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conjecture from its diminution, and its by THE DANGER FELT IN THE CHRISTIAN no ineans increasing so fast as fæcal matter
WARFARE. would do, from such perpetually feeding
“ But I see another law in my memcreatures. I have not, in any instance, bers, warring against the law of my mind, observed the young to proceed from these and bringing me into captivity to the law globular bodies, though they are found of of sin which is in my members. Owretched various ages, at all times during the sea
man that I am! who shall deliver me This lanigerous vestiture seems to from the body of this death? I thank serve likewise as a vehicle for dispersing God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. the animal; for though most of our species So then with the mind I myself serve the of aphides are furnished with wings, I have law of God, but with the flesh the law of never seen any individual of this American sin,” Rom. vii. 23—25. blight so provided ; but the winds, wafting Brethren, you see the conflict. You about the small tufts of this downý matter, behold the scales of victory inclining in convey the creature with it, from tree to favour of the law of sin. The case is one tree, throughout the whole orchard. In of real danger. The inward man is the autumn, when this substance is gene- yielding; your soul, which had tasted rally long, the winds and rains of the that the Lord is gracious, is returning to season effectually disperse these insects, folly; some fleshly lust is revived; some and we observe them endeavouring to se- sinful temper is again indulged; and, crete themselves in the crannies of any although God's promises are true, faithneighbouring substance. Should the savoyful, immutable, yet, in that position of cabbage be near the trees whence they things, your interest in them is obscured: have been dislodged, the cavities of the your soul is, to all human appearances, under-sides of its leaves are commonly becoming once again the soul in danger. favourite asylums for them. Multitudes If I could tell you that there is then no perish by these rough removals, but num- danger, I should be unfaithful to your bers yet remain, and we may find them in soul. No danger, when a believer is the nodes and crevices, on the other sides returning to sin! It was not thus that of the branches, at any period of the year,
Nathan comforted David. This was not the long cottony vesture being removed; the meaning of Christ looking upon but still they are enveloped in a fine, Peter. Such was not the language of short, downy clothing, to be seen by a God by Ezekiel : “ When a righteous magnifier, proceeding, apparently, from man turneth away from his righteousness, every suture, or pore, of their bodies, and and committeth" iniquity, and dieth in protecting them, in their domestic state, them; for his iniquity that he hath done from the moisture and frosts of our climate. shall he die,” Ezek. xviii. 26. No danger This aphis, in a natural state, usually in backsliding from God! Oh, whence awakens and commences its labours very do men get this antinomian notion ? early in the month of March ; and the Not surely from our text. Hear the hoariness on its body may be observed in- anxious cry for deliverance: “O wretched creasing daily; but if an infected branch man that I am! who shall deliver me be cut in winter, and kept in a warm from the body of this death ?” I hardly room, these aphides will awaken speedily, krow a more sorrowful cry than that. spin their cottony nests, and feed as they The Saviour's cry seems, indeed, more are accustomed to do in the genial season. sorrowful : “My God, my God, why hast
Insects, it should be observed, are not thou forsaken me?” Matt. xxvii. 46. And confined to vegetables in their recent or yet I hardly know. " My God, my God," unmanufactured state. A beam of oak, expresses some sense of sonship, some after supporting the roof of a castle for five confidence of filial love, even in that hour hundred years, is as much to the taste of of darkness and desertion. But the some, as the same tree was in its growing apostle's words seem all sorrow; the lanstate to that of others. Another class
(tinea, guage of a heart quite full of lamentation, termites) appears, as to whom it may be said and mourning, and woe. Only hear them that a dish of tea would appear like a again, and judge: “O wretched man that “ river or a sea.” These little creatures I am! who shall deliver me from the would prefer some old musty volumes, to body of this death ?” This last expresthe freshest rind of the flax-plant, or to sion is most remarkable. The allusion the most costly and beautiful modern vo- is almost too painful for explanation. lume.
Yet, if its explanation may lead us to
loathe and abhor sin, we must not yield | It is very desirable that we should pass to a false delicacy. It is said that ancient through the world in peace with one tyrants, in their inhuman cruelty, some- another; let us, therefore, be considerate times condemned offenders to have a dead in our words and our deeds. body tied to them, and to carry this The following illustration of these loathsome object about with them. Can remarks may be found useful. Let us any thing more horrible be imagined a suppose, that at a coffee-house near LonYet such is sin working in our members! don-bridge, a stranger, just arrived from It is a vile and disgusting thing to us; if Jamaica, sits sipping his tea in one of we are believers, it has received its death- the side boxes; his feet are buried in a blow : "knowing this, that our old man pair of brown slippers, and every now is crucified with Christ, that the body of and then, in a musing fit, he balances his sin might be destroyed, that henceforth tea-spoon on the edge of his tea-cup. we should not serve sin,” Rom. vi. 6. In a short time a conversation is begun Thus the body of sin, mortified by the between him and a gentleman in an adSpirit of God and the cross of Christ, is joining box :henceforth a body of death, vile, loath
“ A fine river this Thames of yours; some, abominable; and yet it cleaves to and a noble city, though I have seen but us, hangs about us, impedes our progress, little of it at present.? mars our comfort, torments, harasses, and “ You are a stranger, then, sir?” grieves. Again and again we are forced “ Yes, I have not been ashore above to cry out, “ () wretched man that I am! an hour, and am right glad to set my who shall deliver me from the body of foot again on land.” this death ?”
“ From America, perhaps, or from the who indeed shall deliver us? we East Indies ?" cannot deliver ourselves; for the enemy “ No, from the West : I left Kingston, is part and portion of ourselves. Anselm, in Jamaica, just as the hurricane was one of the fathers of the church, frames over.” this excellent petition on this very text: “ I have not heard of it; has it done “ Lord, deliver me from this wretched much mischief ?" man, myself!” Neither can our fellow- Very much, both in houses and ship. men deliver us; the ungodly are all serv- ping; some of the plantations are nearly ing the law of sin, the very foe with destroyed. The number of lives that whom we have to fight. Every one of have been lost must be considerable.” the faithful has a similar body of death, Away goes the gentleman to commuwherewith to struggle for himself. Hénicate the unwelcome intelligence to a must first be the physician to heal himself. friend of his, residing across the street,
But, my fellow-soldiers in this warfare, who has considerable interest in a cane you must find a deliverer, or perish. Your plantation at Jamaica. During his abformer believing will not serve, unless sence, the West Indian leaves the coffeeyou still have one to believe in, whose room, and another stranger, who has just power and love are equal to this emer- entered the house, seats himself, and orgency. Your former victories are lost, if ders tea. While partaking of this reyou are vanquished now. That body of freshing beverage, he is joined by the one sin will revive to strength, and will ‘rise who has a share in the Jamaica plantand slay you, unless a deliverer can be ation, anxious to ascertain further partifound for you. Oh! is there one? who culars. and where is he? who shall deliver me? “ You are from Kingston, sir, I underIt is the cry of one panting for breath, stand ?” in the midst of conflict, almost overcome,
“I am, sir.” looking this way and that for a deliverer. “ And lately arrived ?” Christ is the deliverer to every one that “ Just come ashore, never had a finer believes.-Hambleton.
Do you know Kingston, sir ?” “ No, but a friend of mine resides there; sad news about this hurricane."
“ Hurricane! where ? I have not heard
of it.” among human beings take place from o Not heard of it! I understood you misapprehension as from ill-nature. The got on board directly after the hurricane, greater part of those would be prevented and that very great damage had been by the exercise of a little consideration. done.”
“ A hurricane at Kingston ! not a bit Kingston in Jamaica ; the other, from of it, no more than there has been in Kingston-on-Thames. London. I have lived there all my days, and never heard of such a thing as a hurricane of any account at Kingston.”
A STRANGE INCONSISTENCY. Just as these last words were pro. nounced, the West Indian, in his brown The persons who determine to shut slippers, makes his appearance, and hear their eyes on the day of judgment, are preing the circumstance of the hurricane cisely those whom we should think the least called in question, steps up and speaks. likely of all mankind to do so. The ambi
“ Excuse me, sir, but I am direct from tious man, for example, is necessarily adKingston, and a more tremendous hurri- dicted to reflection, he feels that he cannot cane than that which took place just succeed unless he lays his schemes on a very before I left, has not occurred in the general survey. He habituates himself to memory of man.
Not less than a score see things before they come to pass, and to plantations must have been half de anticipate the effect of principles in their restroyed.”
motest consequences. Oh, how strange Why, sir, you may as well try to that such a person should not always have persuade me that I am standing on my his mind running, in spite of himself, into head instead of my heels. I say that no the thought of the day when all which is hurricane has taken place at Kingston
mortal will come to its great result, when at all. I have lived there, man and boy, all schemes besides those which have been above forty years, and know every inhas adopted for saving the soul will be debitant of the place, and every planta- stroyed, and when there can be no glory tion in the neighbourhood. Twenty planta- besides that of being owned by God. The tions half destroyed! I do not know to covetous man has his mind occupied with whom they could belong. Neither mine schemes for avoiding poverty and amassing nor those of my neighbours have felt any wealth ; might it not be supposed that of thing of a hurricane. Perhaps you may all men such persons would have their be indulging a joke, to make the good minds carried to the day of Christ? Then folks here gape and stare; but whether the impenitent sinner will lose all, none of you are or not, there has been nothing his possessions will remain to screen him like a hurricane at Kingston.”
from the most abject poverty; and the “Sir, if I were joking, I would choose saint of God in an instant acquires a crown, a more fit subject than a calamity that a throne, a house not made with hands, a has been destructive of human life, and kingdom which cannot be moved. The much property. Once for all, I again man who loves pleasure, and shrinks at the repeat, that a most fearful hurricane has slightest fatigue or the smallest pain, oh, taken place at Kingston, and that he how is he not terrified at the prospect of who denies it is not speaking the truth." eternal fire, nor allured by the rest which
" And I say that he, let him be who remains for the people of God! How can he may, who says there has been any he be so cruel to himself, as to leave a thing of the sort there, tells as big a mind which is so susceptible, to the anguish bouncer as was ever told in the world.”
of eternal death !
-s. Young, Symptoms of excited temper are now on the increase, and how the affair would
CHRISTIANITY THE RELIGION OF THE end, it is difficult to say, if some coolheaded gentleman did not put the matter right, by asking the West Indian when Let us see that our knowledge of Christ he left Kingston ?
is not a powerless, barren, unpractical This produces the reply, “On the knowledge. Oh that, in its passage from first of last month, by the Isabel West- our understanding to our lips, it might Indiaman."
powerfully melt, sweeten, and delight our On the same question being put to his hearts ! Remember, a holy calling never opponent, the reply is, “ I left Kingston saved any man, without a holy heart: if in a wherry as the clock struck three our tongues only be sanctified, our whole this very day, and at Twickenham got
man must be condemned.-Flavel. on board the Diana steam-packet.”
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which includes the flying squirrels. Of The general habits of the squirrels (sciu- all the mammalia, the bats are the only ride) are so well known that we need tribe which truly possess powers of flight not here dwell upon them. Active and which emulate the bird, and, upborne on vigorous, they live for the most part “ leathern wing,” skim through the doamong the branches of the forest, where minions of the air ; still, in other families, they build their nests, and find a refuge we find an approximation to these powers, from their foes. One group, however, a modification of these means of Aying pre-eminently surpasses the rest in the in the air. Among the lemurs, for distinguishing qualities of the race, is example, we meet the genus galeopithecus, more exclusively arboreal, more quick and characterized by a membranous expanagile, more graceful and attractive,—we sion, not only connecting the fore and allude to the genus termed pteromys, hind limbs together, but, as in the bats
generally, enclosing the tail; so that the flying squirrel, (Pt, alpinus, Richardson,) whole body is surrounded by this extent together with several varieties, which may of skin. Were the muscles arranged to hereafter prove to be distinct. move this membrane, the flying lemur In their habits these animals are to a (G. variegatus) might strictly deserve its great degree nocturnal ; during the middle name; as it is, it serves as a parachute, of the day they pass the hours in a state of enabling the animal to sweep from tree repose, and rouse up to take food and to tree. Again, among the opossums of gambol as the dusk approaches. New Holland we find in the genus pe
The islands of the Indian Archipelago taurus a similar membranous expansion produce four or five species; of these we passing along the sides, from limb to may particularize the arrow flying squirrel, limb, and by the action of these limbs ca- pteromys sagitta, a little creature which inpable of being stretched out so as to form habits the woods of Java, where one or two an admirable parachute, by means of allied species (the Pt.genibarbis and lepidus, which the animals are enabled to take Horsfield) are also dwellers; and those long leaps, and even to modify, while in large species, the taguan and splendid flythe air, the direction of their course. ing squirrels (Pt. petaurista and Pt. niti.
Lastly, the family of squirrels presents dus.) Of all the flying squirrels, the two us, as we have already stated, with the latter are the finest : in size they fár exceed genus pteromys, the various species of a cat. The specimen before us of the which, like the flying opossums, (petau- taguan, of which we give a figure, measures rus,) have an extensive lateral membrane, four feet one inch in total length, the tail which assists them to skim, bird-like, from being two feet three inches; the breadth, branch to branch, to precipitate themselves from point to point of the extended memfrom the top of a tree to the ground, or brane, one foot nine inches. Of the babits to sweep from one tree to another. So of these species we have but little informalively, quick, and sudden are these ele- tion; they are said to be nocturnal, and gant creatures in their movements, that destructive to fruit trees. they almost defy the eye to follow them; Thus have we given a sketch of the they are here, and gone, before the ob- cies composing this singular and interesting server has time to mark them.
group; creatures respecting which there is The geographical distribution of this much information as yet to be desired. One remarkable group is very extensive; thing, however, they manifest in their strucits members being respectively spread ture and adapted powers—the wisdom and through the north-eastern portions of resources of Him who, for some wise reason Europe, the north of Asia, the north of which we cannot fathom, has given to them America, and the islands of the Indian intermediate organs, natural parachutes, Archipelago; situations offering the widest enabling them, not indeed to Ay, but to contrast with respect to temperature. If sweep along in a manner, and to an extent, we turn to Europe, we shall find the which their less gifted relatives cannot ascommon flying squirrel (Pt. Sibiricus) pire to imitate.
M. among the dense and gloomy pine woods of Poland, Russia, and Siberia, where it leads a solitary life, its food consisting of A CRISIS—AND THE DANGER OP MISTAKE
uds and various roots, nuts, &c. This BRETHREN, I know of no human phispecies is not, however, restricted to losophy, which can give effectual aid at Europe ; it follows in its habitat the range such a crisis, as is described by the of the pine forests through the high lati- apostle: “For I delight in the law of tudes of Asia, and has, till lately, been God, after the inward man: but I see confounded with a nearly allied species another law in my members, warring from the northern regions of the American against the law of my mind, and bringing co ntinent. In the new world, however, me into captivity to the law of sin, which its place is abundantly supplied by three is in my members. O wretched man that well-known species; first, the assepan, I am! who shall deliver me from the (le polatouche of Buffon) pteromys volu- body of this death? I thank God, throagh cella, which is common in the United Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with States and Canada, where it lives in small the mind I myself serve the law of God; troops in the woods; secondly, the Severn but with the flesh the law of sin,” Rom. river, or greater flying squirrel, (Pt. sabri- vii. 22–25. Philosophers never undernus, Shaw;) and thirdly, the rocky mountain stood this conflict. They talk, indeed, of