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cheers to Mr. and Mrs. Horner, which were stoutly given, and followed by one cheer more for cold water. We learn that the receipts amounted to £23. The annual sermon was preached on the previous Sunday at the North-street Chapel by the Rev. W. Clements, when a collection was made on behalf of the society — Halstead Times.
Yeovil BAND OF HOPE.—The Band of Hope in this town is progressing. There was a full room on Tuesday week, and the audience were exceedingly pleased with the dialogues, recitations, and songs. One pleasing feature is, the committee is composed of thirteen young men full of life, who, beside teaching the children songs, also assist by reciting and singing solos at the monthly meetings. There is a club belonging to the Band of Hope, in which is one hundred and ninety-five members, paying from one penny to sixpence a week. I also feel glad to mention that it may aid other committees, that we use the recitations of G. Roy, Esq., 1. II., “ Feather-stone's Original Reciter," and Glover's.
Mr. R. Nichol has attended meetings in South Shields, North Shields, &c., as a deputation from the Band of Hope Union, and has communicated the following interesting fact :-As some boys were bathing in the gut now making near the River Commissioners' yard, at Howdon, one of them, named George Hudson, about 13 years of age, when attempting to swim across, was suddenly seized by cramp. Some labourers employed at the place, observing the struggling of the boy, rushed in to rescue him; but not succeeding, a workman belonging to the Commissioners' yard went to their assistance, and brought both the man and the boy safely ashore. The boy was much exhausted, and on being offered some brandy by Mrs. Turnbull, of the Jenny Lind Inn, he obstinately refused it, stating that he was a teetotaller.
THE INTERNATIONAL AND PROHIBITION CONVENTION.-All our readers will, ere this, have become familiar with the great success of this gathering. We need not enter into details, but simply say that the accredited representatives of the Band of Hope Union were, Messrs. S. Shirley, S. Tucker, G. S. Wytroo, W. Robson, M. W. Dunn, Rev. G. W. McCree. The Band of Hope section was well attended;
and among the papers was one by the Rev. G. W. McCree, on the “ History Design, and Operations of the Band of Hope Union.” The papers
read by Mrs. Balfour, the Rev. T. Holme, Mr. Peter Sinclair, and J. H. Raper, were very valuable.
THE SABBATH SCHOOL TEACHERS' TEMPERANCE LEAGUE.We have received from the Secretary the following
ADDRESS TO THE SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS OF ENGLAND. Dear Fellow-LABOURERS,—The subject on which we most affectionately address you is of vital importance to ourselves, to our pupils and their friends, as well as to the Church and the nation.
That we Sabbath School Teachers, numbering about three hundred thousand (300,000), should be entrusted with the religious education of about three millions (3,000,000) of young immortals, is a serious responsibility.
Whatever impedes success, whatever lessens the good of our labours, whatever lends the enemy of souls an advantage over those whom Christ came to seek and to save, we, as workers together with him, are bound to
We have been privileged for years to sow good seed; but, alas! has not the adversary all the while been sowing tares? What has become of some of our senior pupils ?
After enquiry made from the chaplains of the principal prisons in England, Scotland, and Wales, and from the matrons of various penitentiaries, as 10 how many of the inmates had been pupils in Sabbath Schools, it appeared that–out of ten thousand three hundred and sixty-one inmates of those pluces, not fewer than six thousand five hundred and seventy-two had previously received religious instruction in Sabbath Schools !! On further inquiry, however, it was almost uniformly found, that the use of intoxicating liquors was the cause, directly or indirectly, of so many Sabbath School scholars becoming criminals.
The SABBATH SCHOOL TEACHERS' TEMPERANCE LEAGUE includes all who
are, or have been, Sabbath School Teachers (of both sexes), and Ministers of religion, who have subscribed to the following declaration:
Believing that the use of intoxicating drinks as beverages is a great
injury to Subbath Schools, by preventing many from joining them, and drawing others from their ranks, I promise, with the Divine blessing, to abstain therefrom, and to exert my influence to induce
my fellow-teachers and the scholars in my class to do likewise." We most earnestly recommend this organization to the prayerful consideration of Sabbath School Teachers throughout the land.
W. ACKWORTH, Vicar of Plumstead, Kent.
RICHARD Twigg, Incumbent of St. James's, Wednesbury. Every information may be obtained from the Honorary Secretaries (pro tem.):
A. FRANKLIN, Westminster Place, Pershore Rd., Birmingham.
Harmonized Hymns and Songs for Bands of Hope. W. TWEEDIE, 337, Strand, London.—Good singing is one of the chief adjuncts to Band of Hope work, and it cannot be attained without our teachers and children are provided with good and suitable music. All singing in which children take part, should be cheerful in its character. The tunes set to the hymns and songs of the little book compiled by the Rev. Newman Hall, will well bear criticism in this respect, especially those of the secular pieces, which are all very good. We have only one word to say in disparagement, and that is, that all the tunes are familiar to us. There are just now so many really good, and yet sweet tunes, which are quite new, that we feel sorry one or two of them are not introduced in this selection. Still, this compi. lation is the best we have yet seen, and deserves, as it will doubtless have, a very large circulation.
Simple Questions and Sanitary Facts. WILLIAM TWEEDIE, 337, Strand.—This is a most useful book, and well adapted to inform its readers on natural phenomena, and the functions and structure of the human body. It is cheap, neat, and well printed, and quite a library in itself.
The Band of Hope Register. W. TWEEDIE, 337, Strand; J. WILD, 35, John William Street, Huddersfield. This is a handsome book for the names of children. It contains ruled lines for the date, number, name, age, parents' or guardian's name, and residence. A better Register we !! have not seen, and we would strongly recommend it.
To CORRESPONDENTS.-We have to thank our friends for their communications. Some of them, we are sorry to say, are not eligible for insertion. In one case, the intelligence sent relates to a festival held in June! If our friends will send us news—not "ancient history”. will insert it. Mr. has honoured us with an article on some young man, who, it seems, is superior to our most celebrated orators. Well, when we have heard him, and think him superior to them, we will adorn our pages with the paper in his praise. Some of our young friends have sent us papers. Try again; you have good powers, and if you persevere and write a little more, you will certainly succeed in producing papers which will appear in our pages.- -R. D. is thanked for his letter; which, however, has not altered our convictions on the subject.
All communications should be written on one side of the paper only.
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 Titchfield-street, Marylebope.
BAND OF HOPE RECORD.
STARVING CHILDREN IN LANCASHIRE.
By the Rev. G. W. McCREE. We have entire confidence in the thoughtfulness and generosity of the children connected with our Bands of Hope. Under the instruction of their conductors they have been taught to pity the erring, and to compassionate the suffering They are familiar with the words :
Now pray we for our country,
That England long may be
And the gloriously free!
So peace be in her walls,
Her cottages, and halls. In every Band of Hope meeting, bright-eyed and happy children have joined in singing
Little deeds of kindness,
Little words of love,
Like the heaven above. Children so taught may be expected to welcome every opportunity for doing good. They will be willing to wipe away tears; they will hasten to heal broken hearts; they will rejoice in being able to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. We have therefore resolved to make an appeal to them on behalf of the starving children in Lancashire. Thousands of fathers and mothers, and their little ones, are now suffering extreme privation. Hunger and cold afflict them, and many homes, formerly bright and cheerful, are now scenes of sorrow. What can be done to lighten their trouble? They must not starve. believe that every
every Band of Hope will be willing to do something to relieve them from famine, and cold, and despair. It is the intention of the Committee of the Band of Hope Union to unite with the conductors, committees, and members of Bands of Hope throughout the country in doing what may be possible to furnish aid to the starving children of Lancashire. Many Bands of Hope are now contributing weekly, fortnightly, or monthly, in order that funds may accrue on behalf of their little ones whose sufferings are truly pitiable, and should any
contributions be forwarded to the office of the Union, an acknowledgment will be given in the next number of the Record. Many children have already done nobly, but we hope they will continue their benevolent exertions during the winter.
Come my lads, and lasses too,
Try, try, try again,
Try, try, try again.
PRACTICAL PAPERS, No. 9.
By Mr. G. M. MURPHY.
RECITATIONS AND DIALOGUES. There is a higher excellence, than breaking in merely the monotony of a meeting, attaching to the delivery of recitations, or the speaking of dialogues. Under judicious management such exercises become positive means of instruction to those who speak, as well as a source of pleasure and profit to those who hear. That Band of Hope will best succeed, whose conductors, while not neglecting other important things, give a large store of attention to this. It is possible for a society to get on without such an adjunct, but, like a waggon without grease,
hard. Attention is very necessary as to the matter of which recitatations and dialogues are composed. Purity of sentiment and language are essential, and as far as control can be exercised, the subjects should be apposite to the object of the meeting. Where several pieces are to be delivered on the same evening, care should be exercised that subjects should vary in style and treatment, or else the effect will in a great measure be lost.
The manner, in which recitation and dialogues are spoken is an important feature in the display. Care must be taken not to feed vanity, or fan the embers of pride into a flame. Unassuming, intelligent and teachable children should always be selected. Distinctions in dress should be avoided, the ordinary attire is always best for young people to wear, at least to repeat in; anything approaching the theatrical, may provoke unhealthy emulation, perchance ending in dissapointment and shame. The tones of voice should be natural and clear. There should be distinct pronunciation, unhesitating speech, with attention to emphasis, and other modulations,-a subdued voice when the subject is pathetic; hopeful when religion is the theme; elevated in description ; bold in narrative and history; loud and quick when the fiercer passions are pourtrayed; soft and slow when