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well with him ; Woe unto the wicked, side clime for weans and wife,” so it shall be ill with him.” This ought that she had every prospect of such to lead us all, in deep humility of a married life as is oftener pictured mind, to pray Balaam's prayer : “Let by imagination than realised in exme die the death of the righteous, perience. But (alas! that this unand let my last end be like his.” welcome disjunctive conjunction

should so frequently cloud the fairest Christianity and Priestcraft: In a

sky, and bring change over the spirit series of letters. By Philo-His

of our brightest dreams), the indusAylesbury: Printed by trious, affectionate husband, in an Hazell, Watson, and Viney. 20 evil hour became acquainted with a pages.

knot of idle, pleasure-loving young THERE is some sharp shooting at the men who sought his company conclerics. Were it not that we have the stantly, and by their temptations name of the writer, we should have induced him to frequent places of thought it had emanated from our old amusement when he should have been friend B. North, for it runs exactly attending to his business. The good in his line. Priestcraft is doomed,

wife saw

this change, and saw it and men like the writer may say with pain; but instead of meeting it with Charles Mackay :

with reproach, she redoubled her

exertions to make his home attractive; Lo! a cloud's about to vanish From the day.

and as his manners towards herself Lo! the right's about to conquer- were always tender and affectionate Clear the way.”


no apparent breach of Consecration : An Essay on Sanctifi

family peace. cation, delivered at District

On one occasion he told her that Association of Primitive Methodist

he was obliged to leave home early Ministers. Elliot Stock. 30 pages.

the next morning, in order to collect A VERY excellent production, but

some outstanding debts, and that he

did not think he could be home to rather dear for 4d.

their usual early dinner. AccordThe Preacher's Analyst for July. ingly he set off; and she determined Containing a leading Sermon by

to put off the dinner to a later hour, the EDITOR, with Sketches, Out

in order to have his company at their lines, &c., &c. Price 4d.

meal in the first place, and also because the dinner provided for him that day was his own favourite dish;

a leg of mutton. So the dinner Miscellaneous.

(usually at three) was put off this day

till five o'clock; but five o'clock THE LEG OF MUTTON;

came, and he was not home; half

past five, six-still absent. The wife OR, A DINNER WORTH WAITING FOR.


uneasy and anxious, and I NEED not tell my readers how many many a step she took to and fro years have elapsed since I became watching the leg of mutton covered acquainted with a mother in Israel, up before the kitchen fire, and the a widow indeed,” but not desolate. window from which she could catch For her declining years have been, the first glimpse of the horse and his as it were, “ garlanded with honour, rider. love, obedience, and troops of friends, About seven he arrived, and was many of those friends her own chil

warmly welcomed, with affectionate dren and grandchildren, who “rise up regrets for his fatiguing ride and and call her blessed."

protracted fast; and when he came When she was a young and lovely into the parlour, to his surprise, he woman she married an affectionate, saw the neatly-laid family table as intelligent, prosperous young man,

usual. “ Surely, my dear,” he said, who loved her, and who, by his cle- you have not waited dinner to this verness and assiduity in business, hour ?” was well able" to make a happy fire- "Surely I have, my dear," she


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replied, " and if you had been still “all hearts in His hands, and turneth later I should have waited on all the them as the rivers of water whithersame. Do you think I could sit down soever He will." in comfort to enjoy the dinner pro- I never forget my dear old friend's vided for us by your industry, and suggestive narrative. Many a wife is you fatiguing yourself all day to pro- tried as she was; but instead of acting vide means for dinners to come and with her tact and prudence, they a leg of mutton, too—your favourite make use of that unruly member dish—for dinner! No, no, I'm nothing against the erring husband that the worse for the waiting now that I arouses all his self-will and determinasee you home, and you ought to have tion. a good appetite by this time!

In the case of the gambling-table, He sat down to the table looking though she did not know of his being pale and depressed, which his wife there on that occasion, she knew of it attributed to the fatigue of his journey on many others, but she never dared and want of refreshment; but when to reprove her husband. I heard her he attempted to eat he felt a choking say that the nearest approach to sensation in his throat, and suddenly reproof that she ever made was to rose and left the table. His anxious tell him that though she felt she was wife, seeing he did not return imme- on her own way to heaven, she did diately, followed him, and besieged not believe she could be happy even him with affectionate inquiries, fear- there without him, and praying him, ing he had been taken suddenly ill. for her sake, to cast in his lot with

“I am not ill, dear,” he replied, the people of God. “How knowest “ but I am sorry and unable to eat. I thou, o wife! whether thou shalt am not worthy of your love and save thy husband?” He has long attention. You waited dinner for me since entered into his rest, blessing all day, thinking that I was about my her with his last breath ; and she is business as I should have been ; but still on her pilgrim journey to that I will confess all to you. I spent my happy land where she will yet join the day and lost my money gambling, husband of her youth in singing the and dearly am I now paying for my song of Moses and of the Lamb.misspent day ; but I promise you that Sunday at Home. (God being my helper) I will not bet again for seven years."

He seemed to be relieved by his confession and consequent resolution

HUSBANDS AND THEIR HABITS. for the future, and returned to the Some husbands never leave home in table with his wife to the now cold the morning without kissing their dinner; and as they sat together he wives and bidding them"

good-by, told her that if she had met him as dear,” in the tones of unwearied love; he deserved, either with reproach or and whether be policy or fact it has coldness, or even if she had eaten her all the effect of fact, and those homes dinner before his arrival, he would are generally pleasant ones, providing not have been so conscience-stricken; always that the wives are appreciabut that the sight of the long-kept tive and welcome the discipline in dinner and her loving, unsuspecting a kindly spirit. We know an old countenance had quite unmanned gentleman who lived with his wife him.

over fifty years, and never left home She herself told me in conclusion without the kiss and the “good-by, that her husband not merely kept his dear.” Some husbands shake hands Vow with regard to the seven years, with their wives and hurry off as fast but that he never again joined his as possible, as though the effort were worthless companions; and long be- a something that they were anxious fore the seven years had elapsed the to forget, holding their heads down Lord had taught him a more excellent and darting round the first corner. way, in answer to the prayers of the Some husbands before leaving home faithful, believing wife, who left her ask very tenderly, “ What would you cause in the hands of Him who has like for dinner, my dear?" knowing

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all the while that she will select Phenomena of the Months.
something for his particular palate,
and off he goes. Some husbands

SEPTEMBER. will leave home without saying anything at all, but thinking a good deal, THE sun rises on the 1st at thirteen as evinced by their turning round at minutes after five, and sets at fortythe last point of observation and

six minutes after six. On the 30th waving an adieu at the pleasant face he rises at fifty-nine minutes after or faces at the window. Some hus- five, and sets at forty-one minutes bands never say a word, rising from after five. Hence the day shortens the breakfast table with the lofty by forty-six minutes in the morning, indifference of a lord, and going out and one hour and five minutes in the with a heartless disregard of those evening. left behind. It is a fortunate thing Full moon on the 8th thirty-nine for their wives that they can find minutes after four in the morning. sympathy elsewhere. Some hus- New moon on the 23rd at fifty-five bands never leave home without some minutes after eleven in the morning. unkind word or look, apparently

She is nearest the earth on the 6th, thinking that such a course will keep and most distant from it on the things straight in their absence. 18th. Then, on returning, some husbands Mercury is an evening star, setting come home jolly and happy, unsoured on the 3rd at fourteen minutes after by the world ; some sulky and surly sunset, which interval slowly inwith its disappointment. Some hus- creases, and on the 28th he sets at bands bring home a newspaper or a

twenty-five minutes after sunset. He book, and bury themselves for the is near the moon on the 25th, and at evening in its contents. Some hus- his greatest distance from the sun on bands are called away every evening

the 29th. by business or social engagements ;

Venus is a morning star, rising on some doze in speechless stupidity on the 8th at three hours thirty-seven a sofa until bedtime. Some hus- minutes before the sun. On the 28th bands are curious to learn of their she rises at three hours eighteen wives what has transpired through minutes before the sun, and is near the day; others are attracted by the moon on the 20th. nothing short of a child's tumbling Mars rises on the 7th at three downstairs or the house taking fire. minutes after ten p.m., and on the “Depend upon it,” says Dr. Spooner, 27th at twenty-four minutes after “ that home is the happiest where

He is near the moon on kindness and interest and politeness the 15th, and with the sun on the and attention are the rule on the part 21st. of the husbands-of course all the Jupiter rises on the 7th at two responsibility rests with them-and hours fifteen minutes after sunset, temptation finds no footing there." and on the 27th at one hour forty-one 3rd, 1877. Dr. Johnson born on the 7th, 1709. Sebastopol taken on the 9th, 1855. Duke of Wellington died on the 14th, 1852. Siege of Paris began on the 20th, 1870.

minutes after sunset. He is near the moon on the 13th.

Saturn rises on the 7th one hour SERVANTS.

fifty minutes after sunset, and on the The celebrated Earl of Chesterfield 27th one hour fourteen minutes after left, by his will, legacies to all his sunset. He is near the moon on the medial servants, equal to two years' 12th. wages each, considering them “as his High water at London Bridge on unfortunate friends, equal by birth, the 1st at five minutes after six in the and only inferior by fortune.” John morning, and twenty-eight minutes Claude, when on his dying bed, thus after six in the ernoon. the addressed his son, who, with an old 30th forty-five minutes after five in servant, was kneeling before him : the morning, and ten minutes after - Be mindful of this domestic ; as you six in the afternoon. value my blessing, take care that she Great Fire of London broke out on wants nothing as long as she lives.” 2nd, 1666, L. A. Thiers died on the

nine p.m.


THE CONSTELLATION LYRA. BEAUTIFUL art thou—yet thou giv'st no

tone To the gross dulness of our mortal ears; But He who hung thee in His temple,

hears Thy never-ceasing hymn; nor thine alone,

The vast creation, save where hell doth

groan, And Adam's race bedew their earth with

tears, Sends up the anthem of ten thousand

spheres; Ten thousand times ten thousand, round

the throne
Fill the deep harmony from pole to pole,
Since first created light from Him broke

When the celestial choir with praises rang,
When heaven's great diapason 'gan to roll,
When all the sons of God for joy did

And all the morning stars in order sang.

M. S.

Mutual-Aid Association Reporter.



the chair, but kindly handed over to July 6th, 1881. the Secretary next day one pound for DEAR Bro. Sims,—On Wednesday, the collection. June 29th, we had a good and happy Mr. Riddle, from St. Ives, Hunts, day in connection with the Cromford occupied the chair in a very interestBranch of the Local Preachers' Mu- ing and agreeable manner. After the tual-Aid Association, our ex-President Local Secretary had given a brief rehaving intimated in a letter to the port, and made a few remarks, Bro. Local Secretary that at the close of Rose, of Aylesbury, gave a somewhat the Sheffield meeting he and Bro. humorous but a capital address; Benson and Bro. Rose would spend a the only drawback was, it being too few days in Matlock, and that if a short. Then Bro. Benson, who is a meeting could be arranged for, they matter-of-fact man, delivered a very would be glad to attend and advocate practical speech, giving the meeting the claims of our Association. The an outline of the origin, rules and friends were glad of such an oppor- benefits of the Association. tunity to hold a meeting, and at once

Then came our ex-President, Mr. set about getting bills and circulars Madder, than whom the Association printed and distributed, announcing has but few more disinterested and the meetings, and certainly they have philanthropic members; who has, been the best and most enthusiastic during the last twelve months, been meetings ever held in connection with in labours more abundant and in the Cromford Branch. We had also journeyings often, soliciting aid on the co-operation, help, and sympa- behalf of his local brethren. Indeed, thies of the Wesleyan and Free the condition and necessities of his Church ministers. In the afternoon aged brethren have been on his heart Bro. Benson gave a rich discourse on and on his brain so much that, the power of the Cross of Christ. although he came to Matlock proConsiderable influence was felt while fessedly for rest and to recruit his Bro. Benson was preaching, which energies, he could not well rest, but drew forth repeated responses of must be doing. “God bless the man."

Glory be to God." Public tea was We could wish for the Association's provided, of which a goodly number sake the Madders were a hundredpartook. The public meeting was fold. warm and enthusiastic.

The meetings, I believe, have It was regretted that our liberal served to arouse our sleepy energies, and sympathising friend Mr. Wild- and given an impetus to our Branch; goose could not (as he intended) take as at the close a gentleman and a lady


each promised us an annual subscrip- Church," Savannah, Georgia. He tion, twenty-one shillings per year, is also President of the “National and several of the local brethren also Association of Local Preachers,” have promised to join the Association ; United States of America; with and I hope we shall become a richer which body our Association sustains and a stronger Branch.

pleasant and fraternal relations. Enclosed please find post-office order for £7 15s., as the financial

GENERAL COMMITTEE. result of the meeting. I will send you in a few days the schedule for The monthly meeting was held at July with the annual honorary sub- Bro. John Wade's, Mitcham, on scriptions.—Yours truly,

Monday, August 8th, 1881.

Present: Bros. Madder (chair),
Secretary. Wade, Clapham, Wardley, Sims,

Harding, J. Carter, Parker, Amphlett,

and Chamberlain. DEAR BRO. SIms,-In reference to Bro. Wade opened the meeting with our Annual Meeting of 1881 we have

prayer. had large conceptions, and have asked The minutes were read and conlargely for chapels, &c., in the dis

firmed. trict. God very greatly honoured our

A long conversation arose out of faith both in Him and our Methodist

the minutes, and other matters orPreachers and people ; but without dered by the annual meeting. the very generous help of our brethren, As to Rule 55, Bro. Benson's stateour plans must have failed ; and we

ment hereon was directed to be entered are as deeply indebted to our brethren

upon the minutes. who kindly took the smaller places The Treasurer reported that he as to those who took the larger; had invested in £500 Consols at in fact, for the completeness of the 101], also that he had bought £100 success, more so. As a Committee Indian Four per Cents. at 107, for we feel this, and trust that our bre- Mr. Wild's Gift. thren will accept our heartfelt thanks After much earnest consideration and that in future we may all look at of Magazine affairs, it was unanithe matter in this light. Possibly mously resolved : were a Committee perfect in know- “ That Bro. Lockwood declining ledge, they might do better in the

to act on Editorial Committee, and it selection of men and places; but being found impracticable to carry on with the imperfect knowledge we had, the Magazine with so large a staff, in the sight of God, we earnestly this meeting resolves that the three tried to do our best, and are thankful acting editors, and the three other old for the total results.

members of the magazine committee, Yours truly,

be affectionately requested to continue T. TURTLE.

their services, and that the additional names appointed by the annual

meeting be kept as a list of reserve.” A HIGH COMPLIMENT.

A letter was read from Bro. A. R. Rev. ISAAC P. Cook, a local elder of Johnson containing the draft of prothe Methodist Episcopal Church, posed letter to Australian brethren, Baltimore, Maryland, has been ho- which was agreed to, and was as noured with the degree of Doctor of follows:Divinity by the well-known “Emory

" To the President, Fathers, and College,” Georgia, of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Cook

Brethren of the Wesleyan Local is the writer of an interesting and

Preachers' Association of Australia. able article on “Wesley and Lay “ Dear Brethren,-Your kind and Preachers” in the great Wesley fraternal greeting brought by our Memorial Volume," now being re- brother B. G. Berry, of Faversham, printed in London, to aid in the was duly presented by him at our erection of the “Wesley Memorial Annual Meeting recently held in


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