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for the year indicated that in addition to school. The instrument is of the newest yielding £20 surplus to the minister, £13 design, rich in tone, and has cost upwards were carried forward to the next year. A of £20. spirit of unostentatious earnestness and entire unanimity characterizes the officers and committees of the church.
MINISTERIAL. SPALDING.–On Monday, Jan. 2nd, the CRASSWELLER, Rev. H., B.A., concluded members' 226th annual tea meeting of the his ministry at St. Mary's Gate, Derby, church at Spalding was held. Addresses Dec. 31, and will commence at Cross Street, were given after tea by the pastor, and dea- Islington, Jan. 28. cons Sharman and Foster, and by Messrs. HACKETT.-Inconnexion with the chapel Green and Godsmark.
anniversary seryices, which were held Oct. WALSALL.- A Christmas Tree was held 29, a public recognition of the Rev. B. in Christmas-week to dispose of the goods Hackett as co-pastor with the_Rev. F. left from the bazaar, and it was followed Chamberlain of the church at Fleet and by an auction. Over £70 were obtained, Holbeach, took place on Monday the 30th. making about £370 in all from the bazaar. The chair was taken by the Rev. F. Cham.
berlain. Addresses were delivered by the
Rev. J. C, Jones, M.A., B. Hackett, and SCHOOLS.
Messrs. Godsmark and W. Franks. Mr. A. BIRCHCLIFFE.- New School Rooms.—The Fysh gave some particulars which led to plans were supplied by Mr. Horsfield, of Mr. Hackett coming to Holbeach, and a Halifax, who also superintended the works, cordial welcome on behalf of the church. and the whole has now been brought to a The services were well attended, and deeply successful completion. On the ground floor interesting. Collections larger than for the building contains a kitchen and lecture many years past. room, each measuring lift. by 25ft., and LUMMIS, Rev. J. H., bas announced his five class-rooms averaging 10ft. by 11ft. intention to withdraw from the pastorate each, all of which are entered from a cor- of the church at Swadlincote, Burton-onridor 4ft. wide. The entrance hall and Trent, and will be happy to supply vacant staircase leading to the upper storey mea- churches with a view to settlement. sures Sft. by 15ft.; and the large room is SALTER, Rev. W.-A meeting was held 27ft. by 52ft., and is fitted up with benches in the Baptist chapel, Coalville, on Dec. 26, of the newest style, made of pitch-pine, and to bid farewell to the Rev. W. Salter and all stained and varnished. The building is his wife, who are removing to Netherton, lighted with gas, and warmed by Whitaker near Dudley. W. Kempson, Esq., of and Constantine's hot-air apparatus. The Leicester, took the chair. Mr. Salter had opening services were held on the 23rd and been seven years with them. He had been 24th Dec. On the 23rd we had a tea and a hard-worker; and during the late terrible public meeting. About 400 sat down to tea. visitation of fever in the neighbourhood Mr. J. Lister presided. Revs. J. Dowty, he had been foremost in visiting even the M.A., I. Preston, G. Needham, C. Spring- most dangerous cases. During his minis. thorpe, J. Bamber, and R. E. Abercrombie try 126 members had joined the church, gave addresses. Rev. W. Gray, on behalf of eighty-five of whom Mr. Salter had bapthe Building Committee, presented a finan. tized; and £800 had been raised to liquicial statement, by wbich it was shown that date the chapel debt and enlarge the school the total expenditure would be about £900, premises. The Sunday school teachers of which sum we have now raised over presented Mrs. Salter with a handsome £600; and in addition we have spent nearly easy chair; the young men's Bible class £100 in improving the chapel and minis- presented Mr. Salter with another easy ter's house, by putting in gas and a warm.
chair to match. The church and congre. ing apparatus. On Sunday, 24th, sermons gation presented to Mr. S. a purse con. were preached in the morning by the pastor taiping £22 5s. The Rev. C. Clarke, B.A., of the church, and in the afternoon and described Mr. Salter's future sphere of evening by Rev. J. Harvey, of Bury. Pro- labour at Netherton-a station under the ceeds were upwards of £60.
auspices of the Midland Home Mission. School Anniversary.-- Besides our open- The Rev. T. H. Richards, Primitive Metho. ing services, we held our annual tea meet- dist minister, and Mr. Smith, also gave ing on Christmas-day. About 420 sat down addresses. Letters were read from friends to tea. The public meeting, held in the new in the neighbourhood not able to be preroom, was densely crowded. Mr. Lister
sent. Although the general public were presided, and the speakers were the friends not asked to contribute to the testimonial, of our own school. Additional interest was two of the colliery proprietors sent their given to the meeting by the presentation contributions to the fund in acknowledg. of a new and beautiful harmonium by the ment of Mr. Salter's useful and earnest Band of Hope Society for the use of the labours in that neighbourhood.
PRESENTATIONS. LINCOLN.-On Jan. 3, a beautiful and costly communion service, consisting of five pieces, was presented to the church by Mrs. Penney, widow of the late John Penney, whose obituary appeared in this Magazine in August last. Also an elegant and valuable communion table by Mrs. Harriet Height to the same church. Both have appropriate inscriptions.
OLD BASFORD.-At the annual church meeting here, on Jan. 8, the pastor, Rev. W. Dyson, was presented with a purse con. taining thirteen guineas.
SHEFFIELD.-On Jan. 11, Mr. Atkinson, who has been superintendent of the Ceme. tery Road Sabbath School over thirty years, was presented by the teachers with a very elegant tea and coffee service, supplied by Messrs. Lucas and Johnson of this town. Rev. G. Hester presided. Mr. F. Baldwin made the presentation, and several teachers gave addresses.
SPALDING.—On Friday, Dec. 22, a valu. able ornamental inkstand, subscribed to by tbe pastor and members of the church and congregation, was presented to Mr. C. T. Southwell on his retirement from presiding at the harmonium, and in recognition of the services he has so kindly and gratuitously given for a period of ten years.
BAPTISMS. BIRCHCLIFFE. - Jan. ?, eleven, by W. Gray. One the eldest son of the pastor.
BRADFORD, Tetley Street.— Sept. 3, two; Nov. 5, four, by B. Wood.
DERBY, Mary's Gate.-Dec. 6, six; Dec. 28, one, by H. Crassweller.
GRIMSBY.—Jan. 7, five (one from the Sabbath school), by R. Smart,
HALIFAX.-Jan. 3, eight, by I. Preston.
LEICESTER, Dover Street.-Jan. 3, seved, by W. Evans.
Archdeacon Lane.-Three, by Rev. T. Stevenson.
NOTTINGHAM, Stoney Street.-Nov., one ; Dec., four, by T. Ryder.
OLD BASFORD.-Jan. 7, five, by W. Dyson.
PETERBOROUGH.-Jan. 31, three, by T. Barrass.
SHORE.-Dec. 28, one, by J. Maden. WALSALL.–Dec. 24, one, by W. Lees. WOODHOUSE EAVES.—Nov. 5, two; Jan. 21, four, by Mr. Lacey,
MARRIAGE. CRABTREE-SLATER.—Nov. 25, at Shore, by the Rev.J. Maden, Mr. John Crabtree, to Miss Emma Slater, both of Redwaterfoot.
A LOVELY FLOWER PLUCKED EARLY. GELDRED.-It is not often that very young children shew in their little life anything that will interest those outside the circle of their own home, but Martha Louisa Geldred was an exception. When one year and nine months old her father died, leaving her mother with four other children, one younger than herself. He who is the Father of the fatherless and the Husband of the widow so arranged events in His kind care that her uncle and aunt took this little delicate fatherless child beneath their protection. No mother's love or father's concern could exceed the solici. tude they felt for their infant charge, and very richly were they repaid, both by her fondness for them and also in seeing the early development of love to Christ. There was a natural quickness of mind in little Patty, which shewed itself in several She would, for example, be often in the garden when her uncle was attending to his flowers, and so interested was she in their beauty that she soon learned their
names; and often she would go with friends round the beds, pronouncing their difficult names in her infant accent, and remark, “ But God made them." She was never really happy away from her kind guardians. Once when her aunt took her to Yorkshire to see her mother and sisters, she insisted on calling her aunt mamma, Her brothers and sisters teazed her about it; she then said, “But I must call her mamma.” On reaching home after that visit, so overjoyed was she at seeing her uncle again that nei. ther tea nor play could tempt her to leave his knee. Pleasing as her precocity and natural affection were, it was more interesting to see an early concern to please and love God. It would sometimes happen that when her friends went out in the evening to tea with other friends, or to chapel, they would take her; but, however late she went to bed, she would repeat her evening prayer; and if her aunt abridged, she still would insist on saying all. A little while before she died she was placed in the infant class of the Sunday school with which the writer of this is connected. There it was she came more particularly under our notice. Her pleasing attention and her thoughtful answers were very gratifying. The last Sabbath afternoon she was at school, her teacher was speaking of Jesus, His love, His kindnes, when she interrupted by saying, “Jesus loves Patty-Patty loves Jesus.” The impression produced upon our minds is that she had a sincere love to Christ. We do not say she had a consciousness of sin, and therefore loved Christ-her years were too few for such knowledge; but what she heard of Christ fixed her affection, and she delighted to talk of Jesus,
“And of heaven, where He is gone." Her early and rather sudden removal, at the age of three and a half years (Oct. 7, 1870), was the occasion of great sorrow to those by whom she was known. To her case the words of the poet seem peculiarly appropriate :
“This lovely bud, so young and fair,
Called hence by early doom,
In Paradise would bloom." God's holy word says, “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise," and we think the life of little Patty was one sweet hymn of praise to God. We know her influence in the class was good; and her removal has, we trust, left a good impression on her young companions. How encouraging to every sorrowing parent or teacher to recall our Saviour's words : “ Of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Bourne.
W. R. W.
MARTIN.—Jan. 2, at Car Colston, Nottinghamshire, Jane Enerby Martin, aged twenty-five years.
“Her end was peace.” PRATT.-At the Manor House, Norman. ton-le-Heath, Dec. 30, Anne Pratt, relict of the late Mr, Benjamin Pratt, of Hoton, aged seventy-five years. She was a liberal supporter of the institutions belonging to the Connexion, and generous in her bene. factions to the poor. Her end was remarkably peaceful and happy.
STARBUCK.—Nov. 13th, 1871, at Alford, after a long and painful illness, Miss Elizabeth Starbuck, aged 37. She was led to decision for Christ under the ministry of the late Rev. T. W. Mathews, of Boston, and was baptized by him Dec. 20th, 1852. After residing at Boston for some years, during which she greatly enjoyed the preaching of her beloved pastor, she removed to Preston, Lancashire, and ultimately to Hitchin, of the church at which latter place she was a member at the time of her decease. She was naturally kind and genial, and when she became the subject of divine grace her piety shone with unusal lustre, as she strove to adorn the doctrine of God her Saviour in all things. Being cheerfully consistent and unobtru. sively useful, she drew around her a large circle of Christian friends, whose esteem for her was in proportion to their knowledge of her. From the nature of her disease she was not able to speak for a long time previous to her departure, but in other ways she was able, to some extent, to reveal the state of her mind in prospect of eternity. She knew “whom she had believed, and was persuaded that He was able to keep that which she had committed unto Him." She loved to hear sung some of those hymns wbich express simple con. fidence and hope in Christ as a Saviour, and to hear read those "exceeding great and precious promises ". which Christ has given to His church; and she looked forward with eager eyes to the time when she would enter into the “ eternal kindom” of her Redeemer, and there meet with loved ones who had gone before her. At length, after having patiently endured what her Lord saw fit to lay upon her, she quietly fell asleep in the arms of her Saviour.
J. R. G. TOWLER. - Dec 29, 1871, at Isleham, Frank Cartwright, only son of the Rev. G. Towler, aged fifteen months.
WHITE.—Thomas White, of Sawley, departed this life, Nov. 871, aged eightytwo years. He was for many years a member of the church there; and having been ill for more than twelve years, died trusting in Christ.
COOKE.-At Upper Broughton, Sept. 29, 1871, Mrs. Ann Cooke, late of Burton.on. the-Wolds, near Loughborough, in her eighty-fourth year. She was baptized and united with the Wood Gate church, Loughborough, when young. She led a Christian life; and after having kept her bed nearly ten years, sweetly fell asleep in Jesus.
GILL, MRS.--After thirty-three years of devoted and very successful labour as a
pastor's wife,” Mary, the beloved partner of Thomas Gill, late of Allerton, now of West Vale, near Halifax, quietly departed to her heavenly home, Jan. 6, aged fifty
Her mortal remains were interred in the
Baptist Chapel Cemetery, Blackley, near West Vale, Jan. 10, the service being conducted by Revs. I. Preston and Dr. Ingham. Her health had been declining more than twelve months; but with occasional interruptions she continued her loved work as a teacher of a select class in the Sabbath school, &c., until within six weeks of her decease.
TO INDIA VIA THE SUEZ CANAL.
[Continued from page 30.] On Wednesday evening, a letter signed by all the passengers was sent to the captain, urging him to satisfy himself that the repairs were sufficiently strong to encounter the rough weather we might have in the Bay of Bengal, and if necessary to put into the nearest port to get them thoroughly done. He received the letter very courteously, and in his reply thanked them for their sympathy with him in “ the serious and unexpected misfortune" which had happened, for their expression of confidence in his skill and seamanship, and assuring them that his best attention would be given to their interests. Happily, after a delay of sixty hours, the engines, to the joy of all, again started. Though in some respects our position was trying, it had its advantages. For example, we were in a calm region and out of the danger of rocks. Had the accident happened near the shore or in a rough sea, the consequences might have been serious ; moreover, the delay may have kept us out of bad weather in the Bay of Bengal. In expressing my surprise to one of the engineers that they should not have duplicates of the parts of machinery likely to break, he replied that the ship was sent off in such a hurry they had not time to get them on board. He said, moreover, that he saw in London a duplicate of the very rod that broke.
Off Ceylon we had hard squalls, but on the whole the ship behaved herself very well. During the time they lasted the wind was furious and the rain came down in torrents. In the midst of these, something getting loose about the engine, she had to be stopped and screwed up on two separate occasions. She now goes thumping on, every stroke being heard and felt all over the ship, and the wonder is that she does not put everything out of gear. There is a strong current against us, but as we are now (three p.m.) only about fifty miles from Madras, and it is expected that we shall reach there sometime this
evening, and the passengers bound for that port (about one-half) land to-morrow morning. Truly thankful shall we be again to reach Orissa, where we hope to find the brethren and sisters as well as usual. As it is forty-one days since we left Plymouth, we are anxiously awaiting letters. We are all, I am thankful to say, in good health ; indeed, there has not been a case of serious illness among any of the passengers since we came on board.
Nov. 11. With devout thankfulness I am happy to state that we anchored in the Madras Roads last evening at nine o'clock. It appears that there was a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal five days ago, and that several ships were lost. Last evening cases were being washed on shore near the lighthouse. Had not our engine broken down we should probably have been in the midst of it; and I should suppose the rough weather we had off Ceylon was the outside of the terrible storm. In wisdom and love, therefore, we were delayed on our journey; and so we see how all things work together for good.
Calcutta, Nov. 22. As we were more than a week beyond the specified time at Madras, and the weather bad been unusually stormy, considerable anxiety was being felt regarding our safety. Only three ships were at anchor in the Roads; the others, in conseqnence of the bad weather, had been compelled to stand out to sea, and had not returned. For several days prior to our arrival, all communication with the shore had been impossible; so it would appear that our break-down with the engine had kept us out of the cyclone lower down the Bay of Bengal, or out of the boisterous weather off Madras. As we had to take in coal as well as land passengers, we had the opportunity of spending a few hours on shore. Landing, however, in consequence of the heavy swell, was very difficult; and the "masula" boats, each manned by about a score almost naked natives, were tossed about like the
merest toys. To set my
the Such a scene I had never witnessed shores of India and my eyes upon its before, and have no desire to witness scenes, after an absence of nearly seven again. Both of the tugs were someyears, was exceedingly pleasant, and what damaged, the “Cyclone” having it seemed like returning home. The her paddle-box broken, and the “Conprincipal houses and offices in Madras qneror” her stern bulwarks completely are stretched along the sea coast, which smashed down. It was, however, most from the sea bave an interesting appear- fortunate that the “Viceroy” had the ance. The native town is flat and low, latter tug under her, or the conseand appears fifty years behind Calcutta. quences might have been serious.
In the afternoon of Nov. 11th we Providentially, too, the accident occurresumed our voyage to Calcutta, and red when the tide was rising, by which all progressed favourably until Thurs- our ship was floated off the ground and day, the 16th, as we were going up the rescued from her perilous position. As river Hooghly. To tow us up the cap- regards the place also, the misfortune tain engaged two tug steamers, one of seemed most providentially arranged. which was placed at the head and the Had it occurred where the bottom of other at the side of the “Viceroy.” It the river was “lumpy," instead of in a soon appeared, as in the Suez Canal, straight channel, it was said that nothat the ship would not answer to her thing
could have saved us, that the ship helm; and in being conducted by the would have settled down in the quickpilot, who came on board at the Sand. sands and have disappeared. Several heads, up the narrow winding channels years ago, two large ships came into of the dangerous river, her head went collision in one of these places, and in off, now in this direction and now in less than half an hour not a single trace that. In trying to pull her into her of either existed. Abounding as it proper course, the tug steamer at her does with strong currents, with narrow, head broke both her bawsers, or towing winding, shifting channels, and with ropes, one of which was eleven and the immense quicksands, the Hooghly is other thirteen inches in circumference. said to be one of the most dangerous As we seemed likely to get aground, rivers in the world for navigation; only orders were given to stand by the pilots who are constantly going up and anchor.” Fortunately we still kept in down are able to conduct vessels with deep water, and the steamer which safety. As may be supposed, after the broke loose returned, and was made above accident, and as there were still fast at the side; the “Viceroy more dangerous parts of the river to having a tug on each side of her. Un- pass, the passengers became anxious to pleasant symptoms soon began to show leave the “Viceroy.” To get her, howthemselves, and though the ship was in ever, into a safe position was of the still water she reeled first on one side greatest importance; though, on the and then on the other. In the latter plea that she had no hawser strong instance it seemed as if she were going enough, the larger tug refused to take right over. “The ship's aground," said her in tow. Alone, therefore, the capthe captain. “Stand by the boats," tain of the “Conqueror” undertook the cried out the pilot; and the sailors, task; and right well did the little vessel rushing to the boats, began to unfasten prove herself worthy of her name, not them, and got them ready for lowering: only by pulling us out of our dangerous Fearing lest she should roll over and position, but by towing us up to Diago down, consternation was written on mond Harbour, a distance of several every countenance. The tugs, fearing miles, where we came to an anchor. lest they should be pulled down as well, On reaching this place, where customs cut their hawsers and went a quarter officers come on board, it was or half a mile away, leaving us to shift nounced that in ten minutes the “Confor ourselves. It was a time of terrible queror” would leave for Calcutta, and suspense, of fearful anxiety, as it was
take with her such of the passengers as felt that at any moment the ship might might wish to go. Nearly all the pasroll over and go down, and that there sengers accepted the offer. Taking would be no escape. Even children with us a small quantity of personal partook of the general alarm, and were luggage, we were quickly transferred crying and clinging to their parents. to the tug, and with hurried “good