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A VISIT TO SHEFFIELD. How quickly the years pass ! It seems only the other day that we wrote of York. Since then, more than twelve months are gone, and we now write of Sheffield. There was a striking dissimilarity between the journeys to and fro. In the former, one gentleman rendered himself very disagreeable because a brother wanted more company in the compartment of the carriage when we had already four on a side-indeed he was quite angry, and had his fellow passengers been of the same mind there would have been quite a quarrel. It is always to be deemed a pity, when people are met with who think only of their own pleasure and accommodation. On returning we had already five on a side, but notwithstanding being thus quite full, there was quite a willingness to take in two young men for the journey to Peterborough. Although an infant was upon the lap of one of the passengers, it appeared to be the pleasure of all to administer to each other's enjoyment. This friendly feeling was fostered the more, by an observation of one of the company, that the way to go through this world was for all of us in all our relationships to try and administer to each other's happiness.

The writer being kindly and hospitably entertained near to Hanover Street Chapel, found his way to the Sabbath-morning prayer-meeting at that place of worship. The meeting was thoroughly and heartily conducted throughout. When all was ended, the writer asked the brethren and one sister to sit down a moment, to inquire if anything could be done in the street at any time during the day. It was soon discovered that everything was ready, and an arrangement was made to meet the Mission Band at half-past five o'clock, when an interesting service was held in the streets. One of the ministers accompanied us, and after giving an address, heartily invited his neighbours to go either to Hanover Street or to some other place to worship their Maker. On leaving the prayer-meeting referred to above, one of the friends put into our hand a plan, such as we had never before seen. It showed what might be done throughout the entire country. The plan embraced two departments of work suggested by the headings :-Prayer Leaders' Association and Prayer Leaders' Association Mission. The co-workers are a list of twenty names. The President of both departments of the work is Mr. Henry Gallimore, and the Secretaries are Messrs. John Crapper and J.T. Robertson. Should any reader desire to be informed of the operations of the brethren thus employed he can be furnished with further particulars.

Never was the writer more forcibly struck with the fact that something wants to be done more than is being done, than when at Sheffield. Take Hanover Street Chapel as an instance. Here is a noble structure, bearing as its motto, “ Enter into His gates with praise,” and when you done so you look around on the almost gorgeous interior, and the words “ holy and beautiful house” appear to come involuntarily to mind. On

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asking what the church would do if the poor of the neighbourbood should flock to worship in such a magnificent house of prayer, the reply was, We should gladly turn out of our pews to make room for the poorest, no one comes here who is not immediately invited to a seat.” Such appears to be the brotherly and sisterly feeling which runs through the various Methodist Churches of Sheffield, and yet the worship of God is to a very great extent neglected by the very class of people whom we are so desirous to benefit—the poor. Let the same spirit of sympathy be imbibed by all the churches of the land, and we may yet hope that a favourable impression, hitherto unknown, will yet be produced on the minds of many of the class called “the masses."

The writer could say much of the public services and love-feast which he attended, but he bastens to the conclusion of a happy day, when he had to hurry away for service in the street. It appeared that sufficient arrang ents had not been made for these special open-air services. On going to Moorhead at eight o'clock we paced backwards and forwards for about half-an-hour, when another brother came up, very weary, and to use his own words,“ quite worn out”-indeed, so much so that, zealous and untired as he usually is, he suggested that the effort should be abandoned. The writer was not to be discouraged thus, and replying "never" immediately commenced a service, throughout the entire of which the best possible attention was paid to three of the brethren.

Our duty had been done, and it may be that an after day will reveal results -duty is ours, results are God's.

The public meeting in Carver Street Chapel was among the best the Association has ever held. The brethren were heartily met by a crowd of friends at the tea-tables, and between the tea and public service another open-air meeting was held, which was sufficiently interesting to incite the inquiry, “ What meaneth this?”

John Dyson, Esq., the Chairman at the public meeting, was heartily in sympathy with the objects the Local Preachers have in view, and the echo of his words as applied to Wesley seem even now to be ringing, 66 It came to this crisis : souls must be saved, and saved by hundreds. The vital power of the Gospel must win its way, and orderly or disorderly, regular or irregular, in consecrated ground or out of doors, the work must be done, and the work of God carried on.”

At the ordinance of the Lord's Supper held at Norfolk Street Chapel, the writer was deeply interested to observe that the mother of one little boy left him in the pew. To leave him thus passed by appeared very questionable. He was of the age of nine years. He had been heartily singing :

“When from the dust of death I rise,
To claim my mansion in the skies,
Even then,- this shall be all my plea,
Jesus hath lived, hath died for me."

Again at the conclusion of the service he joined apparently very sincerely in the words:

“O happy day that fixed my choice
On thee, my Saviour and my God!
Well may this glowing heart rejoice,
And tell its raptures all abroad.
High heaven that heard the solemn vow,
That vow renewed shall daily hear,
Till in life's latest hour I bow,
And bless in death a bond so dear."

We felt constrained to ask him if it was really so that he loved the Saviour, and was converted, when the reply in the affirmative was very prompt. It is so often complained of our children that they become lost to the Church, and at the same time do we not unconsciously foster such separation ? When will parents, and the Church of Jesus Christ also, rightly understand the words, • Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”

In the business meetings, matters at first went on very slowly. At noon, on Tuesday, being in one of the anterooms, we overheard one brother complaining that he had lost three days of precious time. Had this brother possessed a little more patience he might have stayed on and been satisfied. The work remained to be done, and after three o'clock on Tuesday the brethren began in earnest with the remaining proposed alterations of rules. About a dozen of these proposals were moved, fairly spoken to, voted upon, and settled in the most business-like manner possible, and the usual votes of thanks having been passed with acclamation, the friends separated, and the writer found his way to his kind host's, where members of the meeting were waiting to hear the final result. On being asked how the business proceeded we said, “ You have seen the picture of a boy swinging on a gate, Happy as a King ?'” when the host said, " Is that you ?" We replied, “ Yes, the business is all finished, and I hope satisfactorily so.”

Before leaving for home next morning we arose early and went into the town for a walk. The first persons we happened to meet were police

To one of these we mentioned our surprise that on walking about on Saturday evening, and also all Sunday, we had not remembered to have noticed a policeman anywhere. This young man replied, “ We are better than we used to be not so much crime.” We asked him if he could tell me the cause; but that was a matter which he appeared not to have considered. Provided such a statement is a correct one, the reason or causes would be an interesting study, and as far as possible the causes of so pleasurable a change should be increasingly cultivated.

In the railway carriage on the return journey there was a striking contrast: an innocent infant, six weeks old, and an aged, dejected-looking woman, clothed in the habiliments of crime, her cloak bearing the marks

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of the broad arrow, and her hands in chains. The young woman, who with a policeman had this criminal in charge, appeared to be deeply interested in the hymn of Christian brotherhood which the writer presented to her, and his thought of the forlorn creature dressed in her prison or convict garb, whose long life appeared to have been worse than a blank was_5 This also is a sister."

N. Y.

SPIRITUAL SLOTH,

BY GEORGE SIMS.

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Sloth! What it ? The answer is, “ Laziness, sluggishness, idleness.” Now, there is nothing in religion that is consistent with idleness. It is true, there are many Christians who—if we may judge from their practice-seem to think otherwise. Not that they are indolent in the ordinary sense of the word; for many such are among the most active and diligent in the business of this world. But their sluggishness is manifested in regard to moral and spiritual interests. They take no active part in the ordinary operations of the Church, or in those great philanthropic enterprises by which the Church seeks to retain her own spiritual life and to impart it to others. As the Temple was built up with distinct or individual stones, so the Church of God is made up of individual members; and whatever duty is obligatory on the body as a whole, must be binding in its proper ratio on each individual. There is no room for idleness ; each has his appointed sphere which no one else can fill. The great question which each one should ask is, “ Lord, what wouldest Thou have me to do ?

The great design of the Church has ever been to bless and to save the world. The accomplishment of this design necessarily implies activity and zeal. The idea of a slumbering Church is as absurd as would be that of a slumbering army on the battle-field. Even in Old Testament times the mission of the Church was apparent. True, it did not act directly on the mass of mankind. It might be then said, " The time is not yet.” Its duty was to keep pure the sacred oracles, and to prepare the world for the fuller dispensation of the Gospel. It was not then a missionary Church : its duty was not so much aggressive as conservative and preparatory. It was more like a receiving than a distributing reservoir.

But with the advent of the Saviour, the mission of the Church was enlarged. It began to act directly on the people; to gather in the outcasts. Hence greater gifts were bestowed on the Christian community; gifts commensurate with its duties. The Holy Spirit was given in richer plenitude as the element of new and spiritual life. Instead of simply receiving the water of life, and exercising care to retain it in

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