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THE PLACE OF DUTY.
THE CRYSTAL CUP. “ The new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not, for a blessing is in it.”—Isaiah lxv. 8.
Bring to me some purple grapes,
And bring a crystal cup;
Fill the crystal--fill it up.
Bravely full of holy wine;
And clouded faces brightly shine.
And drink its precious flood;
Nor maids of youthful blood;
I find no evil strife;
GEORGE W. McCREE.
A WORKING CHURCH. “When I became pastor of my church, more than 53 years ago, the only object of congregational benevolence was the Sunday School; there was literally nothing else that we set our hands to. We have now an organisation for the London Missionary Society, which raises, as its regular contribution, nearly £500. per annum, beside donations to meet special appeals, which average another £100. For the Colonial Missionary Society, we raise annually £70. In our Sunday and Day Schools, which comprehend Dearly 2,000 children, we raise £200. We support two Town Missionaries, at a cost of £200. Our ladies conduct a working society for Orphan Mission Schools in the East Indies; they also sustain a Dorcas Society, for the poor of our town; a Maternal Society, in many branches, in various localities; and a Female Society, for visiting the sick poor.
We have a Religious Tract Society, which employs ninety distributors and spends nearly £50. a year in the purchase of tracts. Our Village Preachers' Society, which employs twelve or fourteen agents, costs scarcely anything. We raise £40. annually for the County Association. We have a Young Mens' Brotherly Society, for general and religious improvement, with a library of 2,000 volumes. We have also Night Schools for young men and women, at small cost, and Bible Classes for other young men and women.
In addition to this, we raise £100. per annum for Spring Hill College.
We have laid out £23,000. in improving the old chapel and building the new one, in the erection of school rooms, the college, and in building seven country and town small chapels. We have also formed two separate Independent Churches, and have jointly, with another congregation, formed a third, and all but set up a fourth, and are at this time in treaty for two pieces of freehold land, which will cost £700., to build two more chapels in the suburbs of the town. This might be the record, and more truly of every church, were the sums sinfully expended by professing Christians upon intoxicating liquors redeemed and applied to church extension, bible distribution, missionary efforts, and benevolent purposes. A nation of professing Christians generously contributing half-a-million of money for the world's salvation, and expending nearly £70,000,000. on strong drink! While we act thus—pence to Christ, and pounds to Bacchus-we pray in vain and hope in vain for the world's conversion.”—John Angel James.
THE CHILDREN'S PORTION.
THE BOY WHO DIED IN A COAL-PIT.
Some years ago, a boy, named William Thew, worked in a coal-pit. It was a long way down under the ground, where he could not see the sun, nor the green fields, nor enjoy the sweet fresh air. Those boys who work in the cheerful open day are much more favoured than was poor William the collier-boy. Down in a pit, with only the light of small lamps, he had to work in digging coals. When he went to his labour very early in the morning, he was let down by a rope to the bottom; and at night, when his work was done, he was drawn up again.
; Sunday was a happy day to William; for then, in a neat clean dress, he went to school, to learn to read the Bible. His teachers were glad to see him strive to improve. Indeed, they had reason to hope that William loved to pray, and that he was a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.
As William grew up he was very kind to his mother. To please her, when he came from the pit at night, he would wash himself clean, and then sit in a chair and read the Bible to her: after which he used to kneel down and pray by her side. One day he said to her, “ Mother, when I am a man, I will work hard for you, and keep you like a lady." She, no doubt, was very glad that she had such a kind, steady, and pious
The men who work in coal-pits osten meet with springs of water; and sometimes the water rushes upon them, and they are in great danger of being drowned. On May 3, 1815, William went as usual to his work.
He was engaged with some miners a long way up the pit, when a sudden burst of water came upon them. They could not get to the shaft, or the opening into the pit, and were forced to flee to a cave up the mine, where the water could not reach them.
The alarm was soon given to the people above, who did all they could to get the water out, but all their efforts were in vain. Vine months passed away, and at last the place was reached where the bodies of William and some more lads were found. They had all been starved or smothered to death.
What must William have felt when he found all hope of escape was cut off, and that he should see his dear mother no more, nor again enter his Sunday-school? He knew that he must die a slow and dreadful death.
When the bodies were brought up from the pit, the mother of William was there. She came to find the bodies of her husband and her son. How sad the sight! How full of grief must have been her heart! After a search, they were found, and taken to her coliage. In one of Williain's pockets was his candle-box, such as is used by collier boys. Some time passed away, when one day some scratches were noticed on this candlebox ; and what do you suppose they were ? These marks were William's last letter to his dear mother! In the darkness of the pit, or perhaps by the light of a lamp, the poor boy had with a nail scratched these words :
Fret not, dear mother, for we were singing while we had time, and praising God. Mother, follow God more than ever I did."
And then on the other side were found some more words, which it is thought his dying father told him 10 write, as they are signed with his
-“ If Johnny is saved, be a good lud to God, and thy mother.John Thew."
Johnny was one of those that were saved, but the poor widow, while she wept at the loss of her husband and one of her sons, was comforted when she knew that in their last hours they were singing and praising God.
Learn from this account noi 10 put off the care of the soul; for the young may die; they may die suddenly; and they should be ready to die. But if they believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, whether they live or die, all will be well.
Annals of the Band of Hope Union.
THE LABOURS OF OUR AGENTS. The following is a sum
for the past month :Mr. George Blaby has addressed the following meetings:-Bloomsbury Refuge, twice; Denmark street, three times; King street, Long acre; Asylum road, Old Kent road; Charles street, Drury lane; Little Denmark street; Carr street, Limehouse; City road; Moor street, Five dials; Spa Fields Chapel; Union street, Whitechapel; Mercer street, Shadwell; Liverpool street, King's cross; Agar town; King street; Camden town; and Weir's passage, Euston road. Mr. B. has also taken part in four adult meetings, preached eight sermons, and addressed four Sunday Schools.
Mr. F. Smith has attended and addressed meetings, as under :Vauxhall Walk Wesleyan Band of Hope, twice; Barnsbury; Esher street, Kennington; Surrey Chapel; Haverstock hill; Britannia fields, Hoxton; Croydon; Commercial Road Baptist Chapel; Little Denmark street; Hill street, Peckham; Lant street, Borough; Little Wild street; King street, Long acre; Landsdowne place, Kent street, Borough; Temperance Hall, Vauxhall walk; City road; Mercer street, Shadwell; Mill Pond bridge, Rotherhithe.
Mr. W. B. AFFLECK is still at work in connection with the Northern auxiliary of the Union.
Mr. C. STARLING, who has for some time done such good service as an honorary speaker, has been engaged by the Committee of the Union as an additional agent. His engagement commences on September 29th.
MEETINGS, FETES, &c. We are glad to see that as the fall of the year approaches, our friends are beginning their work in various places with renewed earnestness and vigour; whilst in many places, taking advantage of the fine weather during the past month, our friends in many parts have had large out-door gatherings.
LIVERPOOL.—We are glad to see that Mr. Whyte is again able to work in a cause so dear to him, after a long illness. He has for many years laboured in Liverpool with great success, especially amongst the children. A very successful out-door festival was held, and managed entirely by Mr. Whyte.
DARLEY, near HarROGATE, York.—This is a little village, where the cause is being well worked. At a tea festival 400 sat down to tea, the incumbent was in the chair, and some excellent pieces of music were sung by a Tonic Sol-Fa Singing Class. Much good has been done here
ng the past year. MARKET DRAYTON PRIMITIVE METHODIST BAND OF HOPE.—This is a society managed well in many respects. One plan adopted is especially worthy of imitation. The members of the Band of Hope pay into the hands of the treasurer their farthings, halfpennies, and pennies, which have during one year amounted to £13. 15s. 6 d. A proper account of what each child pays through the year is kept by the secretary, and then at the year's end, and just before the anniversary, the children have their money returned to them, so that it proves useful 10 them in providing them wearing apparel, &c., for that day. It is always well to encourage provident habits in children, thus forming a habit very necessary in after years. A very successful anniversary has lately been held, at which the vicar of the parish presided.
High WYCOMBE, Bucks.— Our friends here are still working earnestly, as they have been now for several years. The Band of Hope is in a very prosperous state.
At the festival recently held, the Rev. J. B. Horberry, in referring to the Band of Hope work, said—“What a blessing it is that efforts are being made to gather in the young. It is said, “ Prevention is better than cure;' thank God for what has been done in this respect ; thousands have been prevented becoming drunkards and from falling into other vices by the simple process of being trained, when young, to avoid “the unclean thing.' The salvation of children from the whirlpool of vice is very desirable; in them we hope for future materials in the Temperance cause, as well as in the Church of God. We must care for children as well as for men and women, and thus try to rear a posterity of babes and sucklings' to carry on every good work when we are mouldering in the tomb. Dear friends, renew your efforts to gather in the young.
Labour on with as much earnestness as you would if you heard the wailings of drunkards in hell."
WINCANTON.--At a meeting held a short time since, more than fifty of the subscribing members of the Band of Hope and Adult Society met for tea and conference at the Baptist School-room. Several important resolutions were passed, one of them being, “ That believing the existence of two separate societies instead of one to be prejudicial to the interest of the Temperance cause in Wincanton, it is therefore resolved to amalgamate them, under the title of “The Wincanton Band of Hope and Abstainers' Union." The treasurer announced that there was a united balance of above £2. 10s. in hand.
Excelsior BAND OF HOPE, DENMARK STREET, Soho.— The fourth anniversary of the above Society took place on Tuesday evening, September 16th; John Thwaites, Esq. presided. Appropriate addresses were delivered by the Rev. G. W. McCree, and Messrs. W. Robson, and G. Blaby, from the Band of Hope Union. During the evening, several solos, choruses, and recitations were given by the members, in a manner which elicited the applause of an attentive audience. The interesting proceedings were brought to a close, by a cordial vote of thanks to the chairman, speakers, and children, for the evening's entertainment.
HALSTEAD BAND OF HOPE.—On Tuesday week the annual festival of this juvenile Temperance society, which number upwards of five hundred enrolled members, was held, by permission of Edward Horner, Esq., at the Howe Park. At four o'clock two hundred and fifty children sat down to a tea supplied to them by the committee for the sum of fourpence each; and at a subsequent hour the tea-tables in the grove were surrounded by a party of three hundred and sixty friends and elder members of the Band of Hope. During the day-fortunately a very fine one-several hundreds of persons entered the grounds, although a charge of threepence was made in order to meet the heavy expenses incurred. Everything passed off successfully, if we except the descent of a fire balloon into a wheat field, but happily without damaging the dry crop. Between nine and ten o'clock the gong gave intimation of the hour of departure, previous to which the Rev. W. Clements proposed, in a brief address, three hearty