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It is wonderful, is it not? And I can assure you it is also true. But what an idea it gives us of God's providence, and God's great power! which can arrest and adjust the falling masses of a precipice, in order to save a man's life!

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CHINESE WATCHES. One fine morning in September last, I went very early with a large party to see some beautiful valley scenery. We had to ascend the Jura Mountains, which divide Switzerland from France. They are very fine, but the side is so steep, that you would wonder how a carriage-road could be got up. But the Swiss are very clever in these matters, and construct a road in such a place, in a zigzag form like a corkscrew; so that you come down and go up scarcely with any hill. It makes the way longer, but then all is easy and safe, and you do not care for the length. There are wolves and bears in the woods and rocks of the Jura, but I did not see any. They only come out in long winters, and hard frost, when hunger makes them. And then they are very savage, and will attack men as well as cattle. When we got to the top of the Jura, which is about 4,000, feet high, we came to the little town of St. Croix, where they are nearly all watchmakers. They send large quantities of watches, and musical-boxes, to every part of the world. Just above this town, a Roman station was found this spring. They got a large quantity of Roman coins, and other antiquities. I bought some of the coins, with heads and inscriptions of the Roman Emperors, Tiberius and Augustus, as clear as possible. How this seems to take one back to ancient times ! and when I see coins with their heads and names, how it seems to confirm my faith in our Scriptures, which speak of these Roman emperors. I dare say you could tell me where.

Not far from this town of St. Croix, there was a very large religious meeting last spring. Thousands of persons met together, for the purposes of devotion. Good ministers and others came from Geneva, and Lausanne, and Yverdun, and all round, and addressed the people, and they sang hymns and prayed. I am told by those who were there, that it was indeed a very blessed time. One is glad to think there were so many who can enjoy such a thing. There was one pious Englishman, who spoke in French for an hour, and greatly pleased the immense congregation.

After we left St. Croix, we got down into the Valley of Traviers,- and very beautiful it is indeed; a narrow valley, with fine rocks, and wood, and streams of water. Here the villages are all full of watchmakers. I conld have bought a very good watch for twentyfive or thirty shillings. They carry on a great trade with the Chinese. And do you kuow, the Chinese buy two watches together

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When one goes ill, they say it is “ gone dead,” and they give it to somebody to “make alive," and they take the live one in its place! When the workman returns the dead watch mended, they are all surprised, and wonder that a man should have such power to give life to a watch. be sure the watchmenders make a good trade of it, since a little oil is often quite enough to bring the dead watch to life again. You may well say,

“What silly ignorant creatures the Chinese are.”. And so you might have been now, but for God's mercy to Britain. And if we know better, how glad we should be, and do all we can to teach and instruct the poor Chinese in better ways; especially when we remember that they send us all our tea.

W.

A TRAVELLER'S TALES.

NO. VII.

VESUVIUS. HERE I am again, ready to make my journey with you. But I am going to make a great Jeap,—the whole length of Italy, from Pisa (where I last left you) to Naples, because I want to hurry on with you to the East, to Egypt and Syria. But I could not leap over Vesuvius, it was so high, and so smoking and flaming, I was obliged to stop and tell you something about it.

Vesuvius is near Naples; it is a volcano,-a great, burning

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mountain. You see it in the picture. I went up to see it one day; it was not smoking ind flaming then; it was quite quiet, so I dimbed up to the top. It was very steep. My legs ached and ached again ; and for every step I took upwards, I slipped nearly half a step downwards; for the stuff I walked upon up the mountain side, was so loose. It had once all come out of Vesuvius. called lava.

And when I got up nearly to the top, it was covered with the same lava, only the pieces of it were much larger, and they were quite hot. Yes, quite hot! My feet felt the heat through the soles of my shoes. When I put some eggs upon them, in a few minutes they were roasted! But I was not quite on the top yet. A little more steep climbing still. And now I could hardly breathe. I had to put my handkerchief mouth, for the fumes of sulphur were so strong. You have seen sulphur burning blue on a match ? The lava under my feet was all covered with sulphur, and it was burning blue. A few steps further, and I was on the top. And now I looked before me, and there was a broad, deep chasm, nearly circular. afraid of saying how broad it was, and I cannot say how deep it was. But I know that it goes down, and down, into the middle of the earth, till it reaches the great fires that are always burning there. Oh, what an awful sight it was! Need I tell you what it reminded me of? There was a little smoke

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issuing from this great crater, and a great deal of sulphurous gas and fumes. I could only just look down, without breathing, fo: a moment, then had to turn my head

away to get a little fresh air.

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Sometimes the great fires in the middle of the earth force their way through this chasın or crater; and then flames burst out as you see in the picture, and huge stones are shot out thousands of feet high, and streams of red-hot, molten lava roll over the mountain side. Those villages you see at the bottom have been overwhelmed with lava several times. One is called Herculaneum, the other Pompeii. They have dug out Pompeii, and there I walked through the streets of an old Roman town, and in and out of

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