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ago? He saw a bill carried which only to become an abstainer himself, closed public-houses in Ireland during but to banish the temptation from his the whole of the Lord's Day, with the home. (Applause.) Now, a great exception of some few towns there.
many people were abstainers for the He thought these facts showed that sake of their fellow men. He admired public opinion out of doors was in- them for it. (Hear, hear.) There fluencing the House of Commons, and was something grand and noble in that before long they would have self-denial. If poor drunkards—men Sunday closing for England as and women-could be saved from dewell as Wales, and
that they struction by their example and prewould have the principle of Local cept, let them do all they could to Option, in some way or other, become show it. Depend upon it, that temthe law of the land. Poor Mr. Wheel
perance and teetotalism had brought house, whom they had all heard about, happiness to many a wretched home. used to make long speeches against He should never forget, some time Sir Wilfrid Lawson in the House of
ago, when times were good, and Commons. He always had the same colliers were making large sums of two arguments—that you cannot make money, going into one of their houses. a man sober by Act of Parliament, It was the picture of misery and and that these questions were always wretchedness and want. He did not brought forward by low, wretched think the whole of the furniture of people, called Dissenters. (Laughter.) the house was worth five shillings, But he (Mr. Allen) thought you could and the poor woman -the wife-told make a man sober by Act of Parlia- him, with tears in her eyes, that her ment. (Hear, hear.) He believed husband and sons were earning 198. that if you removed temptation from a day, and they spent it all in drink. the people they would not fall into it. Nothing grieved him so much as, in Now he didn't care about talking the large towns of this land, to see the about himself, but he should like to poor little children in our back tell them a little about his own growth streets, all ragged and famishing, on the temperance question. (Hear, growing up to a heritage of vice and hear.) Some years ago he did not sin and shame. But there know much about it. He used to plenty of work for those interested in think that public-houses, and beer- this great cause to do. If ever the houses, and gin-palaces were a neces- curse of intemperance were banished sity ; but by the publications of the from the land we should then be a United Kingdom Alliance he was led truly great, a truly noble, and a truly to look into the question himself; and happy people; so that wherever an he thought he must see the interior Englishman might go—whether he of a few dozens of gin palaces in travelled north or south, east or west order to see what went on there. -he might look back with pride and Well, the result was, that he was so love to his native land and sayshocked and horrified that he was
“Where'er I go; whatever climes I see, determined, for the rest of his life, to
My heart still travels and returns to support the principle of Local Option
-(applause) —80 as to give to the Still to my country turns with ceaseless people of the three kingdoms the pain, power of closing the public-houses if
And drags at every step a lengthening
chain." they thought they were a nuisance and an evil. Well, then another thing led him to think on the question.
A TEMPERANCE ISLAND AND ITS He used to have wine and beer at his
INHABITANTS. table, but God gave him a family, Out in the Atlantic, between the and when he saw his little children Outer Hebrides and lone St. Kilda, growing up with their bright, sunny, there is a little island named Heiskar. and merry faces, and then thought The native population consists of that he was placing temptation in
fifteen families. Separated their way, and thought what they from the North Uist church by a might become, he determined not dangerous sound, they seldom can
venture to go to church there, as “Woe to that land, to hastening ills a there is no clear prospect of their prey,
Where wealth accumulates and men being able to return within the day,
decay." and no certainty of their being able to return within the week or the “ But then these people, so very relifortnight. But no Sabbath passes gious, consume an immense amount without public worship, conducted by of whisky.” Those who repeat this themselves, and attended by every current accusation have, probably, soul of an age to attend. The Queen's
made no inquiry into its truth. They, Government is carried on by a head probably, have not so much as thought man, chosen by themselves, who
of the fact that during the tourist and never has anything to do; there is
shooting season the highlands are really no such thing as crime in the
full of tourists, sportsmen, and gillies, island. And if any of our readers
who consume great quantities of inchance to be storm-stayed in the toxicating liquor, which is popularly island for a night or two, he will be laid to the account of the natives. We pressed to accept hospitality in their
shall only in the line of special obser. cottages, and find the cottage patri- vations already referred to, say, in arch whom he visits to be one of the
the first place, that the Shetlanders best men of the age of Abraham and
notoriously drink to excess nothing his contemporaries, robed in a sim
but tea ; and in the second place, plicity which is greatness.
that the steamboat captain referred to Our tourist may have frequent stated that, when last year he carried opportunity of such observations as
home twelve thousand Lewis men this : One day last month the Hutch
from the herring harvest, with their inson steamer was sailing round
pockets full of money, the whole Cape Wrath, carrying some five
twelve thousand did not during the hundred Lewis men from Stornoway voyage spend, perhaps, one shilling in to the herring fishing at Wick. In the
drink. evening the captain was “ chaffed ” by a tourist about the Scottish strictness of view in relation to the Sabbath-it was Saturday evening
Poetry. as a really impracticable strictness. The captain said, that of the five hundred Lewis men ast," not one,
THE DEWDROP AND THE STREAM. landing at Thurso late on Saturday
THE brakes with golden flowers were night, would take a step towards crown'd, Wick till Monday morning; that if And melody was heard aroundthe weather proved fine they would When, near the scene a dewdrop shed spend the night in the open air; if it
Its lustre on a violet's head,
And trembling to the breeze it hung! proved bad, they would seek shelter
The streamlet, as it roll'd along, in outhouses; and that on the Sab
The beauty of the morn confess'd, bath-day they would worship in And thus the sparkling pearl address'dgroups, led by their headmen. About ten o'clock at night the captain's
“ Sure, little drop, rejoice we may,
For all is beautiful and gay ; statement was strikingly illustrated
Creation wears her emerald dress, by a solemn act of joint worship- And smiles in all her loveliness; singing, Bible-reading, and prayer- And with delight and pride I see on the part of the whole five hundred; That little flower bedew'd by thee! their grand, shaggy heads, surmount- Thy lustre with a gem might vie, ing broad shoulders, being laid bare
While trembling in its purple eye.” to the pelting wind and rain. Any
“Ay, you may well rejoice, 'tis true," one seeing those heads and shoulders
Replied the radiant drop of dew; of men worshipping God would have “ You will, no doubt, as on you move, felt that, so long as men of their class
To flocks and herds a blessing provo.
But when the sun ascends on high, people our country districts, we are
Its beams will draw me to the sky, not in sight of the poet's
And I must own my little power-
The fact that Mr. Gladstone should have proposed to license railway carriages for the sale of drink, is suggestive of the vigilant watch which the friends of temperance and order need to keep over matters affecting the welfare of society. The pressure brought to bear upon the Government from all parts of the country compelled the abandonment of measure. It was because of this outside pressure
that-to use Mr. Gladstone's own word—the proposal was
" killed.” ANOTHER achievement over which the Christian people in the Principality may well rejoice, is the passing of the second reading of a Bill to close public-houses on Sundays in Wales. The second reading of this bill was carried by a majority of nearly 10 to 1; the numbers being, for the measure, 163; against it, 17.
A DEPUTATION from the Council of the Anglo-Jewish Association have had an interview with Earl Granville on the subject of the outrages upon Jews committed in various parts of the Russian Empire. Mr. Serjeant Simon, M.P., and other influential Jews stated the case as one of deplorable cruelty and hardship. In various parts of Russia “houses had been wrecked, and Jewish soldiers and civilians had been slain without interference from the authorities, whose duty it was to prevent such outrages.” Earl Granville careful and guarded in his reply to the deputation. There is no doubt the Foreign Secretary will keep his eye upon all such matters, and as far as possible do his utmost to mitigate the sorrows and sufferings of God's ancient people. As to that remarkable race, there appears to be various influences at work that portend change. O, for the tearing away of their "vail !"
The Norfolk News has been complaining of the "incongruity" of the conduct of the House of Commons in adjourning the business of the House on Ascension Day to go to church, and then a few days after doing the same thing in order to give Honour.
“Hold !” cried the stream, “ nor thus re
pine, For well 'tis known a power divine, Subservient to His will supreme, Has made the dewdrop and the stream Though small thou art (I that allow) No mark of heaven's contempt art thou; Thou hast refresh'd a humble flower, And done according to thy power.” All things that are, both great and small, One glorious Author form'd them all ; This thought may all repinings quell; What serves His purpose, serves Him well.
A DOMESTIC SCENE. 'Twas early day-and sunlight streamed
Soft through a quiet room,
Still, but with nought but gloom.
Whose hope is from above,
Of Heaven's recorded love.
Pure fell the beams, and meekly bright,
On his gray holy hair,
As if its throne were there.
With something lovelier far-
Caught not from sun or star.
His calm benignant eye;
Of quenchless faith survives, For every feature said, “I know
That my Redeemer lives." And silent stood his children by,
Hushing their very breath, Before the solemn sanctity
Of thoughts o'erspreading death :
With love and reverence swell ?
" And the Sabbath drew on."
THE hours of evening close ;
And wait the Sabbath dawn.
So let its calm prevail
O'er forms of outward care;
" The grog
able Members an opportunity of going reflect with exceeding joy on his sucto the Derby.
cessful labours. The great matter of the last month It is indeed to be regretted that a has been the issue of the Revised Ver- noble race of men like the New Zeasion of the New Testament. Local landers should be liable to extinction, Preachers will, to a very great extent, and that the chief cause should be be interested in the criticisms of the the introduction and sale of strong Revisers. As the result of the joint drink. Sir Wm. Fox, as one of the labours of so many learned men, it Commissioners appointed to inquire must be regarded as a help to the into the subject, says: meaning of the Divine Word.
river still flows, and as far as the The Archbishop of Canterbury has
poor Maories are concerned, will, I
fear, flow on for ever. About half & issued an address to the clergy and laity of the Church of England, in
century will probably suffice for the which he calls attention to the efforts
extinction of the Maori, and when the
last of the race is laid in the grave, of the Liberation Society to disestablish and disendow the Church.
his record may be, Rum did it. I He advises that the agents of the
see no hope for them; it is only & Liberation Society should be followed
question of time, and not a long one."
When Sir Wm. Fox was over in this by others employed by the Church Defence Institution. The victory will
country a short time since, the writer
had conversation with him upon the have to be gained by the Liberationists outside of Parliament first.
subject. The number of natives Parliament is not likely to take any
in these interesting islands at the steps in the matter till the people Antipodes was at one time 400,000. first declare their mind.
These have already been reduced to
40,000. Can nothing be done to A DEPUTATION headed by Lord
save this remnant of a noble race of Nelson has been waiting upon the
men ? Upper House of Convocation to call the attention of the Bishops to the
THE Methodist Recorder of June large amount of positive unbelief in 3rd had a long article on “ Preaching this country, especially among the
for the Times." The writer of the more educated classes. The artisans article contends that we want “deep and labourers also were represented
truths clearly expressed,” such as will as being in the condition of persons
lead the hearers to “a verdict con“from whose life belief is fading out.” demning sin and justifying Christ.”
This paragraph is not designed to be It might be expected that William
a homily on preaching, but the writer McArthur, as Lord Mayor, would
just wishes to say that the first consignalise his year of so distinguished
sideration with a preacher should be an office by doing something unusual.
to gain attention. He has no faith in No more appropriate thing was ever
laying down any particular style or done than to honour a veteran mis
plan for universal or general adopsionary like Dr. Moffat. On May tion-let every man be himselfthe 7th a banquet was given in the
every man in his own order. There is Egyptian Hall of the Mansion House,
great force as well as simplicity in the to which Dr. Moffat, with the Earl
words, “able minister of the New Tes. of Shaftesbury, the Archbishop of
tament." Canterbury, and many friends of the various missionary societies, were
The death of the Rev. W.O. Simpinvited. This Gospel pioneer to son, at the age of tifty, is, humanly Bechuana land set sail to South speaking, a great loss to Methodism, Africa when he was twenty years of
and especially so as following upon age, and devoted fifty years of arduous so many similar bereavements, so missionary toil to the great work of many remarkable men having been converting the heathen. Now, at the taken to their reward in the midst of great age of eighty-five years, and their career of usefulness. with faculties unimpaired, he can
we read the first sheet, and it was Literary Notices.
not to our taste; it might suit others,
but what good end can be answered Heaven : its Hope ; its Inhabitants ; by its publication, we fail to see.
its Riches; its Happiness. The certainty of God's promise of a life beyond the grave, and the rewards
Miscellaneous. that are in store for faithful service, as gleaned from sacred Scripture. By D. L. Moody. London: Mor.
PROMPTITUDE. gan and Scott. 1s. 6d., limp cloth, 119 pages.
To be prompt in action, is a most invaluable qualification.
The man The title expresses fully what the book contains. How many doubting
who is constantly in doubt is in
capable of managing great affairs. souls have had their doubts removed
His knowledge may be extensive, his by reading the fourteenth chapter of
penetration quick, his understanding John's Gospel. This book of Mr.
enlarged, his imagination vigorous; Moody's is well calculated to remove
he may be candid and courteous, doubts and impart consolation.
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who hear him believe there is nobody THESE addresses are admirably cal- better fitted for business: still he is culated to urge the believer on to
worse than useless in action. He higher attainments, and we believe
sees clearly the advantages that must this has been one of the drawbacks
result from the success of a scheme; to Church prosperity, that Church but then he perceives with equal members are content with a faint
distinctness the obstacles which stand assurance that they are in the favour
in the way of its execution. He of God, and do not go on to perfection. weighs the one against the other, and There must be a growing up into
over again weighs them; and he Christ in order to bring forth the cannot arrive at a decision. No man fruits of righteousness. There must understands all the niceties—the be progression or the goal of attain
logical distinctions--of a question able perfection cannot be reached. half so well, or deliberates half so These addresses, if carefully read, profoundly, as he does; but nobody must do good.
can be less the better for a piercing Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Meet
reach of thought, and a painful exering of the American Nationul
cise of the faculties of judgment: for Association of Local Preachers of exclamation, “ What to do, I cannot
with him the end of all is the hopeless the Methodist Episcopal Church,
tell!" held at Baltimore, October 16 to 19,
In the meantime, opportunity 1880, with an Appendix, containing
flies : and he enters upon the con
sideration of some other matter with Essays, Memoirs, &c.
unprofitable waste of ABOUT 170 delegates were present, thought. It is extremely hazardous among them our Brother Jameson.
to employ persons of this description
in any transaction of importance, Via, Veritas, Vita : Discursive Notes
unless their part in it be such, that, on Preaching, and on some Types
like sailors, they are told “they have of the Christian Life. By a Pres
no business to think;” but as combyter. London: Elliot Stock. 94
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considerable, because they drop The printing, paper, and getting up numerous hints, which, used by those of this pamphlet is all that can be who know how to use them in time, desired. As it regards the matter,
turn out to be of infinite consequence.