Compound Interest.

_The Christian_ tells of a minister in Ohio, who in 1860 was engaged to

statedly supply a congregation who were in arrears for a whole year's

salary to their former pastor, and were only able to promise their

'supply' five dollars a Sunday till the old debt should be paid. At the

close of the year, only about two-thirds of this amount had been paid.

So it was not strange that their 'supply' soon found himself in arrears

for many things. That year the cost of his periodicals alone had

amounted to sixteen dollars. This he could not pay, and as none of them

could be stopped without payment of arrearages; the debt must continue

to increase.

On New Year's day the minister was called to marry a couple, and gave

the fee, five dollars, to his wife saying, "I want you to get yourself a

dress with this." There was a kind of material much worn then, which she

had very much admired, a dress of which would cost four dollars. So she

went to the Mission periodical to find the address of the Mission

Secretary, thinking to send the extra dollar there. But as she glanced

over its pages and noticed the trials and straits of the missionaries,

and the embarrassment of the Board that year, her heart was touched and

she felt that they needed the money more than she did the dress, and

instead of the one she concluded to send the five dollars.

She went to her husband and read her letter to him. "O," said he, "I'm

afraid we are too poor to give so much." With a little feeling of

disappointment she said, "Well, give me the change and I will send what

I had intended at first." "No," said he, "you have given it, and I dare

not take it back."

And so with a prayer that God would accept and bless the gift she signed

her letter, "A Friend of Missions," thinking, as no one would know the

author, that was the last she would hear about it in this world.

The ladies of that congregation were accustomed to meet weekly at the

parsonage to sew for those in need. The next week a lady who was

visiting in the place came with her friends, and as she entered the

parlor she tossed a bundle into the lap of the minister's wife, saying,

"Mrs. ----, here is a present for you."

The present was a dress pattern of the same kind of material she had

intended to purchase. And as she thought to herself, "God has given me

this in place of what I have given," she was reminded of the words,

"Give, and it shall be given to you." But that was not the end.

A short time afterwards she received a letter from the Secretary of the

Board of Missions, enclosing a printed copy of her own letter, and

asking if she were the author of it; and added, "If so, a large-hearted

man in New York has authorized me to send you twenty-five dollars, with

a special request that you purchase a dress worth five dollars, and give

the rest to your husband and children." There was her five dollars back,

with four times as much more added to it.