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from the circumstances and persons by whom he is vation by Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, who had surrounded, and therefore he is more likely to be ani. been ignominiously crucified. After having endured mated and solemn, as occasion shall serve; and, if there much cruelty in prison, from the malice of his keepers, be discoverable in his discourses any extravagances, Ignatius was sentenced by Trajan to be carried in chains they will be easily pardoned, when we reflect upon the to Rome, and there thrown to the wild beasts iu the pubpower which he possesses over the judgment and pas- lic theatre. On hearing his doom, Ignatius heartily resions of his auiliturs. But the minister who has a joiced, and said, “ I thank thee, O Lord, that thou hast written discourse is deprived of all these advantages. condescended thus perfectly to honour me with thy He confines himself to the mere reading of his sermon, love, and hast thought me worthy with thy Apostle Paul and cannot, therefore, so powerfully command the feel. to be bound with iron chains.” With that he cheerfully ings of a congregation. The difference between a ser. embraced his chains, and having fervently prayed for mon which is read, and one delivered extempore, inay his church, commending it with tears to the Divine care in some measure be estimated, by comparing the effects and providence, he yielded himself to his keepers, who produced by the debates in the French Chamber of were appointed to transport him to the place of his Deputies, and in our House of Commons. In the execution, formner, the speeches are read from a tribune; they are Being consigned to a guard of ten soldiers, he took consequently cold, forınal, dull, and spiritless ; but, in leave of his beloved Antioch, and marched sixteen miles the latter, they are delivered extempore; they are to Seleucia, where they embarked for Cyprus, and landtherefore more full of fire and energy-more eloquent, ing at Smyrna, he is said to have been visited by the and calculated to produce an instantaneous effect, and celebrated Polycarp, and by many Christian ministers to carry conviction to the mind. We do not therefore and elders, deputed from several Asiatic congregations. see why this practice of reading sermons should not be During his stay at Smyrna he wrote four of the seven abandoned. We are persuaded that it would be attended letters ascribed to Ignatius, to individuals and churches, with the most beneficial effects to the interests of the exhorting them to constancy in their faith, and requestChurch.
ing their prayers. In bis leiter to the Roman believers, “Dr. Wilson maintains a respectable character amongst he expresses his contempt of death with all its terrors. the authors of the day. His publications are numerous, “Let the fire," says he, “and the cross, and the asbut chiefly confined to theology. In addition to a great saults of wild beasts, the breaking of bones, the cutvariety of single sermons and tracts, which were some ting of linbs, battering the whole body to pieces, yea, time since collected into two volumes, he has published and all the torments which the devil can invent come * Evidences of Christianity,' in two volumes, being upon ine, so I ray but attain to be with Jesus Christ.” lectures on those subjects preached at St. Mary's, Is- After a long and tedious journey, Ignatius reached lington; and a narrative of a Tour on the Continent, Rome, where he was visited by many of the Christians under the title of Letters to an Absent Brother: of that city, enjoying their sympathies and prayers. this work has passed through several editions, and will He was kept until one of their public festivals, when he be read with pleasure by the Christian."
was led forth in the presence of a vast crowd of people, We capnot close this short account without express- in the amphitheatre, who f:asted their eyes with the ing our gratification that such a man as Dr. Wilson sight of the venerable martyr devoured by the wild should have been selected to fill the Bishopric of Cal- bcasts. Two of the Roman deacons are said to have cutta. We know that he did not court the honour, but collected the bones of Ignatius, and to have sent them that he long declined it. When, however, he learnt the to Antioch, where they were carefully interred. difficulty of finding a suitable man to occupy the post, Seven Epistles of Ignatius have been preserved; but he accepted it with all its inconveniences. Earnestly do in some particulars they are believed to have been core pray that his life and usefulness may be long con- rupted, to serve the purposes of the popish prelacy. tinued, and that his son and successor at Islington may be found to walk in his steps.
CENTURY THE SECOND 23. IGNATIUS, bishop of the Christian church at Antiņch, was martyred, A.D. 109. He is said to have been acquainted with some of the apostles of Christ, especially Peter and Paul. It is believed that he was ordained to the pastoral office at Antioch, about A.D. 67, by the Apostle John, whose instructions he had previously enjoyed. In that populous and licentious city, Ignatius continued more than forty years, a zealous defender of the great doctrines of the Gospel; to the belief of which, inany are reported to have been brought by his ministry from the darkness of pagan idolatry and impurity. About A. D. 107, Trajan, 'the Roman em peror, visited that celebrated city, to carry on his military preparations against the Parthians and Armenians. Having entered the city with great pomp, he inade immediate and strict inquiry concerning the Christians, who were reported as numerous.
Ignatius appears to have been rather ambitious of the crown of martyrdom, and therefore presented himself before the emperor, whs, proud of his own attainments in learning and philosophy. treated with contempt the venerable bishop, and his doctrine of one God, and of salva
IDOLATRY OF THE ANCIENTS. Mr. Tooke, in his entertaining school-book, the “Pantheon, representing the Fabulous Histories of the Heathen Gods," has given a popular exhibition of ancient idolatry. It seems, however, to have been written in the true spirit of a mere classical scholar, admiring the ingenuity of the huınan inind in producing such a numerous diversity, rather than with the mind of a Protestant Christian, conscious of man's accountability to his Maker, jealous for the holy honours of the ever-blessed God, and aware of the danger of rational souls sunk in such criminality.
We cannot particularize the diversified divinities mentioned in the Pantheon; nor can we enumerate the different classes under which Mr. Tooke has ranked them. Our design is not to present the Pagan Mythology to our readers as an innocent thing, -as systems of ingenious speculation to be admired : but to notice some of the foul, the cruel, the wicked characteristics of ancient idolatry.
Abominations of this kind corrupted and ruined the mighty nations known under the denominations of Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Carthaginians, Phæ. nicians, Persians, Grecians, and Romans, with their de. pendencics.
Canaan, “a land flowing with milk and honey,” the
when night loveliest portion of the habitable earth, was polluted
Darkens the streets, then wander forth the song with the horrid rites of idolatry, and vomited forth its
Of Belial, flown with insolence and wine
Witness the streets of Sodom.” guilty inhabitants. Yet their descendants preserved and practised the bloody ceremonies of Moloch, Baal-peor,
We cannot defile our pages with details of the aboRimmon, Ashtaroth, and others.
minations practised in the ceremonies of idolatrous Egypt, in the genuine spirit of idolatry, sought by worship. Who can conceive the horrible enormities at cruel bondage to destroy the holy seed of Israel, in
Diana's teinple, with a thousand women devoted to untestifying against the shocking rites of Adonis, Ísis, cleanness? The portrait drawn by the pen of inspiraOsiris, Tammuz, and others.
tion in the first chapter of the Epistle to the Romans, The l'hilistines worshipped Baalim, Baal-berith, Baal
can be fully illustrated only by referring to their vile peor, Baal-zebub, Baal-zephon, Dagon, &c. The
and outrageous practices. Babylonians paid divine honours to Baal, Bel, Nebo,
Human victims in sacrifice were commonly offered Nisroch, Adrammelech, Merodach, &c.; but we cannot
in the idolatrous worship of the ancients; and as our
forefathers in Britain are believed to have derived their even give the principal names of these “ devils :" Milton will assist us in bis Paradise Lost.
dreadful custom of immolating inen in their idolatry
from the Carthaginians, or Phænicians, trading to the “ First Moloch, horrid king, besmear'd with blood
coast of the Mediterranean, we will give a short acOf human sacrifice, and parents' tears,
count of the former of these people from Rollin's An. Though for the noise of drum and timbrels loud
cient History. Their children's cries unheard, that pass'd through fire To his grim idol. Him the Ammonite
“ The Carthaginians retained the barbarous custom Worshipp'd in Rabba and her watery plain,
of offering human sacrifices to their gods till the ruin In Argob and in Basan, to the stream
of their city: au action which ought to have been called Of utn.ost Arnon. Nor content with such
a sucrilege rather than a sacrifice. It was suspended Audacious neighbourhood, the wisest heart Of Solomon he led by fraud to build
only for some years; from the fear they were under of His temple right against the ten ple of God
drawing upon themselves the indignation and anger of On that opprobrious hill, and make his grove
Darius I, king of Persia, who forbad them the offering The pleasant valley of Hinnon, Tophet i hence
up of human sacrifices, and eating the flesh of dogs. And black Gehenna call’d, the tyre of hell.
But they soon resumed their horrid practice; since, in Next Checos, th' obscene dread of Moab's sons, From Aroar to Nebo, and the wild
the reign of Xerxes, the successor to Darius, Gelon, Of southmost Abarim; in Hedebon
the tyrant of Syracuse, leaving gained a considerable And Horonaim, Seon's realm, beyond
victory over the Carthaginians in Sicily, made the fol. The flow'ry dale of Silma, clad with vines,
lowing condition, among other articles of peace he And Elealé, to th' Asphaltic pool. Yet thence his lustful orgies he enlarg'd
granted then, viz. that no more human sucrifices should Ev'n to that hill of scandal, by the grove
be offered to Saturn. And doubtless the practice of Of Molech homicide- lust hard by hate
the Carthaginians on this very occasion made Gelon use Till good Josiah drove them thence to hell.
this precaution. For during the whole engageinent, With these came they, who from the bord'ring flood which lasted from morning till night, Hamilcar, the Of old Euphrates, to the brook that parts
son of Hanno their general, was perpetually offering up Egypt from Syrian ground, had general names Of Baalim and Ashtaroih; those male,
to the gods sacrifices of living men, who were thrown These feminine.
on a faming pile; and seeing his troops routed and in troop
put to flight, he himself rushed into the pile, in order Came Astoreth, whom the Phænicians calld
that he might not survive his own disgrace; and to A tarte, queen of heaven, with crescent horns ; To whicb bright image nightly by the moon
extinguish, says St. Ambrose, speaking of this action, Sidonian virgins paid their vows and songs;
with his own blood this sacrilegious fire, when he found Jn Sion also not unsung, where stood
that it had not proved of service to him. Her temple on th' offensive mountain, buikt
“In times of pestilence, they used to sacrifice a great By that uxorious king, whose heart, though large,
number of children to their gods, unmoved with pity Beguild by fair idolatresses, fell To idols foul. Thammuz came next behind,
for a tender age, which excites compassion in the most Whose annual wound in Lebanon allur'd
cruel enemies; thus findiug a remedy for their evils in guilt The Syrian damsels to lament his fate
itself, and endeavouring to appease the gods by the most In amorous ditties all a summer's day;
shocking kind of barbarity. While smooth Adonis from his native rock Ran purple to the sea, suppos'd with blood
"Diodorus relates an instance of this cruelty which Of Thanimuz yearly wounded.
strikes the reader with horror. At the time that AgaNext came one
thocles was just going to besiege Carthage, its inhaWho mourn'd in earnest, when the captive ark
bitants, seeing the extreinity to which they were reMaim'd tlie brute image, head and hand lopt off
duced, imputed all their misfortunes to the just anger In his own temple, on the giunsel edge, Where he fell flat, and sham'd his worshippers :
of Saturn; because, that instead of offering up children Dagon his name, sea-monster, upward man
nobly born, who were usually sacrificed to him, he had And downward fish : yet bad his temple high
been fraudulently put off with the children of slaves Rear’d in Azotus, dreaded through the coast
and foreigners. To atone for this crime, TWO HUNDRED Of Palestine, in Gath, and Ascalon,
CHILDREN of the best families in Carthage were sacri. And Accaron, and Gaza's frontier-bounds.
ficed to Saturn; besides which, upwards of THREE Him follow'd Rimmon, whose delightful seat Was fair Damascus, on the fertile banks
HUNDRED CITIZens, from a sense of their guilt of this Of Abana and Pharpar, lucid streams.
pretended crime, voluntarily sacrificed themselves. After these appear'd Diodorus adds, that Saturn had a brazen statue, the A crew, who under names of old renown,
hands of which were turned downwards; so that when Osiris, Isis, Orus, and their train, With monstrous shapes and sorceries abus'd
a child was laid on them, it dropt immediately into an Fanatic Egypt and her priests, to seek
hollow, where was a fiery furnace.”
“TO THE Glory or God!—This is the impress that Fell not from heaven, or more gross to love
a sincere and humble Christian sets on all his actions." Vice for itself:
his lust, and they must become orphans, cast on a EVIL OF DRUNKENNESS.
frowning world, without a father's protection. Thus AMONG the numerous sins which corrupt mankind, they, who might have lived happily and contentedly on and disorder our world, there is none more pernicious the sufficient earnings of their parent, must wander the than drunkenness. It is the door to almost every children of sorrow and the suppliants of charity! other. It is an evil pervading inore or less all classes Consider the influence of drunkenness on the intel. of society, and throughout our country:. It is a crime,
lectual faculties. committed not so much under the visionary idea of When we reflect upon the goodness of God in lighthappiness, as it is the gratification of a sensual lust. ing up the soul with such noble capacities, and so
The savage in the desert seeks a beverage simply to greatly exalting man over the other animals, it must satisfy the natural desire-thirst: while the inhabitant he ignorance indeed for men to suppose, that, destroyof a civilized land indulges to a beastly excess. Whether ing these high powers, and lowering themselves beneath or not the various beverages, to which the populace the beasts which perish, they commit a little sin. For have easy access, are necessary and beneficial, on cer- a man to be deprived of reason by the afflictive visitatain occasions, and to a limited extent, is a point tion of Providence, is a calamity most appalling. For foreign to our subject. We readily allow that there a person to possess reason and to apply it to a bad or are strong beverages, which, if taken moderately, con- unprofitable purpose, is greatly to be deplored. But tribute to the vigour of the constitution. The grand for a man to deprive himself of the use of reason, evil arises from giving way to an uurestrained passion though but for a time, by excessive drinking, abuses fur strong Jiquor ; which is the cause of innumerable the blessings of Heaven, violates all the rules of decency disorders of the mind and body, and frequently pro- and moral order, and degrades the man below the brute. duces the most overwhelining consequences.
That This habit weakens the judgment, impoverishes the unthere are few sins more hateful in the sight of God
derstanding, and, in a word, destroys those noble capathan drunkenness, or more degrading in the eyes of cities of man, which so particularly display the infinite man, is a sentiment which we presume few will doubt.
wisdom and benevolence of God. Consider the effects which drunkenness produces on
Consider the effects of this habit on the morals. the constitution.
From a drunkard we expect nothing truly virtuous, Health is the greatest temporal blessing which man or worthy of imitation. His looks become unsightly, can possibly enjoy; but to impair it by gratifying an his manners disgusting, his Janguage coarse, and his evil desire must be highly criminal. We often perceive temper irritable. He has rendered himself unfit to the lamentable effects of drunkenness in those whose fulfil with propriety any of the functions of civilized countenances once bloomed with health and vigour, life, either public or private ; so that it may be said of but now they indicate langour and disease :- whose him, he is neither a virtuous husband, an upright constitutions were once strong and robust, but now tradesman, or a true patriot; but a miserable blot in languishing under this destructive vice. And it is not society: All these considerations show, in some degree, strange to suppose that druukenness is the harbinger why this habit is so criminal, and its consequences so of disease, and the cause of desolating mortality among fatal. But, strong as these considerations are, there is men.
another that outweighs them all the future and eternal Consider the effects of this vice on the estate or cir- prospects of the drunkard ! cumstances.
Surely no one who lives in the indulgence of any Wherever we find this habit cherished by an indi. sin, and especially of that sin which is depriving him ridual, we behold poverty encircling his abode. Alas! of his very existence, can reasonably expect to en. we have too many instances to prove this fact, that it joy the felicity of that world where sin — where any is the fruitful cause of poverty, want, and misery. Can thing that defileth — can never enter ; but where we be surprised at so much distress in the land, when
"Every shape, and every face we cast our eyes at the “Liquor Shops” on the last
Look heavenly and divine." evening of the week, and view the thousands eager for Then what happiness is there for the drunkard in this the stupifying draught? In this manner, then, are the world-in that hour when the pangs of dissolution comearnings of our working population squandered, by mence-or when he passes the boundaries of time? which many thousands of their families are reduced to How important is it that Christian syinpathy should be suffer the want of common necessaries.
more awakened to stem this torrent of iniquity, which Consider the effects of this habit on the character. we perceive hurrying our poorer population to destruc
Sobriety is a virtue which adorns a man; but if he is tion, and to lead men to consider the sinfulness of this wanting in this, his character is immediately defaced. worse than beastly habit! We cannot trust our property with that man who dis- Drunkenness is an evil more injurious to a land than orders his senses by this which in numerous “the pestilence that walketh in darkness.” Drunkeninstances has led mien to violate the sacred rules of ness is most pernicious to our well-being as a nation, honesty. In a state of inebriation, a man is sunk be- sapping the very foundations of society. Never can any neath the dignity of civilized society; and therefore people be prosperous and happy, while this debasing deservedly loses that respectability which is attached habit prevails : it is equally opposed to the nature of to persons of soberness and integrity.
man-to morals—and to pure religion. Consider the effects of it on the family.
May our gracious God pour forth his Holy Spirit, to We might suppose that it would be an argument suf. lead men to seek the salvation of Christ in the Gospel, ficiently weighty to prevail with a drunkard to turn teaching them, that "denying ungodliness and worldly from his evil habit-viewing the sorrows in which he lusts, they may live soberly, righteously, and godlily in has involved his children, suffering at times the smarts this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and of
poverty, and hearing the cutting reproaches made the glorious appearing of the great God and our Sa. against their worthless parent. They cannot rejoice at viour Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us, that he the hour of his return from business; nor greet him on might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto hearing the cheerful sound of his voice : they tremble himself a peculiar people.” Titus ii, 12, 14. at the thought of his entering their wretched abode ! Inspiration has strikingly pourtrayed drunkenness and All this is still more embittered by the reflection, that its deadly fruits—“Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? if he forsake not his evil ways, he will fall a victim to who hath contentions? who hath babblings? who hath
wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes ?
favourite of Heaven than himself. He might suppose, They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek that by right as the first-born, he must necessarily be mixed wine. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and entitled to a precedence in the Divine mercy, and now stingeth like an adder.” Prov. xxiii, 29-32.
his depraved heart swelled with rage, and his gloomy countenance became darkened with malevolent sullen. pess.
“ Abundant in goodness and truth,” the LORD God SCRIPTURE BIOGRAPHY.
called Cain before him; and in terms the most gentle CAIN AND ABEL.
and persuasive, condescended to reason with him.
“ And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? The Persecution and Murder of Abel.
and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, " The earliest death a son of Adam died
shalt not thou also be accepted ? and if thou doest not Was murder! and that murder fratricide!”
well, sin lieth at the door." Gen. iv, 6, 7. MONTGOMERY'S WORLD BEFORE THE Flood.
Many learned nen understand this language as an MANKIND have been in all ages divided into two dis- inviting intiination of mercy. “If thou doest pot well, tinct classes, and in the Scriptures they are distin- sin,” that is the sin offering, lies at thy door and thou guished by appropriate appellations. These two de- mayest take the benefit of it.” The same word signifies scriptions of persons are spoken of as righteous and both sin and a sacrifice for sin. As if God said, “Though wicked,-believers and unbelievers,-saints and sinners, thou hast not done well, yet do not yield to despair :
-the children of God and the children of the devil. the remedy is at hand, the propitiation is near: lay This difference and distinction we observe in the family hold upon it, and the iniquity of thy life shall be forof Adam, and even in the two brothers, Cain and Abel. given thee.” Well may it be said of Jehovah, “ He Cain regarded with envy the preference given by God delighteth in mercy.” Mic. vii, 18. Himself has conto his brother, yet sought not to be a partaker of the firmed it, and he solemnly swears, “ As I live, saith the same divine grace. Instead of admiring his holy life LORD God, I have no pleasure in the death of the he cherished a deadly hatred against it, and on account wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and of it persecuted hiin with implacable bitterness. He live.” Ezek. xxxiii, ll. “He is not willing that any could not bear the continual reproof which he received should perish, but that all should come to repentance." from Abel's godly conversation; and this was the ground 2 Pet. iii, 9. God abandons no siuner, until in unbelief of that enmity, the issue of which was so terrible,- he casts off his allegiance to his Maker, and hardens his “ because his own works were evil, and his brother's heart against repeated admonitions. righteous." | John iii, 12.
It seems probable, that Abel was not out of sight Here we observe the cominencement and the real when the LORD called Cain before him; he therefore cause of persecution ; and we need not wonder, as the added, “ And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou same cause remains, that the same spirit appears at this shalt rule over him.” Ver. 7. The meaning of this time, which has been discovered in every other age part of the address to Cain appears to be, “Behold thy from the days of Cain. Do our young friends consider brother! he loves thee: he anxiously wishes thy pre. this difference, the origin and criminal nature of it, sent happiness, thy everlasting welfare. He honours and seek to be made the children of God by faith in thee as his elder brother, to whom he looks up for Jesus Christ?
friendship and counsel, and to whose direction he submits When true religion reigns not in the heart, enmity as far as it is reasonable for one brother to be governed to God and man will prevail. Thus it was in the pre- by another: in that respect thou shalt rule over him." sent case. Cain, jealous of the preference which God But spiritual blessings are those peculiar favours, which manifested to his brother, gave full licence to the spirit the righteous and eternal Sovereign bestows, not acof persecution which he cherished, the natural fruit ofcording to our works : he grants thema “ as it seeins his malevolent mind. Uninfluenced by the fear of his good in his sight." benevolent Creator, whom he hypocritically professed The haughty spirit of Cain was wounded by a rebuke, to worship, and regardless of the powerful ties of frater- though given in goodness and wisdom infinite, and by nal affection, he determined on the destruction of him the Almighty Creator himself! Wretched man! his whom he looked upon as his rival; and, hurried by wickedness and folly led him to be angry, even with his Satan, he soon einbrued his hands in the blood of his Maker! Regardless of the solemn admonition, and the innocent brother! Infidelity produced in piety,--in- merciful intimations of the LORD God, Cain cherished piety generated envy, -envy proceeded to hatred,- in his bosom the seeds of a deadly malignity. His pious hatred inflamed revenge.-- and revenge terminated in brother is still the object of his settled hatred. But the most atrocious murder! Such is the progress of for what cause? Has he been inore favoured by his insin when cherished in the heart.
dulgent parents than Cain? Or has he assumed the We are unable precisely to ascertain in what manner privileges of the first-born ? No, neither of these. the Divine regard for Abel's offeriug was manifested, He hates him for his piety: “ because his own works unless we refer to those of Abraham and Elijah: but it were evil, and his brother's righteous.” must have been by some visible token from God ;-the Those who delight in iniquity, hate the pious serfire descending from the skies, to consume the sacrifice; vants of God, because their dispositions and their habits while the devout serenity of Abel's countenance, arising are condeinned by the holiness of the godly. Abel apfroin the love of God shed abroad in his heart, was ac- pears the mild, the candid, the unsuspecting, devout companied with the voice of thanksgiving, adoration, worshipper of God; Cain the malicious, the treacherous and praise. Cain beheld his brother's sacrifice taining servant and agent of Satan. at a distance, and the sacred cloud ascending to the Righteous Abel,” as our blessed Saviour emphaskies, - while his own offering remained as it was at tically styles him, conscious of his own integrity, would first laid on the pile, a sad and monitory proof of its re- not indulge unkind suspicions concerning the dark de jection, on account of the iniquity and unbelief of the signs of Cain. He freely enters into discourse with his offerer. “And Cain was very wroth, and his coun- brother, who in the midst of conversation rises up tenance fell." Gen. iv, 5.
against him, and gluts his vindictive spirit. Deaf to The natural jealousy of Cain was powerfully excited, the earnest entreaties, and hardened against the affectlest his younger brother should be regarded as a greater ing tears of Abel, regardless of the poignant grief with which he was about to pierce the hearts of his Isles; and the other two, with the captain in one of venerable parents,- and forgetting the omnipresence them, towards the south, for the island of Juan FerGod Almighty, “ Cain rose up against Abel his brother nandez. and slew him." Ver. 8.
The former have not since been heard of; but the This dreadful crime was marked with peculiar aggra- latter were a fortnight afterwards picked up by a vesvations. Cain was the elder brother; and therefore sel, when the captain and four only of his men were should have been the protector of Abel. He had re- found alive : the other ten had died of hunger, and their ceived no provocation. He had been admonished by corpaes had afforded nourishment to the survivors. the voice of God himself; and Abel, as he knew, feared
Kotzebue's Voyage. God, and was accustomed to pray for the Divine blessing to rest upon him. Yet, under the appearance of friendship, he seeks a conversation with him — he takes
INDIAN ILLUSTRATION OF 1 KINGS XVIII, 46. him aside into a solitary place, and there deliberately and maliciously executes his diabolical purpose of “ And the hand of the LORD was on Elijah ; and le assassination !
girded up his loins, and ran before Ahab to the entrance The murder of Abel, in martyrdom for the truth of of Jezreel.” God, afforded a terrible exemplification of the treat- Mr. Statham, in his “ Indian Recollections,” recently ment which true religion was to expect from infidels
published, mentious a circumstance remarkably illusand false professors to the end of the world. And such
trative of the conduct of Elijah on the occasion referred has ever been the disposition of ungodly men.
to. He says, “Ou the dismissal from office of the may be considered as the father, the patron, and the Jemadar of a Thannah (gaol), in a village a few miles archetype of proud infidels, Pharisees, formal worship- distant froin the place where I resided, a very respecpers and bloody persecutors, of every age and nation, table native waited upon me, and solicited my recomfrom the beginning to the end of the world.”-Scott.
mendation to the magistrate of the district, as a fit This same spirit inflamed the wicked hearts of the
person to fill the vacant situation. Knowing him to be unbelieving Jews, who persecuted virtue itself, in the person of our blessed Redeemer. "They filled up the
greatly superior in any respects to the generality of
the natives, I promised that when I had an interview measure of their iniquity,” when they betrayed and
with the inagistrate, which would be in a few days, I “crucified the Lord of glory."
would speak a word in his behalf. In the mean while, Behold the wretched Cain, standing speechless over
having occasion to pass through the village, I was much the bleeding body of the brother whom he had mur.
surprised at beholding him, the moment he recoguized dered! The guilt of innocent blood penetrates and
me, tighten his cummerbund (or gird up his loins), and terrifies his depraved soul! while the disembodied spirit of the pious martyr is carried by ministering angels
proceed to run before my palanqueen. I said nothing
until we had cleared the village, thinking that he would into the kingdom of glory, to enjoy unspeakable felicity return; but as he still continued to run before me, I in the presence of God his Saviour !
called to the bearers to stop the palanqueen, and en. (To be continued.)
treated him to go back. This he positively refused to do, saying, nothing should prevent his paying this mark
of respect, at the same time overwhelining me with the PROVIDENTIAL DELIVERANCE FROM most extravagant compliments; and in this manner he SHIPWRECK.
preceded me the whole distance of four miles, until we
arrived at the gates of my compound, when, with a pro. The following narrative is an instance of the great and
found salaam, he took leave and returned. imminent dangers to which whale fishers are exposed, “ In this manner I consider that Elijah, although he and is a most striking exainple of Divine providence.
detested the crimes of Ahab, was desirous of paying A North American, Captain Smith, sailed in the
him all that respect which his exalted station as king of year 1820, in a three-masted ship, the Albatross, for
Israel deinanded; thus affording a practical comment the South Sea, in pursuit of the spermaceti whale. When nearly under the line, west of Washington's
on the apostolic precept, Honour the King.'. By this Island, they perceived a whale of an extraordinary
means the prophet showed his deep humility, in not as.
suming to himself any glory because of the mighty size. The boats were all immediately lowered, and to
works which God had performed by him ; and at the make the capture more sure, they were manned with
same time evinced his entire dependence on the prothe whole crew: the cook's mate alone remained at the
tecting hand of God, by thus accompanying the king helm, and the ship lay to. The monster as it peaceably
to the very place where his greatest enemies, Jezebel floated on the surface of the water was eagerly fol.
and her prophets, dwelt.” lowed and harpooned. On feeling the stroke of the weapon, it lashed its powerful tail with fury, and the boat nearest it was obliged to dart with all speed out of the way to avoid instant destruction. The whale INDIAN ILLUSTRATION OF GEN. XXIV, 9. then turned its vengeance on the ship, swam several
“ And the servant put his hand under the thigh of times round her with prodigious noise, and then struck her so violently on the bows, that the cook's mate
Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning the
matter." could compare the effect of the blow only to the shock of an earthquake.
“ The same man,” Mr. Statham reinarks, “afforded The fish disappeared, but the tremendous Jeak the me an illustration of Gen. xxiv, 9. ship had sprung, sank her in five minutes with all that “ On having communicated to him at a subsequent she contained. Her solitary guardian was with diffi- period his appointment to the situation, and exhorted culty saved. The crew were now left in four open him to fill it with fidelity, so that I might not be blamed boats, several weeks' voyage from the nearest land, for having recommended him, he dropped on one knee, and with no provision but the little biscuit they hap- and laying hold of my knee with one hand, and placing pened to have with them. After a long discussion on the other at the back of the thigh, he solemnly vowed the best course to be pursued, they separated. Two to be faithful in the discharge of his duties, and pro. of the boats steered for the Washington or Marquesas
fessed entire submission to myself.”