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including the Bands of Hope. A second meeting was now held, Mr. Flitch again presiding. After a melody, the Rev. D. F. Sunderland, of London, was called 10 address the meeting, which he did in his usually earnest and effective manner. Another melody and another address, with three cheers for the Prince and Princess of Wales, and three cheers for the Leeds Band of Hope League, brought this most successful demonstration to a close, and the children dispersed to their various places of meeting, where a further treat of plum cake and tea awaited them, to which they did ample justice.
CAMDEN Hall, King STREET, Camden Town.-The usual tea festival was held on Easter Monday, afier which was a public meeting, presided over by Mr. Chapple. The meeting was addressed by our friend, Mr. John Hilton, jun. (late of Brighton). Mr. Walter Ludbrook moved the adoption of a petition for closing public-houses on Sundays, which was seconded by Mr. Miller, and unanimously adopted, after which the Rev. G. W. McCree gave some striking arguments in favour of our cause. During the evening, several recitations and songs were given. Several pledges were taken.
ISLINGTON UNITED CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE ASSOCIATION & Band of Hope. -A tea and public meeting was held April 7th, Mr. Matthew Ambler in the chair. Between 70 and 80 of the Band of Hope children partook of a very good tea. Prayer was offered by Mr. Lucraft, after which Mrs. Sharp, the secretary, read the report of the past year. Short addresses were delivered by the chairman, and Messrs. Gynne, Bayliss, Berry, and Riddell. During the intervals of the addresses, the children sang some temperance melodies, The pieces were sung remarkably well and with good spirit, reflecting the highest credit upon their efficient learler, Mr. W. H. Hosier. Master Harry Stanley recited “Meddlesome Malty" in an excellent manner, much to the amusement of the audience.
LABOURS OF THE AGENTS.
Mr. W. Bell has lectured since our last Report at the following places, addressing schools, ineetings of young people, and adulis :Salem Chapel, Bow Road; Moor Street, Five Dials; Ripon, Hull, Luddenden Foot, and Bradford, Yorkshire.
Mr. G. BLABY, during the month, has attended and addressed the following Bands of Hope :- Bloomsbury Refuge; Denmark Street, twice; Charles Street, Drury Lane; Barnsbury; Euston Station ; Silver Street; Notting Hill; Christ Church School, Chelsea ; Amicable Row, Asylum Road; Esher Street, Kennington ; Moor Street, Five Dials; One Tun, Westminster; King Street, Long Acre; Stepney Meeting ; Salem Chapel, Bow Road; West Green ; Tottenham ; and Willow Walk.
2 Mr. F. Smith has attended meetings as follows :-Vauxhall Walk; Milion Street, Dorset Square ; King Street, Long Acre, three times; Forest Hill; Deverell Street, New Kent Road, three times; Commercial Street, three times ; Weir's Passage, Euston Road, three times; and Plumstead, Kent.
Mr. C. STARLING has visited and addressed the following Bands of Hope:-Baptist Chapel, Notting Hill; Carriage Works, Euston Station ; Clerkenwell Parochial Schools, Amwell Street; Britannia Fields, Hoxton; Commercial Road Chapel; Cottage Green, Camberwell; Good Samaritan, Saffron Hill; Gee Street, Goswell Road; Vulcan, Blackfriars Road; Stepney Meeting; Kentish Town; Bloomsbury Refuge; Caledonian Road; Pond Place, Chelsea; and Forest Hill.
Mr. W. B. AFFLECK, and the Rev. J. KEELEY are at present lecturing under the auspices of the Northern Auxiliary. Mr. Keeley has addressed meetings as follows:- In Yorkshire-Hackforth, twice; East Cowton, twice; North Cowton; Northallerton : Reeth ; Louron, Hurst, Gunnerside; Arkendale; Masham, twice; Tanfield; Ilton-Cum-Pat; Hurst; Tunstall; and Catterick. In Durham- Eppleby ; Coxwal; Ferry Hill; Bishop Auckland; and Witton Park. In Cumberland-Lazonby, twice; Kirkeswald, twice; and Great Salkeld. Forty pledges taken at these meetings; met 500 children ; twenty-six sermons preached for different societies.
Mr. W. B. AFFLECK has lectured during the last month at Bishop Auckland; Hurworth ; Neasham; Gurney Villa; Coxhol; Kettlewell; East Cowton; Thornton; Silsdon; Embray; Carlton; Bradley; Shipton; Lazonby; Kirkuswald ; Great Salkeld ; Gamblesby; Lazonby; Bishop Auckland; Hurworth ; Reeth; Richmond; Low Row; Gunnerside; Marrick; &c. The meetings have been large and successful.
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BAND OF HOPE RECORD.
THE UNITED KINGDOM BAND OF HOPE UNION.
We welcome this eminently useful and working association under the new name it has assumed; though we own to a wish that “English Band of Hope Union” had been preferred. Scotland and Ireland must of necessity remain under the total abstinence management of persons residing in those countries, both as to the adult and juvenile departments of labour. But we see every reason for desiring, and none for despairing in relation to a wisely bold endeavour to connect all the Bands of Hope in England and Wales by ties of affiliation and direct co-operation with a central London directory. Leaving this verbal suggestion with the Union Committee, we have to unreservedly congratulate them on the Exeter Hall demonstration of last Monday evening. The attendance was large, filling the spacious area at 6 o'clock, and afterwards the farther gallery, with delighted listeners. The children were there in youthful force and freshness, rising tier above tier with sunny faces, and proving that in the development of their musical powers nature and art had both been liberal. With trifling exceptions all the pieces were sung throughout with exquisite care and accuracy, and with that indescribable sweetness which belongs to the voices of the young. The conductor evidently felt he had his symphonious crew well in hand, and well did he deserve the recompense awarded him by the style of the songsters and the cheers of the gratified assembly. The behaviour of the children from first to last was also very orderly, and in this respect å decided improvement on any preceding year. The speakers, including the honoured chairman, Samuel Morley, Esq., filled their parts almost to platform perfection. The Hon. Sec., the Rev. G. W. McCree, made even a Report sprightly with his off-hand version and intermingled pleasantry. The President was quiet, sensible, and impressive. Dr. Burns showed that he could strike patly and powerfully as of old. Mr. Judge Payne was deliciously and thoughtfully droll, and completely disproved his own assertion that he was used up” as to bodily energy and mental matter.
The Rev. Charles Garrett was argumentative and impassioned in a degree of which words will convey a feeble idea. Dark and appalling facts, seldom thought upon even by the serious, were absolutely lit up and shown with livid
distinctness under the spell of his eloquent imagery and illustration. Rev. Robert Maguire, turning first to the people, and then to the children, entertained both with his excellent counsels ; and Rev. J. H. Wilson made an end of the public speaking by a fatherly epilogue and by singing a Scottish song, "My ain Fireside.” We question whether a “grave and reverend seignor has ever before turned singer in Exeter Hall, and those who may think that this act was out of taste make it plain that they were not there to hear. To the last the meeting was sustained with undiminished interest, and the managers added to their other merits that of terminating the proceedings, which had commenced a little after 6 o'clock, at a comparatively early hour. The threatening weather did not pour its rainy wrath upon this demonstration, and we trust that from every other source of discomfort the Band of Hope Union may be in future times as perfectly delivered.
The Conference of Wednesday was held as announced, and at three times during the day. The papers read and discussions engaged in were of a practical cast, and must result in numerous amendments of method and operation.
Less than a thousand pounds have been placed at the disposal of the committee during 1862 ; but we shall wonder much it every succeeding balance sheet does not tell of a more generous support, at once the effect and cause of a wider national organisation and a more established repute.— Temperance Star.
ANNIVERSARY MEETINGS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM
BAND OF HOPE UNION. The Annual Prayer Meeting was held on Sunday morning, May 17, at Bloomsbury Chapel (Rev. W. Brock's), commencing at half past six o'clock. The Rev. G. W. M'Cree presided. Appropriate prayers were offered by Messrs. Shirley, Hatton, Blaby, Wybrow, Raper, and Storr. During the service the
. Rev. G. W. M‘Cree read portions of Scripture, and gave a suitable address. Notwithstanding the early hour there were over one hundred and forty persons present.
The Eighth Annual Meeting of the United Kingdom Band of Hope Union was held in the large room of Exeter-hall on Monday evening, May 18th. The proceedings were opened by singing and prayer, and then the children sang the first lines ou their programme," A Prayer for Guidance," by George Blaby, from the Band of Hope Union Tune Book. Although the
tickets of admission were sixpence and a shilling eachi, the body of the spacious room was filled, chiefly with the parents and friends of the 600 male and female juvenile Band of Hope choristers, who occupied the orchestra, and made the meeting a concert by the musical taste, precision, and spirit with which, under the conductorship of Mr. F. Smith, they rendered their programme of nine judiciously-selected pieces, concluding with "England's Prayer for the Prince and Princess of Wales," adapted to the Danish national melody. The chair was occupied by SAMUEL MORLEY, Esq., President of the Union, and amongst those present were the Revs. G. W. M‘Cree, Jabez Burns, D.D., H. Allen, D.D., C. Garrett (Wesleyan, Preston) E. W. Thomas, Dawson Burns, R. Mitchell, Jos. Boyle, Isaac Doxsey, A. Tyler, and R. Maguire; Joseph Payne, Esq., Deputy-assistant Juilge,
Elihu Burrit, and Messrs.W.J. Haynes, S. Shirley, M. W.Dunn, | R. B. Starr, W. Robson, J. White, W. Spriggs, James Worley, and J. Rutherford, and Dr. Oxley.
The Rev. G. W. McCree, after congratulating the meeting on the presence of the chairman, and stating that they had the pleasure of giving a welcome to their highly-esteemed friend, Elihu. Burrit, proceeded to give a summary of the facts contained in the report adopted at the last annual members' meeting. He concluded by saying that, the committee having ascertained that in various parts of the provinces there are organisations bearing the same name as this, viz., the Band of Hope Union, have thought it desirable to select a wider and a more national designation. Their agents traversed every part of the country, and as they were not and never were the London Band of Hope L'nion, although some societies persisted in calling them so, the committee had therefore decided to assert their dignity, their prosperity, and their aspirations, by adopting the title of the United Kingdom Band of Hope Union --(applause).
The children having sung an Ode to Water, from the “Band of Hope Union Tune Book,
The CHAIRMAN said: I assure you I feel exceedingly delighted to attend this meeting, and to witness the spectacle that is now before me, indicating, as it unquestionably does, an amount of sympathy on the part of those who have come to this meeting, which 10 those of us who have a deep conviction in reference to the objects we desire to promote, is very encouraging. It has been a subject of regret to myself, since I have occupied the position of president of the Band of Hope Union, that I have not been able to attend its meetings and to express the sympathy, the deep sympathy I have with its aims. I am glad, therefore, now, to have the opportunity of saying that, having watched long and carefully the working of the association, I am prepared to express the opinion that it is one of the most useful of the many very useful associations that exist. When I consider the limited income placed at the disposal of the committee, and the great wisdom which, as I believe, bas guided their general