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necessary to understand how to "number our days." These are our riches, and if rightly used, will make us wealthy indeed. Nearly all, however, who would learn arithmetic, desire to have a wise teacher-one who understands the rules himself. Who then can best teach us how to number our days? Why, He who gave them! God is the great arithmetician. "One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." Eternity is His! What a teacher! He who gave us time, can best teach us how to use it; and if we are diligent pupils, we must grow wise. Let us begin with the first rule.
I. Numeration. Without this, we could not understand the value of figures. When we are able to make figures, it is important to understand what they stand for. By this rule we know the difference between 1 and 0, and can distinguish hundreds from tens, thousands from millions. It would be rather a bad job for a boy to make out a bill for one of his master's customers and only charge 10 when he ought to charge 100! He would have to go back to school. In life we have only units and ten of years. But when we speak of days we have hundreds and thousands! Take the child of 10 years. How many days has he lived? 3,650 ! More valuable these than as many pounds. A man was once dying, and he said he would give all he had (and he was not poor) for one hour! Then what must a day be worth! Oh, let me learn this rule thoroughly that we may learn the value of " our days."
II. Notation. By this rule we learn to write figures correctly. A boy might understand the value of numbers, and yet put them down wrong. O stands for nothing, but when joined to other figures means a great deal. Put 0 between 11 and you make 101, a very serious alteration. It makes all the difference whether you put down 0 to the left or the right hand of a figure. There are some who do not appear to know this rule for their days. Some are proud and make a great show, and pretend they are very wise! But the real value of their days has perhaps been mistaken, they forget that a long line of noughts does not give real numbers, unless the O's stand to the right hand of the unit. Of what value is this? 0001! and the value is no more if you add a thousand 0's to the left hand of the unit! Do not let us cheat ourselves; let us take care that we do not have blank lives. Titus, a heathen emperor, if he had not performed some good action during the day, used to say at its close, "I have lost a day." Oh! that all Christian children knew "notation of days" as well as he.
III. Addition. It would not do to stop at the previous rule. We might be able to understand the real value of our days, but this would be of little use if they did not amount to any good. It looks foolish to put down lines of figures if we do not learn to add them up. He knows this rule who makes the best use of his days, and the total is very large indeed. A child's life may look well in addition; his days may have been so numbered that he has applied his "heart unto wisdom." Although Methuselah lived to be 969 years old, his life did not look so well in "addition" as that of his father Enoch, who only lived 365 years. For we only read of the son that he died, but of the father we read that "he walked with God." God was his teacher and thus he became wise and good.
IV. Subtraction. The use of this is, to take the less from the greater and see what remains. Some spend every minute of the time they do not give to sleep in work. If they are obliged to do this they are to be pitied, but many do it who need not. They have no time they say to read or think. Of course then we must expect them to be very ignorant people. It is certain they can know nothing of the subtraction of life. With all their thousands of days they have no remainder! Why they are worse off than a horse, for the poor brute does not work every hour. Let us take care while young to learn this rule of days. See what opportunities children may have by a right use of subtraction! Take a boy who goes to school! Leave out the winter, only consider the six months, when the evenings are long, from April to September. Say from the 24 hours of the day, with school and lessons, meals and play, with sleep, you use 22 hours, still you have two hours a day to spare, and these, leaving out Sundays, amount in all to 312 hours! What splendid use might you make of these! Remember the old true words "waste not, want not."
V. Multiplication. This rule is only a short way of addition. But how our days multiply! How can we turn them to good account-this is the question! Suppose you were intent upon learning something useful with the two hours a-day you have remaining, multiply 365 days by 2 and you get 730! all these extra hours in a year to turn to some good purpose. Cardinal Wolsey, the minister of State, at one time in the reign of Henry 8th, said in the hour of his distress, "If I had served God, as well as I have served my king and country, he would not have forsaken me in my old days!" He learnt the value of this rule too late in life. Learn it while you are young, and if you live to be aged you will be wiser than he!
VI. Division. By this we learn how many times one number is contained in another. I take the child of 7, and place him beside the old man of 70. I find by this rule that he has lived as long as 10 children of seven years old. Learn division well. Do not use all your days to obtain things of no value, divide them between earth and heaven! Our lives are divided between time and eternity. Oh! that we remembered it; they will leave an eternity after having been divided by time, "So teach us to number our days," and do not forget the use of this arithmetic, "that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom."
CHRIST'S FIFTY-TWO PARABLES.
BY NEHEMIAH ROGERS, A.D. 1640.
"God has furnished his Word with as many Parables as there are weeks in
1 The Adversary,
2 The Blind leading the Blind,
3 The Children in the Market-place,
4 The Children of the Bridegroom,
5 The two Debtors,
6 The Eye and the Body,
7 The Fig-Tree Fruitless,
8 The Fig-tree putting forth the Leaves,
9 The Friend and the Three Loaves,
Luke xxi. 29-31, Matt. xxiv. 32, 33.
Luke xi. 5-10, What importunate Prayer will gain.
10 The Good Man of the House and the Thief, Luke xii. 39-42. Watching for Christ's coming. 11 The Garment, new and old, Matt. ix. 16., Luke v. 36. Christ makes all things new.
12 The Houses on the Rock, and on the Sand, Matt. vii. 24-27. Luke vi. 47. The sinner in
33 The Seed that grew silently,
34 The Sower and Seed,
35 The Strong One Armed,
36 The Steward and his Lord,
37 The Unjust Steward and the Debtor, 38 The Strait Gate and Narrow Way, 39 The Stone rejected by the Builders,
40 The Great Supper,
41 The Tares and Wheat, 42 The Ten Talents,
43 The Two Sons and the Vineyard,
44 The Tree, good and bad,
45 The Treasure hid in the Field,
46 The Vineyard and its Husbandmen,
47 The Vine and is Branches,
49 The Widow and the Judge,
Mark iv. 26-29. Silent progress towards the final result.
Matt. xiii. 1-23. The word scattered on the hearts of men.
Luke xi. 21-26. The devil seeking to rule over
Luke xii. 42-48. Christ and His professed fol. lowers.
Luke xvi. 1-8. The wisdom of providing for the future.
Matt. vii. 13, 14. The way of life, and the way of death.
Matt. xxi. 42-44. Compare Acts iv. 11. Christ
Luke xiv. 15-24. Jew and Gentile, invited to
Matt. xxii. 24. The false among the true.
Matt. xxi. 28-32. Open sinners and false pro-
Matt. vii. 16-20. The fruitful and fruitless professor.
Matt. xiii. 44. The joy of the man who finds salvation.
Matt. xxi. 33-41. The treatment given to Christ
John xv. 1-8. Christ and His people.
Luke xviii. 1-8. The Church's prayer of faith.
Luke v. 37-39. New worship accompanying the
THE INTELLIGENCE OF A PEOPLE.
EVERY one has a desire for the various means of happiness spread around him, if he knows what they are, and how he shall obtain them. Newspapers, travelling, and all the ordinary means by which information is circulated, have a great effect in increasing the desire of men to improve their condition by means of exchange; and they are thus induced to labour more industriously, in order to procure something to offer in exchange for what they
THE SPIRITUAL PRECEPTOR.
He who is to teach his neighbours how to love each other and to serve God with their hearts, should know something of both their inner and outer life, and we would have the spiritual preceptor accquainted with the domestic habits of the people he has in his charge; and seeing the fever and excitement of trade, the weariness and fret of money-getting, he may know best how to call back the mind and heart to things that are "not seen," and stimulate them to lay up treasure in heaven. That man will preach the truth more forcibly and practically who knows best what is the bent and habits of the people who assemble to hear his instructions.→ City Press.
TEACHER'S LETTER FROM ABROAD.
Switzerland, Nov. 1, 1858.
MY DEAR CHILDREN.-As it is now three months since I left London, I cannot wonder if a great many of you have forgotten me, but I send you this letter to show you that I have not forgotten you. I am often wondering how you all get on, who it is that has the care of my class, and whether your kind friend and teacher, Mrs. H-, has quite recovered from her illness, and resumed her place among you. I often think, also, of those of your parents whom I had the pleasure of visiting from week to week. Nothing would delight me more than to have a long letter, telling me all the news about Turner's-place. Have any more Bibles been gained? Have the little prayers been learnt, and used, which were given you on my last Sunday in the school-room? You see there is plenty to tell me; will not some one write me a letter?
You know, perhaps, that I am now hundreds of miles away from England, in a most beautiful country, called Switzerland. When I look out of the window, I see close by, the lovely, deep-blue lake of Geneva, which often reminds me of the Sea of Galilee or Lake of Tiberias, mentioned in the New Testament, the waters of it are so wonderfully blue and calm. Nearly all round the lake, are grand mountains, higher than you can think of; just now they look extremely beautiful, because their tops are covered with snow The highest of them always has snow on it, even in the hottest day in summer; and now, the others have all put on their white caps, to make themselves comfortable for the winter. The sun is shining brightly on the feet of these mountains, so it looks like winter at the top, and summer at the bottom. Would you not all like to see them?
There is a very old castle near us, about which I will tell you a short story. A long time ago, this castle belonged to a very wicked, cruel man, the Duke of Savoy. Another man, named Bonnivard, offended the Duke. He did not commit murder, or steal, or do any of these wrong things, for which people ought to be punished, but he sold some of his own property, which greatly offended the wicked Duke. So poor Bonnivard was seized, and put into a dungeon under the Duke's castle, and chained to one pillar for four long years by a chain only a yard long: so short was the chain that he conld only walk close round and round the pillar, and just there a hollow circle may be seen worn in the stones by poor Bonnivard's feet. You will be glad to hear, that Bonnivard did not die, chained to the pillar.
One day some brave Swiss men came in boats-for the castle is built on the top of a great rock in the lake-so they came in boats, attacked the castle, got possession of it, and set Bonnivard free. He lived many years after that, but I am sure he never forgot the time when he was a miserable captive in the Duke's castle. Shall I tell you who are still more miserable captives than Bonnivard was? Those who " are led captive by Satan at his will." Like Bonnivard, they wear a galling chain, the yoke of Satan. Like him, they cannot free themselves. They may try and try every day, but in vain. Must they, then, always remain captives? Must those children who know that they are sinners under Satan's yoke, and who