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looking at him she said, 'Doctor, am I dying?' Upon his replying • I fear you are,' she said, “You did not tell me I should die.' He replied, “We have done all we can to save you.' She at once exclaimed, “Thanks be unto God Who giveth me the victory over death!' She then sent messages to her dear father and brothers by her sorrowing mother, saying, with much earnestness, “Tell them all to meet me in heaven;' then, turning to her distressed husband, she said, 'I would live in pain for you, if it were the Lord's will: He knows what is bast; I leave all in the hands of the Lord : “though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” Many other precious words could not be heard, as the silver cord' was being 'loosed.'

Her last words, repeated in a whisper, were, 'Christ! Christ!' Thus, within a year of her happy marriage, and after four days of intense suffering, she sat down at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb,

' early in the morning of October 13th, 1881.

H. I. T.


* Usually complainers do least. The crafty lapwing will go up and down fluttering and crying, to draw the fowler from her own nest. We have some secret nest of our own, and we are loth it should be rifled and exposed to public view, and therefore we raise an alarm about other matters.'—This we may be doing without being aware of it, for self deceit is easy. We may be amusing ourselves with zeal for political forms, when in truth our own personal habits need reforming; or we may be exclaiming against the errors of the Church, while our own private life far more needs our attention. It is a pity to be cheating our own selves.

Our author, however, is very shrewd in his judgment of complaints. Our own experience leads us to the conclusion that critics of others, and noisy talkers of all kinds, have usually some design of their own, and are working to their own hand. If we were to press them home we should probably discover that they are no better than they should be. Their pretence of being wounded and hurt by the sins of others is a crafty scheme for drawing away observation from their own failings. Lapwings are plentiful enough all around us, and not a few are still deceived by their practices.

O Lord, save me from all deceit, and, above all, prevent my deceiving myself!*

* Illustrations and Meditations ; or, Flowers from a Puritan's Garden, Distilled and Dispensed, by C. H. Spurgeon.

NOTICES OF BOOKS. The Character and Life-Work of intentional use of the symbolic num. Dr. Pusey. A Sketch and Study. By ber seven in all parts of the Bible. the REV. J. H. RIGG, D.D. T. Wool. It is a pity, however, that the author mer, 2 Castle-street, City-road, E.C. has allowed his anxiety to increase - We do not hesitate to say that the number of sevens' to lead him this little book is one of the ablest to such trivialities as the enumeraworks of its distinguished author. tion of 'seven things Nehemiah did,' In six brief chapters Dr. Rigg one being 'he sat down '! Nor can sums up the Life-work of the man we help a feeling of incongruity when who has had, for good and evil, we find the seven weepings of Joseph' perhaps a greater influence on the classed with the seven sayings of religious life of our own time and Christ on the cross, as being alike of country than any other teacher. With * Divine design. Surely this is reperfect fairness he acknowledges that ducing careful study of the Scriptures • Dr. Pusey was a good man, however to something like childishness, and is lamentably in error; ' yet points out more worthy of the old Rabbis than with characteristic clearness, force of sober nineteenth-century Chrisand unsparingness how great his

tians. errors were-all the greater and more lamentable because of the goodness,

Joe Webster's Mistake. By EMILIB

SEARCHFIELD. London: T. Woolmer. learning and devoutness of their pro

-A well-conceived story, inculcating pagator. Every one who wishes to

unselfishness and submission to the have a clear and fair impression of

Divine will. Dr. Pusey should read carefully this short but full sketch of his character

A Guide, a Comforter. An interand Life-Work.

leaved Text-Book, arranged by M. A. Faithful Stewardship. A Charge

WILSON. London: F. Warne and Co. delivered by the Rev. C. GARRETT,

--A pretty little Scripture text-book, ex-President, at the Ordination of with spaces for autographs. The sixty-three young Ministers at Hull,

selection of texts is on the whole very 1883. Wesleyan-Methodist Book- good, and the idea of guidance and Room.-A • Charge’so full at once of

comfort is well carried out. fervour and common sense, that it touched the heart and mind of all

The Life of George Whitefield. By who heard it. Every Minister, young

J. R. ANDREWS. Cheap Edition. or old, might profitably read its

Morgan and Scott.—A very readable counselsand warnings. It is thoroughly

little book, which gives a good account characteristic of its author, and is a

of Whitefield's Life-work. The author worthy memorial of Mr. Garrett's

thoroughly sympathizes with the evanPresidency.

gelistic ardour of his hero, and has

done his work well. The book is well The Number Seven in Scripture. worth a shilling; and we should advise Compiled by S. A. BLACKWOOD, C.B. our readers to make the investment. Morgan and Scott.—A very interest- The more the lives of earnest re. ing and instructive compilation, illus- vivalists are studied in our day the trating the frequent and evidently better,




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PHASES OF THE MOOX. Oct. 1st, New Moon , 5h. 54m, morn. Oct. 16th, Full Moon 6h. 46m, morn 9th, First Quarter 10h. 20m.

22nd, Last Quarter 1lh, 19m, aft. Oct. 30th, New Moon, ilh. 57m. after.

Oct. 3rd
6h. after., Apogee

252,445 miles.
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Mean distance for the month


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91,736,930 miles, Nov. 1st

90,946,420 Decrease of distance for the month

790,510 THERE will be two eclipses this month. cury 4 degs, southward. On the 12th, One of the Moon on October 16th, an hour before midnight, it will be in visible throughout the continent of ascending node. On the 15th, at 9h. America, and partially visible in the in the morning, its apparent motion western regions of Europe, Asia, and among the fixed stars changes from Africa. It begins at 4h, 42m., and ends retrograde to direct. It will be in at 9h, 6m, in the morning, Greenwich perihelion on the 17th ; at its greatest mean time. The Moon sets at Green- elongation from the Sun, 18 degs. wich at 6h. 25m. in the morning, half westward, on the 22nd, at noon; and an hour before the middle of the

at its greatest distance northward eclipse.

from the ecliptic on the 27th, at 8h. An annular eclipse of the Sun on in the evening. October 30th, 31st. It is visible as a Venus is an evening star, setting partial eclipse on the eastern coasts soon after the Sun. It can only be of Asia, and the western coasts of seen with a telescope. It will be in North America, and in the Pacific conjunction with the Moon on the 1st, Ocean to more than 20 degs.southward at 3h. in the afternoon; and on the of the Equator. The line of central 31st, at 11h. in the evening. eclipse nearly touches the parallel of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn are visi10 degs, north latitude in the North ble throughout the greater part of Pacific, at about 152 degs, west longi- the night. tude.

Mars and Jupiter will be in conMercury will be in inferior con- junction on the 19th, at 7h. in the junction with the Sun on the 7th, at evening, when the angular distance 1h, in the morning. After that it will of the centres will be less than a be a morning star, and may be seen degree. The appearance of the planets with the naked eye before sunrise throughout the night will be very toward the end of the month. It will striking. Mars will be in conjunction be in conjunction with the Moon on with the Moon on the 23rd, at noon; the 2nd, at 3h. in the morning; and Jupiter at 9h. on the morning of the on the 29th at 3h, in the afternoon. It same day; and Saturn on the 19th at will be in conjunction with Venus on 9h, in the morning. the 4th, at 3h. in the afternoon, Mer



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Four hundred years ago the home of John and Margaret Luther

of Eisleben was gladdened by the advent of a little child, and there was great joy there, for he was the first-born, and brought to that humble dwelling a wealth which God, in His goodness, grants alike to rich and poor. They were poor but godly and intelligent folk—the miner and his wife. They knew that this child was God's gift to them, and hastened to make him, as the most precious thing they could offer, their gift to God; so on the day following his birth he was dedicated to the Lord in baptism, and since he was born on the eve of St. Martin of Tours—November 10th, 1483—they, in accor


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dance with the custom of the time, named him 'Martin.' Proud and happy and hopeful as they then were, how far their highest ambitions fell short of what God had in store for their baby-boy! He who lay now in that poor home should stand before kings,' and 'not before mean men,' the dynasties of ages should tremble, and the superstitions of centuries fall before the word of that little child.

MARTIN LUTHER had rough work to do, and must learn betimes to endure hardness as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.' So God in His Providence sent him early to a rough school. Poverty and Piety are good teachers for any lad who has in him the makings of a brave and noble man; and Martin Luther learnt much from them in his boyhood that helped him to bear the heavy burdens of his manhood.

John Luther moved from Eisleben to Mansfeld when his son was still an infant, and there Martin received his first schooling. At fourteen he was sent to Magdeburg, and shortly afterwards to Eisenach. Here he gained a good education free; but was often compelled to beg his bread by singing in the streets-a very precarious mode of subsistence. One day, wearied and disheartened, having been repulsed from several doors, he stood in profound despair, feeling that he could bear such a life of want no longer, but must hasten back to the frugal home at Mansfeld. Just then, however, a door opened, without his knocking, and a woman's voice bade him enter. That call opened a new and brighter life to the young

scholar. To his dying day he never forgot the kindness shown him under that roof. And to-day as we commemorate the great Reformer's life and work let us not forget to pay our humble tribute of gratitude to the memory of Ursula Cotta—the friend and more than mother of Martin Luther. Nearly four hundred years have passed away since that gentle voice called the famished lad to find food and shelter, and better still, love and congenial company; but wheresoever the story of the Reformation is told there shall also this, that this woman bath done, be told for a memorial of her.' Well might Luther say long afterwards as he thought of Ursula Cotta : “There is nothing sweeter in the world than a good woman's heart.' Years after, when his own fame had spread far abroad, he had the joy of returning something of the kindness shown him at Eisenach by receiving into his own house at Wittemberg the son of his early benefactors, Conrad and Ursula Cotta.

A few happy years passed away, and when eighteen years old he became a student in the University of Erfurt. Here his great powers soon showed themselves, and his friend Philip Melancthon declares that his genius was the marvel of the whole college. Here, too, he

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