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FRANCE AND ITS REFORMATION. By Basle and its Jahres Fest"

458 * In him we live, and move, and have
the Rev. J. A. Wylie, LL.D.-- Peter, the Gardener's Lad. A Leaf

our being”.


13. Vaudois Massacre in Provence

from a Pastor's Note-Book...... 468 An American on the Americans


Reign and Death of Henry II... 18 Converted on Ship-Board

496 The Sons of Zebedee


14. Francis II.--A Gallery of Por- Olney and its Memories. By Robert Christ our Substitute. Argument from

traits : Prince of Condé, Jeanne



the Religious Experience of Be-

D'Albret, &c. ..
88 Sabbaths among the Swiss Mountains.. 622



15. Insurrection of Amboise, and The Death-Bed of a Monk. From the

The Stoic ....


Death of Francis II.

681 Scripture and Nature.........


16. Charles IX.- The Triumvirate- Impressions of Christian Life and Work The Duty of Play


Colloquy at Poissy .


in America. By Professor Por- Thought-Hives. By Theodore L. Cuyler 626

17. Massacre at Vassy-Commence-

ter, Author of "The Giant Cities Lectures on Preaching. By Henry Ward

ment of the Civil Wars

of Bashan," &c.
683, 729 Beecher..


18. The First Huguenot War-Death

of the Duke of Guise ..


19. The Second and Third Huguenot



Wars—Catherine de Medici and Arnold of Brescia. A Medieval Epi-
the Duke of Alva at Bayonne... 416



20. The St. Bartholomew Massacre .. 470 A Fragment. By a Physician

Missions in Olden Times. By the


21. Death of Charles IX.-Reign and

Author of "Little Snowdrop".

A Memoir of Louis Desanctis

.280, 339

Death of Henry III. ..

553 Dr. John Duncan.

1. The Little Liese and her Brother 57

By the Rev. D.

22. Henry IV.--His Abjuration-

2. Davie Dunmore


Macgregor, M.A.
His Reign-Edict of Nantes-

3. "Peace, be Still !"

General Beckwith. A Sketch of the
His Assassination....

4. The Dying Mother

Philanthropic Labours of a W&-
23. Louis XIII.-Cardinal Richelien

5. The Merchant's Child..

terloo Officer

Fall of Rochelle-End of the

6. The King's Visit ..

Thomas Cooper

Wars of Religion....

7. The Secret Meeting

660 Louise, Queen of Prussia..543, 604, 667, 718
24. Louis XIV.-Cardinal Mazarin-

8. Liese's Drawings .

Lizzie Irvine: A Young Irish Sabbath-

Dragonnades - Revocation of

9. News from a Far Country.
School Teacher...

655, 742

Edict of Nantes.....

10. Mistress Maude.


720 Professor Conington. By the Rev. John


11. The Secret Treasure





12. Marie....

13. The Meeting on the Beach.. 380

CIOUS. By A. L. O. E.

1. Introduction



14. The Dominican Monastery

2. Met by the Way.

15. The Arrest .......

27 Chicago. By John G. Whittier


3. Fair Ladies..

16. Victory


29 A True Poet..


4. The Waiting-Room

IS A Little Churchyard on a Hill.


17. The Martyr's Friends.

5. A Perilous Adventure .......


A True Poet. (Poetry.)..


Draw Me; we will run after Thee". 155

6. The Deceiver ...


Charlie's Account ..

He Careth for Thee".


7. The Woman of Fashion.

104 Hymn on Union. From the German of

A Friend in Need, a Friend Indeed. A

8. Love and Duty


Michael Muller.........

By the Editor 127

Story for Boys.



9. Dives

The Jewel. From the German...

172 One Hero More



10. The Genius...

The Bird's Nest...

174 Call them in....



11. Prejudice

216 The Falling Star. From the German.. 284 Call them in. (Poetry.)..

12. The Widow

220 Conquer by the Cross...

Marie and her Faithful Spaniel. From


13. Broken Resolutions ...

the German

300 Paraphrase of the Lord's Prayer


14. The Prodigal .
303 Breathings on the Border

Puck's Adventures : Narrated by Him-


15. The Humble Companion


362 | The Perfect Work



16. The Hireling Shepherd..


The Child Martyr..

"O that a thousand tongues were


17. The Death-Bed...


mine !” From the German.... 462 The Dragon-Fly. By the Editor

18. Midnight and its Deeds. 424 A Pillar in the Temple of God- In

Valentine Ondermeer and the Diamond


19. Accusation


From the German of Dr.

Heaven and on Earth. By the

20. Dangers..



The Pearl of An-

..508, 569, 634

Author of


21. Glimpses


Children as they are in Cairo...

grogna," &c.



22. Conclusion

By the Editor

549 Breathings on the Border.-In the Vale 552 The Soft Answer.

PALESTINE. By the Rev. Andrew Thom. Roland the Shield-Bearer..


How a Little Boy fell into a Difficulty,

son, D.D., F.R.S.E.

The Lingering Look of Love. By Alex-

and how he got out again. By

10. Our Ride to Bethlehem.


the Editor


ander Lamont..



11. Down at the Dead Sea...

143 Wholly Resigned..

Get above the Fog



12. At Jacob's Well..

The Barber's Starling..

270 | “Longing after any Drop of Christ's Ful-


13. Sychar....


Wholly Resigned. (Poetry.)



14. To Nazareth..

449 | Where are the Moon and Stars ?....... 691

Joanna and Gretchen. A True Story.. 698

15. At the Sea of Galilee..


"A Light Ship always makes Way for a


16. Under the Shadow of Hermon

Loaded One"




17. On the Lebanon....


Be in Time. By the Editor

The Head-Quarters of the Inquisition . 110 Digging for Water. By Theodore L. Gracie's Giving. A Sketch for the Eldest




Wittenberg a Generation after Luther,
Cuyler, D.D.


By the Rev. John Gibb.. 151 The Sower: Elberfeld.

48 Children in the Woods..

Sketches from the Fagāly. By Miss E. Not Rooted Yet

108 A Heroine in the Hebrides. By the

Editor ..


J. Whately...

330 | Home Mission Premises in America. ... 109






Our Readers.


HE New Year affords an opportunity for more direct communication between the editor of

a magazine and his constituents. At all other times it becomes him to attend to bis work and keep silence; at this time, and for once, he is permitted, and perhaps even

expected, to look up and address a few words to the company. We-the prescriptive editorial plurality-beg to congratulate our readers and ourselves on the peaceful and useful tenor of our way hitherto, and on the hopeful prospect that lies before us. Looking backward, we thank God ; looking forward, we take courage.

Our plan for the future is the same as it has been in the past; its execution, if we are able, will be not inferior. In apostolic fashion, we would fain forget the things that now lie behind, and press forward. The two elements which, when combined, constituted a motive of sufficient force to induce Paul to continue his ministry at Ephesus were-A wide door, and many adversaries. These are precisely the two things which combine to urge us onward in our own humble sphere. The “adversaries " are present in such number and force as to prove the need of effort; and the “door” of opportunity stands so widely open, that there is no ground for despairing or desponding Labour in our field is neither superfluous on the one hand, nor hopeless on the other.

We confess frankly here that we do not disdain to employ, as one of our instruments, that species of composition which, for want of a better name, we must call Fiction ; that is, a narrative which leans upon and exhibits correctly the main features of great historic events, while the details are filled in by the imagination of the writer, but corresponding of course to the scenes and circumstances of the original. It is advisedly that we speak of this as an instrument, for we should not care to introduce it merely for its own sake. It may become the vehicle which bears in and deposits on the memory principles and aims that shall improve the life.

We are well aware that among the readers of the FAMILY TREASURY a wide diversity of opinion. on this subject obtains. Our desire is to satisfy all classes, in as far as that is possible, without sacrificing our main object. Those who relish and value a tale pure and elevating in its tone, solidly grounded in the facts of history, and artistically filled in by an exercised, discriminating imagination, will, we expect, be gratified by the specimens which we are enabled to present this year. As to those, on the other hand, among our readers who would more or less rigidly exclude narrative which is in any degree imaginative, as the vehicle of moral and religious lessons, while we greatly respect their character and their views, we must, in the interest of the greatest number, pursue the course on which we have entered.

None of our readers can be more alarmed than we are at the position which fiction has attained in the literature of our times. Whether we regard its quantity merely, or take in also its quality, we shrink back from it as a devastating flood. Much of it is vain, and much of it vile. It is a great calamity that the rising generation should be so much occupied with fiction, to the comparative exclusion of graver literature. Even when it is not positively immoral, it is for the most part fitted by its levity to eat out the force and seriousness of a life.

This being our view, the practical question comes up and presses for immediate answer, Shall we altogether abandon this agent, or shall we seize it and endeavour to employ it for good ? It would involve a grave responsibility indeed to decide, either expressly or by implication, that the use of imaginative pictures for moral and spiritual instruction is unlawful in its own nature. The decision would be false in itself, and fraught with most mischievous results. It remains that we should adopt and act on the other alternative—that we should accept an instrument which in its own nature is innocent, and is capable of exerting an influence on the side of truth and righteousness. In the present state of the battle, we are not at liberty to fling that weapon conclusively away.

On the whole, painting, whether in words or in colours, if moderate in quantity, pure in quality, skilful in execution, and useful in aim and tendency, seems both lawful and expedient for Christian workers in the present day.

The greater subjects will require fewer words of explanation, precisely because they are greater. Expositions of Scripture for the Sabbath evening will be found in every Number. Economic questions bearing on the health and comfort of the people will find a place. Efforts, whether by private societies or by the imperial legislature, to remove temptations and improve the moral condition of the masses, will be noticed as they arise. In short, everything will be welcomed into our pages that promises to conspire with other means to promote the kingdom of Christ and improve the condition of the world.

W. A.

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N a burning autumn afternoon, when | by showing mercy to the poor. Certainly, it

the sixteenth century had passed its behoves us to aid him to the utmost of our meridian by rather more than ten power.” And, stretching out his hand, he rang

years, Don Fray Tomas de San a little silver bell that lay near him on the Martin, the stately prior of the great Franciscan table. monastery of Ciudad de los Reyes, now called But the poor lay brother, whose duty it was Lima, was sitting alone in his private apartment. to answer it, was lying on a mat in the anteJeaner and idler men were dozing the sultry chamber fast asleep. Not until the prior had hours away; but it was not in the nature of more than once raised his voice and called loudly, Fray Tomas to seek repose, while the duties of “Antonio!” did he make his appearance. his calling, the interests of his Order, or the “ Send me hither Fray Fernando immediately, concerns of any of his numerous friends required and then go finish thy siesta,” said the prior, his attention. In spite of physical languor and cutting short bis apologies with contemptuous exhaustion, an expression of satisfaction lit up good-nature. his countenance as he finished his second careful Fray Fernando, who was not asleep, came in perusal of a letter he held in his hand. Then he a few moments; and having made the accuslaid the document on the table before him, paus- tomed reverence, stood silently before the chair ing, however, to glance, with a slight smile, at of his superior. the pompous armorial bearings inscribed on the Fray Tomas was an able man and a good seals with which the floss silk that bound it had ruler. Both within the walls of his monastery been secured. The prior was not a man given and beyond them he was thoroughly respected. to soliloquy; but if we might take the liberty of Yet few could have looked on the two men who translating his unspoken thoughts into words, were now face to face without the thought that they would run somewhat after this fashion: they ought to have changed places, that Fray "Sixteen quarterings for honest Marcio Serra de Fernando ought to have commanded and Fray Leguisano, the tailor's son! Where, in heaven's

Where, in heaven's Tomas to have obeyed him. Everything about name, have they all come from? Truly saith the the younger monk, from the broad white forehead preacher in the Book of Ecclesiastes, “I have to the nervous taper fingers, bespoke a refined seen servants riding upon horses.' He might and sensitive nature. Yet he did not look like a have added,—and there be none such headlong man of the schools and the cloister. Power and riders. Pues, every man to his taste. These determination gleamed from his dark, deep-set little weaknesses of Marcio Serra's may well be eye, and showed themselves in every movement borne with, after all. For amongst the conquis- of his vigorous though attenuated frame. You tadors there is many a worse man, and not one would have said, that he ought to have worn the better. Would that they all, like him, broke off plumed casque instead of the tonsure, and have their sins by righteousness, and their iniquities shouted, “St. Jago for Spain !" instead of telling Ave Marias on the rosary that bung from his disposed to compassionate them, because he hath belt.

taken to wife an Indian princess, one of the The prior addressed him with great urbanity: Children of the Sun, as they call them, after their “We do justice, brother,” he said, “to that vain heathenish fashion. Therefore he hath pursingular zeal for our holy faith which animates chased a sufficient band of negro slaves, both your breast.”

men and women, which he hath been at great Fray Fernando bowed, but a look of pain charges to transport from the coast to the heights passed over his face.

of Cerro Blanco. And there he hath set them to The prior blandly continued: “It is therefore work under competent Spanish overseers." that, an opportunity being afforded to some Both the churchmen accepted this substitution brother of our honourable Order to undertake a of black labourers for copper-coloured ones as an work of peculiar tuil and self-sacrifice for the effort of the most sincere and enlightened philanglory of God and the salvation of souls, our thropy. Nor were they, perhaps, as much misthoughts turn to thee, as to one who will cheer- taken as might be supposed. fully, nay joyfully, embrace such a mission.” “But,” continued Fray Tomas," as the good

“I am ready to go whithersoever my lord the knight's piety is fully equal to his humanity, he prior shall command,” said Fray Fernando. is now desirous to extend to these benighted

The prior laid his hand on the letter. “ This savages the inestimable blessings of our holy have I just received from the most noble knight Faith. He therefore entreats me to send him and conquistador, Don Marcio Serra de Leguisano. some brother of our Order, who may be found Doubtless he is known to you by reputation ?” willing, for the love of God and the good of souls,

"My lord remembers I am a comparative to banish himself to a dreary inhospitable region, stranger here."

where the frozen earth brings forth little more The prior had too much good sense to retail idle than a few blades of stunted grass; and where, stories : such as that the good knight's parentage from one year's end to the other, scarce a face was said to be of the humblest ; that on the will greet the exile's eyes save those of the negro division of the spoils of Cuzco the massive golden slaves.” sun of the great temple had fallen to his share ; Had the picture he was limning been inand that with the recklessness of a parvenu he tended for any other eye than that of Fray Ferhad gambled most of it away at primero in a nando, Fray Tomas would have softened its lines, single night, complaining pathetically, the next and have interspersed here and there a few lighter morning, that he had “ lost a good piece of the touches. But now he did just the contrary ; sun.” He merely explained: “Don Marcio Serra because he had taken the measurement of the bath received, in encomienda from our lord the man he was addressing. When he ceased speakking, a noble estate, rich in gold and silver, asing, there was a moment's silence; then Fray well as in the ordinary productions of the soil. Fernando said quietly, “I willingly undertake It embraces a very fertile valley, called Nasca ; | the mission.” and stretches upwards, even to the land of mist “May God and our Lady recompense thy zeal and snow, where the mighty Andes raise their and piety," was the prior's benign reply. He giant heads. High up, in that rarely trodden then proceeded, with equal affability and good region, at the summit of a bleak mountain, called sense, to discuss the details of the lengthened Cerro Blanco, gold was discovered a few years journey which it would be necessary for Fray since. A shaft was sunk, and the mine was Fernando to undertake. worked as usual by the forced labour of the The younger monk seemed not only willing, Indians. But these unhappy people died so but actually eager to occupy the post assigned to quickly, that at last Don Marcio, having the him. Not during his whole novitiate (which had fear of God before his eyes, and being mindful but recently terminated) had he appeared so of liis soul's salvation, began to take thought of cheerful, not to say so animated. It was curtheir miserable case. Possibly lie was the more rently reported that nothing gave Fray Fernando

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