Chitpore. I believe you are aware, that when Mrs. G. Pearce found it necessary (owing to ill heath and anticipated removal to England), to relinquish her superintendence of this school on the Ist November last, I entered on its duties, which I trust have been attended to as far as my little knowledge of Bengalee, &c. has enabled me. On examining the Register-book, I find the number of children in the school is full 140. During the cold season the daily attendance was above 130.
“ The children in the reading classes are abont 75, these are divided into sis classes. The other six classes are learning their Alphabet and the compound-letters. The first class, 18 in number, is a very interesting one, and the children appear very anxious to improve. They are now reading the new translation of the Gospels, Pearson's Geography and Tracts: most of these children write prettily, and are able to simple sums. On Mondays they repeat Hymns and Catechism, learnt at home, when if repeated well they get rewarded. Tbe second class, 14 in number, varies lit*tle from the first, as most of the children are capable of reading very tolerably.
“ The Native Christians' Boarding School having had the sanction of your Committee, has been increased since January to 16 girls. These I am happy to state appear to be getting on; seven are able to read the Gospels. On Sabbath days, they repeat Hymns or Catechism, and those who are not able to read for themselves, get the older girls to teach them their hymns. In the week their time is fully occupied by attendance at school, spinning, and assisting in preparing food for themselves and the Christian boys."
Besides the above, schools are established at Sulkea, Catwa, and Bheerbhoom, containing in all not less than 200 children additional.
New GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS AT ALLAHABAD. It is with pleasure we have learnt that Government has sanctioned a monthly grant of 800 rupees for the encouragement of Native Education at Allahabad. And with still greater pleasure have we learnt, that of this sum, 500 rupees are to be devoted to the establishment and permanent support of an English institution. Every arrange. ment has now been nearly completed for speedily carrying the whole into accomplishment. Accommodation for school rooms has been prepared : a head master, at a salary of 250 rupees, with an allowance for house rent, has been appointed: an assistant master is about to be chosen ;-and both are forthwith to leave Calcutta for their des. tination; we cannot donbt that, with God's blessing, the success of the new institution will be most triumphant, if that success depend on the exertions of the agents more immediately connected with the undertaking. The Committee at Allahabad is composed of men at once enlightened and sanguine in the cause of native improvement. The head master, Mr. Clift, is possessed of every requisite qualification to enable him to fill the responsible office entrusted to him, with credit to himself, with advantage to the natives, and to the satisfaction of his employers. The able and efficient manner in which, for the last 15 months, he conducted the Takee Academy furnishes the surest guarantee, that under his saperintendence the new institution at Allahabad is destined to achieve all that could have been contemplated or even desired by its benevolent founders.
It is proper here to add, that it is not expected that the interesting seminary, over which Mr. C. lately presided, will suffer in consequence of his removal to Allahabad. A gentleman of excellent attainments and great experience as a teacher, Mr. Joha Wilson, late of the Dhurrumtollah Academy, has already been appointed head-master of the institution at Takee.
BURMAH. From recent letters written by our Missionary friends at Tavoy, we have extracted the following information regarding the American Mission in Burmah.
“ Mrs. Boardman has an English school under her care of about a dozen boys, and several other schools that number sixty pupils of both sexes, where Burman reading and writing is taught. All the scholars attend worship on the Sabbath, and such as are in the Boarding school attend also on the preaching or expounding of the Scriptures, which is conducted every evening in the zayat. Add to this Mrs. Mason and myself have a Karen school under our care, where the boys are taught the Karen language by brother Wade's alphabet. Several of them read and write with ease, and their teacher, an able young preacher, anderstands Burman sufficiently well to make translations into his own language, with such correction as I am able to make, quite adequate for all practi. cal purposes. We have another school in the jungle, where I am getting up a town of Karens, which contaius about thirty scholars. The Karens are a very interesting people; but their habits of wandering, like the North American Indians, offer quite an obstacle to their advancement in civilization, which renders me anxious to bring them if possible to more settled habits. For this purpose, I have induced two or three to engage in learning to work in iron, and am obtaining thein some facilities for the cultivation of the land. Mr. Craig, the sub-conductor of ordnance here, has with no little labour nearly completed for me a good English plough, such an article as was never seen in China or India before.
“ Mrs. B. has had much to encourage her in her schools, to which she has devoted much time and attention. A monument has been erected over Mr. B.'s grave, which is in a retired part of our compound, and a marble slab, with a Burman and English inscription, has been procured by the commissioner Mr. Maingy and Major Burney, as a tribute of their respect for him. A memoir is preparing in America, by which his friends will become more intimately acquainted withhiin. Though his voice is hushed in death, his name will long be associated with Kareus; and you will be pleased to learn, that there has been a large addition to the church since his death, and not one member has yet caused us grief by turning aside, and walking onworthy of his profession. I have also a small English coagregation to which I preach once on the Sabbath. I had the pleasure to baptise one of them a few weeks ago.
“My last letters from Moulmien mention a recent baptism of five, two Burmans, one Karen, and two Englishmen from the army. Br. Bennet is busily engaged in Rangoon, and Br. Kincard writes me from Ava, that he is preaching the gospel in the verandah of his house to great numbers that call upon hiin daily. Ko-Ing, the native preacher at Mer. gui, wrote up a few days ago that two men there appeared to have got some love,' and says the Karens are very desirous to obtain a school-master. I expect every arrival to find letters from Br. Jones at Bankok, but have hitherto been disappointed. You have done me a great favor in purchasing for me the Sunscrit Dictionary : 1 find it almost as useful for the Pali as Sunscrit."
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE Society. For a most interesting account of the last Anniversary of this valuable Institation, we beg to refer our readers to the Quarterly Extracts, appended to the present Number.
MARRIAGES. 10. Lieut. W. Tritton, 41st N. I. to Miss M. A. James. 14. H. R. Alexander, Esq. C. S. to Miss E. C. Young.
At Ghazeepore, Lieut. J. J. Grant, H. M. 38th Regt. to Sarah, fourth daughter of the late Archibald Colquhoun, Esq.
15. At Cuttack, Geo. Becher, Esq. to Miss Eliza Sturrock.
26. At Chinsurah, G. P. Vallancey, Esq. Madras N. I. to Harriette, fifth daughter of the late Sir Geo. Garrett.
28. At Muttra, Capt. Cheap, Major of Brigade, to Miss Harriot, daughter of Major Harriot, 5th Regt. Light Cavalry. SEPT. 3. Mr. Andrew Culloden, to Miss Elizabeth Hunter.
Mr. C. Crighton, to Miss Mary Anne Johnson. 5. S. Mendbam, Esq. to Miss Amelia Ano Cooper.
9. At Allyghur, Lieut. J. Erskine, 40th Regt. N. I. son of the late Lord Kinne. der, one of the Senators of the College of Justice in Scotland, to Isabella, eldest daughter of Capt. M. A. Bunbury, of the same Regiment.
10. At the Circular Road Chapel, Mr. T. Wilson, Paper Manufacturer, to Mrs. Balfour.
W. Turner, Esq. to Miss Louisa Maria Shearman, eldest daughter of the late W. Shearman, Esq.
J. Muller, Esq. of the Mint, to Miss Maria Anne Shearman, youngest daughter of the late W. Shearman, Esq.
At Agra, Mr. R. Dalton, to Miss Sarah Hammond.
11. Lieut. D. Shaw, of the H. C. 54th Regt. N. I. to Alicia, second daughter of S. H. Boileau, Esq.
16. At Mymunsing, Geo. Adams, Esq. C. S. to Miss Emelia Read, daughter of the late Capt. James Read, of the Bengal Native Infantry.
17. At Chipsurah, C. D. C. Adams, Esq. H. M. 16th Regt. to Amelia Anne, youngest daughter of the late Sir Geo. Garrett. 18. Mr. Benjamin Smythe, to Miss Isabella Anne Railey.
Charles Steer, Esq. C. S. to Miss Caroline Thompson.
The lady of T. C. Crane, Esq. of a son.
The lady of James Hill, Esq. of Kishuaghur, of a son. 21. At Futtehgurh, the wife of Mr. Joseph Morgan, of a daughter.