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“ Yes, dear master."
“Now, this is the last time," said the master; « and he who brings to me the best thing on earth shall have the angel.”
“The very best thing on earth is plum cake," cried Kline, on the third day, as he walked up to the desk, bearing a large cake richly frosted, with a wreath of sugar roses round the edge. This he placed triumphantly before the master, sure of the prize.
“Nay, thou art wrong this time, Kline," said Max. asked my father what was the best thing on earth, and he gave me this golden guilder; the prize is mine."
“Ah! but my father said that the very best thing was a good glass of Rhenish wine," cried Otto, "and I have brought a bottle of it thirty years old ; the prize is surely mine."
So they went on till all had placed their offerings before the master.
“And thou, Carl," said he, “what hast thou brought which thou thinkest the best on earth ?”
A crimson flush rose to the little boy's forehead, and coming softly forward, he took from his breast a small worn Testament, pressed it to his lips, and then reverently laid it down with the rest, as he said, in a low, sweet voice,
‘My mother, dear master, says that God's precious Testament is far beyond all earthly possessions."
“'Tis thine, my Carl !" cried the master, snatching the boy to his breast. “The white angel is thine; for there is nothing in the wide world half so precious as the blessed words of Christ :" and he placed the white angel in the hands of the trembling boy.
ANNALS OF THE BAND OF HOPE UNION.
BAND OF HOPE UNION, 37, QUEEN'S SQUARE. The Hon. Secretury begs to intimate that all letters relating to the Meetings, Dissolving Views, the RECORD, Agents, 8c, are to be addresed to him as above. Non-uttendance to this intimation will leud to delay.
Commercial Road CHAPEL.—On Wednesday evening, the 23rd of October, the Third Anniversary of this Society took place, when a goodly number of friends took tea. At seven o'clock a public meeting was held, when the Rev. Jolin Sugden, B.A., Secretary of the London Congregational Association, presided. The Report stated that the number of signatures in the pledge book of the society, now amounts to 154—50 of these have been added during the past year. During last winter, illus
trated lectures were given by Agents of the Band of Hope Union, and others; and prizes had been distributed to six of the members, for regular attendance and good behaviour. The following gentlemen took part in the proceedings :-Rev. T. Goadby, Mr. T. White, of the Sailors' Institute, and others. Several dialogues were given by members of the society.
Forest Hill.-On Monday evening, November 4th, the Band of Hope held their First Anniversary, and the room was well packed with children,, who regaled themselves with the cake and tea provided for the occasion. After tea, the chair was taken by Mr. J. Worthy, and short addresses were delivered by Messrs. Child and Seddon; the remainder of the evening being devoted to the recitations and pieces sung by the children. A vote of thanks was given, and carried by acclamation, to Miss Gwennap, who first established this Band of Hope, and has been unremitting in her exertions for its prosperity.
BENNETT STREET, MANCHESTER.--A letter to the Editor says :-As you desire to know something about our doings, I will give you a summary of what has been done during the last twelve months. Our society originated amongst a few of our Sunday school teachers. We have met uninterruptedly on the the third Tuesday in every month. The society is managed by twenty of our own teachers, who are formed into a committee for that purpose, and four superintendents, who co-operate with us. At ten of our meetings, we have had 37 speeches delivered, 38 recitations, 16 glees and songs, and at the eleventh meeting, a concert was given by the Tonic-Sol-Fa Choral Society, in connexion with the School. The average number attending our meetings is 400, and the number who have signed the pledge is 680, very few cases have come to our knowledge where the pledge has been broken. We had our First Annual Tea Party on the 15th of last month, at which 452 persons sat down to lea; we had many friends present, and our worthy Pastor, the Rev. R. Lambe, came amongst us. He made a very feeling address on the evils of intemperance, as affecting the social and moral condition of the young, and he also encouraged the members to keep their pledge. An address was delivered by Mr. S. Whitmore, the President of the Society. He spoke of the necessity of Bands of Hope, in connexion with Sunday Schools, and related several instances of persons, who had once belonged to our own school, who had fallen through intemperance. The present aspect of our society is very encouraging, especially to those who are labouring for the cause of temperance, among the 2000 scholars in our school. We hope to do greater things yet, God helping us. We open all our meetings with a hymn and prayer, we also close each meeting
We intend distributing tracts at our meetings, as a further means of spreading temperance truth, and hope, by this plan, to reach the parents of some of our young members.
CHIPPENHAM.- Mr. T. Mills writes: “I ain glad to inform you that we accepted the services of your Agent, Mr. F. Smith, with Dissolving Views, accompanied by descriptive Lecture, in our Town Hall. The results were most gratifying, we disposed of 360 tickets, which, of course, increased our funds. The lecture gave general satisfaction."
in the same way.
BRIDPORT _On Monday and Tuesday evenings, Mr. F. Smith, of the Band of Hope Union, gave exhibitions of dissolving views in the Assembly Room, Barrack-street. The subject of the first evening's entertainment was “ London.” Amongst the views of old London, were those of old St. Paul's (the one destroyed in the Great Fire); the Tower in the 15th century; old London Bridge, with its numerous narrow arches, and its bnrden of buildings; old Cheapside-a very different-looking street from the present wonderful thoroughfare of that name; the old Royal Exchange; and Temple Bar, as it appeared when the heads of decapitated criminals grinned from its top, and the burning of effigies of unpopular individuals was more common than it is now. Two pictures of the Great Fire of 1666, as it appeared in the neighbourhood of the Tower and the Temple. Among the views of modern buildings, were Westminster Abbey; the Houses of Parliament; St. Paul's Cathedral; the Thames Tunnel ; and the Rev. C. H. Spurgeon's Tabernacle. Mr. Smith's subject on Tuesday was “ Lights of the World, or Passages in the History of Eminent Men.” Among the great men whose portraits were given, were Caxton, Bunyan, Wycliffe, Cromwell, Franklin, Howard, Livingstone, Gough, &c. Mr. Smith had something to say about each view. Both lectures were full of very interesting information.
Kentish Town.-A large and pleasant gathering of friends and children, celebrated the anniversary of the Band of Hope, by a tea and public meeting, on October 31st. J. Broomhall, Esq. occupied the chair, and Joseph Payne, Esq. Mr. Wybroo, Mr. Storr, Mr. Hudson, the Rev G. W. McCree, &c., contributed to the instruction and entertainment of the evening. The young friends have collected £5. 16s. 24d.-a good example.
Tue Ragged Schools.—In addition to his other useful labours, Mr G. Bla.y is devoting a portion of his time to addressing the children in the Metropolitan Ragged Schools.
Mr. S. Insull during the past month has lectured with chemical experiments, and also the magic lantern, at the following places :—Hare row, Middlesex; Peckham and Kingston, Surrey; Lambourne, Hungerford and Newbury, Berks; Marlborough, Wilts; Basingstoke, Hants.
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BAND OF HOPE RECORD. .
OUR NATIONAL SORROW.
THE DEATH OF THE PRINCE CONSORT, at Windsor Castle, on Saturday December 14th, will, we are assured, have filled with grief the TEMPERANCE HOMEs of England. We are a loyal people: as Total Abstainers we cherish a wise, thoughtful, earnest patriotism. Although we could not claim the lamented Prince as a Total Abstainer, we could recognize in him one who looked with disfavour on revelling and drunkenness, and who took a profound interest in the moral welfare of the people. We are sure that every Total Abstainer will deeply sympathize with our beloved and gracious Queen in her great sorrow.
“It was too soon to die,
Yet, might we count his years by triumphs won,
By wise, and bold, and Christian duties done,
“ This was his princely thought :
With all his varied wisdom to repay
Our trust and love, which on that Bridal Day
“For that he loved our Queen,
And, for her sake, the people of her love,
Few and far distant names shall rank above
“ Could there be closer tie
'Twixt us, who sorrowing, own a nation's debt,
And Her, our own dear Lady, who as yet
“When with a kind relief
Those eyes ran tears, O might this thought employ:
Him whom she loved so, we loved. We shared her joy,
PRACTICAL PAPERS, No. 1.
By G. M. MURPHY.
HOW TO SECURE ATTENTION. We will suppose the young people assembled. The last cadence of the opening melody has died away. The blessing of God has been invoked, and a suitable passage of Scripture read. The chairman, or conductor, is now ready to introduce the business part of the proceedings,--and very much of the happiness and usefulness of the evening depends on the way in which this is done. If it is done coldly, or heartlessly, the speaker who may follow has double duty to do;—first, to lift the wet blanket from the minds of the audience, and then to attempt to fulfil the object of the meeting by pouring the lifeblood of vital principles into the hearts of his hearers.
There are two things which the Chairman of a Band of Hope meeting should never forget,-firstly, the object of the meeting, the promotion of temperance principles ;-and secondly, the terms of the pledge by which we seek to accomplish this, the voluntary promise to abstain from all intoxicating liquors as beverages. Here are two points suggestive of valuable arguments, and on which many vivid illustrations may be brought to bear, if he (the Chairman) has properly prepared and qualified himself for the position in which he is placed ; if he has not done so, it admits of no excuse. It is folly, to call it by no harder term, to depend upon present inspiration for an address, when the words uttered may exert an influence for good or evil over the eternal destinies of some who are present.
The Chairman of a Band of Hope meeting needs animation both of body and mind,—not mock animation, like that of the would-be orator, who points upwards to the sky while descanting on the beauties of the ocean, and downward to the earth when eulogising the sky; but real spirited energy, flowing from intelligence and feeling. If he does not possess the former, he is in a false position,-a round man in a square hole ;-but having it, he needs but to look into the beaming eyes of the youthful faces before him, and remember that, lacking the teaching of the Band of Hope, and the good help of the Spirit of God, some now before him, yielding to drinking customs, may become drunkards, their eyes dimmed with lust, and their souls sét on fire of hell, and if this train of thought does not infuse something like enthusiasm into his spirit, he has mistaken