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most effectual manner, should be conceded to this energetic and indefatigable people.
There are some curious Natural Bridges in the world, especially one in the United States of America.
Like many other great works in nature and art, it is not the first sight of this bridge that produces the deepest impression. On a second visit its grandeur and massive proportions are seen more accurately, and beneath it the visitor may sit and gaze for hours with increasing astonishment at the majestic arch which nature constructed before man begun his work, and which seems likely to outlive the most durable of his movements. The same rock forms, on each side, the supports of this enormous arch, which is from eighty to ninety feet wide at the top, and about forty-five feet wide at the bottom : the whole height, from the outer top of the arch to the water, is about two hundred and ten feet, as ascertained by measurement with a string and a stone at the end. The thickness at the summit of the arch is about forty feet, and on the summit grow many large trees, which find support in the soil which ages have accumulated there. Here, then, is a solid framework of stone built up by the agencies of nature, which exceed in height the monument of London; its structure is sound, its architecture massive and imposing, and its material of that enduring nature which fits it for the convenience of many ages to come. The stream that runs beneath this bridge is called Cedar Creek, and from the limestone above drops of water filter through and drop in quick succession, and from the time occupied in their descent, their increasing velocity, and their full bright appearance, afford to the eye a measure of the height from which they descend, and increase materially the beauty of the scene. Another natural bridge in Virginia, situate in Scot county, is worthy of note, as reaching a height of three hundred and forty feet, but it is inferior in point of completeness to the one just described.
VICTORY OVER DEATH. W. H. was born at Stoke-on-Trent, May 28, 1835. When a child he was a very interesting and obedient boy. He was early instructed in the principles of christianity by his mother, whose prayers and pious example did not fail to pro
duce good impressions on the mind of her son; and it was soon evident to all who knew him that he was a child of God. When only five years of age he enjoyed communion with his Maker. It was to him a pleasure to retire with his mother and kneel by her side while she asked God to make him his own.
Often at this time would he lift his little eyes and hands to heaven in the most solemn and devout manner, and say, “O Lord, create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me. Wash me, and make me thy servant; and take me to heaven when I die."
Little W. grew up in the fear of God, and in obedience to his parents. Not a penny would he spend for anything useless, but would save it to purchase good books. At eight years of
age he had saved as much money as purchased for himself a large Bible, and a small pocket Bible. Scarcely did he sit down to a meal without a book in his hand.
When he was eight years of age his parents came to reside at B- His father was a teacher in the sabbath school, and W. was a scholar. Often would he relate to his mother little anecdotes, which he had heard at school, of good and pious children; and having a good memory he would relate almost every word.
At the age of fifteen W. H. left school and entered a lawyer's office at B-, where he became very poorly. His friends sought all the advice they could get for him; and thinking a change of air might be beneficial they went to reside at another place in the country. But as W. became worse it was evident that the Lord was about to call him to himself. When the physician informed him that he was in great danger, he received the solemn intelligence with great calmness, and said, “The Lord's will be done; for he knows what is best for me."
W. was ill at home ten weeks, and during that time his mother asked him how he felt in his mind. He replied, “At peace with my Saviour. I have been a sinner, but Christ has washed me in his precious blood, and all my sins are forgiven.” At one time his mother asked him if he would rather die or live; he answered, “I would rather die, if it be the will of God; and be with my Saviour. He bore his illness all through with quiet resignation; not a murmur escaped
At one time he fancied himself better, and said, “Perhaps the Lord will raise me up again, that I may be a preacher." But it was not so to be. The day before his death he enjoyed the presence of his Saviour very much. All was peace. On that night his mother, looking at his hands, said, “My dear boy, these hands look as if they had done with earth.” He replied, "Yes, mother; and their next employment will be in being stretched out at the throne of God, where I shall cry, 'Holy, holy, art thou, O Lord God Almighty?” During the night his mother stayed with him; and he kept talking of death as of a near friend. As soon as the morning light appeared of the last sabbath he must spend on earth, he joined bis mother to repeat the hymn,
“This is the day when Christ arose
So early from the dead." Death came sooner than we expected. He asked his mother if she thought he would be with his Saviour that night. She replied, “ To all appearance you will;" when he thanked God that he should be with his Saviour so soon.
All this day he spent in repeating passages of scripture. He distinctly repeated every word of the first Psalm, also part of the fifty-fifth chapter of Isaiah, with “Enter not into judgment with thy servant, O Lord; for in thy sight shall no man living be justified."
A short time before his death he asked to see his brothers and sisters. He told them to be good children, and live in the fear of God, that they might meet him in heaven. Then he placed his hands on their heads, and prayed that God could bless them. He afterwards asked his mother if she would give him up. She replied, “Yes." After thanking her for this he said, “Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly; thy servant is waiting for thee: come and fetch me now." He then pointed, as if to a great distance, and said, “Ah ! satan, thou hast lost thy power over me, for I sit at the foot of the cross, and hither thou darest not come.” He then wished to receive the sacrament of the Lord's supper; and it was administered unto him a few hours before he breathed his last.* Then, turning to his father, he asked, “Have I forgot any thing, father?” And his father said, “No." He prayed most earnestly for God to bless his parents. After this he exclaimed, “Now, O Lord, into thy hands I commit my spirit. Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly." He opened his eyes and said, Mother, here is the chariot; and the noise of the wheels is like that of thunder. Then he smiled and said, “Lift me
* It appears that the family were members of the Established Church.