the horse and gig, with pleasure, if you fore her now? Would it all become known? will guide me across as quickly as you would the world believe in her innocence ?

Surely, no; and in this life too, retribution, " It's impossible, I do assure you, ma'am. even beyond her actual deserts, would Even I, who have crossed it many a time in speedily come upon her. Oh, if it migbt the daylight, couldn't steer my way now, but prove that she came not too late, after and for you it would be out of the ques- all! What thing in life could ever give her tion.”

sorrow again ? 6. Then what is to become of me? How Instead of being eleven o'clock, it was shall I ever get there? It's a matter of nearer one than twelve, when the gig at life and death; more than of life and last drew up before the gate in the wood death! What am I to do ?

near Deverington Hall. The moon was “ There's but one way, ma'am, and that shining again, though partly overshadowed is to turn back, and get, as quickly as we still. Mrs. Ferrier directed the man to can, in to the other road. The sooner we wait. She should presently return, and, start the better. Instead of gaining an hour, possibly with some one else beside her. we shall lose about an hour and a half; but She entered the wood, turned down the bywe had better lose no more than we can path to the right, and was soon at the help, ma'am.”

door in the wall. It was open, indeed. It may be questioned whether it would She was soon in the gardens, and turning not have been better to wait where they according to the directions of that letter, were until the moon had emerged from her approached the Italian garden in the front eclipse; but to keep still was intolerable, of the house. All was very still

. Patches and Mrs. Ferrier had no such accurate of reflected moonshine marked out each knowledge of astronomy as could assure her window to be seen. Not thus denoted, of the wisdom of this course. She told the however, was the French window, furthest driver to turn back, and go the other and to the left on the ground floor. A light, more circuitous road. She would have unlike the pure and holy radiance of the urged him to the utmost speed, only that moon, was shining there from within. Mrs. would have endangered an entire stoppage, Ferrier went up to it at once. She found and a worse delay. It was to her by far it partly open, and — she went in. The the most agonising hour of all that terrible lamp, which stood on a bracket in the little evening. It seemed as if the crime were vestibule, threw its yellow light on a stairfated to be done. Heaven frowned upon case beyond. In the track of that light she her, and spurned her away from being the went on. instrument of hindering it. What was be

OLD QUESTIONS ANSWERED. – Why does | Besides, one whole herring would probably fetch a miller wear a white hat? Not always to keop more than the sum of the prices of its two his head warm. In hot weather he wears it to halves sold separately. keep his head cool. A miller wears a white Who was the father of Zebedee's children ? hat' because he cannot help it; or because it For aught we know, Mrs. Zebedee's first huspleases him.

band. A herring and a half for three-halfpence, how Where was Moses when he put the candle many herrings for threepence ? Not necessarily out? In the daylight very likely. Perhaps he three. The values of the halves of a herring had lighted the candle to soal a letter. may be unequal. One selling at a halfpenny,

- Punch. the other may sell at a penny or a farthing.



them quote these chapters almost verbatim.

Now and then a soldier, loving sport, would NEGRO SERMONS.

select passages containing the word God

from Shakspeare, Byron, &c., and read them It was my privilege during the last year to the negro preacher as if out of the Bible. of the civil war to live in the south-western One Sabbath an old preacher was speaking portion of the United States. I was brought on the love of couniry. He exhorted his in contact with the negroes very frequently. bearers to stand fast, and in de language It is not my purpose, however, to give a of de prophet Isaiah,'' Let all de ends thou description of the negro character, or de- aimest at bo dy country's, dy God's, and scribe their present status, but simply to truth's. If you don't mind his command, give a few extracts from sermons which I you'll be in a bad way; if you don't mind heard, or those which were related to me by de Government, you'll have to cut stick my companions.

mighty fast. Den, when you are away in The religion of the negroes is emotional. de swamps, surrounded by nothing but de They must get into an intense state of ex- water and de bushes, you'll cry out as did citement before they can enjoy their reli- de prophet Jeremiah – him dat did weep gious services. This is the necessary result de most of all de prophets. He's de one dat of ignorance. Their masters did not per- did wail out de Lamentations — Farwell, mit them to learn; consequently all the a long farwell to all my greatness; dis am information they had was gained from lis- de state of man.'”. tening to conversations, and not under- Many soldiers who were present seemed standing everything which they heard, the to enjoy the quotations better than the other attempted reproduction was sometimes ex- portions of the sermon. tremely ludicrous.

A preacher, who was placed over a comDuring the war the negroes were brought paratively intelligent church, preached a frequently in contact with the soldiers from unique sermon on the text : " Redeeming the the North, who taught them much. Schools time, because the days are evil.” From readalso were established over the South, and ing this extract you can form but a poor self-denying men and women went down to idea of the impression which it would be educate those rescued from bondage; and likely to make on the congregation. He even in the midst of persecution and insult, commenced : “My beloved bredren, if I these Christians pursued their work. What had de whole earth for my meetin' house, has been the result? A nation has been all de children of Adam for my congrega. born in a day – a people has been brought tion, de heavens for my pulpit, and eternity to light who will shortly be prepared to ex- for my Sunday mornin, de text I have ercise the right of suffrage. The young chosen for dis mornin's reflection would be among this abused people desire to be ed-de one I would select on dat occasion.” ucated; and the old, striving earnestly, are After a somewhat lengthy introduction, learning new lessons of truth, morals, and he said he would“ proceed to de furtherChristianity. That people which was pro- ance and de development of de text. Now, pounced too deep in ignorance, too deep in my beloved bredren, let me give you de misery, too destitute of the qualities and fac- exposition of de text. It speaks of time. ulties which go to make up men, to ever Now, time is a very useful ting, bredrén. rise — that people has risen to a social rank If you didn't have it, you couldn't do much ; which the most sanguine did not expect. you couldn't come to dis place; to sum de They are ignorant still, but they are learn- matter up, you couldn't do nothin'. Now ing fast. Ühe men who can talk the best, time, dat useful ting, may be compared to a and seem to be the most zealous, become great many tings. It may be compared to a the preachers, without being licensed or piece of white paper, which if you write ordained. The people listen to them, never upon wid ink, you can't rub it out; it may questioning their right.

be compared to money, which if you spend The negro preachers with whom I have foolishly you can't get it back. Time may come in contact astonished me by their be compared to a great many tings, but I amount of general information. All of hav'n't time to commemorate them now, blit them had fine memories. As very few of pass on to de main portion of my

discourse, them know how to read or write, they must “De text speaks of redeeming de time. depend on their memories entirely. I have Now dar am various ways of doin' dis. known these preachers to visit soldiers, and 61. You can redeem do time by goin' request them to read chapters in the Bible. roun' yer and pourin'de oil of consolation Io the sermon on the Sabbath I have heard | upon de waters; and you dat am rich cao

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go among de poor and orphans and de wid- took a text simply to give character to his ders, put a shillen in dar hands, tell dem to discourse, for he did not speak from it. His put on dar best bib and tuck, and come up aim was to enforce upon them what I had yar next Sunday mornin' and hear de Gos; said. I remember the concluding sentence : pel dispensed, free and widout money, at “My bredren, you must not forget de half past ten o'clock.

sermon of de broder who has so kindly You can redeem de time, bredren taken my place to-night. Write de words you dat am so favoured as to belong to upon de tablets of de archives of de memory dis flock — by formin' a nucleus, or startin' - take de thoughts into your mind — for if point, from which will eradiate a great deal you don't, you'll wish dat you had; for of good, which will go among de poor and de when de time will come when de sackcloth miserable of dis town. Den let de influence of hell will be placed before de sun and eradiate and go into all de country round when de moon, de silver messenger of de in dis vicinity — den let it spread among night, will become a fiery orb in de heaven our poor bredren away down South, who - and when de stars which light up de firhave been kept in de house of bondage long- mament which am over us, and runs into a er dan us, and who have been in de miry sea of blood — when all tings visible and clay : make dem, bredren, instead of bein' invisible dissolve wid a great big noise, den de cotton-pickers and refuse of de South, de time will come when you had wished American-born citizens, wid de stars and you'd give attention to de tings which have stripes a'waven over dem, and de American been spoken to you dis night by de white eagle perched on dar heads."

broder from de Norf.After telling them various other ways of Many of the readers of Good Words are redeeming the time, he concluded as fol- ministers. Writers on homiletics tell them lows:

" And now, my bredren, if you do to make the divisions in their sermons clear. all dis dat I has told ye, you'll have de re- A sermon which I heard at Chattanooga, ward dat am promised to de faithful; for Tennessee, from a negro, possessed at least soon de angel Gabriel will come along in clear and distinct divisions. The preacher his everlastin' chariot, drivin’de immortal said he would take his text from the Psalmwhite horses, and he'll tell ye to get in and ist David — “O give tanks unto de Lord.' take a ride to de far-off country, and ye dat For de clear apprehension of dis truth ream good will step in, and Gabriel will crack corded in de Scriptures, I will divide my his whip of tunder at dem immortal horses sermon into four 'metaphors. [Metaphors drawin' de everlastin' chariot, and away he understood to be divisions.] Now, metyou'll go a skippen and a buzzin' until you aphors are used in de Old Scriptures and . land at de curb-stone of heaven's gate." in de New, by de Psalmist David and the

One Sabbath evening, as I was walking Apostle Paul; and I, bein’a minister and a from the General Hospital to my office, I servant of de Lord, will use metaphors on heard singing. I inquired of a passer-by if dis occasion. The first metaphor dat I will the negroes had service at that hour. He use am Pride. Now, bredren and sisters, said they had. I went into the church and you never can give tanks unto de Lord if took a back seat. Some of the congrega- you have pride. Pride am de fader of sin. tion, however, espied me, and cried out, Why, look yar: don't you know dat de “We want to hear the white broder most of you has sich proud hearts dat you preach." The old minister without any find it hard to tank de Lord for his mercies ? hesitation came to me and said, “ It am de Why when you were slaves you had proud wish of de people dat you deliver yourself hearts, but you could give a few tanks unto of a sermon, and I, bein' de minister of dis de Lord.. Now, the Government up dar at church, invite you to step forward and de- Washington made you

contrabands : at dis liver to,de people a sermon.” No excuse you got puffed up and a little prouiler; you would be received. The negroes, seeing thought yoursef somethin' better dan when me hesitate, cried, “ Bring de white broder you were slaves; but now, when by de proclaalong.” I went forward and spoke to them. mation of dat great man who has gone to The negroes are always pleased when a bis rest -'0 give tanks unto de Lord' that white man takes notice of them. They will de villians dat killed him can't git at him act generally upon the advice of a white — you've got free, and am called freedmen, man from the North. Sometimes when I der is no puttin' up wid you, you've got so was speaking I could scarcely be heard, by awful stuck up. Why, look yer, you've got reason of the amens, hallelujahs, and clap- finger-rings upon your fingers, and earrings ping of hands. After I had spoken, the old upon your ears; you am dressed up wid all preacher gave them a short sermon. Hede fringes and de furbelows, and got so




many big ideas in your head, dat you can't along de expanse until dey reached de door, give tanks unto de Lord at all. But I jes den dey bowed der lofty heads and went tell you dis : you am de same niggers as you in. De temple was high, but de door was were before de war - jes de same; and if low. De old patriarchs had to bow der you don't square roun' and change yer beads; dey had to bumble when dey went pride, you never can give tanks unto de into de temple of de Lord. And it was Lord.

dis door in mind which made de writer in " Second metaphor dat I will use is this de Scriptures break out in de words, long to - You chew too much tobacker. Now, bred- be remembered by every one of us, ' Lo(w) ren, and some of you sisters too, you uses I come." too much tobacker; you don't expect to give tanks when yer mouths are full of dis I will close by giving an abstract of a weed. Why, I only use a little plug, which sermon which I heard at Tullahoma, Tendoes me de whole day; but some of you nessee (about sixty miles from Nashville). chews and snuffs and dips all de time, until The occasion of the delivery of the sermon ye make perfect pigs of yourself. Now, was this. Three Methodist chaplains bad what does de Bible say, bredren? It says come down from the North, and had joined cleapliness is next to godliness. If you their regiments stationed at this place. I ain't cleanly, you can't be godly; if you introduced a negro preacher to them, and ain't godly, you can't give tanks unto de told him that these gentlemen were also of Lord : and I jes tell ye dis, you can't be the Methodist persuasion. He seemed very cleanly, and can't be godly, and therefore much pleased. I told the negro preacher can't give tanks unto de Lord, if you use so that it was my intention to take the chapmuch tobacker.

lains to bis church on the next Sabbath. 'I “ Third metaphor — You swear too much. told him to prepare a fine sermon. He said Now, bredren, I know dis am a fault among he would try and "do honour, to de illusye. Do you tink because you hear de trious bredren from de Norf.” On the officers roun' yer swearin' dat you am goin' next Sabbath morning I accompanied the to be officers by imitatin' dem? Do you chaplains to the coloured church. They tink because you hear de big men roun' were very anxious to hear a plantation yer swearin' dat you am goin' to be big men preacher. I spoke to the Rev. Mr. Bony by imitatin' dem? No such ting. Now, (for such was his name) before the service. what does de Bible say? Can de Ethopian I asked him if he was prepared. He anchange his skin or de leopard his spots ?' swered, " that he had revolved a great subNo more can you become big men and ofi- ject, in his mind, and was prepared to go cers by imitatin'dem in dis. No, no, bred- on wid de delivery of de sermon.” ren, you'll be de same niggers all de time; After the preliminary exercises, which and mind ye, don't let me hear any one of were very interesting, the old preacher ye swearin' roun' here, for if you do, you rose and said that he would read a portion can't give tanks unto de Lord.

of Scripture, found in second chapter of "Fourth metaphor - Practical Remarles Titus, beginnin' at de eleventh verse : -(which covered everything).

• For de grace of God dat bringeth salvaOne day a negro preacher discoursed on tion hath appeared to all men, teachin' us "humility." I do not remember his text. dat, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, He told them to be humble and lowly. He we should live soberly, righteously, and godtalked a long while on sackcloth and ashes. ly, in dis present world; lookin' for dat He ended his sermon with these words : blessed hope, and de glorious appearin' of “My bredren, in old times they were very de great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; humble more dan we am. Dat great temple who gave himself for us, dat he might redeem which was built in de ancient time lifted its us from all iniquity, and'— mark it, bredren, beautiful head to de skies ; its columns mark it ! and purify unlo himself a pecue spired up. Bredren, it was a mighty build- liar people zealous of good works.' I will take in', bigger dan any you ever see roun' yer; de last clause of de fourteenth verse of dis sebut if it were your privilege to see dat great cond chapter of de Epistle of Paul to his belovtemple, you would see dat it had a low door, ed broder Titus. I read de rest of de verses very low door, bredren. It had big columns, for de edification of de bredren." After a very but a low door. Dis was an emblem of hu- lengthy introduction, into which he enmility. Methinks now I see in my imagina- deavoured to put all his theology, he said: tion de old patriarchs goin' up de steps to -“ I will now proceed to consider de words de temple — dey walked up dar — wid dar of de text. 1. What is de meanin' of de heads lofty on der shoulders; dey walked word peculiar? Now, bredren, I can show

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dis best by illustration. A great many of de oder congregations, take a lot of paper you has a squad of children a whole pack in der hands and reads it off. Now, de of dem. You tink a great deal of dem all; Methodist bredren speaks right out to de but dar am one you tink more especially people. Dey raises der voices to de_third of dan de rest. Dat am de pet chile- heavens, until it reverberates and strikes de de Benjamin of de Hock; dat am de pecu- people dumb. Dey speak from heart to liar chile de pet chile. Pet dis am heart — from mind to mind. De people get de meanin' of the word peculiar.” After awfully roused up; they jumps up because dwelling on this for some time, he said : dey feels de truth dat am preached. And, “Now, bredren, what I'm gwine to say, I bredren, de Methodists speaks, dey acts, say of it myself - individually and collec- like de Apostles ; and dis am one of de tively - because I don't want to influence reasons why dey am de peculiar people your minds more or less; but I tink dat de mentioned of by de Apostle Paul when he people mentioned of as de peculiar people, wrote dis epistle to his beloved broder when de Apostle Paul wrote to his beloved Titus. broder Titus dis epistle, am de Methodists De last reason dat I will present upon dis

-not dem dat am Methodists in name, occasion to prove de proposition, am de fact but dem dat am Methodists in truth and in dat de Methodists am peculiar every way. heart — and I shall proceed accordingly to “Now, bredren, dis am de fact; dey am show you dat the Methodists am de peculiar de peculiar people. I don't say but dat de people mentioned by de Apostle when he rest of de congregations will get to heaven wrote dis epistle to his beloved broder - O no! - I don't say dat. Bredren, I Titus.

am not so sectarian as to say dat; but jes “ De first reason dat I will bring up to mind my words, bredren: if dey want to prove dis important fact am de love-feasts. get to heaven by de right road, dey must

“ None of de congregations roun' yer but get it through de Methodist Church." (Just de Methodists has dis fpeculiarity ; none of at this time the cars were passing on their dem gadder roun' de festive board ; none way to Nashville.) Look out dar, bredof dem partake of de bread and de water ren. O, you needn't be afraid to look ; like de Methodists. No, bredren ; dis am you's been looking out dar for some time; de peculiarity of the Methodists. Why, but look out dar now, and see de cars is we partake of de refreshments - – we get up gwine up on dar road to de great city of and tell our experience, and get so happy Nashville. De locomotive am in frontall de time – bredren, dis am a strong rea- de cars am behind. If you want to go

The Metlrodists have love-feasts; and to Nashville, you would jes jump into de dis am one reason why de Apostle Paul cars, and away you'd go. Now, de Me calls dem de “ peculiar people, zealous of thodist Church am de locomotive — de rest good works, when he wrote dis epistle to of de congregations am de cars; and de his beloved broder Titus.

Methodists, de peculiar people, haul de “De second reason am de way de Metho- oder congregations right up to heaven. dists take ile Supper of de Lord..

Bredren, I has done." Dey takes it on der knees. Now, bred- The feelings of the chaplains can be more ren, I've been roun' dis country. a good easily imagined than described. deal. Why, de church over dar takes it in

G. W. S. der seats. Dat am not de humble way. De Methodists takes it on der knees. Dey feels humble; dey feels lowly; dey feels down. Dis am de second reason why de Apostle Paul calls dem de peculiar people,

From the Spectator, 16th Marchi. zealous of good works,' when he wrote dis epistle to his beloved brother Titus.".

THE RECENT RUSSIAN DESPATCHES. (The third reason was something about the doctrine of sanctification. I could get THE Blue-book presented to Parliament no definite idea of what he was aiming at. in the first days of the Session, the RugHe wished to show that sanctification in a sian despatches of October and November, peculiar manner was bestowed upon the published in London on Tuesday, and the Methodists.)

debate in the Lords on Friday se'nnight, De third reason dat I will present upon all point to two conclusions. The “Eastdis occasion to prove dis point am de manner ern Question," that is, the redistribution of of de preachers and de people.

the territories now held together by their “ My bredren roun' yer, de preachers of | real or nominal subordination to the Sultan,

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