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Annals of the United Ringdom Band of Hope Union.
*The Rev. G. W. M‘Cree's Tour.—During the last month Mr. M‘Cree has held large and interesting meetings, at Plymouth, two; Liskeard, two; Bideford; Bridgewater, two; Frome; Honiton, and Gloucester. The Bideford Weekly Gazette thus reported the meeting in that town :“An excellent lecture on “St. Giles,' was delivered before a numerous audience at the Town Hall, on Friday, 23rd September. The lecturer was the Rev. G. W. M‘Cree, who appears to have been long and successfully labouring in the neighbourhood of the Seven Dials. Very thrilling anecdotes were told of the amusements and pleasures of the residents, among whom have been established ragged schools, penny banks, mothers' meetings, and religious services of different kinds, and this attention to the spiritual wants of the people, coupled with a readiness to sympathise with and assist them in their temporal concerns, seems to have effected a wondrous alteration for good. If any one wishes to visit the scene of a most interesting mission to the heathen, he need not stir out of our own land, but let him go to St. Giles, and see for himself what the Gospel can do. If he cannot spare the time even to go to London, Mr. M‘Gree unveils these scenes in a manner most agreeable to the hearers, and at the same time that it may well stir their souls. His action and delivery are most effective, and with such a subject to deal with, and such glorious triumphs to relate, it is not to be wondered at that he swayed the audience with a mighty power.”
Bedford.—LECTURES AT THE WORKING MEN'S INSTITUTION.-On Tuesday evening two lectures, illustrated hy dissolving views, were delivered by Mr. F. Smith, of the Band of Hope Union, at the above place. At six o'clock the hall was crowded by the juveniles of the Bedford Band of Hope, and they were remarkably attentive while the lecturer addressed them on “ The Book and its Story," the views being
of a superior character. Mr. Smith's style being well adapted to a - juvenile audience, there was not that disorderly behaviour which generally
attends this kind of exhibition, At eight o'clock the second lecture was given to a highly respectable audience the subject being, “ The Arctic Regions.” After introducing some interesting objects of a miscellaneous description, Mr. Smith proceeded with his subject, giving a pithy account of the unfortunate voyage of Sir John Franklin, the subsequent attempts to discover the missing crew (reminding his hearers that on board one of the vessels in pursuit no alcoholic drinks were drunk, with much advantage), and the circumstances under which the relics were found. The lecturer then illustrated his remaining remarks by magnificent scenes of the polar regions, with which the audience were evidently highly gratified.
CHIPPENHAM.---The usual fortnightly meetings of the Band of Hope, which have been discontinued for a month or two during the summer, were resumed on Thursday, September 29th, in the Temperance Hall, when Mr. F. Smith, of London, delivered a lecture on the “ Arctic Regions and Fate of Sir John Franklin," illustrated by dissolving views.
The hall was well filled with children and adults, who seemed deeply interested in Mr. Smith's very instructive lecture, and the most excellent views illustrating it. These entertainments, from their attractive nature, will very materially strengthen the hands of those who are working in the Temperance cause.
Therston.-On Tuesday, Sept. 27th, Mr. F. Smith delivered a very interesting lecture in the British School-room, Therston, entitled “ London, past and present.” The room was comfortably filled with a very attentive audience. Mr. Smith's style is very attractive indeed, especially for young people. It is not often we find one who can so thoroughly interest children. This lecture was illustrated by dissolving views of very superior character. At the closing of the lecture, he addressed a few words to the children forming the Band of Hope, by way of encouragement, urging them keep the pledge they had taken, and then we might expect to see a generation of sober men and women.
Town Hall, BRIGHTON.-Two lectures, with dissolving views, were given in the above hall, on Wednesday, October 12th, by Mr. F. T. Smith, in connection with the Brighton Albert Memorial Band of Hope. The first lecture was to about nine hundred children, who manifested the greatest interest and attention, so that scarcely a whisper was to be heard during the meeting. The second lecture was attended by about three hundred people, chiefly adults. The whole affair went off very satisfactorily. Mr. Smith's tact in managing the views and addressing young people is, we should think, almost unrivalled ; such an orderly meeting of children was never before witnessed in Brighton by any present.
TRENT. School BAND OF HOPE.-Sir,--The members and friends of this society met on Monday last, October 3rd, on the announcement that Mr. F. Smith would deliver a lecture on “ Lights of the World,” illustrated by dissolving views. Our room, which is not a small one, was quickly filled. We are happy to state that the entertainment gave very great satisfaction, Mr. Smith keeping up the attention of his numerous audience in a most praiseworthy manner.
His remarks on Benjamin Franklin, Oliver Cromwell, John Howard, Francis Alard, together with numerous others, were exceedingly instructive and amusing. But I must not finish without saying som ning about the children who sang some Temperance pieces at intervals during the lecture, which were warmly received, under the able direction of our worthy vice-president, who has worked very hard teaching them the tunes, and getting them ready on this occasion. We would advise any of our Temperance friends who have not already had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Smith's lecture, and seeing the beautiful dissolving views, to quickly embrace the opportunity which is now, I believe, offered ; if they do not, they will certainly lose a great treat. Yours truly,
R. W, W. LEAMAN, Secretary.
J. BALE, Machine Printer, 78, Great Titchfield-street, Marylebone. W.
BAND OF HOPE RECORD.
THE NEW KING.
When a king dies the herald proclaims :-"THE KING IS DEAD-LONG LIVE THE KING!” The application of this custom is very easy. This is the last number of The Band of Hope Record, but it will be succeeded by another periodical, which will, we hope, commend itself to all our readers. Its title will be, The Band of Hope Treasury, and the price one penny per month. It will contain leading articles, anecdotes, , statistics, brief and striking tales, original hymns and melodies for meetings, a succession of carefully-prepared recitations and dialogues, a condensed summary of the progress of the cause, a diary of the month, reviews of books, &c. A staff of able contributors will assist us in producing a work which, it is hoped, will precisely suit both conductors and children. Every number will contain something new, adapted to the continuous and urgent want of those who are engaged in our great movement. We appeal for immediate support. We will do our best: and we confidently rely on the friends of the United Kingdom Band of Hope Movement to help us. The first number will appear with the New Year-will our friends order it?
GEORGE W. M'CREE.
FAIREST AND DEAREST.
Who shall be fairest ?
Who shall be rarest?
She who is kindest,
When Fortune is blindest,
Charm of our gladness,
Friend of our sadness,
She shall be fairest,
She shall be rarest,
Who shall be nearest,
Noblest, and dearest,
He, the undaunted,
Whose banner is planted
Fearless of danger,
To falsehood a stranger,
He shall be nearest,
He shall be dearest,
LANDLORD'S MONEY. “I'm sure I don't know what makes you so hard upon me, Mr. White. I've lived under you a good while now, and I've generally paid my rent; and if times had not been bad, I should have paid it now. But, as it is, I can't. I have not got the money, and there's an end of it.
I know I work hard enough. If you had such a family as I have, you'd know how to feel for a poor man. And now you talk of turning me out !”
“I should not talk of turning you out, Jackson, if I thought you tried to pay me; but I do not think
do." “ Not try, sir? Why, what would you have me do? There is not a man in the place who works harder than I do. I can't earn more than I can."
“I know you work hard; but the question is, what do you do with your money when you have got it? Did you come straight from your house to mine this evening ?”
" I don't know but what I did.”
“ You did not call anywhere?” Jackson hesitated for a moment.
“Well, I did just look in at the George.""
“Now, Jackson, that fourpence was not yours; it was mine. You as much spent my money on the beer, as if you
had called here first, and taken fourpence out of my house. I don't call that doing your best to pay me; do you?”
“Why, what's fourpence, sir? I couldn't have come and offered you fourpence!”
“Did you spend anything at the “George' yesterday?"
“ Yesterday? Let me see. Well, I believe I had a drop of beer there yesterday too; but I know it wasn't much.”
“There was another fourpence, at least. And perhaps you were at the 'George' the day before yesterday too ?”
“And if I was sir, I think it's hard if a man, who works as I do, must not have a drop of beer. I'm not a man who gets drunk.”
“I can only say this, Jackson-I would rather go without beer altogether than spend another person's money to get it. And that is what you are doing.”
“I never looked at it like that before.”
“Now, you think I am hard upon you. I don't want to be. I know you have a large family. I just want to show you that you are not doing your best to pay me. If you can have your beer, I don't see why I should not have my rent. I mean to say, you
chose.” “No, that I couldn't, sir,” said Jackson earnestly: "I'd pay you this minute if I had the money."
“Stop a bit. How much do you owe me.
“ It 's just two pounds, sir, as I reckon it. I was fourteen shillings behind last quarter, and now this quarter-day I owe you six-and-twenty shillings more. That makes two pounds, don't it sir ?"
" Quite right. Now you've done one sum, I'll do another. There are six working days in the week, to say nothing about Sunday. Now, I know well that you generally have a pot of beer at the George' every day, and very often more. Isn't that true?” No answer.
Very well. Now for the sum. A pot of beer costs fourpence, and six times fourpence is two shillings. Two shillings a week, to say nothing of Sundays. Why, that's just my rent! You are drinking my rent regularly, don't you see? Now, did not I say true ? Could you not pay me, if you chose ?”
Still no answer. But Jackson did not look comfortable.
“Now, I'll tell you what I'll do. I will give you another chance. I won't turn you out. I have shown
you can pay me if you choose; I'll see if you will pay me. You shall go on another quarter. And, if I find you not going and spending my money at the 'George,' but keeping it for your