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PUBLIC MEETINGS. We have great pleasure in announcing that two Public Meetings will be held as follows:- - The Independent Chapel, Caledonian road, on Tuesday, February 18th, and in Surrey Chapel, on Monday, February 24th. Five hundred children will attend to sing select pieces. The meetings will begin at half-past seven o'clock. The audiences will consist of adults, and a number of popular speakers will deliver suitable addresses.
PECKHAM.-On Monday, the 20th, instant Mr. Blaby gave us an interesting lecture, on Temperance Song,” in the School of Design, Hill street. All present were much delighted. Mr. Jacobs, of East Dulwich, teetotaler of more than 20 years' standing, presided. Several signed the pledge.
GREENWICH.-Mr. Child says, « On Wednesday, Jan. 8th, 1862, the members of the Band of Hope held a tea party in the School-room of Providence Chapel, kindly lent them for the purpose. It was a pleasing sight to see youths and maidens, now verging into manhood, who have been brought up in the Band of Hope, gathering at these festive meetings, and rallying round their respected superintendent. Recitations were repeated and melodies sang during the evening; even the least were anxious to take part in the evening's proceedings, and two little ones had to hold on a chair, whilst they lisped forth their little hymns of praise. Our pledge book numbers 498 members. About 120 have signed within the last twelve months. And in my book I number upwards of 30 members who have been teetotalers ranging from 7 10 14 years, growing up a credit to our cause, some of the fair fruits of our Bands of Hope.”
During the past month, Mr. F. Smith has attended meetings as under :At St. Clement's Danes; Commercial Road Chapel; Brixton; York Road ; Stanhope Street; Amicable Row; Deal; Tunbridge Wells, twice ; Bloomsbury Refuge; Dalston ; Regent's Park Barracks; Asylum Road; Camden Town; Brighton; and Uxbridge.
Mr. G. Blaby has attended the following:-Stoke Newington; Denmark Street, three times; St. Clement's Danes, twice; Bloomsbury Refuge; Bromley-by-Bow; Laystall Street; Pimlico; One Tun; Albany Chapel; Amicable Row; Brixton ; Lant Street; Fox and Knott Court; Kennington; Willow Walk; Paddington ; Little Wild Street; Kentish Town; Peckham; Lewisham; Grays; and Star of Temperance.
MR. JOHN DE FRAINE. Wemin common with many more-deeply regretted the illness which prevented the delivery of Mr. De Fraine's Oration in Exeter Hall, the evening advertised. We believe it will be delivered on Monday evening, Feb. 10th. Tickets may be obtained at 37, Queen Square.
Books for Review, Articles for the Record, 8c., may be sent to the Editor, at No. 37, Queen Square, London.
J. BALE, Printer, 78; Great Titchtield-street, Marylebone.
BAND OF HOPE RECORD.
THE MAN WE WANT.
By the EDITOR.
Our model abstainer is not an every-day sight, but he may be discovered by those who wish to know him. He was one of the first converts to our principles, and adopted them from pure and philanthropic motives. He did not sign the pledge because he was a drunkard. He was not actuated by the love of money. He had no desire to render our movement a political engine. The public good was the magnet which moved his soul and his hand, and it has always been the vital force of his life.
The model man has thoroughly studied the history, principles, objects, and results of our movement. He knows all about Dr. Beecher, Joseph Livesey, Father Matthew, Dr. Lees, the Rev. Francis Beardsall, James Teare, Benjamin Parsons, James Silk Buckingham, and Nathaniel Card. He has shaken them by the hand, reveres the memory of those whose feet have borne them through THE SILENT LAND, and loves to animate the faithful ones who remain in the field of battle. They are his heroes. He regards them as representative men.
He never suffers any to slander them. Their reputation is safe in his hands. He loves them for their work's sake.
You never find the model man absent when the good cause has to endure “evil report.” At all the moral conflicts of the campaign he has been present, and done his part. He never fled. We never knew him retreat. His face never blenched. In the thickest of the battle his hurrah was heard, and cheered many who were ready to faint and fall. And best of all, he knows how to stand on guard, and watch the foe.
The model man knows how to work. You find him on committees and sub-committees. He is always willing to make a quorum. His nobility in committee is like “a burning and a shining light.” He will not quarrel with any one.
He has no delight in schisms, in parties, in cliques, in rows. Wisdom and gentleness are found in him. He is wise in council-slow to anger--ready to hear-of few words—full of love. You find him prepared to do anything. He will take the chair, or speak, or be silent, or write a letter, or solicit a subscription, or double his own, or make one of a deputation, or prepare a
report, or stand at the door, or sit still, and cheerfully applaud others as may seem most comely and expedient. Strife and vainglory are far from him. He deems it good to be useful, and always zealously affected towards whatever may aid the movement, and make it a little stronger. His self-esteem is small; his benevolence and conscientiousness large and beautiful. His combativeness is kept under. You will find him exercising his firmness after a godly fashion. Whether in committee or on the platform he is found a man of thought, action, integrity, and gentleness, and therefore a man of power.
The model man is “a cheerful giver.” He does not withhold his gold and silver, As he knows that debt is a drag upon
the Society, he does his best to prevent pecuniary embarrassment. His shilling, his half-crown, and his guinea, are therefore always forthcoming when wanted. But he does not admire “ Benefits.” He thinks that total abstainers should not fail to provide for sickness, want of employment, accident, and death. He therefore does not patronise “Benefits,” but looks supon their increasing frequency as an evil which ought to be condemned. Self-help and self-reform he greatly admires, and he loves to cheer the brave soul.
The model man has a good temperance library. On his shelves are books of religion, science, history, and poetry, but in addition to these he has a noble and costly collection of temperance literature. Livesey's Moral Reformer, Beecher's Six Sermons on Intemperance, and Dr. Grindrod's Bacchus head the list; and ranged along the shelf are volumes, parliamentary reports, music, tracts, magazines, pamphlets, and newspapers, all carefully classified and in fine preservation. From these publications he draws his arguments, facts, and illustrations, in defence of his abstinence. And to this library he adds daily. It grows in his hands, and bids fair to rival any similar collection of temperance literature. He has also a smaller shelf on which are placed a number of smaller publications from which he selects for distribution. Many a convert has he made by the gift of Dr. Carpenter's Essay and Livesey's Malt Lecture. To the Mayor of the town he sent the works of Dr. Lees, and to the Mechanics' Institution a complete set of the Ipswich tracts.
The model man is a capital speaker. He is so because he carefully prepares his speeches. He thinks, writes, makes ready, and then speaks. You never hear him abuse any one not even publicans. He has no faith in bitterness. He dislikes cant. He never resorts to challenges. He is courteous, genial,
earnest, playful, reverent, and sincere. When he speaks people laugh, reflect, feel, resolve, weep. Let him preside, and a good meeting is always the result. He is no “ critic.” None ever heard him condemn a speaker save once, and that was when the platform was disgraced by a person who made an indecent remark. Our model man called him to order, and made him sit down.
The model man is a christian. He endeavours to exhibit the divine life. He believes that the most pure men are the most useful, the most worthy of honour, the most qualified for philanthropic work, and the most desirable advocates of the good cause. Hence, he speaks the truth in love, abstains from the
appearance of evil, aims at a blameless career, and desires to serve his generation according to the will of the Great Master.
When the model man dies many will bewail him. Widows and orphans, reformed drunkards and beautiful maidens, wise men, and little children, the just and the unjust will mourn over him. But when he is laid beneath the green turf, they shall hear a voice saying "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them."
A DRINKING SONG.
“ I drink with a goodly company,
With the sun that dips his beams,
pure and sparkling streams:
That catch his beams,
The glitt'ring streams
Whose ripple gleams
Like liquid diamonds bright.
With flowers of every hue,
Of morning dew
So fresh and new,
" I drink with a merry company,
With every bird that sings,
Wild soaring wings
And upward springs,
The woodland rings,
And echo flings
The warbling notes along.
With all the stately trees
The playful breeze
That loves to please
I'll drink at ease
Pure draughts of these-
A STORY FOR HOME.
• Who's that, I wonder ?' said Mrs. Seaburn, as she heard a ring at the basement door.
Ah! it's Marshall,' returned, her husband, who had looked out at the window, and recognised the grocer's cart.
* And what have you had sent home now, Henry ?!
But before Mr. Seaburn could answer, the door of the sitting-room was opened, and one of the domestics looked in, and asked "What 'll I do with the demijohns, mum?'
Demijohns ? repeated Mrs. Seaburn. • Put them in the hall, and I'll attend to them,'interposed the husband.
Henry, what have you sent home now?' his wife asked, after the domestic had gone.
Some nice old brandy,' replied Henry. Cora Seaburn glanced up at the clock, and then looked down upon the floor. There was a cloud upon her fair brow, and it was very evident that something lay heavily upon her heart. Presently she walked to the wall and pulled the bell-cord, and the summons was answered by the chambermaid.
Are George and Charles in their room ?' "Yes, ma'am. "Tell them it is school-time.
The girl went out, and in a little while two boys entered the sittingroom, with their books under their arms, and their caps in their hands. They were bright, happy, healthy fellows, with goodness and truth stamped upon their rosy faces, and the light of free consciences gleaming