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day. The cafés, restaurants, hotels,
tured within her own borders; her vices theatres, dancing-saloons, music halls, will effect her overthrow. “ The nation were all open, and card-playing, dice- and kingdom,” says God by His prophet, throwing, billiards, horse-racing, rifle- that will not serve me shall perish; yea shooting, drinking, smoking, were all those nations shall be utterly wasted." openly indulged in by women as well as And it is shocking to see that the chief men-while the obscene dance called way in which the men whose professed the “Can Can," prohibited in London, object it is to teach the people something was boldly gone through at one of the better than all this, do it by lighting fashionable dancing saloons on the holy their candles, swinging their censers, day. Need I say more? Can such burning their incense, and strutting things as these go on in any nation and about their churches in dazzling vestthat nation's stability be maintained ? ments, and bowing before a jewelled With the history of Babylon, Nineveh,
To my mind, in the midst of Assyria, Greece, and Rome, before me, such unbounded wickedness, it was the
say No. France has greater foes to hollowest mockery, the awfullest trafear than Communist bayonets or Prus- vesty, that I ever gazed upon. sian shells; her greatest foes are nur
A NEW FUND AND NEW WORK FOR A NEW CENTURY. As a right and true way of making It might be supposed that a fund for memorable the hundredth year of their such a purpose, at such a remarkable Association, the churches of the New period in English Nonconformity, and on Connexion of General Baptists have re- such an auspicious occasion as the opensolved to address themselves afresh to ing of a new Connexional century, would Christian work in England. A fund of be raised without much effort and in a £5000 is being raised to help to plant few months by over 30,000 persons; nor new churches in destitute localities, and can the thought for a moment be cheespecially in great centres of population, rished, though the fund is not yet raised, and to assist in building and enlarging that any insurmountable difficulty stands places of worship. But no new society in the way of its completion. The subis formed for this purpose ; existing ject has to be presented to many minds, agencies are to be employed, and the and it takes time to present it in its whole amount subscribed will serve to aid various phases so as everywhere to comchurch extension already begun, and to mand for it the attention it deserves. encourage greater and bolder enterprise. Moreover, a variety of objections will be
The object is most suitable and worthy. urged which also it takes time to weigh A hundred years ago the Connexion, then and consider, so as to show how little in its infancy, shared with other churches of real weight they any of them possess. in the diffusion of the gospel of Christ For no hindrance or objection can avail and the revival of religion in the dark against the fact that five annual meetplaces of our land. Now, when in London ings of delegates from the churches have and in all large towns the Established deliberately accepted and endorsed this Church and nearly all the Nonconfor- centenary movement; that already, mist churches are seeking with newly- among some of our friends, a noble and awakened zeal to provide more ample conspicuous liberality has been shown; accommodation for religious worship, that out of 158 churches very few-and and to overtake the spiritual needs of those most of them small in numbers our countrymen, it is eminently appro- and restricted in resources-are unrepriate that a body of Christians entering presented in the subscription list; and upon a new century of their organization that the ladies by their late very sucshould join heartily in the same patriotic cessful and their forthcoming Bazaar, and Christian work. The zeal already and the Sunday scholars by their penny shown, and the great wants of our great subscription, have generously given to cities which have called it forth, will be the fund that feature of universality seen from one notable example. In with which whatever is distinctive in the London alone the Church of England Connexion is supposed to be marked. has built eighty-nine churches during the Concerning the appropriation of the last ten years, and it reckons it has met fund little further can be said. One but one-half the need that exists, and half goes to the Chapel Building Loan that fourteen new churches a year are still Fund, and, always in use, is never spent, required to overtake arrears and provide but becomes a source of blessing to the for the annual increase of the population. churches, which, like a perennial spring,
can never be exhausted. The other half
forget. But to lack a spirit of large is to be distributed in equitable pro- liberality and enterprise in the Christian portions among the Home Missionary work that has to be done in England Societies; and it is anticipating no final to-day, when on all sides that spirit is decision and divulging no secret to say shown, and on all sides that work adthat, in all probability, it will go to en- vances; to fail to become equal to a rare courage a new and brave enterprise in occasion with which Providence favours London where the Connexion was born, us, when the course of time reminds us to sustain a new and promising interest with emphasis of abounding mercy to in the north whence our founder and our fathers and renewed hope for ourorganizer came, and to make possible selves, would be so grave and serious a more efficient Home Mission operations spiritual calamity to our churches that in midland and other towns which so to prevent and avert it no possible permuch demand our toil.
sonal effort should be spared, no cost of direct, if they please, the appropriation labour and self-sacrifice withheld. of their gifts entirely to either of these Some zealous friends have already objects, the Chapel Building Loan Fund nobly come forward and promised to or Home Mission work; where nothing increase or double their subscriptions on is said, the contribution will be equally condition that the whole £5000 is raised; divided.
and it is not, surely, too much to expect It now remains only for the churches that by the help of pastors, deacons, which have done well for this fund to do local preachers, and Sunday school teachstill better and surpass themselves, and ers, and every reader of this appeal, a for those which have done little or no- similar zeal will be manifest, and a like thing to do something at once with free spirit of liberality extend in all our and liberal hand; and thus success will churches, until the centenary memorial crown our undertaking. With nothing is declared well and truly completed short of success can any one of us be amid much devout gratitude and praise. content; with nothing short of success
THOMAS GOADBY. can the fund be finally closed. To falter P.S.-The Executive Committee earin our purpose and stumble in our work nestly ask for liberal personal subscripupon the threshold of a new century tions, for congregational collections, for would be a reproach which no common- contributions to the bazaar, and, where place excuses could ever palliate, and no it has not been obtained, the Sunday subsequent achievements enable us to school penny subscription.
THE ILLNESS OF THE PRINCE OF WALES. THE heart of Great Britain has been ! dire disease. Other nations than the stirred to its utmost depths during the English, other races than the Anglopast month by the long and serious ill- Saxon have contributed to swell the ness of His Royal Highness the Prince streams of sympathy and prayer. The of Wales. Much anxiety existed at the electric wires have told us of petitions beginning of December in many minds,
for the Prince in the Fulton Street prayer but from the eighth to the sixteenth an meeting of New York, and in the temples intense and quivering excitement pre- of the Parsees in the capital of India. vailed, both in the metropolis and in the There never has been such a wide-spread provinces. Many were in hourly fear expression of affectionate interest. The that the next telegram would bear the eyes of the world have been wistfully mournful tidings that the heir to Eng- turned to the sick-bed at Sandringland's throne was stricken down by fell ham, and the deepest pity felt for the disease in the freshness of his youth. illustrious patient, for his young and Every bulletin was watched with grow- lovely wife, and for his mother, our being eagerness ; every gleam of hope loved Queen. And the God who heard welcomed with delight; every sign of the prayer of sick Hezekiah, and lengthdepressed strength or exacerbated fever ened his life by fifteen years, has not observed with deepening sadness. The turned away a nation's request, but outflow of sympathy has been swift as driven back the destroyer, and given light, full as the sea, and universal as pleasing signs of speedily returning air, from John O' Groat's to Land's End. healthulness and vigour. Thanks be Not a solitary hamlet of the vast empire to Him for His goodness! May this has failed to sigh out its sorrow for the severe affliction be a lasting blessing to sufferer, or to present earnest and heart- the Prince himself and to the nation at felt prayer for his deliverance from the large.
devoted themselves entirely to religious duties. These good men spent the remaining portion of their lives in teaching their companions the nature and obligations of religion, their sole guide in these matters being the Bible and the “Prayer Book." The blessed results of their labours have been attested by all visitors to the island. It is affirmed that a more innocent, virtuous, pure-minded, and thoroughly religious coinmunity is not to be met with on the face of the earth. Rough and wicked sailors are said to have been enamoured of virtue and religion ” while staying in their midst. As we read the description here given of their simple character and unaffected piety, we seem to be looking in upon some earthly paradise, where the effects of the fall have not been felt, or have been entirely obliterated. We recommend the book most warmly to all book societies and to private readers, as one that cannot fail to interest and profit all who read it.
W. E. W.
THE MUTINEERS OF THE BOUNTY," AND
THEIR DESCENDANTS IN THE PITCAIRN &
London : John Murray. The story of the mutiny of the “Bounty, and the fate of the mutineers and their descendants, forms one of the most roman. tic chapters in English history. In this book that remarkable story is well told. The style is clear and forcible, and the incidents are arranged and narrated in the best manner. The history of the Pitcairn. ers is brought down to within about twelve - months of the present time; and an interesting sketch is given of their new and larger home, and their simple mode of life, in Norfolk Island. Lady Belcher is a relative of one of the officers of the “Bounty," Peter Heywood, who, along with fifteen others, decided to abandon the vessel after the mutiny, and take up bis abode on the island of Tahiti. These men were afterwards brought to England and tried. Several of their number suffered the ex. treme penalty of the law; Heywood and Morrison, however, received the king's free pardon. Lady Belcher clearly shows that her relative was guiltless of all complicity in the mutiny. The account of Captain Bligh's adventure on being sent adrift by the mutineers is full of thrilling interest; and the voyage of 3618 iniles, which he and his sixteen men performed in an open boat, is one of the most remarkable events in the annals of navigation. In the conduct of Capt. Bligh and Capt. Edwards, the latter of whom captured and brought home that portion of the “ Bounty's” crew found at Tahiti, there is much to awaken the warmest indignation and abhorrence. In these days such conduct is never heard of, and is well-nigh impossible; our naval code regulating alike the conduct of captain and crew. The chief interest of the book, of course, centres in the men who remained on board the “ Bounty," and afterwards formed the settlement of Pitcairn Island. These men succeeded in persuading about a score Tahitian men and women to accom. pany them and share their fortunes in the solitary home where they sought to hide themselves for over from the civilized world. The modern Pitcairners are the offspring of the second and third generation of these Englishmen and Tahitian women, and are a remarkably fine and handsome race. In the course of a few years all but two of the original mutineers met with a violent death, for quarrels were continually raging among them. Left alone with the women and children, the survivors, Stewart and Adams,
A COMPLETE MANUAL OF SPELLING ON THE
PRINCIPLES OF CONTRAST & COMPARISON.
of Schools. London: Cassell, Petter & Co. An excellent guide to the difficult task of correct spelling. The system adopted is a new one, and brings out very clearly the differences in the orthography of words the sound of which is the same. If this little book were thoroughly mastered (and the work would not require much time), letter-writers and others might dispense with their dictionary, for the "hard words" of our language are nearly all brought under review. In the preface to the book the author states: “It appears that out of 1972 failures in the Civil Service examina. tions 1866 candidates were plucked for spelling. That is, eighteen out of every nineteen who failed, failed in spelling. Other students might share the same fate if put to the test. We commend this manual to teachers in higher schools, for it is rather too philosophical for younger scholars; and we advise all “ writers" to study its contents at once. W. E. W.
WITHIN THE GATES; or, Glimpses of the
Glorified Life. By G. D. Evaps. Elliot
Stock. THE subject of the “glorified life," always attractive, has of late more than ever engrossed the attention of the Christian church. This is due partly to man's
shop. It is a marvel that so much and of such good quality can be obtained for so small a sum.
hunger for the rest that remaineth for the people of God; but partly, also, to what John Foster calls the strong “impression made on thinking spirits by an undefined magnificence, by a grand and awful mys. tery; when we are absolutely certain that there is a stupendous reality veiled in that mystery; when quite certain, too, that it relates to ourselves, and that it will at length be disclosed." In this book Mr. Evans treats of such aspects of the fasci. nating theme as “the locality of heaven," its "inhabitants," "employments," "com. munion,” &c., in an earnest and devotional spirit, with praiseworthy fidelity to scriptūre representations, and with a manifestly practical purpose. The suffering and be. reaved children of God will be refreshed by these glimpses of the “inheritance of the saints in light.”
SILVER SPRAY. Stock. In these sketches of modern church life we have much plain but greatly-needed truth forcibly told. The evil ways of some deacons, the faults of some ministers, and the errors of church members, are exposed with telling incisiveness; and “more excellent ways" are pleasantly described. We wish these sketches may be read by all the members of our churches.
THE MISSIONARY WORLD. Stock. This is another cyclopædia, but devoted to missions. It is also, like the above, to be published in twelve parts. The first num. ber gives a full representation of the state of the world at large without the gospel. The arrangement and execution are both good. The work will be exceedingly helpful to the secretaries of Juvenile Missionary Auxiliaries and to all workers for missions, as well as interesting to all who desire the coming of the Saviour's kingdom.
THE HIVE, Vol. IV., 1871. Stock. THIS serial is now familiar to our readers, at least to those who are interested in the important work of Sabbath schools; and a more valuable storehouse for teachers it is scarcely possible to imagine. Dr. Hart's suggestive and vigorous papers on the teacher's work; Sunday school music; sermons, addresses, and illustrations; introduction to the study of the Scriptures, are amongst its more attractive features. This periodical is conducted with increasing power and adaptation to the times through which we are passing.
PAMPHLETS AND PERIODICALS, &c. A DEMONSTRATION OF THE EXTINCTION OF EVIL PERSONS AND OF EVIL THINGS. By H. S. Warleigh. Stock. A pamphlet opening with more offensive arrogance and assumption we never saw. There is not a grain of modesty in it. Opponents are cowards, dishonest; “if preachers, afraid of pewholders; if editors, of subscribers ;" and so on ad nauseam. Why all the courage in the
world should dwell with the advocates of Extinction is not made out. The argument is the old story over again put with skill and force.
The Weather Almanack, 1872. By Or. lando Whistlecraft.-One of the best rural almanacks we have seen. It is replete with useful information about the weather, gardening, farming, &c.
The Garden is a new weekly illustrated journal of gardening in all its branches, published at 4d. It is edited with great ability. The illustrations are excellent, and the subjects, which in their variety quite justify the title, in their treatment warrant the warmest commendation.
The Years before the Battle, Stock. Pithy, pertinent, and suggestive observa. tions on the tendencies of English society.
We have also received the Appeal Church - Sunday Magazine-Sword and Trowel-Congregational Miscellany--Hive.
THE COTTAGER AND ARTIZAN, 1871. Reli
gious Tract Society. The longer we live the more convinced we are of the immense teaching power of pictures. Few educational influences are more potent than those that work through the eye; and for minds of little culture and limited knowledge the pictorial method of instruction is the only one that promises success. In this department of labour the Religious Tract Society renders invaluable assistance. The illustrations of the Cottager and Artizan are in the highest order of art, and the literary contributions are healthy, stimulating, various, and emi. nently adapted for the cottage and work.
OUR LAY PREACHERS, & LIBRARIES as they no longer need, and which may FOR THEM.
again contribute to render help in supply. TO THE EDITOR.
ing material for pulpit duties to others.
I am, dear sir, yours truly, Dear Sir,-I have been much disap- Church Street Chapel, J. BURNS, D.D. pointed that no response has been made Edgware Road, N.W. to the appeal I made on behalf of our lay preachers with regard to supplying them with books. My original plan to help our ARE STRICT COMMUNION poorer pastors I so far carried out as to
BAPTISTS NARROW? supply a thousand volumes out of my library, and I was able to meet all the
TO THE EDITOR. — applications made. But the requests of Dear Sir,- In the Sept. number of our our lay preachers I could only respond to Magazine, 1871, page 268, the following in about two instances. Now I will give passage occurs : “Let no one weak in faith to these brethren before Easter next 250 and hope heave a sigh of despair over the volumes, if our ministers and friends will change. If he must look back, let him make up the number to 1000. Many of remember how many crosses, how much our brethren must have great numbers of ignorance, how many sorrows, how much books, used up long ago, especially ser- shame, deface the retrospect. Let him mons and theological works, the very kind think not only of the heroic ardour which of helps our lay brethren need. Everyone would have faced the fires of martyrdom knows the small price such books fetch for baptism by immersion, or submitted when sold to the old book trade, and yet with manly indifference to the robberies of in the original purchase á considerable the sheriff's officer that he might demon. sum was expended. It seems to me that, strate the sincerity of his protest against in Nottingham, Derby, and Leicester, there church rates, but of the narrowness which should be a Lay Preachers' Library esta- refused to eat bread at the Lord's table with blished; no doubt a cupboard would be a pædobaptist,” &c. I presume the allusion found for them in our vestries or school- in the words italicised by me is to those rooms. And here all our lay brethren of the who are distinguished by their consistent district might obtain the reading of works adherence to the views and practices of which would greatly help them in their « Strict Communionists." It is well known pulpit labours. Surely tho least we can do that there are such persons and churches, is to supply them with necessary tools when not only in this country, but in our own they serve the churches for nothing. As & denomination. Thirty years ago, with very denomination, we don't make one-tenth the few exceptions, all our churches made use of this kind of pulpit work that our baptism a term of communion; and though Methodist brethren do. And yet, without many since that time have undergone a it, what is to become of our village congre- change, and adopted open communion, gations? I was deeply affected with the others retain the practice of our forenature of the applications made to me by fathers; whilst in many of those churches some of our pastors. One said: “We are which now act upon Open Communion all total abstainers in my family, we never principles, there are to be found not a few spend a farthing on luxuries, and yet I who, though they may for the sake of peace have not been able to buy a book for years." yield to the wishes of their fellow-memIf such he the condition of brethren paid bers, are not converts to their sentiments, something for their labour, how much worse Among these are many intelligent friends, still for our lay ministers, many of whom who have thought, talked, and read much have to toil very hard for daily bread ? on this subject, and who entertain very These supplement their weekly work by decided convictions that the views they going many miles on the Lord's-day to cherish and the course which they think preach the gospel, without charge, to our the churches should pursue are right. village congregations. How can our dear They are aware that their sentiments are brethren keep abreast of the intelligence unpopular; and if it could be shown that of the day without reading ? and how can they are as unfounded as they are un. they read if they have no books? and how popular they would be truly thankful for can they get books unless kind friends, the enlightenment, and forward to ackuow. better off than themselves, supply them ? ledge, with becoming humility and pepi. I do hope our pastors with good libraries tence, their former errors, and adopt views will at once give a clearance to such books and practices in connection with church