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A PAIR OF DUCKS FOR A BIBLE. ON NE poor woman, living in a lonely cottage in an out-of-the-way
village, being called upon for the first time was asked to buy a Bible.
"I don't want one,' she replied. 'I have no time to read it, nor money to spend on it.'
• May I come in and read a little of it to you?' the colporteur asked.
You may please yourself,' was the somewhat ungracious reply. Entering the cottage the colporteur sat down, and read the parable of the prodigal son, in Luke xv., while the woman went on with her washing. Presently she stopped her work and sat down to listen, deeply interested in the wondrous story that came from the lips of the Saviour.
When the colporteur had finished he talked to her of the love of God, and when he offered to pray she readily assented.
After prayer, she enquired, 'What is the price of that book you have been reading out of ?' He told her eighteen-pence; but she shook her head, she hadn't the money. What she had with her she was going to take out to buy meal for the pigs. But, look here!' she said, brightening up, I've got a pair of young ducks here; they'll be worth a couple of shillings in a few days. Will you take them and give me the book ?'
Of course he could not take the ducks in payment, but he let her have the book, and she promised to save up
him. He has since visited her twice, and he states that she is diligently reading the Bible; and though she is still in great darkness, the Spirit of God is evidently leading her into the light.
Report of Christian Colportage Association.
FOR PREACHERS AND TEACHERS. I HAVE observed that a word cast in by-the-by hath done more execution in a sermon than all that was spoke besides; sometimes also when I have thought I did no good, then I did the most of all, and at other times when I thought I should catch them I have fished for nothing.-John Bunyan.
Men look at a man out of the pulpit to see what he is worth in it. ---Richard Cecil.
Many people fancy they have a fine command of language, when the fact is language has got a fine command of them.--Archbishop Whately.
While thou seekest God in all things thou shalt find Him in all. John Wesley.
When thou prayest, rather let thy heart be without words than thy words without heart.-John Bunyan.
When you cannot pray as you wish, pray at all events as you can. -Dean Goulburn.
Do not be disturbed because you cannot serve God in your own way; you serve Him while accepting your infirmities in His own way, which is far better.-St. Francis de Sales.
The globe has been circumnavigated, but no man ever yet has; you may survey a kingdom, and note the result in maps; but all the savants in the world could not produce a reliable map of the poorest human personality.--Alexander Smith.
The poor are God's receivers, and the angels are His auditors.James Howell.
George Wither (1623).
NOTICES OF BOOKS. Scenes and Adventures in Great authoress's varied gifts. This book Namaqualand. By the REV. BEN- should be in all Sunday-school JAMIN RIDSDALE. London: T. libraries. Woolmer, 2, Castle-street, City-road, Early Training, its Philosophy, it: E.C.- A pleasant and modest account
Nature, and its Worth. By the Rev. of earnest, faithful work amongst
J. TONGUE, B.A. Elliot Stock.--A heathen tribes. In quiet, chatty little book on a great subject. It fashion, the author tells the story
contains many valuable remarks and of his mission-life, which was full of
suggestions, and the spirit in which it adventure, of dangers and deliver
is written is admirable. ances, of toils and triumphs. We
The Preparatory Greek Course in hope in an early number to refer more
English. By W. C. WILKINSON, at length to this interesting work.
New York: Phillips and Hunt.-This Auriel, and other Stories. By RUTH volume is one of the After School ELLIOTT. T. Woolmer.-Another Series,' the aim of which is to give to volume of the late Ruth Elliott's those whose early education has been stories is sure of a wide welcome. scanty an opportunity of acquiring The principal story in this collection some knowledge of the classics; sufis a beautiful tale—really an alle- ficient at least to make Homer, gory-full of pathos and quiet power. Xenophon, etc., something more to The shorter pieces are also well worth them than mere names. The design preserving, and illustrate the lamented is good, and so is the execution.
ASTRONOMICAL NOTICES FOR MAY, 1883.
BY A. GRAHAM, Esq.
RISING AND SETTING OF THE SUN AND PLANETS FOR GREENWICH.
13th; First Quarter 10h. 54 m. after. ; 29th, East Quarter 2h. 23m. after
MOON'S DISTANCES FROM THE EARTH.
8h. after., Perigee 223,133 miles.
92,996,050 Increase of distance for the month
575,410 A TOTAL eclipse of the Sun may be Mercury is an evening star, and may witnessed in the South Pacific Ocean be easily seen with the naked eye on May 6th. The obscuration begins after sunset, about the time of the on the Earth generally at 7h. 21m., greatest elongation, which takes place and ends 27 minutes after midnight, on the 14th, at 2h. in the afternoon, Greenwich mean time.
when the angular distance from the The orbit of the Comet which was Sun is 22 degs., and the planet is more discovered at Rochester, N.Y., on the than 6 degs. farther north. It will be 23rd of February, turns out like most in conjunction with Saturn on the of the others to be very nearly para- morning of the 2nd, and with the bolic. The observations made at the Moon on the morning of the 8th. On Cambridge Observatory, March 3rd, the 27th the apparent motion changes 9th, and 15th, are represented with from direct to retrograde: next day the almost perfect accuracy by a barabola planet crosses the ecliptic southward. whose distance from the Sun at the Venus rises about an hour before nearest point is 70 millions of miles. the Sun; on the 2nd it will be at its The Comet reached this point on 1883, greatest actual distance from the Sun, February 19th, lh. 8m. 36s. before on the 4th in conjunction with the noon. The plane of the orbit is in- Moon, and on the 10th very near to clined to that of the ocliptic at an Mars. On the evening of the 24th it angle of no less than 78 degs., and will be at its greatest distance southintersects the ecliptic, where the Comet ward from the ecliptic. passes from the south to the north Mars is in the same region of the side, at a point 8 degs. in advance of heavens as Venus. At conjunction on the Tropic of Capricorn; just about the 10th the two objects will be visible where the Sun is on the 30th of at the same time in the field of an December: and the perihelion, reckon- ordinary telescope. On the 4th it ing on the orbit, is 111 degs. eastward will be in conjunction with the Moon. of this point. The Comet has not Jupiter is an evening star. It will been identified with any one which be near the Moon on the 9th, and very has hitherto appeared. It was
near to Mu Geminorum on the 23rd. interesting object in a good telescope, On the evening of the 19th it crosses round and nebulous, and a slight from the southern to the northern side appearance of tail in a direction of the ecliptic. This month is not opposite to the Sun; but could not be favourable for observing the eclipses seen in March with the naked eye. of Jupiter's satellites.
HAZELL, WATSOY, AND VINEY, PRINTERS, LONDON AND AYLESBURY.
MONGST our Connexional laymen, Mr. John BEAUCHAMP, of A
Highgate, holds a deservedly high place. He was born at Newtownards, County Down, in the year 1829. His father, the late Rev. Robert Beauchamp, came of an old Norman family, which had
many generations been settled in Limerick and its neighbourhood; his mother, who still lives, is of Scotch descent. Mr. Beauchamp's father, who in early life had been passionately fond of hunting and other field sports, when he came under the power of the Gospel, joined the Methodist Society, and was soon called to the Ministry. His Ministerial career covered nearly half a century, from 1824 to 1873. A considerable part of his life was spent under the direction of the Missionary Society amongst the Roman Catholic population. He did his work faithfully and wisely, gaining the respect of the priests as well as the people. He was an unassuming, hard-working, godly man,
very attentive to pastoral duties, and much given to prayer; he was well read, and liked to take his only son with him in his walks or rides to his country appointments, and would talk with him about books and men, but especially about Methodism and Methodist affairs. Those conversations had a lasting influence on the boy's mind, and his visits to the farm-houses where his father preached gave him a knowledge of and a sympathy with country Methodism.
Before he was fourteen Mr. Beauchamp entered the business establishment of a good Methodist, the late Mr. W. Paul, of Portadown, whose son and grandson still continue the business, and preserve the Methodist traditions of the family. In 1849 he came to London and entered the counting-house of Mr. Edwin Bliss, of Barbican, general factor. He joined the Society in connection with City Road Chapel, and met in the Class of which the late Rev. W. L. Thornton, M.A., was the Leader. Amongst the members were Mr. (afterwards Sir) Francis Lycett, Mr. H. H. Fowler, now M.P. for Wolverhampton, and other young men who have since become well known in the Church and the world. Mr. Beauchamp soon got to work, first as a teacher in the little Sunday-school held in Turner's Place, and afterwards, when he removed to the neighbourhood of Liverpool Road, as the leader of a Bible-class for young men, and as a Local-preacher. His spare time was devoted to careful prepara