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HOW TO IMPROVE THE SINGING IN SUNDAY SCHOOLS.

Dear Sirs,– Without trespassing largely upon your space, will you allow me to report the result of an experiment we have tried at Ripley? A good brother from Yorkshire called upon us some months ago, and reported that their school managers had presented to every scholar a copy of the School Hymnal; that the children were much delighted with their book, and that the singing was very much improved.

I think, however, that the Ripley school has improved upon the example of our Yorkshire friends in one respect. We have retained possession of the Hymnals, as we do of the Bibles they use, and every Sunday give out to each class six books, that is, about one book for every other scholar. These books are placed in a small elastic belt, and given into the hands of the teacher. When school is over, and before any class is dismissed, the Hymnals, as well as the Bibles, are called up to the desk. The superintendent can thus see at once that all the books are safely returned. We have adopted this plan for about four months, and as yet no Hymnal bas come to grief in any way; but the improvement in our song is wonderful, and the interest taken in the opening and closing services of the school is most marked.

But perhaps some nervous brother says, “No doubt it is an improvement, but what did it cost?" I will gladly inform such a fearful friend. We had a school debt of £20 or more, incurred by nicely furnishing one of our class

We asked our scholars and their parents to help us to get up a small bazaar for Christmas. At our parents’, old scholars', and teachers' annual teaparty we exhibited the goods thus supplied, and realized £40. Then out of the overplus we treated our young people to a Hymnal, and ourselves to the joy of a hearty good song every time we meet together. Ripley is small among the tribes of Judah, but she modestly invites and encourages other schools to try and do likewise.

W. B. B.

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The Question Box.

Compartment I. For the young people.

Answers to questions of last month :-(4) Salome was the wife of Zebedee. Compare Matt. xxvii. 56 with Mark av. 40.

(5) First pair, Andrew and Peter; second, James and John, sons of Zebedee ; third, James the son of Alphæus, and Judas (not Iscariot), also called Lebbæus and Thaddæus. See Luke vi. 16; Acts i. 13; and Jude 1. Some think James and Matthew were brothers, but the other opinion is best supported. (6) Benaiah. See 1 Chron. xi. 22.

New questions :-(7) How many Herods are mentioned in the New Testament, and in what relation did they stand to one another ?

(8) Give the name of a man who was taken to heaven, and fourteen years afterwards wrote a letter to his friends.

(9) If a man found any lost thing, and instead of delivering it to its owner told a lie concerning it, what did the Mosaic law require of him ? Compartment II. For the general reader.

Question No. 3 (see Prov. xxvi. 4, 5).-Several good answers have been received. The following arrived first, is brief, and to the point:

“ Answer not a fool with foolish words, lest thou become like to him; but answer him in a way adapted to rebuke his folly, reasoning with him on his own principles, and thus exposing their absurdity.”-F. H. D.

New question :-(4) Where was Daniel when all the princes and governors except three worshipped the golden image? Did he bow down to it ?—E. P.

Gditorial Notes.

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ENGLAND AND EGYPT.-Before these lines come under the eyes of our readers, the House of Commons will have given its decision, “ayo” or “no," in regard to the proposed vote of censure on the Government. We own that, with Mr. Forster, we were at one time under the improssion that the Government, in its direction of Egyptian affairs, had not shown sufficient promptness and firmness. But the facts stated in their defencefacts of which the outside public, previous to the debate, could have had no knowledge — greatly removed that impression. Their policy in regard to Egypt appears to us in its main features to be just and wise. They propose, as Sir Charles Dilke says, “to maintain and improve Egyptian rule where it means national government, where it has any life, or where, as on the coast of the Red Sea, it may be used by ourselves or other European nations for promoting freedom and preventing slavery.” Has the Opposition suggested any better course? Some people may say glibly, “ Annex Egypt at

It must come to that at last." But have they considered the almost certain results of such a high-handed procedure ? Do they take into account the jealousy of other European nations? Undoubtedly France would claim “ pensation," perhaps in Syria and Palestino; Russia, in Constantinople; Italy, somewhere else; and so a general European melée would follow.

Better continue to follow the lead of Mr. Gladstone, in whose uprightness and conscientiousness all Europe confides, than adopt a policy of adventure, even though urged to it by “imperial” instincts.

“SWEAR NOT AT ALL” (Matt. v. 34).It goes without saying that we have no admiration for Charles Bradlaugh. Many years ago we met him in public debate, and found him to be both disingenuous and unboundedly impudent. But he is an effective speaker, and has unhappily obtained an immense influence over thousands of workmen in this country. Is it wise to onable him to poso as a martyr? Has not the semblance of persecution already increased his bareful influence a hundred-fold ? But we take higher ground. We do not indeed believe that the words of Scripture just cited altogether forbid Christians taking an oath when required to do so in a court of justice. But at least we may infer from them that unnecessary oaths ought to be

dispensed with. Will anyone undertake to say tbat oaths for members of parliament are necessary? Do they effect the slightest good? Would they retain the Irish Parnellitos in their allegianco a single hour if thoy believed a rebellion was likely to be successful? If, then, the Parliamentary oath does no good, effects no more than a simple affirmation, in the name of our Master we say, Abolish it. Do the right and fear not.

THE NEXT TERM IN THE NATIONAL LIFE.— The key to our political future is Household Suffrage for every honest householder in Groat Britain and Ireland. We are to have the opinions of the whole people on all questions of national moment. Though Parliaments can do little for men as compared with what they can do for themselves, we may expect much from the new impulso which will be given to tho political life of the nation. Certainly the people of these islands will have no one but themselves to blame if they do not return ropresentatives pledged to do all that more legislation can effect to secure the welfaro of our country. Tbore is no noed to digcuss the wisdom of the coming Reform; it was inevitable from 1832. That no one has any argument to bring against the measure except on the veriest sideissues, shows that it is as right as righteousness itself. Lord Salisbury would show its evil character if it had any principle of evil in it. Ho can do no better than tell us that England does not demand it, and that Ireland is not fit to receive it. He only means that England is too quiet, and we ought to wait till sbe is turbulent; while Ireland is too turbulont, and we ought to wait till she is quiet. He migbt as well require the nation to wait till he became as great a statesman as Mr. Gladstone, and then we should nover get it at all.

THE STORM CLOUD OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY. – Mr. Ruskin, who, during the last month, bas lectured twice on the above subject at the London Institution, as all the world knows delights in word-painting. He also loves a fing at scientific poople, quarrelling aliko with the definitions they make and the information they give. His odd expressions, and the sharp earnest way in which he gave his "points,” ovoked frequent laughter, the lecturer laughing as well. As he showed one sky after another on canvas, each bearing a dato, he humor

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piety we might hope for better things, as it is written, “ Bring yo all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith (pronounced sayth) the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”—J. F.

ously remarked that he had his skies bottled like his father's sherry. Describing the appearance of the sun behind a plague-cloud, he likened it to a bad halfcrown thrown into a basin of soap and water. Scientific people, said he, can tell us all about the sun, moon, and the soven stars, and what they are made of, all which don't matter, because we can neither alter their course nor make them different. They can tell us the force of the wind and the direction it takes, but why don't they tell us what the wind is made of ? Some we have had lately might be made of the souls of dead mon that have not gone where they have got to go.- What had ho to teach? Why that within the last ten or twenty years we have had such storm-clouds and plague-winds as Homer, Dante, and all the men of the dead past nover saw. He couldn't tell what they meant, but he know what the old prophets would have said about thom, connecting them with the sins of the people. Certainly during the period of these clouds England and othor nations had blasphemed and done iniquity by proclamation, but if the nations returned to paths of rectitudo and

THE BIBLE AND HYMNAL.- We believe some people never look at advertisements. May we ask such friends to break through their rulo for once, and read the advertisement which for the last three months has appeared in this magazine, relative to the Bible and Hymnal bound together in one volume ? The book is not bulky, as some may suppose. It is the Oxford Edition of the Bible, printed in double columns, Ruby type, combined with the corresponding edition of the Hymnal; and the binding will be found superior in quality, not only pleasing to the eyo, but also fitted to wear well. Young mon and maidens, we commend these beautiful volumes to your attention, and believe that you will not bo disappointed in them.

Notices of New Books.

not as being intrinsically, the best in the volume, but as lending itself most easily to pictorial illustration.

Rays OF SACRED SONG FOR THE CHURCH

AND THE HOME. By Dawson Burns,

D.D. 8. 1. Partridge & Co. A COLLECTION of hymns, Scripture studies in verse, and short poems on various subjects. Those persons who, not knowing Dr. Dawson Burns, have thought of him only as the keen controversialist-the champion-knight with lance over in hand ready to defend the sacred cause of Temperance against all comors—will be pleasingly surprised, we think, at the “tender grace" and the genial kindly spirit manifest in the contents of this elegant little volume. Whilst not taking rank with the highest class of poetry, most of these compositions possess very considerable merit. The versification is for the most part smooth and flowing, the imagery appropriate and often striking, and the sentiments noble and Christian. We like especially the poems entitled, “The World's Chief Need,” “ The Mystery of Life," and " The Old Man's Reverie." Some of the hymns will be found useful for anniversary occasions.

* Seaside Voices" appears on another page of this magazine. We have selected it for transference to our pages

A WOMAN'S HAND. By Miss Ellis.

Price 5s. Jarrold & Sons. This story of a bravo beautiful soul orbing itself into noble womanhood is told with remarkable power and gracefulness. The scenes and persons that surround the heroine are so distinctly pourtrayed that they must almost cortainly have passed across the rotina of the gifted authoregs. The narrative is one of continuous movement and striking but natural incident, the whole so dexterously managed that the reader's interest is sustained to the close of the volume. In passagos of unusual brevity we have most delightful pictures of nature; a few skilfully chosen words, and we are suddenly conscious of the glory of the sky, the beauty of the earth, and the dearness of man, and bird, and beast. Some of these sentences are absoluto revelations of unnoticed loveliness that will remain as permanent treasures of memory. Here, too, are lights of kindly 107

NOTICES OF NEW BOOKS.

humour, magnetic thrills of pathos, and outshinings of noble truths, all the more effective that they are generally surprises, though each of them proves its own right to its place. Even common thoughts and sayings are retouched into a pleasing freshness that makes them a now possession. But the chief charm of the book is its luminous spirituality; we close it feeling that a magnificent truth has been admirably illustrated, it is, that the pathway of unselfish souls who trust the Lord is oftenest bright with His presence and His love; and even when such seem to walk in darkness they still go safely under the doop shadow of His wing.

E. H. J.

us to be in contrast with the apostle Peter's exhortations—"Save yourselves from this untoward generation;" “Repent and turn (Alford) that your sins may be blotted out.” Indeed, the main idea of the book, that faith consists simply in looking to Christ, and believing that as we look Ho saves us, seems to us incorrect. No doubt saving faith does consist in part in looking to Christ and trusting in Him; but it includes also the submission of the will to Him. We must take His yoke upon us.

We must receive Him as our Lord and Master. We must yield up our whole being to Him, for Him to rule over as well as save us. This part of evangelical truth has not the prominence it should have in a treatiso like the present. Nor do we think it wiso in a book for beginners in the Christian life to give prominence to the doctrine that we are lost through the imputation of Adam's sin. Better confine the sipner's thoughts to the fact, which be cannot dispute, of bis own personal guilt. One of the best parts of the book is that in which the author discusses the nature of Repentance, and in this we are happy cordially to agree with him.

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NONCONFORMITY: ITS HISTORY AND ITS

PRINCIPLES. A Lecture by the Rev.
Z. T. Dowen, F.G.S. Heywood, Man-

chester and London. This lecture was delivered to the author's own congregation, and is now published at their request. The former part is a graphic sketch of the history of Nonconformity from the days of Henry VIII. onwards. In this portion, amidst much that is true and well-expressed, we think Mr. Dowon has given credit to puritan forefathers for more enlightened views as to the rights of conscience than most of them really possessed. Tho freedom of thought and action in religion which Cromwell and Milton believed in, most good men in those days denounced as “Pretended Liberty of Conscience.” But the second part of the lecture--an exposition of Nonconformist principles we regard as admirable without exception, and worthy the thoughtful attention of young people, not only in Macclesfield, but in many other places.

THE CIRCULAR LETTER OF THE G. B.

ASSOCIATION FOR 1882. Being an
Address and Critique thereon, by E.

Parker, D.D. Baptist Tract Society. In this tract the President of Manchester Baptist College attacks the main positions taken in the letter of Mr. Jones. It will be read with interest by the opponents of “open fellowship.” But strange to say, the author makes no distinction between

open fellowship” and open communion.”

AFTER WORK. Home reading for the

family circle.—THE CHURCH, Vol. III., Now Serios.-THE BAPTIST MESSEN

GER, vol. for 1883, Eliot Stock MONTHLY magazines, all admirable in their respective departments.

LIFE IN A LOOK. By the Very Rev.

M. S. Baldwin, Dean of Montreal.

Hodder & Sloughton. This is apparently intended as a book for enquirers, or to put into the hands of persons whom it is desired to interest in the subject of religion. But though wo cannot but respect the earnest spirit of the writer, our opinion is that the manner in which gospel truth is presented in some parts of the work is more likely to perplex than to enlighten. For instance, one of the first points on which the author insists—and to show its importance be prints the words in capital letters—is, the utter helplessness of all human effort in the matter of salvation, and the abso. lute sovereignty of God. This seems to

THE ENGLISH BAPTISTS, WHO THEY ARE,

AND WHAT THEY HAVE DONE. Price 1s.

Marlborough & Co. The volume of lectures delivered by the General Baptist ministers of London & short time ago, and published under the auspices of our Connexional Pablication Board. A new edition, wonderfully cheap. It ought to have a large circulation in our schools and families. Let leading mon in our churches see to this matter.

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A WORD FROM THE TREASURER. In January the Secretaries announced the satisfactory location of the Institution, and tho admirable working of the Classes at University College. I have now to announce that the President's house is nearly completed, and the builders' claims and the architect's certificates come in so rapidly that I am now £800 in advance. Will the friends therefore kindly send assistance forthwith? In the April Magazine I hope to insert a long and highly creditable list of sums received, and trust all who appreciate the good old Gospel will holp to swell the amount.

T. W, MARSHALL.

The Home Mission and Crewe.

THE now school-room was opened at Crown on Feb. 10. Preacher, Rev. T. R. Stevenson, of Derby. Congregations good. On the following evening a lecture (preceded by a tea meeting) was delivered by the Rev. J. H. Atkinson, of Liverpool; subject : Songs and Singers of the Christian Church to the Twelfth Century.” R. Podloy, Esq., J.P., was chairman, and the audience was large and attentive. The choir rendered good service in illustration of tbe lecture.

On Tuesday the Sunday school children assembled for tea in celebration of the new room opening. After tea a meeting was beld, presided over by Mr. Pedley in the unavoidable absence of the pastor. The programme of songs, choruses, and recitations was gone through very creditably by the scholars. Oranges, apples, and nuts were given to the children as they left the room.

The room will now be used for all services until the chapel is completed. It is both bandsome and convopient, and will seat 260 adults. Additional rooms are in progress for infants, bible classos, etc., the whole forming a very complete structure.

These opening services have been very successful, and the friends are deeply grateful to all who at various times have assisted tbe building fund. The readers of this notice are asked to remember that this is a denominational chapel, so that friends in every church should help as far as they can. A small collecting card has been issued, and will be sent to any applicant. A thousand pounds are needed to open the chapel free of debt. Let all who can, write at once for a collecting card to Rev. W. Loos, Crowe. N.B.—Collections for the Home Mission should be taken in all the churches as early

as possible now. “Say not ye, there are yet four months,” for there are only three to the ond of May, when the accounts close for the year.

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