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adults', and boarding-schools. He agreed with Mr. Stanes that they should not entrap their young friends to sign the Temperance pledge, He had no doubt that Mr. Stanes had acted from experience, and he thought his practice was the more likely to be successful-(hear, hear.)

Mr. D PAPER, said there were some difficulties elsewhere which Mr. Stanes had not. Mr. Stanes's children could go and gather wild flowers on Primrose-hill, while some of them were surrounded for miles with brick buildings. There were common difficulties, 100, with parents, essays, and recitations, which required careful treatment.

Mr. Hermitage thought that the monthly meetings of Mr. Stanes were too seldom. He believed in the usefulness of girls reciting, and also in the giving of rewards.

Mr. INSULL said that great care should be taken about the admission, of members, as to cleanliness, and as to the instruction in the nature and properties of alcohol. On the last-named subject they needed a good catechism.

Mr. PuiLLIPS, of Bradford, said he almost entirely agreed with Mr. Harvey; but while agreeing with many things in Mr. Stanes's essay, there were many which he objected to, and especially to Mr. Stanes's objections to girls reciting. The good in this matter far outweighed the evil-(hear, hear). In Bradford they had a Union, containing seventeen Bands of Hope. They had issued fifty thousand melodists, and had this year go: up one of the noblest meetings ever held in England, at which Mr. Chown had delivered a most capital lecture and address, and for which 400 children had been trained to sing--(hear, hear). He would recommend the formation of unions, and that they should become affiliated with the United Kingdom Band of Hope Union—(hear, hear). Not less than one hundred members had joined the Church from their Bands of Hope; and this fact, and the causes which led to it, had great influence in retaining children, as well as in bringing them to joins, (hear, hear).

Mr. Murphy, referring to modes of management of Bands of Hope, said that he was president of the “ Meliora,” and that they had in Mr. Parkes a most admirable conductor(hear). They had what he might call a kick-up-(a laugh). A penny a week was paid three months before the time, and then they had a tea-meeting; and then “threading the needle;” and “round and round the mulberry bush;” and the parents went with the children; and, true; they got home ratber, date (laughter). But who could think that such gatherings did not do goodto their Bands of Hope, and to all concerned-hear)? Now, how to get money for their Bands of Hope? There were no such dissolving views in London as the Band of Hope Union views—(hear),—and no such exhibitors (renewed cheers). The means he had pointed out would greatly aid.

Their young folks required solid instruction as well as amusement. Now there were many questions still to be asked, of such teachers as he, and of the writers of papers and others. For instance, How were excursions paid for? How did the singing go on?... How did they conduct their anniversaries?:. He would quote Old Humphrey as

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furnishing suggestive thoughts to Band of Hope conductors: they should seek to allure, instruct, and impress; and then, by God's blessing, they must succeed -(cheers).

Mr. RIPLEY would like the conference to issue in something like a practical result; such, for instance, as a prize for the best essay on the formation and management of a Band of Hope. This would be most useful-hear).

Mr. STANES was now called upon to reply. As to the frequency of meetings he met his children twice a month; he could not spare the time weekly; but he tried to make those he had good—-(hear). He gave prizes to children for terms of attendance, &c. He conducted his Band of Hope so as to give as little offence as possible to others. He did nothing underhanded; he did not entice or entrap. Those who had signed had signed from conviction and disposition, and had stood well. He was obliged by the kind way in which his paper had been received—(hear).

Mr. HENDRICK, representative of the Irish Temperance League, said he should feel that he had not done his duty if he did not say a few words. He must congratulate the meeting on the delightful character of their proceedings. In Belfast, from which he came the day before, they had twenty Bands of Hope, containing from two thousand to three thousand members. He had come there to learn as much as possible, and to turn it to useful account-(hear).

After a few words from Mr. RUTHERFORD testifying to the usefulness of girls reciting; against the use of the phrase “By the grace of God" in a pledge, and urging still that children should be influenced by the highest motives,

Mr. SHIRLEY, in a few well-timed remarks, moved a vote of thanks to the essayists, the Rev. G. W. McCree, Mr. Symons, Mr. Thomas Anstie, the Rev. E. W. Thomas, Mr. Harvey, and Mr. Stanes, for their valuable papers; the vote was seconded by Mr. Franks, in a brief and neat sentence or two; carried with acclamation, and suitably acknowledged by Mr. Harvey, who took occasion to recommend the Hymn Book published by the Union.

The Rev. T. PHILLIP3 moved a thoroughly cordial vote of thanks to the Rev. G. W. McCree for his exceedingly valuable as well as arduous services; this was seconded by Mr. Affleck, who strongly urged that Mr. Garreti's speech at the annual meeting should be printed and issued in a cheap form for circulation. The chairman warmly supported the motion, the meeting ardently passed it, and Mr. McCree in responding 10 the vote, referred in high terms to the services of his colleagues, and especially to the generous aid which Mr. Samuel Morley had given to the movement.

Mr. AFFLECK announced that Mr. W. Spriggs had kindly contributed a sovereign towards a cheap issue of Mr. Garrett's speech.

The Doxology and the benediction brought to a close, some time after ten o'clock, a series of meetings destined, under God, to have a very important and beneficial bearing on the Temperance reformation in Great Britain, and, therefore, throughout the world.



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DRUNKARDS. - In the year ending Michaelmas last, 94,908 persons 260 a day--were proceeded against before justices in England for drunkenness, or for being drunk and disorderly, and 63,255 of them were convicted. The great majority were only fined, but above 7,000 were committed 10 prison. The returns show a great increase over the previous year, for only 82,196 were then charged with drunkenness, and only 54,123 convicted. Of the persons thus charged in the last year, 22,560, were females, and more than 10,000 women were convicted for being drunk.

Coroner's inquests in the year 1862 found 211 verdicts of deaths from excessive drinking, 145 men and 66 women thus ending their days.

AN ARGUMENT NOT TO BE WITIISIOOV.--The most irresistible of all arguments are not those of the argumentative kind. They lie in another domain, and they will triumphantly assert their sway when all others have failed. The Rev. William Reid, of Edinburgh, in a temperance sermon introduces the following incident—all the more interesting as relating to a high and honoured name in the advocacy of our cause :“An eminent minister of the Gospel was some years ago spending a day with a brother in the ministry. The lady of the house at which he was sojourning, being a devoted friend of our cause, had advanced every argument she could think of to convince him of the propriety of his becoming an abstainer, but apparently without effect. On coming down to breakfast on the following morning, his host said to him, “My wife has been praying much for you since we parted last evening.' Praying for me!' said he with surprise. “Yes, praying that the Lord might remove the blindness which prevents you seeing the truth upon the subject of abstinence!' "Well, well,' said he, “I can withstand her arguments, but I cannot withstand her prayers !' That lady, who patiently took her cause and laid it before God, was the late Mrs. Sherman, of London, and the convert whom God gave her, in answer to her prayers, was the Rev. Newman Hall, who, from that hour has been one of our ablest and most influential advocates. Prayer and patience are more than a match for all the objections which Christian men and women are able to advance." STRONG Drink versus the Gospel.—“During the twenty years

after the establishment of the Church Missionary Society, only £250,000 were collecied in aid of its funds; whilst in the same period were spent in this country for ardent spirits alone, the enormous sum of £375,000,000. It is calculated, on the authority of the British and Foreign Bible Society, that, at the present annual revenue, it will require six hundred years before every family in the known world can have a copy of the inestimable Word of God; whereas if the inhabitants of Britain were to abstain from intoxicating drinks for one yeur, sufficient money could be saved for that great work to be effected in that short period.




Annals of the United Kingdom Band of Hope


LABOURS OF THE AGENTS. Mr. W. B. AFFLECK and the Rev. J. KEELEY have during the past month been fully engaged in the Northern Counties, in attending meetings, fetes, and galas.

Mr. WILLIAM Bell has been lecturing in Northampton and neighbouring counties. Notwithstanding the warm weather, and the fact that our country friends are now very busily engaged, Mr. Bell has had unusually large audiences. The following places have been visited, some, several times :- King's Cliffe: It is more than 10 years since there was a meeting held at this place. We had a good meeting—at the close 44 signed the pledge. Warrington. Elton: A large meeting for a villagethe first held for many years. The publicans sent some men with buckets of water to throw over us, but their hearts failed them when they got to the spot; at the close 30 signed the pledge. Polebrook : This is fresh ground. Three weeks ago I gave the first lecture; at the close 30 signed the pledge. The publican sent a lot of men with cans full of beer to annoy us, but the sympathy of the people was with us, and we had a glorious meeting. Thrapstone; Raunds; Ringstead; Finedon; Woolerston ; Banbury; Cirencester; Rushden; Kettering, &c.

During the month Mr. G. Blaby attended and addressed the following Bands of Hope :-Bloomsbury Refuge, iwice; Denmark Street, twice; Vauxhall Walk; Eaton Buildings, Chelsea ; Ogle Mews, Tottenham Court Road; Waterloo Street, Camberwell; King Street, Long Acre; Kentish Town; St. Patrick's School, Soho; Working Men's Club, Duck Lane, Westminster; Little Wild Street; Little Denmark Street; Whitfield Chapel, Long Acre; Providence Hall, Shoreditch; Hind Mews, Marylebone; Haverstock Hill; Mill Pond Bridge, Rotherhithe; Shadwell; and Tottenham. He has also taken part in three adult meetings, preached eight sermons, and addressed three Sunday schools.

Mr. F. Smith has attended meetings as follows:--Southville, Wandsworth Road; Earl Street, London Road; Weir's Passage, Euston Road; St. Pancras Vestiy Hall; Commercial Road; Collier's Rents, White Street, Borough; Whitfield Chapel, Long Acre; Britannia Fields; Stepney Meeting; Pell Street, St. George's in the East; Salem Chapel, Bow Road; and Lansdowne Place, Kent Street.

Anchor BAND OF HOPE, CAMBERWELL.-A meeting of the above society was held on Tuesday, July 14th, with an attendance of nearly 200. Towards the close of the proceedings, Master William Climpson delivered a short address prepared for the occasion, and presented Mr: James Eaton, the active superintendent, with a pretty pair of letterbalances, as a small token of affection and gratitude from some of the members of the Band of Hope. When the loud applause which followed


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had subsided, Mr. Eaton made a suitable reply, and the meeting soon after terminated.

THE NORTHAMPTONSHIRE TEMPERANCE UNION having secured the services of Mr. Bell, of the Band of Hope Union, that gentleman has recently commenced his labours in the districts belonging to the association, and during the last few days has visited Kettering, Geddington, and Rushden, where he has delivered a series of lectures with great success. Mr. Bell is likely to become extremely popular in the neighbourhoods visited by him, thereby rendering considerable service to the Temperance

At Kettering he conducted the Band of Hope meeting more successfully than it had ever previously been, and has done much by showing the proper way of managing such gatherings.- Weekly Record.

NORTHAMPTONSHIkE.—Mr. Bell has been lecturing in various parts of the country with great success, and is proving one of the most useful auxiliaries ever possessed by the Northampton Temperance Union... : Weekly Record.

East COWTON.-The East Cowton annual festival was held on Tuesday, the 23rd inst., in the Hurworth spacious Temperance marquee, in a field liberally placed at the service of the society by Mr. Sampson Horsley. This is the second occasion on which Mr. Horsley has kindly assisted the society in a similar way. The day was splendid, and agreeably disappointed the apprehensions of the managers, which had been excited by the previous succession of wel weather. The company assembled from Darlington, Northallerton, and the surrounding neighbourhood was very large. The number who partook of the cup which cheers but not inebriates was upwards of four hundred. The tent was crowded during the delivery of two admirable speeches by the Rev. G. W. McCree, hon. sec. of the United Kingdom Band of Hope Union, and Mr. J. Sergeant, agent of the United Kingdom Alliance.

WASHTON.-On Thursday, the 18th, the fourth anniversary of this society was held in this village. The weather being fine a goodly number of people drew up to enjoy the festivities. The Reeth Teetotal Brass Band arrived at noon, and marched into the village, to the tune of “ Auld Lang Syne,” the flag of the band being borne by Messrs. M. Brown and Thomas Wood, two of the latest converts of the place to the Temperance cause. During the afternoon the band played some of its lively airs, and the visitors enjoyed themselves immensely. Tea was provided in the Temperance-hall; nearly three hundred partook of the same. During tea Mr. T. Clarkson presided at the harmonium, accompanied by the Reeth choir, performing some pleasing pieces which greatly delighted the audience. After tea the public meeting was held; G. A. Robinson, Esq., of Reeth, presiding, the crowd being so great that numbers were unable to obtain admittance. Addresses were delivered by Mr. J. Sergeant, agent of the United Kingdom Alliance, the Rev. H. Oakley and Rev. Mr. Wood. Richmond. On Sunday, the 21st, two sermons were

ached in the hall by the Rev. Mr. Keeley, agent of the United Kingdom Band of Hope Union.

KETTERING.–The Temperance committee here engaged Mr. Bell, of

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