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“Mr. and Mrs. Bird Crewkerne Somerset. A very well manged hotel.”
Between the last two words some sharp-eyed critic had inserted a caret, and supplied the words, “ Cavete canes,” as an illustration of the word “ manged," blunderingly written for managed, which was strongly underlined to give it emphasis, as a high character for the house.
Near our hotel was a ferry, to which we descended immediately on going forth for a ramble. The boat had just then come from the other side of the creek, and landed its passengers. Inquiring the fare, which was only a halfpenny each passenger, we stepped aboard and seated ourselves. We had a few minutes' detention, during which there was an addition to our number ; and then we moved off, with wind and water strong, and
; were soon rowed over to the landing steps on the other side. At the far end of the creek, running inland, is the conspicuous village of Penryn, which is near the line by which we had travelled, and it has a station. Inquiring the name of the village at which we landed, we were surprised to find ourselves at Flushing. It was so called by some Dutch immigrants by whom it was first inhabited. We walked through it, and then up the road leading to Penryn ; and when we reached a road diverging to the right, went a little way thereon, then over a stile into a field, and past a cottage, and through other fields commanding a fine view of the harbour and shipping, and the neighbouring hills. We descended to the water at the eastern end of Flushing, where we found a day-school, and near it some girls with slates in their hands. I like to talk with young people; so I put the question : “ What! are you leaving school ?"
Yes, sir,” said one of the girls. “What have you been learning this morning ?” I asked. “ Arithmetic," said the girl. o In what rule?” 6. The fourth rule.” “ Then you can do multiplication ?
?" “ Yes, sir." Here another of our party interposed the question, “Do you know the greatest multiplication sum that ever was done ? " “No, sir," said the girl, with an inquiring look. “ The multiplying of five barley loaves and two small fishes into twelve basketsfall," said he; was not that the greatest multiplication sum?” “Yes, sir," said the girl. ?
“ Well,” said he, “you have read about that, have you not ? ” “ Yes, sir," was the prompt reply. No allusion was made to the subtraction from the multiplied quantity whereby the hungry thousands were fed and satisfied. I gave the girls a few words of encouragement, and then stepped into the school, which I found as plain and rough-looking as a barn; but more secure, perhaps, from storm and tempest. It is pleasing to find educational progress wherever we go now, in England.
There is a narrow path leading from the school, along which we walked, over a bank and down to the haven, by the margin of which we continued our walk to the left, as far as we could easily get, and then followed a narrow and steep path up a wooded slope to the bank above, whence we returned by an upper path to the ferry. The prospect was
charming ; and I counted over a hundred vessels of all sizes in the estuary of the Fal, whilst an equal or greater number were in the barbour towards the town. On onr recrossing the ferry, we had the wind blowing so strongly from the west, that we got a plentiful baptism, from which I was able to protect myself with a waterproof mantle.
We took a walk into the town and among the shops, and then returned to our dinner, ordered for four o'clock. We ascertained that good fowls might be bought at Falmouth for 3s. 6d. a couple, and large ones for 4s.; whilst the prices at home are 58. 6d. to 78.,
and more. Batter is sold at sixteen pence a pound, whilst at home it is 2s. Eggs are a shilling the dozen. We bought two newly-laid ones of a girl at Flashing for a penny each. At home we get only eight farmers' eggs for a shilling. A family wanting to spend a few weeks at the sea-side, might soon save the expense of three or four hundred miles' journey in the cost of living, by coming to Falmouth instead of going to the more fashionable places of resort.
Friday, October 11th.—A beautiful day. Going out immediately after breakfast, I went up the hill opposite our hotel, wishing to get the view of the harbour and country as seen from the elevated terraces running parallel with the main street. We divided our number into couples, taking different rounds. I and my companion soon' came to a Boys' School on the hill by the roadside, and found boys waiting in the porch of the school for admission, their master not having arrived. Inquiring what they were taught, a bright-eyed lad replied, “ Everything.” On questioning him I found that his everything comprised reading, writing, spelling, arithmetic, geography, grammar, and the French and Latin languages. A sufficient number of subjects for such boys to study and practise, but only sufficient to clear the way to many other subjects, without the possibility of reaching everything. We chatted with the boys until beyond the time for commencing school, but no master appeared; so to what extent he transgressed the law of punctuality, I know not. Were I a resident at Falmouth, having a son at that school, the master's example would seriously shake my confidence in him as a trainer of boys.
Ascending the road beyond the school, we came to a stile, by which we entered a field, and at a few yards' distance found several men at work in & deep quarry. I asked what they were getting. One of them answered, “Spar,
6 What for?” I asked. “ To mend the roads," he replied. A few words of grace were spoken, and a few tracts given, and we walked off, a few steps farther bringing us to the highest spot near, called The Beacon. There is no beacon standing there; but a deep hole in the ground looks like the mark left by a thick post or pole that önce was there. The prospect in every direction is extensive. The town, the harbour, the castles, the river, the shipping, the wide sweep of cultivated fields, the outer sea, the cliffs, and the wooded hills, make altogether a magnificent combination of diversified scenery.
From the Beacon we went down hill by a path and a narrow lane, past a farmhouse and its appendages, and then turning to the left, came by an Institution for Orphan Girls. We were told that the children were not all orphans, literally, but some of them the children of parents who did not take care of them. Whether this was attributable to crime, to culpable neglect, or to misfortune, we were not informed. An inscription in front of the building states that it is supported by voluntary contributions.
Descending still lower, we soon came to the middle of the town, where are several chapels, a municipal building, and in course of erection, upon a bank, a handsome Board School, with a tower, and place for a public clock. Opposite this, on the level ground, is the Wesleyan Chapel ; a large structure built upon the site of an original one of inferior size and style. Two memorial stones bear inscriptions, one purporting that the stone was laid by “ The Local Preachers,” and the other “By the Ladies” of the Circuit. By the side of the chapel a steep flight of steps, called Jacob's Ladder, ascends to a terrace above, cutting off a wide circuit of road. We mounted the ladder, and I counted over a hundred steps.
Going on to the south end of the town, we came to another place of worship, in the Gothic style, which, on inquiry, we learnt was also a Wesleyan Chapel. It is in an elevated position, looking towards the channel entrance to the harbour, and is, no doubt, attended by the elite of the Wesleyan people. Will those be the most godly of them ? Descending thence, we came to the Castle Drive, a beautiful carriageway and wide causeway running along the left hand side of it, next the bill on which the castle stands, and having a lovely bay on the right; and, fronting the bay, on the cliff, at a little distance from its edge, a large and splendid hotel, built not long ago, having pretty pleasuregrounds and garden around, and overlooking the sea. The extreme south-western point of the bay is called Manacle Point. It looks ragged and romantic. On the bay are a long row of white tenements and a tall chimney; they belonged to arsenic works, wbich have been abandoned, because they became un profitable, sharing the fate of the tin mines of the county.
At the seaward boundary of the castle we found an exercise house for training seamen in the use of arms. The castle is inhabited by soldiers. It stands at the harbour entrance on the western side, and there is another castle on the eastern side.
Returning to our hotel, we lunched upon cold roast beef and bread, settled our bill, and took our departure by the train leaving Falmouth for Truro at 4.45. From Truro we travelled on the main line as far as the Bodmin Road Station, whence an omnibus carried us to Bodmin, the county town of Cornwall. We found comfortable accommodation at the hotel to which the 'bus runs, the “Royal," at which we arrived at a quarter past seven o'clock.
(To be continued.)
MEMOIR OF MR. THOMAS ARAM,
WESLEYAN LOCAL PREACHER, OF LENTON, NEAR NOTTINGHAM.
Our late brother Aram was born at Chilwell, a hamlet situate at the distance of about four miles west of Nottingham, and a mile north of the village of Beeston, on the first day of January, 1805. His parents were wortby members of the Baptist Church at Beeston, and were to him an example of Christian consistency. In his 19th year he removed to Lenton, being then under religious conviction, and anxious about the salvation of his soul.
He lodged in a house next to a room in which the Wesleyans met for public worship. He could hear their singing, and he went in to worship with them. Shortly afterwards they built a chapel in the village. It was opened by Benjamin Thorold, Esq., * on the 7th of February, 1826; but it was alienated in the troublous times of 1849-51.
Mr. Aram took an interest in the chapel, and helped to obtain contributions in aid of the Trust-funds. He attended the service of the Watch Night held at the end of the year, and the next day, being Sunday and the 22nd anniversary of his birth, he knelt down to pray for mercy ; and there and then found peace with God. The spot where he knelt was ever afterwards sacred to him, and he was accustomed to commemorate the great event by kneeling there every New Year's day, to render thanks to God for His mercy and grace vouchsafed to him, and to implore the grace he still felt he needed.
Desiring to occupy himself in some active service for Christ, he became a teacher in the Sunday school held in the chapel, and afterwards superintendent of the school, an office that he held for twenty-two years, until chapel and school changed hands. He was accustomed to give an address to the scholars; and when, as sometimes happened, a preacher failed to fulfil his appointment there, he would address the congregation. This induced an old Local Preacher to speak of bim at a Quarterly Meeting of the Local Preachers; and that led to his coming upon the plan of the circuit, first on trial, and then as a regalar Local Preacher. A circuit plan of February-April, 1834, has his initial "A." No. 60 ; and upon another plan of May-July, 1836, he stands in full, No. 51, with several other names below his. He was no doubt fully accredited in 1834 or early in 1835. The intervening plans are not in the writer's possession. He must have sustained the office for a period of about forty-six
* Mr. Thorold was a Lincolnshire gentleman, a gifted Local Preacher, living
at Harmston Hall in that county,
years, up to the time of his death. He had been a member of society fifty-three years.
When the Nottingham Branch of the Local Preachers' Mutual-Aid Association was formed, at the beginning of October, 1851, he became a member, and continued to take an interest in its proceedings until the decay of trade and the villany of one with whom he had business transactions, reduced him to comparative poverty. A gentleman at the head of the highest firm in the lace trade, to whom he had been long accustomed to sell the produce of his machines, proffered to lend him money for the purchase of new machines, to take their produce, and allow him to repay the money by instalments. The fluctuations to which the trade was liable, deterred him from accepting the generous offer, and he concluded to accept a situation in the service of another firm, as a means of obtaining a moderate income without the risk of embarrassment, of which he bad the greatest dread. Under these circumstances his payments to the Association sunk into arrears, and his membership eventually lapsed.
He applied to the local committee two or three years ago to be re-admitted; but the terms, after so many years' interval, at his advanced age, exceeded his disposable means, and the purpose was abandoned.
The health of brother Aram, for many years, was usually good; but for two years immediately preceding his death he suffered considerably. He had to go little short of three miles to his daily duties; and that he found to be very trying. Sometimes he took the train, and sometimes a cab, part of the way; but even then he bad to walk more than his strength could well bear, as neither station nor cabstand was near his residence, nor convenient for his place of business. At last he had to give up going, and remain at home, and then take to his bed.
His sufferings were distressing for awhile; but his departure was somewhat sudden. His soul, however, was in perfect peace; and the closing scene was like that of an infant falling asleep in the arms of its mother. Without either groan or sigh he fell asleep in Jesus, on January 8th, 1881, seven days after having attained the 76th year of his age.
His religious experience was more even than is that of most persons. His sharp trials touched him acutely; but nothing moved him from the solid rock on which his faith and hope rested. If " in heaviness through manifold temptations,” his refuge was Christ, to whom he committed himself with full confidence, and rested in the belief that “all things work together for good to them that love God." I had business transactions with him between thirty and forty years ago, and always regarded him as an upright and a straightforward man. He " walked with God” in this world ; and being now “ absent from the body," we believe him to be “present with the LORD.”
When the severity of the weather and his own debility prevented his going to the house of God on a Sunday evening, he occupied himself in prayer, reading the Scriptures and a bymn or two and a sermon. On