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hastening the overthrow of their enemies. vain to fight against God: they that continue so, must be overthrown. He calls you to leav service of sin, and to flee from Satan's po promises to deliver, and guide, and bless you to bring you safely to heaven. Obey His comm trust His power and love, follow His guidance you shall find a land of eternal rest, peace, and Lerwick, Shetland.

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CANDLE-FLIES. SEVERAL insects are luminous at night, and so are very brilliant. The glow-worm is well know In Italy there is a beautiful fire-fly, of which bi the male and the female are winged. Wh numbers are seen at night flitting among 1 yves, the effect is extremely fine. In the antennæ ons or feelers) of some species, and in the eyes others, the same property has been marked. In ath America and the West Indies, various insects 2 like bright lamps of the night. The fire-fly is kind of beetle, an inch long, giving out its principal bt from two eye-like points on the chest. When

the wing, this insect seems adorned with gems of h golden radiance. The Caribs of Domingo, it is id, were wont to use these living lamps at their rening household occupations, and in travelling by ght. Fire-flies greedily devour gnats. The accounts of " lantern-flies"and"candle-flies" e wonderful indeed; but they are to be received ith some caution.

OMETHING ABOUT CEYLON AND INDIA.* If you turn to the map of Asia, and look to the uth of India, you will find Ceylon. This is a sely island, abounding in noble trees, bearing ther beautiful flowers, delicious fruits, or fragrant ad precious spices, or else valuable for their hard id durable wood. In the thick forests are found ephants, tigers, leopards, and serpents, some of luich are poisonous; also scorpions, and spiders of 1 uncommon size. Annie.—And is it not there that the beautiful palm-trees grow, with their tall straight stems, tufts of elegant leaves at the top?

* From a little book which we commend to children, — "What Missions ! and, What can I do to help them ?" (John Mason.)

Mamma.-Yes; palms far taller and more sta than those you admired so much in the glass-h at Kew Gardens, abound in the woods of Ceylon

The island is nearly as large as Scotland, contains nearly two millions of inhabitants. In northern part a different language is used from spoken in the south; but our Missionaries pre there also. In the day-schools which they lo opened, English is taught, as well as the na languages; and they have more than four thous children under their care. Above one thousand hundred men and women have thrown away ti idols, and have become Christians. In the Quart Paper for June, 1853, you will find an account of schools, and a picture of the one at Jaffna.

In India, the vast land stretching away to north of Ceylon, there are some of the hig mountains in the world, whose tops are alw covered with snow; and rivers deep and broad, large cities on their banks. In this country, whı is ten times larger than all England, Scotland, Wa and Ireland, put together, our Society has o thirteen Missionaries; and in some parts, contain hundreds of thousands of people, there is not a sin European to guide these perishing myriads to th Saviour. It makes one's heart ache to think of And these Hindoos (for so they are called) nearly all subjects of our Queen Victoria, and are in a special sense our brethren ; and yet we ha done so little for them.

has never seen.

The state of the women in India, as in heathen countries generally, is very sad. When a little girl is born, her parents, instead of rejoicing, are angry, and do not love the little one; and, until very lately, they would even throw the poor baby into the river, or leave her in the forests, that the jackals or vultures might devour her: or, if she be allowed to grow up, her life is generally one of sorrow and suffering. Soon are the happy days of childhood over with her ; for

, at the age of six or seven, she is married, or promised in marriage, to a boy about her own age; or, sometimes, to an old man, whom, perhaps she

If he should die, she must remain a widow all the rest of her life. In former times she would have been burnt on the funeral-pile with the corpse of her husband; but English law in India no longer allows that: so she lives on, a slave and drudge, despised by all, and treated as if unworthy of the

The wife's lot is not much happier. Her husband does not treat her as his friend or companion. She does not walk or ride with him, or sit by his side, but stands timidly at a distance, fetching what he wants, and waiting upon him. She is not allowed to learn anything good or valuable; and so is unable to instruct her children. These things make the Missionaries very anxious to train the girls; and they have opened boarding-schools, where they may learn many useful things, and be better prepared to be good wives and mothers.

food she eats.

LUCRETIA'S GRAVE. The subject of this short effusion was a little of uncommon beauty, whose bright race was lik beauteous cloud melting away in the mornii light. She was the daughter of Wesleyan-Metho parents, who early taught her to make her wa known to her great Father in heaven. She wa never retire to rest at night before kneeling dow her bedside to say her prayers, often repeating verse,

“Gentle Jesus, meek and mild,” &c. The spring had come, and the flowers had fad summer and its songs had passed away; autumn pulled off the leaves of the forest; and when wir was congealing the face of the waters with his k ice-breath, my loved Lucretia sickened, and a eight days she died, Dec. 23d, 1855, aged six ye and five months. Like a beautiful flower in forests of earth, kissed by the gentle bree cheered with refreshing dews, and warmed by rays of the great sun, so blossomed my little till the destroyer came and blasted her bear Suddenly seized with illness among her pretty pl things in the garden, after lingering a few days gentle spirit passed away to the land of light, to for ever with her Saviour.

Though so young, she seemed in love with natu and with nature's God. She climbed our Corn hills, brushing their heath-mantles with her ti

she ran along our tuneful rivulets, well plea to hear their murmuring chimes; she walked am

feet;

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