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Three thousand years ago, when the Phænicians are said to have traded to Cornwall for tin, and the fleets of Hiram and Solomon visited our distant shores, this place was the spot they more particularly resorted to, as, indeed, it is peculiarly rich in metals.

Our own earlier historians tell us that then Mount's Bay was not, but that a forest, deep, and wild, and venerable, and the scene of many Druidic rites, occupied the whole of what is now its beautiful expanse; and St. Michael's Mount, called in Doomsday and all our ancient records “ the hoar mount in the wood,” is said then to have lifted up its venerable front as a beacon and a landmark, in the midst of dark forests, six miles distant from the sea; and accordingly, in the geological researches, since the establishment of the Cornish Geological Society in 1812, it has been found that roots and trees-in short, a complete submarine forest-exist about four feet beneath the sand of the bay.

In these remote times, then, long before the sea was there, it is said, that Solomon's and Hiram's fleets were once cast away amongst its wild rocks and caverns. Some few of the adventurous mariners are said to have escaped death, but their fleet, their friends, their means of return, were cut off, and after wandering about on these shores, where the Druidical superstitions forbade their mingling with the savage Britons, the friendless Israelites here raised a few huts which grew into a village, which they called from their distress Mara Zion, or the Affliction of Zion. Here, it is said, they raised an altar to the true God, first consecrating our shores, in the night of distant centuries of paganism; and the hills of Penzance, and the deep caverns and crags of St. Michael's Mount, whilst their tin-veins first afforded occupation to these outcasts of Israel, remain consecrated to every English and Christian heart, as having first heard the anthems of Zion, and awakened their echoes to the name and the praise of the One only true and eternal God, blessed for ever.

Frequently in this and other parts of Cornwall are found hollowed places containing scoriæ and slag, and many lumps of refined tin, which are called “ Jews' houses,” and “ Jews' house tin," from a belief that these were the spots where the Jews were wont to smelt their tin ore. It is thought they smelted it by the simple process of blowing through tubes, which is a way similar to that practised by the North American Indians, who, even now, are in the habit of smelting metals by blowing flame upon them through bamboo tubes, which produces a fire as fierce as that of a furnace, though much smaller in extent; so we see that the blow-pipe, instead of being a new, is, in truth, a very ancient invention.

Such are the records tradition has handed down about Marazion.From the Life of Mrs. Schimmelpenninck, late of Clifton.

The Prince of Wales at Rome.

(By a Jewish Writer.) There are a good many sincere Protestants who do not look without apprehension at the trip just now being taken by the Prince of Wales. They tremble for the religion of their future king, lest the pomp and pageantry of Catholic Rome should impress his youthful and susceptible mind, and captivate his imagination. The experiment, it must be admitted, is

not without danger. More than one weak-minded person has been carried away by Rome's tinsel and mummeries. They sometimes excite a kind of spiritual sensuality, if we may be allowed to make use of an expression which, although apparently contradictory, yet serves to convey a notion of the artfulness with which the grosser ideas of Catholic worship, forming the substratum, are covered and tinged by a thin layer of refinement. They create a kind of intoxication, often mistaken for mental exaltation and enthusiasm. Should, unfortunately, such impressions be produced in the mind of His Royal Highness, I, as a Jew, should deplore them as a real calamity to mankind; for considering, as I do, all forms of Christianity as erroneous, I can yet not shut my eyes to the fact that there are gradations in

error ; that Protestantism lies infinitely nearer the domain of truth than Catholicism, and that if not Judaism, at least Jews, owe the former a heavy debt of gratitude, were it only for the inestimable boon of religious liberty which it ushered into the world. I know of only one means for averting this calamity. Had I a voice in Her Majesty's family council, I should urge the application of a remedy which I am sure would, like a shower-bath after an over indulgenec in copious potations, dispel at once all illusion, and destroy all excitement which Rome's splendour might produce in the Prince's mind. Let the Prince immediately after having attended the captivating worship at St. Peter's, feasted his eyes on the magnificence of its proportions, the sublimity of its paintings and seulptures, the imposing character of its service, the gorgeous attire of the priests, and intoxicated his ears with the swelling notes

of the organ and the sublime tones of the trained singers—let him, immediately after having admired the marble palaces of the living, and the more marvellous ruins of the dead, and whilst the sense of their charms still glows on his soul— let him, without a moment's delay, pay a visit to a relic more wonderful than those of all the saints of the Catholic Church, more ancient than the most ancient fragment of the Eternal City, more original than the most characteristic remnant of the ancient world—let His Royal Highness pay a visit to the Ghetto. There he will see how Christ's pretended vicegerent treats Christ's kindred. In the narrow lanes and dingy abodes, in the haggard faces and woe-begone eyes of its tenants, he will read at once of the fruits of the heavenly charity enjoined by the system, and preached in the marble churches by the man with the triple crown and his councillors with the scarlet hats. The misery and squalor which he would thus witness, the work of those whose hypocrisy and tinsel-greatness imposed upon him, would soon undeceive him, would at once open his eyes to the horrors of Roman Christianity, and stripping it of its meretricious charms, place it before him in its hideous nakedness. The Prince, I feel sure, would then return to England with a stronger Protestant feeling than he cherished when he quitted her shores. The Ghetto in Rome, then, might ensure to England an inestimable boon. Should this be the case, how wonderfully would history avenge on Rome her cruelties against the Jews! A Prince of Wales cured of Popish tendencies by the sight of the wrongs perpetrated on Jews! Yet what is more likely than that His Royal Highness will visit the Ghetto at Rome?

(From the Jcwish Chronicle)

Our Missions.

KONIGSBERG. The Rev. P. B. Jacobi has entered on his work, stimulated by the spiritual destitution of his brethren on the one hand, and on the other by a believing conviction that the Gospel, which has been to him the power of God and the theme of his ministry, will also be mighty, through God, to the pulling down of strongholds, and to the release of souls held in the bondage of prejudice and unbelief. We purpose giving extracts from his conversations, so far as this can be done without infringing the confidence essential to such intercourse.

The following instance of a restored backslider is peculiarly interesting :

In one of my former reports I men- Christian, and therefore made up my tioned a Jew of the name of

mind to enter with him into a dispute who, after he had been baptised in New about religion, in order to show him, as York, fell from the faith, so as to have I thought, the falsity of his belief. For at first lived here as a Jew among the I then considered the Christian religion Jews. But the faithful Shepherd fol- as mere idolatry, and thought myself lows His lost sheep like a mother her worshipping God when I blasphemed the only child which she has lost, that He name of the holy child, Jesus. But the might find it and carry it home upon agent, Mr. Oncken, replied to my objecHis shoulders. This has been verified tions with pure, Christian-like indul. in the case of poor

He has since gence, and endeavoured, in the mildest been constant in his visits to Mr. Tarta manner, to convince me of my errors. Kover* and myself, and, through our Having much business to attend to, he joint instrumentality, the Lord has was obliged to close our conversation, again vouchsafed strength and light to but mentioned the name of a Christian his soul. At my request he has drawn Jew who, he said, would willingly give up a sketch of his history, which I me all information about Christianity. humbly submit to you, with the letter I went immediately, driven, as it were, addressed to myself.

by an invisible power, to Mr. Elwin, It is as follows:

who received me very kindly, and de

voted the whole evening to my informaA copy of the Hebrew Bible, published tion. At the first I paid but little credit by the “ London Society," was the means to his words, and cherished much inteof my conversion. In 1851 (being then rior suspicion against what he said ; but about eighteen years of age), when on gradually, and by the aid of the Holy the way home from Hanover, where I Spirit, his words found entrance into my had attended for a short time the Jewish heart, until I became really awakened. seminary, I observed in Hamburgh, in But I was yet far from being thoroughly a Jewish family, that Bible. My biblical converted. In order to be saved from knowledge did not then extend farther darkness, and brought to the marvellous than the five books of Moses, a few of light that is in Christ, I was yet to cross the Psalms, some chapters of Proverbs, the wide deep, and in a strange and disand the prophet Jonah. I was then en- tant land to be scourged by the Lord. tirely ignorant of all prophecies concern- I embarked on the 15th of August, 1851, ing the Messiah, and not less so of the and arrived in New York on the 23rd of existence of a New Testament. Now, October. There the Spirit of God strove perceiving the Bible, I became anxious with me full three years, when at last of getting a copy; but, to say the truth, my heart was made subject to Christ, and not so much for the real value of that on the first Sunday of July, 1854, I reprecious book as for its nice external. ceived, in a Methodist Episcopal church And on hearing that the price was one at New York, the ordinance of holy thaler only, I determined to buy a copy, baptism. O that I had remained faithand betook myself forth with to the sales- ful to my Saviour ever since I made that room. I concluded that the agent of the covenant with Him! Alas ! that has not sales-room was undoubtedly also a been the case. Innumerable troubles * Missionary of the London Society, whose brotherly kindness to our Missionary we are glad

gratefully to acknowledge.

and trials have encompassed me and prevailed. I was then made aware that I had not yet attained to a perfect faith in Christ-to a faith that can rely upon God in all emergencies, and that is willing to sacrifice, for His sake, everything that life affords-yea, and even life itself.

It seemed as if my affectionate love towards my parents and other relations was irreconcileable with my being a Christian; in which conviction my innate feelings, as well as the ardent entreaties and threats of my parents, &c., greatly tended to confirm me. In this state of mind I resolved to yield to the wishes of my parents, and to return to Europe. I arrived in England on the 1st of June. After spending about three weeks in London, I continued my journey home. I did not stay longer than a month or two with my parents, during which time I was still faithless towards my Saviour, denying Him before my friends and the world. But behold the mercy and goodness of God in not cutting me off, but sparing me for repentance. Leaving my parents, I came to K-, with a view of securing here a livelihood, by teaching what little I knew of the English language. Here the Holy Spirit continued to operate upon my heart directly and indirectly. Among other means which the good Saviour used for the reclamation of my be. nighted soul, I must mention the acquaintance of Mr. B ---, seemingly a matter of mere accident, but which, as I believe, was nothing less than the won. derful and wise guidance of Providence for my welfare. Having been favoured with a good deal of this gentleman's intercourse, I must pronounce him an eminent Christian, though, unhappily, I was almost always at variance with him regarding his idea of the Church of Christ. It is evident that Providence has directed me to this gentleman to find in him on aid, not only in spiritual need, but also during several months of material destitution. I know surely that Mr. B-- has been the means, in the hand of God, of saving me from starvation ; but I certainly do not know what would have become of me, both materially and spiritually, without the acquaintance of this truly Christian man. So far as it is in the power of any mortal to do anything for the soul, I may well call him my regenerator. I should be unworthy of any man's friendship were I ever to forget the many benefits with which this gentleman has literally overwhelmed

And now, thanks be to God, I can

place my hand on my heart and say I love my Saviour as much as ever before. And why should I not? He has forgiven me so much. By the help of God, I am now determined to live and die to Him. I will declare Him before the multitude, come what will; I will fear no man, but boldly confess my God and my Saviour, for He has again kindled His love within my heart. The Lord can give me strength to do any and everything for His sake-yea, if need be, even to deny my father, mother, brothers and sisters.

May the Lord preserve me in His love! May my end be a good one, and my death the death of the righteous ! Amen.

Mr. Jacobi then gives a deeply interesting recital of his interview with an eminent Jewish Rabbi. For obvious reasons, we decline publishing it in extenso.

Having waited until the venerable man had finished his private devotions, he approached me with much mildness depicted in his oriental countenance, saluted me, and in a very courteous manner asked for the object of my visit. “Reverend sir," said I, “I have been apprised of the love you bore towards my deceased sister Maria, and that you had given it as your opinion that, though no baptised Jew shall ever enter heaven, yet would my sister be constituted as the happy exception who bore for Israel such warmth of love in her bosom." This expression being confirmed, I felt the more encouraged to direct the conversation to divine subjects.

Then ensued a serious and animated conversation on the Atonement, the Messiahship of Jesus, &c. Mr. Jacobi remarks :

The Spirit of my God strengthened me to make, for the first time, an open confession before such a learned and orthodox Jew, mindful of Luke xii. 8. I lingered in nearness to this venerable old man with a hearty pleasure, in the remembrance that through the fall of such we have been enriched, and could wish him to be a member of that Messianic people who, in that glorious morning, are to carry the knowledge of the Lord to all the ends of the earth,

The recital closes thus:

The Rabbi listened patiently to my rather lengthened discourse, evidently


struck with the earnestness and warmth with which the subject inspired me. At the close he recommended me the book “ Cusri,” the reading of which, he thought, might dispose me to love the religion of my fathers. But I assured him that "neither things present nor things to come, neither life nor death, shall separate me from the love of Him

who has loved us all unto death, and who even now calls unto Israel, · Be ye reconciled unto God.'" We separated with a hearty shake of hands, when I took the liberty of offering the Rabbi, " the true Israelite," a tract written by Dr. M'Caul, which he accepted with much complacency.



FRANCE, On his return from a journey in the south of France, Mr. CONES writes :

During the journey I undertook since were some Jews with him ; but I hare I last wrote you, I have had many prayed more than once to the Father of blessed opportunities to make known to all mercies to bring this soul to the my brethren the unsearchable riches of knowledge of the truth as it is in Christ Christ's Gospel. Almost the first Jew I Jesus, our Lord. visited after my arrival at Nismes was Yesterday I was introduced to one of Mr. whom I found ill in bed. my brethren who seemed more indifferHis wife received me kindly, and, after ent than opposed to the truth. He said, a few words of sympathy, she asked me "There are so many religions, that it is to be seated by the side of her sick hus- impossible to know which is the true band, which I gladly did. He appeared one. You say yours is the true one; the to be very feeble, and not able to speak Mahometans say theirs is the only true much. I asked him whether he was

Whom am I to believe!!" I told prepared to meet his God, should He be him that there was only one religion, and pleased to call him from hence: he said, that was the religion of the Bible; and ! God is merciful, and of great good. I endeavoured to show him the one

I told him that was very true; thing needful, how a poor sinner can be God was merciful, but still He is also “a saved, and invited him to search the burning fire.” I spoke to him of the ne- Scriptures. I saw him several times, cessity of a Redeemer, and told him that and each time I endeavoured to impress the Messiah came to seek and to save upon him the necessity of being born that which was lost, and if he believed again. One morning he called upon me in Him he would never die. He opened and said, “I hope you will not think his eyes and asked, “ Who is the Mes. that I am a Christian. I thought to tell siah, and where is He?" I told him that you, before you left, that I hope from it was Jesus of Nazareth, who gave this time to search, and endeavour to Himself for him ; but he soon closed his find out whether Jesus was really the eyes when he heard that it was Jesus, Saviour of the world." and shook his head, as though he would This morning I called on Mr. have said, “Not this man, but B1- who received my tracts last year with rabbas.'

promise to read them, and where I met I preached to him the way of salvation an infidel Jew, who greatly opposed my and remission of sin only in Jesus Christ, mission when I last visited this place. who, I told him, was now sitting on His On seeing me entering he said, “ Are mercy-seat. His wife paid very great you here again. It is useless for you to attention, and I left him with a prayer come to this place, for you will never for God to have mercy upon them. Two convert one Jew here to the crucified days after my first visit I called again, one.” He was greatly surprised when I and remained with him about an hour. told him that it was not in my power to I reminded him that he might soon be convert souls to the Saviour- this the called before the Judge of all mankind, Lord alone can effect by His Spirit; all and entreated him to believe in the Mes. I could do was to speak to him in His siah, who came to redeem him and me name, and pray Him to pour out His from the power of sin and Satan. He Spirit of grace and supplication upon listened diligently to all I said, and him, so that he might look upon the when I was about to leave him he begged pierced Messiah, and be healed by His ! me to call again, which I did several wounds. And as he did not reply to times; but whenever I called I was told this, I asked God to be with me, and He I could not see him to-day, as there enabled me to speak to this unbelieving

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