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Mr. Cleaver, senior superintendent, forget that their projectors found themcalled the attention of the teachers to selves surrounded with mountains of the importance of self-culture, and care difficulties. That they were exposed to fully studying the lessons before coming opposition and ridicule from some, and to school to teach them.
those that were most likely to assent, Mr. Tombs said, as a proof of the good seemed to stand aloof waiting and wonhe derived from these schools, he would dering what good could result from such say, that he now had the honor of being a scheme of education. The result has a superintendent where he was formerly been what Dr. Guthrie stated at Mana pupil.
chester the other day, “Mendicancy Mr. Underwood, another superintend- has been reduced from hundreds to a ent, said, that whiện hie was a teacher, very few in his own native city." hic had seven boys in his class, and We know that we have under innow four of them are members of the struction children, who, were it not for church: This résult to his labors gave these schools, would be spending the him great encouragement. He regret- Sabbath roving along the high ways ted to say, that some of the teachers and streets of our towns. Instead of ivere very irregular in their attendance; this, they are congregated together to some were always absent, some very learn to read, sing, and worship God. punctual, others, although always there, And as the result of this, how many of were never in time.
those ministers that now adorn our pulMr. Maoral, a teacher, acknowledged pits owe their elevation to these schools? that; through a misunderstanding with How many of our missionaries in foreign one he expected to have filled his place, lands received their first training in he was absent once during the last them. How many of them are now twelve months. He was sensible that among our most zealous teachers. How the difficulties to be encountered were many good husbands, wives, sons, and sơ great, thật to overcome them, punc- daughters, have been trained in them. tuality, regularity, carnestness, and How many have died in youth, bearing perseverance were indispensable. Al- the most satisfactory testimony to the though the difficulties were such as benefits they conferred upon them. And would require our best effort, that how many who have no pleasure in conshould not deter us from persevering to forming to the instruction received, yet overcome them. If there were no hin- are retarded from running headlong into - drance to our sticcess, that would make vice? The fact that all the branches our services the less valuable. That of the Christian church in Britain are the contrary being the case, when our unanimous in their adoption of these labors succeed, their importance is schools, is one of the best proofs of their greater. To all of us who are destined importance. to earn our bread by the sweat of our Politically, the good resulting from brow, what good ever comes within our these schools is considered as of the reach without difficulties being in the utmost importance. Mr. BRIGHT says, way of obtaining it. And should it “I don't believe that all the statesmen happen that we could obtain it without-all those officials who set us down for putting ourselves to much exertion, as knowing nothing about public affairs, I we are so used to hard pulling for our don't believe that all the efforts they fare, we should be inclined to under- bave ever made, tended so much to the value it. Great schemes are always greatness, to the happiness, to the sesurrounded with great difficultios. We curity, and to the true glory of this are all familiar with the good resulting country, as have the efforts of our Sunfrom Ragged Schools, but we must not day school teachers.” The success
already attained ought to stimulate us to labor may be as far apart as the persevere, and we know that perseve northern and southern hemispheres. rance overcomes great difficulties; and "I trust that the presence and blessif our motto be onwards, the time will ing of God our Saviour will be with come, (we shall not see it.) when the you at all times, and still graciously kingdoms of this world shall become crown your endeavours, and make them the kingdoms of our God and his Christ. effectual, by the power of the Holy
Mr. Hogg, Mr. Morly, Mr. Smith, Spirit. May you ever be kept in peace Mr. Faulkener, Mr. Symes, Mr. Palmer, and unity, and be guided by the wisdom Mr. Oldham, Mr. Towers, and Mr. which cometh from above. Satehelt, subsequently addressed the
“I remain, meeting in appropriate terms.
" With much esteem,
“My dear Brethren,
"Yours very affectionately, NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
“ GEORGE FIFE ANGAS. SUNDÁY SCHOOL UNION. "To the Treasurer and Secretaries,
Letter from the Hon. George Fife with the Committee, of the Stonday Angas, as President of the Institution.
School Union of Newcastle-upon-Tyne." It may be interesting to many of the
This communication did not come unreaders of the "Teachers' Magazine" to
looked for. It was received with much know, though not anassociated with a
emotion, and accepted with mingled
The feeling of regret, that at a recent meet- feelings of regret and esteem. ing of the committee of this Union; the following minute was unanimously accompanying letter, from one of its passed, and ordered to be placed on the
records of the institution: oldest and best friends, was read by the
"The committee of the Newcastle secretary "My dear brethren.--The time has
Sunday Sehool Union has received, with now arrived when it seems proper for much concern, the resignation of their me to resign my connection with the
venerable presidents the Hon. George affairs of the Newcastle-upon-Tyne Sun- Fife Angas, and would rècord on their day School Union:
minutes & cordial expression of the "It is not probable that it will be in
valuable services he has been enabled
to render the institution for a long my power henceforth to render any further active service to the institution
course of years; associated with their as its president, and I think that some sympathy and fervent prayer to God, friend should fill the office who resides for the like prosperity of the Australian in the neighbourhood, whose heart is in Sunday School Union, over which their the work; and who will give his best honored friend presides. A copy hereof attention to a faithful discharge of the they respectfully tender to Mr. Angas,
with their best wishes for his happiness, important duties thereof. “While tendering to the society my
and that of his esteemed partner in life resignation, permit me to express to
and family, here and hereafter." you; as corresponding secretary, and to
Signed by and for the Committee, the committee, my warmest gratitude
E. RIDLEY, for the uniform kindness and co-opera
J. HARRISON, Secretaries. tion which, for so many years, I have
R. MANN. received from you all. I hope there will still continue to exist between us á
DORSETSHIRE. mutual and earnest desire for the stic- SHERBORNE. - The superintendents and cess of each other's efforts, under the teachers of the Independent Chapel divine blossing, although the field of Stinday-school in this town determined
on a plan for rewarding the scholars honored with a Christmas gift from the who gained tickets for early attendance tree. The project was greatly aided during the past year, so that they may by the gift of a guinea from Mrs. Digby better appreciate punctuality in coming of Sherborne Castle, and the like sum to school-a point most desirable to be from W. C. Macready. Esq., of Sherborne gained in any way, not only at this House ; and some help was received season of the year, but in these times of from clergymen of the Church of idle indulgence. A “Christmas tree” England. was proposed, and met with a ready response; and through the untiring
HORBURY SUNDAY SCHOOL, exertions of Dr. Williams, our respected
NOTTING HILL. superintendent, and his lady, aided by a few other friends, a tree was planted Death and change have been busy in the middle of the spacious school- amongst us during the past year. Only room, and hung with articles of almost two months of it had passed, when, every seful description, such as ruffs after an illness of some weeks, a dear for the neck, pinafores, dolls, knives, girl, who had formerly been with us, books, scissors, &c., as prizes for the was called away from earth. She was carly comers. On the evening of Friday a bright child, full of rosy health, and Jan. 14, the tree was illuminated with her smile was like sunshine gladdening variegated lamps and tapers ; the school- all around. We should not certainly room adorned with evergreens and have fixed on her as likely to be the flags; and at half-past six the children first to leave us. Life seemed to be assembled, the spare room being quickly opening before her full of bright hope occupied by visitors and parents of the and promise ; but fever came, and laid scholars. The proceedings were opened her low! And thus, withdrawn from by the singing of an appropriate hymn, outward scenes, she sought and found "We'll away to the Sabbath school,” the Saviour, of whom she had so often after which the superintendent briefly heard, even from earliest childhood. stated the object of the meeting, and at At the beginning of her illness, she once began the distribution. The desired longer life, and was only feeling articles, each ticketed with the name of after Jesus; but, some time before she the youthful recipient, were then cut died, her will was brought into beautiful from the tree; and the superintendent, submission to the Divine, and she could in presenting the prizes to the children, lean upon the arm of the good and made suitable and pleasing remarks. tender Shepherd as she passed down Nothing could give the friends more into the “dark valley of the shadow of pleasure than to see the happy faces of death." When she thought herself the scholars as they gazed on the dying (and indeed but a little while beautifully illuminated tree, and recei- before her death), she sent for all her ved the rewards from the hands of their family, to bid them adieu, giving words kind superintendent. When the children of warning and earnest love to each, had nearly dismantled the tree, the and charging them all especially that distribution having occupied fully an they should meet her in Heaven ; and hour, the teachers were unexpectedly then she left a solemn message to be called out to receive each a book, given to the Sunday School children. judiciously chosen as bearing on the Tell them,” she said, “to be sure and subject of instruction of the young. seek Christ while they are in health ; An amusing incident was the spon- for, if they leave it to a sick or dying taneous clapping of hands by the bed, it may be difficult to seek and children, when they saw their teachers find Him then.” This message, from
that dear dying child, was faithfully / tion, and the impression made was delivered to the children in our school sought to be followed up in the week on the next Sabbath after her death ; by a letter of faithful expostulation and and it is hoped that its warning of love entreaty; but ere that letter was deliwas not in vain.
vered, the spirit so addressed had been Soon after this, another scholar (who summoned into the presence of its God ! had been with us for many years) was What shall we say to these things ? Is removed from us in the midst of life and there no warning voice to us in them? health, under most mysterious and dis- We have these enquiring, sinful, imtressing circumstances. In the case mortal spirits round us on the Sabbath ; of both families, too, we had soon to bid we know Him who hath Eternal life, them a long adieu, as they had arranged and is ready to bestow it as a free gift to seek another home in New Zealand; on all who seek it at His hands. and we have now to think of and pray Again are we reminded-by the for them as in that distant land. We almost sudden death of an earnest specially and unitedly commended them teacher in a neighboring school, who to God before they left, and still feel a often united with us in our meetingsdeep interest in their real welfare. that our day of labor is fast drawing to
Several parents too have died, some a close, and that the end of it may be of whom left behind them a clear testi- much nearerthan we are sometimes wont mony to the preciousness of Jesus, and to think. “ He rests from his labors, His all-sufficiency even in the hour of and his works do follow him.” Happily mortal weakness. Said one, only a few they were works of love done for Christ weeks since, to the superintendent and souls. Are we doing all we can in when he called, a little while before the same blessed service ? Let us soher death: “He is faithful ! not one of lemnly remember that the journey of His promises have failed. I have not life cannot be travelled over a second a care for earth, except for my children.” time to correct mistakes, and make a Then she added, "God has been a hus- better improvement of precious opporband to me, and I am sure he will be a tunities. We are hasting to its final father to them.” She had been a widow close. Why should we be heaping up some few years, and the calm and al- regrets for a death-bed review? Who most joyful trust manifested in these would not earnestly desire the approving few earnest words, in the near approach “ well done” at last, given only to the of the King of Terrors, was most cheer- faithful servant? Who but would seek ing to witness.
to crowd the precious fleeting moments In these death-bed experiences we of this earthly life with holy deeds of are vividly reminded how solemn and love for Him who poured out His soul momentous a work we have undertaken on the high altar of Calvary, to save us in the training of immortal spirits for all from the second death? Men are the skies! What a light is thrown on eager and earnest enough about the the necessity of being intensely in things that pass away; they need no earnest when the soul is in peril! The appeals when engaging in the strife of teacher of the girl who was suddenly commerce and the race for wealth. cut off, had, on the previous Sabbath, The hurrying step, the restless eye, the been urging most strongly the point of anxious brow, proclaim the story of the religious decision ; having a special ceaseless toil for perishable gain or glory. reference to this girl, who was about For things that men must part with for leaving for New Zealand. “ Choose ye ever at death (if not long before), what this day whom yo will serve," had been will they not do and dare ? Yet- for the the subject of the afternoon's exhorta- " incorruptible crown,” for the honor of
sharing with the Saviour in His glorious priate address, elegantly written :-To reward, and being recognized and Miss Sharpe, (superintendent of the approved by Him as " faithful," before
Infant school), an exceedingly hand, an assembled universe-how little anx
some Blotting case ; to Miss Wells, iety is shown! how little effort is made !|(superintendent of the girls' school), a 'Tis high time the judgment and the similar one; and to Mr, Wheeler, conduct were reversed. “'The worla (superintendent of the boys' school), a passeth away and the lust thereof; but most beautiful Inkstand, inlaid with he that doeth the will of God abideth Mother o' Pearl.
The articles were all for ever."
of great beauty, and must have cost a considerable sam, while at the same time they reflected great credit upon
the contributors for the good taste which TESTIMONIALS TO TEACHERS. had been displayed in their selection,
Mr. WHEELER, the Superintendent, WOODFOKD, Essex. At an Old Scholars' Tea Meeting, lately held in con
(rose in the meeting amidst great apnection with the Independent Chapel plause), begged on behalf of himself and in this suburban village, a handsomely the lady Superintendents, to offer their bound copy of the Scriptures, together heartfelt thanks to the parents for the with a pair of gold spectacles, were
handsome presents which had been presented to Mr. Dixon. The Bible made, and also for the very kind man, bore the following inscription :
ner in which they had been presented. " Presented to Mr. S. Dixon, by the
" They (the superintendents), did not teachers and old scholars belonging to look for any reward in this world; they Providence Chapel Sunday School,
laboured because they felt it right to do Woodford, Essex, as a token of their so. He would remind the parents that esteem and affeetion, and in commemo
although his position as superintendent, ration of his valuable services during than others, yet he did not, on that
brought him more prominently forward fifty years' connection therewith.November 30th, 1858.” The meet
account, do more; but that he was deing was presided over by the Rev. pendent upon the active co-operation of
the teachers, which he must say, was EDWARD THOMAS EGG, andwas suitably addressed by the Revs. John ever accorded : and he was sure he only Hill, (of Stratford) J. Brown, (Ley expressed the feelings of the kind donors tonstone) W. H. Hooper, (Waltham- of those presents, when he said
they were intended as marks of regard, stow) and Messrs. J. Kaye, Ashdown, Ebenezer Clarke, and Burnett.
not only for the superintendents, but
also for the teachers generally. His CLAPTON CHAPEL SUNDAY SCHOOL. constant aim would be, to make himself A few months ago an idea had been worthy of that esteem which these preconceived by some of the mothers of sents were designed to express; and he children in the sehool, of presenting hoped that his son, and al] those who to the superintendents certain tokens might see that beautiful Inkstand upon of the appreciation with which they his table, would be encouraged to perregarded their self-denying labours. severe in efforts for the spiritual good of The idea having been matured, was their fellow creatures." practically carried out at the last annual tea-meeting of parents, over which
POETRY the Rev. H, J. Gamble presided. The articles then presented were as follows, each being aceompanied by an appro- A generous soul is sunshine to the mind.
Thou canst not reach the height that I shall find;
Sir Robert Horcard.
THE SUNSHINE OF THE MIND.