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what is much the same thing, it has one meaning to the elector, and a very different meaning to the person elected. It is as bad to determine as the colour of n chameleon. Yot the people love to have it so. They like the pleasure of being cheated. Thousands of temperance reformers Acorn to sell their votes for Sunday closing merely. They must have more. So they sell them for local option and get less. They do not believe that half a loaf is better than no bread. We do.
J. F. A SIGN OF THE TIMES.-Before us are three numbers of the “Church Reformer," a monthly periodical edited by the Rev. Stewart D. Headlam, and numbering among its contributors several other able and popular clergymen. It is the organ of the so-called “Guild of St. Matthew,” whose declared objects are, to promote the study of Social and Political questions in the light of the Incarnation, and to endeavour to "justify God to the people.” We subjoin the following as a specimen of its outspoken utterances on the Church and State question :-“It is therefore because of the better distribution both of material and spiritual wealth which must result from the church being free, that we shall plead and argue for the breaking of those fetters, the removal of those gags, which hinder her action and stifle her voice. Each parish which is now lorded over by a patron would, if it were free, be able, both in the election and retention of the parish priests, and in expression of its opinion, and in united action, to be a real power in the church. Thon, too, if the church were froe and had her rights of election secure, we should surely have a very different sort of bishop from what we have at present, especially if God in His merciful justice was to cause that they were turned out of the House of Lords, where their voice is seldom heard, or their vote given except in retardation of the People's cause. Moreover, unless (if it be possible in our present fetterod condition) wo at once begin to distributo clerical pay a little more evenly, obviating the two-fold scandal of the clerical charities' and the bishop's palaces, wo surely look forward soon to the divine scourge of disendowment, and so to a fresh financial start, making the clergy dependent on their own labour or the free-will offerings of the people." As we read such words, wo rub our eyes and ask, What is this paper? Is it not the “Liberator ?” Finding that we have made no mistake,that the writers of the pages before us
are real living clergymen, and very able ones too, wo make a note of it, finding herein a sign, not to be mistaken, of the direction in which we are certainly moving. Digestablishment and disendowment may be nearer than we think.
The REFORM BILL. - In spite of a seventeen days' badgering about Egypt, the Government is really getting along. The Franchise Bill has passed the second reading by a majority of 130. “I call that,” said the Home Secretary the other day at Derby, “not a victory, but a conquest." This, coming after the so-called “Dirty Trick Debate,” gives the Opposition something more than a Roland for an Oliver, and what is better still, it goes far to insure the passage of the Bill through the House of Lords. J F
THE PULPIT HYMN BOOK. Many friends have expressed a wish for an edition of the Hymnal more suited in size and appearance to the Pulpit and Desk than any hitherto put forth by our Hymnal Trustees. We have the pleasure of announcing that such an edition has been prepared, and copios may be obtained from Marlborough & Co. by the 15th of this month. For particulars soo advertisement page of this Magazine. Who will bave the honour of presenting a copy for the pulpit of his own place of worship? or to his pastor for use in his study? The ample margins will be most serviceable for notes.
OUR COLLEGE.-Rov. C. W. Vick inti. mates that the College Committee will meet at the College, Forest Road, Nottingham, on May 13th, at twelve o'clock, and that subscribing ministers and minigtors of subscribing churches are eligible to attend.
OUR HOME MISSION.-Our Treasurer bogs to acknowledge tho receipt of seven shillings as “part of a labourer's hire,” from Vernar, Derby. Churches will please note that collections and subscriptions for the Home Mission for the current year should be sent in not later than the first week in June.--We shall be glad if each church will make a most earnest effort to appear in this year's list of contributors. The appeals made to the Home Mission for help are becoming increasingly numerous and urgent. Splendid openings for aggressive work present themselves to the Committee. We want the sinews of war.
SCHOLASTIC. — Ethel Mary Dyson (eldest daughter of Rev. W. Dyson) is amongst the successful candidates of the last Cambridge Examination, from the Halifax High School for Girls.
I.-MINISTERS' RECEPTION AND LIST REVISION COMMITTEE. 1.—This Committee for 1884 consists of the Revs. D. Burns, D.D., W. Gray, and W. Orton; Messrs. J T. Mallet, W. R Whorry, and G Orchard.
2.— The Secretary is tho Rev. Dr. Burns, Constance Villa, Upper Tooting Road, London, S.W.
3.- The Secretaries of the Conferences are requested to
(a) Report to Dr. Burns, NOT LATER THAN JUNE 6TH, all ministerial changes in their Conference districts.
(6) Inform overy student or minister accepting a pastorate within their districts of the requiremonts of this Committee, and forward bis application to Dr. Burns.
N.B.- No name can be inserted in the List of Ministers without the sanction of this Committee, or of the Association.
W. Dyson, Secretary.
II.-BEDs. All pastors and delegates requiring beds during the approaching Association should apply, enclosing stamp (not stamped envelope), to the Local Secretary, Mr. Benjamin Baldwin, Market Place, Loughborough, not later than Saturday, June 14th, and as much earlier as possible After that date the Local Committee cannot possibly undertake to provide sleeping accommodation.
It will greatly assist the Local Committee if applicants will state whether they are smokers or not, and if total abstainers or otherwise.
Those who make their own arrangements will oblige by communicating their Loughborough address to the Local Secretary.
Cash received received for College Building fund.
£ s. d.
£ 8. d. Heptonstall Slack 10 10 0 Derby-Labourer's Hire
0 70 Nottingham, Mansfield Road
11 2 8
Loughborough-T. W. Marshall 10 0 0 Nottingham, Broad Street.. 50 0 0 Chesham-J. W. G. Pegg
2 10 0 Halifax-J. Drake..
5 0 0 The Treasurer will feel greatly obligod if the friends who have not yet assisted in the above object will kindly favour him with their contributions at once; and as the time for preparing the Report for the Association is rapidly approaching, he begs to ask the churches to forward their annual collections and subscriptions as soon as possible.
News of the Churches.
All information for this department should reach Rev. J. FLETCHER by the
16th of the month. CONFERENCES.
The following appointments were made CHESHIRE met in the new school-room,
-Rev. W. Lees to be our representative Crowe, on Tuesday, April 15th. Rev.
to Home Mission and Ministerial Board; W. Loos presided, and the Rov. C. T.
Rev. Z. T. Dowen to Foreign Mission. Johnson, of Longton, opened the pro
After Mr. Fletcher had reported as to ceedings by prayer. A hearty welcome Congleton, it was unanimously agreed to was accorded to several brethren who strongly recommend the case to the were present from other Conferences- generous consideration of the Home including Mr. Fletcher, from London.
Mission. The delegates expressed their entire As the result of a discussion introduced approval of the scheme relating to “ Local by Mr. Pedley, the following resolution Preachers and the Conferences," and was passed—“That in the opinion of this appointed the ministers as a Committee Conference the time has arrived when for the purpose of making the necessary
the Association should take into conarrangements.
sideration the omployment of an evan. The reports from the churches sur. gelist, with the viow of holding special passed in interest any which have ever
services in connection with our churches." been presented before. Several of the The next Conference will meet at churches have been experiencing a season Macclesfield, the Rev. W. Loes to be of blessing, and others are proparing for President. a gracious ingathering of souls. Baptized We had a large attendance of delegates during the half-year, 77; candidates, 34. and friends, and much interest was mani
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fested in he business of the Conference. The friends at Crewe are to be congratulated on possessing so handsome and attractive a school-room.
Io the overing the Conference sermon was preached by the Rev. Joseph Fletcher to a large congrogation.
Sim Hirst, Secretary.
(3) It was agreed that tho names of the officers, proachers, and students of the lostitute be sent on to the Association for insertion in the Year Book.
(4) The Ferme Park Chapel project, which has hitherto formed a section of the work of the Institute, was accepted by the Conference, and a Building Committee appointed, representing nearly all the churches.
8. Oral reports of interest were given by pastors and delogates of several churches,
9. Appropriate notice was taken by the Conference of the decease of the Rov. F Smith, late of Downtun. (Readers will find a brief record of Mr. Smith's life in the obituary column)
10. F. J. Bird read a paper on “The Claims of the Church on those seeking fellowship therewith, and how to enforce them,” which gave rise to profitable discussion, in which J. Neal, A. Towers, Mrs. Fletcher, J. Clifford, and J. Flutcher took part.
After tea the evening session commenced at 7.30, when J. Batey delivered his introductory address as President for the year, on “A forgotten record called to mind.” Other addresses followed by W. Harvey Smith and T. Grigsby.
The devotional exercises during the day were conducted by W. B. Taylor, W. Hood, and J. Fletcher.
ROBERT P. Cook, Secretary.
SOUTHERN.—The Spring Meeting was held at Westbourne Park Chapel, on April 2nd. Rev. 0. Pearce presided at the Business Session at 3 p.m.
1. Rev. W. Bampton Taylor was welcomed into the Conference as pastor of the church at Chesham.
2. Reports on chapel proporty at Honiton, Ramsgate, and Downton, were presented by J Fletcher and W J. Avery.
3. The following representatives on denominational boards were appointed(1) Home Mission (Ladies' Executive), Mrs Fletcher; (2) Board of Reference, J. Fletcher; (3) Foreign Mission, R. P. Cook and C. Pearce ; Home Mission, W. J. Avery, A. H. Moore, F. J. Bird, and J. F. Smythe.
4. It was announced that the Midsummer Conference would be held at Berkhamstead, on Wednesday, July 9.
5. As it is the turn of the Southern Conference to receive the Association in 1885, and the church at Haven Green, Ealing has undertaken to give the Association a suitable welcome, the Conference agreed, “That we heartily endorse the invitation given by the friends at Ealing for the Association to hold its sittings in 1885 at the Haven Groon Chapel, and will render all the help in our power that may be desired by the church."
6. Resolutions of condolence passed with Her Majesty the Queen and the Duchess of Albany on the death of Prince Leopold; and also resolutions in support of the Franchise Bill, Local Option, and the total closing of publichouses on Sundays in England.
7. Local Preachers' Associations and the Conferences. - In accordance with the scheme named in the G. B. Year Book, 1883, p. 30, the Preachers' Institute meeting at Westbourne Park Chapel was affiliated with the Conference, and the following arrangements were adopted :
(1) The members of the London G B. Ministers' Fraternal Association were appointed as representativos to manage the work.
(2) The annual meeting of the Conference (Nov.) to be the time for reporting the condition and progress of the work done by the Institute.
CHURCHES. BIRCHCLIFFE.-An effort to reduce the debt on the chapel property culminated in a tea meeting on Good Friday, when it was found that £163 had been the result of the effort, including £5 128. raised by the Services of Song given by the Birchcliffe Singing Class.
BIRMINGHAM, Longmore Street.—The anniversary services were held on April 13 and 14. Rev. Dr. Clifford, of London, preached on the Sunday, and on the Monday a largely attended tea ani public meeting were held. R. Argile, Esq., presided, and the Revo. J. Hulme, J. Clifford, E. W. Cantrell, the pastor, and others gave addresses. In every way the services were stimulating and successful.
BOUGHTON. Anniversary sermons were preached to large congregations, April 13, by S. Robinson, of Rotford. On the Monday a public tea, after which earnest addresses wore delivered by Messrs. Heath, Mills, Robinson, Starbrook, and Skingle.
GOSBERTON. – A grand concert was given by Mr. C. R. C. Proctor's celebrated band in the Public Hall, on March 13th, to aid in clearing off the debt upon the Chapel The music was of an exceptionally high-class character, being selections from the most eminent com
was excellontly executed before a large and delighted audience, who trebly encored some of the performers for their brilliant achievements. The proceding tea and the concert together realized £10 towards the object.
IBSTOCK.- Foreign Missions.-On Sunday evening, March 16, a sormon was preached by the Rev. T. Hagen, of Coalville. A missionary meeting was held on the 17th, when addresses were delivered by Revs. W. Hill, E. W. Cantrell, T. Hagen, and J. Watmough.—Concert.On April 8th a public toa was served in the school-room, after which a concert, conducted by Mr. Buckley, of Swadlincote, was given by our young people's singing class, assisted by a band of lady violinists from Swadlincote, and other friends.
LONDON, Church Street.-— The annual tea meeting took place on Good Friday. After tea Rev. G. W. M'Creo gavo bis popular lecture on “Great Preachers and Famous Orators" to a goodly and appreciative audience. The meeting was one of the best attended and most satisfactory that has been held for several years.
LONDON, Commercial Road.-A large special church meeting was held on April 3rd to consider the question of re-powing the chapel throughout, with the view of making the seats more comfortable and of adding to their number. A plan was submitted by which over fifty good sittings may be added, with about forty drop seats besides. It was resolved, without one dissentient vote, to carry out the scheme. The cost, with all the et ceteras incidont to such schemes, will probably be about £800. A promise meeting was held on April 7th, when & goodly
and enthusiastic company assembled for suppor, and at the close tho pastor (Rev. J. Fletcher) bad the pleasure of announcing that promisos had been made to the extent of £350. It was thereupon resolved not to begin the work till £400 is placed in the hands of the Treasurer, Mr. Charles Roberts, Junr. The work will probably bo undertaken in the spring of next yoar. Both pastor and people have a wholesome dread of debt-honce the delay, although there is pressing need for the alteration just now.
MACCLESFIELD.—The annual conversa. zione was held on March 26th. Tea and coffee woro served to upwards of two hundred, and the after-meeting was held under the presidency of the mayor, W. B. Brocklehurst, Esq , J.P. At intervals addresses were given by the Rev. Z. T. Dowen (pastor), Alderman White, J.P., and Dr. Russell. The evening was devoted to music, singing. galvanic batteries, etc., furnished by members of the pastor's Bible class. The schoolroom was beautifully decorated with plants, pictures, and flowers, and it was altogether the best conversazione the church has had.
MARKET HARBOROUGH.—The muchneeded and long-expected alterations have now been executed. The chapel is noat and attractive outside, and very suitable accommodation and comfort have beon provided within. “Old things have passed away, and all things have become now." Very successful re-opening services were conducted on March 26th and 30th, by Dr. Clifford and Rov. W. R. Stevenson, M.A. On the evening of the 30th the chapel was crowded to excess. Collections a little over £20. Hitherto, cash and promises amount to £180. The friends are very grateful to Mr. Emery, who presided at the evening meeting on the 26th; also to the many kind friends in various parts of the denomination who have rendered such generous aid.
MORTON.—Anniversary services were held April 11th and 13th. Preachers April 11, Rev. G. H Bennett; April 13, Mr. B. Dennison, of Peterborough.
NORWICH.--On April 3rd an entertainment was given in the school-room in connection with the Gospel Temperanca and Band of Hope Societies, to a crowded and appreciative audience.
West RETFORD. —On Good Friday & well-attended tea was held in the schoolroom, after which a public meeting was held in the chapel. The pastor prosided. Addresses were delivered by the Rovs. E. Carrington, J. Bailey (Wesleyan), S. Skingle, and Mr. W. Downie, secretary of the church. As an illustration of the indebtednoss of the larger churches to the smaller, it was stated that a Baptist church in Liverpool, and Dr. McLaren's church in Manchester, and Cemetery Road church, Sheffield, had each a highly esteemed deacon who went to them from the church at Retford.
BAZAARS, &c. BIRMINGHAM, Longmore Streel. - The annual sale of useful and fancy goods
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was held on March 17, 18, and 19. Through the diligence of the ladies of the church and congregation, and the kindDess of willing friends, there was a good display, and, better still, a ready sale. Gross receipts, over £40. Net profit about £10 more than last year.
BOURNE.-A bazaar was beld in the Corn Exchange on April 2nd, in aid of the effort to remove all debts on the Bourne, Morton, and Dyke chapels. The bazaar was opened by the paster, assisted by the Rev. T. Baron (Wesleyan), and the Rev. A. Eason (Independent). The net proceeds were £59 8g. 4d.
CARRINGTON — For several months past busy fingers have been at work preparing for a bazaar to aid in reducing the debt (£1600) on the new sanctuary.
On Easter Monday the bazaar was opened by Alderman H. S. Cropper, supported by a goodly number of friends and visitors. The sale was continued on the Tuesday and Wednesday following, and each day a varied programme of music, interspersed with amusements of various kinds, was provided. The Committee and Stall-holders worked with a will, and were rewarded by realizing the object songbt for, viz., the net sum of £100.
HINCKLEY.-On Easter Tuesday a sale of work was beld in the school-room, for the purpose of raising a fund for obtaining an organ. The attendance was large, and most of the goods were disposed of. An entertainment of sacred music was held in the chapel in the evening, when selections were given from the “Mossiab," etc. The proceeds of the sale and entertainment amounted to upwards of £30.
NOTTINGHAM, New Basford.-On Saturday, Ap:il 12, and the following Tuesday and Wednesday, a bazaar was held in the large room of the New Schools. The proceeds, which go towards the reduction of the debt on the school-rooms, were larger than anticipated, being £120 clear of expenses. The friends are glad and thankful
CHESHAM.-Five, by W. Bampton Taylor.
Captain), by G. Robinson.
Bishop. London, Church Street.--Four, by R. P. Cook. LONDON, Praed Street.-Ten, by W. J. Avery. LONGFORD, Wyken Chapel, Haukesbury.-Two
Wesleyans (one has entered the Baptist
ministry), by H, J. Hodson. LOUGHBOROUGH, Wood Gate.-Two, by C. W.
Vick. Louth, Eastgate.- Nine, by C. Payne. MACCLESFIELD.-Five, by 2. T. Dowen. NOTTINGHAM, Carrington. -Seven (two of whom
continue with the Salvation Army), by
H. Bull. NOTTINGHAM, New Basford. - Seven (two of
SUPPLY. MR. A. H. MOORE, who has been preaching for the last seven months at Woking, Surrey, will be pleased to preach for any of our churches whose pastors may be away. Address—Castle Bar, Ealing, W.
whom continue with the Methodists), by
W. R. Stevenson. NOTTINGHAM, Old Basford.—Ten, by J. Maden. NOTTINGHAM, Woodborough Road.—Twelve, by
G. H. James. NORWICH.-Four, by G. Taylor. PETERBOROUGH.-Six, by T. Barrass. RETFORD.-Four (two from Doncaster), by 8.
Skingle. SHEFFIELD, Cemetery Road.-Four, by E. Car.
rington. STALYBRIDGE.-Six, and Dukinfield, Four, by
WATSON-BATE.- April 16, at Stratford Road Baptist church, Birmingham, by the Rev. Robert P. Cook, William Watson, to Martha, third daughter of the late Richard Bate, of Audlem.
WEDLOCK-KIRBY.--March 22nd, at Church Street chapel, Edgware Road, London, by the Rev. Robert P. Cook, Walter Wedlock, to Mary Ann, youngest daughter of Mr. W. C. Kirby.
OBITUARIES. GALLEY, JOHN.-Died on March 17th, at Nantwich, at the age of eighty-seven. It was claimed for him that he was the oldest master shoe-maker in the town of Nantwich. He had up to a recent period enjoyed good health; but gradually sank and died calınly from what may be called decay of nature; but not without leaving evidences of his quiet, un. obtrusive work behind him. He was one of the oldest teetotallers in the district, and certainly the oldest vice-president of the Temperance Society. Besides his work in the temperance direction, he was a member of the Philanthropic Society, and the members of the committee followed him to the grave to show their sympathy, as the deceased gentleman had contributed towards their prosperity, he having been treasurer for a long time for that institution. The Revs P. Williams and J. G. Shelley officiated at the funeral. Mr. Williams said there was none so ready to come to their meetings as Mr. Galley. He was faithful and
BAPTISMS. ARNOLD.-Three, by W. Bown. BIRCHCLIFFE.-Five, by W. Gray. BIRMINGHAM, Longmore Street. Three, by A.
T. Prout. BRADFORD, Tetley Street.-Twelve, by B. Wood.