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and people will come to it. We have lost many meetings in Scotland by long specches and prayers. A man talks 180 words a minute, and, if he gets warm enough, can talk 250 words a minute. I am tired of such preambles, as I have got nothing to say,' and, • Not knowing that I was to be asked to speak, I did not conie prepared.' Some men have to talk five or ten minutes before they strike the subject at all. Why not go right into it at once ? have short speeches, short prayers ; lead them right to the point. If you want to pray for young men, pray for young men-don't begin to pray for the Jews.

“Q. How can you keep men from talking too long ?
“ A. I have answered that already-ring a hand-bell.

"Q. One who has lately decided for Christ is at a loss to know how to act with regard to dancing and playing cards, and mixing again with friends and companions she is specially anxious to ave directed to the Master.

“A. Well, I never heard of getting any one to Christ by sitting down and playing cards or going to the theatre with them. Make a bold stand for God, and keep to it, let it cost you what it will. You may lose influence for a few days, but people will soon have more respect for you. A lady, whose husband said to her, •Go with me to the theatre, and I will go with you to the church,' went with him, and he had no respect for her religion after that. Never let down the standard. If you are going to win men for Christ, you must take a bold stand. Suppose Noah had been playing cards when he saw the world going to destruction, you would have said he was a hypocrite. What is this world doing now but going to ruin? Look at the men going down to a drunkard's hell. Wc haven't time to dance with the world ; let us come out from it. We must come out from it if we are to have any influence over it.



Our earnest visitor takes a deep interest in the efforts made to provide means of spiritual ipstruction for young men, and to keep them from the numerous temptations which beset them. On this subject he has written a characteristic letter to our contemporary the Christian :

"A few months ago some of the earnest Christian friends were specially impressed with the fact of so many young men in the large cities utterly careless about their souls, and daily going forth from Christian homes to mect the temptations of city life without the help of One stronger than themselves. Special meetings were commenced, and special efforts made to reach the men. Mr. Spurgeon's sermon was blessed to not a few, and the numerous earnest appeals from other pulpits arrested many more. But, above all, the nightly meetings for men carried on by the young men, who had themselves drunk at the living fountain, seemed blessed. Wherever these meetings have been held, God has crowned them with the most blessed results. Continually news reaches us of soine saved through the instrumentality of these meetings.

A few months ago some of the young men of Edinburgh, who had received God's blessing in their own souls, went to the north of England to help in the Lord's work there. Their labours have since been owned, in lundreds who have been persuaded by them to accept Jesus as their Saviour.

" The Dundee Young Men's Christian Association commenced meetings, for men alone, two weeks ago, with scarcely any help outside their own city; and a letter from the president says, “ Over one hundred are inquiring the way of life.'

" At Aberdeen similar meetings have been commenced with very encouraging results, the church being full of men every night from nine to ten o'clock; some nights there being as many as fifty asking what they must do to be saved.

“ The Christian young men in Glasgow are carrying on a noblo work in that busy city, striving to arrest those who are travelling the downward road. Wherever the injunction, Run, speak to that young man,' has been obeyed, good has resulted; and the success of these efforts has suggested the idea that more united action might be taken throughout the kingdom, and be productive of great results. If young men would set apart one night in the week for special prayer and effort (perhaps Tuesday night, if it did not interfere with regular church meetings), and then, if at the same time



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Christians all over the kingdom were praying for the efforts of the young men on that night, we might have a band of fifty thousand, all working with one aim together, and thousands of Christians sending up prayer for a blessing on their labours.

“ If these meetings were held regularly and advertised, young men going from one city to another would know just where to go to find those in sympathy with them, and if ansaved, they would find those ready and anxious to point them to the right way. If the young mon coming from the country to the city are to be reached and influenced for good, it must be when they are strangers to the city. At no other time will they be so easily reached as then, before they have formed associations which may be evil, and while they are yet longing for the dear ones at home.

“I believe, if the Young Men's Christian Associations would take up this subject, and call the young men of different denominations together for prayer and extra effort, it would be well; but if they do not take it up, or if in any place there is not an association, let five or six young men who see eye to eye, and are longing to see souls saved, call a meeting, have some special subject for consideration at each meeting, and let it be thrown open to all. I feel confident that many young men would be reached and blessed through the establishment of such meetings, besides giving an opportunity to many of improving the talents God has given. Accompanied with good singing, a subject such as love, grace, faith, or any Bible subject well thought over, attention paid to punctualily in commencing and closing, I believe the meetings would grow in interest and attendance, and be a great power for good.

“ Having fully made up my own mind to give a part of my time, wherever I go, to work with men specially, I shall feel encouraged to know that others are entering into the same work, and that 50,000 young men are met every Tuesday night to work and pray for young men.

“D. L. MOODY,”




This is another subject respecting which Mr. Moody has addressed a letter to the Christian. As in the paper on the subject of Young Men's Associations, just quoted, the letter exhibits a very remarkable contrast between the epistolary and oratorical styles adopted by Mr. Moody. In the letters there are none of the conventional phrases, the incorrect grammar, the quaint, sometimes even perilous, anecdotes, which distinguish his addresses. All is clear, shrewd, practical and expressed with a neatness and precision which would do credit to a practised writer. Earnest, either with tongue or pen, Mr. Moody always is; but in his literary efforts his earnestness is associated with a refinement of expression and good taste not always evident in his spoken addresses. No doubt he kuows the best way to impress a large and miscellaneous assemblage, of which persons without much education or intellectual cultivation form a considerable portion, and adapts the means to the end. We quote the letter we have referred to:

“DEAR SIR,— With much work pressing me, and little time for writing, 1 yet feel that I must bring before the readers of the Christian a subject which has pressed upon me, and which I hope may be taken up and thought over, and lead to some step being taken for the training of Christian workers apart from the ministry.

" In going through different parts of the country here and in America, the need in Christian work does not seem so much to be more ministers of the gospel, as more workers for Christ outside of the regular ministry. Paul speaks of the evangelist (Eph. iv. 11, and 2 Tim. iv. 5) as a worker apart from the regular pastor. Miglit not evangelists, both for home and foreign work, pursue some course of study, which might fit them for their special work, and yet, not take the length of time that is necessary in preparation for the duties of a regular pastor? It impresses me that there are young men wriose hearts are aglow with love to the Saviour, and who long to give their lives to his service, who could not give the six or cight years required for the regular ministry; and while we would not change the course required for ther!, migl:t not the evangelist and lay



worker have a shorter one, perhaps two years, specially designed for his special form of labour? There are other workers needed outside the ministry besides the evangelist, who have generally had less opportunity for the training needed than these, and this class embraces the city missionaries, secretaries of Young Men's Christian Associations working among the young men, colporteurs, &c.

“We are glad to see that something has been done in Nottingham for affording young men an opportunity of preparing themselves for evangelistic work in a shorter time than has been generally considered sufficient for a regular theological course. There has also been the last few years a college for the cducation of lay workers in Brooklyn, opened by the Rev. Mr. Talmage, which has been a great help to those anxious to aid in the work of pointing sinners to the Saviour, some of these going through a regular course of study, and others merely attending the evening lectures.

“ The want is being felt here very much at the present time, of special training for work among the masses. It is clearly seen that if the lapsed masses are reached, the gospel must be carried to them, and the messengers to carry the gospel do not need so much a high classical education as a good plain English one, with a large share of common sense, and, above all, a loving heart. Would it not be well if such candidates for work could have some opportunity for Bible study, &c., in the morning, and in the afternoon go into the homes of the people and carry the word of life to them? Of course, in the day, many of the working men would be absent; but we think there are many mothers who cannot leave their children who would be glad to have God's Word read and explained to them occasionally; and besides these mothers, are there not many invalids who could never hear the Word read except in their homes ? To reach these classes in their homes, we have found the “cottage meetings " a help in Chicago, where we have reached not only those kept by necessity from public worship; but many would go into a neighbour's house after being asked to a mecting there that would not go to church, and have afterwards become interested enough to attend regular preaching services, or even the prayer-meetings of the church.

“I feel that very much more might be done than is done in the homes of the masses, not leaving the work all to be done by missionaries and Bible-readers; but are there not young ladies who, having

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