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"A Woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised. — Give her of the fruit of her hands, and let her own works praise her." — Prov. T-rjr .






98



THE BRITISH WORKWOMAN.



[November I, 1S64.



CONFESSIONS
OF A FORTUNE TELLER;

OB, THE

HISTORY OF SALLY COOPEK.

Ediled % tfe Author of " Recrealion and Usefulness."

CHAPTER T.

When Susan's imprisonment expired and she was
released from gaol, no Prisoner's Aid Society, no
AVoman's Refuge, no Female Reformatory oxi-ted to
afford her shelter and encouragement. Friendless
and without a character, she had no other resource
than the workhouse. Here .'ome kind friend would,
now and then, strive to lead her thoughts to God's
Word and the Saviour. But it would appear that
she had not been trained in the right way in her
youth; and the hardening influence of her prison
experience was so great, that little or no aopression
could be made upon her. Sinking lower ttnd lower
in vice and brutality, she died, when scarcely in the
prime of life, a victim to that sintnl desire to see into
futurity which has its rise in vanity, idleness, and
the love of pleasure.

As Sally <n-ew older she gathsred skill, from practice,
in fortune-lelling, and appears to have enjoyed great
fame for her success in one branch of the art in
particular. She was much sought after in consequence
of the eincacy of her love-charms, which her easily
deceived visitors believed to possess the highest
virtues. " Trust to me, my dear," she used to say
to any weak-minded being who wished to employ
her skill. " Just do what I tell you, and leave the
rest to me, and I promise you that the man you love
sh.all love you and marry you."

In order to shelter her reputation in case of the
occasional failures which she, of course, now and then
met with, in spite of all her cunning, deception, and
management, she woiiJd say, " Depend upon it, if a
man can resbt the magic of my charms, he is not a
man at all, but .in evil spirit in the disguise of a man,
and it would do you more harm than good to be
connected with him, my dear."

"It seems to me wonderful," remarked Mrs.
Debrett. in conversation with old Sally, " that people
should dai'c to tamper as they do with the most
powerful of htumn passions. God is the origin and
source of love. Pure and virtuous love springs from
Himself, and is a gift bestowed by Him upon His
creatures for their well-being and happiness. God
is LovB, and he that loveth not, we are told, is not of
God It is the duty of everyone to cherish love for
all by whom he is surrounded ; and his own happiness
will be oreater or less in proportion as he loves his
fellow creatures, and manifests bis love by his actions.
General love for all mankind must, however, bo
narrowed down, in practice, to kindly deeils to
neighbours and friends; and, to be enjoyed in hill
peileetion, love must be brought within still closer
limits. How marvellous the gi-eatness and the
minuteness, the generality and the speciality of God s
love to us, and the love that He would have us
cultivate towards Him and each other. TV'hile in
His ease it does, and m ours oufflil, to embrace every
human being He has created, yet He condescends to
dwell by love in the mdividual heart of the meanest
of His creatures, and has chosen so to form His
children that love for a single individual shall be the
grand engine of human purity,' perfection, progress
and happiness. Love, as the creation of God Himself,
is far too pure, and holy, .and sacred .an object to be
touched by unhallowed hands, and to be made the
subject of barter, traffic, jest, and vulgar talk and
calculation, as we see it now-a-days. lerbaps,
nothin" more cleai-ly shows how far men and women
have sunk below the high estate to which they were
at first appointed, than the low, gross notions which
everywhere prevail with regard to the Divinity of
the mental emotion— Love. Though not every one
goes so far as to consult a gipsey in reference to it,
but few treat it with the respectful deference and
hallowed awe churned for it by its mysterious inex-
plicable nature, its mighty overwhelming effects, and
Its universal .and ever-enduring empire. Though, in
itself, the most powerful purifier and eivilizer of all
the other human emotions, yet its sacred name is
employed as the pretext and excuse for all that is
lowest, basest, vilest, and most degraded in connection
with humanity. So do men wrest to their own
destruction, the very best and noblest gift that God
ever bestowed upon His children !"

"Among the many applications that were made to
me by lov'e-sick damsels," said Sally, " I very well
remember the visit of a young lady to our camp to



be" my aid in a difficulty in which she said she found
herself placed. She was a tall, dark, beautifiil girl,
and her appearance .showed that she was in a respect-
able position of life. I did not know her at .ill,
never having seen her before, so far as I knew; yet
she expected me to discover all about her and the
business that had brought her to me, by examining
the Unes of her hand and face. She would scarcely
tell me anything, and this rendered the task of
deluding her a very difficult one. It was necessary
for mc to be extremely cautious, and confina myself
to "oneral renjarks as far as possible during her
first visit.

'• ' You ha.ve gone through great trouble, my lady,'
said I. Here a deep sigh encouraged me to proceed.
' You are still in sorrow, I can see.' Tears came
into her eyes, but she did not spealc. 'You must
give me gold to cross your hand. I see by the lines
that yours is an uncommon fate, and that great and
important changes are in store for you. Silver will
not produce a charm powerful enough to influence
your destiny.'

" To my great relief, she replied that she had
brought no gold with her, but would return another
day, at an appointed time, and would then be pre-
pared to satisfy my demands. She did not quit me,
however, without paying me handsomely for the time
occupied in the first consultation. When she left
me, 1 took care that she should be followed by a boy
upon whom 1 could depend; and having learned
from him who she was, and where she lived, I was
enabled to possess myself of many facts respecting
her, which I turned to good account at our next
meeting.'

" After a long examination of her hand, on the
second occasion, I said, 'A dark shadow has crossed
your path, lady, and driven all tlie sunUght from
your heart. You love a handsome gentleman, but
you are not happy in your love, because you are not
sure that it is returned.'

'"Oh, that is it!' exclaimed she. . 'You are qmte
right. How wonderful that you can discover so
much ! But now, you must tell me how to win back
his love, (or I .am sure he did love me once.'

" ' I must first see what is the cause of your ill-luck,
lady,' said I, examining her face attentively. 'I
see by the lines in your forehead, that it is your fate
to be crossed in your dearest plans, by some kind of
obstacle, but what it is I cannot yet m.ake out. This
obstacle will cuutinually come bet.veen you and your
wishes, until you have broken through the influence
by means of a magic spell.' „, , , .

"'How is that to be brought about? asked the
youns: lady.

" '1 must consult the oracle of destmy, my dear,
and then I will tell you,' replied I. ' But as I must
wait uutil the stars shine iu the heavens, you must
come a^Q to-morrow.'

" The few words she had said quite confirmed the
information 1 had received, and 1 now went to work
with greater confidence in the trustworthiuess of my
informant.' . , , ,

When she came again and had again had her hand
crossed, the gipsey told her she had discovered that
the planets were in opposition only for a short time ;
that they would speedily enter another sign of the
zodiac, when they would cease to clash, and she might
depend upon the accomplishment of her wishes, if
she would but follow out the directions given her.
This .she promised to do. , • ,

"You must bring me his name, my dear, said
Sally, "written backwards upon a small slip of paper,
a lock of his hair and your own braided together,
and a handkerchief; glove, ring, pencil, or something
that has been worn or used by him. All must be
made up into as small a packet as possible, my dear,
tied with a true lover's knot, and sealed with sealing

The young girl did as she was bid. Sally took
possession of the packet, and told her to go home,
prick the Iburth finger of her left hand untd blood
flowed, then write her own name and her lover's name
with, the blood, and encircle the names with seven
rin"s, also formed with blood, fold up the paper and
wear it in her bosom over her heart, for Ibur-and-
twenty hours, and then bury it underground, secretly.
"Take my word for it, my lady," added Sully,,
"that your lover will hasten to you as soon as
possible. AW his love will return a gi-eat deal stronger
than ever, and he will make you any promise that
you like to ask."

Meanwhile, Sally, having learned who the young
1 man was, from the name written backwards, m.ade
I inquiries about him, and found that he had given up
1 liis dark beauty, and was paying attentions to a fair
I haii-edghl. This girl she knew slightly. As she was



not so respectably connected, consequently not likely
to be so rich and liberal as the other, Sally was true
to her client, for her own sake. She sought the
gentleman, persuaded him into having his fortune
told, said that his good and evil genius were at that
moment engaged in fearful strife, but that the good
must and would prevail, if he followed her counsels.
" From what I see," said she, pretending to gaze
into a magic glass, "you are under the influence of
two contending powers. You have the opportunity
of winning a handsome dark maiden with hair and
eyes like the starless midnight heavens; but some-
thing intervenes between her and you. What is
this? Ah! a fair childlike form interposes; but that
is the work of your evil genius. Your good genius
is striving to make the other take her place. There
are affinities and congruities between you and the
tall dark one, which prove it to be your destiny to
unite with her. She alone can make you happy, and
bring you riches and honour."

Though the young man laughed and pretended to
make light of the gipsey's prophetic powers, yet the
result of his interview with her was just what she
hoped and anticipated. His former attachment was
rekindled, and he ab.indoned the fair girl, and returned
to his allegiance to the dark one, to the present satis-
faction of the superstitious maiden, though not for the
real and future welfare of either her or himstlf.
Before long, they discovered how completely Sale's
arts were human and natural, instead of superhuman
and magical, os they had once believed. They were
so unsuited to each other that they lived most un-
happily together. Wounded by her husband's indifleiv
ence, the wife often expressed regret that she had
ever married him; this was generally followed by
reproaches, on his part, for the trick she had played
to get him; upon which she retorted that he was us
bad as herself, ^ince he also had allowed the gipsey
to tell faii^Bs fortune.

What a State of things to exist between two jiersons
who h.ad contracted a union spoken of iu the
Scriptures as typical of the connection between
Christ and His Church! How much more wisely
would the gu-1 have acted had she made it a matter
of fervent prayer to God, that her lover's afiection
miuht be restored to her, if it should be lor the
welfare of both, than in having recourse to a woman
as impotent as herself; and a story-teller and deceiver
to boot. Had either, or both, sought the Divine aid
in a matter of so much moment, and, in spite of ail
natural feelings and inchnations, resolutely uttered
and acted upon the words — Thi/ will be dune; whether
married or smgle they would have enjoyed a peaee
and satisfaction of which, as it was, they were totally
deprived.

Of all the strange infatuations which beset the
mind of weak womankind, perhaps the strangest of
all is that of thinking that mai-riage must necessatUjr
brino' happiness, and that to lead a single life is
wearisome and disgraceful. Even before a girl has
entered her teens, she must have sufficient oppor-
tunities of observing how certainly suiTering and
anxiety attend matrimony. True, a woman will not
escape care by remaining single; but her trials are
usually of a totally different kind from those of the
wife. While the joys and pleasures of unwedded
life are of a paler hue than those of wedilcd life, as
the rule, the troubles and afflictions of the unmarried
are less painful and severe than those of the married,
and it can .admit of no doubt that happiness and
unhappiness are pretty et|uaUy balanced in the two
states. How well would it be, then, if all would be
content to live single, or to marry according as the
leadings of Providence seemed to point out to eaoh
the way of duty and wisdom.



ON THE MOUNTAIM BY THE SEA.

0, the bounie, bonnie heather,

And the blue-bolls, waving free;
0, the bracing sunny weather,

On the mountain by the sea.
Where my Willy's checks grow rosy.

And his little voice grows strong.
Where, beside the peat-fire coiy,

He and I sing even-song.
Little Willy loves the mountain,

And the bramble, and the fern ;
Loves the ever-trickling fountain.

And the salmon in the burn.
Little WiUy sat a-twining

Wreaths of ivy in the wood ;
When he said, with bright eyes shining,

" I love God, He is so good."

Sadie.



[NoTembOT 1, 1S64.



THE BRITISH WORKWOMAN.



99



SUNDAY THINKINGS,

TO

BRIGHTEN WORK-DAY TOILS.

Sunday, Gth Ktytcrnhn-, 18G4.
" Baptising rnsM is the ^ame op the Fatheb,

AND OF THE SOS, AXD OF THE HOLT GhOST," —

Matthew xxviii. 19.

I h:ive been th inki ng for some Sundays past about
the Family Book, which all God's children love, the
Bible ; and the Family Speech, prayer ; the Family
Day, Sunday ; and the Family Gathering in the
Lord's Houye. The^ words tell me of receiving the
Family Name ; the right to call the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, my Father. But oh, I
want to be a child of God in more than name
only. I want to have a child*s heart of love and trust
towards Him throuf:;h His Son Jesus, to have "the
Spirit of adoption" (Rom. viii, 15). to be a child of God,
"by faith in Christ Jesus" (Gal. iii. 2(\). "He that
believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that
bolieveth not shall be damned." Have I been united
to Jesus in baptism by faith — a living branch in the
living vine, or am I still dead in trespasses and sins,
having no part in Jesus, but in name only, no life from
Him flowing into my soul?

How shall I know this 1 Here is another verse tfait
VfiXi answer, "As many as have beeu baptised into
Christ, have put on Christ." (Gal. iii. 27.) "Put on
Christ," what does that mean 1 It is spring time, and
every tree is full of life. Now look ; each branch puts
on the leaves of the tree with which it is joined, of
which it is a part ; clothes itself with the leaves and
arrays itself with the fruit of that tree. The thorn
pats not on vine leaves, or the thistle, figs. But the
branch that lias a living union with the vine-root, puts
on vine leaves, and hangs with clusters of grapes.
Have I put on Christ ? (lionu xiii. 14.) Have I the
family robe? His righteousness es my covering, His
fruits as my clothing and beauty? (Psalm xc. 17;
leaiah Ixi. 10; Psalm cxlix. 4.) What is His fruit?
Read Galatians v, 22, 23, the fruit of His Spirit. How
does a tree bring forth fruit? By drinldng in the sap
that flows from the root to every "branch. So "by one
Spirit arc we all baptised into one body, and have been
all made to drink into one Spirit."

The great question then for mc to think of and
answer to-day, is, am I really a child of God, joined to
Jesus by faith, and baptised by Him with the Holy
Ghost? (Matthewiii.il.) Or am I onlyoutwartUy His
in name through the baptl.'^m of water, like a dead
branch, having put on the name of the tree, yet, not
having put on the leaves and fruit of the tree? How
awfnl to have been baptised " in the name of the
Father, and of the Son. and of the Holy Ghost," arid no
■nw/r; to bear His holy name, and not His holy likeness.
(Ezekiel xxxvi. 20—23.)

A Christian, and yet not Christ-like ! Lord Jesus,
baptise me with Thy Holy Spirit.

Sftnday, IZth NM:ember,lSGi.
"Thou PREPAiiEST a table before me." "This is

THE table that IS BEFORE THE LORD." " THE
CUT OF BLESSING WHICH WE BLESS, IS IT NOT THE
COMMUNION OF THE BLOOD OF ChBIST ? THE
BREAD WHICH WE BREAK, IS IT NOT THE COM-
MUNION OP THE BODY OF CHRIST." — Psalm xxiii. 5;
Ezek. xli. 32; 1 Cor. x. 16.

Here is the Family Table. These are the provisions
of the Father's House: the blood of Chri.st, the body of
Christ. What is meant by the *' communion" of these?
Communion means sharing together. "When two or
more sit together at the same table, and eat of the
Bamc food, t^at is communion.

Li the night in which the Lord Jesus was betrayed,
when Jcsns and His disciples sat down to that last
Snpper, we see God and man sit at the same table
and cat and drink: together. This was commuuion.
Then it was the Redeemer appointed the Family Meal of
the redeemed. Then He prepared a table before them
hencefortli: '* He took bread and said, Take, eat, this is
my body ; and He took the cup saying. Drink ye all of
it, for this is my blood." See Matt. xxvi. 26 — 28. And
the redeemed family from that hour have met God
their Father at the Lord's Table.

Here God and man eat together and are satisOed. It
is the peace offering. Lev. iii. 7. God is sati.^fied, for
" His own blood'' has been shed in obedience to the
word that liad gone forth out of His mouth, " The soul
that sinneth It shall die." He who knew no sin was
made sin, and poured out His soul unto death that He
might justly forgive the sinner. Man is satisfied, for in
that shed blood He sees his own penalty borne, and
himself made the righteousness of God in" Christ. And
there is peace, God and man are one. It is the blood
of atonement. " Having made peace through the blood
of His cross" He hath reconciled us unto Himself.
Col. i. 20—22.

The body cannot live mthout food. So neither can
the soul. WTiat is the soul's food? The flesh and
blood of the Son of man. " Except ye eat the fleah of
the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in
you" (John vi. 51-58). This is the bread of God.



Tiiis is the cup of the Lord. Here " we spiritually eat

His flesh, and drink His blood; wie dwell in Chris: and
Christ in us : we are one with ChriEt and Christ with u>."

It is the feast of the blessed Jesus. He asked not to
be remembered for the beauty of His life. His loving
deeds, His wondrous miracles, His gracious words* His
holy teachings, but for His death. Kor only that He
died, but that He died for the remission of our sins:
" This is my body which is given for you." " This is
my blood which is shed for many for the remission of
sins." '• This do in remembrance of me." Let me
never forget it.

How shall I come to this holy table 1 " With a true
heart," simple, tender, penitent, loving, " in full assu-
rance of faith" that Jesus " loved me and gave Himself
for me." Eating of that bread, and diinking of that
cup, not as a common thing, not as bodily food, but
*■ discerning the Lords body," paitaking of His most
blessed body and blood," that so my "siaful body may
be made clean by His body, and my soul washed through
His most precious blood." Oh, it is the sweetest and
most solemn thing on this side heaven, to partake at
the table of my God of these "pledges of His love."
Blessed Jesus, cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the
inspiration of Thy Holy Spirit*, and prepare me to join
this Thanksgiving Feast of Thy redeemed.

Sunday. 20th Kovemher, 1864.
"THB WHOLE FAMIXiT IN HEAVES AND EABTH. '

Ephesians iii. 15.

What a blessed thought, for God's family often seems
such a divided family now. Some have been received
into the heavenly home, and some are still strangers in
a strange land here. The husband is gone up and the
wife left, or the wife has gone home and the husband
remains. The child is there, the parent here; or the
parent is in heaven with the Lord, and the child is
homeless upon earth. Brothers and sisters and friends
are divided by the nan-ow stream of death. But on the
Lord's-day, in the Lord's house, and, most of all, at the
Lord's table, the whole family in heaven and earth are
as one ; Jesus is in the midst, and &U are with Him and
in Him, The white-robed host in heaven, harping with
their harps, sing Hbllelujah. And the white-robed
assembly on earth lift up their voices and join thcin.
But one voice is heard, one enters into the ears of the
LordiOf .Babaotfa ; it is the.Toice of the whole family.

Does my voice reach to these, or is it heard only in
the outer assembly ? Does my heart cry, " my Father" ?
Has the wandering, sinning child ever come back to
the Father's arms, and received the kiss of forgiveness,
and been clothed with the best robe, the shoes, and the
ring? Till this is done there can be no real sitting
down at the table, no imion ivith the family, no place
in the home. See Luke xv.

On earth there are many houses of God, and the
worshippers seem divided, and the family scattered.
But are they not only like the "many mansions," which
yet arc one. for they are all "in the Father's house"?

On earth the family are in an enemy's kingdom, ever
fighting in the midst of foes. Even their table is
spread in the presence of their enemies. Psalms xxiii. 5.
Li heaven they have "gotten the victory," and sit down
with the king at His table in His kingdom. On
earth they have exceeding sorrow and bitter anguish ;
in heaven there is no more death nor sorrow, neither
shall there be any more pain. Here they weep ; there
God has wiped away all tears. Here they see His face,
how dimly ; there they are " made most blessed for ever
and exceeding glad with the joy of His countenance."
Here the day often turns to darkness; there is no nii.'ht
there, for the Lord is the Everlasting Light. Here
they toil; there they rest. Here they sometimes fall
out mth one another by the way ; there all will dwell
in love, for all will dvrell in God. The family on earth
arc as strangers scattered; the family, in heaven are
gathered in the ererlafiting home. And yet they arc
not two families, but one, for that is an answered
prayer, " Tliat they all may be cue." And the fighting,
and the weeping, and the long night of toil, are " the
tutors" under which all are taught "until the time
appointed of the Father" {GaL iv. 2). From henee they
are all passing over to the gladneas' of home!. And
when the youngest-bom is' gathered into " our glorious
and beautiful house." heaven will descend to earth,
and earth will be heaven ; for the tabernacle of God
will be with men, and He will dwell with them, " their
God."

"Love. Rest, and Howe. S^veet hope !
Loi'd, tarrj- not, but Come."

Advent Suiidcy, 27th JVovember^ 18G4.

" We know that the Son op God is come."
1 John V. 20.

"Advent'' means coming.

For four thousand years a sinning world waited for
One coming, who should open the eyes Satan had
blinded, break the chains of his prisoners, and redeem
the world which had sold itself to him for nought.
Kow He has come. " We know that the Son of God is
come." He appeared and " put away sin by the sacri-
fice of Himself." Then Ho disappoared. The world
has not seen Him since, and believers see Him only
with the eye of faith. The Spirit of Christ is come.



But He. will not aUrays be out of sight. Pioseutly
Jesus vrill come fram behind the cloud. He wUl
"appear the second time ^\^tholIt sin unto salvation,"
How blessed to live now, when the Sou of God is
come, iufitead of before His comtiBg.- The Sou of God
has come to ?«c. He has stood at the door of my heart
and knockcil. I have heard Himofteu. Have I opened
to Him? Has He come in and^&adc it His abode ?
John xiv. 23. Or is there •' no room for Him"? Can
I traly say to-day, / khmv that the Son of God is come
E. A.

IS DINNER READY?

Dinner time comes round with a more certain
regularity than dinner; and, "shall we get, any dinner
at all ?" is a more important question than, " what shall
we have for dinner?" AVe need not live to eat, but we


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