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TRUE COURAGE. To improve the golden moment of If thou desire to be truly valiant, opportunity, and catch the good that fear to do any injury : he that fears is within our reach, is the great art of not to do evil, is always afraid to life. Many wants are suffered, which suffer evil: he that never fears is might have once been supplied, and desperate : and he that fears always much time is lost in regretting the is a coward : he is the true valiant time which has been lost before. He man, that dares nothing but what he that waits for an opportunity to do may, and fears nothing but what he much at once, may breathe out his life ought.—Quarles. in idle wishes ; and regret, in the last hour, his useless intentions, and barren
ADMONITIONS. zeal. A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds. Men's When you are disposed to be vain behaviour should be like their apparel, of your mental acquirements look up not too straight, but free for exercise. to those who are more accomplished Neglect no opportunity of doing good, than yourself, that you may be fired nor cheek thy desire of doing it, by a with emulation : but when you feel vain fear of what may happen.
dissatisfied with your circumstances, "Opportunity is the cream of time.”
look down on those beneath you, that
you may learn contentment, GOOD AND BAD MEN. A good man is like the day, en
GENEROUS ZEAL. lightening and warning all he shines
At a collection made for the behoof on, and is always 'ascending upwards of the Scotch army, when in England, to a region of more constant purity. against Charles I., one of the conThe bad man is like the night, dark, tributors gave about seventeen pounds and scattering fears and unwholesome sterling. She being a poor woman, vapours upon all which rests beneath. Mr. Liveston called on her, and asked -Feltham.
her how she had accumulated so large
She replied, "I have been WONDERS OF NATURE.
saving it for a long time, to be a The comparative strength of the portion for my daughter ; but, seeing insect tribes has ever been a subject of the Lord has taken her away, I have wonder and admiration to the natura- given him her portion also.” list: The strength of these minute creatures is enormous. This muscular
WORLDLY OCCUPATION. power in relation to their size far exceeds that of any other animal. The
This world is the place for labour, grasshopper will spring 200 times the and not for rest, or enjoyment, except length of its own body. The dragon- that enjoyment which may be found fly, by its strength of wing, will in serving God. We shall have time sustain itself in the air for a long enough in the coming world to rest, summer day with unabated speed. and to converse with our friends ; and The house.fly makes 600 strokes with it may well reconcile us to separation its wings, which will carry it five feet here, if we hope to be for ever with
them there. in every second,
They could never forget his earnest On Christmas-day, the Fourth Annual exhortations and prayers for them. Old Scholars' Tea Meeting was held in Over many he rejoiced, others he the school-room of the Independent mourned, but they all loved him, and Chapel, when about 130 sat down, en- now they were anxious to testify their joying the social treat.
The Rev. T. esteem. The speaker was commisJohnson, minister, was invited to the sioned to present to their highly bechair, when the presentation to several loved pastor, in the name of the teachers of the senior scholars, and young peo- and elder scholars of these schools, as a ple who had become teachers during the parting token of regard—a copy of Benpast year, of copies of the Holy Bible, gel's Gnomon of the New Testament, 5 with references, took place. On lifting vols., and 2 vols. of Tract Society's up the last book, the chairman remarked Paragraph Annotated Bible, trusting it was the last Bible he should present these books would be useful in his this side the mighty ocean. The chord studies in the distant land to which he of sympathy was touched in many a was so soon to depart; feeling certain heart, evincing he was respected and that when he placed them upon his beloved by the young and old around study table that his thoughts would him. A few other remarks passed, revert to their Christmas-day meeting, when the chairman called upon Mr. J. and to his Hinckley home. When he Lord to address the meeting, from saw inscribed on the first leaf of the whose statements it appeared that the Gnomon the names of those who had schools were in a more flourishing con- thus testified their regard, his oftdition than at any former period--the repeated prayer would rise to heaven number on the books being larger, and on their behalf. Another duty the the attendance better, than in past speaker had to perform was to present years. He trusted that the two great to the beloved wife of their dear pastor wants felt by the teachers—more help a token of esteem for the valuable in-and more room-would be supplied. structions she has given to the young The present school-room was far too people who had been accustomed to small to admit of comfortable accom- meet her by her own fire side, who modation for 335 scholars. The chair- could never forget the lessons there man then called upon Mr. W. J. Simp- imparted; he felt sure that when she son, who remarked that it was the last placed this work-box on the table in time they should meet their beloved her new home, and her eyes glanced pastor on such an occasion as the pre- over the inscription on its lid, she too sent. Before another Christmas-day would remember those who in this the mighty deep would roll its waves small gift desired to testify their es. between them, for their pastor was teem. about to leave for the far off land of Mr. Johnson, in rising to reply, said Australia, his future home. His minis- he often felt when about to speak from trations were highly valued by them, the pulpit that if he got through the and he rejoiced that his labours were text, it would be the most he could do, not in vain during the five years' resi- but he never felt the difficulty to exdence of the rev. gentleman in Hinck- press his feelings truly so great as ley; but he trusted that his success in now. The gifts he should highly value, that distant country would be a thou- and never part with them so long as sand-fold greater than it had been here. life lasted. Every Christmas-day they
should be specially brought to notice, vantages accruing both to children and
A CITY PARISH AS IT IS.
You have often expressed a wish to
have statistics bearing upon our Sunday HOXTON.
school work, and it occurs to me that PAYEMENT CHAPEL SUNDAY SCHOOL.
correct particulars regarding one of our The anniversary of the above Sunday MANCHESTER parishes may be useful in schools Hoxton, took place on Wednesday various ways, which I need not specify: evening, January 12th. Tea was pro- Population
11,224 vided for the children and their friends.
2,308 The occasion is always looked forward to with great pleasure by the children,
Children 3 years old, and under 16... 3,221
1,675 who, by the kindly attention which the
not at School
1,546 treat allows being bestowed upon them,
not at School or Work 1,303 are encouraged in attention to their studies, and, at the same time, have Population above 16 ...
6,876 their attachment increased both to their Regular at Public Worship 1,187
1,991 teachers and to the congregation. The
258 room was over-crowded, and, whilst this
Not at Church or Chapel 8,519 circumstance was on some accounts to Families with a Bible
1,431 be regretted, it gave gratifying evi
without a Bible
1,088 dence of the increasing interest attach- There are in the parish two most ing to the above schools. The Rev. L. valuable clergymen, three lay-assistHerschell took the chair on this occa ants, and an evening reader. There sion, and, on the eloth being removed, are on the books of the Sunday schools gave a brief address, commending the 705 teachers and scholars: average atdevotion of the teachers, and the general tendance nearly 500, The Day school assiduity of the scholars, and further has an average attendance of 216, and encouraging the friends of the schools. the congregation, almost wholly como He was followed by Jas. Harman, Esq., posed of the working classes, has in it the excellent superintendent of these above 130 communicants. There are schools, who confirmed what the Rev. on the average 800 persons in receipt Chairman had stated as to their ex- of relief from the poor rates; and the treme efficiency, and dwelt on the ad- proportion of the widows to the widowers
is as four to one. There is adjoining for beginners, and slates for the more the church a depository for the sale of advanced. In 1818, the numbers on the Bibles and religious tracts and books, books were 130, which necessitated the which is most valuable. I have omitted erection of a larger room, which was all names, but to any person taking opened at the close of the year; but special interest in the matter, I shall from this time the attendance begun to be glad to prove the correctness of the decline, till in January, 1824, there was various particulars; and to any wealthy only eight boys present in the morning, person wishing to assist such a parish and nine in the afternoon. Vigorous in a pecuniary manner, I shall be glad efforts were made to remedy this unhapto be the medium of communication. py state of the school, which were so Yours faithfully, T. 8.- Church Sunday far successful, that in 1830, the superSchool Quarterly Magazine.
intendent was able to report forty six
as the average attendance for the year. HAMMERSMITH.-MIDDLESEX.
Since then the school has steadily adThe Jubilee of West End Chapel vanced, till there are now 230 names on Sunday school was celebrated on Thurs- the books. In 1839, the girls' school day, 18th November. The Rev. John was commenced at the suggestion of the Graham, of Craven Chapel, preached Rev. Daniel Katterns, who was then the Jubilee Sermon in the afternoon, pastor of the church, and by whom the from 22nd Proverbs, 6th verse. After
foundation stone of the present school the service, nearly 300 friends of the room was laid in 1844. cause, among whom were a large pro
During the present year great importion of old teachers and scholars, sat provements have been effected in the down to tea in the school room, which school room, and large additions made was tastefully decorated with flowers to the library, which now numbers 428 and evergreens, while appropriate mot. vols. The Juvenile Missionary Assotoes adorned the walls.
ciation have raised £24. 19s. 5 d., being A public meeting was held in the a large increase upon any former year. evening, Rev. J. Leechman, A.M., Pas- The church have had the happiness of tor of the church, took the chair, and receiving into fellowship forty-two of after singing and prayer, introduced the
the scholars, five of whom have been business of the evening in a few remarks added during the past year. The report expressive of his happiness at seeing the concluded by stating that the condition school, at this interesting period of its of the school was most encouraging, existence, in so prosperous a condition, and expressing a hope that the Lord
would at the unanimity and good feeling which
pour a yet more abundant blessexisted among the teachers, and at the ing upon the labours of the teachers in success which had crowned their labors. years to come. He then called upon the Secretary,
Very interesting and appropriate adMr. John Leechman, to read a brief his- dresses were then delivered by Revs. tory of the school, from which it appears,
W. Isaac, D. Katterns, F. Trestrail, that the boys' school was founded on
and De Kewer Williams. The meeting, 14th February, 1808; and in four years
which was one of great interest, was had so far increased in numbers, that a
brought to a close by singing the school room was erected for their ac
Doxology. commodation. At first, the superintendent received a salary, though the teach
ISLINGTON. ers always gave their services gratui- Offord Road SUNDAY SCHOOLS.-IN tously. Writing was taught on Monday connection with the above institution, evenings, a tray of sand being provided two instances of an interesting character
have occurred, which deserve to be Domestic Bible,” handsomely bound, recorded as an incentive to those who gilt edged, and bearing inside the folare engaged in the work of Sunday lowing inscription in gold letters, on a school instruction. The children of the blue ground, Sunday school lately met in their capa- “Presented to Mr. Robert Johnson, the cious school-room to present, through Superintendent of Offord Road Chapel their president, the Rev. Paxton Hood, Sabbath School, by the Officers and a testimonial to their secretary, Mr. Teachers of the School, as a slight John Bull, on the occasion of his token of affectionate regard and esmarriage, for the zeal and love dis- teem, December 21st, 1858," played whilst connected with them. were then laid on the table, and which This testimonial consisted of a very the chairman, in his usual felicitous handsome timepiece, bearing the follow- manner, presented in the name of the ing inscription :
teachers, to their superintendent, Mr. "A token of affection from the scholars Robert Johnson, who had presided over of Offard Road Sunday school to their the school ever since it had a being. beloved secretary and teacher, Mr. The recipient then addressed the meetand Mrs. John Bull, on the occasion ing, and expressed his surprise, (for it of their marriage. November 12th had been kept a secret from him) at 1858."
such a transaction, not having had the And indeed, it was given by the least idea of it, and his sincere gratichildren, for they first thought of it, tude to them for such a costly mark of set on foot and collected the necessary their affection, and hoped that it would funds for its purchase. The Rev. afresh stir him, to make the work Paxton Hood presented it in a suitable more successful in which they were all address, when the secretary in acknow. united. The chairman having vacated ledging such an unexpected and un- the chair in order to attend another looked for reward for services rendered, meeting, it was ably filled by Mr. tendered them his, and that of his wife's George Cuthbertson, who having exbest and warmest thanks for such a pressed his entire sympathy with the noble present. Mr. Johnson, the super- object of the meeting, called upon all intendent, then spoke of the pleasure the male teachers in succession, to thus received, and trusted that the speak; and in terms not of flattery or affection there displayed, would induce of envy, each of the teachers spoke them to give their warmest affection to their own opinion of their superintenHim, who gave himself for them. Messrs dent, whilst more than one, publicly Jenkins, Webber, and J. and G. Williams acknowledged that he was the means then severally addressed the meeting in of bringing them to the school, as well short but appropriate speeches, which as to the Lord. then closed, adding another striking instance that the labours of Sunday school teachers and officers are not
RUGBY WESLEYAN SUNDAY
SCHOOL. overlooked by the children.
On Tuesday evening, December 21st, The annual meeting of the Rugby a soirée of the teachers and their imme- Wesleyan Sunday School teachers was diate friends was held ; when after held in the Wesleyan school room, on partaking heartily and sociably of "the Thursday, the 30th December, 1858, cup that cheers but not inebriates," and after partaking of a very excellent tea, thanks having been sung, the Rev. provided by the ladies connected with Paxton Hood took the chair. Three the school. The Rev. G. O, Bate cccumaguificent volumes, being “Cobbins' pied the chair.