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We think the circular and blank forms are in every way worthy of imitation, and will be glad to receive information of similar efforts. Copies of parents' certificates may be had from the Band of Hope Union, for one shilling per 100, and we would urge their constant use. We append a specimen of them: BAND OF HOPE PARENTS CERTIFICATE.
DECLARATION. “I hereby promise to abstain from all Intoxicating Liquors as a Beverage, and from Tobacco.”
Age We, the undersigned, fully approve of our Child becoming a Member of the Band of Hope.
This paper is to be filled up and returned at the next meeting.
SONG OF THE WELL.
By GEORGE W. McCREE. "Then Israel sang this song: Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it.
Numbers xxi, 17.
A GOOD BOOK FOR CONDUCTORS.
What do our zealous and useful friends, the conductors of Bands of Hope-think of giving their little ones a course of addresses on the Ten Commandments ? Should they wish to do so, we would ask them to buy “The King's Highway," by the Rev. Richard Newton, D.D.* It may be got for threehalfpence, and, both internally and externally, is a truly attractive book. Conductors ! buy it, and then use it in your important work. We will enable you to judge of its value by extracting the chapter on “ The Sixth Commandment.”
“Thou shalt not kill."—Exod. xx. 13. We are to do no injury to others, directly or indirectly, either by our actions, our words, or our feelings. We must do no injury to our own lives, or health, by eating or drinking too much, or in any other way.
THE GRAND MURDERER.
Napoleon Buonaparte was a great murderer! He resolved to invade Russia. There was no necessity for it. But he resolved to do it, to please himself. He raised a great army of nearly five hundred thousand
He marched to Moscow. He took it. The Russian set Sre to it. It was burnt down. Winter set in. Napoleon was defeated and driven back. His grand army was destroyed. More than half a million of men were killed in that one campaign. Who killed them ? Napoleon Buonaparte. What a grand murderer he was ! Think of this when you hear or read of what is called his glory! Would you like to be in Napoleon's place when he comes to stand before the judgment-seat? No, no; not for ten thousand such kingdoms as France.
If a man meets another in the woods, and plunges a dagger into his breast, that he may get his watch and money, does he break this commandment? Yes. But suppose, that, instead of getting his money in this way, he makes a poisonous drink, and sells it to the man without telling him what is in it; would this be breaking the commandment? Yes. It is just as bad to kill with poison as to kill with a dagger. And killing slowly is just as much a breach of this commandment as killing quickly. There are many people in this country who make and sell drinks of this kind. They call them wine, or brandy, or gin, or whisky. These are often made out of the most poisonous things that can be mentioned. The people who make these liquors call them by wrong names. Then they sell them to people to drink. They do this when they know that they are poisonous. But they are willing to do it for the sake of money. Are not such persons guilty of killing in the sight of God? Certainly.
THE PASSIONATE BOY. Suppose you should find that in one corner of the room in which you
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sleep there was a nest of young rattlesnakes, and that at any time they might spring out of their nest and bite you ; what would you do? Search the room, find out the nest, and have the young snakes killed. That would be the only wise and safe course. But let me tell you that in the corner of your heart there may be something worse than a nest of rattlesnakes! Is anger or hatred allowed to dwell there? If so, that is worse than a rattlesnake. If you do not overcome it, it may spring up suddenly, some time or other, and make you a murderer in a moment.
One of the scholars in a large school, whose name was James, had a terrible temper. The least thing that displeased him would throw him into a rage and then he would act in a most violent manner. He never seemed to feel how dreadfully wicked it was, or to be afraid of the consequences that might follow from it.
One day, during the play hour, he stretched himself on a bench to take a nap. One of the boys thought he would have a little fun with James. He took a feather, and leaned over the bench, and began to tickle him in the ear. James shook his head, and cried, “ Don't do that." Presently he felt the feather again. “Don't do that, I say,” he exclaimed angrily. The boy thoughtlessly went on with his mischief. Then James sprang from the bench, seized a pair of compasses lying on the desk, and threw them at the boy with all his might. They struck him on the side of the head. They entered his brain. ' He fell down, never spoke again, and was carried home a corpse. How dreadful this was ! the young serpent, that had been allowed to nestle in this boy's heart, springing up suddenly to its full growth, and making a murderer of him. Oh, watch against those young serpents! And if you find them in your heart, take that heart to Jesus, and ask him to give you his grace to resist and overcome them.
ALICE'S REPENTANCE. suppose there is not one person, however young, who has not broken the Sixth Commandment. I don't mean to say that we have all been murderers in action. But we have all had angry feelings towards others, and this has made us murderers in heart. We have all reason, therefore, to repent before God, for the sin we have committed.
We may all learn a lesson on this subject from a little girl, of whom I was reading lately. Her name was Alice. One evening her mother was busy, and her elder sister, Sarah, took her up stairs to put her to bed. As Sarah was undressing Alice, she noticed that she seemed very sad, and that tears were running down her cheeks. She asked her what was the matter ; but Alice gave her no answer. When it was time to kneel down by her little bed and pray, Alice knelt, and bowed her head, but no words came from her lips. Sarah thought this was very strange. So she went to tell her mother, who came to see what was the matter.
My child,” said she," what troubles you ?" “O mother !” cried Alice, seizing her mother's hand, “I can't say my prayers, and I can't go to sleep.”
“ Do tell me what's the matter with my little girl.”
“O mother ! I killed cousin Ruth in my heart to-day, I did;" and the tears flowed afresh. “I got angry, and I wished her dead. That makes me a murderer. I can't ask God's forgiveness till I've made friends with Ruth. He wou't hear me, for my heart has had anger and hatred in it, and not love. O mother !" and the poor child wept as though her heart would break.
Her mother tried to comfort her, but there lay the the cold, heavy weight of sin upon her heart, and she could take no comfort. “Oh, if I could only see Ruth, and we could make friends, then I
go to sleep,” she said. “Mother, can't I go to Ruth's house?”
Her mother thought a moment. She felt that to help her child to think and feel rightly on this subject was the most important of all things. “ Yes, my child, you shall go," she said.
Ah, if she had been one of those mothers who always send their children to bed in charge of servants, what a golden opportunity she would have lost of doing her child good.
Alice's father was called, who carried his weeping child into the next house, where her cousin Ruth lived. She was taken to Ruth's bed-side. It was a melting scene to witness the confession, the prayer for forgiveness, and the kiss of reconciliation. Then Alice wiped away her tears; and, laying her head on her father's shoulder, she asked to be carried home.
Once more in her own room, Alice kneeled down and prayed God to forgive her for the sin of hating Ruth. “Give me love in my heart,” she cried earnestly, “ because 'God is love ;' and because it was love which made Jesus die on the cross for us ; and oh, keep me from hating and killing anybody in my heart."
So did little Alice pray. Oh, what a prayer was that! Sin and conscience, love and hatred, had been fighting in her heart. But love gained the victory. Can we not remember feeling towards somebody just as Alice felt towards Ruth ? Let us learn from the example of Alice what to do. We should ask the forgiveness of those towards whom we have felt anger or hatred. Then we should ask God's forgiveness, and pray for his grace to take away all such wicked feelings from our hearts, and fill them ith love. It is love God and love to our fellow-creatures which shows that we are the children of God; and it is hatred, and anger, and strife, which make us the children of the devil. Let us remember the words of the hymn,
“ Whene'er the angry passions rise,
And tempt our thoughts and tongues to strife,
Bright pattern of the Christian life.
To teach us we ought to be;
Dear Saviour, daily more like thee.”
HYMN ON THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT.
Our hands may not be red with blood,
Yet we may murderers be;
We'll come without delay:
Wash all our guilt away.
Where blood has ne'er been spilt;
Oh, then to Christ, 8c.
And think the deed unknown;
Oh, then to Christ, fc.
How such a thing can be;
Oh, then to Christ, &c.
ANNALS OF THE BAND OF HOPE UNION.
THE MEMBERS' ANNUAL MEETING,
Feb. 20th, when J. E. SAUNDERS, Esq., will preside. Interesting matters, Tintimately affecting the extension of the operations of the Band of Hope
Union, will be brought forward, and it is therefore hoped that all the
The Juvenile Collectors' Meeting took place at Mr. Shirley's, 37, Queen
, when about fifty of our zealous young friends and several members of the Committee partook of tea logeiber. After the repast, various amusements suited to the young people were enjoyed, and these were followed by brief addresses from Mr. S. Shirley, Mr. F. Smith, and the Rev. G. W. M'Cree. Recitations were well delivered by Miss Worms, and Master Bohn. The prizes given to the most successful collectors were as Miss Shirley, the “ Adviser” for 1861; Miss Louisa Shirley,“ Widow Green”; Miss Miriam Shirley, “ Danesbury House;" Master Joseph Fisk, “ Ritter Bell”; Miss Oakes, “ Waifs and Strays”; Miss Mather, "Ritter Bell."
It is hoped that our young friends will prosper in their good work, and greatly augment the funds of the Band of Hope Union.