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ROBERT K. BURT, PRINTER,

KOLBORN BIL.L.

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A Child's Eloquence. 174

A Friend who will never Die 3

A Man tbat Swallowed
Fifteen Cowe

26
Africa and England, Chris.
tianity in

58
Aged In del and bis Little

Granddaughter, the 103
Arctic Shark, the

157
Bad Bargains

27
Be Kind...

138
Blessed Bookmark, the

124

Boys and Girls of China, the 6

Boys and their M ssion 21
Boys Buried Alive in China 102
British Crown, the

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Broken ICA ...

18
" Can't Afford to be Reli-
gious

40
Catching a Great Idea

Young Watt and the Tea-
kettle...

178
Catching Bears

50
China, Letter from

52
Letters from Mr.
Swanson and Mr. Burns 84
Chinese Industry

172
Chips from Luther

62
Christian Boys in Africa 126
Clean Hands...

110

Coming a Tbousand Miles

to a Prayer Meeting 11

Curious Sentence, a

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Diamond Dust

30, 47-
Do all Good Children Die
Early ?

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Do you erer think of Jesus ? 95

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POETRY :-
Beautiful Zion (with
Music)

57
Beautiful Home, the 70
Cbrist for me (with
Music)

28

Cities of the Plain, the 42

Little Ben...

87
My Wants...

135
Power of Prayer, the 169
Shining Shore, the (with
Music)

74

The Crop of Acorns, the 61

Things to be remembered 109

The Caterpillar

138, 139

The Accepted Time 152

The Useful Life

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Two Roads, the (with

Music)

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old London Bridges , 120, 121

Orphan of Juggernaut,

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Shipwrecked Widow's

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Storms at Sea ... ... 33

The Tiger ..

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Volunteers Wanted 81

Widow-burning in India 1

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JUVENILE MESSENGER

OF THE

Presbyterian Churcy in England.

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JANUARY, 1861.

WIDOW-BURNING IN INDIA. It was at one time the custom, in India, when a man died, to burn his dead body, and also burn his poor widow in the same pile. She was willing that this should be done, believing that they would, in consequence, be received into heaven. A missionary gives the following account of one of these sad scenes, which he witnessed :

One morning he saw a crowd of people assembling on the side of the river Ganges, and on asking the reason was informed there was going to be a “Suttee,” that is, the burning of a widow. He went up to the crowd and tried to persuade them from such cruelty, but did not succeed, He next went up to the poor widow who was a young woman, about twenty-six years of age. She was near the dead body of her husband, which was lying by the river, with the feet in the water. Her feet were painted red, and also parts of her head. There were some Indian officers talking with her. She told them she was the wife of the dead man, she had prepared his food, and that it was of her own free will she desired to be burnt with him. The Missionary spoke to her, and tried to persuade ber from doing this dreadful deed. He told her that it was self-murder, and that she would never go to heaven by such means. She, however, would not listen to him, and simply replied, " My good will be, my good will be.” She arose, and was conducted by two persons to the river, where she dipped three times, and then repeated after the priest a form of prayer. She then stripped off her clothes, and covered herself with a new piece of cloth, after which she made an offering of some rice to an idol. Three new combs were then placed in her hair, and having bathed the dead body twice with the water of the

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