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“Evangelization” was selected for the theme of the paper to be prepared for the next Annual Meeting, after which it was resolved—

That Bro. D. King be asked to prepare and read it (D.V.)

Churches in Birmingham proposed that the next Annual Meeting be held in Birmingham. The Leeds church, supported by other Yorkshire churches, also applied for it. It was decided

That the next Annual Meeting be held in Leeds.

The following resolutions brought the business proceedings to a closeThat in future the Statistical and Financial Statement presented to the Annual Meeting, be arranged to show the numerical strength and financial position of each Division.

That the meeting recommends the Sunday School Conference to commence its session next year, on the morning of Tuesday and to finish its business before the usual time for commencing the General Meeting.

That in future years the Committees' Report, and Financial Statement be printed and supplied at the first meeting, and taken as read.

That the report of Evangelist Committee be not printed this year, but forwarded for publication in the periodicals.

That the church at Smithy Hill be struck off the list of churches co-operating.

That the best thanks of this meeting be given to Bro. McLintock, for the able way and kind way in which he has presided over us ; also to the brethren in Glasgow for the generous entertainment provided.

The Statistical information, re-arranged into Divisions, and slightly corrected, presents the following table-

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Charles Henry Street 174
Summer Lane 140
Great Brook Street 43

Icknield Port Road
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87 Carlton

3 Chesterfield. Derby

20 Green Hill Lane

37 Langley Leicester

146 Lincoln

49 Loughborough

23 Louth

9 Nottingham Barkergate

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22 Aberchirder Armadale Auchtermuchty

30 Banff

84 Bathgate. Bo'ness

23 Carluke Crofthead Crossgates Dalkeith Dornock Dundee Salem Street

61 Constitution Road... Edinburgh

163 Falkirk Findochty Frazerburgh Glasgow Brown Street

180 Canning Street Grangemouth.. Kirkaldy

90 New Pitsligo Perth Portsoy Sanquhar

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* Churches marked thus have appeared heretofore under another name-Camden Town Church is now Kentish Town; New Brinsley is now Underwood.

The returns from several of the above Churches are inaccurate, the present number of members not according with the last year's returns and the additions and losses.

The Meetings were largely attended, and conducted throughout in that tone and spirit so specially desirable on such occasions. In deliberative assemblies there is almost invariably considerable time lost, by unnecessary talk and undesirable action. In this respect it is considered that this Meeting would compare favourably with the generality of ordinary assemblies; partly owing to the good management of an excellent President and partly, no doubt, to desire on the part of the assembly to subordinate everything to doing well and quickly the work in hand.

The arrangements made by the Glasgow church were most excellent. Dinner was provided each day at the Great Western Hall, plain and good, at reasonable charge; of which about 150 availed themselves. Breakfast, each morning, for those who attended the Sunday School Conference, and tea each day for all, were provided free of charge, and considering the large number, and the liberal supply, the hospitality of the Glasgow brethren was thus, to say nothing of other indications, generously manifested.

The Thursday Evening Meeting was not exactly what we have heretofore had. It partook more of the character of a Soirée than is usual. It was held in a commodious Dining Hall, commencing with tea and usual accompaniment, refreshment being also supplied at an interval during the evening; piece singing was also introduced. Speakers were generally limited to five minutes, among them were Brn. Coles, Tickle, Ellis, Hay, Jennings, Abercrombie, Anderson, Adam, Evans, Hindle, and Brown. Bro. W. Linn presided. The arrangements were excellent, and the music discoursed could not but be pleasing to many. would prefer, in future, that, as on former occasions, there be no interruptions of the speaking and congregational singing and prayer, by refreshment and select music, which tend rather to break that flow of feeling, which on some of our Thursday Evening Meetings has seemed to bring us very near to heaven.

On Friday, perhaps not less than 100 friends enjoyed, by rail and boat, a day trip, returning filled with delight by the pleasures of Chris

Still we Observer, Sept. 1, '75.

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tian intercourse, the grandeur of Highland scenery, and stimulus of preaching and song, Attentive congregations on the boat, including priest and parson, heard the good old Gospel. During the day the opening in Norway came under review and à collection was taken up to help Bro. Devold in his efforts to make known the truth as it is in Jesus. The writer of this report could not enjoy the recuperative pleasures of the trip owing to the demands of editorial duties. therefore his to find pleasure in the gratification of those with whom circumstances did not allow him to mingle.

As to the results of last year there is neither time nor space to say much. It appears that the increase is above the average, and the separations from fellowship fewer. Up to the time of making up the table for printing only sixty-nine of the churches that reported the previous year had returned schedules. The totals of their numbers were- - last year 3,982; this year 4,324; increase, after deducting loss from all causes, 342. Subsequently, other schedules were received by which the increase would be enlarged. Next month we may refer more fully to the figures and indicate results. In the meantime readers will look into them for their own satisfaction.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CONFERENCE. THE Sunday School Conference was largely attended and its proceedings very interesting. The papers read were spoken highly of and commended for subsequent publication in the Magazines. There were some forty-six schools that returned schedules both last year and this, showing the following totals—Number of Scholars 3,523, of which number 1,069 are children of Members; 636 are unable to read. During the year 166 have been immersed and added to the church. Of the total 377 are Church Members. There are 2,312 under fourteen years of age. There are 470 Teachers and eight Bands of Hope. There are also eighteen other churches reporting this year but not last, giving in addition to the foregoing 376 Scholars ; 123 of whom are children of Members; 127 unable to read; six of whom have been added to the church during the year, and sixteen are Church Members ; 304 are under fourteen years of age. There were nine churches returning 294 Scholars last year, which have not sent in schedules this year.

EXCERPT FROM LETTERS.

NORWAY.-It is about three months since I returned to my native town in Norway, and I am sending you this letter in the hope that you have sympathy for my native country, and would be inclined to help me in promoting the Lord's cause here. I have since my arrival felt the need of a room for preaching and speaking privately, reading of Scriptures, etc. I have been promised one very suitable. Although I have many opportunities presented to me, wherein I can speak about Jesus and his kingdom, still I think I could have more power by preaching when I am not exposed to be interrupted. In this town are no Dissenters—all belong to "the Church ; there are some so-called " Readers,” and a number of persons who have been seeking salvation, some of them for many years. The priest preaches in the church in the Sunday forenoon. Very little Gospel does he preach, and if he mentions the new birth or conversion, he says that was done in infancy by baptism. When they preach they usually put conversion before faith, and if there are anxious persons present they are not invited to stay behind and be spoken to. Some of the Readers have

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