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we have another illustration of the conducted, notwithstanding discourtruth of the poet's lines :
agements, with marked success. The
open-air services held in the summer, “What great effects from little causes spring;"
though opposed by the parish priest,
have proved very successful. The In view of all the past history people came out in great numbers, of the Society, the Committee have and the best order and attention premuch reason to be thankful; and vailed. I have thought it one of while the year of Jubilee can be
the most interesting sights this side to them no year of “rest,” they are heaven, to see the young and old greatly encouraged by the present come from all parts of the village, in position and prospects of the work of
some instances bringing their seats Home Evangelisation. The Annual with them, to gather round me on Meeting, held in Finsbury Chapel, the village-green, or under some wide on the 11th May, was a great and
spreading tree, to listen with marked blessed gathering, and the appeals
attention to the message of salvation. then made to the hearts and con
The number, variety, and widesciences of the audience cannot fail,
spread diffusion of useful publications, by the Divine blessing, to produce are proving a mighty power in forming the happiest results. To strengthen the character, and moulding the senthe impression then made, and to
timents, of the people. A taste is deepen the sense of duty and res
created for reading, and much interest ponsibility then awakened, as well excited, especially among the young. as to encourage our friends and sup- Of tracts and good publications more porters, a selection of facts will now are now circulated in a year than be given from the journals of the there are inhabitants in my district. agents, in addition to what may be
As an example of the interest these found in the Annual Report.
periodicals produce, I may mention
that a mother has taken a name for A LAY EVANGELIST'S WORK. her new-born child, from one of the During the year I have held 112 magazines used by the family. meetings, attended by 8,309 persons, The family of a farmer, at a lodge, preached 92 times, and in addition where I was received rather coolly at held 12 services in the open air, first, now take the Christian Treagiven away 6,050 tracts, sold 75 sury, the Cottager, and the Band of copies of the Scriptures, circulated Hope. By taking a periodical, access 3,140 publications, walked in my is often gained to a family, where work more than 2,000 miles, and otherwise it could not be obtained, made 2,173 visits, of which 192 and when this point is gained, that have been to the sick.
family is virtually under visitation It is now nearly six years since
In our agricultural my mission commenced in this dis- districts the people in the winter have trict, comprising li villages with 2 nearly the whole of the long evenings hamlets. When I entered upon my
for the year.
for leisure, and much time for readlabours, there was not a single resi- ing; the supply of good and wholedent dissenting minister; the people some reading furnished therefore, were greatly under clerical influence; cannot be over-estimated. nursed in forms, steeped in Ritual- The facilities for the increase of ism, and lulled into carnal security. intemperance, afforded by the preAmong them, mission work has been sent license system in the institution
DIFFICULTIES SUCCESSFULLY EXCOUX
of beer-houses, are a great bane to the
VISITS TO THE DYING. poor labourer, and leads to much
Six persons whom I visited have drunkenness. During the past win- died this month. Four of them we ter, my endeavours have been exerted
were with in their last moments-to to counteract this end by holding whom we have been made useful. temperance meetings, which have One case deserves special mention : proved quite a success. At P. M.
that of Charles P- who died of 10. persons signed the pledge, and
consumption. He supplied Southsome among these were notorious
ampton market with butter, poultry, characters, who now attend the house
pork, etc. He was a very worldly, of God; and instead of visiting the steru man, much addicted to drink. alehouse, they have rented a room For some time before he gave up, it and furnished it with a library, where was apparent to all that his time they meet on the week evenings for would not be long in this world. I mutual improvement. Similar results tried to get at him several times, but have attended meetings held by me he would not have any conversation in other villages.
or hear of death. He kept about as long as he could, by constantly drinking stimulants. One day, I met him in his cart, and thought I would try
again; to my surprise he asked me Although we have laboured under to his house when I had an evening difficulties we have not retrograded, to spare. The first opportunity found but rather progressed. We began
I endeavoured to be with almost an empty chapel, and faithful-read the Word and tried yoil may fancy how low things had to point out his state before God. been when I tell you that for some He took to his bed to rise no more. time I had myself to lead the sing. My visits to him were regularly paid, ing, but now we have a good har- sometimes twice a day. After a while monium which cost £20, and we he saw his state, and oh ! how he have secured a young friend to play lamented his past life. When he it. The Sunday-school bad declined saw his danger, I pointed him to to almost nothing, but we have the precious Saviour. At length he gathered a number of children at
seemed to possess hope. His whole R- and B- ; so in this depart- talk was now about Jesus. He told ment of the Lord's work we have me subsequently, he thought I was too not been idle. Our congregations, harsh with him at first, but now he especially on Lord's-day evenings, saw how needful it was that his have been very good, and there are danger should be pointed out. He persons who have been deeply im- wanted me to stay with him nearly pressed and are under concern for always. Early and late I was with their souls. During the year the him---ly six in the morning, and chapel has been renovated and sometimes till midnight. I have a thoroughly repaired, and the expense hope for his safety. defrayed by our friends.
For expressing my views on the Irish Church question, our rector has We have had a good deal of sickexcluded me from the Bible Society,
ness at W- this month, and therebut the local papers have exposed and fore my visits to such have been more condemned his intolerance.
frequent than usual. Among the
AN AGED SAINT.
people I visit, are those who for a I have preached at H- and Ulong time have been confined to their this month, where the average attenrooms, and by such my visits are dance has been about 80 persons. especially welcomed, and who often express a wish that I could visit them more frequently than I do.
We have had one tea-meeting this One dear old Christian, of nearly month, when Mr. C- , from America, eighty, and who has not been able gave a lecture. We have had another to leave her room for a long time, Band of Hope entertainment this or even to move about it without month, and which, in fact, was a crutches, furnishes remarkable continuation of the one held last instance of faith and patience; her month; several pieces were again income is very scanty, but although sung and recited by the children, and her husband has been dead many Mr. H- gave the address. I have years, and those of her family best given away and circulated about 250 able to minister to her wants, gone tracts this month. abroad, yet I never heard a murmer escape her lips; and so persuaded THE CONDITION OF THE PEOPLE ON AN is she that her Heavenly Father's
EVANGELIST'S DISTRICT. eye is ever upon her, that she has
They are very poor and uneducated; lived for years without even locking they have large families, and their her street-door. I have often felt
average wages are from 10s. to 12s. cheered in my conversations with per week, hours from six to six. this dear old Christian, and con- On the whole, they are kind and trasting her worldly position with hospitable; but I have to work, in that of others whom I visit, I have
many instances, against prejudice, often been struck with the fact, that
ignorance, apathy, and poverty. a person may possess but little of
some who are anxious this world's goods, and yet be happy, to hear the truth, and receive the while, on the other hand, they may tracts readily. The minds of the possess a good deal, and yet be miser
people who live in some of the outable.
of-the-way places, are
“ the one We have held eight such during thing needful.” Many have been the month, and the attendance has induced, through my visiting them, certainly been on the increase; es- to attend a place of worship, and pecially at one cottage kept by an some of the hardy sons of toil have old woman, who makes no pretension been seen weeping beneath the sound to religion. There is a Primitive of the Gospel Methodist Chapel close at hand, yet The attendance at the places of the people who attend my cottage worship has increased
much services will not go to this chapel, during my stay here; before my neither will they attend any service coming, our chapels at M and held in a place whose occupants are
P- were supplied by ministers Nonconformists, and this confirms and laymen from the neighbouring me in my opinion, that the less congregations, and for
years they sectarian our evangelistic work is have been the centres of life and the more good will likely be accom- light. I distribute large numbers of plished.
tracts among the people, hold religi
ous conversation with them, and read is about to bless my efforts. The and pray when I can. The villages chapels where I have preached are are very healthy, therefore there is becoming full, and especially with not much sickness,—what there is, the young people of the villages. mostly consists of rheumatism and Where only thirty or forty attended a the infirmities of old age.
place of worship, there are now a I started some prayer meetings hundred or more ; and there appear and cottage meetings, which are very to be some who are under deep imwell sustained. Respecting the edu- pressions, and I trust are inquiring cation of the children, it is difficult “what they must do to be saved." to state the attendance, or how many Some who have never attended any have been induced to send their chil- place of worship have been induced dren. There is a school in each to attend regularly. village, but many of the children are During the past month I comtoo young to walk, or else the parents menced on week nights, a series of cannot possibly afford to send them; lectures on the “Pilgrim's Progress,” therefore at an early age they are sent and the attendance has been remarkinto the fields to work.
ably good, and the lectures appeared highly interesting to the people. The
cottage meetings which I hold once a I have great pleasure in informing week, have been also very well susthe Committee that during the past tained. I generally hold four or five two months, things are looking more meetings every week among the people favourable. Amid many difficulties of the various villages. and anxieties, the Lord seemingly
SIGNS OF IMPROVEMENT.
Golden Words for Busy People.
AN INFIDEL AGREEING WITH PAUL.
An admirable reply was once made by a careful reader of the Bible to an infidel who attacked him with such expressions as these : “ That the blood of Christ can wash away sin is foolishness; I don't understand or believe it." The Bible student remarked, “You and Paul agree exactly.” The infidel replied with surprise: “How is this, that Paul and I agree exactly?"
Said the student, "Turn to the first chapter of Corinthians and read the eighteenth verse.” The infidel read, “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness; but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God." The infidel hung his head, and ever after studied the Bible, and soon believed it to be God's power unto salvation.
A CHRISTJAN FARMER. “Can I ever forget” says the Rev. F. Storr, "the yearly scene of Mr. Last's harvest-field ? In the ripe and golden grain, telling that it was time to put in the sickle, intimation was given to me that on such a morning, at such an hour, if God permitted, my presence was requested in the harvest-field. I attended at the time named and found myself in a group of twelve or fifteen men and lads, with their master at their head, waiting to commence the gathering in of the harvest.
“But on that farm the Lord of the harvest must first be honoured ere any sickle be put in. All heads were uncovered as the hymn was given out, and we raised our united voices in praise of Him who had covered the valleys thick
Prayer was then offered worth nothing to us—unless we make it that God might strengthen the hands
And we cannot make it ours, unof the reapers and preserve them from less we give up all in order to gain it. all evil-both of body and soul. On rising from our knees a sickle was pre.
“DEO VOLENTE—IF GOD Wills.” sented to me. I first put it into the This recognises God's superintending grain, and then in every direction they providence, and is more a Christian than spread and busily bent to their pleasant a worldly maxim. We should like to task, going forth in the name of the
see more frequently these D.V's in our Lord. Thus the hallowing influence of letter communications and our printed that good man extended to all that he
pledges. A man of extensive corresponundertook, and to all over whom he had
dence says often, “I will meet you at control. I have been assured by one such a time;" or "I will go on such an who worked for him for many years, excursion"-arranging as to time and that he never knew an oath to have circumstances. Alas! how little does been sworn on that farm."
he think of what may occur! MeanCOMMON MAXIMS APPLIED TO RELIGION.
while, he rides out with a friend on an
airing The horses take fright-r'an “A bird in the hand is worth two in a bush."
away and dash him to the ground, and he Not always. I had rather sit beside never speaks again. If he be a Christian, the bush and listen to the sweet notes it matters little; his house is in order. of the thrush or the nightingale, than to But what if he be not? However, it have the little warbler caged and in my only shows how dependent we are on hand. But the idea is the main point. the God of providence !
We should alIt is that what is valuable is better to
ways say, as to the future: “ Deo Volente us in possession than in prospect. Gold -If God wills,” we will do this or that. in the pocket is better than he mine. A pearl of great price is worth more in
THE CONTRAST. the hand than when sleeping in its shell
When Joseph Sutcliffe was near lis at the bottom of the sea.
last hour, he said, “I have been thinking How apt and how forcible this maxim
of the difference between the death of when applied to religion ?
Paul and Byron.” Paul said, “The time of great price,” if it be not ours, is to us
of my departure is at hand, but there is as though it were not. Thousands may
laid up for me a crown.” Byron said, seek and find it; but that will not bene. What though we hear others
“My days are in the yellow leaf,
The flower, the fruit of life is gone; sing of salvation : if our souls have it
The worm, the canker and the grie:, not, we cannot sing. It is practically
Are mine alone.”
Pages for our Young friends.
A WONDERFUL TELL-TALE.
By ilye Reb. Palmer Law. “I don't like tell-tales,” said Annie · copy-book, and Sharpy, as we call him, Scott to her sister one afternoon, as ran and told teacher. Afterwards, a they were playing in the parlour. dispute arose in the play-ground be
“ Neither do I," answered Ellen. “If tween me and another scholar, and off there's anyone I despise, it's a tell-tale. Sharpy runs and blazes it all abroad in This morning I made a blot on my the house."