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similar trials; and to learn how they acted under them, or what means they found the most successful, must obviously be most beneficial. For promoting this, as well as every other object specified, an Association of Mothers affords peculiar facilities, because they meet together under the influence of a most entire sympathy with each other. It will, of course, be found that some possess a larger measure of experience, and some a more enlightened apprehension of duty and responsibility than others; but while these things must give weight to their prayers, their counsels, or remarks, it must be felt that all can fully sympathize in one another's circumstances and feelings.
We do not read that a Jewess was to be seen among the crowds of priests and the rabble who insulted the Son of Man, scourged him, crowned him with thorns, and subjected him to ignominy and the agony of the cross. The women of Judea believed in the Saviour ; they loved, they followed him; they assisted him with their substance, they soothed him under afflictions. A woman of Bethany poured on his head the precious ointment, which she kept in a vase of alabaster; the singer anointed his feet with perfumed oil, and wiped them with her hair. Christ, on his part, extended his grace and mercy to the Jewesses; he raised from the dead the son of the widow of Nain, and Martha's brother, Lazarus ; he cured Simon's mother-in-law, and the woman who touched the hem of his garment. To the Samaritan woman he was a spring of living water, and a compassionate Judge to the woman taken in adultery. The daughters of Jerusalem wept over him ; the holy women accompanied him to Calvary,-brought balm and spices, and, weeping, sought him at the sepulchre. • Woman, why weepest thou?' His first appearance after resurrection was to Magdalen. He said to her,
Mary!' At the sound of that voice Magdalen's eyes were opened, and she answered, “Master.' The reflection of some very beautiful ray must have rested on the brow of the Jewesses.
[We have grcat pleasure in introducing to the notico of our rcaders the tollowing important Institution.] SCHOOL FOR TRAINING FEMALE SERVANTS,
LONGDON HEATH, NEAR UPTON-ON-SEVERN,
A certain number of Girls, from the National Schools, selected for their good conduct, are admitted into this Institution, and Boarded, Clothed, and Educated, for two or three Years, at four Shillings a Week.
Young Girls who have lost their Mothers, or who are otherwise so circumstanced as to make it desirable that a home should be found for them, are admitted from ten years of age, upon security being given for the payment of Four Shillings a Week for each Child : Ten Shillings Entrance will also be required with each Girl. They will be received from any part of England. --The Schooling to be paid quarterly in advance.
These young Girls will be kept employed in rotation in the various branches of domestic service ; one set will be relieved by another at proper periods in order that each Girl, in her turn, may be fully instructed in every department. When judged capable they will be placed in good situations.
They are taught reading, writing, and the four first rules of arithmetic ; also plain cooking, and to make and bake bread, to wash and iron, and get up fine linen, to scour boards and clean furniture, with all other branches of household work. Two Matrons superintend each department of service.
It is thought essential that the Institution should be a strictly religious one. To train up the English Girl in the path of humble duty, to teach her to love honor and succour ber Parents, and to follow the steps of her blessed Redeemer, in life and in death, will be the single aim of those who direct her, under the guidance of her spiritual Pastors and Masters.
MEMORANDA OF THE PAST MONTH.
SERVANTS' HOME.-Forty-five young women have registered for situations. Nine have been received as lodgers. Twenty-five families have been suited with servants.
INDIGENT REFUGE.—Sixteen young girls have applied for admission. Five have been admitted, and seven have been clothed and placed out at service.
PROBATIONARY HOUSE.-Applicants for refuge 24 ; admitted 10; sent to District Asylums, or suited with situations, seven.
THE FEMALES' ADVOCATE.
THE HARDENING TENDENCY OF SIN.
A TRUE NARRATIVE.
The subject of this paper was the daughter of industrious and pious parents, in Camden Town. Every child in the family was induced to purchase a copy of the Scriptures from the Bible Society in the neighbourhood, by weekly pence paid in dif. ferent instalments. The mother was a respectable monthly nurse, who assisted in supporting her family by attending the higher order of females in their confinement. This occupation exposed her children to considerable dangers, which she endeavoured to obviate, by intrusting them to the care of some neighbour, in whom she placed confidence. It happened on one occasion, unfortunately, that this confidence was deplorably and cruelly abused by one of those horrible characters, who with the worst intentions, conceal a depraved heart beneath specious appearances. I first saw Eliza Rabout ten or twelve years ago, on a Sunday evening in summer. She was then a smart and good-looking child about fourteen years of age, and was diligently employed in reading her bible.
I little thought that Mrs. G. with whom she was left, was at that time planning the ruin of this simple young creature. She first introduced her charge at the barracks of the Regent's Park, but I have not been able to learn in what station of life the original
betrayer moved. Be this as it may, she was from that moment lost to her parents, and her downfall was rapid and great. I find, however, that at one time, she allied herself in a criminal intimacy with the lieutenant of a ship for nearly two years, at the end of which time he was called to join his vessel, and left her with a present of some money. This being soon expended, and her character being gone, she had no alternative but starvation, or open transgression ; and accordingly embraced the latter choice.
This introduced her to the most depraved of both sexes, and broke down what might yet remain of the fruits of her early education. Hunger, desperation, night-strolling, and drunkenness, composed the register of her days and nights; and, hastening her progress to destruction, in a short time brought this once interesting child to the lowest depths of sinfulness and wretchedness. Her sorrowing parents, in the mean time, were ignorant of her fate, and even left to conjecture whether she still existed on the earth. Her haunts were those of the most miserable and abject of her sex, chiefly in St. Giles's and Westminster. Disease at length, the loathsome consequence of this course of vice, drove her to the Lock Hospital, from whence, five or six years after her first elopement, during all which time she was lost to her friends, and abandoned to reckless evil, she wrote a penitent letter to her long-deserted parents, expressing an anxious wish to be taken back. On this occasion her mother applied to me for advice, dreading the danger of mixing such depravity with her young family, who remained uncorrupted. As she was then in a bad state of health, I contrived to intro