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CRUEL SENTENCE OF FRANCESCO AND

ROSA MADIAI.

by. our preacher, Ho Tsin-Shen, who then the Tablet. From Mr. Lucas's constant lost a little girl, between two and three years homilies on the subject of religious liberty, old, by the small-pox. The demeanour of Sir Culling, as a tentative measure, addressed his wife under the affliction interested me i a letter to him, requesting to know if the exceedingly. I never saw a Chinese person sanctiou of bis influence might be calculated affected with equal grief. To this day, in upon on behalf of Signor and Signora Madiai, fact, she continues sorrowing. Christianity so cruelly persecuted by the Tuscan governimparts a softness and delicacy to the whole ment. As might have been expected, Mr nature, and quickens all the benevolent and

Lucas appears in his own colours. Religious loving sympathies. To be “ without natural liberty in Tuscany is no matter of his; and inaffection” is one of the characteristics of hea- stead of responding to Sir Culling as a sinthenism which the apostle mentions. But cere friend of liberty would have done, he while the gospel makes those who believe in contents himself with pouring out the vials it more sensible to the pains of bereavement, of his popish wrath upon his correspondent, how does it teach them not to sorrow as those whom in argument he felt he could not who have no hope! This also was seen in meet. the case of which I am writing. There was much joy in the mother's grief. She never doubted but that Christ had received her child, and she never wearied of repeating to The cruel case of Francesco and Rosa me all its little expressions—that it was going Madiai, condemned, by the Courts of Florence, to Jesus, – that it was going to heaven,—that to the most ignominious toil, for no other there was nothing but light and glory in crime but their possessing the Holy Scripheaven, &c. It was just as I had known

tures, and leaving the communion of Rome mothers, in similar circumstances, do in Eng. has awakened a universal thrill of horror and land. What an element of transformation disgust throughout the Protestant world. enters a family, when Christianity is truly The members of the Protestant Alliance have, received into it; and how does it assimilate with commendable zealand philanthropy, been individuals of different nations, uniting them exerting themselves with the view of effectall to Christ!

ing & reversal of the odious and disgraceful Four Sabbaths ago, I enjoyed the happi- sentence, procured only by the influence of ness of baptizing one more of my scholars, a ghostly priesthood. The noble spirit of making the tenth of those who have been re- the sufferers has drawn towards them the ceived into the Church of Christ. At the sympathy of Evangeli Christendom, on the same time I baptized another party, who is a Continent, in America, and in Great Britain. writer in one of the government offices. Thus, Count St. George, deputed by the Evangeliwe are not without some tokens for good; cal Alliance of Geneva, has been in this but the time must come when the little one country to aid in concerting measures for the shall become a thousand. May God hasten relief of Francesco and Rosa Madiai. His its approach!

suggestions have been marked by consumWe enjoyed your sympathy, when the mate wisdom ; and a Deputation, from the news reached you in the beginning of the Protestant Alliance, has proceeded to the year, of the alarming illness of my dear wife. Grand Duke of Tuscany, to endeavour to inThe cool months of our winter recruited her duce that prince to throw the shield of his far beyond my expectations and thus far generous protection over the interesting sufshe has been brought through the summer, ferers. The Deputation has carried with suffering much from the heat, but able to them memorials from several public bodies to bear up with it. Let me entreat the contin- the Grand Duke, and one, we are happy to uance of your prayers, that we may be ena- say, from the Three Denominations, with a bled long to abide here at our post, making view to aid their benevolent mission. known the unisearchable riches of Christ.

As the hearts of all men are under the And now, praying, with our Chinese bre- sovereign control of Him who “is Lord of thren, that the peace and blessing of God all," let incessant prayer be made by all the may rest upon you,

disciples of Christ, that the Mission of the I remain affectionately yours, Protestant Alliance may be prosperous, that JAMES LEGGE. the cause of freedom and mercy may triumph,

and that the sympathy cf Protestants for

their suffering brethren all the world over, LUCAS, EDITOR OF “THE TABLET" may become a palpable power and an allA most amusing and instructive corre. pervading influence, beneath whose resistless spondence has taken place between Sir sway the demon of persecution may hide its Culling Eardley Eardley and the Editor of head ashamed.

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AWFUL DEATH OF A SAMOAN CHIEF.

VOL. XXX.

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POLYNESIA,

SAMOA. That portion of the Island of Savaii, to which the present article has reference, appears to have suffered comparatively little from the ravages of the late war; but, on the other hand, from the villages being difficult of access, the inhabitants had scarcely emerged from their primitive barbarism. During the last three or four years, however, they have enjoyed the constant supervision of a resident Missionary, the Rev. C. W. E. Schmidt; and the signal and happy change that has been brought about, through the benign influence of the gospel, is depicted in the following communication from Mr. Schmidt, under date Salailua, December 31st, 1851:-

“It is gratifying to be able to report that Latred of his father and the other chiefs had during our residence in this portion of the partly subsided. This interval was signally Lord's vineyard we have apparently not blessed to the good of his soul, so that he laboured in vain, nor spent our strength grew rapidly in knowledge and devotedness for nought. It is true we have met with to the cause of Christ. He was in due tine trials, but they are far outnumbered by our prepared, under the Divine blessing, for the mercies."

holy rite of baptism, received into church. TRIUMPHIS OF THE GOSPEL.

fellowship, and is now labouring as a teacher “One of the most cheering indications in another village. His friends, on observing amongst the people of our charge, is the con- his stedfastness and consistency, were silenced, version of the principal chiefs, and many and soon followed him, one after another, other individuals of Faiani, a village which in setting their affections on things abore: had formerly been a den of evil spirits, so that at present twenty-two inbabitants of and a nursery of abominable heathen prac- Faizai are sitting clothed, and in their right tices and horrid cruelties; it being at the minds, at the feet of Jesus. Consequent up" same time, the principal seat of government these events a stop was put to the abominate in this division of our district. This happy night dances ; the adult school became frechange commenced with the most influential quented; new Testaments, &c., were eageris young chief, the ringleader in all sorts of bought; and oil, native cloth, mats, and cine! wickedness, who was made to feel, by the power were joyfully contributed for the spread of of the Word and Spirit of God, that he was a the gospel in general, and for the Mission to sinner, and thus exposed to everlasting con- the New Hebrides in particular. demnation, The question, 'What shall I do to be saved?' became the great question of his life; “We are delighted, likewise, to be able ?? and, on learning that the way to salvation is record, that not only here, but in almost all the way of repentance and fuith in Jesus, he the villages of the district, the pestilent :: parted with all liis wives but one, gave up night dances, which wire reproduced lig the many detestable heathen customs, and at. cruel war in many a district, are entirely e tended earnestly to the things that belong to continued and forbidden by the respective the soul's eternal welfare. For sore time authorities. Two chiefs, in different villages he had to encounter, along with a faithful destroyed some large houses used for the steacher, great opposition and enmity from his commodation of strangers; several wickid own father, and from all the chiefs of the travelling parties having, in disregard of thek village, who tried every schere to draw prohibition, practised this heathenish work. him back into evil courses. We tried, how- “ Another indication of the growth of ligt ever, to encourage and strengthen the new and knowledge was the joy manifested couvert, who took refuge with us until the the reception of the neatly printed and boul:

BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM.

New Testaments; and while some parties lievers, and to gain over to the Lord's side elsewhere were preparing oil for a war-hoat, those who are still enemies to the truth. The our people were purchasing the precious Word contributions afford pleasing evidence that of God. The number of readers is fast in- the Divine blessing rests upon these our feecreasing in every village. The Divine ser- ble efforts, for they have increased during the vices are well frequented on Sabbath days, last two years more than twofold. In 1849, though with

regularity during the week. they amounted to 159 gallons of oil; in 1850, The Sabbath-schools are better attended on they increased to 400; and this year, they the whole by the adult population, than by amounted to 600 gallons. the children. The attendance on the juve- The church likewise had an accession of nile week-day school is fluctuating; but 46 persons, making a total in communion of those children that attend with regularity 147. The class of the catechumens consists make pleasing progress. It is very delightful of 90, including some very aged persons. to observe what a pleasure the children take 74 children of church-members, and 28 adults, in contributing for the spread of the gospel. have been baptized. There have been exEach child brings every Monday morning cluded from church-fellowship, 20; suspended one cocoa-nut to the school. Onc-half of the

5; restored, 18; marriages, 10. Five churchcocoa-nuts thus collected goes to the support members exchanged the church militant for of the teachers, while the other half forms the church triumphant, having kept the faith the annual contributions of the children to the end. Four young men, who had been towards the spread of the gospel, in which under special training, have been added to the labour of love the teachers, church-members, corps of teachers; and an efficient teacher has and inquirers joyfully unite. The children's been obtained from Malua. We have thus contributions for the past ycar amounted to been enabled to follow up our plans for inmore than 100 gallons of oil.

structing and ameliorating the condition of "Another pleasing circumstance worth our poor people, although our health has often mentioning, is the readiness with which the been greatly affected by our over-exertion, female church-members and inquirers entered, and the effects of a debilitating climate." two years ago, upon a plan proposed to them by Mrs. Schmidt, to work unitedly, at stated “ To this humble record of the Lord's seasons, for the support of the native teachers merciful dealings with us, I will subjoin a in the New Hebrides. They have already notice of the awful death of Popotunu, one of manufactured a very large quantity of native the most wicked chiefs of Samoa. He decloth and mats in the anticipation of the lighted and excelled in every kind of abomiarrival of the John Williams.

nation, and had killed many foreigners, of " On the whole, we have been able to whom several were Americans. (See Captain carry ont with effect our plan of visiting C. Wilkes' Narrative of the United States unitedly, at convenient seasons, the two prin- Exploring Expedition, page 96, vol. ii.) cipal out-stations Samata and Falealupo, and “ Popotunu, being on a visit in his native of residing some months at each place, during village, Faisai, returned one afternoon from which time I make repeated excursions to bathing; ascending the steep path, he suddenly the neighbouring villages. The people are became giddy, and fell from a high precipice well pleased with this arrangement, as both of upon rocks, without being observed by a us thus come again and again into contact small party which followed him at some diswith our whole widely scattered flock. We tance. (See engraving, page 229.) His head hold annually three Missionary meetings at being most severely wounded, and the whole the three principal villages alternately, -one body terribly shaken; he was lying insensible in the month of May, and the two others in his blood for some time, before he was in other suitable months. They are very missed and sought after. The people of well attended, and rendered very interesting Fainai lost no time in removing him to Salaiby the animating speeches of efficient teachers lua, where I attended him four days. When and church-members. By their means we he was brought to me, his skull was quite endeavour both to stimulate the zenl of be. bare, so that I had to sew together nearly

THE WAY OF TRANSGRESSORS IS ILARD.

the whole skin of his head. He suffered great pain, but although lying at the brink of the grave, he wished, like Felix of old, to put off attention to spiritual things to a more convenient season. After four days, his pcople conveyed him to his village, Palauli, but he expired shortly after reaching the shore. He died as he had lived. Awful consideration! Popotunu was often hunted after by American ships — a large reward having been offered for his apprehension, dead

or alive, on account of some Americans whom he had murdered. All attempts to catch him were, however, unsuccessful, until God Almighty made bare His arm, and arrested him in his wicked career, in the very same village where he had most cruelly put to death an unoffending sick American seaman, who had been left in his charge. I endeavoured to im. prove this awful event for the benefit of the living, by preaching on Matt. xxi. 44."

LEONE, ISLAND OF TUTUILA. To the superintendence of this field of labour, the Rev. J. P. Sunderland succeeded in January, 1851, on occasion of the removal of the former missionary, the Rey. A. W. Murray, to the island of Manono.

The subjoined extract of a letter from Mr. Sunderland, dated 25th December, ult., will show that he had entered upon his new sphere of effort under pleasing auspices, and that the people of his charge are desirous to attest their interest in the cause of Christ, by rendering active and self-denying services on its behalf.

" It is nearly twelve months since we suc- could do, and it was ultimately agreed upon ceeded Brother Murray in this district. We to hold the May Meeting, on the Sth of July! have had some difficulties to contend with; We had a good attendance, and the people but, upon the whole, we have had much to seemed to take an interest in the object conencourage us in our work amongst this peo- templated, and requested that their subscripple during the past year. We felt, in the tions, though small, should be decoted to the very outset of our labours here, the disad- New Hebrides Mission, as it would give an addivantage of not having a suitable place in tional impetus to their exertions and seemed which to conduct public worship and carry to be a suitable channel in which to pour their on classes. The congregation had to divide contributions. on the Sabbath day, and occupy two Samoan “ The collection amounted to 545 gallons houses. The former chapel was blown down of cocon-nut oil, and £10 lls. in money; in the gale in 1850. A meeting of the whole and, considering the shortness of the notice district was held, and they resolved to com. given of the meeting, and the poverty of the mence immediately the erection of a new people, I really think they did what they chapel. They set to work with great spirit,

could. for 'they had a mind to work, and in one “I urged upon their attention, at that month a good strong Samoan roof was put np; meeting, the propriety and the advantages of another month sufficed for the building of making monthly instead of yearly subscripthe stone walls; so that in two months, they tions, for the purpose of assisting in the work had completed a good substantial chapel, of evangelization, showing that it would exninety feet long and forty feet wide.

cite a deeper interest in their own minds on “ The chapel completed, we next consulted the subject; that it would stimulate them to as to whether we should have a subscription greater earnestness in their approaches to the this year for the work of Missions; some throne of grace, and enable them to pray fearing, from the scarcity of cocoa nuts and with more ardour to Jesus, “Thy kingdom the building of the chapel, we should have to come;' and that it would be more in aceordpostpone our May meetings until next year. ance with the apostle's advice (1 Cor. xvi. 2), They resolved, however, to try what they “Upon the first day of the week let every

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