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Yet a dull routine is too often the substitute for real means of improvement. A few hints therefore may be offered, as there is no other way so general, or so well calculated for spreading the kingdom of God.

(To be continued.)


Emma E- , a respectable-looking young woman, was charged with sleeping in the open air.

A police constable proved finding her sleeping on the previous night in a cart in Cock yard, Westminster, and finding her destitute he took her to the station.

Defendant, who wept bitterly during her recital, stated that she was born at Dorking in Surrey, and her father and mother having died several years since she had not a friend in the world. She had for five years lived as housemaid in the service of the Earl of Guilford, and remained there until the demise of the Countess. She then obtained a service as cook at 21, Bond-street, on leaving which she took a situation in Russell-place, Fitzroy-square, but finding it was, contrary to her expectations, a lodging-house, she immediately gave notice, and left at the end of the month. This was about seven weeks since, and she took a lodging at No. 35, Hertford-street, Fitzroysquare, but the little money she had being expended, she continued to support herself by pawning her clothes, with a part of the produce of which she continued to pay her rent. A few days since she was in arrear with her landlord to the amount of three or four shillings, which not being able to pay,

she was turned out, and continued to wander about up to the time she was found by the constable.

Mr. Gregorie asked defendant several questions, which she answered with the greatest simplicity and seeming truth.

Inspector Taylor, of the B division, stated that the poor woman's story was precisely the same as that which she had told at the station-house on the previous night, and he for himself had no doubt of its truth.

Mr. Gregorie directed a constable to accompany the female to the places she had spoken of, and ascertain if her statement was correct; and ordered him money from the poor-box to redeem her boxes, if he found her story to be true.

In a short time the constable returned, bringing with him the poor woman's boxes, and informed the magistrate that the whole of her statement, as far as he could inquire, was correct.

Mr. Gregorie then ordered the poor girl half-acrown from the poor-box for present subsistence, and directed her to call again at this office in a day or two, when he hoped something better might be done for her.

A WORD TO THE YOUNG. Dear children, you cannot begin to serve God too early, there are younger soldiers in Christ's army than in any worldly army, and by the favour of God you were allowed to be enlisted into His army when you were so young as to be unconscious of what was being done for you. You were baptized into the Church of Christ in infancy, in token that hereafter you should not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, but would fight manfully under Christ's banner against sin, the world, and the devil, and continue Christ's faithful soldiers and servants to your lives' end ; there are many comparisons in Scripture wherewith Christians are compared, and there is none more illustrative of the Christian character than that of a soldier. The soldier feels that war is the noblest of all pursuits, and in time of peace ungodly soldiers even wish for war. The soldier considers his profession as the highest end of man, and naturally wishes his child to pursue it, and for this he educates him ; how and when does he begin? The soldier, who loves his profession, makes the very play-things in his children's nursery to consist of drums, and brass cannons, and little tin guns, and tin swords, and almost as soon as he can walk well the child is made to learn something of its future business; many, if not all of you have heard of the great conqueror and Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte ; his little son was walking at his post as a sentinel, and in the ranks as a common soldier, at seven years of age ; and you ought to be as decidedly and as distinctly acting as Christian soldiers long before seven years of age. In history we read of another very great General, he was a bad man, but he was wise in his generation ; he made his son to swear on the altars of his gods, at the age of twelve, that he would be the everlasting enemy of Rome, the country against which his father had been so long contending ; these great men were wise men in their way, they were in earnest about their work, they understood wbat they were doing, and they wished their children to do what they delighted in, and they began to teach them early. God would wish all of you to be more bitterly opposed to sin, and to hate it more perfectly, and to regard it more as your enemy than these worldly men hated and opposed their enemies, and if you would have, or if your parents for you, would have any well-grounded hope of your doing so successfully, you must begin early.


Extract from Agents' Journal.

AN AFFECTING CASE. WHILE visiting in the neighbourhood of Saffron Hill with tracts, I entered a dwelling which I soon discovered to be a house of ill-fame. Meeting with a kind reception in every room on the lower part of the house, I was induced to venture to the upper story. Having tapped at the attic-door, a female in a feeble tone of voice bid me “come in." I did so, and on entering beheld, stretched on a few rags, (which was all the room contained,) a good-looking young woman, about five-and-twenty years of age, apparently in a state of high fever.

She was greatly agitated when I entered the room, but on making known the purport of my visit she expressed herself pleased. I commenced the interview by remarking, “ Disease, my friend, appears to be making rapid progress ; you are hastening to eternity; what are your prospects ?” With despair pictured in her countenance, she ex. claimed, “ I have no hope ; the Almighty will never forgive such a wretch as me, nor dare I ask him.” I directed her attention to the compassion of the Saviour, in the case of the “woman taken in adultery ;" I also repeated several of God's precious promises to the penitent, and read the



parable of the prodigal son. Her destitute and forlorn condition led me to question her about her parents, but the very mention of parents produced such a degree of bodily and mental sufferings that I was fearful that the excitement would be fatal to her. The woman of the house now entered the room and brought a little tea, which seemed to revive her. The poor girl then told me that she had a pious mother living in the country, that she herself, until she reached the age of 16, had been used to a country life, but being attracted by the glittering description she had heard given of London and its wealth, she left home at that age, and without the knowledge of her friends made her way to London, in the hope of obtaining such a situation as would enable her to gratify a love of dress, which appeared to have been her besetting sin. On arriving in London, she said, she met a woman in Holborn, of whom she asked to be directed to a Servant's Office ; after some conversation, in which the girl made known her friendless and homeless situation, the woman offered to take her to her own dwelling for the night; to which proposal the unsuspecting girl readily consented, and it was by this woman that she was introduced to a house of infamous character in West Street, Smithfield. From that time till a few weeks prior to our meeting she had lived by the wages of iniquity. Finding that the afflicted girl was in great distress, I, before I closed my visit, supplied her pressing wants, and having persuaded her to go to an Infirmary, and procured a letter for her admission, she was on the succeeding day removed to Bartholomew's Hospital.

Before, however, she left her wretched and vile

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