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anxious they must be while they stand there, to know what sort of masters they will go to.
And now let us go to a nicer subject.
NEGRO SCHOOL BOY. A short time since, a naval officer on a visit to some friends in Edinburgh, men. tioned that he had lately been in the West Indies, and had often visited the negro schools taught by the Moravian Missionaries.
He expressed himself much delighted with the good sense and religious feeling shewn by many of the children. While inspecting one of these schools in the Island of Barbadoes, containing two hundred negro boys and girls, a sign was made by one of the children holding up the hand, that he wish. ed to speak to the master. On going up to
the child, who was just eight years of age, the master enquired what was the matter; “ Massa,” he replied, with a look of horror and indignation, which the officer said he should never forget, and pointing to a little boy of the same age who sat beside him, “massa, this boy says he does not believe in the resurrection.” “This is very bad,” said the master; “but do you, my little fellow,” addressing the young informer, “ do you believe in the resurrection yourself?” “Yes, massa, I do.” “But can you prove it from the Bible?” “ Yes, massa : Jesus said, 'I am the resurrection, and the life: he that be. lieveth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: and whosoever liveth, and believeth in me, shall never die.' And in another place, because I live, ye shall live also."" The master added, “can you prove it from the Old Testament also ?” “Yes, for Job says; 'I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:' and David says in one of his Psalms, I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy likeness.""
“But are you sure these passages are in the Bible? Here is a Bible; point them out to us.” The little boy instantly turned up all the passages and read them aloud.
· The officer examined several of the classes in the same school, and received answers from the greater part of these little captive negroes, which evinced a degree of sense and a knowledge of the word of God, which might well make many British children and British parents blush, amid all the privi. leges of their own happy land of light and freedom.
ATTACHMENT OF SHEEP TO THEIR
OFFSPRING, One of the two years while I remained on this farm, a severe blast of snow came on by the night about the latter end of April, which destroyed several scores of our lambs; and as we had not enow of twins and odd lambs for the mothers that had lost theirs, of course we selected the best ewes, and put lambs to them. As we were making the distribution, I requested of my master to spare me a lamb for a hawked ewe which he knew, and which was standing over a dead lamb in the head of the hope, about four miles from the house. He would not do it, but bid me let her stand over her lamb for a day or two, and perhaps a twin would be forthcoming. I did so, and faith. fully she did stand to her charge; so faith. fully that I think the like was never equal. led by any of the woolly race. I visited her every morning and evening, and for the first eight days never found her above two or three yards from the lamb; and always, as I went my rounds, she eyed me long ere I came near her, and kept trampling with her foot, and whistling through her nose, to frighten away the dog ; she got a regular chase twice a day as I passed by ; but, however excited and fierce a ewe may be, she never offers any resistance to mankind, being perfectly and meekly passive to them. The weather grew fine and warm, and the dead lamb soon decayed, whieh the body of a dead lamb does particularly soon; but still this affectionate and desolate creature kept hanging over the poor remains with an attachment that seemed to be nourished by hopelessness. It often drew the tears from my eyes to see her hanging with such fond. ness over a few bones, mixed with a small portion of wool. For the first fortnight she never quitted the spot, and for another week she visited it every morning and evening, uttering a few kindly and heart-piercing bleats each time; till at length every remnant of her offspring vanished, mixing with the soil, or wafted away by the winds.
BENEFIT OF RELIGIOUS TRACTS.
A clergyman writes; “ some of the Tracts were given to a Sunday School girl. Her parents had not enjoyed the great advan. tages in early life, of which their daughter was now happily a partaker ; but lived as if they had neither a God to worship, nor souls to be saved. The Tracts given to the girl were read by her to her parents, and God was pleased by his Spirit to apply the read. ing of them, so that conviction of sin was followed by conversion, and both father and mother shewed the reality of that divine change by their upright and holy conduct.”
Another person who had felt some con. viction from reading the Death of Altamont, read also Vivian's Dialogues.“ By this Tract (he says) I found myself to be a much greater sinner than I thought myself to be; entirely destitute of the love of God, and that every imaginatiou of my heart was evil continually." I felt humbled and grieved for my sins, and feared I should perish in them and go to hell. I had before thought a little amendment in my life, and few hour's repentance on a death bed would atone for all my sins; but now I found that a whole life of repentance could not atone for the least sin, and that unless I could obtain forgiveness through the merits of Jesus Christ, I. must perish. I resolved to strive against sin; I betook myself to private prayer, which I had before shamefully neglected; my sin and my danger engrossed my whole thoughts, I became diligent in reading the Bible and religious books; I was kept by various texts from going into those depths of sorrow into which some have fallen. - Seek and ye shall find, &c." I found