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Although there was little business of importance to do, the brethren sat for two days. The Lord's Supper was celebrated on Tuesday morning, and in the afternoon of that day W. B. Carter's Paper, delivered two years before, “ Mutual Help for Mutual Improvement,” was discussed; but there is no report of this discussion, and no resolution was taken.
On Monday evening a tea and public meeting was held, Mr. Bond, the superintendent and chairman of the district in the chair, from which he delivered a good address, and was followed by Bros. Chamberlain, W. Bowron, John Carter, S. D. Waddy, R. Darley, John Towne, C. Madder, John Wade (Mitcham), W. Jameson, G. Thompson, W. E. Vernon, and E. Rush.
The chairman said he preached his trial sermon when about fourteen years
age ; but at sixteen years of age he became a supernumerary, and rested as such for eleven months. From that period to the present be had gone on without cessation. S. D. Waddy said that he began young, and went to a small chapel near Sheffield to supply for a superior local Preacher. Just before be reached the chapel he saw a number standing outside, waiting for Mr. Dyson; one of these came towards him and said, “Be you coming to preach ?” “So I answered I was going to try. He eyed me slowly from head to foot, then said, 'Well, ye are better than nowt.'"
CHAPTER XXV.-ANNUAL MEETING AT KEIGHLEY. 1871.
Bro. N. A. ALDERSLEY, Keighley, President. The General Committee met as usual, on Saturday evening, in Temple Street Schoolroom, Keighley. Twenty-one chapels were placed at the service of the brethren on the Sunday, and collections made. An openair service was held in the morning at nine, and a love-feast was held in Temple Street Chapel in the afternoon.
Business began on Monday morning. The Report showed the number of benefit members 1,739, honorary 464, total 2,203 ; being an increase of 24 benefit, and 18 honorary, total 42. Benefit members' subscriptions, £926 1s., being a decrease of £9 3s. 8d. The free subscriptions having increased, the income had exceeded the expenditure by £29 7s. 2d., raising the capital to £4,954 2s. 10d. Bro. Aldersley was elected President, Bro. J. Carter, re-elected Treasurer, and Bro. Chamberlain, Hon. Secretary.
Legacies began now to accrue to the Association. There were four this year, amounting to £142 13s. 10d. These helps have continued since, and probably will continue. There was not much business to do, and the brethren, after the celebration of the Lord's Supper on Tuesday morning, finished the day with an excursion to Haworth, where a public meeting was held, presided over by John R. Redman, Esq.
In the year 1870 it was resolved that the space occupied by the Association on the Magazine should be paid for as an advertisement at cost price. This being done, the loss which had previously appeared on the disbursement side of the balance sheet disappeared, and a profit of £15 8s. 8d. stood to the credit of the Magazine. This was a very cheering state of things, when compared with the £130 annual loss on the first seven years of the Magazine's existence.
The meeting at Keighley was one of the most successful, financially, that had yet been held. The donations of £25 each from Isaac Holden, Esq., and James Lund, Esq., with liberal donations from others, and good collections at the chapels, brought the first instalment in July to £170 Os. 4d. This was not all the benefit derived through the visit to Keighley, for a considerable number of new hon. members was secured, who have continued their subscriptions to the present day.
The holding of a public meeting at Haworth was taken advantage of to visit its church and parsonage, the scene of the labours and the dwelling place of the famous Grimshaw, the Yorkshire evangelist. In later days Haworth has been distinguished as the residence of Charlotte Brontë, the celebrated author of “ Jane Eyre,” &c.
CHAPTER XXVI.-ANNUAL MEETING AT LOUTH. 1872.
BROTHER W. JAMESON, of London, President. The General Committee met in the Schoolroom of the Free Methodist Chapel, Louth, on Saturday evening, June 8th. No less than forty chapels were open to the brethren on the Sunday for preaching. An open-air service was held in the morning at nine, and a love-feast in the afternoon at two. Preaching also on Tuesday evening at seven. Collections were made in all these places for the Association. This was the second time the meeting had been held at Louth.
Business commenced on Monday morning, Jane 10th, in the Free Methodist Schoolroom. The Report showed 1,770 benefit members, and 421 honorary, total 2,261; being an increase of 31 benefit and 27 honorary, total 58. This increase is attributed greatly to the exertions of the President and ex-President; new branches having been formed in Hull, Howden, and Scarborough. The benefit members' subscriptions amounted to £979 2s. 6d., being an increase of £53 1s. 6d. excess of income over expenditure, and raising the capital into the next thousand, making £5,063 4s. 1d. Bro. Wm. Jameson was elected President, John Carter, re-elected Treasurer, and Thomas Chamberlain Hon. Secretary.
This being the year in which alterations could be made in the rules, nine notices of alterations had been sent in. Those which would have been organic alterations met with little favour, and were negatived by large majorities.
The Magazine.-On the motion of Bros. Cuthbertson and Rose, it was resolved unanimously, “ That the Magazine be published as at present for another year; and that the thanks of the meeting be presented to Bro. W. B. Carter, and the other members of the Publication Committee." Bro. W. B. Carter acknowledged the vote, and would, God sparing him, continue to do his best for the interests of the Magazine. Bros. Leek and Towne spoke in commendation of certain articles written by Bros. Carter, Sims, and Rose; and proposed, “That the thanks of the meeting be given to the brethren who have thus contributed to the Magazine." This was carried unanimously. Bro. Sims, in acknowledging the vote, said how deeply grateful he felt for his share of it.
Writers of leading articles in newspapers, as a rule, do not let their names appear; and there are some writers in magazines who shrink from this publicity. In fact, some of our greatest writers, as Walter Scott and Charles Dickens, did not allow their names to appear in their early publications. One of our brethren, when it was resolved to do the work ourselves, wrote 100 pages out of 384 in the first vol. thus conducted (1865), but his name does not appear. The Magazine for the year 1871 returned a profit of £18 2s. 9d.
DR. ANDREW CLARK AND THE
TEMPERANCE REFORMATION. Ata meeting held at All Souls Schoolroom, Great Portland Street, London, Dr. ANDREW CLARK said : I have come here to-night not to deliver a formal lecture but at the request of the chairman-a request which, under the circumstances, I could not choose but accede to. Now, I think it is just to say of ourselves that we are a patriotic people, and I for my part know of no question which strikes home so forcibly upon the character of the nation as this one question of the most appropriate mode of using alcoholic drinks. If we wish to see this nation prosperous, if we wish to see this nation take its right and just place among the other nations of the earth, and if we wish to be sure of the influence which this nation shall exert upon the progress of civilisation, upon the welfare and the physical happiness as well of mankind, we should be well assured of the justness
of the answer which is to be given to this question.
But also whilst we are a nation we are a people. Two lives go to make up the life of a nation. There is, first of all, the individual life, and then that collective life of the individuals which makes what we call “the life of the nation ;" but if I may be forgiven for saying so, far before the life of a nation is the life of every individual soul who forms a part of it, and if the question of the proper use of alcoholic drinks is important for our welfare as a nation, surely in a much stronger sense is it important for us as individual souls, fraught with all the business of eternity upon our backs, to determine again the right use of alcohol. Now if this question is important in this two-fold aspect, what a solemn sense of responsibility must be shoulders of those who come forward and speak upon it with authority. Two things, as it seems to me, are necessary-one is that he who pre
sumes to speak authoritatively upon judicial effect, without any obvious, any this subject shall know it, and the sensibly prejudicial effect upon health. next is that however dear a certain Therefore when I speak of alcohol, side of the question may be to him, he you will remember that I am speaking should speak about it not with the of it with this reservation, that as far mere desire to succeed, not with the as human knowledge has gone, as far desire to triumph, but with a loving, as the most earnest and unprejudiced reverent, solemn desire to state the inquiry has led us, there are certain truth about it and nothing but the doses of alcohol—they are very mitruth.
nute, depend upon that, exceedingly Now I venture to say in your minute-in which this poison can be presence that I know something about habitually taken without any obvious, this question. For twenty-five years without any sensibly prejudicial inat least I have been physician to one fluence upon the human frame. What of the largest hospitals in this coun- these minute doses are-I repeat to try. It has been a part of the daily you they are very minute--I am not business of my life to ascertain the going stay to discuss to-night, but influence which alcoholic drinks exert for the truth's sake, to which I choose, upon health, and I have taken a as I told you to-night, to appeal personal interest in this part of this occasion, I must mention it, and my duty, and not only through this I must remind you that when I am professional channel I have mentioned speaking of the effects of alcohol I am to you, but often through personal speaking of the effects of alcohol in experiment I have endeavoured most these very minute doses. And now earnestly to get at the truth on this having thus far cleared the way, let subject, and certainly I think I am me proceed to say in a word what my justified in saying to you that after experiences with respect to the inthese twenty-five years I know some- fluence of alcohol are upon health. I thing about it. In the next place I dare say people would like to know wish to speak, and I am determined what health is, and I should like to speak, nothing but the truth. It exceedingly to be able to tell you, but would be very pleasant-it is very though I have been twenty-five years attractive in one who has a cause to a doctor I do not know to this day advocate-not to be too particular in what health is, but I will try to his statements which will advance it. indicate it to you. I cannot define it I do not mean to say that a man who because it is indefinable. Health is has a cause at heart, any good man, that state of body in which all the will be disloyal to the truth-far from functions of it go on without notice or it; but I do mean to say that some- observation, and in which existence times in our earnest advocacy of a is felt to be a pleasure, in which it is good cause we forget what is to be said a kind of joy to see, to hear, to touch, upon the other side. Now, I do not to live. That is health. Now that mean to forget to-night what is to be is a state which cannot be benefited said upon the other side, and I begin by alcohol in any degree. Nay, it therefore the first statement which I is a state which in nine times out of have to make to you as a statement ten is injured by alcohol. It is a with a qualification, I am going to state which often bears alcohol withspeak about the influence of what I out sensible injury, but I repeat to call the excessive use of alcoholic you, as the result of long-continued drinks. Alcohol is poison. So is and careful thought, it is not one strychnine. So is arsenic. So is
which can in any sense be benefited opium. It ranks with these agents, by alcohol. It can bear it sometimes but of these agents arsenic, strychnine, without obvious injury, but be beneopium, and many others there is this fited by it,-never. I go further to be said, that in certain small doses than that. I do not pretend to speak they are useful in certain circumstan- to you as a total abstainer, but I hope ces, and in certain very minute doses all the rising generation will be total they can be habitually used without abstainers. I venture to say to you any obvious—mark what I say-pre- that there is a certain state of joy
of existence-for I cannot call it an immense degree of comfort be anything else- a sense in which one taken in the minute doses described feels what a pleasure it is to look out, I have allowed it, and have not obfor instance, upon the green fields, served that they have suffered from to hear pleasant sounds, to touch it. This, I say, is a class of people pleasant hands, to know that life is for whom I have such a profound a satisfaction ; this, I say, is a state sympathy that I say sometimes, which in my experience is always in “ Take your little drop of beer, but some way or other injured by alcohol. take care you never go beyond it." This is a state in which, sooner or I do not defend it as right, but show later, the music goes out of tune you simply what I think. Now, as under the continuous influence of regards the influence upon health, alcohol. This is an ideal life which I would sum it up in this—first, that rarely in this age, and to us dwellers perfectly good health will in my in towns, comes to us. From the sins opinion always be injured even by of our forefathers, or from the small doses of alcohol-injured in the unsuitable surroundings in which we sense of its perfection of loveliness. dwell, or from our own doings, some- I call perfect health the loveliest thing how or other this ideal life seldom in all this world. Now, alcohol even or never comes to any one of us, and in small doses will take the bloom off, there is therefore a secondary sort of will injure the perfection of loveliness health, not like the one described, of health both mental and moral. which is the bealth of most of us, and Therefore seeing that there are some the question is, what of it? What people born into this world with very does alcohol do to it?
feeble health, particularly nervous I have two answers. The first is people, who are not really benefited that sometimes this sort of health by the use of alcohol, but who do feel bears better with the alcohol appa- a certain comfort from the use of it, rently than the other, and the next and who because they do feel that answer is that sometimes this state comfort, imagine themselves better of health seems for a time to be fitted to do their duty, aud this little benefited by alcohol, and this is help being within the minute quantity exactly the sort of health which forms of a poison which I think safe to take, the great debating ground of the I forgive them, and I say, “Well, experience of different people with you have got into a habit of it; go on, respect to the use of alcohol. There but take care that you don't get your
nervous people — people children into the habit with you.” who are born into the world to be I will ask your attention next to the always ailing and yet never ill. question of work. There are two ways There are people of this stamp who in which this question of the influence always feel a relief from taking a of alcohol upon work can be deterlittle alcohol, and they come to the mined. One way is by appealing to conclusion that they could not live personal experience, and the other without it, and that they ought not and perhaps the better way is by to live without it. Now I have a appealing to a carefully conducted profound sympathy for all people experiment with bodies of men. Now, of this sort, Health of this sort is a I will try both questions. First, what heavy burden to bear in life. It is is the average result of an experialways oppressive, and is that sort mental inquiry into the effects of of burden which makes people say, alcohol upon individuals as regards “ I could always be happy, but my- their work? Now, here I must draw self is always coming between me your attention to a fallacy which is and my happiness.” This is the very apt to arise in performing an sort of health in which alcohol seems experiment of this kind. I should sometimes to do good, and this is the say to a man, “If you want to detersort of health with which I have such mine this question about the influence a sympathy that if the alcohol (and of alcohol upon your work, do perform here you will see my first and only your experiment fairly. You will heresy) from which these people get please go for a month with alcohol,