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Mr. and Mrs. Rotter, Miss Gilpin, and Mr. Goldsborough-all of them earnest workers in the good cause. The new lecture hall, built by Mr. Rutter, was crowded to the door, and I lectured for more than an hour.

Poole was my next place. Two hundred of the friends took tea, and I then met some of them for conference respecting Bands of Hope, after which I lectured. John Harker, Esq., presided. In the morning, I had the pleasure of meeting with Mr. Rees, better known as Cheap John. Mr. R. had his splendid waggon, which cost £700, with him and was doing a good business every night. I then started for Bournemouth, “the Madeira of England,” where I spent a pleasant hour, and then proceeded to Christchurch, where I mounted the church tower, and surveyed the Soleni, the Needles, and the Isle of Wight. I then took tea at Mr. Josling's comfortable Temperance Hotel, and lectured in the school room of the Independent Chapel. Mr. Lane presided, and the mayor was present. A more lively, appreciative audience I never addressed. Then came the last day but one of my holiday. Away I went by railway to Southampton, where I hired a fly, and drove through the town, saw the beautiful statue to Dr. Waits, visited the docks, went over the Ripon, one of the splendid steamers of the Peninsular and Oriental Company, dined at Flower's Hotel, and then took the railway for Winchester, where, after attending divine service in the Cathedral, I drank tea at the Rev. W. Thorn's, and afterwards lectured in the British Hall. We had a very good meeting, and I was glad to find temperance publications were sold at the close.

On the next morning, Friday, October 17, I arrived in London, ruddy with health, and thankful to God for a pleasant jonrney froin LONDON TO THE LAND'S END, AND BACK AGAIN.

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THE GREAT CURSE, In the year ending at 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 to prison. The returns show a great increase over the previous year, for only 82,196 were then eharged 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. Coroners' inquests in the year 1862 found 211 verdicts of deaths from excessive drinking; 145 men and 66 women thus ended their days.

TEMPERANCE GLEANINGS. DOUBTFUL ADVICE.-At a public-house near Grantham, where London porter is sold, the landlord has for his sign a figure of Britannia in a re

clining posture, as if greatly fatigued. Underneath is the inscription, “ Pray stop, and sup-porter.”

A Good Old Age.-William Hutton, of Birmingham, says in one of his works :-"The reader will be surprised when I tell him that during my stay ini Scarbro' I never tasted porter, ale, tea, coffee, wine, or any kind of liquors, and yet, at four-score, I can with ease walk thirty miles a day.” The excesses of youth are drafts upon old age, payable thirty years after date, with interest.

Fatal FOLLY.-- A man has been killed at Rochdale through drinking rum for a wager.

PAUPERISM.-A gentleman said, at a meeting of the Town Council, October 23, 1849,—There are thirty-four parishes in Scotland, without a public-house, and the effect upon the parishioners is, that they have not a penny of poor's rate in one of them. Before I came to Edinburgh, I have lived eight years in a parish where there was no public-house, and during all that period I never saw a person the worse for drink. There were no poor's rates in the parish then; but now there are five publichouses, and a poor's rate of 1s. 8d. in the pound.' At a meeting of the Parochial Board, Nov. 2, 1819, Mr. Blackadder, Ex-Lord Provost, said :-'As to the causes of the pauperism, first among the grizzly throng I would place drunkenness. I verily believe that, out of 2,700 paupers, 2,000 were made so by drink : so that we are, in fact, not so much supporting the poor, as we are supporting the public-houses.'



OUR FEMALE ALLIES. To the Editor of the “ BAND OF HOPE RECORD.” Sir,--I have read with interest the article in your last impression on the above topic; by Mr. Oliver. There is a manifest dislike in some places, to admit ladies on our Committees. Why it is so I cannot imagine. I hope Mr. Oliver's article will tend to break down all obstacles in ..the

way of their labours being appreciated. Our society here has been established for upwards of ten years, and from its commencement ladies have formed part of our Committee, and I can say that they have worked with great earnestness in furthering our noble cause. They have attended our committee meetings as regularly, if not more so, than the gentlemen. We distribute tracts in connection with our society, in which labour they take a very prominent part; in collecting subscriptions they are always foremost, and on our festival days they toil most assiduously, in helping to supply the wants of the little ones. The success of our society is indeed greatly owing to the female portion of our committee, which number about thirty; although it is large, I am glad to say it does not hinder us from working harmoniously together. Should any member of it leave, we All the vacany from the elder Members of our Band of Hope.

I am Sir, yours sincerely,

N. H. BIGG LESTON, Secretary. Hayle, Cornwall, Nov. 5th, 1863.

To the Editor of the “BAND OF HOPE RECORD.”
Rochdale Sunday School Band of Hope Union,

November 17th, 1863. Sir, I am very much obliged for the addresses you have sent me, and also for the copy of the report, and the samples of your cations. Your cards are used by most of our Societies, as are also your hymn books, and when visiting the various Bands of Hope, either in town or country, connected with us, if they have not got them, I advise them to do so. I am trying to persuade each of our Committee to take one copy of our Record a month at least.

I am of opinion, that if you could make your Union more like the Sunday School Union, so that our Town and District Unions could be connected, it would be better; then we could feel that there was a bond amongst us. I also think we could help each other better by being brought into closer sympathy.

I remain, yours truly,

Thomas THORLEY, Secretary. [We shall feel glad to have suggestive letters from our readers ; let them write to us, and we will be glad to hear from them. Ed.]

To the Editor of the “ BAND OF RECORD.”

1, Surrey Buildings, Old Kent Road,

18th November, 1863. Dear Sir,- I visited the Band of Hope in Clifton street, Wandsworth road, and a very pleasant evening I spent. There were about 130 to 150 children, and the platform was filled with speakers who kindly gave way to me on my prssenting my card, which was as follows :


Honorary Speaker,

From the United Kingdom Band of Hope Union." I may state that I purpose always presenting a similar card when I go out. I may also state that I found the friends very warm hearted, and to have the happy art of making strangers feel at home. At the close of the meeting, the chairman, Mr. Hunt, asked me to come again, and so did several other friends who were present. Mr. Hunt further asked me if I would wait a little for him, when he would have great pleasure in having my company to his home, to spend the remainder of the evening, but as it was getting late, I had to forego that pleasure.

I tell you these facts in order that you may know what kind persons they are. I shall be most happy to pay them another visit, when you may want another speaker to go there.

Yours faithfully,

W. H. ELLIOT. [We think this a very pleasing leiter--a credit to Mr. Elliot, Mr. Hnnt, and all concerned. Ed.]


Annals of the United Kingdom Band of Hope Union,

LAMBETH BATHS.Our next number will contain a full account of the great Meetings held on Friday evenings. In the meantime we quote the following from the Morning Star of Nov. 14th:

:Last night a grand demonstration of the children belonging to the various Bands of Hope, Sunday schools, day, and ragged schools, took place at the Lambeth Baths, New Cut, under the auspices of the United Kingdom Band of Hope Union. The meeting was the first of a series of similar gatherings to be held weekly during the ensuing winter, to which the children attending the several schools, &c., in the South of London will have gratuitous admission. On this occasion the chair was occupied by W. West, Esq., and a most interesting lecture was delivered by Stephen Shirley, Esq., illustrated by a splendid series of dissolving views, which appeared to afford immense gratification to the vast concourse of juveniles who were present, which on a moderate calculation we should place at nearly 3,000. The proceedings were enlivened by singing temperance and other hymns, and also recitations, in which the children joined with that hearty gusto indicative of thorough enjoyment, which must have given great satisfaction to Mr. M. W. Dunn and the committee of gentlemen who have the management of these gatherings.”

LABOURS OF THE AGENTS. During the past month, Mr. W. B. AFFLECK has been lecturing and preaching to crowded and enthusiastic audiences, in connection with the Northern Auxillary.

Mr. W. Bell is still engaged by the Northampton Temperance Union; he is now lecturing in connection with the societies belonging to the Union, and from various reports he is giving great satisfaction, while numbers are being added to the different societies.

Mr. William Lay has commenced his labours, and attended the following meetings:-Old Ford; Forest Hill; Earl Street, London Road; Bloomsbury Refuge; Balls Pond; Walthamstow; Shadwell; Lambeth Baths : Working Men's Club, Westminster ; Laystall Street ; Mill Pond Bridge, Rotherhithe; Mission Hall, Five Dials; Whitfield Chapel ; Offord Road Sunday School; St. James's, Aldgate; and Eden Street, Hampstead Road.

During the past month, Mr. F. Smitu has given lectures as under:Maidstone; Whitstable; East Grinstead; Romsey; Christchurch; Weymouth; Bristol ; Stow-on-the-Wold; Wolverhampton ; Newtown; Preston ; Belfast; Dromore, Co. Down; Bessbrook, near Newry; Crumlin; and Larne. The lectures have been illustrated by the Union Dissolving Views, have been well attended, and in most cases given very general satisfaction.

During the month, Mr. G. BLABY has attended and addressed the following meetings : Denmark Street, twice; Lambeth Baths, twice;



Working Men's Club, Westminster, twice; St. Paul's, Clerkenwell; Mission Hall, Five Dials; Whitfield Chapel, Acre; Oyle Mews; St. Matthew's School, St. George's-in-the-East; Southville, Wandsworth Road; Esher Street, Kennington; Barbican Chapel ; Surrey Chapel; Dagleish Place; Limehouse ; Exeter Buildings, Chelsea; Lant Street, Borough ; Cross Street, Blackfriars ; One Tun, Westminster; Kentish Town ; Commercial Road; and Vauxhall Walk. He has also taken part in four adult meetings, preached six sermons, and addressed three sunday schools.

CONTINENTAL CONGRESS.—We are sorry that a notice of this important gathering did not appear in the Band of Record for November. We hasten to supply the omission. Harper Twelvetrees, Esq., and the Rev. T. W. Matthews, of Boston, represented the United Kingdom Band of Hope Union, and Messrs. Taylor and Rae, the National Temperance League.

The proceedings of this gathering of the friends of temperance from Holland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, England, Russia, Germany, Switzerland and Prussia, commenced Sept. 29, at 9 o'clock, by a sermon in the Egidien Church, Hanover; after which the members of congress, numbering about 300, adjourned to the hall of the Lyceum, when Paster Böotcher, of the Kïrchrode, was elected chairman of the congress. The delegates from distant parts were then welcomed, and the English representatives (the Rev. T. W. Matthews, of Boston, Messrs. Harper Twelvetrees, R. Rae, and Joseph Taylor of London,) invited to the platform. Their excellencies the ministers of state were present ; also the chamberlain 10 his Majesty the King of Hanover; Baron de Lynden, chamberlain to his Majesty the King of the Netherlands; Lord de Borries, late Minister of the Interior; bis Excellency the State Minister of Oldenburg ; Baron von Geld, Potsdam; Dr. Filly, member of the Hamburgh Chamber of Deputies ; Professor Stolz, of Baden; and numerous distinguished gen

; tlemen, with a great number of pastors and Roman Catholic clergymen from all parts of the continent. Reports were then presented by the delegates, and the progress and position of the temperance movement in different countries were reviewed, which occupied the whole of the first day's sittings. On Wednesday, September 30, the proceedings were devoted to discussions and resolutions bearing on the social and sanitary aspect of the question, as to pauperism, lunacy, taxation, disease, &c. On Thursday, October 1—the last day-the attention of the congress was directed to the various matters by which the temperance movement might be promoted—to the position of the legislature in reference to distilled spirits in the individual states, and the principle on which their action has been, or should be governed--and 10 a review of the different measures of the governmenis, with the results of such legislative action, and regulative arrangements. In the course of this day's sittings a resolution, introduced by the English delegates, and supported by his Excellency the Minister of Justice, was adopted—viz., that the congress

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