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tiger, by overleaping him, encountered the gripe of the amphibious monster. A conflict ensued between them, the water was colored with the blood of the tiger, whose efforts to tear the scaly covering of the alligator were unavailing, while the latter had also the advantage of keeping bis adversary under water, by which the victory was presently obtained, for the tiger's death was now effected. They both sank to the bottom, and the alligator was no more seen. Campbell was recovered, and instantly conveyed on board. His danger had sobered him, and the moment he leaped on deck, he fell on his knees, and returned thanks to Providence, who had so wonderfully preserved him; and what is more singular, “ from that moment to the time I am writing,” says the narrator, “ be has never been seen the least intoxicated, nor has he been heard to utter a single oath. If there ever was a reformed being in the universe, Campbell is the man."

Chap. vi, ver. 18.–For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife.

After the taking of New Carthage in Spain by Scipio, afterwards surnamed Africanus, bis officers knowing their general to be an admirer of the fair sex, brought to him the next morning a young virgin of extraordinary beauty. As soon as she appeared, she charmed the eyes of all; and Scipio was struck at the first sight of her. But though he was in the prime of life, unmarried, and under no restraints, he did not suffer himself to be blinded by his rising passion. examined the beautiful captive concerning her country, birth, and engagements; and finding that she was betrothed to a Celtiberian prince, pamed Allucius, he ordered both him and the captive's parents to be sent for, and put her unbarmed into their hands; telling them, that the only return he expected from them, was their friendship to the repub

lic. The young Spaniard was so transported with joy, that he could not so much as return Scipio thanks. And the parents of the captive, having brought a considerable sum for the ransom of their daughter, offered it to the generous proconsul as a present, since he had freely given her to her lover without ransom. They pressed and entreated him to accept of it; and, at length, throwing the money at bis feet, retired. But Scipio immediately bestowed it on Allucius, as an addition, on his part, to his wife's fortune.

Chap. vi, ver. 41. And when he had taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and brake the loaves, and gave them to his disciples to set before them; and the two fishes divided he among them all.

“I came from my last voyage before Christmas," says a sailor, “and bastened home. Being late when I arrived, I had not the opportunity of seeing my eldest girl until the following day. At dinner time when we had sat down, I began to eat wbat was before me, without ever thinking of my heavenly Fa. ther, that provided my daily bread; but, glancing my eye toward this girl, of whom I was doatingly fond, I observed her looking at me with astonishment. After a moment's pause, she asked me, in a solemn and serious manner, · Father, do you never ask a blessing before eating?' Her mother observed me looking hard at her, and holding my knife and fork motionless; it was not anger,-it was a rush of conviction, which struck me like lightning. Apprehending some reproof from me, and wishing to pass it by in a trifling way, she said, “ Do you say grace, Nanny?' My eyes were still riveted upon the child, for I felt conscious I had never instructed her to pray, nor even set an example, by praying with my family when at home.The child, seeing me waiting for her to begin, put her hands together, and lifting up her eyes to heaven, breathed the sweetest prayer I ever heard. This was too much for me; the knife and fork dropped from my hands, and I gave vent to my feelings in tears." It appears that, through the instrumentality of this child, not more than six years of age, who had attended a Sabbath school, together with his subsequent attendance on the public worship of God, he has been led to saving views of divine truth.

Chap. vii, ver. 10.-For Moses said, Honor thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

The Roman Catholic clergy manifest the greatest hostility to the schools established in Ireland, in wbich the Scriptures are read. A gentleman, on expostulating with a young priest on the subject, was told in reply, that he was only obeying the orders of his bishop, whom he was bound to obey by the most solemn and sacred oaths taken at his ordination, and of which his bishop frequently reminded bim, nor did be execute his directions with that severity he ought ; for be was positively directed by his bishop to bring all the children who were sent by their parents to the school in the place before him; and while he denounced all the curses of the church against their parents by name, the children were ordered to curse their own parents, by pronouncing audibly at the end of each verse, Amen!!

Chap. vii, ver. 28.--The dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs.

The following circumstance, which is said to have occurred at Abo in Finland, is opposed to the kind treatment we owe to the inferior animals :--A dog, which had been run over by a carriage, crawled to the door of a tanner in that town. The man's son, a boy of fifteen years of age, first stoned, and then poured a vessel of boiling water upon the miserable animal. This act of diabolical cruelty was witnessed by one of the magistrates, who thought such barbarity deserved to be publicly noticed. He therefore informed the other magistrates, who agreed to punish the boy as follows :—He was imprisoned till the next market day, when, in the presence of all the people, he was conducted to the place of execution by an officer of justice, who read to him his sentence:-“ Inbuman young man! because you did not assist an animal which implored your assistance by its cries, and which derives its being from the same God who gave you life, and added to the torture of the agonized creature, and murdered it, the city bas sentenced you to wear on your breast the name you deserve, and to receive fifty stripes.” He then hung a board round his neck, with this inscription : “ A savage, inhuman young man!" and, after inflicting upon him 25 stripes, he proceeded : :-“ Inhuman young man ! you have now felt a very small degree of the pain with which you tortured a helpless animal in its hour of death. As you wish for mercy from that God who created all that live, learn humanity for the future.” He then executed the remainder of the sentence.

Chap. viii, ver. 6.—And he commanded the people to sit down on the ground : and he took the seven loaves, and gave thanks, and brake, and gave to his disciples to set before them; and they did set them before the people.

At Lebanon, in the state of New York, there dwelt a certain man, about fifty years of age, who had not only lived a very careless life, but was an open opposer of the gospel-plan of salvation, and of the work of God in the late revival of religion in that part of the country; he was, however, brought under serious convictions in the following manner:-One day there came into his bouse a traveller with a burden on his back; the family being about to sit down to dinner,

the stranger was invited to partake with them, which he accordingly did. When the repast was finished, and the members of the family were withdrawing from their seats, the stranger said, “ Don't let us forget to give thanks to God.” He accordingly gave tbanks, and departed. The man of the house felt reproved and confounded. The words of the stranger were fastened op his mind by the power of God. He was led to reflect on bis wickedness in being unmindful of God, and in neglecting prayer and thanksgiv. ing; he was also led to reflect on his manifold sins, which soon appeared to bim a burden infinitely greater than that which the traveller bore. He found no relief, until he sought it in that very way wbich he used formerly to despise, through the peace-speaking blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Chap. viii, ver. 38.-Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his father, with the holy angels.

David Straiton, one of the Scottish martyrs, was brought to the knowledge of the truth, through the instrumentality of John Erskine of Dun.

One day, having retired with the young laird of Laurieston, to a quiet and solitary place in the fields, to have the New Testament read to bim, it so happened, that in the course of reading, these words of our Saviour occurred, “ He that depieth me before men, in the midst of this wicked generation, him will I deny in the presence of my Father and his angels.” On bearing them, be became of a sudden, as one enraptured or inspired. He threw himself on his knees, extended his hands, and, after looking for some time earnestly towards heaven, he burst forth in these words, “ Oh Lord, I have been wicked, and justly mayest thou withdraw thy grace from me; but, Lord, for thy mer

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