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been charged not to go into the water or upon the ice; and instead of doing as they were bid, have done their own way, and have found, when too late, the sad effects of disobedience. then, whenever your parents or friends charge you not to do a thing, be certain that they do so, because they fear some danger of which you are not aware. Had little William given this a though, he might have been living now. However, let his sad end make you wise ; and thus by your acting in obedience to the will of ihose, who are older and wiser than yourselves, you may escape many dangers and evils; and your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God hath given you.
York, Avg: 30th, 1825. G. B.
BURNING OF WIDOWS IN INDIA. The Ganges is deemed by the Hindoos a sacrel river. They often drown their young babes in its waters, thinking that they will then be sure to be happy in the other world. For the same reason, when their parents or friends grow ald, or sick, they lay them on the muddy shores of the river to die; exposed to the whelming stream, a burning sun, and the fierce wild beasts and birds of prey.
But their most horrid cruelty is that
which dooms the widow of any rich man to burn herself alive with the dead body of her husband, although she may be young, and have a family of little children who doubly need a parent's care. A large hole is dug, in some cases, filled with wood and other fuel: at other times a pile of wood is raised, on which the dead body is laid, and dry rushes are formed into a sort of arbour over it. Into this the widow ascends; sets fire to the rushes with her own hands; and then lies down by her dead husband, and is burnt with him. The priests and people all the while look on with unconcern, and shout as the flames ascend into the air.
What a mercy that the Gospel is now so much preached to this people, and that they hear of the one only way to heaven through the Son of God!
THE SUNDAY SCHOLAR. The following anecdote is related by the late Mrs. Trimmer. When the Sunday schools were first opened at Brentford, a little girl asked with much earnestness to be admitted; but was refused on account of her belonging to another parish, though she lived but a little way from the town. The child went away in much distress. When Sunday arrived and the school met, she came to the place where it was kept, and sàt down quietly on the stairs, listening very attentively to the instructions given; which, as the door was open, she could hear; and when the school went to church, she followed it at a humble distance, and took her stand as near the scholars as she could, without intruding upon
them. This she continued to do for five or six Sundays, till at last the visitor won by her modest, attentive conduct, and earnest desire to be instructed, could no longer refuse to receive her, and she became one of the best and most orderly scholars.
LINES, On reading in a Paper an inhuman act of
cruelty towards a horse. A man of kindness to his beast is kind; But brutal actions show a brutal mind : Remember he who made thee, made the
brute ; Who gave thee speech and reason, form'd
him mute. He can't complain ; but God's all-seeing eye Beholds thy cruelty---he hears his cry. He was designed thy servant---not thy • drudge: And know, that his Creator is thy judge.
..THE LAPLANDER. With blue cold nose, and wrinkled brow, Traveller, whence comest thou ?
“From Lapland woods and hills of frost, By the rapid rein-deer crost ; Where tapering grows the gloomy fir, And the stunted juniper ; Where the wild hare and the crow Whiten in surrounding snow ; Where the shivering huntsmen tear His fur coat from the grim white bear; Where the wolf and arctic fox Prowl among the lonely rocks ; And tardy suns to deserts drear Give days and nights of half a year. From icy oceans, where the whale Tosses in foam his lashing tail ;