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and mothers of this country the solemn fact that the future character of their children is instrumentally, in great measure, being formed by them.- Voice of Truth.
LONGEVITY OF SNAILS.
SNAILS are capable of remaining dormant for a very long time. A remarkable instance occurred in the British Museum. A small snail was brought from the Egyptian deserts in 1846, and put in its place amongst hundreds of others, was gummed to a board, and in 1850 was found to be alive, and fed readily on lettuce and delicate cabbage leaves. This interesting specimen of snails of the desert died in 1852.
Who to repentant Israel did once deliverance
bring? Who when delivered from their foes, did songs of
triumph sing? Who as a fiend let loose doth goodly words
bestow ? Who in a wilderness long dwelt, and learned to
use the bow ? Next, find where Moses stood, the promised land
to view. A mighty heathen king, whom the sons of Israel
Who to the builders of a wall, with anger fiercely
rail? A name of One whose word is truth, and cannot
fail. What prophet, sad at heart, a king to Judah
sent? A Church whom God exhorts to cease from idols, and repent ?
The initials of these names declare
The great Jehovah's power;
By us are shared each hour. M. B.
THE FROST FLOWER. THE wonderful plant, known as the “Frost Flower," is found only on the northern boundaries of Siberia, where the snow is eternal. It was discovered, in 1793, by Count Swinoskoff, the eminent Russian botanist, who was ennobled by the Czar for his discovery. Bursting from the frozen snow on the first day of the year, it grows to the height of three feet, and flowers on the third day, remains in flower for twenty-four hours, and then dissolves itself into its original element-stem, leaves, and flower being of the finest snow. The stalk is about one inch in diameter ; the leaves, three in number, in the broadest part are one inch and a half in width, and are covered with in. finitesimal cones of snow; they grow only on one side of the stalk, to the north, curving gracefully in the same direction. The flower when fully expanded, is in shape a perfect star; the petals
are to be
are three inches in length, half an inch wide in the broadest parts, and tapering sharply to a point. These are also interlaced one with another
, in a beautiful manner, forming the most delicate basket of frost-work that the eye ever beheld;
for truly this is frost-work the most wonderful. The anthers are five in number, and on the third day after the birth of the “flower of snow seen on the extremities thereof, trembling and glittering like diamonds; the seeds of this wonder. ful flower are about as large as a pin's head. The old botanist says when first he beheld this flower, “I was dumb with astonishment; filled with wonder. ment, which gave way to joy the most ecstatic, on beholding this wonderful work of nature, this remarkable phenomenon of snow-to see this flower springing from the snowy desert, born of its own composite atoms. I touched the stem of one lightly, but it fell at my touch, and a mor. sel of snow only remained in my hand.” Gather. ing some of the flowers in snow, in order to preserve the little diamond-like seeds, he hied to St. Petersburg with, to him, the greatest prize of his lifetime. All through the year they were kept in snow, and on the first day of the following year the Court of St. Petersburg were delighted with the bursting forth of the wonderful “Frost Flower.”
POPERY. THE true spirit of that accursed thing that this country is wasting the public money to support, and refusing to repress efficiently in the Church of England, is seen in the following :
ATROCIOUS PERSECUTION OF BELGIAN PROESTANTS.-An extraordinary trial of seven col
liers, for causing the death of two fellow-workmen by ill treatment, has taken place at Antwerp. A band of those men, headed by one Nessels, appear for a long time to have exercised a most atrocious tyranny over some of their companions. The motives for their cruelty were chiefly religious, the victims being Protestants, and their torturers Romanists. The punishment inflicted was a sort of crucifixion; that is to say, a cross was made by nailing two planks together in the form of an Š, to which the sufferers were suspended, bound with cords at their hands and feet, until they should do homage to the Virgin. One of the men who had died, named Steenbergen, had also been burnt with a hot iron, and then plunged in water, This treatment brought on a violent fever, which terminated in death. The ringleader, Nessels, inspired such terror among the other workmen, that when in court, before his
the witness trembled, and hesitated to speak, and the judge at length ordered him to be placed in a position where he could not see them. The whole of the evidence was given with great reluctance, and several of the witnesses had to be menaced with imprisonment for their wilful reticence. Even a collier named Ceulemans, the father of the second man who had died from the injuries received, only disclosed the names of the men who had exercised the cruelty on his son, on the court promising him protection if he were menaced. The accused were condemned to different terms of imprisonment, with fines in addition varying from 50 to 200 francs.”