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How many of our misfortunes might be prevented if we could each of us learn to say that little word, “No!"
I remember, when I was a boy, an incident took place which I have remembered ever since, and which serves to shew the importance of the above little word. .
In our village, there lived a very fine young fellow named Jones. He was one of those who could never say "No." It happened that a recruiting sergeant came there, to enlist soldiers ; and being pleased with the appearance of young Jones, be asked him into the public house where he was drinking. Jones did not say “No," but entered in. Being a sober lad, but not able to say “No," he soon 'got tipsy. He then enlisted. He went abroad, and not knowing how to say "No," got into bad company. The last I heard of him was, that he was in gaol, under sentence of death, for sheep-stealing. I have since heard that, through the influence of his friends, his sentence was mitigated to transportation for life. Before his reprieve arrived, he spoke to some friends who came to see him in prison, to the following effect: .
"My ruin has been, that I never took resolution enough to say 'No.' All my crimes might have been avoided, could the word 'No' have been pronounced. But not being able to say No? to à merry companion, (even when he invited me to commit a crime), I thus became his accomplice." ..
Reader, think on the fate of Jones, and doubt not the truth of it. . ; Take courage to say "No."... . . ...... . . ..... ..G. U. B.
No. 55. VOL. V. P
ANSWER TO THE QUESTION ON GEOLOGY,
(In Page 228.)
I SUSPECT that your correspondent, Daniel Pickearth, knows a little more than he would seem to do, on the subject of his enquiry. However, as no one has answered his letter, I venture myself to send you a line, that it may not be supposed that all of your readers are indifferent on the question. I do not pretend, even if I were able, to enter upon any of the difficulties of Geology, which I find that some of our modern writers have started, but merely say, that what your correspondent suggests, is what we can none of us help agreeing to, namely, that these strata or veins of clay with shells in them, could only have been placed there by a great flood which must have happened a vast number of years ago. In fact, if any one could doubt the account given of the great Deluge in the time of Noah, these collections of shells, which are so frequently found in bigh hills, must be a convincing proof', that there was such a flood. Your correspondent says, that those which he found were twelve or fourteen miles from the sea, as the crow flies : it is plain then that the sea must have so far gone beyond its natural bounds, and must have left behind it the deposit which contained the shells. Indeed, the remains are often found of creatures which belong to quite another part of the world, and some which are not now even known to us at all. For my own part, Sir, when I see any account written in the book of Truth, I want no other proof to induce me to
· Fair Play to Children.. 315 believe it. But still it is pleasing to see the same truths written in the book of nature, as we find recorded in the word of God. I am, Sir, Your's, &c.
FAIR PLAY TO CHILDREN. Besides the regular lessons to children, parents and teachers are sometimes in the habit of asking them questions to see whether they remember what they have read, or sometimes even questions on subjects which they have never read. This is a good practice. But it is not to be expected that any children will be able to answer such questions perfectly. All children have not equally good memories, and many of these things may have escaped-them, without any fault of theirs; and what they have never read about, they cannot be supposed to know. Ought it not, then, to be a rule never to scold or punish children for not properly answering questions thus suddenly put, to them? Indeed, to scold and punish them is perhaps never the way to make them fond of their studies; though there may be some children who would do nothing unless they feel obliged to do it. There surely is, however, a great distinction to be made between mere forgetfulness, or mere ignorance, and that idleness or disobedience which leads a child to neglect a lesson which it is required to learn, Dr. Johnson seems never to have forgotten the injustice, of his early schoolmaster, who put sudden questions to the boys, and then punished them if they could not give the right answers,
QUESTIONS FROM THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND.
(For the Answers, see p. 154. Vol. 2.)
In what year did William the Second come to the throne ?
What was this William called ?
What particular badge did the Warriors in the Crusades wear on their dress ?.. .
What particular amusement was William Rufus fond of ?
What was the cause of his death?
ON PROPERLY JOINING IN THE SERVICE OF
THE CHURCH. .
I HAVE often endeavoured to point out to my - readers, some of the beauties and excellencies of
our Church Service; but, I fear, that we sometimes lose the advantages which our Church offers, by our own negligence. The Public Worship of our Church, is a social worship; it is, I* mean, a wor: ship in which we are all to join. We must not On Properly joining in the Church Service. 317 make that mistake which some people seem to make, in supposing that the Church Service is something that the minister has to perform, and that the people are merely to sit still and listen. On this account, I am not fond of such expressions as we find in the public newspapers, wbere we often read that “ His Majesty heard prayers read by the Rev. Mr. &c.” We do not come to keur prayers, but to join in them, to offer them up to the Almighty: and our Church is constantly reminding us of this, by directing the minister to call upon the people in these words, “Let us pray.” * But our Church Service is not confined to prayers; there also is the hearing and reading the Word of God. "The Psalms, the Lessons of the day, the Commandments, the Epistle and Gospel, are all from the Scriptures. To these parts we should give great attention. The Psalms of David contain in them much of the spirit of prayer; and they are appointed to be read by the minister and the people in alternate verses. These Psalms make a beau. tiful devotional exercise; our hearts and our voices ought to be engaged in this part of the service,
Whilst the Lessons are reading, it will be a great advantage to have our Bibles with us, that we may not be in danger of losing any part of the chapter.
The late Mr. Rennell, iş one of his discourses lately published, reminds us, that we should join in the Psalms with our heart and our voice; and follow the Lessons of the day with our Bibles. “This is at all times,” he says “ an excellent custom, it brings both the eye and the ear into the service of God; and, if the one should be treacherous, the other may fix our attention,” When the word of God is read, the least we can do, is to attend, and to say with the infant Sámuel, “Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth,”