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EXTRACTS FROM THE PUBLIC NEWSPAPERS, &c.
A hive of native bees of New South Wales has recently been brought to this country-they are very small, and have no sting, but their honey is peculiarly fine, - An Inquest was held on Saturday, at the King's Head, Baker's-row, Whitechapel, on the body of an infant three months old. Its mother, to keep it quiet, introduced a piece of fat' meat into his mouth, holding it between her fingers, but suddenly letting it slip by accident, it fixed in the windpipe, and caused the death of the child in a few minutes from suffocation. Verdict-Accidental Death.
Sagacity of a Dog:--Thursday, as two children, the one six and the other three years old, were playing by the side of the Leominster Canal, accompanied by a mastiff dog ; in endeavouring to push the dog into the water, the youngest child fell in; the noble animal immediately plunged in after it,, and, seizing the child by the head, its can came off in his ipouth, with which he swam out and placed it on the shore; but instantly jumped in a second time, and brought out the little one, by carefully lifting it by the shoulder. The father, who was employed in a coal-yard, at a distance, having missed the children, went out in search of them, and arrived just as the dog had safely landed bis little charge,-London Paper.
Dogs. It is strongly recommended to every house-holder, to order a pan of water to be put outside his door during this sultry weaiher, and that the same be daily replenished. The practice has commenced, and it is earnestly hoped that it will be generally followed.-The Same."
Stafford Sessions.-Mrs. Mary Limer, dress-maker, of Ut. toxeter, has been sentenced to twelve months' imprisonment for cruelly beaing Martha Palmer, a girl between twelve and thirteen years of age, who was her apprentice. The prosecution was commenced at the instance of William Sneyd, Esq. and Thomas S. Kinnersley, magistrates of the county. - Royal Mineral Spring. We have great pleasure in mentioning that the mineral spring in the Great Park, has been opened, by his Majesty's gracious command, for the use of the inhabitants and visitors of Windsor and its vicinity. The medical properties of this water have been found most advantageous, by those who have availed themselves of the kind permission thus afforded them. An analysis has been made of it by several of the first chemists of the day, who consider it
quite equal, if pot superior, to that of Cheltenham and Leamington. The pump is open from seven till ten in the morning, and a person is stationed there by the royal command, to give the water to the visitors.--Windsor Paper.
Anti-conflagration Composition. We have just received a letter from a French Gentleman who resides at No. 20, Newmanstreet, Oxford-street; the purport of which is to acquaint os that he has discovered a composition, the property of which is so powerful, that in future we need not entertain any apprehension of our houses being any longer liable to conflagrations, and the fatal consequences by which they are onavoidably attended. This composition is the more important as the use of it is not expensive at all, and it may be indiscriminately applied upon any object wbatever, such as ships, houses, and manufactures of every description. The inventor has brought it to such perfection, that not only wood and cloth, but paper and straw also, can be actually repdered flame-proof.
Firemen covered with a cloth impregnated with this composition, will be able to go through the flames without aus danger.-Morning Post.What shall we hear of next?
Mechanical Chimney Sweeping.–At a meeting beld at the City of London Tavern, on Friday, 27th of May, the Right Hon. the Lord Mayor in the chair, it was resolved, among otlier things, That, in the opinion of this meeting, the custom of employing climbing boys is contrary to humanity, and ought therefore to be abolished, as far as practicable; it having been established that ninety-nine chimneys out of one hundred may be swept by the common machine, and the few remaining ones by making trifling alterations in the flges.
Also, That in the opinion of this meeting, the laws passed for the protection of climbing boys are ineffectual, and that the children so employed are still subjected to unjustifiable bard. ships, and in many instances to great cruelty.
Also, That this meeting will use its utmost exertions to introduce the use of machinery, by diffusing information on the subject; by encouraging the formation of societies through the country; and by holding out rewards to such master sweeps as shall adopt and promote the use of machinery.
. TO CORRESPONDENTS. We have received J. W. B.; W. M; E. E; W.8. T.: and the continuation of Errors, &c.
T. B. P.; D. D.; and other favours, are unavoidably postponed.
Cottager's Monthly Visitor.
REMARKS ON THE TWENTY-SIXTH CHAPTER
" Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines ento,
Ver. I. The same land in which Abraham had sojourned in time of famine, and ruled by a king of the same name, (Gen, xx. 2.) and where, alas, we find him practising the same başe and cowardly policy, for bis own personal protection, into which his father was before betrayed, and aggravated by the circumstance of his dwelling in the land at the express command of God, who we find in v. 245. appearing to him, and renewing the promise made to Abraham of an innumerable posterity. Well may such mournful instances of weakness, make the Christian cry out, “Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe. Keep back thy servant from presumptuous sins.” Well may they, in the conviction of his own infirmity, cause him to look for His help, who was " in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin,"
Ver. 14. “ The Philistines envied him." How vain it is to depend on any thing in this world for happi
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ness! What among earthly pursuits, appears more innocent, or more likely to afford satisfaction, than the success arising from the exertions of honest industry? and yet if Isaac had looked to it for happiness, it would have been marred by the envy of the Philistines, for our minds are so formed, that our earthly possessions will not afford us satisfaction, unless we have the sympathy of others in the enjoyment of them. “Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness." There is but one portion which never palls and never dissappoints; permission to live to God here, and the hope of eternity hereafter. Ask any man, however prosperous, who is niaking the things of time his object, if he is happy, and you will always find that there is something wanting. He may be the favourite of a king, glorying in riches, and advanced above princes, but there will be some Mordecai, who will refuse to do him reverence; or even the king himself, but there will be a Naboth refusing to give up the inheritance of his fathers. But if the glory of God, and the advancement in sanctification of our own souls, by living to him as his children and servants be our aim, nothing can greatly or lastingly move us, because we know that he can, and does overrule all events to his own glory and his people's good. The same spirit which animated St. Paul, who regarded not his bonds or imprisonment because they fell out to the furtherance of the Gospel, and would turn to his salvation, dwells in the true Christian also.
Ver. 22. “ Blessed are the meek, " says our Lord, “for they shall inherit the earth.” Meekness is gentleness of temper towards men, produced by a desire to do the will of God. They who are meek and humble, and really sensible that they have deserved nothing
.: Remarks on Genesis xxvi. 387 at the hands of God, will not be foremost to exact all that a stander by may see to be plainly their due, from their fellow-creatures. Yet it is said that they shall inherit the earth, and it is true; for though they may have less in actual possession, they enjoy the little that they have, more than those proud spirits who can never rest unless they obtain all that they imagine to be their right, and whose happiness is continually embittered by the imagination, that some disrespect or injustice is done them. Must not the mind of Isaac have been more at rest, in thus yielding to the Philistines, till he could say, “Now the Lord hath made room for us and we shall be fruitful in the land," than if he had continued the possession of the wells with them? " The meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” “Better is it to be of an hamble spirit with the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the proud." Ps. xxxvii, 11. Prov. xvi. 19.
Ver. 24. “ Fear not, for I am with thee,” &c. I have often thought that we rob ourselves of much comfort, by not considering that whatever God was in the days of old to his people, He is still to us. Abraham and Isaac were not dearer to him then, than his children now are; his dealings with them are recorded for our encouragement and instruction, “that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” And think what it is for “man that is a worm, and the son of man that is a worm,” to be thus regarded by Omnipotence, that Jehovah should thus condescend to be his God, his friend who careth for him, whose eyes are ever upon him, and whose ears are open to his prayers. " Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches : but let him that glorieth, glory in this, that be understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord, which exercise loving