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poor blind persons under her care, who were engaged in making straw rope and foot mats, while receiving instruction from her. She also instructed in music and singing those who chose to receive lessons from her,

On the capture of Ningpo by the Taepings, Agnes was sent to Shanghai, where she conducts at present an industrial school ; but as the system of embossing has not been as yet applied to the dialect spoken there, instruction in reading and the Scriptures is necessarily deferred.

There is a printing or embossing press at work here, and a large stock of books printed and kept for sale. It is rather unfortunate that so great a sum has been laid fast in this way, as to have crippled the resources of this establishment for the past year or two. A special effort has been made by its supporters, and the threatened deficit averted; but still the operations of the society are cramped by want of increased funds.

The system of embossing employed here is Lucas's only. As all or the greater number of the pupils are first taught to read here, it is doubtless preferable to cleave to one method. In some other institutions, as in the Euston Road, where people of all ages are received, it is obviously necessary that all systems should be tolerated.

The special works issued from the St. John's Wood press are the “Pilgrim's Progress” and the third chapter of St. John in Chinese.

Pupils are admitted to reside in the house by payment, by nomination of the governors or larger donors, and by election, for which the great body of the subscribers have votes in proportion to their subscriptions. There are also a number of day pupils received.

Perhaps the society that is doing the most good in a quiet way, especially considering the smallness of its income, is that for providing Home Teaching for the Blind, the head-quarters of which are at 503, New Oxford Street.

This society, whose income from all sources for the last year has been only £300, we find has actually taught, during the six years of its establishment, six hundred blind people to read, employing five teachers to seek them out at their own homes, and when taught to supply them with frequent changes of books. The peculiar claims of this society are thus set forth by a noble earl-Lord Shaftesburyin a speech at the last annual meeting :-

“You have a very great advantage in the title of your associationa title that tells its own story. It seems to me to meet every argument: it reveals a great necessity, and sets before you at the same time a very great remedy...... Now, the London blind do very much indeed demand your commiseration. I learned a good deal about them a short time ago, being a member of a society which was directed to the alleviation of their temporal distress. We found them

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in dark alleys, and recesses, and cellars, and remote corners of London, in a state of the greatest poverty and neglect-perfectly forlorn in their condition; people caring little about them even physically, and certainly nothing at all spiritually. Nothing could have been more forlorn, more miserable, more uncomfortable, more dejected than the condition of these people. Now the remedy you apply is just the remedy that is required. I do not believe it would be possible to bring them out of their haunts and recesses, and congregate them in large rooms for the purpose of undergoing regular tuition. Now, by carrying this knowledge to every hole and corner-to every individual, whatever be his or her condition, and giving them on the spot the teaching they require, you are meeting an enormous evil, and effecting an enormous amount of good. I believe you have discovered the true means of not only remedying a great evil, but in many respects turning that visitation of God, which appears to be so great a malady,

into the very reverse--an actual and positive good. .... I was much struck when I saw that this society, so humble in its origin, apparently so humble in its undertakings, had yet formed such large conceptions. In its principles and in its designs it is worthy to be put upon the footing of the very greatest societies at present existing in England."*

We think the economic working of this society deserves the support of the charitable, as far as we have opportunity of drawing a conclusion; it seems to do, so to speak, a maximum of work with a minimum of means. The books used are embossed on Moon's system only.

There are several other societies whose energies are devoted to the care of the blind, of which are the Indigent Blind Visiting Society, which, amongst the usual means adopted by kindred institutions, has made provision for guides, who conduct those blind people who are connected with it to church on Sundays.

Among the numerous benevolent societies kept up by the Jews for the help of their poorer brethren is the Indigent Jewish Blind Society, located in that centre of Jewish industry, Aldgate.

The Christian Blind Relief Society, Borough Road, established about twenty years, grants small annuities, varying from 2s. 6d. to 10s. a month-a small but acceptable relief to such as are trying to get their own living, but who cannot of necessity earn sufficient to maintain themselves.

Two very extensively useful annuity charities exist in Londonthe first connected with Christ's Hospital, and founded by the Rev.

* From the Report. Any individual meeting with a blind person or two will find it an easy and delightful task to teach them, and can obtain a packet of instructions and first lessons by enclosing six postage stamps to Mr. E. Moore, 503, New Oxford Street, London, W.C.

W. Hetherington in 1774. The original endowment has been very much increased by subsequent benefactors, so that at the present time upwards of six hundred persons receive a yearly sum of £10 each. The benefits of this charity are exclusively applied by the founder to such

persons only as, having been in a better situation of life, are or may be disabled by blindness from maintaining themselves." The enumeration of those persons who are prohibited from a share in this extensive charity is amusingly detailed—those who have ever begged, received alms, been recipients of parish relief, day labourers of every description, common soldiers and sailors, servants, and journeymen to any handicraft, or, to close the list, persons who live by turning a mangle. The Painters' Company also dispense the charity of John Stock and others to nearly two hundred pensioners, at the same rate of £10 each. The restrictions here are very rigid, but, nevertheless, about twice the number of qualified applicants that can be received come forward every year.

The Blind Man's Friend Fund, established in Saville Row, is one of the most magnificent charities established during the present century. Mr. Charles Day, a partner in the firm of Day and Martin, himself suffered from deprivation of sight: at his death, in 1836, he left £100,000, the interest to be dispensed in annuities of from £12 to £20 each. At this time about three hundred persons are chargeable, who pretty nearly exhaust the annual income of £4000.

A system of charities, some exclusive, doubtless, but of which some, at least, work over the whole ground covered by our subject, and spending near £40,000 a year, might be thought to provide sufficiently for the wants of the poor blind, and yet on all hands we find that they are cramped for the want of funds; and when we take into account the number of blind in the country at the mean estimate of 40,000, and that the greater portion of these are the objects of charitable effort in one way or other, it will be seen that the purse-strings of the benevolent may still be opened with advantage to these institutions, which are really effecting so much good, and many of them with very small incomes.

Dr. Lettsom says, and justly says, that he who enables a blind person to earn his livelihood does him more real service than if he had pensioned him for life; a statement which we may supplement by saying, that the man or society who teaches the blind man to read the Bible does him more real service than he who should heap upon him all the favours of wealth and fortune.

We therefore commend heartily these considerations to those whom God has blessed with ample means, and with a sensibility of heart to feel for the woes of those of their fellow-creatures less fortunately situated than themselves.

AUNT LYDIA'S LEGACY:

Country Story.

“Lizzie, Lizzie!" cried the buxom, keen-eyed dame, who stood at her cottage door, holding an open letter in one hand, while with the other she shaded her eyes from the dazzling glow of the July sunset, “Lizzie Bright, I say, can't thee hear, child ?"

From the wilderness of fruit trees, tall, straggling rose bushes, and luxuriantly growing shrubs which surrounded the cottage, there emerged the missing Lizzie, a damsel of some eighteen summers, and as pretty a picture of a happy, innocent country girl as one shall meet with in a long day's walk through our England, which so justly boasts of her fair daughters, in each and every rank of life. Following Lizzie, and with a certain air of sheepishness about him, which sufficiently betokened the rustic lover, came a tall, well-grown youth, laden with rake, hoe, and spade, and a huge watering pot, which articles, together with Lizzie's not very full basket of weeds, denoted that the ostensible occupation of the two had been that of gardening.

“Coming, mother," said Lizzie's clear, cheerful voice; adding, as she made her way towards her, “oh, you can't think how nice we've made the large bed look. The dahlias will be splendid; William says my deep-coloured claret' Duchess,' which was so fine last year, you know, is

“ There, never mind your dahlias, child," interrupted Mrs. Bright, whose usual interest in floriculture seemed unaccountably suspended just now,

never mind your dahlias; you've got other things to think of, I can tell

you.
Here's

news,”

,” added she, her eyes twinkling as she held up

the letter before her daughter ; " great news, my dear; just come by the post. Stephen Brooks brought it from the town, and left it as he passed.”

" It's a letter from cousin Jane. She's married !" cried Lizzie, springing forward eagerly.

“Nonsense ; nothing of the sort. Great news for you, this is— not for

your cousin. No; this letter is from a London lawyer, and says how your aunt Lydia is dead, and has left you all her propertyas good as five or six hunderd pound, if its a farden, with plate and furniture. There! What do you think of that? Come and kiss your mother, Liz, child."

“ Aunt Lydia dead! that I stopped with when I was a little thing? Poor Aunt Lydia—I am very sorry,” said Lizzie.

• Why, you've never seen her since you were a bit of a thing, no higher than them gooseberry bushes. You can't remember much about her, I'm sure. And as for being sorry, of course we're all sorry, as is nat'ral; but I think you ought to be wonderful grateful, too,” said Mrs. Bright, with some asperity, " for such a turn o’ fortin as this. You'll be the best off young woman in Mapleton. Five hunderd pound in funded

money, and a lot of furniture and plate worth another hunderd and odd at the least, I bet a penny.”

“Dear mother ! it seems quite strange to think of," faltered the girl. “Poor aunt Lydia, we shan't never see her again, then. She was so kind to me;—I do remember that, though I was so little. And it's so sudden and all. And me to be rich–I can't hardly believe it."

“Well, it is sudden, I'll allow ; and it may feel strange just at first. But, mussy on us, child, there's never no need to whimper over surprises like this. For my part I don't care how often good luck startles me. And as for your aunt,” pursued the dame, philosophically," she was quite an old woman, and— There's the lawyer's letter," she cried, interrupting herself, as her ideas took a new turn, “ if you can't hardly believe it's all true, look at that. And heart alive! them potatoes has been biling over all this while, and is no better than smash, I lay.”

She darted into the cottage, leaving her daughter to inspect the matter-of-fact lawyer's letter, which, with its thick official paper, and round text characters, did indeed appear a very indubitable reality. While she puzzled over the professional obscurities which her more quickseeing mother had at once interpreted, the youth with the spade and hoe, who, during the preceding colloquy had stood quietly by, an interested though silent observer, leant on his spade, and fixed his eyes on the pretty, flushed face of the young girl.

When she had finished her attempt to comprehend the letter, she folded it up again with an audible sigh, and then turning towards her lover she met his look with a deeper blush, and a shy smile.

“Well, Lizzie," said he, breaking the silence, “I suppose I must wish you joy. You're quite a rich lady, now,” he added, with a certain disquietude in his tone, and evidences in his look of a feeling against which he was struggling, -not very successfully, as yet.

Now, in her inmost heart, Lizzie, with true womanly instinct could perfectly well divine the real cause of his constrained manner, and did not love him the less for it. But she was only a girl, and had a spice of mischievous coquetry on the surface of her nature-a weakness alas, which is also woman-like, but which stands sorely in need of all the excuse that careless, thoughtless girlhood can give it ;—which perilous characteristic came out on the present occasion.

"Well, I'm sure,” she said, pouting her pretty lips,“ one would think you were disappointed instead of glad. You look as cross as two sticks, instead of being pleasant and friendly about it. What's the matter?"

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