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civilisation. The enclosure and the outside common are now used as an exercise ground for soldiers.
Walking thence down a lane, we reached a cluster of substantial and respectable-looking buildings, which proved to be the barracks. Only about one hundred men were in occupation, and we found only one sentry on duty. We distributed a few tracts, spoke a few words on soul matters, and then returned to our hotel to dinner.
Having heard that the Vicar of Bodmin was an able preacher, we went at six o'clock to the parish church, where we found a large congregation; but we were sorry to find the service of a ritual type. The sermon was a good one, with the exception of its putting “Holy Baptism " in the place of conversion. The text was Luke xiv. 11. The grace of humility was well described, as were the means for its attainment; but the grand doctrinal defect, and the ritualistic style of the performance that was gone through as worship, grieved us. We came away more than ever in love with simplicity of worship, and hoping that it will never be chased out of Wesleyan Chapels by artificial refinement, artistic taste, and worldliness,
(To be continued.)
ON THE WAY TO NEW ZEALAND. AFTER a pleasant trip down the channel, the Northumberland cast anchor off Plymouth. The green hills of Devon, spotted with lowing herds and bleating flocks, presented a rare picture, the like of which I never expect to see again. Here the tender met us, with about fifty passengers, and tons of splendid beef, mutton and pork; besides, living oxen, sheep, porkers, ducks, geese and fowls, numberless, from London. No fear! thought I; we are sure to have a good time of it.
Not a moment was lost. As soon as every passenger was on board, the anchor was weighed, and off we started to battle with wind and wave for nine successive weeks. The day wears on, the sun is getting low, the distant hills look grey, and the white cliffs of old Albion are fast fading from my vision; a deep sigh, then a last farewell to the dear old country which never did me harm, but supplied me with every needful blessing which our kindred dust can give !
By this time a peculiar epidemic seized one after another, and I thought it prudent to set my house in order for the new future, and to have all my travelling equipage made secure before we experienced the Atlantic roll. Presently a regular chime of deep groans and piercing cries to the stewards for water, brandy, or tea were heard, and one poor mortal implored the captain to return, and nearly everybody vowed that, were they only on terra firma once more, never should they be tempted to recross the ocean. We swiftly left the smooth waters behind ; the winds
howled ominously, the stormy billows dashed furiously against our sides, and we were in the thick of a fearful conflict with a relentless foe.
That night in the Bay of Biscay will never be forgotten by those who had never been on the ocean before. All lights were extinguished, and the creaking and straining of the timbers, the monotonous thud of the screw, the tramp, tramp, of the watch, and an occasional downpour of water into our saloon, effectually banished sleep from all.
At every lurch and roll, boxes, chairs, books and garments were sent flying in all directions. One distracted passenger was up before the dawn, and waded through the saloon to the cabin of his friends, to implore them to get up and pray, for the vessel was surely sinking. Then he appealed to my common sense, to know if I did not feel her sinking lower and lower. The matter was too serious for trifling. I told him to trust in Jesus; and then, come life or death, all would be well. Solemn indeed were the thoughts that engaged my attention on that dark and stormy night in the Bay of Biscay. We passed the spot where the London, with her living freight, went down. The harrowing details I have heard from one who escaped the terrible calamity! He described the vessel, denuded of her glory, tossing about, a helpless log on the surging waters. The courageous captain cheered all hands to pump and bale out the water, but all to no purpose; the water gained, and presently he cried, “Now, my boys, say your prayers; there is no hope !" Parents embraced their children, many fainted with fear, while some, frantic with terror, threw themselves into their yawning grave. One brave spirit was there who did not fear to die. Mr. Draper, a Wesleyan Minister, calm and fearless, moved, with heaven opening to his vision, to quell the dreadful apprehensions of many, and implored saint and sinner, during their few last precious moments, to fix their eyes upon Jesus, the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world. So died that faithful ambassador of Jesus; and only three remain to repeat his last short sermon.
Many incidents were related to me: only one I shall name. informant: “Gold watches and chains, rings and trinkets were cast off and crushed under foot." How worthless in the face of death are the most precious things of earth ! One man, who might have escaped, thought he would secure a few golden treasures first; but, while griping gold, the vessel dipped, and he lost his last chance of life through his burning thirst for gold.
Temperance. MODERATE DRINKING . generation to grow up who are not too I conress to a growing sense of the well educated in our principles, or importance of urging total absti- who have got educated on one side of nence. I fear we have allowed a the case, or who are not up to the
mark. I don't think too much has been said about the selling of the drink, but enough has not been said about the buying of it-about the drinking itself, the taking and the giving-in our daily, social business, or dietetic life-in fact, the drinking usages. I don't think we say enough about moderation. In former times we exposed and denounced the kind of drinking which passes under that
We used to say moderation
the parent of intemperance. Now we spend our strength denouncing the traffic. But moderate drinking is the great support of the traffic. It is not drunkards only and such like that keep open the public-house, and drink and cause to flow the oceans of liquor that figure in our statistics. It is paterfamilias, and materfamilias, and doctorfamilias, and pastorfamilias, who keep up the moderate drinking, that form the best customers, the largest consumers, the best friends of the distiller, the brewer, the publican. It is in the course of this moderate drinking that appetites are formed and deepened that fasten like serpent fangs. Moderate drinking is the apprenticeship to intemperance. The so-called tipplers and drunkards are only the journeymen of the business. They have finished their training, and it only remains in due time to finish themselves. When the pot boils over and scalds somebody, there is a cry got up. But it never boils over without first boiling. Moderate drinking heats up the appetite, blows the coals; and snow-water itself will boil at last with fire enough. We must not weary in well-doing, or be diverted from first principles and personal duties. We must beware of allowing a red herring to be trailed across our (path. It would be very clever of the devil to get us to spend our fury on the publican, and to think ourselves very ill-used because he won't stop selling to us so long as we buy. Society must blame itself as well as the publican. The Church must blame itself as well as the traffic. We must, if we are drinkers, blame ourselves as art and part abettors of the public-house.- Rev. G. C. Hutton.
THE CHILD'S MAY-DAY SONG.
On every hill and dell,
How sweetly too they smell !
And look so glad and gay:
I feel as glad as they.
The bees hum round their hive; The butterflies are coming out;
'Tis good to be alive. The trees that looked so stiff and gray,
With green leaves now are hung; O mother ! let me laugh and play,
I cannot hold my tongue. See yonder bird spreads out his wings,
And mounts the clear blue skies; And hark how merrily he sings,
As far away he flies. Go forth, my child, and laugh and play
And let thy cheerful voice, With birds and brooks, and merry May,
Cry out, Rejoice! Rejoice!
My happy little boy,
Smiles on an infant's joy.
Phenomena of the Months.
MAY. The sun rises on the 1st at thirtyfour minutes after four, and sets at twenty-one minutes after seven. The sun rises on the 31st at fifty-two minutes after three, and sets at three minutes after eight, thus lengthening the day in the morning forty-two minutes, and in the evening fortytwo minutes, or one hour and twentyfour minutes in the month.
The moon is full on the 13th at twenty-four minutes after ten at night, and new at thirty-six minutes after eleven at night on the 27th. Nearest to the earth on the 16th, and most distant from it on the 4th.
Mercury rises on the 1st twentytwo minutes before sunrise, on the 18th the planet and the sun rise together, and from this day to July 20th, Mercury rises in daylight. He is at his least distance from the sun
on the 20th, and near the moon on the 29th.
Venus sets on the 1st forty-one minutes after sunset, on the 5th she sets with the sun, and from this day to the end of the year she sets in daylight. She rises on the 31st one hour twenty minutes before sunrise. She is near the moon on the 25th.
Mars is a morning star, rising at fourteen minutes after three in the morning on the 1st, and fifty-three minutes after one on the last day. He is near the moon on the 23rd, and at his least distance from the sun on the 26th.
Jupiter is a morning star, rising on the 1st eight minutes before sunrise, and on the last day one hour ten minutes before sunrise. He is near Mercury on the 7th, and near the moon on the 25th at about midnight.
Saturn is a morning star, rising on the 1st three minutes before sunrise, and on the last day one hour eleven
minutes before sunrise. He is near Mercury on the 6th, and near the moon on the 25th.
High water at London Bridge on the 1st at thirty minutes after three in the morning, and forty-seven minutes after three in the afternoon. On the last day fifty minutes after three in the morning, and seven minutes after four in the afternoon.
Religious Tract Society instituted on the 9th, 1799. Birth of Queen Victoria 24th, 1819. Earl Russell died 28th, 1879. Dr. Chalmers died 31st, 1847.
NATURE. To study God, God's student, man, was
made, To read Him as in Nature's text con
veyed; Not as in heaven, but as He did descend To earth, His easier Book, where to sus
pend And save His miracles, each little flower, And lesser fly, shows His familiar power.
Sir W. Davenant.
Mutual-Jid Association Reporter.
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PRESIDENT'S LETTER.—No 11.
Aylesbury, April 15. MY DEAR BRO. Sims,-Since my last, Bro. E. Benson and your President have attended public meetings on behalf of our Association, and laid the claims of our Poor Old Men before the good Methodist folks at Stewkley, Leighton Buzzard, Cheddington, Waddesdon, Sutton Mill, Cross Hills, Cleckheaton, Huddersfield, and Leicester. At all these meetings we have had good work done, although there is still a great deal to do. One would like to have stayed three or four days to have put things straight. Some of our local secretaries seem to want as much information about our Association as the outside public; but time, patience, and confidence in our good work will overcome all opposition. Being so much away from home this month I have not a very long list, but still it is much to be thankful for. May the Great Head of the Church reward these donors.
Michael Swan, Esq., Fleet
1 0 0 Mr. Blake,
Walton - on
0 5 0 W. E. Ormerod, Esq., Rochdale
1 10 0 J.E. Baxter, Esq., Southend h.m.
1 1 0 W. Sharpley, Esq., St. Leonard's
0 100 Henry Stephens, Esq.
1 1 0 William Buck, Esq., Col.
chester John Terry, Esq., Wood
. Street, Barnet, hm.
2 2 0 Mr. W. Groves, Mile End, E. 0 5 0 John Nowell, Cowling Messrs. McRean, Scarfe and Co, Bradford
1 1 0 E. C. George, Esq., Dunstable, hm.
1 1 0 Albert Scarfe, Esq., Woodbridge, hm.
1 1 0 Mr. Wm. Coad, Uxbridge... 0 5 0 D. L. Ginger, Esq., Birkhampstead
0 10 0
0 5 0
Mr. John Ray, Romford ... 0 5 0 and a commensurately larger number Alderman Brown, Gateshead 1 1 0 of annuitants are on its funds, then, James Kelley, Esq., Salford 1 0 0 with a yet larger constituency to Meetings at Cleckheaton,
appeal to, another appeal for augmenless expenses, 58... 0 8 9 tation can and ought to be made.
On the same page on which the
£15 6 9 letter I have referred to appears, is I am, dear Bro. Sims,
the notice of the motion I intend to Yours truly,
make (D.V.) at Sheffield, and to C. S. MADDER.
which Mr. Amphlett also alludes; which motion, I respectfully trust, will commend itself to the judgment
and support of the brethren. It is, 101, LONG ACRE, W.C.
therefore, not likely I would do or say April 2, 1881.
anything to prejudice its adoption. DEAR MR. EDITOR, -I must express But I do not believe this effort of our regret that my good Brother Amph- Treasurer's will in the least do so; lett has made such an allusion to the
and I would, therefore, urge upon our noble offer of our Treasurer respect- friends the cordial support of the ing the augmentation of Mr. Wild's appeal, pages 97 and 98 in our April gift ; because it appears to cast cold number, in reference to this matter.. water on the effort now inaugurated. But as precept is worth little unless Of course, I support with all my it is practically carried out, I shall heart his endeavour to enlist as many have great pleasure in promising benefactors, and to as great an extent
twenty guineas to the fund. as possible, to our general fund.
I remain, This ought we to do, but we ought
Yours very truly, also not to leave the other undone.
A. RUSSELL JOHNSON. I should be sorry if one penny that would otherwise go into our general fund should be diverted by ou r Treasurer's effort; but there is no fear of
AYLESBURY BRANCH. that. This is a special and extra MY DEAR BRO. SIMS,-The Presieffort for a special and extra cause. dent's perseverance is becoming quite
Mr. Amphlett deprecates separate proverbial. From Newcastle in the unds. So do we all. But this effort north to Penzance in the south, and is not to establish a separate fund, many a place between, his energy is. but to augment a fund long esta- felt. Nor is this part of the kingdom blished, which is now confessedly neglected. With good Bro. Benson, inadequate to perform what was Hittite,” hitting away at prejuoriginally intended, and which our dice against the brethren, and Madgrowth has rendered thus incompe- der, the “ Hivite,” hiving the honey tent. Surely it is desirable that our called money, our Association is poor dear old fathers in the faith being helped on with an earnestness should be placed on an equality in beyond all praise. With my goodthe matter of this Christmas gift. for-little self to form a tria juncta in Some of our new annuitants are as uno band, the above-named brethren, needy as the old ones, and an addi- with the cheerful acquiescence and tional half-sovereign at that season of willing aid of the Ministers, have the year would be as heartily appre- visited, with very satisfactory results, ciated by those who are now perforce the Leighton Buzzard and the Aylesnon-recipients, as by those who do bury Circuits. At half-a-dozen places participate.
in the former, and at Waddesdon in Mr. Amphlett fears, too, that even the latter, where the ladies crowned this effort will not be sufficient for the the meeting with given trays for tea, future. Probably not. I hope it will to swell the total sum, pleasing renot. But it will be sufficient for the sults have obtained. Thame Circuit present. And when our Association is not to be forgotten. We hope the has grown to yet larger proportions, May Magazine, in its financial fea