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forgotten by them. Finding her true sphere in the home circle, she sought to lead her children to the Saviour, and had the joy of seeing one of her sons become a preacher of the Cross of Christ. Her husband being one of the expelled in 1853, they united together with the Methodist Free Church, of which she was a consistent member to the end of her days. For some years past her health had been declining, and on the first Sunday of the New Year, 1881, she went to the house of God for the last time. During the ensuing week sickness came on, and medical aid was deemed requisite. On Jan. 10th bronchitis set in; and, the weather being severe, and her constitution feeble, all efforts to rally her were in vain ; and on Jan. 12th she fell asleep in Jesus, in the sixty-third year

“ Absent from the body. present with the Lord.”

of her age.


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Street, E.C.):-“ It has been proved ASSURANCE.

that the mortality among those who

abstain from the use of alcoholic In his recent lecture at the City Tem- liquors is less than among ordinary ple, the Rev. Joseph Cook quoted lives. As such persons are entitled from the “National Temperance to the benefit of this fact, instead of League's Annual ” the well-known having to share in the greater losses experience of the United Kingdom resulting from the deaths of nonTemperance and General Provident abstainers, total abstainers are inInstitution, and read the following sured in a separate section, the profits extracts from prospectuses of other of which are kept distinct from those insurance societies which have tem- of the general department, and deperance sections :

termine the amount of the bonus in THE EMPEROR (52, Cannon Street, that section. In 1866, and again in E.C.) :—“The directors having had 1869, the bonus in this section was repeated applications from active nearly 7 per cent higher than in the and influential members of temper- general department, while in 1872, ance societies in England and Scot- 1875, and 1878 it increased to 14 per land to insure the lives of total cent. abstainers at reduced premiums, there- The BRITON (429, Strand, W.C.): by securing them an immediate bonus, “In order that those members of have agreed to do so, the more the association who abstain from the readily that many years since the use of alcoholic beverages may enjoy directors deemed it proper to secure such advantage from the practice, by for abstainers from intoxicating way of decreased mortality, as it is. liquors the benefits resulting from believed attach to it, the directors their assumed longevity, and estab- have established a special section to lished a section in which they are which only total abstainers are adkept apart, and receive their addi- mitted." tional profits. The wisdom of this THE SCEPTRE (13, Finsbury Place step is daily becoming apparent, the South, E.C.) :—"The experience of experiment having proved greatly in the past thirty years having proved favour of abstainers; and the public that the mortality among those who press is awakening to the fact that abstain from the use of alcoholic abstaining assurers are better lives' beverages is less than among ordinary than non-abstainers.”

lives, and such persons being entitled THE WHITTINGTON (58, Moorgate to the benefits arising therefrom,


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total abstainers are assured in a se- waits, comes to her ear; and some parate section, the profits of which miserable dissipated creature wakes are kept entirely distinct, and may the night; and he comes, rude and fairly be expected to average more red and round, stumbling into the than those in the general depart- room; and she, with every feeling ment."

harrowed, with every taste offended, The secretary of the last-named with her whole nature outraged, company (the Sceptre) has favoured revolts. Yet, it was the first love, it us in a letter, dated April 12, 1881, was the only love, it was the husband with the following information :- of her youth, it was hers; and she “During the past sixteen years we turns to forget her revolting and her have issued 9,345 policies on the shrinking, to meet him, to quiet him, lives of non-abstainers (but are care- to lead him to his disgraceful bed, to ful to exclude any who are not put him to sleep, to kneel while he strictly temperate), and 3,396 on the snores in his drunken slumber, and lives of abstainers ; 524 of the former amid tears, and prayers, and hearthave died, but 91 only of the latter, breaking. and anguish, like another or less than half the proportionate angel of God to him, to implore mercy number, which, of course, is 190.”— for him. And not her own mother Temperance Record.

knows it; not her own father knows it; no companion knows it. With her own life she is hiding his defor

mity. Now do you tell me that there HEROISM IN COMMON LIFE. is heroism like this on battle-field or Common life is a true and perfect

in council-chambers ? sphere for heroism. There are, in

And society is full of heroes of love the life of every family, things that and domestic fidelity. Thousands of are magnificent and worthy of poetry

them are unknown on earth. They and history, and that will be chanted march in ranks and battalions, so in the other life. There are things in that we speak of them in nouns of the experience of every household

multitude as drunkards' wives. All that are essentially heroic, connected those that, under such circumstances, with the conduct of parents towards

lift themselves up above the ordinary their children, and of the children to

line of human conduct, are heroic. wards their parents, and of the chil

And God waits for them, and heaven dren towards each other. They are

is home-sick for them. Oh, how they not famous, they are not wide-sphered;

will shine there! Perchance, as you but if you measure heroism by the see them going through the street, moral quality, by the motive, you will

meek and patient, their dress growfind cradle-side heroism and bedside ing more and more rusty, you smile heroism, heroisms of distress and pityingly, and say, “They are poor poverty, which are as eminent as any

drunkards' wives; they were proheroism that ever was on the battle. mising once, but they have gone field or in the council chamber. Yes, down, down, down, and now they are and ten thousand times more so,

nowhere." I beg your pardon, they because they are acc

ccompanied with have not gone down, they have been less excitement and less prospects of going up. And when you rise, with sympathy and remuneration. For in all your wealth, and learning, and the dull night, alone-oh, alone! at genius, and stand in heaven, having the longest striking of the clock, alone; escaped damnation so as by fire, at its shortest stroke, alone; at its you may stand lowest, and see them double stroke, alone; at three and as far above you as the stars to-night four in the morning, alone; with a are above your heads. For the last sick babe, and no one to succour, sits

shall be first, and the lowest shall the child of fortune, cultured, exqui- be highest.-Beecher. site in taste and sensitive in every moral feeling as an angel. At last, the longed-for sound, now hated, of the footsteps of him for whom she

Passing Ebents.

giving diligent attention to the work

of Sabbath-school instruction, THE REV. SIDNEY GREEN, of St.

With Methodists the proceedings John's, Miles Platting, as an extreme

of the various Conferences will have Ritualist, has been in Lancaster been the interesting subject. This Gaol since last November. The year the Wesleyan Methodists report Queen has been petitioned, and a

an increase of 4,000, and the Home memorial has been sent to the Home

Mission Fund has been well supSecretary on his behalf, and his case

ported. The Rev. A. MacAuley is has also been brought before Convo

eminently fitted to hold his place as cation, the bishops being requested Secretary to this department of the to interfere. There appears no help

work of Methodism, and the prosperfor the rev. gentleman, however

ous state of the Home Mission Fund much his obstinacy may be regretted. bespeaks a vitality which may well He is regarded as having violated be regarded as encouraging. The church law, and also the law of the

fact that no young men can be reland, and he still persists in holding

ceived on probation from the District his bishop and also Lord Penzance

Meetings this year will be a great at defiance.

disappointment to many, and there

may be something in the words of The excessive heat of the weather Mr. J. W. Gabriel worth considering: has this year been remarkable. Of “He thought they kept their students late years we have again and again too long at their colleges." The con. heard an intimation that the sun was versation on the “ State of the Work" diminishing, and his power being

in the Pastoral Conference was intewasted. At any rate, during July esting, and contained suggestions and thus far in August, this does not which ought to be turned to account. appear to be the case.

The great

Mr. Hutcheon, from Falmouth, took Creator has, no doubt, means of the lead with no uncertain key-note. replenishing the glorious orb of day Instead of hurrying to and from the which the wisest scientists may be villages, where convenient, let the ignorant of. As in the Psalmist's regular minister spend several days day so in this ; the sun “is as together at them. There would then bridegroom coming out of his chamber, very soon be a different state of things and rejoiceth as a strong man to run in very many of the country societies. a race, and there is nothing hid from We have not a word to say against the heat of his going forth.'

the employment of what are called

lay agents, but we do insist that what The late Dean Stanley was emi- is most needed is for the ministers to nently adapted for his distinguished

be foremost in the work of evangelism. office as Dean of Westminster, and his death at the age of sixty-six will be almost universally regretted. There was a remarkable kindliness about his

Poetry. disposition so commendable as to endear him even to those who might

SAINT JOHN THE AGED. differ from him. His amiability was calculated to make friends even of

I'm growing very old. This weary head

That hath so often leaned on Jesu's breast opponents.

In days long past, that seem almost a LORD HATHERLEY (William Page

dream, Wood) was much older, having at

Is bent and hoary with its weight of years.

These limbs that followed Him, my tained to the age of eighty. It will Master, oft for ever redound to his renown that, From Galilee to Judah ; yea, that stood notwithstanding the highest honours Beneath the cross, and trembled with His being heaped upon him which any

groans, man can attain to as a law-officer of

Refuse to bear me even through the streets the Crown, he was in the constant

To preach unto my children. E'en my lips

Refuse to form the words my heart sends habit for many years of his life of forth.


The touching of His garments heal the sick And bring back strength to shaking pal

sied limbs! I feel it has to mine. Up! bear me to the church, my friends,

once more ; There let me tell them of a Saviour's love; For by the sweetness of my Master's voice Just now, I think He must be very near, Coming, I trust, to break the veil which

time Has worn so thin that I can see beyond, And watch His footsteps.

So raise up my head : How dark it is! I cannot seem to see The faces of my flock. Is that the sea That murmurs so, or are ye weeping all ? Hush ! little children! God so loved the

world He gave His Son; so love ye one another. Love God and men. Amen! Now bear

me back; My legacy unto an angry world is this. My work is finished. Are the streets so

full ? What call the flock my name ? the holy

John ? Nay, rather write me Jesus Christ's belov'd And lover of my children.

Lay me down Once more upon my couch, and open wide The eastern window. See! there comes

a light Like that which broke upon my soul at

even When, in the Isle of Patmos, Gabriel came And touched me on the shoulder. See !

it grows As when we mounted to the pearly gates ; I know the way! I trod it once before. And hark ! it is the song the ransomed sang Of glory to the Lamb. How loud it

sounds! And that unwritten one! Methinks my

soul Can join it now. But who are these who

crowd The shining way? O! joy! 'tis the eleven! With Peter first. How eagerly he looks ! I am the last. Once more we are complete To gather round the Paschal feast.

My place Is next my Master,—Oh, my Lord ! my

Lord ! How bright Thou art, and yet the very


My ears are dull; they scarcely hear the

Of my dear children gathered round my
My eyes so dim they cannot see the tears.
God lays His hand upon me-yea, His hand,
And not His rod,—the gentle hand that I
Felt those three years, so often pressed

in mine
In friendship such as passeth woman's love.

I'm old, so old! I cannot recollect
The faces of my friends, and I forget
The words and deeds that make up daily

But that dear face, and every word He

Grow more distinct as others fade away ;
So that I live with Him and holy dead
More than with living men.


Some seventy years ago
I was a fisher by the sacred sea :
It was at sunset. How the tranquil tide
Bathed dreamily the pebbles! How the

Crept up the distant hills, and in its wake
Soft purple shadows wrapped the dewy

fields !
And then He came and called me: then

I gazed
For the first time upon that sacred face.
Those eyes,

from which, as from a window
A light divine, looked on my inmost soul,
And lighted it for ever. Then His words
Broke on the silence of my heart, and made
The whole world musical. Incarnate love
Took hold of me, and claimed me for its
I followed in the twilight, holding fast
His mantle.

Oh; what holy walks we had
Through harvest fields, and desolate

dreary wastes;
And oftentimes He leaned upon my arm
Wearied and wayworn. I was young and

And so upbore Him. Lord ! now I am weak
And old and weary. Let me rest on Thee !
So put Thine arm around me closer still !
How strong Thou art! The daylight draws

Come let us leave these noisy streets and

The path to Bethany; for Mary's smile
Awaits us at the gate, and Martha's hands
Have long prepared the cheerful evening

meal :
Come, James, the Master waits, and,

Peter, see,
Has gone some steps before.

What say you, friends ?
That this is Ephesus, and Christ has gone
Back to His kingdom ? Ay, 'tis so, 'tis so,
I know it all; and yet, just now, I seemed
To stand once more upon my native hills,
And touch my Master. Oh how oft I've

I loved of old ! 'Tis worth the hundred

years To feel this bliss. So lift me up, dear Lord, Unto Thy bosom. There shall I abide.

Those who reprove us are more valuable friends than those who flatter

True progress requires either faithful friends or severe enemies.



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Literary Notices.

he has once a good foundation he may build upon it in safety. We remem.

ber once choosing a text and forming Seeds and Saplings. 105 Original an outline, but it did not go. We

Outlines of Sermons and Sunday pulled it all down and began a fresh school Addresses. London: Elliot

one, with some considerable pains Stock. 110 Pages. Price 2s. 6d. and labour, and it has gone since A NICELY got out book, and the out- wherever the preacher has gone, and, lines are very brief. We thought we we believe, with good effect. would look through it until we came

The Life of our Lord: With Comto a text that we have an outline of, and here it is, page 65. We will first

pared references from the Bible, give our author's, and then our own,

&c. By Francis SANGSTER. Lon

don : Elliot Stock. 60 pages. and our readers can take their choice.

A SMALL quarto book, with coloured Acts x. 38—“Jesus of Nazareth, map of Palestine. Its principal value, who went about doing good.”

as it appears to us, is that it gives a Doing good” was the main busi- chronological history of our Lord's ness of the Saviour's life; not for ap- life, teaching, miracles, &c., by explause or personal gain, but to diffuse

tracts from the four evangelists, peace and happiness among men. In

beginning with the ANNUNCIATION this He has left us an example.

(Luke i. 1-1) and ending with the I. “Doing good ” is an evidence of ASCENSION (Luke xxiv. 52, 53). a Cbristlike nature.

The writer's guides are Henry II. “Doing good " involves discou- Ware, of Harvard University, and the ragement and opposition.

late Robert Mimpriss. The purchaser III. “Doing good ” demands self

of this book will find, as he traces the denying toil.

various stages and events recorded IV. “ Doing good” is one condition

therein, and fills up the blank spaces of getting good.

with his notes, that he has entered Thus far our author.

upon an interesting and instructive study.

How many times did our Lord Now for our own.

appear after His resurrection ? is a How wonderful are the operations question which has been frequently of Providence. Peter praying at asked. This book gives eleven disJoppa ; the Centurion praying at tinct appearances, which are careCæsarea. Leaving the circumstances fully marked by references to the connected with the text I shall invite Gospel history. The first to Mary you to come and follow Him “ Who Magdalene; the eleventh to His disciwent about doing good.”

ples when He ascended, and a cloud I. To witness His miracles.

received Him out of their sight II. To listen to His teaching. (Luke xxiv. 50). III. To mark the spirit in which He acted in His intercourse among

The Anti-Scriptural Dogma of the

Annihilation of the Wicked : Being IV. The one aim He had in His

a Review and Refutation of somiracles, His teaching, His spirit and

called “Pauline Theology ;” togeconduct. “He went about doing

ther with a re-statement of the good.”

Question. By JOHN ROBINSON, Of course, as our author gives no

Jun. Blyth : Jolin Robinson, Jun., particulars, we give


& Son. 52 pages. Price 6d. readers must fill up the best way they This is a very solemn subject, and

should be treated in a very serious Outlines may be of use to some, but manner. Whether the wicked will we think that a preacher when he has be annihilated at death, or not, if we fixed upon a text had far better draw believe the teaching of the Scripture out his own outlines; it may re- we have the authoritative utterance, quire much study and thought, but if Say ye to the righteous, it shall be


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