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the cause of social advancement. Temperance means less crime, and

more thrift, and more of comfort and In the middle of April the following prosperity for the people. Nearly all telegram was forwarded to the Lord the crime in our army can be traced Mayor by Mr. Goschen in relation to to intoxication and I have always the appalling Chio earthquake : “ Ur- found that, when with any body of gent requirements at Chio increase troops in the field there were no spirits, daily. Present resources_adequate and where their use was prohibited only for immediate wants. Fear great the health, as well as the conduct of distress in the future. We beg you the men, were all that could be wished most earnestly to take measures you for. No one can wish the cause you deem best to stimulate subscriptions.” have at heart success more earnestly Similar appeals are continually being than I do." made to Lord Mayor's for the time

The Fisheries Exhibition opened being, on various calamities, as they by the Prince and Princess of Wales from time to time arise. We should

at Norwich has been a remarkable think it would be possible to establish

success. At the banquet given at St. a Lord Mayor's Universal Benificent

Andrew's Hall, His Royal Highness Fund, to be previously in hand to meet such calamitous cases of dis

suggested that a Fisherman's Aid

Society for the whole kingdom ought tress. Such a proceeding would only

to be started. In allusion to the be in accordance with the inspired

Prince of Wales' suggestion, Professor words ready beforehand, and would

Huxley, speaking before the Yare prevent much anxiety.

Preservation Society, urged upon the THE withdrawal of the British Fishermen and their families selftroops from Affghanistan will have reliance and thrift. The two opinions given general satisfaction. The Local are not to be regarded as antagonistic, Preachers' Magazine condemned the because, like the Local Preachers' Affghan invasion as a grand robbery. Association, a Fisherman's Aid SoHaving regarded the action of the ciety could be formed on the principle late Government as a great wrong, of helping those who help themselves. we are only consistent in rejoicing

In speaking of the departed, the that our soldiers have returned to India.

name of Earl Beaconsfield may doubt

less be mentioned as a remarkable REMARKABLE testimonies are con- genius who rose to a most distintinually arising on the subject of guished position in this country. Temperance. The annual report of

It is only two months since we Dr. Davies, presented to the Kent

were expressing a hope that Dr. magistrates on the discontinuance of

Punshon would soon regain his usual the beer diet to the inmates of the

health. A sudden surprise was caused Kent Lunatic Asylum at Farningham, by an unexpected announcement of has been going the round of all the

his decease. It is not too much to say papers. The report says: “From

that, besides his brilliant oratory, careful observation of the effects of alcoholic stimulants upon the patients

there was a magnanimity about his

disposition which made him a uniunder his care, he became convinced

versal favourite. In connection with that it was not advisable to continue

the recent departure of Dr. Jobson, to supply exciting beverages to them, which he felt sure had a tendency to

we asked, who among the rising

talent of the Wesleyan Ministry prolong their malady, and conduce to

would take his place, as friend and a speedy relapse after their discharge.” helper of the Local Preachers' Asso

EQUALLY important to the above is ciation; and we may well ask the a letter which Sir Garnet Wolseley same over the gap left in the ranks addressed to the President of the of our honorary members by the Grantham Temperance Association death of our distinguished, tried, and on the 21st of April last. The letter lamented friend, Dr. Punshon, whom says: The cause of temperance is we all so much loved.

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Poetry.

THE DAISY.

MEEK and modest little flower,
Simplest offering of the hour,
Blooming in obscurest shade,
Or the sunlit verdant glade ;
On the rock or in the dell,
Forest walk or woodland fell;
Ever easy in thy lot,
And content to be forgot
'Mid thy sister's fairer bloom,
Or their rich and rare perfume,
Happy still with heavenward gaze
To display thy star-like rays.
Storms may gather in the skies
Tempests roar and whirlwinds rise,
Showers descend in fearful train,
Hail and sleet sweep o'er the plain,
Sunbeams parch thy gentle head,
Or the snow around thee spread,
Still contented thou art found,
Patient ’neath the conflict round,
By thy meekness free'd from harm,
Waiting for the coming calm.
Type and emblem thou may'st be
Of that rare simplicity,
Which in every Christian mind
Should its place of resting find,
Mingling with its scorn of state,
Meekness to the rich and great,
Patience 'midst severest woes,
Kindness e'en to sternest foes,
Faith to rest on in the way,
Hope to lend its cheering ray,
And charity, that gentle guest,
Whose temple is the good man's

breast.
Such the sermon-meanest things
Preach to subjects or to kings;
Such the lessons thou may'st meet
In the daisy at thy feet.

there is no perceptible increase of light in the morning, nor from the 20th to the 24th in the evening.

The moon is full on the 12th at fifty-six minutes after six in the morning, and there is a new moon on the 26th at four minutes after two in the afternoon. The moon is near Mars during the morning hours of the 21st, and is near the planets Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn, on the morning of the 22nd. She is nearest the earth on the 13th, and most distant from it on the 1st, and again on the 29th.

Mercury is an evening star, setting on the 15th one hour forty-eight minutes after sunset, and on the last day of the month one hour after sunset. Mercury is near the moon on the 28th.

Venus is a morning star, rising on the 1st one hour twenty-two minutes before sunrise, and on the last day two hours twenty minutes before sunrise. She is near the moon on the 22nd, and at her greatest distance from the sun on the 27th.

Mars is a morning star, rising on the 1st two hours before sunrise ; and on the last day three hours fourteen minutes before sunrise. He is near the moon on the 21st.

Jupiter is a morning star, rising on the ist one hour thirteen minutes before sunrise, and on the last day two hours forty-nine minutes before the sun. He is near the moon on the 22nd.

Saturn is a morning star, rising on the 1st at two hours thirty-eight minutes a.m., and on the last day three hours before sunrise. He is near Venus on the 6th, and near the moon on the 22nd.

High water at London Bridge on the 1st at twenty-five minutes after four in the morning, and at forty-two minutes after four in the afternoon. On the last day seven minutes after four in the morning, and twenty-three minutes after four in the afternoon.

Phenomena of the Month.

JUNE. The sun rises on the 1st at fifty-one minutes after three, and sets at four minutes after eight. On the 30th he rises at forty-nine minutes after three and sets at eighteen minutes after eight. In this month the longest day in the year is reached. From the 1st to the 15th the day lengthens in the morning seven minutes, and from the 1st to the 20th lengthens fifteen minutes in the evening. The day then after the 20th shortens in the morning to the end of the month four minutes, and one minute in the evening, giving an additional length of day on the month of sixteen minutes only. From the 15th to the 21st

MUSIC IN NATURE. All true, all faultless, all in tune,

Creation's wondrous choir,
Open'd in mystic unison
To last till time expire.

And still it lasts, by day and night,

With one consenting voice,
All hymn Thy glory, Lord, aright,
All worship and rejoice.

Christian Year.

The morning stars in choral concert sang, The rolling deep with hallelujahs rang, Adoring angels from their orbs rejoice, The voice of music, was creation's voice.

Montgomery.

Mutual-fid Association Reporter.

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PRESIDENTS' LETTER.–No. 12.,

AND LAST.

Aylesbury, May 14. MY DEAR BRO. SIMs,—Since I last wrote you I have been pleading the cause of my poor old sick brethren with very good success, at Louth, Walsall, St. Ives, Huntingdon; ably assisted by Bros. Rose and Amphlett; after which Bros. Benson and C. S. Madder have held public meetings at Bristol, Penzance, St, Just, Gunnerslake, Callington, Barnstaple, Melksham. Started new Branch at Gunnerslake and Callington, with some seven or eight new hon. members; rousing up local secretaries, putting new life into old Branches, removing ignorance, and slaying the old enemy, prejudice; and, admitted on all hands, doing good work for our beloved Association. In our Sabbath work, the Master has blessed us by giving us several souls for our hire. To Him be all the praise. The following is all I have been able to gather up this last month. There are still a few more to come, but will send them in next month, D.V.

£ s. d. Mr. J. W. Cooper, North Finchley, W.

0 10 0 Huddersfield Meeting 4 6 11 Miss Sutcliffe, Hill House, Huddersfield

1 0 0 George Curtis, Esq., Mayor of Poole

0 10 6 J. G. Nicholson, Esq., Saffron Waldron

0 5 0 R. Skelton, Esq., Leyton 0 5 0 Peter Crook, Esq., Bolton... 0 5 0 Mr. William Oxford, Bournmouth

0 10 0 Mr. Thomas, St. Just 0 2 6 Rev.James Whithead, Ilfracomb

0 5 6

NEW HONORARY MEMBERS.' Mr. J. E. Hookey, Birmingham. Mr. W. Grey, West Hartlepool. Mr. W. R. Golightly, Durham. Charles Maggs, Esq., Melksham,

Wilts. A. Stratton, Esq., Melksham, Wilts. Gurney Buxton, Alderman. Ambrose Winter, Alderman. Samuel Newman, Alderman. Robert Haselwood, Esq. E. J. Newbegin, Esq. S. J. J. Jarrold, Esq.

...

...

TO THE BRETHREN TO BE ASSEM. BLED IN ANNUAL MEETING AT

SHEFFIELD.

Thames Street, Windsor. DEAR BRETHREN, -For thirty years without interruption I have had the pleasure of meeting with you; and, although now detained through severe affliction of body, I feel that I ought rather to be thankful for the past than to murmur at the present.

I wish you all God speed in your likely that rate will be continued for Annual Meeting, and trust that the the next three years. Divine blessing will rest thereon in A study of the table of statistics, rich abundance.

which I first prepared many years I do not know how it will go with ago, and which is continued to this me; but in any case I beg that you date, cannot fail to be profitable to will feel yourselves at perfect liberty you. I am one who believes that, to to deal with the Honorary Secretary

Christian associations as well as to ship as you judge best for the interests Christian men, the Scriptural rule is of the Association.

the only true one. “ Owe no man Some notices of motion are in my anything,” and for us to outrun our name as usual; but, no doubt, some ORDINARY income, is to get into debt. other brother will take them up, and To preserve our funds and to add show good cause for their adoption. thereto all legacies and special donaThe division of the funds, in such tions, is the only way to keep faith proportion as you may order, would, with those generous friends who have I am persuaded, be a prudent step, thus made us their almoners. and would tend to check a too lavish I hope you will pass the Trust generosity on the part of impulsive Deed, as it is bearing out the words, brethren, who forget how soon the “or Independent,” which some have savings of years may be dissipated. misunderstood. But, pray, do not

The adoption of a sliding scale of put into the deed the principle of receipts and payments is the only loans, which is not constitutional, plan that will greatly increase your according to our rules. The clause benefit members ; until that principle respecting a trustee's individual liais adopted, we shall only continue to bility only, is the same as in all recruit our ranks from the very trust deeds that I have ever seen; poorest of Methodist Local Preachers, and it would be impossible to get a and from the comparatively few who, body of trustees who would be content being in better circumstances, are to be answerable for all their fellows also large-hearted and full of brotherly in time to come. Tay He who only love.

is All-wise direct your thoughts The large middle class will continue aright.—Your faithful and affectionate to belong to other friendly societies,

brother,

THOMAS CHAMBERLAIN. into which they can pay more, and when they are sick can receive more out.

NOTICES OF MOTION. But if you are content with the

To the Members of The Wesleyan present grasp and extent of the Association among Methodist Local Methodist Local Preachers' Mutual

Aid Association." Preachers, as former triennial meetings have been, so let it be. You are DEAR BRETHREN, -As it is not only willing to be little when you likely that I shall be at your next might be great.

annual gathering; yet I am very I do sincerely hope that you will desirous that nothing should be done consider the motions for increased to shake the stability of Our Assopay with all Christian prudence ciation, or subtract from its invested before you add to the responsibilities fund. The permanency of the Assoof the Association. Only three years ciation, and its ability to meet the have passed since we greatly in- claims of the sick and aged will creased those responsibilities by depend in a great measure on the adding to the pay of the sick and to keeping up and augmenting the rethe annuitants. We have not felt the serve fund. At the formation of the burden of this so much as we should Association it was said, “It cannot have done, on account of sums re- stand.” To that remark I replied, ceived from legacies and from the “It must stand if we pay out no more personal efforts of our Presidents. than we receive.” For my part, I Meantime the number of annuitants cannot see the propriety of religious has risen 50 per cent., and most societies overrunning their income.

were

I look upon Bro. Milsom's Notice, to go to the parish for the means of No. 2, page 125, April Magazine, as sustenance. He was ashamed that unwise as it is impolitic, and I should there were so many local preachers judge it will be negatived by an un- in the city who could not deny them. mistakeable majority.

selves so much time as was required Bro. Johnson's Notice, No. 6, in the to attend that meeting. (Hear, hear.) same Magazine, to raise the Old Men's Alluding to the objects of the Society, Annuity a hundred per cent., endorsed the speaker advocated an increase of by Bro. Amphlett, would be an act of the sick allowances, and the abolition great injustice to our sick claimants, of the funeral fees, because he thought who can only claim 88. a week, and they might safely leave it to the must not follow their usual employ, leaders' meetings to take care that an while the annuitants can, and receive old local preacher who had worked the same amount. For twenty-five among them should have a decent years the maximum allowance to an- burial. Mr. E. Benson (ex-president nuitants was 48. a week. During of the Association) stated that at prethat time the average claimants on sent there

164 aged local the annuitant fund was about 100, preachers on the fund, receiving from but since the allowance has been four to six shillings a week. It was raised to 5s. and 6s., the annuitants required that every person on the have increased, and the last com- fund must be a contributor. During mittee reported 164 on that fund. the past year £395 had been paid in

It has for a long time been clearly funeral expenses, and £1,165 in sick understood that our Old Men must be allowances. It was calculated that supported by the free contributions of from £1,800 to £2,000 would be reour friends; and as the number of aged quired for the present year, and it brethren, as will be seen above, is in- was for that reason that special efforts creasing, it will be far more prudent were being put forth on behalf of the and do more good to extend the bene- society. With regard to the remarks fits by giving 4s. a week to twenty of the chairman, the speaker pointed poor brethren, rather than give 88. à out that the Association was started week to ten. Our object has been, solely to provide for poor local and I believe still is, to extend the preachers, to keep them out of the benefits of our Association to as many workhouse, and bury them when dead. of our old needy brethren as we pos- The meeting was also addressed by sibly can, but this will not be done by Mr. C. S. Madder (President of the raising the annuity to 8s. a week. Association), Rev. W. Nicholson, and I am, dear brethren,

others, and at the close a collection Yours most truly, was made in aid of the funds of the May 7th, 1881. PHILIP PARKER. association.

WESLEYAN

MUTUAL

were

ST. IVES, HUNTS.
BRISTOL.

THE WESLEYAN METHODIST LOCAL
LOCAL PREACHERS'

PREACHERS' MUTUAL-AID ASSOCIATION. AID ASSOCIATION.

On Sunday, April 24th, two sermons A MEETING was held April 28th, at preached in the Wesleyan Ebenezer Chapel, King Street, Bristol, Chapel, St. Ives, Hunts, on behalf of to further the objects of the Wesleyan this Association, by Mr. Madder, of Methodist Local Preachers' Mutual- Aylesbury (the President). In the Aid Association. Mr. T. Davies, of morning there was quite a large conRedland, presided, and referring to the gregation, and by the amount raised small attendance, said it was a burn- at the collections, and the coming up ing shame that the local preachers of of the people again in the evening, all the Bristol district did not rally seemed not only to enjoy the preacharound an institution which was ing but to sympathise greatly with established and supported exclusively the object the preacher had in view, for the benefit of poor old local viz., the support of poor Local preachers, who otherwise might have Preachers of our land when they are

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