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President Hayes, of America, as mem- regards it as uncalled for. The Earl bers of the Congress, great interest of Kimberley will no doubt do his will be taken in the assembly. If the utmost in giving the best possible result should only be an increased advice. To a deputation that waited real unity of reciprocal affection, the upon him not long since, his Lordoccasion will be of value. But some ship said: “I only wish that I had practical effects of the meeting will the power to give effect to my own probably follow; for it is hardly feeling in this matter. I believe that likely that such a meeting of several South Africa wants rest above all hundreds of representatives from things." The rebellion in the Transvarious parts of the world should vaal belongs to the Imperial Govern. assemble, and nothing practical ment. The revolt of the Dutch result.

Boers will probably be promptly met,

and the leaders of the rebellion are As we write, the State trials in Ireland are dragging their slow length

hardly likely to escape punishment. along. When the end does come, it

From the natives generally the Boers

will not meet with mich sympathy, as will probably be an acquittal. In the

their rule has been one of cruelty and meantime some of the traversers, at the very time of being tried, are

oppression towards the aboriginal

races. figuring in the House of Commons. However much the extreme steps of THE death of Dr. Jobson will be Mr. Parnell and the Land League universally regretted. It was the may be condemned, there is no doubt Frederick J.Jobson, of between thirty great cause to demand that some- and forty years ago, that produced so thing should be done. The landlords favourable an impression upon the have, no doubt, great cause now to writer's mind. The earnest pulpit complain of the combination which and platform ability of Mr. Jobson at refuses to pay a stipulated rent; but the time we speak of, was most it must not be forgotten that many of striking and effective; and his the Irish tenant farmers have been very powers of oratory were second to but unrighteously dealt with. The pro

As an honorary member bability we hope is, that steps will be and tried friend of the Local Preachtaken whereby skilled industry may ers' Association he will be missed. haveits reward secured, and oppressors We are quite sure that the LOCAL be compelled to concede what is fair PREACHERS' ASSOCIATION is worthy and equal.

We know not at present that some other name from among what the Government measure is to the superior class of the Wesleyan be, but we have more faith in fair Methodist Ministry should fill up this dealing between landlord and tenant vacancy. What young rising minister than in any unnatural peasant pro- will say, “I will become to the Assoprietorship. We should hope some ciation what Dr. Jobson was?” definite and easy plan of arbitration would go far to satisfy all the reason

THE will of the late Sir Francis able part of the Irish community. Lycett has been proved; and accordNEXT to Irish matters, the most

ing to the Methodist Recorder, the

benefit accruing to Methodism will be unhappy state of things is in South

nearly £150,000—the greater part Africa. We trust there is hope for Basutoland in the appointment of Sir

being left for chapel extension. Hercules Robinson as Governor at THE Executive of the Palestine the Cape. The quieting of the Basuto Exploration Society are about to nation would no doubt tell very much survey the East of Palestine, as they upon the neighbouring tribes. The have already successfully done its disturbances are no doubt due, very Western parts. The Eastern parts much, to the disarmament measure, of the country are covered with ruins, the wisdom of which may be justly many of them in a wonderful state of questioned, when a missionary of the

preservation.

There has been one tried character of Mr. Davis, who period of destruction, and one only ; spent forty years in the country, and since then the land has been left

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to the tribes who wander over it with to condemn, but much to commend. their cattle, but who neither build nor This nice volume would form a capital destroy.

present if given to a poor temperance It seems incongruous, after so much

worker. The volume is published by effort by way of Wesleyan Methodist

Elliot Stock, price 2s. But the next extension, that Mr. Crozier, from

year's will be published at the ConSouthwark, and Mr. Foster, from

ference Office, City Road. Spitalfields, should each write of a

The Teacher's Storehouse and Treapopulation of 300,000 in the heart of London almost destitute of Wesleyan

sury of Material for Working Methodism. Of course there are

Sunday-school Teachers. Vol. V.

1880. London : Elliot Stock. other spiritual agencies at work; but

Price 2s. still there are tens of thousands of these teeming masses altogether neg.

This is a storehouse, indeed, where ligent of eternal things. Various

the Sunday-school teacher may come methods are suggested as to the man

and take what he wants, and come ner in which this 600,000 people

again, and still find fresh material by should be dealt with. One thing is

which he may be enabled to build up certain, that it is the duty of the

his class, and fit them for use by the Church of Jesus Christ to present

great Master-builder Himself. truth to the minds of the heathen at home. The plan of the Apostle Paul

T'he Methodist Family, 1880. Lon

don : Elliot Stock. was, publicly, and from house to house."

HERE is a helpful biography, a serial WE mentioned last month that

story in twelve chapters. The mis

cellaneous articles are numerous, and friends of the Local Preachers' Association were to be congratulated on

the poetry too. Suppose we give a the value of their present invest

verse from the last piece of poetry,

entitled “ Little Margie "ments. Professor Fawcett has, on the part of the Government, pledged “By the gate stands lonely little Margie, to a smaller class of investors in Watching with dim eyes the little Consols an interest of 6s. per annum

throng for every £10 invested. This looks

'She's too little for our picnic !' said the

children, like a permanent £3 per cent. Under

She's too little; she could never walk such circumstances we can hardly so long! see how Consols should recede in value to any great extent, unless in

Just the kind of book to lay on the deed something very unforseen should

table, and to be taken up at odd With Consols at par, or, in

times. other words, worth about a £100, a considerable profit accrues to the

The Biblical Museum : A Collection Association. On looking through the

of Notes, Explanatory, Homiletic, figures as given in the report, the in

and Illustrative on the Holy Scripvestments of the Local Preachers'

tures, especially designed for the Association are worth at present about

use of Preachers, Bible Students, £600 more than they actually cost.

and Sunday-school Teachers. By The benefit members of the Associa

JAMES COMPER GRAY. Vol. IX., tion ought to be well satisfied with

containing the Books of Jeremiah, such an investment.

Lamentations, and Ezekiel, Lon-
don: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster

Row Price 5s.
Literature.

It is with feelings of real pleasure

that we welcome this the ninth volume The Methodist Temperance Magazine

of the Biblical Museum. There does for 1880.

not appear to be the least falling off

in the quality of the matter ; the WE have looked rather carefully paper, the printing, the binding, are through this volume, and see nothing all good. We hope many of our rea

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ders are in possession of these valuable volumes, and that those who, are not, will get them as soon as possible.

Miscellaneous.

THE PRIMROSE. “In lowly love within my heart

Doth live the primrose, pale and sweet." THE primrose is one of the early harbingers of spring. It is found growing on mossy banks and in lonely woods; it comes and nestles where other flowers disdain to bloom, and casts its modest glance on chance passers-by.

The primrose and the violet are twin sisters, and are rightly called Lowliness and Modesty.

Children hie to the woods in pleasant spring with joyful shout and merry laugh, and faces all aglow with gladness, in search of these beauties of Nature.

Poor London children! some of them have never seen a field flower growing.

The primrose is a universal favourite, and is welcomed and prized in hospitals and homes for sick children. The weary and worn can lie and look at their ideal flower, and recall past days when they could run free, and see them all growing and lovely as wonderful Nature has made them.

The matron of one of the “Homes" asked the children which they would like best, a pretty new toy or a bunch of primroses. Not one chose a toy ; all asked for flowers. So she, wanting to find out the reason, pressed the children to tell her. One tiny girl said, “Any old man can make toys, but it is only God can make lovely flowers, and little children like His works." Faversham.

PRIMROSE.

commending true religion by their instruction and example to servants ?

I heard of a master, having returned from a church-meeting where a servant, amongst others, had been proposed, when his household assembled for devotion, kindly addressing the servant, observing how much he would have rejoiced had her name been mentioned, presenting to her “The Anxious Inquirer," and praying affectionately for her in the family. She read, and thought, and prayed as directed; was encouraged to visit her minister; and became, it is hoped, a humble Christian. She was young, and an orphan; but she now found a Father and Protector in God. When visited as a candidate, she said the friendly appeal of her master, with the consistent example and Christian solicitude of the family for her, had been the means of forming her character.

A family, known to me, settling in a neglected village, on receiving into it a quiet country girl, employed their efforts much as in the former case for her instruction and conversion, and with the like success. She is now a member of the church. The eldest of seven or eight children, her influence is wonderful with her relatives, and exerted with simple earnestness for their good. How amply the family employing her is repaid ! How well worth while to every Christian family, by thus doing their duty, to have the benefit of the respect, the devotedness, the principle, shown by this grateful domestic!

On visiting a gentleman one evening, and remarking to him the apparent happiness and intelligence of the servant-man who waited, he said, “When I first engaged that man ans groom, he was so truly clownish as to appear almost without intellect. I conversed with him, instructed him, brought him under religious training, encouraged the study of his Bible. His mind suddenly started into activity, as it were, for the first time. He was, indeed, a new man; became thoughtful, began to love our family worship, and to pray for himself. He is truly devoted to his employers, is now a confidential servant, and useful member of the church.” The truth

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KINDNESS TO SERVANTS. SIR, -As the stream of your Christian philanthropy flows in a thousand channels, visiting and benefiting even the most neglected, do you not think that a word might be fitly spoken to heads of families on the wisdom of re

of this was delightfully proved afterwards on attending the social prayermeeting, and hearing his humble, scriptural, fervent supplications; and his zeal, I am told, is remarkable in winning others to the way of holiness.

O how much have we yet to learn of our duty and interest on this subject! This is beginning at home; and who shall say how much it depends on servants what children are; or how truly the piety of a servant forms a fountain of blessings not only to a family, but, through it, to generations to follow? But such thoughts are worthy of the power and pathos of your own pen. May the voices of servants, dear sir, join in the multitude who shall bless God for you in time and eternity!

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time, one easily realises the immense differences in length of the years of the earth and those of the outer planets. By an ingenious watchwork arrangement inside the earth, which is the size of a walnut, our world is made to revolve on its axis; the latter by a special effort of ingenuity of Signor Perini's, being always made to point to the same quarter of the heavens. Perhaps the great triumph of this invention is the fact that the planets revolve round the sun in proper elliptical orbits, which are traced around the inside of the dome. The dome is 14 feet in diameter at its base, and 14 feet high. The moving power is clockwork. Not a sound is heard when the machinery is in motion; the whole working in that “solemn silence which the hymn tells us is characteristic of the starry sky. Perini has devoted his nights and mornings to this structure for seven years, and has expended upon it something like £700; the earth itself, we believe, has cost him £40. We believe he has been prompted to this solely from the enthusiasm of a mechanician, and by a desire to do something to enable those. interested in astronomy to realise, as far as possible, the arrangements of the solar system. It is almost im. possible to put it out of order, and it can be taken to pieces in a very short time.-Times.

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A NEW PLANETARIUM. This invention is the work of an Italian, Signor N. Perini, long resident in London. The new Planetarium is erected in an ordinary sized room, with a ceiling higher than usual. On entering the room one sees a high circular chamber, or box, standing on 12 wooden pillars. On entering underneath this chamber, and looking up, a dome is seen, deep blue, and sprinkled with stars, the chief northern constellations being in their proper places, and round the base of the dome the names of the signs of the Zodiac. Pendant from the top of the dome, by a narrow tube, is an opal globe, lit inside by gas, and representing the sun. From wir almost invisible, the planets are suspended around the sun, of sizes and at distances approximately proportionate to the real sizes and distances, and each having its proper inclination to the plane of its orbit. The various moons are in their places, and Saturn has his rings.

The general effect, on looking up at this arrangement from below, is impressive ; and this effect is increased when Signor Perini, by simply turning a key sets the system in motion, rapid or slow, as he chooses. The sun turns on his axis, and the planets in their orbits, all in time accurately proportionate, and on watching the movements for a short

REMARKABLE EPITAPH. In the History of London, mention is made of a monument in St. Saviour's Church, Southwark, to the memory of Richard Humble, Alderman of London, and his wife and children, who are all represented in a kneeling posture. The date is April 13, 1616. The following lines are inscribed :

Like to the damask rose you see,
Or like the blossom on the tree,
Or like the dainty flower of May,
Or like the morning of the day,
Or like the sun, or like the shade,
Or like the gourd, which Jonas had,
Ev'n so is MAN, whose thread is spun,
Drawn out, and cut, and so is done.
The rose decays, the blossom blasteth,
The flower fades, the morning hasteth,
The sun declines, the shadow flies,
The gourd consumes, and Man he dies.

Phenomena of the Month.

on the 5th at thirty-eight minutes after sunset, and on the 25th one

hour forty-eight minutes after the sun. FEBRUARY.

Venus is an evening star, setting THE sun rises on the 1st at forty-one

on the 10th four hours thirty-four

minutes after sunset. minutes after seven, and sets at fortyseven minutes after four. On the

Mars is a morning star, rising on

the 10th one hour and seventeen 28th the sun rises at fifty minutes

minutes before sunrise. after six, and sets at thirty-six minutes after five. Hence the day

Jupiter is an evening star, setting

on the 1st at thirty-nine minutes lengthens fifty-one minutes in the

after ten p.m., and on the last day at morning, and forty-nine minutes in the evening. The day lengthens one

forty-three minutes after two p.m.

Saturn sets on the 1st at twenty-one hour and forty minutes this month.

minutes after eleven p.m., and on the New moon thirty-two minutes after

last day at five minutes after three eleven on the morning of the 28th. Full moon on the 14th, twenty-four

p.m.

On the 1st of this month George minutes after six in the morning.

Cruikshank died in 1878; on the 9th The moon is near Venus on the 1st and 2nd, being situated to the right Bishop Hooper was burnt, 1555 ;

Martin Luther died 18th, 1546 ; of the planet on the former, and to the left on the latter evening. She is

Thomas Binney died 23rd, 1874. near Jupiter during the evening hours

High water at London Bridge on of the 3rd. On the same evening

the 1st twenty-five minutes after Saturn will be situated some distance

three, and on the last day at thirty

five minutes after one. to the left of the moon and of Jupiter. On the evening of the 4th the moon

Father, how wide Thy glory shines ! will be to the left of both Saturn and

How high Thy wonders rise ! Jupiter, but nearer to the former Known through the earth by thousand than the latter; and near Mars on

signs, the morning of the 26th. She is

By thousands through the skies. nearest the earth on the 26th, and

Those mighty orbs proclaim Thy power,

Their motions speak Thy skill ; most distant from it on the 10th.

And on the wings of every hour Mercury is an evening star setting We read Thy patience still.

Mutual-Jid Association Reporter.

PRESIDENT'S LETTER.--No 8. and let them see the President; but I

Aylesbury, Jan. 13. am afraid they will not avail themMY DEAR BRO. SIMS-I am very

selves of that privilege. Thank the glad to be able to send you at this

Lord, Brother, there is still such a cold season of the year such a warm

principle as pure disinterested broand cheerful list of kind friends who, therly love. out of the many demands at this time

See what follows:of the year, have not forgotten our

£ s. d. beloved Association, or the claims of Anthony Shaw, Esq., Consick, suffering local preachers. I gleton

1 1 0 have had a large amount of thanks Captain Paul, Llangollen ... O 5 0 presented to myself for having Mr. Geo. Healy, Abergavenny 0 5 brought the claims of our old men Mr. A. Steed, Midsumer before them. I have still about fifty Norton

0 5 0 Branches I should like to wake up, R. Stanley, Esq., Nuneaton 2 2 0

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