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ployed, partly through the boys, in the printing of tracts, and other publications of a very different kind. But this branch of the school was not fully carried out. The disruption of the Church of Scotland took play in May, 1843, when the minister of the parish forsook the Establishment, and several large sums, formerly received from public sources, being in consequence withheld from the school, it was resolved that in the mean time the industrial department should cease. The minister and teachers of John Knox's dis
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Report of the North London Auxiliary. We have just received the above Report, and have derived much pleasure from its perusal. It is a thorough business-like document-no prolix enunciation of principles admitted by all, but a succinct statement of facts connected with the operations of the Auxiliary during the year, some of which have been already chronicled in our own columns.
Four schools have been closed; others have been removed, and five new ones have been formed. Eight schools formerly unconnected have joined the Union. There are seventy-nine schools now connected with the Auxiliary, with Male. Female. Total.
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trict having left the Established Church when the disruption took place in 1843, they were deprived of their schools, but the people very nobly have since erected others, which continue flourishing. The minister of the original parish retains his school, to which boys, girls, infants, and female factory operatives resort as formerly, on the week-days, whilst the Sabbath-school work is plied as diligently as ever.
May it be indeed a school set up a hill, and that cannot be hid.
The subdivision of the districts made in the preceding year is represented as having been attended with beneficial results in the fraternal intercourse to which it has led between teachers and officers, and in the discussion of important topics calculated to promote the work in which they are engaged.
The usual attendance of Scholars has been about two-thirds of the number on the books. From eight schools no returns have been made. In connec tion with many of the schools, there have been meetings of old scholars. Religious services on Sunday mornings for the young have been commenced in the Tabernacle and Silver-street school-rooms. No less than nine libra ries have been furnished during the year, and pecuniary grants have been made to two schools. Conferences have been held on Ragged Schools, and on Mimpris's system of graduated simu taneous instruction. Lectures also have been delivered to the Auxiliary by Mr. Mimpris on the latter subject. A
Branch Auxiliaries have been formed under favourable auspices at Finchley, Ponder's End, Tottenham, and Edmonton; and the long-pending boundary question, between this and the West
London Auxiliary, brought to a termi-rangements have been made for holdnation satisfactory to both parties. ing prayer-meetings, and classes have been formed for the study of the notes on the Scripture lessons.
The unconnected schools are eightyseven, with
To the following statement the Com mittee claim serious attention, and we add our claim to theirs:
"Of the 1848 teachers in the connected schools, 1424 are church-members From 77 of the connected schools, containing 17,367 scholars, 123 have been admitted to the church during the past year."
On comparing the present Report ith that of the preceding year, we bserve a difference in the arrangement the details of the respective schools. wo new items have been introduced, om which the above summary has een taken; namely, the number of achers in each school who are churchembers, and the number of scholars Imitted into church-fellowship during e past year. These statistics are caldated to suggest various important actical reflexions, some of which will found in our leading article.
lymouth Union. Third Annual Report. ERY ably drawn up, and records the foration of a mutual instruction class of achers; the regular visitation of schools the Committee; the establishment of ree new schools in the town; the deded increase of attendance of teachers ad children; the purchase of many new dbraries, and other things equally en
raging still we ask, Where are the inversions? Our friends report, with mentation, that "Two hundred teachers 1ive laboured for the conversion of souls, ad only two brought to the act of public ad solemn dedication to God. Brethren ad sisters, with whom is the fault in this atter? It must be with ourselves; in ar want of faith, of love, or of practical Gerseverance." And now for earnest and
rayerful resolve. leveland Ragged School, Liverpool. First Annual Report.
HE history of a truly philanthropic effort 1 favour of a most worthy cause. In the rst school, 320 obtained admission, and 00 were sent away. The report now tates: "The number who crowd the treet on Sunday evenings in hopes of aining admission, are immense; and
unless a policeman be present, the teachers find great difficulty in getting in themselves." We trust that Manchester and Leeds will follow the noble example of Liverpool, where sixteen Ragged Schools exist; and London, where 6000 children of the most destitute class are redeemed from the street, and, in many cases, from vicious habits.
MY DEAR CHILDREN,-Some years go I wrote you two or three letters bout "A Missionary Society in the Coal Pit," and "a Little Girl who gathered wool from the hedges, and sold it, that she might give the money to the Missionaries." I dare say you have forgotten all about it, and about the writer, who called himself, "One who loved China
OLD PAUL'S LETTER.
when a very little boy. However, I intend to begin writing to you again; and that you may be inclined to read what I write, I have been thinking of a plan for interesting you very much.
You have never been to London, perhaps; but I live there. You could tell me a great many things about the town you live in, because
you see the houses and the people, and the market-place, every day; and so I can tell you about a great many things in this wonderful city in which I dwell. There are many sights here that I have never seen; but I shall sometimes take a holiday and go and see them, that I may tell you about them. You often hear about St. Paul's and Westminster Abbey, the Thames Tunnel, and the British Museum; and sometimes I dare say you wish you could see them. I wonder, if you had your choice, what you would like to see best in all London. Perhaps you would like to see the Queen. I saw her the other day, with the little princes and princesses, all dressed in black, for they are in mourning; and they were riding round the park close by the palace.
But I must tell you about a visit I paid last week to a curious ship; it is called a Junk," and comes from China. The Chinese Junk is called Keying, and is the first ship from that great empire that ever came to England; and hundreds of people go every day to see her and the curious Chinese sailors who are on board.
ladies and gentlemen, went to Bla wall, where she lies; and when Chinese heard she was comi they covered over the deck of th ship with white satin, and 1 crimson cloth all over the gro by the water side, that the Qu might walk on it; and the ship ornamented with flowers, and look most beautiful. When the Qu of England stepped on the deck the Keying, the sailors made t salaam, falling down flat on t faces before her. The Queen first looked rather frightened, she soon learned what they me and she was pleased. There an old man, a painter, on bo and he took a likeness of the Que which he showed to me afterwa but it is not really like her. ! company went all over the ves and asked a great many questi through an interpreter; and hav tasted the rice the Chinese f upon, she made them a handsc present of money, and said she been very much pleased. And was I pleased, so much so, tha should like to give you an acco of all I saw; and as there is: time now, I shall wait till n month.
Your old friend,
Not long ago, the Queen and
CATECHETICAL INSTRUCTION. of faith and labour of love," Su DEAR SIRS,-One of your publica-day-school instruction. My es tions, entitled, the "Sunday-school nest prayer to Him, "from who Magazine," was forwarded to me cometh every good and perfe recently. It being the first time I gift," is, that it may be circulat had seen a periodical bearing such | far and wide, that it may be effe a title, I carefully perused it. tual to the breaking down of t partition wall, at present unhappi dividing those who profess and a themselves Christians.
I find that you are the organ of no particular sect or denomination, but recognise the humble efforts of all who are engaged in that "work
Allow me, sir, through the m
im of your periodical to offer a v hints to those of my poorer ethren (whose lot it is, "to rise early and late take rest,") recting Sabbath-school instrucn; in which delightful and beneent employment I know many them to be industriously enged. The small opportunity they ve allowed them for the study of uminous works, elucidatory of riptures, I am sure will induce m to avail themselves of any n, which, on mature considera, may be found to facilitate ir acquirement of a knowledge the "Scriptures, which are able make them wise unto salvation, ough faith in Christ Jesus." order rightly and judiciously to ivide the word of truth;" in ler satisfactorily and faithfully to minister the "sincere milk of the rd," that the lambs of Christ's d, entrusted to our care, 66 may ow thereby "—it is not necessary at we weary ourselves with porover the learned theological quisitions which almost daily ue from the press, (though these, it admitted, are useful:) No! to poor be it told,
verse belongs is immediately ascertained. To illustrate my meaning, I have selected a few verses from the 5th chapter of St. John's Gospel, the answers to the questions will be met with in the references to be found in the margin:
"God is his own interpreter, And he will make it plain." Having been for many years gaged in the religious education the young, I have tried many ans, and have resorted for help many learned works; but now we as my opinion, that no work ich I have yet read has proved beneficial to me as a reference ble, in connection with "Crun's Concordance:" the former is dispensable, as Scripture is the st expositor of Scripture; and by aid of the latter, by only knowone word in a verse, and finding at word in the "Concordance," e book and chapter to which the
JOHN, CHAPTER V. Ver. 1. "A feast."
To what "feast" does the evangelist probably refer? See John ii. 13.
To whom was the injunction to
observe "feasts" primarily given? Lev. xxiii. 1. What were the children of Israel taught respecting these "feasts?" Lev. xxiii. 2.
Jesus went to "Jerusalem." "Where" were these yearly feasts to be observed? Deut. xvi. 6, 11, 15, 16. Note.-The questions on this head might be much lengthened, according to the time at the teacher's disposal.
4. Whosoever then "first,"
Only the "first" that stepped into the pool was healedwhat similar characteristic must those who expect to find wisdom, possess? Prov. viii.
Why are those who wish to find wisdom, enjoined to seek it "early?" Eccles. ix. 10. If bodily infirmity cannot be removed without oftentimes having recourse to severe expedients-can the Christian expect to attain the "heavenly mansions," without labour and difficulty? Matt. xi. 12; Luke xvi. 16; Eph. vi. 11, 13. Where is the element, "water," figuratively used to represent the advantages of the gospel dispensation? Ezek. xlvii. 8, 9; Zech. xiii. 1.
Ver. 5. Had an “infirmity.”
Why had he to sustain the infirmity so long? Probably, Luke viii. 43.
Who, for wise purposes, is sometimes permitted by God to afflict man? Luke xiii. 16; see, also, Job i. 12. Ver. 6. "Knew."
To whom does the attribute of omniscience belong? Ps. cxlii.
On what particular occasion did "Jesus" convincingly manifest his possession of this attribute? John i. 47, 48. What I have already advanced will suffice to show the comparative ease with which even the partially instructed may be able, by strict attention to the references, to furnish useful questions for the edifiIcation of their classes. Another important advantage arising from questions, deduced from the references, is a frequent allusion to the Old Testament, which is too often overlooked in our Sabbath-school instruction.
I am, Gentlemen, Yours faithfully, A BLACKBURN SUPERINTENDENT.
ALTERNATE TEACHING. DEAR MR. EDITOR,-I have just seen, in your valuable "Sundayschool Magazine," a report of the Sunday-school Conference at Leeds, in which you represent me to have said, "that I had the misfortune, when a child, of being at school under half-day teachers." I am sorry to trouble you, but I feel it incumbent upon me to say, that the kind friend who furnished with you that report, has, I think, mistaken the spirit of my remarks. I said, that I was taken to the Sabbathschool in my fourth year. That was no misfortune; to have had
such teachers is no misfortune; attend such a Sunday-school no misfortune. "I sometimes h half-day teachers; I shall ever loo upon that as a misfortune." Th is what I said. I still say it. It a misfortune to any Sunday-scho to have half-day teachers. Igran that they are better than none; I think the time has arrived, wh their places may be supplied whole-day teachers. I should have troubled you with this lette had I not known that some of early Sunday-school friends re your Magazine, and thought, t the report as it there stands, is ca culated to pain their minds. If y can find a corner for its inserti in your next Number, you w greatly oblige,
One of the Originators of "The Sunday-school Magazine," THOS. HARRISON Manchester, June 9, 1848.
[Our friend, whose explanatio we willingly insert, will see, if looks at the Magazine again, the exact words we use are, Harrison, of Salford, had the mi fortune, when a child, of being school, under half-day teacher and generally found that what on teacher effected the other destroy ed." We ought to have said "sume times under, &c."--ED. S. S. MAG