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Good, and descended from her room, tion her with regard to the flour. determined to let her lamp burn be- Lolotte blushed, and evaded answerfore men, content that her work, with ing by saying we would laugh at her ; its results, should be in God's hands but when she was closely pressed to alone.
explain herself, I saw her countenance take that moving expression
which it always bas when she is going LITTLE ONE'S KINDNESS. to cry; and then she said, with a
broken voice, 'It is because I knew MADAME DE GENLIS relates the follow
that very soon there would be no ing anecdote in her admirable work
more bread in France, and I want to of the “Little Emigrants : '
send a provision of flour to my nurse, morning, when we came to the mill,
Caillett.' we did not find Lolotte, who was in the fields ; while we were waiting for her, my father and I conversed with
THE LORDSHIP OF MAN. the miller's wife. I had brought several playthings for Lolotte ; and SCRIPTURE is no story of the material the miller's wife, laughing, told me universe, A single chapter is enough that they would not please her so to tell us that “God made the heaven well as a little flour. "How?' said I. and the earth.” Man is the central She replied, 'For three weeks Lolotte figure there; or to speak more truly, has cared for nothing but heaping up the only figure; all that is there beside flour; every morning she comes to beg
but a background for some of my husband, who gives her a him. He is not part of the furniture handful; besides this she invents a of the planet, not the highest merely thousand little schemes to get some in the scale of the creatures, but the from me; and when she sees me in a lord of all ; sun, moon, and stars, and good humour, or when I caress her, I all the visible creation borrowing all am sure she is going to say, 'Give me their worth and their significance from a little flour. The other day we had the relations wherein they stand to him. made some muffins, and I carried one Such he appears there in the ideal to her; her first movement was to worth and dignity of his unfallen contake it, and then she considered, and dition; and even now, when only a said, "Keep your muffin, and give a broken fragment of the sceptre with little flour. • This is odd,' said my which once he ruled the world remains father; and what does she do with in his hand, such he is commanded all this flour?' 'She has asked us to regard himself still. for a large sack,' replied the miller's wife,' and there she puts it; the sack
ABP. TRENCH. is by her bedside, and it must now be almost full. During this conversation I said nothing; but reflecting
CHURCH STATISTICS. upon it, and perfectly knowing Lolotte, I guessed the cause. I remembered TUESDAY, Feb. 8, 1881, the Annual that I had often come to see her with Church Meeting was held at the Monsieur and Madame d'Ermont; Metropolitan Tabernacle. Increase that we had frequently spoken of by baptism 314; by letter 101; by France before her; that Monsieur profession 38—Total, 453. Decrease d'Ermont had mentioned the scarcity by dismission 142; by dismission to of bread, and had said that the form new church at Tooting 5; by counter-revolution would be effected joining other churches with letters by famine. I doubted not but Lolotte's 50; emigrated 12; died 75; exclustore of flour had some connection ded for non-attendance 106 ; removed with this, but lest I might be de- for other causes 5-Total 399, leavceived, I kept silence. At last Lolotte ing a net increase of 54, and making returned from her walk; after having the number of members on the books embraced us, she sat upon the knee 5,284.-Sword and Trowel, March, of my father, who did not fail to ques- 1881.
Phenomena of the Month.
WHO IS SUFFICIENT FOR THESE
THINGS? THE writer of these few words has often gone to his Sabbath-day work as taking up a cross ;” and although he remembers to have read of the Rev. David Stoner as writing bitter things against himself, while at the very same time the town in which he was stationed was ringing in admiration of his eloquent and admirable discourses, he was not prepared for the following, till in his course of reading he fell upon it the other day. It was a remark made by the late Rev, Thomas Jackson on the loss of his partner in life: “ When I returned home on the Sunday evening, after my pulpit labours, there was none to whom I could with equal freedom express my thankfulness for the comfort I had felt in the service of God, or my regrets under the consciousness of my defects.” If an able minister of the New Testament like Thomas Jackson felt his defects, no wonder that many Local Preachers should from time to time be feeling, “ Who is sufficient for these things ?.”
CONTINENTAL SUNDAY. AN American traveller abroad, writes :-“Whatever else Vienna may have, she has certainly no Sabbath. Unless the traveller keeps a close watch of the lapse of time, he will himself forget the recurrence of Sun. day; for there is nothing here-as in most Continental cities—to remind him when the Lord's Day has come. We have been in Vienna two Sabbaths, and outside of our own party and a few American and English travellers, we have not heard any suggestion of the day. Traffic, work, amusements and worldly occupations have gone on just the same on the rest day, as on the work days. Indeed, the theatres and the dance-houses do a better business than on any other day. The Catholic Church (for nearly everybody here is a Roman Catholic) has services on the Sabbath, and small audiences gather; but the noise of business outside drowns the voice of prayer. Continental Europe has virtually set aside the fourth commandment.-Weekly Review, Nov. 15, 1879.
The sun rises on the 1st at thirtyeight minutes after five, and sets at thirty-one minutes after six. On the 30th the sun rises at thirty-seven minutes after four, and sets at nineteen minutes after seven. The day lengthens during
the month one hour and one minute in the morning, and forty-eight minutes in the evening. Total increase of light in the month, one hour forty-nine minutes.
Full moon on the 14th at fifty minutes after eleven in the morning. New moon on the 28th twenty-four minutes after ten in the morning. She is nearest to the earth on the 19th at midnight, and most distant from it on the 7th.
Mercury is a morning star, rising on the 1st at thirty-nine minutes before sunrise. She is near the moon on the 26th at about midnight.
Venus is an evening star, setting on the 1st at 10h. 34m. p.m.; setting on the last day of the month at fiftyone minutes after sunset. She is near the moon on the 1st, and again on the 28th.
Mars is a morning star, rising on the 1st one hour and eight minutes. before the sun. On the 30th, one hour twenty-one minutes before the sun. He is near the moon on the 24th.
Jupiter sets on the 1st one hour twenty-seven minutes after sunset. He rises seven minutes before the sun on the last day. He is near Saturn on the 22nd, and near the sun on the same day, and near the moon on the 28th.
Saturn sets on the 1st one hour thirty-three minutes after sunset. He rises at about sunrise on the 29th. He is near the sun and Jupiter on the 22nd, and ne ar the moon 28th.
High water at London Bridge on the 1st fifteen minutes after three in the morning, and thirty-five minutes after three in the afternoon. Op the last day of the month at fifty minutes
after two in the morning, and ten minutes after three in the afternoon. *ALL THY WORKS PRAISE THEE,
O LORD.” “ The strain apraise of joy and praise,
Alleluia. To the glory of their King Shall the ransomed people sing,
And the choirs that dwell on high
Alleluia. They in the rest of Paradise who dwell. The blessed ones, with joy the chorus swell,
Alleluia. The planets on their heavenly way, The shining constellations join, and say,
Alleluia. Godescalcus (A.D. 870).
Mutual-Jid Association Reporter.
PRESIDENT'S LETTER.-No 10.
Aylesbury, March 14. MY DEAR BRO. SIms,-Since I last wrote to
I have been to Swaffham, Saham Tony, and Thetford, to remind the good Methodist folks of the wants of our poor old men, and they very liberally responded to my appeals. They have promised to do better for the future. I have no doubt if all our local secretaries would only work like my dear Brother Hardy, things, even in Norfolk, would soon look better. He is always at work. We shall not soon forget the kindness of the Rev. Geo. Buckley, and the great interest he manifested in our Association ; also the Mayor of Thetford and his good wife, who did a great deal to make our visit a happy and successful one. The Lord reward them. A few kind and loving hearts have responded to my wishes, and it gives me great joy to be able to send you another list amidst all the struggling circuits of our beloved Methodism.
£ 8. d. Thetford Meeting, less expenses 5s....
2 1 0 M. A. Atwood, Esq., Castle Donnington
1 1 0 T. G. Waterhouse, Esq., 2 2 0 Edward Westwood, Esq., Surbiton Villa
5 0 0 Mr. E. Jarrow, Aylesbury... 1 1 0 E. Clifford, Esq., Watford... 1 1 0 John Procter, Esq., Rickmansworth
1 1 0 Mr. W. Ling, Old Ford Road, Hackney
0 10 0 Thomas Roads, Esq. 0 5 0
LETTER FROM BRO. BOWRON TO THE GENERAL COMMITTEE. CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND,
Jan. 25, 1881. MY DEAR BRETHREN, --It is now thirteen weeks since we left the old country, and a wide circle of kind friends whom we do not expect to see any more until we meet in that world where the tear-drop never falls, and the parting pangs are felt no
I have this day, for the first time, ventured to read over the enduring memorial of your affectionate regards, and notwithstanding the distance of time and space, I can no more stay the tears from falling than I could that evening when we shook hands and said farewell.
Believe me, dear brethren, I had no expectation of receiving this costly expression of your kindness; certain it is, I have no claim on the ground of merit. What I may have said or done on behalf of the Mutual-Aid Association has its roots in what I conceive to be a selfish motive, for verily there is a luxury in doing good. While we are searching after and promoting the happiness of others, we invariably find our own. From the beginning of the Association our object has been one, viz., to shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, and feed the hungry.
I feel " there is a beautiful magic in words." Whose pen executed this beautiful thought I know not; to me it sounds like a resurrection of lost times. Places, persons, sayings, and doings of other days which seemed buried and forgotten start into being and assume new forms of life, Here I am compelled to pause, for the eye gets dim and watery at the remembrance of such friends as James Wild, Thomas Cuthbertson, and a host of distinguished names who have left us to sow precious seeds on the sands of time, while they reap the golden grain on the broad harvest fields of Eternity.
Our monthly meeting and annual gatherings were generally refreshing seasons, and full of stirring incident. We never can forget the kind friends who received us, and studied only our comfort during the days of our sojourn among them.
Be sure I shall not forget the third Sabbath in June, when you assemble in Sheffield. That noble branch never failed to respond to our loud calls for help, and I am persuaded that with such men as Bro. Cole it never will. I feel persuaded you will have a glorious soul-stirring meeting. If I had wings strong enough and
fleet enough I would sweep over the fifteen thousand miles of sea, that I might be present with you once again on such an occasion.
I hope my Bro. Chamberlain will present my kind regards to all the dear friends of the Association, and tell them that it is only a piece of cumbrous clay which keeps me away from your annual meeting.
I thank you, dear brethren, for these expressions of your kindness. I value them more than perishing gold, and be sure this album will be handed on from sire to son for generations yet to come.
The good people here are crying aloud for preachers. I tell them to wait patiently and I will introduce sixty to their notice, from whom they can make their selection.
I have just told Mrs. B. I should give you an invitation to come, as on former occasions. She gave me a significant move of the head, and with a tremulous accent said, " Will they come?” “ Who knows?"""
One thing leads to another."
I am, dear brethren,
W. BOWRON. [Other communications will appear next month.]
TO THE HONORARY MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL PREACHERS' MUTUALAID ASSOCIATION.
March 7th, 1881. DEAR BRETHREN, _I am sure you will all have read with much pleasure the very noble promise of our Treasurer (John Carter, Esq.), to give one hundred pounds, on certain conditions, towards increasing the Capital Fund, the interest of which is devoted to giving our dear old annuitants en extra sum at Christmas. The reason will be generally understood, viz., that the present fund is insufficient to give 108. to each.
Since the last committee meeting, I have thought the matter over, and as it seems to me, our appuitants are certain to grow in number, and by. and-bye another effort will have to be made on behalf of this Christmas fund.
b. Or, that the said investments
be equally divided between
the said funds. c. To provide that the working
expenses shall be divided equally, and so paid by each fund.—Thos. Chamberlain.
I beg to suggest that the present Christmas fund remain as it is, that the gifts be distributed annually as far as they will go, to the oldest of the annuitants (as at present), and that an effort be made at once, so to increase the ordinary fund, that the next annual meeting will see its way to grant 8s. per week to the most necessitous cases.
My appeal therefore to you, dear brethren, as honorary members, is this, that we each make an effort to double our subscription this year, leaving to those who can afford it, to make larger contributions—and very many can.
I take it to be unwise to have separate funds in our Association, if we can do without; but if we can considerably increase the weekly allowance, we shall be doing more service to the annuitants; and I think I can already hear the cheer there will be at Sheffield, when the vote passes for 88. a week.
I am, dear Brethren,
G. C. AMPHLETT.
WESLEYAN METHODIST LOCAL PREACHERS' MUTUAL-AID
4. To provide for a sliding scale of payments and receipts by the members, as follows, viz., members paying as now, to receive as now; members paying 4s. per quarter to receive 10s. per week; members paying 6s. per quarter to receive 15s. per week.J. Milsom.
5. To add a clause to Rule 59 requiring a two-thirds majority of votes given, before any alteration of the rules can be made.-Thomas Chamberlain,
6. To increase annuities to 8s. per week.
7. To omit “or Independent ”from Rule 2.-A. R. Johnson.
8. That Rule 29 read as follows
A subscription of fifteen shillings per annum shall be paid by each benefit member. The payments to be made quarterly, in the months of January, April, July, and October.
9. That Rule 36 read as follows
The allowance to members in sickness shall be 108. per week for the first twenty-six weeks, and 78. per week for the succeeding twenty-six weeks. Any member relinquishing his sick pay, and afterwards claiming relief within six calendar months, sball receive a continuance of the same weekly amount that he was receiving until the number of weeks be fulfilled as above. Should the affliction of any member assume a more permanent form, the general committee shall have power in such cases to allow a weekly sum, not exceeding 5s. If a member relinquish the last-named weekly amount under this Rule, an interval of twelve months must elapse before he can claim the full sick pay of 10s. per week. Such alterations to commence in the month of January, 1882.-J. Rose.
10. That Rule 55 be rescinded. E. Benson.
11. Rule 42 to read: The General Committee shall have power, in cases
Notices of Motion for the considera
tion of the AnnuAL MEETING, to be held in SHEFFIELD, commencing Monday, June 20, 1881.
1. To make a rule requiring the Trustees to send a copy of the report and balance-sheets yearly to the Conference, or annual assemblies of the bodies whose local preachers are eligible for membership in our Association.— Thomas Chamberlain.
2. To add a clause to Rule 29, wbich shall make all annuitants exempt from the payment of subscriptions.-J. Milsom.
3. To divide the Sick and Funeral Fund from the Annuitant, or Benevolent Fund, and to providea. That a certain proportion of
the dividends from investments be paid yearly (say one-half) to each fund, so separated.