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to float a moment upon its waves and such a laugh that he could not contain then sink into nothingness ! Else why himself, but cried, “ Kate, I read thy is it that the glorious aspirations, riddle. How foolish I am! God is which leap like angels from the temple not dead. He ever lives; but I have of our hearts, are for ever wandering acted as if He were dead. Thou hast about unsatisfied ? Why is it that the taught me a good lesson.”—Christian rainbow and clouds come over us with Herald. a beauty that is not of earth, and then pass off and leave us to muse upon their favoured loveliness? Why is it
Phenomena of the Months. that the stars, who hold their festival around the midnight throne, are
JANUARY. set above the grasp of our limited faculties, for ever mocking us with
The sun rises on the 1st of this their unapproachable glory? And month at eight minutes after eight, finally, why is it that bright forms of and sets at four o'clock. On the human beauty are presented to our 31st the sun rises at forty-three view and then taken from us, leaving minutes after seven, and sets at fortythe thousand streams of our affections five minutes after four. Hence the to flow back in Alpine torrents upon
day lengthens this month twenty-five our hearts ? We are born for a higher minutes in the morning, and fortydestiny than that of earth; there is a five minutes in the evening; total, realm where the rainbow never fades, one hour and ten minutes. where the stars will be spread before
The Moon and Venus are very near us like islands that slumber on the to each other during the evening ocean--and where the beings that pass hours of January 3rd; the Moon is to before us like shadows will stay in our the right of Jupiter during the evenpresence for ever.
BULWER. ing hours of the 6th, and to the left
of this planet during the evening hours
of the 7th, being a little to the right MARTIN LUTHER.
of the planet till about eleven o'clock, MARTIN LUTHER was subject to fits of and a little to the left after this time; great despondency sometimes, when she is near Mars on the 28th, and he would almost despair of the cause Mercury on the 30th. She is full on of Protestant truth. On one of these the 15th thirty-four minutes after occasions, when he returned home in eleven in the morning, and new on the evening, on coming to the door the 30th thirty-eight minutes after 0 nobody welcomed him. He entered in the morning. She is 'nearest to their best room, and there sat Cath- the earth on the 29th, and most diserine, his wife, all dressed in black; tant from it on the 14th. and by her side lay a mourning cloak, Mercury is a morning star till the such as ladies wear at funerals. 19th, rising fifty-eight minutes before “ Ah!” said he ; “ Kate, what mat- the sun on the 1st. On the 19th the ters now? Is the child dead ? She planet and the sun rise together ; shook her head, and said the little from this day till March 3rd the planet ones were alive. Luther exclaimed, rises in daylight, or after the sun. On
Oh, what has befallen us? Tell me, the 28th he sets at about sunset, and quick.” " Good man,'
on the last day of the month thirteen “have you not heard? Is it possible minutes after sunset. He is at his that the terrible news has not reached greatest distance from the sun on the you?” This made the Reformer the 8th, in superior conjunction with the more inquisitive and ardent, and he sun on the 26th. pressed to be immediately told of the Venus is an evening star, setting cause of sorrow. “Why,” said Kate, on the 1st three hours thirty-eight “have you not been told that our minutes after sunset, on the last day Heavenly Father is dead, and His of the month at five minutes after cause in the world is therefore hope- nine, p.m. lessly ruined ? ” Martin stood and Mars is a morning star, rising on looked at her, and at last burst into the 1st one hour twenty-eight minutes
before sunrise; and on the last day one hour twenty-four minutes before sunrise. He is due south on the 1st at thirty-four minutes after ten a.m., and on the last at twelve minutes after ten a.m.
Jupiter sets on the 1st at sixteen minutes after twelve a.m., on the last day forty-two minutes after ten p.m. He is due south on the 1st fifty-six minutes after five p.m. On the last day of the month at thirteen minutes after four p.m.
Saturn sets on the 1st at twenty minutes after one p.m., and on the last day at twenty-five minutes after eleven p.m. He is due south on the 1st at forty minutes after six p.m., and on the last day of the month at forty-six minutes after four p.m. “The spacious firmament on high,
With all the blue ethereal sky,
Mutual-Aid Association Reporter.
PRESIDENT'S LETTER.-No. 7.
Aylesbury, Dec. 13. MY DEAR Bro. Sims,-I am very thankful to say, through the goodness of my Heavenly Father, I am very much better in health for my journey to the north, and my rest at Matlock Bridge. Bro. Benson and myself very much enjoyed the kind and hearty welcome of the dear good folks both at Dawley, South Shields, Jarrow, and that grand old town, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and last, although not the least, Lancaster; and we have every reason to think we did good service to our beloved cause. We have had many warm and hearty friends in the north, and our hon. members list will show more than anything I can say ; but I do say, both from ministers and lay gentle. men, every effort to make our visit a success has been done. May the Great Head of the Church abundantly bless them! You see I have not arrived at a state of perfection yet, although, as far as time is going, I have reached the perfect No. 7. I am thankful to God, His servants, the Churches, and every dear brother and sister that has helped me to send up in this last month of the year such a list of warm and loving hearts as follows: I am, dear brother,
£ 8. d. Thos. F. Marsh, Axbridge... 0 10 0 Mr. Heath, Dursley
0 10 0 Mr. Hodgkinson, Leamington
0 5 0 Mr. J. Thatcher, Warwick 0 5 0 A Friend from Pembroke 0 5 0 Mr. C. Hook, Tintern, Chepstow
0 10 0 Mr. Roberts, Tintern, Chepstow
0 10 0 Mr. H. Bray
0 10 0 Mr. G. Boulter, Iron Acton 1 0 0 Mr. J. Lowlas, Brittle Lane 0 5 0 Mr. W. J. Bossor
0 10 0 Mr. J. E. Nott, Brecon 1 1 0 James Harris, Esq., Ross... 1 1 0 Robert: Williams and Sons, Hay
0 10 6 Arthur James, Esq., Redditch
1 1 0 Public Meeting at Dawley 3 0 11 Joseph Padfield
0 5 0 Thos. Durley, Esq., Toogood
Lodge, Whitchurch 1 1 0 Public Collection, Matlock 1 12 8 James Buckly, Llannally 0 10 0 A. H. Bickard
1 0 0 G. A. Baker, Oxford
0 5 0 J. D. Bowers, Esq., Chester 1 1 0 F. Dunsfrey, Liverpool 0 5 0 J. M. P., in stamps...
0 5 0 J. C. Morris...
0 5 0 Mr. A. Hayman
0 5 0 S. Whiting, Esq., Malmsbụry
1 0 Jas. Edwards, near Dudley O 10 0 J. Creed, Esq., Glastonbury 1 0 0
P. R. Jackson, Esq., Monmouth
1 1 0 Public Collection, Lancaster 3 4 0 Mr. J. Taylor, Bierton 1 1 0 Miss Emily Jane Busson, Aylesbury
1 1 0
£27 1 Yours truly,
CHARLES S. MADDER.
heard the dear brethren were delighted. The Association was well represented and advocated by them.
Their disinterested enthusiasm in behalf of the Association and the Poor Old Brethren was marvellous and telling.
I submit a statement of the result of the visit. We were advised to keep it separate from the general account. I herewith remit the £10, which please acknowledge. I am, dear Sir, and Bro.,
Morning 2 13 0
4 5 9 Nov. 23. Tuesday, Public Meeting
3 ñ 10 0 1 11
NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE. A MEETING was held at Brunswick Place Chapel, on the 22nd November, 1880. The Sheriff of Newcastle, T. Richardson, Esq., in the chair. Addresses by the chairman of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne district, Rev. Wm. Hirst; the President, C. S. Madder, Esq., E. Benson, Esq., and myself. The assembly was small, no doubt in consequence of the severity of the weather, but an interesting meeting was enjoyed by the audience. It is quite evident the claims of our Association are misunderstood by our Methodist people generally, or more interest and sympathy would be manifested on behalf of our poor local preachers. The deputation made a strong appeal on behalf of the old - men, and although the collection was small, I hope many honorary members will be added to the list. Three additional names may be added, and if another meeting were arranged, better things may be expected.
If a few of your monthly magazines were put into the hands of our local preachers it might do some good.
You may reckon the following as Honorary Subscribers :
T. Bainbridge, Esq., T. Richardsov, Esq., R. Robson, Esq., W. A. Bell, Esq., Mr. Forster, R. H. Lawson, W. Wayman, Miss Bond.
R. H. LAWSON.
£10 00 GEORGE Todd,
NOTTINGHAM BRANCH. The annual meeting of this branch of the Association was held in the schoolroom of Shakspeare Street Chapel, belonging to the United Methodist Free Churches, on Tuesday evening, November 23rd, 1880. The attendance was not so encouraging as that of the previous year.
A School Board election-canvass was in progress, and Wesleyan ministers were too fully occupied with their own duties to afford aid to a Local Preachers' Institution. One itinerant minister was present, the newly appointed Superintendent of the Free Church Circuit, the Rev. Jas. C. Brewitt, who advocated the interests of local brethren and their Association, with good feeling and earnestness. He thought more ought to be done for the relief of needy Local Preachers than ever yet had been attempted, and that the allowance to worn-out brethren ought to be more liberal than it is.
SOUTH SHIELDS. MR. Sims,
DEAR SIR AND BROTHER,— We have been favoured with a visit from our -esteemed President, and, as his colleague on the occasion, our esteemed Bro. Benson, of Pitstone. All who
Mr. Councillor Baines, a zealous deserving brethren. It has helped to Conservative in politics, presided, and smooth many a rough path, and has spoke in the most friendly terms of brought bright sunshine into otherthe brethren and their cause, express- wise dark homes and sorrowful hearts. ing his admiration of Christian union, During the period of its existence and his desire to see its extension it has paid in annuities, in sickness among the Churches. Brother Colum- and in funeral allowances the sum bine, formerly of Mansfield, spoke at of £57,885 4s. 6d. This could not some length on the indispensableness possibly have been done but for the of the labour of Local Preachers, not generous aid of honorary members only for the extension, but for the and wealthy non-members. Concontinuance of Methodism among our siderably more than £6,000 have been villages. Mr. Rorke, a Wesleyan handed over to the General TreaLocal Preacher, gave a lively and surer in the shape of donations and graphic speech, glorying in the office legacies. he sustains and the work he does, in “ Now, although this Society|has not common with so noble an army of un- extended so rapidly as one could have paid brethren. Little more was done desired, yet there has been a steady in speechifying; but the meeting was and quiet growth, both in the memenlivened and delighted with the sing- bership and income. During the last ing of a select choir, accompanied by year special efforts were made to exthe piano, which the son of our Bro- tend the sphere of the Society's work; ther Hopewell played. The voices were and the result has been that 291 all musical and in fine tune, and the benefit and 50 honorary members have pieces sung were excellent. A report been added to our ranks. was read by the Secretary, Brother “ At present we report a total memMarsh, as follows:
bership of 3,455, including 796 hono“ It is with feelings of devout grati- rary members, who do not receive tude to God that we present the any help from the funds. The deAnnual Report of the Methodist Local mands made upon the resources of Preachers' Mutual-Aid Association. the Association during the last year
“ This Society was established in have been exceptionally heavy. A 1849, by a number of friends who larger sum has been paid for the relief appreciated and highly valued the of the afflicted than in any preceding services rendered to Methodism by year; and with one exception, the ber Local Preachers. It was felt that same remark is applicable to the some effort should be made to provide funeral allowances. The total expenses for the contingent necessities of those of the year, including the annuities working men who, often at great per- to the aged, who are generally unable sonal inconvenience and sacrifice, had to work, have been £3,642 28. 10d. rendered so much gratuitous service " It is matter of great satisfaction to the Methodist Societies.
and pleasure to find that the total “ It seemed to the originators and income has exceeded the disbursesupporters of this Association that it ments by over £600. Surely then we would be little less than a scandal have reason to “thank God and take to Methodism to allow her Local courage." But while we gratefully Preachers to be driven to the necessity acknowledge the Divine blessing that of applying for parochial relief, or to has rested upon our Association in endure the pangs and privations of the past, and express our thanks to poverty and want.
those friends who have kindly come “ By means of this Association the forward to help us in various ways, necessities of Local Preachers in sick- we feel that in order to carry on and ness and old age, have been partly extend the operations of the Associasupplied, and would have been still tion, we shall need their kind comore fully met if its objects had been operation and support in the future as better understood and appreciated. in the past. At present our Metho
“During the last thirty-one years the dist Circuit system cannot possibly be Society has been a source of help and worked without the services of Local comfort to very many faithful and Preachers, and as long as our local
brethren continue to render this volun- all; so that the deputation had the tary labour in preaching the everlast- pleasure of knowing that over £21 ing Gospel, so long we trust it will secured for the funds of the be the pleasure of the Churches to Association: and the crowded after. help them in their attempt to make meetings, where the cries of the some provision for sickness and old captives struggling for deliverance age.
from “sin and nature's night" " With the fullest confidence, there- mingled with the hallelujahs of the fore, we commend the interests of our “newborn sons of light,” told of a far Association to the generous support greater gain to the Church of God of all the Churches."
than that of £ s. d. From thirty to Brother Thornley, the Local Trea- forty were added during the services. surer, presented the following finan- May God give us still further increase, cial statement :
and baptize us afresh for the work ! DR. 1879 AND 1880.
£ 8. d. Hon. Members' Subscrip
GREAT QUEEN STREET. tions
12 12 0 On Wednesday evening, November Hon. Contributor
0 10 0 24th, a meeting on behalf of the Donation ...
1 0 0 Mutual-Aid Association, was held in Benefit Members
10 11 6 Great Queen Street Wesleyan Chapel. Gen. Secretary (Bro. Sims) 4 10 0 Unfortunately a Society Meeting had Tea-meeting (1879) balance 6 1 0 been held on the previous Monday,
which materially affected the atten, £35 4 6
dance. Howard Barrett, Esq., had EXPENDITURE.
kindly promised to preside, but at By Sick Allowance
the last hour was prevented by
9 14 0 By Gen. Seeretary (Sims) 25 10 6
sudden indisposition. He however
sent a donation of a guinea to the £35 4 6
funds, with expression of his sincere sympathy with the work carried on.
In his absence Mr. A. R. Johnson OLDHAM.
was requested to take the chair. On
the platform were Revs. Francis W.. THE Annual public Tea Meeting of Greeves (Superintendent of the our Branch was held in Wesley Circuit), Sampson Weaver, the School, Greenacres Road, on Satur- members of the Deputation from the day, Nov. 20th, 1880. There was a General Committee, and Messrs. good attendance. G. Wainwright, Harrison, W. Wright, and Page.. Esq., presided, the Revs. H. J. T. Mr. G. Sims, the General Secretary, Hawksley, G. H. Graham, and T. was first called upon to address th W. Townend, (U. M. F. C.) gave meeting, and he gave a very succinct very lively and instructive speeches and clear account of the good which on the work of local preachers, and is being effected. He was followed Bros. J. J. Hume of Barnsley, and J. by Mr. Henry Wright, who had Webster of York, roused the enthu- kindly undertaken to supply the place siasm of the meeting by very of our President, Mr. Madder, who. powerful appeals on behalf of the far away in the North was advocating Association. On Sunday 21st, the
Mr. Wright fully mainWesley, Manchester St., and Bruns- tained the interest of the meeting, wick pulpits were occupied by the and he was followed by Rev. Sampson deputation, and Bro. Firth of Middle- Weaver, who in a thoughtful and ton, and Bro. Hume preached the energetic address, exhorted the friends. last of a series of special services at to give liberal support. Mr. G. C. Middleton on Monday evening the Amphlett followed, and well sus22nd.
tained the interest that had been The congregations were very large, created, and then
our good and and very blessed influences fell upon valued friend, Mr.S.D. Waddy, Q.C.,