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Eight of them were presided over by principals firms. Select private meetings had been held in town and country to bring the question before the influential classes, and a series of special public meetings had been held in different districts of London, including 16 at the Lambeth Baths, the average attendance at which was upwards of 1,000 persons. The number of addresses delivered by the lecturers and honorary deputations of the League during the last year was about 1,600. The missionary to sailors had, during three years, held 420 meetings on board ships in the port of London, and had induced 796 seamen to sign the pledge. Numerous meetings had been held with the soldiers at Aldershott, Woolwich, Warley, Weeden, Birmingham, as well as at Kensington Barracks, Regent's park Barracks, and the Tower, and a mil tary temperance society had been formed at the Tower, which had now 120 members. Meetings had also been held with the militia, the police, and other classes. An extensive correspondence had been maintained with friends of the movement in all parts of the country; advice and assistance, both in speakers and publications, had been freely rendered to clergymen, missionaries, and others desirous of engaging in temperance work; interviews had been held with numerous principals of colleges, heads of mercantile firms, military officials, and other gentlemen of influence, and in many cases of persons of intemperate habits followed up by missionaries and private friends, the results have been of the most delightful character. After the report had been read, the meeting was addressed by the chairman, Mr. Edward Hornor, J.P., Halstead ; the Rev. John Griffiths, M.A., Rector of Neath; the Rev. Joseph Brown, D.D., deputy from the Scottish Temperance League; Mr. Samuel Bowly, Gloucester ; the Rev. Newman Hall, LL.B.; and the Rev. Stenton Eardley, M.A., of Streatham.
LITERATURE. The Editor has great pleasure in recommending for perusal and circulation the following:
J. Caudwell. Temperance Comparisons. By the Rev. W. W. ROBINSON, M.A. J.
J. BALE, Printer, 78, Great Titchfeld-street, Marylebone.
BAND OF HOPE RECORD.
SKETCHES OF SUNDAY SCHOOLS AND BAND OF HOPE
SPEAKERS, No. 1.
THE POMPOUS SPEAKER. With self-satisfied strut, graceful flourish of pocket-handerchief, and loud blast from his nostrils upon the same, this gentleman takes his position upon the platform. It is Sabbath afternoon—a monthly appointment for laying aside the regular lesson of the day, and hearing speeches about missionary marters. The gentleman has come for the purpose of being one of the speakers. He looks round with patronizing air on the company whom he is to address, clears his throat, says h’m' several times, and proceeds
“My dear young friends, let me observe, as a preliminary, that I must have perfect silence while I address you. You must bestow on me your undivided attention, and not be guilty of disorderly conduct or confusion. If you interrupt me while I am addressing you, or signify by your inattentive deportment that
you do not appreciate my remarks, I shall be obliged though reluctantly, to bring my address to a conclusion."
He has by this time succeeded in getting their eyes and mouths pretty well open, from curiosity as to what is coming next. He continues :
“My dear children, I am very glad to see you all here this afternoon. I have from my earliest childhood experienced a deep solicitude for the welfare of the young and rising genera
The sight of a little child awakens in my heart a warm interest for the whole family of infantile humanity. I see them with the world before them; with its hopes and fears, its dangers and its troubles all unknown to them. I gaze upon their future; but oh, what a gaze! My youthful hearers, the Sunday-School is infused with a spirit of profound conviction in certain fundamental truths. The Sunday-School looks to the indoctrination of the youthful heart in all the divine attributes. It contemplates the entire sanctification of every child
Here the superintendent ought to step up to the man, and tell him that the children do not understand a word of what
he is telling them; but he is a little afraid of hurting the stately person's feelings, and so suffers him to plunge on. He proceeds, and after talking a great deal about himself, a little about the Sunday-school, Adam's fall, and several other things, presently gets into the thick of his speech.
He is more pompous than at first. His flourish of speech and flourish of pocket
. handkerchief are both on the increase. He uses words of great length, and very hard to be understood. The most of his hearers do not understand his speech at all; and it would be no loss, except the loss of time consumed in uttering it, if nobody understood it. It is inflated fustian. It is ornamental dullness. It is heavy frothiness. It is not on any subject in particular. The great man was announced to speak on thing connected with the object for which the meeting was held. But he cannot lower himself to that. He understands that several other persons are to speak, and he will let them attend to that part.
At last, long after the proper time, he brings his remarks to their promised close. Those of his hearers who are still awake have been looking forward to this moment with pleasurable expectation. The sleepers care not how long he keeps on. He has settled them. He wipes his massive brow, parades down from the platform, takes his seat on an honourable chair, and looks round on the exhausted victims of his address, as much as to say,
“ Was’nt that a magnificent speech ?” Truly magnificent ! “ The pomps and vanity of this wickel world, and all the sinful lust of the flesh.” Very fine stuff to blow the trumpet with, but very poor fare for hungry and starving young souls.
There are some men who do this pompous sort of talking for the sake of making a display ; but there are others who do it, because they do not know better. They have heard a great orator or two, and think they ought to speak as the great orator speaks. Mr. Stuff, when addressing a Sunday-school, thinks he is Daniel Webster addressing the Senate, and puts on airs accordingly. He comes as near his model as a poodle dog comes when he attempts to growl like a lion.
If the pompous man ever does any good with his gift of speaking, it will be after he shall have laid aside all the feathers, gold lace, and brass buttons of his style. He must speak with more simplicity, and must be sure that what he utters is sound sense, instead of a long string of empty nothings, covered up with great swelling words of bombastic pedantry.
THE STATE OF MILLWALL. The public-houses,-of which there are no fewer than thirteen in the limited district assigned to me of only about a quarter of a mile in length, with houses only on either side of the main road, a few short streets turning off excepted, -form the centres of leisure hour resorts. In them the interesting details of brutality are delightingly talked over; and in them the foundations of dramas, which frequently end in tragedies, are laid. Homes and families must yield to the imperious demands of their engagements. And thus the high wages become a curse; thus they are misspent and scattered ; and thus they tend to a speedier demoralization than if less money was paid them, One family I know, by the labour of the father and two of his boys, had a weekly income of £8. Suddenly they lost their employment, and in a fortnight the family was without a sixpence. I am given to understand that the wages of single workmen very often amount to £8., and even £10. per week. Of course, so large a sum must be made up either by overtime or piece work, but I know workmen of a certain class who regularly earn from fisteen to twenty shillings per day, and many are paid at the rate of £2. and £3.
week. In the Millwall Ironworks and Ship-building yard, which stands in the very centre of my district, nearly 4,000 men and boys are employed. This factory, which is not only the largest in the island, but also I believe in the world, is the centre of much ungodliness. Men from various parts of the United Kingdom are to be found in it. Some particular shires are more largely represented in it than others, and these happen to be not the more cultivated. The amount of blasphemy, swearing, and profanity, which is spoken within it, is, I am told by the more God-fearing men, truly awful. Religion and religious professors are held in the utmost contempt. It is a furnace of persecution for any who have the hardihood to take a decided stand for Christ. They soon become known all over the works, and wherever they go they are scoffed at and dubbed with the most insulting names. Every temptation which human ingenuity, aided by devilish cunning, can suggest, is tried to make religious professors break through their consistency, and should they fall but once before a temptation, farewell to their peace and comfort ever afterwards. One man recently told me that every form of persecution had been tried to make him fall; and, as a last temptation, his fellow-workman put more work on him than he was able to bear. This, however, also failed, for the man wrought to the serious peril of his health, in order to triumph, and he did so. And I thank God he still stands.
There are two things in which the men in this locality generally agree. 1st. In their utter disregard of God and His claims; and 2nd, in their morbid love of unmanly sports and brutal exhibitions. As to the first, all shades of scepticism exist; as to the second, every available opportunity for giving proof of it is shown. At the recent execution of the five unfortunate men at Newgate, so many of the men were present as to necessitate the suspension of many of the others for the day. On the evenings on which the men are paid, as well as the succeeding evening,
their inis:incts are developed by rows, and rounds of fighting taking place, at which knives are sometimes brandished. Even Sụnday witnesses a continuation of these disgraceful scenes. I remember seeing, during one Sunday afternoon, three separate fights on the same spot. Instead of making any attempt to separate the combatants, the people around goaded them on, and if one of them should be 100 drunk to stand steadily on his own legs, some one would be found to hold him up until the other dashed upon him. No person, more feeling than the others, ordinarily interferes; if he does so, he is most likely to receive more than he bargained for. Social family relations are held in light esteem, and the most sacred affinities between man and wife are treated as excellent jokes. Men, who have not yet brought their wives to the locality, frequently pass themselves off as single, and men who want to get rid of their wives, and banish them from the locality, give out to their mates that they are living unlawfully together; and what course is left to the astonished and unfortunate wife then, but to seek, at least for a time, if the means of proving her husband's statement a falsehood be not at hand, to hide her face? Sometimes men may be seen striking their wives before the public gaze, and even more bruial still, attempting to strike them with their feet when the women are down.- City Missionary's Report.
The glass you offer, I with thanks, decline.
I dare not taste! there's danger in the drink!