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Brahmin of Koonaghut, who was not only the gentlemen present; and one of their permitted, but paid to marry thirty-two number was dispatched to acquaint the wives, and who departed this life on the magistrate with her escape, and to learn evening of the 5th iristant. Information his pleasure respecting her: but, before was immediately sent to his different wives, the messengers could return with an anwho were in general living at their fathers' swer from the civil authority, the Brahmins houses (only two of his wives lived with had persuaded the unfortunate woman him), four of whom determined on eating once more to approach the pile; and, as fire, as the natives call it. Two were living she declared, on being questioned by those near, one at Calcutta, and the fourth at Bos present, that it was her own wish to reborrah, above Hoogly: however, they were ascend it, they stood aloof, fearful of girsoon brought together, and the necessary ing offence to the prejudices of the nutive permission having been obtained from population on the one hand, or to the civil the magistrate of the district (at least authorities on the other. She declined, so the police people said who attended however, for some time, to ascend the the suttee), they surrounded the fu- pile; when three of the attending priests neral pile, which they enclosed with a Kfted her up in their arms, and threw her paling of bamboos, so as to prevent the on the fire, which at this time was burning escape of any who might be so inclined af- with great fury. ter having once entered it. In less than “ From this dreadful situation, the one minute after the fire was lighted, the miserable wretch instantly attempted, for whole of them must have been suffocuted, the second time, to make her escape ; but and in less than ten minutes their bodies the merciless priests were at hand, to preburnt to a coal, so excessively hot was the vent this if possible, by throwing large fire. So common is the sight in this pieces of wood at their victim, with the neighbourhood, that only a few hundred design of putting a speedy termination to people collected together to see it, and her sufferings. The gentlemen present nearly all of them women. It is said that again interfered, when the victim speedily twenty-two of his wives were living at his made her escape a second time from the death, and it was expected that more of fire, and ran directly into the river withthem would have joined the four." out any assistance. She had no sooner
To this statement, we add the following entered the river, than she was followed affecting incidents, narrated in a journal by three of the officiating Brahmins, who of another presidency, Bombay. . were told to desist from all further per.“ The victim chosen for this cruel ex. suasion, as nothing further would be per. hibition, was the widow of a Brahmini mitted until the arrival of the magistrate. who died in the South Concan'some days Not doubting their compliance with this prior to this ceremony, "I had placed mye very reasonable request, they were allowed self directly opposite the entrance to the to remain with the woman in the water : pile, and could distinctly see the unfortto: but, no sooner had the Europeans turned nate victim struggling to escape. This their backs, anxiously looking out for the did not pass unobserved by the attending arrival of authority to put'a stop to such Brahimins, 'who instantly began to knock cruel and diabolical proceedings, than the down the canopy, which, contuiriiug nearly same three men who had thrown her on as much wood as the pile' itself, would the pile, attempted to drown her, by for: have effectually secured their victim in the cibly throwing her down, and holding her fire, had it fallen on her. All this while, under water. From this attempt she was no one, excepting the officiating Brahmins speedily rescued by Mr. A. and Mr. Mx, interfered; but when the sufferer made who supported her in the water till the ars her escape from the flames, and, on ruri. rival of the long-looked for deliverance. ning toward the river, either fell or threw The collector soon followed; and, to the herself at the feet of Mr. T., that gentle great joy of a few of the by-standers, He man, assisted by Mr. S., immediately éhr- immediately ordered the principal per ried or rather dragged her into the water, formers in this tragical scene into confines in doing which the latter gentleman suf. ment, and the chief actor or rather suf fered by incautiously laying hold of her ferer, to be carried to the hospital. The burning garments.
" I regret to add, that the woman died · * An attempt was now made by the lof- about noon on the following dayy forsuken ficiating priests to carry back their victim by all her relations is an outcast !" "I lo to the blazing pile. This was resisted by
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PRAYER-BOOK AND HOMILY SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING SOCIETY.
CHRISTIAN KNOWLEDGE. THE Report read at the last Annual The old church erected at Vepery in the Meeting of the Society states, that the year 1746 and granted by Government for Duke of Gloucester had become Patron the use of the Vepery branch of the misof the Society, and the most Rev. thesion of the Society for promoting CbrisArchbishop of Tuam a Vice-Patron; that tian Knowledge, having been found quite Lord Bexley had accepted the office of insufficient for the accommodation of President; and that several other noble the rapidly increasing congregations and Lords bad added their names to the list schools, a representation of the necessity of the Society's Vice-Presidents. It was of erecting a new church was made by also stated, that the Society had issued the late Bishop of Calcutta to the Society during the past year 9,215 Prayer-books, for promoting Christian Knowledge, who Psalters, and Homilies, bound in volumes, immediately voted the sum of 20001. and 104 705 Homilies, as Tracts; and toward the work; and the Government several interesting accounts were given in of Madras have been pleased to give testimony of their usefulness. The amount very liberal aid by the grant of a further of money received (including a balance) large sum, necessary to complete the was 1898., and the amount expended building on a scale of sufficient magnitude. 18701., which included the sum of 2131. With these sums the Missionaries have expended on account of the Society's fo- been enabled to undertake the desired reign objects.
work; and on the 8th of last December, the foundation stone was laid. The children custom of seclusion is of Mohammedan of the mission school, consisting of about origin : yet so well does it suit the Hindu 100 boys and 70 girls of the English, and character, that it now forms a strong feaabout 80 boys and 40 girls of the Tamil ture of it. We were very much pleased School, attended; the former sung the with the presence of several respectable 100th Psalm, and the Tamil children the natives, who even assisted in the exami2720 hymn of Fabricius' Tamil hymit- nation of the classes themselves ; a plain book. The Archdeacon of Madras was proof of the decrease of prejudice among present, ånd offered an appropriate prayer them. We believe there was not a person on the occasion.
who attended this meeting, who did not
feel rejoiced at the communication of inNATIVE FEMALE EDUCATION IN struction to the numerous interesting little · INDIA.
objects around him; and we most fervent. A meeting was held at the Old Church ly express our hope that these feelings Room at Calcutta, on the 12th of last De- will not be allowed to expire without some cember, for the first public examination of assistance of a more substantial nature the female children educated by the Church being afforded to the funds of so valuable Missionary Society. The room, by ten an institution." o'clock, was filled with the principal inhabitants, amongst whom were the Bishop CALCUTTA AUXILIARY CHURCH and the Lady of the Governor-general. MISSIONARY SOCIETY. The examination commenced on the On the 1st of Dec. 1823, a meeting of arrival of lady Amherst, by the introduce the friends and supporters of the Church tion of the first class, consist ng of a num- Missionary Society was held in the Old ber of girls, who read the New Testament Church 'Room, Calcutta, for the purpose with facility, and answered the questions of forming an Auxiliary Church Missionary put to them by Mrs. Wilson, and the Rev. Society; the lord Bishop of Calcutta in Messrs. Wilson and Jetter, with per- the chair. spicuity and discernment. One little girl, G. Udney, Esq. opened the business of not exceeding four years of age, read the the meeting by adverting to the operations New Testament without the slightest of the Church Missionary Society at that hesitation, and with a clearness quite as residency. He stated, that in 1807, the tonishing. The girls composing the second society voted 2501, for the furtherance of class were examined in one of the elemen- missionary objects, and constituted him, tary books made use of by the Society, together with the late Rev. David Brown Another class was examined in Dr. Watts's and the Rev. Dr. Buchanan, a Correspondcatechism. After these exercises had ing Committee; that in 1809 the grant been gone through, some of the girls seated was increased to 5001.; and that the themselves upon the ground, and began to Society had gone on increasing their consew. All their performances gained, as tributions as circumstances called for them, they deserved, high commendation, Spe- and that they now remit annually 30001. cimens of their writing were then exhibit. With the assistance thus afforded, and ed. A Bengal journal remarks : “ When the contributions raised in India, the we consider the short period that this in- Corresponding Committee bad established stitution has been in active operation-a schools in various parts of the country, period not exceeding eighteen months— had supported missionaries, and had been we feel that every thing which could be said enabled to extend their operations much by us would be inadequate to the idea we beyond their expectation. In conseentertain of the value of its services. quence of the increased importance of Nearly 400 children are educated in twen- he labours of the Committee, and of the ty-two schools belonging to the Society. enlarged measures of the Society, which We know not whether we should say required additional patronage and support, children, for amongst those present yes- the Corresponding Committee had, with terday were several adult females. The the advice and concurrence of the lord
difficulties the Society have had to contend Bishop, and agreeably also, as they con· with, it must be obvious, are of no com. ceived, to the wishes of the Parent Society, mon kind. These have been of a nature called the present meeting with a view to probably stronger than caste; and the form an Auxiliary Society. * principal of them appears to us to be the various resolutions were then proposed habit of female seclusion among the na- and adopted. tives. It is true that the greater number T he Bishop expressed the cordiality of these children are Hindus, and that the with which he accepted the office of president of the Society. He obseryed, that 61,209!. and that of annual subscriptions he bad noticed the proceedings of the 3001. Church Missionary Society from its for- A munificent subscription was made by mation; and, though he had no connexion the company, amounting to upwards of with the excellent men who established it, 20001. except a common feeling for the objects. aimed at, he had, 'in common with many INFANT SCHOOL SOCIETY. others, always admired the prudence, It gives us great satisfaction to state, perseverance, and energy with which its that a Society has been formed for the operations had been conducted. He also purpose of promoting the extension of lucongratulated the meeting on the success fant Schools throughout the country. From which had attended the operations of the what we have said on former occasions Society in Africa, and, he would add, in respecting these institutions, our readers India also, where extensive good is accom- will infer the high value which we attach plishing by its means, in conjunction with to them; and we shall feel much pleasure other societies of a similar nature: he add- in reporting their future, and, as we hope ed, that he should be happy to render it and anticipate, rapid progress. The meetall the assistance in his power.
ing at which the Society was formed was The Society's affairs in the north of India most numerously and respectably attendhave been placed under the charge of this ed, and the subscriptions have been already · Auxiliary Society, and in that relation to the most liberal. The Marquis of Lansdowne
Episcopate which gives the best promise of took the chair' on the occasion. The first extensive and permanent usefulness. object of the Society will be to establish
in some central part of the metropolis an CHURCH-BUILDING SOCIETY. institution which, while it dispenses its
The Report read at the last annual meet- benefits to the adjoining population, may ing of this Society states, that, during the also serve as a model for imitation, and as year, 182 applications had been received a seminary for training and qualifying masfor assistance, some of which are still un- ters and mistresses to form and superinder the consideration of the Committee; tend schools. and that grants have been made in sixtytwo cases, amounting to 13,7551., and by CHARITIES OF ENGLAND.'14, the aid of that sum additional accom- . It appears from a statement made by modation afforded to 17,630 persons. the Commissioners of Charities to the SeThe number of free and unappropriated cretary of State, which has just been laid sittings will be 13,088. The whole num- before the House of Commons, that the ber of applications made since the estab- number and income of the charities they lishment of the Society is 556; 316 grants have investigated in the counties of Bedhave been made; in thirty-six cases, in ford, Berks, Cumberland, Derby, Devon, consequence of offers of increased accom- Essex, Gloucester, Hereford, Hertford, modation, the original sums voted have Kent, Lancaster, Middlesex (including · been increased ; and the total of grants London and Westminster), Northampton, amounts to 71,3951. At Beddington, Nottingham, Oxford, Rutland, Salop, SoKingsbury, Cirencester, and Southend, merset, Southampton, Stafford, Surrey increased accommodation was effected, including Southwark), Sussex, Westmorand the grants rated by the Society were land, Worcester, York, and the city of not claimed, the parties having found their Bristol, are as follows:own resources adequate to the work. The Total number, including chartered Society has lent its aid towards producing companies and general charities, 10,736 additional accommodations for fifty, forty, Number of the above, the income or thirty-five persons, where only that of which exceeds not 21. **. 3,670 number was required, and contributed to Above 21. and not exceeding 5l. 2,265 provide church"room for much greater Above 51. and not exceeding 101. 1,045 numbers at Bath, Wrexham, Walsall, Co Income from rents - L. 216,157 19 6 ventry, and other places; and by the
from rent charges - 23,018 8 3 grants which have been made additional - from other sources - 83,503 0 1 accommodation will be provided for 92,655 persons. Of this number, the free and Total income . L.322,709 7 10 unappropriated sittings amount to 69,295; To the above, including the far greater but still there are thousands and tens of part of England, remain to be added the thousands for whom church accommodation particulars of a few counties not yet invesremains yet to be provided; and the Society, tigated. The information elicited and to continue their work, must depend en collected by the Commissioners has been tirely on the public. The whole amount highly valuable and important; and nuof the donations received, and which has merous abuses have been discovered and been invested in the public funds, is corrected by their exertions.
''VIEW OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS.
VA . FOREIGN.
anmber of volunteers: the fair way, FRANCE. — The scheme for the re- therefore, is to raise these 10 the marduction of the interest on the national ket price of the required service, and debt has failed, being rejected by the not to force individuals into our Heets peers after passing the chamber of by an act of unconstitutional violence, deputies. The loss of the measure and often of extreme severity. Why, has been followed by the dismissal of with vor insular situation, our marithe viscourit de Chateaubriand from time habits, and our overgrown popuoffice.
lalion, cannot our ships of war be PORTUGAL.-The king of Portugal, maused by free enlistmeot, as well as who escaped on board an English those of the Umeed States, where the ship of war during the revolutionary pages of labour are so much higher movements of his sou, the infant, was than in this country? shortly after enabled to return to his The question of ihe recognition of palace; and the usual order of govern- the South-American Governments has ment was restored. The king bas dis- again been broughl before Parliament missed his son from the command of by Sir James Mackintosh. Governthe army, and sent him on his travels ment have not yet adopted the mean to France. His majesty has since is sure; but, from the tenour of their resued a proclamation, restoring the peated declarations concurring with ancient Cortes of the three estates of the strongly expressed wishes and mathe nation.
nifest policy of the country, we trust
it will not be much longer delayed. i DOMESTIC.
The message of the Vice-president of • We can only glance at a few of the Columbia, which has just arrived in many interesting questions which this country, materially strengthens have engaged the attention of Parlia- the grounds on which the recognition ment during the month." Ci appears desirable.
Bills have been passed, originating We grieve to state, that the condi. in the Crown, to reverse the attainders 'tion of Ireland still remains so deof the earl of Marr, the earl of Ken- plorable that the continuance of the mure, thc carl of Strathallan and Insurrection Act, in the disturbed disa Perth, and lord baron Nairne, and to tricts is considered necessary. Would restore their living representatives to that we could sce a decided and concurthe laquours forteited by their forefa kent effort among all parties to rengthers. To these acts of grace bas vate that unhappy island, which can been added the reversal of the attain never be effected by teinporary expediHer of the earl of Stafford; be injustice ents, severe or lenient, however ne of whose sentence is familiar to every cessary they may he on particular ocreader of history.
casions! The real malady lics much Mr. Hume has called the attention deeper, and needs to be probed to the of Parliament to the impressment of bottom. We are thankful, however, seamen : the only defence set up in for the adoption even of partial meafavour of which by its advocates is, sures of riglit 'tendencj, and partithat it is a vecessary evil; an occa cularly for the progress which the sional violation of the rights of indi- cause of etlucation has of late 'made viduals, and of the constitution, for in that country. The discussions dur; Purpuses of paramoont policy. This ing the last session will, we trust, have is ytre of those questions wbich, when produced a powerful effect in this infairly sified, will, we trust, ultimately purtant respect; and will also stir up 'be brought to that conchision wlrich the zeal of the ministers and members Christianity, humanity, ani) civil li of the Established Church, the extens berty abke demand. It is not just to sion of whose religious and benevoz infict wpyp a particular body of men lent efforts is so greatly needed, as 3d 4 grjerous and exclusive hardship Adebate of two days continuance on for the alleged general welfare of the case of the Missionary Smith bas impressment is accessary," the fact taken place in the House of Commons only proves that the pay or the regu- A motion was made by Mr.Brougham, lations of the navy are not such as to to express the serious alarm and deep ensure, in time of war, a sufficient sorrow with which the House con