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the Band of llope Union, to deliver two sermons in the open air on Sunday last, that being the feast Sunday, when the town was crowded with visitors. On each occasion the attendance was large, and Mr. Bell, who is becoming highly popular, was well received. He was assisted by Mr. Parker, of Finedon, and other Temperance advocates.

WENSLEYDALE: AYSGARTH FORCE ANNUAL TEMPERANCE GALA. This popular gathering was held with more than usual eclat on the 24th ult., in a field near the York Mills. The tea was served in two tents, there being about a thousand who partook of the cup that cheers. After rea, George A. Robinson, Esq., of Reeth, ascended the platform, formed by wagons, some distance from the tents. The Reeth Band played several pieces, and after a temperance melody was sung the chairman delivered a speech of considerable power. Mr. Sergeant followed in a humorous and practical address, which was much cheered; after which the Rev. G. W. M•Cree, of London, delivered an interesting and eloquent speech-Mr. Councillor Blakey, of Halifax, as a native of Wensleydale, also addressed the assembly, expressing his unshaken devotion to abstinence principles. After the meeting a fine balloon was sent up, and other amusements extemporised. The fête passed off in a manner most gratifying to all parties.





". The conference of the delegates in connection with the above Union, for the interchange of thought and the expression of opinion for the good of their undertaking, was held in the Town Hall, on Tuesday, the 16th of June, under the presidency of G. A. Robinson, Esq.

Mr. Robinson delivered an emphatic address, in the course of which he regretted his inability, on account of declining health, to bestow as much attention to the Band of Hope movement as he was desirous of doing ; but what he could perform in a quiet way they might expect him to do with all his heart. He was quite sure that all people engaged in the movement would endeavour to draw the children, into the paths of Temperance and religion, because by so doing they were benefiting themselves--perhaps in a greater degree than they were the children, and the result would afford them all happiness here and hereafter. He contended that it was easier and better to teach the younger branches than the adults, because the latter had become possessed of opinions and views, the error of which it was not easy to disabuse their minds. Mr. Robinson concluded by advising all people to set a good example to their children, and train them up in a proper manner, which would eventually lead to higher and better things.

The Rev. T. Holme, the Vicar of East Cowton, then read a very impressive and earnest paper on the Band of Hope movement, since its formation in London, in 1855, which fully bore testimony to the general soundness of the principles they were advocating and adopting. There

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was one thing, however, he did not at all like, and that was the fact of the agents of the Union setting themselves up as exponents of the Gospel, and, consequently, leading many people to suppose that the movement was only instituted to further the ends of a few dissenting parties. He would much rather, therefore, that they would attend to their proper employment.

The Rev. G. W. M'Cree of London, was the next speaker, and in the course of his remarks urged upon the delegates the necessity of not merely sending agents into districts where a Union had been formed, but also into localities where no Temperance societies existed, so that they could further the great end proposed by the Permissive Bill, and place it in an unobjectionable form before the legislature of the country. He did not entirely agree with the rev. gentleman who had preceeded him, with reference to the agents of the society preaching the Gospel, because he considered an agent who could attend to his duties and take his place in the pulpit as well, was the individual the society required. He sympathised with his friend on account of the objections raised by the ministers of the Church, but he considered the best and only way to make them pass away was for their agents to go on preaching as usual, and endeavour to the best of their ability to complete the good work in which they were engaged.

The Rev. T. Holme said he did not wish it to be understood that the ministers of the Established Church really objected to it; but it was merely his own opinion that if the agents kept to their proper purpose, it would be much better and more satisfactory to all parties.

The Rev. G. W. M'Cree stated that fifty-six thousand pledge cards had been sold during the year, and twenty-three thousand hymn books, which looked as though they were steadily progressing. There had also been one thousand seven hundred and twenty meetings held in connection with the Union during the past year.

Ms. W. B. Affleck then read a paper written by Mr. Lewis, of Witton Park, on “ How 10 preserve members of Bands of Hope," which was generally acknowledged to be of a high intellectual order.

The following delegates then gave in an account of the progress of the movement in their respective localities :-Messrs. Chas. Gascoigne and Henry Appleby, Hurworth; John Hodgson, Otterington; Isaac Thomson, Witton Park; Henry Wardle, Gainford ; Joseph Lingford, John Pallister, and Thomas Snaith, Bishop Auckland. Miss Morton and Miss Taylor also attended from flurworth, and were present during the whole of the business. The reports on the whole were very satisfactory, and at the conclusion the meeting took a conversational form, and shorıly afterwards adjourned.

A similar meeting was held in the afternoon, and a public meeting was held in the evening, when addresses were delivered by the Rev. T. Holme (in the chair), Rev. J. P. Keeley, Rev. G. W. M'Cree, J. Sargeant, Esq., Mr. W. B. Affleck, and Mr Thompson, all of whom spoke of the great benefits derived from the society. On Wednesday evening the annual tea party and soiree was celebrated in the same place. The


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tea was of a first class description, and gave the greatest satisfaction. A meeting was afterwards held, presided over by G. A. Robinson, Esq., when a lecture on “ The Lights and Shadows of Life in London " was delivered by the Rev. G. W. MÓCree, and merited the hearty applause of the audience. Votes of thanks to the chairman and speakers having been awarded, the meeting dispersed.-Bishop Auckland Herald.


A most interesting and imposing meeting took place at the Mission Hall, Five Dials, in connection with Bloomsbury Chapel, on Tuesday evening, July 14th, for the purpose of presenting the Rev. Mr. M'Cree with a testimonial from the congregation of that place and others. This reverend gentleman has for the last fourteen years been most unremitting in his zealous exertions to alleviate the sufferings of the poor in this locality, and is beloved by all by whom he is known. The Rev. William Brock, of Bloomsbury Chapel, officiated as chairman, upon whom devolved the duty of presentation. The testimonial consisted of a most elaborate and beautifullydesigned book-case, a suite of drawing-room chairs, an elegantly bound book containing a testimonial, and a purse of money. The Rev. Mr. Brock, in passing a most high eulogium upon the past career of the reverend gentleman, spoke of the numberless benefits he had conferred upon the neighbourhood during his long connection with it, enumerating many anecdotes of self-endurance. The Rev. Mr. M‘Cree, in returning thanks, expressed his sincere gratitude for the marked feeling of approval with which the speaker and meeting had addressed themselves, also bis high appreciation of the testimonial, and the stimulus this recognition of his labours would give him for the continuance of them amongst the poor in the district. Several other gentlemen also addressed the meeting.Morning Star, July 16th, 1863.


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JOSEPH PAYNE, ESQ., DEPUTY-JUDGE. Any one who has attended “the May meetings” can scarcely fail to have made acquaintance with Mr. Judge Payne, whose name is always received with marked applause. His speeches are of that racy and peculiar kind which is sure to win approval and to excite risibility, but there is an undercurrent of deep pathos which stamps them with distinguishing excellence. This singular commingling of fervid oratory with laughtermoving oddities constitutes Mr. Payne's speciality as a platform-advocate, and makes him the idol of our religious and reformatory associations. Many years have elapsed since Mr. Joseph Payne, barrister at law, or, as he was usually styled Mr. Counsellor Payne, made his first appearance before the public in connection with societies that were then infant projects. The world owes him a very heavy debt of obligation, and perhaps the value of his services will never be rightly estimated during his lifetime. Some eighteen years ago he joined the Earl of Shaftesbury and others in establishing the Raggedschool Union, and to the promotion of its interests he has dedicated an amount of effort almost super-human. It is no uncommon event in Mr. Payne's history to find him presiding over the Second Court at the Middlesex Sessions during the day, while his evening has been devoted to two or three attendances at public meetings in widely separated districts of the metropolis. His comic expression of countenance and his rich fund of anecdote pave the way for a patient hearing, while his “tail-pieces” come to be regarded as a feature in every speech. These poetic effusions now exceed eighteen hundred

number, and we suppose they will increase and multiply while there are charities to advocate, or duties to enforce. Written amid the hurry of pressing avocations, and delivered under every variety of circumstances, they are occasionally wanting in the true elements of cultivated verse, but they are never devoid of that appositeness for which Mr. Payne's utterances are remarkable. We believe there are few men who can really speak so well as the Deputy-Judge, or who can maintain so firm a hold upon the sympathies of an audience, but when addressing children he is seen to the best advantage. With means which are anything but large, he is doing an amount of

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