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to Catherine de Medicis. There is another palimpsest brought to
England from a convent in the Nubian desert. There is the manuscript
presented by Laud to the Bodleian, and supposed to have been used
by the Venerable Bede. In truth, the history of these treasures is
full of romance, and it is but fitting that new discoveries should
furnish other examples of the strange ways in which the text of the
Holy Scriptures in various parts and forms has been preserved for us.

[Illustration: (_From a Photograph._)


Humours of Hymen.

While nothing can be so distressing to a clergyman, whose duty it
is to solemnise marriages, as irreverence or flippancy, he can
hardly fail to be amused, if many of his people are poor and his
area is wide, at the occasional results of a genuine ignorance, or
a legitimate nervousness. A well-known church in Central London
can furnish several singular and recent experiences. It is not
often that either of the contracting parties comes furnished with
a prayer-book, but on a certain occasion the bride, a rather
strong-minded-looking lady, did so, and insisted on holding it
sternly and steadily under the nose of her future spouse. In
repeating the passage in which "cherish" occurs, a bridegroom,
in a faltering voice, expressed his willingness "to love and to
'_perish_.'" "Oh, sir, I do feel _that_ nervous!" once pleaded
another embarrassed swain in the middle of the service. A widower,
who was extremely awkward and stupid in making the responses
after the minister, apologised by saying, "Really, sir, it is so
long since I was married last that I forget"! Another bridegroom,
though middle-aged, seemed somewhat diffident with regard to his
responsibilities, and answered to the inquiry, "Wilt thou love,
comfort, honour, etc.?" "To the best of my abilities I will." A
year or two ago, the roof of the particular church of which we
are thinking was being renovated, and the interior was a maze of
ladders. Under these a superstitious bride earnestly begged not
to be compelled to go, so she was considerately conducted to the
chancel by a circuitous route. There was a wedding last year at
which a tiny bridesmaid made her appearance. As he had married her
parents about six summers previously, the clergyman thought he
might venture to take her by the arm and to place her in her proper
position behind the bride. Considerably to his surprise, the small
damsel hit out at him in a most workmanlike manner straight from
the shoulder, and the edifice resounded with a terrific yell of
defiance, "Me _won't_! Me WON'T!"

[Illustration: (_Photo supplied by the Church Missionary Society._)


(_A scene during the recent famine._)]

Some New Books.

One of the most interesting biographies of the season is that of
Bishop Walsham How, which has just been issued by Messrs. Isbister,
prefaced by an excellent portrait of the late prelate. The Bishop
was principally known by his work in the East of London, where
he was greatly loved by clergy and parishioners alike, and many
excellent stories are related _apropos_ of his cheeriness and
tolerant good nature in dealing with the mixed elements of his
crowded diocese. The memoir seems full and complete, as, indeed,
it should be, the biographer being Mr. Frederick How (a son of
the late Bishop), who had access to all the private memoranda of
his father, and was naturally acquainted with every incident of
interest concerning him. From the same publishers comes an excellent
work by our contributor, Dean Farrar, on "Great Books," in which
he critically reviews the life and works of Bunyan, Shakespeare,
Dante, Milton, and other "master-spirits." Though admittedly written
for young people, the volume contains much that is valuable and
interesting to older readers. Messrs. Isbister have also recently
issued a volume of sermons by the Rev. Stopford A. Brooke, under
the title "The Gospel of Joy." Whilst we do not endorse all the
views expressed by the author, yet at the same time we are bound to
confess that Mr. Brooke's eloquent addresses teem with happy and
suggestive thoughts. - A daintily produced volume reaches us from
the Scientific Press in the form of Mr. J. T. Woolrych Perowne's
account of his recent journey in Russian Central Asia, published
under the comprehensive title "Russian Hosts and English Guests in
Central Asia." In many respects the journey described was quite
unique, and the interest is considerably increased by the number
and variety of the excellent illustrations which are scattered
throughout the book. - "Table-talk with Young Men" (Hodder and
Stoughton) is the title which the Rev. W. J. Dawson gives to his
recently published series of "pen-conversations" with young men.
Mr. Dawson's practical, straightforward and cultured "talk" on
such diverse subjects as "The Art of Living," "Christianity and
Progress," "Civic Responsibility," etc., is not only brilliant but
highly instructive, and the book is one which should find a place
on every young man's bookshelf, for it will richly repay careful
and constant perusal. - We have also to acknowledge the receipt of
"Comfort and Counsel" (Hodder and Stoughton), containing quotations
from the writings of Elizabeth Rundle Charles for every day in the
year; "The Children's Year-Book of Prayer and Praise" (Longmans),
compiled by C. M. Whishaw; a useful and informing little volume on
"Diet and Food" (J. and A. Churchill), by Dr. Alexander Haig; "A
Cluster of Camphire" (Passmore and Alabaster), containing short,
sympathetic addresses by Mrs. C. H. Spurgeon to those who are sick
and sorrowful; and "The Daily Homily" (Morgan and Scott), a series
of brief, pregnant discourses on the books of the Bible from 1
Samuel to Job, by the Rev. F. B. Meyer.

"Out of the Eater came forth Meat."

Samson's riddle is an everlasting proverb. Out of the devouring
famine that last year devastated India blessings have already come
to many provinces. A conquered race find it hard to love and trust
their rulers, but in their trouble dwellers in the famine districts
saw the practical side of Christianity. In the midst of universal
rejoicing England was moved with compassion, and provided food for
the starving. Government, in many instances, entrusted missionaries
with the distribution of grain. The Indian people are slow to act
and strong to endure. Thousands perished because they could not or
would not realise that relief was within reach. Parents gave their
last morsels to their children, and then lay down to die. Orphanages
overflowed, and new ones had to be erected. Where an open shed and
light meals of milk, rice, and curry meet the ideas of home and
housekeeping, this is easier than it sounds. After a famine the
number of Christian adherents to missions is always multiplied, and
the supply of pupils creates new demand for teachers. It must be
acknowledged that the taunt of being "rice-Christians" is sometimes
justified, though there is little doubt that genuine gratitude to
God, who moved His servants to help them, has caused numbers to turn
to Him.

Abraham's Vineyard.

This piece of land is close to the Holy City, and now belongs to
the Society for the Relief of Persecuted Jews. When the necessary
excavation for building was begun, Abraham's Vineyard revealed
signs of former glory and prosperity. Tesselated pavement, vats,
baths, and a columbarium hewn out of the rock, showed that it had
once belonged to a householder with taste for luxury as well as an
eye for exquisite scenery. The baths and vats have been converted
into cisterns for rain-water, and the place has become the scene
of industry. The earth, in past years again and again reddened by
battles, now yields peaceful harvests of grain. All the Jewish
refugees are not, however, cultivators. Soap-making from olive oil
and alkali grown on the Jordan Plain, glue-making, stone-dressing,
quarrying, are industries which offer many of them an honest living.
The idea of the founders of this society was "to give relief and
employment to the Jews, especially in Jerusalem, until they are able
to found colonies on their own account." The experiment of Abraham's
Vineyard has succeeded, and the Jews have carried the work farther,
as the trade in Jaffa oranges and olive-wood ware testify.


"CHRISTMAS ARROWS" (the Extra Christmas Number of THE QUIVER) is
published simultaneously with this part, and contains a complete
one-volume story by M. H. Cornwall Legh, entitled "=The Steep
Ascent=," copiously illustrated by Frank Craig. In addition
will be found a seasonable article by the Rev. Dr. Preston, on
"=Christmas Chimes from Jerusalem=" (illustrated by Mark Zangwill);
a contribution by the Rev. Canon McCormick entitled "=Christian
Hospitality="; and a long fairy-parable by E. H. Strain which bears
the title "=The Star Ruby=," and is illustrated by H. R. Millar.
"Christmas Arrows" also contains full particulars and conditions
of our scheme for providing =Christmas Stockings= for poor and
friendless children, as well as the =Voting Form= which any reader
is at liberty to use to recommend suitable cases for the receipt of
our Christmas gift.


The =Special Silver Medal= and =Presentation Bible= offered for the
longest known Sunday-school service in the county of =Leicester=
(for which applications were invited up to October 31st) have been
gained by

42, Humberstone Gate,

who has distinguished herself by =fifty-eight= years' service in
Harvey Lane Baptist Chapel, Leicester.

As already announced, the next territorial county for which claims
are invited for the =Silver Medal= is


and applications, on the special form, must be received on or before
November 30th, 1898. We may add that =Wiltshire= is the following
county selected, the date-limit for claims in that case being
December 31st, 1898. This county, in its turn, will be followed by
=Durham=, for which the date will be one month later - viz. January
31st, 1899.

The names of members recently enrolled will be found in our
advertisement pages.


To be Selected by our Readers.

For many years past our readers have generously taken the
responsibility of maintaining a waif at Dr. Barnardo's Homes, and
another at Miss Sharman's Orphanage in Southwark; but, as the
present waifs are now growing up, and will soon be out in the world,
the time has come for another selection. For this purpose, we have
obtained particulars of eligible cases, which we submit to our
readers, and, as we look to them for a continuance of their kindly
help in supporting THE QUIVER Waifs, we feel that they would prefer
to choose the new little ones who are to be so known. We would,
therefore, request our readers to send a post-card (addressed to
The Editor of THE QUIVER, La Belle Sauvage, London, E.C.), stating
for which waif in each of the two sets they desire to vote, and
the children with the highest number of votes will be elected. The
post-cards should reach the Editor not later than December 31st,
1898. It should be particularly understood that this course will
imply no pecuniary obligation whatever on the part of the voters, as
we shall rely solely upon the voluntary contributions of our readers
to furnish the total requisite sum for the maintenance of the waifs,
which amounts to £31 per year. All donations will be acknowledged in
THE QUIVER month by month.

Particulars of Cases.

I. _For Dr. Barnardo's Homes_ (one vote): -

ALBERT LE VASSEUR. - Eight years of age - mother left a widow with ten
children - totally unable to support them all - when discovered there
was no food or money in the house.

CHARLES SALT. - Seven years of age - mother a "drunken and
disreputable tramp" - father little better - parents without a home
and constantly ill-treating the child.

JOHN HARRISON. - Seven years of age - found in streets begging in
ragged condition - father dead - mother disreputable - John somewhat
lame in walk, owing to injury to the right knee in infancy.

II. _For Miss Sharman's Orphanage_ (one vote): -

ROSE HEELIS. - Aged two years - was born shortly after her father's
death - mother has died of consumption - promises to grow into a very
nice child, and is full of life and spirits.

ETHEL ROBINSON. - Aged six years - father killed by an
accident - mother in lunatic asylum - relatives too poor to help.

LILY PAVITT. - Aged ten years - mother dead - father deserted
children - an aunt took the child, but was unable to support her.


The following is a list of contributions received from October 1st
up to and including October 31st, 1898. Subscriptions received after
this date will be acknowledged next month: -

For "_The Quiver_" _Waifs' Fund_: A Glasgow Mother (101st donation),
1s.; J. J. E. (131st donation), 5s.; R. S., Crouch End (7th
donation), 5s.; E. M. B., Jedburgh, 3s.; R. Dendy, Eastbourne, 3s.;
Anon., Alford, 1s.

For "_The Quiver_" _Christmas Stocking Fund_: Jessie, Agnes, and
Cyril, 2s. 6d.; M. T., 5s.

For _The Ragged School Union_: R. H. B., 2s. 6d.

For _The Indian Leper Mission Fund_: A Thank-Offering, 1s.

For _Dr. Barnardo's Homes_: An Irish Girl, 13s. Also 7s. 6d. from
Diomedes sent direct.

For _St. Giles Christian Mission_: Thank-Offering, 1s.




13. What was the great sin of which Zedekiah, king of Judah, was
guilty and for which he was punished?

14. In what way was Zedekiah punished?

15. What prophecy was thereby fulfilled?

16. In what way does the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews
contrast the revelation of God to mankind under the old dispensation
with that of the new?

17. Quote a text which shows the relationship of the angels to the
human race.

18. What is the special characteristic of the Gospel of St. John?

19. Quote text in which St. John asserts the truth of the
Incarnation of our Lord Jesus Christ.

20. What reference to St. John the Baptist was made by the last of
the Old Testament prophets?

21. It is said of our Lord, "He came unto His own, and His own
received Him not." Quote passage from the Old Testament which shows
that this passage refers to the Jewish people.

22. From what circumstance should we gather that Nathanael was a
diligent student of the Old Testament?

23. In what words did our Lord show forth His divinity in speaking
to Nathanael?

24. In what way did St. John the Baptist point out to his disciples
that Jesus was the Messiah?


1. Manasseh defiled the Temple at Jerusalem by setting up an idol
therein (2 Chron. xxxiii. 7).

2. 2 Chron. xxxiii. 14.

3. Manasseh, having been reinstated in his kingdom by the Assyrians,
gave up his idolatry and did all he could to restore the worship of
God in the land (2 Chron. xxxiii. 14-17).

4. Prov. iv. 14, 17.

5. Prov. iv. 18.

6. In the reign of Josiah the king sent to Huldah the prophetess to
inquire as to God's will concerning the people (2 Kings xxii. 14-20).

7. The copy of the Law which Moses had written was found (2 Kings
xxii. 8; 2 Chron. xxxiv. 14).

8. In the reign of Amon, king of Judah, we are told the people
worshipped the "sun, moon, and stars, and all the host of heaven" (2
Kings xxiii. 5).

9. In the reign of Josiah, who burnt men's bones on the altar at
Bethel (2 Kings xxiii. 15, 16; 1 Kings xiii. 2).

10. Jehoiakim threw on the fire the roll on which Jeremiah had
written at God's command a warning to the king and his people (Jer.
xxxvi. 23).

11. Jer. xxii. 13, 14; 2 Kings xxiv. 4.

12. Jehoiakim was bound in fetters to carry him to Babylon, but was
slain at Jerusalem and his dead body cast outside the city (2 Chron.
xxxvi. 6; Jer. xxii. 19).

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Transcriber's note:

Minor typographical errors have been corrected without note.
Irregularities and inconsistencies in the text have been retained as

Missing page numbers are page numbers that were not shown in the
original text.

The illustrations have been moved so that they do not break up

Mismatched quotes are not fixed if it's not sufficiently clear where
the missing quote should be placed.

The cover for the eBook version of this book was created by the
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