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drinking had already so far hardened Gordon's heart, that he inclined to make everything subserve the prosperity of his business. Even the happiness of his child must yield to this. His case was not singular in this. It was simply the natural effect of his trade, as is universally witnessed. I appealed, and begged, and protested, and Liza wept, and Mrs. Gordon urged, but all was of no avail. Liza was needed in the house, and her father was inexorable. Nor could I obtain any promise as to when we might hope for a more favourable decision. Instead of this, I got a hint before I left G- that Gorden had now other views for his daughter. The poor gardener was now no match for the child of the prosperous publican.

*A month or two of unsatisfactory correspondence followed my return home, at the end of which I received a strangely written letter from Liza, closing our engagement without offering any explanation. About the same time I heard from a friend that there were strange rumors about the cottage, which was now regularly visited by many of the dissipated youth about the town. Liza was also said to be getting remarkably gay and sometimes boisterous in her manners, her eyes unnaturally bright, and her cheeks too red to be called rosy or the hue of health. In short, it was said she was getting to like her father's wares too well.

“The reports were all true. And with the love of drink, love of me died away, till she could flirt with every appearance of enjoyment with any one that offered.

Twelve months passed away, not without many ineffectual efforts on my part to reach, and, if possible, to restore poor Liza. My heart bled for my lost love. Bitterly I mourned the sad change that clouded now both her prospects and mine. Again, with a little hope, I visited G-, but my first visit to the cottage told me that remonstrance was unavailing. Liza was to be married, so said her mother, who was now even more callous than her husband, to the son of a merchant living at the West-End. The gardener was thus finally dis-, carded.

The merchant's son was a scoundrel. The marriage to which Miss Gordon, as she was now called, had consented, not from any love or even respect for the suitor, but simply from vanity and ambition, feelings that had 'sprung up in her spirit under the fulsome flattery to which she was subjected in the course of her attendance on visitors to the Burnside, the marriage was put off from time to time, till it appeared doubtful whether the youth had any such purpose in view at all. Liza's health at last appeared to be failing, and painful surmises began to be entertained about her. Again it was true. She had fallen,--the seducer's victim indeed, but prepared for him by drink. Drink, too, that wrought the ruin, she now used to screen her shame from herself. The expected husband ceased his visits. The cottage business generally declined. Gordon charged on Liza's “ fully” his diminished gains. She fled from his house, and in a few weeks was living a life of open infamy in a neighbouring town.

• In the meantime, I had sunk into melancholy spirits. My duties were neglected, and my situation was handed over to another. I went back for a year or two to G where I wrought occasionally at my business, living as best I could. I can never forget--but I must finish my story. One day I was asked to assist in conveying a poor woman to the hospital; and there in the infirmary I for the last time on earth saw Liza Gordon. I did not know her at first. But as I was leaving the ward a nurse asked me to return a moment to one who wished to say a word to me. There she lay, just about to die. She could scarcely speak, and only whispered “ Forgive,” and died. I saw her die. Oh! the public house! the drink! the curse! Oh! how long? how long?'

* James,' said Jessie, the old greengrocer told me the story. Will you still think of taking that house? Has not Burnside Cottage a curse attaching to it?'

A curse! my little wife. If ever I should hint at a public-house again, just say “Liza Gordon" to me, and if I am not insane, the thought will cure me. Burnside Cottage! May heaven help me! Never! never!'

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“I have long felt that until the fathers and mothers are better men and better women, our schools can accomplish comparatively little. I believe that any improvement that could be brought to bear, on the mothers more especially, would effect a greater amount of good than anything that has yet been done."-Earl of Shaftesbury.

“ I owe it to my mother, and I mention it with filial piety, for imbuing my young mind with principles of religion, which have never, never forsaken me." ~ Bishop Watson.

“I would say to every young parent, the ordination of a minister over a church is nothing at all in solemnity compared to that ordination with which God ordains you in your household. An ordinary pastorate in the church is inconsequential by the side of a pastorate in the family. If God has called you to take care of children, you have a study before you ; and you are bound to look into their nature, to know their constitution, and to acquaint yourself with those great laws on which their training depends."-H. W. Beecher.

“The last thing forgotten in all the recklessness of dissolute profligacy, is the prayer or hymn taught by a mother's lips, or uttered at a father's knee; and where there seems to have been any pains bestowed, even by one parent, to train up a child aright, there is in general more than ordinary ground for hope." - The experience of a Prison Chaplain.

“Good laws will not reform us, if reformation begin not at home."-Richard Baxter.

“ The instruction of your children cannot commence too early. Every mother is capable of teaching her children obedience, humility, cleanliness, and propriety of behaviour; and it is a delightful circumstance, that the first instruction should thus be communicated by so tender a teacher. It is by combining affectionate gentleness in granting what is right, with judicious firmness in refusing what is improper, that the happiness of children is promoted, and that gond and orderly habits are established. If children are early trained to be docile and obedient, the future task of guiding them aright will be comparatively easy."— Nichols.

John Newton, in his worst days, could never forget his mother, at whose knees he had learnt to pray, but who was taken to heaven when he' was but eight years old. My mother's God, the God of mercy, have mercy upon me," was often his agonising prayer in danger, and we all know how it was answered.


TUNI—" Buy a Broom."
In the spring-time of life, with our hearts warm and glowing,

We're bound in a glorious Temperance band;
For we know in the world that we shortly must enter,
Thick dangers beset us on every band.

But we trust in His strength who has promised to aid us:

In the day of temptation we faithful shall stand.

Then as each has been bless'd, let him care for another;

With gentle persuasion some soul we may win,
For the Saviour has taught us to think of our brother
Oh, that we could labour and live more like Him.

For His greatest delight and His constant endeavour,

Was to draw from the ways of destruction and sin,

'Tis a stain on our country, our dearly-loved England,

That drunkenness holdeth so stedfast a sway;
Oh, then let it be ours as good loving subjects,
To virive this disgraceful sin monster away..

Never let it be said of the nations less favoured,

The sons of our land are more wretched than they.
What, though young, we can work, and our lives make a

The slave of intemperance strive to reclaim;
Then the mother shall smile on the son who has grieved her,
The wife shall rejoice in her husband again.

By the help of that God who has promised to aiờ us,
The life He has given shall not be in vain.

SUNDAY SCHOOL WORK. Looking at the great interests associated with the Sunday Scholars of the United Kingdom, we deem it of the highest importance that Bands of Hope should be connected with them. We would urge our readers to circulate the "Facts and Opinions for Sunday School Teachers, advertised on our pages. Let it be given to Ministers, Superintendents and Teachers, and no doubt a good effect will be produced. It is so cheap that many of our readers will find it easy to purchase a hundred for distribution. We hope they will do so, and inform us of the result.

Mr. T. 0. Chapman, the Sunday School Agent of the Union, continues his labours in connection with Sunday Schools in. London. Mr. Hooke, jun., is aiding the work in Bath, and the Rev. G. W. M'Cree has also united in this good work, and visited several schools. At one of these, five hundred children listened to him as he warned them of the drunkard's awful end. Should

any Christian friend wish to join the Committee of the Union in the visitation of Sunday Schools, such aid will be gladly accepted.

Appended is a list of the Sunday Schools recently visited by Mr. T. 0. Chapman:

Church of England.--District Church, Regent square, Gray's inn road: Rev. T, Nolan, minister. Schools in Dutton street. St. Clement Danes, Strand : Rev. M. Killick, minister. St. Martin's-in-the-fields, Charing cross: Rev. Mr. Maull, minister. St. Giles's-in-the-fields, Oxford street: Rev. A. W. Thorold, minister. West street Chapel, West street: Rev. R. W. Dibdin, minister. St. Saviour's Chapel, London street, Fitzroy square: Rev. J. Penny, minister. St. John the Evangelist, Charlotte street, Fitzroy square: Rev. Mr. Moorhouse, minister. St. James's the Great, Pollard row, Bethnal green road.

Congregational.-New court, Carey street, Lincoln's inn fields, twice: Rev. W. H. Draper, pastor. Oranye street, Leicester square: Rev. R. E. Forsyth, pastor. Pentonville hill, Rev. A. Biizacott, pastor. Tonbridge Chapel, Euston road: Rev. Kilsby Jones, pastor. Tottenham Chapel, John street, Tottenham court road: no pastor. Mile End Road Chapel: Rev. Dr. Chew, pastor; and Mission School, Three Colt lane, connected therewith.

Baptist.—Arthur street, Frederick street, Gray's inn road, twice: Rev. Dr. Wills, pastor. Henrietta street, Regent square: Mr. W. R. Vines, pastor. Little Wilde street, Lincoln's inn fields: Rev. Christ. Woollacott, late pastor. Kinsgate street, Holborn: Rev. Francis Wills, pastor. Vernon square, Gray's inn road, twice: Rev. C. B. Sawday, pastor. Cromer street, Gray's inn road. Meard's court, Soho: Mr. Bloomfield, pastor. Grafton street, Fitzroy square: Rev. C. Marshall, pastor.

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Wesleyan.-Great Queen Street, Lincoln's-inn-Fields. Liverpool street, King's cross.

Primitive Methodist.-Elim Chapel, Fetter lane, Holborn.

Scottish National Church.-Crown court, Drury lane: Rev. Dr. Cumming, minister.

Various.-Brewer's Court Ragged School, Drury lane. Working Men's Christian Association, Grafton street, Soho. Abbey Street British Schools, Bethnal green road. Hail's Lane Chapel, Bethnal green road. City Mission School, Satchwell, Betlinal green road.' Hoxton Ragged Schools, Hammond square, Hoxton Old Town.

The Agent has delivered addresses at the following schools :-Arthur street, twice; Vernon square; and Cromer street.


Annals of the United Ringdom Band of Hope Union.

VISITS OF THE HONORARY DEPUTATIONS AGENTS, &c. During the past month no less than forty visits have been made by the Voluntary Agency of the Union. For these kind and valuable services thus rendered, our thanks are especially due to the Rev. G. W M‘Cree, and to Messrs. C. B. Benn, Deane, W. Elliott, Hawksworth, Hardwidge, Hine, Johnson, Shirley, and Storr.

Mr. William BELL has been engaged during the past month in connection with the Bradford Band of Hope Union.

Mr. G. BLABY has attended meetings as follows :- Bloomsbury Refuge; Barnsbury Independent Chapel; Little Denmark Street Ragged School, iwice; Mission Hall, Five Dials, twice; Denmark Street, Soho, three times; Southville, Wandsworth Road; King Street, Long Acre; Pond Place, Chelsea ; St. Paul's National School, Clerkenwell; St. James's Walk National School, Clerkenwell; St. Matthew's, Prince's Square, St. George's-in-the-East; Caledonian Road Congregational Chapel ; Leopard Court, Baldwin's Gardens, Leather Lane; Meadow Row, New Kent Road; Surrey Chapel; 122, Vauxhall Walk; Tottenham; and Victoria Street, Shadwell.

During the month, Mr. W.J. LAY has attended meetings as follows:Old Ford; Marlborough Chapel; Old Milestone, City Road; Streatham; Whitfield Chapel; Barbican; Fetter Lane; City Road; Charles Street. Drury Lane; Deverell Street, Dover Road; Lansdowne Place; Exeter Buildings, Sloane Street; Lant Street, Borough; Gee Street; Trafalgar Place; Trinity Chapel, Borough; Peckham; Salem Chapel, Bow Road; and Mill Pond Bridge.

Mr. F. Smith has, during part of the past month, been engaged in training the Choir to sing at the Annual Meeting of the Union, in Exeter Hall. He has, however, attended the following meetings :— Marlborough Chapel, Old Kent Road; Weigh House Chapel Sunday School, Fish Street Hill, two lectures; Bath reet, Poplar; Waterloo Street, Camberwell.

MR. G. BLABY.—The Ealing Post thus describes a lecture by Mr. G.


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